VSO Chamber Series’ annual Family Concert Mar. 8

by DIwpBacon on February 27, 2015
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Columbia River Brass Quintet, photo courtesy of VSO.

The VSO Chamber Series will present its annual Family Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 8, at Kiggins Theatre. Brass on the Loose is a lighthearted and fun introduction to the brass family of instruments by some of the area’s most renowned brass musicians. Also on the same program is Opera Quest Northwest, a group of five young singers and a pianist will bring a live program called “Opera the Great.” Opera Quest Northwest is a nonprofit group dedicated to bringing the world of opera to school-age children.

The sprightly brass repertoire will include music from the piccolo trumpet, trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn, trombone and bass trombone. Among the songs featured will be John Stanley’s Trumpet Voluntary, Bernstein’s West Side Story, Alexander Goedicke’s Concert etude forTrumpet, Mozart’s Rondo for Horn, Debussy’s Girl With the Flaxen Hair and a crowd-pleasing version of Tiger Rag (featuring Doug Peebles). This is a great concert for all members of the family.

“Opera the Great” blends beautiful opera excerpts with a humorous, interactive script. It’s educational—children learn opera history, characters, voice parts and famous melodies—and also great fun. Young audience members can try out opera gestures and singing styles, become part of the chorus, and even go onstage as opera characters. Tickets for adults are $25 and $10 for students. Children under 5 are free. For more information and tickets, visit www.vancouversymphony.org.



New public deliberation initiative expands regional survey

by DIwpBacon on February 27, 2015


500000A crowd of about 200 community leaders gathered at a special briefing at WSU Vancouver, to learn more about a recently released 500,000 Voices report which highlights values and beliefs held by citizens in the region. During the event, WSU Vancouver officials announced the founding of its Initiative for Public Deliberation (IPD), a program of the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

The initiative, already operational, aims to engage a broad cross-section of local residents in discussing vital issues facing our community. These discussions will be held at various times and locations across southwest Washington this spring, and are being co-hosted in partnership with WSU Vancouver, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, The Columbian, Identity Clark County and Clark College.

The IPD will become a home for ongoing public discussion and civic engagement around key regional issues. The initiative will also allow the 500,000 Voices Partnership to build upon the data gathered through the 500,000 Voices survey, and ensure that regional policies, resources and priorities align with community values. Complete results and a printable report can be found online at www.500kVoices.org.

CCHM First Thursday Lecture: The Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics Mar. 5


Clark County Historical Museum will host the next “First Thursday” this Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. The event features a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County that will discuss the changes they have seen in Southwest Washington during their careers, and the legacy they leave for future generations.

Speakers include Sandra Day (Ridgefield, City Councilmember), Nan Henriksen (former Mayor of Camas), Pat Jollota (former Vancouver City Councilmember), Connie Kearney (Clark County’s first woman commissioner), and Dr. Martha Martin (East County Fire & Rescue Board Commissioner). The panel will be moderated by Judie Stanton (former Clark County Commissioner).

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and is free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. For more information and questions, email info@cchmuseum.org, call 360-993-5679, or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site proposes entrance fee increase, public comments sought through Mar. 27

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Unknown-2Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is soliciting public comments concerning possible fee increases in 2015 and 2016. Under the park’s proposal, the entrance fee to the reconstructed stockade site would change from $3 to $5 in 2015 and $7 in 2016 for an individual, and would remain valid for reentrance for seven days. The park’s annual pass would increase from $10 to $20 in 2015 and $30 in 2016, and would continue to allow admittance of four adults.

The proposed fee increase affects the reconstructed stockade site only. Access to park grounds, trails, roads, and facilities outside of the reconstructed stockade site would remain free of charge. Facilities that will remain free of charge to access include the Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, and the McLoughlin and Barclay Houses at the park’s McLoughlin House Unit in Oregon City, OR.

This fee increase is part of a larger NPS initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country. A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open now through March 27. Feedback will be accepted online here, and by mail to: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Attention: Proposed Fee Increase, 612 E. Reserve St.,Vancouver, WA 98661.


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News Briefs

  • Genealogical class offered at CCGS Mar. 3

    Those interested in researching their family’s genealogy can now take a class with the Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS). “Get Your Ducks in a Row: Genealogical Housekeeping 201″ will be held Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 10 a.m. Classes are taught by Jane Germann, a member of CCGS since 1984. She has been a mainstay of education, teaching classes from introductory to courthouse research to publishing and everything in between. Germann will discuss some easy and painless ways to keep track of genealogical files. Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. The class fee can be paid with registration or at the door. Exact cash amount or check is appreciated. Although walk-ins won’t be turned away, preregistration is requested at: www.ccgs-wa.org. Classes with insufficient registration one week in advance will be canceled. Those registered will be notified and any fee paid will be refunded.

  • Second Story Gallery presents a “Sisters’ Circle” in March, reception Mar. 6

    roundcubeA new exhibit opens with an artists reception next Friday, Mar. 6, in the Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library. “Murmurations of Art,” is a five-woman show by local artists working in every style and medium. The reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Visitors are welcome to the gallery during regular library hours: 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through March 28. Photo at left is a piece by participating artist, Judith Sanders. ”Sisters’ Circle” is a wood piece that represents all five women in the exhibit. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.secondstorygallery.org.

  • Nominations sought for Public Health Community Award

    Clark County Public Health welcomes nominations for the annual Public Health Community Award, which recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting community health. Nominations are due March 31. Forms are available on the Public Health website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-health. Completed forms can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Details are on the form. “The Public Health Advisory Council is especially interested in hearing about individuals or organizations in Clark County that work to prevent health problems, forge partnerships and strive for communitywide outcomes,” says Trevor Evers, council chair. The award will be presented during the Clark County Board of Health meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

  • Humane Society’s “Walk/Run for the Animals” May 2; earlybird pricing ends Mar. 1

    square_2015_walkgraphicbanner_375x375Pet lovers of all athletic abilities are invited to bring their dogs and other amazing animals to the annual Walk/Run for the Animals, a fundraising event organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The event takes places on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Registration is $35 per person; those 12 and under are free. To save $5, register before Sunday, Mar. 1, and use codeword “earlybird.” Click here for the full article.

  • Salvation Army opens new store in Vancouver, grand opening celebration Mar. 5

    Goods-Thrift-Stores-562x374The Salvation Army is opening a new Family Store in Vancouver, at 11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd. A grand opening celebration will start at 9 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 5. The event includes a ribbon cutting, in-store promotions, raffle prizes, a Portland Trail Blazer autographed basketball, as well as other prizes. Additionally, iHeartMedia will host a “Make a Basket Trail Blazer” ticket giveaway. All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Click here for the full article.

  • AFP March membership meeting and luncheon features Mark Koenig Mar. 6

    Unknown2Mark Koenig, senior director for Advancement Services for the Oregon State University Foundation (OSU), will present “Prioritizing your Prospect Pipeline” on Friday, Mar. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & SW Washinton. The cost for the event is $35 for AFP members, $25 for AFP Young Professional members and $50 for nonmembers and guests. Click here for the full story.

  • Stage Combat Seminar begins Mar. 1 at Magenta Theater

    Stage Combat1Those with an interest in learning how to act violently, can register for Stage Combat Seminar: Acting the Violent Scene at Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. This four-week workshop will be part physical training and part scene study. Students will learn a variety of unarmed and small weapon techniques, and then be assigned roles and learn choreography for a specific scene, which will be rehearsed up to performance level by the final week. Seminars run from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays, Mar. 1822, and 29. Registration is $65 for one person, $120 for a married couple, siblings, or a parent with child. Participants must be at least 16 years old. For more information and to register, visit www.magentatheater.com.

  • Women Build information night this evening

    Unknown-3Women interested in getting involved with volunteer work in the community are invited to a Women Build information night tonight, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., at 10811 SE Second St. in Vancouver. Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. It brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. No experience is necessary. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 360-737-1759.

  • Choreographers’ Showcase at Columbia Dance Feb. 28

    7bf91071-0435-4cd2-b26f-1436d4ad5016Join Columbia Dance for a special evening featuring tomorrow’s great choreographers as they present their newest works today. The 2015 Choreographers’ Showcase will be held this Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit the studio at 1700 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. A receptionist is available weekdays between 3 and 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interested parties can also call 360-737-922. Columbia Dance Center has been providing excellence in dance training for all ages in the greater Vancouver/Clark County area for 25 years. It is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Vancouver, dedicated to enriching the community through diverse dance performances, pre-professional dance training and outreach programs. For further details, visit www.columbiadance.org.

