Martin Luther King Day: Jan. 15, Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford. Join the NAACP, Branch 1039, as they host the annual celebration of Martin Luther Kings. The Keynote speaker will be, Marcia Rincon-Gallardo, MSW, one of Silicon Valley's "Honored Woman of the Year," for her dedicated work helping young high school ladies, realize their "Dreams To Achieve "through several collaborative Federal, State and non-profit agencies. Come out and make this day special in recognizing and acknowledging the National Civil Rights of all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, color, creed, religion and socio economic background.
Denise Kiernan at the Saroyan: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St., Fresno. The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, a non-profit organization that is run by an all-volunteer board of directors will host Author, Denise Kiernan, at the William Saroyan Theatre. Tickets are available at valleytownhall.com.
Beginner Square dancing lessons: Starting Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., Coe Park Hall, 543 S. Douty St. Join the Square Eights Club as they host square dancing lessons. First lesson is free, singles and couples welcome. Enjoy wholesome fun, quality exercise and good fellowship. Adults $5 per class. Information: Call 967-3274 or visit Square Eights on Facebook.
Temple Grandin at the Saroyan: Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St., Fresno. The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, a non-profit organization that is run by an all-volunteer board of directors will host Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, at the William Saroyan Theatre. Tickets are available at valleytownhall.com.
Michael Pollan at the Saroyan: March 21, 7:30 p.m., William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St., Fresno. The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, a non-profit organization that is run by an all-volunteer board of directors will host Author, Michael Pollan, at the William Saroyan Theatre. Tickets are available at valleytownhall.com.
John Walsh at the Saroyan: April 18, 7:30 p.m., William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St., Fresno. The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, a non-profit organization that is run by an all-volunteer board of directors will host, Anti-crime advocate, John Walsh, at the William Saroyan Theatre. Tickets are available at valleytownhall.com.
FITNESS AND FUN
Square dancing lessons: Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Coe Park Hall, 543 S. Douty St. Join the Square Eights Club as they host square dancing lessons. First lesson is free, singles and couples welcome. Enjoy wholesome fun, quality exercise and good fellowship. Adults $5 per class. Information: Call 967-3274 or visit Square Eights on Facebook.
Zumba - Lemoore: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 8:15 a.m., Lemoore Recreation Center, 711 W. Cinnamon Dr., Lemoore, 924-6767. Start your morning right with Zumba. Burn calories and have fun. $30 per month or $5 drop in rate. Evening classes are Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per month. Sign up for both classes for only $40 a month. Visit: http://www.lemoore.com/Parks/default.html.
Hanford seniors bingo: Mondays, 10 a.m., Goodwill Building, 426 W Lacey Blvd., 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.
Pound Class - Lemoore: Tuesday and Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., Lemoore Recreation Center, 711 W. Cinnamon Dr., Lemoore, 924-6767. A full body, cardio workout inspired by drumming. $30 per month or $4 drop in rate. Visit: http://www.lemoore.com/Parks/default.html.
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.
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.
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.
American Sewing Guild - Visalia: Second Saturdays of the month, 11 a.m., Woodland Drive Baptist Church; 1436 Woodland Dr., Visalia. Do you like to sew garments, crafts, gifts? We maybe the group for you. Look for the red sign and come around back. Each Friday an "open sew" is held from 4-8 p.m. Information: Call Kate Mackey at 816-0982 or Sheila Keller at 798-0244.
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.
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.
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.