Save the Date: Sunday Sounds Concert, art show and sale among options

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Spend a blue Sunday in the park with the Norman Sylvester Band during the Sunday Sounds Concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Tech Center Park, 17701 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. The ensemble, led by Norman “The Boogie Cat” Sylvester, will perform original blues and R&B songs at the free concert. The group has performed with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Otis Clay, Peter Frampton and more.

Or visit Satisfy Your Senses Art Show and Sale, a fundraiser with a portion of art sales benefiting the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Attendees can meet the artists Kathleen Hovis, Bonnie Junell, Edi Olson, Timothy Reed and Debbie Wilhoit, enjoy wine and appetizers by Latte Da, with live music. There will be an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m. July 21; with art for sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver.

The Sherman Base Ball Club of Vancouver Barracks will take on the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver in a game of Vintage Base Ball. Costumed national park staff and volunteers will play according to 1867 rules, with music from the Vancouver Community Concert Band, “gentlemanly” attitudes and more. The game begins at 6 p.m. July 22 on the parade grounds near the Vancouver Barracks, 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver. 360-816-6230 or

Take a behind-the-scenes look into 15 beautiful gardens during the Natural Garden Tour of Clark County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23. This self-guided tour of new, established and evolving gardens that use natural gardening techniques is hosted by the Clark County Green Neighbors Program. Free. Online map of the gardens, a guide booklet, and optional registration are at The guide is also at local nurseries and Heritage Farm during regular hours. Call 360-397-2121 ext. 4352 for details.

Heisen House Vineyards hosts its Lavender Festival, a celebration filled with purple, from noon to 9 p.m. July 29. There will be lavender-themed crafts, lavender cooking tips, fresh lavender and dried lavender by the bunch. Also, local art and garden products, games, food and live music, including performances by Marianne Flemming, Hazel and Kathleen, Celtalina, John Baker, Aram, Dan Dingman and the Hi Jinx Band at Heisen House Vineyards, 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave., Battle Ground. Free, with a suggested donation of $5 and $3 for children. 360-713-2359 or

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill celebrates summer with Blueberry Pancake Day, as volunteers offer up blueberry pancakes made from wheat milled on site, topped with more blueberries and smothered in blueberry syrup. Visitors can explore the 1876 water mill and building from noon to 4 p.m. July 29. The mill is located at 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland. Admission is free, donations encouraged. 360-225-5832 or

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, the Kiggins Theatre will be hosting wizards and muggles alike for a weekend of all eight “Harry Potter” films, along with a magical photo booth, popcorn predictions, Dobby’s Dance Party and a hunt for the Deathly Hallows. There will be a special themed menu, character appearances and more. Films begin at 1, 4 and 7:15 p.m. July 29, 1, 4:15 and 7 p.m. July 30, 5 and 7:45 p.m. July 31. Tickets are $40 to $65, which includes all films.