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contents November ’10 FEATURE ARTICLES

8 Staycation: Leavenworth

Discover central Washington's Bavarian village

12 A Bounty of Books for Thanksgiving

Great Thanksgiving books for toddlers to tweens

14 Top Toys 2010

The top toys for 2010, from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

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12 Thanksgiving Books

Local Business Spotlight

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Staycation: Leavenworth

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Editor’s Notes

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Local Business Spotlight Lil Snippers Hair Care for Kids

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Your Money’s Worth The gift of frugal living

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Dear Dana Understanding Islam

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Calendar of Events & Activities

ON THE WEB Local News Briefs Vancouver Family Magazine Blog Teacher Tips The Value of Meditation

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The Kohl’s Car Seat Community Outreach Program 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 much as 73 percent of car seats are incorrectly installed or do not fit the child properly. Together with Kohl’s and ACTS Oregon, the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher is launching a yearlong car seat outreach program to help reduce the number of children exposed to improper car seat use. Each month, certified child passenger safety technicians will check car seats for correct installation, damage, recalls, and size/age appropriateness. Car seats are available due to a generous donation from Kohl’s. These events are free to the general public.

Come Celebrate at Our Kickoff Event Saturday, November 6

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Bring your car seats in your family vehicle for inspection to ensure they are being used correctly and properly installed.

Replacement car seats may be available to families, when deemed necessary. Proof of financial assistance i.e. WIC, Oregon Health Plan etc. and valid Oregon ID are required. While you’re here, visit our large community safety and resources tent where families can learn about injury prevention through fun activities for children, parents, and caregivers. Children can learn about pedestrian safety and earn their Jr. driver’s licenses by going through our safety-town driving course.

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To find out when and where a car seat check up event is happening in your community, please visit the ACTS Oregon website:

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EDITOR'S NOTES Festive Getaway

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lmost 50 years ago a small town nestled in the Wenatchee Mountains of central Washington was at the brink of economic collapse. The town’s previously booming logging industry was crippled when the railroad line pulled out, and the sawmill closed. Residents were at a crossroads, and needed a solution quickly when civic leaders came up with a novel idea. Why not use the surrounding mountains to their advantage and attract tourism by remodeling the entire town into a Bavarian village? It was a long shot, yes, and certainly a unique idea, but half a century later, the quaint old-fashioned buildings and festive atmosphere of Leavenworth, Wash. draw visitors from all over the world, during seasons throughout the year. In September, Vancouver Family Magazine publisher, Julie Buchan, and I visited Leavenworth to experience the town for ourselves. What we found was evidence of the ingenuity, determination and hard work that Leavenworth residents have invested in their town in the past, and continue to take pride in. See page 8 to read more about what this hamlet has to offer, keeping in mind that without a little faith, Washington state would have missed out on this gem.

Nikki Klock, Editor nikki@vancouverfamilymagazine.com

Vancouver fa mily magazine Volume 9, Issue 11 Publisher

Julie Buchan julie@vancouverfamilymagazine.com (360) 882-7762 (office) (503) 956-5611 (cell)

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Alpine Electric and Alpine Gifts Building, the first building in Leavenworth to be remodeled in Bavarian style, fall 1965. Before photo by Walt Rembold, after photo by Richard Barrington. Photos property of University of Washington Library Price and Rodgers Collection.

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Our cover models Vancouver brother are and sister making recycling a in the love playing outside family affairswimming in the fall leaves, summer, dancing, and their (Check out golden lab.the Green Living article on pg 12.) Photo by photographer Niccole W. of Vancouver at www. niccolew.blogspot.com


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Feature Story: Staycation: Leavenworth

Staycation

Leavenworth By Nikki Klock

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f you’ve ever heard of the small central Washington town of Leavenworth, it was probably in the context of its elaborate Oktoberfest or

Christmas time celebrations. Permanently designed as a quaint Bavarian village, the town has made a

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name for itself in the tourism industry by providing an

Don’t Miss This Points of interest not to be missed in Leavenworth: • Smallwood’s Harvest, www.smallwoodsharvest.com The ultimate in the ever-growing attraction of “ag tourism,” with a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hay maze, apple launcher, playground, farm fresh market, “cow train” ride and “small tike trike track” for kids, winery, and even farmhouse overnight lodgings. • Nutcracker Museum, www.nutcrackermuseum.com Over 6,000 antique and current nutcrackers from all over the world are on display. Arlene Wagner, a former dance teacher, was inspired by The Nutcracker ballet to found this unique attraction. Admission: adults $2.50, students $1.00, age 5 and under are free. • Enzian Inn, www.enzianinn.com An excellent breakfast buffet is accompanied by morning alp horn performances by the builder of the hotel himself, wearing lederhosen of course. • Fish Hatchery, www.fws.gov/leavenworth Guided tours, nature trail and snowshoeing hikes, and wildlife viewings. Horseback ride routes from the neighboring Icicle Outfitters (www.icicleoutfitters.com) pass by the hatchery as well. • Trolley Rides Free trolley rides through town. Find the schedule at www. icicleinn.com/activities/trolleyservice.htm. 8

atmosphere that makes the community’s 2.5 million annual visitors feel as if they’ve been transported straight into The Sound of Music.

