KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 5/26/23
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(Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)
"Covid 19, a Play," was written by Patricia Wells during the height of the pandemic in 2020 which swept through cities and states infecting communities and hitting farmworkers and workers in food processing industries especially hard; causing significant fatalities in the Central Valley and throughout the country. As the pandemic raged it was the labor of farmworkers and low-wage workers that kept the country alive, yet they were given no protections. This play was written so that their sacrifices will not be forgotten. The play is about a small farmworker family living in the outskirts of town, in which a member comes down with Covid catching the family completely off guard. Knowing nothing about the virus which invades and threatens their lives and facing an uncertain future, the family must depend on the leadership, vigilance and guidance of the mother and her son, as they scramble for information and help as to how to protect themselves from the deadly grip of the virus. To view the play, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wFTQq_nu9k.
Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th
The Fresno Historical Society’s Time Travelers' Education Days will provide two full days of curriculum-based educational engagement for children on school tours, along with family-friendly activities. This special experience will all be held at the Kearney Mansion Museum and Gallery and on the shaded lawns of Kearney Park. Stations will include meeting Fresno County historic figures who will share their stories, interact with students and help them learn how the Central Valley evolved - from struggles they encountered to the joy of their newly-adopted homeland. Additionally, there will be live demonstrations, a chance to participate in educational activities, and become immersed in cultural music, dance and folklore tales. Don't wait register today to bring your class or home school family on a trip through time - back to Fresno County’s early years. Pre-and post-event curriculum will be available. Advanced registration is required. Admission is $8.00 per student registered. Educators and Adult Chaperones are Free.
To register and for more information, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers-education-days.
Saturday, May 27th
Mark your calendar and join Peace Fresno for a street demonstration from 1:00- 2:30 p.m. at Blackstone & Nees in Fresno. Tell Presidents Biden, Putin & Zelensky to End the War in Ukraine, Cease Fire, and Start Peace Negotiations Now! Take a stand in support of this message. This is the first of Peace Fresno’s MONTHLY demonstrations opposing war in Ukraine on the 4th Saturday of each month.
Saturday, May 27th
CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on “Mastering Audio for Your Productions: A Workshop on Audio Equipment and Recording,” from 2-5 p.m. at CMAC’s office, 1555 Van Ness Ave # 201 in downtown Fresno. Learn the ins and outs of audio production with Zack Allen. Zack is a professional sound mixer with many years of experience in the craft. Zack will go over things like audio recording techniques, best practices when using certain types of microphones for interviews as well as some audio editing techniques. This hands-on workshop will equip you with knowledge on tackling your next project to make sure it sounds the best it can be!. CMAC membership is required. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, May 27th
The Fresno Art Museum invites you to “Touching the Soul: The Poetics of Architecture,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Auditorium, at 2233 N. First St. (at Clinton in Radio Park). This is a repeat of his April 1st Powerpoint Presentation which sold out. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased on-line at https://fammuseumstore.shopsettings.com/Arthur-Dyson-Touching-the-Soul-The-Poetics-of-Architecture-Artist-Talk-c148695516.
Saturday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th
The “Pick and Gather” festival at Riverdance Farms (12230 Livingston Cressey Rd. in Livingston, CA) runs from Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th, and features U-pick organic blueberries and cherries plus live music on Saturday and Sunday, camping, fruit purchases, food booths, vendors and much more. This annual farm festival gives the whole family an opportunity to pick and taste the river valleys' best organic fruit. Outdoor activities will include Kids Science, Hay-Bale Rides, Camping, Swimming, Nature walks, Crafts, Fishing lessons and more. On Saturday: in addition to the u-pick blueberries and cherries, there is live music & art, kid's activities, local and/or organic food, workshops, wagon rides, wine and food tastings, farm animals, nature displays and crafts. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5 for Kids/Seniors. 1 Night Camping: $30.00 | 2 Night Camping: $50.00 | 3 Night Camping: $60.00. For tickets and more information go to https://www.riverdancefarms.com/upcoming-events/the-pick-and-gather.
