KFCF Community Calendar

 

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 2/16/24

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

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Friday, February 16th​​ through Sunday, February 18th

See hundreds of dogs compete at the Sun Maid Kennel Club all-breed dog shows. ​​ Watch hundreds of dogs and their owners get the chance to strut their stuff in the show ring; as well as perform in the obedience and rally rings. ​​ The shows are February 16-February 18, 2024 at the Fresno County Fairgrounds on Chance Avenue from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. each day. This year’s event has a Mardi Gras theme. ​​ The event is great for the whole family with free admission. ​​ Dogs not entered in competitions are not allowed on the fairgrounds, unless they are there for a health clinic. ​​ For more information contact club spokesperson Barbara Gaffney at (559) 840-2299 or email her at​​ doghouse16@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Friday, February 16th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of its​​ Armenian Short Films Program​​ ​​ with discussants Tatiana Boudakian & Arman Ayvazyan (Directors). ​​ The Short Films that will be screened are:

  • Dehatsi – I was Another Place: Anoush is a young Armenian woman who travels to Brazil without a return ticket. Once she is welcomed and inserted into the Armenian community in São Paulo, her biggest challenge is to adapt to the large and cosmopolitan city, so far from her roots. Directed by Tatiana Boudakian. In Armenian and Portuguese with English subtitles, 20 minutes.

  • Crossing the Blue: ​​ Anoush, an emigrant, who fled from her abusive husband in Post-Soviet is facing eventual deportation years later... Directed by Victoria Aleksanyan. In Armenian and English with English subtitles, 12 minutes.

  • Sunset: ​​ With sunlight quickly fading on the horizon, a student goes on a fantastic journey contemplating the importance of happiness and budding friendships versus their studies. Directed by Kristine Khanamiryan, 4 minutes.

  • Stones: ​​ The brutal Nagorno-Karabakh War of 2020 ended in a Russian-mediated ceasefire forcing Armenia to cede territory it had controlled to Azerbaijan. As a result, thousands of Armenians living in these regions were forced to leave their homes. Days before the handover deadline, a group of volunteers risk their lives to enter the Lachin region to search for and save beautiful sacred ancient Armenian stone inscriptions known as “khachkars,” from destruction. Directed by Arman Ayvazyan. In Armenian with English subtitles, 17 minutes.

  • The Road: ​​ The poetic vision of director Charlotte Mungomery converges with the spellbinding score of Armenian-Australian jazz band, Zela Margossian Quintet in “The Road.” This international art-film collaboration catches you from its opening, luring you into a liminal desert space, blurring the bounds between diorama and reality. Circumnavigate these stories of isolation and connection through the​​ opulent and atmospheric eye of a filmmaking collective poised from their recent experimental opera film, ‘A Delicate Fire.’ Directed by Charlotte Mungomery, 8 minutes.

  • The Mud: ​​ Rafael is approaching his home. At the entrance he notices a lone goose. No one in the village keeps geese. When he opens the door the goose sneaks inside. Without removing his dirty shoes, Rafael rushes after the goose and catches it. When in the middle of the room he notices that he hadn’t removed shoes and that the room is now dirty. He takes off the shoes and without cleaning the dirt marks on the floor leaves the house to climb the mountain. Shortly afterward Ashkhen, Rafael’s wife, returns home and sees the disappearing footprints and the feathers on the floor and the mystery unfolds...Directed by Vahan Grigoryan. In Armenian with English subtitles, 11 minutes.

The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Friday, February 16th

The Downtown Fresno Partnership invites you to the first of it’s “Around the Block” Block Party​​ Series! Over the next several months,​​ they​​ will embark on a journey through five distinct blocks, each with its own charm, history, and stories to tell. ​​​​ Get ready to explore the nooks and crannies of our beloved downtown area as​​ they​​ unveil a new block every other month. From bustling streets to hidden gems, each block holds a piece of Fresno's rich cultural tapestry. ​​​​ The first block to kickstart this exciting series is Warnors Corner​​ : 1400 Fulton St.,​​ extending to the whole block! ​​​​ These events​​ are​​ free and include fun for all ages!​​ The Block Party is from 5-9 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 17th​​ 

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on​​ Cinematography 101: A Look Through the Lens. ​​ The workshop is from 1-3 p.m. at CMAC, 1555 Van Ness Ave., Rm. 201 in downtown Fresno. ​​ Join CMAC Teaching Artist and local video production extraordinaire Timothy Chavez as he takes you on a journey through the world of visual storytelling. Timothy will cover cinematography concepts, framing, camera movements, and more! You will see how different filmmaking principles are applied in popular shows and movies. Attendees will leave with a better understanding as to why certain shots help enhance the messaging and stories told in different films.​​  ​​​​ The workshop is free to CMAC members or $10 for non-members. ​​ For more information go to​​ http://cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Saturday, February 17th

The West Side Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to​​ The Refugees Tribute to Tom Petty, at 8 p.m. ​​ The Refugees have been entertaining Bay Area crowds since 2007, bringing the music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to local stages with a stunning level of realism. Voted the top tribute band in the S.F. Bay Area in 2009, their extensive song catalog includes all of Petty's hits with the Heartbreakers as well as his solo work and other side projects like The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. ​​​​ For tickets and​​ more information go to​​ https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/petty/dates/Feb-17-2024_at_0800PM.​​ 

 

Sunday, February 18th

Great music will blow the winter blues away as choirs from throughout the community come together in Fresno Pacific University’s Winter Choral Masterworks Concert. ​​​​ Fresno Choral Artists and church choirs will join the San Joaquin Chorale and the FPU Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale and Chamber Singers. A professional orchestra will also perform. ​​​​ The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024, in St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno. Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be taken.

 

Tuesday, February 20th​​ and Wednesday, February 21st​​ 

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on​​ “Introduction to Studio Production.” ​​ Are you interested in learning how to produce a TV show? This course is designed to teach you the basics of recording in our television studio. You'll get hands-on experience with professional-grade cameras, audio equipment, studio lighting, and video switchers. You'll also get the opportunity to work together with CMAC staff to produce a talk show in our very own studio. ​​​​ This course consists of (2) 3.5-hour long sessions. You must be able to attend both sessions.

Session #1: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 4:00pm-7:30pm

Session #2: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 4:00pm-7:30 p.m.

The workshop is free to CMAC members or $20 for non-members. ​​ For more information go to​​ http://cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Wednesday, February 21st

Fresno Pacific University invites you to celebrate Black History Month with​​ a “Staged Reading of Langston Hughes,” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center​​ at​​ the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ Poetry by a giant of the Harlem Renaissance as read by FPU students Judith Flores Mora, Xochitl Gamino, McKayla Garcia, Vanessa Gomes, Alyson Lehrer, Alana Mendes, Katelyn Onyekwelu and Aziah Vang. Admission is free.

 

Wednesday, February 21st

On Wednesday, February 21st - travel back in time to Fresno County’s early years with​​ the Fresno County Historical Society’s Time Travelers’ Education Days. ​​ Students​​ will be transported to the Fruit Vale Estate, home of the Kearney Mansion and the thriving community of shopkeepers, blacksmiths, farmers and families that called the site home. ​​​​ Here you will meet members of the Fresno Folklore Society, who will entertain and educate with traditional songs and the stories behind them. You will learn about the refuge of Fresno’s Chinatown and see precious Chinese artifacts. Visit the children’s bedroom in the Mansion for a chance to see, touch and play with the kinds of toys that early settler’s children had. You may get to meet historical figures like Mr. Burnett in the Vineyard Store, or Minna Eshleman, who pioneered the ethical treatment of farm animals. ​​​​ Learn about the plight of early Filipino farm workers, and a group of teachers who became some of the first female raisin growers. Mr. Kearney will surely be on hand​​ to talk about his time on the estate. And don’t forget a trip to the gift shop, where books, toys and souvenirs will be available for purchase. ​​​​ In all, students will have the chance to visit a complete circuit of 10 stations each with its own special look at local history and the impact that early settlers had on our Valley and our Nation. ​​​​ Admission is $10.00 per student registered. Educators & Adult Chaperones are Free. ​​ To register and for more information, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers-education-days.​​ 

 

Thursday, February 22nd

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club invites the public to​​ their February meeting with Brian Sarvis, co-author of "Condor Trail Guide: Hiker's Guide to the 400 mile Condor Trail Through Los Padres National Forest." Brian will share his adventures on this trail that runs through seven wilderness areas, highlighting some of the outstanding natural features, wild and scenic rivers, hot springs, and wildlife sanctuaries. Brian is the second person to complete a thru-hike of the entire trail and has written a guidebook so others can enjoy the trail too. Join us for this unique program! ​​​​ The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the​​ Woodward Park Library, 944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno.

 

Friday, February 23rd

The Fresno City College Career and Employment Center will hold a job fair to assist SPAN Construction and Engineering, Inc. of Madera recruit applicants to fill 200 job openings in the upcoming months. ​​ The job fair will be held in the FCC Staff Dining Room on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The job fair is open to the public. ​​ Applicants should bring a resume. ​​ Interviews will be conducted on the spot. ​​​​ No advanced registration is required to attend. ​​​​ For more information, contact Mary Beth Wynn in the FCC Career and Employment Center at 559-442-8294 or​​ by e-mail to​​ marybeth.wynn@fresnocitycollege.edu.​​ 

 

Friday, February 23rd​​ 

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of the film “Ludi (2021)” with discussant Edson Jean (Director). ​​ Ludi,​​ by Haitian-American director Edson Jean follows a young Haitian immigrant Ludi Alcidor who works day and night as a nurse at a private nursing home. Her goal is to earn money for her family back in Haiti while struggling to find out what she wants and needs for herself. “America is the land of opportunity”, they say. “You can make it here,” they say. That’s the biggest lie ever told. Black people and immigrants, surviving paycheck-to-paycheck while supporting their families, is what America is truly about. In French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, and English with English subtitles. 85 minutes. ​​ Go to​​ https://vimeo.com/787211831​​ to view the trailer. ​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Saturday, February 24th

The Fresno Historical Society invites you to its​​ Fields of Fresno Ag Tour, February 24th Edition, featuring a Motorcoach to the Cherry Blossoms. ​​ Searching for a Zen and refreshing activity to immerse yourself in while learning about Fresno History? ​​​​ 

Look no further; a seat awaits you on an Ag Tour! You will be included in an enriching excursion to award-winning locales like Hudson Farms, which we toured in July of 2023. Owner, Elizabeth Hudson, was named last year's Agriculturalist-Of-The-Year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.​​  ​​​​ The first experience of 2024 will feature our classic Blossom Trail theme. Cherry Blossoms are considered to be a sign of renewal, celebrating the conciseness and hope found in life, and are referred to by the name Sakura, which also marks the beginning of the work of the fields. A Japanese custom that takes place during the blossom season is known as Hanami which means “watching blossoms.” ​​​​ The second amazing destination​​ is the Naylor Farm in Dinuba. At the charming Naylor Farms, in Dinuba, the proprietor, Farmer Mike, informed us of his prized Goldline White Peaches! You do not want to miss this as it will be the last year that Naylor Farms offers stays on their hospitable property. Everywhere you turn there is a rich history to be gleaned from three generations of Naylor family members. Mike and Nori took over the Naylor Farm in 1979 and switched to organic practices in 1984. ​​ ​​​​ 

In 2010, the Naylors converted their beloved home into a farm-stay, a warm, inviting place for families to get away from the city and experience life on a working farm. This hosted accommodation features overnight lodging and, on special occasions, may even include freshly-squeezed orange juice from citrus trees onsite, accompanied by breakfast made by Mike and Nori themselves! This site is also a U-Pick farm of three acres for guests to choose from over thirty varieties of stone fruit, most notably their peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots, with an addition of vegetables this year. You are welcome to bring your own bags and buckets to pick and indulge in the organic and flavorful fruits and vegetables to your heart’s content.​​ ​​ To wind down​​ the​​ adventure,​​ the tour​​ will be heading to A. Nonini Winery, family-owned since 1936, that offers bold red wines such as their Alicante Bouschet, which is an original recipe finished in oak barrels. ​​​​ Consider booking your seats today because they will sell out fast. Members do receive a discount on ticket purchases. If you have questions, please contact us at (559) 441-0862.

 

Saturday, February 24th

The West Side Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to the​​ Missoula Children's Theatre​​ performance of​​ Treasure Island. ​​ Missoula Children's Theatre and the West Side Theatre present Treasure Island. There will be two shows at 3pm and 5:30pm. Always an amazing feat to put on an hour musical all​​ while children are​​ learning about team work and the arts. ​​​​ For tickets and more information, go to​​ https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/treasure/dates.​​ 

 

Wednesday, February 28th

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on “How to Capture Your Audience.” ​​ The workshop is from 6-8 p.m. at CMAC, 1555 Van Ness Ave., Rm. 201 in downtown Fresno. ​​ In this workshop, we will go over the importance of promoting your content in order to maximize your viewability on various platforms such as Xfinity cable, Roku, Apple TV and FireTV through the CMAC platform! We will go over a variety of impactful ways to promote your work as well as increase your audiences. We'll also cover how to effectively appear on more search engines with titles​​ and descriptions for your show on cable and online.​​ The workshop is free to CMAC members or $10 for non-members. ​​ For more information go to​​ http://cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Wednesday, February 28th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to its​​ Symphonic Band & Jazz Band Concert, starting at 7 p.m. at the​​ Lyles Theater, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center,​​ 4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus. ​​ Admission is free.​​ ​​ For more information, go to​​ fpu.edu/events.

 

Thursday, February 29th

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a workshop on “Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro.” ​​ The workshop is from 5-8 p.m. at CMAC, 1555 Van Ness Ave., Rm. 201 in downtown Fresno. ​​ In this workshop,​​ you will learn the basics of video editing using Adobe’s leading video editing software, Premiere Pro CC. We will teach you how to start your project, use various tools, and export your final videos. You may learn with your own footage or provided practice footage.

 

The workshop is free to CMAC members or $10 for non-members. ​​ For more information go to​​ http://cmac.tv.​​ 

 

Friday, March 1st

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of the film “Marguerite’s ​​ Theorem (Le théorème de Marguerite)​​ (2023), with the discussant​​ to be announced. ​​ Directed by Anna Novion, Marguerite’s Theorem tells the story of Marguerite Hoffman, a brilliant mathematics student at France’s top university the Ecole Normale Supérieure. But on the day of her thesis presentation, a mistake shakes up all the certainty in her planned-out life, so she decides to quit everything and start afresh. What will she do? How will she deal with this unfortunate event? In French with English subtitles. 112 minutes. ​​ To view the trailer​​ go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFK9S6g7OfU. ​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 2nd

The Fresno Art Museum invites you to a presentation and lecture by Dr. Saam Noonsuk, Associate Professor of Asian Art and Archeology at Fresno State, on the Endo Period Ceramics from Japan and Southeast Asia, in support of the exhibition “Fleeting Pleasures: ​​ Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Georgia Museum of Art.” ​​ It takes place in the Bonner Auditorium at 2233 N. First St. (at Clinton), starting at 2 p.m. ​​ This event is free for Museum members or $10 for non-members. ​​ For more information, go to FresnoArtMuseum.org.

 

Friday, March 8th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of the film “New Gods Yang Jian​​ (2022)​​ with discussant Dr. Ed EmanuEl. ​​ Thirteen years after Yang Jian imprisoned his sister​​ beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is in search of the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds. This latest entry in the New Gods universe from Light Chaser Animation (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn) features awe-inspiring action sequences set against breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is a timeless adventure of epic proportions featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures. In Mandarin with English subtitles, 127 minutes.​​ Go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgQwQ-RwKFo​​ to view the trailer. ​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 9th​​ 

The​​ Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club​​ invites you to their annual​​ Potluck and Award Banquet​​ with guest speaker Retired Chief Naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, William Tweed,​​ who​​ will speak on "How the Early Sierra Club Shaped the Southern Sierra." Tweed is the author of numerous books including "Granite Pathways: A History of the Wilderness Trail System of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks."​​ The event is​​ at 5:30​​ p.m. at the​​ First Congregational Church (The Big Red Church) 2131 N Van Ness, Fresno. ​​ Bring a potluck item ready to serve and a serving utensil.​​ ​​ This event is free and open to the general public.

 

Saturday, March 9th

The West Side Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to​​ Cougar Adams Band tribute to John Cougar Mellencamp and Bryan Adams. ​​​​ Performing for audiences since 2008 this powerhouse 6 piece band is dedicated to the music of "heartland rockers" ​​ John Cougar Mellancamp and Bryan Adams. ​​ The hits list is long and memorable. New to the West Side Theatre stage this band will rock the house. ​​​​ For tickets​​ or more information, go to​​ https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/cougar/dates/Mar-09-2024_at_0800PM.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 10th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno invites you to an International Women’s Day event at 3 p.m. at the ​​ Woodward Lake Clubhouse, 10250 N. Westshore in Fresno. ​​ For more information go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.org, or call 559-709-3851.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 12th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno invites you to​​ Char Shanbeh Souri (Fire ceremony) at 6:30 pm​​ at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. in Fresno. ​​ For more information go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.org, or call 559-709-3851.​​ 

 

Friday, March 15th

Cineculture invites you to a screening of the film “Judged Bodies: The Fight for Reproductive Rights​​ (2023)​​ with discussants Mariana Carbajal (Director) & Morena Herrera (featured in the film). ​​ Between 2000 and 2011, 128 women were prosecuted for abortion or aggravated homicide in El Salvador, a nation that has some of the strictest abortion laws. These laws have been criticized by human rights organizations. Mariana Carbajal, an Argentinian pioneering writer and journalist on gender issues, traveled to El Salvador to interview Evelyn and other victims of the fierce social condemnation and state violence against women. ​​ Many poor women have been sentenced to long prison terms after facing obstetric emergencies. Carbajal also profiles Morena Herrera and other activists who fight for women’s reproductive rights. In Spanish with English subtitles. 69 minutes.​​ Go to​​ https://vimeo.com/861112001​​ to view the trailer. ​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 16th

The City of Chowchilla invites you to it’s annual Easter Egg Scramble! ​​ It takes place from 9 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) and​​ includes​​ a Pancake Breakfast served by local Veterans, many activity stations for the children, a visit with the Easter Bunny with a photo opportunity, bounce houses, Face Painting, and egg hunts for five different age groups that include a golden egg for ages 4-12. This year,​​ they​​ will continue to have the bunny trail for three and under, but​​ they​​ will also let them have an egg hunt.​​ The schedule is as follows:

  • ​​ VFW/American Legion Breakfast 9 -11:30 am

  • ​​ Activities and Bounce House 9:00​​ ​​ 12

  • ​​ Bunny Trail 3 yrs and younger (+ Special needs) 9:30 am - 11:30 am (open the​​ ​​ entire event)

  • ​​ Egg Scramble 3 yrs and younger (parent assistance is allowed for this age group) 10:00 am

  • ​​ Egg Scramble 4-5 yrs 10:15 am

  • ​​ Egg Scramble 6-7 yrs 10:30 am

  • ​​ Egg Scramble 8-9 yrs 10:45 am

  • ​​ Egg Scramble 10-12 yrs 11:00 am

The egg scramble may run over time a bit. The event is over at Noon!

 

Saturday, March 16th

The Westside Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to​​ Serenato en la Teatro, a​​ serenade of music in the theatre. ​​​​ For tickets or more information, go to​​ https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/seranto/dates/Mar-16-2024_at_0800PM.​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd​​ 

Cineculture invites you to a screening of the film “Long Distance Swimmer – Sara Mardini​​ (2023)​​ with discussant Charly Wai Feldman (Director). ​​ At 20, Sara was already famous. She fled Syria in 2015 with her younger sister Yusra. When their boat​​ broke down as they were crossing the sea to Greece, Sara and Yusra and two others jumped into the waves and swam for three and a half hours in open water to stop their dinghy from capsizing, saving the lives of everyone on board. Their journey made headlines around the world, and is dramatized in a Netflix film called The Swimmers. Our story begins when the fictionalized drama ends. Sara has spent three years rescuing refugees on the same journey that made her famous, but she was suddenly arrested on August 2018. ​​ Sara was accused by Greek authorities of running a criminal enterprise and charged with “international espionage and people smuggling”. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison and the end of her humanitarian career. Banned from Lesbos and waiting for news of the trial, she lives a surreal existence in Berlin. Studying at a liberal arts college by day, and escaping to techno clubs at night, she tries to reconnect with her family, while Yusra trains for the Tokyo, Olympics, a dream the two sisters once shared. In Arabic, Greek, English and German with English subtitles, 89 minutes. ​​ Go to​​ https://vimeo.com/804605082​​ to view the trailer. ​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd​​ 

The Fresno County Historical Society will host their annual Gala at 7 p.m. at the famous FCHS Downtown Club. This year we will celebrate the 1950s with a Tiki-themed party that will bring back the island fever that swept through the Golden Age of prosperity and progress. ​​ This special event will feature:

  • A Tropical Grazing Feast​​ 

  • Classic Tiki Cocktails

  • Heads & Tails Game with Fabulous Prizes

  • Silent Auction with a Host of Collectible Tiki Art and Specialty Items

  • Custom Tiki Mugs by Tiki Farm for Sale

Plan to wear your favorite Polynesian inspired dress or Hawaiian shirt and dance the night away to The Hula Girls band live on stage.  ​​​​ Tickets will be on sale to the public starting on January 15, 2024 until we are sold out. ​​ FCHS Members will receive early access to tickets so watch your email for a link to buy now. ​​ For event information and updates visit valleyhistory.org/fchs-gala.​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd​​ through Sunday, March 24th

The 4th Annual Central Valley Gem & Mineral Show, sponsored by the Fresno Gem & Mineral Society, presents a great show for viewing, learning about and purchasing minerals, fossils, gems, beautiful handmade jewelry & much more! ​​​​ This event is educational and fun for all ages! ​​​​ It takes place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at​​ 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis. ​​ For more information go to​​ https://www.fgms.rocks.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 23rd​​ 

The Fresno Art Museum is holding a Pirate Ball and Casino Night Fundraiser, starting at 6 p.m. at the Museum (2233 North First Street, Fresno). ​​ Tickets are $100 per person, and include:

  • Once aboard, passengers will receive their funny money to trade for chips

  • Captain Drake’s no-host bar will pour your drinks.

  • Their​​ ship's photographer will capture a picture of you in all your pirate finery.

  • Hors d ‘oeuvres from the pirate's galley will be served.

  • Peter Netzley will give lessons on how to dance the minuet.

  • In the Game Room, dealers at the blackjack, poker, craps and roulette tables will be ready to take your bets.

  • Trade your funny money for chips to play and win.​​ 

  • Visit Davey Jones' locker to trade your chips for prize tickets, and peruse the Treasure Trove of Prizes where you’ll place your prize tickets in the raffle box of the prize that you seek. (Good luck, mates! Winners must be present to win.)

  • And in between your pirating, enjoy a moment of solitude in our charming Museum Store, beautiful art auction, and captivating art exhibitions.

Truly a Night to Remember! ​​ ​​​​ For tickets and information, go to​​ https://fammuseumstore.shopsettings.com/FAM-Pirate-Ball-&-Casino-Night-Saturday-February-17-2024-c161751756.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 23rd

The Westside Theatre in Newman, CA, invites you to​​ Summer Night City the Abba tribute. ​​ Summer Night City (formerly Supertrouper) reigns supreme as a seven piece production show performing all the greatest hits of one of the world's most beloved pop Super-Groups of the 70's: ABBA! From the smash pop stage musical Mamma Mia to all the international pop chart favorites, you will experience the fabulous costumes and hits authentically performed. ​​ ​​ For tickets or more information, go to​​ https://westsidetheatre.ticketleap.com/abba/dates/Mar-23-2024_at_0800PM.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 23rd

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno invites you to its​​ Nowruz program,​​ ​​ at 6 pm​​ at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. in Fresno. ​​ It will feature dance and music by​​ Miriam Peretz & Nava Dance Collective,​​ Amir Etemadzadeh (Percussion),​​ 

Andisheh Jahanbin ​​ (Vocals), and​​ Aydin Shaterian (Azeri Tar). ​​ Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at​​ https://nouruz.bpt.me/.  ​​​​ For more information go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.org, or call 559-709-3851.​​ 

 

Thursday, April 4th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to the Art Hop Reception for it’s March-April exhibition, “David Hembree: ​​ White Noise.” ​​ The exhibition is​​ in​​ the​​ Ewert Art Gallery in Warkentine Culture and Arts Center (CAC). FPU art graduate, former studio art instructor and current member of the Fresno State Advancement Office, David Hembree creates works of various media and scale that dig into popular culture from the artist's childhood. The CAC is at 4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, on the main FPU campus.​​ The​​ Art Hop Reception​​ is from​​ 5:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Friday, April 5th

Cineculture invites you to a screening of the film “Promises of Our Grandmothers” with discussants Gingger Shankar (Director) and Erin Cook (producer). ​​ Promises of Our Grandmothers is a multimedia program performed by Gingger Shankar (vocals, double violin), Daniel French (jarana, vocals, keys) with other musicians (to be announced). This unique performance includes a documentary film about the Giniw Collective, a diverse resistance group founded by Tara Houska and led by Indigenous women and two-spirit frontline warriors dedicated to protecting Mother Earth, defending the water, and living in balance as they fight Enbridge's Line 3, a pipeline that will carve trenches through 340-miles of Minnesota's unspoiled wetlands, poisoning water, Indigenous land, and threatening to destroy their very way of life. With more arrests than Standing Rock, youngsters to grandmas continually put their bodies on the line during a global pandemic to fight the multi-billion-dollar oil giant. With incredible tactical knowledge and skill, alongside their collective wisdom and knowledge of the land and the people, this small group of women and allies in the middle of the woods in northern Minnesota held off Enbridge for almost three years with very little media coverage and serious danger to themselves. ​​ In English, Ojibwe, and Lakota. ​​​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Friday, April 12th

Cineculture invites you to a screening of the film “Signs of War​​ (2023)​​ with discussants Juri Rechinsky (Director) & Pierre Crom (Co-Director and photographer featured in the film). ​​ After years of work in the Dutch Parliament, photographer Pierre Crom decides that "it might be more interesting to follow the results of their political decisions rather than make propaganda for politicians." In February 2014, he traveled with a one-way plane ticket to Crimea in Ukraine, one day before its annexation by Russia. From that moment on, he found himself in the midst of a rapidly escalating conflict and decided to stay. The start of the war in Sloviansk, the crash of flight MH17, tank battles in Debaltseve – he gained access to the most significant historical milestones of this war. As a photographer, Pierre had "luck." However, as a human being, he had to face violent events on a scale he could never have imagined before. In French, English, Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles, 85 minutes. To view the trailer​​ go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwxaWZm2G3A. ​​ The screening is in the​​ Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m., on Fridays. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu/films/.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 13th

The​​ annual family-friendly​​ Earth Day celebration​​ will be held on Saturday, April 13th at Fresno City College from 10​​ a.m.​​ ​​ 4​​ p.m. ​​​​ This year Earth Day Fresno is hosted by the Environmental Collaborative of Central California, Central Valley Young Environmental Advocates, and the Fresno City College Math, Science and Engineering Division. ​​​​ This​​ free outdoor festival will feature educational exhibits, a bike clinic, children’s activities, local cuisine, handmade items for sale, and much more. Non-profit organizations, government agencies and local businesses will provide information, goods and services related to sustainable living and environmental stewardship. ​​ Attendance is expected to exceed 2,000.

 

Friday, April 19th

Save the Date! ​​ Downtown Fresno Partnership's State of Downtown is returning for 2024 on April 19! Join​​ them​​ as​​ they​​ celebrate a successful 2023 and look forward to the amazing things ahead for 2024 and beyond.​​ ​​ The event is from 4-7 pm at the Warnor’s Theatre at 1400 Fulton St. in Downtown Fresno. ​​ More information to follow.

 

Saturday, April 27th

The Fresno Art Museum invites you to a presentation and lecture by Dr. Yang Sao Xiong, Assistant​​ Professor of​​ Anthropology and​​ Asian American Studies​​ at Fresno State, on the​​ America’s Secret War in Laos and it’s Destructive Consequences. ​​​​ It takes place in the Bonner Auditorium at 2233 N. First St. (at Clinton), starting at 2 p.m. ​​ This event is free for Museum members or $10 for non-members. ​​ For more information, go to FresnoArtMuseum.org.

 

Thursday, May 2nd

Fresno Pacific University invites you to the Art Hop Reception for it’s May exhibition, “Fresno Pacific University Student Show,” in the the​​ Ewert Art Gallery in Warkentine Culture and Arts Center (CAC). ​​​​ The exhibit is of recent works by FPU students of graphic design, photography, ceramics, drawing and painting. The CAC is at 4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, on the main FPU campus.​​ The​​ Art Hop Reception​​ is from​​ 5:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

 

Every Saturday (until the killing in Palestine ends)

There will be a protest at Riverpark (Blackstone & Nees) at 3 p.m.​​ 

 

Second Tuesday of the month:

Central California Legal Services and The Vet Center are hosting a series of Veteran’s Clinics from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Fresno Federal Post 509, 3509 N. First Street, Fresno. ​​ Veterans, Active Duty Military, and spouses are invited to CCLS's Know Your Rights Veterans Clinic to receive legal information from attorneys and advocates in:

  • January/June: Estate Planning and Advanced Directives

  • February/July: Tenant Rights

  • March/August: Criminal Record Expungement

  • April/September: Workers Rights, Discharge Upgrades for LGBTQ, Name/Gender Correction

  • May/October: Survivors of Domestic Violence(including elder abuse)

  • November/December: No Clinics

For appointments please contact the CCLS Pro Bono Program at (559)802-1132 or at​​ probono@centralcallegal.org. ​​ Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Friday, January 5th​​ through Sunday, February 18th ​​ ​​​​ 

The Good Company Players presents “Amadeus.” ​​ Hailed as Peter Shaffer's greatest play, Amadeus is the brilliant dramatization of two real-life composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri is respected, successful, and royally sanctioned while Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has one thing beyond Salieri's envious grasp: Genius.​​ The show will be performed at Good Company Players’ Second Space Theatre, located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. ​​ Show times are Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. ​​ Prices are $25 general admission; $20 for students, seniors and active duty military. ​​ Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For information and group reservations, call Dave at (559) 266-9493. ​​ For general tickets, call 559-266-0660 to reserve or online at​​ https://tickets.gcplayers.com/purchase/events/categories/2nd-space-theatre/amadeus/.​​ 

 

Thursday, January 11th​​ through Sunday, March 10th​​ 

Good Company Players invites you to a performance of “Beautiful, the Carole King Musical.” ​​ Beautiful is the inspiring tale about a girl who became King. This Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember and a story you'll never forget.​​ ​​ Performances are at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District. ​​ On Thursdays, a sumptuous dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:30 and the performance at 8:00 p.m. ​​ On Friday & Saturday, a mouth-watering served meal begins service at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m. ​​ And on Sunday matinees, a hearty full service brunch begins service at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets for dinner and show performances are $65 (or $60 for seniors, students and members of the military with valid ID; $50 for young adults 16-21). ​​ Show only tickets are $35. ​​ For tickets, go​​ to​​ https://rogerrockas.com/shows/categories/roger-rockas/beautiful.​​ 

 

Saturday, January 13th​​ through Sunday, March 24th

The​​ San Joaquin​​ River​​ Parkway​​ & Conservation​​ Trust is thrilled to invite you to the upcoming U-pick season at Sumner Peck Ranch! Lace-up your boots and grab your baskets, it’s time to go fruit picking!​​ ​​ Enjoy picking navel oranges, blood oranges, pomelos, Minneola tangelos, mandarins, and lemons all at $1.50 per pound. During the scheduled seasons, U-pick hours are Saturday - Sunday from 9 am - 5 pm. ​​​​ No advance registration is required for U-pick days.​​ ​​ You can park at the end of the entrance drive near the river. You can purchase your citrus in the white office building near the river. Please no bills larger than $20, cash and credit are accepted. Apple/tap pay is available. ​​​​ Please wear long pants and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Be prepared for a small hike to the groves (.25 mi). If you are unable to complete this hike please check in at the white office building for further instruction. ​​​​ They​​ encourage​​ everyone to bring a bag, basket, or bucket for picking fruit.​​ ​​ Maps of the property will be available in the white office building upon arrival. ​​​​ 

 

Thursday, February 1st​​ through Thursday, February 29th

Empowering Black Culture is the theme of this year’s Black History Month celebration at Fresno City College. ​​ It is hosted by the African American Faculty and Staff Association. The month-long celebration begins Thursday, February 1 with an Opening Ceremony at Noon in the Old Administration Building Auditorium. ​​​​ The Opening Ceremony will include the singing of the Black National Anthem by FCC Instructor Deborah Lewis and a Libation Ceremony. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Cassandra Little, Executive Director and CEO of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce.

WEEK 2:

  • 2/6 – Fresno Chapter Association of Black Social Workers, Presenter: Nancy Gray, founding member of Black Social Workers – 12:00 -1:00pm – OAB 188

  • 2/7 – Umoja Presents: Porch Talk- Black Love & Pride - 11:30am-1pm - OAB 251

  • 2/8 – Black Wellness & Prosperity Center Presenter Tash Manning, Black Infant Health Program Coordinator – 12-1 pm – OAB 188

  • 2/8 – Black Student Associations @ Design Science Middle College High School – A Night in Black History Community Event – FCC Cafeteria- 5:30-7:30 pm

WEEK 3:

  • 2/13- HBCU Spring 2024 Caravan- Tuesday, February 13- 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm- OAB 251. ​​ The FCC Transfer Center is hosting a free event with over 20 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU). ​​ The event is open to all State Center Community College students. ​​ Learn more about HBCU transfer opportunities and scholarships from HBCU outreach staff. ​​ $2.5 million in HBCU Scholarships were awarded to SCCCD students last year!

  • 2/14- Scholarship Workshop- Presenter Josephine Llanos, FCC Scholarship Specialist, 12-1 pm – OAB 251

  • 2/15- Lecture Series- Presenter: FCC Instructor, Mr. Auguste Kouadio – Book Title: Things Fall Apart. Author: Achebe, Chinua. Location: Library Conference Room – LI 107. 2:00-3:30 pm

WEEK 4:

  • 2/20 – Financial Literacy – Presenter: Hasan Muhammad – 12:00–1:00 pm – OAB 172

  • 2/22- CalTrans Careers & Opportunities Presenter: Heather Lewis- 11 am-12:30 pm – OAB 251

Closing Week

  • 2/27 – Building Generational Wealth: Real Estate – 12:00 – 1:00 pm – OAB 251

  • 2/28- Speakers Forum presents Hip-Hop Legend Chuck D, 6:00 pm, OAB Auditorium

  • 2/29- Black History Month—Closing Ceremony – 12-1:00 pm – OAB Auditorium  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

All events are free and open to the public. ​​ Updates can be found at​​ www.fresnocitycollege.edu/blackhistorymonth.​​ 

 

Friday, February 2nd​​ through Friday, May 17th​​ 

The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust invites you to register your kindergarten or pre-K child for the​​ Young Explorers Enrichment Program,​​ an extension of​​ their​​ pre-K and K summer camp program, designed to supplement your child’s regular pre-school or classroom learning through nature-based experiences.​​ 

Their​​ focus is on learning through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences using nature as the classroom; children are outside for the duration of each program day, and the environment is our teacher. ​​ The journey of each individual is unique, and activities and curriculum are based on the interests and curiosities of participants. The program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and aligned with California's preschool curriculum framework. ​​ ​​ Most program dates will take place at the River Center (11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno). The River Center features a restored ranch house with educational exhibits, a ¾-mile habitat-themed nature trail, an event barn, a small vineyard and orchard, and plenty of open/green space to explore and play in. ​​ Some field trip days to other Parkway properties nearby may be included in the session; participants will receive full information on the session schedule prior to the start date.​​ 

Children must be​​ 3.5​​ years old​​ through currently enrolled in Kindergarten as of the session start date (must be toilet trained). ​​ The time is from​​ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm,​​ and the dates are​​ Fridays: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17. ​​ The​​ Cost​​ is​​ $812.50​​ for the​​ 15-week session ($100 non-refundable deposit, $712.50 session fees)For more information or to register, go to​​ https://riverparkway.org/activities/preschool-programs/.​​ 

 

Friday, February​​ 9th​​ through​​ Sunday, March 10th​​ 

Yosemite Gateway Art Center in Oakhurst invites you to view the upcoming art exhibit, “Palettes & Pathways: 9 Artists’ Perspectives.” at Gallery 5. Location is 40982 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA, 93644. Hours are 11-5 daily, closed Tuesdays. The artist reception is at Gallery 5 on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 3 – 5 pm. ​​​​ This showcase features the works of nine talented artists-- Shannon Grissom, Mary Beth Harrison, Carolyn Hartling, Barbara Liss, Gina Mims, Sandra Lee Scott,​​ Teresa J Sharp, Lura Schwarz Smith, and Lisa Zylstra- who have been meeting for the past 5 years, offering support for their painting techniques and each other. ​​​​ This exhibit serves as a culmination of their shared experiences and individual artistic explorations. ​​​​ For complete information, go to ygac.com.  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, February 9th​​ through Saturday, February 17th

The American Friends Service Committee’s Pan Valley Institute​​ invites​​ you to​​ “The Brothers Size,”​​ a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by​​ their​​ ArteVism fellow, Joshua Slack. ​​​​ The story of The Brothers Size follows the relationship of two brothers, Ogun and Oshoosi, who are recently reunited after being separated by incarceration. The characters and themes of this story are rooted in West African mythology. ​​​​ The Brothers Size Performances​​ are on​​ Friday, February 9; Saturday, February 10; Sunday, February 11, Thursday, February 15; Friday, February 16; and Saturday, February 17. ​​​​ 

Tickets are available for purchase now at selmaartscenter.com or at the Selma Arts Center box office located at 1935 High Street, Selma, CA 93662. Box office hours are Tuesday–Friday, 1PM-5PM. Tickets are $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for Seniors/ Students,​​ and $15.00 for children 12 and under. Tickets will also be available at the door for the same price, until sold out.

 

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

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

 

Ongoing

Starting Now:

"Covid 19, a Play," was written by Patricia Wells during the height of the pandemic in 2020 which swept through cities and states infecting communities and hitting farmworkers and workers in food processing industries especially hard; causing significant fatalities in the Central Valley and throughout the country. As the pandemic raged it was the labor of farmworkers and low-wage workers that kept the country alive, yet they were given no protections. This play was written so that their sacrifices will not be forgotten.  ​​​​ The play is about a small farmworker family living in the outskirts of town, in which a member comes down with Covid catching the family completely off guard. Knowing nothing about the virus which invades and threatens their lives and facing an uncertain future, the family must depend on the leadership, vigilance and guidance of the mother and her son, as they scramble for information and help as to how to protect themselves from the deadly grip of the virus. To view the play, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wFTQq_nu9k.​​ 

 

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:

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

Ongoing Weekly classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays:

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

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

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

Monthly Classes:

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

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

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

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

 

Every Tuesday

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

 

Second Tuesday of each month:

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

 

Every Wednesday

There’s a free poetry group, meeting every Wednesday, 2-4 pm, at the Gillis Branch Library, 629 West Dakota Avenue, Fresno. The group is led by Bill Simmons, a recent transplant from Iowa. Bill has been writing poetry for years, and has had several pieces published. Whether you have been writing for years, or just getting started, this group is for you!

 

Fourth Thursday of each month:

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

 

Starting May 12th​​ 2022:

The County of Fresno is encouraging families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. ​​ Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment begins May 12, 2021. For qualifying households, the benefit provides:

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. ​​ Families can apply online at www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org. To learn more, families can visit​​ https://fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit​​ or call (833) 511-0311. ​​ 

 

Second Wednesday of every month:

Sisters for Pelvic Health invites you to their monthly meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of every month  ​​​​ The meetings take place at Creative Therapeutics, 2763 E Shaw Ave #102, Fresno. ​​ They are Sisters Encouraging One Another in Life For Pelvic Health. You can also join them from wherever you are, virtually on Zoom. ​​ So, please RSVP to attend in person or virtually. ​​ Then they can send you the Zoom link. Remember that all​​ women are welcome, so please spread the word and invite others to join. They are on social media on facebook and instagram. So please share those posts as well. Space is limited - so please RSVP sisters4pelvichealth@gmail.com .  ​​​​ Follow them on; instagram.com/sistersforpelvichealth/ or facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth.​​ 

 

Second & Fourth Wednesdays starting June 23rd

The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with The Source LGBT+ Center and the Fresno EOC LGBTQ Center will provide no-cost Pop-Up groups in Fresno County starting June 23, 2021. ​​ The Pop-Up groups are a way to provide affirming, supportive and safe space for local LGBTQ+ persons. ​​ Pop-Up groups seek to focus on protective factors so to reduce risk factors for suicide, substance use and

mental illness. ​​ The project plans to conduct population specific engagement, support, affirmation, and education for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults as well as for family members and care takers. These efforts have been utilized in ways to reduce the risk factors for suicide in the LGBTQ community. While funded through the County’s Mental Health Services Act-Suicide Prevention efforts, the program is not focused on suicide

prevention specifically, but on protective factors so to lessen the risks for suicidal ideation and suicides. ​​ Belonging is a protective factor, and in instances where youth may not feel that they belong, in their home, in their classrooms, etc., having support groups can fill that void and provide some belonging and start to reduce some of the risk factors. The Pop Ups will provide some critical protective factors by providing:

Connections to other adults who are not parents. Safe space, closeness to caring friends, awareness, and access to local health services, as well as support to parents so to strengthen connectedness with their child and learn how to better support their youth.  ​​​​ To learn about the Pop-Up groups and/or participate interested persons can contact The Source LGBT+ Center’s Spencer Salazar at spencer@thesourcelgbt.org . The initial groups will be on-line from 4pm-6pm starting on June 23, 2021. Groups will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. The groups will be virtual initially with plans for in-person locations being developed.

 

Last Wednesday of each month:

Root & Rebound in conjunction with Central California Legal Services is offering a virtual Criminal Record Expungement Clinic every last Wednesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. (no clinics in November and December). ​​ If you have a criminal conviction in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, or Tuolumne County, you may receive free legal information from volunteer advocates on how to request expungement of your criminal record. ​​ Participants must complete the prescreen using the link below and an advocate will confirm your eligibility prior to the clinic. ​​ Knowledgeable and skilled advocates will:

  • Review convictions and expungement eligibility

  • Prepare court forms

  • Provide legal information with no attorney-client relationship

  • Meet with you privately in a Zoom breakout room

  • Clinic partners will assist you in filing all court forms

To complete the prescreening go to​​ https://form.jotform.com/220457644834157. ​​ For more information contact the Pro Bono Program at 559-570-1274 or by e-mail to​​ ProBono@CentralCalLegal.org.​​ 

 

Fourth Wednesday of each month:

Sisters for Pelvic Health meet the 4th​​ Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm-7:00pm at Creative Therapeutics - Socially Distant, 2763 E Shaw Ave #102, Fresno. ​​ You can also join virtually via Zoom. ​​ To join remotely, RSVP to​​ sisters4pelvichealth@gmail.com​​ and they can send you the Zoom link. They plan a fun evening getting to know you and supporting each other on our journeys' through pelvic pain. Remember that all women are welcome, so please spread the word and invite others to join us. They are on social media on facebook and instagram. So please share those posts as well: instagram.com/sistersforpelvichealth, facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth, and​​ www.facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth.​​ 

 

Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to join them for guided meditation, wisdom insights and discussion on Peace of Mind and Harmony in Relationships. ​​ Know yourself on your journey of personal development and help yourself to grow and discover your values. Password and ID for all the meditation classes is now: ​​ ID 277 751 8092, Passcode ​​ 807401. ​​ For more information call (559) 435-2212 or e-mail​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

EndGame 2050

Humanity has backed itself into an ecological endgame as we approach the year 2050.​​ 

Featuring musician Moby along with leading scientists, and created by physician turned environmentalist Sofia Pineda Ochoa, ENDGAME 2050 lays out the existential crises bearing down on the planet and underscores the harsh reality that, unless we take responsibility and act urgently now, we are hastening our own destruction and that of virtually all other life on the planet. ​​ You can view the film on YouTube by going to​​ https://www.endgame2050.com. ​

 

The​​ Central Sierra Resiliency Fund​​ is supporting long-term Creek Fire recovery efforts in communities within the vicinity of Fresno County’s Central Sierra region including, but not limited to, Huntington Lake, Lakeshore, Big Creek, Shaver Lake, Pine Ridge, Meadow Lakes, Alder Springs, and Auberry. ​​ A component of recovery is acknowledging the grief brought on by a disaster, and remembering that which came before. The Resiliency Fund is committed to honoring the historical legacy of the Central Sierra region by collecting community stories of the Creek Fire--and the unique histories that precede the Creek Fire--and preserving those stories through the Central Sierra Historical Society. ​​ The Resiliency Fund has begun collecting community stories with an online story and photo submission process. These stories will be used as a way to document and preserve the many experiences and impacts of the Creek Fire. This repository could later be used to construct a comprehensive Creek Fire exhibit at the museum, community kiosks and/or a book. ​​ Please help us spread the word about this project to anyone with a Creek Fire story to share. We will collect the stories, preserve​​ them, and weave them into the history displayed at the Central Sierra Historical Society Museum and beyond. We will also be sharing stories on our website and social media.

These can be stories of places, artifacts, or of your experience during the Fire itself. ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://sierrahistorical.org/resiliencyfund/storytelling-program/.​​ 

 

Every Day

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

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

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

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

 

Every Thursday and Sunday

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering Weekly meditations- Thursdays 7 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  ​​​​ Zoom  ​​​​ ID 277 751 8092,  ​​​​ Passcode: 807401. ​​ For more information, contact them at (559) 435-2212 or  ​​​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Every Saturday  

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

 

Every Saturday 

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

 

Most Saturdays 

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

 

Every Sunday 

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

 

First Wednesday of each month:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

ON LINE EVENTS AND RESOURCES

In these difficult times, there may be services available that can help families get through. Many families are experiencing challenges that they never thought they would face. The Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to help. There are a variety of ways for Fresno County residents to apply for and access assistance and services. ​​ DSS administers a wide variety of programs that can help residents in need. These include help with food, health insurance, job training, homeless assistance, and emergency cash assistance. There are several ways the community can access DSS services:

For more information, please visit www.fresnocountyca.gov/DSSassist

 

Below are links for a series of webinars offered by the Reedley Peace Center on the issue of Immigration:

  •   - Immigration in times of Covid 19

  •   - Border Realities

  •   - Asylum

  •  - Church efforts to address immigration

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

  •  - Church-based immigration legal services

  •  - Immigration advocacy

 

The Fresno Commission for Police Reform, which was formed following a demonstration of local outrage response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, is presenting the public with a rare opportunity observe and interact with its important work. ​​​​ The commission's website,​​ https://www.fresno-cpr.com,​​​is an excellent resources for all who want to learn more, respond to a survey created by Fresno State's Sociology Department and participate in some of the Commission's discussions. ​​​​ It is also an opportunity to observe local leaders grappling with the important and challenging task of police reform.

 

The​​ Film “Economics of Happiness”​​ can be viewed on line for free at​​ https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-economics-of-happiness/?link_id=8&can_id=32c6c32bbda29a00eef53b1184d86952&source=email-where-do-we-go-from-here-22&email_referrer=email_888883&email_subject=where-do-we-go-from-here.​​ 

 

In commemoration of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima,​​ watch the animated movie​​ “Barefoot Gen”​​ about a Japanese family in Hiroshima in the days before and after the bombing. Warning: THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. It is very graphic but dispells any illusions about the effects of nuclear war. If you don't subscribe or can't find the movie with dubbed English voices on Netflix or other movie sites, you can buy it on Amazon for $20 or watch it for free with English subtitles on YouTube.​​ Click on:​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqDQd1wkDj0&utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=200724_Some_good_news&utm_medium=email.​​ 

​​ 

Fresno Historical Society’s Time Travelers​​ 

Join the Fresno Historical Society anytime online for a trip to Fresno County from 1856 to 1910 at their Virtual Time Travelers event. The experience offers 12 immersive and unique lessons will take students on a journey to the America of the late 1800s and will share the story of Fresno County in the 19th century through activities, video presentations and historic images. You will meet Fresno County's first doctor, first teacher and early pioneers. Tour a general store, learn about turn-of-the-century medicine, visit Fresno's colorful Chinatown and see what daily life was like during this historic time. Each lesson includes a discussion guide along with a video or photo gallery and narratives. ​​ To participate, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers.​​ 

 

Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF)

The Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF) have moved their curriculum online, with some unexpected benefits, central of them the ability to engage teaching artists from around the world to work with local youth and expand their musical horizons. They were asked to create a video performance for the Fresno Arts Council’s live-streamed Horizon event. The result was an eight-minute survey of the Youth Orchestras’ history, plus some featured soloists who submitted video recordings specifically for this purpose. ​​ 

The video is now available on YouTube. To watch this special video on You-Tube, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=dTVGZJjh4WA&feature=youtu.be.​​ 

 

Central California Legal Services is offering a virtual workshop on services available during the pandemic. ​​ This workshop is in Spanish, and can be accessed by going to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADb6D7IIUDo. ​​ Clínica Virtual: ​​​​ Programas de asistencia y​​ política de servicios públicos​​ durante la pandemia​​ (Utility & Telecom in Spanish). ​​ ¿Preguntas? ​​​​ Comuníquese con Jennifer Ramirez,​​ Secretaria Legal,​​ Programa Pro Bono al​​ (559) 570-1245 o​​ jramirez@centralcallegal.org.​​ 

 

Medically Trained Personnel Needed During COVID-19 Pandemic in Fresno​​ 

To help support ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, Fresno County is seeking registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), certified nurse assistants, and other medically trained personnel to help meet potential staffing needs at local hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, and/or alternate care sites. ​​ As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Fresno County and across the country, the demands for resources and support continue to increase in healthcare settings and local health departments. In order to be as prepared as possible, the County is building a pool of medically trained personnel to be activated when needed at hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, or at an alternate care site. ​​​​ In addition to individuals with healthcare experience, there may be additional opportunities for those with experience in the following areas:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ nutrition,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ administration,

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

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ case management,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ office assistance,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ information technology, and many more.

Fresno County understands the value of persons coming together in public service in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community. ​​​​ To help in this pandemic, sign up for volunteer and paid positions by visiting​​ www.fcdph.org/covid19​​ and fill out the information under the Volunteer tab.

  

COVID 19 Testing Available in Madera:

Madera County has launched a new testing site in the City of Madera at the Madera Fairgrounds as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020. ​​ This new site is one of the many testing sites across the state offered through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company. ​​ Appointments are now available for symptomatic and asymptomatic adults over the age of 18 and can be made by visiting​​ https://lhi.care/covidtesting. ​​ The Fairgrounds site is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday from 7am – 7pm. To watch a video about the free COVID-19 testing now available at Madera Fairgrounds to those with or without symptoms, you can go to​​ https://www.facebook.com/MaderaCountyPublicHealth/videos/2386035735022659/.  ​​​​ For more information on testing options in Madera County visit the Madera County Dept. of Public Health testing webpage at​​ https://maderacounty.com/covid19testing.​​ 

 

Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Art Museum Collaborate​​ to Present World Premiere Performance that was cancelled due to COVID 19. YouTube Live Broadcast of Robert Morris' Landscape Greeting​​ (Video Features Images from FAM Exhibition): ​​ The Fresno Philharmonic, in collaboration with the Fresno Art Museum, presents a YouTube Live performance of the world premiere of Robert Morris' Landscape Greeting. Fresno Philharmonic musicians Pamela Ellzey (flute), Laura Porter (harp), Caitlin McSherry (violin), Heather Gardner (viola), Alicja Blanquart (cello), Elisha Wells and Richard Hembree (horns) will perform this atmospheric work, which was scheduled to be performed live at the Fresno Art Museum on March 12 as part of the Philharmonic's Proxima: Music for the Next Century concert. The free concert had been fully rehearsed, but was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. For the YouTube Live broadcast, the musicians have each recorded their individual part on​​ video while under shelter in place orders. Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda, instead of conducting Landscape Greeting as she had planned to do in the live concert, worked with her husband, conductor Brian Dollinger, to edit the musicians' videos into a performance of the entire piece. The video also includes images from the Fresno Art Museum exhibit GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956, which was on display in March and served as inspiration for the composer. The performance is made possible in part by a gift from Orpheus Fresno.

This special performance is available for viewing on the Fresno Philharmonic's YouTube channel by clicking​​ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7YZOJciK3XSdaYzD88bXg. ​​

 

The Community Alliance newspaper is online now.​​ ​​ 

You can see all of their articles here: ​​ https://fresnoalliance.com.

 

CreateCA​​ has created this great website to help you and your children get through these challenging times. ​​ Go to​​ https://createca.org/createathome/.  ​​​​ You can also find some additional lesson plans that can be done at home on the Fresno Art Museum website, along with tips on how to teach a visual art lesson. ​​ Just go to ​​ https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/agc.​​ 

 

The Central Valley Justice Coalition​​ is offering new online class, “Understanding Human Trafficking.” ​​ This new online class is a self-paced class. Unlike a webinar, there is no live instruction, which means you can watch this at your own pace and your own timing. ​​ To participate, go to​​ https://ce.fresno.edu/educator-workshops/ceu-certificates/central-valley-justice-coalition/hbm-050?utm_source=Central+Valley+Justice+Coalition+News&utm_campaign=c8b95fbf0a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_02_07_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4276ed74b3-c8b95fbf0a-129645965&mc_cid=c8b95fbf0a&mc_eid=190c576061.​​ 

 

Free On Line Courses for First Responders and Essential Workers

In support of those who continue to work and provide service to the public during the COVID-19 situation, Fresno State’s Division of Continuing and Global Education will offer three online, professional development courses free of charge for local first responders and essential workers. ​​ The online courses are available for essential workers such as teachers, grocery store employees, food service providers or janitorial staff, certified or licensed health care professionals or first responders such as EMTs, paramedics, police, fire, correctional or probation officers. Other essential workers may be considered as well. ​​ The three online courses available are:

 ​​ ​​​​ · Teaching Online: From Surviving to Thriving

 ​​ ​​​​ · ​​ Functional Spanish for Emergency Medical Responders

 ​​ ​​​​ · ​​ Project Management for the Workplace

For information or to register for the free courses, visit https://fresnostate.edu/essentialworkers.​​​​ 

​​  ​​ 

On-Line Learning for Children: ​​ David Hunter, a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher at Ericson Elementary School near Chestnut and Clinton avenues, wanted to increase the connectivity between teachers and students. He knew some parents were overwhelmed with the stay-at-home order and school closures, and he wanted to create a resource his 5-year-old students could navigate themselves. ​​ With the help of his fellow TK teachers, he collected a variety of educational videos created by the teachers that aligned with the learning curricula for his students. Students can see their own teachers guiding them in a learning activity. ​​ Hunter wanted to create a website where his students could access these videos and navigate their way through the site. As a father himself, he recruited his 13-year-old daughter, Amelie, to build the site. Together, they created the Fresno TK website:

https://sites.google.com/view/fresnotk/home. ​​ 

 

Housing for At-Risk Individuals in Madera County:

In response to Governor Newsom’s Project Roomkey, Madera County has formed a partnership to identify at-risk members of our community who need shelter during the pandemic. That partnership consists of Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC), Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Madera County Department of Social Services (MCDSS), Madera County Department of Corrections, Madera County Road Department, and Love Madera, a non-profit volunteer group. ​​ At-Risk clients access this program through referrals from local shelters, healthcare providers, and law enforcement. The information is forwarded to uniformed MCSO, who respond with MCDPH and CAPMC personnel to the potential client’s currently known location. ​​ Once in contact with the client, this team determines if the client is exhibiting symptoms, has had contact with a known COVID-19 patient, has proper medical care access and appropriate shelter for possible quarantine and/or isolation. The team also assesses what support services this client may need such as food, housing, childcare, medication, or animal care. Depending upon the client’s ability to meet their own needs and health risk factors, they are placed in local hotels for shelter and other needs are addressed. ​​ Once placed within a hotel, Love Madera Volunteers deliver food, provided for by Madera County Department of Corrections. Madera County Social Services facilitates childcare, and medication. Animal care needs are met by Central California Animal Disaster Team. Madera County Department of Public Health facilitates any testing needed. The Madera County Road Department is providing Madera County Connections busses for transport. ​​ Hotels participating in this project are doing so under a county contract for services. As contact information for these hotels becomes available, we will provide that. The funds for this program are provided through FEMA Disaster Assistance Funding with the county and state general funds providing the remaining 25%. ​​ For more information, call (559) 675-7700.

 

Starting Now:

Effective today, all County of Fresno parks and campgrounds are open to the public. To protect the health and safety of the entire community and promote social distancing, parks and campgrounds will operate at approximately 50% capacity. ​​ The public is asked to limit group gatherings to 10 people or less and wear face masks whenever social distancing cannot be maintained. Play structures and group picnic shelters within the parks and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. ​​ Social distancing guidance signage will be placed throughout the facilities. Parks hours are 7am-10pm.

For additional information please email parks@fresnocountyca.gov or call (559) 600-3004.