Happenings & Hotspots

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

April at Latte Da

Spring is officially here, and there’s no place livelier than Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where there’s always something happening and always something delicious to eat or drink. This month, there’s live music, poetry and storytelling, puppies, trivia night, wine, and of course COFFEE! To make it easier for you to plan, North Bank Now has laid out, in one handy-dandy list, everything that’s going on this month at Latte Da (which, we shamelessly confess, is one of our most favorite places in the Couve).

Latte Da has also got a full menu featuring some of the Couve’s best sandwiches—and some of its yummiest small plates and appetizers, perfect with a glass of craft beer, cider, or fine wine. Latte Da, open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is located in a cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver and is an all-day destination for coffee, wine, light meals and live music. Street parking is available. For more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

  • Monday, April 3, 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. Full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, April 8, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy hot, homemade biscuits and gravy, or anything else from Latte Da’s morning menu. All ages are welcome and guests can buy a bandanas to benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization.
  • Friday, April 14, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories on April’s theme: “Utopia and Dystopia.” Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m .and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, April 17, Trivia Night: come on down and show off your brain power from 6 to 8 p.m. while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, April 27, Wine Tasting: Come taste some lovely French wines from Les Jamelles in Latta 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!

Rejuvenating Your Landscape

Do you, um, not love how your front yard looks from the street—or how your back yard looks from your kitchen window? (…worse, have your neighbors complained?) Or here’s a scenario: your neighbor’s yard is an eyesore, but you’re not sure how to create a natural-looking barrier between your yard and theirs. Or maybe you have an inspired idea for a new feature, but you aren’t sure how to make it happen without spending a gazillion dollars. This short, information-packed, 90-minute presentation will give you the solutions to all those problems—and give you additional creative ideas to keep you busy for a long while!

Washington State University Extension Clark County Master Gardeners presents “Rejuvenating Your Landscape” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. This free workshop will be held at the Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St. in Washougal. Participants should bring four or five photos showing a couple of areas they currently like about their landscape, and a couple of areas they wish to change. Also helpful for the class exercises is to download and print a copy of your property’s map. Visit Maps Online at http://gis.clark.wa.gov/mapsonline/index.cfm and click on “Find Parcel,” then enter your street address on the “Search” tab.

There is no charge and no registration is required. For more information, call 360-397-6060, ext. 5738, or email erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu.

Green Neighbors Recycling Days

Got junk? Get rid of it responsibly during a series of free Green Neighbors Recycling Day events that offer expanded opportunities for Clark County residents to recycle a variety of items. Event times and locations are:

  • Vancouver: April 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Evergreen High School, 14300 N.E. 18th St.
  • Yacolt: April 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Yacolt Primary School, 406 W. Yacolt Rd.
  • Ridgefield: April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5901 South 11th St.
  • La Center: April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holley Park, 1000 E. 4th St.
  • Camas: May 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., Washougal
  • Washougal: May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St.
  • Battle Ground: May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St.

County residents can drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. All events, except Yacolt and Ridgefield, will provide shredding for up to two banker boxes of paper. (Sorry, no business waste will be accepted.) If you can’t make it to one of the Recycling Day events, you can find year-round options at RecyclingA-Z.com. For more information about Green Neighbors and other Recycling Days, visit https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/.

Recycling Day events are free and open to all Clark County residents (so bring your driver’s license, just in case). Household hazardous waste like paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, can’t be accepted, but you can dispose of these thing for free year-round at these three transfer stations:

  • Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
  • Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun.
  • West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Additional information about HHW disposal is available at www.clark.wa.gov/hhw or by calling 360-397-2121, ext. 4352.

Call for Paper Artists

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local artists who create works out of paper for its May show, “Paper: Made, Formed, and Simply Used Up,” which opens First Friday, May 5. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original paper-based artwork…works that are based on paper or in which paper is the key element, such as folded paper, origami, paper furniture, bookbinding, drawings, paintings, papier-mâché, and 3D paper sculptures. 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, April 15. For more information, email Call4Art@generosityreturns.com.

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.

Caring for Clematis Workshop

The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County presents “Growing and Caring for Clematis” with Debbie Fischer, owner of Silver Star Vinery. This free workshop will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205, located at 11104 N.E. 149th St. in Brush Prairie. Fischer’s presentation will cover care, planting, new varieties vs. old, some on growing seeds and taking cuttings. She will also bring plants for sale and seeds to share.

Fischer and Dennis Hutchinson started the Specialty Clematis Nursery/Silver Star Vinery in 2002. They did business locally until 2006, when they expanded to a custom website for online ordering. Extensive display gardens were planted in 2007 to house the hundreds of clematis in Fischer’s private collection\. These same gardens have continued to mature and multiply and they are open for the public to enjoy. There is a large open garden from the end of June to early July. If you’d like to visit, the nursery is housed at 31805 N.E. Clearwater Drive in Yacolt. You can also visit www.silverstarvinery.com or call 360-608-3720.

No registration required to attend the workshop. More information can be found at www.mgfcc.com/Events.html. The nonprofit Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County is dedicated to fundraising efforts to help perpetuate the WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardener Program and to promote research-based horticulture practices at the 78th Street Heritage Farm through education, consultative programs and experiences.

Adam the Great at Dave’s Killer Magic

Dave’s Killer Magic Shop in downtown Vancouver presents Adam the Great, performing a family-friendly show of magic and comedy. The “Defying the Laws of Entertainment” show is so popular that Dave’s Killer Magic is offering it at two times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 (yup, that’s April Fool’s Day).

The performance is a mesmerizing blend of charm, wit, audience interaction, and innovative magic. Adam’s talents include eye-popping close-up magic as well as outstanding comedy. Adam has amazed crowds at fairs, festivals, and corporate events, as well as having served as an Armed Forces entertainer, giving the troops and their families overseas a much-needed morale boost. Tickets are $10 per person, available by calling 360-448-9022.

To find out about more upcoming shows and events at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, click here or call 360-448-9022. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. A vast selection of magic-related items is available to purchase on its website at www.killermagicshop.com, but we promise you’ll have even more fun if you visit in person.

Book Birthday Party with Gretchen McLellan

51vx15Oq8mLJoin local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan for a Book Birthday Party for her new children’s book, “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3.” The festivities will be held at the Camas Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. There will be activities, drawings, a reading, pictures with the giant pencil (see above!), autographs and more. Find out the backstory of this book with Camas roots, and win prizes from participating Camas merchants—Cake Happy, Caffe Piccolo, The Soap Chest, and Lizzabeth A (…where you can also purchase the book, if you don’t already have a copy).

This book, illustrated by Grace Zong, is an ideal read for the end of the school year and a perfect present for any special teacher in your life. Kirkus Review calls it “A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.”

Learn more about McLellan—who has three more books due to come out next year—at www.gretchenmclellan.com. You can also R.S.V.P. for the Book Birthday Party at gretchenmclellan@comcast.net. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Workshop: Publishing Your Chapbook

Do you have a slew of unpublished poems or stories that are longing to see the light of day, and the permanence of print? Find out how to get your work out there with “Publishing Your Chapbook,” a workshop with award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams, presented by Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. The workshop, which is being offered in honor of National Poetry Month, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The cost is just $15 per student. To sign up, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or Jackson at leah.angstgallery@gmail.com.

There are countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision. But how best to organize and structure your chapbook? How to make it read cohesively? And what publishing path is the right fit? Join Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, this workshop will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and marketing director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.” A seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, Williams has an MA in creative writing from Rivier College and an MA in book publishing from Portland State University. To learn more, visit www.johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com.

Volunteer Training for Local Wildlife Refuges

Volunteers play a critical role in welcoming first-time visitors who are just discovering the beauty and splendor of the Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuges—as well as those who are renewing their connection with nature through regular visits. You can share the wonder of our magnificent public lands by training to be a volunteer. Volunteers teach students, engage visitors, help with on and offsite events, and much more. Volunteer training sessions for both refuges are being held throughout this month. All sessions are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

  • April 1: Connecting People to Nature
  • April 8: Culture & Tech of the Lower Columbia
  • April 15: Wetlands & Wildlife
  • April 22: Wildife of Oak Woodlands

For more information, details on location for each training session, and to register, e-mail RidgefieldVolunteer@fws.gov. Training is sponsored by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex and its partners, the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards.

Alpacapalooza: March 31-April 2

So much alpaca adorableness is coming to the Clark County Event Center, it’ll be like Alpacapalooza in there! Actually, it WILL be Apacapalooza: the annual event hosted by the Alpaca Association of Western Washington and featuring some of the finest examples of alpaca loveliness in state of Washington from over 40 regional breeders. The event, which is one of the largest shows in the country, lasts for three days—from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1; and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Alpacapalooza is open to the public and admission is FREE! (…although Event Center parking is $6 cash). The event will take place in Exhibition Hall C.

Alpacas are smaller and more docile than llamas, and produce an especially sought-after wool that is used to make the softest of yarns. This three-day event aims to highlight the growing alpaca population and industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Alpacapalooza event will include judging, a halter show, fleece judging and photo contest, presentations, a Herdsire auction in the show ring, a silent auction and “happy hour” social.

The Alpaca Association of Western Washington is a group of alpaca owners, breeders, and enthusiasts who have come together as a regional affiliate organization of the international Alpaca Owners Association. Its mission is to raise public awareness of alpacas and their luxurious natural fiber, share knowledge and resources, plan and organize alpaca events, represent the interests of Western Washington alpaca owners as an affiliate organization of AOBA, and have fun. To learn more, visit www.alpacawa.org.

For more information about Alpacapalooza, visit http://www.alpacawa.org/page/6013/alpacapalooza—general-information. You can also contact Jeff Williamson of Liberty Alpacas at jeff@libertyalpacas.com or 206-719-4978.

Preview Day at WSU

Thinking about becoming a Coug? At Preview Day, you can learn about the programs offered at Washington State University Vancouver, how to apply for admission, and how to pay for college. You’ll hear from students and meet with faculty and staff as you explore the WSU campus, learn about student life, and find answers to your questions. The next Preview Day starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Parents and prospective students can come early for a campus tour beginning at noon at the Firstenburg Family Fountain. To join, RSVP by clicking here.

There are two locations where you can check in for Preview Day. Transfers from other colleges and universities should go to Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, and incoming freshmen should go to the Firstenburg Student Commons. (Here’s a campus map and directions to help you find your way.) Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Learn the admissions process: learn about admission requirements and how to apply from a WSU Vancouver expert.
  • Talk with current students: ask WSU Vancouver Student Ambassadors about campus life, academics and student services on campus. They can also give you tips on how to enhance your educational experience.
  • Take a campus tour: explore WSU’s beautiful, state-of-the-art campus with a Student Ambassador and discover the resources that WSU Vancouver has to offer.
  • A-Z of Paying for College Workshop: learn the ins and outs of financing your education—including loans, grants, waivers, scholarships, and other things to consider—from a WSU Vancouver expert.
  • Explore the Academic & Student Life Fair: meet university faculty and staff and ask individual questions about your specific interest area. Learn about campus involvement opportunities.

Questions? Take a look at the event flyer, call the Cougar Center at 360-546-9779, or send an email by clicking here. Go Cougs!

Above image: view of Mt. Hood from the WSU campus, courtesy of WSU.

Watercolor Tea Party

Enjoy a very artful tea party in downtown Camas when you drop by Lizzabeth A. on Saturday, March 25. This charming home décor (and more!) boutique will be featuring its new line of watercolor linens by April Cornell—as well as a bevy of watercolor paintings by local artists, all available for sale. Hot tea and light refreshments will be offered to all guests; no need to purchase anything, just come and enjoy the store!

While you’re there, you might want to pick up your copy of Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, a beautifully illustrated children’s book by local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan. McLellan will be featured at book release party on Saturday, April 1, at the Camas Public Library. (You might also want to pair this purchase with an ice cream necklace made by local artists Deborah Funches of Shift Accessories as a gift for the little—or grown-up!—ice cream-and-book-lover in your life.)

Lizzabeth A is located at 339 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Tea will be served from noon to 2 p.m. For more information about this and other events, call 360-834-6071 or visit lizzabetha.com. You call also follow them on on Facebook  and Instagram.

A Walk in the Park with Naturalist Jack Nisbet

Jack Nisbet, naturalist and author of several books including The Collector, Visible Bones, and Ancient Places, will offer a class and evening presentation at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The outdoor class for up to 25 people (ages 16 and older) will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Nisbet will lead participants on a walk around the national park, using David Douglas as a lens for exploring the cultural and natural history of Southwest Washington. Nisbet will focus on the flora and fauna studied by Douglas, and the naturalist’s relationships with tribal families and families of mixed ethnicity. The state of science at that time and Douglas’ personal story will also play an important role in the class. Register by calling 360-816-6244; there is no fee for the class and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

The evening lecture will be at 7 p.m. on March 29 at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The presentation highlights a section from Nisbet’s most recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focusing on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods shaping our current landscape, mining, tribal rights, and land use issues. Signed copies of Nisbet’s books will be available for purchase that evening at the Visitor Center Bookstore, managed by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.

Anne of Green Gables Tea at Pomeroy Farm

Pomeroy Living History Farm is hosting two Anne of Green Gables Teas at noon on Saturdays, April 8 and 15, in its beautiful Gathering Place tea room. The seasonal menu will include assorted tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and two varieties of tea. The cost is $24 per person (including tax) for the tea luncheon and a tour of historical Pomeroy Log House.

The teas are extraordinarily popular—because (and I speak from experience) they are DELICIOUS and AMAZING—and sell out quicker than you can bat an eye. Call 360-686-3537 to reserve your spot. If you find that the tea seating has already sold out, you can add your name to a waiting list—or better yet, make your reservations now for the Mother’s Day Teas on May 6, May 10, and May 13.

Pomeroy Living History Farm is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road about ten minutes northeast of Battle Ground. To learn more, visit www.pomeroyfarm.org or call 360-686-3537. You’ll also want to mark your calendar for the popular (and free!) Country Life Fair at Pomeroy Farm on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.


Metropolitan Performing Arts Dance-a-Thon

Put on your dancing shoes—in fact, put on a whole costume!—and come to the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s Second Annual Dance-a-Thon, happening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the MPAA’s studio at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in Vancouver.

The playlist includes 50s sock hop, rock, 80s tunes, old school hip hop, pop, and musical theater. Pick a theme from the playlist and dress up to get into the spirit—then dance your heart out! There will be drawings and prizes for the most fundraiser, best dancing, best costumes—not to mention the Dance Battle Finale! The goal is for each participating couple, group, or family to raise at least $100 in community support; this earns a ticket for the prize drawing to be held during the Dance-a-Thon. Every $50 above that earns another ticket!

For more information about the Dance-a-Thon and how to register, call MPAA at 360-975-1585 or visit www.metropaa.org.

Scrabble with a Cause

Are you a whiz at word games? Do you dream of Scrabble squares? Do you know which letters will get you the highest score, and have you ever played the words “qat,” “jin,” or “xi”? Then you should check out the Scrabble with a Cause FUNdraiser for the Columbia Crest Lions Club, happening on Saturday, Mar. 25, at The Quarry, 415 S.E. 177th Ave. in Vancouver. This is one of many community fundraising event for the Columbia Crest Lions Club, and proceeds will benefit local Lions Club projects such as assisting with free access to eye exams, glasses, and hearing aids; “adopting” kids at Hearthwood Elementary; and sponsoring scholarships and other community initiatives

The Scrabble fun begins at 1 p.m., and anyone aged 10 and older is welcome to play. Individual registration is $20. Four-person teams can register for $72, and students aged 20 and under are $15 each. The fee includes three rounds of play and a door prize drawing, plus free popcorn, coffee and tea (other snacks will be available for purchase). Prizes will also be awarded for highest individual score, winning team score, and team spirit. You can gain an advantage during play by purchasing point-scoring extras, such as extra vowels, double turns, and peeks at the dictionary. Oh, and if you’re playing as a team, wear your silliest hat—because OF COURSE that makes you smarter.

For more information, see the Columbia Crest Lions Club Facebook page, call 360-910-3583, or visit columbiacrestlions.org.

Ken Peplowski Jazz Concert at the Royal Oaks Country Club

Legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski—who has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by the BBC’s Russell Davies—will take the stage at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s second Jazz Benefit Concert, happening at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday, March 25, at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

The Royal Oaks will be transformed into a quintessential midcentury jazz supper club, complete with classic cars and cigar girls. Guests will stroll down the red carpet—lined with concert posters of jazz legends—and into the club, where they will be offered a signature “jazztini” before enjoying a prime rib dinner, wine, and plenty of dancing. The Steinway piano being used for the evening is being donated by Michelle’s Piano Company.

Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club and many other venues. Peplowski’s CDs on the Capri label—“Noir Blue,” “In Search Of,” and “Maybe September”— were released to great critical acclaim and massive airplay. He has recorded music as diverse as Italian and French folk songs, avant-garde jazz, pop, and classical music. Peplowski was the musical director of the Oregon Festival of American Music for eight years, and is a longtime performer for and consultant to The Jazz Cruise. Peplowski’s new album is called “Enrapture.”

Tickets are $100 per person, and each ticket-holder will be awarded one free ticket to any Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert during its current season. Proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Education Initiative, which focuses on extensive music education outreach programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 360-735-7278 or visit vancouversymphony.org.

Couve Clover Run

There’s no need to cross the bridge for a fun St. Patrick’s themed run! Put on your best green duds and join the Couve Clover Run on Sunday, March 26. Choose from three-mile, seven-mile, or 10-mile walking/running courses and help support local Clark County charities. Show up at 8:30 a.m. to get organized, enjoy pre-race entertainment, and choose the charity that you feel most passionate about (yup, you get to choose where the money goes). If a charity team gets 50 or more members, $5 from each person’s registration will go to that charity.

The courses will take you through some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver and highlight our wonderful community. You’ll walk or run through historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbia riverfront, Ester Short Park, Farmers Market, and other classic Couve destinations. You’ll have to earn your post-event party by completing your chosen route, but it will be worth it with all of these perks:

Register online and mark your calendar for Sunday!

Bubbles & Bunco

Roll the dice, take a sip, repeat! It’s Bubbles & Bunco, presented by YWCA Clark County and Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington on Friday, March 24, at Divine Consign. YWCA and Soroptimist are co-hosting and will both benefit from this night full of food, drink, bunco and shopping. Grab your girlfriends, co-workers and club/team members for a party with a purpose as well as much needed night out. For just $25, players receive unlimited bunco time, abundant appetizers, delish desserts, a complimentary beverage, and the chance to win cash prizes. Please register at https://www.facebook.com/ywcacc or call 360-906-9155.

There is also a terrific Bubbles & Bunco raffle basket—up for grabs for $10 per ticket—containing a bounty of products and gift certificates. Want to see it? It’s all on display at Divine Consign, including two $25 Lularoe gift cards, pampering products from Mary Kay and AVON, a $50 Visa cash card, home goods from Princess House, a Briar Bonnet, Kember’s Gluten Free mixes, a Silpada silver necklace, Young Living Essential Oils, a $25 Amazon gift card and a whole bunch more fun stuff. Raffle tickets are available to purchase at YWCA Clark County or Divine Consign. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Bubbles & Bunco is happening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Divine Consign is located at 904 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Tree Seedling Sale

While it might still be winter, landowners can begin making plans to beautify their yards and help wildlife by planting tree and shrub seedlings now. The Clark County Farm Forest Association will hold a tree seedling sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 25, in the parking lot of Albertson’s Food and Drug at 2108 Main St. in Battle Ground. Choose from over 20 varieties of trees, including sturdy Northwest varieties of cedar, fir, spruce, hemlock, and pine. You might also find ginkgo, Oregon ash, giant sequioa, vine maple, flowering currant, Pacific willow, and red osier dogwood (among many others, which you can peruse at your leisure by viewing or downloading this flyer).

With prices from $1 to $4 per seedling, you’ll be able to start a national forest in your back yard. If you have questions about the best growing conditions for each kind of tree, or inquiries about proper tree care and maintenance, volunteers from the Washington State University Master Gardener program will be present and willing to share all sorts of arboreal tips. For more information, visit www.wafarmforestry.com.