VSO opens 39th season with legendary violinist Anne Akiko Meyers Sept. 30, Oct. 1

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season begins with a concert featuring the return of the world’s best-selling classical recording artist, Anne Akiko Meyers, to the Skyview Concert Hall stage. She joins the orchestra, led by Music Director and world-renowned Conductor Maestro Salvador Brotons.

Meyers will perform Ravel’s Tzigane for Violin & Orchestra and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns. The concert begins with two Slavonic Dances by Dvořák and concludes with a showpiece for the orchestra, Rachmaninoff’s final work, the Symphonic Dances. Originally meant for a ballet, this stunning virtuoso masterwork is the only score Rachmaninoff composed in this country.

The performances are Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $34 to $50, $10 for students with ID. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. For further details and to purchase tickets, visit vancouversymphony.org or call 360-735-7278.



Second annual dining month returns to Vancouver in October

This October, Visit Vancouver USA will present Dine the Couve to local foodies and culinary tourists alike. The second annual dining month will bring together 22 original eateries from across the city to serve three items for $23 (alongside regular menu offerings), while five breweries and taprooms will offer $3 drink specials for the entire month. Participating restaurants include:

  • Niche Wine Bar & Bistro
  • Ben’s Bottle Shop
  • NOM NOM Restaurant & Grill
  • Farrar’s Bistro & Bar
  • Rally Pizza
  • Gray’s at the Park
  • Say Ciao! Tap Room & Eatery
  • The Grocery Cocktail & Social
  • Sixth Avenue Bistro
  • Heathen Feral Public House
  • Smokehouse Provisions
  • La Bottega
  • Tommy O’s Pacific Rim Bistro
  • Little Conejo
  • Uptown Barrel Room
  • Low Bar
  • Vancouver Pizza Company
  • LUXE
  • WareHouse ‘23
  • Tabor Brewing – The Pub
  • Willem’s on Main

All participating restaurants will provide diners with a three-part menu, which may include any combination of soup, salad, appetizer, entree, dessert or craft beverage. All menus for Dine the Couve will be posted online by Sept. 29 at VisitVancouverUSA.com/DineTheCouve. Use #DineTheCouve to share dining experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Annual Friends of the Poor 5k Sept. 30

The Friends of the Poor 5k is slated for next Saturday, Sept. 30. The event will help serve those in the community in need of food, clothing, and shelter. The walk/run is part of a national program coordinated by the development team at the national office of St. Vincent de Paul which also provides assistance with rent, utilities, and transportation.

The fun begins at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater at 218 West 12th St. in downtown Vancouver. The 5K route will take participants along the beautiful Columbia River waterfront and cross over the Highway 14 freeway, past the old apple tree and through Fort Vancouver park grounds.

The event concludes at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater with awards and refreshments. For more information and to register, visit www.svdpusa.net/fop.


Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour Sept. 30, Oct. 1

Expert advice and inspiration can be found on September 30 & October 1 at the Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour presented by Contract Furnishings Mart and DeWils. Four projects showcase the fine craftsmanship of Remodelers of Clark County (ROCC) members. ROCC members will be on hand at each project to answer questions and offer remodeling insight. Featured projects in this year’s tour are:

  • Renew Creations – Granny Apartment in Battle Ground
  • A.C.T. Builders, LLC – Kitchen/Dining/Foyer in Vancouver
  • Scherer Enterprises – Kitchen/Multi-Function Space/Outdoor Living in Vancouver
  • Millar Construction – Whole Home Update in Ridgefield

Homes are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Directions to each home will be posted on the Remodeled Homes Tour website on Friday, Sept. 29. Admission is $10 for adults and children ages 13 and up. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.remodeledhomestour.com or at each project location on the day of the event (cash only). The Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour is produced by the Building Industry Association.


