Harvest Hootenanny Festival to benefit Meals Wheels Oct. 24

by DIwpBacon on October 23, 2014


Meals on Wheels People, Firstenburg Center will host a free Harvest Hootenanny Festival on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Firstenburg Center, 700 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

The event features a performance by the Stellar Fellars. Guests can takes a step back in time to when music was “folk, fun, and fantastic.” The three stylistic balladeers capture the songs from the 1960′s folk era – a time when songs often told stories. The band includes: Howard Pelky, banjo and guitar; Ray Dowdy, guitar; Brian Pelky, guitar; Mike West, Bass; and Russ Beacock, drums. Sample their music here.

Meals on Wheels People is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors 60 years and older. Firstenburg Center is a community anchor in Vancouver. Last year it served 83,000 meals to 633 seniors in the dining room or by delivery. Volunteers are always needed to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Vancouver area. For further details, call 360-597-5711.




33rd annual Halloween Fun Fest Oct. 31

by DIwpBacon on October 23, 2014


The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and the City of Battle Ground present the 33rd annual Halloween Fun Fest on Friday, Oct. 31. The evening kicks off with Battle Ground businesses vying for the Spirit Award & Best Scarecrow in Downtown Battle Ground Award judged by Mallard Landing Residents. Additional attractions include:

  • A Halloween Costume Contest for kids and dogs hosted by the Battle Ground Chamber, 317 East Main St., at 5 p.m.
  • Trick-or-Treating from 4 to 6 p.m. at all businesses east of SR 503 on Main and also in The Battle Ground Village
  • Battle Ground Printing’s ninth annual Coloring Contest for children ages three through 10. All entries must be submitted to Battle Ground Printing by 6 p.m., Oct. 27.
  • Mallard Landing will hold a Halloween Party from 5 to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile at Fairgrounds Park, the Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department will present, “Fright Night,” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center with games, prizes, treasures, tricks and treats. Battle Ground Albertsons will again be providing cakes and cookies for the Cake Walk. All proceeds benefit the North County Community Food Bank.

Clark County’s Green Business Morning Blend Nov. 6


Clark County’s Green Business Morning Blend is set for Thursday, Nov. 6, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Torque Coffee Roasters, 501 Columbia St., just across from the Hilton and Convention Center.

Green Business Morning Blend is a monthly opportunity to network and discuss green business efforts in a relaxed setting. It is open to all Green Business Program participants and any individuals who have an interest in “greening” their own business.

This month’s event will be open to group or individual conversation and conclude with a brief presentation about electric vehicles in a business setting by Brian McBride from Columbia Machine. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information and to register, visit www.clarkgreenbiz.com and click on “upcoming events.”

Presentation on the music of the Pacific Northwest Oct. 30


Ethnomusicologist Jo Galván will present “New Perspectives on Music in the Pacific Northwest” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., in the Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 East 5th St., Vancouver. The lecture is free.

Through this enlightening and informative talk, Galván will reveal the diverse history of music in the Pacific Northwest. The lecture will explore influences as varied as the people who lived at Fort Vancouver during the mid-19th century. Musical influences in the Northwest came from the music of local tribes, as well as Mexican, French-Canadian, and Scottish music. Galván will speak about these nuances and play recordings that he has collected for the occasion.

“Music is an element of culture that anthropologists do not often have an opportunity to engage with when studying past cultures,” says Bob Cromwell, archaeologist and manager of Pearson Air Museum. “This should be a fascinating program.” Music is, and has been, an everyday element in most people’s lives. In the pre-electrical era, people of many cultures sang in groups to help pass the time, share cultural messages, or give a cadence to everyday tasks. For more information, click here.

Halloween at Jim Mains’ house Oct. 31


For twenty-five years, Jim Mains decorated his family’s home for Halloween. When he married his wife Cecilia in 2008, the tradition continued. This year the couple’s home features a full graveyard, skeletons on the roof, skeletons digging graves, and a skeleton walking its skeleton dog. They’ve added two eight-foot witches with a brewing cauldron.

Leading up to Halloween, the yard will be on display every night from 6:30 to 9 p.m., featuring creepy music, special effect lights and a new video feature in the window. On Halloween night from 6 to 9:30 p.m., live actors will be dressed and waiting to spook visitors of all ages. The first 250 guests will receive a special Halloween treat. The Mains house is located at 4616 NW Franklin St. in the Northwest Neighborhood.



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