Washougal — A few special guests were at the "Art in the Garden" fundraiser July 11 at a home in Washougal: Heather Stoderberg-Greene and Buddy, mascot of the Lewis and Clark College Explorers. The fundraiser was hosted by the Washougal Arts and Cultural Alliance, and raised more than $600, which will go to a statue of Seaman, the dog that accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition, including a stop in Washougal. Stoderberg-Greene is the artist of the bronze life-size statue, which will be in Washougal's Reflection Plaza. Buddy makes many Seaman-related appearances. Money for the statue were raised by the alliance and Columbia Gorge Woman's Association.
Washougal — Fans of candy-, insect- and seafood-flavored beer were in for quite a treat on July 10 and 11, as CDM Caregiving Services hosted the Weird Beer on the River fundraiser. An estimated 1,400 people attended the first-year event at Marina Park in Washougal to try the oddest concoctions brought to the table by 24 brewers. There were also three bands providing live music throughout the weekend event, which organizers hope to turn into a yearly fundraiser. CDM Caregiving Services is an in-home care agency for the elderly, disabled and those with dementia and traumatic brain injury.