Try this: Go on, Get Outdoors

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



1. Go on, Get Outdoors

Celebrate the weather at the Water Resources Education Center on National Get Outdoors Day. Families are invited to try archery, disc golf, canoeing, kayaking and a climbing wall. Meet contestants from “The Biggest Loser.” Snap a picture with Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, Ranger Rick or the Howler from 99.5 FM The Wolf.

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

Where: 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.

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National Get Outdoors Day is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include a cookbook tasting and a home and garden tour.

2. Laugh with family in ‘Life With Father’

Catch the debut of “Life With Father,” a comedy set in the late 1800s about a family finding out that Clarence Day Sr. was never baptized, therefore his marriage to his wife, Vinnie, and their four red-headed sons are illegitimate. A constant stream of maids and out-of-town visitors adds to the complications as the family plots to baptize him with humorous results. Presented by Magenta Theater.

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $12-$15.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.

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3. Meet and eat with Manning

Portland author Ivy Manning showcases her new cookbook “The Farm to Table Cookbook” at a book signing and tasting hosted by the Vancouver Food Cooperative. Manning also will cook a dish following a recipe from her book. The book also will be for sale during the event.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Vancouver Food Cooperative, 215 W. Fourth St., Vancouver.

Cost: Free.

Telephone: 360-694-8094.

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4. Homes, gardens inspire

Explore seven homes throughout the historic downtown district on the Divine Home and Garden Tour. Master gardeners will be available in each garden to answer questions. The tour, which benefits at-risk youth in the community, also will include the Kiggins home and a home on Officers Row. As part of the tour, the Grant House will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; reservations are required, 360-906-1101 or

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Tickets can be traded for home-tour maps at the Grant House, 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver.

Admission: $25, available at the Grant House.

Telephone: 360-695-6443.

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5. Unravel mystery of ‘Super 8’

Producer Steven Spielberg teams with writer-director J.J. Abrams for a sci-fi thriller set in the late ’70s. A group of youngsters (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso) begin filming a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. During their production, they witness a train crash and are lucky to escape with their lives. The mystery that surrounds the crash deepens as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon haunt the small town. “Super 8” 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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