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Goodwill Toward Men and the True Meaning of Christmas


y wife Olivia and I found ourselves in a dilemma that probably every parent faces: Do I teach my kids about Santa or not? This question then spurred deeper questions: “How do we want them to remember Christmas?” After our son’s second Christmas, all he could talk about was the gifts he got and how he couldn’t wait until next year to get more. We realized that we were missing the point. The last few years, we have done a few things to teach our kids about the true meaning of Christmas. For the weeks leading up to Christmas, we read the Bible, telling the story of Jesus. This year, Gwen is 4 and she loves playing with all the little manger scene characters and telling people about “baby Jesus.” Just the other day, we were watching Arthur Christmas and Arthur said, “Santa is the greatest man alive.” And Bowden looked at me and said, “No, Jesus is!” And I knew that it was working. This December at GateWay Church, we will be starting a new message series entitled “Goodwill Toward Men.” On the night that Jesus was born, the angels said to the shepherds, “I bring you good news of great joy! Peace on earth and goodwill toward men.” (Luke 2:9-14) The true meaning of Christmas was here — and it was news of great joy. We would



love for you to join us to celebrate the story of Jesus. Our weekly service times are 8:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Each year, our family picks a charity or a family that we can bless for Christmas. It is so much fun taking the kids shopping for somebody else, and it’s great for me to be in the toy section at Target and hear what somebody else might like rather than only what they want. Teaching our kids to give is essential. We are never more like Christ than when we are giving. Christmas is a time to reflect on the birth of our savior and be thankful for the many blessings that Christ has given us. In years past, instead of buying presents (they get plenty of those from the grandparents), we take a trip to enjoy our family. Toys will break and go out of style, but memories with family will last a lifetime. Another way we celebrate as a family is by going to church on Christmas Eve and to a Christmas concert. It’s a special time for us to worship together. This year, GateWay Church will have two Christmas concert times on Dec. 1 at 4 and 6 p.m. (tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at gatewayvisalia.com/events) and four Christmas Eve services at 2, 4, 6 & 11 p.m. We hope that this year is a great time to share the story of Jesus, the joy of giving and the blessing of family. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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VUSD Board, Just Do the Right Thing


ix months ago, I had hope that our local school board would heal and unite the district after the members’ series of public comments and decisions that culminated in the firing of the superintendent.

I respect that it is the job of the school board to hire or fire the superintendent. My concern is how they did it. It didn’t have to be in a way that cost the district between $300,000 and $500,000. It didn’t have to be in a way that sent shock waves through the district and community. It didn’t have to be in a way that encouraged principals and district administrators to leave. By all measures, it was not done the right way.

I think it is time to question the intent of some of the school board members. So, in this final installment, I want to emphasize the importance of school board governance that is done in the open, in public meetings, with the input of all parts of our community. That is the right thing to do. Let me review a couple of decisions that have led me to this level of disappointment:

As I spoke out about the district, my hope was that the board would do the right thing and unite the district and community. Instead, I have found each month that members make decisions without community input, and without following their own policies and adopted governance standards. It has been disappointing.

First, in June, the board adopted a budget with an $8 million structured deficit. That means that the district is spending more money than it is receiving. It really is simple math. In their own three-year projection, board members plan to spend in the red by $4 million next year and well over $1 million the following year. Why aren’t they balancing the budget? My concern is that we don’t know why; there has not been public discussion regarding this fiscal decision. I suspect that it has been discussed in closed meetings under the legal veil of “Conference with Labor Negotiator.”

Recently, I joined 30 community members to recommend an open, broad-based process to select the next superintendent. What was the reaction? The board president questioned the intentions of those who signed the letter. Rather than embrace the recommendation of including the community in the process, the president falsely claimed that it would cost $100,000.

What happens when teachers and other staff ask and deserve a cost-of-living increase or pay raise? The raises may be well-deserved, but every pay raise approved will drive the budget more in the red. Is this what we expect from our elected officials — closed-door decision making that drains the budget and sends the district down the bankruptcy road? I know that VUSD is a long way from

bankruptcy, but it seems like there would be some public discussion to avoid such a scenario. Secondly, the school board reluctantly agreed to conduct a self-evaluation. This seemed like a positive step when members finally agreed to the process. I was shocked to learn that senior cabinet members were directed to not attend. This is, by law, an open public meeting. I think that it clearly communicates the board’s approach to governance when it attempts to exclude the public from a public meeting. Lastly, I simply want elected representatives to open their decision making up to the public. Our children’s education and the health of our community are at stake.

Direct Magazine welcomes back contributor Craig Wheaton, Ed.D., former deputy superintendent of the Tulare County Office of Education who had also served as superintendent of the Visalia Unified School District. Dr. Wheaton holds a bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State, master’s from San Francisco State and doctorate from Pepperdine University. This is the sixth in a series where he will be offering his perspective on education in Visalia and the county, both good and not so good.



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Plant a Layered Bulb Garden


ayered bulb gardens have become very popular. Some gardeners refer to them as lasagna gardens. But the term has nothing to do with noodles and pasta sauce. It comes from the fact that the bulbs are closely planted in layers at different depths, like the ingredients in the famous Italian dish and, like the famous dish, a lasagna garden provides a satisfying result. In the spring, you will be dazzled by the beautiful display of blooms. Planting a layered bulb garden in a container is an easy and interesting activity that you and your children will enjoy. There are two benefits to planting bulbs in pots. The first is that kids love to watch the bulbs begin to grow and flower. The second benefit is that a planted bulb pot makes a great Christmas gift that is placed outdoors through the winter months. It will sprout and grow through the winter and into the spring flowering season.

