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From Father to Son: Automotive Advice and Life Lessons


Rosie’s Raves: Don’t Think Dad Would Like a Quilt? Think Again!


Conserving Water, Money Saving Tips for Summer Gardens


Six Steps in Six Days to Win the Battle Over ‘Bommeritis’


Zen Flow Yoga – Om


Out of Work? Tips for ‘Chance Entrepreneurs’ Starting Their Own Business


How to Plan... The Perfect Honeymoon


First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit: 5 Essential Tips for New Buyers


First Friday Artwalk


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Stay Safe and Enjoy the Utility Vehicle Ride


Father’s Day Picnic with The Family


Home Made Cards for Father’s Day


Super Hero Dads!


How to Save Money on Senior Care




A Little Note... Dear Neighbors, Summer, summer, summer time! I am so ready for summer to begin. The weather this past few weeks has been super... sun, sun and more sun. I love Pacific Northwest summers. The weather is mostly perfect and the scenery is gorgeous!


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Summer time is time to be spent in leisure and with family and friends. I have already been making plans for things to do.

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There is so much locally, that most people forget about. Ester Short Park, has wonderful concerts during the summer, library activities, First Friday Artwalks, picnics in the parks, bike riding, swimming, camping, fishing and hiking. And we are close to beautiful sandy beaches... so if it get’s too hot, we can drive over to the coast. We really have it all right here is our backyards! How lucky are we?

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SW Washington Dads... Happy Father’s Day

We will have lots of days at home, too. Playing on the slip n slide ($5 at Walmart) and eating watermelon. Building forts and taking care of the garden. BBQs, fresh lemonade and sun tea... I am so there!

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Contributors Ilona LaRue graduated from the Fashion

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. Ilona is the photographer for Snapshot Emagazine, SW Washington.

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 Health Tips newsletter. She is now teaching yoga at the Vancouver Yoga Center.

Scott Nielson, 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.

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From Father to Son: Automotive Advice and Life Lessons Automobiles often become a special place for parents to bond with their children, whether it’s tinkering under the hood, or seated behind the wheel for a test drive.

mont, says that the similar advice from his father and his father’s optimistic attitude have given him a good perspective on some of life’s troubles.

With Father’s Day approaching, WyoTech, one of the premier automotive training institutions in the country, asked its students for the best advice their fathers gave them about automotive care. Students shared their stories and the wisdom of their fathers. While some of this fatherly advice is simply about mechanics, much of it extends well beyond automotives to lessons for life.

Treat your car – and others – well was the advice that Covey Durham received. He is an automotive technology student in Fremont. His father’s rule applies off the road as well – if you want to be treated with respect, it has to start with you.

Many fathers stressed the overall importance of learning. Reymundo Delago, an automotive technology student at the Fremont, Calif. campus, says that his father also encouraged him to learn as much as possible. “My father told me: You cannot possibly learn everything there is to know about cars, so every day becomes an opportunity to learn more,” says Delago. His classmate, Jose Gonzales, says that his father’s advice was to: “Focus on education and try to learn as much about cars as possible.” Jimmy Avalos, an automotive student at the Long Beach, Calif. campus, was encouraged to: “Go to school and make something of myself.” Avalos adds that he has followed his father’s advice by enrolling at WyoTech, and is now planning for a future in automotive repair. Caroline Gishnock, a refinishing student at the Blairsville, Penn. campus, says her father told her to: “Never give up. You can fix anything!” Of course, some jobs may require more elbow grease than others, but Curtis Treadaway, an automotive technology student in Fre8

Andy Kunselman, director of student services at the school’s Blairsville, Penn. location, says that his father never said much, but that he learned by having a role model and a mentor. “Because my dad always had a joke to tell, I learned to have fun, enjoy life and do my best to get a laugh. I also learned how to be reliable and provide for my family. I believe I learned how to be there for friends in need, and help others in general, by watching my dad.” Fathers have also passed on a love for cars. “Two days before my father passed away he was still working on his ‘57 Chevy station wagon. He taught me all I know about cars, and now it’s my turn to teach my son,” says Charles Cuevas, an automotive student in Long Beach. Walter Davis, an automotive technology student in Fremont, shares Cuevas’ passion for cars and adds that his father’s best advice to him was simply to do what he loves. This inspired him to combine his passion for cars with a technical training from WyoTech, turning his love of cars into a full-time career as an automotive technician. Courtesy of ARAcontent PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


Conserving Water, Money-Saving Tips for Summer Gardens Summer 2009 may be a bit less dry than last year in many areas of the country, according to the National Weather Service’s Seasonal Drought Outlook. But it still makes sense, both environmentally and economically, to conserve water as much as possible in your gardening and landscaping efforts. “Nothing shouts ‘green’ quite like a thriving garden or a lush landscape,” says Susan Thayer, an irrigation and water conservation expert, “… except, perhaps, a beautiful yard or garden that’s been nurtured with green practices that conserve precious water.”

Look for alternative water sources other than the out« door tap - such as collecting the water that drains from your air conditioner. Consider collecting roof runoff in a rain barrel for use in flower beds and vegetable gardens. Irrigate efficiently with low-volume irrigation systems « and smart watering practices. Many communities now require all newly built homes to use low-volume irrigation in their landscapes. On average, micro sprinklers and drip irrigation uses 80 to 90 percent less water than traditional irrigation systems.

either. From ornamental grasses to shrub roses, many drought-tolerant native species also offer bright color and visual appeal. Look for plants that do well in the driest conditions found in your geographic region. Your local Cooperative Extension office can help you identify plants that are right for your area. You’ll also find plenty of ideas online at sites like

Irrigation manufacturers like Mister Landscaper are responding to increased consumer demand for low-volume systems by offering micro sprinkler and drip products that homeowners can easily install on their own. Mister Landscaper’s Micro Sprinkler Starter Kits efficiently and slowly irrigate flower and vegetable gardens, as well as areas where trees and shrubs grow. They are available in the plumbing department at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores or online at The system also offers a variety of retrofit products that allow you to replace or add on to an existing underground pvc sprinkler system so you can convert 120 gallons per hour (gph) heads to a 10 gph micro spray or 1-2gph dripper.

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Here are some tips for conserving water and saving money by reducing your water bill in your corner of planet. Choose drought-resistant native plants for your land« scaping needs. Your options won’t be limited to cactus,

sources Conservation Service recommends adding waterretaining organic material to your soil. You can also reduce evaporation by using mulch in landscaping beds.

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Stay Safe and Enjoy

the Utility Vehicle Ride Too often we see heart-rending headlines indicating children have been injured or killed in utility vehicle accidents because they were not buckled in when the accident occurred – even though the vehicles are equipped with seatbelts and roll-over protection. These sad stories ring out from all parts of the country, from communities struck by tragedies attributed to improper use of utility vehicles by drivers or passengers. Due to the increased popularity of utility vehicles, reported cases of serious injury and death from unsafe operation have risen, according to the National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division. These unfortunate accidents emphasize the need for enhanced education to keep operators of all ages safe when driving or riding utility vehicles. “We spend a lot of time working outside and enjoying the great outdoors this time of year,” says Greg Embury, vice president of sales and marketing, Kubota Tractor Corporation. “And while the warm weather may make you feel carefree, it’s as important as ever to be careful when operating tractors, lawn and garden equipment, and particularly when driving and riding utility vehicles.”

Kubota is reinforcing important recommendations and safety rules to help keep utility vehicle operators and their riders safe: * Always read the owner’s manual carefully before using a utility vehicle. * Heed all warning labels posted on the utility vehicle, all warnings and instructions included within the owner’s manual, and/or safe operating manuals or videos. * Utility vehicles are for off-road use and should not be operated on highways, streets or other paved roads. * Seatbelt use is imperative when driving and riding in a utility vehicle. * Drive at safe speeds and stay alert to the changing terrain. * Utility vehicles, depending upon the model, are designed to carry a specific number of riders other than the driver. Be certain to allow only the recommended number of riders to match the seatbelts in place for the specific utility vehicle. * Utility vehicles are not toys and not for kids. Owners need to take extreme care to keep their families safe and allow only those who meet the manufacturer’s guidelines for operation and who understand the safe operating instructions to drive the vehicle. * Follow all directions included in the owner’s manual regarding any riding gear, clothing or helmet recommendations, dependent upon utility vehicle model and manufacturer. * Always inspect all tires, wheels and attachments to make sure they are in good working condition.




“When we work together to reinforce safe equipment operating practices, we not only protect ourselves, but also the ones we love in the process,” says Embury.

and seatbelt installation function that will allow them to submit their tractor’s model and serial number to obtain retrofit pricing for eligible models.

When it comes to tractor safety, be sure that older tractors and equipment have a seatbelt and Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) to provide a protective zone around the operator -- greatly reducing the chances of serious injury in the case of a rollover accident. Kubota has provided a ROPS as standard equipment since 1985, but owners of earlier tractor models can visit, to utilize a ROPS

Also on the site is additional safety information including the “Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety,” a tractor safety coloring book and informational safety video, “It’s a Family Affair.” Courtesy of ARAcontent



Father’s Day Picnic with the Family

This year make a home made pizza and a giant cookie for dad. The kids will have a wonderful time helping and it will make it special for them, too. Make the pizza to his liking with all his favorite toppings. For dessert how about his favorite cookie? Make a giant pizza cookie and decorate the top with frosting that says “Happy Father’s Day”. Pack the pizza and cookie up with some fresh fruit and lemonade or even ice tea and take dad to the park. It will be a nice, relaxing Father’s Day and won’t cost a whole lot of money.

Cookie-Candy Pizza 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 1 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 package (12-ounce size) miniature semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup) 1 cup sweetened whipped cream 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup flaked or shredded coconut, toasted 1/2 cup candy-coated chocolate candies 1. Heat oven to 350ºF. 2. Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour and baking soda (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips. 3. Spread or pat dough in ungreased 12-inch pizza pan or on cookie sheet. 4. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown; cool in pan. 5. Just before serving, spread cookie with whipped cream. Top with walnuts, coconut and candies. Cut into wedges. Immediately refrigerate any remaining cookie after serving.

Home Made Cards for Father’s Day My dad can is _____ft tall and can lift____lbs. He looks funny when he______. etc. Dad is a pretty special guy. He is as handsome as a _____ and as strong as a_____. You are my hero because _____. Don’t forget to draw and decorate the card. You can also print out special pictures and glue them to the card as well. It’s lots of fun to go back and read some of the letters to dad over the kids young years... you get the idea! Picnic Table Photo: Pizza Photo: Fruit Cup Photo: Lemonade Photo: Giant Pizza Cookie Photo and Cookie-Candy Pizza Recipe: 12


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Super Hero Dads!

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Hero Dad “You are my hero, Dad You’re my secure foundation. When I think of you, I’m filled with love And fond appreciation. You make me feel protected; I’m sheltered by your care. You’re always my true friend; When I need you, you’re always there You have a place of honor Deep within my heart. You’ve been my superhero, Dad, Right from the very start.” - Author Unknown

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Daddy, I Love You “Daddy, I love you for all that you do. I’ll kiss you and hug you ‘cause you love me, too. You feed me and need me to teach you to play, So smile ‘cause I love you on this Father’s Day.” - Author Unknown

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Little Girls Need Daddy “Little girls need their Daddy For many, many things: Like holding her high off the ground Where the sunlight sings! Like being the deep music That tells her all is right, when she awakens frantic With the terrors of the night. Like being the great mountain that rises in her heart and Shows her how she might get home When all else falls apart. Like giving her the love That is her sea and air, So diving deep or soaring high She’ll always find him there.” - Author Unknown

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My PapA “From the day I was born ‘til today, You have loved me in every way. You tirelessly sing me to sleep, And protect me from insects that creep. Changing diapers you have mastered, With my poop, you are not bothered. Giving me a bath is your specialty, You take pains to keep me healthy. Always ready to sooth, When I am growing a tooth. Your games and songs amuse me, Your antics so funny to see. People say I look like you, And oh, it is so true! I am indeed very lucky, To have you as my Daddy! - By Reena

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“If all these Kisses aren’t enough, there’s two hands to help with garden If all these hugs don’t work their charm, there’s two arms to help keep yo If this gift doesn’t show how much we care, we have REAL hugs & kisses - Author Unknown ©Studio Lumiére 2009

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Padre “Mi Padre es aquel hombre, Que no nada mas me dio su nombre, Que desde chico me crio, Y todo su amor el me dio.” - Author Unknown

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How To Choose a Lawyer By Scott E. Nielson, J.D. Attorney at Law You’ve now decided that you might need a lawyer. Your issue may be a dispute, or it may be something more common such as starting or operating your business, a family situation or estate planning.

Scott E. Nielson, J.D. Attorney at Law “A Full Service Law Firm” 812F NE 81st Ave., #147 Vancouver WA 98665 (360) 921-5049

You’ve checked with your friends and business contacts, and you’ve gotten three or four names of lawyers that others have known. How do you choose among them? To choose a lawyer, I like to suggest to people that they remember the Four “C’s: 1. Competence. Is the lawyer competent and experienced in the area you need? Like many professionals, lawyers increasingly specialize in specific areas. But this has become a two-edged sword. A specialized lawyer will be knowledgeable in your issue, but do you know enough about the law to correctly identify the issue? How many lawyers must you interview to find out? That’s why many clients appreciate a Full Service Law Firm. These are lawyers who are experienced in a wide range of life and business situations, know you and your business, and can quickly handle any of your legal issues. When a specialist is necessary, this type of lawyer will bring a specialist, if needed, but your full service lawyer will always remain in charge as your advocate.

2. Compatibility. Is this the kind of person you want to represent you to the world? Is he/she serious about your situation? Does this lawyer dress in a way that you think is appropriate? Does this lawyer express a sincere interest in my situation? Most importantly, does this lawyer truly listen to learn my individual facts and goals? 3. Communication. Ask the potential lawyer how he/she communicates to clients. A lawyer who truly cares about you and your situation will make contact with you on a regular basis to inform you about developments, if any. A good lawyer will send you copies of any correspondence or documents that are developed as your situation evolves. In short, a good lawyer will ensure that you are not left alone to wonder, “What’s going on with my case?” 4. Cost. Do not be afraid to discuss the lawyer’s fees and other costs. A good lawyer will discuss the expected costs with you in your first visit to find the best way for you to be able to pay for the services you need. For example, many legal matters might be billed as flat-cost items, instead of the traditional hourly-based fee. This is a welcome developing trend among lawyers, and you should ask about this possibility.

For more information, contact Scott E. Nielson J.D. at or (360) 921-5049. 26



How to Save Money on Senior Care With America’s population aging, billions of dollars are spent each year on senior care expenses. But with economic worries affecting many families, cutting costs has become more important than ever. With a little creativity, seniors and their families can save a substantial amount of money. Compare Prices Family members and caregivers can help seniors out by comparison shopping for goods and services online. Changing homeowner’s insurance policies alone can save hundreds of dollars each year. Review all bills and find out if it is less expensive to bundle services like phone and cable. Take Advantage of Existing Services The fall prevention alarms advertised on television can be a great tool to help seniors prevent serious injuries from falls and other medical emergencies, but most of them come with a costly monthly monitoring fee. Look for a personal alarm system that can connect directly to 911 and charges no monitoring fees and has no service contracts. Consider Home Care According to a 2007 MetLife survey, the average annual rate nationally for a private room in a nursing home is $77,745 and is steadily increasing each year. The annual base rate for an individual residing in an assisted living community is $35,628. The average annual cost of home care can be half the cost of nursing home care.

An organization like Visiting Angels provides a cost-effective alternative to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Caregivers provide up to 24-hour elderly assistance in the comfort of home at affordable rates. Home care makes it possible for seniors to remain in their homes and maintain their independence.

after month. Purchasing such nonperishable items in bulk online or from a warehouse store can save a great deal of money. Also consider signing up for automatic monthly delivery for health and personal care products. Auto delivery ensures products will no longer run out and shipping is often free.

Reverse Mortgage Many senior citizens have owned their homes for decades and can take advantage of a reverse mortgage – a loan that allows a homeowner to convert a portion of their equity into cash. Unlike a traditional mortgage, repayment of a reverse mortgage is not required until the borrower no longer uses the home as their principal residence.

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Don’t Think Dad Would Like a Quilt? Think Again!

Don lives alone in a beautiful home and often has guests. He wanted both a king and a queen-sized quilt for his two guest bedrooms. I chose complimentary colors and made two quilts for him. His guests say that the quilts really spiff up the rooms!

By Rosie Rhine

Fathers Like Quilts

When you think of quilts, you don’t usually think of guys, but I’ve been surprised to find that half my customers are male. These men know what they like and they like quilts. In fact, you could even call some of them picky, because they know exactly what they like and want in a quilt and a few have even helped me design their quilts.

