Two fundraisers in August for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial

by DIwpBacon on July 25, 2014

Site of Battle Ground’s future Veterans Memorial. Click on the photo to see the plans!

Generous contributions from individuals, local organizations and businesses are helping to make the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial a reality with a planned groundbreaking in Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park in March 2015. The names of twenty-seven local veterans, who died in service to country, will be engraved on the wall of the memorial. Two upcoming events provide an opportunity for individuals to contribute:

Thursday, Aug. 7 – Girls’ Night Out Bunco Party
This is the 3rd annual Bunco party – an evening of fun, dinner, refreshments and prizes, with all the proceeds to benefit the Veterans Memorial Project. Admission is $20 presale, through July 31 or $25 at the door.

Saturday, Aug. 23 – Fairgrounds Park Flea Market
Located in Fairgrounds Park in Old Town Battle Ground, this flea market is a unique buying and selling event bringing one-of-a-kind garage sale and retail items together. Sellers pay a $20 registration fee per vehicle and all proceeds benefit the project.

For more information about the project, including the names of veterans; the memorial design; event information; and how you can contribute, visit or contact Parks & Recreation Director Debbi Hanson directly at 360-342-5385 or at





Safeway awards $2,000 to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington

by DIwpBacon on July 25, 2014


The Northwest Division of Safeway, Inc. has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Free Clinic). The grant will help provide medications and supplies for low-income, uninsured patients enrolled in the Free Clinic diabetes program.

The Free Clinic diabetes program helps recently-diagnosed diabetes patients stabilize their illness through medication management and regular blood sugar testing. Patients in the program receive monthly medication, a free eye exam, and free lab tests and custom orthotics if needed. Program volunteers teach patients self-management skills. Once a patient is stabilized, the Free Clinic works with other safety net clinics to find a primary care setting where the patient will receive ongoing care.

The Free Clinic diabetes program served around 30 to 35 patients per month last fiscal year. The combined average cost of oral medication, insulin, glucometers, and testing strips is almost $40 per month, per patient. It is all provided for free, thanks to local philanthropic partners like Safeway. For more information, visit



Second annual Columbia Adventist Academy Summer Cruise-In July 27


The second annual Summer Cruise-In is set for this Sunday, July 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Adventist Academy, 11100 NE 189th St. in Battle Ground. Admission for spectators is a can of food for the Clark County Food Bank. Vehicle registration is $10 and begins at noon. All makes and models are welcome and the first 50 cars will receive dash plaques and goodie bags.

In addtiton to the car show, visitors can enjoy family friendly entertainment, carnival style games and displays from local law enforcement. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from numerous vendors.

Columbia Adventist Academy is a Christian school that fosters a safe and open environment in which every student may explore and nurture their faith. Proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit the academy’s Class of 2016. For further details, visit

Free tree identification walk July 29


The community is invited to attend a free tree walk and basic tree identification workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 29. The walk will begin near the playground at Marshall Park, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., and continue to the grounds of Clark College and back. The workshop will focus on basic tree terminology and how to identify both native and common ornamental trees.

This learning event is part of Tree Talk, a series of free educational workshops all about trees presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a program of Vancouver’s Department of Public Works. Pre-registration is requested. Participants should wear walking shoes and suitable clothing for outdoor weather conditions.

For more information or to register, call 360-487-8308 or email For information about upcoming Urban Forestry events, including future TreeTalk workshops, visit

ECFR Open House July 27


East County Fire and Rescue will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Open House will be held at ECFR Station 91, 600 NE 267th Ave, Camas; adjacent to Grove Airfield.

The event features a demonstration of the “Jaws of Life,” an impressive exhibit by the Clark County Fire Marshall’s office on the value of having a home sprinkler system, as well as many information booths regarding a family’s safety and fire prevention. A Life Flight helicopter is expected to land between noon and 1 p.m.

Come and meet the dedicated firefighters, tour the station and check out their awesome fire apparatus. Kids can enjoy plastic fire helmets, coloring books, and a Dalmatian bouncy house. There will also be free popcorn for all. Bring the family and come enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the Fire Station.


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News Briefs

  • “Three Days of Aloha” this weekend in Esther Short Park

    IMG_0735.186123915“Three Days of Aloha” is set for this weekend from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Pacific Northwest and the final two days will be at Esther Short Park, downtown Vancouver. Guests can enjoy a Hapa Haoli Hula competition at 5 p.m. Friday, July 25, and a 5k Aloha walk/run and Hoìke Hawaiian Fesitival Saturday, July 26. The festival will feature Keiki events, traditional Hawaiian games, nose flute making, and more. Arts, crafts, and food vendors will round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. The event benefits the Ke Kukui Foundation. For more information, visit

  • Arts Commission calling for entries for two-dimensional art show

    The Clark County Arts Commission announces an open call for two-dimensional art to hang in the Sixth-Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The pieces would be on exhibit from October through December. Interested artists can send four JPEG images representative of a larger body of work ‒ at least eight pieces ‒ and a unifying theme title to by Friday, Aug. 1. Works will be juried, and artists notified by Friday, Aug. 8. To be eligible to participate, artists must live or work in a studio in Clark County. For questions, contact Rebecca Anstine at

  • Vancouver receives positive state audit

    The City of Vancouver recently received a positive audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office of its 2013 financial records, grant management and compliance with laws and regulations. The audit concentrated on accountability and compliance with state laws and regulations and City policies and procedures. The State Auditor also issued a clean and unmodified opinion on the financial condition of the City, which included a thorough consideration of the internal control structure of the City’s financial reporting.

  • Asphalt repairs begin next week in Camas

    Beginning the week of Monday, July 28, the City of Camas will begin asphalt repair work on NW Lake Road. The stretch between NW Everett Street to NW Sierra will undergo base repairs, a full width grind of the existing surface, and then capped with an asphalt lift. This work is anticipated to take the majority of the work week. NW 18th/NW Fargo Loop from NW Division to NW 18th Street will also undergo area base repairs. The area will be signed, and traffic will be flagged. Residents should expect minor delays.

  • Clark County Habitat for Humanity store celebrates grand opening today and Saturday

    1002865_682178775132172_483839090_nThe Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store (HFH) has opened in its new location at 10811 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Spending most of July preparing the new retail space, the HFH Store welcomes the public to its Grand Opening this weekend. The two day celebration kicks off Friday, July 25 with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Weekend Warriors live radio broadcast will be on site, on Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to noon. Also on Saturday, BIA will host a remodelers garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular store hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park continues with “The Goonies” tonight, July 25

    The City of Vancouver has announced the schedule for Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park held every Friday for six consecutive weeks and this evening, July 25, will be The Goonies, at Marshall Community Center , McLoughlin Blvd. near Clark College. These free movies begin at dusk. Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks, and beverages. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are prohibited, unless in designated areas (no alcohol may be brought into the park). Dogs on a leash are welcome. For more information, click here.

  • Dine at The Original Taco House July 30 to support Daybreak Youth Services
    Unknown-2Join Daybreak Youth Services at The Original Taco House in Vancouver on July 30 and August 20 anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and half of your purchase will be donated to support summer programs for teens in treatment. Don’t forget to tell the server: “I am here to support Daybreak.” The Original Taco House is located at 10820 NE Coxley Dr., Vancouver. For more information about Daybreak Youth Services, visit Connect with them on Facebook, here.
  • Book sale at the Camas Public Library today and Saturday

    Held in conjunction with the Camas Days Festival, the Camas Public Library will hold a booksale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend. The library is located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For further details, visit

  • Workshop on “HECM 4 Purchase” program Aug. 6

    Those 62 or older who are thinking of buying a new home are invited to a workshop on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) 4 Purchase Loan at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Building Industry Association, 103 E 29th St. in Vancouver. The HECM 4 Purchase is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured home loan that allows seniors to use the equity from the sale of a previous residence to buy their next primary home in one transaction. Featured presenter is Edward Frankel, HECM 4 Purchase specialist. For further details and to register, call 360-597-4314.

  • “Come the the Table” community gathering in Vancouver’s Uptown Village July 27

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  • Volunteers needed for Columbia River Concours d’Elegance Aug. 3; training July 26

    The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking 150 dedicated and talented volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver’s classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, August 3. Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer to sell and collect tickets at the gates, work as vehicle zone attendants or traffic control. For questions, contact Natalie Crippen, at 360-992-1808 or Volunteer shifts are just a few hours long in addition to a short training session prior to event day on Saturday, July 26. All volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass. For more information about specific job descriptions and to download an application, visit

  • Free dinner and discussion on energy conservation for homeowners July 28 and 29

    Homeowners are invited to a free dinner and discussion on energy conservation at Heathman Lodge. Attendees can learn how to significantly cut energy costs; about government tax programs that pay for you to improve your home; and the latest technologies to make your whole house more comfortable. Interested parties can choose to attend Monday, July 28 or Tuesday, July 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Menu selections include New York steak, grilled Alaskan king salmon, and grilled portobello ravioli. RSVP at 1-888-405-8689 with RSVP Code: 300100.

  • 1860′s vintage base ball returns to Fort Vancouver July 26

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  • Board to examine toll-free East County Bridge proposal July 25

    A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, for the commissioners, community leaders and public to learn about a toll-free East County Bridge proposal. Linda Figg will introduce a proposal in the Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St. She is president and chief executive of Figg Engineering Group, a national firm with headquarters in Tallahassee, Fla. The meeting will include time for questions, but not for public comment.

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  • Camas Days Festival this weekend

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  • Find Waldo in Vancouver through July

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  • Relay for Life of Vancouver July 26 and 27

    cv_99_1728871116847954408The opening ceremony for the 26th annual Relay for Life of Vancouver kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 26, at McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fundraising event that celebrate people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. For more information and to register a team, visit For the full article, click here.

  • Leadership Clark County seeks nominations for “2014 Outstanding Alumnus”
    index_logoLeadership Clark County (LCC) is accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominees should be LCC alums who have worked to benefit the Clark County Community and supported LCC over the past 12 months. The deadline to submit is July 28.Nominators should submit their name and contact information, the nominee’s name and email address; and a brief description of why the nominee deserves to be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alum. More details, and a list of LCC alumni, are available at