Young & Restless

Kid-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy too.

Camas Days

It’s almost time for the 43rd annual Camas DaysFriday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22—followed by the Ducky Derby on Sunday, July 23. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time,” and as always, Camas Days offers fun for all ages, as well as a perfect opportunity to check out downtown’s marvelous mix of brewpubs, taprooms, cocktail lounges, coffee shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Expect to see arts and craft vendors, a gated wine and microbrew street, a kids’ activities street, a food street, concerts in the park, two parades (the Kids’ Parade on Friday and the Main Parade on Saturday), a softball tournament, and the famous Bathtub Races in front of City Hall.

During this two-day-long celebration of the North Bank’s favorite mill town, vendor and food booths open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to sell locally made crafts and delicious prepared food, and the famous Kids’ Street opens at 11 a.m. on both days, with a Kids’ Parade on Friday at 12:15. In the evenings, from 5 to 11 p.m., there will be a “Toast of Camas” Wine and Microbrew Street featuring award-winning local wines and craft brews as well as live music. If you love a parade, don’t miss the Camas Days Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by the Bathtub Races (and yes, that means actual bathtubs racing down the street) and Firehose Spray. There will also be a blueberry pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Camas United Methodist Church and a softball tournament at Doc Harris Stadium. For a complete schedule, click here.

Above photograph: a day at the Bathtub Races. Photograph by Dave Norwood, courtesy of, used here with permission.

Kids’ Art Show at Boomerang: Artists Wanted!

“Purpley,” by Lili P, age nine

Boomerang and Vancouver’s Downtown Association are teaming up to host the 2017 Boomerang Kids’ Art Show…and they need artists to fill the walls of Boomerang’s downtown Vancouver shop with all kinds of wonderful art! Boomerang invites young artists, from tiny tots up to age 18, to display their artwork in the gallery during the month of August. There will be a First Friday reception on Aug. 4 with live music and light refreshments, and everyone can come see what incredible talent our kids have. Original artworks in all media are welcome, including 3D sculptures, painting, drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, and more.

Drop-off time for the art and the deadline for submission is Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Anali Gomez, Boomerang Art Intern, or Tom Relth, Boomerang Artist in Residence and Gallery Curator, at or 360-561-4245.

While you’re at Boomerang on First Friday in August to see the kids’ art, check out the exhibit in Boomerang’s main gallery “Systems Meet Chaos: Art in the Family,” a father-daughter exhibit featuring the original works of syndicated political cartoonist and fine artist Monte Wolverton, as well as limited edition prints by his daughter, Monika Spykerman. (Full disclosure: Spykerman is the editor of this publication, and she is super-excited about this show and hopes you’ll come.)

Family Game Night at Camas Meadows

Camas Meadows Golf Club is offering a Family Game Night on Saturday, July 22. Come at 7 p.m. for an optional $5 pizza dinner, and then stay for the free family golf at 8 p.m., featuring mini-putt competitions and the famed Marshmallow Long Drive, among other fun games. All ages are welcome and you don’t need to be a pro (or even very good) to enjoy this event. No registration is necessary; just show up!

While you’re there, you can sign up with the Washington Youth Golf Academy at Camas Meadows, which offers classes for all ages and experience levels. The Washington Youth Golf Academy’s mission is to engage local young people through learning skills which will last a lifetime, and to create a place where future community leaders can grow through character development and friendships.

Camas Meadows is located at 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Dr. in Camas. For more information about classes, programs, and events at Camas Meadows, visit

