Monika Spykerman

Meaningful Movies at the Old Liberty

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield is pleased to host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” is a film and discussion group. Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation.

The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no political affiliations.

The documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. Take a journey through an “ecological lens” and get an introduction to permaculture. The film gives insight on everything from growing your own diverse foods to healing the soil—whether you live in a city, suburb, or a rural area. Learn how new daily habits with gardening and permaculture can have a large impact on the Earth and discover resources on where and how to begin.

The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260.

Score: A Film Music Documentary

The critically acclaimed “Score: A Film Music Documentary” brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most widely known music genre: the film score. The documentary opens Friday, July 21, at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver.

Featuring hundreds of clips and interviews with such luminaries as Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Trent Reznor, Gary Marshall, James Cameron, Randy Newman, Rachel Portman, Leonard Maltin, Quincy Jones, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat, Bear McCreary, Mark Mothersbaugh and Steven Spielberg—to name a very few. For more information, visit the movie’s official website at https://www.score-movie.com/. You can also get a sneak peek by watching the preview below.

The film will be shown daily through Wednesday, July 26. Check the Kiggin’s Theatre’s website at www.kigginstheatre.net for showtimes. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main Street in Vancouver. All seats $9 except for Mondays, when all tickets are $6.

Gardening with Wildlife

WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners and Clark County Public Health are teaming up to present a free workshop that will help you bring all sorts of wild creatures into your yard, from bats to birds to bees to butterflies and possibly even bunnies—all of which are extremely beneficial to the health of your garden. At “Gardening with Wildlife,” Clark County Master Gardeners will teach you ways to make your landscape inviting to local wildlife. After the presentation, participants will help assemble habitat structures—bird and bat boxes—for placement at a nearby park. Bring gloves if you have them!

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the Luke Jensen Sports Complex at 4000 N.E. 78th St. in Vancouver. The workshop will be held in the Bud van Cleve Community Room. No registration is necessary and children ages 8 and older are welcome to attend with their parents. For more information, email Erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu or call 360-397-6060, ext. 5738.

Roar: Fierce Female Storytelling

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, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., ROAR will bring five powerful women to the stage to share inspiring, honest, and raw stories from their lives. 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.

ROAR’s next show features women  from their 20s to 60s representing different ethnic backgrounds and sexual identities. The speakers—Kahlie Towle, Samira Sahebi, Alina Aliyar, Leah Baer, and Jennifer Gerould, ranging in ages from 30s to 70s—will tell stories centered around the theme of “Freedom.” Advance tickets are $15, available online at http://www.kigginstheatre.net/events/roar/. Tickets purchased at the door are $20. 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.

ROAR will also introduce “Girls Roar” on Thursday, July 27, a workshop and show providing a platform for girl’s voices from ages 12-17, while encouraging unity, courage, and self-esteem. For more information about the show, or to see more upcoming events at the Kiggins, visit the Kiggins’s Events page at http://www.kigginstheatre.net/events/. To learn more about ROAR and the women who’ll be performing, visit ROAR’S Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RoarVoices/, or go to ROAR’s website at www.roarvoices.com. The Kiggins is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Ducky Derby

Do you feel ducky? Go ahead, make our day—by throwing your rubber ducky into the river and watching it bob-bob-bob to the finish line. The annual Ducky Derby will be held at noon on Sunday, July 23, on the banks of the Washougal River, when approximately 5,000 cute yellow rubber ducks will race down the Washougal River to raise money for local service projects and scholarships. If your duck is the first one to cross the finish line, you’ll win a week’s vacation in Hawaii (courtesy of Riverview Community Bank)! Now that’s something to quack about.

Ducky Derby is Camas-Washougal Rotary’s largest fundraiser and has raised more than $200,000 since the first Ducky Derby in 1995. Proceeds from the derby directly benefit the projects supported by Camas-Washougal Rotary. Each year, more than $10,000 goes directly to support local high school student scholarships. Funds are raised through both sponsorships and ticket sales, and support not only high school scholarships but also nonprofit organizations such as Santa’s Posse, Backpack Project, Dictionary Project, Share, youth exchanges, polio eradication, Meals on Wheels, Young Women in Action, Walk and Knock, and many others.

You’re invited to adopt a duck (or two or ten!) and watch the event from the Third Ave. Bridge or along the shores of the Washougal River. Duck tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at Camas Days in downtown Camas on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, or by e-mailing headduck@cwduckyderby.org. Learn more at www.cwduckyderby.org.

