TRY THIS: Cooking up a good time at Sausage Festival

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Celebrating 40 years, the Vancouver Sausage Festival will offer live entertainment from the Beatniks and Southwest Washington’s Got Talent finale, as well as a beer garden, 5K fun run and walk, carnival rides, hula-hoop contest, homemade desserts and sausages. Parking is free, and extra parking and shuttle service will be available at McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd., and Marshall Elementary School, 6400 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Joseph Catholic School and parish grounds, 6500 Highland Drive, Vancouver.

Admission: $2; $1 with nonperishable food donation.

Telephone: 360-696-2586.

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The festival is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a walk in remembrance and a benefit concert.

1. Birds of a wooden feather

Part competition, part artistic display, the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show showcases the art of woodcarving, as artists display photorealistic ducks, songbirds, mammals and birds of prey. The juried competition has multiple divisions with more than $7,600 in prize money to be awarded. Enjoy carving and painting demonstrations, a children’s workshop and a raffle for a duck decoy.

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

Where: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free, donations accepted.

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2. A walk to remember

The Washington chapter of Operation Homefront hosts a Freedom Walk, in remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks. It will be one of three such walks taking place in the state. The event begins with a presentation of colors by a Veteran Honor Guard, followed by a guest speaker and the National Anthem. The walk begins at the Grand Central Fred Meyer, follows the Columbia River, over the Land Bridge and through historic Fort Vancouver; the route is approximately 2.5 miles. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the west end of the Fred Meyer parking lot.

When: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk Sunday.

Where: Grand Central Fred Meyer, 2500 Columbia House Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $5 donation. Children under 12 free. First 500 online registrants get Freedom Walk T-shirts.

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3. Music for at-risk youth

Reach and Restore is a yearly benefit concert that seeks to expand community awareness of at-risk youth and raise money for Young Life, Music That Matters and Northwest Children’s Outreach. The event features the Kate White Band at Three Brothers Winery. Pack a picnic and lawn chairs for this evening performance.

When: 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Three Brothers Winery, 2411 N.E. 244th St., Ridgefield.

Admission: $20.

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4. Family battles in ‘Warrior’

An upcoming mixed martial arts tournament offers the largest purse in the league’s history, tempting troubled ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy), who recruits his father (Nick Nolte), a former coach and recovering alcoholic, to train him. As Tommy rises through the fighting ranks, his brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), an ex-fighter turned teacher struggling to provide for his family, enters the tournament for a chance at the purse. The two estranged brothers are on a collision course that will rock more than just the ring. “Warrior” is rated PG-13.

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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