Volunteers needed for “Walk for Water” event Mar. 22
To better recognize and inform about the vital role water plays in sustaining life and community, the Water Resources Education Center will host “Walk For Water”, a new event held in March in conjunction with World Water Day. Volunteers are needed Saturday, Mar. 22 between 9 a.m. to noon. Interested parties can assist walkers as they use the crosswalks, rove on bikes to check with people participating in the 5K event, or help to move water from the river to the center of the event. For more information, and to sign up to volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-487-8344.
Mark Reiselman joins HDJ Design Group, PLLC
HDJ Design Group, PLLC, has announced that Mark Reiselman has recently joined the staff at in the Tri-Cities Office as a civil engineering designer. Coming to HDJ from a local firm in the Tri-Cities, Reiselman brings over 15 years of multi-disciplined design and drafting experience. He has specialized in work with local agencies that included housing developments, work with Hanford, and both commercial and educational facilities. HDJ Design Group, PLLC, is an engineering, planning, land survey and landscape architecture firm headquartered in Vancouver with offices in Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. For more information, visit www.hdjdesigngroup.com.
Josh Hoesly a National Merit Scholarship finalist at Seton Catholic Prep
After only five years, Seton Catholic College Preparatory High School has produced its second National Merit Scholarship Finalist, and one of only ten finalists in Vancouver and Camas. Senior Josh Hoesly, with a 3.7 G.P.A., has placed 2nd in materials science at the Camas Invitational Science Olympiad and has been a member of both football and track and field. The National Merit Scholarship begins with approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the nation who take the PSAT/NMSQT tests. The pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. For more information about Seton Catholic Prep, visit www.setonhigh.org.
Author Ian Doescher to visit Shahala Middle School
Students at Shahala Middle School get a special treat Thursday, Mar. 13, when Ian Doescher, author of the popular William Shakespeare’s Star Wars makes a visit. Doescher will talk to students about his current New York Times best-seller and the upcoming sequel: The Empire Striketh Back! Students, parents, and staff from Shahala Middle School and Union High School are invited to attend. Copies of Doescher’s books will be available for purchase, or previously purchased copies can be brought in for the author to sign. Two sessions have been arranged to accommodate more guests: 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. This event is part of the Shahala Middle School library’s month-long focus on science fiction and fantasy. For more information about Doescher, visit www.iandoescher.com. Shahala Middle School is located at 601 SE 192nd Ave. in Vancouver.
Clark College presents two concerts, this evening and Mar. 14
The Clark College Music Department presents two spring concerts this week. “Strings Attached” is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and “Brits & Pieces” will be performed Friday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. Both concerts will be held at Royal Durst Theatre, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, 3101 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The performances are free, but donations are welcome at the door. For the original article, click here.
LCC hosts a free information evening Mar. 18, RSVP by this Friday
Leadership Clark County (LCC) will host a free information meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 18 for candidates interested in learning more about the community leadership program and applying to enter the Class of 2015. At the free session, candidates can ask questions and hear from alumni about their experiences. The event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Clark Public Utilities, Community Room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way. Applications from candidates interested in joining the Class of 2015 are due by April 30. RSVP by Friday, Mar. 14 to email@example.com or 360-567-1085. For the full article, click here.
Vancouver senior programs receive $33,325 in funding
The Parks Foundation has announced the distribution of $33,325 in support of senior programs offered by Vancouver Parks and Recreation at the Rudy Luepke Senior Center. The funds were received through the Theodore A. Barney Fund, a charitable fund administered by the Community Foundation for SW Washington. The adjacent facilities are located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. The funds will support senior enrichment and 50+ Travel programs, special events, and aquatics and fitness programs for seniors at the Marshall/Luepke Community Center. For more information, contact Sherry Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-487-8370.
County Courthouse now listed on Washington Heritage Register
The state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation last week added the Clark County Courthouse to the Washington Heritage Register. In a letter to the county’s historic preservation officer, the state historic preservation department also said it has nominated the courthouse for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Local architect Day Walter Hilborn designed the five-story courthouse in the Art Deco/Art Moderne style popular for public construction projects in the New Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s. For the original story, click here.
“Party for Prosperity” at Loowit Brewing this Saturday
Loowit Brewing will host a “Party for Prosperity” from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Mar. 15. The brewery is teaming up with the Mill Plain Whole Foods to raise funds for the Whole Planet Foundation. Local band Elder Crow will perform. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Whole Planet Foundation’s mission is poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products. So far, the foundation has provided microloans to over 330,000 women entrepreneurs in 59 countries. Loowit Brewing is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit www.loowitbrewing.com.
Kimsey’s 14th annual “Pre-St. Paddy’s Day” fundraiser this Thursday
Committee to Re-Elect Greg Kimsey hosts 14th annual “Pre-St. Paddy’s Day” fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., this Thursday, Mar. 13, at Club Green Meadows, 7703 NE 72nd Ave. Everyone is welcome, including children. There is a suggested minimum contribution of $20. Kimsey, the auditor for Clark County, will announce his plans to be re-elected this year. Entertainment will be provided by Molly Malone Irish Step Dancers, with performances at 6 and 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. Following the Irish step dancers’ second performance, children will be invited to join them on the stage to participate in a ce’ili, or group dance. For more information and to RSVP, call 521-6685, or e-mail email@example.com.
SWWDC seeks proposals for IT support services, due Mar. 28
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), and nConnect, all co-located at 805 Broadway, Ste. 412 in Vancouver, are soliciting proposals to provide IT maintenance and support for all staff and ancillary workstations, the firewall, the business network server, and the Exchange server, including regular workstation support, 24X7 monitoring, Microsoft patch management and updates, preventative maintenance, anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware management and updates, backup system monitoring and/or management, and hardware/software asset inventory and management. View the complete Request for Proposals at www.swwdc.org. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals are due Friday, March 28, by 5 p.m. No phone calls or drop-ins.
Blues Brothers Karaoke Contest to benefit Children’s Center; auditions Mar. 12 & 19
The Blues Brothers Karaoke Contest is a unique fundraising competition to determine who will join the “Blues Brothers” team of Bill Roller and Jim West on stage to sing Everybody Needs Somebody to Love on May 31 at the Children’s Center‘s annual fundraiser Glamorous Gams². The Blues Brothers team is one of nine teams of community leaders participating in the event. There will be two preliminary auditions on Wednesday, Mar. 12 and Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 7 p.m., with three finalists selected at each. All six finalists will compete at 7 p.m. on March 26 to determine the grand prize winner. For the contest rules, click here. To learn more about the competition and the Glamorous Gams² event, visit www.thechildrenscenter.org.
Three finalists selected for Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent position; community forum Mar. 15
Battle Ground Public Schools‘ Board of Directors narrowed down the search for a new superintendent from six semi-finalists to three finalists after a daylong set of interviews last weekend. The finalists for the position are: Dr. Theodore Feller, executive director of secondary education, Evergreen Public Schools; George (Mark) Hottowe, superintendent, Ocean Beach School District; Dr. Mike Stromme, associate superintendent of teaching and learning, Vancouver School District. Community members, parents, students, and staff are invited to meet the finalists and participate in a community forum on Saturday, Mar. 15 at Chief Umtuch Middle School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.battlegroundps.org or call Julie Backous at 360-885-5360.
Dragon Art Studio presents Chinese Puppet Theatre this Friday
Quan Ren, in partnership with Northwest Heritage Resources, will present a performance by traditional Chinese rod puppet theatre, Dragon Art Studio, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 14. The show will take place at the Franklin Elementary School Gymnasium, 5206 Franklin St., Vancouver. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children. No advance ticket sales. The performance is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call Quan Ren at 360-818-4647 or visit www.northwestheritageresources.org. For the original article, click here.
Professional Writers Series at WSUV: Peter Rock “The Novel as Human” Mar. 12
The Professional Writers Series
continues with Peter Rock
at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 12
at WSU Vancouver
. Rock will discuss “The Novel as Human.” Rock’s fiction focuses on characters on the fringes of society. The Professional Writers Series brings six Pacific Northwest award-winning writers from a variety of genres to WSU Vancouver to speak about the trajectory of their careers, their successes and challenges. The series is designed to provide insights into the writing process and the ways authors interact both creatively and commercially with other writers, editors, publishers and designers. For more information, visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu.
#nextchapter hosts free movie and discussion at Kiggin’s Theatre: “The Social Network” Mar. 13
Join the #nextchapter program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 13 at Kiggins Theatre to watch The Social Network. Participants will then have a discussion about the film and this year’s theme; “Digital Learning.” This is one of many activities brought to Vancouver by #nextchapter (“hash next chapter”): Vancouver’s annual community-wide discussion of compelling cultural trends in the emerging digital economy. This free reading, conversation and educational program is designed to stimulate learning, innovation and opportunities. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/hashnextchapter or http://hashnextchapter.com/.
Tickets still available for the “Lucky Shamrock” fundraiser for ROCKSOLID Mar. 15
The community is invited to the “Lucky Shamrock” fundraiser for ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center, Saturday, Mar. 15, at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St. Tickets are $40 per person. The evening begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. The event includes entertainment, games, raffle, and dinner provided by Mill Creek Pub. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.rocksolid-teen.com. For the full article, click here.
Troubleshooting workshop for small businesses Mar. 13
Patricia Zamboni Coash, owner of Aushi Mizani (a professional productivity company) will host a Business Brainstorming event at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 13 at Southwest Washington Surplus, 2519 NE Fourth Plain Way in Vancouver. Coash wants to bring local business owners and managers together for focused and creative collaboration; resulting in a brainstorm session that aims to solve local business issues. Topics range from employee productivity to marketing and cash flow problems. The event is free and open to the public. Interested parties can register by emailing email@example.com.