Fort Vancouver National Trust announces Independence Day lineup

by DIwpBacon on June 24, 2016

crowd1The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the full lineup of performers for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Entertainment begins at noon on the Vancouver Toyota Main Stage with the Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition, where ten talented pre-selected high-school students will compete for a $1,000 scholarship prize. Entertainment continues throughout the day:

Toyota Main Stage schedule:
1:30 p.m. — Ken DeRouche Band
2:30 p.m. — My Happy Pill
3:30 p.m. — Tom Grant Band
5:00 p.m. — Calico
6:00 p.m. — Rock Steady 234th Army Band
7:30 p.m. — Andy Stokes Band
8:45 p.m. — The Nu Wavers with Lovey James

Alaska Airlines Prime Viewing Stage schedule:
5:00 p.m. — Justin Sheehy
6:00 p.m. — Alice Wallace
7:00 p.m. — Tom Grant with Shelly Rudolph
8:00 p.m. — Cadillacs for Everyone

Parking is available at the Vancouver Mall with free C-Tran shuttle to the site. For a full list of activities, to purchase tickets, or to volunteer visit, email or call 360-992-1808.







Second phase of Poetry Moves showcases student poets July 3

by DIwpBacon on June 24, 2016

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C-TRAN, Lamar Transit Advertising, the Arts of Clark County and local Poet Laureate Christopher Luna are launching the second phase of Poetry Moves during the Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 3, in the Music Pavilion at Esther Short Park. The event will showcase the work of local student poets from third through 12th grade.

Luna applied and received a grant from the Arts of Clark County for his Poets in the Schools program, which provided supplies and a small honorarium for four poets to work with at least one Clark County school. The program expanded, and the poets actually worked with six schools and over 250 students. The poet team then selected 10 student-written poems that they thought best-represented poetic structure, content, rhythm and verse.

All selected students will publicly read their work during Sunday’s event. The poems will then be printed on large cards and placed inside buses where advertising is usually placed. In phase one of Poetry Moves, the entire fleet of C-Tran buses had two poems posted per bus to share art and culture with the masses. For more information about the program, visit


Representatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris host telephone town hall June 28

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Representative Lynda Wilson and Representative Paul Harris, both R-Vancouver, will host a telephone town hall on Tuesday, June 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. They invite all 17th Legislative District residents to join them for an hour-long community conversation on state legislative issues.

To participate, residents can call 360-588-5068. If listeners have questions during the call, they can press the star (*) key on their telephone keypads.

Residents unable to participate, or who have questions before the event, can contact Wilson by calling her Olympia office at 360-786-7994, or Harris at his Olympia office by calling 360-786-7976. For more information about Wilson or Harris, visit: or

Zoo Welcomes Dozer & Shelly, African spurred tortoises

Two huge African spurred tortoises, named Dozer and Shelly, are settling into their new home at the Oregon Zoo. African spurred tortoises, also known as sulcata tortoises and listed as a “vulnerable” species, are the largest mainland tortoise species in the world and have been known to top 200 pounds. Only the island tortoises of Galápagos and Aldabra are bigger.

Dozer, and Shelly tip the scales at around 170 and 90 pounds, respectively. They are believed to be around 25 to 30 years old, and came to Portland from New York’s Seneca Park Zoo.

Visitors can see them most days in the Oregon Zoo’s Africa Savanna section. The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and is located at 4001 SW Canyon Rd., just off Highway 26. Those who travel to the zoo via MAX light rail receive $1.50 off admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit for fare and route information.

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News Briefs

  • Election voter registration deadline July 4

    Asha Your Vote Counts ButtonThe last day for submitting a mail-in voter registration form for the Aug. 2, 2016 Primary and Special Election is Monday, July 4. Since post offices will be closed on July 4 for the holiday, registrations must be postmarked before July 4. Online registration applications and address changes for currently registered voters can be submitted up to midnight on July 4. The Clark County Elections Office will be open until 5 p.m., Friday, July 1. Visit the Elections Office website at for more details.

  • New vehicle license fee for Vancouver streets

    logo2015bStarting July 1, residents and businesses in the city of Vancouver will pay a $20 Transportation Benefit District (TBD) fee when registered vehicles come up for annual license renewals. This fee was recommended by the city’s Streets Funding Commission and approved by Vancouver’s TBD in December 2015, following a public hearing and extensive public outreach. Washington law allows cities and counties to establish TBDs to address transportation needs. For more information about the TBD, visit To learn about the city’s efforts to address street system needs, visit

  • Update: Delayed temporary museum closing

    cchm-logo-fontThe Clark County Historical Museum’s temporary closing, originally scheduled to begin on June 25, will not happen until late July or August. The remodeling and updating will take approximately two months, and the museum will be closed while the work takes place. A re-opening date will be announced in August. The original article containing details of ongoing museum events and limited access for the public can be found here.

  • Parks Foundation receives $650,000 Murdock Trust grant

    girl-raking-290x300The Parks Foundation of Clark County has received a $650,000 grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the largest grant ever received by the Parks Foundation, and the largest public works/public art project the Murdock Trust has awarded, to help fund construction of a water feature at the new Vancouver Waterfront Park. To see renderings of the park and water feature, designed by nationally known artist, Larry Kirkland, visit Click here for the full story.

  • Columbia Land Trust releases new logo, reaffirms commitment to local conservation

    13466279_10154449416019734_6374879864082795268_nColumbia Land Trust is releasing a new logo designed to better reflect its core mission to conserve and care for the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Columbia River region through sound science and strong relationships. The new logo is the first update for the organization since its founding in 1990. With the support of 3,000 members, the trust has conserved more than 29,000 acres of land in 14 counties along the Columbia River. Read more about the new logo here.

  • Empower Up overstock sale starts June 25

    empower_up_logo_social_small_400x400Empower Up, a local non-profit that sells refurbished consumer electronics, will host an overstock sale beginning this Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. Empower up is located at 5000 E Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Their mission is to  protect the environment and enhance communities by providing positive options for people and electronics. The sale will last until the excess items are sold. To learn more, find the original story here.

  • New large format photography show at North Bank Artist Gallery; reception July 1

    JULYFRONTThe North Bank Artist Galley, 1005 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, will open a stunning new show featuring the large format photography of Gereld Gedrose and Silvia Guevara on Friday, July 1. The exhibit runs through July 30. Visitors to the gallery on July 1, can meet the artists at a reception held in conjunction with Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk. Details about the artists may be read in the original story here.

  • “Blast from the Past” car show this Saturday

    OpenHouseRotaryCarShowLiving Hope Church is hosting a “Blast from the Past” car show this Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free public event is sponsored by the Clark County Flying Eagle “A’s, and features live music, several food vendors , and dozens of vintage and classic cars.  All makes and models of cars and trucks are welcome to participate. Registration is open from 8 to 10 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per vehicle. Living Hope Church is located at 2711 NE Andresen, in Vancouver.

  • Backyard birding workshop July 9

    columbia springs logoThose looking for a great spot to bird watch or interested in learning how to attract them to feeders can join the Columbia Springs Backyard Birding workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 9. A local expert will offer a presentation, and a guided walk around Columbia Springs to spot a wide variety of exciting local birds. Attendees will get their own chickadee birdhouse to take home. Pre-registration is required with a $5 suggested donation. Columbia Springs is located at 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver. To learn more and register, visit: For questions, call 360-882-0936 x 224 or email

  • Bingo Night for Women Build Program tonight June 24

    casino-spel-bingo-1920x1080_0Evergreen Habitat for Humanity invites the community to a family-friendly Bingo Night to benefit its Women Build Program tonight, Friday, June 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Game cards are $2 each; $20 for 10. A program of Habitat for Humanity International, Women Build enables women to help eliminate poverty housing by building homes and communities. Bingo night will be held at Parr Lumber, 6400 E 18th St. in Vancouver. Prizes are valued at $25 or more. Snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVP’s are encouraged by email to: or by calling 360-737-1759.

  • Rinker Buck speaks at Fort Vancouver this Saturday

    the-oregon-trail-9781451659177_lgThe National Park Service, Vintage Books, and the Friends of Fort Vancouver will host a book signing and lecture with bestselling author Rinker Buck on Saturday, June 25. Buck’s most recent book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, recounts the author’s experience recreating a covered wagon crossing of the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. In 2011, Buck made the journey from Missouri to Oregon with his brother, Nick, three mules, and their dog. From 2 to 4 p.m., Buck will be at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center to talk with visitors and sign copies of his book, followed by a lecture. To learn more, click here.

  • Meet and Greet event with Jerry Oliver June 30

    Jerry OliverThe community is invited to a Meet and Greet with Jerry Oliver on Thursday, June 30, at Goldies BBQ, 15640 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. Oliver is running for Washington State Representative, District 17, Position 1. Attendees can get to know the candidate and ask questions about his campaign. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For further information, call Stephanie Turlay at 360-608-9469.

  • Health care job fair June 29 40 companies from Southwest Washington, Clackamas County, and the Portland metro area that are seeking employees will be promoting their job openings at a free, long-term care, job and career fair on Wednesday, June 29. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland. The region’s long-term care sector is anticipated to add more than 6,000 jobs over the next eight years, meaning there will be an increased need for long-term care workers. Find the full story, here.

  • Free farmers market for Clark County’s hungry today June 24

    food_pantrySt. John Lutheran Church will host another “Food Bank Fresh” in conjunction with the Clark County Food Bank today, Friday, June 24, from noon to 2:30 pm. This is a free, farmers market-style distribution of fresh produce and other groceries for hungry people in Clark County. All are welcome. For more information call 360-573-1461 or email St. John Lutheran Church is located at 11005 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver.

  • Annual Community Heroes Night June 25

    CMAC-Heroes-Night-Invite-Split-PageThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) and Columbia Credit Union will present the third annual Heroes Night celebration Saturday, June 25, at the East Vancouver Costco, 19610 SE First St. This event is open to everyone, Costco membership is not required. Festivities begin with a classic car show at 4:30 p.m. The parking lot will be full of family friendly activities, information tables, military vehicles, food vendors, the 40 et8′s “Loci,” and more. While shopping at Costco that evening, visitors can mingle with local heroes while enjoying food samples and coupons. Click here for the original story.

  • Annual Recycled Arts Festival June 25 – 26 in Esther Short Park

    29169_118237474877130_2186225_nClark County will hold the 11th annual Recycled Arts Festival, presented this year by McCord’s Vancouver Toyota, in Esther Short Park downtown. The event showcases artwork made of recycled materials. The free festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Attendees who show reusable mugs or water bottles at the Information Tent will be entered in a special drawing. Find the original story, here.

  • Rotary Club of Greater Clark County hosts second annual rummage sale June 25

    13260119_1731384797118569_6994339209673173031_nThe Rotary Club of Greater Clark County is holding an Auction and Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Evergreen High School. Admission is free. Tax deductible donation drop-off days are Tuesday, June 21, from 3 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, June 22, from 3 to 8 p.m.; Thursday June 23, from noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the sale and auction benefit many local projects sponsored by the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation. Click here for the original story.