OUR PLACE PLAYGROUP
Friday, Dec. 1, 9:30 am, Our Place Playground (at Three Rivers Library). This week’s program: Playground play date. Weekly preschoolers’ get-together. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
LEMON COVE WOMEN’S CLUB: BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE
Friday, Dec. 1, 4-7 pm, Lemon Cove Women’s Clubhouse, 32792 Sierra Drive. Club members will host the annual holiday bazaar, bake sale, and open house. Live gospel bluegrass music. All funds raised are used toward upkeep and renovations of the historic clubhouse (formerly Pogue Hotel). 597-2436.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC AND MORE
Friday, Dec. 1, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 pm-1 am: Swing Shift Band. 42323 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers; 561-2211.
KAWEAH COUNTRY 10K RUN / 5K RUN AND WALK
Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 am (10K); 9:30 am (5K), Slick Rock Recreation Area, Three Rivers. The seventh annual event will follow a mostly dirt course on the old roads in the lake bottom. Tech shirts and raffle ticket for all participants; medals for finishers; awards for top finishers in each age/gender bracket. Pre-registration: $35 ($40 on race day). Proceeds benefit Chris Dudley Foundation (for youth with Type 1 diabetes). Register at: www.kaweahcountryrun.com
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE KICKOFF: BAKE SALE, PET FOOD DRIVE, AND SANTA
Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 am-6 pm, Christmas tree lot at Three Rivers Mercantile. Grab some homemade holiday treats while picking out your perfect Christmas tree. (Christmas tree lot will be open daily through Saturday, Dec. 23, while supplies last.) Bring new and unopened pet food (blankets and towels too; used okay) to be provided to those who are struggling to provide for their pets.Take a photo with Santa (11 am-1 pm). Proceeds benefit Three Rivers Lions Club.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 am-5 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). December’s theme is “Poinsettia.” 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
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: HIDDEN IN THE LEAVES
Saturday, Dec. 2, 3-5 pm, Sierra Subs dining room, 41717 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Meet the artists who are exhibiting their works during this annual autumn show (Mona Selph, Shirley Keller, Tom Marshall, Christine Sell Porter, Karen Kimball, Deborah Dal Zuffo, Wendy McLaren, Michael Seib. Free; open to the public. Refreshments. 967-8281.
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: HOLIDAY CAROLING
Saturday, Dec. 2, 5-7 pm, outside at Three Rivers Historical Museum. Annual event will feature holiday songs around the campfire. Refreshments; hot drinks. Free; open to the public; children welcome. 561-2707.
LINDSAY COMMUNITY THEATER: ‘A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH’
Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 pm, 190 N. Elmwood, Lindsay. Starring James Garner, who will celebrate the life and music of Johnny Cash. Tickets: $20 (at the door or at lindsaycommunitytheater.com). Information: 284-2223.
EXETER COUNTRY CRAFT FAIR
Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 am-3 pm, Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. (Hwy. 65). Toys, gifts, wood crafts, jewelry, art, apparel, and more will be featured at this annual event that has been held for more than 50 years, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 94. Space available for crafters: $25 (proceeds used to support local veterans’ programs). Free; open to the public. 731-0007.
TULE RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY: OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-4 pm, Springville Historical Museum, 34902 Hwy. 190 (enter through the rodeo gates). Blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, butter churning, cider pressing, and more will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. Live music by Patty Torrey and friends; piano playing in the Historic Murphy House. The Back Country Cookers will prepare mountain cuisine. Refreshments; hot cider. Open to the public; free admission.
REDBUD GARDEN CLUB: HOLIDAY PARTY
Monday, Dec. 4, noon, at a member’s home. Bring a white elephant gift, donation for Comfort for Kids, and an appetizer. Spouses, significant others, and guests are welcome. Information/directions: 561-3211.
THREE RIVERS TOWN HALL
Monday, Dec. 4, 6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. On the agenda: A presentation on ambulance service in Three Rivers. Also, updates on county, fire, sheriff, and national park issues. Free; open to the public. 799-4325.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: HOLIDAY DINNER
Monday, Dec. 4, 6 pm, St. Anthony Retreat. A traditional holiday dinner will be served, including appetizers, turkey, dressing, salad, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, dessert, and wine and beverages. Admission: Senior League members - $15; guests - $25. 561-4171.
THREE RIVERS WOMAN’S CLUB
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Annual Christmas Music Program, presented by College of the Sequoias Chamber Choir. All women of the community are invited to attend. 280-5640.
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 pm, TRUS library. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 561-4466.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 pm, CSD office, 40915 Sierra Dr., Suite E, Three Rivers. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 561-3480.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2:30-6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks, the time it takes for the body to completely replace a pint of blood. A Social Security number is required for registration and all donors must present photo identification upon registration. Administered by the Central California Blood Center; sponsored by the Three Rivers Lions Club. 561-4549.
EXETER CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Thursdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 21; 5-9 pm, downtown Exeter. Visit with Santa; refreshments; horse-drawn carriage rides. Exeter’s downtown shops will remain open for shoppers. Sponsored by Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Open to the public. 592-2919.
FRIENDS OF THE THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: PRESENTATION
Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. This month’s program is “Seeking Clarity,” by Andi Heard, a physical scientist with the Sierra Nevada Network, who will give a multimedia presentation on how mountain lakes have changed over the last century. Free; open to the public; children welcome. 561-4564.
OUR PLACE PLAYGROUP
Friday, Dec. 8, 9:30 am, Our Place Playground (at Three Rivers Library). This week’s program: Christmas craft. Weekly preschoolers’ get-together. Information: email@example.com
EXETER WOMAN’S CLUB: CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
Friday, Dec. 8, 4-8 pm, tour begins at Exeter Woman’s Clubhouse, 201 Kaweah Ave. Seventh annual home tour includes beautiful Exeter homes decked out for the holidays. Tickets: $20 (purchase at Exeter Chamber of Commerce or By the Water Tower Antiques in Exeter). 592-6738.
CRITTER CREEK WILDLIFE STATION: WINTER OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 am-2 pm (gates close at 1:30 pm), 36710 Sand Creek Rd., Squaw Valley (Fresno County). Annual open house includes self-guided tours of the sanctuary’s residents. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and share stories of the animals. Gift shop, country store, bake sale, picnic area. Entry by donation. Open to the public. Information: 338-2415; firstname.lastname@example.org
SIERRA TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB: CHRISTMAS PARTY
Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 pm (food); 2 pm (concert). Annual holiday celebration with music by High Sierra Jazz Band. Admission: $10 (STJC members free). www.sierratraditionaljazzclub.com
MONSTER DEEP-PIT PORK SANDWICH SALE
Saturday, Dec. 9, 5 pm (until sold out), on Valencia Blvd., Woodlake (along the Christmas Parade route). Only $5! All proceeds benefit Woodlake High School Foundation Scholarship Fund.
WOODLAKE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 pm, downtown Woodlake. Floats, lights, music, good will, holiday cheer, and Santa will highlight this fourth annual event. Also marching in the parade will be the Three Rivers Unions School Eagle Band. Santa’s Workshop for kids, 4-7 pm, at Woodlake Plaza. Photos with Santa; treats for kids (8 and under). Free; open to the public. Sponsored by The Homegrown Project. Information (or to register a float): 804-5203.
SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE DAY
Sunday, Dec. 10. Entrance fees waived to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in honor of the annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree.
TREK TO THE NATION’S CHRISTMAS TREE
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30-4 pm, General Grant Tree, Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. The 92nd annual event, organized by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce, includes music, presentation, and a laying of a wreath at the base of the tree by the National Park Service (the General Grant Tree is the only living National Shrine, which honors those who gave their lives in service to their country). Be prepared for wintry conditions; limited seating but participants may bring their own folding chairs. Free; open to the public. (The Sanger Chamber of Commerce will have charter buses for those who wish to attend but want to leave the driving to someone else. Call 875-4575.)
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, Dec. 11, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film We Bought a Zoo (2011), a comedy/family drama. 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, December 10.
WOODLAKE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Wednesday, Dec. 13, WUSD office, 300 W. Whitney Ave., Woodlake. Monthly meeting of the board. Open to the public. 564-8081.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 am-5 pm, Harrison Fellowship Hall, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. A free eight-hour instructional course to assist participants in identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental illnesses and substance-use disorders. Upon completion of the course, participants will be Mental Health First Aid-Certified. There will be an hour allotted for lunch (bring your own food) and two 15-minute breaks. Sponsored by Tulare and Kings Counties Suicide Prevention Task Force. Free; registration required. To register: www.eventbrite.com
(in the Search feature, type “Mental Health First Aid” in “Tulare County.”) For additional information about the program: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
THREE RIVERS UNION SCHOOL: HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30 pm, McDowall Auditorium, Three Rivers Union School. Annual performance by students. Free; open to the public. 561-4466.
RIVER KIDS PRESCHOOL: PASTA DINNER/WINTER CONCERT
Friday, Dec. 15, 6-8 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm), Harrison Hall, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. Second annual event includes a meal of pasta, bread, salad, lemonade, and cookies, highlighted by a performance from the River Kids students. Raffle. Tickets: $10. Tickets available at Kaweah River Trading Company, from any student, or by calling Veronica, River Kids director, 749-1894.
HORSE CAMP FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 26-29, 10 am-12:30 pm, Wood ‘N’ Horse Training Stables, 42846 North Fork Dr., Three Rivers. Open to all ages. Instructor: Christy Wood, owner/trainer. Registration/information: 561-4268.
SEQUOIA CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Saturday, Dec. 16, Sequoia National Park. Volunteers of all birding levels are welcome to participate in the local bird count that is part of the greater National Audubon Society’s annual winter bird count. Sponsored by Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Information: Savannah Boiano, 565-4251.
THREE RIVERS SCHOOL / WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK
Monday, Dec. 18-Friday, Jan. 5. School not in session.