Happenings & Hotspots

Events, shopping, classes & workshops, volunteering, art walks.

“Taste Renaissance” Slow Food Dinner & Auction

Slow Food Southwest Washington is hosting its annual dinner and auction at Warehouse ’23 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Bring your taste buds and your curiosity about local food networks and savor a multi-course meal prepared from Clark County’s abundant farms and world-class chefs. Learn more about the local Slow Food chapter and meet others who love local food and the growers who tend the soil so that it can keep producing delicious, healthy food. The menu reads like a tantalizing paean to food:

  • Raw oysters with preserved cranberries and watercress salsa verde
  • Duck confit with pickled chanterelles  and cold smoked duck breast with savory huckleberry jam served on brown butter-butternut squash crackers
  • Rabbit and mushroom sausage, sunchoke purée. and huckleberry whole grain mustard reduction
  • Chickory and arugula salad topped with candied squash, beets, hazelnuts, goat cheese and kombucha vinaigrette
  • Roasted carrots and delicata squash with smoky romesco
  • Collard greens and beets with roasted leek dressing
  • Beef with chanterelle confit, huckleberry wine sauce and goat cheese, served with turnip gratin
  • Morel mushroom Marsala over roasted chicken, served with cranberry chestnut polenta
  • Walnut and bean paté served with farmhouse caponata with pickled apple, sweet pepper, and green tomato
  • Honey polenta cake with orchard fruits, cranberry and mascarpone
  • Selection of cheeses from Walapa Hills Creamery

All the food has been grown, produced and harvested by Southwest Washington farmers, and prepared by chefs from places as varied as Skamania Lodge, the Clark College Culinary Program, Gather and Feast Farm, Simply Thyme, Rally Pizza, Bleu Door Bakery, and Warehouse ’23. There will be a wine bar featuring local produced fine wines, with beer and cider also available for purchase. The evening’s guest speaker is from Southwest Washington’s leading cheesemaker, Wallapa Hills Creamery. For more information, including a complete list of chefs and farms, visit http://mailchi.mp/ddec2acfe14f/volunteer-wire-1900813. General admission tickets are $95 per person, VIP tickets are $160 and include wine and a pre-event culinary presentation with Champagne, couples are $190, and tables seating 10 are available for $950. For more information or to buy tickets online now, click here.

Attendees will also have a chance to find out more about Clark County Grown, a local organization that is creating a culture of eating locally through marketing and education; Plate to Planet, which works with Clark County youth to explore food heritage, the local food system, food justice, and healthy eating; and Urban Abundance, which rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste and gives it to people in need. To learn more about Slow Food Southwest Washington, visit www.slowfoodswwa.com, follow them on Instagram or Twitter, or get regular updates about Slow Food activities and meetings on the Slow Food Southwest Washington Facebook page.

Camas Antiques Holiday Open House

In case you haven’t noticed the lights, trees, ornaments, reindeer, and wreaths in North Bank Stores, the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. Camas Antiques is ready to give you a holly-jolly head start with its Holiday Open House, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 10-12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days.

The vintage goods store will give away gifts to the first 40 customers Friday and Saturday and the first 20 customers on Sunday—a beautiful fox ornament for your Christmas tree. There will also be complimentary kettle corn and honey crisp apple cider. Dealers all over the store, on both floors, will offer special sales on their antique, vintage, upcycled and repurposed furniture, jewelry, accessories, homewares, and holiday decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. (Whew! That’s quite a list!) You’ll also get plenty of inspiration from Camas Antiques’ legendary holiday displays.

Camas Antiques is located in the heart of downtown Camas at 305 N.E. 4th Ave. Parking is available on the street. For more details and to get a preview of what’s in the store, visit the Camas Antiques  Facebook page. In case you can’t make it to the open house, never fear: there will be holiday sales, specials, and themed displays right up until Christmas.

Above image: a close-up of the fox ornament to be given to 100 lucky customers!

Writers’ Workshop with Barbara Herkert: Picture Book Biographies

Vintage Books invites you to join us for a mini writers’ workshop with author Barbara Herkert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, where she’ll be discussing “Crafting a Life: The Art of Writing Picture Book Biographies.” Herkert’s newest title, “A Boy, a Mouse and a Spider,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo, is a biography about E.B. White. The book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies. She’s also the author of “Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist,” and “Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter.”

Herkert has been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. She currently writes picture book biographies. She loves the research and finding hidden gems about a person’s life that will appeal to young readers. She received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in writing for children from Hamline University. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and has taught art appreciation at local schools. She lives on the wet and windy Oregon coast with her family. She also spends creative time in a log house in central Oregon. You can learn more about Herkert’s work by visiting her website at www.barbaraherkert.com.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., in the Safeway shopping center in the Heights area of Vancouver. Ample free parking is available on-site.

A Visual History of Bonneville Dam: Book Signing at Vintage Books

Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, is hosting local author Pat Barry for a special book reading and signing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Barry, a master storyteller with 27 years of experience as Ranger Supervisor of the Bonneville Visitor Center, will discuss his new pictorial history of the Bonneville Dam. In the book, Barry has put together a compelling visual and written history of the building and the inner workings of the dam—a book that, for Barry, is truly is a labor of love. Barry will be sharing stories, answering questions, and signing copies of his book, “Bonneville Lock and Dam.”

The event is free and open to the public. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, near the Safeway shopping center. Ample free parking is available on site. While you’re there, you’ll want to be sure to say hello to the bookstore’s resident cat (because every bookstore needs a cat) and to visit both the extensive used book section and the thoughtfully curated new releases. Vintage Books also has an excellent children’s section—as well as a delightful variety of book-related gifts and one-of-a-kind products made my local artists. (Note from the editor: I find great Christmas presents there every year!) To learn more, or to search for a book online, visit www.vintage-books.net.

Mill Creek Pub Honors Veterans

Mill Creek Pub is celebrating its sixth anniversary by honoring veterans! The popular restaurant and taproom in Battle Ground will celebrate its sixth year in business from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a special breakfast where Veterans and active duty military dine for free. The restaurant won’t be serving its usual brunch menu that morning, but will instead offer a pancake, egg, and sausage meal at no charge to veterans and active duty (military ID required). Other guests will pay $11 for the meal.

Each year on the pub’s anniversary, owner Russell Brent gathers the coins from the “wishing well” at the base of the restaurant’s water wheel and donates it all to a local nonprofit organization. This year’s recipient is Battle Ground Education Foundation. Established in 1994, the Battle Ground Education Foundation is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools. The foundation was created as an independent organization working to support local schools through programs and resources designed to enhance student opportunities.
 Funds raised through individual donations, service organizations, and local businesses are paid forward in the form of support for individual students as well as school projects and programs.

There will also be an online contest on the pub’s Facebook page where guests are encouraged to guess the amount drawn from the well. The guest with the closes guess will win a $100 gift certificate from Mill Creek Pub. To see Mill Creek Pub’s menu, and for hours and directions, visit www.millcreekpub.com. Mill Creek Pub is located at 1710 S.W. 9th Ave., Suite 101, in Battle Ground. Reservations are available by calling 360-723-5223 and a private room is available for large parties, as is patio seating when the weather is nice.

Above image: detail from original photo by Tyler Mode, known for his nature and sports photos. See more of Mode’s work at www.naturespixpdx.com.

Patriot’s Weekend Diesel Train Rides & Wine Train

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is  putting its Alco diesel train on the rails this weekend, Nov. 11 & 12. The train, pulled by a diesel engine, runs south about seven miles to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot tunnel through solid rock, with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. Excursions depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt, located at 207 N. Railroad Ave. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. (…because seriously, who doesn’t love a train ride?)

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.

The railroad is offering another delicious option: a ride on the “wine train” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, in partnership with Moulton Falls Winery, 30901 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. After some yummy appetizers at 1 p.m., followed by wine and cider tasting, 60 lucky passengers will board the 2:30 p.m. diesel train. The train will follow a scenic route through Heisson and on to a bridge across the East Fork of the Lewis River. On the return trip, the train will drop passengers back at the winery for live music from 4 to 9 p.m. featuring Doug and Judy Smith and Tom May. The Moulton Falls kitchen will be open that evening, serving wood-fired pizzas, calzones, quesadillas, sandwiches, and salads.

Tickets for the Wine Train package are available at Moulton Falls Winery during business hours or online at www.tickettomato.com. The price per person is $45—or $40 for veterans—and includes appetizers, wine and cider tasting, the train ride, and live music. This is a super-popular event, so purchasing tickets in advance of the day, while not required, is enthusiastically recommended.

Harvest Gold Veterans Day Concert at the Old Liberty

On Saturday, Nov. 11, there will be a rock-n-roll benefit concert at the Old Liberty Theater to commemorate two events: Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and Neil Young’s birthday (Nov. 12). The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with Billy C. Wolf opening by performing the music of Bob Dylan, then Neil Young tribute band Harvest Gold will play until 9 p.m. Before and during the first set, a silent auction will be held in the theater lobby, with all proceeds going to the American Legion of La Center. The American Legion is the biggest veterans’ service organization in the United States—run by veterans, for veterans since 1919.

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans and active service members will be given free admission. General admission is $12. Harvest Gold plays the music of Neil Young, spanning his 50-plus year career with songs by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crazy Horse, and Neil’s solo material, as well as hits by similar bands from the same era. Get your tickets (free or general admission) online at www.HarvestGoldNY.com, in person at the Old Liberty box office, or by calling 360-887-7260. For more information, call Mona Bean at 360-831-4316.

For more information about upcoming events and concerts at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty is located at 115 N. Main St. in dowtown Ridgefield. Beer, wine, espresso drinks, pastries and other snacks are available from Seasons Café in the theater lobby.

Teen Takeover at Rocksolid

Rocksolid Community Teen Center invites all teens in the 5th-12th grades to attend “Teen Takeover,” a just-for-teens event to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Rocksolid in Brush Prairie. For only a $5 entry fee, teenage guests will enjoy a special evening of food, fun, and hanging out. There will be hot, cheesy pizza donated by Detroit Pizza, along with complimentary juice, water, or soda. Interactive inflatable games and obstacle from Bounce ‘N Battle will be set up in the gymnasium. The teens will be able to take home a keepsake photo from VIP Photo Booth. “Fear Factor” winners will receive prizes. Teens should bring their student IDs for age verification. Questions? Call Rocksolid at 360-885-2181. The event is sponsored by lots of local businesses, including Total Merchant Concepts, Chappelle’s Towing, Morton’s Stoves, Pools & Spas, iQ Credit Union, and Shannon Wyman/Legions Realty broker.

Rocksolid Community Teen Center offers a safe place after school for fifth through 12th grade students in the Battle Ground and Hockinson School Districts (although all teens are welcome). The teen center provides caring mentors which help with homework, play games, make crafts, teach life skills, offer free healthy snacks, contribute to community service projects, and much more for only $20 a year per student. Rocksolid is located in the lower level of Bethel Lutheran Church at 12919 N.E. 159th St. in Brush Prairie. To learn more, contact Executive Director Marcy Sprecher at marcy@rocksolid-teen.com.

Open Studios Tour

The fifth annual Clark County Open Studios Tour showcases the beautiful and distinctive works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide tour on Nov. 11-12. You can also see works by these artists at at Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space, the CAVE (Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment) at 108 E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver. The exhibit will be up through the month of November.

The tour itself takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. Fifty different artist studios across Clark County will be participating. As an ongoing program of Arts of Clark County, this free, self-guided tour now occupies a regular spot on the fall arts calendar for art lovers and collectors. The event has showcased more than 130 different artists to date. The event is a once-a-year opportunity to meet local artists in their native habitat, sharing how, why and where art is created. On Open Studios weekend, visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.

As demographics shift and as new residents move to Clark County, the mix of artists in Open Studios shifts as well. This year, 36% of participants—or 19 artists on the tour—are entirely new to the event. Digital printmaker Noah Matteucci, artist Megan Eckman, and photographer Jeffrey Opp, for example, are all relative newcomers to Clark County and they are also newcomers in this year’s Open Studios tour, adding to the mix of media and styles represented.

Free printed guidebooks are available at the CAVE. You can also view or print your own guide, access a custom Google map showing studio locations and suggested routes, learn more about each artist, and get a list of locations where you can pick up a printed guide—all from the event website at www.ccopenstudios.org.

Above image: detail from original painting by Camas artist Liz Pike. See more of her work by clicking here or visiting her website at http://lizpike.art/ART/Welcome.html.

Veterans’ Ceremony & Parade

The Historic Trust invites you to mark Veterans’ Day with the 31st annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade will be preceded by the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Providence Academy Ballroom, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, presented with support from the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Columbia Credit Union. The ceremony will feature Reviewing Officer, Colonel Pirak, as the keynote speaker. Local veterans will be recognized, and the 2017 Grand Marshals of the parade, Commander Yvette Brown-Wahler and Ryan Corcilius, will be honored for their service to our community and our country. Attendees may view the parade after the ceremony from limited covered seating on the Academy lawn.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the community celebration honoring veterans of all service branches. This is a free, community event that is open to the public. View the 2017 lineup here.

The parade route begins on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at Evergreen Blvd. and E. Reserve St. The parade heads west along Evergreen Blvd., past Officers Row and the Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Community Library, the parade will head south down C St. and turn west on 8th St. From 8th, the parade will turn north on Main St., and head east on 11th St., ending back at the Providence Academy. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks, grass, and covered areas along the parade route.

Ghost Town Poetry & “Poeming Health” Workshop

Enjoy a warming evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

November’s featured poet is Seattle-based psychotherapist and writer Julene Tripp Weaver, who worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, “truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS,” was published this past spring. Earlier books include “No Father Can Save Her,” and “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues.” She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Weaver will also lead a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, entitled “Poeming Health.” If you are living with chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone living with chronic illness—or if someone you love has a chronic illness—this workshop is designed for you. The class will provide a clearing space to crystallize thoughts and feelings and clarify what is important to preserve during this time…and what can be let go. Weaver will help attendees explore personal experience through writing that is addressed to the illness, to loved ones, to pain. Writers should bring notebooks and pens. The cost is $25 per person. Register for the workshop at Weaver’s reading on Nov. 9 or by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Empty Bowls Project

It’s almost time for the second annual Empty Bowls Project. Those who attend the Thursday, Nov. 9, fundraiser at Woodland High School will receive a meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants…as well as a hand-thrown ceramic bowl. The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both awareness and money in the fight to end hunger. It uses the act of creating bowls as both a symbolic visual of people in need and as a means to help fund local services.

The Woodland Action Center and Clark College have partnered on the project, supported by a grant from Arts of Clark County. The hand-thrown ceramic bowls to be given away at the fundraiser have been created by Clark College students. There will also be a silent auction of one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces from both professional and student artists. Proceeds will benefit the Woodland Action Center. The meal will be served by Woodland High School SkillsUSA students.

The meal begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Woodland High School Commons, 1500 Dike Access Rd. in Woodland. Tickets are $20 per person. To purchase tickets, go to woodlandaction.org or click on this link: http://www.woodlandaction.org/events/empty-bowls.

Woodland Action Center is both a food bank and community service center that was established more than 16 years ago. Its core program is distribution of food, personal hygiene, household items, and emergency supplies to low-income individuals and families. Woodland Action incorporates food bank best practices by offering nontraditional hours and a personal shopping experience intended to empower client choice and reduce waste. Through a partnership with Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, the center has also been able to offer emergency housing assistance. Its nonprofit thrift store was established in 2014 to support operational costs of the food bank and provide job skills training with the partnership of Goodwill and WorkSource.

Thanksgiving Tea & Tour at Pomeroy Farm

The Gathering Place at Pomeroy Farm invites you to celebrate the season of thankfulness with a cozy, autumn-themed tea. Choose one of two tea-times: noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, or noon on Saturday, Nov. 18. Both Thanksgiving Teas feature a seasonal menu of assorted tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and two varieties of tea. The cost is $24 per person, plus tax, and the price includes a tour of the historic Pomeroy log house. Make your reservations by calling 360-686-3537 or e-mailing staff@pomeroyfarm.org. You can pay over the phone or reserve your spot and send a check.

If you can’t attend either of these teas, don’t worry; Pomeroy Farm is also offering several lavish Christmas-themed teas in November and December, along with tours of its historical log home, on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 13. All seatings are at noon and the cost is $24 per person.

Pomeroy Farm is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd. in between Battle Ground and Yacolt. To learn more about this marvelous, family-owned working farm, visit www.pomeroyfarm.org.

Embroidery Workshop with Laura K. Bray

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like an adorable hand-stitched gnome, am I right? Even if you’ve never embroidered before, this workshop at the Vancouver Art Space will teach you the skills you need to make a truly one-of-a-kind gift (or perhaps a gift for yourself). With “Embroidery 101: Stitch a Gnome,” local artist, craft designer, and lifestyle blogger Laura K. Bray will give you step-by-step instructions to create your very own gnome hoop art. Students will learn embroidery basics, such as how to transfer designs and patterns to fabric so that you can turn any drawing into an embroidery pattern; fundamental embroidery stitches, such as backstitch, satin stitch, and the French knot; plus tips and tricks for successful stitching. Bray has been embroidering since she was a sixth grader, and she has plenty of advice for both new and experienced stitchers!

This class is just right for students age 12 and above. The cost is $25 per person, and includes all supplies: the gnome embroidery pattern that can be used over and over again, cotton fabric, and an embroidery hoop. The class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. Students can register online at Eventbrite by clicking here. Vancouver Art Space is located at Suite 206 inside Vancouver Mall, upstairs near Macy’s, at 807 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. The Vancouver Art Space offers open studio art classes for kids and adults as well as fully catered private or corporate painting and crafting classes. Birthday parties, too! To learn more about Vancouver Art Space and see what future classes are on the schedule, visit vancouverartspace.com or see all their upcoming events when you follow them on Facebook @VancouverArtSpace.

While you’re there, you’ll definitely want to see Bray’s nature-themed art exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities,” featuring Bray’s original watercolors amid a display of small found objects. Bray’s watercolor butterflies were exhibited this last summer at the Attic Gallery in Camas, where Bray lives. You can see more of her work at laurabraydesigns.com, where she blogs about her artistic life. You can also find loads of Bray’s artwork on functional items like mugs, travel mugs, tote bags, stationery, and even iPhone cases at https://society6.com/laurabraydesigns.

Jungmaven Grand Opening Warehouse Sale

Jungmaven, an American clothing company founded by Robert Jungmann in 2005, is celebrating the grand opening of its Vancouver operation with a giant Grand Opening Warehouse Sale—just in time to get a head start on holiday shopping. The company makes 100% hemp clothing, and every piece is 100% U.S.A.-made.

Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth and can sequester excess atmospheric carbon to help reverse climate change and clean the air. Jungmann started working with industrial hemp while attending university in Washington state in 1993. Jungmann has been creating hemp clothing for 25 years, starting with the first company he founded, Manastash. Hemp material dates as far back as 8,000 B.C.E. Both Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew it. Some evidence suggests that Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag with hemp fabric. Hemp is, in that regard, perhaps as American as apple pie. To date, the companies that Jungmann started have sold or given away approximately 1.5 million hemp products, furthering the company’s mission to raise hemp awareness. By Jungmann’s own calculations, by working with hemp instead of cotton, he’s taken approximately 684 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere, saved approximately 1 billion gallons of fresh water, and prevented 500,000 pounds of pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizer that would have eventually ended up in the food and water supply.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Jungmaven warehouse, located at 5303 N.E. 121st Ave. in Vancouver. Shoppers will get up to 80% off hemp t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other products for men and women. To learn more about Jungmaven, visit https://jungmaven.com/.

Land of Milk & Honey: Illuminated Slide Program at Fort Vancouver

Join the Oregon Historical Society and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver for a unique look at our past: a pictorial history of food in the Northwest from 1850-1940, with an emphasis on the agricultural bounty that makes it one of the best places to eat in the world. Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (author of Portland: A Food Biography) and Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan will present a collection of historic glass lantern slides—hand-colored and projected using an original 1930s projector—depicting the region’s cornucopia and the stories behind them. The presentation will be held at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The event is free and open to everyone.

The lantern slide had its origins in 17th century optical devices, which came to be known as “magic lanterns.” The earliest slides were hand-painted images on glass. By 1850, slides were beginning to be reproduced from negatives and sold commercially, mostly black and white images that were then hand-colored. Do-it-yourself kits were also sold, and amateur photographers, museum, and universities often created their own lantern slides for entertainment or education. Photographic type lantern slides reached the peak of their popularity in the first third of the 20th century. The Oregon Historical Society curates a large collection of lantern slides, documenting many aspects of the early history of the state.

