KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 3/15/19

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Thursday, March 14th​​ through Saturday, March 16th

The 10th annual​​ Fresno State​​ Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas will take place March 14 through 16, featuring keynote addresses from novelist, educator and National Medal of Arts recipient Maxine Hong Kingston, and University of Southern California literary and cultural studies scholar Elda María Román. Román will deliver her keynote address at 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 15, followed by Kingston’s keynote address at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, both located in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Building Room 191). Both keynotes are free and open to the public. Parking costs $4 in lot P6. For more information, contact Dr. Samina Najmi at 559-278-1569.

 

Friday, March 15th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Helen James, lesbian veteran who was given and 'undesirable' discharge from the Air Force in 1955. In 2018 she finally was rewarded with an honorable discharge. ​​​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.

 

Friday, March 15th

Cineculture will screen the film “Saint Judy​​ with discussant: Dimitry Portnoy (Screenwriter). ​​ Directed by Sean Hanish, Saint Judy tells the true story of Los Angeles immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the United States law of asylum and saved countless lives in the process. In a 1994 landmark case, one of her first as an immigration lawyer, Judy Wood represented an Afghani woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. After a tenacious battle both in and out of court, Judy's efforts culminated in arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where she fought to include women as a protected class. By winning the case, Ms. Wood single-handedly changed the law of asylum nationwide – saving the lives of not only her client, but thousands of other female refugees who would have been sent back to their home countries where they faced certain death.​​ To see more visit the film website:​​ https://www.bluefoxentertainment.com/films/saint-judy. ​​ This screening is sponsored by the​​ Center for Creativity and the Arts. ​​ 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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, March 15th

The​​ "FPU Spring Invitational Concert" by Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band with Jefferson Charter Academy Senior Band and Edison High School Wind Ensemble, takes place at 7:30 p.m.​​ ​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission, payable at the door,​​ or​​ free to FPU community (including Alumni ID cardholders). ​​​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, March 15th

Disney's Darby O'Gill & The Little​​ People screens​​ at​​ the​​ Historic Crest Theater. ​​ A touch O'Blarney... a heap O'Magic and A LOAD O'LAUGHTER! ​​​​ Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, Walt Disney’s classic Irish tale returns to the big screen for one night only.

Doors open at 7 and the film screens at 8 p.m. ​​ Tickets​​ are only $6. ​​ Advance tickets are available at​​ BrownPaperTickets.com. ​​ 

 

Friday, March 15th

The community is invited to hear one of the world's foremost scholars in the field of the Armenian genocide, Dr. Taner Akçam, speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union. In his talk, "The Denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Killing Letter of Talat Pasha", Akçam will present his new book “The Killing Order" and discuss his recent research in the area of the Armenian genocide. Akçam's book will be on sale for $40 at the presentation. Admission is free and parking is free in lots P15 and P6. The talk is co-sponsored by the Knights of Vartan, Yeprad Lodge.​​ 

 

Friday, March 15th

Screenwriter Dimitry Portnoy will host a discussion following the CineCulture screening of “Saint Judy” at 5:30 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Building Room 191). “Saint Judy” tells the true story of Los Angeles immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the United States law of asylum and saved countless lives in the process. In a 1994 landmark case, Wood represented an Afghan woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. After a tenacious battle both in and out of court, Wood fought to include women as a protected class. Parking is free in lots P3 and P2. The screening is sponsored by the Fresno State Center for Creativity and the Arts.

 

Saturday, March 16th

The Annual Sierra Club Potluck Banquet​​ takes place at​​ 5:00​​ p.m. at the​​ Big Red Church,​​ 2131 N Van Ness Blvd. in Fresno. ​​ Keynote speaker Keith Berghold, retired city planner and current Executive Director of Fresno Metro Ministry, will present "Sustainability, Walkability, and Economic Growth in Fresno City Planning," He will discuss incorporating environmental values in urban development and share insights into what it's like to promote values such as sustainability, smart planning, and resilience to climate change from inside the government. Keith will also share his work with Fresno Metro Ministry and inform about the Better Blackstone project and it's potential for transformation. ​​​​ This is a potluck dinner, so bring a dish to share: main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert. ​​​​ A​​ $2 donation requested to help defray costs. Join them! Learn about the city and region we call home, and share some good eating.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 16th

The Central Valley Justice Coalition is hosting a High Tea Party from 10:30 a.m. to noon at​​ Peoples Church,​​ 7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno. ​​ Enjoy fair trade teas and tasty treats and learn about human trafficking and conscious consumerism. ​​ There will also be a fancy hat competition and silent auction. ​​ Tickets are $35 for adults or $20 for children, and can be purchased at justiceco.org. ​​ 

 

Saturday, March 16th

Fresno’s favorite songstress is back at Bitwise with a show for the ages! Join Hope Garcia as she slays three decades of tunes. Hear your favorite Motown jams from the 60s and 70s, plus the grooviest 80s songs delivered with Garcia’s playful sass and powerhouse vocals. ​​​​ Garcia developed her musical chops singing in her father’s church. As a teenager, she sang at family events and parties before performing with names such as Stevie Wonder, Jon B, and Carolyn Dennis. You can find her headlining shows around the region with Central Valley-born band, Mezcal, 90s hip-hop, R&B group, The Box, and the Tulare County Symphony. ​​​​ Garcia will tear the roof off Bitwise South Stadium on Saturday, March 16. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. Stop by early to grab a drink and some delicious grub – just don’t forget your dancing shoes! ​​​​ Bitwise is located at​​ 700 Van Ness Ave, Fresno. ​​ Tickets are​​ $15​​ and can be purchased in advance at​​ www.eventbrite.com.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 16th

The community is invited as the Fresno State Wind Orchestra and the Fresno Pacific University Wind Ensemble perform at the 40th annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival Gala Concert at 8 p.m. in the Fresno State Concert Hall. The joint ensembles will perform under the batons of conductors Dr. Eric Leung, assistant professor of music at Fresno Pacific, and Dr. Gary P. Gilroy, professor of music at Fresno State. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for faculty and staff, $10 for seniors and $5 for students with ID. Reservations are encouraged. Parking is free in lot P1.

 

Sunday, March 17th

The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State will hold its 31st annual banquet at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Fort Washington Country Club (10272 N. Milbrook Ave.). The banquet will feature special guest H. E. Dr. Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia. More than 50 student recipients of Armenian Studies scholarships and grants for 2018-19 will be recognized at the banquet, along with students who are graduating with a minor in Armenian Studies. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $25 for students and faculty. Reservations for tables of 10 are also being accepted. For more information about the banquet or to purchase tickets, please contact the​​ Armenian Studies Program at 559-278-2669.

 

Sunday, March 17th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization will be celebrating World Meditation Day monthly World Meditation Day from​​ 5:30 - 7 :00 pm​​ at 7319 N. 4th St, Fresno.​​ 

The​​ theme will be​​ Silence & Quietness. ​​ Learn how to strengthen your meditation so that you can control when, where, & how you make your way to the Divine. Sitting in the​​ lap of God gives you tremendous peace of mind, so that you enjoy your silent time in meditation. ​​​​ Refreshments will be served afterwards. ​​​​ Come & enjoy the Silence!

 

Tuesday, March 19th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno presents​​ Char-shanbeh souri (fire ceremony) at 7:00​​ p.m. at the​​ Unitarian Universalist Church,​​ 2672 E. Alluvial Ave Fresno. ​​ For more information, call​​ (559)​​ 709-3851​​ or go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.com.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 19th

Fresno Pacific University is offering​​ "Anti-Human Trafficking Training (HT 101)."​​ FPU’s​​ Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University hosts the Central Valley Justice Coalition to present part one of this two-part workshop in AIMS Center, WEC 114, on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. This is a perquisite for the second event March 26th.​​ The cost is​​ $20 general admission, $15​​ for​​ students. Register at justiceco.org/ht101​​ or to​​ Jeanette.jaurena@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Thursday, March 21st

The Fresno Center for Non-Violence will screen the film​​ “American Pastime,” a 2007 film set in the Topaz War Relocation Center, a Utah prison camp which held thousands of people during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. ​​ While the film is a dramatic narrative, it is based on true events and depicts life inside the incarceration camps, where baseball was one of the major diversions from the reality of the internees’ lives. ​​ It won the ‘audience favorite’ in 2007 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. ​​​​ It will screen​​ at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA 93728 (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).​​ ​​ The discussant at both showings will be Kerry Yo Nakagawa who was part of the film as a producer, actor, behind the scenes filmmaker, author and historian. This event is free and open to the public​​ and the venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information you can call the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday between​​ 11-3.

 

Thursday, March 21st​​ through Saturday, March 23rd

Emma,​​ a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's novel,​​ is​​ the spring mainstage production at Fresno Pacific University.​​ ​​ Performances all three nights take place at the​​ Encore Amphitheater, outdoors on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $14 general admission, $10​​ for​​ seniors and students,​​ $8​​ for​​ FPU faculty/staff and alumni card holders,​​ or​​ $5​​ for​​ FPU students.​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-5866​​ or go to​​ http://www.fpu.edu/events/theater.​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd

Cineculture will screen the film “World Water Day Film: Three Short Films: Silent River, Sea of Troubles & 3rd short film,” with discussant​​ Jason Jaacks (Director & Producer of Silent River and Sea of Troubles). ​​ The Santiago River, known locally as "the River of Death," flows along the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. For forty years, waste from one of Mexico’s largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies in the corridor – such as IBM, HP, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and​​ Nestlé – are American and Japanese. Therefore. this river has become a sewer with over 1000 known chemicals, including dangerously high levels of arsenic, chrome, and lead. Silent River by Jason Jaacks follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save the one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. ​​​​ To ​​ view the trailer, go to​​ https://vimeo.com/92161097.​​ In Sea Of Troubles, over the last three years we witnessed some of the strangest conditions ever seen off the West Coast of the United States. What happens next? Was this just a weird few years, an anomaly in the normal flux of ocean conditions? Or was this a shift that we will look back on, decades from now, and point to as the beginning of a different era? Join an oceanographer and a paleo-climatologist from the Bodega Marine Laboratory on the northern California coast ponder what's next for the world's largest ocean. ​​​​ The​​ Sea of Troubles​​ trailer​​ is at​​ ​​ https://vimeo.com/165175649. ​​ Sponsors​​ of this screening are the​​ Center for Creativity and the Arts and The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. ​​ 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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd

Spectrum Art Gallery will host a fine​​ art​​ photography​​ exhibition​​ by Steven Dzerigian​​ called​​ "Trail of Stones: My Path in Photography." ​​​​ There will be a​​ Friday Photography​​ Live: Discussion & Book Launch sponsored by Dan & Peggy Dunklee​​ at the Gallery on March 22nd​​ at 7:00 p.m.​​ at the Gallery which is located at 608 East Olive Avenue, Fresno. ​​ "TRAIL OF STONES: My Path in Photography” is a book of his photographs. Steve Dzerigian has taught photography for many years, touching the lives of over five thousand students. His is a journey with which any creative person and lover of photography will identify. This unique book is a remarkable combination of exultation, intuition, and struggle in search of the subtle, the profound, the unusual, and the spiritual. Dzerigian has been guided by contemporary life and that of ancient cultures. A split and fallen tree, an alignment of rocks, or a creamy white, pillared basement in Guatemala are all spiritual self-portraits. “Trail of Stones: My Path in Photography” is a visual autobiography into the realm of “seeing,” and how an artist not only captures a photograph, but what is going on inside his head. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ http://www.spectrumphotogallery.org.​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd

The World Music Series co-sponsored by The Philip Lorenz Keyboard Concerts and Orpheus Chamber Music Ensemble present The Arohi Ensemble performing Raga-Jazz. ​​​​ Led by Paul Livingstone, Los Angeles based sitarist and one of the few American disciples Ravi Shankar, the raga-jazz of the group weaves the melodically and rhythmically intricate rhythms of Indian ragas and the counterpoint of chamber music into a unique sound, all in the spirit of improvisation. These virtuosi from the US, Venezuela and India collaborate in a fascinating synthesis of global music traditions: Indian classical music, Western classical music and Jazz. ​​​​ The concert takes place at 8:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall on the CSUF Campus. ​​ Admission is​​ $25 general,​​ $18​​ for​​ seniors and​​ $5​​ for​​ students. ​​ For more information, please call 278-2337 or 289-6753

 

Saturday, March 23rd

Join members of the Reedley Peace Center for a gathering at Blossom Bluff Orchards hosted by Fran and Ted Loewen at their farm at 17564 E. Clayton in Parlier. ​​ For those wanting to arrive early and walk around, you can arrive at 9 a.m. ​​ Coffee and donuts will be served at 10 with presentations starting at 10:30 including Dorothy Boldt on “A Little Local History,” Fred Smeds on “Trees,” and Bryce Loewen on Blossom Bluff Orchards. ​​ At 1 p.m. there will be a Mediterranean lunch catered by Kabob City (with a vegetarian optin), followed by music by Fresno Folklorica from 2-3, and a farm walk from 3-4 p.m. ​​ The $30 cost includes lunch and the program. ​​ Please RVSP by 3/15/19 and plan on bringing a dessert or salty snack to share. ​​ For tickets or information, contact Carol Krehbiel at 637-9098 or 903-4439. To purchase tickets by mail, make out your check to The First Mennonite Church with the memo “Reedley Peace Center,” and send it to Carol Krehbiel, PO Box 905, Reedley, CA ​​ 93654.

 

Sunday, March 24th​​ 

"Steal Away Home," Fresno State's Coro Piccolo sings "The Journey of Harriet Tubman" with the Fresno Pacific University Women's Chorale and Quintus of Fresno Community Chorus. ​​ The event takes place at​​ 2:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Hope Lutheran Church, 364 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $15.​​ ​​ This event is sponsored by Fresno Community Chorus.​​ ​​ For more information​​ call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Monday, March 25th

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, will be the next speaker to visit Fresno State for the President’s Lecture Series. ​​​​ Forbes, who twice campaigned for the Republican nomination for the presidency (in 1996 and 2000), writes opinion pieces for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment." ​​​​ His latest book, “Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity,” co-authored with Elizabeth Ames, came out in December. ​​​​ “An Evening of Insights with Steve Forbes” will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Save Mart Center. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session from 7 to 7:30 p.m., facilitated by Dr. Robert M. Harper, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. ​​​​ The appearance is co-sponsored by The Fresno Bee, Valley PBS, KSEE24 and KMJ News Talk Radio. ​​​​ This free event is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m.​​ ​​ Parking at the Save Mart Center will be free. ​​​​ For more information or for disability accommodations, call 559-278-2324.

 

Tuesday, March 26th

Part two of Fresno Pacific University’s​​ "Anti-Human Trafficking Training (HT 201),"​​ wotj FPU’s​​ Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University hosting​​ the Central Valley Justice Coalition to present the conclusion of this two-part workshop in AIMS Center, WEC 114, on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. HT 101 on March 19 is the perquisite for this event.​​ ​​ The cost is​​ $20 general admission, $15​​ for​​ students. Register at justiceco.org/ht201​​ or email​​ Jeanette.jaurena@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Wednesday, March 27th

The “Beating Guns​​ Tour​​ will​​ visit Fresno during its 35 City tour to Turn Weapons into Farm Tools. ​​ Activist Shane Claiborne and Gun Re-Purposer Mike Martin and friends are launching a thirty-five-city Beating Guns Tour in March 2019. Each of these events will feature a live transformation of a gun into a garden tool. The events will also feature speakers, music, and stories. ​​​​ The Fresno event takes place​​ from 6:00-8:00pm at Butler Church, 4884 E Butler Avenue, Fresno. ​​ Reserve your FREE tickets now for (Fresno or any of the other 30+ cities)​​ by going to​​ https://www.beatingguns.com/tour.​​ 

 

Thursday, March 28th

The all​​ new 2019​​ edition of Garden Bros. Circus is coming! ​​​​ This year’s show is packed with breathtaking special effects, concert style sound and lighting and 3​​ rings​​ bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will always cherish. ​​ The very best performers from over 22 countries make up this action jammed, fast paced 100 minute performance in a Theatrical European 3​​ ring​​ setting, featuring the Chinese Acrobats, Daring Aerial Artists, elephants, 6 Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Racing camels performing with the largest and smallest horses on​​ earth, Contortionists, the funniest Clowns, Jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talent, not enough room to list anymore!!!

There will also be a Kids Fun Zone where children can​​ ride an elephant, a camel, a circus pony, a giant slide, or a bouncy house and the whole family can get their face painted like Spiderman. ​​ Come hungry cause there’s plenty of food. Free Children’s Tickets have been distributed to area elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers, fast food, convenience stores, salons and large employers. ​​​​ The circus will perform at​​ Selland Arena,​​ 848 M Street Fresno. ​​ Show times​​ are​​ 4:30​​ and​​ 7:30​​ p.m.​​ The first 100 Adult Tickets sold online are only $12.50 at​​ www.GardenBrosCircus.com.​​  ​​​​ 

 

Thursday, March 28th

6:30 p.m.​​ Fresno Pacific University will host as part of its​​ "Edmund Janzen Lectureship"​​ program, speaker Kara Lyons-Pardue, Ph.D., associate professor at Point Loma Nazarene University,​​ who​​ will explore Jesus' interaction with women in the Book of Mark. ​​​​ The event takes place at the​​ BC Lounge on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ There will be a dessert reception​​ at​​ 6:30 p.m.,​​ with the​​ lecture​​ at​​ 7:00 p.m.​​ This event is free.​​ ​​ E-mail​​ Quentin.kinnision@fresno.edu​​ for more information.

 

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​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.

 

Friday, March 29th​​ and Saturday, March 30th

Save the date for the Rural Justice Summit which takes place on March 29th​​ at UC Merced and March 30th​​ at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, sponsored by the California Institute for Rural Studies. ​​ For more information, go to​​ http://mail.cirsinc.org/34-home/home.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 30th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno presents a​​ Nowruz program​​ with​​ Ballet Afsaneh and Nejat Music Ensemble at​​ 7:30 Pm Unitarian Universalist Church,​​ 2672 E. Alluvial Ave Fresno. ​​ For more information, call​​ (559)​​ 709-3851​​ or go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.com.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 31st

Nominations are now being accepted for Fresno County’s 2019 Mother​​ of the Year. The winner will be honored at the 77th Annual Mother of the Year Luncheon hosted​​ by the Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce​​ on Friday, May 10th​​ from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ​​​​ The nomination deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2019. A selection committee will choose the winner​​ in early April. ​​​​ Nominees must:

● Be a resident of Fresno County for at least 5 years.

● Have at least 1 child that reached the age of 18 years or older (biological or adopted).

● Be (or have been) active in the community.

● Be available to attend the 77th Annual Mother of the Year Luncheon on May 10,

In the electronic application, nominators are asked to describe how the nominee exhibits the​​ following qualifications:

● Being a successful mother. This is evidenced by the character, achievements and

 ​​ ​​​​ well-balanced lives of her children.

● Embodying the positive traits regarded in mothers: courage, cheerfulness, patience,

 ​​ ​​​​ affection, kindness, understanding and homemaking ability.

● Exhibiting conduct that exemplifies “the Golden Rule”

● Having a sense of responsibility in civic affairs, religious and/or service organizations

● Being active in service for public good.

Nominations must include at least 1 supporting letter from a family member, at least 1 letter from​​ a professional reference, and at least 1 supporting letter from a civic or service organization. ​​​​ These letters may express details such as obstacles that have been overcome, community​​ contributions, achievements, and more. ​​​​ Nominations will include the supporting letters, digital photos and the electronic nomination​​ form. Full details and the online application can be found at:​​ http://bit.ly/FCWCC_MOYEvent.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 31st

Emma, a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, is the spring mainstage production at Fresno Pacific University. ​​​​ It will be performed at​​ 2:00 p.m.​​ at the​​ Encore Amphitheater, outdoors on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $14 general admission, $10​​ for​​ seniors and students, $8​​ for​​ FPU faculty/staff and alumni card holders,​​ and​​ $5​​ for​​ FPU students.​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-5866​​ or go to​​ www.fpu.edu/events/theater.​​ 

 

Tuesday, April 2nd

"Fresno Pacific University Choral Spectacular," in partnership with Clovis Unified School District, the FPU Chamber Choir and San Joaquin Chorale,​​ takes place at 7 p.m. at the​​ Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $15 general admission, $10​​ for the​​ FPU community (including alumni cardholders), $5​​ for​​ students through high school.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ https://www.fresno.edu/events/music>.​​ 

 

Friday, April 5th

There will be a​​ Presentation/Book Signing​​ by Joel Pickford​​ for his​​ Fresno Art Museum​​ exhibit “Soul Calling, A Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora,” at the Fresno Art Museum from noon to 3 p.m. ​​ Eight years in the making, this photographic journey through the Hmong Diaspora was conceived by photographer, author, and documentarian Joel Pickford. It highlights the stories of the Hmong community in Laos, their journeys to the United States and the San Joaquin Valley, and their integration into American culture and society. ​​​​ The Presentation and book signing is from​​ 5:30 to 7:00 pm​​ at​​ The Barn at the River Center,​​ San Joaquin River​​ Parkway and Conservation Trust,​​ 11605 Old​​ Friant Road in Fresno.

 

Friday, April 5th

Cineculture will screen the film “Tia and Piujuq” with discussant Marie-Hélène Cousineau (Producer and script writer). ​​ Inuk (or Eskimo) throat singer Lucy Tulugarjuk makes her directorial film debut with this lovely tale from Northern Canada. Shot in Montreal, Canada, and the island of Igloolik, in Nunavut, Canada’s newest, largest and northernmost territory, where the director grew up, the film Tia and Piujuq tells the unlikely and burgeoning friendship between two ten-year old girls. Piujuq is a bored and lonely young Inuk, and Tia, a Syrian refugee whose sad life takes a dramatic turn when she finds a magical portal that transports her to Canada’s Arctic tundra where Piujuq lives. Together, the two girls discover a world of magic and Inuit stories that heal Tia’s spirit and her soul until their blossoming friendship is threatened by a mysterious character. “Through the eyes of these two girls, we perceive the similarities that unite them beyond their linguistic and cultural differences, their affection for each other and also their desire to be free and adventurous.” This charming film is for everyone: adults and children alike who believe in the power of imagination. ​​ In French, Inuktitut, Arabic and English, with English subtitles. ​​ The film website​​ is​​ www.imaginenative.org/2018-tia-and-piujuq/. ​​​​ To see the trailer, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPy19sgVzQE. ​​ Sponsors​​ of this screening are the French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures. ​​ 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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, April 5th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ John Austin on the topic​​ of​​ How Our Climate Has Changed in the Central Valley. ​​​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.

 

Friday, April 5th​​ and Saturday, April 6th

Derek Carr, among other acclaimed speakers, will speak at The Altar Conference, a worship event to be held April 5 through April 6, at the Save Mart Center. The Altar Conference is a worship conference that will promote family, community and prosperity​​ in the Central Valley. Featured speakers also include Mattie Montgomery, Heidi Baker, Corey Russell, Damon Thompson and Francis Chan. The event will feature musical performances from Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Bryan and Katie Torwalt, Nikki Mathis and the Summit Sounds. Registration is $20 for both days, and is available at www.thealtarconference.com.​​ For more information, call 559-278-3400.

 

Saturday, April 6th

You are invited to celebrate 100 years of the Fresno Historical Society in the finest tradition of Jay Gatsby. ​​ At​​ their​​ Centennial Gala, the landmark Kearney Mansion and grounds will be transformed into the lush and splendid venue that is a cultural touchstone of that bygone era… champagne and crystal, rhinestones and pearls and plumage, whimsy and revelry, lively dancing from shimmy to burlesque, astonishing high-wire entertainments and magic, an array of epicurean delights, casino tables and a kaleidoscope of libations, a warm and welcoming historic home and veranda to investigate and, for those who wish to party like it’s 1919, a secret speakeasy.​​ ​​ The event is from​​ 7:30 pm to 11:45 pm​​ at​​ Kearney Mansion,​​ 7160 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno. ​​ Tickets start at​​ $65​​ and can be purchased on-line at​​ https://store.valleyhistory.org/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=171.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 6th​​ and Sunday, April 7th

"Hansel & Gretel," Fresno Pacific University Vocal Performance Workshop student vocal ensemble,​​ will be performed at 7 p.m. both days at​​ St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $10 for adults; $5​​ for​​ students, seniors, faculty, staff, alumni. Tickets available in the Music Office (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday), or at the door. ​​​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Tuesday, April 9th

The Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust will hold a science and environmental reporting seminar featuring one of the top science reporters in the country, Deborah Blum. The former Fresno Bee reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver her keynote speech “Science Journalism in the Age of Mistrust” at a science and environmental reporting seminar at 6 p.m.​​ at the Peters Education Center Auditorium in the Student Recreation Center. ​​ The program is free and open to the public. Parking is $4 in lots P3, P2 or P5. ​​​​ The seminar will also feature a panel of top science journalists and a representative from the scientific community discussing the challenges of covering science and environmental issues in today’s divided political environment. Panelists include Bill Manny, a science journalist for Idaho Public Television; Mark Grossi, a longtime Fresno science and environmental writer; Kerry Klein, of Valley Public Radio, who has a science and journalism background; and Dr. Joy Goto, who chairs the Chemistry Department at Fresno State.

 

Tuesday, April 9th

Fresno Pacific University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the​​ door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, April 12th

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program at Fresno State will host its 20th annual Harry Specht Memorial Child Welfare Symposium, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Palace Banquet Hall (2625 W. Vassar Ave.). The symposium “Lessening Trauma’s Hold in Today’s World: Confronting Trauma in Professional Practice” will feature keynote speaker, Tonier Cain, internationally recognized trauma care expert and founder of Healing Neen. Other speakers and panelists include Dr. Iran Barrera, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work Education; Dr. Kizzy Lopez, assistant professor of social work at Fresno Pacific University; and Brian Semsen Sr., director of recreational resilience programs at Every Neighborhood Partnership. ​​ Registration is $90 per person. For more information or to register, contact the Title IV-E program at 559-278-3076.

 

Friday, April 12th

Cineculture will screen the film “Violeta Al Fin” with discussant​​ Hilda Hidalgo Xirinachs (Director). ​​ Directed by Costa Rican filmmaker Hilda Hidalgo Xirinachs, Violeta Al Fin tells the story of Violeta, a 72 year-old woman, who lives alone in her childhood home in the heart of San Jose, Costa Rica, after divorcing her husband of more than forty years. She tends to her lush tropical garden and makes plans to turn her property into a boarding house. When she discovers the bank is about to take away her house, she decides to fight and breaks all the rules to hold onto her home and her freedom. In Spanish with English subtitles.​​ To see the film trailer, you can go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGqnATWRu5c. ​​ This screening was sponsored by the Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies. ​​ 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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday. April 12th

"Big Music Small Space," Fresno Pacific University Chamber Winds, Pacific Brass and Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet,​​ performs at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Lanna Coffee Co., 617 Broadway St., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or to go​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, April 12th

“The Experience”​​ with Eva Scow​​ will be playing hits from Motown, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Soul! ​​​​ Combining a love of jazz, soul, and Brazilian music, the Experience was formed in the summer of '10 with one goal: to play and create exceptional music. The Experience deliver a live performance that captivates. They lay down the foundation and weave an intimate synergy creating a sound experience that breaks new ground but stays irrepressibly melodic and accessible. ​​​​ They will be performing at the Toca Madera Winery at 36140 Ave. 9 in Madera from 7-10 p.m. ​​ The event features live​​ music and dancing, with Jamaican food available from the​​ Kerribb Flava​​ food truck on site. ​​ Doors open at 7, and general​​ admission​​ is​​ $10​​ (no outside food or drink allowed). ​​ Cash and debit/credit cards will be accepted.

 

Saturday, April 13th​​ 

The Carlos Vieira Foundation is proud to host the San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival presented by PFSA, the “Portuguese Fraternal Society of America.” The celebration is open to​​ all​​ people to come discover the culture and heritage of the Portuguese people and honor their contributions to the San Joaquin Valley and the state of California. The Festival will be held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, from 9:00 am to midnight. ​​​​ This family-friendly event will showcase traditional Portuguese dancing, music, and cuisine. ​​ The Festival will be kicked off by a traditional Portuguese Parade followed by plenty of activities including folklore performances, bloodless bullfight demonstrations, philharmonic performances, Chamarita (Portuguese traditional dance) lessons, a Portuguese bazaar, traditional Portuguese games, a cultural exhibit, carnival rides, and plenty of Portuguese food and craft vendors. Other activities will include a wine and cheese tasting area and a Portuguese Beans cooking contest! The festival will also include performances by the Portuguese Kids Comedy Show and Eratoxica (Portuguese rock band). ​​ The highlight of the festival will be the live performance of Portugal’s very own, Roberto Leal! ​​ They​​ are currently looking for parade entries, philharmonic bands, folklore groups, Portuguese food and craft vendors, cultural exhibit items, and contestants for the Portuguese Beans cooking contest. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in participating in this festival, please contact us as soon as possible to secure your spot! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit SJVportuguesefestival.com. For questions, contact (209) 394-1444 or info@carlosvieirafoundation.org.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 13th

Fresno Pacific University Alumni Choir Concert​​ takes place at​​ 4:00 p.m.​​ at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ This concert is free,​​ but​​ donations​​ will be​​ accepted.​​ ​​ For information, call 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 17th

What do the rocks tell us about the geological origins of our Sierra Nevada? Come join local Sierra Club activist Bob Turner as he presents an illustrated lecture on the Geology of the Sierra Nevada at the April 17th​​ general meeting of the Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter. Bob is a retired high school physics and geology teacher who earned a degree in geology from the University of California Berkeley. He has also worked as a government geologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Whether you are an avid hiker or a casual tourist, if you are interested in how the Range of Light came to its current form, come see​​ this informative presentation, “Our Landscape in Deep Time - Geology of the Sierra Nevada.” ​​ Join​​ Sierra Club​​ at 7​​ p.m.​​ at the UC Merced Center, 550 E Shaw Ave, Fresno (between First and Fresno, across from Fashion Fair).

 

Wednesday, April 17th

Pacific Bronze Handbell Choir and the​​ Fresno Pacific University student ensemble​​ will perform at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Ashley Auditorium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 17th

Central Valley Movement Building will host its first All Partner Convening for the new year. Join​​ them​​ for community conversation to address broad systemic and transformative changes, by increasing awareness and engagement and school discipline reform in a healthy school environment. ​​​​ Central Valley Movement Building is a coalition of community based organizations in the Central Valley working to expose and dismantle the school to prison pipeline in Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin,​​ Stanislaus, and Tulare county. ​​​​ For more information, or to RSVP, go to​​ https://cvmb.org/rsvpmaker-type/partner-event/.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 17th

The Central Valley Education Justice Forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Falls Event Center,​​ 4105 W Figarden Dr, Fresno. ​​ Did you know that the Central Valley has the highest rates of in-and-out of school suspensions of all the regions and counties in California that disproportionately impacts the poor, students with disabilities, LGBTQ youth and youth of color? How shall we critically examine the school to prison pipeline that cuts off students from the positive interactions of schools and funnels our students from school to the juvenile and adult criminal justice system and pushes them to prison?

The school to prison pipeline is related to “Zero-Tolerance” policies, their police-based enforcement, and to failing schools that are overcrowded, inadequately resourced, and highly segregated. Rather than creating an atmosphere of learning, engagement and opportunity, current educational practices and policies have increasingly blurred the distinction between school and jail and have increased the risk of students being suspended, expelled and/or arrested at school. ​​​​ The Central Valley Education Justice Forum offers a unique space for networking and collaboration to address broad systemic and transformative changes by increasing awareness and engagement in school discipline reform and redefining a healthy school environment. ​​​​ The Conference aims to draw together youth, parents, and community members from throughout the nine Central Valley counties of Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare county to advance equity and justice as a form of movement building. ​​​​ Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) is a coalition of community based organizations in the Central Valley working to expose and dismantle the school to prison pipeline in Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare County. ​​​​ CVMB is also a member of Dignity in Schools Campaign California (DSC CA) whose goal is to end the School-to-Prison pipeline and to radically embrace and fight for truly safe, holistic, and healing schools for all. ​​​​ Youth, parents, community members from Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare County are invited to attend and participate in the forum. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.​​ ​​ The conference will be held at the Falls Event Center in Fresno, CA and​​ participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. ​​​​ For more information about the Central Valley Movement Building please go to our website: www.cvmb.org or email us at: cvmbconnector@gmail.com. Also, for more information about the Dignity in School Campaign, California go to the website:​​ https://dignityinschools-ca.org/.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 20th

Earth Day Fresno​​ return to Radio Park on April 20th, 2019 for another Earth Day Celebration.​​ It will feature food,​​ Green Vendors, a​​ Bike Show, Live Entertainment,​​  ​​ ​​​​ Educational Exhibits​​ and​​ Children's Activities. ​​ For information, go to​​ http://www.earthdayfresno.org.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 24th

Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Thursday, April 25th

"Crescendudes and​​ Women's Chorale 'Pops' Concert"​​ will be performed by the​​ Fresno Pacific University student vocal ensembles​​ at 7:30 p.m. at the​​ Ashley Auditorium, McDonald Hall, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, April 26th

Cineculture presents a screening of the film “The Zookeepers Wife” with discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl. ​​ This is the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.​​ Sponsors of this screening are the Jewish Studies Program and​​ the Jewish Studies Association. Trailer: go to​​ www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7AEQXKQi6A&app=desktop.​​ 

The screening is at​​ 5:00 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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, April 26th

"Crosswind-An Evening of Praise & Worship"​​ will be performed by the​​ Fresno Pacific University student music ensemble​​ at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ This concert is free.​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

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

The workshop “Innovation Workshop for Managers and Professionals"​​ will take place at the​​ Fresno Pacific University School of Business, FPU Visalia Campus, 245 N. Plaza Dr., Visalia. Len Ferman, Ferman Innovation, former senior vice president of innovation and ideation at the Bank of America, now a faculty member at the University of North Florida, will teach skills to develop innovative products, services and operations.​​ The cost is​​ $500. Register at​​ https://ce.fresno.edu/InnovationWorkshop.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 27th

The Fresno Art Museum staff and Board of Trustees partner with craft cocktail purveyor Lucy's Lounge to present The Grand Gatsby Speakeasy: Casino Night at the Museum, a fun and lively fundraiser to be hosted on the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7 to 11 pm. The event will take place throughout the Museum and Sculpture Garden, incorporating gaming tables, specialty craft cocktails, a cigar bar, passed light hors d'oeuvres, silent films, and musical entertainment with a 1920s flair. ​​​​ The Fresno Art Museum will be transformed into 1920s period rooms, so come in costume to complete the experience! ​​​​ Guests purchase casino chips and play roulette, blackjack, and other traditional casino games. Winning chips can then be redeemed throughout the evening for raffle tickets or drinks. ​​​​ Lucy's Lounge, a leader in the Valley's craft cocktail movement, enlists some of Fresno's top mixologists to serve up traditional and custom-crafted specialty drinks. Beer, wine, and specialty non-alcoholic options will also be available. ​​​​ To add to the speakeasy vibe, Perfect Blend Fine Cigars will be situated outdoors in the Museum's gorgeous Sculpture Garden. Folks will be able to order an Old Fashioned, purchase a quality cigar, and support the museum all at the same time.

The ticket price is $40 per person and includes casino chips to get people started. Go to https://fresnoartmuseumgatsby.eventbrite.com. Until March 20, 2019, save $10 per ticket with the promo code FAMPROMO. ​​​​ Those guests dressed in full 1920s costumes will get fun perks at the door! ​​​​ See fresnoartmuseum.org/gatsby/​​ for any updates.

 

Saturday, April 27th

Join Red Cross in making homes safer from home fires in Fresno, April 27th! ​​​​ The American Red Cross is calling for people across the country to volunteer their time and talents to service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions during our second annual Sound the Alarm, Save a Life smoke alarm campaign. ​​​​ Join​​ them​​ on Saturday, April 27th for an impactful, fun, and simple way for volunteers from all walks of life to work together to provide a solution to a devastating national problem: home fires. Seven times a day in the United States, someone dies in a home fire and every 40 minutes a fire-related injury is reported. While home fires are the most common disaster facing Americans today, they are also the most preventable. Simply having a working smoke alarm in the home, reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%! ​​​​ The Red Cross continues its mission to reduce fire​​ related deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25% within 5 years. Through the campaign's Install Events, the Red Cross teams up with Fire Departments, local partners, businesses, community groups, and amazing volunteers like you to install free smoke alarms and provide preparedness education to fellow residents throughout our community. ​​​​ Volunteers will be organized into teams and will spend the day installing smoke alarms and educating residents on how to create an escape plan. ​​​​ Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing for walking outdoors.

Drinks, snacks, and lunch will be provided. ​​​​ Sign up to participate at soundthealarm.org or contact Taylor Poisall for more information at​​ taylor.poisall2@redcross.org.​​ 

The event takes place​​ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fresno High School Cafeteria,​​ 1839 N Echo Ave Fresno. ​​ 

 

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.​​ 

 

Sunday, April 28th

"Fresno Pacific University Chamber Choir Home Concert"​​ takes place at 4 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, May 3rd

Cineculture will screen the film “En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day)” with discussant: Adela Santana. ​​ En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day), a fiction feature from director Jim McKay, follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain - young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. If he doesn't work, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed. Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, En el Séptimo Día is a humane, sensitive and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges and small triumphs of its characters. In Spanish and English with Bi-Lingual subtitles.​​ To view the trailer, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYg3mAJTWSE. ​​ This screening is sponsored by the Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies. ​​ 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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, May 4th

Central California SPCA is​​ partnering with Fresno’s Airways Golf Course for their​​ first-ever golf tournament at Airways. More details to come, but for now, start spreading the word! This event will be open to ALL — including families and kids. We’ll even have adoptable animals available! ​​​​ Event sponsorships are being sought, so if you know anybody who might be interested, here’s the info you need: (559) 291-6254 or email​​ proshop@airways.golf.​​ ​​ All proceeds from Dog Days at the Airways will help provide food, shelter, and veterinary care to the more than 26,000 animals who come through our open doors every year, and will assist us in placing these animals in safe, loving, forever homes. ​​​​ Additional information can be found by going to​​ https://www.airways.golf/event/2019/05/ccspca-bring-your-dog-to-airways.

 

Saturday, May 18th​​ and Sunday, May 19th

One Tribe Global presents the 4th Goddess in the Garden Faire & Festival on May 18 and 19, 2019, open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. This free family friendly event, which will be held at Sierra Meadows in Ahwahnee CA, close to Yosemite National Park, allows attendees to celebrate Spring, experience conscious community, play with other like-minded people and, if they so choose, embody and express the Voice of the Goddess.

During this two-day event, attendees will wander meandering paths through unique bohemian villages; find unique items handcrafted by artisans passionate about their gifts; find flowers and fairy wings for photos and family memories; dance to music from across the global; experience a variety of services offered by knowledgeable visionaries and healing practitioners; enjoy organic, wholesome food prepared with awareness and love. This year’s theme, Voice of the Goddess, allows visitors to experience the sounds of a mother drum, crystal singing bowls, wind chimes, as well as music from around the world. Bring the kids as there is lots to do with the children! ​​​​ For questions about the event or about One Tribe Global, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contact D’Elle Milton at 559-472-0587, or visit onetribeglobal.org,​​ or email​​ 1tribeglobal@gmail.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 2018-2019

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 2018/2019​​ 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.

 

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​​ craig.erker@gmail.com.​​ 

Register through Fresno Adult School at​​ www.fas.edu.​​ 

 

Friday, February 1st​​ through Sunday, April 14th

Fresno State students and employees can receive tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program through the Department of Accountancy in the Craig School of Business. Partnering with United Way, students who are IRS-certified volunteers help provide the free service for low-income taxpayers with an income below $55,000. Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted, however walk-ins will have to wait in line to receive tax assistance. The program will be open on weekends from Friday,​​ February​​ 1 to Sunday, April 14, and is located in the Leon S. Peters Building (Room 133). The sessions are held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking in Lot P6 is free on weekends beginning at 4 p.m. on Fridays. To make an appointment, call United Way at 2-1-1 or toll-free at 866.559.4211.​​ For more information, call​​ Tim Baker, faculty Volunteer Income Tax​​ Assistance coordinator, at 559-278-3997.

 

Friday,​​ March 1st​​ through Saturday, April 20th

Good Company Players brings allure and mystery to the 2nd Space stage with A Shot in the Dark! ​​​​ ​​ Described by the New York Times as “a bubbling, saucy comedy,” this whodunit is full of surprises. A crime of passion naturally results in numerous suspects and delicious characters in A Shot in the Dark. ​​ The play is delightfully funny, with many plot twists and turns. Set in Paris, France in 1962 we stumble upon a new magistrate about to take on his first case: a murder has been committed and the entire matter appears to be cut-and-dried. A maid is found nude, unconscious, and clutching a gun, next to her murdered lover. Everyone concludes she did it, except for one very conscientious magistrate.  ​​ ​​​​ 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. 

 

Saturday, March 2nd​​ through Tuesday, June 4th

Getting into a prestigious college-level art school is highly competitive. Exceptional drawing skills must be demonstrated along with unique compositions that show creativity and skill. ​​​​ The​​ Fresno​​ Art​​ Museum​​ will be offering a series of workshops to help students improve their art-making skills through looking at art and thinking critically, exploring techniques, and hands-on art-making to help with portfolio development. Students will learn the traditional techniques that form the basis of any art portfolio, whether a student wants to be a painter, sculptor, conceptual artist, or explore the world of graphic design, animation, or illustration. It is critical that art school applicants show that they understand the basic elements of art and the principles of design and put their best examples of these in their portfolio. ​​​​ There will be two six-week workshop sessions. The first will explore black and white drawing, the second will explore color. It is highly recommended that students take both sessions. Students will work mainly with charcoal during the first session and acrylic paint during the second. The subjects of their work will include plein air, self-portrait, still life, and life and clothed models so that they can experience creating works from direct observation. Students will be encouraged to “see differently” to create unique imagery from both observation and their imagination. They will learn critical thinking and how to analyze and critique both their own and the work of others. They will also explore different styles of writing in order to write a clear and intelligent statement about their art for their own artist statement, an essential part of the portfolio process. ​​​​ The first of two sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and will run six consecutive Tuesdays through April 9, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. A second six-week more advanced session will begin on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 and continue on April 30, May 7, 14, 28, and June 4, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The fee for the six-week workshop is $280. Sign up for both six-week sessions for $520. The fee includes model fees and some supplies. A list of art supplies to be purchased by the student for each six-week session will be provided and can be purchased at Allard’s with a student discount. Art supply costs will be under $60 for the first session and between $75 and $125 (depending upon supplies students may already have) for the second session. Workshop size will be limited to 10 students. ​​​​ If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring a student who is recommended by their art teacher but cannot afford the workshops, please call Susan at 559-441-4221 x101 to be matched to a deserving student. There are scholarships available to many art schools and colleges and a scholarship to these workshops could open doors for talented students. ​​​​ To register, go to​​ https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/files/9915/4888/5203/registration_form-portfolio_class.pdf.​​ 

 

Monday, March 4th​​ through Monday, May 6th

Fresno State nutrition and dietetic students will host 30 “Bulldogs in the Grocery Store” nutritional information tours for Fresno State students and the community from March 4 through May 6, at the Save Mart Supermarket (5750 N. First St.). The one-hour sessions will teach the importance of fruits and vegetables in fresh, dried, canned, frozen and juice products. The eight-person tours will include free educational materials, coupons, budgeting tips and recipes. A student-designed cookbook will also be​​ available at the end of the tour for $5. Dr. Lisa Herzig, Fresno State dietetics and food administration program director, is coordinating the program, which was created by a $5,000 grant from the Produce for Better Health Foundation. To register online, visit​​ http://bit.ly/FS19-grocery-tours. ​​​​ For more information, contact​​ Kassandra Ramirez at​​ kassieelizabethh@mail.fresnostate.edu.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 5th​​ through Tuesday, June 4th

The Fresno Art Museum is offering Portfolio Prep Workshops for high school and​​ college transfer students that want to apply to art schools/colleges. ​​​​ Do you want to go to a prestigious art college?​​ ​​ Competition is tough.​​ ​​ FAM is offering students an opportunity to help develop their portfolio and artist statement. The class will be taught by Ai Krasner who has an MFA in studio art from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia and Rome. She taught a similar class in Philadelphia and was also on the portfolio review committee for Tyler. ​​​​ Workshops begin Tuesday, March 5​​ 

and run through Tuesday, June 4, 2019​​ (12 sessions). ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/education/portfolio-prep-class.​​ 

 

Wednesday, March 20th​​ through Saturday, March 30th

The Broadway musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” (revised) is being performed by Tollberry Theater in the lovely green foothills north east of​​ Clovis off of highway 168. ​​ Join​​ them​​ for a 7:00 evening performance Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21, 22 & 23 and March 28, 29, & 20. There will also be a matinee on Saturday, March 30 at 2 pm at Sierra High School Lynda Qualls Presentation Center, 33326 Lodge Road, Tollhouse. Admission is $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students and 12 and under free.​​ For more information, go to​​ http://tollberrytheater.weebly.com.​​ 

 

Thursday, March 21st​​ through Sunday, March 31st

The Fresno Pacific University spring mainstage offers a theatrical take on a classic novel. ​​​​ The play is Emma, an adaptation of Jane Austen by Michael Bloom, and performances will be in North Hall 123 (the seminary chapel) on the FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists Harriet marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns Emma to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Meanwhile Highbury welcomes two new guests, the mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma. ​​​​ Showtimes are 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23, 28-30, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Admission is $14 for general audiences, $10 seniors and students, $8 FPU faculty/staff and alumni card​​ holders, $5 FPU students. More information online​​ go to​​ www.eventbrite.com/e/jane-austens-emma-tickets-52336355448. ​​ You can also visit​​ www.fpu.edu/events/theater​​ or​​ call 559-453-5866.

 

Saturday, March 23rd​​ through Saturday, November 16th

The Intermountain Nursery, located at​​ 30443 N. Auberry Rd. Prather,​​ will hold a series of workshops and classes at the Nursery. ​​ To see the class/workshop schedule, go to​​ http://www.intermountainnursery.com/classes.htm.​​ 

 

Sunday, September 15th​​ through Thursday, September 19th

Yosemite Western Artists and the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO) are holding a joint event in September – a four-day, five-night artist retreat with Plein Air or Icon Painting tracks. Watercolor painters will be guided by Rita Adams, acrylic painters by Trowzers Akimbo, as students in both mediums paint the phenomenal vistas of Yosemite National Park. Icon painters will be led by iconographer, Joyce Tanner. Bus transportation to Yosemite is included in all packages, and a naturalist will be on the bus to explain some of the Park highlights. ​​ Enjoy the splendor of Yosemite National Park while you​​ learn the art of​​ "en plein air" from some of the Yosemite​​ Western Artists'​​ (YWA) best art instructors OR take the traditional​​ and very inspiring ICON Painting​​ classes from master​​ iconographer, Joyce Tanner. ​​​​ Guests will enjoy a four night, five day stay at ECCO (Episcopal​​ Conference Center of Oakhurst), three meals a day,​​ instruction in your choice of artistic endeavor and two days​​ bus transportation into Yosemite National Park. ​​​​ A naturalist will be on board the bus to explain some of the​​ highlights of the trip and there will be experienced photographers​​ along to assist you, if you want to bring your camera. A​​ Sunday wine and cheese social is also included. A reduced​​ package for day students includes lunch, classes and the bus​​ tours into the park.​​ Wednesday's dinner includes a YWA/retreat guest art exhibit​​ (day guests can participate for an additional fee). ​​​​ Learn more about the Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat &​​ Creative Event by​​ going​​ to​​ www.yosemitewesternartists.com​​ or to​​ https://www.facebook.com/interpreting.yosemite/​​ and clicking on the​​ "Interpreting Yosemite Sign-up" link. ​​​​ A $100 per person non-refundable deposit is required to​​ secure your reservation by April 1st, 2019.

 

ONGOING

Every Day

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

 

Every Monday

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

 

Every Tuesday​​ 

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

 

First and Third Thursday of each month:

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

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

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

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

 

Every Wednesday and Friday

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

 

Every Friday

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

 

Every Friday

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

 

Every Saturday  

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

 

Every Saturday 

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

 

Most Saturdays 

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

 

Saturdays

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

 

1st Saturday of each month:

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

 

2nd Saturday of each month: 

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

 

Every Sunday 

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

 

Every Sunday

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

 

First Wednesday of each month:

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

 

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:

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

officers-4405971@toastmastersclubs.org

 

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

 

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

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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

 

Every Thursday: 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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