KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 2/23/18

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


Demonstration Planned if Trump fires Mueller:

Groups from across the country are planning mass demonstrations if President Donald Trump heeds the calls to fire former FBI Director Robert Mueller, now looking into his Russian connections.  The effort, launched this fall, has commitments from more than 100,000 Americans to take part in 500 protests across the country, according to an article just published in The Hill. Member groups include Indivisible, MoveOn.org Civic Action, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Public Citizen, Stand Up America, March for Truth, People for the American Way, Common Cause, and Democracy 21.  Participating cities are listed on https://trumpisnotabovethelaw.org.   The plan calls for protests to begin in Fresno at the corner of Shaw and Blackstone at 5 p.m. local time if Mueller is fired before 2 p.m. and at noon local time the next day if the firing happens after 2 p.m.  For more information, go to the website above.


Friday, February 23rd

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Michael Kunz, Biological and Environmental Science Program Director at Fresno Pacific University, talking about his new book, Muir's Temples: A Natural History of Sequoia Grove's Plants. 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. 


Friday, February 23rd 

Ara Sarafian, director of the London-based Gomidas Institute, will present a lecture titled “Van 1915: The Great Events of Vasbouragan” at 7:30 p.m. in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191. The free public presentation is part of the Spring Lecture Series of the Armenian Studies Program. “Van 1915: The Great Events of Vasbouragan” details what happened to Armenians in the Ottoman province of Van in 1915. Published in Yerevan in 1917, it remains one of the most important works on the Armenian Genocide. Author A-Do [a pseudonym for Hovhannes Ter Martirosian] describes key incidents in harrowing detail, pinpointing April 16, 1915, as the beginning of genocidal attacks against Armenians. A-Do’s book also covers the formation of a provisional Armenian government during the Russian occupation of this region, as well as the great exodus of Armenians to the Caucasus when the Russians withdrew. In his presentation at Fresno State, historian Sarafian will introduce A-Do’s work in its broader historiographical context, before focusing on some of the critical details at hand. His presentation will include photographs, maps, and diagrams that bring A-Do’s work alive. He was a founding director of the Gomidas Institute and is its current director. “Van 1915: The Great Events of Vasbouragan” will be available for sale at the presentation. The Leon S. Peters Foundation is a co-sponsor of the event. Free parking is available in Fresno State Lots P5 and P6, near the University Business Center, Fresno State (parking code 273825 must be used at a kiosk to receive the free permit).  For more information, contact the Armenian Studies Program at 559-278-2669 or visit the website http://fresnostate.edu/artshum/armenianstudies/. 


Friday, February 23rd

Cineculture presents a screening of “Electric Shadows” with discussant Dr. Ed EmanuEl.  Electric Shadows marks the directing debut of Xiao Jiang one of the few active female film directors in China. The film begins when a young woman mysteriously attacks a stranger and then asks him to care for her fish while she is being arrested. When he enters her apartment he discovers an apparent shrine to the iconic Chinese singer and film actress of the 1930s Zhou Zuan, nicknamed “the Golden voice”, and that they share a love of the cinema and more. The film's reverent attitude towards the power of film, and particularly classic films, is a Chinese homage to the 1988 cultural classic Italian film Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore. Through a series of flashbacks the young stranger begins to unravel the incredible series of coincidences that intertwine his life with his attacker’s. The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.  


Friday, February 23rd

Back on the big screen for one night only, “The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)” will screen at the Historic Crest Theatre, 1170 Broadway Plaza in downtown Fresno.  Doors open at 6:30 and the screening is at 7:30 p.m.  What better way to watch a modern classic film than in a classic theatre!  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236934. 


Saturday, February 24th

Nursing students from Fresno State’s California Nursing Students’ Association will be joined by the Fresno State Diabetes Coalition and athletic training students to provide “Health on Wheels” at the Fresno Fairgrounds Flea Market and Swap Meet (1121 S. Chance) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is in partnership with the Fresno State School of Nursing’s Community Health Mobile Unit, which provides access to affordable health care for Central Valley communities, while also providing hands-on training for students in the allied health fields. Residents can receive free immunizations, diabetes and blood pressure screenings and health assessments, as well as information on mental health and lifestyle education. For more information, contact the School of Nursing at 559-278-2041 or Dr. Kathleen Rindahl at krindahl@csufresno.edu. See the full spring 2018 schedule at https://fresnostatelivewellblog.com/2018/02/06/community-health-mobile-unit-continues-free-health-services-for-spring-semester/. 


