The Vancouver Symphony’s annual gala is “Playing it Forward” Nov. 1

by DIwpBacon on October 24, 2014


QUACKENBUSH_51The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the history and genius of all the great musicians who have played on the stage and thrilled audiences with its annual fundraising gala Saturday, Nov. 1. “Playing it Forward” will be held at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and available at or by calling 360-735-7278.

“Playing it Forward” is The VSO’s primary fund-raiser of the season and will feature music by Five Guys Named Moe and attendance by VSO music director Maestro Salvador Brotons as well as a performance by internationally-renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira. The evening will feature both silent and live auctions and a stunning photographic sentimental journey through the history of the organization since its founding in 1979.

A major component of the live auction courtesy of an anonymous patron, is a timeless treasure created by seven of the greater Vancouver area’s premier artists donated their time and specific media to craft a timeless treasure from violins, donated by Kennedy Violins. A photo of each violin can be seen here.




“War of the Worlds” re-enacted Oct. 30

by DIwpBacon on October 24, 2014


To celebrate the 76th anniversary of the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the WorldsWillamette Radio Workshop will re-enact the broadcast live in front of an audience at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. This event is free and open to the public.

The re-enactment is part of “Radio Re-Imagined,” a collaboration between WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program, Willamette Radio Workshop and the Kiggins Theatre. “Martians with Moustaches,” a retrospective of student works shown last year in the Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, will be on exhibit in the Kiggins lobby.

Directed by Sam A. Mowry, War of the Worlds is the first in a series of shows that will take place at Kiggins Theatre, in a multimedia format that introduces student works alongside the live broadcasts. The Willamette Radio Workshop recreates radio drama from the Golden Age of Radio, using only voice actors and Foley sound effects.

Ron Kawamoto retires from VHA Board of Commissioners


Ronald K. Kawamoto was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 23, upon his retirement from the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners. A reception honoring the commissioner was held in the VHA Community Room prior to the Board’s regular monthly meeting. The commissioners presented Kawamoto with a framed resolution recognizing his accomplishments while serving on the board for the past eleven years.

Kawamoto was appointed to the VHA Board of Commissioners in 2003 by Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard. He was reappointed in 2007 and 2012. He has served as both chair and vice chair of the board. During the presentation, current chair Art Miles praised Kawamoto for his human touch and his leadership. Miles applauded Kawamoto for his advocacy for progressive policies and diversification of housing types and services, which has resulted in consistent high performance measures by both public and private standards.

The VHA provides opportunities to people who experience barriers to housing because of income, disability or special needs in an environment which preserves personal dignity, and in a manner which maintains the public trust. A replacement for Commissioner Kawamoto will be selected following receipt of applications by the City of Vancouver.

Treats in store for animals, visitors at Zoo’s “Howloween” this weekend

A male mandrillchecks out a jack-o-lantern at the Oregon Zoo.

A mandrill inspects a smiling jack-o’-lantern at the Oregon Zoo. Photo by Michael Durham, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife this Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and is free with zoo admission. In keeping with the zoo’s mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun.

An intriguing scavenger hunt directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo. Activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the zoo, and their habitats and adaptations. Kids can collect treats and prizes as they visit each station. Throughout the weekend, visitors can watch the zoo’s enrichment team provide animals with holiday-themed treats like jack-o’-lanterns stuffed with snacks.

To keep the weekend festivities howling, the zoo is offering an evening event just for kids on Saturday night. Zoo lovers ages six through 13 can come in costume to explore the mysteries of the zoo at night, with a guided safari and visits to the animal hospital and kitchens. Games, treats and a costume parade round out the fun night, which also includes dinner. Halloween Safari runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit



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News Briefs

  • City of Woodland seeks nominations for 2014 Citizen, Business, Employee of the Year

    Woodland Chamber of Commerce is now taking nominations for the following recognitions:

    2014 Citizen of the Year
    2014 Business of the Year
    2014 Employee of the Year

    The winners will be announced and receive a plaque in recognition of their contributions to the community at the Chamber’s annual banquet on January 24, 2015. Nomination forms can be found at or at the information center located at the Park and Ride, 900 Goerig St. just west of I-5 at exit 21. Entries should be sent: Attn: Nominating Committee (Citizen of the year) –or Award submitted for PO BOX 1012, Woodland, WA 98674.

