Try This: Weekend offers more than eggs

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Easter weekend is full of egg-related events. One of the biggest will be the 20th annual Camas Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Park. It will feature more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. The eggs will be hidden in designated egg-hunting areas, color-marked for ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. Children should bring their own basket or bag. Brush the dust off your cap during the traditional Easter bonnets and contemporary hats contest after the hunt.

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

Where: Crown Park, Northeast Everett Street, Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-834-5307.

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Easter egg hunts are one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include Junior Ranger Day and the tulip festival.

1. Earth Day at the EcoFair

Join the StreamTeam for an Earth Day celebration at Salmon Creek Park. Visit the EcoFair, which will feature live entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the day. These events include a recycled fashion show made by local artists from reusable materials. Go on the saving salmon tour and see the release of wild salmon in Salmon Creek. There will also be performances by The Christie Snow Band and a wildlife show featuring different birds.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: Salmon Creek Regional Park, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-992-8585.

On the Web: Streamnet

2. Honor the past at the fort

Two events take place today at the Fort Vancouver National Site coinciding with the Sunday end of National Park Week. Take advantage of the free admission to participate in Junior Ranger Day at the fort. Learn about duties of archaeologists, park guides and cultural demonstrators with hands-on activities, such as discovering artifacts and making sea biscuits. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony takes place on the barracks parade grounds across from the fort. Nez Perce tribal members will commemorate the date in 1878 when Chief Redheart’s band of Nez Perce were released from captivity at the Vancouver Barracks. The event will include traditional music, singing, dancing, an empty saddle ceremony and a sacred pipe ceremony. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Waived during National Park Week, through Sunday.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

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3. Tulips in bloom

Wander through the tulips to celebrate spring at the Holland America Bulb Farm. The display gardens and fields feature a variety of tulips in full bloom. The Woodland Tulip Festival offers live music, crafts, an artisans market, train rides through the farm, food vendors and children’s activities throughout April. Today’s musical performances: Celtic music by Killofin and Bob Nehls, 11 a.m. to noon; country music by Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters, 1-3 p.m; and harp musician Kit Stowell, 4-5 p.m. Cunningham returns 1-3 p.m. Sunday with acoustic country music.

When: Gardens and show fields open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Where: Holland America Bulb Farm, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: Free; a $3-per-car parking fee applies on weekend.

Telephone: 360-225-4512.

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4. Join the circus in ‘Water for Elephants’

Based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, “Water for Elephants” stars Robert Pattinson as Jacob, who drops out of veterinary school to join the circus after his parents are killed in a car accident. He becomes the caretaker of the circus animals only to fall in love with star performer Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). Will Jacob triumph over Marlena’s charismatic and dangerous husband, August (Christoph Waltz), to find lifelong love? “Water for Elephants” 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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