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Aug. 1: “Say Cheese, Please” Cheese Hunt; cheese crafts, cheese social. Club Blazer Dray Save the Rays Dragonfly Week. Enjoy two performances by Connie Hays.
Aug. 8: County Fair Daze: featuring partner puddin’ eatin’, plus make your own kite. Club Blazer Haley Hawk Week. Welcome back Lee King family entertainment.
Aug. 15: Harry Potter weekend: Find Harry Potter characters during a scavenger hunt, snowy owl craft, plus Harry Potter movie with popcorn. Club Blazer Walker Wolf Week. Plus karaoke fun with Ernie Kropf family.
Aug. 22: Heritage Weekend: Celebrate 29 years of Customer Service this year. Create your own heritage family tree craft, anniversary cake and beverages, Club Blazer Hoot the Owl Week. “Heritage” entertainer show and gospel service.
Aug. 29: Pirates of the Pacific features Treasure Map scavenger hunt, Treasure Chest piggy bank, tattoo parlor and “Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate” game. Club Blazer Dray Save the Rays week. Norm Lynn returns for another outstanding performance.
Tillamook County Fair – “Where Pigs Fly”
Pig and Ford races, 4-H exhibits and shows, horseracing, demolition derby, concerts and more. Located at the Tillamook Fairgrounds.
Aug. 1: Aug-Tober Fest with Happy Hans Band
Aug. 2: Chapel with Reid and Jeanne June every Sunday in August.
Aug. 7: Hayride and campfire with Amy Hindman
Aug. 8-9: War Chief Canoe Club will be hosting their annual canoe race here.
Aug. 21: Hayride and campfire with Amy Hindman
Aug. 29: Rock N Roll with DJ Charlie Moore.
Aug 8: 50s Weekend: prizes for dancing and singing 50s style!
Aug. 15: Sock Hop Dance for teens of all ages.
Aug. 22: Hawaiian Days featuring luau and music.
Aug. 29: Classic Car Show: Bring your classic car to the show. Plus, every Saturday night in August is Karaoke with Patty.
Aug. 8-9: Tootie Fruity Weekend Slam: Join us for some fruit-filled fun.
Aug. 15: Annual Luau: featuring the famous Aloha dancers and lots of contests.
Aug. 22: Cowboy Weekend: lots of activities and contests for everyone.
July 31-Aug. 1: Weekend at the Track: The “horses” will be running at the track at Newport. The “horses” are actually our American Relay for Life walkers. Come out to relay event and place your bets. Who will walk the most laps? Join us in the South Clubhouse on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a root beer float and see if you picked the winner. Return later for a night of musical fun with Hired Hands beginning at 7 p.m.
Aug. 7-9: Battle of the Sexes Weekend: it’s guys versus gals weekend with a 2-day amazing race; then gear up for our “Can’t Beat That” party at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the South Clubhouse.
Aug. 14-16: Arabian Nights Weekend: The east is coming alive this weekend with the Egyptian Desert party for all ages. You can make your very own genie bottle – you’ll have to bring your own genie though! Paul King will entertain in the South Clubhouse on Saturday night.
Aug. 20: Fun Kids’ Extreme Game Night: Calling all kids for crazy games form 7 to 11 p.m. – swim, enjoy snacks and a great movie.
Aug. 21-23: Whaler’s Carnival Weekend: Join in the fun in our very own fun zone on Saturday. In the evening we will have entertainment by The Graber-Sauter & Rudd Band in our South Clubhouse.
Aug. 28-30: Pirate’s on the Pacific Weekend: pirates are taking over the preserve. Visit the plank or spend some time looking for buried treasure. Ron Diller will be sharing his talents on the guitar at 7 p.m. in the South Clubhouse.
July 31-August 1
Newport Relay for Life
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Teams walk the track all night to raise money and awareness for cancer. Luminaria ceremony in memory of those who lost the battle with cancer. Held at the Newport High School track, just 6 minutes north
July 31-Aug. 2: Renaissance Weekend: The Kingdome of Lake Minden invites kings, queens, jesters, merchants, peasants and monks to come for a weekend of medieval fun. Bring a finger food addition to our Friday Night Medieval Potluck Social. Saturday night prepare for mini-carnival games and contests from the days of medieval knights, including a Sword in the Stone Scavenger Hunt and medieval-style jousting. Make a pair of Victorian earrings in a Beading Class. Kids can craft a crown or magic wand. Maybe you’ll catch that big one at the Royal Fishing Derby. Plus Show & Sell” Flea Market/Crafts Sale
Aug. 7-9: Caribbean Crossbones: Arrgh Matey! Pirates have taken over Lake Minden. On Saturday compete in a fishing derby or see if you can follow the clues and find the hidden treasure. Later, outwit your opponent at a game of Liar’s Dice. Prepare for a voyage and enter the paddleboat races across the lake. Make a set of map placemats or take a Macrame Class.
