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Identify and Remove Invasive Vegetation in Your Yard

Nothing boosts curb appeal quite like beautiful landscaping. It’s also nice to have your own space to enjoy the outdoors. This is why lawn and landscape care is a topic of interest for most homeowners. Choosing your own yard vegetation can be a lot of fun, and also a source of pride in the upkeep. You want to make sure your trees and shrubs will be able to thrive. Besides watering and pruning, you should also check your yard for the presence of any unwanted, noxious residents. Many species of noxious plants and trees have put down roots in our local landscape over the last few generations. This kind of vegetation typically acts as a bully to our beautiful

Clark County Holiday Events

November Turkey Trot Where: Klineline Pond and Salmon Creek Park When: Nov. 22, 5K/10K races begin at 9am What: Since 2002, Clark County families have met for an early morning run before the big Thanksgiving meal. As popularity of the event grew, these families realized their tradition could serve the hungry in their communities, so they decided to donate 100% of the race proceeds to the Clark County Food Bank. Now, T-shirt purchases and Polar Plunge registration fees generate enough funding to provide tens of thousands of meals for people in the community! Register now online. Community Tree Lighting Where: Esther Short Park, Downtown Vancouver When: Nov. 23, 4-7pm What: Held annually the day after Thanksgiving, Vancouver lights up

Preparing Your Home for Winter

You’ve packed away the lawn furniture, backyard entertainment, and other favorite things for summer fun outdoors. The evening air feels crisp and is starting to smell of chimney smoke. But before you head indoors for good, there are some basic things you should do to prepare your home for winter. Hoses and Faucets Since the Pacific Northwest rains will handle all your watering, you won’t be needing to keep the garden hoses at the ready for a good many months. Now’s the time to disconnect the hoses from the faucets and drain them before storing away. Then for a couple bucks you can fit the outdoor faucets with insulated covers which will help prevent pipes from bursting. If you

Pumpkin Patches

October is Pumpkin Patch Season! October is a great time to visit our local working farms before they bed down for the winter and nothing makes fall more festive than a visit to a local pumpkin patch. Many local farms offer a pumpkin patch plus other family activities such as corn mazes, hayrides, and animal barns. While you’re there, grab some other local harvest produce and take advantage of the all the fall photo opportunities with your family on the farm. Vancouver Velvet Acres Bring the family out for an adventure on the 80-acre family farm. Admission includes a pumpkin from the patch, hayride, petting zoo, hay pyramid, and corn maze. Also check out the wide variety of fall

Clark County Events – October

First Friday Night Market in Downtown Vancouver When: Friday, October 5, 2018 – 5:00pm to 9pm Where: 806 and 808 Main St Your opportunity to ‘Eat, Drink and Shop local,’ Vancouver’s Night Market brings creativity and great art together joined with live music and inspiration for an adventurous retail evening. The Night Market Vancouver is a FREE and FUN evening for ALL AGES. Stop by 806 and 808 Main St in Downtown Vancouver every First Friday of the month.   VDA’s First Friday Downtown When: Friday, October 5, 2018 – 5:00pm Where: Vancouver Arts District Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open their doors to celebrate opening night

Clark County Events – September

Reading in the Wild Storytime and Nature Series When: Thursdays through September 20th 2018, 10am-11am Where: Water Center (4600 SE Columbia Way) If you have young kids who like to be outside and like stories, then you need to check out Reading in the Wild. The City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center offers a free, outdoor reading series for kids, from 3 to 6 years old, called Reading in the Wild. The program connects fun stories with nature activities. They read, and your little ones explore! Sit under a tree, listen to a story, then roam around the garden to play with plants, rocks, water or critters in the dirt. Vancouver First Friday When: August 3rd (and ongoing throughout the

Clark County Events – August

Summer Movie Express – Dollar Movies are Back When: August 7th through 22nd at 10:00 am (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) Where: Regal Cinemas (Hazel Dell and SE 164th locations) Cost: $1 per Entry   Looking for low-cost ways to entertain your kids this summer? Check out the Regal Cinemas $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August. Check out the full schedule of movies below: July 17th and 18th – The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Ferdinand July 24th and 25th – The Secret Life of Pets and Alvin and the Chipmunks July 31st and August 1st – The Lego Batman Movie and Trolls August 7th and 8th – Minions and The Boss Baby August 14th and 15th – Paddington

Clark County Events – July 2018

Camas Farmers Market When:  Wednesdays June 6, 2018 – October 3, 2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm Where: Between the library and City Hall in historic Downtown Camas Watch chef demos, get healthy living and gardening information, enjoy kids’ activities, and experience live local music every Wednesday at the Camas Farmers’ Market. Freshly harvested seasonal produce, flowers, natural products, and a wide variety of prepared and hot foods fill the market. Fill your basket, grab dinner and relax on the library lawn.   Vancouver Farmers’ Market When:  Weekends from March 17, 2018 – October 28, 2018. Saturdays: 9:00am to 3:00pm; Sundays: 10:00am to  3:00pm. Where: Next to Esther Short Park at 6th and Esther in Downtown Vancouver The Vancouver Farmers Market

Clark County Events – June 2018

Ridgefield’s Big Paddle When: June 2, 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM Where: 111 W Division St., Ridgefield, WA 98642 Cost: $5, $20 for a group of six. There’s something for everyone at Ridgefield’s Big Paddle, a flotilla of kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and more covering a five-mile, two-hour tour along Lake River. The trip will wind through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and on to the confluence with the Columbia River.  Register online before the event or the morning of the event. In addition to the float, there will be guided birding tours, hands-on activities, live music, food carts, beer garden, vendors, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and much more! For more information, click here.   Vancouver America Marathon &

Selling in the Spring

Selling in the Spring We all know what the calendar says, but if the recent sun of sunny days is any indication, Spring may finally be here. While the home buying season hasn’t had a break over the last few years, now is the time when it really starts rolling. What can you do to make your home stand out? Putting up a “For Sale” is obviously a good start, but before you do that, here are a some steps you can take to catch the eye of a potential home buyer for your home. Tidy Up The Yard Curb appeal, first impressions, and putting your best foot forward. Time-tested good advice, or overused cliches? It doesn’t really matter because