Local briefs: Children's author to speak at Fresno State

The Fresno BeeOctober 30, 2013 

Elisa Kleven, an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, will speak Friday at Fresno State's Henry Madden Library.

Kleven will speak during the Arne Nixon Center Advocates' annual meeting at 7 p.m. Arne Nixon Center Advocates is a department of the Henry Madden Library that supports the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature.

Kleven has written and/or illustrated more than 30 children's picture books, including "The Paper Princess" series, "The Lion and the Little Red Bird" and "Hooray, a Pinata!"

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. Kleven's books will be for sale, and she will be available for autographs after the presentation. Unrestricted parking is available in lots D and E near the library.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jami Sanford at jsanford@csufresno.edu or (559) 278-8116.

CHP, Clovis Unified back safety effort

The California Highway Patrol and the Clovis Unified School District administration are partnering Tuesday for Walk to School Day.

The event will begin at 7 a.m. and include more than 1,000 students from Clovis East High, Reyburn Intermediate, Oraze Elementary and Reagan Elementary schools. Parents, teachers, CHP officers and the CHP mascot, Chipper, will walk or ride bicycles to school along with students. CHP officers will be on hand to monitor crosswalks.

The goal is to heighten pedestrian and bicycle safety through education. The CHP received a grant for the project from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to educate and enforce pedestrian and bicycle safety.

For more information about Walk to School Day, contact CHP officer David Singer at (559) 277-7250.

Health

AMOR to hold fall fundraising dinner

American Medical Overseas Relief will hold its fall fundraising dinner and auction from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

The dinner includes live and silent auctions, prizes and a chance for attendees to sponsor medical services and equipment at Afshar Hospital in Afghanistan.

Tickets are $30 each; children under age 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.amorelief.org, by phone at (559) 440-8330, or at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.

American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health status of the communities it serves.

Also …

Farmworker women's conference set

Farmworker women can learn about education, health and social service topics at the 11th Farmworker Women's Conference Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

The conference will be conducted in Spanish only. Translators will be available for English speakers.

Child care will be provided by the Proteus Inc. Child Care Program and a licensed child care provider. Transportation will be available from specific areas within the county. Registration for farmworker women is free, and both a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference will provide workshops on gang prevention, school attendance, reading programs, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, chronic disease prevention, nutrition and parenting.

For more information and registration, please contact Lali Moheno at (559) 733-4121. The conference is made possible by Lali Moheno & Associates and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency and community partners.

 

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