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Clark College hosts community open houses for new site Oct. 25, 27

by DIwpBacon on October 21, 2016


In 2007, Clark College’s Facilities Master Plan identified northern Clark County as an area where the college could fulfill its mission of providing access to underserved areas of its service district. Depending on the state funding process, construction of the first building could occur in 2020.

The Ridgefield site is the result of a generous donation from Hank and Bernice Boschma, who for many years owned a dairy farm at that location. Combined with an additional 10-acre parcel purchased by the Clark College Foundation, Clark College at Boschma Farms sits at the east end of the I-5/SR 501 interchange, making it easily accessible to students from throughout the North County region.

There will be two open houses to present the draft master plan taking place in October. The first is Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m., at Corwin Beverage, 219 S Timm Rd., Ridgefield. The second is at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Battle Ground Community Center, Lewis River Room, 912 E Main St., Battle Ground. Those  unable to attend the meeting, can submit feedback at http://www.clark.edu/cc/boschma.




Fort Vancouver receives field trip grant from the National Parks Foundation

by DIwpBacon on October 17, 2016


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters.

In addition, this year, Fort Vancouver was selected to receive a $9,000 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to support the Every Kid in a Park program. Administered by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the funding will reimburse many Title I schools in the local area for the costs of transporting fourth grade classes to the park for field trips. The Every Kid in a Park pass is valid for a full calendar year starting September 1.

The pass grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) to most federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries. For more information, visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov.

“Howloween” returns to the Oregon Zoo Oct. 29 and 30

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Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo.

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, during  “Howloween” at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and is free with zoo admission.

In keeping with the zoo’s mission, Howloween aims to be educational, as well as fun. Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations. Kids can collect treats and prizes at the different stations, provided in part by FedEx Ground and Safe Kids. Because everyday actions impact wildlife, the zoo only chooses candy with deforestation-free palm oil.

Throughout the day, visitors can watch the zoo’s enrichment team provide animals with holiday-themed treats like jack-o’-lanterns stuffed with snacks. Enrichment items, such as a passel of pumpkins provided by Al’s Garden Center, help keep the zoo’s animals mentally and physically engaged. To learn more, visit www.oregonzoo.org.

Community Development Block Grant and HOME Programs available


The City of Vancouver estimates there will be up to $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding available for local projects in 2017. Detailed application guidelines and a link to the online application is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg. Mandatory pre-applications are due on or before 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Final applications will be due on or before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

Funds will be available for construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of housing or public facilities, services, economic development and tenant based rental assistance targeted to benefit low- and moderate-income areas and families. Local governments and non-profit organizations and agencies may apply.

Funding decisions will be made by Vancouver City Council in May 2017. Funding awards and contract negotiation will occur between July and October 2017. For more information about CDBG and the Home Investment Partnership Program, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg.

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Viki Eierdam finds wine for the season.


News Briefs

  • Final talk on retirement planning Nov. 3

    22346_1399324272Local attorney Margaret Phelan will present the final installment of ” Seven Ways Trusts Can Save You Money and Protect Your Spouse, House and Family from the Government.” Phelan will share practical information that addresses long-term planning for older adults. The presentation will be held at 1:30 p.m., at Touchmark, 2911 SE Village Loop in Vancouver. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. To RSVP, people can call Touchmark at 360-254-2866. Light refreshments will be served. Phelan is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and regularly contributes articles to the “Senior Messenger.” Her local practice focuses on elder law. To learn more about Touchmark, visit Touchmark.com.

  • Southwest Washington Wind Symphony presents “Literary Notes” this Sunday

    14695542_1231753996887575_4379931995254866214_nThe Southwest Washington Wind Symphony opens its 12th season with its Literary Notes concert this Sunday, Oct. 23. Discover how Huckleberry Finn, Beowulf, and John Wayne (heroes from very different eras) are portrayed in musical works from timeless literature and movies. Selections include Huckleberry Finn Suite by Franco Cesarini, The Cowboys by John Williams, Howl’s Moving Castle by Joe Hisaishi, and more. The concert begins at 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center, Union High School, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St. in Camas. Admission is free. For further details, visit www.swwindsymphony.org.

  • Get vaccinated now for early, long-lasting protection against flu

    UnknownThe flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County, and health officials are recommending everyone six months and older get vaccinated early. “Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically ramps up,” says Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. “Actually, you are better off getting the vaccine as soon as it’s available because flu season starts early some years. It takes two weeks after you get vaccinated for protection to kick in, so you don’t want to wait until flu is widely circulating before you get your shot. The sooner you’re vaccinated, the sooner you’re protected − and you’ll stay protected throughout the flu season.” To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy. Those with no health insurance, can call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at 360-852-9070 to make an appointment for a low-cost flu shot.

  • Volunteer opportunities for National Day of Service Oct. 22

    14390868_10154689286869835_5982588982418303140_nOn Saturday, Oct. 22, there will be four volunteer opportunities occurring in different locations across Vancouver and Clark County. These events are all appropriate for large or small groups and individuals of all ages. Joining Vancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community, meet new people, and help beautify parks, green spaces and downtown areas. Volunteers attending any of these projects should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. For the full story, click here.

  • Halloween dinner and fundraiser for the VBMA Oct. 22

    halloween at the chateauThe Vancouver Barracks Military Association is hosting its fifth annual Halloween Party and Fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the 40 et 8 Chateau, 7607 NE 26th Ave., Vancouver. A requested donation is $15 in advance or $18 at the door. The family friendly event features a “Haunted Vancouver” presentation by author Jeff Davis, live DJ, a costume contest, raffle and auction, and more. Proceeds from the event will go toward the preservation of vintage memorabilia dating to the Spanish American War, and historic artifacts depicting the history of the Vancouver Barracks. Currently, the VBMA is building a replica of a World War 1 ambulance. To reserve tickets, email: president@vbma.us. For more information about the event or the VBMA, visit www.vbma.us.

  • Drug take-back events scheduled for Oct. 22

    Drug TakebackLast year, 92 million prescriptions were filled in the state of Washington. With two-thirds of prescribed medications going unused, the amount of medicine accumulating in households is substantial, and dangerous. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Clark County residents can safely dispose of all unused medications at three free collection events held in Vancouver and Battle Ground. Events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the original story, which includes a list of locations, click here.

  • Local dentists named to 2016 topDentists list

    984186_10152654757334813_7177769225769560765_nAdventure Dental has announced that Dr. Todd Hillyard and Dr. David Neil have both been named to the topDentists 2016 list of outstanding pediatric dentists. TopDentists.com is a national dentist directory that features some of the most highly trained cosmetic dentists, orthodontists and periodontists throughout the United States and internationally. Click here for the full story.


  • Fort Vancouver Library Foundation’s 2016 Authors and Illustrators Dinner and Silent Auction Oct. 24

    Meltzer Head ShotBrad MeltzerNew York Times bestselling author and celebrity host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel will be the featured speaker at Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation‘s annual Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Hilton Vancouver. The event includes a silent auction featuring a variety of unique items and experiences which will take place before the dinner portion of the evening. Tickets are $85 each, and tables for 10 are available for $850. There are also a limited number of tickets available for a private reception with Meltzer for $50 per person; this reception is limited and priority will be given to guests who purchase tickets for the dinner. To learn more, click on the ad in the right column.

  • Off-leash area at Pacific Community Park to close for Oct. 22-23 weekend

    13729047_1066324380127495_7158344943352945419_nThe Dakota Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park in Pacific Community Park will be closed Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, so a contractor can upgrade an overhead optical fiber cable. Wilson Construction Co., a Canby, Ore.-based contractor working for the Bonneville Power Administration, will use a helicopter to string a larger cable over the dog park just outside east Vancouver. The work will require closing the off-leash area, the park’s demonstration gardens and the trail along the north side of Pacific Community Park, 1515 NE 164th Ave. The park’s extreme sports area, restrooms, parking lots and other amenities will remain open. A list of other off-leash areas is on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/dog-parks.

  • Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2016 announced, recognition luncheon Nov. 1

    0874fd39-fd08-4a79-ad67-45faf089caa1The Vancouver Business Journal has announced the 2016 Accomplished & Under 40 Class. Candidates are considered for their demonstrated professional accomplishments, leadership abilities, efforts on behalf of local nonprofits, community involvement and positive feedback from clients, fellow employees and supervisors. To see the full class list, click herePresented by Riverview Community Bank, a recognition luncheon is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Warehouse ’23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is $50 per seat or $500 for a table of 10. For more information and to register, click here or call 360-695-2442.

  • Journey Theater presents Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” opens tonight

    DSC_7215-1-300x261Journey Theater’s production of Oliver opens this evening, Friday, Oct. 21, at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S Hillhurst Rd. The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. For show dates and tickets, visit www.journeytheater.org.

  • Make a new tradition, find a pumpkin in the forest at Family Nature Fest Oct. 22

    IMG_2662Columbia Springs and iQ Credit Union are hosting a Family Nature Fest this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can avoid the crowds at the pumpkin patch and and find one of 20 gourds that have been hidden in the forest. Family Nature Fest will also have guided forest walks, live animal shows, fish hatchery tours, crafts, and activities from Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Mount St. Helens Institute, and more. No registration is required, but a $5 donation per child is suggested. Columbia Springs is located at 12208 SE Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. Go to www.columbiasprings.org/events for more information.

  • Drink This! returns to downtown Vancouver this Saturday

    14344972_1402745109755433_4014599582402200452_nDrink This! Vancouver is an opportunity to meet the makers of artisan beverages in Vancouver. The focus is on guest wineries, breweries, mixed drinks, and other artisan beverages. Two new businesses have joined the event: Doomsday Brewing Safe House, and Tap Union Freehouse. The event features 16 venues along Main St., Washington St. and Broadway. Although there is no cost to participate, prices vary per venue, from tastings, to artisan beverages. Drink This! Vancouver runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. For more information, a list of participating businesses, and a map, visit www.facebook.com/drinkthisvancouver.

  • Clark County Quilters presents Featured Artists Show Oct. 21 – 23

    FA quilts“Showcasing Quilts of Our Past Presidents” is the Featured Artist Show for 2016, sponsored by Clark County Quilters of Vancouver. The show will be open to the public on FridaySaturday, and Sunday, Oct. 21 to 23, at the HH Hall Building, 10000 NE Seventh Ave. in Vancouver. Twenty-one past presidents from the Clark County Quilters guild past forty-one years will showcase traditional and art quilts. There will be an artists reception on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. The show will be open to the public Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for viewing the exhibit, however a $3 donation is appreciated. More information is available online at http://clarkcountyquilters.org.

  • Loowit Brewing celebrates four years with special releases, live music and more Oct 22

    Loowit-4th-Anniv Loowit Brewing will celebrate it’s fourth anniversary this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 10 p.m. The tasting room will expand it’s tap line up for the day, as well as offer special tappings such as the annual anniversary release of Super Ninja Triple IPA, and the 2016 bourbon barrel-aged War Tortoise Imperial Stout. Both will also be released in 22oz bottles on the same day. In addition, Loowit has announced a third 22oz bottle release at the anniversary party of the award winning Grimlock Rye Porter. This beer won Silver for Rye Beers at the 2016 World Beer Cup and won Gold for Rye Beers at the 2016 Washington Beer Awards. Special guests Three for Silver will perform and Pimento Cheese Kitchen’s food truck will serve food. Follow the event on Facebook, here.

  • North County Community Food Bank hosts annual fundraiser Oct. 22

    Scare-Away-Hunger-2016This story was originally published with an incorrect date in the headline. The North County Community Food Bank will host its annual Scare Away Hunger fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center. This year, the Murder Mystery Company of Portland will be interacting with the guests as a part of the evening’s program to solve a murder. Guests are encouraged to come in their best 1920’s Gatsby style apparel to fit their roles in the drama as the night progresses. For more information and to register, click here. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Elizabeth Cerveny at: 360-687-5007, or executive.director@nccfoodbank.org.

  • 2016 Clark County Leadership award winners announced, ceremony Oct. 26

    LLC_Logo_Final_02_2013_VectorLeadership Clark County (LCC) has announced the winners of the 2016 Clark County Leadership Awards. The recipients will be honored at an annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the home of the late Ed and Dollie Lynch, 4712 NW Franklin St. in Vancouver. The ceremony is open to the public and is sponsored by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and TwinStar Credit Union. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by clicking the ticket link at: http://www.leadershipclarkcounty.com/awards/. The original story includes the winners, here.

  • Friends of the Carpenter 14th annual benefit Oct. 22


    Friends of the Carpenter will host its 14th annual auction on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Tickets are $75 per person and a table of 10 can be purchased for $650. This year’s master of ceremonies is Katherine Cook, an Emmy-winning reporter for KGW News. The auction features dinner and both silent and live auctions. Click here for the full story.