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Share your vacation tips

Share your vacation tips

The summer vacation season is starting to wrap up, but the memories linger. Did you take a particularly memorable trip? Find a terrific little out-of-the-way place? Learn some travel lessons the hard way?

The Olympian wants to round up some of that collective travel knowledge in a tidy September travel package. Send us your favorite vacation photo along with up to 200 words on where you went and why others should consider making a similar trip next summer. Send them to ddemarest@theolympian.com by 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Include your name, age, town, and a phone number or email address where we can reach you. Your contributions could appear in The Olympian or at www. theolympian.com.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

SUNDAY

Auditions for Lord Franzannian’s Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Lord Frannzannian’s Vaudeville show is seeking acts for it’s annual variety show. Anything goes, all types of performance considered from the traditional to the modern bizarre. No appointment needed. For more information, call 360-754-7114.

End of summer wine tasting: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Wine Merchant, 101 Capitol Way N., Suite 106, Olympia. Celebrate the season with a tasting of some favorite wines. $7.50. Call 360-786-9463.

WEDNESDAY

Juice and Jammies story time: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1530 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Enjoy juice provided by Barnes & Noble as your family relaxes to three new picture book stories. 360-534-0388.

THURSDAY

Pat’s Kitchen – Classic French Bistro Fare: 9 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Bayview School of Cooking, 516 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. A salute to France’s culinary exports featuring cheese and apples gougeres (tiny cheese puffs) and tarte tatin. Free. For more information, call 360-754-1448.

COMING UP

Bill Engvall: Shows start at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Little Creek Casino, 91 W. Highway. 108, Shelton. Tickets are $35-$45. For tickets and information, call 800-667-7711 or visit www.little-creek.com.

Care for perennials

Nancy J. Ondra paints a realistic picture of perennial gardening.

“Gorgeous perennial gardens don’t just happen,” she writes in the introduction to her new book, “The Perennial Care Manual.” “Behind every bloom-filled border is a grubby, sweaty gardener with muddy knees, chipped fingernails, and sore muscles – and a big smile, too.”

Nevertheless, Ondra seeks to reduce the effort by helping people choose plants that will require the least fuss, and she explains the tasks involved in starting and maintaining a perennial garden. Her book covers all basics while devoting a good portion to specifics about individual plants.

“The Perennial Care Manual” comes from Storey Publishing and sells for $24.95 in paperback and $34.95 in hardcover.

McClatchy Newspapers

Today in History

In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

In 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

In 1957, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a Civil Rights Act after South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster that had lasted 24 hours.

In 1965, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles “Pete” Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after 8 days in space.

In 1966, The Beatles concluded their last American tour with a concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La.; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.

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