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Landscapes by Mary Bardmess at Camas Library

Where can you see the wild, wondrous landscapes of Washington, California, and Oregon, all in one afternoon? At the Second Story Gallery of the Camas Public Library, of course! The landscapes in question are paintings by Mary Bardmess and are part of her "Interpretation of Natural Landscape" show at the library, which is going on now through Monday, March 31.

Bardmess, a new resident of Camas, is a prolific painter and traveler whose works are influenced and inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, Van Gogh, Magritte, and Hockney. She uses natural forms and colors as a catalyst for her paintings, capitalizing, as she says, on "that long stare at the twilight sky, the pulsing night of stars in the High Sierras, the endless splashing of the waves, the passage of a river in the night."

The Second Story Gallery is located (unsurprisingly) on the second floor of the library, 624 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. The gallery is open during regular library hours, which are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.

Above: detail from "Painted Hills 2" (oil on canvas) by Mary Bardmess

Children’s Tea Party

With the progression of spring comes the inevitable urge for tea parties—flowery tea pots and delicate china teacups, tiny crustless sandwiches, petit fours, cheery patterned table cloths, and, of course, fancy hats. You'll be able to enjoy all of that plus the company of your favorite second- through third-grader at the Camas Library's upcoming Children's Tea Party, to be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

This springtime soirée is sponsored in part by Timeless Teacup Tea Party Rentals (that's a tonguetwister, isn't it?) and will feature tea sandwiches and cookies, lots and lots of tea, and a charming lesson about tea etiquette. Attendance is limited to 30, so an RSVP is requested by calling 360-834-4692. Guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest, floweriest outfits and their most frivolous hats. For more details about this and other kids' events at the Camas Library—located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas—click here.

Children’s Tea Party

With the progression of spring comes the inevitable urge for tea parties—flowery tea pots and delicate china teacups, tiny crustless sandwiches, petit fours, cheery patterned table cloths, and, of course, fancy hats. You'll be able to enjoy all of that plus the company of your favorite second- through third-grader at the Camas Library's upcoming Children's Tea Party, to be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

This springtime soirée is sponsored in part by Timeless Teacup Tea Party Rentals and will feature tea sandwiches and cookies, lots and lots of tea, and a charming lesson about tea etiquette. Attendance is limited to 30, so an RSVP is requested by calling 360-834-4692. Guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest, floweriest outfits and their most frivolous hats. For more details about this and other kids' events at the Camas Library—located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas—click here.

The Empire Striketh Back: Ian Doescher in Camas

In the immortal words of C3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness made winter by this sudden, fierce attack! Our ship is under seige, I know not how; O, hast thou heard? The main reactor fails!" No doubt you can only respond as does R2-D2: "Beep, beep, beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, beep, whee!"

51vbg934AKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_To give credit where credit is due, that's an exceprt from the opening lines of Ian Doescher's New York Times best-selling book, "William Shakespeare's Star Wars," which Doescher followed in quick succession by penning the equally best-selling "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return," and "William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back." And what hath this to do with you, fair Reader? Only this: Doescher himself will be at the Camas Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19, for a special author appearance and book-signing event. Doescher will read his works and discuss the enduring influence of the Bard of Avon. Costumes are encouraged, even for your children. (We know you've got a full-size Stormtrooper costume in your closet.)

The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas. For more details, call 360-834-4692.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author Ian Doescher

In the immortal words of C3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness made winter by this sudden, fierce attack! Our ship is under seige, I know not how; O, hast thou heard? The main reactor fails!" No doubt you can only respond as does R2-D2: "Beep, beep, beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, beep, whee!"

To give credit where credit is due, that's an exceprt from the opening lines of Ian Doescher's New York Times best-selling book, "William Shakespeare's Star Wars," which Doescher followed in quick succession by penning the equally best-selling "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return," and "William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back." And what hath this to do with you, fair Reader? Only this: Doescher himself will be at the Camas Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19, for a special author appearance and book-signing event. Doescher will read his works and discuss the enduring influence of the Bard of Avon. Costumes are encouraged, even for your children. (We know you've got a full-size Stormtrooper costume in your closet.)

The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas. For more details, call 360-834-4692.

Trivia Night at K’Syrah

So you think you know it all, huh? (…or at least more than most people.) Well, put on your smarty pants and head on over to K’Syrah Catering, Wine & Bistro for a trivia smack-down at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10. The chef at K’Syrah is preparing a special menu for trivialists (test your knowledge right now: is “trivialist” a real word?) and of course they will have an broad selection of excellent wine from terroir both local and international. This evening of trivia, wine, and fine food is brought to you by the Camas Public Library, the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library, and the generosity and culinary expertise of K’Syrah, which is located in downtown Camas at 316 N.E. Dallas. For more information about Trivia Night, call 360-834-4692.

Trivia Night at K’Syrah

It’s survival of the smartest at K’Syrah Catering, Wine & Bistro‘s Trivia Night. (It’s fun AND educational!) Put on your thinking cap, order a glass of wine, and give the competition what for at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. K’Syrah will offer a special menu just for this evening, which is brought to you by the Camas Public Library, the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library, and the generosity and culinary expertise of K’Syrah. There’s no charge to attend, but of course you’ll want to come prepared to sample the food, wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails (all of which can ONLY make you seem smarter). For more information about Trivia Night, call 360-834-4692.

Since this event is hosted by the Camas Library, and K’Syrah is located in downtown Camas, there may be quite a few Camas-related questions. Just sayin’.

Free Movies & Popcorn at the Camas Library

Free kids’ movies at the Camas Public Library solve two problems for many families: first, it’s a way to beat the midday heat by hanging out in the nice, cool, air-conditioned library. Second, it gives you two hours during which you don’t have to occupy your children. (You have to be there, but you can take a nap while the movie’s playing; no one will notice.) And here’s a bonus: free popcorn! There are five movies left in the library’s summer movie series, which start at 2 p.m. on the Wednesdays listed below. They are:

  • July 16: “A Bug’s Life” (Pixar)—a misfit ant, looking for warriors to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be a circus troupe. One hour, 35 minutes. Rated G.
  • July 23: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (MGM)—the dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf continue their quest to reclaim the dwarven homeland from a dragon. Based on the book by J. R. R. Tolkien. Two hours, 41 minutes. Rated PG-13.
  • July 30: “Sleeping Beauty” (Disney)—a young woman is cursed to sleep until a kiss will wake her. Based on the story by Charles Perrault. One hour, 15 minutes. Rated G.
  • Aug. 6: “Spirited Away” (20th Century Fox)—in the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a ten-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by strange creatures, witches, and sprites. Two hours, five minutes. Rated PG.
  • Aug. 13: “The Muppets Most Wanted” (Disney)—while on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves caught up in a jewel heist masterminded by a Kermit the Frog look-alike. One hour, 17 minutes. Rated PG.

Free Movie & Popcorn at Camas Library

The Camas Public Library’s summer movie series invites kids and their parents to come to the library for a free movies and popcorn at 2 p.m. on the Wednesdays this summer. Here’s the schedule:

  • July 16: “A Bug’s Life” (Pixar)—a misfit ant, looking for warriors to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be a circus troupe. One hour, 35 minutes. Rated G.
  • July 23: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (MGM)—the dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf continue their quest to reclaim the dwarven homeland from a dragon. Based on the book by J. R. R. Tolkien. Two hours, 41 minutes. Rated PG-13.
  • July 30: “Sleeping Beauty” (Disney)—a young woman is cursed to sleep until a kiss will wake her. Based on the story by Charles Perrault. One hour, 15 minutes. Rated G.
  • Aug. 6: “Spirited Away” (20th Century Fox)—in the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a ten-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by strange creatures, witches, and sprites. Two hours, five minutes. Rated PG.
  • Aug. 13: “The Muppets Most Wanted” (Disney)—while on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves caught up in a jewel heist masterminded by a Kermit the Frog look-alike. One hour, 17 minutes. Rated PG.

Screen Reads: Harry Potter

The Camas Public Library is hosting “Screen Reads” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, and adult participants (18 and older) are invited to read (or re-read) Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” watch the eponymous movie, and discuss differences and similarities. Light snacks will be served—perhaps there will be pumpkin juice or butterbeer?—and you can sign up at the library’s front desk or call 360-834-4692. No Unforgivable Curses allowed.

Get Your Game On

Get your game on…at the Camas Public Library from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Choose from loads of board games, including Ticket to Ride, The Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Uncle Wiggilly, and The Game of Things—and players are also welcome to bring their own board games. And since you’ll be expending so much energy beating your skilled opponents, light refreshments will be served in order to give you strength for the battle: fresh fruit and vegetable, hummus, cookies, and beverages.

This afternoon of most excellent gaming (for ages 18 and older, please!) is brought to you by the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library, which is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, call 360-834-4692, or visit the library’s Facebook page.

Tears of Joy Puppet Show at Camas Library

Tears of Joy Theater will be performing one of its award-winning shows at the Camas Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11. This Portland-based puppetry group will bring its beautifully crafted puppets and puppetry-know how to Camas during a performance of “Tad and Fry,” chronicling the adventures of a young salmon and his tadpole friend. The show is offered free of charge and is open to kids of every age. (Editor’s note: seriously, every age—I’m a grown-up and I want to see this show, too!)

 

“Get Your Game On” Board Game Gathering

Get your game on…at the Camas Public Library from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Choose from loads of board games, including Ticket to Ride, The Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Uncle Wiggilly, and The Game of Things—and players are also welcome to bring their own board games. And since you’ll be expending so much energy beating your skilled opponents, light refreshments will be served in order to give you strength for the battle: fresh fruit and vegetable, hummus, cookies, and beverages.
This afternoon of most excellent gaming (for ages 18 and older, please!) is brought to you by the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library, which is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, call 360-834-4692, or visit the library’s Facebook page.

