KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 11/20/17

To post an event on our calendar e-mail the information to

calendar@kfcf.org, at least 2 weeks before the event.

 

DAILY CALENDAR

(Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)

 

Monday, November 20th

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).  Doors open at 5:30pm; the event begins at 6pm and ends at 8:30pm.  TDOR will be hosted by Trans-E-Motion and Fresno State's Cross Cultural and Gender Center at Fresno State at 5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, in North Gym room 118.  The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is an event to honor the lives of transgender individuals who died from murder or suicide.  It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about transgender existence in our own community. This event is intended to provide a safe space for transgender people and their allies to embrace their identities while honoring those whose lives were cut short.  The event will feature singing, poetry, and art on display.  Inspirational speakers will address the topic of transgender experiences, gender diversity, inclusion and the importance of being an ally to the transgender community. Information on supportive crisis services, local resources, and organizations will be present in our resource fair. Finally, a reading of the names will be held to honor transgender individuals who have died by violent crimes or suicide this past year.  All participants are welcome.  If you need special accommodations, call 278-4435.  Parking is enforced, so get a parking permit using the Parking Code 629843 at the permit dispensers.  

 

Monday, November 20th

Fresno Pacific University presents the Fresno Pacific University String Quartet concert, at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $5 general admission-payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).  For more information, call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu. 

 

Tuesday, November 21st  

Fresno Pacific University presents a Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band concert with Firebaugh High School Band, at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission-payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).  For more information, call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th

The Sweet Home Ranch Annual Art Show and Holiday Gift Sale, featuring Paul Buxman original paintings and other arts and crafts, takes place in Dinuba at 4399 Ave. 400, from 9-5 on Friday and 9-4 on Saturday. Youll find an abundance of farm crafted foods and gifts from Sweet Home Ranch and neighboring farms, available to taste and purchase. Enjoy the beauty of the farm, the tastes of home, and visit with neighbors and friends.

 

Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th

Experience the magic, wonder and beauty of The Nutcracker… performed by the nationally acclaimed Sacramento Ballet and featuring over 100 local young dancers from throughout the Valley. You’ll be mesmerized as you enter young Clara’s dream where toys wondrously come to life. Then, travel to the enticing Land of Sweets where Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are honored for their bravery. It’s a feast for the eyes, ears, and the heart.  The performance will be at 1 p.m. both days at the Saroyan Theatre.  Tickets start at $31.50.  For tickets or more information, you can go to 

ValleyPerformingArtsCouncil.org. 

 

Friday, December 1st

Cineculture presents “Evolution of Organic” with discussant Mark Kitchell (Director).  Directed by Mark Kitchell’s (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire), Evolution of Organic is the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the organic movement in California. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It is a heartfelt journey of change: from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream, split between an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It is the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years. Evolution of Organic is not just history, but also a look into an exciting and critical future. Several local organic Central Valley farmers are featured in the film, including our own Tom Willey and David “Mas” Masomoto. The trailer can be viewed at http://evolutionoforganic.com.  This film screening is at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the full fall line-up, go to https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.   All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays. 

 

Friday, December 1st 

The Reedley Peace Center presents “All They Could Carry, a dramatic performance about Japanese Internment, written and performed by Nikiko Masumoto.  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, December 1st

Join the Fresno County Public Health Department and the Fresno Art Museum for a special reception at FAM on from 5 to 8 pm.  View a selection of panels from the 

AIDS Memorial Quilt which have a local connection and the Reading of the Names.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First Street in Fresno.  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org.

 

Saturday, December 2nd

The Annual WILPF Crafts Faire takes place at Fresno City College’s cafeteria complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be artists and crafters selling their wares, along with live music and food.  There is free parking and free admission.  For booth applications and fee rates, contact Jay Hubbell at 559-903-7904 or e-mail jayfresno@icloud.com. 

 

Saturday, December 2nd

The 88th Annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade returns to its original location, the newly (re)opened Fulton Street! This year’s theme is "A Funky Fulton Christmas. There will be Performers, Marching Bands, Bands, Clubs, Businesses and Organizations parading down Fulton Street starting at 11 am, to celebrate the beginning of Christmas season with the community and friends.  To register to enter a float in the Downtown Christmas Parade, go to http://www.downtownfresno.org/christmasparade. 

 

Friday, December 8th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Ron Schmidt, retired Professor of Political Science, CSU Long Beach, on the subject of “Understanding U.S. Racial Politics Through the Lens of “Settler Colonialism.”  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, December 8th

Celebrate the Season with the Fresno Art Museum from 6:30-9 p.m.  Come experience live artistry by sculptor David Isenhour and painter Nell Rice, with musical performances 

by classical singer Valerie Salcedo.  Delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served along with a silent auction with art and more, and a no-host bar with wine and cocktails.  Advance tickets through Friday, December 1 are $75 for Museum members or $85 for non-members.  Call 559-441-4221 x106 for tickets.  After Friday, December 1 and at the door, tickets will be $100.  For college students w/ID, tickets are $45.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First Street, Fresno.

 

Saturday, December 9th

Come to the annual Human Rights Day event at Fresno State!  The theme of this year’s gathering is “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Together we Rise!”  The event will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. in Fresno State’s North Gym, Room 118.  Keynote speaker is Amanda Renteria, Chief of Operations of California’s Dept. of Justice.  There will be a welcome address by Mary Castro, with a special message from Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and a panel presentation featuring Dr. Francine Oputa, Director of Fresno State’s Cross Cultural and Gender Center, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, President of Fresno City College, Patsy Montgomery, Associate VP of Legislative Campaigns for Planned Parenthood, and Nicole Linder, Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center.  For more information, contact Dr. Su Kapoor at 559-435-2212 or at skapoor@csufresno.edu. 

 

Saturday, December 9th

The Iranian culture and Art Club-Fresno invites you to celebrate Yalda, the Celebration of Lights.  Shab-e Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh is an Iranian festival celebrated on the "longest and darkest night of the year," that is, in the night of the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice.  This year the celebration will be on December 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial, featuring Hamid Saeidi and Ensemble with dance performance.  Tickets are $20 general admission or $35 for VIP seating.  For tickets or more information, go to https://my-yalda.bpt.me. 

 

Wednesday, December 13th

Music from classical to Christmas will be performed by New Horizons Band & Orchestra at 7:00 p.m. in the Bullard High School Auditorium, 5445 N. Palm, Fresno. Admission is free.  New Horizons provides adults a great entry or reentry into music making. Whether you were in school band or orchestra, would like to learn a new instrument or have only dreamed of playing, New Horizons offers a welcoming environment that offers you the chance to participate and progress at your own rate. More than 60 people already participate!  For more information, contact Archie Rader at 559-273-8309 or Archierader2@aol.com, or Craig Erker at craig.erker@gmail.com. 

 

Friday, December 15th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Joanna Shenk, Associate Pastor of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco, on the topic of Vincent Harding.  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, January 12th

Tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters will be on sale starting 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 17. The family entertainers, known for their basketball skills and comedy, will play in Fresno for their 2018 World Tour at 7 p.m., Friday, January 12th at the Save Mart Center. Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans after the game. Ticket prices range from $21 to $116.50. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800.745.3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.  For more information, call 559-278-3400.

 

Sunday, January 14th 2018

Tommy Emmanuel CGP (Certified Guitar Player: the honor and moniker Chet Atkins assigned not only to himself but four other guitarists he admired and felt contributed to the legacy of guitar playing). with special guest J.D. Simo, will perform LIVE in Fresno at The Tower Theatre on January 14, 2018. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, August 11 starting at 10AM. Tickets will be available at Towertheatrefresno.com, in person at The Tower Theatre Box Office, or by phone at 559-485-9050.  For more information, please visit www.tommyemmanuel.com.

 

Wednesday, January 17th

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold its general meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the 

UC Merced Center, 550 E. Shaw (between Fresno and First) Fresno.  The talk will be on "Working Together to Protect Our Public Lands."  Protecting wilderness and other public lands has never been more important—and is integral to our fights for climate stability, clean water and air, and environmental justice.  Hear updates, share successes, and brainstorm together on how to “keep our public lands public.”  In addition to wildlands issues that concern YOU, we’ll cover • Connecting with regional and national Sierra Club public lands resources • Legislation—the good, bad and the ugly, and what to do about it • Equity, justice, and movement-building with partners and allies. Join Anne Henny, Co-Chair of the CA-NV Wilderness Committee, for this important discussion kicking off 2018.  This event is free and open to the general public.

