KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 4/20/18

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

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



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


Friday, April 20th

Come and enjoy the zany wit and political satire of Roy Zimmerman on his ReZist Tour.  Roy will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 7:30 p.m.   Joni Mitchell says: “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”  Tickets are now on sale for $20.  Make your reservation with Steve Sacks at johnsonsacks@comcast.net or call the UU Church 322-6146. This is a benefit for the UU Social Justice Team!  This venue is wheelchair accessible and childcare will be provided upon request.  


Friday, April 20th 

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


Friday, April 20th

The Reedley Peace Center presents Tish Romero, president of Fresno Teacher Union, who will talk about the mediated settlement between the Fresno school board and Fresno teachers.  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Friday, April 20th

To celebrate 4/20, come to the historic Crest Theatre in Fresno to see a special one night screening of the 40th anniversary of Cheech & Chong’s “Up in Smoke!”  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are only $6 and can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com.  (Must be 18+ to attend this event.)  Every ticket purchased will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke movie t-shirt.  The film follows two stoners who unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.  You can watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK8ay-DlTzM.  See this cult classic film on the big screen at the historic Crest Theatre, located at 1170 Broadway St. in downtown Fresno.  For more information, call 559-268-0044 or e-mail info@thecresttheatre.com. 


Friday, April 20th

"Big Music-Small Venue," Fresno Pacific University Chamber Ensembles, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.   Admission is $5, payable at the door; free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).  For more information, call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu.  


Saturday, April 21st

Madera Youth Leaders from 10 a.m. to noon at the “Inspirational Roots” community garden, between Lake and 4th.  There will be music, food, informational tables, a free mulch giveaway and a plant cutting exchange (bring your plant cuttings)!  For more information, call (559) 661-1879.


Saturday, April 21st

Join Critter Creek Wildlife Station’s Spring Open House, from 11:00am-2:00pm, in Squaw Valley at in Squaw Valley located at 36710 Sand Creek Road.  Entrance is by donation.  The gate will close at 1:30pm to allow you enough time to tour.  The Open House will be unguided, so the pace is leisurely and there are more opportunities to take pictures.  Their volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions that you have and to share stories about some of our permanent residents. The gift shop will be open. There’s a picnic area, so bring a lunch, or the country store next door has refreshments.  Call (559) 338-2415 or email at crittercreekwildlife@hughes.net for information.


Saturday, April 21st

"Crosswind Evening of Praise & Worship," Fresno Pacific University student music ensemble, performs at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.  This performance is free.  For more information, call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu. 


Saturday, April 21st

The MOMS Club of Fresno North is pleased to announce this year’s highly anticipated annual fundraiser: a family “Carnival Festival.” The event will offer food trucks, a cakewalk, special needs sensory rooms, bounce houses and slides, games, music and much more! It will benefit Able Advocates, a wonderful organization that supports families who have children with disabilities. Able Advocates brings comfort and encouragement to families who often feel alone and confused, providing them with equipment and services they might otherwise not receive due to denial or restrictions from insurance.  The event takes place at Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 N. Willow Ave., Clovis, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  From its founding by a group of four mothers of children with special needs, Able Advocates has grown to provide services for over 1,200 families in 2017.  Please contact MOMS Club® member and Treasurer, Kelly Jensen, at 559-824-3439 or klhauser17@gmail.com for inquiries and information. Visit https://m.bpt.me/event/3349219 to buy tickets for this event. 


Saturday, April 21st

The Fresno State Community Health Mobile Unit will stop at Refinery West McKinley Church (3014 W. McKinley Ave.) from 8 to 11 a.m. and at the Valley Dream Center (1835 N. Winery Ave.) from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, to provide free health services to the community. Residents can receive diabetes and blood pressure screenings, plus health assessments, education and referrals. Free flu shots, for ages 4 and up, are available and limited to the first 50 individuals. The unit, coordinated by Fresno State nursing faculty and students, travels to various rural communities in Fresno County offering free health services to those who do not have readily available access to health care. For more information, contact the Fresno State School of Nursing at 559-278-2041.  You can see the full spring 2018 schedule at https://fresnostatelivewellblog.com/2018/02/06/community-health-mobile-unit-continues-free-health-services-for-spring-semester/. 


Sunday, April 22nd

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will hold its “Open House” from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Nonviolence at 1584 N. Van Ness Ave. (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley)  Please come and celebrate with the Center as they show off their newly renovated facility.  


Sunday, April 22nd

Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir will perform at 4:00 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Admission is $5, payable at the door; free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).   Call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu for more information.


Monday, April 23rd

The Fresno Center For Nonviolence will screen the film “The Occupation of the American Mind.”  This will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  Narrated by Roger Walters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.  The Center will be using their new Smart T. V. for the first time since the Center has been renovated!  This is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information call the Center from Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 559-237-3223.   


Tuesday, April 24th

Fresno Pacific University String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium on main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Admission is $5, payable at the door; free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders). For more information, call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu. 


Thursday, April 26th

The 2018 State of Downtown takes place on Thursday, April 26, with happy hour from 4:30 – 6:00 pm and the program from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Downtown Club – 2120 Kern St.  Join them as they celebrate successes, present data on programs, and gain a sneak peek at future programming in the works! Downtown Fresno Partnership’s incoming President/CEO, Jimmy Cerracchio, will also be introduced (in-person) for the first time to the downtown community.  General Admission is $30-$40, depending on early bird, regular, and day of.  Purchase tickets at www.downtownfresno.org.  The first 175 people to purchase tickets will receive complimentary tickets to the Fresno Grizzlies vs. Tacoma Rainiers game immediately following the State of Downtown at 7:05 pm.  For more information call Jenna at (559) 490-9966 ext. 227.