Guys and Their Quilts

Custom quilting is my speciality. Below are a few that I’ve made especially for guys:

Top: Barry’s Quilt - “Autumn Leaves” Left: One of Barry’s Gifts - “Hummingbirds”

Barry walked into my house (to fix my roof) and was excited by a quilt I had just made that was called “Autumn Leaves”. Not only did he buy it, but also helped design another quilt for a friend of his plus bought a ready-made quilt for his mother. “Both women were ecstatic about their gifts” says Barry.


Don’s Quilts

Stephen wanted a flannel quilt for his mountain cabin (he chose the colors). He especially liked the tree fabric and insisted that all the trees went in the same direction (which in some cases was against the fabric grain – but who cares?) Paul asked me to design a quilt for his beach cabin. His wife wanted it to bring out the colors in their kitchen. They were astounded by the quilt I made for them. Chad is bedridden, so quilts are especially important to him. He said his favorite color is blue, so I designed and made a blue quilt to sparkle up to his room.

Stephen’s Quilt

Chad’s Quilt

Paul’s Quilt



Stadium Steps A big cotton quilt for Dad to cuddle in on cold nights while watching sports – room for you, too! (58”x70”)

Grape Harlequin Ken’s “Blue Star” Quilt

Ken wanted to surprise his wife at Christmas. He asked me to make a Blue Star Quilt for his wife to celebrate the fact that their son Robert, a Navy man, is in Afghanistan. Check out my website for a picture of Ken’s wife Jane and their son posing with the quilt.

A unique lap quilt or wall hanging for the discerning guy. (38”x53”)

Ready-Made Quilts for Guys Stampede A warm flannel lap quilt for sitting in the bleachers. The front design shows stampeding horses and the brown tweed back feels like cashmere. (40” x 43”)

Sports Quilts Have me make a lap quilt with fabric of his favorite team. Call to see what I have in stock or to see if I can find what you need (any size you like). These quilts, which can be viewed at HYPERLINK, are examples of Rosie’s quilts. For more information, please contact Rosie Rhine at (360) 213-7019 or (503) 415-1607 or email her at Provide custom quilting for people like you who cherish a custom quilt.




Six Steps in Six Days to Win The Battle Over ‘Boomeritis’

Metcalf, nationally recognized baby boomer fitness expert and trainer. “Overcoming OA and battling the effects of Boomeritis means making the effort to exercise, supplement and practice small steps daily to help your body slow down the deterioration of joint and bone strength that naturally comes with aging.”

Six Steps to Win The Battle Over Boomeritis: 1. Practice anti-inflammatory living. Reduce joint inflammation and discomfort by eating a diet that includes lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables and highly absorbable glucosamine and chondroitin supplements such as Elations. When taken daily it can help relieve joint discomfort in just six days. Learn more at

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If you are one of the 27 million Americans who suffer with joint pain from osteoarthritis (OA), you are not alone. Eighty-four percent of OA sufferers report joint pain as an intrusive part of their daily lives, which prevents them from participating in activities including yard work, driving and household chores. Additionally, over half haven’t been able to participate in sports as much as they’d like, according to a new independent study funded by Elations, a fruit-flavored glucosamine and chondroitin drink. These daily experiences of aches and pains can be attributed to “Boomeritis,” an increase of joint aches, pains, injuries and ailments experienced by older active adults as they reach their 40s, 50s and beyond. The term Boomeritis was coined in 1999 by Dr. Nicholas A. DiNubile, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Boomeritis, and it’s time to take action,” says Andrea 30

2. Do two yoga poses. Tree pose and downward dog really help balance your body. Yoga in general helps calm the body. The tree pose (standing on one leg, place left foot on the inside of the right leg with hands in a prayer position at chest) helps strengthen the lower body and core while the downward dog (hands on ground out in front with hips high and heels down) helps stretch the hamstrings and lower back. 3. Get moving. Try to move your body at least 10 minutes after each meal or three times a day. Everyone needs regular exercise, which helps keep your muscles toned and joints flexible. 4. Stretch on all fours. The “pointer” is a move done on hands and knees involving one arm reaching forward and the opposite leg reaching back. Hold for at least four counts and repeat on the other side. This move helps strengthen the core and the back for better posture. 5. Get your five-a-day. Make sure you are getting your five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


ZEN FLOW YOGA By Dana Layon, ERYT Former President of Satsang Yoga and Wellness Now independent Yoga Instructor

Weekly Om

We are a society that relies on outside influences and environment. We rely on our schedules, our relationships, our job and our material items. The downfall to this characteristic we humans display is that when change happens, we find ourselves lost. We may find ourselves blaming the outside world for the loss we have incurred. We may even have what some call an “identity crisis” when something changes in our world that shakes us to our core. The Yoga Sutras discuss several principles but this week I call upon Aparigraha – Non-Grasping, to fully explain this amazing concept that our egos hold very dear. Aparigraha defined is “non-grasping”. Our mind builds up ideas of how things “are” as a way of generating confidence and security for ourselves. We identify who we are by where we live, what job we hold and who we associate with. This would be fine if life were indeed a sedentary event in which nothing ever changed; but life does change, and it encourages us to adapt and change along with it. We are born with expectations and sometimes, our expectations are not what the Universe had in mind.

may help protect you from chronic diseases and help you maintain your weight. Go to for helpful tips on how you can get your daily servings. 6. Get at least six hours of sleep per night. Proper rest and recovery aids the body’s ability to rebuild and rejuvenate. Studies have shown that adults who sleep six to seven hours a night live longer.

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The resistance to change and the need to hold onto things causes suffering and prevents us from living life open to the gifts we are to receive naturally. Living with the knowledge that impermanence is our only constant will lead to less suffering and more awareness in our present moments. We are then more open to seeing the tombstones as stepping stones; the apparent tornado as a storm that takes away things we don’t really need anymore; the upheaval as space for something new and exciting beyond our knowledge! Our best security lies in releasing resistance and allowing ourselves to grow, and through that growth becoming stronger and yet more resilient. Let go – Let God. It’s a peaceful place to be.





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Photos and Story By Shiela Strubel Eager little girls helped to pack up and go camping... this would be their very first camping trip. We were staying two nights in a tent. With Battle Ground Lake State Park being so close to where we live, we thought this to be the perfect spot to take our girls for their first camp out. Battle Ground Lake State Park is a camping park with 280 acres of beautiful, forested land in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The spring-fed lake is of volcanic origin and is considered to be a smaller version of Crater Lake in Oregon. It’s two-three miles northeast of the community of Battle Ground and 19 miles northeast of Vancouver, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We found out about this campground by attending a picnic there with some friends, earlier in the year. It has a few picnic tables, a play area for the kids, with a tire swing, slide and monkey bars. It is also a local hotspot for swimming. Perfect for kids, to splash and play. Just remember to bring the sand buckets and toys... nice closed in sand box area. Time to head out... it was a nice sunny day. The drive took us about 40 minutes from the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Having never camped here before, after arriving, we drove around the campsites, to see what was available. We found our perfect spot, no one next to us and lots of space. By this time the girls where so excite... jumping out of the van and running around... Rick and I could tell they were going to have a blast! We unloaded all our supplies... ice chest, totes (full of food, blankets, cooking utensils, etc) and the tent. Yes, the tent – this was going to be a challenge for Rick and I – this was a new tent and we had never set it up before. After about an hour – without cursing or throwing a fit – we managed to set it up... and the girls were ready to jump right in and play. By now it was about time to eat some dinner. But before we started cooking, we decided, we best take a little walk and look around before it got dark. We strolled down on the dock and could see the little trout jumping up at bugs. It was still early in the year, so it wan’t very busy. We then walked up the path heading north a bit, seeing a few blooming flowers, squirrels and birds.


threw out their lines and waited... and waited... and waitied. This is called learning patience... which is not in the vocabulary of a three and five year old. No luck, we didn’t catch a thing. However, they still had fun, we could see little bass and trout jumping. So I think they had just stocked the lake with fish. So there should be plenty of fish when we return. Back up the trail we went and onward with cooking dinner. While I cooked the girls enjoyed swinging from a branch and climbing on a log... getting nice and dirty. Rick started our fire – to our knowlege there was not any firewood around, so earlier that day Rick drove into town (Battle Ground and purchased some firewood from Safeway. So remember to bring your own wood.

We headed back to our campsite and started cooking right away... we were atarving and runnin gout of light. Rick started a camp fire and truned the lanterns on and the girls and I started cooking. Tonight we were having hamburgers and of course smores for dessert! We planned scrambled eggs, muffins and bacon for breakfast and chili and cheese for dinner the next night, among other snacks... jiffy popcorn... gotta have that while camping. My girls loved it when it popped and expanded. If you could see their smiles... grins from ear to ear. We were having a wonderful time. When it was time for bed we told stories and laughed. Our girls did ask about lions and tiger and bears, so we explained that we were safe and that there was nothing to worry about. It was a perfect setting for much needed family time! Our second day we got up early to the sounds of birds singing, frogs croaking and crickets chirping. We decided to take a hike all the way around the lake after breakfast.There are nice walking trails... five miles of horse trails and four miles of pedestrain trails. If you plan on hiking all the way around the lake, take snacks and water. Part of the hike we ended up carrying the girls, so if you have young ones be prepared. When we returned we took a bit of a break and sat around. The girls became anxious, so we took them down to the dock for a bit of fishing. Little fishing poles in hand, we marched down the path, to the lake. They 36

Now the day was at an end and we settled in for the night, all cozy together in our warm sleeping bags. After waking up the next morning we loaded up everything and were ready to go home. We were all in much need of a shower. They do have shower facilities, but I would have to say my only disappointment the whole trip was the bathrooms. They were not exactly the cleanest nor in the best shape. With us being city folk and all... I smile... it was hard for the girls to go potty. They would have rather gone outside behind a tree. Overall we had a great experience and hopefully our girls will remember their very first camping trip at Battle Ground Lake State Park. Next time... and there will be a next time... we will have to try renting one of their cabins... that might be a whole new experience. The cabins sit among a grove of Douglas-fir trees, within walking distance of the Lake. Each cabin features a covered front porch, picnic table, electric heat, lights and locking doors with bathrooms and showers nearby. Cabins are furnished with bunk beds that sleep three and a full-size bed. Outside is an ADA-compliant deck and fire grill. A nearby concrete pad that can accommodate an RV is available. Maximum capacity: Up to six people per cabin. For fees and more information go to http://www.parks.wa.govparks/?selectedpark=Battle%20 Ground%20Lake




Some More Please! Somehow, the fact that August 10th is National S’mores Day managed to sneak by us, but these delicious treats are worth a mention, even if it is a bit belated. If you’re not familiar with s’mores, they are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers. The name of the treat comes from the two words “some more,” clearly combined because people often wanted to have at least a second serving after having one s’more. The treat was developed by campers in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the fairly new mass-produced marshmallows. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be warmed easily over a fire to make a delicious treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by. The true origin of the snack is unknown, as camping recipes tended to be passed from person to person and family to family – often over the campfire itself. The first recipe for s’mores was published in 1927 in the Girl Scout Handbook and the event marked the official introduction of the s’more into popular culture. The publication of the s’more recipe was not the first pairing of chocolate, marshmallow and cookies. In 1913, the Mallomar cookie was introduced to market, followed in 1917 by the Moon Pie. Both products have a graham cracker-like base – a sandwich, in the case of the Moon Pie – and are topped with marshmallow and a layer of chocolate. S’mores (as well as Mallomars, Moon Pies and other confections with similar components) are popular because the simple ingredients make a perfect balance of flavors. The marshmallow is sticky and sweet, the chocolate is smooth, and the graham cracker is crisp and crumbly, acting almost like a pie crust to contain the filling. To make them at home, you can use a microwave version of the recipe or you can cook them on a grill or in the oven. Use high quality chocolate and homemade graham crackers to make the treat a bit more upscale, but for the sake of tradition, there is nothing wrong with using store-bought ingredients for these.

S’MORES RECIPE 1 large marshmallow 1 graham cracker 1 chocolate candy bar Directions: Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt. Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.




Out of Work?

Tips for ‘Chance Entrepreneurs’ Starting their own Business Unemployment figures for the first quarter of 2009 have created a panic in the workforce. The U.S. Labor Department said the national unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent in March, the highest level in 25 years.

those who find themselves suddenly out of work and unable to find another job. If you’re among those ranks, it would be wise to weigh all the risks and benefits of becoming self-employed. In the first chapter of “The Accidental Startup,” Babb explores the benefits of working for yourself. Benefits: 1. A stable income 2. No more fear of losing your job 3. Additional income 4. Freedom to make decisions 5. Flexible hours 6. Chance to do something you’re passionate about

Is it any wonder that many unemployed, underemployed and workers fearing the loss of their jobs are now considering going into business for themselves? After all, if you’re self-employed you’ll never be laid off, right? And entrepreneurs are truly the backbone of the American economy; they create 80 percent of all the jobs in America, without the benefit of bailouts or handouts.

7. Pride of ownership 8. Earning potential Risks and downsides: 1. Feeling of instability as your business struggles to grow 2. Potential for failure

But is self-employment right for you? The prospect of being your own boss may look appealing, but what are the real benefits – and risks – of going it alone?

3. Unforeseen costs 4. Potential for long hours 5. Lack of vacations

While preparing to write her book “The Accidental Startup, Business Basics for the Chance Entrepreneur,” author, Fox Business, CNBC and CNN media personality and financial expert Dani Babb surveyed 200 entrepreneurs and discovered that just 10 percent were unemployed when they started their own business. Another 26 percent were working part time and wanted full-time work, and 63 percent were already employed. Yet with unemployment figures continuing to increase, Babb predicts so will the ranks of “chance entrepreneurs,” 38

6. Difficulty in building your business 7. Blurring of work/life boundaries You also need to consider financial aspects of being an entrepreneur, Babb advises. You’ll need to insure your business and learn the tax basics of being selfemployed, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, etc. You’ll likely have to pick up your own healthcare costs, and provide coverage to employees. You have to consider if self-employment really will make you better off PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


financially than just getting another job, or if you will be content just breaking even. Once you’ve decided if self-employment is the right move for you, you’ll need to develop a business plan, raise capital and manage finances, learn about your customer, know what to expect during the first year and develop a strategy for growth. “You may become an entrepreneur by chance, but succeeding in your own business definitely relies not just on luck, but on planning, preparation, money and time,” Babb says. Published by Alpha Books, “The Accidental Startup” examines the reasons and motivations that lead to entrepreneurship, and helps new business owners plot a step-by-step guide to starting and running a business. The book is available in major book retailers across the country and from online merchants. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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“Dear Bri The wedding season is at full swing... many of you have already walked down the aisle, and some about to. The last touches are about to be done. At this point, perhaps we should talk about the last touches!

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We are going through tough times with our current economy. I see that the latest advertising catch fraise is “Recession prices.” Let’s talk about this... many vendors offer discounted prices to boost their cash flow... making less money is better then no money – so when they discount what ever merchandise or service, the quality should not reflect that. When you make a purchase, what ever it might be ... your wedding dress, flowers, accessories... unless it was made clear before the purchase, that it is “irregular” – it should be in perfect condition. If the florist decides to offer such deals, be aware, the size of the bouquet should not be any smaller, the flowers should still be fresh. If you have picked out the look of the floral arrangement from a photo, it should still look just like that. Remember, when the vendors offer a discount, and will not volunteer any information on quality issues, you still have the right for 100% quality. es: http://wedding Details About Imag g/ar ticles/ ding-dress-shoppin bridal-fashion/wed er-2000.aspx best-dresses-und 40

This can get a bit sketchy with services... for those vendors requiring a deposit. The amount of deposit is usually a refection of how much the vendor has to have up front for materials that are needed for them to perform the services, in most cases 20-50% and that is only fair. However, if you make a full payment, you are giving up all control over the quality of the service! You are left with either a tough pill to swallow or a lawsuit, hind side. PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


ides” Some services can be performed just before, (floral, food, etc.) and some on the wedding day, so there are many things to watch over. Your best bet would be to have one trustworthy (and sometimes seasoned) person to watch over these things for you. You, your groom and family will be overwhelmed with the festivities and this should be your day to celebrate... not watching that you get your money worth. For this reason, it would be great to have an aunt or any person who could be present with you at contract signings and on the wedding day to look over everything. Normally this would be your wedding coordinator – that you hired, not the one working for the venue (that is a topic for another day). The center piece of the day is you in your beautiful wedding dress. Many brides leaves the final fitting just a few days before the wedding... unless you are on an intensive crash diet and planning on loosing tons of weight (or in a delicate condition) there is no good reason not to have your dress final fitting done at least 2-3 weeks before the wedding day. When we say “final fitting” that means your dress looks exactly the way it will on your wedding day and it should fit like a glove! Regardless if you spent $20 or $20,000 your dress should fit perfect. Do not walk out of there until it does. If at the last minute somebody notices something, and you hear, “Oh, don’t worry, we will have it fixed.” There is reason to worry... give them some time and come back and check that everything is fixed, and done to your liking.

