Independent senior retirement communities Kamlu Retirement Inn, 1000 N.E. 82nd Ave., and The Bedford, 13303 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. in Vancouver, will offer free art appreciation events for local seniors and community members on Thursday, Aug. 16, Friday, Aug. 17, Saturday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 21. At Kamlu, guests can enjoy a “Chef’s Culinary Art Class” at 2 p.m. on Aug. 16; a “Chef’s Dessert Derby” at noon on Aug. 17, and a “Chef’s Oudoor Cook-off Competition” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 18. At The Bedford, visitors can enjoy a family picnic with live music at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17, an “Artists’ Showcase” with light refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, and a senior art class at 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 21. For more information about Kamlu, click here. For more information about The Bedford, click here.