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FEATURES Classic Style Trends for a Wedding You’ll Still Love in 20 Years Consider the elegance, grace and demure femininity of icons like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. Their style was classic and timeless – and one that today’s smart bride mimics to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle.



Stretch Your Wedding Budget by Renting The wonderful experience and memories of your wedding day will be yours to own forever. And everything else? Well, that you can rent!



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If you are new to Snapshot, welcome! This little gem is a monthly publication. It is jam packed with articles of interest and products and services that are provided by businesses in, or local to, Vancouver and will, I hope become an invaluable reference point for you. Spring has sprung and April showers have brought May flowers. Spring is a season of new beginnings and fresh starts. It evokes thoughts of renewal and hope for a better future. I don’t know what this past year has been like for you. Perhaps you feel like shriveled steel magnolia flowers - haunted by dreams and hopes that once bloomed bright with promise, only to wilt in regret and disappointment. With all the economic downfalls, we forget what really matters to us most, our family, friends and community. I know it can be hard but we have to keep our chins up and be positive. Now is the time to choose what you really love... so think about it and put your plan into action... listen to your heart and do what is right for you! If you had a difficult time this past year and got through it, please share how you have overcome your hardship and flourished.

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Contributors Ilona LaRue graduated from the Fash-

ion Institute and worked as a bridal fashion designer. She then changed course to a wedding coordinator. She now has discovered her love for photography and is owner of Studio Lumiére.

Dana Layon was spurred into teaching

yoga when practicing prenatal yoga with her first pregnancy. Her passion and love for sharing yoga with others has become her path in life. Dana writes a weekly Om and a Heath Tips newsletter. She is now teaching yoga at the Vancouver Yoga Center.

Scott Neilson, J.D. practices law in

Vancouver and is licensed in both Washington and Oregon. He has advised clients for nearly twenty years in a variety of issues and situations, including elder law, small businesses, real estate transactions and as a congressional staffer and legislative liaison.

Jessica Kane is a local marketer with

over ten years experience marketing service industry businesses. She started a publishing company to distribute the pioneering plus-size fashion magazine, SKORCH in 2007. She is also the owner of local networking groups – “Power Lunch Network” and “Clique Mixer” www. During the day she works at American Family Insurance as the State Marketing Specialist. By night Jessica runs her various networking groups, she is a social media marketer and serves as the co-tournament director for the “10th Annual High Hopes Charities GOLF for HOPE Tournament” www., while also raising her 8 month old son with her loving husband.


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Dream Weddings

By Diane Palmer

Barefoot on the Beach... Shoestring Budget Shoestring weddings, can be fun and creative! Just remember that, when you are being pressured by sales people to have a traditional wedding with all the bells and whistles and the price tag. Don’t let your budget hinder your creativity.


Classic Style Trends for a Wedding You’ll Still Love in 20 Years Wedding album, videos and a carefully preserved gown – your wedding mementoes are meant to be precious reminders of your special day. But you may find yourself cringing with shame when you look at your album years down the road if you choose trendy over traditional style for the look of your wedding. It’s easy to tell the difference between a look that’s trendy and a more classic style. Think of the bell bottoms and love beads from the ‘70s and big hair and “Dynasty” style gowns of the ‘80s – looks that were “hot” at one time, but that years later elicit an eye-roll and a “what was I thinking” attitude from women who wore them. Now consider the elegance, grace and demure femininity of icons like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. Their style was classic and timeless – and one that today’s smart bride mimics to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle. Today’s bride knows that choosing fabrics, silhouettes and accessories borrowed from the classic era – the 1940s through the 1960s – will give her wedding and gown timeless appeal. No dated looks from easyto-identify fashion fads for her. The classic look also plays well with the growing trend to achieve less with more by accenting the basics with luxurious finishing touches.

Here’s how to achieve a classic look for your spring wedding. The Dress Avoid large, modern swags of fabrics in favor of silhouettes that emphasize an hourglass figure. Nipped-in waists, or waistlines defined with belts and sashes, often in a color that slightly contrasts with the dress, create an elegant, eternal style. You can draw your classic style from the ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘60s. Designers offer charming gowns that evoke the look of 1950s prom dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts in tulle, lace and applique. For a 1960s look, a shorter, sophisticated frock with a gathered waist and narrow skirt will be reminiscent of the classic ‘60s cocktail dress.

ture. “Pearls are considered a symbol of purity, making them the perfect fit with a bride’s white dress.” The Look Tie a classic dress and accessories together with a polished hairstyle such as a bun or chignon and keep makeup understated. Dark brown or black eyeliner extended slightly past the end of the eyelid, a touch of black mascara and a shade of red lipstick perfectly matched to the bride’s complexion are all that’s necessary to complete the perfect, classic Hollywood face. Courtesy of ARAcontent

The Accessories A veil is essential for classic bridal style, and birdcage veils with large netting that falls at cheekbone length epitomize the look. These simple veils frame the bride’s glowing face and highlight special jewelry. Ladylike wrist-length gloves are the perfect complement to vintage bridal looks. The classic bridal look is a perfect match with a simple and elegant pair of pearl stud earrings and a lustrous 16-inch strand of cultured pearls around the bride’s neck. Pearls have long been associated with the essence of sophisticated womanhood in American pop cul-




Giving Your Wedd

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As you are pouring over magazines, books, browsing through the latest trends and colors, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and remember that little girl once you were, dressing up as a bride, wearing perhaps a white sheet as your train, gathered wild flowers that transformed into glorious bouquet in your imagination. Stay in touch with that little girl...

Wedding Advice and FAQ’s Hello, I am your Wedding Fairy Godmother. I worked as a wedding coordinator for years, before that I was in bridal fashion as a fashion designer. If you have any wedding related questions please email Dear Fairy Godmother at Your answer will be in the next issue and we will email you within 72 hours.

Wedding day is about the only day you have carte blanche to be the fairy tail princess... even if your dress was not delivered by a couple of cartoon blue birds, you will look ethereal in it... and your knight will see you the first time, like never ever before... Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild... however, it is good to have a plan. So, start with a spiral book and start writing, clipping, gluing... Since we are now adults, one thing dims the light of our fairy tale sometimes... BUDGET. But have no fear... budget is our long term friend! It may feel at times, that it gets in our way, but trust on the long run... many seemingly happy planning has gone sour, as the unexpected bills started coming in, and the last thing you want is to start your new life in the red, because of the wedding expenses.

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Now on to the fun stuff! I would suggest first decide on your theme... no, I am not talking “pirate - wedding” or anything like that... theme can be as subtle as a pattern, repeated over and over ... or a symbol... this should reflect the both of you or some how symbolize your future life together... are you two sports fans, hikers, gardeners or enjoy cooking together? Think of things that will describe you as a couple and you have a list of ideas for your theme...


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When you pick your color or theme, at the time of the set up, it may look as “too much” do not worry about that, by the time your guests are in the picture, the theme or colours will be much more subtle. Here are a few ideas for decorating on a budget... If you need to hide something consider renting large plants or small decorative trees in pots from a local nursery. They are pleasant to look at and could cover up unsightly objects or imperfections... often nurseries are willing to deliver and pick up after the ceremony. Curly willows makes a very dramatic addition to a few branches and flowers in table centerpieces for a few dollars you could buy a big bunch at craft warehouses such as Michael’s. If you decide to do this, make sure you have enough weight in the bottom of the centerpieces, to avoid them from tipping over. If you have anybody with sewing skills in your family, you could purchase inexpensive fabric and just have a contrasting color runner or a large napkin size doyley in the center of each table.

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Your list of things to be done should have a time line, start date, date to be completed and a check box for completed items. Then add about 50% more time to each chore and you will be right on time — trust me on this one. Have as much as possible done in advance!

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are a do it yourself bride, you will need help. Only a few things can be done just before the wedding, and you don’t want to stress yourself out over trying to do it all.

If your venue allows, not many things make as much impact as a few flickering candles. They are pure romance! However, many places worry about fire hazard, in that case you could still use battery operated flame less candles. If you have your heart set on fresh flowers, this time of year tulips and hydrangeas are fairly inexpensive and they make lovely arrangements. You save a few dollars if you gather nice branches of trees with leaves on or use inexpensive fillers such as baby breaths and just a few blooms in each center pieces. Make sure that you and the bridal party’s bouquets and the centerpieces are in harmony. If you are “naturalist” polished pebbles in glass dishes with a few floating candles and just a few flowers on each table would make an impact. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination go wild... and don’t let anybody tell you what your wedding “should” or “should not” be like... it is the bride’s and groom’s day, let your personalities shine throughout the day!




Stretch Your

Wedding Budget by Renting Engaged couples long for a wedding day that will be unique and memorable, but in these tough economic times many are becoming more cautious about how they plan and spend their budget.

According to The Wedding Report, a research company that tracks wedding spending in the United States, the average cost of a wedding in 2008 was $21,814. That is a 24 percent decline over the 2007 average of $28,704. This decline doesn’t mean you can’t have exactly what you want on your big day to create your dream wedding. “You can rent almost anything you need to make your wedding match your vision,” says Christine Wehrman, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Rental Association (ARA), the global trade association for the rental industry. “By renting items for your wedding, you have access to products that may have otherwise been too expensive in large quantities. You can get exactly what you want at a price that meets your budget.”

colors and styles. Many come with cathedral ceilings, windows or even clear tops– allowing guests to catch a glimpse of a dramatic sunset or a sparkling night sky.

Choose linens that match your wedding colors, or go for classic white to offset the color of your centerpieces. Linens can be rented in a variety of colors and textiles, and add a touch of elegance to every space. Create drama without adding cost by creating a monochromatic design for your table.

You can rely on the expertise of your ARA member rental store professionals before you book your venue. They can help you assess the potential site for things like power accessibility, ground water issues or overhead power lines that may interfere with your vision of a tall tent, among other situations.

Centerpieces can be elegant or casual, depending on your style. Mix tall and short clear vases to add depth to your table and save money on large floral arrangements. Or choose a variety of candleholders to create a vintageinspired look and a romantic, low-light atmosphere.

The wonderful experience and memories of your wedding day will be yours to own forever. And everything else? Well, that you can rent! To find your local ARA member rental store, visit, the world’s largest rental store locator. You can search by geographic location and by the specific type of equipment you are looking to rent.

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Mother’s Love “Her love is like an island in life’s ocean, vast and wide A peaceful, quiet shelter from the wind, the rain, the tide. ‘Tis bound on the north by Hope, by Patience on the West, By tender Counsel on the South, and on the East by Rest. Above it like a beacon light shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer; And thro’ the changing scenes of life I find a haven there.” - Author Unknown ©Studio Lumiére 2009

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Something Extra Special for Mother’s Day Celebrate Mother’s Day on the Patio Celebrate the women in your life this year with lunch on the patio. Outdoor entertaining can be easy - a simple menu, a refreshing cocktail and a clean, Springlike table will set the mood for a festive day! Set up your party out on the patio with a color palette of blue & white, with an accent of pink. White dishes look fresh when mixed with a patterned placemat and solid napkin. Mix together different shades of pink peonies, and tuck into a cobalt blue vase to use as your centerpiece. You could also put a single peony into a small vase and place onto each place setting as a favor. Serve a healthy lunch of grilled tuna with provencal vegetables, with frozen lemonade with blackberry puree to drink. Throw a loaf of french bread on the grill to serve alongside the tuna. For dessert - wow them with individual raspberry and chocolate tarts! Images Above: peonies (, place setting (, outdoor room (

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Mother’s Day is the one day in the year that’s set aside to say “Thanks Mom for all you do.” Some of us have this holiday perfected – flowers every year or a box of chocolates, a card – and many celebrate by taking Mom out to dinner. Whatever we do, we want her to know how much we love her and we want her to feel special and appreciated – at least for one day out of the year!

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How To Find a Lawyer By Scott E. Nielson, J.D. Attorney at Law In last month’s column, we explored a few examples when you might need to call a lawyer. But this leads naturally to the next question: How do I find the right lawyer? Ironically, we have more lawyers than ever before in history but most people don’t seem to know a lawyer. Where to begin? Some seemingly obvious places usually aren’t very helpful, with pages of Yellow Pages listings or a website search. These will give you long lists of lawyers, but how do you know which is right for you?

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As with the medical profession, most lawyers specialize as they gain experience. The trick is to find the right lawyer with the right specialty and the right experience for you. Luckily, there are good ways to make the right match: 1. The Bar Association. Many people find the state or local bar associations helpful in finding lawyers experienced in the specialty they need. Search the website of your local county bar association or your state bar association. Most have referral services that will give you names of lawyers who can help you. Call several; a good lawyer will provide you with his or her background and experience so you can find someone appropriate for your situation. 2. Internet Referrals. There are several very good websites that can help you find the right lawyer. You can briefly describe your situation and your location and the websites will then refer you to lawyers’ profiles that describe their experience and specialties. With this method, you can research several lawyers to decide who can help you. 3. Business Associates and Friends. This time-honored method often can be your best effort. Chances are good that someone you know has already faced your situation or one similar to it. If you trust your business associate or friend, you can probably trust his or her recommendation - If he or she liked the job that lawyer did. On the other hand, if your friend didn’t like her lawyer, you might ask for the name of the “other” lawyer. A client once found me because I had once represented the opponent of her friend! Don’t miss next month’s column. We’ll discuss how to interview your potential lawyer and which questions to ask. For more information, contact Scott E. Nielson J.D. at




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BIG Cutting costs, pinching pennies, shopping smarter -- more and more people are reacting to the current economic crisis by changing how and where they spend money. With more than 84 million people having broadband Internet access at home, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a few mouse clicks can easily benefit your wallet. Here are just a few ways that consumers can use the Internet to take some pressure off their pocketbooks. Check online for coupons and promotional codes. In lieu of eating out frequently, many people are doing more grocery shopping and cooking at home. Many major grocery stores post coupons, offers and other promotions online that can easily lead to increased savings in a fraction of the time it takes to clip coupons in the traditional sense. Likewise, many online retailers circulate “promo codes” that can be redeemed at checkout for additional savings. Before completing an online purchase checkout, do a quick Internet search. Visit sites like www. or to save. Shop around for insurance quotes. Insurance, whether for your car, home, health or business is something most people cannot go without. However, many people never think to shop around for a better insurance quote because they see insurance as an expense that isn’t negotiable, or they think they’re stuck in their current policy until it runs out. This is simply not the case. People can switch at any point in their policy, without penalty, and can often find a better deal by shopping around. Better yet, people can use quote-shopping sites, such as, and receive insurance quotes from multiple interested agents without the hassle of filling out multiple requests. It can be a simple way to greatly reduce the amount people pay for insurance. After all, if you have to pay for it anyway, you may as well get the best deal you can. Save on gas by mapping out travel routes. Instead of taking the same route to work, friends’ houses or places of interest, consid-


er mapping out a more cost-effective route by using online mapping services. The less time you spend driving from point A to point B, the less you’ll have to spend on gas. Web sites such as www.Mapquest. com or GoogleMaps can change the way you travel and how much it costs to get there. You might find a time-saving shortcut that you never knew existed. Don’t waste money on the wrong products – read reviews first. Consider checking out or www. If the buzz indicates that a particular product is not worth the money – or that a similar product does the same thing for less – reconsider the purchase and look into other options. People can get very creative when it comes to shaving a few pennies off their expenses. Before resorting to dramatic, cumbersome methods of saving money, explore the options above and other innovative ways the Web can be a tool for reducing your financial burden. Courtesy of ARAcontent



Dynamite Dad Is Your Dad Absolutely Amazing? Snapshot is looking for the greatest Dad in Vancouver. Your invited to email us telling us why your Dad is truly a “Dynamite Dad”. Why is your Dad so amazing and why are you thankful for him? We ask that you send a photo as well. Entering is simple – email your story and photo to Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. This way we can notify the winners. We are a family publication and we value privacy, so your information will not be sold or given to any other parties.

Entry deadline is Friday, May 15, 2009. Winners will be notified before June 1st, 2009. The “Dynamite Dad” winners will have their photo and story published in the June 2009 Snapshot issue.

By submitting an entry, you agree that Strubel Studios and its affiliates may use your submission in its various publications, to include marketing and advertising. All decisions concerning winning entries shall be final and you agree to abide by the judges’ decisions. You agree that anything contained in your submission may be used for public use and that no information is intended to be kept private.

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My dad is a “Dynamite Dad” because he spends a lot of time playing and taking me to do fun things. He colors with me in our playroom. He takes me to the book store and the park. My dad helps me ride my bike. We tackle each other and he throws me way high in the air!. He also picks me up special treats. My favorite thing about my dad is when he sets up movie night and we camp out in the family room. My dad is the very best! Alyssa, Age 5

My dad is a “Dynamite Dad” because he plays flying wings with me, throwing me high in the air. I like how he slides me on the floor with my socks on. My dad makes the best pancakes. He also surprises me with treats. I like it when we do group hugs, with daddy, mommy and sister. My daddy loves me so, so, so, so much! It’s fun when we give high fives and skin. I love my daddy! Breanna, Age 3

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Back to Basics

Take your marketing back to the basics by utilizing relationship marketing techniques. By Jessica Kane JESSICAKANE.NET

Are you wondering what you’re going to do to get more leads for your business? Were you one of the lucky ones able to rely solely on referrals and your centers of networking to sustain before the economic crunch, but the phones aren’t ringing now? If you answered yes, you probably need to look at your marketing approach and consider bringing it back to basics. As you know and are probably personally very aware, we are no longer in the ‘golden age’ of sales where you simply had to make a few calls and fill up the dinner calendar to sustain a viable revenue stream. Gone are the days of thinking customers will come flocking in for 15% off or for a free goodie, and treating a potential client like they are just the next one in line. It’s time to get back to basics. By this I mean; get back to the roots of sales and marketing, get back to building the relationship with the person. You’re going to find much more success and retain those valuable clients and customers if you remember to plant the seeds now, they will grow into a network that will pay off. Definition: “Relationship marketing is a form of marketing… which emphasizes customer retention and satisfaction, rather than a dominant focus on ‘point of sale’ transactions. Relationship marketing differs from other forms of marketing in that it recognizes the long term value to the firm of keeping customers, as opposed to direct or “Intrusion” marketing, which focuses upon acquisition of new clients by targeting majority demographics based upon prospective client lists.” - We are flooded, more now than ever, with advertisements, sales calls, direct mail, internet ads, viral campaigns, you name it, and your potential customer wants something

different, they want a relationship and someone they can trust. I’ve compiled a list of relationship marketing tips I recommend using to turn the potential customer into a paying customer.

Don’t focus on quantity however focus on quality. I know you’ve heard this a thousand times, but it’s honestly true. For example, if you have a booth at a trade show, instead of working desperately hard to get as many leads as possible, instead I suggest you focus on talking to the person. Evaluate their potential as a good customer, and get to know them.

Listen. Put away your sales speech for a minute, and listen. This doesn’t mean you aren’t supposed to talk, however it does mean you’re supposed to ask questions and listen. Ask the person about their family, work, hobbies, etc. With this information, you’re likely to find a common interest which you will be able to speak intelligently on, therefore building the relationship is that much easier.

Step back and look in. It’s so easy to get caught up in our little sales world and forget what it’s like to be the regular person looking in. Take a moment to see what it’s like from their point of view. Does it look good? Would you buy from you? Try to remember what it was like before you knew what you know, and remember all the questions you had at first. Remember we are all just people, not too complicated, and it’s way to easy to over complicate with a sales pitch. Continued on page 26.




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Advertising is just part of the equation. If you advertise in any form of media, whether it’s print, TV, radio, internet, remember, that’s only the first step. The next part is to make the personal contact. If you can not personally contact the person to whom you are advertising, unless you are Geico or Coca-Cola, most likely it will fall on deaf ears. Like I said before, and think about you as well, we are all overwhelmed with advertising. Now, if I see an ad on

a bus for a dentist, and then that dentist has a booth at the local kids fair and I meet him in person, that is a great way to build the relationship and the potential sale. Relationship marketing is just a way to look at your efforts to attract and retain customers, and you will get what you are focusing on. If you focus on relationship and trust, you will get that kind of customer, and that is a recipe for a strong base of returning business that will not only love you, but also refer you to everyone they know.

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More Americans Are Turning Their Passions Into Successful Businesses If you’ve got a hobby, or even just a vision, it doesn’t take much to turn your dream into an online business that can provide extra income or even a backup plan in the event of a job loss. When Kim Kardashian, one of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood, started ShoeDazzle. com, she turned to to help her take her passion for fashion and turn it into a thriving online business. Some of the most important steps to turning your own passion into starting your business include: Find your passion first. Needless to say, passion is not the only thing you need to be successful in starting a business. You will also need lots of motivation and patience. But passion is essential as it will help you stay focused and keep moving without giving up easily.

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Gardens with Color Combos and Foliage Factor Lawns and gardens that are eye-catching have harmonious colorful plants in bloom and dramatic foliage varieties patterned in a way that appeals to the senses. Unifying blooming and foliage plants in gardens has become a popular trend because it allows homeowners to think outside the box of traditional flower beds. From bold plant selection contrasts to color continuity, understanding bloom and foliage combinations will lead to an alluring escape in any backyard.

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Foliage is all about leaf shape, vein coloration, outlines and textures. Some foliage selections are tall and dramatic others are soft, and petite. Arrangements often focus on creating a mood, drawing the eye outward or upward and creating dimension. The blue-green leaves of Heucherella ‘Tapestry’ are accented with deep-red veins which complement dark foliage plants such as the deep purple of Heuchera ‘Plum Royale.’ These two plants from Terra Nova Nurseries work well together to infuse drama and fullness to beds or containers.

names alone are enough to draw attention. The alternating-stripe blooms of Phlox ‘Peppermint Twist’ are a stunning choice for beds, borders and mass plantings. True to its name, pink and white blooms appear as if peppermint candy atop this compact grower. The Garden Splendor brand horticulturists say it is a mainstay of summer garden color. Following the home-gardener trend of developing a collection or menagerie of color in the landscape, the Terra Nova Nurseries team introduced Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup,’ a coneflower with tomato-red blooms that can grow up to 3 feet tall. It follows Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch,’ now well known for its broad florets and burnished-copper seed cones. When creating beds, borders, containers, and other gardens, blooming color and attractive foliage will unify the areas by their sheer visual appeal. Learn more about these plants and gardening tips at and Courtesy of ARAcontent

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“It is with deep sadness that I tell you that on Friday, April 17th, Satsang Yoga closed its doors. This facility has become a special place to many and it saddens me that this is its fate after all the commitment, dedication, hard work and effort put forth by everyone who birthed this studio. This place was definitely a labor of love. It was my vision to see Satsang Yoga change our community and even though it was short lived, I am pleased with the change it did make. There are a few yogic principles that I am affirming through this process that has helped me understand and surrender to what is. One is that nothing is permanent. We all know that life changes and flows like a river. We can’t control it and if we think we can, we are mistaken. Two is, in this process we have all learned something and grown somewhere. Many of you were new to yoga when you arrived at our wonderful oasis. Now look at you! Three is, in every circumstance in life there is a gift. We may not see it when it is happening but with time, healing and clarity the gift shines brightly in the end. I look back on all those Weekly Oms I wrote from my heart and they are lifelong lessons we can all learn something from.

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Please know that I worked very hard to keep the studio open – most of you already know that. Extenuating circumstances, including the extended economic decline of our nation, have contributed to the abrupt ending of our wonderful Satsang Yoga. I will begin working out of the Vancouver Yoga Center at the beginning of May. I will be teaching classes Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 am and Monday evenings at 7:15 pm. We will begin prenatal yoga classes again but the days and times are undetermined yet. At this time, these will be the only classes available to previous Satsang members. I cannot guarantee that I will be able to offer more classes but that is my hope. Let me know if you are interested in other times and days by emailing Thank you for all the support, wisdom, love, insight and guidance you all have given me over the three years of being here. This journey has been a shared journey of growth, transformation and friendship on so many levels. To the new people who just joined our studio, please accept my personal apologies and I hope to see you at the Vancouver Yoga Center.” With Sincere Love and Gratitude, Dana Layon

Weekly Om I love this quote… “And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin. It means so much and can be translated in many different ways. How many of you feel “tight in a bud”? Maybe you’re just waiting for the economy to turn around and THEN you can make a difference. Continued on page 34. 33


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Or you’re waiting until your partner finishes their degree/career climb and THEN you can go for what you love and are passionate about. Maybe you should wait until your kids go off to college, THEN can have your turn. Or maybe you’re waiting to retire – after all that time working you will DEFINITELY do what you love because THEN it will be you’re time... Guess what? NOW is your time to blossom. Life is circumstance. We are our life. There’s no “waiting in line” to get where we want to go. The time is NOW! Every life experience that we are having we are meant to have so we can ask the questions: How can I serve, how can I grow, what can I celebrate? Our experiences may not always be gift wrapped and then handed to us on a silver platter. In fact, most of the time, our most challenging and difficult experiences offer us the highest growth, most abundance and the most pristine beauty. They usually offer us a chance to see ourselves as we truly are. Most often they offer us the opportunity to notice those angels around us that

have been here all along, just waiting on the sidelines to make their appearance. Difficult and challenging times are not meant for us to sit around and wallow in our “victim mentality”. No one is ever a victim – we are just offered opportunities to choose to remain tight in a bud or blossom into what we are meant to be. Ask yourself, what is happening in your life that could be misconstrued as challenging? Then ask yourself, did I ask for this situation or circumstance? Most likely you did… I know that’s hard to hear but it’s true! Then ask yourself, in this situation how can I serve, how can I grow and what can I celebrate? Always, without a doubt, you will find something that urges you to blossom. Why stay tightly wound when you can bloom so beautifully? When you see springtime in all it’s glory – imagine those gorgeous flowers as part of you… because they are.

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Snapshot is only going to keep getting better and better! Cuisine Vancouver, is new and will be coming in June. It is an added section to be included monthly in Snapshot. You will find great eats and drinks, restaurant reviews and recipes. Cuisine Vancouver will also be available through Hotel business centers, to help guests know where to go in Vancouver. We support local businesses... keeping business in Washington.


Mint Tea 2014 Main Street, Vancouver, WA • (360) 699-4991 Mint Tea is located in a beautiful old craftsman home. It has a wonderful wrap-around covered patio with seating, over looking their organic garden and main street. They filled their two beds last year from community donations and they look forward to a second year of using fresh herbs in their bistro straight from the garden. If you have herb or tomato starts you would like to donate, they will gladly plant them. From the moment you open the unique handled front door you enter a mystical sojourn, with sounds of Middle Eastern music, scents and vibrant color. Moroccan and Mediterranean decor and whimsical pieces are throughout this quaint bistro. As you pass through the bistro and head to the counter to order from their flavorful menu or purchase items, you pass by colorful table clothed tables decorated with Capiz Shell Tea Light candle holders and cushions for seating. An array of imported incense, soaps, tapestries and baskets, decorative art, drums and instruments, Henna body art kits, glass art jewelry and candles and reusable shopping bags will catch your eye. Now that you have made it to the counter you can order from the ever changing menu. Most of the food is Moroccan and French vegetarian and/or vegan cuisine, but there


are meat dishes on the menu each day as well. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and on Sunday’s a brunch from 10am- 3pm. On the menu you will find baked goods, warm cereal, Noah’s bagel, Nancy’s honey yogurt with organic granola and fresh fruit, mint tea plate, baked egg dish, soup, salad, pasta daily specials and a couple items for the kids (pb&j and grilled cheese). Choose from organic teas, french press and drip coffee, healthy bottled beverages, micro-brew beer and local wine. They are committed to using local, sustainable, organic ingredients and that commitment rewards you with decedent tastes. I was in for lunch with a friend and ordered their Mint Tea Plate ($6.50) – Hummas (which was a nicely spiced garbanzobased dip), rustic feta, olives, zaatar (a mixture of herbs and spices), pita quarters and the whim of the day was a light potato salad. I was pleasantly surprised at all the flavor... delish! And I have to tell you I ordered their mint hot tea and it was the best I had... a strong mint with a hint of sweetness. My friend had the pleasure of ordering one of their sandwiches with a side salad ($6.50), it looked pretty tasty. She companied her lunch with a bottled pear juice. The owners, Abdul and Jenna were very nice and great to talk with. My visit was very refreshing and I actually plan to return with my daughter and friends shortly. If you’re in the neighborhood or want a change in atmosphere and flavor you’ll be delighted to try Mint Tea. Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 p.m. June, July & August) Fri and Sat: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. • Sun: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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Viognier for the month of May Exotic and Aromatic. Pronounced Viognier (vee-on-yay). It’s become popular in the last couple of years. After a winter of red wines, jump-start your spring with a bottle or two of Viognier. It’s the perfect way to get your palate ready for those lighter spring and summer foods. For our wine club this month we are pairing Viognier with: a Brie-Style cheese, rice crackers, and red pepper humus. Salt and Pepper Shrimp with Mango and Sweet Chile Dipping Sauces, Seared Scallops on a bed of spring mixed lettuce and jalapeño bread. End with a Toasty Coconut Crème Brulée or a scoop of mango sorbet on pound cake with a sprinkle of coconut on top. Enjoy! Salut!

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Calendar Of Events May - June 17 21st Annual Fort Vancouver Lions STRAWBERRY SALE! Taking orders until June 17. Pick up orders June 20 at 10:00 AM - 1 PM Look for order form and more details in this issue of Snapshot. Questions? Please call Dave at 360-281-6766 May 29 - 30 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Garage Sale, Bake Sale and Car Wash ROCKSOLID COMMUNITY TEEN CENTER Bethel Lutheran Church 12919 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie,WA Donations being accepted. Call Nancy at 360-885-2181 or email May 9 How To Get Along With Difficult People East Vancouver Community Education call 360-954-3838 to register. You will learn to minimize conflict, diffuse potential anger and circumvent the stresses from the difficult people in your life. You will discover techniques and strategies to “handle” the difficult co-workers, supervisors, friends, strangers and family. Don’t miss this informative fun class. for more information. June 13 Stress Management For The Times East Vancouver Community Education call 360-954-3838 to register. Worried? Feeling cranky? Tired of being tired? Come to this class to discover ways to fight the economy ill’s with renewed energy in this stress management class. You’ll find it helpful when the contagiousness of the media’s fear has you awake at night worrying over your job and finances. for more information. August 25 Teen Boundaries East Vancouver Community Education call 360-954-3838 to register. In this fun interesting class teens will understand how to get along with difficult people in their lives whether its adults or peers. Teaching ways to have healthy boundaries and why saying no isn’t enough. Discover

concrete practical techniques to lower conflicts in tense situations. Best for ages 14+. for more information. Gabriele M.Smith,MA, LPC Professional Counselor Specializing in Women • 360-718-8544

COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS May 7- 9 at 8:00 PM May 10 at 2:00 PM The Slocum House Theatre Presents “The Green Room” Slocum House Theatre 605 Esther St. Vancouver, WA Reservations: Call 360-696-2427 or Email May 8 - 9, 14-16 at 7:00 PM May 16 at 2:00 PM Magenta Theater Presents “Steel Magnolias” Magenta Theater 606 Main St. Vancouver, WA Best enjoyed by ages 10 & over. Tickets Available: (360) 635-4358 or choose seats online at the website May 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 at 7:30 PM May 16 at 2:00 PM Clark College Theatre Presents “Blithe Spirit” Clark College - Decker Theater 1933 Fort Vancouver Way Vancouver Tickets go on sale in April, 2009 Ticket Ordering: On the Phone (360) 992-2815 May 28 - 30 & June 4 - 6 at 7:00 PM June 6 at 2:00 PM Hockinson High School Presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Hockinson High School 16819 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606 For more Community Performing Arts information visit us at:




SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU May 8 - May 10 The Tall Ships, Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Vancouver Landing 100 Columbia Street Vancouver, WA 98660

May 17 Camas Performing Arts presents “King Louie & Sweet Baby James” Joyce Garver Theater 14th and NE Garfield Streets, Camas, WA

May 9 Camas Mother’s Day Plant and Garden Fair Downtown Camas, WA 4th Avenue between Adams, Everett & between 3rd & 5th May 9 Live at the Fries presents Pianist Thomas Rheingans and Friends Fries Auditorium at Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver, WA May 9 - May 10 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad - Mother’s Day Special Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt May 16 Dozer Day Rinker Materials/English Pit 18208 SE 1st St., Vancouver, WA 98684 May 16 Hazel Dell Parade of Bands Starts at the Hazel Dell Target, Vancouver, WA May 16 It’s A Blast- with Bill Nye The Science Guy Johnston Ridge Observatory Mount St. Helens May 16 - May 17 Annual Herb Festival Pomeroy Living History Farm 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt, WA 98675 May 16 - May 17 Vancouver USA Singers present “The 3 R’s” First Presbyterian Church 4300 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663 May 17 BRAVO! Concert Series presents “Classical Firsts” St. Joseph Catholic Church 400 South Andresen Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661 40

May 23 - May 24 at 11:00 AM - 6:00PM Memorial Day Weekend Wine Tour Clark County Wineries - North Clark County Bethany Vineyards and Winery; Rusty Grape Vineyard; Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery; East Fork Cellars and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Above photo: www. May 23 - May 24 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Skyview Concert Hall 1300 NW 139th, Vancouver, WA 98685 May 23 - May 25 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Train Memorial Day Special NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA May 24 45th Birthday of the Clark County Historical Museum Clark County Historical Museum 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 May 25 Memorial Day 1860’s Cannon Salute Fort Vancouver National Historic Site 312 E. Reserve St., Vancouver, WA May 28 - September 5 Historical Walking Tours Clark County Historical Museum 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS

COMMUNITY NEWS May 30 - May 31 Sturgeon Festival Water Resources Education Center 4600 S Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98668 June 5 First Friday Artwalk Various Galleries, Merchants and Restaurants Downtown Vancouver and Camas June 6 - June 7 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Train NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA June 6 - June 7 Traditional Crafts Weekend Pomeroy Living History Farm 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, WA 98675 For more community and visitor information visit www.

MINT TEA COMMUNITY EVENTS May 2009 World Fair Trade Day To celebrate and support this worldwide event, Mint Tea will highlight fair trade items and host 3 days (May 7,8 & 9) of events to raise awareness. Receive a 15% discount on all of our fair trade retail products including tea, olive oil, chocolate, musical instruments, shea butter, Pangea Ecocentric Body Care, Vietnamese bamboo & silk lamps and lanterns, and all of our personally imported Moroccan merchandise! Discount applies all three days; please note, we prefer cash or check. To learn more about the fair trade movement visit May 7 at 6:30 - 8:30 PM Full Moon Community Drum Circle Mint Tea will celebrate this months community drum circle honoring World Fair Trade Day. Come bang on a drum, dance to the rhythm of equality for all, and enjoy free fair trade iced and hot tea from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. May 8, 9 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Take a Fair Trade Coffee or Tea Break! Free fair trade coffee and tea served all day. We will also have samples of our fair trade chocolate and olive oil. Come taste how good fair trade is.

May 10 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Mother s Day Brunch Celebrate Mom with a special brunch at Mint Tea. Chef Ashley has put together a brunch menu that celebrates the fresh, delicious flavors of Spring, complemented with a glass of Mimosa or pot of tea, and we are sure you’ll be pleased. Musician Rob Lewis will provide live entertainment on his electric marimba. May 13 at 5:30 - 7 PM How to use Essential Oils: Arthritis and Inflammation of the Body Learn to use organic, therapeutic-grade essential oils to support and improve our health. Taught by Kiannaa Leighland, national speaker and educator. $5 fee. May 30 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner with Negara Portland band Negara returns!! Come enjoy the hypnotic, Middle Eastern sounds of this talented group of musicians with dancers warmly invited to shimmy in. There is a $5 cover for upstairs seating which includes a free pot of tea. DONATIONS: If you have herb or tomato starts you would like to donate, we will gladly plant them in our raised beds (as you enter Mint Tea on the North side.) We filled our two beds last year from community donations and look forward to a second year of using fresh herbs in our bistro straight from our garden. Mint Tea’s chef, Anna Petruolo, is often cooking up delicious meals in our kitchen, but you may not know she is turning her Fruit Valley home’s front yard into a community garden. Check out her blog to learn more about this great community project and donation items she is in need of! Omnia Vincit Amor ~ love conquers all things Jenna & Abdul, Mint Tea 2014 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 (360) 699-4991 • LOCAL LIBRARY NEWS AND EVENTS: To view even more community events go to there is something for everyone. Please contact Snapshot if you would like to add any local events to our calendar. The listing is free, just email your event to




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21st Annual Fort Vancouver Lions Club Strawberry Sale!

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This is an annual fundraiser for the Fort Vancouver Lions Club. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to one of the Lions' Charities such as: Clark County Sight Clark County Hearing Clark College Scholarship Lions Eye Bank Walk & Knock Food Drive Washington Elementary School

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2009 Fresh Strawberry Sale Order Form Please PRINT your information below.


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Please indicate below which pick up location you prefer: 1 Battle Ground -1st Independent Bank, 601 W Main St (Next to Fire Sta.)

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2 Salmon Creek - Kaiser 14406 NE 20th Av

5 Fishers Landing - Nautilus Headquarters, 16400 Nautilus Dr.

3 Hazel Dell – B/H Kohls 9307 NE 5th Av (Hazel Dell Towne Center)

6 Camas - Bank of America Parking Lot on 3rd.


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Use PAYPAL to pay for your fresh strawberries! Available now! Log on to & follow the link for Fresh Strawberries. Click the PayPal button to process and pay for your order. We ask that you also mail in your order form with check number or PayPal confirmation number. Checks should be made payable to Fort Vancouver Lions Mail Check & Order Form To: Fort Vancouver Lions · 17722 NE 38th Way · Vancouver, WA 98682

A confirmation of your order and pick-up location will be mailed to you.

Berries not picked up at the time and place listed above will be donated to a local charity unless prior arrangements have been made.




ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center 12919 NE 159th Street, PO BOX 175 Brush Prairie, WA 98606 For more information or to arrange a donation pickup or drop off, call Nancy at 885-2181 Email: *Donated items are subject to refusal in case of low sale ability




Did You Know? Vancouver is the fourth largest city in the state.

According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management’s estimate in April of 2008, the city has a population of 162,400, making it the fourth largest city in the state. Vancouver is the most southwestern city in the state of Washington. It is located in Clark County, the oldest county in Washington state, which has a total population of 424,200. Clark County, encompassing the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Amboy and Yacolt, is the fastest growing county in the state of Washington. The city of Vancouver, incorporated in 1857, is named after British explorer Captain George Vancouver. Clark County was named in honor of the great explorer, William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. – 44


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