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February 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from White Pass to Vancouver, B.C.

March arrives on Saturday. Has February in Seattle left you feeling like a melting snowman in the middle of a road? Be spontaneous. Get out of town for the weekend. Here are three ideas to help move you:

1 Celebrate 'Oz' at White Pass Winter Carnival

8:30 a.m. -7 p.m. Saturday, March 1; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at White Pass, off U.S. Highway 12. Fireworks and torchlight parade, 7 p.m. Saturday. www.skiwhitepass.com

Fireworks explode above a snow castle at a previous White Pass Winter Carnival. (Dennis Dow photo/courtesy White Pass Ski Area)

Fireworks explode above a snow castle at a previous White Pass Winter Carnival. (Dennis Dow photo)

When it comes to winter, turn that blue-lipped frown upside down at the annual White Pass Winter Carnival. Just like Dorothy and Toto in the poppy field, the ski area has timed this to coincide with the arrival of serious snow.

The carnival this year celebrates the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” movie. A snow version of the Emerald City’s castle is planned, and a Yellow Brick Road theme is in the works for a ski-slope poker run. Also: live music, fireworks, torchlight parade, a kids carnival, snow-sports competitions and a two-day Ski 4 Kids event. Oz costumes encouraged; take your ruby ski boots. More event details here.

 

2 3 courses for $29 - it's Portland Dining Month

March 1-31, 90 locations across Portland; downtownportland.org/dining-month

Pasta dishes from Tabla Mediterranean Bistro in Northeast Portland are among menu items during March's Portland Dining Month. (photo by John Valls)

Pasta dishes from Tabla Mediterranean Bistro in Northeast Portland are among menu items during March’s Portland Dining Month. (photo by John Valls)

“Your key to the city is a fork,” they’re saying in Portland.

March is Portland Dining Month, during which more than 90 participating restaurants — from Acadia Restaurant to Zeus Cafe — serve up three courses for $29. A donation is made to the Oregon Food Bank with each OpenTable reservation made using links from the event’s website. Here’s where to find a list of participating restaurants.

It’s perfectly progressive Portland, so of course vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available (and searchable online).

3 Vancouver, B.C., shows its 'Chutzpah!'

Various venues and ticket prices, through March 9; chutzpahfestival.com

Alon Nashman plays the title character in "Hirsch" in Vancouver's Chutzpah! Festival (photo by Cylla von Tiedermann)

Alon Nashman plays “Hirsch” in Vancouver’s Chutzpah! Festival. (photo by Cylla von Tiedermann)

Chutzpah!, an annual festival of Jewish performing arts, continues through March 9 in Vancouver, B.C.

This weekend’s offerings include dance by a collaboration of Vancouver’s Donald Sales and Ate9 Dance Company in “gR33N,” which elaborates on envies, illnesses, greed and ignorance. Or see “Hirsch,” a dramatic study of Hungarian-born director John Hirsch, who was orphaned in the Holocaust at age 13 and went on to become a significant figure in Canadian theater. It’s fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

 

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