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Yellowstone River

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Cultus Lake

April 1-3: We continue our cleanup with a "Resort Beautification" as we clean out the flower and plant beds, replant as needed and bring in the bark dust. It's also April Fools' weekend, so you never know what will happen.

April 22-24: We kick off the season with a weekend of fun. On Saturday we will have a bike parade and decorating contest, weather permitting. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for Cook's famous Burgers and Hot Dogs. On Sunday, rain or shine, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. (meet at the Rec centre).


Pacific City

April 23: Easter Festivities include egg coloring, egg toss, egg hunt, plus Hard Crock Café Ham and Scalloped Taters lunch in the store.

Whalers Rest

April 23: Breakfast at Whalers Galley will be served from 9 to 10 a.m. in the North Clubhouse. Select from a full menu and kids can enter the Easter coloring contest –winners announced at noon at the South Clubhouse. BBQ Lunch served outside the South Clubhouse from noon to 1 p.m. Get your tickets in the Sea Chest Store for your sandwich selection. Children's Easter Egg Hunt and games will start at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse, plus we also serve up ice cream for those who'd like to purchase a sundae or cone. Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny who might be hopping by.

April 23-25
Newport Paper Arts Festival XV

Event features eighteen workshops taught by thirteen artists, including silk and fiber paper making, surface design, wet and needle felting, decorating book binding, paper manipulation, transformational book making, collage, unique paper basketry, wood block printing, jello monoprinting and mixed media jewelry. Held at the Newport Visual Arts Center, just 5 minutes north of the preserve. For more information call (541) 265-6569.


Birch Bay

April 16: All-age Karaoke Sing-a-long, plus Manager's Happy Power Hour.

April 23: Easter Potluck followed by the Cottontail Casino Night. April 24: Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m.

April 16
International Plowing Match 2011

The 70th anniversary of this event – come watch these magnificent horses and their plowman till the soil as in days gone by. Beginning at 9 a.m. at Berthusen Park, just 10 miles from the preserve. Free admission and free parking. Awards will be held at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds from 7 to 9 p.m.


April 1-10: SW Washington Schools' Spring Break: Come to Chehalis for a week of fun. Events include face painting, carts, movies, bingo, ice cream socials, hayrides, games and more.

April 22-25: Easter Weekend: Join us for a Giant Chehalis Easter Egg-stravaganza and Potluck Saturday. We'll have an egg decorating craft and Easter Egg Hunt – find the Golden Egg for a special prize, plus face painting, movies and ice cream social.

Grandy Creek

April 22-23: Easter Celebration Weekend: Bring your kids for a hopping good time that includes Easter Egg Hunt, games, and crafts.

April 2-3

Traditional carvers, wood turners, chainsaw carvers, high school woodshop exhibits/competition, auction, educational exhibits and much more. Held at Sedro- Woolley High School, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

La Conner

April 4-8: Spring Break in Skagit County. Please check boards for crafts and beach walks. Food Service will be available. Don't forget April is Tulip Festival so check the board for "Field Watch" to see what's blooming.

April 22-24: Thousand Trails Singles Weekend.

April 23-24: Easter Weekend: Come dye eggs with us and join in the egg hunt on Sunday.

April 1-30
28th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

As our fields begin exploding with color, we invite you to experience the delightful magic of nature in the farmlands of La Conner and Skagit Valley.

Little Diamond

April 15: Preserve opens for the season!

Mt. Vernon

April 4: Seafood TGIF: Every first Friday we have our Seafood TGIF featuring the best pan-fried oysters in the country, plus awesome clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, steamed clams, crab cakes. We do offer a large dinner Chicken Caesar salad for those that don't enjoy seafood. Low prices. R.S.V.P. (360) 724-4811.

April 7: We are hosting an after-hour social for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Join us and meet members of our area and hear about their community involvement. See the displays that transform our Family Lodge into a unique setting for your event, from weddings to family reunions and much more. Please call (360) 724-4811 for seating. Donations for door prizes welcome.

