Fourteenth annual Independence Day celebration at Port of Camas-Washougal

by DIwpBacon on June 29, 2015


The Port of Camas-Washougal invites the community to a day full of family friendly activities to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4. Festivities kick off with the annual patriotic themed Children’s Bike Parade. Children ages three to 11 are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes for a parade around Marina Park.

Several food, resource and craft vendors will be on hand, as well as a kids activity booth, coloring station, hula hoops, face painting,  a bean bag toss, and more. An all-age sack race begins at 5 p.m. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. with jazz and rock from the Skybound Blue Band, followed by 5 Guys Named Moe from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks start at 10 p.m. The City of Washougal will launch them from a barge in the Columbia River. Fireworks will be visible along Cottonwood Beach at William Clark Park, but food and entertainment will only be available at Marina Park. For further details, connect with The Port of Camas-Washougal on Facebook, here.








Pizza party fundraiser for a new Ridgefield Library July 11, RSVP by July 1

by DIwpBacon on June 29, 2015


FORLnewlogoThe Friends of the Ridgefield Library are hosting a pizza party on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., to benefit the building fund of the new Ridgefield Library. It will be held at a ten acre farm in Ridgefield and the pizza pies will be created on site and baked in a hand made pizza oven. Guests are invited to order their own pizza toppings, so each one will be unique.

To follow a library theme, the party is being called The Dewey Decimal Pizza Party. Guests can enjoy outdoor games such as bocce ball and croquet, lots of food, drawings for prizes, and more. The public is invited to help raise money for the library and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Cost is $40 per person or $350 for a group of ten booking at the same time. Reservations are needed and the deadline is Wednesday, July 1. Call 360-887-2160 to make a reservation.


Register now for “Hoops on the River,” early bird discounts end today

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The One Team Kids Foundation and its partners have announced that the ninth annual Hoops on the River is now open for registration. This 3-on-3 street basketball tournament is open to youth teams going into grades one through 12, adult women’s recreational teams and men’s recreational and elite teams. Wheelchair and Special Olympics divisions are encouraged to participate with entry fees waived.

In 2014, Hoops on the River was a huge success that saw 23 street ball courts, 185 teams, 740 players, and almost 10,000 spectators surround Esther Short Park. This year, the event will be Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 16. Sign up before Tuesday, June 30, to receive early bird discounts on registration.

Tournament information, team registration and hotel accommodations can be found at Hoops on the River proceeds benefit Share and One Team Kids Foundation. For sponsorship or volunteer information, contact Eric Anderson, president, One Team Kids Foundation, at

City of Vancouver partners with volunteers, donors to improve Marine Park


Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

Last week, volunteers from the Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) joined Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt, Councilmembers Bart Hansen and Jack Burkman, and Vancouver Parks and Recreation staff at Marine Park to celebrate the start of a collaborative community project that will give the park a facelift.

The City recently received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington for improvements to Marine Park, thanks to a donation from the Shirley and Jim Johnson Charitable Fund.

The grant, in combination with the donation of equipment and labor from the members of the SWCA, will allow the City of Vancouver to stretch those dollars even further. Over the next month, SWCA members will replace 13 picnic tables, add a drinking fountain and recognition signage, and make landscape repairs.

The local SWCA members contributing equipment and labor to the project are Anchor Concrete, Catworks Construction, Equipment Rental Services, North Fork Landscape Inc., Stellar J, Precision Rebar & Accessories and Waste Connections Inc.


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News Briefs

  • Fundraiser for Ty Stober July 9

    11080716_603711209765337_8168537111152878309_oThe community is invited to a fundraiser for Ty Stober on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Juliano’s Pizzeria. Stober is running for Vancouver City Council, Position 5. Visitors can try out some great local beers, other drinks, and amazing pizza and talk with Stober about his vision for the city. Hosts include Kim and Shannon Meadors, Ted Gathe, and Monica Stonier. RSVP’s are requested at: Those unable to attend, can donate

  • 2015 Harvest Days poster winner announced

    11659250_877767888959480_5550999325355851339_nThe Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce has announced that Amy Schrater is the winner of the 2015 Harvest Days Poster Contest. She is a-stay-at-home mom and part time nurse. The art will be used to promote the event, and then a framed copy of the drawing will be presented to Schrater during the Harvest Days Opening Ceremony Saturday, July 18.

    Harvest Days is an annual event that is put on by the Battle Ground Chamber. For more information about Harvest Days, the chamber, other events, and photo gallery, visit

  • Humane Society helps pet owners prepare for Fourth of July holiday

    300x300-02 Last 4th of July holiday, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) took in dozens of dogs that ran away from their homes in response to loud noises caused by fireworks. To help owners prepare for a safe holiday for their pets, HSSW, in collaboration with Good Neighbor Vet, is hosting a Protect Your Pet event at the HSSW’s ReTails Thrift Store on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ReTails Thrift Store is located at 5000 East Fourth Plain Boulevard. The Protect Your Pet event offers licensing and microchipping that help reunite lost pets with their owners. HSSW also offers licensing and microchip services every Tuesday – Sunday from noon- 6 p.m., in the shelter’s Admissions area. In addition, HSSW’s Admissions Department will be open on July 4 until 4 p.m. to help care for animals that have run away or are lost. For more information, visit or call 360-693-4746.

