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0000 125397LIVING HERE| May 21, 2009| 3ow may be the perfect time take agood, long look at where we liveand begin to rediscover some ofthe qualities that make living hereunique. This 2009 edition of LivingHere, our annual guide to life inTulare County, is filled with sto- ries that tell about the cities andtowns that make it up, the people who live here and some of the fun that can befound right here at home. Want to explore the beautiful national parks thatare just a few minutes drive away? Depending on thetype of outdoor recreation you crave, there is almostalways a good time to go. Whether you prefer skiing, hiking, camping or fishing, our guide can help youget started. Is the nightlife more to your liking? Thanks tosome industrious and creative music lovers and pro- moters, and the fans who support them, there is more of that available than ever before. Restaurants are still a big hit with local residentsand they never fail to attract visitors to the area, either. Because they are so good, the people who runthem have to always be at the top of their game, making dining out in Tulare County an option that isalways fun and entertaining. And, See WELCOME, 4living here WELCOMENSteve R. Fujimoto

t hankfully, still prettyaffordable. And no matter whereyou live in TulareCounty, most cities havevibrant downtowns, filled with quaint shopsand restaurants, thatemploy hundreds ofworkers and attractthousands of visitors. The cities of Visaliaand Tulare have seengreat changes in theirlocal landscapes so farthis year, from business- es large and small thathave had to close upshop to a seeminglyinexplicable surge inothers, such as restau- rants. Real estate expertsare almost unanimousin saying that we mightwell reach the bottomof the housing marketthis year and that buy- ing a home could be apretty smart decisionright now. And, asalways, Tulare Countyboasts some of the mostaffordable housing inthe state. Agriculture, thelargest industry in thecounty, has had its shareof setbacks, from theAsian citrus psyllid thatworked its way overfrom the East Coast tothreaten our citruscrops, to a decrease indemand for butter andcheese that threatensthe dairy industry. Still, the No. 1 and No. 2crops continue to holdtheir positions. So leaf through thepages of this year's Liv- ing Here for more greatideas for living your lifein Tulare County. Cheers! — MelindaMorales, Senior editorWELCOMEContinued from page 3Living hereGETTING STARTEDIf you're newto town, here's someessential infoCITY COUNCIL: Meets 7 p. m. the firstand third Mondays of the month incouncil chambers, 707 W. AcequiaAve., 713- 4300City Web site: www. ci. visalia. ca. usPUBLIC SAFETYPolice: 713- 4257Fire: 713- 4266UTILITIESWater: California Water Service, 624- 1600Sewer: City of Visalia. 713- 4428Trash: City of Visalia, 713- 4500Naturalgas: The Gas Co., ( 800) 427- 2000Power: Southern California Edison, ( 800) 655- 4555MISCELLANEOUSPublic transportation: City of Visalia, 713- 4950Schools: Visalia Unified School Dis- trict, 730- 7300Library: Tulare County library, Visaliabranch, 713- 2700Living hereMay 2009Publisherand presidentAmy PackExecutive editorLinda GreenSenior editorMelinda MoralesAdvertising directorVaughn KesslerWritersGerald CarrollDavid CastellonVictor GarciaValerie GibbonsMike HazelwoodLuis HernandezHillary S. MeeksMelinda MoralesKimberlina RochaBrett WilkisonPhotographersJohanna Coyne Teresa Douglass Steve R. Fujimoto Ron HolmanGraphicsRon ArmstrongADVERTISERS210A la Mode Fashion LoungeAcequia On MainAffordable FurnitureAlejandra's RestaurantAll Seasons Pools, Inc. All- Estates RealtorsAll- Estates Realtors - Suzie AlcoserAll- Estates Realtors - Darlene LooseAll- Estates Realtors - Jackie PemeltonAll- Estates Realtors - Barbara SummersAuto Oil ChangersAvedian PropertiesBeverly's FabricBliss EssentialsCA Turf Equipment & Supply, Inc. California Vein & LaserCasa Grande Senior CareCASAof Tulare CountyCentury 21 Jordan Link & CompanyChoicesInDining. comChrist Lutheran ChurchCreative Stone FlooringDowntown VisaliaEagle Mountain CasinoEasley's Gun ShopElegant ClutterEvans Miller Guinn Exeter ChapelEvergreen ResidenceExeter Public Golf CourseFamily Healthcare NetworkFaria's Ranch MarketFashion EncoreFirst Presbyterian Church of VisaliaFood 4 LessFrank's LiquorGlick's Old Fashion - Meat MarketGrace Community Church of VisaliaGrace Lutheran ChurchHometown EmporiumK- Doll Clothing & AccessoriesKaweah Delta Medical CenterKaweah MarinaKaweah Rental ManagementKaren M. MacKenzie, M. D. Mamma's Fine Dining & SteakhouseMarcela's Home StoreMcCarley DermaspaMike's Quality CamerasMiller Funeral ChapelMiller's Tulare Funeral HomeMiracle EarMorgan & Slates Mfg. New Hope Valley ChurchPacific Coast SupplyPacific Treasures & GourmetPalm Occupational MedicineParadise PoolsPeers Lorentzen Funeral ServicePilar's Golden ShearsKyle Potts, M. D. Quail Park RetirementMark E. Reader, DO, FAOCORealty ExecutivesRestoration ChurchRV ExpressRV MallSequoia Foot CareSierra Performing Arts CenterSierra View District HospitalSpherionSo. Cal. AAA Travel AgencyState Farm Insurance - Elaine RiderSuncrest BankT- N- T BeautyTotal Knowledge ComputerTricia Kirksey RealtyTucoemas Federal Credit UnionTulare County Office of EducationTulare District HospitalTulare Pet CenterV Medical SpaV. I. P. PetVejars on K Visalia Ceramic TileVisalia Community BankVisalia Community Church of ChristVisalia Emergency AidVisalia ImagingVisalia Rescue MissionVisalia Senior Housing, Inc. Weatherby's Furniture GuildWhole Life & FitnessWillis JewelersREAD MOREWhat: The Visalia Times- Delta andTulare Advance Register and the Websites for both newspapers are the bestsource for local news. Choices, whichalso has a Web site, comes out Fridayin the newspapers. It's your weeklyguide to entertainment in Tulare Coun- ty. You'll get the latest each week onwhat's going on. SEE PAGE 8. CLICK FOR MOREiwww. VisaliaTimesDelta. comiwww. TulareAdvanceRegister. comiwww. visaliatimesdelta. com/ choices4| May 21, 2009| LIVING HERE