Try This: A mouthful of harvest fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator

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Celebrate the change in seasons at Harvest Fun Day, hosted by the Clark County Historical Museum. This free family event features autumn activities such as scarecrow-making, corn-shucking and pie-eating contests, farming demonstrations and pumpkin painting. There will also be duck herding, blacksmith demonstrations, draft horses and handmade items filling up the 78th Street Heritage Farm.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-993-5679.

On the Web: http://cchmuseum.org/harvest-fun-day-2011.

The harvest day is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a symphony concert and a melodrama.

2. A parody for all ages

Catch the last two performances of “Twi-Lite,” a spoof rock-musical melodrama inspired by the “Twilight” book series. This play is an original family-friendly production by the Golden Garter Family Comedy Theater. Set in Spoons, Bella is the daughter of Broom Hilda Button, who runs a bed and breakfast in an old castle. Bella must choose between Edward, son of Dracula, and Jake, who’s slowly changing into a werewolf.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Loves Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland.

Admission: $10-$12.

Telephone: 503-880-5270.

On the Web: goldengarter.com.

3. Symphony group sweeps in fall

Experience the music of autumn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group. Led by Michael Liu, members of the Vancouver Symphony will perform in a more intimate setting, giving a taste of what’s to come with the symphony’s upcoming season.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Zion Lutheran Church, 824 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Admission: $20, $10 for students.

Telephone: 360-735-7278.

On the Web: http://vancouversymphony.org.

4. Cheer on the hero, boo the villain

It’s opening night for the melodrama “Train to Danger,” presented by the Vancouver Community Theater. The play, set in the 1880s, follows three railroad heiresses stranded in a snowstorm at a railroad station. Tom Truetrack is the engineer assigned to see to the sisters’ safety. While two compete for his affections, Tom only has eyes for the oldest sister, Faith, who only has eyes for the train business. Meanwhile, the villain Simon Sidetrack attempts to wed Faith to gain control of the railroad. Will Tom be able to rescue Faith and gain her affections?

When: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Minnehaha Grange, 4905 N.E. St. Johns Road, Vancouver.

Admission: $7, $5 for seniors and children younger than 12.

Telephone: 360-892-4292.

5. ‘Moneyball’ throws a different pitch

Based on a true story, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the general manager of the Oakland A’s, finds himself trying to build a wining team on a shoestring budget. Striking an unlikely partnership with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), the duo set out to recruit bargain players based on their stats, not on the scouts, a revolution that puts Beane in the cross hairs of the league. “Moneyball” 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.

On the Web: http://www.battlegroundcinema.com, http://cinetopia.com or http://www.fandango.com.