Register now for NWABA’s third annual fundraising breakfast Sept. 22

by DIwpBacon on August 28, 2015

Click here to register!

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is hosting its third annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Presented by Riverview Community Bank, “Vision for Opportunities” allows guests the opportunity to interact with athletes and volunteers, listen to powerful testimonials, and more, all while enjoying a delicious meal.

NWABA works to change the lives of blind and visually impaired youth and adults with sports throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Of the nearly 56,000 blind and visually impaired children and youth in the United States, 70 percent do not participate in even a limited physical education program. Athletes at NWABA leave behind sedentary, isolated lives and they gain skills, confidence and joy.

The “Vision for Opportunities” fundraising breakfast will be at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in Portland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8 to 9 a.m. To learn more and to register, visit, and click on the event banner. Those interested in becoming a table captain can call 360-448-7254 or email








Three community leaders join the Vancouver Chamber Board of Directors

by DIwpBacon on August 28, 2015

Dr. Steve Webb


Lisa Goecke


Amy O’Hara








The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has announced the addition of three new community leaders onto its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. A retail business owner, a community-building CPA, and the Vancouver School District Superintended will be added to the roster.

Dr. Steve Webb, Vancouver School District Superintendent, will bring his extensive education experience to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He currently serves on the boards for the Rotary Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.

Lisa Goecke, Perkins & Co., has been in public accounting since 1986; and with Perkins & Co since 1990. In 2002 she was elected shareholder. Goecke is also an active board member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and works with prospective companies looking to move into Clark County.

Amy O’Hara, Co-owner, When the Shoe Fits, is a Seattle native. She developed her career in footwear first in retail and then in wholesale where she eventually became a regional sales manager for the StrideRite Corporation. O’Hara, with her husband Alan, founded When the Shoe Fits in 2004 and they have since expanded to a successful four-door chain.

These three new board members will be recognized at the Chamber’s “Annual Officer Installation and Business & Leadership Awards” event on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Hilton,301 W 6th S. To attend, RSVP at The cost is $60 per person.


Recycling Beyond Bags kicks off Aug. 29


Join the City of Vancouver and its partners from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Cascade Park Safeway, 13719 SE Mill Plain Blvd., for the special launch of a new pilot program aimed at increasing awareness and opportunities for recycling plastic wrap, bags and film packaging.

The #RecycleBeyondBags community kick-off event features an on-site live broadcast of the popular “Weekend Warrior” radio program heard locally on KPAM 860 AM, featuring Tony and Corey from PARR Lumber.

The public is invited to stop by, learn about the #RecycleBeyondBags program, get answers to recycling questions, and find out why plastic bags and wrap don’t belong in the big blue curbside recycling carts. The event includes refreshments and free drawings for prizes. Have a collection of clean and dry plastic bags, wraps and film at home? Bring them to Safeway for recycling. Learn more at

Columbia Wealth Management announces new hires


Spencer French


Tim Reichstein












Columbia Credit Union welcomes Spencer French and Tim Reichstein as a Registered Representatives in the Wealth Management Department.

As an Investment Advisor Representative for Cetera Advisor Networks, French will assist members with financial planning, investment and retirement strategies, education funding options, and insurance services. He will serve members at the Fourth Plain branch and by appointment at the Orchards and Salmon Creek branches. French most recently served as a financial advisor for various national investment firms where he held private banking duties, led customer service programs, and received recognition for increased profitability and performance.

Reichstein, also a representative for Cetera, will assist members with financial planning, investment and retirement strategies, education funding options, and insurance services. He will serve members at the Hazel Dell branch and by appointment at the Ridgefield branch. Reichstein previously worked locally as a Financial Advisor at a national investment firm selling stocks, advisory services, mutual funds and insurance products.


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  • Columbia Tech Center Movies in the Park cancels “Desipicable Me” due to rain, presents “Back to the Future” Sept. 4


    Due to rain in the forecast, this evening’s showing of Despicable Me at the Columbia Tech Center Park has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. Join the City of Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center for a free showing of Back to the Future next Friday, Sept. Sept 4. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. There is plenty of free, off-street parking right next to the park. Columbia Tech Center Park is located on Columbia Tech Center Dr., south of Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver.

