Try This: Cider house rules weekend




The marquee event at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is today in Woodland.

About 8,000 pounds of apples will be pressed into cider at the mill’s annual apple pressing event. Visitors are encouraged to get involved and will learn about the pressing process.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; grain is normally milled 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and 2-4 p.m. Sundays.

Where: 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland.

Admission: Donations accepted.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the cider, but a donation of $2.50 per bottle is appreciated.

Telephone: 360-225-5832.

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The apple pressing is one of several seasonal weekend entertainment options in Clark County and Portland. Others include a Halloween-inspired concert, a spooky theatrical spoof and a visit from the headless horseman.

1. Theater production spoofs zombie flicks

Ashley Campbell was having a bad day long before zombies crashed her boss’s Halloween party in “The 50th.” The one-act theater production, presented by Magenta Theater, spoofs horror and zombie films. Following the attack, she races across town with the awe-struck Shawn to save her grandmother.

When: 7 and 9 tonight, as well as 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.

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2. Train trip features visitor

There’s more to the latest train trip from the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad than a scenic ride through north Clark County. Along the way, the train will be chased by a headless horseman.

The trip’s other highlights include going through a 330-foot tunnel and a brief stop at Big Creek Falls.

When: 10 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 S. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Admission: $15; $14 for seniors 60 and older; $10 for children 5-11; $8 for children 2-4; free for children 1 and younger.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.

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3. Options abound at Frightland

Visitors have choices at Frightland, which is held at the 27-acre La Center Farms.

Laugh and scream in the Nightmare Theater, which features a 15-minute play about a witch looking to land a man; run through the Haunted Woods, where monsters lurk; or watch a free movie on the outdoor screen.

Visitors should dress for the weather but are asked not to wear costumes. The attraction is designed for children 8 and older.

When: 7-10 tonight.

Where: La Center Farms, 31215 N.E. 40th Ave., La Center.

Admission: $2 per attraction.

Telephone: 360-573-8965.

4. Concert series returns

The Live at the Fries concert series, which features a mix of classical and popular tunes, returns this weekend. Pianist Thomas Rheingans will be joined by members of the Live at the Fries Ensemble for Halloween-inspired music.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. today.

Where: Washington State School for the Blind’s Emil Fries Auditorium, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $8 for seniors 60 and older and students.

Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006 or

Telephone: 360-695-3770.

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