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First Major Gift for Storyland – Playland Kicks-Off Matching Fund-Drive Campaign

by admin 15 May 2015 11:57

(FRESNO, CA.) The new Storyland / Playland board announces its first major donation, thanks to an anonymous donor who is giving $200,000 as a matching gift towards reopening the parks.

The gift carries a challenge for the community to also give $200,000, which would ensure the board has over half of the $850,000 needed to not only bring Storyland / Playland back to life, but create a sustainable future for the parks that the community can be proud of.

The matching fund-drive campaign kicks-off today, May 13, 2015, and will continue until the much needed funds have been raised.  The board hopes to acquire the money as soon as possible to start investing 100% of it back into the park repair, rejuvenate and rebuild attractions, restrooms, landscaping and more.

“We’re extremely appreciative of this generous donation from one of our local community members,” said Scott Miller, chair Storyland / Playland, has been undeniable and our hope the community takes advantage of this amazing opportunity.  We’ve made great strides towards our reopening efforts, but still have a long way to go and every dollar helps us get there that much faster.”

This matching fund-drive marks the second major effort to save Storyland / Playland.  Just last month the Valley Yellow Pages donated the cover of its newest edition to encourage recipients to give by including a return envelope with each directory.  Sin then, Storyland / Playland has received nearly $40,000.00 in donations.

“We couldn’t be happier to have helped kick-start the fundraising efforts for reopening Storyland / Playland,” said Sieg Fischer, chief executive officer of Valley Yellow Pages. It’s important that businesses, organizations and the entire community come together to help save the parks so we ensure they will be around for the kids and families to enjoy for the years to come.”

Thanks to the community’s support, improvements to the parks have already begun.  A local vendor has been selected to begin repairs on the train and the landscaping enhancements are underway.  The board is looking forward to its ongoing outreach efforts, continuing to improve both parks and ultimately, reopening one of the Valley’s most treasured attractions.


For more information and to donate, please visit or call 559 486-0516

Save Money on You Next Flight

by Kelly Bilodeau 15 May 2015 11:07

Looking to catch a flight out of town? Experts say when and how you purchase that airline ticket may influence how much you pay.

Below are some tips to help you save money on airfare so you have more dollars in your pocket when you arrive at your fun-filled destination.

Take your time. Airline prices fluctuate a great deal, even in the course of a day. Expect to spend some time checking prices and doing your research to get the best deal, recommends Fox Business. Insider tip: Set up price alerts daily or weekly so you can snag the best price when it pops up.

Be flexible. If you're willing to move your departure date or even to wait on standby for a flight, you're putting yourself in a good position to save, says USA Today.

Fly late at night or early in the morning. Don't like to fly at these times? Neither does anyone else, which is probably why they're a money-saving choice, according to USA Today.

The Valley Yellow Pages can help plan your trip with listings for airlines, hotels and travel agencies in its online, mobile and print editions.


How to Find a Golf Course

by Steven McReynolds 15 May 2015 10:54

With warm weather upon us, it's time to dust off those clubs and head to the golf course.

Avid golfers already know where they like to play. But what do you do if you are new to golf, new in town, planning a vacation (which might include some golf) or just looking to try a new course?

The Valley Yellow Pages' print, online and mobile formats are a great place to start. You'll find listings for courses as well as equipment and lessons. Here are some other things you can do to take much of the guess work out your search for the best golf courses that meet your needs, as well as budget.

  • Look for reviews for golf courses in the city where you want to play. You should find a number of links that provide helpful reviews, so you'll know about size, style of course, shops, accommodations and more.
  • Find it on Facebook. You'll find some honest feedback, photos and videos from folks who've played these golf courses.
  • Check YouTube. Here you'll find a mix of official videos produced by the golf course, as well as videos posted by golfers themselves. This can give you a good idea of the course terrain and the views around the course.

Now that you've done your research, it's time to get out there and golf!


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