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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Cultus Lake

June 17-19: Father's Day Weekend: Kids come and make Dad a special gift while he plays golf or just relaxes at the campsite. For Saturday dinner, bring Dad to the Rec Centre for Cook's Famous burgers and hot dogs at 5:30 p.m. Remember that on Sunday, Father's Day, Dads get a free breakfast.

OREGON

Pacific City

June 4: Popeye Daze! We'll have a spinach eatin' contest, tattoos and Wimpy Burgers.

June 11: Safari Daze with safari mask and skit on stage.

June 18: Father's Honor: Dad-n-Me Putt Goofy Golf, plus Father's Day craft.

June 25: Rodeo Weekend with Western crafts, Ropin' Yer Wine & Cheese, and root beer and pretzel social for the lil' pardners.

South Jetty

June 13-16: Line Dancing with "Jan": Get acquainted pre-dance and registration, bring finger foods, on Sunday from 6-8 p.m.

June 19: Celebrate Father's Day: All Fathers are invited to the Activities Center at 1 p.m. for cake and coffee.

June 16-19
12th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships

This event will draw artists from around the world that will take "Art to the Extreme". Quick carving event daily from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. During this event, the artist completes a carving from start to finish. The quick carvings are then auctioned daily at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit www.odcsc.com.

Whalers Rest

Thursdays-Saturdays in June: We will be serving BBQ lunch outside our South Clubhouse. You can purchase tickets in the Sea Chest Store. And every Saturday and Sunday we will serve breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Whalers Galley in the North Clubhouse, with a full menu to choose from.

June 10-12: Wheels Galore Weekend will spin into action with lots of fun. Don't miss your shot at the Kinect Racing Competition. We will have our Bike Parade on Saturday. Decorate your wheels and set out to dazzle the members. A night at Whalers wouldn't be complete without an evening of Bingo Mania. Join us as we play free Bingo in our North Clubhouse and win free prizes.

June 17-19: Families Unite is this weekend's theme at Whalers. Form a team and enter the Amazing Race that will begin Friday morning and last for two days. Winners will be announced Saturday evening just before a great evening of fun at our very own "Ultimate Family & Friend Party". June 24-26: We celebrate Splish Splash Weekend with a wet weekend of fun! Friday come enjoy Kinect Competition in the South Clubhouse, then head on over to the swimming pool for some crazy fun games. Dr. Delusion will be performing Saturday evening with his fun magic at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse.

June 25-26
27th Annual Summer Kite Festival

Lincoln City, named by Kitelines Magazine as one of the best places to fly kites in North America, celebrates with three kite festivals each year, two outdoors and one indoors. Situated on the 45th Parallel, Lincoln City is positioned at the ideal point for mixing warm equatorial air and cold polar air, which creates ideal winds for outdoor flying. In addition, the clean air flowing directly off the ocean is preferred by kite flying experts, and novices will see a difference in their abilities as well.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

June 17: A Trails Family "Dad's Rock" potluck.

June 18
28th Annual Birch Bay Sandcastle Building Contest

Get ready to dig in. It's amazing how with a little imagination, the beach at Birch Bay transforms into a series of sandcastles and sand sculptures. Each takes on a life of its own in the form of sea life, castles, cars, dragons, people, shipwrecks and more. Event is open to individuals, teams and families. There is no cost to participate and it proves to be a fun day at the beach. Held at the Birch Bay Waterfront, just about 1 mile from the preserve. For more information call (360) 371-5004.

Chehalis

June 3-5: 50s Weekend: Brush up on your trivia…what do you know about the 50s? Come to our Ice Cream Social on Friday afternoon and get a root beer float; then join us for Friday night karaoke. Saturday night, wear your poodle skirts and leather jackets, but leave your shoes at the door…we're having a B-Boppin'-Sock-Hoppin' good time with DJ 'Ram Karaoke' at the Family Lodge. Prizes awarded for best costume!

June 10-12: School's ALMOST Out Summer Splash Down: Bring the kids for 'Fun in the Sun'! Let's play! Weather balloon volleyball, swimming pool inside-out games, and a scavenger hunt! Saturday evening the Family Lodge will be off-limits for adults…it's kids' night…games, games…and MORE GAMES!

June 17-19: Father's Day Weekend with Norm Lynn. It's all about Dad this weekend…Don't forget to make Dad something special at our family craft time. Friday, treat him to a barbequed burger or dog. Saturday, we'll be playing games all afternoon. Relax and enjoy the music of Norm Lynn in the evening at the Family Lodge.

