Dragon Boat Races Raise $20,000 for Veterans
The Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Festival held Memorial Day Weekend at Vancouver Lake raised over $20,000 for the Vancouver Lake Disabled Veterans Program. Nineteen clubs from Portland and Vancouver enjoyed great racing at this two day regatta. In the three years of the event nearly $40,000 has been raised. Proceeds go to the Vancouver Lake Aquatics Center (formerly Vancouver Lake Crew) to buy adaptive equipment for disabled veterans and to make critical infrastructure repairs. For more information about the races or to learn more about the Disabled Veteran’s Water Sports Program contact Campbell from Double Fifth Dragon Boating at 971-222-3679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington welcomes Communications & Development Coordinator
Erica Heartquist will join the leadership team of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Heartquist brings extensive experience in media, public affairs, communications and non-profit work. For the past seven years, she was a general assignment reporter for KGW, Channel 8. Harquist has a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting with a minor in Speech Communication from Northern Arizona University.
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. It offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services, which are provided by over 600 volunteers. For more information about the Free Clinic, visit www.freeclinics.org.
School and community partner to support Washougal’s youngest learners
Washougal child care providers and caregivers have joined forces with preschool and kindergarten teachers to support the community’s youngest learners. Washougal’s School Readiness Team, formed through a Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
grant, consists of approximately 15 partners who meet regularly to develop a shared set of expectations for early learning and collaborate to help prepare students for kindergarten. Research shows that high quality early learning reaps tremendous rewards in increasing the quality of life for children, families and communities. To learn more about the Washougal School District, visit www.washougal.k12.wa.us
Political party observer training June 4
Clark County Elections will be hosting its annual political party observer training on Thursday, June 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Elections Conference Room at 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. This observer training is for all persons interested in participating as a political party observer during an election cycle. Election observer training provides an overview of ballot processing, including the inspection process and the ballot counting equipment. Every election, the political parties assign certified citizens to witness various elections processes. All political party observers shall also serve to witness the action of the other observers. For more information, contact Cathie Garber, Elections Supervisor at 360-397-2345.
Camas Farmer’s Market kicks off eighth season June 3
The eighth season of the Camas Farmer’s Market kicks off with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. The market will run from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September 30. Fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, fresh foods, kids’ activities, chef demos, health booths, live music, and more will fill 4th Ave. between the library and City Hall. Thanks to a grant from the Camas-Washougal Commmunity Chest, the market has a new program designed to foster a healthy relationship between youth and produce. Click here for the original story.
Ridgefield City Council approves golf cart zone
Effective June 1, the region’s first golf cart zone will open in Ridgefield. At its April 23 meeting, the Ridgefield City Council created a golf cart zone for downtown Ridgefield, to provide citizens enhanced mobility options in the downtown district. The zone’s boundaries will be from the City limit on N Main St., south to Shobert St., and east to N Ninth Ave. The boundaries will be clearly signed, to promote enhanced awareness of mixed traffic. Click here for the original article.
Brewer’s Dinner at Mill Creek Pub June 11
Mill Creek Pub will host a Brewer’s Dinner with Backwoods Brewery on Thursday, June 11. Guests will enjoy a five course pairing with Mill Creek Pub food specialties. Tickets are $65 per person. Only 40 are tickets available and are avaiable here. A portion of the proceeds will be benefit the Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Find the full story, here.
Clark County adopts new vaping laws June 1
A new Clark County ordinance going into effect Monday, June 1, subjects e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to the same restrictions as tobacco cigarettes under the Washington State Smoking in Public Places law. Ordinance 2015-04-18 is intended to protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand vapor while discouraging use among youth in particular. Click here for the full story.
Zara Clinic grand opening celebration at new Battle Ground location June 5
Vancouver-based wellness clinic Zara Clinic is celebrating the opening of its second location in Battle Ground with a grand opening party from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 4. The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at this event at 5 p.m. as part of the celebration. Guests can enjoy tours of the new location, demonstrations of clinic services, complimentary food and drinks, and chances to win valuable prizes. Zara Clinic will provide swag bags including chap sticks, pens, and other treats, and some lucky attendees will also win t-shirts, water bottles, and more. The new clinic is located in Battle Ground Village at 1207 SE Rasmussen Blvd., Ste. 119. Learn more about Zara Clinic at: www.ZaraWellness.com.
