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It's That Time of Year Again!


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Visalia Chamber Tulare Chamber

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Craft Corner


Visalia First

Technical Annoyances: When Things Just Don't Work

10 Meet A Local

Eric Coyne: Tulare County Deputy CAO for

Economic Development, Film and Tourism

20 Social Security and You 22 Visalia Rescue Mission 24 Character Counts

23 Gardening

27 Money Matters

Meet The Alliums

28 College Prep

25 Kids' Library

29 Crossword

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30 Goings-On

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A BRIDAL ODYSSEY Visalia's Premier Bridal Show


t's that time of year again – bridal show season! Christmas is the biggest engagement day, followed by Valentine's. The average couple spends 18 months planning their wedding. The bride will spend hours looking at wedding sites for ideas for their wedding day. But where do you begin to put it all together? Bridal shows! There is no better way of planning for this day than attending a show. It is where you can see, touch, smell and taste all the elements you will need to plan this life event. These shows are a valuable asset to the soon-to-be bride. You will be introduced to more than just the dress shops, caterers and venues. You will see the new trends for cake styles. Florists are opening up many new ideas for floral arrangements and ways to decorate. Then there are the photographers, transportation, travel agents, caterers, entertainment and yes, the dress. Oh, and let’s not forget the ring. A band or a diamond is the symbol of your love and you want the perfect

match to your personalities and style. Will you have a ring bearer and a flower girl? Who can resist the little girls walking down the aisle tossing the petals or the one to hold your train as you make your way down the aisle on your dads arm or whoever will be giving you away Ask questions — make notes of all ideas that you like and even that you don’t like. The professionals at these bridal shows have your best interest in mind to help make your day the way you wish it to be. You will learn a lot and take away many valuable and useful ideas. Bring your fiancé, family, friends and members of your bridal party to assist you. Since 1997, “A Bridal Odyssey,” produced by Mancini Production, is the longest-running nationally recognized show in Central California, drawing guests from throughout the Central Valley to discuss their wedding needs. Greg and Debbie Mancini have organized and coordinated these shows every January and August to join brides, grooms and businesses to aid in planning that very important life event.

The shows have proven to be one of the finest bridal events in the country and have become a vital element in providing both brides and professionals a common ground to offer information, share ideas and answer questions that always occur in planning weddings. The bridal show starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The featured fashion show begins at 2:30 p.m. which is the highlight of the afternoon. The show will focus on the newest bridal trends and fashions from Madeleine's Bridal Boutique in Fresno and Tux n Tails in Visalia. The "Sweet Treasures” wedding cake dive is always an exciting event at the show’s end. Several thousands of dollars in prizes, trips, and honeymoon stays will be given away throughout the afternoon. The restaurant and sports bar will be open for lunch and dinner, or to relax for a moment before the fashion show. “A Bridal Odyssey” is a nationally recognized show and endorsed by Bride’s Magazine, Wedding Wire,

10 Tips for Attending a Bridal Show 1. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. You'll be glad you did. 2. Be prepared to register at the door. Be patient! This is well worth it. 3. Bring preprinted, self-adhesive address labels if you have them. 4. Remember your name, address, phone, email and wedding date. 5. This will save you time and allow you to sign up for anything you want very quickly.

6. Bring a pen and print very clearly when registering for anything. 7. Bring your checkbook in case you decide to book services or hold dates with a deposit. 8. Be sure to check on refund policies before giving any money and read the contract carefully before signing. 9. Collect any information you are interested in — take it home to look over again when you have some quiet time. 10. If you cannot attend, send someone in your place to collect information on services you need.

It is nice if your fiancé attends with you if he is interested. Many guys attend, so he won't be the only one there! Arrive at least one hour prior to the fashion show. Seating is usually first-come-first-served and you can use this time to rest your feet. Relax and have fun — this is your wedding.



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Microchip­ A Safe and Permanent Identification for Your Pet


hat would you do if your pet was lost? Would the person who found your cat or dog know who you are and how to contact you? That’s a very stressful situation for you and your pet. A collar with a license and identification attached is extremely helpful but what if the collar slipped off or you just gave your pet a bath and hadn’t put the collar back on yet? The only permanent form of identification that your pet can carry with it is a microchip. A microchip is a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is encoded with a unique identification number. The device is implanted with a syringe just under the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is quick and done with little or no pain. If your pet is lost and brought to a veterinarian or animal shelter, the microchip can be quickly detected with a scanner. The identification number will show up on the scanner, which then will be either entered into a shelter’s database or phoned in to the microchip company. This will immediately give the owner’s contact information and alternate contact number. One very important step

in ensuring that the microchip will serve its purpose is to make sure all of your contact information is kept current with the microchip company. If you move or change your phone number, you must call the chip company to let them know. If your dog is brought to a shelter and the number on the microchip is old or disconnected, it can be impossible to track you down. Valley Oak SPCA is a 501(c)3 non profit, no-kill rescue that operates solely on donations and contributions from our local community. To make an online donation or submit a volunteer application, please visit our website: To microchip your pets, please visit our Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic located at 9405 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, Monday – Friday during our vaccination & microchip clinics from 9 a.m. to noon or 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays. No appointment necessary.

UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday, Jan 6 – Open House at our new facility! Valley Oak SPCA Adoption Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9800 Camp Drive, Visalia, CA (located behind Lampe Dodge & Visalia BMW) Saturday, April 14 – 27th annual Walk A Dog a Thon Mooney Grove Park (Arbor 9) 9 a.m.


Valley Oak SPCA Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic 9405 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia 93291 For clinic information and appointments, call (559) 741-1121 or (559) 741-0492

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VIRTUAL VALLEY Technical Annoyances: When Things Just Don't Work


andom reboots. Long delays between taps and apps opening. My smartphone resisted as I tried to use it for work. Thanks to experience, I knew that most computing devices benefit from a hard reset, which worked for my phone — until the problems reappeared. Thankfully, Apple issued an update for the latest iOS and my phone was normal again.



Sometimes, things do not work and it is annoying. Our computers, tablets, smartphones and various computing peripherals work more reliably than in the past, but things still go wrong in unexpected and frustrating ways. Knowing how to deal with those annoyances makes life with technology less stressful. Often, the best response is to reboot, reset or cycle the power of a device. The “hard reset” clears device memory and restarts a device. Cycling the power or resetting the device solves minor problems with cable modems, network routers, printers, scanners and other hardware. More than once, I’ve “fixed” our home theater projector by cycling the power. When power is cycled for a networked hardware device, this often resets the network connection information, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address. When the device

reconnects to the network, data flows without a problem. Our two HP LaserJet printers seem to suffer from network issues at least once a month. Turning off the printer triggers Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), allowing our home server to properly allocate network settings to the printer. Printers and computer monitors often stop working because of their cables. Cable issues have always been common culprits, especially with the 36-pin Centronics IEEE-1284 parallel printer cable. The flat metal pins attract dirt and sometimes they flatten and fail to make a good connection. Universal Serial Bus (USB) cables suffer the same design challenge. Look at the cable ends and if the flat gold connection pins feature dark streaks of dirt and oil, clean the connectors with a swab dabbed in rubbing alcohol. Serial data ports and cables, known as D-subminiature connections,

