Columbia Dance presents “The Nutcracker” December 19 – 21

by DIwpBacon on November 30, 2015

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Tickets are now on sale for The Nutracker, presented by Columbia Dance, at Royal Durst Theater at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St. Performances are Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 19, at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, December 20, at 1 and 5 p.m., and Monday, December 21, at 1 p.m.

Josh Murry, former dancer for Portland’s BodyVox, will be dancing the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier. A cast of over 90 dancers from Columbia Dance present the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a thrilling journey through the Land of Snow and into the Kingdom of Sweets.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors and students; $10 for Children. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit








City hosts toy and gift drive for employee now through Dec. 3

by DIwpBacon on November 30, 2015


The City of Vancouver invites the community to support “Korey’s Joy Drive,” a toy and gift drive in honor of Korey Cochran, a Computer Support Specialist in the City’s Information Technology Department who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. The City and will collect unwrapped toys now through Thursday, Dec. 3, for Korey’s two young children, as well as gift cards to support family expenses such as groceries and gas. New, unwrapped toys or gifts cards are being collected at the following locations:

      •  City Hall’s front desk: 415 W Sixt St.
      •  Vancouver Tennis Center’s front desk: 5300 E 18th St.
      •  Marshall Community Center’s front desk: 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd.
      •  Firstenburg Community Center’s front desk: 700 NE 136th Ave.

These gifts will be hand-delivered to the Cochran residence at noon on Friday, Dec. 4. Unwrapped toys and gifts are also being collected for donation to local Vancouver charities in Korey’s honor.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support the cost of clinical trials and other experimental treatment options. Donations can be made here:

For more information about Korey’s Joy Drive and to learn how to help, call Jen Thomas in Vancouver Parks and Recreation at 360-487-7019 or Katherine Nye in the City’s Information Technology Department at 360-719-0596. The community is invited to follow Korey’s journey via his personal blog at:

RSV Building Solutions and partners provide grant to FISH of Vancouver

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Photo courtesy of RSV Building Solutions.

RSV Building Solutions, the region’s leading Design Build construction contractor, has donated $10,170 to FISH of Vancouver in support of the organization’s capital campaign. The check was presented on behalf of RSV and its subcontractors and suppliers.

“We’re honored to have helped FISH of Vancouver pursue a larger space and to be part of this important non-profit resource that does so much for those in need,” says Debbie Marcoulier, President and CEO of RSV Building Solutions.

RSV recently completed remodeling on the new home for FISH of Vancouver’s Westside Food Pantry at 906 Harney in downtown Vancouver. It became operational in early November.

FISH of Vancouver is one of the largest food pantries serving hungry families and individuals in Vancouver. It has operated for more than 45 years from a small rented space in St. Paul Lutheran Church, where volunteers distribute approximately 600,000 pounds of food to thousands of families each year. More information about FISH and the capital campaign is at

Christmas Ships return to the Port of Camas-Washougal Dec. 5


The Port of Camas-Washougal has announced return of the Christmas Ships organization for its annual appearance at the Marina on Saturday, Dec. 5. The fleet will arrive early and enjoy dinner at the Dolphin Yacht Club.

Then, at 6 p.m. the decorated boats will assemble and parade just outside the Marina for approximately one hour. Enjoy the show from the warmth of the Port’s meeting room. Doors open at 5 p.m. to welcome in the public. Members of the Washougal High School choir dressed in period costume will entertain the crowd with seasonal carols.

Sign up that night to receive emails about other Port events and projects and be entered in a drawing to take home a goodie-filled hospitality tote. Complimentary cookies and cider will be served.

Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington announces new leadership team


The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO) announced its new leadership team for the 2015-2016 year, including officers and board members. The new board and leadership team is made up of a combination of continuing as well as newly appointed members.

Veronika (Ronnie) Noize assumes the leadership position of President after serving as Programs Chair/President Elect for the last two two years. Newly elected Programs Chair/President Elect Amy Loudenback has been serving on the Programs Committee for the past two years.

Other new board appointees are Treasurer Roni Sasaki and Member At Large Sam Mikel, and Jean Silver, Secretary, who is newly involved in WEO leadership. Past presidents Katie Kramer, Ann Mason and Donna Mac round out the leadership team, filling the roles of Past President, Membership Chair and Scholarship Chair, respectively.


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News Briefs

  • Master Gardeners present “Urban Lumber: The Future of Forestry” Dec. 1

    03cde1af3bad243ee9fb90d8e5361cf4_400x400Every year in the United States an estimated four billion board feet of usable lumber from urban trees is turned into firewood, shredded for mulch, or simply taken to the landfill to rot. This is a loss of many billions of dollars in economic activity. The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County will host a presentation: “Urban Lumber: The Future of Forestry” with David Barmon, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Barmon co-owns Fiddlehead LLC, a sustainable landscape construction company and is a partner in Epilogue LLC, a company that mills urban trees in to lumber. He will talk about how to save current trees from the landfill and chip yard as well as share his vision for the future to retool our urban forestry system. The presentation will be held in the CASEE Center Bld. B, Rm. 202/205, 11104 NE 149th  St., Brush Prairie. The event is free and no registration required. To learn more, visit

  • Clark County Food Bank hosts screening of “A Place at the Table” Dec. 4

    Unknown-4The Clark County Food Bank will be hosting a documentary showing of the film, A Place At The Table. This film examines what it looks like to be food insecure and then goes a step further to propose that food insecurity can be resolved by addressing one of its root causes: nutrition. The viewing takes place at Loowit Brewery on Dec. 4, (First Friday) from 6 to 8 p.m. Following the presentation will be a discussion of the film content, specifically focussing how significant an impact nutrition can have on individuals who are hungry and malnourished. Light refreshments will be served. The viewing, discussion, and refreshments are of no cost and open to the public.

  • RTC meeting set for Dec. 1

    rtcbanner-p1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) board of directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Sixth floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at or visit and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights opens this Friday

    Grotto_Festival_og_LightsSince 1988, The Grotto‘s Christmas Festival of Lights has become a must-see holiday tradition celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Known as the World’s Largest Christmas Choral Festival, The Festival of Lights features five choirs each night from throughout the Pacific Northwest, totaling more than 160 choirs, choral groups and special guests. The festival is on now, and continues every night, except Christmas day, through December 30. Gates are open from 5 to 9:30 p.m., with grounds closing at 10 p.m. General admission is $10, seniors over 65 are $9, military (with ID) are $9, and children from three to 12 are $5. Children two and under are free. The Grotto is located at NE 85th and Sandy Blvd. in Portland

  • Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steven Webb receives top honor as Washington State’s Superintendent of the Year

    STEVE_WEBB_cropped_print36The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) has named Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, the 2016 Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made Nov. 21 at WASA’s Superintendents Component meeting in Bellevue. The award recognizes the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents and pays tribute to those who lead our public schools. For the original story, click here.

  • Christmas Ships Parade Dec. 4 through 18

    1412818061_1462693-624404324282982-16200614-o--1-The Christmas Ships parades on the Willamette and Columbia rivers is a Portland metro area tradition dating back to 1954. Over 60 local boat and ship owners deck their vessels out in twinkly lights and parade along the two rivers on various days and locations throughout the month of December. This year, the Columbia River parades will occur between Friday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 18. Click here for the full story.

  • Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade in Washougal Dec. 3

    fire truck wiht bikeCity of Washougal and the Downtown Washougal Association (DWA) are teaming up to kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting and Lighted Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 3. The parade runs along Main Street and begins at 6 p.m. It ends at Reflection Plaza where the tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. During and after the parade, the City is serving complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and coffee. Entertainment will include the Washougal High School X-Tet Chorus. Click here for the original story.

  • WorkSource hosts construction programs information session Dec. 3

    Unknown-2WorkSource Vancouver is holding a free information session about programs available in the construction trades on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. Representatives from Constructing Hope will be onsite to talk about a free construction pre-apprenticeship program. In addition, attendees will learn about the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute’s (PNCI) new pre-apprenticeship for women as well as other options for gaining entry into a building trades apprenticeship program. Anyone interested in the construction trades is encouraged to attend. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age and have a GED or high school diploma. The information session will be held at WorkSource, 204 SE Stonemill Dr., Ste. 215, Vancouver. To RSVP and for more information, call 503-281-1234 or visit

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” opens at Love Street Playhouse Dec. 4

    IWLGroupMicLove Street Playhouse continues its 2015 Season with a family friendly production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which runs during the holiday season. Owner and Artistic Director Melinda Leuthold directs Joe Landry’s inspiring live radio play adaptation of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life. The performance opens Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets range from $16 to $18. Click here for the original story.

  • Inaugural “Holiday Sip & Shop” in Camas Dec. 3

    image002-1A brand new event will fill downtown Camas with festive cheer this holiday season. The Holiday Sip & Shop is a holiday after hours shopping, dining, and historic home tour event on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. A fundraiser for the Downtown Camas Association (DCA), this event will feature wine, beer, cider, and other tastings in downtown locations; holiday shopping specials; caroling on the street corners to add to the holiday cheer; and holiday street lighting will be all aglow along Fourth Ave. Find the full story, here.

  • Clark College Music Department presents December concerts

    603655_273819709453899_338329442_nThe Clark College Music Department presents extraordinary concerts and programs throughout the year for the college community and the greater community. Remaining concerts for this year include:

    All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are warmly received at the door. For more information and concert locations, click here.

  • Duane Lansverk honored for 50 years of service at School of Piano Technology for the Blind Dec. 10

    DuaneThe School of Piano Technology for the Blind will honor outgoing board member Duane Lansverk for his 50 years of service to the organization at an open house reception on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the school which is located at 2510 E Evergreen Blvd. Lansverk, a retired attorney and close friend of the school’s founder, Emil Fries, is credited, among a long list of items, for securing the school’s incorporation and establishment as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. For more information, contact the school at 360-693-1511 or via email to

  • Save the date: Retirement party for Larry Smith Dec. 3

    image003-1The community is invited to help celebrate Vancouver City Council Member Larry J. Smith‘s distinguished career and wish him well in his retirement. “Thanks for the Memories: A Career of Service” is set for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m., at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. in Vancouver. Appetizers and a no-host bar will be provided. RSVP’s are requested to Jill Brown at: or by calling 360-487-8641.