Camas Plant and Garden Fair this Saturday

by DIwpBacon on May 5, 2015


The 18th annual Camas Mothers Day Plant and Garden Fair will return to the streets of historic Downtown Camas on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. bringing thousands of visitors to town to explore the offerings of local nurseries, garden artists, and farms. A list of all the vendors with links can be found at

Customers will find a large assortment of trees, plants, garden art and furniture, planters, veggie starts, wind chimes, garden tools, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets, garden benches, stone art, sculptures, lavender, herbs, and much more. It is the day before Mother’s Day, making it a perfect time to buy a treasured gift for mom or to find just what you need for any yard or garden.

Kids’ activities will include free hands on crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. organized by the Interact Club of Camas High School as well as a free petting zoo all day provided by 4 Seasons 4H and Camas Camp n Ranch. Boy Scouts will be on hand with their trusty wagons to help citizens with their purchases if needed. For information on the DCA and other downtown events, visit








Drink This! Vancouver May 9

by DIwpBacon on May 5, 2015


The next Drink This! Vancouver is set for this Saturday, May, 9, from 4 to 9 p.m. The free event showcases local beverage makers of all kinds, from beer and wine, to coffee and milkshakes, and provides an opportunity to meet the makers, get tips on food pairing, mixology, and more. Additionally, participating businesses often have live music, food to sample or purchase, and special deals.

This year participants have an opportunity to win tickets to the Craft Winefest and a grand prize of two VIP tickets. Start by getting a map from one of the locations and enjoying a craft beverage to get a stamp. A downloadable map can be found here. Visit four locations for four beverages and get four stamps. Turn in the stamp card to any of the participating locations. Winners will be drawn and announced by email on Friday, May 15.

A portion of the proceeds from Drink This! goes to Second Chance Companions (SCC) , a no-kill animal shelter in Clark County. SCC relies solely on donations, is 100% volunteer based. It feeds, cares for, adopts out, and spays & neuters as many animals as possible. To learn more, visit or

“bobrauschenbergamerica” premiers at Clark College this Friday


bobrauschenbergamerica, by Charles L. Mee premiers at Clark College this Friday, May 8. Additional performances are May 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. A matinee is set for Saturday, May, 16, at 2 p.m.

Robert Rauschenberg is an American artist known for incorporating found objects into his art work. He claimed that he worked “in the gap between art and life.” Directed by Rusty Tennantbobrauschenberamerica is in the spirit of Rauschenberg’s art. A collage of disparate plot threads, bizarre events, stand-alone monologues and ridiculous non sequiturs, jumbled together to bridge the gap between art and life.

Tickets are $13 for general admission; $9 for students and alumni with ID; $11 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, online at or by calling 360-992-2815.

Wienermobile visits Salmon Creek May 6


The classic Oscar Meyer Wienermobile is traveling across the United States and will make a stop in Salmon Creek for a neighborhood cook-out this Wednesday, May 6. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., features free hot dogs, selfies, with the mobile, games for the whole family, live music, and more.

In the spirt of sharing a piece of American culture with the next generation, the ladies and gentlemen who live at The Hampton at Salmon Creek Memory Care Community are hosting the event in their front yard and buying all the wieners. They’ll also be selling ice cream to raise funds to end Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an open invitation.

The Hampton at Salmon Creek is located at 2305 NE 129th St., Vancouver (Behind Safeway on Hwy 99). To RSVP, call 360-949-7647. Visit for fun facts and an App. Local businesses and non-profit organization are invited to participate with a booth and/or game. Call Benjamin Surmi at 360-619-8307 for details.


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  • Bart Hanson announces run for re-election

    roundcubeBart Hanson has announced that he will run for re-election to his seat on the City of Vancouver City Council. He has held the position since 2010. Hansen is the Office Services Manager at Clark Public Utilities. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington State University in Pullman and is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Marylhurst University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Clark County. While on the City Council, Hanson has sat on several boards including Children’s Justice Center, Elder Justice Center, and the Safe Communities Task Force. He is endorsed by the Vancouver Police Officers Guild and the Professional Firefighters of the City of Vancouver IAFF Local 452. For more information, contact Hanson at 360-921-5592 or

  • Charter Communications hosts hiring event May 7

    Unknown-4Charter Communications is hosting a hiring event at Embassy Suites Airport Hotel, 7900 NE 82 Ave. in Portland, this Thursday, May 7. Charter, one of the fastest growing TV, internet, and voice companies, seeks 100 passionate Customer Service Representatives. All positions are full-time. Charter offers set schedules, benefits, competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, a fitness room on site, and a great work environment. Session times are: Session 1: 7 to 9 a.m.; Session 2:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Session 3:  4 to 6 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to each session and interested parties must attend a full two-hour session to be considered. Candidates should have one year of customer service experience, high school diploma or equivalent, be 18 years of age or older, and have flexibility between 5 a.m. and midnight, seven days per week. The wage is $13.18 per hour. Learn more and apply at:

  • Clark County Murals co-founder speaks at Clearwater Springs May 7

    10410247_814013358618666_8978714932836316306_nThe next lecture at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living will be on “The Murals of Clark County” this Thursday, May 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. Murals are a unique and appealing way to capture the history and culture of an area while renewing community pride and instilling an appreciation of art, history and culture in residents and visitors alike. Clark County Murals co-founder, Jerry Rolling, will discuss the history of murals and why present murals were selected and the future of Clark County murals. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Clearwater Springs is located at 201 NW 78th St., in Hazel Dell. Call 360-546-3344 to RSVP or for more information.

  • Candidate filing period May 11 through May 15

    imagesThe filing period for citizens wishing to become candidates for elective office is rapidly approaching. The offices open for candidate filings this year include two Superior Court judge positions, County Council District 2 position, County Council, Chair At-Large position, Port District Commissioner for Vancouver, Ridgefield and Camas-Washougal Port Districts, numerous School District Board positions, Fire Board positions, Cemetery Board positions and a Regional Wastewater Commissioner position. In-person and online filing period runs from Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15. This year’s Primary will be held on August 4. The General election will be held on November 3, 2015. For more information, visit

  • Ribbon Cutting and celebration for iCare Repair in Battle Ground May 8

    Unknown-3The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and celebration for iCare Repair this Friday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors can tour the store, enjoy, light refreshments, and enter to win raffle prizes. For every person that checks in at the event, iCare Repair will make a donation to Northwest Battle Buddies. Donations will also be accepted. iCare Repair is located at 1808 SW Ninth Ave., Ste. 102 in Battle Ground. For more information, visit and click on “Calendar of Events” under the “News & Events” tab.

  • WSU Vancouver graduates 975 students May 9

    home-commencementWashington State University Vancouver will graduate 975 students at its 2015 commencement ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at Amphitheater Northwest. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside over the ceremony. Christina Hamilton and Breanna Shores, graduating seniors and senators with the Associated Students of WSUV, will deliver the commencement address. Commencement is free, open to the public and tickets are not required. Find the original story, here.

  • “Perennial Prowl” nursery tour with the Master Gardeners May 28

    hostasWSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners presents “Perennial Prowl,” an On the Road Tour scheduled for Thursday, May 28, from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. The tour will stop at Sebright GardensNowlens Bridge Perennials, and Wild Ginger Farm. The tour will meet for van transportation at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, located at 9319 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. Cost to attend the tour is $30. Lunch can be purchased at Creekside Grille and is cash only. Online registration is required by Friday, May 22.  To register, visit For the full story, click here.

  • VMSSA players donate over $10,000 for new ball park

    sfbfield1The Vancouver Metro Senior Softball Association (VMSSA) announced that at the April 7 Charity games at Hood View Park, 108 senior softball players donated $10,235 to their growing community ballpark building fund. With an anonymous donation that will match any cash raised after March 9 up to $100,000, the total for April 7 comes to $20,470, with more to come from future donations. For the full story, click here.

  • Salvation Army Clark County adds new leadership

    Unknown-2 The Salvation Army Clark County has announced new leadership on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. New members include Todd Zalk, production leader in business banking and commercial lending group at Wells Fargo, and Scott Munro, executive director of Elementary Education at Evergreen School District. Find the full story, here.

  • Stober to hold campaign kick-off this afternoon at 5:30 p.m.

    Uc-XSwveMayor Tim Leavitt, Senator Annette Cleveland, Representatives Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie, and numerous community members are hosting a kick-off for Ty Stober’s Vancouver City Council campaign on today, May 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Torque Coffee. He is running for Position 5 to replace Larry Smith. Stober, a business leader and community activist, sits on the board of Daybreak Youth Services and is a lunch buddy at Hough. He holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More information can be found at: or on Facebook:

  • Burgerville CEO speaks at the next Buy Vancouver USA meeting this evening

    8_2_jeffharveyBuy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet tonight, May 5, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. This month’s speaker is Jeff Harvey, president and CEO of Burgerville. He will discuss challenges in the future facing all local businesses, big and small. For more information, visit or

  • Water Resources Education Center celebrates Public Works Week for Second Saturday May 9

    second_saturday_small_logoThe Water Resources Education Center will celebrate “Public Works Week” for Second Saturday, this Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Kids and families will learn about and explore some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does. The 2015 National Public Works Week theme, “Community Begins Here,” recognizes that Public Works services support the community’s everyday quality of life. Second Saturdays are not only fun, they’re free. Each second Saturday of the month, kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. The Water Center is located at 4600 NE Columbia Way in Vancouver. For more information, including a schedule of Second Saturday events, visit

  • Clark County Mural Society hosts annual fundraiser at Cellar 55

    2015CCMS WineTastingPoster copyThe Clark County Mural Society will hold it’s 2015 Wine Tasting and Auction fundraiser on Thursday, May 7, beginning at 5 p.m., at Cellar 55 in downtown Vancouver. The free evening will feature wines from Basel Cellars Estate and Burnt Bridge Cellars. Main Event will provide light hors d’oeuvres. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for a variety of luxury gift baskets and a live auction will be held for several larger items. Read the full story here.