Try This: Jazzing up Vancouver

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



With more than 20 music acts, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival features an iconic lineup including seven-time Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau, Latin jazz artist Arturo Sandoval, singer and pianist Diane Schuur, the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with local and regional jazz bands. The Jazz Education Stage will feature middle school and high school musicians performing alongside professionals. Sample more than 200 wines from around the world and food from nine local restaurants while browsing the work of 40 Northwest fine artists. Blankets and low-back lawn chairs are encouraged.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $25; $50-$60 for three-day passes through TicketsWest, 503-224-8499 or Free for children younger than 12.

Telephone: 360-906-0441.

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The Wine and Jazz Festival is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include an aircraft demonstration and a festival in La Center.

2. Vintage treasure hunt

Downtown Camas will be dotted with antiques, collectibles and vintage items for the third annual Camas Vintage Street Faire. Item appraisals are $5, with a limit of two items. More than 25 vendors will be on hand with vintage finds along with jewelry, handcrafted items and baked goods.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 305 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-834-4062.

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3. Climb into the cockpit

Climb into the cockpits of some of Pearson Air Museum’s vintage aircraft with Open Cockpit Day. Children ages 8 to 17 can participate in free airplane rides on a first come, first served basis, with a parent’s written permission. In conjunction with the event, the historic Boeing 40C, the world’s oldest Boeing passenger plane and oldest still-flying commercial airplane, will be conducting demonstration flights.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; the Boeing 40C is on display through Sunday.

Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $7; $5 for seniors, active military members and students 6-17; free for children 5 and younger. $22 for families, which includes two adults and up to four children.

Telephone: 360-694-7026.

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4. Our Days goes a cappella

La Center’s Our Days Festival starts off Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the fire station on Aspen Street and continues with a 5K fun run, an “All-Comers Cruise-in,” live music, a barbecue and a kids zone at Holley Park. Lawn-mower races will be 1-4 p.m. at the field on East Seventh Street. On Sunday, catch “Barbershop in the Park,” as top a cappella ensembles perform at the Sternwheeler Park Amphitheater.

When: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 4-8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Sternwheeler Park, 100 E. Fourth St.; Holley Park, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center.

Admission: Free, $5 registration for the cruise-in.

Telephone: 360-281-2509.

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5. Action flick for end of summer

Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) is committed to her mission of revenge after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer known as Colombiana and working for her uncle, she starts tracking down the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths. But the FBI is catching on to Cataleya’s trail. “Colombiana” 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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