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Now in its 35th year, the Northwest Folklife Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend, May 26 through 29, at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

Admission is free, but a $5-per-day donation is suggested.

During the festival's four-day run, the diverse communities of the Northwest will share their cultural traditions. Visitors will sing and dance, taste cuisine from around the world and learn from each other.

The Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest folk, ethnic and traditional arts event in North America and features more than 6,000 musicians, dancers and visual artists.


Portland area residents will put their best feet forward during a walk that will help support education and advocacy about mental illness.

The 2.8-mile walk, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will be on Sunday, May 21. Check-in time is noon at the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade Festival Plaza, and the walk begins at 1 p.m. The plaza area is at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge.


An armed man spoke briefly to Archbishop Desmond Tutu outside a Seattle cathedral last week and handed him three bullets, police confirmed. No one was injured.

The retired Anglican archbishop from South Africa had just left St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral May 11 after a night service when the man approached him, Officer Deanna Nollette said Friday.


Sue Price, left, Tricia Tillman, Marlene Holliday, Yolanda Armstrong, Tori Tipton and Kimmy Figueroa — all members of the African American Outdoors Association — enjoy a recent hike in Tryon Creek State Park. The AAOA encourages African Americans to increase their fitness, health and wellness through outdoor activities.


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