Vancouver Cheese Board meets at Niche June 30
Beginning today, Tuesday, June 30, the Vancouver Cheese Board will meet at Niche Wine & Art for an international selection of cheese and conversation hosted hosted by Greg Bee. Board members will learn about the world of cheese with beverage pairings. This month’s flight is $20 which includes beverages and the cheeses. Stop in anytime from 5 to 7 p.m. Niche is located at 1013 Main St. in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.nichewinebar.com.
Harmony Sports Complex upgrades to allow for expanded soccer play
Two new synthetic fields opened last Friday at Harmony Sports Complex in east Vancouver, allowing year-round use by youth and young adult soccer players. Washington Timbers secured financing to convert two former grass fields to synthetic turf and add field lights and fencing. Lights still need to be installed. Washington Timbers serves about 3,500 soccer players, ages 5 to 19. The vast majority of players live in Clark County. The county leases 54 acres to the Harmony Sports Association, which has license agreements with the Washington Timbers for soccer and Cascade Little League for baseball and softball. Harmony Sports Association is responsible for maintenance and operations. The complex is located at NE 192 Ave and NE 18 Ave.
First annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale draws huge crowd
The First Annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale, presented by the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation
, drew a huge crowd of bargain hunters to Evergreen High School on Saturday, June 27th. In just over six hours, the event drew over 2,200 shoppers.”We had close to 150 vehicles dropping off donations during the week, and from what I can tell, that represented close to 225 families,” says Becky Willey
, marketing coordinator of the event. The sale is slated to be an annual event, held the last Saturday in June. All proceeds will benefit the community programs supported by the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation and members of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County.
50 and Better Stars & Stripes Dance July 1
The Vancouver Parks and Recreation 50 and Better Programs invites seniors to celebrate Independence Day early. The annual Stars & Stripes Dance is set for Wednesday, July 1, at 10:15 a.m. Live music will be provided by John Lazzari. Community Home Health Care and Hospice will be on hand offering free blood pressure checks beginning at 11 a.m. The Luepke Center is located at 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd. For more information, visit www.cityofvancovuer.us/parksrec/page/leupke-senior-center.
Fourteenth annual Independence Day celebration at Port of Camas-Washougal
The Port of Camas-Washougal invites the community to a day full of family friendly activities to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4. Festivities kick off with the annual patriotic themed Children’s Bike Parade. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. with jazz and rock from the Skybound Blue Band, followed by 5 Guys Named Moe from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Click here for the full story.
Pizza party fundraiser for new Ridgefield library July 11, RSVP by July 1
The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are hosting a pizza party on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., to benefit the building fund of the new Ridgefield Library. It will be held at a ten acre farm in Ridgefield and the pizza pies will be created on site and baked in a hand made pizza oven. Guests can enjoy outdoor games such as bocce ball and croquet, lots of food, drawings for prizes, and more. Cost is $40 per person or $350 for a group of ten booking at the same time. Reservations are needed and the deadline is Wednesday, July 1. Call 360-887-2160 to make a reservation.
City of Vancouver partners with volunteers, donors to improve Marine Park
Last week, volunteers from the Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) joined Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt, Councilmembers Bart Hansen and Jack Burkman, and Vancouver Parks and Recreation staff at Marine Park to celebrate the start of a collaborative community project that will give the park a facelift. The City recently received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington for improvements to Marine Park, thanks to a donation from the Shirley and Jim Johnson Charitable Fund. Read the full story here.
Humane Society helps pet owners prepare for Fourth of July holiday
Last 4th of July holiday, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) took in dozens of dogs that ran away from their homes in response to loud noises caused by fireworks. To help owners prepare for a safe holiday for their pets, HSSW, in collaboration with Good Neighbor Vet, is hosting a Protect Your Pet event at the HSSW’s ReTails Thrift Store on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ReTails Thrift Store is located at 5000 East Fourth Plain Boulevard. The Protect Your Pet event offers licensing and microchipping that help reunite lost pets with their owners. HSSW also offers licensing and microchip services every Tuesday – Sunday from noon- 6 p.m., in the shelter’s Admissions area. In addition, HSSW’s Admissions Department will be open on July 4 until 4 p.m. to help care for animals that have run away or are lost. For more information, visit www.southwesthumane.org or call 360-693-4746.
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver July 4
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, is next Saturday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site. It is a full day of family fun with live music, games and entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The event, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, has over a 50-year history of providing one of the region’s most memorable fireworks displays. Click here for the full story.
First annual “Dog Days of Summer” in downtown Camas for First Friday July 3
Camas will host the first annual “Dog Days of Summer” for First Friday, July 3. From 5 to 8 p.m., Cedar St. between Fourth and Fifth will come alive with activities, vendors, and more. Visitors can also enjoy after hours shopping, dining, art shows, and live music to round out the evening. Click here for the original story.
Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington
The Clark County Historical Museum and Humanities Washington present a lecture by professor Scott Woodward that will cover Teddy Roosevelt’s 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, at the museum’s First Thursday event on July 2. In 1903, President Roosevelt’s tour of Washington State inspired thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history. Woodward also discusses Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today. The admission is free thanks to the support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.
Clark County opens cooling centers during extended heatwave
Public Health and emergency management officials urge residents to protect themselves from heat during the forecasted hot spell, when regional temperatures are predicted to hit 100 degrees and remain hot for the next week. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) has contacted community partners to set up cooling centers. They are:
• Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
• Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.; Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday
• Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal; City Hall, Monday-
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Washougal Library, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Washougal Community Center, Sunday 2-6 p.m.
Fire District 6 invites community to July meetings
Fire District 6, which serves 64,000 people over 37 square miles north of Vancouver, is facing some challenges to keep up with the rising cost to provide emergency services. “We need to be honest with our community about the challenges we’re facing,” says Chief Jerry Green. “At this point, we’re holding on – but just barely.” The public is encouraged to attend two meetings to discuss the challenges and potential solutions on July 7 and 21. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., at Fire District 6’s headquarters located at 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave. The public is encouraged and invited to attend both meetings. Click here for the original story.
Extremely hot and dry weather prompts fireworks warning, reminder
The City of Vancouver would like to remind residents and visitors that use of fireworks within the city limits is restricted to 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 4. The extremely hot and dry weather is creating a serious fire hazard that those using fireworks need to be aware of. The City also wants to remind everyone that it is illegal to use fireworks in a public park without a permit and fireworks buyers must be at least 16 years of age. Individuals who use fireworks inside the city limits on days other than July 4 may be subject to fines starting at $250. Fines for use of illegal fireworks begin at $500. It is important to note that fireworks laws outside the Vancouver city limits are different. To verify whether or not you are within the city limits, click here. For more information about the City’s fireworks ordinance and general fireworks safety tips, visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/fireworks.
Casino Night fundraiser for The Arc July 2
The Arc of Southwest Washington (The Arc) will host a Casino Night fundraiser on Thursday, July 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Prairie Bar & Grill, 14925 NE Caples Rd. in Brush Prairie. The Arc will take over the restaurant with Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold-em, and Black Jack. Prizes range in value from $20 to $350. Tickets are $30 and include gambling script. Since 1936, The Arc has provided services locally to tens of thousands of persons with developmental disabilities and their families in Southwest Washington. Tickets can be purchased online here, or at The Arc, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver. For more information, visit www.arcswwa.org.
“A Batter of Life & Death” launch party with Ellie Alexander June 30
Local book lovers are invited to the launch of A Batter of Life and DeathTuesday, June 30, at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. The novel is written by Ellie Alexander and is the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery Series. The event will feature pastry chefs-in-training from the Northwest Culinary Institute in a head-to-head, deliciously sweet, dessert battle straight from the pages of the book. The launch party is from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cellar 55 Tasting Room, 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit www.cellar55degrees.com.