Vancouver Parks and Rec

50+ Travel Expo

It’s time to go…all over the Pacific Northwest! If you’re in the prime of your life—that is, fifty years old or better—you’re invited to a free 50+ Travel Expo from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, to learn about day trips and overnight excursions happening this fall and winter. The expo will be held at the Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver, in the Oak and Elm Rooms. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

The expo will highlight dozens of upcoming trips being offered by Vancouver’s 50 and Better Program throughout Washington and Oregon. Staff will be available to answer questions and help attendees sign up for the trips they’re interested in taking. Trip fees range from $25 per person to $200 or more for overnight trips. Transportation is always included in the fee, along with things like admissions and meals, depending on the trip. Examples of upcoming 50 and Better trips include:

  • A trip to St. Joseph’s Winery in Canby, Oregon, for the Grape Stomping Festival
  • A visit to Seattle to ride a Duck Boat, visit the Space Needle, and enjoy the Chihuly Garden of Glass
  • A cruise to Astoria on the Portland Spirit
  • A trip to Ilwaco and Long Beach on the Washington coast
  • Several “Adventures in Eating” trips to area restaurants specializing in ethnic foods
  • Trips to various local theaters to watch stage plays and musicals

Trips are planned and led by trained volunteers and include all kinds of activities. Some trips involve hiking, walking, or more physically challenging outings, while other trips involve a lot of sightseeing, shopping, eating, and talking! Learn more about the program at www.cityofvancouver.us/messenger/page/50-plus-travel-program.

Parks & Rec Fundraiser at MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs

MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs, the sit-down eatery totally devoted to the idea of hot dog deliciousness—mentioned in this Vancouver Business Journal article about amazing hot dogs in the Couve and glowingly reviewed at CouveEats—is hosting a fundraiser for Vancouver Parks and Recreation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Drop by any time from 4 to 8 p.m. for hot dogs piled with toppings, salads, tater tots like you’ve never had, craft beer and wine, and Ruby Jewel ice cream. Twenty percent of your purchase will be donated to Vancouver Parks and Recreation, supporting programs like youth camps and sports leagues! Be sure to tell your cashier the special code words—Parks & Rec Fundraiser—or print this flyer and present it when you pay.

MADdogs is located at 1900 N.E. 162nd Ave., Suite D114, near the intersection with 18th. They are open seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m., for lunch and dinner. They serve all-natural, nitrite- and nitrate-free dogs without hormones or antibiotics, including beef dogs, turkey dogs, organic chicken apple sausage, and pork bratwurst. Top your dogs with everything from chili to mac-and-cheese to mushroom, garlic, bacon and creamy Gorgonzola. There’s even a nacho dog and a bacon cheeseburger dog made with 100% Angus beef! There’s wine and local beer on tap as well as Hot Lips soda—and for dessert, have a Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich. To learn more, visit www.maddogsgourmet.com.

Eat a MADdog for Parks & Rec!

MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs, the sit-down eatery totally devoted to the idea of hot dog deliciousness—mentioned in this Vancouver Business Journal article about amazing hot dogs in the Couve and glowingly reviewed at CouveEats—is hosting a fundraiser for Vancouver Parks and Recreation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Drop by any time from 4 to 8 p.m. for hot dogs piled with toppings, salads, tater tots like you’ve never had, craft beer and wine, and Ruby Jewel ice cream. Twenty percent of your purchase will be donated to Vancouver Parks and Recreation, supporting programs like youth camps and sports leagues! Be sure to tell your cashier the special code words—Parks & Rec Fundraiser—or print this flyer and present it when you pay.

MADdogs is located at 1900 N.E. 162nd Ave., Suite D114, near the intersection with 18th. They are open seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m., for lunch and dinner. They serve all-natural, nitrite- and nitrate-free dogs without hormones or antibiotics, including beef dogs, turkey dogs, organic chicken apple sausage, and pork bratwurst. Top your dogs with everything from chili to mac-and-cheese to mushroom, garlic, bacon and creamy Gorgonzola. There’s even a nacho dog and a bacon cheeseburger dog made with 100% Angus beef! There’s wine and local beer on tap as well as Hot Lips soda—and for dessert, have a Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich. To learn more, visit www.maddogsgourmet.com.

Above image: a trio of MADdogs hot dogs; see more at www.facebook.com/Maddogsgourmethotdogs/.

Spring Break Day Camps

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 3-7—for kids ages six to 15.

Firstenburg Community Center

  • SPARK Youth Day Camp for ages five and a half to 10. Camp begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. with structured activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This camp focuses on sports, physical activity, and recreation for kids. Campers will enjoy swimming, rock climbing, sports, games, and field trips to Skyzone Trampoline and JJ Jump Extreme. The cost is $160 per camper for the whole week. For more information, call Stacey at 360-487-7029.
  • Teen Survivor Camp for ages 11 to 15. Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with organized activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop off any time before 9 a.m. There’s no lack of action in this exciting camp, which includes swimming, rock climbing, gym games, team building, video game tournaments, and field trips to Ultra Zone and the brand new Top Golf. The fee is $160 per student for the week. For more information, call Demetrius at 360-487-7014

Marshall Community Center

  • Spring Adventure Youth Day Camp for ages six to 10. Camp begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m., with structured activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your child will enjoy crafts, sports, games, playground time, swimming, field trips to Safari Sam’s and North Clackamas Aquatic Park, and many other activities. The weekly fee is $156-179 per camper. For more information, call Becky at 360-487-7084.
  • Teen Xcape Camp for ages 11 to 15. Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with organized activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop off any time before 9 a.m.This day camp features swimming, games, sports, field trips, bowling, and other activities. The cost is $40 per teen per day, or $160 for the week. For more information, call Demetrius at 360-487-7086.

Register for any or all of the day camps by clicking here. To learn more about all of the programs Vancouver Parks and Recreation has to offer—for kids and adults—visit www.vanparksrec.org.

“Word Stones” Garden Art Workshop

Vancouver Parks and Rec is offering a creative respite from the country’s political craziness with a Garden Art workshop on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Marshall Community Center. Students will learn how to make “Word Stones”—beautiful bricks engraved with your favorite quote, lyrics, poems, or simply a message to remind yourself about all that’s still good in the world. Tuck your word stone away in a serene corner of your yard, or nestle it on your front porch or patio. If need be, lean it up on your kitchen counter so that you get a pick-me-up every time your pour yourself a cup of coffee!

Students will hand-engrave three bricks. (Holiday hint: the Word Stones als0 make excellent, thoughtful gifts!) The fee, which includes all materials, is $20 for City of Vancouver residents or $23 for all other North Bank residents. Class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community center’s Arts & Crafts Studio. Register by calling 360-487-7100 or visiting the Marshall Center in person at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Teen Late Night at Firstenburg, Marshall

At the Teen Late Night program—from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday night at Firstenburg Community Center and Marshall Community Center—teens ages 11 to 18 can hang out, play ping pong, pool, video games and basketball. The program promotes the principles of trust, respect, self-esteem, consistency and integrity, and makes it possible for teens of all social and economic backgrounds to come together. Teens develop tolerance, acceptance and gain support while hanging out and having fun in a safe and positive environment. This is a free program and any teen can participate with a current student ID card or a Teen Photo ID (available for $5 from the front desk at both community centers). Teen Late Nights start in October and run throughout the school year.

Other teen activities at Firstenburg include an after-school open gym from 3 to 5 p.m. with drop-in basketball on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; use of fitness equipment from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every day, and free, unlimited access to the game room with ping-pong, foosball, and pool tables. At Marshall, teens can hang out at the Teen Spot from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and play Xbox and Wii games, ping pong, pool, and air hockey.

You can help keep Teen Late Night going with a donation. Contact Brandon Artz at (360) 487-7014 or Demetrius Brooks at (360) 487-7014.