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Organic Sotne Fruit Jubilee

The Ecological Farming Association is throwing a delicious event later this month.

The Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee is an evening of fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and pluots. The event incudes live entertainment, farm tours, a Kids Craft corner, jam making, a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arranging and stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies.

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As details continue to emerge about the shooter who killed at least 49 people Sunday at a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, many are asking if this could happen here. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims joined us on Valley Edition to talk about this mass shooting means for the debate over firearms, and the way law enforcement agencies share information about suspected terrorists, or those who sympathize with the self-described Islamic State.

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Residents of the Central Valley are continuing to react to the murder of more than 50 people in a shooting at an LGBTQ club in Orlando. The mass murder has created waves of outrage across the country.

Sunday night, hundreds of people marched in the Fresno’s Tower District for a candlelight vigil remembering the victims of the worst mass shooting in American history.

Jason Scott with the advocacy group Gay Fresno says the attack is causing great sadness and anger but also resolve.

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It's estimated that around 30,000 Hmong people died helping the U.S. during the Vietnam War when the C.I.A. recruited Laotian Hmong to fight the communists. The first wave of Hmong refugees who emigrated to the U.S. grappled with survivors’ guilt and, for decades, agonized over human rights violations committed against those left behind, including attacks on unarmed civilians, rape, and torture.

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Right now, Clovis Community College is hosting an exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It’s all about the Bracero program, a controversial government campaign in the mid-20th century that brought Mexican men into the U.S. seasonally to work the fields. Alongside the Smithsonian exhibit are paintings by Eliana Soto, a local artist whose grandfather was a Bracero. She tells Kerry Klein about exploring her family’s history through art as part of our first-person series My Valley, My Story.

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Public libraries are often seen as important pillars of knowledge and sources of civic pride. But in Kern County, they are struggling to keep their doors open. Now, voters have a chance to establish a dedicated funding stream for their libraries for the first time.

A June 7th vote on Measure F could be a test of community support for their library system.

At the Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield, Seven-year-old Emmy Sperber practices her reading as her father Jason looks on.

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Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin yesterday cut the ribbon for a new park in southeast Fresno. And this isn’t just any park.

Fresno skateboarders have a new skate park to play in. It’s located behind Romain Park near the junction of routes 41 and 180. And it’s unlike any other skate park in Fresno: it was designed by skateboarders. Hundreds of teenagers and young adults took part in the planning process—including Manuel Martinez.

StoryCorps Legacy

Regular listeners to NPR are familiar with the concept of the Segment StoryCorps. The organization records thousands of conversations between family members and loved ones each year. Through the group’s StoryCorps Legacy program, the organization works with hospice organizations across the country, including Hinds Hospice in Fresno. In this story Art and Roze Wille interview each other about their son Hendrix who died from complications from leukemia.

ARTHUR WILLE: “Hendrix was born November 12, 2009. I just remember how big he was.”

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The first week in May is Historic Preservation Week in Fresno, with a host of activities that celebrate the city’s architectural heritage.

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All across the country an iconic American symbol of success is finding it harder and harder to survive. Dozens of once crowded bustling shopping malls, are for lack of a better term, dying. Industry research predicts that 15% or more of malls could die in the next ten years. But one company thinks there is a path back to success for a Fresno Mall that is on life support.

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