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By Julianna Lawson




Choosing Wisely

as Fall Approaches My children stood before the ice cream counter, overwhelmed. There were so many flavors from which to choose! They hemmed and hawed. They sampled and stalled. It was agonizing. They finally made their decisions, and as we settled to enjoy our treats, I posed a question. “What if there had only been two flavors, chocolate and vanilla? Which would you choose?” They all shouted, “Chocolate!” without hesitation. Although it took place several years ago, this incident has remained firmly embedded in my mind. I look to it often as a reminder that too many choices, while seemingly as glorious as a colorful ice cream counter, can actually hamper decision-making and even foster a spirit of discontent. As we look toward the fall, this might be a helpful image to keep in mind. Our kids will be invited to take part in many activities. We want them to have opportunities to explore their talents, but we don’t want to burden them with busyness. How can we guide our children toward healthy decision-making this fall?

community service, farming, music, theater, or sports. Conversely, some family goals might be more general, such as a desire to spend time together or to be free to travel. These decisions may even influence school choices, from public and private school, to homeschool and various alternative learning experiences. Once you’ve determined your family’s goals, help your child find activities in which he will flourish. When they are young, this might not be as obvious. But be careful that experimentation doesn’t lead to overcommitment. C.S. Lewis believed that “the greatest service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is 20.” If we enroll our child in too many activities, he may be discouraged to one day discover that he’s “a mediocrity in a dozen subjects” rather than confident in a meaningful few.

One wise step, as suggested by Anna Holczer of Vancouver, is to create a family mission statement. Although her children are still young (ages 2 and 4), Holczer is aware of the pressure even now to enroll her boys in numerous activities. “Having a mission statement and family values with our end goal in mind will help serve as a guide in determining which things to say yes or no to, especially as many opportunities are presented to us in the fall.”

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track rather than inundating them with unrelated diversions. Don’t be afraid to say the difficult “no,” even to the things that look good. (Remember the words of Voltaire: “Good is the enemy of great.”) In order to keep from overcommitting and to help develop expertise in the older child, many parents encourage their teens to stick with two or three activities. Carrie Patterson of Salmon Creek Learning Center in Vancouver shares, “When faced with those decisions, you have to consider both the individual and the family.” When Patterson’s (now grown) children were younger, they were involved in weekly church and homeschool activities. Because of this, electives were very intentionally selected, based both on the individual child’s talents and the family’s goals. “We limited activities to music, dance or sports, so they could focus on doing their best in that one thing. This also allowed for everyone in the family to attend each others’ games or recitals.” We all want what’s best for our children and families. Sometimes this zeal can inadvertently lead to a frantic filling of the calendar or the assumption that even the youngest child should be exposed to every option within arm’s reach. But choosing wisely promotes competence in the areas that are meaningful to the child rather than fostering a frustrating “mediocrity in a dozen.” As we select with purpose, we will be instrumental in raising children who have been given the tools to work, serve, and one day raise their own families with skill and confidence.

If we enroll our child in too many activities, he may be discouraged to one day discover that he’s “a mediocrity in a dozen subjects” rather than confident in a meaning ful few.

Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 9 to 17. Julianna is looking forward to another fall filled with her kids’ favorite electives, from piano and drums to basketball and quilting.

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Recycles Electronics AND Gives Back to the community

Did you know that recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in one year? This fact from the Environmental Protections Agency is one out of many good reasons to properly recycle electronic products, which contain precious metals, plastics, and glass—all of which require energy to mine and then manufacture. Donating and recycling consumer electronics directly conserves natural resources. This means more air and water pollution are avoided as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials. Everyone can play a powerful role in the recycling process, and Empower Up, a local Vancouver nonprofit, is dedicated to this mission. The reuse and recycling center accepts donated computers and electronics from businesses and the general public. Located at 3206 NE 52nd Street, Empower Up is making a significant difference and keeping electronics out of our landfills. The nonprofit also gives back to the community and makes new connections by serving students through work study programs, local families in need, seniors, and other nonprofits. “The recycling is done in the most ethical way possible,” says Bruno George, executive director at Empower Up. “We do everything we possibly can do to keep electronics out of the landfills.”

Donate Your Electronics Empower Up makes it easy to donate your old computers and electronics. Just bring them to the shop. No appointment is necessary. Trained volunteers will make a determination at the door if the donated item can be refurbished, reused, and sold, or if it goes directly to recycling. “We recycle between 120 and 150 tons a year of electronics on average,” says Linda Gentry, volunteer services coordinator with Empower Up. She shares her information technology background with the team. “That’s in addition to what we sell so that it can be reused in the community.”

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Deconstruction The deconstruction process is impressive. Several volunteers dedicate time and serious effort to carefully strip the items for reuse and recycle down to the electronic bones. “When we do recycle computers we break the machines into the smallest resell-able pieces we can,” says George. “But after a day’s work tearing apart the computers, the work area looks like a surgery.” continued on next page


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This process makes it possible to determine the value of each piece, bit, or part. Each deconstructed part goes into its own bin. The parts can contain valuable minerals, such as gold and raw ore. “This is the heart of the beast,” says James Smith, manager for the deconstruction and recycling process at Empower Up. “We split it up to gain maximum value.” Many of the parts that journey through the deconstruction process are resold separately in the shop’s Reuse Store and online through eBay and Craigslist, which is why determining the value of each element is important.

Sustainable Reuse Empower Up tests, refurbishes, and rebuilds donated computers and consumer electronics before selling or making them accessible to the community through grants and the Reuse Store. This means quality and bargain prices for you. Great retro products are available too, including turn tables, recording systems, and radios. “We [also] collaborate with other nonprofits and organizations,” says Vernet Fund, operations manager for Empower Up. Goodwill, Partners in Careers, ReTails, and the Salvation Army are among the appreciated affiliates. “Together we can build a platform that is strong for the community on many levels.” Founded in 2003, Empower Up started as a partnership between Clark County and the City of Vancouver to address the issues with growing electronic waste. Clark College got on board along with Waste Connections and the Salvation Army. The early program was called CREAM or Computer REuse And Marketing. Permanent collection sites were established in the beginning for e-waste within the county and a number of mobile collection events were held. According to information from Empower Up’s website, from 2003 to 2008 the CREAM program distributed more than 250 computer systems to families in need and diverted over 3.5 million pounds of electronic waste from the landfill.

Giving Back to the Community Empower Up is more than a reuse and recycle nonprofit. The organization’s mission is expansive and includes serving the community to enhance and create strong connections. Partnering with special needs programs are among ways Empower Up demonstrates positive outreach to make a difference and provide pathways to employment. Seniors can jump on board

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and take advantage of available opportunities to give back to the community too. And high school and college students can fulfill scholastic goals and gain valuable job skills through work study programs and partnerships with schools in Clark County. Parker R., 17, is a La Center High School student earning credits as an intern through Empower Up’s partnership with Clark County Skills Center. Parker lives in Vancouver and donates 25 hours a week learning new technological skills while he shares his own. He helps with the sorting process and making critical decisions on computers and various electronics to reuse and recycle. All of this is great experience that he can put on his own resume, which is attractive to recruiters. “I’ve learned a lot about hardware,” says Parker. “A lot of this is looking at equipment and seeing if there is value in it at the component level.” Parker says he is working toward a career in information technology (IT). He holds a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certificate, which many individuals serious about entering the IT industry choose to earn. The MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts. Now as an intern at Empower Up, Parker gets to put his knowledge to good use while he gains more experience. “If you are someone who likes electronics, you can kill two birds with one stone,” says Parker. “[Empower Up] is a great place to work, and everyone gets along.” To learn more about Empower Up or to get involved as a volunteer, visit, call 360-314-4171 or drop in. There are many volunteering opportunities available for individuals ages 16 and older. Monetary donations are also welcome to help with costs and program support. Jackie Genis is a freelance journalist living in Vancouver. She enjoys serving communities through feature writing. When she isn’t writing stories or professional resumes and LinkedIns, she is found spending time with her two young sons and feeling grateful to live a creative lifestyle full of inspiration, interesting people, and adventure.

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Feature: Re-entering the Workforce

By Vivian Mattila Walikainen

after an Extended Absence: Challenging and Rewarding


oth daunting challenges and exciting opportunities exist

Tina Benitez left the workforce in 1999 after the birth of her

for many in our community who have recently re-entered the

second child. In 2005, she and her husband started a small

workforce after an extended absence. While the venues and

construction business in which she worked as a bookkeeper. She

reasons for returning to work vary greatly, the common thread

explains, “I am currently finishing my bachelor’s in psychology at

seems to be in fulfilling personal interests and finding a working

Washington State University and will be participating in the work

strategy to maintain familial balance.

study program next year. I plan on officially reentering the work force after graduation in 2016.”

Connecting through social media, attending college classes, capturing volunteer experiences, and networking with current and

Attending college while working and raising a family is an

former peers are all great avenues to explore and capitalize on

intimidating task; however, Benitez and her family have found their

when contemplating such an enormous life change. Challenges

rhythm. She states, “I started attending school as a way to gain

with resumes, finding areas of interest, and balancing family

personal fulfillment because I found being a stay-at-home parent

life become manageable through resources offered within the

isolating and depressing. My plan has always been to reenter the

community and by connecting with others.

workforce when my youngest child enters high school. Attending continued on page 14

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school was made possible by my very supportive husband and the

Additionally, WorkSource (online) offers a wide range of services

encouragement of my children.”

to job seekers. Services include free use of computers, copiers, phones, and faxes; Internet access to jobs; job referral and

Benitez also volunteers with the CASA/GAL program (Court

placement; and workshops on how to get and keep a job.

