Clovis CoC 2022 Lifestyle & Resource Guide

Serving The Entire Central Valley 4 06 WELCOME FROM THE BOARD CHAIR 07 WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT/CEO 08 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 08 MEET OUR TEAM 09 CHAMBER ACTIVITIES 10 9/11 MEMORIAL 13 ECONOMIC GROWTH 14 CLOVIS DID YOU KNOW & FACTS 15 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 16 COMMUNITY EVENTS & CULTURE 22 LOCATION 24 CITY OF CLOVIS MAP 26 HISTORY AT A GLANCE 27 ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS 28 LOCAL SCENE 32 EDUCATION 36 HOMETOWN SPORTS 39 HEALTHCARE 41 SENIOR CARE 43 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY PUBLISHED FOR Clovis Chamber of Commerce 325 Pollasky Avenue Clovis, CA 93612 p. (559) 299-7363 f. (559) 299-2969 PUBLISHED BY E&M Consulting, Inc. p. (800) 572-0011 For information regarding advertising, please contact us at or (800) 572-0011 x8005. PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced, or transmitted in any other form or by any other means, electronic or mechanical, to any information storage or retrieval system without the expressed written consent of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. Any use other than for what it was intended, or reproduction of materials in the publication, must be with written consent of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. While every effort has been made to avoid mistakes in this publication, the publishers, Clovis Chamber of Commerce, and their agents assume no liability whatsoever to anyone for any error or omission or for any damages of any kind which may arise from the publication or use of this directory. Please contact the Clovis Chamber of Commerce office at (559) 299-7363, so that we can make the necessary changes to our database. WELCOME! ON THE COVER: The California 911 Memorial, located in Clovis, is a permanent monument honoring the lives lost during the most horrific terrorist attacks in America. 16 28 5

Serving The Entire Central Valley 6 Wow! What a crazy couple of years it has been! We have seen many changes over the last few years. Our resolve has never been stronger. That is my first thought as I am honored to chair the Clovis Chamber Board of Directors for 2022. I am excited to welcome new faces to the board as well as honor those that will be leaving the board as their terms have expired. Job well done! As the economy was growing through 2019 it was exciting to see businesses expanding and thriving in Clovis. We were holding events such as mixers, ribbon cuttings, informational meetings, BIG Hat Days and ClovisFest just to name a few. 2020 brought on new challenges with opportunities. Challenges in both the home and work life. Opportunities to adapt and find ways to push our businesses forward. The businesses and families of our community did just that to make it through one of the hardest years in our lifetimes. Finally like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, so did our community emerge in 2021 to start putting things back to normal. Our kids were back in school, our businesses were open, and we were able bring back our events. Clovis is definitely a way of life. The Clovis Chamber is here to be a part of that. What does that mean? How about:  Employment opportunities  Community involvement  Events  Education and advocacy for our business owners  Health  Family Through my years as a member of the chamber and service on the board, I have never seen a more active board as I have over the last several years. That has been a combination of my predecessors as well as our President/CEO, Greg Newman and his amazing staff. We are committed to continue that activity and be advocates to our member businesses. My main focus for 2022 is to continue to build on our successes through membership, advocacy, social media, and community to see Clovis continue to be the jewel of the valley. The board will do all in its power to help our members move to an even brighter future. I look forward to working with you and to a strong 2022! Robert Cozzi 2022 Clovis Chamber of Commerce Board Chair WELCOME FROM CLOVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD CHAIR Ribbon Cutting for Courtyard by Marriott Fresno Clovis 7 WELCOME FROM CLOVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT/CEO The Clovis Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2022 Clovis Lifestyle & Resource Guide. This publication celebrates the best of our community and our Clovis Way of Life. The City of Clovis is a truly unique community made up of the pioneer spirit mixed with modern enthusiasm. As you thumb through the pages of this magazine you will learn about the many facets that make up the City of Clovis from the inspirational California 9/11 Memorial to our outstanding schools, outdoor life, health facilities, shopping, dining, attractions and events. On behalf of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce we are glad you decided to take the opportunity to enjoy all that Clovis has to offer. Since the Clovis Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1910, we have worked closely with the local business community to create a harmonious climate of cooperation with our local merchants, residents, visitors and city government. The Clovis Chamber is a strong advocate of our over 500 members in addition to the entire central valley. We know that an active and successful business community means a strong and stable community our residents. During 2021 our community has emerged from the aftermath of the pandemic to safely enjoy once again our wonderful way of life. The City of Clovis hosts over 80 free events each year. From the world-famous Clovis Rodeo held the last weekend of April each year to the Friday night Farmers Markets held from May– September. The Clovis Chamber is very proud to host Clovis’ two largest street festivals