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Saint Agnes Medical Center has a long history in Fresno and is fulfilling its mission of healing mind, body and spirit.

Making a living Monster City makes more than monsters and is making its mark as an innovative, creative force in its industry.

Football, faith and family Football powerhouses David and Derek Carr have a well-established love of the Central Valley. And the feeling is mutual.

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Get out and drive If you’re looking for a new car for the new year, we have options for you. Check out our annual new-car preview.

Looking good there, fella Men’s grooming options are abundant these days. And one thing is for sure ... this isn’t your daddy’s barbershop.

7 Believe It 8 Pastimes 12 Innovators 14 Don’t Miss Calendar 16 In the Spotlight 18 25 Things You Didn’t Know... 20 Cover Story 30 Get Out & Drive 38 Out and About 40 Timely Trends 44 Timely Trends 46 Get Up & Go

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50 Eat, Drink, Be Merry 56 Snapshots David and Derek Carr are the Central Valley’s golden boys. Standout football stars at Fresno State, each has gone on to play professional ball. And they use their celebrity for good. Read their story beginning on page 20. PHOTOGRAPHY: Special to Central Valley/EECU

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Carr brothers are an example ere’s something: I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about football. I’ve never been one to follow a team or to cheer when a touchdown is made. (The obvious exception to this is when my nephew played for San Joaquin Memorial. I cheered despite my overwhelming lack of knowledge about the why and what of the game. That’s just what an aunt does.) That being said, I do consider myself a fan of the Carr brothers. Everything I’ve read about the Carr brothers tells me they’re stand-up guys. Men who put faith and family first are tops in my books. And men who use their celebrity to show the nation that there’s nothing wrong with being faith-filled, strong leaders who help others have earned my respect. Writer Doug Hoagland shares with us more of the Carrs’ story and how they love the Central Valley. Read his story beginning on page 20. When the opportunity came to us to interview the Carrs and to share with you their story, I couldn’t pass it up. The fact it happened to coincide with our annual men and cars edition was a plus.

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This edition is filled with stories for and about successful men. Make sure to read about Scott Biehl, owner-operator of Mercedes-Benz of Fresno. As coincidence would have it, the third-generation Fresnan loves the Raiders and at one time worked with Rodger Carr, the father of David and Derek. Biehl’s story begins on page 18. Other stories in this edition include a story about the everexpanding options for men when it comes to grooming. You want a brew with that haircut? No problem. You want a manipedi? No worries. If relaxing with a fishing pole is more your style, writer Cyndee Fontana-Ott explores the local fishing scene in this month’s travel piece. She shows us that getting away doesn’t have to mean traveling for hours. We have the best fishing just a short drive away from home. We also have stories about the season. Thanksgiving is upon us and I, for one, am thankful for you.

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November 2017/ Vol. 6, Issue 11 ......................... Central Valley magazine is produced by the Custom Publications staff of The Fresno Bee and published by The Fresno Bee. It is inserted into The Fresno Bee on the fourth Saturday of the month in the Fresno/Clovis area. It can also be found in waiting rooms throughout Fresno/Clovis. Cover price $3.95 President & Publisher Tom Cullinan Vice President, Sales & Strategic Marketing John Coakley Editor Carey Norton | 559-441-6755 Advertising Sales Director Bill Gutierrez | 559-441-6405 Production Coordinator Anna Ramseier | 559-441-6751 Central Valley Sales Leader Sonia White | 559-441-6156

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Basilwood Farm knows the importance of nourishing your skin. The familyowned farm creates made-from-scratch soaps, sea salts and sugar scrubs, lotions and lip balms with goat’s milk. Seasonal scents include Crisp Apple Rose, White Ginger, Through the Woods and Stormy Weather. Goat’s milk is packed with vitamins A, B, D and E, which aid in reducing the presence of eczema and psoriasis. It also contains alpha-hydroxy acids — the key to healthier and smoother skin. In addition to being beneficial for your skin, goat’s milk is delicious. Now through January, Basilwood Farm is hosting hands-on workshops. From 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, learn the process of making chèvre, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses during the Cheese, Please! Workshop. If you want to skip the cheesy class, you can learn how to make woolies — washraglike soap made with hand-dyed sheep’s wool — during the Woolie Workshop at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6. Details: www.basilwoodfarm.com

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Lights and tigers and bears, oh my! For more than eight decades, Fresno Chaffee Zoo has remained a family-friendly destination in the Central Valley. It houses more than 190 species including tigers, orangutans, ring-tailed lemurs, flamingos, wolves and giant anteaters. Today, Fresno Chaffee Zoo boasts several award-winning exhibits and seasonal events. Next on the agenda: ZooLights, starting the day after Thanksgiving. As you stroll through the grounds, which are transformed into a winter wonderland, you’ll be greeted by a complimentary cup of hot cocoa, festive music and Santa Claus. Don’t forget to stop by African Adventure to observe a pride of lions in their natural habitat (and feed a pair of giraffes at the top of Twiga Terrace), Sea Lion Cove to watch as sea lions mingle with

harbor seals, and Stingray Bay to touch a school of cownose rays and southern stingrays. Zoolights runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the following dates: Friday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 26 Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3 Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 10 Friday, Dec. 15 to Saturday, Dec. 23 Tuesday, Dec. 26 to Saturday, Dec. 30 Tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 2 to 11. Purchase a pair of holographic glasses for $2. Details: www.fresnochaffeezoo.org

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Thank you for your service The Clovis Veterans Memorial District honors and remembers men and women who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice. It strives to educate the community on the meaning of Veterans Day with several events on Saturday, Nov. 11. And, don’t forget to watch the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Fresno.

Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast Serving 7 to 11 a.m., Independence Room Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Clovis Post 3225

Car Show and Outside Activities 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Veterans Parkway Outside activities will include live music and local veterans organizations

Film Festival 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Auditorium Free documentary screenings

“Remember the Fallen” Exhibit 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Veterans Room Free exhibit remembering and honoring the gold star heroes from California after 9/11

Veterans memorabilia 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boardroom a/b Local veterans to display their memorabilia

Bless thy neighbor The motto is simple: “Take what you want, leave what you can.” Filled with fresh fruits like apples and bananas, nonperishable food items and hygiene products, Blessing Boxes are a reminder for people to spread the love. Stationed throughout the United States, there are a handful of Blessing Boxes in California. In Clovis, Blessing Boxes were inspired by a group of friends — known as the Angels of the Blessing Box — moved by the positive response of #LiveLikeMolly. On Feb. 21, 2015, Molly Griffin was killed by a drunk driver in northeast Fresno.

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Patriotic Concert 11 a.m. to noon, Liberty Ballroom The Clovis Community Band will perform a patriotic concert

Veterans Day Dinner

Families craving an action-packed night can head to one of four auto speedways in the Central Valley to watch stock cars, modified cars and mini-sprint cars as they tear around the one-third-mile ovals. The rip-roaring races are held on Friday or Saturday evenings from spring through fall at Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park, Visalia; Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare; LoanMart Madera Speedway, Madera; and Keller Auto Speedway at the Kings Fairgrounds, Hanford. Details: www.plazaparkraceway.com, www.tularethunderbowl.com, www.racemadera.com, www.racekingsspeedway.com

6 to 8 p.m., Liberty Ballroom Doors will open at 5 p.m. Attendees must have a ticket, available for a veteran plus a guest. Details: (559) 299-0471, www.cvmdistrict.org

Veterans Day Parade The Veterans Day Parade occurs at 11:11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 in front of Fresno City Hall in downtown Fresno. The parade is currently the largest on the West Coast and broadcast live locally and worldwide via satellite to service men and women on bases around the world. The goal is to honor service men and women in a huge show of appreciation each year. Details: www.facebook.com/fresnoveteransday

When she died, a movement was created to keep her memory alive: #LiveLikeMolly. People who perform a random act of kindness are encouraged to share their experiences on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag. The Angels of the Blessing Box didn’t hesitate to inspire people to join. Locations of Blessing Boxes: t In front of Clovis Janitorial Supply, 2331 Villa Ave., Clovis t In front of Gordon’s Quick Lube & Auto Center, 1110 Clovis Ave., Clovis t Ranchos Cafe, 37193 Avenue 12, Madera Details: www.facebook.com/blessingboxofclovis

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Saint Agnes fulfills its mission of healing body, mind and spirit BY: Janice Stevens | ILLUSTRATIONS: Pat Hunter | PHOTOGRAPHY: “As Pop Saw It” by Jerome D. Laval

Janice Stevens is the author of multiple books on California history: Fresno’s Architectural Past, Vol. I and II, William Saroyan: Places in Time; Remembering the California Missions; and An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 (North, Central and South), plus Breaking Bread with William Saroyan, collaborations with her business partner, watercolorist Pat Hunter, and two volumes of Stories of Service, compilations of Valley veterans’ military memoirs. Ask Janice a Fresno history question by emailing custom@ fresnobee.com or posting your question on the Central Valley magazine Facebook page, www.facebook. com/CentralValleyMag.

aint Agnes Medical Center’s mission began in 1841 when Father Basil Moreau founded the Sisters of the Holy Cross in LeMans, France. When the College of Notre Dame was established, four sisters left France for the United States to provide nursing and domestic services to the college, notes the Saint Agnes Medical Center website, under “Our History & Ministry.” The sisters’ ministry then grew to include education and nursing in schools, orphanages and hospitals across the United States. By 1860, the sisters were involved in six U. S. hospitals. During the Civil War, the Holy Cross sisters volunteered to serve as the first Navy nurses on the hospital ship, Red Rover, serving up to 1,400 patients, which included many prisoners of war. In 1894, the Sisters of the Holy Cross began their ministry in Fresno opening a boarding and day school for girls. That led to the local bishop requesting nine sisters to establish the original Saint Agnes Hospital in

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downtown Fresno. After less than three years of operation, Saint Agnes became the first Fresno hospital to receive accreditation by the American College of Surgeons. The facility, at 603 W. Home Ave., features a Spanish Revival architectural design. The formal opening of Saint Agnes Hospital took place Aug. 5, 1929, with a construction cost of $350,000 for the four-story hospital. The caption of a photograph taken by a Fresno Bee cameraman from

FSaint Agnes relocated in 1975 to Herndon Avenue, which was the outskirts of town where sheep occasionally grazed.

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an Aug. 4 article reads “ready to aid sufferers.” The article notes that the structure features “… accommodations for 75 patients. ... The ground floor of the main structure contains the kitchens, cold storage plant, dining rooms and store rooms. The laboratories, drug rooms, emergency room, physiotherapy department, morgue, ambulance and main entrance are in the left wing, and the administration offices are in the center of the main floor with wards and private rooms in both wings. “The second and third floors had the same layout, and the fourth floor accommodated X-ray, operating, maternity and delivery rooms, as well as a nursery.” The article also mentions, “On the rear in a wing projecting at right angles to the main building is the chapel, community room and bedrooms for the sisters. Boilers and the hospital laundry are located in a separate building.” A 1969 Saint Agnes Hospital newsletter describes the early Saint Agnes as “The Hospital with a Heart.” The newsletter states, “Just 40 years ago this month, a brand-new edifice of healing was opened on one of Fresno’s higher spots, an area known to the local citizens as Sand Ridge. It was a fairly long ride by streetcar to the new Saint Agnes Hospital as it was located outside the city limits amidst grape vines and tall waving grass that more frequently than not had sheep grazing in it.” The newsletter quotes an article, perhaps from the Fresno Bee article of Aug. 6, 1929: “The elevation of Sand Ridge will be a boon to patients since they will

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ATop: The old Saint Agnes cost $350,000 when constructed in 1929. DLeft: The old Saint Agnes became Glen Agnes when the hospital moved to Herndon Avenue.

get the full effect of the cold evening breezes.” A new wing was added to the structure in 1947 at a cost almost equal to the construction of the original building. Prior to the construction, explains the newsletter, “… some of the sun porches were closed, and a few private rooms converted into semi-private rooms Please see next page

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Saint Agnes fulfills its mission of healing body, mind and spirit BY: Janice Stevens | ILLUSTRATIONS: Pat Hunter | PHOTOGRAPHY: “As Pop Saw It” by Jerome D. Laval

Janice Stevens is the author of multiple books on California history: Fresno’s Architectural Past, Vol. I and II, William Saroyan: Places in Time; Remembering the California Missions; and An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 (North, Central and South), plus Breaking Bread with William Saroyan, collaborations with her business partner, watercolorist Pat Hunter, and two volumes of Stories of Service, compilations of Valley veterans’ military memoirs. Ask Janice a Fresno history question by emailing custom@ fresnobee.com or posting your question on the Central Valley magazine Facebook page, www.facebook. com/CentralValleyMag.

aint Agnes Medical Center’s mission began in 1841 when Father Basil Moreau founded the Sisters of the Holy Cross in LeMans, France. When the College of Notre Dame was established, four sisters left France for the United States to provide nursing and domestic services to the college, notes the Saint Agnes Medical Center website, under “Our History & Ministry.” The sisters’ ministry then grew to include education and nursing in schools, orphanages and hospitals across the United States. By 1860, the sisters were involved in six U. S. hospitals. During the Civil War, the Holy Cross sisters volunteered to serve as the first Navy nurses on the hospital ship, Red Rover, serving up to 1,400 patients, which included many prisoners of war. In 1894, the Sisters of the Holy Cross began their ministry in Fresno opening a boarding and day school for girls. That led to the local bishop requesting nine sisters to establish the original Saint Agnes Hospital in

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AGlen Agnes continues to “aid the sufferers,” Saint Agnes’s mission since 1929.

downtown Fresno. After less than three years of operation, Saint Agnes became the first Fresno hospital to receive accreditation by the American College of Surgeons. The facility, at 603 W. Home Ave., features a Spanish Revival architectural design. The formal opening of Saint Agnes Hospital took place Aug. 5, 1929, with a construction cost of $350,000 for the four-story hospital. The caption of a photograph taken by a Fresno Bee cameraman from

FSaint Agnes relocated in 1975 to Herndon Avenue, which was the outskirts of town where sheep occasionally grazed.

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an Aug. 4 article reads “ready to aid sufferers.” The article notes that the structure features “… accommodations for 75 patients. ... The ground floor of the main structure contains the kitchens, cold storage plant, dining rooms and store rooms. The laboratories, drug rooms, emergency room, physiotherapy department, morgue, ambulance and main entrance are in the left wing, and the administration offices are in the center of the main floor with wards and private rooms in both wings. “The second and third floors had the same layout, and the fourth floor accommodated X-ray, operating, maternity and delivery rooms, as well as a nursery.” The article also mentions, “On the rear in a wing projecting at right angles to the main building is the chapel, community room and bedrooms for the sisters. Boilers and the hospital laundry are located in a separate building.” A 1969 Saint Agnes Hospital newsletter describes the early Saint Agnes as “The Hospital with a Heart.” The newsletter states, “Just 40 years ago this month, a brand-new edifice of healing was opened on one of Fresno’s higher spots, an area known to the local citizens as Sand Ridge. It was a fairly long ride by streetcar to the new Saint Agnes Hospital as it was located outside the city limits amidst grape vines and tall waving grass that more frequently than not had sheep grazing in it.” The newsletter quotes an article, perhaps from the Fresno Bee article of Aug. 6, 1929: “The elevation of Sand Ridge will be a boon to patients since they will

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ATop: The old Saint Agnes cost $350,000 when constructed in 1929. DLeft: The old Saint Agnes became Glen Agnes when the hospital moved to Herndon Avenue.

get the full effect of the cold evening breezes.” A new wing was added to the structure in 1947 at a cost almost equal to the construction of the original building. Prior to the construction, explains the newsletter, “… some of the sun porches were closed, and a few private rooms converted into semi-private rooms Please see next page

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ASaint Agnes Hospital stood alone on Fruit Avenue as it served the people of the Fresno area — 1929.

continued ... to increase the beds for a burgeoning population.” By 1953, more than $250,000 came in from contributions from Fresnans and their neighbors to finance an additional two-story wing for maternity patients. However, the additional wings were not sufficient to keep up with the demand, and by 1958, a new recovery room was opened for surgical patients followed by a convalescent wing and a chapel. In spite of these attempts to expand the facility to accommodate the needs of the community, it was determined a move with the potential of growth was required. In 1975, Saint Agnes relocated to Herndon Avenue, once again on the outskirts of town where sheep occasionally grazed. In 2003, in order to better serve the Central Valley, “Fresno businessman Larry A. Shehady has donated $3 million to Saint Agnes Medical Center — the largest donation in the hospital’s 73-year history. The donation is earmarked for the $120 million expansion under way at Saint Agnes, hospital officials said Thursday. The expansion will add 232,000 square feet to the hospital and 106 beds and increase cardiac service,” writes Tracy Correa in a Fresno Bee article. In 2016, a merge with the California Cancer Associates expanded the Saint Agnes facility. “Saint Agnes Medical Center said it is teaming with California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence, an independent cancer group, to develop a 65,000-square-foot outpatient cancer center that will be on its hospital campus in northeast Fresno. … Saint Agnes plans to break ground for its new cancer center in October,

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which will expand and renovate an existing 31,000-square-foot center. ….” writes Barbara Anderson in a 2016 Fresno Bee article. For close to a hundred years, the sisters at Saint Agnes have continued their original mission by creating a peaceful oasis, “The Healing Labyrinth — A Place of Peace and Serenity, located at the top of the Medical Center’s front lawn, is designed to complement the Saint Agnes mission of healing body, mind and spirit by providing a place to inspire prayer, contemplation and inner healing. It is modeled after the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth, the largest of its kind in France, built in the early 13th century. “Traditionally found in sacred places or cathedrals, hospitals nationwide are realizing the benefits of this ancient practice in the modern age. Coupled with technological advances to promote physical healing, walking a labyrinth promotes inner healing — which stands as a tangible expression of the Saint Agnes mission and a complement to the expert care provided by its physicians and colleagues. Although it may look like a puzzle, easy to solve from the outside, the religious and spiritual benefits are numerous if you take the time to appreciate the path to the center,” an author writes in Healthy Spirit, a Saint Agnes Medical Center Spirit of Women Fall 2017 issue. And, the old Saint Agnes building, listed on the City of Fresno Local Register of Historic Resources for its significance to the Central Valley, nevertheless, continues to “aid the sufferers.” In 1978, the name was changed to Glen Agnes Community Center, and it currently provides housing for senior citizens and people with physical disabilities. CV

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Fresno’s monster makers Making larger-than-life, creative creatures is all in a day’s work at Monster City Studios. BY: Doug Hoagland | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

onster City Studios — a Fresno business with the coolest name — combines artistic thinking with get-your-hands-dirty workmanship. A talented crew designs and makes large decorative pieces used everywhere from a Disney movie premier to the San Diego Comic Con to The Big Fresno Fair. For movies and marketing, the pieces are props that create illusions or reinforce brands. At the fair and other places, the pieces are structures where children can play. “You have to have a little bit of right brain and left brain thinking to work here,” says president Laura Nigon-Holmgren. The business operates from a 20,000-square-foot building in southwest Fresno where a pirate ship visible from Highway 180 stands as a whimsical testament to its mission. Monster City’s production process involves foam (and sometimes other materials), 3D models and hardcoat plastic blasted from an applicator. The process is as interesting as the business’ A-list clients. In addition to Disney, they include Nike, DreamWorks and DC Collectibles. Monster City’s creations for them illustrate its versatility and range. The creations: t A replica of the Black Pearl, the pirate ship in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. A red carpet premier used it to set a swashbuckling scene. t Elaborate picture frames that New York City’s Niketown used as accents in a store display of Kobe 9 Elite athletic shoes (named for pro basketball star Kobe Bryant). Monster City also produced a 6-foot-high Nike winged goddess to help launch a new clothing line. t Trolls that DreamWorks Animation used to promote the 2016 film “Trolls.” Monster City produced three of the creatures, each 13-feet tall. t A 6-foot-tall Harley Quinn comic book character used by DC Collectibles to welcome visitors to its booth at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con. Closer to home, Monster City built the Meyers Water Bank & Wildlife Tree at the Fresno Fairgrounds. The piece — two concrete trees and two wooden tree houses connected by a 50-foot-long pedestrian bridge — is a popular attraction for children. It has the quality you could find at Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm, says John Alkire, chief executive officer of The Big Fresno Fair. “When kids come to the fair, we want it to be special, and we want it to be as good as it can be,” Alkire says. “We’re in the business of making memories.”

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Monster City helps the fair achieve that. James Powell, vice president of design at the business, is one of the most creative people he’s worked with, Alkire says. Monster City also helped design and then fabricated a 20-foot-tall barn for the Ag Zone at Chukchansi Park. Redwood siding covers the steel-framed structure. Not all of Monster City’s projects are that big. It recently did a small project for an 8-year-old Utah boy named Adrian Paz. Adrian — who loves the film “Jurassic World” — relies on a wheelchair because he has spina bifida. Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization, commissioned Monster City to create a raptor cart for Adrian. The result: An 8-foot-long raptor with a moving head and mouth full of teeth. The raptor is attached to a cart that has no floor, allowing a wheelchair to fit inside. As the wheelchair moves forward, it propels both the cart and raptor on casters. Adrian saw the raptor cart for the first time in September at the Salt Lake Comic Con in Utah. “Lovin’ it!” Adrian said, according to Monster City’s Powell and art director Andy Anderson, who traveled to Salt Lake City for the unveiling. Such reactions make the fabrication process worthwhile. “When the hours are long and you’re sanding or grinding for two weeks straight, the payoff is to see the public’s reaction,” Nigon-Holmgren says. She joined Monster City in November 2015 as production manager and became president one year later. The company started in 2012 and is owned by the Keiser Corp., a Fresno-based manufacturer of strength training and fitness equipment. The original crew came up with the Monster City name. “They thought it would stick and that it fit our industry,” Nigon-Holmgren says. “We get a lot of questions about whether we make monsters. We don’t per se.” But nothing seems beyond the imagination and skills at Monster City. Its crew transformed a Fresno building into a man cave with an Indiana Jones theme, complete with Moroccan village and a full-size military vehicle driving across a bridge that appears unstable. The bridge spans the length of the building’s ceiling. Monster City’s biggest-ever project (so far) is a 3,000square-foot storybook castle for a children’s amusement park in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Monster City handled all phases of the castle project: design, engineering, fabrication and installation. Some clients already have a design when they commission a project. The production process can begin by using a 3D printer to create a model of a project. “It’s easier for our sculptors out on the floor to physically have something in front of them for reference as they’re carving it,” Nigon-Holmgren says.

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A Laura Nigon-Holmgren is the president of Monster City Studios, a design and fabrication business in Fresno.

On some projects, the 3D models are cut into sections (“like a loaf of bread,” she says) and used to program a high-precision cutting machine. After the machine cuts sections of foam, they are glued together. A steel skeleton is often embedded for added strength, and hand carving adds details the machine cannot produce. Polyurea — which matches the strength of hardhat plastic — is then applied. Once applied, it dries in 15 seconds. Monster City operates with a crew of 13, and they are multi-talented. Bryan Ellis, for example, is the lead foam sculptor but also has a background in animation. “Monster City’s mission is to create and to exceed our clients’ ideas and expectations of what is possible,” Nigon-Holmgren says. “Our reputation is built on our creativity and our ability to ensure those creations are realized.” CV

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DMonster City recently completed a project for 8-year-old Adrian Paz. Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization, commissioned the Fresno company to create an 8-foot-long raptor with a moving head and mouth full of teeth. The raptor is attached to a cart that has no floor, allowing Adrian’s wheelchair to fit inside.

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Fresno’s monster makers Making larger-than-life, creative creatures is all in a day’s work at Monster City Studios. BY: Doug Hoagland | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

onster City Studios — a Fresno business with the coolest name — combines artistic thinking with get-your-hands-dirty workmanship. A talented crew designs and makes large decorative pieces used everywhere from a Disney movie premier to the San Diego Comic Con to The Big Fresno Fair. For movies and marketing, the pieces are props that create illusions or reinforce brands. At the fair and other places, the pieces are structures where children can play. “You have to have a little bit of right brain and left brain thinking to work here,” says president Laura Nigon-Holmgren. The business operates from a 20,000-square-foot building in southwest Fresno where a pirate ship visible from Highway 180 stands as a whimsical testament to its mission. Monster City’s production process involves foam (and sometimes other materials), 3D models and hardcoat plastic blasted from an applicator. The process is as interesting as the business’ A-list clients. In addition to Disney, they include Nike, DreamWorks and DC Collectibles. Monster City’s creations for them illustrate its versatility and range. The creations: t A replica of the Black Pearl, the pirate ship in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. A red carpet premier used it to set a swashbuckling scene. t Elaborate picture frames that New York City’s Niketown used as accents in a store display of Kobe 9 Elite athletic shoes (named for pro basketball star Kobe Bryant). Monster City also produced a 6-foot-high Nike winged goddess to help launch a new clothing line. t Trolls that DreamWorks Animation used to promote the 2016 film “Trolls.” Monster City produced three of the creatures, each 13-feet tall. t A 6-foot-tall Harley Quinn comic book character used by DC Collectibles to welcome visitors to its booth at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con. Closer to home, Monster City built the Meyers Water Bank & Wildlife Tree at the Fresno Fairgrounds. The piece — two concrete trees and two wooden tree houses connected by a 50-foot-long pedestrian bridge — is a popular attraction for children. It has the quality you could find at Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm, says John Alkire, chief executive officer of The Big Fresno Fair. “When kids come to the fair, we want it to be special, and we want it to be as good as it can be,” Alkire says. “We’re in the business of making memories.”

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Monster City helps the fair achieve that. James Powell, vice president of design at the business, is one of the most creative people he’s worked with, Alkire says. Monster City also helped design and then fabricated a 20-foot-tall barn for the Ag Zone at Chukchansi Park. Redwood siding covers the steel-framed structure. Not all of Monster City’s projects are that big. It recently did a small project for an 8-year-old Utah boy named Adrian Paz. Adrian — who loves the film “Jurassic World” — relies on a wheelchair because he has spina bifida. Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization, commissioned Monster City to create a raptor cart for Adrian. The result: An 8-foot-long raptor with a moving head and mouth full of teeth. The raptor is attached to a cart that has no floor, allowing a wheelchair to fit inside. As the wheelchair moves forward, it propels both the cart and raptor on casters. Adrian saw the raptor cart for the first time in September at the Salt Lake Comic Con in Utah. “Lovin’ it!” Adrian said, according to Monster City’s Powell and art director Andy Anderson, who traveled to Salt Lake City for the unveiling. Such reactions make the fabrication process worthwhile. “When the hours are long and you’re sanding or grinding for two weeks straight, the payoff is to see the public’s reaction,” Nigon-Holmgren says. She joined Monster City in November 2015 as production manager and became president one year later. The company started in 2012 and is owned by the Keiser Corp., a Fresno-based manufacturer of strength training and fitness equipment. The original crew came up with the Monster City name. “They thought it would stick and that it fit our industry,” Nigon-Holmgren says. “We get a lot of questions about whether we make monsters. We don’t per se.” But nothing seems beyond the imagination and skills at Monster City. Its crew transformed a Fresno building into a man cave with an Indiana Jones theme, complete with Moroccan village and a full-size military vehicle driving across a bridge that appears unstable. The bridge spans the length of the building’s ceiling. Monster City’s biggest-ever project (so far) is a 3,000square-foot storybook castle for a children’s amusement park in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Monster City handled all phases of the castle project: design, engineering, fabrication and installation. Some clients already have a design when they commission a project. The production process can begin by using a 3D printer to create a model of a project. “It’s easier for our sculptors out on the floor to physically have something in front of them for reference as they’re carving it,” Nigon-Holmgren says.

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A Laura Nigon-Holmgren is the president of Monster City Studios, a design and fabrication business in Fresno.

On some projects, the 3D models are cut into sections (“like a loaf of bread,” she says) and used to program a high-precision cutting machine. After the machine cuts sections of foam, they are glued together. A steel skeleton is often embedded for added strength, and hand carving adds details the machine cannot produce. Polyurea — which matches the strength of hardhat plastic — is then applied. Once applied, it dries in 15 seconds. Monster City operates with a crew of 13, and they are multi-talented. Bryan Ellis, for example, is the lead foam sculptor but also has a background in animation. “Monster City’s mission is to create and to exceed our clients’ ideas and expectations of what is possible,” Nigon-Holmgren says. “Our reputation is built on our creativity and our ability to ensure those creations are realized.” CV

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DMonster City recently completed a project for 8-year-old Adrian Paz. Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization, commissioned the Fresno company to create an 8-foot-long raptor with a moving head and mouth full of teeth. The raptor is attached to a cart that has no floor, allowing Adrian’s wheelchair to fit inside.

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November 2017

Although we’re Crazy for JAY-Z thankful 365 days a year, November Beyoncé’s man is headed to the Save Mart Center. On the heels of his latest reminds us that life album titled 4:44, JAY-Z brings the 4:44 Tour to is full of wonderful 31 cities throughout the nation including Fresno. — and festive — Tracks include “Kill JAY-Z,” “The Story of O.J.” and collaborations with Gloria Carter, Frank surprises

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Ocean, Damian Marley and his wife of nearly a decade. Details: www.savemartcenter.com

Pomegranate power!

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Hosted by the Madera Chamber of Commerce, discover the various benefits of the heart-healthy fruit. The Madera Pomegranate Festival is held at the Madera District Fairgrounds. Details: www.pomegranatefestival.com

Two cities, one love

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The Two Cities Marathon features three courses: the Full (26.2 miles) Marathon, the Clovis Half Marathon along the Clovis Old Town Trail and the Fresno Half along Friant Road. The finish line is in Woodward Park. Details: www.twocitiesmarathon.com

Winter wonders

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Start the holiday season with One Enchanted Evening in Old Town Clovis. The oldfashioned holiday open house features carolers to lift your spirits, horse-drawn carriage rides and a visit from Santa Claus. Details: www.oldtownclovis.org

Deck the halls

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For more complete calendar listings, go to fresnobee.com/calendar

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Attention, homeowners! Are you looking to remodel or upgrade your home, but don’t know where to start? Look no further. The Fresno Fall Home Improvement Show is the answer to your prayers. Meet contractors, designers, landscapers and more at the Fresno Fairgrounds, Nov. 3 through Nov. 5. Details: www.fresnoshows.com

Never forget

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It has been 75 years since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066 — causing 120,000 people of Japanese descent to be imprisoned for the duration of World War II. The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale is committed to remembering the historical event by presenting “Remembrance and Healing” at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall in northeast Fresno. Details: www.fresnocommunitychorus.org

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MORE of a Good Thing!

Benchmark Communities is now Century Communities. For years Benchmark Communities has provided Central Valley homebuyers the finest quality homes and neighborhoods at the best prices. Now we’re further expanding our nationwide presence by partnering with national homebuilder Century Communities to offer even more of the things you’ve come to expect in our homes – unmatched quality, timeless design, outstanding value and attentive customer care. Benchmark Communities is now Century Communities, and together we’re committed to a homebuying and homeownership experience that is second to none. Best of all, our homebuyers will benefit from our collective resources that will help ensure when you choose a Century Communities home one of your biggest decisions will be one of your best. Come see for yourself. Whether you’re looking for a new home in Fresno, Clovis, Kerman, Madera, Modesto,

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Ripon – or somewhere in between – you’ll find all roads now lead to Century Communities.

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ADarren Tharp, Kyle Dodson, Brandon Crane and Adam Kitt make up the four-man ensemble that will perform in ‘Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.’

‘Plaid Tidings’ to you and yours Centerstage Clovis marries music and comedy in the holiday sequel to ‘Forever Plaid’ BY: Cyndee Fontana-Ott | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

n its first-ever holiday show, CenterStage Clovis is bringing back some familiar faces to add a little musical cheer to the upcoming season. Debuting on Nov. 30 for four performances is “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings,” a nostalgia-rich production featuring popular Christmas standards

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and more done in the style of doo-wap, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney. The show’s title might jingle a few bells because the community theater group put on the original “Forever Plaid” a few years ago. That production also featured some of the same actors (Kyle Dodson and Darren Tharp) now cast in the new show. Scott Hancock, director of “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings,” says “audiences just loved” the original production. “They came out in droves for the show.” In this special holiday sequel, the singing “Plaids” — who were killed in an accident on the way to their big break — come back to Earth to spread some much-needed harmony and joy.

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That comes in the form of the Christmas special that the plaid-loving quartet didn’t have the chance to perform in real life. (Despite the sad plot point, the show definitely isn’t a downer.) “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” is a throwback to the 1960s era with familiar holiday songs and what Hancock describes as an “hysterical shout-out in one big number to ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ ” In addition to Dodson and Tharp (who reprise their roles of Smudge and Sparky, respectively), the cast features Adam Kitt as Jinx and Brandon Crane as Francis. Tharp, who also appeared in “The Music Man,” just wrapped the role of Tevye in CenterStage Clovis’ recent summer production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Crane, formerly of Los Angeles, is a theater and television veteran whose TV acting credits include a boyhood role in the original “It” and a recurring role on “The Wonder Years.” Kitt, known as the “Singing Realtor” and a member of the Front Line Quartet, is happy to be part of the community theater’s “Forever Plaid” show. He has been singing his entire life and occasionally belts out a few lyrics on the job (just to test the acoustics of a house). Kitt says he was attracted to the production by the great music and story, along with chance to sing as part of a foursome. “I’m a quartet guy from way back when,” he says, calling close harmony “one of the most rewarding” formats for a singer. Kitt acknowledged that the role of Jinx will be a bit of a stretch. That character is the shy one in the quartet — a trait he doesn’t share. “It’s a big acting challenge,” he says with a smile in his voice. “I’m going to have to channel my inner shyness.” Back for the second “Forever Plaid” production is Dodson, a teacher and six-time veteran of CenterStage Clovis productions. Again, he plays Smudge, a lefty who earned the nickname because of his smudged handwriting. Dodson, a natural lefty who has been singing musical theater since high school, is pleased to return to the cast. “What always keeps me coming back is that I truly believe in bringing the community of Clovis to the theater,” he says. As for the new show, Dodson says he loves that the characters are earnest, likable and relatable. “There’s such strong heart between them, you can’t help but want them to succeed,” he says. In addition, the music is instantly recognizable for much of the audience. “You see the moments when people say, ‘I remember that song,’ ” Dodson says. Hancock, who has lost count of the number of show he has directed, is in his fifth season with CenterStage Clovis and his first year as artistic director. The community theater group started in 1991 under the direction of a volunteer board of directors. Traditionally, CenterStage Clovis only has offered performances during the summer (“Fiddler on the Roof” marked its 25th season). In part, the new show is a step toward expansion. “This is the first time we’re doing a holiday show,” Hancock says. “I just think it’s needed in the community.” He hopes the show will help get audiences into the holiday spirit while also providing a few laughs. Although “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” is rooted mainly in the feel of the 1950s and 1960s, he believes the production translates to contemporary audiences and appeals to all ages. “Nostalgia is so in right now,” Hancock adds. With only four singers, “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” is an unusually small cast for the community theater group. It will be performed in the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, which also means that tickets may be at a premium. “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” will be performed on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and twice on Dec. 2. Tickets cost $20. Details: www.centerstageclovis.com CV

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ADarren Tharp, Kyle Dodson, Brandon Crane and Adam Kitt make up the four-man ensemble that will perform in ‘Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.’

‘Plaid Tidings’ to you and yours Centerstage Clovis marries music and comedy in the holiday sequel to ‘Forever Plaid’ BY: Cyndee Fontana-Ott | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

n its first-ever holiday show, CenterStage Clovis is bringing back some familiar faces to add a little musical cheer to the upcoming season. Debuting on Nov. 30 for four performances is “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings,” a nostalgia-rich production featuring popular Christmas standards

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and more done in the style of doo-wap, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney. The show’s title might jingle a few bells because the community theater group put on the original “Forever Plaid” a few years ago. That production also featured some of the same actors (Kyle Dodson and Darren Tharp) now cast in the new show. Scott Hancock, director of “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings,” says “audiences just loved” the original production. “They came out in droves for the show.” In this special holiday sequel, the singing “Plaids” — who were killed in an accident on the way to their big break — come back to Earth to spread some much-needed harmony and joy.

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That comes in the form of the Christmas special that the plaid-loving quartet didn’t have the chance to perform in real life. (Despite the sad plot point, the show definitely isn’t a downer.) “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” is a throwback to the 1960s era with familiar holiday songs and what Hancock describes as an “hysterical shout-out in one big number to ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ ” In addition to Dodson and Tharp (who reprise their roles of Smudge and Sparky, respectively), the cast features Adam Kitt as Jinx and Brandon Crane as Francis. Tharp, who also appeared in “The Music Man,” just wrapped the role of Tevye in CenterStage Clovis’ recent summer production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Crane, formerly of Los Angeles, is a theater and television veteran whose TV acting credits include a boyhood role in the original “It” and a recurring role on “The Wonder Years.” Kitt, known as the “Singing Realtor” and a member of the Front Line Quartet, is happy to be part of the community theater’s “Forever Plaid” show. He has been singing his entire life and occasionally belts out a few lyrics on the job (just to test the acoustics of a house). Kitt says he was attracted to the production by the great music and story, along with chance to sing as part of a foursome. “I’m a quartet guy from way back when,” he says, calling close harmony “one of the most rewarding” formats for a singer. Kitt acknowledged that the role of Jinx will be a bit of a stretch. That character is the shy one in the quartet — a trait he doesn’t share. “It’s a big acting challenge,” he says with a smile in his voice. “I’m going to have to channel my inner shyness.” Back for the second “Forever Plaid” production is Dodson, a teacher and six-time veteran of CenterStage Clovis productions. Again, he plays Smudge, a lefty who earned the nickname because of his smudged handwriting. Dodson, a natural lefty who has been singing musical theater since high school, is pleased to return to the cast. “What always keeps me coming back is that I truly believe in bringing the community of Clovis to the theater,” he says. As for the new show, Dodson says he loves that the characters are earnest, likable and relatable. “There’s such strong heart between them, you can’t help but want them to succeed,” he says. In addition, the music is instantly recognizable for much of the audience. “You see the moments when people say, ‘I remember that song,’ ” Dodson says. Hancock, who has lost count of the number of show he has directed, is in his fifth season with CenterStage Clovis and his first year as artistic director. The community theater group started in 1991 under the direction of a volunteer board of directors. Traditionally, CenterStage Clovis only has offered performances during the summer (“Fiddler on the Roof” marked its 25th season). In part, the new show is a step toward expansion. “This is the first time we’re doing a holiday show,” Hancock says. “I just think it’s needed in the community.” He hopes the show will help get audiences into the holiday spirit while also providing a few laughs. Although “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” is rooted mainly in the feel of the 1950s and 1960s, he believes the production translates to contemporary audiences and appeals to all ages. “Nostalgia is so in right now,” Hancock adds. With only four singers, “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” is an unusually small cast for the community theater group. It will be performed in the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, which also means that tickets may be at a premium. “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” will be performed on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and twice on Dec. 2. Tickets cost $20. Details: www.centerstageclovis.com CV

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Decorating Events! Saturday, November 11 & 25, 2017 9:00am-5:00pm Free Demonstrations and Promos

Come in for Holiday Decorating Ideas

(559) 228-3300 3450 W. Gettysburg Ave, Fresno 0003293188-01

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Scott Biehl cott Biehl — owner-operator of Mercedes-Benz of Fresno — owes a lot to a boxer named Billy. Billy Mahoney is his late grandfather, and he was a competitor long after he left the ring. To him, competition meant never giving up on getting better. Biehl has followed that philosophy in a 30-year career in the car business. A painting of Mahoney in his boxing prime hangs in Biehl’s office, where he talked about cars, Van Halen, a dog named Marv, plus a lot more — including some surprises.

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BY: Doug Hoagland | PHOTOGRAPHY: Wayne Hutchison, McClatchy archive, Bee archive

1 First car: A red ’77 Ford Courier pickup. Stick shift. No air-conditioning. Freedom. 2 Current car: Mercedes Benz GLE AMG 43 coupe. Silver, sleek and fast. Biehl: “I love it.” 3 He sold 15 cars in his first 12 days as a car salesman. Impressive for a 21-year-old newbie. First paycheck went toward buying a house. 4 Watching himself in TV commercials: First, he laughs. Then: “I tell myself I better make

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sure I keep working out.” 5 Surprise: Shy and quiet as a young man, Biehl forced himself to become outgoing by waiting restaurant tables. 6 Third-generation Fresnan. Accessories of an idyllic boyhood: Bike, skateboard, black Labrador Retriever named Bo. Marv is the family Lab these days. 7 Hero — past, present and future: grandfather, William Biehl, who boxed as “Billy Mahoney.” He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as an historian/writer. 8 Everyday ritual: Biehl wears a pocket square in his suit jacket. Copying — and honoring — his grandfather.

9 First concert was Van Halen, 1978, Selland Arena. Today, it’s music to work out to. 10 McLane Class of ’83. Swimmer, water polo player and — surprise — short-order cook. More on that in a moment. 11 Water logged. Still swims a thousand-plus yards a week. 12 Finds peace in the water. Unplugged and offline. Maui is a favorite beach spot. 13 Cycled 5,000 miles a year for a decade. 14 Started running (half marathons, no less) after breaking a hip in a car crash. He liked the feeling of his mind commanding his body to keep moving. 15 Spares, strikes, splits. First job was keeping

18 Worked in the car business in the early ’90s with Rodger Carr, father of Fresno State QBs David and Derek. 19 Avid golfer, playing at least once a week. He’d rather do a sport than watch one on TV. 20 Best city (besides Fresno) is San Francisco. Food, architecture, the Giants. It has it all. 21 Favorite spot in Fresno: his backyard with wife, Katie, old friends and steaks on the barbecue. Biehl: “Just enjoying life.” 22 “The Blind Side” (Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw) is his favorite film. Story of a couple taking in a homeless teen who grows up to play in the NFL. 23 Sheds a tear when his kids, Matthew, 21, and Diana, 18, accomplish their goals. Biehl: “They’re going to be great for our society.” 24 Matthew (UC Davis junior) doesn’t have a car. He rides Amtrak. A future CPA, he’s cost conscious. Wow! 25 Surprise: Biehl writes poetry. “It brings out the creative side of me.” CV

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15 score during bowling tournaments at Cedar Lanes. 16 Over easy. Still in high school, he cooked at Fresno State’s cafeteria. In short order, he was flipping eggs with both hands at the same time. 17 Lifelong Oakland Raiders fan. As a kid, he met then Raider QB Daryle Lamonica.

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Scott Biehl cott Biehl — owner-operator of Mercedes-Benz of Fresno — owes a lot to a boxer named Billy. Billy Mahoney is his late grandfather, and he was a competitor long after he left the ring. To him, competition meant never giving up on getting better. Biehl has followed that philosophy in a 30-year career in the car business. A painting of Mahoney in his boxing prime hangs in Biehl’s office, where he talked about cars, Van Halen, a dog named Marv, plus a lot more — including some surprises.

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BY: Doug Hoagland | PHOTOGRAPHY: Wayne Hutchison, McClatchy archive, Bee archive

1 First car: A red ’77 Ford Courier pickup. Stick shift. No air-conditioning. Freedom. 2 Current car: Mercedes Benz GLE AMG 43 coupe. Silver, sleek and fast. Biehl: “I love it.” 3 He sold 15 cars in his first 12 days as a car salesman. Impressive for a 21-year-old newbie. First paycheck went toward buying a house. 4 Watching himself in TV commercials: First, he laughs. Then: “I tell myself I better make

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sure I keep working out.” 5 Surprise: Shy and quiet as a young man, Biehl forced himself to become outgoing by waiting restaurant tables. 6 Third-generation Fresnan. Accessories of an idyllic boyhood: Bike, skateboard, black Labrador Retriever named Bo. Marv is the family Lab these days. 7 Hero — past, present and future: grandfather, William Biehl, who boxed as “Billy Mahoney.” He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as an historian/writer. 8 Everyday ritual: Biehl wears a pocket square in his suit jacket. Copying — and honoring — his grandfather.

9 First concert was Van Halen, 1978, Selland Arena. Today, it’s music to work out to. 10 McLane Class of ’83. Swimmer, water polo player and — surprise — short-order cook. More on that in a moment. 11 Water logged. Still swims a thousand-plus yards a week. 12 Finds peace in the water. Unplugged and offline. Maui is a favorite beach spot. 13 Cycled 5,000 miles a year for a decade. 14 Started running (half marathons, no less) after breaking a hip in a car crash. He liked the feeling of his mind commanding his body to keep moving. 15 Spares, strikes, splits. First job was keeping

18 Worked in the car business in the early ’90s with Rodger Carr, father of Fresno State QBs David and Derek. 19 Avid golfer, playing at least once a week. He’d rather do a sport than watch one on TV. 20 Best city (besides Fresno) is San Francisco. Food, architecture, the Giants. It has it all. 21 Favorite spot in Fresno: his backyard with wife, Katie, old friends and steaks on the barbecue. Biehl: “Just enjoying life.” 22 “The Blind Side” (Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw) is his favorite film. Story of a couple taking in a homeless teen who grows up to play in the NFL. 23 Sheds a tear when his kids, Matthew, 21, and Diana, 18, accomplish their goals. Biehl: “They’re going to be great for our society.” 24 Matthew (UC Davis junior) doesn’t have a car. He rides Amtrak. A future CPA, he’s cost conscious. Wow! 25 Surprise: Biehl writes poetry. “It brings out the creative side of me.” CV

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15 score during bowling tournaments at Cedar Lanes. 16 Over easy. Still in high school, he cooked at Fresno State’s cafeteria. In short order, he was flipping eggs with both hands at the same time. 17 Lifelong Oakland Raiders fan. As a kid, he met then Raider QB Daryle Lamonica.

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David and Derek Carr love the Central Valley. And the feeling is mutual.

BY: Doug Hoagland | PHOTOGRAPHY: Fresno Bee archive, EECU, Associated Press

avid and Derek Carr represent the best of the Central Valley. They value family and faith. They use their celebrity for good. They remain loyal to the important people and places in their lives. The Carrs, of course, are the quarterbacking brothers who soared to pro football careers out of Fresno State. Derek — now in his fourth year with the Oakland Raiders — is one of the top young players in the National Football League despite a back injury earlier this season. David, meanwhile, takes the national stage as an analyst for the NFL Network. I recently got to pose some questions to the Carrs about their memories of Fresno and their lives today. Many things stood out, including how the brothers define themselves — and their success — with a nod to their roots in the Valley. “Success is helping people and the community that helped raise you,” David says. “It ends up being a continuous circle that keeps going. You just naturally want to give

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AThen-Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and brother, David, get a chance to catch up in a blowout win against Cal Poly at Bulldog Stadium in 2013.

AAOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4), kicker Giorgio Tavecchio (2) and Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) join in a prayer on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Nashville. The Raiders won 26-16.

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back because so much has been given to you.” Derek talks about success in terms of loving God and treating others with respect. We got a glimpse of him “walking the talk” — as they say — earlier this year when he stopped in the Bay Area to help a motorist who’d run out of gas. Definitely a Valley thing to do. Here’s more of what the Carrs had to say.

Early memory of Fresno David was in fifth grade when the Carrs moved from Bakersfield to Fresno. That year, he missed tryouts for the baseball team at Fort Washington Elementary School because he was helping his younger brother, Darren. Darren had broken both arms falling off a slide the afternoon of tryouts. David was almost 12 when Derek was born, and the family soon moved back to Bakersfield.

AFormer Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, his wife Heather and son Dallas, are acknowledged before the Bulldogs game against San Diego State at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014.

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David and Derek Carr love the Central Valley. And the feeling is mutual.

BY: Doug Hoagland | PHOTOGRAPHY: Fresno Bee archive, EECU, Associated Press

avid and Derek Carr represent the best of the Central Valley. They value family and faith. They use their celebrity for good. They remain loyal to the important people and places in their lives. The Carrs, of course, are the quarterbacking brothers who soared to pro football careers out of Fresno State. Derek — now in his fourth year with the Oakland Raiders — is one of the top young players in the National Football League despite a back injury earlier this season. David, meanwhile, takes the national stage as an analyst for the NFL Network. I recently got to pose some questions to the Carrs about their memories of Fresno and their lives today. Many things stood out, including how the brothers define themselves — and their success — with a nod to their roots in the Valley. “Success is helping people and the community that helped raise you,” David says. “It ends up being a continuous circle that keeps going. You just naturally want to give

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AThen-Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and brother, David, get a chance to catch up in a blowout win against Cal Poly at Bulldog Stadium in 2013.

AAOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4), kicker Giorgio Tavecchio (2) and Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) join in a prayer on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Nashville. The Raiders won 26-16.

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back because so much has been given to you.” Derek talks about success in terms of loving God and treating others with respect. We got a glimpse of him “walking the talk” — as they say — earlier this year when he stopped in the Bay Area to help a motorist who’d run out of gas. Definitely a Valley thing to do. Here’s more of what the Carrs had to say.

Early memory of Fresno David was in fifth grade when the Carrs moved from Bakersfield to Fresno. That year, he missed tryouts for the baseball team at Fort Washington Elementary School because he was helping his younger brother, Darren. Darren had broken both arms falling off a slide the afternoon of tryouts. David was almost 12 when Derek was born, and the family soon moved back to Bakersfield.

AFormer Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, his wife Heather and son Dallas, are acknowledged before the Bulldogs game against San Diego State at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014.

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But when Derek was in elementary school, he often returned to Fresno to watch David play at Fresno State. Derek remembers walking the university campus with David and meeting people. Several years later, Derek came out of high school with other college teams interested in him. But he was determined to play for the Bulldogs. It seemed to him that he’d been attending Fresno State since he was a little boy.

Praising Valley folks Both Carrs travel a lot. How would they describe people who live here to people who have never

been here? Hardworking, honest, wholesome and good-natured, Derek says. Says David: “There’s no feeling of entitlement here and no feeling that people are owed something. People work hard for where they’re at in life. Not everyone is successful, and not everyone has exactly the life they want. But people in the Central Valley don’t make excuses.”

Favorite hangout at Fresno State Outside of class, Derek spent time on campus working out. That’s how he met and became friends with Paul George, then a Fresno State basketball player and now a National Basketball Association star.

Derek and Heather are based in Northern California They remain close. David says his life played out along Cedar Avenue — with their two sons. When the brothers are back in Fresno, they head to Teriyaki Don, a Japanese restauat Bulldog Stadium and at a couple of apartment rant near Fresno State. complexes where he lived. Both Carrs ate there a lot during In addition, there’s a Tahoe Joe’s their college years. restaurant off Cedar Avenue where “I don’t know that I’ve actually David and his wife, Melody, celeordered there in over a decade,” brated his signing with an agent after It’s a place I David says. “We just walk in and they college. It was his first ever “fancy” can always start making our food. It’s pretty dinner, David says. cool.” come back to . Speaking of Melody Derek also visits Valley Children’s While she and David were dating, Hospital and the Fresno State Athlet. . and want to they’d watch “Monday Night Raw,” a ics Department. He goes to church if come back to. pro wrestling TV show, at his aparthe’s in Fresno on a Sunday. ment. They’d have pizza, Top Ramen I love Fresno.” A future in Fresno? noodles or mac and cheese. Melody Both Carrs might eventually end had to be home by 10 p.m. because up with homes in the Fresno area. she was living with her aunt, who “Fresno will always have a special turned on the house alarm at that place in our hearts,” Derek says. “It’s hour. where my wife and I met, and Fresno will always be a Derek and his wife, Heather, also didn’t have fancy part of who we are.” dates before they married. “We were poor college He adds that Fresno “has the roots of my youth and students,” he says. college days. It’s a place I can always come back to ... Go-to place and want to come back to. I love Fresno.” David and Melody now live in Bakersfield with their three sons and one daughter. Please see next page

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But when Derek was in elementary school, he often returned to Fresno to watch David play at Fresno State. Derek remembers walking the university campus with David and meeting people. Several years later, Derek came out of high school with other college teams interested in him. But he was determined to play for the Bulldogs. It seemed to him that he’d been attending Fresno State since he was a little boy.

Praising Valley folks Both Carrs travel a lot. How would they describe people who live here to people who have never

been here? Hardworking, honest, wholesome and good-natured, Derek says. Says David: “There’s no feeling of entitlement here and no feeling that people are owed something. People work hard for where they’re at in life. Not everyone is successful, and not everyone has exactly the life they want. But people in the Central Valley don’t make excuses.”

Favorite hangout at Fresno State Outside of class, Derek spent time on campus working out. That’s how he met and became friends with Paul George, then a Fresno State basketball player and now a National Basketball Association star.

Derek and Heather are based in Northern California They remain close. David says his life played out along Cedar Avenue — with their two sons. When the brothers are back in Fresno, they head to Teriyaki Don, a Japanese restauat Bulldog Stadium and at a couple of apartment rant near Fresno State. complexes where he lived. Both Carrs ate there a lot during In addition, there’s a Tahoe Joe’s their college years. restaurant off Cedar Avenue where “I don’t know that I’ve actually David and his wife, Melody, celeordered there in over a decade,” brated his signing with an agent after It’s a place I David says. “We just walk in and they college. It was his first ever “fancy” can always start making our food. It’s pretty dinner, David says. cool.” come back to . Speaking of Melody Derek also visits Valley Children’s While she and David were dating, Hospital and the Fresno State Athlet. . and want to they’d watch “Monday Night Raw,” a ics Department. He goes to church if come back to. pro wrestling TV show, at his aparthe’s in Fresno on a Sunday. ment. They’d have pizza, Top Ramen I love Fresno.” A future in Fresno? noodles or mac and cheese. Melody Both Carrs might eventually end had to be home by 10 p.m. because up with homes in the Fresno area. she was living with her aunt, who “Fresno will always have a special turned on the house alarm at that place in our hearts,” Derek says. “It’s hour. where my wife and I met, and Fresno will always be a Derek and his wife, Heather, also didn’t have fancy part of who we are.” dates before they married. “We were poor college He adds that Fresno “has the roots of my youth and students,” he says. college days. It’s a place I can always come back to ... Go-to place and want to come back to. I love Fresno.” David and Melody now live in Bakersfield with their three sons and one daughter. Please see next page

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But, David says, “It was a really exciting time for my school and my team. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” In the 2002 NFL draft, the Houston Texans took David as the No. 1 overall pick. During his NFL career, he also played for the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

FRaiders' quarterback and Fresno State alum Derek Carr, left, and his brother, former NFL quarterback David Carr, take a break during filming at Valley Children's Healthcare on May 14, 2016, in Madera. The Carrs are longtime supporters of the hospital.

Who knew? David’s son likes to show his buddies the Super Bowl ring that David won with the Giants.

not just as a football player but as a person,” he says. Paul Rigby was David’s head coach at Kastner. “He taught me how to actually start playing quarterback,” David says. Pat Hill was David’s coach at Fresno State. “He was the best,” David says. They remain close. Derek names his wife, his father and his brothers as the biggest influences on his life. Rodger Carr was his sons’ first football coach, and he taught them how to throw a football. DFresno State head coach Pat Hill introduces David Carr to the crowd during halftime Sept. 8, 2007. They retired Carr's No. 8 jersey during the halftime ceremony.

Derek likes to surf at Malibu with his father, Rodger, and his two brothers. David has been to only one game in person at the Oakland Coliseum to watch Derek and the Raiders. Instead, David likes to concentrate on home games while sitting on the couch at Derek’s house in Northern California. Later, the two brothers will spend hours rehashing the contest in quarterback-speak. “It probably sounds like a different language to someone else, but we have a good time,” David says.

continued ... David says he and Derek talk about one day coaching together at Fresno State. David would want a place with plenty of space, perhaps near Millerton Lake. “I’m not one for subdivisions,” he says.

Favorite time of year in Fresno

FDavid Carr had waited a long time to get his chance to lead the Bulldog football offense. In March 2000, coaches noted Carr was showing early signs of strength and skill.

That’s an easy one. It’s fall and football season. With an energetic home crowd rooting for Fresno State, Bulldog Stadium is the “greatest place to be,” Derek says. Says David: The air is crisp, the heat of summer is gone and there are football games to watch. The fall of 2001 is particularly memorable for David. He had led Fresno State to victories over Oregon State, Colorado and Wisconsin, which landed the Bulldogs in the Top 10 of college rankings. Sports Illustrated put a picture of David on the cover. Professors and students wanted him to sign their copies of SI, and he had a hard time getting anything done in classes some days.

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People who made a difference David names three former coaches in Fresno who influenced his life in a major way. Paul Babcock was an assistant coach at Kastner Intermediate School in Fresno when David played quarterback there in the early 1990s. (Starting in fifth grade, he never played any position but QB.) Babcock introduced David to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “He was instrumental in me trusting a football coach. He had my best interests at heart,

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David says he’s thankful to serve as an NFL guide for Derek: “I’ve gone down the path he’s going down, and, hopefully, it’s been easier for him because he’s had someone who did it before.”

Paying it forward David and Derek support Valley Children’s Healthcare, Fresno State, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The hospital treated Derek’s older son, 4-year-old Dallas, when he was born with a life-threatening intestinal problem. “They were super wonderful and fantastic,” Derek says of the doctors and staff at Valley Children’s. In 2016, Derek and Heather launched DC4KIDS to raise money for the hospital, and that campaign collected more than $100,000 in less than a year. Derek also regularly visits the hospital to meet with patients and their families, and he sends gifts for chil-

ADerek Carr, with his youngest son, Deker Luke Carr, to the right, addresses the crowd during the halftime ceremony where his jersey was retired during the Bulldogs' season home opener on Sept. 2, 2017. In the background, Derek's older brother, David Carr, stands next to former quarterback Kevin Sweeney.

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But, David says, “It was a really exciting time for my school and my team. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” In the 2002 NFL draft, the Houston Texans took David as the No. 1 overall pick. During his NFL career, he also played for the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

FRaiders' quarterback and Fresno State alum Derek Carr, left, and his brother, former NFL quarterback David Carr, take a break during filming at Valley Children's Healthcare on May 14, 2016, in Madera. The Carrs are longtime supporters of the hospital.

Who knew? David’s son likes to show his buddies the Super Bowl ring that David won with the Giants.

not just as a football player but as a person,” he says. Paul Rigby was David’s head coach at Kastner. “He taught me how to actually start playing quarterback,” David says. Pat Hill was David’s coach at Fresno State. “He was the best,” David says. They remain close. Derek names his wife, his father and his brothers as the biggest influences on his life. Rodger Carr was his sons’ first football coach, and he taught them how to throw a football. DFresno State head coach Pat Hill introduces David Carr to the crowd during halftime Sept. 8, 2007. They retired Carr's No. 8 jersey during the halftime ceremony.

Derek likes to surf at Malibu with his father, Rodger, and his two brothers. David has been to only one game in person at the Oakland Coliseum to watch Derek and the Raiders. Instead, David likes to concentrate on home games while sitting on the couch at Derek’s house in Northern California. Later, the two brothers will spend hours rehashing the contest in quarterback-speak. “It probably sounds like a different language to someone else, but we have a good time,” David says.

continued ... David says he and Derek talk about one day coaching together at Fresno State. David would want a place with plenty of space, perhaps near Millerton Lake. “I’m not one for subdivisions,” he says.

Favorite time of year in Fresno

FDavid Carr had waited a long time to get his chance to lead the Bulldog football offense. In March 2000, coaches noted Carr was showing early signs of strength and skill.

That’s an easy one. It’s fall and football season. With an energetic home crowd rooting for Fresno State, Bulldog Stadium is the “greatest place to be,” Derek says. Says David: The air is crisp, the heat of summer is gone and there are football games to watch. The fall of 2001 is particularly memorable for David. He had led Fresno State to victories over Oregon State, Colorado and Wisconsin, which landed the Bulldogs in the Top 10 of college rankings. Sports Illustrated put a picture of David on the cover. Professors and students wanted him to sign their copies of SI, and he had a hard time getting anything done in classes some days.

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People who made a difference David names three former coaches in Fresno who influenced his life in a major way. Paul Babcock was an assistant coach at Kastner Intermediate School in Fresno when David played quarterback there in the early 1990s. (Starting in fifth grade, he never played any position but QB.) Babcock introduced David to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “He was instrumental in me trusting a football coach. He had my best interests at heart,

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David says he’s thankful to serve as an NFL guide for Derek: “I’ve gone down the path he’s going down, and, hopefully, it’s been easier for him because he’s had someone who did it before.”

Paying it forward David and Derek support Valley Children’s Healthcare, Fresno State, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The hospital treated Derek’s older son, 4-year-old Dallas, when he was born with a life-threatening intestinal problem. “They were super wonderful and fantastic,” Derek says of the doctors and staff at Valley Children’s. In 2016, Derek and Heather launched DC4KIDS to raise money for the hospital, and that campaign collected more than $100,000 in less than a year. Derek also regularly visits the hospital to meet with patients and their families, and he sends gifts for chil-

ADerek Carr, with his youngest son, Deker Luke Carr, to the right, addresses the crowd during the halftime ceremony where his jersey was retired during the Bulldogs' season home opener on Sept. 2, 2017. In the background, Derek's older brother, David Carr, stands next to former quarterback Kevin Sweeney.

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continued ... dren throughout the year. In addition, he arranges each year for patients with cancer to go on the field during a Raiders game. Derek and David make public service announcements for the hospital. Says David: “Our family spent a lot of time there with Dallas, and from that point on, it was like, what can we do to help people understand that this hospital is fantastic?” Three of David’s children come to Valley Children’s Healthcare for treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

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DDavid Carr helps record an Educational Employees Credit Union commercial in Fresno.

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What others say t “David and Derek are like the big brother who you always looked up to and are always there to help you out,” says Paul Ladwig, senior associate athletics director for external communications at Fresno State. “Both guys continue to deeply care about their university and football team. They are tied to many civic organizations here in the Valley, and it is almost like they never left Fresno.” t “Valley Children’s couldn’t have asked for more humble, strong and enthusiastic supporters for our organization than Derek and David Carr,” says Todd Suntrapak, president and chief executive officer of Valley

Our staff logs tens of thousands of miles every year…in the wind and on the road.

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FOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr passes against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 28, 2014, in Oakland.

Children’s Healthcare. t “Working with David and Derek is a pleasure,” says Jim Lowe, marketing director for the Educational Employees Credit Union. “They share our commitment of giving back to the communities we serve in the central San Joaquin Valley, and obviously they have a great sense of humor.” The Carrs started appearing in EECU commercials in 2014.

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AHouston Texans quarterback David Carr, top, goes into the end zone for a touchdown over New York Giants' Corey Webster (23), Antonio Pierce (58), Mathias Kiwanuka (97), Gibril Wilson (28) on Nov. 5, 2006.

Derek is shown making a music video, complete with him dancing and lip synching a high-pitched pitch for EECU, “a bank I can trust.” In the video, David tries to bust a move, but Derek upstages him before David “intercepts” a football coming to Derek. It’s all in good fun. “We have some good times,” David says of making the commercials. “They let us do a lot of freelancing, and we try to push the envelope and have fun with it and show our personalities.”

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For us, it is not a “phase” or a “trend”… this is a lifestyle, a family…a TEAM. It is a proud Fresno tradition that has been carried on for decades. Winning takes years of preparation and practice; and a relentless dedication to improving every day. For almost 30 years, the staff at Harley-Davidson of Fresno have made their own “Commitment To Excellence”, putting out the best bikes, parts, clothing, service, and accessories available. So do yourself a favor…come out and meet the TEAM. Take a test ride, grab a cup of coffee and stay a while. We think you’ll be glad you did.

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continued ... dren throughout the year. In addition, he arranges each year for patients with cancer to go on the field during a Raiders game. Derek and David make public service announcements for the hospital. Says David: “Our family spent a lot of time there with Dallas, and from that point on, it was like, what can we do to help people understand that this hospital is fantastic?” Three of David’s children come to Valley Children’s Healthcare for treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

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DDavid Carr helps record an Educational Employees Credit Union commercial in Fresno.

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What others say t “David and Derek are like the big brother who you always looked up to and are always there to help you out,” says Paul Ladwig, senior associate athletics director for external communications at Fresno State. “Both guys continue to deeply care about their university and football team. They are tied to many civic organizations here in the Valley, and it is almost like they never left Fresno.” t “Valley Children’s couldn’t have asked for more humble, strong and enthusiastic supporters for our organization than Derek and David Carr,” says Todd Suntrapak, president and chief executive officer of Valley

Our staff logs tens of thousands of miles every year…in the wind and on the road.

WHEN YOU ADD MUSIC Autosound Lab… Increasing Fun Since 1980

FOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr passes against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 28, 2014, in Oakland.

Children’s Healthcare. t “Working with David and Derek is a pleasure,” says Jim Lowe, marketing director for the Educational Employees Credit Union. “They share our commitment of giving back to the communities we serve in the central San Joaquin Valley, and obviously they have a great sense of humor.” The Carrs started appearing in EECU commercials in 2014.

Adding music to all you drive • Cars Boats Motorcycles • Atv’s Motorhomes Mention this ad and receive a on all Stereo Equipment. Good through 12/31/17

Autosound Lab 7133 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93650 (559) 227-8357 Across from KFC & Wendy’s

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That latest EECU commercial

AHouston Texans quarterback David Carr, top, goes into the end zone for a touchdown over New York Giants' Corey Webster (23), Antonio Pierce (58), Mathias Kiwanuka (97), Gibril Wilson (28) on Nov. 5, 2006.

Derek is shown making a music video, complete with him dancing and lip synching a high-pitched pitch for EECU, “a bank I can trust.” In the video, David tries to bust a move, but Derek upstages him before David “intercepts” a football coming to Derek. It’s all in good fun. “We have some good times,” David says of making the commercials. “They let us do a lot of freelancing, and we try to push the envelope and have fun with it and show our personalities.”

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For us, it is not a “phase” or a “trend”… this is a lifestyle, a family…a TEAM. It is a proud Fresno tradition that has been carried on for decades. Winning takes years of preparation and practice; and a relentless dedication to improving every day. For almost 30 years, the staff at Harley-Davidson of Fresno have made their own “Commitment To Excellence”, putting out the best bikes, parts, clothing, service, and accessories available. So do yourself a favor…come out and meet the TEAM. Take a test ride, grab a cup of coffee and stay a while. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Awarded best in the USA 3 years in a row

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SFresno State's Derek Carr leads the team in a prayer after beating the Rutgers on Aug. 29, 2013.

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A fantasy David plays fantasy football with family members. At draft time this year, he wanted to take Derek as his QB. But Darren Carr got Derek instead. So David settled for Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota. Not a bad second choice. Oakland faced Tennessee in the first game of this NFL season, and Derek led the Raiders to victory. Reality is always better than fantasy. CV

AIt was Senior Day at Fresno State in November 2013. At right, Derek Carr is greeted by his wife, Heather, and his brother, David.

FDerek Carr poses for an Educational Employees Credit Union commercial in Fresno.

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The front-end ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with all-new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabilizer bar also offers threeway adjustability. t Wheels and tires: New, lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Developed exclusively for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the 3R tires are designed to warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, lap after lap. t Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixedback rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60pound lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe. The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. MSRP: Starting at $71,295

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Type R at a glance. An air scoop, inset with the aluminum hood, helps cool the engine compartment. As Honda’s high-performance flagship vehicle, the Civic Type R has a specially engineered interior that puts the emphasis on ultimate driver control and comfort. Special high-bolstered racing style front seats provide solid support during aggressive cornering and a thick, flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in black and red leather helps keep the driver feeling securely in control. MSRP: Starting at $34,775

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2018 Honda Civic Type R he ultimate in Civic performance and a direct manifestation of Honda’s racing spirit, experience and heritage, the Type R stands as a banner of Honda’s commitment to creating products that enliven the senses and stir the soul. Moreover, the new Civic Type R has claimed the title as the fastest frontwheel-drive production car in the world, based on setting a record lap time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds on Germany’s 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop). The 2018 Civic Type R shares its unibody structure with the Civic Hatchback as part of the 10th generation Civic lineup, including its extensive use of highstrength steel and Honda’s next-generation ACE body structure and crash stroke front frame, which enables superior crash-worthiness. Other benefits to this rigid but lightweight structure include low overall noise, vibration and harshness and extraordinary dynamic capabilities. Slightly longer and wider than the Hatchback, the Type R exterior has numerous functional, stylistic and aerodynamic upgrades, including high-performance 20-inch wheels and tires. Up front, a black grille, and unique red and chrome Honda and Type R badges define the Civic’s characteristic “wing” fascia, while LED headlights, LED fog lights, aggressive air inlets and a splitter with red edge trim further distinguish the

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2018 Porsche 911 GT3

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 hevrolet establishes a new performance benchmark with the introduction of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the most track-capable Camaro ever. Taking the track-focused 1LE formula to an unprecedented level, the ZL1 1LE incorporates racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires, in an extreme track performance package. The improved track performance is driven by four key elements: t Aerodynamics: New aero features including a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns. t Adjustable suspension: The ZL1 1LE features racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers front and rear for exceptional wheel and vehicle control.

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The front-end ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with all-new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabilizer bar also offers threeway adjustability. t Wheels and tires: New, lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Developed exclusively for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the 3R tires are designed to warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, lap after lap. t Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixedback rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60pound lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe. The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. MSRP: Starting at $71,295

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he 911 GT3 is pure Porsche. It bridges the gap between road and racetrack, truly reflecting the core of the brand: successful on the race track, and usable day to day. The new 911 GT3 strikes a balance like almost no other. This is all thanks to the completely new, sixcylinder naturally aspirated engine with 500 horsepower and a 9,000 rpm redline; the track-bred chassis; and systematic lightweight construction. Using a four-liter flat-six engine, the 911 GT3 generates its power using the same powerplant as the thoroughbred 911 GT3 Cup race car. Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the race car, Porsche’s motorsport technology has once again been incorporated into street-legal sports car. As a result, Porsche’s most successful GT sports car delivers a highly emotional mix of high performance and unfiltered driving feel. The majority of GT drivers also like to take their sports cars for a spin on closed courses, which is where the new 911 GT3 really comes into its own thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 6.4 pounds per horsepower.

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Type R at a glance. An air scoop, inset with the aluminum hood, helps cool the engine compartment. As Honda’s high-performance flagship vehicle, the Civic Type R has a specially engineered interior that puts the emphasis on ultimate driver control and comfort. Special high-bolstered racing style front seats provide solid support during aggressive cornering and a thick, flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in black and red leather helps keep the driver feeling securely in control. MSRP: Starting at $34,775

With a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) that has been specifically constructed, geared and tuned for the GT3 as standard, the two-seater weighs in at 3,153 pounds with a full tank of fuel and can accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Large air intakes, typical of the 911 GT3, dominate the front view. Along with the new lateral air blades, these large intakes to the left and right improve the cooling air supply. The new 911 GT3 comes with Bi-Xenon headlights as standard, including a headlight cleaning system. LED headlights in black are available as an option. The LED direction indicators, daytime running lights and position lights have a sleeker design on the new 911 GT3, which adds additional sharpness to the contours. Overall, the front of the new 911 GT3 looks more muscular and sporty. MSRP: Starting at $143,600

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2018 Jaguar F-TYPE

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lready recognized as the most dynamically capable and performance-oriented Jaguar, the F-TYPE sports car evolves for 2018, with a fresh look, new powertrain options and the addition of standard technology features previously unavailable. The F-TYPE range has evolved to include both coupe and convertible bodystyles, the option of automatic and manual transmissions, as well as both rear- and all-wheel drive. A key aim of the design process for the refreshed 2018 F-TYPE was to establish a stronger, purer statement for the front-end form of the F-TYPE, while also providing clearer visual differentiation between the different models. The addition of full LED headlights and slimline seats make the car's aesthetics even more striking and significantly enhance

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aserati relaunches the Ghibli for 2018 with a subtle restyling and a rich array of additional hi-tech features. Two distinctive trims are included in the model range, each using their own distinctive voice to bring out the luxurious elegance and race-bred performance unique to Maserati. After four years of remarkable success in the international markets, the Ghibli’s exterior has been respectfully restyled to emphasize both its elegance and its sportiness — the pillars of its Maserati signature personality. Faithful to its DNA, the 2018 Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a stylish yet comfortable driving experience. The Ghibli shares its core architecture — chassis, suspension layout, V-6 engines and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission — with the flagship Quattroporte, but is 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter. The car’s perfect weight distribution, front doublewishbone/rear multi-link suspension and standard Limited-Slip Differential, guarantee the razor-sharp road handling for which genuine Maserati models are famed. The five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and

integrated Advanced Driving Assistance Systems ensure total peace of mind for both driver and passengers. The new trim strategy, already introduced by the Quattroporte in 2017, enriches the existing Ghibli range with two distinctive trims, GranLusso and GranSport. Both are available as an upgrade of all powertrain versions — Ghibli 350 hp, Diesel, S and S Q4 — and will be priced at the same level across the range. Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport are immediately recognizable thanks to their distinct exterior features and exclusive interiors. The exterior design stands out for its coupé-like attitude as well as for several unique features: the distinctive C-pillar bearing the iconic Saetta logo, the frameless doors, the pronounced grille that resembles iconic Maserati cars of the ’50s, and the range-standard quadruple chromium-plated exhaust pipes. MSRP: Starting at $72,300

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2018 Jaguar F-TYPE lready recognized as the most dynamically capable and performance-oriented Jaguar, the F-TYPE sports car evolves for 2018, with a fresh look, new powertrain options and the addition of standard technology features previously unavailable. The F-TYPE range has evolved to include both coupe and convertible bodystyles, the option of automatic and manual transmissions, as well as both rear- and all-wheel drive. A key aim of the design process for the refreshed 2018 F-TYPE was to establish a stronger, purer statement for the front-end form of the F-TYPE, while also providing clearer visual differentiation between the different models. The addition of full LED headlights and slimline seats make the car's aesthetics even more striking and significantly enhance

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the driving experience. For the 2018 model year the F-TYPE offers even more driver-focused technologies and a broader model range; now comprising of 24 derivatives that include an all-new turbocharged 296-horsepower four-cylinder entry model; a number of supercharged V6 options and even the AWD 575-hp V-8 powered F-TYPE SVR. To mark the introduction of the new F-TYPE range, Jaguar has developed an exclusive 400 SPORT special edition model. Power is from a high-output supercharged 3.0-liter V6 complemented by an uprated chassis and 20-inch wheels with a unique Satin Dark Grey finish. Joining the comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems available on the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE is a semiautomated park-assist function designed to assist with parallel parking in even the tightest of spaces. The system will also help guide the vehicle out of the space when it's time to leave. From day one, the F-TYPE has been engineered to provide outstanding agility and response. The stiff, light aluminium body structure and all-round aluminium double wishbone suspension have always been fundamental to delivering that duality of character. MSRP: Starting at $60,895

2018 Maserati Ghibli aserati relaunches the Ghibli for 2018 with a subtle restyling and a rich array of additional hi-tech features. Two distinctive trims are included in the model range, each using their own distinctive voice to bring out the luxurious elegance and race-bred performance unique to Maserati. After four years of remarkable success in the international markets, the Ghibli’s exterior has been respectfully restyled to emphasize both its elegance and its sportiness — the pillars of its Maserati signature personality. Faithful to its DNA, the 2018 Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a stylish yet comfortable driving experience. The Ghibli shares its core architecture — chassis, suspension layout, V-6 engines and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission — with the flagship Quattroporte, but is 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter. The car’s perfect weight distribution, front doublewishbone/rear multi-link suspension and standard Limited-Slip Differential, guarantee the razor-sharp road handling for which genuine Maserati models are famed. The five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and

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integrated Advanced Driving Assistance Systems ensure total peace of mind for both driver and passengers. The new trim strategy, already introduced by the Quattroporte in 2017, enriches the existing Ghibli range with two distinctive trims, GranLusso and GranSport. Both are available as an upgrade of all powertrain versions — Ghibli 350 hp, Diesel, S and S Q4 — and will be priced at the same level across the range. Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport are immediately recognizable thanks to their distinct exterior features and exclusive interiors. The exterior design stands out for its coupé-like attitude as well as for several unique features: the distinctive C-pillar bearing the iconic Saetta logo, the frameless doors, the pronounced grille that resembles iconic Maserati cars of the ’50s, and the range-standard quadruple chromium-plated exhaust pipes. MSRP: Starting at $72,300

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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar oining the Range Rover family slotted between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Range Rover Velar offers new levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability to the premium midsize SUV segment. Visually, the Velar is beautifully balanced with powerful proportions; a continuous waist line rises through to the taut tapered lines of the rear and a generous 113.15-inch wheelbase contributes significantly to both its elegant design and spacious interior. Large alloy wheels — in particular the range of 22-inch designs — optimize the vehicle’s stunning silhouette, while further enhancing the dramatic presence of the vehicle.

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Advanced technology is pivotal to the contemporary design: the full-LED headlights are the most slender ever to appear on a production Land Rover vehicle. The flush deployable door handles on the Range Rover Velar help emphasize a taut, elegant design language. The interior of the Velar reaffirms ideals of elegant simplicity, sophistication and refinement. An unwavering belief in reductionism has been fully employed, with switches being kept to an absolute minimum to help create a calm streamlined sanctuary. The Range Rover Velar features a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system, available four-corner air suspension and a suite of traction technologies, which include Terrain Response, Active Rear Locking Differential and All Terrain Progress Control. Exceptional performance comes from a range of three available diesel and gasoline powertrains, all matched to a smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics2. A 180-horsepower, four-cylinder diesel delivers 317 lb-ft. of torque. A new 247-hp four-cylinder gasoline engine enables acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. An even more powerful, 380-hp supercharged V6 gasoline engine combines sports car performance. MSRP: Starting at $49,900

2018 Toyota Camry he all-new 2018 Toyota Camry is a total evolution from a proven, dependable and safe car to one that adds a more exciting and emotional character, thanks to its much newfound performance and style. The new Camry represents a completely new strategy to the way Toyota designs, engineers, and packages its vehicles. Camry retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. The 2018 Camry styling design achieves strong harmony between refinement and a sensual athletic image. There were three primary design goals when penning the all-new Camry: a distinctive, low center of gravity that results in a firm wide stance; a practicalyet-emotionally styled cabin profile, and a sporty and upscale image both inside and out. The new Camry provides a high-quality comfortable and stable ride manner with superior handling characteristics using a lightweight, high-rigidity body/platform structure with a 30-percent increase in torsional

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rigidity. An all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, new Direct Shift-8AT eight-speed automatic transmission and a new double wishbone rear suspension design are all evolved technologies for Toyota. Peak horsepower is estimated at 206 with torque at 186 lb.-ft. Fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimate of 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway/34 mpg combined. The Camry’s newly-developed 3.5-liter V-6 is equipped with the highly-advanced D-4S direct injection system, along with a specially-developed new VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) variable valve timing system. Power output is rated at 301 horsepower and an impressive torque rating of 267 ft.-lb. The V-6 engine achieves exemplary fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. MSRP: Starting at $24,000

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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar oining the Range Rover family slotted between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Range Rover Velar offers new levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability to the premium midsize SUV segment. Visually, the Velar is beautifully balanced with powerful proportions; a continuous waist line rises through to the taut tapered lines of the rear and a generous 113.15-inch wheelbase contributes significantly to both its elegant design and spacious interior. Large alloy wheels — in particular the range of 22-inch designs — optimize the vehicle’s stunning silhouette, while further enhancing the dramatic presence of the vehicle.

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Advanced technology is pivotal to the contemporary design: the full-LED headlights are the most slender ever to appear on a production Land Rover vehicle. The flush deployable door handles on the Range Rover Velar help emphasize a taut, elegant design language. The interior of the Velar reaffirms ideals of elegant simplicity, sophistication and refinement. An unwavering belief in reductionism has been fully employed, with switches being kept to an absolute minimum to help create a calm streamlined sanctuary. The Range Rover Velar features a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system, available four-corner air suspension and a suite of traction technologies, which include Terrain Response, Active Rear Locking Differential and All Terrain Progress Control. Exceptional performance comes from a range of three available diesel and gasoline powertrains, all matched to a smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics2. A 180-horsepower, four-cylinder diesel delivers 317 lb-ft. of torque. A new 247-hp four-cylinder gasoline engine enables acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. An even more powerful, 380-hp supercharged V6 gasoline engine combines sports car performance. MSRP: Starting at $49,900

2018 Toyota Camry he all-new 2018 Toyota Camry is a total evolution from a proven, dependable and safe car to one that adds a more exciting and emotional character, thanks to its much newfound performance and style. The new Camry represents a completely new strategy to the way Toyota designs, engineers, and packages its vehicles. Camry retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. The 2018 Camry styling design achieves strong harmony between refinement and a sensual athletic image. There were three primary design goals when penning the all-new Camry: a distinctive, low center of gravity that results in a firm wide stance; a practicalyet-emotionally styled cabin profile, and a sporty and upscale image both inside and out. The new Camry provides a high-quality comfortable and stable ride manner with superior handling characteristics using a lightweight, high-rigidity body/platform structure with a 30-percent increase in torsional

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rigidity. An all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, new Direct Shift-8AT eight-speed automatic transmission and a new double wishbone rear suspension design are all evolved technologies for Toyota. Peak horsepower is estimated at 206 with torque at 186 lb.-ft. Fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimate of 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway/34 mpg combined. The Camry’s newly-developed 3.5-liter V-6 is equipped with the highly-advanced D-4S direct injection system, along with a specially-developed new VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) variable valve timing system. Power output is rated at 301 horsepower and an impressive torque rating of 267 ft.-lb. The V-6 engine achieves exemplary fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. MSRP: Starting at $24,000

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A trip to the past BY: Dani Villalobos | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

he Central Valley Aviation Association is a group of preservationists by nature — composed of members who are fiercely committed to ensuring the survival of the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport for the greater community to enjoy and the aviators and businesses that continue to utilize it. An event created to honor machines — built both for the sky and down below — of the past, and educate the next generation of aviation enthusiasts? Yeah, seems right up the nonprofit’s alley. For the third year, the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport played host to the Central Valley Aviation Association’s “Remember When Fly-In and Car Show” on Saturday, Sept. 30 — giving attendees an opportunity to ride in World War II DC3 aircraft, The Flabob Express, and take in a slew of antique, vintage and classic airplanes and automobiles, such as a 1941 Beech Staggerwing, World War II P51 Mustang, 1936 Cord automobile and 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible. “We have a motto: Chandler Field, where the past supports the future,” says board member, Chuck Carson. “We use it as a visual image builder, allowing people to see the beautiful Chandler Airport and to take the funds we raise and use that for the betterment of general education.” A guest performance by speaker, humorist and flight instructor, Rod Machado, and food and drink provided by Flight Line Cafe helped round out the fun, seven-hour event. But it was the presence of the first allelectric aircraft certified for public flight, however, that truly highlighted the day’s intent: bridging the past, present and future. Details: www.centralvalleyaviation.com CV

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AFJohn Durant and Sharon Ebarb enjoy looking at a restored Buick at the Central Valley Aviation Association, "Remember When Classic Car Show and Fly-In," at the Chandler Executive Airport. FZig Langmann looks at a bi-plane.

ATroy Cummins enjoys the day at the Central Valley Aviation Association, "Remember When Classic Car Show and Fly-In.” AJim Warner, Bob Warner and Arnie Shweer admire a vintage Ford.

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OutAndAbout

A trip to the past BY: Dani Villalobos | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

he Central Valley Aviation Association is a group of preservationists by nature — composed of members who are fiercely committed to ensuring the survival of the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport for the greater community to enjoy and the aviators and businesses that continue to utilize it. An event created to honor machines — built both for the sky and down below — of the past, and educate the next generation of aviation enthusiasts? Yeah, seems right up the nonprofit’s alley. For the third year, the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport played host to the Central Valley Aviation Association’s “Remember When Fly-In and Car Show” on Saturday, Sept. 30 — giving attendees an opportunity to ride in World War II DC3 aircraft, The Flabob Express, and take in a slew of antique, vintage and classic airplanes and automobiles, such as a 1941 Beech Staggerwing, World War II P51 Mustang, 1936 Cord automobile and 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible. “We have a motto: Chandler Field, where the past supports the future,” says board member, Chuck Carson. “We use it as a visual image builder, allowing people to see the beautiful Chandler Airport and to take the funds we raise and use that for the betterment of general education.” A guest performance by speaker, humorist and flight instructor, Rod Machado, and food and drink provided by Flight Line Cafe helped round out the fun, seven-hour event. But it was the presence of the first allelectric aircraft certified for public flight, however, that truly highlighted the day’s intent: bridging the past, present and future. Details: www.centralvalleyaviation.com CV

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AFJohn Durant and Sharon Ebarb enjoy looking at a restored Buick at the Central Valley Aviation Association, "Remember When Classic Car Show and Fly-In," at the Chandler Executive Airport. FZig Langmann looks at a bi-plane.

ATroy Cummins enjoys the day at the Central Valley Aviation Association, "Remember When Classic Car Show and Fly-In.” AJim Warner, Bob Warner and Arnie Shweer admire a vintage Ford.

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TimelyTrends SCory Faamausili gets a fresh cut from Clayton Heard at The Great American Barbershop.

From barbershops to the perfect shave, we explore the increasing variety of men’s grooming options in the Valley recently dropped in at Sips N Clips, a barbershop and bar in northeast Fresno. Jon Nakama, a customer, was fresh out of the barber’s chair and working on a Budweiser. I had questions about men’s grooming. Props to 30-year-old Nakama. Instead of focusing on a big screen TV, he happily talked about the straight razor shave he gets at Sips N Clips — a big trend in grooming. The barber’s straight razor leaves his face neat and clean, while he can get razor bumps and redness shaving at home. “You don’t want to look like Frankenstein going out to a club,” Nakama says. “It’s not a good look.” Did I mention that shops like Sips N Clips that provide an experience — not just a haircut — is another trend? Welcome to the world of men’s grooming in 2017. It’s men getting manicures, having nose and ear hair waxed away and getting a massage and then hitting the steam room. In other words, it’s way more than having your ears lowered. “It’s a totally new beast,” says Eddie Segura, a Fresno barber who owns Urban Cuts in Selma. “These days a lot of guys actually are taking care of themselves compared to back in the day when they just hoped for the best.” Today, social media trumpets trends, and men pay attention. “Grooming is all over the internet. So I think guys are more comfortable talking

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about it,” says Robert Pasillas, general manager of Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Barber Shop in northwest Fresno. Prices aren’t outrageous — the places I checked out had haircuts in the $15 to $25 range. Other services vary. But here’s the bottom line: In 2016, the men’s grooming industry worldwide brought in an estimated $21 billion — and yes, that’s billion with a “b.” Here, then, is a look at men’s grooming in the Fresno and Clovis areas from people in the business and people trying to look their best.

ATye Faria gets a manicure and pedicure twice a month from Elaine Casillas at Sitting Pretty Salon.

Nailing it Tye Faria gets a manicure and pedicure twice a month. “It’s a way of pampering myself and taking care of my job,” he says. Faria, 43, of Fresno, is a licensed California real estate broker, and he wants his hands to look good when showing commercial and residential properties to clients. “First impressions matter. They absolutely do,” says Faria, who bills himself as “Tye The Real Estate Guy.” Please see next page

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DDan Hawkins gets a haircut from Donato Lopez at Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Barber Shop.

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TimelyTrends SCory Faamausili gets a fresh cut from Clayton Heard at The Great American Barbershop.

From barbershops to the perfect shave, we explore the increasing variety of men’s grooming options in the Valley recently dropped in at Sips N Clips, a barbershop and bar in northeast Fresno. Jon Nakama, a customer, was fresh out of the barber’s chair and working on a Budweiser. I had questions about men’s grooming. Props to 30-year-old Nakama. Instead of focusing on a big screen TV, he happily talked about the straight razor shave he gets at Sips N Clips — a big trend in grooming. The barber’s straight razor leaves his face neat and clean, while he can get razor bumps and redness shaving at home. “You don’t want to look like Frankenstein going out to a club,” Nakama says. “It’s not a good look.” Did I mention that shops like Sips N Clips that provide an experience — not just a haircut — is another trend? Welcome to the world of men’s grooming in 2017. It’s men getting manicures, having nose and ear hair waxed away and getting a massage and then hitting the steam room. In other words, it’s way more than having your ears lowered. “It’s a totally new beast,” says Eddie Segura, a Fresno barber who owns Urban Cuts in Selma. “These days a lot of guys actually are taking care of themselves compared to back in the day when they just hoped for the best.” Today, social media trumpets trends, and men pay attention. “Grooming is all over the internet. So I think guys are more comfortable talking

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The

well-groomed man

about it,” says Robert Pasillas, general manager of Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Barber Shop in northwest Fresno. Prices aren’t outrageous — the places I checked out had haircuts in the $15 to $25 range. Other services vary. But here’s the bottom line: In 2016, the men’s grooming industry worldwide brought in an estimated $21 billion — and yes, that’s billion with a “b.” Here, then, is a look at men’s grooming in the Fresno and Clovis areas from people in the business and people trying to look their best.

ATye Faria gets a manicure and pedicure twice a month from Elaine Casillas at Sitting Pretty Salon.

Nailing it Tye Faria gets a manicure and pedicure twice a month. “It’s a way of pampering myself and taking care of my job,” he says. Faria, 43, of Fresno, is a licensed California real estate broker, and he wants his hands to look good when showing commercial and residential properties to clients. “First impressions matter. They absolutely do,” says Faria, who bills himself as “Tye The Real Estate Guy.” Please see next page

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DDan Hawkins gets a haircut from Donato Lopez at Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Barber Shop.

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The pedicure keeps his feet supple and healthy in the summer when he goes barefoot, but mostly it’s a way of treating himself well. “It doesn’t make me any less masculine — or more feminine — to get my hands and feet done,” Faria says. “We’re living in a society that is more accepting and less bound by rules.” Faria gets his manicures and pedicures at Sitting Pretty Salon in Clovis, where owner Elaine Casillas had her first male customer about 10 years ago. A woman likes it when a man takes care of his hands and feet, Casillas says: “A man’s feet tell about the quality of his life. If he isn’t taking care of his feet, what else isn’t he taking care of?”

‘Not just a shave’

AA trip to the barbershop might include a cigar from Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Barber Shop.

Men’s faces get a lot of attention at Spectrum. A shave there can take 30 to 45 minutes. “It’s not just a shave. It’s a treatment,” Pasillas says. The process involves a hot towel, an iced towel, essential oils, pre-shave lotion, post-shave balm, a moisturizer, sun screen and, of course, a straight razor. Spectrum owner Pam Nelson says clients find it relaxing. “Oh, my gosh. I forgot how great it felt,” an older client recently told Nelson. The man could remember when barber shops routinely offered shaves. Keith Hooks of Fresno comes in twice a month to get his head shaved. “I’m not a big froufrou guy, but I enjoy the experience,” he says. “When I leave, I feel clean and smell good.” Hooks, a 46year-old supervisor for a recycling company, also gets a beard trim. That represents another trend: facial hair. “It used to be considered unprofessional to have a beard,” Pasillas says. “That’s all changed. Just like hair is a statement accessory for women, beards are becoming that for men.” But, grooming facial hair is important, Pasillas says. Keeping it neat and tamed is a must. Beard care also requires a good shampoo and conditioner plus beard oils and balms — all designed

reads: “This ain’t your daddy’s barbershop.” The straight razor shave — also offered at The Great American Barbershop — is one example of the changing scene. The straight razor goes back to grandad — or perhaps great-grandad. “There was a time when men were concerned with grooming. Guys were posh, and they went to the barber every week,” Featherstone says.

to keep the hair from becoming dry and damaged.

Ready for another trend? Men are getting facials. Honest. Spectrum offers them in both its barbershop and salon, with the salon version taking longer and costing more. Spectrum facials involve masks. When I think of a mask, I picture someone with avocado paste smeared on their face and cucumber slices over their eyes. Pasillas chuckled and allowed that isn’t far off the mark. Ingredients in a mask vary according to skin type and skin problems. Charcoal helps detoxify the skin, while oat and ginger are good for sensitive skin. Options are a big part of men’s grooming today, and there are so many options. At Spectrum, a guy can get that pesky ear and nose hair waxed off. “It comes back slower than if you’re trimming it with scissors,” Pasillas says. Some men opt for a Brazilian wax in their nether region. “A lot of times girlfriends will bring in their boyfriends,” Pasillas says. “It’s becoming more popular.” Men also are coloring their hair, but it’s not your standard dye job. They call it “camouflaging.” Barbers use transparent color that blends in, leaving a less gray look so a guy is ready for a job interview or a young girlfriend, Pasillas says.

Give me Brad’s cut Celebrities are also setting trends in men’s grooming. When Brad Pitt sported a classic slick back style in the 2014 film “Fury,” customers wanted one, Segura says. David Beckham’s comb over is also a trendsetter. The slick back pompadour, with the hair short around the ears (“tight on the sides” in barber lingo) is massively popular now. And it’s not just young guys wearing it, Segura says. Some older men want the pompadour because it reminds them of when they were young. Retro hair styles go along with straight razor

The experience Tye Featherstone, owner of The Great American Barbershop, is a dude with something to say: “Hair cuts and the experience can’t be separate.” The experience at his three shops (in northeast Fresno and Clovis, plus a new one near Woodward Park) is like stepping into the garage — albeit a clean, tidy one. The shops feature exposed ceilings with metal trim. Need a little more atmosphere? Motorcycles on loan from Clawson Honda rotate in and out of the barbershops’ windows, and Craftsman tool boxes are interior accents. That has to be a first. “We’re basically a garage where you get a haircut,” Featherstone says. “We want it to be a place where a man can be himself.” His goal: “I want to create better-looking guys, better-looking husbands, better-looking Americans.” Haircuts include a razor neck shave, a shoulder massage, two shots of aftershave and, if applicable, a beard trim. Kids get a reduced price. Featherstone has a sign in his shops that

Fully equipped most to handle the difficult jobs

ADavid Yarotskiy, center and his brother, Taras, have a beer and watch a baseball game at Sips N Clips, a barbershop/bar combination. Sip a brew while waiting for a haircut or watch a game afterward.

shaves, which Segura’s shop also offers. “You can’t beat the classics,” he says.

Back to the bar Joel Alonzo, owner of Sips N Clips, wanted to offer customers something new while killing time in a barbershop, so he got a license to sell beer. “Men can hang out and drink if they so desire,” Alonzo says. “It takes the sting off if you have to wait for a haircut.” We’re not talking about a mini-fridge stocked with Bud Light in the corner of the shop. Sips N Clips features a 15-foot-long bar with eight barstools and two big-screen TVs. Nakama (he of the “Frankenstein” comment) calls the shop “the ultimate man cave.” Sips N Clips also has five barber chairs. Customers can get a straight razor shave, a beard trim and waxing to shape the eyebrows. For $20, you get a haircut and a drink. Alonzo features Tioga Sequoia from Fresno, Firestone from Paso Robles and Golden Road from Los Angeles on tap. Also: Budweiser and Michelob are available on tap. CV

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The pedicure keeps his feet supple and healthy in the summer when he goes barefoot, but mostly it’s a way of treating himself well. “It doesn’t make me any less masculine — or more feminine — to get my hands and feet done,” Faria says. “We’re living in a society that is more accepting and less bound by rules.” Faria gets his manicures and pedicures at Sitting Pretty Salon in Clovis, where owner Elaine Casillas had her first male customer about 10 years ago. A woman likes it when a man takes care of his hands and feet, Casillas says: “A man’s feet tell about the quality of his life. If he isn’t taking care of his feet, what else isn’t he taking care of?”

‘Not just a shave’

AA trip to the barbershop might include a cigar from Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Barber Shop.

Men’s faces get a lot of attention at Spectrum. A shave there can take 30 to 45 minutes. “It’s not just a shave. It’s a treatment,” Pasillas says. The process involves a hot towel, an iced towel, essential oils, pre-shave lotion, post-shave balm, a moisturizer, sun screen and, of course, a straight razor. Spectrum owner Pam Nelson says clients find it relaxing. “Oh, my gosh. I forgot how great it felt,” an older client recently told Nelson. The man could remember when barber shops routinely offered shaves. Keith Hooks of Fresno comes in twice a month to get his head shaved. “I’m not a big froufrou guy, but I enjoy the experience,” he says. “When I leave, I feel clean and smell good.” Hooks, a 46year-old supervisor for a recycling company, also gets a beard trim. That represents another trend: facial hair. “It used to be considered unprofessional to have a beard,” Pasillas says. “That’s all changed. Just like hair is a statement accessory for women, beards are becoming that for men.” But, grooming facial hair is important, Pasillas says. Keeping it neat and tamed is a must. Beard care also requires a good shampoo and conditioner plus beard oils and balms — all designed

reads: “This ain’t your daddy’s barbershop.” The straight razor shave — also offered at The Great American Barbershop — is one example of the changing scene. The straight razor goes back to grandad — or perhaps great-grandad. “There was a time when men were concerned with grooming. Guys were posh, and they went to the barber every week,” Featherstone says.

to keep the hair from becoming dry and damaged.

Ready for another trend? Men are getting facials. Honest. Spectrum offers them in both its barbershop and salon, with the salon version taking longer and costing more. Spectrum facials involve masks. When I think of a mask, I picture someone with avocado paste smeared on their face and cucumber slices over their eyes. Pasillas chuckled and allowed that isn’t far off the mark. Ingredients in a mask vary according to skin type and skin problems. Charcoal helps detoxify the skin, while oat and ginger are good for sensitive skin. Options are a big part of men’s grooming today, and there are so many options. At Spectrum, a guy can get that pesky ear and nose hair waxed off. “It comes back slower than if you’re trimming it with scissors,” Pasillas says. Some men opt for a Brazilian wax in their nether region. “A lot of times girlfriends will bring in their boyfriends,” Pasillas says. “It’s becoming more popular.” Men also are coloring their hair, but it’s not your standard dye job. They call it “camouflaging.” Barbers use transparent color that blends in, leaving a less gray look so a guy is ready for a job interview or a young girlfriend, Pasillas says.

Give me Brad’s cut Celebrities are also setting trends in men’s grooming. When Brad Pitt sported a classic slick back style in the 2014 film “Fury,” customers wanted one, Segura says. David Beckham’s comb over is also a trendsetter. The slick back pompadour, with the hair short around the ears (“tight on the sides” in barber lingo) is massively popular now. And it’s not just young guys wearing it, Segura says. Some older men want the pompadour because it reminds them of when they were young. Retro hair styles go along with straight razor

The experience Tye Featherstone, owner of The Great American Barbershop, is a dude with something to say: “Hair cuts and the experience can’t be separate.” The experience at his three shops (in northeast Fresno and Clovis, plus a new one near Woodward Park) is like stepping into the garage — albeit a clean, tidy one. The shops feature exposed ceilings with metal trim. Need a little more atmosphere? Motorcycles on loan from Clawson Honda rotate in and out of the barbershops’ windows, and Craftsman tool boxes are interior accents. That has to be a first. “We’re basically a garage where you get a haircut,” Featherstone says. “We want it to be a place where a man can be himself.” His goal: “I want to create better-looking guys, better-looking husbands, better-looking Americans.” Haircuts include a razor neck shave, a shoulder massage, two shots of aftershave and, if applicable, a beard trim. Kids get a reduced price. Featherstone has a sign in his shops that

Fully equipped most to handle the difficult jobs

ADavid Yarotskiy, center and his brother, Taras, have a beer and watch a baseball game at Sips N Clips, a barbershop/bar combination. Sip a brew while waiting for a haircut or watch a game afterward.

shaves, which Segura’s shop also offers. “You can’t beat the classics,” he says.

Back to the bar Joel Alonzo, owner of Sips N Clips, wanted to offer customers something new while killing time in a barbershop, so he got a license to sell beer. “Men can hang out and drink if they so desire,” Alonzo says. “It takes the sting off if you have to wait for a haircut.” We’re not talking about a mini-fridge stocked with Bud Light in the corner of the shop. Sips N Clips features a 15-foot-long bar with eight barstools and two big-screen TVs. Nakama (he of the “Frankenstein” comment) calls the shop “the ultimate man cave.” Sips N Clips also has five barber chairs. Customers can get a straight razor shave, a beard trim and waxing to shape the eyebrows. For $20, you get a haircut and a drink. Alonzo features Tioga Sequoia from Fresno, Firestone from Paso Robles and Golden Road from Los Angeles on tap. Also: Budweiser and Michelob are available on tap. CV

DAlbert Vu gets a cut at Sips N Clips. Beer from Tioga Sequoia is available.

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Timely Trends “friends” to take part. Thanksgiving wouldn’t become a national holiday until 1863. Details: www.plimoth.org, www.history.com

Behind the bird When it comes to traditional Thanksgiving feasts, the turkey reins supreme. According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 90 percent of people turn to turkey when cooking up their Thanksgiving meals. Like most of the facts surrounding the holiday, the turkey’s place on the Thanksgiving table is unknown, but there are some theories — one of the strongest traced back to Edward Winslow and his trusty penchant for note taking. Records and letters from other Pilgrims describe beef and fowl as customary forms of animal protein when dining with the Wampanoag Indians, while Winslow references a fowl-hunting trip before that first shared Thanksgiving feast in 1621, Wonderopolis.org notes. Nineteenth-century author Sarah Josepha Hale was a longtime advocate for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. And according to www.history.com, she would go on to publish recipes for pumpkin pie, turkey and stuffing, all of which are now considered a Thanksgiving must.

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t’s the fourth Thursday of November, and for many Americans, that means one thing: the ultimate food coma is upon us. Throw in some football, the world’s largest parade and lines of prepared consumers ready to battle it out for that special, discounted item, and it’s the recipe for a traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration. Still, we at Central Valley can’t help but feel the national holiday gets overlooked, sandwiched between the black cats, witches’ hats and candy-filled tomfoolery of Halloween and the jolly scramble of events that fill December’s calendar. Christmas music hitting the airwaves come Nov. 1? Now, that’s just plain rude. Thanksgiving deserves its time in the spotlight, too. We’ve rounded up a selection of facts, how-tos and Central Valley guides to assist in your plan-making — because Thursday, Nov. 23 deserves our full attention.

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We’ve studied Thanksgiving in school classrooms —

its history muddled with turkey-themed art projects and the condensed pages of social studies textbooks. But after a while, the flurry of mashed potatoes, Native American headwear and family get-togethers can shake loose the origin of the festive, fall holiday. In 1621, separatist and Mayflower passenger, Edward Winslow, penned a letter to a friend back in England, detailing what is considered to have been the first American Thanksgiving. After an arduous, 66-day journey aboard the ship, the Pilgrims established Plymouth in modern-day Massachusetts in 1620. The transition to their new home brought disease and death, with just half of the original 102 travelers surviving to see the following spring. Lucky for the settlers, help came in the form of Massachusetts’ native people: the Abenaki Indians. Members of different tribes, including Pawtuxet and eventually Wampanoag, became allies of the Pilgrims — imparting guidance on how to properly cultivate the land and what indigenous plants to avoid. It worked. To celebrate the colony’s first successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims hosted a three-day festival in November 1621, inviting the group’s Native American

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Preparing a meal is stressful enough. Throw in the added pressure of family, friends and the anticipation of days’ worth of blissful leftovers, and your feast’s centerpiece may never take flight. Good thing Mary’s Free-Range Turkey is here to provide additional air support. The family-owned company has made a name for itself on the national stage, operating turkey ranches, a processing plant and feed mill in the Central Valley since 1954. The Pitmans know a lot about the funnylooking fowl — and they’re happy to share that knowledge. Mary’s Free-Range Turkey’s website offers instructions on all things turkey, from purchasing the right bird to thawing, brining, roasting and cooking directions. Details: www.marysturkeys.com

t Homage: 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12 at Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St., Fresno. The Fresno Philharmonic welcomes acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss as its featured artist, with performances of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Bela Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” t Fresno Turkey Trot 2017: 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 23 at Woodward Park, 7775 N. Friant Road, Fresno. Sierra Challenge Express Running Club’s annual Fresno Turkey Trot benefits Fresno Community Food Bank, and is a great family-friendly event to start your Thanksgiving Day. The race includes a 5K, 2-mile Walk and a Costume and Largest Family Contest. Some local restaurants are also opening their doors for local customers this Thanksgiving, giving families a chance to let others handle the cooking — so they can just focus on the eating. We’ve provided a few we know will be open. Heads up: The holiday will be here before we know it and reservations might be needed, so plan now. t School House Restaurant & Tavern: 1018 S. Frankwood Ave., Sanger, (559) 787-3271 t The Elbow Room Bar & Grill: : 731 W. San Jose Ave., Fresno, (559) 227-1234 t Mimi’s Cafe: 7660 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, (559) 439-2669 t The Manhattan Steakhouse & Bar: 1731 W. Bullard Ave., Fresno, (559) 449-1731 t Black Angus Steakhouse: 1737 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, (559) 224-2205 t Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: 639 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, (559) 222-5823 CV

SA costume contest is a part of the tradition at the Fresno Turkey Trot.

Celebrating in the Central Valley Fresno is no stranger to festive gatherings, and November is shaping up to be filled with seasonal outings. Here’s a few to get you started: t International Holiday Fest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at Valdez Hall, 700 M St., Fresno. The event honors Central California’s diverse population with food, music and entertainment from cultures around the globe. t Coro Solare Fall Concert: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5 at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, 2929 Willow Ave., Clovis. The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale presents its fall concert with music by Haydn and Martini.

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Timely Trends “friends” to take part. Thanksgiving wouldn’t become a national holiday until 1863. Details: www.plimoth.org, www.history.com

Behind the bird When it comes to traditional Thanksgiving feasts, the turkey reins supreme. According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 90 percent of people turn to turkey when cooking up their Thanksgiving meals. Like most of the facts surrounding the holiday, the turkey’s place on the Thanksgiving table is unknown, but there are some theories — one of the strongest traced back to Edward Winslow and his trusty penchant for note taking. Records and letters from other Pilgrims describe beef and fowl as customary forms of animal protein when dining with the Wampanoag Indians, while Winslow references a fowl-hunting trip before that first shared Thanksgiving feast in 1621, Wonderopolis.org notes. Nineteenth-century author Sarah Josepha Hale was a longtime advocate for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. And according to www.history.com, she would go on to publish recipes for pumpkin pie, turkey and stuffing, all of which are now considered a Thanksgiving must.

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TURKEY

Turkey tips

Don’t let Thanksgiving get overlooked — embrace all the holiday of thanks and eating has to offer

ATurkeys roam around a grassy area at the ranch of Mary's Free-Range Turkey.

BY: Dani Villalobos | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian, Custom Publications archive

t’s the fourth Thursday of November, and for many Americans, that means one thing: the ultimate food coma is upon us. Throw in some football, the world’s largest parade and lines of prepared consumers ready to battle it out for that special, discounted item, and it’s the recipe for a traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration. Still, we at Central Valley can’t help but feel the national holiday gets overlooked, sandwiched between the black cats, witches’ hats and candy-filled tomfoolery of Halloween and the jolly scramble of events that fill December’s calendar. Christmas music hitting the airwaves come Nov. 1? Now, that’s just plain rude. Thanksgiving deserves its time in the spotlight, too. We’ve rounded up a selection of facts, how-tos and Central Valley guides to assist in your plan-making — because Thursday, Nov. 23 deserves our full attention.

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We’ve studied Thanksgiving in school classrooms —

its history muddled with turkey-themed art projects and the condensed pages of social studies textbooks. But after a while, the flurry of mashed potatoes, Native American headwear and family get-togethers can shake loose the origin of the festive, fall holiday. In 1621, separatist and Mayflower passenger, Edward Winslow, penned a letter to a friend back in England, detailing what is considered to have been the first American Thanksgiving. After an arduous, 66-day journey aboard the ship, the Pilgrims established Plymouth in modern-day Massachusetts in 1620. The transition to their new home brought disease and death, with just half of the original 102 travelers surviving to see the following spring. Lucky for the settlers, help came in the form of Massachusetts’ native people: the Abenaki Indians. Members of different tribes, including Pawtuxet and eventually Wampanoag, became allies of the Pilgrims — imparting guidance on how to properly cultivate the land and what indigenous plants to avoid. It worked. To celebrate the colony’s first successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims hosted a three-day festival in November 1621, inviting the group’s Native American

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Preparing a meal is stressful enough. Throw in the added pressure of family, friends and the anticipation of days’ worth of blissful leftovers, and your feast’s centerpiece may never take flight. Good thing Mary’s Free-Range Turkey is here to provide additional air support. The family-owned company has made a name for itself on the national stage, operating turkey ranches, a processing plant and feed mill in the Central Valley since 1954. The Pitmans know a lot about the funnylooking fowl — and they’re happy to share that knowledge. Mary’s Free-Range Turkey’s website offers instructions on all things turkey, from purchasing the right bird to thawing, brining, roasting and cooking directions. Details: www.marysturkeys.com

t Homage: 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12 at Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St., Fresno. The Fresno Philharmonic welcomes acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss as its featured artist, with performances of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Bela Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” t Fresno Turkey Trot 2017: 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 23 at Woodward Park, 7775 N. Friant Road, Fresno. Sierra Challenge Express Running Club’s annual Fresno Turkey Trot benefits Fresno Community Food Bank, and is a great family-friendly event to start your Thanksgiving Day. The race includes a 5K, 2-mile Walk and a Costume and Largest Family Contest. Some local restaurants are also opening their doors for local customers this Thanksgiving, giving families a chance to let others handle the cooking — so they can just focus on the eating. We’ve provided a few we know will be open. Heads up: The holiday will be here before we know it and reservations might be needed, so plan now. t School House Restaurant & Tavern: 1018 S. Frankwood Ave., Sanger, (559) 787-3271 t The Elbow Room Bar & Grill: : 731 W. San Jose Ave., Fresno, (559) 227-1234 t Mimi’s Cafe: 7660 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, (559) 439-2669 t The Manhattan Steakhouse & Bar: 1731 W. Bullard Ave., Fresno, (559) 449-1731 t Black Angus Steakhouse: 1737 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, (559) 224-2205 t Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: 639 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, (559) 222-5823 CV

SA costume contest is a part of the tradition at the Fresno Turkey Trot.

Celebrating in the Central Valley Fresno is no stranger to festive gatherings, and November is shaping up to be filled with seasonal outings. Here’s a few to get you started: t International Holiday Fest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at Valdez Hall, 700 M St., Fresno. The event honors Central California’s diverse population with food, music and entertainment from cultures around the globe. t Coro Solare Fall Concert: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5 at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, 2929 Willow Ave., Clovis. The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale presents its fall concert with music by Haydn and Martini.

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AScott Parsons fishes for bass.

Our Valley is hooked on the rod and reel

By: Cyndee Fontana-Ott | PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Wojdylak

ith countless places to drop a line and an assortment of warm and coolweather prospects, California just might be a fishing paradise. This is a year-round pursuit both locally and around our Golden State. With so many anglers looking to land the next big bite, sales of resident sport fishing licenses hover around 1 million annually, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife statistics. So you could head out to hot spots like the Delta (seemingly endless miles of waterways fanning out from the north) or Clear Lake in Lake County (a bass fisherman’s dream and the largest freshwater lake sitting completely within our state’s borders). You might even explore those 800 miles of coastline that serve as a launch pad to the ocean and saltwater fishing. But you don’t have to pack a bag and gas up the SUV to find fish or spend the next paycheck on gear. The Central Valley’s vast backyard is home to plenty of spots where the fish are biting when tempted — either on the water or from the shore. As a bonus, California’s reservoir-filling rainfall and snowmelt means that most fish are less stressed since they’ve had more room to swim and more to eat this season. So the fall fishing could be pretty good in nearby regional spots like Millerton Lake, Pine

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AScott Parsons, a member of the Fresno Bass Club, fishes in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.

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Flat, Hensley Lake, Lake Kaweah and more, according to Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis. This family-owned business provides all the fishing essentials as well as advice on what to use and where to start. The change in weather translates into fewer people and less noise at most spots, Newman says. In addition, the fish are likely to be more relaxed since they’ve enjoyed higher water levels this year that helped improve the food chain. “A lot of these fish have never been in a lake so big,” he says. Bass (spotted, largemouth, etc.) and trout are typical residents of many local waters along with catfish, carp, crappie and others. Some lakes — Hensley, for example — are stocked with rainbow trout in the winter months. In addition, Hensley has “a thriving population of bass” as well as other fish, according to acting senior

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DFresno Bass Club member Ron Red fishes at Millerton Lake where bass and trout are typical. Local waters also can include crappie, catfish and carp.

ranger Ken Myers. You need a state license to fish (less than $50) and there are local rules and regulations about the size and number of catches that can be kept. And if you’re new to the sport, you might look for advice from experts about gear and destinations. “We can help point people in the right direction,” Newman says. For example, he knew there were times earlier this year that you had to get to Pine Flat by 5:30 or 6 a.m. — otherwise, all the parking was taken. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife website (www.wildlife.ca.gov) is another valuable resource that offers licensing information and a mapbased fishing guide. Locally, you’ll find plenty of like-minded folks and

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AScott Parsons fishes for bass.

Our Valley is hooked on the rod and reel

By: Cyndee Fontana-Ott | PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Wojdylak

ith countless places to drop a line and an assortment of warm and coolweather prospects, California just might be a fishing paradise. This is a year-round pursuit both locally and around our Golden State. With so many anglers looking to land the next big bite, sales of resident sport fishing licenses hover around 1 million annually, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife statistics. So you could head out to hot spots like the Delta (seemingly endless miles of waterways fanning out from the north) or Clear Lake in Lake County (a bass fisherman’s dream and the largest freshwater lake sitting completely within our state’s borders). You might even explore those 800 miles of coastline that serve as a launch pad to the ocean and saltwater fishing. But you don’t have to pack a bag and gas up the SUV to find fish or spend the next paycheck on gear. The Central Valley’s vast backyard is home to plenty of spots where the fish are biting when tempted — either on the water or from the shore. As a bonus, California’s reservoir-filling rainfall and snowmelt means that most fish are less stressed since they’ve had more room to swim and more to eat this season. So the fall fishing could be pretty good in nearby regional spots like Millerton Lake, Pine

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AScott Parsons, a member of the Fresno Bass Club, fishes in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.

