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Try This: There’s no place like gnome

5 things to do in the coming week

By , Columbian staff writer
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Charlie and Beth Raetz pose as Mr. and Mrs. Gnome at a past Gnome and Fairy Gala. Take a selfie with them this year in downtown Camas on Friday.
Charlie and Beth Raetz pose as Mr. and Mrs. Gnome at a past Gnome and Fairy Gala. Take a selfie with them this year in downtown Camas on Friday. (Contributed photo) Photo Gallery

At the annual Gnome and Fairy Gala in downtown Camas from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, you can enjoy family-friendly gnome- and fairy-themed games and activities, after-hours shopping, art gallery shows and the unveiling of three historical interpretive panels to be installed on Fourth Avenue. Search for gnomes, fairies and fairy houses throughout downtown and get a picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Gnome. Win gift cards and other prizes on the Downtown Camas First Friday Facebook page from now until 3 p.m. Friday.

2. Get growing

Prairie High School’s greenhouse, 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver, will be open Friday from 2:45 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling annual and perennial flowers and plants as well as vegetable starts. The sale requires advance sign-up at before picking up purchases. Credit cards or checks are accepted. Come prepared to carry your plants and flowers to your vehicle. Masks are required when collecting purchases. Proceeds benefit Battle Ground School District.

3. Legacy of love

From 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, the NAACP Vancouver and Clark County Historical Museum are hosting a Mother’s Day edition of the musuem’s speaker series, “The Legacies of Our African American Women: An Honor for This Mother’s Day.” Women from Clark County’s African American community will share stories about the challenges and triumphs of raising families as Black women. Watch on the Clark County Historical Museum’s YouTube channel for free.

4. Turn on your radio

Re-Imagined Radio presents two new radio plays: “The Immortal Sherlock Holmes” on Monday and “Exuberance Is Beauty” on May 17. The hour-long episodes, featuring voice actors, Foley artists, musicians and sound engineers, will be broadcast at noon both days on Vancouver’s KXRW-FM (99.9 FM) and Portland’s KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM). The performance will also be available online via the stations’ websites and will be archived at

5. A purr-fect bargain

Furry Friends, a nonprofit no-kill cat rescue and adoption organization, is hosting a fundraising garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 14, 4607 N.E. Saint James Road, Vancouver. Proceeds benefit Furry Friends’ cats and kittens, paying for spaying and neutering, veterinary care, food and other necessities. For more details about the garage sale or to find adoptable cats, visit, email or call 360-993-1097.