Back Issues: April 5, 2017

Mindfulness Retreat for health care professionals April 8

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Health care professionals are invited to attend a Mindfulness Retreat to reduce stress and “compassion fatigue” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Engineering and Computer Science Building, Room 105 on the WSU Vancouver campus. The cost to participate is $50. Register by calling 509-324-7219.

The retreat will include presentations by experts from Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University, and the WSU College of Nursing Office of Professional Development. Participants will gain an understanding of the science behind mindfulness, self-compassion and stress. Mindfulness is an evidence-based intervention to reduce stress and promote well-being in health care professionals and their patients.

Self-compassion is a powerful way to develop a positive mind set and avoid destructive thought patterns. Participants will experience mindful self-compassion practices including breathing, meditation, walking and yoga. Lunch will be provided. WSNA-approved 6.5 hours of continuing education units are available for nurses.


Junior Ranger Day at Fort Vancouver April 15

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


National Junior Ranger Day returns to Fort Vancouver on Saturday, April 15. Both events will be based at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, and both are free to the public. National Junior Ranger Day celebrates the next generation of National Park stewards. Hundreds of children each year to become Junior Rangers at this family-friendly event.

Junior Rangers pledge to explore national parks, learn about our nation’s land and heritage, and protect the valuable resources of the National Park Service. After completing Junior Ranger activities, children are awarded a Junior Ranger badge as a token of their educational accomplishment. Through a variety of children’s activities and programs at the event, youth learn about national parks and the people who protect them.

This year for National Junior Ranger Day, the park invites children and families to earn their Junior Ranger badge by completing fun, interactive activities with national park rangers. The event will be offered both in English and Spanish. Activities and Junior Ranger Activity Booklets will be offered in both languages, and bilingual, interactive storytelling sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.



“Yellow Envelope” author discusses “green” journey at Vintage Books April 12

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Plagued by a persistent feeling that there is more to life than “stuff,” author Kim Dinan and her husband decided to uproot their lives to pursue global travels. On the eve of their departure, close friends gave them an unexpected gift that helped shape their adventures: a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away to those they encountered on their journey. Dinan will discuss details of their experience at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Vintage Books, 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd.

“Kim Dinan shares a great message about the value of stuff versus experiences,” says Sally Fisher, Green Neighbors program coordinator. “But you don’t need to get rid of all your worldly goods to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, which is the focus of the Green Neighbors program.”

Clark County’s Green Neighbors program encourages green living through recycling, environmental stewardship, natural gardening and other activities. The program sponsors various community events such as the Clean Cart Campaign, Wastebusters and Recycled Arts Festival. For the latest green tips and events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at


City of Vancouver celebrates Arbor Day April 12

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Two volunteers plant trees in the Uptown Village area of Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver unfurls a month long community celebration of trees this April, starting with a traditional Arbor Day planting event from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Clark College, 2000 Fort Vancouver Way. This year’s Arbor Day theme, “Great trees create great streets,” highlights the many benefits street trees provide to creating safe, healthy streets and communities.

C-TRAN will be the guest of honor at this year’s Arbor Day to celebrate the new, energy efficient bus rapid transit line, The Vine, which was recently completed. As part of The Vine project, more than 200 new trees were planted along its six-mile corridor.

Vancouver will be recognized with the prestigious Tree City USA Growth Award, and will be named Tree City USA for the 28th consecutive year. Clark College will be recognized with the Tree Campus USA Award and Clark Public Utilities will be recognized with the Tree Line USA Award.

The celebration will include brief comments by local and state officials, members of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission, and representatives of local partner organizations. Concluding the event, the ceremonial planting of the official Arbor Day tree, a Hemlock, will take place near Clark College’s STEM Building. Vancouver residents are invited to attend and receive a free tree seedling to take home to plant. Children will be treated to activities inspiring stewardship of trees and other natural resources.