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Talks/Lectures, Conference
2019 Global Tea Initiative Colloquium
Scholarly talks will be transdisciplinary, delving into the health, psychology, and spirituality around tea. Confirmed speakers this year include Dr. Ping Chung Leung from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Weronica Ek from Uppsala University, as well as Dr. Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan from UC Davis. For more information on our featured speakers, please click here. Other planned activities include networking, company showcases, tea tastings, and more! Attendees will be comprised of students, scholars, the international tea industry, and the general public. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM = Tea Careers Networking Event (Students) 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM = Speaker Talks and Presentations (All)
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Community Event
2019 Madera County Job Fair
• Be prepared to complete application • Bring copies of your resume • Dress Professionally • Register in CalJOBS • Find a new job or new career. • Network with local employers. • Discover other valuable resources and services. This event is open to all job seekers For more information contact: Jorge Espinosa At (559) 662-4540, Erick Flores At (559) 662-4528.
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Blossom Bus Wine & Beer Tour, Featuring the Blossom Trail
The Sanger District Chamber of Commerce announces its Fourth annual Blossom Bus Wine & Beer tasting as we tour and stop on the world-famous Fresno County Blossom Trail. It will include the unveiling of the new Blossom Trail Painting, with signed prints available for purchase. We will also have unsigned prints available for purchase. The bus will depart from the Sanger Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will include the bus tour, wine tasting at local wineries and a House of Pendragon Beer tasting. You will be welcomed by friendly staff, a lovely Mimosa Breakfast, Gourmet Lunch and Lots of Surprises throughout the day. The bus will also stop at local art galleries, and shopping will be available. It is a full day of Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting, and Incredible views of the Fresno County Blossom Trail. This is a trip for all 21 and over. Take the ride with us, you will love it!
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Stand Up Comedy
Comedy Series@Hangar BBQ w/Nat Baimel
Nat Baimel is a comedian, upbeat problem solver, and awkward philosopher with a knack for always looking on the bright side. His smart, well-crafted material often tackles the most serious of subjects in a silly manner that will make you laugh as much as it will make you think. You've likely seen one of Nat's jokes online, as they've garnered tens of millions of views and been shared hundreds of thousands of times across, BuzzFeed, the Chive, Cheezburger, College Humor, 'Laughs' on Fox, Rolling Stone, and the front page of Reddit dozens of times. His debut album 'Be Nice!' reached #1 and #5 on the Amazon and iTunes Comedy Charts respectively. Nat has also been heard on Gabriel Iglesias' Stand-Up Revolution on XM Radio. As a writer, he was a semi-finalist in the highly respected NBC Writers On The Verge as well as the Nickelodeon Writer's Program, where he placed in the top ten out of thousands of applicants. Nat has performed at the prestigious Laughing Skull and San Francisco International Comedy Competitions and headlined internationally at the 7th annual Hong Kong Comedy Festival. He lives in Los Angeles and tours the nation constantly. Please bring Tip Money for the Comedians. Tip based show No Cover
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Stand Up Comedy
Comedy Series@Hangar BBQ: Myles Weber
Myles Weber took first place in the 40th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. (Past competitors include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad, Ellen Degeneres, Louis CK, and Dane Cook.) Weber was the second youngest to win the competition and one of only two comics to ever sweep the whole thing. He has also fared well in other California comedy festivals. Myles has appeared on MTV’s Greatest Party Story Ever and hosted for Portico TV and Popular Science. A writer as well, Myles wrote for and Smosh Pit Weekly on Smosh’s YouTube Channel. (The biggest gaming channel in the world.) His current docuseries Street Comic follows him as he performs comedy on street corners across America.
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Stand Up Comedy
Comedy Series@Hangar BBQ: Quincy Weekely
Quincy Weekley is one of the strong new comedy faces to come out of the Los Angeles comedy scene. This Bay Area native has quickly become a favorite at all the LA comedy hot spots. Soon after moving to LA to work in film and television Quincy began working at the oldest comedy club in the nation. After sitting in the sound booth and watching comics like George Lopez, Orny Adams, Billy Gardell, and Brad Garrett he quickly realized he had a passion for standup comedy. He entertained the masses as a guest on Craig Shoemakers national radio show and has opened up for George Lopez, Tommy Davidson, and Damon Wayans. He placed second in the LA's Super Bowl of Comedy and has traveled overseas to perform for the troops. Pasadena Weekly said “he has a way of bringing you into his world, making you laugh until you cry, and leaves you wanting more. Be sure to catch him the next time he's in your area!!!"
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Gallery, Photography
Dr. Dean Hsu Photography Exhibition and Opening Reception
In January 2019, Arts Visalia’s gallery will usher in the new year with an incredible display of Dr. Dean Hsu’s photography. He recounts, “Growing up in the post-WWII era in a war-torn country, I have longed for a world of peace and harmony with hope, yet without losing the sight of the disadvantages of a progressive civilization. I see the world in the way Norman Rockwell had portrayed the world in his nostalgic illustrations and paintings, reflecting the perfect home and society.” Dr. Hsu started taking pictures in high school and later moved to New York, where he received training. His father visited from Japan in 1972 and bought him an Olympus OM-1 camera to further develop his photography skills. He found himself fortunate enough to be the student of artists whose artwork adorned the walls of museums and galleries around the world. Indebted to his invaluable teachers, advisers, and critics, such as his late wife, who was an accomplished artist herself, Dr. Hsu practiced often and spent much of his time wandering to find the perfect photo. Long before the age of digital cameras, Dr. Hsu worked with film, further elevating the importance of finding the perfect shot. Labeling himself a wanderer, getting lost often led Dr. Hsu to his most interesting discoveries. His experience in traveling is not about “seeing more, but seeing wisely.” Come view the world through his eyes and camera lens in this breathtaking exhibition depicting his passion and encounters with nature, cultures, religions, and unexpected experiences. Dr. Hsu’s exhibition will be displayed January 2nd through January 25th, with an opening reception on First Friday, January 4th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, and Kaweah Delta Health Care District. For more information, please go to, call (559) 739-0905, or visit the gallery at 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia.
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Latin/Salsa, Jazz
Eliane Elias in Concert
Eliane Elias, Latin Grammy Award winner, will perform at the Merced College Theater. Pick up free tickets starting Jan. 18 at any of our three locations (Center for the Humanities at UC Merced, Merced College Bookstore, or the Merced Multicultural Arts Center).
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Talks/Lectures, Seminar, Education
Information Seminar: Teacher Preparation Program at UC Merced Extension
New year, new opportunities. Join UC Merced Extensions for this informative hour on becoming a teaching candidate with the one-year, multiple or single subject teaching credential program. All you need to qualify is to hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited institution. Financial aid is available to those who are eligible. Current teacher credential candidates will also be available to answer any questions you may have. RSVP today to reserve your spot!
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Gallery, Art Show
Kirk Cruz Exhibition & Opening Reception
In February 2019, Arts Visalia’s gallery will be filled with the work of Kirk Cruz. His Sharpie in Light artwork depicts his interest and bold process in color theory and the way light plays a role in art, using Sharpie markers. His interest in color theory led him to only using the colored markers, even to depict black in his artwork. On view through Feb. 22. The opening reception will be on Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.
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