Camas Days

It’s almost time for the 43rd annual Camas DaysFriday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22—followed by the Ducky Derby on Sunday, July 23. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time,” and as always, Camas Days offers fun for all ages, as well as a perfect opportunity to check out downtown’s marvelous mix of brewpubs, taprooms, cocktail lounges, coffee shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Expect to see arts and craft vendors, a gated wine and microbrew street, a kids’ activities street, a food street, concerts in the park, two parades (the Kids’ Parade on Friday and the Main Parade on Saturday), a softball tournament, and the famous Bathtub Races in front of City Hall.

During this two-day-long celebration of the North Bank’s favorite mill town, vendor and food booths open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to sell locally made crafts and delicious prepared food, and the famous Kids’ Street opens at 11 a.m. on both days, with a Kids’ Parade on Friday at 12:15. In the evenings, from 5 to 11 p.m., there will be a “Toast of Camas” Wine and Microbrew Street featuring award-winning local wines and craft brews as well as live music. If you love a parade, don’t miss the Camas Days Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by the Bathtub Races (and yes, that means actual bathtubs racing down the street) and Firehose Spray. There will also be a blueberry pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Camas United Methodist Church and a softball tournament at Doc Harris Stadium. For a complete schedule, click here.

Above photograph: a day at the Bathtub Races. Photograph by Dave Norwood, courtesy of www.norwoodphotos.com, used here with permission.

“The Fire” Scottish Trio at Old Liberty

Are you up for some heel-stomping, kilt-flapping, hand-clapping, Scottish-style music? If so, then come on out to Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater where, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, you can hear Scottish music trio The Fire perform a special live concert. This lively ensemble is comprised of Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicki, David Brewer of Molly’s Revenge, and the multi-instrumentalist Adam Hendley. They’ll play rousing Scottish tunes that bridge the gap between the traditional fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland. The entire band honors traditions of the region and have travelled and studied Scottish music to provide a high-energy sound experience that speaks to the varying regions and stories of the Scottish landscape.

Tickets are $15 per person and all ages are welcome. Advance tickets are available by phone at 360-887-7260 or online at www.oldlibertytheater.com. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. so that you can purchase refreshments, including craft beer and wine, from Seasons Café in the lobby. The Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield. To learn more about The Fire, visit firescottishband.com.

VSO Kicks off 39th Season with Free Concert in Esther Short Park

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce its 39th season, featuring legendary piano virtuoso Alexander Toradze and the return of critically acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Principal Trombonist of Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Rejano Cantero, will present the Northwest premiere of Maestro Salvador Brotons’ Trombone Concerto. The VSO will delight the audience with musical gems from symphonic repertoire, such as Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and Holst’s Planets with a special 3D experience. On the heels of the triumphant inaugural weekend of the VSO Pops series last December, the VSO will presents two Pops concerts in this upcoming season.

This season will be comprised of seven pairs of symphonic concerts, six Chamber Series concerts, a free outdoor concert, and the 24th Annual Young Artist Competition. Each symphony concert is performed at Skyview Concert Hall in Vancouver, Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Each Chamber Series concert is performed at the Kiggins Theatre, and the outdoor concert will be in the band shell at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The free outdoor concert, in fact, is coming up soon: at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, as part of the Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Series. There is absolutely no charge to attend this concert—just bring some folding chairs or a blanket, and enjoy a summer picnic while listening to world-class music.

To see the full 39th Season concert schedule, visit vancouversymphony.org. Tickets are $38 general admission, $50 for reserved seating, $34 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available for all concerts at vancouversymphony.org or by calling 360-735-7278. For more information about the Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Series, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/riverview-six-sunset-concerts.

An Evening with Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra

Spend an evening with Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra at Magenta Theater! This benefit performance features Linda Lee Michelet and John Gilmore with the Linda Lee Michelet Big Band. This intimate evening of classic favorites feature the original arrangements of Peggy Lee and Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra’s “Live at the Sands” album. Featured Peggy Lee tunes include: “Fever,” “I’m a Woman,” “It’s a Good Day,” and “Is That All There Is?” Frank Sinatra tunes include: “My Kind of Town,” “Come Dance With Me,” “New York, New York,” and “Summer Wind.”

The show will be performed on two nights only: Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. both nights. General admission tickets are $35 per person. VIP tickets are also available for $50 per person, and include and exclusive pre-show performance by Michelet and Millward at 6:30 p.m., plus front-row seats for the main event. To purchase online tickets now, click here or visit www.magentatheater.com.

The event is sponsored by The Herbery, voted Best of Clark County Cannabis Stores two years in a row.

Satisfy Your Senses: Art & Wine Event at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is hosting the three-day Satisfy Your Senses Art Show & Sale from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23. This annual event features the work of new and returning professional artists, including Kathleen Hovis (jewelry), Bonnie Junell (paintings), Edi Olson (paintings), Timothy Reed (photography), and Debbie Wilhoit (glass art). A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will go toward one of the area’s most valued nonprofits, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The show is free to attend and open to the public.

There’s an opening night reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 21, where attendees can meet the artists and enjoy wine from Basel Cellars, complimentary appetizers provided by Latte Da, and music by Anchored. The art show and sale continues through the weekend, and guests can view art both indoors and on the covered patio.

Drop by any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, for live music with Justin Little and Ebony Notes, as well as flights of wine from Vinea Imports and Basel Cellars. On Sunday, July 23, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a raffle for an enhanced giclée print by Bonnie Junell. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the drawing will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner need not be present to win. For more information about this and other events and happenings at Latte Da, visit its website at or follow Latte Da on its Facebook page.

For more information about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation—whose mission is to support the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s programs and services, and to inspire reading, lifelong learning, and community involvement—visit www.fvrlfoundation.org or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FVRLFoundation.

Above image: a fabulous handcrafted gold and opal necklace by jewelry artist Kathleen Hovis of WhimsybyKT

Natural Gardens Tour

Local gardening enthusiasts will get a chance to wander through 15 diverse natural gardens that showcase earth-friendly gardening techniques during the Green Neighbors Natural Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. The annual tour is a great way to learn how to make your yard a beautiful, healthy place for pets and children while protecting waterways and wildlife. Methods include using native plants, conserving water with rain barrels, attracting ladybugs and other beneficial insects, and designing alternatives to traditional lawns. The tour also offers an opportunity to chat with local residents who have learned how to maintain gardens without relying on fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

For more information about the Natural Garden Tour and other environmentally conscious activities, visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org. Booklets with details about the free, self-guided garden tour can be downloaded from www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/gardentour or found at:

Kids’ Art Show at Boomerang: Artists Wanted!

“Purpley,” by Lili P, age nine

Boomerang and Vancouver’s Downtown Association are teaming up to host the 2017 Boomerang Kids’ Art Show…and they need artists to fill the walls of Boomerang’s downtown Vancouver shop with all kinds of wonderful art! Boomerang invites young artists, from tiny tots up to age 18, to display their artwork in the gallery during the month of August. There will be a First Friday reception on Aug. 4 with live music and light refreshments, and everyone can come see what incredible talent our kids have. Original artworks in all media are welcome, including 3D sculptures, painting, drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, and more.

Drop-off time for the art and the deadline for submission is Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Anali Gomez, Boomerang Art Intern, or Tom Relth, Boomerang Artist in Residence and Gallery Curator, at art@generosityreturns.com or 360-561-4245.

While you’re at Boomerang on First Friday in August to see the kids’ art, check out the exhibit in Boomerang’s main gallery “Systems Meet Chaos: Art in the Family,” a father-daughter exhibit featuring the original works of syndicated political cartoonist and fine artist Monte Wolverton, as well as limited edition prints by his daughter, Monika Spykerman. (Full disclosure: Spykerman is the editor of this publication, and she is super-excited about this show and hopes you’ll come.)

Native Plant Walk on the Confluence Land Bridge

Join Grand Ronde lifeways instructor Greg Archuleta on an interpretive native plant walk over the Confluence Land Bridge at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. In discussing native plants and their uses, Archuleta will also share aspects of Chinookan culture along the Columbia River, illuminating their deep connection to this place. His walk will end with a display of Chinookan material culture and demonstrations for continued discussions.

Arcing over State Highway 14, the Confluence Land Bridge is an earth-covered pedestrian bridge that reconnects the historic Fort Vancouver with the Columbia River. Learn about the site’s indigenous plants, walk under the bridge’s Welcome Gate, designed by Native American artist Lillian Pitt and connect more deeply to the history of the place we call home.

The walk will start from Old Apple Tree Park on the south side of the land bridge. Contact Confluence Program Manager Courtney Yilk at 360-693-0123 to RSVP or with questions. Additional presentation dates include:

  • Aug. 26, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Oct. 7, noon to 2 p.m. at the Old Apple Tree Festival

Above image: one of the arresting glass masks that adorns the gate at the south entrance to the bridge.

Family Game Night at Camas Meadows

Camas Meadows Golf Club is offering a Family Game Night on Saturday, July 22. Come at 7 p.m. for an optional $5 pizza dinner, and then stay for the free family golf at 8 p.m., featuring mini-putt competitions and the famed Marshmallow Long Drive, among other fun games. All ages are welcome and you don’t need to be a pro (or even very good) to enjoy this event. No registration is necessary; just show up!

While you’re there, you can sign up with the Washington Youth Golf Academy at Camas Meadows, which offers classes for all ages and experience levels. The Washington Youth Golf Academy’s mission is to engage local young people through learning skills which will last a lifetime, and to create a place where future community leaders can grow through character development and friendships.

Camas Meadows is located at 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Dr. in Camas. For more information about classes, programs, and events at Camas Meadows, visit www.camasmeadows.com.

Vintage Base Ball & Civil War Encampment

On Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, a series of events at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will highlight nearly 100 years of local military history. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 22, volunteers from the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry will set up a Civil War-era encampment on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground. Visitors to the encampment will learn about military life during the 1860s and watch black powder musket demonstrations. At 6 pm, visitors will be invited to step back in time to watch a baseball game played by the rules of the 1860s. Costumed volunteers from the national park and the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry will portray two of the Pacific Northwest’s earliest baseball teams: the Sherman Base Ball Club (consisting of Vancouver Barracks soldiers) and the Occidental Base Ball Club of the City of Vancouver. Vancouver’s Mayor Pro Tem, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, will throw the first pitch.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, costumed living history volunteers from the 113th Cavalry Living History Group will host a World War II Encampment located just west of Pearson Air Museum. The camp will interpret Vancouver Barracks role as a wartime port of embarkation, where troops from various units were mustered together into combat formations for transportation to the various theaters of war throughout the world. Rare World War II equipment and vehicles will be a part of the encampment, while historic uniforms and photographs will be on exhibit in the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum. Also in the Historic Hangar, vendors associated with the 113th Cavalry Living History Group will also be selling American World War II uniforms and equipment for re-enactors and other collectors.Adventure Flight of Lincoln, California will be operating a 1942 Cessna T50 “Bamboo Bomber,” a World War II twin engine training airplane, from Pearson Field. The operators will be offering rides in this vintage “warbird” at a rate of $150 for a 15 minute ride, or $300 for a 30 minute ride. More information on this aircraft and the company can be found online at www.adventureflight.net.

At the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, author Daniel Sharfstein will discuss his new book, “Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War.” Sharfstein’s work illuminates one of the most enduring and tragic struggles in American history. Copies of Sharfstein’s book will be available for sale at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, operated by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.

All events (except for the plane rides) are free.

Greek Night at Niche Wine Bar

Break some plates and shout “Opa!” at Niche Wine Bar‘s Greek Night, from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Niche is celebrating the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and the Greek deities who gave Wonder Woman her powers with a Greek-inspired menu from Chef David Higginbotham, paired with six Greek wines chosen by Niche’s proprietor and wine expert, Leah Jackson. (Hmmm…we wonder if she will serve retsina, a pungent white wine infused with pine resin. It’s an acquired taste but delightfully refreshing!) Fifteen “passports” will be given away throughout the evening, with each passport containing information about Greece, maps, and room for your tasting notes.

To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek at the menu:

  • Grilled artichokes with feta, garlic, and lemon
  • Zucchini cakes
  • Greek salad
  • Braised local goat or lamb with stewed tomatoes, oregano, yogurt, lemon, and garlic

Niche Wine Bar is located at 1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, next door to the historic Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Angst Gallery. For more information and to keep up with goings-on at Niche, follow Niche on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nichewineandart/.

Fused Glass Workshops at Heisen House

What’s more fun than a cool glass of chilled white wine and some hot, hot glass? Not much, if you enjoy creating things from fused glass! If you haven’t tried working with fused glass, but have always wanted to try, there’s no better way to do it than with wine, right? Luckily, Heisen House Vineyards is offering two fused glass workshops at its winery as part of its Summer Craft Sundays. The next workshop is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, and there’s another one at 2 p.m. on Aug. 20. The cost is $45 per person and includes wine and light appetizers. Register for the July 16 workshop online at https://squareup.com/store/fused-glass-made-fun/item/fused-glass-project.

Each participant will spend an enjoyable afternoon learning how to make an open canvas, free-form fused glass project. Each participant gets a five-inch square of glass, fused glass scraps, tools, kiln time, and instructions. While you’re letting your imagination run wild, you can savor a glass (or two) of sustainably grown Heisen House wine and nibble from small plates. Workshops last for two hours at Heisen House, 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Battle Ground. To learn more about Heisen House Vineyards—which is listed on the register of historical places and is a popular event venue—visit heisenhousevineyards.com or “like” them on Facebook.

Grand Opening of Salud! Wine Bar

What the North Bank really needs, in this Land of Beer, is…more places to drink wine. Fortunately, Salud! Wine Bar is here to help. Friday, June 14, is its grand opening celebration, and anyone who is lucky enough to be over 21 is invited to come check out its new location in downtown Camas, right next door to A Beer at a Time, at 224 N.E. 3rd Ave. They’ll by open from 3 to 11 p.m., launching right into their regular hours: 3 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, and 3 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays—so if you can’t come down for the grand opening on Friday, drop by some other time! Parking in the adjacent lot is shared with A Beer at a Time.

Guests can peruse the wine menu and selection of small plates (which will be expanded on Aug. 1) and enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night. While you’re there, check out Salud’s Bella Vino Event Room, boasting a 150″ screen and projector for movie nights, sports days, and all things in between. Salud also offers temperature-controlled wine storage for oenophiles who need a place to keep treasured bottles of wine deliciously drinkable. Salud! will also host fun, creative events like the Public Pallet Party on July 25 and the Art Journey Pain Night on Aug. 2. (Click the links for information on pricing and registration.)

To learn more about Salud! Wine Bar, Event Center, and Wine Storage, call 360-787-2583, visit www.saludwine.com, or “like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Saludwine/. You can also see their opening weekend food menu and wine list online, or sign up for one of their wine memberships at https://www.saludwine.com/salud-club-memberships.

Robbery on the Steam Train!

Did you know that the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad gets robbed several times a year, the trains stopped and boarded by marauding bandits with faces hid behind neckerchiefs? The passengers are frisked and their valuables purloined. Fortunately, the brigands are always brought to justice when the sheriff comes to town, the passengers’ treasures returned and peace restored.

But seriously, the Chelatchie Prairie train robberies are all fun and games, a family-friendly show staged for the pleasure of ticket-holding passengers. The Yacolt-based railroad is hosting two Train Robbery weekends this summer, the first one on Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16. Trains depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station at 207 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. Passengers on these trains will be part of the action as “train robbers” board the train and pretend to make off with your coins and jewelry. Will the sheriff arrive in time to capture the thieves? All signs point to “yes,” but you never know! After the faux-robbery, the train will make a stop at Moulton Station to see Yacolt Falls—and to allow passengers to have their photos taken with the robbers.

Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Tickets are $20 per person, $19 for seniors, $15 for children five to 12, and $13 for little ones two to four. Babies up to age two are free. To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on this popular and scenic train ride, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

Above image: train robbery in action, courtesy of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Guided Walks at Columbia Springs: Tour the Fish Hatchery!

Columbia Springs offers Guided Nature Hikes on the first and third Wednesdays of every month through October. The hikes are held in the early evening, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., so working parents with kids can join the hike and get a little nature in their day. Every month there’s a different topic to explore or different destination on Columbia Spring’s 100-acre nature preserve. Themes may include the fish hatchery, fungi, birds, forest edibles, and more.

The next Guided Nature Hike is on Wednesday, July 19, and features a tour of the fish hatchery. Learn about the water, the fish and their rearing process, and the rich history surrounding this operation, which has been continuously raising fish since 1938.

All the nature hikes are really easy walks, and appropriate for all ages, even little ones. They are free, although there’s a suggested donation of $5, which will go to support Columbia Springs’ activities and programs. Participants should dressed for the weather and bring water if needed. Columbia Springs is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy. and parking is available on site. Groups meet at the SWIFT Classroom and take place rain or shine. Register by sending an email to volunteering@columbiasprings.org indicating your interest in attending. You can also all 360-882-0936, ext. 224.