Cooling centers in the Valley

In response to expected high temperatures this week, communities in the Valley have opened cooling centers.

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City of Fresno

Ted C. Wills Community Center
770 N. San Pablo

Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center
760 Mayor

Mosqueda Community Center
4870 E. Butler

Pinedale Community Center
7170 N. San Pablo.

All cooling centers in Fresno will be open on Saturday, June 17th, and Sunday, June 18th, from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call (559) 621-CITY.

The City's FAX bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from cooling center sites when the centers are open. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a cooling center.

Individuals should refer to the FAX schedule to determine the final evening departure time for buses providing service near cooling center locations.

Please note that the following City of Fresno swimming pools are free for recreational swim from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday:

Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor

Mary Ella Brown, 1350 E. Annadale

Mosqueda, 4870 E. Butler

City of Tulare

Claude Meitzenheimer Community Center
830 S. Blackstone Street
(559) 684-4310
Hours of availability:
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday Standby attendants upon request

Senior Community Center
201 N. "F" Street
(559) 685-2330
Hours of availability:
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday Standby attendants upon request

Tulare Public Library
475 N. M Street
(559) 685-4500
Hours of availability:
Tue. 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Wed. 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thu. 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tulare District Hospital (Lobby)
869 N. Cherry Street
(559) 688-0821 or Rick Elkins, Director of Public Information (559) 685-3449
Hours of availability:
Daily 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

City of Visalia

In response to the National Weather Service forecast of hot weather beginning this weekend, the City of Visalia will open its Transit Center as a Cooling Center for the community's use, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17th thru Monday, June 19th. We will be reviewing the forecast on Monday to determine if the cooling center will need to remain open.

The Transit Center, located at 425 E. Oak Ave., provides amenities such as ample seating, vending machines, and restrooms. All of the Bus Routes eventually lead to the Transit Center, providing convenient transportation.

The Visalia Fire Department provides the following tips to help cope with the coming heat:

- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and, when possible, stay in the shade or an air- conditioned room.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes.
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
- Never leave children or pets in a vehicle, even for short periods of time. Temperatures inside vehicles can climb rapidly to life-threatening levels, even with the windows partially open.
- Periodically check on children and the elderly.
- Remember that animals are affected by the heat. Make sure pets and farm animals have plenty of water and access to shade.

For further information, contact the Visalia Fire Department at 559-713-4244.

City of Merced

Sam Pipes Room of Merced Civic Center (City Hall)
678 W. 18th St.
from 3 to 8 p.m.

There will be free bus rides to the Merced cooling zone provided by The Bus. (Bus service does end at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.)

City of Sanger

City Annex
1789 Jensen Ave
Sunday June 18th
12pm to 6pm

The City of Sanger invites adults 55 and older to visit the Senior Center located at 730 Recreation Ave from 7am to 4 pm Monday to Friday as a way to beat the heat.

The Sanger Pool with the newly refurbished Apache water slide is now open Tuesday through Friday for recreation swim from 12:30pm to 3:30pm admission prices range from $4 to $1. Family Swim nights are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7:30pm to 9pm admission is only $1.

Starting June 17 and through August 5th join us every Saturday night for family swim and movies in the park. Admission to the pool is only $1 from 7pm to 8:30pm after family swim join us for a free movie in the park show time is at dusk. Bring your favorite snack, chair or blanket.

Kings County

Cool Places will be open throughout the county. Cool Places are air-conditioned buildings open to the public during regular business hours.

- Armona Community Branch Library - 11115 C Street; 559-583-5005
- Armona Senior Center - 10953 14th Avenue; 559-852-4615
- Avenal Branch Library - 501 East Kings Street; 559-386-5741
- Corcoran Branch Library - 1001-A Chittenden Ave; 559-992-3314
- Hanford Branch Library - 401 N. Douty Street; 559-582-0261
- Hanford Mall - 1675 W Lacey Blvd; 559-583-1200
- Kettleman City Branch Library - 104 Becky Pease Street; 559-386-9804
- Lemoore Branch Library - 457 C Street; 559-924-2188
- Stratford Branch Library - 20300 Main Street; 559-947-3003

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