Here is what you need to complete the project: • A hand trowel for digging. • A large pot for planting. • A bag of planting mix or compost. • A selection of spring bulbs. There is an amazing variety of spring bulbs in many colors. Be sure to read information on the bulb package because there are earlyand late-blooming varieties of many bulbs. You can color coordinate and plan for an extended blooming period through bulb selection and arrangement. • A package of low-growing annual seeds, such as Sweet Alyssum to sprinkle on the top layer (optional). The first step in this project is to select a pot. You can use plastic, clay or other type of ceramic pot that has a drainage hole in the bottom and is large enough to hold an assortment of bulbs. The bigger and taller the pot, the more bulbs and layers you can plant in it. Next, it is time to visit a nursery or hardware store to select bulbs and purchase compost for planting. For my lasagna garden, I chose hyacinth, tulips, muscari and crocus bulbs to make a colorful

display. I also purchased a package of Sweet Alyssum seeds to sprinkle on top of the finished pot to add pizazz while the bulbs are sprouting. When you are ready to plant the pot, place a piece of broken pottery or similar material over the drainage hole. Add several inches of composting and begin layering the bulbs. You can plant the largest bulbs closely together in the first layer. Then add a 3-inch layer of compost. Add another layer of bulbs. Then add another 3-inch layer of compost, followed by a layer of the smallest bulbs. Top off the pot with a 4-inch layer of compost and the Alyssum seeds. After you have finished planting, give your pot a gentle but generous watering. Be sure to keep the pot watered. The bulbs won’t germinate if they are not watered regularly. You and your kids will enjoy watching the bulbs emerge and develop. When your pot begins to bloom, you will be rewarded with a beautiful potted bouquet. After the bulbs have finished blooming, remove the bulbs and store them in a dark cool place to be planted again next fall for a repeat performance.

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The Foolishness of Preaching


apa don’t preach,” declared Madonna Louise Ciccone (aka Madonna) in her 1986 ballad of a pregnant teenage girl. In the depth of all her anxiety for her predicament, she did not want a parental scolding on all she should have or should not have done. For the most part, preaching is viewed in our culture as merely a moralistic screed against disapproved behavior. What is striking about this is the wholesale mischaracterization of preaching. When the disciples were confronted with the living Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God came rushing upon His followers on Pentecost, there was an explosion of urgent declaration of all they had heard and seen. There was an outbreak of preaching. Thousands instantly believed. These “preachers” were not speaking of some abstract religious discipline to help give meaning to an empty soul or trying to supply the populace with psychological coping skills to help them through their stressful days. Instead, there was an outburst of joy that death had been conquered. This was the substance of early preaching. When Saul of Tarsus marched to Damascus to arrest and stamp out these “preachers,” he was himself arrested by the living and risen Jesus Christ. Saul was called and transformed to be a preacher himself. Saul (who changed his name to Paul), reflecting on this call in 1 Corinthians 1:17, told the Corinthian Christians that his purpose was not to administer religious ceremony, but rather to preach the gospel. He goes on to describe how that even though he himself was a formidable scholar and debater, the ultimate answers of knowing God are not discovered by dialectic debate among the intellectual elite, but rather by the (literally “moronic”) foolishness of preaching the cross of Jesus Christ. In other words, just preach it … that Jesus Christ is crucified and risen again. The good news has its own power. (Romans 1:16-17) What does this have to do with Visalia Rescue Mission? At least five times a week, I find myself leading a Bible study about the dynamics of spiritual life with either our residents, staff or overnight guests. The overarching concept in all we preach and teach is the gospel of Christ. By just saying it and getting it right, and by delivering it to those who come to us for a meal or a bed, will produce powerful results of joyful transformation. That is preaching! Many these days are offended by a gospel-centric message. That is to be expected; Jesus said it would be that way. Some have said to us that we should tone down the presentation



of Jesus, that we first need to gain the goodwill and favor of those we seek to persuade and then only offer religion as an option. But why should we withhold life from those who are desperate and dying? Paul said to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:21b): “God was pleased by the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe…. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness God is stronger than men.” The central focus of VRM will always be declaring the gospel of the risen Jesus Christ. Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 15:3ff: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried and that He was raised according to the scriptures … and last of all he appeared to me.… By the grace of God, I am what I am and His grace toward me did not prove to be empty … so we preach, and you believed!”

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Dangerous Foods for Pets


he holiday season is in full throttle. With the holidays always comes delicious food ... however, some of the key ingredients can be very toxic to dogs. Here are some helpful tips from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for diagnosis and treatment of common Thanksgiving pet poisons:

ONIONS AND GARLIC These common vegetables are prevalent in holiday casseroles, stuffing, mashed potatoes and many other items, and can be toxic to pets. They belong to the allium family and can cause oxidative damage to the red blood cells in cats and dogs, leading to anemia and methemoglobinemia. Cats are much more sensitive than dogs — it takes roughly half the amount of garlic to cause hemolytic anemia in a cat compared to a dog. Inducing emesis may be necessary if a patient has ingested a large amount of onions or garlic — and it’s important to be ready to give a dose of activated charcoal and monitor a CBC for five days.

ANIMAL BONES Cooked animal bones tend to splinter, so there is risk for esophageal damage if emesis is induced. Therefore, it is recommended to increase the fiber in the patient’s diet and monitor the passage of bones through the gastrointestinal tract. If a foreign body does develop, surgery may be required. BOUILLON Many people use bouillon cubes when making stocks, gravy and other items. Bouillon contains a very high amount of sodium, and ingestion of these cubes may lead to hypernatremia. Signs of hypernatremia include gastrointestinal upset, polydipsia, ataxia, tremors and seizures. If untreated, patients can


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develop cerebral edema that can be fatal. If a patient is hypernatremic, it’s important to reduce the sodium level quickly if the hypernatremia has developed within the last 24 hours. BAKED GOODS Pumpkin pie with whipped cream and apple pie with ice cream are all classics this time of year and can lead to pancreatitis if ingested. Treatment is typically symptomatic and supportive with these patients. Baked goods made with xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, possibly resulting in liver failure. Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for additional assistance 24/7.

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Choosing the Right College


hoosing your college can be a somewhat overwhelming task. There are literally thousands of colleges in the U.S. and abroad. So how do you choose the perfect college? Let's start with an understanding of some of the types of colleges available. The community college is your local college that typically offers a two-year degree or a certificate. This is an affordable choice, but it is important that if you plan to transfer, you are taking transferrable courses. Otherwise, you may still have three or more years to go when you transfer to the four-year school. Four-year colleges can be public or private. The public schools are funded by state and local governments, and the tuition is characteristically cheaper for in-state residents. However, many times, the private institutions are more affordable because they provide generous financial aid packages for a variety of reasons. So, do not look at the total cost but rather at the net cost, and do not rule out the private institutions. There are also liberal arts colleges. These colleges are typically small and include a broad base of courses, including literature, history, languages, math and life sciences. This broad base of courses gives students a more well-rounded

education and, because the campus is small, provides a better opportunity for students to get to know their professors — an advantage for students who plan to go on to a graduate program and need a letter of recommendation for the application. Medical school would be a good example. Many employers look for students who have a liberal arts background. The large research universities provide more class choices and a more focused course of study. Within the university, there are specific programs that prepare students for a specific career, such as nursing or engineering. The largest universities in the U.S. may have more than 50,000 students. In California, the largest public universities have an enrollment of 30,000-40,000-plus students. Besides the type of college, it is also important to consider other factors. Does the college offer your major and a backup major? What is the NET cost? Always consider the net cost versus the actual cost of attendance. And remember that many times, it is cheaper out of California than it is in California. You pay for "California" much as you pay for the East Coast. Do you prefer small classes with more of a seminar style or a large lecture

environment where you can maintain more anonymity? What about campus life? Are college sports important? Do you want the big college football or basketball program? What about intramurals? Are you interested in music or drama? How about fraternities or sororities? How about campus ministries or study abroad? Decide what is important to you and be sure that your college choice provides that activity. Is housing important to you? How many students live on campus? Maybe you want to live at home to save money. Choosing the right college will reduce dropouts and ultimately save money. There are many things to consider when choosing a college/university. Unfortunately, many students choose based on the names they are familiar with without digging into the "why" it is a good fit. ("I love the beach" or "My girlfriend/ boyfriend goes there" are not good reasons, although I hear them more often than I like.) Besides my own software program, some of my favorite college search websites are College Navigator (nces. ed.gov/collegenavigator/), Big Future (bigfuture.collegeboard.org/) and Niche (niche.com/). Take some time to find the right fit. DIRECT MAGAZINE


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MEET A LOCAL WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK? My passion for law enforcement runs deep from childhood influences, my father being a man of integrity and raising us to stand up for those who could not do so for themselves. It is important to me that people are treated fairly and with an understanding that there is someone who truly cares. Standing up for victims and making sure people know they will be treated with care is a major influence for me to work hard every day. I am passionate about making positive changes and influences in our communities.



Tulare County Sheriff / Coroner HOW DID YOU END UP HERE? I was born in Porterville and raised in Tulare County. In my elementary school years, I grew up in California Hot Springs east of Porterville. California Hot Springs was well-known statewide for its soothing and medicinal natural hot springs. My father was a deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, and we spent my childhood days deeply involved with supporting our community in any way that we could. Volunteering our time as kids was a huge influence for me growing up to be involved in as many of those activities as we could. HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THIS LINE OF WORK? Coming out of high school and going to college, I worked as an EMT driving an ambulance. My passion, however, was always to become a deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. I became aware of a position called a sheriff’s cadet and applied. At age 19, I was hired and my career began. My dad was a huge influence to my brother and I. My brother became a California Highway Patrol officer, and I became a deputy sheriff. 14


WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? One of the most challenging aspects is the political environment that sometimes gets in the way. Sacramento does not understand the impact of certain legislation at a local level. I know the men and women in local law enforcement work hard every day to do the right thing and work hard for our communities. The difficult part is government and the media painting an inaccurate depiction of police officers. TELL US ABOUT A SINGLE MOMENT WHEN YOU REALIZED THIS WAS THE RIGHT OCCUPATION FOR YOU: I remember when I interrupted the kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl. She had been taken out of her front yard. The call had not even been dispatched because the parents were still looking for her. This is a long story, but I recognized something wrong with the driver and made a traffic stop, finding a crying young girl and quickly realizing she did not belong in this car. The suspect was arrested and the girl returned to her family. I realized this day that this was the only job for me. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ANOTHER CAREER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Choosing one other than law enforcement is a difficult question. I believe to this day that if you love what you do as a job, then your job isn’t work. I really love my job, and I strive to make sure people know

I am there for them. I want our communities to be proud of the person that they have elected and that they made a good choice. There is no other career that interests me. I have been asked to consider other elected positions, but honestly that would be a job that feels like work. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK (HOBBIES, FAMILY, TRAVEL): My focus is my family. My wife is a principal in a local school district and stays equally as busy as I am, but we both know that our children are our focal points. Our children are involved with piano, flute, trumpet, dance and sports. My daughter is in a traveling dance group and also in her middle school band. My son is a competitive swimmer, and we travel frequently to swim meets. WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU? We live a very transparent life, and most people are aware of what we do. I would say most people may not be aware that I coach a competitive swim club as well as a seasonal basketball team. We stay busy as most families do, but my children are my hobbies and I would have it no other way. WHAT ABOUT TULARE COUNTY MAKES IT A GREAT COMMUNITY TO LIVE AND WORK IN? Tulare County is one of the best places in the country to live and raise a family. We have great schools, churches and strong communities all over this county. I have traveled all over the country, and I am always glad to make my way home. I am aware of people in this county working hard to make things great. Tulare County communities support law enforcement and we support them. BONUS QUESTION: IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND, WHAT THREE OBJECTS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU? If I had an open-ended three items to take with me, I think that’s easy. A pot for boiling water, matches and, of course, my family.

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The Gift of an Internship


nternships are two-way gifts. The partnership provides a student with the gifts of a meaningful learning experience that demonstrates the relevance of what they are learning in high school, an understanding of what it means to have a job, and helps develop an educational and career plan for the future. This year, we had 165 students participate in the internship program, more than doubling our student participation in three years. Internships also provide our business partners with gifts. Business partners have an opportunity to shape the future of our workforce, recruit potential employees and have needed assistance in a variety of skill areas. The commitment and dedication of our industry partners makes these gifts possible.

“This past summer, I was afforded the opportunity to take part in an intern-ship at Allen Law Firm. Not only did the wonderful people of the firm welcome me, but they also taught me so much about the field I’m passionate about and hope to make my life’s work. In fact, the coaching and training I received was so effective that Mr. Allen asked me to stay on as a paid employee of the firm. I absolutely love my job, and I’m so grateful for the valuable legal and business experience that comes with it, not to mention the personal relationships I’ve developed.” — Noelle Andrew, Redwood High School senior

Recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Student Internship Award and scholarship, sponsored by California Water Service.

“As part of my internship at the city of Visalia, I made more than 600 phone calls and I learned a few tricks along the way, like how certain phrases helped to open doors. I learned how to communicate better, and this project forced me to listen and improve my organizational skills.” — Ariel Rodriguez, Golden West High School junior

We are thankful for the support of our industry partners and wish to form additional partnerships. For more information regarding hosting summer interns through Visalia Unified School District, please contact Kim Batty (kbatty@vusd.org) or Theresa Polich (tpolich@vusd.org) in our College and Career Readiness Office at (559) 730-7510. 16


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Sugar and Spice Make the Holidays Nice!

INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, or brown butter* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon gingerbread spice (also try apple or pumpkin pie spices, or just cinnamon)


ou never know when or where you’ll find inspiration for a new recipe. Recently, I was in Paso Robles and tried delicious spice cookies from the Brown Butter Cookie Company. The flavor reminded me instantly of my shortbread — but rather than squares, these were cute little cookie drops. Their ingredients are the same, with the addition of baking soda to give them a little lift.

with a hint of warmth from Gingerbread Spice Mix (our favorite holiday mix is back; if you haven’t made up a batch to have on hand, now is the time!). They bake up quickly with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, so they’re perfect if you need cookies on short notice.

Holiday Spice Shortbread Cookies are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth rounds

These would also be wonderful for holiday cookie exchanges. The recipe doubles beautifully, and you can use a smaller cookie scoop to make more (just remember to adjust the baking time down a little bit). Be sure to leave some for Santa and have a very Happy Holiday!

1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling (optional) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (also try maple extract) 2 cups all-purpose flour

GINGERBREAD SPICE MIX 2 tablespoons each: allspice, cinnamon, ginger 1 tablespoon each: cloves, nutmeg Pinch of ground white pepper Pinch of cardamom

All the way home, I worked on adapting my recipe, and now I’m sharing it with you.

DIRECTIONS Mix all spices together with a whisk until well combined. Store in an airtight jar. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk the butter until very smooth. Add the brown sugar and whisk again until well combined. Whisk in the spices, baking soda, sea salt and vanilla. Add the flour and stir gently with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined. Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the baking sheet 1/2-inch apart. Sprinkle the tops lightly with additional sea salt if desired. Bake approximately 15 minutes, until tops are just set. *Brown butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the cookies. To make it, melt the 2 sticks of butter in a small pan over medium-low heat, stirring often, until it is a golden caramel color. Remove from the heat to a bowl and allow it to come to room temperature. Add the sugar and proceed with the recipe as directed. (This will add to your time, so plan accordingly.)

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VIRTUAL VALLEY Holiday Fun Apps and Websites


is the season for winter-themed games, apps and websites. It’s the time of year for snowmen, Santa Claus and Christmas to appear on our screens to enhance the holiday spirit. My favorite Christmas website remains the classic NORAD Santa Tracker. In 1948, the Air Force issued an alert, in jest, reporting “one unidentified sleigh, powered by eight reindeer, at 14,000 feet [4,300 meters], heading 180 degrees,” according to the Atlantic magazine. The Associated Press forwarded the alert to newspapers and radio stations nationally. When NORAD was formed during the Cold War, it continued the tradition of issuing hourly alerts. Today, the NORAD Santa Tracker offers real-time updates on Santa’s location. Visit noradsanta.org to follow along. You can also find “noradsanta” on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Google offers a collection of games and activities on the Santa Tracker site santatracker.google.com. The site offers an educational activity guide for teachers and parents. Many of the games introduce computer programming skills, with elves creating toys or solving problems in the workshop. Each year, Google adds more activities to the site and updates some of the existing materials. My oldest daughter used the Google Santa Tracker in school and persuaded us to bookmark it at home. Google’s games are fun, even for adults. The Elf Wrap Battle offers a Guitar Hero game for keyboard skills, for example. My daughters and I enjoyed all 28 games and activities together. The gravity puzzle games are my favorites. The youngest likes the Rudolph Racer, which reminds 18


me of the old Activision game River Raid for the Atari 2600. Hours of free fun is a great gift from Google. Although ad supported, SpilGames offers a good library of Christmas and winter games on its websites, including AGames.com. The free entertainment requires viewing ads before playing, usually only a few seconds long. My personal favorites are puzzle games, such as Christmas 3D Mahjong. The games tend to be clones of other popular games with seasonal graphics. If you already have similar games installed on a computer or device, check for special holiday modes. If you want to relive the past, enjoy some free retro-gaming. One of my favorite games, Lemmings, offered four holiday

versions from 1991 through 1994, and they remain some of my favorite games. You can play these classics via the Internet Archive (archive.org), which has received permission from the original publishers to preserve them. There are no advertisements on the Internet Archive, and gameplay is excellent. Americans now spend more time using smartphones than computers. Thankfully, there is a NORAD Santa Tracker app, so you can track Santa’s journey while sipping cocoa by the tree. There are a lot of Christmas and seasonal apps available on Google and Apple stores. More than 2,500 holiday-themed apps exist. Most of these are “freemium” apps, with some features available for free and additional features offered

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as in-app purchases. Only a handful of the Christmas apps are worth installing. Read the reviews carefully, especially the negative reviews. Camera apps top the download lists each holiday. Catch Santa, one of many camera apps that will add Santa to photos of your family Christmas tree, is a hit with our daughters. With dozens of Santas to choose from, including Mrs. Claus, you can offer children proof of Santa’s visit or make a unique holiday image for friends and family. The app offers in-app purchases, but the free choices work well. ElfYourself uses a phone or tablet camera to add an elf costume to any face. You can make GIF animations of the elf dancing and even add up to five elf friends to the scenes. The app creates avatars for Facebook and Twitter profiles, too. The app stores list dozens of similar apps, but ElfYourself remains the most popular.

period between the two words) offers the best-selling Bible App for Kids. The Nativity Story Popup by Birdhouse Media is a beautifully illustrated book. Both apps are a dollar during the holidays. We don’t listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving in our house, but that Friday after, I set TuneIn, Spotify and Apple Music to classic holiday stations. There are also apps, such as Christmas Radio, that stream holiday favorites. I like the commercial-free experience of streaming, especially during the holidays. The oddest smartphone apps feature yule log videos. On cable television and some streaming services, music

accompanies the yule log. We’ve tuned to those stations after opening gifts on Christmas Day. But why would you want a fireplace video on your phone? Yet last year, yule log apps were among the top downloads in the Google and Apple stores. Our family, especially our daughters, loves the holiday season. Playing holiday games, sending holiday greetings, sharing favorite stories and counting down to Santa’s arrival make the season memorable for us. On Christmas morning, we share the picture of Santa by the tree. Family time is the more valuable gift of the season.

