Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees kicks off the holiday season

by DIwpBacon on November 24, 2014


The 19th annual Vancouver Rotary Festival of Trees will kick off the holiday season on Thanksgiving Weekend with community events, entertainment and viewing of holiday trees at the Vancouver Hilton and Esther Short Park. The lavishly decorated trees will be featured at the festival culminating with a raffle of the trees with gifts, cash, and a Seahawks extravaganza package on Sunday, Nov. 30. Raffle tickets are $5 each and available at the festival. Events include:

  • Nov. 28 – Nov. 30: Tree Viewing Plus Santa, Entertainment, Family Scavenger Hunt and Tree Raffle
  • Nov. 28: Community Tree Lighting, Train Rides and ConcertsEsther Short Park and Vancouver Hilton
  • Nov. 29: Loci Train Rides around Esther Short Park10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
  • Nov. 29 – Nov. 30: Vancouver Farmers Market – Holiday Market – at the Hilton Vancouver, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
  • Nov. 29: Hello Vancouver! Holiday Spectacular - 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 30: Raffle Drawing for 12 Festival Tree Packages plus a Seahawks Extravaganza Package – 4 p.m.

The Festival of Trees is the chief fundraiser for the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, which supports scholarships and community projects. Major sponsors for the festival include Vesta Hospitality, Davidson Insurance, Waste Connections, City of Vancouver, Riverview Community Bank, IBEW LU 48, Shamrock 51 Productions, New Phoenix & Last Frontier Casinos, Cost Less Auto Parts, Fidelity National Title and The Columbian. For more information, visit or call 360-750-0409.




First ever $500 Shop Local contest on now through Nov. 29

by DIwpBacon on November 24, 2014


The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Columbia Credit Union, have coordinated the first ever “Shop Local” Customer Appreciation contest. Right now, until Saturday, Nov. 29 (Small Business Saturday) patrons can shop at any one of over 45 local small businesses to become entered to win a $500 gift card.

This “Shop Local” Customer Appreciation Contest is designed to reward customers of current, local small businesses, but also provide incentive for first-time visitors. In addition to retail, many service oriented businesses are part of this campaign. The “Shop Local” award must be used at the location in which the customer entered. A list of all participating locations is online at

Columbia Credit Union, the “Get Out On… Small Business Saturday” program sponsor, has played an instrumental role in developing this program. Last year, they were out in the community on Small Business Saturday (always the Saturday after Thanksgiving) at two locations with their “Making Life Better Moments.” This year they are planning on choosing a retail member to surprise, on location. For more information, visit

Friends of Hospice hold annual poinsettia sale beginning Dec. 1


Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington is holding its annual poinsettia sale beginning Monday, Dec. 1. Poinsettias can be preordered online here, or by calling 360-696-5056. Same day purchases can be made at these locations:

Dec. 1 and 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: PHSW Medical Center, 400 Mother Joseph Place (off Mill Plain Blvd)
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fairway Village Clubhouse, East Vancouver
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Glenwood Place Senior Living
Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Touchmark (formerly Waterford), East Vancouver
Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, North Vancouver

Preorders will be available for pick-up at at the 92nd St. entrance to PHSW on Monday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at Legacy Salmon Creek’s main lobby on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Home deliveries will not be possible this year. For further details, visit

Zoo set to illuminate holidays at annual Zoolights


Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo.

A holiday tradition is back. Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m., more than 1.5 million brightly colored lights will illuminate the Oregon Zoo during its 27th annual ZooLights, presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and the Oregon College Savings Plan. This year’s display runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.

This year’s ZooLights features an an all-new train ride on an elevated trestle through areas that haven’t been lighted before, as well as an immersive stroll around the zoo similar to last year’s. Visitors should also be on the lookout for some winged wonders: six fantastical butterfly silhouettes have been placed around the zoo – part of a scavenger hunt that can win sharp-eyed visitors a prize at the Zoo Store.

ZooLights hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday. ZooLights will be closed Dec. 10, 24 and 25. Admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7 for children and free for children 2 and under. Zoo members may attend for free. For further information, visit>.

Megan Shank joins the board at Innovative Services NW

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Megan Shank, photo courtesy of Innovative Services NW.