each year, BIG Hat Days and ClovisFest. In 2022 BIG Hat Days is scheduled to take over the streets of Old Town on April 2 & 3. Thousands of families will visit Clovis during the two-day festival and enjoy the over 400 food and craft vendors in addition to live entertainment. ClovisFest held the last weekend in September, is highlighted by the dozens of Hot Air Balloons that majestically fly over the City of Clovis during the ClovisFest Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly. ClovisFest also features our acclaimed International Village entertainment stage featuring live entertainment from over 25 cultural groups that are a part of our great community. These wonderful traditional events along with the annual Children’s Christmas parade, Clovis Rodeo parade, pole vaulting championships and the many athletic events hosted by the Clovis Unified School District make living in Clovis fun and exciting. We look forward to experiencing these amazing events again this year. At the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, we are not only supportive of our Chamber members but we proudly support everything about our community. More and more families move to Clovis each year and our community is embracing our new residents. The major attraction for families is the award winning Clovis Unified School District and its strong leadership, state of the art facilities and a dedicated administration and staff. Medical professionals and students are flocking to Clovis from around the country to teach and learn at the California Health Sciences University campus. Clovis Community Medical Center is undergoing a major expansion to help our residents heal and to begin new lives. In 2021 we saw the opening of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Community Heritage Center that artistically and interactively showcases our community history and honors our veterans. In 2022 we look forward to the opening of the new Landmark Square that will feature a new Clovis Senior Activity Center, Fresno County Library and City of Clovis transit center. Clovis is thriving and growing. Whether you are visiting our community for the first time, considering a move to Clovis, or seeking exciting, new things to do in your own hometown, we at the Clovis Chamber extend a heartfelt WELCOME. Were very happy you are here. Greg Newman Clovis Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

Serving The Entire Central Valley 8 Greg Newman President/CEO ph. (559) 207-3864 Diana Hunnicutt Membership Director, IOM ph. (559) 207-3863 c. (559) 273-4186 Priscilla Montell Operations Director ph. (559) 207-3865 CHAIR—Robert Cozzi—Principal Financial Group PAST CHAIR—Keith Hester—Caglia Environmental Katherine Alves—Katherine Alves, CPA Steve Bassett—Clovis True Value Dr. Lori Bennett—Clovis Community College David Bonnar—Vector Sport Aviation Michelle DiBuduo—Valley Caregiver Resource Center Karena Dillon—Baker Dillon Group Tal Eslick—Vista Consulting Tracy Gill—Future Ford/Kia Clovis Shonna Halterman—City of Clovis Gary Honeycutt—BJ’s Kountry Kitchen Rick Hopkins—Noble Credit Union Ellie Huston—Clovis Tourism Advisory Committee Christine Lingenfelter—The Assemi Group Falina Marihart—13 Prime Steak/PC Solutions Kurt Sieve—State Farm Insurance Denver Stairs—Clovis Unified School District Corey Stone—Teter LLP Gary Winter—Lawvex 2022 CLOVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS INDEX OF ADVERTISERS THANK YOU! from the California Health Sciences University ������� 34 CarePatrol of Fresno ��������������������������� 20 Carmel Village at Clovis ����������������������� 42 City of Clovis ������������������������������������ 15 Clovis Historical Society & Museum ��������� 12 Clovis Unified School District ����������������� 35 Eppify ��������������������������������������������� 12 Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau �������������� 30 Fresno County EDC ����������������������������� 30 Harmony Bay ������������������������������������ 20 Lovik Mirzaeian D.D.S., Inc. ����������������� 62 Mister Sprayman Pest Control ���������������� 12 Noble Credit Union ������������������������������� 3 Peachwood Medical Group �������������������� 35 Precision Home Loans ������������������������� 12 Real Property Management Platinum ������� 62 Renewal Body Works, Inc. �������������������� 12 Saint Agnes Care Center ���� Inside Front Cover Valley Health Team Inc. ����������������������� 62 Valley Unique Electric, Inc. ���������Back Cover Willowcreek Healthcare Center �������������� 12 OUR CLOVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TEAM 9 The Clovis Chamber of Commerce was started in 1910 and incorporated in 1930. Since then, the Chamber has been a major force in supporting our business economy. Over the years, it has created committees and councils that provide the organizational structure to accomplish the Chamber’s goals and mission—to advocate and support a healthy business environment that improves the quality of life in Clovis. Networking, education and marketing events provide opportunities for members to expand and increase their business. A healthy business environment creates a strong community. CHAMBER AMBASSADOR The Clovis Chamber Ambassadors Committee is a dedicated group of business professionals that volunteer to support the Clovis Chamber Mission. Ambassadors serve as goodwill representatives of the Chamber in welcoming new and existing members at the various networking events and dedicating their time to strengthen our business community. BUSINESS ADVOCACY The Clovis Chamber is a voice for our business community and closely monitors and acts on the numerous proposals pending before state lawmakers. We, in turn, will provide information to our members about new laws that may affect their business. Since knowledge is power, our goal is to give our members the power to act. CHAMBER GIVES