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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.

Fort Simcoe State Park

  1. Tours

    October 12, 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. Watercolor Methods of the Masters with Linda Okazaki

    September 17, 2019, 1:00 PM - October 15, 2019, 4:00 PM

    Launch your fall studio practice in watercolor painting while exploring methods for success and understanding the work of contemporary and recognized masters. Develop sophistication in your interpretive abilities, compositions and handling watercolor medium based upon strong visual resources and guided techniques for adventuresome beginners and advanced painters.

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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. Curved Furniture

    October 7, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 18, 2019, 5:00 PM

    During the class we’ll cover various forms of bending; steam bending, bent lamination, free form lamination with vacuum bags, and the use of coopering. We'll also explore stack lamination, and carving to create more complex three dimensional components. We’ll take you through the process from rough form to finished through the use of hand tools, small power tools and stationary tools.

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  4. Curved Furniture

    October 7, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 18, 2019, 5:00 PM

    During the class you will cover various forms of bending; steam bending, bent lamination, free form lamination with vacuum bags, and the use of coopering. You will also explore stack lamination, and carving to create more complex three dimensional components. We’ll take you through the process from rough form to finished through the use of hand tools, small power tools and stationary tools. The focus will be to give you the confidence to be able to fully explore your ideas when you return to your shop. We encourage you to work with poplar, alder or other less precious woods so that you are not afraid to push the limits of your exploration of techniques and process.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Fall Colors: Glazing & Masking with Watercolor with Maria Coryell-Martin

    October 11, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 12, 2019, 3:00 PM

    Join expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin to explore the fall colors of Fort Wooden and experiment with glazing and masking with watercolor. On day one we will focus on developing color palettes and sketching ideas, followed by creating studio paintings using layers of textured color on day two. Maria will provide paper for our studio explorations, as well as a custom palette with fall colors, and masking supplies. All levels welcome.

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  8. Hand Plane Essentials

    October 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 13, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Day one - Plane theory - how a plane works. An introduction to basic planing techniques. Sharpening a plane blade using locally available materials and commercially available jigs. Day two - Techniques for using bench planes to dimension and surface boards. Learn to thickness stock, flatten a board, joint edges, square end grain and smooth to a mirror surface.

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  9. Hand Plane Essentials

    October 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 13, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This course teaches you to sharpen, tune and use hand planes. Hand planes are an under-utilized resource in many workshops. Working with truly sharp and well tuned planes marks the transition of a woodworker to the next level of proficiency. You can work with greater precision, greater safety and much less effort.

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  10. Slow Stitching with Shelly Sazama

    October 12, 2019, 9:30 AM - October 13, 2019, 4:00 PM

    You will be learning slow stitching while enjoying the process of needle and thread in a community of like-minded, creative individuals. You will be learning basic hand stitches and construction techniques with indigo dyed fabrics, which are mostly vintage and repurposed pieces. Through the process, you end up making beautiful cloth pieces.

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Lake Sammamish State Park

  1. Run with the Kokanee

    October 12, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Lake Sammamish State Park

    Your entry helps support the Kokanee Salmon recovery work of the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Kokanee are unique to Lake Sammamish and are in danger of becoming extinct. Some of Trout Unlimited’s work includes: protecting the Kokanee’s access to spawning areas, educating fisherman to properly identify Kokanee, educating residents about environmentally friendly lawn care, and more. Join us for a fun run with a cause at Run with the Kokanee!

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Sacajawea State Park

  1. 'Newfie Day!’ celebrates courageous canine from Corps of Discovery

    October 12, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Sacajawea State Park

    Washington State Parks invites the public — especially youth — to meet “Sage,” a Newfoundland dog, enjoy puppet shows and watch canine skills demonstrations during Newfie Day at Sacajawea Historical State Park. Sage is a 6-year-old Newfoundland dog who lives with her owner Erin Andersen in Wenatchee. Andersen is a member of the Pacific Northwest Newfoundland Club (PNWNC). Sage is trained in water rescue and “drafting” (cart pulling), which are tasks Seaman performed during the Corps of Discovery Expedition. During the event, Sage will demonstrate these same skills. Solarity Puppetry will perform several shows, including a bilingual performance that tells the stories of Native American animal tricksters.

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  2. Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest

    October 12, 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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