Try This: Take a shot for Share

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Cheer on the teams during the fifth annual Hoops on the River, the three-on-three basketball tournament that helps raise money for the nonprofit Share. Teams will be grouped by age and skill as they compete, with each game ending after 20 points or 20 minutes. There will also be a celebrity match at noon today followed by the slam dunk contest. A three-point shootout begins at 9 a.m. Sunday.

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Vancouver Landing, 110 Columbia St.

Free for spectators.



Hoops on the River is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include sheep herding and a music festival.

2. Old schoolhouse still rocks

The historic Venersborg Schoolhouse celebrates its 100th birthday with a community celebration and annual Fiddler’s Festival. The event will feature four bluegrass bands, including the Washington Old Time Fiddlers and Dinkins Mill, along with craft vendors, refreshments, homemade ice cream and birthday cake. The event is hosted by the Venersborg Community Club.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: Free; donations of school supplies encouraged.

Telephone: 360-666-4829.


3. Hardworking sheep dogs

Spectators are invited to the Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial where they can watch handlers work in partnership with their dogs to move a small flock of sheep through a series of gates, into a shedding ring and then into a pen. The trials feature more than 115 handlers and 200 dogs competing at a variety of skill levels.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and championship round, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Johnston Dairy Farm, 104 N.E. 252nd Ave., Camas.

Admission: $5, $3 for children and seniors.

Telephone: 360-597-6725.


4. Rock the park for school music

Couvapalooza 2012 is a music festival that will donate its proceeds to Clark County school music programs. The festival will feature local performers, independent musicians and highlighted bands from the South by Southwest Music Festival. The lineup includes dance rock band LA Velvet, rock group Melvoy, the Battle Ground High School jazz band, indie rock band Liftoff, all-girl indie band Lunic and vinyl DJ Anthony John.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.

Where: Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St.

Admission: $15-$18, $30 for VIP tickets, free for children 12 and younger.



5. Stop-motion fun in ‘ParaNorman’

In a small New England town, bright but unpopular kid Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the particular ability to see and talk with ghosts, which worries his parents and attracts the school bully. But when an ancient curse from a witch causes the dead to rise, it’s up to Norman and his reluctant allies to stop the zombie hoard. “ParaNorman,” which was created by the Portland-area animation studio Laika, is rated PG.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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