Back Issues: February 22nd, 2017

SW Washington Wind Symphony presents “Flourishes” Mar. 5

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017


The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony is privileged to welcome Piccolo Virtuoso, Zachariah Galatis, to its concert on Sunday, Mar. 5. Galatis is a member of the Oregon Symphony based in Portland.

The performance, entitled Flourishes, presents dramatic Flamenco themes in James Christensen’s Piccolo Espagnol and perspectives on strength and courage in Aaron Perrine‘s Only Light. The program also includes Symphony #4 by David Maslanka, a contemporary American composer for wind band, and more.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m., at Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St. in Camas. Admission is free. For more information, visit, call 360-574-8386 or email

Spectators welcome to the fifth annual Southwest Washington Math Challenge Feb. 25

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

imgresChief Umtuch Middle School will host the 2017 Southwest Washington Math Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fifth annual competition features both individual and team events for students in fifth through eighth grades. Students compete in the Math Challenge by grade level to solve word problems and complex equations. In events such as the College Bowl, teams of three to four students work together to answer questions about geometry, division, scientific notation and more. Teams from all over the Battle Ground Public Schools district are participating in the challenge. Parents and spectators are welcome to watch events. Chief Umtuch Middle School is located at 700 NW Ninth Ave., Battle Ground.

Battle Ground Public Schools receives $25,000 grant to support homeless students

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

From left to right: Curtis Miller from Connect BG, Lydia Sanders from BGPS, and Tobie Bryant and Glynda Hamilton from Connect BG

Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) has received a $25,000 grant from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the development of a volunteer program that will help teach resilience skills to district students faced with housing instability.

The resilience coaching program is a joint effort between BGPS’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) and Connect Battle Ground (Connect BG), a local nonprofit that will help identify and train resilience coaches to work with the district’s unaccompanied youth.

The program is seeking volunteer resilience coaches to meet with an unaccompanied student about once per week. Volunteers will receive training before being assigned to and meeting with a student. Ongoing training will also be provided. Coaches should be prepared to volunteer about 10-12 hours per month for training, and meeting and communicating with a student. Interested parties can call 360-399-6445 or email

Evergreen Habitat hosts tour of McKibbin Commons Feb. 23

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

evergreenEvergreen Habitat for Humanity invites the community to a site tour of McKibbin Commons this Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. The 10-home subdivision off Middle Way was named after founding board member and community leader John McKibbin. McKibbin was killed, with passenger Irene Mustain, in a plane crash last March. The 30 minute tour, led by construction staffer Julianne Reno, will provide unique details about this current construction project and a close-up view of what it’s like to do a day of service with Habitat. RSVP’s are requested to Amy Lodholz at