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Open Mic, Pups & Painting at Latte Da

As always, Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar has a full menu—and I don’t just mean sandwiches, wraps, small plates, pastries, coffee, wine and beer. I mean there’s always something going on at this neighborhood nexus, which hosts everything from wine tasting evenings to networking events to live music on its outdoor patio (complete with fire pit). There are three fun events coming up in the next week that you might want to attend:

  • Friday, Sept. 9: Spoken Word Open Mic Night. Enjoy a night of the spoken word! Poetry and short stories may be read. Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m. and readings start at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend and perform.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10: Pups & People Dog Meet-up. Come and meet your two- and four-legged friends at Latte Da’s monthly canine shindig, happening from 9 to 11 a.m. Try the from-scratch Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream, and buy a bandana to benefit local dog rescue, Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13: Sip & Paint. Unwind with a glass of wine and a no-fail painting class from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Sign up by contacting Bonnie Junell at BonnieJunellArtist.com. The cost is $45 and includes all materials plus one glass of wine.

Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St., just a few blocks west of Main Street. For more information or to view Latte Da’s monthly events calendar, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

S’mores & Music at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffe House and Wine Bar is celebrating back-to-school season with a neighborhood s’mores party, to help you and your kids end the summer on a sweet note. Drop by any time from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5—that’s Labor Day—to toast marshmallows over Latte Da’s firepit and smoosh them together with chocolate between two Graham crackers. Mmmmmmmm, s’mores! All ages are welcome (even if you don’t have kids going back to school!).

Latte Da is also hosting its monthly Musicians’ Open Mic Night that evening, so stick around for lots of live music—or sign up starting at 6 p.m. to sing or play a song yourself! Kids are also invited to participate. The performances start at around 6:30 p.m.

Latte Da will be offering its full food and drink menu that evening—choose from delicious small plates like flatbread pizza, arancini and stuffed mushrooms, or go for one of Latte Da’s delicious sandwiches or wraps. There will also be locally made quiche and pastries, plus an array of wine and craft beer. And of course there will be yummy coffee, tea, and hot cocoa! For more details, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

Five Year Anniversary Party, Open Mic & Puppies at Latte Da

There’s a lot going on at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar this weekend, starting with the Writers’ Open Mic, where local writers and poets to share their stories aloud during an open mic event created especially for poetry and short stories. All ages are welcome to attend, and anyone—published, self-published, and as-yet-unpublished writers! Kids, too!—is welcome to sign up starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8. The mic will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday morning, July 9, take your pooch out for breakfast at Pups & People, a monthly meet-up for…well, people and dogs…happening from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring your four-legged friends and meet your two- and four-legged neighbors. There will be games and prizes—and when you buy a doggie bandana from Latte Da, the proceeds benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization. Best of all: order up some of Latte Da’s famous waffles with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

Last but not least, Latte Da is hosting its giant Five Year Anniversary Celebration from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, with a full food and drink menu, which includes everything from pastries and sweet treats to tasty wraps, soups, salads, and sandwiches to expertly brewed espresso drinks, tea and Italian soda to craft beer, local wine and delicious small plates. There will be live music, games, a raffle, prizes, and another Open Mic from 8 to 10 p.m. Plus, craft brew lovers can enjoy a “tap takeover” hosted by Trap Door Brewing, plus a wine tasting event in the wine room. All ages are welcome to come and help Latte Da celebrate half a decade of successful business!

Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar is located at 205 E. 39th Street, just off north Main Street in the Lincoln neighborhood of downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

Above image: the now-iconic Latte Da sign with owner Scott Flurry.

Open Mic at Latte Da

The first Monday of the month—Monday, June 6—means that you can leave your inhibitions at the door, get behind the microphone at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, and say, sing, or strum your best stuff. If you’re not the limelight-seeking type, you can sit back and sip a cold beer, a glass of wine, or delicious coffee concoction while enjoying the evening’s line-up of acoustic talent. Latte Da will also offer its full menu of soups, sandwiches, paninis, quiche, wraps, salads, appetizers, pastries, and a selection of marvelous small plates perfect for nibbling.

If you’d like to perform—and Latte Da welcomes all ages and all types of amateur and professional talent, from fiddle-playing to poetry, to guitar duos and stand-up comedy—come at 6 p.m. to put your name to the roster. The entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.-ish, depending on the number of performances. Latte Da’s Open Mic Nights draw quite the enthusiastic crowd, and artists can expect to perform for around 80 people on a warm evening. For an up-to-date sampling of what’s going on at this local hotspot, see its Facebook page.

“Prose Uncorked” Open Mic Night

Prose Uncorked is a new open mic for prose writers of all genres, and its inaugural meeting is from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. This is an opportunity to share your work in progress or your newly released novel. Each writer will have five minutes to read (that’s approximately three pages). Readers can request that audience members fill out critique slips, or just enjoy the chance to read their work aloud. Wine and snacks will be available for purchase from Niche Wine Bar, next door at 1013 Main St.

The evening’s host is artist and author Peggy Bird, who splits her time between creating in two disciplines: glass and writing. A longtime resident of Vancouver, Bird is an active member of Gallery 360. Her glass art has been exhibited in galleries in Southwest Washington from Longview to White Salmon. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. Most recently, she has had thirteen novels published by Crimson Romance. A fourteenth will be published in Kindle Worlds this spring.

For more details, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or Leah Jackson, Angst Gallery Director and proprietor of Niche Wine Bar, at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com. For more information about Angst Gallery, visit angstgallery.com.

“Prose Uncorked” Open Mic Night

Prose Uncorked is a new open mic for prose writers of all genres, and its inaugural meeting is from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. This is an opportunity to share your work in progress or your newly released novel. Each writer will have five minutes to read (that’s approximately three pages). Readers can request that audience members fill out critique slips, or just enjoy the chance to read their work aloud. Wine and snacks will be available for purchase from Niche Wine Bar, next door at 1013 Main St.

The evening’s host is artist and author Peggy Bird, who splits her time between creating in two disciplines: glass and writing. A longtime resident of Vancouver, Bird is an active member of Gallery 360. Her glass art has been exhibited in galleries in Southwest Washington from Longview to White Salmon. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. Most recently, she has had thirteen novels published by Crimson Romance. A fourteenth will be published in Kindle Worlds this spring.

For more details, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or Leah Jackson, Angst Gallery Director and proprietor of Niche Wine Bar at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com. For more information about Angst Gallery, visit angstgallery.com.

Above image: detail from “Hope,” a fused glass piece by Peggy Bird

Open Mic at Latte Da

The first Monday of the month—Monday, Aug. 3—means that you can leave your inhibitions at the door, get behind the microphone at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, and say, sing, or strum your best stuff. If you’re not the limelight-seeking type, you can sit back and sip a cold beer, a glass of wine, or delicious coffee concoction while enjoying the evening’s line-up of acoustic talent.

If you’d like to perform—and Latte Da welcomes all ages and all types of amateur and professional talent, from fiddle-playing to poetry, to guitar duos and stand-up comedy—come at 6 p.m. to put your name to the roster. The entertainment lasts until 9 p.m.-ish, depending on the number of performances. Latte Da’s Open Mic Nights draw quite the enthusiastic crowd, and artists can expect to perform for around 80 people on a warm summer evening. For an up-to-date sampling of what’s going on at this local hotspot, see its Facebook page.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Let us point you to the place where all (or at least most) of your poetry needs can be readily filled: at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Cover to Cover Books (6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B, in Vancouver).

This monthly gathering of poets and poetry lovers is co-hosted by Clark County's Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and the publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver, Toni Partington. April's Open Mic Night will feature M. (yes, that's right, just "M."), whose work has appeared in a variety of journals and is anthologized in "The Widow's Handbook." Her chapbook, "To That Mythic Country Called Closure," was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013.

The material discussed at Open Mic Night sometimes includes mature topics, and poems are uncensored, so it's best to leave the little ones at home. Come prepared to hob-nob with Smedley the Bookstore Cat. For more information about other poetry-related goings-on in Clark County, visit the Poetry in Clark County website.

Ghost Town Poetry

Have you ever thought to yourself, during a quiet moment, "You know what? I don't have enough poetry in my life. I simply must have more poetry. Where can I get poetry on the North Bank?" Let us point you to the place where all (or at least most) of your poetry needs can be readily filled: at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Cover to Cover Books (6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B, in Vancouver).

This monthly gathering of poets and poetry lovers is co-hosted by Clark County's Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and the publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver, Toni Partington. April's Open Mic Night will feature M. (yes, that's right, just "M."), whose work has appeared in a variety of journals and is anthologized in "The Widow's Handbook." Her chapbook, "To That Mythic Country Called Closure," was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013.

The material discussed at Open Mic Night sometimes includes mature topics, and poems are uncensored, so it's best to leave the little ones at home. Come prepared to hob-nob with Smedley the Bookstore Cat. For more information about other poetry-related goings-on in Clark County, visit the Poetry in Clark County website.