Three Creeks Community Library

Free Geocaching Workshop

Three Creeks Community Library is hosting a free “Intro to Geocaching” workshop with instructors Mike Tribe and Debbi Patton, members of the Washington State Geocaching Association, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Geocaching is a real-world (no LARPing necessary!) outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

To play, all you need is a GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone and a free geocaching.com membership. Players first visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page, then do a search based on their postal code. Next, they choose a geocache from the list and click on its name, then enter the coordinates of the geocache into their GPS. Players use GPS to help find the hidden geocache. They sign the logbook, return the geocache to its original location, then share their geocaching stories and photos online.

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It’s common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at a local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater, or on the side of a city street. It’s a great family activity—especially for tweens and teens—but there are also geocaching associations of adults and seniors around the globe, too!

The workshop is free and no registration is required. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. For more information, call 360-906-4790.

“I See Yellow,” Artist’s Talk & Reception with Tom Relth

“I See Yellow” is a series of paintings by Tom Relth that explores composition difficulties and pigment challenges, and you can see the whole sunshiny collection at Three Creeks Community Library through Sept. 24. Relth will give a special presentation about the exhibit at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The artist’s talk will include complimentary light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist and ask him questions about his process, his inspiration, his medium, and his style. Relth is an accomplished artist in many mediums, but he gained widespread recognition for his striking collage portraits, created from thousands of magazine pages, cut into tiny strips. Many of Relth’s works can also be seen at Boomerang, where he served as a curator for the coffee shop’s rotating art displays.

All library events and programs are open to the public and absolutely free to attend. Registration is not required. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C NE Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, near Fred Meyer. To learn more, visit the I See Yellow event page or check out the library’s Facebook page.

I see Yellow with Tom Relth

“I See Yellow” is a series of paintings by Tom Relth that explores composition difficulties and pigment challenges, and you can see the whole sunshiny collection at Three Creeks Community Library through Sept. 24. Relth will give a special presentation about the exhibit at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The artist’s talk will include complimentary light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist and ask him questions about his process, his inspiration, his medium, and his style. Relth is an accomplished artist in many mediums, but he gained widespread recognition for his striking collage portraits, created from thousands of magazine pages, cut into tiny strips. Many of Relth’s works can also be seen at Boomerang, where he served as a curator for the coffee shop’s rotating art displays.

All library events and programs are open to the public and absolutely free to attend. Registration is not required. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C NE Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, near Fred Meyer. To learn more, visit the I See Yellow event page or check out the library’s Facebook page.

Above image: detail from one of Relth’s “I See Yellow” paintings

Off the Page: Real Stories Told Aloud

What’s better than a glass of wine and a really good story? Not much, except if you add food. You can get all three at once at Off the Page, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District‘s new storytelling series for adults—that is, true stories told by adults for a relatively grown-up audience. The first Off the Page, held at Cascade Park Community Library, was a huge hit, with standing room only and people peeking through the bookstacks to get a better view. The next Off the Page, to be held at Three Creeks Community Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, promises to be just as compelling, with half a dozen storytellers who have carefully crafted their tales to inspire empathy, recognition, joy, suspense, and not a few laughs.

Every Off the Page has a different theme, and the next event will focus on “Stories of First Love,” with an astonishing variety of stories from everything about actual first love—including heartbreak and joy and transformative epiphanies—to an enduring love affair with a popular (and very tasty) finger food.

The event is free, and wine is available to purchase at a no-host bar; proceeds will benefit Friends of Three Creeks Library. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800 N.E. Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, near Fred Meyer.

Art Talks at Three Creeks: Watercolorist Linda Raven Brake

Three Creeks Community Library welcomes artist Lynda Raven Brake for a free Art Talk and Reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Brake’s astonishingly realistic watercolor paintings will be displayed in the library’s magazine room and meeting area throughout the month of May.

Brake, whose work has been exhibited in many Texas and New Mexico galleries, has a BFA degree in studio art from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She was a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and their exhibit chair for two years. She also has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Brake moved to Vancouver seven years ago and is an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists and a juried member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, where she serves as chair for Art in the Community. She’s also a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Washington Society of Artists. Locally, Brake’s work has been shown in Battle Ground, Vancouver, Gresham, and Portland.

For more information, visit the Three Creeks Community Library Facebook page or call 360-906-4790. The Three Creeks Library is located at 800-C N.E. Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

Monte Wolverton Exhibit, Artist’s Talk at Three Creeks Library

Local artist and political cartoonist Monte Wolverton will present a short, illustrated talk about his playful “neo-psychedelic” mixed-media paintings, sculptures, ceramic creations, and colorfully upcycled art pieces. Three Creeks Community Library, where Wolverton’s paintings and sculptures are on exhibit through May 20, will host this free presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Wolverton’s talk will be followed by a reception which is open to all guests and is the perfect opportunity to meet Wolverton and ask questions about his work.

Wolverton is an internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work occasionally appears in The Columbian. In his talk, Wolverton will briefly discuss the origins and legacy of the work of his father, the late Vancouver cartoonist Basil Wolverton, as well as his own creative process and style. To learn more, visit www.montewolverton.com. To see his most recent cartoons, check out www.wolvertoon.com.

All of Wolverton’s pieces on display at the library are available for sale. Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800-C N.E. Tenney Rd. in Salmon Creek, adjacent to the Fred Meyer parking lot.

Art & Talk: Barbara Van Nostern

Three Creeks Community Library presents an exhibition of works by watercolorist Barbara Van Nostern in the meeting room and magazine area of the library, located at 800-C N.E. Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Van Nostern’s watercolor paintings will be on display from Feb. 21 through March 20, with an artist talk and reception at the library on Monday, March 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. Van Nostern, who lives in Vancouver, has had an extensive art education and brings a fascination for colors and a passion for art to her paintings. She is both a national and international award-winning artist.

The public is cordially invited to attend the art talk, and to view the paintings in the magazine area any time during library open hours, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting room paintings may be viewed any time the room isn’t being used for programs; call the library for the schedule at 360-906-4790.

This art exhibition is the first in the library’s new, year-long Art & Talk Series. The next artist in the series will be photographer Chris Bidleman, whose work will be on display in the magazine area March 23 through April 23.

Barbara Van Nostern at Three Creeks

Three Creeks Community Library presents an exhibition of works by watercolorist Barbara Van Nostern in the meeting room and magazine area of the library, located at 800-C N.E. Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Van Nostern’s watercolor paintings will be on display from Feb. 21 through March 20, with an artist talk and reception at the library on Monday, March 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. Van Nostern, who lives in Vancouver, has had an extensive art education and brings a fascination for colors and a passion for art to her paintings. She is both a national and international award-winning artist.

The public is cordially invited to attend the art talk, and to view the paintings in the magazine area any time during library open hours, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting room paintings may be viewed any time the room isn’t being used for programs; call the library for the schedule at 360-906-4790.

This art exhibition is the first in the library’s new, year-long Art & Talk Series. The next artist in the series will be photographer Chris Bidleman, whose work will be on display in the magazine area March 23 through April 23.

Above artwork: Van Nostern’s beautiful watercolor interpretation of downtown Camas.

Free Reptile Show at Three Creeks Library

Reptile Man (a.k.a. Scott Petersen, whose claim to fame is that he’s the only Reptile Man in Washington state) will give a free show at the Three Creeks Community Library, at 800-C N.E. Tenney Road in Salmon Creek. Bring your kids to the library at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and get up close and personal with an outstanding variety of scaled predators. Reptile Man will give you insights into the reptile mind, observations about reptile behavior, and regale you with reptilian humor. Registration is not required for this event—just show up! For more information, call the Three Creeks Community Library at 360-906-4790.

Petersen has performed at over 800 schools in the Northwest, as well as giving shows for corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing, and Eddie Bauer. Petersen is available for birthday parties and other special occasions. For more information and to watch a video of Petersen in action, visit www.reptileman.com.