If this is January, then you must be thinking about golf, and there’s a new one-hour video covering what are described as the 18 greatest holes at public golf courses in Washington state.
Celebrity golfers ranging from Seattle SuperSonics coach George Karl to decathlon athlete Dan O’Brien are featured. There’s also a coupon with discounts at all the featured courses.
The $19.95 video, from North by Northwest Productions of Spokane, is supposed to be available at golf shops, or you can call 324-2949 or (800) 6-GOLFWA.
Short takes: Bits and pieces from around the Northwest:
The 11th annual winter privy races at Conconully, about 20 miles northwest of Omak, are on Jan. 14, part of a weekend winter festival that includes snowmobile runs, a swap meet and - most fascinating - the toilet ring toss. For information, call (509) 826-1037.
The Spirit of Washington dinner train, which departs from Renton six days a week, is offering free trips to children under 12 (when accompanied by an adult) through the end of January.
Prices for the trips, which include a gourmet dinner or Sunday brunch and a tour of the Columbia Winery, start at $57 per person. For information, call (800) 876-7245 or (206) 227-7245.
In Alaska (yes, we consider Alaska part of the Northwest), the National Park Service is using a new lottery system this year to assign camping permits in Brooks Campground at Katmai National Park. Applications are available beginning Tuesday and must be returned no later than Feb. 15.
For information, write to: Superintendent, Katmai National Park, P.O. Box 7, King Salmon, AK, 99613, or call (907) 246-3305.
Last chance: It’s a new year, and time to get serious about hitting the slopes.
And by happy coincidence as part of a special post-Christmas sale, copies of The Spokesman-Review’s annual guide to downhill skiing are available for only $2.
The biggest issue ever, the guide’s 32 pages have information about all 45 ski hills within a day’s drive of the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, plus a headto-head comparison of Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Silver Mountain.
It has lift ticket prices, availability of day care and nordic skiing at various resorts, plus lots of skirelated advertising, including accommodations.
For a copy, send your name and address and $2 to: Ski Issue, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane 99220.
Ski stuff: More news for downhill devotees:
The Hotel Vancouver in the British Columbia city of the same name is offering a lodging/ski package in conjunction with nearby Grouse Mountain.
The price of approximately $119 U.S. includes one night’s accommodation (up to two adults and two children), morning coffee or tea, a newspaper, two adult ski tickets and free skiing for children under 18 who are staying in their parents’ room.
The package runs through March 31; for information, call (800) 441-1414 or (604) 684-3131.
The Wenatchee Travelodge is offering a “snooze and ski” package through April 11, including two nights’ accommodations (for 1 or 2 people) and two lift tickets to Mission Ridge, for $99 weekdays, $129 weekends. For reservations, call (800) 578-7878.
Sporting shows: The Northwest’s largest outdoor sportsmen’s show, the Seattle International Sportsmen’s Exhibition, will run Jan. 26-29 at the Kingdome. The event attracts nearly 600 exhibitors and speakers from around the world. For information, call (206) 693-3700.
The Northwest Boats Afloat Show, one of the country’s premier boat shows, runs Jan. 13 through Jan. 22. It will feature 125 power and sailboats, new and used.
The show is centered in Chandler’s Cove, on the south end of Lake Union in Seattle. For information, call (206) 223-6457.
Smooth sailing: John Sarich, executive chef at the Ste Michelle wintery in Woodinville, is hosting a seven-day food and wine cruise in the Caribbean in March.
The seven-day cruise, featuring wine tastings and cooking demonstrations, sails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and visits Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Island, Nassau and the Bahamas; rates start at $1,478, including air fare from Seattle or Portland.
For information, contact Mercer Island Travel at (800) 426-3575 or (206) 232-1431.