Try This: Break out the Easter basket

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The annual Crown Park Easter Egg Hunt will feature more than 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs hidden in designated hunting areas for age groups 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. Stop by Sir Launch-a-Lot, the egg launching robot. Following the egg hunt, there will be traditional Easter Bonnet and Contemporary Hat contests, with prizes being awarded for the most festive. Bring a basket or bag to collect eggs. The hunt will start at 1:30 p.m. Many other egg hunts were detailed in Friday’s Weekend section and can also be found on

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Crown Park, Northeast Everett Street and Northeast 17th Avenue, Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-834-5307.

The egg hunts are one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a classic musical and a spring festival.

Produce hunting at farmers market

Find inspiration for Sunday Easter brunch at the Vancouver Farmers Market, featuring a variety of locally-grown produce, baked goods, spring flowers and food. On Saturday, children can take part in the market-hosted Easter egg hunt in Esther Short Park featuring 6,000 candy-filled eggs and special prizes. The egg hunts will be divided into three age groups: children 3 and younger, 4-8 and 9-12.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday for egg hunt; the market is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Esther Short Park, Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-737-8298.


A merry musical

The Liberty Theatre celebrates the season with the 1948 musical “Easter Parade,” starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Set during New York City’s vaudeville heyday, a down and out Don Hewes (Astaire) picks chorus girl Hannah Brown (Garland) to be his new ballroom partner as the annual Easter Parade approaches. Featuring music by Irving Berlin, the film was billed as the “happiest musical ever made.” The film is rated G.

When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Liberty Theatre, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Admission: $3.75.

Telephone: 360-859-9555.


Local sips of the season

At the Spring Beer and Wine Fest, brewers — including Vancouver’s Mt. Tabor Brewing — chefs, distilleries and winemakers celebrate the return of spring with seasonal craft beers, regional wines and handcrafted cheese, along with live music from Northwest bands and cooking seminars led by chefs.

Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

Admission: $5, $5-$10 for beer and wine glasses, $1 sampling tokens.


Return to the ‘Titanic’

James Cameron’s epic gets the 3-D treatment in this re-release. On the ill-fated voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, romance blooms between society girl Rose (Kate Winslet) and penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), only to be challenged by Rose’s wealthy and vengeful fiancé, Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). The “unsinkable” ship hits an iceberg, and begins it’s historic descent into the waters of the North Atlantic. “Titanic 3D” is rated PG-13.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; 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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