WSUV hosts Professional Writers Series: Peter Rock “The Novel as Human” Mar. 12
The Professional Writers Series
continues with Peter Rock
at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 12
at WSU Vancouver
. Rock will discuss “The Novel as Human.” Rock’s fiction focuses on characters on the fringes of society. His latest novel is “The Shelter Cycle” (2013), based on events in Montana in 1990, when members of the Church Universal and Triumphant were preparing for the end of the world. The Professional Writers Series brings six Pacific Northwest award-winning writers from a variety of genres to WSU Vancouver to speak about the trajectory of their careers, their successes and challenges. The series is designed to provide insights into the writing process and the ways authors interact both creatively and commercially with other writers, editors, publishers and designers. For more information, visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu.
#nextchapter hosts free movie and discussion at Kiggin’s Theatre: “The Social Network” Mar. 13
Join the #nextchapter program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 13 at Kiggins Theatre to watch “The Social Network.” Participants will then have a discussion about the film and this year’s theme; “digital learning.” This event is free and open to the public. This is one of many activities brought to Vancouver by #nextchapter (“hash next chapter”): Vancouver’s annual community-wide discussion of compelling cultural trends in the emerging digital economy. This free reading, conversation and educational program is designed to stimulate learning, innovation and opportunities. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/hashnextchapter or http://hashnextchapter.com/.
Clark County Sheriff’s reserve unit recruiting now for 2015 academy
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit will hold an informational meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 18 to provide information about the Reserve Program, and testing process on how to become a Reserve Deputy. The meeting will be held at the West Precinct (Public Safety Complex), 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield. The Reserve Unit is made up of fully commissioned law enforcement officers who volunteer their time in support of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office by performing routine patrol, responding to emergency calls for service, protecting crime scenes, serving the public in large community events, and many other functions. For more information about the Clark County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit, visit www.ccsoreserves.com, email CntySheriff.ReserveUnit@clark.wa.gov, or contact Sgt. Shane Gardner at 360-397-2104.
Tickets still available for the “Lucky Shamrock” fundraiser for ROCKSOLID Mar. 15
The community is invited to the “Lucky Shamrock” fundraiser for ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center, Saturday, Mar. 15, at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St. Tickets are $40 per person. The evening begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. The event includes entertainment, games, raffle, and dinner provided by Mill Creek Pub. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.rocksolid-teen.com. For the full article, click here.
Windermere Foundation donates $65,600 to support the work of the Children’s Justice Center
A Windermere Foundation community reception was held on March 3, at the Children’s Justice Center (CJC) where more than 60 community sponsors and supporters gathered to present a $65,600 donation to CJC’s Executive Director, Mary Blanchette. The Windermere Foundation fund raising efforts included an elegant Art and Wine Auction held at the Royal Oaks Country Club in 2013. Plans are underway to hold a similar 2014 event in September of this year. All proceeds from this event will be again be donated to the enhance the work of the Children’s Justice Center. For the full story, click here.
Library adds streaming video, music, audiobooks to its online collection
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District has recently purchased several new subscriptions to add to its growing collection of electronic resources for library cardholders. New offerings include Hoopla, providing access to thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks; Freegal Movies and Television Service, a collection of popular motion pictures and television shows; and ZinioTM, a no-fee collection of hundreds of electronic-format magazines. The library’s video and music resources are available at www.fvrl.org: click on “Books and eContent,” then “Videos & Music.” For the full story, click here.
Mayor Leavitt presents the State of the City Address Mar. 12
Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt will return to his Alma Mater, Fort Vancouver High School, on Wednesday, Mar. 12, to deliver the 2014 State of the City Address, “Our Vision. Our Legacy. Our Vancouver.” This free public event will occur from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium, 5700 E. 18th St. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to CityHallRSVP@cityofvancouver.us. The City will collect donations at the event for the Clark County Skills Center Foundation, Mayor Leavitt’s designated event charity. Click here for the original story.
