Camas First Friday: Plein Air in the Heart of Camas Sept. 4

by DIwpBacon on September 3, 2015

Artist Paul Solevad. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association.

Plein Air is the French tradition where artists paint the landscape outside in the open air. On First Friday in downtown Camas this Friday, Sept. 4, artists will line Fourth Ave. from Adams to Dallas Streets, to “paint the town.” The community is invited to stroll along Fourth Ave. and watch the artists’ craft anytime on Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The finished pieces will then be on display at Camas Gallery, 408 NE Fourth St. that evening. Visitors can vote for their favorite, before the pieces are auctioned off to benefit the Camas Washougal Mural Project.

Additionally, the evening features a kid’s art craft and coloring area, selfie photo booth, live music and a special attraction presented by Elida Field’s Art. Receive a free prize ticket for every $10 you spend in downtown. September’s First Friday is presented by the Camas Downtown Association and is sponsored by Camas Gallery. For more information, call 360-817-2415, or stop by Camas Gallery.








Hands Across the Bridge and Oxfest Sept. 7

by DIwpBacon on September 3, 2015


The community is invited to the annual Hands Across the Bridge and Oxfest Celebration on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Beginning at 10 a.m. on the I-5 Bridge and culminating in Esther Short Park, the combined events celebrate recovery from alcohol and drugs.

Hands Across the Bridge started twelve years ago when two women in recovery read an article about National Recovery Month (September) and realized people all over the United States were celebrating their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Patty Katz and Louise Wedge with support of the community, celebrated their own success stories by standing on the bridge at daybreak. Over the years the event grew to more than 2500 people joining hands.

After the ceremony, around noon, participants can travel to Esther Short park to the Oxfest Celebration. Oxfest is a free event featuring live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. The festival is sponsored by Oxford House, a non-profit organization that helps individuals with addiction in Oregon and Washington. For further details, visit

#VancouverVolunTEEN kicks off Sept. 10

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The City of Vancouver and Clark County Parks will kick off a new season of #VancouverVolunTEEN volunteer projects next Thursday, Sept. 10. The program is designed specifically for youth age 14 through 19. #VancouverVolunTEEN seeks to inspire teenagers in Clark County to give back to their community, earn volunteer requirements for graduation and meet new people.

Volunteer events are held most Thursdays, September through May, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at different locations each week. The first #VancouverVolunTEEN event next Thursday, will take place at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Volunteers can RSVP in advance online at, or they can just show up on the day of the event.

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Youth under age 18 must bring either a completed City of Vancouver or Clark County minor consent form to the event, depending on the event location. More information and links to both forms are available on the City’s website at

A list of all the upcoming volunteer dates and locations are available at Updates and reminders also will be posted on Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Facebook (/vanparksrec) and Twitter (@GoPlayVancouver) pages under the hashtag #VancouverVolunTEEN.

Pooch Plunge and Bark in the Park Sept. 6


The third annual Pooch Plunge at Marshall Community Center Pool will partner with DogPaw for a full day of pooch friendly activities including doggie swims and a canine carnival this Sunday, Sept. 6. Dogs can enjoy one of five one-hour swims. Each swim has 50 dogs and pre-registration will be available for 25 of those spots for each swim. Stop by the Marshall Center to pre-register and sign a waiver for your dog.

All dogs are $10 each, whether pre-registering or cash at the door the day of the swim. Lifeguards will be on duty and staff will be in the pool to help and ramps to get the dogs in and out of the water. Owners are not allowed in the pool. The Marshall Center balcony will be open for those that come just to watch. Dogs will not be permitted in any other parts of the building beyond the pool.

Bark in the Park will be ongoing throughout the day. Activities include: K9 Police demonstrations, the fourth annual K9 Fashion Show, Fly Ball demonstrations, music, agility course demos, food vendors, and more.


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News Briefs

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

    Silver_Buckle_Poster_rev3The 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. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased on or before today, Friday, Sept. 4 and $35 afterward. Tables for eight are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 360-260-8932. Click here for the full story.

