Activities

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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

OREGON

Pacific City

Mar. 23: All members and guests are invited to attend our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Welcome Center at 1 p.m.

March 24-April 1: Spring Break Activities.

March 31-April 1
Home and Garden Show
Event is held at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. Free admission and parking.

 

Seaside

Enjoy the events of Seaside’s 3rd Annual Member-Generated Property Clean Up!

March 17-April 8. Events are held each Saturday! Appreciation Dinners will be held each Saturday Night!

March 17-18: We start off with our early “Earth Day Celebration” by getting outdoors and picking up all the recyclables on the property!

March 24-25: “Pick-Up Sticks” as we walk Seaside’s 70 acres and do exactly what the theme is all about! Last year we had 5 burn piles that each measured 4x4x6! Incredible! Also, Storming Norman will entertain at the Café!

March 31-April 1: The third event is all about “Resort Beautification” as we get out and clean all the flower and plant beds, replant (if needed), and bring in the bark dust! In addition this weekend is also April Fools’, soooooo, you never know!!!!!!

March 3
Seaside Art Walk

Since July of 2005 local area galleries, shops and restaurants have hosted artists, authors and musicians the first Saturday of the month, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating locations often provide tasty treats and beverages. Maps for the Walk are available at participating businesses, the Seaside Chamber and Seaside Visitors Bureau. For information visit www.seasidechamber.com

March 16-17
Pouring at the Coast
The Seaside Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Oregon Brewers Guild, presents “Pouring at the Coast,” a craft beer tasting and food pairing festival at the Seaside Convention Center. The event debuted last year as the “Beach Bite & Brew” and offered 32 brews from 14 Oregon Breweries. For more information visit www.seasidechamber.com

 

Whalers Rest

March 17: St. Patty’s Day Luncheon will serve up fun and food in our South Clubhouse. Blarney, who is going to find the Pot of Gold?

March 24: Start your Saturday with a great breakfast at the Whalers Galley. BBQ lunch will be served on the south side and dinner at 5 p.m. in the Whalers Galley in our North Clubhouse. Ongoing recreation activities will include “Double Dare II” Saturday night in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m. March 27: “Teen Night” in the North Clubhouse - everyone ages 12-21 years may join us at 7 p.m. for all the great fun! March 29: Kids Extreme Night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is a great time to drop the kids off as they enjoy a special night for crazy fun, games and snacks. We’ll end the evening with a new release kids movie. “Fear Factor II” will be the party theme headed up by our crazy recreation director. Don’t miss the memories! See ya there. March 31: Catch breakfast in the North Clubhouse - we’ll offer a full menu of goodies. Plan on BBQ lunch at noon to get fueled up for our April Fools’ party in the South Clubhouse at 2 p.m. Along with our Ice Cream Social we’ll offer a great party for all ages. Dinner will be served in the North Clubhouse followed at 7 p.m. with BINGO Fun for all ages in our North Clubhouse. Free fun with great prizes and lots of free popcorn! March 24-31: Spring Break Fun at Whalers Rest! This will be a jam-packed week of fun and memories for the young at heart!

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

March 17
10th Annual Wings over Water Pacific Northwest Birding Festival
Great for avid enthusiasts and casual observers! Join the celebration at this annual event held in one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier bird viewing areas. Originally known as the Washington Brant Festival, this event focuses on the thousands of Brant geese and other birds that visit the pristine shores of Blaine and Birch Bay on their annual migration. Events include viewing stations, seminars, exhibits, live raptor displays, walking field trip of Semiahmoo Split and Blaine’s Marine Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event is held in downtown Blaine, just 4 miles from the preserve. For more information call (360) 354-4544.

 

Chehalis

Every Saturday enjoy Saturday matinees at 1 p.m. in the Adult Lodge. All ages welcome! Remember Chehalis for winter fun – great sledding (call ahead to see if snow is expected and roads are clear!)

March 3-4
White Pass Winter Carnival

Join us for the 26th Annual White Pass Winter Carnival and celebrate the last weeks of winter with our spectacular interactive snow castle, carnival games and races, world-class snow sculptures, fireworks, and live music. The Winter Carnival is routinely rated among the best winter events in the Pacific Northwest! The event centerpiece is a gigantic snow castle located in the base area. Admittance to the castle and the surrounding snow sculptures is free and open to the public. Live music, a torchlight parade and fireworks highlight festivities on Saturday night and various fund-raising games and races support Children’s Miracle Network and our own White Pass Volunteer Ski Patrol! For information call (360) 945-3189 or visit www.skiwhitepass.com

 

La Conner

Mar. 17: St. Patrick’s Day: We will be serving pancake breakfast in the Family Center. We will be making special rainbow placemats.

 

Leavenworth

Enjoy spring skiing from the preserve on our roads and trails or travel a short distance (about 5 miles) to Lake Wenatchee or Beaver Valley Trails for miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Snowmobilers are welcome with a signed liability waiver and licensed drivers only, please. Access to over 200 miles of groomed trails right next to our Log House.

March 2-4
Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games Nordic Races
Event will be held at Icicle River Trails at the Fish Hatchery. Event begins at 9 a.m. each day.

 

Long Beach

March 16-18
Peninsula Guild Quilt Show
Founded in 1996, the Peninsula Quilt Guild will be showing over 55 members and more than 100 quilts will be on display. Event is held at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, just 3 miles from the preserve. Admission is free.

California

CALIFORNIA

Lake of the Springs

Tuesdays through Saturdays in March, Marion teaches Line Dance – so if you would like to learn or find out if there are any new dances, come join Marion. Every Saturday in March join our Ice Cream Social or Baked Potato Social and meet new friends or see some old friends. Then stay for Family Bingo.

March 17: LOTS celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. We will be having Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner; then stay and dance to our wonderful DJ.

 

Palm Springs

Mar. 3: Cowboy Jack is back to perform his vintage country music show. If you like the music of Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Ernest Tubb then this show is for you.

March 7-11: 12th Annual Pool Tournament.

March 15-17: 2nd Annual Pickleball Tournament.

March 31: Join us for our End of Season Party. There will be an All you Can Eat pasta bar, plus Sandi Castleberry will entertain in the evening.

March 5-8
BNP Paribas Open

The BNP Paribas Open is the most attended tennis tournament in the world outside of the Grand Slams. It is one of the few major events combining both men and women over a two-week period on the ATP World Tour and WTA Tour. Match hours vary – for information call (800) 999-1585. Event is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, just 5 miles from the preserve.

March 8-11
La Quinta Arts Festival

This award-winning event attracts art patrons and tourists from across the nation as one of the Coachella Valley’s premier attractions. Along with over 200 artists there is live entertainment and delicious food. Held at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus, just 7 miles from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call (760) 564-1244.

 

Pio Pico

Monthly events include Border Patrol Seminar and Saturday “Bizaar craft sale”, craft classes, water exercise for all ages, mini-golf and 8-ball tourneys.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend fun includes shamrock crafts, leprechaun bingo and St. Patrick’s dinner

March 24-April 10: Spring Break 2012 activities includes kids’ games, candy bingo, craft classes, mystery activities, softball games. Join us for a fun-filled time.

 

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday from 11:00 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 young 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 barn tour and dog & bull demo. 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 (opens around March 15) 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 March
Old Town Trolley Tours

Come to Stearns Wharf (End of State St. @ Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara) and enjoy a 90-minute narrated tour that includes free clam chowder and store & museum discounts. Admission is $19 for adults; ages12 and under are free. 2-Day Pass per one paying adult. Leaves on the hour from Stearns Wharf from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets sold at The Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street.

 

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

March 3: We will be having our very own Casino Night, starting at 7 p.m. You can look forward to playing blackjack, Texas Hold Em’, roulette and of course, good old, straight poker. $5 buy in for $750 in poker chips. Come on down to the Lodge and try your luck.

March 17: It’s that time again and we are having our St. Patrick’s Day dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a little magic with Johnathan the Great, plus a DJ and a wonderful evening of dancing.

March 31: We are putting on an “Old-fashioned Potluck” at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share and have fun with all the fellowship. After dinner, the Trail Ride Band entertains beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Snowflower

March 2-3
North Lake Tahoe Snowfest

North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten fun-filled days and nights jam-packed with events and activities for all ages. Events are held throughout North Lake Tahoe, including Tahoe City, Squaw Valley and Kings Beach. For information call (530) 583-7167.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

Mar. 16-18: May the “Luck of the Irish” be with you! Stop in at the Rattlesnake Cave for some green pancakes to start your day! Get your activity list and join in the “Jello Sucking” which is always a big hit. Don’t forget our Pot of Gold will be hidden somewhere in the preserve for the lucky one to find. Plus, our annual Irish stew will be cooking in the Cave just waiting for you!

