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The Music Man Presented By CenterStage Clovis

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

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

FROM THE July 21 ISSUE

IN THE Movies SECTION

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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Jace Learns to Snuggle: An Animal Rescue Adventure

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

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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Night Searchers By Marcia Muller

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

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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Grandpa (and Grandma) Summer Adventures in the Land of Cheapness

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Tom Sims


It started on a Friday afternoon. I was in charge of our grandson, Kaibian until time for Vacation Bible School.
I had an hour to use up and I happened to pass Aerosports Fresno.

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Murder Miscalculated By Andrew MacRae

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Gregory Smith, aka The Kid, used to be a professional pickpocket. He’s given up that life for a fresh start with his bride, Lynn, at their bookstore. He doesn’t miss picking pockets. Much.

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TV Mysteries From Down Under

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Deborah Harter Williams SECTION

by Deborah Harter Williams



Thank you TV creators of Oz–first and foremost for the treat that is the Miss Fisher Mysteries. Bringing Kerry Greenwood’s Phrynne (pronounced Fry-knee) Fisher to the screen is a marvelous accomplishment. If you turn the sound down and just watch the scenery and the costumes you will be well entertained, but then you’d miss out on the stories that are well-crafted, based on intriguing history and well-acted.

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Miami Snow: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Ilene Schneider


The morning after I arrived in Miami, I opened the window shades in my bedroom and saw eight inches of snow. I guess I should clarify: I was in Miami, Vermont.

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Anchor City, a Band of Four

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson



When a love of music is born in childhood, it has the tendency to stick around. And the members of Fresno’s alternative band Anchor City know a thing or two about this.

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Murmurs of Insanity By Gerrie Ferris Fingers

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Marilyn Meredith SECTION

by Marilyn Meredith



Murmurs of Insanity, a Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery by Gerrie Ferris Fingers, is a fascinating and complicated trail littered with all sorts of intriguing characters including some who are missing: a young teen, an artist and his girlfriend.

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The Truth About Rat-Bite Fever

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Rodent Ramblings SECTION

by Shannon Carr



Despite experts at the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claiming that rat-bite fever is uncommon in the United States, recent events have brought the long misunderstood, four-legged critter front and center under a negative spotlight once again.

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Supernatural Recap and Review

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Chris Lovato SECTION

by Chris Lovato




Finished with nine seasons and headed for a 10th in the fall, Supernatural is a show that’s proven a fan favorite. It’s not hard to see why, but let’s take a look at…

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The Ossuary or Bone Church: A Travel Adventure

FROM THE July 19 ISSUE

IN THE Maria Ruiz SECTION

by Maria Ruiz



“Where are we?” I asked my husband.
“In the Czech Republic” he replied.
“I know that. But right now, where are we?”
“Driving around looking for the Ossuary. See that man standing by that fence. Ask him.” My husband started to slow the motor home.

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Hairspray On Stage At The Reedley Opera House

FROM THE July 16 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



One would expect a musical named after a beauty product to be silly and fluffy, and while the musical Hairspray is filled with a lot of fun, energy, and laughter, it also has an amazing message–this is why it is one of my favorite shows. Hairspray opened this past weekend at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the Reedley River City Theatre Co., and I must say they have definitely done this show justice!

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