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February 21, 2018

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

♦The ninth annual Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) will be March 9-11 in Kalamazoo, Mich., at the Epic Center and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. This juried contemporary dance festival features 200 professional dance artists from around the world. For tickets to concerts master classes, and discussion panels, go to

♦The 43rd annual Eastern Iowa Sportshow will be March 9-11 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Exhibits feature boats, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs, fishing tackle and camping gear. There also will be live trout fishing and fishing and hunting seminars.

♦Hotel Walloon, a luxury boutique hotel in Walloon Lake, Mich., is offering a deal for military personnel and emergency responders (firefighters, EMS and law enforcement). During March and November, they can pay for one night's lodging and get a second night free. Call 231-535-5000 to check availability.

♦Indianapolis will celebrate St. Patrick's Day downtown March 15-17. The downtown canal will be dyed green on the 15th, the annual parade and block party will be on the 16th, and the 27th annual Shamrock Run & Walk will be on the 17th.

♦Fans of the outdoors will have plenty to do at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 7-11 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. There will be boats, trucks, fishing gear and more on display, and representatives of resort and vacation destinations will be on hand. You can sit in on educational seminars too.

♦The Wheeling Wheelmen will hold their 2018 St. Patrick's Day Ride on March 18. Beginning at Wauconda High School in Wauconda, bicyclists can pick from routes spanning 16, 20 or 36 miles.

♦Billed as the largest paddle-sports consumer event in the world, Canoecopia runs March 9-11 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and more will fill 250,000 square feet of display space, and there will be over 180 seminars and clinics.

♦Order the 2018 Indiana Travel Guide, Roadway Map or Festival Guide at or by calling 800-677-9800. Downloadable versions are on the website.

♦The Online Vacation Center has ocean-view cabins from $1,049 per person, double occupancy, for a 10-night Canada and New England cruise Sept. 7. Sailing from Cape Liberty, N.J., the Royal Caribbean International Adventure will make port in Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, before ending in Quebec City.

♦Enter for a chance to win a five-night skiing vacation in Breckenridge, Colo., and $3,000 at Two winners will be selected.

♦With thousands of plants on display, The Orchid Show will be March 3 to April 22 in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx in New York City.

♦The Sedona, Ariz., 2018 Visitor Guide can be ordered at

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