Try This: Events help, celebrate community

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Enjoy the outdoors at the Family Fun Fitness 3K Walk and Wellness Fair sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Parent Teacher Association and Southwest Washington Medical Center. The route is stroller-, wheelchair- and pet-friendly, and children will earn race medals when they cross the finish line. The Wellness Fair features 37 local businesses, along with activities and performances by the Pleasant Valley Unicycle Team and Groove Nation Dance Academy. Proceeds from the event will go to the Share program and to Pleasant Valley PTA association programs.

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

Where: Washington State University Vancouver campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver.

Cost: $12-$15, includes T-shirt, snacks, bottled water and number.

Telephone: 360-601-6601.

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The wellness fair is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include a classical concert and a celebration of Hockinson.

Travel the county in style

Experience a 10-mile round-trip train ride through the forests of north Clark County on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, led by a historic steam locomotive. View Moulton Falls, travel through a 300-foot rock tunnel and cross over the Lewis River. Reservations recommended.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

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

Cost: $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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Classical concert will benefit free clinic

Pianists Cinda Redman and Lena Vozheiko-Wheaton, vocalist Linda Appert and violinist Tatiana Kolchanova-Parente will perform a summer classical concert to benefit the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Vancouver residents Redman and Vozheiko-Wheaton are best known as the East Meets West Piano Duo and will play the works of Mozart, Chopin and Poulenc.

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 9711 N.E. St. Johns Road, Vancouver

Cost: $15, $25 for a family.

Telephone: 360-313-1388.

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Hockinson celebrates with pancakes and parade

Celebrate the community at Hockinson Fun Days. Today kicks off with a pancake cake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon hosted by Fire District 3 at the firehouse. Other activities include a parade at noon, a carnival from 1-4 p.m. at the middle school and the alumni association’s potluck picnic in the park, also 1-4 p.m. The weekend finishes with a 5K Fun Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the high school.

When: Today and Sunday.

Where: Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159 St.; Fire District 3 station, 17718 N.E. 159th St.; Hockinson Middle School, 15916 N.E. 182nd Ave.; Hockinson Meadows Community Park, 10910 N.E. 172nd Ave., Brush Prairie.

Cost: Pancake breakfast, $5 or $15 per family, $4 kids younger than 12; Fun Run/Walk, $15 or $10 for the Kids Mile, $3 extra for same-day registration.

Telephone: 360-773-6885.

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‘X-Men: First Class’ explores heroes’ origins

Before they were Professor X and Magneto, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) were friends discovering their powers. Set in the 1960s, the story finds Xavier and Lensherr, with other mutants — some familiar, some new — trying to stop Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) from starting a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, in order to wipe out the “normal” humans. The movie 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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