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Thursday, August 17, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Take a bicycle ride through Yakima's wine region

Cyclists are invited to ride through Washington wine country on their way to the Prosser Balloon Festival Sept. 23-24. The ride begins Saturday, Sept. 23, in Yakima, with scheduled stops at more than 50 wineries in the Yakima Valley. This is a fully supported ride, with lunch at one of the wineries and a chaser vehicle that transports wine and items for participants to purchase along the route. Call 800-221-0751 or see www.visityakima.com for more details.

Washington

National Lentil Festival, Friday-Saturday, Pullman. 509-334-3565 or www.lentilfest.com

Northwest Washington Fair, through Saturday, Lynden. 360-354-4111 or www.northwestwashingtonfair.org

Bellingham Festival of Music , through Sunday, Bellingham. 360-676-5997 or www.bellinghamfestival.org

Washington State International Kite Festival, Monday through August 27, Long Beach. 800-451-2542 or www.kitefestival.com

Makah Days, Aug. 25-27, Neah Bay. 360-645-2201 or www.makah.com/makahdays.htm

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, Aug. 25-27, Vancouver. 360-906-0441 or www.vancouverwinejazz.com

Kittitas County Fair , Aug. 31-Sept. 4, Ellensburg. 509-962-7639 or www.kittitascountyfair.com

Olympic Music Festival, through Sept. 10, Quilcene. 206-527-8839 or www.olympicmusicfestival.org

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Dinner Steam Train, through Oct. 15, Chehalis. 360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride.com

Lewis and Clark in Walla Walla Country, through Oct. 31, Walla Walla. 509-525-7703 or www.fortwallawallamuseum.org

Washington State

Capitol Tours, daily, Olympia. 360-586-8687 or www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/index.html

Oregon

Van Gogh Days , through the end of August, Hood River. 541-386-4622 or www.rasmussenfarms.com

Oregon Vintage Festival , Sept. 1-3, McMinnville. 503-434-4023 or www.sprucegoose.org

Winged Wonders , through Sept. 4, Portland. 503-226-1561 or www.oregonzoo.org/Butterfly/main.htm

Pendleton Round-Up , Sept. 13-16, Pendleton. 541-276-2553 or www.pendletonroundup.com

Oregon Shakespeare Festival , through Oct. 29, Ashland. 541-482-4331 or www.osfashland.org

Portland Farmers Market , through Dec. 16, Portland. 503-241-0032 or www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Idaho

Summer Theatre , through Saturday, Coeur d'Alene. 208-769-7780 or www.nic.edu/summertheatre

Sun Valley Ice Shows , through Sept. 9, Sun Valley. 208-622-2135 or www.sunvalley.com/resort_rec/iceshow.cfm

Art Walk , through Dec. 8, Coeur d'Alene. 208-664-3194 or www.cdachamber.com

British Columbia

The Free-B Film Festival 2006 , Saturday & Aug. 26, Victoria. 250-389-0444 or www.vifvf.com/content/view/144/133

Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival , through Aug. 27, Vancouver. 604-844-1615 or www.outonscreen.com.

The Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition , Saturday through Sept. 4, Vancouver. 604-253-2311 or www.pne.bc.ca

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival , through Sept. 24, Vancouver. 604-739-0559 or www.bardonthebeach.org

Tourism offices

Washington: 877-260-2731 orwww.experiencewashington.com

Oregon: 800-547-7842 www.traveloregon.com

Idaho: 800-635-7820 or www.visitid.org

British Columbia: 800-663-6000 or www.hellobc.com

Send calendar items at least one month in advance to travelcalendar@ seattletimes.com or mail to Travel Calendar, NW Weekend, Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111.

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