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By June Williams, Brush Prairie
December 17, 2014 6 a.m.
My husband's favorite holiday tradition is to gather the whole family together for a Christmas tree hunt. I pack sandwiches and hot chocolate, and we all overdress and pack our sweaty selves into several vehicles. Then we drive into the hills until we reach the snow line. In the event of a no-snow winter, we press on until we find the coldest rain on the planet. Icy winds of 30-plus mph make conditions absolutely perfect.
Brush Prairie — Young artists at Laurin Middle School are being highlighted at a public art exhibit in Vancouver this winter. The 160 pieces of student art are on display at New Seasons Market, 2100 S.E. 164th Ave., through Jan. 7. A reception to celebrate the artists' achievements was held last week.
Harney Heights — Summit View Church of the Felida neighborhood and Royal Oaks Country Club of the Ogden neighborhood have teamed to help Martin Luther King Elementary School's Holiday Shoppe provide some cheer for 200 families. The Holiday Shoppe lets families pick out a gift or two for each child in the last week of school before Christmas. Royal Oaks held a Holiday Bazaar and Summit View a Christmas Soiree to benefit King, with the total expected to be close to or more than $5,000, according to the Rev. Rob Anderson. Fred Meyer stores helped with gift cards and discounts.
Vancouver Heights — An interactive digital story that examines post-eruption Mount St. Helens was recently created by Washington State University Vancouver students using modern technologies, including virtual reality and 3D animation.
Ridgefield — The Ridgefield School District celebrated the completion of its $49 million construction project on Dec. 6 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ridgefield High School. In 2012, voters passed a bond so the growing district could upgrade and expand its campuses.