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contents June ’11 FEATURE ARTICLES


14 Dad: the Ultimate Hero

Dad: the Ultimate Hero

How dads can connect to their daughters

18 Men’s Health

Why men have a hard time visiting the doctor and how to overcome it

20 Summer Reading with Kids

Make a plan to get your kids reading this summer

24 New Library

Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s new main branch will feature a large early learning center


Summer Reading with Kids


Men’s Health


Editor’s Notes


Dear Dana Preparing to adopt


Your Money’s Worth Birthday freebies


Must Read of the Month:


Calendar of Events & Activities

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt



New branch of Fort Vancouver Regional Library


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The Kohl’s Car Seat Community Outreach Program Why Car Seat Outreach? A properly used car seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Yet studies show as much as 73 percent of car seats are incorrectly installed or do not fit the child properly. Together with Kohl’s and ACTS Oregon, the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher is launching a yearlong car seat outreach program to help reduce the number of children exposed to improper car seat use. Each month, certified child passenger safety technicians will check car seats for correct installation, damage, recalls, and size/age appropriateness. Car seats are available due to a generous donation from Kohl’s. These events are free to the general public.

Learn how to properly install your child’s car seat, Saturday, June 25.


Bring your car seats in your family vehicle for inspection to ensure they are being used correctly and properly installed. Replacement car seats may be available to families, when deemed necessary. Proof of financial assistance, i.e. WIC, Oregon Health Plan etc. and valid Oregon ID are required.


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To find out when and where a car seat check up event is happening in your community, please visit the ACTS Oregon website: Vancouver Family Magazine • • June 2011


EDITOR'S NOTES Summertime Agenda For the first time in several years, my family has no plans © Photo courtesy Leah Remillet

for a summer vacation or even a summer camp for the kids. Sounds like a recipe for a boring and long summer, but I’m determined to play my cards right to ensure a relaxing,

yet enriching off-school season. On the agenda: lots of day hikes and exploring new parks (follow us on Facebook for our summertime “park of the week” features, beginning in July), Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s Summer Reading program (see pg 24 to learn about the brand new downtown library’s incredible Early Learning Center), and as many spur-of-the-moment weekend camping trips as we can handle. The key will be striking a balance between structure and spontaneity and keeping my summertime tools (sidewalk chalk, swimsuits, popsicles, just to name a few) close at hand. Need some summertime tools of your own? Visit www. to enter for a chance to win a Summer Survival Guide.

Nikki Klock, Editor

Vancouver fa mily magazine Volume 10, Issue 6 Publisher

Julie Buchan (360) 882-7762 (office) (503) 956-5611 (cell)


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Graphic Designer Courtney Freitag

Contributing Writers

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp, Dana Greyson Davi Nabors, Afton Nelson Brooke Strickland

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Vancouver Family Magazine is published monthly by Vancouver Kidz Magazine, LLC Address: PO Box 820264 Vancouver, WA 98682 Tel: 360-882-7762 Fax: 360-852-8171 Copyright 2002-2011. All rights reserved. No portion of Vancouver Family Magazine may be reproduced without the written permission from the publisher. Vancouver Kidz Magazine, LLC and staff do not recommend or endorse any service, product, or content represented in this magazine or on our web site except for products feature in “Julie Recommends.” The sole purpose of this magazine and our web site is to provide you information on available services and/or products. It is the consumer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of information given. Vancouver Kidz Magazine, LLC , and/or Julie Buchan and Nikki Klock and staff do not assume and disclaim any liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by error or omission in this magazine or on our web site. Liability for same only rests in statements of retraction or re-run of advertisements. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

On the Cover: Vancouver father and son Scott and Barrett (age 3). We asked Barrett what makes daddy so fun? He replied, "Daddy wrestle wif me, that makes me happy. We play cars and take me on a firetruck. Because I love him." Photo by Niccole Wollam at


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Dear Dana is a regular, interactive feature in Vancouver Family Magazine. Each month, professional mediator Dana Greyson tackles tough questions with insightful advice and suggestions.

Dear Dana: We’re 40-somethings and now that we’re finally feeling ready for a family, Mother Nature’s getting the last laugh. Thus far we’ve kept our infertility angst a secret. We’re considering adoption, and wonder what we need to know about the adoption process. Meanwhile, my in-laws, who live across the country have been impatiently waiting for a grandson to carry on the family name. They don’t know we’re considering adoption. My husband fears his folks won’t accept a child short of true flesh and blood. Since they live far away, he’s proposing we find a child that looks like us, and not tell anyone we’re adopting, even if it means relocating and returning to pull it off. I disagree, but do worry about biological parents reclaiming their child post-adoption. How do we pass this impasse to find our way to the pitter-patter of little feet? –Who’s Your Daddy?

Dear WYD: Concerned baby’s “bubbies” will accept a child they know is adopted? That’s not your most important challenge. What is? It’s not that, or finding the right child, the paperwork, the intensive “home study” investigation, the waiting period, doing due legal diligence, losing your parental rights, or in most cases the mucho money adoption costs.

Instead, imagine a particularly bad day. You’re exhausted. Your little bundle of joy’s having a major meltdown. Using every bit of reserve you have, you “calmly” tell him to take a time out. Instead, he stomps his feet, pounds his fists against the wall and screams, “I hate you! You don’t love me! You’re not my real parents anyway!” Ok, to be fair, biological parents still get the first part too, and that alone is sufficiently heartbreaking. Nor is that last little dig a good enough reason to keep your child’s adopted status from him. The biggest challenge of all is deciding if you really are ready to be parents, regardless of your baby’s biological origins. For that reason, the adoption process is a rigorous one. Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Adoption Program Manager Pam Kramer is glad, as it gives prospective parents a chance to “remove their rose-colored glasses.” Part of that process is honestly assessing how important a “mini me” really is. Will only an infant do? Or would you consider an older child, one who you’ll have a better sense of who they are and will reach college age before you’re in your 60s? Must your child come from the U.S.? Or is anywhere in the world OK? Are you up for a special needs child or ward of the state? The more your consideration pool leans towards infants “who look just like you” without any challenges (health, learning disabilities, coming from homes where abuse or neglect was present), the greater your competition is, and the likelihood the process will take longer, and cost more. The rest-“special needs” children, in all shapes, sizes and colors, from all over the world, may need you more. Applying to DSHS for foster parenting is another way to test your parental readiness and potentially move toward becoming an adoptive parent. Keep in mind the majority of Washington State foster children are re-united with their birth parents, though last year around 1,500 children were adopted out of about 9,000 in the foster care program. Odds are while you probably won’t be picked as parents from a Pennysaver ad, a la Juno, there are ways birth mothers and agencies do pick out adoptive parents. Contacting the local DSHS office (see Resources) is a smart way to get educated, learn about your options and find out where to go to for your “home study,” part of adoption qualification process. continued on page 10


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Qualified adoption attorneys may provide another access point to birth mothers, which can be surprisingly affordable. Plus, an adoption attorney’s job is to set up birth and adoptive parents’ rights up front and eliminate those rare albeit highly publicized cases of birth parents or extended family taking over primary parenting rights. Further, attorneys legally work with their clients to explicitly spell out the nature of contact between adoptive and birth parents and their child. You get to choose; “open adoption” may simply be sending an annual update to the birth parents through an intermediary. Or you might mutually choose to embrace your child’s extended family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all. What to tell your child about his origins? Experts believe adoptive parents’ ability to provide unconditional love and establish a trusting relationship far outweigh prospective biases of adoptive grandparents and others. The Washington State Adoption publication (see Resources) advises openness over “the fantasy adopted children often create when no information or contact with their birth family is available.” When your child doesn’t understand why he can’t bring in his baby picture for school projects, a hereditary medical condition neither your or you husband has crops up, or your adult child wants to adopt and discovers an unpleasant surprise when providing his birth certificate for adoption, you’ll wish he’d heard from you that you are his parents “by choice” and that his birth parents loved him enough entrust him to you. Telling your children from the very beginning is advised, explaining more what that means as they become more capable of understanding it. If birth parents are open to being found, they can register their identity. When their children turn eighteen they can find them if they so choose. Regarding grandparents, give your in-laws the benefit of the doubt in their capacity to extend their love, and at the same time be willing to be that much more loving with your children if they can’t. As DSHS’s pamphlet “Adoption in Washington State” What to tell your child about puts it, “Adoption can be a bumpy his origins? Experts believe ride, but the adoptive parents’ ability to reward can be truly provide unconditional love wonderful.”

and establish a trusting relationship far outweigh prospective biases of adoptive grandparents and others.


Best to you both in taking the lifelong journey, providing as open, honest and loving home as you can for your chosen child.

Wishing you many Happy Mother’s and Father’s Days for many years to come. A monthly VFM columnist since July 2007, Dana Greyson’s purpose is to embrace life fully, inspire others and change the world. Curious? Check

National listing service for children awaiting adoption: “Adoption in Washington State” (DSHS downloadable pamphlet): www.dshs. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS): adopt, Vancouver office: 360-993-7900 (Ask for the adoptions unit) Adoption agencies and programs: Kids to Adopt:, 360695-1704 (Vancouver-based, specializing in international adoption) Boys and Girls Aid/Wendy’s Wonderful Kids:, 503-222-9661(Portland-based, specializing in foster-to-adopt) Legal Expertise: American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, www.adoptionattorneys. org. Special thanks to Washington Department of Health Services (DSHS) Adoption Program Manager Pam Kramer, Executive Director of Vancouver-based Kids to Adopt Dan Roberts, and Vancouver-based qualified adoption attorney Marie Tilden for providing adoption background information.

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We are pleased to announce Evergreen Pediatric Clinic will open a second office in the Salmon Creek area in 2011! New location in the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Office Building. We will continue to offer the same excellent care at our current location near Southwest Washington Medical Center.

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Your Money’s Worth


Read each month as Battle Ground mother, Davi Nabors, coaches us on the art of penny pinching.

By Davi Nabors

My birthday tried to creep up on me this year, but, thanks to email, its cover was blown long before the big day. Starting on April 1, I began to receive “Happy Birthday” email offers from familiar retailers. Within a week, I was singing, Happy Free Birthday to Me, as I cashed in on freebies around town. I had so much fun, I headed back to the Web to dig up more birthday deals and register the rest of my family for free celebrations of their own.

Baskin Robbins: Sign up for BR Birthday Club online and receive a birthday cake discount and a free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream. (Coupon is emailed 5 days before the birthday.)

Most, though not all, freebies are found by way of online rewards clubs. For those that require registration, here are a few pointers:

Burgerville: Register your Burgerville Rewards Card online and Burgerville will add $5.00 to your card to use during your birthday month.

• Many birthday club sign-ups allow you to register your whole family under a single account. • Some have minimum age requirements. • Most clubs will send you specials throughout the year, in addition to your birthday deal. • Many offer Buy One Get One Free coupons (BOGOs) or other freebies just for signing up. • Some have restrictions (such as requiring picture ID when redeeming a coupon), and some change policies periodically So be sure to read the limitations of each program. • For those with expiration dates: On a calendar, use different colors to highlight the dates corresponding with the window of opportunity for each deal.

Café Sip and Play: To celebrate turning 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, your child will receive a free small gelato while visiting the café at 3000 SE 164th Ave., #107, Vancouver, on their birthday. Comedy Sportz (Portland): Visit Comedy Sportz's website and “get two free tickets to ComedySportz just for being born!” They’ll send you an e-mail just before your birthday month, and you’ll get to see a show with a friend for free. Dairy Queen: Join the Blizzard Fan Club online and receive a coupon for a free mini, small or medium Blizzard Treat when you buy a medium Blizzard Treat. (You’ll also get a birthday cake discount.)

My Favorite Birthday Freebies in the Vancouver Area (for links to online deals and offers, visit www.

IHOP: Sign up for the Pancake Revolution eClub online and receive a free meal just for signing up, and on your birthday, and on the 1 year anniversary of signing up.

Alberston’s: For baby’s first birthday, Albertsons’ will give you a free, 8 inch, single layer, round, cake. You must pre-order the cake at least 24 hours in advance and you will need to show baby’s birth certificate.

Kazoodles: If your child (accompanied by a parent) visits the store (13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd) on his or her birthday, ask for the Birthday Basket. They will get to choose a grab bag of fun, free goodies (bundles of small toys or games) in honor of their special day.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Sign up for “Pretzel Perks” online and become a V.I.P. (Very Important Pretzel-lover). You’ll get a special perk during your birthday month, as well as monthly (often buy one get one free, or BOGO) perks. 12

Black Angus: Join the Prime Club online and receive a free dinner on your first birthday as a Prime Club member, with purchase of dinner of equal or greater value. (Coupon is mailed 2 weeks before your birthday.)

Papa Murphy’s: Sign up for Papa Murphy’s eClub online and receive free Cookie Dough on your birthday.

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Feature Story: Dad: the Ultimate Hero

By Davi Nabors, LMHC, NCC very girl longs to feel the genuine love of the Dad in her life. She needs to feel accepted, needed, and valued by her Number One man. She needs to know that he will be there for her, always and unconditionally, even as she grows up and experiences storms of hormones and emotional chaos. Studies consistently show that a woman’s sense of worth as a woman, her self esteem, and the way she views her body image is significantly impacted by her experience with her father. The decisions she will make about dating relationships, to include the types of boys she will date, can also be affected by that father/daughter connection.

a notch’ with their teenage and/or 20-something daughters.” Through her Portland practice, she teaches that, “Girls need their dads to let them know they are beautiful, enough and OK, even with their flaws. They need to know that their dads are proud of them without strings attached . . . despite their moods and reactions.”

While every dad has the potential to be his daughter’s hero, fathering a girl does not come naturally to most men. The qualities that make daughters so unique—the way they look, act, and feel—can be quite confusing to those of the opposite sex. The great news is that fathers do not have to be perfect in the way they relate to their little (and grown-up) girls. Consistent, intentional, and loving attempts to connect can go a long way in building wonderful relationships.

Small, meaningful phrases can go a long way in paving loving relationships.

Dr. Michelle Watson, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and founder of The Abba Project, a popular program for “courageous dads who are ready to commit to ‘kicking it up

Watson helps dads better understand and connect with their daughters by equipping them with practical tools and words to actually say like: • • • •

“Do you know how grateful I am to be your dad?” “Tell me what you are learning in school, I’d love to hear!” “I love you just the way you are.” “You’re right, I don’t understand you right now, but I want to understand. Can you help me understand?

There are other ways that dads can connect with their daughters, too. • •

At the top of the list is listening. Girls love to talk, express themselves, and share what’s on their mind. An attentive audience that shows interest and empathy can capture her heart, even if the listener has no idea what she is talking about! Another way to build a bridge is by taking genuine continued on page 16


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Feature Story: Dad: the Ultimate Hero (continued) continued from page 14

interest in what she is doing, and perhaps even joining her. (Bonus points go to dads who join activities out of their comfort zone, like jewelry making or playing dress up.) Little things can make the biggest difference, like opening doors for the young lady, giving her a small gift, writing her a note, or helping her with a homework project.

Most girls appreciate the gift of physical touch. Physical affection has been shown to boost a girl’s sense of security and comfort. Yet, some dads shy away from touching their daughters, for fear of seeming inappropriate, particularly as their little girls mature into young women. Bestselling author and speaker Joe Kelly (known as The Dad Man), explains the qualities of safe, physical affection in his book Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter. Some of the qualities of good touch that he addresses are: • • • • •

It comforts her It respects and is sensitive to her person and her boundaries It is given with her permission It helps her feel strong, lovable and able to delight in herself It is not sexual

A gentle clasp on the shoulder or hand squeeze has the power to convey more than words can express, but some girls are uncomfortable being hugged or touched by anyone, no matter how loving. So it’s important to ask and get permission first. Another precious way to connect is by going on dates together. Father/daughter dinners are particularly popular and offered locally at schools, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and through the AWARE Program (a local non-profit that helps kids make healthy decisions as they face life’s challenging

choices). For the last eight years, AWARE has sponsored an elegant evening for dads and their daughters of all ages. This year, over 450 dads and daughters filled the Vancouver Hilton ballroom and were treated to dinner, dancing, portraits, and an invitation for each dad to present a special themed necklace to his daughter. Miss Washington USA enchanted the captive audience with a special presentation, and priceless memories were created. “The night was incredible!” says Vancouver dad and event attendee Mike Aulger. His eyes light up as he explains how excited his 10-year-old daughter Josie was to choose the perfect dress and use her best manners all evening long. “I could tell she was so proud to be with her dad.” he explained. “She did not want to miss even one dance, and she insists on going again next year.” Jeff Pulicella and his 10-year-old daughter, Payton, also attended the dance. “You could just feel the dad/daughter bond throughout the room,” described Pulicella. “It’s a bond that will last months down the road.” He beams as he recalled his daughter telling him “at least a dozen times throughout the night, ‘Dad, I’m so glad you’re here with me.’” Firstenburg Community Center and other local organizations hold similar events. “There is no underestimating the value that you can have in changing your daughter’s life,” says Dr. Michelle Watson to fathers, “No matter what point of the journey she is on, what page or stage,” your daughter is just waiting for you to take that first step. Davi Nabors, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC is a married Battle Ground mom of two boys. She helps families build healthy relationships through parent coaching, counseling, and workshops. Email: or visit: www.triathlonparenting. com.

Resources for making a father/daughter connection: The Abba Project, Michelle Watson, Ph.D., LPC: Free handouts, resources and group information, Email: AWARE Program and Father/Daughter Dance: The Dad Man, Joe Kelly: Blog, books, resources. The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman: Assessments, resources and books. National Center for Fathering: Articles, statistics, and resources. 16

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Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Need You! Do Something Wonderful…Adopt a Wendy’s Wonderful Kid. Jerry, age 10 “ With a desire to be engaged with others and an adorable smile, Jerry is sure to bring many adventures to his new family.”

Boys & Girls Aid and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, are partnering together to find homes for Oregon’s waiting children. Please call Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter Kimberly Hayes at 503-542-2330 or visit or

DeaQuan, age 7 “This is a very sweet

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boy, who has come a long way.”

Ashley, Brett and Kiara, ages 10, 9 & 5

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“ These children need an experienced, two-parent family who has the time, energy and willingness to give each child the attention they deserve.” – WWK Caseworker

Jeremiah, age 6 “When this child smiles with all of his dimples it's a show-stopper! ”

Christopher, age 11 “ I want a family that is nice

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to me, a mom or a dad that is kind, kids I can play with and a puppy.” Photos courtesy of Oregon Heart Gallery

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Jasmine, age 2 “Even with all that Jasmine has been through, she is a very happy and content little girl.” –Caseworker

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Feature Story: Men (and Boys) Need Doctors, Too

By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual preventative care according to www. Why is that? June is Men’s Health Month and our dads and sons are important to us. Let’s find out how we can help men, and little men, be wise about their health.

Tough Guy Men are tough. That’s the stereotype. Yes, we live in a different era and we understand gender equality, but we are also still aware that a man has a very specific vision of his masculinity. The humbling experience of submitting to a physical exam can mean admitting that you’re vulnerable. According to AskMen. com, two of the top five reasons men don’t go to the doctor are: denial (“I’m fine, it’s merely flesh wound. Where’s the superglue and duct tape?”) and invincibility (“I’ll tough it out, who needs a doctor for a little blurred vision? If I close one eye I see just fine!”).

Women’s Work Medical issues are perceived as a woman’s issue. Women are the stereotypical nurturers of the family. This is a good thing for dads because statistics also show that men who have female encouragement from a girlfriend, wife or mother are more likely to receive the preventative care recommended. The bad news is that this can reinforce the perception that health is a woman’s issue. The Los Angeles Times reported that Mom or Grandma, not Dad or Grandpa, almost always accompanies boys when they visit the doctor. To further emphasize the impression, as they get older boys may see their female peers reach puberty and go off to 18

their “girlie” doctor for an annual exam. Boys don’t have an equivalent “rite of passage” for maturing. Then, we look at our grown-up men when they turn 40 and say, “It’s time to start your annual prostate exam.” And through the booming laughter your mature man looks at you and says, “I don’t think so.” Girls learn at an early age that a pelvic exam and Pap smear are necessary screenings to maintain good female health. Yes, there are 15 million other things a woman would rather do with her day then visit the gynecologist. But, a woman also understands it may save her life and that 15 minutes of an uncomfortable exam is worth it. For men, the process of initiating their annual prostate exam is going to feel just as invasive as our first time at the OB/GYN. This is where a woman’s nurturing comes in handy. A woman can empathize with her grown-up man and tell him that it’s a little worse than the typical “turn your head and cough” routine but the whole thing is over in a few minutes and it will help keep him home safe with his loved ones for many more years.

Help Your Sons Now, what about the little men who go off to the doctor’s office with mommy all of the time? How do we help him now to create the lasting impression that men’s health is important too? Try to mix it up. Ask Dad, Grandpa, or another trusted male figure to take him for his annual checkup, or even to the dentist for their regular cleaning appointment. These little impressions go a long way. Call it a healthy boy’s day or an Uncle John manly day, whatever works for the little man. Start paving the road to better health for all of the men in your life. Who knows? Maybe they can serve as good examples for each other. Little man may even inspire the grown-up man to go for his important checkup too.  Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is the mother of two.

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Feature Story: Summer Reading with Kids (continued) continued from page 20

Resources: Scholastic: summer-reading/ Reading is Fundamental: barrio/lesgustelalectura_english.htm Teacher and librarian’s resource for graphic novels: Fort Vancouver Regional Library Kids Resources: www.fvrl.rg/kids/index.cfm Borders Books Summer 2011 Reading Log: www. Barnes and Noble Summer 2011 Reading Log: Cybils Children’s Literature Awards: Newbery Awards: awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberyhonors/ newberymedal.cfm Caldecott Awards: awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal/ caldecottwinners/caldecottmedal.cfm


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Feature Story: Emphasis on Early Learning

