Archive for August, 2011

August 28, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, August 27, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews musicians and vocalists Gloria Coronas and Cheryl Lockett on Saturday, August 27th at 8 PM, PST.
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The Merced Country Arts Council continues its Demand the Arts campaign with “Over the Rainbow for the Arts” fundraiser, featuring live performances by local band Just Friends and Cheryl Lockett.
The event also includes an art auction with works donated by Gloria Coronas, Cheryl Lockett, Karen LeCoq and David Medley.
The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center.

Gloria Coronas has been a Merced County resident and active in the visual and performing arts since 1974. She plays the keyboard and vocals for the band, Just Friends, at “Over the Rainbow for the Arts,” and is donating one of her paintings for the art auction.

Musician and Merced native Cheryl Lockett is well known in the Central Valley both for her vocal performances and as a teacher of fine art workshops. She will perform at the event, and also donate one of her beautifully painted gords for auction.

Visual artists Karen LeCoq and David Medley will also donate pieces. They held a Valentine exhibit in February at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center.

Advance ticket sales are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors; $20 at the door. For more information contact the Arts Council at (209) 388-1090 or

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August 22, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley’s Saturday, August 20th show with Celebrity Psychic Belinda Bentley, and United Way of Merced’s Building Health Communities program managers discussing ways to empower Merced communities.

To Listen to Celebrity Psychic Belinda Bentley, click onto the link:psychic
Belinda Bentley is a Celebrity Psychic, and has been featured in all aspects of media worldwide, including Star Magazine, Diva Magazine, Darkness Radio with Dave Schrader, Playboy radio,VH1, E! and her own radio show, Disturbed Paranormal, with co – host, Hale S. Mednik. Although most celebrity clientele is kept confidential, Belinda has worked with Dave Navarro on Spread TV and has been named his “In House Psychic.” She has also been linked to other Hollywood celebrities!

Known for her accurate, honest, sincere, no sugar coating attitude, Belinda Bentley is the world’s only Sex Psychic, and offers readings to the general public. Private sessions cover all aspects of life; health, career, financial, family, relationships, sex, travel and spirituality. Being a direct psychic she needs no tools to connect, but she has the skill to use the Tarot, tea leaves, palmistry and other methods if extra information is needed during a reading. Or she’ll use this method for added fun during psychic parties.

Belinda has been a professional psychic for 10 years, starting her professional readings at a very young age serving North America, United Kindom and Worldwide. Television appearances have been made in USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia and France TV.

Click onto this link to listen to United Way of Merced Building Healthy Communities Staff:
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Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion plan of The California Endowment. In connection with staff-led, statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including Southwest Merced/East Merced County, are taking action to make where they live healthier. They’re doing this by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy food and more.

The goal: to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Ultimately, we’re aiming at nothing less than a transformation in the way all of us think about and support health for all Californians.

Tatiana Vizcaíno-Stewart – Hub Manager. Originally from Mexico City but now a long-time Southwest Merced resident, she worked as a health care interpreter trainer before coming to BHC.

See Lee – Hub Coordinator. Born & raised in Merced, she worked with MCOE before coming to BHC.

Michelle Xiong – Youth Coordinator. Born & raised in Merced, she is a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara and has been involved with Merced’s high school KIWIN’s group.

Katie Thompson – Media Coordinator. A Dos Palos resident, she is a former high school English teacher and television journalist.

For more information, please visit

Click onto this link to listen to author Melinda Palacio speak on her latest work, Octillo Dreams: book interview

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Kim McMillon interviews Melinda Palacio on Arts in the Valley on August 20, 2011 at 8 PM.

Melinda Palacio grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Santa Barbara, where she is an editor for Ink Byte, an online magazine for writers. She also writes a Friday column for La Palacio holds two degrees in Comparative Literature, a B.A. from Berkeley and an M.A. from UC Santa Cruz. Melinda is a 2007 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow and a 2009 alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place cash prize and publication, Spring 2010. Her work has been published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, including the Arizona Republic, BorderSenses, the East Valley and Scottsdale Tribune, Phoenix Magazine, Sage Trail Poetry Magazine, Buffalo Carp, Black Renaissance Noire, the Valley Voice, PALABRA: a Magazine of Chicano/Latino Literary Art, Poets and Artists, the Maple Leaf Rag III and IV, La Bloga, Askew Poetry Journal, Latinos in Lotus Land: an Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, Poets of the American West, Strange Cargo, El Tecolote, San Pedro River Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, Quercus Review and forthcoming in the San Diego Poetry Annual and Southern Poetry Anthology. Arizona State University’s Bilingual Review Press published her first novel, Ocotillo Dreams, Summer 2011. She enjoys public speaking and sharing her knowledge of writing and publishing through workshops, lectures, and panels.

August 10, 2011

Arts in the Valley, August 13, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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To listen to the interview on Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, click onto the link:seg 1 mp3-3
Please join Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon on Saturday, August 13th at 8 PM on 1480 KYOS AM as she interviews guests on Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous’ Free Information Session on Saturday, August 20th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Merced College. The informational session will be held at the Lasher Building, Room 111, 3600 “M” Street in Merced, CA.

For more information about Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, please go to:

To listen to See Lee’s interview, click onto the link:seg 2
Kim’s second guest, See Lee, the Hub Coordinator with United Way of Merced’s Building Healthy Communities program will discuss Hmong culture, and her work as the co-founder of HMONG, Hmong Movement Organizing for the Next Generation, and as the President of Southeast Asian-American Professional Association.

To listen to Judith Tannenbaum’s interview, click onto the link:seg3-8
Finally, Judith Tannenbaum will discuss her work teaching poetry to San Quentin prisoners. For over twenty-five years she has taught poetry to prisoners, primary-age children, continuation high school students, and youngsters at a summer program for gifted teenagers. She has written extensively on issues of community art and cultural democracy and is the author of Teeth, Wiggly as Earthquakes: Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades, The World Saying Yes, four chapbooks, and a portfolio of her poems.

August 8, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, August 6, 2011, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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To listen to interview with Imam of Islamic Center of Modesto, click onto the link: seg1-5
Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday, August 6th at 8:05 PM for host Kim McMillon’s interview of the Imam of The Islamic Center of Modesto, one of the oldest Mosques in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The Mosque was established in 1983.

The Modesto Imam (preacher), Ahmad Kayello, who originated from Lebanon, will discuss Ramadan and the origins of Islam on Arts in the Valley. Ramadan, which began August 1st, is the 9th month in the Islamic (lunar) year calendar. Muslims fast every day in the month of Ramadan from dawn to sunset from food, drink, and other things that break the fast. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control.

To listen to the interview with Heike Hambley, click onto the link:seg2-7
Our Second guest Producer Heike Hambley will discuss The annual Merced ShakespeareFest upcoming 10th season with Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Merced ShakespeareFest staged “Much Ado” as its opening production in 2002. The play about the “merry war” between Beatrice and Benedick returns, this time set in Granada, Spain.

Director Heike Hambley and a cast of 20 performers from Fresno to Modesto bring the production to Applegate Park on Aug. 13-14 and Aug. 20-21.

The shows — 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays — are free.
For more, call (209) 723 3265 or go to http://www.merced

August 3, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 30, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into the Saturday, July 30th Arts in the Valley where Host Kim McMillon will interview Board Certified Lactation Consultant Emily Lindsey about the Birth, Baby, and Bonding Fair on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM – 2PM at Courthouse Park in downtown Merced. Kim’s second guest is Bay Area author Rebecca Foust, who will discuss her writing on autism. Finally chess champion Trevor Showalter will discuss Merced’s Chess Club, which meets every Friday at 6:30 PM at the Merced Mall.

Emily Lindsey is the Chair Person for the Merced County Breastfeeding Coalition and Board Member at large for the California Breastfeeding Coalition. Her program Merced B.E.S.T. assists families, healthcare providers, and service organizations in assisting families with infant bonding and nutrition information and training programs. She has helped thousands of families with feeding and behavior concerns and works to improve policies and standards to help improve maternal-child health within organizations and government.

Rebecca Foust is a bay area writer, teacher and free lance editor who got her start in writing at the year she turned 50, in 2007, by taking a class in a local bookstore. In prior career incarnations, she worked as a criminal defense lawyer and also as an advocate for students with autism and other learning disorders. Her most recent of four books, God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, was collaboration with bay area artist Lorna Stevens. Last month God, Seed won First Place in Poetry in the 2011 Foreword Book of the Year Award awarded at the ALA conference in New Orleans. Earlier this year, it was awarded gold medals in Poetry and Art in the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards, and the book is currently a 2011 Massachusetts Book Award finalist. Two books, Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe, were recipients of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prizes in 2007 and 2008.

Come join Merced Chess Club every Friday evening in the Merced Mall Food Court ~ 6:30 pm till closing.

Fine-tune your game with seasoned players and friendly competition.


First Friday of the month. Registration at 6:30 pm. First games start at 6:45 pm.

Bring your own board and, if you have one, a chess clock. Tournament is not rated. US Chess Federation rating not required, but will be used as player strength.

For more info on the Merced Chess Club, call Hassan Golbad at (209) 658-9927 or email

August 2, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 9, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 9th program
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Host Kim McMillon interviews David Hosley, the interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations at UC Merced, and Dan DeSantis, the CEO of the Fresno Regional Foundation.

Arts in the Valley will look at how both UC Merced, and the Fresno Regional Foundation support Merced County, and what both organizations see as their future involvement with local nonprofits, and the community.

David Hosley oversees communications, government and community relations as well as development at UC Merced. Prior to joining the administration last year, he was president of the Great Valley Center, a regional planning organization based in Modesto. He spent the bulk of his career in broadcasting, most recently as president of KVIE Public Television in Sacramento.

Established in 1966, Fresno Regional Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation serving California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. Fresno Regional Foundation is led by a board of directors and CEO, Dan DeSantis, to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life in the local community through philanthropy.

Kimberly Zamora discusses the July 16th Art Hop. The Merced Art Hop offers the public the opportunity to meet local artists, visit downtown stores, have a night of shopping, and networking. The Next Art Hop is October 15, 2011 5-9pm, registration deadline is 30 days before the Art Hop. Artists in order to participate you have to upload images of your artwork, if you don’t have your images uploaded you can not participate.

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To learn more about Arts in the Valley, contact Kim McMillon at

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