Save the date: VSO’s fall gala September 30

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates opening night with the 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala, “September Serenade” Saturday, September 30, at the exclusive Ed and Dollie Lynch Estate. The event will be held immediately following the season opening concert, which features internationally renowned violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers.

The celebratory evening will boast a progression of spirits, gourmet delights, and live music. Maestro Brotons and Meyers will be in attendance as special guests of honor.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour with signature cocktails, hand-crafted for the Gala, followed by a progressive dinner of delicious NW cuisine catered by Beaches Restaurant. Auction items and The “Parties of Note” — exclusive destination parties — will be available for purchase at the event. Guests will dance to live classical and jazz music presented by a VSO chamber ensemble, local professional jazz musicians and young artists, both indoors and on the grounds of the estate.

The Lynch Estate is located at 4712 NW Franklin St. Tickets are $125 and are available at or by calling the VSO office at 360-735-7278. Sponsorship opportunities are available.



Vancouver Mall celebrates 40 years July 29

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Vancouver Mall, the largest, and only, enclosed retail destination in Clark County. The mall is celebrating in style by hosting a fun-filled day of events for the community which will showcase a mix of retail offerings, entertainment, and exciting experiences that will make 2017 a milestone to remember.

“When Vancouver Mall opened forty years ago, they wanted to bring the community a place to shop and gather,” says JB Schutte, general manager, Vancouver Mall. “Today, Vancouver Mall has taken that concept and transformed into a destination that not only services the community’s needs of today, but also offers Clark County a variety of desirable shopping, dining and entertainment options.”

The celebration is this Saturday, July 29 from noon to 5 p.m. Event highlights include a fashion show, live music, givaways, exclusive retailer offers, nostalgic activities, and more. The mall is located at 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. For more information, visit 


Second Story Gallery seeks artists to fill its 2018 calendar at the library

Second Story Gallery in Camas is seeking artists interested in exhibiting during 2018. The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. The high-traffic exhibit space, inside the Camas Public Library, boasts a professional hanging system and the same directional lighting found in some of the world’s most famous art museums.

Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday activities sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. Gallery volunteers work with the featured artist or artists to unveil each monthly show with a reception on that night that is free and open to the public. 

The gallery is then open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

To review the guidelines and obtain the application form, artists should visit the administrative office at the library at 625 NE 4th Ave. or visit


Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival July 30

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The Fourth Plain community is hosting a Multicultural Fesitval from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30. There will be food, music, dancing, activities for kids.

The festival is an opportunity to bring together Fourth Plain residents, businesses and visitors to celebrate the community’s diversity and strengths and build relationships across cultures.

The event is hosted by Fourth Plain Forward, a multi-year initiative to improve the portion of East Fourth Plain Boulevard known as Vancouver’s “international business district, “roughly between I-5 and 65th Ave. in central Vancouver. For more information, visit


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News Briefs

Watch Seattle Seafair events on CVTV Channel 21,

Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will air KIRO television coverage of Seattle Seafair events locally on CVTV Cable Channel 21 and online at  KIRO television, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, will provide live coverage of the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and a recap of the Albert Lee Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Races from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Clark/Vancouver Television is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County.


Aug. 7 deadline for property assessment appeals to Board of Equalization

Taxpayers who question the 2017 assessed value of their property have until Monday, Aug. 7, to appeal to the county Board of Equalization. A Notice of Value was mailed to each Clark County property owner in early June. Appealing the assessed value of property is free and a legal right under RCW 84.40.038 and WAC 458-14-056. People wanting to file an appeal can go to to find detailed information about the appeal process, the appeal form and tips on how to appeal. Applicants also can get a form by calling the board’s office at 360-397-2337 or emailing Appeals must be received by the Board of Equalization office by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7.


Clark County sees increase in jobs and tax revenue from industrial zoning

Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad (PVJR), the operating company for the Clark County-owned 33-mile-long Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, says that the passing of Senate Bill 5517 will drastically improve the economic vitality and support critical community resources in the region, bringing a bright future to Clark County. The passage of Senate Bill 5517 allows limited development of freight-rail-dependent facilities along short-line railroads in Clark County. The bill allows for industrial development on certain lands by the rail, including buildings used for manufacturing, processing and storage that use the short-line railroad. For more information on The Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad please visit


Youth Volunteer Program at Fort Vancouver hosts open house July 29

On Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s Youth Volunteer Program will host an Open House. Students and adult aides from the program will demonstrate historic skills they have learned, and share what the school program has to offer for youth participants. Students in the program learn about the history of the fort, and about everyday life in the 1800s. To learn more about the Youth Volunteer Program, visit


North Clark County task force seeks community center

A task force was formed in 2012 in Battle Ground to investigate how a swimming pool and exercise center could be built to serve north Clark County citizens. The task force found that the YMCA is well suited to partnering in this effort. Currently, the task force has raised enough funds to proceed with a market analysis that will survey the citizens of North Clark County on the level of expected overall participation and specific offering interest. The task force hopes to raise half of the funds through private and public donations and grants. For more information and to donate to the project, visit


Tango Alpha Tango and Science in the Park July 26

Tango Alpha Tango will perform at the next Noon Concert series this Wednesday, July 26, in Esther Short Park in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Presented by Imagine Homes Realty, LLC and the City of Vancouver, the concerts are from noon to 1 p.m. Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is a flawless fusion of blues and rock with funky bass lines and psychedelic keys. Families can arrive early for Science in the Park. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.


Feral Public House hosts Cashback day for Free Clinic July 29

Saturday, July 29 is Cashback Day for the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington at Feral Public House, 1109 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. Guests must tell their server that they are dining to support the Free Clinic. Bring your family and friends to enjoy quality beer, delicious food and an extensive menu, and Feral will donate a portion of the sale to the Free Clinic. Funds will help buy medicine, equipment, and medical and dental supplies for the patients who need care.


Boat Show and Open House at Tidewater Cove Marina this weekend

Tidewater Cove Marina is inviting boat enthusiasts to its third annual Boat Show and Open House next weekend from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30. The free, public event will be held at the marina, 5811 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Visitors will find a large range of boats and cruisers. Yacht dealers will have a nice selection of vessels to explore and purchase. There will also be other vendors on display. For more information on the marina and the boat show, visit


Divine Consign announces 2017 grant recipients

Divine Consign announced the 2017 grant recipients. Eight organizations were each chosen to receive $2,500. The organizations chosen serve the community in the areas of human services, arts and education. Recipients include: Clark County Food Bank, Clark County Volunteer Lawyers, Daybreak Youth Services, Friends of Hospice, Girls Inc. of the Pacific NW, Mom’s Place Maternity, Police Activities League of Vancouver, and Fort Vancouver National Trust. For more information, visit


Cancer Relay for Life concert and silent auction July 27

The community is invited a silent auction and concert on Thursday, July 27, to benefit the Clark County Cancer Relay for Life. The evening will feature Doug Smith, Grammy award winning guitarist and international finger style champion. This will be a beautiful evening under the sails at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, 205 E 39th St. Doors will open at 6 p.m., concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a beer, glass of wine or other beverage and door prize drawing ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at: .


Digital Marketing Quarterly this evening

Webfor‘s director of search will speak at Vancouver’s next Digital Marketing Quarterly tonight, July 25Kevin Chow will discuss the misinformation that’s being shared in the SEO industry, what has been actually working, and where the future of local search is moving. This will be an intermediate-to-advanced level presentation on local SEO, but beginners are going to walk away with skills they can use at work the next day. The presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. with some time for networking and snacks before and after. To learn more and to register, visit