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A Walk in the Woods Presented by the Enchanted Playhouse

FROM THE October 13 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Take a book of fairy tales (Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.), rip out the pages, put them in a blender, add three scoops of puns, and flip the switch. When you’re finished, you might have A Walk in the Woods, the Enchanted Playhouse production now playing at the Main Street Theatre in Visalia through October 21.

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Little Shop of Horrors Presented by StageWorks Fresno

FROM THE October 11 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Joseph Ham


What do you get when you cross a man-eating alien plant with a hapless, lonely flower shop worker? Nothing good. Just ask Seymour Krelborn, he can tell you.

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Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder By Dyane Harwood

FROM THE October 10 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Maricela Estrada-Moreno


Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder articulately written by Dyane Harwood is a touching memoir that portrays a woman’s struggle with Postpartum Bipolar Disorder and the courage that helps her find healing from mental illness.

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ARF: Reptiles and Rover, An Odd Couple

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Wendy Hunter


If you missed the giant Reptile/Pet Show at the Fresno Fairgrounds a few weeks ago, you didn’t miss one little thing. What you did miss was one BIG selection of brightly colored creatures, inching through glass display cases, and scavenging for tasty treats. And I’m not just talking about the crowd. I’m talking about the creepy, crawly, scary, slimy, bearded, bug-eyed critters that kids and adults alike just couldn’t get enough of.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week: Say It Forward!

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Wendy Ward



My first experiences with mental health conditions are the reasons that I co-founded The Youth Mental Health Project. I believe that by changing the way we talk about and how we act with regard to our children’s mental health, we can create better outcomes for ourselves, our children, and future generations. That is why the International Bipolar Foundation’s #SayitForward campaign is key to change.

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Are We Humans Smarter Than Our Cats? The Jury is Still Out

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Lee Juslin SECTION

by Lee Juslin


One day, while opening my latest shipment from Chewy, lifting out the box of cat food, and putting aside the much prized, best-cat-toy-in-the-world kraft paper, I found a sample of Friskies cat treats.

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Two Fun Halloween Mysteries By Kathi Daley: Reviews/Giveaways

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


A big storm! A lightening strike! The lights go out! The book club is plunged into darkness, so they decide to wait for the worse to pass, and when it seems safe enough, the group decides to head home. Closing up the Coffee Cat Books, Caitlin and Tara notice Paula’s car is still in the parking lot. It wouldn’t have been unusual for her to decide to get a ride from one of the other bookclub members…safety in numbers and all.

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Booke of the Hidden By Jeri Westerson: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new urban fantasy series by Jeri Westerson–whose Crispin Guest medieval noir books I love! I was confident that I would enjoy this new series as well-and I was right.

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Halloween Fun At the Winchester Mystery House

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have always thought that an awesome place to celebrate Halloween would be at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. I found out this year that they do actually have special candlelight tours for the Halloween season, along with some other Halloween fun. I recently chatted with them about this fun and spooky possibility for your Halloween experience this year!

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Local Teacher Profile: RHS Mathematics Teacher, Don Friesen

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Brissa Reyes



Teachers are much more than just educators. They inspire, create, and encourage greatness from the people around them. Whether it’s investing in their students to strive for success or simply by instructing complex ideas that help them grow intellectually. They shape the lives of our community in grand ways and are deserving of an immense amount of recognition, more than what they usually receive. We would like to recognize one of those teachers who has positively influenced the lives of many, and has changed the community for the better: RHS Calculus teacher Don Friesen.

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Red Ribbon Halloween Carnival In Reedley

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


I remember attending the Halloween Carnival in Reedley all the way back when I was a kid–it was a highlight of the season. It is still going strong and now combined with Red Ribbon Week, and I took some time to chat with one of those in charge of the event, Sarah Reid, the Community Services Superintendent. One of the Red Ribbon events already took place on October 5-a newspaper sale which is their annual fundraiser. This year’s Red Ribbon theme is “Your Future is the Key; So Stay Drug Free!.” The Halloween Carnival is scheduled for October 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Reedley Armory Building.

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Day of the Dark Edited by Kaye George: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Even with the media blitzes, special glasses, and astronomer’s preparations, there’s no denying that the sun going completely dark during a solar eclipse could be terrifying. It shouldn’t be surprising that throughout the centuries, every culture has had a different myth or legend for a seemingly inexplicable event. In preparation for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, Kaye George gathered a diverse collection of short stories all surrounding this extraordinary event.

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Midnight, Texas: TV Review

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Jane Leslie


Midnight, Texas is a supernatural thriller TV show about a small town in Texas with an unusual population. It is based on the book series by Charlaine Harris.
On the run from his past, young psychic Manfred Bernardo is told by the ghost of his grandmother to seek out refuge in Midnight, Texas.

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Grave Errors By Carol J. Perry: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 7 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


With Halloween the big attraction in Salem, Massachusetts, the week following tends to be a rather disappointing lull. The students of Maralee “Lee” Barrett’s Television Production class intend to change that, proposing a November Dia de los Muertos celebration that will fulfill a historical video assignment while spicing up the community and attracting tourists. The former “psychic” host of a late night television show, Lee has given up her acting job to teach at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts.

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