Christmas Ships Parade returns to the Port of Camas-Washougal Dec. 2

The Port of Camas-Washougal welcomes the return of the Christmas Ships Parade for its annual appearance at the Marina on Saturday, Dec. 2. The ornamented and festive fleet will arrive early and enjoy dinner at the Dolphin Yacht Club. Then, at 6 p.m., they will assemble and parade just outside the Marina for approximately one hour.

Doors to the port will open at 5 p.m., to welcome in the public. Come early to enjoy the show from the warmth of the port’s meeting room where merriment abounds with Washougal High School Christmas Choir in costume, free cookies and hot cider.

There will also be a drawing for a take home goodie-filled tote. Find the event on Facebook, here. Additional information about the Christmas Ships Parade schedule can be found at


Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 2018 calanders on sale now

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s 2018 Calendar is on sale now. This year’s calendar features the winning photos of the annual photo contest and will be on pre-sale through Nov. 28.

The calendars are much more than amazing, high resolution action shots from Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. They also help the Friends support its mission of providing habitat restoration, and cultural and environmental education on the Refuge and to it’s visitors.

All the photo’s subjects are identified, and include a description. Learn about the seasonal changes in habitat restoration, important dates to look forward to, read a passionate poem about the refuge, and much more.

The calendars are $16 pre-sale. Orders will be shipped the first week of December. To learn more and order, visit Calendars will still be available after the pre-sale online, and at City of Ridgefield‘s Hometown Celebration on Dec. 2, or at Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies while supplies last.


Vancouver Public Schools welcomes new board member

Vancouver Public Schools welcomes Wendy Smith to the board of directors. Smith, who was elected in the Nov. 7 general election, will be sworn in at the Dec. 12 school board meeting. A lifelong Vancouver resident, she teaches social studies at Heritage High School in Evergreen Public Schools.

Smith and her husband have two young children: George, a preschooler, and Eleanor, a third-grader at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School. Smith herself is a product of VPS. She attended Felida Elementary School, Jason Lee Middle School and Columbia River High School. She has bachelor’s degrees in history and anthropology from University of Washington and a master’s degree in education from WSU Vancouver.

“Wendy’s commitment to student learning will align well with the board’s work to increase opportunity and improve outcomes for VPS students. We look forward to Wendy joining the team,” says Vancouver School Board President Michelle Giovannozzi.


Celebrate Thanksgiving at ilani

Ilani, the West Coast’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment, and meeting destination, will celebrate Thanksgiving with dining specials along with Top 100 Billboard artists and promotions for friends, family and loved ones to enjoy.

Spend Thanksgiving dining on traditional favorites prepared by ilani’s culinary experts. Rose & Thorn will be hosting a Thanksgiving buffet from 1 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day. Michael Jordan’s Steak House and Line & Lure are serving dinner all day long with special menus for guests to enjoy.

Muze Lounge will host free, live entertainment for the holiday all weekend long beginning Wednesday night, Nov. 22. The holiday kicks off with Designband on WednesdayCollective Nation on Thursday, and Dance Hall Days on Friday. Saturday, Nov. 25, features Billboard Top 100 artist, Mickey Thomas and StarshipFor more information, visit and follow ilani on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Mike Harbold finds a way to give back.

News Briefs

Free day at the Oregon Zoo Nov. 19

Masai giraffe Buttercup at Oregon Zoo, photo by Michael Durham.

Visitors are invited to enjoy a free day at the Oregon Zoo on Sunday, Nov. 19. “Periodically, the zoo hosts a free day as a thank you to the community,” says Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. “This is a great time of year to see the animals. We have a full day of activities scheduled, and we hope everyone who comes through the gates on Sunday is inspired to help create a better future for wildlife.” The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE ext. 7433, or visit for fare and route information.


Postitions open on Columbia River Salmon and Stealhead Recreational Anglers Board

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking nominations for four vacant positions on a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing proposals to maintain and improve sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board’s primary role is to advise WDFW on implementation of the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement Program. Revenue generated by the program helps support activities necessary for managing fisheries, including data collection and evaluation, permitting, and enforcement. More information about the endorsement program can be found online at Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m., Dec. 15.


Preservation in Progress: Five historic barracks buildings get new paint at Fort Vancouver

The National Park Service continues to maintain and preserve multiple buildings at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. In the last few years, twenty-six buildings have been painted. The National Park Service is now funding the repainting of five buildings in the East Vancouver Barracks, including the Quartermaster Warehouse, Motor Repair Shop, and Post Exchange Restaurant. The total cost of the contract is $485,820. The contract is expected to last approximatively six months, given the potential for inclement weather.


Hundreds honor Larry Smith as Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen

A crowd of more than 200 people gathered at Warehouse ’23 last Thursday evening to celebrate Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen, Larry J. Smith. Celebrating the honor a day before Veteran’s Day, Smith, a veteran himself, couldn’t have been fêted on a more fitting evening. His extensive list of service includes more than 25 years in the military and a second career as a public servant to the City of Vancouver. Click here for the original story.


