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February in SW Washington – Celebrate Chocolate and Wine, Horses and Year of the Snake!

February is here. It’s a short month with lots to celebrate – Groundhog Day, the Lunar New Year (Year of the Snake), Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Cherry Pie Day (Feb 20) , even National Tortilla Chip Day (Feb 24 – I’m on it!) among many, many other unique days. Don’t let the dark and rain get you down. Make a pie, preferably cherry! Eat Chinese (or Korean or Vietnamese or Thai and so on) to celebrate the Year of the Snake! Buy a bag of corn chips! And get out there and explore Southwest Washington.


February 1 A Chocolate and Wine Affair –  Downtown Camas will celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early with chocolate, wine (and  chocolate martinis) in local shops, restaurants and bars. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

February 1 First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Vancouver –  The galleries will have new exhibits. Restaurants and bars will be open. Don’t miss the glass blowing demonstration at Firehouse Glass at 6th and Main Street. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

February 2New Shanghai Circus – Columbia Theatre – Longview – A very special circus is coming to town! The circuses of China are like no other as they combine amazing feats of strength, skill and balance. Extraordinary acts will include Diablo (Chinese Yo-Yo), Bicycle Tricks, Pole Climbing, Plates Spinning, Human Top, Chair Stack and more.

February 8VOCA People – Columbia Theatre – Longview – This acclaimed international group features will perform more than 70 a cappella and beat box versions of popular songs.

February 9 –  Tet Festival –  The Vietnamese Community of Clark County will celebrate the Vietnamese New Year at their annual Tet celebration. Music, carnival games, Lion Dance, Tet food, and more. Noon to 5 pm. Salmon Creek Elementary School in Vancouver.

February 9Chinese Rod Puppet Theatre – Clark County Historical Museum – Dragon Art Studio performs traditional Chinese folk tales and other stories with traditional Chinese rod puppets that are hand-crafted by the puppeteers. 2 p.m. All ages will find their performance enchanting. Happy New Year! Celebrate the Year of the Snake!

February 9-10Asian New Year Kite Celebration –World Kite Museum – Long Beach – The museum’s collection of Chinese hand painted kites and artifacts will be on display. A calligraphy table will be available for trying Chinese brush strokes.

February 10Miss Nelson is Missing! – Columbia Theatre – Longview – Children’s theater for 3-9 year olds and their families. This Rainy Months Series production offers the California Children’s Theater’s musical comedy about a teacher who pretends to be an evil substitute to show that she her students that she is a good teacher.

February 14Valentine’s Day Dinner at Niche – Vancouver. Lots of restaurants will be offering special dinners for Valentine’s Day including Niche in downtown Vancouver.  Chef David Hickenbottom will prepare a 5-course meal and Niche will offer its popular port tasting plus an evening of wine and dark chocolate pairings for those who want an after-dinner drink or nibble. To reserve your spot at the dinner, call 360-980-8352 or check out your favorite romantic restaurant!

February 15-17Washington State Horse Expo – The perfect place for horse people including workshops, exhibitions and “The Extreme Cowboy Race.” Food and live music at the Buckaroo Bash on Saturday night!

February 15- March 2 – The Cemetery Club – Magenta Theater Company – Vancouver  A comedy about three Jewish widows who gather at their husbands’ graves each month and what happens when one starts dating.

February 16-17Vancouver Symphony Orchestra –  “Love Notes for Melissa” with special guest soprano Carol Walterman. Should be a romantic way to continue the romance of Valentine’s Day. Skyview High School. Music by Barber, Falla and Bizet.

One of the prize-winning wines of Three Brothers Winery

February 16-17Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Tour –  Clark County’s many wonderful wineries will celebrate Valentine’s Day with two days of touring and tasting. Check the Web site for the list of wineries and directions. Some wineries may be open on February 15, too.

February 16-18Columbia Gorge Winegrowers President’s Day Weekend Winery Open House – More wine! Wineries in the Columbia Gorge will be offering open houses for President’s Day Weekend with discounts, food pairings, new releases and more surprises.

February 22-23, March 1-2, 7-9Rent – Clark College – The acclaimed Broadway musical will be performed at Clark College.

We’re heading toward spring! See you out there!

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1 Robin Thomas { 02.08.13 at 5:10 pm }

Thanks for the piece about “Rent” being performed at Clark College this month. Have wanted to see that for years, and the tickets are so reasonable-only $12 for seniors!

2 Katlin Smith { 02.08.13 at 9:32 pm }

Wonderful! Enjoy the show!

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