Happenings & Hotspots

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

Open Cockpit Day

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

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

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

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

Scenic Spring Train Rides

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

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

Memorial Day at Fort Vancouver

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

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

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

Evening Presentation & Night Hike at the Refuge

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

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

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

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

VanTalks, May 24

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

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

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

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

ROAR: Fierce Female Storytelling

ROAR is a bi-monthly storytelling event that showcases seasoned storytellers, improvisers, writers, slam poets, and surprise guests, with female empowerment and courage as the underlying theme. This Thursday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m., ROAR will bring five powerful women to the stage to share inspiring, honest, and raw stories from their lives. This first event will mark the start of a collaboration between the landmark Kiggins Theatre and Erika Worth, a writer, actress, poet, performance artist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and storyteller.

ROAR’s inaugural show features women  from their 20s to 60s representing different ethnic backgrounds and sexual identities. The speakers—Ellen Urbani, Leann Ruth Johnson, Summer Neville, Carol Horwath Fischbach, and Vinson—will present stories centered around the theme “Mother.” Advance tickets are $15, available online at http://www.kigginstheatre.net/events/roar/. Tickets purchased at the door are $20. ROAR will donate 10% of the show’s tickets sales and concessions to the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE), an organization which works to inform, educate, and prevent violence and exploitation against women and children.

ROAR will also introduce “Girls Roar Too” in July, a workshop and show providing a platform for girl’s voices from ages 12-17, while encouraging unity, courage, and self-esteem. For more information about the show, or to see more upcoming events at the Kiggins, visit the Kiggins’s Events page at http://www.kigginstheatre.net/events/. To learn more about ROAR and the women who’ll be performing, visit ROAR’S Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RoarVoices/. The Kiggins is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Sustainable Living Workshops

Clark County’s Master Composter/Recycler program is accepting registrations for free composting and green cleaning workshops. To register, visit https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/mcr/classes-and-workshops. The workshops are:

  • Backyard composting: Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.-noon, CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie, and Tuesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to build a backyard compost pile that turns yard waste into garden gold.
  • Lasagna gardening: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-noon, CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie. Learn how to create lush, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of back-breaking digging or soil-breaking tilling.
  • Green cleaning: Thursday, June 8, 6-8 p.m., Clark County Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to make versatile green household cleaners. Free kits and ingredients provided.
  • Wormshop: Tuesday, June 13, 6-8 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Receive a free bin, worms, information and resources, and learn how to build and maintain a worm bin.

The Master Composter/Recycler program educates the community about easy ways to reduce waste, increase recycling, and rethink our impact on natural resources. Master Composter/Recyclers, who have received 30 hours of training, help teach the classes. For questions about the Master Composter/Recycler program, contact Pete DuBois at 360-397-2121, ext. 4961, or mcr@clark.wa.gov.

Let’s Take Flight!

Let’s Take Flight is the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s third annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, happening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The event will feature a catered dinner and silent and live auction packages such as a flight over Mount St. Helens, a hot air balloon flight, and a 1961 vintage Wurlitzer 2500 Jukebox, a seven-night stay in Honolulu, dinner for seven at the Northwest Culinary Institute, a Skamania Lodge adventure, and two round-trip Alaskan Airline tickets—among many other wonderful items!

The event’s keynote speaker is Jerry McWithey, Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc., a company that designs, develops and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software and services solutions for commercial, government and defense customers worldwide. McWithey’s personal story includes service to our country as CO/XO US Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 135; Operations Officer on the USS Kittyhawk out of Yokosuka, Japan; CNE Director of Logistics, N4, in the United Kingdom; and Commanding Officer at NAS Kingsville, in Texas.

Funds raised during the event will benefit the Trust’s STEM-based aviation education programs which preserve the history of Pearson Field and inspire tomorrow’s aviation professionals. Proceeds support programs such as summer camps, Open Cockpit Days, Aviation Education Resource Fairs, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays.

Tickets are $100 per person, including dinner, available by clicking here. The Pearson Field Education Center is on Pearson Field at the south end of East Reserve at 201A E. Reserve St. For more information about the Trust’s aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation.

Not the Usual Suspects: Mystery Authors Fair

Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—invites readers to come and meet some of their favorite mystery authors at “Not the Usual Suspects,” a mystery author event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Local authors including Angela Sanders (a.k.a. Clover Tate), Cindy Brown, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley (a.k.a. Ellie Alexander) and Kelly Garrett will be on site to chat about their stories and characters, to answer questions, and to sign copies of their books.

All the authors’ books will be available for sale. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. To find out more about events and happenings at Vintage Books—everything from book readings to writers’ groups—visit https://www.vintage-books.net/.

Mount St. Helens at the Fort

On Saturday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, U.S. Forest Service Monument Scientist Peter Frenzen will discuss his work at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled more than 200 square miles of forest and captured the imagination of volcano enthusiasts around the world. This summer, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will celebrate its 35th year of providing for the preservation and public enjoyment of one of North America’s youngest and most dynamic natural landscapes. The area surrounding the volcano has become an important laboratory for the study of volcanic processes and ecosystem response to large-scale disturbance. Frenzen will describe more than three decades of landscape change and lessons learned at one of the world’s most studied and accessible volcanoes. Repeat photographs will reveal amazing changes that have taken place in a matter of minutes, over decades, and during the volcano’s 2004-2008 dome-building eruption.

Frenzen is responsible for administering research and incorporating research findings into visitor information and education programs. He is a passionate advocate for inquiry-based science education and was part of a team that developed a kit-based hands-on science program for schools that has been implemented across the state of Washington. During his 30-year career at Mount St. Helens, Frenzen has helped create award-winning exhibits, films, and engaging stories for numerous feature stories and science documentaries. He has also assisted with public information at large fires and international efforts to develop parks and protected areas to preserve natural ecosystems, reduce hazards exposure, and promote sustainable tourism in nearby communities.

“Mount St. Helens: 37 Years of Ecosystem Development and Landscape Change,” is a free event presented by the U.S. Forest Service and the Friends of Fort Vancouver, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 East Evergreen Blvd. on the Fort Vancouver grounds.

Giving Out Loud: Stories of Generosity

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently launched a community-wide storytelling project titled Giving Out Loud. The project asks local residents to share stories of how philanthropy has impacted their lives and defines philanthropy broadly as “the love of humankind.” It seeks to curate stories that involve everything from traditional volunteerism and charitable donations to community building and personal acts of kindness. The project is also seeking stories from all sides of the charitable equation, whether the person has provided support or received support.

Those interested can submit stories for Giving Out Loud by visiting cfsww.org/giving-out-loud. The website also provides inspirational writing prompts and tips for sharing a personal story. While visitors can submit stories any time, those submitted by Friday, May 19, will be entered into the project’s kickoff contest. As part of this contest, four to six of the most compelling stories will be selected as feature stories. Selected storytellers will also receive a $250 grant award to give to their favorite local nonprofit.

A selection of stories will also be shared at the Community Foundation’s 2017 Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 6, at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets to the non-fundraising event are $50 and are available at www.cfsww.org or by calling 360-694-2550.

Camas Lilies at Washougal Plant Fair

Classic plants that thrive in local gardens and yards will be featured at the Annual Plant Fairs sponsored by the Camas-Washougal Historical Society.  The events will be held at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum (1 Durgan St. in Washougal) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. “Our sales are a favorite among gardeners because the plants we offer are native to our area, and come from local homes and nurseries,” said Alma Ladd, Plant Fair organizer and museum “plant lady.”

Camas lilies, which are difficult to find for purchase and take a long time to germinate, are a popular item available at these sales. Volunteers receive permission to dig the native flower on private property. Pots with three plants in each will be sold for $6 each. “They will go fast,” warns Ladd. The fair will also feature Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) and hybridized irises from the garden of the late Lorraine Croswell. Other perennial plants for sale at the fair will include peonies, calla lilies, strawberries, raspberries, hellebores, hosta lilies, lilac and a few small trees and more.

Funds from the sale will help the work of the Camas-Washougal Historical Society to preserve and make available historical information that tells the story of the history and development of the area. The museum regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students, and free for children under five, and all Camas/ Washougal Historical Society members. Call 360-835-8742 for more information or to schedule group tours any day of the week.

Be a “Bark Ranger” at the Fort

On Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host a new “Bark Ranger” walking tour program. This free, ranger-led tour, designed for visitors and their dogs, will discuss the history of dogs at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks, as well as the overall history of the site. The tour will also highlight how to explore the park safely with pet dogs.

The tour will begin outside of Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St. The shorter first leg of the tour will cover a distance of about a half-mile on a paved trail with little incline, and will discuss the history of dogs during the site’s Hudson’s Bay Company period. The optional second leg of the tour will cover an additional distance of about three-quarters of a mile with a moderate incline, and will discuss the history of dogs during the U.S. Army period.

