January 1 – Three River’s annual Polar Bear Dip takes place at noon just off the deck of the Gateway Restaurant and Lodge, 45978 Sierra Dr. in Three Rivers. Free chowder and hot coffee or hot chocolate for participants.
January 5 – Arts Consortium presents 1st Saturday in Three Rivers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art studios, restaurants and merchants open their doors and invite all for a town-wide celebration. Go to the Three Rivers Historical Museum,
January 12 – Audubon field trip to Terminus Dam Forebay and Kaweah Lake Area. Bring binoculars, bird book, lunch, water and layered clothing. Meet up at McDonald’s parking lot, Mary’s Vineyard in Visalia at 7:15 a.m.; or at the entrance gate of the Lake Kaweah Park Headquarters at Terminus Dam at 8 a.m.
January 12 – Sequoia Symphony Orchestra presents “Winter Wonders” at the Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main St. in Visalia at 7:30 p.m. Two classic symphonies from the “Great North”; Tchaikovsky’s short, sweet “Winter Daydreams.” Tickets are $10-$45 at sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com.
January 16 – Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Quail Park on Cypress, 4520 W. Cypress Ave. in Visalia. Meets every third Wednesday. For more info, call 559-624-3503.
January 19 – Tulare County DA’s Office’s “Justice Run” 5K run and 1-mile walk at Mooney Grove Park, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will raise awareness on human trafficking. Community service organizations will have booths at the event. Registration is $35 at www.da-tulareco.org/runforfreedom.htm.
January 19 – Exeter Boys & Girls Club Tri-Tip Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the club, 360 E. Pine St. in Exeter. $50 per person or $400 per table at www.bgcsequoias.org
January 19 – Pizza Factory in Woodlake celebrates its 34th anniversary. For more information, call 773-354-6454.
January 19–20 – Gemboree Exeter Gem and Rock Show at the Veterans Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave., in Exeter. Gems, jewelry, rocks, fossils, beads and more, including demonstrations in faceting, beading and polishing. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Entry and parking are free. For more information, email Laura Manser at [email protected].
January 20 – A Bridal Odyssey, the longest running bridal show in Central California, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Dr. in Visalia. For more info, go to abridalodyssey.com.
January 21 – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias’ Martin Luther King Jr. March and Service Event begins at 10 a.m. at the club, 215 W. Tulare Ave. in Visalia, and march to Garden Street Plaza. For more info, email
January 21 – Dr. Dean Hsu’s photography art talk and luncheon at the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy lunch, and then head over to the gallery afterward to connect with his works. To reserve a seat, call the Depot at 559-732-8611.
January 23 – The African Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. at the Visalia Nazarene Church, 3333 W. Caldwell Ave. in Visalia. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children. No tickets. Donations appreciated.
January 24 – Local Motion Awards will honor those contributing to transportation excellence in Tulare County, hosted by TCAG, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave. in Visalia. Tickets are $45; sponsorships are $250, $500, or reserved table for eight is $745 at eventbrite.com.
January 25 – Comedy Blast with comedian Ken Davis and ventriloquist David Pendleton. A night of side-splitting hilarity for the whole family, beginning at 8 p.m. at Visalia First, Akers and Caldwell in Visalia. Tickets are $25–$30 at hnconline.org.
January 25 – Family Night at Visalia Adventure Park, Hwy 198 and Akers St., 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.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.
January 31 – “A Return to the Savoy” with dinner and wine tasting featuring Jon Stemkoski and friends singing from the American Songbook at the Vintage Press, 216 N. Willis St. in Visalia starting at 6 p.m. Order tickets by Jan. 24: a per-person $250 donation at artsvisalia.org/a-return-to-the-savoy benefits Arts Visalia.