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Bi-Zi Farms has opened its Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze for the season.

The attraction’s activities include hay rides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, duck races, a pumpkin launch, a straw bale maze and pyramid, and live music.

When: Every weekend in October; 2-5:30 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The corn maze remains open 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.

Where: Bi-Zi Farms, 9504 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $8, free for children 2 and younger. Admission includes a free pumpkin of any size and a free hot drink.

While children 2 and younger receive free admission, they do not receive a free pumpkin.

Admission is $5 for the nighttime corn maze Fridays and Saturdays.

Telephone: 360-574-9119.

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The pumpkin patch is one of several weekend entertainment options in Clark County and Portland. Others include the Old Apple Tree Festival, the first concert of the season from the Vancouver Symphony and a film that looks at the early days of Facebook.

1. Festival doesn’t fall far from the tree

The Old Apple Tree Festival, happening today, celebrates a tree planted in 1826 near downtown Vancouver. The Old Apple Tree has withstood flooding, wind, ice, snow and human encroachment. Festivities include live music, dancing, fruit tree pruning demonstrations, arts and crafts for children, ask-the-arborist answer sessions, Fort Vancouver tours and on-site food vendors.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Old Apple Tree Park, 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-619-1108.

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2. Take a trip down Pumpkin Lane

The marquee attraction at the Pomeroy Living History Farm attraction is a mile-long hay ride through Pumpkin Lane, which is adorned by pumpkin-headed scarecrows. The attraction opens today and continues throughout October. The trip ends at the Pumpkin Patch, where visitors can pick out a pumpkin.

Other attractions include a hay bale maze, petting zoo, children’s games, scarecrow-making and food at the farm’s cafe.

When: Every weekend in October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: $5, $4 for children 3-11. Admission includes a hay ride.

Pumpkins are not included in admission.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.

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3. Symphony’s season begins

The Vancouver Symphony’s season launches this weekend. Fans will hear Robert Schumann’s “Cello Concerto in A minor (Op. 129)” and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.” The symphony will perform with guest cellist Hamilton Chiefetz.

When: 3 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $29-$42, $24 for seniors, $9 for students.

Telephone: 360-735-7278.

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4. Film eyes Facebook’s origins

“The Social Network,” in theaters this weekend, looks at the earliest days of the popular social network Facebook. It follows Harvard University undergraduate and computer programmer Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) as he creates a website to connect with classmates. He runs into personal and legal complications as the site’s popularity grows. The film’s cast is rounded out by Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Rashida Jones.

It is directed by David Fincher, who also directed “Zodiac” and “Fight Club.” “The Social Network” is rated PG-13.

When: Showtimes vary.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; various Clark County Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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