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Posts from — August 2011

A Dog’s Life: Who’s Walking Whom?

It’s 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Most Southwest Washington residents are snoozing. Not so for Sam, Buddy and Jesse. Ditto for Pink and Gidget. The Ross Off-Leash Dog Recreation Area in Vancouver is animated with wide-awake canines and, of course, their owners.

The 8-acre park is managed by DOGPAW, the Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington. The group’s Mission is “to work with dog owners and the community at large to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability for safe off leash areas for dogs in Clark County.” Located on BPA Complex grounds at NE Ross St and NE 15th Ave, the park offers a large, hilly off leash area with walking trail and collection of benches, plus an adjacent park for smaller dogs.

The owners may be walking the dogs, but the dogs are exercising their masters, too. Many a dog owner has gotten in shape following his or her hound up and down the hilly park. Some walk the 3/4 mile loop multiple times for a human workout.

So who is out there?

Bruce and Sam


Don and Pink



7:30 a.m. - Surrounded by dogs

Pink and Gidget, who longingly looks out from the small dog area

Where are the sheep?

Hanging out in the flowers

Kings and queen of the bark dust hill

Buddy of Buddy and Bosco

Bosco looking for friends

Love in the dog park: Bosco finds Sparky

8 a.m. - More canines and companions hit the trail

Pure joy...

“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” (author unknown)

Enough said.

August 14, 2011   No Comments

August Calendar – Fairs and More Fairs, Art, Alligator Man and Bigfoot!

August 5 Jake the Alligator Man’s 4th Annual 75th Birthday Party – Long Beach. Who knew he was that old? Check the Web site for details about this celebration which will be held at, of course, Marsh’s Free Museum in downtown Long Beach.

August 5-6Art in the Heart/First Friday Musicians and artists take over central downtown Vancouver during the annual Art in the Heart celebration which kicks off on Friday night with the monthly artwalk. Don’t miss the authors’ tent in front of Angst Gallery and Niche Wine Bar. Stop by and say “hello” to master mystery writer, Carolyn Rose!

Aug 5 – 14Clark County Fair – 143 years! Clark County’s biggest summer party starts on August 5. This is one great county fair. So much to see including dock dogs, an Amazing Scone Baking Race, concerts, 4H exhibits, cowgirl tricks (Dale Evans and Annie Oakley live on!), amusement rides and, the best reason of all, the Clark County Dairy Women’s super fresh and tasty milkshakes. See you there!

August 7 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance – Hundreds of classic cars restored to showroom polish will be on display at Officers Row in Vancouver.

August 7Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum and Botanical Garden Open House – 9215 SE Old Evergreen Highway, Vancouver. Noon-6 p.m. includes lemonade and cookies on the lawn. A wonderful opportunity to tour the arboretum. The property includes the John Stanger house.

August 10National S’Mores Day – Get your Hershey bars out and start your campfire (in a safe location, if legal, please!) OR make them in your microwave, though it’s not quite the same. See August 30 for a related holiday.

August 10-14Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – This film lover is REALLY looking forward to the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, which will include the fabulous new Kiggins Theatre as one of the venues. Check out this ZEST interview with the festival’s founder, Breven Warren.

August 10-14Skamania County Fair & Timber Carnival – Another great fair and it’s free! Head out to Stevenson for a LOT of activities with all the usual fun livestock competitions, exhibits, music and carnival rides. Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue will be appearing.

August 12-13Blues and Seafood at the Port of Ilwaco. Port of Ilwaco. There will be LOTS of music at this festival starting with an all-star jam on Friday night. Norman Sylvester performs on Saturday. Willapa Bay oysters, microbrews and regional wines and will be featured. Save some barbequed oysters for me, please.

August 15 The Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) is a week-long kite celebration and competition held annually during the third full week of August in Long Beach with professional and amateur kite flyers. Voted ‘Best Kite Festival in the World’ by Kite Trade Association International.

August 16-21Southwest Washington Fair – Chehalis – Fun music with Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, among other groups and activities at this Chehalis-based fair.

August 18-20Wahkiakum County Fair and Farmers Market – Rides and games, food and vendors in Skamokawa.

August 19-21Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival – For a totally different kind of kite, kiteboarders from across the nation will compete in the nation’s longest running amateur kiteboarding contest. Held at the Port of Skamania’s East Point Kite Beach.

August 24-28 Pacific County Fair – August is truly the month of county fairs. The Pacific County Fair in Menlo will include all the fun activities plus Stormy the Clown, Professor Bamboozle and an Elvis Tribute.

August 26-28Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival – Vancouver’s premier music festival graces Esther Short Park again. Great wines, beautiful art and fantastic music. Take your lawn chairs. This year’s line up includes Diane Schuur, Spyro Gyra, Arturo Sandoval and Al Jarreau among many others. Check out this ZEST post for opening night from last year’s festival.

Mavis Staples headlined the 2010 Festival

August 27Bigfoot Bash and Bounty – Home Valley Park in Skamania County. The day starts with pancakes, continues with Bigfoot authors and spotters and ends with a Bigfoot movie. What more could you want? (If you go, check out the camping at Timberlake Campground.) Take your camera and watch out for Bigfoot!

August 30National Marshmallow Toasting Day – You know what that means. If not, refer back to August 10…

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August 4, 2011   No Comments