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St. Patrick’s Day in the Couve

Are you ready to lift a pint or two in memory of ol’ St. Pat? Well, there’s a cartload of local places where you can get your Irish on, eat some Irish-inspired food, and—most importantly—drink beer. Here’s a brief (but by no means exhaustive) list of what’s happening in your neck o’ the woods:

Brickhouse Bar & Grill,  109 W. 15th St.: a full-on, Old School St. Patrick’s Day celebration with bagpiping by the Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Irish dancing with the Yeats Academy Molly Mallone Dancers, a performance by Northwest Stomp, live music with Tony Smiley at 10 p.m., corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and other Irish stouts, Irish red beer, and Irish whiskey from open on March 17 until 2 a.m. on March 18.

Shanahan’s Irish Pub and Grill, 209 W. McLoughlin Blvd.: party starting at 10 a.m. March 17, and lasting until the wee hours of March 18, featuring lots of Guinnes Irish stout and corned beef and cabbage.

Doomsday Brewing Safe House, 1919 Main St. in downtown Vancouver: party from 4 to 11 p.m. with a limited five-gallon batch of Irish stout. Each pint of the special release will get you a raffle tickets to win Doomsday gift cards. Live music by A Foot Ahead from 8 to 10 p.m., and $4 pints of Killbox Keylime Kolsch. Wear leprechaun gear and get $1 off pints.

Loowit Brewing, 507 Columbia St.: Irish-style beers are $3.75 per pint. Three Irish-style beers will be on tap, including MacManus Irish Stout on nitro, Durry Quill Irish Cream Ale on nitro, and Two-Sixteen Irish Red. You can also snap a pic at Loowit’s St. Paddy’s Selfie Station (see the adorable example above).

The Grocery Social & Cocktail, 115 W. 7th St.: open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m with $10 Grasshoppers (green Chartreuse, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and vanilla ice cream), $10 Redeye Whiskey (Double V Distillery’s Irish-style whiskey), and corned beef and cabbage.

Low Bar, 1013 Main St.: a Low Bar-style St. Paddy’s Day celebration with Irish whiskey flights, Irish beers, and Irish stews, from open until close. “No dyed green stuff,” (according to Low Bar’s Facebook page), just “stuff for the adults.”

Vintage Va-Va-Voom in the ‘Couve

Downtown Vancouver has become a Mecca for vintage shoppers and antiques aficionados. There’s been a load of new stores opening in the ‘Couve over the last few years, and that makes downtown a daytrip destination for everyone who appreciates refurbished, upcycled, reimagined, repurposed, and just plain beautiful old stuff. Stores to keep on your radar include Shipyard Millie’s and Most Everything for midcentury flair, Urban Barnhouse for country couture, The French Door for Parisienne panache, Boomerang and Divine Consign for upcycled home furnishings, Uptown Attic and Old Glory for fun antique finds, and the inimitable Main Street Vintage Home for everything you didn’t know you needed but when you see it you must have it.

As a matter of fact, Main Street Vintage Home is having a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, with many dealers set up outside selling furniture, accessories and home and garden décor, as well as store-wide sales inside. Main Street Vintage Home was recently voted Best in Business by readers of the Vancouver Business Journal, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find what you’re looking for or recommend a local retailer where you can get it.

Main Street Vintage Home is located at 1817 Main Street in the Uptown Village area of Vancouver. Free parking is available onsite in the Schofield’s Corner lot (which is conveniently located next to one of North Bank Now’s favorite Mexican restaurants, Provecho–so you can make a day of it with shopping and maragaritas!). For more information, call 360-719-2592, visit www.mainstvintagehome.com or follow Main Street Vintage Home on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MainStreetVintageHome.

Above image: All that cuteness is waiting for you at Main Street Vintage Home, in the space by dealer Patina + Whimsy.

Japan in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver and the Rotary Club of Vancouver will host a delegation of 23 representatives from Vancouver’s sister city, Joyo, Japan, from July 2-7. Other local hosts include Clark College, SEH America and the Columbia River Economic Development Council. The cities of Vancouver and Joyo are celebrating 20 years as sister cities this year.

During their visit, the Joyo delegation will attend the Independence Day Celebration and fireworks show at Fort Vancouver, where they will be honored with a performance of Portland Taiko drumming at 6 p.m. on the main stage. They will also tour various sites in and around Vancouver, including Fort Vancouver, the downtown Library, the Vancouver Farmer’s Market, Bethany Vineyard & Winery, Clark College, Westfield Vancouver Mall and Multnomah Falls.

As part of the Vancouver Downtown Association‘s First Friday Downtown art walk on July 3, art created by children from schools in both Vancouver and Joyo will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. inside City Hall, 415 W. 6th St. At 6:45 p.m. on Monday, July 6, the public is invited to attend the Vancouver City Council’s dedication of the Joyo Fountain at the south plaza of City Hall, honoring the 20-year sister city relationship. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/joyo.

Above image: Mito shrine in Joyo, located at the foot of Kounoso Mountain

State of the ‘Couve

On Thursday, March 26, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt will present the 2015 State of the City address in the lobby of City Hall at 415 W. 6th St. This annual event celebrates the Mighty Couve’s achievements, growth, and progress over the past year, as well as giving listeners a preview of future opportunities and initiatives. The address—which is free and open to the public—will start at 4 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring mobile devices because there’s going to be audience interaction, baby! The address will be followed at 5 p.m. by an informal social hour with the mayor and city council members at Gray’s at the Park at the Hilton Vancouver, next door to City Hall. Other exciting things to note about 2015’s State of the City address:

  • The Hilton will donate a portion of the proceeds from a special “state of the city” happy hour menu to the Council for the Homeless, local group that works to find assistance and resources for families and individuals at risk of homelessness in Clark County.
  • Representatives from downtown Vancouver’s tech companies and students from WSU-Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program will share examples of their work in the lobby.
  • Facebook, Twitter and Instagram photos, videos, and short riffs about life in the ‘Couve—as told from the ‘Couvie’s point of view—will be part of the mayor’s address. (Like we said—interactive!)

The event will air live on Clark/Vancouver Television (channel 23 and HD channel 323), or it can be viewed online at www.cvtv.org. A State of the City Annual Report to Citizens is posted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/vansoc.

Hello Vancouver! Needs Your Photos

HelloVancouverPhotobookHigh Five Media and Hello Vancouver! are creating a high-quality, full-color book of your photographs, showing the life in the ‘Couve through your eyes. The book will combine a narrative essay and photographic images that visually describe Vancouver—the new, the old, the inspiring, the different.

What makes Vancouver Vancouver? What draws you here and what keeps you here? There are plenty of beautiful pictures of waterfronts and bridges and clock towers—and those are lovely, but Hello Vancouver! wants to know what makes Vancouver special to you with images that show Vancouver from your vantage point.

Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to submit photos. Each person can submit up to 10 images, and there’s no cost to submit your work. Photos will be selected by a blind jury of editors and professional artists. Everyone whose work is selected will receive a free copy of the book, which will published in the fall and offered for sale online and throughout the Vancouver metro area. Click here to see complete submission details.

Commemoration of Chkalov’s Moscow-Vancouver Flight

The Moscow-Vancouver connection was made nearly 80 years ago, when Valery Chkalov completed his historic flight from Moscow to Pearson Air Field, now a part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. To commemorate this achievement—the world’s first non-stop transpolar flight—you’re invited to join the National Park Service for a special program, “Valery Chkalov: from Moscow to Pearson Field,” to be held at the Pearson Air Museum at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.

The family-friendly program will include a talk, vignette, and music, along with artifacts on display from the historic flight. A twenty-piece group from the Vancouver Community Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Jim Rourk, will provide music from the era. The talk will be presented by Luda Leksunkin, a bilingual Russian-American park guide with the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For more details, click here.

The Moscow-Vancouver Connection

If you sometimes get a fierce craving for a bowl of borscht, you may be experiencing The Moscow-Vancouver Connection—a link that was made nearly 80 years ago, when Valery Chkalov completed his historic flight from Moscow to Pearson Air Field, now a part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. To commemorate this achievement—the world’s first non-stop transpolar flight—you’re invited to join the National Park Service for a special program, “Valery Chkalov: from Moscow to Pearson Field,” to be held at the Pearson Air Museum at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.

The family-friendly program will include a talk, vignette, and music, along with artifacts on display from the historic flight. A twenty-piece group from the Vancouver Community Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Jim Rourk, will provide music from the era. The talk will be presented by Luda Leksunkin, a bilingual Russian-American park guide with the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For more details, click here.

Garden Walking Tour of Arnada

Vancouver's Arnada neighborhood is well-known locally for its beautiful old houses and its even more beautiful gardens. These carefully cultivated yards remind us that the era of gracious living has not passed—not while flowers still bloom, and not while there are gardeners who still lovingly tend them. The Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) knows that sometimes the best way to appreciate our city's heritage is to get outside and see it—and what better way than a guided walking tour to help you learn about and better appreciate what you see?
 
With that in mind, the CCHM is hosting a Garden Walking Tour of the charming and history-rich Arnada neighborhood on Saturday, May 17. Participants will hear engaging stories about the history of notable Arnada homes whilst viewing their lovely contemporary gardens from the (non-muddy) sidewalk. Tour guides Brad Richardson and Barbara Clark will begin this one-time tour at 12 noon at the CCHM. Tickets are $5 for Clark County Historical Society members and $7 for non-members. Reservations are required by calling 360-993-5679.
 
Editor's note: We visited the CCHM website this morning (May 16) and found that this event has sold out! Even the waiting list is full! However, we placed a quick call to the museum, and the friendly staff informed us that there will be more walking tours of the Arnada neighborhood this summer and fall. The museum partners with Master Gardener Barbara Clark to choose gardens that look the most beautiful, according to the season. Keep checking North Bank Now for more articles about CCHM walking tours…

Arbor Day

Vancouver is celebrating 25 years as Tree City USA, a national program that recognizes cities for their excellence in urban forestry. Celebrate Arbor Day at noon on Wednesday, April 9, at Esther Short Park. Enjoy children's activities and see the Mac Awards (sorry, no flashy computers—just recognition for those who've gone above and beyond to support our city's urban forest). Guests are invited to watch the planting off the annual Arbor Day tree, and each guest will receive a free tree seedling to take home.

Vancouver has been honored as a Tree City every year since 1989 for effectively managing its urban trees. Vancouver knows its abundance of urban trees is closely linked to our quality of life—and that's why the theme for this year's Arbor Day is "Our Trees, Our Future."

National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. Today, all 50 states and many Canadian provinces observe this holiday every spring, although the actual date of Arbor Day varies from state to state. For more information about Arbor Day and Tree City USA, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation website.

Arbor Day in Vancouver

Vancouver is celebrating 25 years as a designated Tree City USA, a national program that recognizes cities for their excellence in urban forestry. Celebrate Arbor Day at noon on Wednesday, April 9, at Esther Short Park. Enjoy children's activities and see the Mac Awards (sorry, no flashy computers—just recognition for those who've gone above and beyond to support our city's urban forest). Guests are invited to watch the planting off the annual Arbor Day tree, and each guest will receive a free tree seedling to take home.

Vancouver has been honored as a Tree City every year since 1989 for effectively managing its urban trees. Vancouver knows its abundance of urban trees is closely linked to our quality of life—and that's why the theme for this year's Arbor Day is "Our Trees, Our Future."

National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. Today, all 50 states and many Canadian provinces observe this holiday every spring, although the actual date of Arbor Day varies from state to state. For more information about Arbor Day and Tree City USA, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation website.

 

March First Friday: In Like a Lion

"In like a lion, out like a lamb," goes the old saying about March. If you live in on the North Bank, that'll be a very, very wet lion. But here's the thing about lions: they don't care about a little ol' rain. And neither should you, because First Friday in downtown Vancouver is happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 7, and there's plenty to roar about. Here's what's new in downtown that's worth getting wet for:
  • Gravitate Design's new loft space at 1012 Washington St. featuring artist Brian Bloss, whose work can also be seen at www.blaqpanda.net.
  • The Brickstone Ballroom on the top story of the Biggs Insurance building at 105 W. Evergreen. Take a look around, enjoy the view, and think about hosting your next big event here.
  • Divine Again custom rehupholstery shop and showroom is sharing a space with the marvelous Vintique Living (www.vintiqueliving.com) vintage and antique refurbished home goods. They are peacefully cohabiting in the basement under Divine Consign furniture resale store, located at the corner of Ninth and Main Streets.
…and of course you won't want to miss any of the art at downtown Vancouver's thriving galleries, including Angst Gallery, Aurora Fine Art and Framing, Art on the Boulevard, North Bank Gallery, Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, and Gallery 360.
 
 

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 at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, 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, click here. The parade is free and everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

Hello Vancouver!

High Five Media is about to break some new social ground by hosting Hello Vancouver!, the first in a series of "community talk shows" at the gorgeously restored Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. This will be a blend of town hall meeting, talk show, entertainment, and neighborhood get-together, where we discuss everything that's best about living in Southwest Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and the event ends around 9 p.m.
 
The evening will be hosted by one of High Five's founders, proud Vancouvrian Temple Lenz (perhaps best known for her irreverent blog, The Daily 'Couve.) In this "episode" of Hello Vancouver!, you'll meet your local roller derby team (yes! For real!), hear a great local band, meet Seth Aaron—a Clark County boy and two-time winner of Project Runway, and find out about home-grown businesses, artists, writers, designers, and all-around overacheivers who are doing some really forward-thinking stuff here on the North Bank.
 
If you get hungry, the Kiggins' bar and concession stand will be open, serving theater-style refreshments (yummy popcorn!) as well as beer and wine. The event is not necessarily ideal for small children, but teens are welcome. And here's a bonus: it's all free! Well, except for the concessions. But that's just a nice way to say "thank you" to the Kiggins for hosting.
 
For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.