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Native American Heritage Celebration

The Water Resources Education Center and the North Bank’s Native American community will showcase regalia, song, dance and other activities at a special joint Second Saturday event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Water Center. This free, family-friendly event, held in honor of Native American Heritage Month, will begin with a Chinook blessing, followed by traditional music and song. The highlight of the day will be the runway show, where guests can get an up-close look at the distinctive regalia (clothing and adornment) meaningful to each dancer and dance. The native dancers will share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance. Celebrate the day with cake after the runway presentation.

This year, kids and families will also have the opportunity to hear about the Urban Native Community Network; view a 30-foot Chinook cedar canoe called Itsxut (bear); listen to stories of recent Canoe Journeys; play native games of skill and chance; paint feathers and enjoy other hands-on activities.

For more than a decade, the Water Center has observed Native American Heritage month in November by offering free activities that celebrate and recognize the countless contributions of Native Americans to our culture and society. The event also features kids’ crafts and activities and light refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy displays featuring information about the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, as well as exhibits of native beadwork and basketry.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, just south of Highway 14. Every second Saturday of the month, the Water Center hosts a free, family-friendly day with educational activities, crafts, displays and shows designed especially for kids and their families. To learn more about the Water Center, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call Cory Samia at 360-487-7111.

Teen Late Night at Firstenburg & Marshall

At the Teen Late Night program—from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday night at Firstenburg Community Center and Marshall Community Center—teens ages 11 to 18 can hang out, play ping pong, pool, video games and basketball. The program promotes the principles of trust, respect, self-esteem, consistency and integrity, and makes it possible for teens of all social and economic backgrounds to come together. Teens develop tolerance, acceptance and gain support while hanging out and having fun in a safe and positive environment. This is a free program and any teen can participate with a current student ID card or a Teen Photo ID (available for $5 from the front desk at both community centers). Teen Late Nights start in October and run throughout the school year.

Other teen activities at Firstenburg include an after-school open gym from 3 to 5 p.m. with drop-in basketball on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; use of fitness equipment from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every day, and free, unlimited access to the game room with ping-pong, foosball, and pool tables. At Marshall, teens can hang out at the Teen Spot from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and play Xbox and Wii games, ping pong, pool, and air hockey.

You can help keep Teen Late Night going with a donation. Contact Brandon Artz at (360) 487-7014 or Demetrius Brooks at (360) 487-7014.

Reel Rock Tour & Source Climbing Celebration

Are you ready for some spine-tingling, fingernail-clinging, whatever-you-do-don’t-look-down thrills? (After this year’s election is over, that sounds like a relaxing tropical vacation, am I right?) Anyhow, if you can stand another adrenaline rush, you’ll want to get your tickets now for the 11th annual Reel Rock Tour at the Kiggins Theatre—part of The Source Climbing Center‘s fifth anniversary celebration.

Reel Rock is a collection of five electrifying climbing films showcasing the sport’s biggest stories and athletes, not to mention up-close-and-personal footage from their breathtaking, death-defying climbs. All the films deliver edge-of-your-seat action, globe-trotting exploration, big laughs, and true inspiration. To learn more about each of the films, click here.

Tickets for the festival, which starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, are $15 for The Source Climbing members or $18 general admission. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so you can find a good seat, get a pint of local craft beer or a glass of wine, and yummy, theater-style snacks.

Then, you’re invited to come to The Source Climbing Center for its official Fifth Anniversary Party from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, with product demos, a raffle, climbing contests, and a chance to try Augmented Reality Climbing. (Click here for more details about the anniversary celebration or visit sourceclimbing.com.) From 7 to 8 p.m., guests can see a slideshow about world-famous alpinist Graham Zimmerman. Plus, bring your printed Kiggins Reel Rock ticket or ticket stub to The Source Climbing Center any time during the week after the anniversary celebration and get a free day pass! Offer good through Nov. 18.

