Community Calendar: January and February
By Robert Perry
January 1 – Three River’s annual Polar Bear Dip takes place at noon just off the deck of the Gateway Restaurant and Lodge, 45978 Sierra Dr. in Three Rivers. Free chowder and hot coffee or hot chocolate for participants.
January 3-26 – Arts Visalia will exhibit the works of the Orange Blossom Quilt Guild. The opening reception will be during the First Friday event, Jan. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center, 214 E. Oak Ave. in Visalia. For more information, go to artsvisalia.org or call 559-739-0905.
January 12 – Exeter Woman’s Club’s Bunco for a Cure, benefitting Exeter Relay for Life, opens at 6:30 p.m. and Bunco will start at 7 p.m. at 201 Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. Open to the public. 25 tickets are $20. Food, wine, raffle and silent auction. For more info, call Debbie Sherer 559-280-2981.
January 13 – 47th annual Falconry Meet by the California Hawking Club from noon to 1 p.m at the Wyndham, 9000 W. Airport Dr. in Visalia. Attendees will be able to view numerous birds of prey in the weathering area and talk with many practicing falconers. RSVP for free admission at 661-299-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Intro Presentation RSVP.” For more information on the club, visit calhawkingclub.org.
January 14 – A Bridal Odyssey, the longest running bridal show in Central California, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Dr. in Visalia. For more info, go to abridalodyssey.com.
January 15 – The UC Master Gardeners of Tulare/Kings Counties will demonstrate best practices in rose care and pruning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Grangeville Church, 14060 Hackett St. in Grangeville. For more information, call 559-684-3343.
January 19-27 – “A musical spoof of all those superhero movies we love to watch,” Superheroes Unite! will be performed at the Lindsay Community Theater, 190 N. Elmwood in Lindsay. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 20, 26 and 27; a matinee performance is offered on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; $5 for students. For more information, go to lindsaycommunitytheater.com.
January 20 – The UC Master Gardeners of Tulare/Kings Counties will demonstrate best practices in rose care and pruning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations in Visalia: Tulare County Courthouse at Mooney Blvd. and Burrel Ave.; and Ralph Moore Rose Garden at W. Main and Hall streets. For more information, call 559-684-3343.
January 20 – Sequoia Symphony Orchestra presents the “The Planets,” featuring the musical works of Ravel and Holst. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets are $22 to $45, go to sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com or call 559-732-8600.
January 20-21 – Tule Gem & Mineral Society’s annual show at the Veterans Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave., in Exeter. Gems, jewelry, rocks, fossils, beads and more, including demonstrations in faceting, beading and polishing. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Entry and parking are free. For more information, email Laura Manser at email@example.com.
January 24 – Way Back Wednesdays’ screening of “Cool Hand Luke (1967)” starring Paul Newman at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater, 300 Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com. Free small popcorn to first 100 guests.
January 26 – Family Night at Visalia Adventure Park, Hwy 198 and Akers St., 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $18 wristband gets you unlimited access to go karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, and laser tag. Karaoke mic will be available, too. For more info, visit adventurepark.com/family-fun.
January 27 – Winter Trout Derby – The fish are jumping and ready for the 4th Annual Winter Trout Derby. Children ages 15 and under are invited to Plaza Park Pond to compete for a catch of their own. Reel ’em in! Prizes will be awarded to the top three total stringer weights in each category. Participants need to bring their own fishing poles, bait and tackle. Age divisions: #14685 – 7 years and under; #14686 – 8 to 15 years. Plaza Park Pond, 700 S. Plaza St. in Visalia. Contact Visalia Parks and Recreation, 345 N. Jacob St. in Visalia at 559-713-4365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.liveandplayvisalia.com for more information.
February 2-17 – Charlotte’s Web presented by Enchanted Playhouse, 307 E. Main St. in Visalia. Directed by Chris Lynn and Donald Williams. Tickets are $8 at the box office; $5 for matinee. Go to enchantedplayhouse.org for more information.
February 3 – Learn the age old craft of grafting fruit trees at a workshop taught by local orchardists and experts in plant propagation. This free hands-on event is from 10 a.m. to noon at 31497 Success Valley Dr. near Porterville, rain or shine. All materials free except for rootstock which is $5 each. Sponsored by California Rare Fruit Growers Sequoia Chapter. For more information, call 559-783-0508.
February 4 – Moscow Festival Ballet presents Cinderella, often considered the finest achievement of the classical ballet, at the Visalia Fox Theatre at 1 p.m. Tickets are $42-$66 at ticketfly.com or at foxvisalia.org.
February 10 – Western music sensation Juni Fisher is coming to the Lindsay Theater for one night only. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; $15 for groups of 10 or more. Get tickets at lindsaycommunitytheater.com.
February 10 – Sequoia Symphony Orchestra presents “Movie Night: The Music of John Williams” at the Fox Theatre in Visalia at 7:30 p.m. Their traditional film music concert turns its attention to the best of the best: John Williams. His greatest music, new and old, will anchor what has become the symphony’s most popular program. Tickets are $22–$45, go to sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com or call 559-732-8600.
February 13-15 – 51st Annual World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center. Times: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $15; children 6 and under, free. For more info, visit www.worldagexpo.com.
February 17 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St. in Visalia as part their 10th Anniversary Tour. Advance tickets are $12 at ticketweb.com. Must be 21 to attend.
February 19 – All singing, all dancing, all big band! In honor of Presidents’ Day, It’s the All Hands on Deck Show: America’s Most Patriotic Roadshow & Radio Broadcast showing at the Visalia Fox Theatre at 7 p.m. A fun-filled, true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope and Jack Benny would have taken to the troops 65 years ago. Tickets are $29 to $54 at ticketfly.com or foxvisalia.org.
February 19 – Artist Talk and Lunch with Jane Ziegler at the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, 207 E. Oak Ave. in Visalia, at 11:30 a.m. After lunch, venture across the street to Arts Visalia to tour the exhibition. Visit depotvisalia.com to reserve your spot for this wonderful event.
February 21 – Way Back Wednesdays’ screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense film “Vertigo (1958)” at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater, 300 Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com. Free small popcorn to first 100 guests.
February 24 – End of the Trail Half Marathon on the Santa Fe Trail from 6:30 to 11 a.m. beginning at 315 E. Main St., in Visalia. Go to the event’s Facebook page for more info.
February 24 – Visalia’s ’80s Prom Pub Crawl from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests will get drink specials and free entry with wristband at all locations, plus food specials with participating vendors. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Valley Oak SPCA.