Washington State Horse Expo returns to the Clark County Event Center Mar. 3 through 5

by DIwpBacon on February 21, 2017


The seventh annual Washington State Horse Expo is gearing up to be one of the top equine events in the northwest that attracts thousands of horse owners and horse lovers from all over the western United States. The event features national experts, first-class entertainment, premiere vendors, plenty of shopping, and kid-friendly activities. Highlights include:

  • Mark Bolender, will show the new equine disciplines of Mountain Trail
  • A new Kid’s Corral featuring special performances by Dally & Spanky, dog training tips by Marvin Pierce, and opportunities to meet some of the horses up close.
  • BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe
  • Several nationally ranked clinician and equine celebrities
  • A Saturday Night Equine Extravaganza (additional ticket required)

The Expo runs Friday, Mar. 3 through Sunday, Mar. 5. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and youth ages seven to 12, and kids under seven are free. Parking is $6. Pre-show discount tickets are available at participating Wilco Stores. Three day passes are also available. To learn more visit www.clarkcoeventcenter.com.




Professional Writers Series: David Naimon & Benjamin Parzybok Feb. 23

by DIwpBacon on February 21, 2017


David Naimon (pictured at left) and Benjamin Parzybok will present “The Art of the Literary Podcast: A Conversation” at the next Professional Writers Series this Thursday, Feb. 23. The series starts at 7 p.m., at WSU Vancouver in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Rm. 6. The presentations are free and open to the public.

As moderator of KBOO radio’s longstanding series Between the Covers, Naimon has interviewed numerous luminaries of contemporary literature, including Anthony Doerr, Mary Gaitskill, Ursula K. Le Guin and Colson Whitehead. This presentation will feature audio clips from the program and a conversation between Naimon and novelist Benjamin Parzybok.

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series will feature eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. For more information, contact Howard Aaron at 503-816-2742.

Two Rivers Heritage Museum Reopens Mar. 2, Open House Mar. 4


The Two Rivers Heritage Museum will begin welcoming visitors on Thursday, Mar. 2, after its annual four-month closure for maintenance and display enhancements. To celebrate the reopening, a special Open House will be held Saturday, Mar. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the museum will be a $1 off that day. Admission is always free to current Camas Washougal Historical Society (CWHS) members.

The museum is located at 1 Durgan St. in Washougal and is open March through October. Regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and free for children under five and all CWHS members. Group tours are available any day of the week (by appointment only). Call 360-835-8742 for scheduling.

Join CWHS to help support additional historic presentations and preservation of local history. Membership and volunteer information will be available at the presentation. For more information about the CWHS and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum go to www.2rhm.com.

Skip Enge returns to Second Story Gallery with new exhibit, reception Mar. 3

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Next month’s show at the Second Story Gallery features watercolors with an industrial edge by Skip Enge. “The Soft Machine” opens Friday, Mar. 3, and runs through Saturday, Mar. 25.

An artist reception will be held in conjunction with downtown Camas’s First Friday, Mar. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., with live music from Brad Jensen.

Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library. The exhibit can be seen during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The library is located  at 624 NE 4th Ave. in Camas. For more information, visit wwwsecondstorygallery.net.

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  • Winter tree identification workshop Feb. 25

    trees by buds_1The City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry will host a workshop on winter tree identification this Saturday, Feb. 25. Attendees can hone their observation skills and learn to identify trees not by leaves – but by bark, twig arrangement and growth type. Participants will learn the unique attributes of several species that will aid in deciduous tree ID during the dormant months. The workshop will be held at the Clark College Arboretum. Space is limited, and RSVP’s are required by emailing meganv@friendsoftrees.org or by calling 360-487-8308.

  • LSW Architects, PC hires Christian Korta

    Christian Korta - 1_smLSW recently added Christian Korta to its architectural design team. With a focus on conceptual ideation, high-energy team cultivation, and communication, he will support various projects within LSW, collaboratively providing innovative design solutions within community-oriented projects. Korta joins LSW after graduating with a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St Louis. During his college years, he held several architectural internships around the country which gave him experience through all stages of design in higher education, master planning, housing, and civic projects. To learn more about LSW, visit www.lsw-architects.com.

  • Kaiser Permanente Northwest awards $8,000 grant to Free Clinic of Southwest Washington

    free clinicThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received an $8,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest. The grant will help fund the children’s oral health program. The program served low-income, uninsured children through more than 320 visits in 2016. The clinic provides oral health services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children’s teeth. Without the support of the Free Clinic, many of these patients would not seek care until numerous cavities appeared or other illness related to oral health caused the use of the emergency room. To learn more about Free Clinic, visit www.freeclinics.org.

  • Nominations open for Vancouver Urban Forestry 2017 Mac Award

    9740274-green-tree-leaves-closeup-in-flower-spring-Stock-PhotoThe Vancouver Urban Forestry Commission is accepting nominations for Vancouver Urban Forestry’s 2017 Mac Award. The award is given to individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant, positive impact on Vancouver’s urban forest. Nomination information and submission forms are available online at www.cityofvancover.us/urbanforestry or by calling 360-487-8308. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, Mar. 14. Click here for the full story.