Paper Airplane Contest

Are you ready to fly? …paper airplanes, that is, at the Camas Public Library‘s “uplifting” Paper Airplane Craft & Contest, happening from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Kids and teens are invited to come and make their own paper airplanes then fly them competitively against other paper aircraft. The owner of the paper airplane with the longest flight will win a prize.

All library programs are free and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located in downtown Camas at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. For more information, call 360-834-4642 or visit www.camaslibrary.org. You can also keep up with happenings and events at the Camas Public Library on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary/.

 

November at Latte Da

There’s always something fun to do at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar—and here, in one convenient place, is a list of every wonderful thing happening during the month of November. From puppies, local art, and storytelling to live music and seasonal wine tasting, Latte Da has got something for everyone—and of course there’s always good coffee and great food. For more details, read on:

  • Sunday, Nov. 6, Meet the Artist: each month, Latte Da features the work of a different local artist on its walls, which is not only fun to look at but also available for sale. November’s featured artist is Kerry Scribner, and you can meet her at 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 7, Musicians’ Open Mic Night: come on down and perform some music, or simply listen and enjoy. All ages are welcome to participate. Signup starts at 6 p.m., music starts around 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 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. All ages are welcome to attend and perform.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: Meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy hot, homemade biscuits and gravy, or anything else from Latte Da’s morning menu. All ages are welcome and guests can buy a bandanas to benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, Give Thanks and Wine: Wine tastings will be offered in Latta Da’s beautiful Tasting Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Four tastes are $10. Small appetizers will be provided. Bottles and glasses of the wines being tasted will be available for purchase.
  • Saturday Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday: Come out and support your favorite, local small businesses. Latte Da will serve housemade biscuits and gravy as well as its full food and drink menu, and you can get a head start on your holiday shopping with Latte Da gift certificates. Be merry knowing that every dollar you spend locally gets invested right back into the community!

Powwow at Clark College

November is Native American Heritage Month, and Clark College is hosting its eighth annual powwow and celebration of indigenous peoples, Educating for the Seventh Generation: Celebrating Indigenous Cultures, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. This free evening of food, music, dancing, cultural tradition and community will begin with an opening prayer and presentation by the Native American Culture Club in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, who are protesting the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline across sacred lands. The evening continues with a performance by the the Kaleinani Hula School at 5:30 p.m. The not-to-be-missed Powwow Grand Entry begins at 6 p.m. There will also be information tables and vendors selling Native crafts for browsing and buying. The celebration continues until 10 p.m.

Educating for the Seventh Generation references our collective responsibility to teach future generations how to preserve our resources, traditions, and customs. This event is one of four hosted annually by Clark College to celebrate the diverse cultures represented on its campus and in our community. During the evening’s celebration, Clark College will announce its new Dreamcatcher Scholarship, created to help current and future Clark College students who identify as indigenous to the Americas, Native American, or Indian.

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. To learn more, visit www.clark.edu.

Improv at the Magenta

Magenta Improv Theater is offering its final, side-splitting show of 2016 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The doors of the Magenta Theater will open at 7 p.m. so that you can get wine, beer, candy, chips and other tasty snacks in the lobby and then find a good seat for the family-friendly show. Do come early—or better yet, buy tickets in advance—because MIT performances are a wildly popular blend of spontaneity, oddity, wit and a bit of pure joy.

The completely unscripted Magenta Improv show is appropriate for all ages, with rib-tickling improv after the manner of “Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?” and plenty of audience interaction. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, and they’re also available for $12 at the door (until they run out, that is). To purchase tickets now, click here. Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. There’s no reserved seating available; you’ll just have to wrestle with the other improv-lovers to get the best ones. To learn more about upcoming productions at Magenta (like “Parfumerie,” which opens on Dec. 2), visit www.magentatheater.com, or “like” them on Facebook.

