Back Issues: 2017

Canvases by Tom Relth fill Second Story Gallery in July, First Friday reception July 7

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Painter Tom Relth combines abstract brush strokes with actual representations from nature, hoping to guide viewers to see what he calls his hypothetical landscapes. He will be exhibiting these windows into the world at Second Story Gallery during the month of July.

The artist will be on hand to explain his style at an opening reception during First Friday in downtown Camas, from 5 to 8 p.m. July 7.  Keyboardist Brad Jensen will provide music for the show’s unveiling. The gallery is upstairs in the Camas Public Library, accessed by the elevator at the main entrance.

Often oversized and boldly colored, Relth’s canvases are close-ups of nature. “I attempt to capture an illusion of space within the accompanying foreground,” he explains, painting natural elements that he calls “clues” and a “place to explore.” “Here, there are no actual trees, leaves or rocks . . . there is no trail,” he says. “No horizon line either. Yet within these colors there is a place to go.”

The Gallery remains open past library hours for First Friday with refreshments and live music. The show will run through July 29 during regular building hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

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Independence Day specials on the Chelatchie Railroad July 1, 2

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is offering Independence Day train specials this weekend. The diesel engine will make two trips, at noon and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $15 for youth five through $15, and $13 for children two to four. Kids under two are free.

Passengers will enjoy a 12 mile ride through north Clark County. The train travels through a 330-foot tunnel and stop at Moulton Falls for a brief excursion to Yacolt Falls. Reservations are recommended at www.bycx.com.

Additionally, Moulton Falls Winery will host a dinner train special. Wine enthusiasts will start at the winery at 4 p.m., for appetizers and “winetails.” Bottles will be available for purchase to take on the Twilight Steam Train Ride. The train will pick up guests at 5 p.m. for a trip down the Lewis River valley, returning to the winery for dinner and dancing with music from Echoes of Yasgurs. Tickets are $45 per person and include train ride, wine and cider tasting, appetizers, dinner and music.
Purchase tickets at http://www.tickettomato.com.

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Hump Day Rose at Niche continues through August

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Due to popular demand, Niche Wine Bar has extended its celebration of all things rosé to the last Wednesdays in June, July, and August. Wine enthusiests are invited to take a break from the heat and enjoy 10 rosés by the glass or by the flight. Sparkling rosés will also be available. The next Hump Day Rosé is this evenings, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Niche Wine Bar, opened in 2010, offers 160 wine selections by the bottle, and more than 30 selections by the glass and half glass, as well as a light menu. It is open Monday through Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Thursdays for lunch from 11:30 to 3 p.m. Find Niche on the web at www.nichewinebar.com and on Facebook, here.

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Battle Ground’s free Summer Playground program begins this week

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

School is out and that means Battle Ground’s Summer Playground program is in session. The free program, designed for children ages four through 10, brings fun recreational activities to Battle Ground parks each Wednesday and Thursday of the nine-week summer break. Weekly sessions are held:

  • Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to noon, at Kiwanis Park,422 SW Second Ave.; and from 2 to 4 p.m., at Horsethief Park, SW 12th Ave & SW 11th St.
  • Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Florence Robison Park, 1900 NW Ninth St.; and from 2 to 4 p.m., at Cresap Park, 1911 SE Second Place.

Each week features a different themed activity and provides children the opportunity to make at least one arts and crafts project to take home with them. There is no need to register. The full Summer Playground schedule listing weekly themed activities and locations is available online at www.cityofbg.org/summerplayground.

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