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Story Time
Weds @ 10:00 a.m.

Bring your little ones! We will be having someone read a story or folktale. It will be very interactive with audience participation.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Saturday 20th @ 1:00 p.m.

This program provides a relaxed and “friendly dog” atmosphere that allows students with reading difficulties to sit down next to a trained companion dog and read without any threat of being judged by peers. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.

** April 6, 2019 through April 7, 2019 – Big Hat Days

April in Clovis is Western Heritage Month. The celebration starts on the first full weekend when the Clovis Chamber of Commerce hosts Big Hat Days in Old Town Clovis. With over 125,000 attendees, it is hailed as the largest festival in the entire Central Valley. Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat, a BIG hat that shields you from the Valley sun as you stroll around 400 food and crafts booths, visit the Home and Garden Show, listen to the music in the Beverage Garden and revel in your children’s enjoyment on the carnival rides.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place: Old Town Clovis
Free Admission
Contact: Clovis Chamber of Commerce at (559) 299-7363

** April 14, 2019 – Old Town Clovis Car Show

Don’t miss the fourth annual Old Town Clovis Car Show! Take your time checking out hundreds of classic, custom and luxury cars as well as motorcycles, boats and travel trailers – all on the streets of Old Town Clovis. For more information please call (559) 298-5774.

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Location: Old Town Clovis
Free admission for spectators.

** April 20, 2019 – Rodeo Queen Horsemanship Competition

The Clovis Rodeo celebrates the tradition of having a dynamic young lady serve as Miss Clovis Rodeo. Candidates who compete for the coveted title each year must not only display exceptional horsemanship skills, but be involved in their communities. Miss Clovis Rodeo represents the Clovis Rodeo and our community at events and rodeos throughout California.

The 2019 Miss Clovis Rodeo will receive more than $3000 in scholarship funds towards her education and related gifts donated by the many generous sponsors of the competition.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 8:00 A.M.
Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, Seventh Street and Clovis Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612

** April 23, 2019 – James Pickens Jr. Charity Roping

James Pickens, Jr. is well known to television audiences as Dr. Richard Webber on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy, and for his recurring roles on hit series including NYPD Blue, The X-Files, The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Roseanne, and Beverly Hills 90210. On the big screen, James has been featured in Traffic, Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back to list a few.

The goal of The James Pickens Jr. Foundation is to bring increased value to the lives of people of this generation and the generations that follow. The organization seeks, selects, supports and/or partners with individuals and community groups that work tirelessly to revitalize local communities. Key areas of interest for the foundation are: Faith-based programming, Arts, Cultural, Humanities, Education, Health and Human Services.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, Seventh Street and Clovis Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612

** April 27, 2019 – Clovis Rodeo Parade

The Parade starts at 9:30 AM, so come early, find a spot along the route and enjoy the 102nd Clovis Rodeo Parade.

The Route winds its way through Old Town on Pollasky and Clovis Avenues between Barstow Avenue and Third Street.

Admission is Free

Kirk Cruz – Ink Artist

Thursday, April 18th, 5pm-8pm.

640 Clovis Ave.

Kirk Cruz was born in Fresno California and has studied painting and drawing for over 25 years. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, Gilbert Cruz during his youth to continue the pursuit of Arts.

He has studied, Oil, Acrylic, Pastels and Pencil. His place of studies have included Fresno State, Fresno City College, South Lake Tahoe College and Clovis Adult School.

He is particularly interested in the study of “Color theory” and how it applies to his newly discovered Ink Art, where he uses a simple poster board and Color Sharpie pens to create his art. His newly found interest in ink art has lead him to developing the “Black” portions of his pictures using only the color pens and never the black colored one. His Color Ink technique has been described like that of an oil painting.

Kirk has Demo-ed his unique ink technique in San Luis Obispo, Cambria, Paso Robles, Fresno, Clovis, Selma, Parlier, Visalia, Madera and Merced.
He is currently part of the Madera’s Arts program, as an instructor to the middle school “after school” program. He has provided community service thru the Fresno County Libraries to various library branches in the valley.
Kirk is currently selling some of his pieces on the website called: Desvgn.com, which includes a personal interview with him on his process.

Kirk’s Art work has been displayed in Clovis’s Wells Fargo bank, as well, Debudio and Defendis Insurance Company, The Fresno Autism Learning Center Headquarters and the Red Dragon Martial Arts School.

Anne Biggs
Shared Gardens

Book Launch

Thursday, April 25, 6pm-8pm

640 Clovis Ave.

Anne Biggs is the author of The Swan Garden, and Garden of Nails written to give a voice to her birth mother and all women who spent time in any of the mother-baby homes throughout Ireland.

She has had the opportunity to meet her birth-mother on various occasions in Ireland. In 2016, she was asked to speak at the Sean Ross Abby Remembrance, where she presented a hard copy of her debut novel to Philomena Lee. In September of the same year she spoke to the Confidential Committee in Dublin, with regards to the mother-baby homes and Irish orphanages. She also spoke before Irish Parliament (Dail Eireanne) with Katherine Zappone, the minister for Children and Youth Affairs, where Anne spoke of her time in Irish institutions during the 1950s, including mother-baby homes, the orphanages, and the foster care system.

Anne taught high school English, and Special Education for 25 years. She currently resides in the Central Valley in California with her husband, her two dogs and three cats. When not writing she spends time with her family, including her two children her three grandchildren. She is currently working on the third novel of the Garden trilogy.

Mark Arax

Book Signing: Dreamt Land

Friday, May 17th, 7:00-9:00pm.

Clovis Veteran’s Memorial District

808 Fourth Street, Clovis, CA.

MARK ARAX is an author and journalist whose writings on California and the West have received numerous awards for literary nonfiction. He is a former staffer at the Los Angeles Times, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The California Sunday Magazine. His books include a memoir of his father’s murder, a collection of essays about the West and the best-selling The King of California, which won a California Book Award and the William Saroyan Prize from Stanford University, and was named a top book of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Fresno, California.

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