KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 6/24/22
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The Madera County Dept. of Public Health is introducing a new incentive program funded by CalViva Health that rewards Madera County residents for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. By referring a friend to get vaccinated, both the referrer and the newly vaccinated friend will be given a $25 gift card while supplies last. To participate, one must first sign up for the program by visiting MCDPH’s vaccine page, www.MaderaCounty.com/COVID19Vaccine, where they will be given a unique 4-digit code. This code can be shared with family and friends who aren’t yet vaccinated. Those who do not have an email or internet access that wish to participate, may call 311 to receive a referral code. The person who was referred must provide the 4-digit code at the time of their first dose appointment. Following the visit, both parties will receive their gift card within one week. There is no limit on the number of individuals a person may refer.
Friday, June 24th
Come hear live music in the park with The Yard Dogs, from 8-9:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 600 W. Robertson Blvd. in Chowchilla. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the Vendor’s Fair and Certified Farmer’s Market. This event is free to the community.
Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th
The FOOSA Philharmonic Orchestra is back for its 10th anniversary with top musicians playing alongside top high school and college student musicians in a unique festival that brings the music world to Fresno. In years past, the FOOSA Philharmonic concert has been held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. After a year off in 2020 due to COVID-19 and a smaller string ensemble in 2021, the full FOOSA orchestra returns with two special performances in the Central Valley. The Gala Concert, “From Sorrow to Celebration: Mahler 5 at the Saroyan,” is at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the William Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno. Tickets are free with registration. The orchestra will perform Ravel’s “La Valse” and Mahler's “Symphony No. 5.” In Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, the composer delivers a heartfelt love letter to his future wife. In this epic journey from darkness into light, grief and loss are transformed through the power of love into joy and jubilation. The final concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. This performance will feature the Concerto Competition winners with the full orchestra. The performance is free and open to the public. Go to https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1692/GID2/blank.aspx?sid=1692&gid=2&pgid=2065&cid=3975&Source=pressrelease to register for tickets.
Wednesday, June 29th
There will be a public meeting to develop strategies to solve the problem of mass shootings and gun violence, at 7:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 4147 E Dakota Ave, Fresno. In the greater Fresno community St. James Cathedral, in partnership with the Fresno Clergy Coalition, is forming a task group on gun safety and taking point to organize and create partnerships and strategies with other faith communities and non-governmental organizations to impact policy and create meaningful change. "Together we are many. We cannot do everything but we can do something. And because we cannot do everything, we will not refuse to so something that we can do. Enough is enough!" For more information, contact Dean Samuel Colley-Toothaker at Dean@stjamesfresno.org or 847-714-6975, or Deacon Nancy Key at DeaconNancy@diosanjoaquin.org or 559-269-9013.
Wednesday, June 29th
CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a free workshop on Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Learn the basics of video editing using Adobe’s leading video editing software, Premiere Pro CC. We will teach you how to start your project, use various tools, and export your final videos. CMAC Membership is required. The workshop is from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at CMAC, 1555 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 201 in downtown Fresno. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-introduction-to-adobe-premiere-pro-tickets-348423874187?aff=calendars.
Saturday, July 23rd
The Fresno Historical Society invites you to “Farm to Fashion, an Origin Story Fashion Show.” Fashion has become entrenched in our lives, everywhere we look. Come join the Fresno County Historical Society, in partnership with Bebe O's and Talene Karkazian, in taking a walk on the wild side with some designers and stylists that will tell a very special Origin Story of the Fruitvale Estate through design and fashion. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see cutting-edge designs and some fantastically distinctive styling options! Just imagine a summer evening on the Veranda of Kearney Mansion, stunning designers and models, add in a DJ and you will be part of an instant party on Saturday, July 23rd. Make this a night to remember! Hor d'oeuvres and welcome cocktail included with ticket purchase. Tickets are $90; $15 early bird discount when purchased before July 9th, 2022. For tickets or more information, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/product-page/farm-to-fashion-an-origin-story-fashion-show.
Thursday, September 22nd
Central California Legal Services invites you to its annual Champions of Justice Celebration from 4-7 p.m. at the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, 11605 Old Friant Rd.in Fresno. The event will honor Dr. Carole Goldsmith with the Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award, Vincent Andrade with the Cruz Reynoso Legacy Award, and Lali Moheno with the Mary A. Curry Communities Rising Award. For more information contact Luisa Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kasey Madden at email@example.com.
Saturday, September 24th
The Fresno Historical Society is excited to host their premiere barbeque competition to be held on September 24, 2022 from 11am to 9pm, The Great Kearney BBQ Smoke Out, a KCBS Sanctioned Master Series event. Join them for a full day of mouth-watering BBQ along with side dishes and desserts that showcase the bounty of the Valley. They anticipate that more than 30 competitors from around the country, and many from right here in Fresno County, will be competing for a prize purse of $8,000 awarded over four categories and Grand Champion. Local sides and dessert competitions will also be held during the event. Guests will see professionals and amateurs at work on the grill, feast on BBQ and all the fixings. The event also includes local artisans and exhibitors along with community booths, a kids zone, games, food trucks each with a specialty BBQ menu item, local breweries and stroll through our Fields of Fresno - A Century in the Soil outdoor agriculture exhibition; all presented in the lush, shade of historic Kearney Park. Additionally, the event's main stage will feature a full day of live music including headliner Rudy Parris who will bring that Bakersfield Sound to Kearney Park as we celebrate all of the flavors that make the Valley great. This exciting day is sure to be fun for the whole family. Don't wait get your tickets today! Tickets are $68 for the Family Four Pack which includes:
2 Adult (21+ and over) tickets
2 Child tickets
8 BBQ Tasting Tickets
4 Beer or Wine Tasting Tickets
4 Peoples Choice Voting Tickets
1 Parking Pass
Single Adult tickets are $20 (or $25 with beer & wine tasting); Single children’s tickets are $15, and the VIP package for $200 includes:
4 Adult (21+ and over) tickets
12 BBQ Tasting Tickets
8 Beer or Wine Tasting Tickets
4 Peoples Choice Voting Tickets
VIP Seating at the Main Stage
4 "I'm a FAN of History" hand fans
1 FCHS Friends and Family Membership (1 year)
For tickets or more information, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/great-kearney-bbq.
Saturday, November 5th
TRASHIQUE® will be back at the Fresno Art Museum! More details soon!
Friday, November 18th
“TRINITY: Classically Irish” will perform on Friday, November 18th, 2022 at the Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 815 East Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728. This show is all ages and begins at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Three accomplished young Irish singers, all with performance experience on stages around the world, make up the cast of PBS’s newest Celtic music project— Trinity. Their first PBS concert, from the creator and producer of The Irish Tenors, Daniel Hart and former PBS Fundraising Vice President Joe Campbell, is scheduled for release in March 2022. Three great young voices matched with the most beloved Irish songs and great new arrangements for the symphony orchestra add up to a magical musical experience. Tickets are $24.50, $37.50 & $49.50 for reserved seating. There is no price increase on the day of show. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 27thth and are available at https://TowerTheatreFresno.com.
Saturday, November 26th
The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute, performs in Fresno on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 815 East Olive Ave, Fresno. This show is all ages and begins at 8:00 PM with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, $47.50 & $65.00 for reserved seating. Prices increase by $5.50 on the day of show. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st and are available at TowerTheatreFresno.com. If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. For more information please visit: The FabFour.com.
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:
Flu Season 2021-2022
No-cost flu vaccination clinics will be held throughout the season at multiple locations across Fresno county. Social distancing will be maintained at all flu vaccination clinic sites and masks will be required per state guidance, except for those exempt due to a medical condition or age. The 2021-2022 flu vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses that are most likely to cause disease this season. While it cannot prevent all cases of the flu, the vaccine is the best defense against the disease and the potential serious complications from it that can include pneumonia and/or death. After receiving the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for protection to develop, and protection lasts several months to a year. If a child nine years or younger is receiving their first flu vaccine, they should receive two vaccines this season separated by a timeframe 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 community flu vaccination events. For dates, times and locations of the FCDPH flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit www.fcdph.org/noflu. For additional information regarding the influenza (flu) season, please contact the FCDPH Immunization Program at (559) 600-3550.
Saturday, February 5th through Sunday, June 26, 2022
The Fresno Art Museum is bringing an exhibit of Andy Warhol’s iconic works to Fresno. The exhibit is titled “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop, Works from the Bank of America Collection,” and features an extensive collection loaned free to the museum from Bank Of America’s corporate art collection. The exhibit is comprised of 94 artworks representing 12 portfolios and individual prints by Warhol. Among them: the iconic soup cans, as well as magazine covers from Warhol’s Interview magazine. The Fresno Art Museum is at 2233 North First St. (next to Radio Park, between Clinton and Yale avenues). Current hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
Saturday, February 12th through Saturday, October 15th
The Fresno Historical Society invites you to one of its eight “Fields of Fresno” Ag Tours of the 2022 season. Fields of Fresno Ag Tours provide engaging, educational and fun excursions to farms and agribusiness locations in and around Fresno County. The goal of the project is to help residents and visitors alike come to understand what farming entails in this region and, in some cases, simply how certain crops grow. The February 12th tour will include a unique tour starting at the Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery at 7:15 a.m. with a brief history of M. Theo Kearney and his legendary Kearney Ranch and Fruit Vale Estate. Next, their comfortable and spacious coach bus will depart for a demonstration site operated by the African American Farmers of California on a parcel that was part of the original Fruit Vale Estate. The third stop will take you to Belmont Nursery which grows the largest selection of garden plants in the Central Valley. You will visit up to ten on-site greenhouses where garden décor, seasonal, tropical, house and edible plants are grown and enjoy a chance to hear from the expert staff at the Nursery. The final stop of this trip will be at the Fresno State Winery for a guided tour and wine tasting before returning to Kearney Mansion by 1:15 p.m. Fields of Fresno Ag Tours are scheduled by the Fresno County Historical Society to be held eight times in 2022. Each adventure will feature a different route that focuses on what is in season at that time. Visit valleyhistory.org/ag-tour for updates and schedules. All proceeds will benefit educational programs at FCHS. In light of current COVID conditions, they have reduced the capacity of this tour for the safety of their guests and staff. Space is limited so secure your tickets today! Tours are scheduled for the following dates (subject to change):
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Friday, April 1, 2022
Friday, May 20, 2022
Friday, July 29, 2022
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Saturday, October 15, 2022
For tickets or information, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/ag-tour.
Friday, April 1st through Saturday, October 15th
The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to the 2022 Fields of Fresno Ag Tours. FCHS, in partnership with the Fresno County Farm Bureau, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau and a number of local growers and sponsors, is excited to offer a full slate of engaging and educational experiences. Stops will be based on what crops are in season so each excursion will be unique. Guests will enjoy an elegant Mansion Tour highlighting the deep agri-business roots of the original Fruit Vale Estate, followed by a curated motor coach ride that will bring to life the Roots of our Valley. Each trip includes a catered lunch and tastings at designated locations, along with a chance to hear directly from the farmers and business owners who work the land and grow the products that we rely on each day. Call Tour Director Candice Hill-Troutman at 559-777-4091 for large group reservations of eight or more people. The cost is $85 per tour, and the scheduled tours are as follows:
Friday, April 1, 2022 - Citrus
Friday, May 20, 2022 - Peaches
Friday, July 29, 2022 - Fruit Trail
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Tomatoes
Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Almonds & Wine
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Farmers Markets
(* Some dates may be subject to change.) For more information or to register, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/ag-tour.
Thursday, May 19th through Sunday, July 10th
Good Company Players invites you to a performance of “The Music Man,” “Trouble with a capital ‘T’, and that rhymes with ‘P’, and that stands for…” Perfect! Performances are at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District. On Thursdays, a sumptuous dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:30 and the performance at 8:00 p.m. On Friday & Saturday, a mouth-watering served meal begins service at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m. And on Sunday matinees, a hearty full service brunch begins service at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show performances are $65 (or $60 for seniors, students and members of the military with valid ID; $50 for young adults 16-21). Show only tickets are $35. All visitors must have proof they are fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus with them when attending the performance. Due to rising COVID numbers and in order to help protect the most vulnerable among us, they ask that you wear your masks when not eating or drinking, when leaving your table, and at all times while the performance is in progress unless you have a medical condition that precludes the use of masks. For tickets, go to https://rogerrockas.com/shows/categories/roger-rockas/.
Monday, May 30th through the end of August
The Fresno State The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.) will be open from Monday, May 30 through August, and daily hours follow: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Customers can currently enjoy a mix of campus-raised produce that includes apricots, cucumbers, grapefruit, green beans, nectarines, oranges, peaches and squash. Peppers and tomatoes will likely arrive in early June, and other commodities like table grapes will follow in July. The Fresno State Winery will offer a discount on several of its wines — 2018 vintages of Malbec, Petite Verdot, Sargent Zinfandel and Pinot Noir Russian River wines. Customers can also enjoy its Tailgate Red wine in cans, which are ideal for summer BBQs, picnics and other outdoor activities. Popular meat products at the market include over 30 varieties of sausages, dried artisan-style salami, snack products and popular meat cuts. New, five-pound ground beef packages will be available in the meat case, and combination specials featuring tri-tip, steak and sausage for grilling will arrive by mid-June. The campus creamery has added two ice cream flavors — coconut pineapple and cake batter — among its 20 flavors at the market available in cones, pint and 1.5-quart sizes. Students produce ice cream and cheese from campus dairy milk. Nut and candy products are also available, and food science and nutrition staff will offer baked products and to-go meal items like a new cucumber salad made from campus produce. Outdoor and indoor plants will be available from the campus horticulture nursery. More information on current produce and store specials is available at the Gibson Farm Market Facebook page or by calling 559-278-4511.
Monday, May 30th through Saturday, September 24th
Madera County has received a 14-foot steel beam salvaged from the Twin Tower attacks on September 11, 2001. On Saturday May 28, 2022, the beam will travel through Madera County for the citizens to view. The beam will be escorted by area firefighters, law enforcement, and the American Legion Motorcycle Riders.
7:30am – 8:30am: Oakhurst Community Center, 398000 Fresno Flats Rd., Oakhurst
9:15am: Tesoro Viejo Fire Station No. 7, 4155 Towne Center Blvd., Madera
9:45am: Madera Ranchos, Westbound Ave 12, Madera
10:15am: Madera South High School, WB Almond to NB Pine, Madera
10:25am: Town & Country Park, 2300 Howard Rd., Madera
10:35am: Madera High School, Olive Ave. & Stadium Rd., Madera
10:45am: Rotary Park, NB Gateway Dr., Madera
The beam will also be available for viewing at several local events:
• Monday May 30th – Memorial Day Ceremony – Courthouse Park.
• Thursday June 16th – Business Extravaganza – Hatfield Hall.
• Monday July 4th – Fireworks Show – Madera Fairgrounds.
• Thursday September 8th – 11th – Madera Fair.
• Saturday September 24th – Old Timers’ Day Parade.
The beam will lead the Old Timers’ Day Parade on Saturday September 24, 2022, at 10:00am. At the conclusion of the parade, a beam resting ceremony will take place in Courthouse Park, as the beam will be lifted and placed on its permanent resting monument. This event will be open to the public.
Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 12th
The Fresno Art Museum is once again offering it’s Summer Art Academy at the Museum. There will be Workshops for children and teens, ages 8-17. This year’s scheduled workshops include:
WEEK 1 - JUNE 13 to 17
AM: Stop-Motion Animation
PM: Comic Book Design
WEEK 2 - JUNE 20 to 24
AM: Pop Art Inspired by Andy Warhol
PM: Print It!
WEEK 3 - AUGUST 1 to 5
AM: Let's Face It! Explore Portraiture
PM: Capture It! Explore Composition & Photography
WEEK 4 - AUGUST 8 to 12
AM: Drawing & Painting What You See
PM: Crazy Couture & Accoutrements-Inspired by A Queen Within
The cost for 1 week half day is $195 for Museum members or $220 for non-Museum members; for 1 week full day: $360 for Museum members or $395 for non-Museum members. For more information and a link to register on-line, go to Fresnoartmuseum.org/ART2022.
Friday, June 24th through Sunday, August 14th
The Good Company Players presents “Living on Love.” Sparks fly in this hysterical romantic comedy when a demanding diva and her larger-than-life maestro husband each hire attractive young ghost writers for their respective autobiographies. The play will be performed at Good Company Players’ Second Space Theatre, located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. Show times are Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Prices are $25 general admission; $20 students/seniors/military. Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For information and group reservations, call Dave at (559) 266-9493. For general tickets, call 559-266-0660 to reserve or online at https://tickets.gcplayers.com/purchase/events/categories/2nd-space-theatre/i-remember-mama-2022/. Guests must show full vaccination OR proof of negative PCR tests taken within 72 hours for admission. Masks are optional.
Sunday, June 26th through Friday, July 1st
Summer Music Camp at Fresno Pacific University takes place at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. This is for students entering grades 6 through 12 (ages 11-19 as of September 1), and features intensive music-making and learning with outstanding university music faculty to develop personal responsibility, including effective practice habits, mutual respect and conceptual education as opposed to mere rote learning. Programs in woodwinds and brass, strings, voice, piano and contemporary worship are available. More information at fresno.edu/news-events/event/1764/summer-music-camp-2022.
Monday, June 27th through Sunday, July 24th
For the 17th time, CSU Summer Arts is being hosted in-person at Fresno State, from June 27 to July 24. Summer Arts was hosted at Fresno State from 1999 through 2011 and returned to the Central Valley in 2017 after being held at CSU Monterey Bay from 2012-16. The program wasn’t offered during the COVID shutdown in 2020 and last year was exclusively online, but this year they’re back on campus offering live instruction and performances. For a full line-up of events and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.calstate.edu/SummerArts/Festival/Pages/Public-Events.aspx#EventCalendar.
Every other Thursday starting February 17th
Starting February 17th, Fresno Pacific University will open an alumni, student and community wind band ensemble under the direction of George Dougherty, D.M.A., associate professor of music and director of bands. Pieces will be “interesting and not too difficult” Dougherty says, and rehearsals will be every other Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Concerts are planned for March 2 and April 20 with the possibility of involvement May 7 at FPU’s Spring 2022 Commencement. There will be a $50 registration fee. For more information, contact the Music Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-453-2267.
Redistricting Access Center now open:
The Statewide Database is excited to announce the opening of six Redistricting Access Centers across California. The centers are located in the state’s largest population hubs: Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Each Redistricting Access Center will be equipped with publicly accessible computers and redistricting software developed by the Statewide Database. Through the redistricting software, members of the public can develop community of interest or district-based input to submit to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Staff will be available at each location to help members of the public use the redistricting software. Click Here to schedule a virtual appointment or call 559-721-6902. For more information about the Fresno Redistricting Access Center, go to https://statewidedatabase.org/redistricting_access_centers/#fresno.
Anyone impacted by wildfires in Fresno or Madera County can receive free referral support, group support, and one-on-one crisis intervention by reaching out to 559-573-9247 or 559-573-9255. Those needing help can also contact Nation’s Finest through email at: email@example.com or Maderawildfire@nationsfinest.org.
Starting May 12th
The County of Fresno is encouraging families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment begins May 12, 2021. For qualifying households, the benefit provides:
· Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
· Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
· A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Families can apply online at www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org. To learn more, families can visit https://fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or call (833) 511-0311.
Starting April 5, 2021:
The County of Fresno has been awarded approximately $30 million from the United States Department of Treasury and the California Department of Housing and Community Development for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program for individuals affected by COVID-19. This program will assist renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19. The County is partnering with RH Community Builders to administer the program. Applications will begin to be accepted on Monday, April 5, 2021. Eligible households must reside within the County’s jurisdiction, including county islands within the cities of Fresno and Clovis. Please note the City of Fresno received separate allocations for this purpose, so City residents should contact the City for information about their program. For more information on the Fresno County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, please visit www.fresnorentalhelp.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 559-515-4700.
Second & Fourth Wednesdays starting June 23rd
The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with The Source LGBT+ Center and the Fresno EOC LGBTQ Center will provide no-cost Pop-Up groups in Fresno County starting June 23, 2021. The Pop-Up groups are a way to provide affirming, supportive and safe space for local LGBTQ+ persons. Pop-Up groups seek to focus on protective factors so to reduce risk factors for suicide, substance use and
mental illness. The project plans to conduct population specific engagement, support, affirmation, and education for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults as well as for family members and care takers. These efforts have been utilized in ways to reduce the risk factors for suicide in the LGBTQ community. While funded through the County’s Mental Health Services Act-Suicide Prevention efforts, the program is not focused on suicide
prevention specifically, but on protective factors so to lessen the risks for suicidal ideation and suicides. Belonging is a protective factor, and in instances where youth may not feel that they belong, in their home, in their classrooms, etc., having support groups can fill that void and provide some belonging and start to reduce some of the risk factors. The Pop Ups will provide some critical protective factors by providing:
Connections to other adults who are not parents. Safe space, closeness to caring friends, awareness, and access to local health services, as well as support to parents so to strengthen connectedness with their child and learn how to better support their youth. To learn about the Pop-Up groups and/or participate interested persons can contact The Source LGBT+ Center’s Spencer Salazar at email@example.com . The initial groups will be on-line from 4pm-6pm starting on June 23, 2021. Groups will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. The groups will be virtual initially with plans for in-person locations being developed.
Fourth Wednesday of each month:
Sisters for Pelvic Health meet the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm-7:00pm at Creative Therapeutics - Socially Distant, 2763 E Shaw Ave #102, Fresno. You can also join virtually via Zoom. To join remotely, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can send you the Zoom link. They plan a fun evening getting to know you and supporting each other on our journeys' through pelvic pain. Remember that all women are welcome, so please spread the word and invite others to join us. They are on social media on facebook and instagram. So please share those posts as well: instagram.com/sistersforpelvichealth, facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth, and www.facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth.
Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to join them for guided meditation, wisdom insights and discussion on Peace of Mind and Harmony in Relationships. Know yourself on your journey of personal development and help yourself to grow and discover your values. Password and ID for all the meditation classes is now: ID 277 751 8092, Passcode 807401. For more information call (559) 435-2212 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Ecological Farming Association stands in solidarity with Asian Americans as they are senselessly being targeted with violence in our country. In modest recognition of the invaluable role they have played in agriculture on the West Coast, we bring to you the 2021 EcoFarm Conference recording of the workshop: “Untold Story: Asian Farmers in California.” It is important to understand history if we are to understand the present and consider the future of who owns land and who is farming the food that we eat. Asians and Asian-American farmers have played and continue to play a significant role in the agriculture sector in California, and yet their contributions are under-recognized, and their voices non-existent or muted with regards to food and farming. This interactive workshop features a panel of California farmers who represent a diversity of Asian ethnicities, ages and gender. The farmers share their stories about how they got into farming and how farming connects with their cultural heritage. Also featured is a mini-exhibition — a collection of historical and modern photos that show the contributions of Asians to farming in California. To view the presentation, go to https://vimeo.com/515867013.
Humanity has backed itself into an ecological endgame as we approach the year 2050.
Featuring musician Moby along with leading scientists, and created by physician turned environmentalist Sofia Pineda Ochoa, ENDGAME 2050 lays out the existential crises bearing down on the planet and underscores the harsh reality that, unless we take responsibility and act urgently now, we are hastening our own destruction and that of virtually all other life on the planet. You can view the film on YouTube by going to https://www.endgame2050.com.
The Central Sierra Resiliency Fund is supporting long-term Creek Fire recovery efforts in communities within the vicinity of Fresno County’s Central Sierra region including, but not limited to, Huntington Lake, Lakeshore, Big Creek, Shaver Lake, Pine Ridge, Meadow Lakes, Alder Springs, and Auberry. A component of recovery is acknowledging the grief brought on by a disaster, and remembering that which came before. The Resiliency Fund is committed to honoring the historical legacy of the Central Sierra region by collecting community stories of the Creek Fire--and the unique histories that precede the Creek Fire--and preserving those stories through the Central Sierra Historical Society. The Resiliency Fund has begun collecting community stories with an online story and photo submission process. These stories will be used as a way to document and preserve the many experiences and impacts of the Creek Fire. This repository could later be used to construct a comprehensive Creek Fire exhibit at the museum, community kiosks and/or a book. Please help us spread the word about this project to anyone with a Creek Fire story to share. We will collect the stories, preserve them, and weave them into the history displayed at the Central Sierra Historical Society Museum and beyond. We will also be sharing stories on our website and social media.
These can be stories of places, artifacts, or of your experience during the Fire itself. For more information, go to https://sierrahistorical.org/resiliencyfund/storytelling-program/.
Fresno Historical Society’s Virtual Time Traveler’s Event
During the Covid-19 pandemic, your FCHS has been working to ensure our students are still connecting to history and social studies lessons! Although their FCHS annual Living History event was not able to be held in 2020, the Society, along with their generous sponsors, is able to provide the School Days experience through an exciting array of online digital curriculum. Twelve immersive and unique lessons will take students on a journey to the America of the 1800s and will share the story of Fresno County in the 19th century though activities, video presentations and connecting with historical figures of the time. To link to this event, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers.
Every weekday from noon to 1 p.m.:
KFCF will be airing Governor Gavin Newsome’s Press briefings.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m.:
KFCF will be airing the County of Fresno’s Corona Virus updates.
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 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 Thursday and Sunday
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering Weekly meditations- Thursdays 7 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Zoom ID 277 751 8092, Passcode: 807401. For more information, contact them at (559) 435-2212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or visit the official FNB website, foodnotbombs.net.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
ON LINE EVENTS AND RESOURCES
In these difficult times, there may be services available that can help families get through. Many families are experiencing challenges that they never thought they would face. The Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to help. There are a variety of ways for Fresno County residents to apply for and access assistance and services. DSS administers a wide variety of programs that can help residents in need. These include help with food, health insurance, job training, homeless assistance, and emergency cash assistance. There are several ways the community can access DSS services:
Find general information at www.fresnocountyca.gov/DSSassist
Apply for services online at www.MyBenefitscalwin.org
Call the DSS Service Center at 1-855-832-8082
For more information, please visit www.fresnocountyca.gov/DSSassist
Below are links for a series of webinars offered by the Reedley Peace Center on the issue of Immigration:
The Fresno Commission for Police Reform, which was formed following a demonstration of local outrage response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, is presenting the public with a rare opportunity observe and interact with its important work. The commission's website, https://www.fresno-cpr.com,is an excellent resources for all who want to learn more, respond to a survey created by Fresno State's Sociology Department and participate in some of the Commission's discussions. It is also an opportunity to observe local leaders grappling with the important and challenging task of police reform.
The Film “Economics of Happiness” can be viewed on line for free at https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-economics-of-happiness/?link_id=8&can_id=32c6c32bbda29a00eef53b1184d86952&source=email-where-do-we-go-from-here-22&email_referrer=email_888883&email_subject=where-do-we-go-from-here.
In commemoration of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, watch the animated movie “Barefoot Gen” about a Japanese family in Hiroshima in the days before and after the bombing. Warning: THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. It is very graphic but dispells any illusions about the effects of nuclear war. If you don't subscribe or can't find the movie with dubbed English voices on Netflix or other movie sites, you can buy it on Amazon for $20 or watch it for free with English subtitles on YouTube. Click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqDQd1wkDj0&utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=200724_Some_good_news&utm_medium=email.