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Water-Wise Landscaping workshop Sept. 30

Clark County Master Gardeners & Clark County Public Health present: Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener Julie Carlsen for a workshop on designing a low-water landscape garden that reflects your style. The event is perfect for those with limited yard space or those just needing a little inspiration.  After the presentation, participants will help install an ornamental garden at the home of a Habitat for Humanity homeowner. Children are welcome; participation limited to 20. Attendees should bring gloves and water. Advanced registration required at http://bpt.me/3065624 or by calling 360-397-6060-5738. The exact location (downtown Vancouver area) will be given at registration. For more information, email Erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu.


Grand opening celebration for 38 Below Sept. 23

 A grand opening celebration of 38 Below is this Saturday, Sept. 23. Opened last July next to South Pacific Cafe, Battle Ground’s newest bar features 25 taps, a craft cocktail menu, vintage arcade games, and a unique, frost rail bar top. Doors open for the celebration at 3 p.m. The event features light appetizers, a DJ, a hosted toast at 10 p.m., raffle prizes, and more. A section of the parking lot will be roped off for an outside bar. 38 Below is located at 15 E Main St.


Second half of 2017 property tax statements mailed, due Oct. 31

Property tax statements for the second half of 2017 are in the mail. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments and certain fees. The Treasurer’s Office sent 71,000 paper statements, 76,400 postcards to taxpayers whose mortgage companies pay their taxes, and 5,010 e-statements to people who registered to receive tax bills online. Property owners who pay taxes directly to the county rather than through a mortgage company should receive their statements soon. Those that don’t, should visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-397-2252. Taxpayers that have moved in the past six months must notify the Treasurer’s Office. The second installment of 2017 property taxes is due Tuesday, Oct. 31. After that, interest and penalties will accrue.


The Historic Trust announces new route for annual Veterans Parade

The Historic Trust, (formerly Fort Vancouver National Trust) has announced a new route for the upcoming 31st Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy. The event takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, rain or shine. The new route will begin at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve St. The parade will head west along Evergreen Blvd, past Officers Row and the Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Library, the parade will head south down C Street and turn west on Eighth Street. From Eighth Street the parade will turn north on Main Street, then head east on 11th Street, ending at the west side of the Providence Academy. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks, grass, and covered areas along the parade route.


Willamette Radio Workshop presents “Laugh Your Dial Off!” Sept. 27

WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC) and the Willamette Radio Workshop will perform Laugh Your Dial Off, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Kiggins Theatre. A $5 donation at the door is suggested. The live radio performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by CMDC faculty member John Barber. It features a collection of the best comedy shows and acts from the Golden Age of radio. It includes performances made famous by Jack Benny, Fred Allen and Allen’s AlleyFibber McGee and Molly, Abbot and Costello, Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen with W.C. Fields. Previously unreleased Vic and Sade episodes will be heard in Vancouver for the first time. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase.


Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s annual breakfast raises over $136,000

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Raising the Roof” benefit breakfast was attended by over 600 people and raised $136,410 last Tuesday. Proceeds benefit Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and will be used to build the remaining four homes for local low income families at their newest subdivision off of Middle Way, McKibbin Commons. Award recipients for 2017 include Denny EllerRich Helmke, and Churches in Partnership.


Logic and accuracy testing Sept. 26

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Clark County Elections Office will conduct a logic and accuracy test of the programming to be used to tabulate ballots and the accessible voting units for the November 7 general election. The test will be held at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. Members of the news media, candidates, jurisdictions with measures on the ballot and the public are invited to attend this test, which is required under Washington law. Ballots will be mailed Friday, Oct. 20. For this election, all registered voters in Clark County will receive ballots. At 6 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, the process of entering the scanned ballot information into the ballot tabulation system will begin. Election results will be available at or before 8:30 p.m. at website at clarkvotes.org.


VAS hosts “Wine & Paint” event Sept. 23

Vancouver Art Space, (VAS) invites artists of all skill levels to a “Wine & Paint” event in their new and much larger space inside the Vancouver Mall. Participants can choose from three designs or bring in a photograph to use. All materials and supplies are provided, including wine and a snack. The event is this Saturday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is $40; the first three to RSVP save $5. The VAS is located at 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. on the second floor near Macy’s. To learn more and sign up, click here.


Experience Ridgefield Sept. 23

Get ready for some old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host its second Experience Ridgefield event on Saturday, Sept. 23. The community carnival, set to take place at Ridgefield High School from 3 to 7:30 p.m., celebrates Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present, and promising future. Event highlights include numerous food vendors, music, games and activities, a game truck, potato sack races, inflatables, arts and crafts, a selfie photo booth, many exhibits and displays, a Mr. Potato Head Contest, and much more. Click here for the full story.


Jobs workshop begings Sept. 27

Partners in Careers is hosting a 4-week jobs workshop called Career Academy, starting Wednesday, Sept. 27 and ending October 18, at First Presbyterian Church. Career Academy provides employment readiness services to low-income families in Clark County. The program assists job seekers through the process from determining interests and goal setting with job identification and strength assessments, to the actual process of obtaining and retaining a job. Adults who are low-income, their families, and youth at least 16 years of age, are welcome to attend this workshop at no charge. Click here for the full story.


Walk to Defeat ALS at Esther Short Park Sept. 23

The Southwest Washington Walk to Defeat ALS is this Saturday, Sept. 23. The event is the ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow local chapters to sustain services for much of the next year. The walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to the chapter for care services programs, research and awareness. The chapter offers all services to people living with ALS and their families free of charge. Registration for the walk starts at 11 a.m., with a special opening ceremony beginning at 11:45 a.m. The three mile walk begins at noon. To learn more and to register a team, visit http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/OregonandSWWashington?pg=entry&fr_id=12615#.Wb9VYEqGMfE


Neil Young tribute band performs at Magenta Theater Sept. 23

Magenta Theater will host the area’s premier Neil Young tribute band for one performance only on Saturday, Sept. 23. Harvest Gold will perform hit songs like Heart of GoldHarvest Moon, and Unknown Legend, and famous dual electric guitar rockers like Cinnamon Girl, Ohio, Cowgirl in the Sand, Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World and Down by the River. The concert also features hits by other ’60s and ’70s rock legends including the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, and others. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door as available. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.magentatheater.com


Robert Michael Pyle discusses re-released book at Vintage Books Sept. 24

Robert Michael Pyle will discuss the updated version of his celebrated account of the Bigfoot legend, Where Bigfoot Walks, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Vintage Books, 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. The event is presented by Clark County’s Green Neighbors program. A lifelong ecologist from Grays River, WA, Pyle updated the book with new information about the environment that’s said to be home to the hairy beast. He’ll describe his explorations into the Dark Divide, a large, intact wilderness area in Washington’s southern Cascade Mountains.


“Swing Back to the 50s” annual fundraiser at Pearson Air Museum Sept. 23

Dust off your saddle shoes and join local nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver at the Swing Back to the 50’s fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar. Music will be provided by the VanPort Jazz Band, which is widely acclaimed throughout the region for popular swing and jazz tunes. Attendees are invited to wear 1950s styles, either casual or “dressed to the nines.” A no-host bar will provide refreshments. Admission is $30 per person. Ticket sales are limited and must be purchased in advance at: friendsfortvancouver.org or in-person at the Friends Bookstore in the Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.


Document shredding event Sept. 23

A free document shredding event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Whole Foods Market, 815 SE 160th Ave. Clark County residents are invited to bring financial statements, invoices, personal documents, medical bills, pay stubs and tax records for shredding and recycling. The limit is two banker or medium-size boxes per person. Do not bring receipts, office paper, magazines, junk mail or other documents that do not reveal your identity or contain sensitive information. Most of these materials can be recycled curbside. For more information call 360-397-2121 ext. 4352 or visit https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/.