55th annual Clark College Jazz Festival Jan. 26 – 28

by DIwpBacon on January 20, 2017


The 55th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of exhilarating big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 26 to 28, in the Gaiser Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Admission is $5 per day. Clark College students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.

Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and A through AAAA division high schools. Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. At the end of Saturday evening, the Dale Beacock Memorial Sweepstakes Award will be presented to one outstanding band selected from the entire festival.

The Clark College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Festival Director Rich Inouye, will perform at 5 p.m. on Thursday, noon and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday. The 2016 Sweepstakes Band, Battle Ground High School Advanced Band, under the direction of Greg McKelvey, will hold the spotlight on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. To learn more, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.




Relay for Life Vancouver kick-off party Jan. 25

by DIwpBacon on January 20, 2017


The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Vancouver will officially get its 26th year started as event volunteers and participants gather for a kick-off rally. The event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Hampton Inn & Suites, 315 SE Olympia Dr. in Vancouver. The rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at the relay and will honor cancer survivors, caregivers and others affected by cancer. Click here to RSVP.

The original Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year the race will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries. The 25th Relay for Life of Vancouver will be held Saturday, July 8, beginning at 10 a.m., at Columbia River High School.

Locally, the American Cancer Society offers many resources for cancer patients and caregivers including Road To Recovery (rides to treatment), Look Good, Feel Better (help with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment), Reach to Recovery (breast cancer support) and other programs. To join the event, visit www.vancouverrelay.org. or email marilyn@dryke.com.


President Knight honors four with Presidential Coins during State of the College Address


ClarkcoinfrontClark College President Robert K. Knight delivered the annual State of the College Address in the Gaiser Student Center today. At the end of the speech, Knight presented the Presidential Coins. Each year – on opening day for faculty and staff – and during the State of the College address – the coins are given to people who provide exemplary service to Clark students, the college and the community.

While typically Presidential Coins go to faculty and staff members at Clark this year Knight chose to honor two members of the greater community. These individuals do not work at the college, but have shown their dedication to Clark College in a number of ways over the years. Those that received a coin this year are:

  • Stacy Watne, custodian
  • Irene Cheny, program support supervisor in Disability Support Services
  • George Welsh ’67
  • Dr. Larry Easter, professor emeritus

The honorees are decided by the president and are kept secret until the names are announced. To learn more about the coins and past recipients, click here.

Vancouver Police Department launches new online crime map

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has launched a new crime mapping tool to provide the public a way to stay informed about crime in Vancouver. The VPD partnered with LexisNexis Risk Solutions for the online crime map which can be accessed at www.vanpolice.org or by visiting http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-map.

The crime map geocodes the crime data, then displays incidents on a map along with basic information about the incident, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time. This tool maps and analyzes crime data and allows residents the ability to sign up for alerts about crimes in their area. The crime map automatically syncs with the VDP’s records system and is updated daily.

Sex offenders will not be included on this map. To search for sex offenders in Clark County, visit the VPD Sex Offender page http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/vancouver-sex-offenders or the Clark County Community Notification page http://communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=54462.

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News Briefs

  • TigerStop hires new CEO

    2WebAVM_0336iPTigerStop LLC has hired Rakesh Sridharan as the company’s new CEO of worldwide operations. Sridharan comes to TigerStop from Leatherman Tool Group where initially he was VP of operations, and most recently the president of LED LENSER out of Germany, a subsidiary of Leatherman Tool Group. “2016 was our strongest year in our 21 year history,” explains TigerStop’s Founder, Spencer Dick. “Rakesh has come aboard at just the right time to help guide our tremendous growth, ensuring that TigerStop continues to provide exceptional products and service on all fronts.” TigerStop, LLC is a global leader in automation equipment that is used in material cut-off, drilling, boring, ripping, positioning and pushing under the TigerStop and SawGear brand names.

  • Join Habitat for a Global Village Trip to Guatemala this summer, information night Jan. 26

    evergreenEvergreen Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to join them on a Global Village Trip to Guatemala this summer. Evergreen has participated in several trips abroad to build homes in partnership with local families in need. The trip is from June 24 to July 2, in a small village near Lake Atitlan. Interested parties are invited to an information session this Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Habitat’s office, 10811 Second St. in Vancouver. Space is limited, RSVPs are requested to Executive Director Josh Townsley at 360-737-1759 or josh@ehfh.org. To learn more about Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, visit www.ehfh.org.

  • “Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Spectacular” this weekend

    JANUARYPOSTERThe Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to Skyview Concert Hall for one of the most anticipated, star-studded concert weekends of the entire season. Audiences will be treated to masterpieces of Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras composed by three of the most significant composers of all time. Concerts are Saturday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general admission, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. For the original story, click here.

  • Woodland Boy Scout Troop 531 helps develop community orchard

    apple-post-pic-16The Port of Woodland is partnering with three Scouts from Woodland Boy Scout Troop 531 for their Eagle Scout projects to develop a Community Orchard at 1620 Guild Rd. The orchard is original to the property and recognized as Guild-Klady Centennial Farm by Washington State University, dating back to 1878. The project will include restoring the entrance sign and landscaping; a layout of the park to include heritage trees, benches, and trails, as well as signs throughout the site identifying the trees and overall history of the family and site. For the full story, click here.

  • Clark County Antique & Collectible Show this weekend

    antiquesThe Clark County Antique and Collectable Show returns to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgfield on Saturday Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $6, and the ticket will be honored both days of the show. The event is presented by Palmer/Wirfs and Associates. Attendees can expect over 250 booths from all over the country that will provide a diverse hunting ground and include fine antiques and collectibles up to 1970. The show does not allow any type of flea market booths or garage sale items. Typical items are from the 1880s to the 1970s. For tickets, visit http://shop.parlmerwirfs.com.

  • Winter Celebration this Saturday in downtown Camas

    WinterCelebration.005646The Downtown Camas Association invites the community to a Winter Celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 21. Similar to First Fridays, merchants will stay open late offering sales, promotions, samples and treats. The purpose of the event is to help local merchants and restaurants recover from the slump caused by the recent inclement weather. For updates on festivities, click here. Connect with the Downtown Camas Association, here.


  • Pearson Field Education Center receives grant from Vancouver Energy Community Fund

    maxresdefaultThe Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a grant from the Vancouver Energy Community Fund, a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, in the amount of $5,019. The funds will be dedicated to the Pearson Field Education Center’s STEM-based aviation education programs, which introduces students and the public to potential careers in aviation through a curriculum steeped in the rich history of Pearson Field. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase model airplane and toolbox kits for teaching students metalwork and riveting skills needed to build a full-sized kit airplane. To learn more, visit fortvan.org/AviationEducation.

  • Registration opens Feb. 1 at Camas Meadows

    images-1Registration for the 2017 season at Camas Meadows opens Wednesday, Feb. 1. Both the three-week Get Golf Ready and four-week Play.Better.Golf! return with ladies only and co-ed classes. Later in the spring, look for the debut of Play.Better.Golf! II, in addition to one-day clinics that will cover an array of various topics. Golf schools will begin at the end of February and continue until the beginning of October. For more information, visit http://www.camasmeadows.com/EventAdultPrograms.asp.

  • St. Joseph Catholic School hosts open house Jan. 29

    StJoseph_LogoSt. Joseph Catholic School is holding an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the school and learn about its offerings, meet the faculty, and pick up an application and other materials for enrollment in the current year or the 2017-2018 school-year. St. Joseph Catholic School is located at 6500 Highland Dr. in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.stjoevanschool.org.

  • Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival Jan. 21

    2813ea581235f192b69edb4c75d67a5fVietnamese Community of Clark County (VCCC) will host its biggest cultural event of the year this Saturday, Jan. 21. The annual festival, also known as Tết, will celebrate the New Year of the Rooster with music, performances from local and professional artists, traditional dances, children’s activities, Vietnamese food and more. The free public event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Rd. The VCCC works to support the Vietnamese American community and enrich the multicultural heritage in Clark County. To learn more visit www.vncc.org.

  • Storytelling at Magenta Jan. 28

    edgenewMagenta Theater will host its third installment of Edge on Saturday, Jan. 28. Edge is a new storytelling project. The age-old skill is recognized as both art and a professional tool. Stories frame days, and are useful in delivering information in an entertaining, meaningful way. The theme for January is “Friendship.” Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m. Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.magentatheater.com.

  • Volunteer docent or lead training at Columbia Springs Jan. 28, Feb. 1

    imgresVolunteer training is coming up at Columbia Springs. Docent training is Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,  and Lead training is Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Docents are site ambassadors who host activities, tours, and demonstrations at the 100-acre natural area. Leads guide visitors through habitat restoration projects, as well as host activities and events, and conduct community outreach about what it means to be good stewards of the environment. For full program descriptions and applications, go to columbiasprings.org/volunteer.

  • WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series kicks off Jan. 26

    670px-typewritersWashington State University Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series will feature eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. Each begins at 7 p.m., in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6 on campus. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Click here for the full story.

  • Skills Center Foundation to honor local businessman during annual fundraising dinner Jan. 20

    ctaccscThe Clark County Skills Center Foundation will present its 2016 Impact Award, Friday, Jan.  20, to Kelly Porter, manager of the Orchards Les Schwab Tire Center. It’s part of the first Cascadia Technical Academy (CTA) student-prepared, gourmet dinner of 2017. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., in the CTA dining room at 12200 NE 28th St. in Vancouver. Tickets are $35 per person ($15 is tax deductible) and must be purchased in advance by contacting Barbara Ainslie at 360-604-1050 x 2169 or Barbara.Ainslie@evergreenps.org. Click here for the full story.