30 years ago - Mount Saint Helens Anniversary Events


The Daily News Online has posted several events that are planned for the Mount St. Helens 30th Anniversary in the coming days including:

- Friday-Tuesday - The Forest Learning Center operated by Weyerhaeuser Co., will be open extended days to commemorate the anniversary. Normal days of operation are Friday through Sunday.

- Friday - Mount St. Helens Institute's "It's a Blast" event about science in your own backyard at Johnston Ridge and Coldwater Lake. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10 (children under 5 free). Tickets are available at the door but to ensure a spot register on-line at: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/MountStHelensInstitute/default/index.php

- Friday - The Pine Creek Information Station, located along Forest Road 90 at the east end of Swift Reservoir, will reopen for the season following a successful first year after several years of closure. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily through Labor Day.

- Sunday - "Tell Your Story" event with oral histories and firsthand accounts of the 1980 eruption organized by the Cowlitz County Tourism Bureau. Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Monday - Emergency responders event honoring the people who respond to disasters such as the eruption. Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Tuesday - Official Commemoration Program by the U.S. Forest Service at Johnston Ridge Observatory. Includes speeches, unveiling of new exhibits and groundbreaking for the new amphitheater at the site. In addition, National Geographic Magazine plans a presentation of its May issue eruption anniversary issue. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Tuesday - Castle Rock Senior Center "The Mount St. Helens Story" event. Includes displays and memorabilia from the eruption along with refreshments. From 1 to 2:15 p.m. a slide show of the area before and after the eruption will be shown. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Tuesday - Art by local artists featuring Mount St. Helens will be displayed in the hallway of the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake. (In the Silver Lake room art of various subjects also will be featured). All art is for sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Tuesday - "The Power of Nature" event at the First Baptist Church in Portland. Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder, popular science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin and Jerry Franklin, a forest ecologist and authority on sustainable forest management, will discuss the inherent power of Mount St. Helens. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., SW 12th and Taylor, Portland. Cost is $35. Tickets are available at http://illahee.org/lectures.