News and notes from ‘Around the Valley’

‘Community Cat’ program begins

Valley Animal Center will offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries and free rabies vaccinations for all outdoor or feral cats in Fresno. When calling to make an appointment mention the “Community Cat” campaign. Details: (559) 233-8706,

Volunteers sought for bird count

The Fresno State Reconciliation Ecology Lab is seeking volunteers for the Fresno Bird Count April 15-May 15 at the campus. Volunteers are needed only one day for approximately two hours. The count will map the abundance of bird species within the city of Fresno. Details:,

Cat vaccine clinic set for Saturday

The Cat House on the Kings will conduct a vaccine clinic 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4 at Lemoore City Park, Bush and Fox streets. Free and low-cost spay/neuter services, vaccines, microchips, and deworming will all be available. Details: (559) 852-2532.

CMAC to award video equipment

The Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) will award three local high schools with digital video equipment worth $75,000 through the Media Access Project (MAP). Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 17 and are available at 1555 Van Ness Ave. or Details: (559) 266-2622,

Car wash collects 700 books

Great American Car Wash collected over 700 books during the Read Across America book drive and will split the donations between the Fresno veterans hospital and a local elementary school.

Women’s caucus to meet April 7

The National Women’s Political Caucus will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 7 at Toledo’s Mexican Restaurant, 367 E. Shaw Ave. Aileen Rizzo will speak on “The Pay Gap is Not Fictitious.” Cost for dinner is $17. Details: (559) 252-4959.

Spring Social set for April 10

The National Women’s Political Caucus will hold its Downtown Spring Social 5:30-8 p.m. April 10 at 1821 Gallery, 1821 Calaveras St. Wine and appetizers will be served. Tickets cost $10. Details: (559) 227-6541.