Young & Restless

Kid-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy too.

Youth Golf Party at Camas Meadows

Registration is now open for all WYGA (Washington Youth Golf Academy) programs at Camas Meadows. You can register online by clicking here, or you can come to the WYGA Launch Party, happening at Camas Meadows from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. You can sign up for programs at the event or just come to play free family golf games like Mini Putt and Wii Golf. Plus, every guest gets a complimentary ice cream sundae (yup, free ice cream!). You’ll also have a chance to meet Camas Meadows’ WYGA professional staff, win door prizes, and help Camas Meadows celebrate another great year of golf. There’s no cost to attend and no obligation to sign up—just come and hang out at the Camas Meadows Clubhouse for a couple hours and have some fun.

The WYGA at Camas Meadows is a place for youth of all ages and skills levels to learn the great game of golf. Camas Meadows’ golf academy provides professional instruction with a skilled team of teachers, developing future community leaders through character growth, long-lasting friendships, and life skills. At the launch party,  you can learn more about junior and teen-level group programs, spring break and summer camps, team play matches, the PGA Junior League, and special youth golf events. For more information about the WYGA at Camas Meadows, contact Bryce Poulin at 530-448-0426, or visit

Teen Overnight Movie Marathon

If you’re a teenager, the idea of staying up ALL NIGHT LONG is immensely appealing. If you’re an adult, the idea of a night on on the town WITHOUT YOUR TEEN followed by a sound night’s sleep is even more thrilling. Accomplish both things at once when you bring your teen movie buff to the Camas Library’s Teen Overnight Movie Marathon Lock-In, happening from 5 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 10, through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 11.

Teens will vote for and watch movies all night long. Movie-watchers should bring their own dinners, snacks, pillows, sleeping bags (air mattresses are also OK), and flashlights. Donuts and juice will be provided for breakfast. Activities between movies include trivia games with prizes and a midnight tour of the library’s basement. (Good, creepy fun!) Registration and a parental permission slip are required; call 360-834-4692 or RSVP in person at the library.

The event is free and there will be plenty of adult supervision (approximately one parent for every five teens). Once your teen is there at 5 p.m. (sharp!), there’s no leaving until 8 a.m. (unless, of course, it’s an emergency). This is for kids in grades seven to 12 only. Teens must presents their parent-signed permission slip to get in; permission slips are available on the Camas Library’s website or in the library. The library welcomes parent chaperones for some or all of the night. To volunteer or get more information, call the library at 360-834-4692.

Love Your Backyard Birds!

February is the perfect month to show love to the birds which visit your back yard every day (and may even nest there). It’s also the perfect time to get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count, happening from Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that encourages bird watchers to tally the number of birds seen and create a real-time snapshot of their locations. Meanwhile, Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center is a great way for kids (and their parents!) to learn about Northwest birds through engaging, interactive activities.

The Water Center’s Second Saturday series is an fun, free way for kids and their families to explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, games and stories. This month, everyone will build a bird feeder to take home and entice more beautiful birds into your back yard. Each second Saturday lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. There’s no admission charge and no RSVP necessary.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For more information about the services and programs provided by the Water Center—which is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works program—visit

Movies & Munchies at the Library

Do you have a kid who loves to experiment in the kitchen? Here’s an event that’s tailor-made for culinarily creative kids: Movies & Munchies at the Vancouver Community Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn how to make delicious, no-bake snacks—experimentation is encouraged, and anything the kids make, they get to enjoy during the afternoon movie.

Snack-making is from 2 to 3 p.m., and the movie will be determined by vote at 3 p.m. This event is free and no RSVP is needed—just show up hungry! The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Children’s Program Room is in the Children’s Section on Level 3. For more information about this and other programs at the Vancouver Community Library, call 360-906-5000 or visit

Above image: caramel apple popcorn made with fresh apples, melted caramel and chocolate chips.

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Ball

Fathers and daughters of every age are invited to dance the night away at the City of Vancouver’s 17th annual Father Daughter Valentines Ball. This event has grown in popularity over the years, and due to the overwhelming number of daddies and daughters who want to boogie down, the City of Vancouver has decided to host not one but TWO Valentines dances: from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on both Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, at the historic Pearson Airfield hangar, 1115 E. Fifth St. in Vancouver.

