Camas-Washougal, Washington – Do you have pride in your city or family heritage? Do you enjoy learning about local history? Whether you are new to the area or have deep family roots in Washougal, Camas, or Vancouver, here is your chance to enjoy and preserve local history.

A new event, Parkersville Day, on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 3 pm at Parker’s Landing Historical Park near the Port of Camas-Washougal, will celebrate the area’s rich history. A Chinookan blessing, storytellers in period clothing, the playing of historic family games, a display of student art, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, display booths, and even a high school brass band performance will round out the day’s activities.

Parkersville Heritage Foundation is sponsoring the event. Two Rivers Heritage Museum, Clark County Historical Museum, Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance and park partners will have display booths. Park partners donate time and materials to help preserve and beautify the park. This year’s partners are the Soroptimist Club of Camas-Washougal, Cascade Tree Works, LLC, ColumbiaOutdoor.com, Camas Lions Club, AllPhaseConstruction-remodeling.com, JTR Artworks & Construction, and Affordable Ponds.  

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“Even the event’s location holds special significance to the area,” said Susan Tripp, the event coordinator with family history in Washougal. “Parker’s Landing Historical Park at Parkersville National Historic Site commemorates the Chinook tribes who lived and visited there and early milestones in Washington’s history.” 

“We are inviting the community to be a part of history by purchasing a legacy brick for engraving and placement at Parker’s Landing Historical Park,” Tripp added. “But hurry, only a limited number of bricks are still available!” 

Bricks are a $75 tax-deductible donation and support the nonprofit Parkersville Heritage Foundation, which oversees park history preservation. Receive a brick order form email [email protected] 

For more information, email [email protected] or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ParkersLandingHistoricalPark

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Elementary school runs and 5K run/walk will take place in Washougal on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

WASHOUGAL, WA — The Washougal Schools Foundation announces open registration for the 18th Annual Student Stride for Education, a run/walk event that provides fun and challenge for all ages. The WSF Stride has become a popular community event filled with healthy exercise, including an adult 5K run/walk and elementary school runs for each class from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. 

The event is the primary fundraising activity for the Washougal Schools Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education and improving the lives of children in Washougal. The Foundation uses the proceeds of the WSF Stride for classroom grants. All proceeds from The Student Stride for Education are used to fund creative projects in Washougal schools in the form of Creative Classroom Grants and Mini-Grants for educators and teachers. 

Title Sponsor Discovery Dental will be hosting their popular ‘Beat the Doc Challenge’.  Anyone able to beat both Doctors Dave and Tom Stinchfield across the finish line gets a prize from Discovery Dental.

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And for the second year, the event will host a Ninja Warrior Obstacle course, open to anyone and sponsored by Washougal River Crossfit. 

The artwork for the 2022 t-shirts and medals was created by Amberlin McBee, a sixth-grader at Jemtegaard Middle School. 

The 18th annual Student Stride for Education will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Washougal High School’s Fishback Stadium. Race day registration opens at 7:15 am with the 5K Run starting at 8:00 am. Participants can register individually or as teams online at https://www.washougalschoolsfoundation.org/stride/

About the Washougal Schools Foundation:
The Washougal Schools Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of public education, helping to prepare students to constructively participate in the improvement of the community. The foundation offers Creative Classroom Grants in the Fall and Spring for projects up to $1,000 to teachers, staff, students, or community members. Mini-grants are offered throughout the year as well, each providing up to $250 to teachers for materials and programs. To learn more about the foundation and its contribution to the community, visit washougalschoolsfoundation.org

Camas, WA —The only outdoor skate park in East Clark County, is ready for a refresh. Built in 2002, the Camas-Washougal Skate Park, while currently functional, is desperately in need of renovations.

Camas Parks and Recreation is currently working with a host of partners to design plans for multiple new features at the park.  But with new features, come new costs. To help offset those costs, the City is working with the Camas Parks Foundation to kick off a month-long fundraising campaign, starting with a classic skate movie at Liberty Theatre, April 28.

Join the Camas Parks Foundation, and Camas Parks & Recreation at the Liberty Theatre, Thursday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., for the showing of “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography” (rated PG for some strong language). Bones Brigade is a classic skateboard movie featuring skateboard stars Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill.

Admission is $7.50, and tickets will be pre-sold, and seats pre-selected by visiting: https://www.camasliberty.com/movie/129019/Bones-Brigade-An-Autobiography  All ticket proceeds will be donated towards the Camas-Washougal Skate Park improvements! 

In addition, the month-long fundraising effort will also include an on-line silent auction which will begin April 28 and run through June 4, culminating with a skate event at the Camtown Youth Festival! Check out the amazing auction items, stay up to date with the progressive fundraising efforts, or donate directly on the “Donate to the Skate Park” button at:  https://www.camasparksfoundation.org/skatepark 

Major contributors to this project include Camas Parks Foundation, Collective Concrete, Grains of Wrath, Liberty Theatre, Live Well Camas, Lunch Money, Nest & Love Photography, Poler, Parks Foundation of Clark County and Yew Skateboards. You can view all the donors, sponsors and contributors by visiting the Camas Parks Foundation web page at: https://www.camasparksfoundation.org/skatepark 

For questions or more information contact: Krista Bashaw at 360-817-7991 or [email protected]

For questions or information related to the on-line fundraiser, contact: Vicki Kerr at 503-730-5300

Local artist and Clark County Master Gardener Liz Pike is organizing a community Easter egg hunt at her organic Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie on Saturday, April 16th. The Port of Camas Washougal, Minuteman Press, ART FARM and Shangri-La Aviation are also co-sponsors of this country style Easter egg hunt. Visitors must park at Grove Field Airport, 632 NE 267th Avenue, just around the corner from Shangri-La Farm. The Easter Bunny will be driving the farm’s all-electric Sunflower Mobile; transporting attendees from the airport parking lot through the woods on a forest trail to the farm. 

The Easter egg hunt is actually three events in one, separated by ages. There’s a Tots Egg Hunt for ages 0-4 at 10:00a.m., followed by a Kids Egg Hunt for ages 5-8 at 11:00a.m., and a Big Kids Hunt for children over 9 years of age at noon on Saturday, April 16th. “We are inviting our community to experience Spring on a farm,” says Liz. “There’s lots to see this time of year including baby chicks and newborn lambs.” 

While at the farm for Easter egg hunt festivities, Liz invites the public to tour her lush gardens and see honeybees and happy chickens in action. Wander around raised vegetable beds and stroll the meandering trails through botanical flower gardens. See berry patches and fruit orchards along with Shangri-La Farm’s “e-crap station,” an environmentally conscious recycled animal poop composting system. There’s also a quaint farm stand open year round which sells farm fresh eggs from free-range chickens as well as organic fruits and vegetables during the season. 

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Activities at the farm are as diverse as the plant life. Liz has a working art studio, an exhibition art gallery and an instructional studio at the farm, where she teaches oil painting workshops. Her ART FARM Sip&Paint studio accommodates up to nine students for scheduled classes. A complete schedule can be found at http://lizpike.art. Guests are invited to tour all of the art studios while attending the Easter egg hunt. 

Shangri-La Farm has been part of the Clark County Natural Garden Tour in 2018, 2019 and 2020. This year’s Tour is slated for Sunday, July 17th. Liz and her husband Neil Cahoon established Shangri-La Farm in 2010. 

“After eleven years of blood, sweat and tears, we enjoy sharing our farm with the public,” said Liz. “All year long, visitors stop in to purchase fresh items at our roadside farm stand. We invite them to tour the gardens and experience the changing beauty of the season.” 

Liz and her husband understand the importance of fostering a local, sustainable food system. 

“We realize people have food choices and we appreciate the support we receive from local families. This Easter egg hunt is one small way we can give back,” added Liz. 

For more information, Liz can be reached at 360-281-8720 or email [email protected] Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie is located at 26300 NE Third Street, Camas, WA 98607. 

Washougal, WA – Washougal School District and Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance have joined forces again to shine a spotlight on student art during Washougal Youth Arts Month (WYAM). March is recognized nationally as Youth Art Month.

The cornerstone event for WYAM is the Washougal Youth Arts Month Gallery, showcasing student works created in art and Career and Technical Education classes from all Washougal schools. This year it will be held in a new location at the Washougal High School Excelsior Building at 1401 39th Street on March 23-25 from 5-7 pm and March 26 from 2-5 pm.  It’s free! 

“Our young artists have been working hard all year to create art to share with our community,” said Cape Horn-Skye Elementary and Canyon Creek Middle School art teacher and WYAM gallery organizer, Alice Yang.  

Art pieces to be displayed include multimedia, watercolor, clay, video, and include works by WHS Career and Technical Education students with photography, metal and wood pieces.  In addition to the displays of art, music has been added to the gallery with WHS choir students Lily Barrett and Megan West to perform one song each on Saturday at 4:20 pm.

“Making the event even more special, the student-operated Panthers’ Cafe will be open on Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for coffee creations for purchase,” said Margaret Rice, WSD CTE Director. “And on Saturday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm CTE Culinary program students will be serving free appetizers they prepared in class, while supplies last.”

Yang will also have a loom set up for gallery visitors to be a part of a community weaving project to create fabric art. 

“The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance has a wonderful partnership with our schools and have funded and helped facilitate a number of student-created public art pieces,” said WACA Board Member, Rene Carroll.  “But our favorite collaboration is WYAM and the gallery specifically.  The level of talent these young artists exhibit is impressive. It is wonderful to help share this work with the community and give students recognition for their efforts.”

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Like so many other events in 2021, last year’s WYAM gallery was presented online. 

“Although the online gallery was so beautifully done, there’s nothing like seeing an artwork up close and personal,” Yang remarked. “The art teachers and students are so excited to have an in-person art show this year.” Past in person WYAM galleries have hosted hundreds of families and art lovers stopping by each day to enjoy the student work.

Washougal Youth Arts Month received formal recognition from both the City of Washougal and Washougal School Board with proclamations being signed at City Council and School Board Meetings last month.

“By collaborating in this rich arts endeavor with our community, we are supporting a partnership opportunity to know, nurture, and challenge all students in Washougal to rise to their creative potential,” said WSD Superintendent Mary Templeton. 

Youth Art Month started nationally in 1961 when the Council for Art Education and National Art Education Association named March as Youth Art Month to recognize art education and the value of art to create a better quality of life for all people.   Research indicates that high-quality art educational opportunities can improve critical-thinking skills and even help to foster important values such as empathy and acceptance.

For a full list of scheduled art activities and events throughout the month of March, go to http://www.washougal.k12.wa.us/

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Vancouver, WA —  Journey Theater is excited to be back in the theater to bring you this high-energy show based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical.  

It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

Tickets are on sale now at journeytheater.org or by calling 360.750.8550.  Adult tickets are $16.  Youth and senior tickets are $12.  Tickets for all performances will be $2 more at the door. 

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Performances at Fort Vancouver High School

  • Friday, April 22nd @ 7pm
  • Saturday, April 23rd @ 2pm and @ 7pm
  • Friday, April 29th @ 7pm
  • Saturday, April 30th @ 2pm and 7pm

About Journey TheaterJourney is a Jesus-centered theater arts program that exists to grow youth and their families in character and purpose to be difference-makers in their world.

Journey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, with offices located at 1400 NE 136th Ave, Suite 201, Vancouver WA, 98684.  Contact at 360.750.8550 or www.journeytheater.org

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Washougal, WA — Wet and cold weather finds many of us indoors during the winter. The Camas-Washougal Historical Society is inviting groups searching for an interesting activity to step into history at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal.

“Although we are currently closed to general admission for our annual winter maintenance and display work, we are happy to host groups of eight or more to enjoy our museum this time of year,” said Lois Cobb, CWHS Volunteer Coordinator.  A team of knowledgeable docents will help guide guests through the interesting displays which tell the stories of the history of Camas and Washougal.

Tours are available Monday through Saturday and need to be arranged by contacting Cobb at 360-835-5449.

Museum volunteers have been working hard during maintenance and COVID closures to refresh, update and expand existing displays and curate new historic information from the extensive artifact archives in storage. 

“Volunteers have taken a deeper look at our displays and created more detailed signage,” said Cobb.  “This adds to the enjoyment for guests as they understand more about the history and stories behind what they are seeing.”

A few of the interesting displays include Native American baskets and stone tools, mining relics, logging and dairy equipment, cobbler and carpenter tools, local doctor photos and their medical instruments, a pioneer kitchen with wood fire oven and ice box, military uniforms and toys that teach.

Another highlight is the new Gathering Place as Washuxwal, a long house inspired structure that was completed this fall.  The pavilion will be home to CWHS educational presentations and will help tell the stories of local Native Americans who were the first inhabitants of the area.  

Tour prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and just $2 for students.  The museum will be open for general admission on Saturdays from 11am-3pm from March through the end of October. For more information about the museum and volunteer and membership opportunities, visit www.2rhm.com and follow them on Facebook.

“We are proud of our museum and the stories we tell there,” said Cobb. “We want our community and visitors to the area to enjoy it and come away with a new appreciation of those who came before us. The Two Rivers Heritage Museum is where history lives for Camas and Washougal.”

Vancouver, WA — Clark County Public Health released the latest COVID-19 data that shows an activity rate that has more than doubled from a week ago. Last week, the activity rate was 715 per 100,000. This week the activity rate jumped to 1,671 per 100,000.

Here is this week’s COVID-19 update:

• 6,121 additional cases (confirmed and probable) since last update

• 50,573 confirmed cases to date (+4,455 since last update)

• 7,808 antigen probable cases to date (+1,666 since last update) 

• 6,110 active cases (in isolation period)

Hospitalizations

• 96.8% of hospital beds are occupied

• 98.4% of ICU beds are occupied

• 17.8% of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 cases and persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 (awaiting test results)

• 25% of ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 cases and PUIs

• 94 COVID-19 cases and 1 PUI hospitalized

Rates

• COVID-19 activity rate is 1,679.1 cases per 100,000 over 14 days (up from 715.1 last week). 

• COVID-19 new hospital admission rate is 11.8 per 100,000 people over 7 days (up from 7.0 last week)

Deaths

• 623 total deaths to date (573 confirmed, 50 suspect)

• 14 additional confirmed deaths since the last update:

• 2 men in their 30s

• 1 man in his 50s

• 2 men in their 70s

• 2 men 80+ years old

• 3 women in their 60s

• 1 woman in her 70s

• 3 women 80+ years old

• 1 additional suspect death: a woman 80+ years old

More than 700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Clark County. And more than 112,000 people have received an additional dose (either a booster or third dose if immunocompromised).

Everyone 5 years and older is eligible to get vaccinated, and those 12 years and older can get a booster dose. If you have questions about the vaccines, please talk to your health care provider.

If you’re ready to get vaccinated or need a booster dose, here’s how you can find a vaccine location near you:

• Search on VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov

• Search on VaccineFinder.org

• Call 833.VAX.HELP

• Text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX)

You may learn more on the Clark County health department’s COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data 

The City of Camas is set to once again host Hometown Holidays. That means photos with Santa, crafts, a freshly lighted Christmas tree, entertainment, good food and refreshments.

It’s all back with some modifications.

Hometown Holidays will be held Friday, Dec. 3, from 5- 8 p.m.  The Downtown Camas scene will be bustling once again with live and pre-recorded entertainment, modified photos with Santa (bring your camera), crafts activity bags for the kids, street food vendors, and downtown restaurants and shops open for business. The event begins at 5 pm in conjunction with Downtown Camas Association’s First Friday celebration.

The event and all activities are free of charge thanks to the financial support of Columbia Credit Union, Windermere Real Estate, Downtown Camas Association, Equipment Rental Services, and in-kind donors and volunteers. 

Hometown Holidays participants have the opportunity to purchase food from Camas’ various downtown restaurants and food vendors, and to shop for holiday gifts in Camas’ picturesque historic downtown.

The Camas Library is holding its annual Hometown Holidays book sale Thursday, Dec. 2, to Sunday, Dec. 5, through 8 pm during Hometown Holidays. Thousands of donated items, from children’s picture books, to cookbooks, to juicy thrillers and romances will be featured. 

With something for everyone, it’s a fantastic opportunity to do some holiday shopping. All proceeds go to the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library.

“We are so happy to be bringing back this favorite event after a year’s hiatus,” said Krista Bashaw, special events coordinator for the City of Camas.  “It gets us in the mood for the holidays and it brings our community together to share some of the joy of the season.”

Information courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association.

Washougal, WA — Stop by early at 5 pm for photos with Santa. Starting at 6 pm, the parade will run along Main Street culminating with the tree lighting ceremony in Reflection Plaza. For those unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page (https://facebook.com/WashougalGov).

The City is accepting applications from local businesses, organizations, and community groups to participate in the parade. Entry is free and all floats or groups must be lighted in some fashion. Awards will be given for Best Use of Lights, Best Use of Music and Santa’s Choice. Applications are due by Monday, November 30 and can be found at City Hall and online at http://www.cityofwashougal.us/ParadeApplication.

“Entries include local clubs, businesses, organizations and others throughout the community,” said Rose Jewell, Community Engagement Manager and parade organizer. “Being a part of the parade is a wonderful way to let people know about your group and show support for our community. Enjoy the festivities with family and friends in Washougal’s downtown living room.”

During and after the parade, the City is serving complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Entertainment will include performances from the Washougal High School band and choir.

Santa Claus is always the very special guest and will bring up the end of the parade. He will be passing out candy canes and will be available for photos with kids of all ages.

Other sponsors include Waste Connections, Riverview Community Bank and Washougal Coffee Company.

“This community holiday event is a great way to get into the spirit of the season!” Jewell added. “I hope everyone will come and join us after missing out last year!”