NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
TULARE COUNTY FAIR
Daily through Sunday, Sept. 18, Tulare County Fairgrounds, 620 South K St., Tulare. Live entertainment, food booths, monster truck rally, carnival, displays and exhibits, games and contests, and more. Tickets: $8 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. Carnival wristbands: $20 in advance; $30 at the fair. Information/updates: www.tcfair.org; 686-4707.
TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY
Friday, Sept. 16, 7 pm, Tulare County Board of Supervisors Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel, Visalia. This month’s meeting will be by John Austin of Three Rivers, who will present “Floods and Droughts in Tulare Lake Basin” after his book by the same name. Austin is an engaging speaker who combines personal interviews with natural history and flood data. Free; open to the public. Information: 904-5435.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Sept. 16, 8 pm-midnight: 3 & the Machine. Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 pm-1 am: Mah Op. Sunday, Sept. 18, 4-8 pm: Lake Bottom Blues. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
‘STORIES OF ALLENSWORTH’
Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 am-noon; Visalia branch of the Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak Ave. Learn about Tulare County’s only state park —Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park — which was the first town in California to be founded (in 1908), financed, and governed by Black Americans. Josephine Triplett, a descendant of the original settlers, and others will speak about the history of Allensworth. Also at the event hear stories from three Buffalo Soldiers. Free; open to the public. 713-2703.
FIND ADVENTURE FOOD TRUCK FEST
Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 am-6 pm, Mooney Grove Park, Visalia. Sponsored by Sequoia Parks Conservancy, there will be 15 food trucks, live music, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company beer garden, a National Park Service Adventure Zone, and other fun activities. Proceeds benefit SPC’s Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks educational programs and projects. Admission to the event is free; $6-per-vehicle fee required to enter park.
WHS ALUMNI FOOTBALL GAME
Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 pm (kickoff), Robinson-Painter Memorial Stadium, Woodlake High School. This year’s match will be Corcoran High School alumni vs. WHS alumni. Tickets: $10 (adults); $5 (ages 7-12); free (kids 6 and under). Proceeds benefit WHS Football. 564-3307.
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, September 19, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film Secretariat (2010). 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, Sept. 18).
Friday, Sept. 23, 6-9 pm, College of the Sequoias-Tulare College Center campus, 4999 E. Bardsley Ave., Tulare. Presented by College of the Sequoias and the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, enjoy an evening of wine-tasting and hors d’doeuvres. The annual fundraiser supports student scholarships and other community educational programs. Raffle tickets ($20) will provide a chance to win 109 bottles of wine and many other prizes. Tickets: $50 (call 686-1547 or go online to cos.edu/foundation or tularechamber.org).
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: FEE-FREE DAY
Saturday, Sept. 24. Entrance fees waived to all national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in honor of National Public Lands Day.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY: LAKE KAWEAH
Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 am, meet at Lake Kaweah’s Horse Creek Campground. Everyone is invited to pitch in and improve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed public lands at Lake Kaweah. Several types of projects are available from vegetation planting to facilities’ maintenance to litter pickup, and more. All volunteers receive continental breakfast, catered lunch, free camping (pre-registration required), and a free day pass to any U.S. public land. Also, information booths on-site, participation certificates, and raffle prizes. Registration: 597-2301 or email Robin.W.Lebo@usace.army.mil.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 am-noon, Visalia Medical Clinic, 5400 W. Hillsdale, Visalia. The clinic will celebrate its 75th anniversary by helping folks get healthier. Free glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure tests; children’s bike rodeo (bring bike and helmet); child car-seat checks and bike-safety checks; vendor booths; information booths; and more. Free; open to the public. 739-2000.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: ALL-CLASS ROUNDUP REUNION
Saturday, Sept. 24, 3-7 pm, Woodlake Memorial Building. In celebration of 100 years of Woodlake High School and 75 years of the City of Woodlake, all former students are invited to attend this reunion. Light dinner, bar, DJ, prizes, WHS history and photos, photo booth. Tickets: $20 (in advance at www.WeAreWoodlake,com); $25 at the event. Contact: Dee Rochin, 730-8025, or Sally Pace, 805-3975.
