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Family Nature Fest at Columbia Springs

Choose your own nature adventure at the Family Nature Fest, a “hands-on, minds-on” festival happening at Columbia Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. At Family Nature Fest, you can compete in slug racing, find a pumpkin in the forest, meet reptiles and amphibians, make an exploding volcano, forage for fungi on a guided hike, and more.

Lots of local organizations—including Columbia Springs—are getting together to host activities like crafts, games, and science experiments. There will be activities by Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Master Composter/Recyclers, the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Oregon Zoo, Stream Team, Waste Connections, and others. Plus, the Franz “Grilled Cheese Machine” will be handing out samples of organic sandwiches! YUM! The event is sponsored by iQ Credit Union and The Vancouver Clinic.

No registration is required for the Family Nature Fest! There’s a suggested donation of $5 per child to help support all the amazing community programs at Columbia Springs—but everyone is welcome, $5 or not. To view a complete schedule of the day’s activities, click here.

Columbia Springs is a nonprofit whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. It’s also a park within the city limits of Vancouver and is open to the public for free daily, from dawn to dusk. Columbia Springs maintains a protected natural area which contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife. Last but not least, it’s an education center which offers events, programs, and workshops to teach people of all ages surprising, amazing things about nature.

Alpacas, Puppies & Parrots at the Water Center

October’s Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center is going to the birds, dogs, and a friendly alpaca! Families are invited to recognize and celebrate animals who serve in our community from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Meet several lovable puppies from the Guiding Eyes of Clark County, a guide dog, puppy-raising club. From 1 to 2 p.m., take a selfie with Napoleon, the therapy alpaca, sharing smiles wherever he goes. Kids can read to furry friends as part of Columbia River Pet Partners‘ “Reading to the Dogs” program.

The Water Center also welcomes Parrots for Patriots, which will display several colorful birds and provide information on how their organization helps pair veterans with available companion parrots. There will also be a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities.

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are always free. The Water Center is located along the Columbia River at 4600 SE Columbia Way. The Water Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. It is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area’s few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. Visit the Water Center online at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111 for more information.

Get Your Boo On at Latte Da

It’s high season for pumpkin spice lattes, sitting by the fire, and enjoying the comforts of the great indoors.  Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar offers just the place for all these things, plus delicious soups and sandwiches, delectable small plates, and a selection of soothing teas and local craft beer and wine. Latte Da is also a lively hub where there’s something fun planned every week—including Latte Da’s famous, family-friendly Halloween Party! Latte Da is open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., located in a cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver. Free street parking is available.

Here’s everything that’s happening at Latte Da this October (for more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com):

  • Monday, Oct. 2, Musicians’ Open Mic Night: come to perform…or to listen. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m. and music starts around 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 13, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 16, Trivia Night: come on down from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer spooky Hallween-themed questions while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Fall Wine Tasting: welcome the fall with “Bewitching Reds” in Latte Da’s beautiful Tasting Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Four tastes are $12. Small appetizers will be provided. Bottles and glasses of the wines being poured will be available for purchase. Bring a date (…better yet, come early for Latte Da’s Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m.).
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, Kids’ Halloween Party: all ages are welcome to come and celebrate Halloween by playing games and winning prizes. There will be a costume contest from 2 to 4 p.m., with a winner announced at 4 p.m. (Family-appropriate and kid-friendly costumes only, please!)

Carnival of Colors

Bring your kids for a fun and engaging day at the Carnival of Colors, happening at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Quentin Comus, a 16-year-old Boy Scout from Troop 520 in Newberg, Oregon, will install a 30 foot, permanent flagpole to begin the event. Comus’s Eagle Scout project focuses on building improvements that will help transition the visitor center (built in 1993) into an overnight education center. In addition to the flagpole installation, Comus will build two wheelchair-accessible changing rooms, paint the 14,000-square-foot building, and update the fire evacuation signage. The Carnival of Colors also includes:

  • Live music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew, formerly of the alt-rock band The Presidents of the United States)
  • Face painting by Kelsey the Face Painting Lady
  • Art workshops with Natalie Tonn, biologist and artist
  • OMSI traveling exhibits with brainteaser puzzles and animal items
  • Crafts including shrink plastic, pumpkin decorating, and fall banners
  • Carnival games including beanbag toss, paper airplane target, pumpkin ring toss, and more
  • Mount St. Helens photo booth station

A full schedule and tickets are available at http://www.mshslc.org/events/#carnivalofcolors. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. (Reduced priced tickets are available for low-income families.) Admission includes all activities, lunch, hot cider, and a pumpkin. To purchase tickets online now, click here. The event is hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Forest Service. Event sponsors include Eureka! Engineering, Cowlitz PUD, Red Canoe Credit Union, Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Community Development Alliance, and Castle Rock Blooms.

