Monika Spykerman

Bigfoot, Butterflies, Monsters & Humans at Vintage Books

There’s a lot going on this weekend at Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore. First off is the book release party for Laurel Gale’s new middle grade novel, “Monster, Human, Other,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Gale will be reading from the book, discussing it, and answering questions. She’ll be available to sign books as well—and, conveniently enough, books will be on-site for you to buy! This novel is just right for kids ages 8-12. Gale’s first middle grade novel, “Dead Boy,” will also be available. The Kirkus Review says “Sympathetic and winning, Isaac and Wren star in alternating, fast-paced chapters until they come together for the exciting conclusion.”

Then, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, Vintage Books and Clark County Green Neighbors Program welcome Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, a lifelong ecologist and renowned lepidopterist. Pyle has written about everything from monarch butterflies to Bigfoot and is the founder of the Xerxes Society for invertebrate conservation. We will be celebrating the re-release of his bestseller, “Where Bigfoot Walks,” and discussing his explorations into the Dark Divide, the space between Mount St. Helens and Mt. Adams. “Where Bigfoot Walks” is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that wildness remains as well. The re-released version has a brand-new chapter and updated information that brings the Northwest legend of Bigfoot into the new century. Books will naturally be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights area of Vancouver. Free parking is available just outside the door.

Caturday at the Camas Library

Do you lack companionship of the furry, four-legged variety? Languish no more in petlessness, because the Camas Public Library is hosting Caturday (a cute mash-up of “cat” and “Saturday”) Cat Adoption Day with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library courtyard. Come and visit with kitties who need fur-ever homes with extra love, and talk to representatives from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, who know their animals well and will get you matched up with just the right one.

For extra-catty fun, you can also join the Caturday Cat Hunt game. Find all nine cats hiding in the library for a chance to win a prize. Fill the form out and return it to the front desk. The lucky winner will be contacted on Monday, Sept. 25.

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is a local no-kill shelter that’s found homes for over 4,200 dogs and cats (including this editor’s own adorable cat, Clementine). To learn more, visit If you can’t attend the adoption event on Saturday, never fear; the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society often runs adoption events at the PetSmart on 192nd Ave. in East Vancouver.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit

Boots & Bow Ties

The Mount St. Helens Institute, a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote stewardship of the earth through science, education, and exploration of volcanic landscapes, will host its fourth annual Boots & Bow Ties Dinner and Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Hilton Vancouver. But this is no ordinary cocktail-attire affair: after you don your little black dress or your suave suit, throw on a snorkel and some hiking boots. If you can manage to walk in skiis, snowshoes, or flippers—well, you’ll get points for your outdoorsy spirit. Don’t forget your canoe paddles and trekking poles. (But if trail riding is your outdoors thing, maybe leave your horse at home, because clean-up would be problematic.)

The evening includes both silent and live auctions featuring local goods and services with outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and well-being in mind. Event tickets are $75 per person and include a delicious catered dinner and an introductory membership to the Mount St. Helens Institute. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for cocktail hour and the silent auction, then dinner and the event program start at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction. Live and silent auction packages pampering packages, outdoor gear, day trip adventures, a night at Skamania Lodge, and a trip to New Orleans including airfare, a three-night stay, and a jazz tour package.

All proceeds benefit Mount St. Helens Institute’s education, stewardship and volunteer programs. To purchase event tickets, click here. To donate items or services for the silent auction, visit For information about becoming an event sponsor, call 360-449-7826.

“Harvest Gold” Neil Young Tribute Band at Magenta Theater

Neil Young will be at the Magenta Theater this weekend—or at least, he’ll be there in spirit as part of Harvest Gold, Southwest Washington’s premier Neil Young tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, laying down everything from the acoustic moods of Young’s “Harvest” album to the garage-band-extraordinaire sound of the Crazy Horse ensemble. Fans will hear all the hits from Young’s 50-year career: Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and his solo albums.

In a Harvest Gold show, audiences are treated to both the sweet acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lap steel moods of hits like Heart of Gold, Harvest Moon, and Unknown Legend, and famous dual electric guitar rockers like Cinnamon Girl, Ohio, Cowgirl in the Sand, Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World, and Down by the River. The show also features hits by other ’60s and ’70s rock legends including the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, and others.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door (while ticket supplies last). To purchase your tickets now, visit the Magenta Theater website at or phone the box office at 360-635-4358. The Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Doggie Dive!

Is your pup ready to take the plunge? Find out on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Lake Shore Athletic Club in Hazel Dell. The event, which brings together dogs (and owners!) of all shapes and sizes to practice their paddling skills, is a fundraiser for the Humane Society for Southwests Washington. Doggie Dive features two pools (one for big dogs and one for little dogs), a dog-drying station, and volunteer “doggie life guards” to keep your dog safe in the pool. The Humane Society will also have a few of its favorite community partners on site—such as Pampered Paws, Unleashed by Petco, and Columbia River Veterinary Specialists—with giveaways and prizes.

The event is held on Lake Shore’s last day of pool season (after which the pool will receive a good cleaning) and it’s a wild and wooly way to celebrate the end of summer. Save time at the event by downloading and completing the registration form. Bring it with you to the Doggie Dive, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2401 N.W. 94th St. in Hazel Dell. The cost is $15 per person. Go to for more details.

Arts & Culture Summit

Do you have something to say about the arts in Clark County? Or maybe you’re an artists, and you’d like to know exactly what Clark County is doing to help the arts and artists thrive on the North Bank. Or maybe you’re just curious! No matter what your arts-related question is, you can likely have it answered (and then some) at the second Arts & Culture Summit 2: Creating Space for the Arts, an all-day event featuring panel discussions and workshops focused on creating much-needed venues and spaces for arts and culture activities.

The focus of morning panels and afternoon workshops will be on generating the ideas and momentum to create dedicated spaces for the arts: studios, galleries, performing arts venues, classrooms, and more. Particular attention will be given to buildings and infrastructure because of the number of development projects imminent or underway which may include arts and culture components. Afternoon workshops will invite local stakeholders and community members to put their heads together to create real action plans.

The summit—8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23—will be held at the Artillery Barracks
, located at 
600 E. Hathaway Road 
on the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The cost is $35 per person. The summit agenda, a complete list of speakers and panelists, and registration information can be found at the Arts of Clark County website at

Shred It at Whole Foods!

A free document shredding event hosted by Clark County Green Neighbors is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mill Plain Whole Foods Market, 815 S.E. 160th Ave.

Clark County residents are invited to bring financial statements, invoices, personal documents, medical bills, pay stubs and tax records for shredding and recycling.

Limit is two banker or medium-size boxes per person. “This event is intended only for documents with sensitive information, such as your phone number, Social Security number or bank account information,” said Jill Krumlauf, an outreach specialist with Clark County Public Health. So: don’t bring receipts, office paper, magazines, junk mail or other documents that don’t reveal your identity or don’t contain sensitive information. Most of these materials can be recycled curbside.

All shredded materials from this event will be recycled. For more information, call 360-397-2121, ext. 4352, or visit

Love at First Crepe Book Signing at C’est la vie

Drop in to C’est la vie French Café & Crêperie any time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, for a book signing with local author Heidi Renee Mason. She is celebrating the release of her latest mystery novel, “Love at First Crepe.” Life becomes complicated for the main character, an easygoing chef, when she mashes up falling in love with foiling murder plots. The Amazon best-selling Mason cleverly combines crepes, kung fu, unexpected passion, and madcap mayhem in this humorous romantic mystery.

So order up some freshly made, seasonally inspired crêpes, a big café au lait, and chat with Mason about her books and her writing inspiration—and maybe find out what she might have planned for future novels! She is the author of “Investigating the Heart,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart,” “Steadfast Heart,” and “Always Hope”—and she’s always got another book in the works. You can also enter to win a copy of “Love at First Crepe.” To learn more about Mason, visit her website at

C’est la vie is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St. #10 in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, and shares a location with owner Chef Keri Buhman’s sister business, Soirée Supper Club and Catering, which hosts monthly/seasonal multi-course, prix fixe dinners. Visit to see what’s happening next, or, better yet, to sign up for Soirée’s newsletter.

Above image: one of C’est la vie’s delicious raspberry-and-lemon-curd crêpes. Editor’s note: I can personally attest to the fact that these crêpes are mind-blowingly delicious.

