2015 PDBA Western Dragon Boat Racing Championships this weekend on Vancouver Lake

by DIwpBacon on July 30, 2015

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Vancouver has been chosen by the Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA) as the site of the 2015 PDBA Western Region Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Over 2,000 athletes, coaches and supporters, many from outside the area are expected to attend the regatta. Elite club teams train year round to prepare for this world class event. The host club is Vancouver Lake Crew who has partnered with Double Fifth Dragon.

This year, in addition to the elite crews attempting to qualify for the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships, Corporate, Community and Recreational Teams will compete against each other in Paddle West Championship for the West Coast. These added divisions allow all dragon boat teams a chance to compete against crews of similar ability.

Spectators are welcome to the view the races which take place all day, Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2. Visit the PDBA website for more information: www.pdbausa.org/events/134-2015_pdba_regional_club_crew_championships.








Economic development groups release final report in advanced manufacturing research portfolio

by DIwpBacon on July 30, 2015

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The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Greater Portland Inc. today announced the release of the final report in a four-part research portfolio addressing advanced manufacturing and advanced materials in major regional industries. The report, titled Additive and Subtractive: The New Math of Metals and Machinery Manufacturing, examines the role of this industry in the regional economy and focuses on overall changes to industrial manufacturing that will have direct effects on the supply chain, and on small and medium companies in particular.

Three other reports in the portfolio, Aerospace & Defense, Computers & Electronics, and Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Materials, have previously been released. Together, the reports identify strategies for strengthening the regional economy by improving advanced manufacturing processes, increasing supply chain opportunities, and increasing exports from the Greater Portland region.

The research portfolio is the culmination of a three-year, $2,192,000 federally funded research grant through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. Greater Portland’s project–titled Innovations in Advanced Materials and Metals Manufacturing Project –is funded by five federal agencies and managed by CREDC.

The report is also part of the Greater Portland Export Initiative, which is now part of Greater Portland Global, the region’s global trade and investment plan to help local companies access global markets and grow jobs in the region. All of the full published reports can be found at www.credc.org/regionalcollaboration.


Jaime Herrera Beutler to host free Senior Resource Fair Aug. 5

Senior Resource Fair May 6-15 (16)

Jaime Herrera Beutler is hosting a Southwest Washington Senior Resource Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver. The Senior Resource Fair is free and open to any resident of Southwest Washington. It will allow seniors and their families to connect with a variety of useful experts and organization.

“I want to make it easy for seniors in Southwest Washington to connect with the resources that can help them pursue their goals and enrich their lives,” says Herrera Beutler. “As I travel around and talk to people in our region, I regularly learn about services that can help mature residents, whether they are still in the workforce, retired, starting a second career or seeking assistance with their health. My goal is to put information about these useful opportunities in the hands of residents, and help them thrive throughout their lives.”

Experts and information will be available regarding mature learning opportunities, starting a business or non-profit, volunteer opportunities, financial planning resources, Social Security and Medicare assistance, the Department of Veterans Affairs and more. An updated list of participating resources will be available in the coming days at www.jhb.house.gov.

Bridgeview elects officers


Kevin Witte


Roy Johnson

Joan Caley

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Kevin Witte was elected Vice Chair of the Bridgeview Board of Directors at their July 7 meeting. Joan Caley was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Witte and Caley join Chair Roy Johnson as the officers for the nonprofit organization. Johnson, who is Executive Director of the Vancouver Housing Authority, has served as the Bridgeview Chair since 2012.

Witte is the Clark College Associate Vice President of Economic and Community Development. He also serves on the board of the Southwest Washington Regional Health Alliance. Caley is a registered nurse on the nursing faculties of the University of Portland and Washington State University. She also serves on the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council and as a commissioner for the Vancouver Housing Authority. Both Witte and Caley have served on the Bridgeview board since 2013.

Since 2012 Bridgeview has been partnering with more than 90 community agencies and organizations to develop a systemic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty through stable housing, self-reliance, and improved quality of life for the people of Clark County. To learn more, contact Bridgeview at 360-993-9563.


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News Briefs

  • Magenta Theater unveils new logo

    Magenta_M_Google Profile ImageMagenta Theater today launches a brand new logo embracing its brand identity and growth over the last 13 years, and positioning Magenta Theater with a fresh, updated look now and into the future. Magenta used 99 Designs, an online graphic design site where the client describes the design need and dozens of designers submit ideas. The client can then submit feedback for revisions and after seven days, choose the winning design. “We received 90 designs from 20 designers,” explains Jaynie Roberts, artistic director. “It wasn’t easy to decide, there were many outstanding logos, but the winning designer incorporated a clever element of a ‘person’ that represents our theater community- actors, crew, volunteers and our audience.” Learn more about Magenta at www.magentatheater.com.

  • Fire Chief available to speak at community groups

    chiefFire Chief Jerry Green of Clark County Fire District 6 welcomes invitations to provide a 15-minute update to local service organizations and homeowner associations (HOAs) in its service territory. This area is north of Vancouver and includes Fairgrounds, Felida, Hazel Dell, Lakeshore, Mt. Vista, and Salmon Creek. In an effort to address higher emergency call volumes and maintain service levels, Fire District 6 Fire Commissioners recently passed a resolution placing a levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot. The lid lift is estimated to cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $4.79 per month or $57.50 per year. Chief Green will provide a general overview of Fire District 6 and address its challenges in his presentation. To schedule a meeting time with Chief Green, contact him directly at 360-576-1195 or jerry.green@ccfd6.org.

  • One vacancy serving two Vancouver authority boards, apply by Aug. 28

    The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) boards. The position serves on both boards. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28. The DRA and the CCRA are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. The vacancy is for a four-year term. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Alexis Bafus in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

  • Port of Vancouver USA chooses energy project safety consultant

    Unknown-1The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has approved selection of The Sawicki Group LLC (TSG) as the port’s safety consultant for energy projects. The contract with Blaine, Washington-based TSG is not to exceed $200,000 for up to three years of services. TSG’s initial scope of work includes review of Vancouver Energy‘s facility safety and operations plans; rail safety and operations plans; the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s (EFSEC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement; and support of port legal counsel through the EFSEC adjudication process. Find the original story, here.

  • Annual Race for the Homeless Aug. 1

    Ultraman_run.finish_old.airport_Rick©KentThe Race for the Homeless, benefiting Open House Ministries, is running for its 16th year in Vancouver, this Saturday, Aug. 1. It includes a 5K and 10K run, 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run. All races start and finish at the O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. Kid Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. Registration is $20 and begins on race day at 7 a.m. Click here for a downloadable registration form. Since incorporation in 1986, Open House Ministries has provided shelter, safety, and hope to families without homes. Find the full article, here.

  • Vancouver Police NOW Citizen Patroller needed, apply by July 31

    20386_Nabes_NOW_Patrol_1If you have four hours a month to help the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) fight crime, canvass for missing people, find stolen automobiles, and conduct evidence searches, apply for the Neighbors On Watch (NOW) citizen patrol program by Friday, July 31. NOW volunteers patrol city neighborhoods on foot, bike, or by vehicle and act as additional “eyes and ears” for the police department. Additional details and a printable volunteer application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k.

  • Riverview Six to Sunset presents Flexor T tonight

    486897_474410355936237_1087297074_nThe Riverview Six to Sunset concert series continues with Flexor T tonight, Thursday, July 30. The free series takes place every Thursday night between 6 and 8 p.m. through August 14. Flexor T is considered one of the most exciting country/rock show bands in the Pacific Northwest. Use hashtag, #6tosunset and post photos, videos, updates and check-ins on social media for a chance to win prizes from Riverview Community Bank.

  • “Chasin’ for Chopper” barrel racing benefit for the Humane Society Aug. 1

    etomwjucvc6w1juevxcdjpdfi5wemdp8hhv4r14lf2ldffshgsvp9fpgyvgvddha-fClark County Saddle Club is home of the first annual “Chasin’ for Chopper” barrel race, benefitting the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The Chopper Fund was created by Tina Olson, wife of former HSSW Board President, Matt Olson, to honor their dog Chopper. Funds are used to pay for major medical expenses for shelter animals. The event is this Saturday, Aug. 1. Click here for the full story.

  • Webinar presentation: “Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery” this Friday

    533602_533532086681075_1406378317_nThe Clark County Genealogical Society presents a free public viewing of the Legacy Family Tree webinar, Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery this Friday, July 31, at 11 a.m. Slaves had family members who were sold away or transferred to the slave-owners’ heirs, never to be seen again. Many even took different surnames. It was not uncommon for two displaced brothers to retain different surnames after Emancipation. Genealogist Melvin Collier will present cases of how displaced family members were found in this Legacy Family Tree Webinar broadcast. A live discussion will follow. The Clark County Genealogical Society Education Center is located at 717 Grand Blvd. in Vancouver. For more information about these weekly genealogy webinars, visit www.ccgs-wa.org.

