Save the date: Sonia Manzano to speak at the YWCA annual luncheon Sept 10

by DIwpBacon on July 22, 2014


Sonia Manzano will speak on the limitless potential of children at this year’s luncheon, highlighting the Y’s Care Children’s Program. Manzano is an American actor and writer best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street which she has played since 1971. The 2014 Inspire Luncheon takes place Wednesday, September 10, at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St.

Y’s Care provides a positive impact in the community by offering high-quality preschool education to children and families from homeless, transitioning, or low-income circumstances. The program provides a safe environment and year-round open enrollment for up to 20 participants. With a full-day, full-year Head Start Preschool Program, Y’s Care also provides child care assistance to homeless and transitional families for 90 days with highly experienced and supportive teachers and dedicated parent-teacher partnerships.

Individual tickets to the luncheon are $50; tables of 10 are $500. If purchasing a table, all guests’ names must be submitted by August 29. For more information and to register, visit Contact Erin Smiley at 360-906-9157 or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.





1860s Vintage Base Ball returns to Fort Vancouver July 26

by DIwpBacon on July 21, 2014


After a one-year respite, the National Park Service will bring back 1860s vintage base ball to the historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The game, played according to the rules in place in 1867, will be played by costumed staff and volunteers portraying two of the Pacific Northwest’s first baseball teams, the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver and the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland.

The nine-inning match game will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. It is a fun, free, and fantastic opportunity to travel back in time to 1867 to experience “base ball” (then two words) at its infancy, with costumed players and supporters, a brass band concert, and a howitzer firing to start the game.

Visitors can bring picnics along with lawn chairs or blankets. Hot dogs and popcorn will also be available for purchase, courtesy of the Grant House Restaurant. To learn more about early baseball history in Vancouver, download the park’s historic resource study The National Game is Decidedly ‘On the Fly’”: The Rise of Organized Base Ball in the Portland and Vancouver Area in 1867 at



Wear your favorite rock band t-shirt to the GVCC Business After Hours this evening

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The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) invites the business community to attend its next “Business After Hours” event from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening, July 22. This month is hosted by Fringe Marketing Agency. The cost to attend is $10 for GVCC members, and $20 for non-members. Fringe is located at 1101 Broadway, Suite 215 in downtown Vancouver.

Networkers will enjoy “Elvis themed food” catered by Main Event, and a performance by special guest Patrick Lamb. Attendees should wear their favorite rock band t-shirt.

Business After Hours is GVCC’s monthly gathering that meets at different venues featuring food, friendly business owners, and employees from all over Clark County. The event is dedicated to networking and expanding professional relationships. Door prizes will be awarded and attendees should bring plenty of business cards. To host a Business After Hours event, contact Susie Bauder at or 360-567-1093. For more information about GVCC, visit

Celebrate 50 years of “The Endless Summer” this Thursday


To help celebrate the 50th anniversary, Kiggins Theatre will screen The Endless Summer this Thursday, July 23. “The Endless Summer” is the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime…they live their dream.

Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theaters in 1964, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what’s most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself.

To learn more about the film, visit The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St., Vancouver. All seats just $5. Further details can be found at and on Facebook, here.


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  • Gravy performs at the next Destination Downtown Noon Concert July 23

    the_gravyGravy will perform at this week’s Destination Downtown Noon Concert on Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m., in Esther Short Park. The community is welcome to bring a lunch down to the park for free concerts every Wednesday, through August 13. In conjunction with the concerts, Science in the Park will provide hands-on crafts and activities designed for fun and learning. The topic for this Wednesday is “Winter in Summer.” Food vendors are also on-site providing a variety of tasty meal options. For further details, visit

  • Board to examine toll-free East County Bridge proposal July 25

    A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, for the commissioners, community leaders and public to learn about a toll-free East County Bridge proposal. Linda Figg will introduce a proposal in the Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St. She is president and chief executive of Figg Engineering Group, a national firm with headquarters in Tallahassee, Fla. The meeting will include time for questions, but not for public comment.

    A separate public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the same location. The commissioners then will hear public testimony before deciding whether to arrange an advisory vote in November to gauge public support for the bridge near Southeast 192nd Ave.

  • City offers Summer Street Tree Pruning workshop July 24

    Learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry‘s TreeTalk Workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 24, in the Hough Neighborhood. Participants will meet at Hough Elementary School, 1900 Daniels St., for hands-on instruction in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. This outdoor workshop will be led by ISA certified Urban Forestry staff who will provide a brief overview of proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in techniques and tips for pruning trees. Participants should dress for the weather, bringing their own gloves. If possible, participants are encouraged to bring bypass hand pruners. Register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or emailing Space is limited. For more information, visit

  • Camas Days Festival this weekend

    10308185_316768048474735_302902999823175168_nEach year during the Camas Days Festival, downtown Camas plays host to an array of family activities, live music, and great food and local wine and beer. This year, the festival is set for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 in conjuction with the annual Ducky Derby and the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 5K. For detailed information, including a schedule of events, click here. Click here for the full story.

  • Find Waldo in Vancouver through July

    Wheres-Waldo-logoWhere’s Waldo? In Vancouver, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-six different local businesses and resources throughout Vancouver this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, magic kits and more. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information, call Vintage Books at 360-694-9519. For the original story, click here.

  • Relay for Life of Vancouver July 26 and 27

    cv_99_1728871116847954408The opening ceremony for the 26th annual Relay for Life of Vancouver kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 26, at McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fundraising event that celebrate people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. For more information and to register a team, visit For the full article, click here.

  • Leadership Clark County seeks nominations for “2014 Outstanding Alumnus”
    index_logoLeadership Clark County (LCC) is accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominees should be LCC alums who have worked to benefit the Clark County Community and supported LCC over the past 12 months. The deadline to submit is July 28.Nominators should submit their name and contact information, the nominee’s name and email address; and a brief description of why the nominee deserves to be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alum. More details, and a list of LCC alumni, are available at
  • Mill Creek Pub hosts fundraiser for Vancouver Fire Firefighters Pipes & Drums all day today

    10438559_10152153368996453_6595935386006706025_nthe Mill Creek Pub will host a fundraiser to help the Vancouver Fire Firefighters Pipes & Drums (VFFPD) attend the Annual Memorial For Fallen Fire Fighters. Dine at the pub today, July 22, any time from 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. and a portion of the lunch and dinner sales will be donated. Addditionally, all cash donations will be matched. The VFFPD will perform at the pub from 6 to 8 p.m. Created in 2009, the VFFPD are a group of fire fighters that have come together to promote brotherhood and increase the camaraderie of Professional Fire Fighters in and around Vancouver. There are musical groups across the country who honor their fallen in this manner. Each year a National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is held in Colorado Springs where all the groups nationwide come together to honor all lost in that year. For further details, visit or find them on Facebook here.

  • Vacancy on the Public Facilities District board of directors

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired term on the Public Facilities District board of directors. The term expires Dec. 31, 2014. The board’s duties relate to administration of the Public Facilities District (PFD) created by the Board of County Commissioners in 2002. The district participates in the development of regional centers, including the convention center in Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Board members are paid $50 per day while attending meetings. The commissioners are seeking applicants with experience in: the tourism industry; marketing, events and promotion; hotels and convention centers; facility operations and finance; economic development; and general knowledge about Clark County. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. For more information and application instructions, click here.

  • Anchor Point Counseling Center hosts ribbon cutting and open house for new location July 25

    Anchor Point Counseling Center will celebrate a new location with a ribbon cutting and open house from 3 to 6 p.m. this Friday, July 25. Guests can expect door prizes, appetizers and refreshments. The event will be held at the new facility, 2009 F St. in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-687-3222 or 360-906-0228. For more information about Anchor Point Counseling Center, visit

  • Nominations sought for the National Disability Employment Awareness Community Awards

    NationalDisabilityMonth2012The Clark County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce are accepting nominations of businesses and individuals for the National Disability Employment Awareness Community Awards. The awards honor the role people with developmental disabilities have in a dynamic, productive workforce and recognize leadership in the business community. Deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, August 29. Click here for the full article.

  • “Grassroots Saturday” conference July 26

    “Grassroots Saturday,” a day of skill-building workshops for volunteers and staff of small, nonprofit organizations, will be presented on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short sessions will allow participants to connect with experts on a variety of topics of concern to nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington, the conference will be held at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. Registration fees range from $40 to $100. For the original article, click here.

  • Vancouver Police taking application for NOW volunteers through July 23

    The Vancouver Police Department is looking to add to its citizen patrol volunteer team called, Neighbors On Watch (NOW). These volunteers conduct foot, bike and vehicle patrols throughout the city, are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month after receiving specialized training provided by the Vancouver Police Department. The citizen patrol team also helps staff special events with the police department, canvass neighborhoods for missing children and vulnerable adults, and are able to assist the Vancouver Police Department with its public safety mission. Applications will be accepted through July 23. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at 360-487-7467 or For more information and a printable application, click here.