Fifteenth annual Christmas with Friends concert Dec. 2

Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) presents its 15th annual benefit concert, “Christmas with Friends,” at 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2, at St. John Lutheran Church, 11005 NE Highway 99. The concert will feature Doug and Judy Smith as the opening act, followed by headliner Misty Mamas, a four-piece band playing bluegrass, old-time, gospel and folk. During intermission, coffee and light refreshments will be served. CDs and hand-made wood products from FOC will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20, or $160 for a 10-ticket block, and can be purchased in person at the FOC office, 1600 W 20th St., or the 2nd Chance Thrift Store, 3414-A NE 52nd St. Learn more at


Forest Therapy Workshops Dec. 2 and Jan. 6

A guided Forest Therapy workshop at Columbia Springs will provide attendees with a series of slow, mindful activities designed to open and engage the senses and connect you with nature in a way that invites healing interactions. This relaxing experience is hosted entirely outdoors, rain or shine, and features about a half mile of slow walking, and non-vigorous activity. There are two opportunities to participate: Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. To learn more and register, visit


Slow Food Southwest Washington’s Taste Renaissance 2017 Nov. 18

Join Slow Food Southwest Washington’s fall fundraising feast on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Warehouse ’23.  Taste Renaissance 2017 is an eco-gastronomic celebration and sharing of local foods and spirits that is not to be missed. This multi-course feast will include top producers and chefs from Klickitat to Pacific County, highlighting Southwest Washington’s most exciting ingredients. Click here for the original story.


VSO presents Young Artist Legacy Series Concert Nov. 19

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) Chamber Music Series’ inaugural Legacy Series concert is just ten days away. This unique afternoon of music brings together six outstanding young musicians who have participated in the VSO’s Young Artist Competitions. The program features works from Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, George Gershwin, Pablo de Sarasate and more. The event is Sunday Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Kiggins Theatre. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit


Vancouver School of Arts and Academics presents “A Codex of Flight” tonight, Saturday

A Codex of Flight is an original production by students at Vancouver School of Arts and AcademicsInspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, the multidisciplinary production includes live music, dance, theatre and visual art woven together by narration from da Vinci’s translated notebook, or codex, on birds. Remaining showtimes are  Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18., at 7 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee is slated for Saturday, Nov. 18This event is open to the public. General admission is $5. Tickets for seniors and students with ASB identification are $4. Tickets are available at the door.


Art and Wine event at Niche Nov. 18

Art and wine enthusiasts are invited to Angst Gallery for a look at the life of artist Louise Bourgeois through art making and wine tasting. A powerful and playful creator, Bourgeois made many of her most famous works of art in the 70s and 80s and is known for her large sculptures and installations dealing with dark, subconscious images. The workshop is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees will attempt to create cathartic art pieces while tasting wines selected by Angst Gallery Director/Niche Winebar Owner, Leah Jackson. Erin Dengerink will be leading the art portion of the workshop. The cost is $40 and includes art supplies and wine. Details are on Facebook, here.


Nominations open for Red Cross Hero Awards

The American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington (Cascades Region) is calling on the community to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery by nominating them for a prestigious Red Cross Hero Award. To submit a nomination, complete the simple online form at, or fill out the online form, print it, and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR, 97227. All forms must be received by Friday, Dec. 22. Click here for the full story.


West Van for Youth seeks community input via online survey

The West Van for Youth coalition has posted a survey to gather views on youth substance use from families and businesses in the west-side 98660, 98661 and 98663 zip codes. The survey results will help the coalition know how to better serve youth in west Vancouver. It is one of many efforts to raise awareness about youth substance use, and to encourage youths to participate in drug prevention activities. The survey is available until Dec. 31, 2017, is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Participants can decline to answer any question or stop the survey any time. The English version is available here. To take the survey in Spanish, click here.


Vancouver’s annual celebration of Native American Heritage Month Nov. 18

Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center is moving its annual recognition of Native America Heritage month from a Second Saturday event to its own Saturday celebration, set for Nov. 18. New this year is a native craft holiday marketplace that highlights Native American artists and craftspeople. Among the returning features is the popular Native Runway, which begins at 1 p.m. The Native Runway is a celebration of regalia, culture, and song. The native dancers will also share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.


Columbia Dance presents The Nutcracker Dec. 15 – 18

Columbia Dance brings the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning costumes, and thrilling choreography. Over 70 local dancers present the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they set out on a magical journey. This production, now in its 20th season, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. Six performances will be given, in the Royal Durst Theatre, located on the campus of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St. Show times are Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit


CTE Consortium Nov. 28

Local school districts, Evergreen, Vancouver and Battle Ground are updating the business community on their CTE (Career Technical Education) plans in the local schools. Business and community leaders are invited to attend a breakfast meeting from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 28, at Fort Vancouver High School. Light breakfast will be served. Fort Vancouver High School is located at 5700 E 18th St. in Vancouver. RSVPs are requested to Gail Robinson at