Between Two Friends Radio Show features Mayor Leavitt Sept. 3

by DIwpBacon on September 2, 2015

KOUG Radio

WSU Vancouver Senior Ilana Brown has teamed up with community leader Jim Mains to produce “Between Two Friends” Radio Show for KOUG Radio. Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m., Brown and Mains look forward to connecting the university with the community by featuring political leaders, community activists and students in a new kind of radio show for the University.

“I reached out to Jim because of his connection to our community and I thought together we could show the fun side of many of the names we hear about in the newspaper.” says Brown. “We want to treat each guest as if we are just talking between two friends.” Brown is studying Public Affairs and Public Policy. She has been actively involved at WSU since she transferred from Clark College in 2014.

Mains is a partner at High Five Media and is known for his work in the community with businesses and non-profits. He is co-host on the Vancouver Side video blog and Temple Lentz‘s sidekick in Vancouver’s first live talk show, Hello Vancouver.

Tim Leavitt, Mayor of Vancouver, is the special guest this Thursday, Sept. 3, and both County Council Chair candidates Mike Dalesandro and Marc Boldt will be on the show September 10. Listen live at or catch a missed show on their Facebook page








Nominations open for 2015 Tourism Awards

by DIwpBacon on September 2, 2015
Visit Vancouver usaVisit Vancouver USA is now accepting nominations for the ninth annual Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Awards. The awards recognize key individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to tourism and economic growth in the region. To nominate a person, event, or business, visit The three categories open for nominations until October 1 are:
  • Tourism Ambassador Award - From a server at a local restaurant to a front desk representative or tour guide, tourism ambassadors can be anyone who works directly with visitors to the region.
  • Outstanding Tourism Professional - This award honors an individual who has gone the extra mile to promote the tourism industry in Clark County.
  • Spirit of Tourism Award - This award recognizes an attraction, venue, event or business that has contributed to the economic vitality of the region by attracting tourists to Vancouver USA and Clark County.

The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Awards are a grassroots platform aimed at recognizing those who excel at bringing business into the community. Winners will be announced November 3. Videos featuring interviews with award winners from previous years can be found on the Tourism Office’s YouTube channel at




Rebound announces new executive director

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John Bauman. Photo courtesy of Rebound.

Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery has announced that John Bauman will be the new executive director. Bauman succeeds David Bennett who held the role for over 22 years.

“After conducting a national search, we selected John for his strong background in musculoskeletal practice management and his extensive knowledge of the local market,” says Rebound President Stephen Southerland, M.D. “John brings creativity and enthusiasm, and holds a genuine regard for patients, colleagues, and employees.”

Bauman brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role. Prior to joining Rebound, he held numerous healthcare leadership positions in the Portland/SW Washington area, as well as nationally. He served for over fourteen years as Administrator of The Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, and most recently as CEO of Advanced Orthopedics in Richmond, Virginia. To learn more about Rebound, visit

“Tropical Holiday Tour” at Luepke Center Sept. 10, 11

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YAH! performers. Photo courtesy of the Camas-Post Record.

The stage at the Luepke Senior Center will be transformed into a cruise ship next week when Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50 and Better Young At Heart (YAH!) Senior Theatre Club presents their musical performance Still Cruisin’ Along … A Tropical Holiday Tour. Three public performances at the Luepke Senior Center are set for:

* 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10
* 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11
* 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11

Admission is $5 per person, except for the 10:30 a.m. show on Friday, Sept. 11, which is free. YAH! will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win special gift baskets at the performances for $1 each or six for $5.

The 50 and Better YAH Senior Theatre Club is open to all theatre, song and dance lovers over the age of 50. The club meets once a week from early June to late August at the Luepke Senior Center and holds a public performance at the end of each summer. For more information, call Kelly Lund at 360-487-7055.


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News Briefs

  • “Art Break Day” Sept. 4

    artbreakdayArt on the Boulevard presents Art Break Day this Friday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the first Friday of September, art spaces will be set up up in cities across the globe and everyone is invited to sit down and “Take a free art break.” Whether on the way to work, in between errands, or on a break, all are welcome to stop by Art on the Boulevard inside the Vancouver Marketplace for and art break with friends, co-workers and neighbors. All supplies will be provided to paint, color, trace, stamp, draw, cut, paste or fold. For more information about this international event, visit

  • WSU Vancouver’s A-Z Workshops offer information about paying for college

    WSUcougarslogoWashington State University Vancouver will host a series of A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships workshops this fall for prospective college students, no matter the college they choose. The first is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15. These workshops are free and open to the public. Prospective students and parents will learn from financial aid experts the many ways to make a college education attainable. Presenters will answer commonly asked questions about financial aid and scholarships, including what scholarships are available, how to apply for financial aid, and when and how to receive awarded funds. Workshops will be held in the Student Services Center, Room 101, unless otherwise specified. Free parking is available in the Orange 3 lot.

  • Applications due September 11 for funds to train software, technology and manufacturing Workers

    swwdc-artwork_01Manufacturers and companies with IT, software and technology employees may qualify for funding to train their workforce. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 11 for the ProSTEP Employee Training Assistance Fund. Offered through the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), ProSTEP offsets employers’ training costs for existing employees in certain advanced manufacturing and IT/software/technology occupations. Companies must be located in Clark, Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties. Applications and information may be obtained through SWWDC’s website at or by contacting Employer Services Manager Lee Ann Lawrence at 360-567-3170 or

  • Habitat’s annual “Raising the Roof” benefit breakfast Sept. 9

    breakfastflyerIt is not too late to join Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) at its eleventh annual “Raising the Roof” benefit breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Hilton, 301 W Sixth St. in Vancouver. This hour long program is a chance to hear what Habitat will be working on in the upcoming year and hear directly from families on how the program has changed their lives. Click here for the full story.

