Girls Night Out in downtown Camas Sept. 25

by DIwpBacon on September 19, 2014

Members of the Pink Lemonade Project will return to offer special cocktails at Lily Atelier.

10653470_820792307961786_8850452262899465508_nThe Downtown Camas Association is getting ready for the second annual Girls Night Out, Party with a Purpose event set for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. Activities include after-hours shopping, specialty cocktails, complimentary beauty treatments and massage, health awareness information and more. This year’s event includes a special tribute to Marilyn Goodman and her valiant fight with ovarian cancer.

Wear pink or teal and get a free raffle ticket as well as a free raffle ticket for every $10 spent in downtown. Goodie bags will be available to the first 200 women. Additional features include free airbrush body art, dance lessons, complimentary treats, interactive art with Elida Field, live music and a special performance by the Mayor and others.

The event not only supports local businesses, but both the Pink Lemonade Project and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA. Many downtown merchants and restaurants will be donating back to the cause from sales that night. Sponsors include: PeaceHealthRiverview Community BankKrystal’s Champagne LoungeColumbia LithoCamas Souvenir Company, and The Columbian and Craft Warehouse. Find more details on a Facebook event page, here.





Mike Bomar honored with Leadership Clark County 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award, reception Oct. 9

by DIwpBacon on September 19, 2014
Mike Bomar, Leadership Clark County 2014 Outstanding Alumnus

Mike Bomar. Photo courtesy LLC.

Leadership Clark County (LCC) has announced that Mike Bomar has been chosen for the 2014 Oustanding Alumus Award. Each year, LLC selects one individual from its nearly 700 alumni to recognize for outstanding volunteer service and leadership to the community, and support of LCC during the past year. Bomar, a 2009 LCC graduate, is President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC).

In addition to his volunteer work for LCC as a class session leader, Bomar currently sits on a number of professional and nonprofit boards, including the Clark County Skill Center Advisory Council, Greater Portland, Inc., Washington Economic Development Association, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, WSUV Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Washington Investment Board Advisory Council and iQ Credit Union Facilities Committee.

Bomar will be honored at LCC’s annual alumni event Thursday, Oct. 9 at South Pacific Rum Bar & Grill, 1109 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with remarks at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include appetizers and a hosted beverage. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. RSVPs are requested by October 6. The event is sponsored by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.


Outpouring of support for Legacy Salmon Creek Child Abuse Assessment Team


The third annual Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation Cares Luncheon, held Sept. 5, netted $100,000 for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s Child Abuse Assessment Team program (CAAT). Nearly 500 community members gathered to increase awareness and raise funds in support of medical assessments for children who have experienced abuse.

The CAAT program, established in 2009, acts as an entry point into a network of resources for families when concerns of abuse or neglect exist. CAAT conducts assessments of infants to 17 year-olds on behalf of law and social service agencies to determine the nature of the problem. The team coordinates with other organizations to ensure children have the treatment and resources they need to heal. “With each CAAT evaluation we assess children for any medical effects of abuse such as injury or infection,” says Dr. Kim Copeland, medical director of CAAT at Legacy Salmon Creek. “We also assure kids that they are still healthy and that their bodies will be okay despite the events they have endured.”

To make a donation or learn more about supporting Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center or CAAT, please call 360-487-3457. For more information about the work of Legacy Health foundations, call the Office of Philanthropy at 503-415-4700 or visit

Rotaract Club of Clark County hosts pub crawl to fight polio Sept. 20


All are invited to join the Rotaract Club of Clark County for its second annual Pub Crawl tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 20. Check-in starts at 3 p.m. with a shotgun start at Shanahan’s Pub. A few of the bars include: Dirty Hands, Old Ivy, Jorge’s Tequila Factory, Brewed 360, Dublin Down, and Brickhouse.

Proceeds from the crawl will benefit Rotary’s Polio Plus Inititative to eradicate polio. The virus is currently endemic to two countries and it is predicted that the world will see it’s last case of polio by December 31 of 2015. It takes just sixty cents to vaccinate a child against the potentially crippling disease, but it will take another 5.5 billion dollars to vaccinate the populations in the remaining endemic countries.

Admission to the pub crawl is $25 and includes a Rotaract pint glass, as well as a lanyard with each bar and the discounts they are giving to guests. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center partners with The Vancouver Clinic to offer CenteringPregnancy


PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and The Vancouver Clinic  are joining together to offer the first CenteringPregnancy program in southwest Washington. Centering is an innovative way for women to receive prenatal care in a group setting. The nationally recognized model of care is proven to improve birth outcomes, reduce the risk of premature births and increase breastfeeding rates.

More than 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, an estimated lifetime cost to society of $26 billion. A 2007 multi-site randomized controlled trial conducted by Yale and Emory researchers found that participation in Centering reduced the risk of premature birth by 33 percent compared to traditional prenatal care.

Centering optimizes prenatal appointments by offering more time with caregivers, increased educational opportunities and community building in a group setting. Women with similar due dates participate in 10 group sessions led by a certified nurse midwife. The sessions last two hours each and include up to 12 women. The first group is set to start in October and registration is currently open. To register or learn more, visit or call 360-360-882-2778.


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News Briefs

  • Discusison on the impact of Hanford Site on Columbia River and surrounding areas Sept. 24

    Join the community for a discussion on the relationship between the Hanford Site and the Columbia River at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Camas Public Library. Daniel Noonan, who works with the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, will present ” The History of Hanford through Art and Science.” The site is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex operated by the United States federal government on the Columbia River and represents two-thirds of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste by volume. For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692.

  • Board appoints four members of Public Health Advisory Council

    The Clark County Board of Health this week appointed four community members to serve three-year terms on the volunteer Public Health Advisory Council. Sandra Mathewson was reappointed to her seat representing the educational community. New appointees are:

    Tracy Rude of Vancouver, who represents consumers. She is a licensed practical nurse who works at the Clark County Skills Center.
    Dr. Remy Eussen, a pediatric dentist practicing in Vancouver.
    Bryce Hackett, a senior at Columbia River High School and Honor Society member. He serves on the Clark County Youth Commission and fills a seat for youth on the advisory council.

    Terms will begin Oct. 1 and end Sept. 30, 2017. The council is a link between the community, Board of Health and Clark County Public Health. It provides advice on public health policies, decision making and practices.

  • Grand opening celebration for Richardson Eye Clinic Sept. 27

    Dr. Brett Richardson will have a grand opening celebration of Richardson Eye Clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Numerous businesses have donated prizes for the event including: Emanar Cellars, Battle Ground Fitness, Mill Creek Pub, Main Street Floral Company, Naydenov Gymnastics, Pasta Gigis, and more. Representatives from the local Lion’s Club will be on hand collecting used eye glasses. Richardson Eye Clinic also will have face painting, a balloon artist, food and more. Dr. Richardson took over long time local eye doctor, Dr. Barcus‘s practice and moved to this new location at 1710 SW 9th Ave., Ste. 112. For more information, call 360-687-4901.

  • 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying Sept. 22 – 25
    The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will be conducting routine F-15 night flying training from Monday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 25. The missions allow the wing to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for night time maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10 p.m. Since September 11, 2001 the 142nd Fighter Wing has flown more than 47,000 hours in support of the Aerospace Control Alert mission to ensure the Pacific Northwestern skies remain safe.
  • The City of Vancouver has joined

    nextdoor_news_releaseThe City of Vancouver has joined to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. With Nextdoor, the City is able to share important news and updates, services, public events and emergency notifications that are relevant to specific neighborhoods. Several different City departments have the ability to post information to Nextdoor, including Neighborhood Police Officers. For more information and to join, visit Click here for the full story.

  • Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run with St. Vincent de Paul this Saturday

    St. Vincent de Paul hopes to raise $30,000 at the Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run this Saturday, Sept. 20. St. Vincent is the largest food pantry in Clark County providing food, clothing, rent assistance, utility assistance, emergency shelter, gas, and transportation assistance to residents in need. The 5K will be timed for those serious runners, and walkers can take a leisurely walk along a beautiful route that starts at St. James Church in downtown Vancouver, 218 W. 12th St., heads south on Columbia St. to the scenic Columbia River waterfront, then through historic Ft. Vancouver, and loops back to end at St. James. Runners start at 9 a.m.; walkers at 9:05. Awards, food and refreshments will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Check-in is available Friday, Sept. 19 at St. James from 5 to 8 p.m. Check-in on Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is free with a much needed minimum donation of $25 and includes T-shirt and go-bag to the first 350. For more information and to register, visit then select “Washington.”

  • Continuation of special auction Sept. 23

    The Clark County Treasurer’s Office will be holding a continuation of a special auction for only one parcel (Account #264614000). The Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will be held online via an Internet-based foreclosure auction provider called “bid4assets” here. The auction will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and end on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Clark County foreclosure property list from bid4assets, the Clark County Treasurer’s web site, or the Treasurer’s Office at 1300 Franklin St., second floor in Vancouver. Payments must be made via wire transfer, cash, or cashier’s check payable to the Clark County Treasurer and must be received by 4:30 p.m. PST Wednesday, Sept. 24. Personal or business checks will not be accepted. Wire instructions will be available to each successful bidder.

  • Mark Matthias among those to be honored at the 28th annual AFP Philanthropy Awards Nov. 17

    beachesMark Matthias, owner of Beaches Restaurants, will be among those honored at the 2014 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP) on Monday, November 17. The 28th annual luncheon celebrates National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community. Matthias will receive the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. For the original article, click here.

  • Grand opening of Pomeroy Cellars Sept. 20

    image-5-300x300Pomeroy Cellars will host the grand opening of a brand new tasting room on Saturday, Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to guests ages 21 and older. Pomeroy Cellars is located at the historic Pomeroy Farm, 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd. in Yacolt. The afternoon festivities will include a complimentary tasting of Pomeroy Cellars’ newly released flight of wines, a bocce ball tournament, free chocolate pairings, live music and and more. Click here for the full article.

  • The 2014 Vision for Opportunities benefit breakfast for NWABA Sept. 24

    10371446_10152077010949249_6346770808534346283_nNorthwest Association for Blind Athletes invites community members to the second annual breakfast fundraiser at Multnomah Athletic Club Wednesday, Sept. 24. The 2014 Vision for Opportunities is presented by Riverview Community Bank. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but guests will be asked to support the life changing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. To reserve a table, contact Carrie Scott at or 360-448-7254. For more information, visit

  • Retails Thrift Superstore caters to crafters and DIY-ers

    ReTails Thrift Stores, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), recently opened the doors of its new thrift superstore, located at 5000 E. Fourth Plain (across from Golden Skate) in Vancouver. Now, ReTails has added Saturday crafting demonstrations to the shopping experience for the grand opening month of September. The first demonstration, Candelabra Makeovers, was held on September 6 to an enthusiastic group of crafters. For the remaining two weekends in the month, ReTails will host the following in-store demonstrations each led by a local crafting expert:

    • Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. – Repurposing Thrift Store Finds
    • Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. –  Furniture Makeover

    Proceeds from ReTails Thrift Stores supports the work of HSSW’s mission of pet adoptions, proper medical care for the community’s animals and other companion animal programs.

  • 11th annual Oktoberfest at Shorty’s Garden and Home Sept. 19

    10499560_689139301156249_4537828169676598474_oShorty’s Garden and Home will host the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its Vancouver location, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, which supports the programs and services provided to local communities by the FVRL Library District. The festival features live music and dancing, Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer, and German-style food available for purchase from Beaches Catering. Advance tickets are $20, available online, here. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token.

  • Public Safety Complex open house honors participants in Chief for a Day program Sept. 20

    PSC_Open_House_1881-600x398Join others from the community at the 13th Annual Public Safety Complex Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Clark County Public Safety Complex, located at 505 N.W. 79th St., near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The complex houses the Clark County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct, the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, and a volunteer fire station shared by Fire Districts 611, and 12. This is the culminating event of local law enforcement’s participation in the Chief for a Day (CFAD) program. The event is free and allows residents to meet local firefighters and law enforcement officials, see emergency vehicles up close, and watch auto extrications, sprinkler operation, a K-9 show, and fire extinguisher demonstration. Click here for the full story.

  • POW/MIA observance and monument dedication on Sept. 20

    UnknownThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will be dedicating the POW/MIA Monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 NE 65th St, Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The event runs in conjunction with National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Col. John F. Sweeney, the commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. For the full story, click here.

  • Second annual Oktoberfest at Alderbrook Park Sept. 26 and 27

    oktoThe community is invited to Alderbrook Park‘s second annual Oktoberfest from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is $15 and includes a commemorative mug. Beer and wine script is $5. Evenings are for adults over 21, but families are welcome on Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing under the elegant pavilion, and classic German beers and food. For the full article, click here.

  • Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon Sept. 20

    hu_2013_ministry_dd_big_bowl_sturgeon_two_kids_high_res_arvai-karoly-7_credit_credit_www.kormany.hu__arvai_karoly_2The Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will be honored from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the 18th Annual Sturgeon Festival held at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. The free, one-day festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The popular event includes entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Click here for the full story.