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contents

June ’13

FEATURE ARTICLES

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Men’s Health Think only mothers suffer from postpartum depression? Think again.

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Northwest Getaway Ape Cave

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Water Safety Means Water Fun Safe and fun ways to beat the heat this summer

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Exploring Ape Cave

IN EVERY ISSUE

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Discussing tragedy with kids

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Editor’s Notes

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Parenting Perspectives Discussing tragic events with your children

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Your Money's Worth Encouraging your child’s inner entrepreneur at your next garage sale

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Calendar of Events & Activities

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Postpartum depression in dads

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EDITOR'S NOTES

Support for Dads © Photo courtesy Leah Remillet

I recently had an intellectually stimulating email conversation with a reader who contacted me after reading my “Editor’s Notes” from March 2013. “Your editorial noted that mothers can choose to be a full time parent and not work outside the home, or they can work outside the home and bear the associated challenges,” he wrote. “Surely you’re aware that an increasing number of fathers find themselves in the same position? I am one of those fathers. My wife took a job that involves a lot of traveling, so I quit my job to take care of our two kids. I will tell you that many people are not very understanding of stay at home dads . . . I found that we were often shut out of play groups. It seemed like many mothers felt comfortable hanging around with other women and the children of those other women. However, they appeared to be less comfortable hanging around a father and his kids. If I went to a park, I would see mothers quickly making friends with [other mothers], but I typically didn’t get a similarly warm reception, which consequently decreased my kids’ opportunities for being introduced to other children. It also made me feel lonely.” This reader is not alone. Many men who undergo significant life changes experience difficulty connecting and finding support. Whether that’s a product of their Y chromosome, or the cold shoulder from their XX counterparts, I’ll leave to the social scientists. But in the meantime, there are local resources available for dads who struggle. Read in this issue about a father and family therapist who struggled with, then founded a support group for, a particular condition most people believe only applies to women, on page 12.

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On the Cover: P.S. Last month we were impressed by how observant our readers were! Many of you noticed something quite amusing on the May cover, and many of you had the same sense of humor about it that we did when we decided to put the photo on the cover. Thanks to Britnee Kellogg and Kimberly Kay Photography for capturing a great family moment.

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PARENTING PERSPECTIVES By Justin Farrell and Julianna Lawson

Two local parents sound off about life, parenting, and relationships.

PARENTING PERSPECTIVES the truce of the battle of the sexes

How to explain the unexplainable? As much as we may try as parents to shield our children from the daily instances of tragedy, it is impossible to do so. If our kids don’t hear about it at home, they’ll hear about it from their friends, teachers, or accidentally on the radio when we’re not paying attention. While there is no right way to discuss tragic events, both near and far, there are helpful ways to think about tragedy so that our children can learn to see light where there’s darkness.

HE SAID There have been several events over the past few months that have caused many parents and teachers to seek answers to questions they should never have to answer from the little ones whose care they have been entrusted with. Why did that person kill those people? Is Billy in heaven now? Will somebody kill me? As the investigations continue and we try to rationalize the irrational, our children look to us to pick up the pieces and help life return to normal, whatever normal is anymore. I can’t help but wonder if we are missing an opportunity to learn from our children and let them lead us through times of tragedy. Children are masters at living in the moment. The younger they are, the more this rings true. I read an article about the school shooting in Connecticut that described images of children being evacuated from the school who were seen laughing. I was struck by the idea of a child running from a massacre laughing and smiling but then it hit me: In that moment as they

...our children look to us to pick up the pieces and help life return to normal, whatever normal is anymore.

were fleeing the school, with police surrounding them, they felt safe and reacted as you would expect a child feeling safe to react, carefree and happy. Even the children who were in the closet coloring were likely afraid but were probably equally as content to be hanging out with their friends and drawing, despite the horrors that were happening outside. One of the things I love the most about children is their unparalleled ability to be in the moment, their huge capacity for compassion and forgiveness, and their resilience. I’m not sure when we start to lose that as adults but I wish we never did. I have worked with children who have come from abusive homes beyond what I can comprehend but when you get them removed from those situations, they are sweet, caring, and wonderful children. The most important thing to remember when talking to children about tragic events is to listen and follow rather than talk and lead. It will be hard to resist the temptation to do the latter but the former leads to a smoother journey through the grief process for adults and children. Bottom line: take care of yourselves. As parents, if we’re not taking care of ourselves, our children will suffer. Also, remember that our children are often direct reflections of us. Be aware of how your reactions are influencing them. One of my favorite quotes is, “Children often fail to listen to adults but they rarely fail to imitate them.” There is no perfect way to navigate tragedy but there are intentional ways we can help our children through it.

Justin Farrell is a married father of two living in Vancouver. He is a licensed social worker and child mental health specialist. He writes a blog on faith, family, and fatherhood that can be found at www. courageousvancouverdad.com The above article is an excerpt from an article previously posted at www. vancouverfamilymagazine.com.

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continued from previous page SHE SAID One of a parent’s primary responsibilities is to provide a safe environment in which children can grow in security. Usually, this standard is fairly natural to maintain. But then -- suddenly -- our worlds can be turned upside down and we find ourselves faced with horrific national or global events: another bombing, another shooting, another war. Or perhaps the hurt hits even closer to home. Our children know the words. Cancer. Death. Divorce. Mister Rogers was known for his ability to understand children, especially when faced with loss: “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” When children are hurting, we can turn their hearts toward the good around them. We can look for the helpers: the heroes, the ones who put others before themselves, the good guys. As adults, we often plead with those who are grieving, “Please let me know what I can do!” We want to help. We want to do something. Justin referred above to the child’s “huge capacity for compassion.” They, too, want to be helpers! We can give them opportunities to do just that. We can show them that, even though we can’t control the events around us, we can control how we react to those events. We can control our emotions, we can control how we treat people and we can be the good guys. We can also ask our children questions. We can draw out the hurt by quietly listening to their responses and by making sure we understand the level at which they’re processing information. “What have you heard

about this? Do you have questions? Is there anything you would like to do to help?” Furthermore, families of faith will find encouragement in praying together through loss. It’s painful to think that our children will face tragedy in their lives. But we can still intentionally build that foundation of security. We can remind them to look for the helpers. And we can teach them to be the helpers.

Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, have been blessed with four helpers of their own, ages 7 to 15. Julianna writes about family, faith and the fullness of joy over at petuniajune.blogspot.com.

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YOUR MONEY'S WORTH

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which means it’s garage sale season! In May, Vancouver Family Magazine featured one local mother’s take on ruthless yard sale customers. This month, let the kids take a turn. If you are thinking of setting up your own sale this summer, be sure to enlist your kids’ help. From setting up the items to selling their own items, garage sales are a great way to encourage your child’s inner entrepreneur spirit. Hire your kids to help with set-up Getting ready for a garage sale is always a lot of work. Take advantage of extra hands around the house and “hire” the kids for a few days. One task that can be great for kids includes sorting the items that are to be sold by emptying storage boxes and placing everything on the proper tables and shelves. Kids can also make the signs that will be used to direct the traffic to your sale. Let your kids manage their own items Challenge your kids to dig through their toys and books looking for items that are no longer wanted. Consider letting your kids sell their items themselves. Have your child pick a few items that can be their very own items to sell at the garage sale. Give your child his own table and let him set the prices, with a bit of guidance from you. Has your daughter outgrown that Little Tykes playhouse in the backyard? Let her be lead saleslady on all offers on that highly desirable playhouse.

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Entertain the crowd Does your child play an instrument or know how to juggle? A garage sale can be a great place for your family’s own street performers. Set up a designated place and a sign explaining the idea and enjoy the fun. A child with a violin can be an irresistible draw and a young keyboardist can take requests for a bit of spare change. Create some homemade arts and crafts If you have an artist, a knitter or a child that just loves to make things for others, take advantage of this creative energy at your next sale. Kids can sell handmade jewelry and duct tape wallets, as well as paint pictures that can be sold at their own special crafting table. Open up the concession stand Garage sale customers are an eager bunch with money in their pockets. While the clothing and books you are selling might not entice the buyers, everyone needs to eat and drink when they are out shopping. Encourage your children to go after those impulse buyers that stop by your sale. Kids can sell water bottles, juice boxes, granola bars and other prepackaged items. Avoid chocolate items that can melt. Kids really do seem to be natural entrepreneurs who love making their own money to spend as they wish. If you are planning a garage sale this summer, take advantage of your child’s enthusiasm and energy. Garage sales can be a lot of work, but with a bit of creativity and your child’s energy, your garage sale can be very successful and a lot of fun. Pamela is a home school mom that has lived in Clark County for more than a decade. She loves a good garage sale, especially one with a lot of books. You can find her writing about homeschooling teenagers, books and downsizing her life at www.lavishbookshelf.com.

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Feature Article: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Dads: A Hidden Challenge

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Dads: A Hidden Challenge By Justin Farrell

If you are like most people, you probably had to glance at least twice at the title of the article to make sure you read the last part correctly. In dads? Isn’t postpartum depression/anxiety (PPD/A) only something that women experience? Contrary to popular belief, some men actually do suffer from postpartum depression. According to local marriage and family therapist Sam Stevens, PPD/A is found in 11 percent of dads, with some studies putting that number as high as 25 percent. As part of his private practice, he works with men struggling with PPD/A and also runs a free monthly support group for dads. “I’ve seen a lot of the same things with men that I’ve seen with women with postpartum depression. Men are feeling overwhelmed by the changes they’re going through and the changes their wives are going through. Their relationship has been turned on its ear. They have no idea what’s coming and they don’t know how to react. They don’t typically have a lot of role models and they feel so alone. They feel like they can’t talk about it and there’s nowhere to go to say, ‘Am I OK?’ or ‘Is this normal?’”

UNIQUE SYMPTOMS Stevens describes symptoms of PPD/A in men as being similar to those in women. Some of the more common symptoms he sees in men include feeling helpless in the face of mother’s discomfort, fear about what the future will hold, lack of attention/support from their wives now that the vast majority of her attention is going to the baby, and social isolation due to lack of supports. “Remember, society tells men they aren’t supposed to ask for help.” Stevens was recently featured in an article on PPD/A in the Oregonian and was surprised by people who commented online with things such as, “Take a big breath and realize you’re an adult” or “Cowboy up, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” Fathers today are more actively involved in their children’s lives than ever before. One of the challenges men face is that the resources available to them have not risen at the same rate that their level of involvement with their families has. It is fairly simple to find a number of classes and groups for moms through a local hospital or midwifery clinic but to find classes that are uniquely for dads is rare. Add that to the fact that men are less likely to seek out support and it becomes clear why PPD/A in men is often a hidden challenge. Many men see parenting groups or parenting classes and automatically think mothering groups or mothering classes. While this search for support is happening, many men suffer in silence, not knowing that what they are experiencing is treatable and not a character flaw. continued on page 14

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Feature Article: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Dads: A Hidden Challenge continued from page 12

THIS TIME, IT’S PERSONAL A big reason for Stevens’ focus on helping men with PPD/A is his own struggle following the birth of his children. “I became more withdrawn from my friends and co-workers. I’m generally a pretty laid back and positive person but I found myself becoming more and more irritable, snapping at my wife, my infant/baby daughter, the dog. I was far less flexible. The sleep deprivation hit me hard and I realized that I become so easily angry and difficult when I am severely sleep deprived. I became increasingly distracted and had no energy. I stopped talking to most of my friends, or at least pulled back, and when my wife would tell me to go out with my friends I just wouldn’t feel like it. I started worrying a lot about things that didn’t matter so much before, about something happening to me and my wife, finances, that kind of thing. Also, my wife and I got more distant, which put a strain on us. Fortunately my PPD was generally considered mild, from the clinical standpoint at least. I still think it was rough.”

like there are moms groups, which is why I started one of my own. I also wish more people talked about it. Guys need a safe place where they can go to hear other guys say, ‘It’s going to be OK. Your kid will sleep through the night. You will have sex with your wife again. Your relationship will recover. You will develop a new normal.’”

Justin Farrell is a married father of two living in Vancouver. He is also involved in supporting dads through Baby Blues Connection and urges anyone, men or women, who may be struggling with PPD/A to seek help. He writes a blog on faith, family, and fatherhood at courageousvancouverdad.com

Many men often don’t realize what they’re experiencing until after they’ve gone through it. This was the case for Stevens as well. “I didn’t realize I was depressed until I was starting to come out of it. I knew that I was having a hard time in the middle of the night and with sleep deprivation and all, but it wasn’t until after I started coming out of it when a couple of my friends told me that I really hadn’t seemed like myself. Not just in being tired, but really seeing me as uninterested in things, not laughing or enjoying things as much. My daughter was about a year old when I realized it.”

Sam Stevens, LMFT works locally with men struggling with postpartum depression and runs a free monthly support group for dads.

During his bout with PPD, Stevens found support from a friend who “had a kid a little older than my daughter. Besides him, though, I didn’t really want to talk to anyone else about it. I felt like no one wanted to hear me complain or talk about poop anymore. I felt like a broken record, but at least I had one friend who got it.”

Postpartum depression/ anxiety resources for dads: Baby Blues Connection: www.babybluesconnection.org, support groups, phone support toll free: 866-616-3752

RISE IN RESOURCES In addition to his private practice, Stevens is part of a volunteer group of four local dads who are working to increase the supports available to dads struggling with PPD through a local non-profit, Baby Blues Connection (BBC). BBC provides a warm line where men and women can call and receive a call back from a volunteer to help connect them to one of several, free PPD groups, which are also run by BBC volunteers. BBC has a wide range of resources to support men and women who are struggling with PPD. The final piece of advice that Stevens gives regarding PPD in dads is, “I wish there had been dads groups

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Feature Article: Northwest Day Trip: Ape Cave

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hen logger Lawrence Johnson’s truck fell into a sink hole in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1950, he had no idea he’d just landed in the longest lava tube in the world. Three years later, a Boy Scout troop made the first exploration of the 13,042 foot tube and named it after their sponsor, the St. Helens Apes. Since then, explorers young and old have been visiting Ape Cave near Amboy, Washington, just 90 minutes from Vancouver, to see this unique geological wonder. During the summer months, lantern wielding rangers lead tours down into the cave’s lower 3/4 mile section, sharing the details of the lava tube’s 2000 year history. Anciently, lava flowed down the south side of Mt. St. Helens in a stream. As the outer edges of the stream cooled, a tube was created while hot lava continued to flow. Inside the cave, visitors will see lava stalactites formed by melting rock as it dripped off the ceiling. Along the wall, flow marks called “Railroad Tracks” show evidence of just how high the lava reached. The ground also is covered in flow marks in the form of ripples leaving the surface bumpy and uneven. A lucky visitor might even see some of the insects that live in the cave. A full exploration of the lower tube should take around 90 minutes and is perfect for kids and adults with a sense of adventure. The upper section of the cave is 1 1/2 miles long and requires explorers to climb over several house-sized rock piles. The hike takes about 2 1/2 hours and is recommended for more experienced spelunkers. This portion of the cave does not have a ranger-led tour and hikers who embark on this adventure are required to bring along at least three light sources.

