Save the Date: Return to Camp Granada and the ’80s in September

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter



Still there, mudda? Still there, fadda? Summer is over, so if you haven’t yet retrieved your kid from Camp Granada — where there are alligators in the lake, bears in the woods and malaria in the mosquitoes — it’s probably too late. But the kids who survived this infamous camp that comedian Allan Sherman sang about in the 1963 novelty pop song have been invited to the big Camp Granada reunion. That’s the plot behind “Return 2 Camp Granada,” an original show by the Vancouver, summertime Young at Heart Theater Club. Shows are 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. The 10 a.m. performance is free; admission to the others is $5. 360-487-7050 or

Classic rock band Foreigner keeps getting shown what love is by student singers. A couple of years ago it was the Ridgefield High School choir, which accepted an invitation to join Foreigner onstage and belt out the glorious choruses to the megahit “I Want to Know What Love Is.” This year, during its 40th anniversary tour, Foreigner returns to the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (but with Portland’s Cleveland High School choir doing the honors. Foreigner always donates $500 to its guest choir.) Opening for Foreigner are equally classic bands Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. The triple-bill begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Tickets start at $28 for lawn seating; reserved seating and meet-and-greet packages are available.

If you enjoy the beauty of wildlife but wish the darned things would keep still, consider visiting the 30th Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Northwest Championship Competition. You can worship wooden wildlife while it stays put. Talented carvers and sculptors flock to Vancouver from all around the region for this show, which has carved out a reputation as the premiere wildlife-art show in the Pacific Northwest. Admire handcarved, textured and painted wooden sculptures of birds, fish and mammals; enjoy free seminars and demonstrations; follow judging in 15 different competitive divisions. There’s even a floating mini-decoy “trade” at the outdoor fountain pool. Admission is free; many artworks are for sale. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. 360 892-6738 or

Movies can be an escape from reality, or movies can be meaningful. The Meaningful Movies Project, a Seattle nonprofit that facilitates screenings of social-justice-oriented documentary films, has sparked local groups in Ridgefield (screenings on the fourth Wednesday of each month) and Cascade Park (on the second Thursday). At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14, the Cascade Park Community Library will screen “American Winter” (2012), an unflinching look at families who called the 211 social-service hotline for help with basic needs as the Great Recession hit Portland. Admission is free and the Cascade Park Community Library is at 600 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver. 360-906-5000 or

It’s never too early to reserve your seat on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, an excursion train that starts in downtown Yacolt and takes riders for a scenic journey through north Clark County to Lucia Falls. Steam train runs are set for noon and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17. Tickets are $20, $19 for seniors, $15 for ages 5 to 12, $14 for ages 2 to 4, free for 2 and younger. Reservations recommended. 360-686-3559 or

And, you’re never too old for Young — Neil, that is. Tribute band Harvest Gold will rock downtown Vancouver’s Magenta Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are already on sale for $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Harvest Gold, based in Clark County, covers songs from Young’s entire career, from Buffallo Springfield and CSNY to Crazy Horse. You might also hear tunes by Young compatriots such as the Eagles, the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan. Bluesy singer-songwriter Amber Sweeney of Battle Ground will open the show. Magenta Theater is at 1108 Main St. 360-635-4358, or