You don’t HAVE to bring your dog if you don’t want to, but dogs are welcome on this tour. Dogs on the tour should be friendly with other dogs and people and up-to-date on vaccines. Participants with dogs must bring waste bags, food and water as necessary, and a leash no longer than six feet. In case of inclement weather, this tour may be rescheduled (although it’s predicted to be fair and sunny). Check www.nps.gov/fova, or the park’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FortVancouver/) or Twitter pages (@FtVancouverNPS) for updates.

Above image courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver

Spring Cleaning: Recycling Day in Battle Ground

A free Green Neighbors Recycling Day event in Battle Ground is a great opportunity for Clark County residents to drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and scrap metal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St. in Battle Ground. Proof of Clark County residency, such as a driver’s license, may be required.

Before you go, there’s a few things you should know about what can and can’t be accepted. Tires without rims are fine to recycle, but no more than five tires per person. No more than two banker boxes of paper to be shredded is allowed, and no business waste will be accepted. Household hazardous waste, such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids, and chemicals, cannot be accepted. Dispose of household hazardous waste for free year-round at these 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., Friday-Sunday
  • West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

People who cannot attend the event can find year-round recycling options at www.RecyclingA-Z.com. Green Neighbors, a public health program of Clark County Solid Waste, will sponsor the Recycling Day Event in partnership with the city of Battle Ground. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more information.

Spring Shopping Celebration in Camas

It may not feel like it after a couple days of cool temperatures and Northwest-style drizzly rain, but it IS spring—and it’s predicted to be in the 70s and 80s this weekend. Doesn’t that make you feel like…shopping? YES, IT DOES! You should go ahead and indulge that desire in downtown Camas this Saturday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Spring Shopping Celebration.

Enjoy the day in downtown Camas’ award-winning restaurants, brewpubs, art galleries, coffeeshops, cupcakeries, clothing boutiques, antique shops, home décor shops—and of course shoe shops!—and earn raffle tickets as you shop and dine. Then bring your tickets to Arktana Shoes for a chance to win big prizes. Here’s how it works:

If you bring friends with you, you get one raffle ticket per friend. If you buy any item in any store at any price, you get one raffle ticket per item (with a receipt, naturally). If you buy any gift certificate from any store, you get a ticket for each gift certificate, and if you buy any menu item at a participating restaurant, pub, or bar, you get one raffle ticket per item. Think how many raffle tickets you can earn in just a few short hours! Winners will be drawn and announced at 4:30 p.m. at Arktana Shoes, 415 N.E. 4th Ave.

Above image: super-cute spring outfits on the racks now at Lily Atelier.

Pink Glow at the Hilton

Pink Glow is a party with a purpose: to benefit the Pink Lemonade Project, a local nonprofit organization which supports those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This gala evening—starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20—is Pink Lemonade’s signature fundraising gala, and the evening includes a live auction, dynamic entertainment, silent auction packages, and a plated dinner. With plenty of bubbly and spirits to go around, this will be a glamorous night out to remember. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of ten. Tickets can be purchased online here. Event registration closes on Friday, May 19.

Pink Glow will be held at the Hilton Vancouver, located at 301 W. 6th St., across from Esther Short Park. The event is still open to individual and corporate sponsorship. Local sponsors include—among many others—The Al Angelo Company, Compass Oncology, Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center, Divine Consign, McCord’s Vancouver Toyota & Scion, Futura Healing, Litmos Healthcare, Landerholm Legal Advisers, Dietrich Trucking, Waste Connections, Rood Investments, CAG Anesthesia, and Acelity. These companies are empowering Pink Lemonade Project to help breast cancer pre-vivors, survivors, and women living with metastatic breast cancer in Southwest Washington and Oregon.

Children’s Culture Parade

The National Park Service and the Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts will celebrate our region’s diverse cultural heritage at the 12th annual Children’s Culture Parade at Fort Vancouver on Friday, May 19. The parade begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth St.) and will continue north on E. Reserve St., turning west on Evergreen Blvd. and finally turning south to follow the Park Road across E. Fifth St. straight into Fort Vancouver’s reconstructed fur trade-era stockade. There is no admission fee—it is being waived for this event—and the public is encouraged to attend. Ideal viewing areas are along the Park Road or the pathway leading from East 5th St. into the reconstructed fort.

The parade will include school marching bands and over 1,500 third-grade students celebrating the community’s diversity. Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Park Superintendent Tracy Fortmann, and other school district leaders will lead the parade throughout Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Once the students enter the reconstructed stockade, National Park Service volunteers will greet visitors wearing 1840s traditional 1840s clothing, highlighting Vancouver’s diverse past. A ten-piece group from the Vancouver Community Concert Band will provide music inside the reconstructed stockade. The entire procession will rest on the lawn in front of the reconstructed Chief Factor’s House to hear music and brief remarks from the mayor, superintendent, dignitaries, and featured students. The event will conclude at 11:45 a.m.

Public parking is available within the park and surrounding areas. Due to road closures on the east entrances to the park to accommodate the parade, it is recommended that visitors enter from the northwest corner of the park on Fort Vancouver Way. Parking is available at designated parking lots on Evergreen Blvd. and on East 5th St. Additional parking is also available at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center and at the reconstructed fort’s parking lot. However, for parade route safety, both of these parking lots will be closed to incoming and outgoing vehicular traffic from 9 to 11:40 a.m.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/fova/index.htm.

Above image: courtesy of Vancouver Public Schools

Sheared Delights Alpaca Fiber Festival

The owners of White Oak Alpacas invite you to their beautiful alpaca farm near Woodland for the annual Sheared Delights Alpaca Fiber Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. The festival is completely free, and the public is welcome to this day of fiber fun and education.

White Oak Alpacas will open its big barn and fill it with alpacas, fleeces, roving and yarns for sale. Meet the alpacas who produce the fiber that’s so soft and such a joy to spin and knit. There will be spinners spinning, fleeces being skirted, knitters knitting and alpacas being adorable. Come see how fleece becomes a finished product. Children are welcome with their parents, but Rover and Bowser should stay at home, as dogs disturb the alpacas. This year, Sheared Delights will feature the following local artists, ranches, and fiber vendors:

White Oak Alpacas, a family owned and operated ranch that focuses on sustainable agriculture and fiber production from healthy, happy alpacas, is located at 39908 N.E. 12th Ave. in Woodland. Visit www.WhiteOakAlpacas.com for directions, call 360-263-7214, or email Karin Finch at Karin@WhiteOakAlpacas.com.

Dozer Day, May 20-21

Dozer Day is like going to the fair, only every ride is bulldozers (…or diggers, or dumptrucks, or excavators, or something equally big and exciting). Kids get to sit in the driver’s seat of these big rigs and—with a trained operator beside them—drive some of the heaviest equipment around. It’s a dream come true for kids, and there’s plenty of fun for parents, too—not least because proceeds from the event benefit local children’s charities. Dozer Day, sponsored by the Nutter Foundation, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield.

Advance tickets (available online here) are $8 for children ages two to 12, $8 for seniors over 60, $10 for adults, and free for children under two. Tickets on the day of the event are $11 for kids and seniors and $13 for adults. Tickets, which are non-refundable, are good for either May 21 or 22 but not both days. Parking is $6. Most activities inside the event are free, including equipment rides.

Dozer Day is sponsored by many local businesses who are vested in their community, including iQ Credit Union and Chuck’s Produce. For more sponsorship information, click here. Volunteers are also needed, welcome, and appreciated. For more information, go to the volunteer page. No pets are allowed at Dozer Day unless they are registered service animals, or unless they have prior experience operating heavy machinery. (No, not really. And also there’s no smoking because burning cigarette embers and giant gas tanks are a poor combination.)

Run & Shop

Fleet Feet and Why Racing are teaming up for a fun evening of running, shopping, and getting ready for the 2017 racing season. The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, kicks off with a 5K fun run beginning at Fleet Feet Sports, located in the Mill Plain Town Center at 16020 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 113. After the run, participants will meet back at the store for beer, snacks, and shopping. Fleet Feet is offering a 20% discount off your purchase during the event, and Why Racing will be offering 10% of any of its 2017 events (like the upcoming Run to Remember on May 28).

Wby Racing Events offers athletes of all abilities—from the elite level to the back-of-the-packers—the chance to successfully train for and complete various types of races including fun runs, triathlons, adventure events and more while raising awareness and funds for important community causes. Why Racing’s events typically include music, live bands, post-event festivities, and swag bags. Their events are family-friendly and often include kids’ fun runs, as well. To learn more and to see their 2017 schedule of events, visit whyracingevents.com.