was a strapless dress and at the top of her dress there was a 2-3 inch gap. She was told, that is the way this kind of dress should lay, and they suggested she use double sided tape (are you kidding me?!?!?!) However, at the time she purchased the dress, she was told it will lay flat across... the classic case promising everything to make a sale... not delivering later. She paid alteration fees almost as much her dress cost (special order dress – not off the rack) and still looked very poor fitted. She was not happy, but accepted, until I stepped in. Whenever you have a feeling, your dress is not right, always refer to the magazine, that featured the dress. Even though, you might not have the same slim figure like the models, the dress still should fit your body perfectly, regardless of your shape. Once again, it is a good idea to have somebody along at the final fitting. Somebody, whom you can trust to be able to say, if something is not right (and sometimes that can be very hard, many feel it is impolite to say such thing to the bride). Your only leverage is if you do not make that final payment until service is performed in a satisfactory manner. Best of luck to you all

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Perfect Honeymoon The date is set, the dress is bought and the tuxes are rented – now you get to plan your first vacation together as husband and wife. Whether your ideal honeymoon is traveling to the Swiss Alps for some mountain fun or relaxing at a beautiful beach, it’s a special time you’ll never forget. So what do you need to know to plan the perfect honeymoon that goes off without a hitch? “Everyone wants the greatest honeymoon possible, but be sure to review the little details so they don’t turn into big problems,” says Michael Kelly, president of On Call International, a medical and travel assistance company. “The best thing you can do is research, plan and prepare together as a team.” Here are some things to consider when planning the perfect honeymoon:

1. Choose a destination together.

Pick a destination that you both really want to visit. Each person should choose the top three places they would like to honeymoon and then compare lists. If you both want something relaxing, a traditional spa vacation in the tropics is a good choice. If you are adventure junkies, be sure to visit a location that offers lots of fun activities.

2. Prep ahead of time.

Make a checklist of things you need to do before your trip. Research the laws of the country to where you will be traveling and see what rules are different. It’s a good

idea to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out what types of immunizations are recommended for Americans at that specific destination. And remember, if you don’t have a passport or need to renew, allow ample time for processing. If you’re changing your name after your wedding, make sure that the name on your travel documents matches what is on your passport so that you don’t experience any delays through security and customs.

3. Get medical and travel assistance services. No one plans on getting sick or having other problems on their honeymoon, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the peace of mind to know that if something happens, you’re covered? That’s why it’s important to get medical and travel assistance. Your health insurance might not cover you while you travel, so a company like On Call International is there to help. On Call members get access to a 24-hour emergency response center to find doctors in their travel area, a 24-hour English-speaking nurse line to help identify symptoms, and coverage should a traveler need to return home for medical reasons. In addition, On Call can help you with other travel woes such as a lost passport, misplaced credit card, lost baggage or the need to reschedule a delayed or cancelled flight.

4. Pack the right stuff.

Sure you want to look great for your spouse, but sometimes looking chic and dressing appropriately for the location you’re visiting might not be the same thing. Research what tourists usually wear at your chosen location. If you’re traveling internationally, different cultures might have different expectations. Also



PLANNING A WEDDING remember that extreme weather, hot and cold, requires different types of clothing, so pack accordingly and you won’t have to buy something at an exorbitant price when you get there.

Eat, drink and be merry.

No one wants to be stuck in their hotel bathroom with a stomachache on their honeymoon. Food and water in different countries can be contaminated so do your research before celebrating at the local restaurant. When in doubt, ask your hotel concierge for advice. If you are buying your own food, sealed products are usually safer options because they come directly from the distribution center. “These planning tips should help you have the honeymoon of your dreams. If something does go wrong, remember to work through it and enjoy the time you have together. After all, it’s one of the most important and special vacations you’ll ever take,” says Kelly. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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With the revised first-time homebuyer federal income tax credit currently in effect, now is the perfect time to consider making that big purchase, your first home. “Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments a person can make, but first-time homebuyers and qualified return buyers are in an ideal position to take advantage of unique opportunities in the market, such as low interest rates and the choice among an abundance of for sale homes,” says Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer for ERA Real Estate. But before you sign on the dotted line, ERA Real Estate, one of the world’s leading residential franchise networks, offers some helpful tips to ease the transition into homeownership.

Learn about the first-time homebuyer federal income tax credit If you are considering purchasing your first home, or have not owned for at least three years, learn the parameters of the temporary first-time homebuyer tax credit, which is one of 10 provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law on February. 17, 2009. According to – a consumer Web site created by the National Association of Home

Builders – for those who qualify and purchase before Dec. 1, 2009, the bill provides a tax credit of up to $8,000, calculated at 10 percent of the purchase price. Unlike the previously available credit from 2008, the money does not have to be repaid, as long as the homebuyer does not resell the house for at least three years. “The tax credit can help make the American dream of homeownership a reality for potential buyers who previously could not afford the investment,” says Young. He adds that potential homebuyers should consult with a professional tax advisor for full details on how the tax credit may benefit them.

Calculate what you can afford Before you start searching for your new home, know what you can afford. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, your total monthly mortgage payment – which includes principal, interest, taxes and insurance – should be about 29 percent of your monthly gross income.




What you can afford is also based on, among other things, how large of a down payment you can make and how much money you can borrow. You can start estimating this figure by using an affordability or loan calculator found on the Internet. These calculators can help compute what may fit comfortably within your budget based on factors such as annual income, annual debts, interest rates and credit score. Though Internet calculators and statistics are good references, it is recommended that you consult a financial advisor to determine exactly how much you can afford.

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Early in the home-searching process, list your basic needs such as minimum square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, location and of course, the price you can afford. Web sites of leading real estate brands should have guided property searches that allow you to choose one or more of these criteria. If there are features that you would love to have in your home, but could live without, put them on your “want” list. This includes things like a pool, big yard, extra bedroom, etc.

Work with an experienced real estate professional Searching for and purchasing your first home is an exciting experience, but it can be overwhelming. To help each step in the home buying process run smoothly, consider working with a seasoned real estate professional. Choosing a professional who is knowledgeable in your local and national markets, has access to the newest listings, and can help you negotiate prices, will increase the chances of finding your dream home.

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After you determine your home buying budget, think about where you want to live. Are you going to stay in your current neighborhood, or do you want to hit the open road and start fresh? No matter what, you should thoroughly research the demographics of the area. Some additional factors to consider are how far you will be from work and shopping – and if you have children, do some careful research on schools.

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


Riesling for the month of June One of the first grapevine assortments grown in Washington, the state’s Rieslings tend to be very floral in the nose, with vivid apricot, peach and apple tones. Occasionally, the “noble rot” works its magic on Riesling, centralising the sugars and tones to produce a late-harvest wine of incomparable intensity. When the conditions are right, Washington vintners also develop unbelievable ice wines from Riesling, as well as additional varietals. The 2006 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling was a very good QPR choice. It comes from fruit grown in the Columbia Valley, which is Washington state’s largest appellation. It includes within it six other smaller AVAs, and the most plentifully planted grapes are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also planted there in what qualifies (for Washington, anyway) as a “desert” climate of less rain and damp maritime influence. This excellent domestic Riesling had aromas of seaspray, apples, peaches, and a hint of petrol – kind of like driving through an oceanside fruit orchard in a beat-up pickup truck. There was a slight spritz on the palate, along with flavors of melon, peach, and apple. The wine’s aftertaste was juicy and a touch off-dry. This wine receives consistently high reviews from wine critics, and sells out quickly (both the 2007 and 2006 bottles are already sold out at the winery) so if you see some, nab it. An aromatic, fruity, and flavorful wine such as this one is perfect with spicy Asian food. I made a doubtless inauthentic but extremely good stir-fry of chicken, Chinese eggplant, oyster sauce, chiles, onion, garlic, and basil and it was delicious with the wine. The bottle’s slight sweetness meant there was no acidic clash between the spices in the food and the fruitiness of the wine. Source: riesling-from-washington-states.html TO ADVERTISE IN SNAPSHOT PLEASE CALL SHIELA OR RICK AT 360-546-3975



