Happenings & Hotspots

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

Line Dancing Classes

Line dancing—you know what we mean: a good, ol’ fashioned, boot-scootin’ boogie—is a fun way to enjoy dancing with other people without needing a partner. Just put on a pair of sturdy, leather-soled shoes (cowboy boots optional), get in line, and follow the moves. No one cares if you make a mistake and everyone’s laughing (at themselves, not at you). It’s a great way to get moving, meet new people, and listen to lively music. But where in the Couve can you take line dancing classes? Why, with Vancouver Parks and Recreation, of course!

Parks & Rec is offering two line dancing classes: one eight-week class at Firstenburg Community Center and one eight-week class at Marshall Community Center. The Firstenburg Center class is on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting Feb. 27, and the class at Marshall Center is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting March 1. Kids over age 10 are welcome with a parent. Register in person at either community center or go online to http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec.

Mold-Making Workshop

If you’ve ever picked up an intricately formed candle or bar of soap and thought, “How pretty! I wonder how it’s done?” then you might want to make plans to attend the mold-making worksh0p at Dengerink Art Supply from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb 24. Artist and expert mold-maker Kaite Thompson Chase will give you step-by-step instructions, tips, and techniques so that you can make your own molded items at home.

The cost is $35 per student and all supplies will be provided. The techniques you’ll learn in this class can also be applies to other artistic endeavors besides soap and candles—the applications are wide and varied! The workshop will be held at Dengerink Art Supply, which is located inside Angst Gallery at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. You can sign up online and find information about additional workshops at http://www.dengerinkart.com/new-products/; registration is necessary to attend. To learn more about Thompson Chase, visit http://www.northbankartistsgallery.com/kaite-thompson-chase.html.

Hello Vancouver! TONIGHT at Warehouse ’23

Hello Vancouver! is moving to a new location on Wednesday, Feb. 22: Warehouse ’23, right on the Columbia River at 100 Columbia St. The location may be new, but your host is the same (but not old) Temple Lentz that we’ve grown to know and love over the past few years, as well as the team from High Five Media. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and admission is still free (can you believe it?), although you can guarantee your seat by RSVPing online at EventBrite. (Plus, if you book your seat online, you’ll get a free Hello Vancouver sticker. Sah-WEET!)

Hello Vancouver’s featured guest is Hannah Lloyd from the TV series “Grimm,” which is filmed, as you undoubtedly already know, in Portland. Lloyd is a Vancouver local who plays the role of Diana Schade-Renard on the show, and her creepy/spooky character is a major player this season. Lentz will talk with her about working on the show, her experiences as an actor, and what’s next.

Lentz will also interview Miss Washington Alicia Cooper and the 2017 Miss Clark County contestants. Last year, Vancouver resident Cooper won Miss Clark County, and then went on to win Miss Washington. She competed in the Miss America pageant, coming in as third runner-up. Lentz will find out what she’s been up to since she was a guest on Hello Vancouver a year ago. The audience will also meet the poised, talented, and professional contestants for Miss Clark County and Miss Teen Clark County.

Next, the audience will enjoy Hello Vancouver’s first-ever cooking segment, “Cooking with Anne.” Lentz will be joined by Vancouver Mayor Pro Tem Anne McEnerny-Ogle who can cook and bake like you wouldn’t believe! McEnerny-Ogle will take the audience on a moutwatering, step-by-step guide to making her caramel apple pie. *drool*

Lentz will also introduce the audience to Mark Matthias, owner of Beaches and Warehouse ‘23, who not only owns two of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants but is also one of our community’s most generous philanthropists. Lentz will talk with Mark about why giving back to the community matters to him and some of the unexpected ways he chooses to do it.

Finally, you’ll hear music by local band Bobbi, Joe and the New Guy, who play two songs during the show.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Parking available on-street and in designated event parking on the north side of the street. There will be a no-host bar and concession-style snacks available for purchase. Better yet, have dinner before or after the show at the restaurant.

Fiber to Fabric

Ever wondered how the woolly fluff on a sheep’s back becomes your coziest winter sweater, or how the fibers from a cotton blossom are magically transformed into irresistibly soft sheets? Stop by the Camas Public Library any time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, to see the Vancouver Handspinners demonstrate fiber preparation from places as diverse as India, South America, Russia, and Eastern Europe. They will be spinning cotton, silk, wool (and possibly flax, depending on time and availability of fibers). Watch the process from beginning to end and ask all the questions you can think of. You’ll see raw plant and animal fibers miraculously become cloth and fabric!

This event is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome (in fact, the event is especially popular with children). The Camas Public Library is located in downtown Camas at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Plenty of free street parking is available. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or email library@cityofcamas.us. You can also keep up-to-date with Camas Library events at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary/.

Prairie Hatchers Poultry Show

Check out all the cute chicks at the Prairie Hatchers Youth Poultry Show, happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Clark County Event Center. This is an annual event is hosted by the Prairie Hatcher 4-H Club, and it draws young poultry aficionados from as far away as Bellingham, Bainbridge Island, and Seattle. At this show, kids from regional poultry clubs will be showing—in judged competitions—their most beautiful and prize-worthy chicks and chickens, hens, roosters, ducks, geese, guinea fowl and other fine feathered friends.

There will also be auctions for live chicks and adult poultry, as well as raffles with poultry-related prizes. The event is free and open to the public, and the Event Center is also waiving its usual $6 parking fee. The poultry show will be held in South Hall 1. The Clark County Event Center is located at 17402 N.E. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. For more information, call the Event Center at 360-397-6180 or visit www.clarkcoeventcenter.com.



Winter Tree ID Walk

Trees are beautiful in every season, even in the middle of winter when their branches are bare, stretching for the sky. But look closely: you’ll see tiny buds and new growth, ready to burst out into green and gold come springtime. Join other tree enthusiasts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25, for a midwinter’s walk through the Clark College Arboretum with a guide from Urban Forestry. This Winter Tree ID Walk (part of the TreeTalk series) will help you learn some basic ways to identify trees, even without foliage. Hone your observation skills as you study branch arrangement, bark, buds, leaf scars and other characteristics that will allow you to accurately identify trees in every season.

Participants should dress for the weather. The Tree Walk is free, but you can RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or by e-mailing jessica.george@cityofvancouver.us. Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Program aims to maximize the aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits that trees provide by preserving, managing, and enhancing existing trees and other vegetation and promoting the reforestation of the urban area, through an active integrated program with community support and participation.

Volcano Views & Brews: Hiking the Triple Crown

The Triple Crown isn’t just for horses. If you’re a veteran hiker, you know that the Triple Crown is the three longest, most magnificent hikes in the United States: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. It’s the Impossible Dream for most hikers—but there are some few who’ve managed to do it. Jeff Garmire is one of them, and did all 7,700 miles in just nine months. He is the fifth and youngest person to accomplish this feat. If you want to hear his story in person, you’ll want to come hear him speak at the next Volcano Views and Brews, happening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Garmire began long distance hiking in 2011 and has continued to push the envelope ever since. In the past six years, he has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 miles in 2011), the Pacific Northwest Trail (1250 miles in 2014), all of Colorado’s 14ers (58 different peaks in 2015) as well as his most recent Triple Crown accomplishment in 2016.

As you listen, enjoy some classic Washington craft brews at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver. There’s a $5 suggested donation to offset costs, and beer and nibbles will be available to purchase. Loowit is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. (You can also hear the same presentation on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Hop N’ Grape in Longview.) Volcano Views and Brews is a monthly lecture series hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute. Click here to learn more.

Yappy Hour at Ghost Runners

2017walkrunfeaturedimage_375What do you get when you cross dogs and beer? (No, not deer, or bogs. Nice try, though.) You get Yappy Hour at Ghost Runners Brewery! This local craft beermaker is teaming up with the Humane Society of Southwest Washington for a once-a-month promotion to get local animal lovers geared up for the 2017 Walk/Run for the Animals, which is happening on May 6. Yappy Hour at Ghost Runners will increase awareness about the event and give people a chance to register early with a $5 discount off the regular registration price. Yappy Hour guests will also enjoy discounts on selected Ghost Runners Brewery items. It’s a win-win-win for people, dogs, and award-winning, locally made craft beer.

The first Yappy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Ghost Runners Brewery, located at 4216 N.E. Minnehaha St., Suite 108. Dogs are, of course, welcome! Ghost Runners is offering $1 off pints, plus they are donating $1 to the Humane Society of Southwest Washington for every 22 oz. bottle purchased. To learn more about Ghost Runners, visit www.ghostrunnersbrewery.com. To learn more about the Humane Society, visit southwesthumane.org.

Arts & Culture Tour

La Center and Ridgefield invite you to undertake an Arts and Culture Tour this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Area writers and artists will display and sell their works at multiple historical venues in both towns. The venues will provide historical and cultural information and the writers and artists will give out small items. The self-guided tour begins at Summit Grove Lodge in Ridgefield, where visitors will be given a souvenir bag, map and tour card and door prizes.

The Arts and Culture Tour is absolutely free and all ages are welcome. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole family to meet local artists and writers and to learn about local history. In addition to Summit Grove Lodge, venues include the La Center Museum, The Trellis Gift Shop, and the 4th St. Bar and Grill. The event is hosted by Entrepreneurial Women Writers and Artists, a group that provides practical knowledge and services for women writers and artists through workshops, materials, and participating in selling events. To learn more, visit http://www.e-w-w-a.com/. Summit Grove Lodge is located at 30810 S.E. Timmen Rd. in Ridgefield.

Above image: “Day Three,” a porcelain bowl by participating artist Jane S. Poole, past president of the Battle Ground Art Alliance and member of Cedar Creek Writers.

Annual Invasive Species Survey

Become a scientist for the day at Columbia Springs during the Invasive Species Survey. Go off-trail in Columbia Springs’ 100-acre natural area while learning about invasive species and scientific survey techniques. Groups of volunteers will search the landscape for three different invasive plant species while collecting important data. No experience is necessary! You’ll help Columbia Springs staff measure the abundance of species like English ivy and your contribution will support the maintenance and management of this popular wildlife and recreation site. Training in basic survey and sampling techniques will be provided, and here’s the important thing: free snacks are provided, too!

The Invasive Plant Species Survey will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy. in Vancouver. There’s no charge to participate. Dress for the weather; gloves and boots are good. Teens are welcome. For more information, call Erik Horngren at 360-882-0936, send an email to volunteer@columbiasprings.org, or see the Stewardship Saturdays page on Columbia Springs’ website at www.columbiasprings.org.

Mason Bee Basics

There’s a lot of buzz about mason bees these days, and for good reason: these friendly, solitary little workers are master pollinators and a friend to any garden. At this free workshop—”Mason Bee Basics: More Buzzzz for Your Backyard”—Master Gardener and mason bee expert Billie Bevers will teach you what you need to know to make your garden attractive to mason bees, including what to plant and what kind of “bee houses” mason bees like best. (Maybe you’ve seen them in gardens or stores: collections of little tubes where the bees can comfortably nest.) It may still be winter, but it’s not too early to prepare your yard to be more productive than ever with a little help from the bees.

The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 285, near J.C. Penney. No registration is required. For more information, call The Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or visit The Mall Library Connection’s Facebook page.

Front Porch Storytelling: Gratitude

Winter is on the cusp of its transformation into spring, and the signs are all around us. After a long, cold winter, and many hours spent indoors, we can now look around and reconnect to what’s happening in the outside world: the green shoots of crocuses and daffodils, the occasional sunshine…and the stories that other people have to tell. This month, there’s no place better to hear those stories than at The Front Porch storytelling event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Captain Strong Primary School, 1002 N. 6th Ave. in Battle Ground. This is the next installment of Battle Ground’s community story series, and this season’s stories—told by several local storytellers—feature narratives centering around the theme of “The Healing Power of Gratitude.” Tickets are $5 per person.

February’s storytellers are Jill Stansbury, Kathy Deshner, Terry Richard, Chris Alcazar, Daelon Floyd, and Carrie Wiman—a multi-generational cadre of storytellers from the local community. All proceeds generated by The Front Porch events go toward local charities; this time, the beneficiary is the North County Community Food Bank. All food, drink and décor is paid for by local sponsors—so all the money spent at the event goes straight to charity.

Front Porch is sponsored and organized by Connect Battle Ground and is made possible by its local business partners: Battle Ground Burgerville, Battle Ground Foursquare Church, Full Circle Driving School, Columbia Kids Preschool/Sprouting Seeds Learning Community, Gaither & Sons, Elite Auto Body, Artisan Academy, and the Old Town Battle Ground Association. Connect Battle Ground is a coalition of over 120 organizations and people in the North Clark County area who are working together to give young people a greater sense of purpose, value, and belonging, and stories are an important way to foster a feeling of connectedness.

Call for Artists: Fiber Arts Exhibit

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local knitters, quilters, crocheters, weavers, basket-makers, sewers, felters, and dabblers in fiber arts for its March show, “Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread,” which opens First Friday, March 3. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original work in any fiber or fiber-based medium, including appliqué, basketry, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, quilting, sculpture, spinning, tatting, textiles, and weaving. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; any one can submit anything that falls within the submission guidelines, which you can see by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 18.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

When Tomorrow Means More than Yesterday

The Fort Vancouver National Trust invites history buffs—and those who care about the present and the future, too—to a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. This month’s presentation features Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Dan Sockle with a timely discussion entitled “When Tomorrow Means More than Yesterday: Can We ‘Trump’ the Roots of Extremism?”

Sockle will explore our urgent need to start caring more about what’s to come than what’s behind, about the lives of our children and future generations more than ghosts of the past. Only when we do this will vengeance-fueled conflicts fade into history. We must find a way to extract our instincts for revenge from the human condition, particularly from the DNA of politicians, religious leaders, and a complicit media that perpetuates conflict around the world. Sockle is well-positioned to give informed opinions on the subject, drawing on his 35 years of government service, predominantly in intelligence, criminal, and civil investigations. Sockle is also the author of the book “America’s Jihad,” which is a collection of true stories following 24 individual journeys from 9/11 to today.

There is no admission fee for the Trust’s Military History Talks. The presentation will be held at the historic Marshall House on the Fort Vancouver National Site, located at 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver. Seating is limited; please RSVP by emailing president@vbma.us. Upcoming Military History Talks include “The Vancouver Barracks, Proving Ground for Generals” on March 16. For more details on each History Talk, please visit the Fort Vancouver National Trust event calendar at www.fortvan.org/calendar.

“Food Is Love” Dinner at the Slocum House

16298996_1241934885921522_4917624773165202843_nHow’s this for romance on Valentine’s Day: a specially prepared meal in the beautiful and historic Slocum House in downtown Vancouver featuring Herb N’ Roots catering and wine from VanArnam Vineyards. This exclusive “Food Is Love” dinner is hosted by the Wine & Food Society of Clark County and will offer five courses, each paired with a different VanArnam wine. Kent and Allison VanArnam, in fact, will be on hand to pour their wines with each course. Intrigued? Here’s a tempting peek at the menu:

  • Crab and artichoke croquette with beet horseradish mostarda and fresh herbs paired with 2015 Riesling
  • Chicory salad with walnuts, orange, dry cherry, cocoa vinaigrette, and pink peppercorn-dusted chèvre paired with 2014 Merlot
  • Bacon tomato bisque with crème fraîche and fried cornbread croutons paired with 2013 Syrah
  • Braised beef shortrib with fresh chive gnocchi, seared asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc paired with 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chai panna cotta with housemade graham cracker, candied apple, and caramel crème Anglaise paired with 2015 Magelica from Perennial Vintners

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and will not be available at the door. Tickets are available online at Ticket Tomato by clicking here. You can also get tickets in person at Cellar 55 Tasting Room at 1812 Washington St. Tickets are non-refundable. The Slocum House is located in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St.

A Chocolate Affair to Remember

Chocolate treats, romantic movies and activities, art shows, crafts, games, prizes, and more will all be part of the sweet event in downtown Camas, happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. (originally scheduled for First Friday, Feb. 3, but postponed due to icy weather). Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts, plus offering wine tastings and Valentine’s Day-inspired promotions. What’s not to love? It’s Camas’ 11th annual “Chocolate Affair to Remember,” a very popular First Friday family event (for obvious reasons). Here’s a sampling of the evening’s activities:

  • Guess the candy jar amounts in each participating location and be entered to win the candy and other great Valentine’s themed prizes
  • Art receptions with refreshments at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • Painting “love rocks” with The Paint Roller; paint two rocks—one to keep and one to hide in downtown!
  • Valentine’s Day crafts for kids and grown-ups
  • Natalia’s Café will offer chocolate fondue for two, chocolate crepes and cookies for kids to frost
  • Free hair glitter strands and sparkles at The Wild Hair
  • Special sales and chocolate tastings throughout downtown shops
  • Earn tickets to win for every $10 you spend in downtown

For details on everything, click here or visit downtowncamas.com.

Port of Vancouver Lecture Series

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a river pilot or locomotive engineer? Or how soybeans from North Dakota make it all the way to China? Maybe you’ve wondered what those wooden structures in the Columbia River are and how they help vessels of all kinds safely navigate the river.

The Port of Vancouver USA hopes to answer these questions and more through a lecture series featuring industry experts who will share knowledge, personal experiences and fascinating facts about how railroads and the maritime industry work, how products move by road, river and rail, and how ports connect us to the global marketplace. The first two lectures will take place on Feb. 13 and 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Terminal 1 Gull’s Nest Conference Room at 100 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver (the former Red Lion hotel).

The Feb. 13 lecture features Columbia River pilot Capt. Paul Amos and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association Executive Director Kristin Meira. Capt. Amos will share his knowledge and firsthand experiences in the tug and barge industry, and towing vessels on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers. Meira will discuss the importance of a reliable, efficient and sustainable river system to our way of life in the Pacific Northwest.

The Feb. 23 lecture features Port of Vancouver USA Director of Operations Todd Krout and Rail Manager Wayne Harner. Krout and Harner have decades of experience in facilities and rail operations. They will share their deep knowledge of rail infrastructure, safety, cargo movement, railroad jobs and railcar types typically seen in Southwest Washington. Harner is also a locomotive engineer with direct experience working with today’s technologically advanced rail equipment and systems.

These are just the first of several lectures the port plans in 2017 on a variety of topics. Seats are limited and those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early. To register, call 360-693-3611 or email rsvp@portvanusa.com. To learn more about the Port of Vancouver USA, visit www.portvanusa.com.

Sweetheart Hangar Dance

Want to swing dance to that Big Band sound, just like they did at USO dances during the 1940s? You can do just that at the Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Pearson Air Museum hangar. The VanPort Jazz Band will be belting out the swing tunes, couples will be energetically whirling around the dance floor, and it’s all in aid of a good cause: proceeds benefit the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Dress up in your best 1940s dresses, skirts, sweaters and Class “A” uniforms, take a step back in time, and enjoy the evening. Boogie to the music of the 1920s through 1950s and sip cocktails from The Grant House Restaurant‘s no-host bar (and do try The Kiss, the cocktail especially created for the Sweetheart Dance). Hors d’oeuvres, soda, and coffee are included in the ticket price, which is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

When you want to take a break from dancing, tour the Pearson Air Museum and take a souvenir photograph next to a vintage airplane. Volunteers and staff from the National Park Service will be available to answer questions about the historic airfield’s past. Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the event for one dollar each, giving ticketholders a chance to win six gift baskets. Purchase tickets online at www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets or in person from the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is ready to tempt your tastebuds with the most indulgently romantic partnership in the gourmet world: wine and chocolate. Wineries all over the North Bank will be hosting wine-and-chocolate pairings from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12. Here’s a sample of what’s happening at these participating wineries:

For more information about all 12 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms that are participating in the Wine & Chocolate Weekend, click here for a printable map or visit www.swwawine.com.

Youth Golf Party at Camas Meadows

Registration is now open for all WYGA (Washington Youth Golf Academy) programs at Camas Meadows. You can register online by clicking here, or you can come to the WYGA Launch Party, happening at Camas Meadows from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. You can sign up for programs at the event or just come to play free family golf games like Mini Putt and Wii Golf. Plus, every guest gets a complimentary ice cream sundae (yup, free ice cream!). You’ll also have a chance to meet Camas Meadows’ WYGA professional staff, win door prizes, and help Camas Meadows celebrate another great year of golf. There’s no cost to attend and no obligation to sign up—just come and hang out at the Camas Meadows Clubhouse for a couple hours and have some fun.

The WYGA at Camas Meadows is a place for youth of all ages and skills levels to learn the great game of golf. Camas Meadows’ golf academy provides professional instruction with a skilled team of teachers, developing future community leaders through character growth, long-lasting friendships, and life skills. At the launch party,  you can learn more about junior and teen-level group programs, spring break and summer camps, team play matches, the PGA Junior League, and special youth golf events. For more information about the WYGA at Camas Meadows, contact Bryce Poulin at 530-448-0426, or visit www.camasmeadows.com.