“Le’g Arte A la Carte” Apr. 22

by DIwpBacon on April 17, 2014

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Local artists have accepted the challenge to turn mannequin legs into fabulous works of art to promote the Glamorous Gams² event benefitting Children’s Center presented by Riverview Community Bank. Seven works of art are currently available for viewing and purchasing at North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

The public is invited to ‘Le’g Arte A La Carte,Tuesday, Apr. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North Bank Artists Gallery to meet the local artists and vote for their favorite leg. The event is free and open to the public. Appetizers will be donated by Tommy O’s restaurant and Divine Bites. The “People’s Choice Award” will be presented at the Glamorous Gams² event to the artist who receives the most votes. Glamorous Gams² takes place at the Hilton Vancouver on May 31.

Glamorous Gams² event promises to be even bigger and better than before, featuring 25 community movers & shakers who will compete in teams as their alter egos and strut the catwalk to display their “glamorous gams.”  The coveted Golden Gam will be presented to the “team of characters” that raises the most money for Children’s Center.

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens opens Apr. 19

by DIwpBacon on April 17, 2014

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Guests are invited to step back in time at Woodland’s Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, where the 1880s Victorian farm home and impressive display of lilacs in full bloom will dazzle visitors during the annual Lilac Days Festival. The festival runs through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at the gardens, 115 S. Pekin Rd. (exit 21 off I-5). The house and gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Admission is $3, and children under 12 are free. For more information, see www.lilacgardens.com or call 360-225-8996.

This historic property has been restored by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization. The Lilac Society’s goal is not only to preserve the lilac heritage developed by Hulda Klager, but also to maintain the gardens for visitors to experience the tranquillity of a pioneer Victorian farm and garden. The Lilac Society fully funds the upkeep of the farmhouse and grounds from donations, sales of lilacs, and proceeds from gift shop sales.

“Cash Back Day” at Beaches benefits the Hough Foundation Apr. 22

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Beaches Restaurant will host a “Cash Back Day” to benefit the Hough Foundation  on Tuesday, Apr. 22, all day, and at both locations. For every diner that mentions “Cashback for Hough” to their server, Beaches will donate 50% of the check to the Foundation.

Hough Foundation was established in 1992 by Vancouver businessman and former Hough student, Paul Christensen, to provide support to programs and projects that would enhance the Hough Neighborhood and Hough Elementary School. It works with philanthropic, business, civic, academic, and faith partners to provide Hough Elementary students, their families and the community continuing opportunities for scholastic, physical, and social growth.

Beaches is located on the Columbia Waterfront, 1919 S.E. Columbia River Dr. in Vancouver and at the Portland International Airport, 700 N.E. Airport Way in Portland. For reservations at the Columbia Waterfront Beaches, call 360-699-1592. For reservations at the Portland Airport Beaches, call 503-335-8385.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center hosts “Threads of Life” quilt ceremony Apr. 19

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UnknownPeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will host Donate Life Northwest’s 2014 Threads of Life Quilt ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 19 in the Firstenburg Tower Lobby. The ceremony is an opportunity for caregivers and the community to learn more about donor registration and see the quilt inspired by heroes who have donated eyes, tissue or organs for transplant.

The Threads of Life Quilt features squares created by those connected to and affected by donation and transplantation. There is no better time to talk about what, understandably, can be an emotional and sometimes difficult subject – to decide to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor- than DonateLife Month,” says Mary Jane Hunt, executive director of Donate Life Northwest.

The celebration takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 503-494-3525. Donate Life Northwest, whose mission is to save and enhance lives through the promotion of organ, eye, and tissue donation, is celebrating National Donate Life Month in April.

Battle Ground students compete at national jazz festivals

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Four Battle Ground trumpet players traveled to California and New York as members of the American Music Program (AMP) Jazz Band to compete with other select bands from around the nation. Steve Montecucco, sophomore, BGHS; Mandy Quinn, junior, BGHS; Matthias Tyni, junior BGHS; and Tyler Barnes, 8th grader, Chief Umtuch Middle School are all trumpet players and members of AMP who competed in the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival March 30 and the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York City February 16.

Montecucco won a trumpet soloist award at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival as well as an award for outstanding trumpet playing at the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival. Greg McKelvey instructs the students at BGHS, while instructor and Grammy award winner Thara Memory also works with the students after school in Portland. Pictured from left: Thara Memory, Steve Montecucco and Greg McKelvey, courtesy of BGHS.

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News Briefs

  • Free Dental Clinic Open House at Battle Ground HealthCare Free Clinic Apr. 21

    BattleGroundFreeClinicThe community is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 21, at the Free Dental Clinic at Battle Ground HealthCare (BGHC), 11117 Ne 189th St., Ste. 216, in Battle Ground. The event celebrates the addition of free limited dental care services to individuals (aged 18 to 65) in North Clark County who are uninsured or under-insured. Although the new Affordable Care Act can include some limited dental care, the BGHC Free Clinic’s services offer limited stabilization dental treatment services providing extractions, tooth fillings, gum care, necessary prescriptions, and education on the importance of dental hygiene. Volunteer staffing of the new dental clinic includes a dental clinic manager, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, receptionist and schedulers. For further details, visit www.battlegroundhealthcare.org.

  • Partnership project at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site receives 2013 Oregon Archaeological Society President’s Award

    The National Park Service has announced that the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Portland State University Archaeological Laboratory Supervisor Katie Wynia were presented with the Oregon Archaeological Society’s most prestigious award for 2013. The President’s Award is granted to organizations that provide significant archaeological volunteer opportunities for the Society in a given year. The President’s Award was granted to Wynia and the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute on April 1, at the Oregon Archaeological Society General Meeting. Dr. Robert Cromwell, National Park Service archaeologist at Fort Vancouver, represented the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at the awards ceremony.

  • HDJ Design Group, PLLC announces new hires

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    HDJ Design Group, PLLC,  an engineering, planning, land survey and landscape architecture firm headquartered in Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla, has announced new hires. The Vancouver headquarters office has hired Brenda Michel as marketing/administrative assistant and Justin Koeberle as new Survey Party Chief. The Walla Walla office has hired Mark Wendover as Survey Part Chief. For more information about HDJ Design, visit www.hdjdesigngroup.com.

  • Share roommate matching program an affordable, mutually-beneficial housing program for homeless and low income

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    Share has launched a Roommate Matching Program, part of Share ASPIRE, a free service that matches homeless, low-income individuals, couples, or families with other home seekers in similar situations, or with home providers, to share a home in Clark County. Individuals, couples or families who are homeless or of low-income and are open to the idea of sharing a home should call the Housing Solution Center at 360-695-9677 to complete a housing assessment and be referred to Share ASPIRE’s Roommate Matching Program. Landlords or home providers interested in the Roommate Matching Program should call Dana Greenwald, Roommate Match Coordinator, at 360-952-8202.

  • Vancouver celebrates completion of Prestige Apartments

    077Community leaders, friends and guests were on hand today to commemorate the completion of Prestige Plaza Apartments, a 96-unit upscale multi-family complex developed two blocks west of the I-5 Mill Plain exchange by Elie Kassab of Prestige Development. The day was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with remarks by Mayor Tim Leavitt and an appearance by Okuda Toshiharu, the Mayor of Joyo, Japan, Vancouver’s sister city. Festivities included a demonstration of the property’s 1GB internet service, the first complex in downtown Vancouver to offer high-speed service. It also included dedication of a special Rain Garden honoring the late Vancouver businessman and philanthropist George Propstra. Click here for the original story.

  • Port of Vancouver announces 2014 public tour schedule, the first Apr. 30

    pov_header_graphicThe Port of Vancouver USA will hold a public tour on Wednesday, Apr. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be the first of four public tours planned for 2014. The free, two-hour tours will showcase the largest transportation project in the port’s 100-year history, the West Vancouver Freight Access rail project, as well as the diverse range of marine cargoes handled on port docks. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the port at 360-693-3611 or by emailing RSVP@portvanusa.com. For more information, including the complete schedule of tours, visit http://www.portvanusa.com/community/know-your-port. For the original story, click here.

  • Columbia Credit Union welcomes Connie Preece as New VP Branch Manager

    Connie-Preece-cropColumbia Credit Union announces the hiring of Connie Preece as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Salmon Creek Branch. Preece brings 23 years of industry experience and an award‐winning background in branch sales and service. Preece will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s overall success, meeting goals for production, sales, service and market growth. She will also have oversight of staff professional development; ensure branch compliance with regulations and policies; and assist in advancing the strategic direction of credit union. For the original story, click here.

  • Applications sought for Clark County PubTalk’s annual business pitch competition June 17

    shark-tankThe Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is currently accepting applications from startups related to the health care sector interested in participating in Clark County PubTalk’s annual business pitch competition on Tuesday, June 17. Modeled after ABC’s popular Shark Tank(TM) television show, this event will provide four local companies with the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a judging panel of industry experts. Eligible startups include, but are not limited to: medical devices, health IT, biomedical research, and bioscience technology. Companies interested in participating should send an executive summary of their business plan to Kimberly Pincheira at kpincheira@credc.org by Wednesday, Apr. 30 for consideration. An executive summary template can be found at www.credc.org.

  • Salary Review Commission third meeting Apr. 17, announces public hearing

    The City’s Citizen’s Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (Salary Review) has scheduled the third meeting and public hearing for Thursday, Apr. 17, at 4:30 p.m., at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St., 2nd Floor, Birch Room. Visitors are welcome to check in with the information desk upon arrival. The Commission is comprised of five members of the community who are appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council. 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. Salary reviews are performed on a biennial basis to coincide with the City’s budget cycle. 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 2015-16 budget.

  • Annual Camas Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Park Apr. 20

    easter_egg_hunt_signCamas Parks and Recreation invites the community to its annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. sharp, at Crown Park on Easter Sunday, Apr. 20. This free event will have over 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs hidden in designated egg hunting areas for children ages two through 12. Children should bring a basket or bag for their eggs and must be accompanied by an adult. “Sir Launch-a-Lot,” the egg launching robot from Camas High School will be on hand. The Traditional Easter Bonnet and Contemporary Hat contest will take place immediately following the egg hunt. For further information, visit www.cityofcamas.us and click on the “Easter Day Hunt” tab.

  • #nextchapter hosts free movie and discussion tonight

    a2Join the #nextchapter program and watch Disconnect, then participate in a discussion about the film and this year’s theme; “digital learning” this evening, Apr. 17, at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. It is free and open to the public. Disconnect explores how people experience the negative sides of modern communication technology by following three stories. The film is rated “R.” To read more about the movie, visit http://burkman.info/Disconnect-movie. This is one of many activities brought to Vancouver by #nextchapter: Vancouver’s annual community-wide discussion of compelling cultural trends in the emerging digital economy. For further details, visit www.facebook.com/hashnextchapter.

  • Clark Public Utilities’ 15th Annual StreamTeam Earth Day Celebration this Saturday

    earth-day-CPU-webpageClark Public Utilities will host its annual Earth Day Celebration in partnership with Clark County Environmental ServicesSaturday, Apr. 19. The largest Earth Day event in Clark County, the planting and EcoFair will be held at the Salmon Creek Regional Park near Klineline Pond. This event features more than 30 participating organizations. The free community EcoFair, open to all, kicks off at 10 a.m. with festivities lasting until 2 p.m. Click here for the original story.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts discussion about proposed copper mine near Mt. St. Helens Apr. 23

    story_about_copperThe Washington State University Vancouver Center for Social and Environmental Justice and the Gifford Pinchot Task Force will host author Bill Carter who will talk about a proposed copper mine near Mount St. Helens. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 23 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The event is free and open to the public. Carter wrote Boom, Bust, Boom – A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World. The book is an account of the presence of copper in our lives and its cost on health, the economy and the environment. For the full story, click here.

  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents “Cats! Jr.” this weekend

    1623288_10152222489980751_779027741_nThe Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents Cats! Jr. this weekend at the Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St. in Wahougal. Tickets are $10 per person; $13 at the the door. Showtimes are Friday, Apr. 18, at  7 p.m.; Saturday, Apr. 19, at 2  and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 20, at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.metropaa.org.  Click here for the original story.

  • Applicants wanted for Animal Control Advisory Board position

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants for a position that will soon open on the Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board. The position is for a Clark County resident who is a member, employee or officer of a Clark County animal welfare organization. The board meets quarterly at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. Functions include: Reporting on general operations of the Animal Protection and Control Program and recommended modifications to county code, and acting as an appeal hearing board. For more information or an application, contact Paul Scarpelli at Animal Control, 360-397-2375 ext. 4705, or Paul.Scarpelli@clark.wa.gov. Applications must be sent to Animal Protection and Control, P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810 or dropped off at the department on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 18.

  • Backwoods Brewing hosts beer dinner at Roots Apr. 17
    135Roots Restaurant & Bar invites the community to a Beer Dinner with Backwoods Brewing Company on Thursday, Apr. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening costs $40 per person. Interested parties should register early as space is limited. To attend, call 360-260-3001 or make reservations online at http://www.opentable.com/roots-restaurant-and-bar. Click here for the full story.
  • 17th annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial ceremony Apr. 19

    ChiefRedheartPictureMembers of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional memorial ceremony on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The three-hour ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 19, across 5th Street from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. The ceremony pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps to heal old wounds. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. Refreshments at the ceremony will be provided by Meals on Wheels. For the original story, Click here.

  • Vancouver Vision Clinic hosts open house and ribbon cutting this afternoon at 4 p.m.

    Vancouver Vision Clinic will host an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the restoration of a new building at 329 NE Sixth Ave. in Camas, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 17. The Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce will welcome doctors CurtissMcTyierPatel and Payne and their staff to the new accommodations. Attendees can expect food, drinks and raffle prizes. Visit www.vancouvervision.com for more information.