Thursday, April 26th

The Tulare County Candidate Forum Coalition will host a Candidate Forum for the residents of southeast Tulare County.  The forum will feature candidates for Assembly District #26 (Mathis, Sigala, Gubler attending) and Tulare County Board of Supervisors District #5 (Gurrola and Townsend attending) in an evening of civic engagement and festivities.  Vanessa Ramirez of Telemundo Fresno 51 will be the moderator.  Childcare and refreshments will be available.  Both Spanish and English speakers will be accommodated.  The event will be held at Comision Honorifica Mexicana Americana, 466 E. Putnam Ave. in Porterville, CA, 93257 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  For further information, contact Sarah Hutchinson (ACT for Women and Girls Policy Director) at 559-738-8037 (wk) or 559-697-5008 (cell) or email at sarah@actforwomenandgirls.org. 


Thursday, April 26th

Fresno Pacific University Musica Pacifica Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium on main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Admission is $5, payable at the door; free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).  For more information call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu. 


Thursday, April 26th through Saturday, April 28th

Fresno State’s University Dance Theatre will present “Be the Music,” its student-choreographed dance performance, at 8 p.m. April 26 through 28 and at 2 p.m. on April 28 in the Lab School 101 Theatre.  “Be the Music” features numerous dances created by Fresno State students. Dances range from island to contemporary and cultural pieces to reflect the diversity of Fresno State students. The performances are student-driven — from the dancers to the production of the concert, with the help of Kenneth Balint, professor of dance at Fresno State and instructor of University Dance Theatre.

Tickets are $5. The box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets will be sold at the door 30 minutes before showtime.  Parking is free for shows on Friday through Saturday night. For the Thursday night show, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.  For more information, contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.


Friday, April 27th 

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


Friday, April 27th

The Reedley Peace Center presents Jim Lichti and Ed Driskill who will talk about the origin and history of the Brethern Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Friday, April 27th

How big of a deal is the proposed Temperance Flat dam on the San Joaquin River?  An April 27 forum hosted by the Friends of the Madden Library at Fresno State will help you learn more.  The project is big, no question about it.  There’s a lot of money involved: The dam will cost $3 billion, according to supporters, though opponents say it will turn out to be much more expensive. Physically, it’s huge: The dam, which would be located upstream of the existing Friant Dam, about 20 miles northeast of Fresno, would stand 665 feet high and have the capability to store more than 1.3 million acre feet of water. And politically, it’s become a high-stakes battle: Advocates say that farmers and residents need the water-storage capabilities of a new dam in times of drought, while foes decry the environmental impact and say that the cost for what they call a relatively small amount of water is far too high.  As is the case with many complicated political issues, it’s a lot of information for the casual observer to absorb. The free library forum, to be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 will help focus the discussion by featuring two passionate speakers on either side of the debate. Each has been following the project for more than 15 years.  Speaking on behalf of the Temperance Flat project will be Mario Santoyo, executive director of both the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority and the California Latino Water Coalition.  Speaking in opposition will be Chris Acree, executive Director of Revive the San Joaquin.  These are pivotal times for the proposed dam. Supporters are seeking $1 billion in state funding. In January, the California Water Commission, which administers water-project bond money approved by voters with the passage of Proposition 1, gave the Temperance Flat project a score of zero for the dam’s cost-benefit ratio. Supporters are appealing the score.  The event is presented in collaboration with the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee, which will sponsor the Water-Wise Plant event on campus the following day.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. with a reception with hors d’oeuvres and no-host beer and wine bar.  The program follows at 6:30 p.m.  It takes place at the Madden Library, Fresno State campus.  This is a free event and parking is unrestricted. RSVP by April 20 at www.fresnostate.edu/libraryrsvp (enter code LibWater5).  For more information or physical accommodations, call Sharon Ramirez at 559.278.5790 or email sramirez@csufresno.edu.  


Friday, April 27th

Hands in the Community would like you to join them for their 5th Annual Golf

Tournament, from 10:30am - 6:30 pm at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club. Teams of four play for $550.00 which includes both lunch, dinner, and entry into the event’s raffle. Online payments can be made at http://bit.ly/hnc5thannualgolftournament and selecting golf under fund. There are business sponsorship opportunities available as well.

This event’s other activities, like the raffle, have outstanding prizes! For example, a

Hole-In-One contest, where someone has the opportunity to win a Wildcat XX 2018! 

Hands in the Community's (HNC) mission is to provide low income and disabled women, children, men and senior citizens in Tulare and Kings counties that are in need of a broad offering of options for services through our volunteer base. For more information about this event, please call 559-625-3822 ext. 100.


Friday, April 27th

Back on the big screen for one night only, “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland and Frank Morgan  will be shown at the historic Crest Theatre, 1170 Broadway Plaza in downtown Fresno.  Doors open at 7 and the screening is at 8 p.m.  What better way to watch a modern classic film than in a classic theatre!  Tickets are only $5 and are available at BrownPaperTickets.com.  You are encouraged to come dressed in character and receive a free popcorn.  


Friday, April 27th

Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.  Admission is $5, payable at the door; free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).  For more information, call 559-453-2267 or e-mail music@fresno.edu. 


Saturday, April 28th

Hands in the Community and the Joshua Ray Smallwood Foundation will present an evening with legendary rock musician, Randy Bachman, at 7:00 pm at the Visalia Fox Theater. Seats for the concert range from $35-$80 and can be purchased at www.foxvisalia.org or 308 W. Main St., Visalia. Several business sponsor opportunities are still available, as well.  Randy Bachman is a world class musician who has earned over 120 gold and platinum awards around the world and amassed over 40 million record sales. 


Saturday, April 28th

The Fresno County Department of Public Health and the Seal and Save our Smiles (SOS) program would like to invite Fresno County children in kindergarten thru sixth grade to receive a free dental screening on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Clinic.  AB1433 went into effect on January 1, 2007, requiring that all children have a dental exam before their first

year in public school. This assembly bill was in response to the high incidence of tooth decay in children. It is well known that dental caries (decay) is the most untreated childhood disease. It is also the easiest and most preventable disease. For more information, contact Luisa Bransford at LGtoothfairy@yahoo.com or at (559) 304-7870.


Saturday, April 28th

As part of its “Art in the Afternoon” program, the Fresno Art Museum will be hosting a lecture by one of its current exhibiting artists, Marcos Dorado whose exhibit is called “Immigrant Me.”  His stated goal is “to put the spotlight on the positive contributions of immigrants that are here."  The lecture begins at 2:00 pm and is free to Museum members and free with a paid museum admission.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First Street (at First and Clinton).  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 


Sunday, April 29th

The Tradition Continues! The Big Red Church is excited about continuing the long tradition of presenting your favorite music from Broadway! Join them for a reception and silent auction at 4:00 pm with the concert starting at 5:00.  The event takes place at the Big Red Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Boulevard in Fresno.  Tickets are $45 general admission or $60 for reserved seating, and general seating tickets are available online at http://bigredchurch.org/bovn/.  For reserved seating please call the church office 559-227-8489.


Monday, April 30th

Michael Beschloss, an award-winning historian, will discuss Leadership in American Politics from 6 to 7:30 p.m., including a Q&A session, on Monday, April 30, at the Save Mart Center as part of the President’s Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public.  Drawing on his years studying leadership at the Harvard Business School and as a presidential historian, Beschloss will discuss the most brilliant successes and the most lethal mistakes made in American politics and what lessons can be learned.

Beschloss is also a best-selling author of nine books, a New York Times columnist and an Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News and the PBS NewsHour.  The lecture is co-sponsored this year by The Fresno Bee, Valley PBS and KSEE 24.  Doors open for the lecture at 5 p.m.  Parking at the Save Mart Center will be free.  For more information or for disability accommodations, call 559-278-2324.


Monday, April 30th

The Tulare County League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum for the residents of the south central valley.  The forum will feature candidates for Congressional District #22 and Assembly District #26 in an evening of civic engagement and festivities. The event will be held at the Tulare County Office of Education, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd. between the cities of Visalia and Tulare beginning at 6:30 p.m. Directly following the forum, there will be a Meet & Greet for candidates running for Tulare County District Attorney, County Assessor, and County Auditor at the same venue.  


Thursday, May 3rd

Gallery 25 members Ann Leedy, Cynthia Carter Cameron and Donnalee Dunne will exhibit for the month of May. Ann Leedy through her art is challenged to enter the ever changing sensual, emotional and thoughtful aspects of living. Cynthia Carter Cameron explores her lifelong love of Mythology and fairy tales. This exploration has led the artist to depict the human condition and her own life experiences using the visual symbolism of those literary genres. Donnalee Dunne presents a series of paintings with a limited palette of two colors which began as deeply textured geometric forms.  The exhibit opens with the 1st Thursday ArtHop, from 5-8pm.  Gallery 25 is located at the M Street Arts Complex, 1419 “M” Street in downtown Fresno.   For more information, call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org.


Thursday, May 3rd

The Tulare County Candidate Forum Coalition will host a Candidate Forum for the residents of northeast Tulare County.  The forum will feature candidates for State Senate District #14 (Hurtado and Solis confirmed) and Tulare County Board of Supervisors District #4 (Valero confirmed) in an evening of civic engagement and festivities.  Vanessa Ramirez of Telemundo Fresno 51 will be the moderator.  Childcare and refreshments will be available.  Both Spanish and English speakers will be accommodated.  The event will be held at the Orosi High School gymnasium, 41815 Rd. 128, Orosi, CA, 93647, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  For further information, contact Sarah Hutchinson (ACT for Women and Girls Policy Director) at 559-738-8037 (wk) or 559-697-5008 (cell) or email at sarah@actforwomenandgirls.org. 


Friday, May 4th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the Documentary “Josiah, Forgotten Hero of the Abolitionist Movement, and the inspiration of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, Uncle Tom's Cabin.”  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Saturday, May 5th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will celebrate its 26th Anniversary with keynote speaker, David Hartsough speaking on “Waging Peace:  Continuing our Commitment to the Struggle for Peace and Justice in the Trump Era.” David is co-founder of World Beyond War, and author of Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. He writes that he has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence in an effort to live as though we were all brothers and sister.  FCNV will also be giving its 2018 Way of Peace awards to Ellen Bush, Reza Nekumanesh; youth awards to Yasmin Mendoza, Joanne Park and Elizabeth Grubb who organized the Fresno March for our Lives; and organization award to the new Veterans for Peace Fresno Chapter started by Joshua Shurley. There will be a silent auction and potluck meal.  The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno Street (between Barstow and Bullard).  For more information call the Center at 559-237-3223 Mon-Fri.  This event is free and open to the public.


Friday, May 11th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Larry Dunn, professor to Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Friday, May 11th

The next meeting of Central Valley Indivisible, an organization whose mission is to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies, takes place at 6:30 at 327 W San Carlos Ave. Fresno.  For more information, contact Patty Cappelluti at 559-355-9722.


Friday, May 11th

Artist David Tomb presents “The Philippine Eagle and the Art of Conservation”

at a special Friday Art Museum reception from 5 to 7 pm.  Art maker, birder, and traveler, David Tomb will talk shop:  birds, art, and conservation! Best of all worlds!

Tomb will also discuss the two large art diorama installations in his solo exhibition Rockfowl and Other Wonders and the inspiration, research, and art-making ideas behind the works. We will have an in-depth conversation about the fabulous and critically endangered Philippine Eagle, its current status, how it got there, and its uncertain future. Jeepney Projects Worldwide, Tomb's art for conservation group, will be a featured topic as well and how art can play a role in conservation.  David's talk will begin in the Fresno Art Museum's Bonner Auditorium and move into the gallery where Rockfowl and Other Wonders is exhibited. The talk will be followed by time for questions and conversation and a special reception with light appetizers, wine and beer no-host bar.  Tickets are $5 for Museum Members or $10 for non-members.  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 


Saturday, May 12th

There will be a Peace and Freedom Party Statewide Candidate Forum from 2-4 p.m. at CAFE Infoshop, 935 F St. in Fresno. Madera County Peace & Freedom Party and Democratic Socialist of America, Fresno Chapter present a forum of candidates running for statewide offices on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. If you love Bernie Sanders you will really love these candidates. For more info contact Vickie Fouts at 559-658-8260 or at socialjutice@sti.net. 


Saturday, May 12th

"Pops Concert-Best of Disney" will be performed by the Fresno Pacific University San Joaquin Chorale at 7:00 p.m. at Clovis Unified Performing Arts Center, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for students & the FPU community, including alumni cardholders); children under 12 free, payable at the door.  For more information, call 559-453-2267, e-mail music@fresno.edu, or go to www.sanjoaquinchorale.com. 


Saturday, May 12th

Gallery 25 members Ann Leedy, Cynthia Carter Cameron and Donnalee Dunne will exhibit for the month of May. Ann Leedy through her art is challenged to enter the ever changing sensual, emotional and thoughtful aspects of living. Cynthia Carter Cameron explores her lifelong love of Mythology and fairy tales. This exploration has led the artist to depict the human condition and her own life experiences using the visual symbolism of those literary genres. Donnalee Dunne presents a series of paintings with a limited palette of two colors which began as deeply textured geometric forms.  The 2nd Saturday ArtHop takes place from noon to 4 pm.  Gallery 25 is located at the M Street Arts Complex, 1419 “M” Street in downtown Fresno.   For more information, call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org.


Monday, May 14th

Move to Amend, Fresno Affiliate will have its May meeting at 6:30 pm in the Fig Garden Regional Library, 3071 West Bullard Avenue, Fresno.  They will have a short DVD and discussion and they welcome new members.  Snacks will be provided.  For more information about Move to Amend – Fresno Affiliate please contact Robert Pethoud at 559-438-7705 or email fresno@movetoamend.org. 


Friday, May 18th

The Reedley Peace Center presents Steve Penner reading from his poems and essays.  The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Friday, May 18th

Join the Valley Caregiver Resource Center at the Dragonfly Golf Club in Madera for fun, food, and prizes. One hundred percent of the profits from this tournament stay in the valley benefit the programs of Valley Caregiver Resource Center. Their programs-- the Caregiver Resource Program; Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP); Ombudsman Program; and the OASIS & PALS adult day activity centers--offer a comprehensive approach to help elders and their families navigate the challenges that accompany the aging process.  The tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 1:00 with awards and dinner to follow.  The Green Fee of $150 includes a boxed lunch and Tri-Tip Dinner!  All Players will also receive range balls and cart, entry in the “Closest to the pin” contest and “Long drive contest,” a goodie bag, and a team photo.  Registration and contests begin at 11:30 a.m., the golf tournament begins at 1 p.m., and the Tri-Tip Dinner, reception & awards follow the golf tournament. For more information or to register, call 559-224-9154 or go to www.valleycrc.org. 


Sunday, May 20th 

David Barsamian will speak on “Global Discontents: Threats to Democracy,” at 4 p.m.  at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence at 1584 N. Van Ness Ave. (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape. His weekly radio program Alternative Radio is now in its 32nd season. His books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said sell around the world. His new book with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Fresno.  This is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information call the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday.  


Wednesday, May 23rd

The Craig School of Business Institute for Family Business, in partnership with Chase, JP Marketing and The Business Journal, will present the 29th annual California Family Business Awards from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fort Washington Country Club (10272 N. Millbrook Ave.). Agnes Saghatelian, president of Valley Lahvosh Baking Company, will be the guest speaker. Tables are $700 for 10 people or $70 per person. Reservations must be made by May 4. For more information, contact Lori Few at 559-278-5662 or lfew@csufresno.edu. 


Friday, May 25th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the documentary “Josiah, forgotten Hero of the Abolitionist Movement, and the inspiration of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, Uncle Tom's Cabin.”   The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. 


Saturday, May 26th

Save the Date for the KFCF annual Free Speech Award, taking place from 2-5 p.m. at Pat Wolk’s Garden.  The event is from 2-5 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  More information will be posted soon!


Saturday, May 26th

As part of its “Art in the Afternoon” program, the Fresno Art Museum will be hosting a lecture by one of its current exhibiting artists, Thom Halls, whose work is included in the 2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational: California Nature. Thom has been a photographer living and working in the central region of California for over 40 years. His subjects have ranged from the natural beauty of the West to social commentary about man’s imprint on the earth and on each other. Working as a photojournalist, photo editor and as Director of Photography for the Fresno Bee, he is currently an instructor at Fresno City College School of Photography. The lecture begins at 2:00 pm and is free to Museum members and free with a paid museum admission.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First Street (at First and Clinton).  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 


Sunday, May 27th

As part of its “Art in the Afternoon” program, the Fresno Art Museum will be hosting a lecture by one of its current exhibiting artists, San Francisco Bay Area artist, Holly Lane, a painter and sculptor who creates works that the New York Times has labeled “inspirational parables.” She is most well-known for her elaborately framed paintings, inspired by architecture and often tied to Greek mythology and philosophy. Rather than mere housings for her paintings, Lane’s frames are elaborate, hand-carved pieces of art themselves that provide allegorical context for the two-dimensional paintings they surround. The lecture begins at 2:00 pm and is free to Museum members and free with a paid museum admission.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First Street (at First and Clinton).  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 


Wednesday, June 6th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents an inspirational and transformative experience with Sister Shivani, a world renowned teacher of Raja Yoga Meditation.  To survive and thrive in this turbulent world, we need peace and power that comes from deep inner contentment.   The foundation of 'Inner Peace & Power,' is true awareness of the self which is both a journey and the destination. The talk by BK Sister Shivani on Awakening the Greatness Within Us is an opportunity to engage in deeper understanding of the self.  Sister Shivani's simple and practical approach to get us in touch with our authentic self, makes this inner journey inviting and enlightening.   Therefore, millions of people around the world are taking advantage of her classes, talk shows and meditations.  Her TV program on practical spirituality, Awakening with Brahma Kumaris, airs in over 160 countries across five continents. Her YouTube channel has registered over 55 million views and hosts over 355,400 subscribers. She has over 1.7 million followers on Facebook.  She is a Women of the Decade award winner and World Psychiatry Association goodwill ambassador.  The event take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 North Willow Avenue in Clovis (handicap accessible).  Admission is free (tax-deductible donations will be accepted), but registration is required.  For more details, please contact Drs. Veena Kapoor and Sudarshan Kapoor at 559-435-2212 or e-mail: BKWSOfresno@gmail.com. 

