Now & Forever: Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burris Park, 6500 Clinton Ave., Kingsburg. The Kings County Commission on Aging and local agencies are hosting the annual picnic in the park, "Now & Forever, a Friendship Reunion." There will be lunch, a cake walk, crazy hat contest, information booths, Elvis and more. Suggested donation for lunch $3. Information: Contact Alicia Ferrer at 852-2828.
Country Rock 'Barn' dance: Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m., Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Hanford Parks and Recreation are hosting a monthly dance, every third Wednesday, with live Country music by the Rollin West Band. $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Information: Purchase tickets through the Hanford Senior Center office or the Hanford Parks and Recreation office at 321 N. Douty St., or call Susie Chavez at 585-2519.
Zumba for Boomers offering free class in October: The Hanford Parks and Recreation Department is offering free classes through the month of October to introduce participants to the new zumba instructor, Catherine Wunderly Suarez. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. at the Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Classes are for those 50 years and over. Register at the Hanford Parks and Recreation office, 321 N. Douty St., or over the phone at 585-2525.
MELCO reunion dance: Oct. 14, 6:30-11 p.m., Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford. The MELCO dances were the place to be in the 60's in Kings County and they are again. Come out and dance to Roadhouse, live on the stage, partake in the no host bar and food catered by Rock and Roll Deli. $15 per person, call and reserve a table for your group or $20 at the door. To reserve a table or prepay tickets contact Susie Chavez at 585-2525.
Sixth annual holiday boutique: Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hanford Fraternal Hall, 1015 N. 10th Ave., Hanford. The Common Threads Quilt Guild will be holding their annual boutique with one of a kind items made award winning guild members. Come early for best selection. Information: Contact Mary Jane Loya, 582-4293 or Cheryl Mitchell, 924-4746.
Senior Luncheon - Hanford: Oct. 31, doors open at 11:30 a.m., Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. $8 for members, $10 for guests. Tickets are available for sale at the Wednesday Senior dances, or Monday Bingo. Also available by calling: Fran at 584-5103, Bernice at 707-4939 or Phyllis at 904-0687.
Caregiver support series: Each Thursday now through Sept. 21, Valley Caregiver Resource Center. 3845 N. Clark St., Suite 205 (Conference Room) Fresno. Valley Caregiver Resource Center will host a, six-week series held on Thursdays, designed for caregivers to learn clear and effective tools to prevent caregiver burnout. This class teaches self-care skills, enabling caregivers to reduce personal stress, change negative thinking, how to better communicate with healthcare providers and how to make difficult caregiving decisions. The classes are free for unpaid family caregivers, this is not a class for professionals, providers, volunteers or the patient. Call to register and times at 224-9154.
Ballroom style dance lessons: Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Learn to Waltz, Swing, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Samba, Mambo, Night Club Two Step, Salsa, and Merengue. Four week session starting every Monday evening of the month. The beginner session is at 7 p.m. and the intermediate/advance session is at 8 p.m. Information: Contact Susan Morelock, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-0789. $26 for four weeks.
Hanford seniors bingo: Mondays, 10 a.m., Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Early bird specials begin at 11:45 a.m., with regular games from 12:15-3 p.m. Bingo packs are 10 games for $4.50 and special games are $1 each. Bring a new player and both receive a 4-on pack free. Second Monday of the month is birthday week. Get a 4-on birthday pack for free. This is an 18 and over group with potluck lunches. Winners will receive cash prizes. Information: Phyllis at 904-0687.
Senior creative writers group: Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Hanford Carnegie Museum, 109 E. Eighth St., Hanford. The Hanford Senior Creative Writers Group has put pen to paper for over 40 years. The group is open to anyone over 50-years-old, come out and let the stories flow.
Zumba Boomers class - Hanford: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Join certified Zumba instructor, Catherine Wunderly Suarez, for Zumba exercise geared for the over 40 crowd. Classes are for those 50 years and over, $15 per person. Register at the Hanford Parks and Recreation office, 321 N. Douty St., or over the phone at 585-2525.
Senior Center lunch - Lemoore: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to noon, Lemoore Senior Center, 789 S. Lemoore Ave., Lemoore. The Lemoore Senior Center serves lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. $4 per person, RSVP by noon the day before at 924-7791.
Hanford seniors weekly dance: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. The Hanford Senior Center host a dance each Wednesday with live Country music every Wednesday except the third week or holidays. Door prizes and potluck break between dances, $7 entry. Information: Call Fran at 584-5103.
Adult acting/improv class: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Civic Center, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford. The Hanford Multicultural Theater Company is sponsoring acting classes for adults each Wednesday evening. The classes will be led by award winning playwright and theater artist, Silvia Gonzalez Scherer. Information: Contact Silvia at 997-3838, email acting@HanfordMTC.com, or Hanford Parks and Rec at 585-2525.
Lemoore seniors bingo: Wednesdays, 6 p.m. doors open 6:30 p.m. bingo starts, at the Lemoore Senior Citizens Center, 789 S. Lemoore Ave., 924-9737 or 924-7791. Bingo packs are 10 games for $6, with special games $1 apiece. Winners will receive cash prizes. Players must be 18 years or older.
Country Rock 'Barn' dance: Third Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.,Senior-Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Hanford Parks and Recreation are hosting a monthly dance with live Country music by the Rollin West Band. $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Information: Purchase tickets through the Hanford Senior Center office or the Hanford Parks and Recreation office at 321 N. Douty St., or call Susie Chavez at 585-2519.
Common Threads Quilt Guild: First Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., Fraternal Hall, 1015 N. 10th Ave., Hanford. Interested in quilting, just starting out or already accomplished quilters are welcome to inquire. Guests are welcome. For more information contact Mary Jane Loya, 559-582-4293 or Cheryl Mitchell, 559-924-4746.
Veteran and Senior's breakfast - Lemoore: Fridays, 7:30-9 a.m., Lemoore Veterans Memorial Building, 411 W. D St., Lemoore. Veterans and seniors, enjoy a pancake and egg breakfast courtesy of the American Legion each Friday at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Lemoore.
Open mic and acoustic instrument night - Lemoore: Fridays, 6 p.m., Lemoore Senior Citizens Center, 789 S. Lemoore Ave., Lemoore. If you love to sing, play an acoustic instrument or just listen come out for music, potluck and fellowship each Friday. The last Friday of the month is Gospel music. Information: Jan 740-9498.
A Time to Heal: Tuesdays, 5:45-8 p.m., Hanford Medical Pavilion, 125 Mall Dr., Second Floor, Suite 203. A 12 week program designed to help cancer patients transition back into the world. The support group will meet each Tuesday and learn about proper nutrition, improving relationships at home and helping them create everlasting friendships. Information: Pre-registration required for this free group, call Laurie Schirling or Julce Belo at 537-2300.
Al-Anon Family Groups: Mondays, 10:30 a.m. 10355 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford (Spanish), 11:30 a.m., 220 Dewy St., Hanford and Saturdays, noon to 1 p.m., at 12536 S. Hanford Armona Road, Hanford, in classroom 10. The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope. Al-Anon believes alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Information: Call 444-0224, or visit www.southvalleyalanon.org.
American Cancer Society: To pre-register or more information about all free programs and services, provided by the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org/. Patients can also inquire about support groups and clinical trials. A local volunteer-run Society office and resource library is located at 1443 West 7th St., inside the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center of Hanford. The local office number is 584-6616.
Better Breather’s Club: Second Thursday of each month, 5:30-7 p.m., Conference Room 1, 450 N. Greenfield Ave., Hanford. A program designed for people with COPD and other lung diseases and their caregivers. Meetings will be held the second Thursday of the month, depending on the air quality and weather conditions. The support group is free and is also available to caregivers. Information: Call Rebecca Russell at 537-0083.