Innovative Services NW has  announced that Megan Shank has joined its Board of Directors. Shank is the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, where she leads and directs the development of annual and long range strategic plans for Kaiser including strategic planning, care delivery planning, and capital planning across the organization.

Shank and her team have volunteered for many of the programs at Innovative for the past two years. “My experience with Innovative demonstrated to me that it is one of the organizations dedicated to creating opportunities for a large group of individuals,” says Shank. “I have been impressed with the breadth of the work at Innovative, from the youngest infant to the seniors served in the Adult Day Health Program.”

Shank brings 22 years of progressive healthcare experience in both consulting and health systems. She has an M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial/Organizational, University of Baltimore (MD) and a B.A. in Psychology, Goucher College.



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News Briefs

  • American Atlas: A reading by storyteller Rob Katsuno at Angst Gallery Dec. 1

    Unknown-1Portland Playhouse, Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, Angst Gallery, and Printed Matter, Vancouver present American Atlas: A Reading by storyteller Rob Katsuno at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Angst Gallery. American Atlas depicts an Asian American conformist struggling to form his identity. Katsuno’s storytelling employs humor to explore the intersection of multiculturalism and America’s aspirational culture. He has performed locally at Tommy O’s, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, and Back Fence PDX. Katsuno’s story Daniela Says won third place in Willamette Writers’ Kay Snow contest in 2011. He is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Clark County, longtime Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce member, and since 2011 has served as a board member of CDM, a leading local non-profit serving seniors. Katsuno has been a local Ameriprise Financial Advisor since 2005. For more information, visit

  • City of Vancouver seeks applicants for two salary review commission vacancies

    The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Salary Review Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. This five-member volunteer commission is responsible for reviewing and re-establishing or adjusting the salaries of the Vancouver mayor and city council every two years. Applicants must be City of Vancouver residents and registered voters. City officers, officials, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. Salary Review Commission members are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval by the city council. Each commission member is appointed for a single four-year term. The appointments will be made effective Jan. 1, 2015. For more information, visit

  • 18th District lawmakers schedule Dec. 6 town hall meeting in Battle Ground


    Senator Ann Rivers, Representative Liz Pike and Representative Brandon Vick are inviting 18th District citizens to join them Saturday, Dec. 6 for a town hall meeting in Battle Ground. The three lawmakers are hoping to hear from the public about issues and priorities as they prepare for the 2015 legislative session. The town hall meeting will be held at City Hall, 109 SW First St. in Battle Ground from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. People not able to attend are encouraged to contact Sen. Rivers at 360- 786-7634 (Olympia); Rep. Pike at 360-210-4534 (Camas); or Rep. Vick at 360-210-7070 (Camas). The 2015 legislative session begins Jan. 12 in Olympia.

  • Vancouver Chamber partners with “Be a Santa to a Senior ” program Dec. 5

    109721851The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has partnered with the three entities in Clark County coordinating the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program: Home Instead Senior Care, Meals on Wheels and Prestige Care. This partnership centers on local seniors who may not receive a gift this holiday season. The Chamber is asking the community to view an online list of names established by the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program and choose a gift to purchase to bring to the Friday, Dec. 5 GVCC Holiday Heroes Luncheon. Click here for the full story.

  • Jeanne Stewart to be sworn in as county commissioner tomorrow

    JeanneStewartVancouver resident Jeanne Stewart will be sworn in as a Clark County commissioner at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. A former Vancouver City Council member, Stewart defeated former commissioner and State Senator Craig Pridemore in the Nov. 4 general election. She will represent Commissioner District 3. She joins Commissioner Tom Mielke, who represents District 1, and Commissioner David Madore, who represents District 2. Click here for the full article.

  • The “Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar” on sale now to benefit Magenta Theater

    Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar, Group ShotMagenta Theater has produced a professionally shot and designed calendar: The Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar, which features Magenta actors, directors, set builders, props designers, sound and lighting operators and more…in a way you’d never imagine. Additionally, Magenta Theater has launched an updated and newly designed website including new user-friendly features, easier navigation, and a responsive design that is optimized for mobile, tablet, desktop and smart phones. Check it out at For the full story, click here.

  • YWCA Clark County hires Kate Sacamano as Director of Philanthropy

    3260159YWCA Clark County has announced that Kate Sacamano will be its new Director of Philanthropy. She will lead the Department of Philanthropy, which is responsible for community outreach, marketing and development. Sacamano has 17  years of experience in communication, community partnerships and nonprofit management. She was most recently the Community Partnership Manager at The Columbian and prior to that was the Executive Director of the Hough Foundation.

  • BIA installs new officers for 2015, announces annual award winners

    bialogoThe new slate of officers for the BIA of Clark County‘s 2015 Board of Directors was installed last night, at the annual President’s Awards & Officer Installation Dinner, held at the Heathman Lodge. Monty Smith, 2015 President of Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), officiated over the installation. Additionally, the following BIA members were recognized with President’s Awards for their service to the organization and the building industry. For the full story, which lists the officers and award winners, click here.

  • Twelfth annual Run for the Hungry Nov. 27

    Unknown-2Individuals, families and friends are invited to Gateway Church’s 12th annual Run for the Hungry, a 5k walk/run through the streets of Washougal, on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., and the run starts from Fishback Stadium at 8 a.m. rain or shine.  Advance registration is $20 dollars for individuals eleven and older, $15 for youth ages three through 10; and free for those under three. Competitive team registration has closed. A donation of nonperishable foods will be accepted in lieu of cash, but T-shirts will be given only to paying registrants. For further details and to register, visit

  • Alzheimer’s caregivers support group meets Nov. 24

    Those caring for someone with memory loss or in need of support or information, are invited to attend a support group hosted by Alzheimer’s Association Monday, Nov. 24. Caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss is held the last Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 9900 SE Mill Plain Blvd., in Vancouver. Contact facilitator Lisa Rasmussen at 360-281-2886 for details.

  • Clark County is No. 1 in Washington for certified green schools

    Washington Green Schools recently honored Clark County for having more certified green schools than any county in the state, with 68 schools participating in the program and 38 schools certified. Almost 300 schools in Washington participate in the program. Schools form Green Teams of students, staff, administrators and, sometimes, parents. To become certified, schools must complete requirements in at least one environmental category. Teams tackle a project, complete assessments, make lasting changes and measure results. Categories cover energy, healthy buildings, transportation, waste and recycling, water and school grounds. Clark County and area schools were recognized recently during the annual Green Schools Summit in Vancouver.

  • City of Vancouver seeks applicants for Downtown and City Center Redevelopment Authority Boards

    02e6841.pngFor the third year in a row, the Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has chosen not to take the one percent tax increase ports are allowed annually under Washington state law. The board’s Nov. 18 decision keeps the amount of public investment in the port at just under $10 million annually, continuing a trend that started in 2009. Due to increasing Clark County property values, the 2015 port tax levy equates to $90.25 in annual property tax on a $250,000 home, a reduction of $9.50 from 2014. Click here for the full story.

  • City of Vancouver seeks applicants for Downtown and City Center Redevelopment Authority Boards

    vancouver_washington_steaming_st_helens_2004The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for a single volunteer position to serve on both the Downtown Redevelopment Authority and City Center Redevelopment Authority boards. The Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the City Center Redevelopment Authority are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. The vacancy is for a four-year term. For the full story, click here.

  • Three openings on the 2015 4Results Sustainability board

    4Results Mentoring is seeking three volunteers to join its Sustainability Board for the 2015 calendar year. The board is made up of six community members and two staff who are dedicated to the welfare of vulnerable children. The board focuses on sustainability of the program which includes: community outreach, communications, financial stability and program development. Members act as advisory and accountability partners to the program manager. The commitment is to attend one 90-minute meeting each month for a period of 12 months. Interested parties can contact Elizabeth Higley at 360-993-3184 by Dec. 15. For more information about 4Results Mentoring, visit

  • Seats filling up for Winter Tea at the Marshall House Dec. 7

    rh-06232014-3945The Marshall House invites the community to a Winter Tea Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m.; the 2 p.m. seating is full. The event will feature live music, historic re-enactors, and both sweet and savory treats. The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. The Marshall House is located at 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver. To make a reservation, contact Julie Kummer at 360-693-3103 or buy tickets online at