Valley Voice Calendar of Events – Its almost spring!

Feb 29 – March 22:“The Marquis crossing Ladies Society’s First Attempt at Murder” in Hanford

Wise-cracking farce about the ladies, who decide to write a murder mystery but then two convicts on the lam join the cast. Temple Theatre, 514 Visalia St., Hanford. www.kingsplayers.org or 559 584-7241, Feb 29, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees March 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 2 p.m.

March 5: For the Love of Art

Art show, dinner and silent auction featuring the work of Visalia Unified high school artists. Proceeds from the items auctioned will be divided equally between the artist and the Visalia Ed Foundation to be used for grants, scholarships and other projects that will benefit VUSD students. Tickets can be purchased online for $20 + $1.45 ticket fee or at the Visalia Unified School District Office at 5000 W. Cypress for $20.

March 5, 6, 7: Visalia Gleaning Seniors Spring Yard Sale

Thurs-Sat, 8am-2pm,  28600 Rd 156, Visalia, Between Caldwell & Walnut

March 5 – 7:“Cinderella”

The wonderful fairy tale is presented by The Enchanted Playhouse, Visalia’s children’s theater, at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main. www.foxvisalia.org or 559 625-1369 March 5 & 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

March 6 – 14: “Stupid F*** Bird”

An adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,” this is a play about unrequited love, a kooky playwright and the state of theater today. At the College of the Sequoias Theatre, 915 S. Mooney, Visalia. www.cos.ticketleap.com

March 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday matinees March 8 & 15 at 1 p.m.

March 6: First Friday Coffee event featuring Sierra View Medical Center Wound Healing Center

Sierra View Medical Center invites the community to attend one of the Porterville Chamber’s most popular monthly networking opportunities, First Friday Coffee, 7 – 8:15am. A presentation will touch on state-of-the-art therapies that have tremendously helped numerous individuals in the community with chronic or non-healing wounds. Galaxy Theatre, 631 N. Indiana St. Porterville,  Free light breakfast, coffee, prizes. To learn more about Wound Healing services in Porterville, CA visit sierra- https://www.sierra-view.com/hospital-services/wound-healing/. No RSVP required for the event.

March 7: 30th Annual Civil War Reenactment

The Civil War relived at Mooney Grove, 27000 S. Mooney, Visalia, on March 7 & 8. www.visitvisalia.com

March 7: College of the Sequoias Horticulture Club – Learn about fruit trees

The Horticulture Club is having a free workshop on how to graft your own backyard dormant trees at the Tulare COS campus, Building B, 4999 E. Bardsley Ave., Tulare. Late winter is the best time to plant or graft apple, pear, apricot, peach, plum, nectarine, cherry and persimmon trees.  Master grafters from COS and the California Rare Fruit Growers will help you graft your very own young tree rootstock, $5 each subject to availability. Proceeds go the COS Horticulture Club. For details call Richard Smith at (559)322-4695 or Ramon Flores at (559)909-3918.

March 7: Hanford Film Festival – Locals short films

Celebrates the Central Valley’s most talented film makers’ short films starting at 5 p.m. Hanford Fox Theatre, 326 N. Irwin. 559 584-7823 or www.foxhanford.com

March 7: 1st Saturday in Three Rivers

Opens artists’ studios and features art shows from 11-5. Pick up a map at the Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. (Highway 198) or the Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Dr. Free. www.1stsaturdaytr.com

March 8: Annual Young Artist Concert hosted by the Kings Community Orchestra

Performance starts at 4 p.m and will feature the winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition as well as works including Von Suppe’s “Poet and Peasant Overture” and Vaughn-Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme” by Thomas Tallis. First Presbyterian Church, 340 N. Irwin, Hanford. www.facebook.com/YoungArtistConcert

March 9: 210 Connect – Mental Health: In a crisis? Where to turn for help in Tulare County

Panelists include representatives from Tulare County Health and Human Resources Department, Kaweah Delta’s mental health services, local advocates and people who have received services. 7 p.m. Monday, March 9 at 210, 210 W Center Ave. in downtown Visalia. The panel will also field questions from the audience. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the cafe will be open and serving a featured beverage for purchase 210 W Center Ave. in downtown Visalia. Information: (559) 739-9010 or https://www.facebook.com/210Connect/

March 11: Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sierra Vista Mobile Manor 2301 S Divisadero, Visalia,. Every second Wednesday of the month. Discussion, socializing, speakers, outings. Contact 733-7362 or 827-4824

March 13 – 15: “Bubble Boy” in Lindsay

Presented by Lindsay High School, this musical is about a boy born without immunities who must live in a plastic bubble room. He builds a bubble suit to pursue the girl he loves. The show explores the idea that we all have our “bubbles” which prevent us from being all we can be. Tickets at the door. Lindsay Community Theater, 190 N. Elmwood Ave.  www.lindsaycommunitytheater.com March 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 15 at 2 p.m.

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Visalia, Saturday at 10 am. It is still time for fun and interesting participants to the parade. Entry fee is $25 before March 9th and accepting late entries also with entry fee at $35. For more information to be an entry in the parade or to sponsor this event please go to www.VisaliaBreakfastLions.org. The Parade route  will step off on Main St. at Church and will travel west to Willis and head north, the parade will disband in front of the Vintage Press.

March 14: Irish Fest

Celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Day in style. Irish Fest as Saturday is your chance to be Irish for a day, head down to Rawhide Stadium. Doors open at 1pm. Last pour will be at 4:30. Tickets are $40 and $50 at the door – there are a limited number of tickets. Non-drinkers $15

March 14: Frankie Quiñones at the Fox

A comedian of many characters, is on stage at 8 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main. 559 625-1369 or www.foxvisalia.org

March 14: Tulare Kings Audubon Society March Field trip

The Big Sycamore Trail, in the riparian area below Lake Success Dam, often holds many surprises. Grapevine thickets, sycamore, eucalyptus, tobacco tree, elderberry, pond habitat, dam outflow stream, dry field and power lines provide a wide variety of habitats. Meet at the Army Corps parking lot below Success Dam at the Big Sycamore sign at 7 AM. Bring binoculars, bird book, layered clothing for the weather, water and snacks. Trail is about 1 mile and easy. Contact Rose Bonar” <[email protected]

March 14: Soroptimist International of Visalia Spring Fling

Soroptimist International of Visalia announces their annual Spring Fling fundraiser to be held from 10:00am-2:30pm at the Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Drive. Over 400 attendees at this lively event slated to raise more than $25,000. Western theme (western clothing and hats optional), a luncheon, a performance by Lon Hannah and the San Joaquin Junction. Win 109 bottles of wine from a wine tree auction and over 100 fabulous baskets. Tickets through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com. Contact  www.sivisalia.org, Kathy Fraga at (559) 730-8466. Tickets are $35 per person or $280 for a table of 8.

March 14:  Discussion regarding the University of Alaska 9-11 study

Discussion, Pot Luck, Video, 9/11 EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE, Experts Speak Out, Richard Gage, architect and founder of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, ae911truth, will address questions by speaker phone at the pot luck.  1213 S. Fairway Street, Visalia,  6 PM  to 8 pm, RSVP:  559-901-1974   or [email protected]  Open to the public.  Bring something for the pot luck. For more information:  http://ine.uaf.edu/wtc7

March 16: Tulare Joint Union High School District Community Night Vaping Prevention. 

Held at the Tulare Community Auditorium which is located on the Tulare Union High School Campus.  5:30 p.m.  Following the presentation various companies will answer questions and provide resources.  Contact Tracey Domingues

March 16: Tulare Joint Union High School District Community Night – Vaping Prevention

Covers the negative impact of vaping on our teens held at the Tulare Community Auditorium which is located on the Tulare Union High School Campus, 5:30 p.m. Following the presentation, there will be various companies that can answer questions and provide valuable resources.

March 20:  Gary Woods – “Birds of Southeast Arizona”

Gary Woods of Fresno Audubon will be presenting his photography from the past 12 years from Southeast Arizona at 7:00pm St Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall 120 N. Hall St, Visalia . Gary is an excellent photographer and birder. Although Southeast Arizona is barely known outside the world of birders, it is rich in biodiversity with many species found nowhere else in the US. Besides photos, he will provid many resources about where to go and how to get started, including birding festivals. The church’s parking lot from the 1400 block of West Center St. is the closest to the Parish Hall. No host dinner at Marie Callender’s (Hwy 198 and Mooney Blvd) at 5:15 where you can usually meet the speaker.

March 21: Exeter Woman’s Club Annual Spring Home Tour

Come tour 4 beautiful homes in Exeter at your leisure between 12 – 4 pm, Saturday March 21. In addition to drinks & snacks at their Clubhouse. Tickets go on sale March 4th. $25.00. Tickets available at Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Antiques by the Water Tower, etc, Exeter. Or call 559-799-3641 for credit card or Venmo payments.

March 25: “Noon” Kiwanis Club of Tulare presents 60th “Farmer of the Year”

Kiwanis Club presents Farmer of the Year award to Bud and Lance Mouw, farmer and dairy producers from Tulare.  The luncheon at 12:00 pm at the Heritage Complex in Tulare. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door and purchased at Mechanics Bank, Farm Credit West or Garton Tractor in Tulare.  Info Celeste Moore, event chair at 559-280-1481.

March 26: Impact Leadership Conference – The Evolution Begins

The Conference cultivates business and community leaders by providing quality continuing education on workplace skills, personal growth and community activism. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers, Rebecca Heiss, Phd, CEO/Founder of Biologic Balance and Motivational Speaker and James Lloyd, President of 9 Screens International and Inspirational Speaker. The day will also include breakout sessions presented by local industry experts and community leaders. Visalia Convention Center, 303 E Acequia Ave, Cost: $175-$300. Contact: Visalia Chamber of Commerce; (559) 734-5876, [email protected]

March 27: Tulare County Farm Bureau’s annual Education and Scholarship Gala

Tickets are selling quick for Tulare County Farm Bureau’s 33rd annual fundraising gala to support the Education and Scholarship trust at the Visalia Convention Center.  Reserve your tickets before March 13. This year’s raffles are also sure to impress!  Gator TS UTV from Lawrence Tractor and a beautiful Diamond pendant from Brown’s Custom Jewelry. This year’s wine is coming from outstanding California wineries, and labels you are sure to recognize. Major sponsorships are available and individual tickets can be purchased for $125 at the TCFB office in Visalia. Call 732-8301 for more information. Reservations are due by March 13.

March 28: Wilma McDaniel Literary Landmark Celebration

Wilma McDaniel, Tulare’s Poet Laureate, will be posthumously designated a California Literary Landmark at the Tulare Historical Museum. Wilma’s designation will mark only the sixth Literary Landmark in the state of California, the first for Tulare County, and the first female to be given this distinction. A free biscuits & gravy and cornbread & beans brunch will be available from 11am-1pm, The Literary Landmark Celebration program begins at 1:00pm

March 28: Visalia Home Garden Tour

The Sequoia Garden Club of Visalia will host its bi-annual home garden tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The theme for this year’s tour is “Rethinking Your Garden.”  The public can tour five homes that are beautifully designed with water conservation in mind.  Visitors will have access to a list of plants used in the landscapes and information about integrated pest management best practices. Tulare County Master Gardeners will be available at each site to answer questions. Plants will be for sale at a sixth venue. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Visalia at: Curry Copy, Luis’ Nursery and Sequoia Plaza Flowers. Or contact Donna Mekeel at 559- 733-4832 [email protected]. Day of event ticket cost is $25.00

April 3: The 15th Annual Birdhouse Auction

Each year Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties holds its signature event, The Birdhouse Auction, at the Wyndham Hotel,  9000 W Airport Dr. Visalia, Doors open at 6pm. This year we are going “down the rabbit hole” with a fun ALICE IN WONDERLAND theme. All the proceeds from the Birdhouse Auction support Habitat’s on-going mission of building homes, community and hope. Contact: Deanna Saldana 559-734-4040 ext 106

April 4: Overland Mail Coaches

Saturday April 4th from 10 to 4 at the Springville Historical Museum. 12 pm Cowboy Trail Lunch available for $5.00. On display will be locally owned wagons, the styles of which were used along the Butterfield Overland Mail Route. The early mud wagon from the Goshen Mounted Police will be with us as well as a mud wagon pulled by matching Haflinger fillies. Learn about the California Butterfield Stage Mail Route:  presented by Historian Bill Melton

April 4: Tulare Comix Fundraiser 

On Saturday, April 4, 5:30 – 10:00pm, Boys & Girls Club will be hosting its 13th Annual Comix Dinner & Comedy Show to benefit the Tulare Boys & Girls Club. This annual fundraiser features a dinner, silent and live auctions, and a stand‐up comedy show. Tulare Heritage Complex- 4500 S. Laspina St. Tulare, Contact  [email protected] ,592-4074.  https://www.bgcsequoias.org/tularecomix

April 4: 88th Annual Lindsay Orange Blossom Festival

The real fun is blooming at the Lindsay Orange Blossom Parade and Festival, Saturday, April 4th at Lindsay Park! The parade starts at 10am, and the festival goes from 11am to 5pm. Live music, food vendors, bounce houses, a 5K Fun Run, a carnival and more! And it’s free! Grab some lawn chairs and the whole family and make a day of it.  Learn more at lindsayorangeblossom.org.

April 4: Crush It! 5K Fun Run/2K Walk

Grab your friends, family, and tennis shoes and head out to the Lindsay Orange Blossom Crush It! Fun Run on Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Race time is 7:00AM, check-in from 6-6:30 AM.  Pre register online at www.lat3six.org/run.  Cost is $25 before March 15 and $30 after March 15.  T-Shirts guaranteed if registered before March 15th.  Proceeds benefit local scholarships. Race starts at Lindsay Wellness Center, 860 N Sequoia Ave, Lindsay.

April 11: Woodlake Easter Egg Hunt

The inaugural Easter egg hunt at Miller Brown Park offers egg-citing activities like egg hunts, free activities, live entertainment, information booths, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Miller Brown Park, Woodlake, Ages 1-8, Contact: Raymond Macareno, JEMA Foundation Board Member [email protected] / 559.972.7097

April 12: “An Easter Storybook Event”

Fundraiser for Mooney Grove Park  Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 am, BBQ,Bounce Houses,Easter Egg Hunts,Live Entertainment Till 4:00 pm Mooney Grove Park, 2700 S Mooney Blvd Visalia , Sponsorships Available, Contact: The Real Mooney Grove Project Inc. 559-586-3985. [email protected]

April 18: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Visalia’s Earth Day is scheduled for April 18, 2020 at Riverway Sports Park 3611 N. Dinuba Blvd between 9AM and 3PM. Activities include: Family Bicycle Ride, City-wide Visalia Transit, Drawings for Great Giveaways, Kid-friendly Activities, Booths – ideas for Green living, EcoCreate Recycle Art Contest, Kids Bike “Roadeo”, Live Music, Food, Entertainment, and possible Chalk Art and Plug-In-America EV Test Drive.

May 1: 7th Annual Golf Tournament for  Hands in the Community

Starts at Noon Shotgun, Ridgetop Country Club 3018 Ridge Creek Drive, Dinuba, Ca 93618. Contact: Lester Moon, CEO Hands in the Community, 559-625-3822

May 2: Creative Center Second Annual Western Roundup Fundraiser!

Join us for a western themed night of dinner, live entertainment, live auction, silent auction, and a no host bar, while supporting a great cause. This event will be held at the beautiful Country M. Ranch at 6 PM. Individual dinner tickets are $35 each, and there are sponsorship and VIP table options available. For tickets and more information regarding sponsorship options, please call (559) 733-9329.

May 2:  Menopause The Musical

The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change – Returns to The Fox stage for ONE SHOW only! Doors open at 3:00 P.M. and the show begins at 4:00 P.M. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 18th at Noon, online and at our box office! The Visalia Fox Theatre – 300 W. Main Street, Box Office hours are Tuesdays – Fridays, Noon to 6:00 P.M.

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