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A Bear-in-a-Balloon for Valentine’s Day

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At the corner of Sixth and Gateway in the Sears parking lot is a Valentine’s Day stand, but this is not your usual vendor of balloons and flowers. A giant stuffed bear welcomes kids, adults and families to Bear-in-a-Balloon and passers-by can’t miss the terrific tunes emanating from the corner.

The stand is operated by Jock Little, better known in the music world as Jock Shock. He has played the guitar for more than 30 years.

Little is accompanied by Bobby Joe Neely on drums, guitar and an unusual flute. With more than 40 years of musical experience, Neely is an award-winning musical talent and member of the West Coast Hall of Fame and Bay Area Blues Society. He was honored as Artist of the Year in 2011.

Neely works for Economy Movers of Fresno, but this time of year is special...


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