Back Issues: June, 2016

No fireworks allowed at Vancouver Schools

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

UnknownDue to fire risk and the presence of construction material and equipment at some schools, fireworks will not be permitted on Vancouver Public Schools’ grounds and parking lots this summer. The public will not be allowed to access any school property to discharge or use fireworks. Increased security patrols will monitor activity. Hudson’s Bay High School’s parking lot will be open on July 4 for those attending the celebration activities at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. However, setting off fireworks in the lot will be prohibited.

“Nature’s Intrigue” continues at Art on the Boulevard, artist reception July 1

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
5d949b67-ebb1-48c5-a142-802bdcce2a88This month, Art on the Boulevard continues its latest solo show “Nature’s Intrigue” featuring Mitch Baird’s latest collection of oil paintings. The show focuses on the artist’s love of nature and all of its beauty. To preview all 22 paintings, visit and click on “Upcoming Events” then click on “Visit the Exhibition.” A First Friday reception is this Friday, July 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Visitors to the gallery can meet the artist and enjoy music and light refreshments. Art on the Boulevard is located at 210 W Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver.

The original rules of baseball on exhibit at Oregon Historical Society opens today

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
thumb_IMG_9665Documents that the Official Historian of Major League Baseball declared “the Magna Carta of America’s national pastime” will be on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, 1200 SW Park Ave. beginning today, Friday, July 1, through October 9. The exhibit will be the first public display of these nineteenth century papers, which only recently came to light at an auction in California. The hand-written documents were drafted by Daniel “Doc” Adams and presented at an unprecedented special meeting of all New York area baseball clubs in 1857. The documents, entitled “Laws of Base Ball,” conclusively set the game’s rules, among which included establishing ninety-foot base paths, assigning nine players to a side, and fixing the duration of the game at nine innings. For more information, visit

First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vancouver tomorrow

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

A piece by John Turley.

First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Vancouver this evening, Friday, July 1. Many of downtown’s art galleries, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and boutiques will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., offering new merchandise, discounts and sales, samples, appetizers, live music, and more. A few highlights include:

    • Adamas Realty, 1101 Broadway: Multi-medium artist William Furniss, light refreshments, raffle
    • Most Everything, 815 Washington St.: “Happy Birthday America” style with clothing and accessories, and fashion photography by local photographer, Mike Helms.
    • Cellar 55, 1812 Washington St.: Abstract paintings by Grace Valentine, northwest wines, and live music by Robby Mayer 
    • Low Bar, 809 Washington St.: Art by John Turley

For a complete list of shows, exhibits and activities for the evening, download the VDA’s Hotsheet for July, here. To learn more about the VDA, visit