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Ashley Swanson

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Go: Ideas for your weekend — Yuri's Night, Earth Day, Pet Fair

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

The Pearson Air Museum will celebrate Yuri's Night, an international commemoration of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into outer space, completing an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

Save the Date: Storm City Roller Girls, Quilt Show, Earth Day EcoFair

By Ashley Swanson April 11, 2015 5:59 a.m.

The Storm City Roller Girls go under the big top tonight with two circus-themed roller derby bouts. At 4 p.m. the men's teams will face off as Portland's Bridgetown Brawlers and Eastern Washington's Wasteland Warriors compete. Vancouver's Storm City All-Stars will take on the Rose City Wreckers in a bout of women's roller derby at 6 p.m. at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Portland band, Vancouver studio

By Ashley Swanson April 4, 2015 6 a.m.

There's a new band in town, and they're making waves in the wider music world. Priory is made up of a couple of Portland natives, Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears, who moved to downtown Vancouver nine months ago. Signed by Warner Bros. Records, their album "Need to Know" comes out April 7.

Save the Date: Easter egg hunts not hard to find this holiday weekend

By Ashley Swanson April 4, 2015 6 a.m.

There are Easter egg hunts as far as the eye can see. With many options from which to choose, here are four of the bigger events for young candy hunters. Just be sure to bring your own basket.

Save the Date: Tulips, Broadway sounds, plus alpacas and other critters

By Ashley Swanson March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

This might be the weekend to pick tulips from Woodland's Holland American Bulb Farm, 1066 S. Pekin Road. The "you pick" fields have been opened early thanks to the rush of winter sunshine.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Easter egg hunts, 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!"

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

Get out of the house this weekend

Save the Date: Produce, flowers, crafts in season as farmers market opens

By Ashley Swanson March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Like the first day of spring, the return of the Vancouver Farmers Market features the bright colors of the season with the promise of summer. Visitors can wander the market for bouquets of daffodils, find the last of the winter produce and meet new craft vendors from tea maker to pet products. The farmers market is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1 along Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver. 360-737-8298 or

Bits 'n' Pieces: 'Bridge Lady' pens book for youngsters, teachers

By Ashley Swanson March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Sharon Wood Wortman has been Portland's "Bridge Lady" for more than two decades. She's the author of "The Portland Bridge Book," with her bridge engineer husband, Ed Wortman. She has led bridge walking tours and taught bridge building classes to eager students.

Go: Explore ongoing attractions, March 20

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

Highlights of the ongoing exhibits and attractions around town

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