Try This: Celebrating barn, history

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Heisen House Vineyards will host its third annual Barn Bash celebrating the restoration and preservation of the historic Heisen Barn. The farm-style celebration will feature historical displays, family games, live music, work by artisans, food, tours of the homestead and a collection of Heisen family quilts. Both the Heisen House and Barn are listed on the state and national historic registers.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. today.

Where: Heisen House Vineyards, 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave., Battle Ground.

Admission: $5, $3 for children.

Telephone: 360-713-2359.


The Barn Bash is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a comedy night and treat day.

2. Latte Da anniversary

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar will celebrate its first year as a community hub with an anniversary party. The event features coffee, food and live music by Dogs and Beer, Tom Scharf, Tworivers, River City and Friends and Grammy award-winning acoustic guitarist Doug Smith.

When: 1-10 p.m. today.

Where: Latte Da Coffee House, 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-448-7651.


3. Big laughs on local stage

Honest Comedy is a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by local comedian Todd Armstrong. Headlining the show is 2012 CMT Next Big Comic Adam Norwest, along with up-and-coming comedians Stephanie Purtte and Lance Edward.

When: 7:30 tonight.

Where: Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main, Ridgefield.

Admission: $10-$12, 21 and older.

Telephone: 360-887-7260.


4. Sweet treats

Visitors can collect a few favorite recipes from the volunteers at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill during Treat Day. Cookies, cakes, scones, muffins and doggie biscuits are likely to turn up, with coffee and milk to top off the snacks. Visitors can explore the historic 1876 mill, which is one of the few braced-frame buildings left in Washington.

When: Treat Day is 1-4 p.m. today, and the mill is also open 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland.

Admission: Free, but donations accepted.

Telephone: 360-225-5832.


5. Get to know ‘People Like Us’

Sam Harper (Chris Pine), a fast-talking salesman, finds his latest deal collapsing on the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Sam reluctantly puts his father’s estate in order, reconnecting with his estranged family to fulfill his father’s last wishes. But Sam uncovers a startling secret, he has a 30-year-old sister, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks). “People Like Us” is rated PG-13.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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