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A Path To The Future: From Syria To Turkey To The United States

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Tales of Diversity SECTION

by Wasan Abu-Baker


On a recent trip that I took with my husband to Turkey to celebrate our 13 year wedding anniversary, I was amazed at the beauty and diversity of Istanbul. I heard a lot about Istanbul being the place where East and West meet, but it was truly amazing to see all the cultures and people from all over the world living in peace in this amazing city. We spent 10 days in Istanbul, but there was still a lot that we didn’t have time to see. We stayed in the old city near the Sultan Ahmed Mosque where we enjoyed being near a lot of historical sites and museums.

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Cat House on the Kings: Fundraiser, Chance to Win 5K, Keep Pets Cool, Busted?

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale




The Cat House on the Kings will be holding an online fundraiser from June 26 through July 8 because the unbelievable onslaught of kittens is quickly draining the coffers. Every year you think it will get better because The Cat House has fixed so many cats. But in fact, 2017 has been one of the worst years on record. An astounding number of kittens have come through the door, and people call every single day with kitten problems.

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Yews with Caution By Kate Collins: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Collins


Despite being the owner of Bloomers flower shop, Abby Knight has never before purchased outdoor plantings. That changes with her and her husband’s recent purchase of a house, and the need for landscaping is how Abby somehow finds herself lost in the adjacent shrubbery maze of DK’s Landscape Center. That unexpectedly traumatic experience of buying pesticide-free yews and viburnums is surpassed by a desperate call from Abby’s best friend, hospital x-ray technician Nikki Hiduke.

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The Spy Across the Table By Barry Lancet: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


Barry Lancet’s Japantown (2016) introduced readers to Asian art dealer/Japanese detective agency owner Jim Brodie and both his divergent firms—one in San Francisco, the other in Tokyo—readily making available a cornucopia of possible plots that could occur in the US or Japan, or both, and by no means restricted to either locale. Lancet followed this intriguing debut with Tokyo Kill (2015), in which a veteran Japanese soldier comes to Brodie in Tokyo, certain that his friends and former unit are systematically being murdered, putting a WWII twist to the plot and making readers wonder to what degree Japanese culture still labors under the weight of that particular history.

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Reedley: Ripe for Retirement

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


There was once a time, that small family farms surrounded the Reedley city limits. Does anyone remember where the Sellers, Fast or Nickel farms were? The home Johnny Rios lives in, in the triangle of North, D and 10th streets, was once a family farmhouse. Does anyone remember horses and cattle grazing in the pasture west of the Lincoln School playground next to Frankwood Avenue? Or the Harry Shuklian farm east of Lincoln School?

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Summer Reading Mystery Catch-up!

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we are playing catch up with some fun mysteries, perfect for your summer reading-A Just Clause: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett, Trumpet of Death: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia Riggs, Antiques Frame: A Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan, & Dead and Berried: Cranberry Cove series by Peg Cochran.

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Jessica’s June Video Game News

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jessica Ham




E3, one of the biggest gaming events every year, occurred this year from June 13-15. Several gaming publishers and developers made exciting announcements and showed off trailers for some new games coming out this year or next.

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Blood Red, White and Blue By Kathleen Delaney: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


As the chairwoman for Santa Louisa, California’s Fourth of July celebration, Mary McGill had thought that her most challenging tasks would be judging the canine costume contest while also ensuring that her own beloved black Cocker Spaniel Millie was shielded from the loud fireworks event. That very same explosive display is used to cover the shooting of the town’s newest visitor Ian Miller, whom Mary had seen being very fascinated with a necklace displayed in Lowell’s Jewelry store.

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Coming Attractions: Fun beach reads ahead for a great summer!

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Martha Rose is part of a close-knit quilting circle in the San Fernando Valley of California. The newest member has an eye for couture. But when his fingerprints are found at the crime scene where the body of a fellow quilter is found, he is the #1 suspect.

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Aimee’s Vanilla Bean Bakery in Selma

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Destiney Warren




When Aimee’s Vanilla Bean Bakery opened in 2014, it was some of the biggest news in Selma…we are a relatively small town so new businesses are exciting! Since then Aimee’s has stayed a staple in the downtown that has welcomed some new businesses and said farewell to others. Situated on the corner of McCall and High Street, it’s one of the first storefronts you see when entering the downtown. The friendly window decorations and writing that states “Cupcakes” with a heart and then “Candy” invites you in to indulge or to satisfy a craving.

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Ivy Get Your Gun By Cindy Brown: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


When Ivy Meadows (Olive Ziegwart’s stage name) receives a panicked call from her friend Marge, it’s not Timmy in the well who needs rescuing, but Lassie. Marge’s beloved pug Lassie has gone rogue and joined a feral pack of roaming Chihuahuas, and “Arizona’s Ethel Merman” is begging Ivy to bring him home. Ivy may be a full-time aspiring actress, but she is also a part-time detective trainee at her Uncle Bob’s Private Investigative firm.

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Family Healing Center: “F” is for Family

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Steve Wright


I had somewhat of a difficult time deciding what to write about this month. There are so many things going on in our society that are disturbing and worthy of commentary. I am actually pretty tired of all the political discourse, so I have decided to stay away from that subject for the time being. The shooting of the Republican members of Congress at the yearly baseball game practice is a new low for violence associated with this political discourse. I am thankful all those who were shot will recover, and I pray for healing for all involved. I also pray that people can begin to see their way through the muck and the mire and begin to work together for the betterment of our great country.

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Woodward Shakespeare Festival Presents Twelth Night

FROM THE June 21 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



It’s summertime in Fresno, and that means Shakespeare in the Park. The Woodward Shakespeare Festival is back for its thirteenth season of free Shakespeare performances, but don’t get superstitious. WSF opens with a lively, modern-dress version of Twelfth Night on the Festival Stage that deserves to be seen.

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35mm, A Musical Exhibition On Stage at the Selma Arts Center

FROM THE June 21 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend I went to see 35mm, A Musical Exhibition, at the Selma Arts Center, and I had no idea what I was about to see. I could never have imagined the amazing experience that is this show!

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The Right Side By Spencer Quinn: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Event

FROM THE June 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Spencer Quinn


LeAnne Hogan was someone to watch in the military. Sent to Afghanistan, she worked with the local people through an interpreter. Local women felt more comfortable around her than male soldiers until she shot and killed a suicide bomber at the opening of a center for women.

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The General Takes Command, But Gently

FROM THE June 17 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


The General, a Terrier mix, is only two years old and on the petite side weighing in at about eight pounds. Like most Terriers, he thinks of himself as a big dog and wants to be the alpha, but he is not aggressive.

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