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October 31, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Get outta town: Yakima’s dead, Portland’s Sherlock, Vancouver’s flamenco

Just can’t face that Halloween TP’ing job from the neighbor’s kids? Need to get out of town this weekend? Here are some more reasons to go:

GO EAST

muertoswebCelebrate the dead in downtown Yakima, where the Yakima-Morelia (Mexico) Sister City Association sponsors its annual Altar Exhibit and Community Celebration in honor of Dia de los Muertos, a traditional celebration of remembrance in Latino cultures. It’s a blend of Aztec traditions of remembering the dead and the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, a tradition brought by Spanish conquistadors. Community groups from around Yakima have created altars in the festive tradition. Free; 106 S. Third St., Yakima.

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Clap your hands, stamp your feet and celebrate another Hispanic cultural wonder:

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March 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (March 15-17)

With the stock market on a party binge, did your boss finally pony up with that bonus that’s been overdue since W’s first term? So celebrate and get out of town. Here are three ideas to get you into a new place and new space this weekend.

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The 57th annual Portland Roadster Show brings more than 400 highly tweaked, more-custom-than-your-fingerprints and more-detailed-than-“War and Peace” cars and motorcycles to Portland’s Expo Center this Friday through Sunday. General admission is $15, or free for kids 12 and younger, plus $8 for parking. (Stop at a Portland-area Les Schwab Tires for discount coupons.)

Biathlon is among the competitions visitors may watch at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. (photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Biathlon is among the competitions visitors may watch at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. (photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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Head for British Columbia and the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival, where you can watch more than 800 Olympic and world-championship medalists go head to head at Whistler Olympic Park in biathlon, cross-country ski racing, para-nordic and ski jumping events. This is the Canadian National Championships, our northern neighbors’ last big national event in these sports before next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Spectators are

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