Saturday, December 24, 2011

Light O Rama Christmas in Visalia, 2011

Light O Rama Christmas in Visalia, Ca. 5th year to sponsor Foodlink of Tulare County.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Crazy Cool Dentist Sign in Visalia

I don't know this dentist but I do know he has a cool sign. He must have brushed up on marketing design.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

National Novel Writing Month Events in Visalia

Every November is National Novel Writing Month. A writer attempts to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I personally completed a novel last year and I still need to edit it. If you live near Visalia and want to get together with other NaNoWriMoers, here is a schedule of meeting times at the library in the blue room upstairs:

Nov. 5th 2011 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nov. 9th 2011 - 12pm - 7 am
Nov. 17th 2011 - 10 am - 3 pm
Nov. 19th 2011 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nov. 22nd 2011 - 3 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov. 30th 2011 - 3 pm - 7:30 pm

Bring your laptop.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro Returns to Visalia

Wednesday, November 30
@ College of Sequoias Theater
(915 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia, Ca.)
$20 (All Ages) 7pm doors/7:30pm show

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Statue Honoring 'The Greatest Generation' Comes to Visalia

A statue of the famous kiss in celebration of the Japanese surrender came to Visalia. The original photo was captured by photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt. Local visalian, D'Alicia Burnett was there to capture its arrival as it made a brief stop in Visalia.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Comedy Asylum in Visalia

Get down to All Pro Pizza on Mooney Blvd. and check out these comics. Every Thursday night they showcase local comics and national comics fresh from their TV performances. The talent you will find on stage is worth it. Check it out you won't be disappointed.

Comics coming in October 2011:

10-6 Ryan Reaves national headliner from the Laugh Factory and all the big LA clubs.

10-13 Comics from the Comedy Store, Fat Cat Comedy Club and more! College night! All COS students FREE with School ID!

10-20 Paul 'Smokey' Deese from BET, the Improve and more!

10-27 DOUBLE HEADLINERS! Mike Muratore from Showtime, National Lampoon Radio and more!
Isaac 'Flacco' Martinez from the Improve, Comedy Store, Flappers and more!

Great national touring comics from Comedy Central, Showtime, BET and more!

18+ Show. Explicit content.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jason Avila of Visalia takes part in The Scripture to Music Collective

The Scripture to Music Collective is a crowd-sourced, ever-growing collection of songs that tell God's Story. Jason has submitted a song called Accent 130. Give it a listen.
If you like the song you can also find the whole album Sleeves here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Cave Singers coming back to Visalia

Thursday, December 8
The Hip Hop & Love Tour (feat. MURS, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beats & The Senesis, McKenie Eddy, Sean O'Connell & Da$h)
$10, 21+, 9:00pm
The Cellar Door
101 W. Main St., Visalia

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just Between Friends of Visalia

I have heard a whisper about Just Between Friends awhile back. It looked liked a giant yard sale to me. But I'm a dude and I don't really care about 2nd hand kid clothes. My wife is involved in it this year and she actually took me to it. And it is a giant yard sale.
But wait there's more - they don't accept any crap. It all has to be stain free clothes and good shape. The toys, baby furniture and equipment must all be in working order. There are some nice stuff there.
Most of it caters to woman and stuff they need to run a household filled with children of all ages. There are also movies, music, small and large furniture, bikes, hand held GPS unit, games and tons of strollers.
I wondered why they called it Just Between Friends and I got my answer. If you take part and donate your time to running the event you get in at exclusive hours and get first shot at all the great stuff.
It is open to the public now September 11 -17. They have a website and a Facebook page. Check it out.

Visalia's Habit Burger is Crazy Busy

So I went for my walk. Lucky for me Habit Burger is near by. I went around lunch time on a Saturday and apparently that's a formula for being crazy busy. The drive-in was wrapped around the building and out into to street. People filled all the seats and lined up out the door. I love burgers and fries but not that much. I took some shots and kept walking.

Visalia's Mearle's Drive In is Transformed into Habit Burger

Mearle’s College Drive-In's 70-year-old history has a new chapter. Even though the structure is most widely known for as Mearle's. It has not been it's one and only name. It was once known as Tad's and later it became D's. Though Visalia has known the restaurant as Mearle's the longest, Visalia needs to say good bye. Hopefully Visalia will embrace more change and release the past.

The plan is to drop by and try a burger and fries. I've heard good things about their community presence but nothing about their food. There must be something about them. They do have 40 restaurants in California and Arizona. But by that logic there are a bazillion McDonalds and I can't stomach their hamburgers anymore. Still love Micky Ds fries. There is just something about them. So that is all until I try their food. I hope they are not crazy busy and stuff. That would just suck.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Free Energy Comes to Visalia

Free Energy is a band touring with Weezer. If you are old enough to remember, Weezer made a stop in Visalia a long time ago. Not to put their name to shame, Free Energy is having a free show on Main Street in front of Surplus City on September 29, 8pm.

"Free Energy" from Free Energy on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Micro Wrestling Federation Comes to Visalia

Six of the world's most professional micro superstar wrestlers in a 12 x 12 steel caged ring can be found at the Celler Door September 17. Check out the Facebook event for more information.

DJ Ren Rock at Visalia's Celler Door

djrenrock(dot)com: 9.03.11 Nightlife

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Arts Visalia Starting Children's 2011 Autumn Art Classes

They will have art instruction for children ages 3 and up. There will be full and partial scholarships. Their goal to provide quality art educational activities for young people so that they might grow as artists, students and individuals. Sign up your little one today.

Couple Want to Buy Their First Home in Visalia, CA Before Getting Engaged.

You may know Will and Wynter before they became famous on House Hunters.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Visalia Rescue Mission needs help

The Visalia Rescue Mission needs crafty people to decorate mason jars for their 30th Anniversary Banquet on Tuesday August 30th! Head out to the 210 Cafe 8/26 for some major decorating fun! Call Jessica Van Ginkel at 740-4178 or 972-5651 for more details!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cal Ripkin World Series in Visalia

Kids from all over the U.S. have come to Visalia to play in their leagues World Series. You can catch the action from know until next Friday, 19th. If you can't get out, you can watch the games live at Visalia World Series' web site

Friday, August 12th: Pool Play
G2 @ 12:00 Noon
G3 @ 2:30 PM
G4 @ 5:30 PM
G5 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 13th: Pool Play
G6 @ 10:30 AM
G7 @ 1:00 PM
G8 @ 3:30 PM
7:00PM: Banquet of Champions @ Visalia Conv. Center

Sunday, August 14th: Pool Play
G9 @ 12:00 Noon
G10 @ 2:30 PM
G11 @ 5:30 PM
G12 @ 7:30 PM

Monday, August 15th: Pool Play
G13 @ 12:00 Noon
G14 @ 2:30 PM
G15 @ 5:30 PM
G16 @ 7:30 PM

Tuesday, August 16th:
Final Day of Pool Play
G17 @ 12:00 Noon
G18 @ 2:30 PM
G19 @ 5:30 PM
G20 @ 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 17th Playoffs - Quarter Finals
5:30 PM: 3rd Am vs. 2nd Nat (G21)
7:30 PM: 3rd Nat. vs. 2nd Am (G22)

Thursday, August 18th:
Playoffs - Quarter Finals
5:30 PM: 1st Nat. vs. Winner (G21)
7:30 PM: 1st Am. vs. Winner (G22)

Friday, August 19th:
7:00 PM: World Series Championship Game

John Vanderslice coming to Visalia

John Vanderslice became national know for his song "Bill Gates Must Die" to the point that Microsoft threaten to sue Vanderslice. You can hear John Vanderslice August 27, at the Celler Door. The show begins at 8pm and is 21 and over for $5.
Patrick Park will open.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Things to do in Visalia

The Cellar Door - 101 W. Main St., Visalia

• Fri., Aug. 12 - !!! (Chk Chk Chk), White Arrows, Sister Crayon
• Sat., Aug. 13 – Fashawn, Javelin, Pictureplane, Hollagramz
• Tues., Aug. 23 – Obits, Disappears, Beaters
• Fri., Aug. 26 – Satisfaction (A Rolling Stones Experience)
• Sat., Aug. 27 – John Vanderslice, Patrick Park
• Tues., Aug. 30 – Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, DJ Ren Rock
• Wed., Aug. 31 – The Soft Pack, Fierce Creatures, Joyriders DJ set
• Fri., Sept. 16 – Murder by Death
• Sat., Sept. 17 – Microwrestling Federation, Midget Wrestling, Steel Cage Royal Rumble
• Fri., Sept. 30 – Revolver, Chateau Marmont
• Thurs., Oct. 6 – Mucca Pazza, Fierce Creatures
• Thurs., Oct. 27 – Pogo, That 1 Guy
• Sat., Nov. 5 – Peter Wolf Crier, Birds and Batteries
• Sun., Nov. 20 – Murs, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz & the Senseis, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O’Connell, Da$h
• Tumbao Tuesdays – salsa, cha cha, meringue, bachata, cumbia
For more information please call 636-9463.

Visalia Fox Theatre - 300 W. Main St., Visalia

• Sat., Aug. 27 – Kathleen Madigan
• Sat., Sept. 3 – The City Harmonic
• Sat., Sept. 24 – Alex Reymundo
• Fri., Sept. 30 – Blind Boys of Alabama, Sara and Sean Watkins
• Sun., Oct. 2 – Ken Davis
For more information please call 625-1FOX.

Maverick’s Coffee House - 238 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia

• Mon., Aug. 22 – RW Hampton
• Sat., Aug. 27 – Rich O’Brien
• Sat., Sept. 10 – Eli Barsi
• Mon., Dec. 5 – Brenn Hill
For more information please call 624-1400.

All Pro Pizza – 1615 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia
• Thurs., Aug. 11 – Rick Izquieta of the Ice House Comedy Club
• Thurs., Aug. 25 – Melissa Villasenor of Family Guy and America’s got Talent.
• Wed., Sept. 14 – PS I Love You, Balkans
• Fri. – Karaoke
For more information please call 738-8282

Mahogany’s Lounge at the Visalia Holiday Inn – 9000 W. Airport Dr., Visalia
• Thursday nights – Karaoke
• Saturday nights – Rene Emilio
For more information please call 731-2875

Crawdaddys - 333 E. Main St., Visalia
• Tuesday – Sunday – Live music
For more information please call 625-5300.

Brewbakers Brewing Company & Restaurant - 219 E Main Street, Visalia
• Tuesdays – Good Medicine
• Thursdays – Tim Chansler
• Fridays – Fritz & the Cat(s)
For more information please call 627-2739.

Velouria Records - 109 E. Main, Visalia

• Sat., Aug. 13 – Tad Nugent
• Fri., Aug. 26 – Were Bear
• Sat., Aug. 27 – Street Lamp Junkie
For more information please call 625-8000.

Rosa’s Italian Restaurant – 314 S. Johnson, Visalia
• Fri. & Sat. – Roger Holmes Classical Guitar
For more information please call 732-6707

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tattoos from the Outskirts of Visalia

I met ODIE online through Twitter. He seemed like an interesting dude form just his Tweets. He's even more in person. I walked into Outskirts Tattoo for our meeting and music was blasting like it was a party. Greeting me were tattooed and pierced individuals. In a tattoo shop, you ask? I know. I told them I was there to meet with ODIE and they pointed me to the far corner were he was working on Dianna Chamberlain's back tattoo in memoriam to her grandparents. Her mother was there and had just finished her matching tattoo.

It was cool to sit in and watch and talk to them and ODIE. I listened to them talk about how they met ODIE and the reason for their tattoo. Every element of the tattoo had a specific meaning for them. It's true what they say that ever tattoo has some kind of story behind it.

ODIE is one of the most interesting people I've met in a long time. His life as a tattoo artist has allowed him to meet celebrities and has taken him across America. He has so meany stories to share. It was my pleasure to have met him.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dine Out Visalia

Throughout Visalia, a celebration of local restaurants will be held Monday, July 11, as we participate in a national search for the best small-town food in America. We received the second-highest number of votes in the first phase of the Best of the Road contest sponsored by Rand McNally and USA TODAY. Visalia is one of six finalists in the contest's best-food category.

Now, a road rally is under way to promote American tourism and small-town pride. Five teams of volunteer judges are driving across America to visit finalists. We’re preparing to welcome Jim and Bonnie Parr, of St. Petersburg, Fla., to enjoy a full day of touring Visalia’s abundant selection of local restaurants, attractions, and agri-tourism businesses.

For more info check out Dine Out Visalia

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rent Comes to Visalia

Rent is huge. But some how I've never seen or heard a song from it. I love theater and all the jazz and I think it would be great to see RENT. Wonderfully, RENT will be produced here in Visalia. Visalia needs culture and Visalians should support anyone who tries to bring it to the valley. Proceeds of the event presented by The Fourth Wall Theater Company will given to a HIV/AIDS charity.
If you would like more information about the musical and The Fourth Wall, go to their website

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Books for Prisons

The purpose of Books for Prisons is to facilitate and provide recreational and instructional books, magazines and other materials to various groups and organizations.

I love to read, not as much as I like to write stories though. I appreciate those who do love to read because I sit at this lap top creating stories for people just like that.So, thanks. But what I want to share with you is this great group in Visalia called Books for Prisons. They take unwanted books that would be otherwise dumped in a landfill and forgotten and put them in the hands for men and women who desperately want something to read.
If you ever been bored, you know what it's like to crave something, anything to pass the time. They do a lot but they can do so much more. How can they achieve that? Time. Money. Volunteers. It's the same story for all NPOs. But if you have a passion for books or helping those in prison. Please consider contributing to Books for Prisons.

Broken Trailz Equine Rescue

Broken Trailz Equine Rescue is working under the auspices of Love of Animals, Inc. a non-profit organization. 
With the way the economy is today horse owners are finding it difficult to care for horses which results to thousands of unwanted, neglected and abandoned horses in the United States every year.
Broken Trailz give those unwanted horses a second chance by giving them a temporary home with proper housing and care until they are placed in their forever home.
 If you have questions or would like to help you may call or e-mail them. 
email: Phone: (559)564-2115

Monday, June 20, 2011

Jeremy Pearce - Dont Be Cruel (Medley)

Impersonator Jeremy Pearce performed well, giving the senior citizen's at mooneys grove in Visalia on 5/13/2011 a medley of hit songs - dont be cruel - all shook up - love me - are you lonesome tonight and hound show for the public.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wayne Yada has been named public relations director of Wish Upon a Star

Yada has served on the board at Wish Upon a Star for the past 15 years. Wish Upon a Star grants wishes to children suffering high-risk or life-threatening illnesses.

Marc Broussard comes to Visalia

Marc Broussard performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance or $24 on the day of the show. Information: 625-1369 or

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Help support a most excellent cause. The Ronald McDonald House Charities Fun Run. I hear there will be a celebrity to lead stretching, a concert and other festivities. You might not Run but you and the family can still have Fun.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Visalia Project

The Visalia Project meets weekly at the Cellar Door to discuss and brainstorm events, life, music, theatre, fashion, lifetsyles, education, culinary arts and more that Visalia has to offer. It's an opportunity to showcase this beautiful city and community.
If you have any input, vision, leads and any time to lend to this effort, drop in, grab a glass of your favorite wine or quality beer and join the community.

The Visalia Project Meeting

Every Wednesday

6:30pm-7:30pm, 21+

The Cellar Door

101 W. Main St., Visalia

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Karma Police

SALSATINI Visalia’s Premier Outdoor Music and Dance Block Fiesta

The Tulare County Hispanic Roundtable Presents SALSATINI
Visalia’s Premier Outdoor Music and Dance Block Fiesta
A 21+over Event

Ilegal Mezcal & Hornitos Tequila - Purveyors of Fine Mexican Spirits -
Meet in the Street to Spin Signature Martinis


Fresno's Newest All Cumbia Band-
Grupo MENNEO :: Playing the New Cumbia Sound

◙ Opens at 7pm with a Beginner Salsa Class taught by Gabi & Lupe
♫ Band Starts Playing at 9pm
♪ DJ Dean: Mixing up: ◊ Salsa ◊ Cumbia ◊ Bachata ◊ Merengue

►Pre-sale: $20 | or $25 at the door day of the event
►VIP Tickets $100 | Access to exclusive full service cabanas
►Purchase ONLINE at
►Table Seating on the street on a first come basis
►Taco bars to feed the hungry
►Corona, mezcal, and tequila to wash them down

Salseros Y Cumbiamberos:
♦ Dance Floor – to protect your shoes and your shine
♦ Performances by Danza & Prodigy

Directions to SalsaTini:

FREE PARKING: See Event Map above on Google Maps

A benefit for the TCHR Scholarship Fund
♦ Corporate Sponsorship Packages
♦ Info: (559) 425-6480 or



Arroz Y Frijoles Music: Sleepy Sun w/Fierce Creatures. Live at The Cellar ...

Arroz Y Frijoles Music: Sleepy Sun w/Fierce Creatures. Live at The Cellar in Visalia ...: "San Francisco neo-psychedelic amp torturers Sleepy Sun graced the Cellar Door the night of Saturday May 14th and Arroz y Frijoles Music..."

Arroz Y Frijoles Music: MORNING TELEPORTATION (w/ Strange Vine and Tyranno...

Arroz Y Frijoles Music: MORNING TELEPORTATION (w/ Strange Vine and Tyranno...: "Up-and-coming Pacific Northwest indie-rock crew Morning Teleportation graced the Cellar Door of Visalia the night of Thursday May 19th and Arroz y..."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Howie and Sons Pizza Minus Pizza and Add Beer

I saw in a lovely tweet today for @HowieandSonsPza (visalia) that if you buy a pint you get a copy of Celebrator magazine. I love beer and free stuff so I was off like a prom dress. I love that it's within walking distance, but it was getting late, so I drove. I am no beer connoisseur by any means but I love good beer. They were fiddling with the pull stick thing-a-ma-bob when I walked in. I waited patiently for them to finish as I began to take in the atmosphere. Nice sociable people I sat with. We started talking about beer.

Like I said, I am no beer connoisseur. I don't know the lingo or brands or nothing. I just love beer. So, when I say we start talking isn't very true. It was more like I sat and listened with wide eyed amazement at all the information and name dropping that occurred. It was awesome. Everyone new more than me and I loved it. I want to learn more about craft beers. Howie and Sons is a great place to enjoy incredible beers and excellent conversation.

TULARE COUNTY ANTHEM - Constantine ( Visalia Rap)

Fun with Fife by Jon Lake

Ryan Fife of Fife Family Farm

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Visalia Convention Center Hotel Promotes Groover to General Manager | News | Breaking Travel News

Visalia Convention Center Hotel Promotes Groover to General Manager | News | Breaking Travel News

No stranger to operations at the Visalia Marriott, Groover came to Visalia, CA in 2006 with the Presidian hotel management and development company. She played an integral part in opening the Visalia Marriott hotel by developing and implementing the hotel’s sales and marketing plan. She was also responsible for meeting revenue goals, planning client conferences and conventions, and overseeing recruitment, training and development of the sales management team.

Brad Wilson – Rockin the Blues

Brad Wilson – Rockin the Blues

If you live in central California, we will be having breakfast with you on Friday, June 3, as the band joins the cast of the #1 Fresno morning TV show. FOX-TV’s “Great Day” will feature six of my songs live. Tune in and start the day with us and then go Bluesin’ with us later on that night in Visalia. That’s right, Friday, June 3, we are in downtown Visalia for Blues, Brews and BBQ! I am very excited to bring the band to Visalia for a night on Main street at Garden Plaza! Looking forward to seeing all our hometown friends there.

One world Many Stories Visalia Branch Summer Reading Program 2011

Tulare County Library Summer Reading Program
June 9th-August 6th
One world Many Stories Visalia Branch Summer Reading Program 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Circus Tea Party

Music -- The Trees
Jared Klein -- Director, Director of Photography
Josh Fryou -- Camera Operator
Joey Blackburn -- Production Assistant
Aaron Roy -- 1st Assistant Director, Post Production

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

COS Library: Long overdue

COS Library: Long overdue: "I have promised Sue Gillison that I will post here her students' comments about the presentation on COS Library resources from last semester..."

Central Valley Steeze: Easley Ramp Contest Coverage

Central Valley Steeze: Easley Ramp Contest Coverage

Steven's Entertainment Odyssey: 3DS Update: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3...

Steven's Entertainment Odyssey: 3DS Update: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3...: " November 23, 1998 is a day I will always remember as a gamer, this was the day i put a gray cartridge into my Nintendo 64 that would forev..."

Jen's Happy Spot: Strawberry Jam

Jen's Happy Spot: Strawberry Jam: "7 cups of sugar!! Can you believe it?! A little on the tart side. Still early in the season. We popped open the small one for..."

The Frosted Muffin

I took my oldest daughter, Abigail, to The Frosted Muffin at 108 S. Church, Visalia. We walked into a small waiting space made smaller with tables set beside the window for those who want to stay and eat. The counter and display cases are painted black. I saw that and thought edgy, dark goth mini cakes of death. But the ladies that buy boxes and boxes of these cupcakes are far from that lifestyle and from the people I saw behind the counter, so are they. This is soccer mom, church every Sunday unless you are at the coast or up in the cabin country. I am sure they will repaint or soften the harsh contrast. I am sure newborns love the black and white room. Maybe that’s their angle. Come for the cupcakes, stay for your baby to be mesmerized.

For your first trip, you will have to take what is available. The menu changes everyday with three special flavors and some that are made daily: Cinnamon Red Velvet, Vanilla Butter, Black and White (like the store front), Triple Chocolate and Psychedelic. I came on a day when they premiered a cupcake not available previously, called the Banana Dipped Chocolate. The most memorable thing about it for me and Abby is that we could taste frosting and banana. It had a banana chunk inside the center. That was cool. The cupcake was sweet, too sweet for me. I actually like my cupcakes without frosting. Weird, I know.

Over all, I don’t get the color scheme. I think it contradicts the fanciness of the cupcakes. They are very pretty. Despite the beauty and fanciness it was still just a cupcake and a cupcake ain’t worth $2.50 or $3. Will Visalia be able to support a cupcake shop for long? I would be very interested to see if it can.