The fourth annual Pan-Buddhist July 4th Picnic begins at 3 p.m. July 4 at the Great Vow Zen Monastery, 79640 Quincy Mayger Rd., Clatskanie.

All are welcome to join the gathering of Pacific Northwest Buddhist groups. Participants should bring a vegetarian dish for a potluck. See chef Kyogen cook on the outdoor grill, play games, fly kites and meet new dharma friends from various traditions.

In the morning, residents will participate in Clatskanie's Fourth of July parade. Last year the Great Vow Zen Monastery took home the Grand Marshall's trophy with its marimba float. The parade begins at 11 a.m.

For more information call (503) 728-0654 or e-mail regis (


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