THE CURRENT
March 2020
It's Not Too Late! Make your Kickoff Reservations Today
The 28th Annual Parties for the Parkway Kickoff Event is this Thursday, March 12, 5:30 pm, at Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

It's not too late to get Kickoff Party tickets. Online and phone reservations will be available until 10:00 am on March 12.

The Kickoff Party is your first opportunity to make reservations for the fabulous selection of 2020 Parties for the Parkway. You'll enjoy tastings from local wineries and breweries, and delicious appetizers and desserts from local restaurants and caterers. Explore the 2020 Parties Art Exhibit and fun selection of silent auction items, then make your bids. Live music will round out the evening.

Click here to view the 2020 Parties Book on our website.
Click here to view the 2020 Parties Art Exhibit.

We hope to see you at the Kickoff.

If you have any questions about the 2020 season of Parties for the Parkway please contact Development Associate Bryna De Fede at bdefede@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 216.
New River Center Ranch House Art Exhibit
The Paintings of Margaret Hudson
March 7 through April 26, 2020
Join family and friends of Margaret Hudson for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery on Saturday, March 14 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Fresno born sculptor, painter, and poet Margaret Hudson (1927-2020) became widely known for her clay sculptures of playful animals and joyful children in the 1970s. Hudson discovered her signature subject as a painter, flowers, after a trip to Europe. She portrayed the sacred spaces she found inside her large vibrant paintings of tulips, roses, and camellias.

The River Parkway Trust is honored to host this incredible exhibition of Margaret Hudson's large flower paintings and sculptures.

The exhibit will be on display in the River Center Ranch House through April 26, 2020. You can view the exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

A selection of Hudson's sculptures are available for purchase in the River Store at the River Center on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Click here to read the recent press release about the exhibit.

For more information about art exhibits at the River Center click here or contact Katie Kincaid at kkincaid@riverparkway.org or 559-248-8480 ext. 157.
7th Annual Fishing Derby at Sycamore Island
Saturday, March 28, 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Cast your line at the 7th Annual Sycamore Island Fishing Derby!

This event is FREE to enter, but regular day use fees apply ($9 per vehicle). There will be adult and youth (15 and under) divisions for longest bass and longest trout. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place in each division. All participants will have a chance to win the grand prize, a California Lifetime Fishing License that will be raffled off at the event.

Preregister online by clicking the register now button or visit www.riverparkway.org. Day-of registration will also be available.

Derby Schedule
6:00 am - Gates open, derby check-in, and onsite registration
7:00 am to 11:00 am - Derby
12:00 pm - Awards ceremony

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Jake Salimbene at jsalimbene@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 152.
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River Camp Registration is Available Now
Is your child ready to have the best week ever? For more than 20 years, the River Parkway Trust has offered an exciting, fun, and safe experience for the Valley's children at River Camp in Fresno.

Registration for all River Camp programs is now available.

River Parkway Trust members receive a discount on camp registration fees. If you have not received the discount codes, please contact Sarah Parkes at sparkes@riverparkway.org, or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107. If you aren't a member, joining is easy. Click here to become a member online today.

We are thrilled to offer a few new things at River Camp this year, including:

  • River Camp at Owl Hollow, a leadership and science based camp for 6th-8th grade campers.
  • Early drop-off for River Camp Scout Island. A limited number of early drop-off spaces are available each week for a fee of $15/camper/week; early drop-off must be chosen as an option during online registration and is first-come-first-serve.
  • Extra purchase options. Through May 1st, registrants will have the option to purchase an additional River Camp t-shirt for $9, and/or a limited edition River Camp baseball cap in colors complementing this year's t-shirt for $15. 

For more information about River Camp 2020 please click here now.
Respite by the River: Margarita Engle, with Music by Los Peripherals Featuring Mikal Sandoval and EZ Marc Poschman
Thursday, April 9, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for the first Respite by the River event in the 2020 season. Bring your picnic dinner and chair, and relax while you enjoy live dinner music. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass.

This Respite event will be held in the River Center Barn.

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California. 

Los Peripherals is a duet featuring Mikal Sandoval and EZ Marc Poschman, playing Mexican and Mexican American fiddle tunes and songs. The duet will also play at Party 28: Harvest Home, A Festival of Traditional Americana Music.

For more information about Respite by the River click here or contact Bryna De Fede at bdefede@riverparkway.org or 559-248-8480 ext. 216.
Registration for the 2020 Season of River Tours is Available now
The River Parkway Trust offers guided public downriver canoe and kayak tours from May through mid-September. Paddling the San Joaquin is a great way to relax and escape the summer heat. Public tours are offered Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Participants should be reasonably physically fit and prepared to get wet. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old. Canoes are two-person boats, sit-on-top kayaks are single-person boats. Special group tours can be scheduled for groups of 10-12 (kayaks) or 10-14 (canoes). Reservations are required for all tours.

All tours include necessary equipment and instruction from our trained guides.

Click here to visit our River Tours webpage for more information, including available dates and registration links. If you have any questions please contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene at mschnur-salimbene@riverparkway.org or by phone at 559-248-8480 ext. 104.
Your Membership Matters
Are you a River Parkway Trust member? We rely on people just like you to help create and protect the San Joaquin River Parkway. As a member, your annual gift will support projects to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands and provide programs to connect people to the river and land.

And you will receive a variety of benefits throughout the year including program discounts and invitations to special members events like the upcoming Members' Only Walk on March 20.

It's easy to join. Click on the button to donate securely online. Click here for more information about the River Parkway Trust's membership program.