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VDA announces Game Changer Award winners at “Toast & Jam” Feb. 11

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Toast-and-Jam-Email-HeaderVancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) has slated its annual awards breakfast for Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. This annual gathering showcases and honors those in Vancouver’s City Center who have brought extraordinary leadership and projects in 2015. The public voted for nominees in six categories. VDA will also showcase the many projects it delivered in 2015 as well as its game plan for 2016. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Details are also on Facebook at:

Levy ballot deadline nears

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Voters have just two days left to submit ballots for the Vancouver Public Schools‘ levy election. The educational maintenance and operations (M & O) levy is not a new tax. It will replace the levy expiring this year. Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off at the Elections Drop Box by Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The Drop Box is located on 14th St. between Franklin and Esther streets. On election day only, ballots also may be dropped off at some area schools. A list of school locations accepting ballots will be posted today, Monday, Feb. 8, on the Clark County Elections website at

The replacement M & O levy will continue basic programs and services for three years–2017, 2018 and 2019. The district is requesting authorization of $46.2 million for collection in 2017, $47.3 million in 2018, and $48.4 million in 2019. The current levy amount (for 2016) is $45.2 million. Levy amounts are limited by a state-set “levy lid.” Vancouver Public Schools is below that lid.

Projected replacement levy rates (per $1,000 of assessed property value) are $3.04 for 2017, $3.02 for 2018, and $3 for 2019. The current estimated levy rate for 2016 is $3.06. More information is available at.

Community education launches video game design class

Monday, February 8th, 2016

MemLogo_BG_SchoolsA new class from Battle Ground Community Education (BGCE) could replace the video game controller in your kid’s hand with a device that would help redirect this electronic enthusiasm into computer programming. Code to the Future: Video Game Design is a new Community Ed offering for second through sixth graders that transitions students from being players to creators by teaching them computational thinking skills. The class begins Feb. 19 on the Lewisville campus. Students in the class will use kid-friendly programming applications like Scratch to make their own working video game design. Registration opens today, Monday, Feb. 8. A course schedule and registration information is available on the BGCE website at Registration is also available by calling 360-885-6584.

Vancouver Chamber opens registration for March workshop series

Monday, February 8th, 2016


Registration is open for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s (GVCC) eight-part Spring 2016 [Engagement] Workshop Series. The series will kick off on Tuesday, Mar. 1, with “Top Events for Businesses to Engage with the Community” instructed by Stacey Donovan, the special events director at the City of Vancouver.

Workshop topics include tips on engaging with the community, internal customer service, understanding customers’ perspective, the use of digital media to engage customers, the value of professionional images, and more. Additional presenters include Ronnie Noize, Patricia Coash, Kim Hash, Jodi Blackwood, Kevin Hiebert, Alan Hwang, and Kate Singh.

Workshops will run every Tuesday and Thursday at the chamber, 1101 Broadway Ste., 100,  from noon to 1 p.m. through the month of March. The classes are $10 per person for GVCC Members; $20 for non-members. The general public is encouraged to attend. The presenting sponsor is The Columbian. Register at Workshops are limited to the first 20 registrants.