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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

OREGON

Pacific City

Nov. 28: Family Lodge decorating for Christmas party with cider, cocoa, coffee, holiday treats and music provided.

Dec. 12: Christmas tree trimming with beverages and snacks provided.

Dec. 21-31: Whale Watch Week from our ocean view windows at the Family Lodge.

Dec. 31: Gather in the Family Lodge to watch the New Year's Eve celebration on the big screen TV.

November 6-7
TFC Holiday Bazaar

Featuring crafts, holiday gifts and more. For more information, contact Jerry Underwood at (503) 842-2272.

November 14-15
Christmas Bazaar

Held at the Old Mill in Garibaldi. Contact Maureen Shore for more information at (503) 322-0322

Seaside

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet: Enjoy this feast with staff and family fireside at the sand Dollar Café. We'll be serving all the traditional favorites, and even a few new ones. Dec. 25: It's not just Christmas – we're going to be celebrating all the different cultural and seasonal events with one buffet. We have so much diversity in our membership and staff so we'll be featuring cuisines from around the world that will bring us all together on Christmas Day!

November 28
Seaside Parade of Lights & Caroling

Event begins at 7 p.m. at the Seaside Museum. Caroling and tree lighting will take place after the parade at Downing Square between the Carousel Mall and the Old Crab and Beach House. Sponsored by the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (503) 738-6391.

Whalers Rest

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Dinner served in our North Clubhouse. Sign up for potluck side dishes. There is a small charge for main course, turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Nov. 28: Turkey Bingo Fun: An evening packed with fun, free bingo and prizes in our North Clubhouse. All ages welcome; snacks will be served.

Dec. 17: Tree Trimming Party in our South Clubhouse at 11 a.m. Dec. 19: Annual Christmas Party in our South Clubhouse at 2 p.m.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Bingo: Join us at 6 p.m. in the North Clubhouse. We will serve yummy treats and play free bingo. We'll toast in 2010 east coast time.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

December 31
New Year's Eve
Annual Ring of Fire & Hope
A spectacular sight as revelers ring in the new year by lighting road flares along the Birch Bay shoreline and the bay becomes a ring of fire, signifying hope for the coming year. Anyone can participate and for a small donation, flares are usually available at the Birch Bay Visitor's Center.

Chehalis

Join us for a Thanksgiving potluck in November and a Holiday potluck in December. Come see our holiday decorations and share a story by the fireplace in the lodge. See our web site for more information.

December 5-6 & 13-14
Santa Trains

Enjoy a ride on an originally restored 1920s steam train. Sponsored by the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum. Trains run at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and tickets are $8. Located at 1101 Sylvenus Street, Chehalis, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information, call (360) 748-9593.

La Conner

Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park: Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We'll supply the turkey, potatoes, stuffing and gravy. You supply the veggies and dessert. $5.00 plus tax.

Dec. 19: Christmas Party: Enjoy our famous holiday party with tree trimming and cookie exchange party. Sign up in the Family Center.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Join us for New Year's Eve dance with our favorite DJ Charlie Moore. Sign up early for our evening buffet.

November 6-8
LaConner Arts Alive Festival

Enjoy the works of local and regional artists in the 25th annual Arts Alive Festival held in downtown La Conner, just 5 miles from the preserve. Opening reception on Friday from 5-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours are from 10 to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Long Beach

December 5
Lighted Boat Parade and Crab Pot Christmas Tree

Enjoy a lighted boat parade and the lighting of the largest crab pot Christmas tree. Refreshments and caroling will follow. Held at the west end of Port of Ilwaco, just 3 miles from the preserve. For information, call (360) 642-3143.

Southwest

ARIZONA

Verde Valley

Nov. 18: Free Flu shots from 9 a.m. Seminar with Todd Elliott at 4 p.m.

Nov. 21: Country and Western with Michael Hargis.

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Feast: Seatings at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Come hungry and we'll spoil you with our smells, taste and service. $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for children under 10. Reservations required; please call (928) 567-5217.

Nov. 28: After Turkey Day Potluck, plus Hired Hands perform. Dec. 5: Learn numerous ways to twist, shape and mold bread dough to create edible centerpieces for your holiday table in our Creative Bread Making class.

Dec. 12: Holiday Candy Making.

Dec. 19: Dinner Around the World: We travel to Italy, France, China, England and Mexico as well as "Mom's Table" in the U.S.A. Holiday traditions and hometown favorites unite the world.

