Carrie Vielle’s “Identity” exhibit at Art on the Boulevard; reception Sept. 5

by DIwpBacon on August 28, 2014

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Art on the Boulevard will open Carrie Vielle’s solo show “Identity” on First Friday, Sept. 5. Vielle’s mixed media paintings explore the many facets of the human form. Her work has been warmly accepted into national galleries and has been included in international exhibits and collections.

Vielle was born into a family and community immersed in the arts, all of whom enriched her arts education. She has taught art and design courses for Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College and now Washington State University.

“My work explores the universal expressive language of the human body,” says Vielle. “Each of us has felt joy, sensuality, loneliness, melancholy, etc. I want viewers to see these expressions in my work and engage in a dialogue with the figures.”

The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The event includes complimentary light refreshments, live music, and a chance to meet the artist. Art on the Boulevard is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on First Fridays until 9 p.m. For further information, contact the gallery at 360-750-4499, or visit





Raising the Roof breakfast fundraiser for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Sept. 18

by DIwpBacon on August 28, 2014


On Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 a.m., Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Raising the Roof breakfast at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel, 301 W. Sixth St. in downtown Vancouver. The breakfast benefit is Evergreen Habitat’s biggest fundraiser of the year, enabling the nonprofit organization to build homes, for low-income families, that are sold at zero-percent interest with affordable mortgage payments.

Guests can learn more about Evergreen Habitat’s projects and hear the stories of Habitat families. The breakfast is a great opportunity to learn how to get involved and make a difference in the community. Last year’s breakfast brought in over $42,000.


The event is free but registration is required. Tables of ten and individual spaces are still available. To attend, or to serve as a table captain, contact Melissa Edwards at 360-737-1759, or click here.

Master Gardener Program now recruiting volunteers; 12 week training starts Sept. 3

Clark County MGs at work

Clark County Master Gardeners at work.

The Washington State University Extension Clark County Master Gardener Program is now recruiting for volunteer training. Classes are held on 12 consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Nov. 19. Topics include fruit and vegetables, soil and composting, weeds, pest and disease management, plant identification, landscape basics, and more.

Classes are 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Vancouver and include classroom presentations, field trips and hands-on activities. The cost is $245. Limited tuition assistance may be available. Computer skills are required. Upon successful completion of training, participants agree to serve 50 hours of volunteer time the first year and 35 each year thereafter, to maintain active status.

Applications are available at or at the WSU Clark County Extension Office. Contact Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060 x 5738 or for more information.

Community Garage Sale at Battle Ground Village this Saturday


Over 40 garage sale participants will gather at Battle Ground Village for the second annual Community Garage Sale this Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The outdoor Saturday market will be open during the garage sale, selling fresh produce, art, jewelry, woodwork, and much more.

Visitors will be able to peruse the garage sale and then stroll through the market. Pets are welcome and there are several activities for kids.

A few spaces are still available. The cost is $10 for a 10′ x 10′ space. A canopy is not required but recommended. For more information and to register, visit

Port, North Dakota Agriculture partner to turn empty train cars into opportunity


Building on the Port of Vancouver USA’s efforts to strengthen trade connections between the Pacific Rim and the Midcontinent, CEO Todd Coleman traveled to Fargo, North Dakota this week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with that state’s Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Doug Goehring. The MOU allows the port to provide Dedicated Rail Service (DRS) to move North Dakota agricultural products west in would-be empty railcars returning from eastbound shipments.

“Based on customer commitments, the Port of Vancouver will lease blocks of railcars to move products,” explains Coleman. “This means more cars are available, reliability is increased and North Dakota farmers remain competitive in the global market.”

Cargoes, including supplies for the energy industry, are already moving by rail east from the Pacific Northwest to the Midcontinent. Those railcars often return west without cargo. The DRS introduces more control and efficiency into the process by allowing the port to lease railcars to carry those eastbound cargoes. Once the eastbound cargoes have been delivered, the port and its logistics partners will fill cars with agricultural products for the return trip to Vancouver.


