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by Tom Sims



When someone spends the night at the Visalia Rescue Mission, that person is not a client or a consumer of services, but an overnight guest. Overnight guests are treated with dignity, respect, and love. That is the mood and attitude of this organization, founded in 1981, to represent the church to the homeless, formerly incarcerated, and people with addictions in Tulare and Kings Counties.

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by Nancy Holley



“Sitting around” are you kidding? According to director Donny Graham and actors Leeni Mitchell and Susan Mathews, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking abounds with action and energy, belying its title. Mitchell and Mathews, veteran actors accustomed to the hard work that theater productions require, still find themselves exhausted at the end of each rehearsal from the intensity and action of their characters.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This year the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia is closing its season with a play called A Walk in the Woods, written by local writer/director/teacher Debbie Metzler. Originally staged at Enchanted nine years ago, this fairytale character filled show and first play of Debbie’s, has gone through several revisions since that time.

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The One That Got Away

IN THE April 23 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andJoyce Brandon,
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by Joyce Brandon




When you are involved in animal rescue, very often if feels as if you are fighting a losing battle. Too many animal owners are oblivious to the fact that their actions or inactions, as it may be, have long reaching and long lasting effects. The story of our little mountain puppies demonstrates this so clearly

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Just like the rest of the world, police departments have started taking advantage of social networks to communicate with the public. Big cities across the country like Philadelphia, New York and Chicago have been on Facebook for awhile now. Fresno has had a Facebook page since 2009, and now many of our own smaller towns are jumping on board as well, with Reedley being one of the first of the smaller towns in this area.

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by Tom Sims



If you ask the Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley to describe Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM), prepare to hear stories. For Stanley, it is the story that makes the ministry, the story of short term assignment that became a life time labor of love, stories of the aspirations of new Americans, stories of hopes and dreams, and stories of the struggle to adjust to a new culture, language, and land.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The first local production of Rent to hit the Valley will be taking place this July in Visalia. A special twist on this production is that it will also be an HIV/AIDS fundraiser. The idea to do Rent grew out of a casual conversation director Corey Ralston had with his student co-director. “This has been one of my favorite musicals for a while and when I found out the rights were available the process just got rolling.”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The classic musical Annie hits the stage at Reedley High School this Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. This is a great show to take the entire family too!

With a cast of approximately 19 orphans (played by Kings Canyon Unified School District elementary/middle school students), 19 high schoolers and 12 adults, this show gave director Mark Norwood a chance to use kids of all ages which was his goal.

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by Margaret Mendel



The first time I tasted Guinness we were traveling through Ireland with a friend and were about to meet up with our friend’s cousin, Adeline, in a pub not far from our hotel. We walked into the darkly lit place that wasn’t much larger than a living room with wooden benches lined against the full length of one wall. The place smelled strongly of beer, whisky and the pungent odor of hardworking men.

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by James Garcia Jr.


Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Kingsburg Gun Club is teaming up with the Kingsburg Cancer Volunteers for a fundraiser which will benefit both the Volunteer organization as well as the Craycroft Cancer Center at Valley Children’s Hospital.

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Sanger News

IN THE March 5 ISSUE

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by Toni Pacini & Doris Knowlton



Below are some fun human interest stories from Sanger!
Joseph Fischer celebrated his 100th birthday Friday February 18th. More than forty family members and friends gathered in the sunny party room at Elderberry Apartments in Sanger where Joe lives. When I say Joe lives at Elderberry, I mean he brings life to it.

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by Aaron Collins



“Our hope is that our San Joaquin Valley contemporary fine art showcase will inspire more area homebuyers to acquire original art by Central Valley artists,” San Diego-based McMillin Homes Marketing Vice President Carrie Williams says. According to Williams, McMillin believes the company’s arts support is a great way to foster thriving, more livable communities by creating an even stronger arts scene.

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Beyond Therapy: On Stage in Visalia

IN THE March 2 ISSUE

FROM THE Arts & Entertainment,
andTheatre
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by Nancy Holley


Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang is a zany comedy about relationships. Director Elicia Russell loves the fact that Durang is not afraid to write the words that everyone is thinking, but afraid to say. Russell hopes that while viewers are laughing, they will realize there is something to be taken away.

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by Matthew Rangel


In honor of Woman’s History month, the College of the Sequoias (COS) Art Gallery will be featuring the innovative paintings of Fresno artist Leslie Batty as part of a community-wide celebration. Batty’s solo exhibition titled Fitting the Subject/Object will be held March 7 through April 1.

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