Dec. 25: Annual Potluck Christmas Fare

Dec. 31: New York New Year's Eve: Social hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6. Johnny Lingo Trio performs and ball dropping is at 10 p.m. Call Mariann for reservations at (928) 274-0257.

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

Nov. 7: Veterans Day: Veterans eat free at our special dinner.

Nov. 14: Soup and Stew Contest, plus a puzzle challenge.

Nov. 21: Move Nights Marathon and Thanksgiving Trivia.

Nov. 26: Traditional Turkey Dinner: We will provide the turkey, prime rib, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce and vegetable. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. Call (951) 659-4137 for reservations.

Nov. 28: Mexican Theme Weekend featuring a best salsa challenge, a pińata party for our ninos and ninas, plus Albert will cook his chili verde and we'll have Mexican potluck.

Dec. 5: Tree Decorating Party: We'll make some cookies, eat some and save a few to decorate the tree. Bring your favorite (all-ready baked) holiday cookies and recipe for a cookie exchange.

Dec. 12: Decorate your rig contest, plus come learn how to make creative holiday cards.

Dec. 19: Holiday movie marathon, plus hot chocolate and apple cider, Brown Bag Bingo. Please bring a $3 gift for bingo.

Dec. 24: Holiday Party: Bring an hors d'oeuvre and some drink to the party and listen to traditional holiday music.

Dec 31: New Year's Eve festivities - TBD

Lake Minden

Nov. 6-8: A Salute to Veterans featuring Veterans Day Pie Social. Share memories and experiences with veterans of all ages. Members are encouraged to bring a photo(s) for our Salute to Veterans board. We'll share web search information and other contact ideas. Friday Night Spaghetti Dinner Social and Brown Bag Bingo. Make a patriotic craft, play a game of horseshoes or enjoy a walk around the lake.

Nov. 13-15: Baby It's Cold Outside! Sounds like a great time for cards, board games, puzzles and hot chocolate. Not into board games? How about a game or two of pool? It's not too early to start those Christmas cards, crafts and ornaments. Friday Night Chili Potluck Social and Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Ice Cream Social and Candy Bar Bingo.

Nov. 20-22: Annual Thanksgiving Potluck, plus karaoke and we'll make ornaments designed for motorhome-sized Christmas trees.

Nov. 27-29: Bring your favorite potluck addition for baked potatoes and stay for Brown Bag Bingo, plus Wii bowling, peyote stitch beading class and Santa earrings craft. Decorate the tree in the Adult & Family Lodge.

Dec. 4-6: Saint Nicholas Day: Christmas movie, holiday bead class, aerobic chair dancing, plus our Friday night potluck social.

Dec. 11-13: Friday Potluck Soup Dinner, plus Brown Bag Bingo, gift-wrapping station and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

Dec. 18-20: Annual Christmas Dinner and Potluck Social: Find clues and hunt for the Christmas Yule Log, plus beading class and holiday movie.

Dec. 25-27: Merry Christmas/Happy New Year: Join us for coffee, eggnog and good conversation. We'll play card games and board games and share holiday memories with old friends and new.

November 14-15
Christmas In November

Homemade and home-crafted Christmas decorations, crafts, gifts, woodwork, ceramics, painting, jewelry, baby items, toy, spices and more. Event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, just 19 miles from the preserve. For information, visit www.ysfair.com.

Lake of the Spring

Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: Two seatings so please call the Trading Post at (530) 692-1042 for seating times and for advance tickets. Please leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Nov. 27-29: Craft and Variety Fair.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration: Candlelight Dinner, New Year's Eve Dance with Joanie Lee and the Branding Iron.

Russian River

November 11
20th Annual North Bay Veterans Day Parade

See what is called the largest, most colorful parade of its kinds in Northern California. Parade steps off at 1 p.m. in historic downtown Petaluma.

November 21-22
Holiday in Carneros

Excellent opportunity to explore the Carneros wine region. This "passport" event includes special offerings at 15-20 wineries, music, barrel tasting and great food. Purchase a logo wine glass at any participating winery and that is your passport to events at all other wineries for both days. Cost is $40 per person. Sponsored by Carneros Wineries. For information, call (800) 909-4352.

San Benito

Nov. 7: Kim and Aimee with their Bluegrass Sounds. Nov. 14: Turkey Races, plus Chicken Fried Steak dinner.

Nov. 28: Mike Noonan performs.

Dec. 5: Christmas on the Range with Cisco Jim the Singing Cowboy, plus Christmas Tree Trimming and dessert.

