Michael Stromme selected as new Superintendent for WSD
Michael Stromme has been selected as the new Superintendent for the Washougal School District (WSD). Stromme is currently the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Vancouver School District. He brings with him a rich background of experience that includes instruction, facility use planning, budgets, professional development, partnership engagement, and strong communication skills. He has served as the interim Superintendent for the Green Mountain School District before assuming his current position. ”He is a dynamic, professional leader with a passion for education, “says Elaine Pfeifer, WSD board vice president. ”He has the experience to enhance the excellent work being done in the District.”
USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory holds open house May 2
The USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory hosts a one-day public open house on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event commemorates the 35th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ catastrophic eruption. Attendees will learn about volcano monitoring technologies, hazards and preparedness, with hands-on activities and demonstrations. The USGS-CVO is located at 1300 SE Cardinal Ct., Building 10 in east Vancouver. To learn more, visit <http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo/cvo_contact.html>.
Clearwater Springs hosts “What’s All the Buzz About the Mason Bee?” Apr. 23
Visit Clearwater Springs Assisted Living Thursday, Apr. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m., for a presentation about the importance of Mason Bees by guest lecturer Sherian Wright, author of Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener. She will educate and entertain as she explains the beginning and life of the Mason Bee and why they’re incredibly helpful to any garden’s yard. Sherian is a retired mechanical engineer who has an avid interest in bugs, especially Mason Bees. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Clearwater Springs is located at 201 NW 78th St. in Vancouver. Call 360-546-3344 to RSVP or for more information.
CCGS presents “Leaping the Pond: Locating your ancestors pre-America” Apr. 21
The Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS) presents a free class on locating information about ancestors in other countries on Tuesday, Apr. 21, at 10:30 a.m. “Leaping the Pond: Locating your ancestors pre-America” is presented by CCGS Education Committee Chair Brian Runyan who will discuss how “it’s a whole different ballgame when we try to cross the pond.” He will give strategies to answer the questions “How they get here? From where did they sail? Where did they live prior to setting sail?” The class is located at the CCGS Education Center, 715 Grand Blvd., Vancouver. For more information visit www.ccgs-wa.org or call 360-750-5688.
Port of Camas-Washougal hosts Earth Day Apr. 22
The Port of Camas-Washougal will hold its fourth annual volunteer levee and beach cleanup, celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday afternoon, Apr. 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., on the waterfront property, 24 S A St., in Washougal. Participants may park inside the waterfront property access gate located at the south end of 2nd Street. Garbage bags, latex gloves and light refreshments will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather. For more information, visit www.portcw.com and look in the “news bulletins” section. Follow the port on Facebook, here.
Derek Rieth Foundation fundraiser featuring film Sweet Dreams Apr. 26
All are welcome this Saturday, Apr. 26, for an evening of music, film, dance and an ice cream social, all benefiting the Derek Rieth Foundation. The foundation provides musical instruments and music education to underprivileged young people. The evening will be introduced by Brian Davis, Rieth’s Pink Martini bandmate. Tickets are $20 in advance here, or $25 at the door. For the full story, including event details, click here.
Building Futures Foundation awards $8000 in scholarships to three local students
The Building Futures Foundation awarded three students with academic scholarships at the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County’s membership dinner meeting. The students honored are Sara Ashback of Ridgefield, Donovan Cordova, of Vancouver, and Will Trevena of Woodland. All scholarship recipients are pursuing an education in the building, engineering and construction trades at an accredited college, university or trade institution. Learn more about the BIA at www.biaofclarkcounty.org. For the original article, click here.
Clark County launches Recycling Done Right outreach program
Clark County and its regional partners launched Recycling Done Right. This new outreach effort will remind residents that all plastic bags, plastic wrap and glass should be separated from other materials going into blue recycle carts. Over the next four weeks, employees will stop at about 20,000 curbside recycling carts at single-family homes. Workers will compare the amounts and types of materials from the curbside recycling program before the outreach with what is collected after the outreach effort. Eventually, the partnership hopes to reach all 111,000 single-family homes in Clark County that use blue recycling carts. For more information, contact Clark County Environmental Services at 360 397-2121 ext. 4352. For the full story, click here.
Ande to host campaign kick-off Apr. 21
The public is welcome to join Nick Ande, candidate for Vancouver Port Commission District 2, as he kicks-off his campaign, Tuesday, Apr. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at Latte Da Coffee House in Vancouver. The event will feature a live DJ, light appetizers, no-host bar (beer, wine & coffee), and words from Ande, former Congressional candidate Bob Dingethal and others. The event is free but donations will be warmly received. For more information on Ande’s campaign or to watch video coverage of the event, visit www.nickande.com.
Hayes Freedom High School information night Apr. 23
The Camas School District has an innovative school of choice for ninth-twelfth grade students. Hayes Freedom High School offers: small class sizes, usually about 20 students per class; longer, intensely focused classes; intentional, project-based learning; and strong relationships. Parents and potential incoming students seeking admission for fall 2015 are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, Apr. 23, at 6 p.m. at the school, 1919 NE Ione St., Camas. For more information, contact Kristi Thomas at 360-833-5600.
Plant a Seed Dinner and Auction benefits FVRLD Foundation May 1
Students at the International Air and Hospitality Academy will host a special “Plant a Seed Dinner and Auction” on Friday, May 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the renovated Artillery Barracks Event Hall at Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve, 600 Hatheway Rd., Vancouver. The event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Tickets are $50 ($25 of which is tax-deductible), and must be purchased in advance. Find the original story, here.
Charter Communications hosts hiring event Apr. 23
Charter Communications is hosting a hiring event Thursday, Apr. 23, at The Heathman Lodge. The company is expanding and expects to hire 100 additional billing representatives. A Fortune 500 company, Charter offers full-time hours, set schedules, benefits, competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, and a fitness room on site. Interview session times are:
Session 1: 7 to 9 a.m.
Session 2: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Session 3: 4 to 6 p.m.
Candidates should have one year of customer service experience, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be 18 years of age or older, and flexibility between 5 a.m. and 12 a.m., seven days per week. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.charter.com/browse/content/career-events and click on Apr. 23 in the calendar. Details can also be found on the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s website, here.
Monday Madness at Latte Da this evening
April’s Monday Madness at Latte Da Coffeehouse & Wine Bar is set for Monday, Apr. 20. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with open networking. This month’s speakers include two representatives from Magenta Theater and Allen Kvavik, owner of Alliance Wise. Business owners will be given a 30 second commercial to promote their business if they bring a raffle prize worth $25 or more. Admission to Monday Madness is $10. Participants will receive a coupon for a beverage ($5 value) and business cards will be entered into a raffle. Latte Da is located at 205 E 39th St. in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.lattedacoffeehouse.com.
Home and Garden Idea Fair Apr. 24 – 26
Clark Public Utilities is hosting its 24th annual Home and Garden Idea Fair April 24, 25 and 26. Held at the Clark County Event Center, this local tradition is a great way to kick off the home improvement season and features a huge plant sale, kids’ activities, and all the ideas and supplies needed for almost any home project. More information is available at www.clarkpublicutilities.com.
“A Night in Tuscany” benefit for both Battle Ground Rotaries Apr. 25
For the second year in a row, the two Rotary clubs in Battle Ground will work together on their Annual Dinner Auction fundraiser. “A Night in Tuscany” starts at 5 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 25, at The Heathman Lodge. New this year is post-auction dancing and entertainment with The Drop Dead Red Band. Tickets for the evening are $75 and can be obtained by visiting www.lewisriver.rotaryclub.pro or by calling 360-448-9847. Find the full story here.
Clark County Arts Commission monthly meeting focusses on art for the Columbia Waterfront Project Apr. 21
The community is invited to attend the Clark County Arts Commission‘s monthly meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 21, at 5:30 p.m., in the Public Service Building, 1300 Franklin St. in Vancouver on the sixth floor in the training room. Two City of Vancouver representatives, Jane Jacobsen and Parks Director Julie Hannon, will speak about the proposal art sites for the Columbia Waterfront Project. It is an information session only. The project reconnects 35 acres along the Columbia River to the city’s core. It includes a maximum of 3,300 residential units, approximately 1 million square feet of office space, and retail space for restaurants, specialty shops and services. For more information, about the project, click here.