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Downtown Fresno

by Tom Sims



A little boy sits reading a book. As he reads birds emerge and take flight into the vastness of an unknown world.
He is unleashing his imaginations, allowing his thoughts to soar, releasing words, ideas, and images into a world of possibilities. His creative mind has met the creative mind of an author, story teller, or poet on the pages of that book in his hand and that meeting has changed the world.

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by Tom Sims



It is the best job they ever had.
It is a fresh start.
It is a chance to add value to other people’s lives and put smiles on their faces.
It is a place to build hope and to facilitate community.

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by Sarah Peterson


Since iconic Fresno eatery The Downtown Club reopened as The Republican last November, the historic building in downtown Fresno has gotten a new lease on life. Kings River Life sat down with Republican co-owner Kate McKnight to talk menus and venues ahead of the bar-and-grill’s new schedule starting May 2.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Sometimes the Great Food Search tries a variety of establishments along a theme. Sometimes, it’s trying a bunch of things at one place. Today, we study an odd little building with an odd little menu in odd little Fresno.

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by Tom Sims


There is a Tree of Life growing in Downtown Fresno that is part of a movement to gather, feed, entertain and engage community in the heart of a great city. This Tree of Life is the Tree of Life Café and this is Part I of the story. My mouth is watering and I can hardly wait for the grand opening in March. That will be Part II.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


A block away from Fresno County’s Central Library is my go-to lunch place, Kikku Japanese Food, 2336 Tulare Street. I’ve been going there for a long time, but there have been some major changes that have brought it to the top of the Great Food Search list.

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Valley Thrift Stores

IN THE September 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green,
andMallory Moad
SECTIONS

by Mallory Moad


“Hey, Mallory, I like your jacket!”
“Thanks, I got it for a dollar at a thrift store.”
That statement is true, and if you adjust the price up or down some, it could apply to my pants and shirt, too. I am a thrift store junkie through and through.

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by Michelle Swift



Each year at the beginning of May, Fresno encourages Historical Preservation efforts with a week of special events and advocacy for its historical places. This year, the theme for the week was “Every Building has a Story.” Downtown Fresno is brimming with such places, and Warnors Center for the Performing Arts has an abundance of stories from within the large complex.

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Strolling: Riverwalk

IN THE February 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andStrolling The Town,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims


Flow, river, flow. Flowing river, flow deeper, wider, faster, mightier. Flow.
And I wish, I wish, I wish it were so.
It was a walk.

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by Michelle Swift



The historic Warnors Theatre in downtown Fresno has developed a special way for Central Valley residents to enjoy the beauty of the theatre with their family and friends. On the third Thursday of every month, they show classic films. Films that strike a heart-cord across many generations, and that the crowd can really get into. Warnors staff and volunteers help patrons to get in the spirit by dressing in themed costumes, and inviting guests to do the same. In fact, for each film, anyone dressed in a theme to match the film gets in for free! For example, for Singing in the Rain on February 19, anyone in rain gear will get in for free.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



enny Young, owner and managing Partner at Fresno’s infamous Full Circle Brewing Company, never dreamed he would become a ‘brewmaster’ at one of the tastiest and most eclectic tap houses around the San Joaquin Valley. Over the course of the past 14 years, the Full Circle Brewing Company has transformed from a tiny neighborhood bar to a welcoming thirst quencher for Fresno’s downtown 20-something dwellers, travelers passing up and down the 99, and their loyal regulars, who enjoy the easy atmosphere always found at Full Circle.

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Vintage Corner! Downtown Fresno

IN THE November 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCommunity,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims


When do social conscience, love of community, creativity, and entrepreneurship converge?
The answer is, when business owners like those near the corners of Tuolumne and Fulton in downtown Fresno start to collaborate and look for ways to bring people downtown to experience its charm and potential in great expression of generosity and good business sense.

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Strolling A Forgotten Corridor

IN THE September 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCommunity,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims


The first definition of a stroll at Dictionary.Com was not adequate for my purposes this weekend, “… to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk …”
So, I took the second, “to wander or rove from place to place; roam …” That is because I walked a bit and drove a bit. It was just supposed to be a stroll, mostly by car, down a “forgotten” corridor of Fresno. I was going to mark and note some beautiful sites along the way where beauty is often overlooked.

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by Tom Sims


Recently, local religious congregations were treated to the following announcement from a local group of religious communities called “Faith in Community:”
“Do you believe that every life in our beloved city of Fresno matters? As people of faith, we know that all people are created in the image of God and that every life has inherent worth and dignity. We are facing some immense challenges – we have the nation’s highest concentration of poverty, second-highest metropolitan poverty level overall in the country, a 20 year difference in the life expectancy between Southwest and Northeast Fresno, and 8 of California’s 10 riskiest, most toxic neighborhoods.”

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