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Try This: ‘Black Woman in Green’; Science on Tap; Saturday Birding Hikes

Five things to do this week

By — Monika Spykerman
Published: February 1, 2024, 5:59am

Green belt

Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver, presents “Black Woman in Green: The Story of Gloria Brown” at 7 p.m. today, featuring historian and author Donna Sinclair, who will discuss her new book. Co-written with Gloria Brown, the book details Brown’s journey from an agency transcriptionist with the U.S. Forest Service to becoming the first African American woman to attain the rank of forest supervisor. Admission is $3 to $5 or free for museum members, veterans and active-duty military personnel. For details, call 360-993-5679 or email outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Wetland wonders

Celebrate World Wetlands Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with a stroll around Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center to the Columbia River. The 50 acres of wetlands adjacent to the Water Center provide habitat for birds, and winter trees offer excellent viewing conditions. Expect to walk 1.5 miles on uneven terrain, sand and mud. Binoculars will be available to borrow. The walk is best for ages 6 and older. Register at cityofvancouver.us/events/. Questions? Email vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or call 360-487-7111.

After the flood

At the next Science on Tap, Scott Burns, professor of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University, will share the story of J. Harlen Bretz’s Missoula Floods discovery and will discuss the floods’ effect on the region’s landscape. Hear his presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets range from $15 to $45 at kigginstheatre.com. For more details about this event or about Science on Tap, visit scienceontaporwa.org.


Matt Hodges will offer an evening of classic country music 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Barberton Grange, 9400 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver. Hodges will perform his one-man classic country music show and display country music memorabilia from his personal collection. Attendees will enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes and refreshments. All ages are welcome. This is a monthly show, usually on the first Friday of every month. Admission is $5 per adult or $10 for a family of four. Children 5 and under are free.

For the birds

The Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers Saturday Birding Hikes on select days from now through May. Walks start at 8 a.m. at the Carty Unit of the Refuge, 28908 N.W. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Registration is required by sending an email to ridgefieldvolunteer@fws.gov. While walks generally last two to three hours, participants are welcome to stay or leave as they choose. Walks are free but the $3 refuge fee applies. Ron Escano will lead birding hikes this Saturday as well as March 2, April 6 and May 4. Robert Vanderkamp will lead birding hikes on Feb. 10 and March 9.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like art exhibits at Second Story Gallery and Art on the Boulevard, First Fridays at Burnt Bridge Cellars and brunch at the Sons of Norway Lodge — visit events.columbian.com.