Try This: Learn what Candy Man can do at ‘Willy Wonka’

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Christian Youth Theater brings to life the stage adaptation of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” with familiar songs from the film. In the show, an eccentric candymaker sends the world scrambling through chocolate bars in search of five golden tickets to tour his factory. The winners and their guardians, including down-to-earth Charlie Bucket, enter a realm of sweets beyond imagination.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Fort Vancouver High School, 5400 E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $12, $9 for students and seniors. All tickets are $2 more at the door.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.

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“Willy Wonka” is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a comedic dinner and a chance to shop for locally made Christmas presents.

2. Honoring our veterans

Join the Community Celebration Honoring Veterans, an evening that pays tribute to veterans and the organizations serving the community, with a social gathering. The celebration starts with a dessert social, followed by a performance by local guitarist Wayne Hoffman, a presentation of the colors, introductions of honored guests and keynote speaker Jerry Kolke.

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Mount Valley Grange Hall, 40107 N.E. 221st Ave., Amboy.

Admission: Dessert social $3, $1.50 for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-263-4429.

3. Mixing food and comedy

Enjoy laughing while dinning as Magenta Improv Theater performs a comedic dinner show. The family-friendly show draws on ideas volunteered from the audience to create the scenes, while the audience enjoys a special dinner menu at the Rosemary Cafe. The show is inspired by the television series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Rosemary Cafe, 1001 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10; dinner and drinks range from $5 to $20, paid for at the end of the evening.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.

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4. Get in some early shopping

Conquer your holiday gift list early at the Check ’Em Off Green Holiday Gift Event. More than 50 vendors will come together to feature local recycled items handmade from everything from old bike treads to silverware. The event has been dubbed the holiday version of the Recycled Arts Festival, with a little something for everyone in the family.

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

Where: Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

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5. Behind the life of ‘J. Edgar’

J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered as he built the foundation of modern law enforcement from the ground up, weathering storms to remain head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. All the while, he hid secrets that could have destroyed his image, his career and his life. The film “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, explores the private and public life of one of America’s most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. It is rated R.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; various 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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