'Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition'

A state-of-the-art entertainment and educational exhibition based on the film series and C.S. Lewis' books will debut at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix June 7.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition" will include artifacts from C.S. Lewis' personal study as well as let visitors experience environments such as the attic and wardrobe that served as a portal into Narnia, the wintry Narnia world, the White Witch's ice palace and scenes from the upcoming movie. There will also be props from both movies and complementary educational and interactive displays.

The exhibit was created by the Becker Group in association with Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media and will run through Oct. 26.

The 10,000-square-foot exhibit will travel to other museums around the world over the next five years, but the schedule has not been firmed up yet.

For more information, visit www.narniaexhibition.com.

How do you spell Cheyenne?

Cheyenne will get the last word when it hosts AARP the Magazine's National Spelling Bee on June 14 at the Little America Hotel and Resort. Some 250 competitors, ages 50-plus, will compete against spellers from across the country and Canada as a means to keep their minds sharp.

In connection with the spelling bee, the city will be offering events, attractions and special hotel rates for all visitors.

Visitors can attend the spelling contest at no charge. There will also be fully narrated historic trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, free concerts, gunslinger shows, as well as Cheyenne's usual lineup of museums, historic hotels, nearby attractions, western-themed stores and art galleries.

Weekend visitors can get a special rate at Little America Hotel and Resort, which includes a round of golf, by calling 800-445-6945. Information on other lodging and activities is available at www.cheyenne.org.

The history of chocolate

The story of chocolate is one of history's greatest adventures, covering more than a millennium and spanning the globe many times over.

"Chocolate: The Exhibition" will be brought to life in an exhib featuring video, interactive displays, photos and more than 200 artifacts at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., from May 31 to Sept. 7.

Visit www.thehenryford.org to get more information, and you can also enter the Chocolate Lovers' Sweetstakes.

Happy Birthday, Alaska

One June 30, 1958, the headline in the Anchorage Daily Times read "We're In." The U.S. Senate had sent the Alaska Statehood Act to President Dwight Eisenhower for his stamp of approval.

Fast forward 50 years, and Alaska is preparing for the biggest celebration the state has ever seen. Events will kick off this summer and continue on into January 2009, when the official Declaration of Statehood was signed.

Fairbanks will kick off events this week with a weeklong festival. Juneau will present a special "Alaska Symphony" concert June 14; Anchorage will celebrate "We're In" weekend June 28-30. Haines and Valdez and other cities will begin celebrating on the 4th of July. And on and on it goes.

For more information on the celebration or visiting Alaska, visit www.travelalaska.com.

Caribbean Summer

Many people think of the Caribbean as a winter destination, but summer is a good time to visit. Crowds thin out after the high season ends in April, beaches are less crowded, flights are less expensive — and temperatures are still the same. Due to trade winds, summer temperatures are generally just a few degrees warmer than winter.

Many resorts and hotels also offer summer packages. For more information, contact your local travel agent.