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First ever $500 Shop Local contest on now through Nov. 29

Monday, November 24th, 2014


The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Columbia Credit Union, have coordinated the first ever “Shop Local” Customer Appreciation contest. Right now, until Saturday, Nov. 29 (Small Business Saturday) patrons can shop at any one of over 45 local small businesses to become entered to win a $500 gift card.

This “Shop Local” Customer Appreciation Contest is designed to reward customers of current, local small businesses, but also provide incentive for first-time visitors. In addition to retail, many service oriented businesses are part of this campaign. The “Shop Local” award must be used at the location in which the customer entered. A list of all participating locations is online at

Columbia Credit Union, the “Get Out On… Small Business Saturday” program sponsor, has played an instrumental role in developing this program. Last year, they were out in the community on Small Business Saturday (always the Saturday after Thanksgiving) at two locations with their “Making Life Better Moments.” This year they are planning on choosing a retail member to surprise, on location. For more information, visit

Friends of Hospice hold annual poinsettia sale beginning Dec. 1

Monday, November 24th, 2014


Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington is holding its annual poinsettia sale beginning Monday, Dec. 1. Poinsettias can be preordered online here, or by calling 360-696-5056. Same day purchases can be made at these locations:

Dec. 1 and 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: PHSW Medical Center, 400 Mother Joseph Place (off Mill Plain Blvd)
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fairway Village Clubhouse, East Vancouver
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Glenwood Place Senior Living
Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Touchmark (formerly Waterford), East Vancouver
Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, North Vancouver

Preorders will be available for pick-up at at the 92nd St. entrance to PHSW on Monday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at Legacy Salmon Creek’s main lobby on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Home deliveries will not be possible this year. For further details, visit

City of Vancouver seeks applicants for two salary review commission vacancies

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Salary Review Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. This five-member volunteer commission is responsible for reviewing and re-establishing or adjusting the salaries of the Vancouver mayor and city council every two years. Applicants must be City of Vancouver residents and registered voters. City officers, officials, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. Salary Review Commission members are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval by the city council. Each commission member is appointed for a single four-year term. The appointments will be made effective Jan. 1, 2015. For more information, visit

Zoo set to illuminate holidays at annual Zoolights

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo.

A holiday tradition is back. Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m., more than 1.5 million brightly colored lights will illuminate the Oregon Zoo during its 27th annual ZooLights, presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and the Oregon College Savings Plan. This year’s display runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.

This year’s ZooLights features an an all-new train ride on an elevated trestle through areas that haven’t been lighted before, as well as an immersive stroll around the zoo similar to last year’s. Visitors should also be on the lookout for some winged wonders: six fantastical butterfly silhouettes have been placed around the zoo – part of a scavenger hunt that can win sharp-eyed visitors a prize at the Zoo Store.

ZooLights hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday. ZooLights will be closed Dec. 10, 24 and 25. Admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7 for children and free for children 2 and under. Zoo members may attend for free. For further information, visit>.