Freebie of the week

Week of February 23rd

For some reason, it’s been surprisingly challenging to find a freebie for this week. Maybe we’re all just in between winter hibernation and the go-go-go that Spring will bring. This is what we’ve found – perhaps not totally free, these are fairly low-cost – so enjoy!

  • NEW!  For $5 you can spend two days surrounded by 10 miles of chocolate, and hang out at the beach on what is supposed to be a sunny weekend! Pacific Beach is holding its 7th annual Chocolate Festival on the Beach, February 28 – March 1. Event includes cooking classes, raffles and contests — in addition to the opportunity to celebrate chocolately decadence.
  • Got a fiery passion for volcanoes? Washington has three!
    • For an $8 day pass, you can learn more about the re-birth of the once-scarred land surrounding Mount St. Helens – the Coldwater Center has just re-opened to the public on weekends. Hike trails right from the Center, see for yourself how Mother Nature has bounced back, and immerse yourself in the interactive activities that Coldwater offers.
    • Ever snow-shoe around an active volcano? For $45 and a sno-park pass, take a guided hike on the Old Man Pass Loop at Mt. Saint Helens on February 28.
    • The state’s historical society in Tacoma will host guest-speaker Carolyn Driedger, a United States Geological Survey specialist from the Cascades Volcano Observatory, for an eye-opening exploration of volcano hazards in Washington. Admission is $11; February 24.
  •  Learn more about the state’s wild prairies and the need for native plants.
    • The Washington State Historical Society in Olympia is co-hosting an event with South Sound Native Plant Society that includes a documentary film and a family-friendly art activity. The South Sound is host to some of the most significant prairies in Western Washington, but they’re under pressure from development and growth of regional communities. Learn how you can help. A $2 donation is requested; February 26.


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