Southwest Washington Wind Symphony celebrates spring in free concert

Featured image from Creative Commons Enjoy a lively mix of dance, folk, and rodeo music Sunday, May 20, at The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony's Spring Celebration concert. The program includes: Hoedown from the ballet, Rodeo, scored by Aaron Copland Irish Tune from County Derry, by Percy Grainger Slava, by composer Leonard Bernstein The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony, … Continue reading Southwest Washington Wind Symphony celebrates spring in free concert

Munch on dandelions at this Dandelion Festival in New Hampshire

Featured image from the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth Village, New Hampshire Dandelions are misunderstood. When they pop up on our lawns without our invitation, we consider them a weed. But there are many ways to enjoy dandelions, and today, May 19, you can experience these at the Dandelion Festival at the Remick … Continue reading Munch on dandelions at this Dandelion Festival in New Hampshire

Moms get half-price admission at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium May 12

Featured image: A red wolf at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) In celebration of Mother's Day, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma is offering half-price general admission to moms from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. These tickets are available at the gate. … Continue reading Moms get half-price admission at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium May 12

Tour the newest ship in the U.S. Navy fleet in Portland this week

Featured image: USS Portland (image credit: Ingalls Shipbuilding) The USS Portland, the newest ship in the Navy fleet, arrived at Terminal 2 in Portland last weekend. It's an impressive vessel with a length of 684 feet and beam of 105 feet (see more specs). The Portland is the third ship to be named after the … Continue reading Tour the newest ship in the U.S. Navy fleet in Portland this week

Tundra Swan Festival March 17 at Cusik, in northeastern Washington

Featured image: Tundra swans have a distinctive black beak, often with yellow at its base. (photo by pixel mixer, courtesy Creative Commons) The tundra swans are migrating, and they stop at Calispel Lake in Washington State's northeastern corner along the way to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. On Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m.-2 … Continue reading Tundra Swan Festival March 17 at Cusik, in northeastern Washington

Veg out at this vegan beer and food festival in Scottsdale, Arizona

Interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle? Or are you vegan and looking for culinary ideas? Then come to the Veg Out! Vegan Beer & Food Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona, Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18. This new event features vendors specializing in locally sourced vegan foods and beers, along with vegan-friendly skin-care products, clothing, and artwork. … Continue reading Veg out at this vegan beer and food festival in Scottsdale, Arizona

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show March 9-11

Photo by Cheryl Landes Hundreds of orchids on display, a juried art exhibition of orchid-themed works, floral arrangements and corsages, and orchid culture and information demonstrations are among the activities at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show this weekend (March 9-11) at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Got questions about growing your orchids? Stop by the Earl … Continue reading Santa Barbara International Orchid Show March 9-11

Free-flying tropical butterflies return to the Meijer Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory in Grand Rapids through April

Featured image: A tree nymph dines on nectar from a flower at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (photo credit: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park) See more than 7,000 tropical butterflies representing 50 species in the Tropical Conservatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, … Continue reading Free-flying tropical butterflies return to the Meijer Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory in Grand Rapids through April