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Parks photo contest



Published: Sun, January 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Parks photo contest

Send in your favorite 2001 photos from a national park, and you could have the image featured on the next National Parks Pass. The photographer will also receive a trip to the national park.

The deadline is Jan. 15.

For contest details, see www.nationalparks.org, or obtain a brochure at any national park.

U.S. Botanic Gardenreopens in capital

The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., reopened recently after being closed since September 1997 for restoration and renovation.

The conservatory's glass dome is a landmark along the National Mall near the foot of the Capitol, east of the Air & amp; Space Museum.

The work replaced and modernized the building's systems but left its outer appearance largely unchanged.

Inside the building are more than 4,000 plants and a tropical rain forest.

The garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 225-8333 or visit www.aoc.gov.

Presidential namesearn a room discount

Here's a discount that everyone from Harrison Ford to the entire city of Washington, D.C., can take advantage of.

The Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe, N.M., is offering 15 percent off to guests who stay during Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 14 to 17, and whose last name, town or street name is the same as that of any U.S. president.

Rooms start at $159 under the "What's in a Name" discount; the published rate for that weekend is $187. The hotel has 69 rooms and two hot tubs. Rates include buffet breakfast. Call (800) 289-2122 or visit www.innonthealameda.com for more information.




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