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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

OREGON

Bend/Sunriver

Aug 6: Bend TT Nascar Races includes Hot Wheel & wooden car races. Paint, polish and practice for the big trophy. Mr. Magic brings kids of all ages to the family lodge for an evening of enjoyment.

Aug. 27: It's all about Clowns with our mini-carnival with games, balloons, popcorn, ice cream, and face painting. Plus, the Best Clown Contest.

August 7 Sunriver Music Festival - 2011 Summer Session Sponsored by the Sunriver Chamber, this event features fabulous musicians from all over the nation. It is one of the Pacific Northwest premier musical events. For information call (541) 593-9310 or visit www.sunrivermusic.org. Event is just 4 miles from the preserve.

Pacific City

Aug 6: PCLympics TT Triathalon competition. Endure your strength and mental abilities to compete in our events. Old-fashioned rock-n-roll, 50s and dance-a-thon with "The Fabulous Cover Dawgs". Aug. 20: Shoe Daze. Horseshoe Tourney, Find the Golden Horseshoe, make a horseshoe craft, kids horseshoe tourney, too. Welcome back HERITAGE to perform 2 shows.

Aug. 27: Up-Up and Away Daze. Parachute and Kite activities.

August 10-13
Tillamook County Fair Week - Something to Crow About

Pig and Ford races, 4-H exhibits, floral hall, food and craft vendors, horse racing and betting, demolition derby, concerts, hypnotists, and carnival rides. Held at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. For information call 503-842-2272.

South Jetty

August 3-7
DUNEFEST 2011

Ovation Award Winner of "The Best Sporting Event in Oregon", this five day event is filled with exciting activities including adult and kid activities, Motocross Racing, Sand Drags, Poker Run, Treasure Hunt, Show and Shine and much more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce, event is held at Winchester Bay, approximately 25 miles from the preserve.

August 19-22
Fiddle on the Beach

Musicians from all over Pacific Northwest and Northern California have been invited to sing and play fiddles, guitars, banjos and mandolins at the Community Center Hall, the Gazebo, camp grounds and on the docks around town. Get ready to hear a wide variety of music including country, Cajun, swing, bluegrass, folk, waltzes and old time tunes. All musicians are invited to participate in open jam sessions which will be going on all day long. There will be concerts at the Grange Hall every evening at 6:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. There will be also be a Gospel show at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday to close the event. Held at the Winchester Bay Community Center, approximately 25 miles from the preserve. For more information visit www.fiddleonthebeach.info.

Whalers Rest

Aug 5-7: Pirates Unite Weekend at Whalers Rest. There will be a Treasure Hunt with a Pirates Plank too. Send your friend or foe to the Deep! Only for the brave at heart. The Bush Pilots will be jamming fiddling fun in our South Clubhouse, Saturday at 7 p.m.

All Aboard for a fun weekend with "Oriental Express" at Whalers Rest. Join in the fun and funny Sumo Wrestling Contest. Or you can take a quiet approach and learn some origami folding. Ron Diller will dazzle us with his guitar talent Saturday night at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse.

Aug. 19-21: Calling all "Couch Potatoes" for our weekend fun at Whalers Rest. Come Friday night to make your own Potato Head person. Saturday night in our South Clubhouse we will be having a Couch Potato Party for all ages. This will be a crazy fun memory making evening.

Aug. 25: Extreme Kids Night is going to be a lot of fun for the kids at Whalers. Parents just sign in your kids and they will have a great time while you can take the night off. Fun begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. We will have crazy games, swimming, snacks and a great movie.

Aug. 26-28: It's "Flower Power Weekend" at Whalers Rest. We will offer a fun tie-dying class both Friday and Saturday. Dee Smith will sing us down memory lane Saturday night in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

August 20
Pirates Invade Depoe Bay!

The 6th Annual Pirate Treasure Hunt is being held in Depoe Bay. As always, ALL proceeds are donated to local charities. This year's proceeds will be donated to the Depoe Bay Food Bank, helping local families in need. Join us, and yer fellow pirate brethren for a fun filled day of adventure and mystery upon the high seas! This year's hunt promises to be action packed, with a secret theme, and a special appearance by THE KING'S NAVY! Event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

Aug 27: an EPIC Piratical Event for ALL beginning at 7 p.m.

