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Washougal, WA—City of Washougal and the Downtown Washougal Association (DWA) are teaming up to kick off the holiday season with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 7. This year’s parade is dedicated to the memory of Scott Campbell. The parade will run along Main Street and begin at 6 pm. It will end at Reflection Plaza where the tree lighting will take place at 6:30 pm.

The City is now accepting applications for parade participants. Entry is free and all entries must be lighted in some fashion. Awards will be given for Best Use of Lights, Santa’s Choice and, for the first time this year, Best New Entry. “Entries include local clubs, businesses, organizations and others throughout the community,” said Rose Jewell, Assistant to the Mayor 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.” Applications are due by Monday, December 4 and can be found at City Hall and online at http://www.cityofwashougal.us.

During and after the parade, the City is serving complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and coffee. Entertainment will include musical and dance performances by high school students. “The Downtown Washougal Association encourages everyone to come early and grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant, or shop at one of the local businesses, before and after the parade. By supporting our local businesses, you help the business and our community thrive,” says Heena, DWA Board President.

Santa Claus is always the very special guest and will bring up the end of the event. He will be passing out candy canes and will be available for free photos with kids of all ages, compliments of Windows on Life Photography.

Other sponsors include Waste Connections, Riverview Community Bank and Starbucks.

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

Parade Image Gallery

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VANCOUVER, WA.  The Clark College Jazz Ensemble performs their Fall Concert on Friday, November 17, with special guests, the Prairie High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Ryan Messing.  The concert begins 7:00 p.m., in the Gaiser Student Center on the Clark College Campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  The concert is free to the public.

“Last year the Prairie Jazz Band received numerous outstanding musician and soloist awards throughout the area jazz festivals, most notably winning the AAA division at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival ,” says Richard Inouye, Clark’s Director of Bands. “We are extremely excited to have them as our guests this year, so we hope folks can come and listen to the swingin’ big band jazz our local students are creating!”

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, please see http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.

About the Clark College Music Department

Clark College offers an Associate in Music DTA/MRP degree with courses in music theory/ear training, instrumental and vocal performance training, and ensemble experience. Classes prepare the music major for advanced studies at a four-year institution while providing the non-major with the skills and background to fully enjoy music as a cultural pursuit. Ensembles on campus include three choral groups, orchestra, concert band, and jazz ensemble. Three tenured and several adjunct faculty, provide professional instruction to the 500+ students that pass through Beacock Music Hall each year.

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The recent Eagle Creek Fire and the resulting trail closures in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area have many people wondering where and how to get their Gorge fix. The answer is simple: They can come to The Dalles and the eastern end of the Gorge, where there is an abundance of beautiful hiking trails, plus unparalleled cycling routes, unique museums, world-class fishing and more.   At the end of the day, visitors can relax at one of the new breweries and pubs, or enjoy a glass of wine at a local tasting room. And with 300 days of sun and only 14 inches of rain a year (compared to 37 inches in Portland), The Dalles is the perfect fall and winter escape.

Some Fun Gorge Escapes

Hike amongst petroglyphs. Head across The Dalles Bridge to Horsethief Butte. For age-old petroglyphs and stupendous views of the Gorge, this hike can’t be beat. Though the trail is just two miles long, the hike can take all day, given the seemingly endless rock labyrinths and basalt mazes within the butte.

The Friends of the Gorge website is a great resource for more hikes in the Eastern Gorge and beyond. For post-fire hiking suggestions, visit gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/columbia-gorge-hiking-opportunities.html.

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Hike amongst the Petroglyphs. Photo by Michael J. Horodyski.

 

Hit the road on two wheels. The Dalles is a cyclist’s paradise, with rides ranging from the family-friendly Riverfront Trail to a gorgeous spin on the Historic Columbia River Highway (which is still open east of Hood River) to an all-day, 100-mile epic to Mount Hood and back. Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of the area’s dry climate, and the newly updated “Explore The Dalles Scenic Bikeways” bike map includes six of the most popular local routes, which vary in length and intensity. The map is available online and for free at The Dalles Chamber’s headquarters (404 W. Second St.), Dalles City Cyclery in downtown The Dalles and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, which is located at the west end of the Riverfront Trail.

 

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Go out on two wheels! Photo by Justin Yuen.

Explore downtown. Historic downtown The Dalles is beautifully preserved and offers a plethora of shopping experiences, including Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers, Oregon’s oldest bookstore (founded in 1870); Yesterday & Today Records (vinyl, CDs, DVDs and an awesome collection of Beatles paraphernalia), clothing stores, antique and second-hand shops, great restaurants and cafes, Dalles City Cyclery, Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop, wineries and more. For a complete overview, see the downtown shopping map. And don’t miss the unique historic mural artwork while strolling downtown.

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Explore downtown. Photo by Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers

We will feature three more east Gorge escapes soon.

The Camas Washougal Airport Association (CWAA) is hosting its first annual Halloween night “Trunk or Treat” at 5:30 pm at the Port of Camas-Washougal Grove Field Airport, which is located in Fern Prairie.

“The Trunk or Treat is a concept where several cars or trucks all pull into a line or semi-circle where their trunks all line up and make an easy and quick way for people with small children to get a reasonable amount of candy without getting stuck in long lines, walking several blocks or being stuck outdoors in the cold,” says CWWA representative, Terah Brice. “It’s offered to anyone, but the basic concept is geared towards people with very small toddlers or elementary-aged children and aimed to fill candy baskets in a fun and fast manner.”

“For a lot of us residing in the Fern Prairie area, we don’t see trick or treaters at our homes because we live down unlit streets with very spaced out houses or long driveways,” she said. “So we also get the opportunity to hand out candy when we would otherwise have zero spooky visitors.”

The trunks will all be decorated with lights and spooky gear and a lot of the vehicles owners will dress up in costume, as well. The CWAA will also offer complimentary coffee and popcorn with a donation can set out. The organization is promoting this to families that are headed to the downtown area to start their trick or treating.

“We are hoping to jump start their candy bags with a good load so their parents don’t have to stay out until 10pm trying fill their children’s candy quota goals,” Brice said.

The fun starts at 5:30pm on October 31 and will go until people stop showing up or when volunteers get too cold. The festivities will occur in the nicely lit Airport parking lot, making it an easy place to pull off for a couple of minutes and hop right back on the road to downtown for the rest of the evening.

To learn more about CWAA, check them out on Facebook @cwaagrovefield

Washougal, WA – Local families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and receive a free pumpkin at the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 28, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main Street.  The event has moved from its previous Wednesday afternoon to Saturday in hopes this will be a more convenient time for families. The event will take place rain or shine.

More than 300 pumpkins will be harvested from the City garden plot behind City Hall for the event.   An additional 800-900 pumpkins will be purchased with a generous donation from Columbia River Realty.  All pumpkins will be handed out free, one per child, while supplies last.

“The Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a culmination of the work of many in the community,” said Rose Jewell, event organizer and City of Washougal Assistant to the Mayor & City Administrator.  “Second grade students from Gause Elementary planted the pumpkin seeds last spring during a field trip to City Hall and the seeds were donated by Washougal True Value.  Representatives from the Washougal Library, City of Washougal, Unite Washougal, Downtown Washougal Association, Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance and Washougal Round Table each cared for a portion of the patch to ensure a bountiful harvest of pumpkins for the event.  DWA volunteers and City staff have worked together on planning.”

“It is so fun to see all the kids and parents in downtown,” said Heena, DWA president.  “After they enjoy the activities at Reflection Plaza, many stay to explore downtown Washougal.” Many merchants will have candy on hand so the kids can get a jump start on their holiday trick or treating with the popular “Halloween Hunt.”

The event is completely free and will also feature carnival games run by student volunteers, balloon animal makers sponsored by IQ Credit Union, apples donated by Washougal Family Dental, popcorn from the Washougal Fire Department, a selfie station and more.

Volunteers are still needed.  If you would like to help please contact [email protected]

Prep Sports Today

  • Volleyball Frosh: 5 pm @ CHS vs. Col. Adventis
  • Soccer C: 6 pm @ Doc Harris vs. Oregon City

Mystery and Mayhem and Book Group

Tuesday, September 19 @ 6-8 pm

This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join this book discussion group or have any questions, please contact any library staff member.

Prep Sports

Tuesday, September 19

  • Softball: 3:30 @ CHS vs. Battle Ground
  • Soccer JV/Varsity: 5 pm @ Doc Harris vs. St. Mary’s; Varisty @ 7 pm
  • Volleyball C/Varsity: 5 pm @ Seton Catholic

Camas Planning Commission Meeting

Tuesday, September 19 @ 7 pm

The City of Camas Planning Commission normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Camas City Hall, located at 616 NE Fourth Avenue. The public is welcome.

Meeting agendas, videos and minutes are located on the City’s website at: http://www.cityofcamas.us/yourgovernment/minuteagendavideo. The agenda is posted approximately five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

The Planning Commission is the first legislative body to formally review land use issues. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council as to best methods of conservation utilization, planning and development within the city. They conduct public hearings as part of their decision making process where they review planned developments applications.

The Community Development Department’s email is: [email protected]Phone: 360.817.1568

Camas Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, September 20 | 3-7 pm

There’s still lots of great, locally-owned produce to buy, plus try out some great food and treats from local vendors. Located in downtown Camas on 4th Avenue in front of the Camas Public Library.

Prep Sports

Wednesday, September 20

  • Cross Country: 3:30 pm @ Pacific Com. Park CHS vs. Skyview
  • Soccer C: 4 pm @ Doc Field E vs. Jesuit
  • Volleyball Frosh/C/JV/Varsity: 4pm/5:30 pm/5:30 pm/7 pm @ CHS vs. Mountain View
  • Freshman Football: 4:30 pm @ McKenzie Stadium, CHS vs Evergreen
Volleyball

Photo by Kris Cavin.

Prep Sports

Thursday, September 21:

  • Golf: 3 pm at Camas Meadows vs. Kelso
  • Girls Swim: 3:30 pm @ Cascade Athletic Club vs. EPS
  • Tennis: 3:30 @ Prairie High, Camas vs. Prairie
  • Softball: 4 pm @ Hudson’s Bay, Camas vs. Hudson
  • Soccer JV/Varsity: 4 pm @ Doc, Camas vs. Central Catholic

 

Soccer

Photo by Kris Cavin.

 

Football

Camas Marching Band

There are few events happening this week that will be quite fun.

Camas Farmer’s Market | Wednesday, July 12 3-7 pm

There’s something new to eat or enjoy each week at the Camas Farmer’s Market. Try some new cuisine, buy some fresh produce, or just relax on a nice summer day. The market is located in downtown Camas, on 4th Avenue, in front of the Camas Public Library. Come enjoy the fun!

Battle Ground Harvest Days | Friday, July 14 @ 6:30 and Saturday, July 14 @ 10 am

The hometown celebration begins with the carnival and annual Harvest Nights Car Cruise, featuring more than 400 classic and custom cars, for a Friday night gathering. Staging begins at 4:30 p.m., with cruising beginning at 6:30 p.m., plus a burn out pit from 7 to 10 p.m. Participating cars should be vintage, from 1978 or older.

Saturday kicks off with the Grand Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, skateboard and BMX competition, a GeoCoin challenge, a kickball tournament and the annual talent show at 1 p.m. This year’s concert headliner will be Josh Gracin, an American country music singer and “American Idol” contestant. He will perform at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more, visit battlegroundchamber.org

Harvest

Camas July First Friday | July 7 5-8 pm

July’s First Friday is a fun celebration of dogs! July 7th, 5-8pm. Doggie talent show with prizes and new this year, a parade sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe with a Mardi Gras theme in honor of the Barkus Parade at Mardi Gras! How fun! There will be Cajun Zydeco music as well by The Mudbugs from 5:30-7:30pm compliments of Miss Nola’s!

Vendors, kids’ crafts with a mardi gras dog theme, a dog breed guessing activity in participating businesses, and more! There will also be a dog and owner look-alike contest! Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required) and make a fun night of it! Parade and music sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe and talent and look alike contests sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pet in Downtown Camas.

There will also be a live demonstration at the Attic Gallery to kick off the First Annual Local Artists Invitational Exhibit. Visit www.atticgallery.com

Miss Nola’s will be giving out free hush puppies! Perfect themed treat!

The Doggie Talent Show & Dog & Owner Look Alike Contest will be at 6pm and the Camas Barkus Parade will be at 7pm. There will be judging of best costumes in the parade with prizes for “Most Original”, “Cutest”, and “Most Mardi Gras Inspired”. For the Talent Contest, the judging will be for “Most Clever”, “Most difficult”, and “Cutest” Talents. Sign up when you get to First Friday at the DCA table, up to 15 minutes before each event. The contests, parade, crafts and other fun will be between 4th and 5th on Cedar Street. No cost to enter.

To learn more, visit www.downtowncamas.com

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Camas First Friday in July has a dog theme.

Camas Car Show | July 8 4-8:30 pm

Come stroll the beautiful streets of historic Downtown Camas and enjoy the many classic and custom cars and trucks that fill the town. Old favorites and new discoveries in this 12th annual event. Always an exceptionally fun time! This is a great event for any car enthusiast.

This event will be held on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 4-8:30pm.

Admission is FREE to spectators.

Awards will include Best in Show, People’s Choice and Sponsors’ Picks. Best in Show award will be presented by Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and Best in Show car will be featured on next year’s Camas Car Show poster and promotions! Goodie bags to first 100 cars and dash plaques to first 200 cars.

Raffles, live music by Bluez Cruizer, dance by the Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio at 6pm and other family friendly entertainment including face painting and balloon art!

Glory Days will be at the show with Camas Car Show T-shirts this year!4th and Birch

Kids’ Coloring Contest! Color a cool car pic for a chance to win fun prizes–three age categories: 3-6 years, 7-10, and 11-14. Winners will be announced right before car awards. Every child that participates receives a free hot wheels car :)!

Food will include Getta GyroTruly Scrumptious pie and pastries, My Dad’s Kettle Korn, Oriental Kitchen, Tequila Mexican Grill and more.

Our Car Show benefits the Camas Washougal Treasure House Food Bank. Bring two cans of food, get a free raffle ticket, and help those in need!

Camas Little League All-Stars | July 8 @ 1 pm

The Camas LL 11/12 All-Star Baseball team competes with Fort Vancouver in Game 2 of their District 4 Tournament, at David Douglas Park in Vancouver. The game begins at 1 pm.

The boys beat Cascade 13-3 in four innings during Game 1 on July 6.

Baseball

Oaks Park Wild Wednesdays with Z100 | June 21 – August 30

Every Wednesday June 21 through August 30th is “Wild Wednesdays” with Z100 at Oaks Park!

Click on the coupon below, and print or load it onto your phone. Bring the coupon to Oaks Park and get a Deluxe Ride Bracelet, Roller Skating & a bottled water for only $14!!

To learn more, visit: http://oakspark.com

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Wild Wednesdays at Oaks Park.

Camas Farmer’s Market This Wednesday | June 28 3 pm – 7 pm

Come see what new vendors and farmers are bringing to the Camas Farmer’s Market this week!  Come to sample some great foods, and shop at some great vendor booths. It’s a great idea for dinner. The market occurs every Wednesday through September.

The market has a variety of local produce, plants, and food. Located at 4th Avenue in front of the Library, in downtown Camas. From 3 pm – 7 pm.

To learn more, visit camasfarmersmarket.org

Events

Les Schwab St. Paul Rodeo | June 30-July 4

Join Les Schwab Tire Centers at the 82nd annual St. Paul Rodeo, June 30-July 4, 2017! Over the course of a few days, thousands converge on the small town of St. Paul to watch the biggest names in pro rodeo compete for their share of nearly $500,000 in cash prizes! With specialty acts, colorful commentary, a carnival, the Tack Room Saloon, Wild West Art Show, and a July 4th parade, the St. Paul Rodeo offers wild-west fun for everyone!

To learn more, visit http://www.stpaulrodeo.com/

 

Festival of Balloons | June 23-25, 5:45 am Launch

The fun-filled Festival of Balloons in Tigard begins Friday, June 23rd and lasts through Sunday.  The hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction of the festival, but there’s more to see and do. Get down to Cook Park early each morning to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch (weather permitting) and dot the morning sky. Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and business vendor booths. Don’t miss the Festival of Cars presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln on Sunday. Of course, it wouldn’t be the festival of balloons without the ever impressive Night Glow presented by Walmart on Friday and Saturday nights; the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the Main Stage presented by Grocery Outlet- King City; Funtastic carnival fun center, cotton candy, and a whole lot more!

To learn more, or to buy tickets, visit http://www.tigardballoon.org/#day-one

Strawberry Short Course Festival | June 24, 10 am-2 pm

This is a free all-ages community event on the Gresham Campus with short courses on fun topics, booths from local organizations, entertainment, and kids’ activities. Free strawberry shortcake cupcakes will be served!

Z100 will be DJing all day! FREE Planetarium shows, BINGO, FREE Cosmetology services, Penny’s Puppet Show’s and much more!

There are interesting topics available for everyone!

Classes are free! Take a look at the course schedule, plan ahead and register online early to reserve your spot! With more than 30 booths–there’s something for everyone!

To learn more, visit https://www.mhcc.edu/Strawberry-Short-Course-Offerings/

Gresham Campus
26000 S.E. Stark St.
Gresham, Oregon 97030

Events

Lung Love Cancer 5K Run/Walk | June 24, 9 am

Move with purpose! Help raise awareness and support for lung cancer. Join us to help those diagnosed, at risk and the people who love them in their fight against lung cancer. Unite those impacted in your community by participating in the third annual Lung Love Run/Walk Portland. This event is a 5k through Laurelhurst Park with a 1-mile option (Strollers are welcome).

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where: Laurelhurst Park – 3756 SE Oak Street – Portland, OR 97214

Time: On-site registration begins at 7:30am. The 5k starts at 9:00am and it is an untimed event.

Online Registration prices are below:

Child (4 years and under): Free

Youth (5 to 12 years): $15

Adult (13 years and older): $30

Lung Cancer Survivor: Free

To register online, visit: https://secure3.convio.net/lca/site/TRR/WalkMap/General/873155702?pg=utype&fr_id=1211