Young & Restless

Kid-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy too.

Easter EGGstravaganza at St. John’s

It’s hard to believe, but after a looooooooong winter it’s finally time to start thinking about Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts (followed by an Easter brunch with hot cross buns or an Easter supper with glazed ham…but I’m getting ahead of myself). As a matter of fact, there’s an Easter E-G-G-stravaganza in your near future at St. John Lutheran Church, 11005 N.E. Hwy. 99 in the North Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

Toddlers and kids up through fifth grade and their families are invited to fill their baskets with colorful eggs on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The egg hunt is free and open to everyone in the community; you don’t need to attend St. John (or anywhere) to join the fun. The festivities will be held outside on the church grounds where hundreds of plastic eggs filled with candy will be hidden.

A light lunch will be provided after the hunt. Should the weather decide not to co-operate, the hunt will be moved into the church. Those interested in donating candy for the eggs can drop it off at the church anytime before Wednesday, April 5. For more information or questions, contact Scott at 360-573-1461 or info@stjohnLC.com.

Spring Break Movies at the Camas Library

Spring break may be only one week, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with free movies, every single weekday. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun. All movies start at 2 p.m. and will be projected onto the library’s big screen. Plus, everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, April 3: “Moana” (rated PG)—Moana sets sail to save her people. Along the way, she meets the demigod Maui, and together they go on an action-packed voyage. Running time: our hour, 47 minutes.
  • Tuesday, April 4: “Kubo and the Two Strings” (rated PG)—A young boy with the gift of telling fantastical stories is sent on a mystical quest to discover his family’s magical legacy. Running time: one hour, 42 minutes.
  • Wednesday, April 5: “Doctor Strange” (rated PG-13)—A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing, only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Running time: one hour, 55 minutes.
  • Thursday, April 6: “Sing” (rated PG)—When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams. Running time: one hour, 48 minutes.
  • Friday, April 7: “Trolls” (rated PG)—After the Bergens invade, Poppy and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Running time: one hour, 32 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.

Adam the Great at Dave’s Killer Magic

Dave’s Killer Magic Shop in downtown Vancouver presents Adam the Great, performing a family-friendly show of magic and comedy. The “Defying the Laws of Entertainment” show is so popular that Dave’s Killer Magic is offering it at two times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 (yup, that’s April Fool’s Day).

The performance is a mesmerizing blend of charm, wit, audience interaction, and innovative magic. Adam’s talents include eye-popping close-up magic as well as outstanding comedy. Adam has amazed crowds at fairs, festivals, and corporate events, as well as having served as an Armed Forces entertainer, giving the troops and their families overseas a much-needed morale boost. Tickets are $10 per person, available by calling 360-448-9022.

To find out about more upcoming shows and events at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, click here or call 360-448-9022. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. A vast selection of magic-related items is available to purchase on its website at www.killermagicshop.com, but we promise you’ll have even more fun if you visit in person.

Book Birthday Party with Gretchen McLellan

51vx15Oq8mLJoin local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan for a Book Birthday Party for her new children’s book, “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3.” The festivities will be held at the Camas Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. There will be activities, drawings, a reading, pictures with the giant pencil (see above!), autographs and more. Find out the backstory of this book with Camas roots, and win prizes from participating Camas merchants—Cake Happy, Caffe Piccolo, The Soap Chest, and Lizzabeth A (…where you can also purchase the book, if you don’t already have a copy).

This book, illustrated by Grace Zong, is an ideal read for the end of the school year and a perfect present for any special teacher in your life. Kirkus Review calls it “A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.”

Learn more about McLellan—who has three more books due to come out next year—at www.gretchenmclellan.com. You can also R.S.V.P. for the Book Birthday Party at gretchenmclellan@comcast.net. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Artists Needed for Youth Art Show

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is hosting the Spring 2017 Fine Art Show, and it’s open to all young artists in Southwest Washington who are between the ages of three and 18 years old. The theme is “Things That Move,” and the categories of submissions can include digital art, photography, painting, sculpting, and other fine arts. Proceeds from the show will benefit youth programs at MPAA.

There are three age divisions: three to seven years old, eight to 12 years old, and 13-18 years old. There’s a $10 fee per entry and each artist may submit up to two items in each category. There will be an overall award for Best Use of Theme plus first, second, and third place in each division. All art will be displayed at the MPAA studio in Hazel Dell from April 17 to June 15. Awards will be announced on April 17. The overall first place pieces will be displayed at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts during the June Metropolitan Performing Arts’ production of The Hobbit.

Artwork can be submitted in person to the studio from April 10-15 any time during MPAA business hours. Artists can fill out a submission form online at www.metropaa.org or it can be downloaded here: http://www.metropaa.org/events/first-annual-fine-arts-spring-show/. For more information, call 360-975-1585 or e-mail exec.director@gmail.com.

Young Actors Workshop

Spring break: home for a week with restless kids. Maybe it’s sunny enough to send them outside to play…but maybe it’s not. What do you do?

Let them to channel all that drama into a three-day theater arts workshop with the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. Your kids ages six through 12 can join instructor Sean Kelly to learn stage acting techniques—everything from improv to Shakespeare. There’s something for every kid in this fast-paced class for young actors!

Classes will be held from Tuesday, April 4, through Thursday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit www.metropaa.org. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy studios are located at 905 N.E. 68th St. in the Hazell Dell area of Vancouver.

Spring Break Day Camps

For some parents, spring break is a welcome opportunity to spend some relaxed, unstructured time with their children. For other parents, it’s a puzzle: how do I make sure my kids have fun and learn something and also exhaust themselves so that, by the end of the day, they don’t exhaust me? Vancouver Parks and Recreation has got you covered. Below, you’ll find brief descriptions of four day camps to be held at Firstenburg Community Center and at Marshall Community Center during spring break—April 3-7—for kids ages six to 15.

Firstenburg Community Center

  • SPARK Youth Day Camp for ages five and a half to 10. Camp begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. with structured activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This camp focuses on sports, physical activity, and recreation for kids. Campers will enjoy swimming, rock climbing, sports, games, and field trips to Skyzone Trampoline and JJ Jump Extreme. The cost is $160 per camper for the whole week. For more information, call Stacey at 360-487-7029.
  • Teen Survivor Camp for ages 11 to 15. Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with organized activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop off any time before 9 a.m. There’s no lack of action in this exciting camp, which includes swimming, rock climbing, gym games, team building, video game tournaments, and field trips to Ultra Zone and the brand new Top Golf. The fee is $160 per student for the week. For more information, call Demetrius at 360-487-7014

Marshall Community Center

  • Spring Adventure Youth Day Camp for ages six to 10. Camp begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m., with structured activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your child will enjoy crafts, sports, games, playground time, swimming, field trips to Safari Sam’s and North Clackamas Aquatic Park, and many other activities. The weekly fee is $156-179 per camper. For more information, call Becky at 360-487-7084.
  • Teen Xcape Camp for ages 11 to 15. Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with organized activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop off any time before 9 a.m.This day camp features swimming, games, sports, field trips, bowling, and other activities. The cost is $40 per teen per day, or $160 for the week. For more information, call Demetrius at 360-487-7086.

Register for any or all of the day camps by clicking here. To learn more about all of the programs Vancouver Parks and Recreation has to offer—for kids and adults—visit www.vanparksrec.org.

Paddy Hough Parade

Vancouver is nothing if not big on tradition…and everyone loves a parade, so put those two things together and you’ve got the 23rd Annual Paddy Hough Parade, right down Main Street from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17. The best parade-viewing is on Main between 25th St. and McLoughlin, and you ought to arrive early because this parade gets more popular every year.

This green-tastic parade celebrates the birthday of Hough Elementary School‘s namesake and popular historical figure Patrick Hough, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1846. Hough (affectionately known as Paddy) was an Irish-born educator who taught in Vancouver from 1899 to 1925. Hough School was named in his honor 17 years after he died, and the neighborhood sprouted up around the school became the Hough Neighborhood. And that’s your North Bank history lesson for the day!

The parade is sponsored by the Hough Foundation, a nonprofit community organization that works with philanthropic, business, civic, scholastic, and faith partners to provide local students opportunities for academic, physical, and social growth. For more information, visit www.houghfoundation.org. The parade is free and everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

The Amazing Mathias at Dave’s Killer Magic

Dave’s Killer Magic Shop in downtown Vancouver presents The Amazing Mathias, performing a family-friendly magic show. The show is expected to be so popular that Dave’s Killer Magic is offering it at two times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Over the last 20 years, the award-winning Mathias has entertained at thousands of private parties and theatrical revues all over the West Coast, including the Magic Castle in Hollywood. For nine seasons, he headlined in his own show on the cruise ship Queen of the West. Currently, Mathias resides in the Pacific Northwest performing at private parties, corporate events, and fairs. Among his many awards are the Brad Jacobs People’s Choice Award and the Senior Stage Magic Contest Winner.

