Share launches new “Seats & Feets” underwear and sock drive

by DIwpBacon on October 6, 2015

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Share has launched a new ‘Seats & Feets’ underwear and sock drive. All donations will be given to clients of Share’s Outreach program, which provides services to individuals living on the streets, as well as to clients currently in Share’s shelters.

“At Share, we pride ourselves on responding to the needs of our clients. And one need that is ever present, throughout each year, is the need for new underwear,” says Diane McWithey, executive director. “So, we have revamped our ‘Operation Sole Mates’ Sock Drive to introduce our new ‘Seats & Feets’ Underwear & Sock Drive.”

The donation drive will be held throughout the month of October. Share is asking for new underwear (all sizes) and athletic-style socks for men, women and children. Socks and underwear can be donated at any Share shelter ( for locations) or the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Rd. (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Financial donations to support the drive can also be made online at








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

by DIwpBacon on October 6, 2015


Both 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.

Every purchase helps support reading and lifelong learning programs—including appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and every type of drink Beaches serves, and even purchases made in the bar during Beaches’ award-winning Happy Hour (as long as you mention “FVRL Foundation” or “Library Foundation” to your server or bartender.)

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. This entry form is available on event flyers or at Reservations are recommended and can be made here, or by calling either Beaches location at 360-699-1592 or 503-335-8385.


Jaime Herrera Beutler seeks help to honor veterans in Southwest Washington


130604_jaime_herrera_beutler_660For 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.

“Our military service members and veterans have sacrificed so much for our security and freedom,” says Herrera Beutler. “As a Member of Congress, it is my duty to serve these brave men and woman by not only making sure our nation supports them as promised, but that we remember their stories and all they have done for us. Please help me honor our individual veterans by allowing me to share their stories, pictures and memories once again.”

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: or by mail to: O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Ste. B, Vancouver, WA 98661. Include a short description of branch, title, and assignment for photos. Also, make sure  permission has been granted to share photos and stories before sending.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol receives recognition awards


From left: Sheriff Chuck Atkins, Deputy Kevin Gadaire, and Deputy Todd Baker.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was selected as 2015 Marine Law Enforcement Program of the year at the annual Washington State Marine Law Enforcement Conference, held in Tacoma last month. The Sheriff’s Office operates a full-time year round marine unit patrolling 44 miles of Columbia River, Yale and Merwin reservoirs and approximately 25 miles of smaller rivers and lakes; all popular boating and water sport destinations that attract water enthusiasts from around the Pacific Northwest.

The marine unit is a regional service provider and the sole response agency for patrol and emergency response on all Clark County waters. The marine unit is very active with marine education, enforcement and safety issues partnering with USCG, US Power Squadron, Auxiliary and other child safety advocates to provide water safety programs to the boating public.

Additionally, Lead Marine Deputy, Deputy Sheriff Todd Baker, was selected by Washington State Parks and Recreation as 2015 Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his work in boating and water safety education to the public, and as a senior instructor at the Basic Marine Law Enforcement Academy. Deputy Baker was also presented with the 2015 Award of Merit for his contributions to boating and water safety education at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit held in Destin, Florida earlier this year.


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News Briefs

  • 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

  • Woodland Police Chief holds community forum Oct. 7

    crochetWoodland Chief of Police Phil Crochet will host a community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. Agenda topics will include crime statistics and information about drug usage in Woodland as compared to other area communities. Chief Crochet will also answer questions from the audience on any department related topic. The free, public forum will be held at the new Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Rd.

  • Free Clinic of SW Washington welcomes new board member

    thumb_Victoria_King_newest_Free_Clinic_board_memberThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington welcomes Victoria King to its board of directors. King is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for PeaceHealth, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced, holds masters’ degrees in healthcare administration and nursing, and is a co-founder of the Global Nursing Conference. She is known for creating strong and enduring nursing collaboration with physicians, patients and the community. King served on a free clinic board in Woodlands, Texas for two years and also served on a YMCA board in Phoenix, AZ for two years. For more information about the Free Clinic, visit

  • Junk Bonanza at the Clark County Event Center Oct. 9 through 11

    Junk-Bonanza-5The Junk Bonanza, for 10 years a must-shop market destination for serious vintage lovers, will come to the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield this weekend for its second-ever expansion outside of Minnesota. Merchandise is predominantly 40 years old or older, or created using items of that age. Juried vendors offer an amazing trove of furniture, decor, jewelry, textiles and apparel; each chosen specifically for their quality and mix. The event runs Friday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 11. General admission is $10 per day and can be purchased at the door with cash only. ATMs available on site. Order online at Parking is $6 per day.

  • 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.

  • Giving Portland-Vancouver 4 million smiles during Positive Attitude Month

    12087853_479338685577299_2861173105020636222_oIn conjunction with World Smile Day, held annually on October 2The Joy Team is launching a four-week campaign for happiness that seeks to bring four million smiles to Portland and Vancouver, and leave someone $1,000 richer. The rally began last Friday, and runs through October 25, during Positive Attitude Month. There are 19 messages altogether: 16 in Portland and three in Vancouver. To participate, interested parties can go to each sign, take a selfie with the message and post them on, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ThinkHappyRally. 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 next 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 Oct. 8

    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

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  • Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Bart Hansen Oct. 7

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    Vancouver voters are welcome to attend an Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Bart Hansen on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Brickstone Ballroom, 105 W Evergreen Blvd. Hansen is running to retain his seat on the Vancouver City Council. Food will be provided by Mill Creek Pub. Guests will enjoy Basel Cellars Wines, beer from Mt. Tabor Brewing, and live entertainment from Lou & Lily. A suggested donation is $25. For more information about Hanson’s campaign, visit

  • Camas School District offers free health screenings Oct. 7

    images-1Camas School District is offering free screenings on Wednesday, Oct. 7, for children ages birth to 21 who reside in the Camas School District. The screenings test children in hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development, and last about an hour. For an appointment, call 360-335-3000, ext. 77174.

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

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  • Re-Imagined Radio Project presents two classic radio dramas Oct. 7

    Fall-of-the-City-RUR-WebshotA live performance of the radio dramas R.U.R. and The Fall of the City will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Kiggins Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. The combined shows will be performed by the Willamette Radio Workshop as part of the Re-Imagined Radio project at WSU Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • Commission on Aging offers presentation on hOur IMPACT Oct. 7

    hOur-IMPACT-Time-BankingA time-banking program that allows community members to exchange skills and services without money changing hands will be the topic of a presentation early next month in Washougal. The program, called hOur IMPACT, was launched earlier this year by the Commission on Aging and Human Services Council. A free, public presentation about the program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Columbia Ridge Senior Living, 2300 W Ninth St. in Washougal. Appetizers and beverages are provided. RSVP’s are requested to: Ashima Ram at 360-335-1238 or by Monday, Oct. 5. For more information, visit