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August ‘16

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FEATURE ARTICLES

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HeLa High Holds Doors Open Wide to Careers in Medicine Evergreen Public Schools’ state-of-the-art health and bioscience high school in Vancouver

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Finding a Lifetime Friend through Pet Adoption Lives are enriched when people and pets come together

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The Magic of Music: Opera Quest   A local nonprofit instills a love of music in children 

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Editor’s Notes

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The New Domesticity Young adults share a special look at their remarkable sense of wonder

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Wander Woman Build sandcastles minutes away at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park

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EDITOR'S NOTES

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All About That Bass My teenage daughter is obsessed with music,

most of it pop and hip hop. At times I roll my

eyes, snobbishly turning up the volume on my NPR podcasts to drown out the “shorty”s and the “bass”es, but I can’t help remembering a

time, some 20 years ago, when music was my

lifeline too. My artists of choice may have been U2 and Dave Matthews Band rather than Drake and G-Eazy, but ever since Elvis and his

hips caught the music world by storm, youth have consumed music

almost to the point of very survival. Parents of tweens and teens need no scientific study to confirm that music often shapes the way kids

see themselves and the world, in part because of their metaphysical attraction to it.

With such a powerful medium at our disposal, we as parents can use

this attraction to introduce a variety of enriching concepts and values to our children through music. My kids can still recite the preamble to the

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U.S. Constitution, which we memorized several years ago with a little help from “Schoolhouse Rock.” I often hear my children humming

along to hymns I play on the piano that I had no idea they’d osmosed.

Whatever the form, music can be used to impart the positive values our children will so desperately need as they grow up in an increasingly conflicted world.

To learn about a local organization dedicated to educating children through a very specific musical form, see page 24.

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Note: In our July 2016 issue, we published a photo of a child playing on railroad tracks that appeared to be abandoned. We received comments from readers objecting to the safety concerns displayed in the photo. We would like to remind families that children should never play on railroad tracks. We apologize for the distress this photo caused.

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THE NEW DOMESTICITY

A Sense of the

NEW DOMESTICITY

Wonder

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By Julianna Lawson

This summer my family and I joined a group of young adults for a

camping trip along the Columbia River Gorge. My 13-year-old son and I tagged along for one of the day hikes, and I was delighted to see how natural it was for this group of 18 to 21-year-olds to slowly take in the myriad sights and sounds around them. From the thundering waterfalls to the wispiest mosses, they found joy in stopping to admire the beauty of our world without feeling rushed or distracted. I later asked them about this. How had they developed their sense of wonder? As I thought over their responses, I recalled a 1923 volume of poems, “The Boy’s Book of Verse.” The first section is comprised of “Outdoor Poems,” suggesting that it was the most natural thing for a boy in the 1920s to resonate with Joyce Kilmer’s rhyme, “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” Would the child of today share this sentiment? I believe they would! This month, let’s develop a sense of WONDER in our children.

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ATCH Watch for the earliest opportunities to share inspiring experiences with your child. Since their daughter’s birth a year ago, William and Kate Young of Vancouver have embraced the outdoors as ideal teaching grounds for their growing family. Kate shares, “I love the way Claire’s eyes light up on our daily walks in the forest. Sometimes her whole body will be still as she looks around, and other times she talks nonstop about everything she sees and hears, from the sound of a new bird to the sound of water in the creek.” Kate admits that it takes more preparation to hike and explore with a baby, “but Claire is filled with such wonder that it makes us want to share everything we can with her.” (For tips and support on exploring with baby, visit hikeitbaby.com.)

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BSERVE Teach your child to carefully observe his surroundings. As you walk through the park, stop to listen. “Do you hear that bird? Let’s find it! Oh, look! It’s a little chickadee!” Even as you spend time in a crowded city or busy supermarket, find ways to develop observation. “I spy three blue cars!” or “Can you help me pick out five red apples? Let’s put them on the scale and see how much they weigh.” Further develop this skill by encouraging older children to sketch or journal about their experiences.

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AME Children love to name things. Take advantage of this natural love by putting names to the things your child sees, hears, and smells every day. Keep field guides in your home and learn the names of birds and flowers, trees and insects. You’ll be delighted to one day hear a little voice pipe up, “Look, Daddy! It’s a peregrine falcon!”

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ISPLAY Display items in your home that evoke wonder and delight the senses. Play various genres of music, display classic works of art, keep collections of rocks and shells, press flowers, post poems, frame pictures of your children enjoying the outdoors, try new foods, read nature-filled books, from Thornton Burgess’s Animal Books to Jean Craighead George’s “My Side of the Mountain.” The possibilities are endless.

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XPLORE Explore as a family. The most common response I received from the young adult hikers was that they had grown up spending time in the outdoors with their families. Alyssa Butler of Vancouver shared, “I always loved going to different places with my family, either out in the country or to the mountains. As I got older I continued on next page

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enjoyed capturing the moments through photography. Being able to stop anywhere enabled that. I enjoy living in the moment!” Tim Abraham of Battle Ground added, “The hustle and bustle of the city never feels restful to me, but being outdoors comes naturally. It’s a great way to recharge.”

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EMEMBER Remember that learning takes time, so don’t give up. Rachael Bryant of Battle Ground and Jake Marugg of Camas both acknowledged that it was often hard to slow down when they were young. “My family went on a lot of road trips,” Bryant shared, “and stopping to appreciate nature used to be annoying! But soon I grew to love photo stops along the side of the road or taking hikes a little bit slower to capture all of my surroundings.”

Likewise, Marugg noted that he was an “indoors kid,” but his parents continued to give him outdoor experiences. “Now, hiking and walking represent a chance to unplug from life’s chaos and just soak in simplicity and beauty in its most pure form.” With cameras in hand and the patience of true artists, these young adults now think it the most natural thing in the world to pause in wonder and deeply appreciate their surroundings.

Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 10 to 18. Julianna has been known to pull her children out of bed to observe lunar eclipses and may have unintentionally taken them on a hike or two that involved far too many garter snakes and mosquitoes. She writes about her own wandering experiences at murmurandglisten.blosgpot.com.

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Wander Woman

EXPLORING HIDDEN GEMS oF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON By Afton Nelson

The Beach is Closer Than You Think:

FR ENCH M A N'S B A R Sometimes you just need a beach day; a day to forget appointments, demands and stress and just relax with your toes in the sand while your little ones build castles and dip their feet in the water. But driving to the coast takes time, and after the hour or two drive, we might be greeted with with clouds, cold, wind, and sometimes rain.

Friends, there is another way! Photos by Afton Nelson

Move your beach day to Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, a long, sandy beach on the north bank of the Columbia River, with Vancouver Lake to the east and the mighty Columbia to the West. It’s perfect for picnicking, playing, splashing and relaxing.

First, a word about swimming: The Clark County Public Works website says swimming is discouraged at Frenchman’s Bar. There are no lifeguards on duty, and the ground has steep drop-offs and the current is swift. Those fast currents are

The kids were a bit wary as we set out on what had been, until that morning, a perfectly warm and sunny week. The clouds hung low with temperatures to match. We wondered if we even needed our hats and sunglasses. Still, we packed them in the car along with beach towels, a volleyball and lunch, and made our way past the industrial-looking buildings and the giant loading and unloading cranes at the Port of Vancouver. By the time we arrived, the blue sky was already peeking through the clouds, and soon the sun was out in glorious force.

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Wander Woman: Frenchman’s Bar (cont’d) continued from page 10

We did let our kids dip their toes, and shins and knees in the water on our visit. Margaret, age 10, was surprised that the water wasn’t as cold as she was expecting, especially in the shallower parts. “It was pretty warm and swimming was fun. Make sure you bring your swim suit.” Isaac, age 12, had a few suggestions of his own. “Bring a shovel for digging in the sand. Even if you don’t go in the water, playing in the sand is really fun.” We staked out a spot on the cool, grassy knoll overlooking the beach and river and enjoyed our lunch, then walked down to the waterline when we wanted to play. You can also bring chairs right down to the water’s edge, or eat at one of the many picnic tables in the area. Charcoal grill pits and a covered picnic area are also available on a first-comefirst-serve basis or by reservation for large groups. Jonah, age 14, had one complaint. “There aren’t a lot of rocks for skipping,” he said. (Have I mentioned my kids like to skip rocks?) That didn’t mean there wasn’t plenty to do. Six volleyball pits just beg for kids or grown-ups with a ball, plus there is room to kick around a soccer ball or set up a game of horseshoes (you provide the horseshoes and stakes). And with its Port of Vancouver adjacent location, you might even see large freighter ships maneuvering slowly past the beach or anchored up river. When the kids need a break from the water, take a short jaunt to the playground.

One of the highlights of the park is a wide, flat, paved bike trail that connects Frenchman’s Bar with Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Be on the lookout for blue herons, redtailed hawks and maybe even a bald eagle as you ride this 2.5-mile trail over to the lake. On clear days, enjoy the views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams; and if you’re really lucky, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Jefferson. Upon leaving, the consensus was unanimous: playing in the water was the highlight of our outing. “Swimming was my favorite thing,” 10-year-old Spencer said. Seven-year-old Zac followed up with an emphatic, “I liked it.” Now that’s an endorsement you can take to the bank. If you haven’t visited this Clark County gem, what are you waiting for? Why

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Feature: HeLa High Holds Door Open Wide to Careers in Medicine By Davi Nabors

HeLa High Holds Doors Open Wide to Careers in Medicine For Vancouver students looking to seriously explore career possibilities in a health profession, an incredibly rare and precious opportunity awaits. Evergreen Public Schools’ Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, also known as HeLa High, combines rigorous math and science courses with state-of-the-art technology to immerse students in truly unique academic pursuits. Immunology, cell and molecular biology, epidemiology and biotechnology are a few of the upper-class course offerings. And other classes such as foreign languages, band, choir, digital arts and PE help to round out the high school experience. (HeLa does not have any competitive sports teams. Therefore, students wishing to compete in sports do so at their home campus.) And by their junior year, students are asked to choose a “major” (one of four programs of study) in Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing and Patient Services, or Pharmacology. Depending upon the academic route selected, students can graduate with a wide range of opportunities. For instance, some will earn credentials that allow them to work right away as nursing or pharmacy assistants; whereas others may

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apply to colleges or universities to build on their education in the rapidly advancing world of medicine.

HANDS-ON LEARNING HeLa places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, and a tour of the building reveals exciting evidence of that. The classrooms are spacious and bright, with walls of windows that often double as chalkboards. During my visit, small models of human bodies lined the counters of the anatomy classroom, and it was reported that a dissection of a pig brain had recently taken place. A step into the pharmacy classroom was also impressive. Hanging from the walls were clear plastic bags filled with yellow IV fluids that students had recently prepared by reconstituting a solution. And in one corner of the room sat a revolutionary Pyxis MedStation, which is used in hospitals to automate the accurate dispensing of medications. The walls of the microbiology and bio technology classroom were also lined with state of the art equipment, some even used for DNA analysis.

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Feature: HeLa High (cont’d) Photo by Aaron Wintersong, Evergreen Public Schools

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Across the school, in the Nursing and Patient Services wing, four patient care rooms resembling hospital rooms with glass sliding doors were set up for handson training. In one room, a Laerdahl SimMan was lying in a bed. Specially designed to breathe, urinate, and even die, these types of simulators provide life-like learning experiences for nursing students. As selected students tend to their patients in the patient care rooms, their classmates are able to observe and learn from their performance by viewing a live feed from another room. HeLa relies on its strong ties to the community for continued learning and support, as well. In order to help students experience different pathways to a variety of health-related careers, HeLa invites members of the community to share their experiences at in-school symposiums. Professionals from organizations such as the Red Cross and Life Flight, emergency medical technicians, and physical therapists present, answer questions, and often have hands-on exercises to show students what their jobs entail. HeLa also links with the community to provide internships, tours, job shadowing and volunteering as additional real world experiences.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? All students who are genuinely interested in learning more about the health care industry and are curious about engaging in hands-on education are encouraged to apply to HeLa High at the beginning of 8th grade. No minimum GPA is required for admission, but students should be aware that there is a higher math and science requirement to graduate. Students both in and out of the Evergreen School District are eligible to apply, and selections are chosen purely on a lottery system, with indistrict students receiving priority.

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WHO WAS HENRIETTA LACKS? Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School was named in honor of a poor black woman whose cancerous cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, created the first line of immortal cells successfully grown in a laboratory. Known as “HeLa” cells, those cells have played a crucial role in modern medicine, leading to the development of the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning and more. Despite billions of her cells being sold and used extensively for research, Lacks’ identity and her fascinating yet controversial story remained a mystery for decades. In her 2010 critically acclaimed New York Times Best Seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” author Rebecca Skloot revealed the life, controversy and incredible legacy that survives this unsung, unwitting heroine. HeLa High, opened in 2013, is the first in the country to be named after her. Having completed their senior year in June, HeLa’s most recent graduating class now takes with them a wide range of knowledge and experiences designed to help them care for individuals and take on the greatest medical challenges of their time.

Davi Nabors, M.Ed., is a writer and assistant editor for Vancouver Family Magazine.

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Feature: Finding a Lifetime Friend through Pet Adoption

Finding a Lifetime Friend through

PE T A D O P T I O N

By Vivian Mattila Walikainen

“Who could resist those fluffy bundles of joy?” asks Diane Stevens of Furry Friends in Vancouver, a nonprofit, no-kill, cat adoption agency. Who indeed? Fluffy kittens are definitely one of the agency’s most popular adopted pets, affirms Stevens. Denise Barr of Humane Society for Southwest Washington echoes the affection, “Expect your heart to never be the same again! Having a pet in your life means that you have a lifetime friend, one who will love you unconditionally.” If you’re searching for your own fluffy bundle of joy, several Clark County organizations offer just the right environment to help your family find the best pet for you. Barr explains that dogs are the most adopted animal at the Humane Society. Each animal goes through behavior tests to determine adoptability, and then they are listed on the Humane Society website at www. southwesthumane.org. Barr explains, “Our new website has greatly increased the number of people visiting the Adoption CenterShelter. I would say most people use our website, or the

website PetFinder, to search for the kind of dog or cat they want. They read the bios and look at the photos and come looking for that particular animal.” If you are searching for a feline friend to adopt, the cats of Furry Friends can be viewed at www.furryfriendswa.org. Here you can also find contact information to schedule an appointment to meet that new, possible family addition. Stevens explains, “People who prefer to adopt instead of purchasing a cat from a breeder have big hearts. They are looking to save a cat’s life by offering it a home.” Barr agrees. “Many people will only adopt a shelter animal because they believe in taking care of existing animals in our community.” At Furry Friends, ‘socializers’ come in to play with the cats and kittens and to give them special attention; furthermore, they are housed in a communal situation as opposed to cages. Feline friends are spayed or neutered, tested for diseases, vaccinated and treated for a variety of ailments. Each furry friend goes home with medical records and information on how to best care for that particular cat. Additionally, if the adoption does not work out, Furry Friends will take the cat or kitten back, and they are always available for ongoing support. The only drawback Stevens can foresee in adopting a pet is that you may fall in love with more than one feline friend and go home with more cats than you intended. continued on page 20

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Feature: Finding a Lifetime Friend through Pet Adoption (cont’d) continued from page 18

Stevens’s best advice for bringing a pet into your home? “Do some homework first. Understand your animal’s needs and how to introduce them to your home. If you are bringing a cat into a home that already has other animals, you have to start introducing them slowly. They need to be in a room by themselves so they can feel safe and then start the introduction procedure.”

Another way to obtain a pet is through buying it at a pet store, which is what Camas resident Dan Grant did when his daughter Annah wanted a guinea pig. Grant says owning guinea pigs is a great family experience since this type of pet has a lot of love to give. “My daughter loves rabbits but they are not as cuddly as piggies; piggies will just snuggle,” he says. “She likes these animals because they are super cute.” Grant believes there are many positive aspects to children owning pets. Annah was the primary caregiver; in so doing, she learned responsibility. She also learned that pets are fun and loving. A tougher lesson for Annah to learn was that she needed to care for her pet every day, giving good, proper care all the time. Over the years, Annah has cared for several guinea pigs. Grant states their family rule: if you can care for it, you are allowed the privilege of owning a pet. He shares, “Our family would like to say to future pet

owners that small pets are great for kids. Small pets are easy to care for. They are inexpensive, fun and rewarding.” Debbie Vandeberg had an excellent experience with adopting a kitten from Humane Society for Southwest Washington. She says, “We decided to adopt because one of our cats passed away a few months ago, and we wanted a companion for our other cat. We went with the Humane Society because we were not having much luck with Craigslist or other shelters.” Not only did they find their new kitten there, but Vandeberg relates, “the fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, their first rounds of shots and a free vet exam.” At home, Vandeberg says the adoption is going well. The kitten is healthy, eating well, and is training. Vandeberg explains that the kitten “would love to play with our adult cat, but the adult is still a little unsure. But things are improving and moving in the right direction.” The kitten is affectionate and a great pal; on the downside, “she’s into everything and keeps me on my toes.” Vandeberg suggests that future pet continued on page 22

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owners, “do their research so they are prepared and have everything they need on hand. I also advocate for adoption over buying a pet unless a person is wanting a pure breed. There are so many shelter animals that need good homes.” Stevens gives these last encouraging words of advice, “Pets are living, breathing animals with thoughts, feelings, fears and things that make them happy and comfortable. Respect your animal, don’t abuse it, and meet all of their needs for living.” Barr chimes in, “Do your research. Make sure you know the kind of commitment that owning a puppy or younger active dog brings. Maybe an older dog or cat is better for your lifestyle if you are gone a lot. And then, really read the handouts in our pet adoption packet. There are some great tools to help you house train your new pet and help it get along with other animals in your household.”

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Feature: The Magic of Music: Opera Quest

The Magic of Music: By Brooke Strickland

What is Opera Quest? This unique organization introduces children across the Pacific Northwest to opera through a lively and interactive one-hour production that blends music and script together in one exciting show. The program, called Opera the Great, features five professional singers and a pianist, who are all music educators by nature and training. The interactive show travels to various schools at little or no cost to the school. This last school year, the group was able to visit 14 schools in districts in and around Clark County. Next year they plan to expand their goal by visiting more schools and reaching more school-age students. The program is designed for kids ages 8-10, but they do perform for younger and older students, as well. The organization was officially founded as a non-profit in 2013, but the show “Opera the Great” has been performed in schools since 2011. They also perform for the general public and most recently joined with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at a free Six to Sunset Summer Concert in Esther Short Park. Interaction and Impact The program integrates opera history, famous melodies and characters and allows kids to participate and try out operatic gestures and various singing styles. The children actually get the opportunity to become part of the show. Kathryn Hobbie, president of Opera Quest Northwest shares, “The show is very interactive. Kids from the audience get to sing in the chorus, and several get

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No matter what your age or ethnicity, music is a magical language that we can all appreciate and share. Music means something different to each person, but for kids, it can open their minds to a world of imagination like nothing else can. Opera Quest Northwest is a local nonprofit organization that recognizes there is power in music and works to instill a love of music in children through interactive education, primarily with opera and classical music.

to play characters on stage.” The five singers appear to improvise the story as it goes along. The story tells of a soprano and tenor that are in love but need to get approval of the girl’s reluctant father to get married. The basso Villain helps them by creating a magic potion, and the baritone offers the crowd plenty of comic relief. There are a variety of vocal parts that integrate languages, and during some of the program children are invited onto the stage to help prepare the magical potion. When the program is over, students can ask the performers questions in a unique 10-minute Q & A session. Opera Quest makes a huge impact because children who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to view a live opera get

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the chance to see what it’s like. Through the program, seeds are planted for a lifelong love of the performing arts. Hobbie says, “We get wonderful comments from teachers, administrators, and students. Every school that has had us wants us back.” In some cases, the students and teachers have weeks of ongoing dialogue about the performance. To encourage these exchanges, curricular materials are now being developed for teachers to use before and after the show. Hobbie goes on to say that there has been significant research on the value of children’s music participation. Some of these benefits include strengthening speech processing in children, enriching left-right brain connections, sharpening selfesteem, and relieving stress.

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Opera Quest is run by a team of volunteers and is supported through grants and private donations. Some of their community partners include Washington State University Vancouver, SHARE, Southwest Washington Community Foundation, and the CamasWashougal Community Chest. Do you think your school might like to experience this program? Visit the Opera Quest website at operaquestnw.org to find out how you and your students can benefit from the magic of music. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Brooke Strickland is a full time freelance writer and social media specialist for businesses around Portland and Vancouver. She is also the co-author of “Hooked on Games,” a book about technology and video game addiction. When taking a break from writing, she can be found reading a historical fiction book, trying out a new recipe in the kitchen, or spending time with her husband and two kids. Visit her website at brookestrickland.org.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

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Worm Watch at Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas. Look at real worms and see how they look, feel, smell and act. Snack and craft, too. For preschool and kindergarten kids. To sign up (required), call 360-834-4692. 11 am Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library at 600 NE 163th Ave, Vancouver. Join us for stories, crafts, music and more for the whole family. Ages 0-6. 6:30-7:30 pm

2 TUESDAY

Zentangles at Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing free-form structured patterns. For teens grades 7-12. 2 pm National Night Out in Yacolt. Come out and meet your neighbors, learn about community services,and enjoy a free BBQ. Learn about Nextdoor, a growing citizen program that helps keep our town free of drugs and crime. 5-8 pm Color Me Wonderful at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Show your creative side while you relax with color pencils and coloring pages. Ages 15 and up. 5:30-6:64 pm

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3 WEDNESDAY Boomerang Kids’ Story and Craft Time at Boomerang, 808 Main St., Vancouver. Free stories, fun and activities in Boomerang’s awesome indoor kids’ play area. 10-11 am

Science in the Park at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. Prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment. Today’s theme is Be Green for Wildlife. Food vendors are also on-site providing a variety of tasty meals. It’s a fun way for families to spend a summertime lunch and learning, complete with great music. Free. 11 am-1 pm Imagine Homes Realty, LLC Noon Concerts at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. Add musical inspiration to your work week. Grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sounds of summer. Today’s line up: Three Together. Free. 12-1 pm Playshop: KazoodOlympics! at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Who can medal at jump roping, archery and more? $2. 11-12 am On Your Mark…Get Set…PLAY! at Three Creeks Library 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Every week we’ll set up a grab bag of activities. Crafts, games and

family fun for babies through 12 year olds. 2-4 pm Camas Farmer’s Market in downtown Camas, between the library and City Hall. Every Wednesday, freshly harvested seasonal produce, flowers, natural products, and a hearty variety of prepared and hot foods fill the market. Enjoy chef demos, healthy living and gardening information, kids’ activities, and live local music. Chat with a farmer, fill your basket, grab dinner and relax on the library lawn. 3-7 pm

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Reading in the Wild at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Storytime and Nature Series for kids 3-6 years. Connect fun stories with nature activities. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 10-11 am Vancouver Farmers Market at Columbia Tech Center,1498 Tech Center Rd., Vancouver. In its second year serving Vancouver’s east side, this market offers fresh produce, plants and flowers, baked goods, delicious food, crafts and more. Open Thursdays through September 1. 3-7 pm Crafternoon at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Crafternoon moves to Thursdays during the summer.

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This week’s craft: Superhero Pearling using beads and heat. $2. 3-5 pm Salmon Creek Farmer’s Market at 134th St. in Vancouver. This rain or shine market is open weekly through September and has 40 vendors, live music, and activities for kids. 3-7 pm Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. Celebrate summer with us on Thursday evenings while listening to our fantastic bands play the sun down. Bring your family and friends, put down a picnic blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy. Tonight’s line up: Patrick Lamb. 6-8 pm Concerts in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. All ages are welcome to join Camas Parks and Recreation as we toe tap our way into our 22nd year of offering free concerts in the park. Bring your favorite picnic dinner or buy from local food vendors in the park. Rain or shine. No alcohol or animals are allowed in the park. Tonight: beyond 70’s dance hits with Hit Machine. 6:30 to 8:30 pm Red Yarn Music and Puppet Show at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. In this energetic music and puppet show, Red Yarn and his Critters will lead audiences on an active continued on next page

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continued from previous page adventure through American folksongs and tales. Performing classic game songs with the verve of a fitness instructor, Red Yarn will get children moving and singing along. Ages 3-12. 6:30-7:30 pm

information, visit: http://www. clarkcofair.com/fair-info.html.

