Back Issues: December 21, 2017

Clark County Quilters meeting features special guest Katie Pedersen Jan. 11

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Clark County Quilters welcomes guest lecturer Katie Pedersen, from Seattle on Thursday evening, Jan. 11, at the Clark County Quilters general meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Her lecture is entitled “Quilting Modern.”

Pedersen started teaching in her Seattle studio in 2009. She is a modern quilting instructor and author who enjoys teaching others her approach to merging improvisational quilting techniques with modern and traditional design. Pedersen has been the Featured Artist in multiple shows and is a founding member and former president of Seattle Modern Quilt Guild.

Pedersen will teach two one-day workshops: “Improv Strip Piecing” on Friday, Jan. 12, and “Double Trouble” on Saturday, Jan 13. The cost of each workshop will be $65 for members and $90 for non-members, (includes membership). More information, class times and location, can be found at

General meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, September through June, at a new location, Warehouse 23, 100 Columbia St. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Non-members are asked to pay $5 per meeting to help cover speaker fees.

New fitness offerings at Touchmark for 2018

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Touchmark Health & Fitness Club is offering opportunities to start the new year right. Weight Management and Nutrition is a 14-week class series beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and will be held every Friday through April 13. Each class will include education and exercise.

Participants will learn about portion control and necessary nutrients to stay healthy while losing weight. Meal planning, label reading, diet analysis, weight loss tracker and exercises are also included. Cost is $9 per one-hour class; individuals can sign up in two seven-week sessions. The class is taught by Sherri Peterson, a certified personal trainer with a nutrition background. Call 360-433-6400 for more information or to register.

Additionally, Touchmark Health & Fitness Director Jennifer Short will teach Barefoot Balance, a fun class based on the idea that by going barefoot and feeling the ground, you can begin to awaken the vestibular system and new muscles, which assist with balance and support. When this happens, the brain can stimulate new neural connections, which can improve overall stability. The 11 a.m. class will be offered Jan. 11, 18, and 25. No RSVP is necessary.


49th District town hall meeting Jan. 6

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Washington state’s 49th Legislative District delegation, Sen. Annette Cleveland and Reps. Sharon Wylie and Monica Stonier, invite 49th district residents to join them at their town hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 6. The lawmakers want to get input from their constituents as they prepare for the 2018 Legislative Session, which starts on .

They encourage 49th district residents to attend the town hall and share their thoughts and concerns on issues facing the state, including the public education system, access to quality health care and affordable housing, improving transportation, protecting the environment, and boosting the economy.

The event is from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 6, at the Columbia Room in the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit


VSO Chamber Series showcases acclaimed silent film “The Mark of Zorro” with live music Jan. 21

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Vancouver Symphony’s Chamber Music Series continues its 2017-2018 season at the historic Kiggins Theatre with the renowned 1920 silent adventure romance The Mark of Zorro on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m.

Based on the 1919 story The Curse of Capistrano, this genre-defining swashbuckler adventure was the first movie version of The Mark of Zorro. In 2015 the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The Mark of Zorro is presented on the Kiggins screen with an original score by composer/conductor Rodney Sauer and featuring members of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Musicians include Eva Richey; violin, Dieter Ratzlaf; cello, Bruce Dunn; trumpet, Igor Shakhman; clarinet, and Rodney Sauer; piano.

Tickets to the event are $25 per person and $10 for students. For more information and tickets, call 360-735-7278 or visit