Fifth annual “Sip & Stroll” Aug. 16

by DIwpBacon on August 1, 2014


The Hough Foundation will host the fifth annual “Sip & Stroll” set for Saturday, Aug. 16, in Uptown Village and Downtown Vancouver from 5 to 9 p.m. Participants can sample an array of wines from regional wineries and craft breweries at 30 merchant locations. Guests will also enjoy shopping discounts and special menu items while strolling down Vancouver’s tree-lined streets.

The self-guided tour will begin and end at Burgerville Center for Responsible Community Leaders, located at 1602 Main St. All participants are given a tour map with tasting locations marked and a commemorative tasting glass, which have become popular collectors items. Event shuttle stops are marked on the map to provide lifts from one end of the tasting route to the other.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $30 per adult online here to the first 1,200 people who request them. Tickets are also available at the starting location for $35. Participants may purchase bottles of their favorite beverages back at the starting location.

The Hough Foundation builds bridges within the community by cultivating self-reliance, mentoring parents and students, advocating for mental health and social services, and providing classroom, after school, and early learning enrichment opportunities.





Parkmobile USA, Inc. launches mobile payment solutions pilot program in downtown Vancouver

by DIwpBacon on August 1, 2014


Parkmobile USA, Inc. has partnered with the City of Vancouver to pilot its revolutionary new parking payment service for the next six months at approximately 100 on-street parking spaces in downtown Vancouver (VIEW MAP). Starting today, Aug. 1, customers will have the option of paying to park in these particular spaces using a mobile app, the Internet or by calling a toll-free number.

After setting up their Parkmobile account through mobile app or at, customers can immediately start using the system. Parkmobile will also send customers alerts on their mobile phone 15 minutes before their parking meter expires. If they haven’t already purchased the full time allowed at the meter, customers can also add time to their meter directly from their phones.

The City’s parking rate will remain $.50 an hour. Parkmobile will charge users an additional $.35 for each mobile transaction. Parking customers will still be able to pay with coins, if they prefer. The “20 minutes free” feature on the City’s coin-operated meters will be automatically incorporated into the transaction. The parking meters included in the pilot will have bright green Parkmobile stickers on the meter. For more information, visit



Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out Aug. 5


The Fircrest Neighborhood Association (with help from the Countryside Woods Neighborhood) is hosting the Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park from 4 p.m. to dark.

Activities include: a 13′ x 13′ bounce house and a 52′ obstacle course (25 cents per turn, or $5 for unlimited turns), the EDITH Trailer (fire safety), children’s crafts, sponsored by Lowe’s, face painting, playing catch with a robot, sidewalk art, a nighttime scavenger hunt, and more.

Bring your own food or enjoy food from local carts like Getta Gyro and Esoteric BBQ. There will also be information booths from organizations such as the Red Cross, DSHS, Waste Connections, Evergreen Public Schools, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Neighbors on Watch, and others.

National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Special benefit for Hoops on the River Aug. 14

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FastbreakThe Fast Break Scholarship Drive kick-off is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Hilton Vancouver. Join honorary co-chairs Mayor Tim Leavitt and Roger Michaelis, President/CEO of IQ Credit Union, at this annual event that supports Hoops on the River (HOTR).

Guests will enjoy a performance by legendary musical guest, Lisa Mann, entertainment by comedian Aaron Ross, and an auction to support the Fast Break Scholarship Drive for One Team Kids Foundation. Tickets are $45; $25 for HOTR athletes. For tickets, call 360-921-2429.

Hoops on the River is presented by the One Team Kids Foundation and Share. After a one-year hiatus, it returns bigger and better than ever. A new location, new events, new resources, and more excitement will mark the eighth year of this event held in Vancouver from  Friday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17. For more information,

Vancouver’s third annual “Back in the Day” reunion Aug. 9


The public is invited to the third annual “Back In The Day Reunion” celebration, hosted by members of Vancouver’s earliest African American families, on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the city’s Marshall Park, 1015 E McLoughlin Blvd.

