Sept 12, 2013 - Office of Neighborhoods Weekly Update

Lewis & Clark Woods Sparkles Award Winner

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Greetings Neighborhood Leader:


Lewis & Clark Woods Sparkles with Community Pride

The Lewis & Clark Woods Neighborhood Association honored Bob & Carla Schreiber with a 2013 Vancouver Sparkles Award.

The Schreiber’s have a wonderfully lush yard and they also have the addition of a whimsical “Little Free Library” in the front. The Little Free Library is there to promote literacy and the love of reading by building a free book exchange in the neighborhood. In doing so, the Schreiber’s hope to build a sense of community and share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations. Carla and Bob put up the Little Library to meet neighbors and neighborhood kids, and they are pleased that so many kids stop by to grab a book. Thank you Carla and Bob!

The Vancouver Sparkles Award is a program in the City of Vancouver that recognizes neighbors who go the extra mile to make their neighborhood special. Do you have someone in your neighborhood that you would like to receive a Vancouver Sparkles Award? Please send your nomination (including name and a brief description of why they were chosen) to Judi Bailey at or call 360-487-8608. For more information visit

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Neighborhood News:




Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance Meets Sept. 17

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. at City Hall Aspen Room, 415 W. 6th Street.

The Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance is a group of citizen volunteers from Vancouver’s neighborhoods who advocate for neighborhood traffic safety and offer input to Vancouver’s Public Works Department, Community Development Department, and other transportation-related agencies to help in identifying needs and mitigation of traffic issues affecting neighborhood within the limits of available resources. The NTSA acts as an independent organization that conducts its own meetings, which is open to membership from any recognized neighborhood association within the City of Vancouver.

For more information contact Ross Montgomery, NTSA Chair, at 360-281-9948; or


Neighborhood Leadership Training Series - Communication: Who, What, When, Where, Why and HOW

Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m; City Hall Aspen Room, 415 W. 6th St.

Communication is one of the most important functions of a neighborhood association, and as neighborhood leaders we are all communicators. Join other neighborhood leaders in an interactive session on communication. Hear from a panel of your fellow neighborhood leaders about what works for them. Bring copies of your newsletter and your ideas to share.

A light meal will be served.

To RSVP, or for more information contact: Judi Bailey, 360.487.8608, or


Are you ready for a disaster?

  • Can your neighborhood be self-sufficient for at least three days after a disaster?
  • Who will help the injured and rescue trapped victims in your neighborhood if rescuers
    are not available?

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a 20+ hour curriculum consisting of the following:
 Disaster Preparedness  Disaster Psychology
 Basic Fire Suppression  CERT Organization and Communications
 Disaster Medical Operations  Terrorism Awareness
 Light Urban Search & Rescue  Course Review & Final Drill

Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 26. Get more information here. This flyer may be requested as a page in your neighborhood newsletter.


Free Leaf Disposal Coupons Ready for neighborhood newsletters

The popular Free Leaf Disposal Coupons are ready and can be requested as an attachment to your neighborhood newsletter. The coupons are good from October 1 – December 20 and are good for up to 5 cubic yards of LEAVES ONLY, at four local area drop-off sites. (Yard debris or mixed loads will be charged at the regular price). These coupons encourage prevention of street flooding in your neighborhood by offering your neighbors an alternative to raking leaves into the street. Leaves can be taken to several local disposal locations, including City Bark, 2419 NE Andresen Rd. Click here for flyers.


Plastic Bags ~ Nursery Pots ~Aerosol Cans ~ Cardboard Boxes ~Motor Oil ~ Yard Debris ~ Antifreeze

New Class Added to Popular Recyclingest Neighborhood Program

Would you like to learn more about recycling – What goes in the cart, what doesn’t and other places where things can be recycled? Well, you can AND gain some funds for your City of Vancouver neighborhood association treasury at the same time.

Please join us for a free recycling class: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 30, at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave. 

City-recognized neighborhood associations who send a representative to one of these classes and publish an approved recycling article in their neighborhood newsletter can earn $120 for their neighborhood association treasury. For more information or to pre-register, please call 360-619-4122, and provide your name, neighborhood association and phone number.

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City News You Can Use:


City Council Meeting on Sept. 16 

The Vancouver City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, September 16 at City Hall Council Chambers, 415 W. 6th St., 2nd floor. The public is invited to attend and may provide testimony to the council on agenda items. The Guidelines for Citizen Testimony provides information on how to address City Council with comments.

Council workshops begin at 4:15 p.m. at the same location, and are for information sharing on topics of community-wide interest, or issues that may require a future council decision. While the public is invited to attend council workshops, public testimony is not taken during these work sessions.

Council meetings are televised live on CVTV Cable Channel 23 and may be viewed through video stream from the CVTV website. Past meetings are also archived and available on the website. View the agenda for the upcoming meeting, as well as past meeting agendas and minutes here.


Drive Safe and Slow in School Zones

School has started and the Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is busy making school zones safer with school zone enforcement. Here's a few reminders to keep in mind:

All the school zones are active when lights are flashing or children are present so careful attention to speed is necessary to protect the safety of kids traveling to/from school. Remember the speed in a school zone is 20 m.p.h. Here is some startling information on risk of death to pedestrians based on vehicle speed:

Pedestrian Fatality Risk at Various Striking Vehicle Speeds
14 MPH             5%
21 MPH            10%
25 MPH             25%
28 MPH             58%
30 MPH            75%
35 MPH             99%

One of the more shocking discoveries is the risk of death for a pedestrian hit at 30 mph skyrockets to 75%, a speed that some drivers may consider "just 10 over" the school zone speed limit. Speed kills so please drive safe, slow and within the legal limits!


Work continues on Pavement Management Program

Though overlay paving, slurry and cape sealing efforts for 2013 are now complete, contractor crews are continuing microsurfacing and restriping efforts, including on Fourth Plain and a portion of Andresen. All surfacing and striping applications are highly weather dependent. Within construction zones, drivers should be prepared for delays, watch for traffic changes, proceed slowly, and be alert to construction workers, bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. Please see  for a complete list of streets included in this year’s Pavement Management Program and to get further updates. For questions by phone, please call 487-7708.


Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan Update

Vancouver Parks and Recreation is seeking public input about the future of parks and recreation programs and services in Clark County and the City of Vancouver.

The department is updating the city and county's six-year comprehensive parks, recreation and open space plan to reflect the community's current priorities and vision. Key questions include:

• What are we doing well and what should we do differently?
• What are your priorities?
• What legacy should we leave for future generations?
• How can we best serve the community with limited resources?

Input is being accepted using a variety of methods:

Online Survey (The survey will be available online until midnight on October 13th)
• Community drop-in events
• Small group meetings

Please visit us on the Web to view the current schedule of drop-in events and meetings, or call (360) 487-8353. Online survey responses will be accepted through Oct. 13, 2013.

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Upcoming City Events

Make Trails Count by Being Counted

September 14 - 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

It’s National Trail Counts Week.  Get out and be counted as you walk, bike, board or hike and enjoy Vancouver and Clark County trails. Volunteer counters will be stationed at various trails and intersections on Sept. 14th and 15th, between 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.   If you would like to participate as a trail counter there are still a few counting locations available, visit City of Vancouver's Volunteer website to learn more and RSVP to count. 


Second Saturday at the Water Center: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show

 Saturday, September 14, 1 - 3 p.m.

 This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Join us from 1 - 3 p.m., Saturday, September 14, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds. Everyone is also encouraged to view the intricate wildlife carvings on the second floor of the Water Center. Call 360-487-7111 or visit for more details.


Sturgeon Festival

Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Every year the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems. This free, fun event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. Highlights for this year's Sturgeon Festival include fish dissections and interactive, hands-on activities. Join us from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., September 21, at the Water Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. The festival is sponsored by the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Call 360-487-7111 or visit for more information.


Neighborhood Leader to Receive Silva Bolds Award

Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m.

Cascade Highlands neighborhood leader Erika Johnson will be presented with the prestigious Silva Bolds-Whitfield Award at 11 a.m. on Sept. 21. The Silva Bolds-Whitfield monument plaza, at 1300 Main St. downtown, recognizes those who have contributed to the development and protection of Vancouver's urban forest.

