Save the Date: Outdoor events for all interests

By Ashley Swanson August 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Cheer on the professional, club and amateur teams competing in the Western Region Dragon Boat Racing Championships this weekend at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver. The Pacific Dragon Boat Association holds championships every two years, and selects winning regional teams to represent the United States in the world championship. Races run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free. www.paddlewest.net

Go, Ideas for your weekend: Hot August Days, Vancouver Symphony

By Ashley Swanson July 31, 2015 6 a.m.

Get out and about this weekend

Go, Monday: 'Move Live On Tour,' Science Pub Portland

By Ashley Swanson July 31, 2015 5:56 a.m.

"Move Live On Tour," 7:30 p.m. Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough are best known for their wins on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The pair and the Move Company dancers will showcase different styles in a choreography showcase. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland

Go, Tuesday: Steve Miller Band, Eastside Community Picnic

By Ashley Swanson July 31, 2015 5:55 a.m.

Steve Miller Band, 6:30 p.m. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, Ore.

Go, Wednesday: 'Wicked,' Summer Movies at Camas Library

By Ashley Swanson July 31, 2015 5:54 a.m.

"Wicked," presented by Broadway in Portland. The internationally popular musical looks at the time before Dorothy arrives in the land of Oz. Two girls — one smart and misunderstood, the other popular and ambitious‚ grow up to be the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Go, Thursday: Top Down Rooftop Cinema, 234th Army Band

By Ashley Swanson July 31, 2015 5:53 a.m.

Top Down Rooftop Cinema, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 27. Northwest Film Center hosts a night of music, food and art house movies atop Hotel deLuxe's parking structure. "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" from director Pedro Almódovar will be shown. Hotel deLuxe, Southwest 15th and Yamhill streets, Portland; $9 to $11, $8 to $10 for students and seniors. www.nwfilm.org/festivals/topdown

Go, Friday: EmmyLou Harris, Floater, movies in the park

By Ashley Swanson July 29, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, 7 p.m. Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland

Go, Saturday: Fall Out Boy, Midsummer Train Ride, Rover Romp

By Ashley Swanson July 29, 2015 5:58 a.m.

Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, 7 p.m. Amphitheater Northwest, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Go, Sunday: Columbia River Concours d'Elegance, Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival

By Ashley Swanson July 29, 2015 5:57 a.m.

Columbia River Concours d'Elegance, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 150 classic cars and motorcycles will be displayed along Officers Row and judged for their historical accuracy and condition. See everything from American Mustangs to the Ford Model T, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes-Benzs and Ferraris as they compete for Best in Class and Best of Show. Officers Row, 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver

Save the Date: Hawaiian Festival, live music events on tap

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

Spend Saturday in the smells and sounds of the Pacific Islands, as the annual Hawaiian Festival takes over Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Dancers and Polynesian singers will take the park stage to showcase the variety of cultures and styles, and there will be plenty of children's activities, arts and crafts and food vendors. http://hawaiianfestivalpnw.com

Go, Monday: President Jimmy Carter booksigning, Oregon History Pub

By Ashley Swanson July 24, 2015 5:56 a.m.

Oregon History Pub, 7 p.m. "Stories from our Native Ancestors: Killing Bigfoot, the Giant Beaver, the Coast Range Goblin and How the Clam got his Eyes" will feature stories from Jason Younker of Coquille Indian Tribe and David Lewis of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland

Go, Tuesday: Aerosmith, Anthony Bourdain, Summer Movie Series

By Ashley Swanson July 24, 2015 5:55 a.m.

Aerosmith, Living Color, 8 p.m. Amphitheater Northwest, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield

Go, Wednesday: OMSI After Dark, Keb' Mo', Noon Concert Series

By Ashley Swanson July 24, 2015 5:54 a.m.

Keb' Mo', 8 p.m. Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., Portland

Go, Thursday: "Unnecessary Farce," Top Down Rooftop Cinema

By Ashley Swanson July 24, 2015 5:53 a.m.

