Try This: Cool ways to end break

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator

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Just after Christmas but not quite New Year’s makes this weekend a great time to revisit a few local favorites. Head to the Mountain View Ice Arena for a cool time on the ice. The arena hosts open skates on Saturdays and Sundays for all ages. Be sure to bring two cans of nonperishable food for a $1 off admission.

Hours: 7:30 to 9:30 tonight, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Mountain View Ice Arena, 14313 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $7.50, $4.50 for seniors and children 5 and younger, $4 for last hour, $2.25 for skate rental.

Telephone: 360-896-8700.

Web: http://mtviewice.com.

The ice skating is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

Bowling for all kinds

Bowling in Vancouver comes in many shoe sizes. Bailey’s Classic Lanes is often a hot spot for league bowling on Saturdays, so your best bet for open lanes is between noon to 5:30 p.m. today. Bailey’s Classic Lanes also offers the lowest price among the three bowling lanes in town.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.

Where: Bailey’s Classic Lanes, 11605 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $2.50 per game, $1 for shoe rental.

Telephone: 360-882-6921.

photoTwilla Brosseau, foreground, gets ready to bowl another frame during the 36th annual county mixed bowling tournament at Hazel Dell Lanes in Vancouver. The tournament features team and doubles competition for teams of women and men.

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Hazel Dell Lanes features Cosmic bowling after 9 p.m., complete with neon bowling balls on glowing lanes with an all-inclusive package of bowling and shoe rental for three hours. Though the lanes will be full from 5:30-9 p.m. with league bowlers this weekend, morning bowlers and night owls will find open lanes.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. today; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Hazel Dell Lanes, 6300 N.E. Highway 99, Vancouver.

Admission: $3.50 per game, $2.50 for shoe rental, $13 for cosmic bowling.

Telephone: 360-694-8364.

Web: http://bowlercentral.com/HazelDell.htm.

Allen’s Crosley Lanes hosts many different kinds of bowling games on Saturday, from Monte Carlo at 6:30 p.m. for $16, to Cosmic bowling from 1 to 4 p.m. for $4, along with special pricing on Sunday.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. today; 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

Where: Allen’s Crosley Lanes, 2400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $3.75 per game, $2.75 for seniors and children, $16 for Monte Carlo, $4 for Cosmic bowling, $2.50-$3.50 for shoe rental, $1-$1.50 per game and $1-$1.50 for shoe rental on Sundays.

Telephone: 360-693-4789.

Web: http://crosleylanes.com.

Big Al’s adds more bells and whistles to its bowling lanes, from a sports restaurant to arcade games. Early birds can take advantage of $2 bowling and $2 shoe rental from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays. Galaxy Bowling is from 9 p.m. to close tonight and there’s a family version of Galaxy Bowl from 1 to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. today, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Big Al’s, 16615 S.E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $2 per game from 10 a.m. to noon, $3 per game from noon to 5 p.m., $4.99 per game after 5 p.m.; $3 for shoe rental.

Telephone: 360-944-6118.

Web: http://ilovebigals.com.

Roller skates and Lazer Tag

photoKids skate at Golden Skate, a Vancouver landmark.

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Golden Skate offers a nostalgic spin at the local landmark during its weekend public skate sessions. Lazer Tag is also available during open skate session for those looking to battle their friends in the darkness. Golden Skate offers beginner and advanced skate classes on Saturday, from noon to 12:45 p.m. for $6 that includes admission into the afternoon session.

Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m. tonight, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $6-$7 depending on time, $18 for families, on Sunday $4.50 for parent with paid child, regular skates included with admission, $3 for inline skates. Lazer Tag: $4 per game, $6 for two games.

Telephone: 360-696-0368.

Web: http://goldenskateandlazer.com.

Fly high on trampolines

G6 Airpark offers an indoor trampoline park for all ages, letting participants jump until their legs shake like Christmas jelly. The airpark includes a dodgeball court, basketball dunk station, gymnastic trick zone and a separate area for children 8 and younger. All jumpers will be required to sign a waiver; those 18 and younger must have the waiver signed by their legal guardian.

Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Where: G6 Airpark, 2200 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver.

Admission: $10 for first hour, $8 for additional hours.

Telephone: 360-828-1444.

Web: http://g6airpark.com.

‘Django Unchained’ offers action for mature crowd

photoThe Weinstein Company Christoph Waltz, left, and Jamie Foxx star in "Django Unchained."

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Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave in the South whose brutal history with former owners has his path crossing with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). They begin to seek out the South’s most wanted criminals, as Django hones his new hunting skills in pursuit of his only goal: rescuing his wife, Broomhilda, (Kerry Washington) from nefarious plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). “Django Unchained” is rated R.

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.

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.

Web: http://battlegroundcinema.com, http://cinetopia.com, http://regmovies.com.