Try This: Tiptoe through the tulips

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Woodland Tulip Festival offers a chance to view thousands of flowers at the Holland America Bulb Farm. The festival includes demonstrations on gardening techniques, a Dutch-inspired eatery, and outdoor artisan and farmers markets. The tulip fields and gift shop will remain open daily through Mother’s Day.

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

Where: Holland America Bulb Farms, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-225-2512.


The tulips are one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include events at Fort Vancouver and an Edwardian mystery.

1. Soup for a good cause

The 11th annual Share-a-Bowl fundraising dinner features gourmet soups created by local chefs served in keepsake bowls crafted by pottery artists Anna Carpentieri, Stephen Mickey, Dara Hartman and Robin Hominiuk. The proceeds from the event benefit Share’s hunger initiatives.

When: 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $40, $15 for children 12 and younger, $290 for a table of eight.

Telephone: 360-695-7658, ext. 3301.


2. Exploring and honoring the past

Fort Vancouver hosts two events to kick off National Parks Week. Junior Ranger Day lets children of all ages earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing fun activities around the fort with the help of rangers and volunteers. The 15th annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony honors the ancestors of Nez Perce tribal members as well as veterans with the Riderless Horse Ceremony and Sacred Pipe Ceremony. The event will be followed by a traditional Native American meal. The public is encouraged to attend; blankets and lawn chairs are recommended.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Junior Ranger Day and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the memorial ceremony Saturday.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free for National Parks Week.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

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3. British intrigue on local stage

Love Street Playhouse presents the thriller “An Inspector Calls.” A visiting inspector must solve a young woman’s death by unraveling the secrets of a powerful British family. During the Birlings’ engagement party, the news of the woman’s death puts the innocence of everyone in the room in question. Recommended for an adult audience.

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

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

Admission: $11-$12, $13-$15 for gold seating.

Telephone: 360-263-6670.


4. ‘The Lucky One’ finds romance

Logan Thibault (Zac Efron), a U.S. Marine sergeant, returns home after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for an unknown woman using a photograph. He believes she saved him during the war. When Logan meets Beth (Taylor Schilling), a dog trainer, she’s immediately wary of his intentions. Logan begins to hope that she might become more than his good-luck charm. “The Lucky One” 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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