First Friday Artwalk

By Shiela Strubel

My girlfriends and I are always looking for things to do in Vancouver. We just recently discovered a great event that happens every first Friday Downtown Vancouver, Streets of Uptown Village and Camas. Local galleries, merchants and restaurants open their doors to an evening of live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and tours of Fine Art Galleries. The streets fill with local artists, performers and strolling neighbors. Admission is free and the reception is open from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and restaurants are open their normal hours. We usually all get together at least once a month for our wine club. You might see us out and about… we are a group of moms in our 20s… okay 30s… but that’s as high as we go. Sometimes we host the club event at our homes and sometimes we go out. For the month of May we decided to go out… it was time for some fun! We went to the Downtown Vancouver Artwalk, where we sampled wine and hors d’oeuvres kindly offered to us by Pacific Continental Bank. The reception took place in the Marketplace Courtyard (210 West Evergreen Blvd.); Pacific Continental Bank and Friends of the Arts hosted it. Tours were every 20 minutes. We thought we would venture it on our own and started our outing at the Marketplace Courtyard. There was a booth set up with a sign in sheet, name tags and an excellent walking tour map. We walked through Heart of the Home; this store has wonderful home décor and gifts from well-known artisans. You know us ladies… we are always looking for that perfect gift or decorative piece. Heart of the Home has a lot of unique and special pieces. They carry Crazy Libellule Perfume, Sue Huston 50

Jewelry, Mangiacotti Florals, Nouvelle Candles, and More. We also ventured inside Art on the Boulevard, a nonprofit art gallery whose mission is to establish a community environment in which the arts flourish. The work of over 50 artists (primarily Northwest artists) allows the gallery to display a wide variety of media and styles. Steve Terrill had some very interesting photos displayed, among them – “Dew Drop 26”, “Dew Drop 27” and “Cottonwood Seed and Storksbill”. Most of us decided that our favorite was the “Cottonwood Seed and Storksbill”; this photo was very dreamy and reminded me of a fairies and pixie dust a perfect piece of art for my daughter’s room… magical! He also “Cottonwood Seed and Storksbill” had some bold, bright floral prints on display – “Ganzia” and “Gebura Daisy”. A couple others that caught our eye were “A Taste of Tuscany” and “Room for One More” by Elida Field. It was fantastic being able to sip wine while discussing art, what a treat for us moms! Photo source: Other places within the courtyard include Marketplace flowers and Woody’s Tacos. There might have been a couple more shops that we missed between our chatting and tasting. Number 1 on the map for us to visit was 1220 Main Street Restaurant. We planned on heading there at the end of the night, but never made it. We will defiantly have to make it back there for lunch or dinner sometime. Number 2 was By the Bottle… a shop that hosts a ton of beers. They sell local, regional and imported beers. Some of us bought a few and we spoke with the owner, she was fun. I told my husband about By the Bottle and he plans on going there for their IPAs.


CUISINE CUISINE SW WASHINGTON VANCOUVER – GREAT EATS AND DRINKS Next in line where, Aurora Gallery, Angst, Gallery 21 and North Bank Gallery, however we were meeting some people at The Academy, so that was our next stop. The Academy - what a great historical building. It is a historical landmark; it was the tallest building on the West side of the Mississippi River after it’s construction in 1863. The first impression of the building itself is a good one - it’s a charming colonial-style brick building. There are three floors, two of which are accessible - the third is the attic. Both floors are laced with windows and high arches, the railings of white wood. There is a walkway, which can access rooms from the outside on the second floor, which makes for great photographs. The original Academy - marked by the smokestack which can be seen on the West side of I-5 - was once a very lovely building, and still stands today after a terrible fire in the 1850’s. That building is the more charming of the two, with morning glory running all through the ruins.

Number 6 was Pepper’s Restaurant and Bar... okay so we skipped 6... but I will come back to that one. We had a fantastic time at Pepper’s – the bartender, AJ was lots of fun. We got him to toss and flip mixing cups and he even served Michelle and I up a Flaming Dr. Pepper for our birthdays. We also had a shot of tequila with orange and cinnamon (instead of lime)... yummy! There was live music, which was nice as well.

It is even said to be haunted… we will have to look into the details of that in another article. Currently a various 60 plus businesses reside in The Academy. Aevum Images is an amazing photography studio nestled in The Academy’s Hidden Courtyard. I particularly liked some of the maternity and baby photos the best. Number 3 Divine Consign, somehow we missed this shop. Number 4 was Old Town Antique Market... it was a large two-story shop, that showcases eclectic collections of antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, kitchen kitsch, toys, books, ephemera, etc. You will find an ever-changing array of antiques and collectibles - furniture, vintage clothing, art work, porcelain, pottery, jewelry, musical instruments - a wonderful place to find that odd gift for that odd friend!

Number 7 Dublin Pub... we looked and looked and could not find it, hmm... maybe it was the tequila. While looking we passed “Turtle Place.” A model of sustainability and urban beauty in the plaza where C-Tran operated a transit center for more than two decades.



CUISINE SW WASHINGTON – GREAT EATS AND DRINKS Thanks to a cooperative effort led by Vancouver’s Downtown Association, the former bus mall at downtown Vancouver’s Seventh Street, in between Washington and Main Streets, has been transformed into a public park for all to use! Number 8 was Top Shelf Martini Bar... can you say fabulous? This place is very nice inside. Live music was playing and the service was wonderful! My friends had Dry Martini’s with extra olives (for a friend who had to leave early) and I had a Lemon Drop. We ordered their Fondue, it was fantastic! Note to self, we shall return.

Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Cilantro and Chiles

Ingredients 8 jumbo shrimp, in the shell (about 1 1/4 pounds) 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning Freshly ground black pepper 1 clove garlic, chopped 1/2 large jalapeno, with seeds 2 scallions (white and green parts) 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions Galleries that we did not get the pleasure to view... Firehouse Glass and Sixth Street Gallery. We will have to visit them next month. Number 5 was Tommy O’s Restaurant and Bar... we ended the night here. We had Merlot, Beer and water. We ordered a couple appetizer plates from their happy hour menu – grilled chicken and tempera veggies both were pretty small portions, hard to share between four of us. The flavors were wonderful, though. It turned out to be a fantastic evening, we plan to attend again next month. We saw some great art pieces… not to mention eating sumptuous appetizers; but we also realized that Vancouver does have life after dark. Treat yourself and take a look at Downtown Vancouver!

Prepare an outdoor grill with a medium-high fire. Without removing the shells, slit about 3/4 of the way through the shrimp down the ridged back and remove the vein that runs down the center. Rinse and pat the shrimp dry. Whisk thyme leaves, lime juice, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper, to taste, in a shallow nonreactive bowl or dish. Lay the shrimp cut side down in the lime mixture and refrigerate for 30 minutes. In a food processor, pulse the garlic, jalapeno, scallions, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to make a coarse paste. Add the cilantro and pulse just enough to incorporate into the mixture. Spoon the mixture into the opening in the shrimp and close the shrimp. Grill the shrimp shell side down (to keep filling from falling out) for 3 minutes. Turn to the other shell side, cover, and grill another 2 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and are slightly firm to the touch. Sprinkle with salt and serve. Cook’s Note: Shrimp cooked in the shells are more intensely flavorful. Leaving the shells on provides a buffer against overcooking, a misfortune many shrimp suffer. Shrimp, even these jumbos, continue to cook once removed from the grill. It’s always best to cook them just until opaque and let the delicate shellfish finish cooking off the heat. Recipe Source:




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

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

June 13 The Divine Home and Garden Tour Yes, It’s time once again... the Divine Home and Garden Tour is coming on Saturday, June 13th. Call your friends and reserve the day tor touring six beautiful homes in the Hough urban renaissance neighborhood in downtown Vancouver. Haven’t been on a Divine Tour before? You gotta come! If you love beautifully furnished homes and urban gardens, you will absolutely love this event! Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Divine Consign or on our website or for $20 on the day of the event. Tickets (or receipts) will be redeemed for a home tour map at the Ticket Tent at 20th and Daniels, the Hough Elementary parking lot. Proceeds from this tour will benefit the Hough Foundation 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

COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS 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 June 5 at 7:30 PM Clark College Presents “3rd Annual Clark Jazz Night” Clark College - Gaiser Hall, Vancouver, WA The Clark College Music Department will be presenting the “3rd Annual Clark Jazz Night,” showcasing both of Clark College’s acclaimed student jazz ensembles. Please join us for a swingin’ evening featuring the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Janet Reiter, and the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Rich Inouye. Both ensembles will join forces for a finale you won’t want to miss! The concert will be held in Gaiser Hall on the Clark College campus on Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and donations to the Clark Music Department will be graciously accepted at the door.




