Happenings & Hotspots

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

Science and Learning Center Winter Reopening Celebration

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

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

The Elusive Sense at Angst Gallery

Angst Gallery presents “The Elusive Sense,” a compelling exhibit of the somber, thought-provoking works of Donald Haynes. There will be an opening night reception where guests can meet the artist on First Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. with complimentary light refreshments and music. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 25. Haynes spent two years studying painting with the noted and prolific Alexander Rokoff. Haynes’ creative work also includes photography and sculpture. Throughout the years, Haynes has focused on “the figure and the essence within it, winding about it my ideas and symbols, empty and full, as they always are.” For examples of Haynes’ work, visit www.coroflot.com/donsword.

For more information about this and other exhibits, contact Jackson at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com or Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066. You can also visit Angst Gallery online at angstgallery.com. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, adjacent and connected to Niche Wine Bar, so you can grab a cool drink and amble around the gallery. For gallery hours, visit angstgallery.com.

Above image: detail from “The Heart Stone” by Donald Haynes

Open Studios Tour Preview Reception

A preview exhibit and artists’ reception for Clark County Open Studios will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, at Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space, the CAVE (Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment) at 108 E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver. Open to the public, this special event celebrates the tour’s fifth anniversary and shares the diverse works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide tour on Nov. 11-12.

Artist Chris Bidleman’s Upfront Band will provide music and Trusty Brewing will be pouring tastes of their award-winning brews. A portion of revenue from art sales during the preview show will go to the nonprofit Arts of Clark County. The exhibition will remain at the CAVE through the month of November.

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

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

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

Above image: artist Megan Eckman in her studio.

Stories of the Chinook Nation

The community is invited to attend a presentation on the significant local history of the Chinook Nation at the Camas-Washougal Historical Society’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Camas Police Department, 2100 N.E. 3rd Ave. in downtown Camas.

Eric Bernando, a Native American with family ties to the Camas-Washougal area, will share interesting stories of the Chinook Nation’s rich history here. Bernando is an employee at the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and teaches Chinook language. “We are pleased to host Eric,” says Jim Cobb, Camas-Washougal Historical Society President, “and hope the community will enjoy learning about the deep history and important contributions of native people here.” Light refreshments will be served. The Camas-Washougal Historical Society will hold a short annual election of officers at the meeting.

The Camas-Washougal Historical Society operates the Two Rivers Heritage Museum located at 1 Durgan St. in downtown Washougal. The museum is closed for wintertime maintenance and display changes. It will reopen on Thursday, March 1. Group tours are still available by appointment. Contact Lois Cobb at 835-5449 for scheduling.

When you become a member of the Camas-Washougal Historical Society, you help support historic presentations and preservation of local history. Membership information will be available at the presentation on Nov. 4. The society and the museum also welcomes volunteers! For more information, visit www.2rhm.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/2rhmuseum.

Contemporary Landscapes by Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the extensive upstairs and downstairs gallery space located inside Boomerang, the coffee shop, event space, and consignment shop in downtown Vancouver—is pleased to host local artist Tom Relth for the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3. Relth’s studio, which is on Boomerang’s lower level, is also party of the Clark County Open Studios Tour on Nov. 11-12. Relth’s works will be displayed at Boomerang until Monday, Nov. 13.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Landscape,” showcases 50-plus of Relth’s color-rich paintings, including many of his large-scale works. “We have exhibited nearly two thousand artworks from local and regional artists,” notes Relth, who has served as Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence and gallery curator for the past two years. “The exhibitions have traversed various media and subject matter (paper, fibre arts, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) hoping to draw an ever greater audience to the Boomerang concept. Now, it’s my opportunity to exhibit my own work.”

Boomerang will celebrate Relth’s exhibit and his participation in the Open Studios Tour with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special free photo booth featuring Trung Phan Photography. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for First Fridays, when Boomerang stays open until 9 p.m.

The Clark County Open Studios Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tom Relth is No. 8 on the tour. Tour maps are available at every studio on the tour and online at www.ccopenstudios.org. It is free to participate and children are welcome.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” pigments on canvas, 40 inches by 63 inches, by Tom Relth

Creature Feature at the Mall

Prepare yourself for an amazing reptile adventure from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at The Mall Library Connection. Hear a gecko bark. See a cobra hood. Pet a snake (but maybe not a cobra). Learn about these and other incredible scaly, slithery, cold-blooded creatures—and touch or hold a few of them, if you’re brave enough!

The Mall Library Connection is located inside Vancouver Mall, downstairs near JCPenney, in Suite 285. This program is absolutely free and all ages are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary—just bring yourselves and your curiosity! For more information, call The Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or visit http://www.fvrl.org/loc/tm. You can also keep up to date with new activities at The Mall Library Connection by following them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VanMallLibraryConnection/. Vancouver Mall is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive in Vancouver.

