Save the Date: Cars, stars and pirates on deck for month of summer fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Looking for an excuse to cruise? The Northwest Corvette Association will host its 33rd annual Endless Summer Cruise-In, open to all makes and models of cars and trucks, with goody bags and dash plaques for the first 100 cars. Proceeds from the show will benefit Northwest Battle Buddies. The show runs 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver. Admission is free, with $20 per vehicle entry.

Or take a trip to stare at the sky as the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight. The Mount St. Helens Perseid Meteor Shower Party will run from 5 to 11 p.m. tonight at the Science and Learning Center, 19000 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle. There will be live music by Lincoln’s Beard, a barbecue, crafts and games, along with a guided hike at dusk, followed by night sky viewing. Visitors should bring a chair, blanket and binoculars. Sky viewing subject to weather. Suggested $10 donation.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will also host a shower watch with the OMSI Star Party at 9 p.m. tonight at Rooster Rock State Park, Exit 25 off Highway 84 in Corbett, Ore. Weather permitting, visitors can watch the skies with astronomers providing telescopes. OMSI staff will present informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations and the summer sky. Admission is free with a $5 park entrance fee.

Incubus and Jimmy Eat World will rock Clark County at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Rock band Incubus is touring in support of the group’s new album “8,” along with the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album. The group will be joined by Jimmy Eat World, which released release its ninth album “Integrity Blues” in 2016. Tickets are $29.50 to $99.50. 800-745-3000 or

Art in the Park brings the handmade into the spotlight with an artisan event in the town of Yacolt. The day will feature individuals and families with a passion for creating, including those using clay to make dishes, turning silver wires into jewelry and fabric into fashion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Yacolt Recreational Park, 26612 N.E. Hoag St., Yacolt. Find a mix of exhibitions and vendor sales, all focused on craft and handmade. 503-553-9714 or

The last Bark Ranger Walking Tour of the summer will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 with an exploration of history of the Vancouver Barracks, along with stories of the dogs who became part-time workers and part-time mascots at the barracks. Any participating dogs should be friendly with other dogs and people, along with being up-to-date on vaccines. The free tour will start outside the reconstructed fort, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. 360-816-6255 or

The Slo Poks Car Club presents its annual Show and Shine car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in Uptown Village, 22nd and Main streets, Vancouver. The event is open to all hot rods, custom cars, bikes, hot rods and collector cars, with handmade trophies given out to the top car in each class. The Slo Poks are one of the oldest car clubs in the area, celebrating 65 years. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Hough Foundation. Bring a donation of school supplies to be entered into raffle drawings. Admission is free for spectators, with $15 for car registration.

Cirque Du Soleil will be back in town starting Aug. 24 with the production “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland. Under the signature tent, the audience will be transported inside a curio cabinet filled with a fantastic characters and mechanical mysteries, as an ambitious inventor seeks to reinvent everything around him, including time, space and reality. Performances will run through Oct. 8. Tickets are $39 to $125. 877-924-7783 or

Pirates of all ages will gather in Washougal on Aug. 26 for Pirates in the Plaza, an evening of entertainment and fun in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal. There will be music by Bilge Rats & Pyrettes, plus the Renegade Rose Dancers, juggler Curtis Carlyle, the Jamba African Marimba Band, Eartha the Clown and the Daley Dance Academy. Pirate costumes are encouraged, with prizes given out in three ages groups. There will be a “grog garden,” featuring Washougal breweries, and some sword fighting. Bring some “booty” to donate, to benefit the Inter-Faith Treasure House and its Backpack Home program.

The city of Ridgefield will host a Farm to Table community dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 to highlight seasonal ingredients from local farms and local beer and wines. The meal will be served family style on a table on South Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield. Following the meal will be dancing and music by Faisal and Mitch, plus art on display by the Ridgefield Art Association. Tickets are $75 which includes dinner, appetizers and glass of wine or beer. For those 21 and older.