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Yellowstone River

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Pacific City

Apr. 4: Spring Fling, floral crafts and nature walk.
Apr. 11: New bunnies! Egg coloring and egg hunt, Easter Sunday service with Dave Green.
Apr. 18: Flea Market, sell your goodies in the lodge. Tables provided, $20 each. Contact the Preserve to reserve your space, (503) 956-6200.
Apr. 25: Monopoly Marathon Weekend.

22nd Annual Home and Garden Show
April 4-5
Held at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, free admission, from 10-5 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday.

Sixth Annual Birding and Blues Festival
April 3-5
Held in Pacific City, just a short drive from the Pacific City Preserve. For times and tickets visit

Easter Egg Hunt
April 11
For pre-schoolers to 4th graders at the Cloverdale High School. Contact Diane Swan for more information, (503) 965-6000.

Whalers Rest

Apr. 11: Easter egg-dyeing for all ages, annual Easter party, egg hunting for adults (bring flashlights because your hunt will be in the dark).
Apr. 12: Easter egg hunt will be held for kids at 2 p.m. along with ice cream sundaes.

2009 Oregon Coast Home and Garden Show
April 10-12
For 30 years, we’ve been the coast’s resource for information on all home and garden needs. From new home construction and home improvements to great products and services for patio, yard and garden, you’ll enjoy demos and learn about the many great, new products and services available. Held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Newport, 10 minutes north of the Whaler’s Rest Preserve from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


La Conner

Apr. 11-12: Easter egg-dyeing, egg hunt, Sunday Chapel with Reid and Jeanne June.
Apr. 24-26: TT Singles rally.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
April 1-30
One of the most fantastic events in the state of Washington. The amount of tulips and their colors are absolutely stunning. There are so many “picture moments,” you won’t be disappointed. There are signs and fields of Tulips all over the valley, beginning just 10 minutes from the La Conner Preserve. Visit for maps and times.

Little Diamond

Apr. 24: Park is open for the season!
May 9: Fishing opens for large Kamloops Trout! Chili feed in the family lodge with refreshments. Prize for the largest fish on Saturday!

Long Beach

Peninsula arts Association show
April 3-5
Peninsula Arts Association offers the work of more than 60 local artists in juried exhibitions as well as unique shopping experiences in the “Inspired Creations” portions of the show. Located at 303 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, 3 miles from the Long Beach Preserve.

Black Lake Kid’s Fishing Derby
April 25
This event is for children ages 2-14. There will be a free pancake breakfast, goodie bags, prizes and much more. Begins at 6:30 a.m. at Black Lake on Hwy 101 between Ilwaco and Seaview, 1 mile from the Long Beach Preserve.


Apr. 11: Easter egg hunt, Easter potluck (ham provided), sign up in Clubhouse.



Verde Valley

Apr. 11: Dinner Around the World, feast on traditional Easter food from Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England and America. Buffet dinner starts at 5 p.m., $10/person. Easter egg hunt at 8 a.m. Sunday, Easter brunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $8/adults and $5/children under 10. Call (928) 567-5217 for reservations. Afterwards, enjoy Casino Night, a fundraiser for Christmas for Kids. Local members of the Cottonwood and Clarkdale Kiwanis will be sponsoring this fun night of food, games and fun.

April 11
Easter Egg Hunt
The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department invite children of all ages to their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Riverfront Park at 4 p.m. This event is sponsored by local merchants with numerous donations and prizes.

April 18
The Celebration of Children
This free event is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with games, crafts, music and art offered to promote the creative minds of the next generation. Held at the Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3200 for more information.

April 23-26
Birding and Nesting Festival
Dead Horse State Park, just 12 miles from the Verde Valley Preserve, invites you to their annual festival with hikes, bird watching, seminars, canoe rides and more.


Lake Minden

Apr. 3-5: Easter Bunny visit, games, pizza potluck social, egg crafts, Easter luncheon, egg hunt, scrapbooking class.
Apr. 10-12: Murder Mystery Weekend, mystery meal potluck social—bring your favorite covered dish, bring a surprise in a brown paper bag for Mystery Prize Bingo and lots more. Sign up for a basic Photo Composition Class.
Apr. 17-19: Earth Day Weekend, Friday baked potato potluck social, Brown Bag Bingo, Polymer Clay bead class, Earth Day scavenger hunt and learn some fun facts about Lake Minden.
Apr. 24-26: Friday pizza potluck social, win prizes for the highest flying kite, wackiest pin wheel, and the most original paper airplane. Tea bag folding class and make a variety of folded medallions for cards and scrapbooking.

24th Annual Bike Around the Buttes
April 18
A popular, fun bike ride with 17.5, 40 and 100-mile courses. 1,200 riders wind their way in and around the picturesque Sutter Buttes and Sutter County. This event benefits the Diabetes Society of Yuba-Sutter. The 100-mile course has a start time of 7-7:55 a.m. The others use an open start time of 8-11am. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the course closes down between 4-5 p.m. To register, email or visit Starting location is 7740 Butte House Road, Sutter, and 28 miles from the Lake Minden Preserve.

2009 Vintage Clothing Fair
April 18-19
Numerous dealers from all over the West bring their amazing variety of vintage clothing and accessories for both men and women. Held at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, 19 miles from the Lake Minden Preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Apr. 4: A is for April and A section. We would like to have it open by Easter, so we are having a member volunteer clean up day to get A section open. Those who help will get a free barbeque lunch. Hope to see you there.
Apr. 10: Easter Weekend, craft and variety fair, adult bingo, kids fishing derby, egg decorating, Easter diner, John Carter will be here for our family campfire sing-along and marshmallow roast, family dance with DJ John King, Easter sunrise service, visit from with Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg Hunt.
Apr. 18: Red Hat Ladies’ Luncheon, family campfire sing-along with John Carter and family dance with DJ Anna Maria.
Apr. 20: Line Dance Festival Week, lots of fun dancing and good food, family campfire and family Dance.

Morgan Hill

Apr. 11-12: Easter egg hunt, color eggs at the dining hall. Palm Springs
Apr. 4: Poolside party and Barbershop Chorus.
Apr. 12: Easter Church services, Easter egg hunt and Easter dinner.

April Thursdays
Every Thursday evening, downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World-famous Palm Canyon Drive. This event is dog friendly! Located about 5 miles from the Palm Springs Preserve. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m.

First Fridays
April 3
In combination with Palm Springs’ Art Walk, on the First Friday of every month through May 2009, approximately 30 galleries and retail boutiques on North Palm Canyon, from Tahquitz to El Alameda, will be open until 8 p.m. Everything from original Saarinen furniture, authentic Chinese antiques, modern handcrafted pottery, glass & paintings, as well as dozens of local artists, as well as some of the finest restaurants the Valley has to offer. Come join us on North Palm Canyon Drive, 5 miles from the Palm Springs Preserve.

Pio Pico

Daily in Apr.: Card games, coffee socials, pickleball, horseshoes, 8 ball tourneys.
Apr. 1-19: Spring Break 2009, youth center will be open everyday with 8 ball tournaments, Foose ball, ping-pong and air hockey. Kids coloring contests, scavenger hunts and kids crafts are some of the exciting events that we have planned for your kids.
Apr. 4: Saturday Marketplace, breakfast, craft class, candy bingo, family movie night.
Apr. 11-12: Wild Rose Road Show will be bring their zany antics with fun for the entire family, Easter egg coloring, candy bingo softball games, Sunday Easter service followed by an Easter Egg hunt with the Easter Bunny.
Apr. 18: Softball game, Foose ball tourney, candy bingo, horseshoes, and family movie night.
Apr. 25: Mini-golf tourney, crafts, 2500 rummy game, Saturday marketplace, and family movie night.

Soledad Canyon

Throughout Apr.: Horse Ranch, Native American settlement, Club Blazer here on the Preserve.
Apr. 1: April Fool’s Day.
Apr. 4: Hollywood Metrolink Tour.
Apr. 5: Golden Cue Tournament.
Apr. 9-12: Easter Weekend and Soledad’s 4th Annual Toys for Tots Pool Tournament. Thursday 9-Ball, Friday Jack & Jill, Saturday Singles, Sunday Couples. Finger food potluck Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a traditional potluck Sunday. We will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Los Angeles Metrolink Tour.
Apr. 18: Hollywood Metrolink Tour.
Apr. 19: Golden Cue Tournament.
Apr. 25: Los Angeles Metrolink Tour.

Annual Easter Re-Enactment
April 11-12
The Agua Dulce community invites you to their annual re-enactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Matinee Sat., 3 p.m. and Sun. 5 a.m. Located at 10700 West Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. For more information call (661) 269-0840.

City of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
April 22-26
Held at 23920 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita. For more information call (661) 286-4021 or visit


Bay Landing

Apr. 3-5: Beautify Bay Landing, plant flowers and trees throughout the park, free spaghetti lunch for volunteers.
Apr. 10-12: Easter Weekend, egg hunt, basket craft, adult flashlight hunt and more fun activities.
Apr. 17-19: Puzzle Mania Weekend, puzzles and prizes for all ages.
Apr. 24-26: Rodeo Play days, cow-chip toss, rootbeer chug, and more games planned with a quite hayride at the end of the day along with a barbeque dinner planned from Sharon’s chuck wagon.

Youth Rodeo
April 18-19
All the young cowboys and cowgirls participate with their animals for show. Held in Bridgeport at the Rodeo Grounds, 1.5 miles from the Bay Landing Preserve. For more information call (940) 683-2076.

Downtown market days
April 18
Huge garage sale in the center of town, with participation from the downtown shops. Held on the square in Decatur, 12 miles from the bay Landing Preserve. For more information call (940) 627-2741.

Colorado River

Apr. Sat: Ice cream social every Saturday at 1 p.m. We have all kinds of toppings and only 50 cents a scoop for ice cream.
Apr. 1: Casino fun bus for a trip to the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. The bus departs Columbus at 6 a.m. and returns to Columbus at 10 p.m. for $17/person round trip. Once at the casino, you receive $15 cash back. Advanced reservations are required due to limited seating on bus.
Apr. 2: Baked potato potluck, bring a topping to share, your plate and utensils. Cost is $1.50/person. Potato, coffee, ice tea, and butter are provided.
Apr. 9: Potluck Hobo stew, bring a can of veggies or soup per person. Remember to bring your bowl and utensils. The meat for stew, coffee, and iced tea are provided for $1.50/person.
Apr. 11: Easter potluck dinner, bring your most favorite casserole dish, guess the number of candy eggs in the jar for a chance to win a special prize.
Apr. 16: Baked potato potluck, bring a topping to share, your plate and utensils. Cost is $1.50/person. Potato, coffee, ice tea, and butter are provided.
Apr. 18: Say farewell for the season to all our Colorado River friends. Join us at 1 p.m. in the Activity Center for cake and ice cream.

Giddings Texas Opry
April 6
On the first Monday of each month enjoy a great evening of fine country music at the Son’s of Herman Hall in Giddings. If you would like to enjoy a great hamburger or grilled chicken sandwich before the show, line up at the Lodge to carpool at 4:15 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3/person. Giddings is 40 miles from the Colorado River Preserve.

Solo Reminiscence
April 11
Jeryl Hoover of the Fredricksburg Theater Company returns to Columbus. The concert includes many patron favorites such as Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, South Pacific and many others. Tickets are $30 each and include dinner and the play at the Stafford Opera House Dinner Theater, Located in Columbus, 5 miles from the Colorado River Preserve. Social Hour is 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and curtain is at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call (979) 732-5135.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory
Throughout April
Tour the famous Blue Bell Creameries in nearby Brenham, TX. General admission is $3 and $2 for senior citizens. Call ahead for reservations at (800) 327-8135. Brenham is 45 miles from the Colorado River Preserve.

Lake Tawakoni

Apr. 11-12: Come spend Easter weekend here! Breakfast, parade, egg-dyeing for kids and an egg hunt.

Canton First Monday Trade Days
April 2-5
One of the nation’s largest flea markets. Located in Canton, about an hour from the Lake Tawakoni Preserve.

Lake Texoma

Apr. 4: Birthday Bingo Weekend, bingo, crafts and fun for all ages.
Apr. 11: Easter Weekend, egg hunt, Easter dinner, live music.
Apr. 18: Earth Day Weekend, plant a tree, help clean up Texoma.
Apr. 25: Gospel Weekend, crafts, music and snack potluck for the evening music.

Annual Easter Parade
April 11
Come check out the fun parade in Tishomingo along with a huge Easter egg hunt with over 10,000 eggs hidden with candy and prizes. Tishomingo, Oklahoma is about 35 miles north of the Lake Texoma Preserve. For more information visit

PRCA Rodeo
April 10-11
Held in Denison. For more information call (903) 465-1551.

Petunia Days
April 25
A fun festival for the whole family. Held in Whitesboro. For more information call (903) 564-3351.

Lake Whitney

Apr. 3-4: ‘50s Weekend, music, dancing contest, hot dogs and burgers with coke floats. Apr. 10-11: Easter Weekend, pictures with the Easter Bunny, egg coloring, egg hunts.
Apr. 17-18: Nature Weekend, hiking, survival technique class.
Apr. 24-25: Bingo for the whole family with an evening potluck.

Medina Lake

Apr. 4: Spring Fling Weekend, nature walks, mini-golf tournament, April birthdays and anniversaries celebration.
Apr. 11: Easter Weekend, color eggs, Easter craft, family night Wii tournament, Easter dinner at 2 p.m. at the Top of the Trail Café.
Apr. 25: Tourney Day, fun for everyone! All kinds of tournaments to participate in.

Fiesta San Antonio
April 16-26
This is a 10-day fiesta with over 100 events including parades and festivals with plenty of live entertainment. It takes over 100 local nonprofit organizations to make this event happen and over 3.5 million people will attend. It started in 1891 as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto and has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. Located in downtown San Antonio, about 35 miles from the Medina Lake Preserve.





Apr. 3-4: Camping Connection RV Maintenance Seminar, entertainment by Kathleen Kane.
Apr. 11-12: Meet and greet, Easter Bunny, Easter crafts, egg hunt and Easter Sunday Social. Entertainment by Tomaura.
Apr. 18-20: Entertainment by Tom Eldridge, MASA presentation.


Gateway to Cape Cod (OW)

Apr. 11: Make plans now to enjoy our opening weekend activities, Easter egg hunt and more fun activities.

Sturbridge (OW)

Apr. 4: Kid’s Easter Weekend, annual Easter egg hunt.

North Carolina

Forest Lake

Apr. 10-12: Easter Weekend! Join us for our traditional celebration. Try out the new playground. On Saturday we will have an egg hunt, golf cart decorating and parade; visit with the Easter Bunny; kid’s craft and dance.

Kid’s Fest
April 25
Kid’s fest is geared toward 5 year olds and under, with fun carnival games, face painting, and food. Hours are 10 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Located at the Masonic Picnic Grounds, North Main Street, 12 miles from the Forest Lake Preserve.


Scotrun (OW)

Apr. 3-5: Card games for all ages, prizes for the winners.
Apr. 10-12: Egg and bunny activities, egg coloring, an egg hunt and ceramic bunny craft.
Apr. 17-19: Earth Day, week-long “green” contests. Have an idea to benefit our plant? Bring it along; there will be a weekly prize for the best idea.
Apr. 25: Fishing Derby, rain or shine from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., prizes for all ages.

PA Dutch Country (OW)

Apr. 10-12: Easter Weekend, egg hunt and Easter dinner in the lodge.

Timothy Lake North (OW)

Apr. 9: Grand re-opening. Games, prizes, lots of fun for the whole family!



Clarksville Lake County Festival
April 25
Venture to downtown Clarksville, 40 miles from the Lynchburg Preserve, and sample Virginia wines, delicious food and live music from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit

Celtic Festival
April 25
Music, dance, language arts and food of the Irish, Scottish and Welsh. Held at the Sedalia Center for Cultural Arts in Big Island, beginning at 10 a.m., 45 miles from the Lynchburg Preserve. For more information visit

Virginia Landing

Daffodil Festival
April 4-5
Held at the Chincoteague Center, 45 miles from the Virginia Landing Preserve. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (757) 336-0614.

Bluegrass Concert
April 18
7 p.m. concert features Roadside Café and Pocket Change. Sponsored by the Island Bluegrass Alliance. Held at the Chincoteague Center, Chincoteague, 45 miles from the Virginia Landing Preserve. For more information call (757) 336-0614 or visit