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Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield this weekend

by DIwpBacon on September 30, 2016
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Sandhill cranes return to the refuge in the fall.

thJoin the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge staff for a wonder-filled weekend of nature, wildlife and Native American culture. This family-friendly two-day event features Sandhill Crane tours, guided nature and bird walks, children’s activities, kayak tours, Chinookan Plankhouse tours, naturalist workshops, and the Birder’s Marketplace, featuring artists who concentrate on wildlife and/or nature themes.

Local musicians will perform throughout both days, and guests can partake in the traditional salmon bake or choose from the many food vendors on hand.

Birdfest & Blugrass kicks off today, Sept. 30, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2. Some activities have suggested donations or fees, but most are free of charge. To view a full event schedule, visit ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest/. Find the event on Facebook here.

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Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farm opens this weekend

by DIwpBacon on September 30, 2016

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The 24th annual Pumpkin Festival opens this weekend at Pomeroy Living History Farm. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in October. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages three through 11.

Visitors to the farm can enjoy a mile-long hayride through the enchanting Pumpkin Lane, where dozens of “pumpkin people” await. The hayride stops at the pumpkin patch. There will be dozens of vendors with handcrafted goods, pumpkin flume, farm animals, tours of the historic log house, yard games and more.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, this farmstead includes the Pomeroy’s log home built in 1920, a working blacksmith shop, barn, extensive herb and vegetable gardens, pastures and woodlot. The farm utilizes living history as an interpretational technique to share with school children and the general public, what life was like on a pre-electrical farm several generations ago. The farm is located at 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd. in Yacolt. For further details, visit www.pomeroyfarm.org.

Ribbon cutting and celebration for Clark’s new STEM building Oct. 3

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The community is invited to join President Knight and the Board of Trustees as Clark for an official celebration of the opening of the new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Building. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 3 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, tours and exciting demonstrations from STEM students and Faculty. RSVPs are requested to:
mgolder@clark.edu.

Clark College is located at 1300 Fort Vancouver Way. Anyone needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901 (VP), or visit Penguin Union Building, Room 013.

Leaf disposal coupons available Oct. 1

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Fall is here, and Vancouver Public Works reminds residents that leaves should not be raked or blown into the streets, where they can create a slippery mess and clog stormwater drain catch basins. To prevent standing water in streets, residents are encouraged to rake, bag and take leaves to one of four local drop-off sites for free disposal, courtesy of the City’s Fall Leaf Coupon Program.

This year’s free leaf disposal coupons for Vancouver and Clark County residents are good from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, which provides residents extra time to take care of fallen leaves, even during the holiday season. The coupons allow free disposal of up to 5 cubic yards of leaves at the designated drop-off sites. Leaves must be emptied from bags at the disposal site. Please note: Branches and other yard debris, as well as mixed loads of leaves and other yard debris, will be charged at the regular disposal price.

Leaf coupons will not be available at the disposal sites, so be sure to get your coupon before you go. For more information, and to download coupons, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste. View a video showing how citizens and the City of Vancouver work together to manage fall leaves: http://youtu.be/GnYLr6EpERs.

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News Briefs

  • Ridgefield School District hosts community forum on 2017 bond Oct. 4

    RSD-Logo_Vertical_CroppableThe Ridgefield School District will host a community forum on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Ridgefield High School from 5:30 to 7 p.m., providing community members an opportunity to learn more about the 2017 bond. Last May, the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee delivered a report and recommendations to the Ridgefield School Board, requesting the board put a bond on the February 2017 ballot. Recommendations included the construction of a new fifth and sixth-grade intermediate school and seventh and eighth-grade middle school at the district-owned property across South Hillhurst Road from Ridgefield High School. The two schools would share certain core facilities. For more information and a compete list of recommendations, click here.

  • CCHM closes temporarily beginning Oct. 1

    imagesOver the summer the Clark County Historical Society announced that it would have a temporary closure for remodeling. The closure will start at the end of day, Saturday, Oct. 1. A strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2015 called for improvements including new flooring, painting (interior and exterior), air conditioning, murals, and new front stairs. This work will take roughly two months. While closed, Haunted Walking Tours will continue as scheduled, starting at the Slocum House. Patrons will have limited and conditional access to the Research Library upon request. There will be no First Thursday program October through January. A re-opening date will be announced in November.

  • Free clinic of Southwest Washington receives $15,000 grant

    free clinicThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $15,000 grant from the Mason E. Nolan Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. The grant will supply medications and blood pressure equipment to help the Free Clinic’s volunteers care for low-income uninsured and underinsured patients. Medicine is an essential part of treatment for most Free Clinic medical and dental patients. They need antibiotics, insulin and other medications to regain their health and return to their jobs or schools. Since 2009, the Free Clinic’s on-site dispensary has filled 8,000-10,000 prescriptions annually at no cost to patients.

  • MBank joins Riverview Community Bank

    Riverview-MBank-Logo-300x163Riverview Bancorp, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Riverview Community Bank, and Merchants Bancorp, and its wholly owned subsidiary MBank, announced that they have entered into a Purchase and Assumption Agreement. Riverview will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of MBank in a cash transaction. Riverview Bancorp will also assume the obligations of Merchants Bancorp’s trust preferred securities. Find the original story, here.

  • Port of Vancouver USA launches recruitment for permanent CEO

    UnknownThe Port of Vancouver USA is seeking a permanent CEO/Executive Director and will open the position for applications on Saturday, Oct. 1. The position announcement, which will be posted at: www.portvanusa.com/about/job-center/ and shared through advertisements and social media, closes at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. The port expects to bring a permanent CEO on board in the first quarter of 2017. Those interested in learning more and applying, can visit www.portvanusa.com. Click here for the full story.

  • Battle Ground Chamber & League of Women Voters host Candidates Forum Oct. 6

    EventPhotoFull_Candidates-ForumThe Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County League of Women Voters are sponsoring a Candidates Forum from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 6. Each candidate will give opening and closing remarks, in addition to answering questions prepared by the Battle Ground Chamber membership and the League of Women Voters. The event is at The Cedars on Salmon Creek, 15001 NE 181st St., Brush Prairie. An optional buffet lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. Click here for the full story.

  • YWCA Clark County centennial gala raises $431,535 for life-saving programs

    FS6A3347YWCA Clark County celebrated its Centennial Year gala earlier this month. Five hundred guests, along with several pledged gifts, raised $431,535 for YWCA Clark County’s five programs dedicated to supporting victims of violence, oppression and poverty. A pledge of $50,000 from the Ray Hickey Foundation provided a match for an additional $53,000 raised during the “raise your paddle” portion of the evening. Click here for the full story.

  • Today is the last day to vote for GVCC

    14446207_10154457631182456_8563128019727573002_nThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is asking the community to help them win a $15,000 grant to elevate the Chamber’s Small Business Programming. This grant is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines’ “2016 Strong Communities Award.” Pacific Continental Bank nominated the GVCC. Participants need not be chamber members and can vote once every 24 hours via desktops, tablets, and/or phones. More importantly, also invite co-workers, employees, family members, vendors, and/or customers to vote as well. For more information and to vote, visit https://www.fhlbforcommunity.com/voting. Find the GVCC in the Urban Finalists category listed as “Pacific Continental Bank.”

  • WSU Vancouver School of Engineering and Computer Science hosts information night Oct. 4

    banner-ecs Prospective students are invited to the WSU Vancouver Engineering and Computer Science Information Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the first floor of the Engineering and Computer Science Building. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Attendees will learn about admission requirements and degrees offered on campus, meet faculty and current students, tour labs and learn about career opportunities. The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers five degree programs in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. More information on the School of Engineering and Computer Science is available at http://ecs.vancouver.wsu.edu.

