Travel, Leisure & Fun for South Valley Adults

Heart of Seniors Returns to Visalia Wyndham Hotel

The Heart of Seniors Expo & Fashion Show, hosted by the Senior Coalition, will be held on Thursday, February 16, at the Visalia Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Dr., Visalia.

The event will include a vital resource fair with vendors, a fashion show – featuring senior models escorted by American Ambulance team members – and a luncheon.

The resource fair opens at 9:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are available for $10 per person, which includes lunch. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited and the event is again expected to sell out.

This is the first Heart of Seniors event since 2019 due to the pandemic. The response to its return has been "tremendous," according to Kathleen Remillard, event chair and chair and president of the Senior Coalition.

"We have more sponsors than we have ever had," said Remillard. "We have a higher number of vendors signed up at this point in the process than we have had in the past as well. We have already sold several dozen lunch tickets too."

The event has been missed by regular attendees as well as vendors, she added.

"Our vendors missed the opportunity to be able to talk to our seniors one-on-one," she said. "Nothing beats seeing a smile on someone's face when you have been able to help them with an issue or share something new.

The program, which will include a showcase of the latest in fashion for the mature woman, will feature keynote speaker Terry Ommen.

Ommen has written hundreds of local history columns and articles for newspapers including the Visalia Times-Delta, Fresno Bee and Valley Voice, and is currently a regular contributor to The Good Life. (See page 15.)

In addition, he has authored four books and for several years wrote and published a blog called "Historic Happenings," which can be read at

To purchase tickets for the luncheon or for more information, call (559) 300-9101 or (559) 805-6710, or visit


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