 

Friday, January 26th 2018

The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute is coming to the Tower Theatre of Fresno.  The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And Shout," "Here Comes The Sun," and "Hey Jude", the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.  Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. Tickets for the Friday, January 26 The Fab Four show at the Tower Theatre of Fresno go on sale Friday, September 15 starting at 10AM. Tickets will be available at Towertheatrefresno.com, in person at The Tower Theatre Box Office, or by phone at 559-485-9050.  For more information, please visit www.thefabfour.com. 

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

Now through Sunday, January 7th 

View four panels from the Aids Memorial Quilt at the Fresno Art Museum, 2233 North First Street in Fresno.  On Saturday, November 4th there will be a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on “Let's Talk...HIV/AIDS in the Central Valley.”  And on Friday, December 1st, commemorate World AIDS Day at the Fresno Art Museum from 5 to 8 pm.  All events free and brought to you by the Fresno County Department of Public Health and the Fresno Art Museum.  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 

 

Now through Friday, December 1st

The Henry Madden Library at Fresno State presents an exhibition of late 19th and early 20th Century Native American artwork and historical imagery called “Collecting Culture: Early Native American Collections from Central California,” now through Dec. 1, in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery (2nd floor, North Wing).  The exhibition features early collections from Central California Yokuts and Mono communities of Friant, Sanger, Dunlap, Visalia and Porterville, acquired by Table Mountain Rancheria, including the Native American collections of the now-closed Fresno Metropolitan Museum. These collections form the foundation for this exhibition, which will also display six extraordinary and historically significant gambling trays, including the gambling tray commissioned from Lois Conner for the 2009 opening of the new Madden Library (displayed in video on the library’s front mesh panel).  In addition to the Table Mountain Rancheria Collections, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, is loaning 13 sporting and gaming objects collected in Central California in 1901. For the first time, these objects will be temporarily returning home after an absence of more than a century.  The pieces of the exhibition come from a time of transition. Following the upheavals of the California Gold Rush, at the turn of the 20th century, indigenous people were living by traditional means the only way they knew how—gathering material for baskets, trading for goods they needed and surviving off the land the best they could. Their way of life and their traditional arts began to catch the interest of various collectors and art dealers. In California, some collectors began acquiring beautiful Native American basketry in trade for medications, used cars and sundry items. Some art dealers began commissioning special pieces such as large gambling trays with complex and meaningful design elements.  For more information about disability accommodations or physical access, call Sharon Ramirez at 559-278-5790 or email sramirez@csufresno.edu in advance of your visit.

 

Flu Season 2017-2018

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has scheduled influenza vaccination clinics for the 2016-17 flu season at multiple locations throughout the county. The Fresno County Immunization Program will not be offering “nasal spray” flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The cost of each vaccination will be $6.00. Medi-Cal for children and Medicare Part B will be accepted. The 2017-18 flu vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses that are most likely to cause disease this season, and while it cannot prevent all cases of flu, it is the best defense against the disease and its potential serious complications that can include pneumonia and death. It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a year. If children eight years or younger are receiving their first flu shot,

they should receive two shots this season separated by a time frame of four weeks.

Health officials are encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated regardless of age or health status. Fresno County residents with insurance coverage should contact their health care provider regarding flu vaccination availability. Vaccines may also be available at physician offices, clinics, pharmacies, and at special flu vaccination events promoted in retail stores. Information regarding flu vaccination opportunities can be found at www.flu.gov. For dates, times, and locations of the Department of Public Health flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit www.fcdph.org/flu or call the Immunization Information Line at 1-888-993-3003.

 

Wednesday, August 23rd through Wednesday, December 6th

Calling all students and professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit!  You’re invited to join California Health Sciences University’s new FREE HealthTech Initiative course. Participants work in teams, and we will help you join a good team. You will not sit around for long-winded lectures. This course will provide participants with a “hands-on” introduction to leading an entrepreneurial enterprise by building a business model and constructing a prototype product service. Participants work in teams, and all good ideas are acceptable.  The classes take place at 45 N Clovis, Clovis, room 103-A, and it’s free!  You must be 18 years or older.  For more information go to chsu.org/healthtech-initiative or contact Charles Douglas at cdouglas@chsu.org or 559-573-8026.

 

Wednesdays, beginning August 30th

New Horizons Music provides adults a great entry or reentry into music making! Whether you were in school band or orchestra, would like to learn a new instrument or have only dreamed of playing, New Horizons offers a welcoming environment that offers you the chance to participate and progress at your own rate. More than 60 people already participate.  Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays beginning August 30 at 5:30 p.m. for string instruments and 6:30 p.m. for band instruments. The mariachi band begins at 5:30 p.m. September 6! Groups perform at least two concerts each school year. All meetings are at the Bullard High School Band Room, 5445 N. Palm, Fresno. For more information, contact Archie Rader at 559-273-8309 or ARader5831@aol.com,  or Craig Erker at craig.erker@gmail.com.  The cost is $150 plus a $3 registration fee. Register through Fresno Adult School at www.fas.edu. 

 

Sunday, September 17th through Sunday, May 20th 2018

Pianist Mauricio Náder will kick off the 46th season of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series at Fresno State. The series opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Concert Hall.  Náder will perform works by Carrasco, Chávez, Castro, Morales, R. Halffter, Águila, Camacho, Nazareth, Gershwin and Muczynski.  The Mexican Consulate of Fresno and Arte Américas are co-sponsors of this event.  Other concerts in this season’s series include:

    3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 — Peter Serkin

    8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 — Daniel Hsu

    3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 — organist Kimberly Marshall, co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

    8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 — Yefim Bronfman

    3 p.m. Sunday, March 11 — Barry Douglas

    8 p.m. Friday, April 27 — Jeremy Denk

    3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 — Juho Pohjonen

Keyboard Concerts also co-sponsors several special events during the year, in conjunction with the International Chamber Music Series:

    3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 — Jolente de Maeyer on violin and Nikolaas Kende on piano

    8 p.m. Friday, March 2 — Chilingirian String Quartet

    3 p.m. Sunday, April 8 — Alexander String Quartet

Tickets for concerts in the Keyboard Concert Series are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Season tickets are available for the eight main concerts: $160 general, $120 for seniors and $30 for students.  Season tickets for the International Chamber Music Series are $60 general, $45 for seniors and $10 for students.  Parking is available in Lot C (corner of Shaw and Maple avenues). For ticket reservations, please call 559-278-2337.  For more information, please visit keyboardconcerts.com.

 

Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, January 7th 2018

The NAMES Project Foundation is the organization that is the keeper of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every corner of the globe and have been sewn by friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world. The Fresno Art Museum has collaborated with the Fresno County Department of Public Health to display a selection of panels from the quilt. The selection of panels will be part of the Fresno Art Museum’s Fall 2017 Exhibitions. The four

sections memorialize the lives of individuals from Fresno and surrounding Central Valley communities. The exhibition will start September 28, 2017 and will run through January 7, 2018.  The museum is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is as follows:

      Adults (ages 18 and up): $15.00

      Youth (6-17): $5.00

      Members and Children (5 and under)- Free

The following events will be celebrated at the Fresno Art Museum in commemoration of HIV/AIDS awareness and will be free of charge:

      National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Observance at the Fresno Art Museum

         Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      HIV in the Valley - panel discussion at the Bonner Auditorium in the Fresno Art 

         Museum Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

      World AIDS Day Reception at the Fresno Art Museum, Friday, December 1, 2017

         5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First St. Fresno CA 93703, phone number (559) 441-4221.  For more information on these events, contact Jena Adams at (559) 600-6404.

 

Wednesday, November 1st through Saturday, November 18th

Highlighting the voices and contributions of African-American military veterans, the “Unsung Heroes: Do You Know Who I Am?” exhibition will run November 1 through 18 at the M Street Graduate Studios in downtown Fresno. Unsung Heroes” is hosted by The Unsung Heroes Living History Project, founded by Lisa Daniels. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, November 10, in commemoration of Veterans Day, and November 11, with Tuskegee Airmen from the Sacramento Chapter as the special guests. “Unsung Heroes” is co-sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association, President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity, TRIO Student Support Services Veterans, Department of Art and Design, M Street Graduate Studios, Cross Cultural and Gender Center and Center for Creativity and the Arts.  For more information contact Lisa Daniels at 916-629-4691 or unsnghros@gmail.com; or fundraising coordinator Ron Vance at 559-970-1390 or vance.ron@att.net. 

