Banff World Tour coming to area
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Tacoma on Monday and Tuesday, and to Olympia on Dec. 10-11.
The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival takes place each fall in Banff, Alberta. It is nine days of mountain stories told by authors, photographers and filmmakers from around the globe. After the festival, the World Tour hits the road, showing some of the audience’s favorites and special tour edits.
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The Tacoma shows start at 6:45 p.m. each night at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. The event is presented by the Tacoma Mountaineers, Puget Sound Outdoors and Edgeworks Climbing. Tickets are $20 for one night and $37 for both nights. They are available at Edgeworks, broadwaycenter.org or 800-291-7593
The Olympia, hosted by the Olympia Mountaineers, shows start at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $15 for one night or $26 for both nights. Discounts are available for the Dec. 11 showing, with tickets $12 for Mountaineers, military, students and Olympia Film Society members. They are available at the theater box office or at olympiafilmsociety.org.
Agency selling 2017 calendars
The Washington State Parks 2017 wall calendar is available for purchase.
The calendar includes an aerial view of Stewart Island Marine State Park in the San Juan Islands, a view of a waterfall at Olallie State Park and a photo of a historic building at Fort Columbia Historical State Park.
The photographs were taken by professional photographers, as well photographers who submitted photos to the Washington State Parks Foundation photo contest.
The calendar measures 13 inches by 9 inches when closed, and opens to a vertical format measuring 13 inches by 18 inches. It sells for $18.99, plus tax.
Buy them at myprint.wa.gov and enter “calendar” in the search area. A link to the calendar order is available on the State Parks website at parks.state.wa.us/wallcalendar. For delivery by Christmas, orders must be made by Dec. 16.
Calendars can also be purchased at Washington State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. For information, call 360-902-8500.
If you would like to submit a photo to the Washington State Parks Foundation photo contest to be considered for the 2018 calendar, go to wspf.org.
Schafer State Park
Hunt for yule log at annual event
The annual Yule Log Hunt at Schafer State Park near Elma will take place Dec. 11.
The family-friendly event begins at 1 p.m. at the park’s group camp shelter.
Children and adults can join the hunt for the Yule log, a special marked log in the park. When the log is found, visitors will join together to pull it to a fire.
The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks will provide hot beverages with holiday music around a warm fire. Everyone is invited to bring cookies and join the singing.
The park’s Yule log tradition was started by community members in the mid-1950s, but ended after about 20 years. Members of the friends group and park staff revived the event seven years ago.
Schafer State Park is at 1365 West Schafer Park Road, Elma.
The event is free, but a Discover Pass will be required for day-use vehicle parking. Passes can be purchased at the park.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,