Ilwaco, Wash. - "Destination: The Pacific" is hosting an open house for business owners, managers, volunteers, community leaders, and others interested in learning about Lewis and Clark bicentennial activities, Tuesday at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Wash.

The reception is co-hosted by Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark and Friends of the Columbia River Gateway, who are providing wine, beverages, and appetizers.

The reception offers an opportunity to gather information from bicentennial planners, meet the Signature Event organizers, and hear about commemoration plans as well as learn about heritage and culture projects currently under development. Speakers for the reception will talk about the Signature Event and other bicentennial activities, new heritage markers, trails, and national park plans, information about how businesses can get involved, and marketing opportunities, including the communitywide banner program and the 2005 edition of the "Destination: The Pacific" Commemorative Guide, and volunteer opportunities.

In addition, a number of table-top displays offering one-stop shopping for bicentennial information will be stationed within the exhibit area at the Interpretive Center.

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