Here is the essential guide to activities, events, exhibits, fundraisers, and more that are coming soon to Three Rivers and the surrounding areas. Watch this space regularly as it is kept current and continually updated with new listings.
Notes: (1) Events are listed in date order; and (2) All area codes are 559 unless noted otherwise. C
THIS WEEKEND… Calendar of Events | January 2020
OUR PLACE PLAYGROUP
Friday, Feb. 28, 10:30 am, Our Place Playground (at Three Rivers Library). Weekly preschoolers’ get-together. This week: Playground playtime. For information: email@example.com.
HERO APPRECIATION MONTHS – JANUARY-MARCH 2020: LAW ENFORCEMENT CELEBRATION
Friday, Feb. 28, 7 pm, Sequoia Cider Mill, Three Rivers. This year’s honoree: Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Soup, bread, drinks provided. Free; open to the public. 561-4270.
HANDS IN THE COMMUNITY: COMEDY BLAST
Friday, Feb. 28, 7 pm, Visalia First, 3737 W. Akers (at Caldwell), Visalia. Enjoy the comedy of Cleto Rodriguez and the magic of Mark Robinson at this second annual event that benefits the nonprofit Hands in the Community of Tulare and Kings County, which assists people in becoming self-sufficient. We assist with access to services towards improved care and well-being. Premium seating: $30. General seating: $25. Purchase tickets online.
RIVER VIEW LOUNGE: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Feb. 28, 8 pm-midnight: Jukebox Junkies. 42323 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. 561-2211.
‘EXPEDITION: CARING FOR GOD’S CREATION’
Saturday, Feb. 29, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. This seminar will explore the Biblical basis for taking good care of creation and looks at the implications of scientific observation and research. Participants will learn about water, soil, air health, dwindling natural resources, and endangered species and habitats. The seminar will be led by Todd Slinde of Eagle’s NEST, a faith-based nonprofit organization focused on providing quality creation education leading to better environmental integrity and conservation. Cost: $15 (includes lunch, Expedition materials, and helpful ideas for living a more sustainable lifestyle); scholarships available. Information/registration: 559-308-1209.
MAIN SQUEEZE MARKET: FOOD TRUCKS AND MORE
Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 am-4 pm: Burtlow Barbecue.
Sunday, March 1, noon-4 pm: Food by Roots Jamaican; music by Jason Mathis. Cal
COMING SOON… CalendCalendar of Events | January 2020
SUPER TUESDAY: PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
Tuesday, March 3, polls open 7 am-8 pm. California joins more than a dozen other states to cast presidential primary ballots on March 3, which will narrow the Democratic field of presidential candidates. Besides presidential candidates for all parties, also on the ballot will be U.S. Representative, District 23 (Kevin McCarthy, incumbent); Member of State Assembly, District 23 (Jim Patterson, incumbent); and Tulare County Supervisor, District 1 (Kuyler Crocker, incumbent).
COMFORT FOR KIDS: QUILTING PROJECT
Tuesday, March 3, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Memorial Building. Volunteers are welcome to assist in this 2020 session to assemble comforters that will be provided to patients at Valley Children’s Hospital, Kaweah Delta, and Adventist Health, with additional quilts going to hospital-run hospice programs and programs for housing-challenged families. No experience necessary; donations of labor and materials are always welcome. Weekly through April. 561-4270.
FREE GRAFTING WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 7, 9 am-noon, College of the Sequoias – Tulare Campus, Building B, 4999 E. Bardsley, Ave. Learn all about fruit trees at the COS Horticulture Club’s free workshop that will teach how to graft your own backyard dormant trees. Late winter is the best time to plant or graft apple, pear, apricot, peach, plum, nectarine, cherry, and persimmon trees. Scion wood for your home trees is free, as are cuttings that go directly into the ground such as grape, pomegranate, fig, and berry. Master grafters from COS and the California Rare Fruit Growers will help participants graft their very own young tree rootstock, $5 each (subject to availability). Proceeds benefit the COS Horticulture Club. Information: Richard Smith, 322-4695; or Ramon Flores, 909-3918.
1ST SATURDAY THREE RIVERS
Saturday, March 7, 11 am-5 pm (approximate), throughout Three Rivers (watch for the purple/gold flags). Featured Artist: Courtnee Browning, jewelry. Pick up free maps and schedules at Three Rivers Historical Museum or Three Rivers Arts Center. Dozens of artists; art for show and sale. Website.d
Sunday, March 8, 2 am.
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Monday, March 16, 1 pm, Assembly Room, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), a romantic drama starring Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts, based on the Thomas Hardy novel. Sponsored by Aging in Community-Three Rivers. Refreshments. Rides provided for those without transportation (call 465-4666 or 561-4703). Free; open to the public. Also Available: A pre-movie senior lunch special (soup, sandwich, drink, and cookie). Cost: $5. Lunch reservations required: Barbara Lahmann, 561-4595 (call by Sunday, March 15).
JOHN AUSTIN RETURNS: CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER AVAILABILITY
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 pm, Three Rivers Library. John Austin, author of Floods and Droughts in the Tulare Lake Basin, will provide a presentation on floods, drought, and water availability. Children encouraged to attend with adult. Sponsored by Friends of the Three Rivers Library. Free; open to the public. 561-4564.
ISABELLE ELMER (1923-2019): CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Saturday, March 21, 11 am, Community Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers. Reception will immediately follow.
THREE RIVERS BREAD BASKET: COMMUNITY PRODUCE GROCERY
Wednesday, March 25, 9 am-noon, Three Rivers Arts Center. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available to all Three Rivers residents for free the fourth Wednesday of each month as part of the California Association of Food Banks Farm to Family program. 561-4154.
HERO APPRECIATION MONTHS – JANUARY-MARCH 2020: ARMED FORCES CELEBRATION
Friday, March 27, 7 pm, Sequoia Cider Mill, Three Rivers. This year’s honorees: Greg Meis, veteran, U.S. Marines; Jay Wood, veteran, U.S. Army; Don Thompson, veteran, U.S. Navy; and Margaret Rogin, U.S. Navy WAVES, the women’s branch of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II (all Three Rivers residents). Soup, bread, drinks provided. Free; open to the public. 561-4270.
COMING IN APRIL…
WOODLAKE EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, April 11, noon, Miller Brown Park, Woodlake. Inaugural Easter Egg Hunt that is free to children ages 1 to 8. Children will be divided into age groups (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8); thousands of plastic eggs will hold prizes and candy. Bring your own basket. Other activities include photos with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, information booths, games, and more. Sponsored by JEMA Foundation (Juventud Enriquecimiento Musica y Artes Foundation; translation: Youth Enrichment in Music and Arts) and Southern California Gas Company. Families wishing to attend may pre-register their children for an age-group wristband; registration will close once capacity is reached (no registration necessary for toddlers ages 1-2). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 17-19, 10 am-10 pm (approximate), with performances at three venues throughout Three Rivers. Thirteen bands are on the 2020 lineup for the 47th annual event: Blue Street Jazz Band, Bob Draga and Friends, Carl Sonny Leyland and Friends,. Dave Bennett Quartet,. Dixie Dominos, Gator Nation, Gino and the Lone Gunmen, The All New High Street Party Band, Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, Memphis Speed Kings, Reedley River Rats, Sierra Seven, Tom Rigney and Flambeau. Food and drink at all venues; free shuttle service to venues; dry camping for RVs; raffle; and more. Early-bird all-event badge: $110 (price increases to $120 after March 15); children and all students (including college) receive free admission. Sponsors wanted. Organized by Sierra Traditional Jazz Club. Information: 827-1470.
CELEBRANT SINGERS: WORLDTOUCH BOWL-A-THON
Sunday, April 19, 1 pm (check-in); 2 pm (opening ceremonies); 2:10 pm (bowling and prizes), 3:50-4 pm (closing ceremonies and awards); Bowlero Visalia, 1740 W. Caldwell Ave. The 10th annual event will raise funds that are used to train, mobilize, and deploy Celebrants onto the mission field (for the 43rd year!). Participants receive commemorative event T-shirt, 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, and entry into door prize drawing. Registration: $100 donation per bowler or $400 per team of 4. More Bowl-A-Thon information is here or call 740-4000. Register here.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 24-26, Lions Arena, Three Rivers. Competition in team roping, branding, barrel racing, and more. Kids’ activities. Concessions include food, bar, and western products.
BASKETS AND GOURDS: CONTAINERS OF OUR CULTURE VIII
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 24-26, Visalia Elks Lodge, 3100 W. Main St. (at Mineral King Ave.). The eighth annual event, founded by gourd artists Carol Rookstool of Three Rivers and Toni Best of Visalia, will begin with a Meet the Artists reception on Friday, then continue with two dates of basketry and gourd-art classes. Keynote speaker: Bill Colligen. See www.basketsandgourds.com for the complete brochure and to register for classes.