The Dr. Seuss Camera allows you to Grinch yourself, if you’d rather not be a cheerful elf. The app also features 20 electronic cards and various photo frames based on Dr. Seuss stories for camera images. The app costs $1, a fair price for some cute digital cards. A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Charles Schulz, features the beloved story in readalong format. It’s a great way to share the classic with children. They can also play Schroeder’s piano or toss snowballs with Linus. The app is $5, making it one of the more expensive holiday apps. You can also purchase the app as part of a Peanuts bundle that includes four interactive books with games and activities at a discounted price. The Hallmark Movie Checklist app ensures that you don’t miss any old favorites or new premieres on the company’s networks. The app works all year, with a special Christmas category. The popularity of the app reflects the love that fans have for Hallmark movies. In the app stores, you might also search for “Nativity” and “Christmas Bible Story.” The app publisher Life.Church (with a

About the Author: Visalia native Scott Wyatt has completed his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Scott has several additional graduate degrees and was a visiting professor of business communication at Carnegie Mellon University. DIRECT MAGAZINE


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Celebrate Responsibly


ll of us here at the Visalia Police Department hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday giving thanks with family and friends. Now we are full steam ahead to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This is a great time of year to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry. In last month’s edition, I provided you with some tips on how to shop safely and protect your packages from the season’s Grinches. For this article, as we head into the Christmas season, I want to take a moment to give you some tips on celebrating responsibly during this festive time of year to avoid unnecessary tragedies. Over the course of the next few weeks, many of us will be attending a variety of Christmas and New Year’s parties with family, friends and co-workers — and many of these festivities will include alcohol. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that over the last five years, an average of 300 people died in drunkdriving mishaps between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Visalia Police Department has made on average 370 DUI arrests in each of the last three years, and we tend to see an increase in these numbers during the holiday season. These statistics aren’t meant to prevent you from ringing in the New Year with a toast, but I hope that they do serve as a reminder to celebrate responsibly this holiday season. Here are a few very simple tips to follow to keep you, your loved ones and all of our community safe during what should be a very merry time of year. • PRE-PLAN! Have a plan in place to get home safely before your holiday festivities begin. 20


• If you do plan on drinking, designate a sober driver beforehand and give them the keys. • Consider spending the night where your festivities are being held to avoid being on the road at all. • If you do need a ride and do not have a designated driver, there are plenty of options available to you. Use a taxi, call a friend or family member, or use a ride-share service. Just don’t drive! • If you see a suspected drunk driver on the road, call 911 and report it to your local law enforcement agency. • Be a good friend ... if you see someone about to drive or ride while impaired, take

their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home. • If you are hosting a party, be a responsible host and know when to stop serving someone who has had too much — help make arrangements for others to get home safely. We at the Visalia Police Department hope that you have a very merry and festive Christmas and New Year holiday season. We will be out patrolling our roadways to keep you safe and get impaired drivers off the roads. We hope to see you at one of our many upcoming holiday events (check our social media pages) and not on a traffic stop. Be safe and Merry Christmas!

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Kindergartners Teach Us About Fairness and Caring


HARACTER COUNTS! Week is celebrated nationally each year during the third full week of October. Our celebration in Tulare County includes the Tulare County Office of Education and the Visalia Times-Delta partnering to sponsor the Kids of Character Awards. During the month of September, schools and communities are invited to nominate youngsters who have demonstrated acts of good character in their homes, schools and youth organizations by completing an online nomination form. All students nominated for the Kids of Character Awards receive a CHARACTER COUNTS! certificate, a CHARACTER COUNTS! pencil and a Tulare County CHARACTER COUNTS! school folder. In addition, their names appear on the Tulare County Office of Education’s website during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. Since so many of our youth have exceptional character, the Visalia Times-Delta staff interviews, photographs and shares selected stories of students every day during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. Those students profiled in the Visalia Times-Delta and the Tulare AdvanceRegister, along with the finalists in each pillar category, are honored at the annual Provident-Salierno Family Foundation Kids of Character reception. This year’s Kids of Character reception honored 80 students selected from nearly 6,000 nominations received during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week Oct. 21-26.


James Benevedes
| Oak Valley Union School, Tulare

Uriel Cisneros
| Pixley Elementary School, Pixley

“In a classroom full of 20 4-year olds, is fairness even possible? What does fairness even look like and sound like?” asks Crystal Alves, transitional kindergarten teacher. “At this age, fairness is a rather big word, and we are all just trying to figure it out. Yet, James has it figured out. He plays by the rules, shares with others and will easily give up a turn without complaining. Being a role model is a difficult task at such a young age, but James does it with such confidence and grace. I often call him ‘Mr. James’ because he does what I do all day long. He teaches others how to be fair and be a peacemaker.”

“At the young age of 5, Uriel has already learned and displayed the qualities of caring,” says Tanya Sunderland, kindergarten teacher. “Recently, we had a new student join our class. She didn't speak English, so Uriel took it upon himself to direct and guide her as to where to go and what to do in her native language of Spanish. In addition, he makes sure to include her during recess time. Not only has he watched out for her, but he also enjoys helping others in the class. He is a great example of the Pillar of Caring at such a young age.”

Thank you Visalia Times-Delta and Tony and Mary Salierno for supporting the building of character in Tulare County's young people. To see descriptions of this year's outstanding Kids of Character, visit tcoe.org/KidsofCharacter. DIRECT MAGAZINE


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Easy Reindeer Christmas Gift Tag


hese simple reindeer Christmas gift tags are a quick and easy way to get your kids in the spirit of giving and start those sweet conversations about the true meaning of Christmas. These gift tags are so quick and simple, and are perfect for teachers, friends, mom and dad, and precious keepsakes for grandma and grandpa.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED • Brown construction paper/cardstock • Black Sharpie marker • Red pom-pom ball • White paint • Ribbon • Glue dots • Hole punch

DIRECTIONS First, cut the brown paper into the size that you want your gift tags to be. Glue the red pom-pom to the center of the paper. Next, draw the eyes or stick the googly eyes onto the paper, just above the red pom-pom. After that, take the black marker and draw the antlers by drawing a straight line coming at an angle from the eye. Then draw other straight lines coming out of that line. Add To and From spots at the bottom. You can also tie a string around the top. If you aren’t planning on taping the gift tag to a present, punch a hole in the middle with a hole punch. 22


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Friends of Tulare County Library Promote Libraries and Reading


he Tulare County Library has continued to serve our communities for more than 100 years with access to great books, entertaining programs such as story times and more with the help of the Friends of the Tulare County Library and the individual branch library Friends.

by the Friends group include David Mas Masumoto, Antonio Sacre and Gary Soto. The Friends of the Tulare County Library also offer a scholarship for our summer reading intern program, which fosters workforce readiness for our youth in a fun, safe environment.

As an integral part of our library, the Friends raise money to fund various events, books and other equipment, and provide support. This is all done through membership fees, lobby book sales, and fundraisers to buy books, purchase equipment and fund author event programs.

Keep an eye out for the Friends of Tulare County Library used book sales at the Visalia Branch Library. Find the listings of these events and others on our website and calendar. The book sales take place on an ongoing basis, and the donations come from used books and magazines that anyone can donate.

The Friends also give countless hours of on-site and off-site help. Programs funded have included E & M Reptiles, Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife and many of our Summer Reading Program performers. Past author events funded

If you have books that need a new home, the Friends will take good care of them. Donations can be dropped off at the Visalia Branch Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and at the other branch libraries during open hours.

The Tulare County Library serves all of the residents of Tulare County with locations in 17 communities, four book machines and online at:


These donations make goodness happen. Joining a Friends group includes paying annual membership dues and, currently, the dues are: $5 for students and seniors, $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $100 for patron, and $250 for individual or business sponsorship. In addition, anyone looking for volunteer experience can help the Friends with their lobby book sales. For more information about the Friends of Tulare County Library, visit tularecountylibrary.org/, call (559) 713-2705 or contact Friends of Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. In addition to the Friends of the Tulare County Library based in Visalia, Friends groups support the Dinuba, Exeter, Lindsay and Three Rivers branch libraries. To join or start a Friends group today, contact your local library.





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Sweater Weather: Top 5 Knit Hits


on't come unraveled. Instead, enjoy the big chills of the season ahead in a big sweater. Save the coats to wear when the temperatures dip below freezing. Keep your fashion wits about you indoors and outdoors with these cozy knit hits for fall and winter. THE FAIR ISLE SWEATER It's THE sweater of the year. This classic is named after an island in the north of Scotland, where the softest heathered yarns were produced and used to make sweaters with yokes and cuffs in brightly colored patterns. The latest Fair Isle sweaters are updated in new colors and sophisticated designs. Take these sweaters with you on your next ski trip or make them city-chic paired with short skirts and tall boots. THE FISHERMAN'S SWEATER Another seasonal favorite, this chunky knit sweater was a must-have in waterrepellant wool to keep fishermen warm. It became a fashion statement in the ’60s, when the bulky cable-knit look was a must-have with jeans. This year, the fisherman's sweater makes a big comeback in creamy neutrals and slightly oversized silhouettes. This sweater is a go-to basic that works with anything in your wardrobe. With leather pants, it's a rock star. THE TURTLENECK This high roll-neck sweater has long been associated with the cool fashion crowd and is a cult classic. It started in men's sportswear and became more androgynous around the turn of the century. As celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, as well as Bohemian beatniks in the ’50s and ’60s, embraced the black turtleneck, this knit became a hit and remains a timeless wardrobe basic today. In cashmere, it's



one of the best investments — and holiday gifts — you can buy. Where did it get its name? Think about a turtle that pokes his head in and out of his shell. THE LONG CARDIGAN This coatlike sweater is probably one of the most versatile knits you can have in your closet. According to fashion historians, this knit hit got its name from the seventh Earl of Cardigan, who needed extra warmth when wearing his uniform during the Crimean War. Decades later, the cardigan has evolved into a variety of wardrobe basics from twinsets to sweater coats. The long cardigan this season provides a finishing touch (and warmth) to everything from jeans to skirts and is the perfect "coverup" for leggings. THE SWEATER DRESS Head-to-toe knit dressing is one of the top fashion trends this year, and sweater dresses are the fastest way to get this all-in-one look. It's also one of the best ways to show off curves ... and may require some shapewear. But these form-fitting knits are a quick way to dress for work, or even a cocktail party, when paired with a jacket or coat. This year, sweater dresses are updated in midilengths that stand on their own ... or can become long tunics over skinny jeans or leggings.

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Physical Therapy Treatment of Headaches


ne of the most common causes of disability in the United States is neck pain, which can result in a variety of symptoms such as arm pain, back pain and headaches. Headaches that arise from a cervical origin are frequently severe and debilitating and can result in difficulty concentrating and irritability. Many people incorrectly believe that their “cervicogenic” headaches are due to migraines and that they can never be changed. The reality is that these headaches can be treated successfully by a physical therapist. Headaches can be caused by a number of different injuries or pathologies: chronic posture impairments, automobile accidents or neck strains from any number of daily activities. People who suffer from neck pain following an automobile accident often need physical therapy to reduce

the inflammation throughout the injured muscles, as well as to restore motion to allow them to have a better quality of life. Headaches can also be caused from neck pain or neck-related issues, which is where MDT can come into play. Using repeated movements and specific exercises for the neck, pain can be reduced quickly and restore function, allowing the patient to return to their usual activities. One very successful method for treating neck pain is Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy technique, known as MDT. This treatment plan has been shown to be highly successful with neck impairments in patients. One study shows that following MDT treatment, 77 percent of patients experienced short-term improvements, while 93 percent had experienced long-term improvements.

PRO-PT ensures that its clinicians are well versed in this technique; each physical therapist has been through the rigorous MDT training process and follows the MDT guidelines to ensure that our patients receive the greatest benefits. Additionally, we provide patients with the means to treat themselves at home so that they can be independent in management of their symptoms. This allows them to restore their quality of life and get back to the activities they love. Whatever the cause of your headache pain, experience the PRO-PT difference and have your evaluation scheduled with our certified specialists today. Make this year your year! Contact your local PRO-PT Physical Therapy clinic for an appointment or for any further questions or information.

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he Tulare Chamber of Commerce exists to serve its members and residents by advocating for and engaging in efforts to encourage economic opportunity and business prosperity. The Tulare Chamber supports businesses by building partnerships, providing educational opportunities, and advocating for its members and community.

1. Mechanics Bank hosted the most recent Business After Hours. Customers and chamber members enjoyed an evening of networking, tacos, prize drawings and beverages. Mechanics Bank recently merged with Rabobank. The staff and service are the same; the only thing that changed is the name. The branch can be reached at (559) 686-5854 and is located at 2005 E. Prosperity Ave., Tulare. Additional information can be found online at mechanicsbank.com. 2. Congratulations to Salt + Light Works on the launch of a Tulare County movement to overcome chronic homelessness. To learn more about this organization and its mission, patterned after a successful program in Austin, Texas, visit saltandlightworks.org. 3. The Tulare Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Leadership Tulare Class of 2019-20. Class members, pictured from left to right, are David Rossman, Tulare City Fire Department; Susan Henard, River Valley Church sponsored by Tulare Noon Kiwanis; Monte Staples, AltSys Solar Inc.; Chelsea Cushing, COS Tulare College Center; Julia Franco, Tulare Police Department; Connie Torres, Top Flite Financial sponsored by Tulare Noon Rotary Club; Amanda Meneses, Wonderful Citrus; Jennifer Fawkes, International Agri-Center; Carrie Monteiro, County of Tulare, and Mario Flores, Tulare Joint Union High School District. 4. The chamber is grateful for its Board of Directors members who invest their time, talent and resources to attend the 2020 planning retreat to make the chamber the most relevant and beneficial organization for its members. 5. The chamber collaborated with the COS Foundation to host the sixth annual Crush Party at the beautiful College of the Sequoias Tulare Center. Attendees enjoyed an evening of sampling food from local restaurants and caterers, as well as tasting wine from throughout California. 6. Adventist Health celebrated expanding in Tulare at two new locations. A medical office with specialty surgical services is open in Tulare at 951 Merritt Ave. Additionally, it celebrated the groundbreaking of a new health clinic on Hillman Street. The facility will house primary care physicians, specialists and dentists. For information on these new additions to Adventist Health, call (559) 688-0821 or visit adventisthealth.org.






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riving an opportunity economy, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst, convener and champion of local businesses. Each month, the chamber facilitates a variety of events to support and further the success of the community.








1. Fall brought many celebrations for members. New members (a) Aspen Dental, (b) Central Valley Regional Center, (c) Bello Vita Venue and (d) Studio Bling hosted ribbon cuttings to announce their new business ventures and opened their doors to the community. Congratulations to all! 2. Leadership Visalia participated in its first day session in October. The session explored local government and an overview of the Visalia community. (a) The day started off with a Q&A with Congressman Devin Nunes. (b) The class was then presented with a panel featuring city, county and state representatives, and concluded with a mock City Council activity. 3. The Young Professionals Network (YPN) hosted its Fall Mixer at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Oct. 30. More than 35 attendees came dressed in their Halloween best. They enjoyed an evening of networking and holiday spirit, complete with a screening of Psycho. It was a scream! 4. The last Ambassadors Breakfast of the year took place in October. The Visalia Chamber of Commerce hosts an Ambassador Breakfast on the fourth Thursday of each month at Visalia First Assembly. See you in January!



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HEART'S FANCY ACROSS 1 Rock star Ant 5 Gumbo veggies 10 Soak up sun 14 Mall call 15 Hon 16 L’amie 17 Timely observation 20 ‘‘That is best which liest ___’’: Longfellow 21 Cosmetics 22 This ___ sudden! 23 Letter drop 24 Timely phrase 28


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55 Timely gift 58 Out of the weather 59 Belonging to them 60 Beowulf, for one 61 Pulls along 62 Pop display 63 Get spelled DOWN 1 Part of NAM 2 Fix in time 3 Part of TAE 4 Julie London’s Cry ___ 5 The ___ File: Jon Voight film



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aller: “I need my wheels aligned.” Why, may I ask. “Because it vibrates and pulls going down the road.” Well, you might need an alignment, but more likely you have a tire issue. The problem here is the tire is separating from the case. Caller: “I need a tune-up.” How do you know that? I ask. “Because it shakes at idle.” How does it run down the road? “It runs fine and no check engine light.” The most likely cause here is worn engine mounts. Don’t make the mistake of asking for something and then finding out when you get your car back that it is not fixed. Let your repair facility make the call, not you. That is their job. Till next issue, Happy Holidays!!

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GOINGS-ON December 1st Saturday When: Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Map at Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Drive, or Art Center, 41673 North Fork Drive Contact: (559) 561-3463 or 1stsaturdaytr.com Cost: Free Ice Skate Visalia When: Dec. 7 grand opening, 2-9 p.m.; weekends through Dec. 22 (times vary); Dec. 23-Jan. 12 (times vary) Where: Garden Street Plaza, downtown Visalia Contact: iceskatevisalia.com Cost: $10 (includes skate rental); free on Holiday Open House nights 28th annual Spirit of the Holidays Wine Tasting When: Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. Where: Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave., Exeter Contact: Exeter Kiwanis Club, exeterkiwanis.org, (559) 592-2919 Cost: $60

8 5th annual Rockin’ Rudolph 5K Run, Kids Fun Run When: Dec. 8, 8:20 a.m. kids run, 8:30 a.m. 5K Where: 325 N. Douty St., Hanford Contact: RunHanford.com, (559) 537-0760 (Central Valley Health Foundation) Cost: $15 kids run, $30 5K run/walk Sequoia Symphony Orchestra 'Messiah' When: Dec. 8, doors 2:30 p.m., show 3 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $33-$45



12 Downtown Visalia’s Holiday Open House When: Dec. 12 and 19, 5-8 p.m. Where: Downtown Visalia Contact: (559) 732-7737 Cost: Free 28th annual Exeter Christmas Open House When: Dec. 12 and 19, 5-9 p.m. Where: Downtown Exeter shops Contact: (559) 592-2919 Cost: Free 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993) When: Dec. 12, doors 5:30 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $5

13 Mighty Oak Chorus Christmas Concert When: Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. Where: The Fountain Christian Church, 1023 N. Chinowth St., Visalia Contact: (559) 280-5715, (559) 901-4615 Cost: $10 adults, free to children 12 and younger

14 Breakfast With Santa When: Dec. 14 and 21, 8-10 a.m. Where: Ice Skate Visalia, Garden Street Plaza, Visalia Contact: iceskatevisalia.com Cost: $10 for breakfast and skating, $5 breakfast only 120th annual Christmas Bird Count When: Dec. 14 and 17 Where: Dec. 14, Springville CBC, Sequoia CBC and Kaweah CBC; Dec. 17, Pixley NWR CBC Contact: Springville, (559) 280-7840; Sequoia, (559) 565-4251; Kaweah, (559) 799-7181; Pixley, (559) 359-0517 Cost: Free

Exeter Courthouse Gallery and Historic Museum When: Dec. 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 15, 22 and 29, noon-4 p.m. Where: 125 South B St., Exeter Contact: (559) 592-5900 Cost: Free Holiday Home Tour When: Dec. 14, noon-5 p.m. Where: Starts at Quail Park on Cypress, 4520 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia Contact: rhshhometour@gmail.com, Redwood High School Ranger Band and Color Guard Cost: $20 presale at White’s Music, Quail Park, Pet Envy, Pacific Treasures & Gourmet It’s a Model Railroad Christmas When: Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Sequoia Mall, 3303 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia Contact: Visalia Electric Railroad Modelers and Historical Society, (559) 733-7742 Cost: Free Mariachi Los Camperos When: Dec. 14, doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $21-$43

