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A Beautiful Neighborhood

My daughter attends a unique alternative school within Vancouver School District that will soon undergo a location and name change. When she

informed me that students were invited to submit new names for the school, one worthy namesake came immediately to my mind: Fred Rogers.

A divided and disillusioned America is of late turning to the 17-years-

dead beloved television personality for comfort and guidance. Podcasts, documentaries, and feature films are all paying him homage, and in

highlighting his mission, providing a balm to the disrespect and malice that pervades media and online interactions. “Mister Rogers made it

seem so easy, so casual to know how you’re feeling, to be comfortable

in your own skin,” says host Carvell Wallace in the first episode of the podcast “Finding Fred.” “But it’s not easy, it takes work. And that’s

actually what ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ was all about. He was

showing us how to do that work . . . In a time like this, Fred Rogers has something we desperately need.”

Mister Rogers had a gift for intuiting and confronting the emotional

needs of children—and indeed the child in each of us—and meeting

those needs in each of almost 1,000 episodes. “It’s you I like,” he sang to us. “What do you do with the mad that you feel?” he asked, then

answered, in song on television, then in spoken word before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications as he gently but firmly

argued against President Richard Nixon’s proposed cut in funding to public television. (Congressional funding for public television subsequently increased and Nixon appointed Rogers as chair of the White House Conference on Children and Youth.)

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“It’s for My Collection!”

By Julianna Lawson Perhaps it was the “Berry Good” strawberry scent.

Or maybe it was the “Scooper Dooper” chocolate ice cream cone that did it. I’m not quite sure which variety was officially the gateway sticker, but once I discovered the world of Scratch-NSniff, there was no turning back. Really, I have Mrs. Harrington to thank. Our beloved Minnehaha Elementary School teacher embellished every worksheet we submitted, and we couldn’t wait to get our papers back. Perhaps we’d get the Scratch-N-Sniff “Hot Stuff” pizza sticker on our math drill or the “Poppin’ Good” popcorn kernel on a spelling page. It didn’t matter the flavor; we merrily scratched and sniffed our way toward a successful first grade education. As the wonderful world of stickers opened up to my impressionable young self, it seemed only natural to begin a sticker collection. I’m not sure if most girls’ sticker collections of the 1980s followed the same “pattern,” but I simply stuck those stickers willy-nilly across blank pages of my spiral bound album. From Cabbage Patch Kids and iridescent rainbows to Strawberry Shortcake and puffy plastic hearts, I became a proud collector. It was indeed a thing of beauty to turn the pages of my album and admire the colors, scents and googly eyes lovingly gathered therein.

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being a fun and handson hobby, building

collections has multiple benefits.

One doesn’t have to spend much time among children to notice their affinity for building collections. In many ways, collections are an expression of the child. They speak to their interests, personality, and desire to successfully build something

of their very own, whether it’s collecting rocks, match-box cars, or Legos. While preparing this article, I happened to bump into neighbors at our local wetlands trail. The young boys were eager to show me their finds. The four-year-old withdrew a prized stick from the recesses of his bike’s handlebars and announced, “It’s for my collection!” I learned that their nature collection included birds’ nests, a beehive (and no doubt many, many sticks and feathers and rocks). Collections aren’t just for children, of course. As adults, our collections take on a more purposeful, intentional direction. I no longer collect stickers, but I do collect books. Not only do I enjoy the story tucked within the book’s pages, I enjoy the book itself. Aesthetics are an important part of my reading experience, and I love the feel of a vintage cloth binding, the heavier-stock pages bearing the imprint of the text, and the unmistakable smell of ink. (If it happens to have a dated cursive inscription, all the better!) Aside from being a fun and hands-on hobby, building collections has multiple benefits. Adult or child collections have the potential to develop culling and curating skills. As I have collected books over the years, I have learned to seek out favorite authors and illustrators and to be patient in waiting for a good bargain (I’ve found enough $2 gems to know it’s possible!). At the same time, if I’ve searched for a book for several years and finally find it at a price that initially seems somewhat high, I acknowledge that it is a rare find and I’m more likely to consider making the purchase. Similarly, the culling process develops important decision making skills in our children. My neighbor friends’ nature collection brought me back several years to the days when my own kids brought offerings to our nature table. Because these finds had to be limited to a small space, it provided opportunities to weigh and consider. “We sure would like to add these cattails to our collection, but they continued on next page


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take up a lot of space. Perhaps it’s time to get rid of a few pieces of driftwood?” The goal of collecting is not to hoard, but to carefully think through which items would benefit the collection and align with the purpose behind the collection. If those values don’t match up, we guide our children in waiting, donating, or in saying “no.” With young children especially, collections also provide a fun way to develop sorting skills. A Matchbox collection might be explored in many ways: “Let’s put all the red cars in this parking lot! How about if we put trucks over here? How many green cars do you see?” Such collections also develop the ability to focus on a more singular effort. A child may be overwhelmed by a room full of miscellaneous toys, while a few special collections of Calico Critters, Thomas the Tank Engine trains, books, shells, or building blocks helps the child dive deep into specific interests, rather than wading shallowly through disparate diversions. Eventually, these specially curated collections may even have lasting family value. Our Thomas collection waits patiently in the attic, and I so look forward to the day when my children’s children will run those engines over the well-loved wooden tracks.

Julianna Lawson and her husband Jamie make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 14 to 21. Julianna recently enjoyed reading a 1912 edition of Gene Stratton Porter’s “Freckles,” and she remains on the lookout for early copies of that beloved favorite, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Vancouver Family Magazine • • March 2020



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By Perry P. Perkins I originally intended to title this article, “The Collected Wisdom of an Outdoorsman,” but made the mistake of mentioning that to my wife, who felt that it might sound a tad presumptuous. At least, I think that was what she was saying. She can be hard to understand when she’s rolling on the floor laughing like that. Still, having spent much of my youth camping, hunting and fishing, I have gleaned some unique skills and tips that I feel it’s my duty to pass on to the next generation of camping families. Banking a Fire The ability to properly bank a fire is an important skill that every outdoorsman needs to ensure a quick, roaring fire on cold mornings. Here’s how you do it:

Drive to the bank and withdraw $100.00 Buy three bundles of firewood, a half-gallon of lighter fluid and a propane torch. Combine these three components, first thing in the morning, and stand back. Renner, an outdoorsman buddy whose family often camps with mine, is one of those annoying guys who can build a roaring inferno with just a handful of pine needles and a wet match. As much as I hate to admit it, this can be a useful skill at four in the morning, when the inside of your tent is coated in ice. In this situation, always remember to stay snuggled in your nice warm sleeping bag and call out to your buddy in the nearby tent, “Wow, I’ll bet even you couldn’t build a fire in this weather!” continued on next page

How many campers does it take to build a fire? Hint: More than two.


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This would have been a good morning for a fire.

Waiting for a fire.

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Hopefully, your camping partners are dumber than mine. Camp Coffee Camp coffee is as delicious as it is easy to make. All you will need is: • A coffee pot • A couple of handfuls of fresh coffee • Several yards of dental floss. Just boil the water, remove it from the heat, toss in your coffee, stir, and wait a few minutes for the grounds to settle. You may be wondering about the dental floss, but after making camp coffee, you’ll learn that it’s essential for removing the poundand-a-half of coffee grounds from your teeth before your spouse or children will speak to you in the morning. The Camp Towel The camp towel is another critical item that every camper should have with them. It’s particularly important to maintain one’s hygiene in camp so as to remain pleasant smelling and avoid offending the senses of your fellow campers. continued on page 12

Clockwise from top: Camp Towel Rack; Mom and Pickle, Age 1; Not a fan of mornings even then.

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Renaissance Dad: The Family That Camps Together (cont'd) continued from page 11

Ha Ha . . . just kidding! No, the camp towel, while it could be used for bathing is also the great multi-tool of the outdoors. In the immortal words of the great Douglas Adams, “A towel . . . is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” The camp towel is your handkerchief, dishrag, potholder, boot grease applier, fish gripper and pasta strainer (sometimes all in the same day). Note: the wise camper always burns their camp towel before coming home. You can, of course, use the towel for bathing as well, as I have several times, much to the surprise of my campmates, who have been known to spuriously question my dedication to personal hygiene. Pitching a Tent I’ve saved the most important tip for last. Pitching a tent requires years of practice and is a difficult skill that, I must shamefully admit, I’ve only just mastered. My daughter, who once considered sleeping in the tent in the backyard as something on the level of a trip to Disney World, now considers the idea of a night on the ground to be a breach of the Geneva Convention. How we roll in camp.

All of my tents seem to sag, lean, and accumulate a large number of rocks beneath them during the night. Note: For those of you interested in paranormal geology, I’ve also discovered that no matter how I pitch my tent, the earth beneath me will actually shift during the night so that my head is lower (sometimes as much as a yard lower) than my feet by morning. I’ve asked my family about this phenomenon, but their theory is too ludicrous to repeat. They also seem to attract all of woodland insects and critters from miles. This, of course, leads to long, long nights of lying awake with one’s heart pounding in fearful anticipation. Not that I’m afraid of critters, I can take ‘em or leave ‘em. My daughter, however, does not share my “can’t we all just get along” attitude and, if so much as a ladybug brushes her skin, will report it at decibel levels similar to those found when strapping air-raid sirens to the both sides of one’s head. It makes it hard to get to sleep. The fact is, it wasn’t until I was almost f-f-f . . . the age I am now, that I finally learned how to properly pitch a tent. Last summer my wife, daughter, and I spent a week camping in an RV, complete with a soft bed, a full kitchen, coffee maker (you gotta pick your battles) and a comfy couch. We had a DVD player mounted on the wall, a radio plugged in over the sink and playing cards at the dining table. As soon as we got home, we pitched our tent . . . right into the donation box.

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor in Longview. He operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in hundreds of publications, including many “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies.

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Mindful Eating During Pregnancy By Sara Halcumb, RN


ating a healthy, balanced and nutrient-dense diet while pregnant directly impacts your health and the health of your baby. However, oftentimes information about what to eat while pregnant can be confusing, outdated or feel far too limiting when a craving strikes. During my two pregnancies, I really did my best to be mindful of what I ate. Of course, from time to time I would give in to my desire for a bowl of salted caramel ice cream or some yummy Pad Thai takeout. Intuitive eating during pregnancy is ultimately about balance and letting yourself have a treat once and a while. For the most part, I followed the guidelines and ate how I knew best as a nurse and nutrition enthusiast. This isn’t to say that everyone will automatically know what to eat while pregnant. I recognize that I had the nutrition information because of my background in healthcare. And even then, guidelines


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Naomi O’Callaghan, MSM, LM, CPM Naomi O’Callaghan is a licensed midwife and owner of Vancouver Community Midwives. She is also a clinical herbalist and specializes in botanical medicine for the childbearing year. Here’s what she had to say about healthy nutrition during pregnancy. What are the types of foods you advise your clients eat during pregnancy? When choosing foods, pregnant women should think in terms of “eating the rainbow.” They should fill their plates with reds (beets, strawberries, radishes, tomatoes), greens (spinach, broccoli, kale), purples (blueberries, grapes, plums,

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eggplant), yellows (apples, squash, bananas) and oranges (carrots, oranges, apricots). They should also include healthy proteins such as legumes, fish, chicken, beef and seafood and whole grains such as barley, brown rice and oatmeal. Be sure to include plenty of water, about 10 cups a day. This helps to support healthy amniotic fluid levels and the natural increase in maternal blood volume. Are there any foods you advise your clients avoid during pregnancy? Foods that pregnant people should avoid during pregnancy are sushi, highmercury fish such as albacore tuna, shark, swordfish, king mackerel, deli meat, raw eggs and unpasteurized dairy products. Why is it important to eat a balanced diet during pregnancy? There are many reasons why a pregnant person should eat mindfully during their pregnancy: continued on next page

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• Grow the healthiest teeny human with the best building blocks • Positively influence the baby’s food preferences for life • Be better prepared for birth • Build healthy tissue for less tearing/ scarring • Experience a good start to breastfeeding • Make for easier postpartum recovery O’Callaghan meets her clients where they are in their food preferences and guides them toward making the heathy choices. She wants to break the misconception that “when people choose midwifery care they have to be crunchy hippies and eat flowers and drink spring water only.”

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O’Callaghan accepts all patients, regardless of their health story. She realizes that not everyone is privileged enough to have access to whole, organic foods. For example, if one of her clients eats fast food a lot, she will discuss the healthiest choices available at their favorite restaurant. She does not attempt to completely change an individual at such a vulnerable time as pregnancy or pass judgment on their choices. She simply encourages her clients to be mindful of not only food nutrition, but to be nurturing of their bodies and spirits as well. Lastly, she acknowledges that moderation is key. “Let’s face it. Ice cream tastes good. Chocolate cake tastes good. French

fries are the bomb! In the age of ‘mommy wars,’ it is very easy to feel guilty if we step one toe out of line and enjoy something decadent. An occasional bowl of ice cream is fine. A bowl of ice cream a night, now that’s a different story.”

Meet the Mom:

Maria Halcumb, MA Ed Maria Halcumb is a teacher, reading specialist, wife and mother. She was recently pregnant and gave birth to her second child this past summer. I picked her brain on how she approached nutrition during pregnancy. continued on page 16

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Feature: Mindful Eating During Pregnancy (cont'd) continued from page 15

How was your nutrition different from your first pregnancy compared to this last one? With my first pregnancy I was more concerned about my nutrition. Why wouldn’t I be? I had way more time! However, when cravings arrived, I gave in. I was teaching in a middle school during my first pregnancy and I loved eating the school lunch. Unfortunately, school lunches in this country are usually cheap, high in protein, fat, sugar and salt but low in fiber. Exactly what I was craving! I only allowed myself a few weeks of school lunch, and then I got back on track. Did you learn any lessons or change anything about your diet the second time around? I learned to give myself a break. I gave into cravings more often this second pregnancy but didn’t create any real habits. For example, if my husband made nachos, I ate nachos. Did I go get a Dairy Queen blizzard one night exhausted? Yes! Did I enjoy every bite of it? Yes! I also made sure to eat enough protein. Since I normally eat a mostly plant-based diet, eating more meat was a bit of a challenge for me. There are ways to eat plant-based proteins, but it took a lot of prep work, and I wasn’t willing to put in the


time. I simply added a bit more protein from meat sources. I also allowed myself to get protein from dairy products, a food I eat very little of when not pregnant. How did you balance cravings with eating healthy during pregnancy? I made a special outing with my daughter around the craving and had fun with it. We also eat a lot from home. I rarely go out to eat, and I always grocery shop with a list. I can make my grocery list pretty healthy, and I’ve found if it’s not in my home, I don’t eat it as often. I don’t really buy junk food.Sometimes the occasional tub of ice cream is in our freezer, but if I wanted cookies or sweets I’d have to make them. Usually I was too exhausted to think about making desserts. The key to mindful eating during pregnancy is to maintain an overall nutrient-rich diet, while also enjoying an occasional treat. You’re growing a human after all! Consult with your midwife or OB-GYN about how many calories they recommend you eat at each trimester and what their guideline is for you personally. Everyone

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is different, so be sure to check with your provider when you have questions or concerns about what to eat.

Sara Halcumb is a registered nurse with more than 10 years of experience in healthcare. She also writes for the Southwest Washington blog Literally Simple, which she co-owns with her sister-in-law, Maria. Sara was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Battle Ground with her husband and their two children. Most days you can find her enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her family and their dog Bandit.

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Feature: No Longer a Secret: Confronting Postpartum Mood Disorder

No Longer a Secret:

Confronting Postpartum Mood Disorder By Dana Greyson

I hadn’t had 4 hours sleep straight for weeks. I was just exhausted. Changing my daughter’s diaper, frustrated, I pleaded, “Why can’t you just sleep?” I pictured myself throwing her against the wall. I wanted to leave my family for a week. “I’m not OK,” I told my husband. He called my mom and took baby for two nights straight. – Amanda Ewing, Clark County Mom and Counselor “I’m going to harm my baby”: An Almost Universal Postpartum Mood Disorder Symptom As a counselor specializing in perinatal mental health at Vancouver’s Refresh Therapy, Amanda Ewing knows even good moms (and dads) have scary thoughts. Ewing is publicly sharing her own vulnerability because she knows most parents feel too ashamed to admit their own. “You’re told ‘Everything is supposed to be so wonderful. Enjoy every minute . . . Just snuggle that baby instead of doing the dishes,’” she says. “That just feels worse.” Yet these awful thoughts are normal. Studies show 90% of parents are troubled with frightening thoughts—concerns about their baby being hurt and even them harming their own baby. But, Ewing cautions, “It doesn’t mean you can or should ignore those intrusive thoughts.” “Motherhood is placed on such a high pedestal,” comments Jennifer Fisher, doula and Legacy Health Systems’ certified childhood educator. “‘I just need to set down my baby,’ they say, ‘but I feel so guilty even just going to the bathroom.’” Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Mood Disorder Up to 80% of moms with newborns suffer “baby blues” such


as mood swings and irritability the first few weeks. Postpartum depression (PPD) or postpartum mood disorder (terms used interchangeably) affects one in five mothers. PPD symptoms go beyond the typical blues and can range from anxiety to an inability to function to a loss of the ability to feel pleasure, even rage and full-blown psychosis. Why is Postpartum Depression So Common? Parents of newborns face incredible challenges. “For the first three months, babies won’t smile as a result of recognizing you,” empathizes Dr. Suzanne Slayton-Milam of Vancouver-based Cascadia Women’s Clinic. “The baby doesn’t have the capability of sharing thankfulness and this can make the earlier months harder.” Before babies are 6 months old, surveys show that only 5% of their parents are getting the recommended hours of sleep. All that exhaustion gets coupled with the babies’ need for almost constant attention including frequent feeding, diaper changes and comforting. Add in fluctuating hormones, difficult pregnancies, financial and relationship stress with Pinterest-perfect societal pressure and it’s easier to understand why so many women face PPD. If there was a previous tendency for anxiety or depression or if the baby has health issues the odds of suffering from PPD escalate. The Family and PPD Fisher recalls a shocked dad’s call for help: “’I’ve never seen my wife like this. Our 10-pound baby has brought her to her knees. I don’t know what to do!’” she recalls him saying. Neither husband nor wife had been around a newborn before. “The whole family needed to make adjustments because family and social support are crucial.”

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With PPD, parents can lose their ability to bond with their babies which leads to behavioral problems down the road. The parent’s struggles can transfer unintended problems toward their child. “Untreated, PPD leads to poor cognitive behavior and child developmental delay,” warns Dr. Slayton-Milam. Mayo Clinic elaborates, “Children of mothers [with] untreated postpartum depression are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems . . . sleeping and eating difficulties, excessive crying, and delays in language development.” “We read our client’s and their partner’s body language,” explains Cascadia Women’s Clinic OB-GYN, Dr. Mieke Lane. “If their head is down, eye contact is poor, we notice tearfulness, or hear about irritability, we ask what’s going on. Then we use the Edinburgh Scale [10 specific questions assessing mental and emotional wellbeing] for assessment.” Dr. Lane notes it’s not unusual to see the first signs of PPD crop up during pregnancy. Ignoring PPD won’t make it go away. Untreated, it can last as long as 15-20 years, says Lacamas Counseling’s postpartum expert, Priscilla Gilbert. She notices PPD parents’ outside appearances are often deceiving. “They are so well put together because they don’t want anyone to know they’re breaking inside. They feel disappointment about what they’re experiencing versus what they imagined, and burned out. They get lost in that ‘give everything to your kid’ transition. They need to rediscover themselves and how to reconnect with what brings them joy.”

When to Ask for Help for PPD “The earlier the intervention, the better it is for mom and the infant,” emphasizes Mia Edidin, Perinatal Support Washington’s (PS-WA) clinical director. “It’s sad. There’s so much stigma, parents often don’t get help. PPD is treatable, and doesn’t mean anything about you as a parent or a person. With support, parents will be the parent they want to be—genuinely happy” Any time parents feel overwhelmed to the point they are unable to care for themselves or their child, it’s time to ask for help. If selfcare is still a struggle two weeks after birth, there’s a reasonable likelihood of PPD. Sometimes PPD crops up unexpectedly like it did for Katie McGee, who provides support for PS-WA’s warm line. “After my son was born, I did well for the first couple months. By the third month, I thought I needed to kill myself, several times per minute. I couldn’t think straight. I realized I could no longer wish away the thought.” With therapy and antidepressants, McGee recovered. “The repetitive thoughts stopped. I started sleeping longer. I was able to feel happy.” OB-GYNs and other doctors can diagnose PPD and recommend treatment. Midwives, doulas, lactation nurses, counselors, support lines, even friends and family can all point parents toward the critical self-care help they desperately need. What PPD Help Looks Like Treating PPD begins by assessing where the most crucial need is first, then lining up the right resources to deal with it. continued on page 22

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Self-Care. Getting enough sleep, enough exercise, eating right and making time for your own pleasure isn’t always easy, but it’s vitally important.

parenting groups and play groups after baby arrives. You’ll find you’re not alone; other parents are struggling with the same issues.

Household Help. Tap your partner, another family member or friend for help with meals or to watch your baby while you rest or get in some alone time. Hire a housekeeper or a doula to feed your baby while you sleep.

Medical Assessment. Check with your provider to rule out other health issues and whether therapy and medication are also recommended.

Being Heard. Support lines, like Baby Blues Connection and PS-WA’s are good starting points. “By talking to someone who’s been there, that is often a turning point for them,” Edidin says. Therapy may also be recommended and is often covered by insurance. Support from Other Parents. Start early by joining a prenatal group. Join

Some “breast is best” moms worry that their PPD anxiety or antidepressant medications will impact their baby’s breastfeeding. While that’s rare, Dr. Slayton-Milam advises moms to watch if their baby’s mood changes, if they become irritable, fussy or jittery. If that happens, they should contact their doctor right away. Generally, Dr. Slayton-Milam recommends staying on medication for at least a year.

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“Build community,” Gilbert advises. “Tap into those things that used to give you life and pleasure. Remember and practice those. When you are healthy, and your marriage is healthy, your kids will be healthy.” Dr. Lane looks forward to the day when PPD treatment is as widely accepted as treating hypertension. “There should be no shame.” Dana Greyson thrives on researching and interviewing experts to make challenging health and relationship topics more approachable. She’s especially grateful for the generosity and passion of the local postpartum support network for this particular article. For fun, Dana periodically blogs on www. about her unique lifestyle and is working on a book about her halfway-around-the-world journey on a small sailboat.

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Providence Academy Public Tour, at 400 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. Experience Providence Academy, a Vancouver historical site that was built by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1873 and served as a school, orphanage, and governance offices for the Sisters of Providence. 10-11 am Molly Malone Irish Dancers at Vancouver Mall Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr, Ste 285, Vancouver. Get your hands a-clappin’ and your feet a-tappin’ with the amazing and unique performances of the Molly Malone Irish Dancers. 11:30 am


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Journey Theater Presents “The Secret Garden” at Washougal High School 1201 39th St., Washougal. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her continued on page 30

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Children’s Festival at Vancouver Mall, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Families are invited to enjoy a day of free activities including face painting, balloon art, dance performances, interactive demonstrations, samples, prizes, games, and more. All activities are free! 10 am-3 pm Lucky Shamrock Auction at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver. Rocksolid Teen is a nonprofit organization established in 2002, and dedicated to providing a safe place for the youth of our community to foster relationships with one another and caring adults for the purpose of encouraging them to become “rocksolid” persons. Enjoy this event honoring and supporting that work. Tickets: $75. 5-7 pm Journey Theater Presents “The Secret Garden” at Washougal High School. (See Mar. 13) 7 pm Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort at 612 E Reserve St., Vancouver. Experience Fort Vancouver by candle lantern. Tour with a Park Ranger through each building, enjoying experiences of historical vignettes. Visitors will enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour. Reservations are required for all Lantern Tours. To make reservations, call 360-8166216. Admission: $10-$25. 7-9 pm


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Journey Theater Presents “The Secret Garden” at Washougal High School. (See Mar. 13) 7 pm

Cathlapotle Plankhouse 15th Birthday Celebration at 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. Celebrate 15 years of Plankhouse education, community, and more. 12-4 pm



Journey Theater Presents “The Secret Garden” at Washougal High School. (See Mar. 13) 2 pm & 7 pm Bunco Night Benefit for Clark County USBC at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Blvd #E, Vancouver. Come play Bunco and support Clark County USBC, serving local Clark County bowlers plus providing youth scholarships and veteran assistance. All ages, no experience necessary. $25 per person (includes game buy-in, pizza and soda). Cash only at the door. 5-8 pm Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort at 612 E Reserve St., Vancouver. (See Mar. 14) 7-9 pm


Couve Clover Run, at 800 Main St., Vancouver. Celebrate in your festive green while running or walking 3, 7 or 10 miles along an extremely fast and scenic course to support local charities! 8:30 am-12 pm Journey Theater Presents “The Secret Garden” at Washougal High School. (See Mar. 13) 2 pm


Life Returns to Mount St. Helens at Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland. A series of free public programs

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Spring Break Fun at Vancouver Community Library. (See Mar. 30) 2:30-4 pm Live Music with Three for Joy at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. This talented trio is made up of the Padula siblings: Dominic (16) on fiddle, Joseph (14) on mandolin, and Angela Rose (13) on cello. They will be performing Celtic roots music, including both traditional Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes and contemporary fiddle compositions presented with compelling arrangements and unique textures of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Fiddle fun for all ages. 6 pm


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