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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Friday Night Live, a hybrid evening of stepping satisfaction, begins with a 50-minute beginner or intermediate/advanced ballroom-dance lesson led by BallroomLIVE's expert instructors. After repairing your pair of left feet, enjoy dinner and cocktails at 7:30 p.m., and then delve into dancing until 10 p.m. Use the night as a chance to implement freshly refined steps or to simply enjoy an active soiree with dance-minded minglers. For additional pre- or post-event education, check out today's feature deal for three group-dance lessons at BallroomLIVE.
Inspirational public intellectual Dr. Cornel West shares his reverent and unflinching insight into matters of democracy, justice, and love in an empowering keynote speech to West Hills College Lemoore. A proponent of progressive politics and an ironclad siren for social righteousness, Dr. West has become an icon with his gift of impassioned and skillful communication, bestselling novels such as Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and countless television and radio appearances, all of which portray his quick wit and unflappable moral vision. Dr. West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard after obtaining two bachelor's degrees in three years and shaming Doogie Howser, and today tirelessly inspires audiences while maintaining his position as Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Grammy-winning singer Lady Tramaine Hawkins and powerhouse crooner Bob Rawleigh bring sweet and stirring gospel music to the through-provoking revival, followed by a soul-food dinner and a dance.
After traipsing deep into Fresno Regional Sports Complex, warriors breach the perimeter of Maximum Paintball, an expansive enclave spread throughout several obstacle-infested outdoor fields. Concrete blocks, wooden horses, and metal barrels populate Field1, and regulation barricades such as pyramids, cylinders, and Paul Bunyan's beanbags wait to be splattered with neon paint in other nooks. Maximum Paintball hosts traditional paintball games and some with slight variations, all overseen by referees unafraid to eject people for unsportsmanlike conduct. An observation area with awnings and picnic tables protects onlookers from stray pellets, and a supply store stays open seven days a week to equip sharpshooters with necessary accouterments.
After working at Disneyland as part of the Disney College Program, Dreams Come True Entertainment’s owner Leeanna French couldn’t put her princess obsession to rest. Rather than spending her life waiting for a prince or book deal to come, she flipped this experience into motivation to start her own business. Today, she and her staff of trained dancers add a professional flair to parties with the arrival of costumed characters ranging from evil queens to Jedis, all of whom have been classically trained to portray authentic accents.
Raul and Maria Gutierrez were raised on fajitas in their native Mexico, where many families raise their own chickens and make tortillas by hand. After honing their culinary skills in several Houston restaurants, the couple chased their dreams to Fresno, where Fajita Fiesta was born. Instead of sprouting from a pinto bean, the eatery sprang from one of the Gutierrez’s favorite dishes: tacos al carbon, a union of handcrafted tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, and charbroiled steak, chicken, or pork. Made fresh every hour, the tortillas serve as a canvas for creativity by exhibiting savories such as grilled shrimp, onions, and poblano peppers. For deep-fried fare such as chimichangas and sopapillas, Raul and Maria use canola oil to minimize saturated fat. Margaritas add a heady kick to the evening's festivities, and horchatas end meals on a sweet cinnamon note, with textures smoother than a freshly shorn saxophone. The kitchen also caters feasts for a variety of events, filling bellies with hearty chicken moles and bite-size eats such as mini taquitos.