Travel notes: Facelift at Long Beach
The kitschy beach community is sprucing up its streets and parks with some sophisticated touches. Garden planters and trees are being added along Pacific Avenue, Long Beach's main street, and mosaic and tile artwork is nearing completion on the sidewalks along Ocean Beach Boulevard near City Hall.
In the style of 19th-century coastal villages, cedar-shingle façades are being used to tie together the look of new and newly renovated buildings, and neon signs are being taken down to make room for more artistic replacements. Sound too slick? Not to worry. Nostalgic community symbols such as the Long Beach Frying Pan and World's Largest Beach Arch will remain.
Square & Folk Dance Fest, June 14-17, all types of dances, Ocean Shores, 800-874-6737.
Skins, Oysters and Blues, June 16-17, Willapa Harbor Golf Course, Raymond, 360-942-2392.
Northwest Garlic Festival, June 16-17, Ocean Park, 360-665-4448.
Accordion Do, June 21-23, Leavenworth, 509-548-5807.
Cool Desert Nights, June 21-24, Rods and classic cars, Richland, 509-946-1651.
Sand Sculpt Fest, June 29-July 1, team competition, Ocean Shores, 800-874-6737.
Saturday Market, through Dec. 24, weekend arts & crafts market. Portland. 503-222-6072.
Rose Festival, through July 1. Portland. 503-227-2681.
Balloon Fest, June 15-17. Tigard. 503-590-1828.
Sternwheeler Days, June 22-24, Cascade Locks. 541-374-8619.
Lake Oswego Arts, June 22-24, festival in Lake Oswego. 503-636-1060.
Jazz at the Winery, June 10-July 29, St. Chapelle Winery, Caldwell. 877-783-2427.
Botanical Garden Tour, June 9, Boise. 208-343-8649.
National Quilt Show, June 9-July 7, Council. 208-253-4503.
Shakespeare Fest, June-September, Boise. 208-336-9221.
Bard on the Beach, June 13-Sept. 23, Vanier Park, Vancouver. 604-739-0559.
Dragon Boat Festival, June 22-24, False Creek, Vancouver. 604-688-2382.
Jazz Fest, June 22-July 1, international events, Victoria. 888-671-2112
Folkfest, June 30-July 8, Inner Harbor, Victoria. 250-388-4728.
For information on other events, contact state and province tourism offices:
Washington: 800-890-5493, www.experiencewashington.com
Oregon: 800-547-7842, www.traveloregon.com
Idaho: 800-635-7820, www.visitid.org
British Columbia: 800-HELLO-BC, www.travel.bc.ca
Alaska: 800-862-5275, www.travelalaska.com
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