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Try this: Quiltfest Northwest, Asian Cultural Fair and ‘Bees! Gardening, Citizen Science and the Washington Bee Atlas’

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 4, 2024, 6:06am

Uncommon threads

Quiltfest Northwest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, celebrating 50 years of quilting by Clark County Quilters. See 300 quilts, displays, exhibits and a vendor mall at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Krista Moser, the show’s featured quilter, will offer a trunk show Friday and lead a workshop Saturday. Other workshops are taught by quilters’ guild members. Quilts of Valor will be awarded at the show. Admission is $10. Ages 12 and under are free. Military discounts are available. Parking is $6 cash or card. For details, visit quiltfestnw.org or clarkcountyquilters.com.

Lions and lanterns

Downtown Camas will host an Asian Cultural Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday on Fourth Avenue in Camas. Attendees are invited to celebrate Asian dance, art, music and food. This event is the culmination of a senior project by Camas High School senior Fiona Zou. Many Asian organizations will participate, such as AAPI Youth Rising, API Forward Foundation, Asian American Youth Leadership Conference, Portland State University Cambodian Student Organization and Yuki Origami Portland Paper Shapers. Downtown shops and galleries will be open late. Learn more at downtowncamas.com.

All the buzz

The next Science on Tap is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. The topic is “Bees! Gardening, Citizen Science and the Washington Bee Atlas” with entomologist Karen Wright. There are 600 to 700 species of bees in Washington and Oregon, although we know little about native species. Washington has implemented the Washington Bee Atlas to find out more. These community science groups train volunteers to collect, pin and label bee specimens, which are identified by professionals, deposited with Washington State University or Oregon State University insect collections and the data made public. Tickets are $15 to $45 at kigginstheatre.com.

The big apple

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, Amanda L. Van Lanen, history professor at Idaho’s Lewis-Clark State College and the author of “The Washington Apple: Orchards and the Development of Industrial Agriculture,” will explore how Washington became the top apple-producing state in the country and how it transformed apples into an industrialized commodity. Admission is free. The presentation is at Fourth Plain Forward, 5107 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 111, Vancouver. For details, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Concerts and coffee

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar hosts a First Friday Concert Series at 6 p.m. on the patio at 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver. On Friday, hear Brandon Navia, Jenny Ki and Jeff Keddie. On May 3, performers are the Holy Moly Trio, Follow Me Home and Nathun Finkhouse. Latte Da’s full menu of coffee drinks, wine, beer and food will be available to buy and enjoy during the performance. For a complete line-up of performers, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the “Shapes That Speak” sculpture exhibit at Art at the CAVE, the cozy mystery author reading and book-signing at Vintage Books and Kindred Homestead Supply’s monthly drop-in Craft and Mend group — visit events.columbian.com.