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Posts from — February 2011

March Events: Spring is Coming!

It’s March and, though it’s not quite here yet, spring is in the air. The roses are pruned, our daffodils are starting to open and it’s time to plant the peas. If you are itching to get out and about, here are some options around our region:

March 4-26 – The Inner Light Photographic Society celebrates 25 years of image making at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver. Opening night will be at the First Friday Artwalk – Friday, March 4, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t miss all the other galleries, too. Downtown Vancouver is quite lively on First Friday nights!

March 13- Marble Mountain to Chocolate Falls Snow Shoe Adventure – Check out Mount St. Helens Institute for details. Snowshoeing is the best! All the fun of cross-country skiing without the bruised bodies and egos. If you can walk, you can snowshoe.

March 12-19 Japanese Culture Week in Longview at various locations with events that include anime, Taiko drumming, origami and much more. The week culminates with an exciting performance on March 19 by Taiko (re)Generation at the Columbia Theatre.


March 18-20 – Don’t miss the 16th annual Peninsula Quilt Guild’s show in Ilwaco. More than 100 quilts will be on display. Quilts will be at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco.

March 18 – St. Patty’s for the Parks featuring Patrick Lamb at Shorty’s Garden & Home, Mill Plain Store in Vancouver. This is a benefit for the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Over 21 only. Food by Beaches.

March 19 – St. Patty’s for the Kids – same location as March 18 but with a family focus and free!

March 19 – Clark College at Columbia Tech Center Open House and Green Resource Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Includes cooking demonstrations, gardening tips, local wineries and a showing of one of the best food movies ever, The Big Night. You will find the flyer here: Spring 2011 Open House Cooking School

March 27 – Third Annual Fort Vancouver Run – Shake off your sluggish winter body with a 6K, 10K or 15 K run plus kids’ events. Starts at Fred Meyer Grand Central Shopping Center.

As always, lots happening in Southwest Washington! See you out there!

February 28, 2011   No Comments

Shops to Love: Shorty’s Gift Store

Where is the most beautiful shop in Southwest Washington? Nope! Even if we knew, we wouldn’t say. One of the shops that would surely be on the list, however, would be Shorty’s Gift Store. The store is located in Shorty’s Garden and Home at 10006 Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. (A second nursery is located at 705 NE 199th St north of the Clark County Fairgrounds on the east side of I-5.)

Here are a few of the lovely objects (and one furry mammal) found in the shop, which is delightfully decorated by Ines Mahoney:

Artful displays fill the shop.

Welcome plaques suggest umbrella-free days. (Wouldn't a dry day be nice?!)

Garden worthy gnomes gaze at shoppers.

Fairies watch over the shop.

More fairies...

A fairy hanging with the monkeys.

Unique bunnies are available for Easter.

Rain boots with a stylish attitude.

A plethora of plants with a guard keeping watch over the foliage.

An elegant chandelier for the diningroom.

Fine dining under the chandelier.

Vibrant wool blossoms.

Colorful coin purses.

Birds for spring decor.

Beautiful floral cards.

Lily the cat keeps a watchful eye on the shop, and the shoppers.

The gift store is stocked year round. Pots of all sizes and statues are displayed outside around the nursery. And plants, shrubs and trees are arriving for spring planting at both stores. Bantam and Grouse is open for British-style food at the Mill Plain store. Check out Shorty’s Garden and Home for hours and special events. See you in the garden!

February 23, 2011   2 Comments

What Would YOU Do With a Century Old Hospital?

What would you suggest if asked how to reuse a 100+-year-old military hospital? The Fort Vancouver National Trust is asking that question about the Post Hospital.

But wait! The question gets even richer. Input is sought on how to reuse the hospital as an arts education center and visual arts museum.

The Post Hospital opened in 1905. It served more than 20,500 victims of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic. More recently, it housed Army offices. It has been vacant since the mid-1990s. The building is owned by the City of Vancouver but is leased by the Trust.

On Tuesday, February 15, artists and other community members are invited to join a Community Conversation about the future use of the hospital. This important meeting will be held at Pearson Air Museum from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. What a great opportunity help shape the future of this landmark building.

Imagine. What would you do with these spaces?

Post Hospital from the SE Corner

West side of the hospital next to I-5

One of the larger rooms

Lots of hallway and small rooms

A vintage ladies room

A view of a few Fort buildings from the hospital

A view to the west of the new Vancouver Community Library

Fir tongue-and-groove floors plus fireplace

Welcome to the past. What will the next sign say?

This is a building that will obviously need much work. But what an opportunity! Officers Row was saved. The Red Cross Building and O.O. Howard House were restored. It’s time to preserve our historical architecture again. To RSVP for the Community Conversation, contact the Trust at 360-992-1804.

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February 10, 2011   No Comments