Try This: A weekend with a parade, plays, pirates

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Now in it’s 47th year, the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands will feature 29 middle school and high school bands, and 90 other parade entrants. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Jack Carrier and Sgt. Brian Radke —who are both from Southwest Washington and were seriously injured while serving in Iraq — will serve as grand marshals. Parade entrants range from decorated classic cars to horses, all honoring the theme “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

When: 10:30 a.m. today.

Where: The parade route starts on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue north of 78th Street, crosses at 63rd Street and ends at Northeast Highway 99 and 78th Street.

Admission: Free.

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The Hazel Dell Parade is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include a ballet performance, and an herb and garden sale.

1. Tackling social issues

Catch the last performances of “Eastern Standard,” presented by the Clark College Theatre Department. This romantic comedy is about four clever-but-conflicted members of the Manhattan elite who decide to invite a homeless woman to their beach house in the Hamptons. Their stay reveals uncomfortable truths about them, their relationships and the social fabric of America. The show is rated PG-13.

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: Decker Theatre, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $12.

Telephone: 360-992-2815.

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2. Following bread crumbs

The Vancouver City Ballet will show off its moves under the artistic direction of Mikael Monson. Dance students ages 3-18 will perform a ballet interpretation of “Hansel & Gretel,” the story of a sister and brother lost in the woods who stumble on a cottage made from candy. Vancouver City Ballet is the ballet division of DanceWorks Dance Center.

When: 1 and 4 p.m. today.

Where: Prairie High School, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $10; $5 for ages 5-12.

Telephone: 360-892-5664.

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3. Festival celebrates the garden, outdoors

The Pomeroy Living History Farm is hosting the Herb and Garden Festival. This outdoor event features thousands of fresh herbs along with jewelry, garden decor and handmade items. Tractor-pulled hay rides, farm animals and local musicians playing Americana tunes are part of the fun today.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: Free, donations accepted.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.

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4. Sail away ‘On Stranger Tides’

Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns in an action-packed quest for the Fountain of Youth. After crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), who forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” 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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