Activities

MEMBER APPRECIATION EVENTS

Saturday, March 15

All Thousand Trails Locations

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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

Throughout March: All activities are member-generated. Come down to the Family Centre and have a card night or a pool tournament with your friends; it is up to you! The Family Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Office staff and Ranger staff are on hand if you need assistance.

OREGON

Pacific City

March 22-29: Spring Break Week: Volunteer Firefighters/EMTs appreciation with engines and emergency vehicles displayed on specific dates.

March 2
Indoor Farmers & Crafters Market
Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. For more information call (541) 994.9994.

March 22
Solve Spring Break Clean-Up
Help keep Oregon beaches clean. Local cleanup sights include D River Wayside, SW 51st Street and Road's End State Park. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call (503) 844-9571, x317

March 22-29
Spring Whale Watch Week
View whales from specific coastal locations and from our ocean view lodge windows and observation deck at the preserve. For more information call (541) 765-3407 or visit www.whalespoken.org

Whalers Rest

March 15: Member Appreciation Day. Enjoy a free Italian soda after the Manager's Social.

March 22-29: Spring Safari: Come for a week of parental relaxation while we entertain the kids with a variety of daily activities including our traditional Teen Night on Tuesday and Kids Extreme Night on Thursday. Look for more details on the Whalers Rest website.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

March 14-16
12th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival
Annual birding festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that visit this area of Washington. Event includes field trips, nature cruises, wildlife demonstrations, arts & crafts, kids activities, expert wildlife speakers and more. Plus, all day birding expo on Saturday. For additional information visit www.blainechamber.com/wow

March 29
9th Annual Birch Bay Road Race
Exceptional 15K (9.3 miles) and 30K (18.6 miles) distances plus 5K. This race offers athletes an opportunity to move up from the 10K and half-marathon distances to a new mid-distance standard, with full race support. Perfectly timed for athletes training for May or June marathons and half marathons. Enjoy spectacular ocean views on a course that follows the shoreline and quiet county roads. Run through the natural habitat of eagles and shorebirds. For information contact the Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544 or Chamber of Commerce at www.blainechamber.com.

Chehalis

March 26-April 6: Spring Break-ation: Family Lodge will be open for indoor entertainment: Plus, movies, crafts, puzzles, games, Ice Cream Social and good times! Bring your Xbox, Wii, PlayStation, etc. and enjoy our new Gaming Center in the Downstairs Activity room. Don't forget the ‘Happy TTrails' horse trails are open for all equine enthusiasts (reservations required).

La Conner

March 14-16: St. Patrick's Day: Spread the luck of the Irish, get out your green and come to our breakfast and eat Lucky Charms. Don't miss our Irish celebration and don't forget to wear your best St. Patty's day attire.

Southwest

ARIZONA

Verde Valley

Throughout March: Pickleball daily at the courts. The Homestyle Grill restaurant is open daily at 8 a.m. serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (closed Mondays/Tuesdays.) Pool tourneys Fridays/Sundays/Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Penny Pokeno Mondays at 2 p.m., Wii Bowling league Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Mondays/Sundays at 7 p.m., Karaoke Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Card Bingo Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday night entertainment with Hired hands Band at 6 p.m.

March 1: Family Movie Night (the first Saturday of every month.)

March 8: Pet Parade: Prizes and treats given for the best-dressed and best trick.

March 15: St. Patrick's Day & Member Appreciation: Stop in and let us show you how the luck of the Irish works. Who will be the one to find the pot of gold?

NEVADA

Las Vegas

March 1-2: Celebrate the Movies Weekend: Movies! We love them! What better way to celebrate them than the Academy Awards. On Saturday, join us for our Craft Sale. Then on Sunday, we're rolling out the red carpet Sunday night at the Activity Center to watch the Oscars.

March 15-16: Go Green Weekend: We're getting a jumpstart on St. Patrick's Day starting on Saturday with our Luck of the Irish Sidewalk Craft Sale, followed by our St. Patrick's Day themed Member Social at the Activity Center.

