Try This: Get on track with fun with local railroad

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Enjoy the outdoors before the leaves begin to change with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, a 10-mile round-trip ride through north Clark County on a historic steam locomotive. View Moulton Falls, travel through a 300-foot rock tunnel and cross over the Lewis River.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Where: 207 S. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Cost: $15; $14 for seniors 60 and older; $10 for children 5-11; $8 for children 2-4; free for children 1 and younger.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.

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The train ride is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a classic car show and opening weekend for a play.

1. Art shines in the Pearl

Explore the world through art with the 15th annual Art in the Pearl. The fine arts and crafts festival will showcase work from more than 130 artists from across the United States and Canada, including artists from Clark County. Camas’ Lyn Sedlak-Ford, who creates 3-D mixed-media works with husband Randy Sedlak-Ford, is one of the founders of Art in the Pearl. They’ll be joined by Vancouver mixed-media painter Jill Mayberg and La Center printmaker Gene Flores. The festival includes hands-on activities, live demonstrations from guest artists and the World Music Stage.

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

Where: North Park Blocks in the Pearl District, Northwest Eighth Avenue, Portland.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 503-722-9017.

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2. Gorge-ous car show

Head to the Columbia Gorge for the annual Show N’ Shine at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. The 15th annual car show and swap meet is expected to have more than 100 vehicles on display. The entry fee for a classic vehicle includes a guest pass for the museum.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 990 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson.

Admission: Free for spectators, $10 for car entries. Entry to the museum $7; $6 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger.

Telephone: 800-991-2338.

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3. Kick off theater season

Enjoy the opening weekend of “The Shape of Things,” a modern retelling of the fall of man. Evelyn, an aggressive artist, meets Adam, an insecure student, in a museum, and they begin an intense relationship.

When: 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Slocum House Theatre, 605 Esther St.

Admission: $13, $11 for seniors and children younger than 12.

Telephone: 360-696-2427.

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4. ‘The Debt’ pays off

This thriller begins in 1997 when shocking news reaches secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren), Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) and their former colleague, David (Ciarán Hinds). In 1966 the trio undertook a mission to track down a Nazi war criminal in East Berlin. They believed the mission was accomplished, until their past actions haunt the present. “The Debt” 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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