Try This: A walk through time at fort

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Travel through time with the Campfire and Candlelight Tour, as Fort Vancouver turns the historic Spruce Mill Trail into one of its largest re-enactments. Visitors begin at Pearson Air Museum, passing World War II, World War I and Civil War soldier encampments, the campsites of Oregon Trail pioneer families and fur traders working for the Hudson’s Bay Company as they walk the trail. The re-enactment timeline trail brings visitors to the gates of Fort Vancouver, where Hudson’s Bay Company employees will re-enact “The Night of the Shark.” The Shark was an American vessel that shipwrecked on the Columbia River.

When: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The trail opens at 4:30 p.m. and the fort gate opens at 5 p.m.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Site, 612 E. Reserve St.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

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The historic tour is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a community parade and a festival.

1. Tips and tricks from pioneer life

Explore the 100-year-old Venersborg School House during Homestead Days, a living-history event that celebrates the traditional skills used by pioneers in the Northwest. The event is hosted by the Venersborg School House Community Club. The day features demonstrations on how to make soap and laundry detergent for pennies, spinning, raising and caring for chickens, performances by old-time fiddlers, goat milking, seed saving and food preservation classes.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Venersborg School House, 24309 N.E. 209th St., Battle Ground.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-687-8384.

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2. Show off Brush Prairie spirit

Celebrate the community with some flash and fun at the neighborhood Brush Prairie Spirit Parade. The parade begins at the Prairie Bar and Grill and travels to Bethel Lutheran Church. A trophy goes to the best “Blast from the Past” themed entry for both commercial and noncommercial entries. The parade’s grand marshal is Shonny Bria, superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools. Lunch will be a provided, following the parade, at the church.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Starting at the Prairie Bar and Grill, 14925 N.E. Caples Road, and ending at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 12919 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-624-2253.

3. A fun fishy festival

Learn about one of the lower Columbia River’s prehistoric inhabitants at the 15th annual Sturgeon Festival. The festival begins with the Creature Feature reptile show featuring live snakes and other critters. Scientists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will perform a fish dissection so visitors can see what makes a sturgeon unique, along with other hands-on activities about conservation.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.

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4. Balance work, play in new comedy

Based on Allison Pearson’s best-seller, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Kate Reddy, a working mother who fights for balance between her career and being a devoted mother and wife in this comedy on modern living. The challenges mount when Kate must travel across the country with her new flirtatious business associate, Jack (Pierce Brosnan), while her stay-at-home husband, Richard (Greg Kinnear), receives a job offer he can’t turn down. “I Don’t Know How She Does It” 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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