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Try This: ilani BBQ Fest, fishing celebration, Hockinson Artisan Market

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 8, 2023, 6:02am

Sticky fingers

ilani BBQ Fest continues through Sunday at 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield. Enjoy Bourbon and Barbecue Bites 7 to 8:30 tonight. Attend the Party with the Pitmasters 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, featuring barbecue samples and drink pairings with celebrity chefs. Savor a BBQ, Beer, Bubbles and Bloody Brunch from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Barbecue Fest is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with cooking demonstrations, tastings and drinks. Meet top female pitmasters at the Lady Pitmasters’ Poolside Party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Get tickets ($44 to $95) at ilaniresort.com.

Something fishy

Columbia Springs’ Celebration of Fishing is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Battle Ground Lake State Park, 18002 N.E. 249th St., Battle Ground. The event features fishing-related activities including casting practice, fishy art, interactive presentations from experts, science and nature games, tackle giveaways and fun with lampreys. Registration is required at www.columbiasprings.org. Participants will be entered to win a mystery prize. Admission is $5 per person. A Discover Pass is needed to park at the lake or pay a fee to park for the day.

Tea, tarot and LGBTQ+

Dandelion Teahouse and Apothecary, 109 W. Seventh St., Vancouver, will host a free Pride Block Party 1-7 p.m. Saturday on Seventh Street between Main and Washington. The event, co-hosted by the Queer Youth Resource Center, will include live entertainment, art and crafts, face painting, tarot readings and a fashion show. Tea drinks will be available to buy from Dandelion. VancouBears is also hosting an online auction for the resource center through June 16 at qyrc.betterworld.org/auctions/queer-youth-resource-center-art. Items up for bid include original art, wellness packages and gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants.

H.A.M. it up

The Hockinson Artisan Market is one Sunday each month through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hockinson Community Center, 15916 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. The market features local artisan vendors and small businesses plus snacks and coffee. Admission to the market is free and the venue offers indoor restrooms for guests. Sunday is a “Dads and Grads” market featuring gifts for Father’s Day and graduates. Learn more and see a vendor list at gatherarts.com/market.

Three for free

Several Clark College music groups will present their spring concerts over the next few days. All concerts are free and open to the public. The Treble Ensemble and Clark College Chorale will perform at 7:30 tonight at First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver. The Clark College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. The Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will sing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver. Donations are welcome to support the college’s music programs. Learn more at clark.edu.

… And More

For more details about these and other events — like the Camas-Washougal Historical Society’s Plant Fair, the Flag Day Celebration at Vancouver Elks Lodge 823 and the Recycling 101 and Organics 101 classes at the Vancouver Community Library— see events.columbian.com.