This Week at City Hall - WinterFest Highlights a Busy Week
WinterFest to highlight a busy week of holiday events
Interested in seeing the tree-lighting ceremony at City Hall and a downtown parade?  Having breakfast with Mayor Swearengin to support local business?  Or touring some of Fresno’s best downtown attractions?  Then this is the week for you!
The highlight of the week will be WinterFest, a grand holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 10, that will feature the annual City tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.  Here are the activities planned for WinterFest:
  • 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 houses and 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.  Mayor Swearengin will serve as grand marshal for the parade.  More information on the parade is available here.
Don’t forget to ‘Shop Fresno’s Finest’ 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:
  • Participating in an event recognizing the 50th anniversary of transit service provided by Fresno Area Express (FAX);
  • Conducting  internal meetings on industrial development and expansion;
  • Joining officials from Habitat for Humanity Fresno County and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions for an important grant announcement;
  • Discussing issues of mutual interest with leaders of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce;
  • Attending Christmas events at Santa’s Village sponsored by the Southwest Policing District and Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life as well as an event at St. Agnes Medical Center.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Ted C. Wills
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Ted C. Wills, 770 N. San Pablo, on Saturday, Dec. 10.
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 3 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 2060, Monday, Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Planning Commission meeting, council chambers, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6-10 p.m.
  • General Plan: Planning Commission Preliminary Conceptual Alternatives, council chambers, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6 -8 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, council chambers, Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m.
  • General Plan: Resource Conservation, Manchester Transit Center, Ewing Elementary, 4873 E. Olive, 6-8 p.m.
  • Tower District Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Friday, Dec. 9, 4-5 p.m.
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