Battle Ground

Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night

Battle Ground’s 36th annual Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evening of Halloween, Tuesday, 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.

Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night

Battle Ground’s 36th annual Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evening of Halloween, Tuesday, 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.

Memorial Day Ceremony in Battle Ground

A Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. 2nd Ave. in Battle Ground. Mayor Philip Johnson, U.S. Army, retired, will lead the ceremony. Thirty-one local sons who died in service, and whose names are engraved on the wall of the memorial, will be remembered and honored with a reading of their names.

In a special presentation to his family, an Honor and Remember flag will be presented in memory of Cpl. Jeremiah J. Johnson. The son of David and Beth Johnson, Jeremiah was born and raised in the Vancouver area. He attended Prairie High School where he played centerfield for the baseball team and was a member of ROTC. Shortly after graduating in 2001, he married Gale; they had two children, Isaiah and Rya. He joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq in 2006, where, in December of that year, was critically injured. He succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 5, 2007. With the presentation of the Honor and Remember flag, Cpl. Johnson is honored for his unwavering dedication and selfless sacrifice and his family recognized for the enormity of their loss.

Also recognized this Memorial Day are 24 veterans whose families and loved ones purchased commemorative bricks to honor their service. The bricks, installed at the foot of the memorial’s wall, honor any veteran, living or deceased, and display the veteran’s name, branch of service and dates of service. Purchased bricks are installed annually just prior to Memorial Day. To learn more about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, the 31 honored veterans whose names are engraved on the wall, and commemorative bricks, visit the Veterans Memorial.

Memorial Day in Battle Ground

A Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. 2nd Ave in Battle Ground. Mayor Philip Johnson, U.S. Army, retired, will lead the ceremony. Thirty-one local sons who died in service, and whose names are engraved on the wall of the memorial, will be remembered and honored with a reading of their names.

In a special presentation to his family, an Honor and Remember flag will be presented in memory of Cpl. Jeremiah J. Johnson. The son of David and Beth Johnson, Jeremiah was born and raised in the Vancouver area. He attended Prairie High School where he played centerfield for the baseball team and was a member of ROTC. Shortly after graduating in 2001, he married Gale; they had two children, Isaiah and Rya. He joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq in 2006, where, in December of that year, was critically injured. He succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 5, 2007. With the presentation of the Honor and Remember flag, Cpl. Johnson is honored for his unwavering dedication and selfless sacrifice and his family recognized for the enormity of their loss.

Also recognized this Memorial Day are 24 veterans whose families and loved ones purchased commemorative bricks to honor their service. The bricks, installed at the foot of the memorial’s wall, honor any veteran, living or deceased, and display the veteran’s name, branch of service and dates of service. Purchased bricks are installed annually just prior to Memorial Day. To learn more about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, the 31 honored veterans whose names are engraved on the wall, and commemorative bricks, visit the Veterans Memorial.

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 Days

Battle Ground’s annual Harvest Days Celebration is happening July 14-16 in the heart of Battle Ground. You’ll find a haywagon-full of family activities at the Fairgrounds Park and Battle Ground Community Center, including a carnival, market and food vendors, live entertainment, a car show and cruise down Main Street, local craft wine, spirit and beer tasting, and a family fun area.

The festivities start with the carnival on Thursday, July 14, when attendees can get two “Buddy Day” carnival wristbands for the price of one. Day passes and wristbands for the carnival are normally $25—or purchase a day pass in advance for $20, available at many Battle Ground businesses and banks. On Friday night, July 15, things really get revved up with the popular Harvest Nights Car Cruise, presented by WrenchWorks. For more information regarding this classic car show and cruise, visit www.harvestnightscarcruise.com or e-mail bgharvestnights@yahoo.com.

Start things off on Saturday, July 16, with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Battle Ground Fire Station (505 S.W. 1st Ave.), At 10 a.m., see the DeWils Harvest Days Parade, “Hometown Celebration,” with over 100 entries, starting from the intersection of 5th Ave. and Main Street. Afterward, enjoy a day of fun at the Battle Ground Community Center, including a wine/beer/spirits tasting room, a youth talent show, a scooter competition, a kickball tournament, community games, craft and food vendors, and a Saturday night concert with local star Morgan Alexander opening for Billboard Country Artist James Otto. VIP tickets are available, allowing passholders the chance to meet Otto, enjoy front row seats, and enjoy dinner before the concert; visit www.battlegroundchamber.org for details.