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

March 10
Music in the Meadow
Event is held at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, 52000 Temecula Drive, in Idyllwild, just four miles from the preserve. Event runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

March 12
Spring Dance Concert
Event is held at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, 52000 Temecula Drive, in Idyllwild, just four miles from the preserve. Event runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Lake Minden

February 28-March 2: Craft-tastic: Children and adults will enjoy a variety of new and exciting crafting projects as we explore re-purposing old and broken jewelry, keys, silverware and other interesting small objects. Join us for the Friday Night Potluck Social and stay for Brown Bag Bingo. Enjoy the pre-spring weather with a walk around the lake.

March 7-9: Photo-licious: Join us for a nature walk around the lake and discover some great photo opportunities. Take some fantastic photos as the RC boats race on the lake. Craft a pair of earrings for St Patrick's Day and make St. Patrick's Day cards. Come in to the lodge for cards, crafts and coffee.

March 14-16: A Bit-O-the Irish: Make sure to sign up early for Lake Minden's famous Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner. We'll also be crafting with an Irish theme. Friday night we'll celebrate National Corn Dog Day with Chili and Corn Dog Potluck Social.

March 21-23: Stupendous Soups: Bring your favorite pot of homemade soup and join the fun at one of Lake Minden's extremely popular "Pot-O-Soup" Potlucks. We'll be making memories and crafting mini memory books. If you're feeling a little adventurous, take an Art Journaling class and learn some imaginative, fun ways to record your thoughts, ideas and memories.

March 28-30: First of the season Craft Sale and Flea Market!: Sign up early for this season's first Craft Show and Flea Market or take a break from watching the RC boats race to check out the sale. Check the monthly schedule for other great activities.

March 1
The 134th Bok Kai Parade and Festival
This unique event is the only one of its kind anywhere in the Americas and has happened annually since at least 1880. The Bok Kai Parade, this year celebrating The Year of the Horse, will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Vendors will be set up on 2nd Street, between D and B streets in Marysville. Food and official Bok Kai merchandise will be for sale immediately following the parade while a variety of entertainment will take place on C Street, near the Yuba County Library. Bands, lion dancers, and other performances will take place throughout the afternoon. On Sunday, at 4 p.m., Bomb Day (Yee Yeut Yee), will take place in the heart of Marysville's historic Chinatown, at the corner of 1st and C streets. Handmade bombs will be lit and young men will scramble to catch the lucky rings. The catching of the rings is open for viewing only. The parade and festival are just 20 miles from the preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout March: Every Saturday and Sunday we will serve breakfast. Every Saturday evening we will have a Baked Potato Social and Family Candy Bar Bingo. March 15: St.Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance: We will be serving corned beef and cabbage. For more information, or to make reservations, please call (530) 692-3215 or (530) 692.1612.

Morgan Hill

March 1: Mardi Gras Weekend: Bring a shoebox and make a float. Decorate a mask to wear to the showing of "The Princess and the Frog." Bring a sweet treat for the King Cake Feast. March 15: Western Weekend: There's a new sheriff in town so join us for some country fun. Yee Haw! Catch a flick with our favorite good, old boys, Woody and friends. Break out your cowboy boots, hat and favorite Western shirt for a chili cook-off, followed by an old-fashioned Hoedown. See y'all there!

March 6-9
La Quinta Art Festival
This is Southern California's premier fine art festival, ranked #1 in the nation, showcasing 230 top artists in a magnificent outdoor gallery setting. Live entertainment, food and drink complement your experience. Held at La Quinta Civic Center Park, 78495 Calle Tampico, in La Quinta, just seven miles from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (760) 564-1244.

March 3-16
BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is a two-week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier event featuring the top men and women professional tennis players competing in a 96 singles draw and 32 doubles draw. Held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78200 Miles Avenue, in Indian Wells, just five miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 200-8400
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Pio Pico

March 1: Mardi Gras Madness! Blue Ribbon Grooming (mobile groomers - first Saturday of every month) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Scavenger Hunt at 1 p.m.. Costume Contest at 5 p.m.