Dec. 19: Employee Christmas Play.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Dinner, plus Mike Noonan performs. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

Soledad Canyon

Nov. 7 & 21: Ken and Dorothy: Family Line Dancing Dance, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Nov. 26: Members Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Marketplace Extravaganza Weekend: This is the weekend when our Marketplace vendors come to Soledad in full force for a Christmas shopping extravaganza. If you can't find it here, maybe they deserve a bag of coal!

Dec. 19: Annual Toys for Tots Celebration and Toy Drive: Celebrate the real reason for the season with family and friends. We'll have an array of entertainment plus honored guests from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Dance

Jan. 2: Rose Parade and Float Viewing Tour: Head down to Pasadena, via Metrolink, with our tour guide Jack and view these fabulous floats up close.

Wilderness Lakes

Nov. 7: Enjoy a variety of music with the Chuck Band.

Nov. 8: Happy Veterans Week features free cake for all veterans at our Ice Cream Social.

Nov. 14: Casino Night: Come play blackjack for free. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Must be 21 to play.

Nov. 21: Enjoy the music of Larry Stevens.

Nov. 28: See different animals including hedgehogs, wallabies, red fox, python and more with E&E Animals. Also, Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family.

Dec. 5: Casino Night.

Dec. 12: Music with Coyote Country DJ.

Dec. 19: Santa Claus will visit during kids' craft. Take your picture with Santa and then make a frame for it. Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family.

Dec. 25: Merry Christmas! Recreation will be open from 9 a.m. til noon.

Dec. 26: Christmas Concert with Kathy Peak.

Dec. 27: Gospel concert with Kathy Peak.

Note: Recreation will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.

Texas

Lake Conroe

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: "Spook Devillage" Weekend: We'll have a pumpkin painting contest, a costume contest, tattoos for kids, apple bobbing, and our famous trick or treat hayride. And when the sun goes down, be sure to visit our Spook DeVillage for a hair-raising good time.

Nov. 7-8: Veterans Day Celebration/Happy November Birthdays: We'll honor our veterans; plus veterans will get a free root beer float; also crafts and games and a flag retirement ceremony at the fire pit.

Nov. 14-15: Welcome Back Winter Texans Weekend: Let's play LRC, Farkle, Lucky 13, Candy Bar Bingo and 9 Card Golf in the Activity Center.

Nov. 21-22: Think Turkey Weekend.

Lake Tawakoni

Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Festival and Dinner featuring turkey, ham, dressing and all the fixings.

Dec. 12: Chinese Christmas Gift Exchange: Bring a $5 gift for exchange.

Dec. 19: Christmas Dinner.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Blow-out featuring entertainment, dancing and fun, fun, fun!

First Monday Trade Days – Canton
Held in downtown Canton, just 30 miles from the preserve, these trade days happen every first Monday weekend of the month. It is one of the largest trade days in the U.S. Everything from pets to trinkets can be purchased and the food is out of this world.

Lake Texoma

Nov. 21: Gospel Weekend: Join us for a rousing day of praise and worship through music.

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day Potluck: Loads of food and camaraderie this weekend (Thursday through Sunday); Trey Houston performs.

Dec. 5: Festival of Lights: Join us in decorating the preserve, followed by Bingo for our December birthday celebrants.

Dec. 12: Christmas Craft Weekend: Learn a new holiday craft.

Lake Whitney

Nov. 7: Afternoon movie, ice cream and evening potluck, plus cards.

Nov. 14: Coffee social, games, evening potluck and bingo.

Nov. 21: Turkey games, ice cream and potluck.

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Dinner.

Dec. 25: Christmas Dinner.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve party. This will be the last scheduled activity event until March 2010.

Medina Lake

Nov. 7: FMCA Rally/Welcome Winter Texan Party: The Texas FMCA Chapter will hold their annual rally and help us welcome the Winter Texans. Plus, a Wii tournament, Brown Bag Bingo, member jam session and much more to start our winter season.

Nov. 14: Game/Social Night: Pig races during the day along with a shuffleboard tournament, plus cheese and crackers. Bring your favorite games to the Activity Center.

Nov. 21: Movie Night: Enjoy a daytime nature walk and mini-golf tournament. In the evening, we'll pop in a movie and pass around the popcorn.

Nov. 26: Annual "All You Can Eat/Potluck Dinner": Top of the Trail Cafe will supply the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls and drinks. Members bring a side dish and dessert. Tickets on sale at the Ranger Station, Café and Trading Post.

Nov. 28: Super Bingo/All Day Flea Market: Bring your goods to the Activity Center for our all day Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We'll have Super Bingo in the evening featuring free cards and great prizes.

Dec. 5: Craft Sale: Bring your handmade items to the Activity Center to sell at our Craft Sale from 8 a.m. to noon (this event will run every Saturday through December.) In the evening bring your favorite game to play in the Activity Center.

Dec. 12: Member Christmas Party: Daytime hayride, reindeer races and a "Ho, Ho, Ho" contest with evening Tree Trimming event.

Dec. 19: Tournament Day with mini-golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard and pool tournaments. See Holly for sign-up. Relax in the evening while we pop in a movie and pass around the popcorn.

Dec. 25: Annual "All You Can Eat/Potluck" Dinner. We'll supply the ham, turkey, gravy and more and members bring a side dish and dessert. Tickets for sale at the Ranger Station, Café and Trading Post.

Dec. 26: Daytime poker run and pig races and game/social night.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Join Bimbo and the Borderline Band as we ring in 2010.

East

PENNSYLVANIA

Scotrun

Nov. 7: Billiards galore during this weekend that's all about competition for our pool- playing guests. We'll match ages so everyone has a chance.

Nov. 21 & 28: Craft and Flea Markets: Bring your handmade crafts, flea market items, and white elephants. You just might find that elusive gift you've been looking for.

November 1-30
Monster Trout Derby
This is your opportunity to catch that monster trout - in addition to the regular stocking of the Lackawaxen River, 100 trout (five to ten pound) will be released. All fish are tagged with fishes' sponsor. License required. Sponsored by the Lackawaxen Township Business Owners Association. The river is approximately 40 miles from the preserve.

November 27-29
After Thanksgiving Sale
The Crossings Premium Outlets

Midnight opening features Midnight Madness Exclusive Early Bird discounts at over 100 shops. Located in Tannersville, PA just two miles from the preserve. For information, call (570) 629-4650.

Midwest

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Dinner at the Welcome Center at 2 p.m. (the time may need to be adjusted.) Tom Turkey and his sidekick, Stuffing, will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Dec. 12: Christmas Exchange/Dinner at 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center (the time may need to be adjusted.) Ham will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share. Gift Exchange will be a $10 limit. Guys buy for guys, ladies buy for ladies, kids buy for kids. If you bring a gift, you will receive a gift. Both events are "weather permitting" so please call the preserve at (440) 576-9030 to make sure the event is taking place and to confirm the time.

Southeast

NORTH CAROLINA

Forest Lake

Nov. 6-8: Veteran's Day Weekend

Nov. 13-14: Chili Cook-off

Nov. 20-22: Game Night at the Lodge

Nov. 26-29: Thanksgiving Weekend

Dec. 4-6: Game Night at the Lodge

Dec. 11-13: Deck the Halls Weekend

Dec. 18-20: Christmas Social

Dec. 25-27: Soup Day Weekend

November 14-January 1, 2010
Tanglewood Festival of Lights

Tanglewood's rolling countryside will be transformed into a winter wonderland of giant snowflakes and whimsical scenes. For rates and times, call (704) 636-2889.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Carolina Landing

Nov. 14: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner: Enjoy deep-fried turkey, mashed potatoes, and drinks. You bring the side dish. Admission is $4 per person and proceeds used to buy toys for local charity.

Dec. 5: Annual Christmas Dinner: Ham and potatoes provided, you bring the side dish. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy per person. All toys will be donated to the Marine Corps. Toys for Tots drive. Cost is $10 per person without a toy.

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake

Nov. 6-7: Stay with us and enjoy the Urbana Oyster Festival.

Nov. 14: Casino Night: Play blackjack and win Thousand Trails bucks to bid for prizes in the blind auction.

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Feast: Share fellowship and good faith with your Thousand Trails family. Bring a covered dish to share and we'll provide the turkey and dressing.

Dec. 31: Annual New Year's Eve Party: Celebrate the arrival of 2010 with your Thousand Trails family. Bring a heavy hors d'oeuvres to share and dance the night away with DJ Brad Beazley.

November 6-7
52nd Urbana Oyster Festival

Delicious seafood offerings, plus food booths, craft booths, a parade, music and entertainment. Held in Urbana, just 15 miles from the preserve. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.urbanaoysterfestival.com or call (804) 758-0368.