 

Wednesday, November 1st through Thursday, November 30th

Legendary Aborigine Remix Fine Artist, Kalifah Ma'at Zeriah El-Bey Xi (formerly Talisa Hartley), will be exhibiting her canvass prints and posters in the Fresno Downtown County Library the whole Month of November (install 1st & runs through to the 30th).  Hartley, once the youngest child in Juvenal Hall and the survivor of rape and child abuse, pulled herself out of her environment and has become both an artist and fitness professional who has mentored many young people in our community.  The Downtown Library is at 2420 Mariposa St. in downtown Fresno.  She will be holding a Q&A session on November 18th and 25th from 12-2 p.m. and will be outside autographing prints of her work from 2-4 p.m.  For more information on her work, go to https://talisa-hartley.pixels.com. 

 

Thursday, November 2nd through Sunday, December 23rd 

Good Company Players presents “A Christmas Carol.”  Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas fable comes to life in Romulus Linney’s stage adaptation of the classic tale about the “covetous old sinner,” Ebenezer Scrooge.  Stingy, cold-hearted, and just plain mean, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the three spirits of Christmas as a warning to change his heartless ways before it is too late. In a visual feast of lighting effects, the audience flies over London with him, jumps at the entrance of the ghouls, and rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas. This time-honored and uplifting story is a perfect holiday tradition for family and friends and makes for a wonderfully jolly excursion for business parties and large groups.  Performances take place at 2nd Space Theatre.  Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 general admission; $17 for students/seniors/military; $12 student rush.  For more information, call 559-266-0660/800-371-4747, or buy tickets online at 2ndspacetheatre.com.  2nd Space Theatre is located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. 

 

Thursday, November 9th through Saturday, November 18th

Fresno Pacific University presents the play "Twelfth Night-in a Festive Production Celebrating Christmastide," Fresno Pacific University Fall Mainstage play, North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.   Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11 and 16-18; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12.   Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors/non-FPU students, and $5 for the FPU community (including alumni cardholders), all payable at the door or in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twelfth-night-by-william-shakespeare-tickets-35582651669.  More information at www.fresno.edu/event/22451/fall-mainstage-twelfth-night-william-shakespeare. 

 

Thursday, November 16th through Sunday, January 14th   

Good Company Players tops the charts with Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” opening November 16th at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater.  Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of adventure and romance one wild Labor Day weekend. Marge has just been jilted at the altar and doesn’t want to be “Solitaire” so Lois convinces Marge that the two of them should use her honeymoon reservations at Esther’s Paradise Resort Hotel, because that is “Where The Boys Are”.  When they meet a handsome crooner and geeky cabana boy who secretly writes songs, their search for romance becomes even more bewildering. Meanwhile, the resort owner and her house comic realize they’ve been living right “Next Door To An Angel” for years. The nostalgia, music, and laughter keep on rolling in this comedy as the cast belts out Neil Sedaka’s greatest hits including “Sweet Sixteen,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Calendar Girl,” “Laughter In The Rain,” and the title song -- just for starters!  With a script by Erik Jackson and Ben E. Winters, music by Neil Sedaka and lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Philip Cody, the audience will become a part of the resort go on a toe-tapping, heart-tugging trip down memory lane. Some of them will even wind up onstage! Performances takes place at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District.  Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  On Thursdays, a buffet is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:00 and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  On Fridays & Saturdays, dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m.  For the Sunday matinees, a brunch buffet is served beginning at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m. And on Sunday evenings, a buffet is served beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for Thursdays & Sundays Buffet & Show is $57.00 per person; Show Only - $32.00.  The cost for Friday & Saturday Served Meal & Show is $60.00; Special drink & dessert packages available.  Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For tickets and more information, call 266-9494 or 800-371-4747 or go online to www.rogerrockas.com. Reserve online at http://rogerrockas.com/dinner-shows/ or call 559-266-9494 or 800-371-4747.

 

Thursdays in November and December

The Fresno Art Museum celebrates bringing the artist's voice and perspective into our community with enrichment lectures by both local and visiting artists, some who are currently exhibiting at FAM and some who are not, as well as an occasional curator, collector, or art historian.  Lectures occur on selected Thursdays, not every Thursday, at 2:30 pm in FAM's Bonner Auditorium.  Please refer to the Fresno Art Museum website for the most up-to-date schedule.  Lectures free to Museum members and free with paid Museum admission.  The schedule for November-December, 2017 is as follows:

     November 2, 2017:  Joan Schulze, FAM's Distinguished Woman Artist 2017 (Lecture 

Topic:  Celebrating 80)

     November 9, 2017:  Michele Ellis Pracy (Lecture Topic: The Curatorial Process: 

How an Exhibition is Organized)

     November 16, 2017:  Nick Potter (Lecture Topic: Almost Utopias)

     November 30, 2017:  The Aids Quilt (Lecture Topic: Representatives from the 

Fresno County Department of Public Health will be speaking about the AIDS Memorial Quilt on behalf of the NAMES Project Foundation.  There will be an opportunity before and after the talk to view the four quilt sections currently on display at FAM and speak with those instrumental in bringing them to Fresno for World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017.  

      December 14, 2017:  Maurice Cohen (Lecture Topic: Order in Complexity)

The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First Street at Clinton & First, next to Radio Park.  For more information, call 559-441-4221 or go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 

 

ONGOING

Every Day

Fresno County’s Public Library and Department of Public Works have teamed to offer a first-of-its-kind recycling program.  Starting September 5, 2017, county residents can drop off used compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent tubes, alkaline and rechargeable batteries at eleven different Library branches.   These items contain hazardous substances and must be deposited at approved facilities, sometimes for a fee. This new service is being provided free of charge to County residents to encourage and ensure proper disposal of universal waste.  Public Works will provide approved hazardous material collection containers at eleven Library branches:  the Central Library, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Clovis Regional Library, Fig Garden Regional Library, Sunnyside Regional Library, Woodward Park Regional Library, Mendota Branch Library, Orange Cove Branch Library, Reedley Branch Library, Sanger Branch Library and Selma Branch Library.  This program might be expanded to other branches in the future.  For more information about Library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to www.fresnolibrary.org, or call the Library at (559) 600 – READ (7323).  

 

Every Tuesday 

There is a Vigil, at Devin Nunes' Clovis Office, 3rd and Clovis Ave. from 11:45am to 12:45pm.  Dave and Bev Derby hold a weekly, hour-long quiet vigil of peaceful prayer and reflection in the pursuit of "justice, tolerance, fairness, inclusion, actions and laws that protect all people."  Although signs are welcome, they are not coming here to yell at motorists, scream, and demonstrate wildly on the sidewalks and streets.  For more information, e-mail dderby@cvlaweb.com. 

 

First and Third Thursday of each month:

ArtHop occurs the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. It’s one of the most active and successful programs organized by the Fresno Arts Council. Art lovers and enthusiasts from all walks of life flock downtown Fresno and the Tower District on the first Thursday of each month, and the rest of ArtHop venues in the Fresno metro areas on third Thursdays, to meet and greet with the artists and enjoy the reception and music. Museums, studios, galleries and other venues open their exhibitions to the public at 5:00 p.m. and run the free event until 8:00 p.m.  ArtHop has received a remarkable response from the Fresno community. Over 50 participating artist studios, galleries, museums, and other venues exhibit art and artists reception during ArtHop, and it has become both a cultural and special event for the community with a great deal of media coverage. For the complete list of venues go to fresnoartscouncil.org. 

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

The Fresno County Department of Public Health offers free confidential rapid HIV testing at the Fresno County Department of Public Health building at 1221 Fulton Mall, Specialty Clinic Area, First Floor, from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

For more information, contact Jena Adams, Supervising Communicable Disease Specialist, at (559) 600-3434.  

 

Every Wednesday and Friday

Patricia Wells Solorzano and Agustin Lira, founders of El Teatro Campesino), have formed a theatrical group with Fresno youth that will raise awareness of the problems negatively affecting the health of boys and young men of color, such as drugs, gangs, obesity, teen pregnancy, high numbers of youth incarcerated or expelled from schools, unemployment and poverty.  The Theater for Boys and young Men of Color will be composed of youth ages 16-28 who will be trained in acting to the extent that they will be capable of performing before general audiences. The participants will be engaged in the creation of skits, one-act plays and in the development of a one and a half hour theatrical production with music to be performed toward the end of this year long project. Along with theater, musical presentations will also take place performed by the participants who will also receive musical training.  This project will be taking place at The Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, 2385 South Fairview Ave., 93706, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30-8:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Gwen Morris at (559) 412-7118.

 

Every Friday

Join Fresno Ideaworks, Fresno's community workshop for prototyping, building, designing, and building our community of makers, for 'Fabrication Fantasy Friday'. This is about letting your inner maker-nerd out. From sub culture to pop culture cosplay has boomed in the past decade and is continuing to grow. Fresno Ideaworks is proud to recognize prop makers and cosplayers as part of the maker movement. We have experts to help you put your kit together for whatever your passion is.  The event is free for members, a suggested $5 donation for non-members.  Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St (temp during remodel), Fresno.  For more information, call (559) 840-8749.  

 

Every Friday

California Employment Development Dept. invites you to attend the Resume Preparation Assistance program with one on one assistance provided to all job seekers with CalJOBs registration, creating a strong and effective resume, obtaining job leads and referrals, information on training and education opportunities and other helpful resources.  The workshops are every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fresno EDD office at 2555 S. Elm.  No appointments are necessary.  Bring a valid ID and social security card.  For more information, call (559) 445-6747.

 

Every Saturday  

There is a medical clinic for the homeless, actively injecting drug users and prostitutes every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or until the last patient is served. You can find them near Hughes and Olive Ave. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Marc Lasher and volunteers. Financial donations are accepted. For more information, call 266-0444. 

 

Every Saturday 

Food Not Bombs feeds the hungry from 1 - 2 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park. If you would like to help them prepare the meal, they meet every Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church (1343 E. Barstow) at 10am. For more information email fresnofnb@hotmail.com or visit the official FNB website, foodnotbombs.net. 

 

Most Saturdays 

Most Saturdays there is a Fresno Free Bicycle Repair Clinic from 1- 3 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park, beside Food Not Bombs. Donations of bicycle parts, inner tubes, and blinky lights are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with minor repairs. For more info and to arrange donations, e-mail: garza.reyes@live.com. 

 

Saturdays

Harmony & Balance School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is offering $5 weekly classes in the Yang style 37 posture short form. Join Francisco Alvarez, certified instructor, every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Central Valley Center for Spiritual Living, 723 W. Clinton Ave. Fresno.  For more information, call 559-549-3989.

 

1st Saturday of each month:

The South Valley Peace Center holds a demonstration for peace at Mooney and Walnut in Visalia, from 1-2 p.m. For more information visit southvalleypeacecenter.org. 

 

2nd Saturday of each month: 

Divorce Options Workshops are offered on the second Saturday of every month by Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. This program provides information about the divorce process and the options available to anyone considering divorce. Each workshop is presented by an interdisciplinary team of legal, financial and mental health professionals on the second Saturday of each month at the Fresno Ramada Inn, 324 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is offered at NO CHARGE to attendees as a public service of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. Pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating. Further information and pre-registration may be obtained at divorcefresno.eventbrite.com, or contact John McDaniel at (559) 226-4420. 

 

Every Sunday 

Food Not Bombs serves free food at Courthouse Park to anyone who is hungry. They start cooking at 1 PM and serve the food at 3 PM (meet at the Tulare side of the park). For more information go to http://cafefresno.org.  

 

Every Sunday

It’s Sawdust Sunday at Fresno Ideaworks.  If you have an interest in woodworking, woodturning on a lathe, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join us. This is a good way to get some pointers on an existing project or gather information on how to get started in the exploration of the infinite possibilities of carpentry. This event is open to the public and requires no fees. Some experience is necessary for equipment use. No experience is necessary to explore the possibilities.  Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St, Fresno.  For more information on this event and what Fresno Ideaworks has to offer, go to http://www.fresnoideaworks.com. 

 

First Wednesday of each month:

A Women in Black Silent Vigil takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fresno County Courthouse, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Show your support for peace and negotiated settlements of current U.S. military actions. Stand silently and advocate for peace. For more information, call 559-278-7140 or 559-225-2850.  This vigil takes place the 1st Wednesday of each month.

 

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:

A new Toastmasters club in Exeter meets twice a month. More info can be found on our site as well: http://exeter.toastmastersclubs.org, or send an e-mail to

officers-4405971@toastmastersclubs.org

 

The “Goodie Bag Project” is collecting small toiletry items brought home from hotels and vacations to provide gifts for women incarcerated in Central Valley Women’s Prisons. This is a collaborative effort of the CCWF Inmate Family Council, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Social Justice Committee, and the United Methodist Church of Merced. They are seeking sample/travel size bath gels, body soap, lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small combs and pocket sized packages of tissues (no food, candy, edibles, drinkables, mouthwash or anything containing alcohol). They are also collecting all kinds of greeting cards, wooden pencils and clear, colorless pens, as well as paper scratch pads and picture postcards. Items may be dropped off at the Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., south of McKinley, during open hours, M - F, 11 AM - 3 PM. Checks can be made out to "FCNV Prison Ministry - Goodie Bags," and mailed to the Center at the above address, or dropped off in person. Receipts will be given. All donations are tax-deductible. For additional information or to see if an item is allowable under prison rules, call Maria Telesco at 559-255-9492. Please remember all items must be SMALL. 

 

Volunteers Needed: Collective for Arts, Freedom, and Ecology (CAFE) Fresno, whose mission is to provide a safe space for all people and provide programs and events that provide enrichment and information to Fresno and the Central Valley, is looking for volunteers, especially for Food Not Bombs, an organization that provides a nutritious meal to anybody that would like and need one. Food Not Bombs is in dire need of physical and financial help, and will accept anything that might go to waste that is still useful. This includes but is not limited to: clothing, toys, tools, and furniture. All of these items will be redistributed to others that need them. Food Not Bombs meets on Sundays at CAFE Infoshop (935 F. Street in Fresno) at noon sharp, to chop and cook until 3. At 3 p.m., they serve at the courthouse park. For more information call Vanessa at (559) 485-3937 or e-mail vanpadilla@gmail.com. 

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

High school students from around the world come to the US to spend a year or a semester in American schools. Your family can learn about Germany, China, Finland, Italy, or another country by hosting a student. International Experience is a non-profit that helps you connect with an exchange student hoping to study abroad and invites you to share your home with a student who will become a part of your family. Students in the International Experience program must meet strict guidelines and complete multiple screenings in their home countries. During their stay they are covered by their own health insurance and provide their own spending money. These students want to come to the US to practice English and learn about our culture. As a host family, you simply provide a bed, family meals and invite your student to participate in your family’s traditions and introduce them to our American culture. To learn more about the opening your heart and home to an exchange student contact International Experience at 888-266-29 21. or visit ie-usa.com. 

 

Every Thursday: 

On Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. guitarist and singer/songwriter Steve Ono is hosting the Smugglers Open Mic Night. The Smuggler's lounge is like a large living room with a small PA set up in the corner. Listening will be encouraged. Musicians, singers and spoken word are all welcome. The content must be family friendly. Each guest artist will be playing 2 to 3 songs depending on the number of participants. Minors are allowed when accompanied by a responsible adult.  Steve will play back up guitar or read sheet music (lead sheets preferred) for the artists on request. Steve Ono has been playing and teaching guitar in the Fresno/Clovis area for more than 35 years with hundreds of former students.  The Smuggler's at the Park Inn is a full service restaurant with a full bar. There is a two drink minimum. Dinner is available. The restaurant is located at 3787 North Blackstone Avenue in Fresno. For information, call (559) 230-8450

 

Ongoing:

The AMVETS Call of Duty Endowment Career Centers provide FREE career training and employment assistance to veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reserve members and spouses.   For additional information please call 877-726-8387, once again that is 877-726-8387.

 

Fresno County Public Library is recruiting skilled volunteers to assist teens and parents fill out applications for college and financial aid. When schools are closed, rural students throughout the county often find it difficult to access materials and computers that can help with this milestone in a student’s life. The Fresno County Public Library not only provides a safe and welcoming environment for these students and families, but also has the needed technology and print materials to help them navigate the college and career path. Those with Spanish language skills are encouraged to apply.  By becoming a College Prep Coach, volunteers will dedicate a few hours each week to help families unfamiliar with the task of completing important applications. "All students must have direct access to materials and technology to succeed in life,” says County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny. “By staffing several rural branches with trained volunteers, the Library’s College Prep Program will assist students and families with laying the groundwork for making college a reality.”  If you would like to help a teen go to college visit http://www.fresnolibrary.org and click on the volunteer banner, or call Elizabeth Finkle at (559) 600-9230.

 

The Artists' Loft group at The Studio Community Center in North Fork presents an ongoing Arts & Crafts program of classes for young and old. The classes are affordable and help support The Studio. To view the calendar go to nfstudio.org.  You can click on Artists' Loft @ The Studio from the Home page to learn more about the group.