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Ashley Swanson

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Try This: Say aloha to weekend

By Ashley Swanson July 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Thousands of visitors will spread out on the lawn of Esther Short Park to enjoy the sounds of the Pacific Islands at the annual Ho'ike and Hawaiian Festival. The day begins with the 5K Aloha Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. along the waterfront trail. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. as hula performances, Hawaiian musicians and Polynesian singers showcase different aspects of their cultures. There will also be island-inspired children's activities, along with food and craft vendors for those looking for shave ice and flower leis.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Archaeology students dig Mayan city

By Ashley Swanson July 19, 2014 6 a.m.

An archaeological dig site in Belize had plenty of Cougars.

Try This: Rural heritage feted

By Ashley Swanson July 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The 20th annual Rural Heritage Fair, hosted by the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association, showcases the tools used in Clark County during the 19th and 20th centuries. There will be live blacksmith demonstrations and displays of early electric and steam-powered machines, tractors, classic cars and fire engines. There will also be a children's pioneer village with hands-on activities, a swap meet and a tour of the ranch's collection of treasures.

Try This: Amboy fun is a cut above

By Ashley Swanson July 12, 2014 6 a.m.

The furious thunder of saws will sound during Amboy Territorial Days' annual logging competition. Participants will compete in numerous events including saw races, pole climbs and ax throws from noon to 6 p.m. today. Before the competition visitors can check out the annual parade beginning at 10 a.m. from Amboy Middle School and ending at the park. Musical performances, children's arts and crafts show, and a beer garden will be open through the weekend. Sunday will feature a four-wheel-drive car show, and the popular lawn-mower races will take off at 1 p.m.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Forester joins elite academy

By Ashley Swanson July 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Jerry Franklin has been fascinated by the forests of the Pacific Northwest all his life.

Try This: Head 'em up, move out

By Ashley Swanson July 5, 2014 6 a.m.

The final night of the 44th annual Vancouver Rodeo will feature all eight cowboy competitions, from rough-stock events to roping contests, along with crowd favorite mutton-busting. There also will be a community dance after the rodeo.

Try This: Art, tossed and found

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

The Recycled Arts Festival is one of Vancouver's best-known events, as more than 120 artists will fill Esther Short Park with their creative uses of recycled items. Visitors can discover sculptures made from soda cans, purses woven from plastic bags and garden art created from wrenches. Stop by the tossed-and-found station to see the surprising number of items that end up in the landfill, and their alternative uses. There also will be musical performances, a stilt walker, Eartha the Ecological Clown, arts and crafts, and hands-on science from the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry. Held in conjunction with the Recycled Arts Festival, the Green Living Showcase will be across the street at Heritage Square, highlighting sustainable products and services, with an emphasis on green home building.

Try This: Cruise in for Planters Days

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

Woodland's 92nd annual community celebration hosts its biggest events today with the Woodland Planters Days Parade at 11 a.m.

Try This: Lots of fun on the run

By Ashley Swanson June 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Cheer on more than 3,000 runners as they take part in the Vancouver USA Marathon races. The full and half marathons are Sunday, with runners having seven hours to complete the course beginning and ending at Esther Short Park. The marathon will travel to Vancouver Lake, before heading back through the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to Wintler Park on the Columbia River. The full weekend of activities includes the Active Expo and Summer Brewfest at Esther Short Park. The second annual beer festival will feature 25 local and regional breweries offering 50 different summer-inspired brews to those 21 and older.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Aquanauts see the world underwater

By Ashley Swanson June 14, 2014 6 a.m.

In the world of ocean exploration, the name Cousteau sparks the imagination. On June 1, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, began Mission 31, to live underwater for 31 days in the marine lab Aquarius.

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