Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Free or Low Cost Dental Work

Fresno has a couple dental hygiene and dental assisting programs that provide a service to the public. In order to train their students, these programs need volunteers to work on. This way, if you are willing, you can receive free cleanings, sealants, or x-rays under proper supervision, although some services include low cost fees (the rumor is $21 for x-rays and $15 for a cleaning at Fresno City College).
Fresno City College will forward your x-rays to your personal dentist, so this is one way to lower your costs if you don't have insurance. The Care Credit Program is a way to participate in a payment program of six months to a year without interest, or with interest for 24 months to 60 months. Medi-cal offers dental for children that qualify 17 years old and younger. Healthy Families has limited dental as well.

Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Program

San Joaquin Valley College Dental Hygiene Program

Care Credit Program
Call 800 365 8295 for more information.

Clinic at Poverello House - Fresno 

(559) 498-6988 

Free Medical and Dental Clinic Medical: Monday - Friday 12:45 PM until the last patient is seen or 5 PM. (Tickets are given to all those in line at 11:00 AM from the Contact Office) Dental: Varies monthly (Tickets are given to those in line at 6:45 AM) For more information contact Cecilia Lomeli (559) 442-4108.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

San Joaquin Fish Hatchery

The San Joaquin Fish Hatchery is located in Friant, California.
It is open every day, from
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM and the San Joaquin Hatchery office is open
Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Bring some change (admission is free) so you can feed the Rainbow Trout and see the different stages of their development. It's fun to take the kids and walk around. This facility is also near the San Joaquin River Parkway.

East of Highway 41 at Friant. From Friant Road, turn west onto Flemming Road, follow into hatchery. Located one mile below Lake Millerton Dam, about 12 miles north of Fresno.

17372 Brook Trout Drive
Friant, CA 93626

(559) 822-2374

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

$10 for $20 worth of merchadise with The Body Shop

Living Social together with The Body Shop, is offering a $10 for a $20 voucher for in store merchandise. One per person, three gifts allowed. Voucher expires on April 14, 2012, however the $10 you spent will not expire. Two days left to buy the deal. Click HERE.

$5 for $10 worth of Dessert at Marble Slab!

Marble Slab together with Groupon is offering either

One Dozen Ice-Cream Cupcakes or Mini Waffle Sundaes or

$10 worth of dessert from the Marble Slab for $5. 

The coupon expires August 1st so this could be a Valentine's Day treat or an anytime treat! Remember it must all be spent at once. One per person, however two may be purchased as gifts. This awesome deal ends tomorrow at 11:59pm.

Click HERE for the deal.

Monday, January 23, 2012

San Joaquin River Parkway: Models of Animal Homes for Preschoolers

The San Joaquin River Parkway Center presents The Hidden Homes Trail. Specifically designed for preschoolers to walk inside a mouse house, climb inside a cocoon, and get into an eagle's nest. Signs accompany these hands on displays to help you learn about the animals in our area. The Coke Hallowell House is at the same location and very interesting to walk through. Free admission.
The center is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm. and Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. 
The San Joaquin River Parkway Center is located at
11605 Old Friant Rd
Fresno, CA 93730
For more information call 559-248-8480

Friday, January 20, 2012

How to Retire Your Vehicle in Fresno

The State of California together with the BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair) has a program to reduce emissions by encouraging people to retire their older vehicles. There are certain requirements you must meet to receive $1000 or $1500 (for low income applicants) to retire your vehicle.  
If you want to retire your older vehicle you need to do the following.
1. Read through the requirements and fill out this Customer Assistance Program application.
If you are applying for the low income qualification, you need to show proof of income through paystubs, tax return, etc. The paperwork is really easy.

2.You can mail the form, but a response will take about 8-10 weeks or you can fax it from the Bureau of Automotive Repair office at 4152 W. Swift Ave., Suite 104 Fresno off of Golden State Bld. north of Ashlan near 99. and it will take 7-10 days.

3. You will receive a letter of approval in the mail which you need to take to Pick and Pull off of Jensen east 41 along with the title of your vehicle (pink slip), registration, and driver's license. 

4. Your vehicle must be able to drive to Pick and Pull under its own power, and don't forget to arrange a ride home.

Read the application for more information.
Hope this helps!
This was a great deal for us since Sammy's truck was not going to sell for $1500 and now we can invest that money into a newer vehicle.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Plastic Jungle: Buy, Trade, and Sell Gift Cards Online

Plastic Jungle is a website on which you can sell your gift cards for cash or purchase them at a discount. You can even exchange cards. Check it out HERE. If you have any unwanted Christmas gift cards, now's your chance to make use of them. On the main page you can scroll down to read the Q&A to see how it all works.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

PBS Kids Online

PBSkids.org is running a ten day promotion for the award winning premium content that is gamed based and focuses on math, literacy, and more for preschool readiness. Of course the site offers videos and games like Nick Jr and Disney Junior.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

How to Write a SAT Essay Thesis

This quote is part of one of the SAT prompts I work with:

“Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Should we always be honest with our friends? Plan your response, and then write an essay to explain your views on this issue. Be sure to support your position with specific points and examples. (You may use personal examples or examples from your reading, observations, or, knowledge of subjects such as history, literature, science.)

