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Try This: Hockinson Fun Days, The Big Paddle, Camtown festival

Five things to do this week

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Small-town fun

Hockinson Fun Days kicks off with bingo, a baked potato bar and strawberry shortcake 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Hockinson High School. Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast 7-11:30 a.m. at Fire District 3 and continues with a vendor marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; a parade at noon with bands, floats and vintage cars; a country carnival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with games, a dunk tank, a cake walk and food vendors; and a cruise-in with live music and pulled pork sandwiches at Elim Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get details at hockinsonboosters.com.

A big oar deal

The Big Paddle is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ridgefield marina and waterfront with First Saturday activities in downtown Ridgefield at Overlook Park. The day includes group paddles, dragon boats, guided hikes, food trucks, hayrides, a farmers market, book sales, a craft beer garden, games and live music with One-Eyed Kats. Registration is necessary for the main group paddle; the cost is $5 to join with your own paddlecraft. Some rentals may be available from Alder Creek Kayak at the marina. Get details and sign up ridgefieldwa.us/big-paddle/.

Young at heart

The Camtown Youth Festival and Camtown-Forgey Art Show is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Crown Park, 120 N.E. Seventh Ave., Camas. Kids and their families will enjoy games, food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, a youth art show in Scout Hall, special activities for kids ages 6 years and under, a kids’ artisan vendor market and information from local organizations that support youth. Learn more at cityofcamas.us.

A brush with art

The Northwest Oil Painters Guild Show, “For Art’s Sake,” starts today and runs through June 30 at Three Creeks Library, 800 N.E. Tenney Road in the Salmon Creek area north of Vancouver. The show features 40 original oil and acrylic paintings produced by members of the guild. Paintings are available to view during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays. For more information about the guild, visit nopgartists.com.

Making history

April Buzby presents “A Search for Acceptance: The Joys and Challenges of Clark County’s LGBTQ+ Community,” 7-8:30 p.m. today at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Buzby will discuss the historical struggles and victories of LGBTQ+ people in Clark County. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

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