Walk MS Vancouver May 1
Walk MS Vancouver returns this Sunday, May 1. Participants will enjoy tasty food, refreshing beverages, happy music and “smiles a mile wide.” Funds raised through Walk MS, give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in the community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research on the road to a cure. MS Walk Vancouver kicks off at 9 a.m. at Esther Short Park, opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Walkers head south on Columbia St. to SE Columbia Way along the river. The rout U-turns at a rest stop. Overall the distance is about 5 kilometers. Registration is free. For more information and to register, click here.
Final community forum on the Westside Mobility Strategy program May 3
A community forum on the Westside Mobility Strategy program is set for Tuesday, May 3, form 6 to 8 p.m. The Westside Mobility Strategy is a study of the transportation network in Vancouver’s neighborhoods and industrial areas west of I-5. The project objective is to develop improvement strategies to better manage current and future transportation needs for people who walk, bike or drive and for businesses and industries that rely on trucks for moving goods to local, regional and interstate destinations. This third and final forum will be held at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Attendees can learn about the project’s latest findings and draft recommendations. Following a short presentation, display boards will be setup to communicate key elements of the strategy and staff will be available to answer questions. The draft document will be released for public comment following the meeting.
Volunteer with the Sound Wall Action Team Monday mornings
Hough neighborhood community members have created a team of volunteers dedicated to keeping W Mill Plain Extension clear of trash, weeds and other debris along the sound wall. Volunteers meet on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the corner W Mill Plain Blvd. and Franklin St. Interested parties should wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Upon arrival, volunteers will sign in, put on a safety vest and break into groups. For more information, contact Nancy Schultz via email at email@example.com or call City Volunteer Program at 360-487-8344.
Jim Fischer & Friends present Mother’s Day concert May 7
Jim Fischer’s 13th annual fundraising concert for Friends of the Carpenter will celebrate mothers. The concert, “Honor Your Mother,” is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday May 7, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Vancouver. Friends of the Carpenter is a a faith-based day shelter in Clark County. Featured guests include the Northwest Harmony Chorus, and more. The cost for this benefit concert is $20. Tickets are available at the Friends of the Carpenter Friendship Center; at Beacock Music; and at Second Chance Thrift Store, NE 52nd St., just off St. John’s Rd. Tickets can also be ordered online at: www.honoryourmother.brownpapertickets.com. For information on group rates, call 360- 750-4752.
Skills Center host VIP tour May 6, RSVP by May 2
Join Clark County Skills Center Director Kari Duffy, staff and students for a VIP Tour of the technical programs on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour includes an overview and walking tour of the campus with stops at several classrooms to observe the students at work. A lunch will be prepared and served by the students in the Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts program. The cost for lunch is $5. The Skills Center, located at 12200 NE 28th St. in Vancouver, is a cooperative technical educational school operated by nine school districts and Educational Service District 112 in southwest Washington. RSVP’s are requested by Monday, May 2. For further details and to make a reservation, contact Jan Strickland at 604 1050 ext. 2151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prescription drug take-back event aimed at curbing teen drug abuse
Clark County residents can dispose of expired or unwanted medications on Saturday, Apr. 30, at one of four prescription drug take-back locations in Vancouver and La Center. All locations will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are:
- PeaceHealth Memorial Health Center, 100 E 33rd St.
- Kaiser Permanente ‒ Cascade Park, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
- Kaiser Permanente ‒ Salmon Creek, 14406 NE 20th Ave.
- La Center Police Department, 105 W Fifth St., La Center
Improper drug disposal can be a health hazard and an environmental concern. Click here for the full story.
RTC board meets May 3
The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the Sixth 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 email@example.com or visit www.rtc.wa.gov and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.
SW Washington Bluegrass Jamboree benefit for veterans Apr. 30
The community is invited to a benefit for Guitars for Vets this Saturday, Apr. 30, at English Estates Winery. Guitars for Vets is a national program and will be the first chapter in Vancouver. This benefit, Bluegrass Jamboree, is sponsored by the Somewhere Between Band. Visitors will enjoy acoustic music jams from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. An open mic session will held in between. Wine, hard cider, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 plus a food dish to share. Half of the entry fee & ten percent of wine and cider sales will be donated to Guitars for Vets. English Estate Winery is located at 17806 SE First St. in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.englishestatewinery.com.
Parks Foundation will distribute over $125,000 at annual luncheon May 10
The Parks Foundation of Clark County will distribute more than $125,000 in grants to fund parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County at its annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The foundation launched the Community Grant program in 2009. Since that time, it has awarded more than $567,000 in grants. The luncheon, emceed by Jim Mains and Gary Bock, will also feature the formal presentation of the 2016 Florence B. Wager Awards. All are invited to attend the luncheon on May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets are available online at http://www.parksfoundation.us or by calling the foundation office at 360-487-8370.
“Between Two Friends” wins award, final show Apr. 28
Washingon State University, Vancouver’s KOUG Radio announced “Between Two Friends” the radio show of the year at a radio station celebration on Monday evening. WSUV student Ilana Brown and community leader Jim Mains host the show every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. on KOUG radio. ”The idea behind the show was to connect the university with the community,” says Brown. “I’m so honored that we won show of the year and to be recognized for our hard work.” Thursday, Apr. 28, will be their final show on KOUG radio and will feature Nick Shanmac, editor of the Vancouver Business Journal, and President of the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance Noland Hoshino. Listen in at www.KougRadio.com from 2 to 3 p.m.
Garden Fest and Plant Sale benefits Assistance League of Southwest Washington Apr.30
Assistance League of Southwest Washington is holding a Garden Fest and Plant Sale on Saturday, Apr. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featured will be beautiful hanging baskets, potted plants, hybrid tomato plants and succulents, as well as a boutique with handmade placemats, outdoor pillows and items to decorate any outdoor space. The event will take place rain or shine, at 5630 N 10th St. in Ridgefield. Click here for the original story.
Bingo Night benefits Habitat’s Women Build Program Apr. 29
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Bingo Night fundraiser to support the Women Build Program. This is a family friendly event that is open to all. Snacks and drinks will be available. Bingo cards will be sold at $2 a piece with a total of 10 games. Winners receive prizes valued at $25 or more. The event will be held in the showroom of the Clark County Habitat Store, 10811 SE Second St. Vancouver on Friday, Apr. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Annual Walk/Run for the Animals May 7
Pet lovers of all athletic abilities are invited to bring their dogs and other amazing animals to the annual Walk/Run for the Animals, a fundraising event organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The event takes place on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Children under 12 are free. Click here for the full story.
Leadership Clark County announces new speaker series, the first Apr. 29
Leadership Clark County has announced the first event in the Community Leadership Speaker Series, which will be held Friday, Apr. 29 from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes St., Vancouver. Featured speakers are Marc Boldt, Chair of the Clark County Council, and Mark McCauley, Acting County Manager, who will share the challenges of leading the county, the issues facing the community, and their visions for our future. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. A continental breakfast is included. Seating is limited. Find the original story, here.
Race at the ROC benefit for PAL and CHILL Apr. 30
The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) and CHILL Portland invite mud run enthusiasts to support them at the Race at the ROC on Saturday, Apr. 30. This event is a 5K, 15 obstacle course, and mud run at the Ridgefield Obstacle Course, 22510 NW Cornell Dr., Ridgefield. Uniformed personnel will be starting their heats at 9 a.m; heats for the general public begin at 10 a.m. Registration is $60 and includes a shirt, medal, and free beverage from Heathen Brewing. All proceeds will benefit PAL and CHILL. For more information and to register, visit http://www.raceattheroc.org.