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Odessa's own German band, the Oom Pas and Mas, has been a part of Deutschesfest since its beginning in 1971

Willkommen to Odessa Deutschesfest

A three-day celebration of German-Russian heritage

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 12, 2018
Odessa's celebration of its German-Russian heritage has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious community festivals in the region. Sponsored by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the festival is a three-day extravaganza of entertainment, food, sports, music, and ...
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Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort

Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort

beach, bonfires, jet boats, and music by Seattle's Iron Dragon

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 4, 2018
Skagen Jet Boat Weekend beginning Friday, September 7th and goes thru the weekend.

This big family event scores big with a variety of jet boats tearing up the waters. Get warm with big bonfires and rock out with ...
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Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Columbia Basin Rodeo Association partners up with Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation

Health Matters Travel & Leisure Published Aug 16, 2018
Thursday night’s rodeo is dedicated to “Tough Enough to Wear Pink”, a program about increasing awareness of breast cancer. Most PRCA rodeos including the National Finals in Las Vegas dedicate one night to this cause. We’re not Just “...
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Get busy living

Get busy living

By Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Jun 29, 2018
What if you wake up some day and you're way past 50, and you never went swimming in cool lakes all those years because your thighs were jiggly and your bathtub seemed just fine?

What if you were just ...
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Stars and Stripes & Royal (K) Nights SummerFest

Stars and Stripes & Royal (K) Nights SummerFest

Royal City knows how to throw a party!

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Jun 26, 2018
Maybe you’ve heard the ditty: baseball, hot dogs, apple pie & Chevrolet? This year’s Royal City SummerFest is out to celebrate “Stars & Stripes & Royal (K) Nights” on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. It is only fitting to ...
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Soap Lake

Don't just do something. Sit there.

By Melea Johnson

Travel & Leisure Published May 2, 2018
There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going. Take your time. Be still. Listen. Wait. Schedule time to rest. On purpose. Running flat out to accomplish a certain something is not the most important if the sacrifice along the way ...
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This place is so lovely...

This place is so lovely...

Seed Cupboard Nursery in Royal City, Washington

Travel & Leisure Published Mar 22, 2018
Traveling from Seattle, I crossed the Vantage bridge and took a right onto Highway 26. Only a mere 16 miles of picturesque driving later, I came upon a place (I will come back to every chance I get.) Left off the highway, ...
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Cow notes

Cow notes

By Melea Johnson

Travel & Leisure Published Mar 20, 2018
In one of the rural communities in the middle of our state, the ones that are so beautiful that they blend together and make you forget their names, I stopped my car and watched the cattle in a field. There ...
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What are my career options?

What are my career options?

BBCC connects job seekers and students with employers and career programs

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Mar 2, 2018
The 25th Annual Big Bend Community College Job & Career Fair took place, March 1, on the college campus. By afternoon, more than 1500 job seekers and students were served by putting them in touch with the more than 80 employers and career programs ...
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The 2018 Vintage Faire

The 2018 Vintage Faire

Okanogan County Fairgrounds April 28

V Gallery Travel & Leisure Published Feb 21, 2018
Every Spring the Vintage Faire gals and over 50 vendors transform the Okanogan's dusty county fairgrounds into a vintage wonderland. There are three large buildings including a beef barn, busting at the seams with quality furniture, repurposed goods, enamelware, and farm ...
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Sandhill Crane

H20 Birds on the Go

2018 Sandhill Crane Festival – Othello, Washington March 23, 24, 25

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 16, 2018
All the pieces are finally in place for the 2018 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, March 23-25. This year’s theme is “H20 & Birds on the Go.” In the past, the festival has focused primarily on the area’s wildlife. This year, ...
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Look up! It's a bird...it's a crane!

Look up! It's a bird...it's a crane!

Have you ever seen a Sandhill Crane? Their size will astound you.

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 9, 2018
The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of the bird references habitat like that of the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills in the American Midwest. ...
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Far-Fetched

Far-Fetched

By Melea Johnson

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 1, 2018
I can get ready in 5-minutes. When it comes to a new adventure, taking time to apply makeup is of no concern no matter how many times I've been told the importance of a good primer.

With a ...
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Painting Goes Global

Painting Goes Global

4,781 miles and a walk in the rain…transport of painting goes global

V Gallery Travel & Leisure Published Jan 30, 2018
I left SeaTac Airport on a February day with a box of rolled painted canvas to be delivered to an art patron in Portugal, who at the time lived in Amsterdam. Turns out it was less expensive to simply make ...
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We danced in the streets of Paris

We danced in the streets of Paris

what sisters do when together

Travel & Leisure Published Jan 27, 2018
We danced in the streets of Paris. My sister and I. Far, far away from Seattle and what was expected of us. We sang and we danced like we always wanted, but perhaps were never allowed to. Parisians came to ...
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The Day I Floated in the Sky

The Day I Floated in the Sky

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 9, 2016
While working for the Venue Magazine you never know what opportunities or surprises will come your way… so when I was offered the assignment to ride in a hot-air balloon at the Quincy Valley Balloon Festival, I jumped at the ...
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