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With public events being canceled many are putting together online and streaming events–this page is for listing those whether they are art, theatre, music, books, or any other form of entertainment. If you have any upcoming events of that sort please email all info to kingsriverlife@gmail[dot]com

Reedley Peace Center-
For the remainder of 2020, Reedley Peace Center will hold Zoom meetings
When we can again meet in person, we will return to:
The Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church,
Located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets in Reedley
Contact: Hope Nisly (nislykliewer@gmail.com)


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Friday, October 9, 2020, 6 p.m.

Presenters: Ted Loewen, Jerry Linscheid, Joleen Siebert

What’s on the ballot? Ted and Jerry will provide insight into the propositions on the California 2020 ballot. Joleen will discuss the logistics of voting in the 2020 election.

To register for this meeting, follow the link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Kings River Conservancy to Host Annual Moonlight Over the River…To Go!

The Kings River Conservancy will host the Annual Moonlight over the River on Saturday, September 26 with a new twist. The year’s annual fundraiser will be streaming online beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner pick-up will be held immediately preceding the online streaming event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Thorburn Access Park.

The event will continue to feature a dessert auction where guests can bid on desserts and pick up their winnings when they pick up dinner. The auction has already started and will end on Friday, September 18.

A silent auction will also be held beginning on Wednesday, September 16 and ending on Sunday, September 27 at 12:00 noon. People can bid on the auction items without purchasing dinner tickets by going to charityauction.bid/KRC.

The silent auction features items such as large and small paintings and prints, gift baskets, gift cards, books, adventure experiences, and more.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this event to the community and raise some much-needed funds for the Conservancy,” said Sue Buckley, vice president of the Kings River Conservancy. “We have some fabulous items up for auction. Bid now, and bid often! We can’t do what the Conservancy is doing without your support!”

The online event will feature live music, video clips of the work of the Kings River Conservancy, testimonials from board members and supporters of the Kings River, along with a vision of the future.

Dinner tickets are $40 per person, provided by Food for Thought. A chicken, beef, or vegetarian option will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Kings River Conservancy’s ongoing projects such as trail maintenance and public safety education.

The Kings River Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to protect, enhance and educate people about the Kings River practices along the Kings River corridor from Pine Flat Dam to Highway 99. They participate in functions such as invasive species removal, a trout incubator house to release trout into the river, adding warden patrols and maintaining safe public access points along the river.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, contact the Kings River Conservancy at 559-787-9500 or visit www.kingsriverconservancy.org.

Join us for a brand new way to celebrate and support the Zoo! Safari Night is going virtual this year with a live streaming event and an online auction. For the first time ever, you can join in the fun and support the Zoo from anywhere!
Complete the complimentary registration via the Zoo’s website to get a virtual swag bag and have the opportunity to bid on items in our virtual auction. Auction items range from amazing animal adventures to baskets from your favorite local vendors. Bidding will open on Monday, September 21, at 10:00 am and close on Monday, September 28, at 10:00 am.
Watch the live streaming program on Friday, September 25 at 6:00pm for behind-the-scenes visits and a sneak peek at the upcoming project, Kingdoms of Asia.
We also have VIP experience packages so you can celebrate the Zoo in style with food and drink delivered to you.


