Atomic bombing film screening
Local peace organizations will hold a film screening about the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Ave. in Clovis. “Hibakusha” is the Japanese word for surviving victims of the 1945 bombings. The film is seen through the eyes of two children, one Japanese and one American.
Blessing of the Grapes
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church’s Men’s Society will hold the 104th annual Grape Blessing and Festival at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at California Armenian Home, 6720 E. Kings Canyon Road. The festival will follow the blessing and includes food, dancing and music by Richard Hagopian and his band. Celebration of the Divine Liturgy will begin at 10 a.m.
The Kare for Kidney race will be held Aug. 19 at Woodward Park’s Mountain View Shelter, 7775 N. Friant Road. A children’s run begins at 7:45 a.m. and a two-mile walk, 5K and 10K run will begin at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 until Aug. 10 and will be $35 after. Kids races are $15.
School supply drive
Realty Concepts is holding a school supply drive now through Aug. 9. Clothing and school supplies will be donated to Pinedale Elementary in Clovis Unified School District, George Washington Elementary School and Eastin-Arcola Elementary School, both in Madera Unified School District. The company will also match any monetary donation up to $500. Donations can be dropped off at the Fresno location, 575 E. Alluvial Ave., Suite 101 or the Oakhurst location, 40050 Highway 49.
Dinner and fundraiser
Choice Books of West Coast will hold a dinner and fundraiser Sept. 21 at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave., Fresno. The featured speaker is Dr. Mike Bechtle, a communication and relationship expert who will share tips on getting along with difficult people while remaining in control. Reservations are required by Sept. 12.
Borba family honored
Four members of the Borba family were honored at the Ag One Community Salute, an event that raised $850,000 for student and program support for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. Proceeds from the July 14 event at the Fresno Convention Center came from sponsors and ticket sales toward the Ag One – Ross Borba Sr. Family endowment.
Health committee members sought
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is accepting applications for three new advisory committees designed to generate ideas about how to better serve community health needs. Committees will be formed around three key issues: community relations, healthcare for today and tomorrow and the hospital of the future. Selected committee members will be required to attend monthly committee meetings and applications must be received by Aug. 31.
Cat sanctuary receives grant
The Cat House on the Kings received a grant award of $75,000 from The Petco Foundation to help support lifesaving efforts in the community. The animal sanctuary works to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes.
Army veteran receives award
Retired Army 1st Sgt. John Schuler has been chosen as the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s National Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for 2017. He was nominated by the Fresno-Yosemite Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution. He has dedicated his time to helping homeless veterans since his retirement in 1995.
Around the Valley is compiled by Candice Torres and lists events, meetings and announcements for local nonprofit agencies and community groups, including class reunions and donation announcements. Submit information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit event information at www.fresnobee.com/calendars. If you need assistance, call 559-441-6356.