February 2020

  • March 7
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Hope Garcia Unplugged

    *****DOORS AT 8P // SEATING 8:45P // SHOW 9P*****

    Hope Garcia is coming back to Bitwise South Stadium!
    Join us on Saturday, March 7th, for an unplugged style performance featuring acoustic covers of top hits from the 60s to today. Garcia will perform everything from country to rock, as well as a few original numbers. We’ve heard rumblings of a special guest or two so grab those tickets – you won’t want to miss this evening!

    Garcia developed her musical chops singing in her father’s church. As a teenager, she sang at family events and parties before performing with names such as Stevie Wonder, Jon B, and Carolyn Dennis. Currently, you can find her headlining shows around the region with Central Valley-born band, Mezcal, 90s hip-hop and R&B group, The Box, and the Tulare County Symphony.

    Come early and enjoy food and refreshments for purchase from BreakBread and USBean! Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm. Tickets are $15 grab yours while they last!

  • March 13
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    An Evening with the Liturgist Podcast

    ****DOORS 7P // SEATING 7:45P // SHOW 8P****

    Join The Liturgists and the Fresno community for an evening of conversation at Bitwise South Stadium on Friday, March 13th, at 7pm.

    Best known for their podcast, “The Liturgist Podcast,” hosts Michael Gungor, William Matthews, and Hillary McBride kick down the doors of difficult conversations with empathy, humility, and honesty. It is a genre-bending, chart-topping exploration of the most interesting and pressing topics of our time through the lenses of art, science, and faith. The award-winning program has an audience of millions and is now headed into its sixth season

    This event will be a discussion-style presentation with Gungor and Matthews on subjects that are important and impactful to Fresno specifically.

    The Liturgists are a global community that helps people love more and suffer less by removing the boundaries society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative, art.

    BreakBread will be open for food and alcohol purchases, and USBean will be open for coffee or tea. Tickets are $25 so get them now!

  • March 18
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Downtown Classic Movies // Scarface (1983)

    Free screening of Brian DePalma’s 1983 gangster classic SCARFACE starring Al Pacino.
    Rated R.

    Onsite coffee shop and eatery will be open until 7:30pm for drink and food purchase. Also full bar available for drink purchases.


                                    
  • February 27
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Deal Seekers

    Calling all investors! Deal Seekers is an amazing community of like minded people who are interested in real estate investing at all levels – from beginners who are just learning the ropes to pros who have been at it for over a decade. This group is an opportunity for colleagues to get together and talk about what’s happening in real estate locally, share success stories and learning opportunities, and generally learn more about the industry from others, while making great connections and having fun talking about our favorite subject – real estate investing!

    But that’s just the beginning. This is an environment that fosters deal making and this meetup group is for serious investors. Beginners are more than welcome to join us for discussion, but understand that the primary focus of this group is to find deals, connect to investment partners and seize upon opportunities. Members are encouraged to bring deals to the table for peer review and partnerships.

    Access to hard money and private money may available to members who can present solid deals that investors like. Contractors, wholesalers, lenders, builders, and investors all have roles to play in taking a project from start to finish – and this is where you line up your power team. As partnerships form, you can volunteer for an unassigned role – and as the pieces lock into place, we will have an investment team ready to move forward on real projects.

    Hear lectures from experienced industry leaders as they share their expertise along each step of the process – from forming LLC’s, to analyzing properties , to obtaining hard money financing – you will not only get informed, but learn how to incorporate that into your own investment strategies for real world results. How many times have you left an investment meetup feeling like the information was good – but no real direction on how to implement it? This is a frustration felt by many investors who just want the opportunity to not only learn but to put that knowledge into action. Our weekly meetings will keep the momentum going so that you stay on track and motivated – and to provide plenty of opportunities to network with other investors and get exposure to more deals.

    For the year of 2017, our goal is to continue form a strategic partnerships within the group to increase our purchasing power and use the leverage of crowdfunding to get a project off the ground. To find the project, each week we will analyze a new REAL deal currently available for sale, run the numbers, and talk about the different angles of attack and possible ways to approach it. If you’re a deal seeker – Come join the club!

    Want to get on our buyers list to get access to the latest deals?

    CLICK HERE TO JOIN BUYER LIST (http://dealseekers.org/contact-us/)

  • February 28
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    FS // Advanced Grant Writing (Start)

    The Certificate Award in Advanced Grant Writing & Management is intended for students and professionals who have experience in writing grant proposals and/or have earned a Certificate Award in Grant Writing and Management through the Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State. If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact Dr. Daniel Griffin by email at danielg@csufresno.edu.