April 24: Easter: Bring in spring by starting the holiday with an Easter Brunch at the Lodge followed by egg dying and crafts. Have a traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Join us for a fun-filled day. Call (360) 724-4811 for reservations.


April 8-10
Photo & Fine Arts Show

Artists and photographers from all over the United States enter this show to win prizes and show their unique photos and beautiful works of art. Enjoy watching the artists in action. Held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, just 5 miles from the preserve. For more information visit



Lake Minden

April 1-3: April Fool's Day: Bring your favorite unusual or even bizarre covered dish Friday for a foolishly fun April Fool's Day Potluck dinner. After, we'll have Brown Bag Bingo (not too serious prizes, please) and a funny family movie. Saturday enter a "the joke's on you scavenger hunt". Not enough April Fool's Fun? How about some Family Karaoke in the Family Lodge?

April 8-10: Challenging Activities: We invite you to a weekend of challenging activities that will include card games, board games, miniature, golf, paddleboat races, hula-hoops, and a scavenger hunt, just to name a few. Don't forget to join us Saturday for the Ice Cream Social and Candy Bar Bingo.

April 15-17: Fun in the Sun: Chase away those winter blues with a game of softball, croquet or miniature golf. We have a wide variety of sports equipment for scheduled activities that can also be checked out for personal use. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck dinner and Brown Bag Bingo.

April 22-24: Easter Festivities: Saturday morning we'll dye Easter eggs with the kids and do spring crafts. Don't forget to get your tickets and sign up early for our annual Easter Dinner Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning we'll have the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Don't forget your cameras. This is a great weekend for photos.

April 29-May 1: Boat Races: Join us for the season's first Hydroplane Boat Races. These races are a favorite here that promise rip roaring fun and heart pounding excitement. A little too excited? Take a break from the races for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. Don't forget to join us Saturday night for a good old-fashioned Barn Dance.

Lake of the Springs

During the first three Saturdays of the month we'll have our Baked Potato Social – come meet new friends or enjoy the company of someone you already know. Stay and play some Candy Bar Bingo.

April 23-24: Easter Celebration includes a craft and variety fair, plus on Saturday there will be a fishing derby and egg coloring for kids and we'll serve an Easter Ham Dinner. John Carter will be here for our campfire sing-a-long and marshmallow roast. Anna Maria will be here for our Family Dance. Join us Sunday morning for sunrise services. Bring the kids to our Easter Egg Hunt and to meet the Easter Bunny.

April 24-29: Line Dance Festival with Marion and friends. Come join the fun – there will be lots of dancing, food and friends.

Morgan Hill

April 23-24: Saturday we'll have our Easter Egg Coloring at 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall and on Sunday the Easter Egg Hunt will be at 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall.


April 23-24: On Saturday, join us for lots of fun Easter crafts and Easter egg dying and decorating. You can bring your own eggs to dye or help us dye the eggs for the park Easter Egg Hunt. We will also be making our edible art Easter basket cupcakes. Fun for all ages! On Sunday, bring your kids down to the patio at 8 a.m. sharp for our Easter Egg Hunt. We have lots of eggs and fun goodies for the kids. You won't want to miss this event.

Palm Springs

April 2: End of the Season Party, plus the music of Stan Wayne from 7-9 p.m.

April 22: Earth Day: We will be planting flowering cactus in the courtyard.

April 15-17
Coachella Music Festival

Three-day music and arts festival, held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, just 5 miles from the preserve. For music lineup visit

April 30-May 1
Stagecoach Music Festival

Two-day country-western music festival, held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, just 5 miles from the preserve. For music lineup visit

Pio Pico

Daily events throughout the month include coffee socials, games, and 8-ball tourneys. Saturdays in April include Saturday Marketplace, Coffee Socials, Candy Bingo, Wood Crafts Family Movies and Softball Games. Every Tuesday we feature Border Patrol talks.

April 9-24: Spring Break 2011: Youth Center will be open everyday, plus we'll have crafts, kids' games, and 8-ball tourneys.