Sleepover at the Camas Library

The Camas Public Libary is hosting a sleepover—yup, at the library! Overnight!—for kids in first through sixth grades, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. There will be games, a movie, crafts, stories, and pizza for dinner! There might even be some sleeping, but we can’t guarantee that. The event is free and every kid should be accompanied by a parent. Bring your sleeping bags, pillows, pajamas, and your Camas Library or Fort Vancouver Regional Library cards. Air mattresses are fine. Yes, you still have to brush your teeth.

There’s a limit of 25 kids for this event, so advance sign-up is required. Call 360-834-4692 or RSVP in person at the Camas Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas, across from City Hall. Teddy bears are welcome, but no siblings younger than first grade or older than sixth grade are allowed because they might spoil the kid-style fun. Once you arrive at the sleepover and walk through the library doors, you have to stay at the library all night! But it’s OK because the library staff has arranged for all the monsters to be gone that night. The sleepover ends at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Screen Reads: Stardust

There’s the Neil Gaimann book, Stardust, in which a woman is a star, and there’s the eponymous 2007 film, written and directed by Matthew Vaughn, in which a star—Claire Danes—plays a woman, along with a few other star turns by Robert DeNiro, Rupert Everett, Ian McKellan, Ricky Gervais, and the late Peter O’Toole. If you’re a particular fan of either the book or the movie (or both), then you’ll want to attend the Camas Public Library‘s next Screen Reads discussion group, where participants will watch the film and then compare and contrast them both. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees should be at least 18 years old.

Screen Reads will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, call the library at 360-834-4692 and ask for Karen Nicholson, or e-mail Nicholson at knicholson@cityofcamas.us. If you haven’t yet read the book, Camas Library has both the print and the audio version available—and the audio version is worth checking out because it’s read by Gaimann himself.

Downton Abbey Tea

The Camas Public Library is hosting a Downton Abbey-themed tea to coincide with the premiere of Season 5, Episode 1 of the outrageously popular PBS series. There’s no cost to attend this English-style tea, which will be held upstairs in Meeting Room A at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The tea includes scones with jam, tea, butter and honey sandwiches, and tea biscuits (not like American biscuits at all, but rather semi-sweet little cookies that pair perfectly with a cup of Orange Pekoe). If you wish, you should dress as though you’re going to be received for High Tea at the Abbey itself.

Attendees will watch the last episode of Season 4 to get ready for Season 5. Due to the somewhat mature content of the show, this event is for those ages 18 and over, please. The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, call 360-834-4692.

Downton Abbey Tea

The Camas Public Library is hosting a Downtown Abbey-themed tea to coincide with the premiere of Season 5, Episode 1 of the outrageously popular PBS series. There’s no cost to attend this English-style tea, which will be held upstairs in Meeting Room A at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The tea includes scones with jam, tea, butter and honey sandwiches, and tea biscuits (not like American biscuits at all, but rather semi-sweet little cookies that pair perfectly with a cup of Orange Pekoe). If you wish, you should dress as though you’re going to be received for High Tea at the Abbey itself.

Attendees will watch the last episode of Season 4 to get ready for Season 5. Due to the somewhat mature content of the show, this event is for those ages 18 and over, please. The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, call 360-834-4692.

Classic Movie Mondays

The Camas Library presents Classic Movie Mondays starting at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, and happening every other Monday through March 23. Library staff will screen one of five classic films: The Philadelphia Story, Casablanca, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The African Queen, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The audience will decide which one to see. All showings are free.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details about Classic Movie Mondays, call Karen Nicholson at 360 834-4692, ext. 4705, or visit the library’s Facebook page.

The Camas Public Library, founded in 1923, is an independent municipal library funded by the citizens of the City of Camas. The library’s regular hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the library, visit www.camaslibrary.org.

Pet Day at the Camas Library

What’s special about Saturday, April 11? It’s National Pet Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a pet-centric event at the Camas Public Library. Volunteers from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be on hand at 1 p.m. to talk about pet adoption, fostering, the importance of spaying and neutering your cats and dogs, pet health, and heart-warming stories of adorable pets and their excellent owners. There will also be a question-and-answer session when you and your kids can ask your most burning pet-related questions.

You can come back to the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, to learn about “Herbal First Aid For Pets.” Discover which plants that are probably already growing in your yard and garden can be used to heal and maintain your pet’s good health.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. To find out more, call 360 834-4692 or visit www.camaslibrary.org. To learn more about the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, a local no-kill shelter that’s found homes for over 4,200 dogs and cats (including this editor’s own adorable cat, Clementine), visit wcghs.org or attend an adoption event at the PetSmart on 192nd Ave. in East Vancouver.

National Pet Day at the Camas Library

You can come back to the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, to learn about “Herbal First Aid For Pets.” Discover which plants that are probably already growing in your yard and garden can be used to heal and maintain your pet’s good health.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. To find out more, call 360 834-4692 or visit www.camaslibrary.org. To learn more about the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, a local no-kill shelter that’s found homes for over 4,200 dogs and cats (including this editor’s own adorable cat, Clementine), visit wcghs.org or attend an adoption event at the PetSmart on 192nd Ave. in East Vancouver.