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Save the Date: Celebrate Black History Month, Lunar New Year in February

The Columbian
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February's First Friday in Ridgefield on Feb. 1 is "Bacon, Baseball and Bingo," featuring a Bacon Breakfast Bar and Rally the Raptor. February's First Friday in Ridgefield on Feb. 1 is "Bacon, Baseball and Bingo," featuring a Bacon Breakfast Bar and Rally the Raptor.
February's First Friday in Ridgefield on Feb. 1 is "Bacon, Baseball and Bingo," featuring a Bacon Breakfast Bar and Rally the Raptor. February's First Friday in Ridgefield on Feb. 1 is "Bacon, Baseball and Bingo," featuring a Bacon Breakfast Bar and Rally the Raptor. Photo Gallery

Feb. 1: Ridgefield’s First Saturday bacon-fest, Bacon, Baseball and Bingo, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center, 510 Pioneer St. Start with the bacon breakfast bar from 9 to 11 a.m., then play baseball-inspired games with Rally the Raptor and the Spudders baseball team before ending the day with bingo from 1 to 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: Celebrate Black History Month at Washington State University Vancouver’s Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with Wesley Williams II’s “Oh Freedom: Commemorating the Spiritual and the Underground Railroad,” featuring poems, narratives and songs performed with H.L. Wright II.

Feb. 7: Enjoy chocolate treats and themed activities, art shows, games, Valentines crafts, prizes and after-hours shopping at A Chocolate Affair to Remember, 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Camas along Northeast Fourth Avenue. Businesses will be serving and selling artisan chocolate delights and other romantic gifts with wine and special sales at select locations.

Feb. 7: The Lunar New Year has many colorful traditions, but few are more enchanting than Franklin Elementary School’s free Lantern Viewing Festival. See 400 illuminated lanterns made by local students from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 5206 Franklin St., Vancouver, while enjoying free hot drinks and live music by Don’t Feed the Bears.

Feb. 8: Tickets ($13 to $15) are still available for the Sweetheart Valentine’s Ball, 1 to 3 p.m. at Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. This dance is for people of all ages to celebrate their birth or chosen families with a DJ, desserts, temporary tattoos and professional photographs. RSVP at

Feb. 8: Find art you love at the Washougal Love Fest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Black Pearl on the Columbia, 56 S. First St., Washougal. Browse among 40 vendors offering handmade creations at this art fair and community gathering with live music, warm drinks, tasty treats and kids’ crafts. Admission is free with a donation of canned food.

Feb. 8: Second Saturday at the Water Center is a real tweet: February’s theme is Love Your Backyard Birds, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver, a free event where families can enjoy guided bird walks with loaner binoculars.

Feb. 8: Authors H.R. Mason, Carolyn J. Rose and Sheryl Scarborough present recently released novels at From Cozy to Chilling, 1 to 3 p.m. at Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Join them for a game of Author Whodunnit and get prizes, sweet treats and advice on picking the perfect book for your Valentine.

Feb. 9: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series continues with its second installment of Back to the Movies featuring a live accompaniment for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1927 film, “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog,” 3 p.m. at the Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $10 to $25, available at 360-735-7278 or

Feb. 14-16: Sip and nibble your way around Clark County during Southwest Washington Winery Association’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Taste local wine paired with artisan chocolates at 17 boutique wineries and tasting rooms, open from noon to 5 p.m. all three days, although hours and tasting fees may vary by location.

Feb. 14-29: Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, invites you to  a 1958 prom with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a music-filled production featuring jukebox tunes from the ’50s and ’60s. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Audiences are invited to wear their best prom attire. 360-635-4358 or

Feb. 15: From riveters to inventors, the free, family-friendly Rosie Revere Engineer Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pearson Field Education Center, 201A E. Reserve St., Vancouver, is a celebration of women in engineering. Activity stations and challenges will introduce participants to the engineering design process and highlight heroines of engineering.

Feb. 21-22: Little Art Camas is a show and sale of original, small-scale artworks — all $20 — from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Fuel Medical, 314 N.E. Birch St., Camas. Also enjoy live music, refreshments, art demos and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit local art efforts. Entry is $5 at the door, kids under 12 are free.

Feb. 22: Storm City Rollers, Clark County’s own roller derby league, will host its annual Big LeBOUTski Tournament, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. See teams from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada compete for the prize. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

Feb. 22-23: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th Ave., Salmon Creek, with clarinetist David Gould. Tickets are $10 to $52 at 360-735-7278 or

Feb. 22-23: The Historic Trust presents the Winter Chautauqua at the Vancouver Artillery Barracks, 600 Hatheway Road, Vancouver. The free event features lectures and exhibitions from the Southwest Washington NAACP, Buffalo Soldiers, and highlights from the Oregon Historical Society’s Vanport Flood exhibit.

Feb. 22 and 29: Lantern Tours: An Evening at the Fort is an after-dark experience inside Fort Vancouver. Tour-takers hold their own lanterns as a ranger leads them through buildings to see historical vignettes with costumed reenactors. Tours start at 7 p.m. and cost $25 for adults or $10 for kids. RSVP is required at 360-816-6230 or