Community Calendar, Feb. 22, 2023 edition


Manufacturing Workforce Summit and grand opening of IT3: From 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Manufacturing Workforce Summit will be held at the IT3 Tech Center at 5645 S. 11th St., Suite A104, in Ridgefield. From 3:30 to 3:50 p.m., there will be a Cowlitz Tribal blessing and ribbon-cutting event for the grand opening of IT3, a new workforce training center focused on filling advanced manufacturing technology jobs in Washington state. From 4 to 4:15 p.m., the event will welcome IT3, which is then followed by a “state of the workforce” presentation from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. From 4:35 to 5:15 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on the manufacturing workforce. From 5:25 to 7 p.m., there will be a networking event. To RSVP for the summit, email Charlie DiPasquale at

GFWC meeting: 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Join the General Foundation of Women’s Club — Battle Ground at 14208 NE 249th St. in Battle Ground to learn from a speaker about the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. GFWC is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through community service.

Drama performance: At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Prairie High School will perform its production of Xanadu from Music Theatre International. Tickets cost $6 for students, $13 for adults and $11 for honored citizens. Prices at the door will be higher. The performances will take place at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Tickets are available at

Bingo: 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Join Battle Ground Elk Lodge No. 2589 for bingo. Members and guests are welcome. The lodge is located at 907 SE Grace Ave., Battle Ground. For more information, call Mel Sanders at 360-687-1230.

Book and a movie: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. Join the Battle Ground Senior Citizens group for a book and a movie at the Battle Ground Senior Center at 116 NE Third Ave., Battle Ground. The book will be “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens. For more information, email Sharon Wodtke at or call 360-953-3278.

Lewis River Rotary: 5:45 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Join the Lewis River Rotary club as Jim Schefers, the owner of Battle Crest Distillery, speaks about the joys and challenges of opening and operating a distillery. It will be held at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.

La Center kindergarten registration: Kindergarten registration in La Center for the upcoming school year will open April 10. Children must turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, to enter kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year. Registration is available online at or at the elementary office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization record and a copy of their legal birth certificate. People are asked to register their children as early as possible. La Center Elementary School will also host Kindy Cub Nights for incoming students. They will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 20 and May 18. Either night can be attended.  Students and parents will work on activities that will prepare students for school.

Daughters of the Pioneers: Bring your own lunch for optional social time at 12:30 p.m, meeting starts at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. Join the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington Chapter No. 19 at the North Clark Historical Museum at 21416 NE 399th St. in Amboy, as the group explores and learns more about the museum. The group regularly meetings on the first Thursday of most months at the Battle Ground Community Center. For more information, call Pepper Kim at 360-901-0176.

Happy Hoppers Square Dancers: Lessons 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, March 6 and Monday, March 13. Join Happy Hoppers Square Dancers at the Washington Grange, 7701 NE Ward Road, Vancouver. The cost is $5 per person at the door. For more information visit or call Gil Shoemaker at 360-450-7029.

Cardmaking class: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. Join the Battle Ground Senior Citizens group for a creative cardmaking class at the Battle Ground Senior Center at 116 NE Third Ave., Battle Ground. The group makes homemade greeting cards every other month. For more information, email Sharon Wodtke at or call 360-953-3278.

Career fair: 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 30. Woodland Public Schools and the Port of Woodland will host a CareerReady Woodland career fair. Local employers will be able to speak with students at Woodland High School. Businesses are invited to send representatives at no cost to attend the event. Any business interested in attending can contact Deborah Wornick at the Port of Woodland at 360-225-6555 or by email at Wornick will register the business and provide additional details.

Introduction to fly fishing school: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Join Clark Skamania Flyfishers for an “introduction to fly fishing school.” It will include instruction on the mechanics of fly casting, hands-on casting lessons, knot tying lessons, entomology, safety and other topics related to becoming a competent fly fisher. The event, which will be held at the Vancouver Firefighters Union Hall at 2807 NW Fruit Valley Road in Vancouver, requires registration. For more information or to purchase tickets, go online to

Battle Ground Toastmasters: The Battle Ground Toastmasters work to improve communication skills and have fun doing it. Join the group in person or via Zoom from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at Legions Realty, 717 W. Main St., Suite 126, Battle Ground, or online at

Battle Ground Lions Club: 7 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Old Town Burger and Breakfast. Join the Battle Ground Lions Club for fun and volunteer opportunities. Old Town Burger and Breakfast is located at 813 W. Main St., Battle Ground.

Bliss Yoga (Lewisville): 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Tukes Valley school stage, Mondays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Lewisville Campus gymnasium stage area, 406 NW Fifth Ave., Battle Ground. Classes will include gentle poses to increase strength, balance, flexibility, relaxation and meditation. To register for Wednesday classes, contact Battle Ground Community Education at 360-885-6584. To register for Monday and Friday classes, contact Fran at 360-903-8912 or email Learn more online at

Toastmaster meetings: 7 p.m. every Tuesday online. Toastmasters holds meetings for people who want to improve their communication skills for business or career development. Meetings are on Zoom. Use meeting ID number 88000718444. Participants can login five to 10 minutes early to chat. More information can be found online at

Battle Ground Rotary Club meeting: 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 715 E. Main St. in Battle Ground.

Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at the mobile home park at 300 SW Seventh Ave. in Battle Ground.  The meeting starts with a weigh-in. If you want to lose weight sensibly, TOPS has you covered. For more information or for directions, call Donna Brown at 562-355-0950.

Columbia River Square Dancers: Lessons 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, dances at 7 p.m. for plus level and 8 to 9:45 p.m. for mainstream level on the first and third Friday of each month. Lessons and dances are held at 17901 NE 72nd Ave., Battle Ground. Cost is $7 per dancer. For more information, contact Dale Smith at 360-606-8849.

Silver & Fit virtual fitness classes for seniors: 10 a.m. every weekday. Join Silver & Fit for free fitness classes for seniors. Monday is low impact cardio, Tuesday is easygoing yoga, Wednesday is body weight exercises, Thursday is balance and flexibility, and Friday is a mixer of favorite exercises of the week. To find classes, visit For more information, call 877-427-4788 or email

HOPE Dementia Support Group: 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday. Join HOPE in a support group for individuals caring for people with all types of dementia. The event will be hosted in person at Mallard Landing Assisted Living, 813 SE Clark Ave., Battle Ground, and through Zoom. To get the Zoom link, call 360-513-5754 or email

Virtual Professional Connections weekly meeting: 11:45 a.m. every Monday. Come meet like-minded professionals and network with others in your field. To join, go to, click on join a meeting, enter meeting ID 8092456202, and enter password 311397, if applicable. For more information, call 503-348-5330.


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