Appointed Special Advocates for Children) for Benton County as a Guardian ad litem for kids in foster care. Throughout this process,

Other possibilities also exist. Up-cycled and vintage home goods

she networks with others through LinkedIn and the Career Center

stores are popping up all around Clark County. This new decorating

at WSU, along with talking with friends and acquaintances.

trend has taken a firm foothold in the Vancouver and surrounding areas. Stay-at-home parents are full-heartedly embracing this

As Benitez discovered, there are quite a few options for continuing

opportunity for creative fulfillment and monetary gain. Posh and

education through the many local colleges. Some offer evening

Tattered is one such shop that has recently opened its doors in

classes, off-site programs, and online courses. Clark College’s

Battle Ground. Owners Karen Helmes, Lily Issacson, and Holly

website is extremely informative for someone wanting to test the

Kandoll take turns running the shop, working on merchandise, and

waters or to jump into full-time classes. Clark offers classes in

juggling home duties.

everything from QuickBooks, to Internet marketing, to drywall techniques, to healthcare.

Kandoll was out of the work force for 15 years, until returning through the shop ten months ago. She shares, “I have always

Michelle Giovannozzi, Director of Economic Development and

wanted to own a small business where I could use my creativity,

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doing something I love with great people.” She continues, “I joined some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) pages on Facebook and also Pinterest

Enroll in a class or college program to enhance your

to see what other creative people were up to. I love that I can take

skills and bring them up-to-date.   

some crazy looking piece of furniture and turn it into something that people want to put in their homes! What inspires me to continue is

Connect with the career services department if you have

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attended college in the past. Many colleges offer job

hasn’t been done yet!”

banks, resume and interview preparation services and other support for alumni. Highlight your volunteer experience in terms of work-related skills. Identify transferable skills developed and utilized during your time outside the workforce. Did you coordinate projects? Manage a budget?  Conduct research?

Open your heart and mind to what you love.

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Challenges exist when a parent re-enters the workforce, but

efforts.” Miller is one of the teachers for the collaboration’s Youth

Kandoll has found a way to make her career and family blend in

Mental Health First Aid classes and several other initiatives that

a way that works. She says, “I think any time you make a change

will continue building positive momentum among all age groups

there’s an adjustment period. We just keep adjusting until we find

throughout the community.

what works.” Varied and colorful, the ways and means for re-entering the Kathy (not her real name) of Vancouver, who prefers not to be

workforce remain fluid and differ from person to person. In our ever-

named, also recently re-entered the workforce after being a stay-

changing world, each person navigates the course, courageously

at-home mom for 30 years. She advises, “Open your heart and

meeting weighty challenges and stimulating opportunities. Finding

mind to what you love.” Kathy loves caring for others through

personal fulfillment, contributing to familial security, and adding

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) duties at an adult care facility.

value to our communities seem to be the ballast that keeps the

Hearing of an open position and wanting to “give her time in a

human spirit alive and thriving through the process.

positive way,” She attended Maryann’s CNA School in Vancouver and earned the required credentials. Now, she works at a local adult-care facility happily caring for the aging. Curtis Miller, of the newly formed Battle Ground Mentor Collaborative (BGMC), also has had an eventful past few years. Unemployed for a few months, he took a minimum wage job at

Vivian Mattila Walikainen was recently accepted into Eastern Washington University’s off-site MSW (Master of Social Work) 3-year program. While attending school, she will continue to write, paint, substitute teach, and be involved in volunteer programs relating to mental and emotional health among youth within the community. A wife, mother of six, and grandmother to four darling little cherubs, her life is full and blessed.

a Battle Ground coffee shop. In 2011, he went back to school and finished his degree. He and his family lived off the income from selling equipment on Craigslist, relying on public assistance, trading for services, and working some “odd jobs.” Miller further explains, “During that time, starting in 2009, I began searching the non-profit sector for work in building community. I believed we, as a culture, had become isolated from each other and that many of our social and individual ills would be solved by




Alarmed by the recent outbreak of suicides among area youth, Miller and others formed and organized the BGMC around three principles: collaboration, transformation, and relationship. Miller explains, “We are led by a non-profit called Connect BG that facilitates their collaborative


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Feature: NW Getaway: Coyote Ridge Farm Stay




By Afton Nelson

e rooster is c h T ! rowing!” up t e “G Thirteen-year old boys aren’t normally eager to jump out of bed at 6 a.m., but this morning, the novelty of a live alarm clock and eggs to collect would prove too much for my teenager to resist. At Coyote Ridge Ranch, chickens are only part of the draw. This 65acre farm in La Center, Washington is a short 20 minute drive from Vancouver. Offering farm stays with charming bed and breakfast-style accommodations, visitors can escape the city noise, slow down, and relax in a gorgeous wooded setting.

