NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE WEEKEND
Through Sunday, Aug. 28. Entrance fees waived at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and the 407 other national parks that normally charge a fee in honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.
OUTDOOR PRODUCTION: ‘ERSA OF THE RED TREES’
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27, 2-4 pm and 5-7 pm; Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm; General Sherman Tree, Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park. The Sequoia Field Institute will present a unique rendition of a classic Sequoia performance (1926) when pageant master Garnet Home presented an environmental campaign. Free (no entrance fee required this weekend); open to the public.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, August 26, 8 pm-midnight: Swing Shift Band. Saturday, August 27, 9 pm-1 am: DB & the Struggle. Sunday, August 28, 4-8 pm: Still Water. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
DROUGHT-TOLERANT NATIVE PLANT LANDSCAPE DESIGN CLINIC
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 am-12:30 pm. A do-it-yourself workshop at College of the Sequoias in Visalia by the California Native Plant Society-Alta Peak Chapter to teach participants how to use native plants, which ones to choose, how to design a drought-tolerant, water-saving native garden, and more. Instructors: Melanie Keeley, native plant specialist at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, and Cathy Capone, former owner of Cal Natives Nursery in Porterville. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Cost: $50 ($10 discount for CNPS members). Information/registration: (559) 799-7438.
WILSONIA HISTORIC DISTRICT TRUST: ANNUAL CONCERT
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2 pm, Wilsonia Clubhous, 836 Presidents Lane, Wilsonia (Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park). Award-winning singer/songwriter Juni Fisher will perform a concert. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Register of Historic Places community of Wilsonia. Tickets: $15. Tickets: 269-4441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCERT IN THE PARK AND HOEDOWN
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5-7:30 pm, at the old dance floor near road’s end in Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. Music provided by Esther Zurcher and Keith Hamm of Three Rivers (Mankin Creek) and Jim Ingram of Visalia. Bring a chair for seating or just dance the night away. Refreshments. Free; open to the public (park entrance fee required).
DRIVE TO FEED KIDS DINNER AND AUCTION
Sautrday, Aug. 27, 5-6:30 pm (social hour; dinner and auction immediately follow), Heritage Complex, 4500 S. Laspina, Tulare. Proceeds from this event will assist the Tulare County backpack program and feed food-insecure children in Tulare County. Sponsored by J.D. Heiskell & Co. Tickets: $50 (available at www.foodlinktc.org). Information: 684-3277.
MILITARY VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS RECOGNITION BANQUET
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5-10 pm, Wyndham Hotel, 9000 Airport Dr., Visalia. Guest speakers, entertainment, silent auction. Sponsored by American Legion Post 785. Proceeds from this event will go into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office scholarship fund, Fresno VA Cancer Infusion Center, and Veteran/First Responder family support. Tickets (must be purchased in advance): $40. Information/tickets: 901-0734; 679-1300; 303-8787.
SANTA TERESITA YOUTH CHAPEL: GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY
Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 pm (refreshments and youth center tours); 4 pm, ground-breaking), 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. A new chapel will be built on the grounds of Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center at St. Anthony Retreat and community members are invited to attend the ceremonial ground-breaking, officiated by the Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. 561-1038.
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 pm. Teachers will provide presentations to parents about the new school year’s curriculum and expectations. 561-4466.
WINE-TASTING / BOOK SIGNING
Saturday, Sept. 3, 3-6 pm, Totem Market and Deli, 45186 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Sip wine while meeting with author Andrew Thomas who has a recently published book entitled “The National Parks of the United States,” a photographic journey of America’s national parks. For more information about the book and its author, see The Kaweah Commonwealth’s article from April 2016 (www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/news/national-parks-and-books-0). Free admission; open to the public. 561-4463.
