Young & Restless

Kid-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy too.

Bigfoot, Butterflies, Monsters & Humans at Vintage Books

There’s a lot going on this weekend at Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore. First off is the book release party for Laurel Gale’s new middle grade novel, “Monster, Human, Other,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Gale will be reading from the book, discussing it, and answering questions. She’ll be available to sign books as well—and, conveniently enough, books will be on-site for you to buy! This novel is just right for kids ages 8-12. Gale’s first middle grade novel, “Dead Boy,” will also be available. The Kirkus Review says “Sympathetic and winning, Isaac and Wren star in alternating, fast-paced chapters until they come together for the exciting conclusion.”

Then, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, Vintage Books and Clark County Green Neighbors Program welcome Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, a lifelong ecologist and renowned lepidopterist. Pyle has written about everything from monarch butterflies to Bigfoot and is the founder of the Xerxes Society for invertebrate conservation. We will be celebrating the re-release of his bestseller, “Where Bigfoot Walks,” and discussing his explorations into the Dark Divide, the space between Mount St. Helens and Mt. Adams. “Where Bigfoot Walks” is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that wildness remains as well. The re-released version has a brand-new chapter and updated information that brings the Northwest legend of Bigfoot into the new century. Books will naturally be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights area of Vancouver. Free parking is available just outside the door.

Hypnotist vs. Illusionist at Old Liberty

Come see an unforgettable show of mind and magic at the Old Liberty Theater on Saturday, Sept. 16, featuring “The Show Bros: Hypnotist vs. Illusionist.” This performance is kid-friendly and equally mesmerizing for adults, with a blend of illusion, hypnotism, and comedy. The Show Bros will provide an evening of “magic wars” as a hypnotist and illusionist battle it out on stage.

The show highlights the considerable talents of Adam The Great, an illusionist who provides mind-blowing sleight-of-hand paired with belly-laughs and comedic relief—described as “defying the laws of entertainment” with his close-up magic. Joining Adam on stage will be master hypnotist Tyzen…and now you’ve got a Show Bro showdown. Witness spellbinding illusion and comedy hypnosis as these two premiere entertainers fight it out to see whose powers are stronger.

Admission is $18 in advance or $20 on the day of the show. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 6:45 p.m. to find seats and purchase refreshments from Seasons Cafe in the lobby. To buy tickets now, call the Old Liberty at 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. To see more upcoming events at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Harvest Celebration Farm Tour

It’s almost time for the 19th annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour! Ten local farms will open their barn doors (so to speak) to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, to show the bounty of Clark County agriculture and give neighbors an opportunity to tour and meet their area farmers. It’s 100% free and no registration is needed—just show up at any of the farms on the tour!

Farms will offer a variety of fun-filled events such as animal petting, hay rides, self-guided tours, and—best of all!—photo ops with alpacas. Educational activities will also be offered, including edible plant walks, classes on growing dahlias, alpaca fiber processing, youth finger knitting, and raising backyard chickens, pork, and beef. Participants will have the chance to meet their local farmers; purchase fresh produce, U-pick, cut flowers, and other farm products; see alpacas, draft horses, chickens, lambs, and other livestock; and tour vegetable fields and flower gardens.

For a downloadable flyer, map, and detailed descriptions of what’s happening at each farm, click here. Here’s the line-up of the farms featured this year:

Vintage Motocross Weekend

Here come the dirt bikes…to Washougal Motocross Park, where the NW Challenge 2017 Vintage Motocross Weekend is happening on Saturday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 17. Come out and watch motocross pros battle it out with antique dirt bikes and vintage motocross cycles, racing on a grass track (Saturday) and on the National MX track (Sunday). The weekend also features classes and workshops as well as a Twins’ Race.

Racing starts at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $10 per person, and proceeds from the event will support Share‘s Backpack Program, which distributes 2,000 backpacks full of food to kids in Clark County who would otherwise go hungry. For more information about this event, visit www.nwchallengevmx.com.

Washougal Motocross is located at 40202 N.E. Borin Rd. in Washougal. The motocross park—known as America’s Most Scenic Raceway—is one of three natural terrain raceways in the country. Washougal MX Park annually hosts the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, as well as being the location for television commercials and brochure photography. To learn more, visit washougalmxpk.com.

Kids’ Health Fair & Food Drive

There’s a lot you have to know and do these days to keep your kids safe, and wrestling with the car seat is only the first step. That’s why Camas is offering a Kids’ Health Fair and food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Doc Harris Stadium, 1125 N.E. 22nd Ave. The event is free, open to all ages, and offers a chance to get connected with local businesses and organizations that promote wellness for kids—plus you can enter to win great raffle prizes! Resources available at the event include:

  • Car seat safety checks
  • Free immunizations (for students in first grade and above)
  • Bike helmet fittings
  • Health screenings (blood pressure, vision, foot, spine, and more)
  • Fitness demonstrations (Barre3, yoga, dance, self defense)
  • “Germ City” hand washing
  • Local health resources
  • Nutrition information
  • Healthy food options
  • Concussion pre-screenings

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the local food bank. This event—which is open to every child in all school districts—is organized by the Camas School District’s Student Health Advisory Council, which endeavors to ensure that parents, staff, and community health professionals come together to promote effective, comprehensive school health programs.

Raptors, Reptiles & Prehistoric Fish: Sturgeon Fest ’17

What’s more than 175 million years old and lives on the bottom of the Columbia River? It’s the sturgeon, a species of fish that’s hardly changed at all since the earliest fossil record. This spectacular prehistoric fish will be showcased at the free, family-friendly Sturgeon Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Water Resources Education Center.

At 10:30 a.m., a sturgeon dissection will give inquisitive minds a close-up view of sturgeon anatomy, with help from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. Highlights for the 2017 Sturgeon Festival also include a live bird presentation by the Audubon Society of Portland at noon. Then, at 1:30 p.m., enjoy a captivating live reptile show presented by Steve’s Creature Feature. There’s a lot in store for families, including kids’ face painting, crafts and hands-on science activities. Be sure to check out the interactive macroinvertebrate investigation station. Learn about other native fish, recycling, trees, water safety, and the importance of our Columbia River ecosystem.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Water Center’s outdoor lawn and picnic area during the festival. The City of Vancouver’s Water Wagon will be on site to keep everyone hydrated throughout the event. In an effort to keep waste to a minimum, guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and pack lunches in reusable containers.

The Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information and directions, contact the Water Center at 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter. The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver, just south of Hwy. 14.

Mount St. Helens Sky and Star Party

Attend a Sky and Star Party at the Science and Learning Center on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event—hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute and others—features talks by former NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and others, live music by Jawbone Flats, telescope viewing, astronomy-themed crafts, dinner, and more. The event will happen rain or shine, and is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight. A suggested donation of $10 per person includes all speakers, activities, and dinner. Overnight reservations are available for those who want to stay late to view dark sky objects and camp out. Camping reservations are available online at http://www.mshslc.org/events. The cost is $30 per person and includes camping, breakfast, and a guided morning walk or hike in addition to all of the public events.

Bring the kids to enjoy astronomy crafts from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a pasta dinner and live music from Jawbone Flats from 5 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., hear stories from Metcalf-Lindenburger at 7 p.m. Greg Cermac, NASA’s Solar System Ambassador, will also share information on volcanism in the inner solar system at 3 p.m. Howard Knytych, Mt. Hood Community College instructor and Rose City Astronomers member, will speak about cryvolcanism and Pluto at 4 p.m.

In the evening, amateur astronomers from Friends of Galileo and the Rose City Astronomers will share their telescopes and enthusiasm for the night sky, giving the public an opportunity to see some deep sky objects. An introduction will begin at 8 p.m., followed by telescope viewing and a guided constellation identification walk. Sky viewing is weather dependent. Day of weather updates will be posted to Facebook at www.tinyurl.com/2017mshsky. The full schedule is online at www.mshslc.org/events/#skyandstar.

Kids’ Musical Theater Workshop: Alice in Wonderland

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is offering a Musical Theater Performance Workshop for kids ages seven to 18, starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, and meeting weekly through Jan. 23, 2018. Students will rehearse and perform a 30-minute version of Alice in Wonderland.

The workshop gives students the opportunity to work on the three essential disciplines that make up musical theatre performance—singing, dancing,and acting—in a supervised class setting. Students will go through the entire process of what it takes to be a proficient musical theater performer. They will audition for, rehearse, and perform a half-hour mini-musical that will include dance numbers, scenes, and musical numbers. The semester will conclude with a free performance for family and friends.

Class meets every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy studios, located at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in Vancouver. The cost is $100 per month, with a deposit required at registration. (If your student is already registered in another MPAA course, the cost is only $30.) Register by calling 360-975-1585 or visit the MPAA website at www.metropaa.org and click on the “get enrolled” button.

Above image: detail from the print created by British artist John Tenniel, which appeared in original editions of the book by Lewis Caroll.

Campfires & Candlelight at Ft. Vancouver

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host Campfires & Candlelight, the national park’s largest living history event of the year. Campfires & Candlelight features costumed reenactors who will recreate several time periods in Southwest Washington’s history. The event is free and open to everyone.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the event’s Timeline of History will extend from East 5th St. to the fort gates. The experience will begin with a large World War II encampment, hosted by reenactors from Living History Group Northwest. As visitors make their way towards the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, they will walk back in time. Other encampments will highlight the site’s history of World War I, Buffalo Soldiers, the Oregon Trail, and the Hudson’s Bay Company employee village, a diverse community that was located near Fort Vancouver in the 1830s and 40s. Visitors to the Timeline of History can also enjoy period music provided by the Vancouver Community Concert Band.

At 5 p.m., the gates of Fort Vancouver will open. Inside the fort, visitors will be transported 172 years back in time, to the night of Sept. 9, 1845. Illuminated by candlelight, costumed volunteers will recreate a typical night at Fort Vancouver, and will discuss the most important topic of the day: the international dispute between Great Britain and the United States over their claims to the Pacific Northwest. This event offers a special way to experience the park: at night, with the historic ambiance of candlelight and campfires. To help maintain the atmosphere, the park asks that visitors refrain from using smartphone flashlight applications while attending the event. Ample free parking is available on site.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver.

Peace and Justice Fair

The annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will be blooming in Esther Short Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The fair showcases the hard work and creative spirit of North Bank residents who are trying to make the community, and the world, a better place. The fair provides a venue to get the word out about grassroots community movements and nonprofit organizations and programs and celebrate the work that’s already being done.

Admission is free and the event is definitely family-friendly. There will be live music and entertainment on stage all day, including dancing and poetry. (Groovy, yes?) There will also be children’s activities, local exhibits, and interactive displays. There will be lots of exhibits to explore, local arts and crafts vendors, and food (because food makes people happy and peaceful). The Clark County Historical Museum will also be on site this year, with a pop-up museum and several booths that will feature kids’ activities and crafts.

Bonus for animal lovers: Furry Friends will be offering their cats and kittens for adoption at the fair. Come on out and “purruse” the adoptable cats, talk with Furry Friends volunteers, get information about what you can do to help the kitties besides adopting a cat, and check out some of the great cat-themed merchandise. There will also be a raffle prize. What’s more, Furry Friends will offer discounted Avid FriendChip ID microchipping for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The chips will be implanted by a licensed vet tech for only $20 (a $50 value), and Furry Friends will complete and submit the registration paperwork. For more information about Furry Friends, visit www.furryfriendswa.org or email information@furryfriendswa.org.

Esther Short Park is located at 415 W. 6th St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about the Peace and Justice Fair, visit www.vancouverpeaceandjusticefair.org or check them out on Facebook.

Oktoberfest in Ridgefield

It’s September, and that means it’s time for…Oktoberfest! Ridgefield’s Overlook Park will be brimming with beer and preztels, sausage and kraut, schnitzel and strudel…and more beer!…from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. This is a free, family-friendly event with German-style food, live music, and carnival games.

Don’t miss the Wiener Dog Races at 5 p.m., or the free movie in the park at 6 p.m. The kids can play carnival games all day for $5, and entry into the Bier Garten is $10 and that includes the first full pour. There’s also a $20 VIP package that includes a mug, the first pour, “Royal Throne” access, and other perks. Featured breweries include Fortside, Backwoods, Barrel Mountain, and Everybody’s Brewing.

The best thing is—well, besides all the beer, food, and fun—that proceeds from this event benefit go straight back into the community, benefiting the library building fund, arts programs at Ridgefield High School, and into the businesses of Ridgefield’s Main Street Association so that they can continue to host the extremely popular First Saturday events in downtown Ridgefield.

Second Sunday at Cathlapotle Plankhouse

Second Sunday at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse happens from noon to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month from April through October and includes Plankhouse tours and children’s activities, hands-on learning opportunities to learn about native Northwest peoples, and a guided hike. It’s free to attend and parking is just $3. The Plankhouse is located inside the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge at 28908 N.W. Main Ave. in Ridgefield.

The next Second Sunday is Sept. 10. There will be a family nature stroll at noon, followed by a special presentation at 1 p.m. about the Native American response to climate change, and then a geoloist-led hike at 2 p.m. along the Oaks-to-Wetlands Trail. Sunday’s guest speaker is Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, who will offer new perspectives on how traditional ecological knowledge can be brought to bear on climate change in the Pacific Northwest. For complete information and a downloadable flyer, click here.

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a contemporary Chinookan plankhouse built to interpret the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle that existed on what is now the wildlife refuge. There are also ample wildlife watching opportunities on the River S Unit Auto Tour Driving Route through the refuge. Check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website www.ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of driving routes and trails or contact Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov or 360-887-4106.

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show

The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, during the 30th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Northwest Championship at the Water Resources Education Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

This premier wildlife carving show and competition attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. The featured artist at this year’s event is Jerry Simchuk, who has been carving since 1993 and has won top honors in countless shows.

There will be many things to see and do over the weekend, such as the 2017 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, with winning entries on display through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. Decoys will be judged in the fountain pool on Saturday, and decoys will be traded on Sunday. There will be seminars and demonstrations and even a raffle for a beautiful hand-carved duck.

Families are encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, when the Water Center presents a special Second Saturday activity for kids: the chance to paint little wooden birds or feathers of their own while learning about different bird species. For more information, see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show, see www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.

Above image: Green-winged teal hen by Bog Chiavarini. See all of last year’s winners at http://columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com/

Labor Day Weekend Train Rides

Who wants to ride on a train? WE DO! And we bet you do, too. Heed the “all aboard” call during four separate train rides—two each day—on Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 & 3. The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, which departs out of the Yacolt Train Station at 207 N. Railroad Ave., is offering family train rides at noon at 2:30 p.m. They’ll be running their Alco diesel locomotive through the beautiful North County scenery. The cost is $16 per person, $15 for seniors, $11 for kids ages five to 12, and $9 for little ones two to four. Babies are free!

The scenic trip brings you chug-chug-chugging out to Moulton Falls, passing through a 330-foot, solid rock tunnel with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for boarding. To reserve your tickets today, call 360-686-3559, or visit www.bycx.com. For the full schedule of 2017 train rides, click here for a downloadable and printable schedule.

Free Outdoor Movie Night at WSU Vancouver

Washington State University Vancouver is offering a free outdoor family movie night on Friday, Aug. 25, hosted by the Student Activities Board. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be shown at dusk, with pre-movie activities including children’s crafts, concessions, games and prizes. The entire event will last from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch this movie, which will be close-captioned so you won’t miss any dialogue. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs so that they can be comfy while enjoying the film. The movie will be shown on the WSU Campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, on the Firstenburg Student Commons.

For more information, contact Student Activities Board Chair Megan Thomas at 360-546-9522.

Marshall Pool Is Open Again – Free Swimming for Everyone!

A several-months-long renovation project, the largest in over 50 years, has come to an end at Marshall Community Center. On Saturday, Aug. 26, it’s your chance to celebrate the remodel and enjoy the tail end of summer with a splash—for free! The Marshall Community Center will be offering swim sessions for the public from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

  • Lap Swim from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Public Swim from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Public Swim from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

There are no drop-in fees to attend—but be aware that the pool may fill to capacity. The schedule for the following week (Aug. 28 to Sept. 2) is posted on the Marshall Center Aquatics page, along with the Fall Pool Schedule, which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Please note that Marshall is closed on Sundays and also closed this coming Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday.

Visit the Marshall Pool Renovation page for a recap of what has been going on for the past several months, a timeline of the project, and to see photos taken during the renovation. For more information, contact Andy Mead, Marshall Community Center Director, at
andy.meade@cityofvancouver.us.

Junior Ranger Days at Fort Vancouver

As part of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday celebration, the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver is offering two Junior Ranger Days: free, fun, kid-friendly activities on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26. Junior Ranger Day is a time where kids can get hands-on, interactive experience inside the reconstructed Fort, at the Visitor Center, and at Pearson Air Museum. Kids will have hoot and learn about history in the way they learn best: by seeing, touching, and doing. (…and honestly, it’s just as interesting and fun for the parents as it is for the kids!) Two Junior Ranger Days will be offered for kids ages six to 12.

  • Junior Ranger Day at Fort Vancouver, ages 6-12: Friday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Junior Ranger Day at Pearson Air Museum, ages 6-12, Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Little Learners at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, ages 2-5: Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

At Pearson Air Museum, aspiring Junior Rangers can complete a Junior Ranger Aeronautical Booklet that includes a basic aeronautics course, puzzles, and more. Junior Rangers will work with park rangers and park volunteers to build balsa wood aircraft, and construct and launch two-liter rockets. At the reconstructed fort site, Junior Rangers can explore the British Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver and learn from costumed volunteers about the people, events, and practices of the past. At the Visitor Center, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents and caregivers can join a drop-in program designed especially for young children. For more information, call 360-816-6230.

Train Robbery on the BYCX

Did you know that the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad gets robbed several times a year, the trains stopped and boarded by marauding bandits with faces hid behind neckerchiefs? The passengers are frisked and their valuables purloined. Fortunately, the brigands are always brought to justice when the sheriff comes to town, the passengers’ treasures returned and peace restored.

But seriously, the Chelatchie Prairie train robberies are all fun and games, a family-friendly show staged for the pleasure of ticket-holding passengers. The Yacolt-based railroad is hosting two Train Robbery weekends this summer, the first one on Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20. Trains depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station at 207 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. Passengers on these trains will be part of the action as “train robbers” board the train and pretend to make off with your coins and jewelry. Will the sheriff arrive in time to capture the thieves? All signs point to “yes,” but you never know! After the faux-robbery, the train will make a stop at Moulton Station to see Yacolt Falls—and to allow passengers to have their photos taken with the robbers.

Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Tickets are $20 per person, $19 for seniors, $15 for children five to 12, and $13 for little ones two to four. Babies up to age two are free. To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on this popular and scenic train ride, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

Kids Stamp & Paint with Laura K. Bray

Watercolorist and craft designer Laura K. Bray will be at Vancouver Art Space on Friday, Aug. 18, offering a one-time-only class for kids ages eight at above. “Stamp and Paint for Kids” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The class will show kids how to use stamps. Each student will create his or her own mini-painting—no drawing skills required! Bray will teach the kids creative ways to use stamps and acrylic paints to create a little masterpiece. The cost is $25 per person, and includes all instruction, materials, and supplies—plus each child will get to take home his or her very own stamp set to make art at home! Click here to sign up.Bray’s watercolor butterflies were recently exhibited at the Attic Gallery in Camas, where Bray lives. You can see more of her work— including stamp sets designed by Bray herself—at laurabraydesigns.com, where she blogs about her artistic life. You can also find loads of Bray’s artwork on functional items like mugs, travel mugs, tote bags, stationery, and even iPhone cases at https://society6.com/laurabraydesigns.

The Vancouver Art Space offers open studio art classes and fully catered private or corporate painting and crafting classes. Both day and evening classes are available in every age group. To learn more about the Vancouver Art Space and see what future classes and events are on the schedule, visit vancouverartspace.com. The Vancouver Art Space is located in Suite 206 on the upper level inside Vancouver Mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Dr. in Vancouver.

Summer Steam Train Rides

What’s the best way to bask in the glory of a North Bank summer? Aboard a chug-chug-chugging steam train, of course! The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will operate its Mid-Summer Steam Train rides this weekend, departing at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13. With the summer’s lush greenery and wildflower blooms to delight your eyes, this train ride will offer you moving views of north Clark County’s most beautiful countryside. The steam engine will make an enchanting excursion through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls.

All trains depart from the train station in Yacolt at 207 N. Railroad Ave. Passengers should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Tickets for the steam train are $20 for adults, $19 for those aged 60 and better, $15 for children ages five to 12, and $13 for little ones ages two to four. Children under two years old are free. To purchase tickets in advance and get directions to the train station, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.