Camas First Friday: Plein Air in the Heart of Camas Sept. 4

by DIwpBacon on September 3, 2015

Artist Paul Solevad. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association.

Plein Air is the French tradition where artists paint the landscape outside in the open air. On First Friday in downtown Camas this Friday, Sept. 4, artists will line Fourth Ave. from Adams to Dallas Streets, to “paint the town.” The community is invited to stroll along Fourth Ave. and watch the artists’ craft anytime on Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The finished pieces will then be on display at Camas Gallery, 408 NE Fourth St. that evening. Visitors can vote for their favorite, before the pieces are auctioned off to benefit the Camas Washougal Mural Project.

Additionally, the evening features a kid’s art craft and coloring area, selfie photo booth, live music and a special attraction presented by Elida Field’s Art. Receive a free prize ticket for every $10 you spend in downtown. September’s First Friday is presented by the Camas Downtown Association and is sponsored by Camas Gallery. For more information, call 360-817-2415, or stop by Camas Gallery.








Hands Across the Bridge and Oxfest Sept. 7

by DIwpBacon on September 3, 2015


The community is invited to the annual Hands Across the Bridge and Oxfest Celebration on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Beginning at 10 a.m. on the I-5 Bridge and culminating in Esther Short Park, the combined events celebrate recovery from alcohol and drugs.

Hands Across the Bridge started twelve years ago when two women in recovery read an article about National Recovery Month (September) and realized people all over the United States were celebrating their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Patty Katz and Louise Wedge with support of the community, celebrated their own success stories by standing on the bridge at daybreak. Over the years the event grew to more than 2500 people joining hands.

After the ceremony, around noon, participants can travel to Esther Short park to the Oxfest Celebration. Oxfest is a free event featuring live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. The festival is sponsored by Oxford House, a non-profit organization that helps individuals with addiction in Oregon and Washington. For further details, visit


#VancouverVolunTEEN kicks off Sept. 10

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The City of Vancouver and Clark County Parks will kick off a new season of #VancouverVolunTEEN volunteer projects next Thursday, Sept. 10. The program is designed specifically for youth age 14 through 19. #VancouverVolunTEEN seeks to inspire teenagers in Clark County to give back to their community, earn volunteer requirements for graduation and meet new people.

Volunteer events are held most Thursdays, September through May, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at different locations each week. The first #VancouverVolunTEEN event next Thursday, will take place at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Volunteers can RSVP in advance online at, or they can just show up on the day of the event.

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Youth under age 18 must bring either a completed City of Vancouver or Clark County minor consent form to the event, depending on the event location. More information and links to both forms are available on the City’s website at

A list of all the upcoming volunteer dates and locations are available at Updates and reminders also will be posted on Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Facebook (/vanparksrec) and Twitter (@GoPlayVancouver) pages under the hashtag #VancouverVolunTEEN.

Pooch Plunge and Bark in the Park Sept. 6


The third annual Pooch Plunge at Marshall Community Center Pool will partner with DogPaw for a full day of pooch friendly activities including doggie swims and a canine carnival this Sunday, Sept. 6. Dogs can enjoy one of five one-hour swims. Each swim has 50 dogs and pre-registration will be available for 25 of those spots for each swim. Stop by the Marshall Center to pre-register and sign a waiver for your dog.

All dogs are $10 each, whether pre-registering or cash at the door the day of the swim. Lifeguards will be on duty and staff will be in the pool to help and ramps to get the dogs in and out of the water. Owners are not allowed in the pool. The Marshall Center balcony will be open for those that come just to watch. Dogs will not be permitted in any other parts of the building beyond the pool.

Bark in the Park will be ongoing throughout the day. Activities include: K9 Police demonstrations, the fourth annual K9 Fashion Show, Fly Ball demonstrations, music, agility course demos, food vendors, and more.


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