May 2 – Join Riding 4 a Reason, helping families affected by a major illness, at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 3000 N. Dinuba Blvd. in Visalia, from 6 to 9 p.m. Mountain Mike’s will donate 20% of all sales during this event. You can let the restaurant know that you are attending by going to groupraise.com/events/60057.
May 3 – The National Day of Prayer Task Force’s Pray for America gathering is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Mixter Park, corner of Pine and E streets in Exeter. For more information, visit commit2pray.com.
May 3 – Throwback Thursdays’ screening of “Tootsie (1982)” starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange, 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 300 Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $5 at ticketfly.com. Free small popcorn to the first 100 guests!
May 4 – Assistance League Visalia is hosting their annual “Evening at the Derby” beginning at 5 p.m. at Koetsier Ranch, 8320 Avenue 272 in Visalia, to raise funds in support of schoolchildren throughout Tulare County. Exciting horse races (wooden horses), prizes, live and silent auctions, dinner and dessert. Tickets are $50 at assistanceleague.org/visalia or call 559-737-1907.
May 4 – Opening reception for WAG Artist Society Exhibition at Arts Visalia Visual Art Center, 214 E. Oak Ave. in Visalia from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit will run May 2–25. For more information, visit artsvisalia.org.
May 5 – Exeter Friends of the Library’s annual Spring Book Sale and Basket Raffle from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the library patio, 230 E. Chestnut in Exeter. Hundreds of books of all genres, DVDs, CDs and more.
May 5 – “Fiesta 5K Ole” Fun Run/Walk around Downtown Visalia to support the Visalia Emergency Aid Food Pantry from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info, visit veac.org/cinco-de-mayo.
May 5 – Tulare County Youth Orchestras will be performing classical pieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Strauss at the Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., in Visalia from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, go to visit visalia.org.
May 6 – Mother’s Day Tea Party – Rose Garden Ballet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Visalia Senior Center, 310 N. Locust in Visalia. Girls aged 6 to 12 are invited to bring a mother, grandmother or auntie to don hats and gloves for an afternoon of tea, entertainment, and crafts. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, email [email protected] or visitliveandplayvisalia.com.
May 6 – Picnic for the Kaweah Oaks Preserve fundraiser from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Live music, great food, guided hikes. For more info, go to sequoiariverlands.org.
May 6 – Sierra Vocal Arts Ensemble presents their Spring Concert at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 344 E. Morton in Porterville. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 559-804-7995 or go to Hanson Travel Ideas for tickets.
May 6 – Exeter, A Festival of Arts’ annual “Garden Party” at 5 p.m. at Mixter Park, Pine and E streets in downtown Exeter. Dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction. Tickets are $50; or sponsor a table at $1,000, $750 or $500. For more information, contact the Exeter Chamber at 559-592-2919 or [email protected].
May 10-12 – Shrek Jr., the Musical will be performed by the students at Valley Life Charter School, 3737 W. Walnut Ave. in Visalia at 7 p.m. each night; and for a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Visit the school’s Facebook page for more information.
May 11 – CASA of Tulare County’s 24th annual Once Upon a Dream Gala Dinner and Auction from 5:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave. in Visalia. Tickets are $175 per person; $1,500 per table of 8. For more information, go to casatulareco.org.
May 12 – Mother’s Day Tea sponsored by Grace Lutheran and LWML from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 1111 S. Conyer St. in Visalia. Celebrate Mom with finger sandwiches, scones, and tea. Live music and children’s fashion show. Tickets are $15 at Grace Lutheran Church. For more information, call Carole Sell 559-623-9588.
May 12 – American GI Forum presents Salsa Con Salsa–salsa-tasting with live salsa music–from 4 to 9 p.m. at Recreation Park, corner of Jacob and Center in Visalia. Free event; salsa-tasting tickets are $5 and includes bag of tortilla chips and a 0voting ballot. For more information visit salsaconsalsa.com or call 559-972-7097.
May 12 – The Neil Diamond tribute show “Jack Wright’s Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond” will take stage at Lindsay Community Theater, 190 N, Elmwood in Lindsay, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20; $15 each for groups of 10 or more. Go to lindsaycommunitytheater.com for tickets.
May 16 – Wayback Wednesdays’ screening of “The Maltese Falcon (1941)” starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 300 Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $5 at ticketfly.com. Free small popcorn to the first 100 guests!
May 18 – Visalia’s 8th Annual Downtown Expo from 4 to 11 p.m. Boutiques, the Breakfast Lions Car Show, food and other vendors, dance to live music. A portion of the ticket sales benefit breast cancer research. Go to downtownvisalia.com or call 559-732-7737 for more information.
May 18 – Irene Barba, who has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail solo in recent years, will present the second part of her adventure with a focus on the Sierra Nevada at 7 p.m. at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel in Visalia. A 5:15 p.m. no-host dinner at Marie Callender’s will provide an opportunity to meet the speaker.
May 18 – The Men of Las Vegas are promising to get “Up Close and Personal” in a high-energy, captivating show for the ultimate ladies’ night out at the Fox Theatre in Visalia at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34-$54 at ticketfly.com. Must be 18 to attend.
May 18-27 – Children’s Theater performance of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” at Lindsay Community Theater, 190 N, Elmwood in Lindsay, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Admission is $5. Go to lindsaycommunitytheater.com for tickets.
May 19 – Riding 4 a Reason’s Run for Yolanda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Stag Saloon, 115 E. Pine St. in Exeter. $20; poker hand for passenger $5, includes 2 p.m. end party at Froggies Pub and Grill, 3232 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. Proceeds benefit Yolanda and family as she receives treatment for lupus.
May 19 – Three Rivers Senior League’s Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Dr. in Three Rivers. Food, bake sale, oldies but goodies, and more. For space rental, contact Mo Basham at 559-786-6174 or [email protected].
May 19 – Moana Movie Night Under the Stars from 7 to 10 p.m. at Visalia Adventure Park, Hwy 198 and Akers St. Free admission. Meet the movie character Moana for photos and autographs; visit vendors and food booths and then grab your lawn chair/blanket and enjoy the movie on inflatable outdoor screen. For more info, email [email protected] or call 559-713-4365.
May 22 – EUHS Music Department’s Outdoor Festival, Spring Concert and Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Exeter Union High School Auditorium, corner of Kaweah and San Juan avenues in Exeter. The Choir and Band Concert begins at 7 p.m.
May 24 – Opening Day for the Sequoia Shuttle. For just $15 round trip, the shuttle will take passengers from Visalia—with pick ups in Exeter, Lemon Cove and Three Rivers—up into Sequoia National Park and drop you off at the Giant Forest Museum. Reservations are now open at sequoiashuttle.com.
May 25 – Family Night at Visalia Adventure Park, Hwy 198 and Akers St., 9 to 11:30 p.m. $18 wristband gets you unlimited access to go karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, and laser tag. Karaoke mic will be available, too. For more info, visit adventurepark.com/family-fun.
May 26 – Pride Visalia from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Lumber Yard, 300 E. Oak Ave. in Visalia. Early tickets at pridevisalia.org are $5 and is donated to The Source LGBT+ Center in Visalia.
May 26 – After Pride Comedy Show with Scott Nevins of Bravo TV’s hit show, “The People’s Couch” at 7 p.m., The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $20-$40 at ticketweb.com, with all proceeds benefiting the Source LGBT+ Center’s programs and services. Must be 21 to attend.