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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  (Click to view 2013 event dates)

• APRIL ~ MAY 2014 •

Events listed in date order

THIS WEEKEND...
JAZZAFFAIR
Friday, April 11, 2:45-10 pm; Saturday, April 12, 8:45 am-10:15 pm; Sunday, April 13, 10:15 am-5 pm; four venues at three sites: Lions Arena, Three Rivers Memorial Building, St. Anthony Retreat. The 41st annual event will showcase a dozen bands, including host High Sierra Jazz Band. Food and libations at all venues; free shuttle service. Tickets: $95 for all events/all days (single-day options available); mail payment to STJC Jazzaffair; P.O. Box 712; Three Rivers, CA 93271; or call 561-4549.

RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE MUSIC
Friday, April 11, 8 pm-midnight: . Saturday, April 12, 9 pm: . Sunday, April 13, 4-8 pm: . 42323 Sierra Dr.; 561-2211.

ROUNDUP FOR HUNGER
5K RUN / 2-MILE WALK/RUN
Saturday, April 12, 6:30-7:15 am (check-in); 7:15 am (2-mile start); 7:30 am (5K start); Bravo Lake/Woodlake Botanical Gardens. Participants receive T-shirts and refreshments. Awards for first three runners in each age group. Cost: $25. (proceeds benefit Woodlake Food Pantry). To register online or to print a registration form: www.WoodlakeKiwanis.com (click on Events). Race day registration also accepted. Information: 564-2485.


SPRING BREAK
    Three Rivers School and Woodlake High School— Monday, April 14 through Monday, April 21.
    Sequoia Union School— Monday, April 14-Friday, April 25 (Spring Intersession).
    Exeter High School— Monday, April 14-Tuesday, April 22.

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

COMFORT FOR KIDS
Tuesday, April 15, 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. For information about volunteering, call 561-3577.

NATIONAL PARK WEEK:
FREE ADMISSION
Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20. The nation’s 401 national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon, will celebrate the founding of the National Park Service 98 years ago by waiving entrance fees nationwide on this opening weekend of National Park Week (April 19-27).

WINTER CONCERT SERIES: JAZZ
Saturday, April 19, 7 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. The last concert of the season will be performed by violinist Nigel Armstrong, accompanied by piano and bass for a night of expressive jazz. Tickets: $12; children free (an adult who brings a child to the concert also receives free admission). Tickets available at Chump’s DVDs, www.threeriversperformingarts.org, and at the door.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
Sunday, April 20, 6:30 am, St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers. A nondenominational outdoor service on the beautiful grounds of the Retreat Center. Breakfast will immediately follow the service (for a donation).

THREE RIVERS TEAM ROPING
Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27, Lions Roping Arena, Three Rivers. Four days of team ropings and barbecue dinners. Barrel races, Craig S. Thorn III Memorial Calf Branding, Pee Wee Dummy Roping, Pig Scramble. Cowboy church, live music and dance, raffle, and pick-a-prize drawing. Admission: $1.

SQUARE DANCING CLUB
Thursday, April 24, 7-9 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center, 41763 North Fork Dr. Monthly meeting of Three Rivers’s newest club that will teach and perform square dancing. Caller: Rick Hampton. Open to the public; $5 per person. 561-4270.

BUCK ROCK FOUNDATION:
FIRE LOOKOUT TRAINING
Saturday, April 26, 9 am-5 pm, Dunlap. Anyone wishing to be a volunteer fire lookout during Summer 2014 is welcome to attend. A subsequent training session will be held Saturday, May 10, 9 am-5 pm, Sequoia National Forest-Hume Lake District Office, 35860 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Dunlap. Information/reservations: 336-2366; buckrock@inreach.com.

WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL
FOUNDATION: SPRING DINNER
Friday, May 2, 6 pm, Woodlake Memorial Building. Annual fundraising event will celebrate Woodlake High School’s 100 years of graduating classes. The Foundation is currently searching for WHS’s oldest graduates. Graduates, call: 805-3975. For dinner tickets, call 564-2334 (or purchase online at www.Woodlake Foundation.org or at WHS office).

REDBUD FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 3, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday May 4, 10 am-4 pm; Three Rivers Memorial Building. Arts and crafts fair with live music, children’s activities, children’s art exhibit, and food. Vendors welcome. Free admission; open to the public. Information: artsthreerivers.org or 561-4417.

THREE RIVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 10, 11 am-11 pm, Lions Arena, Three Rivers. Day-long concert featuring a dozen bands playing bluegrass, folk, and rock; food and meals; beer and wine bar, Kids’ Zone, silent auction, artists’ booths; and so much more. All proceeds benefit the local Emergency Aid Alliance that provides financial support to local residents who need assistance due to a serious emergency, health condition, or with age-related challenges. Presale tickets: $10 (at Three Rivers Drug and Three Rivers Mercantile); $11 online; after May 1: $15 / $16 (online). Free for children 12 and under. Tickets/information: 561-4021; 3r-aid.org

 

Additional events added weekly.

ONGOING...

SEQUOIA FOOTHILLS
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE /
THREE RIVERS
HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Open daily, 9 am-3 pm (winter hours), 42268 Sierra Dr. Visitor information services; free wireless Internet. 561-3300.

EXERCISE FOR SENIORS
Mondays, Wednesdays, 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.

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: 280-3604.

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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