Tickets on sale now for Shorty’s 11th annual Oktoberfest Sept. 19

by DIwpBacon on August 29, 2014


Shorty’s Garden and Home will host the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its Vancouver location, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, which supports the programs and services provided to local communities by the FVRL Library District.

Tickets to Shorty’s Oktoberfest can be purchased by the general public; however, Oktoberfest attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Advance tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at either Shorty’s Garden & Home location. Tickets can also be purchased online here. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token.

Shorty’s Oktoberfest will feature Samuel Adams OctoberFest Beer. German-style food will also be available for purchase at the event from Beaches Catering. Shorty’s Oktoberfest is sponsored by a number of local businesses including: The Columbian, Samuel Adams OctoberFest Beer, Stein Distributing, Corwin Beverage, Clark Public Utilities, Schultz-Clearwater Sanitation, The Party Place, and Waste Connections.




Plein Air Art event for First Friday Sept. 5

by DIwpBacon on August 29, 2014


logoPlein Air is a French tradition where artists paint the landscape in the “open air.” In this case, on Friday, Sept. 5, in historic downtown Camas, several artists will line Fourth Ave. from Adams to Dallas Streets to “paint the town.” The community is invited to stroll along and watch the artists’ craft between 9 a.m. and 4 :30 p.m.

The art will then remain on display from 5 to 8 p.m. for First Friday. The evening will feature street vendors and musicians and after hours shopping. Participating merchants will also have art in their stores that you can enter to win and there will be kid art activities as well. Walking maps are available at most downtown shops.

These works of art will be auctioned off at the Camas in White dinner on Saturday, Sept. 6 to benefit the Camas Washougal Mural Project. For further details about the event, visit

Fifth annual Jordan Crouch Memorial Walk/Run Sept. 13; discounted registration ends Sept. 1


Jordon Crouch.

The fifth annual Jordan Crouch Memorial 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 13. This will be the last year of the race, which begins/ends at Marine Park on the Waterfront in Vancouver and offers great river views with no vehicular traffic. Participants will receive goodie bags, snacks, beverages and t-shirts. Door prizes will be offered by Heathman Lodge, Beaches Restaurant, Les Schwab, Cinetopia, Starbucks, as well as gift baskets.

Crouch graduated from Skyview High School and Seattle Pacific University. His aspiration to establish a foundation to help students who need financial assistance was cut short when he unexpectedly passed away in 2010. The Jordan L. Crouch Scholarship Endowment was established to carry on what he started.

Registration is $25 if done online here by Monday, Sept. 1; $35 after Sept. 1 and $40 on race day. Check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The race includes awards, medals, door prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 360-574-6353 or email

Nonprofit Network recognizes Penguin Promise Scholarship


Che’yna-Shotwell is a future Clark College student thanks to a Penguin Promise Scholarship.

Clark College Foundation has been chosen as the sole finalist by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington (NNSW) for the Excellence in Collaboration Award. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.

NNSW usually names more than one organization for its award categories, but Clark’s project stood above the other entries. ”Although there were other nominees in this category, none measured up to the standard set by your program,” says Jeanne Kojis, NNSW executive director. “We rarely do this, but we are naming only a single finalist.”

Clark College Foundation, Clark College and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington (BGCSW) teamed up in 2009 and later launched in 2012, a Penguin Promise Scholarship program that provides a path for some members of BGCSW to enter and complete their education at Clark College. The program’s first student will enter Clark in 2015. More than $1 million has been raised in support of students involved in Penguin Promise.


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  • Daily Insider will not publish Monday, Sept. 1

    969315_673827515965969_323684144_n-150x150In observance of Labor Day, the Daily Insider will not publish Monday, Sept. 1. We will resume publication Tuesday, Sept. 2. Be sure to check our calendar for a complete list of family friendly things to do in Clark County. We wish you all a safe extended weekend.

  • Historical Promotion Grants Program to be deferred until 2016

    The Board of Clark County Commissioners has decided to defer award of Historical Promotion Grants for one year. The grants, which typically are awarded at the end of the year, encourage historic preservation and programs, including preservation of historic documents. The program is paid for with a $1 recording fee on real estate documents, primarily. Unfortunately, revenues this year have been substantially lower than anticipated. To boost the health of the fund and program’s effectiveness, the Board has decided to suspend grant awards this year and allow the fund balance to grow. The board anticipates reopening the grant application process in the spring of 2015 and awarding historical promotion grants for 2016.

  • Carrie Vielle’s “Identity” exhibit at Art on the Boulevard; reception Sept. 5

    6x9 card front Sept show Art on the Boulevard will open Carrie Vielle’s solo show “Identity” on First Friday, Sept. 5. Vielle’s mixed media paintings explore the many facets of the human form. Her work has been warmly accepted into national galleries and has been included in international exhibits and collections. The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The event includes complimentary light refreshments, live music, and a chance to meet the artist. For the full story, click here.

  • Master Gardener Program now recruiting volunteers; 12 week training starts Sept. 3

    Clark County MGs at workThe Washington State University Extension Clark County Master Gardener Program is now recruiting for volunteer training. Classes are held on 12 consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Nov. 19. Topics include fruit and vegetables, soil and composting, weeds, pest and disease management, plant identification, landscape basics, and more. Click here for the full story.

  • “Outsmart Energy Waste” workshop Sept. 2

    The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County (MGFCC) will hold an informative workshop on energy reduction on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the CASEE Center in Bldg. B, Room 202/205 located at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie.  A Clark Public Utilities energy counselor will discuss ways to cut energy waste in the home, get the most out of heating and cooling systems, and learn about the savings that have been achieved through energy conservation. The utility’s energy counselor will also be available to answer questions and provide information about weatherization and available incentives and rebates. The event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information about the MGFCC, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • 2014 “Business & Leadership Awards” finalists announced by Vancouver Chamber

    BLA '13 Award DescriptionsThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014 “Business and Leadership Award” finalists in five award categories. All finalists will be featured at the Chamber’s Annual “Officer Installation and Awards Event” on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Hilton; where the award recipients in each category will be revealed. To attend the event themed “A Whole New Ballgame,” RSVP at Ticket prices are $45 per person or $600 for a VIP table of ten. For more information, visit Click here for the full story.

  • CRESA Community Expo Sept. 6

    imagesClark Regional Emergency Services 9-1-1 & Emergency Services (CRESA) will host a Community Expo Saturday Sept. 6, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., along 13th St., from the Courthouse to the CRESA building, 710 W 13th St. First responders from all over the county including: SWAT, Search and Rescue Teams, Law Enforcement, and Fire will be on hand. Festivities include interactive kid activities, antique fire trucks, bomb squad robots, demos from the K-9 Unit and more. Free hot dogs and pizza will be available while supplies last. For further details, visit

  • YWCA Clark County hosts open house for prospective volunteers Sept. 4

    volunteerThe YWCA Clark County will host a free open house on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for prospective volunteers to learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at YWCA. Staff will be available to discuss how volunteers contribute to the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. No reservation is needed. For the full story, click here.

  • “Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” program and luncheon Sept. 5

    AFP-logo“Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” will be presented on Friday, Sept. 5 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP). Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1:15 p.m. The event will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in downtown Portland. The cost for the event is $35 for AFP members and $50 for nonmembers. Click here for the full story.

  • WSU Vancouver’s 25th Anniversary Community Celebration on the Quad Sept. 6

    UnknownWSU Vancouver invites the community to its 25th Community Celebration on the Quad Friday, Sept. 6 from 3 to 8 p.m. Presented by IQ Credit Union, this is the first of many anniversary observations set for 2014/2015. C-Tran will provide bus service to campus (#19) beginning at 2 p.m. The event features live music, tours, photo booths, a book reading, and more. Several local favorite food vendors will be on site. Click here for the full story.

  • Tiny House tour with Dee Williams Sept. 6

    On-the-porchMeet Dee Williams, nationally-acclaimed Tiny House advocate and author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, at Vintage Books on Saturday, Sept. 6. Tour a tiny house in the parking lot from 2 to 3 p.m., then attend a reading and Q & A session about The Big Tiny from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This event is presented in partnership by Vintage Books and Clark County Environmental Services-Green Neighbors Program. For the full story, click here.

  • National trial counts Sept. 9 through 14

    trails_signVancouver Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver are seeking volunteers to help count local trail users this September as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. This year’s trail counts will occur from 5 to 7 p.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 9 through 11, and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14. A list of paths and trails can be found here. Click here for the full story.

  • Opening reception for the newest exhibit at CCHM Sept. 4

    Postcard_Front_7Visit the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) to view its latest exhibit, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. An opening reception is set for Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of First Thursday Museum After Hours. A lecture by guest curator and WSUV professor Candice Goucher will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 per person, $3 for seniors; $2 for youth; and free for CCHM members and military personnel.

  • CCHM welcomes new executive director Sept. 5

    10431346_10152503545901328_4930450093839325238_oThe Clark County Historical Society is inviting the community to meet the museum’s new executive director, Katie Anderson. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the John Stanger House on the grounds of the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum at 9215 SE Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. Light refreshments crafted with heirloom fruits and vegetables from the Arboretum’s gardens, will be served along side local breads, wines, and cheeses. For more information and to RSVP, contact CCHM by email or phone at 360-993-5679. Click here for the full story.