Try This: Get outside for some fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



School doesn’t need to be in session for a field trip, thanks to the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center. Explore the nature trails, woodlands and wetlands at the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery, as well as hand-on learning stations, craft projects and hikes during Family Field Trip Day.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Where: 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver.

Admission: $5 per child, free for accompanying adults.

Telephone: 360-882-0936, ext. 230.


The environmental center is among several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a stage production and fire station open house.


Join local hobbyists for Bricks Cascade 2012, an exhibit of thousands of LEGO creations built by adult enthusiasts and young builders. Chat with the people who build with the plastic bricks or visit with vendors selling everything from custom-made elements to vintage LEGO sets.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

Admission: $8, $28 for family, free for children 3 and younger.


Slice of life on stage

Curtains will rise again for “Steel Magnolias,” presented by the Serendipity Players. The story follows six Southern women who gather at Truvy’s beauty parlor to talk about life’s ups and downs. Based on the stage play written by Robert Harling, the production stars Jack Wells, Alicia Turvin, Joni Moore, Emily Wells, Dalene Young and Fayra Teeters.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and Sunday.

Where: The Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St., Vancouver.

Admission: $12.

Telephone: 360-834-3588.


Fire station fun

Fire District 6 opens up the fire house to the neighbors for a family fun day featuring demonstrations of technical rescue tools, car extractions, K-9 units and more. Visitors also can participate in a fire safety smoke house, check out the fire engines and take the junior firefighter challenge. Free hot dogs, chips and other refreshments will be available.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Where: Fire Station 6, 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-576-1195.


A darker shade of ‘Snow White’

Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) takes control of the kingdom after killing her new husband and locking away her stepdaughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart). When Snow White escapes, she begins training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who has been dispatched by the queen to kill her. “Snow White and the Huntsman” is rated PG-13.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.Web:, or