"Unnecessary Farce," presented by Lakewood Theatre Company. Two inexperienced police officers set up an undercover sting to catch the embezzling mayor. But mixed-up rooms, a female accountant who can't stay dressed and a Scottish hit-man tun the sting into comedic run-around. Through Aug. 16. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and Aug. 5; 7 p.m. July 26; 2 p.m. Aug. 2, 9 and 16. Lakewood Center of the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, Ore.

Go, Friday: Laurelhurst Festival, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

By Ashley Swanson July 22, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Laurelhurst Festival, 7 p.m. July 24-26 and July 31-Aug. 2; 2 p.m. July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2; 10 p.m. Aug. 1. The fourth annual festival by the Original Practice Shakespeare features 11 different Shakespeare plays, performed using limited rehearsal, an on-stage prompter, audience interaction and fast-paced acting. Laurelhurst Park, Southeast Ankeny Street and Cesar E Chavez Boulevard, Portland; free.

Go, Saturday: Lavender Festival, Washougal Motocross National, Abbey Roadster

By Ashley Swanson July 22, 2015 5:58 a.m.

Lavender Festival, noon to 9 p.m. Heisen House Vineyards hosts its sixth annual celebration with lavender-themed crafts, cooking tips and lavender by the bunches. There will also be local art and garden products, music on the hour with a headlining concert by Mojo Blasters from 6 to 9 p.m. Heisen House Vineyards, 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave., Battle Ground

Go, Sunday: 3 Grands Concert for the Blind, Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 5K

By Ashley Swanson July 22, 2015 5:57 a.m.

3 Grands Concert for the Blind, 6 p.m. Featuring pianists Nick Baker, Brent Gjerve and Mac Potts, along with jazz vocalist Darcy Schmitt and saxophonist Patrick Lamb. Bethany Vineyard and Winery, 4115 N.E. 259th St., Ridgefield

Save the Date: It's high season for festivals, park performances

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

Battle Ground's 48th annual Harvest Days celebration features tons of activities from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Equestrian drill team riding tall in the saddle after recent wins

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

The Crazy Eight, the Sling Shot and the Homicide. These are just a few of the signature formations that have won Latigo 'N Lace Equestrian Drill Team competitive success. The local equestrian team has had a stellar June, picking up the drill team award at the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 6, sweeping the divisions at the Pacific Northwest Drill Team Association Regional from June 12-14, and earning the Supreme Champion spot at the Reno Rodeo Championship Drill Team Competition on June 19.

Go, Ideas for your weekend: Cruisin' the Gut, Oregon International Air Show

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

Enjoy the weather and get out and about this weekend

Go, Monday: Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, Summer Festival

By Ashley Swanson July 17, 2015 5:56 a.m.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, 1 to 4 p.m. Port of Stevenson, Russell Street and Cascade Avenue, Stevenson; tours: free, $3 suggested donation. www.historicalseaport.org

Go, Tuesday: Rush, Hit Machine, Science Pub Portland

By Ashley Swanson July 17, 2015 5:55 a.m.

Rush, 7:30 p.m. Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, 1 Center Court, Portland

Go, Wednesday: Summer Movies at Camas Library, Sunset at the Zoo

By Ashley Swanson July 17, 2015 5:54 a.m.

Summer Movies at Camas Library, 2 p.m. Enjoy some popcorn with family-friendly movies played on the big screen at the library every Wednesday through Aug. 12. "Ratatouille," rated G, will be shown. Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas; free.

Go, Thursday: Cloverdayle, Washougal Motocross National

By Ashley Swanson July 17, 2015 5:53 a.m.

Cloverdayle, 6 to 8 p.m. The country duo performs as part of the Six to Sunset Concert Series. Esther Short Park, 605 W. Esther St., Vancouver; free.

Go, Friday: Movies in the Park, Harry Connick Jr., Tall Ships

By Ashley Swanson July 15, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Battle Ground Movies in the Park, 7 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 28. Enjoy family-friendly movies at dusk; be sure to bring blankets, pillows and low back chairs. "Big Hero 6," rated PG, will be shown. Central Park Pavilion, Battle Ground Village.

Go, Saturday: Rural Heritage Fair, Weezer, Portland Highland Games

By Ashley Swanson July 15, 2015 5:58 a.m.

Rural Heritage Fair, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18-19. The 21st annual fair highlights agriculture, logging, industry and life in Clark County during the 1800s. See working blacksmiths, steam engines, vintage tractors, fire engines, gas powered machines and more. The Iron Ranch's vast collection will also be open for display. There will be kids activities in the pioneer village, from churning butter to splitting cedar shakes. The event is hosted by the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association. Alan Schurman's Iron Ranch, 23100 N.E. 10th Ave., Ridgefield

Go, Sunday: Oregon International Air Show, Sand in the City

By Ashley Swanson July 15, 2015 5:57 a.m.

Oregon International Air Show, 11 a.m. Hillsboro Airport, 3355 N.E. Cornell Road, Hillsboro, Ore.; $25; $5 for ages 5 to 11; and free for military members and ages 5 and younger.

Save the Date: Check out Territorial Days, Camas car show

By Ashley Swanson July 11, 2015 6 a.m.

From ax throwing to pole climbing, the Amboy Territorial Days Celebration revs up with its annual logging competition, featuring multiple timber sports from noon to 5 p.m. today. Before the competition, visitors can enjoy the carnival, stage entertainment, beer garden art fair and community parade at 10 a.m. Then, the three-day event wraps up Sunday with such events as the Mount Tum Tum Fun Run at 9 a.m. and the popular lawn-mower races at 1 p.m. Territorial Days is open from 9 a.m. to midnight today and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Amboy Territorial Park, 21400 N.E. 399th St., Amboy. Admission is free, with $5 for logging show and lawn-mower races, and $25 for fun run. www.tdays.org

Go, Monday: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

By Ashley Swanson July 10, 2015 5:56 a.m.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, 6:30 p.m. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, Ore.

Go, Tuesday: Flexor T, Summer Movie Series, Zoo Second Tuesday

By Ashley Swanson July 10, 2015 5:55 a.m.

Flexor T, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The country rock band performs as part of Concerts for a Cause, benefiting Team Rubicon and Home with Heroes. Camas Meadows, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive, Camas

Go, Wednesday: Public Archaeology School, Science on Tap Vancouver

By Ashley Swanson July 10, 2015 5:54 a.m.

Public Archaeology Field School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continues through July 25. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver; free.

Go, Thursday: Tall Ships, Patrick Lamb, Harvest Days

By Ashley Swanson July 10, 2015 5:53 a.m.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16-18; 1 to 4 p.m. July 19-20. The 18th century tall ship and early 19th century trading vessel will drop anchor in Stevenson for guided tours aboard the ships. Crews in period dress will answer questions and tell stories. There will also be a three-hour Battle Sail 2 p.m. July 18, with booming cannon and maneuvers.

Go, Friday: "Unnecessary Farce," Portland Cello Project, Movies in the park

By Ashley Swanson July 8, 2015 5:59 a.m.

"Unnecessary Farce," presented by Lakewood Theatre Company. Two inexperienced police officers set up an undercover sting to catch the embezzling mayor. But mixed-up rooms, a female accountant who can't stay dressed and a Scottish hit-man turn the sting into comedic run-around.

Go, Saturday: Camas Car Show, Lyle's Myles 5K Run and Walk, Calico

By Ashley Swanson July 8, 2015 5:58 a.m.

Camas Classic Car Show, 4 to 8:30 p.m. The 10th annual event features hundreds of classic, custom cars, hot rods and trucks along the streets of downtown Camas. There will be live music, food, Best in Show awards and People's Choice. Car registration begins at 1 p.m. Downtown Camas, Northeast Fourth Avenue and Birch Street, Camas

Go, Sunday: Stone In Love, Second Sunday at the Plankhouse

By Ashley Swanson July 8, 2015 5:57 a.m.

