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Fresno Rainbow Pride and Community Link are excited to bring the incredible comedian and LGBTQ+ Icon Sandra Bernhard to the Tower Theatre, to help us kick off 2024 Fresno Pride! Sandra is coming to perform one of her iconic one woman shows and she is bringing the Sandyland Squad band along with her for an incredible night of entertainment! Tickets to this show start at just $35 and we would love to see you there! In addition to an amazing night, the funds raised from this show will benefit the 2024 Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival, which will help us put on the best Pride event that Fresno has ever seen!
We are also having a contest, we want to get the information about this event and the ticket link to as many people as possible, we want to sell out the Tower Theatre! If you purchase a ticket or have already purchased a ticket to the show, let me know what seats you purchased, and I will enter you into the contest for 2 free meet and greet tickets ($300 value) and 2 free tickets in price tier 1 (Front of theatre-$140 value), so the total value of the prize is almost $500! The other way to enter the contest is to share the flyer and ticket link on your social media, and send me a screenshot, and I will enter you in the contest.
We will put all the names in and draw the winner the last week of January! Thank you for your support of Community Link and Fresno Rainbow Pride, come Ride the Rainbow Wave and help us Navigate Through the Current in 2024!

Fresnan Anthony Cody explores Latinx identity, larger themes at 2024 Janzen Writers Series

 Fresno Pacific University’s Jean and Louis Janzen Writer Series is often a showcase for area writers of note—this year’s guest grew up within walking distance of the main campus.

Anthony Cody grew up near the corner of Belmont and Chestnut, two miles due north of the main FPU campus at the intersection of Chestnut and Butler in the heart of Southeast Fresno. A Latinx poet, he has lineage in the Bracero Program and Dust Bowl. Cody’s latest collection is The Rendering (Omnidawn, 2023). His debut collection, Borderland Apocrypha

(Omnidawn, 2020) has won a Whiting Award and an American Book Award, and has been recognized by the National Book Foundation, PEN America and the L.A. Times. Cody teaches in the MFA program at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA.

The 2024 Jean and Louis Janzen Visiting Writer’s Series presentation will span Cody’s work in the archives of the Treaty of Guadalupe, the Dust Bowl and collective complicities as complex as his own Irish and Mexican ancestry. Cody will speak to his upbringing and how his own identity has shaped his work.

The reading starts at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, in the Lin Family Performance Studio, part of the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission to the event, which includes light refreshments and a book-signing by the author, is free.

The Jean & Louis Janzen Visiting Writer’s Series is hosted by the School of Humanities Religion & Social Sciences to honor the service, teaching and contributions of Dr. Louis Janzen and Jean Janzen, award-winning Central Valley poet and FPU faculty.

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FRESNO COUNTY BLOSSOM TRAIL

OPENING CEREMONY SET FOR FEBRUARY 8TH

Springtime attraction kicks off its 31st season with Opening Ceremony in Selma on Friday, February 8th

With welcome rain continuing to fall, trail visitors may have to be patient for a few more weeks for the blossom season to begin.  Projected to be in bloom by late February (weather permitting) the Blossom Trail is a self-guided tour through eastern Fresno County featuring a panorama of blossoming stone fruit orchards and citrus groves alive with fragrance and bursting with color (orange blossoms usually bloom into April).  Colorful orchards are set against the picturesque backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy the visual and aromatic experience of Fresno County’s rich agricultural bounty.

The 31st Annual Fresno County Blossom Trail Opening Ceremony will be held at Selma Arts Center, 1935 High Street in Selma, on Friday, February 8th at 10am.   The City of Selma and the Selma District Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host this celebrated annual event at this iconic location.  This year’s ceremony will include the unveiling of the 2019 Blossom Trail Poster, by local artist Ghamar Hafami.  The 2019 Poster will be available for sale at the opening ceremony and at several Blossom Trail Partners including the Chambers of Commerce in Kingsburg, Sanger, Reedley, Selma, and the County Office of Tourism.

The non-profit Fresno County Blossom Trail is a collaborative effort with Fresno County joining with the trail’s partner cities (Sanger, Kingsburg, Orange Cove, Reedley, Fowler, and Selma) in eastern Fresno County to welcome springtime visitors to the region.

To find the latest Blossom information, the Blossom Trail webpage (www.goblossomtrail.com) has an “Update” feature that will provide eyewitness reports of when blooms are first spotted on the Trail.  These updates are also communicated to followers via twitter “@goblossomtrail”.  The Trail website also contains the popular Photo Gallery feature, where trail visitors can submit their digital pictures providing a first person visual account.

