Save the Date: Treat your dad to a scenic train ride, classic car show

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will be marking Father’s Day weekend with Steam Train Rides at noon and 2:30 p.m. June 17 and 18. The 1929 steam locomotive will carry passengers on a 13-mile round trip through north Clark County, including crossing the Lewis River, stopping to see Yacolt Falls and traveling through a 330 foot tunnel, before returning to the station, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. Tickets are $20, $19 for seniors, $15 for ages 5 to 12, $14 for ages 2 to 4, free for ages two and younger. 360-686-3559 or

The 10th annual Touchmark Car Show will draw thousands of car enthusiasts, with cars from 1905 to the current year on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 at Touchmark at Fairway Village, 2911 S.E. Village Loop, Vancouver. A full barbecue will be served, with music by DJ Craig Brown, and the Little Ricky VW Photo Booth Bus will be taking photos. Donations are accepted, with all proceeds going to local charities benefiting seniors and veterans, including Meals on Wheels People, Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Association and other organizations. 360-254-2866 or

Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market returns to offer fresh produce and more on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting June 20 through September. This community market features local farmers, products from artisans and small businesses, along with health activities and information outside the entrance of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver.

The Town of Yacolt invites racers to meet Sasquatch during the annual Bigfoot Fun Run, with an added category for children ages 6 to 12. Participants can take part in the 5K and 10K at 9 a.m. June 24. Routes begin at Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt and head out and back on the north county roads. Trophies awarded for first place male and female. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 to $35. 360-686-3922 or

The Saturdays in the Park concert series kicks off the summer with local band Harvest Gold, a tribute to Neil Young, at the Sternwheeler Park’s amphitheater and gazebo. Bring a blanket or chair to the outdoor concert which runs 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 in Sternwheeler Park, 100 E. Fourth St., La Center. The free concert series will be held at the same time July 1, 8, 15 and 29.

Fort Vancouver Rose Society will hold its 64th annual Rose Show, titled “Rainbow of Roses.” This event is the largest rose show in Washington and the second largest in the nation. Visitors can explore exhibits of roses grown in the Northwest, arrangements of large roses and miniatures from 1 to 4 p.m. June 24 at Vancouver Church, 3300 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver. Entries from all rose growers will be accepted from 7 to 10:15 a.m., newcomers welcome. Admission is free. 360-695-0456 or

The annual Gorge Blues and Brews Festival features beer from the Stevenson to Seattle, along with regional wineries and cider houses, plus local food vendors. Live blues music will be performed 6 to 10 p.m. June 23 as a free Friday night event for those 21 and older. Then from noon to 10 p.m. June 24, two stages at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, 710 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, will feature a lineup that includes Rae Gordon and the Backseat Drivers, Idle Poets, Robin Barret and the Coyote Kings, Sister Mercy and more. Admission on Saturday is $20 for those 21 and older. 800-989-9178 or

Weird Beer on the River returns with more than 25 beer and cider breweries with the challenge to create and serve their weirdest brew made from ingredients such as fruits, mushrooms, meat broth and more. This event is a fundraiser for CDM Caregiving Services, a local nonprofit agency serving the elderly and persons of all ages with disabilities in Clark County. The festival is open 4 to 10 p.m. July 7 and 2 to 9 p.m. July 8 at Marina Park, Port of Camas-Washougal, 24 S. A St., Washougal. Tickets are $20 for those 21 and older. 360-896-9695 or

The Twilight Half Marathon gives participants a chance to run in the cool evening air, with half-marathon, 10K and 5K routes. The course travels along Vancouver Lake and the Columbia River, featuring food, beer and live music at the finish line, with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Cancer Association. Race day registration begins at 4 p.m. July 8, with a 6 p.m. race start from Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver. Registration is $89 to $99 for half, $59 to $69 to $79 for 10k, $59 to $69 for 5K. 503-459-4508 or