Anime enthusiasts converge in Vancouver Labor Day weekend
Celebrating twelve years of anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is back for its biggest year yet. Thousands of people will gather together for a convention that will span two hotels in downtown Vancouver: The Hilton Vancouver and the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. Kumoricon is a celebration of all things anime and manga. Popular examples are Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Ponyo, Speed Racer, and Pokémon. The event features games, dances, panels, guest speakers, cosplay and more. Festivities begin Friday, Aug. 29 and run through Monday, Sept. 1. Tickets are available at the door only and are $25 for Friday and Monday; $35 for Saturday and Sunday; and $55 for a three day pass. Participants must have photo identification. For more information, visit www.kumoricon.com.
Clark County Arts Commission extends deadline for Lifetime Achievement Award to Sept. 15
The Clark County Arts Commission is accepting nominations of local artists to be considered for the organization’s second annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The original Aug. 29 deadline to submit nominations has been extended to Monday, Sept. 15. The award formally recognizes an artist who lives in Clark County and has made a significant contribution to the field of arts and culture. The selection committee will be comprised of current commission board members. Click here for the original story.
Boater safety class Aug. 23
Boat owners in need of the required Boater’s Safety Card can attend a workshop this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Clark County Public Works and Maintenance and Operations Center. In addition to the card, completion of the class will reduce the cost of boaters insurance. Seating is limited and registration is $10. The center is located at 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. To register, call 503-799-5250.
Paul Montague launches Responsive Leadership Initiative
Paul Montague has launched the Responsive Leadership Initiative (RLI) and the Economic Vitality PAC. Montague left Identity Clark County in March of this year with a plan to form a new organization aimed at supporting candidates and initiatives that promote business and economic development in Clark County. The RLI will support and promote the economic development agenda developed by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and the Columbia River Economic Development Council. For the full article, click here.
10th Anniversary Party for The Grant House Aug. 22
The Grant House invites the community to a 10th anniversary celebration this Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy free food, a photobooth, door prizes and a no host bar. Live music will be performed by The Peter Schwimmer Trio. Built in 1846, The Grant House is the oldest of the 21 homes along Officers Row on the Vancouver National Historic Preserve. Family owned since 2004, The Grant House is now an elegantly restored restaurant and venue for weddings and receptions, business meetings, and romantic dinners. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Details can also be found on Facebook, here.
Sixth annual Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Faire this Saturday
For the past five years Camas Antiques has hosted the Camas Vintage Street Faire inviting vendors from all around Washington and Oregon. This year the DCA is partnering with them and adding quality arts and crafts vendors to the event. The Faire is this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Downtown Camas on Fourth Ave. and Birch St., near Camas Antiques, 305 NE Fourth Ave. For the full story, click here.
Buy Vancouver USA meeting Aug. 27
The Buy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Speakers include Lynn Krogseng, who formerly owned Neighbors Market in that space, and Dave and Gina Lemberg, whose networking with Krogseng led them to move to Main Street from Hazel Dell. The meeting is open to all locally-owned businesses and anyone interested. For more information, visit www.buyvancouverusa.org or www.facebook.com/buyvancouverusa.
Leah Stenson reads at Angst Gallery Aug. 23
Poet Leah Stenson will read from Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out this Saturday, Aug. 23, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. Co-edited by Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi, “Reverberations” is a collection of Japanese poetry and commentary on the first nuclear accident of the 21st century. Repercussions from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident continue to be felt at home and abroad. The collection is a timely cross-cultural and socially relevant anthology of contemporary Japanese poetry that brings the depth and scope of the human tragedy into clear focus. Stenson is an established poet who spent 16 years teaching at university in Japan. She hosts the Studio Series, a popular venue for established poets in the Pacific Northwest.
Vancouver Farmers Market celebrates 25 years this weekend
The Vancouver Farmers Market (VFM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday, Aug. 23. Starting at 9 a.m., the VFM will be honoring important people who have influenced the market over the last 25 years. There will be live music, treats for customers and a classic car show that will add to the fun. For more information visit www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com. Click here for the full story.
Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 11
Local nonprofit organizations and businesses will be honored Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. The awards reception, which is presented by Columbia Credit Union, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information and registration details, visit www.nonprofitnetworkwa.org or call 360-735-7110. For the original story, click here.
Washougal School District hosts forum on school safety Aug. 25
The Washougal School District will host a School Safety and Facilities Planning Forum to address school safety concerns, facilities conditions, and to plan for future needs and growth. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Washougal School District Office, 4855 Evergreen Way in Washougal. RSVP’s are requested to Cassi Marshall at 360-954-3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full article, click here.
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival begins today
The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival kicks off today, Aug. 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 24 in Esther Short Park. Admission is free on Thursday; $20 for Friday; $25 for Saturday & Sunday; or $60 for a 3-day pass. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. In addition to the music, the festival features over 200 wines from around the world, food from eight local restaurants, 30 art and craft vendors and numerous commercial exhibitors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.vancouverwinejazz.com. For the full story, click here.
CCHM welcomes new executive director Sept. 5
The Clark County Historical Society is inviting the community to meet the museum’s new executive director, Katie Anderson. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the John Stanger House on the grounds of the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum at 9215 SE Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. Light refreshments crafted with heirloom fruits and vegetables from the Arboretum’s gardens, will be served along side local breads, wines, and cheeses. For more information and to RSVP, contact CCHM by email or phone at 360-993-5679. Click here for the full story.
Standup paddleboard athletes come to Washougal for SUP Salmon Classic Aug. 31
Professional and recreational Standup Paddleboard (SUP) athletes from around the region and the world will take to the waters of the Columbia River for the SUP Salmon Classic Paddleboard Race, Sunday, Aug. 31, at Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, in Washougal. The races, sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), will begin at 9 a.m. and include an 8-mile Long Course for professional level racers, a 4-mile Short Course for recreational boarders and a 2-mile youth and novice course just for fun. For the original story, click here.
Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival Aug. 27
The Vancouver Public Schools
(VPS) wants all its students to be ready to learn on the first day of school. That’s why the district’s Family-Community Resource Center team is hosting a new event designed to help students and families prepare. Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival
will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27
, at the Boys & Girls Club, 4040 Plomondon Rd. in Vancouver. This event is free and open to all VPS students and their families. Click here
for the original article.
Clark County’s annual Golf Tournament Sept. 26
Join friends, family and colleagues Friday, Sept. 26, when Clark County hosts a scramble golf tournament at Tri-Mountain Golf Course, 1701 N.W. 299th St., Ridgefield. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Arrive an hour early to sign in. Putting greens will be available for practice. Participants receive 18 holes of golf, range balls, cart and pizza dinner. Prizes will go to the best overall score, straightest drive and others. The cost is $60 per person. Proceeds go to Clark County Employee Picnic Fund. Register solo or as a team of four by Friday, Sept. 19.
Discounted tickets now on sale for the Vancouver Sausage Fest Sept. 5 – 7
The Vancouver Sausage Festival returns for its 42nd (and final) weekend Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, on the St. Joseph Catholic School and Parish grounds at 6500 Highland Dr. in Vancouver. The family-friendly festival features carnival rides, entertainment, marketplace, food booths, and beer garden. Proceeds support educational programs for St. Joseph Catholic School and parish children. Presale ride and admission tickets can be purchased at St. Joseph’s or online here. For ticket locations, times and schedules, visit www.vancouversausagefest.com. For the full story, click here.
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity dedicates 30th home Aug. 24
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will dedicate the organization’s 30th home in Clark County and family home for Doug West and his two children on Sunday, Aug. 24, at at 7001 NE 98th Ave. in Vancouver. West, a truck driver for Concrete Alternatives, and his children have been looking forward to a new home since their journey began two years ago. Friends and family, volunteers, EHFH board and staff will gather to celebrate all the hard work and the beginning of the homeowner journey for the family. For the full story, click here.