KFCF Community Calendar

 

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 6/21/24

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

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Friday, June 21st

The Reedley Peace Center invites you to a presentation by​​ Ken Martens Friesen​​ of​​ ​​ Fresno Pacific University​​ on The Inflation Reduction Act. ​​ The IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) gives tens of billions of dollars to states and local governments to help Americans push the urgent transition to renewable energy. As a result there is a huge patchwork of incentives, rebates, and tax refunds available for individuals and communities to begin making that transition. Unfortunately the IRA is very complicated, a byzantine patchwork of rules and regulations, the result of which is that the average homeowner can only get certain rebates at certain times and simultaneously not know they are qualified for other discounts. The goal of the session is to first explain what the incentives are, why they are there, and then to explain which ones are available, to whom, when, and where. ​​​​ The presentation takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the​​ First Mennonite Church, -- Fellowship Hall​​ located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets​​ in​​ Reedley. ​​ For more information go to​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org.​​ 

 

Saturday, June 22nd​​ 

The 16th Annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee and Small Farm Expo, celebrating small farmers in the Central Valley who grow organically grown fruits and vegetables using ecologically sustainable practices. ​​ Come meet the farmers and taste their fruit. ​​ This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 22nd from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Kingsburg Historical Park, 2321 Sierra St. in Kingsburg.  ​​​​ There will be fruit tasting, live music, children’s craft activities, speakers and demonstrations, food trucks and more. ​​ Tickets and more information are available at​​ https://fruitjubilee.com.  ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, June 22nd

The American Friends Service Committee and Pan Valley Institute invite you to a Grassroots Organizing Platica (Dialogue), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KreepyKawaiiDesigns, 1740 Canal St, Merced. ​​ This platica will connect Merced and Madera grassroots organizers and will provide an opportunity to convene more people to join us in conversations about organizing efforts. We will continue a conversation first started at an ArteVism residential gathering in late January, when community organizers and leaders shared what motivated them to get into politics and the impact of engaging in local, state, and national politics. This will be a space for socializing and sharing knowledge for people interested in local grassroots community organizing. ​​ Alejandro Jurado, Loretta Spence (Merced), cultural organizer Rosa Hernandez, and Madera City Councilwoman Elsa Mejia will share stories and lived experiences and respond to questions from PVI and community members. Small groups will dialogue and learn about grassroots models and efforts. This platica will inspire the community and call for action.

 

Sunday, June 23rd

The Sunnyside Library, at Kings Canyon and Clovis Avenue, will be hosting a joint author talk for mystery authors Lorie Lewis Ham and Jennifer Chow, starting at 1 p.m. Both authors will read from their new mysteries. Ms. Ham's novel is set in Fresno's own Tower District, while Ms. Chow's book revolves around a baker whose fortune cookies appear to be predicting murders! Please come support local writers at this free library event.

 

Thursday, June 27th

AFSC-Pan Valley Institute, in collaboration with The Center-The Holistic Wellness Program, presents “The Colors of Migration Platica,” a cross-cultural workshop that presents diverse migration experiences and centers those left out. ​​ It is a conversation about learning and understanding the impact of international and internal migration. ​​​​ The event takes place from​​ 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm​​ at the​​ Holistic Wellness Program,​​ 4879 East Kings Canyon Road​​ in​​ Fresno. ​​ To register, please send an email to​​ ninfa.gordoa@fresnocenter.org.​​ 

 

Wednesday, July 10th

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on Podcasting. ​​ Learn how CMAC can help you create a successful podcast. Join​​ them​​ for​​ their​​ Introduction to Podcasting workshop where you will learn the basic structure of a podcast, get familiar with equipment in​​ their​​ podcast studio, and create a teaser for your show. Attendees are encouraged to come up with an idea for a podcast. Seating is limited. ​​​​ The workshop is free for CMAC members or $10 for non-members. ​​ It takes place from 6-8 p.m. at​​ CMAC,​​ 1555 Van Ness Avenue #201, Fresno. ​​ For more information e-mail​​ info@cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Thursday, July 11th

The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to​​ the debut of​​ Stitch & Sip,​​ an event celebrating handicrafts (with expert guidance) and a chance to make new friends while supporting the Fresno City & County Historical Society. ​​​​ The elegant parlor of the Kearney Mansion Museum will be filled with crafting, bottomless mimosas, and scandalous gossip on Thursday, July 11th from 5-8 p.m. ​​​​ For the first event in this series,​​ they​​ will be knitting. ​​​​ Norla Henderson Kitch will teach​​ you​​ how to create a bird ornament. No experience necessary! You may have seen Norla’s works at various local craft markets or on Instagram. She can also be found on Ravelry, a community site, organizational tool, and a yarn & pattern database for knitters and crocheters. She’s a self-taught crafter, becoming fluent in knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch, and crewel embroidery at the age of nineteen. She is also a talented painter and writer. ​​​​ Bring yourself, a friend, and a pair of size 6, 7 or 8 knitting needles along with a thirst for knowledge, gossip, and mimosas to Stitch & Sip! Space is limited. Get tickets while they last! ​​​​ Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/event-details/sip-stitch.​​ 

 

Saturday, July 13th

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on “Editing with Adobe Premiere.” ​​ Learn the basics of video editing using Adobe’s leading video editing software, Premiere Pro.​​ They​​ will teach you how to start your project, use various tools, and export your final videos. You may learn with your own footage or provided practice footage.​​ The workshop is free for CMAC members or $10 for non-members. ​​ It takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at​​ CMAC,​​ 1555 Van Ness Avenue #201, Fresno. ​​ For more information e-mail​​ info@cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Saturday, July 13th

American Friends Service Committee and Pan Valley Institute invite you to the ArteVism Grand Finale, “My Relationship With America,” a Theatrical Display of the disenfranchised relationship with the country, identity and concept of America, directed by Joshua Slack and written by Rodolfo Robles-Cruz. ​​ The Pan Valley Institute’s Artevism Cohort has spent this past year trying to find ways to describe and define​​ their​​ relationship to the America around​​ them​​ through art and activism. The ArteVism Interns and Fellow believe that the arts provide an essential means of gaining perspective, speaking up for those disenfranchised, uplifting the community, and being a reflection of what our community is facing.​​ They​​ must highlight​​ their​​ community’s creativity in the arts and encourage them to showcase their hard work and inspiration.​​ They​​ will close the four cohorts of the ArteVism Fellowship with the inauguration of a short theatre play that tells how youth of color struggle to find a rightful place in US history. Poetry, music, and other art and cultural expression forms will exist.​​ This night of performance, poetry and community takes place at 6 p.m. at 2026 Van Ness Ave.​​ in downtown Fresno. For more information, go to​​ https://panvalleyinstitute.org/home/artevism-and-just-and-diversified-economy-lp2/#July-1.​​ 

 

Wednesday, July 17th​​ 

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on​​ Getting Started at CMAC,” from 6-7:30 p.m.  ​​​​ Come one come all! This free and open-to-the-public event includes a tour of our state-of-the-art CMAC facilities, opportunities to learn about the media tools, recording spaces, our media services, and more! Start your media production journey at YOUR local community media center by registering today!​​ The workshop is free. ​​ It takes place at​​ CMAC,​​ 1555 Van Ness Avenue #201, Fresno. ​​ For more information e-mail​​ info@cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Friday, July 26th

The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to Fresno’s Global Impact Tour, a full day excursion​​ the Oakland Port Authority in Jack London Square with their Commodities Representative, Ron Brown. Lunch will be provided in Jack London Square. Be prepared to be amazed when experiencing how Fresno exports its agricultural products around the world. ​​​​ The tour Itinerary:

  • ​​ 6:30AM - Arrive at Kearney Mansion for breakfast burritos and a look inside of Kearney Mansion.

  • ​​ 7:15AM - Board our luxury motorcoach.

  • ​​ 7:25AM - Departure.

  • ​​ 7:30AM to 11:40AM - Travel to Jack London Square. The trip includes Ag Trivia with Prizes & History Presentation on the Roots of Fresno's Ag Industry.

  • ​​ Noon - Hosted lunch in Jack London Square (included with ticket).

  • ​​ 1:00PM - Port Authority Tour.​​ 

  • ​​ 5:30PM - Dinner - on your own during rest stop during the return journey.

  • ​​ 7:00PM - Arrive back at Kearney Mansion.

Tickets for this tour are $150 and can be purchased on-line at​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/product-page/fresno-s-global-ag-impact-tour.​​ 

 

Sunday, September 15th

The Fiestas Patrias celebration in Downtown Fresno brings together the culture and spirit of​​ the Latino community​​ across the Central Valley.​​ It​​ celebrates​​ the rich history of Latino culture in Fresno and invite all to come together to show cultural pride and commemorate freedom.​​  ​​​​ This year the festivities will kick off with a parade down Fulton Street and continue with amazing performances, vendors, and of course our downtown businesses. Save the date and get your dancing shoes ready for Fiestas Patrias 2024. ​​ It goes from​​ 11am - 6pm​​ on​​ Fulton Street​​ in downtown Fresno​​ from Mariposa to Kern.

 

Saturday, September 28th

Save the date for the annual KFCF Banquet with special guest speaker Greg Palast on election suppression and what’s at stake for our democracy. ​​ More information coming soon!

 

Saturday, October 19th

The Discovery Center invites you to 2024 Tricks & Treats, from 10 am-2 pm. ​​ Looking for a not-so-scary party to take the kids to? Discovery Center has got you covered! Tricks & Treats boasts trick-or-treating, live entertainment, and great food. As you stroll through the grounds, you’ll see decorated booths and fun crafts to take home. The cost is $1 for nonmembers, FREE for members, veterans/active duty, & ages 2yrs & under. ​​ At just $1 admission, Fresno Discovery Center is the place to be on Saturday, October 19, 2024.

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

 

Every Saturday (until the killing in Palestine ends)

There will be a protest at Riverpark (Blackstone & Nees) from 5-7 p.m. hosted by the Palestine Liberation Group. ​​ Signs and banners will be available: ​​ Bring yours, hold theirs or help hold one of the large banners. ​​ Your presence is what counts most! ​​ Come for as long as you can and bring a chair if that's more comfortable.

 

Every Sunday (until the killing in Palestine ends)

Jovita in her ongoing Demonstration/Vigil in support of Palestine, every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Avenue and Barstow Avenue, across from Fresno State football stadium. ​​ Each person can choose their time. ​​ Whatever time you can be there will be enough.

 

Every Wednesday (until the killing in Palestine ends)

There will be a vigil from 11 am to 1 pm in front of the Federal Courthouse at 2500 Tulare St. in Downtown Fresno.

 

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​​ probono@centralcallegal.org. ​​ Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Saturdays and Sundays

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust invite you to Sumner Pack Ranch Blueberry U-Pick days, every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the crop lasts. ​​ Sumner Peck Ranch​​ is at​​ 14439 N Friant Road, Friant.​​ You can purchase the blueberries for $4 a pound at the pay station on-site. ​​​​ Things to know BEFORE picking:

  • ​​ When you arrive, you can find parking by the manufactured house near the river.

  • ​​ For your protection, please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes to protect your legs and feet from plants growing in between the blueberry rows.

  • ​​ Bring your own basket or bucket for picking, we will NOT have containers available.

  • ​​ Cards or Apple/Tap to Pay are the preferred payment type.

NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED. ​​​​ Be prepared for a small hike to the blueberry patch (.25 mi). ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://riverparkway.org/places/sumner-peck-ranch/.​​ 

 

Saturday, February 24th​​ through Saturday, October 12th

The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to participate in its Fields of Fresno Ag Tours, held on Saturdays (including February 24th, April 27th, June 15th, September 14th​​ and October 12th). ​​ Fields of Fresno Ag Tour series kicks off February 24th, 2024, with a guided trek of the world-renown Blossom Trail as orchards explode with white, pink and rosy petals. ​​ Five, half-day excursions in Fresno County are planned for this season’s tours. Tickets are $95 per-person and $85 for FCHS members. Every adventure highlights a different part of Fresno County’s rich agricultural industry. ​​ Each tour starts and ends at the historic Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery. Here, guests learn about​​ M. Theo Kearney and his Fruit Vale Estate; the foundation of which left a legacy that ripples through the business of agriculture even today. ​​ Following a light continental breakfast and coffee, guests board a spacious motor coach, and as they travel to three agriculture sites for curated tours, they enjoy lively rounds of Ag Trivia complete with prizes. Lunch and tasting at a local winery or brewery concludes the day before returning to Kearney Mansion.  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ For more information or to secure tickets, the public may call 559-441-0862 or visit​​ https://valleyhistory.org/ag-tour. ​​ 

 

Thursday, May 16th​​ through Sunday, July 14th​​ 

Good Company Players invites you to a performance of “Sugar: The “Some Like It Hot” Musical​​ . ​​ This zany musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot captures the heart and hilarity of the hit film and features a thrilling, jazzy score from Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, the composing team behind Funny Girl.​​ ​​ 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/sugar/.​​ 

 

Thursday, June 6th​​ through Sunday, June 30th

Spectrum Art Gallery hosts “This is My World: Juried Student Exhibition 2024,” at their Gallery at 608 E. Olive Ave. in the Tower District. ​​ Spectrum Art Gallery has invited Central Valley high school and college students to submit images of their self-expressive photography. ​​ The application period will run from December 15, 2023 through May 1, 2024. All submissions will be posted to their website for public viewing. Then three highly qualified judges will select 40 finalists for the gallery exhibition. Finalists’ printed and ready to install works must be delivered to Spectrum Art Gallery by May 26, 2024. The gallery exhibition is scheduled to begin June 6, 2024 for the Art Hop reception– a monthly celebration of art exhibits and venues throughout Fresno’s Tower District. The awards selection will take place June 4 & 5 prior to the opening reception. ​​ More information at​​ https://spectrumphotogallery.org/home/.​​ 

 

Monday, June 10th​​ through Friday, August 9th

Registration for the Fresno Art Museum’s Summer 2024 Art Academy is now open. ​​ Students will explore the Elements of Art and how they apply to the Principles of Design through a variety of media in ALL of their workshops.

WEEK 1 (June 10 to 14)

  • Stop­Motion Animation (AM)

Learn all about animation. Work as part of a team or on your own to create stories and animated short films using drawing, painting, and 3­D objects, and stop­motion animation techniques. ​​ 

  • ​​ Comic Book Design (PM)

Learn to bring your story ideas to life by improving your drawing and storytelling skills. ​​ Learn the secrets of comic book design and story creation with our FAM art instructors.  ​​​​ 

WEEK 2 (June 17 to 21)

  • Drawing & Painting What You See! (AM)

Students will study basic drawing & painting techniques and apply them to drawing in the galleries and painting in the classroom, honing their observational drawing skills, using pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels, and oil pastels. ​​ 

  • ​​ Print It! (PM)

Inspired by two of our exhibitions, students will learn the art of design and use a variety of printmaking techniques, from simple stamping, block printing, silk screen, monoprints, collagraph printing (from collage), to printing on a press. ​​ 

WEEK 3 (June 24 to 28)

  • ​​ Super Mud!​​ 

In cooperation with ClayMix, students will learn how to successfully create and manipulate handbuilt clay vessels and sculptures and the art of glazing their ceramic pieces.

  • ​​ Make Your Own Artist Trading Cards

Be inspired by the Bowman Bubble Gum Trading Cards! Paint, collage, draw, and incorporate images from photos. Be creative and take your time. Design your own, andmake them so good that people will want to trade with you. ​​ Or make them so good that you won’t want to trade!

WEEK 4 (July 29 to August 2)

  • ​​ Let’s Face It! (AM)

Learn the secret to creating realistic and abstract portraits. ​​ Discover how to map a face by understanding the basic shapes and proportions, and then learn how to abstract them, too!

  • ​​ Fun with Mixed Media (AM)

Delve into a variety of media in two and three dimensions from assemblage to collage with a combination of fiber, paper, paint, discarded elements, and found and natural materials. Students will draw inspiration from a variety of famous artists.  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

WEEK 5 (August 5 to 9)

  • ​​ Black & White (AM)

Students will study a variety of drawing techniques and learn composition, shading, perspective, and more using pencil, ink, and charcoal.

  • ​​ Painting & Drawing with Color (PM)

Students will get to experience color mixing and blending using acrylic paint, watercolor, and oil pastels to create still life, figurative work, and landscapes, focusing on observation skills.

The workshops are taught by working professional artists who bring their special talents and knowledge to every session they teach. All of the 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 workshops.

​​ ​​ All classes are taught in English only.

​​ ​​ FAM visual art classes are taught by FAM’s staff of teaching artists.

​​ ​​ AM WORKSHOPS, 9 AM TO 12:30 PM | PM WORKSHOPS, 1 PM TO 4:30 PM

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ FULL DAY STUDENTS, 9 AM to 4:30 PM | Must bring lunch

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Snacks provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon

​​ ​​ Sorry, they do not offer extended care.

The cost for the One WEEK FULL DAY program is $415 for Museum members or $445 for Non-Museum members. ​​ The cost for One WEEK /HALF DAY is $240 for Museum members or $265 for Non-Museum members. ​​ Most art materials are included in tuition. Students may be asked to bring some found items from home for some projects. ​​ For more information or to register, go to​​ https://portal.campnetwork.com/Register/Register.php?camp_id=398162.​​ 

 

Friday, June 21st​​ through Sunday, August 4th ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

The Good Company Players presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare​​ ​​ Abridged.”  ​​​​ A fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, this show was London’s longest-running comedy. Join these men in tights as they weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s works.​​ ​​ The show 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 for students, seniors and active duty 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://www.simpletix.com/e/the-complete-works-of-william-shakespeare-tickets-165974.​​ ​​ 

 

Sunday, June 30th​​ through Thursday, July 4th

Buying fireworks? Have friends/family who do? Pick up some for the neighborhood kids?! Support the LGBTQ+ Community at the same time. ​​​​ The​​ LGBT Community Network / LGBTQ​​ will have a booth at​​ 850 Herndon Ave, Clovis,​​ in front of Sprouts Farmers Market, from​​ 10 am - 10 pm​​ each day. ​​ Buy 1 Get 1 Free (equal or lesser value) on select items;​​ Curbside Pickup & Delivery available. ​​​​ Special offers, daily deals and promotions. Full listing available at​​ https://clovisfireworks.com.​​ 

 

 

Thursday, October 24th​​ through Sunday, October 27th

Grab your magnifying glass and join​​ the Fresno County Historical Society​​ for another Mystery at Kearney Mansion! ​​​​ This year's mystery is full of plot twists, red herrings and misdirection. You will have to hone all your skills if we are to solve this heinous act. ​​​​ This fall, the scene of the crime will be a wedding! A dream come true for one special couple who were looking forward to a chance to celebrate their love in a truly memorable way. ​​​​ Miles and Sky had requested the pleasure of your company for their wedding reception. ​​ ​​​​ Unfortunately the nuptial celebrations have gone horribly awry, and what was a wedding is now a wake. ​​​​ The groom has been murdered! ​​​​ Secure your tickets for a chance to test your detective instincts and solve the crime. ​​​​ Performances are Thursday, October 24, 2024 at​​ 6 p.m.,​​ Friday, October 25, 2024 at 6​​ p.m.,​​ Saturday, October 26, 2024 at 11​​ a.m. and 6​​ p.m., and​​ Sunday, October 27, 2024 at 6​​ p.m. ​​ Tickets for all performances are $150 and include​​ 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 concoction 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. ​​​​ All proceeds benefit the Fresno County Historical Society. ​​ For tickets and more information, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/mystery-dinner-at-kearney-manor.​​ 

 

Ongoing

Starting Now:

"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.​​ 

 

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to participate in any of th following classes:

Ongoing Weekly classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays:

Mondays: 7pm - 8:15pm- Learn to meditate, starting July 10th

Tuesdays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm- Inner Peace & Happiness

Thursdays: 7pm - 8pm- Enhancing Your Experience of Peace, Love & Happiness

Monthly Classes:

Second Sat. of the month: 4pm - 5:30 pm- Meditation, then discussion

World Meditation: third Sunday of every month: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Monthly classes: date & time varies: Exploring the Relationship of Body, Mind, & Soul

For registration or inquiries: Call 559- 435-2212, or ​​ e-mail bkFresnoclasses@gmail.com or​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com. ​​ Some classes are in person & some on Zoom. ​​ All classes are free.

 

Every Tuesday

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence invites you to free meditation classes every Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Center, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave. in Fresno. ​​ Learn techniques to experiencer peace within you and harmony in your relationships. ​​ This is guided meditation, with discussion led by Veena Kapoor and Kim Forbes, practicing Raja Yoga meditation. ​​ For more information, call (559) 435-2212.

 

Second Tuesday of each month:

Peace Fresno’s study group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at FCNV, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave.

 

Every Wednesday

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!

 

Fourth Thursday of each month:

Peace Fresno has moved their business meetings to the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence (FCNV), 1584 N. Van Ness Ave.

 

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 sisters4pelvichealth@gmail.com .  ​​​​ 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 spencer@thesourcelgbt.org . 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.​​ 

 

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​​ sisters4pelvichealth@gmail.com​​ 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​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

EndGame 2050

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/.​​ 

 

Every Day

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

 

Every Tuesday 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  ​​​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Every Saturday  

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

 

Every Saturday 

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

 

Most Saturdays 

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

 

Every Sunday

You are invited and encouraged to join Jovita in her ongoing Demonstration/Vigil in support of Palestine Every Sunday, ​​ 9 – 1pm at Cedar Avenue and Barstow Avenue​​ 

Across from Fresno State football stadium. ​​ Each person can choose their time. ​​ Whatever time you can be there will be enough.

 

Every Sunday 

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

 

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 vanpadilla@gmail.com. 

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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

  

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:

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:

  •   - Immigration in times of Covid 19

  •   - Border Realities

  •   - Asylum

  •  - Church efforts to address immigration

  •  - MCC’s work in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala/El Salvador

  •  - Church-based immigration legal services

  •  - Immigration advocacy

 

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.​​ 

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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​​ jramirez@centralcallegal.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:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ nutrition,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ administration,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ customer service § social work, ​​ ​​​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ case management,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ office assistance,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 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.

  

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.​​