Save the Date: The Apple of one’s eye: School serves up sweet festival

By Wyatt Stayner, Columbian staff writer



How do you like them apples?

While the Old Apple Tree Festival is a staple in Southwest Washington, Riverside Christian School’s annual Apple Festival, is no slouch itself. With a focus on family-friendly fun, the fest includes harvest games, pony rides and face painting for the kids. All that takes place at Riverside Christian School, 463 N. Shepherd Road, Washougal. In addition to the games, sample some apple pie, apple dumplings and plenty of other pastries. Don’t feel bad about that tummy ache either, since proceeds benefit the school and its students. The Apple Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 360-835-5600 or

Pair a good wine with a classic movie at Noir Nights: “Out of the Past,” which will be screened at Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, with the festivities kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Noir Nights are a partnership between Kiggins and Niche Wine Bar, which will serve up three different wines chosen specifically for the showing of “Out of the Past,” a 1947 crime film, starring Robert Mitchum as a small-town gas station owner, whose life is turned upside down when a crook from his shady past recognizes him. Admission is $10 for the film, $5 for tastings, which start at 6:30, an hour before the film. 360-816-0352 or

Do some outdoor work one last time before the rain season begins. The city of Vancouver and Washington Trails Association are establishing a fresh walking trail at Raymond E. Schaffer Park, a new undeveloped site at 7806 N.E. 58th St., Vancouver. And they’re looking for help during a Trail Building Work Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 14. So grab a shovel, dig some dirt, spread bark dust and get involved in building a perimeter trail for the community. Long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended. Tools and snacks are provided. 360-487-8344 or

Celebrate heritage during Lelooska’s Evening Living History Performances on Oct. 14. Set in a replica of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house, this Lelooska Foundation program melds song, dance and story in a fashion molded after a traditional Winter Ceremonial. The program presents aspects of Northwest Coast First Nations culture. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m., including the museum at 165 Merwin Village Road, Ariel, with the program set for 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; $12, $8 for ages 12 and younger. 360-225-9522 or

That’s one hot tamale. The Southwest Washington Tamale Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 in downtown Washougal is no joke. Featuring tamale contests for families and professionals, there’s surely something on deck that will whet your appetite. The Festival also features crafts, tamale making demonstrations from 2 to 3 p.m., food vendors, a beer garden and local craft vendors. Entertainment includes Gerardo and Nekla Calderon and the “Leyendas de Mexico” show at 3 p.m., Hudson’s Bay High School Las Bonitas y Los Caballero’s Ballet Folkloric at 4:30 p.m. and Son de Cuba Quartette at 6 p.m. Proceeds from donations at the event will support scholarship stipends for local youth.

Combat the incoming cold weather at English Estate Winery’s eighth annual Chili Cook-off from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Sample the smorgasbord of chili and corn bread, and then vote for the best batches. Somewhere Between will perform a mix of bluegrass and folk music from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event is exclusive to club members, but a $5 fee at the door gains membership through 2018, plus a wine glass. Current members get in free. RSVP to by Oct. 21 if you want to compete in the cook-off at the Winery, 17806 S.E. First St., Vancouver. 360-772-5141 or

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Perhaps there’s no better catalyst for running fast than a mixture of fear and adrenaline, so come out to the Washougal Scary Run at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 at Reflection Plaza,1703 Main St., Washougal. Dress in a costume, and choose whether you want to tackle the 5K, 10K or half-marathon. The races are followed by food and drinks, plus prizes for best costumes. If you register pre-race, tickets cost $40 for the 5K, $50 for the 10K, and $80 for the half; day of registration is $50, $60 and $90, respectively. For kids 16 and under, the prices range from $25 to $35, depending on registration time. 360-574-7292 or