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The 12th annual Plant Give & Take is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon April 6 in Reedley at the First United Methodist Church parking lot, 1461 11th St. across from the Post Office. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Community Volunteers Central Valley. The event is free to the public. All types of plants, seeds, bulbs and cuttings for the home garden will be exchanged. Give what you have and take plants. No experience necessary. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Details, 559-277-2151 or 559-908-1118.

In boxing news, Sanger Officer Victor Ibal, 30, said he’s been training the past two months for a Battle of the Badges competition on April 6. “I started getting serious,” he said while training at the youth center. “I’ve been an amateur boxer five to six years.” His wife, Anabel, brought their son Donovan, 6 months, to watch dad slam a long-handled sledge hammer over and over into a huge tire. The exercise, which went on for a substantial period of time, was just part of his workout. Ibal said he likes working out alongside the kids. He encouraged one the others called “Panda” as the boy slammed a medicine ball onto the ground repeatedly. “I come from the same background,” Ibal said. “I came from Fresno. That’s why I train here, just grind. Hard. Just like him (referring to Panda). He’s doing the same thing.”

Mid Valley Disposal and the City of Sanger plan community clean-up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the Sanger City Yard, 333 North Ave. The event is for residents only. Proof of residency is required by showing a driver’s license or city utility bill. Details, 559-567-0523.

AMVETS plans its fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. March 29 and April 5 and 12 at the Eagles hall, 225 J St. Details, George 559-286-5667.

U.S. Rep. T.J. Cox has invited high school students in California’s 21st Congressional District to submit original works in his 2019 Congressional Art Competition by April 19. Categories include painting, drawing and print. The winner receives a $3,000 scholarship and two round-trip tickets to the national reception in Washington, D.C. Details for submission can be found at

An old building at the University of California Davis is scheduled to receive a major upgrade as a new laboratory thanks to Julie Ogawa and Jo Ann Ogawa, daughters of the late UC Davis professor and researcher Joseph Ogawa. Their dad grew up on a farm near Sanger and spent part of World War II in an internment camp before going into the U.S. Army in 1945. He got his doctorate in plant pathology and specialized diseases of tree fruit, nut crops and fresh market tomatoes. The donation by the Ogawas also honors their late mother, Margie Ogawa. An Ogawa fund also supports research of plant pathology students. From Outlook, a publication of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church stages “The Passion of the Christ” at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at the corner of North and Bethel avenues. The event, which features live actors, starts at the church hall. Details, 559-875-2025.

A re-enactment of Jesus’ Last Supper will be performed at 6 p.m. April 18 at Sanger Faith Community Church, 738 West Ave. Details, 559-284-0095.

Proteus Inc. is now offering vocational training to all Sanger students. Training includes EMT, auto mechanic and forestry options as well as tutoring, career guidance and work experience. Details, Linda Galvan 559-891-0135.

The Sanger Eagles’ taco nights are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. Breakfasts will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every second Saturday of the month. The location is 225 J St. Details, Jim Batten 559-875-6820 or Denny Noller 559-392-1936.

Sanger Chamber Business After Hours Mixer schedule. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. April 16 at Sanger Library, 1812 Seventh St.; May 21 at Mid Valley Disposal; June 18 Kings River Winery, 4276 S Greenwood Ave.; Aug. 20 Zataris, 1441 Seventh St.; Sept. 17 House of Pendragon, 1849 Industrial Way No. 103; Oct. 15 Belmont Country Club, 8253 E Belmont Ave.; Nov. 19 Bank of the Sierra, 1500 Seventh Ave.. Details, 559-875-4575.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Community Breakfast is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 6 at the American Legion Hall, 1502 O St. Cost is $6. Cub Scout Pack 322 and Boy Scout Pack 322 will assist. The VFW breakfast is usually the first Saturday of the month. 

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