Camas Farmer’s Market kicks off eighth season June 3

by DIwpBacon on May 28, 2015

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The eighth season of the Camas Farmer’s Market kicks off with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. The market will run from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September 30. Fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, fresh foods, kids’ activities, chef demos, health booths, live music, and more will fill 4th Ave. between the library and City Hall.

Thanks to a grant from the Camas-Washougal Commmunity Chest, the market has a new program designed to foster a healthy relationship between youth and produce. By registering and participating in the Kid’s Connection project each week, children ages three through 13, will receive a $2 token to purchase their own fresh fruits and vegetables. The program, called “Produce Pals,” provides an opportunity to let kids make their own selections of produce. Studies show that, given their choice of options, children are more likely to sample a greater variety of produce.

To recieve a copy of the market’s weekly newsletter: “Your Weekly Invitation to Fresh,” email info@camasfarmersmarket.org and put “subscribe” in the subject line. For more information, visit www.camasfarmersmarket.org. Connect with them on Facebook, here.

 

 

 

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Ridgefield City Council approves golf cart zone

by DIwpBacon on May 28, 2015

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Effective June 1, the region’s first golf cart zone will open in Ridgefield. At its April 23 meeting, the Ridgefield City Council created a golf cart zone for downtown Ridgefield, to provide citizens enhanced mobility options in the downtown district.

The golf cart zone will allow golf cart travel in downtown Ridgefield, promoting access to shopping, dining opportunities, parks, and other public services. The zone’s boundaries will be from the City limit on N Main St., south to Shobert St., and east to N Ninth Ave. The boundaries will be clearly signed, to promote enhanced awareness of mixed traffic. There will be no new roadways or paths built for golf carts, as golf carts are able to travel at the legal 25 mph speed limit.

The City of Ridgefield is the first jurisdiction in Clark County to take advantage of this new transportation option, but is building on experiences of cities across Washington and beyond. The golf cart zone is one of many initiatives the Ridgefield City Council has been pursuing to help connect citizens with their community. Other 2015 initiatives include creating an action plan for building traffic improvements throughout the city, and a multi-modal master plan that identifies and plans for needed sidewalk, bike path, and trail improvements.

 

Brewer’s Dinner at Mill Creek Pub June 11

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Mill Creek Pub will host a Brewer’s Dinner with Backwoods Brewery on Thursday, June 11. Guests will enjoy a five course pairing with Mill Creek Pub food specialties. Tickets are $65 per person. Only 40 are tickets available and are avaiable here.

Backwoods Brewery is located where the Gifford Pinchot National Forest meets the Carson valley. It uses water derived directly out of Bear Creek, and locally sourced hops, barley and yeast. Featured brews include: Logyard IPA, Copperline Amber, Ridge Run Stout, Clearcut Pale Ale, and the seasonal Blueberry Wheat.

A portion of the proceeds will be benefit the Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The non-profit has been serving victims and survivors of DV/SA, their families and the local community since 1979. It provides legal advocacy, counseling, medical advocacy, shelter, and community awareness.

Clark County adopts new vaping laws June 1

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A new Clark County ordinance going into effect Monday, June 1, subjects e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to the same restrictions as tobacco cigarettes under the Washington State Smoking in Public Places law. Ordinance 2015-04-18 is intended to protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand vapor while discouraging use among youth in particular.

Smoking and vaping are not allowed at any public place, place of employment or within 25 feet of entrances and exits, operable windows and ventilation intakes. Smoking and vaping are prohibited in outside service areas, such as patio-seating and “beer gardens,” if employees work in or pass through the areas while on duty. Employers cannot require employees to work in or within 25 feet of outdoor designated smoking or vaping areas.

To help local businesses comply, Public Health is offering free signs and will provide information to food establishments during plan review, permit and inspection processes. For signs, call 360-397-8000 ext. 7378 or visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/community/tobaccofree/publicsmoking.html.

Employees and the public may confidentially report violations to Public Health here or by calling 360-397-2550 and leaving a message with the business name and address and time of the violation.

 

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