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








Port, partners and community open new section of multiuse trail along NW Lower River Road

by DIwpBacon on July 1, 2015

Photo courtesy of Port of Vancouver USA.

A crowd of about 100 state and local partners, walkers, bicyclists and Port of Vancouver USA staff converged on a spot along NW Lower River Rd. yesterday to cut the ribbon on a new section of multiuse trail and celebrate improved connectivity for the community.

The half-mile section of beautifully landscaped, asphalt trail stretches along the south side of Lower River Road, from the intersection of Mill Plain Boulevard/State Route 501, Fourth Plain Boulevard and St. Francis Lane to the port’s administrative offices. It’s one piece of an overall path that, when fully complete, will extend 4.5 miles along SR 501, eventually connecting with the city’s Renaissance Trail.

The port’s multiuse path is being completed in segments as grant funding is secured. The recently completed segment was funded through a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant from the Federal Highway Administration and port dollars, for a total of $362,000.

The port has secured another $500,000 TAP grant for the next section, which will connect the new section with an existing trail at Farwest Steel, about half a mile northwest of the port offices. Construction could begin late this year. For more about port projects and events, visit and connect with the port on LinkedIn and Twitter (@portvanusa).


Evergreen Habitat for Humanity increases minimum wage to $15 an hour to support living wages for employees

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity holds four orientation meetings in July

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


Lifeline Connections is expanding mental health services to Orchards


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.


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  • RTC board meeting July 7

    rtcbanner-p1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) board of directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, in the 6th floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at or visit and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition finalists announced
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  • August 4, 2015 Primary voter registration deadline July 6

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  • Volunteers sought for the 2015 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance Aug. 2

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  • Ridgefield celebrates Fourth of July this Saturday

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  • Support for Early Learning and Families awarded Meyer Memorial Trust Grant

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  • 50 and Better Stars & Stripes Dance July 1

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  • Fourteenth annual Independence Day celebration at Port of Camas-Washougal

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  • Pizza party fundraiser for new Ridgefield library July 11, RSVP by July 1

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  • Independence Day at Fort Vancouver July 4

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  • First annual “Dog Days of Summer” in downtown Camas for First Friday July 3

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  • Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington

    teddy_roosevelt.pngThe Clark County Historical Museum and Humanities Washington present a lecture by professor Scott Woodward that will cover Teddy Roosevelt’s 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, at the museum’s First Thursday event on July 2. In 1903, President Roosevelt’s tour of Washington State inspired thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history. Woodward also discusses Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today. The admission is free thanks to the support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit

  • Clark County opens cooling centers during extended heatwave

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    Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
    Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.; Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday
    Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal; City Hall, Monday-
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  • Fire District 6 invites community to July meetings

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  • Extremely hot and dry weather prompts fireworks warning, reminder

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