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Try this: Juneteenth, Planters Days and CatFest

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 15, 2023, 5:59am

Freedom for all

Odyssey World International Education Services and community sponsors will host the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Esther Short Park. Enjoy the richness of African American culture and celebrate this federal and state holiday commemorating President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The festival features food, live music, art and traditional games. See the full event schedule at www.jfcvancouver.org.

Fireworks and frogs

Woodland Planters Days begin at 3 p.m. today with a children’s parade, followed by fireworks at 10 tonight and continue through Sunday with a carnival and other activities in and around Horseshoe Lake Park on Park Road in downtown Woodland. Events include a book sale, bingo and farmers market from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday; a breakfast buffet, parade, vendor market, beer garden, bed races, frog jump and cruise-in from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and a car show and raffles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at planters-days.com.

Wander through history

The Clark County Historical Museum is hosting Wander Clark County summer walking tours 9-11 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 26. Each tour focuses on a different part of Clark County, from downtown Vancouver’s many historic neighborhoods to Washougal, Camas and Ridgefield. This Saturday, take a guided walking tour of Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery. For a full list of tours, go to cchmuseum.org/programs-events/walking-tours. The cost is $8 per person. Early registration is recommended for these popular tours.

A purrfect party

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will host its first CatFest from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashwood Taps and Trucks, 1535 E St., Washougal. Enjoy Northwest craft beers on tap, fare from several local food trucks, vendor marketplace and a raffle. The winners of the Cat Costume Contest will also be announced. Admission is free and Ashwood will donate 10 percent of food purchases to the nonprofit cat rescue organization. Learn more (or vote for the cutest cat costume) at wcghs.org.

Get revved up

Touchmark at Fairway Village’s 15th annual Car Show, Music Fest and Barbecue is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 2911 S.E. Village Loop, Vancouver. The car show features 75 cars from classics to modern beauties plus six bands on two stages. The event includes a barbecue dinner, beer garden, raffle prizes and entertainment. Entry is free but donations are suggested for the Alzheimer’s Association and Parkinson’s Resource of Oregon. Parking is located at the C-Tran Fisher’s Transit Center at Southeast 162nd Avenue, one block away from the event, with frequent shuttle buses.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Friday night cruise-ins at Alderbrook Park, the Salmon Creek Farmers Market at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Salmon Creek Grange and the Junior Symphony of Vancouver Spring Concert — see events.columbian.com.