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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.

Chocolate at Niche Wine & Art Bar

Looking for stocking stuffers or something extra—or extra unusual—for your holiday party? On Wednesday, Dec. 17, stop by Niche Wine & Art Bar to sample sweet and spicy chocolate and enjoy a glass of wine. Purchase gift boxes and bags featuring a selection of gourmet chocolate from local chocolatier Liveat Chocolate. The gift boxes are normally $18.25, but at Niche you can get one box for $16.25, or three or more boxes for $15.25 each. Choose from six flavors: Shadow (plain chocolate), Zenergy (chocolate with a blend of “superfood”), Black Cat anise-infused chocolate, Evening Zest chocolate with lemon, Warm Moon chocolate with coffee, or Peruvian Fire spicy chocolate.

Niche will also be offering seasonally inspired gift bags of Liveat chocolate (normally $9) for $8.50 per bag or $8 per bag when you buy three or more. Each gift bag contains chocolate with cranberry and ginger, chocolate with rhubarb, chocolate with a hint of rose, and the Peruvian aji trio (chocolate with three kinds of Peruvian peppers). While you’re at Niche, you can purchase wine to enjoy with your chocolate when you get home. But then again, why wait? There’s plenty of room at Niche to relax and share your chocolate and wine with friends. Niche is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Chocolate at Niche

Looking for stocking stuffers or something extra—or extra unusual—for your holiday party? On Wednesday, Dec. 17, stop by Niche Wine & Art Bar to sample sweet and spicy chocolate and enjoy a glass of wine. Purchase gift boxes and bags featuring a selection of gourmet chocolate from local chocolatier Liveat Chocolate. The gift boxes are normally $18.25, but at Niche you can get one box for $16.25, or three or more boxes for $15.25 each. Choose from six flavors: Shadow (plain chocolate), Zenergy (chocolate with a blend of “superfood”), Black Cat anise-infused chocolate, Evening Zest chocolate with lemon, Warm Moon chocolate with coffee, or Peruvian Fire spicy chocolate.

Niche will also be offering seasonally inspired gift bags of Liveat chocolate (normally $9) for $8.50 per bag or $8 per bag when you buy three or more. Each gift bag contains chocolate with cranberry and ginger, chocolate with rhubarb, chocolate with a hint of rose, and the Peruvian aji trio (chocolate with three kinds of Peruvian peppers). While you’re at Niche, you can purchase wine to enjoy with your chocolate when you get home. But then again, why wait? There’s plenty of room at Niche to relax and share your chocolate and wine with friends. Niche is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Death by Chocolate (for teens)

If you're a teen with chocolate cravings, then the Vancouver Community Library invites you to come to the Fourth Floor Meeting Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sautrday, March 15, for "Death by Chocolate"—chocolate, followed by chocolate, and then some more chocolate, but only after you've had some chocolate mixed with additional chocolate.

Attendees as this teens-only choco-centric celebration will be able to test their chocoholic skills in a blind taste test of the different kinds of chocolate, make chocolate treats in a chocolate "Iron Chef"-style contest, and show off their knowledge of chocolate trivia. It pretty much goes without saying that this will be a well-attended event; however, registration isn't required and there's no fee. All supplies will be provided. For more chocolately details, call the library at 360-906-5106.

Death by Chocolate

Is there anything better than chocolate? Yes: more chocolate. If you're a teen with chocolate cravings, then the Vancouver Community Library invites you to come to the Fourth Floor Meeting Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sautrday, March 15, for "Death by Chocolate"—chocolate, followed by chocolate, and then some more chocolate, but only after you've had some chocolate mixed with additional chocolate. Sound like chocolate overload? Or perhaps not quite enough chocolate?

Attendees as this teens-only choco-centric celebration will be able to test their chocoholic skills in a blind taste test of the different kinds of chocolate, make chocolate treats in a chocolate "Iron Chef"-style contest, and show off their knowledge of chocolate trivia. It pretty much goes without saying that this will be a well-attended event; however, registration isn't required and there's no fee. All supplies will be provided. For more chocolately details, call the library at 360-906-5106.

Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Heisen House Vineyards hosts a Wine and Chocolate Tour (in the culinary sense, not the going-from-place-to-place sense). Wine- and chocolate-lovers will sample handcrafted wines carefully paired with fine chocolate from Liv-Eat, a Vancouver-based chocolatier that creates artisanal-quality truffles from organic cocoa beans and exotic berries and spices. Vintners will also share insights to enhance your tasting skills and broaden your knowledge of winemaking. Heisen House Wine Club members can enjoy the tour for free. For details about how to become a member, call Heisen House at 360-713-2359 or visit www.heisenhousevineyards.com

Valentine’s Event: Wine, Chocolate, Music & Art

Cellar 55 Tasting Room is offering an Valentine's Day evening event with music, chocolate and art—and wine, naturally! Musician Anthony Utehs will serenade sippers with romantic acoustic guitar music, and original art from Chris Eagon will be on display. But the romance doesn't stop there: sample the sumptuous "Brownies from Heaven," made by Bleu Door Bakery, which will be paired for your tasting pleasure with carefully chosen wines. (Yes, of course brownies and wine go together!)

Come early and catch the last 30 minutes of happy hour, which happens every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. (and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays). All glasses of wine are discounted $1 to $1, and all appetizers are $1 less.