Grant addresses veterans’ needs for college success, retention

by DIwpBacon on December 2, 2016


10442541_10152459637059076_1784084779735121925_nClark College Foundation received a grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington to hire a program coordinator for its Veterans Resource Center. Assisting veterans and their families as they navigate civilian and college life is a priority of the college.

“Helping veterans overcome educational barriers in order to be fully prepared for the civilian workforce is paramount at Clark College,” says Lisa Gibert, president/CEO, Clark College Foundation. “This grant allows us to put a person in place who will explore community resources, coordinate workshops, manage our financial literacy courses and support veteran’s families.

The $30,000 grant is designated to provide a part-time position for one year to manage support services and workshop training operations in an effort to increase retention and course completion for veterans returning to or attending college for the first time. Adding the position also allows other staff members to focus their efforts on outreach, counseling and fundraising.




“Inspiring Women”: Women’s Leadership Luncheon Dec. 7, register by Dec. 5

by DIwpBacon on December 2, 2016
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Senator Annette Cleveland will host the first annual “Inspiring Women”: Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. in downtown Vancouver. The keynote speaker is the 22nd Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire.

“As the first woman elected to the Washington State Senate from the 49th Legislative District, I am passionate about celebrating and promoting women in leadership and elected office,” comments Senator Cleveland. ”In Washington State, the number of women in elected office in the Legislature is on the decline. We want to be encouraged by inspiring women like Governor Gregoire.”

This will also serve as Senator Cleveland’s final 2016 re-election campaign fundraiser. The suggested donation amount for this event is $100 per person, however, any amount is welcome in order to cover lunch and event costs. Reserve a seat by Monday, Dec. 5 at: or by calling 360-449-9121.

Hometown Holidays for First Friday in downtown Camas


First Friday returns to downtown Camas this Friday Dec. 2. Hosted and organized by the City of Camas, the theme for December is Hometown Holidays. The evening includes the downtown tree lighting, photos with Santa, crafts, hay rides, entertainment from Camas schools, hot cocoa sponsored by Journey Community Church, holiday shopping, art shows, and more.

The tree lighting in front of the Liberty Theatre is at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow. The Golden Ticket Event started on Small Business Saturday and will run through Dec. 16. For every $25 spent in a participating merchant, shoppers will receive a “Golden Ticket” that enters them to win a $50 gift certificate from that merchant.

Tickets will also be entered into the Grand “Golden Ticket” drawing for a $150 Downtown Camas Shopping Spree, compliments of Carla Edwards, local Real Estate Broker. For more information, visit

IAHA honored for a history of helping students gain access to family-wage jobs


International Air and Hospitality Academy (IAHA) was one of the big winners at the Association of Washington Business’s first-ever Evening of Excellence awards held on Wednesday, November 30 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Award winners were recognized for exemplifying the community spirit and stewardship that make Washington a great place to live and work.

International Air Academy received the 2016 Advance Award, which recognizes a business that has made a significant cause-oriented impact in its sector or community and contributed to the advancement of the economy.

International Air Academy was recognized for providing high-quality training at low cost to help students from all socio-economic groups find satisfying, good-paying careers. Its programs have grown to include coaching, mentoring and technical training for the hospitality, culinary, railroad and renewable energy industries.

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  • Vancouver Police and Nautilus Inc. combine holiday shopping event this Saturday

    Officers Gibson, McNicholas, and Chavers. Photo courtesy of

    On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Vancouver Police Officer’s Guild (VPOG) and Nautilus Inc. will host a huge shopping event for kids. This will be the first year combining the Nautilus Holiday Helper event with Shop With A Cop. This combined event will allow over 80 kids the opportunity to shop with Vancouver Police officers and Nautilus staff. This will be the 24th anniversary of Shop With A Cop and the 13th year for Nautilus Holiday Helpers. Each year the VPOG and Nautilus work with multiple social service agencies in the community that serve families in need to identify and select the children to participate in these shopping events.

