VDA celebrates National Poetry Month with new art project, First Friday reception Apr. 7

by DIwpBacon on March 23, 2017


To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, Vancouver’s Downtown Association and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna have announced a unique public art project that will launch Friday, April 7.  The presenting sponsor for the project is the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington along with additional funding from Arts of Clark County and Realvest Corporation.

Haiku and short poems about the downtown Vancouver experience will be applied to the sidewalk using a special paint which will only be visible in the rain for approximately two to four months. Twenty-four poems by 17 local poets will be applied to sidewalks throughout Downtown Vancouver.

The installation will be celebrated April 7, at a First Friday downtown reception hosted by Pacific Continental Bank, 101 E Sixth St. in the Community Room. The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. RSVP’s are requested to linda.reid@therightbank.com. This is the 10th annual First Friday Downtown reception hosted by Pacific Continental. A second event that will focus on these poems will be the Rainku Poetry Crawl on April 29.




Economic Impact Study: Clark College generates $507.3 million for region

by DIwpBacon on March 23, 2017

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A recent study has found that Clark College’s economic impact in the region amounted to $507.3 million in fiscal year 2014-2015, a figure comprising the college’s operations and payroll, combined with the impact of student and alumni spending within Southwest Washington. This economic value translates into 9,595 jobs and approximately 2.9 percent of the total gross regional product.

The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), demonstrates how Clark College contributes to a range of industries in Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties; supports local businesses; and benefits the local community as a whole from an expanded economy and improved quality of life. The benefits created by Clark even extend to the state and local government through increased tax revenues and public-sector savings.

The report also found that the presence of Clark College in the community leads to broader societal benefits including reduced crime, lower unemployment, and increased health and well-being across the state, all of which contribute to a more prosperous economy. To view a summary of the EMSI study, a PDF is available online at http://www.clark.edu/about/news-and-media/media-resources/brand_logos/documents/clark-executive-summary.pdf.

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General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award recipients announced

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Marshall Public Award winner, Max Ault (center) with selection committee members, Paige Spratt (2016 award recipient) and Maggie Traverso

The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced the recipients of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a ceremony Wednesday evening, at the Providence Academy. Max Ault was honored as the 2017 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. Camas High School Senior Sophie Muro was recognized as the 2017 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient. The ceremony featured an address by the Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, as well as recognition of all the nominees.

Ault is the 28th recipient of the Marshall Public Leadership Award. He is Vice President and Director CREDC. In a letter of recommendation, Mike Bomar writes: “Max plays a critical role in our organization and in economic vitality for Clark County. Beyond his work at the CREDC, Max participates in various civic and professional growth efforts. His passion for helping others has resulted in changing lives for the better and has built him a network of many of the community’s most respected leaders.”

The General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award is presented to a Clark County high school student who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Program Coordinator for Clark County Community Services Kris Henriksen states “I truly find Sophie Muro to personify all the marvelous qualities in young people: leader, helper, role model, change agent, and historian. You could not ask for a better example of a younger person not waiting until they are an adult to positively impact their community in such an array of ways.”

Class and evening presentation with writer and naturalist Jack Nisbet March 29

Jack Nisbet, naturalist and author of several books including The Collector, Visible Bones, and Ancient Places, will offer a class and evening presentation at Fort Vancouver National Historic on Wednesday, March 29.

The outdoor class for up to 25 people (ages 16 and older) will take place from 1 to 3 pm. Participants may register by calling 360-816-6244; there is no fee for the class and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Nisbet will lead participants on a walk around the national park, using David Douglas as a lens for exploring the cultural and natural history of Southwest Washington.

The evening lecture will be begins at 7 p.m., at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The presentation highlights a section from his recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focusing on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods shaping the current landscape, mining, tribal rights, and land use issues. Signed copies of Nisbet’s books will be available for purchase.

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News Briefs

  • Today is Rotary Rose Day, recipients asked to share experiences on social media

    Red-Roses443-600x375Today, March 23, is the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County’s 31st annual Rotary Rose Day, a Southwest Washington tradition of spreading cheer and goodwill while raising funds to help homeless families and others in our neighborhoods. Roses are delivered by a Rotarian of your choice, in formal wear, all day long. Those that receive a delivery are invited to share pictures and stories on social media. The Rotary has created Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites for Rotary Rose Day where people can share their pictures and rose stories using the hashtags #rotaryrosesday#spreadcheer, and #gotrotaryroses. To learn more, visit www.rotaryrosesales.com.

  • Evergreen Public Schools hosts Candidate Fair this afternoon

    EPSEvergreen Public Schools invites job seekers to a Candidate Fair for all certificated teaching and classified positions. The fair is scheduled for this afternoon, Thursday, March 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. Interested candidates should come to the Administrative Services Center, Evergreen Room (Tan Complex), 13501 NE 28th St., Vancouver. For more information, contact Jennifer Bergmann at 360-604-4010 or jennifer.bergmann@evergreenps.org.

  • Increased law enforcement presence in Battle Ground March 29

    thumb_TZ-Logo-Green-Horz-BreakOn Wednesday, March 29, officers from law enforcement agencies all over Clark County will be in the city of Battle Ground enforcing pedestrian safety laws to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe. Remember to walk on sidewalks facing oncoming traffic. If no sidewalks are present, walk on pathways as far away as possible from the roadway. Always look left, then right, and left again before crossing the roadway. Finally, always cross at intersections and stay within the crosswalk lines, if available. Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies in Southwest Washington will have additional officers conducting enforcement throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.

  • Construction companies seek applicants for training program with full-time job at the end

    d5347da2c35cc2befb3b99cc4730d7aeThree construction firms have teamed up with WorkSource to recruit, provide free training and hire individuals interested in entering the construction field. The program is owned by the Economic and Community Development organization at Clark College. WorkSource is hosting an orientation about the construction training on Friday, March 31, from 7 to 9 a.m., at the WorkSource Center at 204 SE Stonemill Drive, Suite 215, Vancouver. Registration for the orientation is required. Contact Viki Bogdanov at WorkSource at 360-735-5122 or vbogdanov@esd.wa.gov to reserve a seat. For the orignal story, click here.

  • 2017 Spring Whale Watch Week March 25 through 31

    HumpbackWhaleBreachingNB0806_6Bring binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25 through 31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, to help visitors learn about the whales’ migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

  • 17th District lawmakers to host telephone town hall March 29 at 7 p.m.

    Legislative-Building-e1487369310495Sen. Lynda WilsonRep. Paul Harris and Rep. Vicki Kraft, will co-host a telephone town hall meeting Wednesday, March 29. The community conversation, which is similar to a call-in radio format, will begin at 7 p.m. and last an hour. The lawmakers will take questions and provide their perspectives on the 2017 legislative session. To participate, community members can call 360-209-6592. Once connected, they can listen-in and press the star sign on their telephone keypad to ask questions. Questions prior to the telephone town hall meeting can be directed to:

    • Sen. Wilson at 360-786-7632 or lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov
    • Rep. Harris at 360-786-7976 or paul.harris@leg.wa.gov
    • Rep. Kraft at 360-786-7994 or vicki.kraft@leg.wa.gov
  • Therapy dogs available at Adventure Dental

    Dr.Todd & Pet TherapyWhen six year old Isaiah was referred to Adventure Dental for treatment requiring a pediatric specialist, his mom Ruby was offered a special service-a therapy dog to comfort her son during treatment. As Isaiah got settled into the dental chair, he got to meet Kyi, a Red Sable Tibetan Spaniel, and his owner/handler Cathy Tramaglini. Click here for the full story.

  • Landscaping workshop April 1

    7e84d3f5cf73f6a01f1a5e44b2372d03Those interested in improving their home landscapes, or trying to cope with eyesores from adjacent properties, are invited to a 90-minute workshop presented by WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners. “Rejuvenating Your Landscape” is slated for Saturday, April 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Washougal Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Participants should bring four or five photos including areas they currently like and areas they wish to change. Also helpful for the class exercises is to download and print a copy of your property’s map at http://gis.clark.wa.gov/mapsonline/index.cfm. There is no charge or registration required. For more information, contact Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060 x 5738 or erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu.

  • WSU Vancouver celebrates Women of Distinction March 30

    women-of-distinction WSU Vancouver will celebrate women who have made a difference for others at its annual Women of Distinction event. The celebration and reception take place from 6 to 8 p.m., March 30, at Firstenburg Student Commons. The keynote speaker is Sherri Bennett, executive director of the YWCA Clark County, who has held a variety of roles over the past 19 years. All 47 nominees will be recognized for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Distinguished Woman awards will be announced in three categories–high school student, WSU Vancouver student and community member. Click here for the original story.

  • Camas Student Film Festival March 23

    kids-movies-1-e1427125392287The Camas School District announced the official program selections for its third Student Film Festival. These budding filmmakers were given the prompt: “What Being a Superhero Means.” Interpretations and innovations abound in their short vignettes. On Thursday, March 23, parents, staff, and citizens are invited to view the film entries at Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas. Camas Mayor Scott Higgins will emcee the event and help to present awards for the young filmmakers. Concessions will be available for purchase inside the lobby. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the films will begin at 5 p.m. The free program is expected to run for approximately one hour.

  • Cash Back Day at Warehouse ’23 benefits Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools March 23

    FVPS_Cash_Back_Warehouse23Warehouse ’23 will host the next Cash Back fundraising event for Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools on Thursday, March 23, from open to close. Half of what each guest spends on food and beverages, including happy hour and orders to go, will be donated to the foundation. Guests must let their server know that they are there to support the foundation to ensure that 50 percent is donated. Reservations are suggested for parties of six or more and can be made by calling 360-750-7256. Warehouse ’23 is located at 100 Columbia St. #102. To learn more, visit www.foundationforvps.org or www.facebook.com/FoundationforVPS.

  • Free, public event highlights Charotte Matheny Kirkwood’s Oregon Trail experience March. 25

    SandHillsOregonTrailWilliamHenryJacksonRoger Shipman will present a talk on Into the Eye of the Setting Sun: The Story of the West When It Was New on March 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. This book, available in an indexed, softcover edition, was written by Shipman’s great-great-great grandmother, Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood, who crossed the Oregon Trail in 1843 when she was just five years old. The memoir was edited by Shipman. Kirkwood’s wagon train left Elm Grove, Missouri, with more than 100 wagons; 1,000 men, women, and children; and 5,000 oxen and cattle trailing behind. This free, public lecture will take place at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

  • Friends of EOCF seeking nominations for “Early Learning Champions,” due Mar. 31

    Unknown-1Friends of EOCF (Educational Opportunities for Children and Families) is holding the sixth annual Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, at noon at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver. They will award recipients who are chosen for their outstanding investment of time, talent and treasure in programs that support education for children ages birth to five. Community involvement is welcome and encouraged. Nominations can be made using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8SMYXZ3 or on paper form by request at earlylearningchampions@eocfwa.org or by phone at 360-567-2701.

  • Legendary jazz Clarinetist Ken Peplowski to play at VSO benefit March 25

    2ndAnnualJazzA jazz legend returns to Vancouver for a memorable evening at the exquisite Royal Oaks Country Club on Saturday, March 25. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s second annual Evening of Jazz features the extraordinary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Royal Oaks Country Club will be transformed into the quintessential Jazz Supper Club of the 1940’s and 50’s, complete with classic cars and cigar girls. Click here for the original story.


  • “Scrabble With a Cause” fundraiser for Columbia Crest Lions Club March 25

    Scrabble LogoColumbia Crest Lions Club will host the third annual “Scrabble With A Cause” community fundraising event on Saturday, March 25, at The Quarry, 415 SE 177th Ave. in Vancouver. The fun begins at 1 p.m. Teams are encouraged to wear silly hats for this year’s theme. Participants can play as an individual or a team, with team scores pooled to win prizes. Scrabble is for all ages and skill levels starting at age 10. Individual registrations are $20, four-person teams can register for $72, and students age 20 and under can register for $15. Each entry includes three rounds of play and door prize drawing. For more information and to pre-register, visit ColumbiaCrestLions.org.

  • Professional Writers Series: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner March 23

    kathy-jetnil-kijinerKathy Jetnil-Kijiner will present “Activist Poetry” at the next installment of WSU’s Professional Writers Series. Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet and performance artist whose work centers around climate activism. In 2014, Vogue magazine named her one of 13 leading women fighting global warming. Her poetry focuses on raising awareness of issues and threats—such as rising sea levels and forced migration—faced by the people of the Marshall Islands, where she was born. She also creates videos. The lecture is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Howard Aaron at 503-816-2742.

  • 2017 Clark County Green Awards March 23

    338The 2017 Clark County Green Awards are slated for Thursday, March 23.  This is a community event to highlight the greenest of the green in Clark County. Doors open at 5 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but advanced registration is required. The event is emceed by Temple Lentz and includes a special presentation by Patrick Chandler, education director of Washed Ashore. The event is at Kiggins Theatre and a reception will follow next door at Angst Gallery. To learn more and to register, visit https://www.clarkgreenbiz.com/ccgreenawards.