Back Issues: 2014

First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Vancouver Jan. 2

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


It’s First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vancouver this Friday, Jan. 2. Shops and galleries will stay open late and many will offer sales, light appetizers, music, and wine tastings. A few of January’s highlights include:

Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St.: “Male Form,” Artworks focusing on and celebrating the male form.
Gallery 360, The Slocum House: “The Collective,” An annual January open exhibition consisting of new work by 40 local artists and live music from The Insanitizers.
North Bank Artist Gallery, 1005 Main St.: Vancouver Student Show “The Youth Have no Hope.”
Brickhouse Bar & Grill, 109 W 15th St.: Art Walk After Party, Paintings by Kelsie Mathewson, live music and a happy hour until midnight.

First Friday Art Walks are presented by the Downtown Vancouver Association. Click here to download a HOTSHEET which provides a map and a complete list of participating galleries and merchants.


Launch party for “Meet Your Baker” at Cellar 55 Tasting Room Jan. 8

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Cellar 55 Tasting Room invites mystery lovers and foodies to celebrate the launch of the first book Ellie Alexander‘s Bakeshop Mystery Series: Meet Your Baker on Thursday, Jan. 8. Guests will enjoy wine tasting, pastry sampling, bakeshop themed giveaways, and more. Vintage Books will be on hand to sell books. Giveaways include:

  • 2 night stay at Ashland Springs Hotel plus dinner at Larks
  • Portland Playhouse tickets
  • A Forktown Food tour
  • Dinner for 6 at the Northwest Culinary Institute
  • Stumptown coffee and mugs
  • A custom apron from the Portland Apron Company
  • Teas from Oregon Chai
  • Tickets to the Magenta Theater
  • Delicious mixes from Firenza Baking Mixes
  • A gift certificate to the Savory Spice Shop
  • A class at Portland’s Culinary Workshop
  • Baking pans from USA Pan

Participating vendors include Tier, Rustic Barrel Coffee, Coy’s Cheesecakes, Whimsy Chocolates, Blair Bakeshop and House of the Rising Buns. Cellar 55 is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. The event is free; RSVP’s are requested here.


Running Start Information Nights Jan. 14, Feb. 11

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Photo courtesy of Clark College.

High school sophomores and juniors can learn how to take the next step in their education by attending one of two optional Running Start Information Night sessions at Clark College. The identical sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Clark College.

Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to earn college credit while they fulfill their high school graduation requirements. Running Start students attend Clark classes along with “regular” college students. They can choose from a full range of academic and professional/technical courses as long as the students meet the criteria and the classes are college-level.

Running Start students pay for books, transportation, and some fees, but do not pay full Clark College tuition. Students can be part-time or full-time in Running Start. Fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature. Fee waivers and limited textbook assistance are available for those demonstrating financial need. For more information, visit or call 360-992-2366.


Hudson’s Bay teacher named Samsung Solve for Tomorrow state winner

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Steve Lorenz, photo courtesy of Hudson’s Bay High School.

After becoming one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, Hudson’s Bay High School horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz recently was named the Washington state winner. The 30-year teaching veteran receives a technology package valued at $20,000 to create a video showcasing his solution.

Lorenz and his students in the school’s Architecture, Construction and Environmental Sciences program and Future Farmers of America are working to reclaim paper and cardboard waste by inoculating it with mushroom mycelia. The mycelia will decompose the waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

From the state winners, 15 national finalists will be selected and will have their videos placed online for public voting. All national finalists receive a minimum of $35,000 in technology for their schools. Finally, the 15 national finalists will be narrowed down to five national winners, who each will receive a $120,000 technology grant.