Jurassic Quest

What’s really, really, really, really, really, really big, has lots of teeth, and is coming to the Clark County Event Center? Dinosaurs! Jurassic Quest is the largest exhibition of lifelike, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America. From Friday, Oct. 13, through  Sunday, Oct. 15, this family-friendly dinosaur adventure will be in Ridgefield, allowing you and your children to safely explore the world of dinosaurs. (Unlike the movie “Jurassic Park,” no goats or lawyers will be harmed.)

Jurassic Quest is an interactive experience that takes participants from the Middle Triassic to the Late Cretaceous eras with the help of over 80 animatronic dinosaurs. There are also lots of kid-centric activities beyond the exhibit, giving young paleontologists a chance to see, touch, ride, and dig up their favorite dinosaurs.

Tickets are $18 for kids ages two to 12, $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors age 65 and up and those with military ID. To purchase tickets, click here, or buy tickets at the door. The ticket price includes the exhibit, crafts, and coloring stations. Tickets for rides, inflatables, and fossil digs are $5 each. Kids’ VIP tickets (ages two to 12) are $29 and include the exhibit, crafts, dinosaur cinema, and unlimited rides, inflatables, and fossil digs. For all ticketholders, there’s an additional cost for face painting and green-screen photography.

Jurassic Quest is located in the main exhibition hall at 17402 N.E. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. It will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is $6. For more information, visit www.jurassicquest.com.

Bi-Zi Farms Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Bi-Zi Farms’ Annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch is now underway, and the celebration will continue Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 29. Bi-Zi Farms—operating on land owned and farmed by the Zimmerman family since 1872—is a North Bank tradition, with autumnal treats like a giant haystack, an epic corn maze, farm animals, and delicious fall food. Note to the intrepid: if you want to do just the corn maze after dark, you can pay a $5 entrance fee. There’s an admission price at the gate ($10 general admission, $8 for seniors, free for tots two and under), but that fee includes all of the following:

  • One pumpkin, any size you can carry
  • Wagon ride to and from the Pumpkin Patch
  • Admission to the corn maze (and that thing is HUGE!)
  • Admission to see the farm animals
  • Children’s activities, including calf-roping
  • Two shots on the pumpkin launchers
  • Live music
  • Apple cider sampling
  • One hot drink (coffee, spiced cider or hot chocolate)
  • Pedal tractor driving
  • Corn shelling and grinding station

For a small additional fee, there are pony rides, face painting, food and drinks, and kettle or caramel corn. You can also visit the excellent farm store for an abundance of seasonal produce, bread, apple cider, jam, honey, and other farm-fresh goodies.

Bi-Zi Farms is located at 9504 119th St. in Vancouver, out near the Brush Prairie area. Harvest Festival hours are Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Farm Store is open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Bi-Zi Farms, visit bizifarms.com.

Joe’s Place Pumpkin Patch

Joe’s Place Farm Pumpkin Patch is free, and it’s open every single day in October, including Halloween. Their farm store features not only seasonal fruits, nuts, berries, gourds, and vegetables, but also Mrs. Joe’s superlative jam, Joe’s Place honey made from resident bees, salsas, sauces, salad dressings, canning supplies, and kitchenware. If you come to the farm store, you should stay for The Farm Kitchen, serving desserts and pies by the slice, hot food (nachos, chili, Frito pie) and drinks (hot cider, coffee, hot chocolate, and more).

Here’s what’s free to see at Joe’s Place this October: the Pumpkin Patch, where you can pick your own pumpkin from a huge variety of sugar pie pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, blue moon pumpkins, and mini-pumpkins (priced by the pound), the Corn Maze, and the giant Straw Tee-Pee made from dried cornstalks. There are also hayrides ($2 per person) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, and the popular Fort Maze ($2) is a large wooden Fort Vancouver-esque maze that’s surprisingly challenging to find your way out of. Seasonal decorations available for sale include mini haybales, colorful Indian corn, a huge variety of gourds, and cornstalks.

Joe’s Place Farm, located at 701 N.E. 112th Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit www.joesplacefarms.com.

Above image: just a few of the pumpkin and gourd varieties you’ll find at Joe’s Place!

Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farm

Pomeroy Living History Farm kicks off the season with the opening of Pumpkin Lane on Saturday, Oct. 7. This North Bank autumn tradition is open every weekend in October—Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.—through Sunday, Oct. 29. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages three to 11; kids two and under are free.

