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Posts from — September 2011

When A Bright Light Leaves Us

There are so many committed souls and bright lights in our communities. Some make national news. Most do their volunteer service quietly each day, taking small steps, raising one dollar at a time, warming individual hearts and making a cumulative difference.

Annie Timberman. 1950-2011.

One of those good souls passed on in Vancouver earlier this month. Annie Timberman was ONE BRIGHT LIGHT. Annie would zip up to our house in her wheelchair, collecting recyclables to raise funds for a favorite charity, seeking pledges for the Walk for the Animals or just saying “hello.”

There is an inappropriate term often used in the media – “confined to a wheelchair.” Saying that about Annie would be like saying Lance Armstrong was “confined to a bike.” Annie used her chair for mobility and for activism each day.

At her memorial service, Annie’s friends shared the breadth of her involvement in the world. One took Annie to Olympia to discuss disability concerns with legislators. But when they got there, Annie lobbied about landfill issues. Annie set her own agenda and priorities.

Annie philanthropic support reached from the ARC, the Humane Society and Hough Elementary School, where she attended classes as a child, to children in Africa and a girls program in Nicaragua. From Carter Park Neighborhood meetings to downtown Vancouver clean ups, Annie was there. She did all of this while working at First Aid Only, where she received the Employee of the Year award in 2006.

We will all have to work a little harder to make up for her spirited, generous, irreplaceable presence in our community.

Rest in peace, dear Annie.

September 25, 2011   3 Comments

Hanging Out with Johnny Depp and Otaku in Downtown Vancouver

I saw Johnny Depp in downtown Vancouver. Yep, there he was in Esther Short Park, all decked out as Jack Sparrow. I tried not to act too silly but I did get his photo.

Johnny wasn’t the only one in the park. Kumoricon 2011 came to town for three days over Labor Day weekend. What is Kumoricon? It’s one amazing gathering.

Kumori means “cloudy” in Japanese but the weather was anything but overcast. Kumoricon was a convention for anime lovers, also known affectionately as “otaku.” Thousands promenaded between the two convention hotels, the Hilton and the Red Lion at the Quay in spectacularly creative costumes. Workshops, panels, video gaming, outdoor activities, dances—participants had their choice and seemed to be having an amazing amount of fun. They will be back in 2012. Don’t miss it!

Here is a sampling of some of the anime and manga characters and of course (be still my heart) Johnny Depp.

September 9, 2011   3 Comments

September: Anime, Alpacas and Art plus Roller Dolls and a Rod Run

With summer winding down, there aren’t as many events happening around the region. But if quality trumps quantity, it will be a great month to tour the area.

September 3-5Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trip – The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will be taking 10 mile trips out of Yacolt on Labor Day Weekend. Check the Web site for reservations.

September 3-5Kumoricon – Anyone who is interested in Japanese anime should head to the Kumoricon 2011 convention in downtown Vancouver. Events will be at the Hilton Hotel and the Red Lion at the Quay. Anime lovers in costume will be wandering the streets. Should be very interesting!

Kayaks along the Columbia

September 9-18 Lower Columbia River Kayak Roundup – These folks are into serious kayaking! It’s a great way to explore the Puget Island area. is an instructional retreat for kayakers of all levels. 2011 will be the 5th and final event. Full-day and half-day classes are offered on the weekend, and intensive multi-day programs are offered during the week.

The Rainy City Roller Dolls

September 10Roller Derby! – Centralia’s Rainy City Roller Dolls take on Salem Oregon’s Cherry City Derby Girls at the Back to School Beat Down.

Cars in a Past Rod Run

September-10-1128th Annual Rod Run to the End of the World – A mass of vintage cars are expected for this annual auto gathering in Ocean Park. But it’s not just about the cars. Jamie’s Rock & Roll Legends with Elvis, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline & Connie Francis will perform live on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The beach will be rocking this weekend!

Seattle's jazzy Groove for Thought

September 11Groove for Thought – They were fabulous on The Sing-Off (watch their performance here) and now the Seattle a cappella singing group performs a fundraising matinee concert for Pearson Air Museum. Get your tickets here.

Alpaca from the 2009 Tour

September 1713th Annual Clark County Harvest Celebration Day – Nine farms will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a great way to see rural Clark County and it’s free!

September 17 and 18ARTrails – Check out the 9th Annual ARTrails Open Studio Tour. This self-guided, free event takes you though the towns and backroads of Lewis County to visit the artists and studios of Lewis County.

September 30 & October 1 Columbia River Country Days and Grays River Covered Bridge Dinner – There will be a Farmer’s Market, Pumpkin Patch, Farm Tours,
Old Time Auction, and an October 1st dinner at Grays River Covered Bridge. For more information, call 360-795-3278

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September 2, 2011   No Comments