▪ Congratulations: Music professor Mike Dana of Fresno City College is up for a 2016 special Grammy award for the nation’s top music educator. Dana is one of 25 national semifinalists for the award, which recognizes kindergarten through college educators who have made “a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.” More than 4,500 initial nominations were received. Ten finalists will be announced in December. If Dana is the ultimate winner, he’ll be honored during next year’s Grammy telecast.
▪ Family-friendly: The Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly the Fresno Regional Foundation) is sponsoring “Arts at the Fairgrounds” 2:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Madera District Fairgrounds. The free event includes folklorico performances by the Kings Cultural Center, an interactive contemporary art exhibit by the Center for Lao Studies and interactive mobile mural painting by Creative Fresno. The first 200 people to arrive will receive a free meal from Casa de Tamales. Details: www.fresnoregfoundation.org, 559-226-5600.
▪ Intimate setting: Fresno Grand Opera kicks off its recital series on Thursday, Nov. 12, featuring two singers well known to area theater fans: Terry Lewis and Sara Price. Their 7:30 p.m. concert at Mia Cuppa Cafe, 620 E. Olive Ave., will feature jazz standards, Broadway favorites and classical repertoire. Details: www.fresnograndopera.org, 559-442-5699.
▪ Win tickets: Fresnobeehive.com is giving away four tickets to “Flamenco Fire!” featuring the world-renowned Compañia Flamenca José Porcel. The concert, sponsored by the Lively Arts Foundation, is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Saroyan Theatre. Porcel’s company, based in Madrid, last performed in Fresno in 2005. Tickets for the show are $35.25 to $59.25. For the ticket giveaway, enter by leaving a comment on the Beehive post. Deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.