Fourth annual CouvFest NW Aug. 28 – 30

by DIwpBacon on August 22, 2014


The CouvFest NW is Vancouver’s annual summer music festival featuring live, local, and original performances at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Three days of free concerts begin Thursday, Aug. 28 and run through Saturday, Aug. 30.

Now in its fourth year, the event features over 30 bands performing on alternate stages to minimize downtimes. There will be food carts and other vendors throughout the day, and people will have the opportunity to meet the bands after each live set.

This year, CouvFest NW has partnered with Evergreen School District Foundation‘s “Stuff the Bus!” to provide school supplies to underprivileged students. Attendees are encouraged to donate backpacks, composition notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, glue, scissors, rulers, erasers, calculators or a tax-deductible cash donation to their booth during the event. For more information, including the complete schedule of bands, visit or





Pints for a Purpose at Caps N’ Taps Aug. 25

by DIwpBacon on August 22, 2014


This coming Monday, Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Caps N’ Taps in downtown Camas will present Pints for a Purpose benefiting Canine Companions. The craft beer taproom and specialty bottle shop has created a monthly event series to channel its passion for craft beer into support for local charities and causes. $1 of every pint sold goes to Canine Companions and local brewery Heathen Brewing has donated a keg allowing 100% of the proceeds to benefit this cause.

As part of a Canine Companions for Independence DogFest event, artists have decorated life-size fiberglass models of Labradors. It’s similar to the Cow Parade that Portland had a few years ago and the Hearts of Clark County that Peace Health sponsored. These life-size pieces of art will be located outside and within Caps N’ Taps starting on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Established in 2013, Caps N’ Taps is Camas’ local taproom and bottle shop specializing in 20 rotating taps, over 100 specialty bottled 22 oz. brews not found in local stores, and local wine. For more information, visit

Clark College hires new Director of Athletes


large_Ann_Walker_09Vice President of Student Affairs William Belden has announced that Clark College has hired Ann Walker as the new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; her first day will be Tuesday, Sept. 2. Walker comes to Clark from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she served as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Operations. Overall, Walker has served for 23 years in athletics in roles ranging from administration to coaching.

Walker served as an assistant basketball coach at Creighton University before being hired to head the women’s program at Minnesota State University. From there, she moved into athletic administration and has held a variety of positions including conference leadership roles. She has a M.A. in Sports Psychology from the University of Iowa, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Iowa.

Walker comes to Clark during an athletic upswing. Last year, 10 of 11 sports programs at Clark College made post-season appearances and four coaches won conference Coach of the Year Honors. Clark College’s fall athletic programs begin play on Monday, Aug. 25. For more information about Clark College, visit

Dr. Michael C. Liu and Fred Lu in free concert to benefit VSO Aug. 23


Support The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and its future young musician projects at a free concert of virtuoso piano music performed on two fabulous Steinway grand pianos Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., at Michelle’s Pianos, 600 SE Stark St., Portland.

The concert features Young Artist Competition gold medalist Fred Lu along with VSO pianist and supporter Dr. Michael C. Liu. The event is sponsored by Michelle’s Pianos in support of the Vancouver Symphony and the VSO young artist fund.

Selections include: Magic Flute Overture by Wolfgang A. Mozart; Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b by Johannes Brahms; Minuet and Gavotte,  from Septet in Eb major, Op. 65 by Camille Saint-Saëns; Funerailles by Franz Liszt arranged by Emil von Sauer; Polovtsian Dances from the opera “Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin; and Concertino, Op. 94, by Dmitri Shostakovich.


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News Briefs

  • Largest industry awards showcase in Southwest Washington honors building excellence

    The Building Industry Association (BIA) presented awards for the NW Natural Parade of Homes, Columbia Credit Union Tour of Remodeled Homes and the 2014 Building Excellence Awards this week at An Evening of Excellence dinner meeting. People’s Choice Awards, voted on by event attendees, are:

    Best Kitchen: Cascade West Development “Finleigh”
    Best Master Bedroom: JBHomes “OfeliaCortés”
    Most Livable Floor Plan: JB Homes “Ofelia Cortés”
    Best Landscaping: Stone Bridge Homes NW “Home Sweet Home”
    Best Interior Design: Pacific Lifestyle Homes “The Cavanaugh”
    Outstanding Architecture: Legacy Restoration “The Manzanita”
    Best Entertainment Room: Pahlisch Homes “Belle Vue”
    Best of Show: JB Homes “Ofelia Cortés”

    The builders featured in this year’s NW Natural Parade of Homes presented by HomeStreet Bank were JB Homes, Pahlisch Homes Inc., Cascade West Development, Legacy Restoration, Glavin Homes, Stone Bridge Homes NW and Pacific Lifestyle Homes. The event took place in July at Erickson Farms in Felida. For more information and a complete list of awards, visit

  • Michael Henchman and Woody Moran perform at Heisen House this evening

    34912_134299309941255_4994168_nMichael Henchman and Woody Moran perform at Heisen House this evening, Aug. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Food will be available; catered by Mill Creek Pub. To listen to a sample of Henchman’s music, click here. No reservations are needed and admission is free. The Heisen House is both a state and national historic site, located at 28005 NE 172nd Ave. in Battle Ground. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • Storm drain stencils remind residents of need to safeguard waterways

    Clark County Environmental Services has stencil kits available for residents to paint “Dump No Waste – Drains to Stream” on pavement in front of storm drains. Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading cause of water pollution in urban streams. Dirt, fertilizers, oil, pet waste and other pollutants routinely wash into storm drains and make their way into streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands, where they can harm fish and other aquatic life. County kits offer all the materials needed to label storm drains, including stencils, paints, safety vests, traffic cones and other supplies. Volunteers must follow all safety guidelines. They can stencil drains only on residential streets, not arterials, highways or other busy roads with high traffic speeds or vehicle volumes. Kits are available in Environmental Services at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. For additional information, visit

  • Dog Walk 2014 supports Northwest Battle Buddies Aug. 23
    happy-dogThe cool shade of the trees and natural beauty makes Lewisville Park a perfect venue for the third annual Dog Walk with Northwest Battle Buddies this Saturday, Aug. 23. The event promises a day of family fun with the family dog. Walkers will enjoy food, cold drinks, games and prizes, an auction and more. Registration is $25 per person, with discounts for youth and veterans. Click here for the full story.
  • Picnic with Autism Empowerment Aug. 23

    event_236558582The Autism Society of Southwest Washington has teamed up with Autism Empowerment to host the ASW-SWWC Annual Summer Picnic this Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 4 p.m., at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. People of all ages on the Autism Spectrum are invited, as well as their families and friends, to join these organizations for an afternoon music, games, sensory play, access to trails and fun. The free event will have hamburgers and hot dogs, but guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. Click here for the original article.

  • 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.

  • Call for artists at Second Story Gallery; application deadline Oct. 1

    call-for-artistsThe Second Story Gallery in Camas is seeking artists interested in displaying their work during shows being scheduled for 2015 and January 2016. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 1, at 6 p.m. Over the past decade the gallery has presented monthly exhibits of pottery, weaving, woodworking, collage, cut paper silhouettes, and handmade books as well as paintings and photography. To review the guidelines and an application form, visit the administrative office at the library at 625 NE Fourth Ave. or

  • Love Your Columbia at the Water Resources Education Center Aug. 23

    All are welcome to participate the region-wide Love Your Columbia event from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Volunteers have the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds or perform another restoration activity at Columbia River locations in their community. Clark County volunteers will remove invasive plants from the wetlands along the Columbia River near the Water Resources Education Center. To learn more and to RSVP to attend the Vancouver event, click on the Love your Vancouver link here. Click here for the original story.

  • Anime enthusiasts converge in Vancouver Labor Day weekend

    Celebrating twelve years of anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is back for its biggest year yet. Thousands of people will gather together for a convention that will span two hotels in downtown Vancouver: The Hilton Vancouver and the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. Kumoricon is a celebration of all things anime and manga. Popular examples are Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Ponyo, Speed Racer, and Pokémon. The event features games, dances, panels, guest speakers, cosplay and more. Festivities begin Friday, Aug. 29 and run through Monday, Sept. 1. Tickets are available at the door only and are $25 for Friday and Monday; $35 for Saturday and Sunday; and $55 for a three day pass. Participants must have photo identification. For more information, visit

  • Clark County Arts Commission extends deadline for Lifetime Achievement Award to Sept. 15

    The Clark County Arts Commission is accepting nominations of local artists to be considered for the organization’s second annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The original Aug. 29 deadline to submit nominations has been extended to Monday, Sept. 15. The award formally recognizes an artist who lives in Clark County and has made a significant contribution to the field of arts and culture. The selection committee will be comprised of current commission board members. Click here for the original story.

  • Boater safety class Aug. 23

    Boat owners in need of the required Boater’s Safety Card can attend a workshop this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Clark County Public Works and Maintenance and Operations Center. In addition to the card, completion of the class will reduce the cost of boaters insurance. Seating is limited and registration is $10. The center is located at 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. To register, call 503-799-5250.

  • Sixth annual Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Faire this Saturday

    downtown vintageFor the past five years Camas Antiques has hosted the Camas Vintage Street Faire inviting vendors from all around Washington and Oregon. This year the DCA is partnering with them and adding quality arts and crafts vendors to the event. The Faire is this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Downtown Camas on Fourth Ave. and Birch St., near Camas Antiques, 305 NE Fourth Ave. For the full story, click here.

  • Buy Vancouver USA meeting Aug. 27

    The Buy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Speakers include Lynn Krogseng, who formerly owned Neighbors Market in that space, and Dave and Gina Lemberg, whose networking with Krogseng led them to move to Main Street from Hazel Dell. The meeting is open to all locally-owned businesses and anyone interested. For more information, visit or

  • Leah Stenson reads at Angst Gallery Aug. 23

    Poet Leah Stenson will read from Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out this Saturday, Aug. 23, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. Co-edited by Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi, “Reverberations” is a collection of Japanese poetry and commentary on the first nuclear accident of the 21st century. Repercussions from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident continue to be felt at home and abroad. The collection is a timely cross-cultural and socially relevant anthology of contemporary Japanese poetry that brings the depth and scope of the human tragedy into clear focus. Stenson is an established poet who spent 16 years teaching at university in Japan. She hosts the Studio Series, a popular venue for established poets in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Vancouver Farmers Market celebrates 25 years this weekend

    603189_504690946238407_1471576883_nThe Vancouver Farmers Market (VFM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday, Aug. 23. Starting at 9 a.m., the VFM will be honoring important people who have influenced the market over the last 25 years. There will be live music, treats for customers and a classic car show that will add to the fun. For more information visit Click here for the full story.

  • Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 11

    424508_10150724027146834_602517200_nLocal nonprofit organizations and businesses will be honored Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. The awards reception, which is presented by Columbia Credit Union, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information and registration details, visit or call 360-735-7110. For the original story, click here.

  • Washougal School District hosts forum on school safety Aug. 25

    The Washougal School District will host a School Safety and Facilities Planning Forum to address school safety concerns, facilities conditions, and to plan for future needs and growth. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Washougal School District Office, 4855 Evergreen Way in Washougal. RSVP’s are requested to Cassi Marshall at 360-954-3005 or For the full article, click here.

  • Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival on now through Aug. 24

    logo_homeThe Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival runs through Sunday, Aug. 24 in Esther Short Park. Admission is free on Thursday; $20 for Friday; $25 for Saturday & Sunday; or $60 for a 3-day pass. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. In addition to the music, the festival features over 200 wines from around the world, food from eight local restaurants, 30 art and craft vendors and numerous commercial exhibitors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit For the full story, click here.