Try This: Sips, sweets, skills

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Embrace local artists and wineries this weekend with two parallel wine, chocolate and art events. Head on a tour of 10 wineries around Clark County as they offer pairings of artisan chocolate and local wines during a Wine and Chocolate Weekend. Small tasting fees may apply. While on the tour, stop by the 8×8 Art Show, featuring 8- by 8-inch original paintings and photographs by the NW Oil Painters Guild and Studio 199th Photography. Meet and mingle with the artists while watching them work from noon to 4 p.m. and take home an original piece of art.

When: Winery tour: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Art show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Various wineries, see websites for details. Art show, Studio 199th, 2710 N.E. 199th St., Ridgefield.

Admission: Free, tasting fees may apply.

Telephone: 360-431-1826.

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The art show and wine tour are among several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a lu’au and a benefit concert.

2. Victorian antics on stage

Jane Austen’s classic story “Sense & Sensibility” comes alive on Magenta Theater’s stage. The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, are complete opposites: Elinor is the epitome of self-control while Marianne embodies enthusiasm. When their father dies, their half-brother, John, and his snobbish wife, Fanny, inherit the home, forcing Elinor, Marianne, younger sister Margaret and their mother to leave the estate. Their new life with a distant relative and unusual guests tests the sisters’ sense and sensibilities.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $12-$15.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.


3. Dear Fort Vancouver …

Enjoy the art of letter writing with Fort Vancouver’s exhibit “Connections Through the Written Word” in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Showcasing a special exhibit of letters and postcards sent to and from the fort, visitors can try to write with pen and ink as Hudson’s Bay Company re-enactors perform a short scene. Also on hand are crafts and cider.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Visitor Center, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $3; $5 per family; free for children 15 and younger.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.


4. Good-time band for a cause

Have fun with the high-energy Trail Band, performing at Salmon Creek Kiwanis’ annual winter concert. The group is known for blending traditional and original numbers using a variety of instruments, from piano to penny whistle. Proceeds will benefit needy children and families, primarily in Clark County. This Oregon-based group is made up of eight musicians, including Marv and Rindy Ross, founders of the band Quarterflash.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday.

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

Admission: $20.

Telephone: 360-574-3747.


5. “Safe House’ is no sanctuary

When Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), a dangerous renegade operative, is finally captured after a decade on the run, he is transferred to a safe house in Cape Town for questioning. Rookie agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is frustrated by his backwater job in the same city, as he waits for an opportunity to prove himself. When mercenaries attack the compound, these unlikely partners must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. “Safe House” is rated R.

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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