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

KAWEAH KALENDAR

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MAY ~ JUNE 2016

 

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

 

THIS WEEKEND:

 

RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, May 20, 7-11 pm: Karaoke by Joelle. Saturday, May 21, 8 pm-midnight: Open Mic Night with Gerimaya. Sunday, May 22, 4-8 pm: 3 & the Machine. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211. 

 

TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY

Friday, May 20, 7 pm, Tulare County Board of Supervisors building, 2800 W. Burrel, Visalia. This monthly program will be presented by Dr. Gordon Frankie, lead researcher of UC Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab and author of California Bees and Blooms, who will discuss native bees in gardens and the plants that support them. Information: 904-5435.

 

COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: YARD SALE

Saturday, May 21, 8 am-1 pm, 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The church community has donated their no-longer-needed toys, furniture, tools, antiques, home goods, and more. Also, fresh baked goods and potted plants. Proceeds will assit with Darcie Pena’s medical expenses as she undergoes immunotherapy for cancer. 561-3385.

 

SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: CENTENNIAL BIOBLITZ

Saturday, May 21, 9 am-9 pm. Citizen scientists, ages 5 to adult, are needed to work side-by-side with park rangers, scientists, and other staff to search for, observe, photograph, capture/release, identify, and/or record diverse animals, insects, and plants in the parks. Prior to the event, download the iNaturalist app on a mobile device and join the Sequoia-Kings Canyon BioBlitz project. For more information and to register for the event, log onto www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com/centennial-blitz.html. 565-4251.

 

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO

Saturday, May 21, 10 am, Three Rivers Arts Center. A global day of peaceful protest against agri-chemical giant Monsanto and to promote global awareness over the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and cancer-linked herbicides in the food supply. March to Three Rivers School and back. Signs and noisemakers encouraged, but some will be available for hand-out. Free; open to the public.

 

FREE WORKSHOP: ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

Saturday, May 21, 1-3:30 pm, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. “Make a plan while you can” to preserve your independence and make critical decisions about your health care. Facilitated by Sarah Shena, attorney/mediator, and Elizabeth Holliday, CMT. Sponsored by Aging in Community-Three Rivers. Reservations required by Tuesday, May 17: 465-4666.

 

COMING SOON...

 

THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: MONTHLY POTLUCK

Monday, May 23, 6:30 pm. Bring a dish to share. Come early to socialize. Annual trivia contest with prizes. Free to members. 561-4171.

 

AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

Tuesday, May 24, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film The Longest Ride (2015), a drama/romance starring Alan Alda, Scott Eastwood, and Britt Robertson. 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. Now available: A pre-movie senior lunch special (soup, sandwich, drink, and cookie). Cost: $5. Reservations, Barbara Lahmann, 561-4595 (call by Monday, May 23).

 

‘HELPING ONE WOMAN’ DINNER: DIANE FRAZIER

Tuesday, May 24, 6 pm, Woodlake Fire Department, 216 E. Naranjo, Woodlake. The Helping One Woman-Woodlake Chapter (www.helpingonewoman.com) will hold a fundraising dinner with silent auction, raffle, and prize drawings for Diane Frazier of Three Rivers, who has been battling cancer for the past year while, with her husband, Matt, also raising two sons, Cole and Wyatt. HOW mission: ...We are women joining together to demonstrate our support to help one woman at a time move forward on her journey through times of devastating trouble and loss. Donation: $10 per plate plus a $10 minimum donation. Information: Nicole Macias, chapter leader, 723-6740. 

 

THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: PRODUCE DELIVERY

Wednesday, May 25, 9-11 am, Three Rivers Arts Center. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available to Three Rivers residents for free as part of the California Association of Food Banks’s Farm to Family program. (Food pantry recipients have early access at 8 am.) 561-4154.

 

MEET AND GREET: CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE-23RD DISTRICT

Wednesday, May 25, 6-8 pm, Ol’ Buckaroo, 41695 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Wendy Reed, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives-23rd Congressional District who is on the ballot with incumbent Kevin McCarthy and two other Republicans, invites Three Rivers residents to meet with her. Free; open to the public. Information: wendyreedforcongress.com. 

 

THREE RIVERS SCHOOL / WOODLAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL: SPRING CONCERT

Wednesday, May 25, 7 pm, McDowall Auditorium, Three Rivers School. A joint concert by the two school bands. (They will also perform together Tuesday, May 24, 7 pm, at Woodlake Valley Middle School.) Free; open to the public. 561-4466.

 

OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL

Friday, May 27, 10:30 am, meet at Slick Rock Recreation Area, Lake Kaweah. End of the Year Party (last scheduled event of the school year). Dress for water play. Free weekly program for preschoolers. Information: kia.nesmith@gmail.com

 

BERRY TASTING

Saturday, May 28, 8 am-noon, Bravo Lake Botanical Garden, Woodlake. Annual display of berries grown at the garden. Taste the sweetness that comes from nature. Admission: $5 (children 5 and under free). 280-2483.

 

THREE RIVERS WOMAN’S CLUB

Wednesday, June 1, 11:30 am, St. Anthony Retreat Center. The final meeting of the year will include the installation of 2016-2017 officers and a luncheon. All women of the community are invited to attend. 561-3601.

 

THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

Thursday, June 2, 2-6 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. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to their donation. A Social Security number is required for first-time registration; all donors must present photo identification. Administered by the Central California Blood Center; sponsored by Three Rivers Lions Club. 561-4549.

 

PUBLIC TOUR: ROUGH FIRE 2015

Friday, June 3, anytime between 8:30-10 am, Hume Lake Ranger District Office, 35860 East Kings Canyon Road (Hwy. 180), Dunlap. Start your tour at the ranger office to receive instructions on where to meet with U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service personnel who will be stationed in various areas, such as Junction View Overlook, Hume Lake Dam, Millwood, McGee Overlook, Chicago Stump, Grant Grove, and Cedar Grove. Visit as many areas as you choose until 3 pm. Information: Denise Alonzo, 539-2607, ext. 72212, or dalonzo@fs.fed.us

 

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: STRING SHOWCASE

Thursday, June 2, 7 pm, Main Chapel, St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The first concert of three sponsored by the nonprofit Center Stage Strings will feature Danielle Belen, violin; Elbert Tsai, violin; Lauren Chipman, viola; Sarah Koo, cello; Yi-Ju Lai, piano; who will perform a variety of works as soloists and in ensembles. Tickets: $15 (free for students 17 and under). Purchase at www.CenterStageMusicFund.com, Chump’s DVDs, or at the door.

 

THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: DANIELLE BELEN PERFORMANCE

Saturday, June 4, 2 pm, Three Rivers Library. As an aside of the Summer Music Festival, award-winning violinist Danielle Belen will perform. Free admission; open to the public. 561-4564.

 

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: BENEFIT CONCERT

Sunday, June 5, 4 pm, Main Chapel, St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The second concert of three will benefit the Scholarship Fund for Center Stage Strings students. Tickets: $15 (free for students 17 and under). Purchase at www.CenterStageMusicFund.com, at Chump’s DVDs, or at the door.

 

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: CHAMBER MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA

Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm, Main Chapel, St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The Grand Finale concert sponsored by the nonprofit Center Stage Strings will feature CSS faculty and student alumni performing masterworks by composers from around the world. Tickets: $15 (free for students 17 and under). Purchase at www.CenterStageMusicFund.com, at Chump’s DVDs, or at the door.

 

SPEAKER SERIES: FRIENDS OF THE THREE RIVERS LIBRARY

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. Veterinarians Autumn Davidson and Tom Baker will present “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!  Actually Cheetahs and Lemurs and Pandas: Adventures in volunteer veterinary work with endangered species.” Open to the public; children welcome! 561-4564.

 

ONGOING...

 

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.

 

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.

 

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/

 

THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Daily, 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707.

 

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