Discover the Dinosaurs at the Clark County Event Center this weekend

by DIwpBacon on February 5, 2016


Explore the mystery of pre-historic life at Discover the Dinosaurs this weekend at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Learn, discover and have fun in this unique hands on exhibit that gives you the opportunity to actually see dinosaurs. Discover the Dinosaurs features a walk-through exhibit designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs lived.

Along with the animatronic dinosaurs, dinosaur replicas are featured throughout. Beyond the exhibit, additional activities are available for kids of all ages including dino- themed inflatables, dinosaurs to ride, a dino dig and gem and fossil panning.

Admission is $19 for adults 13 and over, $23 for children ages two through 12, $16 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $6 per vehicle; cash only. The event runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. The event center is located at 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. To learn more, click here.








Nominations sought for first annual Green Business of the Year award

by DIwpBacon on February 5, 2016


The Clark County Green Business program is now accepting applications for the first annual Green Business of the Year award. All businesses operating in Clark County are eligible to apply. The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their efforts to continually reduce their environmental impact and improve their practices over time. Applications are available online at www.clarkgreenbiz.com/1074/business-of-the-year-award.html. The award will be presented during the annual Green Business Showcase on Thursday, Mar. 24, at the Artillery Barracks, 600 Hathaway Rd.

Clark County’s Green Business program recognizes and celebrates achievements of businesses that embrace environmentally friendly practices. The program provides an environmental assessment, resources and assistance to businesses seeking a structured approach to implementing green initiatives and measuring results. Learn more about the Green Business Program at www.clarkgreenbiz.com/780/about.html.

New networking event bridges gap between arts and business Feb. 17


An inaugural Arts + Biz Quarterly Mixer will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver. Organized by local artist Erika Bartlett and marketing specialist Melinda Cannell, Arts + Biz is a new networking-focused organization created for the purpose of bridging the gap between arts and business in southwest Washington by fostering connections and encouraging collaboration within the community.

The events target artists of all disciplines who are interested in growing their business. Businesses and organizations that provide a service to creative professionals or have opportunities to employ the services of creative professionals are also encouraged to attend. The February mixer will include a presentation by Karen Madsen, Chair of Arts of Clark County.

Cost to attend the first event is $5 which includes light refreshments. RSVP online at http://bit.ly/artsbizmixer or email melinda_cannell@yahoo.com. Payments may be made in advance online or at the door. Additional information is available at: www.facebook.com/artsbiz360.

Battle Ground School’s patron tour Feb. 18, sign up by Feb. 10

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A patron tour of Battle Ground Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes at three schools is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. Community members and parents are invited to participate in the tour and see firsthand what students are learning in CTE classes such as welding, culinary arts, early childhood education, video game design and agriculture.

Patrons will tour CTE classes at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools as well as CASEE. The tour offers parents and members of the business community an inside look at the classrooms and students in action. It’s a great way for parents of eighth graders to learn more about the classes and CTE programs that students in the Battle Ground Public Schools district can take at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools.

The Career and Technical Education Patron tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will begin at Battle Ground High School, continue to Prairie High School, and then end at CASEE. Transportation will be provided between campuses. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 10 to the CTE program at 360-885-5359 or adams.kathy@battlegroundps.org.


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  • Aphrodisiac Dinner at Niche for Valentine’s Day

    6cd51a99-6db0-4dc6-8559-797def2b8ca7Couples are welcome to Niche on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, for a special, five-course “Aphrodisiac Dinner” prepared by Chef David. The menu features oysters on the half shell, fennel cream soup, arugula salad, poached breast of pheasant, and a fig dessert. All the courses are paired with wine. The cost is $70 per person and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended. For more information, call 360-980-8352 or visit www.nichewinebar.com.

  • Lottery to assign permits to sell fireworks, application deadline Feb. 10

    Unknown-1The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is taking applications for at least four retail fireworks permits to be assigned by lottery to be held on Feb. 12. Fireworks cannot be sold in Clark County without a permit. “One permit will be issued through the lottery, and more could become available if they are not retained by current holders,” says Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway. Applications for the permit lottery can be obtained at the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield, or at clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks. Only one completed application may be entered per person or organization. All lottery permit applications must be received at the Fire Marshal’s Office no later than 5 p.m., Feb. 10. Applications may be delivered or mailed to the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield or faxed to 360-397-2076. Applications postmarked on Feb. 10 will not qualify.

  • City of Vancouver seeks imput on proposed changes to parking code

    imagesThe City of Vancouver’s Parking Services Division is seeking public input on a series of proposed parking code changes before presenting them to City Council in March. Public comments about the proposed parking code changes are being accepted through Feb. 29. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ParkingCodeUpdate to access the comment form. The proposed changes cover a broad range of topics including street sweeping program improvements, law enforcement permit programs, prolonged parking management tools, and more.The proposed changes were originally identified during the 2014 parking code reorganization as tools to improve the efficiency of the City’s parking management program. For more information about the proposed parking code changes or to provide public comment, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ParkingCodeUpdate.

  • First Friday returns to downtown Vancouver Feb. 5

    unnamedIt’s First Friday Art Walk in Vancouver tonight, Friday, Feb. 5, and the Vancouver Downtown Association (VDA) has this month’s Hotsheet ready here. Many of downtown’s art galleries, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and boutiques will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.vda.org. Click here for the full story.

  • Water Resources Center celebrates 20 years Feb. 13

    fb_feb13_partynotice2016_allinfoKids and their families are invited to join in a free, special Second Saturday birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center. Visitors will have a “River of Fun” learning about February Floods. Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games and birthday cupcake treats. Special guest, Eartha the Ecological Clown, will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Click here for the full story.

  • Clark County Food Bank hosts Care Concert Feb. 6

    ab430341-ef44-49c9-a46c-d00ed86b2884The Clark County Food Bank and the Mr/Miss Columbia River Contest at Columbia River High School are hosting a concert this Saturday, Feb. 6. Care Concert is a benefit for both the food bank and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The event features musical artists Corey HarperDustin RuthThe Man Franco, and showing of the film View From a Blue MoonCare Concert brings together a talented set of local musicians in a unique setting at the warehouse of Clark County Food Bank. The film screening begins at 7 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students; $15 for adults. All tickets at the door are $15. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit http://goo.gl/V35yYs.

  • ESD 112 announces winners of regional Poetry Out Loud contest

    michaela_and_sameayahESD 112 has announced the winners of the regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are Michaela Cloyd, Ridgefield High School, and Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. These students will advance to the state competition in March. The winners will advance to the contest in Tacoma on Saturday, Mar. 5. The state champion will advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C. $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. To learn more, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

  • Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic February 11
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    Christopher Luna Poet Laureate of Clark County

    Ghost Town Poetry will once again host an Open Mic on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Angst Gallery. Open Mic nights are hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna. This month’s featured writer, Steve Williams, is the author of a new chapbook entitled Thirteen, a poem. Food and libation are available during the event from Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in Vancouver. Find more details about this evening of poetry at www.printedmattervancouver.com. Interested parties can also call 360-910-1066.

  • City of Battle Ground Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission Position

    BattleGroundCitySealThe City of Battle Ground is seeking applicants to fill a vacant position on its Planning Commission. The commission is a seven-member volunteer board that is charged with advising the City Council on all legislative land use matters referred to them by the council including comprehensive planning, capital facility planning, transportation planning, and development codes. To qualify for the position, applicants must reside within the City of Battle Ground. For more information regarding the Planning Commission and an application to serve, visit www.cityofbg.org/planning-commission.

  • Vicki Kraft announces candidacy for 17th Legislative District

    picture-41-1423265589Vicki Kraft has announced that she has filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission for Washington State Representative in the 17th Legislative District, Position 1 (R) in the 2016 election. Kraft works for the Freedom Foundation. Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, she worked for Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Pillsbury and Frigidaire as well as small businesses. As the Chairman of the 17th Legislative District, elected to the Clark County Republican Party Executive Board in 2012, she is knowledgeable about the concerns of the citizens of the District. She is active with the Greater Vancouver Chamber; and with the Steering Committee for the Vancouver Library’s – Forum@The Library 2.0. To learn more about Kraft and her campaign, visit www.vickikraft.com.

  • Friends of Fort Vancouver hosts Sweetheart Dance Feb. 13

    03ImageThe 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Pearson Air Museum. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person and are available at the Friends’ Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center or online at: www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Click here for the full story.

  • Clark County Grown hosts first Seasonal Social Feb. 9
    5b4bdec9-92eb-4af9-99bb-be7189b75919Clark County Grown invites the community to its first Seasonal Social. The event will be a quarterly gathering for farmers, chefs and local food advocates to share food and ideas to inspire the local food economy. Winter’s topic is “How to Get Clark County Farm Products to Market.” The social is Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Barberton Grange, 9400 NE 72nd Ave., Vancouver. For the full story, click here.
  • Reading and signing with Jason Gurley at Vintage Books Feb. 6


    Local author Jason Gurley will be at Vintage Books Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. for a reading and signing of his newly published, speculative fiction bestseller, Eleanor. The novel, about a family capsized by tragedy and the girl who transcends space and time to save them, was originally a self-published bestseller in the summer of 2014. Eleanor got such acclaim that it was picked up by Crown Publishing and re-released in mid-January. Gurley is the author of the novels Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and the ongoing Movement series. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine and numerous anthologies. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.vintage-books.com or call 360-694-9519.

  • City of Vancouver hosts Volunteer Appreciation Open House Feb. 6

    volunteerappreciationlogo-final-largeThe City of Vancouver is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Open House on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Whether you’ve given a few hours or a lifetime of service, you are invited to attend. Drop in for coffee, tea and pastries from Bleu Door Bakery on Main St. Get to know other Vancouver volunteers, share a volunteer highlight from 2015 and learn about upcoming opportunities. Those planning to stop by are asked to contact Carrie Vogelzang at cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8344.

  • “A Chocolate Affair to Remember” with a Downton Abbey flair for First Friday Feb. 5

    Un cuore nel cioccolatoChocolate treats, fun themed activities, art shows, movies, prizes, and more will all be a part of the First Friday event in Downtown Camas from 5 to 9 p.m, this evening, Friday, Feb. 5. In addition to this year’s event and in honor of the last season of Downton Abbey, come dressed in “Downton” attire and be entered to win a Downton Abbey basket. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/first-fridays/chocolate-affair-to-remember/ or the Downtown Camas First Friday Facebook page. Find the full story, click here.

  • Art on the Boulevard opens new show for February, reception Feb. 5

    imggallery.phpArt on the Boulevard is kicking off the new year with a brand new solo show “Inspiration” featuring the oil paintings of Mike Rangner. To preview all 27 pieces in the show, visit www.artontheboulevard.org and click on “Upcoming Events,” then click on “Visit the Exhibition.” The opening reception is on First Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 9 pm. Visitors can enjoy some light complimentary refreshments and check out Rangner’s wonderful new show. Art on the Boulevard is located at 210 W Evergreen Blvd. For more information, visit www.artontheboulevard.org.

  • “The Odd Couple” kicks off Love Street Playhouse 2016 season

    6e782c4511616c64d80e1be85cf1a51d_f164Love Street Playhouse opens its 2016 Season with the iconic American comedy The Odd Couple, directed by Tony Bump, on Friday, Feb. 5. After their thoroughly fed up wives throw them out, sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (played by Richard Barr of Vancouver) and uptight neat freak Felix Ungar (played by Gary Corbin of Camas) decide to move in together, thinking they’ll save on expenses and have a few laughs. It turns out the laughs are on them. The Odd Couple will run February 5 through the 28. For the full story, click here.

  • NACCC meeting Feb. 8

    imagesThe Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County (NACCC) will meet Monday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Public Works Operations Center Conference Room, 4700 NE 78th St. Vancouver. Scott Johnson, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) Director will discuss the Clark County Hazard Mitigation Plan focusing on reducing community risks to hazards, such as earthquake, floods, and wildfires. Helen Elder, executive director, CAMP Villages Network, will share a plan to help individuals live in their home as long as they can. The NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or dougballou@comcast.net.