Valley Focus

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Honoring Volunteers - You can honor a deserving volunteer by nominating him or her for the Hands Across The Valley Awards. There are several categories.

Hands On Central California matches volunteers with organizations who need extra help. Hands On Central California will honor winners at a special awards luncheon April 26th. The deadline to submit your nomination is February 1st.

Guest: Josh Madfis/Executive Director-Hands on Central California

MLK Day - Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A look at the march and commemoration program held in Fresno.

Black History Month Banquet - The African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley is having its annual Black History Month Celebration Banquet. Local trailblazers will be honored for their community work.

Guest: Gwen Morris/Board Secretary-African American Historical & Cultural Museum

Black History Month Celebration Banquet

Saturday, February 4

6 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

(559) 544-1857

Domestic Violence Awareness - Domestic violence impacts entire families. The Marjaree Mason Center is hosting a workshop on cultural competency with Dr. Valerie Batts, Founding Director and VP of Consulting for VISIONS, Inc. The Marjaree Mason Center is also hosting Marjaree's Mardi Gras Birthday Soiree.

Guest: Nicole Linder/Executive Director-Marjaree Mason Center

The Batts workshop training will benefit anyone who works with people, especially those who serve clients. Every day we work alongside people who are different from us.

Dr. Batts will help us look at cultural competency as more than just recognizing our different races, but rather recognizing how we are different from each other because of our upbringing, our beliefs, and all of our "identities" that shape who we are.

Over the course of the six-hour training, Dr. Batts will focus on helping people recognize their own biases, and then teach them how to embrace the differences in other people. We all have biases, this is completely normal! What we all need to work on, though, is identifying ways to acknowledge, accept, and OWN our biases. Once we can achieve that, we will be able to better serve those who are different from us.

Dr. Valerie Batts - Enhancing Culturally Responsive Care

- Feb. 24th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

- New Covenant Community Church

- $100 presale, $125 with CEUs (for LCSW and LMFT only)

- Group rate (10 or more people) $75 per person

Marjaree's Mardi Gras Birthday Soiree

March 18, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Tornino's Banquet Hall

$100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10.

Visit to purchase tickets

Celebrate the life and legacy of Marjaree Mason. This March, she would have been 75 years old. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support safe houses, counseling and legal assistance services.

College expansion - West Hills College Lemoore has an impressive new addition. The new student union gives students a new place to eat, study, hang out and hold meetings.