NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
PERFECT GIFT BOUTIQUE
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29, 10 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center. Eight artists will provide their specially made creations to start the holiday-shopping season off with one-of-a-kind gift options (gourds, weaving, candles, paintings, woodworks, natural skincare products, sculptures, pottery, jewelry). 561-4048.
CRYSTAL CAVE TOURS
Friday, Nov. 28— Gate opens at 11:30 am; tour times: 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm; . Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 29-30— Gate opens at 10:30 am; tour times: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Foothills Visitor Center or Giant Forest Museum. The Crystal Cave Road junction is located 14.5 miles from the Sequoia National Park entrance station on the Generals Highway (and two miles from the Giant Forest Museum). From the junction, it's another 6.5 miles to the Crystal Cave parking lot, then a half-mile hike down to the cave entrance. 565-3759; www.sequoiahistory.org.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC
Friday, Nov. 28, 8 pm-12 am: Confluence. Saturday, Nov. 29, 9 pm-1 am: DJ Dale. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
KAWEAH COUNTRY RUN: 5K RUN AND WALK / 10K RUN
Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 am (10K); 9:30 am (5K), Slick Rock Recreation Area, Lake Kaweah. Annual Thanksgiving weekend run to burn off the extra calories. Registration form: www.kaweahcountryrun.com. Cost: $30 ($35 on race day); run both events for $55. Children under 13 are half price with paid adult. Information/payment: 260-2909.
THREE RIVERS WOMAN’S CLUB: CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. The College of the Sequoias Chamber Choir will present its annual Christmas music extravaganza. All women of the community are invited to attend. 561-3601.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, Dec. 4, 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.
LEMON COVE HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Friday, Dec. 5, 1-4 pm; Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 am-4 pm, Lemon Cove Memorial Building, 23958 Ave. 324. Fill stockings with locally made gifts and crafts from this annual event, sponsored by Sequoia Union School’s Parent Teacher Club. Local artisans, baked goodies, classroom-decorated Christmas trees, tea and coffee. Friday only: Santa will visit for family photos! 805-0978.
WOODLAKE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Friday, Dec. 5, 6:30 pm, Woodlake Fire Station, 216 E. Naranjo. Join Woodlake firefighters for hot chocolate and cookies while celebrating the annual tree lighting. Santa will drop in; holiday music by Woodlake Valley Middle School marching band and choir. Free; open to the public.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, Dec. 6, 11 am-5 pm, throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). This month’s theme: Wild About White. For your shopping pleasure, there will be Stocking Stuffers with six artists, seven artists at Three Rivers Arts Center, open galleries, and four open studios. Pick up free maps at Three Rivers Historical Society or Anne Lang’s Emporium. Dozens of artists; specials throughout town, lessons, and demonstrations; discounts at galleries, restaurants, and on lodging; local art for show and sale. 561-3463; www.1stsaturday.com.
LEMON COVE WOMEN’S CLUB: CHRISTMAS BAZAAR / LUNCHEON
Saturday, Dec. 6, 11 am (Bazaar); noon (Luncheon), Lemon Cove Women’s Clubhouse, 32792 Sierra Dr. (Hwy. 198). Annual holiday sale and gathering. Proceeds used for upkeep of the historic clubhouse (former Pogue Hotel). Luncheon: $15. Reservations: 597-1416.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 5-7 pm, on the grounds of the Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. Sing holiday songs around a bonfire. Refreshments include S’mores. Free; open to the public. 561-2707.
EXETER COUNTRY CRAFT FAIR
Sunday, Dec. 7, 9 am-3 pm, Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah (Hwy. 65). Toys, gifts, wood crafts, jewelry, art, apparel, dolls, Christmas decorations, jams and jellies, handmade soaps, and so much more. Free admission; free parking. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 94. (Tables available: $25.) 592-2972.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: HOLIDAY DINNER
Monday, Dec. 8, 6 pm (appetizers); 6:45 pm (dinner), St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers. Holiday entertainment provided by the 50-student choir from Woodlake Valley Middle School and Woodlake High School. $10 for TRSL members; $20 for guests. Make checks payable to Three Rivers Senior League and mail to P.O. Box 577, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Information: 561-3260.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE: PUBLIC MEETING
Monday, Dec. 8, 7 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center. County planners will conduct a meeting on the status of the Three Rivers Community Plan and receive input regarding local priorities for the future direction of the town. (To view plan documents: www.tularecounty.ca.gov/rma/index.cfm/planning/three-rivers-community-pl...) 624-7130.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THREE RIVERS LIBRARY
Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. William Tweed of Three Rivers, retired chief naturalist of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, will present “An Introduction to Geology of the Kaweah Watershed.” Free; children welcome. 561-4564.
