KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 9/23/22
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(Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)
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Friday, September 23rd
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “Mariupol: The Chronicles of Hell,” between 19-23, and to join the Zoom Discussion with Liza Tatarinova (Director) September 23rd at 5:15 p.m. Ukrainian filmmaker Ielyzaveta Tatarinova documents the fall of one of Ukraine's tenth-largest Mariupol - ruined but not conquered. The city in the east of Ukraine, with almost half a million people, has survived the occupation, total destruction, and a humanitarian catastrophe. The occupiers were murdering civilians, preventing them from escaping. This film tells the story of the survivors, their life in hell, and ultimately salvation. In Ukrainian with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc4M7NQyDWI. Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at email@example.com. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to https://www.journeyman.tv/film/preview/xXmVlNTO5brA3L-Do4Rop6V0p5maVo-D2LPc2tHazua21ZCKgYuWdqGkcaCom3ygtZR6qaWiqJWpb414cIPfybji27Pd1ty7kZuEbKGtop6Vm1fe.
Saturday, September 24th
The Education and Leadership Foundation (ELF) in conjunction with other Central Valley CBOs are proud to announce that there will be a mega immigration workshop for September 24th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Some of the other organizations which will be present include Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), The Fresno Center, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc., and Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena y Oaxaqueño (CBDIO). Accredited representatives and Immigration Attorneys will be available for free immigration consultations. The workshop takes place at the Cesar E. Chavez Adult School at 2500 E. Stanislaus St. in downtown Fresno. CVIIC’s legal partners will offer immigration services such as U-Visa, VAWA, T visa and Asylum applications. For Citizenship/Naturalization help you must bring your Legal Permanent Resident card, 2021 income tax forms and documents showing low-income status such as Medi-Cal documentation if available. For DACA renewals, bring a copy of your previously filed application, employment authorization permit, social security card, passport (if available) and a money order for $495. For more information, call (559) 666-6446 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 24th
The Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Shaw & Blackstone in Fresno is holding the inaugural Fresno Fungi Festival on Saturday, September 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature Fresno State Mycologist Alijia Mujic, local food booths, mushroom themed crafts, mushroom product vendors, a mushroom costume contest, South of Shaw Brewing Company sponsored beer garden and live music by Central California’s Grateful Dead tribute band, Touch of Gravy. Admission is $10 and includes 4 food samples. All proceeds benefit Vineyard Farmers Market 501(c). Gates open at 10 a.m. with speaker Alija Mujic FSU Mycologist, from 10:15-10:30, followed by:
• 10:30 to 11:30 Touch of Gravy (Live Music)
• 11:35 to 12:00pm Speaker Alija Mujic FSU Mycologist
• 12:00 to 12:30 PM Mushroom Costume Contest
• 12:30 to 1:30 Touch of Gravy (Live Music)
• 2:00 PM: Good bye, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehe
Saturday, September 24th
The Fresno Historical Society is excited to host their premiere barbeque competition to be held on September 24, 2022 from 11am to 9pm, The Great Kearney BBQ Smoke Out, a KCBS Sanctioned Master Series event. Join them for a full day of mouth-watering BBQ along with side dishes and desserts that showcase the bounty of the Valley. They anticipate that more than 30 competitors from around the country, and many from right here in Fresno County, will be competing for a prize purse of $8,000 awarded over four categories and Grand Champion. Local sides and dessert competitions will also be held during the event. Guests will see professionals and amateurs at work on the grill, feast on BBQ and all the fixings. The event also includes local artisans and exhibitors along with community booths, a kids zone, games, food trucks each with a specialty BBQ menu item, local breweries and stroll through our Fields of Fresno - A Century in the Soil outdoor agriculture exhibition; all presented in the lush, shade of historic Kearney Park. Additionally, the event's main stage will feature a full day of live music including headliner Rudy Parris who will bring that Bakersfield Sound to Kearney Park as we celebrate all of the flavors that make the Valley great. This exciting day is sure to be fun for the whole family. Don't wait get your tickets today! Tickets are $68 for the Family Four Pack which includes:
2 Adult (21+ and over) tickets
2 Child tickets
8 BBQ Tasting Tickets
4 Beer or Wine Tasting Tickets
4 Peoples Choice Voting Tickets
1 Parking Pass
Single Adult tickets are $20 (or $25 with beer & wine tasting); Single children’s tickets are $15, and the VIP package for $200 includes:
4 Adult (21+ and over) tickets
12 BBQ Tasting Tickets
8 Beer or Wine Tasting Tickets
4 Peoples Choice Voting Tickets
VIP Seating at the Main Stage
4 "I'm a FAN of History" hand fans
1 FCHS Friends and Family Membership (1 year)
Early Bird pricing ends September 10th. For tickets or more information, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/great-kearney-bbq.
Saturday, September 24th
The West Side Theatre in Newman is pleased to invite you to a special children’s performance of “The Little Mermaid” with the Missoula Children's Theatre. Missoula Children's Theatre returns with their version of the Little Mermaid. Auditions are on Monday September 19 at 3:30 at the West Side Theatre. All K thru 12th grade kids are welcome to audition. The venue is the West Side Theatre’s beautifully restored 1940’s movie house, now a non-profit arts center, located at 1331 Main Street in Newman, CA. For tickets, call 209-862-4490 or go to https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/missoula-childrens-theatres-the-little-mermaid/.
Saturday, September 24th
Pastor Bruce Hood of Fresno Feed My Sheep Ministries Announces SoberStock 2022
March Against Fentanyl, taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the Manchester Mall, 1901 E. Shields in Fresno. This is the 17th year of Marches to increase awareness and to fight drugs. Jim Patterson, a California State Assemblyman, recently committed to speaking at the event. The SOBERSTOCK event will raise awareness of the deadly effects of Fentanyl and other drug use. The march will be down Blackstone Ave. and the event includes a free Chicken BBQ, live music, information booths, a Motorcycle Run and Car Show. There will be several speakers and fun for the entire family.
Saturday, September 24th
Fresno Pacific Alumni Choir Reunion and Concert takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at the Lyles Theater in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, main campus of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. The free concert begins at 4:15 p.m. To sign up to sing at Fresno Pacific University Alumni Choir Reunion or for tickets, call 559-453-2267, e-mail email@example.com, or go to fresno.edu/news-events.
Saturday, September 24th
You are invited to join Fresno Art Museum for the Council of 100 Luncheon honoring the
Distinguished Woman Artist for 2022, Kim Abeles. Luncheon tickets are $55 each and cover the luncheon with the artist, an elegant vegetarian lunch catered by One Sweet Table, wine & tea, a lecture in the Bonner Auditorium by Kim Abeles, and a copy of the exhibition catalog from Kim Abeles: A Survey. All luncheon reservations will be held at
the door and are non-refundable. This is a fundraising event for the Council of 100. The schedule is:
11:00 am Doors open
11:30 am Lecture by Kim Abeles in FAM’s Bonner Auditorium
12:00 pm Meet Kim in her exhibition
12:30 pm Luncheon in honor of Kim in FAM’s Sculpture Garden
Seating for the luncheon is limited to 100 people. Additional registrants will be added to a waiting list. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and more information go to https://files.constantcontact.com/5da4a391301/47094161-b2d9-4613-91d3-bdcbdc6e0949.pdf?rdr=true.
Saturday, September 24th
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents Dr Vinod Mungalpara and Manna Singh, together again to bring you a new class called, “Creating Balance with Food, Health & Happiness.” Many people think they know what healthy eating is supposed to be, but shy away from it because it doesn't appeal to them. This class will help you understand the subtle aspects of eating, and make your eating healthy, as well as interesting. Visit them Saturday morning, Sept. 24th, from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Zoom. The Zoom ID is 859 3925 6971, and the Password is balance. For more information, call 435-2212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 25th
The Fresno Folklore Society invites you to a Lance Canales and the Flood concert at 4:00 p.m. in the Wolk Garden, 6661 N Forkner Ave, Fresno. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, go to https://www.fresnofolklore.net/event-details/lance-canales-concert.
Sunday, September 25th
The Fresno Philharmonic “Let’s Dance!” Masterworks Concert takes place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street in downtown Fresno. Music Director Rei Hotoda leads the Fresno Philharmonic in a dance-worthy program of traditional and new classical favorites. A co-commissioned work by Juan Pablo Contreras is followed by Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Guest artist Chee-Yun shines on the violin. Join them for this fantastic concert! Sponsored by KVPR, Valley PBS, and Televisa Univision. Tickets are $30-$86 per ticket, depending on seat selection. Go to https://fresnophil.org/events/lets-dance/ to purchase tickets.
Sunday, September 25th
Fresno Pacific University invites you to “Artisans in Brass,” a brass quintet concert, part of the Fresno Pacific University Pacific Artist Series. It takes place at 3 p.m. in collaboration with FPU’s Gather 2022 events, at the Lyles Theater in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, main campus of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is $5. For tickets and more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail email@example.com, or go to fresno.edu/news-events.
Friday, September 30th
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “Father” between September 26-30, and to join the Zoom Discussion with Srdan Goluibovic (Director) September 30th at 5:15 p.m. As told by Serbian Director Srdan Goluibovic, Nillaka, a day laborer and father of two in a small town in Serbia, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, social services refuse to return his children, leaving him feeling hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children. In Serbian with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to https://vimeo.com/684844319. Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to the Cineculture website at https://cineculture.csufresno.edu 3-5 days before the discussion date.
Friday, September 30th
Biola’s 64th Annual Raisin Festival takes place at the Biola Pavillion Building at 12535 “G” Street in downtown Biola. Doors open at 6 and the Festival begins at 7. El Festival del Folklorico includes a dance off, and they are looking for folklorico groups that are interested in participating in the competition. Cash prizes will be available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please sign up by this weekend by calling Phillip Cervantes at 681-7994, or Rosa Gonzalez at 871-3955. More details will be available to participating groups.