Saturday, February 24th

The Fresno Art Museum presents TRASHIQUE 2018.  This outrageously fun and stylish affair is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018. As in years past, the evening will include art, music, dancing, food, cocktails, and Fresno’s most anticipated fashion show of the year, featuring ensembles created by artists out of what most people regard as trash. It has an exciting NEW location, the Signature Flight Support airplane hangar, at 3050 N. Winery at Shields in Fresno.  TRASHIQUE 2018 is the primary fundraiser for the Fresno Art Museum in 2018. Proceeds from the event directly support the stellar exhibitions and programs of FAM. The centerpiece of this fun-filled evening is a fashion show of artist-designed ensembles created from what most people would regard as trash. The event will be highly publicized and is expected to sell out.   Doors open for General Admission at 7:30 p.m., and the Fashion Show starts at 8:30 p.m.  Following the fashion show, meet the artists, take a closer look at the garments and enjoy some sweet treats!  After Saturday February 10, 2018 prices will go up to $85, and includes the fashion show, followed by dessert and a No Host Bar.  Friday, February 23rd is the last day to purchase general admission tickets on-line OR by calling 559-441-4221.  On Saturday, February 24th, tickets may only be purchased at the event venue between noon and 4 pm or when doors open at 7:30 pm. For tickets or information, call 559-441-4221 or go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 


Saturday, February 24th

Fire and Water,” an art show by Dixie Salazar, will be on display at the Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness in downtown Fresno, from February 1st – 28th.  The Closing Reception is on Saturday, February 24th from 2-5 p.m. with a discussion on Global Warming at 3 p.m. 


Saturday, February 24th

“Miracle of Marcelino,” the 1955 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize Winner, will screen at the historic Crest Theatre at 1170 Broadway Plaza in downtown Fresno.  The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and admission is free!  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. 


Saturday, February 24th

Exeter’s Man and Woman of the Year, Heritage, Beautification and Business of the Year will be honored at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce 95th Annual Banquet.  

The Exeter Annual Banquet takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the Exeter Veterans Memorial Building. Tickets are $50.00 each, table sponsorship is available and are available at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce.  For more information or to purchase tickets for the Exeter Annual Awards Banquet, contact the Exeter Chamber of Commerce by calling (559) 592-2919 or emailing Chamber@exeterchamber.com. 


Tuesday, February 27th

Fresno Pacific University presents "Fresno Pacific University Women's Chorale and Men's Chorus," at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno. Tickets are $5 general admission, payable at the door; free to FPU community, including alumni cardholders.  For more information, call 559-453-2267, e-mail music@fresno.edu, or go to http://events.fresno.edu/. 


Tuesday, February 27th through Thursday, March 1st

Fresno Pacific University presents "The Reformation and the Twenty-First Century Church," the 2018 Believer's Church Lecture Series at Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Speakers include Robert C. Saler, Ph.D., research professor of Lutheran Studies, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN, and John D. Roth, Ph.D., professor of history, director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.  The line-up is as follows:

* Tuesday, February 27:

   * 2:00 p.m., "What Does the Reformation Have to Say to the Twenty-First Century  

     Church (Outside North America)?" British Columbia Lounge.

   * 7:00 p.m. "What does the Reformation Have to Say to the Twenty-First Century 

      Church (Inside North America)?" Seminary Chapel.

* Wednesday, February 28

    * 7:00 p.m., "Reforming the Contemporary American Church," discussion including 

       representatives of the Roman Catholic, Reformed and Episcopal faith traditions.    

       Seminary Chapel.

* Thursday, March 1

   * 2:00 p.m. "What does the Reformation Have to Say to the Twenty-First Century 

      Anabaptist/Mennonite Church (Outside North America)?" British Columbia Lounge.

   * 7:00 p.m. "What does the Reformation Have to Say to the Twenty-First Century 

      Anabaptist/Mennonite Church (Inside North America)?" Seminary Chapel.

This event is free. For more information, call 559-453-2311.


Thursday, March 1st

For the months of February and March 2018, Gallery 25 will exhibit "Erotica." Gallery 25 members will present a compelling body of work that is inspired with erotic themes. Gallery 25 members consist of a contemporary group of artists working in various mediums including paintings, drawings, photography, digital imagery and mixed media. Some of the Gallery 25 membership have exhibited their artwork internationally, nationally and regionally in various museums and galleries.  You can see the exhibit at the First Thursday Arthop, from 5-8 p.m.  Gallery 25 Hours are Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Gallery 25 is located at the "M Street Arts Complex" located at 1419 "M" Street, Fresno. Contact Gallery 25 at 559-264-4092 and at gallery25.org.


Thursday, March 1st

There will be an opening reception for Linda Zupcic.  Plan to visit Fig Tree Gallery during Art Hop, Thursday March 1, when new member Linda Zupcic is welcomed in with her first showing of block prints at the gallery.  Enjoy a printmaking demonstration by Linda at 6 pm.  Linda is a local printmaker and painter with works showing at Williams West Gallery, Oakhurst and Shaver Lake Art Gallery in Shaver Lake. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and the Fresno Printmaker's Guild.  Her show runs March 1 to April 1, and Fig Tree Gallery is open noon to 4 pm Friday through Sunday.  The Fig Tree Gallery is located at 644 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno.  For more information, call 559-485-0460.


Thursday, March 1st

You’re invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and hear from local businesses on how the New Employment Opportunities Program (NEO) which has saved local businesses more than $2 million in reimbursed wages.  The event takes place from 7 – 9 a.m. at The Grand, 1401 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno.  To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bear-breakfast-tickets-41888406351#tickets. 


Thursday, March 1st and Saturday, March 3rd 

The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short return to Tulare County in March for 2 concerts for the whole family.  On March 1st they will perform a free concert “Around the World in 30 Instruments” at the Tulare County Library and on March 3rd a concert of Celtic, Folk & World music at River Ridge Ranch.  Four Shillings Short, the husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, perform Traditional and Original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Recorders, Tinwhistles, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Native American Flutes, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukulele, Doumbek & Darbuka, Spoons, vocals and even a Krumhorn.  The March 1st concert is from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. at the Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak Ave. in Visalia.  That concert is free.  For more information on that concert, call (559) 713-2700 pr go to www.tularecountylibrary.org.   The March 3rd concert is from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at River Ridge Ranch, 37675 Balch Park Drive in Springville.  Donations are requested.  For more information on that concert, call (559) 539-0207 or visit www.river-ridge.net. 


Friday, March 2nd

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Joanna Shenk, associate pastor of First Mennonite Church in San Francisco, speaking about her book, “Vincent Harding: The Movement Makes Us Human.”  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.


Friday, March 2nd

The Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series presents the Chilingirian-Bagratuni-Hakobyan Trio at 8 p.m. at the Concert Hall at Fresno State. This is the second of three special events this year, in conjunction with the International Chamber Music Series. This concert brings together three of today’s most prominent Armenian musicians: Levon Chilingirian on violin, Suren Bagratuni on cello and Karén Hakobyan on piano. The trio will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Babadjanian. The concert is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program of Fresno State, the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation and the Orpheus Chamber Music Ensemble. Tickets for concerts in the Keyboard Concert Series are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Parking is available in Lot P1 (corner of Shaw and Maple avenues). For ticket reservations, call 559-278-2337. For more information, visit keyboardconcerts.com. 


Friday, March 2nd 

Cineculture presents a screening of “And Then They Came for Us” with discussant Don Tamaki (Fred Korematsu Legal Team Attorney).  Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Directed by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider, And Then They Came for Us features Japanese-American actor George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of the late Dorothea Lange, a photojournalist best known for her Depression-era work. This film brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.  Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it.  And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. Please partner with us to share this critical story. Sponsors of this screening include The Central California District Council of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.  The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/. 


Saturday, March 3rd

Come join Citizens Climate Lobby for a screening of the documentary Saving Snow.  As described on its website: "Across the country, people who depend on winter for their livelihood are feeling the heat. On the sidelines of skiing and snowboarding, an epic struggle to reverse rising temperatures is unfolding. Ski towns and the snow sports industry are paving the way towards a clean energy future."  The post-film discussion will include a brief presentation about what  Citizens' Climate Lobby* is doing to keep winters cold and snowy!  The screening takes place at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. (north of Herndon, between Chestnut & Willow).  This event co-sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Lobby Fresno and the Social Justice and Green Sanctuary Teams of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.  For more information, contact CCL Fresno at fresno@citizensclimatelobby.org. 


Saturday, March 3rd

As part of its “KINDRED” Exhibit, on display now through March 11th, Arte Américas is hosting a free artist reception from 1pm until 4pm that will include an introduction to the artists as well as opportunities to directly listen to them talk about their artwork.  The event is family-friendly and open to the public.  Additional information can be found on the Arte Américas website at www.arteamericas.org, or in the “Multiple Day” calendar section below.


