April 1 – Kiwanis Club of Exeter’s delicious Easter Pancake Breakfast at the Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter between 7 and 10 a.m. Tickets are $6, available through the Exeter Chamber of Commerce or Kiwanis members. For more info, call 559-592-2919.
April 5 – Downtown Visalia Wine Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit participating stores and boutiques to sample a huge selection of wines, cheeses, oils, and chocolates. Enjoy live music, amazing wine, and a whole lot of fun. For more info, visit dowtownvisalia.com or call 559-732-7737.
April 6 – The Inaugural Merle Haggard Tribute with special guest Rudy Parris will perform at the Fox Theatre, 330 Main St. in Visalia at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25 at ticketfly.com.
April 7 – Conspiracy Bike and Car Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ritchie Barn on Avenue 308 in Visalia. Visit vendor booths, have some lunch, listen to some great music by DJ Vine. Only $10 to enter your bike, car or truck! Lots of categories and prizes. For more info and to register, call 559-380-5633.
April 7 – Calling all foodies! The Optimist Club of Exeter presents its first Totally Forked fundraiser with entree, dessert, craft beer- and fine wine-tasting and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. Local chefs will compete for awards; attendants will have an opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite dishes. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in person at Main Street Exeter, 145 N. E St. or The Sun-Gazette office, 120 N. E St. in Exeter. For more information, go to optimistsofexeter.wordpress.com or call 559-592-5578 or 559-909-2996. Proceeds will benefit students through scholarships and programs at Kaweah High School in Exeter and Deep Creek Academy in Farmersville.
April 7 – Exeter Ag Boosters annual fundraiser dinner begins at 6 p.m. at Country M Ranch, 3157 E. Oakdale in Tulare. The evening will include a delicious catered dinner, silent auction, raffle items and a live dessert auction featuring locally-inspired baked goods. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 for table of 8. For more info, call Patty Dreyer 559-804-0166.
April 11 – Visalia SOUP community-based crowdfunding dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum, 210 N. Tipton St. in Visalia. A minimum donation of $5 gets you entry into the event, soup, bread and a vote. Attend this feel-good event and hear some great ideas about the ways people are working to improve our community. Go to eventbrite.com to register.
April 11 – Aaron Lewis, front man for the popular alternative rock band Staind in the ’00s, has gone solo and country in the ’10s. On his “The Songs and Stories Tour,” he will perform at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40-$67 at foxvisalia.org.
April 12 – AAA Open House from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at 321 E. Noble Ave. in Farmersville. They’re celebrating 60 years in business with food, beverages and door prizes. For more information, call 559-594-5600 or visit aaaqsinc.com.
April 12 – Exeter Chamber Mixer from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 360 E. Pine St. in Exeter. Enjoy refreshments, networking and a tour of the club from the kids. For more information, call 559-592-4074.
April 12 – Throwback Thursday screening of “Purple Rain (1984)” starring Prince. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $5 at ticketfly.com. Free small popcorn to the first 100 guests!
April 13 – In the “Cons, Scams and the New Medicare Card” free workshop, learn about the scams that are plaguing the senior population, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Quail Park on Cypress, 4520 W. Cypress Ave. in Visalia. The DA’s elder abuse victims’ advocate Nicole Burnham will address these issues along with the new Medicare card being issued to seniors in April. For additional information or to RSVP, call 559-624-3500.
April 13 – The Visalia Parks and Rec’s Corn Hole Tournament and Social from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Street Plaza, 305 E. Main St. in Visalia. There will be live music and food vendors. $10 per team of two players (maximum roster of four players). Must be 18 or older to play. For more info, call 559-713-4365 or email [email protected].
April 14 – Valley Oak SPCA’s 27th annual Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to noon at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. Tickets are $0 to $35 at eventbrite.com.
April 14 – Tulare County Library Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visalia Branch Library, 200 W. Oak Ave. in Visalia. Books, food trucks, live music and guest authors. For more information, visit tularecountylibrary.org.
April 14 – The Visalia Parks and Rec’s Family Disc Golf Tournament at 10 a.m. (New to the game? Attend the 9 a.m. free clinic) at Seven Oaks Park, 900 E. Edison in Visalia. $20 per person or $35 per couple (includes players packet). Must be 5 or older to play (kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For more info, call 559-713-4365 or email [email protected].
April 14 – Check-in for Visalia Medical Center’s 4th annual Diabetes Memorial Walk begins at the clinic, 5400 W. Hillsdale in Visalia, at 8 a.m. There is no fee to participate and registered walkers will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and water bottle, while supplies last. For more info, visit vmchealth.com.
April 14 – Exeter Eagles’ 4th annual Rib Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the lodge, 555 W. Visalia Rd. in Exeter. Enjoy excellent food, live band, vendors, and games. Vendor and cook-off entries due April 7, email [email protected] for form and guidelines. Proceeds benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation and local charities.
April 18 – Free chili dogs and volleyball at the Exeter Church of Christ, 320 E. Firebaugh in Exeter, at 5 p.m. For more information, call 559-572-8633.
April 18 – Niner Winery is top notch when it comes to their wine. You can taste the passion they have for their product in each, and every sip at the Niner Winemaker Dinner at Cafe Lafayette, 151 S. E St. Ste. A in Exeter, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 at eventbrite.com.
April 18-23 – AAUW Semi-Annual Book Sale at Sequoia Mall during regular mall hours. Hardbacks and audio books $3, paperbacks $2, children’s and romance $1. Proceeds go to fund local scholarships and branch activities. For more information, go to visaliasequoia-ca.aauw.net.
April 19 – Grand Opening BBQ and Ribbon Cutting for the EUHS Alumni Foundation’s Alumni Park on the corner of Buena Vista and North Crespi avenues in Exeter. Come out at 5:30 p.m. wearing your Monarch Pride attire.
April 21 – The 7th Annual Warrior’s Day on the Lake provides a free day of fishing and fun for our military veterans and Wounded Warriors from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Success Lake near Porterville. Lunch is provided. Those available to donate a boat and time as a driver, call park ranger Nicole Arbelo at 559-784-0215 or email [email protected].
April 21 – Fee-free entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in honor of National Park Week. For more info, go to nps.gov.
April 21 – Unlock the Spiritual World of Dreams in a free workshop by Eckankar—The Path to Spiritual Freedom at Visalia Branch Library, 200 W. Oak Ave. in Visalia, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit eck-ca.org or call 877-504-6364.
April 21 – Taste of the Wine Country from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at at the Visalia Country Club, 625 N. Ranch St. in Visalia. Their signature fundraising event, club members actively participate in the planning and production of this popular, top-notch food and wine tasting experience enjoyed by hundreds of guests each April. Tickets range in price up to $45 at eventbrite.com.
April 21 – Lindsay Community Theater brings the music of Simon and Garfunkel to life starring Swearingen and Kelli as part of the 2017-18 Concert Series at 7:30 p.m., 190 N. Elmwood in downtown Lindsay. Tickets are $20 at lindsaycommunitytheater.com; $15 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call 559-284-2223.
April 21-22 – 2018 Tulare County Renaissance Faire at Plaza Park in Visalia. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Elizabethan attire, jousting, performances, beer/mead pub area, food, costume and novelty vendors. $12 entry; reduced rates for seniors, students, military; free for children under 5.
April 22 – Over 130 vendors are expected at this year’s Rusty Roots Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sears parking lot at Sequoia Mall in Visalia, Caldwell Ave. and Mooney Blvd. for antiques, clever upcycle, repurposed, vintage, crafts, shabby chic, art, junk, new and old, and food vendors. For more info, go to the event’s Facebook page.
April 22 – Sequoia Symphony Orchestra presents “Beethoven 9” at the L. J. Williams Theater in Visalia at 3 p.m. Combined choirs join the TCSO as they end the season by pulling out the stops of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Tickets are $10–$45, go to sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com or call 559-732-8600.
April 24 – Tulare County Youth Orchestras will perform a free concert at the Fox Theatre, 330 Main St. in Visalia at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 559-625-1369.
April 25 – Veterans Opportunity Day Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1771 E. Tulare Ave. in Tulare. Veteran’s benefits advice, door prizes, job opportunities, free hair cuts for vets and more. For more information or booth registration, call 559-713-2880 or email [email protected]. If available, bring your DD214.
April 26 – Irish Pub Night at Rawhide Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings St. in Visalia. Select $1 beers from 6 to 8 p.m. with pregame music from High Grade Pats. For more info, go to rawhidebaseball.com.
April 26 – Ronnie Milsap will perform at the Fox Theatre, 330 Main St. in Visalia at 7 p.m. Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. He also represents much more than any two-word definition can convey: a humble, overtly friendly fellow with a talent as vast and multi-dimensional as the American South. Tickets are $46-$84 at ticketfly.com.
April 27 – Hands in the Community fifth annual Golf Tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club. Teams of four play for $550 which includes lunch, dinner and entry into the event’s raffle. Tickets can be purchased at easytithe.com. For more information, call 559-625-3822, ext. 100.
April 27-May 12 – “Peter Pan” directed by Kelly Ventura and Amy Fortin at The Enchanted Playhouse, 307 W. Main St. in Visalia, from 7 to 9 p.m. For tickets ($5-$8) and showtimes, visit enchantedplayhouse.org.
April 28 – Visalia Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. Many of the finest breweries in the U.S. will be featured at this festival along with the area’s best local food vendors. $40 in advance; $50 at the gate if not sold out; $10 for designated drivers at the gate only. Must be 21 to attend. For tickets and more info, visit visaliabeerfest.com.
April 28 – Hands in the Community and The Joshua Ray Smallwood Foundation present Randy Bachman at the Fox Theatre, 330 Main St. in Visalia at 8 p.m. Inspired by his award-winning radio program Vinyl Tap, Randy takes his master storytelling and voluminous musical knowledge on the road and takes fans on a retrospective of his career. Tickets are $35-$80 at ticketfly.com.
April 29 – Join Visalia Parks and Rec’s Dia de Los Ninos as they celebrate a day for children from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Park, 247 W. Ferguson Ave. in Visalia. This year’s celebration will include fun interactive games and activities. Admission is free. For more info, call 559-713-4365 or email [email protected].
April 30 – Come see the people who want to represent you at the Candidates’ Forum, 6:30 p.m. at the TCOE, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd. between the cities of Visalia and Tulare. Candidates from Congressional District 22 and State Assembly District 26 are invited to speak. Free event. No campaign materials are allowed inside the venue.