Celebrate Black History Month with talk, music and more at WSU Vancouver this evening
Celebrate 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
The 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
Positive 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
The 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
The 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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-567-1085. Find the full story, here.
BGHS student is state winner of Doodle 4 Google competition
Battle 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
Descendants 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
YWCA 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
The 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
Couples 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
Kids 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
The 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
Love 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.