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Sing, dig, laugh, run. Enjoy November!

It’s dark. It’s raining. But there is plenty to do. Welcome to November!

November 3Fall Choral Festival – Clark College – Enjoy  performances by the Clark College Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, High School Chamber and Concert Choirs and Vocal Jazz Ensembles. They will perform all day with a showcase performance at 5 p.m. More details here.

A young participant from a past pow wow at Clark College.

Hoop dance at the celebration (Photos courtesy of Clark College)

November 9Educating for the Seventh Generation– Clark College – a celebration of indigenous cultures. November is Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate at Clark College where events will begin at 5 p.m. with a welcome address and a performance by Native American flutist and flute maker Isaac Trimble. Indian tacos will be served during the performance. Opening ceremonies for a powwow will begin at 6 p.m. Closing ceremonies will take place at 10 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark College’s main campus.

Knappton Cove Heritage Center

November 9-10Ocian in View Cultural Weekend  – There are plenty of events happening on the Long Beach Peninsula this weekend. The “Ocian in View” cultural event starts Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum with a presentation by Irene Martin, recipient of the 2000 Washington Governor’s Heritage Award, who will present a program about her latest research on canneries of the Lower Columbia, and will focus on the McGowan Packing Co.

The event continues on Saturday with an “O, How Horriable is the Day Event” at the U. S. Quarantine Station Museum at Knappton Cove, WA. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Check out the 2010 ZEST post on the museum.)

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the Middle Village/Station Camp/McGowan Bus Tour  will visit historic sites including St. Mary’s Church. The bus will proceed to the McGowan mansion, still home to the McGowan family.  Host Bill Garvin will talk of the family’s history, cannery and settlement of this historically rich area.  The bus tour is $20. Call the Museum at 360-642-3446 for reservations for the tour.

The Chinook Tribe will host its Annual Salmon Dinner at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dinner will include regional seafood, salad, Indian fry bread, dessert and beverages. Cost is $15 per person, seniors (55 and over) $13, children under 12 $5. No reservations are required.

November 10 – Veterans Parade at Fort VancouverParade Grounds at the Fort Vancouver National Site, 612 E Reserve St, Vancouver at 11 a.m.. Veterans will be honored at the annual parade, which start with an Air Force fly-over and 21-gun salute fired by Howitzer cannons from the Parade Grounds. More than 100 military, veteran and civic organizations and 2,500 individuals participate in the parade from Officers Row to Fort Vancouver Way through the Vancouver Barracks and past the reconstructed Fort Vancouver to Pearson Air Museum, where it will end. This is one of the largest veterans parades on the West coast. Here is the parade lineup.

November 10Seattle International Comedy CompetitionColumbia Theatre in Longview – Laughter is the best medicine, right? If you are feeling down, or even if you aren’t, head to Longview to the historic Columbia Theatre for a competition that brings 17 comedians to the theatre.  Each comedian gets 5 minutes to impress.  A panel of local judges and audience reaction determines who moves on when each performer’s 5 best scores are tallied. Tickets here.

November 10-11Vancouver Symphony – Skyview Auditorium – Join Guest Conductor Gregory Vajda and Vancouver’s wonderful symphony orchestra for a program that includes Orlando’s Awakening (US Premiere), Vajda Dances of Galanta Kodaly and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, performed by the new Oregon Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Sarah Kwak. 3 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets here.

November 13-17 – Clam Digs! Get out those clam guns and shovels! Dates are always tentative. Be sure to watch the WDFW’s website, which even includes recipes. To date, opening dates and evening low tides are:

Nov. 13, Tuesday, 5:54 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors
Nov. 14, Wednesday, 6:41 p.m., -1.9 ft., Twin Harbors
Nov. 15, Thursday, 7:29 p.m., -1.9 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 16, Friday, 8:18 p.m., -1.6 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Nov. 17, Saturday, 9:09 p.m., -1.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Later in the month, clammers will have another opportunity. See November 26 below.

From the WDFW: Clam diggers should plan to take lights or lanterns for the nighttime digs and to check weather and surf forecasts before heading out. No digging will be allowed before noon on any of the razor-clam beaches. Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.

See this ZEST post about a 2010 clam dig at Ocean Park.

November 14Columbia-Willamette Enological Society – Vancouver – Stop by the 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. monthly meeting of this group of wine lovers. They meet the second Wednesday of the month at E.B. Hamilton Hall (restored Red Cross building) at the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. The winemakers often stop by to talk about their wines. In November, they will be tasting the wines of Andrew Rich Cellars of Carlton, Oregon. Read about the wines to be tasted here. $30 members; $35 Guests ($3 additional charge without a reservation.) Check the CWES Web site for reservation information.

November 16-18 – Clark County Holiday Gift Fair – Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. 10 a.m.- p.m. Get a jump on your holiday shopping at this gift fair, which will include daily appearances from Santa and a special holiday themed kid’s activity area. Admission fee.

November 18Sing-a-Long Sound of Music – Columbia Theatre in Longview – 3 p.m. – Dress up as your favorite character from The Sound of Music and prepare to sing your heart out. We’re guessing you already know the lyrics!  Tickets here.

Spectacular trees and vintage planes at Festival of Trees

November 23-25 Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees Kick off your holidays at the multi-event Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees in Vancouver. Festival of Trees viewing plus Santa, entertainment and a scavenger hunt at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th Street in Vancouver. Gorgeous trees will be on display along with Pearson Air Museum’s vintage planes throughout the weekend.  As always, the Talking Tree will be chatting away with Festival goers and Santa or Mrs. Claus will be available for photos. Bring your camera! The viewing schedule is:

Friday, November 23 – Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 25 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free with suggested donation of $5 per family. Non-perishable food donations for Share House and financial donations to support Festival of Trees are requested.

November 23 – Festival of Trees Downtown Holidazzle with Community Tree Lighting at Esther Short Park and the Hilton. 4 p.m. concert with the Vancouver Community Concert Band, More music at 5:30 p.m. and Tree lighting at 6 p.m. at the park. Farmers Market and rides around the park from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. Vancouver Pops Concert at the Hilton at 6:20 p.m. Join the thousands who enjoy this event each year. You will want to be there when the 20,000 lights first illuminate our beautiful community tree!

November 23-25 – Clark County Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour Celebrate the fall harvest and local wine with a food pairing weekend at the wineries! Check individual wineries for opening times.

November 23-25 – Holiday Weekend in Long Beach – What a schedule! All ages are welcome Friday afternoon at the Neptune Theater for a complimentary showing of “The Polar Express,” hosted by Mrs. Claus and a few special guests! Saturday brings magic and Santa Claus to town including a magical show with Mrs. Claus, a craft activity, and free pictures with Santa! Later, enjoy caroling and the City of Long Beach’s tree lighting ceremony. Sunday morning celebrate Frosty the Snowman’s Birthday! Bring a donation of hat, scarves, mittens or other winter clothing for the needy. Enjoy more time with Mrs. Claus and Frosty as well as more craft stations and birthday cake.

November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Open House Weekend at Columbia Gorge Wineries More than 30 wineries and tasting rooms will be open Memorial Day weekend with open houses featuring special releases, barrel tastings, events, live music, artisan treats and other surprises. The wineries span 40 miles of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic. On the Washington side of the Gorge, wineries span from Underwood to Goldendale.

The Chelatchie Prairie Train

Moulton Falls Winery

November 24Chelatchie Prairie Train to Moulton Falls Winery – Take the vintage train to one of Clark County’s newest wineries, Moulton Falls Winery. When you get to the winery, you’ll find food, live music and great wine. This is a LOT of fun! Read about a recent Chelatchie Prairie train ride to the winery here.

November 25 – Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th Street, 10 a.m. – Last year, more than 1,000 started a new holiday tradition by exercising off Thanksgiving calories at this outdoor celebration which winds through the Fort Vancouver Historic Site, along the Columbia River, through downtown Vancouver and past scenic Officers Row! Participate in Energy Event’s 12K Run, a 5KWalk.Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race. Start and Finish at Pearson Air Museum. Registration includes long sleeve t-shirt, food music and hot buttered rums (for adults) and hot chocolate. For more information and registration, visit The Festival trees will be on view. Stop by before or after your run!

November 26-December 1Clamming! – Let the clamming on the Long Beach Peninsula continue! Be sure to watch the WDFW’s website for final dates and times.

Nov. 26, Monday, 5:16 p.m., -0.1 ft, Twin Harbors
Nov. 27, Tuesday, 5:52 p.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
Nov. 28, Wednesday, 6:27 p.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors
Nov. 29, Thursday, 7:01 p.m., -0.4 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 30, Friday, 7:35 p.m., -0.3 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Dec. 1, Saturday, 8:10 p.m., -0.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Coming Up!

December 1 – Lighted Boat Parade and Crab Pot Christmas Tree – Ilwaco

December 1 – Jingle All the Way with The Trail Band – Camas

December 1 – The Irish Rovers – Columbia Theatre – Longview

and oh so much more!


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