By Ashley Swanson March 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Dan Berne began his novel, "The Gods of Second Chances," three years ago as a longtime resident of Vancouver. Now a resident of Portland, Berne will be reading his novel Sunday at Powell's City of Books in Portland as part of its debut launch.
By Ashley Swanson February 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Ridgefield artist Robert Bickel has painted his whole life, with periods of ebb and flow in activity. Bickel has been an architectural designer for 25 years. His work incorporates the familiar aesthetic of straight lines and geometric shapes against more abstract and natural forms.
By Ashley Swanson February 15, 2014 6 a.m.
All things equestrian return to the fourth annual Washington State Horse Expo. There's something for everyone, from the Extreme Cowboy Race and BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, to the clinics by trainer Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, clinician Craig Cameron and demonstrations by Marvin Pierce's Cow Dogs. Plus multiple vendors, show horses and more.
By Ashley Swanson February 7, 2014 6 a.m.
In many ways, the fourth album by Lincoln's Beard will be the band's first. Titled "Honorary Sibling," it's the first record with the band's new members, guitarist Aram Arslanian and drummer Abe Holderman. It's also the first with a big record release concert, set for this week at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland.
By Ashley Swanson February 1, 2014 6 a.m.
The concerts are among several options for getting out and about this weekend.
By Ashley Swanson February 11, 2014 11:28 a.m.
Aspiring fashion designer German Madrigal, 25, will be showcasing his work on the fashion world's biggest stage. And it will be his second runway show.
By Ashley Swanson January 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Even in the winter, the Moulton Falls Trail, outside of Yacolt, offers plenty to see. Moulton Falls Regional Park is home to three waterfalls, volcanic rock formations and a three-story-tall bridge over the East Fork of the Lewis River. A moderate 2.5-mile trail runs from Moulton Falls Park to the Hantwick Road Trailhead along the riverbank. Hantwick Road connects to Lucia Falls Park via a one-mile loop, that also can be accessed from Northeast Lucia Falls Road. The area also includes parking, restrooms, picnic areas and equestrian trails.
By Ashley Swanson January 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Hunt for treasure or discover a new favorite knickknack at the ninth annual Clark County Antique and Collectible Show. With 400 booths filled with items ranging from large pieces of furniture to vintage Matchbox cars, visitors can also bring things from home for the five antique appraisers to evaluate. The Clark County Historical Museum will display its exhibit, "Vet Ink," featuring the stories of 11 Clark County veterans.
By Ashley Swanson January 11, 2014 6 a.m.
The first Second Saturday event of 2014 will explore a winter's night, which animals are out and about, the sounds they make and how they move. Second Saturdays explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, crafts and games for children and their families. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
By Ashley Swanson January 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Battle Ground artist Cindy Lunde considers herself a "full-time artist, when I have time."
By Ashley Swanson January 4, 2014 6 a.m.
Starting today, a special families-only swim will be offered at the Marshall Community Center pool. Children and their adults are invited to splash about for free from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. every Saturday. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.
By Ashley Swanson December 28, 2013 6 a.m.
Spending your 18th birthday in London with your mom and best friend seems like a perfect way to kick off 2014.
By Ashley Swanson December 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Dance Fusion Northwest presents its fourth annual production of "Christmas Stories." Segments from hip-hop to jazz are threaded together by an original tale of a young mother and her daughter who hope to find Christmas Eve in the midst of financial struggles.
By Ashley Swanson December 20, 2013 6 a.m.
It's the weekend before Christmas and all through the house, the family is asking, "Can we please go out?" The season is full of sights aglow, as ballet dancers pirouette in sugar plum snow. Santa arrives by steam train chugging with cheer, and Scrooge's ba-humbugs echo for all to hear. As carols ring out with festive delight, here are Clark County holiday events for happy weekend days and nights.
By Ashley Swanson December 15, 2013 6 a.m.
The ninth annual BNSF Santa Steam Train will be chugging into Vancouver on Saturday.
By Ashley Swanson December 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Consider boosting your seasonal spirit with two annual concerts this weekend. The 41st annual Singing Christmas Tree presents "A Joyful Night," as the 60-voice choir sets the stage for caroling performances, pageantry, a hand bell ensemble, local children's choirs and guest performances. Donations of nonperishable food is encouraged.
By Ashley Swanson December 13, 2013 10 a.m.
Though the tools were familiar — charcoal, erasers, paper — the scale of artist Michael Smith's portraits also required the use his entire body. Often hopping up and down a ladder to reach parts of the 6-foot-tall portraits, "I was using a chunk of charcoal the size of my fist," he said. Smith viewed it as a "kinetic form of drawing."
By Ashley Swanson December 7, 2013 6 a.m.
A holiday tradition returns as Northwest Classical Ballet presents the ballet "The Nutcracker." Join Clara as she ventures into the land of sugar plum fairies, snow queens and rat kings with her Nutcracker prince. The production features the company's professional and pre-professional dancers led by Artistic Director Maricar Drilon.
By Ashley Swanson November 30, 2013 6 a.m.
Soul and blues vocalist Linda Hornbuckle will join the Trail Band for a special performance by the eight-piece ensemble. “Making Spirits Bright” is the 10th annual benefit concert for the Salmon Creek Kiwanis Club. The Trail Band is best known for original and traditional arrangements that combine string and brass instruments, from tubas and fiddles to hammer dulcimers and penny whistles.
By Ashley Swanson November 29, 2013 6 a.m.
Chef Sebastian Carosi of downtown's Muddy Waters restaurant, 609 W. 11th St, wasn't worried about making more than 600 "mini-burgers" for the Seattle Lamb Jam until his 200 pounds of local lamb shoulder arrived — unground.
By Ashley Swanson November 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Find all the fixings for your Thanksgiving and holiday tables as the Vancouver Farmers Market hosts a special Harvest Market. Late-season produce, from squash to peppers, baked goods, and locally raised meats will be available for purchase. The Clark County Food Bank will also be in attendance for a holiday food drive.
By Ashley Swanson November 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Clark College Theatre presents "Curse of the Starving Class," a dark comic exploration of the American family with an absurdist twist. The Tate clan consists of a drunken father, a burned-out mother, a rebellious teen daughter and idealistic son trying to hold onto their family bond, rural farm and traditional ways of living.
By Ashley Swanson November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
In this golden age of online shopping, there is also a parallel trend of wanting to spend our money on authentic and meaningful things, from local produce to crafted furniture. Three local artisans from Clark County have catapulted their creative wares across the globe, thanks to the website Etsy.com.
By Ashley Swanson November 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center will honor Native American Indian Heritage Month with specific crafts and activities for children to learn more about native cultures. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
By Ashley Swanson October 26, 2013 6 a.m.
This is the last weekend to find that perfect vegetable at the Vancouver Farmers Market, as the market draws to a close on another season. It's the season for pumpkins, nuts, apples, corn and mushrooms, along with locally made baked goods, food and crafts. Keep an eye out for the special harvest and holiday markets that will pop up in late November.
By Ashley Swanson October 25, 2013 6 a.m.
Soprano Inessa Karakuts Crown said she has two goals for an upcoming concert with Vancouver pianist Jim Fischer: to show the best features of her native Russian culture and to have fun with the audience. And what's more fun than a James Bond medley?
By Ashley Swanson October 19, 2013 6 a.m.
Among the pumpkins at the Pomeroy Living History Farm this weekend will be a Civil War encampment with re-enactors on the grounds. Visitors can take a hayride through the decorated Pumpkin Lane, full of 90 "pumpkin people" on the way to the farm's pumpkin patch. There will also be a hay bale maze, farm animals, the pumpkin flume, tours of the historic log house and music by Wayne Hoffman and friends.
By Ashley Swanson October 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Autumn enthusiasts can delight in a train trip through north county’s fall forests, thanks to Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s Fall Leaves Special. The trip will be powered by the railroad’s restored steam engine as its winds through a 330-foot rock tunnel and by Moulton Falls along the 12-mile round trip.
By Ashley Swanson October 5, 2013 6 a.m.