  • Rip City Relay in Vancouver Oct. 28

    portland-blazers-logoAn entire day of events is scheduled for the Vancouver stop on the Rip City Relay Tuesday, Oct. 28. As part of the Trail Blazers’ and Moda’s partnership to showcase healthy and active living, events will include school assemblies and basketball clinics. The visit will culminate with a community gathering from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring activities for all ages. Everyone who participates is encouraged to sign a banner as a symbol of their involvement. Many Trail Blazers personalities will participate in different legs of the relay, including Founding Broadcaster and Ambassador Bill Schonely, Trail Blazers great and Alumni Ambassador Jerome Kersey, Television Broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, Blaze the Trail Cat and members of the BlazerDancers. For more information, visit

  • Donation supports additional work at Whipple Creek Regional Park

    A trust established to improve Whipple Creek Regional Park is providing $27,000 for additional park upgrades. In 1997, the Landerholm, Lansverk and Elmer families set aside $75,000 for park improvements. The families once owned 40 acres that now are part of the 300-acre regional park. Columbia Land Trust, a local nonprofit, administers the families’ trust as part of its work to conserve and care for vital lands, waters and wildlife of the Columbia River region. $17,000 will complete the north section of South Ridge Loop Trail and $10,000 will go for preliminary repairs and planning to improve the park’s dilapidated stone mill.

  • Green Business Morning Blend Nov. 6

    779_Clark-County-Green-Business.jpg-628x250Clark County’s Green Business Morning Blend is set for Thursday, Nov. 6, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Torque Coffee Roasters, 501 Columbia St., just across from the Hilton and Convention Center. Green Business Morning Blend is a monthly opportunity to network and discuss green business efforts in a relaxed setting. It is open to all Green Business Program participants and any individuals who have an interest in “greening” their own business. This month’s event will include with a brief presentation about electric vehicles in a business setting by Brian McBride from Columbia Machine. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information and to register, visit and click on “upcoming events.”

  • Harvest Hootenanny Festival this afternoon at Firstenburg Center

    10383562_10152727948512430_6825492899045734647_nMeals on Wheels People, Firstenburg Center will host a free Harvest Hootenanny Festival on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Firstenburg Center, 700 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. The event features a performance by the Stellar Fellars. The stylistic balladeers capture the songs from the 1960′s folk era. The band includes: Howard Pelky, banjo and guitar; Ray Dowdy, guitar; Brian Pelky, guitar; Mike West, Bass; and Russ Beacock, drums. Sample their music here. Click here for the original story.

  • Halloween decor at Jim Mains’ house Oct. 31

    Haunted-HouseFor twenty-five years, Jim Mains decorated his family’s home for Halloween. When he married his wife Cecilia in 2008, the tradition continued. This year the couple’s home features a full graveyard, skeletons on the roof, skeletons digging graves, and a skeleton walking its skeleton dog. They’ve added two eight-foot witches with a brewing cauldron. Leading up to Halloween, the yard will be on display every night from 6:30 to 9 p.m., featuring creepy music, special effect lights and a new video feature in the window. On Halloween night from 6 to 9:30 p.m., live actors will be dressed and waiting to spook visitors of all ages. The first 250 guests will receive a special Halloween treat. The Mains house is located at 4616 NW Franklin St. in the Northwest Neighborhood.

  • Presentation on the music of the Pacific Northwest Oct. 30

    4588752219_1e0c914ab9Ethnomusicologist Jo Galván will present “New Perspectives on Music in the Pacific Northwest” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., in the Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 East 5th St., Vancouver. The lecture is free. Galván will reveal the diverse history of music in the Pacific Northwest. The lecture will explore influences as varied as the people who lived at Fort Vancouver during the mid-19th century. For more information, click here.

  • Annual Halloween Fun Fest in Battle Ground Oct. 31

    491516117_640The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and the City of Battle Ground present the 33rd annual Halloween Fun Fest on Friday, Oct. 31. The evening kicks off with Battle Ground businesses vying for the Spirit Award & Best Scarecrow in Downtown Battle Ground Award judged by Mallard Landing Residents. Families can enjoy a costume contest, trick-or-treating, coloring contests and more. Additionally, Battle Ground Parks & Recreation will present, “Fright Night,” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center with games, prizes, treasures, tricks and treats. All proceeds benefit the North County Community Food Bank.

  • Volunteers needed for annual The Butt Stops Here cleanup event Oct. 25

    Volunteers will gather Saturday, Oct. 25, for the fourth annual The Butt Stops Here cleanup to remove cigarette butts and other litter from parks. Volunteer programs for Clark County Public Works and the City of Vancouver are coordinating the cleanup, which will be held on Make a Difference Day. The event begins with a brief orientation and refreshments at 10 a.m. in the Bud Van Cleve Community Room at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St. Volunteers will break into groups and fan out to public areas in Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County. At 12:30 p.m., volunteers will return to the sports park to weigh bags of litter and enjoy lunch. Since the first such cleanup in October of 2011, volunteers have removed nearly 50 pounds of cigarette butts from parks and open spaces. Volunteers should sign up at

