The Story of the West at Fort Vancouver

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, Roger Shipman will give a special presentation about the book “Into the Eye of the Setting Sun: The Story of the West When It Was New.” This memoir, edited by Shipman, was written by his great-great-great grandmother, Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood, who crossed the Oregon Trail in 1843 when she was just five years old.

Kirkwood’s wagon train left Elm Grove, Missouri, with more than 100 wagons, 1,000 men, women, and children, and 5,000 oxen and cattle trailing behind. Dr. Elijah White, a Presbyterian missionary who had made the trip the year before, served as guide. More than eighty years later, with a keen mind, a sharp wit, and a delicate sense of humor, Charlotte set down these poignant memories so that later generations could experience them, too.

This event is free and all are welcome to hear Shipman share his ancestor’s experience, and the story of their family in the “New West” after crossing the nation in the first wagon train of the Great Migration of 1843. The presentation will take place at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Children of the World International Choir

The Children of the World International Choir is coming to Vancouver’s First Evangelical Church, performing two free concerts at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19. The concert is part of the choir’s Rescue Tour, a national tour to raise awareness of the challenges faced by millions of orphaned and disadvantaged children around the world.

The choir includes children from many countries, cultures, and backgrounds, part of World Help‘s Child Sponsorship Program in Nepal, Uganda, Honduras, Brazil, India, and the Philippines. Through the powerful mediums of song, dance, spoken word, and creative media, Children of the World gives a voice to children who cannot speak for themselves.

The choir has performed everywhere from the Brooklyn Tabernacle to Disney World. More information about the choir can be found by clicking here. The First Evangelical Church is located at 4120 N.E. St. Johns Rd. in Vancouver. The performances are during First Evangelical’s normal Sunday worship service times.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ “Revolver”

In “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver,” composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans into the studio with The Beatles as they create their groundbreaking 1966 album, Revolver. In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for The Beatles that coincided with their decision to stop performing live. With memorable songs such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles pushed popular music to a place it had never been before.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver explores the revolutionary (at the time) production techniques that went into creating this landmark piece of music history. In addition to many of the tracks from Revolver, Freiman also explores the creation of two other songs recorded during the same time period, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain.” Moviegoers will get an educational journey into the creative process of Beatles’ performances and recording sessions.

The independent Liberty Theatre is showing this documentary at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, in its main theater. The film has a running time of one hour, 35 minutes. All tickets are $8. For more information about what else is playing at the Liberty this week, visit www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Theater-style snacks and hot popcorn are available in the lobby, as is a selection of beer and wine to enjoy during the film.

Sweaters & Suds at Caps N’ Taps

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like an ugly sweater. So put on your ugliest sweater—we know you have one—and head on down to Caps N’ Taps for Sweaters & Suds on Friday, Dec. 16, featuring seven delicious beers by Backwoods Brewing. As extra incentive for the humiliation you’ll endure while wearing your ugly sweater, you’ll get a raffle ticket and be entered to win groovy Caps N’ Taps gear for each pint of Backwoods. Mmmmmm…Copperline Amber.

Just think of it this way: the more beer you drink, the more attractive your sweater will become. By the end of the evening, you’ll think it’s the most fashionable item of clothing that you own. There may be prizes for the ugliest sweater; we’ve been sworn to secrecy on that count. But by the third pint, will you care? Seriously, though, drink responsibly and order some sandwiches to go with that beer.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. And while you’re at Caps N’ Taps, cross off the beer lover on your Christmas list by purchasing a $10 pre-wrapped “growlette” or a Caps N’ Taps gift card. Seriously, it will be much more appreciated than a sweater. Caps N’ Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For days and hours of operation, check the Caps N’ Taps website at www.capsntapscamas.com.

A Joyful First Friday in the Couve

First Friday in downtown Vancouver will possibly be cold, but you’ll warm up with the knowledge that you’re in North Bank’s hottest spot for art, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and most importantly, SHOPPING! Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. You can download a walking map and the First Friday Hotsheet, which offers complete details on all the merry and bright First Friday goings-on. In the meantime, here’s just a hint of what’s in store:

  • Luepke Flowers & Finds: gorgeous holiday window displays and a showroom full of gifts, ornaments, and fresh flowers, as well as complimentary Champagne and 20% discount, plus see original art by Alejandra Krogh-Winkler.
  • Most Everything Vintage: Merry Christmas photo shoot series by local photographer Mike Helms of Totally Captivating. See owner Alisa Tetreault’s handmade scarves, bow ties, and Santa hats crafted from upcycled vintage material—along with many other creations by local artisans.
  • Angst Gallery and Dengerink Art Supply: celebrating their eighth anniversary with a special exhibit in December to showcase all the artists who have shown there over the years.
  • Art on the Boulevard: featuring artist Tracy Leagjeld. Enjoy her collection of monotypes and oil paintings inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie: check out handcrafted limited edition “power potions” for December and peruse handmade items of magic and wonder, with lots of color and sparkle! Bring the kids and take pictures with Santa. Free nibbles, libations, gifts, and samples!
  • Union Chapel: enjoy a mini market in the lobby from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring screen printing by Dave Cummings, graphic art by David Sorrell, ceramic art by Mary Carroll, plus LuLaRoe clothing label and Rodan and Fields skin care.
  • Divine Consign: bestselling mystery author Kate Dyer-Seeley will be signing her new book, First Degree Mudder, while Mac Potts plays the piano. Don’t miss Kazoodles Toys’ Pop-Up store in the lower level.
  • North Bank Artists Gallery: Just in time for holiday gift-giving, North Bank Artists presents its Small Works Group Show featuring a reception with VSAA student quartet from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Boomerang: see December’s show, Art is a Gift, when all art is priced at $100. Both the upper and lower floor galleries showcase over 130 original artworks, paintings, and pottery by local artists.

Above image: a sneak peek at some of the lovely things you’ll find at Luepke Flowers & Finds. While you’re there, sign up for their wreathmaking workshop on Dec. 7!

Noir Nights at the Kiggins

Feeling black? Don’t despair: the Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up to offer Noir Nights starting Monday, Nov. 14. This film series pairs film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films. Niche proprietor Leah Jackson will be on hand to discuss the wines, which will also be available for purchase during the movie, and by the bottle as customers leave. Individual film tickets are $10, include the tasting. An advance package is also available for $30, which includes all three film tickets and a collectible Niche stemless wine glass (a savings of $1 per pour on the night of shows).

Kicking off the series on Nov. 14 is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films, the legendary Notorious. Starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman and set against a background of spies and counterspies in post WWII South America, Notorious is also one of film histories greatest love stories. The pre-show tasting will include three South American Pinots.

The rarely seen Christmas Holiday shows on Dec. 12 and stars two actors better known for light-hearted musicals, Singin’ in the Rain’s Gene Kelly and First Love’s Deanna Durbin. Directed by the prolific Robert Sidmak (The Killers, Criss Cross, The Crimson Pirate), Christmas Holiday is the story of Abigail Manette (Durbin) a nightclub owner who’s involved with L.A.’s underworld. Her jealous husband (Kelly) is in prison for murder and Abigail thinks he’s safely out of the picture, until he escapes. This night’s screening will be preceded by a tasting of three California Pinot Noirs.

Noir Nights concludes on Jan. 9 with the 1944 Howard Hawks classic, To Have or Have Not. Humphrey Bogart stars as American expatriate Harry Morgan who agrees to help transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a lounge singer played by Lauren Bacall. This screening will be preceded by tasting Champagnes and sparkling wines.

The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Niche Wine Bar is located in the same building at 1013 Main St. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.

Above image: a film clip from “Notorious,” starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

Spirit Tales Walking Tours

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has scheduled Spirit Tales walking tours of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood through the month of October. Last year, two sold out Spirit Tours took place on Halloween. By popular demand, the event has returned again this year, with six tours on weekends, beginning Sunday, Oct. 16. Led by historian and “Weird Washington” author Jeff Davis, the tours take guests back in time with stories about the site and the people who inhabited Officers Row and the Vancouver Barracks.

Tickets are $15 and include hot refreshments. Each tour is an hour long and covers just under one mile. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Tours are not recommended for children under 11 years of age. Tickets and details are available online at www.fortvan.org. 2016 Spirit Tales dates are as follows:

  • Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Davis joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1979 at the Vancouver Barracks, and served over 30 years of active and reserve military service. He has served in Italy, Bosnia, and Southwest Asia, and two deployments with Operation Enduring Freedom as a military historian. Major Davis’ final assignment was as the Command Historian for the 104th Division, where he was the Army historian of the Vancouver Barracks. Davis has also authored or co-authored several books on the odd and unusual. He was principal author for the book “Weird Washington” and co-author of “Weird Oregon.” He has also researched and written several books on ghosts and legends of the Pacific Northwest.

Above image: The Grant House, former home of Ulysses S. Grant and now a restaurant. Are customers dining with ghosts? Better leave an extra tip.

Little Shop of Horrors

Here are a few fun facts about Magenta Theatre‘s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”—the horror-comedy-rock-musical, by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on (eek!) people—which opens Friday, Oct. 7:

  • The cast includes Caleb Bourgeois (Seymour) and Jacqueline James Bourgeois (Crystal), siblings who come from a showbiz family. Their grandfather played steel guitar for Johnny Cash, their father was a busy New York actor who later ran an opera company in Alaska.
  • Jaycelane Fortin (Audrey) hails from Cowlitz County and has appeared in many musical productions in Vancouver and Portland, including the lead in “Mary Poppins,” Kate Monster in “Avenue Q,” and Marmee in “Little Women.” Fortin is making her Magenta debut in this show.
  • Thomas Zalutko (Orin) is an accomplished independent film and commercial actor who made his live theater acting debut at Magenta Theater earlier this season in “The Hallelujah Girls.” Tom is making yet another debut at Magenta in “Little Shop of Horrors” with his first singing role.

Shows will be offered at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, and 21, with a special 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 22. To purchase tickets, click here. Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: Caleb Bourgeois as Seymour, with the man-eating plant looming ominously in the background.

Vancouver Lake Eco-Blitz

This Saturday, Sept. 24, Vancouver Lake will be the site of the amazing Eco-Blitz—a citizen scientist-led treasure hunt to discover living organisms. Teams of volunteers will develop a “snapshot” of biological information in and around the lake by counting and identifying plant and animal species using the iNaturalist app, cameras, and field guides. Groups will be accompanied by scientists from many regional research and conservation organizations.

The Vancouver Lake Eco-Blitz will kick off at 7 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. with various hikes and paddles around the lake looking for birds, amphibians, plants, fungi, mammals, insects, reptiles, and even plankton. Volunteers will get training in how to use the iNaturalist app and experts will be on hand to help identify species. It’s free to participate and open to all ages, but online registration is necessary at Eventbrite. You can sign up for one or many shifts. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Here’s the day’s schedule:

  • 7:15 to 9 a.m.: birding hike
  • 8 to 9:30 a.m.: birding by big canoe
  • 8:30 to 10 a.m.: plant hike
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.: birding by big canoe, kids’ exploration, macroinvertebrates, mammals hike
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon: plant hike, insects, reptiles and amphibians, plankton
  • noon to 1:30 p.m.: plant hike, reptiles and amphibians

Vancouver Lake Regional Park is located at  6801 N.W. Lower River Rd. in West Vancouver. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellant, a hat, good walking shoes, a smart phone or camera. The event is hosted by the City of Vancouver, Clark County Public Works, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and Port of Vancouver USA. For more information about bio-blitzes, check out http://nationalgeographic.org/projects/bioblitz/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hV_tvnbWJ8, or contact Jane Tesner Kleiner at 360-397-2121 or jane.kleiner@clark.wa.gov.

Above image: a pair of greater yellowlegs, which you might see this Saturday at Vancouver Lake.

Free Family Fun Fest

Soak up those last days of summer at the Family Fun Fest—a free community event sponsored by dozens of local businesses, several civic organizations, East Vancouver Business & Community Services, and The Branch Christian Church. The Family Fun Fest, which is free and open to everyone, is happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Fisher Basin Community Park, located at the corner of S.E. 192nd Ave. & S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. (Wait, did we mention that it’s free?)

The Family Fun Fest features carnival games, a giant inflatable slide and inflatable obstacle course, a “beat the bucket” game, popcorn and cotton candy, a Kids’ Zone, and local vendors and community organizations offering health and safety information. For more information, visit www.thebranchcc.com.

Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress

Clark County Historical Museum is hosting the exhibition Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress from Friday, Aug. 19, through the end of September. The exhibition consists of 47 portraits of remarkable women from Clark County, six of which are making their debut at CCHM. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. At 6 p.m., artist Hilarie Couture will speak about her artistic process, share stories about the portraits she has created, and give a demonstration.

