Try This: A fine time for a bike ride

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the 28th annual Ride Around Clark County. Riders have the choice of four marked routes: 18-, 34-, 65-, and 100-mile loops through the county, with each route beginning and ending at Clark College. Restrooms, mechanics, aid, food and beverages will be available. Hosted by the Vancouver Bicycle Club.

When: Same-day registration runs from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday; courses are open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Hanna Hall at Clark College, 1820 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $20-$25 for 18 miles, $30-$35 for 34, 65 and 100 miles.


The cycling event is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a May festival and artists showcase.

Spring markets bloom

Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market opens for the season with more than 50 farmers and vendors on hand selling a variety of arts and crafts, as well as food items. The market also offers live music.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Battle Ground Village Center Park Pavilion, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, Battle Ground.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-723-5545.


A slice of Hawaii

Learn how to make the perfect lei at the annual May Day Festival presented by the Ke Kukui Foundation. Expect Hawaiian musicians, hula performances, lei-making demonstrations and a presentation by the Royal Court. The cultural festival will also include children’s games such as Hawaiian bowling and checkers, and food vendors.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 3000 N.W. 119th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5, free for children 10 and younger. Some additional fees for activities.

Telephone: 360-901-3749.


Local artists participate in Gathering of the Guilds

Discover Clark County artists at the Gathering of the Guilds, an annual event that includes the 30th Annual Ceramic Showcase and Glass Gallery Show. The ceramic showcase will include daily demonstrations, a display featuring work from the last 30 shows, live music, and child and adult clay play areas with more than 150 artists booths. The Glass Gallery Show will feature all categories of fine glasswork including stained glass, mosaic and blown glass by more than 60 Oregon and Northwest artists. Showcases by the other participating guilds will feature metal arts, woodworking, and bead work.

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

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

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 503-222-0533.

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“The Avengers”

When a mysterious power is stolen by Asgardian trickster Loki as part of his plan to unleash alien conquerors upon Earth, Nick Fury, director of peacekeeping agency SHIELD, assembles a team to defend the Earth in this 3D superhero epic. As supersized personalities clash, will the combined forces of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow be able to stop Loki’s army? “The Avengers” is rated PG-13.

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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