In this world gone selfie-mad, I have the feeling that photographs — the ordinary ones that used to fill family scrapbooks — have lost something special. Everywhere I look are snapshots of friends, family, co-workers and pets, which I wouldn't mind if I didn't know how far-reaching an online "like" or "share" can be. The world has turned into one big camera with boundaries like Swiss cheese — plenty of holes in privacy.
Jump into the community pool during Marshall Family Fun Day. From noon to 5 today, the community center celebrates 50 years with a day of free activities, from fitness demonstrations to pottery making. Public swims begin at 11 a.m., though space is limited. Visitors can get a swim wristband one hour prior to each swim. Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. 360-487-7100 or www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec
Discover your neighborhood winery during the Spring Release Wine Tour. Fourteen Clark County wineries will be showcasing newly aged wines, fit for summer, from noon to 6 p.m. today through Monday. Be sure to check with individual wineries for specific tasting hours, specials and tasting fees. www.clarkcountywine.com
Author Rafael Gruszecki turned a 1952 Divco milk truck into a rolling chalkboard to introduce his book, "Mark From Earth," to local readers. The milk truck and Gruszecki will make an appearance May 26 through 29 at Cascade Middle School's book fair.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
May 22, 2015 6 a.m.
Cactus Ya Ya is a full service restaurant and bar that serves Southwestern cuisine in a uniquely designed space fitting for its menu selections. The restaurant has been in business for 21 years and welcomes family dining for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Warm summer months create a whole new ambience in which to imbibe. Heavy red wines and mulled beverages are cast aside along with boots and wool sweaters. Lighter reds, crisp whites and that fun little drink from the Iberian peninsula—Sangria—take center stage after a day of yard work or to accompany patio-lounging.
By Judi Seifert for The Columbian
May 22, 2015 6 a.m.
You know they are good for you. You know you should eat them often. Dark, leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses, rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. The USDA recommends eating a half-cup per day Even so, most of us do not eat as many servings as we should.
She can do it! And, she can sign it for you! Clark College student Adeena Wade was a finalist in last year's Rose Festival "Search for Queen Thelma" contest, which would have seen her portraying first-ever Rose Festival Queen Thelma Hollingsworth — if she'd won.
Vancouver Lake will be filled with dragons this weekend, as the Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Races offers a series of match-ups on the water. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23-24, novice, club and community teams will race each other on either 250- or 500-meter courses. All race proceeds benefit the disabled veterans water sports program. The public is invited to cheer on the racers from shore, with local food and beer vendors on site at Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.