This Week at City Hall - Planning For WinterFest
Planning in full swing for WinterFest in Downtown Fresno
Planning for an exciting and festive holiday celebration in Downtown Fresno on Saturday, Dec. 10, will be in full swing this week.
The City of Fresno and multiple partners have united for the inaugural WinterFest, a grand holiday celebration that will feature the annual City Hall tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
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Here are the WinterFest activities:
  • Visit the Tree Lighting Festival on P Street in front of City Hall from 1 to 5 p.m. and enjoy Santa’s Village with free children’s games, crafts, bounce housesand snow.  Additionally, the festival features two community stages with performances all afternoon, food and craft vendors, Santa photos and the Chrome Christmas Classic!;
  • What was formerly known as Christmas at the Met has now moved over to Veteran’s Memorial Museum to be Christmas at the Vet!  An exhibit of festively adorned Christmas trees will open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. so the trees can be auctioned following the City Hall tree-lighting ceremony;
  • Across from the Veteran’s Memorial Museum, HandsOn Central California will host an ornament decorating activity and will collect new, unused toys for homeless children at the Historic Water Tower. They also will be joined by the Central California SPCA from noon to 6 p.m. for pet adoptions and fun crafts;
  • Don’t miss Christmas through the eyes of a child in the 1890s at the Meux Home Victorian Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be museum tours, music performed by Valley musicians and “Tea Desserts” from the ITT Culinary School;
  • And finally, Club One Casino will provide the excitement with an extreme sports exhibition featuring world class snowboard, motocross and trampoline athletes from noon to 6 p.m. Then, following the daytime WinterFest activities, Club One is the featured night spot for the WinterFest party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Make sure to pick-up a WinterFest passport on the day of the event at any of the locations listed above and plan to explore downtown while getting your passport stamped at each stop. Then submit your completed passport sheet at the tree lighting ceremony and you might win holiday shopping money or other prizes!
In addition to the WinterFest activities on Dec. 10, the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno will present the 2011 Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade on Fulton Mall and Kern Street beginning at 11 a.m.  More information on the parade is available here.
Don’t forget to Buy Local this holiday season
As part of the first “Shop Fresno’s Finest” holiday campaign, 30 locally owned retailers will be offering discounted gift cards until Dec. 11 to encourage Fresno residents to buy local this holiday season.
A complete list of participating retailers is available at 
The campaign is sponsored by the City of Fresno and the Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance, a group of local business owners who have joined together to coordinate an ongoing community outreach and marketing campaign to educate the community about why it is important to support our locally owned and independent businesses.
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Conducting  internal meetings on industrial development and expansion and high-speed rail;
  • Meeting with potential investors in Downtown Fresno and beginning preparation for the State of the Downtown event in January;
  • Meeting with local officials about the opportunities related to water for the region under the Blue Tech initiative;
  • Participating in the meeting of the Fresno County Zoo Authority;
  • Conducting a meeting with the Community Advisory Panel, a diverse group of residents who provide direct and sustained communications between citizens and the Mayor’s Office. The panel has been instrumental in helping develop and implement such important citizen participation efforts as the Fresno Citizens Academy and regular Mayor’s Town Hall meetings.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Lions Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Lions Park, 4650 N. Marks, on Saturday, Dec. 3.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
This Week’s Meetings
Here are other city-related meetings this week:
  • District 5 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3054, Monday, Nov. 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • District 6 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Monday, Nov. 28, 4-5 p.m.
  • District 2 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Monday, Nov. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, Fresno City Council Chamber, Thursday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.
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