It sure doesn't look like winter when I look out the window but it FEELS like winter when I leave the house in the morning. Brrrrr!
There are lots of things to get out and enjoy in the community during the coming month. Everyone here at Environmental Services is wishing you and yours a fun-filled December and a joyous holiday season.
I had an opportunity to visit Roosevelt Elementary School this month. Their school had the highest participation in the Vancouver Summer Adventure program and were awarded new equipment to be used for physical education. This event occurred during their Veteran’s Day assembly and it was a great experience for me.
During this holiday season I have much to be thankful for in Clark County. A strong community, our beautiful NW environment, my family, a dedicated staff and, of course, our troops serving to protect us. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and find many things in your own lives to give thanks for as well.
Don BentonDirector, Clark County Environmental Services
Saturday, November 30 is Shop Local Saturday. Celebrate by supporting our local businesses. It is good for the environment (less transportation and packaging), good for the community and good for your shopping list! Lots of fun activities at local shops - check out www.BuyVancouverUSA.org and like them on Facebook for ongoing information about local deals - https://www.facebook.com/BuyVancouverUSA.
Christmas in the Village tops off that day at Compass Church on 18th and Main with the Uptown Village tree lighting along with many other fun, family activities. It's a great day to hang out in Vancouver!
If Battle Ground is your stomping grounds, be sure to follow https://www.facebook.com/BGVillage for all the information on how they are rolling out the season with their own Shop Local Saturday.
Shop for earth friendly gifts. Mighty Bowl food cart from 11:30 - 1:30. More info at http://reusing.blogspot.com/p/green-your-holiday-with-check-em-off.html
One of the first plants to be domesticated, gourds have been used by humans for thousands of years as water vessels, bowls, instruments and more. At our class we will turn newly dried gourds into canteens, plates, and bowls. Once finished we will decorate our gourds with paint.
Three year ago, two active Salt and Light Lutheran Church members, Ali Uptolito and Cheryl Lohrmann were gifted soap making books and materials. They quickly developed a passion for making and teaching natural oil based soaps. This is a budding cooperative enterprise of the Leaven Project. Come for an evening of lavender and unscented soap making and leave confident in your ability to make soap that is healthy for you and the environment!
Love to snowshoe? Interested in the animals that live on Mt Hood? Join the Wolverine Tracking Project, a volunteer survey program through Portland-based Cascadia Wild. Develop animal tracking skills, enjoy group trips in a winter wonderland, and walk in the path of cougars. Season cost is $50; family discounts and work trade available. Learn more at www.cascadiawild.org. The next training sessions are on November 6th, November 18th, and December 12th.
Wet-felting is the process of creating felt using water and friction. In our class we will make felted bags or a hat and go through all of the basics of felting.
Join us in the wild and beautiful settings of the Refuge as we plant native trees and shrubs, and maintain/repair past plantings. Registration is encouraged but not required. Please wear waterproof footwear, bring gloves, and dress for the weather. Hot drinks and light refreshments will be provided.
For more details: www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield/getinvolved.html
Come flex your muscles with the Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam! Volunteers are needed to plant trees to help restore our watershed. Training, equipment and light refreshments are provided. You will want to bring work and weather appropriate attire, gloves, and a reusable mug.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Ashley King at StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or (360) 992-8585 to register.
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. Create bird feeders and other crafts to welcome wildlife to your backyard! Learn about the amazing world of bubbles! Make a piece of art from reused materials! There's always something new waiting at Second Saturdays!
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
December: Bubbles and Lights How are rainbows made? Why are bubbles shiny? Can you make a prism?
Location: 4600 SE Columbia Way Vancouver, Washington
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening.
Doors open at 5, speaker starts at 6:30.
The Tracking Club is an informal gathering where people can practice their tracking skills and learn from each other.
After Thanksgiving weekend join us at the Finish Line for Hot Buttered Rums & Hot Chocolate for the kids. It's time to put on your bells, and break out the Holiday Spirit! We have added a great Holiday "Fun" Run to the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees Weekend
START/FINISH will be at Esther Short Park. After the run, stay and hear the great sound of Christmas. Enjoy food and beverages; tasty Hot Buttered Rums for the Adults (over 21), and Hot Chocolate for those under 21. You will even have an opportunity to see the decorated Festival of Trees, and community tree lighting.
The Master Gardener Foundation holds monthly educational meetings, the first Tuesday of each month, except January, July and August.
December topic: Dr Judy Harpel, Bryologist, speaking about "Mosses, Hornworts and Liverworts"
Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all!
Visit the Vancouver Downtown Association's website for more information and a downtown art gallery list and walking map.
Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort's buildings. Finish of your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!
It's estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, more than 1 million tons of additional waste is generated each week nationwide. In fact, 38,000 miles of ribbon alone are thrown out each year--enough to tie a bow around the Earth! To read more about waste during the holidays, visit our website at www.clarkgreenneighbors.org and go to the top righthand column.
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New quizzes: Test your knowledge about recycling! Is your car efficient? What's the deal with energy efficient lightbulbs? Earn Green Neighbor Points when you take a new quiz!
We've gathered a collection of links to eco-calculators that we hope you find helpful. Figure out your environmental footprint, determine your Home Water use and more!
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How can you be more eco-friendly at home? Check out the Interactive House to learn more ways to green up your house and yard, plus earn Green Neighbors Points!
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