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frequently suffer from bent pins, which can be fixed using needle-nose pliers. The D-sub series connectors are specified as DA through DE, with DB-25 the standard for IBM-PC serial devices. Many people erroneously call all the connectors DB, such as the common DE-9 and DA-15. As a technician, I have spent countless hours cleaning parallel adaptors and straightening serial cable pins. Even today, a great many video devices use 15-pin connectors with fragile pins. Rubbing alcohol also cleans mouse and trackball rollers, if you have one of the rare mechanical devices still available. Surprisingly, a “jumping pointer” often turns out to be a dirty mouse roller. Compressed air still comes in handy for keyboard issues, since dust and pet hair seem to find their way under keys. If a letter repeats too easily or refuses to appear on screen, start troubleshooting with a good cleaning of the keyboard. I recommend blowing out the insides of desktop computers with compressed air at least once a year and more frequently in dusty offices. Dust and debris can clog any vents and fans inside the computer, leading to overheating and random crashes. After cleaning the internal components, also check to make sure that nothing has come loose inside the case. Press gently on any expansion cards, double-check the RAM and test any power connectors. Select a starting place and work your way through the components until you verify that every connection is properly secured. Sometimes, a computer problem isn’t hardware. With software and operating systems, a reboot might solve basic issues. Way back in the 8-bit era of Apple II, Atari and Commodore computers, you could reset the computer or resort to a toggle of the power switch. With DOS, you learned the “Three Finger Salute” of Control + Alternate + Delete to reset an IBM-compatible computer. When CTRL+ALT+DEL failed to work, the

power switch was a last resort. Today, CTRL+ATL+DEL opens the Task Manager in Windows, allowing you to exit a stubborn application. When applications hang on an Apple Macintosh system, Command + Option + Escape allows you to force quit an application or the Finder. More complex problems with older Macintosh systems sometimes resolved with a reset of the Parameter RAM (PRAM) or Non-Volatile RAM by restarting the computer and pressing Command + Option and “PR” or “NV” keys. I haven’t had to reset PRAM or NVRAM since owning an original iMac. When applications start having problems, consider if this is isolated to one program, a set of related programs or all software installed on a system. For various reasons, the temporary caches on a computer drive can cause crashes and unusual behaviors. Applications leave behind these “temporary” files for a variety of reasons. In particular, web browsers collect and store a lot of data. On our Apple computers, we use the free Onyx utility to empty software caches and resolve potential application issues. On Windows, Piriform’s CCleaner offers similar features. The Windows Registry seems prone to problems. The Registry stores settings for Windows and most applications on a Windows computer. Rose City’s Registry First Aid software solves more complex problems that CCleaner misses. Apple computers have no equivalent to the unified Windows Registry.

Instead, individual applications and operating system components store their preferences as “plist” text files on Apple computers and devices. To locate plists, open any Finder window and press Shift + Command + G for “Go to Folder.” In the input box, type “~/ Library/Preferences” and click OK. These hidden preference lists should be edited or deleted only by an expert technician. I use disk utilities when software problems appear widespread. On a Mac, I use DiskWarrior to rebuild disk catalogs if Apple’s Disk Utility fails to repair a drive. On Windows, also use the included tools first. Right-click on a drive’s icon, select Properties, the Tools tab, and click the “Check” button. This runs the ChkDsk (“Check Disk”) program. Tools from drive vendors, such as SeaTools from Seagate, can recover data from some drive failures. Drives, including solid-state drives, fail long before other computer components. When one program has problems, I reinstall the software. I do this with apps on my iPhone and with applications on our computers. Curiously, the problematic applications tend to be the most popular programs from Adobe. Reinstalling tends to solve random crashes in Photoshop or Illustrator for several months at a time. Resetting power, checking cables, cleaning input devices, running maintenance utilities and reinstalling software are simple ways to solve many annoyances. It still surprises me how many issues vanish after trying such simple fixes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Visalia native Scott Wyatt recently 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.



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Eric Coyne Occupation/Title: Tulare County Deputy CAO for Economic Development, Film and Tourism How did you end up here in Visalia? The Visalia Times-Delta hired me to report on agriculture and government. How did you get your start in this line of work? While at Fresno State studying journalism, I worked as a part-time reporter at the Fresno Bee. I covered crime, politics, business, and wrote features. I worked for the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico for a while before returning to the Bee. But when I started a family, we decided we preferred the quality of life Visalia had to offer and I came to town to cover local government and agriculture. Why are you passionate about your work? I have always wanted to serve my community, so I moved into public service. I’ve never regretted it. I like economic development because if you can help people improve themselves financially by bringing better jobs to their area or by helping them grow their business, their quality of life improves. Tourism dollars are the next best thing to bringing more jobs to town. People come here, spend money while having a good time, then go home and tell all their friends about what they liked about the area we live in. Promoting film projects in our area combines promoting local spending with showcasing what makes our area special. When HBO filmed an episode of “True Detective” here, they spent about $90,000 locally in four days.



Eric Coyne with COLIN FARRELL during filming of "True Detective" in Balch Park. What is the most challenging situation you’ve encountered on the job? Trying to import Kodiak bears to Balch Park for a commercial – during bear hunting season – without incident. Tell us about a single moment when you realized this was the right occupation for you: When we dedicated the new Museum of Farm Labor & Agriculture in Mooney Grove Park, a project I helped work on.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have visited every continent except Antarctica. I have enjoyed visiting parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be? Working abroad in the Foreign Service, like my father did.

What about Visalia makes this a great community to live and work in? The people are great. This town has a great urban forest, but if you get tired of looking at houses, you can just look up at the natural beauty of the Sierras or enjoy valley agriculture.

Tell us a little about life outside of work (hobbies, family, travel): I enjoy fooling around with vintage cars, traveling and meeting new people.

Bonus question: If you were stranded on an island, what three objects would you take with you? A personable dog, a sack of good books, and plenty of coffee.

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Every Infant Deserves a Great Start to 2018


hat to do if your infant has head tilt. Do you know of an infant with a head tilt and/or appears to have a difficult time turning in one direction? They may have a condition known as congenital torticollis. Congenital torticollis, also known as “wry neck”, is the third most common orthopedic pediatric condition. An infant with congenital torticollis may present with a head tilt toward the affected side and head rotation toward the opposite side. This can cause limitations in cervical range of motion and muscular imbalances. Infants with untreated torticollis can also develop flattening of the head, facial asymmetry and delayed motor skills. Congenital torticollis is uncommon, with an incidence between 0.3 percent and 2.0 percent. There are several causes of torticollis, but the two most common are intrauterine position and birth trauma.

The two most common approaches to treatment are surgical lengthening and conservative management. Physical therapy is considered the first line of conservative management. The outcomes of physical therapy treatment are dependent on the severity of the infant’s deficits and age. A study of 57 infants who were treated conservatively with passive stretching exercises reported that 100 percent of infants younger than 3 months and 75 percent age 3-6 months saw complete resolution. If you know of an infant who appears to have head tilt or a preference for turning to one direction, PRO-PT can help by assessing them for torticollis. Remember the younger the child is at the start of physical therapy treatment, the better the outcome may be.

I’M BACK TO WORK! PRO-PT helped me regain my strength and flexability after surgery so I could go back to work.

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A Warm and Wonderful New Year!


tart the New Year off on a most delicious note with Gingerbread Apple French Toast Bake. Sugar-dusted squares of apples and French bread, encased in warmly spiced milk and egg filling accented with molasses, can hardly wait for a drizzle of maple syrup. Make it the night before, and pop it into the oven when you wake for a perfect Rose Parade and football game- watching breakfast. This dish is ideal for brunch with family and friends, with bacon or sausage, and fresh fruit. Happy 2018!



1 large French bread boule (round) cut into cubes, or batard (loaf), cut into 1” slices

2 Tbsp. each ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground ginger

8 eggs 1 ½ cups milk (whole or 2%)

1 Tbsp. each ground cloves, ground nutmeg

1 cup half and half

Pinch of ground white pepper

½ cup molasses

Pinch of cardamom

½ cup granulated sugar, divided

Whisk all spices together until well combined. Store in an airtight container. Use in cookies, cakes, pancakes or gingerbread.

2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. Gingerbread Spice (right), or substitute 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. each ginger and allspice and ¼ tsp. each cloves and nutmeg pinch of cardamom 4 tart baking apples (i.e., Granny Smith, Honey Crisp), peeled and cut into four segments away from the core 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces Confectioner’s (powdered) sugar, for dusting



Spray 9" x 13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place bread cubes or slices into prepared baking dish. In a large bowl, lightly whisk eggs, milk, half and half, molasses, ¼ cup sugar, vanilla extract and gingerbread spice. Slice apple segments and evenly layer them over the bread in the dish. Pour egg mixture over the top

Mix remaining ¼ cup sugar with 1 tsp. gingerbread spice; sprinkle evenly over apples. Dot the top with the butter. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 400F. Remove French toast from refrigerator while oven preheats. Uncover and bake for 45 – 50 minutes until golden brown, set, and a small knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Check after 35 minutes and cover the top with foil for the remainder of the baking time if it’s getting too brown. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Dust the top with powdered sugar, cut into squares and serve with maple syrup. For more of Sue’s tips and tricks, visit

For the printable recipe and variations, visit

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he Visalia Chamber of Commerce serves as the local “voice of business” as they advocate for businesses throughout Visalia. Each month, the Chamber facilitates a variety of events to support and further the success of the community. The Christmas wishes of 30 local charities and non profit organizations were granted, with nearly $60,000 raised at the 37th Annual Christmas Tree Auction held Dec 8 the Visalia Convention Center. The spirit of giving was evident at the masqueradethemed event with more than 1,200 guests who spent the evening supporting local charities, eating great food, drinking local wine and dancing the night away. “On behalf of all the non profits involved, the Chamber wishes to thank the community and those donors who dug deep and found ways to impact the lives of many individuals in positive ways.”




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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. The Tulare Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Chamber Awards and Installation banquet on Friday, Jan 26. Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Male Youth of the Year and Female Youth of the Year will all be honored at the event. Reserve tickets by calling 686-1547 or visiting Pictured are Deanne Martin-Soares of Amdal In-Home Care giving the award to George Pierce of Garton Tractor, the 2016 Large Business of the Year. 2. The chamber celebrated new member 559 Virtual Reality Game Truck with a ribbon-cutting. This trailer is perfect for parties because the owner, Brandon Mendes, brings the party to you. There are multiple video games inside the trailer. Both kids and adults have a great time playing in this unique party atmosphere. For information call 300-9998 or visit 3. Business After Hours was hosted by the Tulare Chamber at its annual Holiday Open House. In this season, and always, the chamber is grateful for the members and community it serves. 4. Tulare Joint Union High School District, COS, CSET and the chamber joined forces to host #BeFutureReady. The day was geared to assist high school sophomores with preparing for their futures. Students were greeted by professionals who shook their hands to practice hand shaking. Then a speaker addressed the students on taking advantage of the opportunities they are given to prepare for the future. CSET hosted sessions on preparing for job interviews. The students were then able to apply what they learned in mock interviews with local professionals. The day ended with the sophomores and professionals enjoying lunch together.




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he cold weather has arrived and hopefully lots of snow this year. When you go to the snow, look at the snowflakes carefully. You will find that they are all different. No two snowflakes are alike. You can make your own snowflakes uing cereal or pasta and gluing them together. Hang them in the window and watch them glitter in the sun. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Non toxic glue or glue gun • Glitter • Ribbon

DIRECTIONS: • Glue the cereal or pasta together to form a snowflake. You can make them any size. • Spread a little glue over the top and sprinkle glitter. • After the snowflake dries, tie a ribbon on it and hang in your window. Happy New Year!

ImagineU Museum After School Program Starts January 8, 2018. Night at the Museum "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" will be Friday, January 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Spring Camp will take place from March 26 thru 30. Please call the museum for more information at (559) 733-5975, or visit our website at 16


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fairy godmother, an evil stepmother, a charming prince and two wicked stepsisters all come to life on stage when the Moscow Festival Ballet presents the classic rags-to-riches story of Cinderella. Set to Prokofiev’s exquisite score, this timeless ballet fosters belief of a world where fairy tales really do come true.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by former Bolshoi Ballet star Sergei Radchenko, who appeared in principal roles alongside such legends as Maya Plitsetskaya and Maris Liepa. Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company that would fuse the utmost classical elements of the illustrious Bolshoi and Maryinsky Ballet companies. DIRECT MAGAZINE


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Upon Meeting, Everything is Changed


ave you ever been in the presence of someone famous? Maybe you have run into a celebrity at a coffee shop or seen a politician somewhere. You know that when you see someone like that, it seems to change the atmosphere for everyone who is in that place. Maybe you have had a meeting with someone really important. The night before, you can’t sleep. You are nervous all the way up to the time of the meeting. You know that being with that person is going to be different. If you have even been to an event where the President is, you know that there is a buzz in the air. There is expectation. Their presence alone changes everything. There are certain people who change everything around them. You know when you come into contact with them because you remember it. It is palpable. Some people can change the way you feel simply by walking by. Why is that? What do they have? There is nothing quite like an encounter like that. You talk about it, tweet about it, Facebook a selfie with them and tell everyone you know what happened.



