Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night features Alex Dang July 9
This month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic features Alex Dang at 7 p.m., this Thursday, July 9, at Angst Gallery. Dang is a member of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Portland Poetry Slam Team competing at the National Poetry Slam, and the youngest representative from Portland in the slam’s history. He is also the Eugene Grand Slam Champion of 2014 and 2015. Videos of his performances have amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube. A nationally touring poet, Dang has performed in over 35 cities, 20 states, and is a world renowned burger expert. His chapbook You Can Do Better, will be available for purchase at the reading. Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic nights are hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. For further details, click here.
Composting Demonstration Site open house July 12
Anyone interested in learning about composting is invited to a composting demonstration open house this Sunday, July 12. Interested parties can drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Master Composters/Recyclers will be on hand to cover topics such as what composters are available and the pros and cons of each, how to get started, and how to tell when the compost is ready. This event is part of NatureScaping of SW Washington’s Art in the Garden, an event showcasing local artists and musicians. To learn more, visit www.columbiasprings.org/mcr or connect with them on Facebook, here.
David Clark joins staff of Davidson & Associates Insurance
David Clark has joined Davidson & Associates Insurance of Vancouver as a Personal Insurance Associate. A native of Clark County, he received an Associate in Arts degree with honors from Clark College and resides in Vancouver.
Davidson & Associates Insurance has served local businesses and individuals since 1990. Owned by Bruce Davidson, the firm is located at 610 Esther St., Ste. 101 in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-514-9550 or visit www.davidsoninsurance.com.
Destination Downtown Noon Concert Series presents Vancouver Pops Orchestra July 8
Destination Downtown Noon Concert Series starts this Wednesday, July 8, from noon to 1 p.m., in Esther Short Park. The community is welcome to bring a lunch down to the park for free concerts every Wednesday, through August 12. In conjunction with the concerts, Science in the Park will provide hands-on crafts and activities designed fun and learning. Science in the Park runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Wednesday features the Vancouver Pops Orchestra and “Be a Marine Biologist.” Click here for the full story.
Vancouver PAL hires new executive director
The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) has announced Jenny Thompson as the new executive director. Thompson has an extensive background working with non-profit organizations and most recently worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington as the college prep coordinator. Vancouver PAL serves youth of all ages with mentored and structured recreational and educational activities and is the primary youth crime prevention program for the Vancouver Police Department. For more information, visit www.vancouverpal.org.
Register now for Twilight Half Marathon at Vancouver Lake Park July 11
Registration is open for the Twilight Half Marathon/10k/5k on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The course is located at Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd. This unique, evening event benefits the Children’s Cancer Association, which brings joy to children fighting devastating illnesses. Click here for the original story.
Country Financial Friday Night Movies in the Park kicks off July 10
The City of Vancouver presents the 2015 Friday Night Movies in the Park series. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park and enjoy big screen entertainment. All movies are free and family friendly. Come early to participate in pre-movie activities beginning at 7 p.m. Movies start at dusk. The series kicks off this Friday, July 10, with Annie: It’s a Hard Knock Life at Leroy Haagen Park. For the original story, which includes the full line-up, click here.
VBMA Military History Talk July 10
The next Military History Talk is set for Friday, July 10, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the 40 et 8 Chateau, 7607 NE 26th Ave., Vancouver. Sponsored monthly by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association, July’s topic is: “A New Book, Custer’s Other Brother-in-Law, Frederic Calhoun” presented by Major Jefferson Davis (USAR Retired).
Lieutenant Frederic Calhoun fought in the Great Sioux War. Later Calhoun was stationed at the Vancouver Barracks, before he retired in 1890. Family members donated Fred Calhoun’s personal orders book to the Barracks. Davis will discuss the book in hopes of shedding light on the lifestyle of soldiers and their families in the American West. Admissions to this presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 360-574-3872.
VDA’s Quarterly Preview Meeting open to public July 9
Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) welcomes the public to join its Quarterly Preview Meeting on Thursday, July 9. The gathering is open to the public free of charge. A panel of experts will discuss the importance of tourism to downtown’s economy as well as how downtown businesses can connect to groups coming into the city. The meeting is held from 7:45 to 9 a.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. To RSVP, email admin@VDAUSA.org. Learn more at vdausa.org.
Woodland Chief of Police community forum July 7
The Woodland Police Department will host a community forum on Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers, 200 E Scott Ave. The purpose is to discuss current staffing shortages and service delivery expectations. Join Chief Phil Crochet to learn why additional positions are needed and what the anticipated impact will be to the community, businesses and citizens if new officers are not hired. For more information, contact Crochet at 360-984-1937.
Riverview Six to Sunset concert series kicks off July 9
The Riverview Six to Sunset concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in Esther Short Park. The free series takes place every Thursday night between 6 and 8 p.m. through August 14, and offers performances from a different band each evening. This week features Hit Machine.
Leadership Clark County (LCC) will present the Pub in the Park VIP tables for 10 people at each of the six concerts, which include dinner from the Hilton’s Gray’s at the Park restaurant, one drink voucher per person at each concert and free bottled water. Tables are $1,500 each, 50% of which is tax deductible. To purchase a table, contact Angel Escobedo, LCC executive director, at 360-567-1085, email@example.com or go online to www.leadershipclarkcounty.com/contributesponsor/pub-in-the-park/. Find the full story, including the concert series schedule, here.
Reserve a seat now for the next WSU MAP Alliance Forum July 8
The next installment of the WSU MAP Alliance Forum is set for Wednesday, July 8, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the WSU Vancouver Multi Media Building Room 1, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. The topic is “Forecasting: what data do you need to predict your financial future? Building on the March Business Growth MAP Alliance presentation by Doug Steck, WSUV will host a session in which Steck, using a proven Excel modeling tool, will lead attendees to understand what information they must capture in order to forecast the financial future of their business. Participants will learn how a systematic, disciplined analysis of each aspect of their business can increase business sustainability. To reserve a seat, contact Julia Early at Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
YouthBuild Vancouver accepting applications for GED/construction skills program
Clark County residents, ages 17 through 24, who do not have a high school diploma and are interested in obtaining a GED and job-related skills, are invited to attend a free YouthBuild Vancouver information session to learn more about the program. The sessions are Thursday, July 9, Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Partners in Careers, 3210 NE 52nd St. To register, contact Sam Capeloto at 360-696-8417 ext. 110 or email@example.com. For the full article, click here.
Fundraiser for Ty Stober July 9
The community is invited to a fundraiser for Ty Stober on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Juliano’s Pizzeria. Stober is running for Vancouver City Council, Position 5. Visitors can try out some local beers and other drinks, and pizza, and talk with Stober about his vision for the city. Hosts include Kim and Shannon Meadors, Ted Gathe, and Monica Stonier. RSVPs are requested at: www.votety.com/julianos. Those unable to attend can still donate at: www.votety.com/donate.