Clark County Grown Spring Seasonal Social May 3

by DIwpBacon on April 28, 2016


The public is invited to Clark County Grown’s Spring Seasonal Social from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Pioneer Grange, 3803 NE 199th St., Ridgefield. The event topic is “Getting Small Farm Products to Market.” Gorge Grown Executive Director Sarah Sullivan will share local food consumer trends and marketing strategies, and Warren Neth will speak about Clark County Grown and the vision for its regional branding and marketing.

La Sorrentina and Frontier Public House will be collaborating to create a menu of small plate appetizers highlighting Clark County Grown ingredients for the event. Plates are $6; save $4 and pre-purchase four small plate appetizers for $20 at: Several Clark County farmers will have booths with information and offerings. Additional highights include a raffle, seed swap, produce tasting table, and more.

Clark County Grown is a branding and marketing campaign adding value and easing access to farm products grown in Clark County. The initiative is launched by Slow Food Southwest Washington in collaboration with Clark County Farmers Market coalition.







H-RoC’s next Cocktails and Conversation looks at politics and the press May 19

by DIwpBacon on April 28, 2016


UnknownH-RoC will host its next intimate “Cocktails & Conversation” discussion Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the upstairs dining room at Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. This quarterly event features topics and speakers designed to encourage and support this community’s women leaders. May’s topic is “Politics and the Press; A love/hate relationship.” Speakers include:

  • Katie Gillespie, reporter, The Columbian – “But it was a great story! Why don’t you like it?”
  • Temple Lentz, executive director, Parks Foundation of Clark County; principal, High Five Media – “But I wanted you to write it this way…”
  • Kathy McDonald,  H-RoC board member and nationally known Development Strategist whose latest campaign work was for presidential candidate Carly Fiorina – “Your story didn’t say the right things about my candidate….”

H-RoC is an independent, non-partisan PAC committed to the advancement of women’s leadership in Southwest Washington. Members and guests of members are welcome at no cost. Non-members are $10. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Complimentary appetizers and no-host cocktails are served. For more information and to register, visit or email

Touch of Class Chorale spring program celebrates American composers Apr. 30



Touch of Class Chorale will perform three concerts for its spring program,”Americana: A Celebration of American Composers.” Music will include a variety of gospel, Broadway, and classical selections.

Concert are scheduled for 2 p.m., this Saturday, Apr. 30, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church; 2 p.m., on Sunday, May 1, at East Woods Presbyterian Church; and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Unitarian Universalist Church.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for youth ages six through 16, and free for those under six. Tickets are available from Chorale members in advance or at the door. Half the proceeds from each concert benefits a charity chosen by the venue. For more information, visit


Riverview Trust Company names Chris Cline president

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Chris Cline

Riverview Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riverview Community Bank announced today that its Board of Directors has named Christopher Cline to be president and chief operating officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Karas.

Cline is the Trust Company’s first COO and will work alongside Karas to oversee day-to-day business operations, and lead strategic planning and business development efforts. Prior to joining Riverview, Cline was the Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager for Wells Fargo heading up trust services in Oregon and SW Washington. He has also been extremely active in the legal community participating in the drafting and revision of Oregon trust and estate law over the past ten years.

Before joining the financial services industry, he practiced estate planning law for more than 15 years. Chris is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has written The Law of Trustee Investments for the American Bar Association, and numerous other publications.

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  • Walk MS Vancouver May 1

    2015walk-logoWalk 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

    roses_in_esther_short-9A 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

    swat_2Hough 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 or call City Volunteer Program at 360-487-8344.

  • Jim Fischer & Friends present Mother’s Day concert May 7

    Honoryourmother-1227x960Jim 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: For information on group rates, call 360- 750-4752.

  • Skills Center host VIP tour May 6, RSVP by May 2

    RTlogo150Join 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

  • 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

    rtcbanner-p1The 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 or visit and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • SW Washington Bluegrass Jamboree benefit for veterans Apr. 30

    imagesThe 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

  • Parks Foundation will distribute over $125,000 at annual luncheon May 10

    12885726_10154048549308826_2487445265420787790_oThe 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 or by calling the foundation office at 360-487-8370.

  • “Between Two Friends” wins award, final show Apr. 28

    13100796_1684605551819351_7764515133629854493_nWashingon 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 from 2 to 3 p.m.

  • Garden Fest and Plant Sale benefits Assistance League of Southwest Washington Apr.30

    13063434_1401591786533533_7605851297941407658_oAssistance 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

    3D8CFF03-9B57-4962-8399AAE9BE1B95C5Evergreen 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

    4c55cc4f-fd2c-4b81-a938-174c9ecbde06Pet 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

    lccspeakerseriesflyer-3Leadership 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

    5496c3_2fae577422604c6782077b29c6512b31The 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