Alder Creek Kayak's 23rd annual Spring Paddle Festival offers something for beginning boaters and advanced paddlers. The event will feature more than 100 kayaks, canoes and paddle boards for visitors to try, along with clinics, demonstrations and lake tours offered throughout the day. Learn about choosing the perfect paddle, safety and rescue techniques, local paddling destinations and paddle yoga.
Your body is a very good conductor of electricity. Each year, there are 30,000 non-fatal shock injuries caused by unintended contact with electrical systems and electric-powered devices, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International. Worse, it says the nation averages about 400 electrocutions yearly. Portable heaters, extension cords, frayed wiring and overloaded sockets are among the causes of electrical injuries and fires.
There are some long-established guidelines for planting perennials that are worth considering each spring as you add new plants to the garden. Planting in groups of three is usually better than one plant by itself. Plant in a triangular pattern, with one plant at each point of the triangle. Space each plant considering its mature size. If a plant grows 12 inches wide, place the same plant 12 inches away. Plants may look sparse at first but will grow into each other, with room for each plant to mature to its natural form.
When leaders of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association first suggested the organization counter persistent gang issues by donating money to a boxing program for gang-affected youth, some residents were skeptical.
Normally I don't care to think about things like the end of the world. There's enough to worry about in life: Where did I file that important tax document? Why am I getting so many age spots? Who invented the chia pet, and why? According to everything on television, zombies will either be our demise, or our next stage of evolution, or de-evolution — we won't be extinct, just unattractively "undead" — so my plan is to enjoy being alive, until I'm not.
Celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Family Eco-Fair. Children can take part in environmental activities. The Portland Audubon Society, reptile zoo, Science Circus, the Bug Chicks and wild fish release will also be on hand at Salmon Creek Regional Park, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.
The Pearson Air Museum will celebrate Yuri's Night, an international commemoration of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into outer space, completing an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
April 17, 2015 6 a.m.
Corbett Fish House began in Portland in 2002 and just recently opened its first Washington location here in Clark County. The fish house proudly offers a 100 percent gluten-free menu and uses high quality fish. With sustainability at the heart of the business, they follow the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program when making choices about the kinds of seafood they purchase.
By James Bash for The Columbian
April 17, 2015 6 a.m.
Enthusiasm can be contagious, especially around talented teenagers. So it won't be a surprise this weekend when the winners of the Vancouver Symphony's Young Artists Competition take the stage with energy that resonates into the audience. Countless hours of solitary practice have finally paid off, and the three young musicians will enjoy the chance of a lifetime when they take the spotlight with a professional symphony orchestra as their supporting cast.
Sue Bluestein recently was named one of three recipients of the city of Vancouver's Mac Award, given to individuals and organizations for making a significant and positive impact on Vancouver's urban forest.