Black Market Trust at the Old Liberty

The Black Market Trust is a Los Angeles-based, five-piece band that creates a unique gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. They draw inspiration from the likes of Reinhardt, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, and John Lennon. The Black Market Trust has been praised by PBS for their “virtuostic playing, beautiful harmonies and fun interactions with the crowd.” Their music has been featured on ABC television shows and HULU original series. This is a must-see group of true talent that may not be in our region again for a while due to their busy touring schedule—but you can hear them on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield.

The concert begins at 8 p.m., but doors will open at 7 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and get some refreshments, including local craft beer and wine, as well as coffee and pastries, from Seasons Café in the lobby. Tickets are $15 per person, available by calling the Old Liberty Theater at 360-887-7260. To learn more about upcoming events at the Old Liberty Theater, visit The Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

Close Encounters 40th Anniversary

The Liberty Theater in downtown Camas is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind with…well, a showing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Steven Spielberg might have made bigger and better movies, but the one that encompasses everything the filmmaker is about is Close Encounters. It has a beautiful sense of wonderment and imagination, yet is as thematically dark as anything Spielberg has ever done. It’s about a man trying to discover the unknown mysteries of the universe and to find a connection with another race. It’s also about a man isolated from society by an irrational obsession he himself does not understand. The movie is an emotionally complex experience: magical, sad, awe-inspiring, and unsettling all at once. Here’s a plot refresher—or a plot teaser, if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this classic film:

After an encounter with a UFO, Roy Neary’s mind is laden with visions and alien music. As more strange events occur in the area, it seems something big is about to happen. Neary is one of many people in the area who begin to be obsessed with a certain location in the desert and to his friends, family, and neighbors, seems to be quickly losing his mind. As his obsession costs him his job and contact with his loved ones, he meets others with similar experiences, and together, they are determined to find the truth.

It will be shown in the Liberty’s Main Theatre. All tickets are $6. Showings are daily starting Friday, Sept. 22, and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 27. Check the website at for individual showtimes. The movie is rated PG. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

1950s Swing Dance at Pearson

Dust off your saddle shoes and join local nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver at their Swing Back to the 50s fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar. Music will be provided by the VanPort Jazz Band, which is widely acclaimed throughout the region for popular swing and jazz tunes. Attendees are invited to wear 1950s styles, either casual or “dressed to the nines.” A no-host bar will provide refreshments. This is an opportunity to join in the fun—on the dance floor or just to listen to the wonderful old songs!

Admission is $30 per ticket. Ticket sales are limited and must be purchased in advance through the Friends website at or in person at the Friends Bookstore in the Visitor Center at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. on the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.

The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum is located 1115 E Fifth St. near Fort Vancouver. The mission of the Friends of Fort Vancouver is to inspire, inform and connect visitors, supporters, advocates and the community to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Pomeroy Cellars’ 3rd Anniversary

Pomeroy Cellars Tasting Room is celebrating its third anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 8 p.m. A day of fun, wine tasting, and nibbles are planned for guests 21 and over. Vintners will spin the Discount Wheel every hour to determine special sales, and there will be prize drawings and giveaways every hour.

Wine tasting flights will be available until 6 p.m., and glass pours and bottle sales will be available all day. As guests sip their award-winning wine, they can enjoy live music from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Funaddtics Trio, playing a lively blend of jazz, rock, pop, hip hop, and country. Dinner will be available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $15 per person, courtesy of the South Pacific Café and Lounge. What’s on the menu? A Tuscan pasta bake with Italian sausage, seasoned ground beef, vegetables, cheese and herbs, plus Caesar salad and focaccia. A gluten-free vegetarian dish will also be available.

Pomeroy Cellars Winery and Tasting Room is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd. between Battle Ground and Yacolt, on the grounds of Pomeroy Living History Farm. For more information, call or text 360-686-3785 or email You can also follow Pomeroy Cellars on Facebook.