  • Ports 101 lecture series continues Feb. 23

    POV-train-trench-071415-webThe Port of Vancouver USA continues its Ports 101 lecture series this Thursday, Feb, 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This lecture features Port of Vancouver USA Director of Operations Todd Krout and Rail Manager Wayne Harner. The port has several lectures planed in 2017 on a variety of topics. The presentation takes place in the Terminal 1 Gulls Nest conference room, 100 Columbia St., (formerly the Red Lion hotel). Seats are limited and those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early. For the full story, click here.

  • Jeff Garmire speaks at Mount St. Helens Views & Brews tonight

    16195174_10158219626400722_6259511712076735213_nViews & Brews returns to Loowitt Brewing Company tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 21. Doors open for food and drinks at 5 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker thru hiker Jeff Garmire will recount his incredible journey on the three major long-distance US hiking trails: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail, a total of 7,700 miles, in nine months. Click here for the original story.

  • Battle Ground Public Schools’ Industry Fair Feb. 23

    DgCFqDAKzQAWdGB2VEnvn1PO-600x261Students and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools’ Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 23. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about the jobs available at their companies. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., at Battle Ground High School, 300 W Main St., in Battle Ground. There is also a resume writing workshop from 3 to 6:30 p.m., in the school’s College and Career Center. Click here for the full story.

  • Commission on Aging meets this afternoon

    16402507_1372819682768638_1134594739222829923_oThe Commission on Aging will present a summary of its fourth year of work to the Board of County Councilors at 4:30 p.m., today, Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The meeting will be carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. Commission members will share a progress report on the 2016 housing series and highlights of the Housing Summit. They will make recommendations about successful aging-in-place and discuss their 2017 work program, which will focus on supportive service topics. For more information, visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

  • Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 16-month calendars now half off

    Cover-300x232Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s 16-month calendars are now available at half price. Calendars run January 2017 to April 2018 and feature 2016 Refuge Photo Contest Winners. Each month’s photo is labelled with the winner’s name and what place in the contest they got, as well as identification of the subject of each photo. The calendar also includes some key dates that are important to the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Refuge itself. Originally $15, the calendars are now on sale for $7.50. For more information and to order online, visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org,news,photo-contest-available-now. Calendars are also available at Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies inside the Old Liberty Theater at 115 N Main Ave. (Cash or check preferred).

  • 2017 State of the County Feb. 23

    SOC_260_260_insiderThe community is invited to attend the 2017 State of the County event from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. The event’s format will be a departure from previous years. Councilor Marc Boldt and County Manager Mark McCauley will give brief remarks and then each of the other four councilors will explain their philosophy of governing and what his or her focus will be this year. Attendees will be able to meet employees and learn about county programs as they enjoy complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. Various county departments will have informational tables set up around the room. Click here for the full story.

  • Clark College relaunches culinary programs, information sessions Feb. 23 and Mar. 6

    Culinary-Daily-Insider-FebClark College has announced the launch of the new Cuisine and Professional Bakery and Pastry Arts programs. The college is hosting two free informational sessions for prospective students interested in the programs on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Monday, Mar. 6. Both sessions will be held at 6 p.m. in PUB 161 on Clark’s main campus. Thanks to a $4 million gift from The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation, Clark was able to transform its existing facility into a state-of-the-art teaching and dining establishment. Click here for the full story.

  • Coffee with the Chief Feb. 22

    marijuana-wa-1200xx2516-1415-92-0-800x449In November of 2012, state-wide Initiative 502 regarding legalized marijuana was approved by the voters of Washington State. It became the task of the WA State Liquor Control Board to license and regulate businesses engaged in marijuana production, processing and retail sales. The public is invited to join Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson and a panel of experts for a conversation about marijuana in the community on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 E Main St. Click here for the full story.

  • Port of Camas-Washougal open house Feb. 22

    16463050_10154080759620927_2334931251650502760_oThe Port of Camas-Washougal is hosting a Community Open House from 4 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Topics of discussion include the Columbia River Trail, a new trail along A St., and a park that will connect with the trail along the dike and with downtown Washougal. Additionally, representatives from WSDOT will be on hand to discuss improved access, safety, and connectivity to SR 14. The open house will be held at the Port of Camas-Washougal, which is located at 24 South A St. in Washougal. To learn more, visit www.portcw.com.

  • Nominations open for Clark County’s Green Awards

    332Clark County is accepting nominations for the Green Awards, which recognize local individuals and businesses that promote environmental sustainability. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Green Business award categories are large employer, small employer and green product/service. All green businesses are encouraged to apply. Residents and businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves or other organizations and individuals who consider the environment in decision-making and practices. Click here for the full story.