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The Salesman: a meticulous, beautifully performed film directed by Asghar Farhadi

FROM THE April 24 ISSUE

IN THE Heather Parish SECTION

by Heather Parish



The Salesman mines its themes in Iranian literature and American drama, but something about its portrayal of the delicate anxiety of a relationship in the face of violence is uniquely its own. The film’s leading actors—Shahab Hosseini (Emad) and Taraneh Alidoosti (Rana)—methodically unveil their characters’ strengths and weaknesses like flowers just at the point of wilting. Director Asghar Farhadi painstakingly crafts the film so that every piece fits perfectly, from the inside out.

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Rescue’s Sanctuary Dogs Need Help

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


Sophia and Spencer, two senior Westies, had spent their lives since puppy-hood in a stable home with a caring owner. Then, their world was turned upside down.
The Westies’ owner had gone on vacation leaving the pups with a responsible pet sitter. Unfortunately, the owner was killed in a freak accident, and, with no one in the family able to take the Westies, the sitter called Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR) who then took both dogs.

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Suicide Prevention, The Value of Collaborations, Part 2: How and What

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Noah Whitaker



Our last article explored bringing folks to the table to address suicide, or who. We’ll now assume you’ve at least rounded up a few interested folks. If you don’t have a large and diverse group, don’t worry, you can work on that over time. This is a process of continually developing new partnerships, inviting new people and organizations to the table, and constantly improving and strengthening your efforts.

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April Food Penguins

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries from Penguin authors-Town in a Maple Madness: A Candy Holliday Mystery by B. B. Haywood, A Frying Shame: A Deep Fried Mystery by Linda Reilly, and Silence of the Jams: A Down South Café Mystery by Gayle Leeson.

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LitHop Fresno 2017

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


On April 29 LitHop Fresno will be taking place. We took a moment to chat with this year’s LitHop director Juan Luis Guzman about this unique literary event-he is tasked with organizing the event and the planning committee. Fresno’s second Poet Laureate Lee Herrick was the founder of LitHop.

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Kenni Lowry Mystery series By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


The Kenni Lowry series by Tonya Kappes is a marvelous adventure following Sheriff Kendrick “Kenni” Lowry as she patrols Cottonwood, Kentucky. Along with Kenni, we meet Duke (hound dog pal), her staff, some of whom are very quirky and the State Police Reserve officer Finn Vincent, a handsome transplanted Yank. We also meet the citizens of Cottonwood, some more quirky than others, and…Poppa.

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Oxford Tearoom Mystery series By H.Y. Hanna: Reviews/Giveaway

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


The Oxford Tearoom Mystery series by H.Y. Hanna is my absolute favorite ‘cozy’ reading adventure. It has six very entertaining novels and a prequel, which is a great place to start and get those “How did she get here from there?” answers. Set outside Oxford, England, in the tiny Cotswold village of Meadowford on Smythe, Gemma Rose has opened up the quintessential image of ‘Olde England,’ The Little Stables Tearoom. She serves the best scones and pots of tea along with…murder.

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Arson at Al’s Auto Parts: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Kate Fellowes


“What do you think happened here?” Officer Robert Packard asked, gesturing to the remains of a blaze, recently extinguished.
Fire hoses spread across the parking lot of Al’s Auto Parts. Smoke drifted into the air

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Better Blackstone’s Bold Food Initiative, “What’s Cooking Fresno?”

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Tom Sims




“What’s Cooking Fresno?” is about building culture, community, cuisines, and dreams.
It was a two-day event that took place on Sunday, March 12 and Sunday, April 2 at Manchester Mall. It was an event, but much more than an event. It was part of a larger process.

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Tightening the Threads By Lea Wait: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Angie Curtis hasn’t questioned her friend Sarah Byrne about her past. She knows Sarah is adopted, from Australia, and loves antiques. Otherwise, their friendship stays pretty much in the present. Angie runs the Mainely Needlepointers, a diverse group of stitchers who repair or create needlepoint to be sold. One theme is Save the Cormorants, a local endangered bird as well as water and lighthouse scenes.

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Kangaroo Dreaming By Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Digby Sloan has been hired as security for a 300-year old wooden icon called the “Kangaroo Dreaming” set to be the premier piece in an exhibit at the Royal Museum of London. The trip from Australia to London was long, but uneventful. However, the appearance of an Aboriginal man at the airport and on the street sets his little ‘gremlin’ (his professional sixth sense) chattering.

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Nature’s Pharmacy Visalia’s Compounding Pharmacy Healing People Outside The Box

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Evelyne Vivies


Cristina Albertolli Todd moved a lot growing up due to her dad’s Navy career, but her mom is an Alabama native and Cristina’s sweet Alabama accent shows that’s where she spent most of her life.

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Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton: Golden Age Mysteries in Yorkshire

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


It’s just after World War I (1914-1918) in Yorkshire, and former volunteer nurse Kate Shackleton has discovered that she has skills. Her husband has been missing in action since the last year of the war, 1918, and although her efforts to find him have been unsuccessful so far, she has helped other families locate missing husbands and fathers by having “a police officer father, a poke-your-beak-in persistence, and an eye for detail.”

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Sunnyside Bicycles & 2nd Annual Reedley Police Appreciation Ride

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Vanessa McCracken


Sunnyside Bicycles and Xcelerate Fitness have partnered up once again to host the 2nd Annual Reedley Police Appreciation Ride on April 29, 2017! Join us for fun, food, and fitness as we come together to say thank you to the police department for all they do to support the community. The festivities start at 9:30 a.m. at Xcelerate Fitness in Reedley—555 I Street.

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The Holver Alley Crew By Marshall Ryan Maresca: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Sometimes, a fantasy is too good to look at from only one viewpoint. It cries out to be viewed from another angle.
Marshall Ryan Maresca created the otherworldly city of Maradaine for The Thorn of Dentonhill, a novel about a schoolboy/mage/superhero/avenger, a character followed in The Alchemy of Chaos. That academia/magic/underworld blend wasn’t enough, so Maresca took another look at the city, creating a male/female police detective duo with paranormal aspects for A Murder of Mages and An Import of Intrigue.

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Beauty & the Beast Garden Ballet

FROM THE April 19 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Joshua Ryan Taylor


Every two years, over one hundred dancers join forces to present an original, full-length, professional-caliber ballet just for the Central Valley. Since 1975, the Garden Ballet has carved out its own space in the Valley’s arts scene, creating a brand-new, unique experience with each outing. Previous Garden Ballets have included The Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. This year, California Arts Academy presents Beauty & the Beast.

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