Just saw this business posted…

Thought some of y’all might be interested in what she has to offer:

The Ohana Village

Looks like she offers swim classes, preschool prep, body movement, baby proofing….

If interested, contact HER via her website, PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME. I do not run Ohana Village, I’m just sharing with y’all! (You wouldn’t believe how many emails and comments I get weekly of people who think I run every activity on this site! I’m just sharing the resources, people!!)  :)

New exhibits to open at Arte Americas celebrating local women artists

arteamericasFour new exhibits celebrating the female creative voice will open at Arte Américas on Wednesday, March 5.  The exhibition coincides with International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month, and runs through Mother’s Day.   

The group show will feature women artists exclusively, all coming from Fresno and surrounding towns.  “Arte Américas, as an organization, is known as a venue that supports the Valley’s thriving art community,” said Curator Tony Carranza. “I think that anyone who visits between now and Mother’s Day will agree that this is a very strong show.”

The Ruiz Gallery will showcase a multimedia group show: ¡VIVA LA MUXER!  The exhibition includes works by fourteen veteran and emerging Central artists in a variety of media: photography, paintings on canvas, prints, and experiential installation environments.

The Fresno cultural center’s mission is to “create a flourishing place for Latino art,” but notably, not all of the participating artists in ¡VIVA LA MUXER! are, in fact, Latina.  Nanete Maki-Dearson’s was already a fan of Arte Américas, and was excited about her invitation to show her artwork in the gallery-space. “Encouraging visual arts, dance, music, authors…they’re a thriving, energized, highly generous community of support,” she said. 

Las Gallerías de la Comunidad – or Community Galleries – will feature two photographers. Rosa Elena Alvarez’s series of black and white staged images explore intimately personal themes.  Raw, honest, thought provoking, and beautifully noir – the artfully captured works by the Fresno State graduate have made her a rising local talent.  Alvarez enjoys the “magical nature of the darkroom,” and developed each of the prints to be shown in the collection.   

Oaxacan photographer Itandehui F. Ortiz’s photographs take the viewer on a tour behind the scenes of the current native peoples’ urban arts movement in Mexico.  Her series features women muralists in the region who create positive change in their communities.

Inside The Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery, a stunning collection of contemporary sculptures by Bay Area artist Viviana Paredes combine glass, bronze, wood and organic materials.  Paredes is Artist-In-Residence at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, and her work has been included in many group exhibitions from the U.S. to Mexico.

“We have a lot of great things planned…from workshops to collaborative events and presentations,” said Executive Director Frank Delgado. “The Fresno County Library and the Fresno State Women’s Studies Program are each presenting programs, Tai Chi, sugar s classes lined up” The exhibitions, and the spirit that inspired it, transcend the gallery walls,” he added.


MARCH 5, 2014 – MAY 11, 2014
1630 VAN NESS, FRESNO, CA  93712

Gallery Hours:   

  • Wed-Sat  11am-5pm
  • Sunday  1pm-5pm
  • Closed Monday/Tuesday

Important March dates:

  • March 6    –  Art Hop
  • March 8    –  International Women’s Day at Fresno City College (tabling)
  • March 15  –  Viva La Muxer artist’s reception
  • March 22  –  Sugar Skull workshop in the Plaza
  • March 23  –  Zelda Fitzgerald – Story of an Artist :  An educational presentation by Fresno County Public LibraryAdult Programming Librarian Linda Aragon in connection with “The Big Read” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
  • March 29   –  “Panza Power! A Student Performance of The Panza Monologues and Panel Discussion by Fresno State Women’s Studies Program Graduates.
  • March 30   –   Artist reception for photographer Rosa Elena Alvarez  2p-4p

Heads up about a change on FresnoFamily.com

I just deleted the webpage that was all about City Ordinances. This is a page that I created probably a decade or so ago, from info that was given to me on a local election flier. I don’t even remember what candidate it was, but thought it was interesting that they had all these city ordinances on it. So I typed it all up and posted it as a webpage here, thinking it would be great info for some people to have.

HOWEVER, what ended up happening is that became the most commented on webpage, as I kept getting person after person after person writing to complain about the ordinances or to tell their stories about neighbors or people they know that don’t follow the rules or to ask questions about the ordinances.

It felt like the people posting were thinking that the page was run by a City official. It’s not. Everything on FresnoFamily.com is from one person: me. I’m just a local mom, no connection to the City at all other than the fact that I live here.  I just decided I was tired of all the misunderstandings, so it was time to take that particular page down.

The truth is, the info may very well have been completely outdated anyway…and I didn’t like the magnet that page had become for questions and stories that really didn’t have a place on FresnoFamily.com.

So if you have any questions about Fresno City ordinances, I will ask you to now please direct them to the official City website:


Believing in Neverland Celebration Giveaway

Believing in Neverland Celebration Giveaway, by AWishYourHeartMakes.com

Presented by A Wish Your Heart Makes & Chef Brown

Believing in Neverland Celebration Giveaway is an annual event presented by A Wish Your Heart Makes & Chef Brown. In partnership with passionate professionals who care about children, this extravagant and magical celebration will be a once in a lifetime experience for a child with special health care needs, their invited family and friends. They will step into a Neverland dancing performance at McDermont Fieldhouse in Lindsay, CA on August 17, 2013.

I love Neverland!!! –Susan Pallas

Sierra Performing Arts Centers Dance Troop will team up with A Wish Your Heart Makes/Chef Brown character performers to bring joy and excitement to all of the little hearts attending the celebration. The Peter Pan production will be directed by Susan Pallas, owner of Sierra Performing Arts Center. Elaborate decorations by Scenic Heights, a massive Sequoia Tree House and two burly ships by Pirates for Hope with dancing pirates bringing in a sea of sparkly jewels will define each and every view of the day.

We are accepting nominations June 7, 2013- July 31, 2013. The winner will be announced August 1, 2013. Nomination forms are available here.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathee Brown at 559-784-4064 or email at kathee@awishyourheartmakes.com.

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