Fifth annual Columbia River Concours D’ Elegance this Sunday

by DIwpBacon on July 31, 2014

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust will present the 2014 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, Aug. 3, along Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver. Over 100 classic cars restored to showroom polish will be on display.

Each celebrating their 100th anniversary, the 2014 show will feature Maserati and Dodge in addition to other famous names such as Jaguar, Bentley, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Alpha Romeo, Austin Healey, MG, Porsche, Triumph, Cadillac, Corvette, Lincoln, Morgan, and a host of others. Two classes also include commercial vehicles and motorcycles, scooters and boats.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m. The award ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at





National Park Service announces $1.7 million rehabilitation project at Fort Vancouver NHS

by DIwpBacon on July 31, 2014


The National Park Service has awarded a $1.7 million contract to DSL Builders, LLC of Salem, Oregon to rehabilitate the Visitor Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The contract includes the design and construction of the rehabilitation project, which will reconfigure interior space to allow for accessibility, increase educational opportunities and enhance visitor experience. The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the summer of 2015.

The visitor center was built in 1961 as part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 Initiative, commemorating the agency’s 50th anniversary. This rehabilitation, timed for completion before the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, will upgrade the facility to meet current accessibility standards, improve the park’s primary visitor restrooms, and upgrade the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems within the building.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site recorded over 780,000 recreational visits last year, and this rehabilitation will focus on designing the visitor center to better facilitate the community, visitors and educational and tour groups.

During the rehabilitation period, the National Park Service will be relocating the visitor center’s public service functions to the lobby area of Pearson Air Museum, located within the national park at 1115 E Fifth St. in Vancouver. The museum’s exhibits will remain in place and grow as the park introduces new aviation-themed exhibitry.



17th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival Aug. 21 through 24

5-time Grammy Winners, Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama, photo courtesy of Vancouver Jazz & Wine Festival.

The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 24 in Esther Short Park. In addition to the music, the festival features over 200 wines from around the world, food from eight local restaurants, 30 art and craft venders and numerous commercial exhibitors. Now in its 17th year, the event is recognized by musicians, fans and critics alike as one of the best summer concert venues in the region.

This year’s festival features Grammy-winning Jazz, Blues, Pop & Gospel bands including: Blind Boys of Alabama, Lee Ritenour, Don McLean, Stanley Jordan, Coco Montoya, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dan Brubeck Quartet; plus several local and regional jazz bands.

Admission is free on Thursday; $20 for Friday; $25 for Saturday & Sunday; or $60 for a 3-day pass. The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is a family-friendly, all ages event. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Purchase tickets at

Columbia Springs’ annual fundraiser Aug. 8


The community is invited to help the next generation get hooked on nature by attending Columbia Springs’ annual fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at Royal Oaks Country Club. Funds raised at this event will support environmental education programming for kids in Clark County. Guests will enjoy dinner, live music, a silent auction, photo booth, and more.

The silent auction will include twenty packages from local businesses with everything from kayaking trips to fine wines. Tickets are $75 per person. To register, go to For more information, call Gala Miller at 360-882-0936 ext. 221 or email at

Columbia Springs’ mission is to offer the community a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. For more information about Columbia Springs, visit Connect with them on Facebook, here.


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News Briefs

  • Pat Jollotta, Dr. Bill Ritchie and more speak at East Minnehaha and East End Neighborhood Association meeting this evening
    East Minnehaha and Roads End Neighborhood Associations invite the public to a meeting this evening, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m., at the Northside Baptist Church, next to Additional Self Storage on Minnehaha St. Speakers include: Pat Jollotta, author, elected freeholder and historian for Clark County and Dr. Bill Ritchie, Clark County Commission on Aging. Some candidates running for office may also attend. They cannot campaign but are free to answer questions and shake hands.
  • Sam Bridgman joins race to raise funds for Friedreich’s ataxia research

    To promote the awareness of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), Sam Bridgman of Portland, will participate in Ride Ataxia Seattle on Monday, Aug. 3 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. Funds raised will be research. FA is a degenerative neuromuscular disease that results in loss of coordination and usually a serious heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Many FA patients are bound to their wheel chairs, losing their ability to walk and having their speech and other functions affected, as they fight their battle. Bridgman was diagnosed with the rare genetic disease that affects 15,000 people worldwide. There is currently no known treatment or cure. For more information and to donate, visit

  • Art on the Boulevard hosts outdoor sale this Friday
    imagesAs part of Vancouver’s Art in the Heart event, Art on the Boulevard will host an outdoor art show and sale on First Friday, Aug. 1. Thirteen artists at the gallery, set up outside along the sidewalk selling all different styles of artwork at “one day only” special low pricing. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Vancouver’s Downtown Association has prepared August’s Hot Sheet, which offers a detailed list of all the events going on for First Friday. To download a copy, click here.
  • Arts Commission calling for entries for two-dimensional art show

    The Clark County Arts Commission has announced an open call for two-dimensional art to hang in the Sixth-Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The pieces would be on exhibit from October through December. Interested artists can send four JPEG images representative of a larger body of work ‒ at least eight pieces ‒ and a unifying theme title to by tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 1. Works will be juried, and artists notified by Friday, Aug. 8. To be eligible to participate, artists must live or work in a studio in Clark County. For questions, contact Rebecca Anstine at

  • Seventh annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival Aug. 1 – 17

    CGIFFpostcard-1024x682The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (CGIFF) will bring fresh cinema talent and more to venues in and around Clark County from Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 17. Now in its seventh year, CGIFF is a grassroots festival with an international scope. Filmmakers from over 40 countries cover a broad range of subject matter in over 300 films, including documentary, drama, comedy, and more. The 2014 film guide can be found here. For the full article, click here.

  • Open houses to gather public input on scope of growth plan update

    Brunswick-New-DevelopmentThe Clark County is holding four open houses about planning for development and studying potential impacts as the next step in updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. Anyone may attend an open house to learn about the county’s ongoing effort to plan for an additional 132,000 people and 91,200 jobs by 2035. The current focus is on determining what will be included in a formal analysis to supplement an environmental impact statement used to update the growth plan in 2007. For the full article, which includes the schedule of open houses, click here.

  • Camas First Friday will have you “Feeling Good in the Neighborhood” Aug. 1

    kid3All are invited to downtown Camas on Friday, Aug. 1, for an evening of good, healthy fun. The event will have a variety of demos and family-friendly activities to help people get moving, living healthier, and feeling good. The focus is on relaxation & pampering, health & well-being and interactive, physical activities. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. For all the information, visit and Click here for the original article.

  • Sapa Extrusions receives Port of Vancouver USA Facilities Improvement Award

    POV-Sapa-award-07222014_3512-web-300x214During the regularly scheduled July 22 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Port of Vancouver USA presented Sapa Extrusions with its 2014 Facilities Improvement Award. The port selected Sapa because the company surpassed employment and build-out goals and performed exceptional community outreach. The company replaced its asphalt floors with concrete, surpassed initial employment goals, and added insulation to walls to mitigate noise. The company also hired locally, including workers from the adjacent Fruit Valley neighborhood. For the full story, click here.

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee seeks six members

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill six positions on the 13-member Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. One member has resigned and terms for five others will end Oct. 31, 2014. The six new terms will begin in November. Terms are for four years. The committee serves as an advisory group to the commissioners on matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian planning, funding and implementation of the county’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The group reviews future road construction and private development projects to ensure safety for people who travel on foot or by bicycle. For further details, and application submission guidelines, click here. 

  • Accreditation assessment team invites public comment on CRESA Aug. 4

    cresaA team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Saturday, Aug 2 to examine all aspects of the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency‘s (CRESA) policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Verification by the team that CRESA meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety communications excellence. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 360-992-6274 on Monday, Aug. 4, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. Click here for the full article.

  • “Becky’s New Car” premiers at Magenta Theater this Friday

    BeckysCar3smallThe Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in Vancouver, presents Becky’s New Carwritten by Steven Dietz and directed by Jaynie Roberts. The play premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Aug. 16. Matinee performances will be held on Aug. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $16, available here. For more information, patrons may also call 360-635-4358. For the full article, click here.

  • Six to Sunset concert series presents Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts July 31

    johnny-limboThe Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts series continues Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m., in Esther Short Park. The concerts are held every Thursday through August 14. They are free, open to the public and family friendly. The series is an opportunity to hear some of the Northwest’s most talented artists and enjoy food from local vendors. This week features Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. Starting as a party gag in 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to perform the classic oldies hits.

  • New Seasons Market- Fishers Landing Bike fair event Aug. 7

    bike fair tileBike riders are invited to enjoy the festivities at New Seasons Market -Fisher’s Landing Bike Fair Thursday, Aug. 7  from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and participate in a variety of family friendly events. Visit the “Quick Fix Station” to check tires, chains and brakes. Add a free bucket to a bike, while supplies last, and fuel the afternoon with samples and beverages from over 20 participating vendors. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music performed by Tony Smiley beginning at 4 p.m. New Seasons is located at 2100 B SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • “Keys to the City” community event Aug. 1-10


    Keys to the City,” offered by the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, is an interactive community art project where 10-15 pianos decorated by a local artists will be placed in the greater Vancouver area’s most public spaces and gathering spots. Some locations include: Fort Vancouver Regional Library, New Seasons Market at Fishers Landing, Esther Short Park, Kiggins Theatre and Westfield Mall. Professional and novice artists alike are invited to share their creativity by performing in public. Pianos will be arriving at their locations Friday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. and will remain through Sunday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the event Facebook page here. To learn more about the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, click here or call 360-693-1511.

  • “Happy Christmas” opens Aug. 1 at Kiggins Theatre

    happyxmasDirector Joe Swanberg‘s new film Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynsky, opens Friday, Aug. 1 at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $5. Kelly, a budding novelist, her film director husband Jeff, and their two-year-old son live a peaceful existence in Chicago. But when Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. For more information, visit

  • Vancouver’s annual art festival “Art in the Heart” Aug. 1

    80Downtown Vancouver’s annual festival of the arts, “Art in the Heart,” happens First Friday, Aug. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. Artists will set up on Main St., from Evergreen to 11th St., along the sidewalks of Evergreen Blvd. from Washington to Columbia, and also along the sidewalks on 9th St. in front of Gallery 360. The event is free and open to the public. Participating galleries include: Art on the Boulevard , Aurora GalleryGallery 360Rand Jeweler , and The Gallery Without Walls. For more information, visit For the full story, click here.

  • Register now for Race for the Homeless Aug. 2

    raceforhomelessThe Race for the Homeless 2014 will run for its 15th year in Vancouver. Registration for the 5K Run, 10K Run and 5K Walk is $20 and includes a t-shirt. The Kids Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. The start/finish line is at the O.O. Howard House on Fort Vancouver Way, just south of E Evergreen Blvd. All race fees will be matched with a generous donation to benefit Open House Ministries. Last year $7,800 was given to this organization to help homeless families regain their independence. For more information and to register, visit For the original article, click here.

  • Workshop on “HECM 4 Purchase” program Aug. 6

    Those 62 or older who are thinking of buying a new home are invited to a workshop on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) 4 Purchase Loan at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Building Industry Association, 103 E 29th St. in Vancouver. The HECM 4 Purchase is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured home loan that allows seniors to use the equity from the sale of a previous residence to buy their next primary home in one transaction. Featured presenter is Edward Frankel, HECM 4 Purchase specialist. For further details and to register, call 360-597-4314.