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Ashley Swanson

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Bits 'n' Pieces: Vancouver Rodeo queen works hard to pursue her passion

By Ashley Swanson July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

It's hard work being queen. As the 2015 Vancouver Rodeo queen, an ambassador of the 45th annual event, Felicia Harrison has already appeared at nine parades and six rodeos. That includes her appearance at the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 6, where she won the individual award for best rodeo queen, a first for the Vancouver Rodeo.

Save The Date: Check out recycled art, honor heroes

By Ashley Swanson June 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Celebrate 10 years of rusty masterpieces, creative reuse and recycled wonders during the Recycled Arts Festival. The popular festival has commissioned a Tin Man sculpture, made of recycled materials, for its anniversary, and needs the public to help vote on his heart, designed by local artists. All the hearts will be given to the American Heart Association after the festival. Stroll through the sculpture garden, take in music on the main stage and discover a piece of artwork from the hundreds of artists. The festival runs 9 a.m. to 6 today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. www.recycledartsfestival.com

Bits 'n' Pieces: Union High senior project leaves behind pair of aquariums

By Ashley Swanson June 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Students at Union High School will be able to daydream by a miniature ocean, thanks to graduating senior April Fisher. For her independent study, she pitched the idea of creating and installing two 180-gallon saltwater aquariums in the school's environmental science and engineering building. One tank features a variety of colorful saltwater fish, and the other features living coral.

Save the Date: Celebrate dad with brews, cars and more

By Ashley Swanson June 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Sip in the sunny weather during this weekend's Summer Brewfest. With 25 Northwest breweries offering 50 different beers to try, it's a great place for adults to watch and cheer on the participants in the Freedom 5K today and Vancouver USA Marathon on Sunday. The brewfest is open noon to 10 tonight and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. Admission and tasting is $25 to $35 for 21 and older, with free re-entry. www.energyevents.com/summerbrewfest

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas interior designer's advice: 'Follow your heart'

By Ashley Swanson June 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Diane Eskew is an artist, but instead of hanging her artwork on walls, the walls are often part of her work. Interior decorating is her art form. For 35 years, Eskew has been decorating and redecorating her Camas home as a passionate hobby.

Save The Date: Toast great outdoors; it's festival time

By Ashley Swanson June 13, 2015 6 a.m.

The summer festivals begin this weekend with two big celebrations, one for the forests and the other for the vines.

Go, Ideas for your weekend: Craft Winefest, Camtown, concert

By Ashley Swanson June 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Travel the state of Washington via its wine during the Craft Winefest of Vancouver. Winemakers from Clark County, Walla Walla, Western Washington and the Yakima Valley will represent the state's different wine regions. There will be 150 wines to try, along with 25 local beers and spirits.

What's up with that? Special parking spaces LEED the way

By Scott Hewitt and Ashley Swanson June 10, 2015 6 a.m.

I noticed that the closest-in, most convenient parking spaces at Clark College's Columbia Tech Center campus say they are for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles only. They don't have electric charging stations, so they don't benefit electric cars. Why are they limiting parking spaces like that? I pay taxes.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas High's Girls Learn chapter aims to enlighten all students

By Ashley Swanson June 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Kris Ahn and Corinne Bintz are determined to tackle global topics.

Save the Date: Catch fish, or final concert of the season

By Ashley Swanson June 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Go fish. The Mount St. Helens fishing derby lets kids ages 16 and younger learn the basics of fishing — with equipment, tackle and fishing cleaning provided.

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