Monday, March 5th

There will be an encore live broadcast of “Silent Sacrifice: The Story of Japanese American Incarceration in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Beyond” at 7 p.m. on Channel 18, Valley PBS.  The film exposes new details in one of America’s darkest chapters in history. After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Americans and immigrants that called the United States their home were subject to

the largest violation of civil liberties in our nation’s history. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 and by May the same year, nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most legal U.S. citizens, were forced to leave their homes, their schools, their businesses and their lives behind and relocate to military-controlled camps.  Four of the temporary Assembly Centers were in the San Joaquin Valley at the Tulare Fairgrounds, Merced Fairgrounds, Fresno Fairgrounds and in Pinedale, CA. Silent Sacrifice explores the prewar challenges Japanese immigrants faced while searching for a new life in America and then how the United States government allowed war hysteria and fear to become stronger than justice.  The two-hour feature documentary will reveal never-before-seen photographs and film footage from this tragic time in our nation’s past and follows the journey of Saburo and Marion Masada of Fresno, CA as they travel to the site of the Jerome Relocation Camp in Arkansas to bring closure to a lifetime of pain 75 years after being imprisoned there. The film features heart-wrenching first-hand experiences from survivors of the prison camps that are now telling their stories after decades of silence.


Wednesday, March 7th

The bands “cars & trains” and CURTA are headed out on tour to support Cars & Trains’ new release off Fake Four Inc. 'Fictions' and CURTA's upcoming release 'End of Future Park'.  This free, all ages event takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Tower District Records

1930 N Echo (across from Fresno High), Fresno.  More information on the bands can be found at http://curta.bandcamp.com/ or https://carsandtrains.net/.  


Friday, March 9th

The next meeting of Central Valley Indivisible, whose mission is to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies, is on March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at 327 W San Carlos Ave. Fresno.  For more information, call Patty Cappelluti at 559-355-9722. 


Friday, March 9th 

The Reedley Peace Center will be screening the first two segments of Ilan Ziv's documentary, Capitalism, including (1) Adam Smith, the Birth of the Free Market, and 

(2) The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel?   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. 


Friday, March 9th 

Cineculture presents a screening of “Angelica” with discussant Marisol Gómez-Mouakad (Director).  Angélica dreams of a major career as a fashion designer in New York, but has not got much further than a boring sewing job. After a long absence from Puerto Rico, she returns to the island when her father, Wilfredo, suffers a heart attack. The unexpected return to the house where she grew up, plus her father’s illness, force Angélica to re-evaluate her relationship with her mother, who has always disdained her because of her race, with family members who are clearly racist, and with her partner in New York, who travels to Puerto Rico in an attempt to recapture her. All this will force her to face herself and discover that she does not know who she is, and moreover that she does not accept herself. After the death of her father, Angélica must decide whether to return to the comfort of her previous life, dissatisfied but secure, or set on an adventurous path to rediscover herself as an independent woman, modern, strong, mulatto and Puerto Rican, in a globalized world on the cusp of the twenty-first century.  Sponsors include the Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies, the Spanish Program, and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures.  The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.  


Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th

The 2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit takes place at the Save Mart Center.  This two day summit, sponsored by Fresno State Transportation Institute and CALSTART, includes expert led workshop sessions, Ride N Drive demonstrations, and the latest in clean transportation technology.  Discover how to access some of the $220 million in funding available for clean air projects.   Registration opens in early February and registration includes lunch.  Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available.  For more information, call or e-mail Erik Cherkaski at echerkaski@mail.fresnostate.edu or (559) 278-4575.  You can register on-line at http://CleanTransportationSJV.eventbrite.com.   


Friday, March 16th

Cineculture presents a screening of “Serenade for Haiti” with discussant Christy McGill (Producer).  Filmed over a seven-year period in Haiti, this documentary feature film by director Owsley Brown tells the story of a small classical music school, the Sainte Trinité Music School, in the heart of troubled Port au Prince, Haiti. This modest school thrives in the shadows of decades of political turmoil and natural disasters.  Its story transcends poverty and political violence and shows how music can transform the lives of the children and faculty of the school and unlock the power of their own lives and imagination.  It is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program.  The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/. 


Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th

The fifteenth annual Reedley Peace Center Retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch takes place with presenter, resource person, and discussion leader Andrew Fiala, professor of philosophy at CSUFresno.  The Program will be segments 3 through 6 of Ilan Ziv's documentary, Capitalism.  These segments are:

(3) Ricardo and Malthus: Did You Say Freedom?

(4) What if Marx Was Right?

(5) Keynes vs. Hayek: A Fake Debate?

(6) Karl Polanyi, the Human Factor.

The retreat starts with a Friday dinner at 5:30, followed by Open Mic.  The program after dinner will include a structured getting to know students, an informal conversation with Andrew and Valerie Fiala, and Episode 3 of Capitalism — introduced by Andrew Fiala.  Then Saturday starts with breakfast at 7:45 (Early risers can do some birding before breakfast), followed by episodes 4 and 5 of Capitalism — with discussion by Andrew Fiala.  Then Saturday lunch at 12 noon followed by Episode 6 of Capitalism in afternoon.  There will be some free time in the afternoon, and Saturday Dinner is at 5:30

The packages and rates are $145/person for Friday dinner through Sat dinner, 
135/person for Friday dinner through Saturday lunch, $50/ person for Saturday three meals, $65/per Room for Saturday night (no meals), and $70/person for Friday night dorm room, all meals.  To sign up for a package, call 637-9098 or e-mail Carol Krehbiel at  carolkrehbiel@gmail.com.  Checks are due by Friday, March 2 made out to St Nicholas Retreat Center.  For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Saturday, March 17th

Pablo Francisco will rock the house with screams of laughter at the Visalia’s Fox Theatre in Visalia. Pablo is one of the most popular touring comedians worldwide. He has earned a reputation for his unique talent to weave together his one of a kind arsenal of off the wall characters and spot-on impressions. Francisco draws his audience into his vivid imagination and takes them on a wild ride as they experience his spontaneous outbursts, clever insights and some of the funniest rapid fire comedy, ever unleashed.  In addition to his Comedy Central specials & DVD’s, Pablo has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Comedy Central’s “The Show Biz Show w/ David Spade” and “Mind of Mencia.” He has also been a cast member on the Fox Network's sketch comedy show "Mad TV,” TBS’s “Frank TV,” and appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show.  The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $25 - $35.  The Visalia Fox Theatre is located at 300 Main St., Visalia.  For more information, call 877-435-9849 or go to https://www.foxvisalia.org/. 


Thursday, March 22nd

“Stranger in the Mirror: The Scientific Search for the Self,” a new book by social psychologist Dr. Robert V. Levine, will challenge assumptions about who we are and the entity we call our self. The book is published by The Press at California State University, Fresno.  Levine will give a lecture titled “The Voices in our Heads” as part of the spring programming for Fresno State’s Center for Creativity and the Arts. The lecture is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Alice Peters Auditorium.   A professor emeritus from the Department of Psychology at Fresno State, Levine has won national and international awards for his research, teaching and writing. He is the outgoing president of the Western Psychological Association and a fellow in the American Psychological Association. He has earned a number of awards for his teaching and research including one of Fresno State’s top honors, the Excellence in Teaching Award, in 2007.   as “Papa Mike” — the founder of the Poverello House homeless shelter in downtown Fresno. McGarvin died on July 1. Levine expands on McGarvin’s story of transformation, from “precocious and innovative criminal” in his younger life to the well-known humanitarian he was for almost 25 years, in Chapter 15, “Finding the Schindler Button.”  “Stranger in the Mirror” is $16 and can be purchased on The Press website and on Amazon.


Friday, March 23rd

Cineculture presents a screening of “Shadow of Drought: Southern California’s Looming Water Crisis” with discussant: Bill Wisneski (Director).  While California recovers from the worst drought in state history, a myriad of impacts resulting from climate change threaten Southern California’s imported water supply. As a shadow of drought hangs over the region, this documentary explores the dire consequences of inaction that lie ahead. The screening is sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Fresnans Against Fracking.  The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/. 


Saturday, March 24th 

As part of its “KINDRED” exhibit at Arte Americas which is open through March 11th, photographer Rebecca Caraveo will host a two-hour workshop from 2-4 p.m. on "taking beautiful pictures with your phone through apps and photography techniques."  This event is offered at a cost of $5 with proceeds going to the artists for their time and fuel costs.  Additional information can be found on the Arte Américas website at www.arteamericas.org, or in the “Multiple Day” calendar section below.


Saturday, March 24th

My Lai Memorial Exhibit will be on display at a venue to be announced later.  The Fresno Center For Nonviolence is proud to support this project, headed by artist Mac McDevitt of Veterans For Peace - Chapter 26 (Chicago).  Veterans For Peace is a group of military veterans and allies across the United States and in several countries whose purpose is to educate the public about the true costs of war, to seek justice for veterans and victims of war, and to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. For more information contact either of the following local organizers:  Camille Russell with Peace Fresno at (559) 276-2795 or Joshua Shurley with Veterans for Peace at (559) 512-9469.  


Sunday, March 25th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno is holding a Nowruz Celebration with Sima Bina, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. in Fresno.  Tickets are $30 general admission or $50 for a VIP ticket, and can be purchased on-line at https://simabina.bpt.me.  For more information, call (559) 709-3851 or go to www.iraniancultureandartclub.com. 


Tuesday, March 27th

The final concert of Fresno Pacific University’s 2017-2018 Pacific Artist Series takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno.  The Compassion, by composer EJ Hinojosa, is a multi-movement musical narrative that teases out nuanced lessons about human suffering and the human nature of Jesus. Comprising various musical styles, the work features a chamber ensemble of strings, winds, piano, drums, electric bass, electric guitar and four vocalists. Composer EJ Hinojosa, a 2016 FPU graduate, is director of music at Community United Church of Christ, where he leads a band, a choir and composes music for worship. He also teaches classroom piano at Roosevelt School of the Arts and teaches privately in the Fresno area.   Admission is $15 for general audiences, $10 for seniors and $5 for members of the FPU community, payable at the door. More information is available at fresno.edu/arts/music/pacific-artist-series, music@fresno.edu, or by calling 559-453-2677.


Friday, March 30th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents a conversation via Skype with Matt Krause (in Turkey), author of Heathen Pilgrimage.  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. 


Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st

Hanford Multicultural Theater Company is hosting the Hanford Monologue Slam at the Bastille, 113 Court St. in Hanford. Contestants from all over the valley and some from beyond, compete in a head to head battle for $500! At the first day of event on Saturday March 31st, starting at 7pm, all contestants do a 2-3 minutes monologue at a microphone in front of an audience and a panel of judges. On Sunday, April 1st, starting at 5pm, the finals begin to select and award the Hanford Monologue Slam Champion!  For more information, tickets and applications, go to www.HanfordMTC.com. 


Friday, April 6th

Cineculture presents a screening of “Dogs of Democracy” with discussant Mary Zournazi (Writer/Director).  Dogs of Democracy is a documentary film about the stray dogs of Athens, Greece, and the people who take care of them. Greek-Australian filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of these dogs and their peoples’ experience. Shot on location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the film is about how the Greeks have become the ‘stray dogs of Europe’, and how the stray dogs in Athens have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the Greek anti-austerity political movement. This is a universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.  “A powerful film narrative, the stray dogs of central Athens are transformed from mere symbols of a peculiar freedom to witnesses of a heart-wrenching human crisis.” Yanis Varoufakis, Greek economist, Academic and Politician. Sponsors include the Classics Program, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, with support from the Phebe McClatchy Conley Endowment.  The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.  


Friday, April 13th

Cineculture presents a screening of “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” with discussant Richard Rhodes (Author of Hedy’s Folly …on which the film is based).  What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day. Sponsors include the Jewish Studies Program and the Jewish Studies Association. The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/. 


Friday, April 20th 

Cineculture presents a screening of “The Other Side of Home” with discussant Naré Mkrtchyan (Director/Producer).  In 1915, estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks, during the Armenian Genocide. In 2015, a Turkish woman named Maya discovers that her great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Maya embodies the conflict as she has two enemies living in her body: one side that suffers and the other side that denies. The documentary follows Maya as she decides to go to Armenia to take part in the 100th commemoration of the genocide and to explore her conflicted identity. This film is a universal story of identity, denial, and how the experience of genocide creates a ripple effect for future generations on both sides. It is sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program.  The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.  


Friday, April 27th 

Cineculture presents a screening of “The Suffragettes (Las Sufragistas)” with discussant Ana Cruz Navarro (Director).  The Suffragettes by Mexican filmmaker Ana Cruz Navarro tells the story of Eufrosina Cruz, an indigenous woman from the Zapotec community of Santa María Quiegolani in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  In 2008, her right to vote and run as Municipal President of her community was denied on the grounds that indigenous customary laws prohibit women from participating in electoral processes.  In Mexico, women won the right to full suffrage in 1953. Today, after a long battle, Eufrosina Cruz is a representative in Mexico’s federal government, and the first indigenous woman to be a member of the Congress of Oaxaca.  The Suffragettes details her political struggle, as well as Mexican women’s long fight for political power.  The film also considers challenges which women in power face, drawing on interviews with Mexican female politicians and Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female president and the first Executive Director of UN Women. Sponsors include the Spanish Program, the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, and the College of Arts and Humanities. The film screens at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  For more information or to see the trailer, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.  


Wednesday, June 6th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents an inspirational and transformative experience with Sister Shivani, a world renowned teacher of Raja Yoga Meditation.  Her TV program on practical spirituality, Awakening with Brahma Kumaris, airs in over 160 countries across five continents. Her YouTube channel has registered over 55 million views and hosts over 355,400 subscribers. She has over 1.7 million followers on Facebook.  She is a Women of the Decade award winner and World Psychiatry Association goodwill ambassador.  The event take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 North Willow Avenue in Clovis (handicap accessible).  Admission is free (though tax-deductible donations will be accepted. Registration is required.  Register at awakening.brahmakumaris.us/fresno.  For more details, please contact Drs. Veena Kapoor and Sudarshan Kapoor at 559-435-2212 or e-mail: BKWSOfresno@gmail.com. 



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.


Thursday, March 1st through Saturday, March 10th

The 2018 Rogue Festival takes place at various venues in the Tower District.  Showtimes vary - see www.roguefestival.com for the complete schedule.  Prices also vary from $5-$10.  Go to http://fresnoroguefestival.com for more information.


Now through Sunday, March 11th

Arte Américas, the largest Latino cultural center in Central California has opened a new exhibition, titled "KINDRED," to critical acclaim featuring the works of nine artists who create evocative, narrative-dense works.  Each of the nine have previously participated in past group shows in the galleries of the cultural center, submitting works that stood out and incited frequent inquiry from visitors.  What connects the nine "KINDRED" artists is that they each serve as artistic ambassadors within their own circles, and are known for inspiring and uplifting other artists.  The exhibition will also include several opportunities to interface with the participating artists.  On Sunday February 18, artist and Cherokee elder Judy DeRosa will host a Native Storytelling gathering in the gallery where she will talk about her works and give deep context to the mythology that inspires the art.  On Saturday March 24, photographer Rebecca Caraveo will host a two-hour workshop on "taking beautiful pictures with your phone through apps and photography techniques."  Both events are offered at a cost of $5 with proceeds going to the artists for their time and fuel costs.  A free artist reception will be hosted on Saturday March 3 from 1pm until 4pm that will include an introduction to the artists as well as opportunities to directly listen to them talk about their artwork.  The event is family-friendly and open to the public.  The KINDRED exhibition will be on view through March 11, 2018.  Additional information can be found on the Arte Américas website at www.arteamericas.org. 


Now through May 1st

Fresno State’s Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing evaluations to the campus community and general public. Evaluations will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the on-campus Audiology Clinic. The two-hour evaluations test for hearing loss, and can identify the type and severity of the loss. Appointments must be made in advance by completing a case history form, available online. Upon approval, an appointment may be scheduled based on availability. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis as the number of evaluations are limited during the semester. Clients must be at least 3 years old. The comprehensive evaluations provide advanced clinical training and research opportunities for speech-language pathology students, who are supervised by licensed and nationally certified audiologists. Hearing evaluations are free of charge, but a suggested donation of $20 is appreciated. Donations help fund clinical supplies, assessment materials and technology equipment to help sustain the program. Placement in the Audiology Clinic is not contingent upon a donation. For more information, contact 559-278-2422 or cddssa@csufresno.edu. 


Now through May 3rd

Registration for the African American Youth Leadership Academy is now open for mothers, ages 16 to 30, to learn about leadership development and advocacy. The free, 13-week program is hosted by the Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative and the Central California Center for Health and Human Services at Fresno State. Participants will work alongside other mothers to expand their knowledge of leadership skills, reproductive justice, mental health and action-taking steps in the community. The academy is happening now through May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Legacy Commons (2255 S. Walnut Ave.). To register or learn more, contact Kristin Carraway at kristinc@csufresno.edu or 559-228-2164.


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, January 4th through Sunday, February 25th  

Good Company Players presents Jane Austen’s classic “Sense and Sensibility” at  Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre.  In this exciting new production of one of Jane Austen’s most famous novels, two sisters cope with poverty, passion, and prattle in this critically acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austin’s witty and romantic tale of human foibles. Follow the intelligent and courageous Dashwood sisters as they contend with love, betrayal, family dynamics, and country gossip. Good Company Players’ production of this innovative version features a talented guest director, Kathleen McKinley, guest choreographer, Ruth Griffin, and a versatile cast playing multiple roles at a break-neck pace. Audiences will delight in the ingenious staging as furniture and props fairly fly through the air from one scene to the next, transforming into new objects, landscape, and set pieces.   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, January 18th through Sunday, March 18th   

Good Company Players production of ANNIE brings everyone’s favorite orphan to the stage at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District.  With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie greets life with open arms despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. With the help of the other girls at Miss Hannigan’s Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC in search of her parents. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie spreads hope throughout the Depression, rescues a loveable mutt named Sandy, foils Miss Hannigan's evil plans, melts a billionaire’s heart, and even provides the inspiration for President Roosevelt’s New Deal! Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical, and Good Company Players’ cast and crew doubles down on the kinship theme with a variety of mother-daughter teams, numerous pairs of siblings, a complete nuclear family, and a few family dogs for good measure!  Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."    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.


Tuesday, February 6th through Saturday, February 24th

The Department of Africana Studies at Fresno State will present “Black Agitprop,” an exhibition that showcases themes and topics from the department’s courses in the Henry Madden Library’s Ellipse Gallery, February 6th through 24th. There will be a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, February 22nd. The free, public exhibition will showcase the political purpose art has for understanding major themes within the Africana experience, such as protest and resistance. It consists of contributions from Dr. Malik Simba, history and Africana studies professor; Dr. DeAnna Reese, chair of the Department of Africana Studies; and other faculty in the program. For more information, contact Dr. Malik Simba at 559-278-2832.


Saturday, February 10th through Sunday, May 20th

The Henry Madden Library will host an exhibition of local artist Corky Normart, a Fresno native and Fresno State alumnus, featuring cityscapes and landscapes of the region and a selection of his new work.  The exhibition, “Places You Know, Places You've Been: 66 Years of Art by C. Normart,” will be on view at the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery in the Madden Library (second floor, north wing).  Normart, a Fresno State fine arts graduate, works primarily in watercolor. His work also includes sculpture, stained glass and his design and restoration of the Great Dome over the Tomb of Jesus Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This project brought Normart international recognition, and elements of this commission along with his paintings, will be included in the exhibition.  For more information or physical accommodations, contact Sharon Ramirez at 559-278-5790 or sramirez@csufresno.edu. 


Friday, February 16th through Saturday, February 24th

The eighth annual Contemporary Dance Ensemble spring production, “Epistêmê,” will run at the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building at Fresno State.  The production is a series of five new, original, contemporary dance works and one returning favorite, created specifically for the ensemble. Choreography is provided by Fresno State theatre arts professor Kenneth Balint, Fresno State dance major Nathalie Quiros and guest international dance artists and choreographers Janelle Paris and Anandha Ray.  Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.  Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday nights. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday nights, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.  For more information, contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu. 


Saturday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 10th

Aileen Imperatrice and husband Tony are performing a storytelling show during the 2018 Rogue Performance Festival all about their recent Kidney surgeries.  You are invited to “That Kidney Show” and will have 4 chances to see them at Fulton Street Art, 1118 N. Fulton St., Fresno, in the Tower District (right next door to the restaurant Veni Vidi Vici).  This is a show they’ve been working on for the last few months, now giving them the chance to tell some of their poignant and humorous behind the scenes stories to a larger audience.  Aileen will be sharing some of her art work that pertains to their stories live during the show.  Show dates and times: “That Kidney Show”

Saturday, March 3rd at 1:45 PM

Sunday, March 4th at 6:45 PM

Thursday, March 8th at 8:30 PM

Saturday, March 10th at 6:45 PM

Seats are $6 and latecomers are welcome.


Monday, March 5th through Thursday, March 8th

There will be four Madera County Transportation Commission 2018 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy Community Engagement Workshops.  Help the MCTC expand transit use, make space for bicycles and pedestrians, and link land use and transportation.  The four workshops take place at the following locations and times:

 Monday, March 5th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Chowchilla City Hall, Council 

  Chambers, 130 S 2nd Street in Chowchilla

 Tuesday, March 6th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Madera County Transportation 

  Commission Offices, 2001 Howard Road, Ste. 201 in Madera

 Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Oakhurst Community Center, 

  Pavilion Room, 39800 Road 425B in Oakhurst, and

 Thursday, March 8th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Webster Elementary School, 

  Cafeteria, 36477 Ruth Avenue in Madera.

For more information, contact Dylan Stone at (559) 675-0721 ext.17 or by e-mail to dylan@maderactc.org, or visit www.maderactc.org. 


Every Tuesday, February through April, 2018

The Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative is partnering with Fresno Barrios Unidos on “Keeping It Real”, a 12-week leadership enhancement program for African American fathers or young men interested in The Noble Youth curriculum. Topics include building knowledge of leadership skills, healthy relationships, culture and healing, goal setting and purpose, maleness and manhood, reproductive health, partner violence, stereotypes and community engagement. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate and stipend. The program takes place each Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Legacy Commons (2255 S. Walnut Ave.). The Central California Centers for Health and Human Services at Fresno State is also a program sponsor. To register or learn more, contact Kristin Carraway at kristinc@csufresno.edu or 559-228-2164, or David Bouttavong at david@fresnobarriosunidos or 559-453-9662.





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. 



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



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



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.