By Karen Livingston, for The Columbian
August 3, 2015 11:23 a.m.
Uncle D's Wood Fired Pizza opened two years ago in Battle Ground Village under Darrell and Lynnette Homola. Darrell, a mason by trade, specialized in pizza ovens and fireplaces. He used his own custom pizza ovens to cook for family and friends. The popularity of his pizzas lead the Homolas to open Uncle D's Wood Fired Pizza.
Cheer on the professional, club and amateur teams competing in the Western Region Dragon Boat Racing Championships this weekend at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver. The Pacific Dragon Boat Association holds championships every two years, and selects winning regional teams to represent the United States in the world championship. Races run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free. www.paddlewest.net
Dragons will descend onto Vancouver Lake this weekend, but don't be alarmed. They aren't fire-breathing, airborne mythical creatures, but dragon boats, part of a fast-growing sport that originated in China 2,000 years ago.
The Black-eyed Susan vine, with orange flowers highlighted by one big brown spot in the center, drapes casually and flowers throughout the warmest part of our summer. A golden hops vine (Humulus spp.) will cover a wall or climb a 10-foot post. The hops tunnel at the Fort Vancouver Garden is a fine example of a hops vine's ability to cover a structure in one season. It's also one place you can enter and feel instantly cooler on a blazing hot summer day.
The hottest June on record sent many Clark County residents shopping for air conditioners to make the prolonged 90-degree days bearable. And this week we're back at it again with a long stretch of high temperatures.