What do sweet bread, suicide squads, tangy cheese, and crisp wine all have in common? They are all part of the rich culture and traditions that evolved on the nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Azores. The islands that make up the Azores are one of the autonomous regions of Portugal; the people of the Azores have their own government while enjoying the rights and privilege of Portuguese citizenship.
As he approached the gallows on the morning of Friday, April 13, 1923, Gull Mohammed’s step was light. He nodded and smiled at the spectators he passed on his final stroll up the 13 steps that would launch the convicted murderer into Eternity.
June is Pride month, but sadly, there are many places that still don’t acknowledge and recognize that fact. Former Selma, CA resident Lance Nelson decided that he wanted to make an effort to change that, starting with the area where he grew up. Lance was born and raised in Selma and attended Wilson Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Selma High School. He graduated from Selma High School in 2006. Lance is currently attending Columbia University, majoring in human rights with an interest in equal access to education. His future goal is to work for a nonprofit, and perhaps one day, even the United Nations.
& Janice Stevens
The Great Central Valley. The San Joaquin Valley. The Heart of California. The Big Valley.
It’s an amazing place to explore, and it’s even better to explore it with people you like. Two of my favorite traveling companions are Pat Hunter and Janice Stevens, although I’ve never shared a car with them. I travel in their books. With Hunter’s delicate watercolors and Stevens’ concise prose, they’ve helped me explore Fresno’s architectural gems, the twenty-one missions of California’s El Camino Real, the stomping grounds of William Saroyan’s past, and Highway 1’s stretch up the California coastline from Mexico to Oakland.
Film productions are known for its size and scale of people working together. Have you seen the end credits to a film? You just see hundreds and sometimes even thousands of names scroll up the screen, people representing different departments to make one complete project. You got the director, writer(s), producers, make-up department, casting director(s), production designer, cinematographer, composer, visual effects, special effects, and the list goes on.
The Central Valley, known for its agricultural riches, is also home to a thriving art community, thanks in no small part to the Alliance of California Artists, an organization that has been dedicated to fostering education in the arts in the Valley for almost two decades.
What could be more perfect for Halloween than interviewing real life ghost hunters! KRL sat down with Jackie Meador, one of the founders and Director and Chief Investigator for Central California Paranormal Investigators (CCPI), to talk about their organization and what they do.
Welcome to the Central Valley’s gathering of science-seekers–it’s the Central Valley Café Scientifique, a place for science in the cultural life of California's Central Valley.
If strolling is your thing and if you like meeting new people, there will be no excuses for being sedentary or lonely after you read this article. If you live in or around Fresno, pick a day of the week and there is a place to gather with friendly people, exchange ideas, and be supported in your own growth.
I am not referring to a self-help group like A.A.
I am referring to Toastmasters!
Don’t let the sizzling days of summer drag you down. Cool adventures abound for all ages throughout the Central Valley.
Check out this little list of big things to do. We’ve included activities for kids, families and even for the adults! A few are date specific but other activities are ongoing all summer long. Be sure and check the accompanying contact info for dates, time and costs (where applicable).