NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
PERFECT GIFT HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26, 10 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center. The 17th annual event will feature seven local artists with handmade items that are sure to please everyone on your holiday shopping list (see advertisement on page 12). Free admission; open to the public. 561-4048.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Nov. 25, 6-10 pm: Back Road Band. Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 pm-1 am: AC Myles. Sunday, Nov. 27, 5 pm: Pool tournament. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
CANDY CANE LANE PARADE
Monday, Nov. 28, 7 pm, downtown Visalia. The 71st annual community parade will celebrate the coming holiday season. Floats, bands, and more, including the guest of honor, Santa Claus.
GIVING TUESDAY: SEQUOIA PARKS CONSERVANCY
Tuesday, Nov. 29. SPC is participating in this day that joins the tradition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but with a twist. Giving Tuesday is a day to remember one’s favorite charitable organization, including SPC, which provides support in many capacities to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.
CHRISTMAS IN LEMON COVE
Friday, Dec. 2, 4-7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm, Lemon Cove Women’s Clubhouse, 32792 Sierra Dr. A holiday open house that will include self-guided tours of the historic clubhouse (former Pogue Hotel) and museum, a bake sale, holiday bazaar, raffle, door prizes, desserts and drinks, and live music. All proceeds are used to maintain, upkeep, and improve the historic clubhouse. Donation: $5 per person.
WOODLAKE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30 pm, Miller Brown Park, Woodlake. The lighting of Woodlake’s community Christmas tree will be highlighted by a performance of the Woodlake High School band. Free; open to the public.
EXETER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30 pm, downtown Exeter. Annual event to celebrate the holidays. Free; open to the public. 562-5262.
RAIN DATE! KAWEAH COUNTRY RUN
Saturday, Dec. 3, Slick Rock Recreation Area, Lake Kaweah. The 10K run begins at 8 am. The 5K run and 5K walk begin at 9:30 am. Entry fee: $35 (through Nov. 25); $40 on race day. All registrants receive a tech T-shirt; finishers receive a commemorative medal. Registration: www.kaweahcountryrun.com
. Information: kaweahcountryrun3R@gmail.com
or (559) 260-2909.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 am-5 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). This month’s theme is “Find Your Sequoia.” 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
Saturday, Dec. 3, 5-7 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum. Gather ‘round the campfire and enjoy S-mores and lots of singing. Santa will fly in for a quick visit. Bring a nonperishable food item for donation to Three Rivers Bread Basket. Sponsored by Three Rivers Historical Society and Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters. Free; open to the public.
SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS: WINE-TASTING / SILENT AUCTION
Saturday, Dec. 3, 5-8 pm, Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. (Highway 65). The 25th annual holiday extravaganza will include premium wines for tasting, hors d’oeuvres, raffle, silent auction, a live Christmas tree auction and, new this year, whisky tasting. Sponsore by Exeter Kiwanis Club. Tickets: $50 (purchase online at www.exeterkiwanis.org
. Note: All major credit cards accepted as payment for tickets, trees, and silent auction items.
EXETER COUNTRY CRAFT FAIR
Sunday, Dec. 4, 9 am-3 pm, Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah (Highway 65). Toys, gifts, wood crafts, jewelry, art, apparel, dolls, and more. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary #94. Free admission; open to the public. NOTICE: Tables still available ($25) for anyone who would like to display and sell their handmade items. Information: 731-0007.
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS: OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, Dec. 4, 1-4 pm, Springville Historical Museum, 34902 Highway 190 (enter through the Springville Rodeo gates). Sponsored by the Tule River Historical Society, there will be blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, butter-churning, cider-pressing and more. Entertainment by Patty Torrey and friends. The Back Country Cookers will be serving up their specialty foods and hot cider while Rosemary plays the piano in the historic Murphy House. Free admission; open to the public.
REDBUD GARDEN CLUB: CHRISTMAS PARTY
Monday, Dec. 5, noon, at a member’s home. Club members will bring a gift for a white elephant game, fabric or other donation for Comfort for Kids, and an appetizer. Guests and spouses welcome. Information/directions: 561-3211.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: HOLIDAY DINNER
Monday, Dec. 5, 6 pm (appetizers); 6:30 pm (dinner), St. Anthony Retreat. A traditional holiday menu will highlight this get-together. Members: $15. Guests: $20. Register by Monday, Nov. 28. Information: 561-3949 or email@example.com
EXETER WOMAN’S CLUB: CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
Friday, Dec. 9, 4-8 pm, tour begins at Exeter Woman’s Club, 201 Kaweah (Highway 65), Exeter. The sixth annual event will highlight four homes all decorated for the holidays. The Exeter Woman’s Clubhouse will have hot cocoa, snacks, and live music throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit EWC scholarship fund. Tickets: $20 (presale - available at Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Antiques by the [Exeter] Water Tower, and Franey’s in Visalia); $25 on tour day. 592-6738.
Friday, Dec. 9, 7-8 pm, upper field, Three Rivers Union School. Constellations, meteors, planets, satellites, and other lessons in astronomy. Dress warmly; bring a blanket and flashlight. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Free; open to the public. 565-4251.
WOODLAKE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7 pm, downtown Woodlake. Annual parade and Santa’s Workshop (8-11 pm at Woodlake Plaza). Free; open to the public. To register a float or parade entry, call 804-5203.
SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: FEE-FREE DAY
Sunday, Dec. 11. Entrance fees waived to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in honor of the Nation’s Christmas Tree Ceremony.
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, Dec. 11, 1-4 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum. Stop in for a reception and refreshments while viewing the displays of the first 25 years of TRHS. 561-2707.
NATION’S CHRISTMAS TREE CEREMONY
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2:30 pm, General Grant Tree (a quarter-mile walk from the parking lot), Grant Grove area, Kings Canyon National Park. The 91st annual celebration, which is sponsored by the Sanger District Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the National Park Service, will include the Jubilation Singers, Sanger High School Choir, Fresno Tuba Christmas Ensemble, and a non-denominational holiday message. During the ceremony, a National Park Service representative will speak about the General Grant Tree’s role as a national shrine. A memorial wreath will be placed at the base of the General Grant Tree. Getting there: Park entrance will be free into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on this day. A free shuttle service will be available from the Kings Canyon Visitor Center parking area to the Grant Tree Trail (allow an extra 30 minutes to use this service). Charter bus service from Sanger will be available for a fee and by reservation (559-875-4575).
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER AND CHILDREN’S WINTER CONCERT
Thursday, Dec. 15, 5-7 pm (dinner begins at 5:30 pm), Harrison Hall, Community Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. A fundraiser dinner for the nonprofit River Kids Preschool accompanied by holiday songs performed by the River Kids students. Raffle. Cost: $10 per person. Tickets: 749-1894.
NEW YEAR’S EVE: GATSBY STYLE
Saturday, Dec. 31, White Horse Inn and River Terrace, 42975 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The White Horse is offering two ways to ring in 2017. Option No. 1: Arrive early and spend the evening enjoying appetizers and no-host cocktails, then a gourmet dinner by Chef Ryan Rusie followed by a variety of desserts, a 9 pm champagne toast, music by Mike O’Neil’s Dance Machine (mobile DJ), midnight buffet, and live music by Rolling Heads Band. Tickets: $100/person (limited to 150 guests; reserve by calling 285-2958). Option No. 2: Doors open to the public at 11 pm. No-host cash bar. Cover charge: $10/person (includes midnight munchies and live music).
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.
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.
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesdays, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this 2016 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 through April. 561-4270.
COMFORT FOR KIDS: TACK/TIE/TRIM SESSION
Mondays, noon-4 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this offshoot of the quilting project (see above) that assembles comforters for patients at Valley Children’s Hospital. No experience necessary. Weekly through April. 561-4270.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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/
THREE RIVERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Daily, 9 am-3 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information and historical displays. 561-2707.