This is the perfect opportunity to give your daughters or granddaughters (or nieces, or goddaughters, or grandnieces…) the royal treatment, including music, dancing, face painting, door prizes and yummy finger foods. In addition to making memories, the $12 per person admission price ($14 for those outside Vancouver city limits) includes ballroom and hip hop dance instruction by Groove Nation Dance Academy and a souvenir photo. Register online by clicking here, or call 360-487-7001. Tickets are first come, first served—although there is a waiting list if tickets sell out.

Volunteers ages 16+ are also needed to support event registration, serve refreshments, help with crafts and face paint, and assist with set-up and take-down. Questions? Contact contact Volunteer Coordinator, Hailey Heath, at 360-487-8316.



My Favorite Teacher Contest

Barnes & Noble Vancouver has announced the start of the 2017 My Favorite Teacher Contest, which, for the past seven years, has provided middle and high school students the opportunity to tell Southwest Washington how much they appreciate their teachers.Students can nominate their teachers by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teachers have influenced their lives and why they appreciate and admire them. Participating schools collect the 500-words-or-less essays and submit them to Barnes & Noble Vancouver for consideration. Entries are judged by community members on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing.

The local winning teacher will be recognized and awarded in spring 2017 at a late March or April event held at Barnes & Noble Vancouver, where all attending entrants and recognized educators will receive special acknowledgement for their words and achievements. Awards for winning teachers, schools, and students include cash prizes, Nook® devices, and more. The contest is broken down into local and regional winners, from which the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a Nook®. From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The national winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at his or her local Barnes & Noble store, and the winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a Nook®.

Students who want to participate should submit their essays or poems to Barnes & Noble Vancouver by Wednesday, March 1. More details on the contest rules—and the winning essay from the 2016 contest—can be found at If you have more questions, you can also email Vancouver Community Business Development Manager Shawn Sorensen at

Life-Size Clue at the Library

Do you have a preteen who needs to get a Clue? Why not take them to the Life-Size Clue game at the Vancouver Community Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26? This is the second time this has evening of whodunnit fun for tweens has been offered; there was a Life-size Clue game last Saturday as well. The Jan. 26 Life-Size Clue is the last one planned for a while—but if there’s a lot of interest, it might become a regular thing!

When you arrive, you’ll notice that the entire Children’s Program Room has been transformed into a large-as-life game board. Tweens will become the characters in the game, moving themselves around the “board” as play progresses. Costumes are welcome. (Parents, by the way, are also welcome to participate—and we know you want to!) There’s a literary twist to the game, as well, because all of the characters and props are drawn from children’s books and media. For example, players will try to figure out if the killer was Newt Scamandar at Camp Half-Blood with the lightsaber…or Nikki Maxwell at Hogwarts with Thor’s Hammer. Tweens will put their budding detective skills to the test to find out how Mr. Body met his sticky end.

For more information about this and other programs at the Vancouver Community Library, call 360-906-5000 or visit The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Children’s Program Room is in the Children’s Section on Level 3. All library events and programs are free and no registration is required.

Race for Warmth

The third annual Race for Warmth, a 5k walk/run and 10k run to benefit Operation Warm Heart, will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Clark Public Utilities downtown location at 1200 Fort Vancouver Way. Registration is available online now at and includes a long-sleeve performance shirt, a race bag, and admission to an after-run party with free snacks and fun adult beverages! The fun run/walk is hosted by Clark Public Utilities in partnership with Area Heating & Cooling and other local businesses. Every $30 registration for the event (or $40 on the day of the race) will help raise funds for local families in financial crisis struggling to pay winter heating bills. Over the past two years, more than a thousand warm-hearted participants raised over $56,000. All the registration fees go straight to people in need.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. with a free kids’ fun run for ages five to eight, the Race for Warmth will include a 10k timed race at 9 a.m. and a 5k run/walk at 9:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each category and all participants in the kids’ race will receive a prize. The 10k race route will take runners and walkers through the historic Fort Vancouver and along the Columbia River. The 5k route loops through the downtown area. Dozens of PUD volunteers will line the routes as course marshals and flaggers keep racers safe and on track.

Since its creation in 1985, Operation Warm Heart—generously funded by donations from Clark Public Utilities customers and employees—has provided nearly $2.4 million to about 11,000 customers in financial crisis. The donor-funded program helps families in need who may not qualify for other government programs. Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location or by calling 360-992-3000.

Vietnamese New Year Festival

The Year of the Rooster is about to begin, and the Vietnamese Community of Clark County invites you to celebrate this auspicious year during their biggest annual cultural event, from 1 p.m. to 5 on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event is free and open to the public, and will include live music, performances from local and professional artists, traditional dances, children’s activities, Vietnamese food, and more. The family-friendly festival will be held at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Rd. in Vancouver.

The Vietnamese lunar new year celebration is a huge annual festival in Vietnam known as Tết Nguyên Đán (or Tết for short). The phrase means “the first morning of the first day,” and it’s the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture during the entire year.

The Vietnamese Community of Clark County works to support the local Vietnamese American community and enrich Clark County’s multicultural heritage. To learn more, visit

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Boomerang

Bring the kids to Boomerang on Friday, Dec. 23, for a free showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. There will be complimentary cookies and popcorn, a family sing-along with favorite Christmas carols, and a tree decorating contest. The kids can hang out in Boomerang’s real, honest-to-goodness treehouse, while the adults sip a hand-crafted espresso drink or browse around the store looking for last-minute gifts (check out Boomerang’s massive art display, with all original artworks priced at just $100). There’s plenty to see in the store, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books.

Boomerang, which calls itself a “Generosity Shop,” is different type of social business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. To learn more, visit

Reindeer Village

Reindeer Village sounds like a winter wonderland, doesn’t it? Well, Reindeer Village NW isn’t far off the mark…it’s a place where you can savor the season with your family in a parklike setting. It’s an hour-long, outdoor tour over lighted gravel and cedar-chip paths, through winter woods and into hidden, magical settings.

You and your children can follow the elves to Candyland and enjoy a holiday treat, find Fairyland, see a musical light show, peek into a hobbit house and other enchanted spaces—and you might event find the house where Santa Claus lives when he’s in town. He might be there and ready for photos! Wrap up your experience with a visit to the hot cocoa and hot cider bar, where you can make your own custom cocoa creation. You can also make your own ornament to take home as a mememto of your time in Reindeer Village.

Dress warmly and bring rain gear if that’s what’s in the forecast. There are only a limited number of guests allowed in Reindeer Village each day, so your experience will be special and serene. Tickets are $10 per person, adult or child, and are available online by clicking here. Reindeer Village is only open for five days, Dec. 17-21, so get your tickets soon. It’s located in the Vancouver Dog Park BPA Substation at the intersection of N.E. Ross St. and N.E. 15th Ave., where you can park and take a shuttle to the village. All tours are held in the early evening.

Winter Break Movies at Camas Library

Winter break may be only two weeks long, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with winter break movies. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun and free popcorn. The movies—which all start at 2 p.m.—will projected on the library’s big screen and everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, Dec. 19: The Jungle Book—a boy raised in the jungle goes on a journey to find others of his kind, in this 2016 live-action version. Based on the books by Rudyard Kipling. Running time: one hour, 45 minutes.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21: Finding Dory—Dory, the forgetful blue tang, sets off on an epic adventure to find her family in this sequel to Finding Nemo. One hour, 37 minutes.
  • Friday, Dec. 23: The BFG —when a young girl crosses paths with a mysterious Giant, she’s launched on an adventure filled with magic and wonder. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. One hour, 55 minutes.

The Camas Public Libary is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit the website by clicking here, or check out the library’s Facebook page.

Winter Break Aviation Camps

Pearson Field Education Center will host half-day winter break camps for youth in grades one through four. Kids will test their aeronautical skills at the whirly-gig table, and engineer structures with clothespins and craft sticks. Some other activities include building a wave bottle and making it rain in a jar.

The first session will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The second session will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec, 30. The cost is $40 per day or $140 for four consecutive days. You can register your child for one or more days; classes will be capped at 20 students.

Register by calling 360-992-1815. Pearson Field Education Center is at 201A East Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver.  Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for kids and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun.

