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Weekend

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

And for the weekend, let’s take a look at a recent aquisition at the Fresno Art Museum: Just added to FAM’s permanent collection is a piece from Fresno native Darren Waterson. He now lives and works in New York City, but he got his early art education at the museum. The new piece is called “LAST DAYS (Gabriel)”. 

Listen to the interview above to hear Waterston describe the painting, and where the Central Valley fits among his work.

 

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

For the Weekend, we’re bringing you poetry from writer, poet, and Fresno State professor Brynn Saito.

National Park Service

 

And now it’s time for the weekend. We’re taking you on an armchair listening tour of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  Scientists, park rangers and others have recorded 265 sounds in the park that are now accessible to the public on the national parks website. It’s called the Soundscape Library and it offers interactive maps, photos and information along with recorded sound from the foothills all the way up to the alpine peaks. 

 

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

We recently told you about Boyden Cavern, which reopened for tours three years after damage from the Rough Fire made it inaccessible. But just who makes these tours possible? For that answer, we’ll go behind the stalactites to meet them. 

The cave itself is a multi-sensory experience: there’s a drop in temperature, and the sound of a creek. If you hang out long enough in the gift shop, you may also catch the sound of baby: 7-month-old Calvin.
 

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

Now, it’s time for the Weekend. We’re going to introduce you to an annual festival, the Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, that’s equal parts a harvest celebration and a nod to the farmers who tend the trees. It takes place tomorrow, June 29, at the Mokichi Okada Association's Oasis Garden in Clovis.

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

It’s time for the Weekend, and we’re taking you straight up Highway 180 to the Giant Sequoia National Monument. There’s the Kings River, and the beautiful trees that give the monument its namesake. But there are also caves up here, lots of them. While most aren’t easily accessible, one cave just reopened to the public - Boyden Cavern.

 

People have been touring it for over a hundred years now, ever since J. Putnam Boyden found it in 1906.

 

Kings Lions Club

It’s time for the Weekend, where we find out what people in the San Joaquin Valley do for fun when they have a little time off. This Saturday evening, the Kings Lions Club is hosting the Kings Brewfest. The annual 21-and-over event brings together commercial and craft breweries in Lemoore to raise money for organizations benefiting Kings County.

Carla Chancellor / Valley Public Radio

 

Welcome to the Weekend, a new segment where we find out what people in the San Joaquin Valley do for fun when they have a little time off. Today we hear from Carla Chancellor. She's a retired teacher who lives in the foothills town of Springville. About eight months ago, she took up ballroom dancing. She liked it so much that she started a “Dancing in the South Valley” Meetup and Facebook page.

Listen to the interview above to learn more.