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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 and arts, the great outdoors, ranch roping, and projects that make a difference. You want it… it's all right here:  

Annual Events Calendar 

• JULY 2014 •

Events listed in date order

SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS 2014
Friday, July 11, 6-9 pm, Miller Brown Park. Weekly entertainment for youth. This week: Beat the Heat. Food, activities, games, music. Sponsored by Tulare County Board of Supervisors and Step Up. Free; open to the public. 564-8055.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
FESTIVAL MASTER CLASS
Friday, July 11, 6:30 pm, St. Anthony Retreat Center chapel, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Danielle Belen, violin and CSS artistic director, will work with CSS students. Free; open to the public. www.centerstagestrings.com.

RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC
Friday, July 11, 8 pm-12 am: Open Mike and Jam Night. Saturday, July 12, 9:30 pm-1:30 am: Back Road Band. Sunday, July 13, 4-8 pm: Brothers of Another Mother. 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.

HOT DOG FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 12, 10 am-4 pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Dr. Lunch includes choice of hot dogs/Polish dogs/veggie dogs (local firefighters will be manning the barbecue), corn-on-the-cob, and an A&W root beer float (from the A&W Floatmobile) Meal deal: $7. Craft show, fire trucks on site. Proceeds benefit Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters and the museum. 561-2707.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
STRINGFEST!
Saturday, July 12, 7:30 pm, St. Anthony Retreat Center chapel, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Students and faculty will join together for a strings extravaganza. Chamber music, solos, and more. Admission: $12. Tickets may be purchased online, at Chump’s DVDs, and at the event. www.centerstagestrings.com.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
STUDENT CONCERT
Sunday, July 13, 3 pm, St. Anthony Retreat Center chapel, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Featuring CSS students (ages 8-19) on the violin, viola, and cello performing works by a variety of composers, both as soloists and together in chamber music. Free; open to the public. www.centerstagestrings.com.


THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY
PLAN UPDATE: PUBLIC MEETING
Monday, July 14, 7 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center. County planners will conduct a meeting on the status of the Three Rivers Community Plan and receive input regarding local priorities for the future direction of the town. To view plan documents: www.tularecounty.ca.gov/rma/index.cfm/planning/three-rivers-community-plan-update/. 624-7130.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
STEFAN JACKIW, VIOLIN
Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 pm, St. Anthony Retreat Center chapel, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. The artist was described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “one of the best and most interesting young violinists heard in a long time.” Admission: $12. Tickets may be purchased online, at Chump’s DVDs, and at the event. www.centerstagestrings.com.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 am, Three Rivers Library. This week’s program: Don O’Brien: Extreme Science. Free; open to the public (children must be accompanied by an adult). 561-4564.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
FESTIVAL MASTER CLASS
Wednesday, July 16, 11 am, Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center (St. Anthony Retreat), 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Stefan Jackiw, violin, will work with CSS students. Free; open to the public. www.centerstagestrings.com.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
BROWN BAG LUNCH CONCERT
Friday, July 18, 12:15 pm, main hall, Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center at St. Anthony Retreat Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Bring a lunch and listen while gifted CSS students (ages 8-19) on the violin, viola, and cello perform works by a variety of composers, both as soloists and together in chamber music. Free; open to the public. www.centerstagestrings.com.

WOODLAKE CUSTOM CAR
AND BIKE SHOW
Friday-Saturday, July 18-19, Miller Brown Park, Woodlake. Annual exhibition includes entertainment, food and drink. The event kicks off Friday with Cruise Night. On Saturday, the cars and bikes are on display for public viewing and judging. Free admission. 564-3559.

LAST EVENT!
SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS 2014
Friday, July 18, 6-9 pm, Woodlake High School. Weekly entertainment for youth. This week: Fun in the Sun. Food, activities, games, music. Sponsored by Tulare County Board of Supervisors and Step Up. Free; open to the public. 564-8055.

CENTER STAGE STRINGS:
FESTIVAL MASTER CLASS
Friday, July 18, 6:30 pm, St. Anthony Retreat Center chapel, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Stephen Shipps, violin, will work with CSS students. Free; open to the public. www.centerstagestrings.com.

PICNIC IN THE PARK
Saturday, July 19, noon, Mineral King area, Sequoia National Park (park at road’s end in Mineral King, then walk over to the cabins). This year’s program will be presented by Woody Smeck, Sequoia-Kings Canyon superintendent. Bring a lunch and seating; cookies and lemonade provided. Free (park entrance fee required); open to the public.

DARK SKY FESTIVAL
Friday, July 25; Saturday, July 26; Sunday, July 27; 10 am-10 pm each day; events all weekend at more than a dozen locations at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks and Lake Kaweah. This weekend-long event will educate park visitors about the importance of the night sky and teach them how to take action to preserve this resource in their community while reminding them to look up and savor the spectacularly dark skies at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The weekend will include constellation tours and telescope viewings, solar observations, storytellers, astronauts, living history performances, model rocket building, and home-lighting demonstrations. Free (park entrance required); open to the public. Organized by Sequoia Natural History Association. For programs, go to http://www.sequoiahistory.org/default.asp?contentid=785. 565-3759.


OPEN SWIMMING POOL DAY
Sunday, July 27, 3-7 pm, Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers. Swimming pool open to the public. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. Additional public pool day: August 10. 561-4595.

 

Additional events added weekly.

ONGOING...

FREE MEDITATION TIME
Thursdays, 7:15 pm, Yoga of the Sequoias, 41838 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. 786-3358.

THREE RIVERS LIBRARY:
CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Saturdays, 2:30 pm. Children will be instructed in the making of a different craft each week. Free. 561-4564.

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.

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

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

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. Wintertime needs are many. Food and monetary donations always welcome. Information: 561-4154.

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 anyone 55 and older. $12 annual membership fee.

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.


SEQUOIA FIELD INSTITUTE:
OUTDOOR SEMINARS, LESSONS,
AND PROGRAMS
Programs daily in Sequoia National Park with subjects from Astronomy to Zoology. Go to www.sequoiahistory.org for a complete list of educational programs. 565-4251.

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.

SEQUOIA FOOTHILLS
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE /
THREE RIVERS
HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Open daily, 9 am-5 pm, 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information services; free wireless Internet. 561-3300.

 

Annual Events 2014:

JANUARY
•Polar Bear Dip (January 1)
•1st Saturday
•Sierra Traditional Jazz Club concert
•Winter Concert Series | Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute
•Gemboree Gem and Mineral Show
•National Parks Fee-Free Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day
•Hero Appreciation Month | Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce
•Comfort for Kids volunteer quilt project | Tuesdays through April

FEBRUARY
•1st Saturday
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Community Blood Drive
•World Ag Expo
•Winter Concert Series
•National Parks Fee-Free Days | Presidents Day weekend
•Square Dance Party | Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce 
•Comfort for Kids volunteer quilt project
•Hero Appreciation Month

MARCH
•1st Saturday
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Woodlake Man/Woman of the Year Banquet
•Sierra Traditional Jazz Club concert
•Winter Concert Series
•Picnic and Bathtub Race | Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce
•Pancake Breakfast | Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters
•Comfort for Kids volunteer quilt project
•Hero Appreciation Month

APRIL
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Community Blood Drive
•1st Saturday
•Winter Concert Series
•Community Recognition Night | Three Rivers Lions Club
•41st annual Jazzaffair | Sierra Traditional Jazz Club (April 11-13, 2014)
•All-Church Easter Sunrise Service (April 20, 2014)
•California Antique Farm Equipment Show
•Junior Ranger Family Day-Sequoia National Park
•National Parks Fee-Free Days
•Team Roping Three Rivers Lions Club (April 24-27, 2014)
•Comfort for Kids volunteer quilt project

MAY
•Spring Fundraiser Dinner | Woodlake High School Foundation
•1st Saturday
•Roundup for Hunger 5K Run-Bravo Lake
•Three Rivers Music Festival | Emergency Aid Alliance
•Woodlake Western Week
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Redbud Festival | Arts Alliance of Three Rivers
•Woodlake Rodeo

JUNE
•Wolverton Barbecue and Living History Dinner 
(Daily through Labor Day weekend)
•1st Saturday
•Community Blood Drive
•Graduations:  Three Rivers School; Woodlake High
•Sierra Traditional Jazz Club concert
•Center Stage Strings Music Camp and Concerts
•Lavender Harvest | Livingston Lavender Gardens
•Vacation Bible School First Baptist Church
•Men's and Women's Summer Softball Leagues
(weekly games June-August)


JULY
•Independence Day Blast-Woodlake
•Fourth of July Talent Show | Silver City Mountain Resort
•1st Saturday
•Free Fishing Day | California Department of Fish and Wildlife
•Picnic in the Park | Mineral King Preservation Society
•Hot Dog Festival
Three Rivers Historical Society / Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters
•Woodlake Custom Car and Bike Show
•Vacation Bible School | Community Presbyterian Church

AUGUST
•Community Blood Drive
•1st Saturday
•Family Hoedown and Picnic | Mineral King Preservation Society
•National Parks Fee-Free Day

SEPTEMBER
•1st Saturday
•Free Fishing Day
•Buck Rock Fire Lookout: Annual Open House
•Tulare County Fair
•Sierra Traditional Jazz Club concert
•Fall Dinner and Auction | Three Rivers Union School Foundation
•Concert on the Grass
•Public Lands Day-Lake Kaweah
•National Parks Fee-Free Day

OCTOBER
•Community Blood Drive
•1st Saturday
•Native Plant Sale
•Old Paths Christian History Conference | Church at Kaweah
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Halloween Carnival | Three Rivers School
•Harvest of Handwovens Show and Sale

NOVEMBER
•1st Saturday
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Harvest Festival | First Baptist Church
•National Parks Fee-Free Day
•Holiday Bazaar | Three Rivers Senior League
•The Perfect Gift Boutique | Kaweah Artisans
•Kaweah Country 10K / 5K Run
•Alumni v. Varsity Basketball Games | Woodlake High School


DECEMBER
•Three Rivers Town Hall Meeting
•Community Blood Drive
•1st Saturday
•Lemon Cove Holiday Bazaars
•Nation’s Christmas Tree Ceremony
•Sequoia Christmas Bird Count
•High Sierra Jazz Band Community Christmas Party
•Holiday Program / Band Performance | Three Rivers School

 

ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO:

Monthly jazz concerts, Town Hall meetings, Sequoia Natural History Association 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, Woodlake High School and Three Rivers School athletic events, and the monthly meetings of Three Rivers Lions Club, Three RiversWoman's Club, Lemon Cove Women’s Club, Redbud Garden Club, Three Rivers Senior League, Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce, Community Services District, and Three Rivers School and WoodlakeUnified School District board of trustees.

 

Meeting Schedules of
LOCAL CLUBS AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Please contact The Kaweah Commonwealth
with additions, deletions, and corrections.

Alcoholics Anonymous—
Mondays, 7:30 pm, Community Presbyterian Church. 561-3385.

Lemon Cove Woman’s Club—
First Thursday, September-May, Lemon Cove Woman’s Clubhouse. 597-2555.

Men’s Breakfast—
First and third Thursday, 8 am, We Three Bakery. Sponsored by Three Rivers Senior League. 561-4606.

Redbud Garden Club—
First Monday. Information: 561-3204.

St. Clair Altar Society—
Fourth Tuesday, September through May. 561-4920.

Senior League Potluck—
Fourth Monday, 6:30, Three Rivers Memorial Building. 561-3577.

Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce—
Meeting dates: www.threerivers.com. 561-3300.

Sierra Traditional Jazz Club Concerts—
Second Saturday, Three Rivers Memorial Building, 7 pm. 561-4030.

Three Rivers Bread Basket (food pantry)—
Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8:30-10:30 am, Three Rivers Arts Center. Food, clothes, and blankets available. 561-4663.

Three Rivers Community Services District—
First Wednesday, CSD office, 7 pm. www.3riverscsd.com. 561-3480.

Three Rivers Lions Club—
First and third Thursday, Lions Arena (summer) and Three Rivers Memorial Building (winter), 6:30 pm. 561-0306.

Three Rivers Union School Board of Trustees—
Second Wednesday, TRUS, 6 pm. Meeting agendas posted at Three Rivers Post Office and outside the TRUS staff room. 561-4466.

Three Rivers Union School Community Recreation Program—
First Wednesday, TRUS, 5 pm. 561-4466.

Three Rivers Union School Foundation—
Third Tuesday, TRUS Library, 7 pm. Open to the public. 561-4466.

Three Rivers Union School Site Council—
Third Monday (Sept.-May), TRUS Library, 3:30 pm. Open to the public. 561-4466.

Three Rivers Village Foundation: Town Hall Meeting—
First Monday (except summer), 7 pm, Three Rivers Memorial Building. 561-0123.

Three Rivers Woman’s Club—
First Wednesday (Oct.-June), Three Rivers Memorial Building, 1 pm (12 pm luncheon held June and October). 561-2003.

Tulare County Board of Supervisors—
Tuesdays, 9 am, Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel, Visalia. (See agenda at www.co.tulare.ca.us/) 733-6271.

Woodlake City Council—
Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, City Hall, 350 N. Valencia Blvd., Woodlake. 564-8055.

Woodlake Unified School District Board of Trustees—
First Wednesday, 7 pm, district office boardroom. 564-3307.
 

 

 

 

 

 
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