  • “Watermarks” opens at Art on the Boulevard, First Friday reception tonight

    imggallery.phpThis evening, First Friday, Sept. 4Art on the Boulevard opens up a new show featuring Fay KahnMary Jane Larson and Denise McFadden. “Watermarks” showcases the unique watercolor styles of all three of these artists. To preview all 43 paintings in the show, visit The opening reception is Sept. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. Visitors can and enjoy complimentary light refreshments and visit with the three artists. To see a complete list of happenings for First Friday, find the Vancouver’s Downtown Association’s September Hotsheet, here.

  • Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 8

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

  • Urban Husbandry Workshop this Saturday

    Ubran-Homesteading-MediumUrban Snail CSA will offer an introduction to the fascinating world of urban husbandry at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 5. Learn what’s need to start a low-effort backyard flock of chicken and ducks. Life cycles, coop designs, breed selection, care and feeding for health and egg production, protection from predators and ways of integrating chickens or ducks into a garden are all discussed in this amazing workshop. This class is in conjunction with the Clark County Historical Museum’s current exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. Tickets are $5 ($3 for members). Space is limited. Out of respect for the speaker, guests will receive a message with her address when they RSVP. Call 360-993-5679 or email for more information and to hold a spot.

  • Empower Up relocates, hosts moving sale Sept. 11, 12

    Press_0003Empower Up is holding a “Blow out Moving Sale” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12. The non profit organization is a reuse & recycling center that accepts donated computers and electronics from the public and businesses. Volunteer trainees refurbish the computers to provide grants to families in-need and non-profits in Clark County. By Friday, everything that can fit into the new location at 5000 E Fourth Plain will have been moved. Items remaining at the old location, 3206 NE 52 St., will be for sale for cash only and “as is.” At the end of the day Saturday, what’s left over will be trucked to the recyclers. Sale hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about Empower Up, visit

  • Community sponsors free presentation on end-of-life care Sept. 9

    Frank Ostaseski Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) is sponsoring a free community presentation by international lecturer Frank Ostaseski. His public talk, “Five Invitations: Lessons from the dying on living fully,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Clark College. Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and leading voice in end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. To learn more about Ostaseski, visit Seating is limited and reservations are required at Contact Lacey Bleth, development coordinator, at 360-597-0709 or

  • “Tropical Holiday Tour” at Luepke Center Sept. 10, 11

    YAH! perfomanceThe stage at the Luepke Senior Center will be transformed into a cruise ship next week when Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50 and Better Young At Heart (YAH!) Senior Theatre Club presents their musical performance Still Cruisin’ Along … A Tropical Holiday Tour. Performances are 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, and 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. Admission is $5 per person, except for the 10:30 a.m. show on Friday, Sept. 11, which is free. YAH! will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win special gift baskets at the performances for $1 each or six for $5.

  • Applications due September 11 for funds to train software, technology and manufacturing Workers

    swwdc-artwork_01Manufacturers and companies with IT, software and technology employees may qualify for funding to train their workforce. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 11 for the ProSTEP Employee Training Assistance Fund. Offered through the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), ProSTEP offsets employers’ training costs for existing employees in certain advanced manufacturing and IT/software/technology occupations. Companies must be located in Clark, Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties. Applications and information may be obtained through SWWDC’s website at or by contacting Employer Services Manager Lee Ann Lawrence at 360-567-3170 or

  • Habitat’s annual “Raising the Roof” benefit breakfast Sept. 9

    breakfastflyerIt is not too late to join Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) at its eleventh annual “Raising the Roof” benefit breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Hilton, 301 W Sixth St. in Vancouver. This hour long program is a chance to hear what Habitat will be working on in the upcoming year and hear directly from families on how the program has changed their lives. Click here for the full story.

  • Clark County recovery forum Sept. 5 at Clark College

    Substance_Abuse_picClark County’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board (SAAB) will host the Clark County Recovery Forum on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The event marks National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. A free barbecue dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. or while supplies last, and the forum runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Find the full story, here.

  • “Art Break Day” today until 6 p.m.

    artbreakdayArt on the Boulevard presents Art Break Day this Friday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the first Friday of September, art spaces will be set up in cities across the globe and everyone is invited to sit down and “Take a free art break.” Whether on the way to work, in between errands, or on a break, all are welcome to stop by Art on the Boulevard inside the Vancouver Marketplace for and art break with friends, co-workers and neighbors. All supplies will be provided to paint, color, trace, stamp, draw, cut, paste or fold. For more information about this international event, visit

  • Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11

    911day-blogThe 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. 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 Click here for the full story.