Around Town: Hanford Civic Auditorium

The Hanford Civic Auditorium. (Jackie Kaczmarek/The Sentinel)

The Kings County Library is now taking sign-ups for its annual “Reading is so Delicious” summer reading program.

The program will kick off on Saturday and continue through July 27 with reading, prizes and special events at Kings County Library branches in Avenal, Corcoran, Hanford, Kettleman City, Lemoore and Stratford.

As an added treat, the Hanford branch will be hosting Star Wars characters from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Sign up for the program and take a photo with your favorites. Children are encouraged to dress up.

For a calendar of events and more information, visit your local library this month.

For more information, call 582-0261, ext. 103.


LHS swimming pool to open for public

LEMOORE — The Lemoore High School swimming pool will be open to the public from Monday to Aug. 2.

The pool will be available Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $2.50 per day. Season passes are available at $75 for a family pass and $25 for an individual pass.

For more information, call 924-6767.


‘Mommy and me’ horseback riding set for Tuesdays

LEMOORE — The Lemoore Recreation Department and Circle T Ranch will offer Mommy and Me horseback riding in June.

The classes are geared toward parents with children 4 and under. Each one-hour class will offer horseback riding instruction, horse grooming and horse painting, snacks and plenty of fun. The cost is $35 per class. 

Classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday and June 18 and 25.

For more information, call 924-6767.


Lemoore Seniors hosting bingo games

LEMOORE — The Senior Citizens Center holds Wednesday Night Bingo every week as part of an ongoing fundraiser. 

Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. Every second Wednesday of the month is Appreciation Night, and bingo packs are two-for-one. Every third Wednesday will celebrate the birthdays in that month, and those who qualify will receive a birthday bingo pack.

Bingo packs are 10 games for $5, with special games $1 apiece. Winners will receive cash prizes. 

The Senior Citizens Center is located at 789 S. Lemoore Ave. For more information, call 924-9737 or 924-7791. 

Seniors to hold western dance

HANFORD — The Hanford Senior Center will host its next western dance today at the Hanford Senior Center.

The dance will feature Bobby Simpson. Dances are from 7 to 10 p.m.

The cost is $7. Door prizes and refreshments are offered.

The remaining dance in June will feature Gene Larry June 26.

The center is located at 401 N. Irwin St. For more information, call 584-5103.


Beach Boys to perform at Tachi Palace

LEMOORE — The Beach Boys will perform at Tachi Palace and Casino June 13.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28, $38, $48, $68, $78 and $100.

Tachi Palace  will also host the Happy Together Tour July 10. The show, to be held in the Tachi Palace Bingo Hall 7:30 p.m., will feature The Turtles, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Gary Lewis, Mark Lindsay and Chuck Negron. Tickets are $35, $55 and $85.

Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is located at 17225 Jersey Ave. For more information, call 924-7751 or visit

Tea Party monthly meeting slated

HANFORD — The Kings County Tea Party will hold its monthly meeting on June 13.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Brigid’s Youth Center, located at 319 N. Harris St. Various topics will be discussed.

For more information, contact Glenda Dwyer at 904-2596.

Legion dinner to celebrate Flag Day

HANFORD — American Legion Post 3 will hold a Flag Day celebration on June 14.

An open house of the Veterans Hall will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A flag retirement ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Dinner includes. spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. Takeout is available. Dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for children.

There will also be raffles and the installation of new American Legion post officers.

The hall is located at 401 N. Irwin St. To RSVP for dinner, call 583-1169 or email by June 7.

Kings Players present ‘The Last Resort’

HANFORD — “The Last Resort,” a Kings Players youth production, opens June 14 at the Temple Theater.

“Resort” tells the story of the misadventures of inhabitants of the small town of Lost Creek. Granny Rose feels she needs a certain hairstyle to win the heart of a 90-year-old womanizer, ambitious hair stylist Linda Jean is trying to learn how to make the latest hairdo and a group of city slickers have arrived asking for organ donations.

The play will run for four weekends from June 14 to July 6. Friday and Saturday night performances start at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday performances start at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. All military who attend the show in uniform are free.

The Temple Theater is located at 514 E. Visalia St. For more information, call 584-7241 or visit

Red, White and Blue square dance to be held

HANFORD — Square Eights will hold its Red White & Blue Dance on June 15.

The event will provide a chance to learn and enjoy square dancing and pay tribute to the Armed Forces. The dance will alternate between beginner and plus levels.

Square dancing will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is a $7 donation per person. Snack foods and desserts will be served with beverages.

Square Eights Hall is located 11555 Fargo Ave. For more information, call 935-3652 or 867-3255.

Duck race, Father’s Day breakfast slated

HANFORD — The Central Valley Kiwanis Foundation will present the 13th annual duck race and Father’s Day breakfast on June 15.

The breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Hanford West High School cafeteria. The duck race will follow at 10 a.m. A $10 donation will get you a free breakfast, an adopted duck in the race and a discount card for local restaurants.

Donations are tax deductible. Proceeds go to local scholarships.

For tickets or for more information, call 836-0500.

Former Standard Register employees plan reunion

ARMONA — A reunion for former Standard Register employees is being set for June 15 at Armona Park, located at Hwy. 198 and 14th Ave. 

Standard Register was a printing company that existed from 1969 to 2001 in Hanford and Porterville before being closed due to financial problems and the rise of computerization. The company primarily printed state and federal checks and forms.

The event will be a potluck, so those attending are urged to bring their favorite dish and drinks.

The Hanford plant closed 22 years ago, while the Porterville plant has been shuttered for 12 years. 

For more information or to participate, contact Margaret at 923-4778 or Glenn at 582-6369.

Coffee filter art class slated

LEMOORE — The Lemoore Recreation Department will host a coffee filter art class on June 15.

Create amazing art work with coffee filters and paint under the direction of instructor Bob Sandoval. This one-day class will be held at 10 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.

The class costs $25 per person and includes all materials. Children are welcome and can participate with their parents at no extra charge.

For more information, call 924-6767.

HOW to hold monthly dinner

HANFORD — Helping One Woman’s Hanford branch meets on the third Monday of each month at Yarnal’s Pizzeria in Hanford to assist local women who need a helping hand.

The next meeting will take place June 17 at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 for dinner and a $10 donation to the recipient of the month.  

Yarnal’s Pizzeria is located at 820 W. Lacey Blvd. in Hanford. For more information, call Catherine Koelewyn at 309-3338 or email

Commission on Aging to distribute coupon books

HANFORD — The Kings County Commission on Aging will be distributing free coupon booklets for local produce to eligible area seniors.

The organization will distribute the booklets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thurday Night Market Place on June 20 and 27. The booklets will only be available to seniors ages 60 and up who did not receive one this year.

Each booklet contains 10 $2 coupons to help low-income seniors buy fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

For more information, call 852-2828.

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