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Comcast Cares Day 2014 in Grays Harbor at Seaport Landing

Comcast Cares logoMore than 100 volunteers are expected to spruce up Seaport Landing 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 as part of Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort that will include 80,000-plus Comcast volunteers participating in more than 700 projects across the country. At Seaport Landing, Comcast employees and their families wearing green “Comcast Cares” t-shirts will construct a railing on the Seaport Landing pier, build picnic tables, and clear brush from the Chehalis River shoreline. Comcast volunteers will return on April 27 to finish work not completed the previous day.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Comcast on this exciting community event,” said Les Bolton, executive director of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates Seaport Landing. “Comcast employees in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties understand the importance of Seaport Landing to Aberdeen’s future. Their contribution demonstrates strong community support for our plans.”

Everyone in the Grays Harbor area–not just Comcast employees–is welcome to lend a hand. Volunteers are encouraged to register ahead of time at the Comcast in the Community website. A Facebook or Google+ account is required. Volunteers can also register at Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen, at 8 a.m. April 26-27. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening tools, such as gloves, rakes, and brooms.

Seaport Landing is a new tourism destination and home port maintenance facility on the Chehalis River in South Aberdeen. GHHSA acquired the 38-acre former sawmill from Weyerhaeuser in 2013. The Historical Seaport is now working with a number of partners on a master plan for the property. Work completed by the Comcast Cares Day participants will prepare Seaport Landing for the return of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Aberdeen on June 5. Social media users can follow activities on Comcast Cares Day via the hashtag #CCDay.


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Lady Washington now in Eureka; Hawaiian Chieftain arrives April 15

Lady Washington arrives in Eureka April 10 for an 11-day visit featuring public sailing excursions, walk-on tours, and educational programs for K-12 students. Her companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, will follow Lady Washington, arriving on April 15 after a five-day stop in Fort Bragg. Here’s the ships’ public schedule in Eureka:

4/11: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
4/12-13: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
4/12-13: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43 all ages.
4/15-18: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
4/16: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Adventure Sail, $33 all ages.
4/19-20: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
4/19-20: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $43-$63.
4/19: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $43 all ages.
4/20: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43 all ages.

Adventure Sails are two-hour family-oriented experiences with opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. The Adventure Sail on April 16 is value-priced at $33 per person. All other Adventure Sails, as well as the April 19 Evening Sail, are priced at $43 per person. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239.

The Battle Sail is an exciting three-hour experience that recreates the look and feel of an 18th century naval skirmish between two tall ships. The vessels conduct close-quarters maneuvers and fire real cannon loaded with real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $63 adults, $53 students, seniors, and active military, and $43 children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239.

The ships are also booking K-12 classrooms and home-school groups for one-hour and three-hour educational programs. Schools designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education may be eligible for significant discounts on pricing. For info, contact Roxie Underwood, runderwood@historicalseaport.org, 800-200-5239.


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Tall Ships Return to Crescent City, Calif., April 21

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will wrap up another successful season of visits to California ports with a stop at Crescent City April 21-28. The two ships will tie up at Crescent City Harbor, 101 Citizens Dock Road, Crescent City. The ships will offer public walk-on tours, two-hour and three-hour excursions, and K-12 education programs. Here’s the ships’ public schedule:

4/22-25: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
4/23: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $33.
4/26-27: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
4/26-27: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $43-$63.
4/26: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $43.
4/27: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-ship Battle Sails, the ships’ most popular program. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain sail into the Pacific Ocean and simulate an 18th century naval skirmish with real cannon firing real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $63 adults, $53 students/seniors/active military, $43 children 12 and under.

Adventure Sails and Evening Sails are family-oriented experiences offering opportunities to help raise a sail, learn a traditional sailor’s song, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. The Evening Sail on April 23 is valued priced at $33 a ticket for all ages. Tickets for the Evening Sail on April 26 and the Adventure Sail on April 27 are $43 all ages.

Purchase tickets online for all excursions or call 800-200-5239.

Slots are still available for one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs for K-12 students and home-school groups. Special discounts may be available for qualified public schools. For information and to book a program, contact Roxie Underwood, runderwood@historicalseaport.org, 800-200-5239.


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Coos Bay Hosts Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain May 1-11

The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, in partnership with the Coos Bay Boat Building Center, are visiting the Coos Bay area May 1-11. The ships will offer walk-on tours, public excursions, and educational programs for K-12 students. Lady Washington will also host a reconciliation ceremony with local native tribes. Here’s the ships’ public schedule:

5/2: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. $3 donation.
5/3: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 donation.
5/3: Evening Sail, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $43 all ages.
5/3-4: Battle Sails, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $43-$63.
5/4: Adventure Sail, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $39 all ages.
5/6-9: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. $3 donation.
5/7: Evening Sail, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $33.
5/10-11: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 donation.
5/10-11: Battle Sails, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $43-$63.
5/10: Evening Sail, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $43 all ages.
5/11: Adventure Sail, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $43 all ages.

Tickets are available now for all sailings, though they are expected to sell quickly. Call 800-200-5239 or buy online. Battle Sails simulate an 18th century naval skirmish with real cannon firing real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $63 adults, $53 students/seniors/active military, $43 children 12 and under. Adventure Sails and Evening Sails are family-oriented experiences offering opportunities to help raise a sail, learn a traditional sailor’s song, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. The Evening Sail on May 7 is valued priced at $33 a ticket for all ages. Tickets for the Evening Sail on May 3 and 10 are $43 each.

The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw and the Coquille Indian Tribe will participate in a reconciliation ceremony with the crew of Lady Washington 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. For details, contact Tom Leahy, 541-217-4365, tommymcgee@hotmail.com.

Slots are still available for one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs for K-12 students and home-school groups. Special discounts may be available for qualified public schools. For information and to book a program, contact Roxie Underwood, runderwood@historicalseaport.org, 800-200-5239.


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Tall Ships’ Schedule for Summer 2014 in Puget Sound

The tall ships Lady Washington, the official ship of the state of Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain, have announced their ports of call for their summer 2014 season. The ships are scheduled to visit nine communities on Washington’s Pacific Coast and the Puget Sound region. Festivals welcoming the ships include Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze in Westport, Aberdeen SPLASH, Drayton Harbor Days in Blaine, Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, Everett Fresh Paint Festival, and Westport Salmon Days. Lady Washington is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of her launch in Aberdeen. Here’s the current ports of call list.

June 6-18: Aberdeen
June 20-22: Westport (Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze)
June 24-July 6: Aberdeen (SPLASH, July 4)
July 10-20: Bellingham
July 21-25: San Juan Islands
July 26-27: Bellingham
July 29-Aug. 3: Blaine (Drayton Harbor Days)
Aug. 6-7: Port Ludlow
Aug. 9-10: Coupeville (Arts & Crafts Festival)
July 12-17: Everett (Fresh Paint Festival)
Aug. 19-24: Bremerton
Aug. 26-Sept. 1: Kirkland
Sept. 16-25: Aberdeen
Sept. 27-28: Westport (Salmon Days)

At each stop, the ships will schedule several sailing excursions. Battle Sails feature a recreation of a typical 18th century naval gun battle between two tall ships, including real cannon fire (but no cannon balls). Adventure Sails are family-oriented experiences with a chance to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Evening Sails are romantic excursions that take advantage of Pacific Northwest sunsets. Tickets go on sale for specific sailings in early spring, 2014.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Expedition Voyages Family and Youth Camps July 21-25 in the San Juan Islands. Following in the wake of maritime explorers George Vancouver, Robert Gray, and Charles Wilkes, guests learn to set sail and stand watch as they explore the islands with trained naturalists. There’ll be time for a day hike and a brisk swim. Purchase tickets now or call 800-200-5239.