Event celebrates legacy of the Klondike gold rush

On July 17, 1897, newspapers in Seattle reported one ton of gold had sailed into the harbor on the steamship Portland. It was gold from the Klondike strikes.

To celebrate, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will hold a Klondike-themed street party Thursday from noon until dark.

Among the events planned are Klondike music and entertainment, a live poetry reading of Robert Service, Klondike fashion show, mustache contests, an interactive demonstration of gold panning and Penny Farthing Bike demonstrations. The park also will unveil its new signage.

The event will take place on Second Avenue South, between South Main and Jackson streets in Seattle.

For more information on the Seattle unit of the park, go to nps.gov/klse.


The annual Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration, traditional music and dance performances, will be held Saturday at Saltwater State Park.

The free event runs from noon-4 p.m. at the park, 25205 Eighth Place S., Des Moines. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

Park visitors will be able to celebrate Southeast Asian culture with members of the South Sound Cambodian, Laotian, Filipino, Indonesian, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese communities through.

Among the artists, performers and cultural organizations scheduled to participate are Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest, Sarawati Dance Studio and Indonesia Cultural Group, Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music and Dance Troupe, Filipino Community Alliance, Taiwan Operations Dance Group, Chaopraya Ensemble of the Thai Cultural Society and Vietnamese Cultural Group.

The event is presented by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, Asia Pacific Cultural Center of Tacoma and Northwest Heritage Resources.

For a full schedule of folk and traditional arts in the parks programs, go to parks.wa.gov/calendar.aspx.

Gaze at the stars

Volunteer astronomers will be looking toward the stars at Mount Rainier National Park from Thursday through Monday nights this summer.

Stationed outside the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, the volunteers will have telescopes available and will answer visitor questions. Stargazing will take place from just after dark through at least midnight, weather permitting.

Volunteering will be:

Tom and Gracie Pauly: The retired teachers have their own planetarium and observatory — Starryhill Planetarium (starryhill.org). They will be there Thursdays only.

Don West-Wilke: He is returning as the Tacoma Astronomical Society Astronomer of the Year. He is one of the most knowledgeable and colorful astronomers in Washington, and is sometimes called “the Singing Astronomer.” He will be there on Saturdays.

Pat Beatie: He is a Bellevue college astronomy teacher, and will be at Paradise from Thursdays through Mondays. He also will often set up a solar viewing scope during the day next to the visitor center.