Uptown Village

Show & Shine Car Show in Uptown Village

The Slo Poks Car Club is cruising into Vancouver’s Uptown Village this weekend for its annual Show & Shine event. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, Main Street will be chock full of shiny classic cars, street rods, custom cars, bikes, and stand-out automobiles.

Show & Shine—on Main Street from McLoughlin to 25th St.—will include one-of-a-kind handmade trophies for participants. The fee to register a car is $15, plus school supplies to be donated to the Hough Foundation. It’s free to come and watch, and donations to the Hough Foundation (either cash or school supplies) will be enthusiastically welcomed. A portion of the event’s registration fees will also be donated to the Hough Foundation.

Show & Shine is extremely popular, so early arrival is recommended for optimum viewing pleasure. For more details or to register, call Michael at 360-281-5333 or Pete at 360-887-4576. And while you’re in Uptown Village, take a look around and visit some of Main Street’s excellent shops and restaurants, such as Main Street Vintage Home, La Bottega, The Urban Eccentric, Bleu Door Bakery, Arnada Naturals, Thirsty Sasquatch, Trap Door Brewing, Salmon Creek Outfitters, Wild Fern Boutique, Pho Haven and Vancouver Pizza Company. You might also want to stick around for the seventh annual Sip & Stroll, when you can sample the Couve’s finest wines, ciders, and craft brews.

Show & Shine

The Slo Poks Car Club is cruising into Vancouver’s Uptown Village this weekend for its annual Show & Shine event. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, Main Street will be chock full of shiny classic cars, street rods, custom cars, bikes, and stand-out automobiles.

Show & Shine—on Main Street from McLoughlin to 25th St.—will include one-of-a-kind handmade trophies for participants. The fee to register a car is $15, plus school supplies to be donated to the Hough Foundation. It’s free to come and watch, and donations to the Hough Foundation (either cash or school supplies) will be enthusiastically welcomed. A portion of the event’s registration fees will also be donated to the Hough Foundation.

Show & Shine is extremely popular, so early arrival is recommended for optimum viewing pleasure. For more details or to register, call Michael at 360-281-5333 or Pete at 360-887-4576. And while you’re in Uptown Village, take a look around and visit some of Main Street’s excellent shops and restaurants, such as Main Street Vintage Home, La Bottega, The Urban Eccentric, Bleu Door Bakery, Arnada Naturals, Thirsty Sasquatch, Trap Door Brewing, Salmon Creek Outfitters, Wild Fern Boutique, Pho Haven and Vancouver Pizza Company. You might also want to stick around for the seventh annual Sip & Stroll, when you can sample the Couve’s finest wines, ciders, and craft brews.

Paddy Hough Parade

Vancouver is nothing if not big on tradition…and everyone loves a parade, so put those two things together and you’ve got the 23rd Annual Paddy Hough Parade, right down Main Street from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17. The best parade-viewing is on Main between 25th St. and McLoughlin, and you ought to arrive early because this parade gets more popular every year.

This green-tastic parade celebrates the birthday of Hough Elementary School‘s namesake and popular historical figure Patrick Hough, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1846. Hough (affectionately known as Paddy) was an Irish-born educator who taught in Vancouver from 1899 to 1925. Hough School was named in his honor 17 years after he died, and the neighborhood sprouted up around the school became the Hough Neighborhood. And that’s your North Bank history lesson for the day!

The parade is sponsored by the Hough Foundation, a nonprofit community organization that works with philanthropic, business, civic, scholastic, and faith partners to provide local students opportunities for academic, physical, and social growth. For more information, visit www.houghfoundation.org. The parade is free and everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

Drink This! St. Practice Day

Drink This! St. Practice Day on Saturday, March 11, is an opportunity to get ready for the main event, St. Patrick’s Day, on Friday, March 17. (You don’t want to get caught NOT practicing for St. Patrick’s day, do you? Take it from the professionals: it’s all about training.)

Visit participating establishments in downtown Vancouver and Uptown Village between 4 and 9 p.m. on Saturday wearing your favorite green attire, and you’ll get some delicious drink specials and have some fun discovering new places to quench your thirst. There’s no charge to participate in this event—although the beverages aren’t free, ha ha!—and it’s open to anyone who loves craft cocktails, fine wine, microbrews, locally roasted coffee, and high-end teas. No RSVP is needed, just show up at one of the locations, get your free map, and choose your route. All locations are within walking distance, and you can win prizes along the way. And if all that sipping and sampling makes you hungry, try some small plates, appetizers, or entrées; there’s a reason that Vancouver is being hailed as “Portland’s newest foodie destination,” and it’s because the Couve is bursting with seriously good eats. Anyhow, in a nutshell, here’s how it works:

  1. Start by getting your map from one of the locations
  2. Show off your leprechaun attire to receive special drink prices
  3. Get a stamp or business signature in one of the four boxes
  4. Turn in your map to any of the participating locations with your email address to be eligible to win prizes

Participating locations (some are 21+, but many do allow children):

For more information, visit www.drinkthisvancouver.com or www.facebook.com/drinkthisvancouver.

Drink This! St. Practice Day

Drink This! St. Practice Day on Saturday, March 11, is an opportunity to get ready for the main event, St. Patrick’s Day, on Friday, March 17. (You don’t want to get caught NOT practicing for St. Patrick’s day, do you? Take it from the professionals: it’s all about training.)

Visit participating establishments in downtown Vancouver and Uptown Village between 4 and 9 p.m. on Saturday wearing your favorite green attire, and you’ll get some delicious drink specials and have some fun discovering new places to quench your thirst. There’s no charge to participate in this event—although the beverages aren’t free, ha ha!—and it’s open to anyone who loves craft cocktails, fine wine, microbrews, locally roasted coffee, and high-end teas. No RSVP is needed, just show up at one of the locations, get your free map, and choose your route. All locations are within walking distance, and you can win prizes along the way. And if all that sipping and sampling makes you hungry, try some small plates, appetizers, or entrées; there’s a reason that Vancouver is being hailed as “Portland’s newest foodie destination,” and it’s because the Couve is bursting with seriously good eats. Anyhow, in a nutshell, here’s how it works:

  1. Start by getting your map from one of the locations
  2. Show off your leprechaun attire to receive special drink prices
  3. Get a stamp or business signature in one of the four boxes
  4. Turn in your map to any of the participating locations with your email address to be eligible to win prizes

Participating locations (some are 21+, but many do allow children):

For more information, visit www.drinkthisvancouver.com or www.facebook.com/drinkthisvancouver.

Show & Shine

The Slo Poks Car Club is cruising into Vancouver’s Uptown Village this weekend for its annual Show & Shine event. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, Main Street will be chock full of shiny classic cars, street rods, custom cars, bikes, and stand-out automobiles.

Show & Shine—on Main Street from McLoughlin to 25th St.—will include one-of-a-kind handmade trophies for participants. The fee to register a car is $15, plus school supplies to be donated to the Hough Foundation. It’s free to come and watch, and donations to the Hough Foundation (either cash or school supplies) will be enthusiastically welcomed. A portion of the event’s registration fees will also be donated to the Hough Foundation.

Show & Shine is extremely popular, so early arrival is recommended for optimum viewing pleasure. For more details or to register, call Michael at 360-281-5333 or Pete at 360-887-4576. And while you’re in Uptown Village, take a look around and visit some of Main Street’s excellent shops and restaurants, such as Main Street Vintage Home, La Bottega, The Urban Eccentric, Bleu Door Bakery, Arnada Naturals, Thirsty Sasquatch, Trap Door Brewing, Salmon Creek Outfitters, Wild Fern Boutique, Pho Haven and Vancouver Pizza Company. You might also want to stick around for the seventh annual Sip & Stroll, when you can sample the ‘Couve’s finest wines, ciders and craft brews.

Show & Shine

The Slo Poks Car Club is cruising into Vancouver’s Uptown Village this weekend for its annual Show & Shine event. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, Main Street will be chock full of shiny classic cars, street rods, custom cars, bikes, and stand-out automobiles.

Show & Shine—on Main Street from McLoughlin to 25th St.—will include one-of-a-kind handmade trophies for participants. The fee to register a car is $15, plus school supplies to be donated to the Hough Foundation. It’s free to come and watch, and donations to the Hough Foundation (either cash or school supplies) will be enthusiastically welcomed. A portion of the event’s registration fees will also be donated to the Hough Foundation.

Show & Shine is extremely popular, so early arrival is recommended for optimum viewing pleasure. For more details or to register, call Michael at 360-281-5333 or Pete at 360-887-4576. And while you’re in Uptown Village, take a look around and visit some of Main Street’s excellent shops and restaurants, such as Main Street Vintage Home, La Bottega, The Urban Eccentric, Bleu Door Bakery, Arnada Naturals, Thirsty Sasquatch, Trap Door Brewing, Salmon Creek Outfitters, Wild Fern Boutique, Pho Haven and Vancouver Pizza Company. You might also want to stick around for the seventh annual Sip & Stroll, when you can sample the ‘Couve’s finest wines, ciders and craft brews.

Public Dedication for “The Visitor”

Release the kracken! …in Uptown Village, where you can commune with the ‘Couve’s newest piece of public art, The Visitor, by Seattle artist Matthew Dockrey. It’s slithering up through the sidewalk at the corner of Main St. and West 23rd, just across the street from Vancouver Pizza Co. If you happen to be in Uptown Village at noon on Friday, Jan. 8, then you can attend the public dedication ceremony, where several noted Vancouver business leaders will bid the tentacle “Hello!” and “Welcome!” and “We hope you come in peace!” The artist himself will also say a few words, perhaps describing to us what the rest of the creature looks like and what it likes to eat for lunch.

The Visitor (or at least the part you can see) measures 4.75’ high and 4.5’ wide and is made from welded steel. He (or she…or they?) holds an actual City of Vancouver manhole cover atop its suction cup-studded arm. This is the fourth piece of public art that the City of Vancouver has funded through its Public Art Fund in the last five years and the first in Uptown Village. The Arts of Clark County managed the art selection and siting process in cooperation with the Uptown Village Association.

Dockrey is an “industrial artist” with a particular interest in kinetic sculpture. The history of technology provides the inspiration for much of his work, as well as exploration of the beauty of mechanical design. Learn more about Dockrey at www.attoparsec.com. So far, none of his creations have harmed him.

The Visitor

Release the kracken! …in Uptown Village, where you can commune with the ‘Couve’s newest piece of public art, The Visitor, by Seattle artist Matthew Dockrey. It’s slithering up through the sidewalk at the corner of Main St. and West 23rd, just across the street from Vancouver Pizza Co. If you happen to be in Uptown Village at noon on Friday, Jan. 8, then you can attend the public dedication ceremony, where several noted Vancouver business leaders will bid the tentacle “Hello!” and “Welcome!” and “We hope you come in peace!” The artist himself will also say a few words, perhaps describing to us what the rest of the creature looks like and what it likes to eat for lunch.

The Visitor (or at least the part you can see) measures 4.75’ high and 4.5’ wide and is made from welded steel. He (or she…or they?) holds an actual City of Vancouver manhole cover atop its suction cup-studded arm. This is the fourth piece of public art that the City of Vancouver has funded through its Public Art Fund in the last five years and the first in Uptown Village. The Arts of Clark County managed the art selection and siting process in cooperation with the Uptown Village Association.

Dockrey is an “industrial artist” with a particular interest in kinetic sculpture. The history of technology provides the inspiration for much of his work, as well as exploration of the beauty of mechanical design. Learn more about Dockrey at www.attoparsec.com. So far, none of his creations have harmed him.

Above image: detail from photograph by Vancouver Mayor Pro Tem Anne McEnerny-Ogle

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

It’s National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, and no place on the North Bank will be uglier, sweater-wise, than Uptown Village. Do your shopping in Uptown Village on the evening of Friday, Dec. 18, and you’ll get discounts in many shops, restaurants, salons, and boutiques—if you wear the ugliest Christmas sweater you can manage to get your hands on (or your arms in, as the case may be). Participating merchants include:

…and after you’ve done your shopping and collected your discounts (all while showing off the utter awfulness of your sweater), bring your sweater-clad self over to Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar for some s’mores and caroling, starting at 6 p.m.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in Uptown Village

…and after you’ve done your shopping and collected your discounts (all while showing off the utter awfulness of your sweater), bring your sweater-clad self over to Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar for some s’mores and caroling, starting at 6 p.m.

Uptown Village Walking Tour

Walk through history with a Clark County Historical Museum guide on a tour of the historic Uptown Village and Hough neighborhoods. These walking tours are incredibly popular, and with good reason: you will learn a plethora of amazing and interesting facts about Vancouver and Clark County history from your friendly CCHM historian. The walks are easy, mostly flat, and last an hour. Walkers should dress for the weather and bring water.

The Uptown Village walking tour is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 18. All tours begin and end at the museum, located at 1511 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. To reserve your spot, call 360-993-5679, e-mail info@cchmuseum.org, or purchase a ticket at www.cchmuseum.org/2015-cchm-walking-tour-schedule/. Walking tours will be held on Fridays and Saturdays throughout July and August; a complete schedule is available here.

“Come to the Table” Community Potluck

Come to the Table” is a community event hosted by the City of Vancouver and the Ryan Woods Memorial Grassroots Foundation where you can meet your neighbors, listen to live music, enjoy food from the potluck or food vendors, or bring your own lunch from home. The community gathering will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, on Main St. between 19th and 20th Streets.

Potluck tables will be set up at the corner of Main and 20th Streets, and Ginger Pop has generously donated plates, napkins, and utensils. If you’re bringing a dish to share, keep in mind that there’s no power source for crockpots and the food may be in the warm sun. For clean-up, consider using disposable containers, or make sure that glass and ceramic dishes are marked with your name and contact information.

For more information, call 360-487-8641 or e-mail jill.brown@cityofvancouver.us.

Come to the Table in Uptown Village

Come to the Table” is a community event hosted by the City of Vancouver and the Ryan Woods Memorial Grassroots Foundation where you can meet your neighbors, listen to live music, enjoy food from the potluck or food vendors, or bring your own lunch from home. The community gathering will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, on Main St. between 19th and 20th Streets.

Potluck tables will be set up at the corner of Main and 20th Streets, and Ginger Pop has generously donated plates, napkins, and utensils. If you’re bringing a dish to share, keep in mind that there’s no power source for crockpots and the food may be in the warm sun. For clean-up, consider using disposable containers, or make sure that glass and ceramic dishes are marked with your name and contact information.

For more information, call 360-487-8641 or e-mail jill.brown@cityofvancouver.us.

Wine & Design

Main Street Vintage Home—a local hotspot for antiques, vintage goods, and upcycled treasures—is hosting a "Wine & Design" event at its store in the historic Schofield's Corner building in downtown Vancouver. Intereior designer Judy Cusack (owner of Transitional Designs in Washougal) will be on-site to give design tips and suggest easy, stylish updates for your home. Chat with Judy and then browse around the store while you sip wine and nibble appetizers.

But wait, there's more! Mike Torres of Nature's Authority will be offering hand massages with high-quality botanical products and wonderful-smelling salves. And Susan Stokman of Self Balance Massage will provide $1-per-minute body massages. Plus, many vendors will have sales going during the event. Wine, hors d'oeuvres, massages, and sales: that's pretty much all you need in one place to be happy.

Even aside from all that other marvelous stuff, Main Street Vintage Home is worth a visit. The store recently changed owners, created a new website, and underwent a dramatic expansion (complete with sitting area, free coffee, and free cookies!). The store is open longer (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday) and has increased the number of vendors while maintaining a strong focus on friendly, detail-oriented customer service. They host regular after-hours events and frequent sales, and have become known as the destination for one-of-a-kind vintage finds in downtown Vancouver.