March 7: Campfire and S'mores at 6 p.m.

March 8: Western Weekend: Pay a quarter to have the town sheriff lock up a friend at 1 p.m. Dress the part and win a prize at 5 p.m.

March 14: Campfire and Wadingers at 6 p.m.

March 15: It's a Soirée: Dinner and Dance at 5 p.m.

March 21: Campfire and S'mores at 6 p.m.

March 22: Nature Weekend: Sky Hunters presentation at 1 p.m. Sky Hunters is a non-profit group dedicated to informing the public about raptors, birds of prey and promoting raptor conservation. March 29: A Night at the Oscars: Craft (every Saturday) at 11 p.m, plus Candy Bingo at 3 p.m. and a fun twist on Movie Night at 7 p.m.

March 1-April 30
Flower Fields Ranunculus Season
Flowers, flowers, flowers as far as you can see. Every March and April, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch blossom into a spectacular sea of brightly colored ranunculus flowers. Tours are offered and photographers, professional and amateur alike, set up for stunning close up buds in bloom. Carlsbad is just 50 miles from the preserve.

March 29-30
Spring Busker Festival
Seaport Village, along San Diego Bay, comes alive with a celebration of street performers in a battle of entertainment and one-of-a-kind performances by jugglers, sword swallowers, comedic stuntmen and more. Seaport Village is just 21 miles from the preserve.

Rancho Oso

Every Weekend in March: 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 eight 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 spring 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! Check out our delicious breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen!

Turtle Beach

March 15-16: Go Green: Let's get ready for spring. Bring your ideas for our community vegetable garden. Then relax by the fire with hot chocolate and s'mores.

March 22-23: Fly Horse Fly: It's Horseshoe Tournament time at Turtle Beach. The tournament will kick off with the junior competitions, followed by singles competitions and ending with couples competitions. All horseshoe pitchers and spouses will enjoy a potluck dinner in the lodge. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the tournament, either as a pitcher or spectator.

Wilderness Lakes

March 1: Casino Night

March 7: SkyMed

March 8: Movie

March 15: DJ Mike Allen.

March 16: Line Dance Rally Registration.

March 17-20: Line Dance Rally.

March 22: "Highway 91" Tony Lopez performs.

March 29: Dominic's Karaoke.

TEXAS

Bay Landing

February 28-March 2: Season Kick-off Weekend: The 2014 Season is here. Enjoy our Opening Weekend featuring food and fun for the whole family

March 14-16: St. Patty's Day: May the luck of the Irish be with you! Start the day out with green pancakes. We'll also have a green Jell-O sucking contest and our annual "Pot of Gold" event - who will be the lucky one to find the Pot of Gold hidden in the park. Plus, plenty more activities are planned. Fill up the tummy with Irish Stew and cornbread.

March 21-23: Spring Fling: Come join us and enjoy the start of spring break with Frisbee golf, flag football, sack races and much more. We'll even have a pet show for your little four-legged friends.

March 28-30: It's a Bug's Life: It's time to get out your bug cages and start collecting bugs for the bug tasting contest! Just kidding! Crisp, crunch, slimy and juicy - are they grasshoppers, spiders or ants? We will have a critter race and a "largest bug found" contest. Plus, Angie will have a dinner that will crawl off your plate whipped up from her Rattlesnake Cafe.

Lake Conroe

March 1: Mardi Gras: Let the good times roll! This weekend it's all about the beads and mask. Join us for a Mardi Gras party.

March 8: Spring Break: Come join us for Spring Break! There will be plenty to do, from sack races to Tug of War, from kickball to Fear Factor games.

March 15: St Patrick's Day: Let's GO GREEN at Lake Conroe this weekend! We'll make some leprechaun crafts at the AC and have a scavenger hunt. Will you be the one to find the pot o' gold???

March 22: Welcome Spring! Spring is here so let's celebrate the beautiful weather and have some outdoor fun.