Thursday, June 1st
The Spectrum Gallery’s June exhibit features the photography of Rebecca Caraveo, from June 1st through July 2nd. First Thursday Arthop takes place on June 1st from 5-8 p.m. with an artist’s reception on Saturday, June 17th from 2-5 p.m. The Spectrum Art Gallery is located at Spectrum Art Gallery 608 E. Olive Ave. in the Tower District.
Saturday, June 3rd
You’re invited to the 33rd Annual Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival, with the them “QU33R All Year.” The Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Olive Ave. in the Tower, and the Festival runs from 11-3 at Fresno City College 1101 E. University, with food vendors craft and merchant booths, live entertainment, Community Resource booths, beer garden, and a live DJ! See you there!
Saturday, June 10th
The Poverello House “Run for Meals” is back! Join them on June 10th at Woodward Park to support the work Poverello House provides to those in need. Bring your family and friends to participate in the 9th Annual Papa Mike's Café Run for Meals 5k Run and 2-Mile Run/Walk. Proceeds will benefit the new Papa Mike's Café opening Fall 2023. Providing a restaurant-style experience for all. Every meal, every day. The 2 Mile Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am and the 5K race starts at 8:15 am. Woodward Park Parking Fee $5.00. Young children are welcome. Sign-up is only required for 12 and under for timed results and a t-shirt. Registration includes:
5K Run Award Ceremony for the Top 3 in the different age categories.
The run begins in the Woodward Park Sunset View Shelter at 7775 N Friant Rd. Go to https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Fresno/PoverelloHouseRunforMeals to register and for more information.
Thursday, June 15th
The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club invites you to it's June Zoom meeting with Mark Silberstein, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. Elkhorn Slough is located in the geographic center of Monterey Bay in central California. It is a tidal embayment that harbors the largest tract of salt marsh south of San Francisco Bay and has been a focal point for conservation for five decades. The slough is a remarkable environment that supports a tremendous diversity of fish and wildlife and has become a ‘living laboratory’ for understanding the nature of these coastal environments and a cherished place for people to explore. Mark will share images and insight into this gem on the central coast drawn from his many decades of engagement here. The Zoom event begins at 7 p.m. Visit sierraclub.org/tehipite to register and receive the Zoom link. Advance registration is required. This event is free and open to the general public.
Saturday, June 24th
The 15th annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee (and Small Farm Expo) takes place from 4-8 p.m. at the Kingsburg Historical Society Park at 2321 Sierra St. in Kingsburg. This is the first live gathering since the pandemic, and this year, in addition to 9 organic stone fruit growers there will be a variety of other local small farms, including Soul Organics, BiPoc Produce, Don Sherman Produce, the Vegetable Patch and GKC Mushrooms. There will also be live music with Good Medicine and the Raging Grannies, information booths, demonstrations by the Master Preservers and Raw Fresno, a great variety of food trucks, with a talk by Tom Willey of “Down on the Farm” and Will Scott from the African American Farmers of California! Tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are free, and free entry with an EBT card. For tickets and more information go to https://fruitjubilee.com.
Saturday, June 24th
St.Paul Armenian Church invites the entire Fresno community to their 11th Annual Armenian Festival on June 24th from 4pm to 10pm. Admission for this event is free! There will be dine in and take out food, silent auction, country store, vendors, farmer's market, and church tours. There will be music by DJ Mher, performance by the Fresno Armenian Dance Group and children's activities (bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting, and more). Importantly, make a difference by bringing canned food items to be donated to the Fresno State's Student Cupboard. For more information or questions call the St. Paul Armenian Church office at 559-226-6343.
Friday, June 30th
There will be a “Stop the Hate” Town Hall meeting in the sanctuary of the First Mennonite Church of Reedley, 1201 L Street, Reedley, starting at 5:30 p.m., co-sponsored by the Reedley Peace Center and other local organizations. The agenda is still in the planning process, but it will include speakers on a number of relevant issues, including immigration, Indigenous rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, along with calls to action that can be taken locally. Be a voice for peace, justice and love in Reedley. More information to follow.
