Call for submissions for “Poetry Moves,” deadline Sept. 1

by DIwpBacon on July 28, 2015


UnknownPrinted Matter Vancouver has announced the submission period for Poetry Moves, poetry by Clark County Residents to be showcased on C-Tran Buses beginning January 2016. Authors agree to have their work appear online or in other publicity/promotions by C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

The poem can be a complete poem or an excerpt from a longer poem. If the poem is an excerpt, authors must indicate this and give the poem title. Previously published poems may be accepted subject to the discretion of the editors. Indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and publication rights in the body of the submission email.

Only one poem per poet will be selected and a total of ten poems will be chosen for this phase of the project. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 1. Poems are accepted via email only at For further information and guidelines, visit








Stone in Love performs at tonight’s Concerts for a Cause

by DIwpBacon on July 28, 2015


Concerts for a Cause” continues tonight, Tuesday, July 28, with Stone in Love at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr. The series features different bands every Tuesday evening through Aug. 28. Concerts are free with a $5 suggested donation and proceeds will be given to local, community-focused organizations. Tonight’s concert benefits The Snowman Foundation.

Stone in Love performs faithful renditions of the classic hits from one of the most beloved rock groups of all time… Journey. The band delivers a high energy performance that showcases all the hallmarks of the Journey sound – soaring lead vocals, lush four-part harmonies, signature guitar licks, fat keyboards, and driving rhythms.

The Snowman Foundation was formed 1999 to fill the gap in music left by a lack of funds in schools. The foundation’s primary source of funding comes from the annual Ten Grands concert. Since 2000, it has raised nearly two million dollars.

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase through Camas Meadows and Tommy O’s. Sponsor a lower patio table, and provide admission and seating for eight guests, for $100. For more information, call 360-833-2000 or visit


Columbia Credit Union promotes Art Newby to Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer


Art Newby. Photo courtesy of Columbia Credit Union.

Columbia Credit Union announces the promotion of Art Newby to Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer. Newby will lead and have overall responsibility for information technology, projects and automation initiatives that advance the strategic mission of the credit union.

Newby will also be responsible for the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems and Business Continuity, and will work with the CEO and COO to provide oversight over all credit union departments and have specific responsibility for the General Services, Ecommerce, Retail Support, and Project Management Office departments.

Newby, who previously served as Columbia Credit Union’s Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer, has 36 years of industry experience and has held a variety of IT management roles throughout his career. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the Marine Corps Officer School and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate. He also holds IT systems engineer certifications from Microsoft and Novell.

Free back-to-school vaccinations available throughout Clark County


As the new school year approaches, one of the most important things parents can do to get their kids ready is to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines. Vaccinations protect children from many serious diseases and are required for school. Children who aren’t fully immunized may be sent home from school if a disease outbreak occurs. Families without a regular health care provider can receive free back-to-school vaccinations at the following locations:

Battle Ground Community CenterFriday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. Call 360-566-4409 for appointment
Free Clinic of SW Washington: First and Third Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Walk-in, uninsured children only
Hudson’s Bay High SchoolWednesday Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival
LaCamas Medical GroupWednesday, Aug. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins.
Sea Mar Community Health CentersThursday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 360-566-4409 for appointment

All vaccines required for school are free for those up to age 19. Some providers may charge an administrative fee. Parents who can’t afford the fee may ask to have it waived. Bring immunization records. For a list of vaccination requirements in Washington State, click here. For additional information, see


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