The best thing about these moments is that we normally leave changed. Something is said or done that changes us. It sets about something on the inside of us that often redirects us into something greater. The worst thing that could happen in the presence of someone great is for us to miss it, to altogether brush it off and not allow anything to change. You may be thinking that you have never had a chance to have an encounter like this. The amazing thing is that we all have the chance to have this encounter. There was an arrival on Earth that shook the very foundation of the world. His entrance was so impactful that how we mark time was forever changed. When Jesus Christ came on the scene, everything changed. As you study His life, whether you believe He was the Son of God or simply a great teacher, it is undeniable that He was THE MOST impactful person to ever live. One encounter with Jesus changed everything. He brought dead back to life, opened blind eyes to see, made lame legs to walk and singlehandedly changed the course of history, so much

so that just one touch of His robe healed a woman. A single sentence brought people back to life. How incredible would it have been to live when Jesus lived! An encounter with Him would have been indescribable! When Jesus laid down His life on the cross, the Presence of God – the same Presence of God that brought miracles to average people – was made available to all of us! And that Presence of God changes EVERYTHING. You may need a breakthrough. You may need your own miracle. You may be in a place where you think that everything is hopeless. Why don’t you get into the Presence of the One who can change all that? Psalms 16:11 In Your Presence there is fullness of joy. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. We would love to invite you to Visalia First, where our No.1 value is God’s Presence! If you need a breakthrough, come expecting! Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 Doors open at 9:30 am | Program starts at 10:30am

WYNDHAM HOTEL, VISALIA Spectacular Resource Event Join us for the Spectacular Resource Event – The Heart of Seniors where Seniors, families and caregivers can learn about the continuum of care resources that are available for their loved ones, have lunch, see a fashion show and gain valuable information from informational speakers. Grand opportunity to show off what services you have available. Only $5 for our attendees which includes lunch. Discounted rates for In-Home care assistance available upon request for caregivers so they can attend too. VENDOR FAIR, LUNCH AND FASHION SHOW KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND AUTHOR DR. MICHELLE PETICOLAS INFORMATION FOR SENIORS, FAMILY AND CAREGIVERS AND RAFFLE PRIZES FOR A FEW LUCKY GUESTS

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High School Kids and Social Security


spent part of my 32-year career with the Social Security Administration as a public affairs specialist in San Diego. A big aspect of that job was running around town giving speeches to various groups and organizations. As you might guess, that involved a lot of trips to senior centers and other places where older folks might hang out. It also meant talks to civic groups like Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. And believe it or not, it occasionally involved lectures to high school students. You might think the last thing a high school kid would be interested in, or want to learn about, would be Social Security. And you'd be right. But I thought it was a good idea to get teenagers to think about the subject — from both a historical and economic viewpoint, and from the perspective of their own budding relationship with the program. Today, I will share with you some of the things I told these kids.



The first thing I did was play a word association game. I asked them this question: "What do you think of when I say the words 'Social Security'?" Inevitably, their responses would be along the lines of "old people" or "my grandparents." But then I would surprise them by telling them that when I was in high school, I was getting a monthly check from Social Security. I asked them why that was. They usually had surprised and querulous looks on their faces. But, inevitably, one of the kids would say, "Maybe one of your parents died and you are getting a check on his or her Social Security record." That was the right answer. (My dad died when I was young.) And a little further discussion would unveil the fact that there were a couple of kids in each classroom in similar circumstances. Benefits to the children of deceased workers is a big part of Social Security

that many people — high schoolers and their parents and grandparents — forget about. After my introductory word association game, I would then describe the history of Social Security. And I realized quickly that talking to them about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal programs was kind of like talking to them about dinosaurs. It was all ancient history to a teenager. But I did ask them what they thought happened to old people before Social Security came along. How did they get along financially? Where did they live? They were surprised to learn that many older folks moved in with their grown children after they retired. A couple of smart-alecky kids would usually say something like, "I sure wouldn't want my grandma living with me!" I told them that before Social Security, well more than of all senior citizens in this country lived below the

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poverty level. That number is less than 10 percent today. Following this discussion, it was not uncommon for some of the students to point out that they thought that their grandparents were rich because they spent a lot of time traveling to Europe and other places. I suggested to them that Social Security was more than a little bit responsible for their well-being. I also liked to talk to the kids about Social Security and economics — especially how Social Security fits into the overall federal budget. I'd ask them this question: What do you think the federal government spends most of its money on? I would always get back a whole variety of answers, probably reflecting their parents' own preconceived notions about

government spending. Here are some of the most common answers I'd get: "welfare"... "bombs"..."foreign aid"..."food stamps"..."drug enforcement." I would then draw a big circle on a blackboard and tell them to think of that circle as the federal government's spending pie. I would divide that pie into four sections. I'd then label the first piece of the pie "Defense and Homeland Security" because it uses about a fourth of all federal spending. Then I would label the second big piece of the pie "Health Care" — primarily the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Next, I would ask what the third big piece of the federal spending pie might be. Even though a few would shout out things like food stamps or foreign aid, by now, most of the class understood where I was going with this. And they correctly said Social Security. Actually, Social Security is the biggest piece of the pie, making up about 28 percent of all federal expenditures. And that means everything else the federal government does comes out of that last piece of pie — the

remaining one-fourth of federal spending. That's pretty amazing when you think about it. The government spends money on thousands of programs and projects — NASA, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Park system, the Forest Service, maintaining foreign embassies and consulates, drug enforcement, food stamps, school lunch programs, transportation projects, and on and on. Again, hundreds of these different programs each get a tiny fraction of that quarter piece of pie that's left after we pay for Social Security, health care and defense. That's why any talk of reducing government spending without putting those big three on the chopping block is just a lot of hot air. Finally, I would talk to the kids about their own relationship with Social Security. And when you are in high school, it's a budding romance. (OK, I agree, that's the wrong term.) Most of them were just getting their first jobs at McDonald's or the local grocery store or wherever. And I would tell them to make sure that their employer had their Social Security number correctly recorded so that they would get proper credit for whatever taxes they were paying. Today, when I think back to those earlier times teaching high school kids about Social Security, I realize that most of them are now pushing 40, probably have families of their own and have been working for many years now. I wonder if they remember anything I told them.



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New Year's Resolution Foundation


he other day, I went to visit a friend’s son in the hospital. This person’s very serious alcohol addiction was pro-ducing painful, hallucinating withdrawals and they went to the Emergency Room. While we discussed potential next steps, they were still — in spite of the current environment — not seeing clearly, “I don’t need a long-term program. I’m not that bad.” I just looked around the hospital room. They suddenly saw their situation from my perspective, “Well,” they said. “Maybe I am.” Someone once told me that humility isn’t talking about yourself less — humility is just an accurate account of your strengths and weaknesses. It’s easy to get frustrated with friends and family wrestling through addiction. What’s hard is remembering that we are all susceptible to blindness regarding our own weaknesses. The determi-nation to see and acknowledge that you’ve got problems you can’t solve on your own is one of the most difficult, humble, and yet healthy things you can do. When Adam, one of our Life Change Academy graduates, first came to VRM, he had been in the hospital after a mental breakdown. He was shoeless, miserable, and didn’t know where else to go. After a week in our overnight shelter, he was admitted into our Life Change Academy. Now on staff, Adam is one of our case managers who help people who come to us just like he did. For Adam — and many like him — he didn’t just hit rock bottom here. He landed on a new foundation. You may have noticed a number of changes at Visalia Rescue Mission over the past couple of years — from the senior leadership team to our

fundraisers to the VRM mail in your mailbox — we are a new organization in so many ways. As we enter 2018, we are excited to share our New Year’s resolutions — or better yet — the ways we’re building a new foundation as an organization.

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1. Staff Training — Over the next few months, our staff will be receiving various trainings to enhance our ability to serve our guests and each other. A business is only as good as the people it employs, and we’ve got some amazing people. Now, it’s time to provide them with the tools they need for even greater success. 2. Vocational Training — Vocational Training — Our Community Center on Santa Fe Street houses our administration and development

departments, as well as a portion of our ministry team. The second floor is yet to be completed, but holds the key to a long overdue asset, a primary hub for vocational training for our guests and residents. With a cost of approximately $350,000, we are 17 percent ($60,000) of our way there and will begin to make progress as the funds become available, rather than with additional loans. Once completed, this “Restoration Room” upstairs will serve to empower men and women with skills they need to be self-sufficient and successful once they move back into the mainstream. 3. Three Phase Principle — We will be retooling our services into three categories: RESCUE • RECOVERY • RESTORATION. The circumstances that bring individuals here for a meal, a shelter bed, or our academy for 12 months are so incredibly diverse. For example, a man may come to us for a meal, not have a drug addiction, but does not have specific job skills or work experience. He lost his job and is on the verge of homelessness. His needs are very different from a woman who has lost custody of her children, does have a drug addiction and needs to commit to the restoration process that our academy offers. As we begin this 37th year as an organization, we are looking forward to creating a solid foundation in these are-as so that we can thrive for the decades to come. Thank you for joining us on this journey. *VRM has continued the Summer Services program post-grant funding. If you are interested in financially supporting 24-hour services for women and children, please contact Ryan at

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Meet The Alliums


ust when you thought that it was too late in the season to plant vegetables in the garden, you will be happy to learn that you can still plant members of the allium family. For those who don’t speak botanical Latin, alliums are members of the onion family. That includes many related plants that are edible or ornamental, such as onions, leeks, chives and garlic. In fact, the Latin word allium means garlic. Garlic bulbs and onion sets are two examples of alliums that are particularly suited for late season gardening in our area. They are easy to grow, have few pest and disease problems, and they are drought tolerant. Onions and garlic bulbs are available at local nurseries, and planting them is an enjoyable project for kids. The kids at Hurley Garden are delighted to plant and observe the onion and garlic crops in our garden, and you will be, too. Before you begin, you may want to know a bit about planting onions and garlic because you are not planting seeds. You will be planting parts of plants. Onion sets are miniature onion bulbs that have been started

commercially and then dried to prevent further development. You can buy many different varieties in small packages at your local nursery. “Seed” garlic bulbs are larger garlic bulbs that have been harvested several weeks after “food” garlic bulbs. The only other difference between “seed” and “food” garlic is that the wrapper, the dry sheaf surrounding the head of garlic, is not as white or attractive as “food”-grade garlic, and the individual cloves may not form a tight head. Seed garlic is sold in heads that must be broken apart into individual cloves for planting. These cloves will develop into complete heads at harvest. Here is what you will need: • A cultivated spot in your garden that receives six hours of sunlight daily • Onion sets and “seed” garlic bulbs. • Composting material like leaves of other organic products to work into the soil • A spade and hand trowel for digging • A ruler for spacing • Scissors for clipping dried onion tops The first step to planting is to prepare your garden bed by working the soil by mixing in composted material. Next, you will use a ruler and trowel to plant individual onion bulbs 2 inches apart and 1 to 2 inches deep. Plant the pointy side up and the root side down. Use the scissors to cut any dried tops that remain in the onion bulbs. Water the newly planted bulbs. To plant the garlic, you must break apart the head into

individual cloves. Leave the papery sheath and plant them pointy side up 2 to 3 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Water thoroughly. Both onions and garlic will continue to grow through the late spring season. If the plants begin to flower, remove the flower stalk. This will direct the plants’ energy to growing larger onion and garlic bulbs. You will know when your plants are ready to harvest when their green tops fall over and begin to dry. You can also carefully scratch away the surface soil to check the size of the onions or garlic. Then, you can dig them up, clean them off and dry them for several weeks before storing or using them. When you are chopping your own onions and garlic, you may shed tears, but they will be tears of pride because you and your kids grew them at home.

Happy Gardening!



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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH ELLA QUEZADA 2ND GRADE LIBERTY SCHOOL, TULARE As individuals, we each set our own standards for exemplary character. Ella Quezada models her standards for herself and others at Liberty Elementary School. Her teacher, Mrs. Melton, says, “Ella goes out of her way to make sure that materials and project assignments are evenly distributed. As a second-grade student, she already knows how to gently guide those who need extra support and encourage those who want to control a project to share with others instead. Ella is loved by those who know her because of her excellent character.” Classmates of Ella see her not only as a fair-minded friend, but as the friend who will help others succeed – even if it takes time away from her own interests. Friends like Braydon feel successful when Ella is around. “In morning groups, sometimes the reader’s notebook is hard, but Ella will always help me. It makes me feel happy to get the right answer and I am thankful Ella is my friend.” From morning groups to science experiments and math lessons, Ella has a class full of friends who have benefitted from her generosity, expertise and kindness. Madison notices that “Ella is very aware of how people 24


treat each other and she is not afraid to ask people to stop being mean if she needs to.” Beyond the classroom, Ella is part of a group of students who set a goal during recess to each pick up 100 pieces of trash. Their thoughts behind the effort were two-fold: the obvious benefit of keeping a clean campus, but also a deeper realization that a dirty environment cannot thrive. Ella says, “If we pick up trash, then the grass and flowers can grow better and animals won’t accidently eat something that would make them sick.” Ella believes her exemplary character begins at home as she is reminded to have good manners, be kind and always be good – simple standards that will serve her well for years to come. ERICK GARCIAVILLASENOR 5TH GRADE LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, TULARE It isn’t easy to be fair all the time. Erick Garcia-Villasenor is a notable example of how a fair student ought to act, and his friends and classmates at Lincoln Elementary School take notice. He gets along well with everyone in class and on the playground. Teacher Mrs. Glazebrook states, “Erick has proven to his friends and adults that he can participate fairly in any learning or

games. He follows the agreed-upon rules and expectations in all situations. I appreciate his quiet role-modeling. He is clearly an example to others through his actions.” Erick’s classmates eagerly agree with Mrs. Glazebrook. They describe Erick as one who never takes credit, doesn’t like all the attention, reminds classmates to be better, doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t disturb the class. Julian sums up Erick best by noting, “Erick acts good to be good.” Unlike those who do good deeds for selfinterest, Erick works to be fair and just to help others. For example, if he sees Chromebooks out on desks after the teacher has instructed them to be returned, Erick will quietly walk by and take care of the Chromebooks without comment or ridicule. His quiet impact on others speaks volumes. His classmates know they can count on Erick for support in and out of the classroom. His talents on the soccer field rival his good character. Erick will often encourage his teammates to take the goal shot when he could actually score without their help. After listening to his classmates’ praise, Erick humbly explains, “It is not a big deal to just take care of the Chromebooks left out. That way nobody gets in trouble. When we play soccer, some of my friends hardly ever score a goal, so I help them. That way they know how it feels to score and it cheers them up.” Those around Erick have taken notice of his character and could not be more proud to call Erick their friend.

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More Snowy Holiday Tales for Tots


nomes, elves and a snowy play scene star in these frosty new tales for kids that will make reading fun all year long.