Vintage Base Ball & Civil War Encampment

On Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, a series of events at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will highlight nearly 100 years of local military history. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 22, volunteers from the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry will set up a Civil War-era encampment on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground. Visitors to the encampment will learn about military life during the 1860s and watch black powder musket demonstrations. At 6 pm, visitors will be invited to step back in time to watch a baseball game played by the rules of the 1860s. Costumed volunteers from the national park and the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry will portray two of the Pacific Northwest’s earliest baseball teams: the Sherman Base Ball Club (consisting of Vancouver Barracks soldiers) and the Occidental Base Ball Club of the City of Vancouver. Vancouver’s Mayor Pro Tem, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, will throw the first pitch.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, costumed living history volunteers from the 113th Cavalry Living History Group will host a World War II Encampment located just west of Pearson Air Museum. The camp will interpret Vancouver Barracks role as a wartime port of embarkation, where troops from various units were mustered together into combat formations for transportation to the various theaters of war throughout the world. Rare World War II equipment and vehicles will be a part of the encampment, while historic uniforms and photographs will be on exhibit in the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum. Also in the Historic Hangar, vendors associated with the 113th Cavalry Living History Group will also be selling American World War II uniforms and equipment for re-enactors and other collectors.Adventure Flight of Lincoln, California will be operating a 1942 Cessna T50 “Bamboo Bomber,” a World War II twin engine training airplane, from Pearson Field. The operators will be offering rides in this vintage “warbird” at a rate of $150 for a 15 minute ride, or $300 for a 30 minute ride. More information on this aircraft and the company can be found online at

At the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, author Daniel Sharfstein will discuss his new book, “Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War.” Sharfstein’s work illuminates one of the most enduring and tragic struggles in American history. Copies of Sharfstein’s book will be available for sale at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, operated by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.

All events (except for the plane rides) are free.

Robbery on the Steam Train!

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, July 15, and Sunday, July 16. 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 or call 360-686-3559.

Above image: train robbery in action, courtesy of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Guided Walks at Columbia Springs: Tour the Fish Hatchery!

Columbia Springs offers Guided Nature Hikes on the first and third Wednesdays of every month through October. The hikes are held in the early evening, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., so working parents with kids can join the hike and get a little nature in their day. Every month there’s a different topic to explore or different destination on Columbia Spring’s 100-acre nature preserve. Themes may include the fish hatchery, fungi, birds, forest edibles, and more.

The next Guided Nature Hike is on Wednesday, July 19, and features a tour of the fish hatchery. Learn about the water, the fish and their rearing process, and the rich history surrounding this operation, which has been continuously raising fish since 1938.

All the nature hikes are really easy walks, and appropriate for all ages, even little ones. They are free, although there’s a suggested donation of $5, which will go to support Columbia Springs’ activities and programs. Participants should dressed for the weather and bring water if needed. Columbia Springs is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy. and parking is available on site. Groups meet at the SWIFT Classroom and take place rain or shine. Register by sending an email to indicating your interest in attending. You can also all 360-882-0936, ext. 224.

Fire in the Park

Fire in the Park is a free family event that will bring firefighters from across Vancouver to Esther Short Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, for a blazin’ good time. There will be a riveting firefighting skills competition—with real fire! But don’t worry, because you’re probably pretty safe with hundreds of firefighters and firetrucks nearby—live music from the Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums and many displays including ladder trucks, firefighter rehab unit, marine water safety, antique fire trucks and fire apparatus, and heavy rescue equipment. See a real steam engine, hose cart wagon, and two of Vancouver’s original fire engines.

For the kids, there will be all kinds of interactive safety demonstrations: water safety, bike safety, emergency preparedness, and of course fire safety. Your young EMTs can learn first aid with AMR’s Teddy Bear Clinic. Complete all the safety stations and get a free all-sports helmet. Kids can also participate in the Junior Firefighter Challenge, where kids fight fires, rescue a fire victim, get their pictures taken with Disaster Dog, and wear cool red helmets! (Wait—can grown-ups do that, too? We also want cool red helmets.)

The event is a fundraiser for Firefighter’s Care, the Vancouver Firefighter’s Community Assistance Fund. The fund is used to provide immediate short-term charitable support to people during emergency and non-emergency situations. Funds may be used to help purchase groceries, buy wood for fire, or to obtain transportation for family members visiting a loved one in the hospital. Firefighter’s Care also funds the “Coats for Kids” program, providing new, American-made winter coats to children in low income families.

Sunday Sounds at Columbia Tech Center

This is the third year of Sunday Sounds at Columbia Tech Center, the popular concert series in east Vancouver sponsored by Gaynors Automotive and Unitus Community Credit Union. Bring your friends and family, a picnic blanket, some lawn chairs and celebrate the summer! Concerts take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays from July 9 to Aug. 13. Here’s the line-up:

  • July 9: Hit Machine The band plays hits from all eras, such as the Bee Gees, Prince, Taio Cruz, and AC/DC. Hit Machine is a Portland-area mainstay, having headlined at the Hood to Coast celebration in Seaside, the Fort Vancouver fireworks show, and many Trail Blazers playoff games.
  • July 16: Norman Sylvester Band Norman Sylvester has been performing blues, funk, and R&B in the Portland area since 1985. The band has shared the stage with BB King, James Cotton, Otis Clay, Tower of Power, Peter Frampton, and many more.
  • July 23: Gold Dust This tribute band celebrates the music of Fleetwood Mac and offers the nostalgic sound of the band’s most iconic songs of the 70s and 80s, including hits like “Rhiannon,” “Landslide,” “Dreams,” and “Gold Dust Woman.”
  • July 30: Flexor T Brian Pelky (5 Guys Named Moe) and Joe Becker (KGW-TV) put their heads together to form a new country/rock band. They teamed up with Rebecca Brown, a powerful blues singer. This  show stopping, Vegas-style country band gets toes tapping all around the region.
  • Aug. 6: Quarterflash Rindy and Marv Ross first performed together in the 70s as students at Western Oregon University. In 1980, they recorded “Harden My Heart” which led to a contract with Geffen Records. Over the next decade, they released four albums under the name Quarterflash, garnering gold and platinum records and tours with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and others.
  • Aug. 13: Curtis Salgado With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B performer Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent. From leading his own band and recording nine solo studio albums to touring with Steve Miller and Santana, Salgado is a true musical giant.


Movies in the Park: Rogue One

Friday Night Movies in the Park are back! On Friday, July 7, you can bring your family to see Rogue One for free at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m. and the film—which will be shown outdoors on a giant screen—starts at dusk. The movie is absolutely free and all ages are welcome, but you can RSVP on Facebook at Movies in the Park: Rogue One.

There will be a different, family-friendly movie in a different Vancouver park every Friday evening through August, sponsored by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks and Rec. Because these events take place outside, they are susceptible to weather-related cancelations. You’ll be able to know ASAP when this happens on the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks and Recreation social media channels. See what’s playing where by visiting—or just read on to see the line-up:

Camas Car Show

The 12th Annual Camas Car Show, sponsored by Westlie Ford and hosted by the Downtown Camas Association, will run from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, and will again bring classic and specialty cars and trucks to the streets of historic downtown Camas. This event also includes live music by Bluez Cruizer, dance performances by Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio, balloon art and face painting by JJEntertainers, food vendors, multiple raffles, and downtown businesses will be open late for shopping and dining. Admission is free for spectators!

For participating cars, the cost is $15 cash entry. It’s an open event and no preregistration necessary, though it’s recommended to fill out the registration form ahead of time and bring with you for faster registration. Cars can start entering car show area at 2 p.m., but can stage earlier. See information online here for pre-event parking and registration information. Goodie bags will go to the first 100 cars and dash plaques to the first 200 cars. Awards will be given, including Best in Show, People’s Choice, and Sponsors’ Picks. Best in Show award will be presented to winner by Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and the car will be featured on next year’s Camas Car Show poster and promotions.

A retro red truck drink cooler, valued at $695 and donated by Camas Antiques, is one of the prizes for the raffle this year. Other raffle prizes include car care packages and gift baskets and certificates from local merchants. The kids coloring contest will return this year with prizes in three age categories. Each participant will take home a free Hot Wheels car for participating. The coloring area will be near the tables across from the Liberty Theatre on 4th Avenue.

This event benefits the Camas Washougal Treasure House Food Bank. Bring two cans of food and get a free raffle ticket.

