Vancouver Chamber partners with “Be a Santa to a Senior ” program Dec. 5

by DIwpBacon on November 21, 2014


The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has partnered with the three entities in Clark County coordinating the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program: Home Instead Senior Care, Meals on Wheels and Prestige Care. This partnership centers on local seniors who may not receive a gift this holiday season. They are identified by the facilities they live in or the program (like Meals on Wheels) that they utilize.

The Chamber is asking the community to view an online list of names established by the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program and choose a gift to purchase to bring to the Friday, Dec. 5 GVCC Holiday Heroes Luncheon. Once a senior is chosen, they will be removed from the list, to avoid duplication. To view the senior gift list or RSVP to attend the GVCC’s 2014 “Holiday Heroes Luncheon,” visit

For every senior/gift chosen, a confirmation email will be sent. Purchase the gift, wrap it, and label it with the name of the senior, item and code that is listed in your receipt and bring it to the luncheon. View the complete list here. Those unable to attend the luncheon can choose from the list and drop the gift off at the GVCC Office, 1101 Broadway Ste. 100 in Vancouver, by Wednesday, Dec. 3.




Jeanne Stewart to be sworn in as county commissioner Tuesday

by DIwpBacon on November 21, 2014

Jeanne Stewart, photo courtesy of Clark County.

Unknown-1Vancouver resident Jeanne Stewart will be sworn in as a Clark County commissioner at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. A former Vancouver City Council member, Stewart defeated former commissioner and State Senator Craig Pridemore in the Nov. 4 general election. She will represent Commissioner District 3.

She joins Commissioner Tom Mielke, who represents District 1, and Commissioner David Madore, who represents District 2.

Tuesday’s swearing-in allows Stewart to complete the unexpired term of Steve Stuart, who resigned earlier this year. In June, the board appointed Edward L. Barnes to fill the position until just after the November election. His term ends at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, when the elections results will be certified.

County officials recently elected to terms that begin in January will be sworn in at a later date. Stewart also will have a second swearing-in to begin a new four-year term in 2015.

The “Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar” on sale now to benefit Magenta Theater

Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar, Group Shot

In the full spirit of Magenta’s 2015 season opener, Calendar Girls - based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire, England women who produced a “nude” calendar to raise money for leukemia research – Magenta Theater has produced a professionally shot and designed calendar: The Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar, which features Magenta actors, directors, set builders, props designers, sound and lighting operators and more….in a way you’d never imagine.

The limited edition calendar is now available at The cost is $25 plus a $5 shipping and handling fee. Patrons can also purchase a calendar at the Magenta Box Office at matinee or evening performances for $25 plus a $1 handling fee. Funds raised will go toward much needed building improvements and operational costs.

Additionally, just in time for 2015 Season Tickets and The Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar to go on sale, Magenta Theater has launched an updated and newly designed website including new user-friendly features, easier navigation, and a responsive design that is optimized for mobile, tablet, desktop and smart phones. Check it out at

YWCA Clark County hires Kate Sacamano as Director of Philanthropy


Kate Sacamano, photo courtesy of the YWCA.

imagesYWCA Clark County has announced that Kate Sacamano will be its new Director of Philanthropy. She will lead the Department of Philanthropy, which is responsible for community outreach, marketing and development.

Sacamano has 17  years of experience in communication, community partnerships and nonprofit management. She was most recently the Community Partnership Manager at The Columbian and prior to that was the Executive Director of the Hough Foundation.

Sacamano has been a longtime volunteer in Clark County, having served on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Center for eight years, including serving as immediate past President of the Board. She also served on the Gifts for Our Community and the George C. Marshall Elementary School PTA boards and committees for YWCA Clark County, Friends of the Children, Vancouver Downtown Association, and WSU Vancouver’s advisory committee for the Creative Media and Digital Culture Department.

