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Go: Night Market, A Chocolate Affair to Remember, Love Your Backyard Birds

Five fun things to do during the first full week in February 2020

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Learn more about our local feathered friends -- like this Bewick's wren -- at Love Your Backyard Birds, Feb. 8 at the Water Resources Education Center. (Pamela Gunn photos)
Learn more about our local feathered friends -- like this Bewick's wren -- at Love Your Backyard Birds, Feb. 8 at the Water Resources Education Center. (Pamela Gunn photos) Photo Gallery

1. A killer score

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series continues with Alfred Hitchcock’s influential 1927 suspense thriller, “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog.” See the complete film with live chamber ensemble accompaniment at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. The film — which follows landlords who take on an amiable new lodger who may or may not be a killer in disguise — will be paired with music from pianist Rodney Sauer, trumpeter Bruce Dunn, violinist Eva Richey, clarinetist Igor Shakhman and cellist Dieter Ratzlaf. Tickets are $25 general admission or $10 for students, available online at or by calling 360-735-7278.

2. The shopping block

Vancouver’s popular Night Market launches its 2020 season with a warmhearted evening of after-hours shopping from local artisans, 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 7. This monthly, family-friendly marketplace at the WareHouse ’23 event space, 100 Columbia St., Suite 102, celebrates local businesses, highlights regional talent with live music and entertainment and brings the community together for food and drinks (available to purchase). Browse the wares of 80 vendors with a river view and free on-site parking. The Night Market returns once a month from now through the fall, with two two-night markets in July and November. To see the complete schedule or to become a vendor, visit or email

3. Sweet something

Shop for Valentine’s gifts and sample chocolate to your heart’s content at A Chocolate Affair to Remember, Camas’ First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m. along Fourth Avenue in downtown Camas. Candy-themed activities, chocolate, art shows, crafts, live music, games and prizes enhance this sweet event, when businesses will be serving and selling chocolate goodies and other romantic gifts, with wine tastings and specials at select places. Enter a drawing for a romantic rose floral arrangement, take the “candy bar challenge” or guess the amount of candy in the jar at participating locations and be entered to win the candy and other Valentine’s prizes — plus earn tickets to win for every $10 spent downtown.

4. A real tweet

What’s more lovable than our tiny feathered friends who cheer us with lilting songs and antics at the bird feeder? Second Saturday at the Water Center, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 8, celebrates these affable avian visitors with Love Your Backyard Birds, a free, family-friendly event at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. Attendees and their young children can explore new ways to protect birds and get bird identification tips from seasoned birders. Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts, or take a guided bird walk with loaner binoculars available for visitors who may not have them. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free parking is available in the on-site lot. Call 360-487-7111 or visit for more information.

5. Read it and keep

To a reader’s heart, nothing says “I love you” like a good book. Fortunately, Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, is hosting an event from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 that can help you in that department. Local authors H.R. Mason, Carolyn J. Rose and Sheryl Scarborough join literary forces for From Cozy to Chilling, presenting their recently released novels (available for sale in the bookstore, of course) that will tingle your spine and tickle your funny bone. Join them for a game of Author Whodunit with prizes, treats, and advice on picking the perfect book for your Valentine. You can also pick a sweet gift from the store’s collection of little treasures, such as socks, bookmarks, purses, scarves, jewelry and journals