March 29: Rodeo Weekend: Yeehaw!! Come to Lake Conroe this weekend for some rip-roaring' rodeo fun! We'll be tossing cow chips and playing horseshoes. And, don't forget about the best dressed Dude and Dudette contest.

March 22
Texas Wildlife Woodlands Expo
The Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling is designed to help families learn a little about the land on which they live — and how to best take care of it — through hands-on clinics, live demonstrations and children's activities. Sponsored by the Texas A&M Forest Services, event is held at 200 College Park Drive, in Conroe, just 16 miles from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call (936) 273-2261.

March 4-23
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Held at the Reliant Center in Houston, less than an hour from the preserve, event will feature great entertainers including Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Usher, Selena Gomez and REO Speedwagon. For more information visit www.RodeoHouston.com

Lake Texoma

March 1: Mardi Gras: Experience Mardi Gras Lake Texoma style! Bring your purple, green and gold decorations and your best costume for the King and Queen contest at the Masquerade Party.

March 8: Spring Break at Lake Texoma: Join us for a week of relaxation and fun and a break from the daily grind.

March 15: It's all about being green this weekend so bring your shamrocks and leprechaun hats and help spread the cheer!

Lake Whitney

March 1: Birthday Cake/Anniversary Celebration.

March 6: Potluck Dinner.

March 8: Ice Cream Social events are back for the season.

March 10-15: Spring Break! Outdoor fun starts at 10 a.m. every day. Plus, there will be a movie every day at 1 p.m. On Monday, come walk the trails and find a rock and paint it to add to our growing painted rock collection. On Tuesday, play putt-putt golf, volleyball and washers. Wednesday is all about the cow patty toss and Frisbee throw. Thursday fun includes horseshoes, bean bag toss, and potluck dinner at 6 p.m. On Friday, come walk the trails and find a fossil. Then enjoy hot dogs by the pool at 6 p.m. On Saturday, it's Green All Day! Wear crazy hair, enjoy sack races, tug of war, and water balloons.

March 16-23: Week-long building and planting of our Community Garden.

March 29: Decorate for Easter; plus Easter Brunch will be served.

Medina Lake

March 1: Mardi Gras Day: Let's bring Louisiana to Texas with a Mardi Gras Golf Cart and Bike Parade as the King and Queen lead the way. Who will be the lucky one to find the baby in the Mardi Gras cake during the Ice Cream Social? Let's put on our Mardi Gras attire for the contest. Don't forget to have fun at the craft sale, kids craft event and Candy Game.

March 8-15: Spring Break will bring fun for the kids with crafts, games and food.

March 8: Kid's craft will start the day, plus wacky golf, candy game, lawn dice, bean bag baseball along with other fun games.

March 15: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Bike and Cart Parade, plus leprechaun hunting is also on the list (who will find him??). Also, Candy Game for our sweet tooth and Ice Cream Social is a must - free for everyone to say thank you to the members. We will end the evening with Kids Bingo (for kids only).

March 22: Spend the day outside for fresh air fun, plus kids crafts with an outdoor spin. Volleyball shuffleboard and wacky golf with a flare, too. Remember the Craft Sale and Ice Cream Social.

March 29: Bingo Bash Day: Craft sale and kids craft will start the day and then we get going with everyone's favorite, Ice Cream Bingo, plus Candy Bar Bingo and Snack Bingo, followed by Brown Bag Bingo to end the day (bring one bagged gift ($5 or less) for every card you want to play.)

Southeast

FLORIDA

Orlando

March 6-9: The Ides of March are Upon Us: Mercy Seat performs traditional gospel music on Thursday, On Friday, we'll have our traditional Friday Night English Fish ‘n Chips dinner followed by entertainment by Mike Thomas, one of Orlando's own. It's Meat Bingo on Saturday - if you haven't played, this is your chance. Jerry Jones is back by popular demand on Sunday evening, performing traditional gospel selections.

March 13: Save a Life, Give Blood: Join us for our annual Blood Drive and let's try to beat January's record of 30 pints. This is an awesome way to give back. All participants who donate will receive a T-shirt and movies tickets. In addition you will receive an entry ticket for a grand prize , a picnic table cover.

March 14-17: Wearing of the Green: Who says you have be Irish to show your St. Patty's Day spirit. Music and karaoke on Friday, with beer and brats dinner. Try to win our Best Dressed Leprechaun Contest at our Member Appreciation event on Saturday. Watch for the invite with additional details. On Saturday night, it's the hilarious comedy show performed by Laughing Bird. On Sunday, we will have a pet parade at photos at the TT dog park. Mike Havenec performs old time gospel music in the evening. St. Patrick's Day celebration with be held in the Activities Center serving a traditional corned beef dinner.

March 21-23: The sweethearts of Branson, The Denny Yeary Group perform in the Ballroom and Then and Now will perform for your dancing pleasure on Saturday night. On Sunday evening, Julian and Bonnie George will provide gospel entertainment. March 28-30: Headed out West Partner? Pure Country Gold will be performing at the Ballroom on Friday Night. The Weavers will provide music and karaoke on Saturday night. On Sunday, grab the kids and send them on a scavenger hunt for some great prizes. Then everyone will gather around the fire for our traditional Hobo Stew dinner. Bring your favorite vegetable.

Three Flags RV Resort

Throughout March: Mondays: Candy Bar Bingo. Tuesdays: Crafts and Bingo. Wednesdays: Potluck Dinner. Thursdays: Donut Social. Fridays: Bingo. Saturdays Ice Cream Social. Sunday Church Service and Card Bingo. March 15: Member Appreciation Meeting and Manager's Meeting. March 17: St. Patrick's Day party featuring Last Tyme Out.

Peace River

March 2: The Marvelous Mike Thomas will be here to entertain us at 7:00.

March 7: We are going to take a tour to Joshua Groves and see how the citrus growers provide us with produce! Tasting included! There is a charge of $5 for this tour. Also, UpTown Country will perform in the evening and we will have popcorn available. March 9: Love Song presents an evening of gospel music to encourage and entertain.

March 14: Hold on to your hats!!! The wildly popular Laughing Bird Show will be making a debut performance right here.

March 15: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Weekend: We are having a Billiards Elimination Tournament! Basic 8-Ball rules apply.

March 16: Jerry Jones will bring his vocal talents to inspire and entertain us at 7:00.

March 17: It's a "Get Your Green On" potluck and party for St. Patrick's Day!!! Bring your best corned beef and cabbage dish, or any other Irish dish you can think of and we will have a feast! We will also have a special St. Patrick's Day Bingo followed dinner.

March 21: Hold on to your hats! The energetic and wildly popular Weaver/Believer-Survival/Revival will be here to entertain you!

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake Bay

March 15: St. Patrick's Day Feast: The Irish at heart come together for another of our winter potluck suppers.

March 22: Welcome Back BBQ: Bring your lawn chairs and a side dish; the hot dogs and fixin's are on us!

Northeast

NEW JERSEY

Lake and Shore

March 15
St. Patty's Day Celebration
St. Patty's Day Celebration in Wildwood, just five miles from the preserve.

PENNSYLVANIA

Scotrun

March 7-9: Hot Cocoa and Good Friends: Share a winter weekend with old friends and new.

March 14-16: Lucky St. Patrick's Day: Visit Mt. Airy Casino and try your luck.

Timothy Lake South

March 13-16: The Luck of the Irish: Fantasy Karaoke will be here to let you sing your heart out and we will be serving a feast of Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes. Join us during the day for a Treasure Hunt in search of the Pot of Gold.

Through March
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area/Fernwood Resort
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, located just 10 minutes from the preserve, is open for day and night skiing. Snow Tubing at Fernwood is now open daily and is just five minutes from Timothy Lake South. Fernwood has some of the best snow tubing in the Poconos. Timothy Lake has discount tickets for both Shawnee and Fernwood, an opportunity which is exclusive to our visiting members. Stop in the Welcome Center and pick up your discount lift and tubing tickets.