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Ashley Swanson

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Try This: Discover local farms' bounty

By Ashley Swanson September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

The 16th annual Harvest Celebration Day Farm Tour, hosted by Washington State University Clark County Extension, will showcase the bounty of 12 local farms through a self-guided tour. Participating farms will offer self-pick fields and fresh produce, and let visitors meet the farm animals. Specific activities include hay rides on every hour at Bi-Zi Farms, goat cheese production demonstrations at Conway Family Farm, and herb talks by the Garden Delights CSA and Herb Farm. There will be draft horse demonstrations at Yacolt Mountain Farm, Half Moon Farms will showcase its honey and beekeeping practices, and White Oak Alpacas will demonstrate how alpaca wool goes from animal to yarn.

Try This: Cars, planes strut their stuff

By Ashley Swanson September 13, 2014 6 a.m.

The Wheels and Wings Cruise-In features classic cars and vintage airplanes as part of the Port of Camas-Washougal's community appreciation day. There will also be live music, free hot dogs and children's activities. Entry for the car and airplane show is free, with prizes awarded in many categories. Donations support the Camas-Washougal Aviation Association scholarship fund.

Bits n Pieces: Steakburger gets ready to hit the road

By Ashley Swanson September 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Though the building and miniature golf course are now gone, Steakburger and its special sauce live on.

Try This: Annual festival full of flavor

By Ashley Swanson September 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Are there different levels of garlic flavor? At the Northwest Organic Farms' annual Garlic Festival, 10 different types of garlic will be available for visitors to taste. There will also be 20 different varieties of tomatoes ready for visitors' taste buds. Washington State University master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions, along with bluegrass music, arts and craft vendors and children's activities.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Stage combat instructor aims to give performances punch

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

A punch that the audience sees coming is something David Bareford wants to avoid. As a stage combat instructor, Bare- ford teaches actors how to engage with fisticuffs in a way that is realistically believable. "I think that the important thing in any stage fight is not that any audience can explain moves, but they must know what's going on between characters," he said.

Try This: Dogs can get in the swim

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

Canines can celebrate the end of summer with a splash in the Marshall Community Center pool before it's drained for an annual week of maintenance. Small dogs of 25 pounds or less can have the pool to themselves from noon to 1:30 p.m. before the waters are open to dogs of all types from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Try This: Up, up and away at Pearson

By Ashley Swanson August 23, 2014 6 a.m.

See an airplane from the pilot's seat during Open Cockpit Day, where an array of specialty airplanes will be open to visitors. Weather permitting, volunteer pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association also will be on hand to give free airplane rides to children ages 8 to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. The education center also offers a flight simulator lab and model-glider building.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Art flows through wilderness

By Ashley Swanson August 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Ridgefield artist Jennifer Williams needed a lot of maps.

Try This: Sheep dogs on the clock

By Ashley Swanson August 16, 2014 6 a.m.

The sheep dog trials are among many options for getting out and about this weekend. Here are some other suggestions.

Try This: Fair reaches homestretch

By Ashley Swanson August 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The fair is among many options for getting out and about this weekend. Here are some other suggestions.

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