Tickets are $10 per person, available online by clicking here or by calling 360-448-9022. To find out about more upcoming shows and events at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, click here or call 360-448-9022. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. A vast selection of magic-related items is available to purchase on its website at www.killermagicshop.com, but we promise you’ll have even more fun if you visit in person.

St. Paddy’s for Kids

What’s dressed in green, adorable, and really, really happy? Your child at the St. Paddy’s for Kids event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at a new, completely indoor location—Luepke Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver. This free family event is hosted by the Parks Foundation of Clark County, and sponsored by local businesses. Kids will follow the rainbow on a trip through Ireland to discover amazing arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and a pot of gold filled with prizes at the end of the journey. Your little ones will enjoy kid-friendly fun, dancing, face painting, sports, and nature-themed games and stories. On stage, there will be performances by the An Daire Academy of Irish Dance, Story Time with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Learning Time with Clark PUD Stream Team, and time to shake the wiggles out with NW Personal Training. Raffle prizes and giveaways are provided by Clark County Fire District 6, Puj, Barre 3 of Vancouver/Felida, and Dutch Bros.

Activities will be provided by iQ Credit Union, The Vancouver Clinic, Waste Connections, East West Martial Arts, Sky Zone, Spanky’s Legendary Consign, Yoder Chiropractic, Little Acorn Preschool & Kindergarten, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, American Red Cross of SW Washington, City of Vancouver Urban Forestry, Clark County Food Bank, Port of Vancouver, Soccer Shots, SW Washington Learning Center, Why Racing Events, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families, ESD 112 ECEAP, and many more. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us/about/events or call the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370.

Beauty and the Beast Fête & Belle at Boomerang

We know you—ahem, your kids, of course, is what we meant to say—are super excited to see Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast starring Harry Potter’s Emma Watson/Hermione as Belle. Oh my gosh! It’s going to be so amazing. Aren’t you, like, jumping up and down with excitement? No, wait, I mean, aren’t your KIDS jumping up and down with excitement? Is it hard to concentrate on reading this post because your kids squealing so loudly with anticipation? Or, hang on, is that YOU squealing? Well, pipe down so we can tell you the details about the Camas Library‘s Beauty and the Beast Fête, happening this Saturday, March 11.

The party lasts from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Come celebrate the release of the new movie—which is due to hit theaters on Friday, March 17—with crafts, snacks, and more. What’s the “more,” you ask? From 2 to 3:30 p.m., partygoers will learn some sweet ballroom dance moves with Dayley Dance Academy, and from 2:30 to 3:30, our sources have confirmed that Belle herself will be there. All ages are welcome. (Seriously, we know how badly you want to meet Belle.) The party is free and no RSVP is necessary.

If you can’t make it to the Camas Library on Saturday, maybe you can come to Boomerang in downtown Vancouver at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 10, for another special appearance by Belle at Family Fun Night. Belle will entertain the children (um, and adults) by sharing her favorite story, singing her favorite songs acapella, playing games, and teaching kids a fairy spell that will transport Rapunzel and Flynn Rider directly to Boomerang’s children’s area. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/597898037086271/.

Above image: Emma Watson as Belle (duh) and a massively CGI’d Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Art Alive! Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield

content_1474990679-RYAM-LogoMarch is the third annual Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield, a collaborative partnership among the Ridgefield School District, Ridgefield Art Association, Ridgefield Community Library, Dance Fusion Northwest, the City of Ridgefield, and other local businesses. The purpose is to showcase the amazing talents in the local community as well as to provide opportunities for young people to discover their creative powers through the literary, visual, and performing arts.

Ridgefield Community Education will offer free arts and craft classes ranging from watercolor painting to ceramics to block carving, printmaking, and more. There are also several events planned where kids can express themselves creatively and learn to appreciate different art forms, such as dance, photography, and storytelling. All month long, there will be musical concerts, plays, and art exhibits around town. Through these events and activities, kids may not only discover a new talent or passion—but the community also gains an awareness of the importance of the arts.

The month-long celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, with a concert at the Old Liberty Theater at 7 p.m. Immediately before the show, from 6 to 7 p.m., the community is invited to enjoy a reception at Sportman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, right next door to the theater on 121 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, including a complete schedule of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month events, visit http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/youth-arts-month–2.

Washington State Horse Expo

Saddle up for the seventh annual Washington State Horse Expo on Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5, at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.

Whether you own a stable full of horses or merely love to watch them run, this is an ideal venue to get a closer look at all the pretty horses. Highlights of this three-day event include the Saturday Night Equine Extravaganza with the Breed Parade, BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, Steve Rother’s Western Doma Vaquera, the Volcano Mounted Archers, Morgan and her blind horse, Endo, Francesca and the Tiny Trio of Dancing Horses…plus barrel racing, cowdogs, and cowboy racing and workshops with Jessica Wisdom, Richard Winters, Brandi Lyons, Jim Anderson, Ruben Villaseñor, Rob Zimmerman, Steve Rother, and J.R. Robles. Many local ranches and riding stables will also be represented offering sign-ups for private and group riding lessons.

If you want to do a little shopping, there’ll be over 100 commercial vendors selling everything from Western-style jewelry to high quality feed, saddles, horseshoes, and horse trailers. For good eats, trot on over to the Chuckwagon and Saloon for burgers, nachos, hot dogs, and excellent barbecue. Then take your colts and fillies to some of the many kid-friendly activities in the Children’s Area. The Horse Expo also offers a huge selection of classes, demonstrations and workshops on topics ranging from how to pack a saddlebag to career options for those who love to work with horses. The complete schedule of activities is available online—including a floor map and vendors—or check out the Horse Expo website at www.wastatehorseexpo.com.

Tickets, which can be purchased online or at the gate for $1 more, are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and kids ages seven to 12; kids under seven are free. Three-day passes are also available for bargain prices. Parking is $6. The Horse Expo begins at noon on Friday, March 3, and closes at 9 p.m. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 (with the Equine Extravaganza at 7 p.m.), and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5.

Robotics for Teens at Your Local Library

Is your teen interested in robotics, but not sure where to start? Your local library is a good place! It’s Teen Tech Month in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, and there’s a traveling Teen Coding Academy that will be visiting most of the FVRL branches during the month of March. It’s free to participate and no prior experience is necessary, although registration is required by contacting the library where they workshop is being held. The Coding Academy is for kids ages 12 to 18, and they will get hands-on, real-world experience in teaching robots to do their bidding by coding instructions for Arduino-based Wink Robots. Below is a rough list of time, date, and location for the workshops:

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 3 p.m., Washougal Community Library
Monday, Mar. 6, 4:30 p.m., Battle Ground Community Library
Wednesday, Mar. 8, 3:30 p.m., Ridgefield Community Library
Thursday, Mar. 9, 3 p.m., Cascade Park Community Library
Tuesday, Mar. 21, 3 p.m., La Center Community Library
Friday, Mar. 24, 3 p.m., Vancouver Community Library
Monday, Mar 27, 3:45, Woodland Community Library
Wednesday, Mar. 29, 4 p.m., Three Creeks Community Library

Moana Sing-Along

You may or may not be aware of the Disney animated phenomenon that is Moana…but if you have kids, we bet you’ve already seen it 12,000 times. This movie—which was originally released in November of last year and became an immediate hit with all age groups, from tiny tots to grown-ups to granparents—is chock full not only of breathtaking animation but also great, memorable, and super-singable songs. (In fact, you may have a Moana song stuck in your head RIGHT NOW.)

The film, which is currently playing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas, is a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds…and singing lots of songs.

If you or your offspring have ever had the urge to sing along, the Liberty Theater is here to help. This independent theater in downtown Camas which shows a mix of independent and blockbuster studio films, is offering two special showings of Moana where you and your family can sing along! Sing-along shows will be on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $4.50 per person, the same as regular showings. The Liberty is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and everything from ice cream and nachos to candy and popcorn is available in the lobby, as well as beer and wine for the over 21 crowd. For more information, visit http://www.camasliberty.com/.

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 www.camasmeadows.com.

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 www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.

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 http://www.fvrl.org/loc/va.

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.