First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vancouver Apr. 3

by DIwpBacon on April 1, 2015

Painting by Jean Schwalbe

Downtown Vancouver is ready for First Friday Art Walk, this Friday, Apr. 3. Dozens of merchants restaurants and galleries stay open late, many offering samples, discounts, and live music. Some of this month’s highlights include:

Vinnie’s Pizza: Paintings of Meliza Tilley-Morris
Vancouver City Hall: Work of Al Flory and Emily Ginsburg.
Clark County Historical Museum: Free admission. The latest exhibit: “SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway
Burnt Bridge Cellars: Art by Jean Schwalbe, music by Kevin Moon, and small plates from Class Cooking
Drumming group from Hough Elementary: On the corner of 11th and Main St. in the plaza of the 1111 Building.

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 April’s Hot Sheet, click here. To learn more about the VDA, visit



Nine Recycling Day Events scheduled for 2015, the first Apr. 11 in Yacolt

by DIwpBacon on April 1, 2015


Clark County residents will have ample opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste and other materials during nine free collection events. In addition, each event will partner with local food banks to collect nonperishable food donations. This year’s Recycling Day Events are scheduled for:

April 11, Yacolt Primary School, 406 W Yacolt Rd.
April 18, Camas Public Works, 1620 SE Eighth St.
April 25, 5901 S 11th St., Ridgefield
May 2, Holley Park, 1000 E Fourth St., La Center
May 16, Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S Grant St.
May 30, Columbia River High School, 800 NW 99th St.
Sept. 12, Clark College (Yellow Lot 1), 1900 Fort Vancouver Way
Sept. 19, Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 SE 164th Ave.
Oct. 3, Battle Ground High School, 300 W Main St.

All events will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except the Yacolt event will end at 2 p.m. Collection events at schools are not sponsored or endorsed by the school districts. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. Recycling Day Events are open to all Clark County residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or other identification with address, may be required. No business waste will be accepted. Visit for more information.

Hudson’s Bay High School is one of five Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national winners


Photo courtesy of Hudson’s Bay.

After rising above their Washington state competitors and 14 other schools from across the country, Hudson’s Bay High School recently clinched one of five top spots in the 2014-15 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. All national award winners will receive technology packages valued at $120,000. The teams also are invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Hudson’s Bay team, led by horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz and students Kassie Wielenback, Brittney Hauff and Cedric Hitzeman, is using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling. Teacher Randy Howard and students Josh Steele, Nate Adams and Nathaniel Steinauer helped the team create an informational video that factored into the selection of the top five winners.

Hudson’s Bay was the only school selected by Samsung employees, after an in-person presentation in New York in March. The other four national winners were chosen through either online voting or by a panel of judges. Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest gives schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects among students. Learn more at

Vancouver celebrates Arbor Day Apr. 8


The community is invited to attend the Arbor Day celebration at noon on Wednesday, Apr. 8, at Marshall Community Park, 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd. Attendees will receive a free tree seedling to take home to plant and children will be treated to activities inspiring stewardship of trees and other natural resources. Vancouver, along with the State of Washington, celebrates Arbor Day on the second Wednesday in April.

Founded by J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care. Today, all 50 states and many Canadian provinces celebrate this holiday every spring, although the actual date of Arbor Day varies from state-to-state due to differences in climate.

Vancouver has been annually recognized as a Tree City USA since 1989. Tree City USA, a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation, is designed to recognize communities that effectively manage their urban forest and meet the four Tree City USA standards. Maintaining this national status shows that the city and its residents recognize that urban trees are closely linked to quality of life and are actively working to preserve and enhance the urban forest. For more information about Arbor Day and Tree City USA visit the National Arbor Day Foundation website.

Fort Vancouver NHS designated official Center of Refuge for Zombie Apocalypse


Today, Superintendent Tracy Fortmann announced that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has been designated as an official Center of Refuge (CoR) for a Zombie Apocalypse (ZA). “With sharp, 15-foot palisade walls protecting a functioning well, open space, and buildings with core emergency functions, Fort Vancouver makes an ideal location for surviving a Zombie Apocalypse,” reads the official certificate, which the park has been informed is “in the mail” to park headquarters.

Factors supporting Fort Vancouver’s selection include: A zombie-proof palisade wall, fully encompassing several acres of buildings and open space, an operating blacksmith shop, a Dispensary and Infirmary, and a freshwater well with a well sweep that can double as a trebuchet for jettisoning invading zombies or troublesome refugees.

