Second annual Oktoberfest at Alderbrook Park Sept. 26 and 27

by DIwpBacon on September 12, 2014


The community is invited to Alderbrook Park‘s second annual Oktoberfest from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is $15 and includes a commemorative mug. Beer and wine script is $5. Evenings are for adults over 21, but families are welcome on Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m.

Guests can enjoy live music and dancing under the elegant pavilion. The full line-up of performers includes Kleinstadlers, Doppelbock, The Kimberly Hall Band, Still Kickin’, and The Likes. Several delicious German beers and food will be on hand as well.

Alderbrook Park is a 63-acre private park nestled in the forest of Brush Prairie. Amenities include four covered pavilions, lake with pedal boats, swimming pool, miniature golf course, volleyball and other field sports, bounce houses, petting zoo, concessions stand and a famous Pink Lemonade fountain. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For further details, visit




Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon Sept. 20

by DIwpBacon on September 12, 2014


The Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will be honored from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the 18th Annual Sturgeon Festival held at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. The free, one-day festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The popular event includes entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Special events include the Birds of Prey Show, fish dissection and Eartha the Ecological Clown. Kids who download and print the sturgeon image found here, color it, and bring it to the festival, will receive a surprise. The sturgeon image is also available at the WDFW Region 5 Office in Vancouver. In addition, teens and adults will have an opportunity to learn about recycling, watershed stewardship and sturgeon anatomy.

The sturgeon, prevalent in the Columbia River, is a primitive fish that has not changed substantially since it emerged in the Jurassic period. Sturgeon are a long-lived species, reaching 5 to 6 feet in length by the age of maturity. A few sturgeon in the Columbia River have been verified to be over 80 years old. For more information, click here.


Call for entries for the 21st annual Young Artists Competition


Photo courtesy of the VSO.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has announced the beginning of its 21st Annual Young Artists Competition with a call for entries. Each season, one of the best-attended and most eagerly-anticipated events is The VSO Young Artists Competition and performances of the three winners with the orchestra at an April concert. These events spotlight the area’s incredible musicians.

Students of 18 years of age or under as of January 1, 2015 who reside within a 135-mile radius of Vancouver, which includes cities as far north as Seattle, as far south as Eugene, OR and as far east as Yakima, WA and are currently studying with a private music instructor are eligible to compete in the categories of piano, strings and brass/woodwinds/percussion.

Following the initial judging of application CD’s by select area musicians, the three top candidates in each category will compete on February 8, 2015 in front of an audience for the scholarship prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. The three first place finishers then perform their winning selections with Maestro Brotons and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in spring concerts at Skyview Concert Hall.

Complete information and an application are available at Deadline for all submissions is January 2, 2015.

Colby Reade, APR, selected for 2014 PRSA’s New Professional Award of Excellence


Colby Reade

Colby Reade, APR, is the 2014 New Professional Award of Excellence recipient, presented by the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter. Reade will be honored at the PRSA Spotlight Awards, held on Thursday, Oct. 16. The award is presented to a professional who has demonstrated his or her commitment to advancing public relations through career achievements, volunteerism, and the highest standards of professionalism.

Reade is an Account Manager at The Hoffman Agency in Vancouver, where he works on the Alcatel Lucent account and supports the company’s new business efforts. He was previously at Waggener Edstrom Communications, where he worked on global communications for brands such as Windows, Windows Phone, SkyDrive/OneDrive and

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters across the country. Information about the chapter is available at

13th annual Clark County Recovery Forum Sept. 13


Clark County’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board will host the 13th annual Clark County Recovery Forum on Saturday, Sept. 13, in recognition of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The free event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Center at Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia St. A buffet dinner will be provided from 5 to 6 p.m., or while supplies last.

The event celebrates the Access to Recovery Program and people who have been affected by addiction and made steps toward long-term recovery. Speakers include Board of Clark County Commissioners Chair Tom Mielke, Commissioner Edward L. Barnes, Cleve Thompson, retired Clark County Alcohol and Drug Program manager, and two officials of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

This year, the forum is part of Recovery NW Project’s first regional conference, which includes training, a two-day conference for people in recovery, and a recovery walk. All attendees and presenters must register for the conference, forum and Recovery Walk at


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