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

KAWEAH KALENDAR

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APRIL ~ MAY 2017

 

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

 

THIS WEEKEND:

 

THREE RIVERS GIRL SCOUTS: BAKE SALE
Friday. April 21, noon-5 pm, Village Shopping Center, Three Rivers. All types of baked goods will be available, all homemade by troop members: cottage loaves of bread, cookies, and quick breads. And, homemade Girl Scout cookies, using the original Girl Scout cookie recipe from 1920. All proceeds will go toward the troop’s trip to Hollywoodin June, which will be the culmination of a year of studying all aspects of film with a Warner Bros studio tour and a trip to Universal Studios. 
 
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC AND MORE
Friday, April 21, 8 pm-midnight: Karaoke. Saturday, April 22, 9 pm-1 am: Live music. Sunday, April 23, 4-8 pm: Shiloh. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
 
SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE WEEKEND
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23. Entrance fees waived to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and all national park units in honor of National Park Week.
 
VOLUNTEER FIRE LOOKOUT: ORIENTATION AND TRAINING
Orientation: Saturday, April 22, 9 am-5 pm, Hume Lake Ranger District Office, Dunlap. Training: Saturday, May 6, 9 am-5 pm, Ash Mountain Rec Hall, Sequoia National Park. Annual training session for volunteers who will assist in one of three operational fire lookouts (Buck Rock, Delilah, and Park Ridge). Information: 901-8151 or email buckrock@inreach.com. Online: www.buckrock.org.
 
BEQUETTE HOUSE: PAINTING PARTY
Saturday, April 22, 10 am, adjacent to Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. A community painting get-together that will assist in putting the final touches on the interior of the house. 561-2707.
 
CORT GALLERY: ARTIST EXHIBIT
Saturday, April 22, noon-5 pm, Cort Gallery, 41881 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. One day only! Karen Duckles, a Los Angeles area artist, will be exhibiting her nature-inspired oil paintings. Music; refreshments. Paintings and prints for sale. Open to the public. Information: Shivon, 287-7826.
 
MINERAL KING STORYTELLING
Sunday, April 23, 2 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. This month’s program will be the wild and wonderful tall tales as told by the ghost of Ben Harris (1850-1933), the biggest liar in Tulare County and all of the Sierra. Refreshments. Free; open to the public. Sponsored by Mineral King Preservation Society. 561-2707.
 
 
COMING SOON...
 
 
COMFORT FOR KIDS: TACK/TIE/TRIM SESSION
Monday, April 24, noon-4 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this offshoot of the Comfort for Kids quilting project that assembles comforters for patients at Valley Children’s Hospital. No experience necessary. Weekly through August. 561-4270.
 
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE
Monday, April 24, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Monthly potluck. This month’s entertainment will be music and poetry performed by Three Rivers School students. 561-4171.
 
LAST WEEK! COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesday, April 25, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this 2017 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 on Tuesdays through April. 561-4270.
 
THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: COMMUNITY PRODUCE GROCERY
Wednesday, April 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.
 
THREE RIVERS LIONS CLUB: TEAM ROPING
Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30. The 67th annual event has grown to include four days of traditional roping, the Craig S. Thorn III Memorial Calf Branding, and barrel racing competitions. Also, breakfast, lunch, barbecue dinners, and snacks all day from the Cook Shack; full bar; merchandise and tack for sale; music; horseshoe tournament; and Cowboy Church. For the kids, junior and pee-wee barrel racing, pee-wee roping, and pig scramble. Free dry camping for all ropers. Information: www.3rtr.org.
 
OUR PLACE PLAYGROUP
Friday, April 28, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground. Weekly preschoolers’ get-together. This week: A visit to Blue Moon Nursery with a seed-planting activity. Information: opplaygroup3r@gmail.com.
 
EARTH JAM
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, beginning Friday at 2 pm, Horse Creek Campground, Lake Kaweah. More than a dozen bands will play all weekend long from morning to night. All ages welcome. Food; bar service. Ticket price includes camping fee; special rates for Three Rivers residents. Proceeds benefit Three Rivers Emergency Aid Alliance and Three Rivers Union School. Information/tickets: www.earthjamfestival.com.
 
SEQUOIA RIVERLANDS TRUST: OUTSIDE PRIDE
Saturday, April 29, 9 am-noon, Kaweah Oaks Preserve, 29979 Road 182, Exeter. SRT invites the Tulare County LGBT+ community to join in a morning of planting, hiking, and improving Outside Creek. Bring work gloves, wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Coffee and light snacks; free barbecue. Information: sequoiariverlands.org.
 
COMMUNITY YARD SALE
Saturday, May 6, 8 am-2 pm, First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Rachelle Ledbetter of Three Rivers is currently on the list awaiting a double lung transplant. All proceeds from this event will go to the HelpHOPELive Lung Transplant Fund to help with Rachelle’s uninsured expenses. DONATIONS OF ITEMS WANTED (call for pick up). Or be a seller: Spaces available for $15 (sellers keep income from their own sales). Information / space reservation: Robin, 936-8666; treeworld@sbcglobal.net.
 
WOODLAKE FLYING TIGERS: YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM
Saturday, May 6, 8 am-2 pm, Woodlake Airport, Aviation Drive at South Valencia Blvd. Youth ages 8 to 17 years of age will receive a free airplane ride. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1292-Woodlake Flying Tigers. Registration required: 805-9221 or 804-0946.
 
RIATA RANCH
Saturday, May 6, 1-4:30 pm, Riata Ranch, 42390 North Kaweah River Dr., Three Rivers. A Kentucky Derby-themed party with dinner, drinks, goodie bags, wine tasting, TVs to watch the races, silent auction, live auction, performances by the Cowboy Girls, valet parking, and prizes for Best Dressed in the Derby and Western categories and Best Hat. (Live auction items include an ATV, trips, box seat tickets for Dodgers and Giants, and more. A spring fundraiser; all proceeds benefit Riata Ranch International (assisting them to purchase the ranch that they are currently leasing). Tickets: $100 (individual); $1,200 (for table of six; includes 25 tickets for 50/50 raffle and six special Riata Ranch gifts); $2,500 (VIP table of 12; up-front seating, 50 tickets for 50/50 raffle, 12 special Riata Ranch gifts, and sponsor recognition); $25 (wine-tasting only; includes commemorative glass). Auction donations welcome; program sponsorships available. Tickets: www.riataranchinternational.org. Information: Jennifer, 303-0729; Chad, 553-2530.
 
BEQUETTE HOUSE
Sunday, May 7, noon-5 pm, on the grounds of the Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. A grand re-opening of the refurbished historic home that will include a reception, dedication, and tours. The home was built in 1926 and was the residence of Bruce and Jessie (MacKinnon) Bequette. (Jessie was the granddaughter of Walter Fry, the first non-Cavalry superintendent of Sequoia National Park). Free; open to the public. 561-2707.
 
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, May 8, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. A showing of the film All of Me 1984). 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, May 7). 
 
CENTER STAGE STRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘STRINGS SHOWCASE’
Friday, May 12, 7 pm, main chapel, St. Anthony Retreat Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. World-class violinist Danielle Belen and the esteemed CSS faculty will perform. Tickets: $15 (purchase online at www.centerstagemusicfund.com — click on Concerts in 3R — or at the event). Additional concert opportunities on May 13 and 14.
 
REDBUD FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 13, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, May 14, 10 am-4 pm; Three Rivers Memorial Building. Dozens of booths featuring original art and crafts. Quilt show. Student art competition. Raffle. Lunch menu; outdoor patio dining. Sponsored by Arts Alliance of Three Rivers. Email: redbudfestival@gmail.com. Website: artsalliancethreerivers.org/redbud-festival/. 
 
CENTER STAGE STRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘OPEN REHEARSAL’
Saturday, May 13, 10 am-noon, main chapel, St. Anthony Retreat Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. World-class violinist Danielle Belen and her esteemed Center State Strings colleagues and student alumni will perform during a weekend of exciting concerts. Free admission; open to the public.  
 
EXETER GARDEN WALK
Saturday, May 13, 9 am-2 pm. The Exeter Chamber of Commerce will present the 14th annual Exeter Garden Walk. “Full Bloom 2017” will include tours of private gardens, a Master Gardeners Garden Festival, and a Tea Party at By the Water Tower Antiques. Advance tickets: $20 (available at the Exeter Chamber office or By the Water Tower Antiques, Exeter (on the day of the event: $25). Information: 592-2919; www.exeterchamber.com. 
 
CENTER STAGE STRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘CHAMBER MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA’
Sunday, May 14, 4 pm, main chapel, St. Anthony Retreat Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. World-class violinist Danielle Belen, the CSS faculty, and CSS students will perform during this weekend finale. Tickets: $15 (purchase online at www.centerstagemusicfund.com — click on Concerts in 3R —  or at the event). 
 
 
ONGOING...
 
 
ADULT VOLLEYBALL
Mondays, 7:30 pm, Three Rivers School gym. All skill levels welcome. Sponsored by Three Rivers Union School Recreation Committee. Cost: $5 per week or $20 for three months. 561-4466. 

 

THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Open daily (subject to the availability of volunteers), 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707. 

 

RANGER-LED PROGRAMS

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; eholliday66@yahoo.com.

 

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.

 

KNIT-ALONG

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: kia.nesmith@gmail.com.

 

ADULT VOLLEYBALL

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.   

 

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 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/

 

 

 

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