National Park Week
Photo by Sarah Evans
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Looking for something fun and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America’s national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience, not a boring class lecture.
The National Park Service is proud to once again join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present on April 19-27, 2014, National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage.
On opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 19 to 20, every national park will give you free admission! Don’t miss the video below for a bit of inspiration.
On April 26, National Junior Ranger Day, parks will invite young visitors to “explore, learn, protect” and be sworn in as junior rangers. April 22 is Earth Day, so if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project. For more about these special events and programs or for helping planning your park trip, check out www.nationalparkweek.org.
*Information taken from the National Park Service website.
Today starts this 16th annual event, which runs through April 13. During this time, 63 feature films and 82 shorts will be screened. These films come from 33 different countries. The aim of the festival is to showcase new films from both established and emerging filmmakers from around the globe. Roughly 18,000 people attended last year and a larger audience is anticipated this year. Prizes are awarded for each category. There is something for everyone (assuming you like movies), such as ‘Locke’ (the story of how a single phone call unravels the life of a successful construction manager during his drive home), ‘Le Chef’ is an uproarious comedy about a famous chef who faces off against his restaurant’s new CEO, ‘Joe’ (played by Nicholas Cage, who becomes an unlikely role model for the oldest child of a poor family headed by a drunk and together the two try to find redemption in a small Mississippi town), and much more, including documentaries about Gore Vidal, Alice Walker, and Jayson Blair.
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