Try This: Fair sows seeds of inspiration

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



You can find inspiration for a variety of projects at the 21st annual Clark Public Utilities Home and Garden Idea Fair. The fair will feature demonstrations and activities focused on home and yard improvements. Highlights include hands-on kids’ stations, indoor landscape displays, one of the largest plant sales in the region, renewable energy technology and guest presentations by local experts.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: Free, canned-food donations encouraged; $6 for parking.



The idea fair is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include an expo and kayak festival.

1. The rise of reggae

The Kiggins Theatre offers a look at a life of the reggae legend with the documentary “Marley.” The film examines Bob Marley’s rise to stardom, his universal appeal, as well as his impact on music and social history, through family footage, interviews and concert performances. “Marley” is rated PG-13.

When: Noon and 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $4-$5. Evening pricing: $8, $6 for children, students and seniors, unless noted.


2. Forge new connections

More than 120 exhibits will be on display at the 50+ Connections Expo, featuring information on a range of topics, from recreation to health resources. The event is aimed at empty nesters and retirees — though the expo is open to all ages. You can take advantage of various health screenings, mini presentations and hands-on activities, meet a couple of llamas and shop at the Expo Boutique.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.

Free, donations encouraged.

Telephone: 360-735-3683.


3. Paddle away the weekend

Learn something new on Vancouver Lake with the Spring Paddle Festival. The event features two days of clinics, boat demonstrations and time to test paddle kayaks and canoes. Free instructions and demonstrations will be hosted by Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.

Free, $3 for parking.



4. Get a buccaneer-ful with animated “pirates!”

The enthusiastic Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) wants to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) for the Pirate of the Year Award. But the Captain’s ragtag crew and his less than impressive plundering targets make his quest seemingly impossible. But when Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) declares a war on buccaneering, the Pirate Captain takes a heroic stand in this animated comedy adventure. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is rated PG.

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.

Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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