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Pow Wow planned tonight at Clark

The High Rock Singers

A powwow is a special gathering that is held to dance, sing, socialize, and honor Native American culture. Tonight, Clark College is hosting a mini-powwow to honor Native American youth and elders from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus.  Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

The event, which is sponsored by the American Indian Students Council of Clark College (AISCOCC), is free and open to the public.  

"Our members will continue to live by the words of Shoshone-Bannock tribal member Becky Archibald, our Community Volunteer Elder," said AISCOCC President Rosie Arevalo. "She has asked us to 'honor those that have walked before us and realize the past is our heritage."  

A “drum” is a group of performers who play a large, specially designed drum and sing traditional songs; it is the “pulse” of a powwow.  The "host drum" of the powwow is primarily responsible for providing music for the dancers. 

At the Clark College event, the High Rock Singers will be the host drum, made up of affiliated singers from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as well as singers from Portland, Ore., and Kelso, Wash.  "High Rock" refers to two different geographic locations.  One is a hill overlooking Monroe, Wash., the home town of High Rock Singers Coordinator Jim Roberts. The other is a high cliff near the area where many Warm Springs tribal members harvest huckleberries in midsummer.

Parks chief meets with youth leaders

National Park Service director Jon Jarvis meets with  Clark College students Luda Leksunkin and Roman Len, who both work for the National Park Service at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

During his short visit to Vancouver Thursday to deliver the Marshall Lecture, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis met with the approximately 60 high school, middle school and some Clark College students to discuss about how national parks can be more inviting to youth.

Riverview Community Bank receives community service award

Dr. Elson Floyd, president, Washington State University; Pat Sheaffer, chairman and CEO, Riverview Bancorp; and David Brukardt, AWB board chair and Sterling Savings executive vice president.

The Association of Washington Business recognized Riverview Community Bank with a community service award for its efforts in its annual Fill-A-Bag food drive. The program raised 16.5 tons of food and $7,000 in cash donations in 2009. Altogether, local food banks received $65,000 in value thanks to Fill-a-Bag.

Along with Riverview, 20 other Washington businesses were recognized. “Even during a deep recession, Washington businesses have found ways to give back to their communities and help those most in need,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “For these employers and their employees, giving back is integral to who they are and what they do. It’s part of how they do business. Thanks to their volunteer efforts, the lives of thousands of men, women and children in our state have been a little better this year.”

The AWB Community Service Awards are presented annually for projects that support education, youth organizations, community beautification projects, and community organizations that help people in need or programs recognizing volunteerism.

Riverview Bancorp, Inc. (www.riverviewbank.com) is headquartered in Vancouver. With assets of $929 million, it is the parent company of the 85-year-old Riverview Community Bank, as well as Riverview Mortgage and Riverview Asset Management Corp.  There are 18 branches, including ten in Clark County, and three in the Portland metropolitan area.

Evergreen Public  Schools' district art show kicks off 'Support The Arts Week' at Barnes & Noble

Evergreen Public Schools will hold its annual district art show on Monday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Barnes & Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Road. Awards will be handed out throughout the evening, including the Superintendent's Award, personally awarded by Evergreen Public Schools' Superintendent John Deeder.

The evening will also feature a performance by the local harp duo Celtic Muse.

Student art will be displayed at the store from May 24 through Tuesday, June 1. During that week, customers can present an Evergreen Public Schools voucher at checkout and the district will receive part of the proceeds from the sale. The funds will be used to support art programs throughout the district. Vouchers are available online on the district website www.evergreenps.org or can be picked up at the store on Monday night.

Art and music events will also be occurring throughout the week, including performances by the Frontier Middle School orchestra, the Image Elementary School choir and art presentations and  demonstrations by students from Heritage and Evergreen High Schools and many of the elementary schools. A full schedule is available on the district website.

"We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for the community to see the quality and caliber of the artistic talent in the district," said Don Nelson, Manager of Music and Fine Arts. "We believe in the benefit of these programs for students and we're excited to raise both awareness and support for them through this week of events."

Closures planned on Interstate 205


Two lanes on the northbound side of the Interstate 205, Glenn Jackson Bridge will be closed again this weekend as work continues to replace bridge joints.