Dog Days of Summer, Mardi Gras-style

Come to downtown Camas for a celebration of dogs on from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, July 7. There’ll be a doggie talent show with prizes and a parade sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe with a Mardi Gras theme (in honor of the famous Barkus Parade). Drop by Miss Nola’s Cafe any time from 5:30 to 7:30 for live Cajun Zydeco music by The Mudbugs. (Bonus: Miss Nola’s will be giving out free hush puppies, and they are good, as this writer can attest!) Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required) and make a fun night of it.

What else will make your tail wag? Vendors, kids’ crafts with a Mardi Gras dog theme, a dog breed guessing game, and a dog-and-owner look-alike contest sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pet. West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be there with their famous “ball pool” filled with delicious dog treats. Nuestra Mesa will host an outdoor summer concert with outdoor dining. Kids can paint with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party. Find out more about Fences for Fido, a non-profit committed to providing better quality of life for outdoor dogs. For delicious, gourmet, homemade dog treats, check out Pup Town Cafe. Abbey with Polka Dot Paws will be on hand with her one-of-a-kind dog-friendly creations, handmade dog bandanas and pet accessories. Learn more about a fun and worthy cause called Strutt Your Mutt, visit the Best Friends Animal Society and Must Love Dogs NW to learn more about saving the lives of homeless pets.

The doggie talent show and owner look-alike contest will be held at 6 p.m. and the Barkus Parade will be at 7 p.m. There will be judging of best costumes in the parade with prizes for most original, cutest, and most Mardi Gras-inspired. For the Talent Contest, the judging will be for most clever, most difficult, and cutest talents. Sign at least 15 minutes before each event. The contests, parade, crafts and other fun will be on Cedar St. between 4th and 5th.

Reading in the Wild

Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center offers Reading in the Wild: a free outdoor story time series for kids ages three to six. Beginning Thursday, July 6, and continuing every Thursday through Sept. 21, you can bring your little ones to the Water Center from 10 to 11 a.m. for outdoor reading adventures that connect fun stories with nature activities.Water Center staff will read a story out loud while you and your children sit on a blanket on the grass or curl up under a tree. After the story, kids can roam around the Water Center garden to play with plants, rocks, water or critters in the dirt. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Water Resources Education Center is located in a beautiful facility overlooking the Columbia River, where there’s information, interactive displays, art, and family-friendly community activities designed to inspire visitors to become better stewards of local water resources. Admission is always free. The Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-487-7111.

Fourth of July in Ridgefield

Ridgefield is a small town with a big heart, renowned for its charming Fourth of July celebration that captures the town’s all-American spirit. There will be something for everyone: free outdoor entertainment, a fun run, contests and games, food and beverages, including a pancake breakfast and a salmon barbecue, arts and crafts, a pet-and-kid parade, street dancing, entertainment by Tony Starlight, a pie eating contest, and—the pièce de résistance—a giant Independence Day parade. Funding for this community event is raised through private and business donations, vendor fees, and other application fees—not to mention the unsung but deeply appreciated efforts of many, many volunteers. Around 5,000 people are expected to attend this year. And yes, there will be fireworks! For complete details, visit

The Independence Run follows an out-and-back course on rolling rural roads, starting and finishing in downtown Ridgefield. Walkers are welcome, too! Race-day registration opens at 7 a.m., the Kids’ Dash begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K and 10K adults races start at 8 a.m. The advance registration fee for the 5K is $30 with a t-shirt or $20 without; the registration fee for the 10K is $40 with a t-shirt or $30 without. To register online, click here. All fees are $5 more on the day of the run. For more information, visit

The Fourth of July also marks the Old Liberty Theater‘s 20th anniversary. The theater—as well as Seasons Café in the lobby—opened for business on July 4, 1997. To celebrate two decades as a family owned and operated small business, Seasons Café is serving a very patriotic (and delicious) dish from 8 a.m. to noon: Belgian-style waffles with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream! The Old Liberty will be serving up waffles on weekend mornings from here on out—but you can be one of the first to try them!

