“Boots & Bites” benefit for Silver Buckle Ranch Sept. 12, early bird pricing ends Sept. 4

by DIwpBacon on August 31, 2015


The community is welcome to join the Silver Buckle Ranch for a great evening featuring a BBQ, auction, and music by the Jessie Leigh Band. “Boots & Bites” is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. Silver Buckle Ranch is located at 11611 NE 152nd Ave. in Brush Prairie.

Silver Buckle Ranch focuses on serving youth in Clark County through ranch and equine-related activities. All programs foster interaction with horses and instructors and teaches young people vital life skills. A core program is Ranch Hands, which is a structured, progressive course where they learn to care for and ride horses. In the process, they learn respect for selves and others, self-confidence, the value of achieving personal goals, and responsibility–all while having fun in a safe ranch setting.

All of the evening’s proceeds will  benefit ranch programs and activities. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased on or before Friday, Sept. 4 and $35 afterward. Tables for eight are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.silverbuckleranch.org or call 360-260-8932. Event details are also on Facebook, here.








Magenta Theatre moves to larger location on Main St.

by DIwpBacon on August 31, 2015


Magenta Theater and Artistic Director Jaynie Roberts announce that Magenta will be leaving its current location at the conclusion of its 13th Season in December 2015. It will debut its 2016 Season in a new location: 1108 Main Street in Vancouver. Magenta’s final show in its current space will be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, directed by Amanda Goff and running November 19 through December 19, 2015.

“Magenta has been at 6th and Main since January 2009 and this space has been very good for us,” says Roberts, “but real estate developments in our building and on the block surrounding the theater, coupled with the necessity to expand to meet growing audience demand, prompted our search for a new home for Magenta.”

The new location, in the heart of the Vancouver Arts District next to upscale restaurants and shops, features seating for up to 150 (current location houses a maximum of 101 seats) all with excellent sight lines to the stage and more leg room. The main stage will be 100% larger, creating expanded opportunities for main stage shows and performances, and a new, spacious lobby will provide an inviting area for audiences to gather, and enjoy beer and wine if desired. Learn more about Magenta Theatre at www.magentatheater.com.


Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 8


Local nonprofit organizations and businesses will be honored on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. The awards reception, which is presented by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, will be held from 5 to p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. Additional sponsors are Vancouver Energy, and Riverview Community Bank.

“Local residents invest their time, their dollars, and their talent into nonprofits every day, all focused on improving our community,” says Nonprofit Network Executive Director Jeanne Kojis. “This is the fifth year for the Excellence Awards, and once again we have outstanding finalists who demonstrate what can be done when people come together for a common cause. The Awards Reception is not only for finalists, it is a celebration of community change and a great networking event.”

Cost for the reception is $20 per person. For more information, including a list of finalists and registration details, visit www.nonprofitnetworkwa.org or call 360-735-7110.

Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11


The American Red Cross is partnering with 9/11 Day of Service to offer individuals a chance to help others and commemorate the events of Sept. 11 by giving blood or platelets or volunteering their time with the Red Cross. Launched in 2002, 9/11 Day has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009. Each year tens of millions of people observe the day by performing acts of service and good deeds.

“This annual observance increasingly resonates with people with each passing year, for the benefit of countless people and communities in need, and that’s surely gratifying,” says Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of 9/11 Day. “Those who participate are making a real difference. The Red Cross is an ideal partner to engage people to step forward, and we’re confident that blood donors, volunteers and organizations will answer this call for help while honoring the heroes of 9/11.”

Blood donors of all types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – and platelet donors are encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type that can be transfused to patients of any blood type. It is often used to treat trauma patients and is always in demand by hospitals.

Those who would like to observe the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment. For more information and donation locations, visit www.redcrossblood.org/donation-centers/pnw.


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News Briefs

  • Master Gardener Foundation hosts presentation on pesticides at home this evening

    Unknown-1The Master Gardener Foundation‘s monthly educational meeting is at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 1. Master Gardener Cindy Withrow will present “Alternatives: Reducing Pesticides in the Home Landscape.” Pesticide use affects human health, the environment and non-target organisms. Cindy will talk on the definition and garden uses of pesticides, how incorporating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies can reduce their use, concluding with examples of IPM in action. The free, public meeting will be at the CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mgfcc.com.

  • CRESA’s annual preparedness contest kicks off today

    971519_578744305503608_1678107243_nSeptember is the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and this year’s national theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Beginning today, Tuesday, Sept. 1CRESA launches the sixth year of the huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge. Game rules can be found at www.30days30ways.com. Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. each morning. Winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon. Click here for the full story.

  • YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training on Sept. 3

    imagesNew volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle, which begins this Thursday, Sept. 3. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in the mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence. YWCA is especially interested in expanding the number of volunteers with the Sexual Assault Program. Application, interview and pre-registration for fall training is required. To learn more about volunteering and obtain application materials, visit www.ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org or 360-906-9112.

  • Register now for NWABA’s third annual fundraising breakfast Sept. 22

    VFO15_Banner_Web967x365Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is hosting its third annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Presented by Riverview Community Bank, “Vision for Opportunities” allows guests the opportunity to interact with athletes and volunteers, listen to powerful testimonials, and more, all while enjoying a delicious meal. The fundraising breakfast will be at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in Portland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8 to 9 a.m. To learn more and to register, visit www.nwaba.org, and click on the event banner. Those interested in becoming a table captain can call 360-448-7254 or email development@nwaba.org.

  • Columbia Tech Center Movies in the Park cancels “Desipicable Me” due to rain, presents “Back to the Future” Sept. 4


    Due to rain in the forecast, this evening’s showing of Despicable Me at the Columbia Tech Center Park has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. Join the City of Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center for a free showing of Back to the Future next Friday, Sept. Sept 4. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. There is plenty of free, off-street parking right next to the park. Columbia Tech Center Park is located on Columbia Tech Center Dr., south of Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver.