Try this: Life in the fun lane

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Christian Youth Theater Vancouver East presents "Bye Bye Birdie" through March 4. On Saturday, the audience can dance at a pre-show sock hop.

Spend a weekend afternoon knocking down pins. For some family gaming, check out Big Al’s Family Galaxy Bowl from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Head to Crosley Lanes on Sunday for Buck-o-Rama, where all the games, shoe rentals and food items are just a dollar on 42 lanes of bowling. Or enjoy a game of Cosmic and Monte Carlo bowling every Saturday night at Crosley Lanes.

When: Big Al’s: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday; Crosley Lanes: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

Where: Big Al’s, 16615 S.E. 18th St.; Allen’s Crosley Lanes, 2400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Big Al’s: $2-$4.99 per game, $20-$37 for lanes per hour depending on time and type, $2-$3 shoe rental; Crosley Lanes: $1-$4 per game, $20 for a lane per hour, $2.50-$3.50 shoe rental.

Telephone: Big Al’s, 360-944-6118; Crosley Lanes, 360-693-4789.

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Bowling is among several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a brewery’s open house and a humorous spelling bee.

2. Share a pint at Mt. Tabor

Local craft brewery Mt. Tabor Brewing will open its doors to offer samples and good times as part of the statewide Beer Open House. The brewery will also be featured at the Guild Pub in Portland for a Beer Mixology Hat-Trick, an event that brings together three craft breweries from Oregon, Washington and California to create original beer cocktails.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the Vancouver open house; 6-10 p.m. Saturday for the Portland beer mixology event.

Where: Mt. Tabor Brewing, 113 W. Ninth St., Vancouver; The Guild Pub, 1101 E. Burnside St., Portland.

Admission: Open house: free, tasting fees may apply; mixology event: $8 per cocktail, $4 per pint.


3. Head to the sock hop

Grab a partner and a poodle skirt for Christian Youth Theater Vancouver East’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” It’s 1958 and popular singer Conrad Birdie is about to be drafted into the Army. His agent and songwriter Albert Peterson comes up with a publicity stunt to release the song “One Last Kiss” before he’s sent overseas, with Birdie giving a “last kiss” to a lucky girl on television. But the publicity stunt goes comically wrong for everyone involved. Before Saturday’s show, enjoy a ’50s-style sock hop with the cast, complete with music and floats from 5-6:30 p.m.

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

Where: Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $14, $11 for youth and seniors, $11 for families on Feb. 25, $10 for sock hop.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


4. Spelling out L-A-U-G-H-S

Head to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”where six quirky adolescents will vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime in this musical comedy, presented by Clark College Theater. The production even invites four members of the audience to compete in the spelling bee along with the six characters in this Tony Award-winning show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Decker Theatre, Frost Arts Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $15, $12 for seniors, $10 for students.

Telephone: 360-992-2815


5. Catch a little ‘Wanderlust’

When Manhattan couple Linda (Jennifer Aniston) and George (Paul Rudd) can no long afford their home, they’re forced to move to Atlanta. While driving there, they stop at a commune, thinking they’re at a bed and breakfast. Finding colorful characters, Linda and George wonder if this was the fresh start they needed. “Wanderlust” 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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