The City of Fresno is rich in history. 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.
My Downtown Fresno experience was…surprising. I knew that it held history, but not such a vast array of it! It was an interesting trip, learning about all of its historical facts and monuments that stayed over many years, each piece with its own story behind it. See also this “I Believe in Downtown Fresno” video:
CBO’s (Community Benefit Organizations) can actually learn from Downtown Fresno. It had its ups and downs, but the people never gave up to preserve it and continued their efforts in rejuvenating the excitement that it once held (and technically still does for those that cherish it).
I think that CBO’s need to remember that there is always room for improvement and that creativity does not have any boundaries. By having countless ideas at your disposal, there are also countless ways for CBO’s to provide services to their target audiences. In doing so, like Downtown Fresno, they will be healthy and able to continue to service those that matter: people.
The Fresno Advertising Foundation is made up of professionals who love, live and breathe advertising and marketing. They practice the techniques of persuasion to bring information and education to the public. They are prime motivators of the economy – the value of advertising, marketing, and affiliated trades is extraordinary.
The Foundation is here to help enhance the understanding of advertising and marketing as essential components of the economic and social system.
The foundation conducts business seminars, public information conferences, and a successful media auction. They also coordinate multiple-media public service campaigns, and scholarship programs, in addition to providing this growing online resource.
Formed in 2005, the Fresno Advertising Federation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation foundation supported by advertising agencies, advertisers, media companies, printing companies, media producers and enlightened citizens. Donations are tax-deductible.
Fresno State Winery produces a wide variety of award-winning wines from the most popular and well-known of varietals such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to up-and-coming varieties like Syrah and Viognier, to lesser-known wines that are made in small batches. Here, students get a Top Education at Fresno State Winery.
Fresno State was the first American university that received a license to set up, operate, and exploit a winery within the school’s overall educational programs.
Fresno State University’s Agricultural Foundation if funding and running the winery. The foundation is a recognized auxiliary organization on the school’s campus and it operates and manages also other agricultural enterprises to support the hands-on learning and training experience for the school’s students.
I had the opportunity for volunteering at the City of Fresno Area Food Bank this semester with some of my fellow Humanics scholars (due to our absence at the retreat). It was an awesome experience!
Along with a local church group, we were required to either pack tomato sauces, pack plums, or pack backpacks. Teamwork was key in all sections since we would all be working together to achieve the same goals. I, along with the other Humanics scholars, started off with the tomato sauces.
We each grabbed a bag of tomato sauce from one box and moved it to another. We did the separately for a while until I noticed that as we got lower into the box or the tomato sauces were further away, we started to really utilize our teamwork skills.
Sure, we were all doing the same thing to meet the same objectives, but when we started passing the tomato sauces to one another so that we don’t each individually move as much, that’s when I realized that THIS was teamwork!
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 the best-kept secrets around are the Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno.
The Forestiere Underground Gardens consist of 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.
It is a few years back, but let’s take a look at a special project. In 2015, students and staff from the City of Fresno Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (ACEL) traveled to the Reagan Library to be recognized for exemplary civic learning and service in Fresno.
ACEL Charter School Fresno 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.
There are many reasons why you could love the school’s campus. The Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership-Fresno (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.
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. So it comes as no surprise that the Central Valley Quality of Life Programs Draw Support. 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 as can be seen on this Ayo Jin fan website.
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”