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

KAWEAH KALENDAR

Entrance fees into Sequoia National Park and all units of the National Park Service will be waived on Saturday, Sept. 27, in commemoration of National Public Lands Day.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014

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

THIS WEEKEND...

TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY

Friday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, Tulare County Office of Education, 2637 W. Burrel (at Woodland Ave.), Visalia. This month’s program will feature inspiring wildlife photography by Ed MacKerrow. Free; open to the public. www.tularecountyaudubon.wix.com/tularecountyaudubon.

 

RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC

Friday, Sept. 19, 9 pm-1 am: Karaoke by Joelle. Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30 pm-1:30 am: Bad Luck & Trouble. Sunday, Sept. 21, 4-8 pm: Lake Bottom Nails. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.

 

COMING SOON...

THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: POTLUCK SOCIAL

Monday, Sept. 22, 6:30 pm (come early to socialize), Three Rivers Memorial Building. First gather of the 2014-2015 year. Entertainment by Three Rivers guitarist Jesse Belman. 561-3949.

 

SQUARE DANCING CLUB

Thursday, Sept. 25, 7-9 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center, 41763 North Fork Dr. Monthly meeting to teach and perform square dancing. Beginners welcome. Open to the public. $5/person. Caller: Rick Hampton. 561-4270.

 

OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL

Friday, Sept. 26, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground. This week: Crafts. Free; open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: kia.nesmith@gmail.com

 

CNPS-ALTA PEAK CHAPTER: FALL PROGRAM

Friday, Sept. 26, 7-9 pm, College of the Sequoias, Visalia (meet at the Giant statue at COS entrance). A short-cut presentation to transforming your yard into a low-maintenance, native plant garden. Presented by Melanie Baer-Keeley, Sequoia National Park restoration horticulturalist and president of the California Native Plant Society’s Alta Peak Chapter. Free; open to the public. 799-7438.

 

NATIONAL PARKS FEE-FREE DAY

Saturday, Sept. 27. Entrance fees to the nation’s 401 national parks are waived in honor of Public Lands Day, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

 

PUBLIC LANDS DAY-LAKE KAWEAH

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 am-noon, meet at Horse Creek Campground. Volunteers needed for various projects including facilities’ maintenance, habitat restoration, litter removal, mitigation maintenance, tree planting, and more. All volunteers receive coffee and pastries for breakfast, all-you-can-eat taco lunch, and raffle prizes. Educational materials and information from local service groups and public agencies will be available. Park fee waived for volunteers. Information: 597-2301.

 

AL STOPPEL COMMUNITY CLEANUP DAY

Saturday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association in conjunction with National Public Lands Day and in partnership with U.S. Army Corps-Lake Kaweah cleanup event. Information: 565-4222.

 

CONCERT ON THE GRASS

Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30-5 pm, 44879 Dinely Dr., Three Rivers. This year’s program will highlight Lance Canales (American roots blues guitar); The Kaweah Brass; Trinitas Piano Trio; Lindsay High School Guitar Honor Group; Kathrynne Wills, cello; and more.  Music by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Piazzola, and local composer Ken Elias.  Bring a blanket and picnic at 1:30 for Casual Hour with live music. Formal concert begins at 2:30 pm. Donations gladly accepted to help defray costs. Information: 561-0610 or www.ThreeRiversPerformingArts.org.

 

FALL DINNER AND AUCTION

Sunday, Sept. 28, 4-8 pm, Lions Arena. Annual event with catered dinner and silent and live auctions, sponsored by Three Rivers Union School Foundation. Mediterranean-themed dinner, prepared by the Sierra Subs & Salads crew (appetizers, chicken and sausage paella/vegetarian paella, Greek meatballs, Greek salad, roasted vegetables, sun-dried tomato-garlic bread, seasonal fruit platter). Complimentary beer and wine; hundreds of items available for bidding. All proceeds benefit Three Rivers School. Door prizes and, debuting at this event: Pick-A-Party. Tickets: $40 per person; available at TRUS office, online (www.trusfoundation.org), or from any Foundation board member. 561-4466.

 

FLU VACCINE CLINIC

Monday, Sept. 29, 10 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. County of Tulare health officials and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza.  In response to this recommendation, the Tulare County Department of Public Health is offering immunization clinics for residents of Tulare County that are uninsured or underinsured. Information: 685-5725.

 

RAVEN FESTIVAL EVENT: ‘RAVEN INTELLIGENCE’

Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. A presentation by the husband-and-wife team of David Graber (retired chief scientist of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region) and Kristina Roper Graber (archaeologist), who will discuss the myths and legends of ravens, as well as the history and biology. Suitable for all ages. Free; open to the public. 561-4564.

 

NATIVE PLANT SALE

Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:30 am-3 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center, North Fork Dr. Annual event, sponsored by the California Native Plant Society-Alta Peak Chapter. In addition to a great selection of California native plants, there will be a wide variety of books about native plants, wildlife and habitat gardening, natural history, and plant identification. Volunteer horticultural experts will be available to answer questions. Free; open to the public. 561-3461.

 

RAVEN FESTIVAL EVENT: ‘RAVING ABOUT RAVENS’

Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 am-3 pm, Three Rivers Library. Keith Merritt, Sequoia Natural History Association naturalists, will be in attendance throughout the day to talk about and answer questions about ravens. Program: Keith Merritt will present Raving About Ravens. Raven Land LEGO Challenge: Bring your own LEGOs or LEGO Raven creation or use those available at the Library to create a Raven project (that could be displayed during October at the Library). Raven Crafts: All day. Suitable for all ages. Free; open to the public. 561-4564.

 

FALL CARNIVAL

Saturday, Oct. 4, 5:30-9 pm, Sequoia Union School, 23958 Ave. 324, Lemon Cove. Annual autumn event will raise funds for the school’s Parent Teacher Club, which funds field trips, band and drama groups, and special programs for the school’s 325 students. This year’s theme is “Back to Our Roots.” Games, silent auction, deep-pit beef dinner, and more. Donations welcome: monetary, products, or services. Free; open to the public. Information: 564-2106.

 

FRIENDS OF THE THREE RIVERS LIBRARY: FALL BOOK SALE

Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 am-3 pm (with unofficial early-bird sales Friday afternoon). Annual sale; donations welcome. All proceeds benefit Three Rivers Library. 561-4564.

 

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: YARD SALE

Saturday, Oct. 11, 7 am-noon, 42013 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers. Sellers, donors, and buyers welcome! Buy a space for $5 and sell your miscellaneous items or donate unwanted, gently used items to the church (proceeds offset expenses for the annual, community-wide, free-to-all Harvest Festival). Donations will be picked up prior to Wednesday, Oct. 8. To reserve a space or donate items, call Robin Castro, 561-4816, or Sylvia Diaz at the church (Monday-Thursday, 9 am-noon), 561-4228. 

 

ONGOING...

 

THREE RIVERS WALKING CLUB

Tuesdays, 7 am, meet at Three Rivers Memorial Building. Sponsored by Family HealthCare Network. 786-3358.

 

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.

 

RANGER-LED PROGRAMS

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.

 

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).

 

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. 

 

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Thursdays, 7 pm, in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. 561-3385.

 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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. 

 

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. 

 

THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET (FOOD PANTRY)— Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8-10 am, Three Rivers Arts Center. Providing to those who are raising and nurturing children. Food and monetary donations always welcome. Information: 561-4154.