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Ashley Swanson

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Save the Date: Raise a glass to Vancouver drinks, goods

By Ashley Swanson January 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Explore your taste buds during Drink This, from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The self-guided tour will introduce participants to new drink makers and artisans in downtown Vancouver.

Bits 'n' Pieces: 'Koobdooga' program aims to get library's patrons reading

By Ashley Swanson January 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Librarian Jennifer Hull wants to share "Koobdooga" (Cube-doo-gah) with the community. It's the title of White Salmon Valley Community Library's first community reads program, and it twists the tongue as much as it catches the eye.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Food and Film, Drink This!, ChocolateFest

By Ashley Swanson January 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Get out of the house this weekend

Save the Date: Embrace opportunities to help others in our community

By Ashley Swanson January 17, 2015 6 a.m.

As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, volunteers can help create quilts for kids in need with Project Linus. The event is open to all ages and abilities from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, with no quilting experience required. The quilts will be made at Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th St., Vancouver, with monetary donations helping cover supplies. 360-833-0925 or

Save the Date: Something for everyone to entertain, help out others

By Ashley Swanson January 10, 2015 6 a.m.

It's a mixed bag of events in January, from concerts to book sales, chocolate to Chinese New Year.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Science, music and theater

By Ashley Swanson January 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Every second Saturday, visitors can participate in the "Meet a Scientist" event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Local scientists will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 to share their research and knowledge through hands-on activities and conversations.

Save the Date: Much to do this month to start new year

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

The first weekend in January seems to be designated holiday recovery time. You could catch up on the movies you may have missed, or bundle up for a winter adventure on the trail.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — First Friday, Gamestorm

By Ashley Swanson January 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Get out this weekend

Save the Date: Lots of fun ways to get new year off on right foot

By Ashley Swanson December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

With winter break in full swing, children of all ages can discover something fun at the Science Festival. Visitors ages 5 and older can try hands-on science activities, provided by Portland's Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Admission is free. Call 360-906-5000 or visit

Bits 'n' Pieces: Local author has right recipe for mystery series

By Ashley Swanson December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Ellie Alexander doesn't mind mixing sugar with murder.

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