NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE
Through Friday, Oct. 31. Donations of candy are being collected for Cherokee Oaks residents, who host local trick-or-treaters. Drop off unopened bags of candy at Bank of the Sierra during business hours.
HALLOWEEN AT CRYSTAL CAVE
Friday, Oct. 24, 1 and 3 pm; Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm; and Sunday, Oct. 26, 11 am and 1 pm; Crystal Cave, Giant Forest area, Sequoia National Park. Special tours led by cave naturalists who will introduce visitors to the ghosts of Crystal Cave’s past. For ages 8 and older. $20 per person (tickets must be purchased on the day of the tour at Foothills or Lodgepole visitor centers; tickets are not available at the cave). Sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association. www.sequoiahistory.org; 565-3759.
HAUNTED HOUSE: MEAT LOCKER OF TERROR
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25, opens at 6:45 pm, 140 E. Naranjo, Woodlake. Enjoy an evening of terrified panic, courtesy of the Woodlake Valley Chamber of Commerce. $5 per person (ages 5 and under are free; no strollers). 564-3559.
LAST SUNDAY BAND TILL NEXT SUMMER! RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC
Friday, Oct. 24, 9 pm-1 am: Confluence. Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:30 pm-1:30 am: Medicated Goo. Sunday, Oct. 26, 4-8 pm: Still Water. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
CLEAN UP EVENT
Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 am-1 pm, Lemon Cove Fire Station, 32490 Sierra Dr. Sponsored by Tulare County Household Hazardous Waste, this annual collection is where area residents may drop off everything from motor oil and paint to pool chemicals and car batteries. Also, electronic waste (televisions, microwaves, computers, cell phones) may be disposed of here. 624-7400.
HARVEST OF HANDWOVENS
Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:30 am-3 pm, Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. (Hwy. 65). This is the 35th annual event, organized by the Handweavers of the Valley guild. Available for purchase will be handmade garments, towels, rugs, gourds, baskets, and more. Also for sale, equipment, books, yarns, and fibers. Demonstrations and exhibits. Raffle for handwove quilt. Free; open to the public. 561-4048; www.hwotv.org.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 4-8 pm, Three Rivers Union School. The event kicks off with a costume parade of TRUS students (preschoolers welcome). Also, game booths, food booths, sit-down dinner (see next listing for menu), live music, raffle, Pick-A-Prize, and more. Sponsored by TRUS Eagle Booster Club; proceeds benefit TRUS. Free admission; open to the public. 561-4466.
MEXICAN FIESTA DINNER AT THE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Saturday, Oct. 25, 4:30-8 pm, McDowall Auditorium, Three Rivers School. Annual dinner prepared and served by eighth-grade students and parents. The menu: Carne Asada Tacos (vegetarian: cheese enchiladas), Spanish Rice, Beans, Chips and Salsa Bar, Churro Sundae. $10 per person; $6 for ages 12 and under (eat in or take out). Proceeds go to the class’s San Francisco trip fund. 802-0330.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: MONTHLY POTLUCK
Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Monthly social gathering will include Bingo. 561-3949.
OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL
Friday, Oct. 31, 10:30 am. This week’s program: Visit the Pumpkin Patch at St. Anthony Retreat. Free; open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADOPTION RESOURCE FAIR
Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 am-1 pm, Student Ministries Cafe at Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno. Assemblyman Jim Patterson, in partnership with City Without Orphans, has organized a workshop for prospective adoptive and foster parents to provide information and state resources to help them navigate the process. Information on foster care basics, private domestic and international adoptions, tips on choosing an agency, and finances. RSVP by October 29: 446-2029 or email@example.com.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 am-4 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). Pick up free maps and schedules at Anne Lang’s Emporium. Dozens of artists; specials throughout town, free performances, lessons, and demonstrations; discounts at galleries, restaurants, and on lodging; art for show and sale. 561-4373; www.1stsaturdaytr.com.
TURN CLOCKS BACK
Sunday, November 2, 2 am. Daylight Saving Time will end.