Woodland Schools receive Career Guidence Award of Excellence from state
Woodland Middle School and Woodland High School were two of 23 schools that will receive the 2014 Career Guidance Award of Excellence, an award to honor high implementing college and career readiness programs. The award is based on data from a variety of sources that include: the BERC Navigation 101 Evaluation, State Board of Education’s Achievement Index, graduation rates, college ready transcripts, gatekeeper courses and rigor, connection to guidance & counseling and demographics, including ESEA Status. College and career readiness program leadership and program sustainability related to implementation of best practices was also a consideration. Many finalist schools utilized additional evidence-based practices with data from various sources that may have included attendance, discipline, class rank/GPA, and failure rates. For more information about the award, click here.
Battle Ground Police: Hunting for history
The Battle Ground Police Department is in the process of collecting department memorabilia, including photographs, newspaper clippings, equipment, and uniforms to be used for public display at the police department facility. To further develop the collection, the department is seeking items or information from the community that is related to the history of police services in Battle Ground. Staff is especially interested in obtaining a photograph of Jess Graffunder, believed to be the first town marshal serving from 1951 to 1952. The collection will preserve the history of the department and will be on display for the public and for those officers who serve the Battle Ground community well into the future.
To donate documents, artifacts or to provide information regarding the department’s history, contact Administrative Assistant Alisha Smith at 360-342-5310 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port of Camas-Washougal partners with City of Washougal and PSU for waterfront development
The Port of Camas-Washougal is partnering with the City of Washougal and Portland State University in a planning effort led by a team of students from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Operating under the name Convergence Community Planning, the purpose statement is: “To develop a community vision for the waterfront that connects and complements the downtown, and supports the creation of a local and regional identity for the City of Washougal.” For the original story click here.
Troubleshooting workshop for small businesses Mar. 13
Patricia Zamboni Coash, owner of Aushi Mizani (a professional productivity company) will host a Business Brainstorming event at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 13 at Southwest Washington Surplus, 2519 NE Fourth Plain Way in Vancouver. Coash wants to bring local business owners and managers together for focused and creative collaboration; resulting in a brainstorm session that aims to solve local business issues. Topics range from employee productivity to marketing and cash flow problems. The event is free and open to the public. Interested parties can register by emailing email@example.com.
23rd annual Paddy Hough Parade: “Go Green!” Mar. 17
The 23rd annual Paddy Hough Parade takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, Mar. 17. Beginning at Hough Elementary School on 1900 Daniels St., it wends its way around the uptown area and finishes back at the school. Families and children are encouraged to come and enjoy what has become a Vancouver tradition. The theme of this year’s parade is “Go Green!” Retiring Hough Elementary teacher Mina Milligan will be Grand Marshal. For the full article, click here.
Southwest Washington Human Resource Management Association luncheon Mar. 11
The Southwest Washington Human Resource Management Association will host a Vancouver luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 11, at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 8917 NE Fourth Plain Rd. Advance tickets are $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35. Speaker Ineke Hurkmans, founder of Jump Movement, will present “Managing Change in Your Organization with Strategies from Jump Movement.” Click here for the full article.
City of Battle Ground Fireworks Stand Permit Available by Lottery
Retail fireworks sales within the City of Battle Ground require a Fireworks Stand Permit from the City’s Community Development Department. Permit holders must be designated as a non-profit organization and be located in the City of Battle Ground or benefit the citizens of the City. Fireworks sales are allowed each year from June 28 through July 5. The City is taking applications for the one available permit which will be decided by lottery. Applications are available at www.cityofbg.org/fireworks, by contacting the Community Development Department at 360-342-5047, or at City Hall, 109 SW First St. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 21.The lottery drawing will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at city hall. Applicants need not be present at the time of the lottery; all applicants will be notified of the results immediately following the drawing. The lottery winner must submit a Fireworks Stand Permit Application no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27.
Free developmental screening for infants and toddlers in the Battle Ground School District
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) will offer free developmental screenings Tuesday, Mar. 11 for children ages birth to three years old who live in the Battle Ground School District. Children will be screened in speech, cognitive, and motor development. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call ESIT at 360-750-7507. All results are confidential. For more information about ESIT, visit www.del.wa.gov/develoment/esit.