Johnson was nominated by the city's Urban Forestry Commission for her commitment to the advancement of urban and community forestry. Her dedication has led to the planting of hundreds of new trees in her neighborhood alone. Johnson has been instrumental in expanding Friends of Trees projects throughout the City of Vancouver and has chaired the Vancouver Urban Forestry Commission, a seven-member volunteer board dedicated to promoting awareness and proper tree care of Vancouver's urban forest.

Contact: Jessica Antoine, Urban Forestry Outreach Coordinator,(360)487-8308 or, or visit


Old Apple Tree Festival

Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Old Apple Tree Park, 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA

Celebrate 187 years of living history! with music, cider pressing, pruning workshop, and tours of Fort Vancouver. For more information: 360-487-8308 or

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Community News & Events:


Safe Communities Task Force Meets Sept. 13

The next meeting of the Safe Communities Task Force is scheduled for Friday, September 13, from 10 a.m.- noon at the Department of Fish & Wildlife, 2108 Grand. Join us to hear the latest about youth violence and gang issues, learn about local programs serving youth and families, and network with others in the community. At this meeting we will also welcome a guest speaker from the Boys & Girls Clubs of SW WA;


RTC Seeking Public Comments on Projects

The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) is encouraging public comment on projects proposed to be added to the 2014-2017 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP). Copies of the Draft MTIP are available for review at RTC's office, 1300 Franklin St, 4th Floor, Vancouver, Washington, or a draft list of project may be downloaded at

The Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program is a prioritized program of transportation projects to be implemented in the next four-years that address the regional
transportation system needs within Clark County, Washington.

Written comments should be sent to the attention of Dale Robins, RTC, PO Box 1366, Vancouver, WA 98666-1366 or e-mailed to The formal public comment and review period will run from August 23, 2013 through October 1, 2013.


  #30days30ways Contest Begins on Sept 1st

September is the 10th Annual National Preparedness Month.  This year’s national theme is “Be Your Own Hero!” 

Being prepared for emergencies should be as common as wearing your seatbelt, and yet nearly every emergency preparedness survey conducted over the past 10 years indicates that 40-80% of people are unprepared to face certain hazards.

This year, CRESA will find many heroes by launching its huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge which has its own website at  Participate in the challenge; become more prepared; and be your own hero!


Clark County Connects Day of Service

Saturday, September 14

Join in serving our community and our neighbors at the second annual Clark County Connects Day of Service on Saturday, September 14, 2013.  A kick-off event will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Clark County PUD Orchards Service Center, 8600 NE 117th Ave at Padden Parkway.  Bring canned food donations for the benefit of Clark County Food Banks and clothing donations for the benefit of Arc of Southwest Washington.  Century Link will distribute bottled water and snack bars to keep volunteers hydrated and energized for the day's work.  Mayor Leavitt will be there to welcome volunteers. 

Visit our website at to volunteer and register yourself and your friends for one of the many projects across the county and "Like" us on Facebook

Clark County Connects is an affiliation of non-profit and service-oriented organizations formed to sponsor an annual Day of Service throughout Clark County. Our goal is to raise awareness of the needs in our community and to provide opportunities for volunteers to meet those needs.  For more information, contact Curt Stone at or (360)260-5990.


Composting: A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Turn your vegetable waste and yard debris into rich soil. Learn the basics of backyard composting in a free workshop that includes an overview of various composting bins and systems. Presented by the Master Composter/Recyclers. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Erika Johnson: Or the library: 360-906-5106 COST: FREE!


30th Annual "Campfires & Candlelight" Special Event

Saturday, September 14, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 East Fifth Street, Vancouver, Washington 98661

This interactive, living history event, first staged in 1983, features costumed staff and more than 150 volunteers in encampments and re-enactments on the grounds and inside the buildings of the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company fort at the national historic site.

For more information: Campfire and Candlelight


Volunteer Opportunities with Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam

The upcoming fall weather is great for working outdoors!  Here are some volunteer opportunities with Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam:

StreamTeam Knotweed Treatment

Thursday, September 19th, 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch included)
Wednesday, September 25th, 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch included)
Saturday, October 5th, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. (snacks provided)
Location: TBD

Do you hate Knotweed?  Well, help eradicate it!  Volunteers are needed to help inject knotweed using injection “guns.” You will need to be able to navigate uneven terrain and through occasional thick vegetation.  Training, equipment, and refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is required.

Class Guides at Columbia River Watershed Festival

Thursday – Friday, September 26th and 27th, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursday and/or 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday
Vancouver Lake

Guides are needed to lead classes between activities throughout the day.  Contact Carissa Thomas at (360) 882-0936 ext 230 or  for more details.  

Planting Leader Training

Saturday, October 5th, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch included)
Tentatively scheduled for WSU Vancouver

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? We will be training leaders to coordinate a group of planting volunteers during events. The team leader will demonstrate event activities at Make a Difference Day (Oct 26th) and/or Earth Day (April 19th) while educating volunteers and fostering a safe and enjoyable environment. Equipment and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

Make a Difference Day

Saturday, October 26th, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch included)
WSU Vancouver

Come Make a Difference with the StreamTeam!  Volunteers are needed to plant trees, lead teams of planters, or help the event run smoothly.  Equipment and lunch will be provided. You will want to bring work and weather appropriate attire and a reusable mug.  Pre-registration is required.


Harvest Fun Day: Fun for the Whole Family

Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm at 1919 NE 78th St., Vancouver. 

The tenth annual Harvest Fun Day celebrates Clark County’s agricultural heritage.  This is a FREE family event.  Bring the whole family, to make scarecrows, paint pumpkins, fiber dyeing, face painting, and harvesting vegetables for the Food Bank.  Also at the event will be 4-H farm animals, draft horse demonstrations, a blacksmith, live music, a square dance demonstration, and information booths.  Tours of the Farm will again be offered, along with the opportunity to meet Clark County’s WSU Extension Master Gardeners at the Certified Organic Demo field and visit the Churches in Partnership and PIC Veterans gardens, some of whom will have plants and vegetables for sale. 

Check out the free Pie Eating and Corn Shucking contests and call the Museum at (360) 993-5679 to reserve your places – these events always generate waiting lists.  There are three heats with great prizes (ages 4-8, 9-15, and 16 and over) for each contest.  Pie eating begins at 11:30 a.m.and corn shucking at 1:30 p.m., and participants get to take their pie and corn home for dinner.

This event is sponsored in part by Clark County, the Clark Cowlitz Farm Bureau, Bi-Zi Farms, Joe’s Place Farm, Felida Red Barn, and Dulin’s Café,  with in-kind help from the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Waste Connections, Kazoodles, Water & Air Works, Sunrise Bagels, Andersen Dairy, Fire District 6 Fire Cadets, the Zumstein Family,  and media support by The Columbian and the Vancouver Business Journal.

For more information contact the Clark County Historical Museum at (360) 993-5679 or

Empower Up is Moving

Empower Up will be moving to 3206 NE 52nd St., Vancouver, this fall.  Target opening date is Oct. 1, 2013. Watch for more information in the coming month and on the Empower Up Website at

Empower Up is a reuse and recycling center that accepts donated computers and electronics working or not. Reused electronics are sold to the public at discount prices in their Reuse store. Empower Up works with local nonprofits as well, to distribute reused electronics to those in need in Clark County. Empower Up is currently located at 5000 E Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite F. Donation hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. Reuse store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday.


Community Mediation Training Opportunities

Learn an interest-based and facilitative approach to conflict resolution that empowers people to resolve differences.

Part I. Communication and Conflict Management
October 10 and 11, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Includes conflict theory and styles, active listening techniques, trust building, collaborative negotiations, and conflict management tools for home and in the workplace.

Part II. Basic Mediation Skills
October 25, 26 and 27
, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Basic Mediation Skills focuses on the mediation process and the mediator’s role and ethics.

For more information or a possible scholarship for neighborhood leaders, contact: Nancy Pionk, Ex. Dir. Community Mediation Services, Phone 360-334-5826, or


Keeping Our Kids Safe Conference

Friday and Saturday, October 11 & 12, Clark College

The Safe Communities Task Force invites you to an informative event for parents and educators on October 11-12 at Clark College, featuring keynote speaker Fabian Debora, an artist and mentor at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Learn to understand, recognize and prevent problems such as youth gangs, suicide, substance abuse and sexual exploitation. This conference also includes presentations on effective communication with teens, adverse childhood experiences, youth mental health first aid, and more. For more information or to register, please call Shari at 360-906-9132.

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