Tickets on sale for Taste Renaissance 2017 Nov. 18

Join Slow Food Southwest Washington’s fall fundraising feast on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Warehouse ’23.  Taste Renaissance 2017 is eco-gastronomic celebration and sharing of local foods and spirits that is not to be missed. Read about last year’s inaugural event here.

This multi-course feast will include top producers and chefs from Klickitat to Pacific County, highlighting Southwest Washington’s most exciting ingredients, including cranberries, cave aged cheeses, chestnuts, pastured meats, and micro milled heirloom polenta.

General Tickets are $95 and include a delicious six-course meal. Alcoholic beverages are sold separately. VIP tickets include wine at the event and an invitation to a pre-event at 4 p.m., to hear an update on the The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute. This exclusive presentation by Culinary staff will include a tasting and champagne pour. VIP tickets are $160. To learn more, visit


Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam celebrates 25 years on Make a Difference Day Oct. 28

Volunteers of all ages are invited to pitch in and plant trees with Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam in celebration of the annual national Make a Difference Day this Saturday, Oct. 28.

Held in Battle Ground, the event will kick-off with a coordinated tree planting led by seasoned volunteers and AmeriCorps members, followed by a celebration of volunteer service awards including the StreamTeam Volunteer of the Year and Salmon Star awards.

Check-in at 8:30 a.m. for 9 a.m. planting, followed by lunch and awards presentation at noon. There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Interested volunteers should contact Ashley King at 360-992-8585 or email Participation is limited.

Held rain or shine, the event will include on-site training and all tools and trees will be provided by the Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam. Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather. For more information, visit


Clark County Realtors Foundation announces 2017 grant recipients

The Clark County Realtors Foundation (CCRF) relaunched its Community Grants program in September 2017, asking local non-profit organizations to submit grant requests for funding. In its first year of the relaunch, the CCRF received over 40 grant requests.

The foundation was able to distribute almost  $200,000 in grants to organizations that are committed to fostering, developing, and encouraging the health, education, and social welfare of disadvantaged children, families, and the elderly in Clark County.

Grant recipients include: Assistance League, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington, Children’s Center, Food With Friends, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, Innovative Services NW, Mom’s Place Maternity, Parks Foundation of Clark County, Share, Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention, and Workforce Southwest Washington.

The grants will be awarded on Nov. 8, in a private reception held for the recipients, CCRF members, and guests at the Union Chapel Annex.


Unusual sweep for Fall Home Show Award winners

Awards designed by Timber and Moss

The Building Industry Association (BIA) bestowed awards for the NW Natural Parade of Homes and the Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour at the last monthly dinner meeting hosted at the Heathman Lodge.

It was a highly unusual outcome for the NW Natural Parade of Home awards with two companies splitting the 18 prizes up for grabs. In fact, the results for Industry Awards and People’s Choice awards were identical for eight of the nine categories. Top winners are: “The Turtledove” by Cascade West Development, and “The Whitby” by Generation Homes Northwest.

The Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour presented by Contract Furnishings Mart & DeWils took place on September 30 & October 1 at projects in Battle Ground, Ridgefield and downtown Vancouver. In stark contrast to the Parade of Homes voting outcome, all four participating companies took home awards for their projects in the Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour.



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Clark College Columbia Writers Series hosts Aimee Bender Oct. 30

Clark College welcomes award-winning novelist Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and The Color Master, as part of the college’s Columbia Writers Series. Bender will read from and discuss her writing from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 30, in the Penguin Union Building, Rm. 258 on Clark’s main campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Columbia Writers Series was launched at Clark College in 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college and the region. Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at


Ridgefield Students personalize steel beam for new school

A new school complex for the Ridgefield School District is currently under construction, and last week, students got a chance to leave their mark on the building that will soon be their brand new school. Alliance Industrial Group (AIG), a local steel fabricator in Ridgefield, delivered a steel beam to the district for students to sign. School district officials came up with the idea months ago as a cool way for students to take part in the construction process of their new building. The personalized steel beam will be installed in the seventh and eighth classroom wing of the district’s new Grades five through eight school complex scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.


Davidson & Associates Insurance re-named Best Practices Agency

Davidson & Associates Insurance of Vancouver has re-qualified to join an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) “Best Practices” Study Group. Based on operational excellence, only 262 independent agencies throughout the U.S. qualified for inclusion in the study. An IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company must first nominate the agency which then must annually submit extensive financial and operational data for review. Agencies qualify based on outstanding customer retention, growth, stability and financial management. More than 1,500 agencies were nominated for the status. To learn more about Davidson & Associates Insurance, visit


Tickets on sale for First Citizen reception honoring Larry Smith Nov. 9

In July, a selection committee of community leaders and past First Citizens chose Larry Smith as Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen. The First Citizen Award recognizes a Clark County resident who has modeled exemplary citizenship through their actions and service to the community. Smith will receive the First Citizen Award during a community event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, at Warehouse ’23. The event will begin at 4 p.m., with the formal awards program at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 and are available for purchase at the door or in advance by visiting


Share’s Soup’s On! event raises $129,748

A total of 690 guests at Soup’s On! Celebrity Chefs Compete for Share on Oct. 15 at Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach, helped to raise $27,350. The event was presented by Davidson & Associates Insurance and supported by Pacific Lifestyle Homes, CenturyLink and Fred Meyer. The coveted Golden Ladle People’s Choice Award for Soup-er Chef awarded to Bonnie Brasure of Bleu Door Bakery. Brasure was also awarded the Presenting Sponsor’s Choice for Best Soup by Davidson & Associates Insurance. Click here for the full story.


Halloween Carnival at Our Lady of Lourdes School Oct. 28

Wear a costume and have fun with family, friends and neighbors at the annual Halloween Carnival, Our Lady of Lourdes School. Festivities include an inflatable haunted house maze, games and more. Hot dogs, taco salads, chili pies, and taco pies will be available for purchase from the iconic Weiner Wagon (cash only). Unlimited games wristbands are $10 per child or $25 per family of three or more children. Prices go up at the door to $12 and $30. Adults and children under the age of two are free. Enter a chance to win Nintendo Switch, American Girl Doll, Portland Trail Blazer Fan package, or Portland Winterhawks Fan package; you do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $5 each. Pre-order wristbands and raffle tickets are available at the school office. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is located on 4701 NW Franklin St.


Yer Za Vue and Yong Hong Zhong “Oil & Water Works” opens with artist reception at Art on the Boulevard Nov. 3

Art on the Boulevard will open “Oil & Water Works” featuring Yer Za Vue and Yong Hong Zhong on First Friday Nov. 3. The show runs through December 30. This special duo exhibition of Yer Za Vue’s oil paintings and Yong Hong Zhong’s watercolor paintings celebrates twenty-five years of friendship and art. The First Friday reception on Nov. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. is open to the public at no charge and includes complimentary light refreshments and a chance to meet Za and Yong. Details are on Facebook, here. For further information, contact the gallery at 360-750-4499, or visit


WSU Vancouver hosts state legislatures for town hall Nov. 2

The Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver will host a town hall with state legislators at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The event is free and open to the public. Audience members may ask questions in person and via Twitter using the hashtag #WSUVAskLeg. Legislators include Sen. Ann Rivers, 18th district; Rep. Brandon Vick, 18th district; and Rep. Sharon Wylie, 49th district. In addition, Sen. Lynda Wilson, 17th district, tentatively plans to attend. For more information, contact the ASWSUV Director of Legislative Affairs Justus Phelps at 360-546-9523.


Prairie High School performs of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Prairie High School drama will perform the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying beginning Friday, Oct. 27. The musical by Frank Loesser is based on the 1952 book by Shepherd Mead. The show runs Oct. 27 and 28, and Nov. 3 and 4. Performances will be at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Tickets cost $6 for students, $12 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, visit:


Free class on adult and senior feline behavior Oct. 24

Marci Koski, PhD, certified feline behavior consultant, is hosting a free class on how to keep cats healthy and happy throughout their life. Topics include the feline aging process, health considerations, behavior concerns, environmental enrichment, and cat sarcasm. The class is Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver. Reservations are requested to or 503-927-1107.


Arts commissioners seeks new county poet laureate

The Clark County Arts Commission is accepting applications for a resident who will serve as the next Clark County Poet Laureate. The commission is seeking an experienced poet to share his or her passion for the literary form with the community. This two-year position includes public speaking engagements, teaching, open mic readings and a stewardship in the Poetry Moves program sponsored by C-Tran and the nonprofit Arts of Clark County. The Clark County Poet Laureate position is voluntary, but the commission is seeking funding for the program. For more information and to apply, click here.


2017 Early Learning Summit Oct. 24

Join community leaders, elected officials, business leaders and early learning advocates for a one-day Early Learning Summit to learn about gaps and barriers for this important group of “students” in Southwest Washington. Attendees can stay for the day, or register for lunch only. Lunch time guests are Trudi Inslee, the first lady of Washington State, and Alan Cohen, CEO of Thrive Washington. The event is Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., #102. To learn more and register, visit