Fort Vancouver National Trust announces Sing Fourth Teen Vocal competition winners

by DIwpBacon on July 6, 2015
Hannah Wilson, Tirza Meuljic and Mia Josberger. Photo courtesy of Craig Clark.

Hannah Wilson, Tirza Meuljic and Mia Josberger. Photo courtesy of Craig Clark.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the winning Clark County high school vocalists who performed on the Vancouver Toyota Main Stage at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Ten local high school students competed for scholarships and more in the annual vocal competition, sponsored by Davidson & Associates Insurance. The top three performers are:

* First place: Tirza Meuljic, CAM Academy, “Popular”
* Second place: Hannah Wilson, Skyview High School, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”
* Third place: Mia Josberger, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, “Defying Gravity”

The winners were selected by a panel of musician judges: Asha Barendregt, Bryan Podwys, Nick Gimarelli, Andy Madson, Carrie Cunningham, Steve Hale and Blake Sakamoto. Contestants were judged on originality, skill, poise, audience appeal and family-friendly content. Bruce Davidson, of Davidson & Associates, presented the awards. For more information, visit








Destination Downtown Noon Concert Series presents Vancouver Pops Orchestra July 8

by DIwpBacon on July 6, 2015
Vancouver Pops Orchestra at Esther Short Park. Photo courtesy of The Columbian.

Vancouver Pops Orchestra at Esther Short Park. Photo courtesy of The Columbian.

Destination Downtown Noon Concert Series starts this Wednesday, July 8, from noon to 1 p.m., in Esther Short Park. The community is welcome to bring a lunch down to the park for free concerts every Wednesday, through August 12. In conjunction with the concerts, Science in the Park will provide hands-on crafts and activities designed fun and learning. Science in the Park runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule of events includes:

July 8 Vancouver Pops Orchestra /Be a Marine Biologist
July 15 Mbrascatu/Be an Entomologist
July 22 Lincoln’s Beard/Be a Geologist
July 29 Left Coast Country/Be a Wildlife Biologist
August 5 The Gravy/Be a Botanist
August 12 Water Tower/Be a Chemist

Food vendors are also on-site providing a variety of meal options. Parking is available at the Park ‘n Go Garage, located next to Esther Short Park. The entrance to the garage is on Sixth St. between Washington and Columbia Streets. For further details, visit



Register now for Twilight Half Marathon at Vancouver Lake Park July 11

a6f070cb-4386-4b96-990a-0a08fac36edbRegistration is open for the Twilight Half Marathon/10k/5k on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The course is located at Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd. This unique, evening event benefits the Children’s Cancer Association, which brings joy to children fighting devastating illnesses. Click here to register and to read more about pricing.

Packet pick-up is available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at Foot Traffic, 333 SW Taylor Ave. in Portland. The event schedule is as follows: Registration and packet pickup opens at 4 p.m., half marathon starts at 6 p.m., 10k starts at 6:15 p.m., 5k starts at 6:30 p.m. and finish party begins, course closes at 9:30 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the top three male and female overall finishers in each event.

The course is flat, the scenery spectacular, and so are the goodies: an adorable owl medal, matching owl flashlight, and a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark owl shirt. The after-party includes music, free beer and wine, a hearty meal, and maybe even a dip in Vancouver Lake. Get all the details at

Vancouver Police Activities League hires new executive director

Executive Director Jenny Thompson. Photo courtesy of PAL.

Executive Director Jenny Thompson. Photo courtesy of PAL.

The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) has announced Jenny Thompson as the new executive director. Thompson has an extensive background working with non-profit organizations and most recently worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington as the college prep coordinator.

“Vancouver PAL and the PAL Board of Directors are thrilled to have Jenny join the organization as our new executive director,” says Michelle Missfeldt, Vancouver PAL board president. “Jenny has already hit the ground running, participating in a soccer clinic and kicking off her first day with the start of our summer camp program.”

Vancouver PAL serves youth of all ages with mentored and structured recreational and educational activities and is the primary youth crime prevention program for the Vancouver Police Department. For more information, visit

Country Financial Friday Night Movies in the Park kick off July 10

The City of Vancouver presents the 2015 Friday Night Movies in the Park series. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park and enjoy big screen entertainment. All movies are free and family friendly. Come early to participate in pre-movie activities beginning at 7 p.m. Movies start at dusk. The line-up includes:

July 10 Leroy Haagen ParkAnnie: It’s a Hard Knock Life
July 17 Fruit Valley ParkBig Hero 6
July 24 Marshall ParkThe Boxtrolls
July 31 John Ball ParkMuppets Most Wanted
August 7 Fisher Basin Community ParkJungle Book
August 14 Fort Vancouver, Jurassic Park

Volunteers are needed from 6:45 to 9 p.m. to set up and assist with pre-movie activities. To RSVP to become a special event volunteer, click here. For more information, visit


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  • VBMA Military History Talk July 10

    400647_537327836381880_555022841_nThe next Military History Talk is set for Friday, July 10, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the 40 et 8 Chateau, 7607 NE 26th Ave., Vancouver. Sponsored monthly by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association, July’s topic is: “A New Book, Custer’s Other Brother-in-Law, Frederic Calhoun” presented by Major Jefferson Davis (USAR Retired).

    Lieutenant Frederic Calhoun fought in the Great Sioux War. Later Calhoun was stationed at the Vancouver Barracks, before he retired in 1890. Family members donated Fred Calhoun’s personal orders book to the Barracks. Davis will discuss the book in hopes of shedding light on the lifestyle of soldiers and their families in the American West. Admissions to this presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 360-574-3872.

  • VDA’s Quarterly Preview Meeting open to public July 9

    sponsor-vancouver-downtown-association-0Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) welcomes the public to join its Quarterly Preview Meeting on Thursday, July 9. The gathering is open to the public free of charge. A panel of experts will discuss the importance of tourism to downtown’s economy as well as how downtown businesses can connect to groups coming into the city. The meeting is held from 7:45 to 9 a.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. To RSVP, email Learn more at

  • Woodland Chief of Police community forum July 7

    Woodland PDThe Woodland Police Department will host a community forum on Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers, 200 E Scott Ave. The purpose is to discuss current staffing shortages and service delivery expectations. Join Chief Phil Crochet to learn why additional positions are needed and what the anticipated impact will be to the community, businesses and citizens if new officers are not hired. For more information, contact Crochet at 360-984-1937.

  • Dedication of “Joyo Fountain” at City Hall this evening

    5cc70bd086c072da5562621aac23a823The City of Vancouver and the Rotary Club of Vancouver is hosting a delegation of 23 representatives from Vancouver’s sister city, Joyo, Japan, through July 7. Other local hosts include Clark College, SEH America and the Columbia River Economic Development Council. The cities of Vancouver and Joyo are celebrating 20 years as sister cities this year. At 6:45 p.m. this evening, Monday, July 6, the public is invited to attend the Vancouver City Council’s dedication of the “Joyo Fountain” at the south plaza of City Hall, honoring the 20-year sister city relationship. For more information, visit

  • Riverview Six to Sunset concert series kicks off July 9

    11218237_10155825828995179_187747653391160197_o-1The Riverview Six to Sunset concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in Esther Short Park. The free series takes place every Thursday night between 6 and 8 p.m. through August 14, and offers performances from a different band each evening. This week features Hit Machine.

    Leadership Clark County (LCC) will present the Pub in the Park VIP tables for 10 people at each of the six concerts, which include dinner from the Hilton’s Gray’s at the Park restaurant, one drink voucher per person at each concert and free bottled water. Tables are $1,500 each, 50% of which is tax deductible. To purchase a table, contact Angel Escobedo, LCC executive director, at or go online to Find the full story, including the concert series schedule, here.

  • Reserve a seat now for the next WSU MAP Alliance Forum July 8

    UnknownThe next installment of the WSU MAP Alliance Forum is set for Wednesday, July 8, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the WSU Vancouver Multi Media Building Room 1, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. The topic is “Forecasting: what data do you need to predict your financial future? Building on the March Business Growth MAP Alliance presentation by Doug Steck, WSUV will host a session in which Steck, using a proven Excel modeling tool, will lead attendees to understand what information they must capture in order to forecast the financial future of their business. Participants will learn how a systematic, disciplined analysis of each aspect of their business can increase business sustainability. To reserve a seat, contact Julia Early at

  • YouthBuild Vancouver accepting applications for GED/construction skills program

    Clark County residents, ages 17 through 24, who do not have a high school diploma and are interested in obtaining a GED and job-related skills, are invited to attend a free YouthBuild Vancouver information session to learn more about the program. The sessions are Thursday, July 9, Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Partners in Careers, 3210 NE 52nd St. To register, contact Sam Capeloto at 360-696-8417 ext. 110 or For the full article, click here.

  • Lifeline Connections is expanding mental health services to Orchards

    11406969_10152786996331249_6460129546619196645_nAdults living and working in East Clark County will soon have the option of accessing mental health services in Orchards. Lifeline Connections will open a mental health office treating the full range of mental health conditions Monday, July 20. The office is in the Eastridge Business Center located at the corner of NE 117th and 95th at 11719 NE 95th St., Ste. A, Vancouver. Find the original story, here.

  • Deadline to register for Dick Hannahs annual Strive 2 Drive this evening

    BLACK LOGOArea high school students have until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 6, to register or update their high school academic information for a chance to win their choice of one of eight new cars or a check for $15,000 in Dick Hannah’s Dealerships‘ Academic Achievement Initiative, the STRIVE 2 DRIVE. The drawing will be held at Portland International Raceway at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Students must be present to win. On-site check-in begins at 4 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • August 4, 2015 Primary voter registration deadline today

    Asha Your Vote Counts ButtonThe last day for submitting a mail-in voter registration form for the August 4, 2015 Primary is today, Monday, July 6. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by July 6 or before. All voters in Clark County will receive ballots for this election. Online registration applications can be submitted up to midnight on Monday, July 6. Visit the Elections Office website at and click on MyVote to register online electronically. Changes of address by currently registered voters must also be submitted before midnight on Monday, July 6. Citizens who are not currently registered to vote anywhere in the state of Washington have an additional time period to register by appearing in person at the Clark County Elections Department, 1408 Franklin St., running through Monday, July 27. A sample ballot is now available on the Clark County Elections Department website at:

  • Fundraiser for Ty Stober July 9

    11080716_603711209765337_8168537111152878309_oThe community is invited to a fundraiser for Ty Stober on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Juliano’s Pizzeria. Stober is running for Vancouver City Council, Position 5. Visitors can try out some local beers and other drinks, and pizza, and talk with Stober about his vision for the city. Hosts include Kim and Shannon Meadors, Ted Gathe, and Monica Stonier. RSVPs are requested at: Those unable to attend can still donate at: