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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:56 pm | Updated: 3:08 pm, Tue Mar 27, 2012.

Drawn by blooming trees, frequent bursts of warm weather and lots of things to do April is a popular month for people to visit the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

That's what the planners of the month-long Dogwood Festival have noticed. This April, several area hotels are offering special Dogwood Festival rates and other businesses will have their own Dogwood deals, says Lisa Jones, one of the festival's organizers.

If you're planning your April here's this year's schedule:

22nd Annual Confluence Grape & Grain

A popular annual fundraiser for the LCSC Center for Arts & History this year's wine and beer tasting event is 6-9 p.m. April 13 at the center and is open to ages 21 and up. Tickets are $25 and available at the center, Southway Owl Pharmacy in Lewiston; and Basalt Cellars and Riverport Brewing Company in Clarkston.

Refresh the Valley

This annual clean-up project is part of Dogwood events this year. From 8-10 a.m. April 14 volunteers will spruce up the community. The first 10 volunteers will get a free Dogwood Festival T-shirt. People are meeting at Brackenbury Square in downtown Lewiston where an after party will follow.

Lewiston All-Breed Dog Show

April 20-23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., $5 parking, Nez Perce County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Lewis Clark Kennel Club.

Dogwood Dunk

This 3-on-3 basketball tourney is for kids in fifth grade to adults. Registration is $65 through April 16. Games start at 9 April 21 at the LCSC Activity Center Parking Lot.

35th Annual Seaport River Run

10 a.m. April 28, runners and walkers will race and stroll from Swallows Park to Hells Gate State Park. $16 with T-shirt, $6 without. Proceeds benefit local charities. (If you're walking remember to move to the side for the runners to pass by.)

28th Annual Art Under the Elms

April 27-29 is the three-day artisan fair with more artisans selling their wares this year than ever before. Admission is $3 for a 3-day pass. There will also be games, live entertainment and food vendors. Word is deep-fried brownies will be sold.

Dogwood Show and Shine

10-3 p.m. April 28, LCSC campus. Classic and contemporary vehicles will be on show at the southeast edge of the LCSC campus.

27th Annual Seaport Quilt Guild Show

April 28-29, hundreds of quilts and quilted items will be on display at the Clarkston High School Gym.

Dogwood Concert - Scot Bruce as Elvis

7 p.m. April 28, LCSC Activity Center, Scot Bruce, a renowned Elvis performer, will bring his act to the stage. Tickets are $25 general admission at the door and are also available in advance.

And don't forget the weekend of April 27-29 is also the Asotin County Fair.

People often ask why the Asotin County Fair is the same weekend as Art Under the Elms, says Lisa Jones. The answer is that no one imagined the two events would ever compete against each other. Art Under the Elms started very small and has grown because people supported it. The fair and the artisan festival always fall on the last full weekend of April.

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