Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vancouver Community Library resources for all: books, ebooks, coffee shop, play area, computers, community room

July 2011 marked two years of construction, more than 160,000 man-hours, 3.8 miles of shelf space and $38 million as the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District opened its newest chapter and debuted the Vancouver Community Library downtown at 901 C Street.

Hands-on and feet-on experiences.
On the third-floor visitors can frolic through a landscape designed especially for children ranging in age from from newborns to 11-year-olds. It is the biggest library-based early learning center in the nation and includes attractions such as the Land of Imagination designed by the Burgeon Group and the Magic Music Box an instrument with hidden messages along the side for parents to prompt their children.

On the ground floor reserve a computer and enjoy a cup of coffee from Thatchers located in the library's atrium corner while you wait for your shift on the keyboard.

On this floor is the largest community room. Community rooms can be rented by community members and groups: nonprofits, clubs, informal groups, private individuals with times during, before or after library hours. Amenities offered: catering prep kitchen, white board, projector and screen, sound system, microphones, table, chairs.

For library patrons computers are available, study areas, study areas for groups of two, audio and ebooks, and research resources.

Vancouver Regional Library District resources and catalog:

Easily identifiable library floors.

By Age Group


Continuously updated children's books.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lecture series to look at Washington state wines effect on jobs and the economy

Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of Viticulture and Enology at WSU Tri-Cities. Photo courtesy of WSU.
Washington State University at Vancouver will host Thomas Henick-Kling, director of Viticulture & Enology at WSU Tri-Cities, as their featured speaker for the next Chancellor's series lunch.

Henick-Kling will present “The Promise of Washington Wines” on Friday, October 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The event will be held on the Vancouver campus located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, in the Firstenberg Student Commons.

Henick-Kling will speak on WSU’s industry-leading wine and viticulture program and the university's role in Washington state’s burgeoning wine industry. He will demonstrate how the wine industry is creating jobs and powering the state's economy, and offer resources for Southwest Washington vintners including how to promote Washington wines.

Local vintner Walt Houser, owner of Bethany Vineyard and Winery, and Mill Creek Pub owner Russell Brent, will offer a local perspective of Washington State wines.

Photo courtesy of WSU.
Thomas Henick-Kling has been honored nationally and internationally for his work. In 1994 the New York Wine & Grape Foundation awarded him its Wine Industry Research Award. In 2002 the International Association of Enology, Winery Management and Wine Marketing made him an honorary lifetime member.

Henick-Kling earned his PhD at the Australian Wine Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He earned his masters in microbiology and food science at Oregon State University.

Lecture, lunch and parking costs $25. To register, visit WSU's Events Registration page.

For more information call or email Renee Bartocci, 360-546-9589,

Sunday, October 5, 2014

List of small apple farms in Washington state

Use this list to find Washington state u-pick apple farms and market stands.
Search for more farms on the Washington State University website: farms search.

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Farm Name



Front Porch Farm Addy Stevens County, WA
Stevens County CSA Addy Stevens County, WA
Wooley Bulley Acres Farm Anderson Island Pierce County, WA
Fruitful Farm Arlington Snohomish County, WA
Green Valley Farm Auburn King County, WA
Butler Green Farms Bainbridge Island  Kitsap County, WA
Tani Creek Farms Bainbridge Island  Kitsap County, WA
Dancing Crane Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Friendly Haven Rise Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Grace's Garden Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Heavenly Bounty Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Kumtux Valley Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Mel's Fuel & Produce Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Red Basket Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Aldrich Farms Belingham Whatcom County, WA
Joe’s Garden Bellingham Whatcom County, WA
Willows Edge Farm Bothell King County, WA
Merritt Apples Bow Skagit County, WA
Rosabella's Garden Bakery Bow Skagit County, WA
Fitzgerald Orchard Brewster Okanogan County, WA
Elk Meadows B&B and Farm* Brinnon Jefferson County, WA
Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. Burlington Skagit County, WA
6 Acre Farm Camas Clark County, WA
DanDee Farm Naturals Camas Clark County, WA
Booth Canyon Orchard Carlton Okanogan County, WA
Dog Mountain Farm Carnation King County, WA
Tolt River Farm Carnation King County, WA
SonShine Organics Networks Olympia Skamania County, WA
Skywatcher Farms Castle Rock Cowlitz County, WA
Slow Boat Farm Cathlamet Wahkiakum County, WA
Rose of Sharon Farm Chehalis Lewis County, WA
Grouse Mountain Farm Chelan Chelan County, WA
Jerzy Boyz Farm Chelan Chelan County, WA
Entropy Farm Cheney Spokane County, WA
Wilson Banner Ranch Clarkston Asotin County, WA
Maha Farm Clinton Island County, WA
Paradise Found Fiber Farm Clinton Island County, WA
Brythstone Ranch Colville Stevens County, WA
Happy Little Farm Conway Skagit County, WA
Happy Little Farm Conway Skagit County, WA
Voss Acres Produce Copalis Crossing Grays Harbor County, WA
Sunshower Orchard Cornelius Washington County, OR
Shaw's Fruit & Produce Coulee Dam Okanogan County, WA
Island Tree Ranch Coupeville Island County, WA
Redwine Canyon Farm CSA Creston Lincoln County, WA
Monagon Blueberry Farm Dayton Yamhill County, OR
Crow Valley East Sound San Juan County, WA
Enchanted Forest Vineyards East Sound San Juan County, WA
Feil 1908 Family Orchard East Wenatchee Douglas County, WA
Lunde Farm Eastsound San Juan County, WA
Canyon River Organics Ellensburg Kittitas County, WA
Amerasian Farm Elma Grays Harbor County, WA
Schreiber & Sons Farm Eltopia Franklin County, WA
Koppang Orchard Ephrata Grant County, WA
C & P Farm Everett Snohomish County, WA
Cloud Mountain Farm & Nursery Everson Whatcom County, WA
Stoney Ridge Farm Everson Whatcom County, WA
Apple Creek Orchard Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Kibbe Acres Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Rosa Verde Farm Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Triple Wren Farms Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Gourmet Organic, Inc. Freeland Island County, WA
Beaverton Valley Orchard Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Little Road Bee Farm Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Mitchell Bay Farm & Nursery Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Nesika Farm Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Thirsty Goose Farm Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Blue Willow Lavender Farm Gig Harbor Pierce County, WA
Calico Cat Farm & Greenhouses Gig Harbor Pierce County, WA
Bill's Berry Farm Grandview Yakima County, WA
Jones Farms Granger Yakima County, WA
R & C Ranch Kalama Cowlitz County, WA
RJ Dunnington Kelso Cowlitz County, WA
Summerset Ranch & Studio Kelso Cowlitz County, WA
West of Eden Kelso Cowlitz County, WA
Carpinito Brothers Farm Kent King County, WA
Cliffside Orchard Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Lakeview Organics Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Peachcrest Fruit Basket Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Rickey Creek Orchards Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Riverview Orchard Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Sherman Creek Orchard Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Foxdog Farm Kingston Kitsap County, WA
Chavriole Farm La Center Clark County, WA
Providence House Farm La Center Clark County, WA
Hedlin Farms LaConner Skagit County, WA
Swanson's Farm LaConner Skagit County, WA
Gibbs Organic Produce & Lite Logging Leavenworth Chelan County, WA
Pacific Way CSA Longview Cowlitz County, WA
Watershed Garden Works Longview Cowlitz County, WA
Willow Grove Gardens Longview Cowlitz County, WA
Wardell Ranch/Hill Farm Orchard Lopez Island San Juan County, WA
