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.
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.
Roller coasters, mini golf, food vendors and more await students heading to Sadies at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Nov. 9. Couples and groups dress up under the theme ‘Dynamic Duos’ and head to the coast for games, friends and fun. For $40 a person, attendees receive a bus ride to Santa Cruz. For an upgraded experience, students pay $75 for the bus ride and a Boardwalk pass, giving them unlimited access to Boardwalk rides and attractions.
With the rising fall weather, FC Band, Eagle Band and percussion prepare for their first fall concert, Nov. 7. Filled with many songs and cadences, this performance will be held in the SMC from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The FC chamber choir awaits to depart to the Westmont Invitational Choral Festival, Nov. 1. For the past five years, choral director Susan Ainley participated in the event with her women’s ensemble. This year she presents her newly assembled chamber choir. The non-competitive festival includes performances from twelve choirs along with a clinic run by the Westmont music faculty to offer advice and compliments to the groups. FC is placed in a clinic run by Dr. Michael Shasberger, choral and orchestral director at Westmont College.
The upcoming California State University application workshop (CSU) is taking place, Oct. 23. This specific workshop will be the first opportunity on campus for seniors to apply to California State schools.
As the leaves change colors and pumpkin patches pop up around town, the FC choir groups prepare for their fall concert, Oct. 21. Over 120 musicians plan to perform throughout the evening in the Peoples Church main auditorium, 7 p.m. The purpose of the fall concert is to present the songs that choir students have been learning since school started. Many singers gather motivation to prepare themselves for a performance in front of their home audience.