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Historic Fresno Neighborhood Plans Holiday Destination Rebirth; Recognizes Longtime Advocate



Penny Raven's contributions to Huntington Boulevard will be celebrated Saturday by community members. (GV Wire Composite)
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Huntington Boulevard’s historic role in Fresno will be in the spotlight Saturday morning as the neighborhood celebrates a longtime resident and supporter and prepares for the avenue’s planned return next year as Candlelight Lane at Christmas.

Organizer Paul Nuno said the neighborhood of historic homes — in its glory days Huntington housed some of Fresno’s most prominent movers and shakers — plans to be a Christmas visit destination again next year, with homes sporting holiday lights and decorations.

Saturday’s celebration will include burnishing with black and gold paint the historic streetlamps that line the grassy median where a streetcar line once ran, and also adding festive red bows and “halos” atop the streetlights, Nuno said.

Homeowners are planning to resume putting up lights and decorations on the grand old historic homes that in years past made Huntington Boulevard a draw for visitors during the holiday season, he said.

Boulevard’s Longtime Supporter Honored

Saturday’s ceremony will include honoring former resident Penny Raven, who will be acknowledged as the first honoree of the Larry J. Raven Spirit Award for the contributions she and her late husband Larry made to Huntington Boulevard over half a century, Nuno said.

City Council members and the mayor have been invited to attend the award ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m., Nuno said.

Penny Raven, who was named the city of Fresno’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and who served for decades as president of the Huntington Boulevard Homeowners History Association, is also known for her bit part in Garry Marshall’s movie “Pretty Woman.”

Her family’s historic home on the boulevard went up for sale in 2022, two years after Larry Raven’s death.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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