NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
TULARE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY
Friday, Nov. 20, 7 pm, Tulare County Office of Education, 2637 W. Burrel (at Woodland), Visalia. This month’s speaker is Tulare County historian Terry Ommen, who will discuss the lawmen and outlaws of Tulare County. Free; open to the public. Information: 904-5435.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Nov. 20, 8 pm-12 am: Karaoke by Joelle. Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 pm-1 am: Time Capsule. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
TULARE COUNTY SYMPHONY
Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 pm (re-concert preview begins at 6:45 pm), Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia. The concert’s theme is Fire and Ice. Guest artist Danielle Belen (Center Stage Strings camp founder, Three Rivers) will perform the “fire,” playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The evening concludes with the “ice,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets: $30-$39.50 / $10 students (available at the Symphony office, 208 W. Main St. #D, Visalia; by calling 732-8600; or at www.tularecountysymphony.com).
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 pm, meet at Giant Forest Museum, Sequoia National Park. A two-hour, ranger-led stroll through the Giant Forest Grove. Wear winter clothing and waterproof footwear. Due to a limited number of snowshoes, reservations are required by calling 565-4480.
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, Nov. 23, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. This month’s movie is Fried Green Tomatoes. 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.
Thursday, Nov. 26, 1 pm, meet at Giant Forest Museum, Sequoia National Park. A two-hour, ranger-led stroll through the Giant Forest Grove. Wear winter clothing and waterproof footwear. Due to a limited number of snowshoes, reservations are required by calling 565-4480.
PERFECT GIFT BOUTIQUE
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28, 10 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center, North Fork Drive. The 16th annual holiday show and sale will consist of artists Jean Williams (jewelry), Sam McKinney (gourds), Janene Lasswell (natural skin care), Nikki Crain (handweaving), Anne Brown (pottery), and Jana Botkin (paintings). Free admission; open to the public. 561-4048.
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. This is a quiet service to remember and honor those people who were so much a part of our lives. Taking time out to remember these loved ones helps modify expectations during the holiday season, put all the cheer around us into perspective, and find meaningful ways to observe these special days with the family and friends still with us. All are welcome. 561-3385.
THREE RIVERS WOMAN’S CLUB
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. This month’s program will be Christmas music performed by the College of the Sequoias Chamber Singers. Bring canned foods for Three Rivers Bread Basket. All women of the community are invited to attend. 561-3601.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, Dec. 3, 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 first-time 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.
LE PETIT NOËL
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 10 am-5 pm, at the home of Elsah Cort, end of Skyline Dr., Three Rivers. Sip mulled cider while shopping for special artisan-made treasures. Two decades ago, Elsah Cort organized a special annual holiday event called Le Petit Noël, which was held annually on Thanksgiving weekend, intended to celebrate local art and encourage local Christmas shopping. The new Le Petit Noel is a miniature version of the original event. Artists will be Toni Best (who was an artist in the original show), gourd art; Marion Hultgren (from Atlanta), jewelry and ornaments; Peggy Hunt (Elsah’s sister), birdhouses made for real birds; Stephanie Dethlefs, mulling spices (for sampling and buying) and other delicious eatables; and Elsah Cort, vintage gift tags from the original Le Petit Noël, new mandala cards, and digital collages. Free admission; open to the public. 561-4671.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 am-4 pm, throughout Three Rivers (watch for purple/gold flags). This month’s theme is Pinecones and Holly. 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.
LEMON COVE WOMEN’S CLUB: BAKE SALE, BAZAAR, LUNCHEON
Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 am (bazaar and bake sale); noon (luncheon), Lemon Cove Women’s Clubhouse, 32792 Sierra Dr. Enjoy holiday shopping then stay for lunch ($15 per person). Door prizes. Proceeds are used to maintain and upgrade the historic Clubhouse, formerly the Pogue Hotel. 597-2436.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 5-7 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Sing along to classic holiday songs. Free; open to the public. 561-2707.
EXETER COUNTRY CRAFT FAIR
Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 am-3 pm, Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah (Hwy. 65). Toys, wood crafts, jewelry, art, apparel, dolls, and other gifts. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary #94. Free admission; open to the public. 592-2972.
REMEMBERING THE 1955 FLOOD: 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:30-4 pm (program begins at 2 pm), Three Rivers Memorial Building. Listen to the memories of those who were there: Vern Dixon, Bobbie Harris, Shatzi Lovett, Earl McKee. Also, a presentation by John Austin, author of Floods and Droughts in the Tulare Lake Basin. Refreshments. Free; open to the public. 561-2707.
REDBUD GARDEN CLUB: HOLIDAY PARTY
Monday, Dec. 7, 3 pm, at a member’s home. Join us for appetizers and dessert. Bring a garden-themed gift ($20 limit) for a white elephant game, and fabric or donation for Comfort for Kids. Information/directions: 561-4697.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: HOLIDAY DINNER
Monday, Dec. 7, 6 pm, St. Anthony Retreat. A plated dinner with entertainment by the Woodlake High School choir. Cost: $10, members; $20, guests (mail check by Monday, Nov. 30, to Three Rivers Senior League, P.O. Box 577, Three Rivers, CA 93271). Information: 561-4171.
ARTS ALLIANCE OF THREE RIVERS: ‘HIDDEN IN THE LEAVES’
Through Saturday, Jan. 3, during regular business hours at Sierra Subs and Salads dining room, 41717 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The second annual fall art exhibition featuring local artists. Artist receptions will be held each 1st Saturday during the exhibition. Free; open to the public.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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/
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Daily, 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707.