Hope Now for Youth

by Tom Sims

Roger Minassian was the pastor of a prominent church in Fresno when his heart was deeply touched by the needs of gang members and felons like Vanna In. He stepped down from his position and his secure salary to give his life to kids on the streets of Fresno, California.

Fresno Jr. Monsters Hockey

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Hockey is my favorite sport and we have been to several Fresno Monsters Hockey Games. When I found out that there was a Fresno Jr. Monsters Hockey Team, and a Fresno Junior Hockey Club, I thought it would be fun to learn more about them.

J29 Eleven

by Tom Sims

When Cathy Lookabaugh and Tamera Williams met, synergy led to concrete action and sparks began to fly.
“We’re just a couple of crazy moms who love music and love kids,” says Cathy. “There are a million things to do in this area if you are over 21,” she continues, “but if you are young, there is nothing.” So they put their heads together and dreamed J29 Eleven into existence.

New Efforts To Reach Youth at This Year’s Reel Pride Festival

by Lorie Lewis Ham

As the Reel Pride Film Festival in Fresno celebrates its twenty second year, the festival organizers have made an extra effort to bring in local youth to the festival. One of the things they have done toward that effort is to bring on board Clovis youth Justin Kamimoto as outreach coordinator. Reel Pride runs from September 14 through 18.

Glory Days On Stage in Fresno

by Lorie Lewis Ham

The quality of theatre in the Valley continues to amaze me. Until I started doing these reviews I had no idea there was so much incredible talent right here in our own area. The quality of many of the shows I’ve seen are right up there with professional theatre, and I feel blessed to be in an area so rich with talent. Glory Days, the second production of one of the newer companies, The Organic Theatre Factory, is right up there at the top.