    This intensive and practical program is designed for students and professionals who seek to increase their effectiveness in the dynamic and rewarding field of grant proposal writing and management. This program offers the following topics: Governmental Grant Writing, Private Foundation Grant Writing, Funding Sources, Budgets, Allowable Costs, and Evaluations.

    A certificate of completion will be granted to those individuals who attend and complete the two-weekend workshops. The program requires a workbook that is included with your registration fees.

    One optional unit of academic credit is available for this program. Participants must register and complete all three workshops. Please contact Monica Acosta at moacosta@csufresno.edu for information on how to enroll.

    Unit: One
    Course: ERE 180T
    Grading: Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit
    Fee: $75

    Download a detailed brochure and registration form or pay online at the red Register button below.

    Workshop Part A – Governmental Grant Writing
    This will focus on locating and developing strategies for writing medium to large governmental grants. It will also include what should and should not be included in the application section by section including a review of various writing styles.

    TOPICS – GOVERNMENTAL GRANT PROGRAMS

    1. Reviewing Requests for Proposal
    2. Outlining the proposal – Grant worksheets
    3. Strategy for time and effort commitments in writing the proposal
    4. Developing and writing an abstract
    5. Developing a need statement
    6. Preparing measurable quantitative and qualitative objectives
    7. Reviewing a sample proposal

    Workshop Part B – Private Foundation Grant Writing
    This will focus on locating and developing strategies for writing medium to large foundation grant proposals. It will also include what should and should not be included in the application section by section. It will include a review of various writing styles to accomplish being complete within the limited space provided.

    TOPICS – PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS GRANT PROGRAMS

    Reviewing Requests for Proposal
    Strategy for time and effort commitments in writing the proposal
    Developing and writing an abstract
    Developing a need statement
    Preparing measurable quantitative and qualitative objectives
    Preparing a plan of operation statement
    Reviewing a sample proposal
    Workshop Part C – Funding Sources, Budgets, Allowable Costs and Evaluations
    This will focus on determining allowable costs and what should be included in a budget narrative. It will also review how to prepare an effective evaluation including how to incorporate qualitative and quantitative data collection into the evaluation.

    TOPICS – FUNDING SOURCES, BUDGETS, ALLOWABLE COSTS AND EVALUATIONS

    Identifying sources of funding
    Conducting funding searches – governmental and private sources
    Preparing a budget
    Determining allowable activities and costs
    Preparing a budget narrative
    Reviewing evaluation and statistical strategies
    Developing an evaluation statement
    Reviewing a sample proposal
    Dates: 2 Fridays, February 28 & March 13, 2020 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.; 2 Saturdays, February 29 & March 14, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Place: Fresno State Downtown Center

    Class No.: 37480

    Units: Non-credit

    Fee: $375

    Instructor: Daniel J. Griffin, Ed.D.

    Preregistration recommended by February 27, 2020.

  • March 2
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    REI // Hiking Basics

    This is a FREE event.

    Group size: 30 Instructor: REI Specialist

    GO TAKE A HIKE! Join REI staff to learn about the basics of hiking. In this program, REI experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking.Learn about trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, along with local resources and places to go.

  • March 3
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Toastmasters // It starts with us

    Fresno City Toastmasters is a community club that offers its members the opportunity to develop and practice skills and build the confidence needed to maximize public speaking opportunities and leadership skills.

    The self-paced Toastmasters program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment and learn to effectively formulate and express ideas while overcoming nervousness. Our members are amazed at how quickly their communication and leadership skills improve!

  • March 3
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    WordPress Meetup

    Meet other WordPress users from Fresno– from total beginners to seasoned developers. Share stories & tips, see demos, get ideas and just have fun! We meet once a month. Usually, one member shares a presentation, with plenty of time for questions. If you have ideas for the sort of topics you’d like to see covered, send us a message!

  • March 5
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    FS // So, You Think You Can't Paint (Start)

    Develop and/or increase your understanding of methods, processes, and techniques of painting through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on participation. Students will learn to develop and finish paintings for critique in class, with a focus on personal and individual development. This is a fine art based painting class based on historical and modern standards and aspects. It will cover composition, drawing, design, perspective, and color. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

    Dates: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, & April 2, 2020

    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Location: Fresno State Downtown Center, Room 1, Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness at Mono

    Fee: $100. Class No. 37421. Pay online at the red Register button below or download registration form (PDF).