Saturday, October 1st
Ephesians Community Church is hosting a free community parking lot event, “Holy Hot Dog Fest” on October 1st from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for families to come out and enjoy food and fun. A select group of Fresno partners including Fresno Fire Department, Reading and Beyond organization, as well as Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Department will be on hand. Other opportunities include animal balloons for the kids and free Christmas toy sign-ups with Marine Corps volunteers. They are located at the corner of West Myers and South Arthur. All families are invited. This cook-out style event helps many community partners showcase their value. They will begin serving food at 12:00 PM. Beverages, free toy sign-ups, free animal balloons, and other fun things start at 11:00 AM. Ephesians Community Church is located at 245 W. Myers Avenue, the corner of West Myers and South Arthur. More information can be received by contacting Pastor James Chatman at 623-202-8290 or via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 1st
The Westside Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to Infatuation - The Rod Stewart Tribute, starting at 8 p.m. Infatuation, a brand new tribute band, brings back all those great Rod Stewart classics that we know and love. For tickets or more information, go to https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/infatuation-a-tribute-to-rod-stewart/ or call 209-862-4490. The Westside Theatre is located at 1331 Main St., Newman, CA.
Tuesday, October 4th
You are invited to a Fresno State Concert, “The Healing Power of Music - Indian Classical Ragas,” at 7:00 pm in the Wahlberg Recital Hall - Music Building, at Fresno State. The concert features Veena Chandra on Sitar, Dr Lovely Sharma on Sitar and Gourisankar Karmaker on Tabla. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Prof. Joan Sharma at email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 5th
Fresno Pacific University invites you to “The Women who Reveal a Shared Historic Evangelical Spirituality,” part of the 2022 Believers Church Lecture Series at Fresno Pacific University. The talk is from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Speaker Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D., is associate professor of history and world Christianity at Bushnell University. Admission is free, but tickets are recommended. More at fpu.edu/bcls2022.
Thursday, October 6th
During the month of October 2022, photographer Wendy Denton will present a solo show at Spectrum Art Gallery in Fresno. The show opens with Art Hop on Thursday, October 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and Wendy will be doing a presentation about the show on Friday, October 21st at 7:00 PM. Called Thousand-Year-Old Words of Wisdom, this is a series based on the works of medieval women mystics Hildegard of Bingen and others and is comprised of 15 images on themes such as Justice, God as Mother, the Black Madonna, Code Red for Humanity, and the Plague. Hildegard of Bingen was born almost 1000 years ago. What Hildegard knew then, our best thinkers are calling on us to know now. Core to Hildegard’s teaching is the rightness of
justice. “With Injustice,” she says, “your soul is dry, totally without tender goodness.”
“Prophets like Hildegard return from time to time to assist us,” says spiritual teacher Matthew Fox. “She is a Bodhisattva in our midst. Listen to her as she speaks your name.” Will We Listen? Spectrum Gallery is located at 608 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno
Tower District. For more information visit www.spectrumphotograllery.org or call (559) 348-8357.
Thursday, October 6th
Fresno Pacific University invites you to a 5-8 p.m. reception for “La Calavera Catrina,” a Dia De Los Muertos-themed exhibition of original photography and fashion design by Marcos Dorado and Lupe Lopez. It takes place in the Ewert Art Gallery, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, main campus of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. The exhibit continues through November 11. Admission is free. For more information go to fresno.edu/news-events.
Thursday, October 6th
As part of Fresno State’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, you’re invited to “Queering Mariachi,” a virtual event presented by the Cross Cultural and Gender Center LGBTQ+ Programs and Services, noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring two members of the first all LGBTQ+ Mariachi group in the world, Mariachi Arcoiris De Los Angeles. For more information contact Estevan Parra Guerrero, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to https://fresnostate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yDyrM5TFRBKkJZaRqg9ujw.
Friday, October 7th
Fresno Folklore Society presents a concert by Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, at 7 p.m. at the Wolk Garden, 6661 N. Forkner. Bring your own seating and libations (beer and wine OK, no hard alcohol). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at National Hardware and Patrick’s Music, or online at www.fresnofolklore.net.
Friday, October 7th
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “Olga” between October 3-7 and to join the Zoom Discussion (Speaker TBA) October 7th at 5:15 p.m. Olga is French-born Swiss director Elie Grappe’s first feature film. It is set against the backdrop of the Euromaidan upraising and civil unrests in Kyiv, Ukraine, in late 2013. Olga is the story of a 15-year-old gymnast struggling with her dual identity: she is both Swiss and Ukrainian. She trains for the Olympic as a Swiss athlete thanks to her deceased father’s nationality, while her mother, a free-lance journalist, reports on the ground in Kyiv and faces daily dangers. What will happen to Olga? Will she win a place on the Swiss team competing in the Olympics? Striving for authenticity, Grappe has cast real gymnasts in the film’s main roles. Olga won the prize for Best Screenplay at the 74th International Critics Week of the Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Swiss entry for Best International Feature Film at this year’s Academic Awards. Additionally, it won Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Best Sound at 2022 Swiss Film Awards. In French and Ukrainian with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaVAoiRlTyA. Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at email@example.com. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to the Cineculture website at https://cineculture.csufresno.edu 3-5 days before the discussion date.
Friday, October 7th
Fresno Pacific University invites you to a Symphonic Band & Brass Concert with Fresno Pacific University student ensembles. The concert takes place at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyles Theater in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, main campus of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free. For more information, call 559-453-2267, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to fresno.edu/news-events.
Saturday, October 8th
Join the KFCF board in Celebrating Small Victories with wine & scrumptious hors d’oeuvres on Saturday, October 8th at 1146 W Harvard Ave. from 2-5 pm. Meet Malachi Suarez, the local Central Unified elementary school student who led a successful campaign to re-name Polk Elementary. And meet Jaguar Bennett, lead organizer for “Tower to the People,” the successful campaign to stop the sale of the Tower Theater to Adventure Church. Tickets are $50. Get a free ticket if you become a sustaining member for at least $10/month between now and the event, and if you bring someone who’s not a current subscriber you’ll be entered in raffle to win a door prize. For more information, go to www.kfcf.org or call 233-2221.
Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th
The Fresno Art Museum invites you to a FAMily Weekend, celebrating the female archetypes inspired by A Queen Within Adorned Archetypes. Admission is free but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Scheduled activities include:
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Storytelling (both days)
Noon: Silly Dan the Magician (both days)
1 & 3 p.m.: Aerial Silks (October 8th)
1-3 p.m.: ShapHill Jazz Quartet (October 9th)
All day activities include:
Art Projects (hat making and more)
Art Treasure Hunt with prizes
Chess with the Knights Alliance (learn to play and compete; times TBA)
Free Otter Pops for kids
For more information go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org.
Sunday, October 9th
CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a free Youth Voices Film Screening and Q&A at 1 p.m. at Maya Cinemas, 3090 E Campus Pointe Dr, Fresno.
CMAC's Youth Voices program is a 14-week documentary filmmaking intensive for Central Valley junior high and high school students, aged 18 and under. The Youth Voices program teaches youth how to harness the power of media to tell stories of personal and societal significance through documentary filmmaking. Please join them as you watch 12 short documentary films produced by members of the cohort, followed by a Q&A. For more information contact Johnny Pecina at 559.266.2622 or by e-mail to email@example.com. You can also go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/416895785517.
Thursday, October 13th
As part of Fresno State’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, you’re invited to “Decolonizing Your Diet: Embracing Latino Foods,” a virtual event presented by Latino/a Programs and Services and the Amendola Family Student Cupboard, 1 to 2 p.m. A discussion on the decolonization of diet culture, reducing stigma and embracing traditional Latino foods. To register, go to https://fresnostate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkdeCvqTItGt19Gmy7XUUPvhWI5gqqLzdf.
Friday, October 14th
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “Costa Brava, Lebanon” between October 10-14, and to join a Zoom Discussion (Speaker TBA) October 14th at 5:15 p.m.
Costa Brava Lebanon is Lebanese director Mounia Akl’s first feature film. This contemporary fiction tells the story of three generations of the Badri family who resides in an idyllic mountain home. Though the location is picture-perfect, familial arguments bubble up beneath the surface. Grandmother Zeina, ex-singer Soraya and teenager Tala yearn to return to Beirut. On the other hand, father and husband Walid and Rim, the youngest child, refuse to leave their eco-paradise. The whole family’s resolve wavers... but then the government seizes their property and proceeds to carve it into a landfill. What will happen to them? Will they stay or have to leave their threatened haven? This film, which “masters the universal and the local at once”, received numerous accolades and prizes at several international film festivals around the world and was selected as the Lebanese entry for Best International Feature Film at this year’s Academy Awards. In Arabic with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlKwa-MKGgo. Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to the Cineculture website at https://cineculture.csufresno.edu 3-5 days before the discussion date.
Friday, October 14th
Fresno Pacific University invites you to Fresno Pacific University Choral Concert. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Lyles Theater in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, main campus of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free. For information call 559-453-2267, e-mail email@example.com, or go to fresno.edu/news-events.
Saturday, October 15th
The Westside Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to a performance by Gravel & Grace Band starting at 8 p.m. Gravel & Grace is a seven-piece Blues and R&B outfit that plays a wide range of classic covers and original songs. The band features Big Earl Matthews on vocals, Ava Grace on vocals and keyboards, Issac Lewis and Ricky Galvan on Guitar, Will Melendez on Saxophone, Josh Broom on Bass, and Ray Vazira on Drums. Drawing on a wide range of influences, they have developed a unique blend of classic and contemporary music. For tickets or more information, call 209-862-4490 or go to https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/gravel--grace/. The Theatre is located at 1331 Main St., Newman, CA.
Wednesday, October 19th
The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club presents "The History of Bears in the West" with Tyler Coleman, Terrestrial Wildlife Program Manager at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This presentation, which begins at 7 p.m. via Zoom, will cover bear ecology and history over the last 150 to 200 years, including bear management practices in the west. Methods used today in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will provide important examples of why certain management practices are used. This presentation is free and open to the general public, but it does require advance registration. Visit http://www.sierraclub.org/tehipite to register. The Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to everyone who has previously registered.
Friday, October 21st
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “Peaceful” between October 17-21 and to join a Zoom Discussion (Speaker TBA) October 21st at 5:15 p.m. Peaceful is French director Emmanuelle Bercot’s newest feature film. It is the moving story of a mother (Catherine Deneuve) facing the unbearable and her son (Benoît Magimel) in denial of a serious illness and facing his approaching death. Between them a doctor (Gabriel Sara) and a nurse (Cécile de France) fight to do their job and bring them to acceptance. Mother and son have one year, four seasons, to “dance with the disease, tame it, and understand what it means: to die while still alive”. The film is deeply poignant while realistic at the same time. Filmmaker Bercot raises the bar of realism by having Dr. Gabriel Sara (renamed Dr. Eddé in the film), more or less play his own role of a real oncologist whose unorthodox treatments for end-of-life patients use music and speech. Peaceful had its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Benoît Magimel won a Cesar and a Lumière Award Best Actor earlier this year. In French with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upCym_xcJfo. Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to the Cineculture website at https://cineculture.csufresno.edu 3-5 days before the discussion date.
Saturday, October 22nThe RIDE Foundation invites you to “Operation Hug-A-Horse, Halloween Edition,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 24768 E. Kings Canyon Rd. in Reedley. There will be kids, food, horses, a costume contest, crafts, a silent auction and more. Fore more information go to www.theridefoundation.org.
Friday, October 28th
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” (Film available on Kanopy/Campus library database or Fresno County library), and to join the Zoom Discussion with Dr. Ed EmanuEl October 28th at 5:15 p.m.
Chinese-French author, screenwriter and filmmaker Dai Sijie directed this feature film based on his own semi-autobiographical novel set in the early 1970s during the later stages of China's Cultural Revolution. It tells the story of two young men, university students, who are sent to a remote mountain village in southwest China for three years of Communist re-education to purge them of their decadent Western education. Amid the back-breaking work and stifling ignorance of the community, they fall in love with a local beauty, the daughter of the most renowned tailor in the region. When they discover a hidden suitcase filled with banned books by western writers, they read these works to the little seamstress for hours on end in a secret meeting place. Thirsting for knowledge of the world beyond, she is mesmerized by the novels of nineteenth-century French writer Honoré de Balzac and eventually falls in love with the two young men who read this author’s stories to her. On her mystical journey, the Little Seamstress finds the courage to leave her village for broader horizons. In Chinese with English subtitles. (There is a minimal charge 10/28 & 11/4 for viewers who don’t have access to library databases). Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at email@example.com. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to the Cineculture website at https://cineculture.csufresno.edu 3-5 days before the discussion date.
Friday, November 4th
Cineculture invites you to view and discuss the film “The Lunchbox” (Film available on Fresno State library database/ Academic Video Online/ Alexander Street Press for free, or Amazon for $2.99), and to join the Zoom Discussion with Professor Joan Sharma November 4th at 5:15 p.m. Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. In Hindi with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENgWVvQYCxg. (There is a minimal charge 10/28 & 11/4 for viewers who don’t have access to library databases). Via weekly email announcements, listserv subscribers will be invited to attend Zoom discussions with guest discussants. If you’d like to subscribe to the CineCulture listserv email Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org. As with in-person screenings, viewers will NOT be charged a fee for viewing the films. Subscribers will have to watch the films on their own and prior to the discussions. These films will be available for a period of 3-5 days before and will NOT be with the discussions. For the link to the film go to the Cineculture website at https://cineculture.csufresno.edu 3-5 days before the discussion date.
Saturday, November 5th
TRASHIQUE® will be back at the Fresno Art Museum This outrageously fun and stylish affair that was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020 and postponed due to COVID will now be held Saturday, November 5, 2022. As in years past, the evening will include art, music, dancing, food, cocktails, and Fresno’s most anticipated fashion show of the year, featuring ensembles created by artists out of what most people regard as trash. It has an exciting NEW location at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church just behind the Fresno Art Museum on Orchard and Yale Streets. Regalia (TRASHIQUE® 2022) is THE PRIMARY FUNDRAISER for the Fresno Art Museum in 2022 and will coincide with A Queen Within the huge international fashion exhibition at FAM. Proceeds from the event directly support the stellar exhibitions and programs at FAM. The event will be highly publicized and is expected to sell out. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and VIP seating starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for General Admission at 7:30 p.m. and the Fashion Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Following the fashion show, meet the artists, take a closer look at the garments, and enjoy some drinks! Ticket prices are as follows:
VIP $225.00 (limited seating) (Includes full-course dinner and wine prior to the show, early entry, and VIP seating during the fashion show. Access to VIP lounge with bar service. No Host Bar)
VIP TABLE $1,600.00 (limited seating) (Table of 8), Includes exquisite dinner and wine prior to the show, early entry, and VIP seating during the fashion show.Access to VIP lounge with bar service. No Host Bar)
Preferred Seating $100.00 (limited seating) (Includes Preferred seating during the fashion show in Rows 3 & 4. No Host Bar)
General Admission $85.00 (Includes fashion show & No Host Bar)
If you bought tickets for TRASHIQUE® 2020, your tickets will be honored for TRASHIQUE® 2022. For tickets and more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regalia-trashique2022-tickets-380140730157.
Wednesday, November 16th
Fresno State University invites you to the 41st Annual Agribusiness Management Conference on November 16, 2022. The event will be held at Pardini's, 2257 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711. This year's theme is "Post-pandemic Challenges in California Agriculture". Program details and registration links available at https://fresnostate.edu/amc.
Friday, November 18th
“TRINITY: Classically Irish” will perform on Friday, November 18th, 2022 at the Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 815 East Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728. This show is all ages and begins at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Three accomplished young Irish singers, all with performance experience on stages around the world, make up the cast of PBS’s newest Celtic music project— Trinity. Their first PBS concert, from the creator and producer of The Irish Tenors, Daniel Hart and former PBS Fundraising Vice President Joe Campbell, is scheduled for release in March 2022. Three great young voices matched with the most beloved Irish songs and great new arrangements for the symphony orchestra add up to a magical musical experience. Tickets are $24.50, $37.50 & $49.50 for reserved seating. There is no price increase on the day of show. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 27thth and are available at https://TowerTheatreFresno.com.
Saturday, November 26th
The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute, performs in Fresno on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 815 East Olive Ave, Fresno. This show is all ages and begins at 8:00 PM with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, $47.50 & $65.00 for reserved seating. Prices increase by $5.50 on the day of show. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st and are available at TowerTheatreFresno.com. If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. For more information please visit: The FabFour.com.
Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th
Addressing an urgent need for affordable housing, the Gazarian Real Estate Center at the Craig School of Business, in partnership with the nonprofit Youth Voice Impact Inc., will host the Youth Empowered Affordable Housing Summit at the University Business Center at Fresno State. The YEAH Summit will gather university students and high school seniors from throughout the San Joaquin Valley and beyond to provide input on how to implement sustainable solutions to affordable housing. Schools and organizations interested in participating in the YEAH Summit can register by contacting either the Gazarian Real Estate Center at email@example.com or George Starbuck, founder of Youth Voice Impact Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gazarian Real Estate Center and Youth Voice Impact Inc. invite university students and high school seniors representing cities, communities, youth groups, churches and other organizations from throughout the San Joaquin Valley and beyond to participate in the YEAH Summit. Summit organizers also encourage government leaders, city planners and community leaders to participate as observers and listeners.
Thursday, April 13th 2023
Elton Dan and the Rocket Band - A Tribute to Elton John will perform on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at the Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 809 East Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728. This show is all ages and begins at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $19.50, $34.50, $49.50 & $89.50* for reserved seating. Prices increase by $5.50 on the day of the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 16th and are available at TowerTheatreFresno.com.
- Early Entry (1 hour before doors)
- Pre-Show Mini Performance with Show Insights and Q&A
- Exclusive VIP Laminate and Elton Dan Glasses
- Personal Photograph with Elton Dan before the show
For more information please visit: EltonDan.com.
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:
Friday, April 1st through Saturday, October 15th
The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to the 2022 Fields of Fresno Ag Tours. FCHS, in partnership with the Fresno County Farm Bureau, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau and a number of local growers and sponsors, is excited to offer a full slate of engaging and educational experiences. Stops will be based on what crops are in season so each excursion will be unique. Guests will enjoy an elegant Mansion Tour highlighting the deep agri-business roots of the original Fruit Vale Estate, followed by a curated motor coach ride that will bring to life the Roots of our Valley. Each trip includes a catered lunch and tastings at designated locations, along with a chance to hear directly from the farmers and business owners who work the land and grow the products that we rely on each day. Call Tour Director Candice Hill-Troutman at 559-777-4091 for large group reservations of eight or more people. The cost is $85 per tour, and the scheduled tours are as follows:
Friday, April 1, 2022 - Citrus
Friday, May 20, 2022 - Peaches
Friday, July 29, 2022 - Fruit Trail
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Tomatoes
Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Almonds & Wine
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Farmers Markets
(* Some dates may be subject to change.) For more information or to register, go to https://www.valleyhistory.org/ag-tour.
Monday, May 30th through Saturday, September 24th
Madera County has received a 14-foot steel beam salvaged from the Twin Tower attacks on September 11, 2001. On Saturday May 28, 2022, the beam will travel through Madera County for the citizens to view. The beam will be escorted by area firefighters, law enforcement, and the American Legion Motorcycle Riders.
7:30am – 8:30am: Oakhurst Community Center, 398000 Fresno Flats Rd., Oakhurst
9:15am: Tesoro Viejo Fire Station No. 7, 4155 Towne Center Blvd., Madera
9:45am: Madera Ranchos, Westbound Ave 12, Madera
10:15am: Madera South High School, WB Almond to NB Pine, Madera
10:25am: Town & Country Park, 2300 Howard Rd., Madera
10:35am: Madera High School, Olive Ave. & Stadium Rd., Madera
10:45am: Rotary Park, NB Gateway Dr., Madera
The beam will also be available for viewing at several local events:
• Monday May 30th – Memorial Day Ceremony – Courthouse Park.
• Thursday June 16th – Business Extravaganza – Hatfield Hall.
• Monday July 4th – Fireworks Show – Madera Fairgrounds.
• Thursday September 8th – 11th – Madera Fair.
• Saturday September 24th – Old Timers’ Day Parade.
The beam will lead the Old Timers’ Day Parade on Saturday September 24, 2022, at 10:00am. At the conclusion of the parade, a beam resting ceremony will take place in Courthouse Park, as the beam will be lifted and placed on its permanent resting monument. This event will be open to the public.
Now through December:
Fresno State nutrition and dietetic students will host “Bulldogs in the Grocery Store” tours for students and the community through December at the Save Mart Supermarket at 5750 N. First St. in Fresno. The free, one-hour sessions will teach the importance of fruits and vegetables from fresh, dried, canned, frozen and juice products. The eight-person tours will include budgeting tips and a chance to buy a cookbook created by students for $5. Spanish-speaking tours will also be offered. Dr. Lisa Herzig, Fresno State dietetics and food administration program director, is coordinating the program that was created by a $5,000 grant from the Produce for Better Health Foundation. To register, go to https://bit.ly/FS22-grocery-tours-fall. For more information e-mail Diymond Walker at email@example.com.
Saturday, July 30th through Sunday, January 8, 2023
In conjunction with its current exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes,” the Fresno Art Museum is holding a series of Fashion Trunk Shows, a unique retail experience with local fashion designers. Come prepared to shop! The Fashion Trunk Shows are:
Saturday, August 20th from 2-5 p.m. featuring designer Stephanie Monique Robles with original fashions from vintage clothing
Saturday, August 27th from 2-5 p.m. featuring designer Francisco Rodriguez who creates unique fashions for men and women and will have a line of colorful shifts and totes available for purchase.
Saturday, October 1st from 2-5 p.m. featuring designer Keryn Nicholson with original hats
Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Family & Special Guest Weekend, with activities including magic, storytelling, a gallery treasure hunt, food trucks, chess lessons and competition, hat-making art project, Aerial Arts Fresno and musical entertainment.
Saturday, October 15th from 2-5 p.m. featuring designer Anndrea Villarreal with Original clothing and accessories
Saturday, December 3rd, during the “Mistletoe & Martinis” evening event, featuring designers Ashley and Brittany Castanos with original bridal fashion.
Sunday, December 11th, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Family Day with Holiday & Fashion themes, including a high school fashion show inspired by A Queen
Saturday, January 7th 2023, an evening event Closing Reception for A Queen Within (more information to come)
Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First St. in Fresno. For more information, call 559-441-4221 or go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org.
Friday, August 19th through Sunday, October 16th
The Good Company Players presents “A Man For All Seasons,” the gripping story of Sir Thomas More’s fall from favor for refusing to support King Henry VIII’s request for a divorce. The ageless and inspiring echo of the small voice that calls to us: “To thine own self be true.” A true masterpiece. The play will be performed at Good Company Players’ Second Space Theatre, located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. Show times are Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Prices are $25 general admission; $20 students/seniors/military. Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For information and group reservations, call Dave at (559) 266-9493. For general tickets, call 559-266-0660 to reserve or online at https://tickets.gcplayers.com/purchase/events/categories/2nd-space-theatre/i-remember-mama-2022/. Guests must show full vaccination OR proof of negative PCR tests taken within 72 hours for admission. Masks are optional.
Monday, August 29th through Sunday, September 25th
Fresno Pacific University invites you to “New Horizons: Art by FPU Graduates,” exhibit by Fresno Pacific University graduates Stephanie Alcala, Cynthia Chapman, Rebecca Johnson, Jordan Wiebe and Samantha Zapien. It’s in the Ewert Art Gallery, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, main campus of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free. For information go to fresno.edu/news-events.
Tuesday, August 30th through Thursday, December 15th
The River Parkway Trust is offering its fall session of the Young Explorers Enrichment Program, which runs from Monday, August 30th through Thursday, December 15th from 9 a.m. to noon. The Program is open to youth ages 3.5 through those currently enrolled in Kindergarten as of the session start date. The fall session runs for 15 weeks, and participants meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The Program is designed to supplement your child’s regular preschool or classroom learning through nature-based experiences. Their focus is on learning through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences using nature as the classroom; children are outside for the duration of each program day, and the environment is our teacher. The journey of each individual is unique, and activities and curriculum are based on the interests and curiosities of participants. The cost is $1,425 for the 15-week session ($150 non-refundable deposit, $1,275 session fees); partial scholarships are available and scholarship applications can be accessed through the online registration system during the normal registration process. Payment plan options are available. For more information or to register, go to https://riverparkway.org/activities/preschool-programs/.
Friday, September 9th through Friday, September 30th
The Community Science Workshop at Edward Ray Park will begin once again on Friday, September 9th. This is a satellite workshop that is hosted at the Edward Ray Park Building and sponsored by the City of Chowchilla. It's a wonderful opportunity for the youth of Chowchilla to learn, tinker, make, and explore the world through science, technology, engineering, and math. The Workshop Schedule is:
Friday, September 9th from 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, September 10th from noon to 4 p.m.
Friday, September 16th from 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, September 17th from noon to 4 p.m.
Friday, September 30th from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, November 6th
Good Company Players invites you to a performance of “Young Frankenstein.” Based on the Mel Brooks film, this laugh-a-minute musical will have you in stitches. Fredrick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Victor von Frankenstein, wants nothing to do with the family business. But when he inherits his family home in Transylvania, he has little choice but to slip on his mad-scientist shoes and create…. A monstrously hilarious hit! Performances are at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District. On Thursdays, a sumptuous dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:30 and the performance at 8:00 p.m. On Friday & Saturday, a mouth-watering served meal begins service at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m. And on Sunday matinees, a hearty full service brunch begins service at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show performances are $65 (or $60 for seniors, students and members of the military with valid ID; $50 for young adults 16-21). Show only tickets are $35. All visitors must have proof they are fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus with them when attending the performance. Due to rising COVID numbers and in order to help protect the most vulnerable among us, they ask that you wear your masks when not eating or drinking, when leaving your table, and at all times while the performance is in progress unless you have a medical condition that precludes the use of masks. For tickets, go to https://rogerrockas.com/shows/categories/roger-rockas/.
Friday, September 16th through Friday, December 2nd
Fresno State Winery staff and students will showcase award-winning wines this fall at “Friday Night Flights,” outdoor wine tastings from 4 to 7 p.m. starting Friday, September 16, at the campus winery (2360 E. Barstow Ave.). The weekly tasting costs $10 per person and features a rotating list of white, rosé and red wines crafted by Viticulture and Enology Department staff and students. Admission costs are waived for Fresno State Wine Club members or if attendees purchase wine. September will feature the winery’s 2018 Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah, 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Fresno State and Muscat Canelli and 2020 Chancellor's Chardonnay vintages. The Alicante Bouschet won a silver medal at the San Francisco Chronicle and San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers contests in 2021. The weekly wine tastings will be held through December 2, except for three dates in November — Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 25.
Tastings will be held on the east side of the winery, where visitors can meet the students from the fall semester’s wine sales and marketing course and learn about the student-made wines, wine processing facilities, vineyard and academic department. Parking is available for free next to the winery in Lot 19 (Barstow and Jackson avenues). Wine enthusiasts can also enjoy many of the 20 wines produced by Fresno State students as members of the campus wine club. The free membership offers a 20% discount on three shipments of four bottles throughout the year and access to special discounts, vintages and events. For more information, visit the winery Facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 559-278-6070.
Monday, September 19th through Friday, October 14th
The Fresno State Library and the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature present “Banned! Books Under Fire,” an exhibition on banned books throughout the United States. Filled with thought-provoking imagery, facts and data from the American Library Association’s tracking of challenged literature, the exhibition serves as a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. The exhibition opens during Banned Books Week and runs from September 19th to Oct. 14th in the Pete P. Peters Balcony Gallery on the third floor during the Library’s regular operating hours. Please visit library.fresnostate.edu for more information.
Wednesday, January 18th through Saturday, January 21st
The 43rd annual EcoFarm Conference will be held January 18-21, 2023 at the Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds on the Monterey Bay. Through its connective events, the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) facilitates an exchange of knowledge and resources among a diversity of stakeholders and grassroots leadership to advance just and ecological farming and food systems. After two consecutive years of hosting this conference virtually, they are thrilled to be able to come together again in person. Join them at EcoFarm Conference 2023 for 50+ skill-building workshops in English and Spanish, keynotes, pre-conference events, farm tours, seed swaps, tastings, networking, and our expo! For more information and to register, go to https://eco-farm.org/conference.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Maderawildfire@nationsfinest.org.
Starting May 12th
The County of Fresno is encouraging families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment begins May 12, 2021. For qualifying households, the benefit provides:
· Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
· Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
· A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Families can apply online at www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org. To learn more, families can visit https://fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or call (833) 511-0311.
Second & Fourth Wednesdays starting June 23rd
The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with The Source LGBT+ Center and the Fresno EOC LGBTQ Center will provide no-cost Pop-Up groups in Fresno County starting June 23, 2021. The Pop-Up groups are a way to provide affirming, supportive and safe space for local LGBTQ+ persons. Pop-Up groups seek to focus on protective factors so to reduce risk factors for suicide, substance use and
mental illness. The project plans to conduct population specific engagement, support, affirmation, and education for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults as well as for family members and care takers. These efforts have been utilized in ways to reduce the risk factors for suicide in the LGBTQ community. While funded through the County’s Mental Health Services Act-Suicide Prevention efforts, the program is not focused on suicide
prevention specifically, but on protective factors so to lessen the risks for suicidal ideation and suicides. Belonging is a protective factor, and in instances where youth may not feel that they belong, in their home, in their classrooms, etc., having support groups can fill that void and provide some belonging and start to reduce some of the risk factors. The Pop Ups will provide some critical protective factors by providing:
Connections to other adults who are not parents. Safe space, closeness to caring friends, awareness, and access to local health services, as well as support to parents so to strengthen connectedness with their child and learn how to better support their youth. To learn about the Pop-Up groups and/or participate interested persons can contact The Source LGBT+ Center’s Spencer Salazar at email@example.com . The initial groups will be on-line from 4pm-6pm starting on June 23, 2021. Groups will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. The groups will be virtual initially with plans for in-person locations being developed.
Fourth Wednesday of each month:
Sisters for Pelvic Health meet the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm-7:00pm at Creative Therapeutics - Socially Distant, 2763 E Shaw Ave #102, Fresno. You can also join virtually via Zoom. To join remotely, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can send you the Zoom link. They plan a fun evening getting to know you and supporting each other on our journeys' through pelvic pain. Remember that all women are welcome, so please spread the word and invite others to join us. They are on social media on facebook and instagram. So please share those posts as well: instagram.com/sistersforpelvichealth, facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth, and www.facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth.
Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to join them for guided meditation, wisdom insights and discussion on Peace of Mind and Harmony in Relationships. Know yourself on your journey of personal development and help yourself to grow and discover your values. Password and ID for all the meditation classes is now: ID 277 751 8092, Passcode 807401. For more information call (559) 435-2212 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
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