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Yellowstone River

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Cultus Lake

Throughout January and February: Member-generated cards and evening activities.


South Jetty

January 26-27
Florence Winter Folk Festival
2013 Florence Winter Folk Festival includes craft demonstrations, art and craft booths, food, jam sessions and workshops. Admission to the artisan fair is free. Held at the Florence Events Center, just 2 miles from the preserve. For information call 541.997.1994.


Birch Bay

February 3: Soup'r Super Bowl Event. Come watch the big game, share snacks and a bowl of soup.

February 17
45th Annual Birch Bay Marathon And Half Marathon (13.1)
(Certified (WA 06002 BL) Boston qualifier)
Over 300 run annually in this race which is a full-marathon and a half-marathon and a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course is generally flat to very gently rolling, with the exception of a very short steep climb (10 meters in 200 meters) at the start of Harborview Road, and a long gradual climb (100 meters in 1.5 km) between miles 5 to 6. Most of the course lies on the waterfront, with expansive views over the water towards the mountains of Canada. Held at Birch Bay State Park, just 3 miles from the preserve; race begins at 9 a.m. For information visit


February and March
Spring Fever Days at DeGoede Bulb Farm
Held at DeGoede Bulb Farm, just 25 minutes from the preserve. For more information visit

La Conner

January 1: Rose Bowl Party in the Family Center. Bring a snack to share.

February 3: Super Bowl party in the Family Center. Once again, you bring a snack and we'll supply chips and dip.

February 9: Bring your sweetheart to a romantic weekend in the park. Come make a Valentine's card for your special someone. Pancake Breakfast on Saturday.

January 12
This a cappella quartet focuses primarily upon performing jazz from the first half of the 20th century, and rock from the latter half, drawing from each member's unique musical background of award-winning experience within barbershop as well as vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella. Held at Maple Hall in La Connor from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call (360) 466-2665.

Whalers Rest

February 2: Groundhog Day Party! Join us at noon for a fun lunch served in our South Clubhouse.

February 14: Happy Heart Day Luncheon served in our South Clubhouse at noon for all members and guests.


Lake Minden

January 4-6: Puzzled Presidents: Bring an addition to the Potluck and we'll puzzle together an evening of great food and fun, including President Mystery Match and Brown Bag Bingo (please bring a prize). Saturday join us for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

January 11-13: Make a recipe from the “Best of the White House” cookbook and share it Friday night at the “White House” Potluck Social. Saturday includes Ice Cream Social and Candy Bar Bingo.

January 18-20: Inauguration Day/Chili and Cornbread Feed. Plus Presidential Trivia, Past Presidents Scavenger Hunt and Truth or Bluff.

January 25-27: The Next Four Years: Come share your travel history and future plans at a Traveler's Coffee. Learn how to record your adventures in a Travel Diary. Plus we'll play Travel Trivia.

February 1-3: Super Bowl Sunday and Hot Dog Feed, plus all the games we can think of. Join us Sunday for an indoor tailgate party and Hot Dog Feed and watch the Super Bowl on the big screen TV. Play Super Bowl Trivia for a Super “Bowl” Prize.

February 8-10: Valentine's Day: Make your sweetie a Valentine's Day Card gift; bring your favorite potluck covered dish for a Sweetheart Potluck Social and stay for Valentine Bag Bingo. Sign up early for a Valentine's Day Spaghetti Dinner Social.

February 15-17: It's all in the Cards: Bring your favorite homemade cookies to Cards, Coffee, and Cookies social. On Saturday win a prize if you can build the best card castle. Don't forget Candy Bar Bingo and The Ice Cream Social.

February 22-24: Share your favorite hobby or get a few new ideas at the Hobby Lover's Hobby Share Coffee, plus Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout January and February: Saturday Baked Potato Social followed by Family Bingo.

February 9: Valentine's Dinner and Dance. Please call (530) 692-3215 for more information.

Palm Springs

January 12: The Remember When Band is back to perform their Oldies but Goodies Show. They play everything from rock-n-roll to classic country. There will be plenty of room on the dance floor, or just come and enjoy the music.

January 26: “The Charlie Ferris Show” - a musical stroll through time, featuring smooth, high quality renditions of classic songs of the 50s, 60s, 70s and more. Remember, reminisce, sing along or sit back and enjoy.

February 9: Horseshoe Tournament – members gather here for this tournament.

February 16: Casino Night Christmas for Kids/Spark of Love program. You don't have to leave the preserve to play casino games. Many of our local businesses donate prizes for our raffle. It's a lot of FUN, for a good cause.

January 3-14
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Sponsored by the Palm Springs International Film Society, films are shown at various locations in the Palm Springs area. For a complete lineup of movies visit: For information call 800.898.7256.

January 9-13
FMCA – Western Area Rally
This rally has something for everyone – RV suppliers, vendors selling everything from pots and pans to braking systems. Held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82503 Highway 111, in Indio, just five miles from the preserve. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call 805.479.4483.

February 15-24
Riverside County National Date Festival
This fair offers live animals, fantastic food, carnival rides, Monster Truck Show and headliner entertainment. Held at Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82503 Highway 111, in Indio, just five miles from the preserve. Events hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information call 800.811.FAIR.

