Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse

Take Mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Meet at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, where from noon to 4 p.m. there will be plankhouse tours, kids’ activities, and wild tea samples. At 1 p.m., enjoy a “Tending the Wild” walk and talk about the different ways Chinookan women cared for their plant relatives—foraging and cultivating plants to use as herbs, medicines, and food. At 2 p.m. there will be a guided Family Nature Walk, and at 3 p.m. there will be a Soothing Herbal Salve-Making demonstration.

There will be plenty of way for families to connect with Chinookan culture and appreciate local flora and fauna, plus ample wildlife watching opportunities on Refuge hiking trails. For more information, check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website at ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of refuge trails, contact Plankhouse Coordinator Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov, or call 360-887-4106.

For more details about monthly family activities, nature walks, and birding hikes at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and in the Ridgfield National Wildlife Refuge, visit ridgefieldfriends.org.

Free Wine Tasting for Moms at Heisen House

What does Mom REALLY want for Mother’s Day? A nice glass of wine—maybe two—in lovely, peaceful surroundings. Heisen House Vineyards can supply both things on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Come to this beautiful rural winery in North Clark County any time between noon and 5 p.m., when Heisen House will be celebrating motherhood and honoring all moms with complimentary wine tastings.

While you’re there, check out Heisen House’s full roster of spring and summer events, such as live music every Friday evening from noon to 5 p.m. starting Friday, May 26; a spring wine release on Memorial Day Weekend, the Wedding Showcase and Open House on Saturday, June 10; and the Eighth Annual Barn Bash on Saturday, June 17. Heisen House also offers a great line-up of Summer Craft Sundays, held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday from May 28 thru September. Choose from workshops as diverse as glass fusing, wine cork crafts, rock mosaics, succulent planters, fairy houses, wine bottle bird feeders, and lots more. Each class includes instruction, all supplies, and a flight or glass of wine. To see a list of all upcoming classes and events, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/heisenhousevineyards/events/.

Camas Plant & Garden Fair

The 20th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair is growing, with new offerings, vendors and activities in downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. After you’re done seeing all the vendors and buying your Mother’s Day gifts as well as treasures for your own garden and home, you can have a meal or a cocktail in one of Camas’ notable eateries, coffee houses, or cocktail parlors. And then you can do some MORE shopping in Camas’ charming boutique stores and galleries! You can also enter a raffle prize drawing where the proceeds will benefit scholarships for women. For more information, visit www.cwplantfair.org.

Browse through the wares and products from local nurseries, garden artists, and farms. You’ll find trees, plants, garden art and furniture, planters, vegetable starts, wind chimes, garden tools, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets, garden benches, stone art, sculptures, lavender, herbs, and more. Boy Scouts will be standing by with their trusty wagons to help you bring your purchases to your car. A list of all the vendors with links can be found at www.cwplantfair.org/vendors.

After you buy your plants, drop by the free potting station where garden club volunteer will help you pot your plants in the containers you buy. You can also chat with the 20 designated vendor experts to learn more about plants, effective gardening techniques, and other related topics. Look for the “yellow sun” signs on expert booth locations to find out about attracting birds and butterflies to your garden, container gardening, hot pepper plants, herbal remedies and pain relieving extracts, clematis, water gardens, rhododendrons, beekeeping and pollinating, outdoor living spaces, Japanese maples, carnivorous plants, geraniums and pelargoniums, and more.

A new addition this year is the “Birch Street Wine Garden” to help celebrate the fair’s 20th anniversary. From noon to 4 p.m., customers can relax and enjoy a glass of wine in the outdoor space at 311 N.E. Birch. Birch Street Uptown Lounge’s full drink menu will be available, and nearby live music and fresh food vendors will add to the experience.

For kids, there’s the “Find the Ladybug” game, played throughout participating downtown businesses. Players earn tickets to win a Family Gardening Basket for each ladybug they find. There’s also the strolling Jugglemania Show with a giant rose puppet and themed juggling. The Kids’ Zone—open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—will include seed planting, making Mother’s Day cards, painting ladybug rocks, a ladybug habitat, a worm bin, seed exploration, and kid-friendly garden planting ideas. Returning this year is the free petting zoo, open all day.