Even with a population of just a few thousand, the burg has been consistently voted as a top destination by both Northwest and national travel media. Good Morning America featured Leavenworth’s Christmas lighting ceremony twice. “The town has a passion for who we are,” says Sherry Schweizer, media relations manager for the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. “I had to call the local community to come out for the live [Good Morning America] lighting, asking them to arrive at 2:00 a.m.  We had over 1,500 townspeople to celebrate the event.” It’s obvious that Leavenworth residents are proud of their identity. And with a community centered on celebration, no matter when you decide to visit, there’s bound to be a festival taking place, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Winter

Leavenworth is known worldwide for its extravagant Christmas decorations and festivities. The lights, the mountains, the snow, and the unique architecture combine for a beautiful sight, with plenty to do as well. Sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiling, skiing and other typical winter sports are available once the snow sets in. Winter festivities include the Christmas lighting ceremonies, with live music and Father Christmas appearances during weekends in December, and the January Bavarian Ice Festival, with snow sculptures, dog sled competitions, and fireworks.

Spring

Once the snow thaws, Leavenworth ushers in spring with MaiFest, featuring the traditional and historically Germanic Maipole (May pole) folk dancing, live music, children’s activities, contests, and more. Also in May is the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, with bird-watching excursions, performing and visual arts contests, and nature education opportunities.

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Summer

The 4th of July in Leavenworth is all about the kids, or kinder in German. Each year, Independence Day doubles as KinderFest, with face painting, arts and crafts, gingerbread cookie decorating, and old fashioned 4th of July games. Consistently pleasant summer temperatures make river rafting on the Icicle River, and rock climbing in the majestic Wenatchee Mountains popular activities.

Fall

Fall colors are in beautiful array during the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival in September. A parade, bounce houses and rock climbing wall for kids, dance performances and live music are all part of the celebration. The following month, the famous Oktoberfest features authentic German food, beer varieties, music and dancing. Whether non-stop activities, just plain relaxing, or a little of both are on your getaway agenda, Leavenworth has something for everyone. “People come to have a good time,” says Dan Eby, owner of vacation rental company Destination Leavenworth. “We help them relax, unwind, regroup, celebrate, rest.” Nikki Klock’s children have been begging her to return to Leavenworth ever since they visited in September 2010 in preparation for this article. She is the Editor of Vancouver Family Magazine.

2010-2011

Leavenworth Festival Schedule: Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest: May 12-15, 2011 Christmas Lighting Festival: Weekends in December Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival: September 23-25, 2011 Kinderfest: July 4, 2011 Bavarian Ice Festival: January 15-16, 2011 Other festival dates to be announced. Visit www. leavenworth.org for current festival, attraction, recreation, lodging, and dining information.

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Feature Story: A Bounty of Books for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

a bounty of books for by Afton Nelson

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all is the perfect time to cuddle up with the kids in your life and read books. With Thanksgiving right around the corner why not choose a holiday themed book and open up a discussion about being thankful, spending time with friends and family, working together and finding common ground with those in our communities? Here are a few selections for all ages, and all available at Fort Vancouver Regional Library branches.

Ages 4-8 This is the Turkey by Abby Levine Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye Written in clever rhyme, the story follows Max as he and his family prepare for a Thanksgiving feast. The rhythm is reminiscent of the poem, “This is the House That Jack Built,” and is fun to read aloud. The illustrations add to both the warmth and humor of the story as Max learns that the most important part of Thanksgiving is not the perfect turkey, but being with friends and family. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey In this silly parody of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, eight school children visit a turkey farm for a school field trip. All is fun and games until the kids see Farmer McNugget with an ax, and understand that the turkeys are not beloved pets, but tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. The children act quickly to save the turkeys from their fate and each end up having turkey guests for

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dinner the next day. The illustrations are funny and clever and even this mom laughed out loud at the eight suddenly fat school children with feathers hanging out from under their coats. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Diane de Groat When Mrs. Moose asks her husband to get her turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, Mr. Moose complies by heading out to find Turkey. Along the way he gathers the guests who will be sharing their feast: Rabbit, Porcupine, Mr. and Mrs. Goat and Sheep. (Hint: they’re all herbivores!) Poor Turkey is terrified to join the group and trek back to the Moose home, but Mr. Moose insists. The misunderstanding is resolved when Turkey finds out he is a guest at the table, not the main dish on it.

Ages 9-11 Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne Jack and Annie and their magic treehouse are back for another adventure, this time, traveling back to 1621 and the first Thanksgiving. They meet Miles Standish, Pricilla and Squanto and learn about working together towards a common goal.

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The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George Illustrated by Thomas Locker Beautiful illustrations and plenty of text tell the traditional Pilgrim and Indian Thanksgiving story from the glacial melt that formed Cape Cod and deposited a huge granite boulder on the coast to the feast of the bountiful harvest. Focusing mostly on the vast amount of help provided by Squanto to the settlers, this story emphasizes the importance of being thankful for those who help us. Thanksgiving in the White House by Gary Hines Illustrated by Alexandra Wallner The fictionalized account of a true story tells how Tad Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln saved Jack the turkey with a Presidential Pardon on the first Thanksgiving. The folk art style illustrations add charm to this story and the special notes at the end of the book separate fact from fiction, as well as provide details about the Civil War that might be more interesting to parents than children. continued on next page


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Ages 12 and up 1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac Stunning photographs from a live reenactment at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Massachusetts, give this book authenticity. Painstaking research has gone into reinterpreting the harvest gathering of 1621: from the clothing and crafts of the native Wampanoag people, to the types of food served at the three day celebration they attended. Common myths are exposed and an even-handed account is given of both the European and native experience. Thanksgiving: The True Story by Penny Colman Ready to have all your preconceived notions about Thanksgiving blown out of the water? This book dispels many myths about the fourth Thursday in November, including where the first Thanksgiving might actually have taken place. Did you know there are 12 competing claims for the first Thanksgiving, some as far away from Plymouth, Massachusetts as Texas and Florida? Using primary source research, the author carefully addresses Thanksgiving’s origins, the Pilgrim and Indian story, the campaign by Sarah Joseph Hale to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, the food we eat, the activities we participate in, and much more. Afton Nelson lives in Portland, is the mother of three boys and a big fan of children’s literature. Vancouver Family Magazine • www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com • November 2010

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Feature Article: Top Toys 2010

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Learn to snap, button, hook, loop, buckle, tie, zipper, and more! This 20”tall plush cat by Alex features 11 dressing activities that help kids develop fine motor skills. Includes real socks, lace-up sneakers, and removable dress and T-shirt. For ages 18+months.

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Block play is loaded with learning, and kids find these 18 boldly-colored, oversized, lightweight blocks loaded with fun. Super easy to stack and unstack, they are made by Green Toys™ from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. For ages 6+ months.

Make any house a home with this lifelike 17-inch Golden Retriever Puppy puppet from Folkmanis. Featuring soft golden plush, a workable mouth and soulful black eyes, its realism will inspire hours of pretend play. For ages 3+

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Henrietta the Pull Along Hen by International Playthings A fun pull toy from iPlay. Great for encouraging beginning walkers and learning about cause and effect. Pull the hen to see the eggs fall. Press the hen’s comb to hear realistic chicken sounds. For ages 12+months.

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Creative Play Sticky Mosaics® Heart Box by The Orb Factory Limited

Sticky Mosaics line of easy-to-do decorate-by-numbers craft kits continue to delight crafters young and old. The Heart Box is a perfect place to store jewelry or other treasures. Kit includes a heart-shaped box with mirror, felt to line the box and 500+ sparkling jewel stickers. For ages 5+ continued on page 16


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A portion of that day’s sales will go to Children’s Home Society to purchase holiday gifts for the kids they serve.

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Pretend Role Play

Constructive Play Magformers Carnival Set

Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set

by Rainbow Products

by Melissa & Doug

Feel the magnetic force! Kids experiment with magnets that are safely encapsulated in 3 geometric shapes (hexagon, square, and triangle) to build 3D carnival rides. Have hours of fun combining Magformer shapes from Rainbow Products. For ages 6+.

Be sure your little baker uses the oven mitt to remove these four delectable-looking wooden cupcakes by Melissa & Doug from their baking tray! Decorate the wipe-off cupcake tops with dry erase markers, round up the teddy bears, and have a pretend tea party! For ages 3+

Bubber

by Waba Fun

Furnished School Building by Playmobil

Kids can’t keep their hands off this soft, fluffy, ultralightweight modeling clay from Waba Fun! Builds eyehand and fine motor coordination. Gluten-free plus no grit, no sticky residue, non-staining, and never dries out! Smooth texture appeals to kids with sensory issues. For ages 3+

“Let’s play school” has a whole new meaning with this Playmobil playset, which comes complete with classroom, science room, art and music room as well as an office with lots of accessories. Kids will have hours of fun, imaginative play. For ages 3+

Scientific Play

Classic Play

Sustainable Earth Lab

Rody Horse

This science kit from Thames & Kosmos gives young scientists tools to learn about environmental problems and how to overcome them through sustainable practices. Kids conduct hands-on experiments such as constructing miniature water treatment plants, manufacturing recycled paper and plastic, exploring the causes of the greenhouse effect, and more. For ages 10+

Available in several colors, the Gymnic Line’s Rody Horse (made in Italy) is a fun bouncy ride and a safe way to learn balance and coordination. Made of soft, heavy duty, latex-free vinyl and is washable. Holds up to 400 pounds! Inflate according to size and weight of child! For ages 3+

by Gymnic

by Thames & Kosmos

Snap Circuits Jr

Solar Rover

by Elenco

by Toysmith/4M Place your Solar Rover by Toysmith/4M outdoors on a sunny day and watch it zip along as its solar panel turns sunlight into electricity to run the motor. No batteries required. Recycle a soda can to make your Solar Rover unique. A science project that’s green as well as fun! For ages 8+

Snap Circuits® from Elenco makes learning electronics easy and fun! Follow the easy-tounderstand manual and build exciting projects such as AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells and more! All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. No tools required. Uses “AA” batteries. For ages 8+

Just for Fun HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set by Innovation First

Go buggy with Innovation First’s HEXBUG Nano, the microrobotic creature that acts like a real bug! Kids create Nano homes, then turn Nanos loose to play. Set includes two extremely rare Nanos and everything to make them a happy home. For ages 3+

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Pumponator Balloon Pumping Station by Pumponator

Makes filling ballons with water or air so easy. It’s simple, easy to use and portable. Take it camping, to football games, to parties, or anywhere for water balloon fun. For ages 8+

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Salmon Creek

Christian Day School

Safe, loving & nurturing environment Child centered class structure and developmentally appropriate curriculum Long-term, qualified and caring WA state STARS certified staff who value, love and respect each child Conveniently located near I-5 and I-205 Licensed for ages 1 1/2 years through 12 years old Offering preschool and daycare Open Monday through Friday 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Large indoor and outdoor playground and full gym As a Christian Day School we endeavor to demonstrate God’s love to every child and their families by word and deed. We are committed to provide the highest quality care and education, as well as offer some of the lowest rates in town.

Call Janea (Director) at 573-9541 for more information or a tour of our facility.

Vancouver’s very own child-friendly cafe! Lara Blair

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Game Play Preschool

Game Play Party

Zingo 1-2-3

Anomia

Have loads of fun and build counting and addition skills with Zingo 1-2-3 from ThinkFun. Players match numbered tiles to images on their cards. The first with a full card wins by yelling “Zingo.” This fast-paced game will have the while family yelling “1-2-3 PLAY”! For ages 4+

This fast-paced card game from Anomia Press fuses trivia with word recognition. Draw a card. Does the symbol on your card match another player’s card? If so, you must face off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place or thing on their card. If you blurt out a correct answer first, you win their card and play continues. For ages 10+

by Anomia Press

by ThinkFun

Game Play

Family

Game Play

Dexterity

Spot It!

Perplexus

There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any 2 cards in this game from Blue Orange Games. Spot it and you win! With fast action and endless fun, this unique card game is sure to become a family favorite! For ages 7+

Check out this three-dimensional maze game from Plasmart where players must maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere. Players race each other or the clock. The marble is enclosed, so you can’t lose it. Great for developing dexterity skills and hand-eye coordination. For ages 6+

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Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Need You! Do Something Wonderful…Adopt a Wendy’s Wonderful Kid. Olivia, age 10 “ This child is one hundred percent big spirit and big heart.”

Boys & Girls Aid and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, are partnering together to find homes for Oregon’s waiting children. Please call Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter Kimberly Hayes at 503-542-2330 or visit boysandgirlsaid.org or wendyswonderfulkids.org.

– DHS Caseworker

Madisen, Chase, Hayden & Jaydah, ages 13, 10, 8 and 5.

Mason, age 3

“ I’m good at helping others, but I’d like a family to not be so busy and have more down time. I also love animals and want to help them too.”

“In my work with medically fragile kids, Mason is one of the most wonderful children I have ever met.”

– Madisen, age 13

Photos courtesy of Oregon Heart Gallery

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Christopher, age 10

Jeremiah, age 5

“ I want a family that

“When this child smiles

is nice to me, a mom or a dad that is kind, kids I can play with and a puppy.”

with all of his dimples it's a show-stopper! ” – DHS caseworker

– Christopher, age 10

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Lil’ Snippers

3000 SE 164th Ave, Suite 103, Vancouver, WA 98683 360-953-8524 • www.lilsnippers.com

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hen children enter Lil’ Snipper’s, they know immediately that this is a special place for kids. “The kids are absolutely thrilled when they come in,” says co-owner Rachel Horrocks. The brightly colored walls, child size table and chairs, playhouse and various toys create a welcoming atmosphere for kids and “kids-at-heart.” Lil’ Snippers opened on Tuesday, October 5, 2010; a kidfriendly salon that is guaranteed to please even the most nervous of clients. The creation of co-owners and longtime friends, Dione Schubach and Rachel Horrocks grew out of a personal desire to take their own kids to a child friendly salon. Unable to find one in Vancouver, they were commuting to Lake Oswego and Beaverton to get their children’s hair cut. Horrocks and Schubach began to discuss the idea of opening their own kid-friendly salon in Vancouver. “We looked into franchises but we thought we could do it on our own, and we did,” says Schubach. Both owners’ families worked together to design and decorate the salon. “I think as parents there is something to be said for having a place where kids feel comfortable and are not threatened,” says Horrocks. “We are trying to create an experience rather than just a haircut.” “Haircuts can be traumatic for kids and if they are approached wrong, they can be a fearful experience for the life of the child,” says Schubach. “So, this is an environment where they can come and play and goof around and sit in a fun car, have

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a toy and a movie and not be so scared by what is going on. Hopefully, have a positive haircut experience,” says Schubach. The specially designed salon chairs are crafted out of children’s play vehicles. Each car is designed with kids in mind, appealing to even the most reluctant clients. A red racecar, yellow Hummer, police car and Barbie® Jeep™ offer an exciting alternative to the traditional barber chairs found in adult salons. For those over the age of nine and interested parents, there are standard barber chairs available. To add to the excitement, each salon station has its own television monitor and DVD player. Parents are offered a list of available titles from which to choose and then each child is offered the opportunity to watch a movie of their choice while getting their hair cut. Prices for children’s haircuts start at $17. For parents who want to share in the experience, adult haircuts start at $20. For the parent that is bringing their youngster in for their first haircut, Lil’ Snippers gives special recognition. To make the moment memorable, the family is presented with a special certificate and lock of hair to save as a keepsake. Lil’ Snippers uses the salon quality styling products Circle of Friends, gentle enough to be used on small children. These products do not contain any harsh chemicals. “We have an organic line that is geared toward children, so the detanglers are very effective for little girls’ hair. There is also a licedefense line, so if you concerned about your kid getting lice at school this tea tree shampoo helps to prevent any of that from coming home,” says Schubach.

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Another program that is an important part of Lil’ Snippers is their partnership with Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. Anyone interested in donating at least 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love receives a free haircut.

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YOUR MONEY'S WORTH

Your Money’s Worth

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Read each month as Battle Ground mother, Davi Nabors, coaches us on the art of penny pinching.

This Holiday Season Share the Gift of

Frugal Living by Davi Nabors

My Four Favorite Frugal Books Dining On A Dime by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper Clever, witty, and based on three generations of culinary expertise, this collection of 540 recipes and 420 tips is sure to tickle the taste buds and invigorate the mind. Hard-to-find frugal recipes for comfort foods, sauces, and homemade gifts make this awardwinning book popular with both the seasoned chef and kitchen neophytes. Another appealing attribute: Dining on a Dime can be purchased in bookstores or downloaded to your computer or handheld electronic devices, putting recipes and last minute shopping lists at your fingertips in a flash. Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy McCoy shares invaluable guidelines for living on one income in a two income economy. After her first child was born, McCoy chose to leave the corporate world and become a stay-at-home mom. 22

Saving money has never been more in vogue than it is today. The stigma of using coupons to shop, dine out, and travel continues to be erased; and savvy shoppers are now admired as smart and clever rather than cheap and nerdy. Inquiring minds want to know how to save, and they are turning to websites, books and experienced friends for the latest advice. These sparks of curiosity have ignited a unique trend in holiday gift giving this year, sending practical gifts to the top of holiday wish lists. In keeping with the thrifty spirit, here are some recommendations for four of my favorite frugal books.

To replace her lucrative paycheck, she discovered ways to drastically reduce the family’s budget without leaving them feeling deprived. In Miserly Moms, McCoy’s practical advice emphasizes focusing your efforts to work where they will save you the most. The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson Whether you are new to coupon clipping or are a seasoned bargain shopper, Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson has a customized money-saving plan for you. Begin by identifying your shopping personality, then learn to think and shop like a saver with Nelson’s unique Strategic Shopping strategy. Inspirational stories, handy and helpful charts, and lists of additional resources make this one incredibly comprehensive book.

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Family Feasts for $75 a Week by Mary Ostyn This mom has mastered the art of frugal cooking and feeds her family of 12 three meals a day for less than $900 per month. In her 300 page book, Ostyn dishes up 200 recipes for scrumptious meals made with economical ingredients while stuffing the pages with real-world meal planning and shopping advice that helps readers shave hundreds off of their monthly bills. In today’s economy, sensible gifts are a hot commodity. But if books about living frugally seem a bit too impersonal to you, try inscribing a heart-felt note inside the book’s cover using a gold paint pen. Add your signature, the date, and a blessing for health, wealth, and happiness in the New Year. Who knows? Your simple present may even have a prosperous impact on generations to come. Davi Nabors is a Battle Ground mother of two boys, and freelance writer. Visit her website at www.triathlonparenting.com.


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DEAR DANA

DEAR DANA

Dear Dana is a regular, interactive feature in Vancouver Family Magazine. Each month, mediator Dana Greyson tackles tough questions with insightful advice and suggestions.

Dear Dana, My daughter’s new boyfriend is Muslim. I’m concerned she won’t be respected. My husband tells me I should just let their relationship run its course, that if we push, it will just push her away from us and that at 16, she’ll move on eventually if we just leave it be. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is coming up and I’m not sure how he does or doesn’t figure into our plans with extended family. If I do invite him, what do I need to know? – Concerned Christian Mom Dear CCM, It’s heartening that you ask the question, “What do I need to know?” Your daughter has presented you with a wonderful opportunity for learning! Let’s start there, addressing just a few basics and some common misconceptions. A Muslim is one who practices the religion of Islam; Islam is defined as “one who submits to God.” As Christianity’s roots spring from Judaism, the Islamic faith, which came along after Christianity, accepts Jesus, like Mohammad, as a religious prophet. Just as the worst of the West is often what’s portrayed abroad, sadly, it’s much more the extremist Islamic activities, not the mainstream reality that permeates our media. When it comes to women’s rights, according to the Qur’an (akin to the Christian bible) the Islamic faith is surprisingly progressive in many ways, equally encouraging men and women alike to treat everyone with respect, and actively engage in the pursuit of knowledge. Certain cultures choose to violate the Qur’an in their limitation of and repression of women; for example, cultures which promote forced marriages, denial of women in the workplace, or restrict women from driving. Even in the case of wearing headscarves, it is a matter of choice, and is not dictated by the religion. Keep in mind, just as not all Christians embrace their religious beliefs and traditions in the same way, the degree to which Muslims practice their faith and live it in their daily lives varies, too.

Want to learn more about the Islamic faith, its practices and find community connections? • An easy-to-read primer on the Islamic Faith: www.islamicity.com • Contemporary Islamic information: www.islamfortoday.com • Local Islamic Community Resources: o Islamic Society of Southwest Washington 1000 NE 66th street, Vancouver, WA 98665, USA Phone: 94-7799Email: issww@usa.net o Portland-based Muslim Educational Trust holds a monthly Dinner and Family Forum on the second Saturday of every month, for more info check www.metpdx.org or call 503579-6621. Special thanks to Vancouver’s Dr. Khalid Khan of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington, for providing perspective and resource information.

If the tables were turned, and your daughter as a Christian was in the minority, my guess is you would not first want her viewed as “a Christian”, rather you’d prefer she be accepted simply for who she is first, and her religion later. Giving her boyfriend that same courtesy, what would your normally want to know about any boyfriend your daughter has? What is she normally willing to share? Consider connecting during some traditional bonding time for you, rather than intense,

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Fest ival of Nat ivit ies

As Christmas approaches and our thoughts turn to the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ please join us for our10th annual Festival of the Nativity. Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Enjoy live Christmas music from local musicians, children’s activities, view hundreds of nativities from around the world and live nativity performance .

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6

© Liz Lemon Swindle, used by permission

December 9th-12th 12:00 - 9:00 pm 10509 SE 5th Street Vancouver Stake Center, 2 blocks south of Mill Plain at 105th Ave. This is an Open House event for the entire family, open to the public, no admission price

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eyeball-to-eyeball talk, which might feel like an inquisition to your teen. Let her know your desire is to learn more about her boyfriend and that you want to include her in your Thanksgiving plans, taking into account your extended family Thanksgiving traditions. Let her know her boyfriend is welcome and you want to understand and respect his plans as well. Explain that you need an answer for your family preparation and planning, and by when. While Thanksgiving is an American holiday, not a religious one, his family may or may not have embraced it as a family tradition. As far as meal planning, if your favorite family stuffing uses bacon, if her boyfriend is complying with his religious dietary laws, he’ll likely pass on anything with pork. Since he and your daughter are underage, neither will be drinking wine, though if his parents join you, don’t be surprised if they don’t join you in sharing a bottle of wine either, as fully practicing Muslims don’t partake in alcohol. The earliest Thanksgiving traditions are all about sharing and celebrating the gifts that each of us bring to the table. A happy Thanksgiving to you and whomever you may share it with, and in whatever form it may take. Email your questions for Dana to dana.greyson@gmail. com. Visit her websites at www.xandparent.com and www. positivechangemediation.com. Vancouver Family Magazine • www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com • November 2010

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Calendar of events

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Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. 1 Monday Read and Play programs, including stories, games and fun for young children and their parents or caregivers, plus Discovery Kits, in partnership with ESD112’s Family Support Services program. Mondays at Eisenhower Elementary, 9201 NW 9th Ave., Vancouver. No program on Nov. 22. Visit www. vancouverfamilymagazine. com and click on Calendar for more Read and Play times and locations. 10 am Children’s Chess Mates, Mondays at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. All beginning level chess players from 7-19 years old can drop in for fun and interactive chess. 4-5 pm 2 Tuesday MOMS Club meetings every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 401 E 33rd St., Vancouver. For mothers and children of all ages. Support for stay at home mothers as well as playgroups and activities for children. 9:30-11:30 am Café Learn and Play. Free storytelling, songs and ABC’s for ages 5 and under every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE

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Have a community event that you want to share? Calendar event Check out submissions can be sent to calendar@vancouverfamilymagazine. our website com, or call us at (360) 882-7762. Submissions are due on the 5th of the month prior to publication. for even m

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164th Ave., Vancouver. 10 am

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Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Tuesday at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. 10:30 am

Puppet Show with Penny the Puppeteer at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. Free with paid admission into play area ($3.95).10 am

After-School Special for grades 4-12 every Tuesday at Three Creeks Community Library, 800C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Bring YuGiOh or Magic-theGathering cards, or play with library’s board games, dice, cards and puzzles. 4-6 pm

Read and Play programs, including stories, games and fun for young children and their parents or caregivers, plus Discovery Kits, in partnership with ESD112’s Family Support Services program. Thursdays at Orchards Elementary and Image Elementary. No program on Nov. 11 or Nov. 25. Visit www.vancouverfamilymagazine. com and click on Calendar for more Read and Play times and locations. 10 am

Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 285, Vancouver. Stories and songs for all ages. 7 pm 3 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning. Every Wednesday, stories, songs and fun for families and child-care providers with children birth to age 5 at Fircrest Elementary, 12001 NE 9th St., Vancouver. No programs on non-school days. Visit www. vancouverfamilymagazine. com and click on Calendar for more Building Blocks times and locations. 9:30-10:30 am Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Wednesday at 575 W 8th St, near Esther Short Park. 10:30 am

Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House, a romantic story set in Seattle in the dawn of the 20s. Love conquers all, even when your landlady is evil and only sings in Tangos. Tickets: General Admission $13, Seniors $11, Child age 12 and under $11. Slocum House Theatre, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. More information at www.slocumhouse.com. 8 pm 5 Friday Hand Made in Vancouver seasonal bazaar Fridays in November at Vance Family Soy Candles, 11514 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver. Local artist workshops, booths, and a

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children’s area. Nov. 5: Enjoy a free all-ages holiday card workshop. 9 am-2 pm Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. A relaxing time to kick back, have fun and meet other teens in our community. Fun-loving teens are welcome to join in on Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, food, fun and friends. 2:30-4:30 pm Portland Children’s Museum Free First Friday. Enjoy the museum free of charge, sponsored by Target. 4015 SW Canyon Rd., Portland. www. portlandcm.org. 4-8 pm Washougal Gaming Group Fridays at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Informal Role Playing Game group, with light snacks provided by Friends of Washougal Community Library. 4-6 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Brother Bear. 5 pm Pinot, Piano, & Panache, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF)’s fifth annual fundraiser, at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W 6th St., Vancouver. Features live music by Grammy-nominated musician Patrick Lamb, wine tasting from Rusty Grape Vineyard, continued on page 28


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appetizers, chocolate tasting, a silent auction, a wine wall, and several raffle prizes. Admission is $40 at the door. 6:30-8:30 pm Christian Youth Theater presents The Little Mermaid at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E 18th St., Vancouver. Tickets: Adults $12, Children and Seniors $9, Saturday matinees $8. Purchase at www.cytvanport. org. 7 pm Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5) 8 pm 6 Saturday Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. Free, monthly hands-on, “howto” craft workshops designed for kids ages 5-12. Home Depot, 8601 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver. 9 am-12 pm Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library, 800C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Stories and songs for all ages. 10:30 am Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver. More than 100 military, veteran and civic organizations and 2,500 individuals participate in one of the largest veterans’ parades on the west coast. New route starts at the Parade Ground of the Fort Vancouver National Site, continues along Officers Row, turns south at the traffic circle to follow Fort Vancouver Way through the Vancouver Barracks, and then turns east onto 5th Street to pass in front of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver and ends at the Pearson Air Museum. 11 am Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Stories and songs for all ages. 11 am Super Saturday: “Up, Up and Away!” at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Discover aero-

dynamics with paper airplanes, create, decorate and challenge your designs. 2 pm Christian Youth Theater presents The Little Mermaid (See Nov. 5) Two shows: 3 & 7 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Brother Bear. 5 pm Magenta Theater presents Mama Versus the Mob murder mystery dinner theater at Rosemary Café, 1001 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets include dinner and show: $25. Call 360-737-7611 or visit www. magentatheater.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 6:30 pm Fort Vancouver Lantern Tour. View and learn about the Fort during a night time tour. Recommended for ages 10 and up, at Columbia Way, Vancouver on the south end of the land bridge. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 15 years of age. Reservations required by calling the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Visitor Center at 360816-6230. 7-8 pm Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5) 8 pm 7 Sunday $2 Days at OMSI. Admission is just $2 per person on the first Sunday of each month at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland. Visit www.omsi.edu or call 503-797-4000 for more information. Christian Youth Theater presents The Little Mermaid (See Nov. 5) 2 pm Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5)

2 pm 8 Monday Read and Play programs every Monday at Eisenhower Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10 am Children’s Chess Mates, Mondays at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 4-5 pm 9 Tuesday MOMS Club (See Nov. 2) 9:3011:30 am Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Nov. 2) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Nov. 2) 10:30 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 4-6 pm Library Lego Lovers at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. For ages 5-11, a new Lego challenge on the second Tuesday of each month. Bring your own Legos or use the library’s Lego collection. 4 pm Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 7 pm 10 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Fircrest. (See Nov. 3) 9:30-10:30 Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Nov. 3) 10:30 am College planning seminar from Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET), free and open to the public at Evergreen School District Community Education,

13501 NE 28th St., Vancouver. Select dates and register online at www.egreen.wednet.edu/ communityeducation/Pages/ Classes.aspx or call GET at 800955-2318. 6:30-7:30 pm. 11 Thursday Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5) 8 pm 12 Friday Hand Made in Vancouver seasonal bazaar (See Nov. 5). Nov. 12: Enjoy a free all-ages tile-painting workshop. 9 am-2 pm Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 2:30-4:30 pm Washougal Gaming Group Fridays at Washougal Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 4-6 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Space Buddies. 5 pm Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5) 8 pm 13 Saturday Fairies, Dragons & Knights Festival at Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd., Portland. Make special wands and crowns fit for royalty. Take in a magical show by Noiseguy on both days at 11:30 am & 12:30 pm. Space is limited, come early to enjoy the show. Admission to museum: $8 for ages 1 and up. 10 am-3 pm Family Storytime at Starting Grounds Church, 203 S Parkway in Battle Ground. Stories, songs and crafts, donation-based coffee shop open on site. For more information visit http:// continued on page 30

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presents The Little Mermaid (See Nov. 5) 2 pm

Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 6) 10:30 am

Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5) 2 pm

Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Nov. 6) 11 am

15 Monday

Baby Loves Disco free family dance party at Pioneer Place mall in Portland to spread awareness and raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit organization devoted to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Dancing, kidfriendly snacks, and activities for kids. 1-4 pm Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Each second Saturday of the month, kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. November theme: American Indian Heritage Month. Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 1-3 pm Magenta Theater presents Mama Versus the Mob. (See Nov. 6) 6:30 pm Christian Youth Theater presents The Little Mermaid (See Nov. 5) Two shows: 3 & 7 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Space Buddies. 5 pm Slocum House Theater presents Mrs. Rank’s Boarding House. (See Nov. 5) 8 pm 14 Sunday Fairies, Dragons & Knights Festival at Portland Children’s Museum. (See Nov. 13) 10 am-3 pm Christian Youth Theater

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Read and Play programs every Monday at Eisenhower Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10 am Children’s Chess Mates, Mondays at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 4-5 pm 16 Tuesday MOMS Club (See Nov. 2) 9:3011:30 am Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Nov. 2) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Nov. 2) 10:30 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 4-6 pm Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 7 pm 17 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Fircrest. (See Nov. 3) 9:30-10:30 Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Nov. 3) 10:30 am 18 Thursday Read and Play programs Thursdays at Orchards Elementary and Image Elementary. No program on Nov. 11 or Nov. 25. (See Nov. 4) 10 am

19 Friday Hand Made in Vancouver seasonal bazaar (See Nov. 5). Nov. 19: from 10-12 enjoy a make-your-own soy candle workshop using organic fragrances, renewable, low soot soy, repurposed containers and an organic cotton wick. Bazaar is free, cost for workshop is $8 and up. Please RSVP for workshop to: Amy Vance 360-576-5848. 9 am-2 pm

Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Nov. 2) 10:30 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 4-6 pm Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 7 pm 24 Wednesday

Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 2:30-4:30 pm

Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Nov. 3) 10:30 am

Washougal Gaming Group Fridays at Washougal Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 4-6 pm

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Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Ratatouille. 5 pm 20 Saturday Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 6) 10:30 am Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Nov. 6) 11 am Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Ratatouille. 5 pm

Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo. 4-Mile Run and Fitness Walk starts at 8 am 1K Tot Trot (11 & under) starts at 9:30 am Registration fee — $35 for nonORRC-member adults, $20 for non-ORRC-member children — includes zoo admission. For further information, contact ORRC at www.signmeup. com/66396 or 503-646-7867. 7-10 am 26 Friday

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Hand Made in Vancouver seasonal bazaar (See Nov. 5). Nov. 26: from 10-12 enjoy a make-your-own journal workshop. Bazaar is free, cost for workshop is $5. Please RSVP for workshop to: Amy Vance 360-576-5848. 9 am-2 pm

Children’s Chess Mates, Mondays at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 4-5 pm

Washougal Gaming Group Fridays at Washougal Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 4-6 pm

23 Tuesday MOMS Club (See Nov. 2) 9:3011:30 am

Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. 5 pm

Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Nov. 2) 10 am

Zoolights opens at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland with more than a million lights.

Fort Vancouver Lantern Tour. (See Nov. 6) 7-8 pm

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This family tradition features a lighted train, live holiday music, our popular costumed animals and elves and our fantastic gift shop. Hundreds of life-size, three-dimensional animal silhouettes and moving light sculptures as well as some real animals on exhibit, as well. Through January 2, closed Dec. 24-25. 5-8 pm Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees, “A High Flying Holiday!” at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Community Tree Lighting on Friday at 5:30 pm at Esther Short Park kicks off the event that includes three days of festivities and performances. Non-perishable food donations are requested at all free events. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www. rotaryfestivaloftrees.org or call 360-750-0409.

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Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 6) 10:30 am

Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees, “A High Flying Holiday!” at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Three days of festivities and performances. Non-perishable food donations are requested at all free events. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www. rotaryfestivaloftrees.org or call 360-750-0409.

MOMS Club (See Nov. 2) 9:3011:30 am

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After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 4-6 pm

Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Nov. 6) 11 am Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees, “A High Flying Holiday!” at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Three days of festivities and performances. Non-perishable food donations are requested at all free events. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www. rotaryfestivaloftrees.org or call 360-750-0409. Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. 5 pm

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Read and Play programs every Monday at Eisenhower Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10 am Children’s Chess Mates, Mondays at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 4-5 pm

Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Nov. 2) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Nov. 2) 10:30 am

Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 7 pm

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