Activities

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Yellowstone River

Click on the tab above to view scheduled activities the Thousand Trails/NACO Preserves in that region.

Northwest

OREGON

Pacific City

Feb. 5: Super Bowl XLVI on the big screen at the Family Center.

Feb. 18: Presidents' Weekend events include George Washington Cherry Tree Hunt, Abe Lincoln Silver Dollar toss, plus Presidential Trivia and Wii games.

Seaside

January 20-21
28th QCED Barbershop Quartet Cabaret
Boasting the finest Barbershop Quartet Show on the Oregon Coast. Event is produced by the Seaside Chamber of Commerce and held at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center, 415 1st Avenue. For tickets and more information call (503) 738-6391 or visit. www.seasidechamber.com

February 24-26
Seaside Jazz Festival
Event is held at several venues throughout the area including the Seaside Convention Center, Seaside Elks Lodge and the Best Western Ocean View Resort and includes the following bands: Titan Hot Seven- Ivory & Gold- Wally's Warehouse Waifs- Blue Street- Uptown Lowdown- Black Swan- Tom Rigney & Flambeau- High Sierra- Bob Draga. All sites are non-smoking. Also a free shuttle bus will run to sites and some hotels during jazz hours. For information call 1-866-345-6257 or visit www.jazzseaside.com

Whalers Rest

Jan. 19: National Popcorn Day at Whalers Rest! We will be serving popcorn in the South Clubhouse at 1 p.m. for all members. Come enjoy some popcorn and trivia.

Jan. 21: National Squirrel Appreciation Day celebration! Come join us for lots of fun at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse.

Feb. 2: Join us for our Groundhog Day luncheon in our South Clubhouse at noon!

Feb. 11: Valentine's Day Celebration Luncheon in our South Clubhouse at noon! Join us for a yummy time and games too!

Feb. 18: Presidents Day Party will be held at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. Come join us as we celebrate our past leaders with games and fun.

February 24-26
Newport Wine and Seafood Festival

Newport's 35th Annual Seafood & Wine Festival takes place on the picturesque Oregon Coast. This event will be held in a tented venue located near the Rouge Ales Brewery at the South Beach Marina in Newport, just 5 minutes north of the preserve. Artists and Craftsmen will showcase a variety of fine art, sculpture, photography, pottery, and jewelry. Pacific Northwest wineries will be pouring the finest of wines and culinary professionals will serve cuisines of delectable delights sure to entice our palates. Hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information call (541) 265-8801.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

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.

Chehalis

Saturday matinees - 1 p.m. in the Adult Lodge. All ages welcome!

Don't forget, Chehalis is open all winter for your enjoyment. We have a beautiful winter wonderland with a great sledding hill (please call ahead if snow is expected to insure the roads are clear!)

La Conner

Jan. 2: Come on down to the Family Center for the Rose Bowl Game on the Big Screen.

Feb. 5: Super Bowl Sunday Party in the Family Center. We'll provide chips and dips; you bring snacks to share! Time to be announced. Feb. 11: Join us for Valentine's Day with your sweetheart. We'll be making Valentine's cards for the family.

January 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29
Skagit Eagle Festival 2012
This event is a month-long celebration during the peak of eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. The festival features a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you'll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they return each year. Presentations will teach you about grizzly bears, how to photograph wildlife and scenery, and much more. You and your family will also have the opportunity to enjoy arts & crafts, wine tasting, river rafting, music, dance and a wide variety of other outdoor and indoor activities. Bring your camera, dress for January weather, and come join us for one of the most uplifting and entertaining events of the year! For more information visit www.concrete-wa.com.

February 4
Sound Rowers Open Water Race
Sponsored by the Sound Rowers Open Water Rowing and Paddling Club, there are more than a dozen different racing classes for all levels of competition, from recreational paddlers to Olympic athletes. Non-members are welcome to participate - all you need is a boat, a paddle, a PFD and whistle (required) and a nominal entry fee. For more information visit www.laconnerchamber.com.

California

CALIFORNIA

Lake of the Springs

During the months of January and February, every Saturday is Baked Potato Social and Family Bingo.

Feb. 11: Valentine's Dinner and Dance.

Morgan Hill

Jan. 6: Bingo in the Dining Room at 6 p.m.

Jan. 7: Manager's Meeting BBQ at 1:30.

Jan. 11: RV & Site See Picture: Bring pictures of your travel experiences.

Jan. 13: Movies in the Park (weather permitting): Comedy Series at 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up at Gate.

Jan.18: Sweet Treat Social in Dining Room.

Jan. 20: Movies in the Park (weather permitting). Action/Drama at 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 21: Mexican Train/RV Show, 6 p.m. Jan. 27: Bingo in the Dining Room at 6 p.m.

Jan. 28: Blind Wine Tasting at 4 p.m. Members bring red wine to the Dining Room.

Feb. 3: Movies in the Park (weather permitting). Comedy Series at 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 4: Managers Meeting/Potato Bake at 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 5: Super Bowl Party in the new Adult Lodge at 3 p.m.

Feb. 10: Movies in the Park (weather permitting). Action Series at 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 11: Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up at the Gate.

Feb. 14: Sweetheart Potluck in Dining Room at 5 p.m.

Feb. 17: Movies in the Park (weather permitting): Classic Series at 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: Wine Tasting with one of our local wineries. 2 p.m. in the Dining Room.

Feb. 22: RV Upkeep & Repair Talk with Members. Come meet local RV Repair Shop.

Feb.24: Movies in the Park (weather permitting). Romantic Series at 4:30 p.m.

Palm Springs

Jan. 14: Join the Remember When Band on Saturday night to rock the night away.

Jan. 21: Sandi Castleberry performs at the Recreation Lodge.

Feb. 11: Horseshoe Tournament.

Feb. 18: Casino Night: Our annual fundraiser for Kids/Spark of Love Program includes casino games and raffle prizes.

January 5-16
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Sponsored by the Palm Springs International Film Society, films are shown at various locations through the Palm Springs area. For a complete lineup of movies visit www.psfilmfest.org.

January 11-15
FMCA Western Area Rally
Held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, just 5 miles from the preserve, this rally has something for everyone – from RV suppliers to vendors selling everything from pots and pans to breaking systems.

February 17-26
Riverside County National Date Festival
This fair, held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, just 5 miles from the preserve, features live animals, fantastic food, carnival rides, a Monster truck show and headliner entertainment. For information call (800) 811-FAIR.

Pio Pico

Throughout January and February: Coyote Canyon Cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch, plus dinner Thursday through Saturday. Saturdays in January will include “Bizaar” craft classes, Poker Run through the park, jam session, karaoke nights and our version of The Amazing Race. Other activities include daily exercise classes, 8-ball tourneys and card games, weekly potluck and bunco nights, plus Friday night line dancing classes. Border Patrol Talks are held the first Tuesday of the month. Plus we'll offer several Fantasy Tour Travelogues - don't miss these great presentations.

Jan. 21: Casino Day: Come play blackjack, poker, fantan, and candy bingo. Fun for the entire family and best of all, it's FREE. Jan. 25-29: Annual King of the Hill 8-Ball Tournaments featuring Jack and Jill 9-ball singles and doubles. Feb. 11: Valentine's Day Weekend: Events include Valentine Cupcake Craft, Candy Bingo, and Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance with Highway 91.

January 23-29

2012 Farmers Insurance Open

Come out to Torrey Pines Golf Course and watch some of the world's best golfers tee it up on one of the most beautiful courses in the world. This is one of the first tour stops on the 2012 PGA Tour. Pro-Am is Monday and offers free admission. Daily admission prices vary depending on day. For more information call (858) 886-4653 or visit www.farmersinsuranceopen.com. Course is just 40 miles from the preserve in La Jolla.

Ponderosa

January 21
Gold Discovery Day
January 21 marks the anniversary of James Marshall's momentous discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill. Marshall Gold Discovery Park commemorates the historic event with living history, interactive period trade demonstrations, music and programs featuring the activities of that day and the building of Sutter's Saw Mill. An event highlights the re-enactment of Marshall's discovery. Marshall Gold Discovery Park is in Coloma, just 1 mile from the preserve. For information call (530) 295-2162 or (530) 622-3470. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

San Benito

January: 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. Ice Cream Socials are every Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m.

Feb. 11: We will be having our Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner at 6 p.m. and Dance at 7:30 p.m. The infamous Mike Noonan will be entertaining us.

Feb. 18: Time for a great Presidents' Day Dinner at 6 p.m. and afterwards at 7:30 we have a little magic with Jonathan the Great and to top it off we have Jonathan the DJ and a wonderful evening of dancing.

Feb. 19: Prize Bingo at 3 p.m.

Feb. 20: Getaway Breakfast in our kitchen.

Snowflower

January 8-13
U.S. Revolution Tour
Winter athletes from across the country identify the top Juniors in halfpipe, slopestyle and cross events. The U.S. Revolution Tour is also used to qualify athletes for World Juniors, US Open, US World Cup, USASA Nationals and Project Gold camps. Come out and support your future Olympians! www.northstarattahoe.com. Event is held in Truckee, just 30 miles from the preserve. For information call (800) 466-6784.

January 13-15
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this festival's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography & first rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Each year the film festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City. For information visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org. Sponsored by the South Yuba River Citizens League, event is in Nevada City, just 30 miles from the preserve.

Texas

TEXAS

Colorado River

Come to the Activity Center every Saturday to display/sell your handmade items or stuff you want to get rid of from 8 a.m. to noon. Also, every Saturday join in What's Happening at Colorado River/Meet the Manager meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Dec. 31: Come to the Activity Center and help us ring in the New Year. Bring refreshments and beverages of your choice. We will also provide refreshments and party favors.

Jan. 3: Prize Bingo in the AC at 6 p.m.

Jan. 4: Ice Cream Social in the AC from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m. in the AC.

Jan. 7: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m. in the AC. Jan. 8: Worship service with Rev. and Mrs. J.V. Hamman in the AC at 10 a.m.

Jan. 9: Monday night movie in the AC at 6 p.m. - popcorn and beverage provided.

Jan. 10: Prize Bingo.

Jan. 12: Crafts with Maureen in the AC.

Jan. 14: Member Potluck in the AC at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 15: Worship service in the AC at 10 a.m.

Jan. 17: Prize Bingo at 6 p.m.

Jan. 18: Ice Cream Social from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 19: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m.

Jan. 21: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 22: Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Jan. 24: Prize Bingo at 6 p.m.

Jan. 25: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m.

Jan. 28: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 29: Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Jan. 31: Prize Bingo at 6 p.m.

Feb. 1: Ice Cream Social, 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m.

Feb. 4: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 5: Worship service at 10 a.m.

Feb. 6: Movie Night at 6 p.m. - popcorn/drinks provided.

Feb. 7: Prize Bingo at 6 p.m.

Feb. 9: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m.

Feb. 11: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Feb 12: Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Feb. 14: Bingo at 6 p.m.

Feb. 15: Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m.

Feb. 16: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m.

Feb. 18: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 19: Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Feb. 20: Movie Night at 6 p.m.

Feb. 21: Bingo at 6 p.m.

Feb. 23: Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m.

Feb. 25: Member Potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 26: Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Feb 28: Bingo at 6 p.m.

Feb. 29: Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m.

Lake Conroe

Jan. 7: Thank You Weekend/Happy January Birthdays: January is National Thank You month so let's make Thank You cards. We'll also play games and share our resolutions for 2012 while having cake to celebrate our members with January birthdays.

Jan. 14: Grandparents Weekend: Bring or borrow a grandparent or grandchild for this weekend for some camping fun. We'll play games, roast marshmallows and tell tales about the good old days around an evening fire.

Jan. 21: White Elephant Bingo Weekend: Got a few things hanging around that you don't use but can't bear to throw away? Things like a Lucky Casino ashtray or a How-To For Dummies manual or a box of gift soaps that you got from Aunt Ola (the third set in three years)? Bring them to bingo and re-gift them to some lucky player this weekend.

Jan. 28: (Not So Newly) Newlywed Game: Been married one week or 65 years? Doesn't matter – let's just see how well you know your spouse. Come participate – it's great fun and prizes will be awarded.

Feb. 4: Super Bowl Weekend/Happy February Birthdays: We'll be preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl Game by having a cheerleading competition and other fanatic football fan fun. Then gather on Sunday in the AC for the big game. Be sure to bring your snacks and drinks and wear your team's colors.

Feb. 11: Sweetheart's Day Weekend: Bring your sweetheart to the AC this weekend for some pre-Valentine activities. Make a Valentine's card for your sweetie's eyes only or post a sweet message on the board for all to read.

Feb. 18: Fruity Bingo Weekend: Don't miss out on Lake Conroe's Fruity Bingo this weekend. Starts at 1 p.m. – grab a date and don't be late.

Feb. 25: Feathered Friends Weekend: February is National Bird Feeding Month so plan to come to the AC to make a pine cone bird feeder, show off your bird identifying skills and share those amazing pictures you've taken of our feathered friends.

Lake Tawakoni

Please check Ranger Station for activities and schedule during the winter months.

Lake Whitney

Weekly Events in January and February include Monday Bean Potluck – you bring a covered dish and a bowl and we'll have the beans and cornbread ready; and Thursday Baked Potato Potluck – bring a covered dish and a plate and we will have potatoes, butter and sour cream. All events begin at noon in the Family Center and have a small fee. Plus, every evening is member-generated games and card games in the Family Center.

Jan. 7: Western Theme Weekend: Put on your jeans and let's watch some old Western movies.

Jan. 14: Travel Weekend: Check out the travel guides to your favorite places to visit. Check with the Ranger for a list of museum and local attractions as well.

Jan. 21: Puzzle Weekend: Relax and try your luck at putting together a puzzle.

Jan. 28: Storytelling Weekend: Come bring your scary, funny, exciting or most memorable story to share with others.

Feb. 5: Super Bowl Weekend: Let's all cheer our favorite team.

Feb. 11: Sweetheart Weekend: Show how much that special someone means to you!

Feb. 18: Honor our Presidents Weekend: We all need to honor our great leaders.

Feb. 25: Game Weekend: Everyone come join in the member-generated games and cards in the Family Center.

January 27
Harlem Globetrotters

Sponsored by the Baylor University Athletic Department, come see the famous Harlem Globetrotters play basketball like you have never seen before. From spins, jumps and tricks, it will be a day to remember. Held at the Ferrell Center, less than 40 miles from the preserve. For information call (254) 710-1011.

Last Friday of Every Month
Cork and Fork
Sponsored by the Red Caboose Winery and Vineyards in Meridian, event features live music starting at 7 p.m. Bring snacks to enjoy and the winery will have drinks for sale by the glass or bottle. Free admission. Arrive early to ensure seating or bring your own. For information call (254) 435-9911.

Medina Lake

Jan. 13: Friday Fish Fry at the Top of the Trail Cafe.

Jan. 14: Talent Show! Do you sing, dance, juggle, or tell jokes? Show us what you have.

Jan. 21: Bingo Weekend: We'll have Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo and Super Bingo.

Feb. 11: Not-So-Newly-Wed Game: Fun and games, plus Valentine Buffet and Dance.

January 11
Live at the Library
Come listen to beautiful live music at the Boerne Public Library, from 6 to 8 p.m. Library is located at 210 N. Main Street, just 30 miles from the preserve.

February 11-13
St. Valentine's Day Motorcycle Massacre
Held at the Kendall County Fairground, event features live music, two halls of vendors, bike contest, food and drink booths and much more. Come out and enjoy the Alamo City Gypsies and hundreds of bikers at their annual rally. Held at 1307 River Road in Boerne. For information call (210) 603-1932.

Southeast

FLORIDA

Orlando

Monthly events include first Tuesday of every month Day Trips, Cash Bingo every Wednesday evening, and TT Jammers every Thursday evening. Don't miss our Super Bowl Party at the fire pit!

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance featuring Malt Shoppe Memories.

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake Bay

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Party: Ring in the New Year at Chesapeake Bay. Bring heavy hors d'oeuvres to share. Dance with DJ Brad Beazly completes the night. Jan. 21: Chinese New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with our Potluck Dinner in the adult lounge. Bring an Oriental dish to share.

Feb. 11: Valentine's Party: Potluck Dinner followed by the No-So-Newly-Wed contest where we learn way more than we wanted to know about some of our fellow campers! Dance with DJ Brad Beazly competes the evening. Feb. 25: Rock Band and Karaoke: Got talent? We'll see! Play musical instruments with Wii and sing your heart out. Card games for the tone-deaf (or for those who just wish they were deaf this evening!)

Northeast

PENNSYLVANIA

Scotrun

Scotrun is the perfect location to enjoy plenty of nearby skiing and winter events. Check out Camelback Mt. at (570) 629-1661 or www.skicamelback.com; Shawnee Mt. at (570) 421-7231 or www.shawneemt.com or Big Boulder and Jack Frost at (570) 443-8485 or www.jfbb.com. For general Poconos information call (800) POCONOS.