Back Issues: December 11, 2017

Ridgefield High School STEM students observe geological engineering field work on campus

Monday, December 11, 2017
A geological engineering team from Columbia West Engineering Inc. was on campus at Ridgefield High School early last week to acquire soil samples for analysis from the site of proposed new construction for the Ridgefield High School expansion. Students in the school’s STEM program got a close-up look at this field work. Representatives from Columbia West gave presentations about the soil study from a geologic field engineering perspective while the field work was taking place outside the classroom. Then, outfitted with hard hats, safety vests and safety goggles, students headed over to the field work site, where they observed the actual soil sample extraction process in real time. The field crew drilled as far down as 75 feet to acquire the samples of clay, silt, sand and gravel layers that make up the soil on the site.
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Neuroscience of Reality Dec. 17

Monday, December 11, 2017

How much can you trust your brain? What is reality and what is illusion? Dr. Michael Morgan, Professor of Psychology at WSU Vancouver, will use sensory illusions to reveal how the nervous system creates perceptions of the world. In this case, what you see is not what you get. Morgan will share information on the brain’s limitations, exaggerations, and omissions. The free discussion is Sunday, Dec. 17, at Fort Vancouver Regional Library. Registration is not required. To learn more, click here.

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Metropolitan Performing Arts offers workshop for youth Dec. 18 through 21

Monday, December 11, 2017

 Lin-Manuel Miranda in HamiltonMetropolitan Performing Arts is offering a three day workshop for youth ages six to 12 over winter break. “MOANA: All About Lin-Manuel Miranda” dives into the work of the composer and hip hop artist Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Participants will learn about the artist’s music and choreography, and explore scenes from shows that he has written or been involved with. The workshop is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 18 through 21. Registration is $75 per child. To learn more and to register, visit www.metropolitanperformingarts.org.

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Community Chanukah Spectacular Dec. 12

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Chabad Jewish Center in Vancouver invites the community to a free family-friendly Chanukah spectacular. The event is tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Esther Short Park.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony and Great Chanukah Gelt Drop (gather chocolate coins as they rain down). Afterward, the celebration continues with Chanukah holiday festivities across the street in the Hilton Vancouver.

Chabad is dedicated to providing every Jew, regardless of background, philosophy, or level of commitment, an open door environment for enriching Jewish life. Through outreach, education and a range of social services it aspires to help every individual and family enhance their awareness, experience and practice of Judaism. For more information, visit www.jewishclarkcounty.com.

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