August 15-20
Drayton Harbor Days Street Fair

Downtown street fair with free kids games, costume contest, prizes, arts and crafts vendors and a motorcycle show-n-shine. The Tall Ships' Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be in Blaine Harbor during the fair. Held at Peace Portal Drive and Blaine Harbor, just 2 miles from the preserve. For more information call the Blaine Visitor and Information Center at (360) 332-4544.

August 15-20
101 Annual Northwest Washington Fair

This event is Lynden's biggest entertainment attraction drawing more than 216,000 visitors to the area. The emphasis is mainly agricultural, with entertainment and exhibits filling the 35-acre fairgrounds, located at 1775 Front Street, just 14 miles from the preserve. For information call (360) 354-4111.

La Conner

Aug 5: Hayride and campfire featuring Amy Hindman.

Aug. 6: Wacky Water Weekend: Join Sarah and Michelle on the Slip 'n Slide and wear your wackiest board shorts!

Aug. 13: Happy Birthday to You: Come on down to the Front Lawn and make your own Homemade Tin Can Ice Cream. We will be serving birthday cake along with it. Also, play Pin the Tail on the Ranger!

Aug. 19: Hayride and campfire featuring Amy Hindman. Also, our very own Michelle will be hosting our first "Countries Around the World" Weekend to see how many countries we visit.

Aug. 27: Dog Days of Summer: Have you ever tried your dog on an Agility Course? Do you have an unusual breed? Does your dog do a special trick you want to share? Dog Days of Summr celebrates your Best Friend so please join us and meet ours.

August 10-13
Skagit County Fair

The Skagit County Fair is rich in tradition, history and unique culture of our local Skagit community. Celebrate the county's agricultural heritage with farm animal showings, a carnival, craft and hobby display, vendor booths, musical entertainment and more. We invite you all to join us during the Harvest Moon Celebration of the 2011 Skagit County Fair. Located at 1410 Virginia Street, in Mt. Vernon. For information call (360) 336-9414.

Mount Vernon

Aug 5: TGIF Seafood Dinner. Aug. 6: Hot August Night features "Elvis", Car Show and Theme Dinner. Aug. 13: Hawaiian Luau with Aloha Dancers, plus Hawaiian Buffet. Aug. 20: Member Appreciation Weekend Potluck Dinner. Aug. 27: Minute to Win It.

Oceana

August 13-14
Ocean Shores Kite Festival

Come fly a kite – it's fun for everyone from novice to professional. Viewers can watch colorful kites soaring in the skies. Held on the beach in Ocean Shores, just 2.5 miles from the preserve. For information call (800) 76-BEACH.

Paradise

Aug 5: Karaoke with "The Chick Pick's".

Aug. 6: 5th Annual Blueberry Festival Parade in our local town of Mossyrock, WA. Our Hayride Wagon will be in the parade again this year. Enjoy our very own Paradise DJ in the evening. Aug. 12: Karaoke with "The Chick Pick's. Aug. 13: Make a lei to wear as you watch the "Aloha Dancers". Plus Hula-Hoop contest and Root Beer Floats in a special glass. Wear your favorite flip-flops and grass skirts for the show tonight.

Aug. 14: Paddleboat Races around Honeymoon Island. Aug. 19: Bean Bag Baseball, No Running Allowed. Enjoy an evening with our Paradise DJ.

Aug. 20: Geo with a compass, you've never geocached until you've actually used a COMPASS! Marcia Guderian will be with us tonight at the campfire to play her guitar and have a sing-a-long with marshmallow & sticks provided. Aug. 26: It's WACKY DAY so wear your clothes backwards, inside out or upside down. Be Wacky. Bring a friend and anyone else you can find to play Team Pictionary - it's a blast. Have an evening of fun at Karaoke with "The Chick Pick's".

Aug. 27: Wrangler Days. Bring your remote control car to the races and win prizes. We have a limited supply of cowboy & cowgirl hats for serving with ice cream in them at our Ice Cream Social. YEE HAW dinner tonight includes BBQ Ribs and all the fixins'. Evening entertainment with Stormin Norman includes great Classic Rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Come shake a leg.

Aug. 28: Heather has planned an afternoon of Splashing Fun!

August 5-7
Blueberry Festival Parade

Come enjoy the 5th Annual Blueberry Festival - Our haywagon is in the parade again this year. This is a weekend of fun, fun, fun! Event is held in Mossyrock, just 10 miles from the preserve.