  • Deanna Pauli-Hammond hosts wool sock drive challenge Oct. 26

    12450210To support Operation Sole Mates, Share’s annual sock and underwear drive currently underway, Deanna Pauli-Hammond, candidate for Clark County Clerk, has extended a social media challenge to all candidates running in the November election: a wool sock drive to help the homeless with needed socks for the upcoming winter months. Supporters can bring wool or water resistant socks to Turtle Place, 700 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 3 p.m. and place their donation in the bin for their chosen candidate. Pauli-Hammond will be on hand, and to celebrate her recent birthday, cake will be available. All socks will be donated to Share’s sock drive. For further details, visit Deanna4Clerk on Facebook. More information about Pauli-Hammond’s campaign can be found at Yesterday, this brief ran with an incorrect day.

  • WSU Vancouver to host regional LGBTQA-friendly college fair Sept. 25

    Thirty colleges and universities from across the country are expected to participate in the LGBTQA-friendly College Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at WSU Vancouver. The fair provides an occasion for LGBTQ students and allies to learn about post-secondary academic opportunities, student life and campus safety, while connecting with LGBTQA-friendly colleges. Attendees can meet admissions counselors and financial aid representatives and learn about LGBTQA resources and programs. The event includes a Financial Aid 101 workshop and a panel with current college students who will share their perspectives on what it means to be an LGBTQ student. Student ambassadors from WSU Vancouver will give campus tours every half hour. Prospective students, family members and others planning to attend the fair are not required to sign up but may do so through Campus Pride at

  • Seventh annual “Celebrate Seton” benefit dinner Oct. 26

    407440_10151326826484138_295715298_nThe seventh annual “Celebrate Seton” benefit dinner is set for Sunday, Oct. 26, at The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Tickets are $125 per person; $1000 for a table of ten. Cocktail attire is suggested. A happy hour reception will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker will be author, poet, and editor Brian Doyle. Click here for the full article.

  • Camas “Boo Bash” Oct. 29

    Image-e1412624843711Families are invited to the annual “Boo Bash” in downtown Camas next Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children are welcome to “trick-or-treat” in full costume at participating businesses, the Camas Library and City Hall. Look for the orange “Boo Bash” signs in windows on NE Fourth Ave. and adjoining streets in Downtown Camas. For the original story, click here.

  • Innovative Services NW celebrates Launda Carroll’s 30 years of service Nov. 14

    launda-insider-final-30KInnovative Services NW is proud to announce the 30 year employment anniversary of its president and CEO, Launda Carroll, as of October 16. Carroll has extensive knowledge of and experience in the fields of disabilities, family systems and program development. Community members are invited to celebrate Carroll’s 30th anniversary at a celebration to be held on Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Innovative Services NW, 9414 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., in Vancouver. RSVP to Edie Honesto at Click here for the full story.

  • Jane Beyer visits Vancouver to speak at Daybreak’s Fall Breakfast Nov. 6

    Unknown-2Daybreak Youth Services invites community members to its annual Fall Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on November 6, at the Vancouver Hilton. Tickets are $35; tables are $300. Jane Beyer, Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health and Service Integration for The State of Washington, will present “Marjiuana is Legal, What About the Kids?” The discussion will explore health care reform and the future of adolescent treatment in Washington. To register for the breakfast, call 360-635-4120 or click here. For further details about Daybreak, visit

  • Scare Away Hunger with the North County Community Food Bank Oct. 25

    ScareAwayHunger2013-webThe North County Community Food Bank (NCCFB) annual fall “Scare Away Hunger” dinner auction and costume party is the organization’s major fundraiser of the year. This year’s fun-filled party will once again be held at the Battle Ground Community Center, on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes silent and live auction’s full of great items. Individuals are $75 each; a table of eight is $575. Click here for the full article.

  • Ribbon cutting for YouthBuild and Business After Hours Oct. 28

    bah oct 2014 pic_2Join the community at Partners in Careers (PIC) for a ribbon cutting to launch the YouthBuild program Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no charge to participate in the ribbon cutting and no RSVP is necessary. Following the ribbon cutting, SWWDC and PIC will co-host a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Tickets for the After Hours may be purchased at For the full story, click here.

  • Zombie Brewfest Oct. 25

    zombie2Doomsday Brewing Company will host Zombie Brewfest on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 11 p.m. The event is open to the public ages 21 and over; ID’s will be checked at the door. Doomsday is located at 421 C St., Ste. 1B in Washougal. There is no admission charge to attend. Attendees will enjoy one-eyed jello shots, a costume competition, zombie movies, a DJ in the brewfest tent, zombie nerf shoot-out and 20 local brews to choose from. Beers are $4 for a 12 oz. pour. Patrons are encouraged to bring cash for food and beverage purchases as credit cards will be charged $1 per transaction. For more information, visit