Whoosh: That was quite a surprise Monday to see the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy precision flight team, fly down Highway 198 in formation at show level, about 500 feet. They had just performed the day before at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego and must have been heading to NAS Lemoore. They’re scheduled for perform at Fleet Week in San Francisco Bay next weekend. But why they gave Visalia and other Valley towns a free show has yet to be explained.
Creative Country: The Creative Center Foundation is looking for some help in raising money for access for wheelchair-bound clients, so it will hold a fundraiser, “Wine, Cheese & Country,” at the Country M Ranch, 6-1- p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $50 and include wine tasting (with cheese), tri-tip dinner, music by Creative Center clients, silent auction, prizes and games. Whew! Get information and buy tickets at www.thecreativecenterfoundation.org. or by phone at 733-4400.
Century mark: Friends and family of Margaret Lawry gathered to observe her 100th birthday two weeks ago. Her daughters, Elaine Gilden & Christine Lawry-Hawkins, arranged a birthday celebration of (appropriately) about 100 people in Tulare on Sept. 17. She was also celebrated at Prosperity Avenue Baptist Church in Tulare. Margaret was born on Sept. 16, 1916, in Raymond, Calif., and she lived in Tulare for the past 70 years. When she was a young woman, Margaret worked for the federal government War Office in San Francisco during World War II. She met her future husband, Charles Lawry, on a Greyhound bus while they were both traveling between Fresno and San Francisco. He was in the Army Air Corps stationed at Rankin Field. After Charles mustered out at the end of the war, they settled in Tulare. Charles died in 1983. Margaret had plenty of family and friends, though, to celebrate her 100th.
Marching orders: Monday night, Oct. 3 is the 14th Annual Visalia Band Showcase presented by Visalia Education Foundation at Groppetti Automotive Visalia Community Stadium at Golden West High School. Marching bands from Visalia’s four high schools will perform their halftime shows, and cheer and dance squads will perform their routines. Proceeds go to Visalia Unified School District music programs. Doors open at 6 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Pizza, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase, and tickets are $4 per person and $12 per family. Good music for a good cause.
All you need is … : This could be a fun evening out: Lindsay Community Theater is presenting “Abbey Road,” a Beatles tribute band from Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at Lindsay Community Theater, 190 N. Elmwood, Lindsay. And who doesn’t love The Beatles?
Come to the water:Living Water World Missions is a local ministry that installs life-giving water systems in churches, schools and orphanages in Guatemala. Mark Vanciel founded it several years ago, and this ministry has been joined by several churches and individuals and includes nine board members. Living Water World Missions will hold its Third Annual Fundraiser, 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 at Gateway Church in Visalia [Tulare and Sowell]. Guest speakers will be the LWWM workers from Guatemala, Cesia Renata Morales de Palomo and Ana Gabriela Villatoro Classon. All donations gratefully accepted. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ring Dem Bells: Know anyone celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries? Pass on the information to Short & Sweet.
Night stalkers: This gathering is a hoot, literally. Sequoia Riverlands Trust will present the Third Annual Evening Under the Oaks: Nature After Hours, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Kaweah Oaks Preserve. It’s dinner and dancing in the dark with critters. Vintage Press caters it. Host is Ezra David Romero of National Public Radio. Also speaking will be the winner of this year’s Alan George award is author and former chief naturalist at Sequoia National Park Bill Tweed, who is visiting from Bend, Ore. with a new book. Tickets are $100 or $700 for a table. Ticket price includes a chance to win a handcrafted oak table by Springville artist B.J. Rummerfield worth up to $10,000. Information 738-9211. Come into the darkness.
And even curiouser ... : We warned you about the impending strange doings. Those were the Turkey Transit Singers last week masquerading as characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and singing silly songs from the movie. Call them the “Tea Party Troubadours,” if you will. Turkey Singers Ray Gentry, Tony Salierno, Ila Benedict, Alda Kugler, Tom Johnson, Mike Wiley & Art Browning were assisted by the Queen of Hearts, Brandi Crippen and Alice herself, Savannah Crippen. Joining the troubadours on Wednesday was Becky Hansen playing Alice, and both Alices were sensational. The troubadours were plugging Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s Fifth Annual Pink Tea Party to support breast cancer awareness (it’s that month again), with guest speaker Dr. Sheri Prentiss, author and national spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The tea party is at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave. Individual tickets are $25, while tables are $200 and can be purchased by calling 624-2242. It’s an important date, so don’t be late! And watch out for the Turkey Transit Singers. They’ll be gobbling along next month with music that is …