April 23-24: Easter Weekend: events include egg coloring, Easter crafts, Candy Bingo, Coyote Country DJ, Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny and Easter Services.

April 17
Annual San Diego Earth Fair

Held in Balboa Park, this is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. It features 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, food pavilion, kids' area and entertainment areas. For more information visit


April 23: The Easter Bunny returns to hide eggs and greet the young and young at heart. The kids can design their own baskets and then use them at our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

April 23
April Spring Fest Classic Car Show

Join us for some good food, good entertainment and great cars. Make plans now to attend the Collector Car Show at northern California's newest and most fabulous casino. We're expecting 300 of northern California's finest Hot Rods, Street Rods, Muscle and Classic Cars to be here on display. Held at Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 622-6608.

San Benito

Every Friday we feature our Friday Night Spaghetti Feed, plus we've added fish and rice to the menu. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba's Café in the Family Lodge. Full breakfast menu each Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The first and third Saturday is the Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. in the Family Lodge followed by Skipbo Tournaments. Second and fourth Saturday we have 9-ball tournaments for teens and adults, plus crafts and Ice Cream Socials. Sundays are non-denominational services, plus Ice Cream Social and Bingo.

April 9: Saturday evening Potluck and Big Bucks Bingo.

April 23-24: Recreation will be coloring Easter eggs during the day. In the evening we'll have our Easter Dinner followed by the wonderful world of magic with Leo the Magician. Sunday Easter Celebration begins with our annual parade followed by our Easter Egg Hunt with lots of prizes for kids of all ages.

April 30: Saturday Night at the Movies: Our summer-long outdoor movie event begins at our Fonceca Amphitheater.

Wilderness Lakes

April 2: Casino Night: Come play Blackjack for free; play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for door prize at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

April 9: Enjoy the music of Stan Wayne.

April 16: Chuck Stewart and his live band entertain outdoors (weather permitting).

April 23: E&E Animals will bring their exotic animals, plus Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. April 24: Happy Easter – we'll have an Easter Egg Hunt with prizes.

April 30: Movie night.



Bay Landing

April 1-3: Beautify Bay Landing: Dig out your gloves and join the staff working together to make Bay Landing beautiful. We will plant flowers and trees and anything else that needs to be done. Spaghetti lunch provided for all helpers. Free cake and ice cream too!

April 22-24: Easter Weekend: Hop on over to Bay Landing for our Easter activities. Find the Golden Egg at our egg hunt and win the HUGE basket for three age groups. Don' t forget to decorate your own bonnet and basket for our contest also. Adults-Only Flashlight Hunt at dark-bring your flashlight and find the golden egg.

Colorado River

Throughout April: member-generated activities, plus staff-led Saturday evening potluck dinners. Please call the preserve for additional information.

Lake Conroe

April 2: Back to the 50s Weekend/Happy April Birthdays: Come celebrate April birthdays 50s style! We'll also be hula-hooping, sock decorating (bring a pair of socks) and rock painting. So be there or be square, Daddy-O!

April 9: Kids' Fishing Tournament Weekend: There's fishies in them thar ponds so kids, bring your poles and let's catch 'em. Prizes will be awarded for the most fish caught, the ugliest fish caught, the biggest fish and the smallest caught.

April 16: Cajun Fest Weekend: Crawfish races, games on the pavilion, and some finger-lickin' good crawfish, Boudin sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes. Yum?

April 23: Happy Easter Weekend: Come celebrate Easter with us! We'll dye eggs (be sure to bring hard-boiled eggs), have an egg-in-the- spoon races, a bunny hop and then an egg hunt. Special Easter services will be held Sunday morning.

April 30: High Flying Weekend: Bring your kites and let's fly 'em high.

Lake Tawakoni

April 2: Walk the Park, Candy Bar Bingo, member-generated games at the Adult Lodge.

April 9: Card-Bingo, nickel, dime, Poker Run, games at the Adult Lodge.

April 16: Walk the Park, Pokeno, Potato Bake, and games at the Adult Lodge.

April 23: Walk the Park, Easter egg dying, Easter Dog parade, and games at the Adult Lodge.

April 30: Spring Frenzy Games at the FC, Walk the Park, games at the Adult Lodge. Chapel Services held every Sunday at the Welcome Center at 8:45 a.m.

April 14-16
Van Zandt County Fair and Annual Bluebird Festival

Held in downtown Wills Point, just 15 miles from the preserve, this County Fair features shopping, festive foods, exhibits, and a carnival.

Lake Texoma

April 2: Birthday/Anniversaries Bingo: join us for our special time to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with fun and cake.

April 9: Pets on Parade: Let's see the cutest, best tricks, best personality. Plus fun craft and relay races for all.

April 16: Earth Day: Beautify Lake Texoma by planting a tree, shrub or flowers in memory of a loved one.

April 23-24: Easter Weekend: Easter Egg Hunt for little ones, plus make your own Easter bonnet and bring to our Best Easter Bonnet contest. On Sunday we will have a Sunrise Easter Service at the beach (weather permitting). Bring lawn chair and visit by the fire at the Family Center.

April 30: Gospel Music Weekend: Come for music, fun and snacks. All your favorite snacks to share with all.

Medina Lake

April 2: Birthdays/Anniversaries: We'll celebrate with cake and ice cream.

April 23-24: Easter Weekend features egg coloring, piñatas, banana splits, and Easter crafts on Saturday. Saturday night we'll host a moonlit Easter Egg Hunt for the adults so bring your flashlights. On Sunday, the Easter Bunny will join the kids for their egg hunts. Join us with your family for Easter dinner.




April 2-3: Ballroom entertainment featuring Len and Lois on Saturday and Willy Nelson 1 on Sunday.

April 9: Ballroom entertainment featuring Vivacity on Saturday and Mercy Seat on Sunday.

April 16: Ballroom entertainment featuring Tom Hansen.

April 22-24: Easter Weekend: So much to do! Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny, plus crafts, pool party, and bunny games. So hop on over and join us.


Lake Gaston

April 1-3: Welcome Back Sunset Social: Plan to bring your favorite hors d'oevres and beverages and celebrate the beginning of a new season.

April 22-24: "Hoppy" Easter: Easter weekend will feature visits from the Easter Bunny on the hayride and a pancake breakfast. We'll have Easter Egg Hunts for all ages, arts & crafts, a member potluck supper and the Saturday night "Bunny Hop" with your favorite DJ.


Natchez Trace

April 9: Supper will be served at the Town Hall from 4-6 p.m. Candy Bingo at 7 p.m.

April 16: Earth Day: Cleanup begins at 9 a.m., followed by cookout at 4 p.m. Casino Night begins at 7 p.m.

April 23: Eggstravagant Easter Egg Hunt at the Red Bar begins at 11 a.m. Supper served in the Town Hall from 4-6 p.m. following by Movie Night in the Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

April 30: Game Show Weekend: Supper will be served at the Town Hall from 4-6 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. Minute to Win It game.



Lake & Shore

April 22-24: Easter Weekend


PA Dutch

April 8-10: Welcome Back Weekend: Friday night Bingo, Saturday crafts, wagon ride, Soup and Sandwich Social with the Men & Machine Band.

April 15-17: Movie Madness Weekend: Friday night Bingo, Saturday crafts, wagon ride and movie marathon.

April 22-24: Easter Weekend: Friday night Bingo, Saturday crafts, plus Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny visit, wagon ride. Sunday Easter Dinner – we provide the ham and campers supply the sides.

April 29-30: Love your Pet Weekend: Friday night Bingo, Saturday crafts, wagon ride and pet parade and contests.

Timothy Lake North

April 29-May 1: We're OPEN! We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back this weekend. Peter Cottontail will make a surprise visit and join us with egg hunts, egg coloring and much, much more. Sing and dance to the tunes presented by our all-time favorite DJ couple, Fantasy Karaoke.