  • Walking Tours with CCHM this Friday and Saturday

    cchm-logoThe Clark County Historical Society (CCHM) continues its Walking Tours Series with two walks this weekend. On Friday, July 31, join CCHM for “Entertainment Expedition,”a walk on middle Main St. from noon to 1 p.m. The walk starts at the Museum, 1511 Main St. “Business Marches On” is Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. The walk begins at Fifth and Main St. in Vancouver. These are the ninth of 12 walks in the series that take place Fridays and Saturdays through August 22. Individual tour tickets and season passes are available. Individual tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Visit www.cchmuseum.org to see the official tour schedule and more details. For more information, call 360-993-5679 or email info@cchmuseum.org.

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

    poetic-penPrinted 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. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 1. Poems are accepted via email only at printedmattervancouver@gmail.com. Click here for the original story.

  • 2015 deadline to inscribe Propstra Square bricks is Aug. 1

    propstra_square_bricks Make a lasting gift to the community, and honor a loved one at the same time, by purchasing a memorial brick for Propstra Square in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. The deadline to order summer inscriptions is Saturday, Aug. 1. The engraved bricks are set around the bell tower in Propstra Square.

    Each brick is $100 and holds up to 18 characters, including spaces. Funds raised through the sale of memorial bricks pay for the flowers and plantings in the park. More information and brick order forms are available at https://t.e2ma.net/click/zr34g/v891id/b1qq8b. For questions, contact the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370 or e-mail cheri.martin@parksfoundation.us.

  • Country Financial Friday Night Movies presents “Muppets Most Wanted” July 31

    MV5BMTA2OTc0MzAxMDVeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDUyOTgxNDIx._V1_SX640_SY720_Country Financial Movies in the Park continues Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. with Muppets Most Wanted at John Ball Park. This is the third film in the free series which runs every Friday through Aug. 14 at different parks around the City of Vancouver. John Ball Park is located in the Hough neighborhood at 2299 Kauffman Ave. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended. Visitors can bring their own food or purchase dinner from one of several food vendors at the park. For more information about the series, click here.

  • Kiggins Theatre hosts Harry Potter’s 35th Birthday Bash July 31 – Aug. 2

    rsz_harry_potter_poster_thumb_thumbThe Harry Potter 35th Birthday Bash, presented by IQ Credit Union, invites fans and new readers of all ages to celebrate with a “magical” weekend event featuring all eight Harry Potter films running from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 at Kiggins Theatre. Passes range from $40 to $65 and are available at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • Moonlight and Motorcars benefits Fort Vancouver National Trust Aug. 1

    4602EE4F5F92B332E19F19D2E5F655B5The Fort Vancouver National Trust presents a new, unique event: Moonlight and Motorcars. A fundraiser to support the education, preservation and celebration of the community’s history, is Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St. This 1930s themed event offers live music and beautiful vintage cars on display provided by exhibitors of the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance. Visitors can expect a speakeasy-style garden party, era appropriate food and drink, and a live auction. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.fortvan.org or by calling 360-992-1808. For more information, read the full article here.

  • Call to vendors for the Columbia River Concours d’ Elegance & Car Show Aug. 2

    rh-08042014-4863-1The deadline for food and beverage, commercial, and arts and crafts vendors interested in outdoor booth space at 2015 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance & Car Show is Thursday, July 30. Vendors specializing in history-related and/or automotive-related products are especially encouraged to apply. The Columbia River Concours d’Elegance is a high end car show featuring cars that are from the year 1975 or older and preserved or restored to original factory specifications. Domestic and Foreign cars and motorcycles will be on display in the front lawns of the homes along historic Officers Row. The show runs Sunday, Aug. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (primary food service time is lunch). Vendor applications and guidelines are available at www.columbiariverconcours.com.

  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival August 6 – 16

    tiny-Locust-art-Cosmonaut-639x1024The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (CGIFF) will bring fresh cinema talent to venues in Clark County from Thursday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Now in its eighth year, CGIFF is a grassroots festival with an international scope. The festival will present approximately 250 films and screenplays from over 30 countries around the globe in all categories, genres and lengths. All screenings and special events will take place in a variety of venues including the Washburn Auditorium in Washougal High School, the Camas Library, and the Fort Vancouver Community Library. For additional information, visit www.ANGAELICA.com.