1. Pub Crawl
The popular Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will be Feb. 18 in Lake Ozark and Osage Beach. With more than 30 buses running from 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m., participants will be able to stop off at any participating bars and restaurants. A full list of veneus and hotels is online. Instead of a cover charge at each location, purchase a $10 wrist band for access to 20+ venues, entertainment and bus transportation. www.lakepubcrawl.com.
2. Go where the eagles fly
While the Lake of the Ozarks’ Eagle Days event is in February, the growing bald eagle population in the region is remains throughout the cold weather months. Hike trails in our state parks, Lake of the Ozarks or Ha Ha Tonka, with a set of binoculars and a good camera to catch these majestic birds in action before they start heading north for the summer. Choose trails that take you close to the water and higher up on a bluff to increase your likelihood of spotting one. While you’re there, take note of the varied wildlife, on land and in the air, that occupies the area.
3. Get jazzed
The Ozark Jazz Society will host Kathleen Marco and the Jazz Monkeys at the Inn at the Grand Glaize in Osage Beach from 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 26. Cost is $10 for OJS members or $12.50 for the general public. An optional buffet will be served from 5-6:15 p.m. for $15 per person. For more information, call 573-365-3411 or go to www.lakeozarkjazz.org.
4. Do good and have fun
The second annual Young Professionals at the Lake Dodgeball Tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 at School of the Osage Middle School. Open to the public, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Lake Area Big Brothers Big Sisters. For information or to register, contact the Lake Area Chamber at 573-964-1008, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other fun and charitable events at the Lake in February include Winterfest at Tan-Tar-A on the 19th which supports Daybreak Rotary’s charities and the Polar Plunge at Grand Glaize Beach on the 25th supporting Missouri Special Olympics. Also, new this year is the Healing Box Project lake cruise for veterans on the Celebration on the 11th. See the Lake Sun calendar of events for more information.
5. Learn MO
Day trip to Jefferson City with the kids for a new season of the Missouri State Museum’s “Storytime Saturdays” Feb. 4-May 25. These programs will introduce children ages 3-6 years to Missouri’s history and natural resources through stories and hands-on activities. Programs will be held at various locations throughout the History and Resources halls in the east and west wings of the Missouri State Capitol. Program themes for February include M is For Missouri, Part 1, Feb. 4; M is for Missouri, Part 2, Feb. 11; Missouri Sites and Symbols - Pony Express and Dogwood Tree, Feb. 18; Baily at the Museum, Feb. 25. Programs are 11 a.m.-noon, First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol.