GLOBAL WINTER WONDERLAND
Open daily through Monday, Jan. 2, 5-11 pm, weekends; 5-10 pm, weekdays; Tulare County Fairgrounds, 620 South K St., Tulare. Global Winter Wonderland is a holiday festival featuring illuminated landscapes, live entertainment nightly by Global Winter Wonderland’s own Circus of Light, carnival with family and thrill rides, international cuisine, photos with Santa, and holiday shopping. Tickets: $16, adults; $14, children (carnival rides are an additional fee). 686-4707.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 1, noon, meet at Giant Forest Museum, Sequoia National Park. Join a ranger for a snowshoe walk through the woods. Wear waterproof footwear. Previous snowshoe experience not necessary; snowshoes provided. 2 hours; 2 miles (not recommended for children under 10). Free; open to the public. Advance reservations required: 565-4480.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Dec. 30, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
THREE RIVERS GIRL SCOUTS: 5K FUN RUN
Saturday, Dec. 31, 9:30 am, Slick Rock Recreation Area, Lake Kaweah. Call 737-3229 to register. Donation: $20, adults; $10, children.
NEW YEAR’S EVE: GATSBY STYLE
Saturday, Dec. 31, White Horse Inn and River Terrace, 42975 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The White Horse is offering two ways to ring in 2017. Option No. 1: Arrive early and spend the evening enjoying appetizers and no-host cocktails, then a gourmet dinner followed by a variety of desserts, a 9 pm champagne toast, music by Mike O’Neil’s Dance Machine (mobile DJ), midnight buffet, and live music by Rolling Heads Band. Tickets: $100/couple (advance reservations only; call 285-2958). Option No. 2: Doors open to the public at 9 pm. No-host cash bar. Cover charge: $10/person (includes midnight munchies and live music).
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 pm-1 am, 42323 Sierra Dr. Cover charge of $10 includes live music by AC Myles, champagne toast, and a midnight buffet. 561-2211.
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this 2017 session to assemble comforters that will be provided to patients at Valley Children’s Hospital. No experience necessary; donations of labor and materials are always welcome. Weekly on Tuesdays through April. 561-4270.
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 6 pm, TRUS library. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 561-4466.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 6:30 pm, CSD office, 40915 Sierra Dr., Suite E, Three Rivers. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 561-3480.
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: MANDALA ART
Friday, Jan. 6, 5-8 pm, Brandon-Mitchell Gallery at the Center for Spiritual Awareness, 117 S. Locust, Visalia. Three Rivers artist Elsah Cort will have more than 30 mandalas on exhibit. During the reception, Elsah will also have available 2017 “Mandala-Maker” calendars that feature 12 of her designs. The show will be on display through February. Another reception will be Friday, Feb. 3. The exhibit may be viewed Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 am-3:30 pm (ring the bell at the door). Information: 625-2441.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 am-5 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). This month’s theme is “Fiddlenecks.” Pick up free maps and schedules at Anne Lang’s Emporium, Three Rivers Historical Museum, or print out online at http://www.threerivers.com/old_media/map_jan_2017.pdf
. Dozens of artists; specials throughout town; free performances, lessons, and demonstrations; discounts at galleries, restaurants, and on lodging; art for show and sale. 561-3463; www.1stsaturdaytr.com
THREE RIVERS REPERTORY COMPANY: TEN-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Saturday, Jan. 7, 3 pm, Cort Gallery, 41881 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Three Rivers writers are invited to submit a 10-minute (approximate) script (it can be monologue to multiple parts, any theme, style, or genre). All community members are invited to participate as actors in the plays’ round-table readings. For information, contact artistic director David Perry at 799-6942 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org
REDBUD GARDEN CLUB
Monday, Jan. 9, 1 pm, at a member’s home. A Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks representative will provide a presentation on wildflowers in the Sierra mountains and foothills. Information/directions: 561-4697.
TOWN HALL MEETING
Monday, Jan. 9, 6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. On the agenda is the proposed hotel with updates from County of Tulare staff. Gary Cort, a Three Rivers architect, will present his alternative site design. Sponsored by Three Rivers Village Foundation. Free; open to the public. 799-4325.
PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘THE BUSINESS OF POT’
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 8 am (door opens at 7:30 am), 210 Center, 210 W. Center Ave., Visalia. An overview of the affect of Proposition 64 (which legalized the recreational use of marijuana) on businesses (such as their human resource policies) will be presented by a panel comprised of attorneys and law enforcement. Sponsored by Visalia Chamber of Commerce (734-5876) and Visalia Economic Development Corporation (733-3737). Refreshments. Free; open to the public.
SIERRA TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 pm (doors open at 1 pm), Three Rivers Memorial Building. Quarterly meeting of the club and a concert by High Sierra Jazz Band. Admission: $10 (STJC members free).
NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE DAY
Monday, Jan. 16. Entrance fees waived to all national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, Jan. 16, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film Yentl (1983), starring Barbra Streisand. Sponsored by Aging in Community-Three Rivers. Refreshments. Rides provided for those without transportation (call 465-4666 or 561-4703). Free; open to the public. Also available: A pre-movie senior lunch special (soup, sandwich, drink, and cookie). Cost: $5. Reservations, Barbara Lahmann, 561-4595 (call by Sunday, Jan. 15).
GRAND OPENING: MINERAL KING ROOM
Sunday, Jan. 22, 1-4 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum. A celebration to mark the completion of construction on the museum’s annex that will house artifacts and consist of revolving displays on the turbulent history of the Mineral King area. Refreshments. Free; open to the public.
RIVER VIEW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 20TH ANNUAL (SURVIVAL) SUCCESS PARTY!
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 42323 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Happy Hour specials begin at 3 pm. Video-viewing of the 1997 flood. Live music. 561-2211.
Mondays, 7:30 pm, Three Rivers School gym. All skill levels welcome. Sponsored by Three Rivers Union School Recreation Committee. Cost: $5 per week or $20 for three months. 561-4466.
Open daily (subject to the availability of volunteers), 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:30 am, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Sponsored by Three Rivers Senior League. Resistance training, balance, and weight workout. Open to members 55+ ($15 annual membership fee in the Senior League required).
Tuesdays and Thursdays, First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Children (5-12 years): 4:15-5 pm; adults, 5-6:30 pm. Cost: $25/month. Information: 786-4803; 623-1002.
Second and fourth Wednesdays, 11 am-2 pm, River View Restaurant. Hosted by Charlotte Little, formerly of Creekside Yarns, and Char Prazak. Bring your knitting projects; all levels of knitters welcome. 561-2003.
Fridays, 10:30 am, locations vary. Free weekly program for preschoolers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: email@example.com.
Mondays (year-round), 7:30 pm, McDowall Auditorium, Three Rivers School. For ninth-graders through adult. Fee: $5/night or $25 for 3-month session. 561-4466.
2nd and 4th Mondays, 12:30 pm, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Pine St. A newly formed club associated with Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Three Rivers residents welcome to join. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.