    Registration recommended by February 27, 2020.

    Instructor: Dale Oftedal has a BA in Advertising Design from Art Center of LA, a Master of Fine Art Painting from Fresno State and has produced artwork for movie titles, packaging, TV commercials, CBS-TV New York, and murals in local courts, libraries, and Fresno State’s Student Union. His paintings can be found in private collections in Fresno, Pebble Beach, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris.

  • March 5
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Central California Passport Rotary Club

    Interested in Central California Passport Rotary Club? We meet at 6:30pm every first Thursday of the month at Bitwise Industries! Come by and say hello!

  • March 5
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fresno Drupal User Group

    The Fresno Drupal users group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month to discuss and share knowledge about Drupal and related technologies. Our group is a welcoming, friendly, and knowledgable group spanning the spectrum of experience from hobbyists to hard core engineers. Come by to share and learn more about Drupal and the Drupal community.

    Wanna chat? Join our Slack channel (https://fdugslack.herokuapp.com/)

  • March 7
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    2020 International Women's Day Conference

    Come celebrate International Women’s Day with Women Techmakers Fresno at our 7th annual Conference! Great speakers, maker’s lab, networking and more!

    We have amazing sessions featuring all kinds of speakers; from developers doing codelabs, designers talking about getting into the industry, and entrepreneurs talking about how they started their businesses and how you can do the same!

    If you are passionate about diversity and equity in tech or any field that uses tech (…so everywhere!) this is the event for you. Although we are celebrating International Women’s Day we are open to anyone and everyone.

    This is an awesome place to learn, network, and find out more about the tech community in the Central Valley and beyond.

  • March 7
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Hope Garcia Unplugged

    *****DOORS AT 8P // SEATING 8:45P // SHOW 9P*****

    Hope Garcia is coming back to Bitwise South Stadium!
    Join us on Saturday, March 7th, for an unplugged style performance featuring acoustic covers of top hits from the 60s to today. Garcia will perform everything from country to rock, as well as a few original numbers. We’ve heard rumblings of a special guest or two so grab those tickets – you won’t want to miss this evening!

    Garcia developed her musical chops singing in her father’s church. As a teenager, she sang at family events and parties before performing with names such as Stevie Wonder, Jon B, and Carolyn Dennis. Currently, you can find her headlining shows around the region with Central Valley-born band, Mezcal, 90s hip-hop and R&B group, The Box, and the Tulare County Symphony.

    Come early and enjoy food and refreshments for purchase from BreakBread and USBean! Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm. Tickets are $15 grab yours while they last!

  • March 9
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    FS // Drawing, Mixed Media and Watercolor (start)

    Everyone can draw! In this class, you’ll gain a solid foundation and the tools to create a finished composition incorporating the perspective learned in class. You’ll be introduced to the seven elements of art (line, color, shape, form, value, space, and texture) with an emphasis on one, two and three-point perspective to create visual space on a two-dimensional surface. Please bring a 9 x 12 drawing pad (not newsprint) and a yellow #2 pencil to class. Those with previous drawing experience will be guided through more advanced techniques and introduced to mixed media and/or watercolor. A materials list will be provided after enrollment.

    Dates: Mondays, March 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2020

    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Location: Fresno State Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium, Room 2, 700 Van Ness at Mono

    Fee: $100. Class No. 37540. Pay online at the red Register button below or download the registration form (PDF) here.

    Instructor: Pat Hunter, one of California’s most recognized artists, is best known for her watercolor depictions of historical landmarks. Her commissioned art can be found in numerous corporate and private collections, including more than 25 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the U.S. She has a master’s degree from CSU Los Angeles and a teaching credential. She has served as adjunct faculty for the State Center Community College District for more than 30 years and as artist-in-residence at Yosemite National Park since 1997. She is co-owner of Gallery II in Fresno.

  • March 10
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Toastmasters // Great expectations

    Fresno City Toastmasters is a community club that offers its members the opportunity to develop and practice skills and build the confidence needed to maximize public speaking opportunities and leadership skills.

    The self-paced Toastmasters program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment and learn to effectively formulate and express ideas while overcoming nervousness. Our members are amazed at how quickly their communication and leadership skills improve!

  • March 10
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Online Marketing Meetup

    Our Meetup dates are on every 2nd Taco Tuesday at 6pm. We will meet at Bitwise South Stadium unless other was mentioned on the event. #OMFresno is for anyone interested in Online Marketing. All skills levels are welcome. I started this group to help grow the marketing community in Fresno. We will be hosting monthly events in the Bitwise South Stadium in Downtown Fresno. We cover the following topics (and more, of course!)