  • “Watermarks” opens at Art on the Boulevard, First Friday reception Sept. 4

    imggallery.phpOn First Friday, Sept. 4Art on the Boulevard opens up a new show featuring Fay KahnMary Jane Larson and Denise McFadden. “Watermarks” showcases the unique watercolor styles of all three of these artists. To preview all 43 paintings in the show, visit The opening reception is Sept. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. Visitors can and enjoy complimentary light refreshments and visit with the three artists. To see a complete list of happenings for First Friday, find the Vancouver’s Downtown Association’s September Hotsheet, here.

  • An evening with Jack Graves for First Thursday Sept. 3

    Burgerville_Webslider_No-Text-copy-3The Clark County Historical Museum’s First Thursday event this Thursday, Sept. 3, hosts a town hall style discussion with Jack Graves, chief cultural officer of Burgerville. Find out how Burgerville not only has served up fast food throughout its history, but has made sustainable business practices a significant part of their brand. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Visitors are invited to come early to explore the museum’s associated exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History, which features artifacts, documents and images from the collection that illustrates the shifting landscape of food in the region. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. For more information, visit, call 360-993-5679, email

  • Clark County recovery forum Sept. 5 at Clark College

    Substance_Abuse_picClark County’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board (SAAB) will host the Clark County Recovery Forum on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The event marks National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. A free barbecue dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. or while supplies last, and the forum runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Find the full story, here.

  • Eric for Port campaign hosts third Educational Series event Sept. 16

    Eric Labrant The Eric LaBrant campaign for Vancouver Port Commission will look at the Port’s disaster preparedness when it hosts the third installment in its Educational Series at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 16Mark Johnston, president of the Vancouver Firefighters Union, will discuss “Public Safety: Will the Port Be Ready” at Cellar 55, 1812 Main St. The evening will feature light fare, thanks to Jo Foody and a no­ host bar. LaBrant is running for Port of Vancouver Commissioner, District 2. The event is free to attend but donations are welcome. To learn more about LaBrant, visit

  • Third annual St Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor 5k Sept. 26

    blankFootprintPostcardtSz The third annual St Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor 5k Walk/Run is Wednesday, Sept. 26, beginning at the Proto-Cathedral of St James the Greater, 218 W 12th St. Proceeds benefit Vancouver/Camas St Vincent de Paul societies, one of the largest food pantries in Clark County providing food, clothing, rent assistance, utility assistance, emergency shelter, gas, and transportation assistance to residents in need. The timed 5k run begins at 9 a.m., and the 5k walk begins at 9:05 a.m. Awards and refreshments kick off at 10 a.m. For more information, and to register, visit

  • “Boots & Bites” benefit for Silver Buckle Ranch Sept. 12, early bird pricing ends Sept. 4

    Silver_Buckle_Poster_rev3The community is welcome to join the Silver Buckle Ranch for a great evening featuring a BBQ, auction, and music by the Jessie Leigh Band. “Boots & Bites” is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. Silver Buckle Ranch is located at 11611 NE 152nd Ave. in Brush Prairie. Silver Buckle Ranch focuses on serving youth in Clark County through ranch and equine-related activities. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased on or before Friday, Sept. 4 and $35 afterward. Tables for eight are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 360-260-8932. Click here for the full story.

  • Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 8

    NP_NEA_DailyInsider_ad-copyLocal nonprofit organizations and businesses will be honored on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. The awards reception, which is presented by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, will be held from 5 to p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. Additional sponsors are Vancouver Energy, and Riverview Community Bank. Cost for the reception is $20 per person. For more information, including a list of finalists and registration details, visit or call 360-735-7110.

  • Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11

    911day-blogThe American Red Cross is partnering with 9/11 Day of Service to offer individuals a chance to help others and commemorate the events of Sept. 11 by giving blood or platelets or volunteering their time with the Red Cross. Those who would like to observe the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment. For more information and donation locations, visit Click here for the full story.

  • YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training on Sept. 3

    imagesNew volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle, which begins this Thursday, Sept. 3. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in the mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence. YWCA is especially interested in expanding the number of volunteers with the Sexual Assault Program. Application, interview and pre-registration for fall training is required. To learn more about volunteering and obtain application materials, visit or contact Nichole Peppers at or 360-906-9112.

  • Register now for NWABA’s third annual fundraising breakfast Sept. 22

    VFO15_Banner_Web967x365Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is hosting its third annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Presented by Riverview Community Bank, “Vision for Opportunities” allows guests the opportunity to interact with athletes and volunteers, listen to powerful testimonials, and more, all while enjoying a delicious meal. The fundraising breakfast will be at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in Portland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8 to 9 a.m. To learn more and to register, visit, and click on the event banner. Those interested in becoming a table captain can call 360-448-7254 or email

  • Columbia Tech Center Movies in the Park cancels “Desipicable Me” due to rain, presents “Back to the Future” Sept. 4


    Due to rain in the forecast, this evening’s showing of Despicable Me at the Columbia Tech Center Park has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. Join the City of Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center for a free showing of Back to the Future next Friday, Sept. Sept 4. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. There is plenty of free, off-street parking right next to the park. Columbia Tech Center Park is located on Columbia Tech Center Dr., south of Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver.