Camas

Paintings by Tom Relth at Second Story Gallery

Beginning First Friday, July 7, the Camas Library’s Second Story Gallery will display works from Vancouver artist Tom Relth, who focuses on hypothetical and representational landscape. The artist uses various drawing and painting media. Featured works include “Grist Mill Pooling” (above), a 40 x 63 inch canvas depicting the effects on shallow river edges, when water is diverted to the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Woodland.

Relth says, “My work is at once abstract and representational. I work in abstract landscape, and from my experience of nature’s complexity, hoping to guide our survival mechanisms to “read” the painting as a kind of window into this hypothetical landscape.”

Meet the artist and see his work at the Second Story Gallery on First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a reception with live music and light refreshment. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28. The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Ample free parking is available on the street.

Relth is the Artist in Residence at Boomerang, a coffee shop, home décor store, and popular hang-out in downtown Vancouver where all the proceeds from sales benefit local charities. There is extensive gallery space downstairs as well as upstairs where Relth curates rotating monthly exhibits and shows, as well as teaching art classes in his studio. To learn more, visit Boomerang at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver or email Relth at tom.relth@gmail.com.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” by Tom Relth

First Friday in Camas: Small Town Summer Fun

Stay cool in downtown Camas at the next Camas First Friday during “Small Town Summer Fun,” happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. Highlights include:

  • Street party sponsored by Nuestra Mesa with expanded outdoor seating, delicious grilled menu items, brews from Heathen, and live music by the Lance Kinnaird band. Fourth Ave. from Adams to Birch will be closed for the party.”
  • Camas Paper Dash, sponsored by local fitness trainers Spears Strong. Earn raffle tickets by tackling some easy, fun challenges at participating businesses and learn some interesting facts about Camas.
  • Earn five extra raffle tickets for wearing something made out of paper.
  • Summer crafts and activities at the Downtown Camas Association tables
  • Art receptions with refreshments and live music at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • The Liberty Theatre will be showing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”—a 30th Anniversary re-release—at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party will offer painting activities for kids
  • Hello Waffle cart will be on site with fantastically scrumptious sweet and savory waffles

For more information, click here or check out www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday. To find out more about all the fun stuff to do in downtown Camas all year round, visit the Downtown Camas Association website at downtowncamas.com.

Small Town Summer Fun in Camas

Stay cool in downtown Camas at the next Camas First Friday during “Small Town Summer Fun,” happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. Highlights include:

  • Street party sponsored by Nuestra Mesa with expanded outdoor seating, delicious grilled menu items, brews from Heathen, and live music by the Lance Kinnaird band. Fourth Ave. from Adams to Birch will be closed for the party.”
  • Camas Paper Dash, sponsored by local fitness trainers Spears Strong. Earn raffle tickets by tackling some easy, fun challenges at participating businesses and learn some interesting facts about Camas.
  • Earn five extra raffle tickets for wearing something made out of paper.
  • Summer crafts and activities at the Downtown Camas Association tables
  • Art receptions with refreshments and live music at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • The Liberty Theatre will be showing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”—a 30th Anniversary re-release—at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party will offer painting activities for kids
  • Hello Waffle cart will be on site with fantastically scrumptious sweet and savory waffles

For more information, click here or check out www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday. To find out more about all the fun stuff to do in downtown Camas all year round, visit the Downtown Camas Association website at downtowncamas.com.

Camtown Youth Festival

Each year on the second Saturday in June—this year, that’s Saturday, June 11—Camas Parks and Recreation hosts the Camtown Youth Festival at Crown Park. Admission is free and there’s a world of kid-friendly fun, including inflatables, a carnival, craft activities, entertainment, food, an art show, and a kids’ flea market.

Activities are practically endless, with everything from a scavenger hunt and soccer to hay rides and hula-hoop making, from origami to jugglers to martial arts to cake walks, from chalk art, juggling, and face painting to puppets, a petting zoo, riding the mechanical bull and playing in the bubble pool—plus about 30 other fun things that you can see if you click here.

The entertainment is family-style and just right for kids ages 2 to 16. Performers include school choirs, dancers, clowns, and bands on two stages that will be running during the entire festival. And when you get hungry, there’s hamburgers and hot dogs, burritos, kettle corn, Hawaiian ice, and pizza.

For more information, contact Krista Bashaw at 360-834-5307 or email kbashaw@cityofcamas.us.

Garden Gnome Gala

There will gnomes galore in downtown Camas on Friday, May 6—a First Friday event in honor of the Camas Plant & Garden Fair on Saturday, May 7. The Garden Gnome Gala features gnome activities (gnometivities?), crafts, ribbon cuttings and anniversary celebrations, art receptions, live music, treats, prize drawings and more. Your whole family can play the Garden Gnome Gala game, searching for gnomes that are causing causing mischief around town. Earn tickets to win prizes for each gnome you find. Activities include:

First Fridays are family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events hosted by the Downtown Camas Association on the first Friday of every month. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/downtowncamas/.

First Friday in Camas: A Chocolate Affair to Remember

Chocolate treats, chocolate-themed movies and activities, art shows, crafts, games, prizes, and more will all be part of the sweet First Friday event in downtown Camas, happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts, plus wine tastings and Valentine’s Day-inspired promotions at certain locations. What’s not to love? It’s Camas’ annual “Chocolate Affair to Remember,” a very popular First Friday family event (for obvious reasons) and it’s back this year with even more delights.

For starters, the Liberty Theatre will show the original “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (at 6:45 p.m.) and “Chocolat” (at 3 and 8 p.m.) and theater will also be doing wine and chocolate tastings in the Granada Studio from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person for a flight of four local wines paired with Theo Organic Chocolates and others. But we know there’s something even dearer to your heart than chocolate, and that’s Downton Abbey! In honor of Downtown’s final season, anyone who attends First Friday dressed in Dowtown-inspired attire will be entered to win a Downton Abbey gift basked donated by Camas Antiques, and filled with things any fan would love.

The evening’s other activities are too numerous to list here, but include a book signing with local mystery author Ellie Alexander at Cake Happy, chocolate fondue at Natalia’s Cafe, free red and silver hair tinsel at The Wild Hair, sales on chocolate soaps (like chocolate mint swirl and mocha fudge) at The Soap Chest, dessert waffles from the Hello Waffle cart, Truly Scrumptious treats at Arktana Shoes (plus a sale on anything red!), drawings for Moonstruck chocolate at Lizzabeth A., Valentine’s kids’ crafts at Journey Church, chocolate balsamic vinegar tasting at Navidi’s, live music at Flutes & Rocks, and three artists’ receptions for new exhibits at Camas Gallery, Attic Gallery, and Second Story Gallery featuring more chocolate tastings, raffles, and art sales. For details on EVERYTHING, click here or visit downtowncamas.com.

Camas First Friday: Chocolate!

Chocolate treats, chocolate-themed movies and activities, art shows, crafts, games, prizes, and more will all be part of the sweet First Friday event in downtown Camas, happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts, plus wine tastings and Valentine’s Day-inspired promotions at certain locations. What’s not to love? It’s Camas’ annual “Chocolate Affair to Remember,” a very popular First Friday family event (for obvious reasons) and it’s back this year with even more delights.

For starters, the Liberty Theatre will show the original “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (at 6:45 p.m.) and “Chocolat” (at 3 and 8 p.m.) and theater will also be doing wine and chocolate tastings in the Granada Studio from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person for a flight of four local wines paired with Theo Organic Chocolates and others. But we know there’s something even dearer to your heart than chocolate, and that’s Downton Abbey! In honor of Downtown’s final season, anyone who attends First Friday dressed in Dowtown-inspired attire will be entered to win a Downton Abbey gift basked donated by Camas Antiques, and filled with things any fan would love.

The evening’s other activities are too numerous to list here, but include a book signing with local mystery author Ellie Alexander at Cake Happy, chocolate fondue at Natalia’s Cafe, free red and silver hair tinsel at The Wild Hair, sales on chocolate soaps (like chocolate mint swirl and mocha fudge) at The Soap Chest, dessert waffles from the Hello Waffle cart, Truly Scrumptious treats at Arktana Shoes (plus a sale on anything red!), drawings for Moonstruck chocolate at Lizzabeth A., Valentine’s kids’ crafts at Journey Church, chocolate balsamic vinegar tasting at Navidi’s, live music at Flutes & Rocks, and three artists’ receptions for new exhibits at Camas Gallery, Attic Gallery, and Second Story Gallery featuring more chocolate tastings, raffles, and art sales. For details on EVERYTHING, click here or visit downtowncamas.com.

Get a Clue in Camas

Downtown Camas’ First Friday in January (actually the second Friday this month due to the New Year’s holiday, but why quibble?) invites you to “get a clue,” and solve a serious mystery: the Case of the Missing Cupcakes. Come to downtown Camas from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, to find clues and earn tickets to win prizes. Got your notebook and magnifying glass ready? Here’s what you’ll find:

First Fridays in downtown Camas are themed, family-friendly evenings featuring art, activities, dining, and after-hours shopping, coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association on the first Friday of each month throughout the year (unless, as is the case with this month, First Friday falls on a holiday).  For more information, visit

Hometown Holidays in Camas

Photos with Santa, crafts, lighting the Christmas tree, hay rides, entertainment, and food—it’s Hometown Holidays, the First Friday event in downtown Camas happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

Activities—all free!—include welcoming entertainment and photos with Santa at 6 p.m. The tree lighting happens at 6:30 p.m. sharp. From 6:45 to 9 p.m, downtown Camas will be bustling with over 15 school and community choirs, bands and dancers, tractor hay rides, and crafts for the kids. If you get hungry, you can buy a dinner from street food vendors, and of course downtown restaurants and shops will be open for business.

For more information about this and other events in downtown Camas, visit the Downtown Camas Association website at downtowncamas.com.

Hometown Holidays

Photos with Santa, crafts, lighting the Christmas tree, hay rides, entertainment, and food—it’s Hometown Holidays, the First Friday event in downtown Camas happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

Activities—all free!—include welcoming entertainment and photos with Santa at 6 p.m. The tree lighting happens at 6:30 p.m. sharp. From 6:45 to 9 p.m, downtown Camas will be bustling with over 15 school and community choirs, bands and dancers, tractor hay rides, and crafts for the kids. If you get hungry, you can buy a dinner from street food vendors, and of course downtown restaurants and shops will be open for business.

For more information about this and other events in downtown Camas, visit the Downtown Camas Association website at downtowncamas.com.

Plein Air Event, First Friday in Downtown Camas

Art is at the forefront during First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 4 in downtown Camas, but come early for the annual plein air event along 4th Ave., where artists will be “painting the town” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plein air, or “open air” in French, is the tradition of painting outdoors—and it is as enjoyable to watch as it is to purchase the final product.

The finished pieces from the plein air event will be displayed at the Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. 4th Ave., during First Friday, when visitors will vote for their favorites and a People’s Choice Award will be given. These works of art will then be auctioned off to benefit the Camas Washougal Mural Project at the Dinner in White on the Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Other highlights planned for First Friday:

  • Meet Elida Field‘s “Art, Women & Wine” artists in various stores, enjoy their paintings, and be entered to win prizes from the merchants.
  • See “What’s Blue to You?” the new exhibit at Second Story Gallery, located on the second floor of the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. This themed collection of fabric panels was created by High Fiber Diet, a group of local fiber artists who will be at the gallery during First Friday to discuss their works.
  • Bring your kids to enjoy arts and crafts and a coloring contest.
  • Take a photo at the selfie photo booth.
  • Enjoy live music throughout town.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Vintage & Art Faire

The seventh annual Vintage & Art Faire will return to the streets of downtown Camas this year on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event brings over 60 vintage, antique, and local art vendors that fill the town with all things vintage, repurposed, and artful. Vintage offerings include a huge variety of indoor and outdoor furniture and home and garden items as well as clothing and accessories. Art was added to the event last year and includes  sculpture, paintings, glass art, metalwork, handmade jewelry, fiber art and recycled art. The fair will be held on 4th Ave. and Birch St. near Camas Antiques.

Returning favorite vintage vendors include Aunt Adeline’s Vintage Jewelry, Moltwear repurposed vintage clothing, and Dare to Dream, which brings an eclectic mix of vintage items displayed around and throughout a red-and-white vintage trailer. New vintage vendors include Whimsical Details with canvas pillows, repurposed furniture and silver, and Dollhouse, which features shabby chic upcycled finds.

Returning artists include Late Night Lampworks with recycled glass and tin jewelry, Black Rabbit & Co with fabric art and vintage treasures, and Silver River Designs with unique batik handbags and photography. New artists include watercolorist Tamra Sheline, stoneware artist Claire Bandfield stoneware artist, and original oil paintings by Visual Lifesavers Art.

Live music accompanies the all-day event and includes jazz guitar and upright bass by Anthony Utehs and Jonah Svihus, jazzy French songs from the Carol Rossio Jazz Trio, and the smooth indie sounds of Caryn Jamieson. Fresh food options will include sweet and savory waffles by Hello Waffle, Getta Gyro, My Dad’s Kettle Korn, and pies and pastries by Truly Scrumptious.

“Dog Days of Summer” in Camas–bring your dog!

July’s First Friday in Downtown Camas—5 to 8 p.m.m on Friday, July 3—will be a fun celebration for dogs and their faithful owners. Enjoy doggie fashion shows with prizes, vendors, canine kids’ crafts, a dog-themed guessing activity in downtown shops, and outdoor activities for your dog. Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required, and don’t forget those baggies), and enjoy a night out with your dog. Sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pets.

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be on hand with information on dog adoption and a fun “Find the Treat” game for your dogs! The Doggie Fashion Show and Costume Contest will be held at 6 and 7 p.m. and canine contestants will be judged on cuteness, creativity of costume, and humor. Sign up on Friday 15 minutes before each show at the Downtown Camas Association table. The event will held on Cedar Street, between 4th and 5th. Free to enter, and free to watch!

A note to dog owners: just in time for the Dog Days of Summer event, the City of Camas has installed three permanent doggie pick-up bag dispensers in downtown Camas along 4th Avenue. This makes it easy to cleaning up after your dog and keeping downtown Camas beautiful. For more information about downtown Camas and First Friday, visit http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/ and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.—

Dog Days of Summer in Camas

July’s First Friday in Downtown Camas—5 to 8 p.m.m on Friday, July 3—will be a fun celebration for dogs and their faithful owners. Enjoy doggie fashion shows with prizes, vendors, canine kids’ crafts, a dog-themed guessing activity in downtown shops, and outdoor activities for your dog. Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required, and don’t forget those baggies), and enjoy a night out with your dog. Sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pets.

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be on hand with information on dog adoption and a fun “Find the Treat” game for your dogs! The Doggie Fashion Show and Costume Contest will be held at 6 and 7 p.m. and canine contestants will be judged on cuteness, creativity of costume, and humor. Sign up on Friday 15 minutes before each show at the Downtown Camas Association table. The event will held on Cedar Street, between 4th and 5th. Free to enter, and free to watch!

A note to dog owners: just in time for the Dog Days of Summer event, the City of Camas has installed three permanent doggie pick-up bag dispensers in downtown Camas along 4th Avenue. This makes it easy to cleaning up after your dog and keeping downtown Camas beautiful. For more information about downtown Camas and First Friday, visit http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/ and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Camas Poker Tour & Game Night

Many things in life are a gamble, but First Friday in downtown Camas is always a sure bet. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, you can bet that you’ll have a great time at the tenth annual Camas Poker Tour & Game Night, sponsored by Camas Antiques. Here’s how to play:

  • Collect a “poker card” from each participating merchant
  • Turn in your cards to the dealer at Camas Antiques by 8 p.m.
  • You’ll be dealt playing cards to match the number of business “poker cards” that you have. The more businesses you visit, the more chances for a great hand!
  • Great prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to the five highest hands, including a stay at the Camas Hotel plus dinner at Harvest (courtesy of Camas Antiques), multiple gift certificates from downtown merchants, and other prize baskets.

Enjoy other games throughout town and earn tickets to win a prize basket. Try your hand at Lucky Rollers, Spin and Win, Downtown Dice, Lollipop Luck, Bingo, Card War, and Toss It In. Poker lists can be found at the Downtown Camas Association table at Journey Commuity Church, at participating shops, or at the Second Story Gallery at the library. There’ll be live music to keep you in a good mood, lots of things to see, great restaurants to eat at, and of course things to buy in downtown Camas’ one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. To see a complete list of all the evening’s activities, click here.

Camas Clean-up & Flower Baskets

On Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., downtown Camas will get a springtime spruce-up with cleaning, weeding, and planting—and it’s a perfectly neighborly way to celebrate Earth Day. This day has special significance in Camas, because Earth Day was started by Camasonian Denis Hayes. The Downtown Camas Association—along with local students, members of the Journey Community Church congregation, city of Camas staff and volunteers just like you—honors his far-reaching legacy by beautifying this lovely riverside town.

Meet at Journey Community Church to help with sidewalk and landscape clean-up, pulling weeds, planting flowers and plants, and spreading barkdust. All ages are welcome. Bring your own shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. (Wheelbarrows are especially needed.) Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick-up. Journey Church will be serving lunch to volunteers.

If you can’t make it to the clean up but would still like to help, you might consider “adopting” one of the lush flower baskets that adorn lampposts along Camas’ historic 4th Ave. Baskets can be adopted for a tax-deductible $45—this helps to pay for the basket, the flowers, and watering. Buy one for yourself or as a special Mother’s Day gift. To learn more, click here.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Park

What’s the sweetest (read: most candy-stocked) and charming (read: for highly skilled, hard-core egg-hunters) place to be at 1:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday? On the bright spring grass of Crown Park in Camas, where the Camas Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Easter Day Egg Hunt, under the feathery canopy of majestic old pines. Kids ages two through 12 years can join in on the fun on Easter Sunday, April 5.

This free event begins promptly at the appointed time, so have your children there early and waiting with bated breath and itchy fingers, just squirming to find those pastel gems hidden in the grass. Volunteers and staff will have hidden over 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs (yes, you read that right: 10,000!) in designated egg-hunting areas color-marked for age groups two to three years, four to five years, six to seven years, eight to nine years, and 10 to 12 years.

Children should bring a basket or bag for their eggs and must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not allowed in the hunting areas, except in the area for two- to three-year-olds. The Traditional Easter Bonnet and Contemporary Hat contest will take place immediately following the egg hunt. Crown Park is located just up the hill from the downtown shops and restaurants, on N.E. Everett Road between N.E. 17th Avenue and N.E. 15th Avenue. For more information, contact Krista Bashaw at the Camas Parks and Recreation Department at 360-834-5307.

First Friday in Camas: A Chocolate Affair to Remember

A favorite First Friday theme returns to downtown Camas on Friday, Feb. 6: “A Chocolate Affair to Remember.” Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts, along with wine tastings and specials at various locations. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and also features art shows, a family-friendly candy guessing game, and kid’s Valentines crafts. Guess the number of Valentine’s candy in jars at participating merchants and earn tickets to win prizes. Plus, if you correctly guess the amount of candy, you get a prize for that, too. Wear red in support of women’s heart health and get an extra ticket.

While you’re in downtown Camas, you’ll want to visit the Camas Gallery to see the “reverse paintings” of Lyn & Randy Sedlak-Ford, as well as exploring the Second Story Gallery at the Camas Library, where you’ll see “Familiar Terrain,” an exhibit by anthropologist and multimedia artist Bonnie Bucknam. For more information, visit the Downtown Camas Association’s website a www.downtowncamas.com or check out its Facebook page.

A Chocolate Affair to Remember

A favorite First Friday theme returns to downtown Camas on Friday, Feb. 6: “A Chocolate Affair to Remember.” Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts, along with wine tastings and specials at various locations. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and also features art shows, a family-friendly candy guessing game, and kid’s Valentines crafts. Guess the number of Valentine’s candy in jars at participating merchants and earn tickets to win prizes. Plus, if you correctly guess the amount of candy, you get a prize for that, too. Wear red in support of women’s heart health and get an extra ticket.

Other activities include:

While you’re in downtown Camas, you’ll want to visit the Camas Gallery to see the “reverse paintings” of Lyn & Randy Sedlak-Ford, as well as exploring the Second Story Gallery at the Camas Library, where you’ll see “Familiar Terrain,” an exhibit by anthropologist and multimedia artist Bonnie Bucknam. For more information, visit the Downtown Camas Association’s website a www.downtowncamas.com or check out its Facebook page.

Games, Crafts, Cocoa & Downton Abbey

Game, Craft and Cocoa Night returns to downtown Camas for January’s First Friday celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2. Visit participating merchants and play family-friendly games and earn tickets to win prizes from merchants. Children’s craft activities will be going on in Journey Community Church, and cocoa specials will be offered around town.

Start at Journey Church (304 N.E. 4th Ave.), where you can pick up a passport game sheet and get it stamped at downtown boutiques and eateries. Win tickets that you can use to (perhaps? maybe? quite possibly?) win gift baskets donated by Camas businesses. At any rate, everyone who plays will earn a free ticket just for trying! Receive a ticket also for wearing a tiara, top hat, or other item of vintage-style clothing. Prize winners will be chosen at 8 p.m. at Journey. Winners need not be present to win.

Camas Antiques, located at 305 N.E. 4th Ave., is collaborating with the Downtown Camas Association to bring a bit of Downton Abbey to downtown Camas during this next First Friday fête. (Hence the invitation to wear tiaras and top-hats.) The timing coincides with the much-anticipated Season 5 premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4. Explore the Downton-inspired window displays, discover your aristocratic name, test your knowledge of the series with trivia questions, and enter a drawing for a gift basket of Downton Abbey merchandise.

For more information, visit www.downtowncamas.com or www.fb.com/downtowncamas.