Now through Dec. 15
Veteran's Hope toy drive: Gold Standard Mortgage is participating in "A Combat Veteran's Hope: Welcome Home" Christmas toy drive. Donated toys will be given to combat veterans' families throughout the Central Valley. The deadline to donate is Dec. 15. Drop-off locations include 937 Sierra St., Kingsburg. Information on the organization is at www.acvhope.org or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: 419-9277.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Christmas With Dignity: KCAPs is accepting donations for the three Christmas with Dignity Toy Stores for needy families in Kingsburg, Traver and London. New, unwrapped toys, clothing or financial donations will be accepted. Organizers request no violent or gang-related items, colors or logos be included. Donations may be taken to City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, KCAPs, the Police or Fire departments, West America Bank, area churches or elementary schools. Details or to volunteer: KCAPS, 1139 Draper St., 897-4567.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Charity Thrift Sale Blowout: Angels on Earth is hosting a Thrift Sale Blowout from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the YoungLife building, 1948 18th Ave. Men's, women's and children's clothing, toys, household items, bikes, appliances are among items for sale. To donate, contact Melanie, 305-5095 or Tuesdee 909-5450.
Music in the Village Mall: Get in the holiday mood with live music in the Village Mall by Ron Jefferson noon to 2 p.m., Dec 9. Enjoy lyrical folk and western Christmas songs on the guitar in the Village Mall, 1332 Draper St., Kingsburg. Information: Call 897-8070.
Open house: Several Selma congregations are participating in the fifth annual Community Churches Christmas Open House from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Refreshments will be served. Enjoy visiting with friends and neighbors and take time from your busy schedule simply to enjoy each other’s company. Participating Churches include: Christ Driven Assembly at 1801 2nd St.; Selma Church of God at 1561 Mill St.; First Southern Baptist Church at 1606 Mill St.; United Methodist Church at 1702 Cross St.; First Christian Church at 2026 Arrants St.; Seventh Day Adventist at 2017 Barbara St.; and Church of the Redeemer at the corner of Mendocino and Nebraska avenues. Tour sheets are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office and from participating churches on the day of the event. Details: Selma Chamber of Commerce, 891-2235, or Shannon Schwamb, 743-5091.
Nutty Nutcracker: Selma's The Dancing School is producing "The Nutty Nutcracker" at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Selma Arts Center. Tickets are $10. For tickets and details, 891-0388 or online at www.DancingSchoolOfSelma.com.
Friday, Dec. 15
12th annual Christmas concert: Join the First Christian Church of Selma for their annual Christmas concert featuring friends and special guest from College of the Sequoias, Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno at 7 p.m. Offerings received will benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter. First Christian Church is located at 2026 Arrant St. in Selma.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Pets photos: Pawsitive Connections is hosting a Pet Photos with Santa session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at 12099 E. Stroud Ave., Kingsburg. Humans are welcomed, too. Donations are $5. Digital images will be emailed. Details, info@PawsitiveConnections.org.
Music in the Village Mall: Get in the holiday mood with live music in the Village Mall. Dec 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon, enjoy seasonal music on the piano in the Village Mall, 1332 Draper St., Kingsburg. Information: Call 897-8070.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Ugly sweater pack walk: Join K9 Solutions as they host the inaugural, ugly sweater pack walk from 4-5 p.m., at the Downtown park on the corner of Marion and Lewis streets in Kingsburg. A Pack Walk is a walk with a purpose to provide socialization and exercise for your dog's mind and body. Questions: Contact us via Facebook, call 360-3360 or visit www.K9ProTraining.com.
Monday, Dec. 18
House-decorating contest: Kingsburg Chamber is hosting the 4th annual house decorating contest. Dec. 18 is the deadline to turn in an entry form. Judging will take place on Dec. 22. Homes will be photographed at night and addresses will be posted on Chamber and City Hall social media so residents can enjoy the view. Prizes include $300 in gift cards for first place, $200 in gift cards for second and $100 in gift cards for third. Entry forms are at the Chamber, 1475 Draper St., or at City Hall, 1401 Draper St.
