2015 Game Changer Award winners announced at the VDA’s annual breakfast this morning

by DIwpBacon on February 11, 2016


Over 125 attended the Vancouver Downtown Association‘s (VDA) Toast and Jam annual breakfast this morning. The event served to honor the 2015 Game Changer Award winners. The awards are given to those who garner the most votes in a public vote. The 2015 Game Changer honorees are:

  • Downtown Visionary went to the four partners who redeveloped the former Esther Building: Cascadia Development Partners, LSW Architects, Davidson Insurance, and First Pacific Financial
  • Outstanding Façade Improvement: Bleu Door Bakery and owner Bonnie Brasure
  • Cash Register Ringer Event: The Hough Foundation Sip And Stroll
  • Golden Broom for outstanding storefront: Divine Consign
  • Peoples’ Choice for Favorite Event: Six to Sunset Concert Series
  • Favorite New Business: Feral Public House (Heathen Brewing)
  • Carl Dobbs Award for outstanding volunteers: Daniel Mitchell and Hiedi Lee

2015 VDA Game Changer Award for VDA’s outstanding corporate partner was given to Jeff, Jarl and Greg Arntson of Albina Fuel for their generous and consistent support of VDA throughout the years.








Vancouver Public Schools takes wi-fi on the road

by DIwpBacon on February 11, 2016


Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) students in sixth through 12th grades have gained managed access to the internet while traveling on school buses. The district recently installed a wi-fi network on all of its buses as part of strategic efforts to improve internet access and capacity and create equity for students who do not have internet at home.

Approximately 160 bus routes were upgraded. This gives opportunities to extend the school day to some 5,000 secondary students who ride a bus regularly and have district-issued one-to-one devices. The actual number of students using the network most likely is higher, to include those students and staff members who travel for athletic competitions and extracurricular activities.

VPS also implemented a wi-fi network on its mobile Family-Community Resource Center (FCRC). The mobile FCRC’s network will be available to students, families and community members within roughly a 100-foot range. Staffed by a full-time coordinator, the mobile FCRC roves around the district to provide resources and supplies for families who require assistance with housing, food, clothing, school supplies and other unmet needs that can be barriers to learning.

Planning is underway to determine where the mobile FCRC will stop. The plans include availability in neighborhoods; at community centers and events; in parks; and at the Lieser Campus. Locations will be announced via Twitter by @VPS_FCRC.

New Port of Vancouver USA rail entrance wins Engineering Excellence Award


The Port of Vancouver USA’s new rail entrance won a 2016 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon.

The rail entrance is a watertight, grade-separated concrete trench along the Columbia River. Part of the port’s West Vancouver Freight Access project, the trench reduces regional rail congestion by as much as 40 percent by providing a second dedicated rail entrance into the Port of Vancouver and eliminating conflicts with the east-west BNSF Railway mainline.

The trench was one of five projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington that received a Grand Award this year. The top award – Project of the Year – went to the Tilikum Crossing in Portland. The port and its consultants on the project, BergerABAM and HDR Inc., have submitted the trench for the national ACEC design competition in Washington, D.C. The national competition winners will be announced in April.

Professional Writers Series continues tonight at WSU Vancouver


reaWSW Vancouver presents guest speaker Steven Rae at the next installment of its Professional Writer Series this evening, Thursday, Feb. 11. The free event begins at 7 p.m.

As movie critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 20 years, Rea covers the industry both nationally and internationally. He is also the author of Hollywood Rides a Bike—Cycling with the Stars and the forthcoming Hollywood Café—Coffee with the Stars. He has also written for such publications as Entertainment Weekly, High Fidelity and the Paris Review.

The Professional Writer Series six lectures, scheduled between Jan. 28 and April 14, will focus on a variety of genres, from graphic novels to film criticism, mysteries, memoirs, essays and poetry. The writers will speak about the trajectory of their careers, their successes and challenges. To learn more, click here.

“Taming of the Shrew” opens tonight at Battle Ground High School


Battle Ground High School Drama Club’s (BGHS) winter production, The Taming of the Shrew, opens Thursday, Feb. 11. The play, directed by Stephan “Cash” Henry, is a modern-language version of William Shakespeare’s famed comedy set in Italy in the 1920s.

The BGHS production features fun and beautiful costumes, detailed set pieces, and the wit and charm of the school’s talented student actors.

The play runs Feb. 11-13 and 18-20. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in The Lair at Battle Ground High School. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://payments.battlegroundps.org/.


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  • Celebrate Black History Month with talk, music and more at WSU Vancouver this evening

    fic-blackhistory-collagev4Celebrate Black History Month with awareness activities, talk, music and more from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening Thursday, Feb. 11, at WSU Vancouver. The event features a talk by Thabiti Lewis, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a dance performance by Hip Hop Soulsation Academy. Food will be provided by PoShines Café De La Soul. This free event is presented by Black People United, and co-sponsored by Student Diversity Center and Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. For more information, click here.

  • Applications now available for Building Futures Foundation scholarship program
    logo-1The Building Futures Foundation, the educational foundation for the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA), is now accepting applications for academic scholarships this year. Scholarships will be awarded in April to qualified students pursuing an education in the building, construction and real estate trades at an accredited college, university or trade institution. Selection criteria are financial need, academic relationship to the building industry, community service, grade point average and quality of application submitted. For more information and to apply, visit www.biaofclarkcounty.org. Click on the “Consumer Resources” tab, and then on the “Building Futures Foundation” tab. The direct link is: https://biaclarkcounty.webconnex.com/scholarshipapp. Completed applications must be submitted by March 14.
  • ‘Beyond Bags’ Program yields positive recycling results

    771701_beyond_bags_021Positive results are in from a 2015 program to increase awareness of and opportunities for recycling plastic wrap and bags. This past year, the City of Vancouver, along with regional solid waste partners Clark County and Waste Connections of Washington, combined forces with the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group, Safeway, and the Trex Company to implement a “Recycle Right Beyond Bags” program.

    The effort was focused on making it easier for consumers to recycle plastic wrap and bags at retail stores and raising awareness about keeping plastic bags out of curbside recycling carts. Preliminary data shows the amount of plastic bags and wraps taken for recycling to 12 Safeway stores in Clark County more than doubled between August and September 2015. A link to the final report on the Beyond Bags Program is expected to be posted on the City’s website at: www.cityofvancouver.us/wrap.

  • Port of Vancouver USA evaluating Terminal 1 for new headquarters

    POV-WaterfrontView2_Final-webThe Port of Vancouver USA is analyzing its Terminal 1 waterfront redevelopment as the potential site for its new headquarters. The port plans to be an anchor for a new 85,000 square-foot office building, occupying approximately 25,000 square feet on one or two floors. The port’s staff has doubled in size and has outgrown its current headquarters, which consists of four separate buildings. The main building, located at 3103 NW Lower River Rd., has been added onto several times and has limited space and remodeling options. Click here for the full story.

  • Camas High School IAA hosts program information meeting and art showcase Feb. 11

    performing artsThe Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) program within Camas High School is hosting a short, public showcase of student art and performances followed by a program information meeting this evening, Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Camas High School Theatre. Prospective student applicants and their families are especially encouraged to attend. The application window is now open to students who are entering ninth or 10th grade in 2016-17. Click here for the full story.

  • Valentines Day events at Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend

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    On Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., Burnt Bridge Cellars will “pre-release” their outstanding new 2013 Bordeaux blends. This year, they are introducing a Blend O in addition to the classic Blend X. Both have the wonderful fruit from Les Collines Vineyards, with the Blend X aged in all French oak and the Blend O aged in all Oregon oak. A variety of Creo Chocolate bars including Nibs & Sea Salt, Purely Dark, and Spicy Dark, will be available for $8 each.

    Then on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, Burnt Bridge will host a SW Washington Wine Association Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate event. From noon to 5 p.m. both days, Burnt Bridge will pair three wines with hand-made vegan chocolates from Barbara Chen, Chocolatier. The tasting fee is $10.

  • Learn about Leadership Clark County at an Open House Information Session Feb. 16

    leadership-clark-countyLeadership Clark County (LCC) will hold a free information session Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the community room at 610 Esther St. in Vancouver. The session is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the program, ask questions and hear from alumni about their experiences. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to director@leadershipclarkcounty.com or 360-567-1085. Find the full story, here.

  • BGHS student is state winner of Doodle 4 Google competition

    holly-halberg_2xBattle Ground High School freshman Holly Halberg learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Halberg has advanced to the public voting round of the K-12 competition to create a Doodle that will be on the Google homepage for a day. The public can vote through Feb. 22 for a finalist in each grade category at http://www.google.com/doodle4google (find Halberg’s in the “Grades 8-9″ category). The national winner’s Doodle will be on Google.com for a day. Click here for the full story.

  • “One November Morning” art exhibition at CCHM Feb. 13 – 21

    12647380_10153812395776328_7054129093275073753_n-1Descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. More than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were viciously massacred at Sand Creek, CO. The work of Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi focuses on the remembrance, honor and strength of their ancestors and leaders. An opening reception and program with Learned and Levi will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the museum. Click here for the full story.

  • YWCA Clark County seeks submissions for Social Change Film Festival

    WLCAd260x260-1YWCA Clark County is celebrating its Centennial Year with a Social Change Film Festival at Kiggins Theatre on April 14 and 15 to showcase a selection of winning film submissions from local, regional and national filmmakers of all ages. Filmmakers are invited to submit fifteen minute film shorts that create a vision for a community that is free of violence and oppression. The call for entries for the Social Change Film Festival opened in early January and will close on March 18 at midnight. Click here for the original story.

  • Thomas Lauderdale joins the VSO for All-American concerts Feb. 20, 21

    Thomas LauderdaleThe second concert of 2016 promises to be one of the highlights of the Vancouver Symphony‘s 37th season when Maestro Brotons conducts an All-American concert of compositions by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Special guest artist is the one and only Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Pink Martini. Opening the concert will be Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, followed by Rhapsody in Blue. In the second half, the audience will be treated to Aaron Copland’s spirited El Salon Mexico, followed by his majestic Appalachian Spring. The concerts are Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Both are at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Reserved tickets are $50, general admission is $37 per person. Seniors 62 and over are $32, and students are $10. for more information, visit www.vancouversymphony.org.

  • Aphrodisiac Dinner at Niche for Valentine’s Day

    6cd51a99-6db0-4dc6-8559-797def2b8ca7Couples are welcome to Niche on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, for a special, five-course “Aphrodisiac Dinner” prepared by Chef David. The menu features oysters on the half shell, fennel cream soup, arugula salad, poached breast of pheasant, and a fig dessert. All the courses are paired with wine. The cost is $70 per person and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended. For more information, call 360-980-8352 or visit www.nichewinebar.com.

  • Water Resources Center celebrates 20 years Feb. 13

    fb_feb13_partynotice2016_allinfoKids and their families are invited to join in a free, special Second Saturday birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center. Visitors will have a “River of Fun” learning about February Floods. Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games and birthday cupcake treats. Special guest, Eartha the Ecological Clown, will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Click here for the full story.

  • Friends of Fort Vancouver hosts Sweetheart Dance Feb. 13

    03ImageThe 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Pearson Air Museum. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person and are available at the Friends’ Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center or online at: www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Click here for the full story.

  • “The Odd Couple” kicks off Love Street Playhouse 2016 season

    6e782c4511616c64d80e1be85cf1a51d_f164Love Street Playhouse opens its 2016 Season with the iconic American comedy The Odd Couple, directed by Tony Bump. After their thoroughly fed up wives throw them out, sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (played by Richard Barr of Vancouver) and uptight neat freak Felix Ungar (played by Gary Corbin of Camas) decide to move in together, thinking they’ll save on expenses and have a few laughs. It turns out the laughs are on them. The Odd Couple will run now through the 28. For the full story, click here.