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Ashley Swanson

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Save the Date: Holiday fun abounds in the county

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

Dream Big Community Center will host a free family fun night for all ages, with free admission and skate rental from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Mountain View Ice Arena, 14313 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Visit

Save the Date: Classic holiday movies back on big screen

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

This weekend offers up a chance to cozy up at the local cinema with classic holiday movies.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Hockinson artist sculpts GI's courage

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

It is Chad Caswell's first solo monument: a bronze soldier appearing ready to take on the world. The 21-year-old was commissioned two years ago by Oregon Rep. Jim Weidner and nonprofit group REAL-Heroes to honor Lt. Col. Leonard DeWitt and his story.

Save the Date: Christmas festivities kicking into high gear

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

You don't need to leave Clark County to have a "White Christmas." Journey Theater Arts Group presents the musical adaptation featuring 17 of Irving Berlin's classic songs, as successful song-and-dance act Bob and Phil follow two beautiful sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. But the lodge is in danger of closing due to the lack of snow. The show begins at 7 tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday and continues Dec. 12-14 at the Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Admission for tonight's show is $10 to $13; regular admission is $12 to $15, $10 to $13 for youth and seniors. Call 360-750-8550 or visit

Save the Date: Holiday festivities branch out

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

Capture a bit of the holiday spirit this weekend during the Festival of the Trees.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Tree lighting, ballet, music

By Ashley Swanson November 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Stuff to do this weekend.

Save the Date: Firstenburg Center offers pre-holiday fun for the family

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

Spend the weekend with family during the Family Fun Day and Movie Night at Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas High trumpeter makes musical mark

By Ashley Swanson November 21, 2014 6 a.m.

It was Isaac Hodapp's second trip to Nashville, Tenn., as a trumpet player.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Holiday Market, 'Mamma Mia'

By Ashley Swanson November 21, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Get out and explore this weekend

Save the Date: High school theatrical productions entertaining respite from cold

By Ashley Swanson November 15, 2014 6 a.m.

With a chill in the air, it's a good weekend to enjoy the warm lights of the stage. Prairie High School brings the classic Broadway musical "Hello Dolly!" to life.

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