SQUARE DANCING CLUB
Thursday, Dec. 11, 7-9 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center, 41763 North Fork Dr. Bi-monthly meeting to learn how to square dance. Beginners welcome. Open to the public. $5/person. Caller: Rick Hampton. 561-4270.
WOODLAKE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, Dec. 12, 7 pm, downtown Woodlake. Be a part of Woodlake’s newest holiday tradition, sponsored by The Homegrown Project. After the parade, stop by Santa’s Workshop (8-11 pm) at Woodlake Transit Center. 804-5203; 909-2923.
SIERRA TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB: CHRISTMAS PARTY
Saturday, Dec. 13, 12:30 pm (doors open); 2 pm (concert); Three Rivers Memorial Building. Annual Christmas party highlighted by a performance by High Sierra Jazz Band. Bring a finger food to share. Admission: $10 (free for STJC members and children 12 and under). 561-4549.
LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 13-14, 6 pm, First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. The 2014 Christmas musical will celebrate the season with a performance of “Three Gifts.” Free (donations will be taken after each performance to benefit the Darcie Pena Cancer Treatment Fund); open to the public. 561-4228.
THREE RIVERS PERFORMING ARTS: WINTER MUSIC SERIES
Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Three Rivers. This month’s concert will feature one of the finest tuba players on the planet, and the group will premiere a new work by Three Rivers composer Ken Elias. Admission: $12 (or purchase tickets to all six performances for $60); children free. Tickets available for purchase at Colors Gallery, Mountain View Realty, and at the door. Information: www.threeriversperformingarts.org; 561-1100.
SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE DAY
Sunday, Dec. 14. Entrance fees will be waived at the local national parks in honor of the Nation’s Christmas Tree ceremony. 565-3341.
TREK TO THE NATION’S CHRISTMAS TREE
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2:30 pm, General Grant Tree, Grant Grove area, Kings Canyon National Park. Music by the Jubilation Singers, Tubachristmas Ensemble, and Sanger High School Choir. A non-denominational holiday message will be delivered. The General Grant Tree is also the nation’s only Living Shrine so National Park Service representatives will place a wreath at the base of the tree in honor of America’s war dead. Free (Sequoia and Kings Canyon entrance fees will be waived); open to the public. Bus service is available from the Sanger Chamber of Commerce. For bus options, bus prices, reservations, and information: 875-4575.
‘HIDDEN IN THE LEAVES’ FALL ART EXHIBITION
Through Sunday, Nov. 30, during regular business hours, Sierra Subs & Salads, 41717 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Sponsored by Arts Alliance of Three Rivers. Open to the public. www.artsalliancethreerivers.org; 561-7718.
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.
SEQUOIA FIELD INSTITUTE: OUTDOOR SEMINARS, LESSONS, AND PROGRAMS
Programs daily in Sequoia National Park with subjects from Astronomy to Zoology led by experts in their fields. Go to www.sequoiahistory.org for a complete list of educational programs. 565-4251.
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).
For a complete list of free ranger-led programs offered at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, check online at: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/rangerprogsched.htm.
FREE MEDITATION TIME
Thursdays, 7:15 pm, Yoga of the Sequoias, 41838 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. 786-3358.
UC MASTER GARDENERS-TULARE/KINGS COUNTIES
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am. Master Gardeners are available by phone to answer home-gardening questions. Free. 684-3325; 684-3326.
Thursdays, 7 pm, in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. 561-3385.
Mondays, 7 pm, in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. (Narcotics Anonymous is held Thursdays, same time, same place.) 561-3385.