The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary today with free entry and a birthday party.
A drop-in birthday party is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Storm King Ranger Station near Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls to celebrate the establishment of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.
Entrance fees into Olympic National Park will be waived beginning today and continuing through Sunday.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks today only. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks that day.
Today’s celebration also will include plein air artists painting in the Paint the Peninsula competition as they demonstrate their skills at Storm King Ranger Station and Lake Crescent Lodge at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Clark Driese, a Port Angeles-based guitarist, singer and songwriter, will perform acoustic music on the Storm King Ranger Station porch.
At 7 p.m., storytelling will be featured at the NatureBridge campus on Lake Crescent. Professional storytellers Ingrid Nixon and Rebecca Horn will tell tales.
A celebration also is planned at the Kalaloch Campground amphitheater. At 8 p.m., a one-hour program telling of the past 100 years of the park service will begin. It will conclude with a birthday cake and celebration.
Forks Police now have four new defibrillators on hand. That thanks to fundraising efforts by the Forks Hospital staff, the ambulance crews and the Soroptomist International group in town. Police Administrator Rick Bart said Tuesday they were formally presented to police at the city council meeting Monday.
Bart says the four defibrillators will be in Forks police cars. He says they usually get there before the ambulance does. And second count whenever someone is in cardiac arrest and is in need of defibrillation.
Bart says Forks Police are also seeking help in finding a second suspect in the break in at Leppells on Sunday. Bart says one man was arrested this week. He says anyone who may have seen something should say something.
Restrictions on water may soon be coming to Forks. the matter was discussed at Monday’s Forks City Council Meeting.
American Council is looking for one more family to host a high-schooled aged foreign exchange student this school year.
Connie Panicky of American Council says they need a host family for a young woman from Bahrain named Yormana.
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State and national parks will offer free entrance later this week in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial.
Day-use entrance to Olympic National Park will be free from Thursday through Sunday, while the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Thursday only.
Olympic National Park is offering other activities to mark the centennial — among them, artists painting park scenes in the open air.
On Tuesday, artists entered into the juried Paint the Peninsula show hosted by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center will be at work at various locations throughout the park all day.
Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks that day.
The Olympic National Park entrance fee of $25 per automobile, $15 per motorcycle and $10 per hiker or bicyclist will be waived for four days.
The National Park Service was established Aug. 25, 1916.