Riverview Community Bank presents ‘Springtime in Paris’ Apr. 25

by DIwpBacon on January 28, 2015


Riverview Community Banks presents ‘Springtime in Paris,’ Share’s annual gala, on Saturday, Apr. 25, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., at Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Tickets are now available for purchase at early bird prices: $130 per couple of $650 for a table of 10; early bird ticket prices are available until Monday, Feb. 16. The Gala features dinner, casino-style gaming and both silent and live auctions.

A featured item in the live auction is a new, five-foot, Kawai Grand Piano, Model GM-10K, in French Mahogany with matching bench. The piano has a list price of $17,195. It comes with a 10 year (transferable) warranty on all parts and labor, free delivery and tuning. Those unable to attend the auction may still bid on this item via proxy; contact Kim Hash at devdir@sharevancouver.org or 360-952-8227. The silent auction will include 60+ items including gift baskets, trip packages and gift certificates. A comprehensive list of live and silent auction items will be available at www.sharevancouver.org in March.

Event tickets can be purchased on-line at www.sharevancouver.org. Sponsor packages are still available for $7,500, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 and $500; table sponsorships are $1,500. For sponsorship package details or to donate auction items, contact Hash at 360-952-8227 or devdir@sharevancouver.org.



CCHM launches new exhibit, public celebration Jan. 31

by DIwpBacon on January 28, 2015

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The Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will unveil its newest exhibit, The Northwest’s Own Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway this weekend. The permanent interpretive display will be housed at Vancouver’s 1909 Train Depot (Amtrak Station), and was generously supported by grants from the Transportation Enhancement Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the BNSF Railway Foundation.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., by CCHM Executive Director Katie Anderson, Vancouver City Council Member Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a BNSF representative, retired SP&S engineer Harry Hendricks, exhibit designer Ed Austin, and Duane Cramer from the SP&S Historical Society. After the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to share train related photos and memories. The public is encouraged to bring photographs and memories relating to the SP&S or other Clark County railroad history.

Families, travelers, train enthusiasts, and more will marvel at how Clark County was transformed by the railroads over the past 200 years. From the dawn of the steam engine to how trains are the backbone of modern society, this slice of homegrown history is free to the public with plenty of parking. For more information and questions, email cchm@cchmuseum.org or call 360-993-5679.

Kids invited to Valentine’s Day overnight at Oregon Zoo Feb. 14

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Photo by Kathy Street, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

While parents enjoy an evening of Valentine’s Day romance, their kids can experience the nighttime wonders of the Oregon Zoo during its annual “I Love the Zoo” overnight. The camp, for kids ages seven through 13, runs from 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, and features guided tours, animal visitors and a chance to go behind the scenes.

“Many kids today feel disconnected from wildlife and nature,” says Grant Spickelmier, the zoo’s education curator. “And what better time than Valentine’s Day to open your heart to the natural world?”

Campers should bring a sleeping bag, pajamas and their sense of adventure. Cost is $48, which includes dinner, an evening snack and continental breakfast. To register or for more information, visit www.oregonzoo.org/events/i-love-zoo-overnight>.

Public invited to two free Vancouver TreeTalk workshops this week

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When Pacific Northwest weather brings rains and winds, concerns and questions about the condition and safety of large trees rise. Careful understanding and management of trees in advance can help create a safer environment, reduce liability and ease those concerns. Vancouver Urban Forestry will offer two TreeTalk Workshops this month to address these issues.

A free TreeTalk Workshop on how to recognize and manage hazardous trees takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. Then, learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at another workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Fishers Creek Neighborhood.

Participants on Saturday should dress for the weather and bring their own gloves and if possible, bypass hand pruners. Certified arborists can receive 2.5 hours of ISA CEUs for participating and assisting small groups. To ensure a place at either or both events, register by calling 360-487-8308 or emailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Columbia Credit Union welcomes Justin Greene as Home Loan Officer


Justin Greene. Photo courtesy of Columbia Credit Union.

Columbia Credit Union has hired Justin Greene as Home Loan Officer. As part of the credit union’s mortgage team, Greene will have responsibility for assisting members through the mortgage process, generating leads, and ensuring department compliance with regulations and policies. He will serve members at the Downtown, Hazel Dell and Grand Central branches.

“Justin brings a strong background of lending sales and service to our team,” says Columbia Credit Union Vice President of Lending Sales, Doug Davis. “He brings nearly 10 years of mortgage experience and has led a successful career in financial sales and service. Members will appreciate his experience.”

Greene previously served as an assistant vice president/senior loan officer for a Washington bank, successfully generating over $12 million in new business in 2013. He has also held loan officer, credit manager and loan consultant roles for other financial institutions. For more information about Columbia Credit Union, visit www.columbiacu.org.





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News Briefs

  • Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation receives $15,000 in donations from local businesses

    RSD-Brian-Knight_Tim-Shell_Paul-Lewis_Dr-Nathan-McCannThe Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation (RPSF) received a $10,000 donation from LSW Architects and a $5,000 donation from WRK Engineers, both Vancouver-based organizations, in a small ceremony at the district office on Tuesday morning. The donations will help the foundation continue its mission of providing support to teachers, students and classrooms throughout Ridgefield School District. Both companies gave their donations in the district office with Superintendent Nathan McCann, Paul Lewis and Tim Shell, President and Secretary of the RPSF, respectively, in attendance. “These moments demonstrate the vibrancy and vitality of the Ridgefield community,” says Dr. McCann. “These two companies stand as examples of corporate models, giving back to public institutions to encourage good work and increase student learning.” For more information, visit www.ridgefieldpsf.org.

  • PeaceHealth Southwest offers nation’s No. 2 rated diet

    A weight loss program offered by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has been ranked the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2015. The program, created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR), focuses on integrating diet, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. PeaceHealth Southwest’s HMR program, Weight Loss for Life, provides healthy, flavorful meals that assist dieters in shedding pounds. However, just as important are the group meetings that are a requirement of the program. To learn more about the Weight Loss for Life program, call 360-514-2500, or visit www.peacehealth.org/southwest/services/weight-management/wlfl. Read more about HMR’s inclusion in the Best Diets ranking here.

  • Volunteers sought for Marshall Father Daughter Dance Feb. 6 and 7

    Volunteers are needed for the annual Father Daughter Dance Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Six volunteers are needed at each event. Help is needed to sign in guests, serve refreshments, help with crafts, and face painting. The dances will be at the Marshall Community Center and the Firstenburg Community center. To RSVP, click here. For questions, contact Johnie Tucker at 360-487-7096 or johnie.tucker@cityofvancouver.us.

  • RTC board meets Feb. 3

    Unknown-1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the 6th floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at meetings@rtc.wa.gov or visit www.rtc.wa.gov and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • Federal funds to improve access to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

    CraneswithTextUp to $3 million in federal funds will be used to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Last summer, Clark County and the city of Ridgefield jointly applied for funding to improve NW Main Ave., from 300 feet inside the city limits north to the wildlife refuge headquarters at 28908 NW Main Ave. The project is expected to cost $3.7 million to design and build. For the full story, click here.

  • “Calendar Girls” premiers Feb. 13 at Magenta Theater

    8x11 - no promoTickets are now on sale for Calendar Girls at Magenta Theater. After Annie’s husband John succumbs to leukemia, she and a friend resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They persuade some fellow Women’s Institute friends to pose nude with them for an “alternative calendar.” News of the charitable venture spreads like wildfire, bringing hoards of press to the small town. Advance tickets are $15 to $18. The show premiers Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Saturday, Mar. 7. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.magentatheater.com.

  • Veterans Appreciation Ball and Charity Fundraiser Feb 7

    d08cc18c99662516a2196fc99b877c56x.jpgThe community is invited to a Veterans Appreciation Ball and Charity Fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Smith-Reynolds Post # 14. Semi-formal dress is suggested and uniforms are encouraged. Early bird pricing for tickets is $25. A social mingle will start at 5 p.m. followed by ceremonies and dinner. Various veteran-related organizations will have informational booths to answer questions about their services. After dinner, the DJ will “strike up the band” for some dancing. Guests can expect a raffle a variety of prizes. For more information, find the event on Facebook, here or call 360-696-2579. Click here for the full article.

  • Laura Boldt announces retirement from Hathaway Elementary

    Laura_Bolt_and__Alexis_McKees_3rd_grade_class.JPGLaura BoltHathaway Elementary School principal, has announced her retirement effective at the end of the current 2014-15 school year. Bolt has been with the Washougal School District since 2003, hired as Hathaway’s principal, a capstone to her 42-year career in elementary education. Bolt brought to Washougal more than 29 years of experience as a teacher and instructional leader having taught for the Tahoma, Battle Ground, and Vancouver School Districts. Bolt also taught at a private parochial school, Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver, for one year.

  • Battle Ground Chamber’s general meeting Feb. 5, register today

    2063All are invited to join the Battle Ground Chamber for its February General Meeting at The Cedars on Salmon Creek Thursday, Feb. 5. Interested parties can register at the door, but are requested to pre-register by today, Jan. 28. Registration is $17 for pre-registered members, $20 for non-members and at the door. Guest speakers Karla Obester and Lori Ryf from the Washington State Department of Revenue will present “How To Prepare For Your Audit.” Networking begins at 11 a.m. and the buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. For further details and to register, visit www.battlegroundchamber.org and find the event in the “Calendar of Events.”

  • Book release party at Vintage Books Jan. 31

    Photo of the cover of "The Devil's Tombstone" bookLocal author Carolyn J. Rose will be at Vintage Books for a book release celebration Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn’t for Sissies series. The release party is for The Devil’s Tombstone, third in the Catskill Mountains mysteries. The series includes: Through a Yellow Wood, and Hemlock Lake. Rose is also the author of  An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and five novels written with her husband, Mike Nettleton. The event features light refreshments and readings by the author. Vintage books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. For more information, check the event calendar at www.vintage-books.com.

  • “Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile)” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

    well-arts-promo-e1421356466426Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile) written and performed by youth from p:ear–portland area street kids, youth on the edge, transitional youth– will give audiences a glimpse into their world as they reveal the issues closest to their hearts through poetry, song, and comedy. Performances take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at p:ear, 338 NW Sixth Ave. in Portland. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors, students and children under 18. For further details and to buy tickets, visit www.wellarts.org. Click here for the full story.

  • WSU Vancouver offers free leadership conference for high school and college students Feb. 7

    osi-home-cougar-leadershipWSU Vancouver will host a free Cougar Leadership Program Conference for high school juniors and seniors, and college students from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Students must register at vancouver.wsu.edu/osi by noon on Monday, Feb. 2. Local business leaders and WSU Vancouver alumni, staff and faculty will lead workshops that will develop new or build upon existing leadership skills. Lunch will be provided. For more information, click here.

  • BGHS Drama Club premieres “Crimes of the Heart” Feb. 5

    crimesBattle Ground High School Drama Club‘s winter production of the play Crimes of the Heart opens Thursday, Feb. 5. Crimes of the Heart is a dark comedy that follows the lives of three sisters in the mid-1970s. The play runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 5 through Feb. 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, in the office, or online at www.payments@battlegroundps.org. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens, $10 for the general public.

  • Clearwater Springs presents “Wild Horses of the Yakama Indian Nation” Jan. 29

    horsesClearwater Springs Assisted Living invites the community to a free presentation: “Wild horses of the Yakima Nation” by guest lecturer Teresa Hovland on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. When first introduced to the Native Americans, the horse became a coveted commodity. Now more than 15,000 wild horses roam the million acre reservation near Yakima, Wash. From their humble beginnings to their current situation, Hovland will share their history and possibilities for the future. Clearwater Springs is located at 201 NW 78th St. in Vancouver. For more information and to RSVP, call 360-546-3344.

  • “Super-Tax Saturday” event Jan. 31

    TaxesVancouver’s Community Housing Resource Center is officially kicking of the 2015 tax season with “Super-Tax Saturday,” this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at 103 E. 29th St. in Vancouver. This free, public event seeks to increase awareness of free tax assistance and preparation for low and moderate-income tax payers. The AARP Tax-Aide Program will be available to assist in preparing basic forms for personal tax returns, so participants are encouraged to bring W-2s. In addition, representatives will be on hand to explain additional programs and services available in Southwest Washington, such as 2-1-1 Info, Metropolitan Family Services, Share, Clark County Food Bank and Northwest Justice Project. For more information about Tax-Aide sites open this season, call 360-690-4496 ext. 105 or visit aarp.org/taxaide.

  • 53rd annual Clark College Jazz Festival Jan 29 – 31

    Page 1The 53rd Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and SaturdayJan. 29 through 31, at Clark College. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition. Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. For the full schedule, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/jazz_festival/index.php. Read the full article here.

  • Revival Energy Group selected by Clean Energy Works as first contractor in Clark County

    lsThe Northwest’s largest non-profit home performance provider, Clean Energy Works, has announced that Revival Energy Group will be the first local contractor to deliver the organization’s unique “one-stop shop” for upgrades to homeowners across Southwest Washington. Clark County customers will receive an introductory offer of $250 applied toward a completed home performance project, that begins with a free 100 Point Performance Check. Apply by Saturday, Jan. 31 with promo code CEREG250 at www.cewo.org/clark. For more information about Revival Energy Group, visit www.revivalenergygroup.com. Read the full article here.

  • Still time to register for Clark Public Utilities’ Race for Warmth Feb. 8

    2015 Daily insider CS.inddJoin Clark Public Utilities for the inaugural Race for Warmth on Sunday, Feb. 8, to support Operation Warm Heart. Entry fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt, goody bag, snacks and entry into prize drawings. Pre-registration is available through Friday, Feb. 7. Day of race registration will be available for $40, but a t-shirt will not be guaranteed. Participants can pick up packets in the Community Room at Clark Public Utilities on Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, click here. For the full story, click here.