Save the Date: 2014 Symbol of Freedom series to benefit CDM Caregiving Services Nov. 4 and 5

by DIwpBacon on September 16, 2014

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The Symbol of Freedom: My Enemy, My Friend is a two event series presented by Riverview Community Bank to elevate knowledge of CDM Caregiving Services, a local non-profit organization that has been doing business in Southwest Washington for over 35 years. These events are centered around Veterans Day to provide a great opportunity to recognize and honor local veterans.

The VIP event, set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, will offer an intimate gathering with Special Guest Speakers Brig. Gen. Cherry and Lt. Hong My. This event has limited space availability. The evening on Wednesday, Nov. 5 is a dinner served at the Vancouver Hilton and will feature excerpts from My Enemy, My Friend, a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War, as told by Brigadier General Cherry and Lt. Hong My.

CDM holds strong to their commitment to the community by providing services fulfilling their mission of keeping the elderly and disabled in their own home for as long as possible, which includes many Veterans as well as others of all ages.

Tickets are $100 for the Symbol of Freedom Dinner; $125 for the VIP event; and $175 for the VIP and dinner package. For more information, visit, and click on the “Special Events” tab. Tickets can also be found on Ticket Tomato or by calling 360-750-3825. Find details on Facebook, here.




2014 Share Games for Give More 24!

by DIwpBacon on September 16, 2014
To help celebrate and participate in Give More 24!, Share will host The 2014 Share Games from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Rd. Activities include: Stuff-a-Backpack Contest, Celebrity Hopscotch, Outdoor Bowling Tournament, Dunk Tank, HORSE, Lip Sync Battle and a Kids Veggie Derby, sponsored by Whole Foods. Plus Esoteric BBQ is bringing their food stand, with meals to purchase for lunch and dinner.
Many local celebrities will participate in the 2014 Share Games, including Mayor Tim Leavitt, Clark College President Bob Knight, Craig Pridemore and more. The public is invited to come and watch local celebrities compete and then are welcome to join in the fun. Tours of the Share Fromhold Service Center will also be offered.
Give More 24!, organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, is set to launch at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 and run until 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Donations to Share can be made at a Donation Station at the Share Fromhold Service Center or on-line at Community members are encouraged to spread the word about Give More 24! via social media with #GiveMore24.


Grand opening of Pomeroy Cellars Sept. 20

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Pomeroy Cellars will host the grand opening of a brand new tasting room on Saturday, Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to guests ages 21 and older. Pomeroy Cellars, one of Clark County’s newest wineries, is located at the historic Pomeroy Farm, 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd. in Yacolt.
The afternoon festivities will include a complimentary tasting of Pomeroy Cellars’ newly released flight of wines such as the Log House Red, a big Rhone style blend and Riesling which has become a top seller. Guests may also take part in a bocce ball tournament, sample complimentary chocolate pairings, enjoy live music and purchase dinner catered by Mill Creek Pub of Battle Ground. Prize drawings and giveaways will be taking place throughout the day.
Established in 1910 the Pomeroy Farm is currently home to fourth and fifth generation Pomeroy descendants. Founder of Pomeroy Cellars and winemaker is Daniel Brink, great great grandson of farm founder E.C. Pomeroy. What began as a pursuit of “easy credits” in a Wine Tasting course at Washington State University became a pastime and then a passion. With the help and support of family, Pomeroy Cellars is the first of this generation’s foot print upon the Farm and the community and a continuation of a 114 year legacy. Find more information at

The 2014 Vision for Opportunities benefit breakfast for NWABA Sept. 24


Northwest Association for Blind Athletes invites community members to the second annual breakfast fundraiser at Multnomah Athletic Club Wednesday, Sept. 24. The 2014 Vision for Opportunities is presented by Riverview Community Bank. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but guests will be asked to support the life changing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.

NWABA changes the lives of blind and visually impaired youth and adults with sports throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Athletes develop belief in themselves. Breaking down barriers and isolation, they become an active part of their schools and communities. Experiencing the power of sports, the participants aspire, excel and have fun.

To reserve a table, contact Carrie Scott at or 360-448-7254. For more information, visit


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  • Retails Thrift Superstore caters to crafters and DIY-ers

    ReTails Thrift Stores, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), recently opened the doors of its new thrift superstore, located at 5000 E. Fourth Plain (across from Golden Skate) in Vancouver. Now, ReTails has added Saturday crafting demonstrations to the shopping experience for the grand opening month of September. The first demonstration, Candelabra Makeovers, was held on September 6 to an enthusiastic group of crafters. For the remaining two weekends in the month, ReTails will host the following in-store demonstrations each led by a local crafting expert:

    • Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. – Repurposing Thrift Store Finds
    • Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. –  Furniture Makeover

    Proceeds from ReTails Thrift Stores supports the work of HSSW’s mission of pet adoptions, proper medical care for the community’s animals and other companion animal programs.

  • Help sought locating specialized tricycle stolen from Vancouver residence

    V14-14224Vancouver Police were contacted regarding the theft of a specialized tricycle in the 5700 block of NE 85th Ave. The Rifton Adaptive -Medium Tricycle belongs to the victim’s ten year old son and was donated to the family by Shriner’s Hospital based on the special needs of their son. Anyone with information on the theft, or the whereabouts of the tricycle is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department at 360-487-7400.

  • Storm City Roller Girls take on Willamette Kidney Thieves this Saturday

    stormcityWatch the hard-hitting action on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Storm City Roller Girls of Clark County, battle it out against the Willamette Kidney Thieves. The fight takes place at the Clark County Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the bout begins at 6 p.m. Parking is $6 (cash only). Tickets can be purchased for $10, at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door for $12. Storm City Roller Girls is a flat track derby league located in Clark County, that is committed to promoting the empowerment of women of all races, national origins, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and body types by creating positive athletic role models and a community-based sport for those of all skill levels. For further details, visit

  • Tidewater vessel crews were first responders to two boating emergencies Sept. 9

    Tidewater vessel crews were the first responders to two separate boating emergencies which resulted in the rescue of four boaters last week. At approximately 1:15 a.m., Todd Takalo, piloting the Tidewater tug Maverick, spotted a flashing white light in the water. Takalo and deck mechanic Ryan Jones navigated 35 mpr winds and 4 foot swells to rescue two tribal fisherman that had been stranded on their capsized vessel for over 45 minutes. In a separate incident, around 7 p.m. on Sept. 9, two recreational boaters were pulled from the water after their boat caught fire and capsized. Captain Greg Majeski on the tug Captain Bob, describes seeing a recreational boat fully engulfed in flames and two people in the water near the burning wreckage. The Captain Bob crew pulled the couple from the water, just as their burning boat slipped beneath the surface of the Snake River. “In addition to providing valuable inland marine transportation service, our boats and crews act as river sentinels keeping watch and responding to on water emergencies throughout the Columbia & Snake River system,” says Bruce Reed, Tidewater’s COO. “Tidewater is dedicated to making the extra effort to go above and beyond to ensure the safety of personnel, the environment and the community in which we operate.”

  • 11th annual Oktoberfest at Shorty’s Garden and Home Sept. 19

    10499560_689139301156249_4537828169676598474_oShorty’s Garden and Home will host the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its Vancouver location, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, which supports the programs and services provided to local communities by the FVRL Library District. The festival features live music and dancing, Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer, and German-style food available for purchase from Beaches Catering. Advance tickets are $20, available online, here. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token.

  • Traveling Band-O-Gram bus tours for FVPS during Give More 24 event Sept. 18

    1538840_767085020000350_6095839197582015434_nThe Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools’ (FVPS) traveling Band-O-Gram bus will wind around Clark County as part of the community crowdfunding event, sponsored by Community Foundation, on Thursday, Sept. 18. A specially marked bus, provided by Beaches Restaurant, will make stops at eight locations. At each stop, a live, acoustic band will walk-around and perform some tunes for about 10 minutes and collect school supplies to fill the bus. To donate to FVPS, visit at any time from at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, until 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Details can be found on Facebook, here. For the original article, which includes a list of bus stops, click here.

  • Public Safety Complex open house honors participants in Chief for a Day program Sept. 20

    PSC_Open_House_1881-600x398Join others from the community at the 13th Annual Public Safety Complex Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Clark County Public Safety Complex, located at 505 N.W. 79th St., near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The complex houses the Clark County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct, the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, and a volunteer fire station shared by Fire Districts 611, and 12. This is the culminating event of local law enforcement’s participation in the Chief for a Day (CFAD) program. The event is free and allows residents to meet local firefighters and law enforcement officials, see emergency vehicles up close, and watch auto extrications, sprinkler operation, a K-9 show, and fire extinguisher demonstration. Click here for the full story.

  • Local cities honor International Day of the Girl

    IDG2014AvatarThe cities of Camas and Vancouver have accepted Girls ROC’s International Day of the Girl Proclamation. The proclamation identifies issues and challenges unique to girls and asks citizens and government leaders to recognize October 11 as International Day of the Girl. Girls ROC is a youth-led leadership program sponsored by H-RoC, open to all girls in Clark County ages 12-17. Girls ROC provides opportunities for girls to develop leadership through real world applications. Click here for the full article.

  • POW/MIA observance and monument dedication on Sept. 20

    UnknownThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will be dedicating the POW/MIA Monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 NE 65th St, Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The event runs in conjunction with National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Col. John F. Sweeney, the commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. For the full story, click here.

  • All library locations closed Sept. 30 for staff training day

    All branches, bookmobiles and headquarters offices of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) will be closed to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 30 for a day of staff training in Vancouver. The district’s website,, will continue to offer many library services that day. All FVRL locations will resume normal open hours on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Three Creeks Community Library will be closed for remodeling beginning Monday, Sept. 15, and reopening to the public also on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Anyone with questions about the closures prior to Sept. 30 should talk to staff at their local branch or call 360-906-5106, or 1-888-546-2707 toll-free from area code 509. Note that the Sept. 30 closure does not include the independent Camas Public Library.

  • Vancouver Police warn of phone scam

    On September 12, Vancouver Police were contacted by a man reporting that his relative had been the victim of a scam involving someone posing as a law enforcement officer requesting payment to avoid arrest. The victim, over the course of three days from Sept. 9 through 12, purchased numerous pre-paid credit cards, totaling over $10,000 and provided the card information to the person claiming to be the law enforcement officer. The Vancouver Police Department is currently investigating this incident and at this time has not confirmed any other similar cases. The Vancouver Police Department reminds citizens to never provide personal or financial information over the telephone. If contacted by someone claiming to be from an organization requesting personal or financial information, citizens should hang up, locate the official organization phone number online or in the phone directory, and place a call to the official number to confirm any details. If you believe you have been the victim of this, or any other scam, contact a law enforcement agency and make a report.

  • Second annual Oktoberfest at Alderbrook Park Sept. 26 and 27

    oktoThe community is invited to Alderbrook Park‘s second annual Oktoberfest from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is $15 and includes a commemorative mug. Beer and wine script is $5. Evenings are for adults over 21, but families are welcome on Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing under the elegant pavilion, and classic German beers and food. For the full article, click here.

  • Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon Sept. 20

    hu_2013_ministry_dd_big_bowl_sturgeon_two_kids_high_res_arvai-karoly-7_credit_credit_www.kormany.hu__arvai_karoly_2The Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will be honored from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the 18th Annual Sturgeon Festival held at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. The free, one-day festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The popular event includes entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Click here for the full story.

  • Register now for H-RoC’s next Cocktails & Conversation Sept. 18

    Unknown-1H-RoC will host the next Cocktails & Conversation discussion Thursday, Sept. 18, in the upstairs dining room at The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. This quarterly event features topics and speakers designed to encourage and support our community’s women leaders. September’s topic is “Can Women Have It All?” Seating is limited to the first 25 guests; interested parties should RSVP to For more information, visit  For the full story, click here.

  • City of Camas seeks input for 2035 Comprehensive Plan

    The City of Camas seeks community input as it prepares an update for the Camas Comprehensive Plan. The 2004 Plan helped lead the way for the neighborhoods, schools, parks and downtown that exist today. With help from the public, the 2035 plan will preserve what is valued most about Camas, while planning for future generations. To participate, visit the project website at

  • Daybreak Youth Services hosts David Sheff Sept. 17

    bbbecd7c-7d5d-4d1f-97e4-f1b5a92dc564auskhfDaybreak Youth Services will host David Sheff for a one-day-only lecture and community conversation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17,  at Clark College. Sheff is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean. Tickets are just $10 online here,  or cash or check at the door. Click here for the original story.