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Flat, Hensley Lake, Lake Kaweah and more, according to Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis. This family-owned business provides all the fishing essentials as well as advice on what to use and where to start. The change in weather translates into fewer people and less noise at most spots, Newman says. In addition, the fish are likely to be more relaxed since they’ve enjoyed higher water levels this year that helped improve the food chain. “A lot of these fish have never been in a lake so big,” he says. Bass (spotted, largemouth, etc.) and trout are typical residents of many local waters along with catfish, carp, crappie and others. Some lakes — Hensley, for example — are stocked with rainbow trout in the winter months. In addition, Hensley has “a thriving population of bass” as well as other fish, according to acting senior

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DFresno Bass Club member Ron Red fishes at Millerton Lake where bass and trout are typical. Local waters also can include crappie, catfish and carp.

ranger Ken Myers. You need a state license to fish (less than $50) and there are local rules and regulations about the size and number of catches that can be kept. And if you’re new to the sport, you might look for advice from experts about gear and destinations. “We can help point people in the right direction,” Newman says. For example, he knew there were times earlier this year that you had to get to Pine Flat by 5:30 or 6 a.m. — otherwise, all the parking was taken. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife website (www.wildlife.ca.gov) is another valuable resource that offers licensing information and a mapbased fishing guide. Locally, you’ll find plenty of like-minded folks and

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AThe Fresno Bass Club is the oldest fishing group in the area, with membership around 65.

avid fishermen banded together in clubs. The Fresno Bass Club, for example, counts about 65 members and is the oldest such organization in the area. The group still has one charter member who joined when the organization was formed in 1975; the membership now ranges from young adult to age 80. Annually, the club sets up a calendar of monthly tournaments — including the December Tournament of Champions — and its members also perform habitat, service and other volunteer work. In tournaments, fishing partners are determined by drawing names out of a coffee can. Despite the low-key start, the competitions can be pretty serious. The club fishes both locally and outside the area — at McClure, Pine Flat and Don Pedro, for example — and some members will test the waters a few days early to determine the best bait and tactics. Many members have been involved with the club — and fishing — for decades. The most common thread is that they learned to fish from their dads. Club member Ron Red, retired from Pacific Gas & Electric, says he’s been fishing “since I was old enough to walk.” He’s seriously competitive, saying “when I take that boat out, 99.9 percent of the time I’m prepar-

ing for a tournament.” Gary Jue, the president of an area fig co-op and club secretary, has been fishing since he was 7. He says the sport takes patience — and drew a parallel between fishing and golf. You need the right gear (poles, lines and lures rather than clubs) and always can benefit from learning the conditions. Just like a golf course, “every body of water fishes differently,” he says. But there may not be that payoff in the end. You might fish for hours without getting a nibble — and

that can be depressing. So “it takes a little bit of a certain character to do this,” Jue says. He believes “70 to 80 percent of (fishing) is luck and the balance is skill.” Morgan Swisher, the club’s webmaster, also began fishing as a boy. He loves the sport and the quiet of being out on the water at sunrise, when “everything is coming to life.” Adds Red: “The fishing is the star of the show, but there are so many other things that you see.” Like other club members, Swisher regularly fishes

both in the region and beyond. Among his favorite non-local fishing spots are the Delta and Clear Lake. “The Delta has so many varieties of fish and lots of healthy bass,” he says. “It’s a challenge to figure out the tides and how (they) affect the fish.” Clear Lake has many docks — a great habitat for bass — and also is home to “huge healthy fish,” he says. Swisher says bass can be wily and difficult to figure out. That challenge is part of the appeal of the sport. “It’s that trick of trying to fool that fish into biting,” he says. CV

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AThe Fresno Bass Club is the oldest fishing group in the area, with membership around 65.

avid fishermen banded together in clubs. The Fresno Bass Club, for example, counts about 65 members and is the oldest such organization in the area. The group still has one charter member who joined when the organization was formed in 1975; the membership now ranges from young adult to age 80. Annually, the club sets up a calendar of monthly tournaments — including the December Tournament of Champions — and its members also perform habitat, service and other volunteer work. In tournaments, fishing partners are determined by drawing names out of a coffee can. Despite the low-key start, the competitions can be pretty serious. The club fishes both locally and outside the area — at McClure, Pine Flat and Don Pedro, for example — and some members will test the waters a few days early to determine the best bait and tactics. Many members have been involved with the club — and fishing — for decades. The most common thread is that they learned to fish from their dads. Club member Ron Red, retired from Pacific Gas & Electric, says he’s been fishing “since I was old enough to walk.” He’s seriously competitive, saying “when I take that boat out, 99.9 percent of the time I’m prepar-

ing for a tournament.” Gary Jue, the president of an area fig co-op and club secretary, has been fishing since he was 7. He says the sport takes patience — and drew a parallel between fishing and golf. You need the right gear (poles, lines and lures rather than clubs) and always can benefit from learning the conditions. Just like a golf course, “every body of water fishes differently,” he says. But there may not be that payoff in the end. You might fish for hours without getting a nibble — and

that can be depressing. So “it takes a little bit of a certain character to do this,” Jue says. He believes “70 to 80 percent of (fishing) is luck and the balance is skill.” Morgan Swisher, the club’s webmaster, also began fishing as a boy. He loves the sport and the quiet of being out on the water at sunrise, when “everything is coming to life.” Adds Red: “The fishing is the star of the show, but there are so many other things that you see.” Like other club members, Swisher regularly fishes

both in the region and beyond. Among his favorite non-local fishing spots are the Delta and Clear Lake. “The Delta has so many varieties of fish and lots of healthy bass,” he says. “It’s a challenge to figure out the tides and how (they) affect the fish.” Clear Lake has many docks — a great habitat for bass — and also is home to “huge healthy fish,” he says. Swisher says bass can be wily and difficult to figure out. That challenge is part of the appeal of the sport. “It’s that trick of trying to fool that fish into biting,” he says. CV

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Fall into f lavor Local eateries serve pumpkin, spice and everything nice

FTrelio is serving a butternut-chestnut risotto for the fall.

BY: Cyndee Fontana-Ott | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

he change of seasons fills our heads with thoughts of filling our bellies with autumn flavors. This last echo of summertime brings the bounty of pumpkin, pears, squash, pomegranates, apples and other seasonal stalwarts that appear on our dining tables like early holiday presents. Fortunately, many of our Central Valley restaurants and chefs embrace the season as much as we do. You’ll find plenty of fall offerings — both tried and new — at some of your favorite local culinary haunts. Where to start? At Trelio in Old Town Clovis, cooking seasonally is as much an art form as it is a way of life. Chef Chris Shackelford doesn’t cook any other way — which explains the fast-moving and ever-changing menu at this legendary upscale restaurant on Clovis Avenue. “If it’s grown here in season, we use it,” Shackelford says. He always starts with good quality raw ingredients and then works from there.

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AThe popular pumpkin pie tamales are back at Casa de Tamales.

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So for fall, expect to see dishes that might feature pears, apples, chestnuts, winter squash and sweet potatoes, for example. You may not see something you’ve ordered in the past. “I don’t look back on the menu items I’ve done before,” Shackelford says. “We go day-to-day.” If something isn’t available, or the quality isn’t topnotch, then “we don’t force it.” That being said, Shackelford is currently developing ideas and dishes based on some familiar flavors and pairings. He will work with pumpkin, for example, but will lean toward the savory side with something like a pumpkin bisque that features sage and roasted garlic. You may see an apple cinnamon bread pudding, and he has already put together recipes for pork loin over sweet potato hash with an apple cider gastrique as well as a chestnut and roasted butternut squash risotto. You will see these fall dishes in the newly redecorated restaurant that features locally sourced Ponderosa pine tables and banquette seating covered with Italian leather hides. Please see next page Central Valley Magazine | NOVEMBER 2017 51


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FTrelio is serving a butternut-chestnut risotto for the fall.

BY: Cyndee Fontana-Ott | PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Kazanjian

he change of seasons fills our heads with thoughts of filling our bellies with autumn flavors. This last echo of summertime brings the bounty of pumpkin, pears, squash, pomegranates, apples and other seasonal stalwarts that appear on our dining tables like early holiday presents. Fortunately, many of our Central Valley restaurants and chefs embrace the season as much as we do. You’ll find plenty of fall offerings — both tried and new — at some of your favorite local culinary haunts. Where to start? At Trelio in Old Town Clovis, cooking seasonally is as much an art form as it is a way of life. Chef Chris Shackelford doesn’t cook any other way — which explains the fast-moving and ever-changing menu at this legendary upscale restaurant on Clovis Avenue. “If it’s grown here in season, we use it,” Shackelford says. He always starts with good quality raw ingredients and then works from there.

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AThe popular pumpkin pie tamales are back at Casa de Tamales.

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So for fall, expect to see dishes that might feature pears, apples, chestnuts, winter squash and sweet potatoes, for example. You may not see something you’ve ordered in the past. “I don’t look back on the menu items I’ve done before,” Shackelford says. “We go day-to-day.” If something isn’t available, or the quality isn’t topnotch, then “we don’t force it.” That being said, Shackelford is currently developing ideas and dishes based on some familiar flavors and pairings. He will work with pumpkin, for example, but will lean toward the savory side with something like a pumpkin bisque that features sage and roasted garlic. You may see an apple cinnamon bread pudding, and he has already put together recipes for pork loin over sweet potato hash with an apple cider gastrique as well as a chestnut and roasted butternut squash risotto. You will see these fall dishes in the newly redecorated restaurant that features locally sourced Ponderosa pine tables and banquette seating covered with Italian leather hides. Please see next page Central Valley Magazine | NOVEMBER 2017 51


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ATrelio is serving the roasted pork loin over pork belly, sweet potato hash with dijon-apple cider. The result is a fall-inspired taste treat.

continued ... If your taste buds are married to one specific fall classic, look no further than the pumpkin pie tamales at Casa de Tamales on Olive Avenue in the Tower District. The restaurant is known for delightful tamales that marry old-world traditions with the modern style of owner Liz Sanchez. The traditional menu features such classics as creamy chicken poblano tamales and savory sweet corn tamales along with an array of vegan and/or vegetarian options. But for the fall, Sanchez answers the call of her

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customers by adding the pumpkin pie tamales to the menu. The sweet tamales have been a special for the past few years — running roughly in October and November — and they’re “the most popular item for any season,” she says. Customers can’t seem to get enough of the familiar pumpkin pie flavors dressed in a tamale. In addition, Sanchez says she will add in a few other items for the season like the cinnamon raisin tamale (debuting after Thanksgiving). Please see next page

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SMabel's Kitchen will feature a pumpkin cranberry cinnamon roll bread this fall season.

DBella Pasta is serving pumpkin-filled ravioli, which is served in a white cream sauce with roasted hazelnuts.

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AA fall specialty of Farm Fresh Bowls in Fresno and Visalia is a winter kale, lentil and meatball soup with gnocchi and fromage blanc.

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“We try to change it up a bit for the seasons,” she says. Another spot to satisfy your pumpkin craving is Mabel’s Kitchen in downtown Fresno (700 Van Ness Ave.). Owner Susan Valiant named the restaurant for her grandmother who taught her to cook and bake. The breakfast and lunch spot offers handcrafted sandwiches on house-made bread along with soups, salads and sweets. For the fall, the avid baker adds pumpkin cranberry cinnamon roll bread to the menu. The bread has the familiar spice of pumpkin along with the swirly flair of a cinnamon roll. “Everyone loves pumpkin,” says Valiant, who

also will add the flavors of eggnog, ginger and citrus — in various forms — to her fall/winter menu. She says the pumpkin cranberry cinnamon roll bread makes an excellent French toast but can complement other dishes. Valiant says she embraces the flavors of the season, adding, “I love following the holidays.” A different kind of pumpkin fix is available at Bella Pasta, located at Palm and Herndon avenues in Fresno. The good folks at the Italian mainstay always prepare a pumpkin ravioli for the fall — and customers can’t seem to get enough of it, says Fabian Rodriguez, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Carmela.

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The pumpkin ravioli — prepared in a white cream sauce with crushed hazelnuts — has been a fall fixture on the menu for about 20 years, he says. Guests can share the ravioli as an appetizer or order it alone with an entrée. “It’s the most popular dish on the menu,” Rodriguez says. “People expect us to do it and it always goes over big.” Bella Pasta may offer some other seasonal dishes — featuring squash, for example — but the pumpkin ravioli “basically, is going to be the one,” he says. Finally, the culinary cousins behind Farm Fresh Bowls also are prepping some seasonal items for the menu. The two locations — The Square at Campus Pointe in Fresno; along Cypress Avenue in Visalia — carry the slogan “a healthy drive-thru.”

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The menus feature vegan and vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free items. Co-owner Kristen De Groot (with cousin Jacque Baxley) says the restaurants rely on topquality ingredients that are locally sourced. For the fall (through January), Farm Fresh Bowls is bringing back a hearty winter kale, lentil and meatball soup. “It’s a really fun soup,” De Groot says. Apparently, it’s also quite memorable. “There are several customers who email us every year and ask if we are bringing it back, and we are this year,” she says. The two locations feature much the same menu; you can count on other seasonal flavors popping up at the two restaurants. De Groot already has plans to top açaí bowls with pomegranate seeds and will find homes for other fall fruits like apples and Asian pears. CV

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SMabel's Kitchen will feature a pumpkin cranberry cinnamon roll bread this fall season.

DBella Pasta is serving pumpkin-filled ravioli, which is served in a white cream sauce with roasted hazelnuts.

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AA fall specialty of Farm Fresh Bowls in Fresno and Visalia is a winter kale, lentil and meatball soup with gnocchi and fromage blanc.

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“We try to change it up a bit for the seasons,” she says. Another spot to satisfy your pumpkin craving is Mabel’s Kitchen in downtown Fresno (700 Van Ness Ave.). Owner Susan Valiant named the restaurant for her grandmother who taught her to cook and bake. The breakfast and lunch spot offers handcrafted sandwiches on house-made bread along with soups, salads and sweets. For the fall, the avid baker adds pumpkin cranberry cinnamon roll bread to the menu. The bread has the familiar spice of pumpkin along with the swirly flair of a cinnamon roll. “Everyone loves pumpkin,” says Valiant, who

also will add the flavors of eggnog, ginger and citrus — in various forms — to her fall/winter menu. She says the pumpkin cranberry cinnamon roll bread makes an excellent French toast but can complement other dishes. Valiant says she embraces the flavors of the season, adding, “I love following the holidays.” A different kind of pumpkin fix is available at Bella Pasta, located at Palm and Herndon avenues in Fresno. The good folks at the Italian mainstay always prepare a pumpkin ravioli for the fall — and customers can’t seem to get enough of it, says Fabian Rodriguez, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Carmela.

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The pumpkin ravioli — prepared in a white cream sauce with crushed hazelnuts — has been a fall fixture on the menu for about 20 years, he says. Guests can share the ravioli as an appetizer or order it alone with an entrée. “It’s the most popular dish on the menu,” Rodriguez says. “People expect us to do it and it always goes over big.” Bella Pasta may offer some other seasonal dishes — featuring squash, for example — but the pumpkin ravioli “basically, is going to be the one,” he says. Finally, the culinary cousins behind Farm Fresh Bowls also are prepping some seasonal items for the menu. The two locations — The Square at Campus Pointe in Fresno; along Cypress Avenue in Visalia — carry the slogan “a healthy drive-thru.”

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The menus feature vegan and vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free items. Co-owner Kristen De Groot (with cousin Jacque Baxley) says the restaurants rely on topquality ingredients that are locally sourced. For the fall (through January), Farm Fresh Bowls is bringing back a hearty winter kale, lentil and meatball soup. “It’s a really fun soup,” De Groot says. Apparently, it’s also quite memorable. “There are several customers who email us every year and ask if we are bringing it back, and we are this year,” she says. The two locations feature much the same menu; you can count on other seasonal flavors popping up at the two restaurants. De Groot already has plans to top açaí bowls with pomegranate seeds and will find homes for other fall fruits like apples and Asian pears. CV

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For three days, Aug. 25 through Aug. 27, locals and visitors gathered at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church for California’s premier Greek festival. It featured live entertainment, vendors selling trinkets, kegs of beer and traditional dishes like dolmades and Greek fries.

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The grand opening of Parabolic

On Sept. 9, the newest art gallery opened in the Tower District. Parabolic showcases a mix of modern and vintage designs, with an emphasis on investment-quality mid-century modernist furniture and decorative arts, created by local artists.

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1 Heather Garvey 2 Alice Nelli and Annie Fritz 3 Debra Parola and Joel Gurss 4 Al Harpham, Karen Clark, Ben Ramirez and Liz SteinhauerClark 5 James Bonafe and Gary Edde 6 Michael Frank 7 Ray Bollinger and Tony Fernandez PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Drake

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OutAndAbout

Safari Night On Sept. 22, the first day of autumn was celebrated with tigers, elephants and sea lions during Safari Night. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo hosted guests for delicious culinary creations, cocktails and dessert, live music by Lucky Devils Band and a silent auction.

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1 Jeff Jackson and Heidi Hagopian 2 Cody Bunch and Jordan King 3 Tory and Karen Sherman and Lisa and Michael Espinosa 4 Colin and Jenna Scholl 5 Jean Chaffee and Ethel 6 Mia Garcia and Shane Atkins 7 Michael and Dawn Wells PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Drake

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Rods on the Bluff

Where can you find more than 30 vendors, 500 pre-1972 hot rods and a picturesque venue that offers a cool breeze on a triple-digit day? Rods on the Bluff, of course! Hosted by the Hot Rod Coalition, the event was held on the first Friday of April, May, September and October at Palm and Nees avenues in the Park Place Shopping Center.

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1 Ken and Pam Roach with a 1929 Ford roadster 2 Kathy Hernandez and Ramona Loyd 3 Pam and Craig Dahlman with a 1932 Ford Roadster 4 Julio Hernandez 5 Ron Beckham and Tom Fegette 6 Jaquie and John Bacorn with a 1959 Chevy pickup 7 Ray Krause, Brad Marsoobian and John McCabe with The Garage Auto Repair PHOTOGRAPHY: Wayne Hutchison

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