Try This: Celebrating small-town spirit

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



La Center showcases its spirit at the Our Days Festival, which will fill Holley Park with several events. Visitors can visit a kid zone carnival, car cruise-in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and musical performances on the main stage. The popular lawn-mower races run from 1 to 4 p.m. on West Seventh Street. The day ends with a street dance party hosted by DJ Connor from 8 to 10 p.m. on East Aspen Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. On Sunday, the seventh annual Barbershop in the Park competition runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sternwheeler Park Amphitheater.

When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Holley Park, 1000 E. Fourth St.; Sternwheeler Park Amphitheater, 210 E. Fourth St., La Center.

Admission: Free, $5 for vehicles in cruise-in.

Telephone: 360-263-9060.


The festival is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include kids archeology and the jazz festival.

2. Shabby-chic inspiration

Discover old and new treasures at the Camas Vintage Street Faire, with more than 40 local vendors of vintage, antique and handcrafted home and garden items on display. The fair will also include live music and food vendors along Northeast Fourth Avenue and Birch Street in downtown Camas.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: downtown Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-216-7378 or 360-834-4062.


3. Dig history or take ‘flight’

Fort Vancouver celebrates the 96th birthday of the National Park Service with walking tours, weapons demonstrations and a Kids Dig. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to try archaeology with a mock dig, excavating, screening and describing found artifacts. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Kids Dig begins at 11 a.m., and the weapons demonstration is set for 1 p.m.

Or drop by the Pearson Air Museum for Open Cockpit Day, which lets visitors climb into the cockpit of selected specialty planes. Children can try their hand at piloting using the new Flight Simulator Lab in the museum. And weather permitting, volunteer pilots will offer free airplane rides to children ages 8 to 17, with permission from parents or guardians, on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St.; Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Fort Vancouver: $3; $5 per family; free for children 15 and younger. Pearson Air Museum: $7; $5 for seniors, active military members and students 6-17; free for 5 and younger; $22 for families.

Telephone: 360-816-6230 and 360-694-7026.

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4. A smooth glass of jazz

Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival returns with more than 200 wines to sample, along with works by 40 Northwest artists and food from nine local restaurants. Saturday performances include Portland guitarist Frank Tribble and Portland band the Circle 3 Trio. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will give a modern twist to the era of jazz divas, followed by the Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet and the Grammy-winning Yellowjackets. The night ends with the contemporary jazz ensemble, the Rippingtons.

On Sunday, the lineup includes local musicians Tall Jazz, Go By Train and John Nastos. The headlining acts begin with singer-pianist Marcia Ball, followed by Grammy-winning vocalist Diane Schuur and ending with eight-time Grammy-winning guitarist José Feliciano.

Music lovers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and low-backed lawn chairs.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.

Admission: $25. Free for children younger than 12 with a paying adult.

Telephone: 360-906-0441.


5. Get a ‘Premium Rush’

Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers who ride fixies, special super lightweight bikes with no brakes, which mix skill and adrenaline. But a routine delivery for Wilee turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan when he attracts the interests of a dirty cop. “Premium Rush” is rated PG-13.

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.

Admission: 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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