Oktoberfest at Shorty’s

The signs are obvious: pumpkin lattes, turning leaves, schoolbuses making the rounds, piles of pumpkins and cinnamon-scented pine cones at the grocery store. Fall is officially here. (OK, OK: meteorologically speaking, it’s not until Sept. 23. But we all know the truth: pumpkin lattes are the true harbinger of autumn.)

There’s one more way you can tell that autumn has arrived, and that’s Oktoberfest and Harvest Celebration at Shorty’s Garden & Home from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. Kindly set aside your objection that it’s September, and Oktoberfest ought to happen in Oktober—er, rather October. You really won’t care once you’ve had a pint of beer and a big fat pretzel, or after you’ve taken a whirl with your polka partner. Due to all the ale, lager, wine, and hard cider at this event, it’s a 21-and-over gathering, so leave the kinder at home, don your best pair of lederhosen, and put a feather in your trachten hat: this evening is going to be wunderbar! Here’s what you can expect to do:

The Oktoberfest and Harvest Celebration will be held at the Vancouver Shorty’s location, 1006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Tickets are $20 each, available online at www.fvrlf.org. Click here for tickets, and then choose the “register” button. Sorry, no refunds can be given—but even if you can’t make it, the money goes to a good cause! The Foundation makes our excellent library system even better by building public and private initiatives that enrich life-long learning throughout our community. To learn more, visit www.fvrlf.org.

Library Used Book Sale

Are you the kind of person who thinks decorating a home mostly involves building more bookshelves? Then you'll want to grab a bookbag (or two or three) and head on over to the Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. A special presale for members of Friends of the Library will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, but if you're not a member, not to worry; memberships are available at the door.

All sales will be held at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Headquarters—the former home of the downtown Vancouver library, at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd. The book sale, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Vancouver Community Library, will take place on the lower level, downstairs in Library Hall.

If you don't have any bookbags (although we can't imagine why not), the library will be kind enough to give you a bag and you may fill it with as many books as you like for $2. And here's a secret: Any books that don't sell by 3 p.m. on April 13 are free—at least until 4 p.m., when the book-sale-and-giveaway-extravaganza will end.