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Yellowstone River

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Jan. 2
Bonfire on the Snow
Snowshoe to an outdoor amphitheater hand-carved in the snow. Relax around a bonfire, enjoy desserts and hot drinks, featuring a naturalist guide. $75 per person includes guide, snowshoes, instruction, transportation, dessert and drinks. Sponsored by Wanderlust Tours. For information, call (541) 389-8359.

Pacific City

Jan. 1-10: Whale Watch: Watch the last of the migration of the gray whales heading south to calve in the warm Mexico waters.

Feb. 7: Super Bowl XLIV on the big screen in the Family Lodge. Plus, every Saturday, we'll have a "meet with the manager" for a 2010 recreation activities planning social, with snacks and beverages.

Feb. 5-15
Quilt Run 101/Oregon Coast Shop Hop
All quilt shops along Highway 101 from Astoria to Brookings will participate. Have your "passport" stamped to qualify for prizes. For information, call (503) 842-3258.


La Conner

Jan. 1: Rose Bowl Party in our Family Center potluck on the snacks, we'll supply the pizza, starts at 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 13: Sweethearts Dinner: Bring your Valentine out for a fabulous dinner, plus we'll make cards and play games during the day.

Enjoy our new selection of movies, plus popcorn in the Family Center at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, and Feb. 27

Jan. 23
Native Art Event
The Skagit County Historical Museum invites you to their traditional annual Native Art event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the museum, located at 501 S. Fourth Street, La Conner.

Long Beach

Jan. 18-19
Windless Kite Festival
This indoor kite-flying extravaganza will feature the Northwest's finest performers flying gracefully to music. Some fly individually, others work in pairs or trio and still others perform a story with their kits. For hours and more information, call (360) 642-4020.

Mt. Vernon

Feb. 13: Valentine's Crafts and Creations: Join us for complimentary doughnuts and coffee at our What's Happening meeting and afterward we will work on a special Valentine's crafts and cards.



Verde Valley

Jan. 1: New Year's Day Brunch: Shake off the old and ring in the new with a special brunch featuring old recipes and new ideas created to start your new year off with a positive song in the air.

Feb. 7: Super Bowl Party will feature food items catered from our member's cooking class held Feb. 6.

Feb. 13: Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras Style: Since Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras are within days of each other this year, we'll start a new tradition with this celebration.

Feb. 14: Hired Hands performs during Mariann's famous Sweetheart Dinner/Dance event. Cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. followed by full dinner with Surf & Turf (New York steak and Fried Shrimp), with all the trimmings plus a sinfully decadent dessert. All that, plus flowers and chocolates for $12.95 per person.



Jan. 9: Indoor Scavenger Hunt and Wii Bowling Tournament for kids and adults.

Jan. 16: Hawaiian Days featuring snow surfing (weather permitting), hula-hoop and limbo contest by the fireplace. For dinner, it's potluck we'll supply the pork, you supply the rest. Bring your favorite recipe to get our very own Idyllwild cookbook started.

Jan. 23: Pirates of the Idyllwild Preserve featuring indoor bounty hunt for hidden treasure, contest for best-dressed pirate, plus a pirate pudding-eating contest. Jan. 30: Nintendo Wii Tournaments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by Candy Bar Bingo from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Feb. 7: Super Bowl Party the event we've been waiting for all year. We'll have a potluck to celebrate. Bring our favorite recipe to help us start our very own Idyllwild cookbook.

Feb. 13: Are you ready for Valentine's Day? We'll help you along with our Not So Newly Wed Game. Come dressed in your 50s attire for a romantic sweetheart dinner, Sock Hop style.

Feb. 27: Bring your favorite recipes that you want to share to start our Idyllwild cookbook. We have a visit from our local Nature Center that should be a hoot, then another Wii Bowling Tournament.

Lake Minden

Jan. 1-3: Happy New Year join us New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) for a Potluck Social, then rock in 2010 singing karaoke with family and friends. Join us Friday for a card game extravaganza learn a variety of popular card games or teach us one of your own. Bring your favorite addition for baked potatoes to our Baked Potato Social followed by Brown Bag Bingo.

Jan. 8-10: New Year's Resolutions: Resolve to learn a new skill at our Friday afternoon craft class and stay for Brown Bag Bingo. Resolve to walk around the lake Saturday after our Ice Cream Social and then resolve to test your skills at Wii Bowling. Most of all, resolve to have a great time at Lake Minden.

Jan.15-17: Baby It's Cold Outside: Come in from the cold on Friday for crafts, karaoke, Chili Potluck Social and Brown Bag Bingo. On Saturday warm up with hot chocolate and board game marathons that will feature a variety of games for all ages. Join us for Candy Bar Bingo, stay for Ice Cream Social and a little baseball indoor Wii-style of course!

Jan. 22-24: Ten Ways to Beat Cabin Fever:

Jan. 29-31: "It's all in the Cards" featuring Card Game Social, plus we'll make greeting cards, play Brown Bag and Candy Bar Bingo. Share your recipe cards at an "On the Road Again" recipe share. Show off your card castle building skills at a castle building contest, plus don't forget to fill in your mini-golf scorecard and track your miles on your Walk the Trails card.

Feb. 5-7: Super Bowl Blast: Join us Friday night for hoagie sandwiches as we have an early Tailgate Party in the Adult Lodge. Test your Super Bowl knowledge. On Saturday join us for root beer floats at our Ice Cream Social. On Sunday view the Super Bowl on our big screen in the Adult Lodge.

Feb. 12-15: Sweets for My Sweet: Make a sweetheart bracelet at a Friday afternoon bead class. Bring your Sweetie to our Sweetheart Potluck and bring a sweet prize to Brown Bag Bingo. Watch some of the greatest love stories in our Romantic Movie Marathon and don't be shy sing your special someone a sweet karaoke love song! Feb. 18-21: Bowl-A-Thon: Fill your bowl to the brim at the Friday night Chili Potluck Social. On Saturday show off your bowling skills with the Wii and then we'll fill your bowl at the Ice Cream Social.

Feb. 26-28: Happy Scrappers: Pack up your families and your supplies and come meet with other scrapbooking enthusiasts at a Friday/Saturday scrapbooking Scrap-A-Thon, a perfect setting to meet other scrappers, trade ideas and supplies. Learn how to incorporate Iris folding, Tea Bag folding, and Kaleidoscope folding into your scrapbook. Not into scrapbooking? Then join us for a Monopoly Marathon or a brisk walk around the lake. Friday night we'll "scrap" together a Baked Potato Dinner Potluck Social, followed by Brown Bag Bingo.

Lake of the Springs

Feb. 13: Valentine's Dinner featuring BBQ Tri-Tip, Shrimp Scampi, baked potato, vegetable, salad and roll. Each dinner is served with a complimentary glass of champagne or apple cider. Sweetheart Dance to follow.

Palm Springs

Jan. 16: Musical talent Bob Adams performs live. Jan. 28: Live musical performance by Laughing Bird. Feb. 13: TTN Palm Springs Annual Horseshoes Tournament, plus Stan Wayne performs at our Valentine's Party/Dance. Feb. 27: TTN Palm Springs Annual Pickleball Tournament.

Jan. 29-31
24th Annual Southwest Arts Festival at the Empire Polo
This event brings over 250 artists and 15,000 visitors together to enjoy the art, music, food and fun, with a wide selection of crafts, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculptures and textiles all for sale for the discriminating art enthusiast. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held at the Empire Polo Grounds, 80800 Avenue 51, in Indio, just 8 miles from the preserve. For information, call the Indio Chamber of Commerce at (760) 347-0676

Feb. 12-21
Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival
The National Date Festival and County Fair is a week of fun with live entertainment, including camel and ostrich rides for the kids and a nightly Arabian Nights musical pageant, plus a carnival, great food and plenty of shopping. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Highway 111, in Indio, just 7 miles from the preserve. For information, call (760) 863-8247.

Rancho Oso

Throughout January and February we offer guided trail rides for ages 8 and over and hand led rides for ages 7 and under. Saturdays we have wagon rides to the barn, plus Friday, Saturday and Sunday we serve a country breakfast in the Stone Lodge. Saturday evenings we offer a western style barbeque.

Jan. 1: Start off your new year with our wonderful breakfast.

Jan. 14: Bring a baked potato to stuff for lunch lots of good toppings.

Feb. 7: Let's enjoy the Super Bowl game together as we eat hot dogs and chili with all the fixings. Don't forget to bring your favorite beverage.

Feb.12: Let's make some candy for Valentine's Day.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day and Presidents Day Weekend: Join us for games of trivia and love as we celebrate this multi-holiday weekend.

Jan. 1-8
Solvang Julefest
Enjoy this winter festival in this lovely Danish-style town. For information, visit

Russian River

Jan. 23-24
35th Annual Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival
The Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival is a lively competition with youth to adult and beginner and advanced levels. Music includes Old Time Style, Texas Style, and Waltz. Held at the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Cloverdale, hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $12.50 for one day; $20 for two days. For information, call (707) 894-2067.

Feb. 12-15
118th Cloverdale Citrus Fair
The Fair offers food booths, arts and crafts and various area displays. This is great opportunity to learn about Cloverdale's history. For cost, hours and more information, contact the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Association at (707) 894-3992.


Enjoy a true winter wonderland at Snowflower go sledding, build a snowman, or sit by the blazing fire in the lodge and sip some hot chocolate!

Soledad Canyon

Family Dances featuring Ken Lubin scheduled for Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27. Family activities throughout January and February include Family Bingo on Saturday nights, kids crafts, coloring contests, scavenger hunts, Walk the Trails and more, plus Club Blazer at Soledad includes natures walks and talks, and our Walk the Trails program.

Wilderness Lakes

Jan. 2: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family.

Jan. 9: Stan Wayne performs.

Jan. 16: JAMN Country with Anna-Maria.

Jan. 23: Casino Night: Come play blackjack for free. Play with Wildness money and get rich. Must be 21 to play.

Jan. 30: Music by Larry Stevens.

Jan. 31: Gospel concert by Ron and Opal Erickson.

Feb. 6: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family.

Feb. 11: Annual 9-Ball Pool Tournament

Feb. 12: Annual Jack & Jill Pool Tournament

Feb. 13: Annual Doubles Pool Tournament, plus Kathy Peak performs.

Feb. 14: Annual Singles Pool Tournament

Feb. 20: Annual Doubles Horseshoe Tournament

Feb. 20: JAMN Country with Anna-Maria.

Feb. 21: Casino Night: Come play blackjack for free. Play with Wildness money and get rich. Must be 21 to play.



Lake Conroe

Jan. 2-3: Horseplay/Happy January Birthdays Weekend: Come join us for a weekend of horseplay and fun! We'll have stick horse races, best Mr. Ed voice competition, a cowboy sing-along and many other "horsey" activities. Birthday party for January birthdays in the AC.

Jan. 9-10: Chocolate Lover's Weekend: Enjoy a deliciously decadent chocolate covered time, including a chocolate fountain and a "Hot Chocolate Social" in the AC.

Jan.16-17: Fishing Tournament Weekend: We'll have an adult tournament at the lake (fishing license required) and a Kidz Only competition at one of our fishing ponds (no license needed). We'll also have a fish look-alike competition plus a "best fish recipe swap" plus other aquatic activities.

Jan. 23-24: Not So Newly Newlywed Weekend: How well do you know your mate? Come and show everyone by participating in our annual Not So Newly Newlywed Game. Plus we'll have a Lake Conroe Bake-Off at the AC. Bring your own baked good and see how it ranks.

Feb. 6-7: Super Bowl Weekend/Birthday Weekend: Come root your favorite team on to victory. We'll set up the big screen in the AC and have snacks and drinks for sale. We'll also have flag football, cheerleading competitions and other football fanatic fun. Also, we'll have cake in the AC for February birthdays.

Feb. 13-14: Sweetheart's Day Weekend: Come to the AC with your sweetheart this weekend and celebrate the sweetest day of the year together, make a Valentine's Day card at our Arts & Crafts session, plus we have a "Sweetness Tea Social" with cookies and other sweets.

Feb. 20-21: Mardi Gras Weekend: We'll have a Mardi Gras golf cart and bicycle parade, plus a Mardi Gras costume party. We'll have face painting and juggling lessons for partygoers, apple-bobbing and other party activities.

Feb. 27-28: Circus of Pets Weekend: Come one, come all and bring your pets! It's all about Kitty and Fido this weekend. We'll have a pet parade, pet look-alike contests, best-dressed pet contest, and other animal-type fun. It promises to be a dog-gone good time!

Lake Tawakoni

Jan. 3: Football Watch Party in the Adult Lodge at noon.

Jan. 16: Member-generated games in the Adult Lodge all day.

Jan. 23: Winter Chili Cook-Off: Bring your favorite batch or sign up to be a judge. Taste testing is available.

Feb. 13: Sweetheart Valentine Party: Come make a special valentine for that special person, event features 50s music.

Feb. 27: Member-generated games including Pokeno, Farkle, Back Three, 42 and more. Bring your game and game day faces at 7 p.m. For more detail on all events, check the Adult Lodge bulletin board.

First Monday Trade Days
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

Jan. 2: Birthday Bingo

Jan. 9: Not So Newlywed game

Jan. 16: Wine & Cheese Tasting

Jan. 23: Scrapbooking

Jan. 30: Chinese Gift Exchange/Bingo with Trey Houston.

Feb. 6: Super Bowl Weekend

Feb. 13: Valentine's Weekend with Wayland Davis-Sunrise Band.

Feb. 20: Birthday Bingo.

Feb. 20: Pets on Parade

Lake Whitney

Plenty of member generated activities, including morning coffee socials, potato bakes, and beans and cornbread potlucks throughout January and February.

Medina Lake

Jan. 2: Casino Night: Casino opens at 7 p.m. We'll have blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette. During the day we'll have cake and ice cream and old-fashioned party games to celebrate January birthdays and anniversaries.

Jan. 9: Island Day: We'll put the pig (our main course for dinner) in the ground at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. During the day we'll have Island games and a costume contest. Join us in the evening for our Hawaiian dinner.

Jan. 16: Class A RV Repair BBQ Dinner and Auction: Ruben and Sue from Class A will again host a free BBQ dinner for all members followed by an auction to benefit Sprits of Christmas in Bandera County. We'll hold an all-day flea market and will allow commercial items.

Jan. 23: Medina's Got Talent: We'll hold our own talent show come show us what you've got.

Jan. 30: Super Bingo Weekend featuring Brown Bag Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo, and Super Bingo on Saturday. Free cards and great prizes.

Feb. 6: Not So Newly Wed Game, plus we'll celebrate February birthdays and anniversaries with ice cream and cake in the day.

Feb 13: Valentine's Buffet & Dance: Our annual buffet dinner and dance to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Feb. 20: The day starts with tournaments and games and we end with a Campers Social with complimentary cheese and crackers.

Feb. 25: Winter Texan Party we'll say goodbye to another great winter season at our annual party; plus all-day flea market (commercial items included), a jam session, BBQ Dinner and Dance in the evening.

Jan. 9
U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Considered to be the premier All-American Game across the nation, this is an East vs. West showdown featuring the top 90 high school senior football players from across the country. During half-time, the All-American Marching Band, featuring the top 97 high school senior marching musicians from across the country performs. Held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, 35 miles from the preserve. Event begins at 11 a.m.




Jan. 1-3: Cheer the New Year: Now that the mad rush is over spend some one on one time with the family, enjoy simple pleasures such as crafts, games and a winter campfire and just relax.

Jan. 8-10: Apres Ski Weekend: Come to the Rec Hall and compare your day on the slopes over a comforting cup of hot cocoa.

Jan. 15-18: Cookie Exchange: Bring a dozen cookies (and a recipe, if homemade) and we'll supply the coffee and tea.

Jan. 22-24: Have You Seen It? Turkeys, deer squirrels, rabbits, and more. Check out the tracks in the snow. Get your identification papers at the Rec Hall and see who can spot the most critters.

Jan. 29-31: Take a Card, Any Card: Come on down to the Rec Hall and let's play some good old-fashioned card games. Kids can play too. Bring your refreshments and enjoy!

Feb. 5-7: Apres Ski Weekend: Spend a relaxing evening over hot cocoa in the Rec Hall and discuss your day on the slopes with fellow skiers.

Feb. 12-15: Chocolate Lover's Weekend: We'll fire up the chocolate fountain for this special weekend. Enjoy our dippables and use your imagination to make some yummy treats.

Feb. 19-21: "Mush": Check out the dog-sledding at Pocono Manor.

Feb. 26-28: Winter Olympics-Scotrun Style: Test your snowy skills with our Pocono winter games and challenges. See if you can beat last year's 8-foot snowman!

Jan. 16
Sitour Snowfest
Snow games and activities open to all skiers and snow-boarders. Product sampling, giveways, prizes and entertainment. Located at Shawnee Mountain in Stroudsburg, 20 minutes from the preserve. Visit for more information.

Feb. 21
Winter Carnival Day
Plenty of activities for all, including demonstrations, ice sculptors, giveways, vendor and product sampling. Located at Shawnee Mountain in Stroudsburg, 20 minutes from the preserve. Visit for more information.




Feb. 13: Valentine's Day Dance in the Lodge. Please bring hors d'oeuvres.