Sarah Webb reads at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Oct. 8
This 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
Clark 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 email@example.com or faxed to 360-397-6058. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest awards $25,000 to Free Clinic
The 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 www.freeclinics.org.
Clark College employee named to state commission
Dolly 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
One 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
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Apple Festival Oct. 11
Riverside 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
The 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: email@example.com. To learn more about Glover and her campaign, visit www.lindaglover.com.
Casino Night at Heathman Lodge benefits Union High Titans Oct. 3
A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are limited.
Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Bart Hansen Oct. 7
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 www.barthansen.com.
Camas School District offers free health screenings Oct. 7
Camas 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
Downtown 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 www.vdausa.org.
Oktoberfest in Washougal this weekend
Fall 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 www.visitwashougal.com.
Nonprofit Network of SW Washington hosts Board Connects+ Oct. 14
The Nonprofit Network of SW Washington is hosting Board Connect +, Wednesday, Oct. 14. In 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
Register 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 www.councilforthehomeless.org.
Re-Imagined Radio Project presents two classic radio dramas Oct. 7
A 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
Join 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 ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest/. Find the event on Facebook here.
Walk to defeat ALS Oct. 3
Thousands 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: email@example.com or visit www.DefeatALSOregon.org