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Port of Camas-Washougal hosts Earth Day Apr. 22

by DIwpBacon on April 17, 2015


10478083_10152055345460927_1026667105862512446_nThe Port of Camas-Washougal will hold its fourth annual volunteer levee and beach cleanup, celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday afternoon, Apr. 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., on the waterfront property, 24 S A St., in Washougal.

“We invite the community to participate in litter cleanup along the waterfront property, the site of the new park and trail which will be constructed this year,” says Port Executive Director David Ripp.

Participants may park inside the waterfront property access gate located at the south end of 2nd Street. Garbage bags, latex gloves and light refreshments will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather. For more information, visit www.portcw.com and look in the “news bulletins” section. Follow the port on Facebook, here.








Derek Rieth Foundation fundraiser Apr. 26

by DIwpBacon on April 17, 2015


All are welcome next Saturday, Apr. 26, for an evening of music, film, dance (and ice cream) all benefiting the Derek Rieth Foundation. The foundation provides musical instruments and music education to underprivileged young people. The evening will be introduced by Brian Davis, Rieth’s Pink Martini bandmate. Tickets are $20 in advance here, or $25 at the door.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Main Street will be closed to traffic for an ice-cream social hosted by Ice Cream Renaissance and a performance by The Hough Youth Escola de Samba. At 6 p.m. folks will go into the Kiggins Theatre for more live entertainment from Project BossaAxe Dide-Donna Oefinger‘s Brazilian dance ensemble and more.

A screening of Sweet Dreams will begin at 7 p.m. The film is an acclaimed feature documentary about a remarkable group of Rwandan women who defy the devastation of the genocide to form the country’s first all-female drumming troupe and open the country’s first ice cream shop.

Building Futures Foundation awards $8000 in scholarships to three local students

Sara Ashback

Donovan CordovaWill Trevena








The Building Futures Foundation awarded three students with academic scholarships at the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County’s membership dinner meeting last night. The following students were honored:

Sara Ashback of Ridgefield, is a sophomore at Montana State University, majoring in civil engineering and math.
Donovan Cordova, was born and raised in Vancouver. He is a freshman studying civil engineering at the University of Washington.
Will Trevena is a senior at Woodland High School. He’s a multi-sport athlete and a 4.0 student with membership in the National Honor Society and Academic Scholars.

All scholarship recipients are pursuing an education in the building, engineering and construction trades at an accredited college, university or trade institution. Learn more about the BIA at www.biaofclarkcounty.org.

Clark County launches Recycling Done Right outreach program


Building on the success of an earlier education program, Clark County and its regional partners this week launched Recycling Done Right. This new outreach effort will remind residents that all plastic bags, plastic wrap and glass should be separated from other materials going into blue recycle carts.

Over the next four weeks, employees wearing safety vests and county identification, and driving vehicles marked with Clark County’s logo will stop at about 20,000 curbside recycling carts at single-family homes. They will not dig through a cart’s contents, but might lift items on top for a better view. They will leave educational materials on the cart, reminding residents to separate glass and plastic bags and wrapping.

Residents will not be penalized if inappropriate items are found, but rather encouraged to go online to learn more about recycling and a chance to win prizes. Single-family home residents on selected routes will receive an automated phone call shortly before workers visit the neighborhoods, which were selected as a representative county sample.

Workers at the recycling center will compare the amounts and types of materials from the curbside recycling program before the outreach with what is collected after the outreach effort. Eventually, the partnership hopes to reach all 111,000 single-family homes in Clark County that use blue recycling carts. For more information, contact Clark County Environmental Services at 360 397-2121 ext. 4352.

USAF’s Golden West Winds Band at Fort Vancouver Apr. 19

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust will host the Golden West Winds Band for two free concerts on Sunday, Apr. 19. Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., at the historic Red Cross Building located at 605 Barnes St.

The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintet.

The members of the Golden West Winds are all professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Mobility Command official military recruiting and community relations objectives. The community is encouraged to attend these free concerts. Seating is limited to 120 at each concert and is first come, first seated.



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