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Free Soap Carving Workshop for Teens

Here’s something we bet your teen has never tried: soap carving! Bring your favorite restless summer teen to the Camas Public Library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, for a free soap carving workshop—an unusual and artistic event that’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. All supplies are provided, including soap, carving tools, and construction paper with which to cover your work area. The class is for teens entering grades seven to 12.

What each person makes out of the soap is only limited by his or her imagination. Experienced carvers make highly detailed flowers and animals. For beginners, block shapes such as turtles, fish, or hearts work well. These patterns fit the shape of the soap bar and don’t require much detail work. However, if your teen is feeling artistic and adventurous, he or she can get guidance and instruction in different projects, such as layered flowers and character profiles made out of scented soaps.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Free parking is available on the street. All library events are free and no registration is necessary. For more information about happenings at the Camas Library, call 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/.

Soap Carving for Teens

Here’s something we bet your teen has never tried: soap carving! Bring your favorite restless summer teen to the Camas Public Library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, for a free soap carving workshop—an unusual and artistic event that’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. All supplies are provided, including soap, carving tools, and construction paper with which to cover your work area. The class is for teens entering grades seven to 12.

What each person makes out of the soap is only limited by his or her imagination. Experienced carvers make highly detailed flowers and animals. For beginners, block shapes such as turtles, fish, or hearts work well. These patterns fit the shape of the soap bar and don’t require much detail work. However, if your teen is feeling artistic and adventurous, he or she can get guidance and instruction in different projects, such as layered flowers and character profiles made out of scented soaps.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Free parking is available on the street. All library events are free and no registration is necessary. For more information about happenings at the Camas Library, call 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/.

Bollywood Dancing & Henna Tattoos for Teens

Learn about the popular art of Bollywood-style dancing and Indian culture, plus get an amazing temporary tattoo with henna—a natural, plant-based dye that’s painted onto the skin (no needles—cringe!). Every participant will get a group Bollywood dance lesson, plus the tattoo. Sounds like SO MUCH FUN, right? Well, sorry, grown-ups, this is just for teens entering grades seven to 12 this fall (but parents are welcome to come and hang out with their teens, if you think your teen might survive the embarrassment of ACTUALLY BEING SEEN WITH A PARENT).

The event—which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Camas Public Library—is totally free, but sign-ups are necessary because there’s limited space and only 25 teens can come. There are still a few spots left, though! To RSVP, call the Camas Library at 360-834-4692. The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with plenty of free parking.

Editor’s note: I have a 14-year-old girl and I am TOTALLY GOING TO BE THERE, and maybe I will pick up some hot dance moves. Or maybe they’ll have some extra henna. (I keep my hopes modest, here in my 40s.)

Dr. Who Party for Teens

Don’t blink! It’s a Dr. Who party for teens at the Camas Public Library at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Watch the most recent Christmas special and enjoy Who-themed games and trivia. Make your own sonic screwdriver or a cubee and eat Time Lord food (what IS that? We don’t know, but it’s bound to be good). Come in costume as any incarnation of The Doctor or his companions—Rose, Martha, Amy, Donna, River, Rory, or Jack, or whatever other obscure character you can find. Come as a Dalek but please, don’t exterminate anybody, although maybe you can make a soufflé (but where will you get the milk and eggs?). We dare you to come as the Face of Boe. The best costume wins a prize…and so does the person who’s wearing it.

The event is completely free, no registration is required, and it’s open to anyone entering seventh through 12th grades in any school district or with any home school organization. The evening is sponsored by the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit www.camaslibrary.org or see the library’s Facebook page.

Dr. Who for Teens at Camas Library

Don’t blink! It’s a Dr. Who party for teens at the Camas Public Library at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Watch the most recent Christmas special and enjoy Who-themed games and trivia. Make your own sonic screwdriver or a cubee and eat Time Lord food (what IS that? We don’t know, but it’s bound to be good). Come in costume as any incarnation of The Doctor or his companions—Rose, Martha, Amy, Donna, River, Rory, or Jack, or whatever other obscure character you can find. Come as a Dalek but please, don’t exterminate anybody, although maybe you can make a soufflé (but where will you get the milk and eggs?). We dare you to come as the Face of Boe. The best costume wins a prize…and so does the person who’s wearing it.

