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Bits 'n' Pieces: Double bassist earns solo spotlight

By Ashley Swanson April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Nicholas Arredondo wanted to make his last concert with the Portland Youth Philharmonic one to remember. He will be one of two soloists featured in the philharmonic's spring concert, which will wrap up the orchestra's 90th season. Not only will the concert feature two soloists — a rarity, according to Arredondo — it will be the first time in the philharmonic's recorded history that a double bassist will be a featured soloist.

Try This: Earth Day, away!

By Ashley Swanson April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam hosts its 15th annual Earth Day celebration, with more than 40 organizations participating in the EcoFair. Activities include nature walks, live music, children's crafts and more. The Audubon Society of Portland will present a birds of prey show, there will be fish releases by the Northwest Wild Fish Rescue, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will have an interactive insect and reptile station.

Styles wow at Couve Couture  

By Ashley Swanson April 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Downtown Vancouver celebrated a fashionable ode to spring during Saturday's Couve Couture. Ten local designers showcased their different design perspectives during the fashion show held at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. It was also Seth Aaron Henderson's last Vancouver show before his upcoming move to Los Angeles."All the feedback that we've had so far, especially online, has been great. People are already excited for the next show," said Alisa Ann Tetreault, one of the show's organizers and designers.Other designers included Nike Pappas, the recipient of the show's junior designer scholarship, newcomers Kate Beeman, Nicole Smith of Sweet Spot Skirts, Carlie Bailes and Caryn Stockwell. It was a strong showing from returning designers Lydia Wagner, Dawn Elise and Kelsey Lovelle.All 600 seats that could fit in the venue were filled with attendees. The event was a community effort, said Tetreault, with a volunteer staff of 200 models, hair stylists, makeup artists, caterers and audio-visual crew working to transform the hotel space. Local catering was provided by Bleu Door Bakery, Compass Coffee, Niche Wine Bar and Willem's on Main.After the show, designers set up tables to sell and take orders for their designs. "You couldn't even get to the tables, because so many people wanted to talk to the designers," Tetreault said. "To get encouragement from the people in the audience, that's such an honor for a designer.""Brett (Allred) and I are already talking about next year," Tetreault said. And if someone happens to have a warehouse Couve Couture could borrow, she said with a laugh, they'd loved to take it over for their next show.

Try This: You can count on critters

By Ashley Swanson April 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Lizards, frogs and newts are waiting to be found by amateur herpetologists during the 14th annual Critter Count.

Couve Couture spring fashion show

By Ashley Swanson April 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Couve Couture has cultivated another lovely garden of designers for its spring fashion show. Ten local designers, including Vancouver's Seth Aaron Henderson of "Project Runway" fame, will showcase their latest looks at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Surprise frog reigns on canvas

By Ashley Swanson April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

It was inspired by an unexpected frog. Rather, a lot of unexpected frogs. Fascinated by the flowers of Hawaii, watercolor artist Lynda Raven Brake was taking pictures of the water lily ponds during her trip to Kauai's National Tropical Botanical Garden. "I didn't see frogs at the time, but when I developed the pictures, there were frogs everywhere," said the Felida resident.It was inspired by an unexpected frog. Rather, a lot of unexpected frogs. Fascinated by the flowers of Hawaii, watercolor artist Lynda Raven Brake was taking pictures of the water lily ponds during her trip to Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Garden. “I didn’t see frogs at the time, but when I developed the pictures, there were frogs everywhere,” said the Felida resident.

Try This: Tulips, in still life or full trot

By Ashley Swanson April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

The tulip-themed events are one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

Sunbreaks bring out Clark County horse riders

By Ashley Swanson March 30, 2014 6 a.m.

For horse owners, spring is the season for conditioning their animals, after horses spend a long winter in the barn and the pasture.

Try This: Enjoy Japan's culture

By Ashley Swanson March 29, 2014 6 a.m.

The festival is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

Try This: Dance, Play, Learn in Clark County

By Ashley Swanson March 22, 2014 6 a.m.

From the classic ballet of "Sleeping Beauty" to the iconic contemporary dances of Bob Fosse, "Columbia Dance Presents!" crosses dance genres. Columbia Dance's signature performance will include excerpts from the ballet, three pieces of Fosse choreography and a premiere work by Artistic Director Jan Hurst. The matinee show will feature a performance by the junior company dancers. The evening performance will include work by guest choreographer Eowyn Emerald.

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