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Thankful for Pie: First Friday in Downtown Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? (If you don’t, maybe you just haven’t found your PPP–Personal Pie Profile.) Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or pecan—or caramel apple, rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, marionberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, French silk, Key lime, peach, or lemon meringue—we can all agree that pie is something worth celebrating. From 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, Downtown Camas will be just the place to celebrate with its family-friendly “Thankful for Pie,” event. Sample all kinds of pies, enjoy after-hours holiday shopping, art shows, kids’ crafts and painting, and activities designed to get you thinking about what makes you feel grateful—just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses–vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win pies and prizes from the merchants
  • Pie Walk Dance Party starting at 7 p.m. in Journey Community Church—win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle with the Downtown Camas Association
  • Kids’ autumn crafts and painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Gratitude Leaves—pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Branch. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes or pies!
  • Art shows at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery

First Fridays are themed family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association each month of the year to support the downtown area and bring the community together. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/event/november-first-friday-2017-thankful-pie and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Thankful for Pie in Downtown Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? (If you don’t, maybe you just haven’t found your PPP–Personal Pie Profile.) Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or pecan—or caramel apple, rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, marionberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, French silk, Key lime, peach, or lemon meringue—we can all agree that pie is something worth celebrating. From 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, Downtown Camas will be just the place to celebrate with its family-friendly “Thankful for Pie,” event. Sample all kinds of pies, enjoy after-hours holiday shopping, art shows, kids’ crafts and painting, and activities designed to get you thinking about what makes you feel grateful—just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses–vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win pies and prizes from the merchants
  • Pie Walk Dance Party starting at 7 p.m. in Journey Community Church—win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle with the Downtown Camas Association
  • Kids’ autumn crafts and painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Gratitude Leaves—pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Branch. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes or pies!
  • Art shows at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery

First Fridays are themed family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association each month of the year to support the downtown area and bring the community together. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/event/november-first-friday-2017-thankful-pie and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat in downtown Camas

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. 25, 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 and Halloween-themed goodies 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!

Fourth Ave. from Adams to Franklin and side streets from Third to Fifth will be closed for the event to ensure children’s safety. Please no bikes, skateboards, or scooters. Parents, please provide supervision when crossing streets! We want our little ghosts and goblins, superheroes and storybook characters, pirates and princesses to stay safe.

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 Sushi Joint 2. If you need some extra carbs to go with your sugar, sample the Halloween treats at Cake Happy. Click here for a walking map of downtown Camas to help you plan your visit.

Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat

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. 25, 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 and Halloween-themed goodies 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!

Fourth Ave. from Adams to Franklin and side streets from Third to Fifth will be closed for the event to ensure children’s safety. Please no bikes, skateboards, or scooters. Parents, please provide supervision when crossing streets! We want our little ghosts and goblins, superheroes and storybook characters, pirates and princesses to stay safe.

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 Sushi Joint 2. If you need some extra carbs to go with your sugar, sample the Halloween treats at Cake Happy. Click here for a walking map of downtown Camas to help you plan your visit.

Ghosts & Spirits Haunted Walking Tour of Downtown Camas

The Downtown Camas Association is hosting the first-ever Ghosts & Spirits Haunted Walking Tour of downtown Camas, just in time for Halloween! Experience a one-hour guided walking tour through downtown Camas while hearing riveting, ghostly stories that have been collected by downtown building owners and merchants over the years—as well as mediums who have done readings downtown. Tourtakers will be pleasantly spooked by paranormal folklore about downtown buildings, with a lively dose of Camas history thrown in for good measure. Locations include the old Georgia Pacific Mill, Camas Antiques, Arktana, Camas Gallery, and other locales where strange goings-on and otherworldly sightings have been reported. The tour is presented by White Light Paranormal Insight and sponsored by The Wild Hair.

The tour will end at Salud Wine Bar with more ghost stories. Tickets are $15 per person, and the price includes treats and two “spirits” of the alcoholic variety. Tickets are expected to sell quickly and the tour may, in fact, sell out. There are two tour times offered: at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. The tour starts at Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. 4th Ave in downtown Camas, with your first “spirit” of the evening, and the tour ends with another “spirit” at Salud Wine Bar. This is an outside tour, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring an umbrella, just in case! Registration is required. To sign up, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-spirits-downtown-camas-haunted-walking-tour-tickets-37960614219. If you can’t attend on Saturday but are interested in future walking tours, email events@downtowncamas.com.

Pumpkin Pageant & Harry Potter Costume Contest

Downtown Camas will host its 12th annual Pumpkin Pageant during First Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, cleverly carved and decorated by local merchants and community members; each vote enters you to win fall-themed prizes from downtown businesses. Then enter the Harry Potter Costume Contest at 7 p.m. at Journey Church—or just show up to marvel at the creativity on display! Prizes will be awarded for adults and children in several categories: Most Authentic, Most Unique, Best Costume, and Best Homemade Costume. There will also be face painting and crafts, art shows, shopping and dining. Here are some highlights:

  • Pumpkin Pageant: Participating downtown businesses will each have a carved pumpkin. When you vote for your favorite, you’ll be entered to win fall-themed prizes from downtown merchants and iQ Credit Union, this First Friday’s sponsor. The People’s Choice winner also receives a prize basket.
  • Harry Potter Costume Contest: Show off your love for this series and the characters! The contest starts at 7 p.m. at Journey Church; sign up between 5 and 6:45 p.m. in the lobby.
  • Fairy Door Search: Fairy doors created and donated by Vancouver WA Fairy Doors will be hidden throughout downtown businesses–find them and be entered to win prizes!
  • Second Story Gallery will host a reception for the exhibit “Art for the Life of Elephants” featuring painters Katey Sandy and Gary Watson. Proceeds support the Elephant Crisis Fund. Refreshments and live music by Brian Jensen. The exhibit continues through Oct. 28.
  • Camas Gallery will feature award-winning nature photographer Lois Settlemeyer at its First Friday artist’s reception, along with refreshments and live music.
  • Harry Potter-inspired kids’ crafts and activities with the Downtown Camas Association at Journey Church.
  • Shopping and dining specials throughout town.

First Fridays are themed, family-friendly events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association on the first Friday of every month with the aim of supporting Camas’ vibrant downtown and creating connections in the community. For more information, visit downtowncamas.com or www.facebook.com/downtowncamas.

Girls’ Night Out

Grab your girlfriends and head to downtown Camas for Girls’ Night Out, happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. This is girl-style fun with a purpose: to raise money and support for The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington and The Pink Lemonade Project. The evening will include beauty treatments, shopping, cocktails, prizes, entertainment, art, treats, and much more. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic night of memory-making with your mom, sister, aunt, daughter, and friends. Here’s some of what you can expect:

  • Delicious pink cocktails
  • Pampering of all kinds
  • Free candy and treat bar by Truly Scrumptious Bakery
  • Waffles by Hello Waffle
  • Shopping and dining specials throughout town
  • A chocolate and wine pairing
  • Group art with Heidi Jo Curley
  • Make a basket, get a boa!
  • Vendors to browse
  • Bra pong! (Yes, it’s a thing!)
  • Girly photo booth in Arktana
  • Women’s health resources
  • Lively music
  • Fantastic raffle prizes; wear pink or teal and get a free ticket!
  • Free henna and body painting
  • Lots of giveaways, goodies, and freebies
  • Not-to-be-missed end-of-the-night party

Tickets are $20 per person, or $25 at the door. You can register online at http://downtowncamas.com/event/girls-night-out.

Girls’ Night Out

Grab your girlfriends and head to downtown Camas for Girls’ Night Out, happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. This is girl-style fun with a purpose: to raise money and support for The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington and The Pink Lemonade Project. The evening will include beauty treatments, shopping, cocktails, prizes, entertainment, art, treats, and much more. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic night of memory-making with your mom, sister, aunt, daughter, and friends. Here’s some of what you can expect:

  • Delicious pink cocktails
  • Pampering of all kinds
  • Free candy and treat bar by Truly Scrumptious Bakery
  • Waffles by Hello Waffle
  • Shopping and dining specials throughout town
  • A chocolate and wine pairing
  • Group art with Heidi Jo Curley
  • Make a basket, get a boa!
  • Vendors to browse
  • Bra pong! (Yes, it’s a thing!)
  • Girly photo booth in Arktana
  • Women’s health resources
  • Lively music
  • Fantastic raffle prizes; wear pink or teal and get a free ticket!
  • Free henna and body painting
  • Lots of giveaways, goodies, and freebies
  • Not-to-be-missed end-of-the-night party

Tickets are $20 per person, or $25 at the door. You can register online at http://downtowncamas.com/event/girls-night-out.

First Friday in Camas: Plein Air Painting, Bronze Bird Tour

September’s First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 brings art, art, and more art to downtown Camas with a plein air painting event, the new Bronze Bird Art Tour, art shows at Camas Gallery and Attic Gallery, and a town-wide exhibit of Elida Field‘s “Art, Women & Wine” student paintings. But wait, there’s more: there will be live music at Nuestra Mesa, shops will be open late open late, and downtown Camas’ restaurants, brewpubs, wine bars, cocktail lounges, and coffee houses are ready to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

First, the annual plein air painting event. Plein air, or “open air,” is the French tradition where artists paint out in the open. Artists will be painting on the streets of downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The finished art pieces will be put on display at Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. Stop by the gallery and vote for your favorites! The winning paintings will be auctioned off at Dinner in White on the Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Next, the much-anticipated Bronze Bird Art Tour will celebrate its kick-off dedication as part of the downtown Camas First Friday festivities. Drop by Attic Gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet with Artists Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson,” then meet at the fountain at 4th and Cedar at 5 p.m. for the official dedication. Then you can fly off to find all 13 birds throughout town; if you find them all, you’ll be entered to win a bird-themed prize basket. Bird Maps will be given out at the dedication and also at the Downtown Camas Association tables in Journey Community Church.

Image, top: Local artist Heidi Jo Curley creates a plein air painting at the recent Vintage & Art Faire in downtown Camas.

Plein Air Event & Bronze Bird Tour

September’s First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 brings art, art, and more art to downtown Camas with a plein air painting event, the new Bronze Bird Art Tour, art shows at Camas Gallery and Attic Gallery, and a town-wide exhibit of Elida Field‘s “Art, Women & Wine” student paintings. But wait, there’s more: there will be live music at Nuestra Mesa, shops will be open late open late, and downtown Camas’ restaurants, brewpubs, wine bars, cocktail lounges, and coffee houses are ready to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

First, the annual plein air painting event. Plein air, or “open air,” is the French tradition where artists paint out in the open. Artists will be painting on the streets of downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The finished art pieces will be put on display at Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. Stop by the gallery and vote for your favorites! The winning paintings will be auctioned off at Dinner in White on the Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Next, the much-anticipated Bronze Bird Art Tour will celebrate its kick-off dedication as part of the downtown Camas First Friday festivities. Drop by Attic Gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet with Artists Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson,” then meet at the fountain at 4th and Cedar at 5 p.m. for the official dedication. Then you can fly off to find all 13 birds throughout town; if you find them all, you’ll be entered to win a bird-themed prize basket. Bird Maps will be given out at the dedication and also at the Downtown Camas Association tables in Journey Community Church.

Image, top: Local artist Heidi Jo Curley creates a plein air painting at the recent Vintage & Art Faire in downtown Camas.

Small Town Summer Fun: First Friday in downtown 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. 4. Highlights include:

  • Outdoor fun and games with prizes, including duckie race, marble grab, corn hole, ring toss, and more
  • Street party sponsored by Nuestra Mesa with outdoor seating and live music by Lance Kinnaird and Lauren Abraham. Fourth Ave. from Adams to Birch will be closed for the party.
  • Munch on Doug’s Kettle Corn and get free Otter Pops for your kids
  • Make a paper boat and see if it floats
  • Play the “Guess the Missing Word” game in downtown businesses and earn tickets to win prizes from the merchants
  • Art receptions with refreshments and live music at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • The Liberty Theatre will be showing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”—a 25th anniversary re-release—at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party will offer painting activities for kids
  • Ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations for Camas Beauty Bar and Salud! Wine Bar 
  • After hours shopping and dining

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.

Veggie Derby at the Camas Farmers Market

UPDATE:  Oh no! This event has been cancelled due to the extreme heat forecast for tomorrow. Well, more time for you to perfect your zucchini car for next year!

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, along comes…the Veggie Derby. I know, I know; your mother told you not to play with your vegetables, but Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Camas Farmer’s Market, we promise to make an exception.

Here’s the deal: kids design, build and race their very own fruit-and-veggie vehicles for a chance to win big prizes! (Our only question is: can grown-ups play, too?) Each car should be made entirely from any combination of fruit and vegetables—held together with toothpicks or whatever other brilliant engineering ideas our local young minds can conjure up—and it has to actually work. The fastest veggie mobile wins!

The Camas Farmers Market runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Veggie engines are set to rev at 5:30 p.m., but those interested in participating should come early to register and to construct their winning automobiles. What are the “big prizes”? We don’t know, but it’s got to be good. This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. To learn more, visit camasfarmersmarket.org.

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. 4. Highlights include:

  • Outdoor fun and games with prizes, including duckie race, marble grab, corn hole, ring toss, and more
  • Street party sponsored by Nuestra Mesa with outdoor seating and live music by Lance Kinnaird and Lauren Abraham. Fourth Ave. from Adams to Birch will be closed for the party.
  • Munch on Doug’s Kettle Corn and get free Otter Pops for your kids
  • Make a paper boat and see if it floats
  • Play the “Guess the Missing Word” game in downtown businesses and earn tickets to win prizes from the merchants
  • Art receptions with refreshments and live music at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • The Liberty Theatre will be showing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”—a 25th anniversary re-release—at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party will offer painting activities for kids
  • Ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations for Camas Beauty Bar and Salud! Wine Bar 
  • After hours shopping and dining

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.

First Friday in Downtown Camas: Dog Days of Summer, Mardi Gras-style

Come to downtown Camas for a celebration of dogs on from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, July 7. There’ll be a doggie talent show with prizes and a parade sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe with a Mardi Gras theme (in honor of the famous Barkus Parade). Drop by Miss Nola’s Cafe any time from 5:30 to 7:30 for live Cajun Zydeco music by The Mudbugs. (Bonus: Miss Nola’s will be giving out free hush puppies, and they are good, as this writer can attest!) Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required) and make a fun night of it.

What else will make your tail wag? Vendors, kids’ crafts with a Mardi Gras dog theme, a dog breed guessing game, and a dog-and-owner look-alike contest sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pet. West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be there with their famous “ball pool” filled with delicious dog treats. Nuestra Mesa will host an outdoor summer concert with outdoor dining. Kids can paint with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party. Find out more about Fences for Fido, a non-profit committed to providing better quality of life for outdoor dogs. For delicious, gourmet, homemade dog treats, check out Pup Town Cafe. Abbey with Polka Dot Paws will be on hand with her one-of-a-kind dog-friendly creations, handmade dog bandanas and pet accessories. Learn more about a fun and worthy cause called Strutt Your Mutt, visit the Best Friends Animal Society and Must Love Dogs NW to learn more about saving the lives of homeless pets.

The doggie talent show and owner look-alike contest will be held at 6 p.m. and the Barkus Parade will be at 7 p.m. There will be judging of best costumes in the parade with prizes for most original, cutest, and most Mardi Gras-inspired. For the Talent Contest, the judging will be for most clever, most difficult, and cutest talents. Sign at least 15 minutes before each event. The contests, parade, crafts and other fun will be on Cedar St. between 4th and 5th.

