Tourism to Fort Vancouver NHS creates $40.4 million in economic benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 733,539 visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) in 2013 spent $40.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 610 jobs in the local area. These numbers are all increases over those reported in 2012. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion. To download the report, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.
Volunteers needed for Columbia River Concours d’Elegance Aug. 3; training July 26
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking 150 dedicated and talented volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver’s classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, August 3. Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer to sell and collect tickets at the gates, work as vehicle zone attendants or traffic control. For questions, contact Natalie Crippen, at 360-992-1808 or email@example.com. Volunteer shifts are just a few hours long in addition to a short training session prior to event day on Saturday, July 26. All volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass. For more information about specific job descriptions and to download an application, visit www.columbiariverconcours.com/volunteer.
Woodland voters missing Clark County Aug. 5 voters’ pamphlet
There are 937 voting households residing in the portion of the City of Woodland that is within Clark County who did not receive a voters’ pamphlet for the upcoming August 5 Primary and Special election. Voters’ pamphlets were delivered to the Woodland Post Office today. It is expected they will be delivered no later than tomorrow, July 24. Voters who have not received a voters’ pamphlet may find an online voters’ guide at clarkvotes.org, or may contact the Elections Dept. at 360-397-2345 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. County Auditor Greg Kimsey stated, “We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused these voters, but we are pleased we learned of this before many voters have marked and returned their ballot.”
Watch Seattle Seafair events on CVTV
Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will air KIRO television coverage of Seattle Seafair events locally on CVTV Cable Channel 21. KIRO television, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, will provide live coverage of the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade on Saturday, July 26, between 7 and 10 p.m., and the Albert Lee Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race at Seafair on Sunday, Aug. 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CVTV has an agreement with KIRO that allows it to air both news and other local public affairs programming from the Seattle station. Live streaming hydroplane race coverage and schedules can also be viewed on CVTV’s website at www.cvtv.org. CVTV is the local government, cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County.
Free dinner and discussion on energy conservation for homeowners July 28 and 29
Homeowners are invited to a free dinner and discussion on energy conservation at Heathman Lodge. Attendees can learn how to significantly cut energy costs; about government tax programs that pay for you to improve your home; and the latest technologies to make your whole house more comfortable. Interested parties can choose to attend Monday, July 28 or Tuesday, July 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Menu selections include New York steak, grilled Alaskan king salmon, and grilled portobello ravioli. RSVP at 1-888-405-8689 with RSVP Code: 300100.
Save the Date: Sonia Manzano speaks at the YWCA annual luncheon Sept. 10
Sonia Manzano will speak on the limitless potential of children at this year’s luncheon, highlighting the Y’s Care Children’s Program. Manzano is an American actor and writer best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street which she has played since 1971. The 2014 Inspire Luncheon takes place Wednesday, September 10, at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St. Individual tickets to the luncheon are $50; tables of 10 are $500. For more information and to register, visit www.ywcaclarkcounty.com. For the full story, click here.
1860′s vintage base ball returns to Fort Vancouver July 26
After a one-year respite, the National Park Service will bring back 1860s vintage base ball to the historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The game, played according to the rules in place in 1867, will be played by costumed staff and volunteers portraying two of the Pacific Northwest’s first baseball teams, the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver and the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland. The nine-inning match game will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Click here for the full article.
Celebrate 50 years of “The Endless Summer” this evening
In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Kiggins Theatre will screen The Endless Summer tonight, July 23. “The Endless Summer” is the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime…they live their dream.To learn more about the film, visit www.endlesssummermovie.com. All seats are $5. Further details can be found at www.kigginstheatre.com and on Facebook, here.
Board to examine toll-free East County Bridge proposal July 25
A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, for the commissioners, community leaders and public to learn about a toll-free East County Bridge proposal. Linda Figg will introduce a proposal in the Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St. She is president and chief executive of Figg Engineering Group, a national firm with headquarters in Tallahassee, Fla. The meeting will include time for questions, but not for public comment.
A separate public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the same location. The commissioners then will hear public testimony before deciding whether to arrange an advisory vote in November to gauge public support for the bridge near Southeast 192nd Ave.
City offers Summer Street Tree Pruning workshop July 24
Learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry‘s TreeTalk Workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 24, in the Hough Neighborhood. Participants will meet at Hough Elementary School, 1900 Daniels St., for hands-on instruction in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. This outdoor workshop will be led by ISA certified Urban Forestry staff who will provide a brief overview of proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in techniques and tips for pruning trees. Participants should dress for the weather, bringing their own gloves. If possible, participants are encouraged to bring bypass hand pruners. Register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or emailing email@example.com. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.
Camas Days Festival this weekend
Each year during the Camas Days Festival, downtown Camas plays host to an array of family activities, live music, and great food and local wine and beer. This year, the festival is set for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 in conjuction with the annual Ducky Derby and the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 5K. For detailed information, including a schedule of events, click here. Click here for the full story.
Find Waldo in Vancouver through July
Where’s Waldo? In Vancouver, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-six different local businesses and resources throughout Vancouver this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, magic kits and more. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information, call Vintage Books at 360-694-9519. For the original story, click here.
Relay for Life of Vancouver July 26 and 27
The opening ceremony for the 26th annual Relay for Life of Vancouver kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 26, at McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fundraising event that celebrate people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. For more information and to register a team, visit www.vancouverrelay.org. For the full article, click here.
Leadership Clark County seeks nominations for “2014 Outstanding Alumnus”
Leadership Clark County
(LCC) is accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominees should be LCC alums who have worked to benefit the Clark County Community and supported LCC over the past 12 months. The deadline to submit is July 28
.Nominators should submit their name and contact information, the nominee’s name and email address; and a brief description of why the nominee deserves to be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alum. More details, and a list of LCC alumni, are available at http://www.leadershipclarkcounty.com/alumni/upcoming-awards-annual-event/
Vacancy on the Public Facilities District board of directors
The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired term on the Public Facilities District board of directors. The term expires Dec. 31, 2014. The board’s duties relate to administration of the Public Facilities District (PFD) created by the Board of County Commissioners in 2002. The district participates in the development of regional centers, including the convention center in Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Board members are paid $50 per day while attending meetings. The commissioners are seeking applicants with experience in: the tourism industry; marketing, events and promotion; hotels and convention centers; facility operations and finance; economic development; and general knowledge about Clark County. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. For more information and application instructions, click here.
Anchor Point Counseling Center hosts ribbon cutting and open house for new location July 25
Anchor Point Counseling Center will celebrate a new location with a ribbon cutting and open house from 3 to 6 p.m. this Friday, July 25. Guests can expect door prizes, appetizers and refreshments. The event will be held at the new facility, 2009 F St. in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-687-3222 or 360-906-0228. For more information about Anchor Point Counseling Center, visit www.anchorpointcounseling.com.
“Grassroots Saturday” conference July 26
“Grassroots Saturday,” a day of skill-building workshops for volunteers and staff of small, nonprofit organizations, will be presented on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short sessions will allow participants to connect with experts on a variety of topics of concern to nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington, the conference will be held at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. Registration fees range from $40 to $100. For the original article, click here.
Vancouver Police taking application for NOW volunteers through July 23
The Vancouver Police Department is looking to add to its citizen patrol volunteer team called, Neighbors On Watch (NOW). These volunteers conduct foot, bike and vehicle patrols throughout the city, are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month after receiving specialized training provided by the Vancouver Police Department. The citizen patrol team also helps staff special events with the police department, canvass neighborhoods for missing children and vulnerable adults, and are able to assist the Vancouver Police Department with its public safety mission. Applications will be accepted through July 23. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at 360-487-7467 or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us. For more information and a printable application, click here.