something for everyone
in Kaweah Country!
classes… meetings… events…
and various other amusements…
No matter what
the season, the following events are just some of the reasons that Kaweah
Country is the last best place. High Sierra music, the great outdoors,
ranch roping, and projects that make a difference. You want it…
it's all right here:
3R WOMEN’S FITNESS CLUB
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 am (new time), meet near Lions Arena. This week’s
activity: Walk or run along Kaweah River Drive. Join this new group
dedicated to fitness and fun for women of all abilities. Weekly group
walks/runs will continue through the spring. Free; all women invited
MAN, WOMAN, YOUTH AND
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BANQUET
Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 pm (social hour), 7 pm (dinner), Woodlake Memorial
Building. Tickets are now on sale for this 46th annual event, hosted
by the Kiwanis of Woodlake, that will award community supporters for
their efforts toward the betterment of Woodlake. Also to be presented
are a Lifetime Achievement Award and Spirit of Woodlake Award (to Robert
Groeber and Jackie Harris-Groeber of Three Rivers). Tickets: $20 (through
Tuesday, Feb. 19); $30 at the door (but only 200 tickets will be sold
so advance purchases are recommended). Advance tickets may be purchased
by calling 564-2054 or 564-2485 or in person at the Woodlake High School
office (see Frances Mann) and Woodlake City Hall.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 6-7 pm, McDowall Auditorium, Three Rivers School.
A bi-weekly series presented by park staff highlighting issues and activities
in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This week: Inside Ursa Minor
Cave, a presentation by Joel Despain, parks cave specialist. Next program:
“Everyday Threats to Wildlife,” Saturday, March 8. Free;
open to the public.
MISS TULARE COUNTY PAGEANT
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm), Fox Theatre, 300 W.
Main St., Visalia. Jennifer and Tracy LaMar, two college students from
Three Rivers who are also sisters, are two of the 11 who will compete
for this year’s crown. Tickets: $20; students $10. Information:
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 am and 2 pm; Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 pm; Giant Forest
area, Sequoia National Park. Join a ranger for a snowshoe walk through
the winter woods. Previous snowshoe experience not necessary; a limited
number of snowshoes provided. Wear waterproof footwear and dress warmly.
Two hours; one mile (not recommended for children under 10). Free. Reservations
Sunday, Feb. 24, 11:45 am, Harrison Hall, Community Presbyterian Church,
43410 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Annual fundraiser to send youth to Calvin
Crest camp. Baked potatoes and lots of toppings will be available. 561-3385.
SEQUOIA FOOTHILLS CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE: HEROES MONTH
Through Friday, Feb. 29. All law enforcement and peace officers and
their families are invited to stay, dine, shop, and partake in various
services in Three Rivers, Lemon Cove, and Visalia at substantial discounts.
Pick up a discount card at the Chamber of Commerce office (in the Three
Rivers Historical Museum), Sequoia Gifts & Souvenirs, Anne Lang’s
Emporium, or any participating lodging establishment. Additional Heroes
Month— March: Veterans/Active Military. 561-3300.
SENATOR ROY ASHBURN:
MOBILE OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Feb. 25, 9-11 am, Visalia Chamber of Commerce, 220 N. Santa
Fe Ave. A representative of Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) will meet
with individuals needing information or assistance on state issues.
An additional meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2-4 pm, Exeter
Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Pine St. 687-0299.
WHS BAND CONCERT
Monday, Feb. 25, 7 pm, Event Center, Woodlake High School. Woodlake
High band members, under the direction of Bethanie Hansen, will perform,
including the percussion class, bands, and small ensembles. Free; open
to the public. 564-3307.
COMFORT FOR KIDS
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 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. Weekly through April. 561-3577.
OUR PLACE: FIELD TRIP
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, meet at Our Place playground, Three
Rivers Library. A field trip to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve for a walk
on the Blackberry Trail and bring-your-own picnic. Transportation for
25 (including six seatbelts for infant carriers) provided free of charge
by Sequoia Sightseeing. No strollers. Besides a picnic, bring water
and snacks. Open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Make reservations by Sunday, Feb. 24, by calling Liz, 561-0918.
OUR PLACE: PLAYSCHOOL
Friday, Feb. 29, 10 am-noon, Our Place playground at the Three Rivers
Library (if raining, meet on the library patio). Shapes: Finish painting
the wooden shapes for permanent display in the playground. Bring painting
clothes or cover-ups. Leader: Amy Dolcourt-McElroy. Free; open to the
public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 561-4306.
SIERRA FORGE & FIRE:
WINE, CHEESE… AND SPARKS
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 29-March 1; and/or Friday-Saturday, March 7-8,
Sierra Forge & Fire, 130 E. Maple St., Exeter. A unique opportunity
for couples. Mark Constable, a visiting artist blacksmith from England
will provide the forging lessons. During the first session, hand-forge
a one-of-a-kind cheese knife. During the second session, create a corkscrew.
Each class will include wine and cheese-tasting and expert wine commentary.
Information: 592-2080 or www.forgeandfire.com.
PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING:
Monday, March 3, 3-7 pm, Exeter Senior Center, 301 South E Street (at
Chestnut), Exeter. A Notice of Preparation is currently available that
includes a description of the key land-use elements planned for Yokohl
Ranch, and this meeting will collect input from the public regarding
those issues that should be analyzed in the upcoming Environmental Impact
Report. Information: www.co.tulare.ca.us, click on “In the News.”
For information about Yokohl Ranch, visit www.YokohlRanch.com.
THREE RIVERS WOMAN’S CLUB:
ROARING ‘20S DINNER
Wednesday, March 5, 5:30 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Tickets
are on sale for the annual dinner, which will be catered by The Gateway
Restaurant. Live music by 3 Jazzers (including two members from the
band ZZAH). Spouses and guests invited. Tickets: $25 per person (available
at The Thingerie through Monday, Feb. 25, only).
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP:
THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION!
Thursday, March 6, 7-9 pm, College of the Sequoias, Ponderosa Hall (Room
350), 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. Reverend Michael Dowd, an ordained
Christian minister and for anti-Darwinian, now travels the country proclaiming
the gospel of evolution, proposes a marriage of science and religion,
and restores realistic hope for people of any religion or belief system.
Free; open to the public. Information: 739-8527.
Saturday, March 8 (note revised start date), First Baptist Church, Three
Rivers. The class will consist of 12 to 14 consecutive Saturdays for
eight hours each session (and possibly one additional week night) for
a total of about 110 hours of training to prepare participants to provide
emergency medical care. Fee to be determined (if planning to become
a Three Rivers Ambulance volunteer, then class is free for the participant).
Information: 561-4264; 901-9020.
ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIRE
Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9, 9 am-5 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum,
42268 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Renowned experts from California and
Arizona will share their expertise at this seventh annual event: Kelly
Kilgore, Native American specialist; Bill Horst, antique weaponry expert;
Ron Rubay, general appraiser; and John McWilliams, historic Americana
(documents, photos, and prints). “Past years have included great
surprises, even an evaluation into the six figures!” said the
press release from the Three Rivers Historical Society, the event’s
sponsor. Free admission; $15 per item appraised (proceeds benefit TRHS).
‘TRAIN ROBBER’S DAUGHTER:
THE MELODRAMATIC LIFE OF EVA EVANS, 1876-1970’
Saturday, March 8, 1-4 pm, Borders Books, Sequoia Mall, Visalia. Author
Jay O’Connell, who was raised in Three Rivers, will be available
to sign copies of his most recent nonfiction book that is a must-own
for any local history buff. Free; open to the public.
SIERRA TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB:
DINNER AND CONCERT
Saturday, March 8, 6 pm (dinner), 7 pm (concert), Three Rivers Memorial
Building. Monthly concert will be preceded by a St. Patrick’s
Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage, cornbread, and bread pudding
with whisky sauce, prepared by Mary Scharn and crew. Guest band is Black
Tuesday Jazz Band. Dinner: $12.50 (reserve by March 1 by calling 561-4920).
Concert: $10 (STJC members free).
