NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY
Friday, Feb. 17, 7 pm, Tulare County Board of Supervisors Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel, Visalia. This month’s meeting will be presented by Manuel and Olga Jimenez of Bravo Lake Botanical Gardens in Woodlake. Hear how a group of volunteers has created a linear garden site accessed by a paved trail. Free; open to the public. Information: 904-5435.
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: ‘THE ACCIDENTAL ART SHOW’
Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 pm, Cort Gallery, 41881 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Lisa Lieberman of Three Rivers will have her paintings on display and be available to discuss her work. Free refreshments and libations include homemade Indian food, chocolate brownies, and wine. Free; open to the public.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC AND MORE
Friday, Feb. 17, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 pm-1 am: 3 and the Machine. Sunday, Feb. 19, 5 pm: Pool tournament. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 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.
SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE DAY
Monday, Feb. 20. Entrance fees waived to all national park units, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in honor of Presidents Day.
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, Feb. 20, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film A Little Chaos (2014). 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, Feb. 19).
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesday, Feb. 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.
THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: COMMUNITY PRODUCE GROCERY
Wednesday, Feb. 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. (Adverse weather conditions could affect delivery of produce; last month’s event was cancelled due to Valley fog.) 561-4154.
Friday, Feb. 24, 7-8 pm, upper field, Three Rivers Union School. Constellations, meteors, planets, satellites, and other lessons in astronomy. Dress warmly; bring a blanket and flashlight. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Free; open to the public. Event will be cancelled if raining. 565-4251.
WINNIE THE POOH AND PAJAMAS TOO
Saturday, Feb. 25, 5 pm, Three Rivers Library. Volunteer readers will share their favorite Pooh chapters while children gather round in their jammies with their blankets and favorite stuffed friends. Refreshments provided. Free; open to all ages who love being read aloud to. 561-4564.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE
Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30 pm (come early to socialize), Three Rivers Memorial Building. This month’s potluck will include bluegrass music by Three Rivers musicians Pat Conway, Kathleen Johnson, and Jeff Webb. 561-3949.
CONGRESSMAN MCCARTHY: STAFF MOBILE OFFICE
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:30-1:30 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. This is the first time that Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s mobile office will visit Three Rivers. This is an opportunity for constituents to share concerns with a field representative on important issues, current events, and discuss casework matters regarding problems with federal government agencies. Information: (661) 327-3611.
‘SIERRA SPLENDOR’ PHOTO EXHIBIT
Wednesday, March 1 (through March 31), Annie R. Mitchell History Room (on the second floor), Tulare County Library-Visalia Branch. An exhibit of rarely seen historic photos celebrating Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite national parks. Free; open to the public. 713-2745.
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Wednesday, March 1, 6 pm, TRUS library. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 561-4466.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 pm, CSD office, 40915 Sierra Dr., Suite E, Three Rivers. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 561-3480.
WOODLAKE AWARDS DINNER
Friday, March 3, 6 pm (social hour); 7 pm (dinner); Woodlake Memorial Building. Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, and eight other categories will be awarded, honoring individuals, organizations, and businesses that work year-round toward the betterment of Woodlake. Tickets: $30 (until March 1); $40 (at the door); $25 (past winners); $10 (children 10 and under). Also, a table of 8 may be purchased for $220. To purchase, call 805-3975 or 564-2485.
VISALIA COIN SHOW
Saturday, March 4, 9 am-4 pm, Sons of Italy Hall, 4211 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia. Coin dealers will be in attendance to provide free appraisals of (and possibly offer to buy) attendees’ U.S. and foreign coins and currency. Coins, currency, and other numismatic items and collectibles will also be on display and for sale. Hosted by Visalia area coin dealers. Free parking; free admission. 738-8128.
RATTLESNAKE VACCINE CLINIC FOR DOGS
Saturday, March 4, 2-6 pm, Three Rivers Mercantile parking lot. Dogs only; no appointment necessary; all dogs must be on a leash. $15 per dog (cash only). Administered by Lone Oak Veterinary Hospital; sponsored by Lone Oak and Three Rivers Woman’s Club. Proceeds benefit Three Rivers Veterinary Assistance Fund. (Dogs who were vaccinated in 2016 need to be revaccinated.)
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, March 4, 11 am-5 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). This month’s theme is “Redbud.” Pick up free maps and schedules at Anne Lang’s Emporium or Three Rivers Historical Museum. 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 TOWN HALL
Monday, March 6, 6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. On the agenda of this first meeting of the 2016-2017 session will be presentations by Allen Ishida, District 1 supervisor; Mark Frick, resident deputy sheriff; and representatives from the League of Women Voters who will discuss the 17 state propositions on the November ballot. Open to the public. 561-1808.
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.
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.
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.
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; email@example.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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
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/