Winter Break Performing Arts Workshops for Kids & Teens

It’s almost time for winter break, and what are you going to do with your kids? If it doesn’t seem like there’s already enough drama in your house, why not sign them up for some theater arts workshops with the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy? There are lots of classes to choose from, for kids, teens, and young adults. Led by industry professionals, these winter break workshops offer students a safe, educational and downright fun alternative to YouTubing or playing 3,000,000 consecutive hours of Minecraft. (Parents: I know you know what I’m talkin’ about, here.) Here’s a look at what your restless kids can do:

  • Young Actor’s Workshop, ages six to 12, Dec. 19-21, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: fast-paced instruction for stage acting, from improv to Shakespeare.
  • Musical Theatre Audition, ages 13 to 20, Dec. 19, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ages 10-12 can audit the class): spend an afternoon with Portland’s most sought-after musical theatre audition coach. Learn about the process, how to pick a song, and how to stand out during an audition. Participants will sing and receive personal feedback.
  • Monologue & College Prep, ages 13 to 20, Dec. 20, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: perfect your monologue for that upcoming theatre or college audition. Delve deep into character work to create honest, believable characters.
  • Hip Hop & Waacking, ages 13 to 20, Dec. 21, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: to waack means “to strike with force.” This progressive class will include hip hop, waacking/punking technique, stage and camera performance skills, choreography, and freestyling.
  • Dance Boot Camp, ages six to 12, Dec. 27-29, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: students will rotate through a full morning of dance and choreography featuring jazz, ballet, modern/contemporary, hip hop and tap for beginning and intermediate levels.
  • Dance Boot Camp, ages 13 to 18, Dec. 17-29, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: same as above

For more information or to register, visit

Christmas Party with C’est la Vie & Riverside

Soirée Supper Club/C’est la Vie and Riverside Performing Arts are partnering to throw one delicious, entertaining community Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 17. Drop by any time from 1 to 4 p.m. for dance classes, cookie decorating, wine and cheese tasting, pictures with Santa, musical performances by Riverside’s Youth Dance Company and Theatre Troup, Christmas crafts, and an ugly sweater contest.

The party—which is free and open to the public—will be held at 1307 N.E. 78th St. in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, where Riverside Performing Arts and the C’est la Vie French bistro and creperie are both located, with free parking on-site. Here’s the schedule of events:

  • 1 to 1:15 p.m.: opening performance by Youth Dance Company, Theatre Troupe & Preschool
  • 1:30 to 3:30:  free pictures with Santa
  • 1:30 to 3:50: free dance and drama classes for ages two to 8+ (tap shoes available)
  • 1 to 3:45 p.m.: ugly Christmas sweater contest
  • 1:30 to 3:50 p.m.: Christmas crafts
  • 3:30 to 3:55: closing performance by Youth Dance Company, Theatre Troupe & Preschool

Soirée Supper Club & Catering was started by Keri Buhman in 2015 (and if you’ve been to C’est la Vie, then you’ve already got a taste of Buhman’s offerings). C’est la Vie is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also includes a shop with hard-to-find French culinary items. Buhman, a native Couvie, is an experienced and well-traveled sommelier who trained (and later taught) in New Zealand and has served as head sommelier at a five-star resort in the Maldives.

Gingerbread Workshops

Nothing says Merry Christmas like thick slabs of gingerbread slathered in frosting and candy and made to look like a wintry holiday cottage, am I right? Or gingerbread cookie cutouts in myriad festive shapes, with globs of icing and Red Hots, candy cane bits, and chocolate chips for edible decoration…either way, you can indulge your kids’ sweet teeth at two upcoming workshops: Gingerbread Fun at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Woodland Community Center or Gingerbread Houses at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the La Center Community Library.

No registration is needed for either workshop, both of which are completely free. All materials will be provided, as well as step-by-step instructions. The Gingerbread Fun workshop in Woodland is for kids ages five to nine. (Warning: they will get sticky.) The Gingerbread House workshop in La Center is for preschoolers ages three to six, kids ages five to nine, and preteens ages nine to 12. (Yup, they’ll get sticky, too.)

