Clark County Food Bank Tacos & Taps event May 2

by DIwpBacon on April 27, 2015


Clark County Food Bank will host the first annual Tacos & Taps event on Friday, May 2, at the food bank warehouse, 6502 NE 47th  Ave., Vancouver. This event brings together some of Clark County’s finest chefs and brewers for an evening of taco creations, drinks, and live music provided by Blues Ranch. Tacos & Taps was created to increase awareness about the Clark County Food Bank’s Hunger Hero program.

Hunger Heros choose to make an investment each month into our community, helping to further the food bank mission to alleviate hunger and its root causes. These individuals are crucial in the distribution of over 400,000 pounds of food each month and provide vital nutrition education to children and families.  The evening begins with live music at 6:30pm. Tickets are available for $35 and may be purchased online here.

Featured local brewers include: Mt. Tabor, Loowit, Dirty Hands and Heathen. Chefs from Farrar’s Bistro, South Pacific Bar & Grill, Beaches, The Grant House, Tommy’s Catering, Herb N’ Roots Company, South Pacific Café & Lounge and Main Event will create custom tacos for patrons to sample. Simply Sweets will offer custom cupcake creations along with mini treats from Nana’s Tiny Cakes.  All of these individuals and businesses are graciously donating their time and talents. For more information and to register online, visit








Tea at the Marshall House May 2

by DIwpBacon on April 27, 2015

The Marshall House invites the community to a spring Tea at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2. 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.

Built in 1886, the elegant Queen Anne style Marshall House served as home to Brigadier General George C. Marshall and his wife Katherine from 1936 to 1938. At Vancouver Barracks, Marshall commanded the Third Division’s 5th Infantry Brigade and the region’s Civilian Conservation Corps camps. Today the Marshall House is a museum open for tours and is available for weddings and other special events.

To make a reservation, contact Julie Kummer at 360-693-3103 or buy tickets online at The Marshall House is located at 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver.

Upcoming workshop focuses on conducting a successful campaign Apr. 30


The Clark County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring a campaign workshop, “Winning ways to Run for Office – A Candidate / Campaign Worker Workshop.’’ The free workshop takes place on Thursday, Apr. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver.

Vancouver City Councilor Alishia Topper and Battle Ground City Councilor Lyle Lamb will speak about making the decision to run and then campaigning for an office. Jim Mains and Temple Lentz of High Five Media, a local campaign and marketing consulting firm, will describe what it takes to carry out an effective campaign for a candidate or issue in Clark County. Speakers will also offer helpful advice regarding political sign regulations, campaign finance, and resources available at the Elections Office.

The workshop will be helpful for current candidates for public office and for people considering becoming candidates, for those who are working on a campaign for an issue or candidate, or who think they might in the future, as well as anyone who is interested in the topics. Time will be available for questions and answers during the program as well as during the informal reception following the workshop.

2015 Career Days Apr. 27 through 29


Clark College’s Career Days is entering its fifth year with its largest- ever number of employers participating in two separate job fairs, as well as many new events designed to help today’s job-seekers. The three-day event begins today, Monday, Apr. 27, and runs through Wednesday, Apr. 29, at the college’s main campus.

The annual event includes seminars, skills sessions, clinics, speaker panels, and other events designed to assist students and community members in their job search efforts and to prepare students in transferring to a bachelor’s degree. Participants can pick up a Penguin Passport and attend three or more events or workshops for a chance to win prizes including an iPad mini and a FitBit charge. Scheduled highlights:

All events are free and open to the public, and no registration is necessary. Complete information, including times and locations of the various events – is available at or by calling 360-992-2902.


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