  • “Killer Fiction” with Chelsea Cain at WSU Vancouver Mar. 3

    cc-9WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series continues Tuesday, Mar. 3, with author Chelsea Cain. Cain will discuss how to write “killer fiction.” The author sets her thrillers in Portland. Described by the New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” her mysteries pit detective Archie Sheridan against serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Her latest book, One Kick (2014), introduces the Kick Lannigan series. The free, public lecture runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and will be held in the WSU Vancouver Library Building, Room 265.

  • Southwest Washington Wind Symphony presents “Awakenings” Mar. 1

    sunrise_from_newfound_gap_great_smoky_mountains_tennesseeThe Southwest Washington Wind Symphony will present Awakenings at 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 1, in the Performing Arts Center at Union High School. The concert features contemporary music by American composers including Mock Morris by Percy GraingeSanctuary by Frank Ticheli, and In Memoriam by David Maslanka. All concerts are free and open to the public. Click here for the full story.

  • Public input sought on county parks

    DSC_0073Clark County is asking residents what they want in their parks system. The county is working with the seven-member Parks Advisory Board to update a long-range plan that will guide purchase of land for parks and development of parks, trails, sports fields and other amenities. Residents can participate by taking an online survey that will help set priorities. The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, is available at www.clark.wa.gov/parks. In addition, three open houses are also scheduled. Click here for the full story.

  • Buy Vancouver USA presents Doug Booth Mar. 3

    2124c9aBuy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The speaker will be Doug Booth of The Columbian‘s advertising department. Booth will share tips for writing memorable ad copy and marketing materials. The free meeting is open to all locally-owned businesses and anyone interested. For more information, visit www.buyvancouverusa.org or www.facebook.com/buyvancouverusa.

  • Free vessel safety check Feb. 28

    Members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG) and Sheriff’s Marine Deputies will be on hand to provide free vessel safety checks for boaters on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Clark County Operations Center, 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. The Vessel Examiners who perform these checks are trained specialists who know the latest legal requirements for boaters. USCG Auxiliary Vessel Examiners have no legal authority and their goal is to prevent boaters from getting equipment related citations and to reduce safety related accidents. These boating safety equipment checks are meant to be educational and helpful, and are a good follow-up to any water safety course. If all required items are onboard the boat and if everything is present and in good working order, they will award a decal.

  • Penguins enter the Hall of Fame Feb. 28

    Unknown-1On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Penguin Athletic Club, in conjunction with the Athletics Department at Clark College, will hold the annual Clark College Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony. The banquet and ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., after the women’s and men’s basketball games that day, which start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively. The inductees will be honored during halftime of the men’s game. Tickets are $25 per person. Click here for the original story.

  • Twelfth annual Father Daughter Dinner and Dance Mar. 13

    FDDD PhotoDaughters of all ages and their father figures are invited to a fun-filled evening of making memories at the 12th annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance. The event is set for Friday, Mar. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Vancouver Hilton. Tickets are $50 per person. The event includes dinner, dancing to the tunes of DJ Craig Brown, special portrait photography, crafts, door prizes, special mementoes, and more. Semi-formal attire is encouraged but not required. Proceeds will benefit Northwest Family Services. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 9. Click here for the full story.

  • Telecommunications Commission to conduct review of Comcast performance

    images-1The City/County Telecommunications Commission will conduct its biennial public review of Comcast Cable‘s performance, Wednesday, Mar. 4, at 3:30 p.m., in Vancouver City Council Chambers, 415 W Sixth St. The session will also be televised live on Clark/Vancouver Television Cable Channel 23/323 HD. Call-in comments and questions will be accepted during the hearing between approximately 3:50 and 4:30 p.m. The phone number will be available on-screen during the live hearing. Citizens interested in submitting written testimony are asked to mail their comments to City/County Cable Television Office, P. O. Box 1995, Vancouver, Washington, 98668, or email them to tracie.looney@cityofvancouver.us. Written comments will be accepted through April 3. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tc.

  • Cougs in the Community help Habitat for Humanity Feb. 28

    1002865_682178775132172_483839090_nCougs in the Community, a volunteer group organized by WSU Vancouver, will join Habitat for Humanity for a store improvement day. Volunteers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 10811 SE Second St. in Vancouver. The project will involve assistance with organization, recycling items and fixing cabinets and other furniture. The cleanup will finish at noon. Click here for the full story.