Above image: The gold medal-winning 2016 Farm Hand’s White and silver medal-winning 2014 Lucia No 47

BridgeTown Swing Weekend

The Portland Swing Dance Club brings BridgeTown Swing to the Couve with four days of dancing, competitions, and workshops at the Hilton Vancouver. This is a West Coast Swing convention with free beginners’ classes, top instructors and DJs from across the U.S., workshops for all skill levels, contests and awards every night in 12 different divisions. The festival is happening from Thursday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 24. A number of different ticket options and passes are available on the Bridge Town Swing website. Find the latest news, rides, roommates, and strictly partners on the Bridge Town Facebook page.

Buy tickets and register online now—it’s not too late! The Hilton Vancouver is located at 301 W. 6th St. in downtown Vancouver, across from Esther Short Park, and within a short walk to loads of Vancouver’s best restaurants and brewpubs. Paid parking is available at the Park ‘n Go on the N.E. corner of 6th and Columbia, and metered street parking (sometimes free!) is available all over downtown. On-site and valet parking is available for Hilton guests. If you participate in Vancouver’s Show Your Badge wristband program, you can get discounts at local eateries and retailers.

North Bank Beer Week, Sept. 22-30

North Bank Beer Week—happening from Friday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 30—is a celebration of Southwest Washington beer. From North Jetty Brewing at the mouth of the Columbia to Everybody’s Brewing upstream in White Salmon, from Loowit Brewing near the I-5 Bridge to Ashtown Brewing in the shadow of Mount St. Helens, we make great beer on the north bank of the Columbia River.

There will be special events at North Bank breweries every day in honor of NBBW—everything from live music and beer-and-painting nites to cornhole tournaments to street fighting and Mortal Kombat contests (if you like that sort of thing). Below you’ll also find a comprehensive list of what’s happening locally on each day of Beer Week, with further details on the North Bank Beer Week website at

  • Sept. 22, 6 p.m. to midnight: North Bank Beer Week Kickoff at Tap Union Freehouse AND Brickhouse
  • Sept. 23, 2 to 11 p.m., Heavy Metal Brewing: Miner Palooza 2017
  • Sept. 23, 2 to 5 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: North Bank Brewers’ Stories
  • Sept. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: PB&J Collaboration Brew Release
  • Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Pedal Power Collaboration Keg Commute
  • Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Bottle Shop Collaboration Release
  • Sept. 23, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.: 38 Below Grand Opening
  • Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trap Door Brewing: Breakfast Stout Beer Brunch
  • Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Caps N’ Taps: Bottle Share
  • Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Trap Door Brewing: Brewers Cornhole Invitational Tournament
  • Sept. 25, 7 to 10 p.m., The Thirsty Sasquatch: Bingo Night with North Jetty
  • Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Meet the Founder of Backwoods Brewing
  • Sept. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Irv & Millie’s Mead Launch
  • Sept. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: North Bank Brewers’ Stories
  • Sept. 25, 4 to 9 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Dart Tournament Extravaganza
  • Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Mortal Kombat Tournament
  • Sept. 26, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Doomsday Brewing Safe House: Bear Pong Tournament
  • Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Mt. Tabor Brewing Belgian Dark Strong Release
  • Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: Couve Brew Bevy Launch
  • Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver: Fresh Hop Feature (& Firkin)
  • Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Grapes & Growlers: Support Our Firefighters with Backwoods & Friends
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: North Bank Brewers’ Stories
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Bader Beer & Wine Supply: Beginning Brewing Class
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Fortside Ultimate Beer Bus Tour
  • Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Movie Night—”Blood, Sweat, and Beer”
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., 38 Below: Whiskey Wednesday—a Fortside Pairing
  • Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Ghost Runners Fun Run
  • Sept. 28, 5 to 8 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: Trap Door & Wingman Collaboration Release
  • Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Shinobi Arcade Tournament
  • Sept. 28, 5 to 8 p.m., Northwood Public House & Brewery: SWWA Breweries Take Over Northwood!
  • Sept. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Brothers Cascadia Juiced Up
  • Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Jeff Alworth and Bolt Lookalike Fun Time
  • Sept. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Heathen Feral Public House: HAMMERED
  • Sept. 29, 9 p.m., Heathen Feral Public House: Paint Night—Autumn Magic
  • Sept. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Barrel Mountain Fresh Hop Release
  • Sept. 29, 4 to 7 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Firkin, Fortside, and Fun!
  • Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Caps N’ Taps: Bikes, Brews, and BBQ!
  • Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Trap  Door Brewing: Kettle Sour Fest
  • Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Main St. Washougal: Washougal Oktoberfest
  • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Loowit Brewing: A Cheesy Night Beer & Cheese Pairing
  • Sept. 29, 6 to 10 p.m., Victor 23 Craft Brewing: One Year Anniversary Celebration
  • Sept. 30, noon to 6 p.m., Esther Short Park: Vancouver Fresh Hop Fest

Backyard Birding Workshop

Come learn more about your backyard friends—the feathered kind, that is—during the Backyard Birding workshop at Columbia Springs on Sunday, Sept. 24. This family-friendly event includes a guided bird walk around the Columbia Springs natural area, a short video about the local bird species that you might see in your yard, and a question-and-answer session and free advice about how to get started with backyard birdwatching. Find out which spots are the best for birdwatching and how to attract them to your back yard. Best of all, everyone who attends will get a free chickadee birdhouse kit to assemble and take home (or take home and assemble), so that you can start attracting your own flying visitors.

Columbia Springs is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. The workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Swift Room. To register, e-mail or call 360-882-0936, ext. 224. You can also get more information and register online by clicking here. There’s a fee of $10 per person (although scholarships are available). Free parking is available in the main lot. For more information about events, activities, summer camps, workshops, guided nature hikes, and volunteer opportunities at Columbia Springs, visit

Above image: a bullfinch stops by to say hello

Tamale Festival Needs Tamale Masters

The Southwest Washington Tamale Festival is coming to downtown Washougal from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Presented by the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens, the family-friendly event will celebrate the richness of Latino culture and is free and open to the public—and the festival is now accepting applicants for the tamale-tasting contests!

The event will feature tamale contests for two groups: restaurants, caterers, and food trucks (“Professionals”) and individuals with their own family recipes (“Homestyle”). Entries will be judged in three categories; meat, no meat/vegetarian and sweet/dessert. Winners will be determined based on taste, technique, appearance and overall quality. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries. For contest rules and entry form, go to the event website at

Beyond the tamale contest, the event will offer a craft area for kids, tamale making demonstrations from 2 to 3 p.m., food vendors featuring food with a Latino flair, a beer garden, local craft vendors, music and dancing. Entertainment will include Gerardo and Nekla Calderon and their “Leyendas de Mexico” show at 3 p.m., Hudson’s Bay High School Las Bonitas y Los Caballero’s Ballet Folkloric at 4:30 p.m. and Son de Cuba Quartette at 6 p.m.

Food and craft vendor space is still available for the event. Applications can be found at the event website. Proceeds and donations collected from event will support future scholarship stipends for local youth. Contact the festival at

Fort Vancouver National Trust Rebrands As “The Historic Trust”

The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced it has undergone a re-branding, and is renaming itself The Historic Trust, with the tag line, “Celebrating history. Inspiring tomorrow.” The Historic Trust has a new logo and color palette, and three interconnected websites have been launched to anchor the main areas of business within the organization. They are The Historic Trust main site:; Pearson Field Education Center:; and Property Management:

New and innovative programming will play key role in redefining The Historic Trust, with more tours, military history talks, lectures, and volunteer opportunities. A partnership with WSU Vancouver will result in the development of an augmented reality experience for visitors to engage, via mobile device, with iconic people from history at Providence Academy, and along Officers Row. The curriculum at Pearson Field Education Center is gaining ground as a gateway for kids to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects through aviation. The Historic Trust continues to be innovative and entrepreneurial in the production of annual community events identified within its Celebrate Freedom program, including the Marshall Lectures and Marshall Awards, Flag Day Ceremony, Veterans Parade, and Independence Day at Fort Vancouver.

Through a master lease with the City of Vancouver established in 2006, the Trust maintains and preserves the city-owned Officers Row and West Vancouver Barracks historic properties, and manages all residential and commercial leases in those buildings. This oversight includes event venue rental for spaces at the Artillery Barracks, Red Cross Building, O. O. Howard House, and Marshall House—and has recently expanded to the Providence Academy.

The organization was established in 1998 as the nonprofit partner to multiple agencies with an interest in preserving and making accessible the history, structures, and cultural resources of the 366-acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The National Park Service owns the reconstructed fort, the parade grounds and the visitor center, the Pearson Air Museum, as well as the East and South Vancouver Barracks.

Above image: the historic Marshall House on Officer’s Row

Give More 24! Thursday, Sept. 21

Southwest Washington’s fourth annual day of online giving is planned for Thursday, Sept. 21. The event, called Give More 24! runs from midnight to midnight and encourages local residents to donate online at Support any of the 132 participating nonprofits championing causes like animals, arts and culture, community improvement, education, environment, health, housing, hunger, social services and youth development.

Every gift given during this event will stay local, because each of the participating nonprofits serves Clark, Cowlitz or Skamania Counties. Gifts will also go a little further, thanks to a $30,000 “stretch pool,” $15,000 in nonprofit prizes, and additional matching gifts. The stretch pool adds a small percentage to each dollar given, while matching funds help through dollar-to-dollar matches. Contributions must be made through the Give More 24! website in order to get the boost from the stretch, prize and match dollars. More information about the prizes and what it takes to win one for a nonprofit can be found on the website. Last year, 3,062 donors—enough to fill 85 city buses—donated more than $920,000 during the 24-hour period. Gifts came from 41 states and as far as Australia.

To take part in this online giving marathon, visit the website on Sept. 21., where you can donate using the website’s secure donation form. All the donations will be tallied in real time so that everyone can watch the dollars add up and cheer on their favorite cause. The website also allows you to tap into your social networks by allowing you to post messages in support of your favorite causes—rallying your friends and family to show support as well! In the meantime, here’s a brief list of what’s happening around town on Sept. 21 to generate enthusiasm:

  • Beaches Cashback Day, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.: visit any Beaches location or Warehouse ’23, mention Give More 24!, and 50% of your bill will get kicked back to a participating organization of your choice.
  • Caffeinate the Cause, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boomerang: grab a cup of Stumptown coffee, shop for home decor and jewelry, and enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment all day.
  • Swing More 24!, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various parks: local residents, elected officials, business owners and employees will pump their legs for the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Cheer them on with donations as they clock in for their “swing shift” on swing sets across Clark County.
  • Give Big at Big Al’s, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Big Al’s: Give BIG at Big Al’s to benefit the OHSU Doernbecher Foundation, and bowl a few frames with your family or friends; 15% of the day’s proceeds will also go to OHSU and Doernbecher.
  • Dunking for Dollars at LUXE, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at LUXE Restaurant: local celebrities will be taking the plunge to benefit Police Activities League of Vancouver and Leadership Clark County. Grab some lunch and try a dunk, or test your dunking power during happy hour!
  • Give More 24! Watershed Ride, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Esther Short Park Glockenspiel: claim your seat for a ride on the Couve Cycle, a multi-passenger pedal bike offering tours of Esther Short Park and glimpses of the new waterfront progress. En route you’ll learn how the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington is keeping local waterways clean. Funky Fresh Juice and Bleu Door Bakery will donate juice and cookies to keep cyclers fueled up.
  • Stack for Share! Open House, 1 to 3 p.m. at SHARE Fromhold: watch or participate in the SHARE Stack Smackdown, where contestants will be challenged to build structures out of perishable food items.
  • Open House Rocks Vancouver!, 2 to 4 p.m. at Open House Ministries: paint it forward! Residents, staff and volunteers have been busy painting rocks with various themes to be placed around Vancouver. Come see this celebration of art, giving, and gratitude at the painting and gifting party.
  • Eat for Change at Chipotle, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hazel Dell Chipotle: tell the cashier you’re supporting Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to strengthening children and families through early learning  and community partnerships.
  • Eat, Drink and Help Solve Hunger, 3 to 10 p.m. at various locations: The North County Community Food Bank is hosting a donor lounge from 3 to 6 p.m. at Doube V Distillery, where you can sip on spirits while supporting hunger relief efforts—or come to “Thirsty Thursday” at Northwood Public House from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Talking Around the Tiki, 4 to 7 p.m. at Heathen Brewing Feral Public House: Community Mediation Services and One Life are getting together for food, drink, and art. Kids are welcome to join in the fun, while adults partake in the super silent auction inside the tiki-style giving lounge.
  • Autism Empowerment Meet & Greet, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Continental Community Room: Autism Empowerment invites you to become part of a movement to promote a culture of acceptance, enrichment, inspiration, and empowerment in the autism community.
  • Eat More for Give More 24!, 5 to 9 p.m. at Hopworks Urban Brewery: Enjoy local craft beers and fine food at happy hour prices to support the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. Ten percent of every purchase supports healthy waterways and outdoor science education.
  • Dining with the Symphony, 5 to 7 p.m. at Teri’s Restaurant: small ensembles from the Southwest Washington Symphony will be performing a dinner-table concerto for lucky patrons enjoying the $24 dinner special: two entrées, two glasses of wine, and a dessert to share.
  • Carpool Karaoke and Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. at Red Robin: the Mill Plain Red Robin will give 20% of all proceeds to support everything from scholarships to technical equipment for Journey Theater Arts Group. A $10 gift gets you a ride in a car set up with cameras that will capture your vocal genius. Come be a star in the car!

ROAR Storytelling: Love

ROAR is a bi-monthly storytelling event that showcases seasoned storytellers, improvisers, writers, slam poets, and surprise guests, with female empowerment and courage as the underlying theme. This Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., ROAR will bring four women to the stage to share inspiring, honest, and raw stories from their lives. ROAR’s next show, “Love,” features women of all ages, different ethnic backgrounds, and sexual identities. This month’s featured storytellers are a compelling group of women indeed, and include:

  • Asha Deliverance—mother of Taliesin Namkai-Meche, one of the Good Samaritans slain on the MAX while protecting two teenage girls
  • Soraya Deen—lawyer, activist, international speaker, and founder of Peaceworks and the Muslim Women Speakers Movement
  • Rev Felicia Parazaider—speaker, author, activist, and the founder of the Revolution of Love
  • Kristine McClain—trans woman and LGBTW activist

Advance tickets are $15, available online at Tickets purchased at the door are $18. ROAR will donate 10% of the show’s tickets sales and concessions to the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE), an organization which works to inform, educate, and prevent violence and exploitation against women and children.

This storytelling series is a collaboration between the landmark Kiggins Theatre and Erika Worth, a writer, actress, poet, performance artist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and storyteller. To learn more about ROAR and the women who’ll be performing, visit ROAR’S Facebook page at, or go to ROAR’s website at The Kiggins is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about the show, or to see more upcoming events at the Kiggins, visit the Kiggins’s Events page at

Volcano Views & Brews: Foraging Edible Mushrooms

It’s almost time for another Volcano Views & Brews, the North Bank’s popular series that combines those seemingly unalike yet both iconically Northwestern things, volcanoes and beer. This next installment—sponsored by the Mount St. Helens Institute—will be held on two dates in two locations: Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks, and Thursday, Sept. 21, at Ashtown Brewing in Longview. The topic is “Edible Mushroom Identification and Foraging,” and the presentation will be given by noted Northwest mycologist Rachel Box. Both presentations are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

We study flowers, trees, and other plants but miss out on an entire natural frontier: mushrooms! It’s time to look beyond the stigma of mushrooms as dirty decomposers or…um, fatal poisoners…and consider the ways they inspire our curiosity, our culinary creativity, and our inner forager. Learn the basics of the identification process, what it takes to forage on your own, and how to pick the proper field guide. There will be a question-and-conversation time following the presentation so that you can ask any mushroom-related question you can think of!

As a Pacific Northwest native, Box grew up exploring the off trail depths of the forest. One autumn, with guidance from a friend of what to pick, she came home with a hat full of Chanterelle mushrooms and an inspired curiosity. Since then, curiosity has fruited into an in-depth passion and knowledge of the world of mushrooms. Box teaches mushroom foraging workshops and lectures throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is an active member of the Oregon Mycological Society, leading field trips and teaching for a variety of their events. Box also runs a small-but-resourceful website that addresses the most frequently asked questions from those aspiring to learn more about mushrooms and has a YouTube page that features how to identify key edible mushrooms and other fungi facts. Learn more about Box at