Valerie and Kelly Alexander live on the property and run the farm she bought back in 1965 when it was nothing more than a 1000 square foot home on a wooded hillside. Today Coyote Ridge boasts gardens, two guest houses, hiking trails, a greenhouse, two chicken coops, multiple outbuildings, and an expanded main ranch house that incorporates meaningful touches of Valerie’s Native American heritage.

myself thinking how perfect it would be for family reunions or even special events like a concert or star-gazing party. As with any vacation destination, some are better suited for young children than others. But if your kids are old enough to follow directions and understand basic precautions necessary for being on a working farm, they might just declare, as my 11-year-old son did, “I’m having such a good time. Thanks for taking me here.”

As my family and I explored the property and spent time together, it was easy to see why agritourism has become so enticing. Trees and flowers replace paid attractions, chickens and horses, gift shops. I found

CHICKENS When my son jumped out of bed at 6 a.m. that first morning, eager to collect eggs, he found about 25 happy chickens waiting for their breakfast. Valerie showed him

Owners Valerie and Kelly Alexander host guests at Coyote Ridge Ranch, their 65-acre farm and bed and-breakfast


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Meals are included with the price of accommodations, but the ranch has two guest houses with fully outfitted kitchens and a discount is offered if you choose to do some of your own cooking. We took advantage of this and “shopped” in Valerie’s pantry, loading up on bacon, eggs, strawberry freezer jam, bread and orange juice and making our own breakfast one morning. Our last morning, however, we enjoyed gathering around her table for eggs, sausage, homemade preserves, cheesy potatoes, toast and orange Julius. We shared the meal with not just Val and Kelly, but also family members and others who were working on the farm that day. ACTIVITIES There are several short, 1-2 mile hiking trails on the property by which to explore the verdant woods surrounding the property. Or, if you’re up for a little competition like we were, the lawn in front continued on page 20 Vancouver Family Magazine • • August 2015


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of the ranch house is big enough for a fun game of badminton or croquet before dinner. Afterwards, my boys loved sitting in the hot tub on the deck, although I suppose they didn’t fully appreciate the stunning view that stretched all the way to Portland’s West Hills. And after sunset, we took advantage of the dark skies and did a little star gazing with a telescope we brought from home. ACCOMMODATIONS Our home for two days was the Tree House, situated on the top floor of a barn. Built almost entirely from wood harvested and milled on site, every window has a tree-filled view for a uniquely peaceful, calming experience. It came with everything we might need, including a washer and dryer, piano and roll top desk with stationery supplies. The Office is a small cottage that sleeps two and is similarly outfitted. The main guest house has two beautifully appointed guest rooms including one with doors that open to the deck and hot tub, and a crow’s nest with a hide-abed. The property also has camp and RV sites for an additional 14 guests.

Venus and Jupiter over Coyote Ridge Ranch

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Coyote Ridge is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Clark County. On a hot day, drive out to Moulton Falls for a swim in the icy river, or on a cooler day take a beautiful, easy hike. Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge is just 20 minutes away from Coyote Ridge Ranch and offers a 30-minute drive around protected wetlands full of migratory birds and other animals. Put in a raft or tube and float continued on next page

Coyote Ridge Ranch: Coyote Ridge Ranch Reservations: Sadie and Josie’s Bakery: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge: The Lewis River: Moulton Falls:

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away your cares on the nearby Lewis River. Before any outing, do what we did and stock up on homemade treats from Sadie and Josie’s Bakery in downtown La Center. Choosing what to buy is the hardest part. FAMILY TIME While a weekend getaway close to home doesn’t have the same allure as a week in Tuscany or the wow-factor of Disneyland, it does have one important thing. It leaves you with the reason you get away with your family in the first place: to spend time together. Wake up to the crow of the rooster and fall asleep to the howling song of the coyote. What you do in between is all up to you.

Afton Nelson is a mother of three boys, a freelance writer, enthusiastic gardener and failed locavore. She loves exploring everything about the Pacific Northwest that makes it the best place to live. Get to know her better at

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Feature: Youth Mental Health First Aid

A Local Response to Adolescents in Crisis

By Davi Nabors

Have you ever wondered what you might say to a teen, perhaps even your own, who’s actively experiencing a mental health crisis? Just imagining an adolescent overcome with anxiety or fear, expressing thoughts of suicide, or showing signs of an addiction or eating disorder can leave an unprepared adult speechless and paralyzed. If you’re a parent of teenagers or are around teens often, the chances of encountering a teen struggling with a mental health issue are more likely than it may seem. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 21 percent of children ages 9 to 17 “have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment.” Early identification and treatment have been shown to a play key role in recovery, but many adults don’t know what to look for or feel ill-equipped to help. Stereotypes and misconceptions about people with mental illness continue to stigmatize, preventing healthy discussion about its truths. And, until recently, little training has been available to non-professionals who would like to learn more.

Thanks to Project AWARE, a federal grant awarded to Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) last year, local training in youth mental health is now being offered to community members and school personnel. BGPS is one of three districts in Washington state to receive funding and support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In partnership with Educational Service District 112 and the Battle Ground Mentor Collaborative (BGMC), BGPS is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) as part of a community-wide, comprehensive effort to promote safe and healthy environments for our youth. YMHFA is an 8-hour public education program designed to teach caring community members how to identify and help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Through role play and simulations, participants learn

to watch for warning signs and assess a mental health crisis, gain tools to walk alongside the struggling youth, and connect the adolescent to peer support and professional assistance. Topics cover the unique risk factors of adolescents and include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. YMHFA is not about teaching people to diagnose and treat mental disorders, just as CPR training is not about learning to perform open heart surgery. No clinical expertise is required, yet learning and being prepared to use these skills can indeed save a life. YMHFA teaches the basics of assessment and intervention to empower everyday citizens to confidently respond to emergency situations until appropriate help is received or the crisis is resolved. A caring heart and the willingness to help youth in distress are the prerequisites for this course. continued on next page


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As a mom of teens, substitute teacher and parent coach, I enrolled in the June 29 class at Battle Ground United Methodist Church. Other parents, teachers, school nurses, mental health professionals, pastors, and youth group leaders were also in attendance. And as we introduced ourselves, a common thread of care and concern for the dangers and challenges facing local teens wove us together. The class was led by Justin Farrell, independent clinical social worker at Real Life Counseling and occasional Vancouver Family Magazine contributor; Kristen McIntyre, school psychologist, Chief Umtuch Primary and member of the Clark County Crisis Team; and Curtis Miller, Executive Director for BGMC, a nonprofit seeking to restore health in the younger generation by promoting crossgenerational mentoring. The instructors’ diverse backgrounds added to our sense

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of community as each shared wisdom and unique perspectives from their sphere of influence. One theme could be felt throughout: being a teen in today’s world is complicated and confusing for not only teens but for their loved ones, as well. While we may never completely understand the younger generation, it is vitally important that we don’t give up trying. Farrell led our class through exercises and discussion about the challenges teens face. He compared adolescence to a wobbly three-legged stool, where values, influences and interests each represent a leg. During this age of instability, the legs are constantly changing as the adolescent mind processes the world and relationships using a more complex thought process. Communication with parents and even friends can easily break down, and frustration and insecurity are not far behind. Unlike sitting on a wobbly stool at a restaurant, where a napkin can help to stabilize a wobble or a new stool can be substituted, adolescents remain in a state of instability until adulthood. Identifying a teen headed for crisis, therefore, is not always straightforward, as “normal” teenage development is anything but simple.

One fairly clear indicator that hardship could be lurking is a significant change in a youth’s behavior or mood. While a sudden drop in grades, sharp withdrawal from friends and family, or erratic behavior may not indicate an actual crisis, it is certainly cause for pause. A caring adult can open the door to meaningful conversation with the youth by showing genuine concern and empathy while pointing out the changes observed. There’s no need to have all the answers. Active listening skills and asking the right questions are what can spark the journey to recovery, and that is what ALGEE, the primary YMHFA action plan, is basically about. The mnemonic, ALGEE, is used for crisis and non-crisis situations. While the steps are easier to remember in sequence, the plan is designed to be flexible, with the responder determining how to adapt it to each unique person and situation. A L G E E

Assess for risk of suicide or harm Listen non-judgmentally Give reassurance and information Encourage appropriate professional help Encourage self help and other support strategies

Each step was covered in great detail during the first aid course, and the participants practiced ALGEE to help prepare for real life scenarios. Knowing where to turn for additional support or professional was also highlighted. Depending upon the situation, referral to a physician, mental health professional, local support group, crisis hotline, church or school support may be most appropriate. Three particularly helpful resources are: Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP),, 1-800-273-8255(TALK) Teen Talk - Peer to peer support for youth, (360) 397-2428(CHAT) ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center – providing adult supervision and positive peer support, Additional resources for Battle Ground can be found at Link Battle Ground,, and for Clark County, at Faith-Based Coffee, www. Each of these websites is a clearinghouse for local services designed to connect people in our community with needed programs, organizations, professionals, and classes. These web communities are in the process continued on next page

Active listening skills and asking the right questions are what can spark the journey to recovery.


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of growing, and the more they are used, the more useful they will become. At the completion of my day-long training, I walked away with a renewed perspective of youth mental illness and a greater sense of urgency to spread the word. Knowing what to say and do when a child or teen is in crisis doesn’t come naturally to most people. But in those critical moments, you can be a life saver. With the proper training in basic mental health first aid, you can make a world of difference in a troubled teen’s life. The next local YMHFA training will be offered September 15, 2015. To sign up, visit And, to get more information or schedule a class for your group or organization, contact Justin Farrell,

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Calendar August ‘15

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Race for the Homeless along Officers Row in downtown Vancouver. Benefits Open House Ministries, and includes a 5K and 10K run, 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run. All races start and finish at the O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. Pre-registration: $15. Day of race registration: $20. Kid Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. For more information and to register online visit http://newheights. org/race-for-the-homeless. 8 am Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Tours are held at 12 pm on Fridays and 9 am on Saturdays through August 22. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. This year’s tours feature the following areas: Officers Row, Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, and Lincoln Neighborhood. Tickets $5 for museum members and $7 for non-members. Visit for tour schedule and more details. 9-10 am Hot August Days First Saturday at Davis Park, Main Ave. and Mill St., Ridgefield. Make juggling balls, and cool down by playing with a water rocket. Event sponsored by Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. 10 am-2 pm Family Fun Fest at Pacific Community Park, 1515 NE 164th St., Vancouver. Health and safety exhibits, carnival games and treats, inflatable slide and obstacle course and more. 11 am-2 pm Animania at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Calling all comic book, manga, sci-fi, and gaming fans ages 1219! Join in a day of comics, costumes, and contests. All fandoms welcome! For more information, including news and a schedule, go to and click Teens. 11 am-4 pm


Columbia River Concours d’Elegance at historic Officers’ Row in Fort Vancouver. Over 150 classic cars and motorcycles restored to showroom polish on display. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. 9:30 am-3 pm





Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds Concert Series featuring Johnny Limbo & The Lugnuts at 1498 SE Tech Center Dr., Vancouver. City of Vancouver is proud to present this 2015 family friendly Summer Concert Series. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your

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dinner, or purchase lunch from food vendors in the park. Parking is available in the large lot on the south side of the park (access off of Sequoia Circle). 1-3 pm


Cinetopia Summer Movie Series at Westfield Vancouver Mall. Free activities and crafts before each show. Get free admission tickets at various store locations within Westfield Vancouver Mall. Movie schedule: Aug. 4: “Shrek Aug. 11: “Kung Fu Panda 2” Aug. 18: “Penguins of Madagascar” Aug. 25: “Hotel Transylvania” 10 am Tallulah’s Daddy at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 North Main Ave., Ridgefield. Fun, energetic, interactive acoustic music for kids and families. 2:30 pm-3:30 pm Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park. The Fircrest Neighborhood Association presents family fun including bounce house and obstacle course (25 cents per turn, or $5 for unlimited turns), EDITH fire safety trailer, photo booth, face painting, sidewalk art, movie in the park, information booths, and more. Bring your own food or enjoy food from local food carts. 3-10:30 pm Concerts for a Cause at Camas Meadows Golf Course, 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr., Camas. Great music acts and worthwhile charities combine to raise funds and awareness through an annual outdoor concert series. All proceeds benefit charity partners. Concerts are every Tuesday July 7 through August 18. A $5 suggested donation continued on next page

continued from previous page is encouraged with general admission for lawn seating. August schedule: August 4: Radical Revolution, benefitting Police Activities League August 11: Petty Fever, benefitting Northwest Association For Blind Athletes August 18: Patrick Lamb, benefitting Northwest Battle Buddies. 6:30-9 pm


Science in the Park at Esther Short Park. A special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver’s summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4. Free hands-on crafts and experiments for kids, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment. 11 am-1 pm Destination Downtown Noon Concert Series at Esther Short Park. August 5 The Gravy August 12 Water Tower 12-1 pm

Reptile Man–Scott Petersen at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Live reptile presentation! African desert tortoise, American alligator, cobra, rattlesnake, large Burmese python, and much more. 2-3 pm Camas Concerts in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. & NE 17th Ave., Camas. All ages are welcome. Bring your favorite picnic dinner or buy from local food vendors in the park. All concerts will be held rain or shine. No alcohol or animals are allowed in the park. August concert schedule: August 5: Portland Soul All-Stars August 6: 234th Army Band – “40 Soldiers” August 13: Hit Machine 5:45 pm-8 pm


Camas Concerts in the Park at Crown Park. (See Aug 5) 5:45 pm-8 pm Summer Concert Series at Esther Short Park, Thursdays throughout July and August. Family friendly opportunity to hear some of

Northwest’s most talented artists, enjoy food from local vendors, and take advantage of everything downtown Vancouver has to offer. Entertainment schedule: August 6 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra August 13 Soul Vaccination 6-8 pm Kiggins Theatre Comedy Night at 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Monthly stand-up comedy showcase featuring talented comedians who know just how to tickle your funny bone. Tickets $5 per person. All ages are technically welcome, but parental guidance is heartily recommended since some of the themes and material are mature. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre. net. 8-10 pm


Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. Featured exhibits: Superhero Adventure, Wild About Monkeys, Sea Lion Splash, Faircon, Family Activities, and the Carnival Midway. Visit the Comcast Kids Park and Westfield continued on page 28

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continued from page 27 Vancouver Mall Kids Stage for kids’ contests, local entertainment acts and pony rides. Plus 4-H events and Junior Livestock Auction. For pricing and event info go to www. 8 am-11 pm Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum. (See Aug 1) 12-1 pm Camas Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. & NE 17th Ave., Camas. Different themes every week. Events are free and no registration is required. For ages birth-11. Activity Schedule: August 7: Water Carnival August 14: Crafts Extravaganza August 21: Circus Skills with Shireen August 28: The Oregon Reptile Man 12-1 pm Free Friday Night Movies in the Park. Movies start at dusk. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. August 7 – Fisher Basin Park – “Jungle Book” August 14 – Fort Vancouver – “Jurassic Park” 9-11 pm Camas Movies in the Park at Crown Park, NE Everett Rd. & NE 17th Ave., Camas. Come enjoy the last bit of summer with family-friendly and kid-oriented movies. Separate sections will be available for chairs and blankets. Movie treats will be available for sale by local non-profit, Kidz With Ice. All dates will offer pre-movie entertainment one hour prior to start of movie. All movies are free. Movie Schedule: August 7: Maleficent, 8:45-11 pm August 14: 101 Dalmations, 8:30-10:30 pm August 21: Toy Story, 8-10:30 pm August 28: Big Hero 6, 7:45- 9:30 pm


Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum. (See Aug 1) 9-10 am Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-11 pm Open Saturday at Pearson Field, 201 E. Reserve St., Vancouver, Pearson Air Field is open to the public from 1-5 pm every Saturday, featuring a free educational program provided by Pearson Field Education Center. The Fort Vancouver National Trust helps to host this free educational experience, with the Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a gliderbuilding station, historic airplanes on-site

for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Experience the “Golden Age of Aviation” at the Northwest’s first airport, and one of the oldest continuously operating airfields in the country. 1-5 pm Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Each second Saturday of the month, kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. August theme: Rivers. Kids can get their hands dirty while learning about local rivers and streams with fun and creative activities. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 1-3 pm


Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-10 pm Science in the Park at Esther Short Park. (See Aug 5) 11 am-1 pm Destination Downtown Noon Concert Series at Esther Short Park. August 5 The Gravy August 12 Water Tower 12-1 pm Craft-a-palooza at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr, Ste 285, Vancouver. Kids: got the end of summer blahs? Energize yourself making lots of different and exciting crafts. 3-4 pm


Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-10 pm

Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-10 pm

Camas Concerts in the Park at Crown Park. (See Aug 5) 5:45 pm-8 pm

Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds Concert Series featuring Curtis Salgado at 1498 SE Tech Center Dr., Vancouver. City of Vancouver is proud to present this 2015 family friendly Summer Concert Series. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your dinner, or purchase lunch from food vendors in the park. Parking is available in the large lot on the south side of the park (access off of Sequoia Circle). 1-3 pm

Summer Concert Series at Esther Short Park, Thursdays throughout July and August. (See Aug 6) Entertainment schedule: August 6 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra August 13 Soul Vaccination 6-8 pm


Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-10 pm


Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-10 pm Cinetopia Summer Movie Series at Westfield Vancouver Mall. Free activities and crafts before each show. Get free admission tickets at various store locations within Westfield Vancouver Mall. Movie schedule: Aug. 4: “Shrek Aug. 11: “Kung Fu Panda 2” Aug. 18: “Penguins of Madagascar” Aug. 25: “Hotel Transylvania” 10 am

Retro Movie Night Series–Superheroes at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. A special movie series of “Retro Superhero Shows.” Come see some of the original shows featuring Batman, Superman, and the Lone Ranger! Each evening will feature a different hero. Showings August 13, 20, and 27. Popcorn and drinks provided. 6:30-7:30 pm


Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-11 pm Richard Ritchey-The Reptile Man at Yacolt Town Park, 312 W Humphrey, Yacolt. Seventeen live reptiles–educational, informative, audience participation, fun, and funny! 11 am-12 pm Camas Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, Camas. (See Aug 7) 12-1 pm

Concerts for a Cause at Camas Meadows Golf Course. (See Aug 4) 6:30-9 pm

Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum. (See Aug 1) 12-1 pm


Camas Movies in the Park at Crown Park (See Aug 7). Movie Schedule: August 7: Maleficent, 8:45-11 pm

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August 14: 101 Dalmations, 8:30-10:30 pm August 21: Toy Story, 8-10:30 pm August 28: Big Hero 6, 7:45- 9:30 pm Free Friday Night Movies in the Park. Movies start at dusk. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. August 7 – Fisher Basin Park – “Jungle Book” August 14 – Fort Vancouver – “Jurassic Park” 9-11 pm



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Hoops on the River at Esther Short Park and other downtown Vancouver locations. The best players in the Northwest participate in a fun-filled, three-day event that includes an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. More information at Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum. (See Aug 1) 9-10 am

Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-11 pm


Hoops on the River at Esther Short Park and other downtown Vancouver locations. The best players in the Northwest participate in a fun-filled, three-day event that includes an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. More information at Clark County Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds. (See Aug 7) 10 am-10 pm


Oregon Coast Aquarium–From Tubefeet to Tentacles at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. In the midst of pounding waves and changing tides, life flourishes on Oregon’s rocky shores. Students will put on striking marine invertebrate costumes, examine invertebrate biofacts such continued on page 30

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Cinetopia Summer Movie Series at Westfield Vancouver Mall. Free activities and crafts before each show. Get free admission tickets at various store locations within Westfield Vancouver Mall. Movie schedule: Aug. 4: “Shrek Aug. 11: “Kung Fu Panda 2” Aug. 18: “Penguins of Madagascar” Aug. 25: “Hotel Transylvania” 10 am Concerts for a Cause at Camas Meadows Golf Course. (See Aug 4) 6:30-9 pm


Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Features food, entertainment, information about resources, immunizations, haircuts, clothing—and lots of fun—to help students get ready for the first day of school. All Vancouver Public Schools students and their families are welcome at this free event, brought to you by Vancouver Public Schools’ Family-Community Resource Centers and community partners. 10 am-2:30 pm Seriously Funny Juggling with Curt Carlyle at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Curt Carlyle presents a juggling and vaudeville extravaganza with yo-yos, a unicycle, an escape and more. 2-3 pm


Retro Movie Night Series–Superheroes at Battle Ground Community Library. (See Aug. 13) 6:30-7:30 pm

Camas Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, Camas. (See Aug 7) 12-1 pm Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum. (See Aug 1) 12-1 pm Camas Movies in the Park at (See Aug 7) Movie Schedule: August 7: Maleficent, 8:45-11 pm August 14: 101 Dalmations, 8:30-10:30 pm


Retro Movie Night Series–Superheroes at Battle Ground Community Library. (See Aug 13) 6:30-7:30 pm


Walking Tour Series at Clark County Historical Museum. (See Aug 1) 9-10 am

Camas Family Fun Fridays at Crown Park, Camas. (See Aug 7) 12-1 pm Camas Movies in the Park at (See Aug 7) Movie Schedule: August 7: Maleficent, 8:45-11 pm August 14: 101 Dalmations, 8:30-10:30 pm August 21: Toy Story, 8-10:30 pm August 28: Big Hero 6, 7:45- 9:30 pm

Family Fun Fest at Fisher Basin Park, SE 192nd Ave and SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Health and safety exhibits, carnival games and treats, inflatable slide and obstacle course and more. 11 am-2 pm


Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Faire. More than 60 Vintage and Antique and local art vendors all in the charming tree lined streets of Downtown Camas, with live music and fresh food. Vintage offerings include a huge variety of indoor and outdoor furniture and home and garden items as well as clothing and accessories. Art offerings include quality sculpture, paintings, woodwork, pottery, glass art, metal work, handmade jewelry, fiber art, recycled art, and more. 9 am-4 pm

Experience 1840s Camping at Fort Vancouver, 1500 E 5th St., Vancouver. Families can camp inside the reconstructed fort and experience the fort at night. Families will enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire, historical games, lantern tour of the fort, night watch, astronomy tour and storytelling. Recommended for families with kids ages 5 and up. If bringing anyone under the age of 18, participants must have at least one adult in the group. 6 pm Aug. 22; 9 am Aug. 23


Family Fun Fest at LeRoy Haagen Park, NE 9th St, W of NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Health and safety exhibits, carnival games and treats, inflatable slide and obstacle course and more. 11 am-2 pm

Cinetopia Summer Movie Series at Westfield Vancouver Mall. Free activities and crafts before each show. Get free admission tickets at various store locations within Westfield Vancouver Mall. Movie schedule: Aug. 4: “Shrek Aug. 11: “Kung Fu Panda 2” Aug. 18: “Penguins of Madagascar” Aug. 25: “Hotel Transylvania” 10 am

Vancouver Community Concert Band Small Group Performance at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. 1-2 pm


Toddler Summer Dance Party at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Dance Baby Dance! Calling all toddlers to join in 30 minute dance parties on Wednesdays! Ages 2 to 3 with a caregiver. 10-10:30 am Bingo for Books at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste 285, Vancouver. Kids--get your back-toschool buzz on with Bingo for Books, and start the school year with a new book. º3-4 pm

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Vancouver Community Band at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Vancouver’s own Community Concert Band shares their love of music! 11 am-12 pm

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