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Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s new branch features Early Learning Center By Brooke Strickland Many Clark County residents have noticed that the Vancouver skyline has been graced with a new, sleek addition. Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s brand new 11,000 square foot main branch, located at C St. and E. Evergreen Blvd. is set to open in July, and will include a coffee cart and a small space on the first level to buy used books. But, arguably the most ambitious project within the new library is the dedicated Early Learning Center: a huge family-friendly section that nurtures literacy and brain development for children through play. Enter the ELC The 3,000 square foot Early Learning Center (ELC) is designed to support communication between adults and children, while encouraging kids to gain the skills they need to read well and function efficiently in a group setting. Infants to children of age 5 can benefit from the program, as well as their parents and caregivers. FVRL Communications Director Sue Vanlaanen says, “One of the wonderful things about the ELC is that it will provide a drop-in destination for families with young children, available whenever the library is open. Children will self-select their own programs by the activities they choose to focus on during their visits. [The Center] is designed to allow children of most abilities and mobilities to find engaging activities at their individual level.” She goes on to say, “To our knowledge, there are no other public libraries in the state or even the nation that have a facility comparable in scale and quality to the ELC.” Strong Foundation for Literacy Libraries are truly more than a place to stop in and grab a book. Libraries recognize and seek to bridge a gap in literacy today, with the goal of producing stronger, smarter, and more engaged children. Vanlaanen shares, “The ELC will provide a rich environment in which young children can bloom and develop lifelong positive connections with libraries and reading . . . providing a strong foundation for later literacy and success in school and life.” Supporting School Readiness What makes this ELC so special? Children will be given the tools to learn about the world and understand it by playing. Everything in the ELC was developed from a research-based program of the Public Library Association and American Library Service to Children, affiliates of the American Library Association. This program is called Every Child Ready to Read and names six skills that children need to be successful in readiness for school:

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The architectural design of the ELC, as well as the staff and community partners that work within the early learning programs held here, will foster these criteria in young children through creativity in writing, playing, reading, singing, and more. How Can We Help? School districts and other educational organizations play a key role in supporting the ELC and allowing it to thrive. It has already garnered support from local legislators, Washington State University-Vancouver, Clark College, ESD 112, Education Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF), Mid-Columbian Head Start, and many more. These organizations have and continue to work with the ELC’s programs through participating in the ELC design process, sponsorship and funding, and partnering to produce programs and events. FVRL invites community residents to partner with the programs offered at the ELC to help bolster literacy and prepare children academically, intellectually, and socially for school and ultimately, life. Involvement opportunities include financial contributions to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (see www.fvrlf. org). “There also may be volunteer opportunities in the ELC for individuals to help answer questions and serve as ‘docents,’” says Vanlaanen. If you have questions about other ways to get involved, please contact Jacquelyn Keith, Early Learning Coordinator, at 360-6998818 or A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Brooke Strickland is a writer, editor, and marketing professional who loves the written word. When taking a break from writing, she can be found curled up in a cozy chair with a book, or on the Oregon coast with her husband, young daughter, and two pugs.  

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Curiosity about the printed word Awareness of the use of words in everyday life Awareness of the sounds that make up words Vocabulary How to tell a story and describe things Knowledge of word shapes and the names and sounds of letters

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Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. 1 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Fircrest 12001 NE 9th St., Vancouver. Stories, songs and fun for families and childcare providers with children birth through age 5. 9:30 am Barnes & Noble Children’s Story Time Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Free snack, activity, and story. 11 am InBeTweens activities for ages 8-12 Wednesdays at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. First

Have a community event that you want to share? Calendar event submissions can be sent to calendar@vancouverfamilymagazine. com, or call us at 360-882-7762. Submissions are due on the 5th of the month prior to publication.

Wednesday - Book Discussion, Second Wednesday – Games, Third Wednesday – Art, Fourth Wednesday - Tween Choice. 5 pm 3 Friday Teen ‘Scape for ages 1219 Fridays at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. A relaxing time to kick back, have fun and meet other teens in our community. Fun-loving teens are welcome to join in on Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, food, fun and friends. 2:30-4:30 pm Portland Children’s Museum Free First Friday. Enjoy the museum free of charge, sponsored by Target. 4015 SW Canyon Rd., Portland. www. 4-8 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – The Three Musketeers. 5 pm


Home Depot Kids’ Workshop for kids age 5-12, 9am-12pm

Parents’ Night Out for ages 6 weeks-12 years, at Clark County Family YMCA, 11324 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver. Safe, engaging, and exciting activities for kids as parents enjoy a night out. Cost: Members $5 per child, Non-members $7.50 per child. For more details call 360-8859622 or email 6-9 pm Friday Fun Night at Kids Club



Fun and Fitness, 13914 NE 3rd Ct., Vancouver. First and third Fridays of the month, parents can drop kids ages 4-12 off for a night of fun while parents have a night out. $12.95 per child. To register, visit www. or call 360-546-KIDS. 6:30-10:30 pm Christian Youth Theater presents Robin Hood at Washburn Performing Arts Center 1201 39th St., Washougal. Tickets starting at $9. Visit for tickets and full schedule. 7 pm 4 Saturday Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. Free, monthly hands-on, “howto” craft workshops designed for kids ages 5-12. Home Depot, 8601 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver. 9 am-12 pm Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver. Education stations, art projects, nature hikes, and more. Free admission, donations gladly accepted to support environmental education programming in the community. RSVP requested, RSVP online at https://columbiasprings. For more information contact Mariah Acton by phone at 882-0936 ext. 230 or via email at volunteer@ 10 am-2 pm

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Soar with Books on the first Saturday of each month at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St., Vancouver. Includes an age-appropriate tour of the museum, an airplane story read beneath the wings of a historic aircraft, and a craft project. Museum admission applies. Children under age 6 are admitted for free. Admission for students ages 6 to 17, seniors or active military with ID is $5. Adult admission is $7. For more information, contact Pearson Air Museum at 360-694-7026 or visit www.pearsonairmuseum. org 10 am Barnes & Noble Children’s Story Time (See June 1) 11 am Chelatchie Prairie Railroad ride through the farmland and forests of Clark County, along the Lewis River with a stop at Big Creek Falls. Fares: Adults $15, Seniors $14, Children 5-11 years - $10; 2-4 years. $8; Under 2 – Free. Trains leave from the station located at 207 S. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. Call 360-686-3559 or visit www.bycx. com for reservations, operating schedule, and more information. 12 pm and 2:30 pm Feast with Robin Hood at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Join Robin Hood and his Merry Men for a feast on the lawn, including soup, rustic bread, roast chicken, vegetables and gingerbread. Entertainment during the feast includes dancing, a swordfight, continued on page 28

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For more information or to subscribe, call 360-882-7762 or visit continued from page 26 games and photo opportunities with Christian Youth Theater’s Robin Hood cast members. Tickets for all ages - Feast only: $10. Feast and a ticket to the 3 pm Robin Hood performance: $16. All tickets are $2 more at the door. To purchase tickets go to or call 360-750-8550. Other Robin Hood performance dates are June 3 and 5. (See calendar listings below) 1 pm

Christian Youth Theater presents Robin Hood at Washburn Performing Arts Center. (See June 3) 3 & 7 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – The Three Musketeers. 5 pm

Lion Heart 2011, a day to celebrate the courage of children with congenital heart defects, at Portland Children’s Christian Youth Museum, 4015 SW Theater presents Canyon Rd., Portland. Cost: $10 per person; Robin Hood. $20 per family. Tickets and information at 5:30 pm-8:30 pm


Vancouver USA Singers Concert, “Journeys” at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. Includes traditional chorale pieces sung by 80+ auditioned voices under direction of

Jana Hart. Selections range from Mozart’s Regina Coeli to Blackbird by the Beatles. For ticket information, email: or call Adrienne at 360-513-8315. 7 pm Vancouver Volcanoes vs Bellingham Slam International Basketball League game at Clark College. Visit www. for tickets and full schedule. 7 pm 5 Sunday Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (See June 4) 12 pm and 2:30 pm Christian Youth Theater presents Robin Hood at Washburn Performing Arts Center. (See June 3) 2 pm Vancouver USA Singers Concert, “Journeys” at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. (See June 4) 3 pm

7 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Free storytelling, songs and ABC’s for ages 5 and under every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Tuesday at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. 10:30 am Building Blocks to Successful Learning at East County Family Resource Center, 1702 C St., Washougal. Stories, songs and fun for families and child-care providers with children birth through age 5. 11 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 Tuesdays at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Bring YuGiOh or Magic-the-Gathering cards, or play with library’s board games, dice, cards and puzzles. 4-6 pm continued on next page


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Calendar of Events & Activities (continued) continued from previous page Skyview Choirs and Orchestra Graduation Concert at Skyview High School Auditorium, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. All are welcome, and admission is free. 7 pm 8 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Hearthwood Elementary, 801 NE Hearthwood Blvd., Vancouver. Stories, songs and fun for families and child-care providers with children birth through age 5. 10:30 am Barnes & Noble Children’s Story Time (See June 1) 11 am InBeTweens activities for ages 8-12 Wednesdays at Cascade Park Community Library (See June 1) 5 pm 10 Friday Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See June 3) 2:30-4:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver –

11 National Get Outdoors Day at the Water Resources Center, 10 am-3 pm.

Tarzan. 5 pm 11 Saturday Camtown Youth Festival at Crown Park, NE Everett St., Camas. Entertainment and activities for kids ages 3-16 and their families. Children must be accompanied by and adult, no pets allowed in park. 11 am-3 pm Stewardship Saturday community service day at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver. All volunteers are welcome! Children with parental supervision and teens under 16 with parental permission. Snacks and tools provided. Please bring sturdy shoes, appropriate outdoor work clothing, a water bottle. To signup or for more information, email 9 am-1 pm Healthy Kids’ Fair at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver. Child safety seat checks, bike helmet fittings, community food drive, EDITH fire safety house, poison prevention, surgi-duck and more. 10 am-2 pm National Get Outdoors Day at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. Activities and ideas for enjoying and exploring the natural world that waits outside. Win prizes, meet Smokey the Bear, Ranger Rick and others, view demonstrations, learn about parks, trails, and water safety, and more. Call 360-487-7111 or visit getoutdoorsday for more details. 10 am-3 pm Pearson Air Museum’s Second Saturday Cinema, 1115 E 5th St., Vancouver. With regular admission, visitors can enjoy a classic aviation-themed film in the museum’s Tex Rankin Theater. Adult admission is $7. Admission for students ages 6 to 17, seniors or active military

with ID is $5. Children under age 6 are admitted for free. For movie schedule and other details, call 360694-7026 or visit www. 12 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Tarzan. 5 pm 14 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See June 7) 10 am


Junior Symphony of Vancouver Summer Kickoff Concert, 7:30 pm

Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See June 7) 10:30 am Building Blocks to Successful Learning at East County Family Resource Center. (See June 7) 11 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See June 7) 4-6 pm

a small fee. Complete details can be found at www. 11 am-2:30 pm

Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See June 3) 2:30-4:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Doogal. 5 pm Parents’ Night Out for ages 6 weeks-12 years, at Clark County Family YMCA. (See June 3) 6-9 pm

15 Wednesday

Friday Fun Night at Kids Club Fun and Fitness. (See June 3) 6:30-10:30 pm

Barnes & Noble Children’s Story Time (See June 1) 11 am

18 Saturday

InBeTweens activities for ages 8-12 Wednesdays at Cascade Park Community Library (See June 1) 5 pm 17 Friday Clark County Home Educators’ Used Curriculum Sale at First Evangelical Church, 4120 St. Johns Rd., Vancouver. Thousands of books, games, and other homeschooling resources. CCHE members admitted early at 10:30 am. Admission is $1 + 1 canned food, or $2 cash. No strollers or children under 10 allowed in the sales area, except for babies under 6 months old in a front pack. Child care available for

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (See June 4) 12 pm and 2:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Doogal. 5 pm Junior Symphony of Vancouver Summer Kickoff Concert at Vancouver First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver. Tickets $10 general & $8 student/ senior - available at the door. For further information call 360-696-4084 or visit www. 7:30 pm

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continued from previous page 19 Sunday Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (See June 4) 12 pm and 2:30 pm

4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See June 7) 4-6 pm

Building Blocks to Successful Learning at East County Family Resource Center. (See June 7) 11 am

Food & Film: A Series on Water at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver. Join the Vancouver Watersheds Council and Clark County Environmental Services for a monthly film series focused around the Earth’s most precious resource: water. A documentary film will be followed by a forum discussion with either the filmmaker or local environmental experts. Food and children’s activities will be provided. More information at www. 6-9 pm

After-School Special for grades

22 Wednesday

21 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See June 7) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See June 7) 10:30 am

Barnes & Noble Children’s Story Time (See June 1) 11 am InBeTweens activities for ages 8-12 Wednesdays at Cascade Park Community Library (See June 1) 5 pm 24 Friday

25 Free breastfeeding class, last Saturday of each month from 2-5 pm.

Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See June 3) 2:30-4:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Lady and the Tramp. 5 pm Vancouver Volcanoes vs Kankakee Soldiers International Basketball League game at Clark College. Visit www.

30 for tickets and full schedule. 7 pm 25 Saturday Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. Sponsored by the Clark County Department of Environmental Services. Family activities, vendors, exhibits, entertainment, and more. More information at 9 am-6 pm Free Breastfeeding Class taught by Lisa Kudva, RN, last Saturday of each month at 14608 NE 26th Ave., Vancouver. Sponsored by Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon. Call 360-5717279 for details. 2-5 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Lady and the Tramp. 5 pm 26 Sunday Recycled Arts Festival at Esther

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Short Park, Vancouver. (See June 25) 10 am-4 pm Vancouver Volcanoes vs Olympia Reign International Basketball League game at Clark College. Visit www. for tickets and full schedule. 7 pm 28 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See June 7) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See June 7) 10:30 am Building Blocks to Successful Learning at East County Family Resource Center. (See June 7) 11 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See June 7) 4-6 pm

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