News Briefs for June 6, 2019

‘Hike on Dike’ fundraiser for Humane Society this Saturday, Impact Camas-Washougal seeks volunteers for Sunday food box packaging

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The annual West Columbia Gorge Humane Society "Hike on the Dike," fundraiser, pictured here in 2018, will take place Saturday, June 8. (Contributed photo courtesy of West Columbia Gorge Humane Society)

Annual ‘Hike on Dike’ fundraiser this Saturday

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) is inviting the community and animal lovers everywhere to take a “hike” on the scenic Columbia River dike to help support its work to take in, care for and rehome homeless pets in the Camas-Washougal community.

The “Hike on the Dike” 5K Walk and Festival will be held Saturday, June 8, at the Pendleton Woolen Mills parking lot, 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal. Dogs on leash are welcome to join their families for the walk and festival.

Registration for the walk costs $25 and includes an event T-shirt and goodie bag filled with treats for pets and people. Online registration is over, but on-site registration will open at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

The Hike on the Dike festivities kick-off with the hike at 10 a.m., Saturday. The festivities also include food, craft and product vendors; a dog agility course; a dog training demonstration by local dog trainer, Katie High; a police K-9 demonstration by local police officers; music; and games for children and pets.

WCGHS partner and local animal welfare celebrity, Amanda Giese, founder of Panda Paws Rescue and star of Animal Planet’s “Amanda to the Rescue” show, will be this year’s grand marshall for the Hike on the Dike event and will lead the hike.

“Amanda is passionate about animals and excited to help West Columbia Gorge Humane Society raise money to help animals in our community, especially the ones that are more medically needy,” said Micki Simeone, WCGHS board president. “We are honored to partner with Panda Paws Rescue and elated to have Amanda join us for such a special event.”

WCGHS helps more than 700 homeless cats and dogs find their way home or find loving new homes each year. It operates both a cat and dog shelter and offers a variety of programs and services to support pets, and their people, throughout the community. WCGHS’ primary financial support comes from individual and corporate donations, adoption fees, grants, sponsorships and events such as Hike on the Dike.

Hike on the Dike partners and sponsors include the city of Washougal, the Port of Camas-Washougal, Clark County, Washougal Business Association, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Dick Hannah Dealerships, MudBay, Riverview Community Bank and McKinley Irvin Family Law. WCGHS is a nonprofit organization. For event sponsorship/vendor information or to donate, email or visit

Impact Camas-Washougal seeks volunteers to help pack food boxes for local families on Sunday

Impact Camas-Washougal will collect and pack boxes of food for school families in need to help kick off the summer months, when many children go hungry without school meals provided during the school year.

Impact is seeking volunteers to gather food donations and pack boxes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Parker’s Landing Historical Park at the Port of Camas-Washougal.

There will be a free community barbecue and concert in the park by the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra at noon that day.

This year, Impact hopes to help approximately 200 local families in need.

To get involved, join the packing party on June 9, donate a box of food for a family or help deliver food boxes to Camas-Washougal students on Monday, June 10, or give a financial donation to help buy food for the families. Checks can be made out to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 716 Washougal River Road, Washougal.

For those who wish to donate food, Impact suggests a box with about $55 worth of food, including canned vegetables like corn, peas or green beans; canned fruit; boxed or canned meal ingredients such as peanut butter, jelly, tuna, baked beans, rice, pasta, marinara sauce, soup, chili and oatmeal; bread; snacks like pudding, chips, crackers and cookies; and other essential items such as toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo and deodorant. The boxes can be delivered to Parker’s Landing between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday, June 9, or to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 716 Washougal River Road, Washougal, between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday or Friday, June 6-7.