General John F. Kelly, United States Marine Corps (retired) spoke at the latest SJV Town Hall, Jan. 16. Kelly shared from his experience of 45 years of military service and two years in the White House.
A red sun glows over New South Wales (NSW), Australia as the most catastrophic fires in the country’s history ravage the soot-stained earth. Millions of animals flee the forests and plains to escape the bushfires singing over 24 million acres of Australian landscape (larger than Long Island and Manhattan combined). An estimated one billion animals have already perished and as Australia is just beginning their summer season, the flames show no signs of stopping.
Elementary students, parents and staff gear up to participate in the annual Apex Fun Run, Jan. 16. Taking place in the FC gym, students receive a special shirt to put on which marks the number of laps they have completed. Over 150 students will run the race and acquire money for the school. The race is split into four different times; kindergarten at 8:45 a.m., 1st-2nd grade at 9:30 a.m., 3rd grade at 10:15 a.m. and 4th-5th grade at 11:00 a.m.
As the Christmas season rolls in, locals prepare to unpack the festivities that the Fresno area has to offer. While many families make a tradition of visiting Christmas lights in Cindy Lane, or Christmas Tree Lane, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo takes Christmas lights to a whole new level. Unveiling its eighth annual tradition this year on Nov. 29, Zoolights presents a winter wonderland of seasonal surprises. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo radiates for miles on end, illuminated by holiday lights. Musical entertainment, festive treats and even holographic glasses that feature Christmas characters are supplied to ensure an immersive experience for all.
The high school and middle school choral groups prepare for the annual Christmas concert Lessons and Carols, Dec. 9. The event takes place in the main auditorium, starting at 7 p.m. In the past, the winter choral concert consisted of Christmas hymns and songs sung by the middle school and high school choirs. Three years ago, the event was changed to accommodate the Lessons and Carols traditions of reading scriptures before each song.
With the conclusion of the month of November and the celebration of thanks coming to a close, the nation shifts its focus onto one of the biggest holidays of the year. Christmas rolls around once again and the City of Fresno prepares for the 90th Annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade, Dec. 7. This parade honors the heritage and traditions of Christmas from past decades and celebrates the future of the holiday in Fresno and around the country.
FCS band, color guard and percussion ring in the holiday season at the Clovis Children's Electric Light Parade, Dec. 7. The event is hosted by Old Town Clovis Kiwanis. Participants across the Fresno and Clovis area gather to support their community. In addition to local marching groups, decked out floats, cars and equestrians will parade down the streets of Old Town Clovis to participate in the festivities.
The campus chamber choir plans on singing in a mass choir at the annual Disneyland Candlelight Concert, Dec. 8. A day later the campus choral program will perform in the Lessons & Carols Christmas concert in the Peoples Church Auditorium, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
The high school and middle school drama class prepare for their Christmas production, “The Grinch”, Dec. 3 and 11. Their first performance will be in the Student Ministry Center (SMC) for all campus elementary students from 2-2:45 p.m. The second and third shows are at West Fresno Elementary School for students that attend that school.