BIA installs new officers for 2015, announces annual award winners


The new slate of officers for the BIA of Clark County‘s 2015 Board of Directors was installed last night, at the annual President’s Awards & Officer Installation Dinner, held at the Heathman Lodge. Monty Smith, 2015 President of Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), officiated over the installation. The 2015 officers are the following:

Vice President – Tracy Doriot, Doriot Construction
Vice President Secretary – Aaron Marvin, A.C.T. Builders LLC
Vice President Treasurer – Mark Hall, Elite Realty NW
Vice President Associate –Tony Curtis, Current Home Technologies
Immediate Past President – Ott Gaither, Gaither Homes

Additionally, the following BIA members were recognized with President’s Awards for their service to the organization and the building industry. Winners include:

Builder of the Year – JB Homes
Industry Advocate of the Year – Eric Golemo
Political Action Champion – Dave Campos
Volunteer of the Year – Kevin Trevena
Associate Member of the Year – HomeStreet Bank
Supplier Member of the Year – ProBuild
Subcontractor Member of the Year – Tony Curtis, Current Home Technologies
Remodeler of the Year – A.C.T. Builders LLC
Industry Leadership & Achievement – Hugh & Lyn Hall

BIA of Clark County is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of all businesses involved with real estate, land development, homebuilding and construction. For more information, visit



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News Briefs

  • Twelfth annual Run for the Hungry Nov. 27

    Unknown-2Individuals, families and friends are invited to Gateway Church’s 12th annual Run for the Hungry, a 5k walk/run through the streets of Washougal, on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., and the run starts from Fishback Stadium at 8 a.m. rain or shine.  Advance registration is $20 dollars for individuals eleven and older, $15 for youth ages three through 10; and free for those under three. Competitive team registration has closed. A donation of nonperishable foods will be accepted in lieu of cash, but T-shirts will be given only to paying registrants. For further details and to register, visit

  • Alzheimer’s caregivers support group meets Nov. 24

    Those caring for someone with memory loss or in need of support or information, are invited to attend a support group hosted by Alzheimer’s Association Monday, Nov. 24. Caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss is held the last Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 9900 SE Mill Plain Blvd., in Vancouver. Contact facilitator Lisa Rasmussen at 360-281-2886 for details.

  • Clark County is No. 1 in Washington for certified green schools

    Washington Green Schools recently honored Clark County for having more certified green schools than any county in the state, with 68 schools participating in the program and 38 schools certified. Almost 300 schools in Washington participate in the program. Schools form Green Teams of students, staff, administrators and, sometimes, parents. To become certified, schools must complete requirements in at least one environmental category. Teams tackle a project, complete assessments, make lasting changes and measure results. Categories cover energy, healthy buildings, transportation, waste and recycling, water and school grounds. Clark County and area schools were recognized recently during the annual Green Schools Summit in Vancouver.

  • City of Vancouver seeks applicants for Downtown and City Center Redevelopment Authority Boards

    02e6841.pngFor the third year in a row, the Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has chosen not to take the one percent tax increase ports are allowed annually under Washington state law. The board’s Nov. 18 decision keeps the amount of public investment in the port at just under $10 million annually, continuing a trend that started in 2009. Due to increasing Clark County property values, the 2015 port tax levy equates to $90.25 in annual property tax on a $250,000 home, a reduction of $9.50 from 2014. Click here for the full story.

  • Silver Bells Christmas Bazaar to benefit WCGHS this Nov. 22

    christmas-bazaar-flyerThe Silver Bells Third Annual Christmas Bazaar is set for this Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Apex, 3000 Columbia House Blvd., Ste. 120 in Vancouver. Admission is free and easily accessible to those with assisted living devices. All proceeds benefit the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS). Visitors are asked to bring quality pet food or toys to donate. For the original article, click here.

  • City of Vancouver seeks applicants for Downtown and City Center Redevelopment Authority Boards

    vancouver_washington_steaming_st_helens_2004The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for a single volunteer position to serve on both the Downtown Redevelopment Authority and City Center Redevelopment Authority boards. The Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the City Center Redevelopment Authority are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. The vacancy is for a four-year term. For the full story, click here.

  • Clark College presents David Wakeham Master Class Nov. 22

    ImageGalleryThe Clark College Music Department will host a vocal master class with Australian baritone David Wakeham on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Beacock Music Hall Room 104 on the Clark College Campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. The public is invited to attend the class with free admission. Vocal students will perform in the master class study with April B. Duvic and Linda Appert. For the full story, click here.

  • Ricky Lee Jackson concert benefits local food bank and Veterans Community Garden Project Nov. 22

    RLJ Benefit jpg flyerThe Ricky Lee Jackson Band featuring Shawna Quade will be in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2700 E 28th St. in Vancouver. The event will include a special video performance by Jonathan Jackson of the prime time TV hit Nashville. All proceeds will benefit the Clark County Food Bank and the Veterans Community Garden Project. Food and refreshments will be available.Tickets are available at Beacock Music, Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, Clark County Food Bank, Ashbrook Medical Practice, and online at Tickets can also be reserved by calling 360-892-2030.

  • Three openings on the 2015 4Results Sustainability board

    4Results Mentoring is seeking three volunteers to join its Sustainability Board for the 2015 calendar year. The board is made up of six community members and two staff who are dedicated to the welfare of vulnerable children. The board focuses on sustainability of the program which includes: community outreach, communications, financial stability and program development. Members act as advisory and accountability partners to the program manager. The commitment is to attend one 90-minute meeting each month for a period of 12 months. Interested parties can contact Elizabeth Higley at 360-993-3184 by Dec. 15. For more information about 4Results Mentoring, visit

  • Clark County Turkey Trot Nov. 27, registration ends tonight at midnight

    TurkeyTrot2014Before settling down to Thanksgiving dinner, families and community members are invited to participate in the annual Clark County Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, out at the beautiful Salmon Creek trail. All the proceeds benefit the Clark County Food Bank. Registration ends at midnight tonight, Nov. 21. Click here for the original article.

  • Seats filling up for Winter Tea at the Marshall House Dec. 7

    rh-06232014-3945The Marshall House invites the community to a Winter Tea Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m.; the 2 p.m. seating is full. The event will feature live music, historic re-enactors, and both sweet and savory treats. The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. The Marshall House is located at 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver. To make a reservation, contact Julie Kummer at 360-693-3103 or buy tickets online at

  • Woodland restaurants partner to fight hunger now through Nov. 22

    Bite_Out_Of_Hunger_Apple_RedNine Woodland area restaurants have partnered with the Woodland Action Center, the food bank and community service center for Woodland and nearby areas, to “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” this week through Saturday, Nov. 22. Diners that mention the event or present this printable flyer to their server will have a portion of their bill donated to the center. For the full story, click here.

  • Vancouver Farmers Market hosts Harvest Market this Saturday

    vintage-thanksgiving-postcard-1The Vancouver Farmers Market hosts its annual Harvest Market on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. The event gives the community a “farm to table” option to shop for Thanksgiving dinner. Several local farms will be selling responsibly raised meat and produce along with other local vendors who specialize in artisanal food delicacies. Visitors are encouraged to bring (or purchase) canned or nonperishable food to be donated to the Clark County Food Bank. Find more details on the Harvest Market on Facebook here.

  • Clark County Holiday Gift Fair today and tomorrow

    dab92eccec317e502aafdc791205a693The annual Clark County Holiday Gift Fair takes place at the Clark County Event Center this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; children under 12 are free. The Event Center is located at 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. The fair is offering dozens of local artisans, craftspeople, gift purveyors and retailers all in one place. Click here for the full article.

  • Firstenburg’s free Family Fun Day features “The Lego Movie” Nov. 22

    Unknown-2The City of Vancouver invites the community to a free Family Fun Day and movie night at the Firstenburg Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 22. All areas of the center, including the swimming pool and climbing wall, will be open to the public free of charge from noon to close. Check-in for the pool begins at 11 a.m. Check-in for the climbing wall starts at 11:30 a.m. The Lego Movie will be shown on the big screen in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.; seating begins at 6 p.m. Click here for the original story.

  • Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nov. 22

    1982005_765469113465061_1695391711_nDue to the severe weather, this month’s Open Mic Night has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22,at 3 p.m., at Cover to Cover Books, 6300 NE St. James Rd., Ste. 104B in Vancouver. Celebrating a 10th anniversary, the afternoon will feature photographer and poet Peggy Barnett. Ghost Town Open Mic Nights are hosted by Christopher Luna, Poet Laureate of Clark County, and Toni Partington, founder of Printed Matter Vancouver. Details can be found on Facebook, here.

  • Clark College Theatre presents a boundary-crossing new season

    1414473985_10603796_10152409209954109_6776022160226775480_nIn its 2014-15 season, Clark College Theatre takes its audience on a wild trip across the border-whether that’s the border between two countries, between propriety and hedonism, or between reality and art. With the announcement of its three productions: Night of the IguanaThe Rocky Horror Show, and bobrauschebergamerica, the college’s Theatre Department continues its push to provide work that challenges, entertains, and provokes. The season opened with Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams. Remaining show dates are: November 21, and 22. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the full story.