VSO Chamber Series presents a Piano Extravaganza Oct. 18

by DIwpBacon on October 9, 2015


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series kicks off its fifth season at 3.p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Kiggins Theatre. Piano Extravaganza will feature Northwest favorites: Cinda Redman, Lena Vozheiko-Wheaton, Kathy Edsill-Charles, Kathryn Hobbie and Dr. Michael C. Liu.

As part of this innovative program of piano virtuosi, the audience will be treated to two-piano groupings and even a rousing conclusion of all five pianists (each from Vancouver) playing at the same time on the same stage. Highlights include:

  • Scaramouche Suite by Milhaud
  • En Blanc et Noir by Debussy
  • Music for Two Pianos: Recuerdos by Bolcom
  • Les Preludes by Liszt
  • Porgy and Bess Fantasy by Gershwin/Grainger
  • Wizard of Oz Fantasy by Arlen/Stothart/Hirtz
  • Over the Rainbow by Arlen/Bober

For a limited time, discounts are being offered on Chamber season ticket packages. For more information about this concert and all 2015-2016 events, visit www.vancouversymhony.org or call 360-735-7278.








Society of Washington Artists hosts fall Art Show and Sale Oct. 16 and 17

by DIwpBacon on October 9, 2015
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“Phantom” won Best in Show in 2014

The Society of Washington Artists is celebrating its 53rd year in existence next weekend with a professionally judged Fall Art Show and Sale at the award winning H.H. Hall Building at 10000 NE Seventh Ave. in Vancouver. Visitors will enjoy diverse subject matter such as landscape, wildlife, portrait, and abstract art created in a wide variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, sculpture and much more.

Public viewing and sales are Friday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The Artist Reception and Award Ceremony is Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.; awards are presented at 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy food and beverages, and live music.

The judge for this event is Joanne Kollman, a Northwest painter whose work ranges from commercial illustration to etchings and oil paintings. For the last 20 years, Kollman has produced hundreds of illustrations for magazines, children’s books, and commercial clients, while maintaining a steady practice in studio painting and graphics. For more about the artist, visit www.joannekollman.com.

“Swing More 24!” raises over $6,000 for Parks Foundation


Clark PUD Commissioner Jane Van Dike and a friend. Photo courtesy of Parks Foundation.

Two weeks ago, the community shared in the collective generosity of Give More 24, Southwest Washington’s day of online giving. The Parks Foundation participated by holding the first-ever “Swing More 24!” From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Parks Foundation supporters perched on swing sets in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, Washougal, and Clark County. They engaged with the people who use parks every day, and encouraged friends and family to show support by donating.

Altogether, swingers and supporters raised $6,480, nearly double raised last year. To inspire some friendly competition, all donations that were flagged in support of a specific participant would be credited to them–and everything donated in support of a specific city or the county would be credited to that jurisdiction.

The top jurisdiction was Vancouver, bringing in $1,440 in donations. The top Swing Participant was Susan Galaviz. Galaviz does marketing for XRAY FM and the “Carl in the Morning” radio show. She garnered both the most donations, and the highest collective dollar amount, with 18 donations that totaled $600. Galaviz will have an engraved brick in Esther Short Park’s Propstra Square. Other prize winners can be seen here and here.

“Dixieland on the Columbia River” annual benefit for Friends of the Carpenter Oct. 17


Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host its annual dinner and auction on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Tickets are $75 per person; a table of 10 can be purchased for $650.

“Dixieland by the Columbia River” will feature live music, two silent auctions and a live auction. The silent auction will include over 100 items including gift baskets, wood-working items, and more. Live auction items include a “Christmas Markets on the Danube”cruise from Dec. 5 through 12, 2016 from Budapest to Nuremburg. A comprehensive list of live and silent auction items is available on-line at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

Event tickets can be purchased on-line at www.friendsofthecarpenter.org or at the FOC office, 1600 W 20th St. For those unable to attend the auction, but would like to make a financial contribution, mail a check to: FOC, P.O. Box 65358, Vancouver, WA 98665; or make an on-line donation at www.friendsofthecarpenter.org.

Holocaust survivors speak at Oregon Historical Society’s free “Second Sunday” event Oct. 11


Les and Eva Eigner.

The Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education are hosting Holocaust survivors Les & Eva Aigner for a very special “Second Sunday” lecture on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. “Second Sunday” events are monthly public programs at the Oregon Historical Society on the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon history, and are free and open to the public.

Les Aigner was a 15 year old boy in 1944. Because of his religion he was taken from his home in Budapest, Hungary, to Auschwitz Concentration Camp as well as several other camps. Les was liberated in Dachau Germany by the American Forces. After liberation, Les returned to his home, and found out that most of his family had been killed in the Holocaust.

Eva Aigner, as a seven year old child and because of her religion, was taken from her home to the Ghetto in Budapest, Hungary. She survived the Budapest Ghetto, but many of her family members were killed during the Holocaust. Les and Eva got married in Hungary in 1956. They now live in Oregon.

Following the lecture, attendees are welcome to visit the Oregon Historical Society’s current exhibition “World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed,” on display through December 7. Regular museum admission is required to visit the exhibition. For prices, visit http://bit.ly/1P11tky


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  • Family Wormshop Oct. 10

    UnknownFall is the perfect time to turn spoils into soil with a Master Composter/Recycler workshop. Families can attend a wormshop this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Columbia Springs. Attendees will learn the care and feeding of red worms and discover how they can turn fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen into food for your garden or house plants. Registration is $35 and includes a worm bin and pet worms to take home. Those just looking for information may attend for free. For more information and to register, visit www.columbiasprings.org.

  • Winter operating hours announced for Fort Vancouver, effective Nov. 1

    images-1Fort Vancouver‘s annual change to winter operating hours will be effective Sunday, Nov. 1, in conjunction with the annual end of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Operating hours at the reconstructed fort, Pearson Air Museum, and the soon-to-be-reopened Visitor Center, will be Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be closed Sundays and Mondays. Park grounds will remain open seven days a week from dawn until dusk, and the national park’s Administrative Headquarters, other park management offices located elsewhere on site, and library and museum collections will be open Monday through Friday by appointment during regular business hours. Permitted events and activities will not be affected. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

  • Davidson & Associates Insurance again earns “Best Practices Agency” designation

    new_logoIndependent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has honored Vancouver-based Davidson & Associates Insurance by continuing its “Best Practices Agency” designation and choosing it as a IIABA Study Group member. More than 1,100 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 217 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35 to 45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories. For more information, call 360-514-9550 or visit www.davidsoninsurance.com.

  • Former Miss USA speaks at Daybreak’s fall luncheon Oct. 13

    FB LOGODaybreak Youth Services is hosting a fall Luncheon and Community Conversation on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Lunch is served at noon with the program and community conversation to follow. Former Miss USA Tara Conner is the guest speaker. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at: www.daybreakyouthservices.org or by calling 360-635-4120. Conner nearly lost her crown in 2006 when reports surfaced about her underage drinking, drug use and self-destructive behaviors. Today, Conner is a Public Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers, as well as a face and voice of long-term recovery. Click here for the full story.

  • Sports Authority opens Hazel Dell store, grand opening celebration Oct. 17

    692027_112_COMING_SOON_-_TEMPLATESports Authority, one of the largest full-line sporting goods retailers in the United States and Puerto Rico, invites the community to a grand opening celebrating its newest location in Vancouver on Saturday, Oct. 17. The new store is located at 8002 NE Sixth Ave. in Hazel Dell. Starting at 8 a.m., the first 100 customers in line will receive a $20 instant Sports Authority cash card. The 101st-200th customers in line will receive a $10 cash card. U.S. Women’s Soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe will be on site from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Find the original article, here.

  • Vancouver Urban Forestry seeks tree enthusiasts for NeighborWoods Program, classes start this Saturday

    tree-canopyVancouver Urban Forestry invites you to share your tree-mendous enthusiasm by becoming part of the City’s NeighborWoods Program. The next series of NeighborWoods training starts this month. Training will take place on five weekday evenings in October, as well as two Saturday mornings. The first session is Saturday, Oct. 10. NeighborWoods Stewards receive free education and then serve as liaisons to their neighborhood associations, providing tree-related advice and assisting with tree plantings or tree-related educational projects in their neighborhoods. Click here for the full story.

  • Celebrate Halloween with the VBMA Oct. 17

    halloween at the chateauThe Vancouver Barrack’s Military Association will be hosting its fourth annual Halloween Party and Fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m Saturday, Oct. 17, at the 40 et 8 Chateau. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door for adults, $5 for youth over seven. Those under seven are free. The family friendly event features dinner, a presentation by local author Jeff Davis, live DJ playing Halloween favorites, dancing, costume contest, and more. There will be $1 and $5 dollar raffles and silent auction. Click here for the full story.

  • Vancouver School of Arts and Academics celebrates 20 years Oct. 16


    Vancouver School of Arts and Academics is celebrating 20 years on Friday, Oct. 16To kick off the celebration, the dance program is organizing a concert featuring several alumni who currently dance, choreograph and teach professionally. Performing alumni include Eowyn Emerald Barrett (2003), Felicia Garcia (2003), Brent Luebbert (2007), Laura Aschoff (2007), and Franco Nieto (2004).  A dance choreographed by Spenser Theberge (2004) will be performed by current VSAA dancers. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.arts.vansd.org.

  • Second Saturday at the Water Center focusses on eco-friendly gardening Oct. 10

    imagesKids and families are invited to the Water Resources Education Center for October’s Second Saturday, held this Saturday, Oct. 10. Second Saturdays are held monthly from 1 to 3 p.m. Families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. This month, visitors will learn about eco-friendly gardening and water conservation. Throughout the year, families can create bird feeders and other crafts, explore the center’s grounds, repurpose materials into a piece of art, all while learning about the environment. The Water Center is located at 4600 NE Columbia Way in Vancouver. For more information, including a schedule of Second Saturday events, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center.

