Reception at FVRL Foundation for local artist Tom Relth Mar. 31

by DIwpBacon on March 27, 2015

Tom Relth

UnknownThe Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation is hosting a reception for Vancouver artist Tom Relth on Tuesday Mar. 31. The event will feature a discussion by the artist, wine from Burnt Bridge Cellars, treats from Simply Sweets, and musical entertainment from local guitarist Patrick Meyer.

Relth is opening a new studio in downtown Vancouver. A former professor of art in the United States and Morocco, Relth has exhibited and curated shows internationally. Nineteen recent artworks by Relth will be on display and available for purchase. Relth has agreed to donate 50% of the sale price of all paintings sold while on display at the FVRL Foundation office.

There will also be a raffle for a 22” x 32” framed and signed acrylic painting valued at $550. Raffle tickets will be available the evening of the reception and are $10 each. The drawing will take place May 1, at the Air and Hospitality Academy’s Plant a Seed dinner and auction, also benefitting FVRL Foundation, and the winner need not be present to win.

The reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., in the Foundation’s offices at the FVRL District Headquarters building, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. For more information, visit or Learn more about Tom Relth and his art at



Alpacapalooza returns to the Clark County Event Center this weekend

by DIwpBacon on March 27, 2015


The Alpaca Association of Western Washington (AAWW) presents the 15th annual Alpacapalooza at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield Saturday, Mar. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Mar. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and parking is $7.

The event features over 600 alpacas that will participate in a variety of shows and contests. Vendors from nearly 150 farms will be on hand with products including socks, hats, coats, sweaters, gloves and stranger items like lamp shades, wine bottle covers and laundry machine dryer balls.

The Alpaca Association of Western Washington (AAWW) is a group of alpaca owners, breeders, and enthusiasts who have come together as a regional affiliate organization of the international Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA). It seeks to raise public awareness of alpacas, share knowledge and resources, and organize alpaca events. For more information, visit or call 360-281-6550.

YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training Apr. 2


New volunteer applications are being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in the mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The programs of YWCA Clark County offer opportunities for volunteers to support survivors of abuse, neglect and oppression.

Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence.

Application, interview and pre-registration for spring training is required. To learn more about volunteering at YWCA Clark County as well as application materials, visit or contact Nichole Peppers at or 360-906-9112.

Clark College’s Mature Learning program celebrates its 42nd anniversary Apr. 1


What does it mean to get healthy and stay healthy for the rest of your life? Clark College’s Mature Learning program, a part of the college’s Economic & Community Development (ECD) division, celebrates its 42nd anniversary with a symposium that showcases its health and wellness classes and explores the latest developments in alternative or complementary health.

The symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Marcus Miller, an associate professor at the National College of Natural Medicine. Attendees will also be able to select from several “mini- courses” presented by Mature Learning/Community Education instructors and local complementary, integrative, and holistic medicine providers. Topics will cover various aspects of healthy aging that highlight mind-body connection, fitness, and natural medicine therapies and treatments.

The half-day event is being held at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 registration fee to attend. Registration is available online at or by calling 360-992-2939. Clark College at Columbia Tech Center is located at 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

Washington Timbers Spring Camp Apr. 6 through 9

WA Timbers Spring Break Camp

All players ages five to nine are invited to: “Train Like a Pro” with professional soccer player and Washington Timbers Junior Academy Director Kat Tarr from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Apr. 6 through Thursday, Apr. 9. The cost is $75 for the entire week and includes a camp T-shirt.

Using her experience playing in professional leagues in Germany and United States, Coach Tarr understands the need for demonstration and has brought in staff with high-level college and professional playing experience to work side by side with each player.

Washington Timbers Football Club is a member of the “adidas Timbers Alliance,” a strategic partnership with elite local youth clubs in the Timbers’ development territory, designed to build unique working relationships and development opportunities. Visit for more information.


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News Briefs

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    800px-Scott_DalesandroScott Dalesandro announces his candidacy for the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, District 2. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Nancy Baker. Dalesandro has over 40 years of logistics and transportation management experience and has closely followed Port operations for many years. Dalesandro, 62, works as the General Manager at Columbia River Logistics in Vancouver. He and his wife Rose are long-time residents of Felida. Since 2009, Dalesandro has served as a volunteer on the Clark County Railroad Advisory Board. Learn more at 971-563-4154 or Find the campaign on Facebook here.

  • Community Home Health & Hospice adds new leadership to it Clark County Advisory Board

    Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) recently added David Kelly and Craig Collins to its Clark County Advisory Board (CCAB). CCAB members are selected based on their extensive history in Clark County, their passion for access to high-quality healthcare, and a desire to ensure that adequate services are available for a growing aging population. Kelly is the executive director of the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington. Collins is the owner of Portland Cremation Center, LLC, a trade service for the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington funeral industry. Learn more about Community at

  • Opening on the Mosquito Control Board

    imagesThe Clark County Board of Health is requesting applications and nominations for a local resident to serve on the Mosquito Control Board. The term would start immediately and continue through 2016. Applicants must live in Councilor District 2, which includes east Clark County and the cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal. The board establishes policy, manages expenditures and approves contracts for the local mosquito control district. Public Health handles administration and operations. Evening meetings are open to the public and held quarterly in February, May, August and November. Anyone interested may submit a resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666 or by email to Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 1.

  • Columbia Dance Company presents excerpts from “Swan Lake” next weekend

    SwanColumbia Dance Company performs their diverse repertory program, Columbia Dance Presents! featuring alumn Steven Goforth in excerpts from Swan Lake. This classical ballet story, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush score, has inspired Artistic Director Jan Hurst to fill the stage with selected excerpts from Act I and Act II. Performances begin next Friday, Apr. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Royal Durst Theater, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, Apr. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Children ages 12 and under are $10. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, visit

  • Register now for Spring Break youth golf camps at Camas Meadows

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  • Register now for Spring Break youth golf camps at Camas Meadows

    WYGALogoBigSpring Break is just around the corner and Camas Meadows Golf Course is offering three day youth golf camps from the Washington Youth Golf Academy (WYGA). The camps offer an introduction to golf and covers all aspects of the game including woods, irons, chipping, tutting, golf etiquette and course management. Camp cost is $99. All attendees will receive WYGA camp memorabilia, and all equipment is provided. Find the whole story here.

  • Representatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris host telephone town hall Apr.1

    UnknownRepresentatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris, both R-Vancouver, will host a telephone town hall on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. They invite all 17th Legislative District residents to join them for an hour-long community conversation on state legislative issues. To participate, residents can call 360-588-5068. If listeners have questions during the call they can press the star (*) key on their telephone keypads. Residents unable to participate, or with questions before the event, can contact Wilson by calling her Olympia office at 360-786-7994. Harris can be reached at his Olympia office by calling 360-786-7976.

  • NWABA and Century Link Pioneers host Beeping Easter Egg Hunt Mar. 28

    Beeping_Easter_Egg_Hunt_Beeping_EggThe Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired Saturday, Mar. 28. The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E 13th St., Vancouver. ”We are very excited to host this event for children with visual impairments. “In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, participants will have the opportunity to participate in sports and learn more about our mission and programs,” says Founder/Executive Director Billy Henry. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, participants will receive hands on instruction in beep baseball and tandem cycling. Learn more at

  • Save the date: Kindergarten readiness event May 9

    k-ready SELF (Support Early Learning and Families) and Our Children Can’t Wait (OCCW) are hosting a one-day, five location event to encourage families to register for school prior to the end of this school year. Districts need to prepare and plan for more than 6,000 students that will enter schools in all nine districts. The free kindergarten registration and readiness event will be held Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at five following locations. Find the full article here.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts panel discussion on race, policing, and justice Apr. 3

    pr-bbbThe community is invited to attend a panel discussion, “Black, Brown and Blue: Diverse Perspectives on Race, Policing and justice,” at 1 p.m. Friday, Apr. 3, at WSU Vancouver. Recent police killings of people of color have led to protests and demonstrations across America, raising larger questions related to racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system. Five panelists who view these issues from a variety of lenses will discuss the root causes of these disparities, their consequences and how to move forward. Click here for the full story.

  • CCHM’s ninth annual Women’s History Month Program: “My Life As a Cleveland Indian” Mar. 28

    37c2236081f579db306274e45cdcda62_400x400Bring a spouse, a friend, family or a date to the Clark County Historical Museum‘s ninth annual Women’s History Month Program this Saturday, Mar. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver. Dakota Navajo journalist Jacqueline Keeler will present, “My Life as a Cleveland Indian.” Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for museum members. Seating is limited so calling ahead to reserve tickets is recommended. Click here for the full story.

  • Superintendent Deeder to shave head for Evergreen Public Schools fundraiser Mar. 28

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  • Ke Kukui Foundation hosts Hawaiian quilting classes beginning Mar. 28, drop ins welcome

    16pumwht_yelThe Ke Kukui Foundation invites the community to ongoing, Kuiki lau, or Hawaiian quilting classes at the Ke Kukui Arts and Cultural Center, 301 E McLoughlin Blvd., Ste. D in Vancouver. Classes are scheduled for Saturdays, Mar. 28,  April 25 and May 16.  All ages and skill levels are welcome. Each class is taught by Sue Bunda and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is $20 per class and a materials kit is $30. Drop-ins are welcome, but interested parties can also sign up at For more information about the foundation, visit

  • Bravo! Vancouver presents “Elijah” Mar. 29

    NTR_Elijah3Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series will present Mendelssohn’s Elijah Sunday, Mar. 29, at 3 p.m. The concert, conducted by Dr. Maria Manzo, features the 50-voice Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, Washington Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists. Broadway baritone Douglas Webster performs the role of Elijah. Soloists include Portland singers Scot Crandal (tenor), Valery Saul (alto) and Jocelyn Claire Thomas (soprano). Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 16 and younger, and are available online or at the Bravo! Vancouver Box office: 360-906-0441. The concert takes place at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 NE 78th St., Vancouver. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

  • Sock Hop benefit for SWEAP Mar. 27

    1dc74df4f13bfb51107578e509f74b17Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition (SWEAP) is hosting a Sock Hop at the Vancouver Hilton to “shake rattle and roll” out elder abuse in Clark County on Friday, Mar. 27.  This fundraiser is an opportunity to educate, recognize and thank those who have supported SWEAP. Guests can expect a 50′s themed fundraiser, music and entertainment, a dessert dash, buffet dinner, dancing and more. Masters of Ceremonies are Jim MainsTemple Lentz and Gary Bock. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. To learn more about SWEAP or to purchase tickets to the event, visit or email Find the full story here.

  • Spring Fashion Show benefits the JWR Boys & Girls Club Mar. 28

    light-color-RED-Valentino-SS-2014-2015-Collection-dressLily Atelier and Arktana invite the community to a Spring Runway Fashion Show Saturday, Mar. 28, under a temporary tent at the corners of Birch St. and Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. The event is a benefit for JWR Boys & Girls Club. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fashion show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Each ticket is also a $20 Lily Atelier gift card, a $20 Arktana gift card, and a $20 Vancouver Vision Clinic gift card. For more information and tickets, call 360-834-9215. The JWR Club provides local youth ages six to 18 a host of after school programs, summer camps, and drop-in programs. It has a state-of-the-art technology center, music studio and art studio.