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Catch the Gold Rush at Klondike Historical Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is holding performances of “Klondike, the Last Adventure” Wednesday through Friday.

The free live performances are from an original script about a young woman who chased “the lure of riches and a new life to join a worldwide stampede into the 19th century: The Klondike Gold Rush,” according to a park news release.

The production is a partnership between Living Voices and the National Park Service. Shows are an hour, and start at 1:30 p.m.

The park is at 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle. For information, call 206-220-4240 or see nps.gov/klse.

A Pass to the Wild

Free days at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Admission to national wildlife refuges, including the newly renamed Billy Frank Jr. National Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, will be on free nine days in 2016:

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Feb. 13-15: Presidents Day weekend.

Sept. 24: National Public Lands Day.

Oct. 9: First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week.

Nov. 11-13: Veterans Day weekend.

The national refuge system, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, includes more than 150 million acres at 563 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Visitor fees at the nation’s wildlife refuges provide a $2.4 billion boost to local economies each year.

The more than 450 wildlife refuges open to the public attract about 47 million visitors annually. Of these, 31 refuges normally charge an entrance fee, generally ranging from $3-$5. The Nisqually refuge’s charge of $3 admits four adults.

Art in State Parks

NEA Grant Boosts Park Event Programs

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Washington State Parks a $20,000 grant. It was just one awarded by the endowment earlier this month, part of more than $27.6 million in the NEA’s first round of funding in fiscal year 2016.

The state’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program was awarded a grant in the NEA’s Art Works category. These grants support the creation of various art forms, the presentation of both new and existing works, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts through 13 disciplines or fields, according to an endowment news release.

The grant will help support the State Parks’ Celebrating Cultures series of festivals and concerts, featuring performances from various ethnic groups in the state. Among the programs the grant will support are Canoe Family celebrations for the Chehalis, Nisqually and Puyallup tribes at Millersylvania State Park and the annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park.

The Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program is a partnership of Washington State Parks and Northwest Heritage Resources, with funding provided by grants from the endowment and the Washington State Parks Foundation.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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