Vancouver Chamber’s Darcy Altizer hired as SWCA executive director

by DIwpBacon on October 29, 2014

2a9dcd3The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has announced that Darcy Altizer, VP of Membership Services, has been named the new Executive Director of Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA). As Executive Director she will be in charge of growing and maintaining SWCA’s membership base and program development. She will also manage the overall financial health of the organization.

“We had great interest and very high quality candidates for this position, and in the end Darcy’s depth of experience in delivering membership services, overseeing the outreach and recruitment of new members and retention of existing members were clear deciding factors for our Board,” says Joe Currie, current SWCA President.

As the GVCC’s VP of Member Services Altizer managed the GVCC Ambassador program, Leads and Needs Networking, a variety of workshops, and providing ongoing membership orientation, mentorship and retention. Under her leadership the GVCC grew in membership by 25% over the past three years. Altizer is also active in the community and serves on the board of Leadership Clark County of which she is a 2009 graduate.




World renown violinist Elmar Oliveira performs with the VSO this weekend

by DIwpBacon on October 29, 2014


Elmar 061One of the most distinguished violinists in the world today is coming to Skyview Concert Hall in Vancouver this weekend. In one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the season, virtuoso Elmar Oliveira will play the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Guests will also enjoy Festive Overture, by Shostakovich; and Symphony No. 7, by Prokofief. Maestro Salvador Brotons conducts.

Performanes are this Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. The Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. Admission is $25 per person; $10 for students with identification. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Watch your vote count Nov. 4 on CVTV channel 23 or

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Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV), local government cable channel 23, will provide the only live, local election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. Viewers can turn to Comcast channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary.

Live CVTV election coverage is also available to viewers on the Internet at Coverage will include candidate interviews at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall by Dave Schmitke, CVTV Contributor, and Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at WSU Vancouver.

Clark/Vancouver Television is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County.

Soil expert Kristin Ohlson at Vintage Books Nov. 1


Bestselling author and soil expert Kristin Ohlson will be at Vintage Books on Saturday, Nov. 1,  at 2 p.m. to give a talk about the hidden dynamics of soil and its potential to save the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”—a way to heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming.

The Soil Will Save Us introduces readers to the ancient partnership between plants and soil microorganisms. When people support and respect that partnership, the benefits are multiple: healthier and more productive farms, cleaner air and water, and greater resilience in the face of extreme weather. In addition, Ohlson shows how new partnerships among farmers, ranchers, scientists, environmentalists and food activists are changing landscapes and hearts around the world.

Ohlson’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Discover, and elsewhere. Her article about burning coal mines was collected in Best American Science Writing 2011. She is also the author of Stalking the Divine, which won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ 2004 Best Nonfiction Book award. This event is presented by Vintage Books and the Clark County Green Neighbors program.

Annual LadyBug Bazaar in Battle Ground Nov.1


This year’s annual LadyBug Bazaar will be held this Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the two-gym complex at Battle Ground High School, plus an upstairs mezzanine in the larger gym. The main parking lot is off S. Parkway Ave. Watch for the Ladybug Bazaar signs in downtown Battle Ground. The event is hosted by the Girl Friends Who Care, Battle Ground Chapter.

Starting as a small bazaar of 12 tables in the basement of the Odd Fellows Hall in 1967, the event has over the years grown in size and prestige. It is currently one of the largest non-commercial bazaars in Southwest Washington and is seen by many as the kick-off to the holiday shopping season. The bazaar supports only crafters and artisans who live in Clark County.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of canned or packaged food, or money to buy food for the North County Community Food Bank. Food venders will be on site. Strollers will have a designated parking area, but will not be allowed in the bazaar for safety reasons. Profits will benefit community services projects. For further details, click here.



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News Briefs

  • The Daily Insider reminds the community to vote for the VPS Lunch Program every day through Nov. 17

    10408613_791790687529783_5664335445358614541_nDavidson & Associates Insurance Agency in Vancouver is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools. The community is encouraged to vote online daily to help the foundation win $10,500. The contest in on now and runs through Monday, Nov. 17. To vote, visit Scroll down toward the bottom and click on the “Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools” figure. For further details about the Safeco Make More Happen Award and contest, click here.

  • RTC board meeting Nov. 4

    The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m., in the 6th floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center. The agenda for the upcoming meeting is available here. Links are provided to all available agenda documents. Copies of these materials will be available at the meeting. Those wishing to make public comments may view policies online and choose to make them in person or submit them directly to:

  • Donations sought for Holiday Food Boxes

    10711115_10152816128032458_1055317974364531093_nIt’s Holiday Food Box time at One Life. This year it hopes to distribute 100 Thanksgiving and 100 Christmas food boxes. Each box includes three to five days worth of emergency food, as well as a turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. Each box costs approximately $17 for a family of four. Donate online at, or mail a donation check to PO Box 66, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Frozen turkeys and nonperishable food is also welcome. One Life is a non-profit charitable community service organization that serves at risk youth, individuals and families in Clark County.

  • Seasons of the Heart art reception Nov. 1

    An artist reception will be held for a new exhibit at the Cascade Park Library Community Room this Saturday, Nov. 1, at 12:30 p.m. Three local artists: Lani Sakai, Carol DeGregory and Marilyn Estenes present their original pastel paintings and photography during November and December. Vistitors can meet the artists and enjoy refreshments, music and a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The library is located at 600 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Four Washington residents among Nurse of the Year winners

    Washington residents Carla Brim, Sandra Dykes, Samantha Owens and Mardee Stirling were among 18 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and SW Washington recognized last Friday at the fourth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. With 430 nurses nominated, the state-wide committee selected the 18 winners in a blinded process. Chaired by William E. Johnson, MD, MBA, President of Moda Health, this annual event also serves as a benefit for March of Dimes. With the support and involvement of 21 health organizations and medical centers, the Nurse of the Year Awards raised over $105,000 to help fund the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit

  • Tickets available for “Symbol of Freedom: My Enemy, My Friend” events Nov. 4 and 5

    VIP ReceptionThe Symbol of Freedom: My Enemy, My Friend is a two event series presented by Riverview Community Bank to elevate knowledge of CDM Caregiving Services. The VIP event, set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, will offer an intimate gathering with Special Guest Speakers Brig. Gen. Cherry and Lt. Hong My. The evening on Wednesday, Nov. 5 is a dinner served at the Vancouver Hilton and will feature excerpts from My Enemy, My Friend, a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War, as told by Brigadier General Cherry and Lt. Hong My. Click here for the full article.

  • Beaches Cash Back Day benefits Harney Elementary Oct. 31

    20490_10151204971767675_1307552017_na;sijdfBeaches Restaurants in Vancouver and at the Portland Airport are showing support for Harney Elementary by hosting a Cash Back Day on Friday, Oct. 31. For every customer that mentions the school to their server, the restaurant will donate an amount equal to 50 percent of the check to Harney. Beaches on the Vancouver Waterfront is located at 1919 SE Columbia River Dr., Vancouver. Reservations for Cash Back Day are highly recommended and can be made by calling 360-699-1592 or 503-335-8385.

  • Two informal open houses to illustrate alternatives to the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan Oct. 29, 30

    image_42County planners met with the Board of County Commissioners in a work session Oct. 22 to examine maps showing land-use changes proposed for the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. The new maps help illustrate alternatives slated for environmental analysis before the plan is updated in 2016. Find more information here or stop by an informal open house on Wedesday, Oct. 29 at Gaiser Middle School, 3000 N.E. 99th St., or Thursday, Oct. 30 at Clark County Fire and Rescue, 911 N. 65th Ave., Ridgefield. Open houses are scheduled 5:30 to 7 p.m., with slide presentations at 5:45 p.m.

  • Discover rock-eating microbes in Antarctica with Clark College’s Faculty Speaker Series Oct. 30

    IcebergFrom one-celled organisms to imaginary elephants, we have much to learn from the non-human life forms around us. That is the theme of this year’s season of Clark College’s Faculty Speaker Series, “Microbes, Pets, and Puppets: What Animals Can Teach Us.” The series begins Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m., when biology professor Dr. Roberto Anitori presents “Microbial Heroics in Antarctica” in the Ellis Dunn Community Room, Gaiser Hall room 213, on Clark College’s main campus. Click here for the full article.

