Try This: Let’s horse around

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Arrietty, voiced by Bridgit Mender, is a tiny Borrower in a world of much bigger people in "The Secret World of Arrietty."

Horse owners and fans of the animals will enjoy the Washington State Horse Expo, which features national, regional and state horse experts providing education, demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops and presentations on the different aspects of horsemanship. Highlighted events include the “Parade of the Breeds,” the Extreme Cowboy Race and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors and youth, free for children under 7; $6 for parking.


The horse expo is among several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a theater production and a competitive concert.

Award your own Oscar

Get ready for next week’s Academy Awards by catching up on this year’s big Best Picture Oscar nominees. Pick up a copy of “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball” “The Tree of Life” and “The Help” on DVD. Or catch “The Artist,” rated PG-13, which will be running5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as 8 p.m. Monday at the at the Liberty Theatre in Camas. Also still in theaters is “The Descendants,” rated R, and “Hugo,” rated PG. All three films are playing at Regal City Center Stadium 12.

When: Liberty Theater: “The Artist,” 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday. Regal City Center: “The Artist,” 11:35 a.m., 2, 4:35, 7 and 9:30 p.m.; “Hugo,” 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; “The Descendants” 12:10, 2:50, 6:20 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Liberty Theater, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas; Regal City Center Stadium 12, 801 C St., Vancouver.

Admission: $3.50 for Liberty Theater; varies by time for Regal.

Telephone: Liberty Theater, 360-859-9555; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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Love in many forms

Jane Austen’s first novel “Sense & Sensibility” comes to life on stage, focusing on the Dashwood sisters. 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 and younger sister Margaret to leave the estate. Their new life with a distant relative and unusual guests tests the sisters’ sense and sensibilities.

When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

Admission: $12-$15.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.


Symphony talent like no other

Enjoy the best in young talent at the 18th Annual Young Artists Competition, hosted by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Student musicians from around the metro area compete for a $1,000 scholarship and a performance spot with the symphony in the spring. Prizes will be awarded to the three finalists in piano, brass/woodwinds, and strings.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-735-7278.


Discover ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’

Tiny but tenacious Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler) is a young Borrower, who lives under the floorboards of a human’s home with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler). They remain hidden from view, except during the covert ventures into the house to “borrow” supplies that won’t be missed. But when human boy Shawn (David Henrie) discovers Arrietty, a secret friendship blossoms — one that may put Arrietty’s family in danger.

“The Secret World of

Arrietty” is rated G.

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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