By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
November 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Flash Freeze Dreamery in Camas puts a new spin on frozen dessert. Unless you make it at home, it doesn't get any fresher than this. The modernized ice cream parlor uses liquid nitrogen to make single servings of frozen delights in under five minutes. Ice cream, French custard, frozen yogurt, Italian gelato or nondairy coconut bases can be customized with more than 100 flavor combinations, fresh fruit, mix-ins and toppings.
When you think about schools, your mind likely buzzes with books, supplies and scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs. You probably don't give electricity much of a thought — unless it's the topic of a science project. Yet energy-incentive programs from Clark Public Utilities help area schools add money to school budgets that might otherwise go to overhead costs, like electric bills. Through these ongoing partnerships, school administrators, teachers and kids are becoming energy-smart. And saving money.
The best way to learn anything, including how to garden, is by doing. You can study and read and go to lectures but at some point you have to get your hands dirty to become a gardener. Modern technology puts information at our fingertips but the masters of any craft still learn the ropes by actually doing what they do so well. Concert pianists play the piano. Painters put paint to canvas. Gardeners garden.
A couple months ago a huge cross built out of skateboards went up right next to Interstate 205 below Mill Plain. It's still there. In the beginning there were balloons and flowers attached. Now it's just an ugly relic of a tragic accident. Are there rules about roadside memorials?
Next weekend, 50 artists will place welcome signs outside their work spaces for the Clark County Open Studios tour. Visitors can stop by as many or as few studios as they wish from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9.
Welcome to November! Goodness, where does the time go? Halloween is over, Christmas is looming (less than two months away — zoinks!), and 2014 is sporting a long, gray beard in preparation for its final exit. Life moves quickly; but rest assured, the "wonderful world of Dewey" series still has many fascinating stops to make. Of course I'm assuming that shining the spotlight on the Dewey Decimal classification system is as fascinating to you as it is to me. Well, no matter; let's soldier on to the next call number category — the very international 400s.
By James Bash for The Columbian
November 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was trained as a violinist, but he never became a virtuoso. His claim to fame came through his compositions, including his evocative Violin Concerto, which he completed in 1903 and revised a couple of years later. It is this concerto that acclaimed violinist Elmar Oliveira will play in his debut with the Vancouver Symphony in the second concert of the orchestra's season.
If you want to hang on to Halloween just a bit longer, the Fear PDX haunted house finale is from 7 to 11 tonight. Visitors can try to brave the Slaughter, the Curse, and the Outbreak at Vancouver Plaza, 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive. Tickets are $20, $35 for fast pass.