Happy New Year! Calendar of Events for January and February

January 2nd through January 31: Coyolxauhqui, Madre Cosmica Exhibition and Opening Reception

Gallery Hours: Noon-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Opening Reception is First Friday, January 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Arts Visalia Visual Art Center 214 E. Oak Ave Contact: Arts Visalia Visual Art Center. 559-739-0905, [email protected]

January 15 – March 12: The Bad Art Show

Come to our 4th Annual Bad Art Show where we are shaking it up a bit, freeing up our preconceptions, and enjoying local art!! 4th annual Bad Art Show Reception, Friday January 24th, 5 – 7pm at Porterville Art Association Gallery, 151 N. Main street in Porterville. Food, Art, Friends and live music by Eaton Pyles String Band. The Bad Art Show is not about “Ugly” art.  Au Contraire, the Bad Art Show is about “resetting” our way of seeing the world around us.Today you see artists, Art Clubs and Museums whose art criteria is based more on $$$$ than anything else. Unfortunately this has led to art being judged by it’s saleability. It’s all about the money.

January 17:“The Reunion Beatles – Fantasy Tribute”

This is the reunion fans always wanted but never got. A night filled with classic songs that every generation has known and loved. What would happen if the band got back together for one more show? This show answers that question…

January 18: Reel Rock 14

This is being presented by a local non-profit called MPACT, which works on bringing mental health awareness to the community. This series features short films about rock climbing and nature. And one features our every own backyard hangout, Yosemite! Tickets are $5 per person with a portion of proceeds going to the non-profit.

January 18 & 19: Tule Gem & Mineral Society 2020 Gemboree

64th Anniversary. Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, 324 North Kaweah Avenue. www.tulegem.com

January 19: Sundays: Sundays @ 2, “unknown”

January’s installment of THM’s “Sundays @ 2” Cultural Program Series tells the story of how an “unknown” WWII Airman became known due to a photograph and research, after his unidentified portrait was donated to THM.  A presentation will made chronicling Sgt. Irving Narter’s heroic story.  A special showing of the Amazing Stories TV episode “The Mission” will also be shown.  This month’s program not only highlights a Veteran and his sacrifice, it also reminds us of the vital role that Museums play in society.  In conjunction with the program, THM will also hold “Free Admission Sunday” from 12:30-4pm.

January 21: League of Women Voters and AAUW Commemorate Centennial of Women’s  
Right to Vote

Meet Author Angelica Shirley Carpenter at at a joint meeting of AAUW and the League of
Women Voters of Tulare County. Luncheon $20, and is open to the public.  Doors open 11:30am on January 21, at the Marriott Hotel, 300 S. Court St. Visalia.  Prepay reservations by Tuesday, January 14, by sending checks (made out to “LWVTC”) to LWVTC, P.O. Box 3011, Visalia, CA  93291.  Indicate chicken teriyaki or vegetarian stir-fry.  Contact [email protected]  Feel free to come dressed in suffragist garb!

January 21: Tulare County Farm Bureau and Exeter Chamber of Commerce  Candidates Forum

Exeter Memorial Building 6:30- 8:30 pm located at 324 N. Kaweah Ave. For more information contact the Exeter Chamber of Commerce (559) 592-2919. Doors open 6:30 pm and the forum will begin at 7pm with moderator asking questions and audience can submit questions in writing. Hosts are the Exeter Chamber and TC League of Women Voters and Farm Bureau.

January 23: 2020 Micari4Supervisor Dinner Fundraiser

Larry Micari WANTED for Tulare County Board of Supervisor, District 1 Dinner Fundraiser! Music by “Banded Heart”, VIP Pre-Event (tickets required), Dinner and Auction. 5:00-6:00pm. VIP Pre-Event (wine, hors d’oeuvres and social hour), 6:00-7:00pm Supporters Social Hour and 7:00pm Dinner, Whitney’s Wild Oak Ranch, Exeter, Contact: Micari4supervisor.com for tickets or Beth Micari [email protected] or 559-280-7546


Marie Guzman, loan officer with Caliber Home Loans, and Gracie Banda and Roy Kendall, with Roy Kendall, Inc., will present a bi-lingual seminar for first-time home buyers on “How to Purchase Your First Home.” Topics will include:  No and Low Down Payment, City Funds, Government Down Payment Assistance Programs, FHA and VA, and Seller Assistance.  At 6pm, 209 E. Caldwell, Visalia. Free list of homes and refreshments will be offered.  Space is limited.  Please make reservations. RSVP:  Roy Kendall 559-901-1974 or [email protected].

January 24: Tulare Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet

Tulare Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards & Installation Banquet honorees were announced and will be honored at the International agri-center 6pm. Tickets are available to the event and are $65 before January 10th and $75 after.  Tickets can be purchased at tularechamber.org or by calling (559) 686-1547.

January 25: Micari Pancake Breakfast  Meet n Greet

Please join Larry Micari for Supervisor District 1 for a Meet & Greet hosted by Doug and Barbara Bodine at their residence 41045 Mynatt Drive, Three Rivers. The event will be held from 9am – 11am. RSVP appreciated but not required. We look forward to seeing you there.  Beth Micari, 280-7546

January 27: Unlikely, A feature documentary investigating America’s college dropout crisis and the barriers students face in their pursuit of a college degree and meaningful career.

The film asks: “Did you know that 60% of the U.S. population will need higher education degrees, certificates or credentials to meet work requirements by 2025?” The public is invited and all showings of Unlikely are free, but advance registration is required due to the sizes of the venues. FPU Visalia Campus, 245 N. Plaza Drive, Visalia, CA 5pm. Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/unlikely-film-tickets-82670025271

January 29:  “Golden Dragon Acrobats”

Making their grand return to the historic theatre, this is a night of fantastic visuals and stunts that will have you on the edge of your seat. Fun for the whole family, children ticket prices available! Tickets are now available and can be purchased at FoxVisalia.org and/or at the box office at 308 West Main Street

January 30: League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

from 6:30-8:45pm at the College of the Sequoias, Ponderosa Hall located at 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. The Exeter Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the League of Women Voters  for a candidate forum for Congressional District 22 and Tulare County Board of Supervisor District 3. Info at 559-732-2009 or email [email protected].

February 15: A Night of Wine, Cheese & Chocolate

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic cultural evening at the Tulare Historical Museum and Heritage Art Gallery on Saturday, February 15th, 6:30-9:30pm!  Enjoy delectable displays of chocolate, cheese and various appetizers, paired with special selections of wine chosen by dedicated wine enthusiasts and Museum supporters.  Tickets can be purchased either at THM, by phone 559-686-2074, or via PayPal at www.tularehistoricalmuseum.org.

February 18: Empty Bowls

Visalia Rescue Mission Community Center, 741 N. Santa Fe, Visalia, 6:00pm. Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empty-bowls-2020-tickets-81854160999 An international project to fight hunger, personalized on a community level. The goal behind EMPTY BOWLS is to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity. Local sponsors provide hand-crafted bowls and serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl for their meal and keep it as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. 100% of all proceeds will be given directly to Visalia Rescue Mission. Info E-mail [email protected] or call (559) 740-4178 ext. 210.

February 22: Visalia 17th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Fair Year of the Mouse, 2020

Noon to 4pm, 816 W. Oak Ave.  Visalia. Free Parking. Chopsticks Picking-Up Bean Contest, Wishing Trees,Philosophy and History, Box of Confucius, Chinese New Year Foods for Blessings, Chinese Horoscope Calendar,Tricky Trade Auction, Chinese New Year Photo Booth Auspicious Fruits of the New Year Tea Sampling, Chinese Medicine, Dragon Parade, Food Vendors, Cultural Arts for Children, For more information, contact 625-4246. Visit: www.allholisticmed.org

February 28: The Visalia Fox is turning 90

! It’s going to be the biggest party of the year! Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to join us! Be transported in time to 1930, the night the Fox opened! We have some special celebrities from the past joining us, like Frank Sinatra and others. This is a one-night-only event. Tickets available at the Visalia fox box office.

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