“Boots & Bites” benefit for Silver Buckle Ranch Sept. 12, early bird pricing ends Sept. 4

by DIwpBacon on August 31, 2015


The community is welcome to join the Silver Buckle Ranch for a great evening featuring a BBQ, auction, and music by the Jessie Leigh Band. “Boots & Bites” is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. Silver Buckle Ranch is located at 11611 NE 152nd Ave. in Brush Prairie.

Silver Buckle Ranch focuses on serving youth in Clark County through ranch and equine-related activities. All programs foster interaction with horses and instructors and teaches young people vital life skills. A core program is Ranch Hands, which is a structured, progressive course where they learn to care for and ride horses. In the process, they learn respect for selves and others, self-confidence, the value of achieving personal goals, and responsibility–all while having fun in a safe ranch setting.

All of the evening’s proceeds will  benefit ranch programs and activities. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased on or before Friday, Sept. 4 and $35 afterward. Tables for eight are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.silverbuckleranch.org or call 360-260-8932. Event details are also on Facebook, here.








Magenta Theatre moves to larger location on Main St.

by DIwpBacon on August 31, 2015


Magenta Theater and Artistic Director Jaynie Roberts announce that Magenta will be leaving its current location at the conclusion of its 13th Season in December 2015. It will debut its 2016 Season in a new location: 1108 Main Street in Vancouver. Magenta’s final show in its current space will be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, directed by Amanda Goff and running November 19 through December 19, 2015.

“Magenta has been at 6th and Main since January 2009 and this space has been very good for us,” says Roberts, “but real estate developments in our building and on the block surrounding the theater, coupled with the necessity to expand to meet growing audience demand, prompted our search for a new home for Magenta.”

The new location, in the heart of the Vancouver Arts District next to upscale restaurants and shops, features seating for up to 150 (current location houses a maximum of 101 seats) all with excellent sight lines to the stage and more leg room. The main stage will be 100% larger, creating expanded opportunities for main stage shows and performances, and a new, spacious lobby will provide an inviting area for audiences to gather, and enjoy beer and wine if desired. Learn more about Magenta Theatre at www.magentatheater.com.


Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 8


Local nonprofit organizations and businesses will be honored on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. The awards reception, which is presented by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, will be held from 5 to p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. Additional sponsors are Vancouver Energy, and Riverview Community Bank.

“Local residents invest their time, their dollars, and their talent into nonprofits every day, all focused on improving our community,” says Nonprofit Network Executive Director Jeanne Kojis. “This is the fifth year for the Excellence Awards, and once again we have outstanding finalists who demonstrate what can be done when people come together for a common cause. The Awards Reception is not only for finalists, it is a celebration of community change and a great networking event.”

Cost for the reception is $20 per person. For more information, including a list of finalists and registration details, visit www.nonprofitnetworkwa.org or call 360-735-7110.

Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11


The American Red Cross is partnering with 9/11 Day of Service to offer individuals a chance to help others and commemorate the events of Sept. 11 by giving blood or platelets or volunteering their time with the Red Cross. Launched in 2002, 9/11 Day has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009. Each year tens of millions of people observe the day by performing acts of service and good deeds.

“This annual observance increasingly resonates with people with each passing year, for the benefit of countless people and communities in need, and that’s surely gratifying,” says Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of 9/11 Day. “Those who participate are making a real difference. The Red Cross is an ideal partner to engage people to step forward, and we’re confident that blood donors, volunteers and organizations will answer this call for help while honoring the heroes of 9/11.”

Blood donors of all types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – and platelet donors are encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type that can be transfused to patients of any blood type. It is often used to treat trauma patients and is always in demand by hospitals.

Those who would like to observe the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment. For more information and donation locations, visit www.redcrossblood.org/donation-centers/pnw.


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News Briefs

  • Fundraiser for Bill Turlay at Joe’s Place Farm Sept. 2

    Bill TurlayThe Committee to Re-Elect Bill Turlay will host a fundraiser tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Joe’s Place Farm, 702 NE 112 Ave. Turlay is running for Vancouver City Council, Position 6. Light refreshments will be provided. Voters can meet the non-partisan candidate, ask questions, and support the campaign. RSVP’s are requested today, Monday, Aug. 1, to 360-883-1361. To learn more about Turlay, visit www.billturlay.com or connect with his campaign on Facebook, here.

  • YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training on Sept. 3

    imagesNew volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle, which begins this Thursday, Sept. 3. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in the mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence. YWCA is especially interested in expanding the number of volunteers with the Sexual Assault Program. Application, interview and pre-registration for fall training is required. To learn more about volunteering and obtain application materials, visit www.ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org or 360-906-9112.

  • Master Gardener Foundation hosts presentation on pesticides at home Sept. 1

    Unknown-1The Master Gardener Foundation‘s monthly educational meeting is at 7 p.m. 0n Tuesday, Sept. 1. Master Gardener Cindy Withrow will present “Alternatives: Reducing Pesticides in the Home Landscape.” Pesticide use affects human health, the environment and non-target organisms. Cindy will talk on the definition and garden uses of pesticides, how incorporating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies can reduce their use, concluding with examples of IPM in action. The free, public meeting will be at the CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mgfcc.com.

  • Register now for NWABA’s third annual fundraising breakfast Sept. 22

    VFO15_Banner_Web967x365Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is hosting its third annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Presented by Riverview Community Bank, “Vision for Opportunities” allows guests the opportunity to interact with athletes and volunteers, listen to powerful testimonials, and more, all while enjoying a delicious meal. The fundraising breakfast will be at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in Portland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8 to 9 a.m. To learn more and to register, visit www.nwaba.org, and click on the event banner. Those interested in becoming a table captain can call 360-448-7254 or email development@nwaba.org.

  • Three community leaders join the Vancouver Chamber Board of Directors

    GVCClogoThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has announced the addition of three new community leaders onto its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Dr. Steve Webb, Vancouver School District Superintendent, Lisa Goecke, public accountant at Perkings & Co., and Amy O’Hara, co-owner, When the Shoe Fits, will be added to the roster. These three new board members will be recognized at the Chamber’s “Annual Officer Installation and Business & Leadership Awards” event on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Hilton,301 W 6th S. To attend, RSVP at www.vancouverusa.com. The cost is $60 per person. Find the full story, here.

  • Columbia Wealth Management announces new hires

    Columbia Credit Union welcomes Spencer French and Tim Reichstein as a Registered Representatives in the Wealth Management Department. As an Investment Advisor Representative for Cetera Advisor Networks, French will assist members with financial planning, investment and retirement strategies, education funding options, and insurance services. Reichstein, also a representative for Cetera, will assist members with financial planning, investment and retirement strategies, education funding options, and insurance services. Click here for the full story.

  • Land Use Forum and after-party at Niche Wine Bar this evening

    11831776_632348053568607_2298773512017853621_nThe Clark County Food System Council will host a Land Use Forum: Food, water, jobs and litigation in the Comprehensive Plan Update Process, this evening, Monday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Downtown Vancouver Library, Columbia Room. The forum is to review the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) as a community and provide opportunities for participation in the development of the Preferred Alternative for the Comprehensive Plan. After the forum, participants can join the after-party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main St. Click here for the original story.

  • Columbia Tech Center Movies in the Park cancels “Desipicable Me” due to rain, presents “Back to the Future” Sept. 4


    Due to rain in the forecast, this evening’s showing of Despicable Me at the Columbia Tech Center Park has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. Join the City of Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center for a free showing of Back to the Future next Friday, Sept. Sept 4. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. There is plenty of free, off-street parking right next to the park. Columbia Tech Center Park is located on Columbia Tech Center Dr., south of Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver.

  • Construction to begin improving, enhancing Northeast 94th Avenue

    Construction will begin in early September to widen and improve the 0.75-mile section of NE 94th Ave. from Padden Parkway to NE 99th St. Most of this section is narrow and has no shoulders or turn lanes. Tapani Inc., a Battle Ground-based contractor working for Clark County Public Works, will upgrade the road section by adding a center turn lane, sidewalks and drainage improvements. A bicycle lane and sidewalk will be built on the west side of 94th Ave., and a shared pedestrian-cyclist path will be built on the east side. A right-turn lane will be added to Padden Parkway for westbound vehicles turning north on to 94th Ave. Acceleration lanes will be built on Padden to improve safety by giving vehicles entering from 94th Ave. room to speed up before merging. Construction will continue throughout fall and winter, weather permitting, before concluding in fall 2016.

  • Councilors seek applicants for county position on library board

    The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill one of three Clark County positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees. The position is designated for someone living in Clark County outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits. The term is for seven years, beginning January 2016. Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district’s 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at www.fvrl.org and centralized headquarters. Applicants should address their understanding of: current challenges for public libraries; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs and digital resources; and the district’s funding as a junior taxing district. Interested applicants should submit a letter and resume to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000 or email to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov or fax 360-397-6058. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

  • CRESA’s annual preparedness contest kicks off Sept. 1

    971519_578744305503608_1678107243_nSeptember is the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and this year’s national theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1CRESA launches the sixth year of the huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge. Game rules can be found at www.30days30ways.com. Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. each morning. Winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon. Click here for the full story.

  • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of new Woodland High School Aug. 31

    New-WHS-EntranceWoodland Public Schools invites and encourages the entire Woodland community to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Woodland High School at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the new high school located at 1500 Dike Access Rd., Woodland. The program begins with an introduction by Superintendent Michael Green, and the singing of the national anthem by the WHS Jazz Choir. Attendees will gather in the brand new commons/performance area and hear from several speakers. Attendees can take guided tours or explore the high school on their own. Student tour guides will be on-hand to answer questions. The ceremony will conclude at 7:30 p.m.