Activities

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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

OREGON

Seaside

April 1: Look Out! You Never Know!

April 6: "Let's Paint Part 1": We get out and Paint, Paint, Paint!! A Potluck will be held in appreciation of everyone's hard work and efforts!

April 13: "Let's Paint Part 2": We get out and Paint, Paint, Paint!! A Potluck will be held in appreciation of everyone's hard work and efforts!

April 13-15: Thai New Year – Songkran.

April 19-23: Seaside Welcomes the Lewis and Clark TT Chapter of FMCA.

Whalers Rest

Throughout April: Tuesdays: Join us for a Pool Tournament in our South Clubhouse at 11 a.m. No experience needed just laughter! Thursdays: Cinnamon Roll Social in the South Clubhouse at 10 a.m. Enjoy a huge roll with a cup of coffee or cocoa for $2.50. Fridays: It's Candy Bar Bingo Fun in our South Clubhouse at 1 p.m. for all ages. We supply the candy! Saturdays: Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. in the South Clubhouse featuring sundaes, floats and cones with yummy Tillamook Ice Cream.

April 20-21
Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed, and Ducky Derby
Enjoy local, succulent crab and watch master craftsmen build and show off their wooden boats. Take part in cheering your "ducky" to the finish line during Sunday's Ducky Derby. Wooden Boat show is free and the Crab Feed is $17 for whole crab and $13 for half crab. Held at the Depoe Bay Harbor and Depoe Bay Community Center, less than 20 minutes from preserve. For more information call (541) 765-2889.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

April 19-22: Welcome Center Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House Weekend complete with Earth Day activities and Karaoke sing-along party. A milestone for our members and a party not to be missed! Bring your friends along for the fun.

April 6
Annual Birch Bay Road Race
A spectacular run along the shores of scenic Birch Bay and country roads for serious and recreational runners alike. Inspiring vistas, rural roads in the early morning. A scenic 5K and 15K along the Bay. The 15K and 30K add rolling rural roads and million dollar views. Measured course, great support - an "A" race class event at international distances. A classic road race in every sense of the word. For more information on this event visit www.birchbayroadrace.com.

Grandy Creek/La Conner/Mt. Vernon

April 1-30
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. For more information visit www.tulipfestival.org.

Little Diamond

April 19: Preserve opens for the season.

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

April 5-26
Idyllwild Arts Visual Arts Senior Show I & II
Event is held at the Idyllwild Arts Exhibition Center, 52500 Temecula Drive, just 4 miles from the preserve. For information call (951) 659-2171, ext. 2251.

Lake Minden

April 5-7: Lake Minden Birthday Celebration: Help us celebrate Lake Minden's 27th birthday with party games and activities. Friday night we'll have a Pizza Party Potluck, followed by Brown Bag Bingo. On Saturday, watch the Float and Fly RC Pontoon Boats take off and land on the lake, then join us after for Candy Bar Bingo and birthday cake at the Ice Cream Social.

April 12-14: Thanks for the memories: This weekend is all about creating, sharing and preserving memories. Bring your camera and capture the RC Float and Fly Pontoon boats take off and land on the lake. Bring or send your favorite photos of Lake Minden and we'll create a bulletin board display. Bring additional photos and we'll create mini memory books, cards and scrapbook pages.

April 19-21: Top Ten Things to do at Lake Minden: How many activities can you check off the list of Top Ten Things to do at Lake Minden? Catch a Fish, Paddleboat across the lake, learn a new craft, learn a new game and more. Make new friends at the Friday night Potluck Social and stay for Brown Bag Bingo. Join us Saturday for an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, play Trash to Treasure croquet, putt-putt golf, Candy Bar Bingo and stay for the Ice Cream Social.

April 26-28: Spring has sprung. It's time to get outside and enjoy the sun. Start your day with a 1 ½ mile walk around the lake followed by 18-holes of putt-putt golf and a game of volleyball or horseshoes. Need a break? Then come in for a jewelry, scrapbooking or craft class or join other campers in a game or cards.

April 6
Earth Fest Party for the Planet
It's a party for the planet! Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations. Visit the EdZoocation Station to explore animal bio-artifacts, participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room, come face to face with the outreach animals, or listen as keepers present enrichment talks. Held at the Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road, in Sacramento, just 26 miles from the preserve. For information call (916) 808-5888. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake of the Springs

April 6: Family Dance with DJ Mike Allen and campfire sing-along with John Carter.

April 13: Family Dance with DJ Mike Allen and campfire sing-along with John Carter.

April 20: Family Dance with Anna Marie and campfire sing-along with John Carter.

April 22-26: Spring Line Dance Festival with Marion and Friends. Come dance, dine and have fun!

April 27: Family Dance with Anna Marie and campfire sing-along with John Carter.

Palm Springs

April 6: End of Season Party. As our season draws to an end and our members head home or onto other adventures we celebrate the season with an All You Can Eat Pasta dinner along with poolside entertainment.

April 11: Ladies Day Out. This will be our final outing for the season. We will have lunch at the Jackalope Ranch and shop the local thrift stores.

April 12-14
Coachella Fest
This is the musical festival of all festivals. This year Coachella Fest will run for two weekends. Featured performers include the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Held at the Indio Polo Grounds, 81-800 Ave 51, in Indio, just seven miles from the preserve. For more information visit www.coachella.com or call (888) 512-SHOW.

April 26-28
Stagecoach Festival
Country music at its finest. There are three different states with performers playing all day long. Some of the headliners for this year include Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum, Charlie Pride and The Charlie Daniels Band. Held at the Indio Polo Grounds, 81-800 Ave 51, in Indio, just seven miles from the preserve. For more information call (888) 512-SHOW.

Pio Pico

April 13: Come join in the excitement and fun as we host the 5th Annual Jamul Kiwanis' Hot Rod & Chili Cook-Off. Event runs, rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve your site now and enjoy an All Class Car Show, Chili Cook-Off with cash prizes, raffles, 50/50 Drawing, Beer Garden, Live Band and DJ, Children's Play Area and food. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. To enter the Car Show or Chili Cook-Off contact Mrs. Burns at (619) 807-4437 or send email to jamulkiwanisab@gmail.com.

Ongoing
National Comedy Theater
The National Comedy Theater performances are based completely on audience suggestions – from which the cast creates the entire show. Theater is located at 3717 India Street, in San Diego, just 28 miles from the preserve. For more information, show times and ticket prices call (619) 295-4999.

Ponderosa

April 21-28
Auburn Wild West Stampede
Held annually since 1932, the Auburn Wild West Stampede attracts hundreds of the nation's top cowboys and cowgirls to compete for thousands in prize money. A week of parties, pageants, fairs and good old western fun for the whole family precedes the weekend's PRCA pro rodeo. Held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street, Auburn, just 20 miles from the preserve. For more information call (530) 889-BUCK or visit www.auburnrodeo.com.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday: 11:00-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 our beautiful resort! Wagon will drop off passengers at the barn for the stock dog and bucking bull demo and 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 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! Play a round of golf, or just enjoy the driving range at Rancho San Marcos golf course, just six miles away. Later in the day, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too! Check out the new menu items on Saturday and Sunday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen!

April 20-21
18th Annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby
Anglers of all ages are encouraged to enter this event held at the Cachuma Lake Nature Center, just 11 miles from the preserve. Registration fee for adults is $35 (through March 31) and $40 thereafter. Kids, ages 4-10, can register for $10. Registration forms are available at the Cachuma Lake Park entry gate, store, marina, Nature Center and several local businesses. For information call (805) 693-8381 or visit www.troutderby.org.

TEXAS

Bay Landing

March 29-31: Easter Weekend: Hop on over to Bay Landing for our Easter Activities. Find the Golden Egg at our Egg Hunt and win a HUGE PRIZE. Don't forget to make a bonnet and basket for the contest also. At dark we will be having an Adult Flashlight Hunt to find their Golden Egg.

April 12-14: Beautify Bay Landing: It's that time to dig out your gloves and work with the employees to help beautify your park. We will be planting flowers, transplanting trees on the sites that need them and much more! Free spaghetti lunch for those who help!

April 26-28: It's a Bugs Life: Get out your bug cages! It's time to catch your critters for the critter races and also the bug eating contest!

Colorado River

Throughout April: Wednesday Ice Cream Socials at 2 p.m. in the Activity Schedule (every other Wednesday – check with staff for schedule), Thursday Crafts with Maureen at 1 p.m. in the Activity Center (small materials fee may apply), Saturday Craft Sale and Swap Meet from 8 p.m. to noon in the Activity Center (no charge for table), What's Happening Meeting at 10:30 a.m. and Potluck Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (check with Ranger for sign up and schedule.) Country Music fans should note there are numerous events in the area including the Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill TX, scheduled April 13-14, and the Burton Cotton Gin Festival in Burton TX, set for April 19-20.

Lake Conroe

April 6: Kids Fishing and April Birthdays Weekend: There's fish in them thar ponds, so kids, bring your poles and let's catch ‘em. Prizes will be awarded so be sure to sign up in the AC for the big fish-off. Afterwards we'll treat ourselves with an Ice Cream Social. April 13: Beautify the Park Weekend: This weekend we will be sprucing up the park. Come join us for tree planting and some flower planting and gardening. It will be some great outdoor fun. April 20: Crawfish Boil Weekend: Crawfish races, games on the pavilion and some finger-lickin' good crawfish, Boudin sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes. Yum! Then that evening we'll be dancing on the pavilion to the ever-popular music of String Benders Band. This is one weekend you won't want to miss! April 27: Fruity Weekend: Don't miss out on Lake Conroe's Famous Fruity Bingo this weekend. We'll have apples and oranges and bananas and other fruity treats for you to win!

Medina Lake

Throughout April: Thursday is Bring Your Own Steak Night - we supply the grill and you bring your choice of meat. Friday Wienie Roast and Saturday Kids Craft (except April 18) and Ice Cream Social.

April 6: Bingo Weekend: We'll play Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo, Super Bingo - free cards and prizes.

April 20: Outside Weekend: We will enjoy the outdoors with Bean Bag Baseball, mini-golf, lawn dice and shuffleboard. Top of the Trail Cafe will barbeque burgers and hot dogs for lunch.

April 27: Wacky Day: We'll play wacky golf and other wacky games. Dress up for our wacky dress contest.

April 26-27
Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival
"A Celebration of Flight" festival, held in Fredericksburg, is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the abundance of regional winged wildlife including birds, bats, butterflies and dragonflies. The program features many educational presentations by noted natured specialists. There is an activity area for children, guided field trips on the park's nature trails and tours. Visitors can enjoy the festival trade show featuring the best products geared toward birding, nature and outdoor activities. Springtime is the best time to visit the Texas Hill country and the wildflower trails. For more information call (830) 998-1927.