NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
CLARENCE RITCHIE MEMORIAL RANCH RODEO
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16, Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds. Three days of traditional roping competition along with other events, including barrel racing, team penning, and branding. The third annual event is organized by the Woodlake Lions Club. Additional information/entry form: www.woodlakelionsrodeo.org.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Oct. 14, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 pm-1 am: Live music. Sunday, Oct. 16, 4-8 pm: 3 & the Machine. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
SEVENTH-GRADE FUNDRAISER: HOLIDAY WREATH SALE
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16, 10 am-2 pm, Village Shopping Center; Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23, 10 am-2 pm, Village Shopping Center; Saturday, Oct. 29, 4-8 pm (at the Carnival). Order holiday evergreen arrangements for deliver the first week of December. Proceeds from sales will go toward the Class of 2018’s eighth-grade San Francisco trip. Orders will be accepted through November 4; students will also be going door-to-door. Orders/information: Diane Garcia, 741-3335.
TASTE OF THE ARTS
Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 am-6 pm, downtown Visalia. Nearly 100 California artists will display their works along Garden Street and inside the Old Lumberyard. Artist booths, Neighborhoods Project Showcase, food vendors, live performances, Fun with Food Contest, workshops, drum circle, Step Up Spray Pain Contest, art exhibit, and more. Free admission. Organized by the Arts Consortium. Information: 802-3266.
KAWEAH DELTA SURGERY DEPARTMENT: OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 am-2 pm, meet on the western lawn of the Acequia Wing Entrance (Acequia Avenue and South Floral Street); park in the Acequia Avenue parking structure. Receive a guided tour of the newly remodeled surgery department and participate in hands-on interactive stations. Observe the following operating rooms: da Vinci Si robotic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics/joint replacements, laparoscopic surgery, vascular procedures. Free; open to the public.
THREE RIVERS FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, Oct. 15, 3-10 pm (gates open at 1 pm), Lions Arena, Three Rivers. Live music by El Chicano, Rudy Parris, Hard Water with JJ Jackson, and Fifty Buck Band. Food and bar available. Sponsored by Three Rivers Lions Club. Tickets: VIP (with extra perks) - $60; general admission - $40; Three Rivers resident - $30. Information: 786-7960.
SPRINGVILLE FAT TIRE CLASSIC: MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
Sunday, Oct. 16, 8 am (registration and check-in); 10 am (race start time), Springville Community Park, Highway 190. The eight-mile course includes fire road, single track, river trail, challenging climbs, steep descents, and a scenic overlook. Awards and cash prizes; raffle. Registration: $45 (includes shirt, raffle ticket, and lunch). Register online at www.springville.ocsnet.net/applerun/bike/bike.html. FREE Kids’ Race (9:30 am; register kids at 9 am): For riders under 12 (prizes including a new bicycle!). Information: 781-6234.
DYNAMIC LIVES: ORAL HISTORIES OF THREE RIVERS
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2-4 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. A reception hosted by Aging in the Community-Three Rivers to honor 12 remarkable Three Rivers elders, some from pioneer families, who participated in the “Dynamic Lives” project. Paintings of the honorees by the mother-daughter team of Nadi and Renny Spencer will be on display at the reception, along with transcripts of the oral histories from those interviewed. Wine and refreshments. Free; open to the public. (559) 465-4666.
TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY
Friday, Oct. 21, 7 pm, Tulare County Board of Supervisors administration building, 2800 Burrel, Visalia. This month’s program will be presented by Greg and Laurie Schwaller of Three Rivers, who will discuss the Tulare County Treasures website. Free; open to the public. 904-5435.
TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY: FIELD TRIP
Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 am, meet at Bravo Lake Botanical Garden, Woodlake. A half-day field trip to explore the waterfowl and shorebirds at Bravo Lake, which might include a bald eagle or osprey. Bring bird book, binoculars, water, snacks, and dress appropriately for the weather. Families welcome. Free; open to the public. 904-5435.
FRIENDS OF THE THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: FALL BOOK SALE
Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 am-3pm, Three Rivers Library. Used book sale with everything from cookbooks to fiction to videos and DVDs.
TULARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: TALES OF THE TOMB
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 am-1 pm, Three Rivers Cemetery. The tranquil cemetery will become an outdoor theatre as actors (including Steve and Elizabeth LaMar of Three Rivers) in period costume portray some of the pioneer men and women who settled in Three Rivers and Kaweah in the 1800s: Mary Allen (Griffes) Barton (1864-1960), Ernest Britten (1862-1943), Ida Wright Purdy (1877-1968), and Hale Dixon Tharp (1830-1912). John Muir might even make an appearance. All scripts written by Dallas Pattee, who received a Women in American History award for her Tales of the Tomb program. Tickets: Adults, $15; ages 11-15: $7.50; children under 10: free. Make reservations by Monday, Oct. 17: 732-2581.
FOODLINK: FOOD DAY
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 am-1 pm, FoodLink Warehouse, 611 2nd St., Exeter. A national celebration for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food for all that is produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it. Cooking demonstration, food samples, Nutrition-on-the-Go Market, gardening workshops, and more. Free; open to the public.
KAWEAH DELTA HEALTH CARE DISTRICT: PINK TEA PARTY
Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 pm (doors open at 12:30 pm), Visalia Convention Center. A celebration of those who have been affected by breast cancer. Speaker: Dr. Sheri Prentiss, national spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walks, breast cancer survivor, and author. Tickets: $25 (624-2098; kaweahdelta.org/pinktea).
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: POTLUCK SOCIAL
Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Monthly gathering will include musical entertainment by Jesse Belman and his guitar.
THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: COMMUNITY PRODUCE GROCERY
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 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.
U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY FORUM
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 am-12:30 pm, Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield. Congressman Kevin McCarty will hold a forum for students in the 23rd Congressional District interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy). RSVP: (661) 327-3611; RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov.
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Saturday, Oct. 29, 4-8 pm, Three Rivers School. Annual community event will feature costume parade, food and game booths, Pick-A-Prize, silent auction, raffle, Cake Walk, Sweet Shoppe, eighth-grade dinner, live music, bounce houses, and more. NEW THIS YEAR: Chili Cook-Off (entrants welcome! Call Noelle, 425-802-2713). Free admission; open to the public. Funds raised support TRUS. 561-4466.
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, Oct. 31, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film Young at Heart (2007), a documentary about a chorus of seniors who perform rock ‘n’ roll and other surprise genres of music. 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, Oct. 30).
ARTIST’S EXHIBIT: MONA FOX SELPH
Through October 28, Arts Consortium Gallery, 400 N. Church St., Visalia. The Three Rivers artist presents “Beyond and Above: Narrative Paintings and Poems.” Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-3 pm. 802-3266.
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
NEW WINTER HOURS ANNOUNCED: 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; 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.