Share’s annual soup dinner fundraiser Oct. 11

by DIwpBacon on September 2, 2014

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After a 12 year run, Share has decided to retire the ‘Share-a-Bowl’ name for its annual soup dinner. The new name is: Soup’s On! Celebrity Chefs Compete for Share. Presented by Riverview Community Bank, this annual fundraiser is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the Vancouver Hilton.

The 2014 Celebrity Chefs will represent: The Grant HouseHilton VancouverHerbs ‘N RootsLegacy Health Salmon Creek Medical CenterMill Creek Pub and New Seasons Market. Each bring their best soup and guests decide which chef receives the “Share Soup-er Chef” award. All attendees taste each soup and cast votes to determine the winner. Additionally, the event features the presentation of the Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year Awards and the opportunity to experience the soup line. Each guest will receive an artisan soup bowl as a keepsake.

The dinner program will be presented by Co-Masters of Ceremony Mayor Tim Leavitt and Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart. Guests should wear there best denim and enjoy the “Share the Harvest” atmosphere. Tickets are $40 adults, $14 youth ages five through 12, and tables of 10 are $400.




A few tickets left for this year’s Dancing With the Local Stars Sept. 6

by DIwpBacon on September 2, 2014

Nine local community leaders are ready take the stage at Dancing With The Local Stars, a fundraiser for the Trust, this Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W Sixth St., Vancouver. Individual tickets are $50 and include a catered dinner, no-host bar and open seating. VIP Tables for 10 are $1,000, and Sponsor Tables for 10 range from $2,500 to $5,000.

Each dancer has been paired with a professional dance instructor from Arthur Murray Dance Studio and has been working hard to learn a 90 second routine and plan their introductions. The stars have also been hard at work fundraising through events and private donations since May. The star who raises the most money will be crowned the 2014 champion, so the community is encouraged to “vote” with their dollars for their favorite dancer.

Guests will enjoy the Starlight Lounge beginning at 5 p.m. The dinner and dance competition will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony and open dance. The 2014 Dancing With The Local Stars sponsors are Neil Jones Food Company, Waste Connections, Aevum Images, and Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios. For tickets or to donate to a dancer, visit


Registration open for the 2015 Vancouver USA Marathon; Super Early Bird pricing through Sept. 15


Registration is open for the 2015 Vancouver USA Marathon (VUM) which is set for Sunday, June 21. To celebrate its five year anniversary, VUM is offering “Super Early Bird Pricing.” The Full Marathon is $69; the Half Marathon is $49 for those that register before Monday, Sept. 15. Commemorative gifts will be offered to those who have participated all five years.

The Vancouver USA Marathon brings thousands of participants and spectators to Esther Short Park for the marathon, half marathon, Freedom 5K, and Kids’ Marathon. The course highlights the best the community has to offer, including historic sites, a National Park and the mighty Columbia River. Each participant will receive a commemorative Asics tech-shirt, handcrafted finisher medal, great food, beverages, goodies, a fabulous view and entry into the three day Summer Brewfest. 

Local businesses always support the event with specials deals and discounts. Runners are provided with plenty of aid stations and a large police presence, and spectators can enjoy live music at Esther Short Park and fresh produce from the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. For further details, visit

PeaceHealth Southwest and Vancouver Public Schools launch video series to encourage healthy choices


PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Vancouver Public Schools are kicking off the school year right with a series of healthy lifestyle videos. The video series, Countdown to a Healthy Lifestyle, offers students, parents and teachers useful tips and recipes to help families make healthy choices. The 10-minute long videos are coupled with online educational resources. To view them, click here.

“Back-to-school season is often the perfect time to tune-up and make some healthier choices,” says Jendy Newman, a dietician and diabetes educator at PeaceHealth Southwest. ”We’re seeing more kids with pre-diabetes and diabetes at younger ages. With the help of the school district, we’re trying to raise awareness that there’s something you can do right now as a family to prevent this condition.”

The six videos feature Newman, along with students and instructors from Fort Vancouver High School’s culinary arts program. The project was funded by a generous grant from the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation from 2012-2014. For more information, or to request more curriculum materials, email, or call 360-514-3475.