    If you are a business owner who wants to improve your website or brush up on your internet marketing knowledge, join our Meetup.

  • March 12
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Deal Seekers

    Calling all investors! Deal Seekers is an amazing community of like minded people who are interested in real estate investing at all levels – from beginners who are just learning the ropes to pros who have been at it for over a decade. This group is an opportunity for colleagues to get together and talk about what’s happening in real estate locally, share success stories and learning opportunities, and generally learn more about the industry from others, while making great connections and having fun talking about our favorite subject – real estate investing!

    But that’s just the beginning. This is an environment that fosters deal making and this meetup group is for serious investors. Beginners are more than welcome to join us for discussion, but understand that the primary focus of this group is to find deals, connect to investment partners and seize upon opportunities. Members are encouraged to bring deals to the table for peer review and partnerships.

    Access to hard money and private money may available to members who can present solid deals that investors like. Contractors, wholesalers, lenders, builders, and investors all have roles to play in taking a project from start to finish – and this is where you line up your power team. As partnerships form, you can volunteer for an unassigned role – and as the pieces lock into place, we will have an investment team ready to move forward on real projects.

    Hear lectures from experienced industry leaders as they share their expertise along each step of the process – from forming LLC’s, to analyzing properties , to obtaining hard money financing – you will not only get informed, but learn how to incorporate that into your own investment strategies for real world results. How many times have you left an investment meetup feeling like the information was good – but no real direction on how to implement it? This is a frustration felt by many investors who just want the opportunity to not only learn but to put that knowledge into action. Our weekly meetings will keep the momentum going so that you stay on track and motivated – and to provide plenty of opportunities to network with other investors and get exposure to more deals.

    For the year of 2017, our goal is to continue form a strategic partnerships within the group to increase our purchasing power and use the leverage of crowdfunding to get a project off the ground. To find the project, each week we will analyze a new REAL deal currently available for sale, run the numbers, and talk about the different angles of attack and possible ways to approach it. If you’re a deal seeker – Come join the club!

    Want to get on our buyers list to get access to the latest deals?

    CLICK HERE TO JOIN BUYER LIST (http://dealseekers.org/contact-us/)

  • March 13
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Learn S.T.E.A.M. Teen Minority Mentorship

    Learn S.T.E.A.M. Mission: Provide mentorship and education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M.) We serve teens and young adults with an emphasis on minorities and girls to equip them with the tools and knowledge so they may have fair opportunities to pursue careers in technology and the digital arts.

    Learn S.T.E.A.M. Vision: We hope to ensure that the next generation of thought leaders are equipped with the necessary skills and hands-on experiences to meet the challenges of a future filled with amazing scientific and advanced technologies. By mentoring and educating teens and young adults in California, we will begin creating the skilled workers to improve the diversity issues in the technology industry. We welcome the entire community.

  • March 13
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    An Evening with the Liturgist Podcast

    ****DOORS 7P // SEATING 7:45P // SHOW 8P****

    Join The Liturgists and the Fresno community for an evening of conversation at Bitwise South Stadium on Friday, March 13th, at 7pm.

    Best known for their podcast, “The Liturgist Podcast,” hosts Michael Gungor, William Matthews, and Hillary McBride kick down the doors of difficult conversations with empathy, humility, and honesty. It is a genre-bending, chart-topping exploration of the most interesting and pressing topics of our time through the lenses of art, science, and faith. The award-winning program has an audience of millions and is now headed into its sixth season

    This event will be a discussion-style presentation with Gungor and Matthews on subjects that are important and impactful to Fresno specifically.

    The Liturgists are a global community that helps people love more and suffer less by removing the boundaries society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative, art.

    BreakBread will be open for food and alcohol purchases, and USBean will be open for coffee or tea. Tickets are $25 so get them now!

  • March 14
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Grand Marshal Ball 2020

    Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival presents
    The Grand Marshal Ball

    “Celebrating 30 years of Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival”

    March 14th 2020

    BITWISE industries
    700 Van Ness Ave. Fresno CA 93721

    $20 donation

    Appetizers will be provided

    Doors open at 5pm
    Cocktail hour from 5p-6p
    Commencement of celebration 6pm

    Limited tickets will be available

    Please dress to impress/this will be a formal event.

    Hear some past experiences from Grand Marshals, guest speakers and some LIVE entertainment. We will also be sharing our events for the next few months and how YOU can help out.

    Please contact Leilani price at 559-273-1601 for more information.

  • March 16
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fresno Real Estate Wholesaling Meetup

    This group is for expert and novice wholesalers alike. We meet up to share deals, experiences, troubles and to keep a pulse on the local real estate market of the boom and bust cycles. Even if you would like to learn how to wholesale your first deal or have 100’s of wholesale deals under your belt you are welcome to join us. With over 5 years of experience and 100’s of deals under our belt between us, our community can help its members take down almost any type of deal.

  • March 17
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Toastmasters // Disney

    Fresno City Toastmasters is a community club that offers its members the opportunity to develop and practice skills and build the confidence needed to maximize public speaking opportunities and leadership skills.

    The self-paced Toastmasters program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment and learn to effectively formulate and express ideas while overcoming nervousness. Our members are amazed at how quickly their communication and leadership skills improve!

  • March 17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    FS // Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop (start)

    Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular photo editing programs utilized for both personal and professional purposes. In this class, students will learn the basics of the program including, but not limited to, becoming familiar with the work area, basic tool functionality, opening images, resizing images, zooming and panning, working with layers, and much more. This two-day instructional course consists of lecture and follow-along application. Students will have the opportunity to take home an optional assignment that will test their skills. By the end of the class, students will have a good understanding of the program’s capabilities and be able to accomplish Photoshop tasks for their personal or professional projects. The instructor is available to students after the class ends to provide guidance and mentorship.

    Students should bring a laptop to class with the Adobe Photoshop software already installed. A seven-day free trial of the software is available on the Adobe website: https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html?promoid=PC1PQQ5T&mv=other (click on Free Trial in the top menu). A limited number of laptops will be available to use in class (students must reserve in advance).

    Related class: Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator.

    Date: Tuesday & Thursday, March 17 & 19, 2020

    Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Location: Downtown Center, Room 1, Bitwise South Stadium, Van Ness at Mono

    Fee: $110. Class No. 37539. Pay online at the red Register button below, or download the registration form (PDF).

    Preregistration recommended by March 10, 2020.

    Instructor: Gabriel Gatchalian earned his BA in graphic design from California State University, Fresno, and is currently the senior graphic designer at Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

  • March 18
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Downtown Classic Movies // Scarface (1983)

    Free screening of Brian DePalma’s 1983 gangster classic SCARFACE starring Al Pacino.
    Rated R.

    Onsite coffee shop and eatery will be open until 7:30pm for drink and food purchase. Also full bar available for drink purchases.

  • March 20
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Inner Ear presents The Beat Down Competitive Poetry Slam

    The Beat Down is a SLAM poetry event (NOT an Open Mic) where the winner after two rounds gets a cash prize. The charge is a $5 dollar admission to watch and $5 to compete against 9 other poets. The five buck entry fee goes toward the prize for the winner and the other five bucks to watch helps my co-host and I cover our overhead and to keep it going.

    THERE WILL BE ELIMINATIONS AFTER THE FIRST ROUND!

    After the first round, only the top scoring 5 of the 10 will move on to the second round. So be prepared to bring only your best works that will rock a crowd!

    That means, have on you at least 3 pieces ready to roll. Two to perform, and one just in case of a tie (where we will then have an extra round to see who gets the best score). Ties do sometimes happen, so make sure you have something…

    IF YOU PLAN ON SLAMMING, please TELL US ON OUR EVENT PAGE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW (not in the comments of the notice) so we may put your name on the list. Thanks, and see you at the slam!

    THE RULES: All poets will be judged by 5 randomly picked judges that BEAT DOWN hosts choose from the crowd that night. Judges use a 0-10 point system to score the poets. The poets themselves have a 3 minute time limit to read their work, anything over that limit and they will receive a one point deduction for every 10 seconds they go over.

    To combat judges posting high scores to friends who may be on stage, and to make it fair, the hosts DROP THE HIGH AND THE LOW AND KEEP THE MIDDLE THREE for the total in each round. (60 points possible for two rounds).

    Poets are NOT ALLOWED to BRING PROPS, WEAR COSTUMES, or HAVE ANYONE WITH THEM ON STAGE. ALL SLAMMERS MUST PERFORM their own ORIGINAL WORK by either reading it from PAPER, MEMORIZING IT, OR GOING FREESTYLE to see who can move the crowd with their words and performance.

