Back Issues: January, 2018

Spine, Joint, and Stroke Center Open House at PeaceHealth Jan. 27

Monday, January 22, 2018

Experts from multiple medical specialties will be available to meet the public on Saturday, Jan. 27, during PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Spine Center, Joint Journey, and Stroke Center Showcase. There is no admission charge to attend this special health information and education event.

“The Showcase will feature three different specialties,” says Kristy Morgan, Coordinator of PeaceHealth Southwest’s spine center. “A person with a sore back or neck may only be interested in seeing our Spine Center, meeting our spine experts, and touring our private patient rooms, whereas a person with sore knees may be more interested in learning more about our Joint Replacement program. We want everyone who visits to get exactly the information they need to help them.”

Anyone wanting to attend should come to the lobby of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Firstenburg Tower between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., where they will be greeted and directed to the different showcase locations. Featured locations will include the Thomas and Sandra Young Neuroscience Center, and the Joint Center’s post-operative recovery area. Light refreshments will be served.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide kicks off free tax preparation service Feb. 1, volunteers needed

Monday, January 22, 2018

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, announced that it will be preparing personal tax returns in more than nine locations in Clark and Skamania counties beginning Feb 1. This is a free service to anyone and limited only by the complexity of the individual taxpayer’s filing situation.

There are more than a dozen locations throughout Clark and Skamania counties where this free service is available to anyone who meets the return criteria. To make an appointment or for additional information, call 360-690-4496 ext. 105. Locations and hours of operation can be found at

Last year, more than 85 certified Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 3,651 taxpayers in Clark and Skamania counties. This resulted in more than $4 million worth of refunds to area taxpayers. For more information on how to join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team, visit


56th annual Clark College Jazz Festival this weekend

Monday, January 22, 2018

The 56th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of exhilarating big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 25 through 27, in the Gaiser Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Admission is $5 per day. Clark College students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.

Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and A through AAAA division high schools.

Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. At the end of Saturday evening, the Dale Beacock Memorial Sweepstakes Award will be presented to one outstanding band selected from the entire festival.

For complete information about the Clark College Music Department concerts featuring the orchestra, band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit


2018 Sweetheart Hangar Dance Feb. 10

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Friends of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s annual Sweetheart Hangar Dance is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pearson Air Museum. U.S. and Allied World War II uniforms and period dress are welcome but not required.

This year’s dance is dedicated to all the veterans of our nation and to the men and women on the home front during World War II who built ships in the region, raised healthy crops to supply the troops, and preserved this country as our home.

Music will be provided by VanPort Jazz Band. A no-host bar is sponsored by Grant House.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Friends Shop at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Blvd. and online, here. This is one of the primary fundraisers for the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and proceeds benefit education programs at the site.