Try This: Groovin’ and cruisin’ on Main

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Classic cars will fill Main Street in downtown Vancouver as they cruise from the Uptown Village Dairy Queen to Sixth and Main streets during this year’s Cruisin’ the Gut. Bring a hot rod, classic or custom car and three nonperishable food items for a free dash plate. The first 250 drivers and spectators to bring food donations will also receive a goodie bag. More than 1,500 classic cars are expected to be on display. The Kiggins Theater will offer a free showing of “American Graffiti” ahead of its official reopening in August. Tune into the radio station 97.9 FM for music just for the cruise.

When: Donations will be accepted beginning by noon today. The event continues until dark.

Where: Along Main Street, between Fourth Plain Boulevard and Sixth Street, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


Cruisin’’ the Gut is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include an 1860s base ball game and an art exhibit.

2. A parade of city pride

Battle Ground is pulling out all the stops for the Harvest Days Festival. This summer celebration features a parade, carnival, car cruise-in, beer and root beer gardens, a talent show and concerts. The Fred Meyer Grand Parade will begin at 10 a.m. today at Northwest Fifth Avenue and East Main Street. See the website for a full schedule.

When: 9 a.m. to midnight today and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Battle Ground Village, 1207 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., Battle Ground.

Admission: $2, $5 per family.

Telephone: 360-687-1510.

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3. Cheer on the home team

Leave your glove at home for Fort Vancouver’s annual Vintage Base Ball Game. The gloveless base ball game — a precursor of modern baseball — will be played by 1860s rules, as the 1st Oregon Volunteers challenge the Vancouver town team, dressed in historically accurate base ball uniforms. Before the game, spend the day at the Soldiers’ Bivouac, exploring the camps of soldiers from the Vancouver Barracks. Learn about military life from a soldier’s point of view. The camps will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soldiers’ Bivouac; 6 p.m. base ball today.

Where: Parade ground, intersection of Evergreen Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230

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4. Library unveiled

Nearly two years after construction began on the new Vancouver Community Library, it will open its doors to the public Sunday. The grand opening features an outdoor ceremony at 1 p.m., followed by self-guided tours, light refreshments and an appearance by the library’s costumed mascot, Sophie the Otter.

When: 1-6 p.m. Sunday, the doors will open around 1:45 p.m. following the ceremony. Starting Monday, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Where: Vancouver Community Library, 901 C. St .

Telephone: 360-695-1566.

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5. The end for ‘Harry Potter’?

See the climatic finale to the Harry Potter films as the struggle in the wizarding world escalates into all-out war. Harry, Ron and Hermione must find and destroy the final horcruxes to tip the battle against Lord Voldemort in their favor. Will Harry be called to make the ultimate sacrifice? “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” 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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