Community Briefs for Sept. 26, 2019

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Book sale in Washougal this weekend

Friends of Washougal Community Library’s fall book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28, at Washougal Town Center, 1700 Main St., Washougal.

Proceeds will support the group’s efforts to raise funds for a new library in Washougal.

Community Blessing of the Animals set Oct. 6

A Community Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, near the “Seaman the Dog” sculpture in downtown Washougal’s Reflection Plaza.

The event includes a pet walk on the dike, starting at the Pendleton Woolen Mill and ending at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS).

Participants are asked to bring donations of pet food — grain-free, dry cat and kitten food and/or grain-free dry and wet dog food — to be donated to WCGHS.

School leaders to participate in arts gala on Oct. 5

Washougal School District superintendent Mary Templeton will serve as keynote speaker and Camas School District assistant superintendent Charlene Williams will serve as master of ceremonies at the Enspire Arts Swing & Sweets Gala, to be held Oct. 5 at the Brickstone Ballroom in Vancouver.

The event will feature swing jazz by Portland pianist Dustin Hunley and a performance from local dance instructor Melissa Roane.

Funds raised at the event will support Enspire Arts programs throughout Clark County. Enspire Arts is a Vancouver-based non-profit group that endeavors to create “vibrant and interactive arts experiences that positively impact communities and engage future generations of artists,” according to its website.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at