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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.

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  7. Calendar Overlay Sacajawea State Park (2)

Bridle Trails State Park

  1. Bridle Trails Park Foundation Halloween scavenger hunt

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bridle Trails State Park

    Join us for a 1-mile scavenger Halloween hike. Halloween treats for all and a photo booth with a mini horse, and Washington State Park Interpretive Specialist also will be on hand with some "CREEPY" animal specimens. Dress accordingly as this event is rain or shine. Scavenger hunt participants must begin the trail between 10-11 a.m.

    RSVP strongly encouraged as space is limited.

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Fort Casey State Park

  1. Haunted Fort 1914 Triangle of Fire Invasion

    October 25, 2019, 6:30 PM - October 26, 2019, 10:30 PM @ Fort Casey State Park

    Kid Zone featuring Trick or Treat Street, bounce house, and games for younger children.

    Disclaimer: No weapons, masks or pets allowed for your safety and the safety of others. PG-17 Parental Guidance suggested in Haunted Fort; not suitable for younger children. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. PRE-PURCHASE REQUIRED. Purchase tickets at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor or online at www.whidbeyplayhouse.com.

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Fort Simcoe State Park

  1. Tours

    October 26, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Fort Simcoe State Park

    Staff will be on-site to give tours of the Commander's Quarters. The Interpretive Center will also be open.

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Fort Worden State Park

  1. Foundations of Woodworking

    September 30, 2019, 9:00 AM - December 20, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This course drills deep into the basics, beginning with a firm foundation in understanding wood as a material and incorporates introductory training in a wide range of techniques. The curriculum focuses on imparting skills through a series of projects designed to build on one another in techniques and complexity. After twelve weeks, you'll leave with an in-depth experience of hand tools; having practiced applications of joinery methods, considered choices for wood selection and worked with non-toxic materials. And you’ll understand practical planning for designing and executing woodworking projects.

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  2. Illustrating Picture Books with Dana Sullivan

    October 1, 2019, 6:00 PM - November 5, 2019, 8:00 PM

    Join Dana Sullivan, writer and/or illustrator of more than 16 picture books and graphic novels for this intensive dummy bootcamp, focusing on playful doodling, storyboarding, inside stories of the publishing world and having fun. Open to all levels of artistic training. Stick figures welcome. A perfect class for illustrators AND writers looking for a new perspective on their work.

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  3. Using Adobe Lightroom to Improve Your Portfolio Images with Allan Jones

    October 7, 2019, 4:00 PM - October 24, 2019, 6:00 PM

    This class will show you how to improve the portfolio photos of your work using Adobe Lightroom, whether you are a potter, a fabric artist, a sculptor, or work in oils, acrylics, pastels, or other two-dimensional work. Discussion will cover improving the photos you take, so that you have the best images to work from and how to organize your work as you import photos into Lightroom. Prior experience with Lightroom is helpful, but not necessary. A basic level photographic experience is expected. All ages welcome.

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  4. Drawing Fundamentals: Level One with Nonie Gaines

    October 9, 2019, 6:00 PM - November 13, 2019, 8:00 PM

    You will learn basic composition, linear perspective, and observational drawing (drawing from life). The techniques you learn will provide you with a visual language to express your personal artistic vision.

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  5. Hand Cut Dovetails

    October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 20, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Hand-cut dovetails are considered the mark of a craftsman. In this two day class we'll introduce you to the techniques and sequences of steps to cut dovetails by hand using a hand saw and chisels.

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  6. Hand Tool Essentials: Dovetails

    October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 20, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Hand-cut dovetails are considered the mark of a craftsman. In this two day class you will be introduced to the techniques and sequences of steps to cut dovetails by hand using a hand saw and chisels.

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  7. Drawing Basics: Seeing and the Three Kinds of Memory with Carl Jackson

    October 21, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 22, 2019, 4:00 PM

    It will explore the basics of how our perceptions both external and internal effect the drawing result. Seeing, as an artist sees is not a magical ability only a few possess, but a process one learns, and through practice refines. Exercises will examine Measuring, Negative Space, Relationships, developing Touch, The four Stages of a Drawing, and personal skill building.

