The Current
May 2022

Save the Date: May PRAC Meeting

Stay up to date on Measure P spending plans by attending the next Parks, Recreation, and Arts Commission meeting on May 16, at 5:30 pm. PRAC meetings are held in person at Fresno City Hall or via Zoom.
May Living River Speaker Series:
Ecosystem Water with John Shelton
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 6:00 PM
Tickets: $10
Rivers are dynamic systems, with variations in quantity and timing of flows that play a critical role in sustaining native biodiversity and creating a balanced ecosystem. Human alterations to these flows change the naturally established patterns that native species have adapted to, altering habitat dynamics and disrupting ecological equilibrium. In addition, since ecological systems and social systems are entangled, we need to consider rivers as social-ecological systems. In this presentation we’ll explore the impacts of altered flow regimes on aquatic and riparian species, what it means to find a balance between human use and natural flows, and how it all relates to restoration efforts along the San Joaquin River.

John Shelton is the Executive Officer for the San Joaquin River Conservancy. Prior to joining the Conservancy, John served as a Senior Environmental Scientist for the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he specialized in water and salmonid issues and ecosystem restoration. John’s career has also included work with the Department of Water Resources, Cal-Fed, and as staff to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Delta Vision.

On-site food truck: Wing Your Bell
May Weekend Programs
River Buddies Weekend Explorers Progam (Pre-K - K)
  • Saturday, May 21, 1 pm - 3 pm
Family Scavenger Hunt (All Ages)
  • Saturday, May 28, 1 pm
May Respite by the River:
Reading by Diana Marcum, Music by Benjamin Boone Quartet
Thursday, May 12, 2022
The evening schedule is as follows: 

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music by Benjamin Boone Quartet, bring your dinner, lawn chair, or blanket 

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by Diana Marcum with book sales and signing to follow
Blueberry U-Pick Season
May 15 - June 15
Friday – Monday, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Bring your friends and family to pick conventionally grown blueberries during the 2022 season from May 15th – June 15th at Sumner Peck Ranch. With no advance registration required, you can fill your buckets to the brim, for just $3 per pound.