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Lorie Lewis Ham

Clovis Haunted Trail

IN THE October 16 ISSUE

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As we continue to cover local Halloween events, the Clovis Haunted Trail seems like a perfect one for 2021 since it is outdoors—-still the safest way to gather for a fun time in a pandemic world. We chatted with the creator and coordinator of the event Falina Marihart to learn more.

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The College of the Sequoias Performing Arts will be presenting its first ever Shakespeare in the Park show, Much Ado About Nothing, starting this weekend on their new Festival Stage. We took a moment to chat with the show’s director, James McDonnell, about the show and the new stage. James is Professor of Theatre and Cinema as well as the Fine Arts Division Chair. He also serves as the resident costume designer for the productions and directs about half of the shows.

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The Source Halloween Gala

IN THE October 9 ISSUE

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The Source LGBT+ Center’s 2nd Annual Halloween Gala, presented by Tucoemas Federal Credit Union, will be taking place on October 23. It is their fresh and inclusive update of the traditional nonprofit fundraising gala. The purpose of the gala is to raise funds to sustain operations of The Source LGBT+ Center in Visalia, which is one of the nation’s fastest growing LGBTQ+ centers. Recently we chatted with their director of Development and Strategy, Nick Vargas, to learn more.

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The Necklace is the latest thriller by award winning TV writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Matt Witten. It follows the journey of Susan Lentigo as she travels across country to witness the execution of the man who murdered her 7-year-old daughter 20 years ago.

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The Big Fresno Fair Back In Person

IN THE September 25 ISSUE

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It is almost time for the Big Fresno Fair again, and it will be back in person this year October 6-17; however, nothing is as it once was. We chatted with Lauri King about this year’s fair and what it is going to be like. Lauri is Deputy Manager II with the Big Fresno Fair.

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One of the wonderful things that the San Joaquin Valley has to offer is fresh fruit and vegetables–the City of Reedley is actually known as The World’s Fruit Basket. One way to obtain some of that delicious produce is from fruit stands in the area. Recently, we chatted with Reedley farmer and the operator of one of these stands, Liset Garcia, from Sweet Girl Farms. Sweet Girl Farms is a family business.

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As you have probably gathered, KRL has a deep love of pets of all shapes and sizes, and we also like to highlight local businesses. This week we chatted with Sheryl Wall, one of the owners of Natisa’s Boarding House, a local dog boarding house in Reedley, CA. Sheryl and Brian Wall own and run the business together.

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As theatre gradually returns to local stages it is taking on many forms, including staged readings. We recently chatted with Christine Myers, a member of UR Here Theater, to learn about the staged readings they are doing at 2nd Space Theatre in Fresno. Christine is a board member of UR Here Theater and the director of the readings.

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Olivaia’s OLA Award Winning Olive Oil

IN THE July 24 ISSUE

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This year Olivaia’s OLA in Lindsay, CA won Best of the Valley in the Big Fresno Fair San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition. We decided to reach out to them and learn more about this locally grown olive oil. Recently we chatted with Giulio Zavolta, who is cofounder of Olivaia’s OLA together with his wife Rachelle Bross. Giulio is educated and trained in architecture, and Rachelle is a PhD trained dietitian.

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We have interviewed many local artists over the past 11 years here in KRL, and this week we are interviewing one of our own, Sanger artist Terrance Mc Arthur. Terrance is an artist, a storyteller, writer (for KRL and of short stories), a local actor, and former librarian. And so much more!

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The Always Anonymous Beast was originally released in 1987 and has recently been re-released by ReQueered Tales. It is the first book in the Caitlin Reece Mystery series written by Lauren Wright Douglas.
Caitlin is a private detective, but it’s not completely clear in this book if she is officially one or someone who simply is paid to help right wrongs. While Caitlin is definitely tough and capable she isn’t a stereotypical hard-boiled kind of detective—she is an ex-lawyer who once worked for the Crown Prosecutor’s office (think the D.A.’s office in this country), a Shakespeare scholar, and a classical music aficionado.

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In honor of Pride this month, we wanted to again interview a local LGBTQ+ performer like we did last year, so we reached out to local actor, singer, and so much more, Lilly Dale Read.

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The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait is the seventh book in Cleo Coyle’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. The series features bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and the ghost of 1940s private detective Jack Shephard.

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Queer Goggles: A Local LGBTQ+ Podcast

IN THE June 19 ISSUE

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This month we are highlighting LGBTQ+ authors, activists, artists, and more in honor of Pride. Recently we chatted with Brian Poth, who is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Source LGBT+ Center, about his podcast Queer Goggles. He hosts the podcast with Nick Vargas, who is co-founder of The Source LGBT+ Center and is their Director of Development and Strategy. The Source is based in Visalia, California.

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