November/December Activities and Events

November and December are all about the holiday spirit and that’s exactly where our preserves have focused their events over the next two months. They’ll also observe Veterans Day, as well as throw a few other events. For a detailed list of all preserve events, checkout the 2014 Theme Weekend directory.

On-Site Events

January 1

La Conner (WA)

Rose Bowl Party at the Family Center

January 2

Pio Pico (CA)

Casino Night (first Friday of the month through April)

January 2-4

Lake Minden (CA)

National Soup Month: Bring your favorite pot of homemade soup and join the fun at one of Lake Minden’s extremely popular "Pot-O-Soup" Potlucks. 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.

January 9-11

Lake Minden (CA)

Life’s a Mystery: Bring your favorite "mystery" addition for a Mystery Potluck Dinner Social and win a mystery prize at Brown Bag B-I-N-G-O. Enter a Mystery Puzzle competition and see if you can put together a Mystery puzzle without the benefit of knowing what it is. Trade your favorite Mystery book at a "Mystery Book" Book Swap.

January 9

Peace River (FL)

Sweethearts of Branson: Denny and Sheila Renee Yeary are truly the Sweethearts of Branson. Their music alone is worth listening to. But, together with their stories of life and love, their act is one of a kind and not to be missed.

January 10

Pio Pico (CA)

Movie Night

January 16-18

Lake Minden (CA)

Cure for Cabin Fever: Cure your cabin fever with the five C’s: Company, Coffee, Cards, Crafts and Casseroles. Bring your favorite casserole to the Friday night Potluck. Not into cards or crafts, check out our book and puzzle collection. Then join us for the Friday Night Casserole Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

January 20

Peace River (FL)

Uptown Country: Dance the night away to Uptown Country. Their mix of music has something for everyone and we always have a great time when Uptown Country comes to visit.

January 21-25

Pio Pico (CA)

Annual Pool Tournament

January 23-25

Lake Minden (CA)

Love is in the Air: Friday we’ll be crafting Valentine’s Day Cards and Heart Earrings and sharing our favorite "Something Sweet" recipes at a Coffee Social. Join us for a baked Potato Potluck Social and Brown Bag Bingo. Don’t forget Saturday bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

January 30 - February 1

Whalers Rest (OR)

Whalers Rest Great Chili Cook-Off and Championship Football Pot Luck Party.

Chehalis (WA)

Championship Football: Come watch the big game with your fellow fans at our cozy Adult Lodge. Free popcorn and hotdogs!

Chesapeake Bay (VA)

Championship Football Party: Bring an appetizer to share and watch the game (or the commercials!) on the big screen with your camping buddies.

La Conner (WA)

Championship Football on the big screen at the Family Center. See park for time and information.

Lake Minden (CA)

Championship Football Tailgate Pot Luck: We’ll kick off Championship Football weekend on Friday Night with an indoor Tailgate Potluck Social followed by Brown Bag Bingo. Saturday, join us for the "It’s never too cold for ice cream" Ice Cream Social. Sunday, bring munchies to share and watch the Big Game on the Big Screen.

February 6

Pio Pico (CA)

Casino Night (first Friday of the month through April)

February 6-8

Lake Minden (CA)

Coffee and Cookie Share Social: Beat those winter time blues! Bring your favorite homemade cookies and recipes and we’ll share cookies, coffee, and conversation at a Coffee Social. Later, we’ll be crafting some great earrings.

February 7

Peace River (FL)

We are pleased to present Matt Barber, whose easy listening style is reminiscent of Barry Manilow and Michael Bublé. His goal is to uplift and make people happy with his show.

February 13

Pio Pico (CA)

Be My Valentine Weekend: Valentine Sweetheart Dance

February 13-15

Lake Minden (CA)

Valentine’s Day: Join us Friday Night for a Valentine’s Day Pasta Potluck Social. Bring a sweetheart prize in a brown paper bag and stay for Sweet Heart Brown Bag Bingo. Saturday, we’ll feature Banana Splits at the Ice cream Social.

February 14

Lake of the Springs (CA)

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance

February 14

Pio Pico (CA)

Movie Night

Chehalis (WA)

Spend a romantic weekend with your Sweetheart...free Sparkling Cider with your cabin rental!

La Conner (WA)

Come spend Valentine’s Day with your Sweetheart!

February 20-22

Lake Minden (CA)

Chinese New Year Potluck Social: Bring your favorite Asian covered dish and help us celebrate Chinese New Year. Check out our great craft classes while you’re here.

February 21

Peace River (FL)

Walten’s Acrobatic and Dog Show: Willy and Tinkerbelle, now 36 years together as The Waltens Acrobatic Show have performed around the world with a variety show of hand balancing, foot balancing, juggling, rola bola and rolling globe.

February 27-March 1

Lake Minden (CA)

National Chili Week: Celebrate National Chili Week with a Chili Cook Off Pot Luck Social. Join us Saturday for Candy Bar Bingo and stay for Twixt Sundays at the Ice Cream Social.

Leavenworth (WA)

Your Winter Wonderland! Access to 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails from our doorstep. Snowmobile rentals from our property. Snowshoeing on our property. Cross Country skiing just minutes away and Alpine Skiing at Stevens Pass just 35 minutes away. The Bavarian Town of Leavenworth and the magnificent Christmas lights are just 17 miles away! We have cabins, lodge rooms, Log House, and Chalet to rent! Come join us!

Rancho Oso (CA) Every Weekend: (weather permitting) Join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of our beautiful resort! Don’t forget to call the stables at 805-683-5110 and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 & over. Of course, your little buckaroos, ages 5-7 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 early 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? You can arrange a guided winery tour with several local tour companies who will pick you up here! 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 weekend meals at the Stone Lodge Kitchen. Rancho Oso is one fun place!

Chehalis (WA)

‘Happy TTrails’ horse trails are open for you equine enthusiasts (reservations required).

Local Activities and Events

Bay Landing (TX)

Jan 16-Feb 7
Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

This is legendary! First stock show was in 1896. World champion bull riders, too many to mention, please visit their web site. If you
get a chance to go this is a must!! www.fwssr.com

Chehalis (WA)

December 31
New Year’s Eve at McMenamin’s Olympic Club

Music by Hot Club Time Machine with vocalist Kat Cogswell. Reservations: 360-736-5164

White Pass Ski Resort
Call for info: 509-672-3100

Pio Pico (CA)

January 1-4
International Auto Show – San Diego Convention

For information, visit www.sdautoshow.com.

Now thru - April 26
The Discovery of King Tut, San Diego Natural History Museum

Exhibition re-creates one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th-century – finding the lost tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter. Utilizing more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures discovered in the undisturbed tomb, the exhibition provides not only the experience of entering the burial chamber for the first time, but also of 18th-dynasty Egyptian history. For information, visit www.sdnhm.org.

Jan 1 - Feb 28
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. For information, visit www.urbanadventurequest.com.

February 5-8
Farmers Insurance Open
A pro golf tournament established in 1952. Torrey Pines Golf Course. For more information, call 858-866-GOLF.

February 5
CA Center for the Arts –Garrison Keillor

True to his award-winning radio form, legendary humorist and author Garrison Keillor delivers hilarious anecdotes with his signature "down comforter voice," dry sense of humor, charisma and wisdom.

Ponderosa (CA)

January 24th
Gold Discovery Day
Celebrate Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park with historic demonstrations, tours, speakers and Gold Rush music at this annual commemoration of the discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill. For information, visit www.marshallgold.org.

Rancho Oso (CA)

Now thru January 31
Wine Tasting with the Winter Pass
Various Wine Tasting Rooms Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez, around 22-25 miles from Rancho Oso. One Pass --
One Price -- 15 Wineries! For just $40, tasters receive one wine tasting at 15 of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms. For information, visit santaynezwinecountry.comm.

Ongoing
Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises
Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on bald eagles, local birds and migratory birds, local wildlife, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history. For information, call 805-568-2460 or 805-686-5055.

Verde Valley (AZ)

Jan 5
2nd Annual Sedona Winter MusicFest
7 days of music related activities including Concerts for Youth in the Schools, Workshops, Master Classes, formal Concerts and much, much more! Details to follow. For information, visit www.chambermusicsedona.org.

Jan 5
Sedona World Wisdom Days

This year’s Sedona World Wisdom Days event features 4x Grammy Award Winner India Arie live in concert! Immerse yourself in the sage advice of innovative business leaders, Olympic gold medalists, Grammy award winners, Tony Award Winners and so much more! For information, visit www.sedonaworldwisdomdays.com.

Jan 31
10
th Annual Sedona Marathon Event
The Sedona Marathon Event will take 2,800 runners/walkers through the scenic Coconino National Forest District known for its magical red rock formations. For information, visit www.sedonamarathon.com.

Whalers Rest (OR)

January 18
7th Annual Crab Krack
This crustacean commemoration and feast raises funds for renovations at the Lincoln County Historical Society’s Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center. Tickets for the Crab Krack are available now, and can be purchased at the Burrows House and Pacific Maritime & Heritage Museums, as well as Englund Marine. Cost for members is $45 per person, for non-members $50. To purchase tickets, or reserve your table for 8, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509. www.oregoncoasthistory.org

February 20 - 22
38th Annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
Over 35 food vendors, 24 crafters and 85 wineries will be found at this enormous festival! A large variety of craft items will be sold, from articles of clothing, jewelry and art glass, metal sculptures, works of art and hand-painted ceramics to handcrafted wine accessories. You must be 21 years or older to attend this event. Limited parking is available at the facility for a fee, and shuttle buses will run for FREE from Newport. A shuttle schedule and map will be available on the Chamber’s website at www.seafoodandwine.com.