Port of Camas-Washougal reveals 2015 summer concert series Line-up

by DIwpBacon on April 24, 2015


The Port of Camas-Washougal has announced the lineup of crowd-pleasing performers for its 14th annual Riverside Concert Series:
Saturday, July 4:

6 to 7:30 p.m.:  Sky Bound Blue Band
8:30 to 10 p.m.:  5 Guys Named Moe
10 p.m.:  Fireworks - courtesy of the City of Washougal, and assisted by Mark Marine Service, Inc. launching fireworks from their barge.

Saturday, August 15:

6 to 7 p.m.:  Rocket 88
8 to 9:30 p.m.:  Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts

“As always, we’ll have a variety of food vendors, games for the children, and a shuttle service to transport concert-goers between the parking lot and the concert venue,” says David Ripp, executive director. “Each year, our goal is to put together family-friendly destination events that will attract locals and visitors, alike. We’re pleased and excited to see the Riverside Concert Series continue to grow in popularity.” More information is found at www.portcw.com.








All-American Barn Dance and Barbecue for Partners in Careers May 1

by DIwpBacon on April 24, 2015


Partners in careers (PIC) will host an All American Barn Dance and Barbecue on Friday, May 1, that includes an evening of live music, dancing and delicious barbecue to support veterans and youth in the community. PIC provides hope to people as they overcome obstacles to employment so they can support themselves and their families.

The event will be held at the Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 NE 117th Ave. in Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Barbecue Buffet by Mill Creek Pub will be served at 6:15 p.m., and the program begins around 7 p.m. Music performed by Flexor T will end at 9:30 p.m.

The event features both live and silent auctions that include a Backyard Storage Shed built by the YouthBuild students, Blazer Tickets, Great Wolf Lodge Package, Whitewater Rafting Trip, a Guided Fishing Trip on the Deschutes River and more. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance at www.partnersincareers.org or by calling Sharon Pesut at 360-597-2060. There will be limited tickets available at the door the night of the event.

Funds raised will help PIC serve more veterans in the Roots to Road Program as they reenter the workforce and civilian life, and youth ages 16-23 in YouthFirst programs as they work to gain their high school diploma or GED and prepare for life after high school.

Conference on downsizing and more at the Hilton Vancouver Apr. 25

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Thoses interestested in simplifying their life are welcome to attend “The Upside of Downsizing” this Saturday, Apr. 25, at the Vancouver Hilton. Guests will learn how to navigate the financial, physical, and emotional considerations that make this a difficult process for most people, especially boomers and seniors.

The event features several top industry professionals that will provide expertise on addressing the obstacles and challenges of downsizing. In addition, participants will learn the necessary steps to making a successful transition into a healthier and more manageable living environment.

The educational conference consists of multiple speakers, lunch, and exhibitors who provide services and products to boomers and seniors. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m, and the conference ends at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. For reservations, visit UpsideofDownsizing.com or call 503-208-9421. Find more details on Facebook here.

City purchases Main Street property for fire station relocation


Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver has entered into a purchase agreement to buy a parcel of land near the Uptown Village area of Vancouver for the purpose of relocating Fire Station 1 (currently located at 900 W Evergreen Blvd.). The property is located at 2607 Main St., at the intersection of E Fourth Plain Blvd. and Main St.

In August 2014, the City completed a Long Range Facility Plan for Fire Stations 1 and 2. After studying whether these two stations should be repaired, replaced or moved, it was determined that the City would be best served by rebuilding and moving both fire stations to improve response times to the highest call volume area along the Fourth Plain corridor, between Main St. and St. Johns Blvd.

It was determined that the site best serving the needs of the department for Fire Station 1 was the parcel at East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Main Street. A new location for Fire Station 2 (currently located at 400 E. 37th St.) has not been decided yet, but will likely be on the east side of Interstate 5. Relocating stations 1 and 2 will maximize the efficiency of coverage from all four stations in the southwest part of the city.

The City will be reviewing proposals and selecting an architect to design both fire stations within the next month. Funding for the station replacement is made possible from the recent sale of surplus City properties and a funding plan started in 2013.



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  • Tom Lingo joins FISH of Vancouver Board of Directors

    Tom Lingo PortraitTom Lingo, account manager for PACCAR, Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products, has joined the FISH of Vancouver Board of Directors. FISH of Vancouver is west Vancouver’s largest food pantry. The all-volunteer organization distributed more than 789,000 pounds of emergency food to local families and individuals in 2013-14. The pantry is currently located at 551 W 14th St. in Vancouver. More information about FISH of Vancouver is available at www.fishvancouver.org or by calling 360-695-4903.

  • Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at Blandford Canyon Apr. 25

    Ivy54Celebrate Earth Day by protecting green spaces and giving back to the community. The City of Vancouver invites volunteers age 13 and older to help save the trees of Blandford Canyon during an Earth Day ivy pull event on Saturday, Apr. 25. Volunteers will help remove English Ivy and other invasive plants at Blandford Canyon from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should come prepared with gloves, long pants and closed toe sturdy shoes. Tools will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the southwest corner of MacArthur Blvd. and N Blandford Dr. (view map: http://goo.gl/maps/GHFux). Registration is not required, but RSVPs are always appreciated. RSVP by emailing: cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or calling 360-487-8344.

  • Purchase Battle Ground Veterans Memorial bricks by May 15 for inclusion in inaugural ceremony

    VMP Website SpotlightThanks to the generous in-kind donations from local contractors and material suppliers, the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial is currently under construction. While commemorative bricks honoring a veteran, living or deceased, will be available for purchase indefinitely, only those bricks purchased by May 15 will be engraved for display when the Veterans Memorial is dedicated in a ceremony later this year. Bricks purchased after this date will be engraved on a periodic basis throughout the coming years. Download a brick order form by visiting www.cityofbg.org/veteransmemorial.

  • Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens open now through May 10

    f20130425_11 Lilacvs BESTGuests are invited to step back in time at Woodland’s Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, where the 1880s Victorian farm home and impressive display of lilacs in full bloom will dazzle visitors during the annual Lilac Days Festival. The festival runs through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at the gardens, 115 S. Pekin Rd. (exit 21 off I-5). The house and gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Admission is $3, and children under 12 are free. For more information, see www.lilacgardens.com or call 360-225-8996.

  • YWCA Clark County seeks nominations for the Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards

    vj-2015Each year, YWCA recognizes community members who have demonstrated leadership in Clark County in their work to eliminate racism, empower women, and end oppression of all forms. There are two awards recognized during the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award Community Celebration: Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and the Youth Social Justice Award. More information including the award history, past honorees, nomination process, and community celebration can be found by visiting http://www.ywcaclarkcounty.org/vj-awards or by contacting Natalie wood, Director of Programs, at nwood@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

  • Garden Fest in The Vineyard benefits Assistance League of Southwest Washington this Saturday

    Plants-Hanging-Baskets-5A free garden festival featuring hanging baskets, potted plants, bedding plants, garden tool sharpening and a variety of garden accessories will be held Saturday, Apr. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5630 N Tenth St. in Ridgefield. Just in time for Mother’s Day, children will be able to prepare gifts at a children’s potting station. Potting soil and some pots will also be available for adults to plant their purchases. All proceeds benefit the programs of Assistance League of Southwest Washington, serving survivors of assault, youth in foster care, and children with special needs.

  • Applicants sought for Clark County Food System Council, applications due Apr. 24

    16003_466637376806343_5448694306618924357_nThe Clark County Food System Council is seeking applicants for a two year term in 2015-2016. The council’s mission is to increase and preserve access to safe, local and healthy food for Clark County residents. Members represent public health, nutrition and education, food security, waste management, resource conservation, agriculture, food distribution and relevant community organizations. Council members must live and/or work in Clark County. Council members help create and maintain a sustainable community food system through environmental, systems, and policy changes. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Apr. 24. For more information and an online application are available at: www.clarkfoodsystem.org. Follow them on Facebook here.

  • Community invites public to tour new Salmon Creek hospice care center Apr. 24

    10264491_632982940118193_6205254772465425027_nAfter a five-year journey, Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) recently cut the ribbon on its 21,000 square-foot hospice care center in Salmon Creek. Nestled in a wooded setting bordered by wetlands, the 10-bed facility resembles a Pacific Northwest guest lodge. The public is invited to drop by for a self-guided tour and refreshments and meet the staff on Friday, Apr. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m., at 3102 NE 134 St. in Vancouver. Parking is limited so public transportation and carpooling are encouraged.

  • Annual Country Life Fair at Pomeroy Farms this weekend

    1425577269-clfGuests at Pomeroy Living History Farm‘s Country Life Fair and Herb and Plant Sale will find thousands of herbs and other plants to purchase, live music, and great food. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Apr. 25, and Sunday, Apr. 26. A number of demonstrations of both historic and modern day crafts will take place around the farm grounds. The Farm Café offers fare such as sausage dogs, hot dogs, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Click here for the full story.

  • Lou Brancaccio discusses the latest Randy Wayne White book at Vintage Books Apr. 26

    Columbian_staff_mugs_165_t180Guest moderator and expert Lou Brancaccio will be at Vintage Books on Sunday, Apr. 26 at 1 p.m. to discuss the work of bestselling mystery writer Randy Wayne White. Brancaccio will focus on White’s new release Cuba Straits, but it will be an interesting and enjoyable discussion for anyone who enjoys this Florida mystery writer. Brancaccio, a long-time friend and journalism colleague of White, will offer a unique and personal view of the author.
    All new copies of White’s books will be available at Vintage for 10 percent off. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. For further details, visit www.vintage-books.com.

  • Annual Hair and Make-Up Competition benefits the Veterans Community Garden Apr. 25

    Ticket singular with Graphic green lettering Full Bleed with Font ChangeThis Saturday, Apr. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., Vancouver School of Beauty will host a hair and makeup competition at Six West Lounge, 606 Broadway St. in downtown Vancouver. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Vancouver School of Beauty, 114 W Sixth St. Tickets are also be available at the door for $10. All proceeds benefit the Veterans Community Garden Project. The event includes door prizes, fashion show, dance performances by Quinceanera Expo NW and entertainment by award winning Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Stevenz. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For further information, call 360-694-5601.

  • Local NAPA owners celebrate 10 years with fundraiser for Rocksolid this weekend

    RSTC NAPA flyerTo celebrate 10 years of business, Gunner and Jan Grant, owners of NAPA in Battle Ground and Camas, will donate 10 percent of their sales this weekend to Rocksolid Community Teen Center. Rocksolid is a non-profit after school program for fifth through 12th grade students. NAPA carries auto/boat cleaning supplies as well as auto parts. The Battle Ground NAPA is located at 18 NW 18th Ave. and the Camas Napa is located at 2008 SE Eighth Ave., Ste. 101. The fundraiser runs this Saturday, Apr. 26, and Sunday, Apr. 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Downtown Camas Clean-up and Planting Day Apr. 26


    The Downtown Camas Association invites the community to a “Downtown Clean-up and Planting Day” Sunday, Apr. 26. Projects include: Sidewalk and landscape bed clean-up, weeding, planting, and spreading bark dust. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, spades, buckets, garden gloves and wheelbarrows. The day starts at Journey Church at 4th and Birch at 1 p.m. Journey Church will provide lunch. For more information, visit www.downtowncamas.com.

  • 17th annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony Apr. 25

    ChiefRedheartPictureMembers of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional memorial ceremony at Fort Vancouver, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 25. The three hour ceremony presented by the Nez Perce Nation in cooperation with the City of Vancouver, the Fort Vancouver National Trust, and the National Park Service, pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps to heal old wounds. Ceremonial activities begin at 10 a.m., and include: singing, speeches, a Riderless Horse ceremony, and a traditional passing of the peace pipe. Find the original story here.

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to the Kiggins tonight and tomorrow

    Banff-Film-Festival-PosterThe Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to the Kiggins Theatre Friday, Apr. 24 and Saturday, Apr. 25. Tickets are $20 per day or $36 for a two day pass and are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1169034. Click here for the full story.

  • Evergreen Habitat for Humanity hosts home dedication Apr. 26

    Unknown-2The community is invited to join Evergreen Habitat for Humanity for the dedication of its 32nd home in Clark County this Sunday, Apr. 26, at 1 p.m. The home, located at 1010 W 19th St. in Vancouver, is for Matt and Sameena Bachmeier and their three children: Christian (15), Kasandra (12), and Kylee (9). Habitat for Humanity’s first ever volunteer, Clive Rainey, will be a special guest speaker at the dedication to welcome the family into their home and talk about the significance of homeownership. To learn more about Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, visit www.ehfh.org.

  • Annual Bare Root Tree, Shrub, and Perennial Sale this weekend

    _windowsillkitgrnwhtmedNatureScaping of Southwest Washington is hosting its annual Bare Root Tree, Shrub and Perennial Sale fundraiser this Saturday, Apr. 25Sunday, Apr. 26 and Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will benefit NatureScaping’s Wildlife Botanical Gardens, a demonstration garden for creating backyard wildlife habitats in Brush Prairie. A wide selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and vegetable starts will be for sale with prices starting at $1. Click here for the original story.

  • Derek Rieth Foundation fundraiser featuring film Sweet Dreams Apr. 26

    the-derek-rieth-foundation-fundraiser-featuring-the-film-sweet-dreamsAll are welcome this Saturday, Apr. 26, for an evening of music, film, dance and an ice cream social, all benefiting the Derek Rieth Foundation. The foundation provides musical instruments and music education to underprivileged young people. The evening will be introduced by Brian Davis, Rieth’s Pink Martini bandmate. Tickets are $20 in advance here, or $25 at the door. For the full story, including event details, click here.