KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 1/18/19
To post an event on our calendar e-mail the information to
firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 2 weeks before the event.
(Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)
Friday, January 18th
As part of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, there will be an Opening Garlanding Ceremony from 11:45AM -12:45 p.m. at Fresno County Courthouse Park (at the MLK Memorial on the west side of park facing Van Ness), 1100 Van Ness Avenue, featuring special guest speaker Dr. Lori Bennett, President of Clovis Community College along with FUSD students performing dance and song in honor of MLK. For more information, contact: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor at (559) 801-8189 or Gail Gaston / Summer Gaston-Gehris at (559) 681-3140.
Friday, January 18th
As part of the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, there will be a Candlelight Vigil at 5:30 p.m. and an Awards Ceremony & Community Reception from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at Fresno City Hall, Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street. The program will commence with the Candlelight Vigil and proceed to the Awards Ceremony followed by the Community Reception. The Award Recipients for this year are: Terance Frazier, Dan Pessano, Angie Barfield, Pastor Debbie DeJuarez, Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life (BBNBTL) and West Fresno Family Resource Center (WFFRC), for their outstanding service to the community. For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Hunt at (559) 246-4432 or Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor at (559) 801-8189.
Friday, January 18th
The Spectrum Art Gallery will host a Fine Art Photography Exhibition by Gailan Gray & Jonathan Rollins from January 3rd - February 3rd. The Gallery is located at 608 East Olive Avenue, in Fresno’s Tower District. There will be a “Friday Photography Live” event on January 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. where you can meet the artists. For more information, go to http://www.spectrumphotogallery.org.
Saturday, January 19th
The Women’s March takes place in Fresno from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 234 E. Nees
(between Blackstone and Fresno). Women’s Truth matters; it has impact and purpose. We will not be silenced, shamed or overlooked. We will march in Fresno along with millions of women and our allies from across the world. We march Truth to Power; we speak Truth to Power. We continue our fight for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, inclusivity and compassion for our shared humanity. The March is open to everyone who supports Women’s March Unity Principles, women’s rights, human rights and environmental and social change. For more information, call Patty Cappelluti at 59-355-9722 or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1121489254665205.
Saturday, January 19th
There will be a Community Breakfast to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, at (Breakfast served at Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 Fourth Street, Clovis (Fourth Street & Veterans Parkway). The breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program starts at 9:45 a.m. Speakers include CUSD Students and a performance by the Bach Children’s Choir. Tickets are $5.00 each in advance (please bring a canned food donation). Tables of 8 are available at $40.00 with advanced reservation. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Erin Ford-Horio at (559) 324-2476 or at email@example.com.
Saturday, January 19th
Uprooting Racism Project will meet from 2-4 p.m. in the Sarah McCardle Room - Upstairs Fresno Central Library at 2420 Mariposa St. There will be a screening of the film “Healing Justice” with a discussion following the screening. Healing Justice explores the causes and consequences of the current justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. For more information contact Vickie Fouts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-658-8260.
Monday, January 21st
As part of the events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, there will be a March from 9:15-10:45 a.m. starting at St. John Cathedral (2814 Mariposa Ave). Marchers assemble at 9:30 a.m. and the march begins at 10:00 a.m., stops at City Hall then proceeds to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425 Fresno St.) where the program will conclude. For more information, contact James Lett III at (559) 284-6420, Enrique Reade at (559) 940-2159 or Gail Gaston at (559) 681-3140.
Monday, January 21st
To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, there will be a Commemoration Program from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425 Fresno St.) in downtown Fresno, featuring Special Guest Speaker Dr. Joseph Jones, President of Fresno Pacific University. Join them in celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his contributions to community diversity and our enriched culture. For more information, contact Eric Payne by email to email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 23rd
Dairy industry professionals can register for a Fresno State dairy calf health workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics will focus on calf health methods in its first 24 hours through weaning and is designed for dairy and calf ranch owners, managers and calf workers. The workshop also includes a tour of the campus dairy facility and a post-workshop social. Speakers will include Fresno State dairy faculty Dr. Kyle Thompson and industry professionals Dr. Steve Hayes, Dr. Joy Campbell, Kelsey Vant Voort, Michael Gomes and Wiley Houchins. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Food and Agriculture and APC, Inc. Registration is $75. For more information contact Dr. Susan Pheasant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-278-4405.
Thursday, January 24th
The Fresno State California Water Institute will host a Water Exchange Market Symposium from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fresno State Satellite Student Union for water stakeholders from throughout the state. The event is free and will feature experts explaining how the markets can help area farms, irrigation districts, regional water agencies, disadvantaged communities and the environment by working together to meet Sustainable Groundwater Management Act regulations. If implemented, water exchange markets could allow property owners to transfer and exchange surface water and groundwater entitlements assigned to their properties with other property owners. RSVP for the event at bit.ly/WaterMarketSymposium by Monday, Jan. 21. For more information, contact Laura Ramos at email@example.com or 559-278-7001.
Thursday, January 24th
The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will screen the documentary “Panama Deception” at 1 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Center, which is located at 1584 N. Van Ness across from Fresno City College. This screening is open to the public and free admission. The venue is wheelchair accessible. This is a film about the true reasons for the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities. For more information call the Center at 559-237-3223 Mondays-Fridays between 11 and 3.
Thursday, January 24th
There will be a screening of the film “Water and Power: A California Heist,” from 6-8 p.m. at the Revue Theater at 620 E. Olive in the Tower District. Author Mark Arax and Prof. Paul Gilmore will speak following this screening of the story of how one man, Stewart Resnick, cornered the California water market. There is free admission. The screening is sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild Central Valley Chapter.
Friday, January 25th
Cineculture presents Under the Blood Red Sun with discussant Chris Tashima (Actor featured in the film). December 7, 1941 – Tomikazu “Tomi” Nakaji and his best friend Billy Davis are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when Japan launches a surprise attack on the US at Pearl Harbor. As Tomi looks up at the sky and recognizes the blood-red sun emblem on the fighter planes, he knows that his life has changed forever. Torn between his love of all things American and the Japanese traditional ways of his parents and grandfather, Tomi is frightened and feels ashamed of his native country. His friendship with Billy is soon tested as prejudice divides their island community. He must find the courage to stand up to a neighborhood bully, while protecting his family’s honor and its katana, a century-old samurai sword. He is soon forced to become the man of the family to care for his Mama and sister after his Papa (Chris Tashima) is arrested and taken away to an internment camp. Adapted from Graham Salisbury’s 1995 historical novel and directed by Tim Savage, Under the Blood Red Sun, is an unforgettable story (based on actual events) of friendship, courage & survival. The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.
To see the trailer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8GTeSGdRE8.
Saturday, January 26th
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents "Celebrating A Day of Peace and Power," from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 7319 North Fourth St. Fresno. There is no charge for this event. It is time to turn our attention inwards and rediscover the power of peace within us. Be inspired by stories of spiritual journey, guided meditation and learn how you can shine the light of peace in the world. For details call (559) 435-2212.
Sunday, January 27th
Fresno Pacific University presents Otto Lee, D.M.A., on saxophone, performing Jazz arrangements of familiar hymns performed by the Otto Lee Sextet. The event takes place at 4:00 p.m. at FPU’s McDonald Hall Atrium. The cost is $15 general audiences, $10 for seniors, and $5 for FPU community (including Alumni ID cardholders), payable at the door. For more information, call 559-453-2267, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to www.fresno.edu/events/music.
Sunday, January 27th
The Levin Brothers featuring King Crimson's Tony Levin will be performing at The Lounge at Tower Theater in Fresno. Tony and Pete are finally bringing the Levin Brothers Band to the West Coast, along with long-time drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel. For more information go to http://www.thelevinbrothers.com.
Monday, January 28th
Fresno Pacific University presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, a staged reading production at Fresno Pacific University, North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, January 31st
As part of its Jean and Louis Janzen Visiting Writers Series, Fresno Pacific University presents a poetry reading by Todd Davis, hosted by the Fresno Pacific University School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences. North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. and is free.
Friday, February 1st
There will be a Concert to Celebrate the Release of Philip Levine and Benjamin Boone's Album “The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two,” a followup to their acclaimed release, The Poetry of Jazz, which was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," The Paris Review, Jazz Times, UK Vibe, All About Jazz, and was #3 "Best Jazz Album of 2018" in Downbeat Magazine's Readers' Poll, and listed as one of their "Best Albums of 2018."
The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at the California Arts Academy's Severance Theater, 1401 N Wishon Ave, Fresno. Tickets will be available at the door for $15, and drinks and CDs will be available for purchase. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
Friday, February 1st
Friends of Roosevelt School of the Arts presents Geek Night, from 5-7 p.m. at Bitwise Industries South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave. in downtown Fresno). For the first Geek Night of 2019, Bitwise Industries is partnering with Friends of Roosevelt School of the Arts for an evening highlighting all things artsy and interactive. Want to bust a move? FRSA is hosting mini dance lessons. Getting crafty in 2019? Drop in for a few stellar flash art workshops. There will even be karaoke for those who want to get their sing on. The event will feature performances by Roosevelt’s steel drum band, choir and drama students. Tickets will be on sale for an event raffle, performances from the upcoming spring production of “Shrek, the Musical,” dance productions, Roosevelt Merchandise and more. For information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/210024603285312/.
Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd
The Fresno Art Museum has four new exhibitions opening to the public on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11 am. A preview of the new exhibitions will be held on Friday, February 1 starting at 4:30 pm with curator and artist talks in the Bonner Auditorium followed by a chance to talk to artists in their galleries and a reception from 6 to 8 pm. It is free to members, $15 for non-members. (No passes accepted for this event.) A no-host bar will be available from 5 to 8 pm, with a reception serving hearty appetizers beginning at 6 pm. The Museum Store will be reopening with the new exhibition series.
The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale, just south of Clinton. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Parking is free of charge. For more information, please contact the Museum at 559-441-4221 or visit our website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org.
Saturday, February 2nd
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents a workshop on The Art of Positive Living. An experienced instructor will lead you through various methods, including meditation, to reduce stress and encourage personal growth. Learn relaxation techniques, increase self esteem, and regain control over your mind and life. The workshop takes place at Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E.Perrin Ave. both on February 2nd and February 9th from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 559-600-3135 or go to www.fresnolibrary.org.
Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd
The Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno is holding two American Kennel Club approved all-breed dog shows. Show hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be 700-800 dogs each day. Admission is free; there is a $10 parking donation. Come see breeds of dogs you have never seen before. There is a Pee Wee handling class for children 5-9 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) on Saturday Bring a leash for your dog). Register at the show on Saturday before noon. There will Eye, Heart and Microchip Clinics both Saturday and Sunday. Vendors selling items for dogs and their owners will be on site. Bring the entire family but please leave your pets at home (unless they are there for a health clinic or Pee Wee Handling. For more information contact Barbara at (559) 840-2299 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 9th
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents a workshop on The Art of Positive Living. An experienced instructor will lead you through various methods, including meditation, to reduce stress and encourage personal growth. Learn relaxation techniques, increase self esteem, and regain control over your mind and life. The workshop takes place at Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E.Perrin Ave. from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 559-600-3135 or go to www.fresnolibrary.org.
Sunday, February 10th
Tickets to see WBC Super Lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez make a second defense of his title against Jose “Chon” Zepeda at the Save Mart Center are on sale now. Along with a portion of ticket sales, Ramirez will auction off his fight-worn shorts, gloves, shirt and shoes with all proceeds benefitting the Community Cancer Institute in Clovis. The match will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 10. Ticket prices begin at $25 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. For more information, call 559-278-3400.
