Ridgefield celebrates Fourth of July this Saturday

by DIwpBacon on June 30, 2015


The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Ridgefield. For over 100 years the community has celebrated the nation’s independence in a big way. This year’s events start at 7 a.m. and culminate with fireworks at 10 p.m. The schedule of events includes:

7 to 10 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast at the Ridgefield Community Center
8 a.m. – Fun Runs (Click here for details)
10 a.m. – A Pet and Kid Pre-Parade
11 a.m. – “American Landmarks” parade presented by Corwin Beverage
noon – 3:30 p.m. – Chicken and Salmon BBQ presented by the Lions Club in Abram’s Park
10 p.m. – Fireworks Display presented by Comcast.

In addition a Kids Day celebration will take place from noon to 6 p.m., at Abram’s Park. The event will feature bouncy houses, music, crafts, “Creature Feature,” face painting, a pie eating contest, food and beverage vendors, and more. Admission is $5. Organized fireworks will be launched west of the railroad tracks near the boat launch marina. For more information, visit www.ridgefield4th.com.








Registration deadline approaching for Dick Hannah’s STRIVE 2 DRIVE

by DIwpBacon on June 30, 2015


Area high school students have until 5 .m. on Monday, July 6, to register or update their high school academic information for a chance to win their choice of one of eight new cars or a check for $15,000 in Dick Hannah Dealerships‘ Academic Achievement Initiative, the STRIVE 2 DRIVE.

To be eligible, a students must be 14-years of age or older, have been a full-time high school student this just-ended academic year, and either improved his/her second-semester GPA over first-semester’s by 0.5, OR achieved an average 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Previous winners had just completed their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior years. Home schooled students are also eligible in accordance with the official rules, also found at the website. The drawing will be held at Portland International Raceway at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Students must be present to win. On-site check-in begins at 4 p.m.

In addition to the STRIVE 2 DRIVE grand prize drawing of a car or check, other drawings will feature an iPad, a Kindle Fire, and more. A college fair is being added this year for students and parents to gain post-high school opportunity information. To register, a student or parent needs to go to www.dickhannah.com/strive2drive.


Support for Early Learning and Families awarded Meyer Memorial Trust Grant


Support for Early Learning and Families (SELF) has received a one-year $40,000 grant to support future fundraising efforts and assessment of current funding methods.  “These monies from Meyer Memorial Trust are vital to the future of SELF and the Our Children Can’t Wait effort,” says Debbie Ham, executive director of SELF. “Meyer’s investment in our organization will create a solid plan and direction for our development efforts.” The grant is awarded to specifically:

  • Assess current infrastructure
  • Create a plan that will provide direction for future development efforts
  • Provide resources to implement the plan

“SELF (Support for Early Learning and Families) is working toward finding solutions to one of our community’s largest challenges: early learning,” says Doug Stamm, CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust. “We support this important initiative because we understand that creating a long-term funding plan and program for Southwest Washington will impact children and adults for years to come.” For more information about early learning and kindergarten readiness, visit www.selfwa.org/kready.

Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery expands Pacific Crest Physical Therapy


Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery has announced the expansion of Pacific Crest Physical Therapy. After 11 weeks of construction, Rebound more than doubled the square footage of this office space to serve more patients and expand the service offering.

Rebound worked with R.H. Construction on this project located at 601 SE 117th Ave., Suite 210 in Vancouver. The project increased size from 3500 square feet to a new 7500 square foot state of the art facility. This new facility will have a total of eight physical therapists and one athletic trainer.

Rebound will continue to offer physical therapy and rehabilitation, as well as athletic performance clinics, including throwing and jump programs running analysis, and bike fitting. Additionally, the larger capacity allowed space to build a turf area to analyze and treat golfers. Jeff Kraayeveld, Athletic Trainer, recently became a certified through the Titleist Performance Institute to work with golfers. Northwest Personal Training will continue holding “Run Fit 1″ and “Run Fit 2″ programs at the facility as well.


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News Briefs

  • Vancouver Cheese Board meets at Niche June 30

    NicheBeginning today, Tuesday, June 30, the Vancouver Cheese Board will meet at Niche Wine & Art for an international selection of cheese and conversation hosted hosted by Greg Bee. Board members will learn about the world of cheese with beverage pairings. This month’s flight is $20 which includes beverages and the cheeses. Stop in anytime from 5 to 7 p.m. Niche is located at 1013 Main St. in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.nichewinebar.com.

  • Harmony Sports Complex upgrades to allow for expanded soccer play

    Unknown-1Two new synthetic fields opened last Friday at Harmony Sports Complex in east Vancouver, allowing year-round use by youth and young adult soccer players. Washington Timbers secured financing to convert two former grass fields to synthetic turf and add field lights and fencing. Lights still need to be installed. Washington Timbers serves about 3,500 soccer players, ages 5 to 19. The vast majority of players live in Clark County. The county leases 54 acres to the Harmony Sports Association, which has license agreements with the Washington Timbers for soccer and Cascade Little League for baseball and softball. Harmony Sports Association is responsible for maintenance and operations. The complex is located at NE 192 Ave and NE 18 Ave.


  • First annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale draws huge crowd
    11080694_10205033529130552_2630132872369118485_oThe First Annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale, presented by the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation, drew a huge crowd of bargain hunters to Evergreen High School on Saturday, June 27th. In just over six hours, the event drew over 2,200 shoppers.”We had close to 150 vehicles dropping off donations during the week, and from what I can tell, that represented close to 225 families,” says Becky Willey, marketing coordinator of the event. The sale is slated to be an annual event, held the last Saturday in June. All proceeds will benefit the community programs supported by the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation and members of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County.
  • 50 and Better Stars & Stripes Dance July 1

    Unknown-3The Vancouver Parks and Recreation 50 and Better Programs invites seniors to celebrate Independence Day early. The annual Stars & Stripes Dance is set for Wednesday, July 1, at 10:15 a.m. Live music will be provided by John Lazzari. Community Home Health Care and Hospice will be on hand offering free blood pressure checks beginning at 11 a.m. The Luepke Center is located at 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd. For more information, visit www.cityofvancovuer.us/parksrec/page/leupke-senior-center.

  • Fourteenth annual Independence Day celebration at Port of Camas-Washougal

    11270590_10152751816430927_3295827008133368010_oThe Port of Camas-Washougal invites the community to a day full of family friendly activities to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4. Festivities kick off with the annual patriotic themed Children’s Bike Parade. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. with jazz and rock from the Skybound Blue Band, followed by 5 Guys Named Moe from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • Pizza party fundraiser for new Ridgefield library July 11, RSVP by July 1

    brickovenpizza11The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are hosting a pizza party on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., to benefit the building fund of the new Ridgefield Library. It will be held at a ten acre farm in Ridgefield and the pizza pies will be created on site and baked in a hand made pizza oven. Guests can enjoy outdoor games such as bocce ball and croquet, lots of food, drawings for prizes, and more. Cost is $40 per person or $350 for a group of ten booking at the same time. Reservations are needed and the deadline is Wednesday, July 1. Call 360-887-2160 to make a reservation.

  • City of Vancouver partners with volunteers, donors to improve Marine Park

    ground_breaking-3Last week, volunteers from the Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) joined Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. LeavittCouncilmembers Bart Hansen and Jack Burkman, and Vancouver Parks and Recreation staff at Marine Park to celebrate the start of a collaborative community project that will give the park a facelift. The City recently received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington for improvements to Marine Park, thanks to a donation from the Shirley and Jim Johnson Charitable Fund. Read the full story here.

  • Humane Society helps pet owners prepare for Fourth of July holiday

    300x300-02 Last 4th of July holiday, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) took in dozens of dogs that ran away from their homes in response to loud noises caused by fireworks. To help owners prepare for a safe holiday for their pets, HSSW, in collaboration with Good Neighbor Vet, is hosting a Protect Your Pet event at the HSSW’s ReTails Thrift Store on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ReTails Thrift Store is located at 5000 East Fourth Plain Boulevard. The Protect Your Pet event offers licensing and microchipping that help reunite lost pets with their owners. HSSW also offers licensing and microchip services every Tuesday – Sunday from noon- 6 p.m., in the shelter’s Admissions area. In addition, HSSW’s Admissions Department will be open on July 4 until 4 p.m. to help care for animals that have run away or are lost. For more information, visit www.southwesthumane.org or call 360-693-4746.

  • Independence Day at Fort Vancouver July 4

    1012364_10151537817923262_384073352_nIndependence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, is next Saturday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site. It is a full day of family fun with live music, games and entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The event, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, has over a 50-year history of providing one of the region’s most memorable fireworks displays. Click here for the full story.

  • First annual “Dog Days of Summer” in downtown Camas for First Friday July 3

    Dog-SwimCamas will host the first annual “Dog Days of Summer” for First Friday, July 3. From 5 to 8 p.m., Cedar St. between Fourth and Fifth will come alive with activities, vendors, and more. Visitors can also enjoy after hours shopping, dining, art shows, and live music to round out the evening. Click here for the original story.

  • Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington

    teddy_roosevelt.pngThe Clark County Historical Museum and Humanities Washington present a lecture by professor Scott Woodward that will cover Teddy Roosevelt’s 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, at the museum’s First Thursday event on July 2. In 1903, President Roosevelt’s tour of Washington State inspired thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history. Woodward also discusses Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today. The admission is free thanks to the support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

  • Clark County opens cooling centers during extended heatwave

    250x324xcoolingstation.jpg.pagespeed.ic.H_uNO4V6ruPublic Health and emergency management officials urge residents to protect themselves from heat during the forecasted hot spell, when regional temperatures are predicted to hit 100 degrees and remain hot for the next week. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) has contacted community partners to set up cooling centers. They are:

    Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
    Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.; Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday
    Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal; City Hall, Monday-
    Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Washougal Library, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Washougal Community Center, Sunday 2-6 p.m.

  • Fire District 6 invites community to July meetings

    10495285_10152513053617253_2216793532044148668_oFire District 6, which serves 64,000 people over 37 square miles north of Vancouver, is facing some challenges to keep up with the rising cost to provide emergency services. “We need to be honest with our community about the challenges we’re facing,” says Chief Jerry Green. “At this point, we’re holding on – but just barely.” The public is encouraged to attend two meetings to discuss the challenges and potential solutions on July 7 and 21. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., at Fire District 6’s headquarters located at 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave. The public is encouraged and invited to attend both meetings. Click here for the original story.

  • Extremely hot and dry weather prompts fireworks warning, reminder

    images-1The City of Vancouver would like to remind residents and visitors that use of fireworks within the city limits is restricted to 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 4. The extremely hot and dry weather is creating a serious fire hazard that those using fireworks need to be aware of. The City also wants to remind everyone that it is illegal to use fireworks in a public park without a permit and fireworks buyers must be at least 16 years of age. Individuals who use fireworks inside the city limits on days other than July 4 may be subject to fines starting at $250. Fines for use of illegal fireworks begin at $500. It is important to note that fireworks laws outside the Vancouver city limits are different. To verify whether or not you are within the city limits, click here. For more information about the City’s fireworks ordinance and general fireworks safety tips, visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/fireworks.

  • Casino Night fundraiser for The Arc July 2

    Layout 1The Arc of Southwest Washington (The Arc) will host a Casino Night fundraiser on Thursday, July 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Prairie Bar & Grill, 14925 NE Caples Rd. in Brush Prairie. The Arc will take over the restaurant with Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold-em, and Black Jack. Prizes range in value from $20 to $350. Tickets are $30 and include gambling script. Since 1936, The Arc has provided services locally to tens of thousands of persons with developmental disabilities and their families in Southwest Washington. Tickets can be purchased online here, or at The Arc, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver. For more information, visit www.arcswwa.org.

  • “A Batter of Life & Death” launch party with Ellie Alexander June 30

    Unknown-1Local book lovers are invited to the launch of A Batter of Life and DeathTuesday, June 30, at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. The novel is written by Ellie Alexander and is the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery Series. The event will feature pastry chefs-in-training from the Northwest Culinary Institute in a head-to-head, deliciously sweet, dessert battle straight from the pages of the book. The launch party is from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cellar 55 Tasting Room, 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit www.cellar55degrees.com.