“Garden Gnome Gala” for First Friday in downtown Camas May 6

by DIwpBacon on May 5, 2016


May’s First Friday theme in Downtown Camas is “Garden Gnome Gala” – a pre-funk celebration designed to boost enthusiasm for the Mothers Day Plant and Garden Sale set for the next day. First Friday is this Friday, May 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. Highlights include:

Ribbon cutting and grand opening for Lovely Homes Realty

First anniversary celebration for B&B Fish Market

Edward Scissorhands at Liberty Theater at 8 p.m.

Art shows and receptions at Attic Galllery, Second Story Gallery, and Camas Gallery

Gently usedd book sale at Camas Library

An additional highlight is Mesa’s Cinco de Mayo outdoor party. The event features live music from local band Salsanova, outdoor cooking and bar, lively decor and outdoor seating for families. The party runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and dancing runs from 8 to 10 p.m.. First Friday’s are presented by the Downtown Camas Association. For more information, click here.







Nominations open for Clark County’s First Citizen Award

by DIwpBacon on May 5, 2016


There is one month remaining to submit nominations for Clark County’s 2016 First Citizen Award. Presented since 1939, this award is the county’s highest distinction of citizenship. First Citizen honorees are chosen for their accomplishments and contributions to the community in a number of areas, including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising community standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources.

To nominate a Clark County resident as First Citizen, please review the Selection Criteria and complete a Nomination Form. Both documents are available online at www.cfsww.org/our-community/first-citizen. All nomination packets must be submitted to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington office, 610 Esther St., Ste. 201, Vancouver, WA 98660, before 5:00 p.m. on May 31.

A community event has been set for November 2, 2016 at Warehouse ‘23. The event will open at 4 p.m., with a formal award presentation beginning at 5 p.m. The event is presented by Regents Bank and organized in partnership with The Columbian and the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Tickets will be available in August.

Red Cross forum teaches business preparedness in Vancouver May 11


The Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners are helping businesses and organizations of all sizes to be prepared for a disaster through the Business Leaders Resilience Forum.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. There are steps that businesses and nonprofits can take now to ensure their organization can get back up and running quickly if a disaster strikes.

Presentation attendees will hear directly from top business leaders to learn the steps they’re taking to plan for emergencies as well as the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness and strengthen business resilience. The forum is Wednesday, May 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way. To learn more and to RSVP, visit  redcross.org/VancouverBusinessLeadersForum.

Three Grands Concert for the Blind May 12


The School of Piano Technology for the Blind and Pacific Foundation for Blind Children will host its annual Three Grands Concert for the Blind at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Funds raised will help these organizations fulfill their missions of providing life-changing education and training to blind and visually impaired children and adults.

The entire community is invited to this fun-filled concert that promises a one of a kind evening with three grand pianos, three accomplished blind musicians, and one outstanding jazz vocalist guaranteed to wow the audience with their fast-paced performance of popular and light classical favorites.

The concert is at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. Admission is $50 and includes a Medley Dinner Box prepared by Beaches Restaurant and two beverages. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://pianotuningschool.org/3-grands-concert-for-the-blind/.

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News Briefs

  • Seis de Mayo for First Friday at Burnt Bridge Cellars tomorrow night

    imagesBurnt Bridge Cellars invites wine enthusiasts to welcome in May at their First Friday “Seis De Mayo” celebration tomorrow, Friday, May 6. The event will feature art by Jean Schwalbe, live music from Doug Smith and Judy Koch Smith. Class Cooking will have small plates available for purchase. The menu includes: shrimp quesadillas with tomatillo- avocado salsa; marinated flank steak with roasted corn, and pepper salsa; caesar salad with parmesan and anchovies (optional); chips with salsa and guacamole; and a cheese and salami board with crackers. Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com.

  • 2016 Presidential Primary ballots in the mail May 6

    Unknown-2The May 24, 2016 Presidential Primary ballot will be mailed Friday, May 6, to the 259,240 registered voters of Clark County. While every registered voter will receive a Presidential Primary ballot in the mail, to participate the voter must sign a political party declaration on the ballot return envelope. For a vote to count, the signed party declaration must match the voted candidate’s political party.  The Democratic and Republican ballots will appear on a single consolidated ballot. You may only vote for one candidate on the entire consolidated ballot page. Ballots must be postmarked by May 24 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m on Election Day. Ballot drop off options include three 24-hour drive-up ballot drop boxes and 32 staffed Election Day only drop sites. You may also drop your ballot off at the Elections Office at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver. For more information including a detailed list of locations, click here.