TRUS FOUNDATION: DINNER AND AUCTION
Sunday, Sept. 25, 4-8 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Social hour (complimentary beer/wine): 4 pm. Dinner: 5:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the National Parks: A Celebration of Great American Lodge Cuisine,” honoring the NPS’s 100th anniversary. The event includes silent and live auctions and a catered dinner by Dane and Allison Millner. Tickets: $50 (purchase online at trusf.org or at the TRUS office). Proceeds benefit Three Rivers Union School. 561-4466.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: MONTHLY POTLUCK SOCIAL
Monday, Sept. 26, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. This first “potluck” of the 2016-2017 season is not a potluck. Members will enjoy Pizza (and salad, beverages, and ice cream) and Bingo. (Do not bring food, silverware or plates).
THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: COMMUNITY PRODUCE GROCERY
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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.
Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30-9:30 pm, Vossler Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 26773 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. Hosted by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, the event will include more than 20 vendors that will feature food, wine, and/or beer samples and live bands (Leaving Austin, SaltWater, Russian Money) that will perform throughout the event. Food and beverage vendors welcome; to be a participant call 734-5876. Tickets: $40 (in advance at visaliaoktoberfest2016.eventbrite.com); $50 at the event.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:45 am (1/2-mile kids’ run); 8 am (3k walk and 5k run); The Lifestyle Center, 5105 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia. Sponsored by Visalia Runners, the 12th annual event will raise funds so the club may purchase Christmas gifts for children in a family where a member is currently undergoing cancer treatment. T-shirts (the earlier you sign up the better to guarantee a shirt); finishers’ medals. Cost: $27.50 for the 3k walk or 5k run); $17.50 for the kids’ run. Register online: runsignup.com (search “Harvest Run” and scroll down to the Visalia event).
LEMON COVE WOMEN’S CLUB: ANNUAL YARD SALE
Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 am-5 pm, Lemon Cove Women’s Clubhouse, 32792 Sierra Dr. Donations currently being accepted (except for torn or stained clothes, National Geographic magazines, and electronics). Donations of furniture will be accepted on the morning of the sale. Proceeds from the yard sale will be used to maintain the historic Clubhouse, formerly the Pogue Hotel and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To donate, call Mona Wyatt, 359-4465; or Karin Callahan, 564-2096.
NATIVE PLANT SALE
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 am-3 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center. Sponsored by the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, the sale will include more than 100 types of California native plants. Free; open to the public. CNPS members will be available to answer questions about the plants and make recommendations for local gardens.
SEQUOIA UNION SCHOOL: FALL CARNIVAL
Saturday, Oct. 1, 5:30-9 pm, Sequoia Union School, 23958 Ave. 324, Lemon Cove. Sponsored each year by the school’s Parent-Teacher Club, this year’s theme is “Boots and Spurs.” Enjoy carnival games, cake walk, bingo, silent auction, obstacle courses, train ride, eighth-grade dinner prepared from scratch ($8 adults; $5 children; a fundraiser for the class’s San Francisco trip) and more. Donations welcome. Proceeds support student programs, events, and field trips. Free admission (game tickets are 25 cents); open to the public.
THREE RIVERS TOWN HALL
Monday, Oct. 3, 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.
Daily through September 25 beginning at 5 pm, Wolverton Meadow, Sequoia National Park. An all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner (entrees from the grill, corn-on-the-cob, cornbread, salads, veggies, beans, watermelon, dessert and beverages; beer and wine available for purchase) prepared by the chefs of Wuksachi Lodge accompanied by a living history presentation. Adults: $24.99; children ages 4-12: $12.50 (fourth-graders accompanied by a paying adult eat FREE in 2016!). Purchase tickets before 2 pm at Lodgepole Market, Wuksachi Lodge gift shop, or Grant Grove Market. 565-4070.
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.