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How to Use Your Tax Return for Travel

Those looking to travel domestically could take a full two weeks to visit the Pacific Northwest (think: Seattle, Portland and the surrounding area.
Couples can spend a week in Sedona, Arizona hiking the red rocks, or lounge on the beach in Florida’s Key West, with airfares in the low $300s roundtrip from many East Coast airports, according to Jauntaroo.
International destinations are still a possibility for couples on a $2,400 budget, including getaways to Croatia, where roundtrip airfare can be found from $483 per person and hotels can be booked for less than $100 per night. (Sadly, outside the capital, there arent a ton of points hotel options.) Theres also Budapest, Hungary. Hunt for a roundtrip flight just over $400 and boutique apartment rentals for $60 per night on Airbnb.
$2,700 to $2,850For international vacations, Midwest residents can head to Spain from the Midwest for just $481 roundtrip per person, or take a quick flight to the island of Aruba for just $371, according to Skyscanner. Entire families can enjoy a trip here by using points to reserve a stay at one of the islands many great points properties.
Photo by Tashka / Getty Images.$3,000 to $3,150The average tax return has historically been about $3,000 per person, and most states land in this range, from Alaska to Georgia, Maryland and Nevada.It’s still a sizable return, and even travelers who don’t want to spend their entire tax return on a trip can find great options within this budget.For residents of Nevada, Alaska, or any of the other western states, the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington are a short flight and boat ride away.
The rural archipelago is filled with state parks and greenery, making it the perfect option for nature lovers who want to hike, kayak, swim or watch for orcas starting in May. Flights originating from the west can be as low as $103 per person, according to Skyscanner, and hotels on the islands usually run from $70 to $150 per night.For international locations, residents of the West Coast can fly to parts of South America in just a few hours. Flights from California to Sao Paolo, Brazil are usually less than $500 in May.
East Coast residents can turn to the British Isles for a great getaway, where flights to Scotland are $499 round trip and flights to London are just $341, according to Skyscanner. Travelers can splurge on the recently renovated Ritz-Carlton in London, or stay at the highly rated Hilton Metropole for less than $150 per night.(Cash in your points for an award night, and youll have plenty of your tax return left over for food, beverages and activities.)$3,700 to $3,850States in the Northeast see some of the highest average tax refunds, with Connecticut taking the number one spot of $3,844, according to Smart Asset.
Travelers in the highest tax return bracket could jet off to Bali for two weeks to visit ancient Hindu temples. Flights from New York City to Bali can get as low as $481 roundtrip in the month of May (though if you want to book something quick, its not difficult to find flights in the mid-$700s) and hotels run in the low hundreds per night.North African temperatures tend to be relatively mild in the spring, making it a great time to visit Morocco or Egypt (one of our top places to travel this April). Flights to Africa tend to run on the more expensive side, regardless of the time of year, but flights to Casablanca can be found in the low $600s roundtrip.Visitors can rent entire homes near Casablanca for roughly $50 per night — and some even include their own pools.For the latest travel news, deals and points and miles tips please .

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Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail coming to Bemidji

BEMIDJI—Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail members have announced their Annual Fiber Arts Trail Exhibit & Tour in the Bemidji area of north.

The trail celebrates “the unique heritage of the area’s voyageurs, pioneers and Indigenous peoples showcasing both traditional and contemporary textile art forms,” a release said.The popular Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit returns for its third year at Wild Hare Bistro in downtown Bemidji, 323 Minnesota Ave. NW.The opening reception is on the First Friday Art Walk, from 3 to 7 p.m.on April 5.The exhibit showcases basketry, handwoven tapestry art, knitting, hand-dyed yarn, linen wovens, wool blankets, wool applique quilting, hand embroidery, sculptural basketry, mixed media, knotting, needle-felting, wet felting and more.Pine to Prairie Trail members are offering workshops throughout the month of April as well as a studio tour Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.on both days. The tour has five stops and includes a trunk show, demos and small make and take projects and handmade items for sale.
The self-guided tour along the Pine to Prairie Trail Fiber Arts Trail includes stops at Wild Hare Bistro, Watermark Art Center, Willow Wood Market Designs, Forbes Studio and Northwest Indian Community Development Center.”The textile artists and businesses featured on this unique art trail are a part of the new tradition of makers that is fueling the resurgence of textile arts,” said Jennifer Wilder, founder and owner of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, who developed the fiber arts trail concept in the Midwest, in a release.”Joining together, the trail members have formed a vibrant and diverse gathering place that fosters creativity and innovation.”Trail tour highlights include:• Falling Leaves Basket class with Eve Sumsky from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.Cost is $35 to create a basket using basic weaving techniques. A good class for beginning weavers.Materials include flat-braided seagrass giving the basket a nice textured look. For all weaving levels.

• Rustic Vase with Wood Base class with Shannon Lucas-Westrum from 9 a.m.to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.on Saturday, April 6. Cost is $28.In this class, participants will be weaving a vase using a piece of dried local wood as the base. This class is good for beginners with a simple border and the opportunity to add in a variety of colors and fibers.Attendees are welcome to bring interesting yarns, strings, or ribbons to incorporate into their vase. Supplies are included.
• Stackable Cavandoli Bracelet class with Karen-lisa Forbes from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.on Sunday, April 7. Cost is $35.Beginning Cavandoli knotting. Learn the basic knots of Cavandoli while making a bead embellished bracelet.Materials are included in class fee. Additional supplies will be available for purchase.
• Patty Lovegreen Trunk Show from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.on Friday, April 26 at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.Patty Lovegreen, an accomplished weaver, spinner and felt maker, will feature her latest work. She works in bold, fresh colors that enliven the spirit.She will have many items for sale.• Nancy Kingbird Beadwork Demonstration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave.N. Kingbird will present beadwork demonstrations on and off throughout the day.
• Needle Felt Bear class with Patty Lovegreen from 1 to 4 p.m.on Saturday, April 27, at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.Cost is $20. Make your own miniature bear while learning the basic needle felting techniques.There is no extra materials fee. All materials will be provided in class.
• Tapestry and Loom Weaving Demos at Northwest Indian Community Development Center Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. Carrie Jessen, a floor loom weaver, and Kristin Majkrzak, a tapestry weaver, will set up booths for visitors to see their weaving techniques.Both accomplished weavers, they will have finished tapestries, linen towels and wool blankets for sale. They will be joined by fiber artists from the Native American community in the Bemidji area.
• Willow Wood Market Designs will be open from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. Join Bonnie Lundorff in her wool and quilt studio.
You’ll be delighted by her pattern designs, fabric, hand-dyed wool and supplies for sale.• Crazy Quilt Make and Take on Saturday, April 27.Bonnie Lundorff will offer a Crazy Quilt Make ‘n’ Take project for Trail visitors. Learn how easy it is to “piece” with wool as you create a small crazy quilt heart or square that can be embellished and made into a lapel pin or a pin cushion.
• Rug Hooking with the Oxford Rug Punch Tool demo at Willow Wood Market Designs. The Oxford Rug Punch tool is a simple way to create traditional rug hooked projects.
• Peg Loom Weaving Demonstration on Friday, April 26. Watch Aliza Novecek Olson demonstrate Peg Loom Weaving.
It’s a wonderfully simple technique for beginners as well as experienced weavers. Join for hands on demonstrations using wool strips, yarn and roving and the peg loom.
• Shop Alainn Yarns at Willow Wood Market. Come and see some of Stephanie Showalter’s travel-inspired, hand-dyed yarn.
Members include Carrie Jessen, Kristin Majkrzak, Watermark Art Center, Eve Sumsky, Shannon Lucas-Westrum, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Karen-lisa Forbes, Stephanie Showalter and Bonnie Lundorff.The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail is a part of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, founded by Minneapolis-based publisher Jennifer Wilder, who writes about Midwest fiber artists.

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Sporting Sustainability hosts Food Waste Prevention Workshop

Food service professionals from across the Midwest participated in a free Food Waste Prevention Workshop on Tuesday in the Ivy Investments Executive Level at Children’s Mercy Park.The educational event, organized by Agspring, the National Restaurant Association, Re Fed and Sporting Kansas City as part of the group’s Sporting Sustainability platform, brought together prominent industry leaders and food conservation advocates for a first-of-its-kind forum for networking and collaboration.

“We have some very serious long-term challenges that our generation is trying to fix,” Bradford Warner, Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability for Agspring, told the group of restaurant owners, managers and chefs. “We have to do it in such a fashion that we don’t destroy the planet along the way. Let’s make Kansas City known as a region that really knows how to tackle this problem.”Attendees also heard from two nationally-recognized guest speakers in Jeff Clark, who leads the National Restaurant Association’s sustainability education efforts, and Angel Veza, a senior associate with First Principle Group and a procurement manager with Union Square Hospitality Group in New York City.

The workshop was offered through Sporting Sustainability, an initiative founded in 2018 by Agspring, Bayer, Sporting Kansas City, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy to raise awareness around the impact of food waste prevention, including greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural land use, while utilizing educational tools to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices. “The first year of this program put a heavy emphasis on targeting consumers and giving them information to take action within their own homes,” Warner said. “We knew there was an opportunity in food service to do the same type of thing.”Tuesday’s workshop aimed to help food service professionals identify causes of food waste and to provide resources, strategies and solutions to reduce food waste in their day-to-day operations.The event kicks off Sporting Sustainability’s enhanced efforts at Children’s Mercy Park in 2019, highlighted by the debut of a Sporting Sustainability title night on April 14 when Sporting Kansas City hosts the New York Red Bulls in a nationally televised match-up.

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