The work is weather-dependent and part of a schedule of planned closures that will occur every weekend through September. Starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, one northbound lane will be closed. The two-lane closure starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. Monday, May 24. The Oregon Department of Transportation is encouraging travelers to use the Interstate Bridge on Interstate 5 as an alternate route. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/GlennJackson/.

Clark chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earns international honors, plans ceremony May 24

Competing against more than 400 chapters, Clark College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society earned top honors during PTK’s 2010 international convention in Orlando, Fla.

Advisor Deena Bisig and eight students from the Alpha Sigma Phi chapter attended the conference, where the chapter received five international awards: Most Distinguished Chapter Member: Jacqy Lopez; Most Distinguished Regional Officer: Lorene Boyd; and Most Distinguished Advisor: Deena Bisig.

Earlier this year, Alpha Sigma Phi chapter was named “The Most Distinguished Chapter” in the Greater Northwest Region of Phi Theta Kappa.  That region includes Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Canada.

The chapter’s award-winning year will culminate with a recognition ceremony and celebration on Monday, May 24.  Approximately 200 students will be recognized and inducted as new members.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus.  Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education, with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in the United States and abroad. Information about Alpha Sigma Phi is available at http://clarkptk.com/.

Campaign Events

Rep. Jim Jacks (D-Vancouver) is kicking off his re-election campaign on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Firefighters' Local 452 Union Hall at 2807 Fruit Valley Road. A $35 donation is suggested, but all donations are welcome. Jacks is running to retain his position representing the 49th district in the Washington Legislature.

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News Briefs

  • Tower Crest Project: Clark County Public Works and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation will present information about the Tower Crest Neighborhood Park project at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 25. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Truman Elementary School Commons, 4505 NE 42nd Ave.Tower Crest Neighborhood Park is located on Northeast 54th Street at 63rd Avenue in east Minnehaha. The 2-acre property currently features informal, soft-surface trails and is wooded. Preliminary planning and design work began in early 2010. Construction is expected to begin in 2011.

  • Knowledge Bowl: Two Knowledge Bowl teams from Camas High School are headed for national competition and are collecting donations for the trip. The students will travel to Washington, D.C., the first week of June. The Camas Educational Foundation has set up an online donation page, https://cefcamas.ejoinme.org/MyPages/CopyofDonationPage/tabid/213971/Default.aspx.

  • Hope & Action: Nominations for the 11th annual Hope & Action Recognition Awards are due by Saturday, May 29, 2010, to the Council for the Homeless. The awards recognize people who advocate, support, volunteer, or partner to end homelessness.  A one-page nomination form is available at www.icfth.com or by calling 360-993-9561


  • May 22: The opening of Fairgrounds Community Park will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park, 216 N.W. 164th St., southwest of the Clark County Fairgrounds. Approximately 30 acres of the 88-acre community park were developed late last year. The park now features nearly one mile of trails, a large playground, two basketball half courts, two covered picnic shelters, additional uncovered picnic tables, restrooms and a parking lot.
  •  May 27: The Friends of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present a lecture by Dr. Melissa Brotons, entitled "Music for Health and Education," on the different applications of music therapy, in education, medicine, mental health and gerontology. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th Street in Vancouver. A $10 donation per person is suggested. Proceeds from the event go to funding the symphony's concert season and music education programs in Southwest Washington.

  • June 2: The Clark County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring a campaign workshop, "Winning Ways to Run for Office—A Candidate/Campaign Worker Workshop." The free workshop takes place on Wednesday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin, Vancouver, WA.  An informal reception will follow the program.

  • June 3: The First Citizen 2010 award ceremony honoring Royce Pollard is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For more information, visit www.cfssw.org.

  • June 5: An all-you-can-eat breakfast, scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 5, at Fire Station 31 in Hockinson, will benefit the family of 9-year-old Luke Jensen. Jensen, the grandson of Chaplain Mike White, died of cancer on May 6. Individual tickets are $5 or $15 for a family.

  • June 14: The Fort Vancouver Library District board of trustees will meet beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 14, at the Goldendale Community Library, 131 West Burgen, Goldendale. The board will hold an executive session at 4 p.m. and then have a regular meeting at 6 p.m.


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The George C. Marshall Lecture (5-20)  6 p.m. CVTV 23

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