First Friday in downtown Camas this evening

by DIwpBacon on October 2, 2015


The tenth annual “Pumpkin Pageant” happens this evening for First Friday in downtown Camas. Participating businesses each have a carved pumpkin and you get to vote for your favorite. Voters are entered to win a fall-themed basket from the merchants. This year’s pageant is sponsored by Whole Foods. First Fridays run from 5 to 8 p.m. and are always family-friendly. A few highlights for October include:

This evening also features a Super Hero Costume Contest. Beginning at 7 p.m. inside Journey Church, adults can vie for prizes for “Most Authentic” and “Most Unique Super Hero Costumes.” Kids compete for “Best Super Hero Costume” and “Best Homemade Super Hero Costume.” To learn more, visit








The VSO opens 26th season this weekend

by DIwpBacon on October 2, 2015

Ann Akiko Meyers. Photo courtesy of The VSO.

The Vancouver Symphony (VSO) opens its 2015-2016 season with the premiere of renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers on the Skyview Concert Hall Stage this weekend. Two concerts feature the 70+ member orchestra led by music director and conductor Salvador Brotons, returning for his 25th consecutive season as music director and conductor.

Meyers will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin and Orchestra with The VSO. The concerts begin with Bernstein’s spirited overture from Candide. The second half becomes a little more romantic when the orchestra plays Suites 1 & 2 of Prokofiev’s legendary Romeo & Juliet.

“Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most celebrated violinists playing in the world today and is known all over the world. Her technical brilliance combines delightfully subtle interpretive details, particularly in recital pieces,” says VSO Chair David Smith. Meyers will be autographing copies of her new CD, Serenade, at intermission.

The performances are Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., at Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Tickets are available for this concert and all 2015-2016 events at or 360-735-7278.

CCHM’s Haunted Walking Tours kick off this evening


The Clark County Historical Museum’s (CCHM) fourth annual Haunted Walking Tours are reanimating Fridays and Saturdays this October, excluding Halloween. The “spook-tacular” trips are at 7 and 9 p.m. each day, and are $10 per person for the public and $8 for CCHM members.

Centering on the strange and peculiar, the haunted excursions blend local myths, oral histories and research on Vancouver’s sometimes sorted past. Buildings contain secrets, and tour guides will shine the light into their darkness. One tale in particular is homegrown, as the museum itself is home to a mischievous specter that walks the stairs and lounges in the basement library.

Individuals 13 years of age and older are encouraged to bring their curiosity and a flashlight for some of the most authentic thrills around. Reservations are limited, go quickly, and pre-payment is required. Contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or by email for more information and to hold a spot. To learn more, visit

Columbia River Mental Health unveils new clinic with open house reception Oct. 8


Community members are invited to attend an Open House Reception next Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., for the new Columbia River Mental Health Service (CRMHS) clinic located at 9105 Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell. The event will provide light refreshments and is free and open to all community members. Guests will be able to take tours of the clinic, meet clinical and support staff, and learn about offered services.

“It was perfect timing for our organization to expand into the Hazel Dell area to serve those living and/or working in Hazel Dell,” says the CRMHS CEO Craig Pridemore. “This is an exciting time in behavioral health in Washington and Columbia River is pleased to continue to offer the much-needed services that add to our community’s mental wellness.”

The new clinic focuses on providing a safe place in Hazel Dell where residents can receive consistent and accessible care. Columbia River Mental Health accepts private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and self-paying clients. All services are offered regardless of income and insurance status, and fees for services can also be offered on a sliding scale based on the type of services provided. The new clinic offers behavior health care for adults, children and families. For more information, visit Follow them on Facebook at:

Celebrate Public Power with free coffee Oct. 6


To mark national public power week, Clark Public Utilities is hosting a customer appreciation coffee cart from 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at its Operations Center. Customers are invited to stop by the utility’s Orchards location at 8600 NE 117th Ave. to start their Tuesday with a free coffee drink. Coffee cart will be located outdoors near the main lobby entrance, facing 117th Ave.

Clark PUD is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 183,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas.

Committed to providing reliable, affordable power and water with the highest-quality customer care, Clark PUD was ranked highest in customer satisfaction among midsize utilities in the west by J.D. Power for the past eight years in a row. For more information, visit


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  • Sarah Webb reads at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Oct. 8

    UnknownThis month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at Angst Gallery. Featured guest reader is Sarah Webb. A former Vancouverite, Webb now lives in the Texas Hill Country with her hound dog Rex, and reads frequently in Oklahoma and Texas. Her poetry collection Black (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award and the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award. She served as Poetry Editor for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s interdisciplinary journal Crosstimbers for many years, and is presently a member of the editorial committee for All Roads Will Lead You Home and a co-editor of Just This, a magazine of the Zen arts. Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic nights are hosted monthly by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. For further details, click here.

  • Bicycle and pedestrian advisory group offers opportunity to serve

    images-1Clark County is seeking applicants to fill seven positions on the 13-member Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Volunteer service is a four-year term. Residents living anywhere in Clark County can apply. People with experience and expertise in advocating for biking, walking, transit, active transportation, mobility issues, public speaking or serving on boards and commissions are encouraged to apply. The committee serves as an advisory group on matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian planning, funding and implementation of the county’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan. Applicants should submit a resumé and letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also may be emailed to or faxed to 360-397-6058. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

  • Kaiser Permanente Northwest awards $25,000 to Free Clinic

    free clinicThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington received a grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest in the amount of $25,000 over a one year period. The grant will help support the clinic’s Project Access Program. Project Access provides free medical care for Clark County residents with specialty care needs, who are low-income and have no health insurance. Qualified patients are able to access donated specialty care, medications, laboratory, imaging tests and hospital services. The grant will assist in supporting the program costs of application processing, recruiting and retaining physicians, developing community awareness, and administrative record keeping. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit

  • Clark College employee named to state commission

    Dolly-England-for-NRDolly England, Diversity Outreach Manager at Clark College, was recently appointed to the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs by Gov. Jay Inslee. As a commissioner for Southwest Washington, England will help shape policy and understanding regarding African-Americans in Washington State. England, who has more than 15 years of experience working in community health and is the former vice president of the Vancouver NAACP, joined Clark College in January to help guide the college’s efforts to attract and retain diverse employees. Find the full story, here.

  • Give More 24! raises more than $696,000 for local causes

    Watermark-Giving-StationOne week after the final donation was cast, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington has added up the numbers and poured through the data to provide a snapshot of Give More 24! In total 2,362 donors gave 3,640 gifts. The one-day event raised $696,311.27 for 110 local nonprofits that each campaigned for a respective program serving populations in Clark, Cowlitz or Skamania counties. Click here for the full story.

  • Candidate Forum Oct. 8

    20150955e9b398058ceThe Neighborhood Associations of Clark County Association will host a Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Community of Christ meeting room, 400 NE 179th St. near the fairgrounds in Ridgefield. The following candidates have accepted an invitation:

    • County Chair: Marc Boldt (Nonpartisan) and Mark Dalesandro (Democrat)
    •  County Council District 2: Chuck Green (Democrat) and Julie Olson (Republican)

    NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or

  • Annual Apple Festival Oct. 11

    imagesRiverside Christian School is hosting its 25th annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on its campus at 463 N Shepherd Rd. in Washougal. There’s no admission fee, but there will be plenty of autumn delights to purchase including baked goods, and Honeycrisp apples available by the pound. Visitors can enjoy games, pony rides, a cake walk, confetti eggs, a pie eating contest and even bunnies for sale. Thirty different vendors will be on site selling everything from local arts and crafts to vegetarian burgers, nachos, and fresh apple dumplings with ice cream.

  • Brews, Beans and Jeans Fundraiser for Linda Glover Oct. 5

    11255743_870300846382241_1107748269202588695_oThe community is invited to a “Brews, Beans and Jeans Fundraiser” for Linda Glover this Monday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Glover is running for Vancouver City Council. Guests can enjoy cold beer, hot chili, and a live performance from Brittnee Kellogg. The event will be held at Pearson Air Field Hanger B, 201 E Reserve St. The event is free with a suggested donation of $25. RSVP’s are requested to: To learn more about Glover and her campaign, visit

  • Casino Night at Heathman Lodge benefits Union High Titans Oct. 3

    Unknown-3A Casino Night Fundraiser is planned for Titan Union Football Boosters this Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Lewis & Clark Ballroom at Heathman Lodge. Doors open at 6 p.m., and gaming starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include appetizers and play money for roulette, craps and blackjack. Three optional Texas Hold’em games will be available for an additional purchase. For questions and to purchase tickets, contact Angella Harris at 478-919-8729 or Tickets are limited.

  • Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Bart Hansen Oct. 7

    Bart Hansen

    Vancouver voters are welcome to attend an Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Bart Hansen on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Brickstone Ballroom, 105 W Evergreen Blvd. Hansen is running to retain his seat on the Vancouver City Council. Food will be provided by Mill Creek Pub. Guests will enjoy Basel Cellars Wines, beer from Mt. Tabor Brewing, and live entertainment from Lou & Lily. A suggested donation is $25. For more information about Hanson’s campaign, visit

  • Camas School District offers free health screenings Oct. 7

    images-1Camas School District is offering free screenings on Wednesday, Oct. 7, for children ages birth to 21 who reside in the Camas School District. The screenings test children in hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development, and last about an hour. For an appointment, call 360-335-3000, ext. 77174.

  • First Friday in downtown Vancouver Oct. 2

    imggallery.phpDowntown Vancouver is ready for First Friday Downtown, this Friday, Oct. 2. Dozens of merchants, restaurants and galleries stay open late, many offering samples, discounts, and live music. Each month, the Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) puts together a Hot Sheet which details all the First Friday happenings and includes an easy to read walking map. To download and print October’s Hot Sheet, click here. To learn more about the VDA, visit

  • Oktoberfest in Washougal this weekend

    oktoberfestgreenhops-1024x640Fall is in the air and it is time for “Oktoberfest in Washougal.” Now in its third year, the event is presented by the Downtown Washougal Association and local brew pub, Amnesia Brewing, at 1834 Main St., on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $13 and includes a commemorative ceramic beer stein (while supplies last).This is a 21 and over event. German food will be available for purchase and live music will run from 4 to 10 p.m. both nights. For more informationl, visit

  • Nonprofit Network of SW Washington hosts Board Connects+ Oct. 14

    istock_green_handsThe Nonprofit Network of SW Washington is hosting Board Connect +Wednesday, Oct. 14In a social atmosphere like speed dating, representatives from eight to 12 Clark County nonprofits will be available for an introductory conversation with individuals looking to learn about organizations in which they may like to share their talents by serving on a nonprofit board, committee, or special project while also giving back to our community. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Cellar 55, 1812 Washington St. Attendance costs $15 and covers registration and appetizers. Click here for the full story.

  • Council for the Homeless annual fundraising luncheon Oct. 9, register by Oct. 2

    12032206_10153672625966057_7962595178978253275_nRegister now for the Council for the Homeless‘ 2015 annual fundraising luncheon next Friday, Oct. 9, at the Hilton Vancouver. Doors open at 11 a.m. for raffle ticket sales and check in. The program runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required by this Friday, Oct. 2. In honor of the community’s response to the Courtyard Village crisis, recent solutions to homelessness, and affordable housing, this year’s theme is “Celebrate YOU – the Community that Makes Home Possible!” Attendees will hear inspiring stories, enter to win raffle prizes, and receive a special thank you gift. To register, visit

  • Re-Imagined Radio Project presents two classic radio dramas Oct. 7

    Fall-of-the-City-RUR-WebshotA live performance of the radio dramas R.U.R. and The Fall of the City will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Kiggins Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. The combined shows will be performed by the Willamette Radio Workshop as part of the Re-Imagined Radio project at WSU Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • 16th annual BirdFest & Bluegrass celebration Oct. 3 and 4

    8110225_origJoin the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and staff for a wonder-filled weekend of nature, wildlife and Native American culture. The family-friendly two-day BirdFest & Bluegrass features workshops, activities, guided walks and hikes for all ages and abilities, storytelling, arts and crafts and much more. The event runs runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4. Some activities have suggested donations or fees, but most are free of charge. To view a full event schedule, visit Find the event on Facebook here.

  • Walk to defeat ALS Oct. 3

    45e44cc81cfbd8a9eefd859a994b599c.jpgThousands of people living with ALS, friends, co-workers, family, local business and community members across Oregon and SW Washington, will be participating in The ALS Association’s annual Walk to Defeat ALS this Saturday, Oct. 3. In Clark County, the event takes place in Esther Short Park. Registration for each walk opens at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at noon. The local Walk to Defeat ALS events will feature family-friendly activities such as music, face painting and tasty food. The Walk is open to the public, and all funds raised fund local care services, research and awareness. To learn more, email: or visit