NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
WHERE TO WATCH FIREWORKS
KIWANIS OF WOODLAKE: JULY 3RD BLAST
Tuesday, July 3, 6-9 pm, Miller Brown Park, at Magnolia and Antelope streets, Woodlake. Annual Independence Day celebration that features a kids’ zone, live music, food, and fireworks at dusk. Free; open to the public. 799-1399.
EXETER FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FREE FIREWORKS SHOW
Wednesday, July 4, 7-10 am, Exeter City Park, 302 South E St. Pancake breakfast, 2-mile walk, 10K run, horseshoe tournament. Organized by Exeter Chamber of Commerce and hosted by multiple nonprofit community groups. EXETER LIONS CLUB FREE FIREWORKS SHOW— Beginning at dusk, Lions Stadium/Dobson Field, Rocky Hill Drive (west of Spruce Drive).
INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
Wednesday, July 4, Groppetti Stadium, Golden West High School, 1414 N. McAuliff St., Visalia. Festival begins: 2 pm. Pool hours: 2-6pm. Fireworks show: about 8:30 pm. Music, swimming pool access, water slides, dunk tank, raffle, hot dog-eating contest. Food and beverages for sale by local food trucks, including Gaby’s Hot Dogs, Riba’s Kitchen, Big Kauna Hawaiian Shave Ice, and Kettle Queen. Organized by CASA of Tulare County. Picnicking permitted (no barbecues, tailgating, glass containers, tent canopies, or personal fireworks allowed).Free admission; on-site parking is $10 (proceeds benefit CASA, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect). Event information: 625-4007; www.casatulareco.org.
FRESNO GRIZZLIES: FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
Wednesday July 4, gates open at 5:05 p.m.; Las Vegas 51s vs. Fresno Grizzlies begins at 6:35 p.m.; fireworks after the game, Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St., Fresno. Tickets: $10-$44. (559) 320-4487.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC AND MORE
Friday, June 29, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. Saturday, June 30, 9 pm-1 am: To be announced. Sunday, July 1, 4-8 pm: Lake Bottom Blues. 42323 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers; 561-2211.
SILVER CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT: ARTISTS’ SHOW AND SALE
Saturday, June 30, 10 am-3 pm, on the deck at Silver City Store, Mineral King area, Sequoia National Park. Meet four artists who have intimate ties to this mountain area and view their work that is inspired by these high-country scenes. Artists: Jana Botkin, Linda Hengst, Joan Keesey, and John Keesey. This is an opportunity to also see the newly remodeled and supgraded Silver City Store and Restaurant. Free; open to the public.
COMMUNITY EVENT: CHAPEL BLESSING
Sunday, July 1, 1-5 pm, Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The public is invited to celebrate the blessing of the new St. Junipero Serra Chapel on the STYCC grounds. Also, chapel and youth center tours, community barbecue, swimming. Everything is free and all are welcome but registration required: 561-4595.
KIWANIS OF WOODLAKE: JULY 3RD BLAST
Tuesday, July 3, 6-9 pm, Miller Brown Park, at Magnolia and Antelope streets, Woodlake. Annual Independence Day celebration that features a kids’ zone, live music, food, Horseshoe tournament (requires entry fee) and fireworks at dusk. Free; open to the public. 799-1399.
THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Friday, July 6, 10:30 am, 42052 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Weekly summer entertainment for children through July 20. This week: Firefighters and equipment from the Tulare County Fire Department. Free; open to the public. 561-4564.
THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: CRAFTING FOR ADULTS
Friday, July 6, 3 pm, 42052 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Craft: Sharpie mugs. Free; open to the public. 561-4564.
SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS
Friday, July 6, 6-9 pm, Woodlake High School pool. SNL is a free program that provides youth, teens, and families with a safe, fun gathering space during the summer months. Enjoy food, activities, swimming, games, and music. Open to the public. A collaborative initiative made possible through public and private partnerships; organized by the City of Woodlake. Additional Summer Night Lights events will be July 13 and July 20. 564-8055.
FREE FISHING DAY
Saturday, July 7, on California waterways. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, anyone can fish without a sport fishing license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. The second Free Fishing Day of 2018 is Saturday, Sept. 1.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, July 7, 11 am-5 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). This month’s theme is “Mountain’s Majesty.” Featured Artist: Shirley Keller. 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.
INDEPENDENCE DAY TALENT SHOW
Saturday, July 7, 8-10 pm, Silver City Mountain Resort, Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. Folks are invited to show off their special talents or be a part of the audience. There will be pie, of course! Free; open to the public. 561-3223.
THREE RIVERS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Friday, July 13, 5:30-8:30 pm; Saturday, July 14, 8 am-5 pm, Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Friday: Dinner and family fun. Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, learning, crafts, games, and swimming. Free; open to the public. Register: 561-3385.
HOT DOG FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 14, 10 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. Annual summer tradition that includes a meal of hot dog (veggie option available), corn-on-the-cob, and the A&W Root Beer Floatmobile. Fire trucks on-site for touring. Photo booth. Free; open to the public. Meal cost: $8. Proceeds benefit Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters and the Historical Museum. 561-2707.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL — STUDENT HELPERS WANTED!
Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 8:30 am-12:30 pm; Friday, July 20, 5:30-8:30 pm; First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Students in eighth through 12th grades can earn community service hours by assisting the teachers and adult workers with VBS students (kindergarten through sixth grades). Requirements: Responsible, good character, attend mandatory training meeting. TRAINING MEETING: Monday, July 9, 7-8 pm, at the church (dinner provided!). NOTE: If student helper is unable to attend the training meeting, contact VBS director Diane Garcia prior to the meeting; exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Information: Diane Garcia, 741-3335.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 9 am-12:15 pm, First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Gamne On! is the theme, and that means it’s time to gear up for the big game! So grab your megaphones, lace up your cleats, and tune up your horn. It’s go time! As kids get ready for the life’s big game through studying God’s word, singing cool songs, making awesome crafts, playing fun games, and enjoying tasty snacks, they will learn that the goal is not competing in their own strength because God has already equipped them with everything they need. Free; open to all children in grades kindergarten to sixth grade. Information/registration: Diane Garcia, 741-3335.
Mondays, 7 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. 561-3385.
Wednesdays, 7 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. 561-3385.
WEEKLY $5 SENIOR LUNCH
Mondays, noon, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. Lunch includes soup, sandwich, drink, and cookie. Sponsored by St. Anthony Retreat Center with a grant from Land O’ Lakes (information: Aging in Community-Three Rivers, 465-4666). Reserve your lunch by the Sunday before; call 561-4594 (ask for Barbara Lahmann).
OUR PLACE PLAYGROUP
Fridays, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground (at Three Rivers Library) and other locations. Weekly preschoolers’ get-together. Information: email@example.com.
MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Saturdays, 10-11:30 am. Students ages 8-12 re-create scenes from musicals, taught by Eileen Farrell, Broadway performer. (Also, private voice lessons for all ages.) $65/month. Information/registration: 561-0361.
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Open daily, 9 am-5 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707.
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).
Mondays, 7:30 pm, Three Rivers School gym. All skill levels welcome. Sponsored by TRUS Recreation Committee. Cost: $5 per week or $20 for three months. 561-4466.
Wednesdays, 7 pm, McDowall Auditorium (gym), Three Rivers School. $5 per player. Full court; everyone plays. Information: 798-8478.
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.
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-Northern California Chapter. Sessions are free; to attend, contact Elizabeth for a brief telephone assessment and to ensure availability: (510) 875-4721; 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.sequoiaparksconservancy.org/sequoiajourneys.html.