Cooling stations throughout Clark County this weekend
Public Health and emergency management officials urge residents to protect themselves from heat during the forecasted hot spell, when regional temperatures are predicted to hit and exeed 100 degrees. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) has contacted community partners to set up cooling centers. The public is invited to escape the heat in the following locations:
Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.
Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.
Vancouver Public Works’ Water Resources Education Center
Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal
There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver and Clark County, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations, and the Camas Public Library.
Visually impaired paddlers compete in regional dragon boat championships this weekend
A visually impaired paddler (VIP) division will be contested at the Western Regional Dragon Boat races at Vancouver Lake Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2. Blind Start from Long Beach, CA will compete against Portland team Wasabi VIP. They are competing for a berth in the 2016 World Dragon Boat Championships in Australia. Another Portland team, Blind Ambition, will compete as a festival team.
Outdoor entertainment in local community parks this evening
Options abound this evening, Friday, July 31, for free, outdoor, family-friendly entertainment. This evening’s line-up includes:
Country Financial Movies in the Park – Muppets Most Wanted
Battle Ground Movies in the Park – Into the Woods
Hot Summer Nights on the Plaza in Woodland - Mark Stevenz
Visit your city’s community calendar for more information.
Watch your vote count live Aug. 4 on CVTV Channel 23, CVTV.org
Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live, local primary election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Comcast subscribers can tune to Channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live streaming CVTV election coverage will also be available online at www.cvtv.org. Dave Schmitke, CVTV Contributor, and Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Washington State University, Vancouver, also will conduct live election-night candidate interviews from the 6th Floor Hearings Room at the Clark County Public Service Center.
2015 PDBA Western Dragon Boat Racing Championships this weekend on Vancouver Lake
Vancouver has been chosen by the Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA) as the site of the 2015 PDBA Western Region Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Over 2,000 athletes, coaches and supporters, many from outside the area are expected to attend the regatta. Elite club teams train year round to prepare for this world class event. The host club is Vancouver Lake Crew who has partnered with Double Fifth Dragon. Spectators are welcome to the view the races which take place all day, Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2. Visit the PDBA website for more information: www.pdbausa.org/events/134-2015_pdba_regional_club_crew_championships.
Economic development groups release final report in advanced manufacturing research portfolio
The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Greater Portland Inc. today announced the release of the final report in a four-part research portfolio addressing advanced manufacturing and advanced materials in major regional industries. The report examines the role of this industry in the regional economy and focuses on overall changes to industrial manufacturing that will have direct effects on the supply chain, and on small and medium companies in particular. For the full story, click here.
Jaime Herrera Beutler to host free Senior Resource Fair Aug. 5
Jaime Herrera Beutler is hosting a Southwest Washington Senior Resource Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver. The Senior Resource Fair is free and open to any resident of Southwest Washington. It will allow seniors and their families to connect with a variety of useful experts and organization. Find the full story in the archives, here.
Bridgeview elects officers
Kevin Witte was elected Vice Chair of the Bridgeview Board of Directors at their July 7 meeting. Joan Caley was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Witte and Caley join Chair Roy Johnson as the officers for the nonprofit organization. Johnson, who is Executive Director of the Vancouver Housing Authority, has served as the Bridgeview Chair since 2012. Click here for the full story.
Fire Chief available to speak at community groups
Fire Chief Jerry Green of Clark County Fire District 6 welcomes invitations to provide a 15-minute update to local service organizations and homeowner associations (HOAs) in its service territory. This area is north of Vancouver and includes Fairgrounds, Felida, Hazel Dell, Lakeshore, Mt. Vista, and Salmon Creek. In an effort to address higher emergency call volumes and maintain service levels, Fire District 6 Fire Commissioners recently passed a resolution placing a levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot. The lid lift is estimated to cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $4.79 per month or $57.50 per year. Chief Green will provide a general overview of Fire District 6 and address its challenges in his presentation. To schedule a meeting time with Chief Green, contact him directly at 360-576-1195 or email@example.com.
One vacancy serving two Vancouver authority boards, apply by Aug. 28
The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) boards. The position serves on both boards. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28. The DRA and the CCRA are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. The vacancy is for a four-year term. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Alexis Bafus in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 360-487-8607.
Annual Race for the Homeless Aug. 1
The Race for the Homeless, benefiting Open House Ministries, is running for its 16th year in Vancouver, this Saturday, Aug. 1. It includes a 5K and 10K run, 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run. All races start and finish at the O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. Kid Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. Registration is $20 and begins on race day at 7 a.m. Click here for a downloadable registration form. Since incorporation in 1986, Open House Ministries has provided shelter, safety, and hope to families without homes. Find the full article, here.
Vancouver Police NOW Citizen Patroller needed, apply by July 31
If you have four hours a month to help the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) fight crime, canvass for missing people, find stolen automobiles, and conduct evidence searches, apply for the Neighbors On Watch (NOW) citizen patrol program by Friday, July 31. NOW volunteers patrol city neighborhoods on foot, bike, or by vehicle and act as additional “eyes and ears” for the police department. Additional details and a printable volunteer application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k.
“Chasin’ for Chopper” barrel racing benefit for the Humane Society Aug. 1
Clark County Saddle Club is home of the first annual “Chasin’ for Chopper” barrel race, benefitting the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The Chopper Fund was created by Tina Olson, wife of former HSSW Board President, Matt Olson, to honor their dog Chopper. Funds are used to pay for major medical expenses for shelter animals. The event is this Saturday, Aug. 1. Click here for the full story.
2015 deadline to inscribe Propstra Square bricks is Aug. 1
Make a lasting gift to the community, and honor a loved one at the same time, by purchasing a memorial brick for Propstra Square in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. The deadline to order summer inscriptions is Saturday, Aug. 1. The engraved bricks are set around the bell tower in Propstra Square.
Each brick is $100 and holds up to 18 characters, including spaces. Funds raised through the sale of memorial bricks pay for the flowers and plantings in the park. More information and brick order forms are available at https://t.e2ma.net/click/zr34g/v891id/b1qq8b. For questions, contact the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370 or e-mail email@example.com.
Country Financial Friday Night Movies presents “Muppets Most Wanted” July 31
Country Financial Movies in the Park continues Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. with Muppets Most Wanted at John Ball Park. This is the third film in the free series which runs every Friday through Aug. 14 at different parks around the City of Vancouver. John Ball Park is located in the Hough neighborhood at 2299 Kauffman Ave. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended. Visitors can bring their own food or purchase dinner from one of several food vendors at the park. For more information about the series, click here.
Kiggins Theatre hosts Harry Potter’s 35th Birthday Bash July 31 – Aug. 2
The Harry Potter 35th Birthday Bash, presented by IQ Credit Union, invites fans and new readers of all ages to celebrate with a “magical” weekend event featuring all eight Harry Potter films running from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 at Kiggins Theatre. Passes range from $40 to $65 and are available at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. Click here for the full story.
Moonlight and Motorcars benefits Fort Vancouver National Trust Aug. 1
The Fort Vancouver National Trust presents a new, unique event: Moonlight and Motorcars. A fundraiser to support the education, preservation and celebration of the community’s history, is Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St. This 1930s themed event offers live music and beautiful vintage cars on display provided by exhibitors of the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance. Visitors can expect a speakeasy-style garden party, era appropriate food and drink, and a live auction. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.fortvan.org or by calling 360-992-1808. For more information, read the full article here.
Call to vendors for the Columbia River Concours d’ Elegance & Car Show Aug. 2
The deadline for food and beverage, commercial, and arts and crafts vendors interested in outdoor booth space at 2015 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance & Car Show is Thursday, July 30. Vendors specializing in history-related and/or automotive-related products are especially encouraged to apply. The Columbia River Concours d’Elegance is a high end car show featuring cars that are from the year 1975 or older and preserved or restored to original factory specifications. Domestic and Foreign cars and motorcycles will be on display in the front lawns of the homes along historic Officers Row. The show runs Sunday, Aug. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (primary food service time is lunch). Vendor applications and guidelines are available at www.columbiariverconcours.com.