First Friday Art Walk in Vancouver July 3
by DIwpBacon on July 1, 2015
“Inner Workings of Desire” by Eve Ellis-Carlson. Photo courtesy of the Arts of Clark County.
Downtown Vancouver is ready for First Friday Art Walk, this Friday, July 3. Dozens of merchants, restaurants and galleries stay open late, many offering samples, discounts, and live music. Some of this month’s highlights include:
- City Hall, 415 W Sixth St.: Art by children from Vancouver and its sister city Joyo, Japan will be on display. Delegates from Joyo are visiting Vancouver in celebration of 20 years as sister cities this year.
- Burnt Bridge Cellars, 1500 Broadway: Music by Jeffery Cochell, art by Amy Clancy, and food available for purchase from Class Cooking Kitchen.
- North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St.: “For the Love of Prints” exhibit features the works of 60 regional printmakers.
- Art on the Boulevard, 210 W Evergreen blvd.: Eric Jacobson’s “Color and Light” exhibit continues
- Vinnie’s Downtown Pizza, 1000 Main St.: Eve Ellis-Carlson presents a new collection of mixed media
Each month, the Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) puts together a Hot Sheet which details all the First Friday happenings and includes an easy to read walking map. To download and print July’s Hot Sheet, click here. To learn more about the VDA, visit www.vdausa.org.
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity increases minimum wage to $15 an hour to support living wages for employees
Posted July 1st, 2015
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (EHFH) has committed to increase the organization’s minimum wage to $15 an hour beginning today, July 1. As a low-income housing provider, EHFH staff sees firsthand how families in Clark County are unable to afford a simple, decent place to live. In Clark County, a single individual needs to make $30,840 to afford a one bedroom rental. For a family of four, this jumps to $51,880 for a three-bedroom rental. In order for individuals and families to be able to afford these, they need to be making more than the state-defined minimum wage of $9.47 an hour.
“We want to do our part to end poverty wages in Clark County,” says Josh Townsley, executive director, EHFH. “As an organization that helps families and individuals live in safe, decent, affordable housing, we believe that people need to making a living wage in order to make that happen. We are proud to set this example and encourage other nonprofits, businesses, and local jurisdictions to follow suit.”
Since 1991, EHFH has worked to improve living conditions for low-income, Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours. For additional information, contact Townsley at 360-737-1759 or Josh@ehfh.org
Lifeline Connections is expanding mental health services to Orchards
Posted July 1st, 2015
Adults living and working in East Clark County will soon have the option of accessing mental health services in Orchards. Lifeline Connections will open a mental health office treating the full range of mental health conditions Monday, July 20. The office is in the Eastridge Business Center located at the corner of NE 117th and 95th at 11719 NE 95th St., Suite A, Vancouver.
This is the first expansion for Lifeline Connections, a behavioral health organization that has served Clark County since 1962, since moving into the Clark County Center for Community Health Building in 2006. Funding for the expansion is provided by Southwest Washington Behavioral Health who administers and coordinates public mental health services in Clark and Skamania Counties.
Office hours at the new location will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some evening appointments available and possible expansion of future weekend hours. Services include psychiatric medication management, individual counseling sessions and family and group therapy. The Orchards office will offer a licensed clinical team that includes mental health professionals, advanced registered nurse practitioners, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, case managers and peer support specialists.
Individuals interested in accessing services should call 360-397-8246 and press three for the admissions department. Lifeline accepts all major insurance as well as Washington Apple Health.