Nettles Farm Lummi Island Whatcom County, WA
BelleWood Acres Lynden Whatcom County, WA
Bunny Laine Fruit Company Malott Okanogan County, WA
Apple Country U-Pick Manson Chelan County, WA
Aunt Thelma's Manson Chelan County, WA
Moldboard Farm Manson Chelan County, WA
The Fallon Farm Manson Chelan County, WA
Zepp Farm LLC McCleary Grays Harbor County, WA
High Meadows Orchard Monroe Snohomish County, WA
Dunbar Gardens Mount Vernon Skagit County, WA
Lenning Farms, Inc Mount Vernon Skagit County, WA
Schuh Farms Mount Vernon Skagit County, WA
Azusa Farm & Gardens Mt. Vernon Skagit County, WA
Jarmin's 5-M orchard Mt. Vernon Skagit County, WA
Riversong Farm Mt. Vernon Skagit County, WA
Gordon Skagit Farms Mt.Vernon Skagit County, WA
Thompson's Farms Naches Yakima County, WA
Mason Hill Orchard North Plains Washington County, OR
Green Wave Gardens Northport Stevens County, WA
Filaree Farm Okanogan Okanogan County, WA
Parker Farm Olga San Juan County, WA
Garden-Raised Bounty Olympia Thurston County, WA
Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm Olympia Thurston County, WA
Nelson Ranch Olympia Thurston County, WA
Bartella Farms Omak Okanogan County, WA
Burnt Ridge Nursery Onalaska Lewis County, WA
Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso Orondo Chelan County, WA
Prana Farms Orting Pierce County, WA
Puddle Ducks Herb Farm Pasco Franklin County, WA
Miller Family Orchards Peshastin Chelan County, WA
Smallwood's Harvest Peshastin Chelan County, WA
The Cottage Pantry Point Roberts Whatcom County, WA
Lavender Peddler Garden Port Angeles Clallam County, WA
Lazy J Tree Farm Port Angeles Clallam County, WA
WestWind Farm Port Angeles Clallam County, WA
Terrapin Farms Port Gamble Kitsap County, WA
Alpenfire Orchards LLC Port Townsend Jefferson County, WA
Red Rooster Farms Poulsbo Kitsap County, WA
Scandia Farm and Garden Poulsbo Kitsap County, WA
Durfey Farms Prosser Benton County, WA
Smith Creek Blueberry Farm Raymond Pacific County, WA
The South 47 Farm Redmond King County, WA
Baur's Bartletts Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Millennium Farms Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Northwest Organic Farm Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Old World Apples Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Helsing Junction Farm CSA Rochester Thurston County, WA
Tonnemaker Hill Farm Royal City Grant County, OR
Bountiful Harvest Sammamish King County, WA
Apple Valley Orchard Sedro Woolley Skagit County, WA
Perkins Variety Apples Sedro Woolley Skagit County, WA
The Walled Garden Sedro- Woolley Skagit County, WA
Greenweave Sequim Clallam County, WA
Nash's Organic Produce Sequim Clallam County, WA
High Water Farm Shelton Mason County, WA
Sherwood Orchards Sherwood Washington County, OR
Happy Hill Farm Silverdale Kitsap County, WA
Red Barn Farm at Central Valley Silverdale Kitsap County, WA
Maltby Produce Market Snohomish Snohomish County, WA
The Fresh Idea Farm St. John Whitman County, WA
Klesick Family Farm Stanwood Snohomish County, WA
Morninglight Gardens Stanwood Snohomish County, WA
Simple Produce Stanwood Snohomish County, WA
Guerra's Produce Sunnyside Yakima County, WA
Pioneer Blueberry Farm Tacoma Pierce County, WA
Mill Race Farm Thorp Kittitas County, WA
Wild Willow Farms Tieton Yakima County, WA
Apple Cart Fruits Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
Leavell Orchards & Grant's Market Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
River Valley Organics Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
The King's Garden Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
Pescador Farms Toppenish Yakima County, WA
Schell's Produce Toppenish Yakima County, WA
Bi-Zi Farms Vancouver Clark County, WA
CGI Orchard Vancouver Clark County, WA
Felida Red Barn Vancouver Clark County, WA
Firestone Farms Vancouver Clark County, WA
Foxfire Farm Vancouver Clark County, WA
Frice's Berry Farm & Country Store Vancouver Clark County, WA
Joe's Place Farms Vancouver Clark County, WA
Kunze's Farm Store Vancouver Clark County, WA
Rosemattel's CSA Vancouver Clark County, WA
Slice of Heaven Gardens Vancouver Clark County, WA
Storytree Farm Vancouver Clark County, WA
Wood Shutter Nursery / U-Pick Farm Vancouver Clark County, WA
Thousand Flower Farm Waldron Island San Juan County, WA
Badgley Ranches, Inc. Wapato Yakima County, WA
Dagdagan Farm & Produce Wapato Yakima County, WA
Donald Fruit & Mercantile Wapato Yakima County, WA
Krueger Family Peppers & Produce, Inc. Wapato Yakima County, WA
King Blossom Natural Wenatchee Chelan County, WA
Tiny's Organic Wenatchee Douglas County, WA
Bountiful Acres Woodland Cowlitz County, WA
Barrett Orchards Yakima Yakima County, WA
Johnson Orchards Yakima Yakima County, WA
Scenic Acres Orchard Yakima Yakima County, WA
West Valley U-Pick Yakima Yakima County, WA
Paradise Organics Yelm Thurston County, WA
Yelm Earthworm & Castings Farm Yelm Thurston County, WA
Bella Terra Gardens Zillah Yakima County, WA

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Friday, October 3, 2014

How to play goalball, a sport for blind athletes

A goalball uses an embedded bell to aid blind players.

Introduction to Goalball

In time for this weekend's goalball tournament at the Washington State School for the Blind, here is how the game is played, a little strategy and equipment players need.

Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Goalball was created after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active. Goalball has become the premiere team game for blind athletes. It is played competitively by men and women around the world and is a very fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and exciting game.

How Do You Play Goalball?

In goalball teams are made up of three players. The teams face each other across a court that is nine meters wide and 18 meters long. The object of the game is to roll a basketball size ball with bells inside, the goalball, over the opponent's goal line. Players listen for the oncoming ball and attempt to block it with their bodies. Once they are able to stop the ball and take control of it, they become the offensive team.

The Court and Rules

The player's zone is marked at either end of the court by taping a heavy string down to the court for the players to feel with their hands or feet. The player's zone is three meters deep and extends the width of the court. Each player's zone has three orientation lines which the players use to line themselves up with and maintain their orientation to the court.

Three meters in front of the player's zone, is the overthrow line. The goalball must touch the floor at least once before crossing this line or a penalty is assessed. Other common penalties are for holding the ball too long, one player throwing too much or touching the eyeshade. When a penalty occurs, the guilty player must defend the entire court by himself.

The game consists of two 12-minute halves and takes about an hour to play an entire game.


The defensive team usually sets up a zone defensive. The player in the middle of the court is called the center. The center is the primary defensive player. He or she plays at the front of the player's zone and defends a majority of the court.

The players to the right and left of the center are called wings. The wings are usually the primary offensive or throwing players. Defensively they play behind and to the left and right of the center defending their respective areas.

During the game, the center will usually stop the ball and pass it to a wing. While the wing is throwing the ball, the center will reorient themselves to the center of the court. Knowing that a thrower is slow to return to his defensive position, or that a player might not be in his defensive position, many teams will attempt a "quick throw" hoping to catch their opponent out of position.

Curve balls, off speed balls and various other balls are sometimes thrown hoping to confuse the other team. Players may quietly change wing positions with the ball hoping to surprise the defending team by throwing from a different area.


Goalballs are between $100-$125 and can be purchased from the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA merchandise page). Check for members and non-member pricing. Price usually includes shipping, handling and customs fees.

Eyeshades, also called goggles, are used to block all light and vision. Commercial goalball goggles are available, however, ski goggles are a preferred alternative due to their lower cost. Players may be able to secure used or donated ski goggles through ski clubs or ski facilities through their lost and found. Scratched or cracked lenses  are not a problem as player tape the goggles, but straps and foam around the edge must be good. Although any type of tape can be used, the player must ensure no light can be seen through the lens and vent areas when the goggle is placed against the face.

Knee and elbow pads. There are two kinds of elbow pads: short ones and the longer variety. Although either type will work, most players prefer the longer pads. For the knee pads, most players prefer a softball knee pad as it is longer and covers part of the shin. These can be purchased at a local sport store.

Pants. There is no required pant. Most players prefer to use hockey pants while others prefer to use football pants and pads or soccer goalie pads combined with a variety of other pants. The use of all of these is permitted; however all members of the team must have the same color and style. These can be purchased at local sports stores.

Jerseys may be hockey, football, soccer, or any other jersey so long as they match and have numbers that are a minimum of eight  inches high permanently affixed to both front and back. It is helpful to the officials and scorer’s table if the numbers are contrasting colors and easy to read.

Eye patches. Patches are required in all major competitions. At most tournaments in the USA patching is done on the basis of the opposing coach asking for certain players to be patch and then the requesting coach must furnish the patches.

Floor tape and string. Two-inch wide gym floor tape is the best to use and may be purchased at most local sports stores. String (.003 meters in diameter) may be purchased at the local hardware.
It is suggest that you not use duct tape on the floor as most of the time it will damage the floor; masking tape is also not advised as it tears easily and is hard to remove.

Goal nets. Once a team becomes competitive they usually secure goals to practice with. Goals can  be purchased from a few commercial sources, but because they are specialized for this sport and the demand is small, they can be cost prohibitive. Several teams have produced low-cost goals using PVC.

Schedule of upcoming Goalball tourney found here.