  • Artist Lillian Pitt to unveil latest collection of art and jewelry at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center this Saturday

    Lillian_Pitt_at_Fort_Vancouver-2 Artist Lillian Pitt will unveil her latest collection of fine Native American-inspired jewelry and art sculptures at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center bookstore tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 am to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver. Pitt is a renowned contemporary Native artist, and has had her artwork featured in museums and galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Get vaccinated now to avoid getting flu during the holidays

    images-1Flu season is in full swing in Clark County. According to Public Health’s Influenza Surveillance Update for Nov. 13-19, laboratories testing for flu report a 25 percent positive rate countywide, a rate well above Public Health’s 10 percent baseline for high flu activity. The report indicates an earlier start to the flu season than in previous years. Also, as people visit family and friends during the holidays, flu viruses will have more opportunities to spread. Vaccine is widely available in Clark County. 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 or the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington at 360-313-1390 to make an appointment for a low-cost flu shot.

  • Christmas Ships Parade at the Port of Camas-Washougal this Saturday

    christmasships2016CROPAD.183819The Port of Camas-Washougal invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with the 62nd annual Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia River. The port will host a special performance of up to 25 decorated vessels on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. The decorated boats will assemble and parade just outside the marina for approximately one hour. Enjoy the show from the warmth of the port’s meeting room. Doors open at 5 p.m. Members of the Washougal High School choir dressed in period costume will entertain the crowd with seasonal carols. Hot cider and cookies will be served. A full schedule for the Columbia and Willamette fleets, as well as a link for donations can be found at

  • Vancouver Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” this Friday through Sunday

    12.11.15-12.13.15_RC_Nut_Graphic_AsOf_10.16.151Celebrate the holidays with The Nutcracker. Dancers from throughout Clark County perform with Vancouver Dance Theatre’s 40th annual production at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E 18th St. Talented dancers ages five through 18 will take you to the Land of Sweets, inspiring the child in all of us. Performances are Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available online at Tickets can also be purchased at Beacock Music, 1420 SE 163rd Ave., at Musicworld, 7916 NE 6th Ave., and at the door (if available).

  • First Friday in downtown Vancouver Dec. 2

    Gifts-christmasThe Vancouver Arts District is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. First Friday in downtown Vancouver will feature holiday shopping all around, fabulous exhibits, and music, including the awesome sounds of carols by 15 Clark County Juvenile Court offenders who call themselves “Esther Street.” December is also the final month for Hilarie Couture’s “Founding Mothers” portrait exhibition at the Slocum House, 605 Esther St. First Friday is this Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information about First Friday and Vancouver’s Downtown Association, visit

  • “Parfumerie” opens at Magenta Theater Dec. 2

    PARforwebMagenta Theater presents its holiday main stage production Parfumerie, directed by Brenda McGinnis. This warm, gentle comedy follows the tangled tale of the Parfumerie employee George Horvath. Just days before Christmas, George’s boss fires him after mistakenly suspecting him of being the lover of his unfaithful wife. Meanwhile, George’s own love life goes awry when he discovers the identity of the stranger he has fallen in love with through secret correspondence. Show times are Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

  • Vancouver Police Department hold unveiling ceremony for new permanent mural Dec. 2

    10849742_10152850714023257_2993477210012530722_nThe Vancouver Police Department (VPD) will host an unveiling ceremony for a student-painted mural that is being permanently displayed at the Vancouver Police West Precinct. The mural project involved students from Ft. Vancouver High School, including Teo Huerta Jaramillo (current senior) and Manuel Avalos (Ft. Vancouver graduate), in coordination with muralist Rodofo Serna. The community is invited to attend the event, which takes place tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. The Vancouver Police West Precinct is located at 2800 NE Stapleton Rd. Follow the VPD on Facebook, here.

  • Battle Ground Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration this evening

    317e51ee2852b4e7da1bd4e6380aa4beBattle Ground’s 27th annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration in the Spirit of Giving will be held tonight Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St. in the historic Old Town district. This traditional community celebration begins outdoors with caroling led by the Battle Ground High School Jazz Choir. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive about 5:45 p.m. via Fire District 3 Engine. Click here for the full story.

  • A Christmas Tail holiday store opens at ReTails Thrift this weekend, Holiday Pet Portraits Dec. 2 and 3

    S-56The Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) welcomes the return of the holiday season with two annual traditions – Pet Portraits with Santa and A Christmas Tail holiday store within ReTails Thrift Store, 5000 E Fourth Plain Blvd. On Friday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holiday Pet Portraits will take place at ReTails Thrift Store. Digital images will be available for download the following week. Printed images are not available on site. Pet portrait sessions cost $15 and do not require an appointment. To save time, registration forms may be completed in advance by visiting

  • Clark College Concert Choir and Concert Band present “The Old and the New” Dec. 3

    14713623_680811475421385_5531981956398423201_n The Clark College Concert Choir and Concert Band open their season with “The Old and the New,” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts, including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit

  • Ribbon cutting and community reception for Sorenson Neighborhood Park Dec. 3

    Sorenson_playground_construction_Oct_10_2016One of Clark County’s two new parks will officially open Saturday as the Felida Neighborhood Association cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Sorenson Neighborhood Park. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the park along NW 26th Ave. at NW 109th St. The ceremony is scheduled for 30 minutes. The dedication will go on rain or shine, so attendees should dress for the weather and bring umbrellas, if necessary. A reception will follow at The Backstairs at Felida Village on NW 36th Ave. at NW 119 St. Click here for the full story.

  • Holiday Bazaar at Touchmark at Fairway Village Dec. 3

    UnknownTouchmark at Fairway Village invites the public to a holiday shopping bazaar Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend the bazaar, which will be held at Touchmark, 2911 SE Village Loop. More than 30 vendors will offer a variety of handcrafted goods, including scarves, candles, birdhouses and more. There will be performances from singers, a pianist and a harpist throughout the day to entertain as people pare their shopping list. Touchmark at Fairway Village is a full-service retirement community offering a wide range of retirement homes, lifestyle options and services, including an on-site health and fitness club with heated pool. For more information, visit

  • Watch the Christmas Ships at the Port of Vancouver USA Dec. 5

    15078649_1307117959318889_3135672549971295439_nThe Port of Vancouver USA invites the community to watch the Christmas Ships on the Columbia River and get an update on the port’s waterfront project. The Christmas Ships are a beloved local tradition. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on the evening of Monday, Dec. 5, they’ll be sailing past Terminal 1 and the Grand Ballroom at the former Red Lion hotel will be open to the public for viewing. Find the original story, here.

  • Jim Fischer’s 2016 Christmas benefit concert for Friends of the Carpenter Dec. 3

    JimFischer,_portraitBWLocal pianist Jim Fischer is honored to continue a Vancouver holiday tradition by presenting his 14th annual ”Christmas with Jim Fischer & Friends” concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 and 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St. The event is a benefit for Friends of the Carpenter. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Click here for the full story.


  • “Small Works Art & Gift Show” opens this evening at North Bank Artists

    15171193_1414919851859408_3965764470000153720_nJust in time for holiday gift-giving, North Bank Artists presents “Small Works Art & Gift Show” for the month of December. The event features unique gift items including art works, art prints, cards and jewelry, all made by North Bank Artists members. An opening reception is tonight, Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., during the Downtown Vancouver First Friday Art Walk. Guests can enjoy light refreshments and a string quartet performance by students from The Vancouver School of Arts and Academics while meeting the artists and shopping the gallery. For more information, visit

  • Festival of Trees kicks off holiday season in Washougal this weekend

    14910563_1252274784793233_4708452120824678425_nThe seventh annual Washougal Festival of Trees is back to spread holiday cheer and raise funds for Washougal schools at Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St. in Washougal. It runs Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by the Washougal Lions Foundation, the festival features pre-decorated Christmas trees created by school and community groups to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Guests can enjoy live festive music, an auction, raffles and more. A $3 morning breakfast and photos with Santa are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Photos with Santa are also $3 each. To donate or volunteer to decorate a tree for the auction, call 503-708-2242.

  • New exhibit at Second Story Gallery, opening reception this evening

    SSG Dec_Jan Sandy Caldwell LSecond Story Gallery will host the works of nature photographer Sandy Caldwell during the months of December and January.  This will be the third gallery exhibit for the popular local artist. The show, “The Creator’s Creations,” will open with an artist reception, held in conjunction with downtown Camas’s First Friday, tonight, Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on the walls through Jan. 28 and is free and open to the public. Second Story Gallery is located in the Camas Library, 624 NE Fourth Ave. It is open during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For further details, call the gallery at 360-834-4692 or visit