Try This: Pumpkins, wine, cider, oh my

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Pomeroy Living History Farm welcomes autumn with Pumpkin Lane, a mile-long hayride filled with “pumpkin people” that leads to the farm’s pumpkin patch. Be sure to check out the hay-bale maze, children’s games, scarecrow making, animal petting and Farm Cafe.

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

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

Admission: $6, $4 for ages 3-11.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.

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The pumpkin patch is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a festival and an evening of music.

2. Squeeze out some fun

Experience the excitement of the grape harvest while learning how wine is made at the second-annual Crush Fest at Heisen House Vineyards. Enjoy art, crafts, music, games and tours of the Heisen House. All proceeds will go to restoration of the historic Heisen Barn.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Heisen House Vineyards, 28005 N.E. 174th Ave., Battle Ground.

Admission: $5 suggested donation, $3 for children.

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3. Raise a glass of cider

The Old Apple Tree Festival celebrates the oldest living apple tree in the Northwest with family activities, a fruit-tree pruning workshop, live music and food. Take a tour of Fort Vancouver and bring freshly picked apples to get a jug of fresh-pressed apple cider. Urban Forestry will also be giving out cuttings from the tree itself.

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

Where: Old Apple Tree Park, 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-8308.

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4. A night of music, dance

Join pianists Tim and Nancy LeRoi Nickel for “An Evening of Music.” The couple will play one piano with four hands, featuring musical selections from Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Francis Poulenc. The concert will be followed by a multimedia dance presentation of a new video by the Polaris Dance Theatre set to Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs.”

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $10, includes reception following concert.

Telephone: 360-696-0181.

5. ‘50/50’ sees the world half-full

Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has tried to take good care of his health, so it comes as a surprise when he’s diagnosed with tumors on his spine. The doctor gives him a 50 percent chance of surviving, but Adam tries to remain upbeat while his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and his mother (Anjelica Huston) react badly to the news. “50/50” is rated R.

When: Showtimes vary.

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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