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Vancouver Chamber CEO resigns, effective Dec. 11

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Kelly Love. Photo courtesy of GVCC.

GVCClogoThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) announced today the resignation of CEO Kelly Love as it begins a search for its next President and CEO. Love has accepted a position at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, responsible for media and community affairs. She leaves GVCC on December 11, having served five years as CEO of SW Washington’s largest business organization.

“This is a great opportunity for Kelly and the Board supports her decision. She’s been a strong advocate for Clark County businesses,” says GVCC Board Chair Eric Olmsted. “She will continue to be a positive force in our community in her new role at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.”

The Chamber has expanded its work during Love’s tenure, launching two new business counseling programs aimed at helping small business grow. In 2015, GVCC under Love’s leadership was awarded the AWB “Advocate” Award for business friendly legislative advocacy. GVCC has 1,200 member businesses.

GVCC will accept resumes from qualified candidates interested in the Chamber’s top job. The Board of Directors has assembled a selection committee to review qualified candidates. Submissions should be by email only with resumes/cover letters sent to

Vancouver Rotary’s Festival of Trees and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony this weekend

Monday, November 23rd, 2015


The Vancouver Rotary Foundation and members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver invite the community to kick off the 2015 holidays at the 20th Annual Festival of Trees this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The event takes place at the Hilton Vancouver this Friday, Nov. 27 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29. A few highlights include:

  • Appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves
  • Live entertainment on stage including choirs and dance groups
  • The always popular Talking Tree
  • A new, wonderful model train exhibit
  • Rides on the Loci train engine
  • A special Saturday Night Variety Show from Hello Vancouver!
  • A Scavenger Hunt in the Trees – perfect for all ages – with a prize drawing for a  winner
  • A fun drawing of raffle tickets on Sunday afternoon

Those that attend on Friday can take a break from the festivities and stroll over to Esther Short Park for the Vancouver Rotary Community Tree Lighting ceremony. The event kicks off at 5:15 p.m. with live music from the Vancouver Community Band and combined high school choirs, a visit from Santa and his elves, and more. The tree is lit at 6 p.m. Visitors are then welcome to check back at the Hilton for a concert presented by the Vancouver Pops Orchestra Concert at 6:20 p.m. The concert is free, but donations are requested.

For more information about this and other events occurring as part of the Vancouver Rotary’s Festival of Trees, visit

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” opens at Love Street Playhouse Dec. 4

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

From left Kevin Taylor
of Longview, Bethany Pithan of Longview, Lou Pallotta of Ridgefield, Kim
Dewey of Vancouver and Steve Taylor of Battle Ground.
Photo Credits: Darcie Elliott Photography

Love Street Playhouse continues its 2015 Season with a family friendly production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which runs during the holiday season. Owner and Artistic Director Melinda Leuthold directs Joe Landry’s inspiring live radio play adaptation of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life. The performance opens Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play transposes the cinematic classic to the theater by staging the story as if it was a live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the voices of dozens of characters while creating foley sound effects. As in the movie, everyman George Bailey, Kevin Taylor of Longview, must learn that “no man is a failure who has friends.” He is helped with a little divine intervention from Clarence the Angel, Steve Taylor of Battle Ground, when he must face off against local robber baron Henry F. Potter, Lou Pallotta of Ridgefield.

Additional performance times are December 5, 10, 11, 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 6, and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $18. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 360-907-9996. Love Street Playhouse is located at 126 Loves Ave. in Woodland.

Inaugural “Holiday Sip & Shop” in Camas Dec. 3

Monday, November 23rd, 2015









A brand new event will fill downtown Camas with festive cheer this holiday season. The Holiday Sip & Shop is a holiday after hours shopping, dining, and historic home tour event on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. A fundraiser for the Downtown Camas Association (DCA), this event will feature wine, beer, cider, and other tastings in downtown locations; holiday shopping specials; caroling on the street corners to add to the holiday cheer; and holiday street lighting will be all aglow along Fourth Ave.

The evening also includes a ride on a double decker bus and a tour of the historic Mill Manager’s House that has recently been renovated by local business owners Bob and Terri Shanahan. The bus will make frequent loops from downtown to this nearby historic home which will be decorated for the holidays.

Tickets are $25 and also includes one free drink and a holiday passport showing the participating locations in downtown. Those with 10 stamps in their passports will be entered to win an “Enjoy Downtown Camas” package which includes an overnight stay in the Camas Hotel, dinner for two, movie tickets at the historic Liberty Theatre, coffee, cupcakes, a bottle of olive oil, and more. Participants also get tickets to enter to win with every $10 spent downtown that evening.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit