Meet at the mill
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland, is open most weekends. The water-powered grist mill, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will offer free events on the last Saturday in September and October. Cornbread Day is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, when guests can sample cornbread made with corn ground at the mill. Oct. 28 is the annual Apple Cider Pressing and Bluegrass Jam starting at 9 a.m. and ending when the apples run out. Find more information about both events and about the mill’s history at cedarcreekgristmill.org.
The Historic Trust and Humanities Washington present a free lecture by Steven Stehr from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes St., Vancouver. “All the Rage: How American Politics Boiled Over” explores the troubling state of American politics and how name-calling, shouting matches and violence became normal. Using historical examples and contemporary cases, Stehr shows how the erosion of civil discourse harms democracy and what can be done about it. Register at thehistorictrust.rezdy.com/581969/all-the-rage-how-american-politics-boiled-over.
For the birds
Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver, will host “Bird Language for Beginners” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. This class, designed for adults and kids ages 10 and older, explains how birds are the alarm system of the forests. This free program will occur outdoors, rain or shine. Participants should expect to walk 1.5 miles and sit outside for 30-40 minutes; bring reusable plastic bags to sit on outdoors. Binoculars will be provided. Register at cityofvancouver.us/events/bird-language-for-beginners/.
The Southwest Washington Model Railroaders group will celebrate its 51st year with the Great Train Swap Meet at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St. in Battle Ground, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will include model trains and material in all scales, collectibles and memorabilia. Free parking is available at the North Parkway Avenue parking lot. Early bird admission at 9 a.m. is $10. Regular admission is $5 for adults or $3 for students. Children under 6 are free with a paid adult. Learn more at facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064534638736.
Brews and brats
The annual Oktoberfest celebration is coming to ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the casino’s rooftop event space. Biergarten sessions are noon to 3 p.m. or 3 to 6 p.m. Sip hundreds of German, international and local brews and sample a selection of traditional Bavarian foods such as bratwurst and sauerkraut. Tickets start at $25 per person. Designated driver tickets are $10. See the complete schedule of events and purchase tickets at ilaniresort.com/oktoberfest.html.