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Trout Lake News for Jan. 20

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Cabin Fever Festival begins on Saturday, Jan. 29, and continues on Sunday, Jan. 30.

The first event is the Cross Country Ski Race. The race is open to both competitive skiers and those just out for fun. You can register with Camden and Dennis McMahon at Pineside Sno-Park at 9 a.m. Please remember to have a Sno-Park permit for your vehicle. Sno-Park permits can be obtained at the General Store in Trout Lake. Ribbons will be awarded to all division winners. There will be hot chocolate after the race. The race will start at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a Snowshoe Walk at the Trout Lake Preserve from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come and explore our beautiful preserve in winter. This guided walk on snowshoes will be led by local wildlife biologists. Meet outside the Mt. Adams Ranger District office. Loaner snowshoes will be available (on a first come basis). You will learn about winter ecology and how to identify animal tracks in the snow.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be games at the Trout Lake School- outside or inside, depending upon the weather. Colleen Roscoe and friends have some good ideas. Gather up your friends for our snow sculpture contest. Prizes will be awarded. Also there will be games for the young and not quite so young.

There is a Pine Needle Basketry class in the school Home Economics room. Call instructor Laurie Cross, 364-3578, to pre-register. Class fee is $20. Materials are provided. Please bring an old wet towel and a thimble to class. Time is 12:30 to 5 p.m.

In the School art room, at 2:30 p.m., children can build a cabin for the birds. Debbie Faaust has the birdhouse materials and instructions. Materials will be provided free of charge. Open to children of all ages -- helpers and hammers are welcome.

Do you have a great chili recipe? In the school multi-purpose room at 4:30 p.m , there is Chili Cook Off Contest. Don Warner suggests to bring in your best meat or vegetarian chili for judging. Prizes include dinner for two at Crawdaddy Junction and a microwave from Little Mountain True Value Hardware.

Also in the multi-purpose room, there will be a Community Dinner at 5 p.m Please bring a dessert to share. Smoked sausages, trimmings, and salad provided by the Trout Lake Business Association.

At 7 p.m, there will be a Centennial celebration in the school multi-purpose room. Kick off the Centennial celebration of the U.S. Forest Service with archaeologists Rick McClure and Cheryl Mack as they share stories and slides of historical events on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

A children's movie will be offered in a separate room during this presentation.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, there will be an open house tour of the oldest building on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest; the Gotchen Creek Guard Station. Skiers will be treated to refreshments while learning the 1909 cabin's history.

The ski route is six miles round trip, covering novice terrain. The cabin will be open for the general public to tour between 10 a.m and 3 p.m. If you wish to join a guided trip, meet at Smith Butte Sno-Park at 10 a.m. A map will be posted on the bulletin board at Smith Butte and the trail will be flagged. Please remember a Sno-Park permit for your vehicle. If there are questions call Ray Thygesen at 395-2318.

These community events are sponsored by the Trout Lake Business Association, Mt. Adams Nordic Club, Mt. Adams Ranger District, Trout Lake School, and The Northwest Service Academy.


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