“We’ve haven’t tested [the trebuchet] out yet,” says Park Ranger Bobby Gutierrez, “but we feel confident that we can clear the palisade walls at least 75% of the time. We’ll take those odds.”

“This designation is no surprise to us,” says Fortmann. “Our staff is trained for emergency and disaster response, and our facilities are well prepared. This certification, though, certainly takes our preparation and planning to the next level.” To learn more about this new designation, click here. (When you get there, note the words “April Fools” in the url).


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  • “Our Young Black Men are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care” Marquee Diversity Event this evening

    Unknown-4Join WSU Vancouver for the off-Broadway play Our Young Black Men are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care. Full of history, passion and drama, the play is a series of vignettes addressing real issues facing young black men in contemporary American society. The performance will be held this evening, Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. To register, visit


  • VBMA’s Military History Talks: The Congressional Medal of Honor Apr. 10

    Unknown-3The next Military History Talk is set for Friday, Apr. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the 4o et 8 Bingo Parlor. Sponsored monthly by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association, April’s talk will be about the Congressional Medal of Honor. The medal was was created by Congress in the Civil War to reward soldiers and others to recognize their service during the war. In the 150 years or so since the Medal of Honor was created, a great amount of lore, mystique and tradition has grown up around it. Since the Civil War, 3493 people have received medals. Nineteen have received two medals for their service. Christopher Heagy, a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, will discuss the history of the medal, the lore and tradition surrounding it, and some notable recipients.

  • RTC board meeting Apr. 7

    rtcbanner-p1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) board of directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 7, in the 6th floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at or visit and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual Golf Tournament June 4, early bird pricing ends Apr. 3

    Unknown-2Join Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (EHFH) on Thursday, June 4, as they “Build a Home in 18 Holes” at the 10th annual Golf Tournament held at the Camas Meadows Golf Course. Each hole will have an exciting game that is representative of the construction process, from selecting the family to the famous home dedication ceremony. The format will be a 4-person scramble along with a delicious barbecue lunch and prize raffle immediately after. Register to play by this Friday, Apr. 3 to take advantage of the early bird price of $125 per player. After Apr. 3, the price to play will be $150 per player. To register or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact the office at 360-737-1759 or email Melissa Edwards at Learn more at

  • Klineline Kids Fishing Derby Apr. 11; Special Needs Kids & Adults Derby Apr. 10

    DSC_0152Klineline Kids Fishing presents a fishing derby event for kids age five through 14 all day at Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond on Saturday, Apr. 11. The $5 registration fee gets each child an event t-shirt and fishing rod and reel. A Special Needs Kids & Adults Fishing Derby is set for Friday, Apr. 10. Register for either event online at There are multiple 45-minute-long fishing slots open between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Participants should arrive 30 minutes. Click here for the full story.

  • WSU Vancouver’s MBA Stakeholder Speaker Series focusses on collaborating for public safety Apr. 1

    pr-mba-safetyRepresentatives of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Clark County Public Health will speak at Washington State University Vancouver‘s spring MBA Stakeholder Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 1, in the Undergraduate Building, Room 1. This event is free and open to the public. Sy Johnson, CEO of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center; and Dr. Alan Melnick, director of Clark County Public Health, will discuss “Doing the Right Thing: Collaborating for Public Safety.” Find the full story here.

  • “Spring into History” for First Friday in downtown Camas Apr. 3

    4th ave 1967 facing eastv2The theme for First Friday in Downtown Camas is “Spring into History!”—a celebration of Camas history and the coming of Spring. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Apr. 3. Wear a vintage hat or clothes or something made out of paper and get a free ticket to enter to win prizes from the merchants. Shoppers will also receive an extra ticket for every $10 spent in downtown Camas that day. Visitors can enjoy a “History Hunt,” play child friedly games, see historic photos and hear tales of early Camas from Brent Erickson, listen to live music, and more. Find the full story here.

  • Leadership Clark County hosts reception to introduce new executive director

    leadershipclarkcountyLeadership Clark County (LCC) invites alumni, current class members, supporters and prospective candidates to a community reception on Thursday, Apr. 16, to meet the organization’s new Executive Director, Angel Escobedo. The free event will be held in the Skybox Restaurant at Big Al’s, 16615 SE 18th St. in east Vancouver, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with remarks starting around 5:45 p.m. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are required by Wednesday, Apr. 15, to Dave Cole at or 360-901-1516. Partners in Careers is sponsoring the reception.