  • Aviation Harvest Party Oct. 31

    Invite_PFECHarvestPartyFort Vancouver National Site is hosting an Aviation Harvest Party this Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pearson Field Education Center. The event is free and open to the public. Parents and children are encouraged to don their favorite costumes and get ready for some spooky fun. There will be candy stations located around the historic airplanes, glider construction and a through-the-hoops challenge, noisy rocket balloons, “fishing for prizes,” and a costume parade with awards given for best overall costumes. Find further details on the party on the Fort’s event calendar here.

  • Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer Oct. 30

    BenHammerMartel Wealth Advisors invite community members to a Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Hammer has been a CFA with Vanguard since 2005 and represents Vanguard to individuals and institutional investors nationwide. During the presentation, he will discuss Vanguard’s recent research on fixed income returns, future equity returns, and baby-boomer’s effect on equities. Refreshments will be served. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited for this fall educational event. To RSVP, click here.

  • First-ever Touchmark Quilt Show Nov. 1

    A quilt that dates back to 1860 will be among more than twenty on display at Touchmark’s first- ever Quilt Show. The free event is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Touchmark at Fairway Village offers people 55-plus years a full life. As a full-service retirement community, it offers a wide range of retirement homes, lifestyle options and services, including an on-site health and fitness club with heated pool for people age 40 and up. It is located at 2911 S.E. Village Loop, Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • Dutch Bros. Coffee announces single-serve cups, free samples Nov. 3

    Dutch Bros. Coffee has announced the release of Single-Serve DB Cups compatible with Keurig-style brewers. The Dutch Bros. single serve cups will be available exclusively at Dutch Bros. locations and online at The 12-count box will sell for $10. On Monday, Nov. 3, stop by any location and receive a free sample four-pack with any purchase, while supplies last. Dutch Bros. Coffee is the country’s largest privately held, drive-through coffee company, with over 230 locations and over 2,500 employees in seven states. To learn more about Dutch Bros., visit, or @DutchBros on Twitter.

  • Preview Exhibit and Artist’s Reception Nov. 1, Open Studio tour Nov. 8 – 9

    CC_Open_Studios_2014_previewArt lovers are invited to a Preview Exhibit and Artist’s Reception this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 906 Harney St. in downtown Vancouver. This is an opportunity to see one work of art from each artist participating in the Clark County Open Studio set for the following weekend. Vancouver’s own Dirty Hands Brewery will provide appetizers and tastings of two special brews, and music will be performed by Open Studio artist Chris Bidleman and his Upfront Band. Click here for the original article.

  • How to build a low cost air supported greenhouse by Bob Buker, Ph.D. Nov. 4

    Those attending the next workshop with the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County can learn how to build a low-cost, air supported greenhouse. The class, led by Bob Buker, Ph.D. is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., at the CASEE Center in Bldg. B, Room 202/205 located at 11104 NE 149th St. in Brush Prairie. The event is free and no registration required. Buker has designed and built air supported greenhouses for the last 50 years. His presentation will include a how-to on building the 1,400 sq. ft. greenhouse that he used for 10 years. For more information, visit

  • Council for the Homeless 25th Anniversary Luncheon Oct. 30

    Register now for the Council for the Homeless 25th Anniversary Luncheon set for Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets to the luncheon are $40.The event will feature the unveiling of a photo exhibit of community members who have journeyed from homelessness to stability. Click here for the original story.

  • The Vancouver Symphony’s annual gala is “Playing it Forward” Nov. 1

    VSOThe Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the history and genius of all the great musicians who have played on the stage and thrilled audiences with its annual fundraising gala Saturday, Nov. 1. “Playing it Forward” will be held at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and available at or by calling 360-735-7278. Click here for the original story.

  • “War of the Worlds” re-enacted Oct. 30

    OrsonWellesTo celebrate the 76th anniversary of the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the WorldsWillamette Radio Workshop will re-enact the broadcast live in front of an audience at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. This event is free and open to the public. The re-enactment is part of “Radio Re-Imagined,” a collaboration between WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program, Willamette Radio Workshop and the Kiggins Theatre. Directed by Sam A. MowryWar of the Worlds is the first in a series of shows that will take place at Kiggins Theatre, in a multimedia format that introduces student works alongside the live broadcasts. For the full article, click here.