A Clovis Chamber Event
International Village expanding in Year 3 The Svenska Kids Musik Club performing on stage during the 2017 International Village at ClovisFest. CLOVIS ROUNDUP FILE PHOTO
hat started as a diverse idea has steadily grown into one of the most popular attractions at Clo-
visFest. That attraction is known as the International Village, a cultural showcase featuring over two dozen cultural groups from up and down the Central Valley. During the two-day ClovisFest, participating clubs and organizations share aspects of their culture (music, food, art, etc.) in order to to give the public a deeper understanding of their heritage and traditions. Some groups even offer live entertainment by demonstrating their unique music and forms of dance. “The International Village segment of ClovisFest is a local celebration of all cultures and backgrounds here in the Central Valley,” said event co-organizer Karey Cha with the City of Clovis. “Usually, we have anywhere between 20-30 different groups from Bakersfield all the way up to Sacramento that join us in celebrating the diversity here in this part of California.” One of the returning participants for this year is the Indian Gidda Team, managed by Puneet and Neelima Bhargava. The couple is looking forward to once again present its vibrant Hindu culture. One of the ways is by displaying and allowing visitors to try on
traditional Indian clothing. Those interested will also have the opportunity to write their name in Hindi using a dry erase board. “I feel like this kind of event brings the community together,” said Neelima. “People are able to interact with others and get to know about the different cultures.” Other confirmed participating groups include: Central California Society of India, Scottish Society of Central California, Lao Community Cultural Center of Fresno, Andalee and the Eastern Sun Dance Company, Fresno Basque Club, Armenian General Benevolent Union, Celtic Motion Dance Company, Iranian Culture and Art Club of Fresno, United Khmer Cultural Preservation, Polynesian Club of Fresno, Svenska Kids Musik Club and Hālau Hula I Ka Lā. This year’s International Village setup will be in a more central location, moving up one block from its original home on Pollasky and Seventh. The move makes the attraction more visible and provides easier access for visitors. “It’s more in the footprint of the event [this year], which is really exciting for the groups,” said Priscilla Montell with the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, who also assists in planning the event. “They’ll have booths up and down Bullard from Pollasky to Woodworth, and the [performing arts]
stage is also on Bullard.” One of the neat features of the annual showcase is the International Village Passport, a program designed to educate the youth on each culture. It’s meant to serve as a fun and engaging activity for kids as it opens their mind to other cultures as a young age. In order to complete the program, participants must visit all booths and engage in each organization’s activities. It may be a story or a craft or something that has to do with that organization’s heritage. After each activity, they get a stamp on their passport book. Once filled, the passport, along with their name and contact info, is submitted to the Clovis Chamber’s International Village booth for a chance to win the grand prize – a Chromebook laptop. “The more influence we can have on educating the community on their backgrounds, the better,” said Montell. “I think that’s what really encourages them to continue to come out – an activity for the community to see and to get to know something about them and their culture. I think that’s why the passport program is a really good program.” When organizers first started the International Village portion of ClovisFest three years ago, they did it as a way to add a little flavor to the two-day event. They weren’t sure how it would be received but moved forward with it anyway, and now that vision is paying off. “We just kind of thought of it and went with it,” said Cha. “We didn’t think that there were going to be a lot of people that would participate but there’s actually so many different organizations and clubs out there that are interested in sharing their cultures, their backgrounds. Our community is excited about us bringing something like this to Clovis, so we want to continue to make this event bigger and better every year.”
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Hālau Hula I Ka Lā!
Ask someone if they know a place called Hawai’i and you’ll likely receive a positive response followed by a far off look in their eyes as they imagine the perfect weather on the perfect beach. In fact, many people know that Hawaii is the 50th state of the United States of America where the beaches are home to surfers and where a luau and a hula dancer go hand-in-hand. Although not too far from the truth, these mainland ideas seem to overlook the rich, cultural identity of the Hawaiian people. It could be said that Hawaii can be described by two words: HULA and ALOHA. Both of which form the foundation of Clovis-based hula school, Hālau Hula I Ka Lā. The name of the school translates to, “Hula School in the Sun” (Hālau=school, Hula=the Hawaiian dance, I=in, Ka=the, Lā=sun) and began in
June, 2014. The hālau shares its name with their eastern counterpart in Toronto, Canada, in an effort to demonstrate that hula and aloha can bridge distances. This year, the Clovis hālau literally opened its new studio doors at the Parkway Trails Plaza at Willow and Nees, welcoming men, women and children of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Hālau Hula I Ka Lā is run by sisters, Joydee Padua (Clovis) and Joanne Vicencio (Toronto) who state that the vision of the school is to promote and educate the community about the Aloha Spirit through the Hawaiian art of Hula with public and private performances, workshops and community services. ALOHA … a simple word that, to most people means, “hello,” “goodbye,” and even “I love you.” To a student at Hālau Hula I Ka Lā, this five-letter word carries the reminder
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to be kind, to be united, to be agreeable, to be humble and to be patient. These are actions that are expected within the walls of the hula studio but are also practiced when each student walks out the door. At Hālau Hula I Ka Lā, the words of Hawaii’s last reigning King, David Kalakaua, are taught, “Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” Hālau Hula I Ka Lā understands that hula
calls to individuals at different times so new students are welcome year round. All classes are held at 1305 N. Willow Ave., Suite #170. A description of classes can be found at www. hulaikala.weebly.com. Inquiries about classes and performances may also sent via Facebook, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling/sending a text message to 559-5939033. Stop by, talk story, share aloha with us! A hui hou!
SVENSKA KIDS MUSIK CLUB
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Established in 2013, the United Khmer Cultural Preservation (UKCP) is formed and dedicated to preserve and promote Khmer culture. Its primary objectives and purposes of this corporation are: • • • • • • •
To preserve and promote the Khmer culture and heritage To enhance Khmer cultural awareness To preserve Khmer culture and customs, and establish strong relationships with other communities To assist and provide Khmer cultural support when there are needs within the community To provide Khmer literacy and cultural classes to the Khmer-Americans To develop and provide education and training related to the delivery of culturally appropriate religion and cultural practice To promote unity through culture, cooperation and friendship among Khmer-Americans and other ethnic families
Svenska Kids Musik Club is a Vasa-sponsored Scandinavian folk dance group. We are based in Kingsburg and the children range in age from 2 to 16 years old. We primarily learn folk dances from the various Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland) as well as other folk dances. The children also learn the English and Scandinavian versions of the songs we sing, and stories and crafts pertaining to the culture.
Clovis Heiwa Taiko Group
HINDU Culture & Heritage
Myself, Puneet Bhargava, and my wife Neelima Bhargava are very excited again this year to participate in the International Village at ClovisFest. We will feature and display our Hindu Culture and Heritage. The International Village is an awesome opportunity for us to share our culture with others and also learn about other cultures by interacting with the participating groups. It is a great opportunity to learn about other ethnicities and bring all cultures and groups together as one to represent the International Village at ClovisFest. Our exhibits will give information about the Hindu culture, Indian festivals, Indian art,
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drama, henna tattoos, handicrafts, Indian dresses, jewelry, and Indian scientists who contributed to science, medicine, chemistry, mathematics and more. It would be a good learning experience and cultural adventure for all age groups. We will also organize some fun learning activities throughout the day for all to get an insight of our culture and heritage. Those interested would have an opportunity to write their name in Hindi using a dry erase board. There will also be opportunities to take wear Indian dresses, makeup, accessories and take pictures.
The Clovis Heiwa Taiko group was formed in February 1999 and led by Mamoru Maseba Sensei. In Japanese, heiwa means peace or harmony and taiko means “fat drum.” The two words come together to describe a drumming style of Japanese origin. The essence of taiko is the skillful playing of percussion instruments, in addition to the discipline of mind and body in the spirit of complete respect and unity among the drummers. Maseba Sensei retired from the group but his spirit and teachings remain a strong focus. All but three of the current members have been with the group since it was formed in 1999. Although our group is small, we continue to practice the art of taiko through performances and traditions to spread our message of peace. The Clovis Heiwa Taiko group has performed at many diverse, multicultural
events. Some of the events include: The Toro Nagashi Floating Lantern Ceremony at Woodward Park in Fresno, Chinatown’s Jazz Festival, Fresno City College’s Asian American history month festivities, Martin Luther King Day Celebration, the Girl Scout World Thinking Day Event, the Sisters of Manzanar Opera, events throughout the Clovis Unified School District and many more over the past 16 years. The members of the Clovis Heiwa Taiko group are: Arlene Eberly, Sheryl Elliott, Tom and Karen Kovac, Megan Ikeda, Maggie Pendleton, Ron Uragami, Kacie Massoudi, Mia Castello, and Bev Yatabe. The group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. to practice at the United Japanese Christian Church. Contact the church office at 559-322-0701 if you are interested in finding out more about our group.
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Scottish Society of Central California
The Scottish Society of Central California had its beginnings in 1982 when those of Scottish descent belonging to the Celtic Cultural Society of Central California decided to form their own organization. In January of 1983, the Scottish Society of Central California became a nonprofit corporation organized and qualified under the laws of the State of California. The Society’s mission is to create, stimulate, and sustain an interest in Scotland; to educate the public about Scottish heritage; to provide educational and entertaining events that share and promote Scottish culture; to promote goodwill and understanding among its members and the general public and to perform such charitable works as may be reasonably possible and appropriate. A primary activity of the Scottish Society of Central California is the presentation of
the Annual Fresno Scottish Highland Gathering & Games. The original Games were organized by the Celtic Cultural Society of Central California and SSCC took over their presentation in 1984. This Highland Games & Gathering of Scottish Clans has now grown to the point that it is considered one of the finest one-day Scottish events on the West Coast. The Society has other outstanding events: the annual Robert Burns supper held in January each year on the Saturday nearest to Burns’ birth date on the 25th; the Spring Ceilidh held on the first Saturday in May; and the Saint Andrews Ceilidh held on the first Saturday in December. Our General Membership meetings are held quarterly at both Ceilidhs and on the first Tuesdays in February and August. We also gather for social events and activities
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that benefit our community throughout the year as announced on our “Spot a Scot” webpage. Our newsletter, The Thistle, is received by our membership several times each year,
bringing a calendar of Scottish events, items of history and culture, a little humor, and articles of local interest. If you are not currently a member, you are welcome to join by contacting us at www.scottishsociety.org.
ARMENIAN GENERAL BENEVOLENT UNION & ARAX ARMENIAN DANCERS OF FRESNO Parev! Hello! The Armenian General Benevolent Union, the largest Armenian philanthropic organization in the world, is teaming up with the Arax Armenian Dancers of Fresno to showcase the ancient culture of Armenia. We are excited to be part of the ClovisFest International Village. Established in 1906, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the largest Armenian non-profit organization in the world, offering an array of programs designed to help Armenians excel in life, personally, professionally and as global citizens. The AGBU mission is to preserve and promote the Armenian heritage through worldwide educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. There are programs in: • Arts and Culture – Dance groups, choral groups, theater troupes and art academies, etc. • Athletics – Leagues and competitions with teams from around the world gathering to compete. • Camps in 12 programs each summer around the world. • Community Service with programs
like Discover Armenia and Arménie Terre de Vie where diasporan youth have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to Armenia. • Education – Supports educational programs and scholarships, Armenian Virtual College, e-books, Web Talks and educational apps like ‘Gus on the Go.’ • Internships – University students gain valuable work experience in Buenos Aires, London, New York, Paris and Yerevan. • Leadership through the GORIZ Leadership Program and the Young Professionals. • Mentorship – Generation Next Mentorship Program matches at risk youth with caring mentors. • Scholarships – Thousands of Armenian youth receive scholarships through this program. • Scouts – Since 1940, scout troops teach the values of leadership, community serve and mutual respect. You may get further information by going
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to agbu.org. The Fresno Chapter co-sponsors musical and educational programs with the Armenian Studies Program of Fresno State. They offer Armenian language classes for children and adults. Please email email@example.com for more information. The Arax Dancers have been in existence for over 50 years in Fresno. They have performed for audiences large and small in the
San Joaquin Valley and in San Francisco. They are pleased to be dancing for ClovisFest on the International Village stage. The group has given Armenian dance lessons to hundreds of Valley folk dancers. They will be giving a series of six lessons beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Armenian folk dances will be taught for students of all ages. For more details, call 559-970-9354.
Meet the Basque
The Basque People Located on the Bay of Biscay at the western end of the Pyrenees mountain range, straddling the border of France and Spain, lies the Basque Country. Although not an independent state, it’s a collection of regions that has been inhabited by the Basque people since the 16th century. The nearly 8,000-square-mile region is divided into seven administrative districts, four in Spain and three in France. More than two million people live in the Basque Country. Its largest city, Bilbao, has a population of 1.2 million people and is the home of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum. With all of the land being within 100 miles of the ocean, the Basque Country is famous for its surfing. For the Basque people who have migrated to other areas of the world, many can be found in sheepherding regions such as California, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming. Here, in California’s great Central Valley, the Basque culture is celebrated throughout the Central Valley at annual picnics. Basque cuisine is also popular here with many restaurants serving the traditional Basque-style seven-course meal which features bread & butter, soup, green salad, potato salad, side dish, lamb stew, & ice cream. Who doesn’t enjoy the bread from the Basque French Bakery? Basque Language The Basque language is unrelated to any current or extinct language, a fact that has historically underscored a separation between Basque and Spanish or French culture. Basque was spoken before the colonization of Spain by the Roman Empire, and it is the only surviving pre-Roman tribal language in
Spain. Under Francisco Franco’s regime, from 1939 to 1975, and in earlier times, the Basque language was repressed. Since the death of Franco, Basque has been restored to official usage in the region, instigating a renaissance and new level of recognition nationally. Arts and Music Basque have a long musical tradition of unaccompanied choirs, and an annual contest of these singing groups is held every year in the city of Tolosa. Musical instruments associated with Basque folk music include the txistu (high flute), tambourine, drums, and the txalaparta, which is similar to a wooden xylophone. Gold and silversmithing, as well as working with other precious metals, has a long history in the Basque Country. Traditional wool and linen spinning and weaving techniques are used to make fabrics for clothing and draperies, which are often trimmed with cross-stitch needlework. Leatherwork naturally evolved with farming traditions and is used for shoes, coats, clothes and wineskins. Sports Traditional Basque sports include pelota, which has different versions played on courts with baskets, wooden bats and hands. Sports emphasizing strength and stamina, like stone-lifting, stone-dragging with oxen, log cutting, and longboat regattas are also popular. One of the best times to see these sports in a competitive atmosphere is during festivals or holidays. There are also many Basque athletes participating in professional soccer. Cuisine The Basque Country is proud of its high-quality traditional cuisine and contemporary gastronomic scene. Fish from the Basque coast and ancestral Basque fishing
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spots are showcased. Classic dishes include Cod, Bream and Hake, with light, delicate sauces; Squid cooked with its ink, onion, and peppers; Lamb; and steak. Many of these dishes are transformed into stews with vegetables, beans and mushrooms. Basque Country is known for “txikito,” a bar-hopping ritual involving eating small hors d’oeuvres called pintxos, along with small glasses of wine called txikiteo. Picon Punch is a traditional Basque drink that is very popular among the Basque community in the Central Valley. It was invented by Basque immigrants in the early 1900s. It became so popular, it was exported back to the Basque region of the mother country, Spain. Many of the restaurants are or were also hostels or hotels that served as home to many new immigrants coming to America and are gathering spots for other Basques to come
and feel the comforts of home like that in the Basque Country. Many of the hotels have traditionally been near train stations as the Basque people were told to “get off the train and walk until you hear your language.” That was the beginning of many of the Basque-American clubs that exist today. The Fresno Basque Club was formed in 1978 and is a member of the North American Basque Organizations (N.A.B.O.) which started in 1973 with the intent of combining resources of the various Basque-American organizations to preserve and promote Basque heritage and tradition. Every year, on the first Saturday of May, these traditions are celebrated at the Fresno Basque Club’s annual Basque Picnic. There, guests enjoy traditional dance, food, wine, and games. Follow us on Facebook at Fresno Basque Club.
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Iranian Culture and Art club of Fresno (ICAC) Historically known as Persia, Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. There is a tendency among Iranian-Americans to categorize themselves as “Persian” rather than “Iranian”, mainly to dissociate themselves from the Islamic regime of Iran which is in charge since 1979 Revolution. Persian culture is famous for beautiful poetry, luxurious rugs, and lush gardens. In fact, the English word “paradise” comes from a Persian word meaning “enclosed garden”. IRANIAN AMERICANS or PERSIAN AMERICANS are U.S. citizens who are of Iranian ancestry or who hold Iranian citizenship. Iranian Americans are among the most highly educated people in the United States they have historically excelled in business, academia, science, the arts, and entertainment. The population of Iranian Americans hovers around one million people. According to the US Census Bureau the population of United States is more than 325 million. in addition to native Americans who were already living on the continent, US population is built on immigration from all over the world. The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Nearly every region of the globe has influenced American culture, contributed to the society and enriched the economy of America. Iranian American community has made significant contributions to almost all facets
of professions in America. Based on data presented at Stanford University Iranian Studies program in April 2017, there are 9,000 Iranian American physicians in The United states %34 of them are women. 10,000 Academia and 2800 lawyers in California %42 of them are women. 40,000 patents were issued for Iranian American inventors up to 2016. NOTABLE PEOPLE BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY: Iranian-Americans are among the most educated and successful communities in the U.S., according to a report by the Iranian Studies group at MIT. Iranian-Americans have founded, or hold senior leadership positions at, many major US companies, including Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Intel, Citigroup, Verizon, Motorola, Google, and AT&T. Pierre Omidyar, founder/CEO of eBay is of Iranian origin, as well as is the founder
of Bratz, Isaac Larian. Omid Kordestani of Twitter and former Senior Vice President of Google, CEO of YouTube Salar Kamangar, Sina Tamaddon of Apple Inc. SCIENCE/ACADEMIA: Well-known Iranian-Americans in science include Firouz PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY IRANIAN CULTURE AND ART CLUB OF FRESNO Naderi, director at NASA; Ali Javan, inventor of the first gas laser; Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female winner of the Fields Medal; Iranian Culture and Art Nima Arkani-Hamed, a leading theoretical club of Fresno (ICAC) was crephysicist; cancer biologist Mina J. Bissell; ated as a nonprofit organization run by Gholam A. Peyman, the inventor of LASIK a board of volunteers for the purpose Almost one in three Iranian-American of promoting a secular understanding households have annual incomes of more and preserving of Iranian culture, arts than $100,000 (compared to one in five for and traditions. The Iranian Culture and the overall U.S. population). Unlike many Art Club is committed to providing Biother immigrants who left their home counlingual (English/Persian) lectures and tries because of economic hardships, Iranians performance series with dynamic artleft due to social or religious reasons like ists, writers, poets and scholars to crethe 1979 revolution. About 50 percent of all ate a venue of better understanding of working Iranian Americans are in professional this rich culture to the general public of and managerial occupations, a percentage the San Joaquin Valley. You can contact greater than any other group in the United us at www.iraniancultureandartclub. States. com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Polynesian Club of Fresno