  • Pianists Michael C. Liu and Fred Lu in VSO benefit concert tonight

    vso (1)Northwest Favorites Michael C. Liu and Fred Lu share the spotlight in an exciting benefit concert this evening, Aug. 28. The community is invited to watch the fingers fly and hear the sounds of great composers on amazing pianos to help support The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the VSO Young Artist scholarship fund. The concert, “Two Piano Music,” features Lu and Liu playing together on Steinways. Also on the program are selections from Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin and Francis Poulenwill, as well as two early works of the young Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Suite No. 1 Fantasise Tableux and Russian Rhapsody. The event is at Michelle’s Pianos, 600 SE Stark St. in Portland. Admission is free and open to the public, but donations will be gladly accepted to help raise money for The VSO Young Artist Competition. View the entire season and purchase tickets here.

  • Construction to begin improving, enhancing Northeast 94th Avenue

    Construction will begin in early September to widen and improve the 0.75-mile section of NE 94th Ave. from Padden Parkway to NE 99th St. Most of this section is narrow and has no shoulders or turn lanes. Tapani Inc., a Battle Ground-based contractor working for Clark County Public Works, will upgrade the road section by adding a center turn lane, sidewalks and drainage improvements. A bicycle lane and sidewalk will be built on the west side of 94th Ave., and a shared pedestrian-cyclist path will be built on the east side. A right-turn lane will be added to Padden Parkway for westbound vehicles turning north on to 94th Ave. Acceleration lanes will be built on Padden to improve safety by giving vehicles entering from 94th Ave. room to speed up before merging. Construction will continue throughout fall and winter, weather permitting, before concluding in fall 2016.

  • Share welcomes new board members

    shareShare has announced that Elizabeth Fitzgearld and Michelle Prosser will join its board of directors. Fitzgearld is the office manager at “,” the office of Drs. Todd Berinstein and David Bloom. Prosser is a managing attorney and shareholder at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C. She is a member of both the state of Washington and Clark County Bar Associations. Learn more about Share at For the original story, click here.

  • National Model Train Show comes to Portland this weekend

    Model Train Show 1This weekend, Portland will host the Annual National Train Show, the industry’s most respected model train show and trade exposition. Each year this illustrious event is held in a different city and state in North America. And this year Portland will host the 2015 extravaganza, which will showcase all aspects of model railroading including the industry’s newest and unique products and services from manufacturers and retailers from the U.S. and around the world. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for those 65 and over, children six through 12 are $7. Those under six are free. The Portland Expo Center is located at 2060 N Marine Dr. Click here for the full story.

  • WSU Vancouver to host Australian multimedia artists Aug. 28 at Angst Gallery

    alyslog3Australian multimedia artists Roger Dean and Hazel Smith of the austraLYSIS ensemble will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Angst Gallery in Vancouver. Titled Sound Ideas: Computational Sound in Performance and Multimedia, the event is sponsored by the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC) at Washington State University Vancouver. Admission is free. The program is part of the CMDC Visiting Artist Series, which brings digital media artists and scholars to Vancouver to present and discuss their work with the Vancouver community. Click here for the full story.


  • Dave’s Killer Magic Shop hosts nationally renowned magician Aug. 29

    imagesDave’s Killer Magic Shop will host nationally renowned magician, Jon Armstrong, this Friday, Aug. 29. Armstrong is considered one of the world’s best magical entertainers. Click here to see one of his tricks. Audiences can enjoy the same awe and wonder as seen at the world famous Magic Castle or on his TV appearances on shows such as Masters of Illusion, USA’s Ready for the Weekend, and most recently, Penn and Teller. Tickets are $15 per person. Performances are at 3 and 7 p.m. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit their Facebook page, here.

  • Stewardship Saturday at Columbia Springs Aug. 29

    stewardship-saturday-2Columbia Springs welcomes everyone for Stewardship Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 29. This family-friendly event is a great opportunity for community members and families to participate in restoration activities and projects that improve Columbia Springs’ 100-acre natural area and the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery. Projects may include gardening, painting, cleaning, invasive species removal, and more. Every Stewardship Saturday includes a lesson about local ecology to start the day, and a fun activity to end like a craft or nature hike. To sign up, email For more information, visit

  • Downtown Vintage & Art Street Faire Aug. 29

    flyer-2015-e1429634669677The Camas Vintage & Art Faire is this Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Camas on Fourth and Birch Streets. Now in its seventh year, the Faire is presented by the Downtown Camas AssociationCamas Antiques, and Roost Reimagined. In addition to over 60 vintage and antique vendors of both indoor and outdoor furniture as well as clothing and accessories, those who attend will find quality sculpture, paintings, drawings, hand made jewelry, recycled art, live music, fresh food, and more. Click here for an artist application. Potential vendors can contact Visit to learn more.