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  8. Pole Lathe Turning with Jarrod Dahl

    October 21, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 30, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This class will be a complete introduction into the world of pole lathe turning with a focus on bowl turning. Students will build their own lathe, forge their own tools, and learn to turn bowls.

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  9. Intermediate Pastels with Chris Witkowski

    October 22, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 23, 2019, 4:00 PM

    You will visit the basic practice of layering pastels from hard to soft and dark to light on various substrates. Chris will demonstrate on how to work from photographic reference material along with offering further instruction in speci?c techniques. There will be an emphasis on mark making and strokes. You will gain con?dence as you practice and begin to develop your own techniques and distinctive style.

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  10. Abstract Seeing with Kim Kopp

    October 24, 2019, 12:00 PM - October 25, 2019, 4:00 PM

    This two day workshop is a concentrated study in Abstract Seeing. It is designed to both shake up what is known and to deepen the understanding of Abstraction in general. Through experimentation, various techniques and methods and materials, you will exercise new ways of seeing. This workshop explores various approaches that unravel abstract ideas, expand compositional possibilities and help to create useful sketchbook habits. Each student will create a individual responses to the suggested exercises. All sessions will contain a brief topic for conversation, a large amount of hands-on time to explore assignments and ask questions, followed by group discussion. Suitable for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.

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  11. Hand Tool Essentials: Mortise & Tenon

    October 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 27, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this weekend class, you will learn how to quickly and efficiently layout, cut and fit mortise and tenon joinery using only hand tools. We will show you time-tested, traditional techniques to create wedged, drawbored, and haunched mortise and tenon joints. We also use this class to introduce you to some of the specialty joinery planes; the router plane, shoulder plane, and rabbett plane. These planes shine when it comes to tuning the fit of mortise and tenon joinery. And, since mortise and tenon joinery is key to frame and panel joinery, we introduce you to the plow plane as well. By the end of the weekend, we think you will be convinced that not only are these joints doable by hand (it was, after all, the only way to do them up until the mid 1800’s!), but that hand work can offer a faster approach when doing a one-off piece of furniture.

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  12. Hand Tool Essentials: Mortise & Tenon

    October 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 27, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this weekend class, you will learn how to quickly and efficiently layout, cut and fit mortise and tenon joinery using only hand tools. We also use this class to introduce you to some of the specialty joinery planes; the router plane, shoulder plane, and rabbett plane. These planes shine when it comes to tuning the fit of mortise and tenon joinery. And, since mortise and tenon joinery is key to frame and panel joinery, we introduce you to the plow plane as well.

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  13. Trail Team work party

    October 26, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Come help the Trail Team and the Native Plant Society rid the beach area at Point Wilson of invasive dune grass and continuing work on cable fencing. Bring water, garden gloves and shovels. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Meet at the beach side restroom.

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  14. Atmospheric Landscapes with Maria Coryell-Martin

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin will share her techniques for painting minimal landscapes with dramatic skies, mist, and layered color. Each participant will receive a custom filled pocket palette, water brush, and set of watercolor postcards. All levels welcome.

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  15. Drawing Portraits and the Skull with Rick Myers

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 27, 2019, 3:00 PM

    This is a two day class. The first day you will build understanding of the skull and anatomy of the head. Just like sculpture, it is important to have an armature to build from. In Drawing, this armature is the knowledge of the skull and anatomy of muscle and fat that overlays the bone on the human head. During the first day we will also study proportions of the human head and a method of drawing the head from multiple directions. This can be useful if you want to more accurately portray people in your work. The second day we will focus on rendering the human head and creating a portrait of someone you know or yourself. We will talk about value and texture in drawing. We will also cover a little about what makes a good portrait. We will have plenty of time on the second day to get a very good start on a portrait, you may have to do the finishing touches on your own.

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  16. Brooks Williams

    October 26, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    At the crossroads of blues and American roots music you'll find Brooks Williams. Setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues, says Blues In Britain, and creating a beautiful fusion (Keys And Chords). Just when you think he can't sing a bluesier note, he sings it. Just when you think he can't strum a deeper groove, he strums it.