Friday, July 14th
The City of Chowchilla celebrates its 100th anniversary with a Centennial “Party in the Park!” It features live music by the Yard Dogs, a time capsule reveal, food trucks, vendors and lots of fun! It takes place at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 600 W. Robertson in Chowchilla, from 6-9:30 p.m. For more information about this event and other summer activities in Chowchilla, go to www.cityofchowchilla.org.
Saturday, July 29th
KFCF’s first live in-person banquet since the pandemic takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. in Fresno! Our special guest speaker this year is Judge Pahoua Lor, the first Hmong American judge in Fresno County and the first female Hmong judge in California! Doors open at 5:30, dinner served at 6:30 and the speaker at 7:30. This year’s buffet-style dinner will be catered by Libelula, an eclectic downtown restaurant featuring locally sourced produce (with vegan and vegetarian options). Tickets are $75 in advance (before July 21st) and $90 at the door. There will also be an auction and silent raffle. Tickets can be purchased on line (after 6/1/23) at www.eventbrite.com/e/fresno-free-college-annual-banquet-2023-tickets-636008276877 or by sending a check to KFCF at PO Box 4364, Fresno, CA 93744. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, September 23rd
The City of Chowchilla presents its Roaring 20’s Centennial Dinner Celebration: “Take Me Back In Time.” Come as a flapper, come as you are, dress as a gangster or a silent screen star! The event takes place in Eastman Hall at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds. It begins with a no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30. Dinner will be catered by Shasky Catering and will feature NY steak and Rigatoni with marinara sauce. Entertainment begins at 7:30. Individual tickets are $40; a Table of 8 is $280.
Purchase Tickets Online or at City Hall! Sorry, no phone orders will be taken. For individual tickets go to https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-chowchilla-ca/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTI0NDM5OTY=. For a table of 8, go to https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-chowchilla-ca/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTI0NDM5OTY=
Thursday, October 26th through Sunday, October 29th
The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to “Mystery at Kearney Mansion.” Back for the third year, Kearney Mansion will once again be host to a Murder Mystery this October. In partnership with the UR Here Theater Company, this unique experience includes a delectable five course grazing menu served throughout the Kearney Mansion and filled with savory and sweet delights. You will also be treated to a special welcoming cocktail to sharpen all your senses which you will need as you interview suspects, find clues and work to solve a murder. Additional libations are available for purchase on-site. Ticket also includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
Doors open at 6:00 pm sharp for all evening performances and 11:00 am for the Saturday Matinee. Please arrive promptly to avoid missing an important clue - or becoming a victim yourself. As you know…. murder waits for no one! The themes of this event are not considered appropriate for children under ten. Tickets are on sale now, and a sell out is expected. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/mystery-dinner-at-kearney-manor.
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:
Second Tuesday of the month:
Central California Legal Services and The Vet Center are hosting a series of Veteran’s Clinics from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Fresno Federal Post 509, 3509 N. First Street, Fresno. Veterans, Active Duty Military, and spouses are invited to CCLS's Know Your Rights Veterans Clinic to receive legal information from attorneys and advocates in:
January/June: Estate Planning and Advanced Directives
February/July: Tenant Rights
March/August: Criminal Record Expungement
April/September: Workers Rights, Discharge Upgrades for LGBTQ, Name/Gender Correction
May/October: Survivors of Domestic Violence(including elder abuse)
November/December: No Clinics
For appointments please contact the CCLS Pro Bono Program at (559)802-1132 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
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 email@example.com or 559-453-2267.
Friday, April 28th through Sunday, June 11th
The Good Company Players presents “Bad Seed.” When a charming little girl gets thwarted, bodies start piling up. 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/bad-seed-2023/.
