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Saturday - May 17, 2014

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Thanks to the Theme Weekend supplement included with this issue, you have a complete listing of the fun weekend events planned at all of our preserves throughout the summer and beyond. So we changed it up a bit this month and focused our calendar on the great local events near some of our preserves. These events provide just one more reason to spend some time with us!

Photo by David Baker
Yellowstone River

Northwest

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WASHINGTON

BIRCH BAY

Springfest Art Studio Tour of Blaine
May 9-11
Plan to join us for this two day self-guided tour through scenic Blaine, Washington and the surrounding countryside. Visit the private studios of some of the area’s premier local artists. This thriving community of artists, many of regional and national acclaim, is sure to spark your interest in the visual arts, the creative process and the unique studio environment of the working artist. Sponsored by Blaine Harbor Art Gallery. Brochures are available at the Blaine Chamber of Commerce (less than five miles from Birch Bay Preserve) or at www.blaineartists.com Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

CHEHALIS

Wine Tour
May 3-4
The Chehalis Valley wineries invite you to the Annual Spring Wine Tasting and Tour featuring six boutique wineries, each with their own distinction and style. You’ll find a large variety of wine, from the basic merlot and chardonnay to special blends, fruit and dessert wines. Start at the winery of your choice to purchase your Passport and commemorative wine glass, free wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Visit all for a chance to win the gift basket. Passports are good for both days. Maps are available on the website at www.wellswinery.com. Wineries are located near the Chehalis Preserve.

LEAVENWORTH

Maifest
May 10-11

This weekend of celebration includes afternoons and evenings of music and dance with the world-renowned Enzian Schuhplattler, Alpen Folk, local jazz groups and entertainers from the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss the great activities including a parade and Grand March and horse gallantry. Held in downtown Leavenworth, just 17 miles from the Leavenworth Preserve. For information visit www.leavenworth.org.

LONG BEACH

Summerfest
Summerfest gets you in the summer mood with entertainment, activities and events each weekend from May to September 1, 2014. Stay with us at the Long Beach Preserve and enjoy all the fun.

Southwest

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California

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PALM SPRINGS

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
May 8-11

Sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, this event was founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons. It is a unique festival featuring an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Event is held at Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs, just 10 miles from the Palm Springs preserve. Event hours vary; for more information visit: www.arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com.

LAKE MINDEN

AAUW Garden Tour
May 3
Tour the unique gardens of five homes in Yuba City. (Note: homes are not announced until the day of the tour when maps are distributed for the self-guided tour.) Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Sperbecks’ Nursey, Botanica Landscapes, Bald Mountain Nursery, Union Lumber, The Candy Box, Yuba City Florist and Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council. Yuba City is just 20 miles from Lake Minden Preserve. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit AAUW Garden Tour Facebook.

PIO PICO

21st Annual Sicilian Festival in Little Italy
May 18
Sicilian cuisine is some of the best in the world, and it is all here at the annual Sicilian Festival in San Diego! Bring the family and chow down. Event is in San Diego, just 28 miles from Pio Pico. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information visit www.sicilianfesta.com

I Madonnari- Italian Street Painting Festival
May 24-25
Madonnari, or street painters, transform Santa Barbara’s Mission Plaza using pastels on pavement to create vibrant and colorful, large scale images. The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Santa Barbara Mission is just 15 miles from Rancho Oso. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. For more information visit www.imadonnarifestival.com

Texas

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MEDINA LAKE

Cowboys on Main
Western-themed action, including staged gunfights and strolling musicians, greets you as you stroll the streets of downtown Bandera, 22 miles from the Medina Lake Preserve, events hours are 1 to 4 p.m. For information call (800) 364-3833.

Southeast

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NORTH CAROLINA

LAKE GASTON

22nd Annual Battle of the Barbecue
May 24
Top-notch pig cookers compete to be the Battle of the Barbecue Champion! Enjoy a barbecue plate and eat-in, while enjoying live music and other vendors, or you can drive-thru and purchase your barbecue by the pint. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held at the Lake Gaston Lion’s Den, just 10 miles from the Lake Gaston Preserve. For information visitlakegastonchamber.com

Northeast

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Midwest

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OHIO

WILMINGTON

Taste of Cincinnati
May 24-25

Come enjoy the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, held in downtown Cincinnati, just 45 minutes from the Wilmington Preserve. Event runs from noon to midnight daily. For information visit www.tasteofcincinnati.com