Aphrodisiac Dinner at Niche for Valentine’s Day
Couples are welcome to Niche on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, for a special, five-course “Aphrodisiac Dinner” prepared by Chef David. The menu features oysters on the half shell, fennel cream soup, arugula salad, poached breast of pheasant, and a fig dessert. All the courses are paired with wine. The cost is $70 per person and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended. For more information, call 360-980-8352 or visit www.nichewinebar.com.
Lottery to assign permits to sell fireworks, application deadline Feb. 10
The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is taking applications for at least four retail fireworks permits to be assigned by lottery to be held on Feb. 12. Fireworks cannot be sold in Clark County without a permit. “One permit will be issued through the lottery, and more could become available if they are not retained by current holders,” says Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway. Applications for the permit lottery can be obtained at the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield, or at clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks. Only one completed application may be entered per person or organization. All lottery permit applications must be received at the Fire Marshal’s Office no later than 5 p.m., Feb. 10. Applications may be delivered or mailed to the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield or faxed to 360-397-2076. Applications postmarked on Feb. 10 will not qualify.
City of Vancouver seeks imput on proposed changes to parking code
The City of Vancouver’s Parking Services Division is seeking public input on a series of proposed parking code changes before presenting them to City Council in March. Public comments about the proposed parking code changes are being accepted through Feb. 29. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ParkingCodeUpdate to access the comment form. The proposed changes cover a broad range of topics including street sweeping program improvements, law enforcement permit programs, prolonged parking management tools, and more.The proposed changes were originally identified during the 2014 parking code reorganization as tools to improve the efficiency of the City’s parking management program. For more information about the proposed parking code changes or to provide public comment, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ParkingCodeUpdate.
First Friday returns to downtown Vancouver Feb. 5
It’s First Friday Art Walk in Vancouver tonight, Friday, Feb. 5, and the Vancouver Downtown Association (VDA) has this month’s Hotsheet ready here. Many of downtown’s art galleries, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and boutiques will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.vda.org. Click here for the full story.
Water Resources Center celebrates 20 years Feb. 13
Kids and their families are invited to join in a free, special Second Saturday birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center. Visitors will have a “River of Fun” learning about February Floods. Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games and birthday cupcake treats. Special guest, Eartha the Ecological Clown, will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Click here for the full story.
Clark County Food Bank hosts Care Concert Feb. 6
The Clark County Food Bank and the Mr/Miss Columbia River Contest at Columbia River High School are hosting a concert this Saturday, Feb. 6. Care Concert is a benefit for both the food bank and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The event features musical artists Corey Harper, Dustin Ruth, The Man Franco, and showing of the film View From a Blue Moon. Care Concert brings together a talented set of local musicians in a unique setting at the warehouse of Clark County Food Bank. The film screening begins at 7 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students; $15 for adults. All tickets at the door are $15. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit http://goo.gl/V35yYs.
ESD 112 announces winners of regional Poetry Out Loud contest
ESD 112 has announced the winners of the regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are Michaela Cloyd, Ridgefield High School, and Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. These students will advance to the state competition in March. The winners will advance to the contest in Tacoma on Saturday, Mar. 5. The state champion will advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C. $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. To learn more, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic February 11
Christopher Luna Poet Laureate of Clark County
Ghost Town Poetry will once again host an Open Mic on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Angst Gallery. Open Mic nights are hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna. This month’s featured writer, Steve Williams, is the author of a new chapbook entitled Thirteen, a poem. Food and libation are available during the event from Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in Vancouver. Find more details about this evening of poetry at www.printedmattervancouver.com. Interested parties can also call 360-910-1066.
City of Battle Ground Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission Position
The City of Battle Ground is seeking applicants to fill a vacant position on its Planning Commission. The commission is a seven-member volunteer board that is charged with advising the City Council on all legislative land use matters referred to them by the council including comprehensive planning, capital facility planning, transportation planning, and development codes. To qualify for the position, applicants must reside within the City of Battle Ground. For more information regarding the Planning Commission and an application to serve, visit www.cityofbg.org/planning-commission.
Vicki Kraft announces candidacy for 17th Legislative District
Vicki Kraft has announced that she has filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission for Washington State Representative in the 17th Legislative District, Position 1 (R) in the 2016 election. Kraft works for the Freedom Foundation. Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, she worked for Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Pillsbury and Frigidaire as well as small businesses. As the Chairman of the 17th Legislative District, elected to the Clark County Republican Party Executive Board in 2012, she is knowledgeable about the concerns of the citizens of the District. She is active with the Greater Vancouver Chamber; and with the Steering Committee for the Vancouver Library’s – Forum@The Library 2.0. To learn more about Kraft and her campaign, visit www.vickikraft.com.
Friends of Fort Vancouver hosts Sweetheart Dance Feb. 13
The 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Pearson Air Museum. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person and are available at the Friends’ Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center or online at: www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Click here for the full story.
Clark County Grown hosts first Seasonal Social Feb. 9
Clark County Grown
invites the community to its first Seasonal Social
. The event will be a quarterly gathering for farmers, chefs and local food advocates to share food and ideas to inspire the local food economy. Winter’s topic is “How to Get Clark County Farm Products to Market.” The social is Tuesday, Feb. 9
, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Barberton Grange, 9400 NE 72nd Ave., Vancouver. For the full story, click here.
Reading and signing with Jason Gurley at Vintage Books Feb. 6
Local author Jason Gurley will be at Vintage Books Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. for a reading and signing of his newly published, speculative fiction bestseller, Eleanor. The novel, about a family capsized by tragedy and the girl who transcends space and time to save them, was originally a self-published bestseller in the summer of 2014. Eleanor got such acclaim that it was picked up by Crown Publishing and re-released in mid-January. Gurley is the author of the novels Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and the ongoing Movement series. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine and numerous anthologies. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.vintage-books.com or call 360-694-9519.
City of Vancouver hosts Volunteer Appreciation Open House Feb. 6
The City of Vancouver is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Open House on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Whether you’ve given a few hours or a lifetime of service, you are invited to attend. Drop in for coffee, tea and pastries from Bleu Door Bakery on Main St. Get to know other Vancouver volunteers, share a volunteer highlight from 2015 and learn about upcoming opportunities. Those planning to stop by are asked to contact Carrie Vogelzang at email@example.com or 360-487-8344.
“A Chocolate Affair to Remember” with a Downton Abbey flair for First Friday Feb. 5
Chocolate treats, fun themed activities, art shows, movies, prizes, and more will all be a part of the First Friday event in Downtown Camas from 5 to 9 p.m, this evening, Friday, Feb. 5. In addition to this year’s event and in honor of the last season of Downton Abbey, come dressed in “Downton” attire and be entered to win a Downton Abbey basket. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/first-fridays/chocolate-affair-to-remember/ or the Downtown Camas First Friday Facebook page. Find the full story, click here.
Art on the Boulevard opens new show for February, reception Feb. 5
Art on the Boulevard is kicking off the new year with a brand new solo show “Inspiration” featuring the oil paintings of Mike Rangner. To preview all 27 pieces in the show, visit www.artontheboulevard.org and click on “Upcoming Events,” then click on “Visit the Exhibition.” The opening reception is on First Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 9 pm. Visitors can enjoy some light complimentary refreshments and check out Rangner’s wonderful new show. Art on the Boulevard is located at 210 W Evergreen Blvd. For more information, visit www.artontheboulevard.org.
“The Odd Couple” kicks off Love Street Playhouse 2016 season
Love Street Playhouse opens its 2016 Season with the iconic American comedy The Odd Couple, directed by Tony Bump, on Friday, Feb. 5. After their thoroughly fed up wives throw them out, sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (played by Richard Barr of Vancouver) and uptight neat freak Felix Ungar (played by Gary Corbin of Camas) decide to move in together, thinking they’ll save on expenses and have a few laughs. It turns out the laughs are on them. The Odd Couple will run February 5 through the 28. For the full story, click here.
NACCC meeting Feb. 8
The Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County (NACCC) will meet Monday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Public Works Operations Center Conference Room, 4700 NE 78th St. Vancouver. Scott Johnson, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) Director will discuss the Clark County Hazard Mitigation Plan focusing on reducing community risks to hazards, such as earthquake, floods, and wildfires. Helen Elder, executive director, CAMP Villages Network, will share a plan to help individuals live in their home as long as they can. The NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.