  • YWCA Clark County Community office restores service hours July 1

    YWCA LogoBeginning Tuesday, July 1, YWCA Clark County will once again open its Community Office five days per week. New hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In 2011, the Board of Directors determined that in order to sustain programming and in response to a decrease in revenue, the Community Office at 3609 Main St. would close to the public on Fridays. The 24 hour hotline, support groups and scheduled appointments continued during this time, but service was suspended for those who walked in needing services. Financial support from the community has restored the revenue needed to offer full services five days per week at the Community Office.

  • Independence Day at Fort Vancouver July 4

    1012364_10151537817923262_384073352_nIndependence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, is next Saturday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site. It is a full day of family fun with live music, games and entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The event, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, has over a 50-year history of providing one of the region’s most memorable fireworks displays. Click here for the full story.

  • Early summer opening for Mt. Bachelor

    Unknown-3Mt. Bachelor will open for the summer season on Saturday, June 27, a week earlier than initially planned thanks to recent warm and dry weather. Starting Saturday, Mt. Bachelor will offer scenic chairlift rides, lunch at Pine Marten Lodge, disc golf and sled dog cart rides. The downhill bike park opens the following week on Friday, July 3. The resort will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for Sunset Dinners at Pine Marten Lodge and twilight mountain biking. Find the full article here.

  • First annual “Dog Days of Summer” in downtown Camas for First Friday July 3

    Dog-SwimCamas will host the first annual “Dog Days of Summer” for First Friday, July 3. From 5 to 8 p.m., Cedar St. between Fourth and Fifth will come alive with activities, vendors, and more. Visitors can also enjoy after hours shopping, dining, art shows, and live music to round out the evening. Click here for the original story.

  • Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington

    teddy_roosevelt.pngThe Clark County Historical Museum and Humanities Washington present a lecture by professor Scott Woodward that will cover Teddy Roosevelt’s 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, at the museum’s First Thursday event on July 2. In 1903, President Roosevelt’s tour of Washington State, inspired thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history. Woodward also discusses Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today. The admission is free thanks to the support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit

  • Clark County opens cooling centers during extended heatwave

    250x324xcoolingstation.jpg.pagespeed.ic.H_uNO4V6ruPublic Health and emergency management officials urge residents to protect themselves from heat during the forecasted hot spell, when regional temperatures are predicted to hit 100 degrees and remain hot for the next week. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) has contacted community partners to set up cooling centers. They are:

    Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
    Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.; Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday
    Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal; City Hall, Monday-
    Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Washougal Library, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Washougal Community Center, Sunday 2-6 p.m.

  • Fire District 6 invites community to July meetings

    10495285_10152513053617253_2216793532044148668_oFire District 6, which serves 64,000 people over 37 square miles north of Vancouver, is facing some challenges to keep up with the rising cost to provide emergency services. “We need to be honest with our community about the challenges we’re facing,” says Chief Jerry Green. “At this point, we’re holding on – but just barely.” The public is encouraged to attend two meetings to discuss the challenges and potential solutions on July 7 and 21. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., at Fire District 6’s headquarters located at 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave. The public is encouraged and invited to attend both meetings. Click here for the original story.

  • Extremely hot and dry weather prompts fireworks warning, reminder

    images-1The City of Vancouver would like to remind residents and visitors that use of fireworks within the city limits is restricted to 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 4. The extremely hot and dry weather is creating a serious fire hazard that those using fireworks need to be aware of. The City also wants to remind everyone that it is illegal to use fireworks in a public park without a permit and fireworks buyers must be at least 16 years of age. Individuals who use fireworks inside the city limits on days other than July 4 may be subject to fines starting at $250. Fines for use of illegal fireworks begin at $500. It is important to note that fireworks laws outside the Vancouver city limits are different. To verify whether or not you are within the city limits, click here. For more information about the City’s fireworks ordinance and general fireworks safety tips, visit:

  • Share’s 13th annual Summer Meals program to provide 27,000 free meals to local children

    Share-Logo1From June 29 to August 14Share‘s Summer Meals program will provide free meals for kids at 21-24 locations throughout Clark County; more than 27,000 meals are expected to be served. Share’s Summer Meals program focuses on providing fresh, healthy meals, including fruits and vegetables, so that children in the community do not face hunger during the summer months when school doors are closed. Share needs volunteers to prepare and deliver meals (breakfast & lunch) to all Summer Meals locations from June 29 to August 14 (Monday to Friday only). Find the full story, here.

  • Casino Night fundraiser for The Arc July 2

    Layout 1The Arc of Southwest Washington (The Arc) will host a Casino Night fundraiser on Thursday, July 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Prairie Bar & Grill, 14925 NE Caples Rd. in Brush Prairie. The Arc will take over the restaurant with Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold-em, and Black Jack. Prizes range in value from $20 to $350. Tickets are $30 and include gambling script. Since 1936, The Arc has provided services locally to tens of thousands of persons with developmental disabilities and their families in Southwest Washington. Tickets can be purchased online here, or at The Arc, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • “A Batter of Life & Death” launch party with Ellie Alexander June 30

    Unknown-1Local book lovers are invited to the launch of A Batter of Life and DeathTuesday, June 30, at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. The novel is written by Ellie Alexander and is the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery Series. The event will feature pastry chefs-in-training from the Northwest Culinary Institute in a head-to-head, deliciously sweet, dessert battle straight from the pages of the book. The launch party is from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cellar 55 Tasting Room, 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit