Back Issues: July 13, 2017

Vancouver’s Downtown Association announces new executive director

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vancouver’s Downtown Association Board President Linda Glover has announced that Steve Becker has been hired to serve as the organization’s executive director. Becker was introduced at VDA’s Open Quarterly Preview Meeting this morning. He will begin his new duties August 7.

Becker most recently was the director of outreach for Daybreak Youth Services. Previously, he served as the director of communications for Coulee Medical Center, the executive director for Feeding Washington, and as former Governor Gregoire’s public affairs and community involvement point person for Eastern Washington.

Lee Rafferty has served as the executive director for nearly eight years. She will be stepping aside to lead other projects.“I am very excited to pick up where others are leaving off,” says Becker. “Lee and VDA’s board of directors have set a quick pace and kindled the kind of visionary goals that I look forward to implementing.”

 

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Poetry Moves launches season four with celebration July 15

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Season four of Poetry Moves will once again feature ten young poets in Clark County Poets in the Schools Program. On Saturday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the students whose poems were chosen will be celebrated with a special reading at the Farmers Market Music Stage in Esther Short Park. Each student’s poem will be read aloud. Those students who cannot be present will be acknowledged by one of the instructors from the Poets in Schools Program. The student poems will appear on C-Tran buses through December 2017. For more information, find the event on Facebook, here.

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Woodland Intermediate School creates 1,000 paper cranes to support third grader

Thursday, July 13, 2017

When one of their own third-graders suffered a life-threatening medical condition and underwent surgery, the entire staff and all of the students at Woodland Intermediate School rallied to provide support and inspiration by creating 1,000 origami paper cranes by hand, raising donations, and holding special assemblies.

While at home in April, Woodland Intermediate School third grader Harley Gatica complained about a headache and suddenly passed out. His parents called 911 immediately, and an ambulance rushed Harley to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a bleed in his brain requiring life-threatening surgery.

In addition to making paper cranes, the school collected funds and other donations for Harley throughout the remainder of the school year. At a recent school assembly, students wore shorts and hoodies, Harley’s favorite attire, and Principal Steven Carney took a panoramic photo of all the students cheering for Harley’s return. Harley has recovered from his injury and plans to return to school this fall.

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Dinner in White on the Columbia Sept. 9, early bird pricing through July 31

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Dinner in White on the Columbia Planning Committee, Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, and Friends of the Washougal Community Library are joining forces to bring you the fifth annual Dinner in White on the Columbia River. The event, a fundraiser for a Washougal Community Library, is slated for Saturday, September 9, from 4 to 10 p.m. along the Columbia River at the scenic Marina Park at the Port of Camas–Washougal.

Attendees decorate their tables, have dinner al fresco, and enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Hood, the Columbia River, and a breath-taking sunset. Dinner is followed by music, dancing, wine, cocktails, and silent and live auctions. Local artist Elida Field will be painting the gorgeous riverfront scene as guests play lawn games, sip sparkling wine and mingle. Field’s painting will be sold to the highest bidder during a live auction at the event.

Attendees can bring a picnic dinner or choose the Deluxe Dinner Experience from Say Ciao! Creative Catering for $75 per person. General admission tickets are $30 per person. Early bird tickets are on sale for $25 through July 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  www.dinnerinwhiteonthecolumbia.com or www.facebook.com/dinnerinwhiteonthecolumbia.

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