Back Issues: April 11, 2017

YWCA’s CASA program hosts open house April 19

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


YWCA Clark County’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program will hold an open house on Wednesday, April 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information for interested parties. The community is invited to stop by the office to meet new staff, engage with community partners, and learn more about the CASA program and volunteering.

CASA volunteers provide factual information about the situation of children who are involved in the Dependency Court system because they are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. They ensure that children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or stay in inappropriate group or foster homes. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

The open house will take place in the Community Room of YWCA Clark County located at 3609 Main St. in Vancouver. Parking will be available onsite for public use. For more information, visit Connect with the event on Facebook, here.


Jaime Herrera Beutler to host telephone town hall April 13

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will be hosting a live telephone town hall on Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m.  All residents of Southwest Washington’s third congressional district are invited to join in for a conversation about health care, taxes, the economy and whatever else is on their minds.

Southwest Washington residents can sign up to receive a call to join the telephone town hall by visiting this link or by calling 360-695-6292. Residents can also call in to join the telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365.

During the live telephone town hall, Herrera Beutler will give a brief update about her work in Congress, and then take questions from participants.


Science on Tap: “Inside the Feline Mind” April 12

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Cat behavior is mostly adorable, but often confusing as well. Science on Tap, hosted by Kiggins Theatre, presents Inside the Feline Mind this Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, will present a guided tour through the feline mind, from genetics to geriatrics.

Dr. Tripp holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine, as well as academic degrees in Philosophy and Music. He is an Affiliate Professor of Applied Animal Behavior at two US Veterinary Schools, and certified by the International Assn. of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Tripp has published over 40 articles on pet behavior, and given over 100 lectures to veterinary associations.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online here for $8 or at the door for $10. Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit


Clark College Sakura Festival April 13

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


On Thursday, April 13, Clark College’s 2017 Sakura Festival will honor the historic ties of friendship between the sister-cities of Vancouver, Washington, and Joyo, Japan. The festival begins at 1 p.m. with the unveiling of a “peace pole” near the Frost Arts Building on the college’s main campus. The peace pole, which is sponsored by Vancouver Rotary, will bear the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in six different languages.

The unveiling is followed by opening remarks near the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden, which is located next to the Beacock Music Hall on Clark’s main campus. (In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in Gaiser Student Center.) The opening ceremony will include a koto performance by Yukiko Vossen and a performance by the Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble.

From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Sakura celebration will continue in the Gaiser Student Center, where guests will enjoy family-friendly cultural activities including dance performances by the Clark College Japanese Cultural Club and the Japanese dance ensemble Dance Leo, a greeting from the children in the college’s Child & Family Studies program, and a performance by members of the Takohachi Drum Group. Cookies and tea will be served. Information about the Sakura Ceremony is available at