Rep. Stonier presents breast cancer awareness license plate this evening

by DIwpBacon on October 21, 2014


Rep. Monica Stonier will present breast cancer survivor Maureen Thompson with a mock-up of the state’s new breast cancer awareness license plate this evening, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Thompson, who received treatment at PeaceHealth’s Kearney Breast Center, was the driving force behind Washington’s Breast Cancer License Plate Bill (HB 2700). Proceeds from license plates help provide screenings for low-income and underserved residents across the state.

The event is part of Kearney Breast Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration. Renowned cancer scientist, Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, of the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University, will discuss the latest breast health and cancer findings in a presentation titled, “Inflammation and Cancer: Good Cells Behaving Badly.” Attendees should call 360-514-3404 beforehand to register. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Washington residents can now bid on the first batch of breast cancer awareness license plates before they go on sale in January. Money raised from the sale of the plates will pay for breast cancer screenings and follow up tests for women with limited or no insurance through the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program at PeaceHealth Southwest. Learn more at Plates will be available for purchase in January 2015 for $60 through the state Department of Licensing.




Scare Away Hunger with the North County Community Food Bank Oct. 25

by DIwpBacon on October 21, 2014


October is a very busy time for many including those involved with the North County Community Food Bank (NCFB). The food bank’s annual fall “Scare Away Hunger” dinner auction and costume party is the organization’s major fundraiser of the year. Faced with growing expenses due to increasing client numbers, higher yearly food purchases and rising costs of basic utilities and supplies, the NCCFB looks to this event each year for the funding necessary to continue providing much needed north county client services.

This year’s fun-filled party will once again be held at the Battle Ground Community Center, on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event includes silent and live auction’s full of great items. Local businesses, individuals and organizations can donate silent auction baskets, register to attend, or host a table of eight, all of which helps raise the much needed funds.

Fall’s arrival with colder nights and winter temperatures approaching will place the food bank’s services in even greater demand. Food purchases consisting of at least 5,000 pounds each week are necessary to meet the level of need. Food drives and donations no longer keep up with the increasing demand. Individuals are $75 each; a table of eight is $575. Online registration is available at

Vancouver Public Schools announces three opportunities to tour district

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Parents and community members will have three opportunities to discover the dynamic learning opportunities available in Vancouver Public Schools. Free patron tours, hosted by Superintendent Steven Webb, are among the best ways to find out what’s new in the district. Afterward, participants will be treated to a student musical performance and delicious luncheon prepared by students in the district’s award-winning Culinary Arts Program. The cost of the optional luncheon is $4 per guest.

Friday, Nov. 7–Fruit Valley Community Learning Center and Peter S. Ogden Elementary School
Friday, Jan. 23–Vancouver iTech Preparatory middle and high school campuses
Friday, March 13–McLoughlin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools

Tour sites and highlights are subject to change. All tours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and begin and conclude at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd., Vancouver. Transportation is provided between schools. Everyone is welcome but space is limited. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at

Ribbon cutting for YouthBuild and Business After Hours Oct. 28

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Join the community at Partners in Careers (PIC) for a ribbon cutting to launch the YouthBuild program Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no charge to participate in the ribbon cutting and no RSVP is necessary. Following the ribbon cutting, SWWDC and PIC will co-host a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Tickets for the After Hours may be purchased at

Through the YouthBuild Vancouver project, 45 to 60 disadvantaged youth will contribute to their community while completing their secondary education, gaining real-world construction skills and preparing for future work and education. Youth in the program will benefit from the expertise and commitment of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Partners in Careers, Innovative Services NW, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, WorkSource, Vancouver Housing Authority, Northwest College of Construction, construction firms and apprenticeship programs.

The program will culminate with the youth building two energy-efficient homes for low-income families enrolled with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about YouthBuild, contact Chelsea Chunn, Youth Initiatives Manager, at 360-567-1066 or

Neighborhood traffic calming yard signs available from the City of Vancouver


The City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program has four new yard signs for Vancouver residents to remind passing motorists to obey the posted speed limit. The signs are designed to be placed on private property, within front and side yards, and act as an educational and awareness tool.

The City partnered with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance in selecting messages and developing four different yard signs. Although there are a limited number of these colorful yard signs, each City-recognized Neighborhood Association can obtain eight signs for use along their neighborhood streets. Those interested in representing a Vancouver Neighborhood Association, can contact Jennifer Campos directly at 360-487-7728 or

The remaining signs are available for individual use within the City of Vancouver limits only. Vancouver residents can request one to two signs, based on availability. After filling out this form and receiving confirmation, signs can be picked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. Signs are 18 x 24 inches in size and cannot be mailed. For more information about the calming program, visit

Volcano Views and Brews tonight at Loowit Brewing


“The New Spirit Lake: Lessons From Years of Getting Battered by Logs for Science” is the title of this month’s Volcano Views and Brews presented by the Mount St. Helen’s Institute. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 and the presentation starts at 6 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Loowit Brewing, 501 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. The program is free; there will be food and beverages available for purchase.

The speaker is James E. Gawel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Spirit Lake was changed biologically, chemically and physically by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the concurrent landslide that essentially buried the old lake and created a new one in its place. Gawel will discuss recent changes to the surrounding watershed spurred by ever-increasing regrowth of terrestrial vegetation that continues to alter the biogeochemistry of Spirit Lake.

This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening. Contact the institute with any topic or presenter suggestions at For further information, visit



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News Briefs

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler asks for help to honor veterans in Southwest Washington

    514_400x400_NoPeelJaime Herrera Beutler has announced that she will be sharing the stories of Southwest Washington’s veteran heroes on her website again this November. If you are a resident who served in the military or you know someone who did, Herrera Beutler invites you to submit photos and stories from time in the service. She will be posting these stories and photos on Facebook here and at throughout the month of November. Send stories and photos by email to: or by mail to: O.O Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Ste. B, Vancouver, WA 98661. Include a short description of branch, title, and assignment for photos. Also, make sure  permission has been granted to share photos and stories before sending.

  • County to hold open house on improving NE 94th Ave. Oct. 28

    road_construction_aheadThe latest plans for upgrading a section of Northeast 94th Ave. near Five Corners will be the topic of an open house later this month. The project will improve the roadway to a two-lane minor arterial from Padden Parkway north to NE 99th St. The arterial will have one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The project includes bicycle lanes, sidewalks, right-turn lanes and more. Work will begin in summer 2015 and conclude in late 2016. Clark County Public Works will host an open house on the project from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 N.E. 86th St. The open house will be an opportunity for residents to learn about the project and ask questions. Participants can fill out comment forms that will become part of the project record.

  • Eye exams recommended during November’s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

    imagesNovember is Diabetic Eye Disease Month, a designation to raise awareness among those with diabetes that the condition could impact their vision and eye health. Those that can’t remember the last time they had an eye exam, should take time to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. Without proper eye care, Diabetics could be setting themselves up for a host of eye diseases. Being proactive is the best way to ensure eye problems are detected and dealt with at the earliest stages. Yearly eye exams that include dilating the eyes, are key to detecting irregularities. Controlling blood sugar levels, eating right, getting regular exercise and not using tobacco can also reduce risks. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels should also be monitored closely to minimize risk of permanent vision damage.

  • Zombie Brewfest Oct. 25

    zombie2Doomsday Brewing Company will host Zombie Brewfest on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 11 p.m. The event is open to the public ages 21 and over; ID’s will be checked at the door. Doomsday is located at 421 C St., Ste. 1B in Washougal. There is no admission charge to attend. Attendees will enjoy one-eyed jello shots, a costume competition, zombie movies, a DJ in the brewfest tent, zombie nerf shoot-out and 20 local brews to choose from. Beers are $4 for a 12 oz. pour. Patrons are encouraged to bring cash for food and beverage purchases as credit cards will be charged $1 per transaction. For more information, visit

  • WSU Vancouver’s Business Growth Map launches peer-to-peer forum Oct. 22

    header-bgmapWSU Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program is introducing monthly forums, Business Growth Map Alliance, to bring together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other. The first forum, “Building and Optimizing Online Marketing Campaigns” is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 805 Broadway St., second floor, in downtown Vancouver. For the full story, click here.

  • Headless Horseman Halloween on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad this weekend

    01-28 Steam Train train.tunnel.jpgEnjoy the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad‘s annual Headless Horseman Halloween Train excursion this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26. Departure times are 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, and vary for youth and seniors. The run is a diesel train, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls and the Headless Horseman. Candy and games will be available for the kids and complimentary refreshments for all participants. Interested parties should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to pick up tickets and board the train. For reservations, click here. The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is located at 2017 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. For more information, visit

  • SW Washington Wind Symphony presents “Imagination and Whimsy” Oct. 26

    concert-photo_55KB-e1413781679389Celebrate with Southwest Washington Wind Symphony as it opens its 10th season with “Imagination & Whimsy,” Sunday, Oct. 26, at Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St. in Camas. The concert begins at 3 p.m.; doors open at 2:30 p.m. Musical selections include Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, Handel in the Strand by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of Shenandoah, and more. The 50 musician, concert band is led by conductor Sam Ormson. The performance is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit

  • Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer Oct. 30

    BenHammerMartel Wealth Advisors invite community members to a Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Hammer has been a CFA with Vanguard since 2005 and represents Vanguard to individuals and institutional investors nationwide. During the presentation, he will discuss Vanguard’s recent research on fixed income returns, future equity returns, and baby-boomer’s effect on equities. Refreshments will be served. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited for this fall educational event. To RSVP, click here.

  • Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs Oct. 25

    OSEThe community is invited to Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy. in Vancouver, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. Attendees can experience owl pellet dissections, backpack monsters, animal skulls, mushroom hikes, nature games and hands-on environmental science activities at the 100-acre natural area. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged. To register, visit For more information, call Kaley McLachlan at 360-882-0936 ext. 230 or email

  • “Experts in Arthritis” at Camas Library Oct. 22

    arthritisCamas Public Library hosts “Experts in Arthritis” this Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Christine Saleeba, PT, DPT from Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, will share current scientific evidence and management strategies in the treatment and care of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis. Camas Library is located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call 360-834-4692.

  • “History’s Mysteries: Bridges and Dams of North Clark County” now through Oct. 31

    DgBiwBhbOAre5tV32UgXgBRSFriends of the Battle Ground Community Library presents “History’s Mysteries: Bridges and Dams of North Clark County” at the SWIFT gallery located inside the library, 1207 SE Eighth Way. The exhibit is free during regular library hours, and runs through Friday, Oct. 31. Come explore, through photographs and facts, the natural bridges, trestles, tunnels, and dams that weave through the area. This exhibit features photographs of the Merwin Dam and many more, courtesy of Roberta Emerick of the North Clark Historical Museum. For more information, call 360-906-4740.

  • Annual conference for nonprofit organizations Nov. 13, early bird pricing ends Nov. 3

    The sixth Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton Convention Center, 301 W Sixth St., downtown. More than 200 individuals from nonprofit organizations throughout the region are expected to attend. Early bird registration, which ends Monday, Nov. 3, costs $130 for Nonprofit Network members and $150 for non-members. Click here for the original article.

  • Aging expert to discuss state legislation this afternoon at 4:30

    Gail Haskett of the Washington State Council on Aging will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Clark County Commission on Aging. She will talk about the work of the council and Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability. The meeting will be tis afternoon, Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public, and a chance for Clark County residents to share concerns about needs of local residents. Following a national trend, Clark County’s population of 60+ is growing and projected to almost double by 2030. For more information, visit

  • Vancouver PC Users Group meets tonight

    The Vancouver PC Users Group (VPCUG) will meet this evening, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at The First Congregational Church, 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver. This month’s program will be on members’ favorite websites. Visitors are always welcome. Visit or call 360-573-4163 for more information and a map.

  • Magenta Theater presents “Haunted: A Night of Magic” with Jay Fredericks Oct. 23 – 25

    10531393_10152409974578515_8592898400681833950_oMagenta Theater and Mentalocity Entertainment present “Haunted” starting Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. As Halloween and the Day of the Dead approach, and the walls between this world and the next begin to thin, join the Magenta Theater and Master Mentalist Jay Fredericks along with his magician cohorts on a journey into the dark realm of ghosts, haunts, and spirits. The performance runs through Saturday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $15 per person. For further information, visit or find details on a Facebook event page here.

  • Lifeline Connections to host open house Oct. 22

    CCHbuildingLifeline Connections will host an open house Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m., in the Clark County Center for Community Health Building, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building #17, Room 210A-C, Vancouver. This free event is open to the public and will highlight powerful Lifeline alumni stories of recovery. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with individuals who are living full productive lives in recovery as well as learn about the diverse programs offered through Lifeline. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for the full story.