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Feature Article: Northwest Day Trip: Ape Cave continued from page 16

As with all caves, temperatures below ground are consistently cool all year long--around 42 degrees--so be prepared with warm clothes. Hiking boots or at the very least, sturdy, supportive athletic shoes are definitely recommended as the ground is rough and jagged in most places. Even if you plan to only explore with the help of a ranger, it’s never a bad idea to bring a flashlight and extra batteries. Once you are inside the cave, it is completely dark. Lanterns are available to rent at the ranger station if you left your flashlight home. Parking at the Ape Cave lot costs $5 during the summer. If you park in the winter, you will need a snow park pass and snow shoes as the lot and trails will be covered in snow. The ranger station, which is only open in the summer, has several books and other souvenirs for sale, and kids can stamp their outdoor passports with an assortment of Bigfoot stamps. The Trail of Two Forests is just 1/4 mile from the Ape Cave parking lot and is a perfect place to explore and enjoy a picnic lunch. The boardwalk path makes a short loop that takes hikers through two forests separated by 2000 years. One is old growth Douglas fir and western red cedar, while the other is new growth surrounded by millennia-old lava beds. Kids and some adults will love crawling through the tree casts left when lava flowed over giant trees, some up to five feet in diameter, and then cooled while the tree itself disintegrated from within. Ape Cave and The Trail of Two Forests makes a perfect day trip for families and is a great way to learn about how our backyard volcano has helped form the unique and beautiful landscape here in the Pacific Northwest.

Directions: Take Interstate 5 to Woodland (exit 21) and head east on Washington 503 to Yale. At Yale, turn left on Forest Service Road 90 to Cougar. At 7.5 miles east of Cougar, turn left (north) on Forest Service Road 83. In less than two miles, turn left (west) on Forest Service Road 8303 to the parking lot at Ape Cave Headquarters. Contact Information: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601, 360-449-7800 Ape Cave Headquarters, 360-247-3900

Afton Nelson is a freelance writer who loves to explore the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three sons. She also writes book reviews for Vancouver Family Magazine’s website at www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com.

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Feature Article: Safer Water Fun—Prepare for the Summer Sizzle!

Safer Water Fun Prepare for the Summer Sizzle! By Vivian Mattila Walikainen

With summer fast approaching, children are beginning to chatter about sun-splashed days filled with water fun.

They may imagine pools, lakes, and bubbling fountains. Parents

As a water-safety advocate, Bittner stresses the need for swimming

begin to think about swimming lessons and other water safety issues.

lessons and firmly secured life vests when children are in the water.

In the Vancouver area, there are means to blend these goals in ways

She soberly points out that if the vests are too loose, they will hold

that satisfy the whole family. Many of the pools in our area provide

a child’s head down in the water, instead of buoying it up. “Opposed

lessons in water safety and are sure to cool down the youngsters

to common understanding, drowning is silent,” she continues. There

during the sizzling days of summer.

have been many instances of children drowning with numerous adults standing close by, distracted by visiting. “At our event, we

The Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, based in California, has an

stress the idea of a ‘designated watcher,’” Bittner advises. “It is vitally

information-packed website that offers just what parents may be

important that at least one person is dedicated to having their eyes

looking for in terms of keeping their kids safer while engaged in water

on the swimmers at all times.”

activities. As the website notes, we must never assume we are “safe” in the water, but it is essential to practice “safer” habits while involved

Many pools in the area draw in swimmers with cool water and

in aquatic ventures. The Safer 3 program is a comprehensive initia-

lessons year round. Some of the facilities offer open swim times, but

tive designed to reduce drowning incidents by recognizing risks associated with water related activities, implementing strategies to reduce and manage those risks, and to show responsibility in maintaining

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those strategies. Locally, Colleen Bittner of Kids Club Fun and Fitness is the president of Little Life Savers, which uses the curriculum from Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation. To support the overall goal of water safety for kids, Kids Club is organizing a free water safety event at HB Fuller Park, across the road from Kids Club, located on 139th Street in Salmon Creek. The event will be held on June 23, from 2-5 p.m., and will include interactive safety lessons for kids and parents. Face painting, bounce houses, and food will round out the event. The fire department, rescue units, and the K-9 units will also be attending, if they are not engaged on a job.