  • Vancouver celebrates 190th birthday of the Old Apple Tree Oct. 1

    2bfbc040-65bd-4c14-b467-30132943f6c4Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree is 190 years old. The City of Vancouver invites the public to come celebrate at the annual Old Apple Tree Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The event takes places at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 SE Columbia Way, directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge, within Fort Vancouver. Highlights include live music, tours of the Land Bridge, arts and crafts for kids and tree care workshops. Food will be available for purchase. As always, the Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Attendees can  bring clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

  • Benefit concert for the campaign to pass Proposition 1 in Vancouver tonight

    14409481_1767611530178918_5370465617500850941_oDylan May & the Message and Dolly England are hosting an event to benefit the campaign to pass Proposition 1 in Vancouver. The event is this evening, Sept. 30, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Silver Star Saloon. Proposition 1, or the Affordable Housing Fund, will help ensure that everyone in Vancouver has the opportunity to live in a safe, secure, healthy, affordable home. The Silver Star Saloon is located at 6718 Fourth Plain Blvd. Admission is $5 per person, but donations of any amount will be warmly accepted. To learn more, find the event on Facebook, here. RSVP’s are requested to: BringVancouverHome@gmail.com.

  • Green Neighbors Recycling Day Oct. 1

    092616 BattleGround-RDE-MapClark County and the city of Battle Ground will hold a Green Neighbors Recycling Day event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Battle Ground High School, 300 W Main St. Clark County residents can drop off block foam, electronic equipment, old tires without rims, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units and scrap metal. Participants are limited to five tires per person. Shredding services also will be available, with a limit of two banker boxes per visit. No business waste will be accepted. Recycling Day Events are free and open to all Clark County residents. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more information.

  • RTC board meeting Oct. 4

    rtcbanner-p1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Sixth Floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at meetings@rtc.wa.gov or visit www.rtc.wa.gov and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • Virtuoso violinist Mayuko Kamion kicks off Vancouver Symphony’s 38th season Oct. 1, 2

    14480736_10153943702932061_7812237389508030127_oThe Vancouver Symphony opens its 2016-2017 season with an all-Russian concert featuring masterworks by P.I. Tchaikovsky and Mikhail Glinka this weekend. Joining Maestro Brotons and the orchestra is violinist Mayuko Kamio, the gold medalist of the prestigious 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. The performances are Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at  Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Tickets are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 VSO events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.

  • Light the Night Walk raises funds to fight cancers Oct. 8

    darkltnlogoThe Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Oregon, SW Washington, Idaho and Montana (OSWIM) chapter announced that Portland’s Light the Night Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. The non-competitive walk will begin at the Oregon Convention Center with a route that leads to Portland’s second largest fireworks display after the 4th of July. Once the fireworks conclude, the walk will continue back to the Convention Center for a total distance of approximately two miles. To register, donate and learn more, visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/oswim/PortlndL16.

  • Tree selection talk Oct. 5

    Young ginko tree.As new tree species are developed and become readily available, and familiar trees are less accessible, choosing the right tree for your home can seem confusing. Join Vancouver Urban Forestry staff to learn about a variety of tree species that thrive in our region, their benefits, and where to appropriately plant them. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Aspen Room at Vancouver City Hall. To learn more or to RSVP, call 360-487-8324 or email Megan.VandeMark@cityofvancouver.us.

  • Growing cover crops in the home garden Oct. 1

    Unknown-1WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners and Clark County Environmental Services presents: Growing Cover Crops in the Home Garden on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m., at Pacific Park Natural Garden Demonstration Area at NE 18th St. & NE 172nd Ave. Ian Wilson, owner and founder of Portland Edible Gardens, explain how to select the right cover crops for different spaces and needs, when and how to sow seeds, and what to do with cover crops in the spring. Bring a lawn chair and work clothes. The cost is free with 45 minutes of service at the demo garden. No registration is necessary. Tools will be provided, but participants should bring garden gloves. For more information, click here or contact Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060 x 5738 or Erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu.