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

by DIwpBacon on August 26, 2014

Busy campus celebration on the quad

WSU 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.

Visitiors can kick back on the lawn at the amphitheater and listen to folk rock band Lincoln’s Beard at 5:30 p.m. and one of Portland’s favorite pop bands, Sean Flinn & The Royal We at 7 p.m. Student ambassadors will be on hand for guided tours of the campus. “Tourists” can peek into research labs and participate in hands on activities. Several local favorite food vendors will be on site.

Additional highlights include a sampling of WSU’s famous Cougar Gold cheese, a photo booth, free balloons and an opportunity to help artist Erin Dengerink create a sidewalk chalk mural. “Steampunk Alphabet” author Nat Iwata will read from his book at 3:30 p.m. in the library, and Thousand Waves performs live at 4 p.m. also in the library.

Finally, potential students of any university can attend an “A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships” workshop at 3:30 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Admissions counselors and financial aid experts will be available to answer any and all questions about paying for tuition.




Tiny House tour with Dee Williams Sept. 6

by DIwpBacon on August 26, 2014


Meet 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.

Williams has lived in her self-built 84-square-foot house for ten years now. While living in such a small place might seem hard to envision, there is something universally appealing about the way she lives: simply and efficiently, with awareness of the community and the environment, and with an open mind.

Williams, her ‘tiny’ lifestyle, and The Big Tiny have been featured in the media by numerous national publications and talk shows, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and CBS This Morning. She is also the co-founder of Portland Alternative Dwellings, a resource for those looking to fulfill their own dreams of ‘living tiny’.

This event is presented in partnership by Vintage Books and Clark County Environmental Services-Green Neighbors Program.

National trail counts Sept. 9 through 14


Vancouver 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. Information gathered during the counts will be used to track trends in trail usage, determine the need for infrastructure improvements and gauge the effectiveness of outreach and education about trails.

“Even if you can’t volunteer, we hope you will come walk, bike or roller blade at your favorite locations on these days and be counted,” says Vancouver Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon. 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.

A variety of two-hour volunteer shifts are available at many different locations. Training sessions for volunteers will occur on Tueday, Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 3 and pre-registration is preferred. To sign up to volunteer, contact Vancouver Volunteer Coordinator Hailey Heath at 360-487-8316 or, or register online at

Opening reception for the latest exhibit at CCHM Sept. 4


Visit the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) to view its latest exhibit, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. Meals are moments in which cultural traditions are transmitted across generations, hand to mouth. Visitors can explore Clark County’s shifting landscape of food as researched by students from Washington State University, Vancouver and illustrated using artifacts, documents and images from the museum’s collection.

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. For further details, visit


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