Humane Society’s “Walk/Run for the Animals” May 2; earlybird pricing ends Mar. 1

by DIwpBacon on February 26, 2015


Pet 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 places on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Esther Short Park in Vancouver.

Registration includes a goodie bag with dog bandana, samples and treats, a choice of dog-friendly walk or timed-run, access to the Party in the Park with animal loving businesses and organizations and the chance to earn great prizes through fundraising. Participants will return to the Vendor Village at Esther Short Park for canine-friendly festivities, dog demonstrations, games and prizes.

Advance registration can be done online now here, or at HSSW, 1100 NE 192nd, on Thursday, Apr. 30 and Friday, May 1, between 2 and 7 p.m. Registration is $35 per person; those 12 and under are free. To save $5, register before Sunday, Mar. 1, and use codeword “earlybird.”



Salvation Army opens new store in Vancouver, grand opening celebration Mar. 5

by DIwpBacon on February 26, 2015


The Salvation Army is opening a new Family Store in Vancouver, at 11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd. A grand opening celebration will start at 9 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 5. The event includes a ribbon cutting, in-store promotions, raffle prizes, a Portland Trail Blazer autographed basketball, as well as other prizes. Additionally, iHeartMedia will host a “Make a Basket Trail Blazer” ticket giveaway.

“After having to close the Hazel Dell store in September, we are thrilled to open this new store which will include 20,000 sq ft of great deals for the Vancouver community,” states Captain Dennis Earnhart, administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. We have had a great following in the Vancouver area, and we are looking forward to this further expansion and investment in Vancouver.”

All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. This facility helps men with addictions find encouragement and assistance in beating these addictions and transitioning back into the community addiction-free. Learn more at

AFP March membership meeting and luncheon features Mark Koenig Mar. 6


MarkKoenig_WebMark Koenig, senior director for Advancement Services for the Oregon State University Foundation (OSU), will present “Prioritizing your Prospect Pipeline” on Friday, Mar. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & SW Washinton.

Koenig will share how OSU Foundation used a unique combination of engagement, enthusiasm and capacity to build and refine major gift pipelines. Their techniques—data collection strategies, engagement measurement and enthusiasm scoring—allowed them to create customized portfolios. He will show how these methods are scalable for any size institution, and attendees will learn how to utilize these techniques to create a system based on their own unique needs.

The cost for the event is $35 for AFP members, $25 for AFP Young Professional members and $50 for nonmembers and guests. Tables of 8 are available for $350. Pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at For additional information about this event or the local AFP Chapter, call 503-715-3100 or email

Stage Combat Seminar begins Mar. 1 at Magenta Theater

Stage Combat1

Photo courtesy of Magenta Theater.

Those with an interest in learning how to act violently, can register for Stage Combat Seminar: Acting the Violent Scene at Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

This four-week workshop will be part physical training and part scene study. Instructed by David Bareford, students will learn a variety of unarmed and small weapon techniques, and then be assigned roles and learn choreography for a specific scene, which will be rehearsed up to performance level by the final week.

Seminars run from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays, Mar. 1, 8, 22, and 29. Registration is $65 for one person, $120 for a married couple, siblings, or a parent with child. Participants must be at least 16 years old. For more information and to register, visit


 WAH 450x260 copy

Town Tabloids

Daniel Seavey continues to be "beyond adorable."

George Tsugawa brings history to life.

Michael Liedkie remembers a glorious garbage dump.

News Briefs

  • Choreographers’ Showcase at Columbia Dance Feb. 28

    7bf91071-0435-4cd2-b26f-1436d4ad5016Join Columbia Dance for a special evening featuring tomorrow’s great choreographers as they present their newest works today. The 2015 Choreographers’ Showcase will be held this Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit the studio at 1700 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. A receptionist is available weekdays between 3 and 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interested parties can also call 360-737-922. Columbia Dance Center has been providing excellence in dance training for all ages in the greater Vancouver/Clark County area for 25 years. It is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Vancouver, dedicated to enriching the community through diverse dance performances, pre-professional dance training and outreach programs. For further details, visit

  • “Killer Fiction” with Chelsea Cain at WSU Vancouver Mar. 3

    cc-9WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series continues Tuesday, Mar. 3, with author Chelsea Cain. Cain will discuss how to write “killer fiction.” The author sets her thrillers in Portland. Described by the New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” her mysteries pit detective Archie Sheridan against serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Her latest book, One Kick (2014), introduces the Kick Lannigan series. The free, public lecture runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and will be held in the WSU Vancouver Library Building, Room 265.

  • Applicants sought for Mosquito Control Board

    UnknownThe Clark County Board of Health is requesting applications and nominations for a local resident to serve on the Mosquito Control Board. The term would start immediately and continue through 2016. Applicants must live in Councilor District 2, which includes east Clark County and the cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal. The board establishes policy, manages expenditures and approves contracts for the local mosquito control district. Public Health handles administration and operations. Anyone interested may submit a resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by email to Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 24. For more information, visit

  • Southwest Washington Wind Symphony presents “Awakenings” Mar. 1

    sunrise_from_newfound_gap_great_smoky_mountains_tennesseeThe Southwest Washington Wind Symphony will present Awakenings at 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 1, in the Performing Arts Center at Union High School. The concert features contemporary music by American composers including Mock Morris by Percy GraingeSanctuary by Frank Ticheli, and In Memoriam by David Maslanka. All concerts are free and open to the public. Click here for the full story.

  • Wine and Food Society of Clark County at Cellar 55 this evening

    winepairguideThe Wine and Food Society of Clark County (WFSCC) is having a membership drive at Cellar 55 Tasting Room tonight, Feb. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. A $20 ticket includes great music courtesy of James Manuele, tasty appetizers and either a flight of four wines or a single full glass. Sign up to become a member of the Food & Wine Society and receive additional complimentary premium wine tastings, and other goodies and discounts. For more information, visit and click on the “events” tab.

  • Public input sought on county parks

    DSC_0073Clark County is asking residents what they want in their parks system. The county is working with the seven-member Parks Advisory Board to update a long-range plan that will guide purchase of land for parks and development of parks, trails, sports fields and other amenities. Residents can participate by taking an online survey that will help set priorities. The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, is available at In addition, three open houses are also scheduled. Click here for the full story.

  • Buy Vancouver USA presents Doug Booth Mar. 3

    2124c9aBuy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The speaker will be Doug Booth of The Columbian‘s advertising department. Booth will share tips for writing memorable ad copy and marketing materials. The free meeting is open to all locally-owned businesses and anyone interested. For more information, visit or

  • Fitness February Brunch Feb. 28

    Unknown-3Fitness expert Heidi Timm will offer a presentation this Friday, Feb. 28, at King’s Way High School, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver. Timm will share her personal journey from “obsessive food addict to personal trainer.”  The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and features a healthy brunch, many health and fitness informational tables and live music by Kim Jackson. Admission is $10. For more information, call 360-606-0475.

  • Free vessel safety check Feb. 28

    Members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG) and Sheriff’s Marine Deputies will be on hand to provide free vessel safety checks for boaters on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Clark County Operations Center, 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. The Vessel Examiners who perform these checks are trained specialists who know the latest legal requirements for boaters. USCG Auxiliary Vessel Examiners have no legal authority and their goal is to prevent boaters from getting equipment related citations and to reduce safety related accidents. These boating safety equipment checks are meant to be educational and helpful, and are a good follow-up to any water safety course. If all required items are onboard the boat and if everything is present and in good working order, they will award a decal.

  • Penguins enter the Hall of Fame Feb. 28

    Unknown-1On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Penguin Athletic Club, in conjunction with the Athletics Department at Clark College, will hold the annual Clark College Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony. The banquet and ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., after the women’s and men’s basketball games that day, which start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively. The inductees will be honored during halftime of the men’s game. Tickets are $25 per person. Click here for the original story.

