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Planes: Fire and Rescue: Movie Review

IN THE July 28 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Planes: Fire and Rescue is a sequel to Disney’s first Planes movie. The first movie focused on the dust cropper plane, Dusty, who wanted to be a racer. This story is similar to the first movie but instead of a racer, he wants to fight fires.

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by Jackie Dale




I was just relaxing in my chair for a few moments before heading out to teach my yoga class when I got a call from the packinghouse in Orange Cove where I had been conducting a TNR project. I was told that a kitten had been spotted lying under a tree. The woman who called me said she was told that the kitten had been in the same spot all day. Of course I went there immediately. As I approached the kitten lying motionless under the tree, I thought it was dead. Then it lifted its tiny head and meowed at me as if calling for help. I scooped up the poor thing at which point it began to cry piteously. I rushed it to my car and headed off to The Cat House on the Kings.

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by Sandra Murphy


We end this month with another fun group of mysteries from Penguin. We have food, cats, bookmobile, crafts, food, and more: Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews, Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman, Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass, Grace Against the Clock By Julie Hyzy, and Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates. Details on how to win copies of all 5 books at the end of this post, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Sharks and Jets. Street gangs. Turf war. Romeo & Juliet in the streets of New York City. “Tonight.” “Somewhere.” Mambo. Yep, it’s West Side Story, and it’s a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, playing through September 14.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Pho.
What is pho?
Before I tell you what it is, I have to tell you how to say it. It isn’t pronounced “foe.” You have to say “fuh,” which leads some people into off-color puns, but I try to show respect to people’s languages, so my puns will stay clean.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last week we reviewed Marcia Muller’s latest Sharon McCone mystery, The Night Searchers, and this week we had the privilege of interviewing her.

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Celebrate National Mutt Day July 31

IN THE July 26 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



In 2005, celebrity pet expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige created National Mutt Day to support the adoption of mixed breed dogs. Mixes are at the highest risk for euthanasia due to overbreeding and lack of available homes, partly due to the popularity of pure bred or designer-mixed dogs like labradoodles, pugapoos, puggles and goldendoodles.

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by Sunny Frazier



Three places you should be glad you didn’t go to on vacation this year are Windigo Island, Lost Island and City of Ghosts.
Windigo is the name of a mythical beast and Windigo Island is the name of William Kent Krueger’s 14th Cork O’Connor mystery. When the body of a teenage girl washes up on the shores of the island, the Ojbwe tribe knows it’s an evil omen. Cork is asked by a friend to investigate and in the process he faces his own demons, both mythical and real.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last week MCC Cafe in Reedley celebrated their one year anniversary. Check out the photos from this fun event, and check out our video interview with Cafe manager Debbie Tingley to see what’s up for the future of MCC Cafe!

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by Maria Ruiz



Imagine being six years old and dressed for a night out with Mom and Dad. Now imagine dropping something on the floor and it rolls under your bed. When you bend down to pick it up, something grabs your arm and pulls you down into the crack between the wall and the floor. Meet Karen Beth and her friends in The Land of You Lost It and We Found It.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you love big, old-fashioned musicals, you will want to go see CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review

IN THE July 21 ISSUE

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by Roy Runnels



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t what you would call a typical sequel. When you see a sequel to Iron Man you have a general idea of what you’re going to get. Not so with Dawn. Dawn would be the equivalent of taking a film like Mean Girls, and making the sequel a horror movie. That’s how vastly different the two Apes movies are from one another. Where Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a slow build to a huge climax, Dawn begins with its foot on the gas and it never lets up.

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by Lee Juslin



Jace, an owner turn-in, came into Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue in rough shape. He was matted, covered with fleas, and as Chris, his foster mom, said,” He came in with his dukes up.” Clearly, he had not been treated well.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone mystery series were my introduction to contemporary mysteries– before that I’d only read Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes in my mid teens. I can’t believe her 32nd book in the series, Night Searchers, has just come out!

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