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Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley On Stage at Fresno State

FROM THE December 11 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno State University Theatre is offering a lovely show to enjoy for the holiday season, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. Having enjoyed several variations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I looked forward to this new play and I was not disappointed. It was written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

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Feral Paws Rescue: A Snowy Christmas

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


It was early 2013, and inside the shelter was a very scared white cat who was only one year old. He felt so abandoned and was so fearful, that he was pulling the fur out of his tail, yet he was very loving whenever humans paid attention to him. Feral Paws Rescue stepped in and saved him from certain death, as he wouldn’t be deemed adoptable with his self-destruction.

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Six Cats A Slayin’ A Cat in the Stacks Mystery By Miranda James: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Change comes to everyone, welcome or not. For librarian Charlie Harris, two changes are one too many. Gerry Albritton is his new neighbor. She’s a very friendly woman, the kind who drops innuendo into conversation and her hand on an arm or shoulder while she talks. She seems to have plenty of money and isn’t shy about spending it.

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Valley Animal Center: Chloe

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Vanessa Villanueva


Back in 2004, when Valley Animal Center (VAC) was known as the California Feline Foundation, a Siamese kitten named Chloe thought she found her forever home. But in 2018, the family that had adopted Chloe, surrendered her to the CCSPCA because she was “too old” for them. Last month, Valley Animal Center rescued Chloe from the CCSPCA. She is now waiting for her true forever home at VAC.

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Nate Butler Will Spread Christmas Joy at Fulton 55

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



It’s the most wonderful time of year. Presents, lights, sweets, roasted chestnuts, and mistletoe.
Kris Kringle will give out gifts and cheer to children all around the world. But what about the adults? Nate Butler is here to fill the big man’s shoes and sleigh to spread holiday cheer to those adults that are in need of it through music, crafts, and fun.

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The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle By Susan Wittig Albert: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


It’s 1934, and the folks in Darling, Alabama, still need a bit of help now and again to keep food on the table. It’s hard to recover from the Great Depression. Liz has had her hours cut at Mr. Mosely’s law office. She’s got a book to write, but that’s no guarantee of money.

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The Worst Noel By Amy M. Reade: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Thanksgiving is over, and Black Friday is looming. The busiest shopping day of the year is often a boost for anyone’s bottom line. Lilly Carlsen, owner of Juniper Junction Jewels, is anticipating a successful day, but reticent of the crowds and chaos, but that will be the least of her worries. She discovers the back door of her shop unlocked, the vault ajar, and a dead body behind the counter…Eden Barkley murdered by pearls!

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Eggs on Ice By Laura Childs: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Choosing attorney Allan Sharp to play Scrooge in the local production of A Christmas Carol was type-casting. He and Mayor Mobley hatched up schemes to their benefit, not the townspeople, very Scrooge-like behavior.

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Twas the Knife Before Christmas By Jacqueline Frost: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Holly White is busier than an elf at the North Pole, working at her family’s Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games. In addition to selling trees, she’s also made some gingerbread-themed jewelry, and it’s selling as fast as the real thing. She can barely keep up.

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Lark! The Herald Angels Sing By Donna Andrews: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Donna Andrews


Meg Langslow leads an active life, what with helping at the church, being married to Michael, and mother to twin boys. That’s not counting the things her mother volunteers her for, or her dad, or even grandad. No wonder she carries her planner with her at all times.

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Finding Christmas By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Kathi Daley has taken fans to Alaska garnering four and five star ratings for Harmony Carson and the residents of Rescue. She has woven just the right amount of paranormal into the storyline which is very intriguing and entertaining; it all fits well. Harmony has a gift to connect with people who are in danger or injured making her excellently suited as a member of a search and rescue team.

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The Holiday Magic of Fresno’s Christmas Tree Lane

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



This year, Christmas Tree Lane continues its enchanting tradition of treating visitors from far and wide to the Lane’s holiday magic. This class two-mile stretch of dazzling sparkle showcases over a million lights on homes, trees and displays, making it a generational favorite. The Lane transforms North Van Ness Boulevard in Fig Garden into a one-way boulevard and includes approximately 140 homes and 300 majestic trees, all decorated for the Christmas holiday.

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An Empire For Ravens By Mary Reed and Eric Mayer: Review/Giveaway/Podcast

FROM THE December 8 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Hockley


Rome, in the 6th Century AD, was a terrifying place to live and no one travelled there unless they had to. For John, the Lord Chamberlain exiled to Greece by the Emperor, it was even more perilous. When word got back to the Emperor, John would be executed for disobeying orders to remain in exile, and in danger of forfeiting his life as a Mithran convert.

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Snowdog: A Christmas Short Story

FROM THE December 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Maryetta Ackenbom


Big Jim Chambers shuffled along the sidewalk, saving energy and shoe leather, making time to pull together his emotions before he greeted his son again. He had nothing to offer the boy.

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It’s A Wonderful Life On Stage at the Reedley Opera House

FROM THE December 5 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


It started as a Christmas card for friends. It found its way to Hollywood, where Frank Capra turned it into a movie that didn’t make much money. Years later, it was picked up by television stations, and it suddenly became a Christmas classic, one of America’s most-beloved films…..It’s a Wonderful Life. Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has mounted an adaptation on the Reedley Opera House stage through December 16. It’s light fun and some great moments.

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Diamond Sees Love

FROM THE December 1 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Diamond, at eight years old, found herself in the very busy, noisy, and crowded New York City Animal Shelter when her elderly owner became sick and could no longer care for her.

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