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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

Dec. 10: Come out to the preserve either for the day or the weekend and join the staff and other members for our annual Christmas party and potluck luncheon. Festivities start at 1 p.m. You bring the goodies and we'll supply the ham. If you are interested, call the preserve to let us know you're coming or sign up in the Family Center.

OREGON

Pacific City

Nov. 19: Thanksgiving Potluck: We supply the turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and beverages. You bring the place settings and potluck dish to serve your family, plus 8. Bring salads, potatoes, stuffing or desserts if last name begins with A-M, bring relish tray, raw veggies, fruit, cheese plate or hot vegetables if your last name begins N-Z. Call (503) 965-6200 to make your dinner reservations or sign up in the kitchen.

Dec. 3: Decorate the Family Center for Christmas. Holiday snacks and music provided.

Dec. 10: Decorate the Christmas Tree in the Family Center. Music and snacks provided or bring your favorite holiday dish to share.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Potluck and PJs. Wear your Flannel Jammies to the Family Center and watch 2012 ring in on the TV. Bring CDs and dance to your favorites. Munchies, noisemakers and hats provided.

November 4-5
Holiday Bazaar at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds

December 3
Tree lighting at the Pioneer Museum

Whalers Rest

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Luncheon served in the South Clubhouse at Noon. Come celebrate with us. All veterans will eat for free. Special thanks to those serving and those who have served our country.

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner served in our North Clubhouse. Please reserve your seat for our annual family time. We will provide turkey, ham, potatoes, dressing, gravy and members sign up to bring side dishes and desserts. Dinner will be served at 3:00 p.m.

Dec. 17: "Christmas Under The Sea" party in our South Clubhouse at Noon. We will serve lunch and celebrate with games and prizes. Bring the whole family. We might have Santa show up too!

Dec. 31: New Years' Eve Gathering Fun! Calling all members to come enjoy some fun together in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m. (member generated) as we say goodbye to 2011 and welcome to 2012!

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

December 31
Annual Ring of Fire & Hope
Revelers ringing in the New Year start with lighting road flares along the Birch Bay shoreline. Anyone can participate. This is a spectacular sight as the bay becomes a ring of fire, signifying hope for the coming year. For a small donation, flares are usually available at the Birch Bay Visitor's Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive, less than a mile from the preserve. For information, call (360) 371-5004. Event begins at 7 p.m.

January 1
28th Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge
Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year. The Polar Bear Plunge is fast becoming a destination spot for the holiday. Participants come from as far away as Germany, Tokyo, Chicago, and British Columbia to plunge in to the bay's chilly water. There is no cost to take the plunge, but registrants receive an “I Took The Plunge” certificate and hot beverages. “I Took The Plunge” commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase at $15 each. Participant's range from children to senior adults. There are five judging categories with prizes including Most Years Plunging; Oldest Participant; Best Individual Costume; Best Group Costume and Farthest Traveled Participant (No awards are given for length of time in the water). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, event is held at the Waterfront by the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive, less than 1 mile from the preserve. For information call (360) 371-5004.

La Conner

Nov. 19: Thanksgiving Dinner: Join us for turkey and all the trimmings.

Dec. 17: Christmas Party Weekend: Come decorate the tree, listen to carols, and get in the spirit of Christmas.

Dec. 31: Bring in the New Year with all of us with lots of food and dancing.

California

CALIFORNIA

Lake Minden

Nov. 4-6: Crafters Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for jewelry making (various projects), beaded ornaments, and a variety of holiday gift ideas. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and a Family Movie.

Nov. 11-13: A Salute to Veterans: Join us for a Veterans Day Pie Social. Veterans are encouraged to bring photos for our Salute to Veterans board and memories to share with other veterans and members. Help make holiday cards to send to our men and women serving overseas.

Nov. 18-20: Baby It's Cold Outside: Sounds like a great time for bingo, card games, board games, puzzles and hot chocolate with friends and family. Let's get busy making Christmas cards for those special people on your list. Take a Christmas ornament class and bead an ornament just the right size for your traveling Christmas tree.

Nov. 25-27: Annual Thanksgiving Social: This is our most popular social. Join us Saturday for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and dressing at our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Enjoy a scrumptious meal while you catch up with old friends and make new ones. Then take a relaxing walk around the lake. Join us for karaoke or make Christmas card and mini tree ornaments.

Dec. 2-4: Crafters Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for jewelry making (various projects), beaded ornaments, scrapbooking, holiday tags and wrapping, and a variety of holiday craft projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag and Candy Bar Bingo.

Dec. 9-11: Get in the Holiday Spirit: Carol around the Christmas tree after the Friday Night Potluck Social, then join us for hot chocolate, popcorn, and a Christmas movie. It's not too late to bead a pair of Santa earrings in a holiday bead class.

Dec. 16-18: Christmas Dinner Social: Join us for our Annual Christmas Potluck Social. Walk off those calories while you follow the clues and hunt for the Yule Log. Not quite finished with your Christmas shopping? Take a beading class and make a bracelet or a pair of earrings. You can also craft a Christmas ornament.

Dec. 23-25: Join us for coffee, hot chocolate and good conversation. We'll play cards and board games and share holiday memories and stories with old friends and new.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1: Happy New Year: Join us for a Potluck Dinner, Brown Bag Bingo and karaoke as we bring in the New Year.

November 11
Yuba Sutter Veterans Day Parade
This annual parade honors the contributions of servicemen and women throughout our nation's history. Held on D Street in historic downtown Marysville, just 19 miles form the preserve. Parade begins at 11 a.m. For information call (530)743-2390.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout November and December: Saturday Baked Potato Social followed by Family Bingo.

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner – 2 p.m. We supply the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy with coffee and iced tea. Members bring a dish for their family, plus 8. Tickets are $6.50, plus tax, per person, ages 5 and up. Advance ticket purchase is available at the Trading Post.

Nov. 25-27: Craft and Variety Fair.

Dec. 10: Holiday Tree Trimming and hot chocolate. Come help us decorate our Lodge tree.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration includes Candlelight Dinner and Dance. We will be serving prime rib, plus complimentary glass of champagne or sparking cider. Diamondback Band entertains. Cost is $18.95, plus tax, per person. Advance sign up is required – please call (530) 692-3215 or (530) 692-1852.

November 25-December 23
44th Annual Cornish Christmas
Each Friday enjoy delicious foods, handmade carts and crafts, musical entertainment, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, costumed vendors, Grass Valley Cornish Christmas Carols, Tommyknocker Cloggers and Santa Claus. Held in downtown historic Grass Valley from 6-9 p.m. For information call (530) 272-8315.

Wednesdays and Sundays in December
Victorian Christmas
Sponsored by Historic Nevada City, event is held in downtown Nevada City each Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and each Sunday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and features Victorian singers, bagpipers, live Nativity scene, visit from Santa Claus, vendors in costume, hot roasted chestnuts and hot cider. For information call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Oakzanita

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. sharp. Dinner will include turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, rolls, veggies and dessert. Call the preserve at (619) 445-2835 (after Nov. 1) for prices and dinner reservations.

Palm Springs

Nov. 12: The Recreation Department is pleased to announce the debut of "The Remember When Band". Dance the night away with this husband and wife team that will entertain the crowd with some oldies but goodies.

Nov. 24: Make plans to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday at Palm Springs. Our Thanksgiving morning will start out by watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on the big screen, followed by a little football. We will have a Thanksgiving Dinner.

Dec. 24: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the park, the songs of the holidays rang through the night. We will be caroling, drinking hot chocolate and savoring Christmas cookies. After the caroling, we will have our Christmas Decorating Contest awards ceremony. Decorate your rig, site or both.

Dec. 31: Happy New Year! Celebrate the New Year with good friends, good food and the band "Faultline". Dance the night away! Get your tickets early.

November 1
Desert Dancers Square Dance

Learn how to Square Dance. Professional callers will be teaching Square Dancing every Tuesday night beginning November 1. Classes will also be available for those that want to brush up on the steps. Hours are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Held at Sun City Palm Desert, 38-180 Del Webb Boulevard, in Palm Desert, just a mile from the preserve.

Ponderosa

December 10-11
Christmas in Coloma
This is an annual family celebration and fundraiser for Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Volunteers re-create an 1850s country Christmas complete with crafts, living history re-creations, and food. For the kids, old-fashioned games will be played. And of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. Held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, just one mile from the preserve. For information call (530) 622-6198.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday 11:00-Noon (weather permitting): 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!

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 give the little buckaroos their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers too! 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! Rancho Oso is one fun place!

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner and Dessert Potluck! Join us at 1 p.m. at the Stone Lodge for a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the fixins! Bring a dessert to share for double the size of your party. Please call us at (805) 683-5686 by November 21 to make your dinner reservations.

Dec. 31: Join us as we ring in 2012 at our New Year's Eve Party with DJ.

December 3
Los Olivos Olde-Fashioned Christmas
Celebrate an Olde-Fashioned Christmas as the streets are adorned with luminaries and the smell of popcorn and roasted walnuts fills the air. Local merchants will welcome guests during this romantic return to small town holiday celebration. Experience musical performances and a tree lighting ceremony by our "Little Angel." Event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. in Los Olivos, just 25 miles from the preserve.

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. On the second and fourth Saturday we have 9-Ball tournaments for teens and adults and crafts every Friday and Saturday. Ice Cream Socials are every Thursday through Sunday at 2 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m.

Nov. 12: Old-Fashioned Potluck featuring your special dish. After dinner, sit back and enjoy the music of Kim and Aimee. Their music and instruments come from all around the world and they encourage us to come forward and ask questions about their instruments.

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner. Nov. 26: Our famous Thanksgiving Leftover Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Family Lodge at Reba's Café. Afterwards, we will be sharing Christmas cookies and hot chocolate while we decorate the Christmas tree.

Dec. 25: Christmas Potluck. We provide the ham and turkey and everyone brings their favorite Christmas dish.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: We put on a fabulous dinner with entertainment afterward. We serve dinner, then clear the floor for a fun-filled evening of dancing.

Snowflower

November 11
Veterans Day Dance & Social
Held at the Truckee Community Art Center, in Truckee, just 25 miles from the preserve, event features music by Vibra-Tones. For information call (530) 550-7600.

November 25-27
Country Christmas Faire

Begin your holiday season with a small town glimpse of Christmas. The Faire features unique gifts from more than 100 top artisans. Live entertainment, festival foods, Santa and a community bonfire. Held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, just 30 miles from the preserve. For more information visit www.nevadacountyfair.com.

Turtle Beach

Nov. 16: Thanksgiving Potluck: Join us at 2 p.m. in the Family Lodge for a Thanksgiving Potluck and good company! Sign-up sheets are located in the Lodge.

Dec. 14: Christmas Potluck: Join us at 2 p.m. in the Family Lodge for Christmas Ham and holiday fun. Sign-up sheets in the Lodge. Also, during the first week of December anyone wishing to help decorate the Christmas tree in the Lodge should see the ranger.

Wilderness Lakes

Nov. 5: Ron Ebell plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family out to enjoy quality time together. You can dance, clap your hands, stomp your feet or just listen.

Nov. 12: 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.

Nov. 13: Happy Veteran's Week. FREE Cake for all Veterans at the Ice Cream Social. Nov. 19: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

Nov. 24: Happy Thanksgiving! Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Nov. 25: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

Nov. 26: E & E Animals. See different types of animals you do not see on an average day. Hedgehogs, Red Fox, Wallaby, Python and many, many more. Plus, Wild Rose Road Show. Come enjoy some music, comedy, action and just plain fun! The whole family can spend quality time together.

Dec. 3: 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.

Dec. 10: Coyote Country DJ plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family and enjoy quality time together. Clap your hands and stomp your feet or just listen.

Dec. 17: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit us during kids' craft. Get your picture made with Santa and then make your own picture frame to put place it in.

Dec. 17: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

Dec. 23: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve. Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Dec. 25: Merry Christmas. Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until noon. Potluck at noon in the Family Lodge. Sign up in Recreation beforehand. Bring your favorite dish to feed at least 6 people.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve. Wii Tournaments. Recreation will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and New Year's Day from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

Nov. 19: Thanksgiving Potluck.

Dec. 17: Christmas Potluck. Check with preserve to confirm dates and details.

Colorado River

Join us every Saturday evening for potluck suppers. Lots of good food and friends. There will be other activities planned. Join us every Sunday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Activity Center for worship service with Rev. and Mrs. Hamman.

December 10
Indoor Flea Market

Held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Columbus, just 6 miles from the preserve, event features indoor flea market with entertainment and food vendors. For more information, call (979) 732-2071.

Lake Conroe

Nov. 5: Apple Delightful & Happy November Birthdays Weekend: How knowledgeable are you about apples? Come to the AC and see if you can identify your favorite apple. We'll have apple treats, share delicious recipes (bring yours) and play some apple games. We'll also celebrate November birthdays with birthday cake.

Nov. 12: Honor Our Veterans Weekend: We'll be honoring our veterans of the armed services this weekend and thanking them for their service as we make Christmas cards for our troops overseas. Bring a photo of your veteran for our Wall of Honor. All vets will be served a free root beer float compliments of the staff.

Nov. 19: Welcome Back, Winter Texans: Let's start the day with breakfast Saturday morning and play games all through the day. We'll also have root beer floats and banana splits as reminders of how good it is to be back at Lake Conroe.

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day: You'll not want to be anywhere else but at Lake Conroe on this day as we'll be having an old-fashioned Thanksgiving spread. We'll furnish the turkey, dressing and gravy and you bring the sides and desserts. Bring enough to serve yourselves and at least six others and let's enjoy a day full of good food and fellowship. Nov. 26: Trim the Tree Weekend: Deck the halls and trim the tree; good times are back for you and me. Let's enjoy some Christmas music as we decorate the Activity Center for the Christmas holidays. Bring a snack to share and we'll provide the hot chocolate.

Dec. 3: Snowman Weekend/Happy December Birthdays: We'll be making some ornaments for our tree and sharing our favorite holiday stories. We'll also celebrate our December birthdays with cake and all are welcome.

Dec. 10: Cookie & Dessert Exchange Weekend: Bring your favorite holiday dessert (and the recipe) to the AC for an exchange of wonderful treats. Cookies and dessert bars, pies and cakes — you bring it and we'll supply the coffee, and we'll continue the time honored tradition of grazing through the holidays.

Dec. 17: Here Comes Santa Weekend: Have you been good little boys and girls this year? If so, you'll need to come to Lake Conroe and talk to Santa as he'll be making his last minute list before he heads back to the North Pole to get ready for his worldwide whirlwind trip next weekend. Then tune up your musical instruments and plan to join us as we go on a caroling hayride throughout the preserve.

Dec. 24: County Christmas Eve Weekend: Games and more games are on tap for the day: Left Center Right, Farkle, Pokeno and Bingo. Come spend Christmas Eve with us at Lake Conroe.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Party Weekend: Bring your snacks and drinks to the AC for a Goodbye-2011- Hello-2012 Party when we'll bring in the New Year with style. To honor a Texas tradition, we'll be serving black-eyed peas at midnight.

Lake Tawakoni

Nov. 19: Thanksgiving Dinner. We will furnish the turkey, cornbread, dressing, rolls and tea. Participants should bring a side dish to serve their family, plus 6.

Dec. 17: Christmas Dinner: Meat, rolls and tea will be furnished by preserve. Please bring a side dish to serve your family, plus 6.

Lake Texoma

Nov. 5: Birthday Bingo & Family Potluck on Sunday.

Nov. 12: Veterans Day Weekend: Event to recognize Veterans, plus a Wii Tournament.

Nov. 19: Gospel Music Weekend: a weekend of inspiriting music featuring Heavens' Harbor and others. A potluck dessert provides social time in the evening

Dec. 3: The season is upon us so bring a Christmas decoration to give as a prize for Bingo.

Dec. 10: Christmas Crafts Weekend.

Dec. 17: Movie Weekend: Enjoy some Christmas Classics to help generate the spirit of the season.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Welcome in the New Year with the sounds of Trey Houston.

November 12
American Heroes Festival
Celebrate Veterans Day with fireworks, a fun run/walk, car/bike/truck show, family entertainment, live music and more. Sponsored by The Colony Five Star Sports complex, approximately 60 miles from the preserve. For information call (877) 264-4386.

Through December 31
Dallas Blooms: It's a Fairy Tale World
This one-of-a-kind exhibit features seven castles designed and built by local architecture and construction firms, bringing to life beloved stories for families to enjoy. Located at the Dallas Arboretum, approximately 85 miles from the preserve. For information call (214) 515-6500.

Lake Whitney

Nov. 5: Potluck Dinner and Cards.

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner.

Dec. 25: Christmas Dinner.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Party. Please note that all activities during the winter months are member-generated.

Medina Lake

Nov. 19: Bingo Weekend: We will be playing Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo, and Super Bingo with great prizes.

Nov. 24: Let's all gather for our annual Thanksgiving Day Potluck.

Dec. 10: Member Christmas Party: Craft Sale, Ice Cream Bingo, Cookie Decorating. We'll enjoy Party Trays and singing carols while we decorate our Christmas Tree.

Dec. 21: Christmas Cantata.

Dec. 24: Christmas Gift Exchange.

Dec. 25: Annual Christmas Day Potluck.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Dance with black-eyed peas and cornbread to start off the New Year.

November 25
Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
For the past 25 years, this spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio's River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly costumed participants. At 7 p.m. the switch is thrown and approximately 122,000 twinkling lights form a magical canopy over the River Walk. Lights shine brightly through January 1. The River Walk is just 40 miles from the preserve.

December 2-3
Banderas' Annual Shoppers' Jubilee, Holiday Parade and Campfire Christmas
Traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree in front of the Courthouse at 4:45 p.m. Friday, followed by performances by local church choirs, plus live Nativity, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by wagon. Then enjoy luminaria-lit Main Street while carolers sing and shopkeepers host open houses until 9 p.m. On Saturday, enjoy Banderas' Holiday Parade down Main Street which begins at 11 a.m. At 4:30 bring your chairs to the City Park on the banks of the Medina River and join in a Campfire Christmas. Gather around the chuck wagon for hot chocolate and cookies and enjoy storytelling and Christmas carols. The Bandera River Players will present a live Nativity. For more information on the Campfire Christmas call (830) 796-4447. For information on the Shoppers' Jubilee event contact (830) 796-3280. Bandera is just 25 miles from the preserve.

Southeast

FLORIDA

Peace River

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner at 3 p.m. We provide the Main Dish Potluck. $5 per ticket. See office for details.

Dec. 2: Uptown Country at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18: Mike Thomas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 24: Candlelight at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 27: Christmas Dinner at 3 p.m. We provide Main Dish Potluck. $5 per ticket. See office for details.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Party. Tickets are $5 per person. See office for details. There will be daily activities scheduled throughout the month.

November 18 and December 19

Friday Night Live

A portion of Main Street Wauchula is blocked off to provide plenty of vendors, entertainment and family activities. Approximately 2.5 miles from the preserve.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Carolina Landing

Nov. 12: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner/Canned Food Drive/Toy Drive. Admission is one new unwrapped toy for Christmas and a canned food item. One toy per family for either a boy or girl and one canned food item per person. We will supply turkey, potatoes, and drink. Event begins at 12 p.m. in the Family Lodge.

The Oaks at Point South

Nov. 24: Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at The Oaks. We'll provide the turkey, dressing and dinner rolls and everyone brings a covered dish (to serve 6 or more) for a potluck-style Thanksgiving. Event begins at 3 p.m. After dinner events may include bingo or a movie.

November 11, 2011-January 1, 2012
James Island County Park Holiday Events
Roast marshmallows or hold a loved ones hand for a stroll down luminescent enchanted walking trails. Journey through more than 600 light displays. Or take a tour on the festive train or a whirl on the old-fashioned carousel. Sip hot chocolate and discover unique treasures at the festival gift shops. James Island is just about an hour's drive from the preserve.

December 1-31
Blue Heron Nature Trail Walks
Walk the nature trail and look at the Christmas lights set up along the trail. There are even lights floating on the water of the lake behind Jasper's Porch. Located at Ridgeland SC (behind Jasper's Porch), just 15 minutes south of the preserve. For information call (843) 726-7611.

PENNSYLVANIA

Scotrun

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Come ring out the old and ring in the new with us. A fun day is planned that includes Tarot Card readings from 5 to 8 p.m. (see what 2012 will bring!) DJ Tom will entertain from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Our programs are free – bring your own beverage and snacks. Celebrate with us!

November 17-December 18
Christkindlmarkt
Each weekend come experience the market that includes many specialized, quality items. For exact days and hours, visit www.artsquest.org/christkindlmarkt. Held in Bethlehem, just 35 miles from the preserve.

December 3-4 and December 11-12
Old Tyme Christmas
Sponsored by the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, come experience an old-fashioned Christmas of the 1800s as guides dressed in period clothing lead you by candlelight through the farm. Event includes a live Nativity visit from Belschnickel, caroling and more. Visit ends with complimentary refreshments.

Tickets are $10 per person, children 3-12 are $5. For information call (570) 992-6161 or visit www.quietvalley.org.