 A visit to the Fresno County Blossom Trail can be just the start of the celebration; visitors can also enjoy a variety of Blossom Themed events and offerings listed below. 

EVENTS:

February 8th

31st Annual Fresno County Blossom Trail Opening Ceremony, Selma

 February 23rd & 24th

4th Annual Blossom Trail Bus Tour (with Wine Tasting), Sanger

 March 2nd

31st Annual Blossom Trail Festival, Sanger

22nd Annual Blossom Trail Run, Sanger

30th Annual Kings River Blossom Bike Ride, Reedley

March 2nd & 3rd

Blossom Trail Wine Weekend, Blossom Trail Wineries, Eastern Fresno County

March 2/3, 9/10, and 16/17

Blossom Trail Train Rides, Hillcrest Farm, Reedley

 April 6th

Orange Cove Blossom Festival, Orange Cove

There are also farm stores, tours and more along the trail – see www.goblossomtrail.com for details.

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Our Families Deserve Better

LGBTQIA2S+ people are under attack. Especially transgender and nonbinary folks. We know from history and science that there have always been those who are queer or intersex or gay or asexual or gender nonconforming. We know that these are normal variations of the human condition. Biology is complicated. Yet some people choose to see this as a danger. There has been a huge increase in laws limiting the freedom of individuals to use the names and pronouns they choose and the restroom best fitting their gender. There have been laws to prevent students from competing in sports as their own gender. There are laws to prevent minors from receiving the treatment that they and their parents want for them in accordance with their medical and mental health providers. The end game has been spelled out—the aim is to force transgender adults to detransition. To achieve this, laws have been passed in some states to prevent teachers, medical providers and mental health professionals from discussing sexuality, gender, race, abortion, and other important topics. By not allowing access to accurate information in schools and libraries, young people are learning from their peers and the internet—sometimes very unreliable sources.

Ignorance and hostility to the LGBT+ community put our youth at higher risk of physical and mental health problems, poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, and other adverse outcomes. When the entire community supports and celebrates its LGBT+ members everyone prospers.

This harmful and unnecessary anti-LGBT+ legislation is why the Human Rights Campaign has declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQ+ Americans. Limiting free speech, bodily autonomy, access to knowledge, and parents’ rights to appropriate medical and psychological treatment for their children is un-American, and we need to call it out. It is time for straight allies to stand up and demand an end to this persecution of our LGBT+ friends and families. Vote as if their lives depend on it—because they do.

PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties Board Members
Kathryn Hall, MD
Cathy Brass
Katia Clark
Jonathan Ward
Rev. Suzanne Ward
Jim Reeves

Our Vision
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Our Mission
Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.

References

1. LGBTQ+: Support and Care, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021
Part 1: Combating Stigma and Discrimination
Part 2: Health Concerns and Disparities
Part 3: Caring for Transgender Children

2. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64806/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK64806.pdf

For further information, contact PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties at pflagtularekings@gmail.com
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World Ag Expo showcases Fresno State’s ties to nation’s leading ag area

Faculty, staff and students will host over 20 events showcasing their research, community and industry outreach efforts from Tuesday to Thursday, Feb. 13 to 15, at the 57th annual World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center (4500 S. Laspina St. in Tulare).

More than 100,000 people from around the world and nearly all 50 states visit the Tulare event annually to see the latest in farm equipment and technology. The world’s largest agricultural exposition will host nearly 100 in-person seminars and a wide range of industry exhibitors and special events.

Fresno State’s campus and its 1,000-acre University Agricultural Laboratory are located in the heart of the agriculturally rich Central Valley, which provides more than half of the fruit, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States.

Agricultural Ambassador students will host a campus information booth that opens at 9 a.m. each day in the education pavilion to share information about Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology programs with prospective students and the public in the Career and Education Pavilion (Booth 7002-03).

Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire, dean of the Jordan College at Fresno State, will host an ice cream social at the booth at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, followed by a visit by Fresno State’s live mascot, Victor E. Bulldog IV, at 11 a.m.

The campus Institute for Food and Agriculture is coordinating seminars Tuesday, Feb. 13, that cover a wide range of agricultural trends related to agricultural education and career skills enhancement, dairy product development programs and other food and poultry industry topics.

Water, Energy and Technology Center campus staff will host an innovation pitch event at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, featuring products and services from companies tied to the Blue Tech Valley and Valley Ventures accelerator programs.

Other presentations hosted by the California Water Institute will focus on the history and current state water rights, usage, management practices, issues and solutions from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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ART EXHIBITS

 

April 1-19
White Noise
Ewert Art Gallery, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Artist David Hembree creates works of various media and scale digging into popular culture of his childhood. Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

ArtHop Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Ewert Art Gallery, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

April 29-May 31
FPU Student Show
Ewert Art Gallery, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Works by students of graphic design, photography, ceramics, drawing and painting.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

ArtHop Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Ewert Art Gallery, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

CONCERTS

 

Sunday, February 18, 3:00 p.m.
Winter Choral Masterworks Concert
St. James Episcopal Cathedral
4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno
FPU Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, San Joaquin Chorale, Fresno Choral Artists, church choirs and a string orchestra will perform. Featuring Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” and J.S. Bach’s “Easter cantata (BWV #4, ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’).” Concert under the overall direction of Jeffrey Wilson, D.M.A., director of choral music at FPU. Admission is free with a free-will offering.  fpu.edu/events

 

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
Symphonic Band & Jazz Band Concert
Lyles Theater, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Under the direction of George Dougherty, D.M.A., coordinator of instrumental music at FPU.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Band Concert
Lyles Theater, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Under the direction of George Dougherty, D.M.A., coordinator of instrumental music at FPU.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

Monday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Symphonic Band with Fresno City College and Delta College
Lyles Theater, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Under the direction of George Dougherty, D.M.A., coordinator of instrumental music at FPU.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.
Spring Choral Concert
University Presbyterian Church
1776 E. Roberts Ave., Fresno
Under the direction of Jeffrey Wilson, D.M.A., director of choral music at FPU.
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
Crosswind Evening of Praise & Worship
Lyles Theater, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Under the direction of Melita Mudri-Zubacz
Admission is free. fpu.edu/events

 

LECTURE

 

March 21-23, 2024
The Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies
Hosted by Fresno Pacific University and North Fresno Church. Speaker Tim Geddert, Ph.D., emeritus professor of New Testament at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, will give three presentations:

  • “Mark: The Most Misunderstood Gospel,” 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2024, Theissen Conference Room (WEC114) and Courtyard, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Dessert reception included. Admission free.
  • “Following Jesus for All Its Worth!” 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2024, in BC Lounge (NOH132), main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission free.
  • “Jesus on the World Stage: The Passion Drama in Four Acts,” lecture and luncheon Saturday, March 23, 2023, at North Fresno Church, 5724 N. Fresno St. Fresno. Admission free; RSVP required.
    • 9:30 a.m. | Welcome/registration
    • 10:00 a.m. | Interactive lecture
    • 11:30 a.m. | Free luncheon

 

A native of Canada, Tim Geddert studied there, the U.S. and Scotland and did church work in Canada and Germany. He has written numerous books in English and German and worked with churches and schools in many countries. His primary ministry has been teaching New Testament at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary from 1986 through 2023. The Gospel of Mark has been his special companion through all those years. The Edmund Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies promotes care­ful scholarship in biblical interpretation as well as the witness of the Christian church. The lectureship is made possible through an endowment honoring the 35 years Edmund Janzen served FPU as

president and faculty member.

 

THEATER

 

Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
Staged Reading of Langston Hughes Poetry
Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Poetry by a giant of the Harlem Renaissance as read by FPU students Judith Flores Mora, Xochitl Gamino, McKayla Garcia, Vanessa Gomes, Alyson Lehrer, Alana Mendes, Katelyn Onyekwelu and Aziah Vang.

Admission is free.

fpu.edu/events

 

March 22-23 at 7:00 p.m.
The Madrigal Dinner: A Renaissance Feaste
Lyles Theater, Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Join the royal court for a night of dinner theater fun, frolic and fancy!
Writer, Kevin Kelleher
Director, Elizabeth Fiester
Music Director, Jeffrey Wilson, D.M.A., director of choral music at FPU
Admission covers dinner, beverages, dessert The Madrigal Dinner: A Renaissance Feaste | Fresno Pacific University

 

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Staged Reading of the Glass Menagerie
Warkentine Culture and Arts Center
4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, part of the main FPU campus
Listen to actors reading Tennessee Williams’ classic play about a dysfunctional family that may make you feel better about your own. fpu.edu/events

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