Clark PUD

Race for Warmth

The third annual Race for Warmth, a 5k walk/run and 10k run to benefit Operation Warm Heart, will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Clark Public Utilities downtown location at 1200 Fort Vancouver Way. Registration is available online now at www.raceforwarmth.com and includes a long-sleeve performance shirt, a race bag, and admission to an after-run party with free snacks and fun adult beverages! The fun run/walk is hosted by Clark Public Utilities in partnership with Area Heating & Cooling and other local businesses. Every $30 registration for the event (or $40 on the day of the race) will help raise funds for local families in financial crisis struggling to pay winter heating bills. Over the past two years, more than a thousand warm-hearted participants raised over $56,000. All the registration fees go straight to people in need.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. with a free kids’ fun run for ages five to eight, the Race for Warmth will include a 10k timed race at 9 a.m. and a 5k run/walk at 9:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each category and all participants in the kids’ race will receive a prize. The 10k race route will take runners and walkers through the historic Fort Vancouver and along the Columbia River. The 5k route loops through the downtown area. Dozens of PUD volunteers will line the routes as course marshals and flaggers keep racers safe and on track.

Since its creation in 1985, Operation Warm Heart—generously funded by donations from Clark Public Utilities customers and employees—has provided nearly $2.4 million to about 11,000 customers in financial crisis. The donor-funded program helps families in need who may not qualify for other government programs. Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location or by calling 360-992-3000.

Earth Day & Eco Fair at Klineline

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 17th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 16.

The family-friendly event will include a free community Eco Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, a science festival hosted by OMSI, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live reptile and amphibian displays, storytelling, and a physics juggling act—plus a nature walk where Northwest Wild Fish Rescue wild will release fish into Salmon Creek. Kids of all ages are welcome to join Watershed Reflections, an art and writing contest. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 100 EcoFair attendees will get freebies like a complimentary lunch or an insulated grocery bag, among other goodies.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided and all volunteers who complete a four-hour shift get a free lunch and a free t-shirt. There will also be volunteer opportunities to take pictures of the event, sort recyclables, and other activities. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus,

For more information and a complete schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Eco Fair & Earth Day

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 17th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 16.

The family-friendly event will include a free community Eco Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, a science festival hosted by OMSI, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live reptile and amphibian displays, storytelling, and a physics juggling act—plus a nature walk where Northwest Wild Fish Rescue wild will release fish into Salmon Creek. Kids of all ages are welcome to join Watershed Reflections, an art and writing contest. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 100 EcoFair attendees will get freebies like a complimentary lunch or an insulated grocery bag, among other goodies.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided and all volunteers who complete a four-hour shift get a free lunch and a free t-shirt. There will also be volunteer opportunities to take pictures of the event, sort recyclables, and other activities. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus,

For more information and a complete schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Earth Day Family EcoFair

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 16th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 18.

The family-friendly event will include a free community EcoFair—funded in part by Divine Consign/Gifts for Our Community—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live insect and reptile displays, and a physics juggling act. Kids are invited to join a nature walk where wild salmon will be released into Salmon Creek. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 200 EcoFair attendees can choose between a free lunch or a vine maple seedling.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus, all volunteers get a free lunch from Tommy O’s!

For more information and a schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Race for Warmth

RFW-LogoSMJoin runners and walkers from around the North Bank for the inaugural Race for Warmth to support Operation Warm Heart, a Clark Public Utilities customer-funded program to help limited-income families in crisis situations who need help paying their electric bills.

The event—comprised of three separate races, a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a free kids’ run—will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Clark Public Utilities building on 1200 Ft. Vancouver Way. The entry fee is $30 per person and includes a t-shirt, a goodie bag, snacks, and automatic entry into prize drawings. Pre-registration ends of Saturday, Feb. 7, but same-day registration is still available for $40 (although a t-shirt can’t be guaranteed!).

Since its creation in 1985, Operation Warm Heart has provided nearly $2.4 million to about 11,000 customers who are barely making ends meet but who don’t qualify for other government programs that could help them pay their winter bills. Clark Public Utilities customers have, for 20 years, helped make sure that everyone in Clark County has a warm home.

The course begins in the parking lot of Clark Public Utilities, heads south down through Fort Vancouver, down the waterfront and then back to the utility’s parking lot. There will be plenty of water stations along the course with cold water and Gatorade. Participants can pick up packets in the Community Room at Clark Public Utilities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7, or on the morning of the race.

StreamTeam Tree Planting

Clark Public Utilities is keeping the lights on…and our local utility company is also making sure that the North Bank’s beautiful and vital natural habitats are restored and maintained with the StreamTeam, a volunteer-driven program that proactively addresses the problems facing the Salmon Creek watershed.

Since the program started in 1992, more than 700,000 native trees have been planted, tons of litter has been removed, and 120 acres of land have been restored by dedicated people like you. StreamTeam members come from a myriad of backgrounds including utility employees, Stream Stewards, AmeriCorps members, scout groups, college students, youth groups, and many, many individuals.

StreamTeam will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an annual service event to be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19—rain or shine or anything in between! The StreamTeam and AmeriCorp need volunteers of all ages to help plant native trees as part of the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with volunteer activities across the country. To sign up, call 360-992-8585 or e-mail streamteam@clarkpud.com.