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St. Paddy’s for Kids

What’s dressed in green, adorable, and really, really happy? Your child at the St. Paddy’s for Kids event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at a new, completely indoor location—Luepke Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver. This free family event is hosted by the Parks Foundation of Clark County, and sponsored by local businesses. Kids will follow the rainbow on a trip through Ireland to discover amazing arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and a pot of gold filled with prizes at the end of the journey. Your little ones will enjoy kid-friendly fun, dancing, face painting, sports, and nature-themed games and stories. On stage, there will be performances by the An Daire Academy of Irish Dance, Story Time with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Learning Time with Clark PUD Stream Team, and time to shake the wiggles out with NW Personal Training. Raffle prizes and giveaways are provided by Clark County Fire District 6, Puj, Barre 3 of Vancouver/Felida, and Dutch Bros.

Activities will be provided by iQ Credit Union, The Vancouver Clinic, Waste Connections, East West Martial Arts, Sky Zone, Spanky’s Legendary Consign, Yoder Chiropractic, Little Acorn Preschool & Kindergarten, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, American Red Cross of SW Washington, City of Vancouver Urban Forestry, Clark County Food Bank, Port of Vancouver, Soccer Shots, SW Washington Learning Center, Why Racing Events, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families, ESD 112 ECEAP, and many more. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us/about/events or call the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370.

St. Paddy’s for Kids

What’s dressed in green, adorable, and really, really happy? Your child at the St. Paddy’s for Kids event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at a new, completely indoor location—Luepke Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver. This free family event is hosted by the Parks Foundation of Clark County, and sponsored by local businesses. Kids will follow the rainbow on a trip through Ireland to discover amazing arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and a pot of gold filled with prizes at the end of the journey. Your little ones will enjoy kid-friendly fun, dancing, face painting, sports, and nature-themed games and stories. On stage, there will be performances by the An Daire Academy of Irish Dance, Story Time with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Learning Time with Clark PUD Stream Team, and time to shake the wiggles out with NW Personal Training. Raffle prizes and giveaways are provided by Clark County Fire District 6, Puj, Barre 3 of Vancouver/Felida, and Dutch Bros.

Activities will be provided by iQ Credit Union, The Vancouver Clinic, Waste Connections, East West Martial Arts, Sky Zone, Spanky’s Legendary Consign, Yoder Chiropractic, Little Acorn Preschool & Kindergarten, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, American Red Cross of SW Washington, City of Vancouver Urban Forestry, Clark County Food Bank, Port of Vancouver, Soccer Shots, SW Washington Learning Center, Why Racing Events, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families, ESD 112 ECEAP, and many more. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us/about/events or call the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370.

Ice Cream + Parks Foundation = Yum

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than by getting ice cream and supporting Clark County’s parks (which is where you’ll no doubt be spending a portion of your summer)? Beat the heat (or not, as the case may be) at Ice Cream Renaissance any time from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, because 15% off all sales that day will go directly to the Parks Foundation of Clark County.

Ice Cream Renaissance, located in Vancouver’s Uptown Village at 1925 Main Street, offers a selection of small-batch, handmade ice cream with locally sourced ingredients where possible. The ice cream parlor also offers baked goods, pies, and coffee (in case, for some crazy reason, you don’t want ice cream). The money that is raised for the Parks Foundation will go to support projects and programs that provide and maintain beautiful outdoor spaces and recreational programs to improve health, well-being, and quality of life. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us or call 360-487-8370.

St. Paddy’s for Parks

Things are greening up on the North Bank, and it’s nearly time for the ‘Couve’s biggest celebration of all things verdant during St. Paddy’s for Parks, the annual 21-and-over St. Patrick’s Day party at Shorty’s Garden & Home starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Enjoy Irish food, music and festivities in a heated indoor space. Tap your toes to music from 5 Guys Named Moe, Vancouver Firefighters Pipes and Drums, and Molly Malone Dancers. Proceeds from the evening are 100% green, benefitting the Parks Foundation in its mission to support the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County.

Advance tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door, and include one complimentary drink. Tables can be reserved for $225 by calling 360-487-8370, or sponsored tables for eight are available for $500. Tickets and table reservations are available by clicking here. Shorty’s on Mill Plain is located at 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

But wait, there’s more! Come back to Shorty’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, for St. Paddy’s for Kids: a completely free event that’s just for kids. You and your wee ones will enjoy green-themed stories, arts and crafts, hands-on nature activities and more.

Gifts from the Fort, CCHM & Parks Foundation

There are two places on the North Bank that often get overlooked when people are planning their holiday shopping excursions, but savvy gift-hunters know that these spots offer one-of-a-kind, interesting, educational, and handcrafted items that beautifully reflect Northwest culture and history. Can you guess where they are? It’s the completely remodeled and updated Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.) and the Clark County Historical Museum Store (1511 Main St., Vancouver). The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center has Christmas ornaments, books for kids and adults, Pendleton blankets, toys, puzzles, mugs, t-shirts, hiking guides, jewelry, posters, art and more.

The Museum Store carries jewelry, history-related toys, a wide selection of books including locally-authored cookbooks and books on brewing, and a variety of Pacific Northwest art. Some of the works available for purchase include handcast ceramic tiles by Native American artist Lillian Pitt, painstakingly handbeaded sally bags by Pat Courtney Gold, and Chinook-inspired wooden paddle necklaces by Sam Robinson. The Museum Store is open to the public and there’s no need to pay admission to browse through the shop.

Last but not least, for a truly enduring and unusual gift, you might consider purchasing an engraved brick in Esther Short Park. Bricks—which can be custom-inscribed with the message of your choice—are on sale for $100 through Thursday, Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, bricks go back up to their regular price of $125. All proceeds from brick sales support the Clark County Parks Foundation, which works to maintain and improve our amazing parks, trails, and recreational opportunities. To order, click here.

Parks Foundation Swingset Marathon

As part of Give More 24, the Parks Foundation is hosting a Swing More 24 Swingset Marathon to raise funds to support parks, trails and recreation throughout Clark County. On Thursday, Sept. 24, local “celebrities”—including mayors and city councilors, members of parks advisory boards, the parks Foundation board, and regular ol’ community members—will swing for 20 minutes each, asking for your support during their “swing shift.” Want to know who’s swingin’? Visit www.parksfoundation.us to see the schedule.

Donors may give any amount starting at $10. When filling out the online donor form, donors can indicate which celebrity participant they’re supporting—and all finds raised by that—ahem, swinger—will be dedicated to their municipality (i.e., funds raised by Washougal swingers will be used to support Washougal parks, trails, and recreational programs). Prizes will be given to the municipality that raises the most funds, as well as for donor creativity, stand-out costumes, groovy music, and other categories. Here’s what do to:

  • On Thursday, Sept. 24, go to www.tinyurl.com/swingmore24
  • Donate $10 or more and indicate which participant you’re supporting
  • Post your support on Facebook or NextDoor
  • Visit the parks where your peeps are swingin’ and cheer them on

Swingset Marathon

As part of Give More 24, the Parks Foundation is hosting a Swing More 24 Swingset Marathon to raise funds to support parks, trails and recreation throughout Clark County. On Thursday, Sept. 24, local “celebrities”—including mayors and city councilors, members of parks advisory boards, the parks Foundation board, and regular ol’ community members—will swing for 20 minutes each, asking for your support during their “swing shift.” Want to know who’s swingin’? Visit www.parksfoundation.us to see the schedule.

Donors may give any amount starting at $10. When filling out the online donor form, donors can indicate which celebrity participant they’re supporting—and all finds raised by that—ahem, swinger—will be dedicated to their municipality (i.e., funds raised by Washougal swingers will be used to support Washougal parks, trails, and recreational programs). Prizes will be given to the municipality that raises the most funds, as well as for donor creativity, stand-out costumes, groovy music, and other categories. Here’s what do to:

  • On Thursday, Sept. 24, go to www.tinyurl.com/swingmore24
  • Donate $10 or more and indicate which participant you’re supporting
  • Post your support on Facebook or NextDoor
  • Visit the parks where your peeps are swingin’ and cheer them on!

Par for Parks

The Par for Parks Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, Aug. 17. This event is a fundraiser for the Parks Foundation of Clark County and includes team play for groups of four, green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, beverages on-course, and an awards banquet with dinner. Grab your clubs and swing in to show your support for the Parks Foundation!

Register today by clicking here. The tournament starts with a 1 p.m. shotgun tee at Camas Meadows, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive in Camas. Teams can begin checking in as early as 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us.

One Brick at a Time

Show your roots in the community…with a custom-engraved brick in Esther Short Park, around the bell tower in Propstra Square. Engraved bricks are a creative and lasting way to leave your mark, to show your support for our parks and public spaces, and to remember a loved one who—to complete the metaphor—gave you a solid foundation to stand on.

Purchase your brick online or download the order form and mail it to the Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 61424, Vancouver, WA  98666. You may also purchase a brick via credit card by calling 360-487-8370. Proceeds from the sale of bricks to toward the purchase and placement of flowers and other plantings in Esther Short Park. The deadline to order bricks for this year is Saturday, Aug. 1. For more information, e-mail Sherry Thompson at the Parks Foundation of Clark County at sherry.thompson@parksfoundation.us.

90 Days, 200 Parks

Did you know that there are more than 200 parks, trails, and recreation centers in Clark County? TWO HUNDRED! That means that if you decided to visit one park, trail, or rec center in the county within three months, you’d have to visit two and one-quarter parks every single day. (We don’t know what constitutes one-quarter of a visit, but that’s a debate for another time.)

