Community Briefs for Nov. 15, 2018

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‘Turkey Carnival’ is set for Nov. 16 and 17

An annual tradition will continue this week before Thanksgiving, that involves playing bingo, dice and wheel games and potentially winning frozen turkeys.

The 87th annual Turkey Carnival will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at Camas-Washougal Fire Station 43, 1400 “A” St., Washougal.

Admission is free to the family-friendly event. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, chips, ice cream and soft drinks will be available to purchase, and complimentary coffee will be served. There will also be raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the Turkey Carnival will purchase equipment to be used by the department’s volunteer firefighters. Questions can be directed to 360-835-2211.

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Christmas tree excursions are planned

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will offer Christmas tree excursions during the holidays.

There will be three diesel runs, with a 1941, ALCO S-2 departing at 9:30 a.m.; noon and 2:30 p.m., each Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, and Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, from the station located at 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Special steam excursions will depart at noon and 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15 and 16, and the supply of trees will be limited on those days. Santa will have presents for each child and refreshments for everyone.

Participants are advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time.

Family Packs include four passenger tickets and a tree of your choice. The Douglas Fir ticket package is $80, while Grand Fir is $90 and Noble Fir, $100.

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is an all-volunteer organization that has been running the tracks out of Yacolt for more than 16 years. Advance online reservations, which are recommended, can be purchased at Questions about reservations can be directed to 360-686-3559.

WACA hosts art celebration

A group of nearly 40 public art enthusiasts recently attended a Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) “Celebration of Art,” at 54?40′ Brewing Co., in Washougal.

WACA board member Joyce Lindsay discussed current and future projects, and Washougal Mayor Molly Coston described the positive effects of public art on the culture of a community during the Nov. 3 event.

Local muralist, Travis London, spoke about his work and inspirations.

Awards were presented to Lindsay, a former Washougal City Council member who was recognized for her dedication and determination in bringing high quality public art to Washougal. London was recognized for his prolific public art work in Washougal and Camas.

Lindsay and London each received a framed 2018 Washougal Art Festival poster, signed with a personal message of thanks from the poster artist Wilson Cady.

“We were delighted in today’s turnout and the amount of interests and support people are showing the public art movement in Washougal,” said WACA president Janice Ferguson.

The alliance began a new membership program this summer to invite the community to be a bigger part of supporting public art. Members receive updates on WACA initiatives and invitations to art installations and celebrations. Their fees directly support additional public art installations in Washougal.

For membership information, as well as a map featuring the nearly 40 public art pieces in Washougal, visit

Christmas Ships parade to visit Port of Camas-Washougal

The community is invited to celebrate the holiday season, by viewing the Christmas Ships on the Columbia River.

The ships will visit the area near the Port of Camas-Washougal marina, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal, at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Up to 25 decorated boats are expected to participate in the parade.

The doors to the port office meeting room will open at 5 p.m., and cookies and hot cider will be served. Admission is free.