Back Issues: April 20, 2017

Local contracting association hosts event to reduce business’ bottom-line April 21

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SWCA 70th Year Logo

The Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) is hosting a Shop Talk educational event featuring Kevin Hiebert of Resonate Consulting. The presentation will cover the basics of the “Lean and Agile” business streamlining process, proven to increase profitability.

“Lean and Agile” improves efficiency throughout all business processes, while still delivering value to the customer. Hiebert will provide tools for discovering where waste is in the company, and how to optimize efficiency. As the adage goes: “work smarter, not harder.”

Join other business leaders at Mill Creek Pub, 1710 SW 9th Ave., Ste. 101, Battle Ground, on Friday, April 21, from 7 to 9 a.m. The event is $15 and includes breakfast. Members can register online here, nonmembers register by calling the SWCA at 360-694-7922. More information about the SWCA can be found at


Clark College hosts Celebración de Mi Gente April 28

Thursday, April 20, 2017


On Friday, April 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., Clark College invites the community to participate in an evening of free, family-friendly activities that celebrate both Latino culture and the value of literacy. “Celebración de Mi Gente: El Día del Niño/El Día del Libro” (“Celebration of My People: Day of the Child/Day of the Book”) is an annual event hosted by the college.

It is always held on or near the Mexican holiday of Día del Niño (April 30), which is also celebrated as Día del Libro by the American Library Association. The festival will feature interactive performances and activities, dancing, face-painting, bilingual games, crafts, and delicious snacks. Clark College’s mascot, Oswald the Penguin, will be on hand for photos with visiting children.

The event will be held in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark College’s main campus. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Photos from last year’s event are available on Flickr at Video of past celebrations can be viewed on Clark YouTube channel:


Lewis River Rotary Club to dedicate Peace Poles April 21

Thursday, April 20, 2017


The Lewis River Rotary Club of Battle Ground, along with the Jubitz Family Foundation, will dedicate three “Peace Poles” on Earth Day, Friday, April 21. This coincides with other Rotary clubs planting over 130 Peace Poles around Rotary District 5100 on that date. The schedule for the planting and dedications is:

  • 10 a.m.: Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE 8th Way in Battle Ground
  • Noon: Wildlife Botanical Gardens on CASEE’s campus, 11000 NE 149th St. in Brush Prairie
  • 4 p.m.: RockSolid Teen Center, 12919 NE 159th St. in Brush Prairie

The first Peace Pole was planted in Japan by Masahisa Goi in the mid-1950s. Mr. Goi, whose family was greatly affected by World War II, dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May peace prevail on Earth.” The original Peace Poles were meant to cause people to reflect on the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Today, there are over 200,000 others installed worldwide.


Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance announces 2017 poster art winner

Thursday, April 20, 2017


The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) has chosen its art for the 2017 Washougal Art Festival poster. A multimedia work by artist Cyndee Starr of the iconic view of replica canoes at Captain William Clark Park will be prominently displayed on the poster. The second annual event will take place on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal.

WACA is currently calling for artists to participate in the 2017 festival. Any visual artists who are actively producing and exhibiting their work to sell are welcome. Entries will be juried based on originality, creativity, craftsmanship, and professionalism. Festival and entry information is availableat The entry deadline is May 1.

WACA is also seeking businesses and art lovers to help sponsor the event. Proceeds from the festival will fund more public art in Washougal. Last years’ event led to the purchase of “Golden Back Heron,” created by Portland metal artist Tom Jackson.  It is now permanently on display outside of Washougal City Hall. For sponsorship information, visit, or email WACA has recently obtained its 501(c)3 organizational status, so all contributions are tax deductible.