BACK The Chamber Gives Back committee is focused on giving back to the community. Throughout the years the Chamber has donated thousands of books to local elementary schools through our Hooked-on Books program. The Chamber continues to partner with local nonprofit organizations including the Central California Blood Center, local shelters, Salvation Army, and others to serve the needs of the community throughout the year. WEDNESDAY LINE UP A Chamber member may host one of our weekly events. The Chamber morning networking, monthly mixers and lunch connects are held on Wednesdays throughout the month for fellow members. These networking events allow for new relationships and leads to help to improve and increase businesses. RIBBON CUTTINGS The Ribbon cutting team celebrates new businesses, expansions, remodels, and new ownership by cutting the ribbon with the famous big Chamber scissors—another great way to network and market your business. WAKE UP CLOVIS A monthly series that will inform, inspire, and educate our attendees. The series brings together the leaders of our community to discuss topics of the day that give our local businesses the tools to succeed. Featured guest speakers include our local elected officials, HR law attorneys, local journalists, business specialists and outstanding leaders of their industry. This renowned program has been a great benefit to the Clovis Chamber members and our entire business community. Ribbon Cutting for Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers in Clovis CHAMBER ACTIVITIES

Serving The Entire Central Valley 10 9/11 MEMORIAL HONOR To fulfill our commitment to HONOR, the Memorial site has expanded to include replicas of the Twin Towers and Pentagon (at a 1/100ths scale), a monument to Flight 93 and three life-sized bronzed statues representing our military, police officers and fire fighters. The Memorial also includes a fourth bronze statue representing our wounded warriors—a tribute to heroes who often carry with them both visible and invisible wounds. To further our Mission to HONOR, the Memorial is a proud recipient of a sapling from the original Survivor Tree. The “Survivor Tree,” as it became known, was the last living thing pulled from Ground Zero, and after a long recovery it was finally returned to the National 9/11 Memorial in 2010. A sapling of this Survivor Tree was planted in 2021 next to the Wounded Warrior statue to symbolize resilience, survival and rebirth. EDUCATE To honor our commitment to EDUCATE and become a real force in teaching our children about September 11, we proudly partnered with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools to promote and establish the “One Voice, The Spirit of 9/12” annual musical event and art and poetry competition. This contest serves one specific purpose—to get students to research and learn about America’s resilience in the face of disaster and heartbreak. Using art and poetry as a mode of expression, these student submissions are judged by local first responders. Students compete for various prizes, including two grand prize trips to New York City to visit the National 9/11 Memorial. The California 9/11 Memorial, located in Clovis, is permanent monument to honor and remember the 2,977 people killed during the most horrific terrorist attack in human history. Originally dedicated in 2001, the California 9/11 Memorial was officially established in 2019 as a 501 (c)3 organization for a simple, yet profound, purpose: to Honor • Educate • Remember. 11 9/11 MEMORIAL REMEMBER Every year at the memorial site, a group of committed citizens, first responders and military personnel perform a ceremony steeped in service traditions for the victims of September 11. Honoring the brave spirit of those who sacrificed their lives to save others, this commemoration ceremony and dedicated memorial is among the largest of its kind outside of New York City. We invite you to visit the Memorial with family and friends to enjoy the peace and serenity of the outdoor space. It is a perfect reminder of the resilience that is America. 3485 Never Forget Lane Clovis, CA 93612

Serving The Entire Central Valley 12 13 For over a century, Clovis has been a vibrant, forward-looking community, centrally-located in the Central Valley, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is known for its meticulous planning, beautiful environment, safety, highly-regarded educational institutions and plentiful employment opportunities. Because of this, Clovis outpaces all other valley communities in growth, jobs, and household income. But this did not happen without the efforts of an incredible team of dedicated leaders; City Planning and Economic Development staff members are constantly evaluating where new growth should be located and what city services need to be offered in order to make that expansion successful, said Shawn Miller, Business Development Manager for the City of Clovis. Examples of these efforts can be seen in the thriving economy— with unemployment dropping to below pre-pandemic levels—and the rapid growth of Clovis’ industrial and retail sectors. As with any community, some growth and redevelopment is the result of careful planning and painstaking cultivation. But other growth is a little more organic. “Perhaps that’s what makes Clovis different from other cities,” explained Miller. “We like to make sure the table is set way before the end user is here. When this is done correctly, we are able to step back and let good things happen on their own.” Such is the case with Clovis’ thriving health care industry. It has been a top priority since the earliest settlers arrived here in the 1800s and has continued to grow along with the city’s population. In the 1920s, the Clovis Sanitarium was established as the first local hospital. A century of expansion has led Clovis Community Hospital to now be recognized as one of the top medical centers in Central California. Currently, the facility is continuing fulfilling its master plan with a 200,000-square-foot expansion. This one will include a new five-story building, which will house 352 beds, an additional intensive care unit, and 420 new jobs adding to the state-of-the-art cancer institute. This activity has served as a magnet of sorts for additional medical facilities and medical-related businesses. For example, California Health Science University recently opened a 100,000-square-foot medical school located within a couple blocks from the hospital. That same area is also home to Central Valley Indian Health, and Valley Children’s Medical Group, and the future home of a new Veterans Administration medical center expected to open within a couple of years. One of the keys to maintaining a healthy business community is to see business closings as an opportunity for something new, says Miller. This has been evident in the recent turnover seen in locations of long-time Clovis retailers. Hobby Lobby, the popular arts and crafts retailer moved into the former Toys-R-Us location; At Home, a retailer of home decor and houseware products took over the former K-Mart site; Aldi, a German-based specialty food market, was able to fit into the former Fresh and Easy location; Five-Below, a teen-oriented retail chain of games, snacks, jewelry, room decor & more replaced Dress Barn, and Raising Cane’s recently took over the former Pier 1 Imports location. Clovis has long been known as the host of the Clovis Rodeo, BIG Hat Days, and a huge variety of other large regional outdoor events. Because of this, city leaders have made an effort to harness tourism as a focused industry. These efforts continue to pay off in huge ways. The recent openings of Marriott Courtyard, Townplace Suites, and Home 2 Suites hotels doubled the number of rooms that existed in the city prior to their construction. And the anticipated opening of a new Residence Inn by Marriott will solidify Clovis as a place to stay for business and fun. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROWTH City of Clovis Flag

Serving The Entire Central Valley 14 MEDIAN HOME PRICES ARE 57% LOWER THAN MEDIAN STATE PRICES Clovis median is $469,000 Clovis Price per SF: $243 State median is $817,120 State price per SF: $361 CLOVIS VALUES HEALTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES • "Most Festive City in the West" • Over 120 Free Outdoor events every year • Residents enjoy over 166 acres of parks and 15 miles of walking & bike trails CLOVIS EDUCATION ATTAINMENT SAFEST City in the valley According to the FBI crime data Over SQUARE MILES OF LAND YOUNG FAMILIES CHOOSE CLOVIS OVER OTHER VALLEY CITIES Clovis Median Age 34.5 California Median Age 36.5 National Median Age 38.1 Population: 122,550 2021 Growth Rate: 2.04% Growth since 2010: 20.4% (24,493 people) 26 ENJOY OVER 300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE EVERY YEAR 186 miles to San Francisco 220 miles to Los Angeles This means the homes in Clovis are not only less expensive, but much larger too! CLOVIS CITIZENS ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST EDUCATED IN THE REGION. Clovis Unified School District is among the top three best school districts in the state based on size, academics, facilities, and sports/student activities. Clovis Unified facilities serve as the host for the California Interscholastic Track & Field Championships and Swim & Dive Championships. High School: 19.95% Some College: 28.03% Associates Degree: 10.71% Bachelor’s Degree: 21.15% Graduate Degree: 11.48% DID YOU KNOW & FACTS CLOVIS 15 January 27: Salute to Business March 13: Beer Crawl March 27: Vintage Market & Antiques Fair April 2–3: Big Hat Days April 20–24: Clovis Rodeo April 23: Rodeo Parade April 29– October 28: Friday Night Farmers Market May 7: Trail Fest May 14: Old Town Wine Walk May 21: Old Town Car Show May 28: Clovis Memorial Run May 29: Vintage Market & Antiques Fair September 24–25: ClovisFest Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly & International Village October 8: Clovis Senior Activities Center Car Show October 16: Vintage Market & Antiques Fair October 29: Old Town Wine Walk November 6: Two Cities Marathon November 17: One Enchanted Evening November 25– December 16: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides December 3: Children’s Electric Christmas Parade Year-Round Farmers Market takes place every Saturday Morning in Old Town. *Dates are subject to change. For up-to-date event information visit CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Serving The Entire Central Valley 16 DISCOVER OLD TOWN From high-end boutiques to quirky retailers and everything inbetween, Old Town Clovis continues to attract scores of locals and visitors for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. From classy to as-casual as it comes, this is the place for those who crave cooking that can’t be found anywhere else. Visitors to the area are greeted by a meticulously maintained streetscape, inviting storefronts, and friendly locals. That’s why it is sometimes hard to believe that Old Town is almost 130 years old. But city leaders have always valued this area as the hub of the community; a place to get together for a celebrations, food, and fun. RESTAURANTS...........................................................................25 COFFEE SHOPS.............................................................................3 BARS, PUBS AND TAVERNS. .....................................................17 ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES.................................................14 SPECIALTY SHOPS.....................................................................32 ANNUAL EVENTS. ............................................................... 100+ OLD TOWN BY THE NUMBERS COMMUNITY EVENTS & CULTURE Clovis and the Central Valley have become one of California’s most popular inland destinations, thanks to the area’s wonderful weather, proximity to three national parks and it’s old town western heritage. Tourists and locals love Clovis for its exciting events, historic downtown and regional sporting events. To really get a feel for the Clovis community spirit, attend one of the many annual fun-filled events taking place throughout the year. Antique hunters, vintage lovers and artisan-good-seekers will run wild at the Antiques & Collectibles Fair, Glorious Junk Days and The Old Town Flea Market. If you fancy food trucks galore, blocks of craft and community booths and live entertainment, then plan on attending BIG Hat Days or ClovisFest—both taking place annually in Old Town Clovis. These family-friendly events are cherished by the local community. Perhaps the event most fully wrangling in the Clovis community spirit is the Clovis Rodeo. As one of the top five rodeos in California, the action-packed, widely attended event, with never-ending entertainment is a can’t-miss experience. OLD TOWN CLOVIS Take a stroll along the sheltered pedestrian-friendly streets of Old Town Clovis and instantly feel welcomed by the community’s small-town spirit and western charm. Known for its robust collection of antique shops, the area is also brimming with locally owned boutiques and specialty shops. Dine at one of the many exceptional eateries abounding the area and sip a specialty beverage from one of the several local cafes. BIG HAT DAYS BIG Hat Day presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, a Clovis Chamber event, is held the first weekend of April. It is the largest two-day celebration in Central California and is second only to the Big Fresno Fair in attendance. Over 140,000 visitors travel to Old Town Clovis to enjoy the free street festival that covers over 15 blocks. Over 400 vendors from across the country fill the craft and commercial business booths offering unique gifts, crafts, and goods to the appreciative Clovis crowds. In addition, there are over 40 food booths satisfying every kind of appetite, carnival rides for the kids 17 COMMUNITY EVENTS & CULTURE and a live entertainment stage showcasing local bands and craft brews. BIG Hat Days is a true celebration of our community and sure to excite all attendees. Started over 85 years ago as part of the rodeo celebration, BIG Hat Days has become a major festival. It not only provides safe family fun for visitors, it also produces over $9 million in tourism revenue for the city as its huge crowds visit our hotels, restaurants and retail establishments. CLOVIS MUSEUM Packed with fascinating history, the Clovis Museum located in Old Town Clovis offers visitors a chance to step into the past for an up-close look of the city’s beginnings. Examine curious artifacts and intriguing photos from long ago—each a piece of the area’s greater story. A portion of the museum is dedicated to Clovis Veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Gulf Wars. CLOVIS TRAIL Clovis offers an expansive network of rail-trails throughout the city. Rollick in beautiful California weather on a walk, jog, bike ride, rollerblade, or other favorite form of recreation. The trails are well-maintained with large portions lined with shade-providing trees. Opt to take the trail to grab a cup of coffee or on a family ice-cream-outing, as the network conveniently meanders nearby several shopping centers (including Old Town Clovis and Sierra Vista Mall) as well as plenty of parks. FARMERS MARKET Located in the county that grows the most food in the nation, the produce sold at Clovis farmers markets is second to none. Two of the largest markets in the area take place in Old Town Clovis. Peruse the Old Town Clovis Saturday Morning Farmers Market weekly 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the seasonal Friday Night markets from the end of April through the end of October 5:30 to 8 p.m. Along with the vast selection of mouth-watering produce, find locally made goods and other delicious eats! CLOVISFEST ClovisFest, presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, will kick off its 47th annual event this September. The Noble Credit Union Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly, and Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau International Village brings free fun and excitement to the streets of Old Town Clovis September 24 and 25. The days start out with the launching of dozens of hot air balloons at the Rodeo Grounds, a selection of food and coffee is available as you and your family get an up-close look to the inflating balloons. After the balloons launch, you’ll want to cross the street to enjoy ClovisFest where over 250 craft and food booths fill 14 blocks offering great merchandise and a wide variety of foods to eat. The carnival will entertain the little ones who can get fancy balloon animals, tasty treats and burn off energy in the Kids Zone. The International Village, sponsored by The Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau, at ClovisFest brings the community entertainment and education throughout the day with live cultural performances and educational ethnic booths. Performers from different cultures and heritages showcase their dances and musical instruments on a large outdoor stage. Clubs and organizations set up booths for the community to learn about the history of their culture. Join the Passport Program and visit each booth to receive a stamp for your chance to win a raffle prize. In the Michelob ULTRA Beer Garden, you can sit back and enjoy a cool brew while listening to local area bands or challenge a friend to a game of corn hole. OTHER EVENTS In addition to large, nationally recognized events, Clovis also presents many smaller, community events like the Old Town Wine Walks and Craft Beer Crawls, which take place in both spring and fall, the Antiques & Collectibles Show and Glorious Junk Days and the Annual Old Town Car Show. The holiday shopping season is kicked off with One Enchanted Evening in November and horse-drawn carriage rides through Old Town start the weekend after Thanksgiving and run through Christmas. The highlight of the Christmas season, however, is the Children’s Electric Light Parade presented by the Old Town Kiwanis Club. Over 100 brightly lit floats and marching groups parade down Pollasky Avenue. For more information on events in Clovis visit

