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Several "Signature Events" already are planned for the Mount St. Helens 30th Anniversary including:

April 13-15: Film premiere of "Mount St. Helens — From Zero to Life" a documentary about the return of life after the eruption by an Austrian filmmaker funded by French and German public television. Includes a question-and-answer session afterwards. The film shows at 7 p.m. at the Seattle Musical Theater, Battle Ground Cinemas and Portland's Hollywood Theater on the respective dates.

May 8: USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory Open House, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vancouver.

May 15: 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.

May 16: "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, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 17: 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.

May 18: Official Commemoration Program by the U.S. Forest Service at Johnston Ridge Observatory. Includes speeches, unveiling of new exhibits, 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.

Aug. 14: A 10-mile "Awesome Hike" from Johnston Ridge to Coldwater Lake organized by the Mount St. Helens Institute. Starts at 8 a.m., includes shuttle ride back to vehicles. Cost is $75.

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