Admission provides your family with a day’s worth of fun and activities, including the popular mile-long hayride around Pumpkin Lane, featuring over 100 “pumpkin people” arranged in various themed vignettes. The trip around Pumpkin Lane includes a stop at the pumpkin patch, where you can pick out the perfect pumpkins. Pumpkins are an additional fee, with prices starting at just $1.50. Also: baby’s first pumpkin is free!

Also included in the admission price is a hay bale maze for children, pumpkin flume game, yard games, barn animals, and photo opportunities. Pomeroy Farm’s historic log house will also be open for tours on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. New this year are different local food vendors every weekend, offering a variety of festive snacks and seasonal favorites (of COURSE there will be pumpkin pie!).

Proceeds benefit the educational programs at Pomeroy Living History Farm, a non-profit living history museum interpreting pre-electric life in the Lucia Valley of Southwest Washington. The farm is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd., outside of Yacolt. Call 360-686-3537 or visit www.pomeroyfarm.org for more information.

Pumpkin Pageant & Harry Potter Costume Contest

Downtown Camas will host its 12th annual Pumpkin Pageant during First Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, cleverly carved and decorated by local merchants and community members; each vote enters you to win fall-themed prizes from downtown businesses. Then enter the Harry Potter Costume Contest at 7 p.m. at Journey Church—or just show up to marvel at the creativity on display! Prizes will be awarded for adults and children in several categories: Most Authentic, Most Unique, Best Costume, and Best Homemade Costume. There will also be face painting and crafts, art shows, shopping and dining. Here are some highlights:

  • Pumpkin Pageant: Participating downtown businesses will each have a carved pumpkin. When you vote for your favorite, you’ll be entered to win fall-themed prizes from downtown merchants and iQ Credit Union, this First Friday’s sponsor. The People’s Choice winner also receives a prize basket.
  • Harry Potter Costume Contest: Show off your love for this series and the characters! The contest starts at 7 p.m. at Journey Church; sign up between 5 and 6:45 p.m. in the lobby.
  • Fairy Door Search: Fairy doors created and donated by Vancouver WA Fairy Doors will be hidden throughout downtown businesses–find them and be entered to win prizes!
  • Second Story Gallery will host a reception for the exhibit “Art for the Life of Elephants” featuring painters Katey Sandy and Gary Watson. Proceeds support the Elephant Crisis Fund. Refreshments and live music by Brian Jensen. The exhibit continues through Oct. 28.
  • Camas Gallery will feature award-winning nature photographer Lois Settlemeyer at its First Friday artist’s reception, along with refreshments and live music.
  • Harry Potter-inspired kids’ crafts and activities with the Downtown Camas Association at Journey Church.
  • Shopping and dining specials throughout town.

First Fridays are themed, family-friendly events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association on the first Friday of every month with the aim of supporting Camas’ vibrant downtown and creating connections in the community. For more information, visit downtowncamas.com or www.facebook.com/downtowncamas.

Camas Farmers Market Harvest Festival

Sad news: the last day of the Camas Farmers Market is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Now here’s the happy news: Oct. 4 is also Harvest Festival day! Come and help the farmers and vendors who make this market so special celebrate the end of another successful market season, and to enjoy the wonderful bounty that marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.

The Camas market’s farmers and vendors will have a full bounty of this season’s freshest eggs, vegetables, fruits, wines, salsas, marinades, bread, nuts, soaps, lotions, cured meats, flowers, coffee, and freshly baked treats. There will be live music all afternoon and into the evening, a cookbook and gardening book swap, kids’ games, and delicious prepared food. Other fun, free activities include a treasure hunt for prizes, a photo op with a scarecrow, face painting, pumpkin bowling, and a petting zoo with Camas Camp-n-Ranch.

The Camas Farmers market is held in downtown Camas, on a blocked-off section of 4th Ave. between the Camas Public Library and City Hall. Free parking is available on side streets. If you can’t make it to the Harvest Festival, never fear; the Camas Farmer’s Market will return next spring, bigger and better than ever.

BirdFest & Bluegrass

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is home to—or a migratory stop for—hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. It’s also the home of BirdFest & Bluegrass from Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 8, the annual celebration of the fall sandhill crane migration through our local wetlands. Thousands of birds and people flock to Ridgefield every year to celebrate, listen to music, enjoy craft beer, and experience wildlife first-hand against the backdrop of open habitat as far as the eye can see.

Visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, see the sandhill cranes dance, and paddle a kayak through some of the Refuge’s waterways. There will be expert-led bird walks, bird language workshops, an Audubon Wild Bird Show, raptor displays, and a variety of guided hikes including photography, geology, ethnobotany, and an evening hike. Kayaking and canoe river trips can be reserved in advance by visiting https://ridgefieldfriends.org/news/birdfest-bluegrass-2017-schedule-events/. There will be children’s activities and craft stations in downtown Ridgefield. The weekend will also include a watercolor workshop, a digital photography workshop, and a traditional salmon bake on Sunday. An expanded Birders’ Marketplace will offer garden items, pottery, art, photography, birdhouses, clothes, books, and more. Food vendors will be open throughout the weekend as well as during the Saturday Farmers Market.

Sandhill Crane Tours give guests an exclusive opportunity to visit an area of the refuge not often open to the public. BirdFest is the only time the general public is able to visit this area for a unique wildlife viewing experience that has become one of the festival’s signature events. Reservations can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/friends-of-the-ridgefield-national-wildlife-refuge-14684957139.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, you can see Hitchcock’s “The Birds” at the Old Liberty Theater, followed at 9 p.m. by the Bluegrass Band Whiskey Achievers playing at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon. On Saturday, Oct. 7, there will be bluegrass jammers playing between the Old Liberty and the Sportsman’s Steakhouse from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Brian Oberlin Bluegrass Trio will be at the the Old Liberty, followed by Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, the documentary The Promised Lands will be shown free of charge at the Old Liberty.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to https://ridgefieldfriends.org/events/birdfest-bluegrass/.

Above image: sandhill cranes in flight

Old Apple Tree Festival & Cider Tasting

The Old Apple Tree Festival is adding a hard cider tent this year at the celebration of this 191-year-old apple tree! Join the celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the I-5 Bridge and south of Hwy. 14, within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Throughout the day at this free, family-friendly event, enjoy live music, tours of the Land Bridge, art and crafts for kids, tree care workshops, and food available for purchase.  The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing, a popular feature of the community festival.

New this year is a 21-and-over, hard cider garden, hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. The cider garden features are Tooley Bender from Battle Ground, English Estates from Vancouver, Jester & Judge from Stevenson, and Moulton Falls from Yacolt. Hard ciders will be available to sample or drink by the glass, for a small fee. Limited edition Old Apple Tree Festival 32-ounce growlers will also be available to purchase and take home. Visit www.slowfoodswwa.com for more information.

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit. The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission, Bartlett Tree Care, Slow Food Southwest Washington, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s beautiful and beneficial trees, call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Riverside Apple Festival

What time is it? It’s apple time! The 27th annual Apple Festival, hosted by Riverside Christian School, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. The free festival is famous for its homemade apple pies, apple dumplings, caramel apples, and low prices on many varieties of apples by the pound. But there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to keep guests occupied for the afternoon, like face painting, cakewalks, balloon art, pony rides, and the popular apple slingshot. In addition to food and fun, over 30 local vendors will be offering an array of shopping and entertainment—including Mario’s Salsa, The Soap Chest, T bee S honey, Usborne Books, Rockin’ Hope Youth Ranch, J J Entertainers, and the Friends of the Washougal Library.

The festival is Riverside Christian School’s primary fundraiser, organized with the help of teachers, parents, community members, the Riverside Christian congregation, and local businesses. Proceeds go towards new equipment, technology, and programs that will enrich every student’s learning experience. Free parking is available down the street, near the Sandy Swimming Hole—or park on the site of the old bowling alley on the corner of Shepherd and 3rd Ave. and take a free shuttle. Just follow the instructions of the friendly parking attendants!

Riverside Christian School is located at 463 N. Shepherd Rd. in Washougal. For more information about Riverside Christian School, visit www.riversidesch.com.

Above images courtesy of Riverside Christian School.

 

National Public Lands Day: Explore for Free!

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 30, one of several fee-free days in 2017 observed by the U.S. Forest Service to encourage everyone to experience their public lands. Fees are waived at most federal day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads, and visitor centers. In Southwest Washington, that means that every recreational site on Gifford Pinchot National Forest land is free for you to explore—as is the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. (Fees for camping and cabin rentals still apply, FYI.) To find a recreation site near you, visit this interactive recreation map.

And here’s a bonus for families of fourth graders: as part of the national Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth graders and their families can claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into and use of all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year. Fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into and use of all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students and their families can also redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Forest Service office. The voucher and passes are valid for the entire school year, from now through Aug. 31, 2018.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses over 1.3 million acres of land owned by the American public. For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit www.publiclandsday.org.

Above image: a hiker walks through Indian Heaven Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Gifford Pinchot National Forest; see more on its Facebook page.

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.