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News Briefs

  • Seton senior wins first place in Congressional STEM competition, will be featured on FOX 12 Sept. 5

    Seton Catholic College Prep has announced that senior Mason Bruce was the first place winner in the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition, a programming competition for high school students. U.S. Representatve Jaime Herrera Beutler, recently awarded him this honor. Its purpose was to engage students’ creativity and to encourage them to consider a STEM career. Bruce won first place for his grading application, “A+ Grade Calculator.” Using only Java, HTML or other programming languages, he created the app, bought an Apple license and plans to release his app to the Apple Store soon. Bruce will be featured on Friday Night Lights, FOX 12, on Friday, Sept. 5, at 10:30 p.m.

  • Clark PUD commissioner candidate Jane Van Dyke hosts campaign kickoff Sept. 11

    imagesThe community is invited to a campaign kickoff and fundraiser for Clark PUD commissioner candidate Jane Van Dyke on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. The event is free with a $25 suggested donation. RSVP’s are requested to To learn more about Van Dyke, visit

  • Celebrate a third Dutch Bros. Coffee location in Vancouver Sept. 4

    On Thursday, Sept. 4Dutch Bros. Coffee is opening a new location at 9913 NE Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver. From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., all 16-oz. drinks, including specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes and Dutch Bros. Blue Rebel, a private label energy drink, will be just $1. Proceeds from the day will benefit Columbia River High School. Since opening in 2008, Dutch Bros. Vancouver has supported various local causes such as Clark County Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Washington, Muscular Dystrophy Association and local schools. Follow them at To learn more about Dutch Bros., visit

  • Volunteer recruitment and open house at CCHM Sept. 6

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  • Tickets on sale now for Shorty’s 11th annual Oktoberfest Sept. 19

    10499560_689139301156249_4537828169676598474_oShorty’s Garden and Home will host the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its Vancouver location, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, which supports the programs and services provided to local communities by the FVRL Library District. Click here for the full story.

  • Plein air art event for First Friday Sept. 5

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  • Fifth annual Jordan Crouch Memorial Walk/Run Sept. 13

    JordanCrouchClose-UpThe fifth annual Jordan Crouch Memorial 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 13. This will be the last year of the race, which begins/ends at Marine Park on the Waterfront in Vancouver and offers great river views with no vehicular traffic. Participants will receive goodie bags, snacks, beverages and t-shirts. Door prizes will be offered by Heathman Lodge, Beaches Restaurant, Les Schwab, Cinetopia, Starbucks, as well as gift baskets. Click here for the full article.

  • Nonprofit Network recognizes Penguin Promise Scholarship

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  • Drop-ins welcome at the “Outsmart Energy Waste” workshop tonight

    The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County (MGFCC) will hold an informative workshop on energy reduction on this eveningSept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the CASEE Center in Bldg. B, Room 202/205 located at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie.  A Clark Public Utilities energy counselor will discuss ways to cut energy waste in the home, get the most out of heating and cooling systems, and learn about the savings that have been achieved through energy conservation. The utility’s energy counselor will also be available to answer questions and provide information about weatherization and available incentives and rebates. The event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information about the MGFCC, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • Carrie Vielle’s “Identity” exhibit at Art on the Boulevard; reception Sept. 5

    6x9 card front Sept show Art on the Boulevard will open Carrie Vielle’s solo show “Identity” on First Friday, Sept. 5. Vielle’s mixed media paintings explore the many facets of the human form. Her work has been warmly accepted into national galleries and has been included in international exhibits and collections. The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The event includes complimentary light refreshments, live music, and a chance to meet the artist. For the full story, click here.

  • Master Gardener Program now recruiting volunteers; 12 week training starts Sept. 3

    Clark County MGs at workThe Washington State University Extension Clark County Master Gardener Program is now recruiting for volunteer training. Classes are held on 12 consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Nov. 19. Topics include fruit and vegetables, soil and composting, weeds, pest and disease management, plant identification, landscape basics, and more. Click here for the full story.

  • CRESA Community Expo Sept. 6

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  • YWCA Clark County hosts open house for prospective volunteers Sept. 4

    volunteerThe YWCA Clark County will host a free open house on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for prospective volunteers to learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at YWCA. Staff will be available to discuss how volunteers contribute to the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. No reservation is needed. For the full story, click here.

  • “Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” program and luncheon Sept. 5

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

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  • Tiny House tour with Dee Williams Sept. 6

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  • Opening reception for the newest exhibit at CCHM Sept. 4

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  • CCHM welcomes new executive director Sept. 5

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