Sonora, California – It seems like every time you turn around, another show or event is cancelled because of COVID-19. Earlier this summer, SRT had to make the difficult decision to cancel remaining productions and educational offerings in light of the state’s ban on mass gathering’s and other counties’ travel restrictions.
Our students have remained on our mind throughout the COVID-closure. We are so aware that under our current circumstances our region’s youth needs engagement with and access to the arts now more than ever. That’s why we are so excited to announce new SRT Jr. virtual masterclasses led by top industry talent, including Sierra Boggess, one Broadway’s biggest stars! Classes are available for all ages, even young adults in some cases. To register for our virtual masterclasses, visit SierraRep.org.
Starting in September, several acting, singing and dancing masterclasses will be led by Broadway veteran and SRT alum, Lulu Lloyd, who starred on Broadway in School of Rock: The Musical, and most recently starred in the national tour of Waitress The Musical. A magic workshop for kids and teens will be led by renowned magician and SRT favorite, Michael Misko. And last but not least, we’re absolutely elated to offer two very special masterclasses led by Sierra Boggess, the international star who originated the role of “Ariel” in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. We’re so incredibly lucky to give our students the opportunity to work with and learn from this incredible lineup of guest educators.
SRT Jr. Virtual Masterclass Series Fall 2020:
Broadway Masterclass: School of Rock with Lulu Lloyd
Sep 12, 2020 at 10 am
Time to let out your inner Rock Star! Lulu Lloyd, original Broadway cast member and Dance Captain, offers a Virtual School of Rock: The Musical Masterclass where students learn original choreography from the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. In this high energy 90-minute class, students will start by learning to sing a cut of “Stick it to the Man”. They will move beyond vocal technique and work specifically on the acting intention within the song’s structure and lyrics. Students will then learn the original Broadway choreography for the song and be able to put the two together. The class will culminate with a Q&A. All ages.
Broadway Masterclass: Waitress with Lulu Lloyd
Sep 26, 2020 at 10 am
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Sierra Repertory Theatre
SRT Jr. Fall 2020
Pie lovers unite! Lulu Lloyd (First National Tour Member of Waitress the Musical) leads an acting and movement Masterclass where students will learn original choreography to “What Baking Can Do”, “Opening Up” and the “Finale”. The students will dive deep into the emotional arch of Jenna as she puts her heart and soul into her pies. Then they will learn the Diner patron choreography to the up-tempo numbers that open and close the show. The class will culminate with a Q&A.
Song Coaching with Sierra Boggess
Oct 3, 2020 at 10 am
Each participant will be coached by Broadway star Sierra Boggess on their 32-bar cut audition song in this 90-minute masterclass. Sierra Boggess originated the role of “Ariel” in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She has also starred in The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, School of Rock: The Musical, and Les Misérables.
This Masterclass is by invitation only as enrollment must be limited to 8 students. To apply for this Masterclass, email education@sierrarep.org with the subject line: Song Coaching Masterclass. In the body of the email please include the name of the interested student and the parent/guardian’s name and email address.
Q&A with Sierra Boggess
Oct 3, 2020 at 12 pm
Learn what the road to Broadway looks like and what it takes to get there! This 90-minute question and answer session will put you up close with one of Broadway’s leading stars, Sierra Boggess.
8 enrollment slots in this Masterclass will be offered to students accepted into the Audition Song Coaching Masterclass first. All remaining slots will be opened for general enrollment by September 15, 2020.
Magic Kids with Michael Misko
Oct 24, 2020 at 10 am (8-12 years old) & 12pm (13-17 years old)
Michael Misko: Magician. Comedian. Cracker of Wise. With over 25 years of experience in magic and theatre, Michael has entertained audiences all over the world. Chosen as the original magician to create the role of the “Magic Maker” in the World Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do, Michael will teach you simple magic you can do with props you have at home! You will be able to amaze your friends and family with cards, coins, pieces of paper, and your newfound confidence.
5-Week Monologue Workshop with Lulu Lloyd
Oct 26, 2020 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks
Lulu Lloyd, Broadway performer, 8 show SRT alumni and founder of The Broadway Clubhouse teaches this virtual monologue class. Lulu will coach each student for five weeks on two monologues of their choosing, one comedic and one dramatic, both
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Sierra Repertory Theatre
SRT Jr. Fall 2020
under two minutes in length. After our final session, friends and family will have front row seats to watch what the actors have prepared in our Virtual Showcase. Perfect for anyone looking to sharpen their acting skills and get some monologues audition ready. This class will take place on Zoom and is limited to 10 students.
5-Week Song Workshop with Lulu Lloyd
Oct 27, 2020 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks
Lulu Lloyd, Broadway performer, 8 show SRT alumni and founder of The Broadway Clubhouse teaches this virtual class where students will be coached and guided through two contrasting songs of their choice in an effort to become audition ready. For five weeks they will work on things like vocal technique, dynamic storytelling and proper audition etiquette. After our final session, friends and family will have front row seats to watch what the actors have prepared in our Virtual Showcase. Perfect for anyone looking to sharpen their skills as a singing actor. This class will take place on Zoom and is limited to 10 students.
Enrollment for all classes is now being processed through CourseStorm to offer our families the easiest experience possible. For classes $100+, we’re pleased to now offer payment plans to help make paying for your student’s education more accessible and convenient. Please note that both of the Sierra Boggess masterclasses will require pre-enrollment. However, no other classes require pre-enrollment, and you can register and pay for those classes at any time. If you would like to inquire about scholarship information, respond to this email with the header “Scholarship Inquiry,” and we’ll send you details directly.
For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre, visit www.SierraRep.org or call the Box Office at (209) 532-3120. Follow Sierra Repertory Theatre on Instagram at @SierraRep; and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SierraRep.