Red, White & Blue: First Saturday in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday in July will get you in the patriotic spirit. Come to Ridgefield from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, for “Red, White & Blue Historical Fun.” Gain a new understanding of old Ridgefield on this day full of play and discovery. Enjoy in a red, white, and blue costume contest, play some games, savor cool treats for kids and grown-ups, go on a heritage-based scavenger hunt, meet the town elders, visit the wine and beer garden, and tap your toes to live music.

You can also pick up some fresh produce or get your kids involved in crafts at the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, get blown away by exploding science experiments at the Ridgefield Community Library (don’t worry, they’re SUPPOSED to explode!), enjoy root beer floats, enter a gunny sack race, and cool off with a misting tower. The Ridgefield Art Association will also be on hand with children’s art projects. Drop by Seasons Café at the Old Liberty Theater any time from 8 a.m. to noon for Red, White, and Blue Waffles: Belgian waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream.

And of course you can also enjoy the summer weather by walking through downtown and visiting the shops, biking along the waterfront, hiking a trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, or playing in one of the four downtown Ridgefield parks. For more information about this and other First Saturday events, visit

Camas Farmers Market

The charming Camas Farmers Market, held on 4th Street between Camas’ beautiful community library and its city hall, happens every Wednesday from now through Oct. 4. This farmers market, open from 3 to 7 p.m., offers just-harvested seasonal produce, baked goods, eggs, humanely and sustainably raised meat, chef demonstrations, health and wellness vendors, kids’ activities, and live music. Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers, chat with a farmer, enjoy delicious prepared food, and get farm-to-table recipes—all in on place. You can even speak to a Master Gardener about your most pressing gardening questions.

The Camas Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that works with volunteers and vendors to bring fresh local foods to the community. The market welcome your ideas, contributions and thoughts on expanding. Visit the Camas Farmers Market blog for news, inventive recipes using seasonal ingredients, information about vendors, as well as helpful tips related to sustainable gardening, preserving, and farming. To learn more, visit, or follow the market on its Facebook page.

Steam Train Rides & Moulton Falls Wine Train

Celebrate Independence Day weekend with an old-fashioned steam train ride! The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is  putting its steam train on the rails this weekend, July 1 and 2. The train, pulled by a 1929 steam locomotive, runs south about seven miles to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot tunnel through solid rock, with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. Excursions depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt, located at 207 N. Railroad Ave. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, especially on Independence Day weekend. (…because seriously, who doesn’t love a train ride?)

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 or call 360-686-3559.

The railroad is offering another delicious way to celebrate from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, in conjunction with Moulton Falls Winery, 30901 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. After some yummy appetizers served at the winery at 4 p.m., the steam locomotive will pick up passengers at 5 p.m., then continue on its scenic route through Heisson and on to a bridge across the East Fork of the Lewis River. On the return trip, the train will drop passengers back at the winery for dinner and festivities.

Tickets for the Wine Train package are available at Moulton Falls Winery during business hours or online at The price per person is $45, and includes appetizers, wine tasting, the train ride, dinner, and live music from Echoes of Yasgurs until 9 p.m. This is another super-popular event, so purchasing tickets in advance of the day, while not required, is enthusiastically recommended.

Bollywood Dancing & Henna Tattoos for Teens

Learn about the popular art of Bollywood-style dancing and Indian culture, plus get an amazing temporary tattoo with henna—a natural, plant-based dye that’s painted onto the skin (no needles—cringe!). Every participant will get a group Bollywood dance lesson, plus the tattoo. Sounds like SO MUCH FUN, right? Well, sorry, grown-ups, this is just for teens entering grades seven to 12 this fall (but parents are welcome to come and hang out with their teens, if you think your teen might survive the embarrassment of ACTUALLY BEING SEEN WITH A PARENT).

The event—which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Camas Public Library—is totally free, but sign-ups are necessary because there’s limited space and only 25 teens can come. There are still a few spots left, though! To RSVP, call the Camas Library at 360-834-4692. The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with plenty of free parking.

