Re-Imagined Radio presents “A Radio Christmas Carol” Dec. 20



A live performance of the radio drama A Radio Christmas Carol will take place again this year at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

The annual performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. Admission is $8. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance through the Kiggins website.

Adapted from the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the performance features local community actors and performers. This year, the project is partnering with Metropolitan Performing Arts, a Vancouver-based school for actors and performers. Additionally, the cast will feature Steve Becker, the new director of Vancouver’s Downtown Association, in the role of Scrooge.

“We hope this performance will be entertaining, but it will also remind us that community needs are greater this time of year,” says Barber. “We encourage everyone who attends to bring a nonperishable food, or monetary donation for the Clark County Food Bank.”

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Volcano Naturalist Certification, classes to be offered in Woodland in 2018




Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mount St. Helens Institute staff will offer the sixth year of their adult science education program in early 2018. Students in this 12-week course will have the opportunity to learn about the natural history of Mount St. Helens and southwest Washington.

Each class takes an in-depth look at a different subject, including the mountain’s eruptive history, the ecology of the blast zone, the cultural history of Mount St. Helens, and much more.

The 2018 course consists of 12 classes on Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Woodland Community Center from February 6 through May 5. Registration is $350. Discounts are available to Mount St. Helens Institute members and volunteers.

Registration includes books and all course materials required to become a Volcano Naturalist. Clock hours are available for teachers taking Volcano Naturalist classes. For more information and to apply, visit www.mshinstitute.org/volunteer/volcano-naturalist-program.html. Registration closes January 26, 2018.

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Lantern Tour at Fort Vancouver Dec. 16



The “Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort” is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, adults attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort’s Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor’s House, Kitchen, and Bake House.

In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters, including graduates of the park’s Youth Volunteer Programs. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour.

The next tour is this Saturday, Dec. 16. Reservations for all Lantern Tours are required, and payment for the tour must be made at the time of reservation. Tourists meet at 7 p.m., at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E Fifth St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

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Evergreen School Board newly elected members sworn in; elects officers for 2017-18



Julie Bocanegra (left) and Ginny Gronwoldt are sworn in by Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey administered the oath of office to Julie Bocanegra and Ginny Gronwoldt at last night’s Evergreen Public Schools Board meeting. Bocanegra is beginning her second full term as a District 1 School Board Director. Gronwoldt was elected to her first term as District 5 Director.

District 4 Director Todd Yuzuriha was then elected School Board President, moving from his position as Vice-President, and District 2 Director Rob Perkins will move into the role of Vice-President for the 2017-18 school year. Yuzuriha joined the school board in June 2008, and Perkins in March 2014.

Bocanegra will serve as the representative on legislative matters. School Board Directors Victoria Bradford and Gronwoldt will serve as liaisons to other boards and committees.

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.

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Town Tabloids

Judy Smith and Marge Kleen are "Knitty Gritty Heroes."

Mary Ann Sturdivan organizes the first fair.

Allen Wilson has tips for indoor plants.

News Briefs

Vaccinations urged as Public Health sees flu activity spike in Clark County

The flu positivity rate in Clark County has risen to 21 percent, well above the 10 percent threshold Public Health uses to mark high flu activity, according to Public Health’s Influenza Surveillance Update for the week of Dec. 3. The positivity rate is based on data from local laboratories that test for flu. “Flu season is ramping up, but it’s not too late to get vaccinated,” says Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. “By getting vaccinated now, you’ll be more likely to celebrate the New Year in good health. It can take up to two weeks for protection to be effective, so we urge people to get vaccinated right away so they’ll be less likely to catch the flu or spread it to friends and family over the holidays.” 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.

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Community Home Health & Hospice has a new medical director

Dr. Joe Rinella has joined the Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) team as Medical Director. Rinella is board certified in family medicine and was previously a partner at NorthShore Medical Group where he served as their medical director. He practiced “full spectrum” family medicine—caring for patients of all ages including delivering babies, performing minor surgical procedures and taking care of hospitalized patients with complex illnesses. After working in family medicine for 10 years, Rinella started Nalea Enterprises, Inc., to provide independent medical contracting and consulting.

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Daughters of the Pioneers host annual Christmas Party Dec. 21

038164bb8699319498abb205b2977bb1The community is welcome to attend the annual potluck and Christmas party with the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington on Thursday, Dec. 21. Tales and tunes will be provided by members Judy Bergren and Chuck Stavaas. Bring socks and other winter clothing items to donate to Savior Socks. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bethel Lutheran Church, 12919 NE 159th Street, in Brush Prairie. The group regularly meets on the third Thursday of the month beginning with a Meals on Wheels lunch at 11:30 a.m. Presentations start at 12:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Betty Davenport at 360-687-3415 or visitwww.wapioneerdaughters.org.

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Seasons of Hope Celebration & Fundraiser Jan. 19

Community Home Health & Hospice will hold its first annual Seasons of Hope Celebration & Fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support on-going, free grief care for everyone in Clark County, not only hospice families. Guests will receive the latest news about upcoming construction of the Seasons of Hope Grief Center and memorial garden. Tickets are $45 each and tables for eight are $350. To register, go to https://chhh.ejoinme.org/seasons. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more, email michele.kophs@chhh.org or call  360-957-0614.

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Alex Strogen to join Port of Vancouver USA as Chief Commercial Officer

The Port of Vancouver USA has hired Alex Strogen as its Chief Commercial Officer. He joins the port Jan. 16, 2018. Strogen has extensive global maritime experience, including the sourcing of ocean transport and port operations; business development across the U.S., Middle East, Pacific, Atlantic and Latin American regions; and managing various aspects of marine terminal activities, including vessel planning and stevedoring. Strogen replaces Alastair Smith, who retires in March 2018, after 45 years in the maritime industry. For the full story, click here.

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A few openings left for winter break STEM camp at Pearson Field Dec. 18 – 22

The Historic Trust’s popular Winter Break STEM Camp at Pearson Field Education Center is back for a second season. This week-long, half-day camp provides activities based around a particular theme each day – air, ground, waves, aviation and game day. The camp is for six- to eight-year-olds, and is designed to be an introduction to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and aviation. Camp is Monday through Friday, Dec. 18 through Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The fee is $150. Call or email Deborah Barton with any questions or for further information at 360-992-1815 or deborah.bessette@thehistorictrust.org.

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Vancouver’s 50 and Better hosts New Years Eve bash Dec. 30

Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50 and Better program presents the “Silver and Black Bash,” a New Year’s Eve Eve Dance with the Norman Sylvester Band from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30. This is the ninth annual New Years Eve Eve Dance at Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar. The event features an evening of live music, dancing, light refreshments, party favors and beer and wine. Tickets are $25 per person for Vancouver residents, $30 per person for non-city residents. Call 360-487-7100 to sign up or register at the Marshall or Luepke Community Centers. Registration can also be done online, here.

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Partners in Careers hosts hiring event Dec. 19

Partners in Careers will host a hiring event for people wishing to join their team on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., at Partners in Careers, 3210 NE 52nd St. in Vancouver. Positions open include: Administrative Assistant, working with both in school and out of school youth in accessing internships, and connecting clients to training and educational pathways. Candidates should bring copies of their resume and be prepared to meet and interview with Partners in Careers staff. Applications can be requested in advance at Hannah@swwpic.org or by stopping by the Partners in Careers office.

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“The Game’s Afoot” or “Holmes for the Holidays” continues at Love Street Playhouse

Love Street Playhouse, continues its 10th anniversary season with The Game’s Afoot, running through December 17. The veteran cast is led by Kevin Taylor as William Gillette. The Game’s Afoot is written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Love Street Playhouse Owner and Artistic Director Melinda Pallotta. Remaining performances are Dec. 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling 360-907-9996. Love Street Playhouse is located at 126 Loves Ave. in Woodland.

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Dinner and auction for Puerto Rico Dec. 15

A new WA nonprofit, Youth 4 Vets, in partnership with The SW WA League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #47013, will host a dinner & auction to raise funds to support hurricane relief efforts for the residents of Corozal, Puerto Rico. Boots on the Ground for Puerto Rico Dinner & Auction Fundraiser is slated for Friday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m., at the 40 et 8 Chateau & Boxer Rooms, 7607 NE 26th Ave. Dinner tickets are $40 per person plus processing fee & can be purchased via Eventbrite here.

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Neuroscience of Reality Dec. 17

How much can you trust your brain? What is reality and what is illusion? Dr. Michael Morgan, Professor of Psychology at WSU Vancouver, will use sensory illusions to reveal how the nervous system creates perceptions of the world. In this case, what you see is not what you get. Morgan will share information on the brain’s limitations, exaggerations, and omissions. The free discussion is Sunday, Dec. 17, at Fort Vancouver Regional Library. Registration is not required. To learn more, click here.

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Metropolitan Performing Arts offers workshop for youth Dec. 18 through 21

 Lin-Manuel Miranda in HamiltonMetropolitan Performing Arts is offering a three day workshop for youth ages six to 12 over winter break. “MOANA: All About Lin-Manuel Miranda” dives into the work of the composer and hip hop artist Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Participants will learn about the artist’s music and choreography, and explore scenes from shows that he has written or been involved with. The workshop is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 18 through 21. Registration is $75 per child. To learn more and to register, visit www.metropolitanperformingarts.org.

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Because it’s Christmas! Touch of Class Chorale presents holiday concerts

Touch of Class Chorale will celebrate the Christmas season in song with its winter program this month. “Because It’s Christmas” features favorite Christmas songs from classic to contemporary. The final concert is Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mill Plain United Methodist Church, 15804 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Tickets are available in advance from chorale members or at the door. Admission is $12 for adults, and $10 for children ages six to 16. Youth under six are free. Half the proceeds from the first three concerts go to the venue’s chosen charity. A fourth performance will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m., at The Grotto in Portland. Information and tickets for this performance are available at: https://thegrotto.org/christmas-festival-of-lights/.

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Columbia Dance presents The Nutcracker Dec. 15 – 18

Columbia Dance brings the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning costumes, and thrilling choreography. Over 70 local dancers present the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they set out on a magical journey. This production, now in its 20th season, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. Six performances will be given, in the Royal Durst Theatre, located on the campus of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St. Show times are Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.columbiadance.org.

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$50 raffle for a Seahawks themed Kia Soul benefits Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap, a non-profit organization that supports academic, educational, and enrichment activities for children in foster care, is raffling a 2018 Kia Soul. Detailed in green and blue Seahawk colors, the car will have the winner driving around town in style. Tickets are only $50 each, and only 3,000 will be sold. Tickets are available at Dick Hannah Kia, Orchards Tap, from Bridge the Gap board members, or by contacting Jane Van Dyke at 503-459-1011. Winner will be drawn on December 31. Participants need not be present to win. To learn more about Bridge the Gap and the raffle, visit www.bridgethegapforkidscc.org.

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Chelatchie Prairie Railroad holiday specials continue this weekend

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s weekend Christmas tree excursions, offering three diesel trips, continue this weekend. The 1941, ALCO S2 departs at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt. On the final weekend, Dec. 16 and 17, the railroad will run a special steam excursion, departing at noon and 2:30 p.m. Along the trip, capture views of the Lewis River atop a hill-side vantage point, then return to Moulton Station. At Moulton Station, enjoy warm cider and cocoa, hot coffee and cookies. Santa will be on hand with a gift for each child. For more information and tickets, visit www.tickets.bycx.org.

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