Monika Spykerman

Taekwondo Classes for Kids & Adults

Taekwondo is a non-aggressive and ethical system of self-defense and one of the country’s most popular martial arts. It’s also a great opportunity for families to get into fitness together, since this class is available to anyone over the age of seven—adults included!

Vancouver Parks and Recreation is offering beginner Taekwondo classes from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, and intermediate Taekwondo classes from 7 to 8 p.m., also on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes meet at the Firstenburg Community Center, located at 700 N.E. 136th Ave. in East Vancouver. (…and after you get all sweaty doing your high kicks, you can cool off in Firstenburg’s lovely indoor pool; there’s a public swim Mondays through Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.)

The first class meets on Tuesday, May 30. The cost is $92 to $106 per person. Register online for Taekwondo classes by clicking here or call Vancouver Parks & Rec at 360-487-8600

Happy Hour at Moulton Falls Winery

Have you made plans for the long weekend? Well, there are plenty of things for you to enjoy at Moulton Falls Winery and in the surrounding countryside. How about a beautiful drive, for starters, followed by a nice hike along the East Fork of the Lewis River? Then, when you’re all thirsty and hungry, come to Moulton Falls for wine and cider tastings. On Friday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m., the tasting room is introducing new Happy Hour pricing: $5 pints of cider and draught beer and $9 wood-fired pizza. Enjoy Red Mountain grape-made wines, the 2015 Lemberger, Red Blends, Old No. 10, and Siouxon Red. Current ciders on tap include the Gristmill Gold, Yellowstone, Ripsaw Raspberry, and Chelatchie Cherry. Current beers include Transcend IPA, Old Timber Nut Brown Ale, R.I.P. Porter, and Heathen Blonde Ale.

On Friday, May 26, enjoy live folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. Come back on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear the Neil Young tribute band, Harvest Gold. The Moulton Falls Kitchen will be cooking up its tasty wood fired food including its legendary Moulton Melt: deli roast beef and ham piled on house-baked focaccia bread and topped with sautéed veggies and melted white cheddar, served with au jus and a crisp salad, for $9.95.

To learn more about this beautiful winery in a bucolic setting, visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery offers live music most Fridays and Saturdays and hosts several large outdoor concerts every summer. They are located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., just outside of Yacolt. Click here for directions.

Patio Time & Trivia Night at Burnt Bridge Cellars

To celebrate the arrival of sunny weather, Burnt Bridge Cellars has spruced up its outdoor patio and they’re pouring their new spring releases: the new Carte Blanche, Semillon, Rose, and Reserve Merlot. The Burnt Bridge Cellars tasting room will be open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and will be pouring special $6 glasses of the new Carte Blanche and Semillon. These new white wines are a perfect compliment to sunshine! After your first glass of wine, you may feel bold enough to compete in Trivia Night: Science Edition. This month, the questions are all about wine science. (Hint: they will be tough! So fortify yourself with extra wine.) The winners will be entered in a drawing for big prizes. BIG PRIZES, I TELL YOU!

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the Southwest Washington Winery Association is holding its Memorial Day event, when local wineries will release their spring wines. It’s also the beginning of the Summer Passport Challenge: visit all 10 participating wineries before Labor Day to earn prizes. The participating wineries include Burnt Bridge Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heathen Estate Winery, Confluence Vineyards & Winery, Stavalaura Vineyards, Emanar Cellars, Heisen House Vineyards, Olequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, and Pomeroy Cellars. See swwawine.com for details.

Seven-Week Writers’ Workshop

Move over, Willamette Writers’ Workshop…now there’s a Couveside option at Boomerang Fine Arts. Writer, artist, and curator Juleen Eun Sun Johnson will lead a seven-week writers’ workshop beginning Saturday, June 10, and lasting through Saturday, July 29. All sessions are from 1 to 4 p.m. at Boomerang, 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

In this workshop, “Imagery: Past and Present,” writers will learn how to create poems incorporating the concept of place by using memory, senses, pictures, and storytelling skills. These poems will demonstrate use of images to give a sense of a real or fictional place. Writers will study poems that show careful craft by other writers who also write about place through images. Writers will craft poems full of images to take the reader to a new place. At the end of the class each writer will complete a portfolio of poetry that reflects the skills learned in class. These poems will show improvements through workshops with professor and cohort, course texts, analyzing established authors poems, participating in class discussions of assigned readings, and demonstrating their own growth in writing skills. Participants will also hear from special guests Larry Narron, Toni Partington, and Kevin Sampsell.

The cost is $189 per person, with a $100 deposit to reserve your spot. Register by Friday, June 2. To register, go to https://squareup.com/store/tom-relth-art-studio/item/writer-s-workshop-imagery-past-and-present. For more information, contact Johnson at juleenjohnson@gmail.com or 831-402-8141.

Audition for the STAR Talent Competition

Got Talent? Bring it on! Audition for STAR, Southwest Washington’s Premiere Talent Competition. The Kiggins Theater, in partnership with Metropolitan Performing Arts (MPA), is hosting an open call audition for entertainers of all ages. Singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and more will have two opportunities to impress judges. Auditions will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Metropolitan Performing Arts in Hazel Dell.

Semifinals will be by invitation at MPA on Wednesday, June 28. Fifteen acts will be selected to participate in the finals to be held at the Kiggins Theater on July 19. Winners will receive cash and local prizes. Judging the finales include Corey Brunish (Tony Award-winning producer), Dan Wyatt (owner of the Kiggins), Barbara Richardson (Executive Director of MPA) and others.

To schedule an audition, call the MPA office at 360-975-1585. You may also find the event on the MPA Facebook page and sign up online. There is a $15 entry fee for individuals and small group, or $30 for groups of four or more. For more information about this and other MPA classes, events, and theatrical productions, visit www.metropaa.org.

Memorial Day in Battle Ground

A Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. 2nd Ave in Battle Ground. Mayor Philip Johnson, U.S. Army, retired, will lead the ceremony. Thirty-one local sons who died in service, and whose names are engraved on the wall of the memorial, will be remembered and honored with a reading of their names.

In a special presentation to his family, an Honor and Remember flag will be presented in memory of Cpl. Jeremiah J. Johnson. The son of David and Beth Johnson, Jeremiah was born and raised in the Vancouver area. He attended Prairie High School where he played centerfield for the baseball team and was a member of ROTC. Shortly after graduating in 2001, he married Gale; they had two children, Isaiah and Rya. He joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq in 2006, where, in December of that year, was critically injured. He succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 5, 2007. With the presentation of the Honor and Remember flag, Cpl. Johnson is honored for his unwavering dedication and selfless sacrifice and his family recognized for the enormity of their loss.

Also recognized this Memorial Day are 24 veterans whose families and loved ones purchased commemorative bricks to honor their service. The bricks, installed at the foot of the memorial’s wall, honor any veteran, living or deceased, and display the veteran’s name, branch of service and dates of service. Purchased bricks are installed annually just prior to Memorial Day. To learn more about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, the 31 honored veterans whose names are engraved on the wall, and commemorative bricks, visit the Veterans Memorial.

Camas Needs Artists!

The Downtown Camas Association needs the help of local artists to create images for promotional items that will reflect the character of downtown Camas. Selected pieces will be used on items such as bags, t-shirts, banners, mugs, cards, and also in conjunction with online and print promotions. Artists—both adults and kids—can submit colorful artwork depicting one of three different themes: a downtown Camas streetscape, the Camas car show, or the Camas Farmer’s Market. Multiple entries are permitted, and submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. There is no entry fee or cost to participate.

In addition to being showcased on promotional items that will be given to visiting dignitaries, to welcome new businesses, and for sale at events, each participating artist whose work is chosen will receive recognition on DCA social media, in the downtown weekly newsletter, on the DCA website, and in a press release to local media. The artist will also receive two promotional items that the art is used on.

Here’s how to enter: high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg or .pdf images must be submitted by email to director@downtowncamas.com. Art can be originally created on computer or on paper, no smaller than ten inches by ten inches. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number, and email address of the entrant in addition to a brief, two-sentence statement about the art. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. All entries will become the sole property of the Downtown Camas Association and may be used at the Downtown Camas Association’s discretion on its web site, social media, print materials, and promotional items. More information can be found at http://downtowncamas.com/celebrating-downtown-camas-promotional-art-project/. For additional questions, email director@downtowncamas.com or call 360-904-0218.

Bread & Butter Day at Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Freshly baked bread is always a cause for celebration at our house…the rising dough, the waiting while it bakes, and the mouthwatering fragrance as it comes out of the oven. We slice it while it’s still warm and slather plenty of butter on it. Although it may have taken all day to make, it lasts only a few minutes. What if you could make that moment last all day long?

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill—a working museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only a few remaining 1800’s-era grist mills in the world—is offering just such an event, “Bread and Butter Day,” on Saturday, May 27, starting around noon. But wait, there’s more: they are upping the ante and also providing gallons of freshly churned, sweet cream butter. (Editor’s note: drool.)