June 24-26: Frontier Days: Life on the frontier was never like this! Squirt gun shootouts; Cowboy and Indian Parade! Send a friend or foe to 'jail'…('Bail money' collected will go toward a new 'Kinect' game). Play 'Outlaw' Bingo and don't forget to cool off with an ice cream sundae at our social each afternoon. Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth provide lively interactive entertainment Saturday night.

Through June
Showers of Flowers

Held at DeGoede Bulb Farm, in Mossyrock. Call (360) 983-9000 for blooming info through May and June. Bulb Farm is just 25 minutes from the preserve.

La Conner

June 4: Scrapbooking Weekend.

June 11: Monopoly anyone? Play board games with the Rec. Staff.

June 18: Father's Day Weekend: Make Dad a card and take him on in a game of mini-golf.

June 25: Moviemania Weekend.

Little Diamond

June 17: Father's Day Weekend: Free ice cream sundae special for all Dads. Make your own awesome gift for your special Dad at our craft tables.

Paradise

June 4: Sock Hop with our very own Paradise DJ. Wear your 50s outfit.

June 11: Adult's "Casino Night", plus Kids' Movie Night on the Big Screen with popcorn and juice.

June 18: Father's Day Fishing Derby features prizes and raffle for one "ugly" fishing pole. Free Strawberry Waffle Breakfast for Dad. Spaghetti Dinner in the Family Center. Finish the evening as Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth provide entertainment for the whole family.

June 25: Community Appreciation Day: Classic Rock Dance with Norm Lynn. Come shake a leg or relax and listen to live guitar music and a great voice.

California

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

June 4: Join the Recreation Staff in welcoming Sandy Castleberry back to Idyllwild for the Summer Season 2011. Sandy is a local favorite and will be entertaining our campers in the amphitheater from 7 to 9 p.m.

June 17-19: Father's Day Weekend: The Recreation Staff has a lot of fun activities planned for this weekend. A craft for kids and their families to make together, a pine cone derby and much more. On Saturday, sit back and enjoy the music of Remember When – this couple plays a variety of music you can sing along to or take a whirl on the dance floor. Don't miss out!

June 2-5
93rd Annual Cherry Festival

Sponsored by the City of Beaumont and the Cherry Festival Association, this event offers arts and crafts, live entertainment, food vendors and exhibits. Held at Stewart Park, in Beaumont, just 35 miles from the preserve. For information call (951) 769-7114.

Lake Minden

June 3-5: Book Swapathon: Pack up your unwanted, in good condition, books and trade with other bookworms. Do a summer craft or bead project. Don't forget Saturday is Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. Walk off those extra calories with a walk around the lake.

June 10-12: Clowning Around: Join us Friday night for Baked Potato Potluck and bring a silly surprise concealed in a brown paper bag to Friday Night Bingo. We'll mix up the bags and give them out for bingo prizes. Saturday we'll have super silly activities including backwards paddleboat races and face painting.

June 17-19: Superheroes: Not sure what to get Dad for Father's Day? We have the perfect solution. Bring him to Lake Minden where every Dad is a Superhero. Friday we'll have a Super "Hero Sandwich" Potluck Social followed by Brown Bag Bingo. On Saturday join Dad and solve the riddles and reveal the super villain's hideout at our Super Dad Scavenger Hunt.

June 24-26: Challenging Activities: We invite you to a weekend of challenging activities that will include horseshoes, miniature golf, paddleboat races 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.

June 6
Summer Stroll Luau

Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, this is a free event held on Downtown Plumas Street in Yuba City, that features a hula-hoop contest, sand volleyball shootout, pictures, kids' zone and much more. Wear your favorite Hawaiian attire and enjoy the great food and fun for the whole family! Over 50 craft and food vendors, a free concert, Dog Beauty Contest and more! Hours are 5 to 9 p.m.

Lake of the Springs

Saturdays in June: Enjoy our Family Campfire with John Carter and the Family Dance with live music from one our bands. June 19: Free French Toast Breakfast for Fathers.

Ponderosa

June 4
Coloma Blues Live

Enjoy an all-day blues festival with your family along the shore of the American River in beautiful Henningsen Lotus Park in Coloma. Artists include Taj Mahal and The Trio Band, the Tommy Castro Band, John Nemeth and the Sugar Thieves. Tickest are $45 in advance and $55 at the gate, $10 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. For advance ticket reservation call (530) 295-3496 or purchase online at www.colomablueslive.com.

June 16-19
2011 Rockin' and Wranglin' El Dorado County Fair

Held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, just miles from the preserve, this event promises fun for all who visit. There will be something for everyone and every age. From carnival rides, exhibits, music, animal acts, car show, livestock and food galore. Visit www.eldoradocountyfair.org for more information.

Rancho Oso

Saturdays throughout June from 11 a.m. to noon – come on down to the arena to watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo! Get up close and personal with our "baby" bulls as we prepare them for the future in rodeo. A definite photo op. And each weekend join the fun and hop aboard the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to tour the resort. Or, call the stables and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 and over. Join us for wine tasting at the Adult Lodge or visit the Stone Lodge for ice cream and make your favorite sundae. Plus, Candy Bar Bingo.

June 4
Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival

Enjoy great food, wine, and of course, live jazz. The all-inclusive ticket for this event lets participants enjoy the culinary art of 30 amateur and professional chefs, taste the wonderful wines poured by 22 of the area's wineries, watch cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, and hear live jazz. You'll receive a free souvenier wine glass and plate and then sample the vintner's and chef's offerings with music in the background.

San Benito

Regular Friday Night Spaghetti Feed now includes rice and fish on menu. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba's Cafe in the Family Lodge. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first and third Saturday is our Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. at the Family Lodge followed by Skip-Bo Tournaments. Second and fourth Saturday, we have 9-Ball tournaments for teens and adults, crafts and ice cream socials. Also, non-denominational Sunday services.

June 11: Kim & Aimee provide entertainment beginning at 3 p.m. singing songs, playing instruments from all around the world. Adult Bunco Night at 7 p.m.

June 18: Father's Day Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by Old Habits at 7:30 p.m., providing music to dance throughout the evening.

June 25: Patio BBQ at noon. At 1 p.m. Cisco Jim and his horse, Silverado, bring us some of the finest Old West tunes from the old cowboy days. Outdoor Movies at the Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

June 10-12: It's a Bug's Life: We will catch some bugs from the park and see if you can tell what they are by touching the slimy, crunchy, crisp, juicy little critters. Also, a critter race will be in store for you so catch one fast.

June 17-19: Dad's Day: All Dads and kids need to enter the fishing contest –sign up in the Rec. Room. Weigh-in will be at 4 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Also, there will be a football toss, 8-ball tourney and crafts for Dad you won't want to miss.

Colorado River

June 11
FFA Alumni Cookoff

Barbeque Cookoff to benefit the Columbus FFA Students. Held at the Colorado County Fairgrounds, in Columbus, just 4 miles from the preserve. For information visit www.junecookoff.com

Lake Conroe

June 4: Luau Weekend/Happy June Birthdays: Let's get June started with a watermelon-eatin' contest. We'll have sack races and back by popular demand, Leialoha's Hula Company will entertain us. This is one weekend you do NOT want to miss. June 11: Start your Engines Weekend: Engines will roar…okay, buzz maybe during the remote control car and boat races.

June 18: Fabulous Father's Day Weekend: Dad this is YOUR day! Come compete in our "sexiest man-legs" contest! And kids, we'll be making something special for Dad. We'll have a football toss and a washers tournament.

June 25: Wet 'n Wild Weekend: All games this weekend will leave you soaked! Water volleyball, a water balloon toss and a park-wide water gun shootout so come prepared.

Lake Tawakoni

June 4: Walk the Park, plus Nickel, Dime, Quarter Bingo, Washers and Poker games.

June 5: Sunday School and Chapel Services.

June 11: All activities will be member-generated.

June 12: Sunday School and Chapel Services.

June 18: Walk the Park, Washer Tossing, Bingo, Father's Day Ice Cream Social, Putt-Putt contest, What's Happening Meeting.

June 19: Sunday School and Chapel Services.

June 25: Kids' Weekend includes Nature Walk, ball activities, Putt-Putt test, Wacky Races and Ice Cream Social.

June 26: Sunday School and Chapel Services.

June
First Monday Trade Days

Held at the Canton, Texas Fairgrounds, just 3 miles from the preserves this event is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

June 4: Birthday/Anniversary Weekend: Let's play free Bingo and have Birthday Cake for all who come.

June 11: Flag Day: Honor the Flag and enjoy family fun for all. Wear your red, white and blue.

June 18: Father's Day Weekend: Enjoy the day with Dad; play some fun games, plus Trey Houston entertains.

June 25: Splish 'n Splash Weekend: Let's get wet in all kinds of ways, plus RV Chat. Chapel Services every Sunday.

Bailey's Berry Patch
Pick your own blueberries and blackberries. Blueberries are as big as marbles and blackberries are big too! Located at 905 Crawford Road, near Sadler, off FM 901, about 11 miles from the preserve. For information call (903) 564-6228.

Lake Whitney

June 4: Western Weekend.

June 11: Clowning Around Weekend.

June 18: Father's Day Weekend.

June 25: Fun in the Sun (pool party).

Medina Lake

June 18-19: Father's Day Weekend: Events include mini-golf tournament, sack races, seed spitting contest, Jello sipping contest, plus free ice cream for all Dads at Ice Cream Social. Dads eat breakfast for free on Sunday at Top of the Trail when Mom and kids come. Door prize for one lucky Dad – drawing at 11 a.m.

June 10-12
Texas Folklife Festival

Annual festival celebrates the state's diverse ethnic groups. Held at HemisFair Park in San Antonio, 801 S. Bowie Street. For information call (210) 458-2224

Southeast

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

June 4: Pirate Party at Town Hall, plus pirate costume contest, and live band at 7 p.m.

June 11: Tropical Pool Party: All you Parrotheads come enjoy Jimmy Buffett music and party at the pool, beginning at 6 p.m.

June 18: School's Out Celebration with Casino Night at 7 p.m. and Kid Karaoke at Red Barn at 8 p.m.

June 25: Gospel Music Jubilee at Town Hall.

VIRGINIA

Harbor View

June 3-5: Club Blazer Weekend: Let's learn about Philbert the Squirrel. Do you know what an omnivore is? Tell us and win a prize.

June 10-12: Haley for Safety Weekend Preserve Walk: Let's use our eyesight and mind to look out for your own safety and the safety of others this weekend. Refreshments will be served.

June 11-12
60th Annual Potomac River Festival/Parade

Sponsored by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, this event features food and drinks for sale, vendors, arts and crafts, games and the Colonial Yacht Club Parade at 1 p.m. on the 12th. For information call (804) 224-8145. Colonial Beach is just 6 miles from the preserve.

Northeast

NEW JERSEY

Lake & Shore

Every Saturday, beginning June 24, we'll have a Pool Party and evening entertainment.

June 17-19: Father's Day Weekend.

June 24-26: Summer Kick-Off Weekend.

June 18-19
Skimmer Festival Weekend

Located in Sea Isle City, just 10 minutes from the preserve, enjoy seaside vendors and food court from 9-4 daily. Great for families – includes children's activities, live music daily and evening concerts, plus auto show and parade.

PENNSYLVANIA

Gettysburg Farm

June 11: Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held in our Rec. Hall. Play for baskets or play for money.

June 18: Favorite Strawberry Dessert Contest – plus, All-Strawberry Weekend!

June 19: Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held in our Rec. Hall. Play for baskets or play for money.

June 17-19
Pennsylvania Lavender Festival

Enjoy culinary delights and tour the farm at Willow Pond Farm, just 20 miles from the preserve. For information call (717) 642-6387.

PA Dutch

Wednesdays in June: Dance Lessons with Joan.

June 3-5: Outer Space Weekend: We'll have Friday night Bingo in the Barn. Saturday is crafts, wagon ride and Star Wars Film Festival, plus Frisbee/parachute fun. June 10-12: Family Games Weekend included Saturday crafts, wagon ride, board games by the pool and Minit-2-Winit challenges. June 17-19: Father's Day Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn; Saturday Donuts with Dad and Grandpa, crafts, wagon ride and a mini-golf tournament for Dads or Grandfathers with their kids/grandkids. June 24-26: Hawaiian Weekend: Friday Night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday includes crafts, wagon ride, Hawaiian party with our famous Pig Roast and DJ Steve with all your Hawaiian favorites.

Midwest

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

June 3-5: Strawberry Pickin' Self Driving Caravan to Ridgeview Farms: Sign-up sheets located outside Business Office in Welcome Center. Meet in lower parking lot of Welcome Center and caravan to the strawberries.

June 10-12: Father's Day Weekend: Bring Dad to our fabulous breakfast on Sunday. Later in the day join us for the putt-putt contest. Dads will receive a free sundae at our Ice Cream Social.

June 17-19: Amish Weekend: This weekend we will travel to an Amish home to partake in an actual Amish Wedding Dinner. The Amish family will also give tours of their farm and logging mill. Contact the preserve at (440) 576-9030 as soon as possible if you would like to attend. This dinner fills up fast!

June 24-26: Brown Bag Bingo Night: Saturday evening will be spent at the Welcome Center playing Bingo. Come join the fun.

June 11-12
1890 23rd Annual Northeast Ohio Polka Fest

Extravaganza with ethnic food and music. Children under 12 are free. Admission is $6 and is good for both days. Event runs from 12 p.m. to midnight. For information visit www.oldfirehousewinery.com.

Wilmington

June 4-5: Fitness Weekend.

June 18-19: Dad's Big Day includes Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Fishing Tournament.

June 25-26: Friends and Family Weekend – Camp for $23 per day.

June 18-19
Summer Solstice Lavender Festival

Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm will holds its 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Lavender Festival featuring lavender, food, vendors, u-pick, workshops, holistic health practitioners, music and much more. Peaceful Acres is located at 2391 Martinsville Road, in Martinsville. For information call (513) 322-2415.