The City of Fresno (the “Raisin Capital”) was founded in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad Company after a Director for the company found a lush and green wheat field in the middle of barren, dry, and uninviting sand plains on a scouting trip in 1871. He considered this to be the perfect place to build a railway station and a new town.
The Central California Colony was eventually set up in 1875 at a location slightly south of what we now know as Fresno. This model settlement led to a range of developments all across the San Joaquin Valley. The land in the valley was divided into parcels of 20 to 40 acres and a system of irrigation canals was installed which resulted in great boulevards of eucalyptus, palms. or some other drought-resistant vegetation and trees.
The City of Fresno became the seat of Fresno County in 1874 and the city was incorporated in 1885. In 1890, the number of residents was already exceeding 10,000 population and in 1892, the first streetcars could be seen which made the development of the suburbs followed possible and soon enough, the area’s population grew considerably.
The annual Big Fresno Fair is Central Valley’s largest event that attracts over half a million visitors each year in October. It is a 2-week event (October 3 through 14) that features livestock shows, exhibits, horse racing, musical and other cultural entertainment, and interesting educational programs, just to mention a few of the activities.
The Fair is providing a link between rural and urban California and serves as an important tool in educating the residents of Central Valley about the rich agricultural history and the importance of the agricultural industry in the area. The Fair aims to highlight the often not understood vastness and importance of this commercial activity for the region, for California, and for the entire United States.
But the Fair is actually so much more than only the largest annual event in Central Valley. It is a rich and long-standing tradition for all the residents of the Valley. The fair is a family fun event with an atmosphere in which all residents create long-lasting memories.
Fresno is California’s fifth largest city. It is located right in the heart of the beautiful San Joaquin Valley. Fresno was established in 1856 after the California Gold Rush and is named after the ash trees that can be found along the San Joaquin River. The city’s climate is mild with dry and hot summers and moist winters which attracts numerous people because below-freezing temperatures are pretty rare here.
One of Fresno’s best-kept secrets is the Forestiere Underground Gardens, a hand-built impressive network of underground passageways, courtyards, and rooms that remind visitors of ancient catacombs. This was the underground home of a self-taught visionary artist and builder originally from Sicily, Italy, by the name of Baldassare Forestiere. Read More “Fresno’s Forestiere Underground Gardens”
It is a few years back, but let’s take a look at a special project. In 2015, students and staff from the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (ACEL) traveled to the Reagan Library to be recognized for exemplary civic learning and service in Fresno.
The ACEL Charter School was selected to receive the Civic Learning Award of Distinction, co-sponsored by Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. ACEL is one of 13 high schools in the state to receive this award and the first in Fresno County.
Leaders of the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning recognized the innovative project-based learning program at ACEL and students will lead a workshop for educators on how community service projects enhance civic learning. The 35 students and staff also toured the Reagan Library. Read More “Fresno’s ACEL Charter School Received Civic Learning Award of Distinction”
There are many reasons why you could love the school’s campus. ACEL has small class sizes, under 25, that allow for meaningful connections between students and teachers.
The school is a mobile-device friendly campus. Each student is encouraged to bring their own tablet, laptop, or smartphone, for teacher-guided use. ACEL provides tablets or laptops on an as needed basis for qualifying students.
ACEL Fresno offers Technology-Rich-Learning! Students are guided to use technology to learn and practice new skills, such as video production, Innovative Music Programs and more. Students have a wide range of opportunities to learn music and grow as a performer by offering digital music and instrumental music courses. Read More “Fresno Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership”
At Central Valley Events, quality is paramount in everything, including our volunteer activities. This principle motivates our marketing professionals to donate their time and talents to nonprofit organizations that increase people’s quality of life. Here is a MicroCenter introduction video:
Two programs that have drawn special attention from our team are as follows:
Help for people who didn’t complete high school. There is a chance to prepare for the HiSET exam (GED alternative) for free through many websites
MicroMentor: Entrepreneurs often need guidance on everything from hiring and bookkeeping to presenting their new business’ best image to consumers and building brand loyalty. Small business owners and experienced professionals with the specialized skills and knowledge they need to reach the next level can connect through the website MicroMentor.org. Mentors and mentees set expectations, organize meeting schedules, and set and track goals between themselves to ensure both individuals benefit.
Fresno City College, California’s first community college, was founded in 1910, but we have to go back to 1907 when Mr. C. L. McLane (the superintendent of Fresno City Schools in those days) recognized and expressed the need for higher education for students from across the San Joaquin Valley. It is through McLane’s efforts that a few years later the area witnessed the founding of Fresno Junior College which also led to great sports opportunities for many students.
The school’s first class included twenty students and there were three teachers. It was the time of the old Fresno Traction Company that had just recently added a few new trolley lines to its downtown Fresno network and the first trees had just been planted in J. C. Forkner’s Fig Garden. Those were the days that Theodore Kearney was escorting Lilly Langtree to her show at Fresno’s old Barton Opera House. Read More “Fresno City College History”
FFC, Fresno Football Club, is San Joaquin Valley’s very first pro soccer club. Fresno Football Club was earlier known as Fresno Fuego FC and is a member club of the USL (United Soccer League) that plays only one division below the MLS (Major League Soccer).
Fresno Football Club will open its inaugural soccer season in 2018 ( in March) and the club is hosting its home matches in beautiful downtown Fresno at the city’s Chukchansi Park. It is FFC’s aim to provide an inclusive, dynamic, top-class sporting experience and to create lasting memories for all of its fans in one of America’s most diverse and beautiful regions.
The mascot of Fresno Football Club is the fox. The fox is indigenous to this region and though it is small in stature, the fox is best known for its legendary survival instincts and fierce demeanor. The fox is smart, crafty, will not back down and create its own ways to thrive. And let’s face it, all of these characteristics and values are thoroughly embedded in the Central Valley culture. Read More “Fresno Football Club”
There are three FCC athletic teams that were sharing the spotlight as each one received an honorary City of Fresno proclamation for their achievements during the last championship season.
Some 60 Fresno City College student-athletes joined together with their coaches and the school’s President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, to be honored by Fresno community members at a historic event.
FCC Men’s Soccer Team Wins State Title
On December 3, the FCC men soccer team earned the first-ever California Community College Soccer Championship title in school history after they beat Taft College with a 2-0 victory. Read More “FCC Athletic Teams Honors”
In 1910, Fresno City College was founded as California’s first Community College. The school has a rich and long-standing tradition of excellence” in athletics, and during the history of the school’s Rams athletic programs, the athletes have marked no less than 53 Team California Championships, almost 115 Individual California Championships, and almost 360 Conference Championships. The following video is a bit older and shows how FCC’s Basketball Team wins the 2012 CCCAA title:
Within the twenty intercollegiate sports programs that the school’s athletes were participating in over the past year, 418 student-athletes were representing Fresno City College in CCCAA competitions. On an annual basis, the school is serving some 480 student-athletes, and the majority of these students are coming to the school from within California and the school’s Central Valley service area. Read More “Fresno City College Athletics”