Former Miss USA speaks at Daybreak’s fall luncheon Oct. 13

by DIwpBacon on October 8, 2015

Tara Conner. Photo courtesy of Daybreak Youth Services.

FB LOGODaybreak Youth Services is hosting a fall Luncheon and Community Conversation on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Lunch is served at noon with the program and community conversation to follow. Former Miss USA Tara Conner is the guest speaker. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at: or by calling 360-635-4120.

Conner nearly lost her crown in 2006 when reports surfaced about her underage drinking, drug use and self-destructive behaviors. Today, Conner is a Public Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers, as well as a face and voice of long-term recovery. In her role, she shares her experience, strength and hope with audiences throughout the United States.

Conner’s presentation comes at a time of increased awareness of the recovery needs of teen girls. Daybreak last year converted its treatment facilities to “gender specific” programs with girl’s in-patient treatment in Spokane, and boy’s in-patient treatment based in Vancouver. A $1.5 million grant from the Washington State Legislature will allow Daybreak to dramatically expand its treatment capacity in southwest Washington beginning in 2016.








Sports Authority opens Hazel Dell store, grand opening celebration Oct. 17

by DIwpBacon on October 8, 2015


212337Sports Authority, one of the largest full-line sporting goods retailers in the United States and Puerto Rico, invites the community to a grand opening celebrating its newest location in Vancouver on Saturday, Oct. 17. The new store is located at 8002 NE Sixth Ave. in Hazel Dell.

Starting at 8 a.m., the first 100 customers in line will receive a $20 instant Sports Authority cash card. The 101st-200th customers in line will receive a $10 cash card. U.S. Women’s Soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe will be on site from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All weekend, customers can register for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. On Sunday, Oct. 18, the first 200 customers to spend $25 or more will receive a free camp chair.

The Hazel Dell Sports Authority has everything customers need to get active, including the latest from top brands like Nike, Under Armour, adidas, The North Face and more. With an outstanding selection, value and customer service, Sports Authority is dedicated to providing its Vancouver customers with an unbeatable shopping experience. For more information, visit

Vancouver Urban Forestry seeks tree enthusiasts for NeighborWoods Program, classes start this Saturday


Vancouver Urban Forestry invites you to share your tree-mendous enthusiasm by becoming part of the City’s NeighborWoods Program. The next series of NeighborWoods training starts this month. Training will take place on five weekday evenings in October, as well as two Saturday mornings. The first session is Saturday, Oct. 10.

NeighborWoods Stewards receive free education from local arboriculture experts on a variety of tree-related topics including: tree identification, tree biology, proper tree care, Vancouver tree regulations, tree planting, trees in our watersheds, and the overall benefits of trees. Stewards serve as liaisons to their neighborhood associations, providing tree-related advice and assisting with tree plantings or tree-related educational projects in their neighborhoods.

Applications are available upon request by calling 360-487-8308 or by emailing Applications also can be downloaded from the City’s website at, through the NeighborWoods link.

Celebrate Halloween with the VBMA Oct. 17

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The Vancouver Barrack’s Military Association will be hosting its fourth annual Halloween Party and Fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m Saturday, Oct. 17, at the 40 et 8 Chateau. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door for adults, $5 for youth over seven. Those under seven are free.

The family friendly event features dinner, a presentation by local author Jeff Davis, live DJ playing Halloween favorites, dancing, costume contest, and more. There will be $1 and $5 dollar raffles and silent auction. Items include: four one-day passes to Disneyland, an overnight getaway for two to Chinook Winds Casino, two season tickets to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, game cards from Batcave Games, and more.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the preservation of vintage memorabilia dating to the Spanish American War, and historic artifacts depicting the history of the Vancouver Barracks. To reserve tickets, email: For more information about the event or the VBMA, visit


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  • Vancouver School of Arts and Academics celebrates 20 years Oct. 16


    Vancouver School of Arts and Academics is celebrating 20 years on Friday, Oct. 16To kick off the celebration, the dance program is organizing a concert featuring several alumni who currently dance, choreograph and teach professionally. Performing alumni include Eowyn Emerald Barrett (2003), Felicia Garcia (2003), Brent Luebbert (2007), Laura Aschoff (2007), and Franco Nieto (2004).  A dance choreographed by Spenser Theberge (2004) will be performed by current VSAA dancers. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

  • Second Saturday at the Water Center focusses on eco-friendly gardening Oct. 10

    imagesKids and families are invited to the Water Resources Education Center for October’s Second Saturday, held this Saturday, Oct. 10. Second Saturdays are held monthly from 1 to 3 p.m. Families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. This month, visitors will learn about eco-friendly gardening and water conservation. Throughout the year, families can create bird feeders and other crafts, explore the center’s grounds, repurpose materials into a piece of art, all while learning about the environment. The Water Center is located at 4600 NE Columbia Way in Vancouver. For more information, including a schedule of Second Saturday events, visit

  • Board of Equalization moves to new office Oct. 23

    clarkCountyLogoThe Clark County Board of Equalization will move to the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Suite 650. The move will take place Friday, Oct. 23, so the Board of Equalization will be closed that day. It will reopen for business at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. The office phone number, 360-397-2337, and email,, will remain the same, as will the post office box, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. The board provides an impartial citizen forum in which property owners can resolve issues of assessed valuation and exemptions. For more information, visit

  • Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival weekends through October at Bi-Zi Farms

    pumpkin-patch-san-diegoBi-Zi Farms is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival weekends through October. Admission is $10 per person; $8 for seniors. Those two and under are free. The price includes one free pumpkin-any size, admission to the seven acre corn maze, and farm animal area, children’s activities, live music, one free hot drink, wagon rides to and from the Pumpkin Patch, and more. Festival hours are Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For the original story, click here.

  • Women Entrepreneurs Organization meets Oct. 21

    2015OctWEOhomeThe Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington will present Vicki Norris of as the keynote speaker at the October meeting. Norris will share the areas needed to be addressed in any business to increase order, credibility, and profits. Spotlight speakers are Jodell Hinojosa, Jo Foody Catering, LLC and Jayme Hayward, Skincare by Jayme. The monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at Heathman Lodge.  Advance registration is $44.50 for members; $49.50 for visitors, and includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. To learn more and to register, visit

  • Patron tour to feature Marshall, Walnut Grove Elementary Schools Oct. 30

    School BusOn Friday, Oct. 30Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his first patron tour of the 2015-2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Marshall and Walnut Grove elementary schools. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Afterward, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and a delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $4 per person. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. To sign up, call Sue Knable at 360-313-4720 or email Click here for the full story.

  • Clark County health officer encourages flu shots

    imagesFlu vaccine is widely available in Clark County, and health officials are recommending everyone six months and older get vaccinated soon. Flu kills more people in the U.S. than any other vaccine-preventable disease. Although it is not possible to predict with certainty whether this year’s vaccine will be a good match for circulating flu viruses, the majority of viruses circulating worldwide in the past few months are similar to the vaccine strains. Even in years when the vaccine is not well-matched, flu shots are the best method to prevent flu-related illness and missed days at school or work. To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy. You also can find vaccination sites online at If you don’t have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at 360-852-9070 or the Vancouver Free Clinic at 360-313-1390 to make an appointment for a low-cost flu shot.

  • Cash Back Day at Beaches Restaurants benefits local libraries Oct. 13

    12079677_10153703151367495_4200484794336905164_nBoth Beaches Restaurants locations will host a 50% Cash Back Day on Tuesday, Oct. 13. For every customer that mentions the “Library,” “FVRL Foundation,” or “Library Foundation” to their server while ordering, Beaches will donate an amount equal to 50% of that guest’s total check back to FVRL Foundation to help support reading and outreach programs at FVRL libraries. As an extra incentive for this event, guests can hand the server a special entry form to be entered into a drawing to win dinner for two at Beaches and a certificate for a one-night stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Vancouver. Find the full article, here.

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler seeks help to honor veterans in Southwest Washington

    honoring_vetsFor the third year in a row, Jaime Herrera Beutler has announced that she will be sharing the stories of Southwest Washington’s veteran heroes on her website again this November. If you are a resident who served in the military or you know someone who did, Herrera Beutler invites you to submit photos and stories from time in the service. She will be posting these stories and photos on Facebook here and at throughout the month of November. Send stories and photos by email to: Click here for the original story.

