Fabric Art by Sharon Svec at Anstine Gallery

Fabric art works created by Sharon Svec will be on exhibit in the Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery through August. A reception honoring the Vancouver artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23, in the gallery on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The free event is sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission.

Svec creates her art by exposing images onto fabric using photosensitive dyes. She uses images of dancers—often a single female performer—and nature, and the images become the negatives used to expose the dye-treated fabric. Svec applies layers of paint and additional dye to complete the pieces. The dancers seem to perform as the fabrics sway gently to the movement of air around them. To learn more about Svec and her work, visit smsvec.com.

The Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery is named in honor of Rebecca Anstine, a local artist and founding curator of the public exhibit space that bears her name. She served on the Clark County Arts Commission board. She died in February 2016. The gallery is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Above image: detail from original fabric art by Sharon Svec

Wine & Yoga at Cellar 55

What goes better with wine than…yoga? (I know you were going to say cheese, and so was I, but let’s be open-minded, here.) Cellar 55 Tasting Room is offering just such a relaxing combination during its third Wine & Yoga Class, happening from at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Arrive a little early to fill out your waiver (SERIOUSLY! INJURIES CAN OCCUR WHEN DRINKING WINE!) and grab a glass of wine on Cellar 55’s happy hour prices. The hour-long yoga class will start promptly at 6 and is designed for students of all levels and experience. You should probably also bring ID to prove you’re old enough to drink wine and touch your toes at the same time.

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and dress in comfy clothes. No skinny jeans or else you will pop a button and hurt someone. After your senses are awoken and you are all stretched out, enjoy some complimentary snacks and try some of Eastern Washington’s best wines. Tickets are $25 and are available on EventBrite. Warning: possible sweating may occur. But you won’t care because WINE.

Cellar 55 Tasting Room is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about this lively tasting room, visit cellar55tastingroom.com.


Open Studios Tour Accepting Applications

The Fifth Annual Clark County Open Studios Tour is now accepting applications! You could be one of 50 local artists chosen to open their studios directly to the public—to share your artistic process and inspiration and sell your art directly to visitors. Here’s what you need to know to apply:

  •  WHO: visual artists and artisans living in Clark County, working in all media
  •  WHAT: Clark County Open Studios is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, and to show and sell your work. For the community, Open Studios is free self-guided tour that will enhance awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods.
  •  WHEN: preview exhibit and artists reception: First Friday Nov. 4, 5 to 9 p.m.; Open Studios Tour: Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
  •  APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 31

For a complete, detailed description of the tour, benefits to participating artists, and specifics about the application process, visit ccopenstudios.org or click here. You can also see works by and read about all the 2016 participants.

Open House at Pearson: See a Replica 1912 Biplane

Come to the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to view the construction progress on a 1912 Curtiss Pusher airplane replica. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the methods and materials used to recreate this historic aircraft, and talk with National Park Service volunteers and staff about the project.

Over the past year, a skilled crew of National Park Service volunteers have been building a full size replica of Silas Christofferson’s 1912 Curtiss Pusher, utilizing copies of original Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company plans, period articles on airplane construction, and photographs of Christofferson’s 1912 airplane. Christofferson’s Pusher was used on demonstration flights from the Vancouver Barracks Polo Grounds in 1912, and was famously flown off the roof of Portland’s Multnomah Hotel in June 1912 to land at Vancouver Barracks. Materials identical to those used in the construction of the original aircraft—such as Sitka spruce, bamboo, steel tubes, and cotton fabric—are being utilized, along with some period construction techniques. Though the airplane will include an original engine—a Curtiss OX-5 V-8 block—there are no plans to fly the airplane, and it will be a static display.

Pearson Air Museum is located at 405 E. 5th St. in Vancouver. The gate will be open near the northeastern corner of the building. Signs will direct visitors to the parking lot. There’s no admission charge to view the plane.

Home & Garden Idea Fair

The 26th annual Home & Garden Idea Fair, sponsored by Clark Public Utilities, will be held from April 28-30 at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road in Ridgefield. This event is crazy-popular, with more than 20,000 people swarming to the Event Center—well, like bees to a garden. The Idea Fair is free—yup, that’s right, there’s no admission charge, except for $6 to park—and family-friendly, with lots of kids’ activities and food vendors, as well as fun stuff like plant sales, landscape displays, a farmer’s market, a mini obstacle course, and the chance to test-drive an electric riding mower.

The fair features hundreds of ideas on how to make your home, yard, and garden more beautiful, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. Clark Public Utilities puts on this outstanding event to share important information about utility programs and services, get energy saving ideas, and provide a venue for local businesses to promote their home- and garden-related products to the communities they serve. For a free download of the 2017 showguide, click here.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. If you’d prefer not to pay for parking, here’s a free (and green!) alternative: take a shuttle bus to the fairgrounds. There are two locations you can catch the shuttle: C-Tran’s Fisher’s Landing Transit Center on 164th Ave., and the 99th St. Transit Center at Stockford Village. Visitors to the Idea Fair are encouraged to bring canned food donations for local food banks or to give cash donations to Operation Warm Heart. For more information, click here.

Laughing on Last Saturday: Stand-Up Comedy at Old Liberty

Did you know that the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield hosts a stand-up comedy series on the last Saturday of every month? It’s called “Laughing on Last Saturday,” and you can find the region’s funniest talent on stage at 7:30 p.m. The next evening of comedy is happening on Saturday, April 29, featuring headliner David Crowe.

Laughing on Last Saturday is a partnership with Stage Left Entertainment, the brainchild of comedians Don Frost and Lonnie Bruhn. Each month, they’ll host and feature local, established and credited headlining comedians. This month’s headliner is a 20 year veteran of the comedy stage. After winning both the Seattle and San Francisco Comedy Competitions, then performing for POTUS—yup, the President of the whole United States!—the same year, his career took off and has never stopped. On stage, Crowe is armed with a panoply of facial expressions, a host of accents, and a captivating geeky charisma. He’s been featured on Showtime with his own One Hour Comedy Special, “Crooked Finger,” along with numerous appearances on Comedy Central, Bob&Tom Radio, SiriusXM, and Pandora. To learn more, visit www.davidcrowe.com.

Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door while supplies last, or in advance by calling 360-887-7260. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and get some refreshments from Seasons Café in the lobby: coffee, tea, and pastries, as well as beer and wine.

Kim Dinan, Author of The Yellow Envelope, at Vintage Books

Kim Dinan, author of The Yellow Envelope, will be at Vintage Books at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Readers are invited to meet the author and get books signed (and Vintage will have plenty of copies for sale at the event). Dinan will also read from The Yellow Envelope and her new book, The Gift that Changed Everything, and answering questions from the audience. If you haven’t heard of The Yellow Envelope, the story is quite compelling:

51+Re8EgbKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Plagued by anxiety and panic attacks in her late twenties, Dinan and her husband, Brian, decided to quit their jobs and set out on a trip around the world. They knew their lives were going to change. What they didn’t count on is that they would be in a position to change the lives of the people they met on their journey. On the eve of their departure, the couple was given an unusual going-away gift: a yellow envelope containing a check for $1,000 and simple instructions for giving the money away to those they encountered during their travels. Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Dinan and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As Dinan distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way, she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving—of ourselves—is transformational.

Dinan is a freelance writer and blogger whose travel blog, So Many Places, was selected by USA Today as one of the 2014 Best Hiking and Outdoor Travel blogs. Her writing has appeared in OnTrak magazine and Northwest Travel & Life, among others, and she undertook a speaking tour for Backpacker magazine.

This event is free and open to the public. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in The Heights area of Vancouver.

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.