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    Maine yoga festival, tigers in Seattle, and more

    Ryan Hawk



    Join up to 1,000 yogis for a weekend of stretching and relaxing at the Maine YogaFest in Portland, July 10-12. The event, sponsored by L. L. Bean and Tom’s of Maine, among others, includes about 50 workshops, from standup paddleboard yoga to Hot Rock Star Yoga. The festival begins Friday night, July 10, with the Electric Flow YogaRave, a black-light, red-carpet event led by Nantucket yoga instructor Caitlin Marcoux. It also includes Vendor Village, where you can enjoy local food, learn about the area’s green businesses, and listen to live music. Until June 1, passes run $90 for three or $125 for five 90-minute workshops, a lecture from a local health and wellness specialist, daily meditations, and a donation to the Preble Street Teen Center. 207-232-0054,


    Visit the seaside studios in Hyannis and enjoy free musical performances, readings by local authors, and one-of-a-kind works of art. The Hyannis HyArts Art Shanties open for the season May 15. More than 75 artists will share their works throughout the season, creating, displaying, and selling jewelry, paintings, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodwork, and more. The seven shanties are open Friday through Sunday in May and June, and then daily beginning June 22, with live entertainment taking place July through September. They open at 11 a.m., with hands-on demonstrations on Thursday afternoons. Find the shanties on Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor. 508-862-4990,



    Malayan tigers (pictured above) and sloth bears now live at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, making their first appearance in a new exhibit that opened May 2 called Banyan Wilds. Phase one of this state-of-the-art exhibit opened two years ago with Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary, and a kids’ nature play area. The second and final phase includes a two-acre complex where three Malayan tiger brothers can play, scratch trees, splash in a pool, or nap under an impressive banyan tree, and where sloth bears can lounge on logs or search for honey and insects in a setting reminiscent of Southern India. During upcoming summer programs, zookeepers will discuss the tigers’ daily care and demonstrate why sloths are considered nature’s vacuum cleaners. Zoo admission: $19.95 ages 13-64 ($2 off for 65 and older), $12.25 for 3-12, and under 3 free. 206-548-2500,



    See some of the world’s more daring and graceful athletes dive from platforms up to 90 feet above a lake in Texas during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. The event, which takes place May 30 on Possum Kingdom Lake west of Fort Worth, is expected to draw more than 6,700 floating spectators who will kayak, paddleboard, boat, and jet ski their way into the cove (you can watch the event only from watercraft; make arrangements through Bluffs Creek Marina). Competitors include US national 10-meter champion David Colturi and San Antonio-based Rachelle Simpson, who won the women’s cliff-diving world series last year. Women dive from a 60-foot-high platform temporarily built on a cliff, while men dive from a 90-foot-high platform. Other events in the 2015 cliff diving world series will take place in France, Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Bosnia.



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