Free pre-school fair May 30
Bridgeview and the Vancouver Housing Authority are hosting a free pre-school resource fair at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Rise & Stars Community Center. The objective of the fair, called “Keep It Going All Summer Long,” is to inform families about resources and opportunities for parental support and education, and extracurricular and educational activities for children available in the local area and to encourage them to get involved. The community center is located at 500 Omaha Way. Contact Janiece Micheal at 360-550-7673 for more information or to sign up to be a vendor.
Fifth annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair June 8; Job Hunting Workshop June 2
U.S Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will host the fifth annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair on Monday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia St. A pre-fair “Job Hunting Workshop” is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St. For the full story, click here.
Learn about native pollinators and join Great Sunflower Project June 2
A spring workshop will highlight the importance of bees, hummingbirds and other animals that carry pollen from one plant to another. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 75 percent of flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of crops are pollinated by animals as they collect nectar. The work of pollinators will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Click here for the original story.
Open Cockpit Day at Pearson Field May 30
It’s Open Cockpit Day next Saturday, May 30. Visitors to Pearson Field Education Center will have the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of selected vintage aircraft and experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective. Weather permitting, the pilots of EAA Chapter 105 from Hillsboro and EAA Chapter 782 from Grove Field will give free airplane rides to children ages eight to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. Find the full story, here.
Westside Mobility Strategy community forum May 30
Those who live or work on the west side of I-5 in Vancouver are invited to attend the first Westside Mobility Strategy community forum from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30, at the Discovery Middle School Commons, 800 E 40th St. The City is working on developing a long-term mobility strategy that will look at various transportation issues on this side of the city and propose attainable solutions that strike a balance between the thriving and growing industrial areas, safe and livable neighborhoods, and a revitalized urban core. For more information and to sign up for email updates, go to: bit.ly/1IMcRxV.
Annual dinner and auction for Daybreak Youth Services May 30
The Daybreak Youth Services‘ 11th annual dinner, auction, and fundraiser is Saturday, May 30, at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Fire and Ice, An Evening of Dueling Pianos, features renowned pianists Robert Baird and Joshua Stuart. The artists will perform live and offer stand up comedy as guests duel (bid) for their favorite songs. The evening is hosted by Riverview Bank’s Kim Capeloto, and features real stories of youth transformation and exciting opportunities to reach more teens as Daybreak grows. The live auction will feature an amazing fishing trip in Alaska, valued at over $11,000. Tickets cost $75; $700 for a table for 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.daybreakinfo.org. Connect with the event on Facebook, here.
Celebrate the Marshall Center’s 50th birthday with fun, free activities May 30
The City of Vancouver’s Marshall Community Center is turning 50 this year and the community is invited to celebrate with fun, free activities from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Visitors can take a splash in the pool, try various sports activities in the gym, get moving with fitness demonstrations, explore your artistic side with pottery demonstrations, or just chill in the SPOT teen center. Find the full story, here.
Annual luncheon for Community Foundation June 2
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is hosting its 2015 Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 2, at the Hilton Vancouver. The event will begin with some social time before transitioning into the lunch and awards presentation from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tickets to the non-fundraising event are $50 per guest and are available for purchase online at www.cfsww.org or by calling 360-694-2550. Click here for the original article.
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society hosts seventh annual Hike the Dike May 30
Join West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) for the seventh annual Hike on the Dike on Saturday, May 30, to help raise money for a local no-kill humane society in Clark County. Participants can register online now at www.wcghs.org or on-site the day of the event. The cost is $25. This year’s walk will feature over 20 on-site vendors; microchip service free for the first 50 registered participants, High Expectations Dog Training demonstrations, a police K-9 demonstration as well as food and raffle prizes. Click here for the full story.