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Festival of Hope Sept. 4 & 5, 2010

Task Force Meeting (Annual) July 15, 2010

Community of Hope May 21, 2010

Festival of Hope

Chalk Mural & Music Festival

Sept. 4 & 5, 2010

Sat. 10 AM to 9 PM  - Sun. 10 AM to 7 PM


(Event Poster)

Hosted at Preferred Outlets at Tulare (map)

(Allegory of Art by Melanie Stimmell)

Six activities will take place during the 2-day Festival of Hope.  All activities are FREE.

Professional chalk muralists will create breath-taking 12'x12' street paintings, the Galaxy Theatre is hosting free documentaries & workshops, free concerts will take place under the tower,  community members have a chance to create their own murals, information & resource booths will provide linkage to a variety of services, and children will be able to create their own chalk drawings near the main fountain.

September 5-11, 2010 is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. The Festival of Hope is designed to bring together members of our community and raise awareness of resources & information to save lives in Tulare County. This event is visually stunning, educational, and brimming with inspiring music provided in partnership with the Sound N Vision Foundation.  The Preferred Outlets at Tulare is graciously hosting our event in the heart of their shopping center and allowing us to fill the air with music, and mark their pavement with murals.

This event will heighten awareness of suicide prevention efforts in our community and encourage the use of resources for the treatment of disorders like depression and substance abuse.  The stigma associated with mental illness works against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk for suicide from seeking life-saving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide. For facts and information about suicide, please visit the American Association of Suicidology website (click here).

Professional Chalk Murals


Melanie Stimmell     Julie Kirk     Lorelle Miller

(Return of the Prodigal Son by Lorelle Miller)

Galaxy Theatre

Participants can choose between 3 main activities taking place in the Galaxy Theatre at 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Saturday, Sept. 4

(10: 00 11:45 AM) - Trevor, short film
(10:00 - 11:00 AM) - The Shaken Tree, documentary & discussion
(10:00 AM +) - Street Painting Workshop, 60-90 minutes, hands-on
(10:30 AM + ) - Street Painting Workshop, 60-90 minutes, hands-on

Sunday, Sept. 5

(10: 00 11:45 AM) - Trevor, short film
(10:00 - 11:00 AM) - The Shaken Tree, documentary & discussion
(10:00 AM +) - Street Painting Workshop, 60-90 minutes, hands-on

All activities in the Galaxy Theare will be preceded by six suicide prevention focused public service announcements were created by high school students from Tulare County to Merced County for the 2010 SlickRock Student Film Festival

Trevor is a short film about a young boy who is coming to terms with his identity, faces rejection, and attempts to take his life. 

The Shaken Tree is a documentary which spotlights the many struggles and effects that mental illness has, not only on those who are afflicted by it, but their family members as well, through the telling of their personal experiences.  The film runs approximately 30 minutes, and is followed by an audience question and answer session.

Street Painting Workshops are lead by three professional artists: Melanie Stimmell, Julie Kirk, and Lorelle Miller, featuring an introduction to the history of street painting followed by 60-90 minutes of hands-on experience out on the blacktop surface!

Live Music

(Click here for a Flyer)

Saturday, Sept. 4

(3:00-4:00 PM) Indosurf (rock/reggae) 

(4:30-5:30 PM) Mezcal (Latin/world music) 

(6:00-7:00 PM) Strange Vine (blues rock)

(7:30-9:00 PM) Band of Brotherz (roots/reggae/rap)

Sunday, Sept. 5

(3:00-4:00 PM) Distrito Torre (Latin Rock)

(4:30-5:30 PM) Fierce Creatures (Indie Rock)

(6:00-7:00 PM) The Whiskey and the Devil Chaplain (Folk/Americana)

Get Involved

If you, your friends, your family, classmates, co-workers, service clubs, faith-based groups, or other social groups desire to support our cause by creating a chalk mural, please see below for our registration form.  Registration is free.  We'll provide the chalk if you provide the passion.

A large area will be set aside for children to participate by creating their own sidewalk chalk murals. There is no registration required for children to participate.

Click the links below for the two versions of our flyer, both in Spanish and English.

Version 1 (color)   Version 1 (grey scale)   Version 1 (ink friendly)

Version 2 (color)   Version 2 (grey scale)   Version 2 (ink friendly)

(If you have trouble downloading a document, please email

Resource & Information Booths

For groups/organizations interested in having a resource/information booth at the event, please download the registration form:   Booth Registration Form

Organizations Currently Hosting Booths:  Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force, VA Central California Health Care System, Tulare Youth Service Bureau, Tulare Community Health Clinic, Turning Point of Central California, Turning Point Children's Mental Health, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency: Foster Family Home Licensing, CASA of Tulare County, The Lisa ProjectCentral Valley Recovery Services, Inc.

Area for Children

Starting at 10:00 AM on both Saturday & Sunday, children will be able to create their own chalk drawings using Crayola® 3-D Sidewalk Chalk.  A large area at the main fountain in the heart of the outlets is set-aside for this event.  There is no charge for participation.  Adults must accompany children at all times.

(Original design by Julie Kirk)

Archive: Annual Task Force Meeting Meeting

July 15th, 2010  -  8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

4031 W. Noble Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277

This meeting is open to the general public, but please RSVP via email at  or via phone at 559.624.7471 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              559.624.7471      end_of_the_skype_highlighting as seating is limited.

Meeting Materials:   Agenda    Meeting Minutes (March 18, 2010)

Voucher Program:  Info Form   Interest Form   Referral Form

Archive: A Community of Hope Conference on Suicide Prevention

May 21, 2010 at the Visalia Convention Center

Over 700 people attended this full-day conference experiencing an event that brought the President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the actress Patty Duke, and experts on topics ranging from youth, military, primary care settings, and many others to Visalia for a one of a kind day.  If you missed the opportunity to attend the conference, please see the brochure archived below for a better view of the day. 

Slide Shows from the presenters will be posted soon!

Brochure - archived

Note: You may need to download the current version of Adobe Reader to view these documents.  This free program can be located at  If you have any difficulty with the forms, please email for assistance.