The Woodland Community Center is located at 782 Park St., right next door to the Woodland Community Library. The La Center Community Library is located at 1411 N.E. Lockwood Creek Rd. For more information about these and other Fort Vancouver Regional Library District events and workshops, visit

CRESA Presents Home Alone at the Kiggins

Nothing says Christmas like…HOLY COW! Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) is sponsoring a free showing of the holiday classic Home Alone at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Kiggins Theatre. This is one in a series of Disaster Movie Nights (tagline “Lights, Camera, Disaster!”) hosted by CRESA to raise awareness about disaster preparedness…while having a bit of fun and munching on really good hot buttered popcorn. Home Alone isn’t exactly a disaster movie (unless you’re the ill-fated burglers who want to break into Kevin McAllister’s house) but it is good fun and—in case someone really does try to break into your house—you might want to note that nifty trick with the iron.

It’s hard to believe, but 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the film’s original release. It stars Macaulay Culkin as McAllister, plus hilarious turns by Daniel Stern, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, and Kieran Culkin. The movie, which was written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, is rated PG and has a running time of one hour and 43 minutes. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for this film. The movie is free, but be sure and thank the Kiggins by purchasing something yummy from the concession stand in the lobby, or something festively alcoholic from the gorgeous Marquee Lounge upstairs. For more information, visit

Cocoa & Storytelling at the Water Center

Families are invited to join the Water Center in wrapping up its 20th anniversary year with a special Second Saturday cup of hot cocoa and an afternoon of fables and lore by popular local storyteller, Will Hornyak. Hornyak will entertain and inspire all ages with stories about water and the natural world at this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. It’s free to attend! Bring your own mug or travel cup for your free hot cocoa.

December’s Second Saturday will focus on seasonal crafts and making gifts out of recycled materials along with learn experiences. Leap into a fascinating frog-tongue investigation or explore what it’s like to be a creature of the night. Investigate the properties of water with pennies and paper clips. Paint a holiday-themed rock to take home or hide for others to find, and post about it on the Vancouver Rocks facebook page.

Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center opened its doors in February 1996 in concert with the adjacent Marine Park Water Reclamation Facility. Since that time, more than 750,000 have passed through those doors to learn about water, explore wetlands, count critters, share Second Saturday activities, enjoy festivals, and attend important functions in the community room overlooking the Columbia River. The Water Center’s general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit or call 360-487-7111.

Washougal Lighted Christmas Parade

The City of Washougal and the Downtown Washougal Association are teaming up to kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting and Lighted Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. The parade will run along Main Street and end at Reflection Plaza, where the tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Come early to find a parking spot as this community tradition has grown more and more popular over the years, and now draws parade-watchers from all over the North Bank.

Lighted entries come from local clubs, businesses, organizations, and individuals. Each entry runs the gamut from complicated and sophisticated to simple but amusing. Awards are given for Best Use of Lights, Best Use of Music and Santa’s Choice. (It’s a toss-up, really, as to who has more fun: the parade participants or those who are lining the streets to watch.)

During and after the parade, spectators can enjoy complimentary cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee. Entertainment will include the Washougal High School X-Tet Chorus. The Downtown Washougal Association will welcome attendees with coupons for special holiday offers from local merchants, plus a special gift. Santa Clause himself will be there as the guest of honor, arriving at the end of the parade to hand out candy canes and to pose for photographs. Plan on coming early or staying late to enjoy a meal at Hearth Wood-fired Bistro, a pint of craft brew at Amnesia Brewing, or to sample the California rolls at The Sushi Joint.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas aims to make your holiday a whole lot Grinchier with three showings of the 2000 film, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The movie, which stars Jim Carrey as the all-green lead and is narrated by Anthony Hopkins, is rated PG and has a running time of one hour and 45 minutes. Popcorn, ice cream, nachos, beer and wine are all available for purchase in the lobby and can be eaten in the theater.

The Liberty will show How the Grinch Stole Christmas during Camas’ Hometown Holidays celebration on Friday, Dec. 2. The movie begins at 8 p.m. after the tree-lighting, fireworks, and photos with Santa. The film will be shown again at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a final showing at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Shows before 6 p.m. are $4.50, and shows after 6 p.m. are $5.50. Ticket prices are the same for all ages.