NOTE: All area codes are (559) unless listed.
EARTH JAM FESTIVAL
Friday-Sunday, April 17-19, Three Rivers Hideaway, 43365 Sierra Dr. A weekend-long concert with up to 20 bands. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-jam-2015-tickets-15702819556.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, April 17, 8 pm-12 am: Confluence. Saturday, April 18, 9 pm-1 am: Back Road Band. Sunday, April 19, 4-8 pm: AC Myles. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.
NATIONAL PARKS FEE-FREE WEEKEND
Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19. Entrance fees to all National Park Service sites, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon, will be waived in honor of National Park Week, a time to celebrate these national heritage sites.
JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Saturday, April 18, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Youth are invited to spend a few hours exploring, learning, and protecting to earn a special Junior Ranger patch. Pick a location: Foothills Visitor Center (Ash Mountain, Sequoia NP), 10 am-1 pm— Meet a mule packer (and the mules!), tour a fire engine, learn naturalist skills, and more. Giant Forest Museum (Sequoia NP), 2-3pm— Learn all about caves, then build one! Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove), 9-10:30 am and 1-3 pm— Four nature programs; one begins at the top of each hour. Free; open to the public. 565-3341.
HIDDEN HOMES AND GARDENS OF THREE RIVERS TOUR
Saturday, April 18, 11 am-4 pm. Organized by Three Rivers Union School Foundation, participants will tour five homes/gardens, while enjoying music, art, and a taste of the local restaurants at each site. Also, tour five public native-plant gardens and visit the native plant sale. Tickets: $40 (purchase at www.trusf.org or by calling 561-6011; proceeds benefit TRUS).
BOOK-SIGNING: KAY PACKARD
Saturday, April 18, 4:30-6:30 pm, Redwood Wine-Tasting Room, Totem Market and Gift Shop, Three Rivers. Master hand analyst Kay Packard, formerly of Three Rivers, will be signing copies of and discussing her recently published book, Your Life is in Your Hands: Practical Palm Reading for Purposeful Living. Also, free mini-hand-readings and wine-tasting. Open to the public. www.YourLifeIsInYourHandsBook.com.
THREE RIVERS PERFORMING ARTS: CONCERT SERIES
Saturday, April 18, 7 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. This month’s concert: Will Hagen, violin. Admission: $12; children free. www.threeriversperformingarts.org.
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesday, April 21, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this annual session to assemble comforters that will be provided to patients at Children’s Hospital Central California. No experience necessary. Weekly through April. 561-3577.
FREE DENTAL CLINIC
Thursday, April 23, 10:30 am, River Kids Preschool (at Community Presbyterian Church), Three Rivers. Free dental exams for any pregnant mother and children ages 0 to 5, sponsored by First 5 Tulare County.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, April 23, 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 and held each second and fourth Thursday of the month. To attend, contact Elizabeth for a brief telephone assessment and to be sure there is availability: (510) 875-4721; firstname.lastname@example.org.
THREE RIVERS LIONS TEAM ROPING
Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24-25-26, Lions Arena. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Lions Club, competitions in roping, branding, barrel racing. Lots of activities and competitive events for kids too! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served; full bar. Admission: $2/person.
WELLNESS FAIR FOR SENIORS
Friday, April 24, 9 am-2 pm, Quail Park Retirement Village, 4520 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia. Information, resources, and free health screenings. Raffle prizes; refreshments. Seniors, families, and caregivers welcome to attend. 624-3503.
OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL
Friday, April 24, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground. This week: Meet at Flora Bella Farm for an organic farm tour. Free weekly program for preschoolers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: email@example.com.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: OPEN HOUSE - ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE
Thursday, April 30, 6 pm, Agriculture Building, Woodlake High School. The Academy of Agriculture program will begin with incoming freshmen in the 2015-2016 school year with two pathways: natural resources and ag mechanics (applications must be received by May 1). Anyone interested in learning more about this new educational approach is welcome to attend. Information: Carmita Pena, dean/head counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 564-3307, ext. 325.
WILD FIRESTOPPER CAMPAIGN
Saturday, May 2, 10 am-noon, Cal Fire Station, Three Rivers. Sponsored by the American Red Cross, this interactive safety and prevention program will provide participants with the skills necessary as to the proper actions to take in the event of a wildfire. Participants will receive a travel-sized first-aid kit; “Safety Tube” (with mask, whistle, light stick, water pouch, and emergency blanket); and a backpack. Free; open to the public. Register: Andrew Basham, 732-6436, etx. 6680, or email@example.com.
THREE RIVERS WELLNESS CHALLENGE
Orientation meetings: Sundays, April 26 and May 3, 4-5:30 pm. The 30-day challenge will begin Monday, May 4. Learn the components of healthy living, benefit from one-on-one wellness coaching sessions, and receive daily feedback. Instructor: Kia Nesmith of Three Rivers, Simply Wellness coach and founder of www.SimpleLocalHealthyLiving.com. Cost: $85. Registration: 561-1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THREE RIVERS SENIOR LEAGUE: MONTHLY POTLUCK
Monday, April 27, 6:30 pm (or come earlier to socialize), Three Rivers Memorial Building. This month’s entertainment will be provided by the Three Rivers School band.
WOODLAKE WESTERN WEEK
Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 10, at various locations and times throughout Woodlake.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION: SPRING DINNER
Friday, May 1, 6 pm, Woodlake Memorial Building. Annual fundraiser dinner for WHS scholarships for graduates. Special this year: The first 10 WHS alumni who graduated in the 1930s and 1940s to respond will receive a FREE dinner ticket (call Sally Pace, 564-2054). Dinner; live and silent auctions; full bar. Tickets: $50 (purchase by calling WHS, 564-3307, from any Foundation board member, or emailing email@example.com).
WOODLAKE FLYING TIGERS: YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM
Saturday, May 2, 8 am-2 pm, Woodlake Airport. Youth ages 8 to 17 receive free flights. Information: Ray, 798-0717.
REDBUD GARDEN CLUB: ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Saturday, May 2, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, May 3, 9 am-4 pm; on the lawn at the Village Shopping Center. 561-4196.
Saturday, May 2, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, May 3, 10 am-4 pm, new location: Three Rivers Memorial Building. Annual arts and crafts show. Free; open to the public. Information: http://artsalliancethreerivers.org/redbud-festival/.
THREE RIVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 9, 11 am-10 pm, Lions Arena, Three Rivers. A benefit for Three Rivers Emergency Aid Alliance. Tickets/information: http://3r-aid.org/.
CRYSTAL CAVE: TOUR SEASON 2015
Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10, 11 am-4 pm, Sequoia National Park. Beat the summer crowds by touring this popular visitor attraction during its opening weekend. Managed by Sequoia Natural History Association. Beginning May 9: Open daily 11 am-4 pm. Tickets: $16, adults; $8, youth 5-12; $5, children under 5 (purchase tickets at Foothills or Lodgepole visitor centers only; discounts for SNHA members, seniors, veterans, and active military). www.explorecrystalcave.com.
MOTHER’S DAY BARGE TOUR
Sunday, May 10, Lake Kaweah. Treat mom to a 2.5-hour springtime barge ride, sponsored by Sequoia Natural History Association. A lake ranger and park naturalist will accompany the tour. Light breakfast provided. Cost: $20 ($10 for mom!). Limited to 14 participants. Registration/information: 565-4222.
THREE RIVERS WALKING CLUB
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 am, meet at Three Rivers Memorial Building. Free; open to the public. Information: Lauren Elliott, PA-C, 561-4683.
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.
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).
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.
CRAFTS FOR KIDS
During regular hours, Three Rivers Library. Kids are invited to drop in at the library for a new craft each week. Free. 561-4564.
Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Three Rivers Library. Stories will be read aloud to preschoolers. 561-4564.
SEQUOIA FIELD INSTITUTE: OUTDOOR SEMINARS, LESSONS, AND PROGRAMS
Programs 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.
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.
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.
Thursdays, 7 pm, in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. 561-3385.