Serving The Entire Central Valley 18 CLOVIS TRANSIT The City of Clovis offers two transit services within Clovis: • Stageline operates along fixed routes with regularly scheduled stops, from 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with limited Saturday service. Please view the maps for limited Saturday service. FAX route 9 operates in Clovis on Shaw Avenue weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and weekends from 8:11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. • Round Up is a demand-response service for disabled residents who call at least a day in advance to schedule trips. Service hours are 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Round Up weekend service is limited to trips in Clovis only. Service to Fresno is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Passengers are required to complete an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) application, have it certified by a physician, then approved by our office prior to booking a trip. People who have proof of ADA registration with another transit system may ride for 21 days while visiting or while awaiting approval. There is no charge for Clovis Transit services. For information about routes and schedules, visit or call (559) 324-2770. CLOVIS VETERANS MEMORIAL DISTRICT The Clovis Veterans Memorial District’s mission is to provide a permanent living memorial honoring U.S. Military and Veterans; provide facilities and support programs to promote a legacy of service for preserving our community’s and country’s foundational ideals. Although our facility has been closed over the past year, our District has engaged our community with over 200 virtual meetings and programs. While also taking the time to update and maintain our facility and preparing to open the Community Heritage Center. Once the doors reopen, the District’s state of the art facility is equipped with the capacity and technology to make the world a smaller place through virtual meetings or in person events. The Clovis Veterans Memorial District’s Rex Phebus Veterans Memorial Building has expanded to over 20,000 square feet, including a 350-seat auditorium, a ballroom, and multiple meeting rooms. By hosting your event in our facility, you not only enjoy state-of-the-art technology in the Central Valley’s premier event venue, you also become part of a partnership that makes a difference in the community by giving back more than $500,000 in support of Veterans, community service programs and youth leadership development. For more information or to follow along with our story visit our website at CLOVIS BOTANICAL GARDEN The Clovis Botanical Garden is a four-acre water-wise garden with an extraordinary display of plants and landscapes appropriate for the California Central Valley climate. Throughout the year, visitors of all ages are welcomed through the poppy gates to explore a wide variety of plants in designated areas identified as the Sensory Garden, Cactus Garden, South African and Chilean Garden, the California Native Plant Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, and the Children’s Garden. The Home Demonstration Area contains facades and waterwise landscape models for the front and backyards of four homes, in addition to an irrigation education area, ground cover and mulch exhibit, and principles for Central Valley Friendly Landscaping. Located just three miles north of Old Town Clovis, the botanical garden offers a venue to enjoy nature with a stroll down the shaded pathways to experience the garden displays, artwork and water features. The Gift Shoppe offers a wide variety of items for nature-lovers too! Admission to the garden is free, although donations are appreciated. The garden is maintained 100% by dedicated volunteers and sustained solely by the community through donations, memberships, fundraising activities, and grants. Plan to visit today to discover the Clovis Botanical Garden–the “Hidden Gem” in Clovis! Special events throughout the year are detailed on our website, so don’t forget to check that out too! COMMUNITY EVENTS & CULTURE 19 TARPEY DEPOT Ever notice the little Victorian style building that sits on the northeast corner of Clovis Avenue and Fourth Street? Maybe you know that it is called the Tarpey Depot. In 1891, when it was a brand-new building, it served as the first glimpse of Clovis for visitors to the area. Today, one hundred and thirty years later, the original building still gladly greets visitors from around the world as the Clovis Tourist and Information Center. Back in the late 1800s, the Central Pacific Railroad connected the United States from east to west. What used to take eight months by covered wagon across the plains or by sailing around Cape Horn was achieved by rail in a matter of days. Soon, there were several, smaller, “feeder lines” throughout California. And, by the spring of 1872, the branch that served the San Joaquin Valley, the Southern Pacific Railroad, began to operate trade routes. In 1892, during the construction of the railroad, two depots were constructed in what is now the City of Clovis. Clovis Station, near the corner of Fourth and Clovis Avenue, was used primarily for shipping freight. And the Tarpey Depot, located southeast of Ashlan and Clovis Avenues, served