October

Get Your Boo On at Latte Da

It’s high season for pumpkin spice lattes, sitting by the fire, and enjoying the comforts of the great indoors.  Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar offers just the place for all these things, plus delicious soups and sandwiches, delectable small plates, and a selection of soothing teas and local craft beer and wine. Latte Da is also a lively hub where there’s something fun planned every week—including Latte Da’s famous, family-friendly Halloween Party! Latte Da is open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., located in a cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver. Free street parking is available.

Here’s everything that’s happening at Latte Da this October (for more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com):

  • Monday, Oct. 2, 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.
  • Friday, Oct. 13, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 16, Trivia Night: come on down from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer spooky Hallween-themed questions while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Fall Wine Tasting: welcome the fall with “Bewitching Reds” 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. Bring a date (…better yet, come early for Latte Da’s Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m.).
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, Kids’ Halloween Party: all ages are welcome to come and celebrate Halloween by playing games and winning prizes. There will be a costume contest from 2 to 4 p.m., with a winner announced at 4 p.m. (Family-appropriate and kid-friendly costumes only, please!)

Pumpkin Patch at Joe’s Place Farm

Joe’s Place Farm Pumpkin Patch is free, and it’s open every single day in October, including Halloween. Their farm store features not only seasonal fruits, nuts, berries, gourds, and vegetables, but also Mrs. Joe’s superlative jam, Joe’s Place honey made from resident bees, salsas, sauces, salad dressings, canning supplies, and kitchenware. If you come to the farm store, you should stay for The Farm Kitchen & Taproom, serving seasonally changing brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes and hosting a glorious happy hour and live music on Fridays.

Here’s what’s free to see at Joe’s Place this October: The Pumpkin Patch, where you can pick your own pumpkin from a huge variety of sugar pie pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, blue moon pumpkins, and mini-pumpkins (priced by the pound), the Corn Maze, and the giant Straw Tee-Pee made from dried cornstalks. There are also hayrides ($2 per person) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, and the popular Fort Maze ($2) is a large wooden Fort Vancouver-esque maze that’s surprisingly challenging to find your way out of. Seasonal decorations available for sale include mini haybales, colorful Indian corn, a huge variety of gourds, and cornstalks.

Joe’s Place Farm, located at 701 N.E. 112th Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit www.joesplacefarms.com.

Scary-good Fun at Latte Da

There’s always something happening at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where this popular local hang-out is scaring up a host of good things for October. Here’s a list of their October events, from puppies to painting, from live music to seasonal wine tasting—and of course there’s always good coffee and great food. Last but definitely not least, Latte Da will be hosting its annual Halloween party that’s kid-friendly and fun for grown-ups, too, with an adult pumpkin carving contest.

For more details about all the frightfully fun things on Latta Da’s fall calendar, read on:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, Meet the Artist: each month, Latte Da features the work of a different local artist on its walls, all of which is not only fun to look at but also available for sale. This is a great opportunity to meet the person who creates it. All ages are welcome and Latte Da will be offering its full food and drink menu, so you can make an evening of it.
  • Friday, Oct. 14, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: Enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m .and readings start at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend and perform. Latte Da’s full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, Oct. 15, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: Meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy housemade Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream, 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
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, Spooky Blood Red Wine Tasting: Tastings will be from 530-730pm. We will be tasting Red wines perfect for the spooky season, 4 tastings for $10. Small appetizers will be provided. Full food and drink menu will be available. Bottles and Glasses of the wines being tasted will be available for purchase.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, Kids Halloween Party: All ages are welcome to come to Latte Da in costume from 2 to 4 p.m.! There will be Halloween-themed games, crafts and prizes. Full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, Adult Pumpkin Carving Contest: This is a serious contest for serious carvers, who will compete to carve the most amazing pumpkin right on the spot. The $30 entrance fee includes your pumpkin, two beverages and small appetizers. There are 15 spots available in this contest, so reserve your spot now by registering in person at Latte Da’s front counter. Full food and drink menu will be available.