“There is a beauty and depth to hand-colored lantern slides,” says Curator Theresa Langford. “This is a unique opportunity for the public to see original glass slides projected on historic equipment, as Heather and Matthew chronicle the history around the images.”

Holiday Dinner Party at Class Cooking

Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking will teach you how to put together an unforgettable holiday dinner party. This class will give you something new to serve to friends and family over the holidays (or on any special occasion). These recipes will wow your guests visually AND they are exceptionally tasty! The Nov. 8 class is full, but there are still spaces in the Friday, Nov. 10, class, which is $80 and includes wine. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost includes all ingredients, tools, and Mahan’s expert instruction! Plus, each student will take home his or her own recipe booklets. Here’s what’s on the menu

  • Individual beef croustades with herbed cheese and mushrooms wrapped in filo
  • Rice blend with toasted almonds
  • Roasted butternut squash and pear salad with spicy pecan vinaigrette
  • Hazelnut and caramel tart with a chocolate crust and chocolate drizzle

To register and pay online, click here. You can also call 360-600-8006. Class Cooking is located in downtown Vancouver at 110 E. 15th St., just next door to Burnt Bridge Cellars. Limited off-street parking is available.

Veterans Day Presentation at Ft. Vancouver: Pacific War Memories

51KBK9743SL.jpgIn honor of Veterans Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a discussion and book signing by Clyde Holloway, son of Stanley P. Holloway, who served as a marine in the Pacific Islands during four years of World War II. Holloway’s unit was the “Forgotten Battalion,” involved with the battles of Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Holloway will be at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, to read from his book, “Pacific War Marine,” which chronicles the wartime experiences of hi father.

Stanley P. Holloway didn’t say anything about the war for fifty years. Then his son started asking him questions. What followed was an outpouring of stories that spanned four years, including numerous island invasions. Holloway braved machine gun fire while Marines died around him, watched a banzai attack, survived mortar barrages and Howitzer attacks, contracted life-threatening diseases…and met the love of his life. Stanley P. Holloway’s story of survival entails not only fighting, but also dealing with the inanities of the Marine Corps, developing a deep brotherhood with fellow Marines, and coping with the death and loss that war inevitably brings.

The Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, is part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Ample free parking is available on site. The event is free and open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and be signed by Holloway. The event follows the annual Veterans’ Day Parade.

Fall Fun at Latte Da

November is the season to get cozy at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar. It’s the perfect place to snuggle up and hang out while autumn rains fall outside. Latte Da, which is open most days from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., offers—in additional to an array of tempting espresso drinks and changing seasonal beverages—delicious soups and sandwiches, delectable small plates, and a selection of soothing teas and local craft beer and wine. Latte Da is also a lively hub where there’s something fun planned every week—including Latte Da’s famous, family-friendly Halloween Party! Latte Da is open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., located in a beautifully remodeled old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver. Free street parking is available.

Here’s everything that’s happening at Latte Da this month (for more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com):

  • Monday, Nov. 6, Musicians’ Open Mic Night: come to perform…or to listen. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m. and music starts around 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 10, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. This month’s theme is “family.” Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20, Trivia Night: come on down from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer brainy questions while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.

Latte Da usually hosts a Fourth Thursday Wine Tasting every month, but since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November, Latte Da will be closed on that day. But come in any day this month to enjoy Latte Da’s beautiful wine room, where fine wines are stored in a temperature-controlled atmosphere and you can order some small plates to pair perfectly with rich fall reds.

Science and Learning Center Winter Reopening Celebration

As winter approaches, visitors may be looking for things to do on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Mount St. Helens Institute is hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, to mark the winter reopening of the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Beginning Nov. 4, visitors to Mount St. Helens can explore the Science and Learning Center on weekends while the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for the winter season. The event features live music by Raeann Phillips, art workshops with biologist and artist Natalie Tonn, Forest Service Ranger talks, volcano and winter themed crafts, a Mount St. Helens photo booth, lunch on-site, a gift shop, and more. A full schedule is available at http://www.mshslc.org/events/#slcopening. A $10 suggested donation includes lunch and all activities.

The Science and Learning Center is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-May, when the Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens for the summer. Visitors to the Science and Learning Center during winter can enjoy a hike or snowshoe on nearby trails around the monument, watch two films about the 1980 eruption, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, and learn fascinating facts from employees and volunteers who love sharing information about this special landscape.