Couture’s impetus for this project was the naming of 2016 as Vancouver’s Year of the Woman, which also coincides with the centennial celebration of the Clark County YWCA. Mark your calendars for the Clark County Historical Museum’s related events:

Above image: detail from Hilarie Couture’s painting of (from left) Mother Joseph, Esther Short and Dr. Louisa Wright.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night makes a splash on the local arts scene at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, when the monthly poetry meet-up’s featured poet will be Oregon Coast native Celeste Gurevich. Her work has been published in “Perceptions: A Magazine for the Arts,” the Manifest-Station, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak,” and “The International Journal of Gender, Nature, and Transformation.” She is currently a member of the Dangerous Writers Workshop and is working on her first book. She is a mother and grandmother, grower of extravagant flowers and self-styled Crazy Bird Lady. To learn more, you can follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CelesteDesmaraisGurevich.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night happens on the second Thursday of every month at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine are provided by Niche Wine Bar. The evening, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, is open to everyone and entirely uncensored, as it has been since 2004. (Hey, with a room full of poets, you never know WHAT could happen!) For more information about this and other poetry-related events and projects in Clark County, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Meow the Night Away

Furry Friends is growing, as is the number of feline lives they save. Halfway to fulfilling their dream of owning a permanent Cat Halfway House, they are hosting their second annual “Meow the Night Away” fundraiser and inviting the public to join them on Saturday, July 23, at the Vancouver Eagles Lodge, 107 E. 7th St. in Vancouver

The festivities start with a social hour at 5 p.m., when guests can purchase tickets for a variety of tempting raffle items. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the fun begins with live musical entertainment provided by the meow-tastic husband-and-wife duo, Mickey & Diane, of 1-2-3 Music. The cover charge for the evening is $10 or $15 with dinner.

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill 501(c)(3) cat rescue organization. Run entirely by volunteers, their mission is to save ailing and abused, abandoned and relinquished cats by providing them with medical care and socialization, spay/neutering and shelter until they are placed in appropriate adoptive homes. For more details, e-mail information@furryfriendswa.org or call Diane at 360-993-1097.

Kids Dig Fort Vancouver

The National Park Service will again host Kids Digs at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on July 2, July 9 and July 23. These popular hands-on programs introduce kids ages eight to 12 to the fascinating world of archaeology at one of the Northwest’s most famous archaeological sites. The programs are led by National Park Service staff and student archaeologists enrolled in the annual Public Archaeology Field School, who will provide a basic introduction to archaeological techniques—including excavation, screening, and recording and interpreting their findings.

Participants will dig at a mock outdoor archaeological site within the reconstructed Fort that represents the varied layers of history at Fort Vancouver. These layers connect kids to the site’s Native American presence, the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company and U.S. Army, and modern history. Each child will receive a Junior Archaeologist certificate upon completion of the program.

The times for each dig are 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each day. The program is free with paid adult admission (kids age 15 and younger enter free). Kids should come prepared for active, outdoor play in the dirt; long pants, light long-sleeved shirts, solid shoes, sun hats and sunscreen are a good idea. Spots for each program can be reserved by calling 360-816-6250 and there may be some spots available on the day of the program.

Above photograph courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver.

Walking Tour of Officers Row

The Clark County Historical Museum is kicking off its summer walking tours with a stroll down Officer’s Row, the tree-shaded street of beautiful Civil War-era houses north of Fort Vancouver. On Friday, June 3, you can join this historian-led tour and learn fascinating facts about the Marshall House, Grant House, and the O.O. Howard House, and many other houses that grace the northern boundary of Fort Vancouver’s parade grounds.

The Officers Row Ramble will begin at noon and the easy, flat guided walk will take about an hour, concluding at 1 p.m. Tour-takers should meet at the historic O. O. Howard House, located at 750 Anderson St. Tickets are $5 for Clark County Historical Society members and $7 for non-members. You can also purchase a season pass for all summer walking tours for $50 (members) or $75 (non-members). To RSVP for the Officers Row walking tour, contact the Clark County Historical Museum at 360-993-5679 or info@cchmuseum.com. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.cchmuseum.org.

Wanderlust at Second Story Gallery

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit Second Story Gallery this month, it’s worth taking the trip to Camas to see “Wanderlust,” the extraordinary exhibit featuring the stunning landscape photography of Camas High School student Israel Scott Williams. This exhibit, which runs through Sunday, May 28, is the culminating step in Williams’ senior project. The 18-year-old photographer made the cut through the gallery’s jurying process—just like any other selected artist. Wanderlust consists of large-format views of the area’s iconic mountains, beaches and treescapes.  Sometimes Williams inserts himself in the pictures, sometimes they are figureless.

Honolulu-born Williams was raised in Camas and credits his love of the outdoors to the Pacific Northwest, calling photography a great hobby because it allows him to spend plenty of time outdoors, exploring the region. Williams is enthusiastic about photography and about his hometown, giving credit to Camas schools for his creative focus. He turned to photography only last summer when his sister sent him her old Canon camera in the mail. He says he spent weeks fiddling with it before he figured out how to use it. But he says his failures added up to lots of camera-time and a passion for video as well as photography.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in Camas. The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Above image: enlarged detail from Israel Scott William’s sunset photo of Kape Kiwanda

Food Carts + Car Wash

It’s one-stop shopping of the delicious variety: get your car spic n’ span while sampling food from three of Vancouver’s hottest food carts: Hello Waffle, Griddle Me This, and Pimento Cheese Kitchen. All three food carts will be together in one place this Sunday, May 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., parked in the parking lot in front of City Bible Church, 14313 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in East Vancouver. There will also be bounce houses for the kids, music and raffles for fun prizes.

The event is actually a fundraiser for Hello Waffle’s friendly server, Olivia, who is self-funding a trip to Uganda this September to live with a Ugandan family and to help improve conditions for Ugandan youth. Each of the food carts will donate 10% of the day’s sales to Olivia, and 100% of the proceeds from the car wash will go to support Olivia’s trip. For more information about the fundraiser, visit the event’s Facebook page.

But the main advantage for YOU is: Seriously. Good. Food. Hello Waffle serves up an ever-changing variety sweet and savory waffles in seasonal flavors like Nutella and banana, lemon berry, raspberry cheesecake, strawberries and cream, caprese, maple bacon banana, and roasted beets with goat cheese. Pimento Cheese Kitchen serves up the best pimento cheese sandwiches you’ve ever had on ciabatta rolls in flavors like Georgia Peach (ham with jalapeño-peach preserves), the Southen Comfort (apples and pecans), Tomato Greens (pan-seared bacon Brussels sprouts with tomato jam), plus fried chicken and meatloaf. Griddle Me This Cocina, a.k.a. @couvfooddude, serves street tacos and hand-crafted grilled sandwiches with a bevy of tasty ingredients like sweet potatoes, sweet bell pepper, onions, eggs and chicken chorizo, or black bean spread with eggs, baby spring greens and sweet potato hash.

Stewardship Saturday at Columbia Springs

Stewardship Saturdays are family-friendly events that allow people to participate in restoration projects to improve Columbia Springs’ 100-acre natural area at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. Projects include gardening, painting, cleaning, invasive species removal, and more. Every Stewardship Saturday ends with a a fun activity, like a guided nature walk or hatchery tour, weaving baskets from English ivy, or building bird feeders. The next Stewardship Saturday is Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Snacks, tools, and gloves will be provided…so get away from that computer screen or mobile device (except for the one you’re currently using to read this article) and get outside. All ages are welcome, but kids under 14 should have a parent or guardian with them, and teens between 14 and 16 should have parental permission.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate outdoor work clothes. Sunscreen and extra water are recommended, depending on the weather. Stewardship Saturdays are offered approximately once a month, March through November. Sign up by e-mailing volunteer@columbiasprings.org or just show up. For additional questions about volunteering with Columbia Springs, call Kayley McLachlan at 360-882-0936, ext. 230.

Recycling Day in the Couve

Got recycling? The City of Vancouver, Clark County Green Neighbors, and Clark County Environmental Services can help—they’re teaming up to host a Green Neighbors Recycling Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. in East Vancouver.

The popular recycling event is an opportunity for local residents to drop off block foam, electronic equipment, old tires without rims, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units and scrap metal. There is a limit of five tires per participant vehicle. Shredding will be also offered at this event, with a limit of two banker boxes per person. (Household hazardous waste such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and other chemicals, can’t be accepted at this event; visit www.cityofvancouver.us/RecycleRight to see where you can safely get rid of these items at any time during the year.)

Recycling Day Events are free and provide Vancouver residents with the opportunity to dispose of unwanted or unused things through reuse and recycling. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding for this special clean-up event. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more details.

Fadin’ by 9 and Misty Mamas at the Magenta

Fadin’ by 9 and the Misty Mamas are joining forces for a dual concert—twice the fun!—for one toe-tapping, knee-slapping night at Magenta Theater’s snazzy new location at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Fadin’ by 9 performs “bluegrassified” rock, folk and bluegrass originals and covers. Misty Mamas is a group of four women who combine Americana and bluegrass styles for traditional favorites and original songs.

The concerts will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The Magenta will open its doors at 6:15 p.m. for beer, wine, and theater-style concessions. Tickets are $12 per person, or $14 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, call 360-635-4358 or visit www.magentatheater.com/page/fadin-9-and-misty-mamas. The two bands also gave a joint concert earlier this year and it sold clean out, so get your tickets today or tomorrow while there are still a few left.