KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 6/15/18

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Friday, June 15th

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day​​ will be commemorated on​​ Friday June 16, from 10:00-12:00 p.m.​​ at the Doubletree Inn in downtown Fresno (2233 Ventura St. near the Fresno Convention Center). ​​ Registration and informational booths open at 9 a.m. ​​ Reaching the golden years should be a time to enjoy life with family and friends and not​​ a​​ time of fear or worry. Financial exploitation - by a family member, caregiver, or scammer- is a common way that our older family members are taken advantage of: unpaid bills, new credit cards or unusual purchases might be signs of financial abuse. If you believe you or a loved one might be a victim, please call Fresno County Adult Protective Services at (559)-600-3383 or Madera County Adult Protective Services at (559)-675-7839. If you suspect abuse of an elder resigning in a license care facility, please call the Fresno-Madera Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at (559)-224-9177. ​​ To​​ learn more about the effects of elder abuse in Fresno and Madera Counties, please plan on attending the World Elder Abuse Awareness Event. ​​​​ There will be representatives from law enforcement, elected officials, government agencies and community benefit organizations to discuss the effects of elder abuse in Fresno and Madera Counties. ​​ Tickets to this event are free but you must pre-register. ​​ Pre-registration at Eventbrite includes continental breakfast. ​​ To register, go to:​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day-event-tickets-44468824451?aff=es.​​ 

 

Friday, June 15th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the film “Song of Lahore.” ​​ The city of Lahore was once an artistic haven famous for its music, but that changed with the imposition of Sharia law. This engaging documentary follows some passionate Pakistani musicians trying to revive a tradition in a shrinking cultural sphere. ​​​​ 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, June 15th

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, June 15th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents the “The New Monsanto Band.” ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six​​ tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, June 15th

The ONME Network and the Downtown Fresno Partnership are bringing you the 1st Annual Juneteenth Jazz & Blues Celebration in downtown Fresno! ​​​​ Join​​ them, as​​ they​​ commemorate our local talented black jazz and blues artists in honor of "Juneteenth" - American holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. (June 19, 1865). ​​ Expect to enjoy history, food & craft vendors, a wine/beer garden and live music from: Ray Moore & The Experience, Bobby Brown, Joe "Boy" Walton and The Starr Choice Band, and also Bobby & Jeff Logan! ​​ ​​​​ It takes place from 7-11 p.m. at the Mariposa​​ Plaza (downtown Fresno). ​​ And it’s free & open to the public, with free parking.

 

Friday, June 15th

Back on the big screen for one night only, “The Karate Kid” 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, June 15th

The historic Crest Theatre is seeking artists of all kinds to display their artwork for the first ever Arthop in July 2018. ​​ Please submit your work by June 15th​​ by e-mail to​​ info@theCrestTheatre.com​​ with the subject “July 2018.” ​​ They’re also​​ seeking​​ live Performing Artists for future Art Hop's! ​​​​ Please​​ submit video of yourself performing live to: Info@TheCrestTheatre.com "Art Hop - Live Performing Artist."

 

Saturday, June 16th

Day 2​​ of the​​ Juneteenth Jazz & Blues Celebration​​ takes place at the​​ African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley​​ at 1857 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno. ​​ It takes place from 6-11 p.m.  ​​​​ Come to downtown Fresno to enjoy good cultural cuisines, great jazz & blues music from some of the top local bands, dancing, vendors and more!

 

Saturday, June 16th

Would you like to see more civility and civil discourse in your world? Would you like to learn skills that will help you influence others to respond with more civility and civil discourse? Plan to attend the “Civil Discourse-to-Go Workshop” sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County and hosted by the LWV of Tulare County on Saturday, June 16, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. ​​​​ This workshop will help you learn the skills and tools necessary to live a more meaningful, successful, and happier life. ​​ Co-facilitators, Deb Humphreys and Sharon Kimball, Directors of Civil Discourse for the LWV of San Luis Obispo County whose work was recognized at the​​ LWVC Convention in Sacramento in 2017, will conduct it. There, they received the “Strengthening Democracy Award” for “promoting civil discourse in the public arena through partnerships with elected officials and the County Office of Education, developing a pilot program through the schools, and creating various published resources.​​  ​​​​ The workshop takes place at​​ St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 120 N. Hall St., Visalia (there’s free parking in adjacent lot and on street). ​​ Doors​​ open​​ at 9:30 a.m. and the program is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a free event and light snacks will be available. ​​ To​​ customize the workshop for those attending, the presenters would appreciate participants completing​​ answering the following questions​​ and returning​​ your answers​​ by June 4th to:​​ sharon.e.kimball@gmail.com: ​​ 

1.What motivated you to sign up for the Civil Discourse-to-Go Workshop?

2.What are you most interested in learning and taking away from this workshop?​​ 

3.What types of people or situations do you find most challenging? (Share a story​​ 

or incident – without using real names.)

4.What issues would you most like to discuss in-depth with others in a safe​​ 

environment where participants were willing to follow the best practices of civility and civil discourse?

You are asked to​​ RSVP by June 11​​ by e-mail or phone to Phoebe Taylor at 559-732-5061 or​​ Phoebet8@att.net.​​ ​​ Event or​​ survey questions, contact Dale Simmons at 559-732-2009 or​​ hdees4321@sbcglobal.net. ​​ 

 

Wednesday, June 20th

The June meeting of the Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter takes place​​ at 7:00​​ pm at the​​ 

UC Merced Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave. Fresno. ​​ Join Fresno State Professor Fred Ringwald as he discusses "The Sky as a Wilderness." This talk will include the problem of light pollution and what can be done about it, as well as SETI - the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Professor Ringwald has collected starlight from every continent except Antarctica, and also from space with Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA spacecraft. Join​​ them​​ for this fascinating evening. As always​​ they​​ invite and welcome the general public to this free event.

 

Friday, June 22nd

There will be a fundraiser event for Community Alliance Newspaper​​ at 5:30 p.m. at the SEIU Local 521 Union Hall, 5228 E. Pine Avenue. ​​ Though you can purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets or from an Alliance board member,​​ Fresno Center for Nonviolence is also carrying tickets. ​​ Advance tickets are $35.00; at the door $45.00.

Fresno​​ Center​​ for Nonviolence​​ is located at 1584 N. Van Ness Ave. ​​ They​​ are open daily from Mon-Fri 11-3 p.m. ​​ Their​​ telephone # is 559-237-3223.

 

Friday, June 22nd

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents Patrick Contreras, Chicano violinist. ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, June 22nd

Back on the big screen for one night only, “Annie” 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. ​​ 

 

Saturday, June 23rd

ValleyPBS is proud to present a new and exciting event, TASTE with Martin Yan, a special evening of entertainment and fascinating culinary demonstrations by chefs from across the Valley. TASTE will be held at the beautiful Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters in Kingsburg, CA on June 23rd from 6pm to 9pm. ​​​​ The evening will feature popular television show host and chef extraordinaire, Martin Yan, who will showcase his famous knife skills and be judging some of the finest dishes from across the Valley in a battle for the title of​​ “Best Taste in Town.”​​ This remarkable night will also bring together local wineries including Kings River Winery, CRU Wine Company, Moravia Wines and Quady Winery, as well as local breweries and farm fresh produce provided by the Fresno County Farm Bureau.​​  ​​​​ You can expect to sample food and drink pairings in addition to meeting and talking with other local guests. This exciting night will also bring together Valley Chefs Rod Hansen, David Vartanian, Liz Sanchez, and Tony Lemus who will go head-to-head in a Chef Throwdown. The winning dish will receive the title of​​ “Best Taste in Town.” ​​ Join ValleyPBS and Chef Martin Yan to get a TASTE of some of the best flavors in the Central Valley and experience an unforgettable night of local wine, food and farm fresh produce. Tickets are $50 dollars each and include a wine glass and a chance to meet Martin Yan while experiencing diverse flavors from across the Valley. All proceeds benefit ValleyPBS. ​​ For more information or to secure tickets, the public can log on to valleypbs.org/taste​​ or call (559) 266-1800 ext. 290.

 

 

Friday, June 29th

The annual​​ Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba event​​ takes place​​ at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow​​ Avenue, Fresno (Fireside Room). ​​ The speaker​​ will be​​ John Waller who is the coordinator of the Cuba Caravan. ​​ John first travelled to Cuba in 1992, leading a delegation of healthcare workers from Sheffield, England. ​​ He is an expert on Cuba’s healthcare system. ​​ The film DARE TO DREAM will also be shown. This film tells the story of the largest medical school in the world, the Latin American Medical School, in Havana, Cuba through the eyes of US students who received full scholarships with the commitment to return home and practice medicine in under-served communities in the US, not for a few years but for their whole careers. ​​ There will be music by Generaciones from Teatro de la Tierra! ​​ And a potluck dinner (try some Cuban Congri!) ​​ This event is free and wheelchair accessible. ​​ Contact​​ lenireeves@gmail.com​​ for more information. ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, June 29th ​​​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the film “1971.” ​​ In 1971, eight antiwar activists broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office and made off with a treasure trove of documents revealing a massive illegal surveillance program. More than 40 years later, they're finally talking about the burglary. ​​​​ 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, June 29th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents the Larry Flores Band (Tex-Mex and conjunto all night long!). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, June 29th

Back on the big screen for one night only, “Pretty in Pink” 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. ​​ 

 

Saturday, June 30th

The Lowell Community Development Corporation and Downtown Fresno Foundation present the 2018 Lowell Historic Home Tour on Saturday, June 30. Enjoy an evening out exploring the history of downtown Fresno. ​​​​ This is a self-guided home tour of four historic homes in the Lowell District, ranging in date from the late 1890s to the early 1900s. ​​ It takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Lowell District, downtown Fresno (addresses and guides to be released to home tour guests one week before the event). ​​ The event is ticketed, but open to the public. Tickets ($25) are available online at lowellcdc.org/events/.​​ ​​ Day of tickets ($35) will be available depending on availability.

The homes were built at the turn of the 20th century and showcase a variety of architectural styles that have been preserved through the love and care of their homeowners. Come learn about these historic homes, the uses and abuses they have experienced over the past 100+ years and the renovations that have made them into the beautiful homes they are today. ​​​​ With a ticket purchase, attendees will receive:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ A self-guided tour of four historic homes, with docents at each home

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Appetizers and drinks along the way

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Lowell District dining guide

Proceeds from this event will directly benefit the community work of the Lowell Community Development Corporation and Downtown Fresno Foundation. ​​​​ Volunteer applications for docent/tour guides are open.​​ Visit​​ www.surveymonkey.com/r/lowellcdc.​​ ​​ 

 

Saturday, June 30th

Master Gardeners of Merced will be conducting a Succulent Workshop June 30, 9am-11am at 2145 Wardrobe Ave. ​​ The event is free and open to the public. ​​ Everyone is welcome! ​​ Call 385-7403 with questions!

 

Monday, July 2nd

The Fresno State campus comes alive with dance, music, comedy, poetry and art this July as Summer Arts returns for another inspired arts festival season. ​​​​ For more than 30 years, CSU Summer Arts has assembled dozens of the world's top creatives to be a part of our annual Festival -– to perform and to teach our students. For the festival, we produce more than 25 live events so members of the local community can see the world-class talent with their own eyes. ​​​​ The July 2nd​​ event the​​ Spectrum Dance Theater, a dance company led by visionary Donald Byrd based out of Seattle, Washington with regional and national significance. ​​ It begins at 7 p.m.​​ at the John Wright Theatre at Fresno State. ​​​​ Tickets for the 2018 CSU Summer Arts Festival season are now on sale online​​ at​​ www.csusummerarts.org. ​​​​ CSU Summer Arts is an international summer arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts. It’s a place where profound learning and entertainment converge, creating an inspired educational environment. During the day, students study alongside some of the greats in their fields and at night a public arts festival gives the community an opportunity to experience the amazing talent of our guest artists. ​​ To learn more, visit​​ www.csusummerarts.org.​​ 

 

Friday, July 6th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the film “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.” ​​ Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation. ​​​​ 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, July 6th

The next meeting of​​ Central Valley Indivisible, whose​​ mission is to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies, is​​ Friday, July​​ 6, 2018 at 6:30 at 327 W​​ San Carlos Ave. Fresno. ​​​​ For more information, call​​ Patty Cappelluti​​ at​​ 559-355-9722.

 

Friday, July 6th

Back on the big screen for one night only, “Forrest Gump” 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. ​​ 

 

Saturday, July 7th

The Fresno State campus comes alive with dance, music, comedy, poetry and art this July as Summer Arts returns for another inspired arts festival season. ​​​​ For more than 30 years, CSU Summer Arts has assembled dozens of the world's top creatives to be a part of our annual Festival -– to perform and to teach our students. For the festival, we produce more than 25 live events so members of the local community can see the world-class talent with their own eyes. ​​​​ The July 7th​​ event features an Evening of Comedy, an evening of belly-aching laughter, satire, curiosity, and a wee bit of snarkiness with comics from stage and screen (at​​ the John Wright Theatre at​​ 7.p.m.). ​​ Tickets for the 2018 CSU Summer Arts Festival season are now on sale online​​ www.csusummerarts.org. ​​​​ CSU Summer Arts is an international summer arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts. It’s a place where profound learning and entertainment converge, creating an inspired educational environment. During the day, students study alongside some of the greats in their fields and at night a public arts festival gives the community an opportunity to experience the amazing talent of our guest artists. ​​ To learn more, visit​​ www.csusummerarts.org.​​ 

 

Friday,​​ July 13th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the film “my child could paint that.”​​ Amir Bar-Lev directs this thought-provoking documentary about a precocious 4-year-old artist whose abstract works have drawn critical comparisons with modernist greats such as Kandinsky, Picasso and Pollack. Her talents have already profited her and her parents hundreds of thousands of dollars. But is she truly an artistic visionary trapped in the body of a preschooler, or is her gift with a paintbrush mere illusion?​​ 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, July 13th

Back on the big screen for one night only, “Kill Bill (volume 1)” 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, July 13th

Join​​ the Fresno Art Museum for its​​ Summer Art Exhibit​​ Opening Reception, from​​ 6 to 8 pm​​ at the Museum (at​​ 2233 North First Street). ​​ There will be a reception with hearty appetizers and no-host bar. ​​ This event is free to members and $15 for non-members. ​​ An artist/curator talk will precede the reception in the Bonner Auditorium. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.fresnoartmuseum.org. ​​ 

 

Monday, July 16th

The Fresno State campus comes alive with dance, music, comedy, poetry and art this July as Summer Arts returns for another inspired arts festival season. ​​​​ For more than 30 years, CSU Summer Arts has assembled dozens of the world's top creatives to be a​​ part of our annual Festival -– to perform and to teach our students. For the festival, we produce more than 25 live events so members of the local community can see the world-class talent with their own eyes. ​​​​ The July 16th​​ event features “Stage Combat,​​ a lecture detailing the ins and outs of stage combat choreography, and demonstration how they make everything look so real on stage and screen. ​​ It takes place at​​ 7​​ p.m.​​ at the​​ John Wright Theatre - Fresno State. ​​ Tickets for the 2018 CSU Summer Arts Festival season are now on sale online​​ www.csusummerarts.org. ​​​​ CSU Summer Arts is an international summer arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts. It’s a place where profound learning and entertainment converge, creating an inspired educational environment. During the day, students study alongside some of the greats in their fields and at night a public arts festival gives the community an opportunity to experience the amazing talent of our guest artists. ​​ To learn more, visit​​ www.csusummerarts.org.​​ 

 

Thursday, July 19th

The Fresno State campus comes alive with dance, music, comedy, poetry and art this July as Summer Arts returns for another inspired arts festival season. ​​​​ For more than 30 years, CSU Summer Arts has assembled dozens of the world's top creatives to be a part of our annual Festival -– to perform and to teach our students. For the festival, we produce more than 25 live events so members of the local community can see the world-class talent with their own eyes. ​​​​ The July 19th​​ event features​​ Bob Dotson, former NBC National News Correspondent and one of the most honored storytellers of our time will host a lecture on storytelling. ​​ It takes place at​​ 7p.m.​​ at the John Wright Theatre at Fresno State. ​​ Tickets for the 2018 CSU Summer Arts Festival season are now on sale online​​ www.csusummerarts.org. ​​​​ CSU Summer Arts is an international summer arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts. It’s a place where profound learning and entertainment converge, creating an inspired educational environment. During the day, students study alongside some of the greats in their fields and at night a public arts festival gives the community an opportunity to experience the amazing talent of our guest artists. ​​ To learn more, visit​​ www.csusummerarts.org.​​ 

 

Friday, July 20th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the film “The Wavy, Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin.” ​​ Explore the meaningful life of longtime clown and political activist Wavy Gravy with this documentary, which follows the popular figure for more than 10 years, revealing his true character, core convictions and biggest contributions to society. ​​​​ 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, July 20th

Back on the big screen for one night only, “East of Eden” 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, 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.

 

Friday, July 27th

The Reedley Peace Center presents a screening of the film “A Man Called Ove” ​​ ​​ (Swedish with English subtitles). ​​ Despite being deposed as president of his condo's resident association, 59-year-old misanthrope Ove continues to plague his neighbors with dictatorial demands. But when Ove's new neighbor runs over his mailbox, the old crank finds he's met his match. ​​​​ 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, August 3rd

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents Heavy Weather, the Valley’s premiere Santana Tribute Band. ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, August 10th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents RAW (a tribute to the music of WAR). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, August 17th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents Cruizin’ Kingz: Old School Night (a set of music from the 50’s and 60’s). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, August 24th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents The Box (two ​​ hours of dance classics and good times). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, August 31st​​ 

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents 40 Watt Hype. ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, September 7th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents Califas (Tex-Mex and conjunto party). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, September 14th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents the John Clifton Blues Band. ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, September 21st​​ 

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents August (the Spouth Valley’s dance party band). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

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.​​ 

 

Friday, September 28th

Arte Americas’ “Nights in Plaza Paz” presents​​ Como La Flor (A tribute to the music of Selena Quintanilla). ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for members; $5 for children 3-9, and $60 for six tickets. ​​ Bring your own chairs! ​​ There will be live music, cold drinks, food trucks and the art galleries. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m. ​​ Arte Americas is located at 1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Friday, October 26th​​ and Saturday, October 27th

The​​ Yosemite Peace Symposium, a “Gathering of Peacemakers,” takes place at the​​ Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp.  ​​​​ This symposium is for​​ Environmentalists,​​  ​​ ​​​​ Educators,​​ Corporate Sustainability Staff,​​ Community Organizers, Activists​​ and​​  ​​ ​​​​ Peacemakers young and old! ​​ They​​ are offering three tracks to choose from – Peace and the Environment, Peace and Our Youth and Peace and Human Dignity – with very focused breakout sessions in each track. Speakers will share ideas for you take away. The final track will be a facilitated goal-setting session, so that you will leave with specific tools to implement a plan for building peace in your community.​​ ​​ The organizers hope that​​ what is implemented will create a movement that will eventually be a “tipping point” where we will see the spread of peaceful practices on a larger scale. ​​​​ And it won’t end there.​​  ​​​​ They​​ are building a community of peacemakers who will share ideas and support each other through regular, online communication. ​​​​ Net proceeds​​ from the Yosemite Peace Symposium will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst​​ whose​​ mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need​​ help​​ most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, and​​ Mountain Area Jubilee,​​ a​​ program​​ that​​ provides tools and training to local people in their efforts to rise out of poverty. ​​ ​​​​ Registration before 7/31/18 is $225 and includes​​ breakfast, lunch and breaks both days. Travel and lodging is not included. ​​​​ Special student pricing is available as well. ​​ Email info@yosemitepeace.com for more information. ​​​​ Registration between 8/1/18 and 9/14/18 is $260, and after that it’s $295. ​​ For more information and a full line-up of speakers, go to​​ http://www.yosemitepeace.com.​​ 

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

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.

 

Thursday, April 26th​​ through​​ Sunday, June 17th

“The Heiress”​​ twists, turns, and grips audiences in the riveting production​​ being performed​​ at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. ​​ A wealthy but awkward spinster has been unfavorably compared to her beautiful deceased mother all her life. Accustomed to the disdain of her overbearing father, she longs for affection and approval. When a charming young man proposes to her, her lack of confidence is dispelled and she happily accepts. But her father suspects the suitor is a fortune hunter and announces he will disinherit his daughter if the marriage goes forward. Love, betrayal, and retribution unfold as this repressed young woman defies her father to seize her heart’s desire.​​ 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, May 24th​​ through Sunday, July 15th

Good Company Players’ production of​​ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat​​ hits the stage in an explosion of color and movement at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater! ​​ Andrew Lloyd Webber’s joyful retelling of the story of Joseph, his doting father, his eleven jealous brothers, and his adventures in Egypt is the perfect night out for families, friends and romantics. ​​​​ Joseph’s brothers do not like him. ​​ Not only is he their father’s favorite, but they find his prophetic dreams that they will one day bow down to him understandably offensive. Their solution? They tell their father that Joseph is dead but they sell him into slavery. ​​ Joseph is bought by a wealthy Egyptian, Potiphar, and does well until he rejects Potiphar’s wife’s advances. Out of spite, she falsely accuses him and he is thrown into prison. ​​ Meanwhile, the Pharaoh (“The King”) is troubled by recurring dreams and Joseph is given an opportunity to interpret. When he correctly predicts seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, Pharaoh makes Joseph his right hand man. As the famine spreads into Israel, the brothers are driven to seek food in Egypt, where they do not recognize their now powerful brother, and they prostrate themselves before him to beg for food. ​​ The path to their​​ final confrontation is set to a​​ playful cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to rock ‘n’ roll.  ​​​​ JOSEPH is a smash-hit of biblical proportions! ​​​​ 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.

 

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.

 

June 1st​​ through June 30th

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) is urging all residents, especially men to have​​ their blood pressure checked this month to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and premature death. High​​ blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people do not realize they have it.​​ The call comes during Men’s Health Month, June 2018.​​ FCDPH and the Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) are celebrating Men’s Health Month by providing​​ more than books to check out at the library. Fresno County residents can now check out electronic blood​​ pressure kits to help keep their high blood pressure under control. Any library card holder can check out

a kit to use at home or use one at the branch library to get on the road to a healthy life.

Two kits, one for check-out and one for on-site use, will be available at Mendota, Orange Cove,​​ Caruthers, and Bear Mountain (Squaw Valley) branch libraries. The WithOut Walls Library (WoW!), a​​ mobile outreach division of FCPL, will also have two kits available for on-site use. The WoW! Community​​ librarians travel throughout Fresno County to bring library services into the community and to inform the​​ public about the​​ many resources and services FCPL provides. ​​​​ For more information about high blood pressure, visit the CDC website at​​ www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm.​​ 

 

Monday, June 11th​​ through Friday, July 20th

Numerous academic and athletic camps are scheduled at Fresno State this summer for children of all ages.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Summer Sports-Writing Camp​​ (For students entering grades 5 through 8)

July 9-13

Description: Play sports and play with words during this one-week camp at Fresno State designed for fifth- through eighth-grade students. Participants will engage in outdoor and indoor activities that support descriptive action writing. Students also will explore sports through poetry and narrative writing. Fee is $175. Register​​ on-line at: tinyurl.com/sjvwpsportswritingcamp2018. ​​​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Youth Technology Institute​​ (Grades 1 through 8)

Two sessions: June 11-14 and July 16-19

Using the latest technology, software and equipment, the program aims to familiarize students with the Engineering Design Process as the students participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) academic enrichment with an emphasis in problem-based, hands-on activities, such as coding, robotics, aeronautics and the latest use of technology. The process aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and incorporates a series of steps that engineers use to guide them as they solve real life, everyday problems. The process encourages students to ask questions, imagine a solution, plan a design, create a model, experiment and test the model and then take time to improve the original. Each activity will allow students to work in problem-solving teams as students complete innovative challenges. The Youth Technology Institute is managed through the Office of Community-Based Learning and is sponsored by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State in partnership with NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy. Fee is $25 per student. For more information and registration, email​​ cbl@csufresno.edu, or call 559-278-0293.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ STARTALK Chinese Immersion Camp​​ (Grades 5 to 8)

June 11-29

STARTALK, an NSA-funded program, provides American youth with opportunities to learn languages of critical importance to our national security. Fresno STARTALK will provide a three-week, half-day, fun and engaging immersion experience of learning Chinese for students in the Central Valley. Students will be exposed to Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese culture through martial arts, music and crafts. On the last day of the three-week program, students will take a field trip to San Francisco to visit the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and Chinatown. Fee is $30 per student. For more information, contact Li Mann at 559-725-1747 (text only) or​​ FresnoSTARTALK@gmail.com.​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Sports Science Camp​​ (High school students from Fresno Unified School District)

June 11-15

Hosted by the Department of Kinesiology and the Central California Sports Science Institute at Fresno State, the Sports Science Camp is a week-long immersive program where students will actively learn about careers in kinesiology through hands-on experiences in physical education, exercise sciences, athletic training and sport​​ psychology. For more information, contact Dr. Luke Pryor at lukepryor@csufresno.edu or 559-278-2990.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Ag Summer Kids Camp​​ (Ages 5 to 10)

July 16-20

Campers will learn all about the nation's leading agricultural area on the 1,000-acre campus farm from horticulture technician Calliope Correia and Fresno State ag students. ​​​​ Camp lessons will focus on how crops grow from seeds to harvest and other aspects of food production through hands-on activities, nature-based crafts and tours of the dairy, horticulture, orchard and vegetable units, as well as the Gibson Farm Market. Kids are guaranteed to have fun and be dirty at the end of the day. Register through the campus horticulture nursery website or contact horticulture@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559-278-2952 for more info.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Sports camps​​ 

Fresno State’s Department of Athletics offers sports camps for baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, swimming and diving, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Visit​​ http://bit.ly/FSsportscamps​​ for more information.