Editor’s note: I have a 14-year-old girl and I am TOTALLY GOING TO BE THERE, and maybe I will pick up some hot dance moves. Or maybe they’ll have some extra henna. (I keep my hopes modest, here in my 40s.)

Summer Archaeology Programs at Fort Vancouver

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invites the public to see archaeology in action this summer! The Public Archeology Field School is a joint effort among the National Park ServicePortland State University and Washington State University Vancouver. Students in this field school work with National Park Service archaeologists to conduct archaeological excavations throughout the park—and during the summer, the dig sites are open to the public. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 27 to July 28, members of the public can visit excavation sites at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks and learn about how archaeologists study the past. A special summer lecture series will also highlight archaeology throughout the country, and the national park’s popular Kids Dig! program in July will introduce kids ages eight to 12 to the fascinating world of archaeology.

Everyone is welcome to watch archaeology students and professional archaeologists as they dig in the area of Vancouver Barracks north of East Fifth St., near the Post Exchange Building. The excavations will focus on Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade and U.S. military sites. This summer’s excavations will help support improvements to the South Vancouver Barracks, and will allow for the future adaptive use of historic army buildings, as well as the preservation of the unique history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For more information about archaeology at Fort Vancouver, click here.

Kids Dig! programs will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 1, July 8, and July 22, inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. In this program, kids will excavate a mock site with the help of student archaeologists, and discover what we can learn about the past from the artifacts buried under our feet. Space is limited to 20 children. Spots for each program can be reserved by calling 360-816-6250. Learn more at

Heroes Night at Costco

Join the the Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) and Columbia Credit Union at East Vancouver Costco for the fourth annual Heroes Night from 5 to 8 p.m.— with a car show starting at 4 p.m.—on Saturday, June 24. Celebrate and honor the heroes in our community: police, fire fighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses, as well as active and retired military. This will be the first year Heroes Night will honor not only specific military veterans, but also those who serve our community on the “front lines,” delivering the safety and security that helps to make Southwest Washington such a great place to live. The Bill Morehouse Community Service Award, in memory of our beloved Buffalo Soldiers, will honor others who have gone above and beyond in their selfless contributions to the nearly half million citizens of this region.

Costco will be open to the public that evening—no Costco membership needed!—and will have lots of great door prizes, a scavenger hunt, and activities for kids, super-sized food samples and one-night-only discounts. Participants will have the opportunity to meet local heroes from veteran and active military organizations, plus firefighters, EMTs, members of local police departments, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, as well as trained service dogs from Northwest Battle Buddies and their veteran companions. Columbia Credit Union staff will be on hand to surprise unsuspecting shoppers with “Making Life Better” moments throughout the evening. A car show featuring Mustangs, Corvettes, vintage military vehicles, and more. If you get hungry, visit the food tent featuring cuisine from Goldie’s BBQ and FireHouse Subs.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness and collect donations for the Community Military Appreciation Committee, which will be dispersed among organizations that care for military personnel and their families.  The East Vancouver Costco is located at 19610 S.E. 1st Street in Camas. Proceeds from this event, if any, will benefit local heroes. For more information, call Costco at 360-258-6239.

See Beauty and the Beast for $1 at the Liberty

The beautifully restored (and air conditioned!) Liberty Theatre turned 90 on Wednesday, June 14! To show its gratitude to the community, the theater is hosting Customer Appreciation Day. Audiences are invited to a special screening of Disney’s recently released live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) and Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame), as well as marvelous performances by Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Sir Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha Raw, and Audra McDonald.

The film will be shown at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, and—are you ready for this?—all tickets are just $1. Popcorn, ice cream, candy, craft beer, fine wine, and other goodies are available in the lobby to enjoy while you watch the movie (and sing along, if you’re so moved).

To learn more about the Liberty’s history, including the fact that it was originally called The Granada, click here: For a list of 15 interesting facts you might not know about The Princess Bride, click here: To find out more about upcoming films, showtimes, and ticket prices at the Liberty Theatre, visit