Register at https://awakening.brahmakumaris.us/fresno.   


Friday, July 20th

The Rap Contest summer 2018 Tour; “100Gs to The Game Tour,” is coming to Fresno.   The Rap Contest is an original song competition series started in 2010 by Sellassie and Inhouse Talent.  The event is a platform for independent hip-hop artists and has showcased some of the top local artists you don’t know yet.  The Rap Contest has visited 20 cities from coast to coast including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Orlando & Seattle and will hit 11 more cities this summer, surpassing $100,000 in cash prize money awarded to independent artists.  The Fresno event will be at 8 p.m. at Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. in downtown Fresno.  For more information, go to therapcontest.com.


Tuesday, September 25th

The Central California Women’s Conference announced that the iconic Maria Shriver will keynote this year’s event.  Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, June 5, for this day of inspiration, growth and knowledge planned for women across the Valley at the 31st Annual Central California Women’s Conference. CCWC is the largest women’s event in the region and will be from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.  Sponsorships and exhibit booths are still available. For sponsorship information contact Jan Edwards jan@ccwc-fresno.org; for exhibit booth information contact Mary Stabelfeld at mary@ccwc-fresno.org.  More information about the conference and speakers is available at www.CCWC-Fresno.org. 



Flu Season 2017-2018

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has scheduled influenza vaccination clinics for the 2016-17 flu season at multiple locations throughout the county. The Fresno County Immunization Program will not be offering “nasal spray” flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The cost of each vaccination will be $6.00. Medi-Cal for children and Medicare Part B will be accepted. The 2017-18 flu vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses that are most likely to cause disease this season, and while it cannot prevent all cases of flu, it is the best defense against the disease and its potential serious complications that can include pneumonia and death. It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a year. If children eight years or younger are receiving their first flu shot,

they should receive two shots this season separated by a time frame of four weeks.

Health officials are encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated regardless of age or health status. Fresno County residents with insurance coverage should contact their health care provider regarding flu vaccination availability. Vaccines may also be available at physician offices, clinics, pharmacies, and at special flu vaccination events promoted in retail stores. Information regarding flu vaccination opportunities can be found at www.flu.gov. For dates, times, and locations of the Department of Public Health flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit www.fcdph.org/flu or call the Immunization Information Line at 1-888-993-3003.


Now through May 1st

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


Now through May 3rd

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


Wednesdays, beginning August 30th

New Horizons Music provides adults a great entry or reentry into music making! Whether you were in school band or orchestra, would like to learn a new instrument or have only dreamed of playing, New Horizons offers a welcoming environment that offers you the chance to participate and progress at your own rate. More than 60 people already participate.  Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays beginning August 30 at 5:30 p.m. for string instruments and 6:30 p.m. for band instruments. The mariachi band begins at 5:30 p.m. September 6! Groups perform at least two concerts each school year. All meetings are at the Bullard High School Band Room, 5445 N. Palm, Fresno. For more information, contact Archie Rader at 559-273-8309 or ARader5831@aol.com,  or Craig Erker at craig.erker@gmail.com.  The cost is $150 plus a $3 registration fee. Register through Fresno Adult School at www.fas.edu. 


Sunday, September 17th through Sunday, May 20th 2018

Pianist Mauricio Náder will kick off the 46th season of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series at Fresno State. The series opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Concert Hall.  Náder will perform works by Carrasco, Chávez, Castro, Morales, R. Halffter, Águila, Camacho, Nazareth, Gershwin and Muczynski.  The Mexican Consulate of Fresno and Arte Américas are co-sponsors of this event.  Other concerts in this season’s series include:

    3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 — Peter Serkin

    8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 — Daniel Hsu

    3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 — organist Kimberly Marshall, co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

    8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 — Yefim Bronfman

    3 p.m. Sunday, March 11 — Barry Douglas

    8 p.m. Friday, April 27 — Jeremy Denk

    3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 — Juho Pohjonen

Keyboard Concerts also co-sponsors several special events during the year, in conjunction with the International Chamber Music Series:

    3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 — Jolente de Maeyer on violin and Nikolaas Kende on piano

    8 p.m. Friday, March 2 — Chilingirian String Quartet

    3 p.m. Sunday, April 8 — Alexander String Quartet

Tickets for concerts in the Keyboard Concert Series are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Season tickets are available for the eight main concerts: $160 general, $120 for seniors and $30 for students.  Season tickets for the International Chamber Music Series are $60 general, $45 for seniors and $10 for students.  Parking is available in Lot C (corner of Shaw and Maple avenues). For ticket reservations, please call 559-278-2337.  For more information, please visit keyboardconcerts.com.


Saturday, February 10th through Sunday, May 20th

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


Thursday, March 1st through Sunday, April 22nd  

Neil Simon’s “The Star-Spangled Girl” will be performed at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre from Thursday, March 1st through Sunday, April 22nd.  It is San Francisco, 1967, and two earnest young men, Andy and Norman, are using their apartment as a publishing office for a "protest" magazine. When Olympic swimmer and all-American girl, Sophie, moves in down the hall, she pays a good-neighbor visit to the two aspiring publishers and Norman becomes hopelessly smitten. Unfortunately, his love is a determined madness, only heightened by Sophie’s equally determined rejection of him. Meanwhile, ladies-man Andy is fielding telephone calls from irate creditors, and distracting the landlady from thoughts of back rent with motorcycle rides and surfing expeditions. Although convinced her neighbors are printing a dangerously subversive magazine, our heroine soon finds the real source of her angst is that the wrong man is in love with her. In this frothy comedy, love, politics, and laughter blend into hilarious happenstance, and everybody goes home happy! Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 general admission; $17 for students/seniors/military; $12 student rush.  For more information, call 559-266-0660/800-371-4747, or buy tickets online at 2ndspacetheatre.com.  2nd Space Theatre is located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. 


Thursday, March 22nd through Sunday, May 20th

A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget.  That’s what’s in store in Good Company Players’ effervescent production of Mamma Mia, now playing at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District.  Set on a Greek island, this sunny jukebox musical spins a modern fairytale about a young bride-to-be whose determination to find her real father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the romantic island they visited twenty years before. ABBA’s timeless music infuses this enchanting comedy with toe-tapping, finger-snapping, sassy nostalgia that brings audiences everywhere to their feet. This international mega-hit by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus was only recently released to local theatre companies and GCP is thrilled to be the first to offer it to the Central Valley. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  On Thursdays, a buffet is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:00 and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  On Fridays & Saturdays, dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m.  For the Sunday matinees, a brunch buffet is served beginning at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m. And on Sunday evenings, a buffet is served beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for Thursdays & Sundays Buffet & Show is $57.00 per person; Show Only - $32.00.  The cost for Friday & Saturday Served Meal & Show is $60.00; Special drink & dessert packages available.  Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For tickets and more information, call 266-9494 or 800-371-4747 or go online to www.rogerrockas.com. Reserve online at http://rogerrockas.com/dinner-shows/ or call 559-266-9494 or 800-371-4747.


Monday, April 2nd through Thursday, April 26th

This is the submission period for local teachers to apply to the Smiles For Teachers Program.  This program, sponsored by Nalchajian Orthodontics, will provide an opportunity for one special teacher to receive a complimentary orthodontic Invisalign treatment and completely transform their smile.  They will choose one teacher who goes above and beyond to make lasting impacts in the lives of all of their students. Teachers can view submission guidelines and apply, by visiting Nalchiajian Orthodontics’ website at https://nalortho.com. 


Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 22nd

An exhibition of artwork by incarcerated men at Avenal State Prison will be on display at Fresno State’s Graduate Art Studios at the M Street Arts Complex in downtown Fresno.  The exhibition, “Insider Art: Exploring the Arts within Prison Environments,” showcases over 100 pieces of paintings, drawings, sculpture and small pieces of craftwork. All of the work was created by incarcerated individuals who are part of the Arts in Corrections program at the male-only state prison just outside the town of Avenal.  Over the past two years, Criminology Department chair Dr. Emma Hughes established a relationship with the prison to give criminology students the opportunity to see how the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation operates.  Hughes was impressed by the murals around the prison created by incarcerated men, and she learned about the arts program.  Hughes partnered at Fresno State with the College of Social Sciences, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Center for Creativity and the Arts, the Department of Art and Design and Project Rebound to display the artwork at the Graduate Art Studios downtown.  The exhibition is part of the Center for Creativity and the Arts' theme for the year: “Voice and Silence: Expressions of the Human Spirit and Community.” It will also feature performances by men who participate in the prison’s music program and the Actors’ Gang theater program. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear and see performances on monitors displayed in the gallery. The men will talk about the impact the arts has had in their lives.  Photographs taken by Neil Chowdhury, photography assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design, will give insight to the arts inside the prison.  A panel discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Alice Peters Auditorium in the Leon S. Peters University Business Center at Fresno State. Panelists include Rosemary Ndoh, Avenal State Prison warden, and Doug Snell, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation lieutenant.  The exhibition will open as part of ArtHop from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 5, with opening remarks at 6 p.m. Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Weekday viewings are available by appointment.  For more information, contact Lucero Benitez at lbenitez@csufresno.edu or 559-278-4381.


Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 29th

The work of Joan K. Sharma, Fresno State professor of art and design, will be featured in the Anomalies Exhibition at the Spectrum Art Gallery (608 E Olive Ave.). Also featured will be the works of artists Jeff Hill, retired Henry Madden Library technician, and Donna Hopson. The exhibition opens with an ArtHop reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and features Friday Photography Live at 7 p.m. April 20. The closing reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 12:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free. For more information, contact Joan K. Sharma, professor of art and design, at 559-278-2707.


Friday, April 6th through Saturday, May 12th

Fresno State nutrition and dietetic students will host Bulldogs in the Grocery Store nutritional information tours for Fresno State students and the community from Friday, April 6 to Saturday, May 12 at the Save Mart Supermarket at 5750 N. First St. The one-hour sessions will teach attendees the importance of fruits and vegetables from fresh, dried, canned, frozen and juice products. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients and encourage healthy immune systems. The eight-person tours will include free educational materials, coupons, budgeting tips, recipes and cookbooks. 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 on-line, go to http://bit.ly/FS18-grocery-tours.  For more information, contact Kassie Ramirez by e-mail to kassielizabethh@mail.fresnostate.edu. 


Tuesday, April 10th through Wednesday, May 9th

Aileen Imperatrice will be hosting her first Solo Art Show back from her recovery, at the Betty Rodriguez Library 3040 N Cedar Ave, Fresno.  “A Second Chance” will be featuring most of her art reflecting specifically on the journey through kidney transplant for her husband.  The Art Reception will be on Thursday, April 19th (the 3rd Thursday ArtHop) starting at 5pm and is FREE.  Then at 7pm, she along with her husband Tony, will be doing a live performance of their storytelling show “That Kidney Show” for Pay What You Want Donations. Please invite anyone and everyone who would enjoy a show of the poignant and funny stories that go along with kidney transplant.  The link to the Facebook invite is https://www.facebook.com/events/209970706253878/. 


Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 22nd

Children’s Musical Theaterworks presents “Legally Blond,” at 2425 Fresno St, # 101, Fresno.  Tickets range from $14-$22 and can be purchased at www.cmtworks.org. 


Thursday, May 24th through Sunday, September 9th

Sequoia Shuttle season is almost here! The shuttle’s summer season launches on Thursday, May 24, helping Central Valley residents and adventurers from around the

world visit Sequoia National Park and experience the wonder of the great outdoors.

Round-trip tickets are $15. Tickets include entry into the park, as well as free, unlimited shuttle service inside the park to a number of famous attractions. Because the shuttle has limited seating, reservations are required. Riders can reserve their seats online at SequoiaShuttle.com. The Sequoia Shuttle website features many of the popular attractions that can be accessed via the Shuttle, including the historic General Sherman Tree (the largest known single-stem tree in the world, by volume), Moro Rock (a granite stairway to sweeping views of Sequoia National Park), Tokopah Falls (a 1,200-foot waterfall), and Congress Trail. Reservations are now open for Sequoia Shuttle’s 2018 season, and can be made at www.SequoiaShuttle.com/reservations. Pick-up locations are throughout Visalia, Exeter, Three Rivers and Lemon Cove.  Explore Sequoia National Park all summer long, using the convenient, eco-friendly and affordable Sequoia Shuttle service!  For more information, please visit SequoiaShuttle.


Monday, June 18th through Friday, June 29th

The Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State is now accepting applications for its annual Engineering and Construction Management Summer Camps through Friday, April 13. The first camp, for grades 6 to 8, will run June 18 through 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second camp, for grades 9 to 12, will run June 25 to June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camps will highlight civil, computer, electrical, geomatics and mechanical engineering as well as construction management through fun, hands-on activities. Faculty and student mentors will lead the camps through innovative and creative forms of education and exploration. The camp includes lab materials, snacks and lunch. Camp cost is $200. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Both camps are held on campus. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/LCOESummerCamps.  For information, contact Rebecca Wass, communications specialist, at rwass@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559-385-1336.


Monday, July 9th through Friday, August 3rd

The Fresno Art Museum will hold four week-long Visual Art Workshops for kids and teens.  Children must be between the ages of 10 and 17 for Week 2 and age 8 to 17 to 

participate in Weeks 1, 3, and 4.  All classes are taught in English only.  Weekly sessions run five days per week. Partial weeks pay full week tuition (i.e., not pro-rated.) 

Full day sessions are from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Morning sessions run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm; afternoon sessions from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The weeks of July 9 to 13 and July 16 to 20 are full day workshops (no half-day registrations accepted.)  Children who stay for the full day must bring lunch. The Museum provides light snacks only. Lunchtime is supervised, in the gated Sculpture Garden or classroom.  FAM visual art classes are taught by FAM’s staff of teaching artists and special guest artists.  Weeks 1 and 2 are Full Day Only:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Weeks 3 and 4 are half day:  AM Session, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm; PM Session, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Week 1 runs from  July 9 to13 (Trashion for Kids); Week 2 runs from July 16 to 20 (Mural Making 
Workshop); Week 3 runs from July 23 to 27 (AM:  Exploring Drawing; PM:  Mixed Media Painting).  Week 4 runs from July 30 to August 3: (AM:  Art in 3-D: Exploring Clay, Plaster, Wire, and More; PM:  Art in 3-D: Exploring Fiber).  Half Day sessions cost $165 for Museum members or $185 for Non-Museum members.  Full Day sessions cost $310 for Museum members or $350 for Non-Museum members.  Students will explore the Elements of Art and how they apply to the Principles of Design through a variety of media in ALL of our workshops. Register by 5:00 pm Friday, June 8, 2018 and take 10% off!  For more information and to download a registration form on-line, go to fresnoartmuseum.org. 


Every Tuesday, February through April, 2018

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



Every Day

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


Every Tuesday 

There is a Vigil, at Devin Nunes' Clovis Office, 3rd and Clovis Ave. from 11:45am to 12:45pm.  Dave and Bev Derby hold a weekly, hour-long quiet vigil of peaceful prayer and reflection in the pursuit of "justice, tolerance, fairness, inclusion, actions and laws that protect all people."  Although signs are welcome, they are not coming here to yell at motorists, scream, and demonstrate wildly on the sidewalks and streets.  For more information, e-mail dderby@cvlaweb.com. 


First and Third Thursday of each month:

ArtHop occurs the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. It’s one of the most active and successful programs organized by the Fresno Arts Council. Art lovers and enthusiasts from all walks of life flock downtown Fresno and the Tower District on the first Thursday of each month, and the rest of ArtHop venues in the Fresno metro areas on third Thursdays, to meet and greet with the artists and enjoy the reception and music. Museums, studios, galleries and other venues open their exhibitions to the public at 5:00 p.m. and run the free event until 8:00 p.m.  ArtHop has received a remarkable response from the Fresno community. Over 50 participating artist studios, galleries, museums, and other venues exhibit art and artists reception during ArtHop, and it has become both a cultural and special event for the community with a great deal of media coverage. For the complete list of venues go to fresnoartscouncil.org. 


Every Tuesday through Thursday

The Fresno County Department of Public Health offers free confidential rapid HIV testing at the Fresno County Department of Public Health building at 1221 Fulton Mall, Specialty Clinic Area, First Floor, from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

For more information, contact Jena Adams, Supervising Communicable Disease Specialist, at (559) 600-3434.  


Every Wednesday and Friday

Patricia Wells Solorzano and Agustin Lira, founders of El Teatro Campesino), have formed a theatrical group with Fresno youth that will raise awareness of the problems negatively affecting the health of boys and young men of color, such as drugs, gangs, obesity, teen pregnancy, high numbers of youth incarcerated or expelled from schools, unemployment and poverty.  The Theater for Boys and young Men of Color will be composed of youth ages 16-28 who will be trained in acting to the extent that they will be capable of performing before general audiences. The participants will be engaged in the creation of skits, one-act plays and in the development of a one and a half hour theatrical production with music to be performed toward the end of this year long project. Along with theater, musical presentations will also take place performed by the participants who will also receive musical training.  This project will be taking place at The Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, 2385 South Fairview Ave., 93706, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30-8:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Gwen Morris at (559) 412-7118.


Every Friday

Join Fresno Ideaworks, Fresno's community workshop for prototyping, building, designing, and building our community of makers, for 'Fabrication Fantasy Friday'. This is about letting your inner maker-nerd out. From sub culture to pop culture cosplay has boomed in the past decade and is continuing to grow. Fresno Ideaworks is proud to recognize prop makers and cosplayers as part of the maker movement. We have experts to help you put your kit together for whatever your passion is.  The event is free for members, a suggested $5 donation for non-members.  Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St (temp during remodel), Fresno.  For more information, call (559) 840-8749.  


Every Friday

California Employment Development Dept. invites you to attend the Resume Preparation Assistance program with one on one assistance provided to all job seekers with CalJOBs registration, creating a strong and effective resume, obtaining job leads and referrals, information on training and education opportunities and other helpful resources.  The workshops are every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fresno EDD office at 2555 S. Elm.  No appointments are necessary.  Bring a valid ID and social security card.  For more information, call (559) 445-6747.


Every Saturday  

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


Every Saturday 

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


Most Saturdays 

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



Harmony & Balance School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is offering $5 weekly classes in the Yang style 37 posture short form. Join Francisco Alvarez, certified instructor, every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Central Valley Center for Spiritual Living, 723 W. Clinton Ave. Fresno.  For more information, call 559-549-3989.


1st Saturday of each month:

The South Valley Peace Center holds a demonstration for peace at Mooney and Walnut in Visalia, from 1-2 p.m. For more information visit southvalleypeacecenter.org. 


2nd Saturday of each month: 

Divorce Options Workshops are offered on the second Saturday of every month by Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. This program provides information about the divorce process and the options available to anyone considering divorce. Each workshop is presented by an interdisciplinary team of legal, financial and mental health professionals on the second Saturday of each month at the Fresno Ramada Inn, 324 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is offered at NO CHARGE to attendees as a public service of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. Pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating. Further information and pre-registration may be obtained at divorcefresno.eventbrite.com, or contact John McDaniel at (559) 226-4420. 


Every Sunday 

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


Every Sunday

It’s Sawdust Sunday at Fresno Ideaworks.  If you have an interest in woodworking, woodturning on a lathe, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join us. This is a good way to get some pointers on an existing project or gather information on how to get started in the exploration of the infinite possibilities of carpentry. This event is open to the public and requires no fees. Some experience is necessary for equipment use. No experience is necessary to explore the possibilities.  Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St, Fresno.  For more information on this event and what Fresno Ideaworks has to offer, go to http://www.fresnoideaworks.com. 


First Wednesday of each month:

A Women in Black Silent Vigil takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fresno County Courthouse, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Show your support for peace and negotiated settlements of current U.S. military actions. Stand silently and advocate for peace. For more information, call 559-278-7140 or 559-225-2850.  This vigil takes place the 1st Wednesday of each month.


Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:

A new Toastmasters club in Exeter meets twice a month. More info can be found on our site as well: http://exeter.toastmastersclubs.org, or send an e-mail to



The “Goodie Bag Project” is collecting small toiletry items brought home from hotels and vacations to provide gifts for women incarcerated in Central Valley Women’s Prisons. This is a collaborative effort of the CCWF Inmate Family Council, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Social Justice Committee, and the United Methodist Church of Merced. They are seeking sample/travel size bath gels, body soap, lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small combs and pocket sized packages of tissues (no food, candy, edibles, drinkables, mouthwash or anything containing alcohol). They are also collecting all kinds of greeting cards, wooden pencils and clear, colorless pens, as well as paper scratch pads and picture postcards. Items may be dropped off at the Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., south of McKinley, during open hours, M - F, 11 AM - 3 PM. Checks can be made out to "FCNV Prison Ministry - Goodie Bags," and mailed to the Center at the above address, or dropped off in person. Receipts will be given. All donations are tax-deductible. For additional information or to see if an item is allowable under prison rules, call Maria Telesco at 559-255-9492. Please remember all items must be SMALL. 


Volunteers Needed: Collective for Arts, Freedom, and Ecology (CAFE) Fresno, whose mission is to provide a safe space for all people and provide programs and events that provide enrichment and information to Fresno and the Central Valley, is looking for volunteers, especially for Food Not Bombs, an organization that provides a nutritious meal to anybody that would like and need one. Food Not Bombs is in dire need of physical and financial help, and will accept anything that might go to waste that is still useful. This includes but is not limited to: clothing, toys, tools, and furniture. All of these items will be redistributed to others that need them. Food Not Bombs meets on Sundays at CAFE Infoshop (935 F. Street in Fresno) at noon sharp, to chop and cook until 3. At 3 p.m., they serve at the courthouse park. For more information call Vanessa at (559) 485-3937 or e-mail vanpadilla@gmail.com. 


Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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


Every Thursday: 

On Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. guitarist and singer/songwriter Steve Ono is hosting the Smugglers Open Mic Night. The Smuggler's lounge is like a large living room with a small PA set up in the corner. Listening will be encouraged. Musicians, singers and spoken word are all welcome. The content must be family friendly. Each guest artist will be playing 2 to 3 songs depending on the number of participants. Minors are allowed when accompanied by a responsible adult.  Steve will play back up guitar or read sheet music (lead sheets preferred) for the artists on request. Steve Ono has been playing and teaching guitar in the Fresno/Clovis area for more than 35 years with hundreds of former students.  The Smuggler's at the Park Inn is a full service restaurant with a full bar. There is a two drink minimum. Dinner is available. The restaurant is located at 3787 North Blackstone Avenue in Fresno. For information, call (559) 230-8450



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


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


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