Back Issues: July 5, 2017

“Dog Days of Summer” returns with a Mardi Gras theme for July First Friday

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The “Dog Days of Summer” First Friday in Downtown Camas returns on July 7and this year will be adding some Mardi Gras style to the event. This annual celebration for dogs and their best friends brings doggie activities, vendors, live music, kids crafts with a dog theme, and more to downtown.

Highlights for the evening include a new Camas “Barkus” Doggie Parade, live zydeco music by The Mudbugs, the annual Talent Contest and Dog and Owner Look-alike Contest, complimentary hushpuppies, and more.

The themed activity for participating businesses is “Name that Pooch.” Each merchant has a picture of a dog breed and visitors guess the breed. Guesses earn tickets to enter to win prizes from local businesses. Activity lists can be picked up at the Downtown Camas Association tables in the event area on Cedar St. For all the information, visit and


Rotary Club of Vancouver announces 2017-18 officers and boards

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dr. Rick Green

Dr. Rick Green, M.D., FACS of Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery was installed June 21 as the 2017-2018 president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Other officers are Jennifer Miltenberger, president-elect; Bill Roller, president nominee; Bruce Ziegman, secretary; Les Mischke, treasurer; Jason Martel, sergeant-at-arms and John McDonagh, immediate past president. Club Directors are Dick Kunkle, Temple Lentz, Jane Dudik, Jeff Allen, Jan Asai and Petr Burunov.

Joseph Vance, partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, will be president of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Other foundation board officers are Barbara Johnson, secretary; Matt Lee, treasurer; Dick Thompson, officer of policy and governance and Jennifer Larson-Cody, foundation immediate past president. Foundation board members are Bruce Davidson, Lori Hawkins, Bruce Paris, Wayne Clemetson, Lisa Gibert, Randy Grove, Holly Williams, Dick Kunkle, Dr. Rick Green, Jennifer Miltenberger and John McDonagh.

Dick Kunkle and Elson Strahan were named Distinguished Rotarians of the Year. Jeff Allen was named Rotarian of the Year, and Gerry Blaise was named Rookie Rotarian of the Year. Information about the Rotary Club of Vancouver is available at


NaturScaping’s annual Art in the Garden July 9

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Wildlife Botanical Gardens of Brush Prairie will host the fifth annual “Art in the Garden” this Sunday, July 9. Sponsored by the Naturescapers and Clark County Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, this event provides a lovely venue for the artists and their wares all tucked within nine themed demonstration gardens.

Master gardeners and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the gardens, which are filled with plants and water features that attract bees, birds and other wildlife. Master Composter Recyclers of Clark County will also be present to field questions and demonstrate easy composting methods in the large compost demo site.

Art in the Garden runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is also free in the adjacent CASEE school parking lot. For more information, visit


Fifth annual art and wine fundraiser for FVRL Foundation July 21 – 23

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, will host the fifth annual Satisfy Your Senses art show and sale July 21 through 23. This year’s beneficiary is Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The event showcases new and returning artists, including Kathleen Hovis (jewelry), Bonnie Junell (paintings), Edi Olson (paintings), Timothy Reed (photography), and Debbie Wilhoit (glass art).

Opening night, Friday, July 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., features a spotlight reception where attendees can meet the artists and enjoy wine flights for sale from Basel Cellars, complimentary appetizers, and music by Anchored.

On Saturday, art can be viewed both indoors and on the covered patio from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music, wines from Vinea Imports and Basel Cellars throughout the day. The event continues Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will also be a raffle for a uniquely-enhanced giclée print created by Junell. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the drawing takes place Sunday afternoon. The winner need not be present to win. For more information, visit or