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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

Oregon

Pacific City

May 2: Kentucky Derby Days featuring scavenger hunt, horse crafts, watch the race on the big screen!
May 9-10: Celebrating Mom, handmade craft, Latimer Quilt & Textile Center Open House in Tillamook from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 16: Gone to the Dogs Weekend with scavenger hunt, pet greeting card craft, all pooch review dog show, 4-H Dog Show at the Tillamook Fairgrounds.
May 23-24: Memorial Day Weekend, USA Facts scavenger hunt, crafts, watch the Indy 500 race on our big screen TV!
May 30: Trekkie Weekend: dress up as your favorite Star Trek characters and compete in our costume contest, bring your Trekkie memorabilia to share at the family lodge, Trekkie characters scavenger hunt.

May 7-8
13th Annual Farm Fest Days
Pet farm animals and learn rural way of living at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, Sue Durrer Dairy Barn, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Orella Chadwick at (503) 842-6036.

May 15-16
Mustangs & Fords Club 9th Annual Cruise-In
In support of Special Olympics. Located in downtown Tillamook on Main Ave. Tillamook Cheese Factory. For more information email or call Chief Terry Wright, (503) 842-2522.

May 16
Mutt Masters Dog Show And Olympics
Located at Lincoln City, benefiting the local animal shelter. For more information, call Katera at (800) 452-2151.

Whalers Rest

May 2: Cinco de Mayo dinner served in our North Clubhouse.
May 10: Mother’s Day, ice cream social and a free sundae for moms.
May 22–23: Whalers Rev ‘Em Up Weekend featuring pinewood derby car making classes for all ages, barbecue and banana splits.

May 15-17
Brewers Memorial Fest
World’s largest dog and brewers festival. Bring your dog to join the fun. There will be beer tasting, venders, food booths, dog games and activities. Cost is $10 per adult. Held at the Rogue Brewery, South Beach, four miles from the Whalers preserve. Hours are Friday 4 to 10 p.m., Sat. 12 to 10 p.m., and Sun. 12 to 4 p.m.

Washington

Chehalis

May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend: enjoy the musical talents of Norm Lynn.

Grandy Creek

May 8-9: Special Mothers’ Day Weekend: kids’ special gift for mom, moms eat free, pool open.
May 22–24: Memorial Day activities.

La Conner

May 2: Cinco de Mayo, piñata, taco feed dinner.
May 9: Mother’s Day Weekend, mothers’ tea, make mom a special card, French Toast Sunday breakfast.
May 16: Queen Victoria’s birthday, special celebration.
May 22: First hayride of the summer season, campfire s’mores and singing with Mark and Mel.
May 23: Memorial Day Weekend:  Pirates invade La Conner; meet the rascally pirates, walk the plank and go on a scavenger hunt! Dance the evening away with our favorite DJ Charlie Moore.
May 24: Sunday chapel with Mark & Mel, kids’ bounce house!

Little Diamond

May 9: Trout fishing, chili feed, prize for largest fish.
May 16: Swimming pool open for season.
May 22-24: Memorial Day Weekend, kids crafts, ice cream, bingo, steak dinner, bonfire with s’mores.

Long Beach

May Saturdays
Ilwaco Market
This event has tons of vendors and features everything from fresh foods to crafts and fresh fish.  Held at the Port of Ilwaco, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 mile from the preserve.

May 22-25
Worlds Longest Yard Sale
The peninsula hosts this 28-mile long yard sale. Start driving and you’ll find treasures.

Southwest

Arizona

Verde Valley

Throughout May: Club Blazer activities.
May 2: Cinco de Mayo Festival with salsa making, mask art, rock painting and games.
May 9: Family Wii Day, potluck lunch.
May 22-25: Summer is here! Join us for water fun, swimming pool games, hikes, crafts and more. Saturday is our Annual Barbecue of St. Louis ribs dinner. In addition to our usual Saturday and Sunday meals, breakfast will be served on Monday morning.

Local Events
Throughout May
Chose from “Garden Tours” in Jerome, hiking trails in Sedona, cooling off at Slide Rock State Park or touring our wonderful State Parks and museums. Visit any of our nearby neighbors for festivities including Cinco de Mayo celebrations during the weekend of May 2, bird watching workshops at Dead Horse State Park May 8-13, or trout fishing classes at Oak Creek. Although some of the local State Parks are closing for repairs, Red Rock State Park and Red Rock Crossing invite you to learn the art and meaning of the “Vortex” experience.
All within 50 miles from the preserve.

California

Lake of the Springs

May 1-3: Horseshoe tourney, barbecue lunch, craft and variety fair, family campfire with John Carter, family dance with DJ George Jordan.
May 9-10: Family campfire with John Carter, family dance with DJ John King, Mother’s Day breakfast, free French Toast for all moms. May 16: Family campfire with John Carter, family dance with DJ John King.
May 22: Adult Money Bingo with the Volunteer Fire Dept., ET Quality RV show, kids fishing derby, hayrides, campfire, Joanie Lee and the Branding Irons, teen dance with DJ Eric, waterslides.

Morgan Hill

May 8-10: Mother’s Day Weekend:  Bring info. to create her family tree and make mom a special card. The Dancing DJ will be kicking off our summer season with music, line dancing and fun games, bonfire and s’mores, and hayrides.
May 15-17: Armed Forces Weekend featuring music with Steve Edwards, bonfire, and hayrides.
May 22-24: Memorial Day: bring family photos of those that have served in the armed forces; all veterans will be recognized during the Saturday night entertainment featuring the Dancing DJ, bonfire, hayrides, and the Corvairs entertain.
May 29-31: Spring Flower Weekend, Eddie Williams entertains, campfire and hayrides.

Ponderosa

Throughout May: While staying at the resort, receive discounts on whitewater rafting and massage therapy, call (530) 622-2329.
May 2: Cinco de Mayo, Mexican train, piñata, and bingo.
May 9-10: Mother’s Day events, kids craft for mom, special breakfast.
May 22-24: Memorial Day events include karaoke, DJ Kim, Slack Cats perform, carnival games with Rainbow the Clown.
May 30: Join us for a caravan to Marshall State Park, bingo, and ice cream social.

May 17
Hangtown Classic Car Show
Back by popular demand is the Hangtown Classic Car Show on historic Main Street in Placerville, 12 miles from the preserve. All cars are pre-1972. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Soledad Canyon

May 2-3: Hollywood Metrolink Tour, Golden Cue Tournament.
May 5-9: “Let’s Dance 2009”Line Dance:  sign up for the entire rally or per day. Registration is Tuesday at 12 p.m. featuring a welcoming finger food potluck and open dancing. Dance lessons all day with dances all night. Coffee and treats every morning before classes. A potluck dinner is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. with dancing afterwards.  Farewell Dinner with ceremony and dancing is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.  International Instructors invited include Paul & Karla Dornstedt, Patti Fall, Gene Morrill, Ruben Luna, Terri Slemmons, Toni Posner, Ken & Dorothy Lubin, plus many more. For more information/application visit www.1000trails.com (Soledad Canyon) or e-mail .
May 9-10: Los Angeles Metrolink Tour; Mother’s Day.
May 16-17: Armed Forces Day Weekend, Hollywood Metrolink Tour, Golden Cue Tournament.
May 23: Los Angeles Metrolink Tour.
May 22-25: Club Blazer Initiation Ceremony Weekend: Club Blazer includes a program in motion to educate about our planet earth and to keep it green. We find things to do that are healthy for our environment and us and have a fun time doing so. Also Memorial Day Weekend highlights, activities for all ages, lots of entertainment and more!
May 25: Memorial Day includes Observance Day Ceremony with Marines Corps as honored guests, live music and toy collecting for Toys for Tots.
May 30: Hollywood Metrolink Tour, Annual Toys for Tots 5K Run kick-off. Come join us for a good cause. Bring a new unwrapped toy or a suggested donation of $5. Swimming, basketball, hammer strike, fishing and horseback riding are just a few of the many events happening here at Soledad. Stay until nightfall and join us at our marshmallow roast.

Throughout May
Edwards Air Force Base
Tour the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for federal holidays and special events. For more information, call (661) 277-3510 or visit www.edwards.af.mil.

Throughout May
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, call (800) 410-8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com.

Texas

Bay Landing

May 8-10: Pamper Mom Day, Mary Kay consultant here, crafts for kids to give mom, good food served all day.
May 22-25: Memorial Day celebration, egg toss, water balloon toss and more fun games, barbecue dinner, live music by T-Bone Road.

May 7-9
Butterfield Stage Days Festival & PRCA Rodeo
Located at Harwood Park and Rodeo Grounds in Bridgeport, 3 miles from the preserve. Come enjoy over 90 vendors, live entertainment, food, carnival, raffle drawing and a Bridgeport Idol contest. Carnival Thurs., Rodeo Fri and Sat. with live entertainment each night after the rodeo. For more information call (940) 683-2076.

Lake Conroe

May 2-3: Cinco de Mayo Weekend featuring taco making and best bean recipe contest, Mexican dish cook off, tortilla toss and Mexican Hat dance, birthday cake party.
May 9-10: Mother’s Day Weekend with Mother’s Day tea, mother/kid trivia game, Mothers Day dance with Hayden Braun and his magnificent keyboard!
May 16-17: Cruise Line bingo marathon, volleyball, basketball, Wii tourney.
May 23-24: Memorial Day Weekend with apple bobbing, tattoos for the kids, moonwalk, water volleyball, Memorial Day crafts, and live band entertainment in the evening!
May 30-31: Summer Kickoff Weekend features lots of outdoor games, volleyball, flag football, pickleball, cookout, and icy treats. Bring at $3 treat for Brown Bag bingo.

Lake Tawakoni

May 9-10: Mother’s Day celebration featuring a cake and punch social.
May 23-25: Memorial Day Weekend with fun and games, featuring entertainment by the lively and talented Trey Houston.

May 28-30
1st Monday Trade Days
This event is billed as the world’s largest outdoor trade days. Thousands of vendors from across the country turn this friendly East Texas community into a shopper’s paradise featuring antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, jewelry and more. Held between FM 859 and SH 19 in Canton, just south of I-20 and SH 19, 30 miles south of the preserve.

Lake Whitney

May 2: Cinco de Mayo Weekend with outdoor fun, Piñata and Mexican hat dance contest, Mexican potluck.
May 9: Mother’s Day Weekend: pamper mom, kids’ gifts for mom, special dinner, bingo.
May 16: Family Fun Weekend featuring family relays, member-staff baseball game, family movie, and campfire.
May 23-24: Memorial Day Weekend: breakfast at the Fillin’ Station, water games, steak dinner and entertainment by Plum Country band, site decorating and Uncle Sam look-alike contest, golf cart toilet paper races, evening potluck and bingo.

Throughout May
Local Activities
Whitney Lake is less than 10 minutes from our preserve and offers great boating and fishing lake. Waco, TX is about 45 minutes and always has fun and exciting things to see and do, along with many good restaurants.

Medina Lake

May 2: Celebrate May birthdays and anniversaries with cake, ice cream and party games.
May 9: Mother’s Day Weekend, poker run, special Mother’s Day craft; a photographer will be in the Activity Center taking family portraits in the afternoon, Super Bingo with great prizes, Sunday mom eats free at the Top of the Trail Café; door prize drawing for a Gift Card from The Cutaway Beauty Salon.
May 23: Memorial Day Weekend: piñatas, apple bobbing, family scavenger hunt, the Top of the Trail Café party trays, Sunday barbecue dinner with Bimbo and the Borderline Band.
May 30: Movie Night.

May 16
Old Gruene Market Days
Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items, collectibles and packaged Texas foods. Free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held in downtown Gruene, 1 hour from the Medina Lake Preserve. For more info, call (830) 832-1721 or visit www.gruenemarketdays.com

East

Florida

Orlando

May 10: Mother’s Day: free beverage and cake for all mothers this day!
May 25: Memorial Day weekend features additional entertainment and activities for all ages.

Throughout May
Walt Disney World & Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Over a million flowers are brought in throughout this event. Seminars, classes, special live entertainment featured in “The Flower Power Concert Series” includes Davy Jones, Herman's Hermits, Chubby Checker and Tony Orlando just to name a few. Art displays and presentations as well. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Event is just 12 miles from the preserve.

Kentucky

Diamond Caverns

Fridays in May: Family movie night in the game room at 8 p.m.
May 2: Kentucky Derby Day featuring award winning chili, derby races with 25 cent wagers, and Kentucky Derby Pie for just $2 per slice!
May 10: Mother’s Day celebration with free breakfast for moms, crafts and gifts to make for mom.
May 23: Memorial Day celebration with fun and food the entire day, entertainment by Danny Dale and Co., memorial to artist of the past, bring lawn chairs.

May 28-31
Glasgow Highland Games
Event features Scottish food, game, and music held at nearby Barren River State Park.

Massachusetts

Gateway to Cape Cod

May 1-3: Fly a Kite Weekend: Bring your own kite or try one of ours, prizes for the longest flying kite!
May 5-10: Mother’s Day Weekend featuring annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday afternoon.
May 15-17: Armed Forces Weekend with social hour to honor our servicemen, women and veterans.
May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend – the official kick-off to our camping season, Saturday night entertainment.
May 29-31: Pet Weekend featuring Pet Parade, special treats and prizes for the “best” pets.

Throughout May
16th Annual Maritime Days
A celebration of the Cape’s rich maritime history, including lighthouse and walking tours, nautical art exhibits, lectures and kayak trips.  Go to www.CapeCodChamber.org for a full schedule of events. Held at various Cape Cod locations, just 30 minutes from the preserve.

May 14-17
Springfest 2009
Free admission, family-oriented event with amusement rides, games, food, entertainment, and fireworks. Held at Brooklawn Park, New Bedford, 25 minutes from the preserve. Hours are Thurs. and Fri. 6 to 10 p.m., Sat. 12 to 10 p.m., and Sun. 1 to 8 p.m.

May 15-17
20th Annual Scrimshaw Collectors Weekend
Scrimshaw curators, collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world share insights, experience and new discoveries. Held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 25 minutes from the preserve. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

Sturbridge (OW)

May 12-17
Brimfield Fair Antique Show
Antiques galore! Starts at daybreak and ends at dusk in the town of Brimfield, 5 miles from the preserve.

New Jersey

Lake and Shore

May 8-10: Mother’s Day Weekend, scrapbooking, music with DJ Sonja, breakfast for mom, and shopping trip to the AC Outlet stores.
May 15-17: Spring Cleaning: help the staff get things ready for the summer season featuring a Saturday night barbecue for all volunteers, DJ Sonja spins tunes.
May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend, karaoke, speed slide contest, swimming relays, greased pig races, Due South Band plays favorite country tunes, ice cream social, Sounds of Asbury Park perform on Sunday, barbecue and loads more!

Throughout May
Local Attractions
Sea Isle City Promenade and beaches, 5 miles from the preserve. Ocean City boardwalk and beaches, 8 miles form the preserve. Wildwood Boardwalk and beaches, 15 miles from the preserve. Atlantic City, casinos, amusements, outlet shopping, beaches, 20 miles from the preserve.

North Carolina

Forest Lake

May 1-3: Tournament Weekend, karaoke with Randy Hakes.
May 8-10: Mother’s Day Weekend, kids make gifts, Elvis Impersonator Michael Helms will sing to our moms.
May 15-17: NASCAR Weekend, big screen party, DJ Torie Boan.
May 22-24: Memorial Weekend, arts and crafts sale, parade, DJ Torie Boan, Wishful Thinking Band, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson.
May 29-31: “That ‘70s Weekend” features ‘70s fashions and best-dressed contest.

May 9
Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention
Mountain music and traditional bluegrass, jam sessions and performances. Sponsored by Cooleemee Citizens at Clement Grove, 10 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (336) 284-4167.

Lake Gaston

May 1-3: Annual Volunteer Beautification Weekend: gather to plant flowers, get the pool ready, work on special projects and make new acquaintances.  Volunteers are treated to a North Carolina “pig pickin’” with DJ dance.
May 22-24: Memorial Day Weekend, hayrides, ceramics, church services, DJ dance, pool games and much more.

May 23
Battle of the Barbecue
A unique competition among some of the best barbecue chefs in North Carolina. Each year there are more contestants. You’ll also see samples of creative pig-cookers and maybe get a recipe for their secret sauce.  Judging begins at noon and plates are available for sale.  Loads of fun and entertainment. Located at the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce Building, 2475 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, 12 miles from the preserve. For more information call (252) 586-5711.

Pennsylvania

Scotrun (OW)

May 1-3: Fiesta de Mayo, celebrate spring and the Poconos.
May 8-10: Momma Mia Weekend, crafts and ceramics, gifts for mom.
May 15-17:  Salute to the Services: patriotic weekend to remember our armed forces.
May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend, outdoor sports, indoor games and crafts and DJ Megahertz Mark for dancing Saturday and Sunday nights.
May 29-31: “Back to Bedrock” Weekend; look out for those pesky dinosaurs, egg hunt.

May 9-10
Fine Arts Show
Annual show with approximately 40 juried artists from the surrounding region of a wide variety of mediums. Set up on Main Street in Bethlehem, 35 miles from the preserve. For more information, visit www.bfac-lv.org.

May 16-17, 23-24
Farm Animal Frolic
See and touch the baby farm animals. Pony ride, hay jumping, egg hatching and more. Children’s show daily at 1 p.m. Located at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg, 10 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (570) 992-6161 or visit www.quietvalley.org.

PA Dutch Country (OW)

May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend, pool opens, patriotic parade and pool party.
May 29-31: County Fair Weekend, farm animals visit, and best apple pie contest.

Timothy Lake North

May 1-3: Cinco de Mayo, Mexican weekend with piñatas, festive arts and crafts, karaoke.
May 8-10: Mother’s Day Weekend: spoil mom with gifts, old-fashioned tea party, free coffee and cake while she enjoys a movie on the big screen.
May 15-17: Clowning Around Weekend with Bubbles the Clown, magic and balloon animals.
May 22-25: Memorial Day weekend, barbecues, pool and softball games, live entertainment in the evening.
May 29-31: Spy Weekend: solve puzzles, mystery hunts, Saturday evening magic show.

Virginia

Harbor View

May 9: Mother’s Day, kids create card for mom.

May Through October
Westmoreland Berry Farm
Visit this seasonal retail farm site along the Rappahannock River.  Pick your own berries in season. They also serve food at the takeout window, ice cream sundaes with fresh berries and shortcake. Best known for their goat walk – a barnyard outside the box. Located less than 10 miles from the preserve on Berry Farm Lane. For more information, call (804) 224-9171.

May 10
Mother’s Appreciation Day – Ingleside Vineyards
Mothers receive a complimentary wine tasting, rose and wine glass. Held at Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove, 10 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (804) 224-8687 or visit www.ipwine.com.

Lynchburg

May 2
Altavista Quilt Festival
Event includes quilting classes, food, vendors, music.  Admission is $3, entry fee is $5. Located at the Booker Building in English Park, Altavista, just 21 miles from the preserve, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call (434) 369-6665.

May 4
Earth Day
5K run, choral and band music, art show, craft sales, various vendors, cruise-in car show, children’s activities, street dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Held at the Charlotte Court House from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 30 miles from the preserve.

Virginia Landing

May 22-25: Hot dog roast, mini golf tournament, arts & crafts, and family movie night.

May 6
41st Annual Seafood Festival
Festival includes all you can eat seafood and price includes water and soda. Beer and wine available at additional cost. Live entertainment. Tickets $40 each and are available through the Chamber of Commerce, (757) 787-2460. Hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Located at Tom’s Cove, Chincoteague, 45 miles from the preserve

Midwest

Ohio

Kenisee Lake

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May: Movie nights, bonfire with hotdogs and s’mores, craft and garage sales. To sign up for Saturday garage sales send email to .
May 1: Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo Weekend, cheer on your own horse during the running at Churchill Downs, taco bar following the race to celebrate Cinco de Mayo day (we will furnish the shells and meat, you bring the toppings!)
May 8: Mother’s Day, treat mom to our fabulous breakfast buffet, Family Feud, moms receive a free sundae.
May 15: Fitness Weekend featuring many different races and competitions for the young and the old, with prizes.
May 22: David Robert’s Cooking Class/Birthdays and Anniversary Weekend.
May 29: Memorial Day Weekend: Boy Scouts will be here to join us in our flag ceremony; also includes wine tasting party and steak fry.