  • Clark County seeks volunteers to serve on Parks Advisory Board

    Unknown-1The Board of County Councilors is seeking an applicant to fill an unexpired term on the Parks Advisory Board. The term begins immediately and goes through December 31, 2017. The seven-member advisory board makes recommendations to the councilors on issues such as the selection of design consultants, park designs and park locations; park acquisition, development and improvement; rules for park use; the county’s biennial parks budget; and specialized studies regarding parks, trails and open spaces. Anyone interested should submit a letter and resumé to Jennifer Clark, Councilors Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, 98666. Applications also can be faxed to 360-397-6058 or sent by email to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, June 10.

  • City seeks proposals for Block 10

    793115 Block 10_01The City of Vancouver is soliciting proposals from developers to purchase the city-owned property at 811 Washington St., commonly known as Block 10. The city issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Acquisition and Redevelopment of Block 10 on May 2. Proposals are due at 3 p.m. on July 15. As the last remaining vacant block in the heart of downtown, Block 10 presents a prime development opportunity for the region. Click here for the original story.

  • CEO Todd Coleman steps down at the Port of Vancouver USA

    POV-ToddColemanAfter fifteen years with the Port of Vancouver USA, CEO Todd Coleman will depart the port on May 19. Coleman, a Professional Engineer, began his career with the port in 2001, when he was hired as Facilities Manager. After three promotions, he earned the position of Deputy Executive Director in 2005. The port’s Board of Commissioners appointed him CEO in 2012. ”I believe everyone has a season,” says Coleman. “I committed to leading this amazing organization for four years, and we’ve accomplished so much in that time.” Click here for the full story.

  • Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress opens for First Friday in downtown Vancouver

    portraitprojectinvitationFirst Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Vancouver this Friday, May 6. Many of downtown’s art galleries, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and boutiques will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., offering new merchandise, discounts and sales, samples, appetizers, live music, and more. This month features a special reception and unveiling of Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress at Boomerang. Local artist Hilarie Couture has painted 36 portraits of 40 women who have had an undeniable influence on this community. Find the full story, here.

  • Master Gardener Foundation annual plant sale this weekend

    Rooftop bees_0The nonprofit organization Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County invites the community to attend its annual Master Gardeners’ Mothers Day Plant Sale this weekend. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the 78th St. Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver.The event is free and open to all ages. Exceptional deals will be offered on perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, garden art and accessories, and more. Click here for the full story.

  • Friends of EOCF’s Early Learning Champions Award Luncheon May 11

    EOCF - ELC - handprintsEarly Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) will hosts its annual Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Club Green Meadows at 7703 NE 72nd Ave. Seven recipients, chosen because of their outstanding investment of time, talent, and treasure in programs that support birth-to-five education, will be honored at the event. Reservations are $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 360-567-2701, email  info@eocfwa.org, or visit http://www.eocfwa.org/#!event.

  • Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County meeting May 9

    imagesThe Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County (NACCC) will meet Monday, May 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Public Works Operations Center Conference Room, 4700 NE 78th St. Vancouver. Guest speakers are Scott Clemans, the new community outreach coordinator; Dean Boening, division manager, Clark County Clean Water Commission; and Mark Watson from DOGPAW. The NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or dougballou@comcast.net.

  • Increased DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo, Uber discounts available for first-time users

    Uber_RidehomevancToday, Thursday, May 5, in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo celebrations throughout the area, Officers from both the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments will have additional officers enforcing the DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among the officers conducting these increased DUI patrols. This Cinco de Mayo the Vancouver Police Department is once again partnering with Uber to offer first-time Uber users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

  • Clark College hosts annual Celebración de Mi Gente May 6

    Clark_Latino_Festival_2012-600x332Clark College invites the community to participate in an evening of free, family-friendly activities that celebrate both Latino culture and the value of literacy. ”Celebración de Mi Gente: El Día del Niño/El Día del Libro” (“Celebration of My People: Day of the Child/Day of the Book”) is an annual event hosted by the college. The free event is this Friday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The festival will feature a bilingual puppet show, bilingual book-reading, dancing, face-painting, bilingual games, crafts, and delicious snacks. Clark College’s mascot, Oswald the Penguin, will be on hand for photos with visiting children. Find the full story, here.

  • Campaign workshop May 9

    20120816-233937The Clark County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring a campaign workshop, “Winning Ways to Run for Office – A Candidate / Campaign Workshop.” The free workshop takes place on Monday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin, Room 226, Vancouver. A panel of experts will describe what it takes to carry out an effective campaign in Clark County. The workshop will be helpful for current and future candidates, for those working on a campaign, as well as anyone who is interested in the topics. Click here for the full story.

  • The Camas Plant and Garden Fair May 7

    birch street shotThe 19th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair will return to downtown Camas on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., bringing thousands of visitors to town to explore the offerings of local nurseries, growers, and garden artists. Customers will find a large assortment of plants, garden art and furniture, veggie starts, and more. Additional highlights include food vendors, activities for children, live music, and a raffle. Click here for the full story.

  • Tacos & Taps benefit for the Clark County Food Bank relief May 6

    12963530_1197541093613710_7543246480633787346_nClark County Food Bank will host its unique fundraising event - Tacos & Taps – for the third year in a row on Friday, May 6, at the food bank warehouse. This event brings together 10 of Clark County’s finest chefs and 10 local brewers for an evening of unlimited taco creations, generous beer pours and live music. All food, beverages, and entertainment have been generously donated. Tacos & Taps seeks to increase awareness of hunger and raise funding through Clark County Food Bank’s Hunger Hero program. Hunger Heroes choose to make an automatic, monthly investment to help alleviate hunger in the community. Big Al’s will be donating a “Big Al’s Party Pack” (valued at $150) to everyone who signs up to become a Hunger Hero during the event. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $45 for a VIP Fiesta Pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org.

  • WSU Vancouver to graduate 975 at 2016 Commencement May 7

    wsu-unit-social-badge_0WSU Vancouver will graduate 975 students at its 2016 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and graduating senior Shain Wright, president of the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver, will deliver the commencement address. Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, a covered outdoor venue, is located at 17200 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. For the full story, click here.

  • First Thursday: “Human Rights in History” at CCHM tonight

    Human-Rights-in-History_Web-Square_edited-1Nancy Koppelman, professor of American studies and humanities at Evergreen State College, will present “Human Rights in History” at Clark County Historical Museum’s First Thursday event this evening, Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Koppelman will discuss common assumptions made about human rights, how and what affects those assumptions, and what challenges the human rights movement faces. This program is in conjunction with the One November Morning exhibition and will take place at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Admission is free thanks to support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 360-993-5679, email info@cchmuseum.org or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

  • Jim Fischer & Friends present Mother’s Day concert May 7

    Honoryourmother-1227x960Jim Fischer’s 13th annual fundraising concert for Friends of the Carpenter will celebrate mothers. The concert, “Honor Your Mother,” is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday May 7, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Vancouver. Friends of the Carpenter is a  a faith-based day shelter in Clark County. Featured guests include the Northwest Harmony Chorus, and more. The cost for this benefit concert is $20. Tickets are available at the Friends of the Carpenter Friendship Center; at Beacock Music; and at Second Chance Thrift Store, NE 52nd St., just off St. John’s Rd. Tickets can also be ordered online at: www.honoryourmother.brownpapertickets.com. For information on group rates, call 360- 750-4752.

  • Parks Foundation will distribute over $125,000 at annual luncheon May 10

    12885726_10154048549308826_2487445265420787790_oThe Parks Foundation of Clark County will distribute more than $125,000 in grants to fund parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County at its annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The foundation launched the Community Grant program in 2009. Since that time, it has awarded more than $567,000 in grants. The luncheon, emceed by Jim Mains and Gary Bock, will also feature the formal presentation of the 2016 Florence B. Wager Awards. All are invited to attend the luncheon on May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets are available online at http://www.parksfoundation.us or by calling the foundation office at 360-487-8370.