Happenings & Hotspots

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

Seven Years of Niche

Here’s something the crow about: Niche Wine Bar is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a party at the historic Kiggins Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Niche is located just north of the Kiggins, so you can stop in and enjoy a glass or a bottle of wine at Niche before you head on over the to theater. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and begin showing Portuguese films at 7 p.m., which we assure you will become more amusing and profound with each sip of wine.

Wear your party clothes, have your photo taken on the Kiggins’ Grand Staircase, and toast Niche’s seven glorious, wine-soaked (in a good way) years. If you’d like to purchase a bottle of wine at Niche and drink it at the Kiggins, the theater’s staff will be happy to open it for you for a corkage fee of $10. You may also purchase wine in advance and it will be waiting for you at the theater that night. Niche Wine Bar will open at 4 p.m., offering a huge selection of domestic and international wines and excellent small plates.

Tickets to the anniversary party are $12 per person, which also buys you a commemorative Niche wine glass and plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Wine will be sold separately by the glass and by the bottle. Tickets are available to purchase at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver) on online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/niche-7th-anniversary-tickets-38707210308?aff=es2.

Theater Classes for Adults at Magenta

Magenta Theater is known primarily as a performance venue for mainstage shows, improv events, staged readings and musicals. Due to ongoing requests from patrons and volunteers, Magenta is now offering more theater-related classes for adults. The company has always had workshops in lighting design, sound board operation and other technical areas, but has referred requests for acting and improv to other Portland or Vancouver organizations. But no more! Three qualified instructors are teaching classes in Beginning Improv, Intro to Musical Theater, and Intro to Acting.

The workshops will be led by longtime artistic director and vocal coach Kristi Foster, Los Angeles casting director and acting coach Karen Maseng, and veteran improv player and instructor KC Cooper. All classes will be held at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Registration for all classes is now available online at magentatheater.com. Below are details about the workshops:

  • Intro to Musical Theater Auditions: If you’re a veteran theater performer or brand new to the stage, you know that auditioning for a show is often the scariest part of the actor’s process. How do you move from fear to fierceness? This workshop is the place to start. Demystify the process by learning some behind-the-scenes tips from a veteran director and sharpen your auditioning skills in this workshop format. Bring a 30-second monologue and a 16-bar musical excerpt and expect to leave the workshop with fresh perspective and some practical tools in your artistic toolbox. Free Q&A session Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.; the workshop itself will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. Cost: $40.
  • Intro to Musical Theater Callbacks: after you’re more confident with the auditioning process, this workshop is exactly what you need. Dive right in and experience spontaneous scene work, and practice the technique of cold reading. Once again, you can take away the mystery of this more focused auditioning process by learning from experts and working with your artistic peers. Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $40. A possible additional class will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 21, depending on interest.
  • Intro to Acting: this class will cover reaction auditions (fundamentals of preparation), one-liners with action choices (intentions and action choices are essential to any actor’s toolkit), and Meisner Repeats with dialogue (the concept of Repeats and how to use them when preparing for a role). The original Oct. 30 class filled very quickly so an additional one has been added on Monday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $40.
  • Beginning Improv: this six-week course will focus on different aspects of improv each week. Students will learn the art of listening and responding, finding agreement, how to heighten scenes, using the environment, and developing characters—all in a fun supportive environment! Improv can also add another tool to a stage actor’s toolbox and can be applied to business and social settings as well. Each student will discover what works for them as individuals, and develop their own improv styles while having fun with other students. Classes are Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. at Magenta Theater from Nov. 5 through Dec. 17 (no class on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend). Cost: $125 for the series, which includes a ticket to the Magenta Improv Theater Dec. 23 show.

For more information, contact Jaynie Roberts at director@magentatheater.com.

Haunted Happenings at the Camas Library

October at the Camas Public Library is filled with frighteningly fun and fabulously free things to do for little ghouls and goblins—and grown-up witches and warlocks too! (Also girls, boys, moms and dads—the Camas Library is equally welcoming to both humans and monsters!) All month long, you can join the Great Jack 0′ Lantern Hunt (that is, you can guess from photographs where in the library the Great Jack ‘o Lantern has appeared). But there’s loads more spooky happenings, like:

  • Paper Sugar Skulls craft event for teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • Boo Bash trick-or-treating at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (mostly little kids & parents)
  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) decorating event from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 (all ages)
  • Spooky Stories for young kids & parents at 6:30 p.m., followed by crafts at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Haunted Library experience for older kids, teens, and adventurous adults at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28

All events at the Camas Library are free and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, visit www.camaslibrary.org, or call 360-834-4692.

Owls & Bats at the Water Center

Clark County’s Green Neighbors Program is celebrating its fifth anniversary from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The featured speaker is John Prucich, a wildlife biologist, conservationist and licensed falconer known as The Falconer. He will explain the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals and bring in live owls and other animals that hunt in the night. He will discuss their diets, ability to fly with barely a sound, and conservation efforts that can help ensure these animals have a future. Guests will learn what owls eat by comparing the bones, skulls and teeth found in owl pellets to charts and pictures. They will discover the less scary side of bats—heroes of the night that eat insects, spread seeds and pollinate plants.

Clark County’s Green Neighbors program helps citizens create a sustainable lifestyle. The program promotes green living through a variety of community events such as the Natural Garden Tour, Wastebusters, and the Recycled Arts Festival. To stay up to date on green tips and local events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/newsletter-signup/modify.

Everybody’s Brewing 9-Yr. Anniversary & Love Local Brewfest

Everybody’s Brewing has been brewing up award-winning beer and serving it at the Everybody’s Brewing taproom in White Salmon for nine delicious years. On Saturday, Oct. 14, you are invited to help them celebrate by drinking great beer…everything from Country Boy IPA, Little Sister India-style Session Ale, and Everybody’s Logger Lager to the Daily Bread Common Ale, Hoedown Brown, and fresh-hopped Stash Head (while it lasts). The day will include hourly specials on pints, a free photo booth from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the annual Hungry Hippo Tournament at 7 p.m.

From 1 to 6 p.m., you can sample the Columbia River Gorge’s best brews at the Love Local brewfest. Everybody’s Brewing collaborated with 11 Gorge-local food companies to make 11 new beers, just for this festival! These are singular, one-of-a-kind brews that you’ll never taste anywhere else. Guests will enjoy live music from the Tom Petty tribute band, Hamburger Petty, playing tunes from the late and great musician. There will also be new Everybody’s Brewing merchandise and a blowout sale on 22-ounce bottles.

The event is free to attend, but if you want, you can spend an extra $10 for a commemorative taster glass and 11 tasting tokens. For more information—and to see a list of all the amazing beers made by Everybody’s Brewing—visit everybodysbrewing.com. Everybody’s Brewing is located at 151 E. Jewett Blvd. in White Salmon, a little over an hour’s drive from Vancouver.

Ellie Alexander Book Launch at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the wildly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series, is launching a new collection of stories: the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Her first book, “Death on Tap,” has just been released, and you’re invited to help her celebrate the publication of this “beery” special book. Ben’s Bottle Shop, a local taproom featuring beers from all over the world as well as some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft brews, is hosting a Happy Hour Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s a plot teaser:

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, and the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington, becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in “Beervaria” and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

The launch party will also feature fun prizes and swag—and a chance for you to enjoy one or two of Ben’s hundreds of beers by the bottle or on tap. If you don’t have a book to sign, don’t worry—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Vintage Books, will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop selling Ellie’s books so that you can have her sign your copy and then take it home and get cozy by the fire. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8502 E. Mill Plain Blvd., near Smokehouse Provisions, Rally Pizza, and Pines Coffee.

Fall Leaves Steam Train

What’s the best way to see the North Bank’s glorious autumn foliage? From a train, of course! The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will operate its Fall Leaves Special train rides this weekend, departing at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. With the leaves just beginning to show off their fall finery and a slight crispness in the air, this train ride will offer you moving views of north Clark County’s most beautiful countryside. This will be a steam engine excursion through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls.

All trains depart from the train station in Yacolt. Passengers should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Tickets for the steam train are $20 for adults, $19 for those aged 60 and better, $15 for children ages five to 11, and $13 for little ones ages two to four. Children under two years old are free. For more information, reservations, and directions to the train station, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

Family Nature Fest at Columbia Springs

Choose your own nature adventure at the Family Nature Fest, a “hands-on, minds-on” festival happening at Columbia Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. At Family Nature Fest, you can compete in slug racing, find a pumpkin in the forest, meet reptiles and amphibians, make an exploding volcano, forage for fungi on a guided hike, and more.

Lots of local organizations—including Columbia Springs—are getting together to host activities like crafts, games, and science experiments. There will be activities by Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Master Composter/Recyclers, the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Oregon Zoo, Stream Team, Waste Connections, and others. Plus, the Franz “Grilled Cheese Machine” will be handing out samples of organic sandwiches! YUM! The event is sponsored by iQ Credit Union and The Vancouver Clinic.

No registration is required for the Family Nature Fest! There’s a suggested donation of $5 per child to help support all the amazing community programs at Columbia Springs—but everyone is welcome, $5 or not. To view a complete schedule of the day’s activities, click here.

Columbia Springs is a nonprofit whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. It’s also a park within the city limits of Vancouver and is open to the public for free daily, from dawn to dusk. Columbia Springs maintains a protected natural area which contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife. Last but not least, it’s an education center which offers events, programs, and workshops to teach people of all ages surprising, amazing things about nature.

Get Your Boo On at Latte Da

It’s high season for pumpkin spice lattes, sitting by the fire, and enjoying the comforts of the great indoors.  Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar offers just the place for all these things, plus 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 cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver. Free street parking is available.

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

  • Monday, Oct. 2, 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, Oct. 13, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 16, Trivia Night: come on down from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer spooky Hallween-themed questions while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Fall Wine Tasting: welcome the fall with “Bewitching Reds” in Latte Da’s beautiful Tasting Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Four tastes are $12. Small appetizers will be provided. Bottles and glasses of the wines being poured will be available for purchase. Bring a date (…better yet, come early for Latte Da’s Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m.).
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, Kids’ Halloween Party: all ages are welcome to come and celebrate Halloween by playing games and winning prizes. There will be a costume contest from 2 to 4 p.m., with a winner announced at 4 p.m. (Family-appropriate and kid-friendly costumes only, please!)

Arsenic & Old Lace & Camas Antiques

Come to the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas to see Frank Capra’s classic Halloween comedy-mystery, “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14—then stick around after the film for a movie trivia treasure hunt, treats, prizes, and late-night shopping. Wrap things up at 8:30 p.m. with a special Arsenic and Old Lace Cocktail at Birch Street Uptown Lounge.

Movie tickets may be purchased at the door of the Liberty Theatre. Bring your ticket stubs next door to Camas Antiques after the movie, and be entered for a drawing for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket full of fun vintage items and special things from downtown merchants. Enjoy complimentary treats and join the in-store movie trivia scavenger hunt to win more fun prizes.

While you’re in the store, you can also visit with Camas Antiques vendor Tracey Buxton, author of the lifestyle blog Notes from a Cottage Industry. She’ll share some fall entertaining and décor ideas. Then browse through the store and enjoy all the inspiring seasonal displays and autumn-themed merchandise. Many dealers will be offering sales and specials. For more details, check out the Facebook event page.

Carnival of Colors

Bring your kids for a fun and engaging day at the Carnival of Colors, happening at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Quentin Comus, a 16-year-old Boy Scout from Troop 520 in Newberg, Oregon, will install a 30 foot, permanent flagpole to begin the event. Comus’s Eagle Scout project focuses on building improvements that will help transition the visitor center (built in 1993) into an overnight education center. In addition to the flagpole installation, Comus will build two wheelchair-accessible changing rooms, paint the 14,000-square-foot building, and update the fire evacuation signage. The Carnival of Colors also includes:

  • Live music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew, formerly of the alt-rock band The Presidents of the United States)
  • Face painting by Kelsey the Face Painting Lady
  • Art workshops with Natalie Tonn, biologist and artist
  • OMSI traveling exhibits with brainteaser puzzles and animal items
  • Crafts including shrink plastic, pumpkin decorating, and fall banners
  • Carnival games including beanbag toss, paper airplane target, pumpkin ring toss, and more
  • Mount St. Helens photo booth station

A full schedule and tickets are available at http://www.mshslc.org/events/#carnivalofcolors. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. (Reduced priced tickets are available for low-income families.) Admission includes all activities, lunch, hot cider, and a pumpkin. To purchase tickets online now, click here. The event is hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Forest Service. Event sponsors include Eureka! Engineering, Cowlitz PUD, Red Canoe Credit Union, Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Community Development Alliance, and Castle Rock Blooms.

Girlfriends’ Run for a Cure

The 11th annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure on Sunday, Oct. 15, is a quarter marathon (6.55 miles) and a half marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women’s cause: the fight to end breast cancer. New this year: the start/finish line has moved to the Vancouver waterfront beside Warehouse ’23, where runners and their friends and family can enjoy a special brunch and after-party with mimosas, chocolate, and free massages. The post-race party also includes over 30 vendors onsite offering samples, delicious food, sweet treats, and information about products and services. Local firemen will be waiting at the finish line to place medals around the runners’ necks—and keep an eye out for the Pink Brigade Guys, 50 men who are running with the Girlfriends to raise money for the Pink Lemonade Project.

The race was started as a way to honor and support Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with breast cancer  more than a decade ago and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends. (Watch for her in the race—she’ll be wearing #1!) About half the participants run, half walk and many do a combination of running and walking. It doesn’t matter how you get to the finish line, as long as you get there!

The cost is $75 if you register by Friday, Oct. 13, or $85 on the day of the race. “Mini-girlfriends” age 16 and under are $50/$55 DOR, and you can also register your little ones for the Kids’ Mini Marathon (1.1 miles) for $30/$35 DOR. Are you a guy? No problem—join the Pink Brigade and run with your girls! To register online and get details, click here. And wear pink! (…even the guys!) Come to the starting area at least by 8:30 a.m. because the race starts promptly at 9 a.m.!

A Tail to Remember

Saturday, Oct. 14, will be an evening to remember, with delicious food, fine wine and a chance to walk away with fabulous items from silent auctions, as well as a live auction. This community event is A Tail to Remember—the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society’s largest and most important fund-raising endeavor of the year—from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. 6th St. in downtown Vancouver.

In addition to a marvelous meal, you’ll be able to bid on items donated by resorts, private individuals, artists and businesses from around the country. Packages up for bid include local staycations, beach getaways and high-end electronics. Funds raised at the event will directly benefit the homeless dogs and cats in our community, to pay for their care and allow the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society to place each animal with a loving adoptive family. Tickets—$65 per person, $130 per couple, or $520 for a table of eight—are available at www.wcghs.org or by clicking here.

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization and auction donations are tax deductible. In 2015, they organization found homes for nearly 400 cats and dogs. To make an auction donation or become a corporate sponsor—or to find out about volunteering at the shelter—contact the WCGHS at 360-335-0941 or info@wcghs.org.

Poetry Night Features “WA 129,” Poems About Washington

Enjoy an 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 hearty, soul-warming poetry stew. (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.)

October’s featured poet is Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, a native of Buffalo, New York who earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices. These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University, where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.

Marshall’s latest project is WA 129, a compilation of work featuring 129 poets, some published for the first time, honoring Washington’s 129 years of statehood. Each poem beautifully describes a deeply felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wondrous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. Marshall invites WA 129 contributors to join him in reading their contributions to the book and forthcoming digital version.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 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.

Above image: Mount Rainier

Comedy on Tap

Are you ready to laugh? Heck yeah. The Kiggins Theatre has got just the ticket with a night of gut-clutchingly funny stand-up comedy on Thursday, Oct. 12. Comedy on Tap features the some of the best comedy talent around, plus local craft brews  and ciders on tap, wine, soda and any number of yummy snacks, nachos, pizza and buttery theater-style popcorn. Beer and wine is available from the Marquee Lounge upstairs, as well as from the Kiggins’ concessions counter in the lobby.

This month’s line-up of comic talent includes headliner Gabriel Rutledge with guest host Amanda Arnold, as well as several other comics. Comedy on Tap starts at 8 p.m. but the doors open at 7 p.m. so you can come early, snag a good seat, and get comfy with a brew or two. Tickets are $10 per person, available online now by clicking here. The Kiggins Theatre is located in downtown Vancouver at 1011 Main St.

Science on Tap: Football & Concussions

The Kiggins Theater‘s next Science on Tap is about the growing evidence that playing tackle football—even with helmets—is bad for brains. Come on down to the theater at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for “Should Humans Play Football? The Neuroscience of Concussions.” We humans have always loved dangerous sports, from ancient chariot racing all the way to today’s football, soccer, and hockey. Despite safety equipment, the sight of a player being checked for a head injury has become increasingly common. We now know that multiple concussions and similar injuries to the head can accelerate certain forms of dementia and lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). What does that mean for both professional athletes and for your kids who play on after school sports teams?

Dr. Larry Sherman is a neuroscientist at OHSU, and his lab has been exploring how the brain responds to certain types of injury and will explore the mechanisms underlying the brain’s responses to injury and possible ways to reverse brain damage. Dr. Sherman has spoken at several earlier Science on Tap events, including The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love, Every Brain Needs Music, and You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice—but at this event, he will be talking about his own research.

Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions (“Better Learning Through Beer”) and Washington State University Vancouver. The presentation starts at 7 p.m., but the Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $9 in advance (click here to purchase online, or check with the Kiggins’ box office) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

Jurassic Quest

What’s really, really, really, really, really, really big, has lots of teeth, and is coming to the Clark County Event Center? Dinosaurs! Jurassic Quest is the largest exhibition of lifelike, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America. From Friday, Oct. 13, through  Sunday, Oct. 15, this family-friendly dinosaur adventure will be in Ridgefield, allowing you and your children to safely explore the world of dinosaurs. (Unlike the movie “Jurassic Park,” no goats or lawyers will be harmed.)

Jurassic Quest is an interactive experience that takes participants from the Middle Triassic to the Late Cretaceous eras with the help of over 80 animatronic dinosaurs. There are also lots of kid-centric activities beyond the exhibit, giving young paleontologists a chance to see, touch, ride, and dig up their favorite dinosaurs.

Tickets are $18 for kids ages two to 12, $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors age 65 and up and those with military ID. To purchase tickets, click here, or buy tickets at the door. The ticket price includes the exhibit, crafts, and coloring stations. Tickets for rides, inflatables, and fossil digs are $5 each. Kids’ VIP tickets (ages two to 12) are $29 and include the exhibit, crafts, dinosaur cinema, and unlimited rides, inflatables, and fossil digs. For all ticketholders, there’s an additional cost for face painting and green-screen photography.

Jurassic Quest is located in the main exhibition hall at 17402 N.E. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. It will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is $6. For more information, visit www.jurassicquest.com.

Fall Harvest Tea

Autumn is the time to move indoors while savoring all the colors and flavors that the outdoors can offer. You’ll find the best combination of coziness and the glorious bounty of autumn during the Fall Harvest Tea at the historic Red Cross Building (near Officer’s Row and Fort Vancouver) on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Built in 1918-1919, the Red Cross Building was a welcoming place for wounded and sick soldiers to convalesce. Later, it was used as a service club. The beautifully restored community space has wood floors, a fireplace, and a warm, inviting sunroom. Learn a little more about the building and the people who have passed through its doors over the years as you enjoy live music, historical reenactments in full period costume, a selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and seasonal sweets and savories.

Tickets are $36 per person, and two seatings are available: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Space is limited so an RSVP is necessary; reserve your place at the table by calling The Historic Trust at 360-992-1808 or clicking here to purchase your tickets online.

Halloween Party at Class Cooking

Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking will teach you how to put together an unforgettable Halloween meal. Mahan is particularly fond of pumpkins, and she has been perfecting these fun-to-make seasonal recipes for many years. Mahan will offer two Halloween Party classes: one at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 ($60, includes coffee), and another at 5:30 p.m. on the very Halloween-y Friday, Oct. 13 ($80, includes wine). 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:

  • Argentine beef stew (beef, peppers, potatoes, and dried apricots) served in a baked pumpkin
  • Jack-o’-lantern orange peppers stuffed with picadillo, beef, currents, pine nuts, and spices
  • Brussels sprouts slaw with dried cherries and pecans
  • Pumpkin pecan bread pudding

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.

Above image: jack-o’-lantern stuffed orange peppers

Clark College Writers Series: Kenny Fries

Since 1988, the Clark College Columbia Writers Series has brought local, national, and international authors to its Vancouver campus, showcasing writers such as Ursula Le Guin, Donald Justice, Sherman Alexie, Marvin Bell, William Stafford, Jamaica Kincaid, Roy Blount Jr., Gerald Stern, Carolyn Forchè, Diane Wakoski, Monica Drake and retired Clark faculty member Larry Weirather.

The 2017-2018 Columbia Writers Series kicks off with Kenny Fries, best known for his memoir “Body, Remember: A Memoir,” which recounts his experiences as a disabled child growing up in an abusive Orthodox Jewish home and slowly coming to terms with his identity as a gay, disabled man. He has written two other memoirs, “In the Province of the Gods” and “The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory”—this last the winner of the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. He is the editor of “Staring Back:  The Disability Experience from the Inside Out” and the author of the libretto for “The Memory Stone,” an opera commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. His books of poems include “Anesthesia,” “Desert Walking,” and “In the Gardens of Japan.” He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College.

Fries will speak from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in room PUB 258A on Clark’s main campus at 1943 Vancouver Way. The event is free and open to the public. Directions and maps are available online. More Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at www.clark.edu/cc/cws. Other speakers include:

  • Oct. 30: Aimee Bender, author of “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” and “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”
  • Feb. 15, 2018: Cheston Knapp, editor of Tin House magazine and author of “Up Up, Down Down,” which will appear in Feb. 2018
  • May 14, 2018: Roger Reeves, Pushcart Prize-winning poet
  • May 17, 2018: Kate Berube, children’s book author and illustrator