Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

KAWEAH KALENDAR

Click arrows for additional photoThe cast of "Ersa of the Red Trees," a performance held last month in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park by Sequoia Natural History Association actors.

SEPTEMBER 2015

 

NOTE:  All area codes are (559) unless listed.

 

THIS WEEKEND...

 

LAST WEEKEND! WOLVERTON BBQ DINNER

Nightly through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6; 5 pm till sunset; Wolverton Meadow, Sequoia National Park. All-you-can-eat picnic dinner with homestyle pork ribs and chicken, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, salads, vegetables, fresh-baked cornbread, homemade desserts, and cold beverages (beer/wine available for purchase). Enjoy the Living History Storyteller while you dine. Purchase same-day tickets by 2 pm at Wuksachi Lodge or Lodgepole Market. Adults: $24.99; children ages 4-12: $12.50; free for children under 4. Information: 565-4070. 

 

RANGER-LED PROGRAMS

Foothills Visitor Center (Ash Mountain entrance), Giant Forest, Mineral King areas of Sequoia National Park. Free ranger-led programs all weekend: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/rangerprogsched.htm. (Notice: Due to the Rough Fire, there are currently no ranger programs being held in Kings Canyon National Park.)

 

WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: FOOTBALL

Friday, Sept. 4, 5 pm (JVs); 7:15 pm (Varsity); Robinson-Painter Memorial Stadium, Woodlake High School. This week: Exeter Monarchs vs. Woodlake Tigers. 564-3307.

 

KAWEAH RIVER TRADING COMPANY: FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, Sept. 4, 7-9 pm, 41891 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. A customer-appreciation night with live music by Motel Drive. Raffle; refreshments. Free; open to the public. 561-4095.

 

RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, Sept. 4, 8 pm-12 am: Karaoke by Joelle. Saturday, Sept. 5, 9 pm-1 am: Time Capsul. Sunday, Sept. 6, 4-8 pm: The Green Machine. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.

 

FREE FISHING DAY

Saturday, Sept. 5, on California waterways. California Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsors this day to allow fishing without a sport fishing license. All other fishing regulations remain in effect. Information: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Fishing/Free-Fishing-Days.

 

1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS

Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 am-4 pm, throughout Three Rivers (watch for purple/gold flags). This month’s theme is Dark Skies. Pick up free maps and schedules at Anne Lang’s Emporium or Three Rivers Historical Society. 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.

 

DARK SKY FESTIVAL: SPACE TALKS

Saturday, Sept. 5, 7 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. A presentation for Three Rivers residents and visitors that is part of the second annual Dark Sky Festival, sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association. Free; open to the public. www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com; 565-4222.

 

COMING SOON...

 

THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30 pm, meet in McDowall Auditorium. A welcome address by Sue Sherwood, superintendent, and school updates will precede classroom presentations by TRUS teachers. All TRUS parents are urged to attend.  561-4466.

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THREE RIVERS LIBRARY

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 pm. Sylvia Durando of Three Rivers, nominee for the Cowboy Hall of Fame, will discuss her days of riding horses as a Hollywood stunt woman. Her movie credits include Appaloosa, Comanche Station, and Have Gun, Will Travel. Sponsored by Friends of the Three Rivers Library. Free; open to the public; children welcome. 

 

DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13, at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The second annual Dark Sky Festival will celebrate the night sky in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. The weekend will include tours and star viewings, nature walks and kids’ activities, night-sky photography, astronauts and other guest speakers, and more. Sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association. Free (park entrance fee required); open to the public. www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com; 565-4222.

 

OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL

Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground. This week: Explore Jonathan Humphrey’s farm and meet the new piglets. Free weekly program for preschoolers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: kia.nesmith@gmail.com.

 

DARK SKY FESTIVAL: ‘THE CITY DARK’ AND A NASA ASTRONAUT

Friday, Sept. 11, 5:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. An evening with NASA astronaut Colonel Robert L.  Behnken. Preceding Behnken’s presentation will be a screening of The City Dark, a documentary about the disappearing night sky and the culprit, light pollution. This event is a part of the second annual Dark Sky Festival, sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association. Free; open to the public. www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com; 565-4222.

 

DARK SKY FESTIVAL: NIGHT SKY TOUR

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12, 9 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. Attend one night or both nights and discover what’s in the night sky. This event is a part of the second annual Dark Sky Festival, sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association. Free; open to the public. www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com; 565-4222.

 

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY-ALTA PEAK CHAPTER: MINERAL KING FIELD TRIP

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:30 am, meet at Three Rivers Memorial Building to carpool or meet at the Cold Springs Campground bridge at 12:30 pm. An outing to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park for a walk on the Cold Springs Nature Trail, led by Josh Schultz, interpretive park ranger. Elevation: 7,800 feet. Trail: 1.5 miles. Bring lunch, water, and dress in layers. Information: 623-4233.

 

SIERRA TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-5 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. High Sierra Jazz Band, voted BEST Local Band in the once again in the annual Kaweah Country readers’ poll, will perform. Hot dogs with lots of topping choices (including chili) will be available beginning at 1 pm ($5). Admission: $10 (STJC members free). 561-4030; 561-3321.

 

TULARE COUNTY COLLEGE NIGHT

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6-8:30 pm, Visalia, Convention Center. Students and their parents are invited to meet representatives from over 90 colleges, universities, and specialty schools to learn more about their campuses and educational programs. Seminars. Free; open to the public. www.tcoe.org.

 

TULARE COUNTY FAIR

Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 16-20, Tulare County Fairgrounds, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulare. The 96th annual event will offer activites and entertainment for all ages, headliner concerts, exhibits, performances, displays, and more, all free with gate admission. Also, the Midway features new rides. Admission: $8 adults; $5 children ages 6-12 (seniors 62 and older are admitted for $5 on Senior Day, Thursday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon; Military Appreciation Day is also Thursday, with $6 admission for active duty military with ID card). Information: www.tcfair.org.

 

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY-ALTA PEAK CHAPTER: FALL CHAPTER PROGRAM

Saturday, Sept. 19, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Three Rivers Arts Center. A program by Bobby Kamansky, biologist and principal of Kamansky’s Ecological Consulting, entitled “Creating Drought-Tolerant, Wildlife-Friendly Native Landscapes.” Learn practical principles on conserving natural resources while creating an appealing landscape. Free; open to the public. 799-7438.

 

CONCERT ON THE GRASS

Saturday, Sept. 26, 1:30 pm (casual hour); 2:30 pm (concert); 44879 Dinely Dr., Three Rivers. This year’s lineup includes the music of Mankin Creek (Esther Zurcher and Keith Hamm); Bill Haxton reading from his memoir, “Ocean Odyssey”; Athena Haxton, singer/songwriter; Carol Greninger; Betty Luceigh; Patricia LaCroix; and more. Bring seating and a picnic. Free; open to the public. 

 

ONGOING...

 

EXETER TOASTMASTERS

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: vpm@exetertoastmasters.org.

 

SEQUOIA NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION: 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/

 

RANGER-LED PROGRAMS

Free ranger-led programs at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/rangerprogsched.htm. 

 

THREE RIVERS WALKING CLUB

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 am, meet at Three Rivers Memorial Building. Free; open to the public. Information: Lauren Elliott, PA-C, 561-4683.

 

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. 

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