2018 Sweetheart Hangar Dance Feb. 10

The Friends of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s annual Sweetheart Hangar Dance is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pearson Air Museum. U.S. and Allied World War II uniforms and period dress are welcome but not required.

This year’s dance is dedicated to all the veterans of our nation and to the men and women on the home front during World War II who built ships in the region, raised healthy crops to supply the troops, and preserved this country as our home.

Music will be provided by VanPort Jazz Band. A no-host bar is sponsored by Grant House.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Friends Shop at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Blvd. and online, here. This is one of the primary fundraisers for the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and proceeds benefit education programs at the site.


56th annual Clark College Jazz Festival this weekend

The 56th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of exhilarating big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 25 through 27, in the Gaiser Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Admission is $5 per day. Clark College students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.

Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and A through AAAA division high schools.

Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. At the end of Saturday evening, the Dale Beacock Memorial Sweepstakes Award will be presented to one outstanding band selected from the entire festival.

For complete information about the Clark College Music Department concerts featuring the orchestra, band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/index.php


Spine, Joint, and Stroke Center Open House at PeaceHealth Jan. 27

Experts from multiple medical specialties will be available to meet the public on Saturday, Jan. 27, during PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Spine Center, Joint Journey, and Stroke Center Showcase. There is no admission charge to attend this special health information and education event.

“The Showcase will feature three different specialties,” says Kristy Morgan, Coordinator of PeaceHealth Southwest’s spine center. “A person with a sore back or neck may only be interested in seeing our Spine Center, meeting our spine experts, and touring our private patient rooms, whereas a person with sore knees may be more interested in learning more about our Joint Replacement program. We want everyone who visits to get exactly the information they need to help them.”

Anyone wanting to attend should come to the lobby of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Firstenburg Tower between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., where they will be greeted and directed to the different showcase locations. Featured locations will include the Thomas and Sandra Young Neuroscience Center, and the Joint Center’s post-operative recovery area. Light refreshments will be served.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide kicks off free tax preparation service Feb. 1, volunteers needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, announced that it will be preparing personal tax returns in more than nine locations in Clark and Skamania counties beginning Feb 1. This is a free service to anyone and limited only by the complexity of the individual taxpayer’s filing situation.

There are more than a dozen locations throughout Clark and Skamania counties where this free service is available to anyone who meets the return criteria. To make an appointment or for additional information, call 360-690-4496 ext. 105. Locations and hours of operation can be found at www.fvrl.org/tax-help.

Last year, more than 85 certified Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 3,651 taxpayers in Clark and Skamania counties. This resulted in more than $4 million worth of refunds to area taxpayers. For more information on how to join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team, visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_tax_aide.htm.


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News Briefs

One day resource and health fair for homeless Jan. 25

Council for the Homeless coordinates Project Homeless Connect – an annual one-day resource fair for people experiencing homelessness in the community. Men, women and children are welcome to attend Project Homeless Connect and will have access to haircuts, housing planning, job assistance, foot washing, dental care, social service programs, and more. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S Andresen Rd. Shuttle service will be available from Share House, WHO, Share Fromhold, St. Anne’s Washougal, and Friends of the Carpenter. For more information, visit http://www.councilforthehomeless.org/project-homeless-connect/.


Open house on I-5/I-205 congestion pricing options Jan. 30

An open house to discuss I-5/I-205 congestion pricing options is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Portland Region Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee is evaluating and providing recommendations to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a feasibility analysis on tolling/value pricing on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205. ODOT representatives will be on hand to provide materials and to answer questions. For more information, see www.cityofvancouver.us/odotvaluepricing. The open house will be held at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.


Camas’ Annual Planning Conference this weekend

The City of Camas is hosting its yearly planning conference at Lacamas Lake Lodge, from 1 to 5 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 26, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. The agenda is being finalized now and will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at here. All are welcome to stop by, listen in, and hear what’s going on in the City of Camas. Public comment is not accepted at the conference. To submit input on Crown Park & Pool, email: comments@cityofcamas.us or attend the City of Camas Parks and Recreation Commission’s presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m., also at Lacamas Lake Lodge.


Legislature approves millions for construction projects in Clark County

Last week, just minutes after receiving the bill unanimously passed by the Senate, the House of Representatives passed the $4.18 billion-investment capital budget on a 95-1 vote and immediately sent it to the governor. SB 6090 includes a record $1 billion to build new public schools, a key provision to help school districts reduce K-3 class sizes, as well as $800 million in projects at colleges and universities across the state. Click here for the full story.


Housing and Homelessness Advocacy 101 Jan. 23

Council for the Homeless, REACH Community Development, and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance invite the public to learn about housing and homelessness advocacy priorities for the 2018 legislative session and how to communicate in person, by phone, or in writing with elected officials. Housing and Homeless Advocacy 101 Training is Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Community Room at the Vancouver Housing Authority. For the original story, click here.


Three free Running Start Information Nights at Clark College

High school sophomores and juniors can learn how to take the next step in their education by attending one of three optional Running Start Information Night sessions at Clark College. The identical sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24; Wednesday, Feb. 28; and Wednesday, March 7. All three events, which are free and open to the public, will be held at the Clark College main campus. Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to earn college credit while they fulfill their high school graduation requirements. Find the full story, here.


Registration open for Construction Executive Summit Feb. 15

The Southwest Washington Contractors Association has announced the groundbreaking of the Construction Executive Summit, presented by RSV Building Solutions. The event will be held on February 15, at Warehouse ’23, beginning at 7 a.m. The one-day summit will provide an opportunity for executive-level business leaders in the construction industry to expand their professional networks and gain new knowledge to aid in business growth. Click here for the full story.


Commission on Aging offers opportunities to advocate for older citizens

Clark County is seeking applicants for three openings on its Commission on Aging. The commission manages and implements the county’s Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing the needs of people older than 50. Volunteers serve three-year terms. Residents living anywhere in Clark County may apply. People with an interest in issues and advocacy for seniors and service on a public advisory board are encouraged to apply. The commission meets from 3 to 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Additional meetings may require an extra 10 hours per month. Applications also may be emailed to tina.redline@clark.wa.gov or faxed to 360-397-6058. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6


Winter Tree Identification Workshop

Many of Vancouver’s trees are leafless for much of the year, revealing intricate details that can be used to identify them. The community is invited to a Winter Tree Indentification Workshop to learn to identify common Vancouver trees by bark, twigs, form, and more during a casual stroll through the beautiful Clark College arboretum. Informational material and warm beverages will be provided. Participants should arrive a little early and dress for weather. The workshop is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP is required as space is limited. Call 360-487-8324 or email Urban Forestry.


VSO presents “Journeys” Jan. 27 and 28

Maestro Salvador Brotons returns to the Skyview Concert Hall next week to lead the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring two legendary symphonies, each representing a “spiritual and emotional” journey for the composer. The concert begins with Joseph Haydn’s famous Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, commonly known as his “Farewell” Symphony. Following the intermission, the journey continues to America at the turn of the 20th century, with Antonín Dvořák’s iconic Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”. Performances are Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.vancouversymphony.org or call 360-735-7278.


Jaime Herrera Beutler to host Telephone Town Hall tonight

U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler will be hosting a live telephone town hall on Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. All residents of Southwest Washington’s third congressional district are invited to join for a conversation about tax cuts, tolling and and more. Residents can sign up to receive a call to join the telephone town hall by visiting this link and entering their contact information. They can also get on the call list by calling 360- 695-6292. Residents can also call in to join the telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365. During the live telephone town hall, Herrera Beutler will be giving a brief update about her work in Congress, and then taking questions from participants.



Open House offers a preview of designs for new schools Jan. 24

The public is invited to preview the preliminary architectural designs of Marshall Elementary, McLoughlin Middle School and Lieser Campus at an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet the planning teams, ask questions and provide feedback. The event will be held in the Marshall Elementary media center, 6400 MacArthur Blvd. For the original story, click here.


Open House at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Jan. 28

Families are invited to visit Our Lady of Lourdes School on Sunday Jan. 28, from noon to 2:30 p.m. All children thrive as highly trained teachers journey with them through Little Blessings preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Parents and guardians can meet the teachers, explore curriculums and schedules, tour with middle school Lourdes Leaders, and more. Spanish, music, and P.E. are taught at every age level, CYO sports are enjoyed from kindergarten through eighth grade. All faiths are welcome. The school is located at 4701 NW Franklin St. in Vancouver. Contact Vikki Pynenburg for further details at development@lourdesvan.org or 360-696-2301.


Open House at St. Joseph Catholic School Jan. 28

Parents and families are invited to St. Joseph Catholic School for an open house any time from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The school teaches pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. St. Joe’s offers small class sizes to emphasize individual attention; a Cardinal Preschool program for those ages three to five; a curriculum which includes core subjects as well as PE, Spanish, art and technology, and extra-curricular activities such as field trips, CYO sports, and after-school programs. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families. The open house is for the 2018-2019 school year. Attendees can meet the teachers, tour the campus, and more. The school is located at 6500 Highland Drive, Vancouver. For more information, contact Eileen Sherrill at eileens@stjoevanschool.org, or 360-696-2586.


Race for Warmth supports Operation Warm Heart Jan. 28

The fourth annual Race for Warmth to support Operation Warm Heart, a Clark Public Utilities customer-funded program to help families in financial crisis pay heating bills, is slated for Jan. 28. Participation in the event helps raise awareness for Operation Warm Heart, and all proceeds go to help local neighbors in need. Click here for the full story.