Save the Date: Get ready to get hands dirty doing good deeds for Earth Day

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator

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There’s a long list of Easter egg hunts happening today in parks across Clark County. But if you missed your chance, you can grab your best frock, basket and bonnet and head Sunday for the Crown Park Easter Day Egg Hunt. It will take place at 1:30 p.m. for ages 2 to 12, separated by age groups, in Crown Park, N.E. 15th St. and Everett St., Camas. 360-834-5307 or www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/parkshome

Take part in Earth Day next weekend by volunteering to help improve a local park. Join the city of Battle Ground for the fifth annual Park Appreciation Day work party from 9 a.m. to noon April 22. Volunteers are encouraged to help give the Kiwanis and Florence Robison-South parks a face-lift in time for the summer season. Families and individuals are welcome to register but may also just show up at any of the parks. Participants should dress for the weather. 360-342-5380 or www.cityofbg.org/ParksDay

And the city of Vancouver, Comcast and Vancouver Watersheds Alliance will host a park cleanup and invasive species pull at LeRoy Haagen Park from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 22. Teams will compete to see who can pull the largest amount invasive plants, remove the most trash and spread the most mulch. Prizes will be awarded. This is the largest work party the neighborhood has hosted. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. 360-487-8344 or www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/volunteer-earth-day-work-party

Society of Washington Artists will present its annual Spring Art Show and Sale, highlighting a wide variety of artists who work in different media and disciplines. A reception and awards ceremony will be held 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 29. The show includes cash prizes, a silent auction and public voting for the “People’s Choice Award.” The art show is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. April 27; noon to 8 p.m. April 28-29; noon to 3 p.m. April 30 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. 360-901-9020 or http://societyofwashingtonartists.com

Pomeroy Farm Country Life Fair is part plant sale and part celebration of traditional activities and crafts. The annual fair will feature thousands of herbs and plants for sale, among rows of other vendors selling their handmade goods. There will be farm animals, hayrides and other activities for children. The fair runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at Pomeroy Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt. Admission is free. 360-686-3537 or http://pomeroyfarm.org

Alder Creek Kayak’s 25th annual Spring Paddle Festival offers something for beginning boaters and advanced paddlers. The event will feature more than 100 kayaks, canoes and paddle boards for visitors to try, along with clinics, demonstrations and lake tours offered throughout the day. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 and 30 at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver. Admission is free. 503-285-0464 or aldercreek.com/spring-paddle-festival

The Vancouver Bicycle Club hosts Ride Around Clark County, the annual cycling event with 18-, 34-, 66-, and 100-mile rides around the area on May 6. Each route loops back to the starting point at Hanna Hall on Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, with aid and rest stops to help support participants along the marked routes. Helmets are required. Registration is $30 to $40; $25 to $30 for ages 13 to 17 with a paid adult; free for ages 12 and younger with a paid adult. www.vbc-usa.com

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad kicks off its season with a Mother’s Day weekend ride for the whole family. The train carries passengers on a 13-mile round-trip through north Clark County, including crossing the Lewis River, a stop to see Yacolt Falls and traveling through a 330-foot tunnel. Advanced reservations recommended. The train rides begin at noon and 2:30 p.m. May 13 and May 14 from the train station, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. Tickets are $16, $15 for seniors, $11 for youth, $9 for ages 2 to 4. 360-686-3559 or www.bycx.com