Back Issues: May 16, 2017

Gourmet tacos & local brews raise $40,000 for hunger relief in Clark County

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Logo with Flags-01Friday, May 5, Clark County Food Bank hosted its fourth annual fundraising event, “Tacos & Taps.” This was a record-breaking year for Tacos & Taps, raising more than $40,000. Thirty-one local restaurants, breweries, food, and beverage vendors participated in this Cinco de Mayo celebration. Event sponsors included: Leonardo’s Pizzeria, UNFI, Big Al’s, Columbia Credit Union, Landerholm, and Riverview Community Bank. Proceeds will be used to provide roughly 160,000 meals to food-insecure residents in Clark County. During Tacos & Taps, guests were encouraged to sign up to participate in Clark County Food Bank’s monthly sustainer program called, “Hunger Heroes.” The food bank welcomed 42 brand new Hunger Heroes into their sustainers club.

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Annual Children’s Culture Parade May 19

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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In support of local students and in celebration of the region’s historical diversity, the National Park Service, Evergreen School District, and Vancouver School District present the annual Children’s Culture Parade at Fort Vancouver on Friday, May 19. The parade begins at 10:15 a.m., just north of Pearson Air Museum, and continues north on E Reserve St., turning west on Evergreen Blvd., and finally turning south to follow the Park Rd. across E Fifth St. into the fort.

The parade will include marching bands from local schools and over 1,500 third and fourth grade students celebrating the community’s diversity. City of Vancouver Mayor Tim LeavittSuperintendent Tracy Fortmann, and school district leaders will lead the parade through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Once the students enter the reconstructed fort, volunteers wearing 1840s traditional clothing, will greet visitors. The entire procession will assemble in the courtyard in front of the reconstructed Chief Factor’s House to hear music and brief remarks from the mayor, superintendent, dignitaries, and featured students. The entry fee will be waived for the event, which is scheduled to conclude at 11:45 a.m.

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Screening of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution May 17

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Washington Safe Alliance, a coalition of Clark County social services organizations including YWCA Clark County, Children’s Home Society, Pride Foundation, Northwest Gender Alliance and Planned Parenthood, will host a special screening of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, at Kiggins Theater on Wednesday, May 17, at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

This powerful documentary film produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender – from the moment we are born through our twilight years. To better understand this complex social and scientific issue, Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, researchers, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity.

This film is designed to ignite and empower conversations about what it means to be gender fluid, gender non-binary, transgender, and the many forms of gender expression worldwide. Following the film, De Stewart, vice-president PFLAG Southwest Washington, will lead a question and answer period. Kim Sogge, Pride Foundation Oregon; Phaedra Baldwin, PFLAG Southwest Washington; and Karen Kopulos, Children’s Home Society, will be available to answer questions from the audience.

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Science on Tap: Bonus edition tonight

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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A bonus edition of Science on Tap has been slated for Tuesday, May 16, at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. PHD Comics‘ Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining things. In their book, We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe, Cham and Whiteson explore why a vast portion of the universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it.

We Have No Idea features over 400 incredible, original illustrations, that illuminate everything from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks are available for purchase. This Science on Tap event is co-sponsored by Science Talk NW, an organization dedicated to improving science communication and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. For more information and tickets, visit www.viaproductions.org.

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