Fun for the whole fam­ily

Porterville Recorder - - COMMUNITY / ENTERTAINMENT - Donnie Moore Parks and Leisure Donnie Moore is the di­rec­tor of the City of Porter­ville De­part­ment of Parks and Leisure Ser­vices.

Y ou bet­ter bring your ap­petite! We have some great teams signed up to bat­tle it out at the 6th an­nual Pi­o­neer Days and Rib Cook-off hap­pen­ing on Oct. 14. There are go­ing to be plenty of ribs to sat­isfy your taste buds, but that’s not it! Down­town Porter­ville will be trans­formed into a vi­sion from the Old West, com­plete with a live shoot-out, Buf­falo Sol­diers, gold pan­ning, saloon, horse drawn ghost tours, his­tor­i­cal dis­plays and re-en­act­ments. Plus, there will be mu­sic, food and craft ven­dors, kid’s ac­tiv­i­ties, and the bat­tle to be crowned Queen, Princess and Lit­tle Miss Pi­o­neer Days. The ac­tion starts at 11 a.m. The pro­ceeds from this event go di­rectly to­wards pre­serv­ing our Zalud House Mu­seum.

The big race

It’s less than six weeks un­til our an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Run and never too late to get in­volved and start train­ing. This is such a great way to kick-off the Vet­er­ans Day fes­tiv­i­ties. Fin­ish our run or walk and then hang out for the pa­rade. The com­mem­o­ra­tive long sleeve shirt we give out to par­tic­i­pants is guar­an­teed to draw a lot of pos­i­tive at­ten­tion. The event fea­tures a 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk plus a free Kids Fun Run. The race be­gins at 7:30 a.m. in front of City Hall. The pre-reg­is­tered cost is only $20 for run­ners and walk­ers and there is a flat dis­counted rate of $10 for any Vet­eran and ac­tive mil­i­tary par­tic­i­pant. With gen­er­ous sup­port from our com­mu­nity spon­sors, we will have chip tim­ing again this year plus some spe­cial race swag give­aways. Reg­is­ter on­line or in per­son at the Her­itage Cen­ter.

Adult flag foot­ball

Reg­is­tra­tion for our an­nual Adult Flag Foot­ball League be­gins Mon­day. The cost of reg­is­tra­tion is $326, but reg­is­ter be­fore Oct. 6 to re­ceive a $25 dis­count. The sea­son will con­sist of eight weeks of league play plus a tour­na­ment. Games will be played on Satur­day after­noons at the Porter­ville Sports Com­plex be­gin­ning Nov. 4. Sign up on­line or at the Her­itage Cen­ter. Dead­line to reg­is­ter is Oct. 27.

Para­nor­mal Tours

It has been 100 years since Ju­lia Howe fa­tally shot William Brooks in­side the Pi­o­neer Ho­tel lobby. The first of four bul­lets went straight through Brooks’ heart and the chair in which he sat. The chair was later moved to the Zalud House Mu­seum and is on dis­play in the child­hood home of his wife An­nie. The bul­let hole can still be seen and is of­ten de­bated as the cause of su­per­nat­u­ral ac­tiv­ity.

Now you can ex­pe­ri­ence the Zalud House in a whole new way with an evening para­nor­mal tour. For the first time, we will be of­fer­ing small group para­nor­mal tours on Fri­days and Satur­days, Oc­to­ber 14-28. An elec­tronic voice phe­nom­ena (EVP) ses­sion will be led by ex­perts from Para­nor­mal Move­ment In­ves­ti­ga­tions and each ses­sion will be re­viewed dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The tours will take place at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and you must reg­is­ter in ad­vance. Par­tic­i­pants must be 18 years of age or older and the cost of the tour is $20 per per­son. Sign up in a group or as an in­di­vid­ual. The group size is limited to 4-12 peo­ple per tour. Reg­is­ter on­line or at the Her­itage Cen­ter.

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