A comedy by Roger Cowan - Directed by Will Sloan A young couple - she works, he doesn’t. An older couple - he a doctor, she a doctor’s wife. The young lady’s father is invited by this college buddy, the doctor, to a dinner party. Hilarity ensues as all arrive one at a time to a dinner party and the relationships are not what we think.

The women of Concert Choir will be featured on an arrangement of Psalm 23 highlighting the talents of Concert Band members Amanda Bunton on flute and Rachael Campbell on oboe. The Choir will conclude its portion of the concert with Paul Simon’s classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. The Concert Band will feature both traditional and contemporary compositions of wind music that depict visions from the majesty of the Columbia River to the tumultuousness of the Alaskan seas. The entire concert will end with the Concert Choir and Concert Band collaborating in a tribute to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while trying to conquer the untamable seas.

Tickets $10 for Adults, $8 Senior/Child Email: • 360-696-2427

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Peggy Winston at 360-992-2662.

June 7 at 7:30 PM Clark College Orchestra Presents Catalonia Royal Durst Theater - 3101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

June 12 at 7:30 PM Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble Presents “Sing! Sing! Sing!” First United Methodist Church 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver, WA

June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 8:00 PM June 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 2:00 PM Sloum House Theatre Company Presents “Who’s David Lacey” Slocum House Theatre 605 Esther St., Vancouver, WA 98660

The Clark College Orchestra, Dr. Donald Appert, Music Director/ Conductor, will present its spring concert entitled Catalonia as the grand finale of its 2008-2009 Season “A European Tour” on Sunday, June 7, in the Royal Durst Theatre of the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver, WA. Featured on the program will be Italian pianist Antonio DiCristofano as soloist in the U.S. Premiere of Bartolucci’s Piano Concerto in Mi. The concert will be conducted by Josep Ferré, Music director of the Orquestra Simfonica Sant Cugat. The entire second half will be devoted to music from Catalonia, a semi-autonomous area in Spain with Barcelona as its capital city. The orchestra will perform the U.S. Premieres of Camperola by Toldrà and Mil-lenarium by Amargós. Also on the program will be Impressions Camperoles by Serra and The Ritual Fire Dance by Falla. The performance is at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public. Donations to the Orchestra General Fund will be accepted at the door. June 10 at 7:30 PM Clark College Concert Choir Presents Spring Concert: “Across the Water” Royal Durst Theater - 3101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA The Clark College Concert Choir under the direction of April Duvic and Concert Band under the direction of Richard Inouye, will present their Spring Concert “Across the Water,” Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Durst Theatre, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main Street, Vancouver. Highlights of the program will feature the Concert Choir singing the American spirituals and hymn tunes At the River, Deep River, and Take Me to the Water as well as Eric Whitacre’s Water Night. 54

The Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble under the direction of April Duvic and Clark College Chorale directed by Janet Reiter and April Duvic, will present their Spring Concert “Sing! Sing! Sing!” Friday, June 12, 2009, 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver. Highlights of the program will feature the Women’s Ensemble singing Jerry Weseley Harris’s Music, When Soft Voices Die and Suite de Lorca by the Finnish modernist composer Einojuhani Rautavaara to poetry by García Lorca, featuring soloists Erin Stringer, Ruth Meyer, Joy Meyer, Caitlin Smith, and Jennica Lunsford. The Ensemble will also perform Z. Randall Stroope’s Psalm 23 assisted by Amanda Bunton on flute and Rachael Campbell on oboe. The Chorale takes up the theme of the concert with gusto, programming Louis Prima’s classic with the same title, as well as If Music Be the Food of Love by David Dickau, Musical Risotto featuring soloist Susan Pautz, and Music Down in My Soul by Moses Hogan. The Women of Chorale will perform Daniel Gawthrop’s Sing Me to Heaven and the then Men of Chorale will rouse the audience with Brothers, Sing On! to music by Edvard Grieg. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Peggy Winston at 360-992-2662. For more Community Performing Arts information visit us at: PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS



PIANO HOSPITAL 60th ANNIVERSARY The Celebration Continues with Open House! VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON – Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training Center, now known as The School of Piano Technology for the Blind, continues to celebrate its 60th Anniversary!

Open House An open house to celebrate the school’s 60th Anniversary will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from 3:00 - 4:30PM at 2510 East Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661. The highlight of the celebration will come when Mayor Royce Pollard draws the winning raffle ticket for the Sunriver condo vacation. Entertainment and refreshments will mark this special occasion. Len Leger, Executive Director, says, “Everyone is invited to visit the school for the festivities.”

Vacation Raffle Your odds are great for a condo vacation at Sunriver, OR for 6 days and five nights – only 500 tickets will be sold at $10 each. Thanks to Vacation International for this raffle prize valued at $875. The proceeds help support the school’s mission to train blind and visually impaired people for independent, self-sufficient careers as piano technicians. Please call the school to purchase raffle tickets by credit card or stop by in person for tickets and a tour of the school.

About the School The School of Piano Technology for the Blind is a private, post-secondary, vocational school. It is an accredited, state licensed, 501 (c) (3) corporation providing specialized training to blind and visually impaired individuals. The school takes pride in the fact it is self-funded - not on state or federal budgets. The school, the only one of its kind in the world, is supported by donor contributions and by customers of the Piano Hospital whose tuning and repair services help sustain the school’s mission. For more information about the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and to learn more about how you can help this special training program for the blind and visually impaired, please call Len Leger at (360) 693-1511 or visit Contact: Len Leger, Executive Director (360) 693-1511





June 14 Flag Day Fort Vancouver National Historic Site 1001 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

January 29, 2009 to June 6, 2009 The Mapmaker’s Eye Clark County Historical Museum 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

June 14, 15 The Tall Ships, Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Port of Camas/Washougal 24 South A St, Washougal, WA 98671

May 16, 2009 to June 19, 2009 Snoopy arrives at Pearson Air Museum Pearson Air Museum 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver, WA 98661

June 18 - 21 Woodland Planters Day Celebration Various locations in Woodland, WA

May 29, 2009 to June 7, 2009 Christian Youth Theater presents - “The Jungle Book” Washougal High School 1201 39th Street, Washougal, WA 98671 June 5, 2009 First Friday Artwalk Various Galleries, Merchants and Restaurants Downtown Vancouver and Camas June 6, 7 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Train Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA June 6, 7 Traditional Crafts Weekend Pomeroy Living History Farm 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, WA 98675 June 13 Second Saturday At The Water Resource Education Center The Water Resource Education Center 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA June 13 Camtown Youth Festival Crown Park, NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA June 13, 14 Columbia Dance Ballet Performance Royal Durst Theater 3101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663 June 14 Cathlapotle Plankhouse - 2nd Sundays Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642 56

June 19 to August 30 Historic Log House Tours Pomeroy Living History Farm 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, WA 98675 June 20 BRAVO! Concert Series presents “100 Years of Jazz- A Symphony in Blue” St. Joseph Catholic Church 400 South Andresen Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661 June 20 Junior Symphony of Vancouver Vancouver First Church of God 3300 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA June 20 Wings & Wine Classic Pearson Air Museum 301 W. 6th Street Vancouver, WA June 20, 21 Brigade Encampment Fort Vancouver National Historic Site 612 E Reserve St Vancouver, WA 98661 June 20, 21 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Excursions “Fathers Day Special” Chelatchie Prairie Railroad NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA June 26 Rusty Grape Vineyard features “BIG” Rusty Grape Vineyard 16712 NE 219th St., Battle Ground, WA 98604 PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS

COMMUNITY NEWS June 26 to July 11, 2009 Brigadoon Heritage High School Theatre 7825 NE 130th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98682 June 27 Herb grinding at the Mill Cedar Creek Grist Mill 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., North Clark County, WA June 27, 28 Recycled Arts Fair Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA 98660 July 1 - 4 Vancouver Rodeo Clark County Saddle Club 10505 NE 117th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98662 July 3 Rusty Grape Vineyard features “Footloose” Rusty Grape Vineyard 16712 NE 219th St., Battle Ground, WA 98604 July 3 - 5 21st Mount Tum Tum Native American Encampment Amboy Territorial Park 21400 NE 299th St, Amboy, WA 98601 July 4 Independence Day Celebration Downtown Ridgefield, Ridgefield, WA July 4 - 5, 2009 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Train “Independence Day Special” Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA July 4 - 5 Patriotic Weekend with Steam Logging Demonstrations Pomeroy Living History Farm 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, WA 98675 July 8 to August 12 Noon Hour Concerts - Summer Concert Series Esther Short Park, 8th & Esther, Downtown Vancouver July 9 - 25, 2009 Magenta Theater presents “The Wind in the Willows” Magenta Theater, 606 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

July 9 - August 13 Six to Sunset - Summer Concert Series Esther Short Park, 8th & Esther, Downtown Vancouver

July 10 at 7:30 PM Coldplay in Concert The Amphitheater at Clark County 17200 Delfel Rd Ridgefield, WA 98642 Tickets are $35.00, $79.50 and $97.50 and go on sale February 14 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets , or or charge by phone (800) 745-3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice. coldplay.html July 10 Rusty Grape Vineyard features “Bottle Shock” Rusty Grape Vineyard, 16712 NE 219th St., Battle Ground July 10 - 12 Amboy Territorial Days – Amboy Territorial Park 21400 NE 399th Street, Amboy Washington, 98601 Located 12 miles NE of Battle Ground, WA at the JCT of 503 & 399th Street Amboy, WA 98601 July 12 Bethany Vineyards presents “The Beatnicks” Bethany Vineyards, 4115 NE 259th Street, Ridgefield, WA July 12 Cathlapotle Plankhouse - 2nd Sundays Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642 July 16 - 19 Harvest Days Festival Battle Ground Village SE Grace and SE Rasmussen, Battle Ground, WA 98604 July 17 Rusty Grape Vineyard features “Grapes of Wrath” Rusty Grape Vineyard, 16712 NE 219th St., Battle Ground



COMMUNITY NEWS July 18 1860’s Vintage Base Ball Game Fort Vancouver, Parade Grounds, across from Officers Row. Vancouver, WA 98661 July 18 Rusty Grape Vineyard features “Open Air Market” Rusty Grape Vineyard, 16712 NE 219th St., Battle Ground July 18 - 19 Soldier’s Bivouac Fort Vancouver Historic Site, Parade Grounds, Vancouver July 19 Three Brothers Winery presents “Scott Fisher & 1am Approach” Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery 2411 NE 244th St. Ridgefield, WA 98642 A gifted singer songwriter and keyboardist who’s niche is a pleasing blend of reggae, pop and jazz. http://www. July 19 Vancouver Courthouse Criterium Cycling Event Near the Clark County Courthouse Downtown Vancouver 11th & Daniels St. Vancouver, WA 98660 July 24 Rusty Grape Vineyard features “Dr. No” Rusty Grape Vineyard, 16712 NE 219th St., Battle Ground July 24 - 25 Camas Days Downtown Camas, Camas, WA 98607 July 24 - July 25 Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival Esther Short Park, 8th & Esther, Downtown Vancouver July 25 Archaeology Kids Digs Fort Vancouver National Historic Site 612 E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661 July 25 Clothing of the 1800’s Cedar Creek Grist Mill 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., North Clark County, WA 58

July 25 - 26 Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Train - Train Robbery Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, NE Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA July 28 Crue Fest 2: The White Trash Circus in Concert Clark County Amphitheater, 17200 Delfel Rd, Ridgefield For more community and visitor information visit asp?date=6%2F1%2F2009&Go.x=12&Go.y=5

MINT TEA COMMUNITY EVENTS Extended Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday June, July & August If a lazy summer evening sitting on the porch with a glass of wine and a tasty nibble sounds like the perfect way to unwind, you’ll want to stop by during our extended hours for June, July and August. We will be open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our After Hours menu will include light fare such as our Mint Tea Plate along with local wines, micro brews and our delicious teas. Friday and Saturday night dinner service from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. remains the same. Our patio and growing garden will be waiting for you. Starts Monday, June 1st! Saturday, May 30th Negara performs during Dinner Service: Join us Saturday, May 30, to listen to the hypnotic sounds of Middle Eastern band Negara. The Portland band will play during our dinner service from 7 to 9 p.m.; come early to claim your space and meet this eclectic group of musicians as they set-up. A $5 cover charge includes a pot of tea of your choosing. Dancers are always welcome and encouraged to shimmy down in The 58Couve. June 5th Beer Tasting and Live Music at First Friday We had an overwhelming turnout for May’s First Friday in the Village and are excited for the next one, June 5th from 4 to 8 pm as the streets of Uptown Village fill with local artists, performers and strolling neighbors.



At Mint Tea we will have outdoor music by local sisters Tasha & Shina of Dos Sorella, as well as a beer tasting (for those 21 and over) by Ninkasi from Eugene. Our light After Hours menu will be available as well as our weekend dinner menu.

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For more event information visit craftinthevillage Sunday, June 7th at 6:30-8:30 pm Full Moon Community Drum Circle Slide into summer with the beat of a drum and good neighbors. No experience is necessary as an array of musical instruments, voices and dancing ensues. Whatever your passion, connect with the rhythm of these community inspired summer evenings. Retail Sale! Our Caanan Fair Trade, Organic Olive Oil from Palestine is on sale! Needing to make room for their shipment of the 5908 harvest we got a great deal on a pallet, and we are passing the savings on to you. Our 500ml bottle typically retails for $21 and is now on sale for $11.50. It’s a delicious olive oil that is wonderful for dipping, drizzling and overall consuming it’s what our chefs use in the Mint Tea kitchen. Pick up a bottle for a hostess gift, Father’s Day or a treat for yourself. Jenna & Abdul - Mint Tea 2014 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 Tel. 360-699-4991 Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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It’s Strawberry Time!

21st Annual Fort Vancouver Lions Club Strawberry Sale!

Fresh Strawberry Sale!

14 lb container only $26 28 lb container only $46

Fresh Sliced ! No Sugar Added !

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Pick up your fresh strawberries Saturday June 20th, 10AM - 1PM Please Be Prompt for pick-up

For More Info Call Dave at 360-281-6766

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

4 Vancouver Mall -Red Lobster, 8219 NE Vancouver Mall Dr

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

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



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Did You Know? Vancouver is home to Washington’s oldest apple tree?

Old Apple Tree Park 112 Columbia Way Vancouver, WA 98661 The Old Apple Tree was planted in 1826 on Fort Vancouver and is thought to be the oldest apple tree in the Northwest. It is also considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree is 176 years old and it’s ready for another celebration of life. The annual Old Apple Tree Festival is typically held on the first Saturday in October from 10 am to 2 pm at the Old Apple Tree Park. The festival focuses on environmental education and historic preservation with Heritage Tree walks, Historic Clark County tours, Birds of Prey show, scavenger hunts along the waterfront trail , kids’ activities, and much more. As a bonus, the Urban Forestry Commission gives away state-grown apples, as well as tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree to each visitor. All activities are free. parks-recreation/parks_trails/ parks/west_vancouver/appletree.htm



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EDUCATION Vancouver School District 2901 Falk Road 98661 360-313-1000 •

Gingerbread House 1714 E 29th St 360-693-9376

Evergreen School District No 114 P.O. BOX 8910 98668-8910 Administrative Service Center 13501 NE 28th St 98682 360-604-4000 •

Goddard School 3111 Se 192nd Ave 360-253-2988

Business Career Training Institute 204 SE Stonemill Dr Ste 200 98684 360-253-2007 •

Hand in Hand Child Development 404 E Evergreen Blvd 360-690-8577

Clark College 1800 E MCloughlin Blvd 98663 360-992-2000 • International Air Academy Incorporated 2901 E Mill Plain Blvd 98661 360-695-2500 Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave 98686 360-546-9788 Western Business College 120 NE 136th Ave Ste 130 98684 360- 254-3282 •

Hosanna Christian School 4120 Ne St Johns Rd 360-906-0941 Kinder Care Learning Center 4517 Ne St Johns Rd 360-694-0206 Kids Care 10401 Ne 4th Plain Rd, #201 360-892-5142 King’s Way Christian School 3300 Ne 78th St 360-574-1613

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Cascadia School 10606 Ne 14th St 360-944-8096

Mini School 4404 Ne 124th Ave 360-892-5234

Cornerstone Christian School 7708 Ne 78th St 360-256-9715

Montessori Skinner Elementary 5001 Ne 66th Ave 360-696-4862


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