Swingin’ at the Kiggins

Celebrate the 30s and the wonderful world of swing music at The Kiggins Theatre with live choreographed dancing, a 12-piece jazz orchestra, the close vocal harmonies of The Juleps, and the classic 1938 musical College Swing starring Bob Hope, Martha Raye and George Burns and Gracie Allen. Swingin’ at the Kiggins is expected to be so popular, it’s being presented on two consecutive nights: Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. This evening of fun, fashion, and high-energy dancing is the result of a partnership between The Kiggins, Most Everything Vintage, and Bru Pomade, which is launching a new product called Dapper Man. The event is, in part, an answer to the question, “Where can I go after I get all dressed up in my fabulous vintage clothes?”

The film will be preceded with live music performed by the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra and choreographed swing dance by Zef Aiden Wolf and Company. On Friday, there will be pre-show entertainment by The Juleps in The Marquee upstairs lounge. So come dressed in all your vintage finery and enjoy an evening (or two) of music, dance, and fashion. And here’s a bold idea for those who haven’t yet decided on a Mother’s Day gift: if the mom in your life loves to get dressed up and dance, this is a gift is a sweet, sweet deal.

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45 p.m. Presale tickets are $15 or $18 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.kigginstheatre.net—and then, if you don’t already have that perfect swingin’ outfit, swing on by Most Everything Vintage at 815 Washington St. for a spectacular collection of dresses and menswear from that era. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/408721786178632/, where you’ll also find a list of places in downtown Vancouver to grab a bite and a cocktail before or after the show. To learn more about Bru Pomade, a line of men’s hair and beard products made in Vancouver by Garret and Becca Olmstead of Locksmythe Salon, visit www.brupom.com.

Moms Sip for Free at Heisen House on May 14

What does Mom REALLY want for Mother’s Day? A nice glass of wine—maybe two—in lovely, peaceful surroundings. Heisen House Vineyards can supply both things on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Come to this beautiful rural winery in North Clark County any time between noon and 5 p.m., when Heisen House will be celebrating motherhood and honoring all moms with complimentary wine tastings.

While you’re there, check out Heisen House’s full roster of spring and summer events, such as live music every Friday evening from noon to 5 p.m. starting Friday, May 26; a spring wine release on Memorial Day Weekend, the Wedding Showcase and Open House on Saturday, June 10; and the Eighth Annual Barn Bash on Saturday, June 17. Heisen House also offers a great line-up of Summer Craft Sundays, held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday from May 28 thru September. Choose from workshops as diverse as glass fusing, wine cork crafts, rock mosaics, succulent planters, fairy houses, wine bottle bird feeders, and lots more. Each class includes instruction, all supplies, and a flight or glass of wine. To see a list of all upcoming classes and events, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/heisenhousevineyards/events/.

Camas Plant & Garden Fair

The 20th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair is growing, with new offerings, vendors and activities in downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. After you’re done seeing all the vendors and buying your Mother’s Day gifts as well as treasures for your own garden and home, you can have a meal or a cocktail in one of Camas’ notable eateries, coffee houses, or cocktail parlors. And then you can do some MORE shopping in Camas’ charming boutique stores and galleries! You can also enter a raffle prize drawing where the proceeds will benefit scholarships for women. For more information, visit www.cwplantfair.org.

Browse through the wares and products from local nurseries, garden artists, and farms. You’ll find trees, plants, garden art and furniture, planters, vegetable starts, wind chimes, garden tools, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets, garden benches, stone art, sculptures, lavender, herbs, and more. Boy Scouts will be standing by with their trusty wagons to help you bring your purchases to your car. A list of all the vendors with links can be found at www.cwplantfair.org/vendors.

After you buy your plants, drop by the free potting station where garden club volunteer will help you pot your plants in the containers you buy. You can also chat with the 20 designated vendor experts to learn more about plants, effective gardening techniques, and other related topics. Look for the “yellow sun” signs on expert booth locations to find out about attracting birds and butterflies to your garden, container gardening, hot pepper plants, herbal remedies and pain relieving extracts, clematis, water gardens, rhododendrons, beekeeping and pollinating, outdoor living spaces, Japanese maples, carnivorous plants, geraniums and pelargoniums, and more.

A new addition this year is the “Birch Street Wine Garden” to help celebrate the fair’s 20th anniversary. From noon to 4 p.m., customers can relax and enjoy a glass of wine in the outdoor space at 311 N.E. Birch. Birch Street Uptown Lounge’s full drink menu will be available, and nearby live music and fresh food vendors will add to the experience.

For kids, there’s the “Find the Ladybug” game, played throughout participating downtown businesses. Players earn tickets to win a Family Gardening Basket for each ladybug they find. There’s also the strolling Jugglemania Show with a giant rose puppet and themed juggling. The Kids’ Zone—open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—will include seed planting, making Mother’s Day cards, painting ladybug rocks, a ladybug habitat, a worm bin, seed exploration, and kid-friendly garden planting ideas. Returning this year is the free petting zoo, open all day.

Mother’s Day Train Rides, Dinner & Wine Trips

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will be pulling out all the stops this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13 & 14. The deisel-powered train runs south about seven miles to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot tunnel through solid rock, with a pause at Moulton Station for a mini-hike to visit beautiful Yacolt Falls (about a 13-mile round trip). Excursions depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt, located at 207 N. Railroad Ave. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, especially on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. (…because seriously, who doesn’t love a train ride?)

Tickets are $16 per person, $15 for seniors, $11 for children ages five to 12, and $9 for little ones ages two to four. Babies up to age two are free! To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on this popular and scenic train ride, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

The railroad is offering another “steamy” option from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, in conjunction with Moulton Falls Winery, 30901 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. After some yummy appetizers served at the winery at 4 p.m., the steam locomotive will pick up passengers at 5 p.m., then continue on its scenic route through Heisson and on to a bridge across the East Fork of the Lewis River. (…and yes, you can enjoy your wine on the train!) On the return trip, the train will drop passengers back at the winery for dinner and festivities.

Tickets for the Wine Train package are available at Moulton Falls Winery during business hours or online at www.tickettomato.com. The price per person is $45, and includes appetizers, wine and cider tasting, the train ride, dinner, and live music by Chris Carpenter & the Collective from 6 until 9 p.m. This is another super-popular event, so purchasing tickets in advance of the day, while not required, is enthusiastically recommended.

Mother’s Day at Ridgefield NWR

Take Mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Meet at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, where from noon to 4 p.m. there will be plankhouse tours, kids’ activities, and wild tea samples. At 1 p.m., enjoy a “Tending the Wild” walk and talk about the different ways Chinookan women cared for their plant relatives—foraging and cultivating plants to use as herbs, medicines, and food. At 2 p.m. there will be a guided Family Nature Walk, and at 3 p.m. there will be a Soothing Herbal Salve-Making demonstration.

There will be plenty of way for families to connect with Chinookan culture and appreciate local flora and fauna, plus ample wildlife watching opportunities on Refuge hiking trails. For more information, check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website at ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of refuge trails, contact Plankhouse Coordinator Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov, or call 360-887-4106.

For more details about monthly family activities, nature walks, and birding hikes at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and in the Ridgfield National Wildlife Refuge, visit ridgefieldfriends.org.

May at Latte Da + Mother’s Day Brunch

May is just around the corner, and there’s no place lovelier than a warm spring evening at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where the patio is open for the season and there’s always something going on. From May 1 to May 25, there’s something happening every week: live music, poetry and storytelling, puppies, trivia night, wine tasting, and a special Mother’s Day Brunch!

Latte Da has also got a full menu featuring some of the Couve’s best sandwiches—and some of its yummiest small plates and appetizers, perfect with a glass of craft beer, cider, or fine wine. Latte Da, open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is located in a cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver and is an all-day destination for coffee, wine, light meals and live music. Street parking is available. For more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

  • Monday, May 1, Musicians’ Open Mic Night: come to perform…or to listen. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m. and music starts around 6:30 p.m. Full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, May 13, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy hot, homemade biscuits and gravy, or anything else from Latte Da’s morning menu. All ages are welcome and guests can buy a bandanas to benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization.
  • Friday, May 12, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. In honor of Mother’s Day, May’s theme is mothers and motherhood. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m .and readings start at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate.
  • Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch! Treat mom to something specials this Mother’s Day and take her out for some made-to-order Belgian waffles with fresh berries and housemade whipped cream, served with pure maple syrup and sausage links or biscuits and country sausage gravy served with sausage links. Half-price mimosas all day! Make your reservations for parties of four or more in person, by phone, or online at lattedacoffeehouse.com.
  • Monday, May 15, Trivia Night: come on down and show off your brain power from 6 to 8 p.m. while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, May 25, Wine Tasting: Come taste a selection of wines made by female winemakers. Tastings are held in Latte Da’s beautiful Tasting Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Four tastes are $12. Small appetizers will be provided. Bottles and glasses of the wines being poured will be available for purchase.

Lilac Days

Every spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland celebrates the beauty of lilacs in full bloom with Lilac Days, to be held this year from Saturday, April 22, through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14.

Visitors can stroll through the gardens, admire the dazzling variety of lilacs—from the pink “Esther Staley” to the white “Monique Lemoine” to the classic purple “Lilac Sunday”—and breathe the heady scent of sun-warmed blooms. Although the gardens are open year-round, plants are offered for sale only during Lilac Days, with proceeds helping to pay for the care of the gardens, outbuildings, and Klager’s Victorian-era home, which will be open for tours during the festival. Lilac-lovers come from around the Northwest—and sometimes from around the world—to buy lilac cultivars developed by Klager herself. The gift shop is also open only during Lilac Days, and is full of turn-of-the-century-style treasures.

The Lilac Display Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a $3 admission fee is payable at the gate. Children under 12 years old are free when accompanied by an adult. Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens is located at 115 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland, near Holland America Bulb Farm, where the Woodland Tulip Festival will also be taking place on April 22 and 23.

Lilac Days

Every spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland celebrates the beauty of lilacs in full bloom with Lilac Days, to be held this year from Saturday, April 22, through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14.

Visitors can stroll through the gardens, admire the dazzling variety of lilacs—from the pink “Esther Staley” to the white “Monique Lemoine” to the classic purple “Lilac Sunday”—and breathe the heady scent of sun-warmed blooms. Although the gardens are open year-round, plants are offered for sale only during Lilac Days, with proceeds helping to pay for the care of the gardens, outbuildings, and Klager’s Victorian-era home, which will be open for tours during the festival. Lilac-lovers come from around the Northwest—and sometimes from around the world—to buy lilac cultivars developed by Klager herself. The gift shop is also open only during Lilac Days, and is full of turn-of-the-century-style treasures.

The Lilac Display Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a $3 admission fee is payable at the gate. Children under 12 years old are free when accompanied by an adult. Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens is located at 115 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland, near Holland America Bulb Farm, where the Woodland Tulip Festival will also be taking place on April 22 and 23.

Mother’s Day at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Take Mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. There will family-friendly activities from noon to 4 p.m. with a focus on Native American culture and the beautiful flora and fauna of the Refuge.

From noon to 4 p.m., families can enjoy free Plankhouse Tours and children’s activities led by Refuge volunteers. At 1 p.m. inside the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, doctoral student Tiffany Fulkerson will explore the relationship between women’s labor and their social power through evidence in the archaeological record. At 2 p.m., the whole family can join an Ethnobotany Hike led by a Refuge naturalist; the group will walk the Oaks to Wetlands Trail discussing spring plants and their relationship with Chinookan culture. Participants should meet at the Plankhouse be prepared for a two-mile hike on moderately uneven terrain.

The Plankhouse—a detailed, true-to-life reproduction of ancient Chinookan plankhouses—is located in the River S Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge at 28908 N.W. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. Refuge admission is $3 per vehicle. Check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website at ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of refuge trails and driving tours. For more information about this and other events, contact Plankhouse Coordinator Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov or call 360-887-4106.

 

Mother’s Day at the Refuge

Take Mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. There will family-friendly activities from noon to 4 p.m. with a focus on Native American culture and the beautiful flora and fauna of the Refuge.

From noon to 4 p.m., families can enjoy free Plankhouse tours and children’s activities led by Refuge volunteers. At 1 p.m. inside the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, doctoral student Tiffany Fulkerson will explore the relationship between women’s labor and their social power through evidence in the archaeological record. At 2 p.m., the whole family can join an Ethnobotany Hike led by a Refuge naturalist; the group will walk the Oaks to Wetlands Trail discussing spring plants and their relationship with Chinookan culture. Participants should meet at the Plankhouse be prepared for a two-mile hike on moderately uneven terrain.

The Plankhouse—a detailed, true-to-life reproduction of ancient Chinookan plankhouses—is located in the River S Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge at 28908 N.W. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. Refuge admission is $3 per vehicle. Check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website at ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of refuge trails and driving tours. For more information about this and other events, contact Plankhouse Coordinator Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov or call 360-887-4106.

Mother’s Day at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse & Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

Take Mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. At 2 p.m. inside the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Pat Courtney Gold, member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and accomplished weaver and artist, will speak about the perspective Native American women had of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We’ll also have activities for families to connect with the culture and wildlife at the Plankhouse, plus ample wildlife watching opportunities on our hiking trails and the River S Unit auto tour driving route. For more information, check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website at ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of refuge trails, contact Plankhouse Coordinator Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov, or call 360- 887-4106. Children’s activities and plankhouse tours will also be available from noon to 4 p.m. For more details about monthly family activities, nature walks, and birding hikes at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and in the Ridgfield National Wildlife Refuge, visit ridgefieldfriends.org.

Downtown ‘Couve Clean-up & Big Bloomin’ Baskets

One hundred big bloomin’ baskets will be hung in downtown Vancouver next weekend, and you can help make sure Vancouver stays in bloom all summer long. Here’s how: purchase a basket in honor of Mom for a contribution of $25 or more OR you can help hang the baskets around downtown on Friday, May 15. The costs of this program are completely covered by private donations, and everything is managed by volunteers. To fill out the order form online, click here.

Another way you can help keep Vancouver’s downtown blooming and beautiful is to help with Vancouver’s Downtown Association Spring Clean-up from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9. Volunteers should meet at Turtle Place on the corner of 7th and Main to sweep up, rake up, pick up and clean up the heart of the ‘Couve. For more details, send an e-mail to director@vdausa.org or call 360-258-1129.

Luepke Blooms for Mom

MothersDayatLuepkeLuepke Flowers & Finds—located in the remodeled and restored landmark Vancouver building at 1300 Washington Street—is offering a last-minute Mother’s Day special: one dozen beautiful, blooming roses in all different colors with a four-piece box of Moonstruck chocolates for $75 plus tax and delivery. Our recommendation, however, is that you visit this light-filled floral boutique to choose one of the colorful arrangements on display, created on-site from fresh, locally sourced flowers. If Mom would prefer a living gift that lasts, choose from an array of potted plants: blooming and non-blooming, for floors or tabletops.

If you need something extra to go with your flowers, well, that’s where the “Finds” part of Luepke Flowers & Finds comes in: the shop boasts artful displays of silk scarves, soaps, candles, and handmade baskets in different sizes great for shopping or taking to the farmer’s market. Luepke also offers a thoughtful selection of jewelry and totes adorbs baby clothes for the mom with little ones. Whatever you choose, you’ll be glad you visited—and next time, you can bring Mom with you!

For more information, or if you’re planning a wedding, graduation party, or other special event, see the website and Facebook page for photos of show-stopping arrangements. There’s even a Flower Happy Hour with 50% off cut flowers from 3 to 6 p.m. every weekday and all day on Saturday.

Mother’s Day at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

Take Mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. At 2 p.m. inside the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Pat Courtney Gold, member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and accomplished weaver and artist, will speak about the perspective Native American women had of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We’ll also have activities for families to connect with the culture and wildlife at the Plankhouse, plus ample wildlife watching opportunities on our hiking trails and the River S Unit auto tour driving route. For more information, check the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website at ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of refuge trails, contact Plankhouse Coordinator Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov, or call 360- 887-4106. Children’s activities and plankhouse tours will also be available from noon to 4 p.m.

In the meantime, here’s a bit more about Gold’s presentation: the vast majority of books written about Lewis and Clark are from a white man’s perspective. In this presentation, “Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark,” you’ll better understand how the native peoples of the Lower Columbia River region felt about Lewis and Clark and their expedition. Gold will explore questions such as: How did the Columbia River matriarchal society see Lewis and Clark? What did they think of the smelly bearded men who ignored the sacred salmon in preference for dog meat? This talk will present a point of view that’s not often discussed but one you’ll definitely want to hear.

For more details about monthly family activities, nature walks, and birding hikes at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and in the Ridgfield National Wildlife Refuge, visit ridgefieldfriends.org.