17 Santa Visit When: Dec. 17, 3-6 p.m. Where: Visalia Transit Center, 425 E. Oak Ave., Visalia Contact: visaliatransit.com Cost: Free

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27 Disney Junior Holiday Party When: Dec. 17, doors 5 p.m., show 6 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $37-$150

18 ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947) When: Dec. 18, doors 5:30 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $5

19 Gingerbread Decorating Fundraiser for Deployed Troops When: Dec. 19, 5-9 p.m. Where: Exeter Raceway & Hobbies, 130 E. Maple St., Exeter Contact: (559) 280-2068 or (559) 592-4883 Cost: $5 each or $20 for five An Irish Christmas When: Dec. 19, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $12-$54

20 Annual Senior Center Classic Christmas Luncheon When: Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Visalia Senior Center, 310 N. Locust St., Visalia Contact: (559) 713-4381 Cost: $5 (for ages 55 and older)

‘Night at the Museum’ When: Dec. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: ImagineU Children’s Museum, 210 N. Tipton St., Visalia Contact: (559) 733-5975, imagineumsueum.org Cost: $20 members, $25 guests

31 Exeter Doo-Dah Parade & Fireworks When: Dec. 31, 5-10 p.m. Where: Downtown Exeter Contact: (559) 592-2919 Cost: Free

January Visalia Police/PAL annual Resolution 5K Run, Kids Fun Run When: Jan. 1, 10 a.m. Where: Main Street, downtown Visalia Contact: runsignup.com/visaliapal Cost: $30 plus $2.50 sign-up fee Annual Polar Bear Dip When: Jan. 1, noon Where: Gateway Restaurant and Lodge, 45978 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers Contact: (559) 561-4133 Cost: Free

8 ‘M*A*S*H’ (1970) When: Jan. 8, doors 5:30 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $5

12 Dennis Prager When: Jan. 12, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $35-$99

16 ‘9 to 5’ (1980) When: Jan. 16, doors 5:30 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $5

25 Sequoia Symphony Orchestra American Inaugurals When: Jan. 25, doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $33-$45

26 Blues Is a Woman When: Jan. 26, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $29-$44

29 Grand Dragon Acrobats When: Jan. 29, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 Cost: $15-$31

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Holiday Fun for Young and Old


is the season for holiday music in the air, crisp winter days, cozy winter nights, and making memories with family and friends. If you’re looking for holiday fun here in Visalia, you’ve come to the right place. From skating under the stars and special visits with Santa to kicking off 2020 with a run into the New Year, the city of Visalia has something for everyone to enjoy this season. READY TO MEET SANTA? WE KNOW HIM! Santa Claus himself will be visiting Visalia on a few days this holiday season, visiting the Visalia Transit Center for photos and the downtown ice rink for a few special events.

From 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, Santa will be meeting with little ones of all ages at the Visalia Transit Center (425 E. Oak Ave.) for free photos. Both digital photos and prints will be available. For more information, visit visaliatransit.com. To enjoy a special treat with the jolly old elf himself, sign up for Breakfast With Santa at Ice Skate Visalia. Santa will be enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, skating and one-on-one visits on Saturday, Dec. 14, and again on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 8-10 a.m. each day. Tickets are $10 per person for breakfast and skating (children must be 4 years or older for skating) or $5 per person for breakfast only (all ages welcome). FAMILY FUN DOWNTOWN AT ICE SKATE VISALIA Presented by the Visalia Parks & Recreation Department, Ice Skate Visalia returns for the young and young at heart who want to create holiday memories to last a lifetime. Garden Street Plaza will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland with a synthetic rink as Ice Skate Visalia will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2-9 p.m. The rink will then be open weekends through Dec. 22 for public skating; times vary. Monday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 12, Ice Skate Visalia will be open every day, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Hours of operation vary; visit iceskatevisalia.com for details. Public skate admission is $10 per person and includes skate rental. However, there is no charge for spectators to come out and watch the fun. In addition to open skate times, Ice Skate Visalia features several special events such as Family Friday Themed Skate Nights and even free skate nights. Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 19, will be the nights for Downtown Visalia’s Holiday Open House from 5-8 p.m. and it is on

these nights that guests can skate for free. To attend, bring a small, stuffed bear to the Downtown Visalia office (120 S. Church St.) and, as a thank you for your donation, you will receive a free admission ticket. VISALIA SENIOR CENTER’S ANNUAL CLASSIC CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Join the Visalia Senior Center for its annual Classic Christmas Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This local favorite features a delicious lunch by acclaimed chef Elaine Dakessian of Elaine's Très Bien, live holiday music, fun activities and even a few special guests. This event is for those 55 and better, and admission is $5 per person. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance. Act fast; this event will sell out as seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Visalia Senior Center, 310 N. Locust St. For more information on the Classic Christmas Luncheon and other holiday events, call (559) 713-4381. READY TO RUN INTO THE NEW YEAR? If the thought of cookies, candies, cocoa and all things Christmas is having you feeling like making resolutions for the new year, why not ring in 2020 with the Visalia Police Department Police Activities League (PAL) annual Resolution 5K Run and Kids Fun Run? Join us on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at 10 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Visalia. Run entry is $30 per person, plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. Feel free to indulge this holiday season knowing that you’re making plans for the new year. Sign-ups are now open at runsignup.com/visaliapal. With a bright holiday season ahead, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. For more information on these events and other holiday fun, visit the city of Visalia online at visalia.city.

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The holiday season is often associated with joy, connection, and celebration. But for many individuals, December can bring sadness and isolation—especially for older adults.

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Visit your local senior center for holiday activities and events. Visalia Senior Center 310 N. Locust Visalia, CA 93292

Tulare Senior Center 201 N. F Street Tulare, CA 93274

Porterville Senior Center 280 N. Fourth Street Porterville, CA 93257

Woodlake Senior Center 325 E. Antelope Ave. Woodlake, CA 93286

Exeter Senior Center 301 South E. Street Exeter, CA 93221

Goshen Senior Center St. Thomas Catholic Church 6735 Ave. 308 Goshen, CA 93291

Lindsay Senior Center 911 N. Parkside Lindsay, CA 93247 Earlimart Senior Center 712 E. Washington Earlimart, CA 93219 Cutler-Orosi Senior Center 12691 Ave. 408 Cutler, CA 93615

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