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DOLL MUSEUM HONORS SMOKEY WITH BIRTHDAY PARTY SATURDAY

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Smokey Bear, the symbol of the Forest Service's fire prevention program, is turning 50 years old this year. In celebration of the popular bear, the McCurdy Doll Museum, 246 N. 100 East, will host a birthday party, Saturday, June 18, at 1:30 p.m.

The party will be part of the nationwide celebration and will feature an appearance by Smokey Bear, who will cut the birthday cake and tell the story of Smokey.A special guest at the museum party will be an original Smokey Bear doll, one of the first ever made by Ideal Toy Co. It is on loan to the museum by Emily Chandler, the owner, who worked for the National Forest Service.

Admission to the party is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children under 12. Reservations can be made by calling Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 377-9935. Refreshments, including birthday cake, will be served in the Secret Garden following the storytelling. A free Smokey handout will be given to those attending.

Also on display during the month of June are bride dolls, an extensive collection of dolls from many companies and individual collectors. July and August will feature a special collection of Barbie dolls in honor of Barbie's 35th birthday.