Community Ed Classes Make Great Gifts!
Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Need a companion gift to go with another item, or the perfect stocking stuffer? Why not give a Gift Voucher for Community Ed classes? We offer something for just about everyone on your list – Guitar/Bass lessons (new guitar under the tree?), Sewing, Art, Photography (who’s getting a new camera??), Golf, Fitness, Computers, Cooking, and so much more!
Vouchers can be purchased on our website and printed at home – click click click and you’re done! Or, purchase by phone and print at home, or we can mail a physical voucher to you or the recipient. Questions, give us a call at 559-327-2876. Office hours next week are Monday – Thursday 8am-8pm, and Friday 8am-3pm (although the potential for getting to go home early on the last day are very high, just FYI! :)).
Enjoy the three day weekend! The Community Ed office and Clovis Adult campus will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, for the Labor Day holiday. We will resume classes as scheduled, and our normal office hours of 8:00am-8:00pm on Tuesday, 9/4.
Memorial Day 2018
Memorial Day was first observed 150 years ago on May 5, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War.
The head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
Some cities in both the North and South claim to have been first to hold commemorative days prior to 1868. In 1966,Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.
No matter the official first observance, we honor and remember all those who have died while serving in all American wars throughout the years, and are thankful for their service and sacrifice for this nation.
The Community Education office and entire Clovis Adult campus will be closed, and no classes held on Monday, May 28, 2018 in honor of Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy the day off, and take a moment to remember the freedom that we have didn’t come free – some paid the ultimate price! We will return to normal office hours of M-Th 8am-8pm and classes as scheduled on Tuesday, May 29th.
You can read more about the origins of Memorial Day by clicking here.
Veterans Day 2017
The Community Ed office and the entire Clovis Adult Education campus will be closed and no classes held on Friday, November 10, 2017 in honor of the Veterans Day Holiday.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day is set aside to honor all those who served honorably in the military, whether in war or peace. We are grateful to our military personnel past and present for the sacrifices they make to secure our freedom. Thank you to all our students who are Veterans – your service is much appreciated!
We hope you all enjoy the day off, and take time to thank a Veteran!
Flag photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. -William Arthur Ward
Wishing all our students, instructors and fellow staffers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday – we are thankful for all of you and what you do to make Clovis Community Education a great place to learn something new! Our offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Break from Nov. 21st – 25th, and will resume regular classes and hours on Monday Nov. 28th. We hope you enjoy the time off, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.