Kings Art Center Press Release

605 N. Douty Street, Hanford

The Great Pandemic Folk Art Experience

When most people think of 2020, they probably don’t think of flamingos.

But as different non-profit groups scramble to keep the lights on during the Covid 19 pandemic, flamingos might just be what saves the Kings Art Center.

“Flamingos are fun and flamboyant – they are just joyful,” Judi Tunison, a volunteer member of the Kings Art Center Guild, said. “That’s what art is, too. We need that right now.”

The Guild, the fundraising arm of the Kings Art Center, wants to ‘flock’ people with flamingos as part of their contactless fundraising efforts over the next few months.

Referred to jokingly as the Great Pandemic Folk Art Experience, the Guild recruited artists, novices, and kids to take a typical pink plastic flamingo and turn it into an art piece, with inspiration ranging from Frieda Kahlo to Jackson Pollack to Looney Toons and Disney movies. The result is a colorful and unique flock of flamingo art to decorate a friend or loved one’s yard for a day.

The money raised not only helps keep the Kings Art Center operating, but also supports the many children’s art programs it runs throughout the year.

To order a flock, use the website: http://kingsartcenter.org or call the Kings Art Center at (559) 584-1065.

The Gallery at Arts Visalia is closed until further notice. Not to fear our July exhibition featuring Matthew Rangel and Paul Buxman will be available for a Virtual First Friday. Visit www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours to experience this amazing exhibition with out leaving your home. Arts Visalia will be taking limited appointments for those who would still like to experience the exhibition in person.
Schedule your appointment now.

Join us for our September Virtual First Friday! Arts Visalia is excited to present an interview with one of our Fall Featured Artists Paul Buxman. A San Joaquin Valley native, Paul Buxman is no stranger to the beauty of the landscape. Using vibrant colors and impressionist brush strokes Buxman’s passion for clean farming and love of the land is hard to ignore. Watch the interview now to learn more about Paul and his amazing work!

We also are accepting appointments to view the current exhibitions featuring Paul Buxman and Matthew Rangel. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a gallery visit please call 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net.

Some things to know before scheduling an appointment to visit the gallery:

Limited appointment times will be available Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5:30 p.m.
Masks will be required.

You can make your appointment by calling the gallery at 559-739-0905 or emailing us at artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net

For the time being Playhouse is hosting a Weekly Cabaret Series- Thursday Evenings at 6:30. We post a link to the Youtube event 15-10 minutes before the broadcast and keep the streams up for a week or so. The performances are dedicated to local businesses and Downtown Merced, and we give free advertising and ways the community can support them during this time. It is a Zoom Cabaret so the sound is not AMAZING, but we are learning each week and discovering new ways to improve and work with local Central valley talent. I have Attached this week’s cabaret poster below. I can send you a new one each week.

We also are running a weekly creation challenge via our new App ” Make it Happen Mondays”. In which we host a competition with fun playhouse prizes including tuition discounts and free classes for our newly reinvisioned Online Conservatory.

OUr app features exclusive content, including free classes, challenges and performances as well as surveys, sections where users can upload their videos and images from their favorite memories at Playhouse.

They are also doing a Drama Talk back series-info can be found here.

Selma Arts Center
In an effort to keep our spirits high and creativity flourishing, SAC introduces Throwback Thursday Stream Nights! Each week, we will revisit some of our original programming, cabarets, and other live events via watch party right here on our page.

Join us for a watch party that celebrates past programming while keeping a creative light shining on us all during this difficult time.

You can learn more on their Facebook page.

Local musician Patrick Contreras is doing live stream concerts on his Facebook page.

The Wakehouse in Reedley has been offering streaming concerts on their Facebook page.

Nate Butler and KFSR are doing some streaming events featuring local musicians you can learn more in the KRL interview.

More streaming concerts can be found on the Facebook page Quarantined Concerts.

Streaming art event with local artist Aileen Imperatrice:

The show at Arte Americas “!Adelante, Artistas y Danzantes!” continues even with the COVID-19 temporary closure and is viewable through their 3D Virtual Tour of the galleries link here: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7YbMYJCe9in Enjoy the tour, where you’ll find my 2 pieces “Into this house we’re born” and “I am curves of Earth”.

City of Visalia Recycled Art Contest
Is your family going stir crazy stuck at home? Can’t go to the church,
the park or gather with friends? How about a family bike ride, work on a
puzzle, or create a table-game family challenge. Maybe your family may
want to create their own vegetable garden in pots for a patio area or
somewhere in the back yard. (other ideas?)

Here is a fun idea for the whole family! The Recycle Art Contest has
extended the entry deadline. As a family, search online for recycle art
ideas. Then go on a scavenger hunt around the house to gather
“recyclables”. Working together, each family member can create an
individual entry for the “ecocreate” Art Contest. Prize winners are to
be announced at Visalia’s Earth Day 2020 celebration on September 19,
2020, at Riverway Sports Park. Your efforts will help protect our
environment by recycling.

This contest is sponsored by the City of Visalia. Arts Visalia is not involved with this event. Please visit www.gogreenvisalia.com for more details.

The SOURCE LGBT+ Center gala fundraiser
‘Escape to Oz’ online event
The Source LGBT+ Center*, serving Tulare and Kings County, will hold an online fundraising gala on October 17, 2020, 6 to 8 pm. Themed “Escape to Oz”, guests of the gala will be emailed a link for the live “secret” broadcast, and the event will be available to the public the next day on Facebook, at The Source’s page https://www.facebook.com/thesourcelgbt/.
?Event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/308754940271634/
Follow the yellow brick road for an evening to somewhere fantastic. What better way to celebrate and thank you for your support and fundraising than to throw THE BEST VIRTUAL FRIENDS OF DOROTHY HALLOWEEN PARTY EVER?
Enjoy catered food, drinks, music, prizes, surprise celebrities, live entertainment, auctions, Halloween contests, AND Oz-themed escape room puzzles all from the comfort of your own home!
Join us by registering now to fundraise as an individual or as part of a team! Reach a minimum of $125 per person and you’re off to see the Wizard at our Gayla! Keep fundraising to earn even more amazing prizes and other “little pretties!” Sign up by clicking here (https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-source-lgbt-center/escape-to-oz-our-first-annual-halloween-gala).
?No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded!
?Everyone who fundraises $125 or more will glam it up at our Gayla, but we’re not going to stop there. Teams and individuals who fundraise more earn fabulous prizes: “T-Shirts, and Jackets, and Hoodies… Oh my! ”
It will be an event to remember. A night to support, commemorate and celebrate with your local LGBT+ Center. Your participation supports our core programs such as HIV services and prevention, transgender services, and our Youth Leadership Academy. We are looking at reduced grant funding and event revenue in 2021, so part of our solution is you attending the gala.
Nick Vargas, co-founder and Director of Development says, “I helped start and now work for The Source LGBT+ Center. It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had, and I’ve seen lives saved and situations improved. LGBT+ friendly policies have been adopted in institutions where I never thought they would be. Please help me continue the work of The Source by participating in “Escape to Oz” on October 17, 2020. My team the Lollipop Guild has a goal of $2,000 to help fund HIV services, transgender services, suicide prevention, and youth services. Your investment in this fundraiser is an investment in me and my community.”
For further information, see the following links:

CCA seeks artist submissions for virtual ‘PANDEMICAL’ exhibition

The Fresno State Center for Creativity and the Arts (CCA) is calling for Central California artist submissions for its exhibition “PANDEMICAL” to be held Oct. 1 to Nov. 20 in a virtual environment. The exhibition will explore ways COVID-19 has impacted our lives, creativity and artistry. Submissions include, but are not limited to: spoken word, poetry, theatre, music, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and animation. Artwork may be submitted in four categories: innovation, isolation and community, illness and wellness, and social advocacy. Each category will be juried and prizes awarded. Submission information is on the CCA website. All submissions must be received by Sept. 10.

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