First, know what the test-maker is asking of you:
What is your point of view? The essay is designed as a persuasive essay. You know the test-maker wants a classic Introduction-Body-Conclusion essay, but how do you pull this off in 25 minutes? How can you possibly come up with something substantial and brilliant while timed?

Let's look at what you have to work with.
You have the quote to assist you with ideas- use this to your advantage. You can always take a piece of the quote and restate it in your essay along with your opinion, and whether you agree or disagree to get you started. Your introduction should include the topic, your opinion, and a thesis. You should also make a statement to get the reader involved.

Now the Three Point Thesis.
Many AP (advanced placement) students fall into the trap of "biting off more than they can chew." These students are familiar with prompts and essay writing, but under a time limit of 45 minutes with prompt relating to literature or topics they are prepared for (hopefully). The SAT reader is less interested in your creativity and more interested in the fact of whether you know how to write or not. You only have 25 minutes. They are looking for clear and concise writing. For a structured essay. For clarity. Is your grammar clean? Does the essay flow and have natural transitions?
A sure way to ensure that you provide a well structured and clear cohesive essay is to use a Three Point Thesis. I learned this in Speech class of all places.

The last sentence of your essay introduction is an easy place to put your thesis and it naturally transitions into the first body paragraph. State your thesis with a list of three points.

"Honesty between friends in important but should be treated with tact, courtesy, and love."

My first body paragraph will follow and start with a topic sentence about tact. Then will be supported by facts and reasoning.

Tact between friends ensures that the friendship will be lasting.

The second body paragraph will be about courtesy.

Courtesy between friends ensures that the friendship will be healthy.

The third body paragraph will be about love and begin with a counterargument.

Some people will argue that honesty displays love between friends, and that is true; however, pointing out short comings and daily faults is discouraging and harmful over time.

Final paragraph is your conclusion.

Hope this is helpful. As a teacher at Huntington Learning Center, I have seen dramatic improvement in student's writing styles with this advice alone. This is my personal advice, and builds upon Huntington Learning Center's teachings which has more to offer. There is not one perfect formula for the SAT essay.
If you are interested in Huntington Learning Center's excellent SAT/ACT Prep program with personalized programs tailored to each student you can contact Huntington Learning Center of Fresno HERE or call (559) 434-2028 for more information.  
Mention Sarah or Fresno Frugalista for a $100 Discount off an actual SAT testing and evaluation which normally costs $195.

Bobby Salazar's $10 for $20 worth of Food and Drinks!

Bobby Salazar's together with Living Social is offering a voucher that costs $10 for $20 worth of food and drinks! Yum. Support these local family restaurants and enjoy yourself doing it! Pair it with the Fresno Monster's $8.50 for two tickets deal from Fresno Dealsaver and you have a date! Eat at the Tower Bobby Salazar's then head over to the Selland Area for the game. Click HERE for Bobby Salazar's and HERE for the Fresno Monster's hockey tickets. Both deals are available all month!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Knitting Guild Meeting Tomorrow 9:30-12pm

Sheeper Than Therapy Knitting Guild meets the first Saturday of every month from 9:30-12pm at the ARC Fresno Enrichment Center at 4567 N Marty Ave, Fresno CA 93722. I'll have to plan for it next month! I want to knit personalized stockings for the kids by next Christmas.
Call ARC for more information: (559) 226-6268. This information was found on Plan It Fresno.

Read more here: http://calendar.fresnobee.com/fresno-ca/events/show/229552304-sheeper-than-therapy-knitting-guild#storylink=cpy

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Meet Paula Poundstone and Raise Funds for the Fresno County Public Library System

At 8pm on Friday January 27, 2012, Paula Poundstone panelist on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, comedian and author will be at the Tower Theatre. Friends of the Public Library will be selling her latest book There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say and cds at the show and Paula will be signing books, all sales from the merchandise will benefit the library. For tickets call 485-9050.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Manchester Center Farmer's Market

Manchester Center Farmer's Market takes place every Friday year around from 10am until dusk. I have yet to be to this one, but I am always excited to hear about ways in which the community can support local farmers. Eating healthy and saving money comes with eating what produce is in season. Regions vary, but the right side of my blog has a seasonal produce list you can check that I keep updated.
For more information call Manny Yanez: (559) 260-2915

Monday, January 2, 2012

Free Custom Internet Radio: Pandora

Pandora is a free internet radio station that allows you to customize your listening experience. Right now I am listening to "Justin Roberts (Children's) Radio Station." He's a children's rock singer. Love it. My husband has a "Justin Timberlake Radio Station." You can further customize your station by giving "thumbs down" or "thumbs up" to songs, which means they will be played less or more often. You can even skip songs, although this feature only allows so many "skips" per hour. If you enjoy certain artists that are unlikely to be played together, you can "add variety" to stations as well. I think I have a "Credence Clearwater Rival Station" that is combined with Jack Johnson and of course you can create genre based stations. There is limited advertising, but that's the only real downside. Check out Pandora and create an account today!