Dance Azteca (Huitzilopochtli) at Washougal Community library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Dancers of all ages are colorfully adorned in authentic Aztec regalia (native-wear). They dance to the live beats of the huehuetl (standing) drums, wooden flutes, ayoyote rattles, and chihuandas (armadillo guitars). Each dance tells an oral story. Ages 3-6. 7-8 pm

Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. Join Camas Parks and Recreation every Friday in August. There will be different themes every week; Water Carnival, Sports Spectacular, Circus Skills with Shireen and the Oregon Reptile Man. Free. 12 pm

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Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. Faircon, family activities, carnival midway, Comcast Kids Park, Vancouver Mall Kids Stage, pony rides, 4-H events and the Junior Livestock Auction, and more. For more

Explore! Program for 3-6 Year Olds at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. (See Aug 5) 10:30-11:30 am

Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Walking Tour Series at O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. Different tours will be held at 12 pm on Fridays and 9 am on Saturdays until August 20. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. This year’s tours feature Officers Row, Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay

Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, Lincoln Neighborhood and Historic Downtown Ridgefield. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Visit www.cchmuseum. org for the official tour schedule. 12 pm Portland Children’s Museum Free First Friday at 4015 SW Canyon Rd., Portland. 4-8 pm Downtown Camas First Friday in historic downtown Camas. Voted “Best of Clark County” in “Outdoor Family Fun” in 2015. Family activities and games, local art exhibits, dining, after hours shopping, and free-to-enter gift basket raffles. 5-8 pm Vancouver Downtown Association First Friday. Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open

their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all! Visit www.vdausa. org/vdas-firstfridaydowntown for a downtown art gallery list and walking map. 5-9 pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Ridgefield Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield. A Journey Theater Arts Group production. For tickets call 360-750-8550. 7:30 pm “Princess Bride” – Friday Night Movies in the Park at Waterworks Park, SE Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain, Vancouver. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy big screen entertainment. Movie starts at dusk, and pre-movie activities start at 7 pm. Movies in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket and come watch family friendly movies on continued on page 28

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Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) Lacamas Lake Half Marathon at Camas City Hall, 616 NE 4th Ave., Camas. Courses also include a 6K (which is baby jogger friendly) and a Kids 1K dash. To register and for more info go to http://www.fleetfeetpdx. com/races/lacamas-lake. 7:30 am–12 pm Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. A family and pet friendly place to spend the day, across the street from beautiful Esther Short Park. You’ll discover fresh produce, plants and flowers, baked goods, delicious food, unique accessories for yourself, home, or garden, and more. 9 am-3 pm Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Walking Tour Series at O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 5) 9 am Library Brick Lovers at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield. Imagine amazing structures and machines, then build them. For kids 3-9 yrs and families. 10 am-12 pm Nature Explorer Event at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, 17051 Washougal River Rd., Washougal. Let’s get kids excited about nature. These 20 plus acres provide forests and fields to explore. Different activities each day. Round trip bus from Marshall Center. Lunch provided if registered for 2 days. Free to all supervised kids and families. Visit http://campwariki. com/ for more information. 10:30 am-2 pm Storytime at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Storytime moves to

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Saturday this summer. Join us for stories, songs and fun for preschoolers. 11-11:30 am The Oregon Bird Man at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C Tenney, Rd., Vancouver. A great family-oriented show featuring a wide variety of tropical parrots, including several endangered species. Meet parrots of all colors and sizes. Learn what is happening to parrots in the wild and what is involved with having one as a pet. For 3-12 year olds. 11 am-12 pm Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry at Fort Vancouver Parade Grounds, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. American Civil War costumed re-enactors on the grounds of the historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living history activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest. 11 am-3 pm Open Saturday at Pearson Field, 201 E Reserve St., Vancouver. Pearson Air Field is open to the public from 1 to 5 pm every Saturday, featuring a free educational program provided by Pearson Field Education Center, the Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Experience the “Golden Age of Aviation” at the Northwest’s first airport, and one of the oldest continuously operating airfields in the country. 1-5 pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Ridgefield Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) 2 and 7:30 pm

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Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE

Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 10 am-3 pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Ridgefield Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) 2 pm

8 MONDAY

Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) What is Playing in a Band Like? An Interactive Performance for Kids at Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas. 2 pm

ing is required to volunteer as an individual or small family. Closetoed shoes are recommended for safety. Volunteers must fill out a volunteer registration at www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org/ volunteer and bring it to any regularly scheduled repack. 5:30-8 pm

10 WEDNESDAY Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5)

Boomerang Kids’ Story and Craft Time at Boomerang 808 Main St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 10-11 am Olympic Games at La Center Community Library 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La Center. Ages 3-12. 10:30-11:30 am

Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library at 600 NE 163th Ave, Vancouver. Join us for stories, crafts, music and more for the whole family. Ages 0-6. 6:30-7:30 pm

Playshop: Tea Party at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Put on your fancy clothes and get your pinkies up. Limited to 12 guests. Sign up at 360-823-0123. $2. 11 am-12 pm

9 TUESDAY

Science in the Park at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. Today’s theme is Exploring the 3 Rs. (See Aug. 3) 11 am-1 pm

Ugly Stuffed Animals at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Learn to make your own Ugly Stuffed Animal Creations with Lebrie. Teens will design, pattern and hand sew a one of a kind companion. Free. 4-5 pm

Imagine Homes Realty, LLC Noon Concerts at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. Today’s line up: River Twain. (See Aug. 3) 12-1 pm

Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5)

Teen Book Chat at the Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Join us each month to read and discuss something different. For teens 12-18 yrs. 5-6 pm Clark County Food Bank Repack Volunteering at Clark County Food Bank, 6502 NE 47th Ave., Vancouver. Volunteers can help sort and repackage food as long as there is food available to be repacked. No prior schedul-

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On Your Mark…Get Set…PLAY! at Three Creeks Library 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 2-4 pm Camas Farmer’s Market in downtown Camas, between the library and City Hall. (See Aug. 3) 3-7 pm

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Reading in the Wild at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 10-11 am

Vancouver Farmers Market at Columbia Tech Center,1498 Tech Center Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 3-7 pm Salmon Creek Farmer’s Market at 134th St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 3-7 pm Crafternoon at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) This week’s craft: Sock owls, and easy sewing project. $2. 3-5 pm Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. Tonight’s line up: Stone in Love. (See Aug. 4) 6-8 pm Concerts in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. Tonight: award winning blues with Ben Rice. (See Aug. 4) 6:30-8:30 pm

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Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Walking Tour Series at O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 5) 12 pm Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. (See Aug. 5) 12 pm “Goosebumps” – Friday Night Movies in the Park at Vancouver Landing Amphitheater, 100 Co-

Family Fun Fest provides an opportunity for families to interact and learn more about services and projects in the East Vancouver area.

lumbia St., Vancouver. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy big screen entertainment. Movie starts at dusk, and premovie activities start at 7 pm. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Ridgefield Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) 7:30 pm Movies in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. Tonight’s feature: Wreck-It-Ralph. (See Aug. 5) 8:30-10:30 pm

13 SATURDAY Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5)

Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 9 am-3 pm Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Walking Tour Series at O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 5) 9 am Storytime at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 11-11:30 am

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Open Saturday at Pearson Field, 201 E Reserve St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 1-5 pm August Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center: Reading in the Wild, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Sit under a tree, listen to a story, then explore our gardens to uncover plants, rocks, water or critters. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 1-3 pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Ridgefield Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) 2 and 7:30 pm

14 SUNDAY Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 10 am-3 pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Ridgefield Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield. (See Aug. 5) 2 pm

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Mexican Dancing Horses at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Come meet Miguel and his beautiful Azteca dancing horse, Diamante. Learn about the famous “Dancing Horses of Mexico” from trainer Miguel Gomez of FarmHill Equestrian Center. He will talk about horsemanship, training, and give a demonstration of this beautiful dressage art form. For kids 3 and up. 11 am-12 pm Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library at 600 NE 163th Ave, Vancouver. Join us for stories, crafts, music and more for the whole family. Ages 0-6. 6:30-7:30 pm

17 WEDNESDAY Boomerang Kids’ Story and Craft Time at Boomerang 808 Main St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 10-11 am

Playshop: Marble Mural at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. This big group painting project will be displayed in the store. $2. 11 am-12 pm Hike it Baby at Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy, 3180 NE 3rd Ave., Camas. This continued on page 30

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Calendar of Events & Activities (cont’d) continued from page 29 free, monthly, hike along the Washougal River Greenway Trail is designed for new moms (or dads) and their children to help them get outside and get moving. Therapeutic Associates’ owner and physical therapist Lindsay Palisca will be on hand to answer any questions moms may have about their postpartum aches and pains and will even do a complimentary screening. Hikers meet at 1 pm. On Your Mark…Get Set…PLAY! at Three Creeks Library 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 2-4 pm Camas Farmer’s Market in downtown Camas, between the library and City Hall. (See Aug. 3) 3-7 pm Guided Nature Hike at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Join us for free urban nature adventures every third Wednesday through November. Each guided “hike” will consist of an easy walk or tour with a theme, appropriate for all ages. Themes may include the fish hatchery, fungi, birds, and forest edibles. Go to columbiasprings.org/events to see this month’s theme. 5:30-6:30 pm

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Nature Explorer Event at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, 17051 Washougal River Rd., Washougal. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am-2 pm Crafternoon at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. This week’s craft: Nail polish art on a ceramic tile. $2. (See Aug. 4) 3-5 pm Karate for Teens at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Come learn some karate with sensei Elizabeth. Learn about the long history of this martial art form, see a demonstration and learn some basic karate moves. Dress comfortably. Teens 12-18. 3-4 pm Salmon Creek Farmer’s Market at 134th St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 3-7 pm Vancouver Farmers Market at Columbia Tech Center,1498 Tech Center Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 3-7 pm

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“A Kid’s Comedy Show” with Angel Ocasio at Yacolt Library Express, 105 E. Yacolt Rd., Yacolt. Angel presents a zany show that combines physical comedy, music and jokes with a variety of circus type skills, like juggling, object balancing, comedy magic and audience participation. All ages. 11 am-12 pm Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE

17th Ave., Camas. (See Aug. 5) 12 pm Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Walking Tour Series at O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 5) 12 pm Movies in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. Tonight’s feature: Inside Out. (See Aug. 5) 8:30-10:30 pm

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Hoops on the River at Esther Short Park and surrounding downtown Vancouver locations. The best players in the Northwest participate in a fun-filled, three-day event that includes an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. More information at www.hoopsontheriver.org. Family Fun Fest at Fisher Basin Park, Vancouver. This free community event includes health and safety exhibits, carnival games, giant inflatable slides, popcorn, beat the bucket, cotton candy, an inflatable obstacle course, kids zone and more. Sponsored by local businesses and The Branch. 11 am-2 pm Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 9 am-3 pm Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Walking Tour Series at O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 5) 9 am Storytime at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 11-11:30 am

Open Saturday at Pearson Field, 201 E Reserve St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 1-5 pm Lizards at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Look at lizard in the eye. Touch the snake’s skin. Come learn all about reptiles. 2-3 pm

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Hoops on the River at Esther Short Park and surrounding downtown Vancouver locations. (See Aug. 20) Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 10 am-3 pm

24 WEDNESDAY Boomerang Kids’ Story and Craft Time at Boomerang 808 Main Street, Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 10-11 am

Playshop: Fairy Houses at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Use natural materials to build a house, and see who comes to visit. $2. 11 am-12 pm On Your Mark…Get Set…PLAY! at Three Creeks Library 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 2-4 pm Bingo for Books at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. 285, Vancouver. It’s time for back to school. Start the year with a new book. Ages 5-9. 3-4 pm Camas Farmer’s Market in downtown Camas, between the library and City Hall. (See Aug. 3) 3-7 pm

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Reading in the Wild at the Water Resources Education Center, continued on next page

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continued from previous page 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 10-11 am Salmon Creek Farmer’s Market at 134th St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 3-7 pm Vancouver Farmers Market at Columbia Tech Center,1498 Tech Center Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 4) 3-7 pm Crafternoon at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. This week’s craft: Friendship bracelets. $2. (See Aug. 4) 3-5 pm

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Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. (See Aug. 5) 12 pm Autism Social Club/Game Club at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 17010 Northeast 9th St., Vancouver. A fun, monthly event where kids play games and have the opportunity to hang out and meet other youth. Parents can relax, share information, play games with their kids, and/or get support from each other. The club activities are geared toward ages elementary and up. Siblings of all abilities are welcome. $5 per family and please bring a snack to share. 6:30-8:30 pm

Movies in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. and NE 17th Ave., Camas. Tonight’s feature: Minions. (See Aug. 5) 8:15-10 pm

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100th Birthday of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E 5th St., Vancouver. Celebrate our Centennial with family-friendly activities, historic demonstrations, and refreshments. Free. All day. The 2016 Camas Vintage and Art Faire in Downtown Camas on 4th Ave. and Birch St., near Camas Antiques, 305 NE 4th Ave. Featuring more than 60 vintage, antique and local art vendors all in the charming tree lined streets of Downtown Camas. Live music, fresh food, and the friendly ambience of the town complete the experience. 9 am-3 pm Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St.,  Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 9 am-3 pm Storytime at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 11-11:30 am

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Open Saturday at Pearson Field, 201 E Reserve St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 1-5 pm Book Club at Kazoodles at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. Hey older kids: join us as we discuss Island of the Blue Dolphins. 2-3 pm

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Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park, Columbia St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 6) 10 am-3 pm

AUGUST 30

Last Tuesday Poetry Reading at Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain, Vancouver. Open poetry mic on the last Tuesday of each month, except December. Suitable for all ages. 7-8:30 pm

AUGUST 31

Boomerang Kids’ Story and Craft Time at Boomerang 808 Main St., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 10-11 am On Your Mark…Get Set…PLAY! at Three Creeks Library 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. (See Aug. 3) 2-4 pm Underwater Creatures in Origami at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Learn to fold different kinds of fish, whales, sharks and more; then catch them with your own fishing pole. Kids 5-12. 3-4 pm Camas Farmer’s Market in downtown Camas, between the library and City Hall. (See Aug. 3) 3-7 pm

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Vancouver Family Magazine August 2016  

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