THREE RIVERS TOWN HALL
Monday, Nov. 3, 7 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Bobby Kamansky of Southern Sierra Water Management Group will provide a “Three Rivers Water Supply” presentation. Also, county planners will provide an update on the progress of the Three Rivers Community Plan. Note: This will be the last town meeting until February 2015. Refreshments. Free; open to the public. 561-3204.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, polls open 7 am-8 pm. Vote for state offices, six initiatives, and Three Rivers School board of trustees. www.tularecounty.ca.gov/registrarofvoters; 624-7300.
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: ‘HIDDEN IN THE LEAVES’
Friday, Nov. 7, 5:30-8 pm, Sierra Subs & Salads, 41717 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. A reception for the public to tour the artwork and meet the participating artists of the autumn exhibition. Sponsored by Arts Alliance of Three Rivers. Exhibit will be open throughout the month of November during Sierra Subs’s business hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm). Free; open to the public. www.artsalliancethreerivers.org; 561-7718.
WESTERN FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 8-9, gates open at 1 pm for activities and presentations; movies begin at 4:30 pm; event ends at 10 pm; Lions Roping Arena. Saturday: High Noon, Once Upon a Time in the West. Spaghetti dinner. Sunday: Shane, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Barbecue dinner. Also, Old West storefronts, equestrian events (including Riata Ranch performance each day), Western merchandise, movie lore, wagon rides. Tickets: $15 per day; $25 for both days (available at www.threeriverswesternfilmfestival.myevent.com).
NATIONAL PARKS FEE-FREE DAY
Tuesday, Nov. 11. Entrance fees to all units of the National Park System, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, are waived in honor of Veterans Day.
VETERANS DAY TAPS CEREMONY
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 am, General Grant Tree, Grant Grove area, Kings Canyon National Park. A solemn ceremony in honor of the nation’s veterans. (On March 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the Grant Tree a National Shrine, a memorial to those who died in war. It is the only living object to be so declared.) Free; open to the public.
LIBRARY PRESENTATION: BATS
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. Lynn Firpo, Sequoia-Kings Canyon interpretive ranger, will discuss bat behavior. Organized by Friends of the Three Rivers Library. Free; open to the public. 561-4564.
SQUARE DANCING CLUB
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7-9 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center, 41763 North Fork Dr. Bi-monthly meeting to learn how to square dance. Beginners welcome. Open to the public. $5/person. Caller: Rick Hampton. 561-4270.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Let the holiday shopping begin at this 29th annual event that will feature more than 50 booths of arts, crafts, and other treasures. Also, a bake sale and lunch items for sale: hamburgers, hot dogs, and salads. Auction at 11 am; day-long door-prize giveaway. (Booth space still available; call 561-3461). Free parking; free admission.
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 75TH ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, Nov. 16, 10:30 (worship with celebration immediately following), 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. All are welcome to attend this momentous occasion in Three Rivers history. The past and future of the church will be celebrated with music, food, kids’ activities, and more. Hot dogs, beverages, and dessert provided. Bring a potluck dish to share (salad, side dish, chips, etc.). RSVP: 561-3385; firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN MARTIAL ARTS
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.
THREE RIVERS WALKING CLUB
Tuesdays, 7 am, meet at Three Rivers Memorial Building. Sponsored by Family HealthCare Network. 786-3358.
For a complete list of free ranger-led programs offered at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, check online at: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/rangerprogsched.htm.
FREE MEDITATION TIME
Thursdays, 7:15 pm, Yoga of the Sequoias, 41838 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. 786-3358.
EXERCISE FOR SENIORS
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).
UC MASTER GARDENERS-TULARE/KINGS COUNTIES
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am. Master Gardeners are available by phone to answer home-gardening questions. Free. 684-3325; 684-3326.
Thursdays, 7 pm, in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. 561-3385.
Mondays, 7 pm, in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. (Narcotics Anonymous is held Thursdays, same time, same place.) 561-3385.
SEQUOIA FIELD INSTITUTE: OUTDOOR SEMINARS, LESSONS, AND PROGRAMS
Programs daily in Sequoia National Park with subjects from Astronomy to Zoology led by experts in their fields. Go to www.sequoiahistory.org for a complete list of educational programs. 565-4251.