Commonwealth Cafe opened Dec. 2 in the heart of the Carter Park neighborhood in Vancouver. The cafe's menu offers a selection of creative small plates, a few desserts, Umpqua ice cream, baked goods in the morning, and beverages that include espresso drinks. The family-friendly cafe has enough seating for a small crowd and parking may be found on the street.
Three student musicians from Clark County are among eight from across the region who have advanced to the glory round of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's annual Young Artists Competition. You can hear all eight of them perform for free Sunday afternoon in a concert that's always considered a highlight of the orchestra's year.
Owner Debbie Belden opened Farrar's Bistro in Felida in 2007. The bistro has since tripled in size to occupy the entire building where it is located. Belden has extended the bistro's neighborhood spirit through the support of many local organizations throughout the years. Menu items are a selection of creative comfort foods made from scratch with local ingredients, and meats are smoked on site.