Wine & Chocolate Gala in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 5, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus five tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 200 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Koi Pond Cellars. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include chocolate fondue by A Merry Heart Events, chocolate, chili, and blood orange brownies by Buckets, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors, plus chocolate cooking demonstrations by Sage Organics and free samples of chocolate.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, wine- and chocolate-based products, and a Candy Jar Guessing Game for the young ‘uns. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! There will also be a cider press and fresh apples for cider-making. And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting (strange but true), arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and chocolate samples.

Veterans Day Parade

The Fort Vancouver National Trust will host the Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, presented by the Lough Legacy with support from Creekside Mortgage and The Vancouver Clinic. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, rain or shine. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the community celebration honoring Veterans of all service branches.

The ceremony preceding the parade, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Marshall House lawn, will feature keynote speaker Captain Greg Wooldridge, USN (Ret.). Captain Wooldridge is the former commanding officer of the Blue Angels, the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. The ceremony will also feature local veterans, and honor the 2016 Grand Marshal of the parade, Rear Admiral Mark Feichtinger, USN (Ret.) for his service to the Navy and our community.

Vancouver honors veterans of all branches of service with this annual parade, which begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street, goes around the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and ends near Pearson Air Museum. The parade attracts more than 120 entries with approximately 2,500 individuals marching or riding in the parade. The public is encouraged to attend and support veterans and troops at one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned veterans parades on the West Coast. The parade will be broadcast on CVTV several times.

Established in 1998, the mission of the Fort Vancouver National Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community’s history. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.

Thankful for Pie: First Friday in Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? The endless combinations of crust (pastry, Graham crackers, Oreo, crushed nuts…) and filling (fruit, cream, chocolate, chiffon, meringue…) provides a tantalizing taste tailored for every palate, especially when finished off with a soft dollop of whipped cream or cool, sweet ice cream. Aren’t you glad that, no matter how bad your day might be, a slice of pie will always make it better? Aren’t you thankful for pie?

The Downtown Camas Association invites you to celebrate your love of pie during Thankful for Pie, the First Friday event happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, with a pie tasting contest in downtown shops. Even if pie’s not your thing (and we won’t judge), there are so many other things to see, do, and taste: holiday shopping, dining out, art shows, kids’ crafts, and sipping a pumpkin ale or savoring a seasonal cocktail. Here’s a list of exactly what’s happening when and where:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses; vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win prizes from the merchants.
  • Pie walks starting at 7 p.m. at Journey Church, 304 N.E. 4th Ave.; win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle and kids autumn crafts at the Downtown Camas Association tables in Journey Church
  • Gratitude Wreath: pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you’re grateful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Wreath, which will be displayed in Journey’s window through Thanksgiving. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes.
  • Art shows and receptions at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery
  • Roasting marshmallows for s’mores at the corner of 4th and Birch, weather permitting
  • Dance party!

For more information, click here or go to www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Halloween Fun Fest

Battle Ground’s 35th annual Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evening of Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. There will be Safe Trick-or-Treating on Trick or Treat Street for your little monsters, a scarecrow contest, a coloring contest for ages two through 12, and a costume contest for kids and dogs. Prizes will be awarded to kids with the most creative costumes in two age groups: ages 10 and under and ages 11 and up, plus an award for the most creative dog costume (…so get ready for cute overload). The costume contest will take place at 5 p.m. at the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, located at 317 E. Main Street.

Safe Trick-or-Treating will be held all along Main Street, east of SR503. Look for the stores with the jack o’lantern in the window to know where to get candy! Instead of trick-or-treating, you could go Trunk-or-Treating: decorate your car, come in costume, and hand out candy from your trunk; call 360-687-1510 to get your assigned parking spot. Ribbons will be awarded to the best-decorated car. There will also be a Fright Night party at the Battle Ground Community Center with games, prizes, and more tricks and treats. For more details, visit the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce website at www.battlegroundchamber.org.

Harvest Halloween Party at Camas Meadows

Camas Meadows Golf Club is hosting a family Harvest Party starting at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. The free party features a Halloween costume contest with prizes, games, a cake walk, pumpkin putting, giveaways, and more. All kids (younger and older) and their families are welcome. Fall beverages for both juniors and adults will be served. Prizes will be awarded in the costume contest and the Grand Prize winner will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

Those who complete the Harvest Punchcard before 5:30 p.m. will be entered in a drawing to win either a $100 Camas Meadows Golf Shop credit toward a set of youth golf clubs or a complimentary pizza party at Camas Meadows for up to 25 people. For more information, visit the Camas Meadows website at www.camasmeadows.com or follow them on Facebook. Camas Meadows is located at 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive in Camas.

Halloween Hangar

Skip the trick-or-treating this year and come to an aviation harvest party at the Pearson Field Education Center! The free, family-friendly Halloween Hanger event is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 (that’s Halloween night, dontcha know). This is a one-stop evening of good ghoulish fun, hands-on activities, candy bags and party favors—plus plenty of open cockpit action where kids can experience what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat. There’s no registration necessary, no charge or admission fee, and everyone is welcome.

Here’s what you can look forward to: making whirly-gigs and watching them dance in the vertical wind tunnel, building a glider or balloon-powered car, playing games for candy and favors, playing the remote control plane program on the large-screen TV, and experiencing the fun of flying in the flight simulator lab. (You can’t get THAT while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!)

Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver. The Pearson Hanger will also be open as usual for the Open Saturday program, but with reduced hours from 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

Above photograph: Captain Bones in the cockpit.

Headless Horseman Train Rides

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is operating its annual Headless Horseman train excursions on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30. There will be candy and games for the kids and complimentary refreshments for every passenger. The run will be a diesel train, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls, where the Headless Horseman has recently been spotted.

Because of this event’s popularity, the folks at Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (all of whom have their own heads) have added one extra train ride on each day. The trains will depart at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. from the train station in Yacolt. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Advance reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for those aged 60 or better, $11 ages for ages five through 12, $9 for ages two to four, and little pumpkins under age two are free. The Yacolt station is located at 207 N. Railroad Ave, just south of Yacolt Road. Parking is available on the North side of Yacolt Road, west of the train tracks. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

Vancouver VolunTEEN

The City of Vancouver and the Clark County Parks Department are hosting a series of volunteer opportunities for teens ages 14 to 19 every month during the school year—but kids are free to join any time! The #VancouverVolunTEEN program gives teenagers in Clark County opportunities to give back to their community, earn volunteer requirements for graduation and college enrollment, build their résumés and meet new people. Teens help with a wide variety of projects that vary from washing windows to removing litter on Columbia River beaches.

Volunteer events are held most Thursdays, September through May (except December and January), from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at different locations, including parks, community centers, and the Water Resources Education Center. Teen volunteers can view a list of upcoming events and RSVP online at www.cityofvancouver.us/VolunTEEN, or they can just show up on the day of the event.

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Teens younger than 18 must bring a completed minor consent form to their first event. The form is available on the #VancouverVolunTEEN web page. Updates and reminders also will be posted on Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page, Twitter (@GoPlayVancouver) and Instagram (@GoPlayVancouver) pages and under the hashtag #VancouverVolunTEEN.

Boo Bash

What’s cuter than a kid in a costume begging for candy? Thousands of kids in costumes (and grown-ups, too) who don’t have to beg because store owners in downtown Camas are literally throwing candy into their waiting bags and buckets.

Boo Bash! Trick or Treat is a Halloween tradition in downtown Camas, held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Halloween every year. This year Boo Bash will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and you’re invited to add your “Boo!” to Camas’ bash. Come in costume but be prepared for the whatever the weather might do (rain is always a possibility) and bring jumbo-sized buckets, pillowcases, or maybe a wheelbarrow to hold all the candy you’ll get. Pretty much every single store in downtown Camas will be open and handing out candy to the crowds who are expected to throng the streets, forming a candy-fueled conga line up and down N.E. Fourth Ave. About 3,000 people came last year, and this year is expected to be another record turn-out!

After you’re done with your boo-bashing, stick around and have a warming coffee or hot cocoa at Caffe Piccolo, grab a bite to eat at Mill City Brew Works, Nuestra Mesa, or the newly opened Miss Nola’s Cafe. If you need some extra carbs to go with your sugar, sample the Halloween treats at Cake Happy or have an ice cream cone at Little Bavaria. Click here for a walking map of downtown Camas to help you plan your visit.

Spooky Week: Jack O’Lanterns & Ghost Stories

Things are getting spoooooooky at the Camas Public Library as Halloween draws closer. Next week, in fact, is officially Spooky Week at the Camas Library, with a pumpkin carving contest, ghost stories for grown-ups and kids, and of course the annual Boo Bash on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Judging for the library’s pumpkin carving contest will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to the library to compete with other pumpkin-carvers for prizes. Awards will be presented after the judging. You can bring your pumpkin at any time before 4 p.m. on the day of the contest. Awards will be presented after judging. Award categories include Most Creative, Scariest and Funniest.

Come back to the library on Friday, Oct. 28, for “Listening in the Dark,” an annual event which celebrates the art of the spooky story. Not-Too-Scary Stories for children starts at 7 p.m., and Hair-Raising Tales for adults begins at 8 p.m. Both storytelling events will be held in the Totem Pole Room with stories read by Dan Sisco and Camas Library staff.

Boo Bash is an annual Halloween event organized by the Downtown Camas Association where downtown merchants open their doors to all the kids and families in the community and give out free candy. The library is one of the stops on the Boo Bash route. Come in costume and get a little daylight trick-or-treating done (and don’t worry, you’ll always get a treat). Boo Bash is from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more details, visit downtowncamas.org.

Find Your Pumpkin at Columbia Springs

Avoid the crowds at the pumpkin patch and find your gourd in the forest at Columbia Springs. This 100-acre nature education center is teaming up with iQ Credit Union to host a Family Nature Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Spend time outside with your family, go on the lookout for wild animals and search for native insects and invertebrates. You can also go on a Pumpkin Quest: 20 pumpkins will be hidden around the grounds for you to find and take home. There will also be guided forest walks, live animal shows, fish hatchery tours, crafts, and activities from Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Mount St. Helens Institute.

Go to www.columbiasprings.org/events for more information. No registration is required, but there’s a $5 suggested donation per child. Columbia Springs is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. Columbia Springs is a nonprofit organization that offers our community a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship. For more information, contact Kaley McLachlan-Burton, at 360-882-0936 ext. 230, or e-mail events@columbiasprings.org. You can also find a complete calendar of events and workshops at columbiasprings.org.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival in Washougal

Local families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and pick out their very own free pumpkins at the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival, happening from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Reflection Plaza on Main Street. There will be refreshments, a Halloween Hunt, games, prizes, treats and entertainment.

Ripe orange pumpkins ready for carving will be harvested for the event from Wahsougal’s city garden plot, just behind City Hall. The pumpkins are the result of a real community effort: students from Washougal School District worked to start the seedlings. City councilmembers and volunteers then planted and cared for the growing pumpkins to ensure a good harvest in time for the event.

The event is getting an extra boost this year from the Downtown Washougal Association. The DWA has organized a Halloween Hunt, taking families to Main Street businesses to search for Halloween images posted in the store. For each image found, raffle tickets will be awarded, giving the ticketholders a chance to win one of several gift baskets filled with Washougal merchandise. Downtown stores will have free candy on hand for the kids (because your kids REALLY NEED MORE CANDY), and everyone is encouraged to come in costume.

Oliver!

Consider yourself at home with “Oliver!” the classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist.” The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. Journey Theatre Arts Group is bringing this beloved tale to the stage in Ridgefield starting Friday, Oct. 21, with additional performances on Oct. 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. In case you missed the 1968 movie musical, here’s a recap:

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Check the Journey website at www.journeytheater.org/shows/oliver for times and ticket prices. Performances are at the Ridgefield High School Auditorium, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd. in Ridgefield. The show is just right for kids ages eight and up.