The Daily Insider celebrates Presidents’ Day, will not publish Feb. 15
In honor of Presidents’ Day, this Monday, Feb. 15, the Daily Insider will not be published. We will resume publication Tuesday, Feb. 16. In the mean time, be sure to check our calendar for all the fun and family friendly things to do in Clark County. We wish you all a happy, extended holiday.
“The Art of Love” at North Bank Artists Gallery Feb. 13
North Bank Artists invite the community to an evening creating uniquely love-inspired gifts from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Participants can stimulate their creativity with words of love, music of joy, and succulent handmade chocolates (with zesty essential oils) by local artisan chocolatiers, Fleur Chocolatte. All art materials and inspiration provided. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. The North Bank Artists Gallery is located at 1005 Main St. in Vancouver.
Wine & Chocolate Weekend kicks off this evening at Cellar 55 Tasting Room
Cellar 55 Tasting Room will once again host a Wine & Chocolate Weekend to celebrate Valentines Day. Beginning this afternoon, Friday, Feb. 12 and running tomorrow and Sunday, Feb. 14, visitors to the tasting room can enjoy a decadent lineup featuring Bleu Door Bakery’s Brownies From Heaven. A $10 tasting fee gets you four delectable brownie bites, each one paired with the perfect wine. The sinfully rich Brownies from Heaven as well as a limited assortment of their hand made truffles will be available to take home as well. Be sure to check out the other 12 participating Clark County wineries and tasting rooms for more Wine & Chocolate tastings all weekend. Cellar 55 Tasting room is located at 1812 Washington St. in Vancouver.
City Salary Review Commission meeting, public hearing Feb. 17
The City of Vancouver’s Citizen’s Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (a.k.a. Salary Review Commission) will hold a combined meeting and public hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. The meeting and public hearing will take place at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. Free parking is available for visitors in the building’s south visitor parking lot. If this lot is full, paid on-street parking is also available. Visitors should check in with the information desk upon arrival. The commission’s purpose is to study the relationship of salaries to the duties of the mayor and city council members and to set their salaries. The commission must file the schedule of salaries for the mayor and council members with the City Clerk by May 1, for inclusion in the 2017-18 City budget.
2015 Game Changer Award winners announced at the VDA’s annual breakfast
Over 125 attended the Vancouver Downtown Association‘s (VDA) Toast and Jam annual breakfast yesterday morning. The event served to honor the 2015 Game Changer Award winners. The awards are given to those who garner the most votes in a public vote. For the original story, which includes the list of winners, click here.
Vancouver Public Schools takes wi-fi on the road
Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) students in sixth through 12th grades have gained managed access to the internet while traveling on school buses. The district recently installed a wi-fi network on all of its buses as part of strategic efforts to improve internet access and capacity and create equity for students who do not have internet at home. VPS also implemented a wi-fi network on its mobile Family-Community Resource Center (FCRC). Find the full story, here.
New Port of Vancouver USA rail entrance wins Engineering Excellence Award
The Port of Vancouver USA’s new rail entrance won a 2016 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon. The rail entrance is a watertight, grade-separated concrete trench along the Columbia River. Part of the port’s West Vancouver Freight Access project, the trench reduces regional rail congestion by as much as 40 percent by providing a second dedicated rail entrance into the Port of Vancouver and eliminating conflicts with the east-west BNSF Railway mainline. The port and its consultants on the project, BergerABAM and HDR Inc., have submitted the trench for the national ACEC design competition in Washington, D.C. The national competition winners will be announced in April.
“Taming of the Shrew” at Battle Ground High School
Battle Ground High School Drama Club’s (BGHS) winter production, The Taming of the Shrew. The play, directed by Stephan “Cash” Henry, is a modern-language version of William Shakespeare’s famed comedy set in Italy in the 1920s. The BGHS production features fun and beautiful costumes, detailed set pieces, and the wit and charm of the school’s talented student actors. The play runs Feb. 11-13 and 18-20. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in The Lair at Battle Ground High School. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://payments.battlegroundps.org/.
Applications now available for Building Futures Foundation scholarship program
The Building Futures Foundation
, the educational foundation for the Building Industry Association of Clark County
(BIA), is now accepting applications for academic scholarships this year. Scholarships will be awarded in April to qualified students pursuing an education in the building, construction and real estate trades at an accredited college, university or trade institution. Selection criteria are financial need, academic relationship to the building industry, community service, grade point average and quality of application submitted. For more information and to apply, visit www.biaofclarkcounty.org
. Click on the “Consumer Resources” tab, and then on the “Building Futures Foundation” tab. The direct link is: https://biaclarkcounty.webconnex.com/scholarshipapp
. Completed applications must be submitted by March 14
Valentines Day events at Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend
On Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., Burnt Bridge Cellars will “pre-release” their outstanding new 2013 Bordeaux blends. This year, they are introducing a Blend O in addition to the classic Blend X. Both have the wonderful fruit from Les Collines Vineyards, with the Blend X aged in all French oak and the Blend O aged in all Oregon oak. A variety of Creo Chocolate bars including Nibs & Sea Salt, Purely Dark, and Spicy Dark, will be available for $8 each.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, Burnt Bridge will host a SW Washington Wine Association Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate event. From noon to 5 p.m. both days, Burnt Bridge will pair three wines with hand-made vegan chocolates from Barbara Chen, Chocolatier. The tasting fee is $10.
Learn about Leadership Clark County at an Open House Information Session Feb. 16
Leadership Clark County (LCC) will hold a free information session Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the community room at 610 Esther St. in Vancouver. The session is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the program, ask questions and hear from alumni about their experiences. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-567-1085. Find the full story, here.
BGHS student is state winner of Doodle 4 Google competition
Battle Ground High School freshman Holly Halberg learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Halberg has advanced to the public voting round of the K-12 competition to create a Doodle that will be on the Google homepage for a day. The public can vote through Feb. 22 for a finalist in each grade category at http://www.google.com/doodle4google (find Halberg’s in the “Grades 8-9″ category). The national winner’s Doodle will be on Google.com for a day. Click here for the full story.
“One November Morning” art exhibition at CCHM Feb. 13 – 21
Descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. More than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were viciously massacred at Sand Creek, CO. The work of Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi focuses on the remembrance, honor and strength of their ancestors and leaders. An opening reception and program with Learned and Levi will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the museum. Click here for the full story.
Thomas Lauderdale joins the VSO for All-American concerts Feb. 20, 21
The second concert of 2016 promises to be one of the highlights of the Vancouver Symphony‘s 37th season when Maestro Brotons conducts an All-American concert of compositions by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Special guest artist is the one and only Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Pink Martini. Opening the concert will be Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, followed by Rhapsody in Blue. In the second half, the audience will be treated to Aaron Copland’s spirited El Salon Mexico, followed by his majestic Appalachian Spring. The concerts are Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Both are at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Reserved tickets are $50, general admission is $37 per person. Seniors 62 and over are $32, and students are $10. for more information, visit www.vancouversymphony.org.
Aphrodisiac Dinner at Niche for Valentine’s Day
Couples are welcome to Niche on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, for a special, five-course “Aphrodisiac Dinner” prepared by Chef David. The menu features oysters on the half shell, fennel cream soup, arugula salad, poached breast of pheasant, and a fig dessert. All the courses are paired with wine. The cost is $70 per person and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended. For more information, call 360-980-8352 or visit www.nichewinebar.com.
Water Resources Center celebrates 20 years Feb. 13
Kids and their families are invited to join in a free, special Second Saturday birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center. Visitors will have a “River of Fun” learning about February Floods. Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games and birthday cupcake treats. Special guest, Eartha the Ecological Clown, will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Click here for the full story.
Friends of Fort Vancouver hosts Sweetheart Dance Feb. 13
The 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Pearson Air Museum. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person and are available at the Friends’ Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center or online at: www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Click here for the full story.
“The Odd Couple” kicks off Love Street Playhouse 2016 season
Love Street Playhouse opens its 2016 Season with the iconic American comedy The Odd Couple, directed by Tony Bump. After their thoroughly fed up wives throw them out, sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (played by Richard Barr of Vancouver) and uptight neat freak Felix Ungar (played by Gary Corbin of Camas) decide to move in together, thinking they’ll save on expenses and have a few laughs. It turns out the laughs are on them. The Odd Couple will run now through the 28. For the full story, click here.