  • Author Carolyn J. Rose speaks at the next presentation at Clearwater Springs Apr. 2

    Whodunnit-Intro-Logo-whodunnit-34876168-1866-1083Author Carolyn J. Rose will present “No Substitute for Murder” at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living this Thursday, Apr. 2, from 3 to 4 p.m. Rose, author of No Substitute for Murder and more than a dozen other mysteries, will share the elements of the classic “whodunit.” She’ll talk about the importance of characterization, the motives that drive her fictional characters to kill, and the task of creating a pool of possible suspects to complicate the plot. She’ll also discuss the responsibility of the writer to play fair with readers by providing clues that allow them to “play along” with the sleuth. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Clearwater Springs is located at 201 NW 78th St., in Hazel Dell. Call 360-546-3344 to RSVP or for more information.

  • Free workshop at Nexus Chiropractic Apr. 9

    imagesNexus Chiropractic is inviting the community to a free workshop on Thursday, Apr. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. Janell Chandler, Doctor of Chiropractic, will share how NeuroSpinal Corrective chiropractic care will benefit individuals and entire families. The program addresses how the structure of the spine and body effect the connection of the nerves controlling a person’s entire being. Dr. Chandler has a special interest in helping pregnant moms and little ones in order to build a healthier, more sustainable, more connected community. Nexus Chiropractic is located at 12214 SE Mill Plain, Ste. 101, Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • 2015 Congressional Art Competition now accepting submissions

    WA03Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler‘s 2015 Congressional Art Competition has kicked off and is now open to all high school students, grades nine through 12, who either reside or attend school in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. The winner of the competition will have his or her artwork displayed for one year in Washington, DC’s U.S. Capitol Building Corridor. The winner will also receive free airfare for themselves and one guest to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, DC. The deadline for entry is April 17. For complete details, guidelines, and submission forms, visit

  • First Thursday Lectures Series looks at the history of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

    1426728772_11051784_10153105971471328_106144230655147349_oThe Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will present “Big Ideas, Boosterism, and Business: A History of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.” this Thursday, Apr. 2. This talk, in conjunction with the First Thursday Lecture series, will explore the 125-year history of the Vancouver Chamber. Resident historian Bradley Richardson will give this lecture. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • The works of photographer Darryl Lloyd at Second Story Gallery through April, artist reception Apr. 3

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhotographer Darryl Lloyd will be featured at Second Story Gallery in April with his show titled “Guardians of the Columbia: Landscapes of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.” An artists reception will be held in conjunction with Camas’ First Friday, this Friday, Apr. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Second Story Gallery is upstairs at the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave. Lloyd’s show will continue through Saturday, April 25 during the library’s regular hours. Click here for the original story.

  • Columbia Dance Company presents excerpts from “Swan Lake” this weekend

    SwanColumbia Dance Company performs their diverse repertory program, Columbia Dance Presents! featuring alumn Steven Goforth in excerpts from Swan Lake. This classical ballet story, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush score, has inspired Artistic Director Jan Hurst to fill the stage with selected excerpts from Act I and Act II. Performances begin next Friday, Apr. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Royal Durst Theater, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, Apr. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Children ages 12 and under are $10. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, visit

  • Representatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris host telephone town hall Apr.1

    UnknownRepresentatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris, both R-Vancouver, will host a telephone town hall on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. They invite all 17th Legislative District residents to join them for an hour-long community conversation on state legislative issues. To participate, residents can call 360-588-5068. If listeners have questions during the call they can press the star (*) key on their telephone keypads. Residents unable to participate, or with questions before the event, can contact Wilson by calling her Olympia office at 360-786-7994. Harris can be reached at his Olympia office by calling 360-786-7976.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts panel discussion on race, policing, and justice Apr. 3

    pr-bbbThe community is invited to attend a panel discussion, “Black, Brown and Blue: Diverse Perspectives on Race, Policing and justice,” at 1 p.m. Friday, Apr. 3, at WSU Vancouver. Recent police killings of people of color have led to protests and demonstrations across America, raising larger questions related to racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system. Five panelists who view these issues from a variety of lenses will discuss the root causes of these disparities, their consequences and how to move forward. Click here for the full story.

  • Call for entries for the ninth annual Harvest Days Festival Poster Competition


    The Battle Ground Chamber has announced a call for entries to the ninth annual Harvest Days Festival Poster Competition. The poster should reflect the atmosphere of the City of Battle Ground and Harvest Days. This year’s theme is “Forever In Bloom: Harvest Your Dreams!” Colors and original compositions are all up to the individual artists. The poster will be used extensively in promoting Harvest Days, including commemorative posters, brochures, and the official program. The deadline to enter is Thursday, Apr. 30. For more information and submission guidelines, visit Pictured at left is last year’s poster winner.