"Game of Gnomes" by Kirsten Mayer; illustrated by Laura K. Horton; Imprint/Macmillan; 34 pages. With the Winter Olympics coming up, Kirsten Mayer's zesty story about a competitive red-haired gnome named Ginger should interest youngsters in cold-weather sports. Ginger enters the Winter Gnome Games and is thrilled until the crowd chants, "Go, Red!" Ginger then frowns and says, "That's not my name." She is a little offbeat: She plays hockey with a curling stone, whizzes too fast for the figure skating competition and ends up disqualified from sledding because she stands up (like snowboarding). Ginger still wins the "Best All-Around Gnomework" prize for a search-andrescue mission and is finally cheered for something other than her red hair. Any child known for one feature or trait will enjoy hearing about how Ginger overcomes that bias. Everyone will love the funny whimsy in "Game of Gnomes." "Elf in the House" by Ammi-Joan Paquette; illustrated by Adam Record; Candlewick Press; 32 pages. With a rounded elf that looks nearly like the popular elves on the shelves, Ammi-Joan Paquette's happy journey through a little girl's Christmas Eve house introduces visitors one by one, from a squeaky mouse to a giggling elf to a clip-clopping reindeer to Santa,

who ho-ho-hos like he should. The friends have their own party, as they are excited the next day is Christmas. A brief and colorful ode to elves and all the zippy fun that Christmas brings, "Elf in the House" should win hearts.

"Snow Scene" by Richard Jackson; pictures by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; Roaring Brook Press; 36 pages. Beginning with a question — "What are these?" ­and a watercolor-looking background that's muted and tactile, "Snow Scene" introduces close-up wintry details. The answer to the first question is snow-covered trees. Other scenes feature shadows and crows, and even a boy's red ear and a girl's frosty hair. The point is for kids to notice the little things and all the crisp beauty around them in the wintertime. Soon, though, It's April, and the things to see are incredibly different, but still gorgeous. Laura Vaccaro Seeger's acrylic paintings are lovingly artsy, and the whole book is a feast for sights.

"The 12 Sleighs of Christmas" by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by Jake Parker; Chronicle Books; 32 pages. With this fast-moving picture book, the author of another fun vehicle tale, "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site," takes Santa's elves' imaginations on a wild ride. When they discover his sleigh is a mess, they envision sleighs of all kinds, from motorcycles to zeppelins to big rigs and more. With rhyming text and detailed illustrations to thrill car and truck fans, "The 12 Sleighs of Christmas" is a must-read-aloud for active kids.

"Danny and the Dinosaur: A Very Dino Christmas," by Syd Hoff; illustrated by Syd Hoff and David Cutting; HarperCollins; 36 pages. On the affordable end of the spectrum, this new but vintage tale stars Danny and his friendly dinosaur as they celebrate Christmas dino-style. With illustrations by Syd Hoff, the super fun tale also includes eight sturdy tear-out holiday cards, lots of stickers and a cool poster of a holiday scene with boy and dinosaur. DIRECT MAGAZINE


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Planning for Growth


ne of the things that may surprise folks is that when school opens in August, we are already starting to plan for the following year. Among the most challenging things that we face from a planning perspective is enrollment growth, and by mid-year, we are deep into decision making regarding anticipated changes in enrollment. When considering growth, it is important to note that growth is a good thing for schools. Growing enrollment means that programs that serve kids can grow. It means that staff teams at schools and in departments may stay together and continue to do good work together. It means that we can bring new people into our organization to serve kids and schools, and new people mean new perspectives and skills that can help us improve. Although the birth rate has declined in California for the past eight years, in Visalia, we have seen a growth in population that is reflected in increased enrollment. Since 2013, we have seen an average increase in district enrollment of just over 300 students per year. We believe that this growth is the result of families moving to Visalia for employment and for improved quality of life. One of the sources of information that we have for planning is the City of Visalia. We have a strong relationship with city staff and meet with them monthly. One of the ongoing topics of conversation across our two staffs is growth. Because the city charts development, we have a sense for where increased enrollment at individual schools will occur. We have seen in recent years ongoing growth in northwest Visalia, but a new pattern in development shows that southeast Visalia is also a focus for residential



development. And our schools reflect the growth in both of these areas: we have schools in the northwest and southeast that are full. We have two options for schools that are at capacity but still have students to serve in their neighborhoods: shift or build. There are two ways to shift students: one is to enroll students at another school (hopefully near the original school) and the other is to change school boundaries to accommodate growth. Both of these are difficult processes under the best of circumstances. Building also takes two forms: placing temporary classrooms on a campus or building new schools. Temporary classrooms are a common first response to growth because they are expedient. The downside to temporary classrooms is that they put great pressure on the infrastructure of a school: restrooms,

cafeteria space, playground area and so forth. Building a new school does require some boundary work, but is the best response to sustained growth. A new school is a permanent solution that allows a district to maintain balanced enrollment across schools and community. Additionally, building a new school is the only logical way that a school district may be proactive and anticipate growth. One of the rules of thumb that we share with the city is that there should be an elementary school for every square mile in Visalia. It follows that middle and high schools be situated to form efficient school feeder groups. This reflects a shared value of the concept of the neighborhood school among the city and the district, and that concept grows from our desire to be as family-friendly as we can be.

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Getting Started: Establishing a Financial Safety Net


n times of crisis, you don't want to be shaking pennies out of a piggy bank. Having a financial safety net in place can ensure that you're protected when a financial emergency arises. One way to accomplish this is by setting up a cash reserve, a pool of readily available funds that can help you meet emergency or urgent short-term needs. How much is enough? Most financial professionals suggest that you have three to six months' worth of living expenses in your cash reserve. The actual amount, however, should be based on your particular circumstances. Do you have a mortgage? Do you have short-term and long-term disability protection? Are you paying for your child's orthodontics? Are you making car payments? Other factors you need to consider include your job security, health, and income. The bottom line:

Without an emergency fund, a period of crisis (e.g., unemployment, disability) could be financially devastating. Building your cash reserve. If you haven't established a cash reserve, or if the one you have is inadequate, you can take several steps to eliminate the shortfall: • Save aggressively. If available, use payroll deduction at work; budget your savings as part of regular household expenses. • Reduce your discretionary spending (e.g., eating out, movies, lottery tickets). • Use current or liquid assets (those that are cash or are convertible to cash within a year, such as a short-term certificate of deposit). • Use earnings from other investments (e.g.,stocks, bonds, or mutual funds).

• Check out other resources (e.g., do you have a cash value insurance policy that you can borrow from?). A final note: Your credit line can be a secondary source of funds in a time of crisis. Borrowed money, however, has to be paid back (often at high interest rates). As a result, you shouldn't consider lenders as a primary source for your cash reserve. Where to keep your cash reserve. You'll want to make sure that your cash reserve is readily available when you need it. However, an FDIC-insured, low-interest savings account isn't your only option. There are several excellent alternatives, each with unique advantages. For example, money market accounts and short-term CDs typically offer higher interest rates than savings accounts, with little (if any) increased risk.

