Try This: Halloween goes to the dogs

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The seasonal canine celebration Dogtoberfest offers fun for the four-legged and two-legged alike. The celebrations will feature dog activities such as lure coursing, a doggie costume contest and a doggie Olympics, along with vendors booths, pet experts, prizes and giveaways. Proceeds from the event benefit Dogpaw off-leash dog parks. Donations of pet food are encouraged.

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

Where: Ross Off-Leach Dog Recreation Area, Northeast Ross Street and Northeast 15th Avenue, Vancouver.

Admission: Donations encouraged.

Telephone: 888-899-0025.

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Dogtoberfest is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a cemetery walk and haunted maze.

2. Guitar concert for a cause

Enjoy the musical talent of John Standefer while raising money for a good cause. This national and international guitar champion will be performing to benefit Life Hope Ministry’s UTREND Center.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Woodland Christian Church, 430 Buckeye St., Woodland.

Admission: $8.

Telephone: 360-225-4749

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3. Ghost stories by citizens past

At the Old City Cemetery Walk, meet Clark County residents from the past and hear their stories while on a lantern-lit tour of Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery, led by the Vancouver Heritage Ambassadors, a group of re-enactors. Tours start every 15 minutes until 7:15 p.m. Dress for walking and the weather.

When: Every 15 minutes starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Old City Cemetery, Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Street; entrance is on 13th Street, Vancouver.

Admission: $10, free for children 10 and younger.

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4. Enjoy a good fright

Journey out to Frightland at La Center Farms to explore the Haunted Woods maze, where the monster lurk. Watch the film “The Haunted Mansion” on an outdoor movie screen or visit the Nightmare Theater, with stories and entertainment by Wanda the Witch. Designed for ages 8 and up, dress for the weather. For safety reasons, those attending are asked to not wear costumes.

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

Where: La Center Farms, 31215 N.E. 40th Ave., La Center.

Admission: Free; $2 for Nightmare Theater and $3 for Haunted Woods, cash only.

Telephone: 360-573-8965.

5. All for one with ‘The Three Musketeers’

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) leaves home in hopes of joining the king’s elite guardsmen, the Musketeers. He meets the rogue Athos (Matthew MacFadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans) who have been betrayed by Milady De Winter (Milla Jovovich) and foil Cardinal Richelieu’s (Christoph Waltz) plot to overthrow the monarchy and crown himself king of France. “The Three Musketeers” 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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