Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival weekends through October at Bi-Zi Farms

by DIwpBacon on October 7, 2015


Bi-Zi Farms is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival weekends through October. Admission is $10 per person; $8 for seniors. Those two and under are free. The price includes one free pumpkin-any size you can carry, admission to the seven acre corn maze, and farm animal area, children’s activities, live music, one free hot drink, wagon rides to and from the Pumpkin Patch, and more.

Pony rides, face painting, food and drink, and fresh kettle and caramel corn are available for purchase. The Nighttime Corn Maze will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the maze after hours is included in the regular admission, or $5 by itself. Those that leave and return for the maze at night should get their hand stamped. Flashlights are highly recommended.

Festival hours are Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bi-Zi Farms is located at 9504 NE 119th St. in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-574-9119 or visit








Next WEO meeting Oct. 21

by DIwpBacon on October 7, 2015


The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington will present Vicki Norris of as the keynote speaker at the October meeting. “Now more than ever we need to focus and streamline our businesses if we want to flourish in a challenging economy,” says Norris. “Now is the perfect time to organize businesses for success.”

In a powerful, dynamic presentation titled “Organizing Hot Spots for Small Businesses,” Norris promises to share the areas needed to be addressed in any business to increase order, credibility, and profits. Spotlight speakers are Jodell Hinojosa, Jo Foody Catering, LLC and Jayme Hayward, Skincare by Jayme.

The monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. Advance registration is $44.50 for members; $49.50 for visitors, and includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. To learn more and to register, visit

Vancouver’s Downtown Association hosts public Quarterly Review Oct. 8


Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) invites the public to sit in on a lively, informative meeting showcasing a variety of downtown projects that are changing up the city center. “Downtown’s pace is definitely more brisk!” says VDA Board Chair Linda Reid. “It will be eye opening for the public to learn about people making smart investments in their businesses and how they meet customers.”

The meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Hilton Vancouver, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. RSVP’s are requested to:

VDA is a 501©3 nonprofit that focuses its efforts on the health and vitality of Vancouver’s city center. It works with property owners, businesses of all sizes, tourism, residents, and event planners. To learn more about the VDA, visit

Patron Tour to feature Marshall, Walnut Grove Elementary Schools Oct. 30

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On Friday, Oct. 30, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his first patron tour of the 2015-2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Marshall and Walnut Grove elementary schools. Both schools will showcase applications of the district’s strategic plan, Design II, and commitment to preparing students for college, careers and life.

The tour of Marshall Elementary School will highlight its new Family-Community Resource Center, unique community partnerships, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program for third- through fifth-graders, and an early childhood learning program. At Walnut Grove, visitors will visit an Imagine Learning Lab that supports language acquisition for English language learners and a full-day kindergarten classroom.

The free tour will begin and end at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Afterward, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and a delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $4 per person. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. To sign up, call Sue Knable at 360-313-4720 or email


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  • Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors selects interim director for District 5


    Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors selected David L. Hahm, Jr. as interim representative for the Director District 5 board position for a two-year appointment during a special board meeting on Monday. Hahm will serve as Director until the general election in 2017. He will be sworn in to the board during the regular board meeting on Monday, Oct. 12. The interim position became available following Director for District 5 Jeremy Stuart‘s resignation in August.

    Additionally, Matt Donald, Director for District 4, who had considered stepping down from the board because of family and work commitments has decided to remain the representative for his district.

  • Clark County health officer encourages flu shots

    imagesFlu vaccine is widely available in Clark County, and health officials are recommending everyone six months and older get vaccinated soon. Flu kills more people in the U.S. than any other vaccine-preventable disease. Although it is not possible to predict with certainty whether this year’s vaccine will be a good match for circulating flu viruses, the majority of viruses circulating worldwide in the past few months are similar to the vaccine strains. Even in years when the vaccine is not well-matched, flu shots are the best method to prevent flu-related illness and missed days at school or work. To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy. You also can find vaccination sites online at If you don’t have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at 360-852-9070 or the Vancouver Free Clinic at 360-313-1390 to make an appointment for a low-cost flu shot.

  • Share launches new “Seats & Feets” underwear and sock drive

    15 Seats-Feets DriveShare has launched a new ‘Seats & Feets’ underwear and sock drive. All donations will be given to clients of Share’s Outreach program, which provides services to individuals living on the streets, as well as to clients currently in Share’s shelters. The donation drive will be held throughout the month of October. Share is asking for new underwear (all sizes) and athletic-style socks for men, women and children. Socks and underwear can be donated at any Share shelter or the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Rd. For Share locations and hours, or to make a financial donation to support the drive, visit

  • Cash Back Day at Beaches Restaurants benefits local libraries Oct. 13

    12079677_10153703151367495_4200484794336905164_nBoth Beaches Restaurants locations will host a 50% Cash Back Day on Tuesday, Oct. 13. For every customer that mentions the “Library,” “FVRL Foundation,” or “Library Foundation” to their server while ordering, Beaches will donate an amount equal to 50% of that guest’s total check back to FVRL Foundation to help support reading and outreach programs at FVRL libraries. As an extra incentive for this event, guests can hand the server a special entry form to be entered into a drawing to win dinner for two at Beaches and a certificate for a one-night stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Vancouver. Find the full article, here.

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler seeks help to honor veterans in Southwest Washington

    honoring_vetsFor the third year in a row, Jaime Herrera Beutler has announced that she will be sharing the stories of Southwest Washington’s veteran heroes on her website again this November. If you are a resident who served in the military or you know someone who did, Herrera Beutler invites you to submit photos and stories from time in the service. She will be posting these stories and photos on Facebook here and at throughout the month of November. Send stories and photos by email to: Click here for the original story.

  • Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol receives recognition awards

    Todd_et_alThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was selected as 2015 Marine Law Enforcement Program of the year at the annual Washington State Marine Law Enforcement Conference, held in Tacoma last month. Additionally, Lead Marine Deputy, Deputy Sheriff Todd Baker, was selected by Washington State Parks and Recreation as 2015 Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his work in boating and water safety education to the public, and as a senior instructor at the Basic Marine Law Enforcement Academy. Click here for the full story.

  • Democratic Debate Watch Party in Vancouver Oct. 13

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  • Woodland Police Chief holds community forum Oct. 7

    crochetWoodland Chief of Police Phil Crochet will host a community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. Agenda topics will include crime statistics and information about drug usage in Woodland as compared to other area communities. Chief Crochet will also answer questions from the audience on any department related topic. The free, public forum will be held at the new Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Rd.

  • WSU Vancouver’s fall Chancellor’s Seminar Series focusses on sleep Oct. 9

    eupdate-sleepFind out what you don’t know about sleep at Washington State University Vancouver‘s Chancellor’s Seminar Series, “Sleep Matters: How Sleep Affects Learning, Decision-Making and Health from Adolescence to Adulthood.” The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Sleep experts Gregory Belenky and Catherine Darley will take turns at the podium. Tickets are $25 and include lunch, lecture and parking. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the ad in the right column or call 360-546-9589. For the full story, click here.

  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce launches new networking event Oct. 13

    1226On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will host a new networking event from 5 to 7 p.m., at WooBox, 810 Main St., 2nd floor. “Industries Quarterly” is designed to focus on one sector at a time. The first event is dedicated to the Digital Technology industry. Everyone involved within the industry, as well as those that play a supporting role, are encouraged to attend. The featured guest list includes State Senator Annette Cleveland, who serves on the Energy, Environment and Technology Committee, and Sandra Towne, Digital Technology IPZ Administrator for the City of Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • Fall Harvest Tea Oct. 10

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  • Columbia River Mental Health unveils new clinic with open house reception Oct. 8

    12038084_990352041016582_1224928384087132437_nCommunity members are invited to attend an Open House Reception next Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., for the new Columbia River Mental Health Service (CRMHS) clinic located at 9105 Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell. The event will provide light refreshments and is free and open to all community members. Guests will be able to take tours of the clinic, meet clinical and support staff, and learn about offered services.For more information, visit Click here for the full story.

  • Sarah Webb reads at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Oct. 8

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  • Candidate Forum Oct. 8

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    • County Chair: Marc Boldt (Nonpartisan) and Mark Dalesandro (Democrat)
    •  County Council District 2: Chuck Green (Democrat) and Julie Olson (Republican)

    NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or

  • Annual Apple Festival Oct. 11

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  • Nonprofit Network of SW Washington hosts Board Connects+ Oct. 14

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  • Re-Imagined Radio Project presents two classic radio dramas Oct. 7

    Fall-of-the-City-RUR-WebshotA live performance of the radio dramas R.U.R. and The Fall of the City will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Kiggins Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. The combined shows will be performed by the Willamette Radio Workshop as part of the Re-Imagined Radio project at WSU Vancouver. Click here for the full story.