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.
Way back when, during my junior high school days (back when it was called "junior high" and not "middle school" as it is now), I, and every other junior high student, was forced to diagram sentences. I did not like to do this — not at all. To know me now — English major, librarian, writer of "Check It Out" — one might assume that all things language-related thrill me to pieces. Beautifully written sentences? Yes. Knowing the difference between a "compound predicate with direct objects" and a "compound predicate with one direct object?" Not so much.
Spend Saturday in the smells and sounds of the Pacific Islands, as the annual Hawaiian Festival takes over Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Dancers and Polynesian singers will take the park stage to showcase the variety of cultures and styles, and there will be plenty of children's activities, arts and crafts and food vendors. http://hawaiianfestivalpnw.com
Taking a cue from Portland's uber-popular Distillery Row Passport, several Clark County wineries and tasting rooms have teamed up to offer a passport of their own and it's already a slam-dunk with vino fans.
By Judi Seifert for The Columbian
July 24, 2015 6 a.m.
Sure, I've heard the trash talk about string beans. "Boring!" seems to be the first thought when seeing a pile of tinned, soggy string beans dumped onto the dinner plate. But folks, I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be!
By Alan Sculley for The Columbian
July 24, 2015 6 a.m.
Train singer Pat Monahan is proud of the group's latest album, "Bulletproof Picasso," but he realizes as the group tours the U.S. in support of the album this summer that it probably won't be the kind of hit the band had with its two previous albums, "California 37" and "Save Me, San Francisco."