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Try This: Oktoberfest, Pig Jam, Downtown Alley Flea Market

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Pickin’ and grinnin’

Musician Richie Bean will host a Singer/Songwriter Open Mic from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Ridgefield Craft Brewing Company, 120 N. Third Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. Additional open mic nights are Sept. 15, 22 and 29. Entry is free. Craft brews and ciders are available to buy. Food is available to purchase from food trucks or other nearby establishments. (El Rancho Viejo is next door.) The indoor area is open to patrons 21 and older but the outdoor performance area is open to everyone. For details, contact Bean through

Treasure in the alley

Kindred Homestead Supply will host the Downtown Alley Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and again on Oct. 8 at 606 Main St., Vancouver. The market, located in the alley next to the store, features 20 vendors selling vintage wares and antiques, handmade goods, clothing and accessories, jewelry, candles, soap and original art. For a list of vendors, or to inquire about becoming a vendor, visit

Beer and brats

Celebrate Oktoberfest from 3-10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ridgefield’s Overlook Park, 113-131 S. Main Ave., with live music, a beer garden, German food, wiener dog races, corn hole and costumes. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for ages 10 to 20 and free for kids younger than 10. VIP admission is $35 and includes two drink tokens and a pint glass. Buy tickets in advance at or at the gate. Free parking is available on the waterfront. While in town, visit the Experience Ridgefield Community Carnival at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center, 510 Pioneer St., which features games, a bounce house, rock climbing, face painting, potato sack races, craft vendors and food vendors.

Feast for the senses

Attend the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation fundraiser, Satisfy Your Senses, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver. The free event features paintings, jewelry and other original art plus live music by local performers and a book-signing with Kathy Martin. Wine, sparkling wine and mimosas will be available to purchase. Buy raffle tickets ($1 each) for one of Bonnie Junell’s original oil paintings; the winner will be drawn in December. Proceeds from the event benefit the library foundation. For details, call 360-906-4700 or email

Metal and meat

Pig Jam is coming to the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground, from 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy roasted and barbecued pork with live music by the AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck. The concert is free but meals are $29.50. Sample three different plates; each plate comes with a quarter pound of meat and a side. Proceeds benefit the Clark County Food Bank. For additional details, visit

… And more

To learn more about these and other events, like comedian Wanda Sykes in Portland, Clark County Parade of Homes and the free Zoom presentation about our urban tree canopy, or visit