Battle Ground Public Works to begin routine flushing of City’s water main system
The City of Battle Ground Public Works Department
, as part of its ongoing water system maintenance program, will soon begin the process of flushing main water lines throughout the city. The process will occur in different areas of the city from February
of this year. Routine water main flushing is important to enhance water quality and clarity. The process of opening fire hydrants creates high velocity water flow which dislodges and removes built-up sediment from the system.
As the flushing operations occur, it may lead to localized and temporary discolored water which can be drawn into homes and businesses if water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. While aesthetically unpleasant, the water is not a health hazard. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter to full flow until the water runs clear. It is also advised that your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause a problem.
Save the Date: Vancouver’s State of the City Address Mar. 26
The City of Vancouver has announced that Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt will give the 2015 State of the City Address Thursday, Mar. 26, at 4 p.m., at the Vancouver City Hall Lobby, 415 W Sixth St.
Council for the Homeless event Feb 4
The Council for the Homeless invites Vancouver residents to “A community conversation on Vancouver’s housing crisis” hosted by First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 401 E 33rd, (corner of 33rd and Main.) Panelists will discuss the Courtyard Village situation, affordable housing issues and solutions. The Council for the Homeless is dedicated to helping everyone in Clark County have the opportunity for safe and affordable housing. Its mission is to lead the community’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness. For more information, visit www.councilforthehomeless.org.
Craig Stein Beverage and The Convenience Group team up for CCFB
Craig Stein Beverage (CSB) and The Convenience Group (TCG) have recently joined together to support hungry families in the community through a company-wide food drive. Clark County Food Bank (CCFB) has announced that this joint effort brought in 6,196 pounds of food to be distributed to hungry families. This number is impressive for a single food drive. As a grower, gleaner and supplier of foods to 29 local hunger relief organizations, Clark County Food Bank is the critical link between food and people in need. Partner organizations distribute 10,000 food boxes per month to more than 25,000 homes in Clark County, with children and teenagers making up 40% of those that are fed. In addition, CCFB is fighting hunger at its roots by teaching low-income families how to plan for and prepare nutritional meals. For more information, visit www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org.
Vancouver’s Downtown Association plans more public art in 2015
Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) is seeking interested artists who may want to submit their ideas for an exciting new piece of public art in Downtown Vancouver. VDA has long been a supporter of arts of all kinds in the city center, investing more than $150,000 in several pieces over the years. The 2015 project will carry the theme of “Founding Mothers.” For more information, visit http://vdausa.org/vda-projects/public-art/founding-mothers/. This project will be funded through support from the City of Vancouver and numerous private donors.
Masquerade Ball benefits the Camas-Washougal Mural Project Feb. 7
Camas Gallery invites the community to an elegant masquerade ball to benefit the Camas-Washougal Mural Project on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Orchard Hills Golf & Country Club. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and features dancing, prizes, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, special guests, and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 and are available online here with a $2.92 service fee, or in person at Camas Gallery and Orchard Hills. Those that don’t already have the required carnival masks can purchase one at Camas Gallery for $15. Learn more about the project and the event at https://www.facebook.com/thecamaswashougalmuralproject.
Nine great student musicians compete in VSO’s Young Artist Competition Feb. 8
The finalists have been chosen. Now what remains is the always-exciting Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s 21st annual Young Artists Competition set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Continuing the competition format instituted in 2014, nine of the area’s finest young musicians will perform head-to-head in a concert that is free and open to the public with no advance ticketing required. Find the original story, here.
Vendors sought for the GVCC’s 2015 Shop Local event Feb. 24
The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVCC), in partnership with other regional chambers and business associations, will host the “2015 Shop Local Business Showcase” at the Hilton Vancouver, Saturday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. There are vendor spaces available to businesses interested in showcasing their products, and/or services; and spaces for local nonprofits to provide programming information and recruit volunteers. To become an exhibitor, contact Susie Bauder, program and events director at the GVCC at 360-567-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the full story.
CCHM launches new exhibit, public celebration Jan. 31
The Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will unveil its newest exhibit, The Northwest’s Own Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway this weekend. The permanent interpretive display will be housed at Vancouver’s 1909 Train Depot (Amtrak Station. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., by CCHM Executive Director Katie Anderson, Vancouver City Council Member Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a BNSF representative, retired SP&S engineer Harry Hendricks, exhibit designer Ed Austin, and Duane Cramer from the SP&S Historical Society. For the full story, click here.
Kids invited to Valentine’s Day overnight at Oregon Zoo Feb. 14
While parents enjoy an evening of Valentine’s Day romance, their kids can experience the nighttime wonders of the Oregon Zoo during its annual “I Love the Zoo” overnight. The camp, for kids ages seven through 13, runs from 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, and features guided tours, animal visitors and a chance to go behind the scenes. Campers should bring a sleeping bag, pajamas and their sense of adventure. Cost is $48, which includes dinner, an evening snack and continental breakfast. To register or for more information, visit www.oregonzoo.org/events/i-love-zoo-overnight>.
Volunteers sought for Marshall Father Daughter Dance Feb. 6 and 7
Volunteers are needed for the annual Father Daughter Dance Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Six volunteers are needed at each event. Help is needed to sign in guests, serve refreshments, help with crafts, and face painting. The dances will be at the Marshall Community Center and the Firstenburg Community center. To RSVP, click here. For questions, contact Johnie Tucker at 360-487-7096 or email@example.com.
“Calendar Girls” premiers Feb. 13 at Magenta Theater
Tickets are now on sale for Calendar Girls at Magenta Theater. After Annie’s husband John succumbs to leukemia, she and a friend resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They persuade some fellow Women’s Institute friends to pose nude with them for an “alternative calendar.” News of the charitable venture spreads like wildfire, bringing hoards of press to the small town. Advance tickets are $15 to $18. The show premiers Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Saturday, Mar. 7. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.magentatheater.com.
Book release party at Vintage Books Jan. 31
Local author Carolyn J. Rose will be at Vintage Books for a book release celebration Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn’t for Sissies series. The release party is for The Devil’s Tombstone, third in the Catskill Mountains mysteries. The series includes: Through a Yellow Wood, and Hemlock Lake. Rose is also the author of An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and five novels written with her husband, Mike Nettleton. The event features light refreshments and readings by the author. Vintage books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. For more information, check the event calendar at www.vintage-books.com.
“Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile)” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1
Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile) written and performed by youth from p:ear–portland area street kids, youth on the edge, transitional youth– will give audiences a glimpse into their world as they reveal the issues closest to their hearts through poetry, song, and comedy. Performances take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at p:ear, 338 NW Sixth Ave. in Portland. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors, students and children under 18. For further details and to buy tickets, visit www.wellarts.org. Click here for the full story.
WSU Vancouver offers free leadership conference for high school and college students Feb. 7
WSU Vancouver will host a free Cougar Leadership Program Conference for high school juniors and seniors, and college students from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Students must register at vancouver.wsu.edu/osi by noon on Monday, Feb. 2. Local business leaders and WSU Vancouver alumni, staff and faculty will lead workshops that will develop new or build upon existing leadership skills. Lunch will be provided. For more information, click here.
53rd annual Clark College Jazz Festival Jan 29 – 31
The 53rd Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Jan. 29 through 31, at Clark College. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition. Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. For the full schedule, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/jazz_festival/index.php. Read the full article here.
Revival Energy Group selected by Clean Energy Works as first contractor in Clark County
The Northwest’s largest non-profit home performance provider, Clean Energy Works, has announced that Revival Energy Group will be the first local contractor to deliver the organization’s unique “one-stop shop” for upgrades to homeowners across Southwest Washington. Clark County customers will receive an introductory offer of $250 applied toward a completed home performance project, that begins with a free 100 Point Performance Check. Apply by Saturday, Jan. 31 with promo code CEREG250 at www.cewo.org/clark. For more information about Revival Energy Group, visit www.revivalenergygroup.com. Read the full article here.
Still time to register for Clark Public Utilities’ Race for Warmth Feb. 8
Join Clark Public Utilities for the inaugural Race for Warmth on Sunday, Feb. 8, to support Operation Warm Heart. Entry fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt, goody bag, snacks and entry into prize drawings. Pre-registration is available through Friday, Feb. 7. Day of race registration will be available for $40, but a t-shirt will not be guaranteed. Participants can pick up packets in the Community Room at Clark Public Utilities on Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, click here. For the full story, click here.