November 2016 — With Gratitude
Oct 24, 2016 11:00AM
By Kendra Kaiserman
On the cover: Cruzita Stewart
Photo by Amber Smith
When the world feels out of balance, close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths and think about your blessings. Have you begun mentally composing your "things I'm thankful for" list to share at the table on Thanksgiving Day?
We can’t fully express the depth of our gratitude for our veterans, whom we honor not just this month, but always. In this issue, meet the Joosten family, founders of the nonprofit Paint It Forward for Heroes. Every year, they join forces with dedicated community members and local businesses to paint a veteran’s home, then host a celebratory barbecue at the house on Veterans Day. What a way to say thank you!
We’re also thankful for the plethora of artistic talent that abounds in the Valley, and one way to celebrate this is through ArtHop. Now in its 20th year, this art appreciation night is better than ever. Also, make plans to catch a show at the meticulously restored Tower Theatre, which has become a performing arts mecca that sits on the National Register of Historic Places.
It feels so good to make someone’s day, and our area is full of opportunities to pay it forward. We’ll share some philanthropic ideas for blessing others during this holiday season. Looking to harness a little magic? Check out the original 1932 Allan Herschell Carousel in Civic Center Park in Hanford – it’s a true treasure.
If you’ve made your list and have started checking it twice, come visit the fine folks at Enjoy the Store (located in Embellish & Restore) in Visalia, who are ready to help you make your selections.
This month, we give thanks for you. Enjoy!
With Gratitude - November 2016