Back Issues: April 24th, 2012

Clark PUD Home & Garden Fair April 27-29

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

For more than two decades, Clark Public Utilities has helped to kick off the spring home improvement season with its annual Home & Garden Idea Fair, to be held this year on Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.

The free show features hundreds of local home and garden businesses, local non-profit organizations, and a variety of hands-on children’s activities. Attendees will see indoor landscape displays presented by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and watch educational sessions by local experts. The show offers one of the largest plant sales in the region, coordinated by the Specialty Nursery Association of Clark County, with more than 60 nurseries participating. Attendees can browse local farmers market vendors offering locally grown produce, cut flowers, artisan foods, and other products. Alpha Broadcasting will host a pavilion featuring live broadcasts of “In the Garden” with Mike Darcy and “Around the House” with Handyman Bob. Visitors are also invited to bring burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs for safe recycling. Free replacement bulbs are available for every old bulb recycled, up to six.

In lieu of admission, donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks or cash for Operation Warm Heart are encouraged. Parking is $6 per vehicle. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at

Business Growth Awards Showcase and Reception April 26

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Vancouver Business Journal will host the Business Growth Awards Showcase and Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Pearson Air Museum.

The finalists in the start-up business category are Bleu Door Bakery, Canine Utopia, Fusion Fitness and Nutrition, G6 Airpark, Mill Creek Pub, and The Source Climbing Center. The finalists for fastest growing business (one to five years) are Aadland Dental, Acuity Group, PLLC, Hasson Company Realtors – Patrick Ginn Real Estate, Pacific Energy Concepts, Pacific Perks Coffee, and Premier Pump and Power, LLC. The finalists for fastest growing business (six to ten years) are Ryonet Corporation, Westby & Associates, and When the Shoe Fits. The finalists for fastest growing company (more than 10 years) are Gravitate Design Studio, LLC, Holland Partner Group, MacKay & Sposito, Inc., and US Digital, Inc.

Admission is $50 per person and includes a hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer or wine, networking, and live music by Patrick Lamb. Registration is required by clicking here or calling 360-695-2442.

SW Washington’s first Special Education Fair April 28

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The first Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Prairie High School, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave., north of Orchards.

Hosted by the Prairie High School Special Education Department, the free fair is designed to provide resources to families of children and young adults with special needs, regardless of the nature of their disability. Annie Lamberto, special education teacher at Prairie High, said the fair is intended to help parents, guardians, children, and those who serve disabled persons 21 or younger. Participants will include vendors, non-profit agencies, local and state organizations. The conference will offer workshops, an exhibit hall, and door prizes to be given away at the end of the day. Workshops and other breakout sessions include guardianship, estate planning and trusts, exercise, cooking, music therapy, social skills, bully safety, early language literacy, systems navigation, love and logic, brain research, and homework help.

Vancouver author Connie Ruth Christiansen will give the keynote address at 9:10 a.m. There will be a free continental breakfast, courtesy of iQ Credit Union. The school store will be open with some lunch items. The first 500 registrants will receive a gift bag of resources for the disabled. To register, click here. To volunteer, click here. For more information, visit or call Lamberto at 360-885-5049.

Health Professions Graduate School Fair at WSUV April 26

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Those planning careers in health-related fields are invited to attend Washington State University Vancouver‘s Health Professions Graduate School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Firstenberg Student Commons. Attendees can meet with admissions representatives from more than 20 graduate schools to learn which graduate program is best. Admission to the Health Professions Graduate School Fair is free. This event is open to the public, and pizza will be provided.

Participating colleges and universities will represent medical doctor programs, dental programs, chiropractic, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, nursing, nurse practitioner, herbal medicine, massage, veterinary, healthcare MBA, and more. Graduate programs from throughout the United States and one from London will be represented. To view a complete list of participating schools, click here. Washington State University Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205 and is accessible via C-TRAN bus service. Free parking will be available in the Blue Daily Pay lot.