LONG BEACH, Wash. - The World Kite Museum presents a cultural bridge between our region and exotic Thailand and Malaysia with a kite exhibit and special programs Friday through Monday, Feb. 11 through 14.

Friday's programs focus on Thai folktales, games and dance. Special guest Saovalak Phongthongkham, who holds a master's degree in classical Thai dance from Chulalongkorn University, will present a 7 p.m. performance upstairs at the museum's prospective new building at 404 Sid Snyder Drive.

Saturday's events begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Thai cooking demonstration at the Long Beach Thai Restaurant. At 1:30 and 3 p.m., author Supaporn Vathanaprida presents a program of Thai antiques and other artwork. Vathanaprida has written two books of Thai tales told to her by her grandmother and Buddhist monks. Music, dancing and games will be part of her programs in the multipurpose room of the Kite Museum's prospective new building.

A program on the Buddhist religion will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Sou'Wester Lodge in Seaview, Wash.

The World Kite Museum, located at 112 Third St. N.W., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and features special videos and kitemaking.

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