Harvest Days

Battle Ground’s annual Harvest Days Celebration is happening July 14-16 in the heart of Battle Ground. You’ll find a haywagon-full of family activities at the Fairgrounds Park and Battle Ground Community Center, including a carnival, market and food vendors, live entertainment, a car show and cruise down Main Street, local craft wine, spirit and beer tasting, and a family fun area.

The festivities start with the carnival on Thursday, July 14, when attendees can get two “Buddy Day” carnival wristbands for the price of one. Day passes and wristbands for the carnival are normally $25—or purchase a day pass in advance for $20, available at many Battle Ground businesses and banks. On Friday night, July 15, things really get revved up with the popular Harvest Nights Car Cruise, presented by WrenchWorks. For more information regarding this classic car show and cruise, visit www.harvestnightscarcruise.com or e-mail bgharvestnights@yahoo.com.

Start things off on Saturday, July 16, with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Battle Ground Fire Station (505 S.W. 1st Ave.), At 10 a.m., see the DeWils Harvest Days Parade, “Hometown Celebration,” with over 100 entries, starting from the intersection of 5th Ave. and Main Street. Afterward, enjoy a day of fun at the Battle Ground Community Center, including a wine/beer/spirits tasting room, a youth talent show, a scooter competition, a kickball tournament, community games, craft and food vendors, and a Saturday night concert with local star Morgan Alexander opening for Billboard Country Artist James Otto. VIP tickets are available, allowing passholders the chance to meet Otto, enjoy front row seats, and enjoy dinner before the concert; visit www.battlegroundchamber.org for details.

Researching Your Home’s History, Battle Ground Edition

The Clark County Historical Museum hosts an extremely popular series of workshops called Researching Historical Buildings, Homes and Property. Clark County boasts thousands of very old houses and buildings with very interesting pasts, just waiting for you to uncover with the research tools and tips you’ll learn in this class—which is normally held at the museum but this month will be held at the Battle Ground Library, 1207 S.E. 8th Way (in Battle Ground Village, near Northwood Public House). After taking this class—from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25—you’ll be able to find out who used to live in your house or apartment building, when it was constructed, who built it and why, how it’s changed over the years, and what the mortgage was in, say, 1932 or 1962.

Register online at www.cchmuseum.org/property-workshop/. You can also sign up by calling 360-993-5679 or sending an e-mail to cchm@cchmuseum.org. The cost is $10 for Clark County Historical Society members or $15 for non-members. (…and in case you’re wondering, other perks of membership include year-round free entrance to the museum and discounts on museum merchandise and events). For more details, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Waxing on about bees

Jacqueline Freeman is making a buzz in the field that chose her – beekeeping.

Originally from small towns in New England, Jacqueline and her husband Joseph Freeman moved to Seattle years ago and tried to be city dwellers. Soon, they discovered they just weren’t urbanites and in 2002 found 10 acres in tiny Venersborg in Clark County. While they didn’t intend to farm, today they have acres of gardens, pasture and forest, home to cows, hens, a goat, three cats, a dog and a few hundred thousand honey bees.

Jacqueline’s relationship with bees began when she was offered a hive from a couple that was moving from their house in Portland.

“I was fascinated from day one,” she said. “I was transfixed. I spent all this time with the bees. It wasn’t just a box of bugs.”

Over the years, Jacqueline learned about organic gardening, permaculture, and what really resonated was biodynamics, essentially a spiritual approach to organic gardening. She became a certified beekeeper and joined the Clark County Beekeepers Association. She quickly noticed most methods for contemporary beekeeping involved the use of chemicals and medicines to keep the bees alive and productive. But the more she listened to the bees, the more she knew she couldn’t take this approach. Her fellow beekeepers told her she would lose whole hives – and she did – but today she has ten working hives and a wealth of knowledge to keep them thriving. And the tides are changing – today, four out of the five officers at the bee club are fully organic.

After years of talking and listening to her bees, Jacqueline started writing down what she was learning through experience – and what the bees themselves were saying to her in her meditative sessions by their hives. Eventually, she had a book on organic beekeeping fleshed out. With the help of Susan Chernak McElroy (New York Times bestselling author of “Animals as Teachers & Healers”), she completed “The Song of Increase: Returning to our Sacred Partnership with Honeybees.”

The self-published tome was quickly picked up by Sounds True Publishing and will soon be translated into languages around the world. Jacqueline accepts invitations from across the country and Europe to talk about bees and meet with beekeepers.

Back at the farm, she offers classes of all kinds, and Joseph teaches a physical therapy technique he developed for horses. But the bees have become a central and sacred part of their journey.

