Public encouraged to attend Vancouver’s City Council Workshop Aug. 3

by DIwpBacon on July 31, 2015


The public is invited to the Vancouver City Council Workshop on Monday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m., at 415 W Sixth St. City staff will present the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force recommendations on protections for vulnerable renters to the City Council. The Council will then direct staff regarding which of these protections should move forward for a public hearing and formal Council vote.

Attendees are asked to wear red (the color of affordable housing advocacy) which demonstrates support for protections for vulnerable renters. While there is not an opportunity for public comment at this workshop, the public presence will speak volumes and will ensure the City Council directs staff to move forward the most meaningful tenant protections.

Additonally, the Vancouver City Council is inviting everyone who lives, works or plays in the city to fill out a short survey as a part of a community-wide visioning process. The results of the visioning process will be used to develop the City’s new strategic plan. Click here to complete the survey by end of day on Aug. 3.








Discounts on the VSO’s 2015-2016 Season packages ends today

by DIwpBacon on July 31, 2015


The long, hot summer rolls on and it’s hard to think about the fall, winter and spring, but planning ahead could save you a heap of cash right now. Now is a final chance to purchase season tickets to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s 2015-2016 Season at a substantial discount. The following packages list pricing before and after today, Friday, July 31:

6 Concert Package
Reserved Seat $240/$270
General Admission $178/$200
Senior (62+) $154/$173

5 Concert Package
Reserved Seat $200/$225
General Admission $148/$167
Senior (62+) $128/$144

4 Concert Package
Reserved Seat $160/$180
General Admission $119/$133
Senior (62+) $103/$115

Discover our entire schedule at and don’t miss a moment of the 2015-2016 Season, starting October 3 at Skyview High School Concert Hall.



Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out Aug. 4


The Fircrest Neighborhood Association (with help from several other neighborhoods) is hosting the Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park this Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 10:30 p.m.

Festivities include a bounce house and obstacle course (25 cents per turn, or $5 for unlimited turns), the EDITH Trailer (fire safety), photo booth, face painting, sidewalk art, movie in the park and more. Families can bring a picnic or enjoy food from local food carts. There will also be information booths from organizations such as the Red Cross, Department of Health and Human Services, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Evergreen Robotics Team and PDX Noise Control.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. Neighborhood groups are planning events to help neighbors get to know each other and talk about how they can make their neighborhood even stronger. Vancouver residents can find out if their neighborhood is participating by visiting

Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds kicks off with Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts Aug. 2


The City of Vancouver and the Columbia Tech Center are proud to present the free Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds concert series on Sunday afternoons now through Aug. 16, at 1 p.m., in Columbia Tech Center Park. The first concert was rescheduled due to the threat of thunderstorms. The adjusted schedule is as follows:

Aug. 2Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts
Aug. 9Curtis Saldago
Aug. 16Patrick Lamb (rescheduled from July 26)

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and dinner, or purchase food from vendors in the park. Parking is available in the large lot on the south side of the park (access off of Sequoia Circle). Click here to learn more about this year’s summer concert series.


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