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Posts from — February 2013

March in Southwest Washington: Music, Theatre and More While Wishing for Tulips and Dry, Sunny Days

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”  Pablo Neruda

Spring is nearly here. The weather is unpredictable, the ground soaked and cold…but our first dandelions suggest that April flowers are soon to bloom. Whether it feels like spring, or not, let’s pretend that it is here…and get out there!

March 1First Friday in Camas – Find the Lucky Leprechaun/Go Green Event Start your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day early by finding leprechauns hiding in downtown Camas shops. An cco friendly, Go Green Fashion Show will be hosted by and at Diamonds & Rust Gift Shop on 4th Street next to the Liberty Theater. Molly Malone’s Irish Dancers and more! 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

March 1First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver – Artist KC Madsen will be hosting a reception at Vancouver’s City Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the galleries will have their new exhibits on display. Check out Angst, Aurora, Art on the Boulevard (7th anniversary), Dunbar’s Fine Art and Design Studio (inside the Academy), Gallery 360, Heritage Gallery, North Bank Gallery, Nouspace Gallery, The Hidden Courtyard, Rand Jewelers and Erik Runyan Jewelers.   Click here for a printer friendly map

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

March 7-31 (various, specific dates) – Razor Clam Digs –  Long Beach Peninsula and other locations- Plan to clam! Go here to read a past ZEST blog post on clamming. For dates and details read the official WDFW announcement. And mind the rules!

March 8Ryan Stiles and Friends Night of Improv – Columbia Theatre in Longview – Ryan Stiles of Two and a Half Men and Comedy Central will bring his improv show to the beautiful Columbia Theatre. 8 p.m.

March 8-31 –  Proof – Serendipity Players presents the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning play, “Proof,” by David Auburn. 500 Washington Street in Vancouver. Various times.

March 10SW Washington Wind Symphony ConcertUnion High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk Street, Camas. The wind symphony will present 20th century American composers including Bernstein, Ticheli and Clifton Williams. Free! 3 p.m.

March 10Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition – This annual competition is a joy to watch with 10 extraordinarily talented and poised young artists competing for scholarships and performance opportunities with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Emceed by Jessica Martin, Executive Producer of OPB’s Oregon Art Beat. A delightful and cost-free way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 NW 39th Street in Vancouver. Check here for a ZEST blog post about the 2010 VSO Young Artist Competition. 1 p.m.

March 10 – Deadline for reserving Girl Rising screening ticket. See March 17 below.

March 15-16 18th Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild ShowColumbia Pacific Heritage Museum – Head to the coast to see the annual quilt show by local fabric artists. The museum is always great destination in Ilwaco.

March 16St. Patrick’s Day Tea – Pomeroy Living  History Farm – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a high tea at the farm. Prepaid reservations are required. Check out the menu and cost here. Tea time is noon.

March 16Junior Symphony of Vancouver Spring Concert – Join Southwest Washington’s young classical musicians as they present an Irish-themed program at Faith Center Church, 10702 NW 117th Street in Vancouver to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Details here. 7:30 p.m.

March 16-17Vancouver Farmers Market – Hurray! The Vancouver Farmers Market opens on March 16 at Esther Short Park. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One of ZEST’s very first blog posts (in 2009!) was about picking out bouquets at the Farmers Market. Check it out here.

March 17Girl Rising Special Screening – The new documentary Girl Rising will be shown at Regal City Center 12 in downtown Vancouver IF enough reservations are made by March 10 for the film. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Go to  http://gathr.us/screening/1470 to view the trailer and reserve your seats for the local showing. 7:30 p.m.

March 18Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon at the Clark County Historical Museum in Vancouver. Guest speaker is “Calamity” Jan Pierson, co-author of “Prohibition, Prostitution and Presbyterian Pews.” How could you go wrong with a title like that?!  Call (360) 993-5679 to reserve your ticket. 11 a.m. book signing followed by lunch and a talk.

March 19Volcano Views and Brews: Hiking Washington History – Judy Bentley, author of Hiking Washington History, speaks at Tommy O’s in downtown Vancouver. Sponsored by Mount St. Helens Institute. 6:30 p.m. (Happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

March 21Volcano Views and Brews: Hiking Washington History – Judy Bentley, author of Hiking Washington History, speaks  at the Smokehouse Pub at the Hop and Grape in Longview. Sponsored by Mount St. Helens Institute. 6:30 p.m.

March 22-2448th Annual Home and Garden Show – Centralia Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. Spring is coming! Get ready by attending this annual show.

March 23-24Maryhill Winery Spring Release Weekend – Enjoy entertainment, food and, of course, Maryhill’s great wines in a spectacular setting in the Gorge. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

March 23Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37 –  St. Joseph’s Church in Vancouver. This classic choral work will be sung in Russian and by candlelight  by the Bravo! Chorale. Buy tickets here. 7:30 p.m.

March 23Iveria Georgian Dance – Columbia Theatre in Longview.  Experience the acrobatic Georgian dance and rich harmonies and poignant songs from the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountains. 7:30 p.m.

March 23-April 7Spring Break at the World Kite Museum – Long Beach – Pack the kids up and head to the World Kite Museum in Long Beach.. “Spring fling” events for children and parents.

March 293 Leg Torso  in Concert – Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson Sponsored by the Skamania Performing Arts Foundation. Modern chamber pop music from this acclaimed Portland group. Should be a lot of fun! 8 p.m.

March 30 – All Washington State Parks are free today! From the Pacific Ocean through the Gorge, Southwest Washington has many beautiful state parks. Start with this regional parks map and end your month by visiting one of the parks for free!

See you out there!

February 27, 2013   No Comments

Shops to Love: Kazoodles

Assignment: Find fun birthday gifts for our two-year-old granddaughter.

Perfect Location: Kazoodles in east Vancouver.

Result: Mission accomplished!

If nominations were solicited for the happiest store in the area, Kazoodles would be at the top of the list. Filled with “kid-powered toys,” store owners Mary and Bob Sisson bundle fun and education together with high-quality products for children of all ages. They opened the original Kazoodles store in downtown Vancouver in 2006 and later moved to their current location at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd in east Vancouver. (Click on the photos for a larger view of the shop.)

Mary, Bob and Luka Sisson

The store is beautifully organized by age and interest. Wise advice for toy selection is readily available.

A store filled with goodies for kids, parents and grandparents

Can we buy a little of everything?

A reading corner offers children’s books and a comfy place to read. Storytimes for pre-schoolers are held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Check the store calendar for other events like “Crafternoons.”

Reading corner

Groovy Girls waiting to be adopted

Fun way to wake up!

Puppets on a Stick

Three-headed dragon

The store Web site offers lots of gift ideas and is organized by age and interest. Another great feature is free gift wrap. Thanks, Bob!

Free gift wrap!

While the store is filled with fun and games, sometimes a shop dog just needs a nap.

Every shop needs a dog or cat

Kazoodles goal is to offer toys that are stimulating, safe, well-made, and most of all, fun. Whether you have toys, games and books on your shopping list, or not, check out this charming store!

A great place for ALL ages!

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February 18, 2013   No Comments