Jacqueline Freeman
Friendly Haven Rise Farm
20309 N.E. 242nd Ave., Battle Ground
360-687-8384

 

 

Fright Night Halloween Fun Fest

Battle Ground’s 34th annual Fright Night Halloween Fun Fest will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evening of Halloween, Friday, Oct. 30. There will be Safe Trick-or-Treating 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 by noon on Oct. 28 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.

Treasures in the City

The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce will honor the finalists for the Best Business and Best Business Person of the Year awards during its annual Treasures in the City recognition banquet, to be held at the Battle Ground Community Center starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. Business of the Year finalists are Emanar Cellars, Riverview Community Bank, and Urban Basics & Company. Business Person of the Year finalists are Amy Price of Riverview Community Bank, Marilyn Moeser of Main Street Floral Company, and Diana Davidson of Healing Arts Apothecary. The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce will also honor the Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Youth of the Year, Service Person of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Tickets to the event are $55 and can be purchased at www.battlegroundchamber.org or by calling 360-687-1510.

Halloween Fun Fest

Battle Ground’s 33rd annual Halloween Fun Fest will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evening of Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31. There will be Safe Trick-or-Treating for your little monsters, the Spirit Award, a scarecrow contest, 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. There will also be a Fright Night at the Battle Ground Community Centero and Trunk-or-Treating: decorate your car and hand out candy from your trunk! Ribbons will be awarded to the best-decorated car. To register, contact the chamber office at 360-687-1510. For more details, visit the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce website at www.battlegroundchamber.org.

Vintage First Friday in Battle Ground

There’s something vintage afoot in Battle Ground…and it’s the next two First Fridays on Sept. 5 and Oct. 3. Battle Ground is Vintage Nirvana. There’s a cornucopia of top-notch antique and vintage shops in Battle Ground with both home décor items and clothing, and all the vintage stores will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Fridays in September and October for your browsing and buying pleasure. To enhance your shopping experience, there will also be live music, delicious barbecue available to purchase, and games for kids and grown-ups. To see a complete list of participating stores, print out this map.

Battle Ground Harvest Days

Battle Ground’s legendary Harvest Days will take place on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. It’s  a two-day, all-out party (the good, old-fashioned, family-friendly kind) with fun stuff to do for everyone. Here’s a brief sampling of what you can look forward to seeing and doing: a classic car cruise on Friday, dancing in the streets, the Fred Meyer Grand Parade on Saturday, a petting zoo, free kids’ games (yup—free!), a beer garden (would that be “adult games”?), live music and entertainment on the main stage, as well as loads of food and craft vendors.

Harvest Days will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. (That might seem early, but you’ll be motivated to get out of bed for the pancake breakfast!) You can catch the Grand Parade from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the Harvest Nights Classic Car Cruise will be rumbling down Main Street from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

Battle Ground Harvest Days

Battle Ground’s legendary Harvest Days will take place on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. It’s  a two-day, all-out party (the good, old-fashioned, family-friendly kind) with fun stuff to do for everyone. Here’s a brief sampling of what you can look forward to seeing and doing: a classic car cruise on Friday, dancing in the streets, the Fred Meyer Grand Parade on Saturday, a petting zoo, free kids’ games (yup—free!), a beer garden (would that be “adult games”?), live music and entertainment on the main stage, as well as loads of food and craft vendors.

Harvest Days will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. (That might seem early, but you’ll be motivated to get out of bed for the pancake breakfast!) You can catch the Grand Parade from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the Harvest Nights Classic Car Cruise will be rumbling down Main Street from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday. You can also join the Harvest Hay Half Marathon on Sunday, July 20. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

 

Harvest Nights Classic Car Cruise

Did you think that the North Bank’s summer car shows were over? No way—we’re just getting revved up! We’ve still got Cruisin’ the Gut this Saturday, July 19, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 3, and Wheels & Wings on Sept. 13. But if you want to whet your automotive appetite, get started on Friday, July 18, at Battle Ground’s Harvest Nights Classic Car Cruise from 7 to 11 p.m.

This evening showcase of classic cars, sponsored by Wrench Works, brings classic cars from around the Northwest straight down Main Street in Old Town Battle Ground. Bring your family to appreciate these beautiful cars, or register your own classic car for $15 until Wednesday, July 16. Registration is also available on the day of the event for $20. The fee buys you the right to cruise through town and show off your horsepower, so to speak, as well as a dash plaque and burn-out pit entry. All proceeds benefit Battle Ground’s “first responders” as well as the North County Community Food Bank. Sign up online at www.harvestnightscarcruise.com.

Registration and staging will begin at 5 p.m. in the Battle Ground High School parking lot at 300 W. Main St., just off Fifth St. The cruise will take place on Main Street. The route runs from Fifth Ave. east through Old Town Battle Ground to Grace Ave., looping back around onto Main Street via First St. Bring an extra set of tires and sign up to burn some rubber at the Urban Basics parking area. Flashback Entertainment will broadcast live at 97.9 FM, and The Fabulous Farelanes will be onstage from 9 to 11 p.m., when cruising ends. For more details, e-mail bgharvestnights@yahoo.com.

 

 

Passport to Battle Ground

Battle Ground's Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program called "Passport to Battle Ground," beginning Memorial Day weekend. "Passport to Battleground" provides well-appointed coach busses and limousines for tour-takers to comfortably see the area in and around Battle Ground with seven stops to hop off and enjoy shopping, sightseeing, local fare, and wine tasting.

Busses and limosines, provided by Silver Limousine Service, will run approximately on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. Only 50 passports will be given, so registration is required  Passports are $29.99 per person and covers all transportation for the day. Special iteneraries have also been created featuring guided tours of historic sites, wine excursions, "foodie" tours, shopping outings, mountain adventures, and even romance tours—all spotlighting beautiful, delicious, historic, and picturesque Battle Ground. And here's a bonus: travelers who collect 10 stamps in their passports will be entered in a prize drawing. To get your passport, call the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce at 360-687-1510.

Passport to Battle Ground

Battle Ground's Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program called "Passport to Battle Ground," beginning Memorial Day weekend. "Passport to Battleground" provides well-appointed coach busses and limousines for tour-takers to comfortably see the area in and around Battle Ground with seven stops to hop off and enjoy shopping, sightseeing, local fare, and wine tasting. Busses and limosines, provided by Silver Limousine Service, will run approximately on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. Stops include Mill Creek Pub, Old Town Battle Grounds, Emanar Cellars in Battle Ground Village, Rusty Grape Vineyards, Battle Ground Lake State Park, Heisen House Vineyard, and Olequa Cellars.

Passports, which are given either as a smartphone app or in paper format, are $29.99 per person and that includes all transportation costs. The tour begins at Best Western Plus Battle Ground Inn and Suites, located at 1419 W. Main St. in Battle Ground. Transportation will run once each hour to all stops. Your wristband allows you to get on and off unlimited times at the designated locations. The last trip for pick-up will begin at 5 p.m.

Itineneraries for future passport trips include guided tours of historic sites, wine excursions, "foodie" tours, shopping outings, mountain adventures, and even romance tours—all featuring beautiful, delicious, historic, and picturesque Battle Ground. And here's a bonus: travelers who collect 10 stamps in their passports will be entered in a prize drawing. Only 50 passports will be given for the day, so registration is required. To get your passport, call the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce at 360-687-1510.

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Market at Battle Ground Village

The pet-friendly Outdoor Market at Battle Ground Village is revving up for a bountiful summer season. Opening day is Saturday, May 3, and the Village will be packed with produce from local farmers, wares fashioned by North Bank artisans, and live entertainment. The first 100 visitors will receive a free "Market Bag" filled with coupons, freebies, and $5 of "Market Bucks" to be spent at the market on whatever you desire.

Battle Ground Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, and residences located near the intersection of S.E. Grace Ave. and S.E. Rasmussen Blvd. The market lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but if you're hungry or thirsty after the market ends, you can always visit Northwood Public House & Brewery (formerly Laurelwood), Uncle D's Wood-fired Pizza, Bone's BBQ & Burger Bar, Pasta Gigi's, Emanar Cellars, or Blue Castle Coffee—and they're all easy to get to, because they're all located right in Battle Ground Village.

Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market

BGMarketLogoThe pet-friendly Outdoor Market at Battle Ground Village is revving up for a bountiful summer season. Opening day is Saturday, May 3, and the Village will be packed with produce from local farmers, wares fashioned by North Bank artisans, and live entertainment. The first 100 visitors will receive a free "Market Bag" filled with coupons, freebies, and $5 of "Market Bucks" to be spent at the market on whatever you desire.

Battle Ground Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, and residences located near the intersection of S.E. Grace Ave. and S.E. Rasmussen Blvd. The market lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but if you're hungry or thirsty after the market ends, you can always visit Northwood Public House & Brewery (formerly Laurelwood), Uncle D's Wood-fired Pizza, Bone's BBQ & Burger Bar, Pasta Gigi's, Emanar Cellars, or Blue Castle Coffee—and they're all easy to get to, because they're all located right in Battle Ground Village.