Try This: Carrying a tune for veterans

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



“Dining With the Musical Stars” will feature some of the best known musical talent in the area. Enjoy performances by Three Together, the Kate White Band, Ricky Lee Jackson, National Fiddler Champion Cynthia Hamm, Fort Vancouver Piper Band, and many more musical guests at this benefit dinner for the Veterans Court, which assists veterans facing the challenges of combat-related trauma.

When: 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Lexington House Senior Living Community, 2610 S.E. 164th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $20 advanced, $30 at the door.

Telephone: 360-254-7733.


The star-studded concert is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a theater production and an antiques show.

2. Double the romance

Enjoy the fencing fights, romance, comedy and drama of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet,” presented by the Hockinson Drama Club. In this version, the characters are double cast, with each character’s look built around a signature costume piece that was picked out by the students.

When: 1:30 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.

Admission: $6, $4 for seniors and children younger than 12; $5, and $3 for seniors and children younger than 12 during the matinee performance.

Telephone: 360-448-6450, ext. 5519.

3. Hunt for treasure

Find a treasure or a vintage heirloom at the Palmer-Wirfs Antique and Collectibles Show, one of the largest antique and collectible shows in the Northwest. There will be more than 400 booths offering items ranging from vintage toys to tools to estate jewelry. Bring a treasure from home to have it appraised by on-site experts for $5 per item. The Clark County Historical Museum will also be on hand, featuring the recent “Bridging the Gap” exhibit, which showcases artifacts from the history of the Interstate 5 Bridge.

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $6, $3 for ages 12-17; free for ages younger than 12.

Telephone: 503-282-0877.

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4. The trouble with wishing

See some familiar fairy tale figures in the closing performances of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy’s latest production, “Into The Woods.” The story follows a childless baker and his wife who wish they could reverse a curse on their family in order to have child. When the wish is granted, the unforeseen consequences return to haunt them in a case of be careful of what you wish for. This musical features a live orchestra and local talent.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $15, $10 for seniors and children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-975-1585.


5. Action flick goes ‘Haywire’

Highly trained operative Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) visits some of the world’s most dangerous places as a government security contractor. After successfully freeing a journalist held hostage, Mallory is betrayed and left for dead by someone in her own agency. She’s driven to find the truth behind the double-cross while combating skilled assassins who know her every move. “Haywire” 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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