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In Idaho, a festival about all things Basque -- dancing, food and, of course, weight lifting

You don’t need to speak Euskera to enjoy the unique Basque culture during an upcoming festival in Boise, Idaho.

That said, there will be plenty of people speaking the mother tongue at Jaialdi, a gathering that takes place every five years. It will be July 28 to Aug. 2 at venues throughout Boise.

Idaho boasts the nation’s largest population of people with roots in the Basque country, a region along...

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It's Las Vegas in San Diego: A party for all ages ... at the zoo?

If you love music, dance and acrobats, a nightly party where kids are welcome is going on all summer at the San Diego Zoo.

The theme of the 22nd annual Nighttime Zoo party this year is “Shake, Rattle & Roar.” The festivities start 3:30 p.m. daily; the zoo closes at 9 p.m. The party continues until Sept. 7.

Included in the lineup are an a cappella group, a brass band and a hip-hop dance group.

Perennial...

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New Orleans will celebrate native son Satchmo with--what else?--lots of music

The streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter will be filled with the sounds of brass bands and soulful singers as New Orleans honors native son Louis Armstrong in July and August.

Satchmo Summerfest will celebrate its 15th anniversary July 31-Aug. 2 with more than 40 musical performances.

One of the most famous musicians of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong began as a cornet player before switching...

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Top 10 roller coasters at Virginia's Kings Dominion

When I was growing up in Virginia in the 1980s, Kings Dominion offered me some of my first and most memorable roller coaster experiences -- from Grizzly’s rumbling ride through the woods, to Rebel Yell’s head-to-head duel, to the forward and backward shuttle loop of the now-defunct King Kobra.

During a recent visit to Kings Dominion, I expected the fleeting summer memories of my once-a-year trips...

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You can save $150 a night at this Maui resort if you don't mind disruptions

A resort along Maui’s Kaanapali Beach is offering savings starting at more than $150 a night for those who don’t mind some noise and windows that overlook mounds of dirt.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa is cutting the cost of its one-bedroom, partial ocean view suites by 40% for the rest of 2015.

Yes, there are still partial ocean views, but between Honua Kai and the water, crews are building a new Westin...

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