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News Briefs

  • ESD 112 Board of Directors appoints former school superintendent to fill vacancy

    rainerhouserThe ESD 112 Board of Directors has appointed former school superintendent Rainer Houser to the Director District 2 board position vacated by Kenneth Botero, who retired earlier this year. Houser will represent the Longview, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Ocean Beach, Toutle Lake, and Wahkiakum school districts on the ESD 112 board. His region also includes parts of Castle Rock and Kelso. He joins the other six members of the ESD 112 board who represent the various six-county geographic regions covered by ESD 112. Houser will officially be sworn into office during the October 28, 2014 regular board meeting. Houser will fill Botero’s unexpired term until 2016, at which time he would run for re-election.

  • Leadership Clark County welcomes Class of 2015

    Leadership Clark County (LCC) invites alumni and supporters to a community reception on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to welcome the incoming Class of 2015. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with remarks starting around 5:45 p.m. The event will take place at the Columbia Tech Center campus of Clark College, 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are required to The reception is sponsored by Riverview Community Bank, hosted by Clark College and catered by alum Lynn Rullman and The Grant House Restaurant. For more details, go to

  • “Outsmart Energy Waste” workshop Sept. 2

    The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County (MGFCC) will hold an informative workshop on energy reduction on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the CASEE Center in Bldg. B, Room 202/205 located at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie.  A Clark Public Utilities energy counselor will discuss ways to cut energy waste in the home, get the most out of heating and cooling systems, and learn about the savings that have been achieved through energy conservation. The utility’s energy counselor will also be available to answer questions and provide information about weatherization and available incentives and rebates. The event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information about the MGFCC, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • 2014 “Business & Leadership Awards” finalists announced by Vancouver Chamber

    BLA '13 Award DescriptionsThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014 “Business and Leadership Award” finalists in five award categories. All finalists will be featured at the Chamber’s Annual “Officer Installation and Awards Event” on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Hilton; where the award recipients in each category will be revealed. To attend the event themed “A Whole New Ballgame,” RSVP at Ticket prices are $45 per person or $600 for a VIP table of ten. For more information, visit Click here for the full story.

  • CRESA Community Expo Sept. 6

    imagesClark Regional Emergency Services 9-1-1 & Emergency Services (CRESA) will host a Community Expo Saturday Sept. 6, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., along 13th St., from the Courthouse to the CRESA building, 710 W 13th St. First responders from all over the county including: SWAT, Search and Rescue Teams, Law Enforcement, and Fire will be on hand. Festivities include interactive kid activities, antique fire trucks, bomb squad robots, demos from the K-9 Unit and more. Free hot dogs and pizza will be available while supplies last. For further details, visit

  • YWCA Clark County hosts open house for prospective volunteers Sept. 4

    volunteerThe YWCA Clark County will host a free open house on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for prospective volunteers to learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at YWCA. Staff will be available to discuss how volunteers contribute to the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. No reservation is needed. For the full story, click here.

  • “Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” program and luncheon Sept. 5

    AFP-logo“Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” will be presented on Friday, Sept. 5 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP). Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1:15 p.m. The event will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in downtown Portland. The cost for the event is $35 for AFP members and $50 for nonmembers. Click here for the full story.

  • Fourth annual CouvFest NW begins today

    4655699_origThe CouvFest NW is Vancouver’s annual summer music festival featuring live, local, and original performances at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Three days of free concerts begin today, Aug. 28 and run through Saturday, Aug. 30. Now in its fourth year, the event features over 30 bands performing on alternate stages to minimize downtimes. There will be food carts and other vendors throughout the day, and people will have the opportunity to meet the bands after each live set. Click here for the full story.

  • Watch “Captain America”outdoors at WSU Vancouver tonight

    Washington State University Vancouver will show Captain America: The Winter Soldier at 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 27, in the outdoor amphitheater. The movie and snacks are free. The event is open to the public. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to support the Cougar Food Pantry. Captain America is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action. The run time is 136 minutes. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N. E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is free after 7 p.m.

  • Native American baskets featured at the next Camas-Washougal Historical Society presentation Aug. 30

    Unknown-1One of the finest exhibits in Two Rivers Heritage Museum will be featured at the next Camas-Washougal Historical Society presentation. Stories held by the beautiful Native American Baskets will be shared by Donna Martinez, Basket Curator of the Museum. Martinez will weave the information of the origins of the Museum’s basket collection with information on the creation of the baskets and how they were used in Native American culture. The presentation is set for 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Camas Police Station Community Room, 2100 NE 3rd Ave., Camas. Admission is free. For more information about the museum, visit

  • City seeks applicants for Clark County Arts Commission position

    The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in volunteering to serve as the City’s representative on the Clark County Arts Commission. The commission is an 11-member volunteer body that works to enhance and support the growth of the local economy through collaborations among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups, schools and cultural groups. Applicants for the position must live within the city limits and represent one of the following art disciplines: architecture, dance, digital, heritage or cultural, literary, music, theater or visual arts. The City must receive completed applications by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. For more information and application information, visit, or contact Amanda Delapena at Vancouver City Hall at 360-487-8605, or

  • WSU Vancouver’s 25th Anniversary Community Celebration on the Quad Sept. 6

    UnknownWSU Vancouver invites the community to its 25th Community Celebration on the Quad Friday, Sept. 6 from 3 to 8 p.m. Presented by IQ Credit Union, this is the first of many anniversary observations set for 2014/2015. C-Tran will provide bus service to campus (#19) beginning at 2 p.m. The event features live music, tours, photo booths, a book reading, and more. Several local favorite food vendors will be on site. Click here for the full story.

  • Tiny House tour with Dee Williams Sept. 6

    On-the-porchMeet Dee Williams, nationally-acclaimed Tiny House advocate and author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, at Vintage Books on Saturday, Sept. 6. Tour a tiny house in the parking lot from 2 to 3 p.m., then attend a reading and Q & A session about The Big Tiny from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This event is presented in partnership by Vintage Books and Clark County Environmental Services-Green Neighbors Program. For the full story, click here.

  • National trial counts Sept. 9 through 14

    trails_signVancouver Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver are seeking volunteers to help count local trail users this September as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. This year’s trail counts will occur from 5 to 7 p.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 9 through 11, and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14. A list of paths and trails can be found here. Click here for the full story.

  • Opening reception for the newest exhibit Sept. 4

    Postcard_Front_7Visit the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) to view its latest exhibit, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. An opening reception is set for Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of First Thursday Museum After Hours. A lecture by guest curator and WSUV professor Candice Goucher will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 per person, $3 for seniors; $2 for youth; and free for CCHM members and military personnel.

  • First annual Art at the Barn features works by Liz Pike and Sarah Bang Aug. 30

    shapeimage_3Local artists Liz Pike and Sarah Bang are joining forces for a unique art show from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. The first annual Art at the Farm event will showcase each of their unique styles in oils and acrylics in an open air event on Pike’s Shangri-La Farm, 26300 NE Third St. in Camas. Art will be on display for show and sale. There is no cost to attend. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

  • #30Days30Ways contest begins Sept. 1

    keep-calm-and-get-prepared-22-257x300September is the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and CRESA will launch its annual social media game, 30 Days, 30 Ways, on September 1. Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved throughout the month to either Facebook, Twitter, commenting on the 3O Days Blog or by email. Click here for the full article.

  • Dive into the second annual “Pooch Plunge” at the Marshall Center pool Sept. 1

    f1026cdb30935792b6d3d3f87e515f6fBring your four-legged friend to the Marshall Community Center pool for the second annual Pooch Plunge on Monday, Sept. 1. There are two scheduled swims this year: Dogs 25 lbs. and under can swim from noon to 1:30 p.m.; dogs of all sizes can swim from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  Admission to the Pooch Plunge is $5 per dog, cash or check only. Click here for the full story.