Thursday, March 7 – April 18
Caregiver classes: A six-week series, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is being offered by Valley Caregiver Resource Center, in the conference room at 3845 N. Clark St., Suite 205, Fresno. The classes are 2-4 p.m. March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11 and 18. Class size is limited and registration is required. Financial assistance is available for respite care. The class is not designed for professionals, volunteers or patients. The sessions are to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for an older relative or friend. You benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home or across the country. The sessions help you reduce stress, communicate effectively, reduce guilt, help you relax, make tough decisions, set goals and problem solve. This class will not focus on the disease process. Participants receive a book that covers such topics as hiring in-home help, caring for memory-impaired adults, mastering traditions and reducing personal stress. Sign up at least one-week prior to the class start date. To find out about respite care in your area, call 224-9154 or (800) 541-8614. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no cost as the class is paid for by the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging and Valley Caregiver Resource Center.
Thursdays, March 7 – May 23
Folk dance lessons: Christin Blanchard Holt is hosting free Coffee Pot Dancers beginning folk dance lessons for high school-aged students and adults. Lessons are 6:30-8 p.m. at 1849 21st Ave., Kingsburg. Come and bring a friend. Practices are: Thursdays, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 25, May 2 and 23. Children’s dance lessons are on Fridays.
Saturday, March 9
Casino Night: The Selma Public Education Foundation is hosting a Denim and Diamonds Casino Night and Auction from 6-11 p.m. March 9 at the Msgr. Lopez Hall, 2441 Dockery Ave. Admission is $50. The event is for those 21 and older. Details: 898-6500, Ext. 46506.
High School Show Offs: Selma High’s Los Paisanos folklorico dancers will be among 12 high school troupes taking part in Danzantes del Valle Coalition’s “High School Show Offs” performance from 7-9 p.m. March 9 at the Warnors Theater, 1400 Fulton St, Fresno. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 VIP Front Row, $15 at the door, $10 pre-sale and are available online at https://squ.re/2EeSAmH. Details: 709-8138.
Frikadelle Dinner: The Danish-American Historical Society of California’s annual frikadelle dinner starts with happy hour at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. March 9 at Easton’s Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5955 S. Elm Avenue, Fresno. Dinner includes frikadelle, a Danish meat with traditional seasonings, potatoes and gravy, a special red cabbage with a sweet/sour flavor, green beans, salad and rolls. The dessert will be cream puffs with berry sauce garnish. The happy hour will include snacks of veggies, chips and dips. The evening includes “Little Denmark,” an illustrated, historical display of Danes in Fresno County prepared and hosted by Gary Barber of Caruthers. A recorded performance by pianist and humorist Victor Borge will be played. Tickets are $28 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Reservations with payment can be mailed to DAHSC, P.O. Box 5971, Fresno, CA 93755, or emailed to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Make reservations by March 5.
Saturday, March 16
KHS Crab Feed: The Kingsburg High School Music Boosters are hosting the 13th Annual Crab Feed & Silent Auction Fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. March 16 at the Young Life Building, 1948 18th Ave. Details: Kimbi Sigle, 307-6498.
Thursday, March 28
Bullying workshop: A second parent workshop on bullying is March 28 at Abraham Lincoln Middle School, 1239 Nelson Blvd., Selma. The topic is ‘What To Do About Bullying.’ A session in Spanish is 4:30-6 p.m. A session in English is 6:15-7:45 p.m. Babysitting will be provided. Details: Selma Unified at 898-6600.
April – May 30
Farmers Markets: The second season of Selma’s Farmers Market kicks off in April with the series continuing from April 4 and 18 and May 16 and 30. For vendor and sponsorship information, contact Jesse Crouch at 819-0315 or email@example.com or at 2172 E. Front St., Ste. 108. See their FB page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/selmafarmersmarket/.
Saturday, April 13
Clay/trap shoot: Selma High School FFA Boosters and Central Valley Guns are hosting the third annual Benefit Sporting Clays/Trap Shoot from 8 a.m. to noon April 13 at the Tulare County Trap Club, 7394 Avenue 328. Cost is $75 per shooter with 100 total targets. Event includes continental breakfast, rib-eye lunch and awards. A pre-event ‘You Choose’ raffle sponsored by Selma’s Central Valley Guns includes the option of winning a Browning silver field shotgun, 2-3 day Disneyland Park Hopper passes or $500 in cash. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each. Drawing takes place after the awards. Need not be present to win. Proceeds allow more FFA members to attend and compete at various FFA-sanctioned events and competitions throughout the state at no cost to them or their families. For tickets, sponsorships or donations contact Brandon Shoemaker, 470-7149.
Saturday, April 20
Senior Center Pancake breakfast: The Kingsburg Senior Center is hosting a Swedish pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. April 20 at the Center, 1450 Ellis St. Breakfast includes sausage and fruit. Event includes a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center. Donation is $5. Details: 897-5821.
Sunday, April 28
Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary: The Kingsburg Historical Society is having a free picnic for society members and the general public to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The celebration is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Picnic includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and a drink. Dessert vendors will be on site. Kids’ bounce house will be available. A short informational meeting will be at 1 p.m.
SELMA — A Time to Heal helps cancer survivors by educating them about proper nutrition, improving their relationships at home and helping them create everlasting friendships. This group has expanded to Selma. For locations and details and to sign up, call Laurie Schirling or Julce Belo at the Breast Care Center, 125 Mall Dr., Ste. 203, Hanford, at 537-2300.
SELMA — Edad de Oro Society #5 meets every third Saturday of the month at the Selma Library, 2301 Selma St., Selma. Information: Ruth, 896-1798 or Armando, 250-4067.
SELMA — The S.M.A.R.T. (Serving and Mobilizing Assistance, Resources, Training) Center is at the Salazar Center at Valley View and Sheridan. Morning and evening fitness programs, food distributions, Christ-centered ministries, family counseling offered. Information: 790-9535.
SELMA — Total Transformation, 2110 Whitson St., Selma, offers a free 30-minute workout followed by a 30-minute Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Details: Rene Lopez, 273-0744.
SELMA — The Country Music Jam is 4:30-8 p.m. the third Saturdays of the month at the Nick Medina Senior Center. Electric and acoustic instruments and all levels of skill/talent are welcome. Details: 859-2087, 287-5769.
KINGSBURG — Kingsburg American Legion and the Kingsburg American Legion Auxiliary, meet the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Train Depot, 1401 California St., Kingsburg. Information: Contact Andy Reeve at 977-7322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSBURG — Acoustic Music Jams (old country, plus variety of other music) is 5-8 p.m. the first Saturdays of the month at Kingsburg Senior Center. Bring an item for the potluck. All ages are encouraged to play, sing, dance/line dance and listen. Details: Jim Winder, 485-3101.
KINGSBURG — The Kingsburg Library Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Kingsburg Branch Library. Details: 897-3710.
KINGSBURG — The Kingsburg Swedish Village Music Kids meets the second Friday of every month. Scandinavian dances and customs and the Norwegian language are taught. The group is free and open to ages 3 to 15. Scandinavian heritage is not required. Details: 577-5531.
FRESNO — All Scandinavians by birth, ancestry or affiliation by marriage may join Norden Lodge 684, part of the Vasa Organization of America. All meetings and activities are open to Scandinavians. The word "Scandinavian" applies to Finland and Iceland, as well as Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Vasa Norden Lodge 684 meets at 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church.