Mudbugs at Miss Nola’s Café

We hope your toes are ready for tappin’, because Vancouver-based duo The Mudbugs will give a special performance at Miss Nola’s Café from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7. The concert is in honor of downtown Camas’ First Friday event, which is a Mardi Gras-themed tribute to dogs with a doggie parade, costume contest, and doggie-owner look-alike contest. Everyone—two-legged and four-legged—will be decked out in their wildest Mardi Gras outfits and when they get hungry, Miss Nola’s will come to the rescue with classic Low Country Cajun and Creole cuisine.

The Mudbugs are roots based with blues, country, and zydeco at the core. You’ll hear original tunes influenced by Clifton Chenier, Doc Watson, Hank Williams Sr., and Snooks Eaglin, as well as some favorite Americana covers. The Mudbugs are KG Jackson on vocals and guitar with Candy Jackson on accordion, washboard, triangle, and backup vocals.

Miss Nola’s Café, owned by Chef Tim and Melissa McCusker, is located at 401 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. The McCuskers met in New Orleans and garnered a considerable amount of experience cooking Low Country cuisine during his tenure in the South. Cajun, Creole, and Southern flavors are the inspiration for the menu. Cocktails like the traditional Hurricane and Charleston Mule are available to guests. The walls are decorated with keepsakes from New Orleans and gifts that people have brought back from Mardi Gras. To learn more, visit missnolas.com.

Dog Days of Summer, Mardi Gras-style

Come to downtown Camas for a celebration of dogs on from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, July 7. There’ll be a doggie talent show with prizes and a parade sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe with a Mardi Gras theme (in honor of the famous Barkus Parade). Drop by Miss Nola’s Cafe any time from 5:30 to 7:30 for live Cajun Zydeco music by The Mudbugs. (Bonus: Miss Nola’s will be giving out free hush puppies, and they are good, as this writer can attest!) Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required) and make a fun night of it.

What else will make your tail wag? Vendors, kids’ crafts with a Mardi Gras dog theme, a dog breed guessing game, and a dog-and-owner look-alike contest sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pet. West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be there with their famous “ball pool” filled with delicious dog treats. Nuestra Mesa will host an outdoor summer concert with outdoor dining. Kids can paint with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party. Find out more about Fences for Fido, a non-profit committed to providing better quality of life for outdoor dogs. For delicious, gourmet, homemade dog treats, check out Pup Town Cafe. Abbey with Polka Dot Paws will be on hand with her one-of-a-kind dog-friendly creations, handmade dog bandanas and pet accessories. Learn more about a fun and worthy cause called Strutt Your Mutt, visit the Best Friends Animal Society and Must Love Dogs NW to learn more about saving the lives of homeless pets.

The doggie talent show and owner look-alike contest will be held at 6 p.m. and the Barkus Parade will be at 7 p.m. There will be judging of best costumes in the parade with prizes for most original, cutest, and most Mardi Gras-inspired. For the Talent Contest, the judging will be for most clever, most difficult, and cutest talents. Sign at least 15 minutes before each event. The contests, parade, crafts and other fun will be on Cedar St. between 4th and 5th.

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 2, 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 actual 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

Enjoy other games throughout town and earn tickets to win a prize basket. Try your hand at Jackpot Plinko, Lucky Rollers, Spin and Win, Downtown Dice, Card War, Toss It In. Poker lists can be found at the Downtown Camas Association table at Journey Commuity Church and at participating shops. There’ll be live music to keep you in a good mood, games and crafts for the kids (including painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party), gallery exhibits where you can meet the artists, great restaurants to eat at, and of course things to buy in downtown Camas’ one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. See a special showing of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid at the Liberty Theatre at 8:15 p.m. To see a complete list of all the evening’s activities, click here.

Spring Shopping Celebration in downtown Camas

It may not feel like it after a couple days of cool temperatures and Northwest-style drizzly rain, but it IS spring—and it’s predicted to be in the 70s and 80s this weekend. Doesn’t that make you feel like…shopping? YES, IT DOES! You should go ahead and indulge that desire in downtown Camas this Saturday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Spring Shopping Celebration.

Enjoy the day in downtown Camas’ award-winning restaurants, brewpubs, art galleries, coffeeshops, cupcakeries, clothing boutiques, antique shops, home décor shops—and of course shoe shops!—and earn raffle tickets as you shop and dine. Then bring your tickets to Arktana Shoes for a chance to win big prizes. Here’s how it works:

If you bring friends with you, you get one raffle ticket per friend. If you buy any item in any store at any price, you get one raffle ticket per item (with a receipt, naturally). If you buy any gift certificate from any store, you get a ticket for each gift certificate, and if you buy any menu item at a participating restaurant, pub, or bar, you get one raffle ticket per item. Think how many raffle tickets you can earn in just a few short hours! Winners will be drawn and announced at 4:30 p.m. at Arktana Shoes, 415 N.E. 4th Ave.

Spring Shopping Celebration in Camas

It may not feel like it after a couple days of cool temperatures and Northwest-style drizzly rain, but it IS spring—and it’s predicted to be in the 70s and 80s this weekend. Doesn’t that make you feel like…shopping? YES, IT DOES! You should go ahead and indulge that desire in downtown Camas this Saturday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Spring Shopping Celebration.

Enjoy the day in downtown Camas’ award-winning restaurants, brewpubs, art galleries, coffeeshops, cupcakeries, clothing boutiques, antique shops, home décor shops—and of course shoe shops!—and earn raffle tickets as you shop and dine. Then bring your tickets to Arktana Shoes for a chance to win big prizes. Here’s how it works:

If you bring friends with you, you get one raffle ticket per friend. If you buy any item in any store at any price, you get one raffle ticket per item (with a receipt, naturally). If you buy any gift certificate from any store, you get a ticket for each gift certificate, and if you buy any menu item at a participating restaurant, pub, or bar, you get one raffle ticket per item. Think how many raffle tickets you can earn in just a few short hours! Winners will be drawn and announced at 4:30 p.m. at Arktana Shoes, 415 N.E. 4th Ave.

Above image: super-cute spring outfits on the racks now at Lily Atelier.

First Friday in Downtown Camas: Gnome and Fairy Gala

Mischievous gnomes and enchanting fairies will be seen all over downtown Camas during May’s First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 5, in honor of the Camas Plant & Garden Fair coming on May 13. The theme is “Gnome & Fairy Gala” with gnome and fairy activities and crafts, art shows and receptions, s’mores, outdoor dining, live music, treats, a craft beer brewing demo, prize drawings, and more.

Play the Garden Gnome & Fairy Gala game and find the  gnomes and fairies throughout downtown businesses. Earn tickets to win prizes for each gnome and fairy you find. Start at the Downtown Camas Association tables at Journey Church, 304 N.E. 4th, to pick up your activity list for the night. There will be loads of other stuff to see and do, including:

  • Find the fairy houses throughout the downtown landscaping and “feed” the fairies—each child will be given a little bag of “fairy food”
  • Cinco de Mayo celebration hosted by Nuestra Mesa with food, dancing, and live music
  • S’mores roasting sponsored by iQ Credit Union
  • Get your picture taken with Mr. & Mrs. Gnome
  • Kids’ crafts at Journey Community Church
  • Craft beer brewing demonstration by Drib Pro Quo in honor of National Homebrew Day
  • “Secret Garden” window display at Camas Antiques. (By the way, the Liberty Theatre will be showing this classic 1993 film on Mother’s Day.)
  • A showing of “Labyrinth” at the Liberty Theatre at 8 p.m.
  • Art gallery shows, receptions, and painting demonstrations with refreshments and live music at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • After hours shopping and specials; for every $10 you spend in downtown Camas that night, you’ll get a ticket for a prize drawing.

For all the information, visit the Downtown Camas Association website at downtowncamas.com or “like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/downtowncamas/.