The 18th annual Pumpkin Festival at Pomeroy Living History Farm features a hayride through the decorated Pumpkin Lane, full of 90 "pumpkin people" on the way to the farm's pumpkin patch. There also is a hay bale maze, farm animals, the pumpkin flume, tours of the historic log house and entertainment.
By Ashley Swanson September 28, 2013 6 a.m.
Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival will open Bi-Zi Farms' annual corn maze and pumpkin patch for the season. The farm will be filled with seasonal produce, bale pyramid and hay maze, calf-roping station, pedal-tractor driving, wagon rides and one pumpkin included with admission. The seven-acre corn maze will also remain open late for adventurers who want to tackle the labyrinth in the dark.
By Ashley Swanson September 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics--better known as the amalgamation STEM--has been a growing drumbeat in the education and career worlds. But what does a STEM-based job actually look like?
By Ashley Swanson September 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Discover the art of decoys as they float in the fountain at the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Ninety artists from around the country will show their art during the 26th annual juried woodcarving competition and display. You can meet the carvers and their realistic wildlife sculptures and bird decoys. Children's activities include painting a songbird from 1 to 3 p.m. today.
By Ashley Swanson September 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Unexpected beauty has been the driving force behind the Ridgefield Garden Club's 75 years of helping its community.
By Ashley Swanson September 13, 2013 6 a.m.
As the sun sets to the west of Fort Vancouver, the glow of campfires will light a path through camps of pioneers, Army men, Russian pilots and Hudson’s Bay employees. Think of it as a stroll through time, illuminated by candlelight instead of cool sci-fi effects.
By Ashley Swanson September 7, 2013 6 a.m.
You can spend a Sunday with the sounds of Verdi, Copland, Dvorak and Beethoven as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra revives its outdoor concert event. Warming up for its 35th season, the orchestra will be led by guest conductor Awadagin Pratt, a renowned conductor, pianist and violinist who has performed from the White House to "Sesame Street." Baritone singer Stephen Salters will join in on the performance, and Beacock Music will provide a musical instrument "petting zoo" for children to try out instruments themselves.
By Ashley Swanson August 31, 2013 6 a.m.
The 12th annual Hands Across the Bridge will kick off the day's celebration of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Families and supporters will hold hands across the Interstate 5 Bridge, walking to and from Esther Short Park. The ceremony will be followed by Oxfest, featuring area bands, along with family activities, games, vendors and speakers sharing their personal stories. The event is sponsored by the Oxford Houses of Oregon and Washington.
By Ashley Swanson August 30, 2013 10 a.m.
Vancouver watercolor artist Susan Gustafson paints the world as she sees it, as her sight shrinks and dims.
By Ashley Swanson August 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Clark County-based Journey Theater Arts Group will finish up a Broadway classic. "The Music Man" follows Harold Hill, a slick traveling salesman who convinces the small town of River City, Iowa, to buy instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he says he'll organize. But when Harold falls for Marian the librarian, his plan to skip town is put in jeopardy by his heart.
By Ashley Swanson August 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Fairgoers can catch one last carnival ride, explore Rock U's musical maze or participate in a FairCon video game tournament to wrap up this year's Clark County Fair. The Tuff Trucks will show their dirt-flying power at the grandstand arena at 2 and 7 p.m. today, with the Monster Trucks ending Sunday with a roar. Today, you can also see the junior livestock auction and the hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests. On Sunday, the Dock Dog competition finals happen as well as the pie-eating contest and llama demonstrations.
By Ashley Swanson August 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Waves of participants will take on the Spartan Sprint, a 4-mile course of challenging obstacles that range from giant mud pits covered with barbed wire to hurdles of flame. Spectators are invited to cheer on the athletes at the gladiator pit finish line while enjoying the festival area, music and fitness challenges. There will be Spartan Races for kids starting at noon, featuring a 1/2- and 1-mile courses.
By Ashley Swanson August 3, 2013 6 a.m.
On the small Caribbean island of Guanaja, Battle Ground High School student Deja Rupp did not let her first trip out of the country slip by her.