50 + Connections Expo May 1

by DIwpBacon on April 29, 2016

The annual 50+ Connections Expo, a health, wellness, and lifestyle fair for people ages 50+, is being held on Sunday, May 1, from noon to 4 p.m. Businesses and community services will share ideas and products that create an enjoyable and exciting post-career lifestyle.

The 2016 Connections Expo is focused on creating an accessible, fun, hands-on event. Features include mobility scooters for guests to use, volunteer language translators, hands-on exhibits, informational presenters, free BINGO grand prize drawing, exciting raffle prizes, and an easy chair TV lounge.

The expo will be held at the Vancouver Hilton Convention Center, 301 W 6th St. Admission is free, yet a suggested $5 donation at the door supports Volunteer Connections. For more information, visit www.50plusconnectionsexpo.com or contact Erin Adams at erina@hsc-wa.org or 360-735-3693.







Downtown Camas Association and Journey Church Receive Award

by DIwpBacon on April 29, 2016

Awardpic.224738The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) and Journey Community Church received the Community Partnership award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held on April 26, in Chelan, WA, in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

“The partnership between DCA and Journey is a unique example of the power of having a shared vision for downtown,” said Breanne Durham, Washington State Main Street Coordinator. The partnership with Journey makes year-round, free community events feasible for DCA by providing a large venue during poor weather, volunteers to help run promotions, and activities for children. Events like Girls’ Night Out, Camas Car Show, Plant & Garden Fair, and DCA’s Annual Awards Dinner rely on the unique community space. At the annual Spring Clean-Up and Planting Day, Journey provides not only lunch for 50-75 volunteers, but also recruits congregation members and their children to serve their community.

The Excellence on Main Awards recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation.

Willamette Radio Workshop presents live dramas on PTSD May 4

wsuvancouver_logoThe Willamette Radio Workshop will perform two live radio dramas examining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The Willamette Radio Workshop reenacts historic radio dramas for live audiences. Each production begins with a live re-creation of a drama, complete with voice actors, sound artists, digital and multimedia components.

Directed by Sam A. Mowry, the dramas are episodes from the radio series “Gunsmoke” and “The Shadow.” The performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. ”These radio dramas were written and performed long before there was a name for or understanding about PTSD,” Barber said, “but the effects were real and provided the basis for great storytelling and critical thinking.”

The performance is free and open to the public at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Free Prescription Discount Available for County Residents

RXClark County residents can save money on prescription drugs by using the county’s free prescription discount program. Since the program started in late 2006, county residents received an average discount of nearly 27 percent on each prescription, which amounts to an average savings of $11.31 per prescription. So far, Clark County residents have saved a total of $3.16 million.

The National Association of Counties sponsors the prescription drug discount card program. The cards are free and may be used by all county residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. They are accepted at most pharmacies. A Spanish language version of the card is available.

Cards are available at city halls, libraries, participating pharmacies, C-Tran transit centers and some Clark County facilities. Residents can use the card any time insurance does not cover a prescription. There are no enrollment forms, restrictions or limits on how many times the card can be used. For more information, call 1-877-321-2652 toll free or visit https://www.caremark.com/wps/myportal/FRAMED_CHECK_DRUG_COST.

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News Briefs

  • List of employers available for Jaime Herrera Beutler’s May 2 Jobs Fair

    jobsfairCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler released a list of employers participating in her sixth annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair on Monday, May 2, available here. The jobs fair will be hosted at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 NE 65th Street in Vancouver from 9 a.m. to noon.  There are currently 47 employers participating, and the list will continue to be updated and made available at jhb.house.gov as more employers are added. Similar to previous jobs fairs, this free event will be open to all Southwest Washington residents and will feature hiring businesses and organizations from a variety of industries.

  • Oregon Historical Society holds vintage book and photo sale May 7

    Book_6A unique shopping experience including photographic prints copied from Oregon Historical Society‘s vast holdings, including images of Portland and other Pacific Northwest locales, plus thousands of books, many relating to Oregon and the American West, are being made available to the public on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will take place at the OHS Pavilion, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland. Special discounts are available for teachers, students, seniors, members, and Multnomah County residents. Details can be found online at www.ohs.org/join.

  • Audition Fearlessly: one night workshop May 10

    dailyinsiderA one-night workshop, “Audition Fearlessly,” on Tuesday, May 10th, 7 to 9:30 p.m. is being offered at Magenta Theater’s new location at 1108 Main Street, Vancouver. Melissa Barnick will give participants the inside track on what directors look for at auditions. Participants can choose a monologue in advance and prepare it, as much as possible, for expert suggestions and polishing during the workshop, or audit the class without performing. The cost of the workshop is $20 and registration can be done online at magentatheater.com.

  • Clark County Grown Spring Seasonal Social May 3

    1431660287033The public is invited to Clark County Grown’s Spring Seasonal Social from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, at Pioneer Grange, 3803 NE 199th St., Ridgefield. The event topic is “Getting Small Farm Products to Market.” Gorge Grown Executive Director Sarah Sullivan will share local food consumer trends and marketing strategies. Warren Neth will speak about Clark County Grown and the vision for its regional branding and marketing. Additional highights include a raffle, seed swap, produce tasting table, and appetizers featuring local ingredients for purchase. The complete story can be found here.

  • H-RoC’s Cocktails and Conversation topic: politics and the press May 19

    UnknownH-RoC will host its next “Cocktails & Conversation” discussion Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. This quarterly event features topics and speakers designed to encourage and support women leaders. May’s topic is “Politics and the Press; A love/hate relationship,” with speakers: Katie Gillespie, Temple Lentz, and Kathy McDonald. For more information, find original story here.

  • Touch of Class Chorale spring program celebrates American composers Apr. 30

    516_467262499983986_299845592_nTouch of Class Chorale will perform three concerts for its spring program,”Americana: A Celebration of American Composers,” this Saturday, Apr. 30, St. John’s Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Additional performances scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. at East Woods Presbyterian Church, and Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church. For ticket information and further details, visit www.Touchofclasschorale.com.

  • Riverview Trust Company names Chris Cline president

    Chris Cline 2016 - Standard HeadshotRiverview Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riverview Community Bank has named Christopher Cline as president and chief operating officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Karas. Cline is the Trust Company’s first COO and will oversee day-to-day business operations, and lead strategic planning and business development efforts. Cline was the Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager for Wells Fargo heading up trust services in Oregon and SW Washington. For complete story, click here.

  • Walk MS Vancouver May 1

    2015walk-logoWalk MS Vancouver returns this Sunday, May 1. Participants will enjoy tasty food, refreshing beverages, happy music and “smiles a mile wide.” Funds raised through Walk MS, give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in the community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research on the road to a cure. MS Walk Vancouver kicks off at 9 a.m. at Esther Short Park, opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Walkers head south on Columbia St. to SE Columbia Way along the river. The rout U-turns at a rest stop. Overall the distance is about 5 kilometers. Registration is free. For more information and to register, click here.

  • Final community forum on the Westside Mobility Strategy program May 3

    roses_in_esther_short-9A community forum on the Westside Mobility Strategy program is set for Tuesday, May 3, form 6 to 8 p.m. The Westside Mobility Strategy is a study of the transportation network in Vancouver’s neighborhoods and industrial areas west of I-5. The project objective is to develop improvement strategies to better manage current and future transportation needs for people who walk, bike or drive and for businesses and industries that rely on trucks for moving goods to local, regional and interstate destinations. This third and final forum will be held at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Attendees can learn about the project’s latest findings and draft recommendations. Following a short presentation, display boards will be setup to communicate key elements of the strategy and staff will be available to answer questions. The draft document will be released for public comment following the meeting.

  • Volunteer with the Sound Wall Action Team Monday mornings

    swat_2Hough neighborhood community members have created a team of volunteers dedicated to keeping W Mill Plain Extension clear of trash, weeds and other debris along the sound wall. Volunteers meet on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the corner W Mill Plain Blvd. and Franklin St. Interested parties should wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Upon arrival, volunteers will sign in, put on a safety vest and break into groups. For more information, contact Nancy Schultz via email at nancy52749@gmail.com or call City Volunteer Program at 360-487-8344.

  • Jim Fischer & Friends present Mother’s Day concert May 7

    Honoryourmother-1227x960Jim Fischer’s 13th annual fundraising concert for Friends of the Carpenter will celebrate mothers. The concert, “Honor Your Mother,” is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday May 7, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Vancouver. Friends of the Carpenter is a  a faith-based day shelter in Clark County. Featured guests include the Northwest Harmony Chorus, and more. The cost for this benefit concert is $20. Tickets are available at the Friends of the Carpenter Friendship Center; at Beacock Music; and at Second Chance Thrift Store, NE 52nd St., just off St. John’s Rd. Tickets can also be ordered online at: www.honoryourmother.brownpapertickets.com. For information on group rates, call 360- 750-4752.

  • Skills Center host VIP tour May 6, RSVP by May 2

    RTlogo150Join Clark County Skills Center Director Kari Duffy, staff and students for a VIP Tour of the technical programs on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour includes an overview and walking tour of the campus with stops at several classrooms to observe the students at work. A lunch will be prepared and served by the students in the Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts program. The cost for lunch is $5. The Skills Center, located at 12200 NE 28th St. in Vancouver, is a cooperative technical educational school operated by nine school districts and Educational Service District 112 in southwest Washington. RSVP’s are requested by Monday, May 2. For further details and to make a reservation, contact Jan Strickland at 604 1050 ext. 2151 or janice.strickland@evergreenps.org.

  • Prescription drug take-back event aimed at curbing teen drug abuse

    Clark County residents can dispose of expired or unwanted medications on Saturday, Apr. 30, at one of four prescription drug take-back locations in Vancouver and La Center. All locations will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are:

    • PeaceHealth Memorial Health Center, 100 E  33rd St.
    • Kaiser Permanente ‒ Cascade Park, 12607 SE  Mill Plain Blvd.
    • Kaiser Permanente ‒ Salmon Creek, 14406 NE 20th Ave.
    • La Center Police Department, 105 W Fifth St., La Center

    Improper drug disposal can be a health hazard and an environmental concern. Click here for the full story.

  • RTC board meets May 3

    rtcbanner-p1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the Sixth Floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at meetings@rtc.wa.gov or visit www.rtc.wa.gov and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • SW Washington Bluegrass Jamboree benefit for veterans Apr. 30

    imagesThe community is invited to a benefit for Guitars for Vets this Saturday, Apr. 30, at English Estates Winery. Guitars for Vets is a national program and will be the first chapter in Vancouver. This benefit, Bluegrass Jamboree, is sponsored by the Somewhere Between Band. Visitors will enjoy acoustic music jams from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. An open mic session will held in between. Wine, hard cider, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 plus a food dish to share. Half of the entry fee & ten percent of wine and cider sales will be donated to Guitars for Vets. English Estate Winery is located at 17806 SE First St. in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.englishestatewinery.com.

  • Parks Foundation will distribute over $125,000 at annual luncheon May 10

    12885726_10154048549308826_2487445265420787790_oThe Parks Foundation of Clark County will distribute more than $125,000 in grants to fund parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County at its annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The foundation launched the Community Grant program in 2009. Since that time, it has awarded more than $567,000 in grants. The luncheon, emceed by Jim Mains and Gary Bock, will also feature the formal presentation of the 2016 Florence B. Wager Awards. All are invited to attend the luncheon on May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets are available online at http://www.parksfoundation.us or by calling the foundation office at 360-487-8370.

  • Garden Fest and Plant Sale benefits Assistance League of Southwest Washington Apr.30

    13063434_1401591786533533_7605851297941407658_oAssistance League of Southwest Washington is holding a Garden Fest and Plant Sale on Saturday, Apr. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featured will be beautiful hanging baskets, potted plants, hybrid tomato plants and succulents, as well as a boutique with handmade placemats, outdoor pillows and items to decorate any outdoor space. The event will take place rain or shine, at 5630 N 10th St. in Ridgefield. Click here for the original story.

  • Bingo Night benefits Habitat’s Women Build Program Tonight

    3D8CFF03-9B57-4962-8399AAE9BE1B95C5Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Bingo Night fundraiser to support the Women Build Program. This is a family friendly event that is open to all.  Snacks and drinks will be available. Bingo cards will be sold at $2 a piece with a total of 10 games. Winners receive prizes valued at $25 or more. The event will be held in the showroom of the Clark County Habitat Store, 10811 SE Second St. Vancouver on tonight, Apr. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.