Rancho Oso

Every Weekend: Join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of our beautiful resort! Wagon will drop off passengers at the barn for the barn tour. Don't forget to call the stables at 805-683-5110 and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 and over. Of course, your little buckaroos can get their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers! This is a great “photo-op” for your scrapbook. The winter weather is perfect for hiking, riding, photography, or wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, only a scenic half hour drive away. Don't want to drive? Let us help you arrange a guided winery tour with a local tour company! Later on Saturday, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae or hot chocolate! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too! Please note that Stock Dog and Bucking Bull demo will not take place in January - see you in February! Also, Our Stone Lodge Kitchen will offer meals on Saturday and Sunday. Additional meals may be available holiday weekends.

Santa Barbara Farmers' Market - Ongoing
Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of agricultural products grown right in our backyard. Seasonal diversity is available year round, rain or shine. Music and entertainment enliven the markets while creating a positive ambiance. Come shop, socialize - Certified - the only way to buy! Winter market hours are Tuesday and Saturday 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Held in the 500-600 block of State Street in Santa Barbara. Admission is free. For information call 805.962.5354.

Wilderness Lakes

January 1: Happy New Year! Recreation office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

January 4: SkyMed presentation.

January 5: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Must be 21 to play.

January 15: SkyMed presentation.

January 19: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family.

January 16: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

February 1: SkyMed presentation.

February 2: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE.

February 13: Annual 9-Ball Pool Tournament:

February 14: Annual 9-Ball Pool Tournament continues. Gift certificates awarded to winners.

February 15; Annual Jack & Jill Pool Tournament. Gift certificates awarded to winners.

February 16: Annual Singles Pool Tournament: Gift certificates awarded to winners.

February 16: Movie night with FREE popcorn.

February 17: Annual Doubles Pool Tournament.Gift certificates awarded to winners.

February 22: SkyMed presentation.

February 22: Annual Doubles Horseshoe Tournament. Gift certificates awarded to winners.

February 23: Annual Singles Horseshoe Tournament: Gift certificates awarded to winners. Also, Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family!


Colorado River

Throughout January and February: Wednesdays: Ice Cream Social at the AC at 1 p.m. Great social time to meet new people and make friends. Thursdays: Craft class with Maureen at the AC at 1 p.m. Join in to share your talent with others. Saturdays: Morning craft show at the AC. Bring your handmade items or stuff you want to get rid of and set up a table for free. What Happening at Colorado River Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Find out the latest news about the preserve and around the ELS Community. Saturday evening potluck supper at the AC at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bingo with Maureen and Gary. See sign-up sheet at the Ranger office.

December 31: Join others and ring in the New Year at the Activity Center. Don't miss the New Year's Eve Party Potluck

February 3: Super Bowl Sunday. We will have the game on multiple televisions at the AC and some refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite dish to share.

Lake Conroe

January 5: Not So Newly Wed Weekend: Come Play the Newlywed game.

January 12: 50s Weekend complete with Rock & Roll and Poodle skirts.

January 19: Chocolate & Chocolate Weekend.

January 26: Chili Cook-off Weekend. Bring Your Special Chili Recipes.

February 2: Super Bowl Weekend.

February 9: Valentines Weekend.

February 16: Welcome Back Weekend with free hamburgers for members.

February 23: Wine & Cheese Weekend features Wine and Cheese Tasting.

February 2
Mark Chestnut Concert
Come hear some great country music at the Dosey Doe Coffee House, just 18 miles from the preserve in Woodlands. Concert begins at 8 p.m.

Lake Whitney

Throughout January and February: Pickleball players meet at the tennis courts every Saturday at 9 a.m. Line Dancing every Saturday. Don't miss the Monday Beans and Cornbread and Thursday Baked Potato Potlucks.

January 12: We're planning a Hobo Stew – all members please bring a can of food for this delicious stew and spend time of good fellowship with other members.

January 19: Puzzle Weekend – let's see how many puzzles we can work!

February 3: Super Bowl Party – come support your favorite team!

February 9: Valentine's Party: Let's show that special someone that they are your Valentine! Bring finger foods to share.

February 16: Presidents Weekend: See if you can name our presidents and the years they served our country!

Medina Lake

January 5: Game Day! Events include big lawn dice, mini-golf and bean bag baseball. Plus, Ice Cream Social and Minute to Win It games in the evening.

January 11: Fish Fry at the Top of the Trail Café (no weenie roast).

January 12: Bingo Day and Ice Cream Social! Plus craft sale and kids craft.

January 19: Day's events include kids' craft, Candy Game, Ice Cream Social and evening movie. Top of the Trail Café will have a BBQ Chicken Dinner.

January 26: Events include craft sale and kids' craft, plus Bean Bag Bingo and Poker night.

February 2: Events include Brown Bag Bingo and Blackjack in the evening ( must be 21 to play).

February 9: Events include craft sale, shuffleboard and Wacky Golf and an evening TT Talent Show.

February 16: How well do you know your loved one? We will find out during our Newlywed Game. Top of the Trail will have a Valentine Buffet and we will end the evening with a Valentine Dance.

February 23: Events include craft sale starts and Texas Trivia Game. Top of the Trail will have a BBQ Dinner. We will relax in the evening with a game and Dessert Social.

Every Saturday in February we will have a Kids' Craft and Ice Cream Social Event.



Three Flags

Throughout January and February: Tuesday night Bingo; Wednesday Donut Social Potluck; Thursday Jammin' Session; Friday Bingo; Saturday Craft Show and Ice Cream Social; Sunday Church Service. Other activities to be announced.

December 31: New Year's Eve Party includes DJ Steve and some other surprises.

January 19: Last Generation.

February 3: Super Bowl Party.