 

Sunday, June 10th, 17th​​ and 24th​​ and July 1st

Hanford Multicultural Theater​​ Company is producing​​ Alicia in Wonder Tierra​​ by​​ their​​ very own artistic director, pen name​​ Silvia Gonzalez S. This is an award-winning play that has been featured at the Kennedy Center​​ and toured by Berkeley Repertory Theater. Productions of this play occur throughout the U.S.,​​ but this time it will be in Hanford. The most incredible feature of this local​​ production is that children have the principal roles with adults in supporting roles. A first in​​ the many productions done of this play coast to coast. ​​​​ The event is open to all, but seats are limited at $10 at the Hanford Civic- West​​ Wing 400 N. Douty, Hanford. ​​​​ For​​ more information, please contact Silvia Gonzalez Scherer at 559-997-3838 or​​ email​​ Silvia@HanfordMTC.com.​​ ​​ Information about Hanford Multicultural Theater Company’s​​ programming can be found at​​ www.HanfordMTC.com.​​ 

 

Every Friday in June, August and September

Arte Americas presents its “Nights in Plaza Paz” sunset concert series, featuring live ​​ music, cold drinks, food trucks, and art galleries, all in the Plaza at Arte Americas (1630 Van Ness in downtown Fresno). ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-10 p.m.  ​​​​ Go to​​ www.arteamericas.org​​ for a full lineup of music. ​​ Tickets are $12 general admission ($10 for Arte Americas members); $5 for children aged 3-9, $60 for six tickets, and $150 for a season pass.

 

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.

 

Thursday, July 5th​​ through Thursday, July 26th

The Fresno State Downtown Center will offer the next class in the “Brew U” series, “Craft Beer 301: Sensory and Styles” beginning Thursday, July 5th.​​ “Craft Beer 301” is designed for beer enthusiasts and those with a desire to learn more about the brewing process, importance of sanitation and skills needed to identify flavors in beer through sensory training. The course will feature professional brewers from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company. The course will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. July 5, 12 and 19 at the Downtown Center located in the Bitwise South Stadium. The following class will be held at from 6-7:30 p.m. July 26 at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company on Fulton Street. Students must be 21 or older to enroll and will need to pay a $250 class fee. Registration is recommended by June 27. ​​​​ For more information on these events visit​​ http://fresnostate.edu/cge/professional/downtown/index.html​​ or call Division of Continuing​​ and Global Education at 559-278-0333.

 

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.​​ 

 

Monday, July 16th​​ through Thursday, July 19th

The Fresno State Downtown Center will offer classes this summer​​ on​​ “Project Management in the Workplace,” an introduction to project management teaching concepts and skills such as initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and breaking down projects in the workplace along with the skills needed to do so. This course will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 16 to 19, in the Downtown Center, Room 2. Students will need to pay a $250 fee. For​​ more information​​ visit http://fresnostate.edu/cge/professional/downtown/index.html or call Division of Continuing​​ and Global Education at 559-278-0333.​​ 

 

ONGOING

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 Monday

The Poor People's Campaign/Moral Mondays launched nationally on May 14 with many people visiting their state capitols to do protest/vigil work. ​​ WILPF US is a partner in this campaign and​​ the​​ Fresno​​ WILPF​​ branch is inviting all peace and justice groups to join​​ them​​ in Fresno​​ Mondays from​​ 3-4 P.M. in front of the Coyle Federal Court House, 2500 Tulare (at P St.).​​  ​​​​ This Campaign is more than a 40 day or one-year effort. Rather, it is a multi-year undertaking to unite tens of thousands to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. It is a commitment to build a broadly diverse movement based on acknowledging the validity of the many issues and “silos” we are each committed to personally and organizationally, yet acting together to create a people-centered and mutually supportive fusion movement. ​​​​ Please join​​ them as they​​ begin our Moral Mondays. ​​ All are welcome.​​ You may want to bring a sign that​​ reflects the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. ​​​​ Raging Grannies will sing! You can join in! ​​​​ For more information, call Teresa at​​ 559-360-8054.

 

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. 

 

Saturdays

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

officers-4405971@toastmastersclubs.org

 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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