Tulare County Weekly Calendar

Community theater

Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” in Porterville
Ariel’s undersea musical journey and love and acceptance.
Runs Nov. 25-Dec. 11
Barn Theater, 42 S. Plano, Porterville559 310-7046 or www.portervillebarntheater.com

“A Christmas Carol” at the Ice House Theatre
The famed story of Ebenezer Scrooge and how he is transformed at Christmas.
Runs Dec. 2-11
410 E. Race, Visalia
559 734-3900 or www.visaliaplayers.org

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told” in Tulare
Encore Theatre features this mad romp through the holiday season.
Runs Dec. 2-17
324 South N St., Tulare
559 686-1300 or www.encoretulare.org

“Holiday Cabaret” at the Ice House Theatre
Lobby show featuring your favorite holiday songs.
Runs Dec. 16-18
410 E. Race, Visalia
559 734-3900 or www.visaiaplayers.org

“The Children’s Nutcracker” in Lindsay
A fairy tale about a young girl and a magical Christmas
Runs Dec. 2-4
Lindsay Community Theater
190 N. Elmwood Ave.
559 284-2223 or www.lindsaycommunitytheater.com

Art shows

Arts Visalia
The Annual Holiday Show & Sale fills the entire gallery space for Christmas shopping.
Open Wednesdays-Saturdays Nov. 23-Dec. 23. 12-5:30 p.m.
214 E. Oak, Visalia
559 739-0905
www.artsvisalia.org

College of the Sequoias Library
“Snow, Sand, Ice” features photographs by Thomas Pickarski from his travels through Iceland, Chili, the American West and Greenland. On display in the COS library Nov. 7-Feb. 24. All exhibitions and events are free, family friendly and open to the public.  Free 20-minute parking in the circle drive on Mooney Blvd. 
Open Mon-Thurs 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri 7:30-4, Sat 10-2
All exhibitions are available to view online at www.facebook.com/COSartgallery/

Brandon-Mitchell Gallery
Annual Members & Friends Show features a wide collection of art from local artists willing to show their talents. Open Nov. Jan. 1
Open during the First Friday Art Walks in Downtown Visalia, after service at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and by appointment.
117 S. Locust, Visalia
559 625-2441
www.brandonmitchellgallery.com

210 Cafe
Works by nature photographer Brent Iden on display at 210 Café.
Open Mondays-Thursdays 7-1:30, Saturdays 9-12 in November. Larger pieces printed on metal plus smaller unframed prints and greeting cards.
210 W. Center, Visalia
559 739-9010

History of Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum, Mooney Grove
Latino history and their contributions to the Central Valley, an exhibit created by Arte Americas in Fresno, is on exhibit at the museum in Mooney Grove, 27000 Mooney Blvd. through December. Open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10-4.
559 624-7326 or Tulare County Museum on Facebook

Tulare City Historical Museum
13th Annual Miniature Exhibit and Fundraiser runs Sept. 15-Dec. 10. Purchase tickets for a chance to win an original mini work donated by local artists.
Open Thursdays-Saturdays 10-4.
444 W. Tulare in Tulare
559 686-2074 or www.tularehistoricalmuseum.org

Tulare City Historical Museum
“Flower Shop on Canvas” by local painter Nonnie Rhoades is an array of vibrant bouquets, floral details and lush gardens. On display Nov. 3-Dec 31, open Thursdays-Saturdays 10-4.
444 W. Tulare in Tulare
559 686-2074 or www.tularehistoricalmuseum.org

Exeter Courthouse Gallery
“Falling into Winter” features works by a wide variety of artists depicting scenes of fall and winter. Open Saturdays & Sundays 12-4 from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
124 B St., Exeter. www.facebook.com/Exeter-Courthouse-Gallery

Kings Art Center in Hanford
Two shows are featured in the gallery: The Kings County Art League’s Annual Members’ Winter Show and Andrew Turner’s “I’ll Be Brave, For You,” a perspective on the social history of warfare. Both run Nov. 12-Dec. 17.
605 N. Douty, Hanford
Open Wednesdays-Fridays 12-5, Saturdays & Sundays 12-3.
559 584-1065 or www.kingsartcenter.org

Special events

Winter Wonderland Lighted Display
Walk-through holiday display with food and craft booths at Mooney Grove Park, 27000 S. Mooney. Sponsored by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department
Dec. 9, 10 & 11, 6-9:30 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides
Horse-drawn carriage rides down Visalia’s Candy Cane Lane. Live Music. Pickup across from the Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main. $5 for up to 4 passengers (children 4 and under free). 559 732-7737
Thursdays, Dec. 15 & 22 from 5-8 p.m.

