WARRENTON - Members of "Destination: The Pacific," the organization spearheading Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration activities for Washington and Oregon states, are hosting an open house for regional business owners Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

Fort Clatsop Superintendent Chip Jenkins will talk at 6 p.m., with a raffle and other presentations at 6:45 p.m.

Destination: The Pacific is the organizing body producing the 2005 West Coast Signature Event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Ocean, one of only 15 Signature Events taking place along the Lewis and Clark trail. The open house provides an opportunity to meet members of the partner organizations who comprise Destination: The Pacific and obtain information about commemorative activities, the national ad campaign being launched by the National Council of Lewis the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association, and transportation plans to help cope with increased visitor traffic. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

This program is not open to the public.

Those attending must be a member of a North Coast chamber of commerce, downtown association or visitors bureau, or belong to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association or Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark. Memberships can be obtained at the open house.

Destination: The Pacific includes members of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association for Clatsop County, Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark, the Chinook Nation, Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes, and Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

For more information, call (503) 861-4403 or send an e-mail to (lcba@LewisandClarkCoast.com).


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