Back Issues: October 17, 2017

Pumpin Harvest Festival in downtown Washougal Oct. 28

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Local families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and receive a free pumpkin at the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at Reflection Plaza. The event has moved from its previous Wednesday afternoon to Saturday in hopes this will be a more convenient time for families. The event will take place rain or shine.

More than 300 pumpkins will be harvested from the city garden plot behind City Hall for the event. An additional 800 to 900 pumpkins will be purchased with a generous donation from Columbia River Realty. All pumpkins will be handed out free, one per child, while supplies last.

The free, family-friendly events features, carvival games, balloon animal makers, treats, and a selfie station. Washougal merchants will also have candy on hand for the annual “Halloween Hunt.”

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Two vacancies on Salary Review Board

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on its volunteer Salary Review Commission. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. The five-member commission is responsible for reviewing and re-establishing or adjusting the salaries of the Vancouver mayor and city council every two years. Applicants must be Vancouver residents and registered voters. City officers, officials, employees and their immediate family are not eligible to apply. These appointments are for two full-term vacancies, which will begin Jan. 1, 2018, and expire Dec. 31, 2021. For more information and to apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards.

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VSO Chamber Music Series begins season with Piano Extravaganza Oct. 22

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series kicks off its seventh season with the Piano Extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 22. The concert welcomes the return of the rich sounds of grand pianos courtesy of Northwest favorites: Cinda Redman, Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton, Kathy Edsill-Charles, Kathryn Hobbie and Dr. Michael C. Liu.

Among the pieces being performed are: Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story for 2 pianos (arranged by John Musto), Georges Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy for 2 pianos (arranged by Greg Anderson), Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba for 2 pianos and selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite Op. 46 for 2 pianos (arranged by Richard Simm).

As part of this innovative program of piano virtuosi, the audience will be treated to two-piano groupings and even a rousing conclusion of all the pianists playing at the same time on the same stage. The concert begins at 3 p.m., at Kiggins Theatre. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017-2018 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.

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Senator Rivers honored by state medical association

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) has been named the Washington State Medical Association‘s 2017 Legislator of the Year for her support of the medical association’s legislative efforts, including a bill to help physicians fight the opioid epidemic and legislation protecting the public from distracted driving. The senator, who represents the state’s 18th Legislative District serving parts of Clark County, received the award on Oct. 14, at the medical association’s annual meeting in Seattle. Each year, the statewide professional organization, representing physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students, honors a legislator whose knowledge and influence do much to improve the health of people in Washington state.

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