Jan. 6 - Feb. 5
Historic Exhibit: Kingsburg Historical Park is hosting a national traveling exhibit entitled “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience.” The exhibit is sponsored by Go For Broke National Education Center and will be available from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 5. The park is at 2321 Sierra St. Admission is free.
SELMA — “A Time to Heal” is a support group to help cancer survivors by educating them about proper nutrition, improving their relationships at home and helping them create everlasting friendships. This group has expanded out to Selma. For locations and details and to sign up, please call Laurie Schirling or Julce Belo at the Breast Care Center, 125 Mall Drive, Suite 203, Hanford, at 537-2300.
SELMA — Edad de Oro Society #5 meets every third Saturday of the month at the Selma Library, 2301 Selma St., Selma. For more information, call Ruth at 896-1798 or Armando at 250-4067.
SELMA — The S.M.A.R.T. (Serving and Mobilizing Assistance, Resources, Training) Center is located at the Salazar Center at Valley View and Sheridan. Serving the community of Selma by offers morning and evening fitness programs, food distributions and Christ centered ministries. We also offer counseling for families. For more information call 790-9535.
SELMA — The Danish American Heritage Museum is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Pioneer Village, 1880 Art Gonzales Parkway. The museum has the largest Danish genealogy records in the Valley, a collection of Danish artifacts, a Danish/American library and a gift shop with imported products from Denmark. Details: 898-0227.
SELMA — Total Transformation, 2110 Whitson St., Selma, offers a free 30-minute workout followed by a 30-minute Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Details: Rene Lopez, 273-0744.
SELMA — A country Music Jam is 5 to 8 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Nick Medina Senior Center, Selma. Electric and acoustic instruments and all levels of skill/talent are welcome. Details: 859-2087, 287-5769.
KINGSBURG — Kingsburg American Legion and the Kingsburg American Legion Auxiliary, meet the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Train Depot, 1401 California St., Kingsburg. Information: Contact Andy Reeve at 977-7322 or email email@example.com.
KINGSBURG — Acoustic Music Jams (old country, plus variety of other music) is 5 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at Kingsburg Senior Center. Includes a potluck. All ages are encouraged to play, sing, dance/line dance and listen. Details: June Carender, 259-4676; Jim Winder, 485-3101.
KINGSBURG — The Kingsburg Library Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Kingsburg Branch Library. Details: 897-3710.
KINGSBURG — The Kingsburg Swedish Village Music Kids meets the second Friday of every month. Scandinavian dances and customs and the Norwegian language are taught. The group is free and open to ages 3 to 15. Scandinavian heritage is not required. Details: 577-5531.
FRESNO — All Scandinavians by birth, ancestry or affiliation by marriage may join Norden Lodge 684, part of the Vasa Organization of America. All meetings and activities are open to Scandinavians. The word 'Scandinavian' applies to Finland and Iceland, as well as Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Vasa Norden Lodge 684 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3973
FRESNO — The Discovery Center's museum is less of a traditional museum and more of an interactive science arcade. The exhibits focus on a range of different sciences and topics including: botany, geology, dinosaurs, electricity, magnets, an interactive music and sound exhibit, anatomy, live animals, American Indian basket collection and more. Visit thediscoverycenter.net for times and more details. Details: 322-1743.
LEMOORE — Come out noon to 3 p.m., each Sunday and experience the oral history of California agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley and one of the pioneer families, Aaron and Sarah Mooney, who came from New York in 1877, to the city of Lemoore. On the second Sunday of each month, a special seminar will be held. Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum, 542 W. D St., Lemoore, 925-0321. Visit: http://on.fb.me/1Pxti3X.
HANFORD — VFW 5869 Nisei Liberty Post meet on Saturday's, 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.The Hanford chapter of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Nisei-Liberty Post was founded on Oct. 7, 1949 by members of the 442RCT, MIS and the 100th Battalion who fought in World War II. The 100th/442nd RCT became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service. Information: Call Marvin Bettencourt, 582-1640 or 212-0018.
HANFORD — China Alley and the Taoist Temple, with its roots in 1877, has been listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places." Taoist Temple Museum tours on the first Saturday of the month, from noon to 6 p.m., Taoist Temple Museum, East Seventh and Green streets, Hanford, 582-4508.