Girls Night Out focuses on the ‘now’

By Heather Acheson, Columbian staff writer

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“Girly photo shoots,” “big girl panty decorating,” and “shooting hoops for boas,” don’t sound like typical activities one would find in downtown Camas on a Thursday night. But this week it’s all part of the fun during the second annual Girls Night Out event.

Participants pay $15 each, with proceeds going to cancer charities including the Pink Lemonade Project and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Last year’s GNO attracted hundreds to downtown Camas, and organizers are expecting a similar turnout this year.

There will be talks from breast cancer survivors including Terry Prill and Krista Colvin, whose own battle inspired the initial creation of the event. There will also be a chance to honor those who have died of cancer or who are currently battling the disease.

Participants can also help create an original art piece with local artist and downtown Camas business owner Elida Field, take part in free beauty treatments and massages, listen to music and shop in downtown businesses.

The theme is, “Now Is The New Later!,” which is aimed at reminding women not to put their health off another day. According to organizers, “Today is the day to go for that check-up. Today is the day to start that yoga class. And today is the day to listen to your body. Come out to learn more about how to take care of your body and to celebrate the start of healthier lifestyle.”

Last year, the first annual Girls Night Out proved what could be done when people come together to support something they are passionate about. And with the continued enthusiasm of the local community, this year’s event can be just as successful.