Camas “Boo Bash” Oct. 29

by DIwpBacon on October 22, 2014

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association.

Families are invited to the annual “Boo Bash” in downtown Camas next Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children are welcome to “trick-or-treat” in full costume at participating businesses, the Camas Library and City Hall. Look for the orange “Boo Bash” signs in windows on NE Fourth Ave. and adjoining streets in Downtown Camas.

The Boo Bash is held every Wednesday before Halloween. The streets will be closed to vehicles for safety. Bicycles, skateboards, or scooters are not permitted. Parents are urged to provide supervision when crossing unclosed streets, and to make sure children are in weather-appropriate costumes.

Parking is available all around the perimeter of the downtown core. This event is free and open to the public. “Boo Bash” is sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association and downtown businesses. For more information, visit




Innovative Services NW celebrates Launda Carroll’s 30 years of service Nov. 14

by DIwpBacon on October 22, 2014


Innovative Services NW is proud to announce the 30 year employment anniversary of its president and CEO, Launda Carroll, as of October 16. Carroll has extensive knowledge of and experience in the fields of disabilities, family systems and program development. She and her husband, Rich, are the parents of twelve children; nine of whom are adopted and have special needs.

Four of their children have received essential therapeutic intervention through Innovative Services NW and one is currently receiving employment support and is a happy and proud participant of Innovative’s Janitorial program. Carroll has seen the dramatic impact Innovative Services NW has had on thousands of lives, including her own, and is passionate about expanding programs so that all those who are in need of services will have access to them.

Community members are invited to celebrate Carroll’s 30th anniversary at a celebration to be held on Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Innovative Services NW, 9414 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., in Vancouver. RSVP to Edie Honesto at

Jane Beyer visits Vancouver to speak at Daybreak’s Fall Breakfast Nov. 6


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Unknown-2Daybreak Youth Services invites community members to its annual Fall Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on November 6, at the Vancouver Hilton. Tickets are $35; tables are $300.

Jane Beyer, Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health and Service Integration for The State of Washington, will present “Marjiuana is Legal, What About the Kids?” The discussion will explore health care reform and the future of adolescent treatment in Washington.

Daybreak Youth Services is a regional non-profit organization that has been providing drug and alcohol treatment for teens and families since 1980. To register for the breakfast, call 360-635-4120 or click here. For further details about Daybreak, visit

Seventh annual “Celebrate Seton” benefit dinner Oct. 26


407440_10151326826484138_295715298_nThe seventh annual “Celebrate Seton” benefit dinner is set for Sunday, Oct. 26, at The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Tickets are $125 per person; $1000 for a table of ten. Cocktail attire is suggested. A happy hour reception will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker will be author, poet, and editor Brian Doyle. Doyle is the editor of University of Portland’s  Portland Magazine. His published books include Saints Passionate & PeculiarCredo, and Two VoicesTwo Voices won a Christopher Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award.

Ticket price will include full course dinner, Basel Cellars Wine, student performances, and an opportunity to help support Catholic College Prep High School here in SW Washington. 100% of the proceeds benefit Seton Catholic Prep. Go to or call 360-258-1932 to purchase tickets.

Niche celebrates four years Oct. 23


Put on your best party clothes and head to the Kiggins Theatre this Thursday, Oct. 23, to celebrate Niche’s fourth anniversary in style. Attendees can have their photo taken on the Grand Staircase, enjoy an evening of French films, entertainment and toast Niche’s four years in downtown Vancouver.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Ticket are required to attend as seating is limited. Tickets are free and available at Niche. Wine by the bottle will be available for purchase at Nice. The Kiggins Theatre staff will open bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Corkage is $10. Purchase in advance and it will be waiting at the theater that night.

Niche restaurant offers 160 wine selections by the bottle, and more than 30 selections by the glass and half glass. Every Saturday night enjoy live music, poetry and other performances from local musicians. For further details, visit or on Facebook, here.



News Briefs

  • Local restaurants, county team up to master recipe for good health; celebrate National Food Day Oct. 24

    Six Clark County restaurants have discovered that good health is good business, and they want to invite you to celebrate with them. Dragonfly Café, Farrar’s Bistro, Mighty Bowl, Mill Creek Pub, Mint Tea and Morelia’s Mexican Grill earned recognition from Clark County Public Health this fall as Healthy Neighborhood Restaurants. They did so by promoting healthier side dishes, kids’ meals and beverages, and adding smaller portions of some regular menu items. The menu changes are part of the Healthy Neighborhood Restaurant Program launched by Public Health to help local, non-chain restaurants meet the health needs of consumers. To celebrate the program’s launch, the six participating restaurants will offer their new, healthy menu options at reduced prices on National Food Day, this Friday, Oct. 24. For more information on the program, contact Melissa Martin at 360-397-8000 ext. 7291 or or follow the program’s Facebook page at

  • Riverview Community Bank Soup’s On! raises over $65,000 for Share; Chef Troy Lucio wins Soup-er Chef Award

    Share-Logo1Riverview Community Bank Soup’s On!, held on Oct. 11, raised a gross total of $65,543 in support of Share. The event was a record-breaker in both dollars raised as well as attendance, with almost 600 guests. The evening also included a special presentation by two past and the current Board Presidents – John Payne, John McDonagh and Peter Fels, respectively; and an appreciation of Executive Director Diane McWithey‘s 25 years with Share. Guests voted Troy Lucio as the People’s Choice ‘Soup-er Chef’ Award for Best Soup. Share also presented volunteer awards. The 2014 Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Jan and Dave Franzen. Additional volunteer winners included Carolyn Ochs, the Clark County Veterans Court Board; and Walmart was recognized as a Community Resource award winner.

  • Keep slippery leaves out of streets; Vancouver offers free leaf disposal coupon

    With a steady stream of rain forecast this week, the City of Vancouver Public Works reminds residents that leaves should not be raked or blown into the streets, where they can create a slippery mess and clog stormwater drain catch basins. To prevent standing water in streets, residents with too many leaves are encouraged to rake, bag and take leaves to one of three local drop-off sites for free disposal, courtesy the fall leaf coupon program. This year’s free leaf disposal coupons for Vancouver and Clark County residents are good now to December 20. The coupons allow free disposal of up to 5 cubic yards of leaves only at the designated drop-off sites. Leaves must be emptied from bags at the disposal site. Branches and other yard debris or mixed loads will be charged at the regular disposal price. Residents can find the coupons in the Recycling Refresher newsletter, sent to all households in Clark County, and on the city’s website at Learn more about how to manage fall leaves at http://youtube/GnYLr6EpERs.

  • Scare Away Hunger with the North County Community Food Bank Oct. 25

    ScareAwayHunger2013-webThe North County Community Food Bank (NCCFB) annual fall “Scare Away Hunger” dinner auction and costume party is the organization’s major fundraiser of the year. This year’s fun-filled party will once again be held at the Battle Ground Community Center, on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes silent and live auction’s full of great items. Individuals are $75 each; a table of eight is $575. Click here for the full article.

  • Ribbon cutting for YouthBuild and Business After Hours Oct. 28

    bah oct 2014 pic_2Join the community at Partners in Careers (PIC) for a ribbon cutting to launch the YouthBuild program Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no charge to participate in the ribbon cutting and no RSVP is necessary. Following the ribbon cutting, SWWDC and PIC will co-host a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Tickets for the After Hours may be purchased at For the full story, click here.

  • Vancouver Public Schools announces three opportunities to tour district

    Parents and community members will have three opportunities to discover the dynamic learning opportunities available in Vancouver Public Schools. Free patron tours, hosted by Superintendent Steven Webb, are among the best ways to find out what’s new in the district. Afterward, participants will be treated to a student musical performance and delicious luncheon prepared by students in the district’s award-winning Culinary Arts Program. Everyone is welcome but space is limited. Click here for the original article which includes the schedule.

  • Neighborhood traffic calming yard signs available from the City of Vancouver

    webbanner_yardsignpicsall4The City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program has four new yard signs for Vancouver residents to remind passing motorists to obey the posted speed limit. The signs are designed to be placed on private property, within front and side yards, and act as an educational and awareness tool. Vancouver residents can request one to two signs, based on availability. After filling out this form and receiving confirmation, signs can be picked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. Signs are 18 x 24 inches in size and cannot be mailed. Click here for the original article.

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler asks for help to honor veterans in Southwest Washington

    514_400x400_NoPeelJaime Herrera Beutler has announced that she will be sharing the stories of Southwest Washington’s veteran heroes on her website again this November. If you are a resident who served in the military or you know someone who did, Herrera Beutler invites you to submit photos and stories from time in the service. She will be posting these stories and photos on Facebook here and at throughout the month of November. Send stories and photos by email to: or by mail to: O.O Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Ste. B, Vancouver, WA 98661. Include a short description of branch, title, and assignment for photos. Also, make sure  permission has been granted to share photos and stories before sending.

  • County to hold open house on improving NE 94th Ave. Oct. 28

    road_construction_aheadThe latest plans for upgrading a section of Northeast 94th Ave. near Five Corners will be the topic of an open house later this month. The project will improve the roadway to a two-lane minor arterial from Padden Parkway north to NE 99th St. The arterial will have one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The project includes bicycle lanes, sidewalks, right-turn lanes and more. Work will begin in summer 2015 and conclude in late 2016. Clark County Public Works will host an open house on the project from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 N.E. 86th St. The open house will be an opportunity for residents to learn about the project and ask questions. Participants can fill out comment forms that will become part of the project record.

  • Zombie Brewfest Oct. 25

    zombie2Doomsday Brewing Company will host Zombie Brewfest on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 11 p.m. The event is open to the public ages 21 and over; ID’s will be checked at the door. Doomsday is located at 421 C St., Ste. 1B in Washougal. There is no admission charge to attend. Attendees will enjoy one-eyed jello shots, a costume competition, zombie movies, a DJ in the brewfest tent, zombie nerf shoot-out and 20 local brews to choose from. Beers are $4 for a 12 oz. pour. Patrons are encouraged to bring cash for food and beverage purchases as credit cards will be charged $1 per transaction. For more information, visit

  • Headless Horseman Halloween on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad this weekend

    01-28 Steam Train train.tunnel.jpgEnjoy the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad‘s annual Headless Horseman Halloween Train excursion this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26. Departure times are 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, and vary for youth and seniors. The run is a diesel train, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls and the Headless Horseman. Candy and games will be available for the kids and complimentary refreshments for all participants. Interested parties should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to pick up tickets and board the train. For reservations, click here. The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is located at 2017 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. For more information, visit

  • SW Washington Wind Symphony presents “Imagination and Whimsy” Oct. 26

    concert-photo_55KB-e1413781679389Celebrate with Southwest Washington Wind Symphony as it opens its 10th season with “Imagination & Whimsy,” Sunday, Oct. 26, at Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St. in Camas. The concert begins at 3 p.m.; doors open at 2:30 p.m. Musical selections include Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, Handel in the Strand by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of Shenandoah, and more. The 50 musician, concert band is led by conductor Sam Ormson. The performance is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit

  • Volunteers needed for annual The Butt Stops Here cleanup event Oct. 25

    Volunteers will gather Saturday, Oct. 25, for the fourth annual The Butt Stops Here cleanup to remove cigarette butts and other litter from parks. Volunteer programs for Clark County Public Works and the City of Vancouver are coordinating the cleanup, which will be held on Make a Difference Day. The event begins with a brief orientation and refreshments at 10 a.m. in the Bud Van Cleve Community Room at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St. Volunteers will break into groups and fan out to public areas in Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County. At 12:30 p.m., volunteers will return to the sports park to weigh bags of litter and enjoy lunch. Since the first such cleanup in October of 2011, volunteers have removed nearly 50 pounds of cigarette butts from parks and open spaces. Volunteers should sign up at

  • Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer Oct. 30

    BenHammerMartel Wealth Advisors invite community members to a Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Hammer has been a CFA with Vanguard since 2005 and represents Vanguard to individuals and institutional investors nationwide. During the presentation, he will discuss Vanguard’s recent research on fixed income returns, future equity returns, and baby-boomer’s effect on equities. Refreshments will be served. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited for this fall educational event. To RSVP, click here.

  • Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs Oct. 25

    OSEThe community is invited to Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy. in Vancouver, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. Attendees can experience owl pellet dissections, backpack monsters, animal skulls, mushroom hikes, nature games and hands-on environmental science activities at the 100-acre natural area. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged. To register, visit For more information, call Kaley McLachlan at 360-882-0936 ext. 230 or email

  • “Experts in Arthritis” at Camas Library Oct. 22

    arthritisCamas Public Library hosts “Experts in Arthritis” this evening, Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Christine Saleeba, PT, DPT from Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, will share current scientific evidence and management strategies in the treatment and care of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis. Camas Library is located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call 360-834-4692.

  • Magenta Theater presents “Haunted: A Night of Magic” with Jay Fredericks Oct. 23 – 25

    10531393_10152409974578515_8592898400681833950_oMagenta Theater and Mentalocity Entertainment present “Haunted” starting Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. As Halloween and the Day of the Dead approach, and the walls between this world and the next begin to thin, join the Magenta Theater and Master Mentalist Jay Fredericks along with his magician cohorts on a journey into the dark realm of ghosts, haunts, and spirits. The performance runs through Saturday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $15 per person. For further information, visit or find details on a Facebook event page here.