  • Councilors seek applicants for county position on library board

    The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill one of three Clark County positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees. The position is designated for someone living in Clark County outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits. The term is for seven years, beginning January 2016. Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district’s 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at and centralized headquarters. Applicants should address their understanding of: current challenges for public libraries; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs and digital resources; and the district’s funding as a junior taxing district. Interested applicants should submit a letter and resume to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000 or email to or fax 360-397-6058. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

  • “Back 2 School Bash” school supply drive at Market at Vancouver Mall Aug. 30

    11816961_1665638713647976_2750407316400643596_nThe Market at Vancouver Mall is hosting a “Back 2 School Bash” this Sunday Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors that bring a $5 donation in school supplies will receive a free gift from participating vendors. The outdoor market is located in the parking lot south of Macy’s at the Westfield Mall. It runs weekends through September 27, and features produce from local farmers, food and craft vendors, information booths, music, kids activities, and more. This week’s supply drive is hosted by Art ala Carte Vancouver. Find more details on Facebook, here.

  • Land Use Forum Aug. 31, after-party at Niche Wine Bar

    11831776_632348053568607_2298773512017853621_nThe Clark County Food System Council will host a Land Use Forum: Food, water, jobs and litigation in the Comprehensive Plan Update Process, this Monday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Downtown Vancouver Library, Columbia Room. The forum is to review the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) as a community and provide opportunities for participation in the development of the Preferred Alternative for the Comprehensive Plan. After the forum, participants can join the after-party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main St. Click here for the original story.

  • CRESA’s annual preparedness contest kicks off Sept. 1

    971519_578744305503608_1678107243_nSeptember is the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and this year’s national theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1CRESA launches the sixth year of the huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge. Game rules can be found at Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. each morning. Winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon. Click here for the full story.

  • Picnic and blood drive with Mayor Leavitt Aug. 30

    mayor_headshot_finalBloodworks Northwest and Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt invite everyone to attend a community picnic and blood drive on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The picnic features free food and beverages, games and entertainment. The donation center will be open all day for blood donations. Mayor Leavitt will make a presentation at 11:30 a.m. The picnic is at the Bloodworks NW Donor Center, 9320 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. #100, in Vancouver. Interestested parties should RSVP to: To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-398-7888 or email:

  • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of new Woodland High School Aug. 31

    New-WHS-EntranceWoodland Public Schools invites and encourages the entire Woodland community to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Woodland High School at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the new high school located at 1500 Dike Access Rd., Woodland. The program begins with an introduction by Superintendent Michael Green, and the singing of the national anthem by the WHS Jazz Choir. Attendees will gather in the brand new commons/performance area and hear from several speakers. Attendees can take guided tours or explore the high school on their own. Student tour guides will be on-hand to answer questions. The ceremony will conclude at 7:30 p.m.

  • Share’s Soups On! Oct. 18; early bird pricing through Aug. 29

    PrintDavidson & Associates Insurance representing PEMCO Insurance presents Soup’s On! Celebrity Chefs Compete for Share on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4:30 p.m., at Hilton Vancouver. Wear your best denim and enjoy the “There’s No Place Like Home” theme. Early bird ticket prices available through SaturdayAug. 29, are $40 for adults, $15 for kids five through 12, $480 for table of 12. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, ticket prices increase to $50 for adults, $20 for kids five through 12, and $600 for a table of 12. Find the full story, here.

  • Standup Paddleboard Salmon Classic Aug. 30, pre-race party Aug. 29

    11011600_905050739565755_6246651221046868256_nThe community of Washougal will again host professional and recreational Standup Paddleboard (SUP) athletes from around the region at the SUP Salmon Classic Paddleboard RaceSunday, Aug. 30. The second annual event will take place on the Columbia River at Cottonwood Beach. Participants and spectators can expect a festival-like feel with industry vendors, music, a raffle with great SUP prizes, board demos, and clinics. The public is invited to a pre-race party in downtown Washougal at Reflection Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • “SubUrbia” continues at Clark College Aug. 27-29

    wide_SUMMERTHEATRETheatre lovers get a welcome respite from superhero movies this summer as Clark College Theatre presents Eric Bogosian‘s subUrbia beginning this evening. This play, originally written in 1994 and turned into a movie in 1996, explores a group of aimless twentysomethings still living in the New Jersey suburb where they were raised. Performances are Aug. 27, 28, and 29. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for general admission, seniors are $11, students and alumni (with ID) are $9. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, online at, or call 360-992-2815.