NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
FREE ENTRANCE DAYS: SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Daily through Sunday, April 24. All National Park Service units that charge an entrance fee, including Sequoia-Kings Canyon, will offer free admission for nine consecutive days in honor of National Park Week and the National Park Service’s centennial (1916-2016).
THREE RIVERS LIONS CLUB: TEAM ROPING
Daily through Sunday, April 24. The 66th annual event includes traditional roping, Craig S. Thorn III Memorial Calf Branding, and barrel racing competitions. Also, breakfast, lunch, barbecue dinners, and snacks from the Cook Shack; bar service; merchandise; live music (see below); and Cowboy Church. For the kids: junior and pee-wee barrel racing, pee-wee roping, and pig scramble. Admission: $5 per vehicle (or $2 per person).
THREE RIVERS ROPING: LIVE MUSIC
Lions Roping Arena pavilion, Three Rivers. Friday, April 22, 7-10 pm: Terra Bella. Saturday, April 23, 7-10 pm: Last Chance Saloon.
COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS: THEATRE ARTS
Friday-Saturday, April 22-23, 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 24, 2 pm; Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 30, 2 pm; COS Theater, 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. The COS Experimental Theatre Ensemble will present “all-around-the-audience” performances of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The classic tale-turned-musical is about a group of oppressed farm animals who rise up against their cruel human master, then evolve into their own totalitarian regime. Tickets: $14 general; $12 senior citizens; $10 students (purchase at costheatre.org/tickets or by calling 730-3907).
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, April 22, 8 pm-midnight: Shiloh. Saturday, April 23, 9 pm-1 am: Confluence. Sunday, April 24, 4-8 pm: Stillwater. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
NATIONAL PARK WEEK: JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Saturday, April 23, at various times and locations throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Foothills Visitor Center, 10 am-1 pm: Discover exploration stations, meet a mule packer (and the mules!), check out the fire engine, learn some naturalist skills, and more activities. (Check the schedule at the visitor center for additional Junior Ranger activities in Kings Canyon.)
THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: CHILDREN’S CRAFTS
Saturday, April 23, 2:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. This week’s craft is “Earth Day Hands Around the World.” Free. 561-4564.
TULARE COUNTY MUSEUM: MAIN STREET JAMBOREE
Sunday, April 24, 10 am-3 pm, Tulare County Museum, Mooney Grove Park, 27000 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. Walk down memory lane with this Main Street exhibit that includes a general store, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, blacksmith, and barber shop. Kids will receive a passport that can be stamped at different stations. Activities; demonstrations. Train rides; interactive book talk; videos of Tulare County history; Tule River Language Project presentations; and more. Museum entrance will be waived (there is a $6 entrance fee per vehicle to enter the park).
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, April 25, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film Quartet, a comedy/drama starring Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon. 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 Sunday, April 24).
THREE RIVERS SCHOOL: KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP
Wednesday, April 27, 1-3:30 pm, Three Rivers Union School. Parents of children who will be in kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year should call to make a 30-minute appointment. Before Round-Up, bring completed registration papers and the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization records to the TRUS office. 561-4466.
OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL
Friday, April 29, 10:30 am, meet at Flora Bella Farm. A visit to the local organic farm. Dress to get dirty! Free weekly program for preschoolers. Information: email@example.com.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION: SPRING DINNER
Friday, April 29, 6 pm, Woodlake Memorial Building. Dinner, full bar, live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit the WHS Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. Information/tickets: www.WoodlakeFoundation.org. A complete list of Western Week activities is at www.woodlakelionsrodeo.org/tickets-event-info/western-week.
WOODLAKE FLYING TIGERS: YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM
Saturday, April 30, 8 am-2 pm, Woodlake Airport, Aviation Drive at South Valencia Blvd. Youth ages eight to 17 years of age will receive a free airplane ride. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1292-Woodlake Flying Tigers. Registration required: 798-0717. A complete list of Western Week activities is at www.woodlakelionsrodeo.org/tickets-event-info/western-week.
REDBUD GARDEN CLUB: ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Saturday, April 30, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, May 1, 9 am-4 pm; on the lawn at Village Shopping Center, Three Rivers. The longstanding club will be selling potted plants that members grow, transplant, and re-pot. Proceeds benefit Three Rivers beautification and community garden projects.
SEQUOIA RIVERLANDS TRUST: DOG WALK
Saturday, April 30, 9 am, Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Diane Hayes, SRT development director, will lead this walk for dogs and their accompanying humans on KOP’s trails as part of “Take it Outside, California” day. Dogs must be on leashes and socialized to be tolerant of dogs and people. Bring treats and water and be prepared to pick up after your furry friend. Free; open to the public. 738-0211.
CROWN VALLEY YOUTH RANCH: OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, April 30, 10 am-1 pm, 19880 Ave. 376, Elderwood. Tour the ranch and enjoy refreshments while learning about this local nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting area youth. Free; open to the public. www.cvyr.net.
TOWN HALL MEETING: CANDIDATES’ FORUM
Monday, May 2, 6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Hear from the eight candidates for Tulare County Board of Supervisors-District 1 who are on the June 7 primary election ballot, including John Elliott of Three Rivers. Sponsored by Three Rivers Village Foundation. Free; open to the public.
BANK OF THE SIERRA: REDBUD OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, May 5, 10 am-4 pm, BOS-Three Rivers branch lobby, 40884 Sierra Dr. Annual open house and customer appreciation day. Refreshments. Free; open to the public. 561-5910.
SENIOR DAY IN THE PARK
Friday, May 6, 9 am-2 pm, Mooney Grove Park, 27000 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. The 47th annual even will feature local radio celebrity Randy Hendrix as master of ceremonies. Live music, food, Elvis impersonator, classic car show, cake walk, freeraffle, games, and exhibitor booths. This event is to honor local senior citizens and their contributions to Tulare County. Free (park entrance fee waived).
COMMUNITY YARD SALE
Saturday, May 7, beginning at 8 am, adjacent to Sequoia Cider Mill. More than 30 vendors will be on-site.
EXETER GARDEN WALK
Saturday, May 7, 9 am-2 pm, at private gardens in and around Exeter. The 13th annual event is sponsored by Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Tour gardens, enjoy refreshments, and learn from the Master Gardeners at Joyner Park (10 am-2 pm). Tickets: $20 (in advance); purchase at Exeter Chamber of Commerce, By the Water Tower Antiques, or Blues House of Vintage. Information: 592-2919.
REDBUD ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 7, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, May 8, 10 am-4 pm; Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Dr. The 42nd Redbud Festival is a rite of spring in Three Rivers and features dozens of booths featuring artists and crafters from near and far. Raffle; lunch, snacks, and drinks; live entertainment. Free admission; free parking.
WOODLAKE RODEO PARADE
Saturday, May 7, 10 am, Valencia Blvd. between Whitney and Naranjo, Woodlake. Floats, decorated cars, dignitaries, marching groups, bands, drill teams, mounted riding groups, and more. This year’s parade grand marshal is Byron Taylor. Reigning over the parade will be this year’s Rodeo Queen and her court. Free; open to the public.
WOODLAKE LIONS RODEO
Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds, 19400 Ave. 398, Elderwood, gates open at 10 am (11 am-barbecue lunch; noon-pre-Rodeo entertainment; 12:30 pm: Mutton Busting; 1:30 pm-Rodeo begins). Competition including bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf roping. Suicide race, rodeo clowns, skydivers, and more. Tickets (purchase in advance for a discount at Woodlake Hardware and Woodlake Drive-Inn): $15 adults; $12 for ages 7-12; children 6 and under are free. Parking: $5 (RVs: $25).
RODEO AFTER PARTY
Saturday, May 7, 5-11 pm, Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds, 19400 Ave. 398, Elderwood. Live music by Terra Bella. Dance to the sounds of DJ LL. Full bar; drink specials. Admission: $5.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
Sunday, May 8, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, White Hose Inn and River Terrace, 42975 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Chef Ryan Rusie of Three Rivers will prepare specialties in honor of Mom that will include breakfast and lunch items, appetizers, salads, and desserts. Cocktails (Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Peach Bellini) also available. Brunch Buffet: $32.95. Champagne Brunch Buffet: $37.95. Children: $12.95.
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.