Aug. 14-15: Sandtastic Beach Party: Join us Friday night for Hoagie Sandwich Potluck Social. Saturday Pom Pom the Clown will make an appearance for the kids. Then grab a bucket and enter a sandcastle building competition. Do a sand craft or sand painting. Enter a Popsicle Lick-Off, hula-hoop contest, or play a lively game of volleyball. Saturday night we’ll roast hot dogs and have s’mores on the main lawn.
Aug. 21-23: Lake Minden’s Got Talent III: Show off your cooking talents at our Friday night potluck and Dessert Social. Do you sing, dance or do magic? Are you a magician, clown or ventriloquist? This is your chance to perform in front of a live audience. If you’re between 2 and 102 you can sign up for our Lake Minden Saturday Evening Talk Hour. Show off your crafting talent, bring your favorite craft and patterns and we will share and swap crafting ideas and patterns.
Aug. 28-30: Life’s a Mystery: Bring your favorite “mystery” addition for Mystery Potluck. Why not take a Mystery Craft Class? Are you ready for a day of secrecy and intrigue? Catch Me If You Can is part scavenger hunt and part criminal mystery. A thief has stolen a most prized possession and we need your help to find both the thief and our precious item. Join us for a Mystery Craft session. Flea Market/Crafts Sale.
Friday Night Farmers’ Market
Through September 25
Held in historic downtown Marysville, every Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Featuring the best in local produce, plus food, arts, crafts, entertainment and activities. Just 19 miles from the preserve.
July 31-Aug. 2: Blue Hawaii Weekend: Come out and enjoy an island weekend of hula hoop dancing, lei making and enjoy the music of Donald Prieto as he does his phenomenal Elvis impersonation.
Aug. 7-9: Beach Party Weekend: Join us for some beach volleyball, sandcastle building and surf art as the Dancing DJ plays a few songs by The Beach Boys; plus campfire, marshmallows and hayrides (not recommended for those in bathing suits!)
Aug. 14-16: Dog Days Weekend: Do you know why these hot summer days are called “Dog Days?” If you do, come tell us. We are having a celebration of our four-legged friends with paw art, look-alike and obedience contest, plus special doggie hayride. On Saturday night, The Corvairs will be singing about “letting the dogs out” while the campfire keeps you warm and melts the marshmallows.
Aug. 21-23: Back to School Weekend: The kids are back to school already! We will be trying to have some “recess” fun and make a picture frame for their new school picture. The Dancing DJ will be here to provide some great music while the campfire burns and marshmallows roast.
Aug. 29: Mystery Weekend: Think about joining us as we try to figure out what we going to be doing this weekend. They mysterious Gary Carnes will be entertaining us. Come out and have some fun solving these mysteries.
Throughout August: Enjoy guided trail rides for beginners to experts, ages 8 and over, and hand-led rides for “little wranglers,” ages 7 and under. Call (805) 683-5110 for ride reservations. Ranch activities include stock dog demonstrations, bucking bulls training and demonstration and horseback riding demo. We offer a “Music Jam” on Sundays.
July 31-Aug. 1: 50’s/60’s Weekend: Join us for dance and costume contests, featuring music from the era of poodle skirts and bobby sox.
Aug. 8: Pool games, with two pools full of fun, featuring water basketball and volleyball.
Aug. 15: Luau Dinner: Learn the hula and listen to live entertainment provided by Stan Wayne. Make your reservations early - this event is a favorite. Call (805) 683-5686 by Aug. 12.
August 5 through 9
Old Spanish Days – Santa Barbara
This 5-day festival is an 85-year old tradition in celebration of Santa Barbara’s heritage through music, dancing and family events. This festival showcases one of the largest equestrian parades in the country. Hundreds of horses and riders showing off a variety of beautiful breeds, flower-bedecked floats, dancers, musicians and bands. Spanish dancing at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Professional award-winning riders on bucking bulls. Marketplaces include food and wine from local restaurants. Enjoy daily stage shows and then dance the night away with entertainment each evening. Check with the Rancho Oso Recreation Office for event information.
