Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree celebrates 188 years Oct. 4
by DIwpBacon on October 1, 2014
Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver of modest beginnings, the noble Old Apple Tree is considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. It has withstood flood, wind, ice, snow, steady human encroachment and breakage of a major limb in 2009. Come celebrate the venerable tree’s 188 years of life at Vancouver’s annual Old Apple Tree Festival, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 SE Columbia Way.
This year, the free, family-friendly festival features live music by On a Lark, Another Shade of Bluegrass, and the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association. There will also be fruit tree pruning demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, ask-the-arborist sessions, Fort Vancouver Land Bridge tours and on-site food vendors. To participate in the apple cider pressing, bring clean apples and clean containers to take home the freshly pressed cider.
Visitors can also get a free cutting to start their own piece of history. Each year during the festival the Urban Forestry Commission gives away approximately 200 cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. While it’s challenging to successfully propagate these cuttings, it is possible. The Commission wants to know how many people are able to successfully propagate their cutting. Bring your story or a photo of your Old Apple Tree; a map will show where descendants of the Old Apple Tree live.
Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund launched by SWWDC
Posted October 1st, 2014
The late Philip Parker. Photo courtesy of The Columbian.
To honor its long-time board member, friend and jobs advocate, Philip A. Parker, who died earlier this year, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) has established the Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship fund and is accepting donations.
“Phil was a champion for jobs-creation projects and cared deeply about young people,” says Jeanne Bennett, SWWDC’s chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to honor him in this way and hope those who knew and admired Phil will contribute to the scholarship program.”
Funds collected will provide scholarships for youth, ages 16 through 24, that demonstrate progress towards a pathway in the trades. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, plan to attend an accredited institution and live in Clark, Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made by check payable to SWWDC, and mailed to 805 Broadway, Suite 412, Vancouver, WA 98660. Attn: Accounting. Note “Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund” on the check.
Battle Ground HealthCare received $25k match challenge from an anonymous donor
Posted October 1st, 2014
An anonymous donor has generously provided a $25K matching gift challenge to benefit Battle Ground HealthCare services in North Clark County. All donations made through the Clinic’s free fundraising breakfast, to be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver will be doubled.
“The generosity of our supporters during the Matching Gift Challenge enables Battle Ground Healthcare to leverage gifts of time, talent and treasure year-round for the benefit of the those in the community who are in need of chronic medical and limited dental care living without insurance or underinsured,” says Ruthie Gohl, the organization’s executive director. “By working together, we can make a huge impact, and I want to thank everyone whose gifts and efforts help further our mission.”
Providing chronic medical and limited dental care to those ages 18 to 65, Battle Ground HealthCare is dedicated to support the working poor who find it difficult to afford health coverage, but do not meet federal guidelines for assistance in another way. Clinic professional and support staff are volunteers, therefore ongoing community support through donations and fundraisers is vital to the mission.
The public is invited to help make a difference by attending the fundraising breakfast. Seats are limited; RSVP by Monday, Oct. 20 to Leslie@simplepleasuresevents.com.
Sue McCarthy, to consult with MODAO Consignment in Vancouver, meet and greet Oct 4
Posted October 1st, 2014
The “royalty” of the high end resale business, Sue McCarthy and her daughter Diana of the new reality series Resale Royalty and owner of the nationally recognized Women’s Closet Exchange will descend upon Hazel Dell’s special gem, MODAO Chic Fashion and Furniture Consignment boutique Saturday, Oct. 4, to consult with owners Joni Vilhauer and Bailey Handsaker, also a mother-daughter team.
Vilhauer has 35 years of experience in fashion and interior design. Having worked for Nordstrom for twelve of those years and started her own business in 1988, Interior Services, she earned a reputation that offered her a full time career. Her daughter, Bailey Handsaker, brings gifts in management and social media. The two opened MODAO in 2012.
MODAO will be open to the public for a meet and greet on Saturday while the Women’s Closet Exchange consultants are in the store offering special treats and beverages for a splendid shopping experience. More details to come on www.modaoconsignment.com and on Facebook at MODAO: Chic Fashion & Furniture Consignment. The boutique is located at 612 NE 81st St., in Vancouver.