2nd Annual Christmas Train & Holiday Display
The Tulare City Historical Museum exhibit features three decorated Christmas trees and an elaborate running train set, complete with elevated bridges and quaint Christmas village scenes. Free
Every Saturday 10-4, Nov. 26-Dec. 31
444 W. Tulare in Tulare
559 686-2074 or www.tularehistoricalmuseum.org

Exeter Open House
Every Thursday until Christmas from 5-8 p.m., Exeter stores are open and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce hosts special activities such as photo ops with Santa and the Exeter Grinch, scavenger hunts and more. See the activities at www.exeterchamber.com

Frost Fest in Porterville
A walk-through “larger than life” light displays plus fake snow zone, community performances, photo ops and a Christmas Marketplace. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 15-23. www.facebook.com/Thefrostfest

Events by date

Sunday, Nov. 27

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lincoln Oval Park, Court and NW 2nd streets, at 5:45 p.m. Free refreshments and entertainment. Meet members of the Visalia Police Department and Santa Claus.

Monday, Nov. 28

  • Annual Candy Cane Parade on Main Street Visalia starting at 6:30 0.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

  • ImagineU Children’s Museum, 210 N. Tipton, Visalia, offers a sensory play day 4-7 p.m. designed specifically for children with additional needs, offering special accommodations such as reduced lighting, no music and quiet spaces. ImagineU Children’s Museum is a Certified Autism Center. 559 733-5975 or www.imagineumuseum.org

Friday, Dec. 2

  • The Downtown First Friday Art Walk is all about Christmas. Shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas arts, jewelry and other items at Arts Visalia, The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery and The Creative Center. Ugly Sweater karaoke at the Odd Shop. Christmas caroling, food and wine. www.artsconsortium.org

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3

  • “Home Alone” will be shown by the Sequoia Symphony with live music by the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main. 559 732-8600 or www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com

Saturday, Dec. 3

  • 1st Saturday in Three Rivers features open studios, food and art shows from 11-5 pickup a map and schedule at Kaweah Arts, 41841 Sierra Dr. (Highway 198) or the Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. 559 799-1473 or email 1stSaturday3R@gmail.com  

Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Meet & greet with Private Eye/Attorney Tony Reid, author of “12/26/75,” the date of the Exeter homicide of Donna Jo Richmond. The book details evidence of why Reid believes the wrong person was convicted. Exeter Book Garden, 189 E. Pine, from 5-8 p.m. Held during the Exeter Open House night. 559 592-2538

Saturday, Dec 10

  • “A Soul Christmas” will feature Hope Garcia backed up by Sequoia Symphony musicians in a holiday concert, including her One Hope Choir. 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 117 S. Locust Visalia. 559 625-2441 or www.cslvisalia.org
  • Dave Stuckey and The Hoot Owls will perform at the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club’s Christmas party from 1-4 p.m. at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Drive (Highway 198). The group will be playing at the annual Three Rivers Jazz Affair in April. Potluck and desserts at intermission. www.threeriversjazzaffair.com or 559 303-5193
  • The Visalia Mighty Oaks Chorus presents its Christmas concert of favorite barbershop quartet music at 6 p.m. at the Fountain Christian Church Chapel, corner of Chinowth and Douglas. Refreshments. 559 901-4615 or 559 280-5715
  • Two-time Grammy Award winner Mariachi Los Camperos presents “Fiesta Navidad” at 7 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main. This popular festive holiday performance celebrates and honors the unique cultural traditions of Mexico. 559 625-1369 or www.foxvisalia.org

Sunday, Dec. 11

  • The Kings Players and the Hanford Chinese Community celebrate the Centennial of the historic Temple Theatre, formerly the first Chinese school owned by Chinese citizens. Opening of the century-old time capsule, historic displays, refreshments. 2 p.m. at 514 Visalia St., Hanford in the China Alley Historical District. 559 469-7367 or 805 291-9707

Monday, Dec. 19

  • Holiday of Inclusion Festival will celebrate the special needs community with food, crafts, games and photos with Santa. 5-8 p.m. at The Woodlands, 4211 W. Goshen, Visalia. Hosted by the Adapted Athlete. Info and tickets on Eventbrite.com

Saturday, Dec. 17

  • Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Downtown Visalia from 4:30-9 p.m. Food and drink specials and no cover charge. Prizes and games. Be sure to wear an ugly sweater. www.dothecrawl.com/Visalia/Ugly-Sweater