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  17. YOUTH: Recycled Art Journaling with Shelly Sazama

    October 27, 2019, All Day

    You will be using a variety of materials to create pages and bind your one of a kind journal. Then, you will start to fill your journal by looking at recyclables in a new way by creating stencils, stamps, mono printing plates and so much more. A variety of mediums will be used on your pages, including acrylic paints, inks, watercolors, and oil pastels.

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  18. Pasta Press Drypoint & Monoprint with Marsha Slomowitz

    October 28, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 29, 2019, 4:00 PM

    Using a pasta press and plastic printing plates, you will learn how to make drypoints, building images by scratching directly into the plate with multiple tools. Experimentation will be encouraged. Demonstrations of monoprinting, chine-collé, surface rolling, stencils and multi-plate printing will offer students additional printing techniques to augment their drypoint base images

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  19. Papier-Mache for Grown-Ups with Meg Kaczyk

    October 29, 2019, 1:00 PM - November 19, 2019, 4:00 PM

    In this class series, you will learn how to use the simple craft of papier-mâché to make useful and beautiful vessels. In this hands-on experience, you will make your creations using common objects such as bowls, cups and plates as forms. Then you’ll successively layer the form with newspaper strips and simple flour-and-water paste to build a rustic, sturdy vessel. To finish the pieces, we’ll look at pattern design – from nature, history and different cultures – to inspire your painted surface decoration. You’ll use bright colors and shapes painted with water-based liquid acrylic to make your vessels friendly and inviting. In this class, you will learn how to make the most of the beautiful flexibility of this art form.

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  20. Acrylic Pouring with Ginny King

    October 31, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Students will learn Flip Cup, Dirty Pour, Negative Space Pouring, swiping, puddle Pouring and the Ribbon Pour.

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Lake Sammamish State Park

  1. Mountains to Sound Greenway annual tree planting celebration

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Lake Sammamish State Park

    This event will be held at Lake Sammamish State Park and will be part of 20 years of habitat restoration along Issaquah Creek, supporting salmon habitat in this critical area. Celebrations will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and include planting activities, education stations (sign up day of), coffee, light lunch, snacks and more. Planting events are great for individuals, families, groups and work teams. With a goal of 1,000 native trees and shrubs to be planted, we will all be able to plant a tree and leave a bit muddier than we arrived! No experience necessary, and all training provided.

    Sign up today!

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Riverside State Park

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Trail Run

    October 26, 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM @ Riverside - Equestrian Area

    Welcome to the Chocolate Chip Cookie 50K Trail Run. We are excited to share Riverside State Park in Spokane. The course has awesome views of the surrounding mountains, Spokane River valley. The Civilian Conservation Corps Suspension Bridge and haystack rocks nearby. Runners will cover varied terrain, with some short hills, rocks to tumble on, forest air to breathe, and open prairie. The course includes single and double track trail, forest service roads, and even a little gravel and pavement thrown in.

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Sacajawea State Park

  1. Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest

    October 25, 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Sacajawea State Park

    Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest, Presented by Pasco Jaycees Parking & Entrance Fees: Parking is located at the Port of Pasco outside of the park boundary. Shuttles will pick visitors up at the Port of Pasco parking lot and take them into the park dropping them directly at the trail entrance, picking them up at the trail exit and returning them to the Port of Pasco parking lot. Entrance fees into the trail are $13 per person, 5 years-old and under are free. Cash and credit/debit only. Food and beverage available for purchase at the Lions Club Food Truck at the trail entrance

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  2. Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest

    October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Sacajawea State Park

    Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest, Presented by Pasco Jaycees Parking & Entrance Fees: Parking is located at the Port of Pasco outside of the park boundary. Shuttles will pick visitors up at the Port of Pasco parking lot and take them into the park dropping them directly at the trail entrance, picking them up at the trail exit and returning them to the Port of Pasco parking lot. Entrance fees into the trail are $13 per person, 5 years-old and under are free. Cash and credit/debit only. Food and beverage available for purchase at the Lions Club Food Truck at the trail entrance

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