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Ashley Swanson

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Bits 'n' Pieces: Sci-fi book, promotional milk truck a family affair for author

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

Author Rafael Gruszecki turned a 1952 Divco milk truck into a rolling chalkboard to introduce his book, "Mark From Earth," to local readers. The milk truck and Gruszecki will make an appearance May 26 through 29 at Cascade Middle School's book fair.

Save the Date: Toast holiday on spring wine tour

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

Discover your neighborhood winery during the Spring Release Wine Tour. Fourteen Clark County wineries will be showcasing newly aged wines, fit for summer, from noon to 6 p.m. today through Monday. Be sure to check with individual wineries for specific tasting hours, specials and tasting fees. www.clarkcountywine.com

Save the Date: Here come Fun Days

By Ashley Swanson May 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Learn about excavators or alpacas this weekend. Dozer Day encourages children to play in the dirt, as participants drive dozers, excavators and dump trucks with a professional operator, with proceeds benefiting children's charities. The activities run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Admission is $10 to $13, $8 to $11 for seniors and ages 2 to 12, $6 for parking. http://vancouver.dozerday.org

Bits 'n' Pieces: Woman doesn't let MS dampen competitive spirit

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

Carol Moiso has six goals for her 60th year of life.

Save the Date: Much to do onstage, out and about

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

Love Street Playhouse explores aging and family relationships in "On Golden Pond." Aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend each summer at their home on the lake. When their adult daughter, her uptight fiancé and rebellious teenage son visit, the turbulent relationship between parents and child come to light.

Save the Date: Get ready to walk, run, raise money

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

Four paws or two feet, animal lovers can grab their tennis shoes and leashes for the 24th annual Walk/Run for the Animals. Kicking off this morning with a 7:30 a.m. registration followed by a 9 a.m. start, participants and their dogs will take part in a walk or timed run to benefit the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. After the race, there will be a Party in the Park starting at 12:30 p.m., with animal-related businesses and vendors to explore. Participating dogs must be kept on leashes at all time. The race begins from Esther Short Park, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver. There is a $35 registration fee, free for ages 12 and younger. www.southwesthumane.org/walk-run

Save the Date: Much of what's on the horizon comes from the ground up

By Ashley Swanson April 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Head north to find flowers for your garden this weekend. Pomeroy Farm hosts its Country Life Fair with its annual herb and plant sale, along with local vendors and demonstrations of artisan skills, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the Pomeroy Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt. Admission is free. www.pomeroyfarm.org

Save The Date: Earth Day event tops full list of weekend offerings

By Ashley Swanson April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Family Eco-Fair. Children can take part in environmental activities. The Portland Audubon Society, reptile zoo, Science Circus, the Bug Chicks and wild fish release will also be on hand at Salmon Creek Regional Park, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.

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.

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