Clark County Events – May 2018

Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Gardens When: April 21, 2018 – May 13, 2018, daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: 115 S. Pekin Road, Woodland, WA 98674 Cost: $3 Every year for three weeks, the Hulda Klager Gardens hold Lilac Days, allowing visitors to buy lilacs, visit the 1880’s Victorian Klager home, and peruse the gift shop for lilac-inspired items. From their website: “The Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work

Buying in a Low Inventory Market

There’s no doubt about it: the housing market in Clark County is definitely leaning toward the homesellers right now. Which means the competition for buy a home is getting more intense. However, there are some things that can give a homebuyer an edge when looking for a home in such a tight housing market. Get pre-approved Unless you have duffel bags full of money at your disposal, you will be getting a home loan. Start the process right away by getting pre-approved, even if you haven’t started looking for a home. It takes time to get all of the necessary documents together for pre-approval, and it also gives you a great idea what you can afford. Once that step

Clark County Events – April 2018

Easter Egg Hunt at Esther Short Park When: March 31, 10-11 a.m. Where: Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver Cost: Free Activate Church will be presenting a free Easter egg hunt at Esther Short Park the day before Easter, with more than 15,000 eggs. There will be three time slots for various ages: Up to the three years will start at 10 a.m., children four to six or with special needs will start at 10:20 a.m., and seven and over will begin at 10:40 a.m. There will also be face painting, balloon animals, a bouncy house and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Click here for more information. Clark County Quilt Show When: April 5-7 – Thursday 10 a.m.

Clark County Events – March 2018

Washington State Horse Expo When: March 2-4 Times: Friday Noon to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a Saturday Night Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Address: 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642 Price: Click here for ticket information Get along little dogie to the largest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The Washington State Horse Expo will feature exhibits, stage shows, rider fashions, and other vendor booths for the equine enthusiast. The exhibit is for all levels of riders, for those who just want to learn more about the care and upbringing of horses, or those who just love horses! For more information: wastatehorseexpo.com

Save Money, Time and Stress by Decluttering

You may be the type of person that has a place for everything and everything is in its place. For the rest of us, especially those with young children, our house is in a constant state of “picking up.” Picking up toys, laundry, shoes, coats – basically, anything that can end up on the floor, piled on the kitchen table, or shoved into a closet. After a few months (okay, years), the clutter becomes part of the background. Just as long as we aren’t actively being attacked by mutant dust bunnies, we’re happy with a somewhat open path from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen. But the chaos can take a toll. It did for “The Frugalwoods.”

Finding a Walkable Community

It could be the rising cost of gas. Or an indifferent attitude about owning a car. Or just having the ability to walk to the store for a loaf of bread. But according to a recent survey by the National Association of REALTORS, more than 50 percent of Americans would prefer to live in a “walkable” neighborhood. What makes a neighborhood walkable? According to Walk Score, it’s the ability to walk to amenities from any given location and how long that walk would take from a home address. A five minute walk to the grocery store would get a “maximum” score. Anything that needs more than 30 minutes to walk to would get no score. What counts as an

Clark County Events – February 2018

I Like Comic Con When: Feb. 10-11, 2018 Where: Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield, WA, 98642 Price: $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday, $25 weekend. Kids under 12 free with paying adult Without comic books, there would be no Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Batman or the rest of the superheroes we see on the big and small screens. I Like Comic Con celebrates the comic books of yesterday and today, all genres, and will feature guest writers, artists, creators. Artist Alley, cosplay and exhibitors will also be on full display. For more information, visit http://ilikecomiccon.com/ Magenta Theater presents “Jeeves Intervenes” When: Feb. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at

Clark County Events – January 2018

Start 2018 by watching, partaking in or listening to these events in January: CrossFit Fort Vancouver Championship When: January 5-7 Where: Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel RD, Ridgefield, WA, 98642 Price: $10-$33, kids under 18 are free Watch athletes push themselves to the limit in this three-day event. From the website: “What truly makes the CrossFit Fort Vancouver Championship unique is our commitment to the athletes. In every facet of the competition, we strive to give the athletes and their friends and family who come to support them the best competitive experience of the year.” More Information: Visit CFV Championship  Resolution Run When: January 7, 8 a.m.-noon Where: Gardener Center, 1710 SW 9th AVE, Battle Ground, WA,

How to Choose the Best Fireplace for your Home

Warm up your home (and the bottom line) with a fireplace For many of us in the Pacific Northwest, getting comfy in front of the fireplace is one of the best parts of winter. As the temperatures dip below freezing, the winds howl, and rain, sleet and snow fall from the sky, grabbing a blanket and a hot apple cider and basking in the glow of a warm fire makes for the perfect evening. But, what if your home doesn’t have a fireplace? Is the idyllic scene above enough reason to incur the cost of adding a fireplace? If not, consider the study by the National Association of Realtors in 2013 that discovered many homebuyers not only seek homes

How to Help and Deter Stray Animals

Don’t forget about our furry friends As the weather gets colder and wetter, nothing says home quite like gathering around the fire or getting cozy with a blanket on the couch. After all, nobody likes to be caught out in the cold or during a hard rain. The same goes for our four-legged friends. Stray dogs and cats can adapt to the weather in short bursts, but a winter out in the cold can be too much for many breeds. That’s where the Humane Society of Southwest Washington (HSSW) comes to the rescue. The HSSW reunites more than 1,000 families and their lost pets on a yearly basis, both by holding strays for up to five days and by