Try This: Gift ideas are blooming

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



You might find a green gift at the Camas Mother’s Day Plant and Garden Fair, with 100 booths offering a variety of plants from exotic flowers to local flora, as well as garden tools, planters, art and chickens, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Women’s Association. Or delight in the scents of Lilac Days as it draws to a close at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Visit the restored 1880s Victorian farmhouse and preserved Victorian gardens developed by pioneer Hulda Klager. A variety of different lilac plants will be available for purchase.

Plant fair:

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Where: Camas High School campus, 26900 S.E. 15th St., Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-903-0969.

Lilac garden:

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

Where: Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: $2, free for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-225-8996.

The garden events are among several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a Broadway hit and train ride.

1. A celebration of dance

It’s a mix of modern and classic during the annual “Spring Repertoire,” performed by the Northwest Classical Ballet. The program include acts from “Swan Lake,” followed by originally choreographed pieces by Artistic Director Maricar Drilon, company dancers Anna Hooper and Daniel Rutis, and pieces by Carla Kendall-Bray of Dance Fusion NW and NW Dance Project’s Ching Ching Won.

When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: Skyview High School Auditorium, 1300 N.E. 139th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $15.

Telephone: 888-487-7454.

2. Tale as old as time

Evergreen High School Theatre presents the Broadway hit Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” When lost Maurice seeks shelter in a strange castle, he is imprisoned by the Beast who lives there. His daughter Belle saves her father by taking his place, only to discover the man behind the cursed Beast, along with his enchanted servants.

When:2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Where: Evergreen High School Auditorium, 14300 N.E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10, $7 for children and seniors.

Telephone: 360-604-3700.

3. See Clark County by train

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad celebrates its opening weekend with a historic railroad ride through the forests of north Clark County. The 10-mile round-trip includes traveling by Moulton Falls and through a 330-foot rock tunnel. As part of the Mother’s Day weekend, mothers will receive roses.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Admission: $15, $14 for seniors, $10 for youth, $8 for children.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.

4. Comedy in the ‘Dark Shadows’

Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), master of Collinwood Manor in the Maine town of Collinsport, makes the mistake of crossing the witch, Angelique (Eva Green), who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive for breaking her heart. Two hundred years later, Barnabas emerges into the strange world of 1972, only to find Collinwood Manor in shambles and the Collins clan facing hard times. “Dark Shadows” 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.