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The new North Bank Magazine hits the streets on Friday! Here is a preview of this fun summer issue, featuring a truly pr...
05/24/2018

The new North Bank Magazine hits the streets on Friday! Here is a preview of this fun summer issue, featuring a truly practical and inspiring column by Eve Hanlin!

Many people believe that their backyards are too small to provide the opportunity for nature-adventures, but this is never the case. You do not need a large yard, nor do you need construction skills, a large budget or hours to spare. Here are eight things anyone can do to add more nature play space....

What is so special about Lake Merwin? My friends and I all love to take our kids there. Though most of my friends are br...
02/27/2018

What is so special about Lake Merwin? My friends and I all love to take our kids there. Though most of my friends are bringing their families from nearby Woodland, Yacolt and La Center, I relish the occasional trek from downtown Vancouver to clear my head and let my kids run and play in the crystal clear lake.

Lake Merwin is a reservoir on the East Fork of the Lewis River. The lake is cool and clear even on the most scorching of summer days Vancouver seems to be suffering lately, and worth paying a visit in the cool days as well.

Merwin Park, at the west end of the Merwin reservoir, is open year round for swimming, boarding, fishing and general hanging about. The park can accommodate big groups of people, with 250 parking spots and 135 picnic tables. Merwin Park is especially family friendly, with a playground, clean and spacious restrooms, and hiking trails. Speelyai Bay Park at the east end is also open for day use year round. Smaller but equally as beautiful as Merwin Park, Speelyai offers a busy two-lane boat ramp, another 250 parking spots, but only 25 picnic tables.

Cresap Bay campground, east of Speelyai Bay Park, is open the Friday before Memorial Day and closed September 30. So consider making campsite reservations now for the busy time. Reservations can be made up to nine months in advance, and considering the increasing pull of the East Fork, it’s a good idea to be planning ahead. Cresap Bay Campground has a swimming beach, 56 overnight campsites and a group camping facility with 15 sites, a covered shelter and a fireplace. A two-lane boat ramp and 23-slip marina are available to overnight guests.

While you won’t be able to camp at Lake Merwin yet, take a day trip to two to this spectacular portion of the Upper Lewis River during one of our many beautiful spring days.

photo by evans burik

Click here for more from North Bank Magazine https://northbanknow.com/2018/02/take-part-in-the-year-round-fun-and-beauty-of-the-merwin-reservoir/

Great news for hikers and bikers on the North Bank! Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - U.S. Forest Service Colu...
02/12/2018

Great news for hikers and bikers on the North Bank! Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - U.S. Forest Service ColumbiaGorge.com Friends of the Columbia Gorge Columbia River Gorge

Eagle Creek wildfires make way for trail development and tourism on Southwest Washington's North Bank. Gorge Towns to Trails is leading the effort and engaging communities across the region.

There's a world of wonderful things happening on the North Bank this weekend. Here are your Best Bets, with complete det...
11/10/2017

There's a world of wonderful things happening on the North Bank this weekend. Here are your Best Bets, with complete details at www.northbanknow.com:
• Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade with The Historic Trust
• Harvest Gold Veterans' Day Concert at Old Liberty Theater
• Mill Creek Pub Veterans' Day Breakfast
• 2017 Open Studios Tour with Arts of Clark County
• Thanksgiving Tea at Pomeroy Farm
• Patriot's Weekend Diesel Train Rides with Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (BYCX)
• Wine Train Appetizers, Wine Tasting & Live Music with Moulton Falls Winery
• Holiday Dinner Party at Class Cooking
• Holiday Open House at Camas Antiques
• "A View from the Bridge" opens at Clark College -- Vancouver, Washington
• A Totally 80s Midsummer Night's Dream at Washburn Performing Arts Center
• Veterans Day Presentation at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: Pacific War Memories
• A Visual History of Bonneville Dam--reading & booksigning at Vintage Books
• Writers Workshop: Creating Picture Book Biographies with Barbara Herkert at Vintage Books
• JUNGMAVEN Grand Opening Warehouse Sale

Come to the table and experience a "Taste Renaissance" at the Slow Food Southwest Washington annual dinner & auction at ...
11/10/2017

Come to the table and experience a "Taste Renaissance" at the Slow Food Southwest Washington annual dinner & auction at Warehouse '23 featuring a decadent menu prepared by top regional chefs. Here's a sneak peek at the menu: https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/taste-renaissance-slow-food-dinner-auction/

“Taste Renaissance” Slow Food Dinner & Auction November 10, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & Hotspots, Plate & CupSlow Food Dinner and Auction, Slow Food Southwest Washington, Taste Ranaissance Slow Food Southwest Washington is hosting its annual dinner and auction at Warehouse ’23 from 5 to 9 p.m.…

The Camas Antiques Holiday Open House is happening RIGHT NOW, people! Beautiful displays & special sales to get you in t...
11/10/2017

The Camas Antiques Holiday Open House is happening RIGHT NOW, people! Beautiful displays & special sales to get you in the holiday spirit--plus free gifts to the first customers tomorrow & Sunday! https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/camas-antiques-holiday-open-house-3/

Camas Antiques Holiday Open House November 10, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & Hotspots, UncategorizedCamas Antiques, Holiday Open House In case you haven’t noticed the lights, trees, ornaments, reindeer, and wreaths in North Bank Stores, the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. Camas An...

Check out the totally 80s twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream this weekend & next at the Washburn Performing Arts Center....
11/10/2017

Check out the totally 80s twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream this weekend & next at the Washburn Performing Arts Center. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/a-totally-80s-midsummer-nights-dream/ Washougal High School

A Totally 80s Midsummer Night’s Dream November 10, 2017Monika SpykermanSight & SoundMidsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare, Totally 80s, Washougal High School Washougal High School invites you to enjoy a contemporary twist on a 421-year-old classic: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” T...

The trees are still wearing their autumn finery down by the Columbia riverfront.          🍁
11/10/2017

The trees are still wearing their autumn finery down by the Columbia riverfront. 🍁

The view of Lacamas Creek from McEnry Bridge, a picturesque stop along the Lacamas Creek Trail.
11/10/2017

The view of Lacamas Creek from McEnry Bridge, a picturesque stop along the Lacamas Creek Trail.

The pho at NOM NOM Restaurant & Grill is the perfect antidote to a cold, cloudy day.         Vancouver's Downtown Associ...
11/10/2017

The pho at NOM NOM Restaurant & Grill is the perfect antidote to a cold, cloudy day. Vancouver's Downtown Association

A delicious plate of veggie yakisoba at Sushi Mo. One of out fave places in  !
11/10/2017

A delicious plate of veggie yakisoba at Sushi Mo. One of out fave places in !

This promises to be especially interesting: a visual history of Bonneville Dam by local author & head ranger at the Bonn...
11/10/2017

This promises to be especially interesting: a visual history of Bonneville Dam by local author & head ranger at the Bonneville Visitor Center, Pat Barry. He'll be at Vintage Books on Saturday to share stories & sign copies of his new book. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/visual-history-bonneville-dam-book-signing-vintage-books/

A Visual History of Bonneville Dam: Book Signing at Vintage Books November 9, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsBonneville Lock and Dam, Pat Barry, Vintage Books Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, is hosting local author Pat Barry for a special book reading a...

If you're a veteran or active duty military, head out to Mill Creek Pub on Saturday morning for a free breakfast! https:...
11/09/2017

If you're a veteran or active duty military, head out to Mill Creek Pub on Saturday morning for a free breakfast! https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/mill-creek-pub-honors-veterans/ (Photo by Tyler Mode of www.naturespixpdx.com)

Mill Creek Pub Honors Veterans November 9, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsMill Creek Pub, Veterans Day Mill Creek Pub is celebrating its sixth anniversary by honoring veterans! The popular restaurant and taproom in Battle Ground will celebrate its sixth year in business from 9 a.m. to noon...

Sad news: the wonderful Above & Below Fine Art Studio at Boomerang is moving to another location (TBD), so this is the l...
11/09/2017

Sad news: the wonderful Above & Below Fine Art Studio at Boomerang is moving to another location (TBD), so this is the last weekend to see and purchase art at that location. Make it a point to stop by and see the marvelous, mesmerizing contemporary landscapes of Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth--and take advantage of the moving sale!

All aboard for the Patriot's Day Train Rides with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (BYCX)--plus a special Wine Train & li...
11/09/2017

All aboard for the Patriot's Day Train Rides with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (BYCX)--plus a special Wine Train & live music on Saturday with Moulton Falls Winery. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/patriots-weekend-diesel-train-rides-wine-train/

Patriot’s Weekend Diesel Train Rides & Wine Train November 8, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsChelatchie Prairie Railroad, Diesel Train, Moulton Falls, Train Rides, Wine Train The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is putting its Alco diesel train on the rails this weekend, Nov. 11 & 12. The train...

The new Grapes 'n Growlers - Felida is now open!
11/09/2017

The new Grapes 'n Growlers - Felida is now open!

Two days prior to the opening of the new Grapes n’ Growlers location in Felida, co-owner Tom Mahoney’s head was churning with excitement and anticipation.

In honor of Veterans Day AND Neil Young's birthday, Old Liberty Theater is hosting a Harvest Gold Concert (plus a few Bo...
11/09/2017

In honor of Veterans Day AND Neil Young's birthday, Old Liberty Theater is hosting a Harvest Gold Concert (plus a few Bob Dylan tunes) and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the local . https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/harvest-gold-concert-at-old-liberty/

Harvest Gold Concert at Old Liberty November 8, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & Hotspots, Sight & SoundHarvest Gold, Neil Young, Old Liberty Theatre, Veterans Day On Saturday, Nov. 11, there will be a rock-n-roll benefit concert at the Old Liberty Theater to comemmorate two events: Veterans Day (No...

The teens are taking over tomorrow night at Rocksolid Community Teen Center, where there's a totally teen party from 7 t...
11/09/2017

The teens are taking over tomorrow night at Rocksolid Community Teen Center, where there's a totally teen party from 7 to 10 p.m. with pizza, games, inflatables, a photo booth & more. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/teen-takeover-at-rocksolid/

Teen Takeover at Rocksolid November 8, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsRockSolid Community Teen Center, Teen Takeover Rocksolid Community Teen Center invites all teens in the 5th-12th grades to attend “Teen Takeover,” a just-for-teens event to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9,…

The fifth annual Arts of Clark County Open Studios Tour is this Saturday and Sunday! So much to see, so many artists to ...
11/08/2017

The fifth annual Arts of Clark County Open Studios Tour is this Saturday and Sunday! So much to see, so many artists to meet...like Camas artist Liz Pike, who painted this gorgeous sunflower! https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/open-studios-tour-4/

Open Studios Tour November 8, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & Hotspots, Sight & SoundArts of Clark County, Clark County Open Studios Tour The fifth annual Clark County Open Studios Tour showcases the beautiful and distinctive works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide…

Don't miss the beautiful and moving 31st annual Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade this Saturday at  , along   & at Fort Va...
11/08/2017

Don't miss the beautiful and moving 31st annual Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade this Saturday at , along & at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/veterans-ceremony-parade/ The Historic Trust

Veterans’ Ceremony & Parade November 8, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsThe Historic Trust, Veterans Day, Veterans Day Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade The Historic Trust invites you to mark Veterans’ Day with the 31st annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade w...

11/08/2017

Have you ever thought of a awesome waffle topping and wanted us to add it to our menu? Here is your chance to get your waffle flavor on our menu! As you may know, our menu is seasonal and our current flavors will only be around for a few more weeks. We are looking for some flavor inspiration for our Winter menu...so submit your flavor ideas for a chance to win free waffles and your waffle on our Winter menu. Post your ideas here or on our Instagram post for your chance to win...be specific! We will select 3 waffle flavor submissions and then open the vote to the public. Please submit your ideas by 11/18/2017 at midnight. **Prize will include vouchers for a free waffle every week for the entire time your waffle is on the menu.

11/08/2017

We're now open Saturdays!

Thanks for all your patience everyone! We've been working hard to figure out our new systems and staff needs. We're glad to announce beginning this Saturday (Nov 11), we'll have our full menu available.

8am-3pm // Smoothie & Breakfast Bar
11am-3pm // Bowls, Salads & Burritos

Located downtown Vancouver at 108 W 8th St. (8th & Washington).

Hope to see you this Saturday!

The next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Angst Gallery features Julene Tripp Weaver, who is also conducting a "Poeming Hea...
11/08/2017

The next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Angst Gallery features Julene Tripp Weaver, who is also conducting a "Poeming Health" workshop for those living with chronic illness. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/ghost-town-poetry-poeming-health-workshop/ Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Julene Tripp Weaver Poeming Health Writing Workshop with Julene Tripp Weaver

Ghost Town Poetry & “Poeming Health” Workshop November 7, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsAngst Gallery, Chronic Illness, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, Julene Tripp Weaver, Poeming Health Enjoy an evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear publi...

Woodland Action, Clark College -- Vancouver, Washington, Arts of Clark County and Woodland High School (Washington) have...
11/08/2017

Woodland Action, Clark College -- Vancouver, Washington, Arts of Clark County and Woodland High School (Washington) have all joined together to host the second annual fundraiser. Enjoy delicious soup and bread and take home your own hand-thrown ceramic bowl. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/empty-bowls-project/

Empty Bowls Project November 7, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsArts of Clark County, Clark College, Empty Bowls Project, Hunger, Woodland Action Center, Woodland High School It’s almost time for the second annual Empty Bowls Project. Those who attend the Thursday, Nov. 9, fundraiser at Woo...

Clark College Theatre kicks off its 2017-18 season with Arthur Miller's classic play, "A View from the Bridge," which op...
11/08/2017

Clark College Theatre kicks off its 2017-18 season with Arthur Miller's classic play, "A View from the Bridge," which opens Friday. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/a-view-from-the-bridge-at-clark-college/ Clark College -- Vancouver, Washington Clark College Bookstore Clark College Theatre

“A View from the Bridge” at Clark College November 7, 2017Monika SpykermanSight & SoundClark College Theater, The View from the Bridge Clark College Theatre opens its 2017-2018 season with Arthur Miller’s classic play, “A View from the Bridge.” Miller, who wrote “Death of a Salesman,” and “The Cruci...

Pomeroy Farm is hosting two of its outstanding themed teas this Saturday and next...and keep an eye out for its wonderfu...
11/08/2017

Pomeroy Farm is hosting two of its outstanding themed teas this Saturday and next...and keep an eye out for its wonderful Christmas teas, as well! Everything is homemade from scratch in the on-site kitchen and guests are treated like royalty. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/thanksgiving-tea-tour-at-pomeroy-farm/

Thanksgiving Tea & Tour at Pomeroy Farm November 7, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & Hotspots, Plate & CupPomeroy Farm, Thanksgiving Tea The Gathering Place at Pomeroy Farm invites you to celebrate the season of thankfulness with a cozy, autumn-themed tea. Choose one of two tea-times: noon on Saturd...

Take a delicious trip along the Fourth Plain Taco Trail!
11/08/2017

Take a delicious trip along the Fourth Plain Taco Trail!

or fans of Mexican food, Fourth Plain Boulevard is a treasure trove.

Want to give homemade gifts this year? Learn how to stitch an adorable gnome at Laura Bray's "Embroidery 101" class at t...
11/07/2017

Want to give homemade gifts this year? Learn how to stitch an adorable gnome at Laura Bray's "Embroidery 101" class at the Vancouver Art Space! Beginners welcome! https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/embroidery-workshop-with-laura-k-bray/

Embroidery Workshop with Laura K. Bray November 7, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsEmbroidery Workshop, Gnome, Laura K. Bray, Vancouver Art Space Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like an adorable hand-stitched gnome, am I right? Even if you’ve never embroidered before, this workshop at the Van...

Looking for holiday gifts that are local, 100% American-made, and environmentally friendly? Check out the JUNGMAVEN Gran...
11/07/2017

Looking for holiday gifts that are local, 100% American-made, and environmentally friendly? Check out the JUNGMAVEN Grand Opening Warehouse Sale this Saturday. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/jungmaven-grand-opening-warehouse-sale/ Jungmaven Grand Opening Warehouse Sale!

Jungmaven Grand Opening Warehouse Sale November 6, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsJungmaven Jungmaven, an American clothing company founded by Robert Jungmann in 2005, is celebrating the grand opening of its Vancouver operation with a giant Grand Opening Warehouse Sale—just in time to get…

See the region's rich agricultural heritage in a series of hand-painted, illuminated slides during a special presentatio...
11/07/2017

See the region's rich agricultural heritage in a series of hand-painted, illuminated slides during a special presentation at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center in conjunction with the Oregon Historical Society. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/land-of-milk-and-honey-illuminated-slide-program-at-fort-vancouver/

Land of Milk & Honey: Illuminated Slide Program at Fort Vancouver November 6, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsFood History, Fort Vancouver, Illuminated Slide Program, Oregon Historical Society Join the Oregon Historical Society and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver for a unique lo...

Mmmmmm...Chef Kim Mahan from Class Cooking will teach you new tricks for hosting an outstanding holiday dinner party! Th...
11/06/2017

Mmmmmm...Chef Kim Mahan from Class Cooking will teach you new tricks for hosting an outstanding holiday dinner party! There are still spots left in her class this Friday. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/holiday-dinner-party-at-class-cooking/

Holiday Dinner Party at Class Cooking November 6, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & Hotspots, Plate & CupClass Cooking, Holiday Dinner Party Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking will teach you how to put together an unforgettable holiday dinner party. This class will give you something new to serve to fri...

In honor of Veterans' Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a special book reading and signing with Clyde Hollo...
11/06/2017

In honor of Veterans' Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a special book reading and signing with Clyde Holloway, author of "Pacific War Marine," about his father's WW2 experiences. https://northbanknow.com/2017/11/veterans-day-presentation-at-ft-vancouver-pacific-war-memories/ Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Veterans Day Presentation at Ft. Vancouver: Pacific War Memories November 6, 2017Monika SpykermanHappenings & HotspotsClyde Holloway, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, Pacific War Marine, Pacific War Memories In honor of Veterans Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a discussion and book sign...

11/06/2017

This is such a great video about the recent North Bank Beer Week -- Final Draft Taphouse invited local brewers to tell their stories, and here's the result:

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The April Downtown Camas First Friday where we will celebrate our town's history and the coming of Spring is April 6th, 5-8pm. The theme is "Spring into History" and we have SO many activities planned! Who knew history could be this much fun!! Click here for details:https://downtowncamas.com/event/april-first-friday-spring-history
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