Wednesday, May 3rd through Wednesday, June 28th
Forest landowners in Fresno, Mariposa, and Madera counties are encouraged to learn about their forests and connect with natural resource professionals in their areas via participation in the next UCCE Forest Stewardship Workshop series. In participating, landowners can join the 94% of past participants who reported greater awareness of applying for and utilizing costsharing programs. These programs can be essential for small landowners who seek to make their forests resilient against wildfire as well. Upon completing the series, landowners will also be eligible for a free site visit from a local RPF, Certified Range Manager or CA Certified Burn Boss. Content is tailored specifically for Fresno and the surrounding areas and will highlight talks from the local Resource Defense Council, UCCE Forestry Advisors, CAL FIRE and other community
leaders. The workshop series will address common concerns among California landowners, including but not limited to:
• Forest ecology and vegetation management
• Financial planning and cost-sharing opportunies
• Prescribed fire and targeted grazing
In seeking to make an otherwise large amount of content approachable, UCCE
hopes that landowners come away with a holistic understanding of the management process. The workshop will take place in a hybrid setting, with classes taking place weekly online over Zoom. Participants will also engage in practical learning through a field day, where they can meet other cohort members and UCCE professionals at an outdoor field location. At the conclusion of the workshop series, landowners will be equipped with the knowledge and network that will empower them to manage their forests in ways that meet their specific goals and objectives. Landowners should mark May 3rd on their calendars, when the nine-week series is slated to begin. Community members interested in forest management, forest & fire ecology, and similar topics are also encouraged to register here: http://ucanr.edu/forestryworskhopregistration.
Wednesday, May 3rd through Wednesday, October 25th
The Market on Kern is back and better than ever with vendors that bring you a great selection of produce, hot food, crafts, and informational booths! Join Downtown Fresno every week to experience a vibrant combination of the best local produce, live music, and the chance to connect with your local community. The weekly market will also host special events throughout the season that will include yoga, kids' craft days, and cooking demos. The market runs from 10am - 1pm every Wednesday from May 3rd through October 25th at Kern St between M and N Streets (Next to the Fresno Convention Center). The Market on Kern is a Certified Farmers Market accepting EBT & WIC. For more information, go to https://www.downtownfresno.org/things-to-do/market-on-kern?mc_cid=86251968d3&mc_eid=2ca9ce4e90.
Thursday, May 11th through Sunday, July 9th
Good Company Players invites you to a performance of “All Shook Up.” Elvis meets Shakespeare in this hip-swiveling, knee-popping 1950’s fantasy that will have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes! 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. For tickets, go to https://rogerrockas.com/shows/categories/roger-rockas/singin-in-the-rain-2023/.
Monday, June 12th through Friday, August 11th
Fresno Art Museum’s Summer 2023 Art Academy registration is underway! There are programs for children ages 8-17:
WEEK 1 - JUNE 12 to 16:
AM: Stop-Motion Animation
PM: Print It!
WEEK 2 - JUNE 19 to 23
AM: Build It! (inspired by Arthur Dyson exhibition)
PM: Comic Book Design
WEEK 3 - JULY 31 to AUGUST 4
AM: Stop-Motion Animation Repeat
PM: Wild Things! (inspired by Maurice Sendak exhibition)
WEEK 4 - AUGUST 7 to 11
AM: Fun with Mixed Media
PM: Capture It!
For more information or to register on line, go to https://fammuseumstore.shopsettings.com/ArtAcademy-Summer-Workshops-c100835004.
Monday, June 12th through Friday, August 11th
The Fresno Art Museum’s Summer 2023 Art Academy will run during the weeks of June 12-16, June 19-23, July 31-August 4, and August 7-11. Included are a variety of half-day workshops, many inspired by our exhibitions. The Museum is a unique environment where children can be inspired and exposed to world-class artwork and antiquities, not just images in a book or posters on a wall. The workshops are taught by working professional artists who bring their special talents and knowledge to every session they teach. All of their teaching artists have had training and experience in working with children, and all strive to transfer their own love of the arts to each of their students in a lively, engaging, and exciting way.
• Children must be between the ages of 8 and 17 to participate in these
• All classes are taught in English only.
• Weekly sessions run five days per week. Partial weeks pay full week tuition
(i.e., not pro-rated for days attending). Full day sessions are from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Morning sessions run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm; afternoon sessions from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
• Students who stay for the full day must bring lunch. The Museum provides light
snacks only. Lunchtime is supervised, in the gated Sculpture Garden or in the classroom.
• FAM visual art classes are taught by FAM’s staff of teaching artists and special
To see a schedule of the classes and to register, go to https://fammuseumstore.shopsettings.com/ArtAcademy-Summer-Workshops-c100835004.
Monday, June 12th through Friday, August 18th
The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust will be holding River Camp Fresno from June 12 - August 18 for Pre-K through High School. To register, go to https://riverparkway.org/activities/river-cam/ and click on the name of the River Camp program to see full details. The links to register will be on each camp program page.
If you need any assistance with your River Camp registration please contact Katie Kincaid, Director of River Camp Programs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 25th through Friday, June 30th
Fresno Pacific University Summer Music Camp takes place. Experienced teachers, award-winning composers, working musicians and creative ensemble leaders will pass on their knowledge and faith to the next generation. Students entering grades six through 12 (ages 11-19 as of September 1, 2023) from novice to advanced levels are welcome. Early Bird registration offers $25 off for those who register by May 15! Regular registration continues through June 1. Limited scholarships are also available. Concerts, masterclasses, devotions and leisure activities will be on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Campers will have the option to stay the week in the dorms with counselors or take part as a day camper. To register and for more information, go to https://www.fresno.edu/news-events/event/1764/summer-music-camp-2023.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
No-cost flu vaccination clinics will be held throughout the season at multiple locations across the county. Residents are encouraged to attend these clinics or visit their medical provider or local pharmacy. The 2022-2023 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. 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.
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.
There’s a free poetry group, meeting every Wednesday, 2-4 pm, at the Gillis Branch Library, 629 West Dakota Avenue, Fresno. The group is led by Bill Simmons, a recent transplant from Iowa. Bill has been writing poetry for years, and has had several pieces published. Whether you have been writing for years, or just getting started, this group is for you!
Starting May 12th 2022:
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.
Second Wednesday of every month:
Sisters for Pelvic Health invites you to their monthly meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of every month The meetings take place at Creative Therapeutics, 2763 E Shaw Ave #102, Fresno. They are Sisters Encouraging One Another in Life For Pelvic Health. You can also join them from wherever you are, virtually on Zoom. So, please RSVP to attend in person or virtually. Then they can send you the Zoom link. Remember that all women are welcome, so please spread the word and invite others to join. They are on social media on facebook and instagram. So please share those posts as well. Space is limited - so please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow them on; instagram.com/sistersforpelvichealth/ or facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth.
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.
Last Wednesday of each month:
Root & Rebound in conjunction with Central California Legal Services is offering a virtual Criminal Record Expungement Clinic every last Wednesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. (no clinics in November and December). If you have a criminal conviction in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, or Tuolumne County, you may receive free legal information from volunteer advocates on how to request expungement of your criminal record. Participants must complete the prescreen using the link below and an advocate will confirm your eligibility prior to the clinic. Knowledgeable and skilled advocates will:
Review convictions and expungement eligibility
Prepare court forms
Provide legal information with no attorney-client relationship
Meet with you privately in a Zoom breakout room
Clinic partners will assist you in filing all court forms
To complete the prescreening go to https://form.jotform.com/220457644834157. For more information contact the Pro Bono Program at 559-570-1274 or by e-mail to ProBono@CentralCalLegal.org.
Starting November 2nd
The African American Historical and Cultural Museum invites you to “Conversations In the Commons,” a place for creative conversations, where locals talk about ways that we can improve the community through creative community development. This is a safe space where all are welcome to join as we create positive generational changes! Come and be the change you would love to see in our community. Every Wednesday at 5pm Starting November 2, 2022, at 1857 Fulton St. in downtown Fresno.
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.
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.
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.