The dedicated employees and volunteers at Community Food Bank work with 180 partner agencies—ranging from schools and community centers to places of faith—in an effort to combat the high level of food insecurity throughout Fresno, Madera, and Kings Counties. Operating out of a 50,000-square-foot distribution center, the team delivers more than 22 million pounds of food each year, including 12 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, to clients in the community experiencing food hardship. The staff and volunteers also train their partner agencies on nutrition, food safety, and the effects of hunger to increase the impact of their work in the community. Every month, 160,000 clients get to enjoy nutritious meals thanks to programs such as Nutrition on Wheels, a mobile kitchen, and the BackPack Program, which provides weekend meals to children who may not have a stable source of food at home.
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ProImage Video’s technicians stop time in its tracks—or at least its effects on physical videotapes. Home movies captured on film degrade over time, diminishing their picture quality and potentially becoming unwatchable, should the tape break. Manning a bank of specialized equipment, the technicians transfer to DVD discs every second of footage from nine different types of tape sources, including VHS and 8mm. The discs do not deteriorate, which means that as the years pass, clients can share their videos with their children, their children’s children, and their children's children's robotic overlords. Should clients need to preserve an audio recording, technicians stand ready to transfer audio cassette recordings to CD.
The aestheticians at Madison Mohrr Skin Care specialize in spa treatments for women's faces and bodies. Though male patrons are welcome to attend in the company of a spouse or significant other, beauty specialists direct their skills toward administering facials, waxes, and homeopathic treatments to patrons with two X chromosomes or Scrabble pieces. The beauty specialists prove their dedication to creating a stress-free oasis by setting up each service with an appointment, which guarantees that each client receives the unhurried, personalized attention typically reserved for slow-motion tickle fights. Outside of her skincare business, Madison Mohrr - who recently celebrated 25 years of being cancer free - works with breast cancer awareness groups in Fresno.
In the spirit of giving that accompanies the Yuletide, the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis raises funds to thwart the leading cause of disability with holiday-themed 5Ks across the United States. Whether they're sprinting, jogging, moseying, or steering an imaginary fleet of reindeer, every contestant does their part by joining the race and sharing in the spirit of the season. Jingle bells are supplied to accessorize shoestrings, and participants are encouraged to don their jolliest holiday apparel as they race for a worthy cause. Postrace festivities include a meeting with Santa and Rudolph, an elf village filled with arts and crafts, and a jingle-bell boutique with wares from local vendors.
McDermont Field House wears a lot of hats. It's a fitness center that houses more than 50 cardio machines. It's an indoor soccer field that hosts open play and league games and a skate park that lures skateboarders with ramps and rail slides.
Elsewhere, its Eagle Mountain rock-climbing wall challenges visitors to scale more than 50 feet. But it's not a traditional wall. Instead of colorful foot and handholds, the indoor wall looks much like a real mountainside: the grey, cragged peak is unmarked, and climbers must figure out their own ways to the top. The field house also brings the ocean to the San Joaquin Valley with a FlowRider wave simulator that buoys surfers and body boarders.
Through the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, seafaring adventurers can partake in a river ramble that avoids run-ins with dangerous gangs of delinquent teenage manatees. Each short, half-day downriver canoe adventure lasts 3.5 hours and spans the river from Owl Hollow to Washington Beach. Canoe pilots will pass through “the tunnel” and experience exhilarating Class 1 rapids before settling down for a leisurely float through calmer stretches. Experienced river guides dole out helpful canoeing instruction throughout the trips, ensuring a safe experience for canoe fans of all skill levels. Additionally, the trip makes for a memorable outing for vacationers, families, and crocodile wrestlers. Cool off and sightsee amid a watery highway with today’s side deal guided by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.