Try This: Tree festival takes a bough

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Tour decorated trees and wreaths throughout the weekend at the Vancouver Festival of Trees at Pearson Air Museum. Hosted by Vancouver Rotary Foundation, the festival features the Talking Tree, photos with Santa or Mrs. Claus and a scavenger hunt. On Sunday, people can participate in the Hot Buttered Run, a holiday 12-kilometer run that will start and finish at the air museum, or opt for the shorter 5K walk and run. There will also be a Kids’ Kandy Kane race for ages 3-7 and a Kids Kandy Kane 1K for ages 5-12, limited to the first 50 children. After the run, join the party with DJ Paradox and Santa Claus while enjoying drinks of hot buttered rum and hot chocolate.

When: Tree Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Run: Sunday 8 a.m. registration; 9:40 a.m. 12K; 10 a.m. 5K; 11:30 a.m. kids’ races.

Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free entry for festival, non-perishable food or financial donations encouraged. Race cost $40 for 12K and 5K, $10 for kids’ races.

Telephone: 360-750-0409.

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The Festival of Trees is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a train ride and a wine tour.

2. Christmas tree by train

Make choosing a Christmas tree just as special as decorating it with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s annual Christmas Tree Specials. Take the historic steam locomotive on a 10-mile round-trip train ride through north Clark County and pick up a tree along the way. Santa will be present, along with free refreshments. Ride packages include four train tickets along with the choice of three different types of holiday trees. Reservations strongly recommended.

When: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $55-$75 depending on type of tree ordered. Individual tickets $15; $14 for seniors 60 and older; $10 for children 5-11; $8 for children 2-4; free for children younger than 2. Additional trees $20-$40. Telephone: 360-686-3559.

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3. Here comes the ‘Bride’

Enjoy the comedy, adventure and romance of “The Princess Bride” at Kiggins Theatre. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in the 1987 classic film, full of sword fights, true love, pirates and Andre the Giant. “The Princess Bride” is rated PG.

When: Noon, 2, 4, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $4 matinees; $6 after 6 p.m.

Where: 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

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4. Taste of seasonal samplings

Celebrate the fall harvest with a tour of Clark County’s wineries on a Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour, which will pair seasonal appetizers with wine tastings. Pick and choose from the participating wineries, which include English Estate Winery, Gougér Cellars, Rusty Grape Vineyard, Bethany Vineyard and Winery, Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery, Confluence Vineyard and Winery, Heisen House Vineyard and East Fork Cellars.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Locations vary, check website for details.

Admission: Free; there may be tasting fees.

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5. Mysterious world of ‘Hugo’

Based on the acclaimed novel, in this new film directed by Martin Scorsese, orphaned Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo must secretly maintain all the clocks in train station while trying to solve the mystery left behind by his late father. But he discovers adventure along the way with help from an eccentric girl and a cranky toy shop owner. “Hugo” is rated PG.

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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