March 30-Apr. 1: Let the March winds blow you into Bay Landing! Paper airplanes will be soaring over and dodging the kites doing their dance in the sky. Look out! Frisbees are flying everywhere. What do I hear? Someone is whistling a tune, can you? Balloons are taking off in the distance – where will they end up? Angie will even have something to eat that will fly off your plate.

 

Colorado River

Throughout March there will be daily member-generated games. Sign up in the Activity Center (A/C). Every Thursday in March join Maureen at 1 p.m. for Craft Class – Everyone is welcome (small fee may be charged for materials). Every Saturday: from 8 a.m. to noon sell/trade your unwanted stuff at the AC-Craft Sale. Come see what’s to see and do in the Columbus area and get the latest news and membership information at the “What’s Happening at Colorado River/Meeting with the Manager” at 10:30 a.m. in the A/C. Potluck Supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Bingo with Maureen and Gary. Bring your favorite dish and meet new people and make new friends.

March 14 and March 28: Ice Cream Social with Coke or Root Beer floats in the A/C at 2:30 p.m.

March 23-25
Texas Historical Shootist Society
Gathering of cowboy action shooting enthusiasts from across the state as they relive life as it was in the Old West Frontier. Period dress and firearms required to participate. Spectators are welcomed. Various shooting events throughout the weekend. Target practice with a twist. Event runs from dawn to dusk and is held in Gunsmoke, just ¼ miles from the preserve. For information visit www.thss.org.

 

Lake Conroe

Mar. 3: Dr. Seuss’ & Happy March Birthdays Weekend: We’ll be celebrating birthdays this weekend (Dr. Seuss’ and yours if you were born in March). And don’t forget your big tall hat; Dr. Seuss would be proud of that!

March 10: Rodeo Weekend: Yeehaw!! Come to Lake Conroe this weekend for some rip-roarin’ rodeo fun! We’ll be tossing cow chips and roping lil doggies. And don’t forget about the best-dressed dude and dudette contest.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend: Let’s GO GREEN this weekend! We’ll make some leprechaun crafts at the AC and have a scavenger hunt, too. Will you be the one to find the pot o’ gold???

March 24: Spring Fling Weekend: Spring has sprung here so it’s time to beautify the preserve by cleaning out the flowerbeds at the AC and doing a little spring cleaning. Afterwards we’ll treat ourselves with an ice cream social.

March 31: Windy Weekend: Join us to fly a kite, fling a Frisbee and enter our whistling contest. We’ll also launch some balloons that will wind up who knows where?

 

Lake Minden

Mar. 2-4: Crafters’ Swap: Remember when you bought a bunch of cool crafty stuff and you thought for sure you’d make that super cool thing but never got around to it? Or maybe you just over bought craft stuff for years. So what do you do with your excess crafty good stuff? Swap it! Come for a Friday afternoon of trading, chatting, snacking and fun.

March 9-11: Travel Trivia: How well do you know your Thousand Trails preserves? Join us for an evening of fun Travel Trivia. Show your knowledge of Thousand Trails and the surrounding areas and/or gather information you can use while planning your future excursions. Stay for the Friday Night Potluck Social and Brown Bag Bingo.

March 16-18: St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t forget to sign up and get your ticket early for our Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Social. For those of you who have enjoyed this dinner with us before, you know what a great meal it is. If this is your first St. Patrick’s Day dinner with us, you’re in for a real treat.

March 23-26: Celebrating Spring: Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate spring than to take a little green indoors when you plant a traveling mini herb garden or patio tomato plant. Learn about other plants that travel well and garden wherever you go. Come to the Friday Night Potluck Dinner and swap spring recipes; then stay for Brown Bag Bingo.

March 23-25
Yuba City Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show
This show is considered to be one of the largest and finest home, garden and recreation shows north of Sacramento and features more than 400 exhibitors. Held at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, 422 Franklin Avenue, in Yuba City, just 20 miles from the preserve. Hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information call (530) 671-9600.

 

Lake Whitney

Mar. 17: Wear your green and join in our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Medina Lake

Mar. 10-18: Spring Break: Come join us for fun activity-filled days.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day events include Bike and Cart Parade and Banana Splits!

March 24: Bingo Weekend events include Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo and Super Bingo.

March 16-17
Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival
Enjoy live music and a family friendly festival featuring food, games, activities and more. Enjoy the parade of barges commemorating St. Patrick beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Events hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.