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“It is vitally important that at least one person is dedicated to having their eyes on the swimme rs at all times.”


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Why Car Seat Outreach?

A properly used car seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Yet studies show as many as 84 percent of car seats being used are incorrectly installed or do not fit the child properly. Replacement car seats may be available through a generous donation from Kohl’s.

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some do not. It is best to call ahead or check the websites to see if these facilities will meet the needs of your group. Another swimming option is fitness club pools; family memberships allow parents and children to use the pools at their convenience. Area residents also take advantage of refreshing water at Vancouver Lake, Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville Park in Battle Ground, and Klineline Pond. In July of last year, 12 life vests were made available at Klineline Pond through Safe Kids Clark County. Although lifeguards have been present at Klineline in years past, this year there will be no lifeguards on duty, due to budget cuts. Another danger exists in open water swimming that is not often confronted in pools—fecal contamination. Last year, public health officials temporarily shut down and then monitored Klineline for bacterial contamination due to fecal matter. According to the August 3, 2012 Columbian online, Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer offered, “We recommend that people not take diapered children into the pond because diapers easily leak into the water.” Health officials offer further tips in the same online story on ways to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses. Boating in lakes or rivers is another way people keep cool during our hot season. PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s website offers the following water safety tips, many specific to water craft recreation:

• Never swim alone • Never dive into water unless you know beforehand how deep it is • Know your limits • Do not over-exert yourself • Wear lifejackets or approved flotation devices when you are on a boat • Stay out of strong currents • Do not overload your boat

• Learn CPR

• If your boat turns over, stay with the boat until help arrives

• Always wear life preservers when boating, even if you can swim

• Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing • Do not drink alcohol while supervising children around water Of course, a Clark County water recreation family favorite is the Esther Short Park water feature. During the summer heat, hundreds

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of children enjoy the refreshing misters and natural-looking stream. The stream operates year-round and the misters are on from April through October, says Karen Krohling of the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department. The park is a great family destination, complete with play structure, aromatic rose garden, shaded paths, and summertime entertainment. Nearby cafes tempt with gelato, iced coffee, and sandwiches. Pool, pond, river, or misters, we will find water in the sweltering summer months. And making great family memories will be much more satisfying once safety issues are taken care of. Here’s looking forward to a steamy summer and lots of safer water fun!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Calendar June ‘13

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Have a community event that you want to share? Calendar event submissions can be sent to calendar@vancouverfamilymagazine. com, or call us at 360-882-7762. Submissions are due on the 5th of the month prior to publication. Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. All library events are free and open to the public.

Fit ‘n’ Fun at First at First United Methodist Church, 401 E 33rd St., Vancouver. Includes a 5K run/walk (starting at 9 am); a 1K Fun Run (starting at 10 am); a neighborhood carnival with prizes for all (10 am-noon); and food. All events, except the 5K, are free to the public. Registration for the runs can be completed online at www.vanfumc.org/ happenings/fit-n-fun-at-first. 9 am-12 pm Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver. Enjoy the same fun activities enjoyed by thousands of school children every year, including hands-on learning stations, craft projects, and nature hikes. The cost to participate is free for adults accompanying children, and $5 per child. Food will be available for purchase at the event. Online registration available at www.columbiasprings.org/ events/annual-events/family-field-trip-day/. For more information, email volunteer@ columbiasprings.org. 10 am-2 pm Bookmark Celebration with CelloBop at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Enjoy the music of

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CelloBop followed by the announcement of our branch bookmark winners. Cake and punch will be served. 1-2 pm Journey Theater Arts presents “Annie Get Your Gun” at Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Tickets $8 at the door. 3 & 7 pm Steamers and Screamers Dinner and a Movie. Weekly family movie night at 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop #105, Vancouver. Cost: $20 per family Steamers (2 adults, 2 kids), includes and Scream ers dinner. Play area admission Dinner and a sold separately. 5 pm Movie, June 1, 8, 15 Photo courtesy of JLyn Portraits

