Free digital workshops: Washington State University Vancouver digital communications instructors will host a free, first-come, first-serve workshop open to any local resident, small-business owner or nonprofit-group employee: Optimizing your Website for Search Engines 101 by Dene Grigar, director and associate professor of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program. The workshop is noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 111, on the WSUV campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Limited to 24 persons. There is a fee to park on campus. Reservations: email@example.com.
Networking event: Southwest Washington Human Resource Management Association sponsors an after-hours networking event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row. All human resources, business professionals and job seekers are encouraged to attend the free event. Appetizers provided; beverages available for purchase. Reservations needed by noon Dec. 1: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking workshop: A free workshop, Networking 4 Newbies, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row, presented by Veronika Noize, the Marketing Coach. Cost is $10. Seating is limited. Register: http://www.sohomastermind.com/public_events.
Ambassador holiday luncheon: Sponsored by Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Demonstrations, decorating tips, a photo booth, lunch and program with speakers Royce Pollard and Kim Capeloto, music by the Evergreen School District chorale and door prizes.Registration: 360-694-2588.
Mortgage information: The Obama administration’s Making Home Affordable Program, the HOPE NOW Alliance and NeighborWorks America are sponsoring an event for homeowners that are finding it difficult to pay their mortgage, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland. Mortgage servicers and nonprofit housing counselors will work one-on-one, on a first-come, first-served basis, with struggling homeowners. Those wanting assistance are encouraged to bring all mortgage documents, income documents and hardship letters. http://www.hopenow.com or http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov.
Holiday home tour: Downtown Camas Association sponsors self-guided tours of four Camas homes decorated for the holiday season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 (the Lacamas Shores home will close at 3 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are $20 each and include live entertainment. In addition to the regular tour, the Camas association has added “Evening at the Farrell House,” 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets, $25, for this event are sold separately, and include wine and hors-d’oeuvres and are limited to 25 guests. Tickets for the private tour available at the Camas Hotel and The Uncommon Gift. Tickets are available at http://www.downtowncamas.com, the Camas Hotel, Camas Antiques and The Uncommon Gift.
Marketing secrets: The Marketing Coach, Veronika “Ronnie” Noize, will present a free teleclass, “Are you Making These 7 Deadly Marketing Mistakes?” from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 7. Register: http://www.tinyurl.com/sohoteleclassdec7.
Speaker series: Business professionals will offer their expertise, noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Sponsored by SoHo Mastermind, Roxanne Brasfield will present “Learn the Keys to Achieve your Goals with Ease” on Dec. 7 and Conde Bartlett will make a presentation Dec. 14. The series is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. SoHo Mastermind, founded by Veronika Noize, the Marketing Coach, is a members-only business-building community that offers marketing-success coaching, consulting and training. Seating is limited. http://www.sohomastermind.com/public_events or 360-882-1298.
Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce: Holiday luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive, Camas. The event, open to the public, includes a gift basket raffle. Cost is $30. Reservations needed by Dec. 6: 360-834-2472 or email@example.com.
Holiday luncheon and basket raffle: Battle Ground Chamber sponsors the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. Lunch catered by Mill Creek Pub. 360-687-1510, http://www.battlegroundchamber.org.
East Vancouver Business Association: “Tie One on with Santa” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Quarry, 415 S.E. 177th Ave. Members $15; others $20. Activities include pictures with Santa, holiday tie contest and holiday prizes. Half of proceeds benefit Families in Transition. Register: Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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