FJ WHITE LEARNING CENTER:
Monday-Tuesday, March 10-11, 1:30-4:30 pm, FJ White Learning Center,
700 N. Cypress, Woodlake. Children who will be five years old on or
before Dec. 2, 2008, are invited to register. Parents or legal guardians
must accompany the child and bring the student’s birth certificate,
immunizations record, and verification of address. Registration will
be by last name : A-M on Monday; N-Z on Tuesday. 564-8021.
SIERRA CLUB-MINERAL KING GROUP
Friday, March 14, 7 pm, College of the Sequoias, Ponderosa Hall (Room
350), 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. Chad Kister, the author of Arctic
Quest who has backpacked and rafted in the Arctic Refuge living off
the land, will present a slide show and discuss the effects of climate
change and the need to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from
the proposed development by oil companies. Free; open to the public.
HOME AND COUNTRY LIVING EXPO
Saturday, March 15, 10 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Visit
dozens of vendors and receive information and advice on home construction,
remodeling, interior design, home furnishings, garden, patio, landscaping,
alternative energy sources, home sales, and financing. Sponsored by
the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Free; open to the public.
STUDIO TOUR 8
Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 1,
for the biennial event that will feature 18 Three Rivers artists in
their home studios. Tickets (available at Sequoia Gifts & Souvenirs):
$15 in advance ($20 after March 15); $5 for children under 12. Information:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. 10-11am— Investigation Station will
offer a hands-on experience of life in Sequoia National Park. 2-2:15
pm— Rangers Choice will feature varying subjects to educate listeners
about the local parks. Free; open to the public.
PANTRY— Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8:30-10:30 am, First Baptist
Church. Providing to those who are raising and nurturing children. Wintertime
needs are many. Food and monetary donations always welcome. Information:
KNITTING PROJECT— Wednesdays, 10 am-noon, 41667 Sierra Dr., Three
Rivers. Assist with knitting on behalf of the Comfort for Kids community
project. Supplies and coffee provided. 561-4518.
Mondays, 7-9 pm, Three Rivers School gym. Sponsored by the Three Rivers
School Recreation Committee. Pay by the session or season. 561-4654
LUNCH FOR SENIORS— Every Wednesday and Friday, noon, Three Rivers
Memorial Building. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Senior League, a hot,
nutritional lunch for ages 60 and over, supplied by Tulare County Agency
on Aging. Menu posted at Three Rivers Post Office. Donation: $2/person.
Reservations (must be made by previous day at 11 am): 561-3461.
(TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY)—
Wednesdays. A local chapter has formed in Three Rivers to offer weight-loss
support. Weekly meetings will provide moral support and encouragement
while advocating good nutrition and regular exercise. Information/directions:
Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 am, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Sponsored
by the Three Rivers Senior League. Resistance training and balance and
weight work. Free; open to seniors age 55 and older.
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks, Sequoia National Park
Polar Bear Dip (January 1)
Chimney Rock Challenge (Montecito-Sequoia cross-country ski races)
Concert, Sierra Traditional Jazz Club (monthly)
Comfort for Kids quilt project (Tuesdays through April, 9 am-noon)
Speaks (every other Saturday through March)
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks, Sequoia National Park
Comfort for Kids quilt project
My Valentine Gift Boutique, Kaweah Artisans
Volunteer Recognition Night, Three Rivers School
World Ag Expo, Tulare (February 12-14)
Speaks (every other Saturday)
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks, Sequoia National Park
Comfort for Kids quilt project
Appraisal Fair, Three Rivers Historical Society
and Country Living Show, Chamber of Commerce (March 15)
All-Church Easter Sunrise Service (March 23)
Three Rivers Artists’ Studio Tour (biennial/even years; March
Sequoia Speaks (every other Saturday)
Community Recognition Night, Three Rivers Lions Club
Jazzaffair (April 11-13)
National Park Week (April 19-26)
Team Roping (April 24-27)
Comfort for Kids quilt project
Spring Feast and Fine Art in the Sierra, Sequoia Parks Foundation
Redbud Festival (May 10-11)
Woodlake Western Week / Woodlake High Foundation Dinner
Woodlake Rodeo (May 10-11)
Community Yard Sale
Graduations: Three Rivers School (June 5); Woodlake High
Free Fishing Day (June 7)
Vacation Bible School
Independence Day Blast, Woodlake (July 3)
Fourth of July Talent Show, Silver City (Mineral King)
Buck Rock Lookout: Annual Open House (July 4)
Picnic in the Park, Mineral King Preservation Society
Summer Reading Program, Three Rivers Library
Annual World Ranger Day (July 31)
Membership Picnic, Sequoia Natural History Association
Celebrate Sequoias Festival
Concert on the Grass
Bookworms Used Book Sale
Sequoia Bicycle Jamboree
Fall Dinner Event, Three Rivers School Foundation
Tulare County Fair (Sept. 10-14)
Free Fishing Day (Sept. 27)
Public Lands Day, Lake Kaweah (Sept. 27)
Native Plant Sale, Alta Peak Chapter, California Native
All-Town Dinner Dance, Three Rivers Lions Club
Harvest Festival, First Baptist Church
Rivers Environmental Weekend
Halloween Carnival, Three Rivers School (Oct. 25)
Handweavers of the Valley Show and Sale (Oct. 25)
Living History Day
Holiday Bazaar, Three Rivers Senior League
The Perfect Gift Boutique, Kaweah Artisans (Nov. 28-29)
Lemon Cove Christmas Tree-Lighting and Soup Supper (Nov. 29)
Lemon Cove Holiday Bazaars (Dec. 6 and 13)
Nation’s Christmas Tree Ceremony, Grant Grove (Dec. 14)
TRUS Holiday Program
Living Christmas Tree, First Baptist Church
High Sierra Jazz Band Community Christmas Party
Sequoia Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 21)
Christmas Bird Count
Community Christmas Caroling
LOOK FORWARD TO:
jazz concerts, Town Hall meetings, Sequoia Natural History field seminars,
Woodlake High Theatre Arts Department productions, Kaweah Artisans’
boutiques, Our Place playschool events, Three Rivers School Recreation
Committee sports opportunities, Tulare County Audubon Society programs,
Native Plant Society-Alta Peak Chapter events, Sequoia National Park ranger-naturalist
programs, Community Blood Drives, Woodlake High School and Three Rivers
School athletic events, and the monthly meetings of Three Rivers Lions
Club, Three Rivers and Lemon Cove woman’s clubs, Redbud Garden Club,
Three Rivers Senior League, Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce, Community
Services District, and Three Rivers School and Woodlake High School board
LOCAL CLUBS AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
7:30 pm, Community Presbyterian Church. 561-3385.
Community Food Pantry-
and fourth Wednesday, 2-4 pm; third Tuesday (FoodLink only), 10-11:30
am, First Baptist Church. Food available for those in need. Donations
of food or money graciously accepted. 561-4834.
Lemon Cove Woman's Club-
Thursday, September-May, Lemon Cove Woman's Clubhouse. 597-2555.
New Moms Support Group-
Community Presbyterian Church, 10 am. 561-3385.
Senior League Potluck-
Monday, 6:30, Three Rivers Memorial Building. 561-0930.
Foothills Chamber of Commerce-
for schedule: 559-565-3759
Traditional Jazz Club Concerts-
Saturday, Three Rivers Memorial Building, 7 pm. 561-4030.
Three Rivers Community Services District-
First Wednesday, CSD office, 7:30 pm. 3riverscsd.com. 561-3480.
Rivers Lions Club-
and third Thursday, Lions Arena (summer) and Three Rivers Memorial Building
(winter), 6:30 pm. 561-0306.
Rivers Union School Board of Trustees-
Wednesday, TRUS, 6:00 pm. 561-4466.
Rivers Union School Site Council-
Monday, TRUS Library, 3:30 pm. Open to the public. 561-4466.
Rivers Woman's Club-
First Wednesday (Oct.-June), Three Rivers Memorial Building, 1 pm (12
pm luncheon held June and October). 561-0804.
County Board of Supervisors-
9 am, Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel, Visalia. (See agenda
at www.co.tulare.ca.us) 733-6271.
Veterans of Foreign Wars-Post 3939-
Tuesday, 6 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. 561-4713.
Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, City Hall, 350 N. Valencia Blvd.,