BUCK ROCK FOUNDATION: CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, Sept. 4, 10 am-3 pm, at the base of Buck Rock Lookout, Forest Service Road 13S04, in the Big Meadows area of Giant Sequoia National Monument. Barbecue meal, drinks, and snacks available for a donation. Booths featuring local history and wildlife, lookout memorabilia, children’s activities, and forest and park information. Fire watchers will explain the function of this historic fire lookout. Wuksatchi elder Eddie Tupishna Sartuche will provide the annual Native American “Blessing of the Rock” (at 10 am). Smokey Bear will oversee the festivities. Free admission (park entrance fee required); open to the public. Directions: From the Generals Highway, take the Big Meadows turnoff. Drive 3 miles to Horse Camp. Turn left onto FS Road 13S04 and drive 2.5 miles to the lookout. Parking is available (it’s a walk of about 300 yards from the parking lot to the event).
CAMP ZAP YOUTH FOUNDATION: ALOHA LUAU
Saturday, Sept. 10, 5:30-9:30 pm, Zapalac Ranch, 25600 Ave. 324, Lemon Cove. Annual fundraiser to support Camp Zap, a youth program that ensures every child gets to enjoy a camping experience. Hawaiian food, tropical drinks, Polynesian dancers, silent auction. Tickets: $35 (RSVP by Saturday, Sept. 3). Information/tickets: Denise Chlouber, 280-9256; email@example.com.
TULARE COUNTY FAIR
Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 14-18, Tulare County Fairgrounds, 620 South K St., Tulare. Live entertainment, food booths, monster truck rally, carnival, displays and exhibits, games and contests, and more. Tickets: $8 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. Carnival wristbands: $20 in advance; $30 at the fair. Information/updates: www.tcfair.org; 686-4707.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: ALL-CLASS ROUNDUP REUNION
Saturday, Sept. 24, 3-7 pm, Woodlake Memorial Building. In celebration of 100 years of Woodlake High School and 75 years of the City of Woodlake, all former students are invited to attend this reunion. Light dinner, bar, DJ, prizes, WHS history and photos, photo booth. Tickets: $20 (in advance); $25 at the event. Contact: Dee Rochin, 730-8025, or Sally Pace, 805-3975.
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL FOUNDATION: DINNER AND AUCTION
Sunday, Sept. 25, 4-8 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Social hour (complimentary beer/wine): 4 pm. Dinner: 5:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the National Parks,” honoring the NPS’s 100th anniversary. The event includes silent and live auctions. Tickets: $50 (call the school office at 561-4466 or any Foundation board member - Kristina Graber, Linda Warner, Sue Sherwood, Linda Mutch, Kathleen McCleary, Jenny Kirk, Erika Williams, Allison Millner, Carol Berryhill).
Daily through September 25 beginning at 5 pm, Wolverton Meadow, Sequoia National Park. An all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner (entrees from the grill, corn-on-the-cob, cornbread, salads, veggies, beans, watermelon, dessert and beverages; beer and wine available for purchase) prepared by the chefs of Wuksachi Lodge accompanied by a living history presentation. Adults: $24.99; children ages 4-12: $12.50 (fourth-graders accompanied by a paying adult eat FREE in 2016!). Purchase tickets before 2 pm at Lodgepole Market, Wuksachi Lodge gift shop, or Grant Grove Market. 565-4070.
Free ranger-led programs at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/rangerprogsched.htm.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Second and fourth Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm, St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers. Facilitated by Elizabeth Holliday of Three Rivers, this group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association Southland Chapter. Sessions are free; to attend, contact Elizabeth for a brief telephone assessment and to ensure availability: (510) 875-4721; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 in the Senior League required).
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.
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesdays, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this 2016 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 through April. 561-4270.
COMFORT FOR KIDS: TACK/TIE/TRIM SESSION
Mondays, noon-4 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this offshoot of the quilting project (see above) that assembles comforters for patients at Valley Children’s Hospital. No experience necessary. Weekly through April. 561-4270.
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.
OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL
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.
SEQUOIA PARKS CONSERVANCY: HIKES AND WALKS
Upcoming recreational activities in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are listed online at: www.meetup.com/Three-Rivers-Sequoia-Kings-Hiking-Meetup/
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Daily, 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707.