From around noon to 4 p.m., families and especially kids will get the chance to churn cream into butter and spread it on freshly baked bread, baked from flour ground right on the premises, using the creek-powered mill wheel and state-of-the-art 1876 technology. Guests are invited to take home free samples of flour (although donations are appreciated, as the mill is a non-profit operation) as well as Cedar Creek Grist Mill recipes so you can recreate Bread and Butter Day at home.

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is located deep in the woods east of Woodland, at 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road. (Visit the Grist Mill’s website at www.cedarcreekgristmill.org for directions.) The mill is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m., showing guests the inner workings of an old-time grist mill with huge pulleys and spinning belts turning the heavy grindstones, all powered by the mill wheel. No gas or electricity are used—just the water in swift-running Cedar Creek. The mill produces flour, corn meal, and even apple cider. The mill hosts family-friendly events all year long, like Strawberry Shortcake Day, Cornbread Day, Blueberry Pancake Day, and the incredibly popular Cider Press in October. To learn more, visit www.cedarcreekgristmill.org.

Wine & Yoga at Cellar 55

What goes better with wine than…yoga? (I know you were going to say cheese, and so was I, but let’s be open-minded, here.) Cellar 55 Tasting Room is offering just such a relaxing combination during its third Wine & Yoga Class, happening from at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Arrive a little early to fill out your waiver (SERIOUSLY! INJURIES CAN OCCUR WHEN DRINKING WINE!) and grab a glass of wine on Cellar 55’s happy hour prices. The hour-long yoga class will start promptly at 6 and is designed for students of all levels and experience. You should probably also bring ID to prove you’re old enough to drink wine and touch your toes at the same time.

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and dress in comfy clothes. No skinny jeans or else you will pop a button and hurt someone. After your senses are awoken and you are all stretched out, enjoy some complimentary snacks and try some of Eastern Washington’s best wines. Tickets are $25 and are available on EventBrite. Warning: possible sweating may occur. But you won’t care because WINE.

Cellar 55 Tasting Room is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about this lively tasting room, visit cellar55tastingroom.com.

 

A Quiet Passion at the Kiggins

Just can’t get enough Emily Dickinson? Well, hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all! (Hint: if that doesn’t make any sense to you, then perhaps this movie isn’t your cup of tea. Just hang in there—I’m sure another X-Men movie will be along soon.) Fortunately for you Dickinsonians, there is an absolutely masterful new movie out about our favorite American poetess, and it’s being given an extended run at the Kiggins Theatre this weekend, May 26-28.

In “A Quiet Passion,” Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close-knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

Showtimes are:

  • Friday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27, at 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m.

General admission is $9. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about upcoming movies and events at this landmark historic theater, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.

Summer Craft Sundays at Heisen House

A do-it-yourself project always goes more smoothly with wine, don’t you think? Heisen House Vineyards is here to make that happen with Summer Craft Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. on specified Sundays, from Memorial Day Weekend through September. Look through the list below and pre-register now to claim your spot. Each class includes instruction, all supplies, and a flight or glass of wine. RSVP online at https://www.facebook.com/pg/heisenhousevineyards/events/.

  • May 28: Rock Doodles, $10
  • June 4: Mason Jar Terrarium, $20
  • June 11: Wine Bottle Bird Feeder, $20
  • June 18: Cork Garden Markers, $10
  • June 25: Welcome Sign, $35
  • July 2: Dragonfly Rock Mosaic, $15
  • July 9: Succulent Planter Craft, $25
  • July 16: Fused Glass Project, $45
  • July 23: Wine Bottle Herb Planters (set of three), $30
  • Aug. 6: Cork Heart Wreath, $15
  • Aug. 13: Fairy House Workshop, $35
  • Aug. 20: Fused Glass Workshop, $45
  • Aug. 27: Pebble Art Workshop, $15
  • Sept. 3: Wine Bottle Torch, $25
  • Sept. 10: Cork Magnet Planter, $15
  • Sept. 17: Holiday Cork Project, $10
  • Sept. 24: Wine Bottle Hurricane, $15

Heisen House Vineyards, which specializes in sustainably grown and selectively harvested wines, is located on a historic piece of property about 10 minutes outside of Battle Ground, not too far from the East Fork of the Lewis River. The house and barn are listed on Clark County’s register of historically significant structures. The vineyard is open on Saturdays and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for tastings, which are $5. The winery also hosts a variety of events all summer long, like live music on Friday nights, the Wedding Showcase & Open House, the Lavender Festival, the Sunflower Festival and Vintage Flea Market, and the Barn Bash. The property is also available to rent for weddings and other large events. To learn more, visit heisenhousevineyards.com.

Run to Remember

The Run to Remember 5K and 10K running and walking event will be held on Saturday, May 27, in Washougal. The Memorial Day Weekend date was chosen to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and a special Memorial Day Mile will be held before the long-distance runs. The event is a fundraiser for Northwest Battle Buddies, a local nonprofit organization that helps provide trained service dogs for returned combat veterans. Northwest Battle Buddies enables struggling veterans to regain their freedom and independence by partnering them with professionally trained and specifically matched service dogs at no charge.

The race is being held in Washougal to showcase its growing downtown area and its flat, scenic trail along the Columbia River.  After the races, there will be a party with food and drink as well as a chance to meet and thank local veterans and those now serving in the Armed Forces. Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners as well as the top runners in each age group.

The start and end of the 5K and 10K races will be at Washougal’s Reflection Plaza, located at 2 Pendleton Way. The Memorial Day Mile begins at 8 a.m. and the 5- and 10K races start at 9 a.m. The cost to register is $25 to $65 for adults—depending on the race length you choose—and $15 to $35 for kids ages 16 and under. The fee includes a technical runner’s t-shirt, finisher’s medal, post-race food, drink, and festivities. For more information, visit http://whyracingevents.com/event/925/#loaded. To register, go to http://regtorace.com/event/208.

Wine Passport Challenge Starts Memorial Day Weekend

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below) or download a passport from www.swwawine.com. Step two: visit 10 wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Step three: leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Everyone who completes the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after the Food and Wine Pairing event hosted by the Southwest Washington Winery Association over Labor Day Weekend.

On Memorial Day Weekend, participating wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and food pairings, art by local artists, and live music. Wines from the 2016 harvest will be released, including locally grown Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as Alvarino, Cayuga, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Marechal Foch, Rosé of Grenache, and Mourvedre. For more information, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the wineries that will be participating in the Memorial Day Weekend event:

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is organized to promote and encourage the development and growth of the grape wine industry in Southwest Washington. Member wineries host four region-wide events throughout the year. More information about the Association and member wineries is available at www.swwawine.com.

 

 

 

Open Cockpit Day

Aviation lovers and aspiring pilots of all ages are invited to the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s annual Open Cockpit Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 27, at the Pearson Field Education Center. The event and all activities are free, allowing visitors the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of vintage aircraft and experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective.

Pearson Field pilots and owners of aircraft stored at Pearson Field will bring out their planes and invite the public to sit inside and get a pilot’s-eye view of the controls. View historic planes up close and take a turn “flying” the Real Flight 7.5 simulator program on a large-screen TV. Additional activities will include the popular vertical wind table, glider-building station, the flight simulator lab, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities. Bonus: the Young Eagles Program of EAA Chapter 105 will sponsor free airplane rides for youth, ages eight through 17, with written permission from parents or guardians. Rides will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, weather permitting. Come early to claim your child’s spot!

Representatives from Aviation Explorer Post 1905 and the Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to talk to young people about becoming involved in youth aviation programs. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve Street. Parking for Open Cockpit Day will be in the field northeast of the airport along E. 5th St. between S and U Streets. The Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to direct parking. For more information about Open Cockpit Day and other Fort Vancouver National Trust Aviation Education Programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation—and check out this year’s week-long summer aviation camps for kids, the first of which starts on June 27.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities.

Scenic Spring Train Rides

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is offering scenic spring train rides on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, departing on both days at noon and 2:30 p.m. All trains leave from the Chelatchie Prairie Train Station at 207 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt, just south of Yacolt Rd. The excursion trains run to the Heisson area, through the tunnel, across the East Fork of the Lewis River with a stop at Moulton Station to visit the beautiful Yacolt Falls.

Tickets are $16 per person, $15 for seniors, $11 for kids ages five to 12, and $9 for little ones ages two to four. Babies up to age two are free! To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on these popular and scenic train rides, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559. Passengers should plan to arrive at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Memorial Day at Fort Vancouver

The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) will present a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Bandstand on the parade ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. In conjunction with this event, the National Park Service at Ft. Vancouver will host the popular Soldiers’ Bivouac living history encampment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance for both activities is free.

This year’s speakers at the event will include keynote speaker Colonel Duke A. Pirak, the commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Board of Clark County Councilors Council Chair Marc Boldt, and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Free public parking for the event will be at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., and C-Tran will provide free shuttle bus service between the high school parking lot and the event site.

CMAC has organized this event with help from its partners—the City of Vancouver, the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the Fort Vancouver National Trust, the Armed Forces Reserve Center and 40 et 8—for the past eight years. CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments. CMAC executes and plans community-wide events, such as the Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Our Community Salutes, and POW/MIA Day ceremonies, as well as recognition/support of our military families of all services.

Evening Presentation & Night Hike at the Refuge

Get on your boots and grab your flashlights…or just enjoy the velvety soft evening during a special evening presentation and night hike, beginning at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, located in the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The activity goes from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26.

A special evening presentation—“Beauty, Bounty, and Biodiversity”—will begin at 7 p.m. Renowned ethnobotanist and author Kat Anderson will share connections between California and Pacific Northwest Tribes by examining traditionally managed edible wildflower gardens of California. She will also explore the implications that these gardens have for fostering pollinator habitat, increasing biodiversity, and the ways in which these plants have evolved to meet the needs of people. Anderson has a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley and has conducted field work with tribes in California and Washington for over 25 years, documenting their detailed traditional ecological knowledge and wildlands stewardship practices. She is author of Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources. 

Then, at 8:30 p.m., the Refuge will host a “Refuge at Dusk” night hike. Explore the Oaks to Wetlands trail at dusk on this naturalist-guided hike. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Sarah_Hill@fws.gov to secure your spot for the hike. The hike will last about an hour, and participants should dress for the weather (and maybe bring mosquito repellant).

The refuge entrance fee ($3) applies for both the hike and the ethnobotany presentation. Participants may attend one or both activities. This event is hosted by Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex and its partner organization, the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Flying Gizmos Show

Are your kids fascinated by anything that flies? (Are YOU, for that matter?) Bring them (and yourself) to the Flying Gizmos Show from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at the Battle Ground Library, located at 1207 SE 8th Way in Battle Ground. Staff from Seattle’s Museum of Flight will bring their extensive toy collection to teach the audience about the science and history of flight.

This fun, assembly-style program is designed to help participants discover the mechanics (and the joy!) of flight through the use of flying toys and models. The Musuem of Flight’s toy collection includes a flapping-winged bird, kites, parachutes, gliders, stomp rockets, and many others.

This activity is just right for kids in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade. For more information, call the Battle Ground Community Library at 360-906-4740. All library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Registration is not required.

VanTalks, May 24

VANTalks—like TED Talks, only better because it’s in Vancouver—is the North Bank’s annual forum for sharing innovation, ideas, and ingenuity. It’s your chance to see inside the growing ecosystem of innovators, disrupters, professionals, and social entrepreneurs who are Southwest Washington’s agents of change. The next VANTalks will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at the Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $15 or $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.vantalks.org.

Each VANTalks will feature a line-up of live speakers (and if you’re interested in being a future presenter, VANTalks welcomes your curiosity, drive, and passion to the stage; find out more at www.vantalks.org.) May 24th’s speakers include:

  • Bruce Elgort, computer technology instructor, Clark College: “How We Work: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century”
  • Adriana Vela, founder of NanoTecNexus: “Technology Convergence: Shaping the Technologies that Shape Us”
  • Jessica Brown, Burgerville manager: “Do You Want Fries with That? How Self-Awareness + Love = Powerful Change”
  • Doug Harness, insurance educator: “Driving Miss Daisy: The Future of Self Driving Cars”
  • Kevin Getch, director of digital strategy, Webfor: “Expose Yourself”
  • Erika Laws, executive director of Impactful Women NW: “Impactful Women: The How-to Guide”
  • Eric Smith, creative director, “Getting Over Yourself: How to Start a Creative Practice that Sticks”
  • Melissa Sokolsky Haviv, activist and Fulbright scholar: “What Doing the Impossible Taught Me About Reality”

The event will last approximately two hours, and beer, wine and snacks and food from the lobby are welcome in the theater. To purchase tickets now, click here or visit www.vantalks.org. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

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, May 25, 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 first event will mark the start of a collaboration between the landmark Kiggins Theatre and Erika Worth, a writer, actress, poet, performance artist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and storyteller.

ROAR’s inaugural show features women  from their 20s to 60s representing different ethnic backgrounds and sexual identities. The speakers—Ellen Urbani, Leann Ruth Johnson, Summer Neville, Carol Horwath Fischbach, and Vinson—will present stories centered around the theme “Mother.” 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 Too” in July, 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/. The Kiggins is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.