The event is completely free, no registration is required, and it’s open to anyone entering seventh through 12th grades in any school district or with any home school organization. The evening is sponsored by the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit www.camaslibrary.org or see the library’s Facebook page.

Above image: It’s bigger on the inside.

Bollywood Dance & Henna Tattoo Party for Teens

The event—which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the Camas Public Library—is totally free, but sign-ups are necessary because there’s limited space and only 25 teens can come. To RSVP, call the Camas Library at 360-834-4692.

Editor’s note: I have a 13-year-old girl and I am TOTALLY GOING TO BE THERE, and maybe I will pick up some hot dance moves. Or maybe they’ll have some extra henna. (I keep my hopes modest, here in my 40s.)

Imagined Ink Writing Contest

ImaginedInkIconImagined Ink is an annual writing contest for kids in grades six to 12 in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL). Entries may be submitted any time from now until Friday, Oct. 10. The submissions will be read by a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to winners in two age groups: sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17, featuring author Blythe Woolston at the architecturally fabulous Vancouver Community Library in downtown Vancouver. The winners’ stories (edited for spelling and grammar) will published on the FRVL website.

The contest is open to anyone currently in grades six to 12 who lives within, attends school within, or is home schooled in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Woodland School District. The rules for entries are as follows:

  • Must be 1,000 words or less
  • May be typed or clearly handwritten, and must be in English
  • May be turned in at any library branch with an entry form or e-mailed as an attachment to teens@fvrl.org with the contestant’s name, grade, school, and phone number
  • Must be an original work by the contestant
  • The contest is open to any genre/topic or format
  • Only one entry per person

Spring Break in the ‘Couve

For some parents, spring break is a welcome opportunity to spend some relaxed, unstructured time with their children. For other parents, it's a puzzle: how do I make sure my kids have fun and learn something and also exhaust themselves so that, by the end of the day, they don't exhaust me? 

Vancouver Parks and Recreation has got you covered. Below, you'll find brief descriptions of four day camps to be held at Firstenburg Community Center and at Marshall Community Center during spring break—April 7-11—for kids ages six to 15.

Firstenburg Community Center

  • SPARK Youth Day Camp for ages six to 10. This camp focuses on sports, physical activity, and recreation for kids. Campers will enjoy swimming, rock climbing, sports, games, and a field trip to Safari Sam's. The cost is $160 per camper for the whole week. Click here to register online or call 360-487-7001, ext. 8.
  • Teen Survivor Camp for ages 11 to 15. There’s no lack of activity in this exciting camp, which includes swimming, rock climbing, gym games, team building, video game tournaments, and field trips. The fee $160 per student for the week. Click here to register online or call 360-487-7001, ext. 8.

Marshall Community Center

  • Spring Adventure Youth Day Camp for ages six to 10. Your child will enjoy crafts, sports, games, playground time, swimming, a field trip to Dizzy Castle (including a pizza lunch), and many other activities. The cost is $160 per camper for the week. Click here to register online or call 360-487-7100, ext. 0.
  • Teen Xcape Camp for ages 11 to 15. This day camp features swimming, games, sports, field trips to John's Incredible Pizza, bowling, and other activities. The cost is $40 per teen per day, or $160 for the week. Click here for online registration or call 360-487-7100, ext. 0

To learn more about all of the programs Vancouver Parks and Recreation has to offer—for kids and adults—visit www.vanparksrec.org.

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Woo-hoo! It’s Youth Service Day

Here's yet another reason why it's great to live on the North Bank:  the last Thursday of every month from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. (Maybe when you're with a group, cleaning gravestones is more fun than it sounds. At any rate, it might appeal to teens with more Gothic sensibilities.)

The next Youth Service Day is Thursday, March 27. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Teen Just Dance Party

Where's the best place to expend a load of teenage energy? At the Vancouver Community Library's first-ever Just Dance Party, for teens and preteens ages 10 to 14! There will be snacks, music, and lots of other restless teens who'll be showing off their awesome dance moves. (Do teens say "awesome" anymore? If something is "sick," does that mean it's good or bad, in teen-speak?) Anyhow, no matter what your teen says to express his or her approval—even if it's just nodding silently—the Just Dance Party will be totally cool. ("Cool"—that's still acceptable, right?)

The dance will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in the Columbia Room on the first floor of the library at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. There's no cost to attend, and there's no registration required. For more information, visit the library teen events webpage here.

Death by Chocolate (for teens)

If you're a teen with chocolate cravings, then the Vancouver Community Library invites you to come to the Fourth Floor Meeting Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sautrday, March 15, for "Death by Chocolate"—chocolate, followed by chocolate, and then some more chocolate, but only after you've had some chocolate mixed with additional chocolate.

Attendees as this teens-only choco-centric celebration will be able to test their chocoholic skills in a blind taste test of the different kinds of chocolate, make chocolate treats in a chocolate "Iron Chef"-style contest, and show off their knowledge of chocolate trivia. It pretty much goes without saying that this will be a well-attended event; however, registration isn't required and there's no fee. All supplies will be provided. For more chocolately details, call the library at 360-906-5106.

Death by Chocolate

Is there anything better than chocolate? Yes: more chocolate. If you're a teen with chocolate cravings, then the Vancouver Community Library invites you to come to the Fourth Floor Meeting Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sautrday, March 15, for "Death by Chocolate"—chocolate, followed by chocolate, and then some more chocolate, but only after you've had some chocolate mixed with additional chocolate. Sound like chocolate overload? Or perhaps not quite enough chocolate?

Attendees as this teens-only choco-centric celebration will be able to test their chocoholic skills in a blind taste test of the different kinds of chocolate, make chocolate treats in a chocolate "Iron Chef"-style contest, and show off their knowledge of chocolate trivia. It pretty much goes without saying that this will be a well-attended event; however, registration isn't required and there's no fee. All supplies will be provided. For more chocolately details, call the library at 360-906-5106.

Creativity Marks the Spot: Bookmark Contest

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District's bookmark-design contest is well underway, but there's still plenty of time for your child to submit the winning entry in either the kids' category (kindergarten through fifth grade) or the teens' category (sixth through 12th grades). The deadline is Monday, March 31. All children who live or attend school (including home school!) in Clark, Skamania, or Klickitat Counties are eligible, as are children in the Yale Valley Library District and the Woodland School District. The kids' theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and the teens' theme is "Spark a Reaction."
 
To enter the contest, fill out the Summer Reading Bookmark Contest form available online or at your local library, and submit the completed form to any Fort Vancouver Regional Library District library or bookmobile by the due date. Bookmarks will be judged on design, originality, reproduceability. Local libraries will choose winners from each category and winning entries from each library will be entered into the district-wide, grand-prize-winning contest. The winning bookmarks will be displayed on the FVRLD website and printed for use by thousands of library visitors.
 
For complete details, visit the library bookmark contest webpage.
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Spring Break, ‘Couve-style

For some parents, spring break is a welcome opportunity to spend some relaxed, unstructured time with their children. For other parents, it's a puzzle: how do I make sure my kids have fun and learn something and also exhaust themselves so that, by the end of the day, they don't exhaust me? 

Vancouver Parks and Recreation has got you covered. Below, you'll find brief descriptions of four day camps to be held at Firstenburg Community Center and at Marshall Community Center during spring break—April 7-11—for kids ages six to 15.

Firstenburg Community Center

  • SPARK Youth Day Camp for ages six to 10. This camp focuses on sports, physical activity, and recreation for kids. Campers will enjoy swimming, rock climbing, sports, games, and a field trip to Safari Sam's. The cost is $160 per camper for the whole week. Click here to register online or call 360-487-7001, ext. 8.
  • Teen Survivor Camp for ages 11 to 15. There’s no lack of activity in this exciting camp, which includes swimming, rock climbing, gym games, team building, video game tournaments, and field trips. The fee $160 per student for the week. Click here to register online or call 360-487-7001, ext. 8.

Marshall Community Center

  • Spring Adventure Youth Day Camp for ages six to 10. Your child will enjoy crafts, sports, games, playground time, swimming, a field trip to Dizzy Castle (including a pizza lunch), and many other activities. The cost is $160 per camper for the week. Click here to register online or call 360-487-7100, ext. 0.
  • Teen Xcape Camp for ages 11 to 15. This day camp features swimming, games, sports, field trips to John's Incredible Pizza, bowling, and other activities. The cost is $40 per teen per day, or $160 for the week. Click here for online registration or call 360-487-7100, ext. 0

To learn more about all of the programs Vancouver Parks and Recreation has to offer—for kids and adults—visit www.vanparksrec.org.