We are a professional Polynesian dance troupe under the direction of the Kuma family in Fresno. We have been bringing the beauty of the islands to the San Joaquin Valley for over 40 years. Our dancers, musicians and drummers have won many international and national competitions over the years for our dancing, drumming, music as well as traditional costumes. Through the enchanting music of the Polynesian islands, we share our love of the culture and the heritage of its people. From the graceful hulas, to the awesome Samoan fire knife dance, our show takes you on a journey through the islands. In addition to the graceful hulas of Hawaii, we also share with you the elegance of the poi balls of New Zealand, the excitement of the Samoan islands, the beauty of our homeland Tonga and of course, the fastpaced drum dances of Tahiti. Our awardwinning drummers add the finishing touch to an exciting evening. Our dancers are of Polynesian ancestry, with a few “Polynesians at heart.” We are available for large celebrations, corporate events, weddings and luaus as well as small gatherings. We also offer a full range of catering with our “Luau Menu” as our specialty. Our authentic menu can’t be beat! For delicious “straight from the
islands” flavors, let us cater your next event. You can view pictures of our dance studios, shows and cultural events at our website: www.fresnopolynesianclub.com. For more information on entertainment or catering prices, please contact Linda Kuma at 559225-5995. We can’t wait to share the beauty and excitement of Polynesia with you. HISTORY Our group was started by Kolei Fiefononga Kuma. Kolei was from Leimatu’a, Vavau, Tonga. He moved to Oahu in the late 1960s and it was there that he met his wife, Linda. They married and eventually moved to Fresno. On Oct. 7, 1972, Kolei gathered dancers and musicians to make a show for his son Kolei Sii’s first birthday. Kolei called on his cousins and friends to put together the entertainment. That first event – a birthday luau – became a place for Polynesians in the area to connect with each other and enjoy the music and dances of their homelands. For many years, our group was just a relaxed group of Polynesians that had banded together to relieve their homesickness. Kolei passed away in 2002 but his love for the Polynesian culture lives on through his children. That small group of Polynesians hanging out in the garage at the Kuma house
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in the 80s and 90s grew to be what the group is today. Now, hundreds of dancers and drummers come weekly to the Polynesian Club of Fresno to share in the music and dances of Polynesia. We see generations of families each week. The first children that Martha taught are now teaching and leading classes alongside of her. Linda Kuma has always been the costume designer, manager, etc. She dedicates her time for the group full time booking shows, organizing events, catering, sewing and managing the studios. The oldest child in the family is Kolei Etoni Kuma, he’s the lead drummer. He keeps guys on the right page, keeps the studios running smoothly and is a master BBQer (best huli huli chicken around).
Sosefina is Kolei’s wife and Linda’s right hand in costuming. She is our lead dancer and guides our dancers with grace, a friendly smile and an encouraging heart. She is our “master weaver.” Her handicraft and costume making skills are second to none. Fina and Kolei have four children: Kolei, Ofaloto, Kaleili and Salote. Martha Leina’ala Kuma is the second child. She is the ra’atira or leader of the group. She has been trained by many respected kumu hula and teachers in all types of Polynesian dance. Martha has been leading the group since 1992. She continuously attends and brings workshops with Polynesian dance masters to our group to ensure that our dances and dancers are always culturally correct and growing in knowledge and appreciation.
ANDALEE & THE EASTERN SUN DANCE COMPANY
The Eastern Sun Dance Company is a performing group based out of Clovis but made up of dancers from all around the Valley from as far south as Bakersfield and north as Merced. The Company is artistically directed by Andalee and has been committed sharing this vibrant art with audiences all over. Eastern Sun has had the opportunity to travel around California and dance for audiences at belly dance festivals, cultural events, dance showcases, private events, and special charity events such as the Relay for Life. Not fully committed to any one particular style of Middle Eastern Dance (as the repertoire is
vast!), it is the goal of Eastern Sun to share with its audiences the “authentic” side of belly dance, modern and vintage, along with representations of folkloric types of Middle Eastern dance, and also the side of the art that encourages a deeper exploration of creativity and expression by creating “fusion” pieces. Andalee is a multi-award winning performer from Clovis, and the winner of “Project Belly Dance: Season 1,” produced by Cheeky Girls Productions. She has been studying Middle Eastern dance and music for 19 years taking classes, workshops, and intensives from prestigious instructors along
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with Arabic language classes, traveling in the Middle East, teaching, and drumming. She also produces the new annual event HOT RAQS Belly Dance Festival and Competition
in Clovis with her husband, and drummer, Mike Owens. (RAQS = dance in Arabic)
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The Lao Community Cultural Center of Fresno (LCCCF) The Lao Community Cultural Center of Fresno (LCCCF) is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)(3), located at Dhamma Sacca Temple. We sponsor many cultural events throughout the year. However, our main highlight is our “Free Sunday School.” We provide four Lao cultural classes (Cultural, Literacy, Dance, and Music). Our classes are funded by generous donations from the community and fundraisers. We rely heavily on volunteers. The classes are predominately run by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Our mission is cultural preservation. These classes provide youth and adults the opportunity to learn about the Lao culture and tradition. We believe culture awareness will help build self-esteem and boost confidence in individuals. Each year our students perform at various community events such as Fresno State’s Lao
Heritage Night, Fresno City College’s Asian Fest and at the Dhamma Sacca Temple’s Lao New Year Celebration. Classes Schedule: Cultural: 10 – 10:30 a.m. Lao Literacy: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Break: 11:30 a.m. – noon Dance/Music: noon – 1 p.m. (rotates every other week) Upcoming Events: • Lao New Year Fundraiser Party – Oct. 20, 2018 (7 p.m. to midnight) @ Lao Dhamma Sacca Temple • 2019 Miss Lao Pageant Contest – TBA but it’s usually on the first Sunday of April • 2019 Lao New Year Celebration – April 13-14 • For more information, contact us. Thank you!
Celtic Tradition Lives on in the Central Valley PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY THE CELTIC MOTION DANCE COMPANY
We are in our fourth year under the direction of Hannah Anderson, a lifelong resident of Clovis, who has been dancing at Cal Arts since she was three and began Irish Step dance when she was five. She has earned her beginning, primary, and intermediate TCRG (teaching) certification through the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA). This is her 15th year performing with Celtic Motion. In addition to teaching Celtic dance at Cal Arts, Hannah is double majoring in Communications and Physics at Clovis Community College. Our 2018-2019 team also includes: Ben Anderson, Sierra Coyne, Rachel Kipper, Ashley Salter-Green, Lucy Knittel, Kristi Closser, Hallie Seay, Debra Anderson (manager and seamstress), Eric Anderson (guitar), Suzanne Botha (fiddle), Chris Campbell, Travis de la Cruz (bodhrán), Carissa Hall (fiddle and voice), Daniel Sutherland (bagpipes). Celtic Motion is the performing team of the Irish Step Dance program at California Arts Academy which hosts a number of other exciting programs as well, including: tap dance, hip hop, ballet, belly dance, contemporary, creative dance for small children, gymnastics, voice, private music lessons, visual arts such as drawing and painting, toddler gym, Fit Mama, our wildly popular musical theater program, and our Severance Ballet Conservatory which boasts three American Ballet Theater (ABT) certified instructors. Cal Arts focuses on providing a safe and encouraging environment for all of our students to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. We think we’re the most
family-oriented arts academy in town. You might consider having Hannah call a céili at your private event. Our céilis are suitable for everyone from age 3 to 103. Hannah teaches each dance and everyone enjoys dancing to live music from the Celtic Motion Céili Band. It’s better than an icebreaker game and is terrific fun for family reunions, corporate team-building retreats, weddings, and birthday parties. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or get a sneak peek of some of our performances on YouTube. To contact Celtic Motion Dance Company please call California Arts Academy at (559) 222-6539.
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