Try This: Take flight at wildlife refuge

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Bring binoculars and a guitar to the BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival, a two-day event devoted to listening to local music and enjoying migrating birds in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Catch a bird-watching class and the Audubon Society of Portland’s Live Bird Show. Enjoy a guided tour through the refuge, a photography walk with Gerry Ellis or participate in a kayak tour. Purchase a commemorative BirdFest button for access to all the bluegrass performances taking place at Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., and Pickled Heron Gallery, 418 Pioneer St., both in Ridgefield. Special tours require reservations; see website for details. Shuttles to the refuge will be available.

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Davis Park, Mill Street and Main Avenue; View Ridge Middle School, 510 Pioneer St.; Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit entrance, 290th and North Main Avenue, Ridgefield.

Admission: Free, $10 for Bluegrass button; $5-$25 for special tours through website and; $35-$45 for kayak tours, call 360-727-4520 or

Telephone: 360-887-9495.

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The festival is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a traveling exhibit and a haunted house.

2. Exhibit brings new perspective

The Pearson Air Museum will host “Honoring Our History,” a traveling exhibit from the National World War I Museum that features the sights and sounds of war along with the tools, weapons, equipment and uniforms of the era. Special guest will be Marine Master Sgt. “Gunny” P.E. Brandon. Along with the exhibit, the museum offers Open Cockpit Day, where visitors can climb into the cockpits of two antique airplanes and practice flying in the flight simulator.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free admission courtesy of Waddell & Reed. Donations will be divided evenly between Pearson Air Museum and the National World War I Museum.

Telephone: 360-694-7026.

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3. A fighting fundraiser

See boxers duke it out in the ring as the Vancouver Police Activities League and Fisticuff’s Gym host Pro-Am Fight Night, featuring professional and amateur boxers from around the region, along with an appearance by Sugar Ray Leonard. Fight Night is a fundraiser for the activities league, which builds partnerships between youth, police and the community.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

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

Admission: $18.50, $28.50 preferred seating through Tickets Oregon,

Telephone: 360-487-7490.

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4. Enter … if you dare

Scream at the Beach brings its haunted houses across the river with Apocalypse, one of the largest haunted houses in the area. Brave the ancient temple where scientists have uncovered clues about how the world will end, as creatures lurk around the corners. The haunted house will include carnival rides, as well as theme nights. The haunted house is open through Oct. 31. Targeted at teenagers and adults, the haunted house may be too intense for some children.

When: 7-10 p.m. Sunday and 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Vancouver Plaza, 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, Vancouver.

Admission: $20, $5 “Go Again” admission.

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5. ‘Real Steel’ is a knockout

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a boxer who lost his chance at a title when the sport went high tech, with 8-foot-tall steel robots in the ring. Charlie hits rock bottom, earning just enough money from piecing together robots to fight in underground venues. When his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) finds a robot, Charlie reluctantly agrees to help build and train him, giving Charlie and Max one last shot at a comeback. “Real Steel” is rated PG-13.

When: Show times 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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