Try This: Take your best shot this weekend

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Cheer on the teams at Hoops on the River, the sixth-annual basketball tournament featuring a celebrity match between teams led by Mayor Tim Leavitt and Pete Ferryman of KPTV Fox 12 starting at noon There will be a slam-dunk contest, a free kids basketball clinic and a three-point shootout.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

Where: Vancouver Landing, 110 Columbia St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

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The basketball tournament is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include a doggy celebration and a festival of kites.

2. Last chance for comedy

Catch the final show of the Slocum House Theatre Comedy Festival with an improv show featuring the Sideburns, a comedy group that brings humorous interpretations to the style of Ken Burns’ documentaries. The evening also includes a closing night long-form Improv Jam.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Slocum House Theatre, 605 Esther St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10.

Telephone: 360-696-2427.

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3. Pooches on parade

For the Love of Dogs celebrates wagging tails and puppy eyes at Esther Short Park. The event will feature visits from Portland sports team mascots Tom-a-Hawk, Blaze, Timber Joey and his dog, Patch. Other highlights include a live performance from Katelynn Cox, a doggy fashion show, a kids’ building workshop, microchipping clinic and dunk tank.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, 610 Esther St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

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4. High-flying kites

If warm weather beckons you to the coast, the Washington State International Kite Festival features events for everyone. It includes kite competitions, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, kite ballets, a lighted night flight, fireworks and mass ascensions that put more than 250 kites in the air. Famous kite designers and fliers from around the world will be in attendance, as well as local enthusiasts. See the website for the full event schedule.

When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: West Bolstad Avenue beach approach, Long Beach.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-336-3645.

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5. ‘Fright Night’ returns

In this comedy-horror remake, Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a high school senior that has it all. Then Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. Jerry seems like a great guy to everyone but Charlie, who discovers that his new neighbor is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. “Fright Night” is rated R.

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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