  • Twelfth annual Father Daughter Dinner and Dance Mar. 13

    FDDD PhotoDaughters of all ages and their father figures are invited to a fun-filled evening of making memories at the 12th annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance. The event is set for Friday, Mar. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Vancouver Hilton. Tickets are $50 per person. The event includes dinner, dancing to the tunes of DJ Craig Brown, special portrait photography, crafts, door prizes, special mementoes, and more. Semi-formal attire is encouraged but not required. Proceeds will benefit Northwest Family Services. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 9. Click here for the full story.

  • Telecommunications Commission to conduct review of Comcast performance

    images-1The City/County Telecommunications Commission will conduct its biennial public review of Comcast Cable‘s performance, Wednesday, Mar. 4, at 3:30 p.m., in Vancouver City Council Chambers, 415 W Sixth St. The session will also be televised live on Clark/Vancouver Television Cable Channel 23/323 HD. Call-in comments and questions will be accepted during the hearing between approximately 3:50 and 4:30 p.m. The phone number will be available on-screen during the live hearing. Citizens interested in submitting written testimony are asked to mail their comments to City/County Cable Television Office, P. O. Box 1995, Vancouver, Washington, 98668, or email them to Written comments will be accepted through April 3. For more information, visit

  • Cougs in the Community help Habitat for Humanity Feb. 28

    1002865_682178775132172_483839090_nCougs in the Community, a volunteer group organized by WSU Vancouver, will join Habitat for Humanity for a store improvement day. Volunteers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 10811 SE Second St. in Vancouver. The project will involve assistance with organization, recycling items and fixing cabinets and other furniture. The cleanup will finish at noon. Click here for the full story.

  • Rocksolid’s annual “Lucky Shamrock” auction and dinner Mar. 14

    _DSC6139eRiverview Community Bank and S&T Truck Repair present “Lucky Shamrock: A Night of Fundraising” from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 14, to benefit Rocksolid Community Teen Center. The auction is held at Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St. in Battle Ground. Dinner is catered by Mill Creek Pub. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online here or by calling 360-885-2181. Rocksolid Community Teen Center provides a place for kids that is safe and fun with adult supervision and good peer support, hoping to affect lives and influence the future choices and good decisions for teens. To learn more, visit

  • Chinese New Year Gala Feb. 28

    cny-2015-eng-01The Vancouver Chinese Association invites the public to celebrate the start of the year of the ram at the annual Chinese New Year Gala from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Skyview High School auditorium, 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Attendees will enjoy delicious Chinese food, snacks and beverages, receive red envelopes and raffle tickets, and be entertained by performances throughout the evening. Tickets, $10 for adults, $6 for children three through 12, can be purchased at Ocean King Seafood Market, 14930 SE Mill Plain Blvd., in Vancouver, or online at For more information, call 360-910-4714.

  • Women Build information night Feb. 27

    Unknown-3Women interested in getting involved with volunteer work in the community are invited to a Women Build information night Friday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., at 10811 SE Second St. in Vancouver. Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. It brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. No experience is necessary. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 360-737-1759.

  • “Opening Conversation” briefing on the 500K Voices Project Feb. 26

    VOICES-300x300Identity Clark CountyWSU Vancouver and the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, invite the community to attend a special “Opening Conversation” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at WSU Vancouver. This briefing will be an opportunity to learn more about the recently-released 500K Voices values and beliefs study of Southwest Washington residents. For the original article, click here.

  • Annual dinner and auction for NWABA Feb. 28

    BringItNorthwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) will hold its sixth annual signature dinner and auction, “Bring It!” at the Hilton, Vancouver on Saturday, Feb. 28. Guests will get the opportunity to interact with athletes and volunteers while enjoying exciting live and silent auctions, a delicious plated meal, powerful testimonials, and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cocktail attire is suggested. Individual tickets are $75. VIP tables of 10 are $1000. Click here for the original story.