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Journey Theater Arts presents “Annie Get Your Gun” at Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Tickets $8 at the door. 2 pm

4 TUESDAY

Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Tuesday at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. 10:30 am Journey Theater Arts presents “Annie Get Your Gun”

Building Blocks to Successful Learning. Stories, songs and fun for families and child-care providers with children birth to age 5, Tuesdays at East County Family

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Resource Center, 1702 C St., Washougal (no program on non-school days). Visit www. vancouverfamilymagazine.com and click on Calendar for more Building Blocks times and locations. 11 am Games for grades 4th-12th at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Choose from the library’s assortment of classic board games, card games, RPG and TCGs or bring your own. 4-6 pm Teen Arts and Crafts at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Every first Tuesday teens get together and create. The library provides materials; you provide the creativity. This month’s theme: Anime/Manga. Watch some anime, then produce some manga of your own. 5-6 pm Family Movie at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. A character in an arcade game longs to be the good guy, but instead unleashes an evil character that just might destroy all the arcade games. Can you guess the movie? Popcorn served. 6-8 pm

5 WEDNESDAY

Santé Mama Parent Support Group, free every Wednesday at Fisher’s Landing New Seasons Market, 2100B SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. 10 am

7 FRIDAY

Friday Fun Night at Kids Club Fun and Fitness, 13914 NE 3rd Ct., Vancouver. First and third Fridays of the month, parents can drop kids ages 4-12 off for a night of fun while parents have a night out. $14.95 per child, $4.50 extra for dinner. To register, visit www. kidsclubf4fun.com or call 360-546-KIDS. 6:30-10:30 pm continued on page 28


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Healthy Kids’ Fair at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 NE 139th St., Vancouver. Bike helmets, EDITH Fire Safety House tours, child safety seat checks, community food drive, Salmon Creek Farmers Market, and more. 10 am-2 pm Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center, this month at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Visit the Water Center’s booth at Fort Vancouver as you discover your gateway to the great outdoors. 10 am-3pm Steamers and Screamers Dinner and a Movie. Weekly family movie night at 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop #105, Vancouver. Cost: $20 per family (2 adults, 2 kids), includes dinner. Play area admission sold separately. 5 pm

11 TUESDAY

Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See June 4) 10:30 am Building Blocks to Successful Learning. at East County Family Resource Center, Washougal. (See June 4) 11 am Games for grades 4th-12th at Three Creeks Community Library. (See June 4) 4-6 pm

12 WEDNESDAY

Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See June 5) 10 am

13 THURSDAY

A night of fun for the kids while parents enjoy a night out on their own. Friday Fun Night at Kids Club Fun And Fitness

14 FRIDAY

Clark County Home Educators’ Used Curriculum Sale at First Evangelical Church, 4120 St. Johns Rd., Vancouver. Thousands of books, games, and other homeschooling resources. CCHE members admitted early at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $1 + 1 canned food, or $2 cash. No strollers or children under 10 allowed in the sales area except for babies under 6 months old in a front pack. Childcare available for a small fee. Complete details can be found at www.cchomeed.org. 11 am2:30 pm Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See June 7) 3-5 pm

15 SATURDAY

Bark For Life of Clark County Dog Walk at Pacific Community Park, 1515 NE 164th Ave., Vancouver. Benefits The American Cancer Society. Activity and game booths open at 9 am, opening ceremonies and walk begins at 9:30 am, games and demonstrations, presentations, contests and fun from 10 am-12 pm. Registration: $20.00 for first dog, $10.00 for second dog. Register at www. clarkbark.org. 9 am-12 pm Steamers and Screamers Dinner and a Movie. Weekly family movie night at 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop #105, Vancouver. Cost: $20 per family (2 adults, 2 kids), includes dinner. Play area admission sold separately. 5 pm

