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Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6100
Visitors are invited to discover winter at Lassen Volcanic National Park through outdoor fun and film at the first annual Lassen Film Festival on Saturday, January 14. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the film festival, as well as entry into the park from January 14-16, is free.
"The Lassen Film Festival is another way for visitors to celebrate Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation," said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. The festival, held at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features 10 short films. Topics include park history and winter adventure sports, as well as several visitor-submitted films.
The festival will accommodate a one-hour lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Visitors may purchase lunch at the Lassen Café or bring their own food to enjoy by the natural volcanic stone fireplace. In addition to the film festival, a ranger-led program at the Sulphur Works hydrothermal area will be conducted at 1:30 p.m.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend is the first of several free-entrance days offered throughout the national park system during 2012. Please mark your calendar for upcoming entrance free days: National Park Week (April 21 - 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and Veterans Day Weekend (November 10-12).
Visitors should bring cold-weather clothing and snow gear to enjoy the outdoors before and after the festival. Park weather is in a state of flux. Check the weather forecast and prepare appropriately.