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Vancouver Public Schools announces three opportunities to tour district

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Parents and community members will have three opportunities to discover the dynamic learning opportunities available in Vancouver Public Schools. Free patron tours, hosted by Superintendent Steven Webb, are among the best ways to find out what’s new in the district. Afterward, participants will be treated to a student musical performance and delicious luncheon prepared by students in the district’s award-winning Culinary Arts Program. The cost of the optional luncheon is $4 per guest.

Friday, Nov. 7–Fruit Valley Community Learning Center and Peter S. Ogden Elementary School
Friday, Jan. 23–Vancouver iTech Preparatory middle and high school campuses
Friday, March 13–McLoughlin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools

Tour sites and highlights are subject to change. All tours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and begin and conclude at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd., Vancouver. Transportation is provided between schools. Everyone is welcome but space is limited. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at

Ribbon cutting for YouthBuild and Business After Hours Oct. 28

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Join the community at Partners in Careers (PIC) for a ribbon cutting to launch the YouthBuild program Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no charge to participate in the ribbon cutting and no RSVP is necessary. Following the ribbon cutting, SWWDC and PIC will co-host a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Tickets for the After Hours may be purchased at

Through the YouthBuild Vancouver project, 45 to 60 disadvantaged youth will contribute to their community while completing their secondary education, gaining real-world construction skills and preparing for future work and education. Youth in the program will benefit from the expertise and commitment of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Partners in Careers, Innovative Services NW, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, WorkSource, Vancouver Housing Authority, Northwest College of Construction, construction firms and apprenticeship programs.

The program will culminate with the youth building two energy-efficient homes for low-income families enrolled with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about YouthBuild, contact Chelsea Chunn, Youth Initiatives Manager, at 360-567-1066 or

Scare Away Hunger with the North County Community Food Bank Oct. 25

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


October is a very busy time for many including those involved with the North County Community Food Bank (NCFB). The food bank’s annual fall “Scare Away Hunger” dinner auction and costume party is the organization’s major fundraiser of the year. Faced with growing expenses due to increasing client numbers, higher yearly food purchases and rising costs of basic utilities and supplies, the NCCFB looks to this event each year for the funding necessary to continue providing much needed north county client services.

This year’s fun-filled party will once again be held at the Battle Ground Community Center, on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event includes silent and live auction’s full of great items. Local businesses, individuals and organizations can donate silent auction baskets, register to attend, or host a table of eight, all of which helps raise the much needed funds.

Fall’s arrival with colder nights and winter temperatures approaching will place the food bank’s services in even greater demand. Food purchases consisting of at least 5,000 pounds each week are necessary to meet the level of need. Food drives and donations no longer keep up with the increasing demand. Individuals are $75 each; a table of eight is $575. Online registration is available at

Rep. Stonier presents breast cancer awareness license plate this evening

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


Rep. Monica Stonier will present breast cancer survivor Maureen Thompson with a mock-up of the state’s new breast cancer awareness license plate this evening, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m., at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Thompson, who received treatment at PeaceHealth’s Kearney Breast Center, was the driving force behind Washington’s Breast Cancer License Plate Bill (HB 2700). Proceeds from license plates help provide screenings for low-income and underserved residents across the state.

The event is part of Kearney Breast Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration. Renowned cancer scientist, Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, of the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University, will discuss the latest breast health and cancer findings in a presentation titled, “Inflammation and Cancer: Good Cells Behaving Badly.” Attendees should call 360-514-3404 beforehand to register. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Washington residents can now bid on the first batch of breast cancer awareness license plates before they go on sale in January. Money raised from the sale of the plates will pay for breast cancer screenings and follow up tests for women with limited or no insurance through the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program at PeaceHealth Southwest. Learn more at Plates will be available for purchase in January 2015 for $60 through the state Department of Licensing.