Vancouver City Council takes to the streets Sept. 19

by DIwpBacon on September 17, 2014

Bus route to be taken by Vancouver City Council, photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

The Vancouver City Council will hold an informational mobile workshop on Vancouver’s street system from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, traveling by C-TRAN bus for a first-hand look at transportation successes and challenges throughout the city. The workshop will convene at 8 a.m. in the Aspen Room on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

The Council will board the bus and begin an approximately 50-mile trip that will take them from the most western boundaries of Vancouver to its most eastern vistas, covering a variety of neighborhoods and major arterial streets in between. The Council will disembark at three locations and return to City Hall about noon, continuing the workshop with further discussions until adjourning at 1 p.m.

Although mobile, the workshop will be conducted in accordance with regular Council Workshop procedures, with presentations by staff along the route. No official action is taken at Council Workshops. Accommodations are available to the public with advance notice due to limited seating on the bus. Contact Amanda Delapena at 360-487-8605, to RSVP. The route map and other information related to the Mobile Workshop will be posted on the City’s webpage at




Mark Matthias among those to be honored at the 28th annual AFP Philanthropy Awards Nov. 17

by DIwpBacon on September 17, 2014

Mark Matthias, photo courtesy of the Port of Portland.

Mark Matthias, owner of Beaches Restaurants, will be among those honored at the 2014 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP) on Monday, November 17. The 28th annual luncheon celebrates National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community

Matthias will receive the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. It recognizes his long-time commitment to raising funds for non-profit organizations in southwest Washington through restaurant proceeds, special events and financial donations. To date, the Beaches Charity Fund has raised more than $1.45 million for nonprofits.

The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel, 921 SW Sixth Ave. in Portland. Gwyneth Gamble Booth will be master of ceremonies. Oregon State University Foundation and the University of Oregon are the event’s Platinum Sponsors. Table reservations and individual tickets are available at For more information, call 503- 715-3100.


USCIS to welcome new citizens at Fort Vancouver Sept. 19

Photograph of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will conduct a naturalization ceremony at Fort Vancouver at 11 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 19. Thirty-five new citizens will be sworn in by Portland Field Office Director Evelyn Sahli. NPS Superintendent Tracy Fortmann will welcome the candidates and their families and connect the event to the national park’s multicultural history.

This event is part of USCIS’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 27,000 people will become U.S. citizens during approximately 160 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23. Keynote speaker for this event is Bob Knight, president of Clark College and the former Commander of Vancouver Barracks. The new citizens come from countries as diverse as El Salvador, Bhutan, Burma, Vietnam, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore.

USCIS invites new citizens, their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen. The NPS and the USCIS have an official partnership that encourages both agencies to co-host naturalization ceremonies in these special places set aside for public enjoyment and historical commemoration. This will be the fifth year that this event has been held at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Columbia Dance celebrates 25 years with public performance and ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 18


Photo courtesy of Columbia Dance Studio.

Columbia Dance is celebrating 25 years as a nonprofit, making it one of Southwest Washington’s oldest and most distinguished arts organizations, providing excellence in dance training and bringing quality dance performance to the greater Vancouver area.

On Thursday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., the community is invited to the dance center to tour the studios, enjoy light refreshments and watch a live performance. Columbia Dance Company will perform an excerpt from Swan Lake at 4;30 p.m. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will take place at 5 p.m. Columbia Dance Center is located at 1700 Broadway in Vancouver’s Uptown Village.

The celebration is also in conjunction with Give More 24!, southwest Washington’s 24-hour online giving challenge, in which Columbia Dance is a proud partner. This exciting event, organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, is set to launch at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 18. Community members can learn more and sign up at

Columbia Credit Union welcomes Gayle Smith as new VP Branch Manager


Gayle Smith, photo courtesy of Columbia Credit Union.

Columbia Credit Union has announced the hiring of Gayle Smith as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Battle Ground branch. Smith will manage daily operations and have responsibility for the branch’s overall success with production, sales, service and market growth. She will oversee staff professional development; ensure branch compliance with regulations and policies; and assist in advancing the strategic direction of the credit union.

Smith most recently served as a local branch manager for a regional credit union. Her other credit union roles include business development officer, operation manager and automated services specialist. She is a Leadership Clark County graduate and has supported events with Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Concerts For A Cause and the East Vancouver Business Association.


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  • Children’s Center partners with Give More 24!, hosts art activity at Chuck’s Produce Sept. 18

    UnknownChildren’s Center is one of many to partner with Give More 24!, and invites parents and children to drop by Chuck’s Produce any time between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. for a fun art project with local artist Maureen Andrade. Slots will be filled on a first-come basis, and the projects are completed in about 20 minutes. Andrade is the executive director of North Bank Artists Community Project, as well as an artist and art teacher. A Children’s Center’s mental health professional will be available to answer questions. Donations to Children’s Center are welcome via Give More 24! beginning at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 18 and lasts 24 hours.

  • Shane Gardner announces choice for undersheriff, meet them both Oct. 3

    Shane Gardner, non-partisan candidate for Clark County Sheriff, has announced his choice for undersheriff is retired Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon. Gordon brings more than 32 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office in Washington County. He is a 1994 graduate of the FBI National Academy and in 2003 completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from George Fox University and the Basic Certificate in Public Management from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Join Shane Gardner and Rob Gordon for a meet and greet event at Main Event in downtown Vancouver on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more details, visit

  • Amazon Local Register visits Vancouver Farmers Market this weekend

    The Amazon Local Register team will be at the Vancouver Farmers Market on both Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, to let local business owners try out the product first-hand and learn more about how Amazon Local Register can help them grow their business. Amazon Local Register, a service of Amazon Payments, Inc., is a mobile point-of-sale solution that allows individuals and businesses to accept credit and debit card transactions from a smartphone or tablet. Features include a robust in-app reporting system that enables businesses to quickly and easily check sales performance, sales trends, peak sales times and more. The free mobile app is available on the Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store and Google Play. The Amazon Local Register card reader and mobile app are compatible with a variety of smartphones and tablets, including Apple devices running iOS7, Kindle Fire tablets, select Android smartphones, and the new Fire phone. For more information, visit

  • Save the Date: 2014 Symbol of Freedom series to benefit CDM Caregiving Services Nov. 4 and 5

    CDM_SOF_Web copyThe Symbol of Freedom: My Enemy, My Friend is a two event series presented by Riverview Community Bank to elevate knowledge of CDM Caregiving Services. These events are centered around Veterans Day to provide a great opportunity to recognize and honor local veterans. 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 original article.

  • 2014 Share Games for Give More 24!

    14Draft_Share-Games-Logo_webTo help celebrate and participate in Give More 24!Share will host The 2014 Share Games from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Rd. Activities include: Stuff-a-Backpack Contest, Celebrity Hopscotch, Outdoor Bowling Tournament, Dunk Tank, HORSE, Lip Sync Battle and a Kids Veggie Derby, sponsored by Whole Foods. Plus Esoteric BBQ is bringing their food stand, with meals to purchase for lunch and dinner. Participating local celebrities include Mayor Tim LeavittClark College President Bob KnightCraig Pridemore and more. For the full article, click here.

  • Grand opening of Pomeroy Cellars Sept. 20

    image-5-300x300Pomeroy Cellars will host the grand opening of a brand new tasting room on Saturday, Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to guests ages 21 and older. Pomeroy Cellars is located at the historic Pomeroy Farm, 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd. in Yacolt. The afternoon festivities will include a complimentary tasting of Pomeroy Cellars’ newly released flight of wines, a bocce ball tournament, free chocolate pairings, live music and and more. Click here for the full article.

  • The 2014 Vision for Opportunities benefit breakfast for NWABA Sept. 24

    10371446_10152077010949249_6346770808534346283_nNorthwest Association for Blind Athletes invites community members to the second annual breakfast fundraiser at Multnomah Athletic Club Wednesday, Sept. 24. The 2014 Vision for Opportunities is presented by Riverview Community Bank. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but guests will be asked to support the life changing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. To reserve a table, contact Carrie Scott at or 360-448-7254. For more information, visit

  • Daybreak Youth Services hosts David Sheff this evening

    bbbecd7c-7d5d-4d1f-97e4-f1b5a92dc564Daybreak Youth Services will host David Sheff for a one-day-only lecture and community conversation at 6:30 p.m. this evening, Sept. 17, at Clark College. Sheff is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean. Tickets are just $10 online here,  or cash or check at the door. Click here for the original story.

  • Retails Thrift Superstore caters to crafters and DIY-ers

    ReTails Thrift Stores, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), recently opened the doors of its new thrift superstore, located at 5000 E. Fourth Plain (across from Golden Skate) in Vancouver. Now, ReTails has added Saturday crafting demonstrations to the shopping experience for the grand opening month of September. The first demonstration, Candelabra Makeovers, was held on September 6 to an enthusiastic group of crafters. For the remaining two weekends in the month, ReTails will host the following in-store demonstrations each led by a local crafting expert:

    • Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. – Repurposing Thrift Store Finds
    • Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. –  Furniture Makeover

    Proceeds from ReTails Thrift Stores supports the work of HSSW’s mission of pet adoptions, proper medical care for the community’s animals and other companion animal programs.

  • Storm City Roller Girls take on Willamette Kidney Thieves this Saturday

    stormcityWatch the hard-hitting action on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Storm City Roller Girls of Clark County, battle it out against the Willamette Kidney Thieves. The fight takes place at the Clark County Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the bout begins at 6 p.m. Parking is $6 (cash only). Tickets can be purchased for $10, at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door for $12. Storm City Roller Girls is a flat track derby league located in Clark County, that is committed to promoting the empowerment of women of all races, national origins, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and body types by creating positive athletic role models and a community-based sport for those of all skill levels. For further details, visit

  • 11th annual Oktoberfest at Shorty’s Garden and Home Sept. 19

    10499560_689139301156249_4537828169676598474_oShorty’s Garden and Home will host the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its Vancouver location, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, which supports the programs and services provided to local communities by the FVRL Library District. The festival features live music and dancing, Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer, and German-style food available for purchase from Beaches Catering. Advance tickets are $20, available online, here. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token.

  • Traveling Band-O-Gram bus tours for FVPS during Give More 24 event Sept. 18

    1538840_767085020000350_6095839197582015434_nThe Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools’ (FVPS) traveling Band-O-Gram bus will wind around Clark County as part of the community crowdfunding event, sponsored by Community Foundation, on Thursday, Sept. 18. A specially marked bus, provided by Beaches Restaurant, will make stops at eight locations. At each stop, a live, acoustic band will walk-around and perform some tunes for about 10 minutes and collect school supplies to fill the bus. To donate to FVPS, visit at any time from at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, until 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Details can be found on Facebook, here. For the original article, which includes a list of bus stops, click here.

  • Public Safety Complex open house honors participants in Chief for a Day program Sept. 20

    PSC_Open_House_1881-600x398Join others from the community at the 13th Annual Public Safety Complex Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Clark County Public Safety Complex, located at 505 N.W. 79th St., near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The complex houses the Clark County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct, the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, and a volunteer fire station shared by Fire Districts 611, and 12. This is the culminating event of local law enforcement’s participation in the Chief for a Day (CFAD) program. The event is free and allows residents to meet local firefighters and law enforcement officials, see emergency vehicles up close, and watch auto extrications, sprinkler operation, a K-9 show, and fire extinguisher demonstration. Click here for the full story.

  • POW/MIA observance and monument dedication on Sept. 20

    UnknownThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will be dedicating the POW/MIA Monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 NE 65th St, Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The event runs in conjunction with National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Col. John F. Sweeney, the commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. For the full story, click here.

  • Second annual Oktoberfest at Alderbrook Park Sept. 26 and 27

    oktoThe 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, and classic German beers and food. For the full article, click here.

  • Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon Sept. 20

    hu_2013_ministry_dd_big_bowl_sturgeon_two_kids_high_res_arvai-karoly-7_credit_credit_www.kormany.hu__arvai_karoly_2The 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. Click here for the full story.

  • Register now for H-RoC’s next Cocktails & Conversation Sept. 18

    Unknown-1H-RoC will host the next Cocktails & Conversation discussion Thursday, Sept. 18, in the upstairs dining room at The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. This quarterly event features topics and speakers designed to encourage and support our community’s women leaders. September’s topic is “Can Women Have It All?” Seating is limited to the first 25 guests; interested parties should RSVP to For more information, visit  For the full story, click here.

  • City of Camas seeks input for 2035 Comprehensive Plan

    The City of Camas seeks community input as it prepares an update for the Camas Comprehensive Plan. The 2004 Plan helped lead the way for the neighborhoods, schools, parks and downtown that exist today. With help from the public, the 2035 plan will preserve what is valued most about Camas, while planning for future generations. To participate, visit the project website at