Mazama & Mother’s Day at Lapellah

There are still a few spots left at the table for the Mazama Brewer’s Dinner at Lapellah on Wednesday, May 6. Mazama’s proprietors, Jeff and Kathy Tobin, have been making craft beers since 1984, and started Mazama Brewing in 2013. The chefs at Lapellah have created a five-course meal especially designed to pair with Mazama’s different beers. The cost is $50 per person, and includes all five courses plus beer pairings. Call 360-334-0834 or 360-828-7911 to reserve your place. Here’s the menu:
  • Spot prawn, confit green garlic and lemon powder paired with Wizard Island Wit
  • Black pepper crusted short rib, rye aioli, and pickled cabbage paired with Saison D’etre
  • Asparagus pasta and chilis paired with Belgian-style Blond
  • Braised Reister Farm lamb and butter-braised spring vegetables paired with Pyroclastic Porter
  • Rhubarb tart with Sour Cherry Saison

If you can’t make it to the brewer’s dinner, you can always come back for Lapellah’s Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Each year, Lapellah crafts a custom brunch menu in honor of Mom, and this year is no exception (in fact, some sources say it’ll be the best yet). The menu will be announced on Lapellah’s Facebook page, but there’s no need to wait; call 360-828-7911 to make a reservation.

Luepke Flowers & Finds, Kids’ Paint & Plant

Savvy Vancouvrians have been getting flowers from Luepke’s since 1906, but today the landmark floral boutique is a destination for flowers, fine gifts, and a place for ‘Couvies to see and be seen. The building was purchased by Bruno Amicci—who also owns Low Bar, and intends to open a taproom and a speakeasy adjacent to the flower shop in the next six months or so—but instead of closing the flower shop and replacing it with another retail business, he saw both the history and the potential and, with the help of Business Development Director Jill Campbell and a friendly, capable staff, he’s already making a mark with Luepke Flowers & Finds.

MartyatLuepkeThe redecoration and redesign have resulted in a lovely, open, light-filled space where the focal point is the shop’s original floral case. Walk in and buy one of the artful pre-made arrangements, or order a custom bouquet with fresh, locally sourced flowers. If you’ve got a wedding or event coming up, see the website for photos of show-stopping arrangements, or come in for a consultation. But don’t just go for the flowers, because there’s so many other fun things to buy: “bling” for floral arrangements (pictured above), one-of-a-kind jewelry, scarves, soy candles, handwoven baskets and upcycled containers, potted plants and succulents, and charming vintage pots and vases. A different local artist is featured every month, starting on First Friday. And take a gander at the très chic display in Luepke’s signature round window, which rivals any storefront on the Champs-Élysées. If you’re lucky, you just might meet the store’s furry mascot, a West Highland Terrier named Marty.

PaintandPotMother’s Day is coming up soon, and Luepke’s is offering a special event just for kids to create their own living Mother’s Day arrangements: a Paint & Plant workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, where Luepke’s provides the pots to paint and the plants to pot. The $25 price includes snacks, face painting, balloons, and of course family-friendly fun. After the pots are painted and planted, they will be displayed in Luepke’s window for everyone to see while they dry (no peeking, moms!). Pick them up later or set up a delivery option.

Other things to note: every display in the store is on wheels, so the space can be rearranged to accommodate private events or corporate gatherings. Free delivery for companies in downtown Vancouver will soon be available. There’s a Flower Happy Hour with 50% off cut flowers from 3 to 6 p.m. every weekday and all day on Saturday. Luepke’s gives back to the community by donating flowers and expertise to nonprofit fundraisers and other locals events, like the recent Couve Couture. And check Luepke’s Facebook page for information on the upcoming Sip & Stems, a flower arranging class with wine. Finally, you’re enthusiastically invited to celebrate this vibrantly blooming corner of downtown Vancouver by attending the store’s official ribbon cutting ceremony from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, with appetizers and wine.

 

Patio, Plant & Garden Fair

The Patio, Plant & Garden Fair will be held in the charming heart of downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. This is one of the most widely-attended public events in Camas, and it's no wonder—you'll find not only thousands of flowers, indoor and outdoor plants, vegetable starts, and succulents for sale, but you'll also discover wheelbarrow-loads of beautiful, useful, and one-of-a-kind garden-related items, including (but definitely not limited to) garden art, wind chimes, planters, garden furniture, iron works, tools, fixtures, trellises, vintage decorative items, and lots of fun stuff for your patio. The proceeds from this event help North Bank women, because funds generated by the vendor stall fees go directly to sponsor educational scholarships for local women who are continuing their educations or returning to school. For more details, visit the Patio, Plant & Garden Fair Facebook page, or check out the Camas Plant & Garden Fair website.