Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

KAWEAH KALENDAR

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MARCH ~ APRIL 2017

 

NOTE:  All area codes are (559) unless listed.

 

THIS WEEKEND:

 

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES SALE 
Friday, March 17, noon-5 pm, Village Shopping Center. Members of the Three Rivers Girl Scouts troop will conduct their annual cookie sale. Nine kinds of cookies are available, including five vegan options (no eggs or dairy) such as the new S’Mores. $5/box. Information/orders (through Sunday, March 19): 737-3229.
 
COS YOUNG DEMOCRATS: JOHN CHIANG, GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE
Friday, March 17, 5-7 pm, Ponderosa Lecture Hall, College of the Sequoias, 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. John Chiang, California state treasurer and 2018 candidate for governor, will share his vision for the future of California and hear the concerns of the audience. Free; open to the public. Free parking in COS Lot 4. 730-3921.
 
FAMILY CAMPFIRE
Friday, March 17, 7 pm, upper field, Three Rivers School. Gather around the campfire for an evening of storytelling, science, and nature. Dress warmly; bring a chair or blanket and flashlight. S’mores; family-friendly entertainment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free; open to the public (community members and national park visitors welcome!). Event will be cancelled if raining. Sponsored by Sequoia Parks Conservancy. 565-4251. 
 
ART SHOW CLOSING NIGHT - LIVE REENACTMENT
Friday, March 17, 7:30 pm, Cort Gallery, 41881 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. A community potluck will be the highlight of the final night of an exhibit of artwork by Lisa Lieberman Ross of Three Rivers. At 8:30 pm, Gallery owner Gary Cort will perform “The Slicky 4,” written by the artist about the day that arrests took place at the popular swimming hole. Art prints will be sold at discounted prices. Free; open to the public. Bring a dish to share. Information: lisal@thegrid.net.
 
COS MUSIC THEATRE: ‘IN THE HEIGHTS’
Friday-Saturday, March 17-18, 7:30 pm; Sunday, March 19, 2 pm; COS Theatre, 915 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia. From the creator of the current Broadway hit, “Hamilton,” this contemporary musical examines three days in the vibrant Latino community of New York’s Washington Heights accompanied by a Tony Award-winning score. Rated PG-13 for mature themes and some adult language. Tickets: $24 (online at costheatre.org/tickets with a $2+ service charge or at the COS Theatre box office, Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 pm). 730-3907.
 
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC AND MORE
Friday, March 17, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. Saturday, March 18, 9 pm-1 am: Moose Crossing Sunday, March 19, 5 pm: Pool tournament. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
 
UC MASTER GARDENERS: SPRING PLANTING CLINIC
Saturday, March 18, 11 am-2 pm, Luis’ Nursery, 139 S. Mariposa Ave., Visalia. Information will be provided by the local Master Gardeners who will answer everyone’s spring planting questions: pest management, soil preparation, irrigation, vegetable gardening, and much more. 684-3343.
 
SNOWSHOE WALKS
Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, 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.
 
LEMON COVE WOMEN’S CLUB: OPEN HOUSE AND BAKE SALE
Saturday, March 18, 1-4 pm, Lemon Cove Woman’s Clubhouse, 32792 Sierra Dr. In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the club will open its museum to the public and have baked goods for sale as a fundraiser. Donation: $5 (proceeds used for upkeep and maintenance of the historic clubhouse). 597-2436.
 
 
COMING SOON...
 
 
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, March 20, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. This month’s movie: The Secret Life of Bees (2008). 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, March 19). 
 
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesday, March 21, 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.
 
QUAIL PARK CYPRESS: WELLNESS AND YOU
Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 pm, 4520 W. Cypress, Visalia. This month’s topic is “Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Disease,” presented by Tariq Javed, M.D. Free; open to the public. Information: 737-7443.
 
THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: COMMUNITY PRODUCE GROCERY
Wednesday, March 22, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Arts Center. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available to all Three Rivers residents for free the fourth Wednesday  of each month as part of the California Association of Food Banks Farm to Family program. 561-4154.
 
CONGRESSMAN MCCARTHY: STAFF MOBILE OFFICE
Wednesday, March 22, 2 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Representatives from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office will be in Three Rivers to hear concerns and input from constituents. In addition, anyone who is having a problem with a federal agency should meet with the representatives who will assist in resolving the issue. (661) 327-6611.
 
OUR PLACE PLAYGROUP
Friday, March 24, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground. Weekly preschoolers’ get-together. This week: . Information/directions: opplaygroup3r@gmail.com.
 
THREE RIVERS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS: PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Saturday, March 25, 7-11 am, McDowall Auditorium, Three Rivers School. The 16th annual event is a fundraiser for the local volunteer firefighters. Proceeds are used to purchase equipment and supplies. On the menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, milk, coffee. Tickets: $7 (available at Tulare County Fire Department-Station 14 on South Fork Drive and at the event).
 
STORYTELLING HOUR
Sunday, March 26, 2-3 pm, Mineral King Room, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. Recollections by sisters Wilma Kauling of Three Rivers and Margie Ewen of Exeter, descendants of the Hengst family that first arrived in the area ca. 1890 Kaweah Colony members. Free; open to the public. 561-2707.  
 
BOOK-RELEASE RECEPTION: ‘STORIES FROM JOE DOCTOR’
Sunday, March 26, 2-4 pm, Exeter Historical Museum, 125 South B St., The recently released book, “Stories From Joe Doctor: Tulare County’s Country Journalist” (Alan G. George/Terry L. Ommen, Tulare County Historical Society, 158 pages, hardcover, $24.99), will be celebrated and discussed. Books will be available for sale. www.tularecountyhistoricalsociety.com.
 
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: OPEN HOUSE
Monday, March 27, 5:30-7 pm, meet at the WHS Event Center (gym). Annual event featuring an opportunity to tour classrooms and meet teachers. 564-3307.
 
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: MONTHLY POTLUCK
Monday, March 27, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. This month’s program will be Trivia Night. Information: 561-4171.
 
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM: VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Wednesday, March 29, 1 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Volunteers are needed to assist visitors with inquiries and information. 561-2707.
 
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, March 30, 2:30-6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks, the time it takes for the body to completely replace a pint of blood. A Social Security number is required for registration and all donors must present photo identification upon registration. Administered by the Central California Blood Center; sponsored by the Three Rivers Lions Club. 561-4549.
 
COS TRAINING RESOURCE CENTER: ‘BACKPACKING IN THE SIERRA’
Tuesdays, April 4, 18, 25, and May 2; 7-9 pm, College of the Sequoias, 915 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia. Four class meetings will be taught by Tom Lionvale, COS instructor, then the course culminates with a Friday-Sunday backpacking trip on May 5-7. Relevant for beginning backpackers; the class will teach what to bring, how to prepare, and the best places to visit. Cost: $100 (plus the cost of obtaining gear and supplies). Register: www.cos.edu/communityed.
 
JAZZAFFAIR
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8-9, at four venues (Three Rivers Memorial Building and Tent, Lions Arena, St. Anthony Retreat), Three Rivers. Annual traditional jazz fest with a dozen bands from across the country, including host band High Sierra Jazz Band (Three Rivers), and lots of special guests, sit-ins, and impromptu performances. Free parking; free shuttle; food and drink available at all venues. Early-bird special (through March 15): Three-day all-event badge, $95 ($100 after March 15). This year: ALL children (no matter what their age!) accompanied by a parent receive a 50 percent discount on badge price. Information/tickets: jbarc@thegrid.net / stanj465@gmail.com.   
 
ROUNDUP FOR HUNGER: 5K RUN / 2-MILE WALK / KIDS’ FUN RUN
Saturday, April 8, 7:30 am, Bravo Lake/Woodlake Botanical Garden. Discount pricing through March 25. Cost: $25 ($30 after March 25); $75 for families ($85 after March 25); Fun Run (kids 10 and under), $10. Proceeds benefit Woodlake Food Pantry. Register online: www.woodlakekiwanis.com. Information: 280-5867; 564-2485.
 
 
ONGOING...
 
 
ADULT VOLLEYBALL
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. 

 

THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Open daily (subject to the availability of volunteers), 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707. 

 

RANGER-LED PROGRAMS

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; eholliday66@yahoo.com.

 

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.

 

KNIT-ALONG

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: kia.nesmith@gmail.com.

 

ADULT VOLLEYBALL

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.   

 

EXETER TOASTMASTERS

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: vpm@exetertoastmasters.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/

 

 

 

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