Stone In Love, 6 p.m. The Journey tribute band will perform; blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery, 2411 N.E. 244th St., Ridgefield

Bits 'n' Pieces: Vancouver Rodeo queen works hard to pursue her passion

By Ashley Swanson July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

It's hard work being queen. As the 2015 Vancouver Rodeo queen, an ambassador of the 45th annual event, Felicia Harrison has already appeared at nine parades and six rodeos. That includes her appearance at the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 6, where she won the individual award for best rodeo queen, a first for the Vancouver Rodeo.

Save The Date: Check out recycled art, honor heroes

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

Celebrate 10 years of rusty masterpieces, creative reuse and recycled wonders during the Recycled Arts Festival. The popular festival has commissioned a Tin Man sculpture, made of recycled materials, for its anniversary, and needs the public to help vote on his heart, designed by local artists. All the hearts will be given to the American Heart Association after the festival. Stroll through the sculpture garden, take in music on the main stage and discover a piece of artwork from the hundreds of artists. The festival runs 9 a.m. to 6 today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. www.recycledartsfestival.com

Bits 'n' Pieces: Union High senior project leaves behind pair of aquariums

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

Students at Union High School will be able to daydream by a miniature ocean, thanks to graduating senior April Fisher. For her independent study, she pitched the idea of creating and installing two 180-gallon saltwater aquariums in the school's environmental science and engineering building. One tank features a variety of colorful saltwater fish, and the other features living coral.

Save the Date: Celebrate dad with brews, cars and more

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

Sip in the sunny weather during this weekend's Summer Brewfest. With 25 Northwest breweries offering 50 different beers to try, it's a great place for adults to watch and cheer on the participants in the Freedom 5K today and Vancouver USA Marathon on Sunday. The brewfest is open noon to 10 tonight and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. Admission and tasting is $25 to $35 for 21 and older, with free re-entry. www.energyevents.com/summerbrewfest

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas interior designer's advice: 'Follow your heart'

By Ashley Swanson June 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Diane Eskew is an artist, but instead of hanging her artwork on walls, the walls are often part of her work. Interior decorating is her art form. For 35 years, Eskew has been decorating and redecorating her Camas home as a passionate hobby.

Save The Date: Toast great outdoors; it's festival time

By Ashley Swanson June 13, 2015 6 a.m.

The summer festivals begin this weekend with two big celebrations, one for the forests and the other for the vines.

Go, Ideas for your weekend: Craft Winefest, Camtown, concert

By Ashley Swanson June 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Travel the state of Washington via its wine during the Craft Winefest of Vancouver. Winemakers from Clark County, Walla Walla, Western Washington and the Yakima Valley will represent the state's different wine regions. There will be 150 wines to try, along with 25 local beers and spirits.

What's up with that? Special parking spaces LEED the way

By Scott Hewitt and Ashley Swanson June 10, 2015 6 a.m.

I noticed that the closest-in, most convenient parking spaces at Clark College's Columbia Tech Center campus say they are for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles only. They don't have electric charging stations, so they don't benefit electric cars. Why are they limiting parking spaces like that? I pay taxes.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas High's Girls Learn chapter aims to enlighten all students

By Ashley Swanson June 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Kris Ahn and Corinne Bintz are determined to tackle global topics.

Save the Date: Catch fish, or final concert of the season

By Ashley Swanson June 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Go fish. The Mount St. Helens fishing derby lets kids ages 16 and younger learn the basics of fishing — with equipment, tackle and fishing cleaning provided.

Save the Date: Get in the swim at Marshall Family Fun Day

By Ashley Swanson May 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Jump into the community pool during Marshall Family Fun Day. From noon to 5 today, the community center celebrates 50 years with a day of free activities, from fitness demonstrations to pottery making. Public swims begin at 11 a.m., though space is limited. Visitors can get a swim wristband one hour prior to each swim. Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. 360-487-7100 or www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec

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

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: 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