Annual Sip & Stroll fundraiser for the Hough Foundation Aug.19

The Hough Foundation will host the eighth annual Sip & Stroll in Uptown Village and Downtown Vancouver on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Stroll the tree lined streets of Uptown Village and Downtown Main, Broadway and Washington streets following a tasting map to sip specially chosen tastings of premium wine, craft beer, delicious cider, and spirits.

Participants will enjoy live music, shopping discounts and special menu items at the merchant and restaurant locations. This year’s merchants and restaurants (27 total)  boast a wide variety of locations both new to the event and favorites from the past. The self-guided tour will begin and end at Burgerville Headquarters, 1602 Main St. Free shuttles will be available.

Pre-sale tickets are available online for $30 per adult or $40 at the event. Participants will receive wine/beer tasting map, a commemorative glass along with a wristband to gain admission to tasting locations. Beverages will be available for purchase back at the start location to enjoy at home.

For additional information about the Sip & Stroll, to purchase tickets, and to learn more about the Hough Foundation, visit



Jaime Herrera Beutler to host annual Jobs Fair Aug. 21


U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will host her seventh annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair on Monday, Aug. 21. The fair will be held at Warehouse ‘23 in Vancouver, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

This free event will be open to all Southwest Washington residents and will include employers from a variety of industries. Over 30 employers plan to attend. For a list of employers and positions available, visit click here.

“Supporting employers to create new jobs, protecting jobs that exist, and helping those who are seeking employment have been my top priorities in Congress,” says Herrera Beutler. “While it’s positive that unemployment has decreased in our region, there are still a lot of folks I talk to who are looking for work or better-paying jobs.”


Go Ready! Back-to-School-Ready Festival Aug. 22

Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival is Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E McLoughlin Blvd. This event is free and open to all VPS students and their families.

The festival will feature food; entertainment; family-friendly activities; and information about early learning, employment, counseling, health care, housing and other resources. Free immunizations, haircuts and gently used clothing also will be available, and more than 75 district partners from the community will provide services and information.

Families will be able to register children for school, get information about bus routes, apply for free or reduced-price lunch, learn about special education services and early childhood screenings for developmental delays, find VPS employment opportunities and meet representatives from the district’s Family-Community Resource Centers and homeless liaison. Learn more about the festival at


Columbia Theatre presents “The Commanders” Aug. 21

The Columbia Theatre will present a performance by The Commanders on Monday, Aug. 21. The Commanders, a newly-revived ensemble coming from the U.S, Air Force Band of the Golden West, carries on the American musical tradition of the great big bands, yet offers a lot more than the big band sounds.

This energetic group of highly-trained professional musicians, formed from 18 Airman, delivers the full gamut of jazz music – traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway favorites, and patriotic music. A typical evening ranges from classic favorites like Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie, to the sounds of today’s modern jazz groups.

The concert is free and family-friendly. Columbia Theater is located at 1231 Vandercook Way in Longview. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 360-575-8499 or visit the box office. To learn more about upcoming events at Columbia Theater, visit


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Free Outdoor Movie Night at WSU Vancouver Aug. 25

WSU Vancouver and the Student Activities Board will host an Outdoor Movie Night Aug. 25 showing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Guests are invited to gather, and activities begin at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn between the Multimedia Classroom and Undergraduate Buildings. The movie will begin at dusk, about 8:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Pre-movie activities include children’s crafts, concessions, games and prizes. The movie will be closed captioned. For more information, contact Student Activities Board Chair Megan Thomas at 360-546-9522.


Clark County Quilters welcomes new president for 2017-2018

Clark County Quilters (CCQ) will kick-off their 43rd year in Southwest Washington at the first general meeting on Sept. 14. ​Leading the guild will be CCQ’s new President, Su Holmes, who will serve as the guild’s president for 2017-2018. CCQ is a non-profit corporation in Vancouver, established in 1974. The guild is supported by almost 500 members. Membership dues are $25 per year. General meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, September through June, at a new temporary location Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Non-members are asked to pay $5 per meeting to help cover speaker fees.


Coolade performs at final Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Aug. 17

The Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Series concludes this Thursday, Aug. 17, with Coolade. This concert was originally scheduled for Aug. 3, but was rescheduled due to extreme heat. Coolade plays favorite party hits from the 1960s to today. With exceptional musicianship, star powered vocals, and lots of interactive fun, their energetic performance will keep the croud dancing and entertained until the last song. Visitors can bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from vendors in the park. Smoking, alcohol and BBQ grills are not permitted in the park. To learn more about the series, click here.


The Front Porch storytelling Aug. 17

The Front Porch Battle Ground is back for another round of storytelling this Thursday, Aug. 17, at from 7 to 9 p.m. The mission of Front Porch is to nurture the art of storytelling as a means to build a connected community. Admission is $5, and all ages are welcome. The theme is “To Tell the Truth.” The Hummus Hummus Middle Eastern Cuisine food truck will be on site at 6 p.m., so bring an appetite and have dinner at the Nine (Connect BG Headquarters at the old Lewisville Middle school campus in the courtyard). Guitar and vocals are by a local student artist, Deonte Conley (think Ed Sheeran). All proceeds generated by The Front Porch events go toward local charities.


Friends of the Carpenter host Tool & Product Sale Aug. 18 & 19

Friends of the Carpenter will host a Tool & Product Sale on Friday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th St. Tools that will be for sale include band saws, table saws, scroll saws, various other tools and miscellaneous shop equipment. Friends of the Carpenter products include ornament crosses, wall plaques, holiday ornaments, pens, planter boxes, bird and critter feeders, and more.


Red Cross urges community to take preparedness actions pre-eclipse

The American Red Cross is urging community members who live in, near or plan to travel into the path of totality during the eclipse to stock up on emergency preparedness supplies now. Specifically, the Red Cross is recommending assembling an emergency preparedness kit for your car and your home. With one million visitors expected to come to Oregon to view the eclipse on August 21, travelers could be stuck in traffic for hours and people who live in the path of totality may face a supply shortage with the influx of people. The Red Cross is coordinating with local emergency agencies along the eclipse viewing path to ensure collective preparedness for any contingency. For more information, visit


View the solar eclipse at Fort Vancouver Aug. 21

The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center will open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, for a solar eclipse viewing opportunity. Visitors are welcome to view the eclipse from the vantage point of the park’s Parade Ground or Great Meadow. Park rangers will be roving the grounds to answer questions. The eclipse will begin at 9:06 and will end at 11:38 a.m. Eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase. At the bookstore, artist Lillian Pitt will launch an exclusive new line of “Eclipse Over Warm Springs Nation” jewelry and masks. At 11:30 a.m., as the eclipse ends, Confluence Project Historian Mary Rose will present a special lecture on the history of eclipses in the region.


Liz Pike’s annual Hootennany Fundraiser Aug. 18

State Representative Liz Pike, (R-Camas) is inviting the public to attend her seventh annual Hootenanny on Friday, Aug. 18. The annual campaign fundraiser begins at 6 p.m., at Shangri-La Farm. Each year, guests enjoy a fabulous western BBQ cowboy dinner and homemade pie. Cowboy attire is encouraged. Chicken Bingo begins at 8 p.m. Guests park at the rented parking lot at Grove Field Airport in Fern Prairie, 632 NE 267th Ave. in Camas. RSVPs are required by email to or phone 360-281-8720 to reserve tickets. There is a suggested minimum donation of $50 per adult, but any amount of contribution is greatly appreciated. Find the event on Facebook, here.


Magenta Improv Theater Aug. 19

Magenta Improv Theater (MIT) returns for another night of family-friendly improv this Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. In a unique version of Who’s Line is it Anyway?, the show will feature some old favorite games and a few new tricks. This show will feature Tony Provenzola in his solo-hosting debut. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children age 13 and under, and are available at the door and online. Seating is general admission. To learn more about the Magenta Theater, and to see other upcoming productions, visit


Green Business Morning Blend at Cadet Aug. 17

Clark County Public Health’s Green Business Program will hold the next free Morning Blend networking event from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Cadet, 2500 W Fourth Plain Blvd. In March, Cadet received the 2017 Large Green Business of the Year award for its waste reduction and recycling programs, which led to a 60 percent reduction in landfilled waste. Space is limited at the event. To learn more and to register, visit


Clark County Republican Women announce Ken Fisher as keynote speaker for Thursday, Aug. 17

The Clark County Republican Women (CCRW), has announced that Ken Fisher will be the keynote speaker at its next meeting slated for Thursday, Aug. 17. The event will be held at Club Green Meadows, 7703 NE 72nd Ave. in Vancouver. The all-inclusive salmon dinner is $24 for CCRW members, and $30 for guests and non-members. Reservations are required. To learn more and to register, visit For additional registration information, contact CCRW Secretary Anna Miller at 360-600-6668.


FVRL Foundation used hardbound fiction book sale Aug. 24

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (FVRL) is overstocked with thousands of hardbound works of fiction and needs to make room by putting these books into your hands for just $1 each. This one-day-only flash sale will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, in Library Hall, downstairs at the FVRL District Headquarters (the former Vancouver Community Library building) at 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Proceeds from this book sale will be used to support FVRL District programs and services. For more information, visit and


Rocksolid hosts second annual Summer Concert Aug. 19

Rocksolid Community Teen Center invites the community to its second annual Summer Concert Saturday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., at Moulton Falls Winery in Yacolt. Tickets are $10 and are available at under the “News” tab. Entertainers are local artists, Amber Sweeney and The Exquisite Taste of Plain Water. The winery will have its award-winning cider, wine, beer and food available for purchase. Find the original story, here.