  • Women Entrepreneurs Organization meets Oct. 21

    2015OctWEOhomeThe Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington will present Vicki Norris of RestoringOrder.com as the keynote speaker at the October meeting. Norris will share the areas needed to be addressed in any business to increase order, credibility, and profits. Spotlight speakers are Jodell Hinojosa, Jo Foody Catering, LLC and Jayme Hayward, Skincare by Jayme. The monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at Heathman Lodge.  Advance registration is $44.50 for members; $49.50 for visitors, and includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. To learn more and to register, visit www.weowa.org.

  • Patron tour to feature Marshall, Walnut Grove Elementary Schools Oct. 30

    School BusOn Friday, Oct. 30Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his first patron tour of the 2015-2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Marshall and Walnut Grove elementary schools. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Afterward, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and a delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $4 per person. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. To sign up, call Sue Knable at 360-313-4720 or email susan.knable@vansd.org. Click here for the full story.

  • Cash Back Day at Beaches Restaurants benefits local libraries Oct. 13

    12079677_10153703151367495_4200484794336905164_nBoth Beaches Restaurants locations will host a 50% Cash Back Day on Tuesday, Oct. 13. For every customer that mentions the “Library,” “FVRL Foundation,” or “Library Foundation” to their server while ordering, Beaches will donate an amount equal to 50% of that guest’s total check back to FVRL Foundation to help support reading and outreach programs at FVRL libraries. As an extra incentive for this event, guests can hand the server a special entry form to be entered into a drawing to win dinner for two at Beaches and a certificate for a one-night stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Vancouver. Find the full article, here.

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler seeks help to honor veterans in Southwest Washington

    honoring_vetsFor the third year in a row, Jaime Herrera Beutler has announced that she will be sharing the stories of Southwest Washington’s veteran heroes on her website again this November. If you are a resident who served in the military or you know someone who did, Herrera Beutler invites you to submit photos and stories from time in the service. She will be posting these stories and photos on Facebook here and at www.jhb.house.gov throughout the month of November. Send stories and photos by email to: share.vet.stories@gmail.com. Click here for the original story.

  • Democratic Debate Watch Party in Vancouver Oct. 13

    UnknownThe first Democratic Debate hosted by CNN will take place in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, Oct. 13. A viewing party hosted by local Bernie Sanders supporters will be held at the ILWU Local 4 Union Hall at 1205 Ingalls St., Vancouver. The party starts at 6 p.m. Information will be available for anyone wanting to learn more about Sanders’ record and platform. For more information and to register to attend, visit www.berniesanders.com.

  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce launches new networking event Oct. 13

    1226On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will host a new networking event from 5 to 7 p.m., at WooBox, 810 Main St., 2nd floor. “Industries Quarterly” is designed to focus on one sector at a time. The first event is dedicated to the Digital Technology industry. Everyone involved within the industry, as well as those that play a supporting role, are encouraged to attend. The featured guest list includes State Senator Annette Cleveland, who serves on the Energy, Environment and Technology Committee, and Sandra Towne, Digital Technology IPZ Administrator for the City of Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • Fall Harvest Tea Oct. 10

    TeaInviteGraphic All are welcome to a Fall Harvest Tea this Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Red Cross Community Room in Fort Vancouver. The event will feature live music, historic re-enactors, both sweet and savory treats, and a selection of Harney & Son’s Fine Teas. Reservations are required and can be made for the 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. seating time. The cost is $35 per person. The Red Cross Community Room is located at 605 Barnes Rd. Space is limited so reserve a spot today by purchasing tickets online here. For questions, contact Natalie Hantho at 360-992-1808 or natalie.hantho@fortvan.org.

  • Annual Apple Festival Oct. 11

    imagesRiverside Christian School is hosting its 25th annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on its campus at 463 N Shepherd Rd. in Washougal. There’s no admission fee, but there will be plenty of autumn delights to purchase including baked goods, and Honeycrisp apples available by the pound. Visitors can enjoy games, pony rides, a cake walk, confetti eggs, a pie eating contest and even bunnies for sale. Thirty different vendors will be on site selling everything from local arts and crafts to vegetarian burgers, nachos, and fresh apple dumplings with ice cream.

  • Nonprofit Network of SW Washington hosts Board Connects+ Oct. 14

    istock_green_handsThe Nonprofit Network of SW Washington is hosting Board Connect +Wednesday, Oct. 14In a social atmosphere like speed dating, representatives from eight to 12 Clark County nonprofits will be available for an introductory conversation with individuals looking to learn about organizations in which they may like to share their talents by serving on a nonprofit board, committee, or special project while also giving back to our community. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Cellar 55, 1812 Washington St. Attendance costs $15 and covers registration and appetizers. Click here for the full story.