This map shows where you can and cannot travel in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

A scene in Boston's Seaport District. Massachusetts is among the U.S. states that have travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Some U.S. states have travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you must travel, United Airlines has created a handy map that shows which states have or do not … Continue reading This map shows where you can and cannot travel in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

Looking for new books to read? Washington State Librarian features 20 Books in 20 Minutes September 17

Photo by Cheryl Landes Updated September 17, 2020 One of the positive aspects of the pandemic for many of us, myself included, is that we've had more time to read for personal enjoyment. Some of us, like me, are catching up on a long reading list. Others want to explore new genres or new authors. … Continue reading Looking for new books to read? Washington State Librarian features 20 Books in 20 Minutes September 17

Watch concerts from the Couch By Couch West music festival

When the 2020 SXSW festival cancelled in Austin because of the panedmic, Alex Garnett went to work to produce a concert experience as close as possible to the big festival online. He called it Couch By Couch West (CXCW for short) and welcomed bands and vocalists to record their shows from the Triceratops Room, his … Continue reading Watch concerts from the Couch By Couch West music festival

2020 GlobeDocs Film Festival goes virtual October 1-12

Photo by annca from Pixabay Watch 18 feature-length documentary films and 17 documentary shorts, which consist of four shorts programs at the sixth annual GlobeDocs Film Festival hosted by the Boston Globe October 1-12. This year's festival will be held online due to prevent exposure to COVID-19. Stay online after the films to hear discussions … Continue reading 2020 GlobeDocs Film Festival goes virtual October 1-12

Webtoberfest celebrates Octoberfest for almost two months

A virtual Octoberfest? Yes, it's happening. It started at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday, September 5, with Fassanstich (the opening of the first keg). The fun continues through October. Watch streamed music, dances, and other entertainment. Learn how to cook an authentic Octoberfest menu. Participate in virtual beer and wine tastings. Shop for gifts … Continue reading Webtoberfest celebrates Octoberfest for almost two months

New BBQ Pete’s location open in Lakewood, Washington

BBQ Pete's Log Cabin at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) I discovered BBQ Pete's at my first visit to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup almost 30 years ago. Their slow-roasted, tender ribs and pork sandwiches became my all-time barbecue favorites, and that hasn't changed after all these years. … Continue reading New BBQ Pete’s location open in Lakewood, Washington

2020 Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair online September 12

The annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair, which is usually held in Vancouver, Washington, will be broadcast virtually this year because of the COVID outbreak. Visit exhibitor booths, watch live music and re-enactments, and go on a scavenger hunt. The event will be broadcast live from the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair Facebook page 9 … Continue reading 2020 Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair online September 12

Vancouver Parks and Recreation hosts Friday Night Flicks: A Drive-In Movie Experience through early October

Usually in the summertime, Vancouver Parks and Recreation hosts a series of outdoor movies in local parks on the east and west sides of town. People pack picnic baskets and coolers and spread blankets on the grass to watch the movies on a big screen. COVID has changed that this year. Instead, the parks and … Continue reading Vancouver Parks and Recreation hosts Friday Night Flicks: A Drive-In Movie Experience through early October

Treat your taste buds to The Secret Menu in Camas September 15-30

Are you craving new food experiences? Help is on the way! Starting September 15 until the end of the month, 11 restaurants in downtown Camas, Washington, are creating items for The Secret Menu event. They've never had these items on their menus before. The only way to find out what these tasty items are is … Continue reading Treat your taste buds to The Secret Menu in Camas September 15-30