Community Calendar, May 25 edition


Introduction to vegetable gardening: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Join the WSU Master Gardeners as they host a workshop on vegetable gardening, which includes site selection, soil preparation, crop selection, pest and disease management, irrigation, and more. The event is accessible to beginners and participants are expected to dress for the weather and bring water. It will be held in Hazel Dell. An exact location will be provided upon registration. Tickets are $10. They can be bought at For more information, call Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060 ext. 5738, or email 

Memorial Day event: 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30. The American Legion Post 44 of Ridgefield will conduct a Memorial Day event at the Ridgefield cemetery at 955 Cemetery Road. People can pay their respects to all military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country — their life. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend. 

Escaped ornamental weeds: Noon on Tuesday, May 31. Join WSU Master Gardener and Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Coordinator Jennifer Mendoza, who will talk about how to prevent plants from becoming noxious and escaping into the wild. To join, go to Enter the meeting ID 7756056320 and password 12345. For more information, call Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, ext. 3 or email

Never to be Forgotten: 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Join the Patriot Guard Riders and Community Military Appreciation Committee for Clark County as they commemorate U.S. Army PFC Andrew John Shields, who died in battle fighting the global war on terror at the age of 19. The Never to be Forgotten ceremony will be held at Kiwanis City Park, 422 SW Second Ave., Battle Ground. For more information, email Lynn Vaughn at 

Daughters of Pioneers meeting: The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington Chapter No. 19 will meet on June 2. The group will tour a private museum in La Center. A potluck and officer installation will follow the tour. Bring a salad or dessert for the potluck, plus your own table service. Though June’s meeting will be at a different location, the group regularly meets the first Thursday of most months at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St. Call Pepper Kim at 360-901-0176 for meeting details.

Hockinson Fun Days: 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 3, and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Join the Hockinson community for the Fun Days festival. On June 3, there will be bingo from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and live performances from the Hockinson High School theater company from 8 to 10 p.m. at the high school. On June 4, Fire District 3 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. There will also be a marketplace bazaar at the Hockinson Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a parade from noon to 1 p.m., and a carnival from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the community center’s upper parking lot. The event will feature a cruise-in and live music at the Elim Church lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hockinson High School is located at 16819 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie; Fire District 3 is at 17718 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie; Hockinson Community Center is at 15916 NE 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie; and Elim Church is at 15815 NE 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. A shuttle bus will go back and forth from Hockinson High School and Hockinson Middle School from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 4. For more information, call Julie Atchley at 360-241-5301. 

Ridgefield Big Paddle: 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Join the Ridgefield community as Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe leads people in canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards. There will also be a hike through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, live music, barbecue, and a free yoga class. The event costs $5. Register in advance at Boat rentals can be purchased at The paddle will take place at the Ridgefield Kayak Launch on Division Street in Ridgefield. More information about the event can be found online at 

Meaningful Movies: 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Join the Ridgefield community at the Old Liberty Theater as they screen the film “Bring Her Home,” which tells the story of three indigenous women who honor their relatives who were victims of kidnapping and murder. Karyn Kameroff and Duana Johnson, who are leaders in the indegenous community, will host a discussion about the film after the screening. It will focus on the current state of violence against indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. For more information, email Megan Dudley at 

Planters Days: June 16 to June 19. Join the Woodland community for the town’s 100th Planters Days celebration, which will feature a car show, vendors, a bingo bash, and brunch at the newly reopened Oak Tree restaurant. For more information, go to 

Our Days Steamboat Festival: Saturday, July 9 for citywide garage sales; 7:30 a.m. on July 29 for parade, 8 a.m. for car show; and 10 a.m. for everything else on Saturday, July 30 for the festival. Join the La Center community for its Our Days Steamboat Festival, which will feature a parade and movies, as well as a festival the following day which includes a car show, bingo, beer gardens, and barbecue. The parade will start at La Center Middle School, 2001 NE Lockwood Creek Road, La Center, and end at Fifth and Cedar streets. The events on July 30 will be located at Holley Park, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center. For more information, call Wendy Ramco at 503-860-5973 or email 

Miss Teen La Center Scholarship Pageant: 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. La Center will hold its annual Miss Teen La Center Scholarship Pageant for girls ages 13 to 18. The event is open to girls from Ridgefield as well. It will be held at La Center Middle School, 2001 NE Lockwood Creek Road, La Center. For more information, contact Linda Tracy at

La Center kindergarten registration: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays at the La Center Elementary School office, 700 E. Fourth St., or online at Parents are strongly encouraged to register beforehand. Children must turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Parents must bring a copy of their child’s immunization record and birth certificate. 

Battle Ground Lions Club: 7 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Old Town Burgers. Join the Battle Ground Lions Club for fun and volunteer opportunities. Old Town Burger is located at 813 W. Main St., Battle Ground.

Bliss Yoga: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays in the Woodin Creek Room of the Battle Ground Community Center, 910 E. Main St. Classes will include gentle poses to increase strength, balance, flexibility, relaxation and meditation. For more information, or to register, contact Fran at 360-903-8912 or email  

Toastmaster meetings: 7 p.m. every Tuesday online. Toastmasters holds meetings for people who want to improve their communication skills for business or career development. Meetings are on Zoom. Use meeting ID number 88000718444. Participants can login five to 10 minutes early to chat. More information can be found online at 

Battle Ground Rotary Club meeting: 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 715 E. Main St. in Battle Ground.

Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Battle Ground Elks Lodge, 907 SE Grace Ave., Battle Ground. The meeting starts with a weigh-in. If you want to lose weight sensibly, TOPS has you covered. For more information, call Donna Brown at 562-355-0950. 

Columbia River Square Dancers: Lessons 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, dances at 7 p.m. for plus level and 8 to 9:45 p.m. for mainstream level on the first and third Friday of each month. Lessons and dances are held at 17901 NE 72nd Ave., Battle Ground. Cost is $7 per dancer. For more information, contact Dale Smith at 360-606-8849. 

Silver & Fit virtual fitness classes for seniors: 10 a.m. every weekday. Join Silver & Fit for free fitness classes for seniors. Monday is low impact cardio, Tuesday is easygoing yoga, Wednesday is body weight exercises, Thursday is balance and flexibility, and Friday is a mixer of favorite exercises of the week. To find classes, visit For more information, call 877-427-4788 or email 

HOPE Dementia Support Group Battle Ground: 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday. Join HOPE in a support group for individuals caring for people with all types of dementia. The event will be hosted in person at Mallard Landing, 813 SE Clark Ave., Battle Ground, and through Zoom. To get the Zoom link, call 360-513-5754 or email

Virtual Professional Connections weekly meeting: 11:45 a.m. every Monday. Come meet like-minded professionals and network with others in your field. To join, go to, click on join a meeting, enter meeting ID 8092456202, and enter password 311397 (if applicable). For more information, call 503-348-5330.

Pig Jam: 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. Join the Battle Ground community for a Pig Jam, which will serve a large, roasted barbecue pig while an AC/DC tribute band plays. Food is $24, and includes three different plates, each with a quarter pound of meat and a side. Attendees can listen to the band’s performance for free. The event will be held at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. To get tickets, go to For more information, call Sherie Szubski at 425-698-3236 or email