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Social Media and College Admissions: Hurt or Help?


s everyone knows, social media has become the king of communications in today's digital world. But many people don't know the impact that it can have on the college admissions process. Students often forget that everything they post is permanent and can be seen by anyone who has an interest in finding it. While not every college admissions officer will check social media during the admissions process, many do. Therefore, if one who does happens to be a college you are applying to, you want to be sure you project the image you would want them to see. So let's begin with the "don'ts." This is relatively simple: avoid bad language, bullying, violence—including brandishing of weapons, any kind of "hate" towards others, sexually suggestive posts, offensive images, use of drugs, alcohol, or anything illegal, and be very careful before you post a meme that ridicules human behavior, even if it is meant to be funny. It may be a surprise to you, but the colleges are not typically looking to dig up dirt, but rather they are looking for things that will enhance your application. They are trying to get to know you better and the unstructured nature of social media gives them a more realistic view. Unfortunately, sometimes they do find things that make them question whether they want that student on their campus. But let's talk about what you can do to make a positive impression on the admissions officer. It's not hard. First and foremost, do not post anything that you would not want a college



admissions officer to see. Include things that colleges are looking for in a student: teamwork, leadership, time management, community service and a positive demeanor. Use a professional, simple name and check your privacy settings. Google yourself to see what others might see. While you cannot always delete a negative find, it can make you more conscious of what you post. Follow your target schools. This can help you learn more about the college and if you make comments or ask questions, they may get name recognition in your digital footprint. Most importantly, remember that your social media may become part of your college application "interview". This gives the college an opportunity to see the real you. So post your

successes. Maybe you have written an article for the school newspaper or won an award for community service. Post a video of your dance recital or piano concert. If you won Valley in your sport, post a picture of your team. If you have a passion for your hobby, post articles that you have found that help you grow your knowledge and interest about the subject. If you are an artist or photographer, create a portfolio that you can link to your application. While it certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what kinds of things would be appropriate and positive on your social media websites, students often forget who might be looking at them. Think of your social media as a job interview and always put your best foot forward.

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Calorie Counting ACROSS

25 Erwin of films

47 Test places

1 Menu offering

27 Like some bathrooms

48 Donkey, in Brest

6 Certain hanger

28 Contributor to blood pressure reading

49 Girl's name

11 Less lenient 12 Beverage container

31 Took out the creases

51 Certain eye


52 Sweet

14 Menu offering

33 Biographer Leon

15 Main dishes

34 Artist Chagall

17 Whitens

35 Watercourse

18 Do a hair job

37 Aerial

20 Female ruff

41 Belle or Ringo

21 Heavens: comb. Form

42 Total: abbr.

22 Pub offering

43 Charged atom


23 Cable

44 Sweet place

1 Theater districts

24 Between pi and sigma

45 Hawaiian food

2 Abalone


3 Companion of Andy 4 But, to Caesar  5 Weight allowance  6 Filch  7 Go rigid  8 Speed  9 Prefix meaning peak  10 Childish  11 Ostentatious  13 Looked myopically  14 Armadillos  16 Sow  19 ___ -de-vie 23 Flinch  25 Part of a loom  26 Prefix for dynamic or phase  27 Wrong: law  29 ___ Haute, IN  30 Aura  31 Muslim leader  32 Carry on  35 Expiates  36 Pharaoh  38 Falls  39   Peers  40 Handles: Fr.  41 Food fish  42  To expose  45   Shaved  46   Bizarre  47  Puts on cargo  49  Dole, with out  50  ___ I cared  51  Danube tributary  53  Lumberjack's tool  55  Numero ___ 

54 Ice cream offerings 56 Usher  57 Some tubes  58 Scandinavian  59 Depression: anat. 



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GOINGS-ON ICE SKATE VISALIA Ice Skate Visalia offers the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience in Visalia. We offer a unique and fun skating experience on our synthetic ice surface, which makes skating easier and safer for all ages. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a day or evening of fun. Looking to host a corporate or family holiday party, give us a call. When: Dec. 2 – Jan. 7 Where: Garden Street Plaza, Downtown Visalia Contact: (559) 713-4365 or EXETER NEW YEAR’S EVE DOO-DAH PARADE AND FIREWORKS SHOW Exeter Lions Club is putting on the Doo-Dah parade and a fireworks show. Also for your enjoyment RC cars, food, a petting zoo, bounce houses, a beer garden, and a DJ. When: Dec. 31, Parade starts at 6:30 p.m., fireworks show 9 p.m. Where: Downtown Exeter Contact: Bob Sperry, (559) 679-8906 ANNUAL POLAR BEAR DIP Start off 2018 by feeling the adrenaline rush of the Polar Bear Dip held annually at The Gateway Restaurant. Free chowder and hot coffee or hot chocolate for participants. When: Jan. 1, noon Where: The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge, 45978 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers Contact: (559) 561-4133 or



‘THE SHINING’ (1980) CHOICES presents “The Shining”. Revisit this epic Steven King story on the big screen. Adapted and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the movie follows the Torrance family living as caretakers of the isolated Overlook Hotel, where evil forces are at work; stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. Tickets are $5. When: Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 or 47TH ANNUAL FALCONRY FIELD MEET Join the California Hawking Club at the 47th annual Field Meet to learn about the history of falconry and discuss the importance of conservation. This event is free. RSVP to Mary Hoffman. When: Jan. 13, 12-1 p.m. Where: Visalia Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia Contact: hawkinghoffmans@yahoo. com, ‘JANKA’ – A PLAY BY OSCAR SPEACE & STARRING JANICE NOGA “Janka” is the courageous journey of survival and hope, through two of history’s most notorious death camps – Auschwitz and Dachau - to the shores of the United States and the embrace of the American Dream. Please bring spare buttons to donate toward our Holocaust Memorial Button Project. Tickets: Adults $15, students $10. When: Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Where: The 210 Performance Space, 210 W. Center St., Visalia Contact: (559) 308-1333

‘SUPERHEROES UNITE!’ Lindsay Community Theater presents “Superheroes Unite!” Come out and be a part of this short melodrama based on the superhero genre. Adults $10, students $5. When: Jan. 19, 20, 26, and 27, 7:30 p.m. Where: Lindsay Community Theatre, 190 N. Elmwood Ave., Lindsay Contact: (559) 284 2223 or THE PLANETS The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra turns its gaze skyward for its January program. Holst: The Planets and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major performed by Steven Lin. Tickets are $22 - $45. When: Jan. 20, Doors open: 6:30 p.m., show: 7:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 732-8600 or 2018 GEMBOREE EXETER ROCK & GEM SHOW Hosted by the Tule Gem and Mineral Society, vendors offer gems, minerals, fossils and rocks, lapidary supplies, jewelry, snack bar and more. Watch demonstrations and participate in the silent auction, wheel of fortune, raffle and free door prizes. Free admission and free parking. When: Jan. 20, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave., Exeter Contact: (559) 799 6034 or

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3 DOORS DOWN ACOUSTIC BACK PORCH JAM TOUR Rock band 3 Doors Down presents an intimate night of hits, fan favorites and deep album cuts. Tickets: $40-$80; VIP packages: $206 and $400. When: Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 625-1369 or FAMILY NIGHT AT ADVENTURE PARK Purchase your Family Fun Night wristbands, giving you unlimited access to go karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, and laser tag. Plus, you can sing Karaoke as often as you can get a turn at the microphone. Guests are welcomed to stay until closing and purchase all attractions and amenities offered during this event. Kritter Karts closed for this event. Wristbands: $18 When: Jan. 26, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (last Friday of every month) Where: Visalia Adventure Park, 5600 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia Contact: (559) 635-7275 or MILD HIGH CLUB Alex Brettin is Mild High Club, a singer in the 1960s and 1970s mold of such musicians as Todd Rundgren, the Zombies and Jim Croce. Ages 21+. Tickets: $15 When: Jan. 26, Doors: 8 p.m., Concert: 9 p.m. – 11:50 p.m. Where: The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 636-9463

WINTER TROUT DERBY The fish are jumping and ready for the annual Winter Trout Derby. Children ages 15 and under are invited to Plaza Park Pond to compete for a catch of their own. Prizes go to the top three total stringer weights in each division. Participants need to bring their own fishing poles, bait, tackle and fish stringer. Cost: $7 in advance, $10 day of event (as space allows) When: Jan. 27, 9-11 a.m. Where: Plaza Park Pond, 700 S. Plaza St., Visalia Contact: (559) 713-4365 or or ‘KINKY BOOTS’ “Kinky Boots” is Broadway’s hugehearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration takes you from a man’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Ticket prices TBA. When: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Where: Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St., Fresno Contact: info@fresnoconventioncenter. com, or www.fresnoconventioncenter. com

‘CHARLOTTE'S WEB’ PRESENTED BY ENCHANTED PLAYHOUSE Join us at the Enchanted Playhouse for the classic “Charlotte’s Web” Box Office Tickets: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. shows $8; 2 p.m. matinee $5 When: Feb. 2- 4, 9-11, and 16-17 Where: Enchanted Playhouse Theatre, 307 E. Main St., Visalia Contact: (559) 739-4600 or ENCHANTED FAIRY GARDEN Dads and other father figures are invited to escort the little ladies in their lives (ages 4-16) to our Enchanted Fairy Garden, where they will enjoy a night of music, dancing and refreshments. Tickets available at the Anthony Community Center, 345 N. Jacob St., Visalia; $50 couple, $25 per additional guest. When: Feb. 16-17, 6-9 p.m., photo booth opens at 5 p.m. Where: Visalia Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia Contact: (559) 713-4365 or

FIRST FRIDAY: VISALIA Do you love mid-century furniture? Architecture? Paintings? Lifestyle? Music? Come to the Arts Consortium for a special First Friday. This midcentury modern-themed art hop will have you singing doo-wop all through Downtown Visalia! When: Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m. Where: Arts Consortium, 300 E. Oak Ave., Visalia Contact:, (559) 802-3266 or

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t's hard to believe that eight years have passed since I was first elected to the Visalia City Council. Back in 2009, we were in the midst of a recession, Mooney Boulevard looked like a ghost town, and consumer confidence had bottomed out. What a difference eight years make! As part of this column's annual New Year's tradition, I invite you to reflect back with me on Visalia's business and retail accomplishments during 2017. MOONEY BOULEVARD: Sportsman's Warehouse recently opened just west of Costco. Across the street, north of Costco, is a Surf-Thru Car Wash under construction. I enjoyed the ribbon-cutting for the new Smart & Final Extra, which backfilled the old JoAnn's location after JoAnn's moved to the old Circuit City location. We are also now enjoying the grub at the new Outback Steakhouse on the corner of Mooney and Cameron Avenue. A bridge over Packwood Creek is proposed in the Sequoia Plaza Shopping Center (Walmart) to give better access south onto Cameron. "The Commons" regional retail project on the southwest corner of Mooney and Visalia Parkway continues through the entitlement process. The project currently calls for 11 acres of residential, roughly 15 acres of new commercial, and about one acre of greenbelt. It will have numerous anchor pads, a number of drivethroughs and various other retail uses. The old Weatherby's site at Walnut Avenue and Mooney has been demolished, and new retail/food tenants are expected there. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN: The former Caskey Paper building is the new home of the Planing Mill Artisan Pizzeria, office space, and soon a martial arts studio and gym. More proposals are



being made for residential space upstairs at various downtown locations, with House of Sciacca opening six apartments upstairs in the old Link's building. Provoke Salon and Blend Wine Room are downstairs. Suncrest Bank moved into the old Citibank building on Main Street, with classy improvements such as Tazz Coffee. In the new microbrewery overlay area on East Main, BarrelHouse Brewing Co. opened its taproom and beer garden. Perhaps the most exciting downtown news is that the old courthouse annex on Court Street and surrounding properties are in the process of being sold by the county to private developers. Plans include opening a boutique hotel, preserving its 1930s era art deco architectural style, with 28 luxury suites, a rooftop pool and bar, downstairs restaurant and other amenities. NORTH VISALIA: The stormwater basin at Riverway Sports Park has been filled in, and the park's final phase— four new lighted softball fields, concession stands, restroom facilities, parking and an additional picnic structure are coming in 2018. A new Del Taco opened nearby. Tulare County Office of Ed’s Early Childhood Education Program opened at Oval Park. Visalia Emergency Aid Council is adding additional warehousing and office space to its site on N.E. 3rd. Ave. Kaweah Delta Health Care District is adding a 6,100-square-foot urgent care facility, and a senior care facility just north of Lowe's on Demaree and Riggin. A new Burger King opened on North Ben Maddox Way. INDUSTRIAL PARK: UPS purchased 58 acres at the northeast corner of Plaza Drive and Riggin for future expansion plans. Golden State Overnight is building a 62,840-squarefoot distribution center making Visalia its main hub, with room to double in size in future years. Seventy jobs will be created when it opens. DDG is completing a 402,000-square-foot spec building project at American Road and Riggin. Rumor has it that the developer has already signed occupants to fill most of it, including International Paper Company. There are currently

more than 1,000 acres of zoned industrial land that are shovel-ready for more businesses to locate here. Marriott Residence Inn is being built on Plaza Drive and a Holiday Inn Express is completed and open for business behind Adventure Park. OTHER DEVELOPMENTS: Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen is under construction in the Kmart shopping center. Visalia City Billiards has joined Fit Republic and Quantum Leap in the old Vons shopping center, which has become a new entertainment center including, Roller Towne, Chuck E. Cheese and restaurant options. Planet Fitness opened in the old Young's Market at Walnut and Demaree. Visalia's Water Conservation Plant upgrade is finished and awaiting final state approval. It will recycle liquid waste into 99% pure water for irrigation purposes. We wish outgoing city manager Mike Olmos a happy retirement, he's done a great job for the city. We welcome our new city manager, Randy Groom, in January. I'm out of space, so next month I'll write about some of the proposed 2018 developments in Visalia that will knock your socks off! Happy New Year 2018! If you have questions or topics regarding the city that you would like to have addressed in future articles, please email me at warren.gubler@ For past articles, visit

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