as a passenger station. In 1893, the entire nation slid into a depression. Declining prices affected the area’s grape and grain markets and production. The San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company was no more. In 1897, Fire destroyed the Clovis Station Depot leaving the Tarpey Depot as the last surviving piece of evidence from the little railroad company that once had the heart and determination to take a DavidVersus-Goliath stance against the mighty Southern Pacific. By 1911, the Tarpey Depot building had become a post office and was used as an office for an adjacent vineyard. In the 1940s, the building was moved across the street and used as a real estate sales office for the new Tarpey Village housing tract. By the early 1960s, the building was moved 15 miles away to Kearney Park, in southwest Fresno, where it was to be part of a Pioneer Village attraction. The “village” plans never materialized and the building sat, boarded up and deteriorating for 32 years. Meanwhile, the City of Clovis began to grow at a tremendous pace. But, the hubbub and clatter of all these people didn’t change the way one woman felt about her hometown. Susie Osterberg grew up in Clovis on a small farm. As an adult, she and her husband had a business in Clovis. Susie had a passion for her little town of Clovis. By the early 1990s, Susie had developed a plan to return the old Tarpey Depot back to its rightful place in the Clovis community. She made it her personal mission to see the building fully restored and appreciated by all citizens and visitors alike. Find everything you need to have a wonderful time in Clovis, from the best restaurants to free maps of bike trails, historical sites, and places to shop. For brochures about all the fun Clovis has to offer, visit the Clovis Tourist Information and Visitors Center in the historic Tarpey Depot, on Clovis Avenue at Fourth Street. COMMUNITY EVENTS & CULTURE COMMUNITY HERITAGE CENTER The Community Heritage Center will serve as an educational center to present and preserve regional history, with an emphasis on veterans of the community, to communicate the broader story of the United States. “It reminds you of the roots that have made our community what it is, and it’s a celebration of the past as a reminder of the responsibility of the present,” said Lorenzo Rios, CEO of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. Through interpretive graphics, interactive kiosks, unique artifacts, and state-of-the art technology, visitors to the new center will learn the fascinating, complex, and legendary stories of Clovis’ past, including colorful stories told personally by C. B. Shaver, Marcus Pollasky, and Clovis Cole. CLOVIS TOURIST INFORMATION & VISITORS CENTER The Tarpey Depot Visitors Center is located at Fourth Street and Clovis Avenues in Old Town Clovis. The Visitor’s Center has information on places to visit and things to do in Clovis. 399 Clovis Avenue Clovis, CA 93612 Phone: (559) 324-2084 Toll Free: (877) 725-6847

Serving The Entire Central Valley 20 COMMUNITY EVENTS & CULTURE CLOVIS STATUARY ART Clovis takes pride in embracing its heritage, values and culture and expressing it through artwork found along the Old Town Heritage walk and a variety of other locations throughout Clovis. As you stroll through the town, you will find eight of these unique statues, including the most popular bronze statues in the world, the Bronco Buster. BRONCO BUSTER East side of Clovis Avenue, south of Sierra Avenue In 1895, Fredric Remington produced one of the most popular bronze statues in the world. Bronco (Broncho) Buster was presented to Teddy Roosevelt and it is displayed in the oval office to this day. In 2005, the City of Clovis proudly erected an oversized replica of the famous Remington statue as a tribute to the City’s wild west roots. Bronco Buster 21 It is often said the American Cowboy Tradition called “rodeo” got its start when “one ranch said they had a horse that couldn’t be rode, and another ranch said they had a cowboy that couldn’t be thrown.” For a dedicated group of volunteers, preserving the cattle ranching legacy of the region, the sport of professional rodeo, and the Clovis Way of Life is why this 5-day event has become one of the top 10 rodeos in the nation. The annual Clovis Rodeo is always celebrated the last (full) weekend in April. There are also a lot of events throughout the month of April where fans can participate. Those include a local Jackpot Roping, the Clovis Ranch Rodeo competition, a parade and the John W. Jones Memorial Steer Wrestling. Guests are encouraged to visit for the latest news and calendar of events. Professional Bull Riding, two great concerts with some of Country Music’s rising stars along with four days of Professional Rodeo Cowboy action and lots of great food and more entertainment make‑up this annual week-long event. It is a week (and more) of full‑throttle action that includes both timed and roughstock rodeo events. In the roughstock rodeo events that include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding; a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his performance and the bull or bucking horse’s performance. To earn a qualified ride, a cowboy must stay on for eight seconds. In timed events such as steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing, cowboys and cowgirls at the other end of the arena compete against the clock for the best time. The Rodeo Association understands that it is Clovis’ rich and meaningful history that sets the community apart. Rodeo volunteers believe that remembering your roots, and what it took to get here, helps them have a deeper appreciation for the days ahead. The rodeo, to this day, remains a time for friends, family and neighbors to come together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Always held the last weekend in April, the small festival that was started more than 100 years ago is now a professional sporting event that attracts champion cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the world to compete on some of the best livestock in rodeo. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting The rodeo grounds are located on Clovis Avenue between Bullard and Shaw in the heart of downtown Clovis. It is an easy walk from any of the many hotels in the community. Parking at the rodeo grounds is free of charge. Visit for event details, additional information and a calendar of rodeo activities in Clovis, California. THE CLOVIS RODEO Always Held the Last Weekend in April, it is one of Fresno County’s Most Popular Events