    ALTHOUGH WE CALL OUR EVENTS “COMMUNITY FRIENDLY” WE DO NOT CENSOR THE LANGUAGE OR SUBJECT MATTER OF THE POETS!

    The slam “Sign Up List” is put up during the FIRST WEEK OF EVERY MONTH before our show on the 3rd Friday and is on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. So be on the lookout for it and sign up early due to the influx of readers wanting to participate. Once all slots are filled, we will no longer add any names to the list after that.

  • March 21
    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Fresno Open Source User Group (FOSUG)

    Fresno Open Source User Group.

    Group of local users in the Fresno area, that are proud supporters, users, and advocates of Open Source Software. Usually meets the 3rd Saturday of the month.

  • March 23
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Fresno Graphic Designers

    Fresno Graphic Designers was created for the purpose to encourage, educate, and inspire creativity among Fresno’s Graphic Designers, Web Designers, and Illustrators, both Novice and Pro. We are better together if we help sharpen each other’s skills!

  • March 24
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Toastmasters // California Dreamin'

    Fresno City Toastmasters is a community club that offers its members the opportunity to develop and practice skills and build the confidence needed to maximize public speaking opportunities and leadership skills.

    The self-paced Toastmasters program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment and learn to effectively formulate and express ideas while overcoming nervousness. Our members are amazed at how quickly their communication and leadership skills improve!

  • March 24
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    FS // Basic Computer and Mobile Photography

    This introductory course will show you how to use the features of your Android phone and Windows PC to take and edit photos and use them for personal and professional projects. Learn how to take photos and use them to promote your company or organization on social media or in print documents, or just share them with family and friends.

    The class will cover the basics of PC laptops and desktops, Android cellphones, and various apps used for photography. You’ll learn how to edit your photographs, how to transfer them to cloud storage, and how to use them in Word and PowerPoint documents.

    Students will need to bring an Android cellphone or tablet to class. Internet proficiency is recommended and students must have the ability to access the Android PlayStore for app downloads.

    Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 24 – April 2, 2020

    Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Location: Fresno State Downtown Center, Room 1, Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness at Mono

    Fee: $100. Class No. 37589. Pay online at the red Register button below, or download the registration form (PDF).

    Preregistration recommended by March 17, 2020.

    Instructor: Peter Fortuna, PMP, BS, MA, is a Fresno State alum and works on campus as an information technology consultant. He earned a BS in computer science and an MA in Education. Fortuna is a Project Management Professional and active Rotarian.

  • March 26
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Deal Seekers

    Calling all investors! Deal Seekers is an amazing community of like minded people who are interested in real estate investing at all levels – from beginners who are just learning the ropes to pros who have been at it for over a decade. This group is an opportunity for colleagues to get together and talk about what’s happening in real estate locally, share success stories and learning opportunities, and generally learn more about the industry from others, while making great connections and having fun talking about our favorite subject – real estate investing!

    But that’s just the beginning. This is an environment that fosters deal making and this meetup group is for serious investors. Beginners are more than welcome to join us for discussion, but understand that the primary focus of this group is to find deals, connect to investment partners and seize upon opportunities. Members are encouraged to bring deals to the table for peer review and partnerships.

    Access to hard money and private money may available to members who can present solid deals that investors like. Contractors, wholesalers, lenders, builders, and investors all have roles to play in taking a project from start to finish – and this is where you line up your power team. As partnerships form, you can volunteer for an unassigned role – and as the pieces lock into place, we will have an investment team ready to move forward on real projects.

    Hear lectures from experienced industry leaders as they share their expertise along each step of the process – from forming LLC’s, to analyzing properties , to obtaining hard money financing – you will not only get informed, but learn how to incorporate that into your own investment strategies for real world results. How many times have you left an investment meetup feeling like the information was good – but no real direction on how to implement it? This is a frustration felt by many investors who just want the opportunity to not only learn but to put that knowledge into action. Our weekly meetings will keep the momentum going so that you stay on track and motivated – and to provide plenty of opportunities to network with other investors and get exposure to more deals.

    For the year of 2017, our goal is to continue form a strategic partnerships within the group to increase our purchasing power and use the leverage of crowdfunding to get a project off the ground. To find the project, each week we will analyze a new REAL deal currently available for sale, run the numbers, and talk about the different angles of attack and possible ways to approach it. If you’re a deal seeker – Come join the club!

    Want to get on our buyers list to get access to the latest deals?

    CLICK HERE TO JOIN BUYER LIST (http://dealseekers.org/contact-us/)