Back Issues: February 14, 2012
American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region is partnering with Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds and the Brain, now at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland. All blood and platelet donors who present to donate on Friday or Saturday during the month of February at the Vancouver Red Cross donor centers will receive a free ticket to the Body Worlds and the Brain exhibit. Appointments are preferred, although walk-ins are also welcome. Schedule your donation by clicking here or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Body Worlds and the Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens—including entire bodies, individual organs, and transparent body slices—preserved through von Hagens’ plastination process. This all-new presentation highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance, and invites profound reflection on the power, beauty, and fragility of the amazing human body and brain. Specimens on display stem from body donors, individuals who donated their bodies specifically to the Institute for Plastination. OMSI is located at 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-797-4000 or visit OMSI online at www.omsi.edu/bodyworlds.
Individuals unable to donate blood can still make a contribution by sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive or volunteering with a local Red Cross Blood Services Region, making a financial contribution, or by learning more about the American Red Cross Humanitarian Services. Click here for information about what to expect when giving blood, tips for a successful donation, and an explanation of what happens to donated blood.
On Friday, Feb. 24, Clark County youth leaders who are passionate about preventing youth substance abuse will converge on the Clark College campus for the second annual Teens Care Too (TC2) Youth Leadership & Prevention Summit. The summit, hosted by the Clark College Addiction Counseling and Education Students (ACES) club, PREVENT! Coalition, and the Clark County Drug Action Team, is designed to bring youth together in order to exchange ideas and solutions, acquire leadership and prevention skills, and to celebrate the effective prevention work that so many youth in Clark County are already doing. Organizers anticipate about 300 youth participants.
This year’s theme is “Youth Voices, Youth Choices.” Young people will have numerous opportunities to share their views on substance abuse issues and their ideas for how youth, adults, and the community can help prevent it. Youth leaders play a key role in facilitating the summit. Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse (STASHA), a Clark County peer education team, will welcome attendees and emcee the entire summit. The Mountain View Prevention Club and the Sheriff’s Explorer team will conduct a Conversation Café, where youth can sit down with adults and community leaders for a youth-led conversation about underage drinking and substance abuse.
Attendees can choose from multiple workshops that include health, prevention, leadership, advocacy, stress-reduction, and using arts to create change. Legacy High School students will lead a workshop on the link between Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and cyber bullying. At the end of the night, youth participants will have the opportunity to perform for their peers in a “no-talent show” intended for both the talented and the more humorous acts. To learn more, contact Sondra Storm at 360-750-7500, ext. 144, or email@example.com. Clark College is located at 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way in Vancouver.
Clark County Fire District 3 has been notified that a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant request has been approved. The $267,300 grant will be used to replace one of two aging water tenders. The water tenders are used to supply water for firefighting operations in areas not serviced with fire hydrants. The new water tender will replace one that has a failing 50-year-old 4,000 gallon aluminum water tank. The water tenders are critical to rural firefighting operations and help Fire District 3 maintain an excellent Class 5 insurance rating. Fire District 3 also provides water tender mutual aid to neighboring fire departments when firefighting operations require additional water supply. Fire District 3 will provide $29,700 matching funds to complete the purchase of a new water tender in the total price range of approximately $297,000. The water tender being replaced will be offered as surplus and sold to the highest bidder. For more information, call Fire Chief Steve Wrightson at 360-892-2331 or 360-904-7293.