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

Holiday Events in Clark County WA

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And Clark County, WA offers several ways to get out and enjoy the holiday season. November Clark County Turkey Trot Where: Klineline Pond and Salmon Creek Park When: Thanksgiving (Nov. 23), 9 a.m. What: A family-friendly event starting and ending at Klineline Park, the Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk or a 10K run along the Salmon Creek Trail. A $25 fee covers all races with the proceeds (including t-shirt purchases) donated to the Clark County Food Bank. For those who prefer a nice eye-opener, there is also a Polar Plunge – the $5 registration also goes to the food bank. Info: turkey-trot.org Community Tree Lighting Where: Esther Short Park, Downtown Vancouver When: Nov.

Selling During the Holidays

As the warmer months of Summer give way to the changing leaves of Fall, how a homeowner goes about selling their home changes, too. Along with the usual cold-weather month home-selling tips – lots of light, keep the front entryway clear of dirt and debris, making sure the furnace works as it’s supposed to – there are holidays to contend with as well. A homeseller certainly doesn’t have to be a grinch during the holidays – everyone likes a little tinsel now and again – but going overboard might dampen the good cheer of the season if the house languishes on the market. Here are a few things to keep in mind for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Halloween You

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

For many, fall in the Pacific Northwest is the best time of year. The sun is still shining, but crisp evenings mean we can dig out those comfortable blankets and start getting cozy. While we may have a few more 90-degree days ahead of us, days are getting shorter, school is starting, and the weather will begin changing soon enough. Here are a few things you can do over the next few months to get ready for fall and, eventually, winter. A few simple chores over the next few weeks can help prevent some big issues in the future. Yard and Garden Tools Get tools ready for fall/winter weather – don’t have your snow shovel or blower piled under