California

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

Aug 5-7: Join us here in the beautiful mountains for a Beach Mountain Party Weekend. How much watermelon can you eat? We will have a contest to see who can eat the most and the fastest. Can you Hula-Hoop? Bring your hula-hoop talents and enter the contest. Saturday night we will have a campfire and roast marshmallows, and listen to some Oldies But Goodies Music, at the Amphitheatre.

Aug. 12-14: Aloha! This weekend is our Hawaiian Luau Weekend. Dig out that Hawaiian shirt and join in our Island of Fun. We will have games in the pool, along with activities in the pool area. Activities will include Pineapple Bowling, Limbo contest, water balloon toss. Saturday night Faultline performs at the Amphitheatre.

Aug. 26-28: Wilderness Awareness Weekend: Start out Saturday morning with a nature hike with Pat Boss. Learn how to make a birdfeeder out of a pinecone, peanut butter and birdseed. Plus, Music under the Stars with Dennis Scott.

August 18
Idyllwild Summer Concert featuring the United States Marine Corps Band

Sponsored by the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council, this is the last of the summer outdoor concert series and will feature the United States Marine Corps Band from Twentynine Palms Marine Base. Held at Idyllwild Community Center Site, Highway 243 and Ridge View, just 5 miles from the preserve. Event begins at 7 p.m. For more information call 951-659-2229

August 27-28
18th Annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines

Idyllwild Jazz in The Pines was the vision of two music lovers who wanted to find a way to promote America's original art form – jazz – and raise money for scholarships for the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Two days of live jazz entertainment, good food and vendors. Held at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, just 7 miles from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ticket information call 951-500-4090.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout August: Friday nights we have adult Money Bingo put on by the Volunteer Fire Department and every Saturday we will have the Family Campfire with John Carter.

Aug. 6: Family Dance with the Diamondback Band.

Aug. 13: Family Dance with the Jim Hunter Band.

>Aug. 20: Family Dance with Heading Due West.

Aug. 27: Family Dance with the James Slack Band.

Morgan Hill

July 30: Garlic Chaos Weekend: This is the Garlic Festival weekend and the area will be jumping. Join us for some fun with Mike Noonan.

Aug. 6: Old Timer's Weekend: Join us as we honor our senior citizens and have some fun. Evening entertainment TBA.

Aug. 13: Back To School Weekend: The kids will be heading back to school this week and things will slow down a lot around here. Join us as for some fun with Mike Noonan.

Aug. 20: My Name Ain't Sue Weekend: Come out and enjoy the music with Frank Plesek and the Cash Only Band as they entertain everyone with the music of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash.

Aug. 27: Hound Dog, You Are A Friend Of Mine Weekend: Elvis (Donald Prieto) will be here to entertain us as we pay tribute to our four-legged friends.

Pio Pico

Aug 6: Western Weekend activities include Western crafts, Texas Hold-em' game, and Hoedown with Highway 91.

Aug. 13: Hawaiian Luau Weekend includes Hawaiian craft class, Hawaiian scavenger hunt, a Hawaiian dinner followed by a Polynesian show featuring Napua O'Kehau Lani Dancers.

Aug. 20: Wet and Wild Weekend fun includes water gun fight, water balloon toss, and water volleyball game.

Aug. 27: Back to School Weekend features back to school craft, CA Trivia Contest, softball game and Candy Bingo.

August 7
Chula Vista's 15th Annual Lemon Festival

Celebrate summer with Everything Lemon as Third Avenue from E Street to Roosevelt will be transformed into a fun-filled festival with activities and attractions for children and adults alike. Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista's heritage as the "Lemon Capital of the World" and features live entertainment on 3 stages, hand crafters, international foods, contests and lemons galore. Just 20 miles from the preserve. For information call (619) 421-1141 or visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com/events.

Ponderosa

August 14
Craft Faire Historic Downtown Placerville

Placerville's downtown Main Street closes to host the 15th Annual Craft Faire with over 100 artisans from all over the west featuring pottery, woodwork, quilted and decorating items, dolls, garden items, soaps, candles, jewelry, food and much much more. Admission and parking are free. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For more information call (530) 672-3436. Downtown Placerville is just 12 miles from the preserve.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday: 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 a future in rodeo! A definite photo op! 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Every Weekend: Join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of the beautiful resort! They will drop off at the barn for the dog & bull demo and barn tour. Don't forget to call the stables and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 & over. Of course, you can get the little buckaroos their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers too! The wild flowers are blooming, and the weather is perfect for hiking, riding, lounging by the pool or touring our local wineries. Later in the day, join us for wine tasting at the Adult Lodge, or come by the Stone Lodge for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too!

Throughout August
Solvang Farmers' Market

Every Wednesday, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., market features farm fresh produce, fruit, flowers, and local homemade items. Just 22 miles from the preserve, on Mission Drive between First Street and Copenhagen in Solvang. For information visit www.sbfarmersmarket.org.

August 3-7
Old Spanish Days Fiesta

2011 marks the 87th year of Old Spanish Days, bringing joy to the hearts of young and old alike. Oh…the excitement of Fiesta – the stages filled with whirling dancers in beautiful costumes, the sound of mariachis strolling the streets, the smells of authentic food and the lively entertainment of the Mercados, the dangerous tests of courage and skill in the rodeo, the floats and equestrian teams – the grandeur of the parade. It is a celebration of Life, History, Community, and Cultural Diversity – A Celebration of Santa Barbara. Visit www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org for event schedule, tickets, parking and shuttle information.

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, followed by a night of Bunco. 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 Skipbo Tournaments. Second and fourth Saturday, we have 9-Ball tournaments for teens and adults, crafts and ice cream socials. Also, non-denominational Sunday services.

Aug. 6: Jonathan the Great and his magnificent Magic Show. He also does a wonderful job at DJ and his wife teaches the Electric Slide. Great Fun!

Aug. 13: We are bringing a little of the island to San Benito with music and fine dining at our Annual Luau. This year our feast will be coming right out of the ground as we will be cooking the pig in a pit. Out Island plays music and puts on a wonderful Hawaiian show.

Aug. 20: It's one of those warm wonderful evenings and just perfect for our Outdoor Movies. Bring your lounge chair, air mattress, sleeping pallet and kick back, take your shows off and enjoy!

Aug. 27: Come on down to the Family Lodge for Open Grill Night and hot dogs, hamburgers and onion rings. Afterward relax with a little dancing as Old Habits perform.

August 12-14
Annual Norcal Bluegrass Festival

Held at the San Benito Fairgrounds, this outdoor event is lots of fun.

Snowflower

Aug 27: Wild Things Animal Show for all ages at 11 a.m.

Thursdays in August
The Grass Valley Thursday Night Marketplace ree Summer Concert Series

Held in historic downtown Grass Valley on Main Street, event features free live music, Farmers' Market, street performers and entertainment for everyone in the family, including crafts for kids, a climbing wall and a bounce house! Sponsored by The Union and PremierWest Bank, event begins at 6 p.m. each Thursday evening. For more information call (530) 265-9495 or visit info@grassvalleyevents.com.

Wilderness Lakes

Aug 6: Luau Weekend: Buttons the Clown and friends will be here to paint your face and make balloon figures. Vylani's Polynesian Dancers perform many dances from their native islands. Their Fire Dancer will get your attention very quickly. Contest and prizes for all ages.

Aug. 13: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

Aug. 20: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

Aug. 27: Ron Ebell plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family out to the Family Pool and enjoy quality time together. You can dance, clap your hands, stomp your feet or just listen.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

Aug 5-7: Safari Weekend: Hop aboard our safari wagon where the adventure to the jungle begins! See how many jungle animals you can find and they are yours! There could be a monkey in a tree, two snakes on the ground, watch out for the lions and tigers! We will have a Tarzan yell contest also! We will go around the jungle and pick out some animal tracks and make plaster molds of what you find. Maybe our bobcat or a real lion! A day of fun is planned for all. Aug. 12-14; Too Hot to Handle: Let's all run for the ice water! A bike, run and swim triathlon – this is a blast! How many hot fries can you eat in a timed race. Angie will have something brewing in her Rattlesnake Cave to along with this theme weekend.

Colorado River

August activities will be self-generated. All amenities are available for member and guest use. August 27 Boots and Bling Gala Benefit Fundraiser to benefit the Columbus FFA Alumni, including silent and live auctions. Open to the public – admission is $25 per person. Held at the Veteran's Memorial Center, 1349 Legion Drive, Columbus, just 5 miles from the preserve. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information call (979) 732-6980.

Lake Conroe

Aug 6: Happy August Birthdays: Come join us for birthday cake at our August Birthday Celebration! Everyone's welcome. Aug. 13: Artist's Weekend: We'll provide the chalk and you'll provide the creativity, so come prepared to cover the pavilion with your artwork. We'll also have a coloring contest for the kids. Aug. 20: Talent Galore Weekend: Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a story, rap or do magic? Plan to participate and show off in our evening talent show. Aug. 27: Potluck Pig-Out Weekend: Are you a Julia Child, a Rachael Ray, a Guy Fieri or maybe a Bobby Flay? Do you have a special dish your family always asks for? Make that dish and share it with your fellow campers. No charge, just sign up to participate and then bring a dish or dishes to serve your family and at least six others. Yum!

Lake Tawakoni

Every Weekend --- August is HOT in Texas…Our activities will center around staying COOL and comfortable with pool games and pavilion activities. Check our weekly schedule for weekend happenings. First Monday Trade Days Held at the Canton, Texas Fairgrounds, just 30 miles from the preserves this event is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

Aug 6-7: Kick off August with our Birthday Weekend that includes a mini-golf tournament, Birthday Bingo with cake and our most popular competition, Minute to Win It. Sunday Ice Cream Social. Aug. 13-14: Tournament Weekend: Find out who's the best on the courts in our Pickleball Tourney and our basketball Free Throw Contest, plus a horseshoe tourney and pool tournament. Aug. 20-21: Games Weekend features Pegs and Jokers, Hand & Foot, Mexican Train and many more. Ping Pong will wrap up the evening's activities. Aug. 27-28: Back to School Weekend. Win some school supplies playing Back to School Bingo. The teens will dance and swim the evening away at the Teen Pool Party while the rest of the family plays Krazy Golf. 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

Aug 6: Dawg Days of Summer. Aug. 13: Bingo and Game Weekend. Aug. 20: Beach Party Weekend. Aug. 27: Treasure Weekend.

Medina Lake

Aug 6: Luau Day: Top of the Trail Café will be pit roasting a pig while we are having some Island Fun. We will be having island games, including volleyball, water games, limbo and more. We will have a contest such as ugliest Big Toe, Hawaiian Costumes and Hula Dance.

Southeast

NORTH CAROLINA

Lake Gaston

Aug 12-14: Lake Gaston Idol Contest: Exciting, talented, Lake Gaston participation! Sing, dance, or joke; anything you feel you have talent in. Everyone is invited! Be a participant or spectator, we are sure you will have a most enjoyable time. The contest will be held during Saturday evening entertainment at the pavilion.

August 13
The Crossing

Swim it, float it, paddle it or even walk it, but don't miss it! It's the annual one-mile Crossing of Lake Gaston held at Eaton's Ferry Bridge, beginning at 8 a.m., at Morningstar Marina and ending at WatersView Restaurant. Registration fee is $25. For information, visit www.osail.org. Morningstar Marina is located at River Road, in Littleton, just 1 mile from the preserve.

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

Aug 6: Wacky Water Games at 2 p.m. Casino Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 13: Back to School Bash at the Red Barn. Aug. 20: Hillbilly Weekend: 7 p.m. Bluegrass Jamboree. Aug. 27: Cruise In Car Show: Gates open at 3 p.m. Event features lives rock n' roll with Jerry's Kids (Grateful Dead Tribute Band) and cookout. 50s and 60s Sock Hop at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

August 13-14
Crockett Days

Event feature Mountain Man Rendezvous, crafts, tomahawk throwing, food concessions and much more. Held at the Davy Crockett State Park in Lawrenceburg, just 25 miles from the preserve.

VIRGINIA

Harbor View

Aug 5-7: Water Balloon Toss Weekend: Kids from 3 to 93; stay dry to win a prize! Aug. 12-14: Candy Bingo Weekend. Aug. 19-21: Pool Noodle Weekend: Bring your pool noodle for all kinds of fun in the pool. Aug 27: "Campground Squares" Weekend: We're invited to join the Campfire Squares for square dancing! August 12 Friday Art Walk Take a walking tour of various businesses where local artwork is displayed. Held in Colonial Beach, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information call (804) 410-2025. August 27 Market Days & Bluemont Concert Open-air Market, beginning at 9 a.m., featuring arts, crafts, plants and food venders and music by "The Taters Country Rock" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held in the town of Colonial Beach. For information call (804) 223-0021.

Northeast

MASSACHUSETTS

Gateway to Cape Cod

Aug 8: Carnival Weekend: Something new this year, "Donkey Hops". Race around the track and see which "Donkey" comes in first. Clown Act in the afternoon, fun and games all day long. D.J. Entertainment in the evening.

Aug. 27: Back to School: After the long hot summer, we are all anxious for school to begin. Meet old friends, share summer memories, make new friends, learn great new stuff. We will be having some getting ready for school fun. DJ Entertainment in the evening.

August 4-6
Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod 30th Annual Quilt Show

Sponsored by the Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod, event features 200 quilts, antique and vintage quilts, plus Quilt Raffle, a scavenger hunt for kids and vendors and demonstrations. Held at the Cape Cod Regional Technical School, just 30 miles from the preserve. Admission is $7 and event hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information visit www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com.

PENNSYLVANIA

PA Dutch

Throughout August: Every Wednesday night is Dancing with Joan.

Aug. 5-7: Wet & Wild Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn, plus Saturday crafts, water games, wagon ride, and fun time to cool off on the slip ‘n slide. Aug. 12-14: Blast from the Past Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday crafts, wagon ride, and Men and the Machine band perform at the pool in the evening.

Aug. 19-21: Happy Birthday to All Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday crafts and wagon ride, plus a big birthday party for all.

Aug. 26-28: Mystery Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn Saturday wagon ride and a wonderful evening of mystery. No Crafts Today.

Throughout August
Renaissance Faire

Held at the Mt. Hope Winery, less than a mile from the preserve, each weekend features a variety of events. For information visit www.parenfaire.com

Scotrun Aug 13: It's Outdoor Movie Night - on the Big Screen, under the stars. We'll make cotton candy too! Aug. 20: Happy Hobo Weekend: Weekend includes a magic show and face painting in the afternoon and in the evening we'll make hobo pies and s'mores at the pavilion. Aug. 27: We will have a caricature artists at the Rec. Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. Come and get your portrait done! August 5-14 Musikfest One of the largest music festivals in the US. There is a charge for top stars, but all the rest is free. Event includes lots of food and vendors. For information call (610) 332-3378 or visit artsquest.org. August 28 - September 3 West End Fair A true Country Fair with rides, fireworks, demolition derbies, plus animal judging, horticulture, arts, crafts and more. Live shows, food and carnival games too! Held at West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information visit www.westendfairgilbertpa.com.

Midwest

INDIANA

Horseshoe Lakes

Aug 19: Wine Tasting! Enjoy wines from the local vineyards as well as wines brought by guests from their travels.

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

Aug 12-14: Western Weekend: Our first Corn Shucking Contest, Watermelon Eating Contest and Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. An authentic covered wagon will be at the preserve for great photo shots.

Aug. 19-21: Luau Weekend: Grab your Hawaiian shirt or skirt and come celebrate a true Luau feast. Dinner will be followed by a dance.

Aug. 26-28: Birthday and Anniversary Celebration/Card Bingo: Celebrate anniversaries and birthdays in the month of August and Card Bingo in the Welcome Center Saturday evening.

August 5-6
Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association, this is the most acclaimed wine and food festival between the Appalachians and Rockies. Taste exceptional regional wines, learn a little, sample an incredible range of fine cuisine and enjoy the area's best musical talent. Three stages will feature jazz, reggae, oldies and light rock. Friday night features a spectacular fireworks display. Vintage Ohio restaurants offer truly fine cuisine. Held in Kirtland, at 8800 Euclid-Chardon Road, just 30 miles from the preserve. For information call 800-227-6972 or visit www.ohiowines.org.

August 19-20
D-Day Reenactment

Sponsored by the D-Day Committee, event features Veterans Memorial Display and D-Day Reenactment: D-Day Conneaut is the most realistic and educational D-Day reenactment in America. Since 1999, this annual re-creation of the amphibious allied landings upon the beaches of Normandy France has thrilled thousands of spectators. Held at Township Park in Conneaut, just 30 miles from the preserve. For information call 440-593-2402 or visit www.ddayohio.us.

Wilmington

Aug 13-14: "Last Big Fling before School" includes Ice Cream Sundaes and slip n' slide. Aug. 27-28: "Autumn is in the Air" includes bingo and scavenger hunt.