Breastfeeding classes: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., Adventist Medical Center, Conference rooms 1-2, 115 Mall Dr., Hanford. Pre-registration is required. Information: Call Rebecca Mathews at 537-1710.
Childbirth Education classes: First Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., Adventist Medical Center, Conference rooms 1-2, 115 Mall Dr., Hanford. A series of four classes including a session on breastfeeding. 4 week long course. Pre-registration is required, $40 per couple. Information: Call Rebecca Mathews at 537-1710.
Freedom From Smoking classes: Pre-registration is required for this free class. Call Rebecca Russell for the next scheduled clinic and upcoming class information at 537-0083.
Grief Support Group: The second Monday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Experience Design Room, 450 N. Greenfield Ave., Hanford. The Grief Support Group offers support to those suffering through the emotional pain of losing a loved one. A bereavement specialist facilitates this meeting, which is free and open to the public. Call Home Care and Hospice at 537-2860.
Kidney Support Group: The second Wednesday of the month through November, 7-8:30 p.m., at Kaweah Delta Dialysis Center, 5040 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia. The meetings will offer education and support for patients and caretakers of kidney failure and related kidney disease. Educational information is provided by the National Kidney Foundation and American Association of Kidney Patients. Information: Maria Grijalva, 688-6804.
Kings County Liver Support Group: The fourth Monday of every month, 6 p.m., at Central Valley General Hospital, 1025 N. Douty St., Hanford, 585-3437. Anyone suffering from liver-related illnesses, or family members who simply wish to educate themselves are invited to attend.
Multiple Sclerosis Society: The first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m., at the First Christian Church, 505 W. Cameron St., Hanford. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a local group to help people affected by MS connect and find support. Call Barbara Edens at 584-1903 or Deb DeHolder at 585-8054.
WIC assistance for working families: WIC is a nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children available in Kings County. To qualify your family can earn up to $3,747 before taxes per month. Enroll today Kings County WIC, 582-0180. There are locations in Hanford, Lemoore, Corcoran, Avenal and Kettleman City.
American Legion Post 3 meetings: All meetings are held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 401 N. Irwin St., Hanford. The American Legion is dedicated to providing "Service" to veterans, their families, communities, states and the nation. Meetings are held; American Legion on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., Auxiliary on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., Riders on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and Sons on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Information: Call 583-1169 Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 1-3 p.m., or email email@example.com.
Elks Lodge No. 1259 - Hanford: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Hanford Elks Lodge, 506 N. Douty St., Hanford. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) is an American fraternity that raises funds to support educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefiting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans’ works, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. Information: Speak with a local member, or contact the lodge for more information about joining at 584-7691.
Rotary Club of Hanford: Thursdays, 11:50 a.m., Hanford Fraternal Hall, 1015 N. 10th Ave., Hanford. Rotary is a volunteer organization of business, professional and community leaders dedicated to providing local and international humanitarian service while maintaining high ethical standards in their individual vocations. Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanford Soroptimist: Tuesdays, noon, at the Comfort Inn, 10 N Irwin St., Hanford. Soroptimist International of Hanford is a Volunteer Women’s Organization for Business and Professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. For more information please visit www.sihanford.org.
Sunset Rotary Club of Hanford: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Comfort Inn, Conference Room, 10 N. Irwin St., Hanford. Sunset Rotary is a volunteer organization of business, professional and community leaders dedicated to providing local and international humanitarian service while maintaining high ethical standards in their individual vocations. Information: Call 259-2628 or email email@example.com.
VFW 5869 Nisei Liberty Post meetings: Saturdays, 11 a.m., at Fatte Alberts, 110 E. Seventh St., Hanford. The meetings are informational with programs and benefits available to all veterans and a chance to meet and talk to other veterans in the area. Information: Call Marvin Bettencourt, 582-1640 or 212-0018.