These original settlers arrived here in the 1940s seeking wartime jobs and stayed to make their homes in Vancouver. Former schoolmates from these families organized the first reunion after a book of family memories was published in March 2012 by the Vancouver branch of NAACP.

Basic cookout fare, water and some supplies will be provided at the park’s main shelter. Attenders are asked to bring a favorite dish as well as non-alcoholic beverages, utensils and chairs. The celebration will feature music and entertainment, door prizes and games, and socializing with old and new friends.

Sponsoring businesses and organizations include Umpqua Bank, Kenneth L. Smith Financial Services, Clark County YWCA, and Vancouver NAACP.


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News Briefs

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II” at John Ball Park this evening

    teenagemutantThe City of Vancouver has announced the schedule for Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park held every Friday for six consecutive weeks. The showing this evening, Aug. 1 will be Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, at John Ball Park, W 23rd & Kauffman Streets in Vancouver. These free movies begin at dusk. Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks, and beverages. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are prohibited, unless in designated areas (no alcohol may be brought into the park). Dogs on a leash are welcome. For more information, click here.

  • Washougal City Council holds special meeting Aug. 4

    The Washougal City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Washougal Council Chambers to consider the appointment of committees to prepare statements for and against two propositions which will be appearing on the general election ballot for the November 4, 2014, general election. If approved, the propositions would authorize the City to increase its property tax levy for the purpose of maintaining the level of service for fire and emergency medical services, and enhancing public safety services through its police and related programs. Those interested in joining a committee, must be a registered voter, reside within the Washougal city limits, and express interest by Monday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. Contact Rose Jewell at 360-835-8501 ext. 602.

  • 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct dissimilar air combat training

    The Oregon Air National Guard‘s 142nd Fighter Wing is hosting F-18 Hornets from multiple Naval Air Stations to conduct dissimilar air combat training from Tuesday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 22. Flights will launch daily after 7 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m. Dissimilar air combat training provides realistic combat scenarios and opportunities to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The 142nd Fighter Wing is tasked under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to defend the skies over the Pacific Northwest. Since September 11, 2001, the Wing has flown more than 48,000 hours in support of this mission. For further details, visit

  • Fifth annual Columbia River Concours D’ Elegance this Sunday

    RR gold trimmed #1The Fort Vancouver National Trust will present the 2014 Columbia River Concours d’EleganceSunday, Aug. 3, along Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver. Over 100 classic cars restored to showroom polish will be on display. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m. The award ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at For the full story, click here.

  • National Park Service announces $1.7 million rehabilitation project at Fort Vancouver

    The National Park Service has awarded a $1.7 million contract to DSL Builders, LLC of Salem, Oregon to rehabilitate the Visitor Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The contract includes the design and construction of the rehabilitation project, which will reconfigure interior space to allow for accessibility, increase educational opportunities and enhance visitor experience. The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the summer of 2015. During the rehabilitation period, the National Park Service will be relocating the visitor center’s public service functions to the lobby area of Pearson Air Museum, located within the national park at 1115 E Fifth St. in Vancouver. For the full story, click here.

  • 17th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival Aug. 21 through 24

    5-time Grammy Winners, Blind Boys of AlabamaThe Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 24 in Esther Short Park. In addition to the music, the festival features over 200 wines from around the world, food from eight local restaurants, 30 art and craft venders and numerous commercial exhibitors. Admission is free on Thursday; $20 for Friday; $25 for Saturday & Sunday; or $60 for a 3-day pass. Click here for the full story.

  • Columbia Springs’ annual fundraiser Aug. 8

    environmental-education-schoolsThe community is invited to help the next generation get hooked on nature by attending Columbia Springs’ annual fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at Royal Oaks Country Club. Funds raised at this event will support environmental education programming for kids in Clark County. Guests will enjoy dinner, live music, a silent auction, photo booth, and more.Tickets are $75 per person. To register, go to For the original story, click here.

  • Sam Bridgman joins race to raise funds for Friedreich’s ataxia research

    To promote the awareness of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), Sam Bridgman of Portland, will participate in Ride Ataxia Seattle on Monday, Aug. 3 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. Funds raised will be research. FA is a degenerative neuromuscular disease that results in loss of coordination and usually a serious heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Many FA patients are bound to their wheel chairs, losing their ability to walk and having their speech and other functions affected, as they fight their battle. Bridgman was diagnosed with the rare genetic disease that affects 15,000 people worldwide. There is currently no known treatment or cure. For more information and to donate, visit

  • Art on the Boulevard hosts outdoor sale tonight
    imagesAs part of Vancouver’s Art in the Heart event, Art on the Boulevard will host an outdoor art show and sale on First Friday, Aug. 1. Thirteen artists at the gallery, set up outside along the sidewalk selling all different styles of artwork at “one day only” special low pricing. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Vancouver’s Downtown Association has prepared August’s Hot Sheet, which offers a detailed list of all the events going on for First Friday. To download a copy, click here.
  • Camas First Friday will have you “Feeling Good in the Neighborhood” Aug. 1

    kid3All are invited to downtown Camas on Friday, Aug. 1, for an evening of good, healthy fun. The event will have a variety of demos and family-friendly activities to help people get moving, living healthier, and feeling good. The focus is on relaxation & pampering, health & well-being and interactive, physical activities. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. For all the information, visit and Click here for the original article.

  • Accreditation assessment team invites public comment on CRESA Aug. 4

    cresaA team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Saturday, Aug 2 to examine all aspects of the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency‘s (CRESA) policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Verification by the team that CRESA meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety communications excellence. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 360-992-6274 on Monday, Aug. 4, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. Click here for the full article.

  • “Becky’s New Car” premiers at Magenta Theater tonight

    BeckysCar3smallThe Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in Vancouver, presents Becky’s New Carwritten by Steven Dietz and directed by Jaynie Roberts. The play premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Aug. 16. Matinee performances will be held on Aug. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $16, available here. For more information, patrons may also call 360-635-4358. For the full article, click here.

  • New Seasons Market- Fishers Landing Bike fair event Aug. 7

    bike fair tileBike riders are invited to enjoy the festivities at New Seasons Market -Fisher’s Landing Bike Fair Thursday, Aug. 7  from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and participate in a variety of family friendly events. Visit the “Quick Fix Station” to check tires, chains and brakes. Add a free bucket to a bike, while supplies last, and fuel the afternoon with samples and beverages from over 20 participating vendors. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music performed by Tony Smiley beginning at 4 p.m. New Seasons is located at 2100 B SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • Vancouver’s annual art festival “Art in the Heart” Aug. 1

    80Downtown Vancouver’s annual festival of the arts, “Art in the Heart,” happens First Friday, Aug. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. Artists will set up on Main St., from Evergreen to 11th St., along the sidewalks of Evergreen Blvd. from Washington to Columbia, and also along the sidewalks on 9th St. in front of Gallery 360. The event is free and open to the public. Participating galleries include: Art on the Boulevard , Aurora GalleryGallery 360Rand Jeweler , and The Gallery Without Walls. For more information, visit For the full story, click here.

  • Register now for Race for the Homeless Aug. 2

    raceforhomelessThe Race for the Homeless 2014 will run for its 15th year in Vancouver. Registration for the 5K Run, 10K Run and 5K Walk is $20 and includes a t-shirt. The Kids Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. The start/finish line is at the O.O. Howard House on Fort Vancouver Way, just south of E Evergreen Blvd. All race fees will be matched with a generous donation to benefit Open House Ministries. Last year $7,800 was given to this organization to help homeless families regain their independence. For more information and to register, visit For the original article, click here.

  • Workshop on “HECM 4 Purchase” program Aug. 6

    Those 62 or older who are thinking of buying a new home are invited to a workshop on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) 4 Purchase Loan at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Building Industry Association, 103 E 29th St. in Vancouver. The HECM 4 Purchase is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured home loan that allows seniors to use the equity from the sale of a previous residence to buy their next primary home in one transaction. Featured presenter is Edward Frankel, HECM 4 Purchase specialist. For further details and to register, call 360-597-4314.