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“Honk!” Presented by Selma Arts Center

FROM THE April 19 ISSUE

IN THE Joshua Ryan Taylor SECTION

by Joshua Ryan Taylor


The Selma Arts Center is one of the Valley’s brightest new voices in the live theatre scene, taking major artistic risks that pay off in wonderful an unexpected ways. For the third show of their 2017 season, they present Honk!, a musical adaptation of Hans Cristian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

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Earth Day Fresno 2017: Educate, Collaborate, Celebrate!

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate all things earthy, look no further than the Earth Day Celebration at Central Fresno’s Radio Park, located at First and Clinton Avenues. Saturday, April 22, will bring a full day of ecological fun and education for all!

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Climate Change in the Central Valley

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Don H. Gaede


We residents of the Central Valley enjoy a pretty nice climate. Granted, our summers can get pretty hot, but as Bill McEwen of the Fresno Bee puts it, “It’s a dry heat.”

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Feral Paws Austin – And It’s Not Texas!

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


Around three years ago a handsome gray and white cat named Austin somehow found himself at the Los Angeles County shelter in Lancaster, California. He was scared and only had days to be rescued or adopted. Thankfully Feral Paws Rescue found out about him and made the long trip to the shelter and rescued him along with a few others. Since Austin was friendly and healthy he was brought to the Rescue’s Adoption Center.

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Kings River Conservancy, Helping enhance environmental values

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is one of many Earth Day related articles up in this issue! You can check out all of our going green articles here.
Recently we interviewed the new Executive Director of the Kings River Conservancy, Mindy McClurg, about the conservancy and herself.

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March for Science

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Ashley Hughes


On April 22, Central Valley residents will unite in a show of international solidarity and celebration of the scientific community by taking part in Fresno’s March for Science. The local March will be held in conjunction with hundreds of rallies around the globe and will bring attention to the validity of Climate Change and the danger that budget cuts to scientific research and political reviews of scientific findings pose to our society.

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Shares the Darkness By J.R. Lindermuth: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Doward Wilson
& J.R. Lindermuth


Flora Vastine is a police officer in the small town of Swatara, Pennsylvania. Her long time neighbor, Mrs. Kepler, stops her as she is leaving for work to ask for her help. Her daughter, Jan, had not returned from a birding outing the afternoon before. Jan is a local school teacher and had grown up and gone to school with Flora, but they had never really been friends. Jan’s only friend is Peg Peabody, a retired teacher and fellow birder who Jan assisted in conducting birding tours.

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Manhattan Murder Mystery By Susan Bernhardt: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Margaret Mendel SECTION

by Margaret Mendel


New York City is an undeniably atmospheric place that many mystery authors find irresistible to use as a backdrop for stories and novels. I cannot even venture a guess how many murder or crime stories have been centered in any one of the five boroughs that make up this town that I call home.

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Brew or Die By Caroline Fardig: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Juliet Langley enjoys managing Nashville’s Java Jive coffeehouse, but she loves her challenging new part-time job as a licensed private investigator. Working at her friend Maya Huxley’s agency, Juliet’s newest assignment has her working undercover to discover how and why one of the partners of Wonder-Gen Fabricators is funneling money into the accounts. It’s Juliet’s first case working alone, but scrubbing office toilets while disguised as a nighttime cleaner is not exactly the glamorous job she may have envisioned.

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Every Trick in the Rook By Marty Wingate: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


The ever-busy Julia Lanchester has finally managed to carve out a weekend away from her job as the manager of Smeaton-under-Lyme’s tourist information center to spend a weekend away with her boyfriend Michael Sedgwick. It’s a shame that upon their return they find Detective Inspector Tess Callow greeting them with the news that Julia’s ex-husband has just been found in the summerhouse of Hoggin Hall.

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Tales From a Palestinian Immigrant and a Syrian Refugee

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Tales of Diversity SECTION

by Wasan Abu-Baker


“Once upon a time, in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo, one of the most beautiful cities in Syria…” this is how Iman Akroum started her conversation with me. Iman and I can both understand each other, missing home is not easy for both of us. When we first met, we shared our own private stories; we shared our tears and talked about leaving our home.

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Permanently Booked By Lisa Q. Mathews: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


After being kicked out by her sister, finding her latest boss dead, and never managing to hold a job, the last place twenty-nine year-old Summer Sloan-Smythe ever expected to feel at home was in Southwest Florida’s Hibiscus Pointe Senior Living Community. She moved into the ritzy retirement community after her grandmother’s death, and now Summer volunteers as its aquatics director.

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Springtime Murder: A Cozy Mystery Novelette By Marla Bradeen

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Polly Blake and the rest of the Blake family are enjoying the annual Spring Equinox barbecue, until Uncle Larry collapses. The 911 call and the ambulance sirens both mark the emergency, but the lack of a pulse points to the futility. Grandpa can’t believe a healthy man just drops dead and yells it must be murder, but he always yells any Blake family death is murder. When the police’s preliminary determination is that Uncle Larry had been poisoned, Polly is at a loss as to how and why.

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Thrift Story Recycling

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Bulls



So, Lorie, our esteemed editor and publisher, and I were discussing possible subjects for an article relating to Earth Day, April 22. I guess I am about as “green” as most people. I recycle paper, aluminum and plastic. We went solar two years ago. Last summer we replaced our front lawn with pavers, drought-tolerant native plants and bark. But I was drawing a complete blank as far as something to write about. Of course Lorie had an idea ? that’s why she is our editor and publisher ? write something about our local thrift stores. Brilliant!

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TV Pilot Films in Fresno With A Rogue Festival Connection

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


We recently interviewed a favorite of the Rogue Festival attendees in Fresno, Kurt Fitzpatrick, about a TV pilot he was a part of that filmed in Fresno and involved other Rogue Festival performers.

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The Amish Project Presented by the Visalia Players

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Nancy Holley



The Amish Project asks the question “How could the Amish forgive such a thing?” Playwright Jessica Dickey was deeply affected by the shooting that occurred on October 2, 2006, at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nichol Mines, PA. Dickey determined to answer the question, asked by so many at the time of the incident. Her journey began with the many news reports, but continued and ended with deeply researching the Amish themselves.

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