Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park kicks off with “Up” tonight

by DIwpBacon on July 11, 2014


The City of Vancouver has announced the schedule for Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park held every Friday for six consecutive weeks and begins tonight, Friday, July 11. These free movies begin at dusk. This year’s line up:

July 11  Up –   LeRoy Haagen Community Park – 136th & 9th in East Vancouver
July 18  Back to the Future – Fruit Valley Park – 3200 Fruit Valley Rd.
July 25 The Goonies –  Marshall Community Center - McLoughlin Blvd. near Clark College
August 1 Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles – John Ball Park
August 8 Second Hand Lions -  Fisher Basin – 192nd & 1st in East Vancouver
August 15 HoosiersEsther Short Park – W. 6th & Columbia, downtown

Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks, and beverages. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are prohibited, unless in designated areas (no alcohol may be brought into the park). Dogs on a leash are welcome. For more information, click here.





Seventh annual Wine & Art Fair at English Estate Winery this weekend

by DIwpBacon on July 11, 2014


The community is invited to bring their Christmas lists for a little shopping in July. English Estate Winery will host its seventh annual Art & Wine Fair this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 13.

The fair will host nearly 40 local artists displaying watercolor, photography, chocolates, pottery, body products, wood work and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet several of the artists including Kathy Winters, and Rebecca Trimble. Nine different bands will Live perform throughout the day on both the main stage and at the Manor House.

The beautifully landscaped gardens and giant shade providing trees make English Estate Winery a perfect venue. The 111 year old farm is located at 17806 SE 1st St. Vancouver. For further details including a schedule of performances, visit



Leadership Clark County now accepting proposals for community projects


logoNonprofits and public agencies seeking volunteer assistance with a specific project are invited to submit proposals to Leadership Clark County (LCC). Each year, LCC project teams work with community partners to help them solve a problem or address a need to benefit the community. Projects should:

* Meet a need already identified by the nonprofit or agency.
* Mutually benefit the organization and meet LCC’s mission of developing effective community leaders.
* Be able to be completed by a volunteer team of LCC Class of 2015 participants from November 2014 to May 2015.

Proposals are due to LCC by 5 p.m. August 15, 2014. To view the request for proposal and other information, go to and scroll to the “what’s new” section at the bottom of the page. Projects must be completed by May 2015. Successful proposers will be notified in October and begin work with their project team later that month. For more information, contact Executive Director Denise Smith, at or 360-567-1085, or visit

Funds needed for retired Sheriff’s K-9′s costly medical operation

On July 7, retired Sheriff’s K9 Dash suffered a serious medical condition, often referred to by veterinary staff as “gastric torsion” or “gastric volvulus.” Emergency surgery was required to save Dash’s life; Dash is only seven years old and had just retired at the end of 2013. He is out of emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Dash lost his spleen and 20% of his stomach.
Once a law enforcement K-9 retires from service the handler assumes all financial responsibility for the life of the dog. Dash’s medical costs already surpass five thousand dollars. The local non-profit organization DogPaw has graciously set up a fund to help cover Dash’s medical expenses. Those who wish to donate can do so at or mail a check to DogPaw at 13504 NE 84th St #103, PMB 303, Vancouver, WA 98682. Mark your contribution “Dash Medical.”

Dash began working for the Sheriff’s Office in 2009 where he was certified as a Patrol and Narcotic detection dog. He was also assigned to Southwest Washington Regional SWAT. He was certified by Washington CERT in Marijuana Eradication Short Haul Helicopter Operations. During short haul operations the K-9 and handler are suspended beneath a helicopter and flown into remote areas to apprehend suspects.


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News Briefs

  • Volunteer and help protect a rare species at Columbia Springs July 19

    Columbia Springs seeks volunteers on Saturday, July 19 to help preserve a piece of northwest forest and the endangered Western Wahoo. Learn about invasive plants, local ecology, and a rare shrub species found at Columbia Grove. Then help remove invasive English Ivy that threatens to overwhelm this special shrub. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude with a fun nature activity. All volunteers are welcome. Children 14 and under may volunteer with parent or guardian supervision and teens under 16 with parent or guardian permission. Snacks and tools are provided. Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes and appropriate outdoor work clothing. Walk-in’s are welcome, but pre-sign up is encouraged. Columbia Grove is located at 3412 SE Riverwood Court in Vancouver. For more information and to sign up, email, call 360-882-0936 ext. 230 or visit

  • $25,000 grant to break cycles of poverty

    Clark College Foundation has received a grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington for a program targeted at breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the region. The goal of Clark College’s WorkFirst and Career Pathways program is to move participants from poverty to self-sufficiency through education and employment. The program helps participants become workforce-ready and gives them tools for coping with daily challenges. The $25,000 grant will provide funding for information technology support, staff training and hiring student-peer mentors. The grant is part of Clark College Foundation’s $20 million comprehensive fundraising campaign and supports the initiative of boosting access to education. For further details, visit

  • Community raises $120,000 for Daybreak Youth Services

    Daybreak Youth Services has announced that thanks to generous contributions from local business owners, professionals, community leaders and volunteers, Daybreak’s 10th annual benefit auction, Jazzin’ it Up, raised more than $120,000 to support drug and alcohol treatment for teens in the community. Funds raised go directly to pay for the cost of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in Vancouver. Daybreak has been successfully treating teens for drug and alcohol abuse for over twenty years. It is committed to serving teens and their families, and has become an innovative leader in the youth drug and alcohol treatment field. For more information, visit

  • First Friday Art Walk rescheduled this evening in downtown Vancouver

    art walk signTo accommodate the 4th of July holiday, the Vancouver Downtown Association has rescheduled July’s First Friday for tonight, Friday, July 11. Merchants, breweries, wineries, and galleries will stay open late for traditional all the traditional First Friday activities. For more information and to download the Hot Sheet, visit Connect with the VDA on Facebook, here.

  • Discounted tickets for the VSO’s new season available through July

    shapeimage_1Only a few days remain to purchase discounted season tickets for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s new season. Discounts range from $15 to $30 and 20 percent on season ticket packages. Discounts end July 31. Don’t miss the chance to experience legendary violinist Elmar Oliviera, virtuoso pianist Arnaldo Cohen, soprano Christina Kowalski and wonderful clarinetists Juanjo and Tolo Mercadal. In addition to a new “Season of Stars,” the North American premiere of Maestro Brotons‘ Symphony No. 6, the Liszt Concertos No. 1 & 2 and Strauss’ majestic Alpine Symphony will close the season next May.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Follow them on Facebook, here.

  • Saturday in the Park Pride July 12

    2013mcAll are welcome to the 20th annual Saturday In the Park Pride set for this Saturday, July 12, at noon, in Esther Short Park. This free, family-friendly, public event is the only GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transsexual) pride event in Southwest Washington. The event features live music, entertainment, over 40 vendors and a kid’s area. Interested parties start the day with the Lyles Myles 5k fundraiser for Aids research. Registration is $10 and can be done here. For more information, find the event on Facebook at

  • 2014 Tiki Kon: Mysteries of the Deep this weekend

    10177313_10152128445843533_5583260753448118910_nTiki Kon returns to Vancouver this weekend bringing all things retro Polynesian to the Red Lion at the Quay. The event runs tonight, Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13. Tickets range from $5 to $205. Guests can expect the sort of weekend experience they might have enjoyed on a cruise ship or at a themed resort in the mid 20th century, complete with music, dancing, shopping, art, fashion and cocktails. For further details, visit Find them on Facebook, here.

  • County closes Vancouver Lake to swimmers due to E. coli bacteria

    Clark County has closed Vancouver Lake to swimming and wading after routine testing showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal illness when water is swallowed by accident. Vancouver Lake Regional Park will remain open to the public. Water in restrooms and shelters is unaffected and safe to drink. The health warning will remain in effect until tests show that E. coli levels do not exceed state and federal guidelines. Park visitors may continue to consume fish caught in the lake after a thorough cleaning of all fish and equipment. Fish should be cooked and not eaten raw. Anyone coming into contact with the water from Vancouver Lake should wash their hands with soap and warm water. Information and testing results can be hound here. More information on swimming and water safety in county parks is at:

  • City of Washougal will interview applicants for Council position #2 at regular meeting July 14

    The City of Washougal received applications from five individuals for Council position #2. The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Councilmember Caryn Plinski. Applicants include: Morry Secrest, Michelle C. Wagner, Rosemary Nielson, Michael B. Lumbard, and Jason Dodge. The interview and appointment process will be held during the regular Council meeting on Monday, July 14. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., at Washougal City Hall, 1701 C. St. in Washougal.

