Around Town for Jan. 17, 2019

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Members of the Soroptimist International of Camas-Washougal group placed these "Stop Trafficking" signs in downtown Camas to highlight National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Friday, Jan. 11. The international Soroptimist group, dedicated to empowering women and girls, leads an ongoing campaign to prevent and end human trafficking. According to Soroptimist International: "Human trafficking, better described as modern day slavery, is one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises in the world" with an estimated $150 billion in annual, illegal profits coming from forced labor and sexual exploitation. The group estimates nearly 21 million people are trafficked each year, but cautions "the best estimates have some degree of inaccuracy as it's difficult to measure activity within illicit markets. In addition, many survivors who are trafficked do not report these crimes as they fear the traffickers, or the reactions of their family or community." To learn more about the Soroptimist International's Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign, visit To learn more about the Camas-Washougal chapter of the Soroptimists, visit


Mount Pleasant School District: The board will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 9 a.m., at Mount Pleasant School, 152 Marble Road, Washougal.

Clark County Board of Councilors: The councilors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., in the commissioners’ hearing room, sixth floor, at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver. For more information, call Jan Bazala at 564-397-4499 or email

Camas City Council: The council will hold a workshop Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 4:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m., at Camas City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave.

Port of Camas-Washougal: There will be a special meeting regarding waterfront development at 4 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the port meeting room, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal. For more information, call 360-835-2196.

Fort Vancouver Regional Library: The board will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Cascade Park Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver. For more information, call 360-906-5000 or visit

Washougal School District: The board will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the district board room, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal.

Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association: The CWEDA board will meet Thursday, Jan. 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the Port of Camas-Washougal office, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal.


Camas Public Library: Simply Write, a writers’ support group, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Page Turners, for fourth- through sixth-graders and their accompanying adult, is held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., October through May, at Lacamas Lake Lodge, 277 N.E. Lake Road. Galactic Alliance, for teens in middle and high school, meets at 4:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month, from September to April. The Crochet Club meets every Thursday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the teen room. The English Conversation Group meets on Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Teen Zine Zone meets the first Wednesday of the month, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Story Explorers meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., from October through May. This program is for second- and third-graders and their accompanying adult. Read to Cooper, the dog, is held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday, and each reading session is 15 minutes long. “Make Me!,” a drop-in craft opportunity for students in grades six through 12, is held on the last Tuesday of the month in the Teen Room. For more information, or to learn about other library programs, call 360-834-4692 or visit

Washougal Community Library: Voluntary Simplicity, a five-part series designed to teach about and discuss simpler ways of living, will continue on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Friday games will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. Build it! will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. The library is located at 1661 “C” St. For more information, call 360-906-4860 or visit


Seniors And Law Enforcement Together: SALT will meet Monday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the meeting room at the Camas Police Department, 2100 N.E. Third Ave. The meeting topic is fall prevention and home safety.

Meals on Wheels: Lunches, prepared by The Meals on Wheels People, are served at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, in the Washougal Community Center, at 1681 “C” St., Washougal. Meals on Wheels home delivery is available Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 360-210-5666, email or visit

Camas Senior Center: Camas seniors are planning their annual trip to Long Beach, Washington, for the crab feed, to be held Saturday, Jan. 19. The bus will meet at the Pendleton Woolen Mill back parking lot at 9 a.m. A donation of $5, which includes gratuity for the bus driver, will be accepted. Reservations are needed. Call LaRhea Steele at 360-904-4274 or Dee Bretag at 360-335-8884. The Camas seniors’ monthly casino trip will be held Monday, Jan. 21, and go to Nisqually Red Wind Casino in Olympia. The cost is $5. For reservations or more information, call LaRhea Steele at 360-904-4274.

Washougal Senior Center: Meals on Wheels provides coffee from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and lunch at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday. The center hosts a food bank on Monday at 11 a.m. Activities offered include cribbage, bingo, bunko, pinochle, billards and watercolor painting. Exercise classes are offered at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Washougal Center, and Mondays and Fridays at the Camas Center. A breakfast fundraiser, to support Washougal Center activities, is held on the last Friday of each Monday (except November and December) from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $5. A potluck is held the first Friday of each month. For more information, call 360-835-8113 or pick up a schedule at the center at 1681 “C” St., Washougal.


Second Story Gallery: January’s artist is Jennifer Neal, and she is showing her mixed media, watercolor and acrylic artwork. Second Story Gallery is open during library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 360-834-4532 or visit

Camas Gallery: The featured artist for the month of January is David Gerton, of Camas. His medium is copper-foil, which he turns into three dimensional “paintings.” The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 360-817-2415 or

Attic Gallery: The paintings of Melissa Cole and Sharon Engel are on display through the month of January. Attic Gallery is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St., Camas. For more information, call 360-833-9747 or visit

Art at the CAVE Gallery: Featured artists for the month of January are Erin Dengerink, Don Gray and Jason Mayer, at Art at the CAVE Gallery, 108 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. For more information, call 360-314-6506, email or visit


Lost and Found Cafe: Meals are served to the community at 6 p.m., each Thursday, at the Zion Lutheran Church social hall, 824 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Volunteer cooks are needed. For more information, call Inter-Faith Treasure House Executive Director Nancy Wilson at 360-834-4181.

Meals on Wheels: Drivers are needed for weekly and bi-weekly deliveries. Volunteers also are needed to work in the kitchen and as servers at the Washougal facility. For more information, call Janice Butzke at 360-210-5666 or email


Jazzercise Camas: Individuals are invited to try Jazzercise at no cost at Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio, 240 N.E. Third Ave., Camas. Jazzercise Camas also is offering free classes for young women, ages 16 to 21, in VEGA. For more information, or to see a class schedule, call Lisa Ackerman at 360-980-0022, email, look up “Jazzercise Camas” on Facebook or visit

Lacamas Athletic Club: On the first Friday of each month, non-members can visit Lacamas Athletic Club, 2950 N.W. 38th Ave., Camas, free of charge. The gym offers classes, a cardio room and a weight room. For more information, call Karen at 360-834-8506.


Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce: The chamber luncheon will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, at Camas Meadows, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., for networking, and the program begins at noon. Christopher P. Cline, president and CEO of Riverview Trust Company, will speak at the event. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. RSVP by email to or call the chamber office at 360-834-2472.

Refuel Washougal: Free meals are served from 4 to 6 p.m., every Friday, at the Washougal Community Center, 1681 “C” St., Washougal. The event is open to the community. For more information or to volunteer, email Pam at or Rose at

Riverside SDA Church: On the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of each month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Camas-Washougal residents in need can stop by the church, located at 463 N. Shepherd Road, Washougal, to receive free food and clothing. For more information, call 360-835-3114.


Camas-Washougal Aviation Association: The association will have a potluck at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, followed by a business meeting at Camas-Washougal Fire Station 42, 4321 N.W. Parker St., Camas. The plans for 2019 will be introduced.

NatureScaping: Elements of a Successful Landscape Design presented by Eve Hanlin, Landscape Designer, Garden Mentor and owner of Evelyn’s Garden, will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, at CASEE Center, Building B, Room 205, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie, Washington. There is no cost for NatureScaping members or $15 for non-members. Membership fee is $20 a year or $15 for seniors. To register or for more information email or or call 360-737-1160.

Friends of the Washougal Library: The friends will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St. For more information, call 360-906-4860 or visit

Community Garden Club of Camas-Washougal: The club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., in the Camas Community Center, 1718 S.E. Seventh Ave., Camas. Featured speaker will be Scott Buley who will speak about rain gardens. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. For more information, call 360-834-3003.

Soroptimists International of Camas-Washougal: Soroptimist International of Camas-Washougal meets at noon on the first Friday of each month at Zion Lutheran Church, 824 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. The group also meets at 7 p.m., on the third Tuesday of the month, also at Zion Lutheran. The Tuesday evening meeting features guest speakers. The Soroptimists’ mission is to help women and girls. Call Gail at 360-260-7879 for more information.

Buddhism Study Group: The meditation and Buddhism study group meets every third Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Cascade Park Community Library near Firstenberg Center in Vancouver. All those interested in meditation and the study of Buddhism as a life philosophy are welcome. For more information, email

Watercolorists group: Watercolorist and teacher Nancy Ryan offers watercolorists a place where they can receive feedback, support, encouragement and camaraderie while improving their painting skills. The group meets from 2 to 4 p.m., each Monday, at 418 N.E. Fourth Ave., Suite 104, Camas. For more information, call 408-985-9412.

To submit new Around Town notices or provide updated information, email, call 360-834-2141, fax 360-834-3423 or send via U.S. mail to 425 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas, WA 98607. The deadline is 10 a.m. each Monday.