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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Portland band, Vancouver studio

By Ashley Swanson April 4, 2015 6 a.m.

There's a new band in town, and they're making waves in the wider music world. Priory is made up of a couple of Portland natives, Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears, who moved to downtown Vancouver nine months ago. Signed by Warner Bros. Records, their album "Need to Know" comes out April 7.

Save the Date: Easter egg hunts not hard to find this holiday weekend

By Ashley Swanson April 4, 2015 6 a.m.

There are Easter egg hunts as far as the eye can see. With many options from which to choose, here are four of the bigger events for young candy hunters. Just be sure to bring your own basket.

Save the Date: Tulips, Broadway sounds, plus alpacas and other critters

By Ashley Swanson March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

This might be the weekend to pick tulips from Woodland's Holland American Bulb Farm, 1066 S. Pekin Road. The "you pick" fields have been opened early thanks to the rush of winter sunshine.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Easter egg hunts, 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!"

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

Get out of the house this weekend

Save the Date: Produce, flowers, crafts in season as farmers market opens

By Ashley Swanson March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Like the first day of spring, the return of the Vancouver Farmers Market features the bright colors of the season with the promise of summer. Visitors can wander the market for bouquets of daffodils, find the last of the winter produce and meet new craft vendors from tea maker to pet products. The farmers market is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1 along Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver. 360-737-8298 or

Bits 'n' Pieces: 'Bridge Lady' pens book for youngsters, teachers

By Ashley Swanson March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Sharon Wood Wortman has been Portland's "Bridge Lady" for more than two decades. She's the author of "The Portland Bridge Book," with her bridge engineer husband, Ed Wortman. She has led bridge walking tours and taught bridge building classes to eager students.

Go: Explore ongoing attractions, March 20

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

Highlights of the ongoing exhibits and attractions around town

Save the Date: Going for the green — or the farmers market, fish, other fun

By Ashley Swanson March 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Green is the theme this weekend, thanks to rain or St. Patrick's Day.

Save the Date: Battle Ground singers are 'In the Spotlight'

By Ashley Swanson March 7, 2015 6 a.m.

More than 25 student vocalists will take the stage for "In the Spotlight," part of a classroom project with choir director Darcy Schmitt that was reminiscent of a television singing competition. The students will perform in a mix of solo and group singing acts at 1 and 7 p.m. today at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground. Admission is $5.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Pow Wow, youth talents, movie fun

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

Get out of the house this weekend

Save The Date: Sow beginnings of spring at La Center Grange seed swap

By Ashley Swanson February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Ideas for your weekend and beyond

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas teen, dog get a taste of Westminster

By Ashley Swanson February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

In the world of dog shows, Westminster Kennel Club's 139th Annual Dog Show is the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl, held on a green carpet in New York City's Madison Square Garden. For Camas High School student Lauren Weber, standing on that carpet was a dream realized.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Chinese New Year, Garden show, 'Rocky Horror'

By Ashley Swanson February 27, 2015 5:59 a.m.

The Vancouver Chinese Association will celebrate the Year of the Ram during the Chinese New Year Gala. Attendees will see lion dances, ballet, choir performances, a magic show and martial arts exhibition from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Skyview High School.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Cultural Lu'au, Vancouver goes Hollywood

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

A February Cultural Lu'au, an Oscar party at the Kiggins, All About Bees and Beer for a Cause.

Save the Date: Vietnamese, Chinese communities celebrate new years

By Ashley Swanson February 14, 2015 6 a.m.

The Vietnamese Community of Clark County will celebrate Tet, the Lunar New Year Festival, starting at 1 p.m. today. Considered the biggest Vietnamese cultural event of the year, the event features live music, traditional performances, children's activities and Vietnamese food at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Road, Vancouver. Admission is free. 360-882-7411 or

GO: Ideas for your weekend — Sweetheart's Dance, Trail Band, wine tour

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

Our top 5 ideas for what to do with your weekend

Romantic or realist? Ideas for Valentine's Day

By Ashley Swanson February 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Romantics and realists take heed: Valentine's Day is coming.

Save the Date: Stay entertained with races, plays, writers and red carpet

By Ashley Swanson February 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Share the warmth with a brisk Sunday run. The Race for Warmth benefits Operation Warm Heart, which helps families in crisis pay their electric bills.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Camas barber a cut above at national contest

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

Alyssa Brasket is proud to call herself a barber. The Camas resident was crowned the American Crew U.S. All-Star Challenge winner on Jan. 25 at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, Calif. The competition looks to highlight the best stylists in the country, using American Crew men's grooming products.

Save the Date: Clark jazz festival hits all the right notes

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

Talented jazz musicians will fill the Clark College stage today, as the 53rd annual Clark College Jazz Festival crowns the top jazz ensembles. High schools in the 3A and 4A categories will compete from 7:40 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an exhibition performance featuring Thara Memory and his American Music Program at 5:20 p.m. The finals competition will begin at 7 p.m., where the winners for both categories will be announced and the 2015 Sweepstakes Award given to the most deserving group. It all takes place at Clark's Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Admission is $5.

Save the Date: Raise a glass to Vancouver drinks, goods

By Ashley Swanson January 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Explore your taste buds during Drink This, from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The self-guided tour will introduce participants to new drink makers and artisans in downtown Vancouver.

Bits 'n' Pieces: 'Koobdooga' program aims to get library's patrons reading

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

Librarian Jennifer Hull wants to share "Koobdooga" (Cube-doo-gah) with the community. It's the title of White Salmon Valley Community Library's first community reads program, and it twists the tongue as much as it catches the eye.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Food and Film, Drink This!, ChocolateFest

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

Get out of the house this weekend

Save the Date: Embrace opportunities to help others in our community

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

As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, volunteers can help create quilts for kids in need with Project Linus. The event is open to all ages and abilities from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, with no quilting experience required. The quilts will be made at Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th St., Vancouver, with monetary donations helping cover supplies. 360-833-0925 or

Save the Date: Something for everyone to entertain, help out others

By Ashley Swanson January 10, 2015 6 a.m.

It's a mixed bag of events in January, from concerts to book sales, chocolate to Chinese New Year.

Go: Ideas for your weekend — Science, music and theater

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

Every second Saturday, visitors can participate in the "Meet a Scientist" event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Local scientists will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 to share their research and knowledge through hands-on activities and conversations.

Save the Date: Much to do this month to start new year

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

The first weekend in January seems to be designated holiday recovery time. You could catch up on the movies you may have missed, or bundle up for a winter adventure on the trail.