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The Annual Kings County Holiday Christmas Lights Tour has begun. Visit www.lovethelights.info to find out where all of the best decorated homes are in Kings County. Nominations for houses to be included can be entered on the website. Voting for the best decorated homes will be held December 17-22 with the winners being announced on December 24th. This year's categories will include "Best Yard Display" and "Most Creative Use of Lights".  You can also follow the Light Tour on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lovethelights.info/

"The Kings Players is pleased to announce that they will be offering two Audrey Liebold Memorial Scholarships in the amount of  $500.00 each. This scholarship was established to honor one of the Kings Player's founders and greatest advocates, Audrey Liebold. Eligible students must be a graduating Kings County high school senior and intend to pursue a career and/or make a contribution in the field of the Performing Arts. All applications are due by April 1st, 2019. For more information, contact your high school College and Career Counselor, or contact Kim Spicer, at kspicer53@aol.com or Debra Garske at dgarske1@comcast.net.”

Cabrillo Club Scholarship applications now available at local high schools. Questions call Caroll Rodriguez at 924-3249 or 362-7956.

Bingo presented by Hanford Senior Citizens at Old Goodwill Building,  426 W Lacy Blvd Hanford.  Bingo is played every Monday and Friday. Monday doors open at 10am,snacks at 11:30am.  Bingo 11:45am-3pm..  Friday doors open at 3pm, snacks at 4:30pm, Bingo 5:30-9pm. Must be 18 years or older to play. For info call Gail 904-5019. Celebrate Christmas at Bingo Monday December 17 and Friday December 21.Good parking and easy entry to building.  Parking lot has lights.

Dances presented by Hanford Senior Citizens at the Hanford Veterans/Seniors building upstairs hall (elevator to right of stairs), at 401 N Irwin St Hanford.  We have dances on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday each month. Dec 12 Phil Hanna, and Dec 26 Bobby Seals. .Doors open 6pm, dance 6:30-9:30pm. Coffee, punch and water provided. Cost $8.00. For info call Fran 584-5103. Potluck at 8pm break. Chicken and ice cream provided. Bring something to share if you wish.

"Enchanted" Christmas Princess Party, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, Hanford Civic Auditorium. Open to all ages. Cost: $25 and $10 per adult for Breakfast with Ariel and Princess Party activities from 9 a.m. to noon; (No breakfast served) from 10 a.m. to noon for $20 and $5 per adult. Details: 585-2525.

The China Alley Preservation Society presents a Taoist Temple Museum and Gift Shop open house on December 8 and 15. Tours are available. #12 China Alley. For more information (559)582-4508

Applebee’s in Hanford will be participating in Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s of Hanford located at 1665 West Lacey Blvd. All proceeds will benefit Valley Children’s Healthcare. The Hanford location will be one of five Applebee’s locations taking part in the event. For tickets, call (559) 583-8084.

"The Kings Players announces auditions for The Dining Room, written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Hugh Munro Neely on Wednesday December 12th and Thursday Decembeer 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Temple Theatre, 514 Visalia Street in Hanford.  Rehearsals begin in January. Description of the play: In the Dining Room families assemble for meals and special occasions . Related vignettes-some funny, some touching-create a portrait of a vanishing species: upper-middle class America. Casting will be color-blind. Experience comassionate humor and humanity. Cast Needs: 3-4 women- age 18+ and 3-4 men-age 18+. Adult perfomers will play multiple characters from ages 5-85. Must be flexible, creative and physically active. There are no small parts. For more information, call the Temple Theatre at 584-7241."

Udderly Improv will take place every 2nd Friday at the Hanford Carnegie Meuseum. The event starts at 8 p.m. and entry is free Dec 14 and Dec 15 there's going to be HMTC fun. Every 2nd Friday HMTC will do improv at the Hanford Carnegie Museum at 8pm. This will be a regular occurrence and it is free. Also, we are in the Calendar for free acting classes. For the month of December, the acting classes are in the Teen Center at the Hanford Civic until Dec 19. Starting Jan 9, free acting classes will be at the Hanford Carnegie Museum.

Hanford Multicultural Theater Company presents Edwardian Tea on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hanford Carnegie Museum. Tickets are $30 each. Call for special pricing on a  table of eight. See HTMC actors portray Andrew Carnegie, Lily Elsie, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman and silent screen stars.

American Legion Post 3 is hosting its annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Building in Hanford. Menu is tri-tip and sides. Cost: $15.00 for adults and $7:00 for children.  Please call 583-1169 or email: amlegionpost3@att.net for RSVP by Dec. 10th.

P.A.T.Y ‘Studio will be holding their annual Christmas Recital on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1;30 p.m. at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, about the Story of the birth of Jesus Christ, with a fun spin of the Polar Express movie. The Doors open at 12:45 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.tututix.com/patystudio or show day when doors open at 12:45pm for $12/person. 

LUNCHEON  Presented by Hanford Senior Citizens Tuesday, Dec 18  at 401 N Irwin St Hanford.  Upstairs hall, elevator to right of stairs. Christmas theme. Doors open 10am, Lunch 12 noon.  Members $8.00 guest $10.00.  Get tickets from Fran 584-5103,  Phyllis 904-0687, Bernice 707-4939, Gail 904-5019 or at Bingo and Dances. Good food, door prizes, Stimulus(4 cash winners) and a ECHO will be raffled, tickets 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.

County Rock "Barn" Dance, Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m., Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St., $5. Sponsored by the Hanford Parks and Recreation Department. Details: 362-3212.

Kings Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Dec. 23, 4 p.m., Hanford Fox Theatre. Director Jeff Fritz is presenting music from "Frozen," "Christmas Festival" and selections from Handel's "The Messiah." Cost: $20, $15 military and seniors, $5 high school and college students, children under 12 free.

Free Pruning Workshop at CSG&M to be led by local Master Gardeners in conjunction with Hofmans' Nursery on Saturday, February 2. Bill Hofmans will demonstrate how to prune fruit trees and grapes. Master Gardeners will be on hand from 10 AM to 2 PM to answer questions, present a powerpoint on pruning and give tips on caring for garden tools. This wealth of gardening information is free to those attending the workshop at 175 E. Tenth St. For more information, contact storybookgardenoffice@gmail.com.

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