18 TUESDAY

Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See June 4) 10:30 am Building Blocks to Successful Learning. at East County Family Resource Center, Washougal. (See June 4) 11 am

19 WEDNESDAY

Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See June 5) 10 am Krafternoon: Plant Pals at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Create your own grass-headed plant pal, take it home and watch its hair grow. 3-5 pm

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Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See June 7) 3-5 pm Artsy Fartsy Friday for ages 6-8 at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. 3:30-5 pm Westfield Vancouver Family Fun Days every third Friday at 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Stories, snacks, and crafts, free and open to the public. 5 pm Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. The library is all yours, after hours! Come for pizza, movies, games, and the wonderful feeling of being as loud as you want in a library. Arrive before 6 pm or you’ll be locked out! 5:30-8 pm Friday Fun Night at Kids Club Fun and Fitness, 13914 NE 3rd Ct., Vancouver. (See June 7) 6:30-10:30 pm

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Attention!

Will your child turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013? If so, NOW is the time to register for Kindergarten! Follow these easy steps to enroll: Contact your local school district to determine what elementary school your child will attend and what information you will need for registration. Remember to ask when your child’s elementary school will hold a kindergarten open house and orientation. Get your records in order. Most districts will require: • a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate • your child’s updated immunization record • some districts require proof of residency (i.e. current utility bill, property deed or rental lease). Bring all appropriate documents to your child’s assigned school and register! For more information, contact your local school district.

Registering early saves time and stress and helps schools prepare for Clark County’s youngest new students!

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Water Safety Event at HB Fuller Park, across the street from Kids Club Fun and Fitness on 139th Street in Salmon Creek. Interactive safety lessons for kids and parents, face painting, bounce houses, food, and more. Free and open to the public. 2-5 pm Junior Symphony of Vancouver summer kickoff concert Faith Center Church, 10702 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver. Includes music by Handel, Salieri, Mussorgsky and others. Tickets $10 general - available at the door (reception following). 3 pm

24 MONDAY

Dance Party at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Drop in and boogie! The music plays for 45 minutes so you can dance ‘til you drop with scarves, shakers and more. 11-11:45 am

25 TUESDAY

Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See June 4) 10:30 am Building Blocks to Successful Learning. at East County Family Resource Center, Washougal. (See June 4) 11 am

Games for grades 4th-12th at Three Creeks Community Library. (See June 4) 4-6 pm

26 WEDNESDAY

Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See June 5) 10 am Family Dance Party at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. The library will provide the great tunes, bells, scarves, and all that jazz. You bring your dancing shoes and great moves. 10:30 am BJ The Clown at Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland. Be prepared to sit outside, weather permitting. After BJ, stick around for our Bookmark Celebration, honoring the kids of Woodland for the art they created during our Bookmark Contest. 3-4 pm Mad Science at the Mall Library Connection 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr, Ste 285, Vancouver. Dig into reading. Discover the science of what happens underground. 3-4 pm

27 THURSDAY

Rhys Thomas Jugglemania at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Juggling and comedy show. 11 am

29 SATURDAY

Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. Artists will display and sell works designed from reused and reclaimed materials. Works include metal, glass and

porcelain garden art, recycled paper books and cards, reclaimed turned wood sculptures, tin can lanterns and birdfeeders, and jewelry and clocks made from vinyl records and reclaimed bicycle tires and gears. Live music, Jugglemania, a stilt walker, Eartha the Clown, storyteller Will Hornyak and activities from OMSI, SCRAP and Radio Disney, and more. 9 am-5 pm Dig It Program at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Get your “work clothes” on and come dig in the sand, read stories, build with Home Depot, and have all kinds of “constructive” kid fun. 1-3 pm

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Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. (See June 29)10 am-4 pm

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The Mall Library Connection, a bright, newly remodeled library facility reopened officially on April 16. The library is located on the 2nd floor of Westfield Vancouver Shopping Center.

Photos courtesy Jeff Amram Photography / SHKS Architects

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Summer ConCert SerieS at esther Short Park

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