Dog Walk 2014 supports Northwest Battle Buddies Aug. 23

by DIwpBacon on August 21, 2014
The cool shade of the trees and natural beauty makes Lewisville Park a perfect venue for the third annual Dog Walk with Northwest Battle Buddies this Saturday, Aug. 23. The event promises a day of family fun with the family dog. Walkers will enjoy food, cold drinks, games and prizes, an auction and more.
Northwest Battle Buddies is a non-profit 501 C 3 organization that pairs dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD, depression or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Master Trainer Shannon Walker and her team work to pair rescued dogs with qualified returned combat veterans, and trains them to work together.
Sign in is at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies is at 10 a.m., and festivities last until 4 p.m. Registration for the day is $25 per person; $10 for youth ages 13 through 18; $5 for those two through 12; and free for babies under two. Veterans are $20. For more information, visit or call 360-601-9744. Connect with them on Facebook here.





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

by DIwpBacon on August 21, 2014


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?”

Join H-RoC in a roundtable discussion about working women and families. One of the most important transformations of the U.S workforce is the movement of women out of the home and into the paid labor force. Although all workers will directly benefit from better workplace policy, the impact will be greatest for working women and their families.

H-RoC is an independent, non-partisan PAC committed to the advancement of women’s leadership in Southwest Washington. H-RoC is an acronym for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World, a famous poem written by William Ross Wallace. Complimentary appetizers will be served and no-host cocktails will be available. Seating is limited to the first 25 guests; interested parties should RSVP to For more information, visit




Call for artists at Second Story Gallery; application deadline Oct. 1


Second Story Gallery in Camas is seeking artists interested in displaying their work during shows being scheduled for 2015 and January 2016. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 1, at 6 p.m. Over the past decade the gallery has presented monthly exhibits of pottery, weaving, woodworking, collage, cut paper silhouettes, and handmade books as well as paintings and photography.

The non-profit gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is known for promoting local, often undiscovered artists. The high-traffic exhibit space boasts a professional hanging system and the same directional track lighting found in some of the world’s most famous art museums.

Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday evenings sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. Gallery volunteers work with the featured artist to unveil each show with a reception on that night that is free and open to the public. The gallery remains open to the public during regular library hours. To review the guidelines and an application form, visit the administrative office at the library at 625 NE Fourth Ave. or

Picnic with Autism Empowerment Aug. 23


The Autism Society of Southwest Washington has teamed up with Autism Empowerment to host the ASW-SWWC Annual Summer Picnic this weekend. People of all ages on the Autism Spectrum are invited, as well as their families and friends, to join these organizations for an afternoon of acceptance, sensory-friendly fun, delicious food and fellowship.

The day features music, games, sensory play, access to trails and fun. The free event will have hamburgers and hot dogs, but guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. A resting area will be available for those that need a break.

The picnic will be held this Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 4 p.m., at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, 9612 NW Lower River RD, Vancouver. Parking is free. For more information and to RSVP, email or call 360-852-4555. For more information about Autism Empowerment, visit

Love Your Columbia at the Water Resources Education Center Aug. 23


All are welcome to participate the region-wide Love Your Columbia event from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Volunteers have the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds or perform another restoration activity at Columbia River locations in their community. Over a dozen cities have signed up in Oregon, British Columbia and Washington.

Love Your Columbia brings together individuals, communities, and organizations along the river and throughout the watershed for a day to work towards restoring the resource that we all depend on. Clark County volunteers will remove invasive plants from the wetlands along the Columbia River near the Water Resources Education Center.

Youth under the age of 18 will need a signed minor consent form found here. To learn more and to RSVP to attend the Vancouver event, click on the Love your Vancouver link here. Love Your Columbia is coordinated by Columbia Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization working to protect and restore the waters of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. For more information, visit


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News Briefs

  • 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

  • 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

    10547005_10152613934623917_2615894887398074364_oThe 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

    downtown vintageFor 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 or

  • 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

    603189_504690946238407_1471576883_nThe 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 Click here for the full story.

  • Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 11

    424508_10150724027146834_602517200_nLocal 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 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 For the full article, click here.

  • Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival begins today

    logo_homeThe 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 For the full story, click here.

  • CCHM welcomes new executive director Sept. 5

    10431346_10152503545901328_4930450093839325238_oThe 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

    stand-up-pittsburgh-stand-up-paddle-board-raceProfessional 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
    2534381The 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

    2014-fest-logo_shadow_smThe 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 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.