April E-News

posted by Fresno Metro Ministry
on 15 April 2015


Serve Fresno Supports Community Gardens!


Ever heard of Serve Fresno Week? It's an opportunity for people  from all over Fresno to work together to improve our community. Coordinated by Every Neighborhood Partnership, over 30 churches and organizations, including Fresno State and the City of Fresno, recruit community members, students and congregations to plant trees, remove graffiti, clean up alleys, beautify parks and facilitate activities for kids.

This year, the Al Radka Community Garden benefited from these efforts with 90 youth from a variety of churches participating in an Alternative Spring Break program. Over the course of three days, these students helped clean up weeds and rebuild pathways in the garden. A great start to the spring planting season! Big thanks to all who came together to make Fresno a better place to live! Click HERE for more information on Serve Fresno. 

Let's Plan for a Healthier Fresno...


Community Information Meeting

Blackstone: The City's Development Code & BRT

Thursday, April 23 ~ 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fresno City College- Old Administration Building

 What is a development code? How does it implement the community's vision? How does a vacant parcel on Blackstone become something that makes Fresno a healthier place? How are air quality, planning and the future of Fresno connected?

 Get these questions answered and more

at the upcoming community information meeting.  


                       CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 


Celebrate Earth Day!


Since April 22, 1970, when the U.S. celebrated our first Earth Day, April has become the month to celebrate our beautiful planet and spend time learning about how we can leave it in a better state for future generations. Earth Day 1970achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders.


The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. The environmental movement has been growing and now there are countless community events, fairs, clean ups and educational opportunities.


Join us at the Valley's largest Earth Day celebration in Fresno on Saturday, April 25 from 10am - 4pm at Radio Park (First & Clinton, next to Fresno Art Museum) with tons of fun activities, vendors, performances, booths and exhibits. We hope you get a chance to get outside and enjoy the brief period of cleaner air during our Valley springtime at one of the following Earth Day events:

   April 11The 41 & North Neighborhood Clean-up with 

   Every Neighborhood Partnership and others. Check-in is at

   8:30am at West Fresno Elementary School. For more info,

   email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


   April 11: America's Party for the Planet and Breakfast

   with the AnimalsFresno Chaffee Zoo


   April 18: California State Parks Foundation's 17th

   Earth Day Restoration & CleanupMillerton Lake Park

   Click hereto register to volunteer or call 1-888-98-PARKS

  April 22Madera Youth Leaders Earth Day 4-6pm at

   Inspirational Roots Community Garden (between Lake & 4th)


   April 24How Blue is Your Valley? Your Voice, Your  

   Future: A Community Conference on the Future of

   Water in the San Joaquin Valley, 9am - 5pm, Fresno

   City College, Register online.


   April 25Earth Day Fresno 10am-4pm, Radio Park


   April 25Earth Day Visalia, 10am - 2pmSt. John's  

   Riverwalk Park (Ben Maddox & St. Johns River)


   May 1Earth Day Celebration - PortervilleProspect

   Ed Center, 10am - 2pm

Spots are limited... REGISTER TODAY!


 The Abundant Community 2015 Regional Convenings

 Co-Creating Asset-Based Economic

Development in the San Joaquin Valley


Don't miss The Abundant Community 2015 Regional Convenings: Co-Creating Asset-Based Economic Development in the San Joaquin Valley! Abundant Community is a series of workshops led by Ramon Leon, Founder and President/CEO of the Latino Economic Development Center in Minneapolis. This two day event aims to increase our diverse communities' participation in entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development in the San Joaquin Valley.


Click links below to register

 for each of the four distinct events:


May 14- Parc Grove Commons Conference Center in Fresno:

   3 - 5 pm - Workshop: Successful Economic Development  

   Strategies for Revitalizing the Valley's Commercial 

   Boulevards - FREE!


   6:30 -8:30 pm - Dinner: Building on Cultural Strengths to

   Co-Create Economic Development Results in Diverse 

   Communities. Success Stories and Recommendations for 

   Elected, Business and Public Agency Leaders (Co-Sponsored

   by the Local Government Commission)- $30 PER TICKET


May 15- Parc Grove Commons Conference Center in Fresno:

   7-9 am - Breakfast: Building on Cultural Strengths to Co-

   Create Economic Development Results in Diverse

   Communities - Success Stories and Recommendations for

   Faith, Community & Civic Leaders- $20 PER TICKET


May 15 - Fresno Convention Center New Exhibit Hall:

   10 am - 3 pm - Regional ConferenceLatino Community

   Leadership for Economic Development and a Region of

   Abundant Communities (Conducted in Spanish with English

   and Hmong Translation)- ONLY $10 PER TICKET


We are still looking for Technical Assistance Partners and Event Sponsors... Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CLICK HERE to Download Event Flyer

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