As a matter of fact, there is one person who has committed to completing that very challenge: Temple Lentz, the new Executive Director of the Parks Foundation of Clark County, is personally visiting every single one of Clark County’s parks, trails and rec centers in just 90 days. She started her quest on July 8, so that means she’ll finish sometime in October. Whew! What a mission!

There may or may not be some few intrepid souls who have joined her in this endeavor, but even if you can’t enjoy every park, hike every trail, or take a class, go swimming, and shoot hoops at every community center, you can follow Temple’s progress on Instagram and Facebook—and post photos of your own Close Encounters of the Parks & Rec Kind. Find out more at instagram.com/parksofclark/ and www.facebook.com/ClarkCountyParksFoundation, or check out #‎90days200parks‬.

Par for Parks

Early bird registration ends July 15 for the Par for Parks Golf Tournament at on Monday, Aug. 17. This event is a fundraiser for the Parks Foundation of Clark County and includes team play for groups of four, green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, beverages on-course, and an awards banquet with dinner. Grab your clubs and swing in to show your support for the Parks Foundation!

The fee is $625 per team, and you can register today by clicking here. The tournament starts with a 1 p.m. shotgun tee at Camas Meadows, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive in Camas. Teams can begin checking in as early as 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us.

Flower Planting in Propstra Square

1-2Join other volunteers for the Annual Propstra Square Flower Planting in Esther Short Park. from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Meet at the southeast corner of the park (at the intersection of Columbia at W. 6th Streets). Participants will plant flowers throughout Propstra square. Lunch will be generously provided by the Hilton Vancouver after the event. Volunteers should bring (if they have these items) a kneeling pad, trowel, gloves and a water bottle, and a few extras will be provided, too. All ages are welcome, and families with children are encouraged to lend a hand (or many small hands, as the case may be).

To RSVP to the Annual Propstra Flower Planting Event, click here. Flowers and plantings funded through the sale of Propstra Square Memorial Bricks. Contact the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370 or learn more by clicking here.

Parks Foundation Annual Luncheon & Florence B. Wager Awards

The Florence B. Wager Awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation Annual Meeting and Luncheon, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Hilton Vancouver. Yacolt Mayor Sean Guard will emcee the event. The event also includes the formal presentation of the year’s Community Grants. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight are available for $550. More details, nomination packets, and luncheon tickets are available online.

The Parks Foundation of Clark County established the Florence Wager Awards in 2011 to honor local “parks hero” Florence B. Wager, who died in Aug. 2012 after many years of community service and volunteerism. There are three awards that recognize a leader, a volunteer, and a professional, each of whom has contributed to local parks, trails, and recreation programs in a significant and exemplary way.

The Parks Foundation was established in 1999 to accept and administer donations, gifts and bequests for the enrichment and enhancement of the North Bank’s parks, trails, and recreational programs. All donations are tax deductible. The Parks Foundation’s Annual Luncheon brings together community leaders, parks and recreation professionals, advocates, and supporters to join in a shared vision of providing continued and increased support for our community’s unsurpassed outdoor and recreational offerings. To learn more, call 360-487-8370 or visit the Parks Foundation website.

Florence B. Wager Awards

The Florence B. Wager Awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation Annual Meeting and Luncheon, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Hilton Vancouver. Yacolt Mayor Sean Guard will emcee the event. The event also includes the formal presentation of the year’s Community Grants. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight are available for $550. More details, nomination packets, and luncheon tickets are available online.

The Parks Foundation of Clark County established the Florence Wager Awards in 2011 to honor local “parks hero” Florence B. Wager, who died in Aug. 2012 after many years of community service and volunteerism. There are three awards that recognize a leader, a volunteer, and a professional, each of whom has contributed to local parks, trails, and recreation programs in a significant and exemplary way.

The Parks Foundation was established in 1999 to accept and administer donations, gifts and bequests for the enrichment and enhancement of the North Bank’s parks, trails, and recreational programs. All donations are tax deductible. The Parks Foundation’s Annual Luncheon brings together community leaders, parks and recreation professionals, advocates, and supporters to join in a shared vision of providing continued and increased support for our community’s unsurpassed outdoor and recreational offerings. To learn more, call 360-487-8370 or visit the Parks Foundation website.

St. Paddy’s for Kids

Things are greening up on the North Bank, just in time for St. Paddy’s for Kids, a morning of family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities at Shorty’s Garden & Home. St. Paddy’s for Kids runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and it’s completely free. You and your wee ones will enjoy green-themed stories, arts and crafts, hands-on nature activities and more. For more information, call 360-487-8370 or e-mail sherry.thompson@parksfoundation.usShorty’s on Mill Plain is located at 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

 

St. Paddy’s for Parks

Things are greening up on the North Bank, and it’s nearly time for the ‘Couve’s biggest celebration of all things verdant during St. Paddy’s for Parks, the annual 21-and-over St. Patrick’s Day party at Shorty’s Garden & Home starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13. (Lucky 13!) Enjoy Irish food, music and festivities in a heated indoor space. Tap your toes to music from 5 Guys Named Moe, Vancouver Firefighters Pipes and Drums, and Molly Malone Dancers. Proceeds from the evening are 100% green, benefitting the Parks Foundation in its mission to support the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County.

Advance tickets are $25 per person or $30 at the door, and include one complimentary drink. Tickets are available through Ticket Tomato. Tables can be reserved for $100 by calling 360-487-8370 or e-mailing sherry.thompson@parksfoundation.us. Shorty’s on Mill Plain is located at 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

But wait, there’s more! Come back to Shorty’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, for St. Paddy’s for Kids: a completely free event that’s just for kids. You and your wee ones will enjoy green-themed stories, arts and crafts, hands-on nature activities and more.

St. Paddy’s for Parks & for Kids

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Things are greening up on the North Bank, and it’s nearly time for the ‘Couve’s biggest celebration of all things verdant during St. Paddy’s for Parks, the annual 21-and-over St. Patrick’s Day party at Shorty’s Garden & Home starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13. (Lucky 13!) Enjoy Irish food, music and festivities in a heated indoor space. Tap your toes to music from 5 Guys Named Moe, Vancouver Firefighters Pipes and Drums, and Molly Malone Dancers. Proceeds from the evening are 100% green, benefitting the Parks Foundation in its mission to support the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County.

Advance tickets are $25 per person or $30 at the door, and include one complimentary drink. Tickets are available through Ticket Tomato. Tables can be reserved for $100 by calling 360-487-8370 or e-mailing sherry.thompson@parksfoundation.usShorty’s on Mill Plain is located at 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

But wait, there’s more! Come back to Shorty’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, for St. Paddy’s for Kids: a completely free event that’s just for kids. You and your wee ones will enjoy green-themed stories, arts and crafts, hands-on nature activities and more.

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Florence Wager Awards

Do you know someone who has contributed to our local parks, trails, and recreational programs in a significant or exemplary way? He or she could be a community leader, a volunteer, or a professional—the person just has to have PPP: Persistent Passion for Parks! Why do we ask? Because The Parks Foundation of Clark County is accepting nominations for the Florence B. Wager Award until Saturday, Feb. 28. The award, established in 2011, honors local “parks hero” Florence B. Wager, who died in Aug. 2012 after many years of community service and volunteerism.

The awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation annual meeting and luncheon, to be held on Thursday, April 30. More details, nomination packets, and luncheon tickets are available online. Nominations must be submitted to the Parks Foundation, P.O Box 61424, Vancouver WA 98666. To learn more, call 360-487-8370 or visit the Parks Foundation website.

Drink Wine for Our Parks

Wine? Good. Supporting the North Bank’s beautiful parks and vast array of recreational programs? Good. Doing both at the same time? Even better. Drink wine (or at least purchase it!) to support the Parks Foundation of Clark County on Thursday, Oct. 9, during Total Wine & More‘s cash back event. Between 6 and 9 p.m. on that day, when you buy a bottle (or two, or a case) from the store’s “Wines Around the World” selection, Total Wine & More will donate to 30% of the purchase price to the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Vancouver’s Total Wine & More store is located at 4816 N.E. Thurston Way, across from Westfield Vancouver Mall.

The Parks Foundation of Clark County was established in 1999 to accept and administer donations, gifts, and bequests for the enrichment and enhancement of Clark County’s parks, trails, and recreational programs. The mission of the Parks Foundation is to raise funds through public and private partnerships. The foundation is a nonprofit organization and all gifts are tax deductible. To learn more, visit www.parksfoundation.us.

Parks Foundation Annual Meeting & Reception

The Parks Foundation of Clark County is celebrating its 15th birthday with an annual meeting and reception for its members from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Water Resources Education Center. Even if you’ve never heard of the Parks Foundation, you’ve seen and enjoyed the results of this nonprofit organization’s efforts all over Clark County: well-maintained parks and trails, new playground equipment, safer play areas, blooming flowers and thriving green plantings, and strong recreational programs for healthy, happy kids and families.

If you’re already familiar with the Parks Foundation and have thought about becoming a member, there’s no better time than right now. For more information on membership or renewing your membership, visit www.parksfoundation.us or call 360-487-8370. If you’re already a member and you’d like to RSVP for the Annual Meeting of the Membership and Reception, e-mail Sherry Thompson at sherry.thompson@parksfoundation.us.