Tea Among the Trees

The holiday season begins at Divine Consign in downtown Vancouver, and what better way to celebrate than with a cup of tea? A bevy of beautiful, professionally decorated trees will be on display at Divine Consign from First Friday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 16, and you can see them up close during Tea Among the Trees from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Put on your most festive holiday hat and enjoy a full afternoon tea with charming teapots, teacups, hot tea, and sweet treats. Tea will be served at 2 p.m., but you’ll want to be there at 1 p.m. for pre-tea cocktail hour with Champagne! Tickets are $35 per person, available in person at Divine Consign, located at 904 Main Street, or by calling the store at 360-695-6443. Proceeds benefit local charitable organizations. To learn more, visit www.divineconsignfurniture.org.

Dance Your Socks Off for the Million Sock March!

Tammy Newbill, the founder of Battle Ground-based Savior Socks—a nonprofit whose mission is to provide clean, dry socks to those in need—is hosting a sock hop to launch the Million Sock March, a sock drive to benefit victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Newbill has already organized three fundraising events over the past year and has collected and distributed over 6,000 pairs of socks to date. Now she’s set a new goal: the Million Sock March.

Many Battle Ground businesses are already collecting socks and donations for the Million Sock March. To raise even more awareness—and to have a ton of fun!—local community members and business are joining together to host “Dance Your Socks Off” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The dance will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 12919 N.E. 159th St. in Brush Prairie. Dance and swing to the music of  the band Inversion, featuring Vancouver musicians Paki and Ramona Perkins. Guests will also hop to the beat of the Old Rock ‘n” Roll Quee, who will perform an unforgettable, rockin’ set of original songs midway through the evening. Even if dancing is not your thing, you can enter the Big Raffle and Silent Auction. A raffle ticket will be given for every pair of socks donated that evening!

The most important things to bring to the evening—besides yourself!—are clean, new pairs of socks to donate. For more information, contact Newbill at 360-601-8036  or newbill_6@q.com. To learn more about Savior Socks and the Million Sock March, visit Newbill’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TammyL.Newbill/.

Wine & Chocolate Festival in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 4, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus three tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 300 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance online at Eventbrite.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include artisan Moonstruck chocolate from Blue Heron Floral, chocolate cake bombs and chocolate dipped biscotti by Killabites, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, and all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors. While you sip and nibble, you can enjoy live music from Justin Sheehy and Faisal & Mitch.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, and wine- and chocolate-based products. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—complete with a Gingerbread House Contest!—sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting, arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and free chocolate samples.

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3—will be something special! Stroll around town and enjoy complementary refreshments, live music, original art, good food, great shopping, and some of the top-notch new eateries that are popping up all over downtown Vancouver these days (check out the new taproom at Loowit Brewing, outstanding seasonal craft cocktails at The Grocery, and don’t miss Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St.). To get a handle on everything that’s happening this month, download the First Friday Hotsheet and walking map so you won’t miss any good stuff!

Highlights include the new Night Market Vancouver at 806 and 808 Main St., bringing together creativity, great art, music and inspiration. Stop by to shop local and meet local business owners. Other exhibits and shows include “Oil & Water Works” featuring Yer Za Vue and Yong Hong Zhong at Art on the Boulevard; vibrant mixed media abstractions by Elizabeth Steinbaugh and Barbara Szkutnik at Aurora Gallery; art by Patricia Thompson, handmade quilts, and Vicki McArdle‘s cheerful textile and paperwork plus live music by singer-songwriter Emily Aldridge at Burnt Bridge Cellars; Leslie Zemenek‘s precious metals and gemstones at Exquisite Crystals; award-winning photography by Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360; colorful, Van Gogh-inspired abstracts and beautiful jewelry by Joe Cardinal at House of Vintage; and the ceramic wall art for garden and home by  at Siren Salon.

But that’s only a small sampling of everything that will be happening this Friday. Vancouver’s Arts District will be overflowing with original artwork for sale in every medium. Shops and galleries will be open late. And whenever you post a fabulous picture of downtown Vancouver on your social media, be sure to tag it with #dtVANwa so everyone else can see what’s so fabulous about the Couve!

Above image: ceramic wall art by Leticia Enquist / Labor of Love Studio. See more of her work at Siren Salon this Friday.

Halloween Hangar Party

Try something new for Halloween and come to an aviation harvest party at the Pearson Field Education Center! The free, family-friendly Halloween Hanger event is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween night, Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a one-stop evening of good ghoulish fun, hands-on activities, candy bags and party favors—plus plenty of open cockpit action where kids can experience what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat. There’s no registration necessary, no charge or admission fee, and everyone is welcome. Best of all: no matter what the weather, it’s warm and dry inside the hangar!

Here’s what you can look forward to: making whirly-gigs and watching them dance in the vertical wind tunnel, building a glider or balloon-powered car, playing games for candy and favors, playing the remote control plane program on the large-screen TV, and experiencing the fun of flying in the flight simulator lab. (You can’t get THAT while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!)

All kids will receive a candy bag, while supplies last. Young people ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver. The Pearson Hanger will also be open as usual for the Open Saturday program. For more details, call 360-992-1815.

First Thursday at the Museum: Chinook Nation, Past & Present

The Clark County Historical Museum invites you to join them in welcoming Chinook Nation Vice Chairman Sam Robinson for a special First Thursday Museum After Hours event on Thursday, Nov. 2. In his presentation, “Persistence for Survival – Chinook People Past & Present,” Robinson will discuss the history of the Chinook Nation’s existence and relationship to the United States from contact to the continuing struggle for Federal status.

First Thursday lectures at the museum run from February to November. On the first Thursday of every month during that period, the museum is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Museum members get in free; otherwise, regular admission rates apply unless noted otherwise. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.

First Thursday at the museum is also a great time to see the CCHM’s current exhibits, like “ALL ABOARD! Clark County Rides the Rails,” “Food for Thought – Clark County’s Food History,” and “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America.” To learn more, Call 360-993-5679, email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Thankful for Pie in Downtown Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? (If you don’t, maybe you just haven’t found your PPP–Personal Pie Profile.) Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or pecan—or caramel apple, rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, marionberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, French silk, Key lime, peach, or lemon meringue—we can all agree that pie is something worth celebrating. From 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, Downtown Camas will be just the place to celebrate with its family-friendly “Thankful for Pie,” event. Sample all kinds of pies, enjoy after-hours holiday shopping, art shows, kids’ crafts and painting, and activities designed to get you thinking about what makes you feel grateful—just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses–vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win pies and prizes from the merchants
  • Pie Walk Dance Party starting at 7 p.m. in Journey Community Church—win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle with the Downtown Camas Association
  • Kids’ autumn crafts and painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Gratitude Leaves—pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Branch. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes or pies!
  • Art shows at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery

First Fridays are themed family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association each month of the year to support the downtown area and bring the community together. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/event/november-first-friday-2017-thankful-pie and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Halloween at the Scaregrounds

This is the last weekend for Halloween at the Scaregrounds (also known as the Clark County Event Center). It’ll be open every day from now through Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31. There are different Halloween Haunts for various ages. The haunted attractions open at 7 p.m., and the ticket booth closes at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28. This scare-iffic event features haunted houses, carnival rides and games, all-ages attractions and special events, dozens of midway vendors, food and dining options, and walk-around characters.

There’s also Kids’ Trick-or-Treat Day from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $8. There will be trick-or-treat stations, Halloween games, a bounce house, Halloween-themed crafts, pumpkin carving, kid-friendly spooky characters, food and retail vendors, and more. Rides at the carnival include Starship Exodus, Ali Baba, Hi-Jacker, Berry Go Round, Rainier Ferris Wheel, and the Mini Pirate Ship. Single ride tickets are $5 and unlimited ride wristbands are $12. (Admission to the Scaregrounds does not include the carnival.)

Admission is $25 for adults and $18 for kids ages 12 and under. A Speed Demon Wristband is an additional $13, and allows you to skip to the front of the lines, and an additional $10 will give you access to all the side attractions. Tickets are available online by clicking here: https://scaregroundspdx.com/ticket-booth/. Parking is free! For more information, email info@scaregroundspdx.com, call 503-807-3322, or visit https://scaregroundspdx.com/haunted-attractions/#.

Halloween Block Party at The Mill

The Mill—the trendy shopping and dining destination in central Vancouver, formerly known as Garrison Square—will host a Halloween Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. This will be a free event open to the public to enjoy! Family-friendly activities include giveaways, a bounce house for kids, face painting, delicious bites from Rally Pizza and Smokehouse Provisions, and a photo opp with Rojo the Llama. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy treats (no tricks!) from the many fine businesses located in The Mill. Try some of Rally’s frozen custard, boozy shakes, and wood-fired pizzas, or some of Smokehouse’s bacon molasses cornbread, beef brisket, pulled pork, and spareribs.

NW Wine Distributors will also be hosting a wine tasting with local Washington wines and Ben’s Bottle Shop will be selling beer and offering free tastings for imbibers. You’ll also want to visit the locally legendary Pines Coffee and sample one (or more) of their many housemade spiced coffee and tea drinks, like the Fort Vancouver (coconut caramel and dark chocolate), Mount St. Helens (smokey Ancho chiles, cayenne pepper, and dark chocolate), or Lodgepole Pine (juniper berry, pine, and orange).

The Mill is located at 7950 E. Mill Plain Boulevard where it intersects with Garrison Road. Ample free parking is available in the large lot.

Scary Run

The Scary Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Oct. 29, is going to be a frighteningly good time! It’s a fundraiser (a RUNdraiser?) for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and $5 from every registration fee will help restore the habitat that was destroyed by the summer’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire. Participants—runners and walkers—should plan to come in costume for a little Halloween-themed fun.

The course is spooktacularlarly beautiful course beginning in Washougal and following along the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. The course is extremely flat and perfect for a Personal Best. Registered runners and walkers get a finisher’s shirt and participant’s medal—and kids are welcome to join, especially for the 5K and 10K courses, which are along a trail, far away from traffic.

After the race, there will be complimentary Halloween-themed food and free beer. Participants also get free race photos e-mailed to them, which can be posted on social media with the hashtag #ScaryRun, which enters you in a drawing to win prizes. The race is hosted by WHY Racing Events with local sponsors. Same-day registration is available. For more details, visit http://whyracingevents.com/event/935/#loaded or send an email to info@whyracingevents.com.

Halloween Party at Moulton Falls Winery

Fall is a glorious time at Moulton Falls Winery in scenic Yacolt, not just because the surrounding landscape is bursting into vibrant autumn colors, but also because it’s harvest time. All the grapes are being harvested, crushed, and bottled, and local apples and other fruits are being turned into delicious ciders. It’s time to celebrate with a Moulton Falls-style Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28.

There will be live music by 60s & 70s tribute band Echoes of Yasgurs, a costume contest with prizes, the release of a new Sangiovese, beer and cider on tap, and a special “witch’s brew.” (What’s in it? We can’t tell you, but rest assured, it’s probably not eye of newt.) Moulton Falls ciders on tap include Yellowstone, Pine-Bear (pineapple-raspberry), Ripsaw Raspberry, and Tart Cherry. Beers on tap include Arson Amber, Transcend IPA, Vantucky Pale Ale, and R.I.P. Porter. Ciders and beers are both available by the glass for $7, or you can purchase your own 32-ounce squealers or 64-ounce growlers to take home. The wood fired oven will be stoked up and turning out pizzas, calzones and other treats, and salads and sandwiches will be available from the kitchen.

The winery opens at noon on Saturdays, and the winery is a delightful place to spend an afternoon, either indoors or outdoors when the weather is fine. Sample some wines and enjoy the view and refresh yourselves with nibbles from the kitchen. To learn more about Moulton Falls Winery—which offers live music and wine tasting every weekend year-round—visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery is located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt.

Dance a Thon & Halloween Party

Put on your dancing shoes—in fact, put on a whole costume!—and come to the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s third annual Dance-a-Thon & Halloween Party, happening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the MPAA’s studio at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in Vancouver.

The playlist includes 50s sock hop, rock, 80s tunes (OF COURSE “Thriller” is on the list!), 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 funds raised, 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.


Free Workshop: Mason Bees

We might be heading into our cold, wet season, but the mason bees are out there, about to go into winter hibernation in their hidey-holes, where they’ll await the first blooms of spring. These mild-mannered, solitary black bees nest in small spaces and are just as hard-working as honeybees—and they make excellent guests in your garden if you’ve got anything that needs pollinating. Find out how to make your yard an inviting place for these industrious little creatures, and watch your vegetable patch produce a bumper crop.

Master Gardener Vione Graham will lead an introductor workshop knowledge about how to get started with mason bees. Almost no work is involved to attract mason bees—one species of about 4,000 native North American bees, without which most fruits and vegetables would not produce—and with just a little knowledge you’ll reap a big harvest. The presentation will cover their role in pollination, their life cycle and habitats and how we can protect these valuable creatures.  The event will conclude with a demonstration of nest/cocoon cleaning. If you have mason bee cocoons and a nest structure designed to come apart, bring them and plan to clean them. Also, bring a medium-size bowl and a container with a lid, such as a yogurt tub.

The presentation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the 78th St. Heritage Farm, located 1919 N.E. 78th St. in Vancouver. There is no cost to attend and no registration required. For more information, contact Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060, ext. 5738, or e-mail erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu. The class is hosted by WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners.

Booville Family Halloween Party

Enjoy indoor trick-or-treating, a kids’ costume contest, spooky story time, and arts and crafts at Booville, a spooktacular (and free!) Halloween event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall/Luepke Community Center. Booville will feature lots of safe, supervised children’s activities that will be enjoyable for the whole family. There will be games an prizes provided by iQ Credit Union, Waste Connections, Soccer Shots, Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Yoder Chiropractic, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and many more community partners. Young and old will be treated to story time from some of Vancouver’s best storytellers, such as Vancouver’s First Citizen and community historian Pat Jollota and and Jim Mains of High Five Media.

This event is completely free and no registration is necessary. Come in costume—grown-ups, too! Mashall/Luepke Community Center is located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver and ample free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.