Serving The Entire Central Valley 22 LOCATION In the heart of California, at the foothills of the Sierra National Forest, the City of Clovis remains a sought-after location for residents and businesses. Known for its quiet charm, the city is located in the northeast section of the San Joaquin Valley and provides easy access to several well-known cities, national park and seaside towns. Neighboring the city of Fresno, Clovis enjoys the convenience of transportation options that are usually reserved for larger cities. Clovis Transit (Round Up and Stageline) and the Fresno Area Express serve the public transportation needs of the area. Air travel is available through the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Amtrak provides rail travel from its station located in Fresno. From the beginnings in the late 1800s as a freight stop along the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, the location of Clovis has proven to be a catalyst for commerce and growth. Clovis is in close proximity to California State Highway 99, providing a direct route south to Los Angeles (via Interstate 5) and north of Sacramento, the state capital. Highway 41, 168 and 180 connect residents and businesses to destinations throughout the Central Valley. Yosemite National Park Dinkey Creek Bridge 23 Disneyland..................... 253 miles Las Vegas, NV. .............. 403 miles Los Angeles................... 227 miles Monterey........................ 161 miles Reno, NV........................ 306 miles Sacramento. .................. 178 miles San Diego...................... 347 miles San Francisco................ 195 miles San Jose........................ 158 miles Sequoia National Park..... 71 miles South Lake Tahoe.......... 263 miles Yosemite National Park. ... 60 miles DISTANCE FROM CLOVIS TO: CLOVIS

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Serving The Entire Central Valley 26 HISTORY AT A GLANCE The first thoughts of settlement by a non-native in the area are credited to Padre Martin, who explored the area in 1806 while searching for a mission site. Some of the first permanent settlers were gold rush miners of 1849, displacing the many Native American tribes settled in the foothills and near the rivers. As the gold ran out, they established small farms in the foothills. After the Civil War, large cattle grazing lands were developed. Several prominent families of that day currently have descendants still living in Clovis to this day. The pioneer family of Stephen H. Cole arrived in the area in 1872. Two years later, Stephen gave his sixteen year old son, Clovis, four horses. Clovis used the horses to haul lumber from the timber rich Sierra Nevada. It was soon recognized that the grazing land on the valley’s floor would adapt well to dry grain farming, so Clovis M. Cole began to buy land to raise grain for feed and seed. He eventually farmed 50,000 acres and became known as the “Wheat King of the United States.” In 1880, he purchased 480 acres that would eventually become the City of Clovis. As the railroad trusts began charging higher rates, Valley farmers sought an alternative to shipping their grains to market. In 1890, a 26 year old Chicago railroad developer named Marcus Pollasky and a group of prominent Fresno citizens raised more than $100,000 to build the independent San Joaquin Valley Railroad. The tracks extended from near downtown Fresno, north to Millerton (now Friant), and were planned to go on to Truckee and the world markets. Clovis Cole sold most of the land that would be used by the railroad, including a site for a depot. In 1891, just before the first tracks were laid, Pollasky and his investors founded the city and named it Clovis, after Clovis M. Cole. The San Joaquin Valley Railroad was eventually purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and continued to operate profitably for decades. At the same time the railroad was being constructed, a group of Michigan lumbermen began acquiring thousands of acres of timber in the mountains east of Clovis. Eventually, they built a dam on a creek and created Shaver Lake. From the foot of the dam, they built a 42-mile flume to carry timber to the Valley floor. A huge lumber industry grew in the empty fields of Clovis. A planing mill, box factory, warehouses, dry kiln, offices, workhorse stables, pastures and cottages were built. Saloons and other entertainment venues followed. This activity attracted more and more new residents. In 1894, the first school opened in the waiting room of the Tarpey Depot. The next year, Clovis’ first permanent schoolhouse was built on the northeast corner of 2nd and Pollasky. In 1900, the Hoblitt Hotel was built on the northwest corner of Fourth and Pollasky, three stories in height and very attractive. It had a small lobby, a nice dining room and boasted a bathtub and a lavatory on each floor. Today, several structures besides the Clovis Hotel still exist from the rough-and-tumble town that was Clovis at the turn of the 20th Century. We invite you to explore the rich history for yourself. Stop by the Clovis Tourism and Information Center at Tarpey Depot or download a Guide to Historical Sights.