Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday

by DIwpBacon on August 23, 2016


The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival returns to Esther Short Park this weekend. Festivities kick off Friday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. The event features Grammy award-winning blues and jazz legends, “up-and-coming” musicians, regional favorites; and also fine art, great wine, food and more.

Headliners over the three day festival are: The Family Stone, Tiempo Libre, Bettye LaVette, Tommy Castrom & The Painkillers, Grace Kelly, Nicholas Payton, and Alfredo Rodriguez. The event also features over 50 wineries including Basel Cellars, Canoe Ridge, J Lohr, Louie Martini, Edna Valley, Irony and more.

Additionally, visitors expect over 30 artists and several food vendors. Advance tickets are $20 for Friday, Aug. 26 from 4 to 10 p.m.; $25 for Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and $25 for Sunday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. All prices are $5 more at the door. Three day passes are $60. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit





Journey, Snoop Dogg and more come to Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

by DIwpBacon on August 23, 2016


Sunlight Supply Amphiteater will host more than a few big concerts between this Thursday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 4. Upcoming concerts include:

  • Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.: Journey and The Doobie Brothers
  • Saturday, Aug. 27, at 6:60 p.m.: Heart with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m.: 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.: Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa
  • Sunday, Sept. 4, at 6:45 p.m.: Counting Crows and Rob Thomas

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. It has lawn seating prices that start around $40, zone seating, packages, and meet-and-greets. For more information and to purchase tickets, search for Sunlight Supply Amphitheater and and choose from a number of ticket sellers. Tickets can also be purchased through the performer’s websites.


Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk Sept. 24


Each fall, the Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month with the Portland Metro and Southwest Washington Buddy Walk Festival to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people experiencing disability including Down syndrome.

The Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk is an official affiliate of the National Buddy Walk Program. The event brings together families, friends, community leaders, and others for a day of pride, celebration, awareness, fun, and community building. Over 2,000 participants come from throughout the Portland metro area.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Rose Quarter Main Amphitheater in Portland. Registration is $14 for adults; $7 for children, and includes a t-shirt, food, live music and entertainment, bounce houses and games, auctions, raffles and more. Online registration is available at until Thursday, Sept. 22. Registration can also be done by calling 503-238-0522.

Workforce Development Board seeks proposals for Staff Communication Skill-Building training


Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) is seeking a skilled facilitator to provide up to two (2) eight-hour communication skill-building training sessions for up to 15 total staff members in a staff retreat setting on October 7 and October 21.

The selected candidate will use this retreat time with WSW staff to provide concentrated interpersonal communications coaching and training, including instructive and interactive exercises, to successfully establish universal tools used in effective internal and external agency communications.

At training completion, attendees should be able to quickly and routinely employ new strategies for effective communication with colleagues and community partners. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. To view the Request for Proposal (RFP), go to and click the RFP button in the bottom right corner of the home page.

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