  • Democratic Debate Watch Party in Vancouver Oct. 13

    UnknownThe first Democratic Debate hosted by CNN will take place in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, Oct. 13. A viewing party hosted by local Bernie Sanders supporters will be held at the ILWU Local 4 Union Hall at 1205 Ingalls St., Vancouver. The party starts at 6 p.m. Information will be available for anyone wanting to learn more about Sanders’ record and platform. For more information and to register to attend, visit

  • WSU Vancouver’s fall Chancellor’s Seminar Series focusses on sleep Oct. 9

    eupdate-sleepFind out what you don’t know about sleep at Washington State University Vancouver‘s Chancellor’s Seminar Series, “Sleep Matters: How Sleep Affects Learning, Decision-Making and Health from Adolescence to Adulthood.” The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Sleep experts Gregory Belenky and Catherine Darley will take turns at the podium. Tickets are $25 and include lunch, lecture and parking. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the ad in the right column or call 360-546-9589. For the full story, click here.

  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce launches new networking event Oct. 13

    1226On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will host a new networking event from 5 to 7 p.m., at WooBox, 810 Main St., 2nd floor. “Industries Quarterly” is designed to focus on one sector at a time. The first event is dedicated to the Digital Technology industry. Everyone involved within the industry, as well as those that play a supporting role, are encouraged to attend. The featured guest list includes State Senator Annette Cleveland, who serves on the Energy, Environment and Technology Committee, and Sandra Towne, Digital Technology IPZ Administrator for the City of Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • Fall Harvest Tea Oct. 10

    TeaInviteGraphic All are welcome to a Fall Harvest Tea this Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Red Cross Community Room in Fort Vancouver. The event will feature live music, historic re-enactors, both sweet and savory treats, and a selection of Harney & Son’s Fine Teas. Reservations are required and can be made for the 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. seating time. The cost is $35 per person. The Red Cross Community Room is located at 605 Barnes Rd. Space is limited so reserve a spot today by purchasing tickets online here. For questions, contact Natalie Hantho at 360-992-1808 or

  • Columbia River Mental Health unveils new clinic with open house reception Oct. 8

    12038084_990352041016582_1224928384087132437_nCommunity members are invited to attend an Open House Reception this, Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., for the new Columbia River Mental Health Service (CRMHS) clinic located at 9105 Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell. The event will provide light refreshments and is free and open to all community members. Guests will be able to take tours of the clinic, meet clinical and support staff, and learn about offered services.For more information, visit Click here for the full story.

  • Sarah Webb reads at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Oct. 8

    UnknownThis month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at Angst Gallery. Featured guest reader is Sarah Webb. A former Vancouverite, Webb now lives in the Texas Hill Country with her hound dog Rex, and reads frequently in Oklahoma and Texas. Her poetry collection Black (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award and the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award. She served as Poetry Editor for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s interdisciplinary journal Crosstimbers for many years, and is presently a member of the editorial committee for All Roads Will Lead You Home and a co-editor of Just This, a magazine of the Zen arts. Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic nights are hosted monthly by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. For further details, click here.

  • Candidate Forum tonight

    20150955e9b398058ceThe Neighborhood Associations of Clark County Association will host a Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Community of Christ meeting room, 400 NE 179th St. near the fairgrounds in Ridgefield. The following candidates have accepted an invitation:

    • County Chair: Marc Boldt (Nonpartisan) and Mark Dalesandro (Democrat)
    •  County Council District 2: Chuck Green (Democrat) and Julie Olson (Republican)

    NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or

  • Annual Apple Festival Oct. 11

    imagesRiverside Christian School is hosting its 25th annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on its campus at 463 N Shepherd Rd. in Washougal. There’s no admission fee, but there will be plenty of autumn delights to purchase including baked goods, and Honeycrisp apples available by the pound. Visitors can enjoy games, pony rides, a cake walk, confetti eggs, a pie eating contest and even bunnies for sale. Thirty different vendors will be on site selling everything from local arts and crafts to vegetarian burgers, nachos, and fresh apple dumplings with ice cream.

  • Nonprofit Network of SW Washington hosts Board Connects+ Oct. 14

    istock_green_handsThe Nonprofit Network of SW Washington is hosting Board Connect +Wednesday, Oct. 14In a social atmosphere like speed dating, representatives from eight to 12 Clark County nonprofits will be available for an introductory conversation with individuals looking to learn about organizations in which they may like to share their talents by serving on a nonprofit board, committee, or special project while also giving back to our community. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Cellar 55, 1812 Washington St. Attendance costs $15 and covers registration and appetizers. Click here for the full story.