  • Outdoor burning ban from Tuesday, July 15, through September 30

    As of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, all land clearing and residential burning in Clark County will be restricted until further notice. Also, the Fire Marshal is rescinding all burning permits issued prior to the ban. Permits can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted. The burning restrictions do not apply to federally managed lands. In an effort to have predictable and consistent burn bans, Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties jointly implement a policy to ban outdoor burning from July 15 through September 30 each year. Designating this period was based on years of information about fuel conditions. In extreme fire hazard conditions, a ban can begin sooner or end later. For more information, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-397-2186 or visit

  • The Big Shindig this Saturday

    163948_140097116044125_7624774_nAll are invited to join the Deviants Car Club for Vancouver’s premier rod and custom car show, The Big Shindig, this Saturday, July 12, at the corner of 12th and Main Streets in downtown Vancouver. The event is free to the public, and $10 to register a rod or bike. The annual event features only traditionally styled hot rods, customs, lowriders and bikes from 1963 and earlier. Visitors can enjoy three different bars, raffle prizes, food, tattooing and live music. Festivities kick off at noon. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • Seahawks 12 Tour stops in Clark County this weekend, brings Lomardi Trophy

    The Seahawks 12 Tour will make a few appearances in Clark County this weekend as they continue to celebrate the victory of Super Bowl XLVIII. Even more spectacular, they have brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy along. The Lombardi Trophy will be at Big Al’s in east Vancouver from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 11. Also on Friday, members of the tour will stop by Leroy Haagen Memorial Park to mingle with the community at Movie Night in the Park. On Saturday, July 12: Friends and family to share their football passion together with football at a Play60 Family Fest at Harris Stadium in Camas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the full story, click here.

  • “Summer of Hughes” continues with “The Breakfast Club” at Kiggins Theatre tonight

    BREAKFAST-CLUB-400x600-1The Kiggins Theatre invites classic movie lovers to join them in a celebration of American film producer, directer, and writer, John Hughes. “The Summer of Hughes” will feature The Breakfast Club, a touching comedy starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The film premiers tonight, July 11. For more information including show times, visit All seats are $5.

  • Video option to speed up minor building inspections in county

    Owners and contractors can finish residential building projects faster by opting for a new service from Clark County Community Development. The service includes video calls to document corrections made in response to on-site inspections. Inspectors can approve such corrections the same day, according to Jim Muir, chief building official. In addition, video calls can be used to inspect decks, minor remodels, roofing, siding and other small projects, including garages smaller than 750 square feet. An inspector at the county’s Vancouver office is assigned to interact with customers who have electronic devices with real-time video capabilities. The inspector will direct participants to capture specific images needed to complete and approve video inspections. For an appointment, call 360-397-2069 or email

  • Registration deadline approaching for the Columbia River Concours d’ Elegance

    The Fort Vancouver National Trust will present the 2014 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, August 3 along Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver. The venue, just across the river from Portland, is easily accessible for the automobile enthusiasts from around the state or around the country. Vehicles may be entered in forty classes representing virtually all the classic and collectable marques. The deadline to register to ensure a spot in the official event program is Friday, July 18 by 5 p.m. The Trust is also seeking volunteers to help out with the event. For more information or to register to volunteer, visit or call the Trust at 360-992-1804.

  • Gallery 360′s latest show “Spirit” runs through July 31, artists reception tonight

    ab592ce4855b57b08afb928275276801The Gallery 360 invites artlovers to its latest show, “Spirit” which opened July 3 and runs through July 31. The show is an exhibition of artwork that reminds us of the meanings and connotations of the word “Spirit.” Featured artist is Jim Martin. Also on exhibit is local photographer and writer Gina Williams.  An artists reception will be held as part of “First Friday on Second Friday” events this evening, July 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. For the full article, click here.

  • WEO’s Summer Bowl-a-rama at Big Al’s July 16

    Big-Al-s-Slider-AlleyWomen Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO) will host an annual Summer Social at Big Al’s Bowling, 16615 SE 18th St. in east Vancouver, next Wednesday, July 16 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35. Register online at WEO’s Summer Social includes two hours of bowling in Slider Alley, shoe rental, private party room, dinner buffet, and prizes. Networking begins at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Composting tips and demonstrations offered in Brush Prairie open house July 12

    Those who want to learn more about composting are welcome to stop by the Master Composter/Recycler Program’s composting demonstration site open house anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m this Saturday, July 12. Master Composter/Recyclers will discuss how to turn kitchen scraps and garden debris into food for the garden. Visitors will learn how to get started, when compost is done, which bins work best, and more. The composting demonstration site is at the west end of the Wildlife Botanic Gardens at the Center for Agricultural Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) located at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie. For more information, go to or call Erik at 360-882-0936 ext. 224.