2015 Parade of Bands registration open

by DIwpBacon on March 4, 2015


The Parade of Bands is back again celebrating its 51st anniversary. The parade will be held Saturday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Wild, Wild West” led by Grand Marshal Retired Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas. Registration forms for this year’s parade are available now on the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association’s website: www.hdscba.org or at the following locations:

Clark County Fire District 6, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave.
Clark County Sheriff’s West Precinct, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield
Riverview Community Bank, Hazel Dell & Salmon Creek Locations

Completed registration forms must be returned to Fire District 6 headquarters, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave., by May 8. Late entries will not be accepted. Line-up in the parade is based partially on when registration forms are received. The Lion’s Club will again host its annual Pancake Breakfast the morning of the parade from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Station 61 in Hazel Dell. Tickets are available at the event; $6.50 adults, $5.50 for seniors and children, children under five are free.

The Parade of Bands attracts tens of thousands of spectators annually. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Tony Ruestig, TwinStar Credit Union, at aruestig@twinstarcu.com.



Chancellor’s Seminar Series Mar. 6

by DIwpBacon on March 4, 2015


Learn how Washington State University translates research discoveries into products that have an economic impact. WSU Vancouver will present “From Our Hands to Yours: How Research Results in Real Products” on Friday, Mar. 6, as its spring Chancellor’s Seminar Series event. The lecture and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. in Firstenburg Student Commons on campus.

Speaker Anson Fatland is associate vice president of economic development and external affairs for WSU Pullman. He has worked in biotech, venture capital and philanthropy and has started companies in the life sciences and alternative energy realms.

Also on the program is Hakan Gurocak, director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science for WSU Vancouver. His research areas are robotics and automation. Gurocak will share details of his work that has resulted in two pending patents.

Held twice a year, the Chancellor’s Seminar Series provides a forum for thoughtful perspectives and the exchange of ideas on timely topics. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members to discuss a topic of current interest. Tickets for the event are $25 and include the lecture, lunch and parking. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting vancouver.wsu.edu/css or by calling 360-546-9589.

Clark County Historical Museum seeks contributors for 2015 Annual Publication


An image of last year’s publication. Photo courtesy of CCHM.

Those with a love of history or specialized knowledge of local history are invited to be a contributor to the Clark County Historical Museum’s 2015 Annual Publication. The museum is looking for articles on locally famous or infamous personalities, businesses, agriculture, exploration, transportation, buildings, churches, local societies, the local impact of historical movements, reminiscences and more.

Except for a two-year hiatus, the museum annual has been the historical record for Clark County and Southwest Washington history since 1960. The perfect-bound publication runs over 100 pages, including photos and illustrations, and appears in December each year. Copies of past issues are available at the museum. Although written by volunteers for a general audience, it also serves as a reference for students, scholars, regional and public historians, and museum members.

Every issue contains well-researched and documented articles, primary documents, essays, reminiscences, diary excerpts, oral history about Clark County and Southwest Washington, as well as reviews or commentary on museum collections or exhibits.

After seven issues, Howard Gingold has retired as the volunteer editor of the publication. Interested authors should contact the new annual editor, Martin Middlewood at freelance47@comcast.net with their ideas and to obtain writers’ guidelines.

Humane Society now enrolling for summer Discover Camps


The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is now enrolling campers for Discover Camp. For kids entering grades three through six, Discover Camp offers an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers with animals. From doctors and trainers to farmers and law enforcement, campers will learn about animals big and small from the professionals who work with them. Dates for the 2015 Discover Camp are as follows:

June 22 through 26: Third and fourth grade
July 13 through 17: Fourth and fifth grade
July 27 through 31: Fifth and six Grade

The week long camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $225 and includes encounters with animals, crafts, games, guest speakers and field trips. To register, visit www.southwesthumane.org. For more information, contact Sam Ellingson at sellingson@southwesthumane.org or 360-213-2626.


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News Briefs

  • Clark County Food Bank hires Director of Development

    Megan DixonClark County Food Bank has announced that Megan Dixon has been selected to lead fundraising efforts as the Director of Development. A graduate of WSU Vancouver, Dixon brings eight years of experience as a development professional working with local social service agencies such as YWCA Clark County and Second Step Housing. Most recently, she spent a year at The Idaho Foodbank securing grants to support hunger relief throughout the state of Idaho. Dixon’s responsibilities include fundraising, event planning, and donor relations. For further information about the food bank, visit www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org.

  • Clark College Theater presents “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” through Mar. 14

    RockyHorrorShowClark College Theater continues its 2014-15 season with the raunchy camp musical classic, The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien. The play is directed by H. Gene Biby. This gleeful spoof of science fiction and horror B movies from the 1950s, made famous by its 1975 film adaptation, has become a beloved cult hit thanks to midnight-movie showings of the film in which audience members dress as their favorite characters and shout lines in response to the film’s dialog. Show dates are: March 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. with one midnight showing on Saturday, Mar. 7. Tickets are: Students (with ID) $11; Alumni (with membership) $11; Senior Citizens $13; General Admission $15. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, online at http://www.clarkbookstore.com/site_theatre.asp, or by calling 360-992-2815.

  • March Business After Hours hosted by Best Western Battle Ground Mar. 12

    imagesMarch Business After Hours (BAH) is hosted by Best Western Battle Ground Inn & Suites from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 12. Attendees should bring business cards for the raffle drawing. BAH events are premier networking opportunities, offering Battle Ground Chamber members and guests the chance to meet business professionals representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting. Members and guests attending have an opportunity to exchange business cards and become acquainted with other businesses throughout the community. These events are held at different Chamber member locations throughout the Battle Ground area. Refreshments will be be provided. Best Western Battle Ground Inn & Suites is located at 419 W. Main St. in Battle Ground

  • Tickets available for Innovative’s “Caring Hearts in Paradise” Mar. 14

    ColleenBocciaTickets are selling quickly, but are still available for Innovative’s Spring Benefit event, Caring Hearts in Paradise, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 14, at the Hilton Vancouver. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Happy Hour.” Guests will enjoy a festive and inspiring Caribbean evening. Colleen Boccia, SVP Marketing & Chief Deposit Officer at Columbia Credit Union will be M.C. for the event’s inspiring program. For the original story, click here.

  • PeaceHealth and OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute announce collaboration

    PeaceHealth and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cardiovascular Institute have joined forces to enhance cardiovascular surgery services throughout the southwest Washington area. The collaboration will utilize the well-established expertise of OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute surgeons and researchers to build on the range of complex heart and vascular procedures already offered in the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (Vancouver) and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center (Longview). Click here for the full story.

  • State of the County Address Mar. 12

    downloadFile.sdiCouncilor David Madore, chair of the Board of County Councilors, is scheduled to present State of the County remarks on Thursday, Mar. 12, along with Councilors Jeanne E. Stewart and Tom Mielke. The event will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., in the Salmon Creek area. Light refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. The program will start at 4 p.m. They urge those attending to bring non-perishable food, household supplies or financial donations for local food banks. For the full article, click here.

  • Mother’s Day Camas Plant & Garden Fair now accepting vendor applications

    Camas-Plant-and-Garden-Fair-2014-229-e1425082310783The 18th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair will return to the streets of downtown Camas this year on Saturday, May 9, the day before Mother’s Day. Customers will find a wide array of plants, trees, garden art, planters, garden furniture, birdhouses, iron works, and a large selection of other locally made and grown products. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications for plant and retail vendors are now being accepted and application forms can be found at www.cwplantfair.org. Click here for the full story.

  • Learn about the Yup’ik Eskimos at the next history presentation Mar. 5

    Unknown-1The community is welcome to the next historical presentation at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living Thursday, Mar. 5. Jason Cunningham will share his personal experiences with the Yup’ik Eskimos of western Alaska. In August of 2000, two newlywed teachers left for the rural Alaskan village of Quinhagak. The following nine months were filled with challenge, adventure and learning. Come hear the life, lessons and laughter with the Yup’ik Eskimo through the eyes of their teacher from the ‘Lower 48′. This presentation will include photos, lecture, artwork and a Q&A session. The free presentation begins at 3 p.m. Call 360-546-3344 to RSVP. Clear Water Assisted Living is located at 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver

  • NACCC holds regular meeting Mar. 9

    imagesThe Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County (NACCC) will hold a regular meeting Monday, Mar. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. Guest speaker Susan Rasmussen from the Clean Water Commission will provide an update on clean water issues and initatives. Bridget Swarz, president of Fairway Village Neighborhood Association, will share thoughts on emergency communications and response for vulnerable populations. Mitch Canton, from North Salmon Creek, will discuss the Clark County Neighborhood Association’s website. 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 dougballou@comcast.net; or visit www.co.clark.wa.us/neighborhoods/directory.html.

  • Leadership Clark County information session for Class of 2016 candidates Mar. 11

    leadershipclarkcountyLeadership Clark County’s (LCC’s) next free information session for Class of 2016 candidates is Wednesday, Mar. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Clark Regional Wastewater’s District Office at 8000 NE 52nd Ct. 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 by Monday, Mar. 9 to director@leadershipclarkcounty.com or 360-567-1085. “We’ve had a waiting list in prior years,” said LCC Recruiting Committee Co-Chair Jason Beatty. “It’s a good idea for candidates to apply early.” Applications can be downloaded at www.leadershipclarkcounty.com and must be submitted by April 30.

  • Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial Mar. 11

    944987 BG vets memorial 944987 bg vets memorial.jpgThe public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, Mar. 11, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be located on the grounds of Kiwanis Park near the intersection of SW Third Ave. and SW Fourth St. To date, 30 local veterans have been identified as having lost their lives in service. Families and loved ones may also purchase a brick to be placed at the memorial, engraved with a veteran’s name, branch of service and dates served. For the full story, click here.

  • “Go Green” for First Friday in downtown Camas Mar. 6

    stpatricks2014It’s First Friday in downtown Camas and the community is invited to a very family-friendly evening of shopping, music, dining, games, and prizes this Friday, Mar. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme this month is “Go Green!” Leprechauns will be hidden in participating businesses and those who find them will be entered to win a “Go Green” basket. Click here for the original article.

  • 2015 Iris Award winners announced; celebration Mar. 5

    IRIS_color_horizonalThree outstanding women working in different fields, but with a similar commitment to improving the lives of others in Southwest Washington, are the winners of the 2015 Iris Awards. The awards will be presented to Lisa Schauer, Senior Vice President for Business Development at Mackay Sposito; Lori Pulliam, Director of Transition at the Washington State School for the Blind; and Victoria Bradford, owner of Comfort Interiors and a member of the Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors. They will receive their awards on March 5, at Clark College. Click here for the full story.

  • Noche de Familia at WSU Vancouver Mar. 5

    WSU Vancouver invites students and their families to Noche de Familia at 5 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 5, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Noche de Familia takes place entirely in Spanish. Latino families are invited to come learn about preparing for college, obtaining financial aid and more. Dinner will be provided. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Free parking is available in Orange 2 lot.  English translation will be provided to those who need it and dinner will be served. For more information, contact Amanda Shannahan at 360-546-9182 or amanda.shannahan@vancouver.wsu.edu.

  • VSO Chamber Series’ annual Family Concert Mar. 8

    Columbia River Brass QuintetThe VSO Chamber Series will present its annual Family Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 8, at Kiggins TheatreBrass on the Loose is a lighthearted and fun introduction to the brass family of instruments by some of the area’s most renowned brass musicians. Also on the same program is Opera Quest Northwest, a group of five young singers and a pianist will bring a live program called “Opera the Great.” Opera Quest Northwest is a nonprofit group dedicated to bringing the world of opera to school-age children. For the original story, click here.

  • CCHM First Thursday Lecture: The Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics Mar. 5

    Women-in-Clark-County-PoliticsClark County Historical Museum will host the next “First Thursday” this Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. The event features a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County that will discuss the changes they have seen in Southwest Washington during their careers, and the legacy they leave for future generations. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and is free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • Second Story Gallery presents a “Sisters’ Circle” in March, reception Mar. 6

    roundcubeA new exhibit opens with an artists reception Friday, Mar. 6, in the Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library. “Murmurations of Art,” is a five-woman show by local artists working in every style and medium. The reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Visitors are welcome to the gallery during regular library hours: 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through March 28. Photo at left is a piece by participating artist, Judith Sanders. ”Sisters’ Circle” is a wood piece that represents all five women in the exhibit. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.secondstorygallery.org.

  • Salvation Army opens new store in Vancouver, grand opening celebration Mar. 5

    Goods-Thrift-Stores-562x374The Salvation Army is opening a new Family Store in Vancouver, at 11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd. A grand opening celebration will start at 9 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 5. The event includes a ribbon cutting, in-store promotions, raffle prizes, a Portland Trail Blazer autographed basketball, as well as other prizes. Additionally, iHeartMedia will host a “Make a Basket Trail Blazer” ticket giveaway. All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Click here for the full article.