Try This: Get gift shopping started

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



For those who like to get a jump on holiday shopping, the Clark County Holiday Gift Fair will have hundreds of gift ideas and handcrafted items, wreath-making demonstrations, canned food and toy drives, along with daily appearances by Santa for family photographs with the children.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: $6, free parking.

Telephone: 360-397-6180.

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The gift fair is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a theater performance and a Thanksgiving market.

2. A concert of American composers

The Con Grazia Wind Quintet of the Oregon Chamber Players will perform at the Magenta Theater. The concert “Americana” will celebrate signature American composers featuring music by W.G. Stills, Ellington, Gershwin and others.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver

Admission: $12.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.

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3. Acting romantic

Catch the final performance of “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by Clark College’s Theatre Department. Traveling actors George and Charlotte Hay have gigs in a small-time theatre in Buffalo in the 1950s. Charlotte dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie star, while George believes stage acting is far superior to film. So when the couple get a call from a film director wanting them to star in his next big historical romance, comedic conundrums ensue.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Decker Theatre, Frost Arts Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students.

Telephone: 360-992-2815.

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4. Find local treats

Enjoy the end of the harvest at a special Thanksgiving Market presented by the Vancouver Farmers Market. Shoppers can find local winter produce from around the region for the dinner table. There will be prepared food and family activities as well.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Vancouver Farmers Market, 605 Esther St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-737-8298.

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5. The ‘Twilight’ saga continues

In this continuation of the “Twilight” series, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. Their happiness leads to unexpected consequences for those around them when Bella discovers that she’s pregnant, causing Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to protect his friend over siding with the wolves. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” is rated PG-13.

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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