Thursday, February 21st
Fresno Pacific University presents a "World Music Concert" by Fresno Pacific University Women's Chorale and Crescendudes men's choir. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $5 general audiences, payable at the door; free for the FPU community (including Alumni ID cardholders). For more information, call 559-453-2267, e-mail email@example.com, or go to http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.
Sunday, February 24th
Fresno Pacific University presents Fresno Pacific University Chamber Choir Concert performing with Reedley High School Choir. The event begins at 4 p.m. and takes place at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. For more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.
Sunday, March 3rd
The Roadshow Tour celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! Welcoming thousands of fans to arenas for a decade, “The Roadshow” will feature Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Worship with very special guest Michael W. Smith, and Leanna Crawford. No more long lines, all reserved seating now! Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7. For tickets or more information, you can go to https://transparentproductions.com/events/the-roadshow-fresno.
Tuesday, March 12th
Save the date for the 2019 Central Valley SHRM Workplace Conference. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Clovis Veteran's Memorial District, 804 4th Street, Clovis. This is an opportunity for people-focused business leaders or HR professionals who want to connect and engage with other leaders and peers who are interested in learning more about leading and managing the culture and wellness in the workplace. The cost is between $125 and $250. Sign up as a CCSHRM Member and get a discount on your ticket. More information is at http://centralcalshrm.org/events/event-list/#!event-list, and tickets can be purchased at http://centralcalshrm.org/events/event-list/#!event/2019/3/12/2018-workplace-conference. For more information, contact Diana Dhuyvetter at Central California SHRM by calling 559-500-1279 or e-mail to
Tuesday, March 12th
Fresno Pacific University presents Duke University Chorale with Rodney Wynkoop, D.M.A. conducting, at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno. For more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail email@example.com, or go to http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.
Friday, March 29th
Fresno Pacific University presents the Emerald Duo performing Musical Miniatures, with Susan Doering, D.M.A. on violin and Dieter Wulfhorst, D.M.A. on violoncello. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium. For more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.
Sunday, April 28th
Comedian Jeff Dunham will be stopping in Fresno on the spring leg of his “PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE” Tour, with his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. The 56-city tour, which includes stops in the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia, will unveil a brand-new character… Or two! Tickets are on sale now at jeffdunham.com.
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:
Now through 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau is now hiring workers for 90 temporary jobs in Fresno County Calif., in advance of the 2020 Census for the following positions:
Supervisors $18.00 per hour
Non-supervisors $16.50 per hour
Applicants can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs. Applicants can also learn about available jobs at the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. They may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.
Flu Season 2018
The Fresno County Department of Public Health has scheduled influenza vaccination clinics for the 2018 flu season at multiple locations throughout the county. The Fresno County Immunization Program will not be offering “nasal spray” flu vaccine during the 2018 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 2018 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.
Thursdays, starting September 27th
The National Lawyers Guild Central Valley chapter is starting a social justice/law film series called “Reel Justice” in September. Films will be screened the last Thursday of the month at 6pm starting September 27th, when they will be screening "13th." All their films are being screened at The Revue at 620 E Olive Ave, Fresno, and the details of the events can be found at https://www.facebook.com/centralvalleyNLG/. They will host a total of 8 films over the next 8 months.
Friday, January 4th through Sunday, February 24th
Good Company Players will perform “Driving Miss Daisy,” where the humorous yet caustic relationship between a crotchety old Southern lady and a dignified, soft-spoken chauffeur challenges boundaries of class and race in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy spans 25 years, from 1948 to 1973. Over the decades, an elderly and fiercely independent Jewish matron reluctantly accepts that she must rely on the aging African American chauffeur her son hired for her. In this delicate depiction of human frailty, two outsiders come to a mutual respect based on their independence, strength, and stubborn integrity. On their small journeys, Miss Daisy begins to understand that she has much more in common with the wise chauffeur than she could have imagined. 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.
Tuesday, January 8th through Tuesday, January 29th
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering a Beginner's Course in Raja Yoga Meditation on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. You can either email BKWSOfresno@gmail.com to register, or call 435-2212 for registration to this class.
Thursday, January 17th through Sunday, March 17th
Good Company Players will perform “Mama Mia!” A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Good Company Players’ effervescent production of Mamma Mia is back and better than ever at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre! Set on a Greek island, this sunny jukebox-musical spins a modern fairytale about a young bride-to-be whose determination to find her real father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the romantic island they visited twenty years before. ABBA’s timeless music infuses this enchanting comedy with toetapping, finger-snapping, sassy nostalgia that brings audiences everywhere to their feet. This international mega-hit by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus is a fantastic night-out in any language. Performances take place at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District. Shows 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.
Wednesdays, starting January 23rd
New Horizons Music provides adults a great entry or reentry into music making! Whether you were in school band or orchestra, would like to learn a new instrument or have only dreamed of playing, New Horizons offers a welcoming environment that offers you the chance to participate and progress at your own rate. Some 70 people already participate-and we have a mariachi band! Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays beginning August 29 at 5:30 p.m. for string ensembles and 6:30 p.m. for band. Groups perform at least two concerts each school year. All meetings are at the Bullard High School Band Room, 5445 N. Palm, Fresno. For more information, contact Archie Rader at 559-273-8309 or Archierader2@aol.com or Craig Erker at email@example.com.
Register through Fresno Adult School at www.fas.edu.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
There is a medical clinic for the homeless, actively injecting drug users and prostitutes every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or until the last patient is served. You can find them near Hughes and Olive Ave. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Marc Lasher and volunteers. Financial donations are accepted. For more information, call 266-0444.
Food Not Bombs feeds the hungry from 1 - 2 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park. If you would like to help them prepare the meal, they meet every Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church (1343 E. Barstow) at 10am. For more information email email@example.com or visit the official FNB website, foodnotbombs.net.
Most Saturdays there is a Fresno Free Bicycle Repair Clinic from 1- 3 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park, beside Food Not Bombs. Donations of bicycle parts, inner tubes, and blinky lights are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with minor repairs. For more info and to arrange donations, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
It’s Sawdust Sunday at Fresno Ideaworks. If you have an interest in woodworking, woodturning on a lathe, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join us. This is a good way to get some pointers on an existing project or gather information on how to get started in the exploration of the infinite possibilities of carpentry. This event is open to the public and requires no fees. Some experience is necessary for equipment use. No experience is necessary to explore the possibilities. Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St, Fresno. For more information on this event and what Fresno Ideaworks has to offer, go to http://www.fresnoideaworks.com.
First Wednesday of each month:
A Women in Black Silent Vigil takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fresno County Courthouse, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Show your support for peace and negotiated settlements of current U.S. military actions. Stand silently and advocate for peace. For more information, call 559-278-7140 or 559-225-2850. This vigil takes place the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:
A new Toastmasters club in Exeter meets twice a month. More info can be found on our site as well: http://exeter.toastmastersclubs.org, or send an e-mail to
The “Goodie Bag Project” is collecting small toiletry items brought home from hotels and vacations to provide gifts for women incarcerated in Central Valley Women’s Prisons. This is a collaborative effort of the CCWF Inmate Family Council, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Social Justice Committee, and the United Methodist Church of Merced. They are seeking sample/travel size bath gels, body soap, lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small combs and pocket sized packages of tissues (no food, candy, edibles, drinkables, mouthwash or anything containing alcohol). They are also collecting all kinds of greeting cards, wooden pencils and clear, colorless pens, as well as paper scratch pads and picture postcards. Items may be dropped off at the Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., south of McKinley, during open hours, M - F, 11 AM - 3 PM. Checks can be made out to "FCNV Prison Ministry - Goodie Bags," and mailed to the Center at the above address, or dropped off in person. Receipts will be given. All donations are tax-deductible. For additional information or to see if an item is allowable under prison rules, call Maria Telesco at 559-255-9492. Please remember all items must be SMALL.
Volunteers Needed: Collective for Arts, Freedom, and Ecology (CAFE) Fresno, whose mission is to provide a safe space for all people and provide programs and events that provide enrichment and information to Fresno and the Central Valley, is looking for volunteers, especially for Food Not Bombs, an organization that provides a nutritious meal to anybody that would like and need one. Food Not Bombs is in dire need of physical and financial help, and will accept anything that might go to waste that is still useful. This includes but is not limited to: clothing, toys, tools, and furniture. All of these items will be redistributed to others that need them. Food Not Bombs meets on Sundays at CAFE Infoshop (935 F. Street in Fresno) at noon sharp, to chop and cook until 3. At 3 p.m., they serve at the courthouse park. For more information call Vanessa at (559) 485-3937 or e-mail email@example.com.
Host an International High School Exchange Student
High school students from around the world come to the US to spend a year or a semester in American schools. Your family can learn about Germany, China, Finland, Italy, or another country by hosting a student. International Experience is a non-profit that helps you connect with an exchange student hoping to study abroad and invites you to share your home with a student who will become a part of your family. Students in the International Experience program must meet strict guidelines and complete multiple screenings in their home countries. During their stay they are covered by their own health insurance and provide their own spending money. These students want to come to the US to practice English and learn about our culture. As a host family, you simply provide a bed, family meals and invite your student to participate in your family’s traditions and introduce them to our American culture. To learn more about the opening your heart and home to an exchange student contact International Experience at 888-266-29 21. or visit ie-usa.com.
On Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. guitarist and singer/songwriter Steve Ono is hosting the Smugglers Open Mic Night. The Smuggler's lounge is like a large living room with a small PA set up in the corner. Listening will be encouraged. Musicians, singers and spoken word are all welcome. The content must be family friendly. Each guest artist will be playing 2 to 3 songs depending on the number of participants. Minors are allowed when accompanied by a responsible adult. Steve will play back up guitar or read sheet music (lead sheets preferred) for the artists on request. Steve Ono has been playing and teaching guitar in the Fresno/Clovis area for more than 35 years with hundreds of former students. The Smuggler's at the Park Inn is a full service restaurant with a full bar. There is a two drink minimum. Dinner is available. The restaurant is located at 3787 North Blackstone Avenue in Fresno. For information, call (559) 230-8450
The AMVETS Call of Duty Endowment Career Centers provide FREE career training and employment assistance to veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reserve members and spouses. For additional information please call 877-726-8387, once again that is 877-726-8387.
Fresno County Public Library is recruiting skilled volunteers to assist teens and parents fill out applications for college and financial aid. When schools are closed, rural students throughout the county often find it difficult to access materials and computers that can help with this milestone in a student’s life. The Fresno County Public Library not only provides a safe and welcoming environment for these students and families, but also has the needed technology and print materials to help them navigate the college and career path. Those with Spanish language skills are encouraged to apply. By becoming a College Prep Coach, volunteers will dedicate a few hours each week to help families unfamiliar with the task of completing important applications. "All students must have direct access to materials and technology to succeed in life,” says County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny. “By staffing several rural branches with trained volunteers, the Library’s College Prep Program will assist students and families with laying the groundwork for making college a reality.” If you would like to help a teen go to college visit http://www.fresnolibrary.org and click on the volunteer banner, or call Elizabeth Finkle at (559) 600-9230.
The Artists' Loft group at The Studio Community Center in North Fork presents an ongoing Arts & Crafts program of classes for young and old. The classes are affordable and help support The Studio. To view the calendar go to nfstudio.org. You can click on Artists' Loft @ The Studio from the Home page to learn more about the group.