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All articles published in 2010

by Jacob Alvarado



If you have been watching PBS within the past three years, you have probably seen the new hit sensation from Ireland, The Celtic Woman. The female quintet has been on the top of the charts since their debut album. There have been several T.V. specials featuring them and they have been all over the world, including three concerts in Fresno.

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by Christopher Lewis




“I wonder what kind of presents will be under the tree this Christmas!” As a little boy, this was a question that energized me during this season as the big day approached. There were many things I enjoyed about Christmas, including the story of the Baby whose birthday was to be remembered on that day, but I have to admit the thing that excited me most about the holiday when I was a child was the prospect of receiving presents.

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Local Teens Christmas Poems

IN THE December 18 ISSUE

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by Valley Teens



Enjoy some Christmas/winter poems submitted by local teens.
San Francisco Christmas Kristalyn Patzkowski, 16, Junior Reedley High School
It’s December
And the air has turned,
For better or for worse.
The trees have shriveled,

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The Sound of Music is Reedley’s River City Theatre Company’s 50th production since becoming a year round theatre in 2003. The show only has seven more performances including tonight’s at 8 p.m.

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The Tourist: Movie Review

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you love suspense movies with an Alfred Hitchcock feel, than The Tourist is for you. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in this wonderful romantic thriller. I think Depp was perfectly cast in a role I could totally see Cary Grant in, had it been a Hitchcock film.

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by Christine Autrand Mitchell


Director Michael Apted helms the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which opened this weekend. His trademark focus is characters and actors whose performances are Oscar contenders.

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by Marilyn Meredith & Pat Browning



Interview by Marilyn Meredith, book review by Pat Browning, and contest to win an autographed copy of How To Crash A Killer Bash by Penny Warner at end of this post.
Hi, Penny, I’m so happy to finally be catching up with you. First off, please tell me and the readers a bit about your background before you started writing mysteries.

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The Christmas Deer, An Original Short Story

IN THE December 11 ISSUE

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by Laramie Woolsey



Driving the familiar path to school, Amery looked out her window and watched a group of deer walking slowly through the snow. Amery was having a less than wonderful morning. It was late November and the roads were icy and the air was gray with fog. Christmas music was already making its way over the air waves and onto the radio, and decorations and lights seemed to cover every surface.

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‘Tis the Season, Holiday Safety Tips

IN THE December 11 ISSUE

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by Steven Wright



The season of joy, forgiveness, thankfulness and hope is upon us. In a perfect world, we should celebrate the birth of our Lord every day, be ever mindful of his sacrifice and be generous with our giving.

Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and very often we find ourselves in situations that cause just the opposite to happen. Sometimes no matter what we try to do things just do not go how we hope.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



For more than 30 years, the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church has been presenting spectacular Christmas concerts, and this year is no different, as they will be presenting A Christmas To Remember December 17 and 18.

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by Stephanie Barnett



When you were little, did you ever dream of a far off land? A land made up of talking animals, Kings, Queens and magical spells. A world where anything, and everything can happen. A land where people change in the most unexpected ways.

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by James Garcia Jr.




In an area of Kingsburg where one might not expect to find anything extraordinary, there is a wine tasting room that is exactly that. At 1665 Simpson, on the west side of the street, some award-winning wines can be found, not from Napa or the Central Coast, but from the California Central Valley. Kingsburg High and 2005 Fresno State graduate, Oscar F. Ramos, is producing premium wines at the winery that he founded: Ramos Torres Winery.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Before going to bed, I spent a long time in prayer, knowing I’d need all the strength and wisdom I could get for the next day.

After a restless night, I awoke Sunday morning feeling like I had a plane full of luggage under my eyes. I showered and got dressed for church, then peddled on over.

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Fresno Monsters Weekly Recap & News

IN THE December 8 ISSUE

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by Fresno Monsters


Find out the latest news on Fresno’s own hockey team, The Fresno Monsters in the Monsters Weekly right here at Kings River Life every Wednesday when the team is playing.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you are looking for something special to do this Christmas, I highly recommend the one man show of A Christmas Carol, performed by Chris Mangels, now on stage at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia.

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Target Earth: 50s SciFi Movie Review

IN THE December 6 ISSUE

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by Karen Lewis



Welcome to a brand new feature here at Kings River Life! I am a fan of 1950s sci-fi movies. A big fan. I guess it’s a hereditary thing. My late father was a fan of the same movies, so I got an early start. Thanks to DVD, I can now watch almost every sci-fi movie from the fifties, and they’re as much fun now as they were back then — maybe more so!

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