Camas Days Festival this weekend

by DIwpBacon on July 21, 2014


Each year during the Camas Days Festival, downtown Camas plays host to an array of family activities, live music, and great food and local wine and beer. This year, the festival is set for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 in conjuction with the annual Ducky Derby and the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 5K. For detailed information, including a schedule of events, click here.

Visitors should expect to see arts and craft vendors, a gated wine and microbrew street, a food street, concerts in the park, a kids parade and a main parade, a kids’ activities street, a softball tournament, and the famous bathtub races in front of Camas City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas.

The festival has been an annual tradition for over 40 years. It is held on the fourth Friday and Saturday in July, and regularly draws 10 to 15 thousand people. More information can be found on Facebook, here.





Find Waldo in Vancouver through July

by DIwpBacon on July 21, 2014


Where’s Waldo? In Vancouver, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-six different local businesses and resources throughout Vancouver this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, magic kits and more. Participating community businesses and resources include:

Sunrise Bagel; Vancouver Pie Company; Paper Tiger Coffee, Garside Florist; Bad Monkey Bike Shop; Kazoodles; Vancouver Water Resources Center; Vancouver Grocery Co-op; Arnada Naturals; Vancouver Pizza Island; Hobby; Village Pearl; Fort Vancouver Historic Site Bookshop; GamesPlay; Canine Utopia; Tiny Hiney’s; Orchards Feed; Ice Cream Renaissance; Beacock Music; Parkrose Hardware; Leonardo’s Pizza; Dave’s Killer Magic; Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop; Cruise-In Consignment; and Vintage Books.

Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information, call Vintage Books at 360-694-9519.



Relay for Life of Vancouver July 26 and 27


The opening ceremony for the 26th annual Relay for Life of Vancouver kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 26, at McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fundraising event that celebrate people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

Relay for Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times. In addition to the relay, participants can expect a fun zone for both kids and adults, and a food cart gathering. The annual luminaria celebration will be held at 10 p.m.

A “fight back ceremony,” held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, gives Clark County residents the opportunity to make a pledge to take action in the fight against cancer. Pledges range from making lifestyle changes to reduce cancer risk, to volunteering for programs that help those battling cancer, to advocating that cancer be a priority for elected officials. For more information and to register a team, visit

Leadership Clark County seeks nominations for “2014 Outstanding Alumnus”

Leadership Clark County (LCC) is accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominees should be LCC alums who have worked to benefit the Clark County Community and supported LCC over the past 12 months. The deadline to submit is July 28.
Nominators should submit their name and contact information, the nominee’s name and email address; and a brief description of why the nominee deserves to be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alum. More details, and a list of LCC alumni, are available at
Prior awardees include Sharon Pesut, Sharif Burdzik, Troy Van Dinter and Debra Hentz. The winner will be chosen by an alumni selection committee and honored at LCC’s October celebration. Current LCC board members are ineligible.
For more information, contact Executive Director Denise Smith, at director@leadershipclarkcounty.com360-567-1085, or visit


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News Briefs

  • Vacancy on the Public Facilities District board of directors

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired term on the Public Facilities District board of directors. The term expires Dec. 31, 2014. The board’s duties relate to administration of the Public Facilities District (PFD) created by the Board of County Commissioners in 2002. The district participates in the development of regional centers, including the convention center in Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Board members are paid $50 per day while attending meetings. The commissioners are seeking applicants with experience in: the tourism industry; marketing, events and promotion; hotels and convention centers; facility operations and finance; economic development; and general knowledge about Clark County. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. For more information and application instructions, click here.

  • Clark County Public Health wins national award

    Clark County Public Health was one of 22 local health departments to receive a Model Practice Award last week from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Department staff was recognized for using free, online software to record tuberculosis patients taking their medications. Tuberculosis treatment usually lasts four to 12 months, and every dose must be observed by a health care worker. Since 2009, Public Health has used Skype and OoVoo to observe patients taking their medication instead of making some in-person visits. The technology has reduced the time and expense involved in home visits. NACCHO represents 2,800 public health departments nationwide. For more about Clark County Public Health, visit

  • Anchor Point Counseling Center hosts ribbon cutting and open house for new location July 25

    Anchor Point Counseling Center will celebrate a new location with a ribbon cutting and open house from 3 to 6 p.m. this Friday, July 25. Guests can expect door prizes, appetizers and refreshments. The event will be held at the new facility, 2009 F St. in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-687-3222 or 360-906-0228. For more information about Anchor Point Counseling Center, visit

  • Make a Splash: The Clark County Fair starts August 1

    cycloneThe Clark County Fair Association has created an amazing lineup of thrilling attractions and entertainment including Sea Lion Splash, the High Diving Pirates of the Caribbean, FairCon and the new ToyTopia and Lego Lane exhibits, and all the rides, food, fun, and animals that makes the Fair a favorite memory. The fair runs Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for adults, $5 for youth ages seven through 12, and $6 for seniors. Parking is $5 and carnival ride coupon books are $20. Purchase discounted tickets at Clark County Fred Meyer stores, People’s Community Federal Credit Union branches, and participating Wilco Farm Stores, or online at Click here for the full story.

  • Clark Public Utilities receives J.D. Power recognition for seven years in a row

    J.D.-Power-and-Associates-AwardFor the seventh consecutive year, J.D. Power recognizes Clark Public Utilities for ranking highest in customer satisfaction among midsize electricity providers in the Western United States. The J.D. Power study measures customer satisfaction with electric utilities by examining six key factors, which cover all areas of utility operations. In all of these categories, customers gave Clark Public Utilities the highest score in the West midsize segment. Find the official category announcement and scoring here. For the full story, click here.

  • Nominations sought for the National Disability Employment Awareness Community Awards

    NationalDisabilityMonth2012The Clark County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce are accepting nominations of businesses and individuals for the National Disability Employment Awareness Community Awards. The awards honor the role people with developmental disabilities have in a dynamic, productive workforce and recognize leadership in the business community. Deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, August 29. Click here for the full article.

  • Best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks this evening

    teamofrivalsThe Oregon Historical Society will host famed author Doris Kearns Goodwin for a lecture on her New York Times bestselling book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The event is set for tonight, July 21, at 7 p.m., at the Newmark Theater. Limited tickets are still available through TicketsWest and start at $50. Copies of her book will be be available for purchase. Following the lecture, all ticket holders are invited to the Oregon Historical Society for a tour of “2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln’s Legacy.” For the original story, click here.

  • Pints for a Purpose to benefit the Community Foundation July 21

    Pints-for-a-Purpose-3This Monday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Caps N’ Taps will present the July installment of its Pints for a Purpose event series. The Camas-based bottle shop and taproom, located at 337 NE 4th Ave. in Camas, created the series to channel its passion for craft beer into support for local charities and causes. This month, the event will contribute $1 from every pint sold to the Community Giving Fund, an endowment at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. For more information on the event, visit

  • Mill Creek Pub hosts fundraiser for Vancouver Fire Firefighters Pipes & Drums July 22

    Mill Creek Pub will host a fundraiser to help the Vancouver Fire Firefighters Pipes & Drums (VFFPD) attend the Annual Memorial For Fallen Fire Fighters. All are invited to dine at the pub on Tuesday, July 22, any time from 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. A portion of the lunch and dinner sales will be donated, and all cash donations will be matched. The VFFPD will perform at the pub from 6 to 8 p.m. Created in 2009, the VFFPD are a group of fire fighters that have come together to promote brotherhood and increase the camaraderie of Professional Fire Fighters in and around Vancouver. There are musical groups across the country who honor their fallen in this manner. Each year a National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is held in Colorado Springs where all the groups nationwide come together to honor all lost in that year. For further details, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • “Grassroots Saturday” conference July 26

    “Grassroots Saturday,” a day of skill-building workshops for volunteers and staff of small, nonprofit organizations, will be presented on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short sessions will allow participants to connect with experts on a variety of topics of concern to nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington, the conference will be held at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. Registration fees range from $40 to $100. For the original article, click here.

  • Vancouver Police taking application for NOW volunteers through July 23

    The Vancouver Police Department is looking to add to its citizen patrol volunteer team called, Neighbors On Watch (NOW). These volunteers conduct foot, bike and vehicle patrols throughout the city, are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month after receiving specialized training provided by the Vancouver Police Department. The citizen patrol team also helps staff special events with the police department, canvass neighborhoods for missing children and vulnerable adults, and are able to assist the Vancouver Police Department with its public safety mission. Applications will be accepted through July 23. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at 360-487-7467 or For more information and a printable application, click here.