Fresno Historical Society’s Time Travelers
Join the Fresno Historical Society anytime online for a trip to Fresno County from 1856 to 1910 at their Virtual Time Travelers event. The experience offers 12 immersive and unique lessons will take students on a journey to the America of the late 1800s and will share the story of Fresno County in the 19th century through activities, video presentations and historic images. You will meet Fresno County's first doctor, first teacher and early pioneers. Tour a general store, learn about turn-of-the-century medicine, visit Fresno's colorful Chinatown and see what daily life was like during this historic time. Each lesson includes a discussion guide along with a video or photo gallery and narratives. To participate, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers.
Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF)
The Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF) have moved their curriculum online, with some unexpected benefits, central of them the ability to engage teaching artists from around the world to work with local youth and expand their musical horizons. They were asked to create a video performance for the Fresno Arts Council’s live-streamed Horizon event. The result was an eight-minute survey of the Youth Orchestras’ history, plus some featured soloists who submitted video recordings specifically for this purpose.
The video is now available on YouTube. To watch this special video on You-Tube, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=dTVGZJjh4WA&feature=youtu.be.
Central California Legal Services is offering a virtual workshop on services available during the pandemic. This workshop is in Spanish, and can be accessed by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADb6D7IIUDo. Clínica Virtual: Programas de asistencia y política de servicios públicos durante la pandemia (Utility & Telecom in Spanish). ¿Preguntas? Comuníquese con Jennifer Ramirez, Secretaria Legal, Programa Pro Bono al (559) 570-1245 o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medically Trained Personnel Needed During COVID-19 Pandemic in Fresno
To help support ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, Fresno County is seeking registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), certified nurse assistants, and other medically trained personnel to help meet potential staffing needs at local hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, and/or alternate care sites. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Fresno County and across the country, the demands for resources and support continue to increase in healthcare settings and local health departments. In order to be as prepared as possible, the County is building a pool of medically trained personnel to be activated when needed at hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, or at an alternate care site. In addition to individuals with healthcare experience, there may be additional opportunities for those with experience in the following areas:
customer service § social work,
information technology, and many more.
Fresno County understands the value of persons coming together in public service in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To help in this pandemic, sign up for volunteer and paid positions by visiting www.fcdph.org/covid19 and fill out the information under the Volunteer tab.
COVID 19 Testing Available in Madera:
Madera County has launched a new testing site in the City of Madera at the Madera Fairgrounds as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020. This new site is one of the many testing sites across the state offered through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company. Appointments are now available for symptomatic and asymptomatic adults over the age of 18 and can be made by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting. The Fairgrounds site is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday from 7am – 7pm. To watch a video about the free COVID-19 testing now available at Madera Fairgrounds to those with or without symptoms, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/MaderaCountyPublicHealth/videos/2386035735022659/. For more information on testing options in Madera County visit the Madera County Dept. of Public Health testing webpage at https://maderacounty.com/covid19testing.
Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Art Museum Collaborate to Present World Premiere Performance that was cancelled due to COVID 19. YouTube Live Broadcast of Robert Morris' Landscape Greeting (Video Features Images from FAM Exhibition): The Fresno Philharmonic, in collaboration with the Fresno Art Museum, presents a YouTube Live performance of the world premiere of Robert Morris' Landscape Greeting. Fresno Philharmonic musicians Pamela Ellzey (flute), Laura Porter (harp), Caitlin McSherry (violin), Heather Gardner (viola), Alicja Blanquart (cello), Elisha Wells and Richard Hembree (horns) will perform this atmospheric work, which was scheduled to be performed live at the Fresno Art Museum on March 12 as part of the Philharmonic's Proxima: Music for the Next Century concert. The free concert had been fully rehearsed, but was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. For the YouTube Live broadcast, the musicians have each recorded their individual part on video while under shelter in place orders. Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda, instead of conducting Landscape Greeting as she had planned to do in the live concert, worked with her husband, conductor Brian Dollinger, to edit the musicians' videos into a performance of the entire piece. The video also includes images from the Fresno Art Museum exhibit GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956, which was on display in March and served as inspiration for the composer. The performance is made possible in part by a gift from Orpheus Fresno.
This special performance is available for viewing on the Fresno Philharmonic's YouTube channel by clicking https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7YZOJciK3XSdaYzD88bXg.
The Community Alliance newspaper is online now.
You can see all of their articles here: https://fresnoalliance.com.
Arte Americas: The show at Arte Americas “!Adelante, Artistas y Danzantes!” continues even with the COVID-19 temporary closure and is viewable through their 3D Virtual Tour of the galleries link here: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7YbMYJCe9in. Enjoy the tour!
Fresno Art Museum: FAM would like to share more from the exhibition GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919 to 1956. To see the exhibit on-line, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition/museumsfromhome/. For a video tour of their exhibits, go to: https://munroreview.com/2020/03/21/take-a-tour-of-fresno-art-museums-gifted-in-extended-interview-with-curator-sarah-vargas/.
CreateCA has created this great website to help you and your children get through these challenging times. Go to https://createca.org/createathome/. You can also find some additional lesson plans that can be done at home on the Fresno Art Museum website, along with tips on how to teach a visual art lesson. Just go to https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/agc.
The Central Valley Justice Coalition is offering new online class, “Understanding Human Trafficking.” This new online class is a self-paced class. Unlike a webinar, there is no live instruction, which means you can watch this at your own pace and your own timing. To participate, go to https://ce.fresno.edu/educator-workshops/ceu-certificates/central-valley-justice-coalition/hbm-050?utm_source=Central+Valley+Justice+Coalition+News&utm_campaign=c8b95fbf0a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_02_07_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4276ed74b3-c8b95fbf0a-129645965&mc_cid=c8b95fbf0a&mc_eid=190c576061.
Free On Line Courses for First Responders and Essential Workers
In support of those who continue to work and provide service to the public during the COVID-19 situation, Fresno State’s Division of Continuing and Global Education will offer three online, professional development courses free of charge for local first responders and essential workers. The online courses are available for essential workers such as teachers, grocery store employees, food service providers or janitorial staff, certified or licensed health care professionals or first responders such as EMTs, paramedics, police, fire, correctional or probation officers. Other essential workers may be considered as well. The three online courses available are:
· Teaching Online: From Surviving to Thriving
· Functional Spanish for Emergency Medical Responders
· Project Management for the Workplace
For information or to register for the free courses, visit https://fresnostate.edu/essentialworkers.
On-Line Learning for Children: David Hunter, a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher at Ericson Elementary School near Chestnut and Clinton avenues, wanted to increase the connectivity between teachers and students. He knew some parents were overwhelmed with the stay-at-home order and school closures, and he wanted to create a resource his 5-year-old students could navigate themselves. With the help of his fellow TK teachers, he collected a variety of educational videos created by the teachers that aligned with the learning curricula for his students. Students can see their own teachers guiding them in a learning activity. Hunter wanted to create a website where his students could access these videos and navigate their way through the site. As a father himself, he recruited his 13-year-old daughter, Amelie, to build the site. Together, they created the Fresno TK website:
Housing for At-Risk Individuals in Madera County:
In response to Governor Newsom’s Project Roomkey, Madera County has formed a partnership to identify at-risk members of our community who need shelter during the pandemic. That partnership consists of Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC), Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Madera County Department of Social Services (MCDSS), Madera County Department of Corrections, Madera County Road Department, and Love Madera, a non-profit volunteer group. At-Risk clients access this program through referrals from local shelters, healthcare providers, and law enforcement. The information is forwarded to uniformed MCSO, who respond with MCDPH and CAPMC personnel to the potential client’s currently known location. Once in contact with the client, this team determines if the client is exhibiting symptoms, has had contact with a known COVID-19 patient, has proper medical care access and appropriate shelter for possible quarantine and/or isolation. The team also assesses what support services this client may need such as food, housing, childcare, medication, or animal care. Depending upon the client’s ability to meet their own needs and health risk factors, they are placed in local hotels for shelter and other needs are addressed. Once placed within a hotel, Love Madera Volunteers deliver food, provided for by Madera County Department of Corrections. Madera County Social Services facilitates childcare, and medication. Animal care needs are met by Central California Animal Disaster Team. Madera County Department of Public Health facilitates any testing needed. The Madera County Road Department is providing Madera County Connections busses for transport. Hotels participating in this project are doing so under a county contract for services. As contact information for these hotels becomes available, we will provide that. The funds for this program are provided through FEMA Disaster Assistance Funding with the county and state general funds providing the remaining 25%. For more information, call (559) 675-7700.
Effective today, all County of Fresno parks and campgrounds are open to the public. To protect the health and safety of the entire community and promote social distancing, parks and campgrounds will operate at approximately 50% capacity. The public is asked to limit group gatherings to 10 people or less and wear face masks whenever social distancing cannot be maintained. Play structures and group picnic shelters within the parks and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. Social distancing guidance signage will be placed throughout the facilities. Parks hours are 7am-10pm.
For additional information please email email@example.com or call (559) 600-3004.