Old Mission Santa Ines Annual Fiesta
This event features a full day of food, fun, and festivities as the historic 1804 Mission hosts folklorico dancers, mariachis, and continuous entertainment in a celebration of the Valley’s rich cultural heritage. Enjoy the quaint town of Solvang and its many interesting shops. The Mission is located at 1760 Mission Drive. For more information, call (805) 688-4815. No charge.
Aug. 1: Luau Weekend: Our annual luau, one of our most popular events will feature Jesse’s Rec-Crew Dance Review and the Tamali’s Dance Company with Brandon the Fire Dancer. Make your reservation early. A great family dance with The S.O.S. DJ Entertainment is scheduled for the evening.
Aug. 8: Country Weekend: Old-fashioned fun and games for all ages. Learn country line dancing, enjoy sack races, egg toss, three-legged raced and more. Educational nature walks and talks are planned.
Aug. 15: Pirates Weekend: Pirates have wandered into Soledad and buried their treasures here. This weekend features treasure hunts and wild games.
Aug. 22: Club Blazer Weekend: Ranger Frank and his animal friends will be here to educate us on our native country animal life, plus country fun and games.
Aug. 29: Toys for Tots 5K Run Toy Drive: Run or “Walk the Trails” for a great cause. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for our toy drive. The award ceremony and Club Blazer initiation will be held on the Family Lodge patio right after the last participant has crossed the finish line. All weekends include Club Blazer initiation, family campfires with marshmallow roasting, plus our Recreation department will be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots Toy Drive all month.
July 31-Aug. 2: Sin City Weekend/Las Vegas Connection: It’s a gambling kind of day and night. Fun and fake money! Win big and spend your fake money at the end of the evening on GREAT prizes if your number is drawn you WIN! Blackjack, craps, roulette and slots. Poker Run throughout the day, best hand winds that evening!
Aug. 7-9: Safari Weekend: The adventure to the jungle begins. See how many animals you can find and keep them! Monkeys in the trees, snakes hanging upside down, giraffes, tigers, lions, and don’t forget to practice your Tarzan Yell! We’ll even go out and make prints of real animals in the jungle for you to take home. Kids and adults with have fun.
Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square
Antique Car Show events runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Located on the courthouse square in Decatur, just 12 miles east of the preserve. Sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. For information call (940) 627-6158
August 8 and 9
Second Monday Bowie Trade Days
A Texas tradition held before the second Monday of the month!
Featuring more than 500 vendors offering unique gifts and furniture, plus, food, animals and more. Located in Bowie at 1407 Wise St., next to Pelham Park, just a 30-minute drive from the preserve. For information call (940) 872-1680.
For information, call (936) 756-5371.
Aug. 1-2: Battleship Paintball Weekend: Happy Target Practice and then let the games begin. Bring your paintball game gun this weekend. We’ll also have a birthday party in the AC.
Aug. 8-9: Block Party Weekend: Come meet your travellin’ neighbor! We are having a block party here…complete with a cookout and street dancing.
Aug. 15-16: Beach Boys Weekend: Wear your beach clothes this weekend! Let’s play water volleyball and have a pool party. There will be hotdogs available at the pool.
Aug. 22-23: Fruity Weekends: Bring your ice cream freezer and we’ll make some fruity ice cream! We’ll also play fruity bingo and bob for apples. Let’s have a fruit pie baking contest along with fruit relay races.
Aug. 29-30: Brown Bag Bingo Weekend: Lots of outdoor games! Volleyball at the lake, flag football, pickleball, a cookout on the pavilion, slushies and sno-cones to refresh you! Come cool off in the evening with a game of brown bag bingo! Please bring a $3 gift in a brown bag.
Aug. 1: Dawg Days of Summer: features doggie look-alike contest. Come get your dog bathed for free. Beat the heat with water volleyball and evening potluck afterwards. Birthdays and anniversaries celebration at 7 p.m.
Aug. 8: Bingo and Game Weekend: a day of family games, both indoor and outdoor. We will keep cool with water games. Hamburgers and bingo at 7 p.m.
Aug. 15: Luau Weekend: Find the pineapple and win a prize, plus hula contest, bust the piñata and all-day games, evening luau, fresh fruit and dancers.
Aug. 22: Beach Party Weekend: Water games, volleyball, hot dogs and pool party. Lots of fun and music plus Saturday potluck and evening card games.
Aug. 29: Treasure Weekend: Find the hidden treasure, all-day games, scavenger hunt, gold nugget hunt and hamburgers for dinner. Cool off with popcorn and a movie.
Aug. 1: Be sure to be here to listen to the fabulous Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and plenty of dancing and fun!
Aug. 8-9: “Escape to Paradise”: Have lunch on the patio, and then enjoy an authentic luau feast for dinner. After dinner enjoy a spectacular Polynesian show by Ho’Omana, featuring hula and fire dancers.
Aug. 15: Family Bingo: we’ll give away lots of great prizes for both the kids and adults.
Aug. 22-23: “Wild, Wild West”: We’ll be doing the Boot Scootin’ Boogie with Mike Noonan, and kids should be sure to come on down to the Family Lodge and pick you’re your “Club Blazer Nature Trail Hunt List.”
Aug. 29: “Old-Fashioned Cake Walk”: Do you have a sweet tooth? We can fix that with our Cake Walk.
Aug. 8: Back to School Party: 7 p.m.
Aug. 14: Weenie Roast
Aug. 22: Karaoke. Plus every Friday night in August is “Movies and Popcorn” featuring latest movies out on DVD and every Saturday night is Ice Cream Sundae night.
Corn Hole Tournament
Located at the Cave City Convention Center, just 6 miles from the preserve. Event begins at 10:30 a.m. For information call (270) 773-3131.
Gateway to Cape Cod
Aug. 7: Carnival Weekend: Bring the entire family and join in the fun for a day filled with games, prizes, moon bounce, clowns, face painting, snow cones and more, plus evening entertainment.
Aug. 14: Luau Weekend: Wear your brightest Hawaiian shirt, attend a great luau dinner and then limbo the night away.
24th Annual Pops by the Sea Concert
Music of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Maestro Keith Lockhart. Sponsored by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Hyannis Village Green, just 45 miles from the preserve. Gates open at 1 p.m. For tickets and information, call (508) 362-0066.
Aug 1-2: 50s Weekend: Rob Peters Entertainment on the Patio Friday form 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday is The Walton’s Acrobatic Show at 2 p.m. on the sports court.
Aug. 8: Furry Friends Weekend: Wii in the Rec Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.
Aug. 15: Surf and Turf Weekend: sign up for our Annual Lobster and Steak Cook-out, plus DJs Mike and Elaine on the Patio from 7 to 10 p.m.
Aug. 22: Luau and Elvis Weekend: Best Elvis costume prizes; DJs Mike and Elaine on the Patio from 7 to 10 p.m.
Aug. 29: What a Wonderful World Weekend: DJ Steve Cornish and sign along from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Patio.
Saturdays in August
Wells Harbor Community Park and Summer Concert Series
Enjoy a concert in the park on Saturday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. Oldies, jazz, big band – music for everyone!
Bring a chair or blanket for these outdoor concerts. Held at Wells Harbor Community Park, just 3 miles from the preserve.
Enjoy a play to make you laugh or make you cry. 2009 productions include “Evita” runs through Aug. 8; “Little Shop of Horrors” runs Aug. 14-29. Shows are at the Sanford Maine Stage, just 15 miles from the preserve. For information, call (866) 584-0770.
Aug. 15: Lake Gaston Idol: Come on down and participate in our “American Idol” version of fun. Lots of talent in the area and on the preserve.
Aug. 29: Redneck Weekend: Join us for “redneck” laughs for all. Games, activities, music, jokes, and site decorating.
The Crossing at Lake Gaston
The Crossing, a one-mile swim, float, paddle crossing of Lake Gaston. Anything that can get you across the mile course without a motor can be entered. Or you can swim it. Event is held at Morning Star Marina, just 10 miles from the preserve. Admission charge is $25. For more information, please (252) 586-5711 or (866) 730-5711, or visit the web site at www.lakegastonchamber.com.
July 31-Aug. 2: New Year’s Weekend featuring music and dancing.
Aug. 7-9: Nascar Weekend includes “make your own race car.”
Aug. 14-16: Men and Machine Band.
Aug. 21-23: Romantic Weekend featuring our annual Romantic Dinner!
Aug. 28-Aug. 30: Toasting Marshmallow Day Weekend featuring Best Mountain Pie Contest.
Aug. 9-Oct. 25
Located at the Mount Hope Winery, just ½ mile from the preserve.
Aug. 8: Kids Rule Weekend: Brushes the Clown is back to do her clowning around show. Kids will participate. We’ll have our annual Swatta Pinata.
Aug. 14-16: Annual Members Directed Picnic: Get together on Saturday for good food and friendship. Dance the night away with DJ Mark.
Aug. 22: Hooray for Hollywood: It will be “outdoor movie night.” Bring your chair or blanket, popcorn or whatever – it’s the evening you’ve been asking for. At our DJ dance, come dressed as a movie star. Prizes for best look-alikes.
Aug. 28-30: Crafters’ Weekend: Bring your crafts to share or sell. White Elephants and fleas are welcome too.
July 27 to Aug. 3
NASCAR in the Poconos
The second of the Pocono NASCAR races – big race is set for Sunday, August 3, but plenty of events go on during the week. For information on events and venues, call (570) 646-2300.
July 31 to Aug. 9
One of the largest musical festivals in the country featuring continuous music and events for all ages and ethnicities. Greatest diversity in music and food anywhere. Concerts on Sand Island, plus strolling musicians. Located in
Bethlehem, just 36 miles from the preserve. For information and event pricing (most music is free), call (610) 332-FEST (3378.)
Aug. 14-15: Square Dancing with the Happy Wanders.
Join in for a fun Aug. 28-30: Campfire Squares are back for an evening of Square Dancing with us.
Museum at Colonial Beach
Celebrate history and stop in to learn what has drawn visitors to the Virginia shores since the 19th Century through exhibits, pictures and videos. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Located at Colonial Beach, 128 Hawthorne Street, less than 6 miles from the preserve.
For information call (804) 224-3379.
Aug. 1: Arts and Crafts Day: We’ll have arts and crafts vendors and creators show and teach us about their hobbies and projects. A must come-and-see for craft creators.
Aug. 15-16: Luau Weekend: Come to our fabulous Hawaiian Luau that we prepare for you including roast pork, pineapple delights and all the fixings. Games, dance contest, Limbo contest and entertainment.
July 30-August 1
Bean Blossom Jamboree
Over 30 Bluegrass, gospel and Southern Gospel bands performs, plus a market. Sponsored by the Bean Blossom Jamboree Foundation in Bean Blossom. For information, call (812) 988-6422.
Greenburg’s Powers of the Past
20th annual machinery show featuring antique tractors, steam engines, hit and miss engines, fiddle contest, consignment auction, tractor pull and more. Located at Greenburg City Park, just 30 minutes from the preserve. For information, call (812) 663-7869.
Aug. 14-16: 8th Annual Potluck Cook-Off: Compete in this event for a chance to win awesome prizes in 5 food categories and try some wonderful dishes.
Aug. 28-30: Adults, join us in the Hall on Saturday night for Black Jack. We will have tons of fun and give away some great prizes. Come just to play or volunteer to be a dealer.
St. Clair Classic Offshore Race
Come watch this fun offshore boat race, along the St. Clair River, about 6 miles from the preserve. Sponsored by the Blue Water Offshore Racing Association, Inc. For information visit www.stclairrace.com.
Antique Yard Sale Trail
200+ miles of antiques, yard sales, and much more to explore! From Sebewaing in the north to New Baltimore in the south, M –25/M-29 follows the rugged and majestic shoreline of Lake Huron, then continues down the banks of the beautiful St. Clair River, and finally to the picturesque shores of Lake St. Clair and Anchor Bay. Many communities along the route offer unique shops, “antiquing,” museums full of local history, and small diners for convenience and comfort.
Aug. 8: Luau Weekend: Grab your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and come join the fun.
Aug. 15: Mardi Gras Weekend
Aug. 22: Beach Party Weekend
Aug. 29: Dave Robert’s Cooking Class: Dave will show you how to turn ordinary steak in to a gourmet feast!
Ashtabula County Fair
Sponsored by the Ashtabula County Fair Board event features rides, food, family entertainment and competitions. Held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, just 2 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (440) 576-7626.
Aug. 15: Beach Party: Enjoy some fun in the sun with Wilmington’s first raft building contest where campers will be able to show off their creative building skills. We also have a beach party and beach games planned that your whole family can enjoy!
Aug. 15: Join us for our 30th Annual Luau. Presentation is free to members and guests but the pig roast dinner is available by advance tickets only. Ticket sales will begin approximately
July 15. Contact preserve for information and tickets.
August 8 through 10
Abbotsford International Air Show
World famous air show featuring three days of exciting flying acts and static displays. Event is located just 30 miles west of the preserve at Abbotsford International Airport.