Back Issues: November, 2017

Zoolights open Nov. 24 at Oregon Zoo

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Oregon Zoo’s walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights opens for its 30th season on Nov. 24, and it’s more popular than ever. The Zoo offers five suggestions to optimize the ZooLights experience. Tips include:

  • Start your festivities early in the season. Visitors can avoid crowds and save money by coming on Value Nights, Monday through Thursday through Dec. 14.
  • Ride MAX to the zoo. Visit gettingtozoolights.com to plan your trip.
  • Show up fashionably late … unless you’re driving. Those taking MAX can avoid crowds by arriving after 6 p.m. Those that need to park, should arrive before 4 p.m.
  • Buy your tickets online. To purchase online tickets, go to oregonzoo.org/zoolights.
  • Scheduleing train rides online before you visit — then you can stroll around the grounds and enjoy the lights until your appointed train time.

Over the past five years, nearly a million visitors have strolled through the forests of lighted trees, been dazzled by life-size illuminated animal silhouettes and ridden the light-bedecked zoo trains. For further information and illumination, visit bit.ly/ZooLightsFAQ.

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Little Box Friday in downtown Camas Nov. 24

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In celebration of the joy of shopping locally (rather than in “big box” stores), downtown Camas is celebrating Little Box Thursday, this Thursday, Nov. 24 (the day after Thanksgiving). Participating merchants will each have a “little box” of coupons, specials, gifts, and other surprises for shoppers to draw from. A little something extra for supporting local.

Merchants include: 4Ever Growing Kids, Allure Boutique, Arktana Shoes, Attic Gallery, Caffe Piccolo, Cake Happy, Camas Antiques, Camas Beauty Bar & Boutique, Caps N’ Taps, Lizzabeth A, Navidi’s Olive Oils and Vinegars, Salon Magnolia, Salud Wine Bar – Event Center – Wine Storage, The Soap Chest, and The Wild Hair Camas.

Participants will also receive a free raffle ticket in each location, and an extra ticket with any purchase to be entered to win a gorgeous holiday merchant basket. Those that spend $100 downtown, will receive two free regular movie tickets from the Liberty Theatre.

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McClaskey Culinary Insititute ribbon-cutting Nov. 28

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Clark College will launch a new era in the region’s culinary scene as it hosts the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute. The modern, 20,615-square-foot facility provides a variety of fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space also offers indoor and outdoor seating.

The McClaskey Culinary Institute is also home to the college’s completely redesigned Cuisine Management and Baking and Pastry Arts programs, which restarted this fall after years on hiatus. The design of the space allows visitors to see and interact with students, bringing food preparation and learning to the whole college.

The McClaskey Culinary Institute will officially open to the public with the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. and will include a thank-you to donors, cooking and baking demonstrations, and tours of the $10.5 million facility. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about food service and hours, visit www.clark.edu/cc/dining.

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Share seeks gifts and giving tree hosts for Holiday Cheer Program

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Share is seeking new gift items and giving tree hosts for its Holiday Cheer Program, which will benefit clients in shelter, as well as local low-income families. New this year, Share’s family holiday party will be referral only, to ensure that resources are provided to those most in need.

Some of the new gift items needed include: clothing for men, women, teens and children (all sizes), housewares (dishes, pots and pans, towels, linens, etc.), sleeping bags, age appropriate gifts and toys for teens, children and infants, as well as board games for all ages. Gift cards from any grocery store, clothing store, music store, movie theater, etc. as well as gas cards are also welcome. Donations can be delivered to the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Businesses, clubs, churches or offices can host a giving tree, which is a simple, creative and tangible way to help families in the community. Share provides hang-able gift tags and suggested items for different age groups. To establish a giving tree, contact Meaghann Ande at 360-952-8229 or devcoor@sharevancouver.org.

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