Save the Date: Add a little history and some magic to your plans

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter



Step into the past during the Camas-Washougal Historical Society’s annual Heritage Day celebration, which features free admission to the Two Rivers Heritage Museum as well as other historical exhibits and demonstrations. The Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Society and the Flying Eagle A’s Car Club will be on hand with impressive equipment and vehicles. There will be a Pendleton blanket raffle, interesting vendors, live music and food. It’s set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, 1 Dugan St., in Washougal (just west of Pendleton Woolen Mill). Admission is free. Call 360-835-8742 or visit

Or, bring the wisdom of the past to today’s problems. “Indigenous Response to Climate Change” will be the final Second Sunday talk for this year at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, delivered by Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. She’ll discuss how traditional ecological knowledge — information passed through oral traditions — can be applied to the current climate crisis. Plus, enjoy guided nature walks with geologist and naturalist Roland Begin. The plankhouse opens at noon Sept. 10; guided walks are at noon and 2:30 p.m.; Dr. Chisholm Hatfield’s talk is at 1 p.m. It’s all at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse in the Carty unit of the refuge, 28908 N.W. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. All events are free but the standard refuge parking fee of $3 per vehicle applies. Visit or call 360-887-4106.

Dark wines with your dark film? Vancouver Main Street neighbors Niche Wine Bar and the Kiggins Theatre team up once again Monday night to present the latest “Noir Night,” pairing tastings of dark red wines with really dark red movies. “The Killers” (1946), loosely based on a story by Ernest Hemingway, stars Burt Lancaster as a washed-up boxer and Ava Gardner as his glamorous girlfriend as they get mixed up with some really nasty gangsters. You can show up as early as 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for three tastings of noir wines ($5); or just take in the movie at 7:30 p.m. for $10 (with wine also available for purchase by the glass). Next up for Noir Nights is “Out of the Past” (1947), starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas, on Oct. 9. Visit

Also at Kiggins, you can get a handle on the strange new worlds of sex, gender and relationships in the 21st century. The latest “Science on Tap” talk for folks who like to relax with a brew while learning something new will feature L. Kris Gowen, a sex researcher and educator at Oregon Health & Science University. She’ll discuss the complexities of “The New Adolescent Sexuality” and today’s technology, social media, fluid gender identities — as well as some straightforward matters such as kids’ questions about basic anatomy. Her talk is aimed at parents, but teens are welcome, too. Admission to “Science on Tap” is by donation; if you can’t afford the suggested $10, please come anyway. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 13; the talk is at 7 p.m. at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street. Visit or

There’s real science and then there’s stage magic — or, as professionals prefer to call it, grand illusion. Squaring off at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will be Vancouver illusionist and comedian Adam the Great (a familiar strolling presence along the midway at the Clark County Fair) versus visiting Las Vegas hypnotist and mind-bender Tyzen (“the master of laughter”). The event is billed as Illusionist v. Hypnotist, a Showbros Showdown, and it’s set for 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) Sept. 16 at the Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Visit or call 360-887-7260.

In these parts, summer’s last hurrah is one great big woof: Doggie Dive, the annual invasion of Lake Shore Athletic Club’s outdoor swimming pool by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and as many community canines as can fit in there. The group swim is open to all dogs — as long as they’re non-aggressive and willing — but you do have to register and pay a $15 fee (which benefits the Humane Society). Print out the registration form at and bring it with you. The event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Lake Shore Athletic Club, 2401 N.W. 94th St., Vancouver.