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By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator

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You can climb into a vintage aircraft at Pearson Air Museum during Open Cockpit Day. Visitors will have the opportunity to sit inside a North American T-28 Trojan and the Ryan PT-21 and get a pilot's perspective on the historic aircraft. You also can practice take-offs and landings with the museum's flight simulator lab. And -- weather permitting -- children ages 8 to 17 can sign up for a free airplane ride with the pilots of EAA Chapter 105. The rides are given on a first-come, first-served basis and a parent or legal guardian must be present to give written permission.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Where: Pearson Air Museum,1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $7; $5 for seniors, active military members and students 6-17; free for children 5 and younger; $22 for families, which includes two adults and up to four children.

Telephone: 360-694-7026.

Web:http://pearsonairmuseum.org.

The air museum is among several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a symphony collaboration and the Rose Festival opening.

2. Memorial train ride

Take a historic railroad ride through the forests of north Clark County on a 10-mile round-trip that includes Moulton Falls and a 330-foot rock tunnel on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad. Today, the train will make a special Wine Run to the Moulton Falls Winery, with a wine etiquette class held on the train. Tasting fees may apply.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday.

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

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

Telephone: 360-686-3559.

Web:http://bycx.com.

3. A musical space odyssey

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will take audiences on a multimedia musical adventure in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to present Gustav Holst's "The Planets" in a 3-D voyage through space. The performance includes songs picked by the audience, soloist Linda Lorati Barker and Joel Littauer.

When: 3 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $33-$48, $27 for seniors, $10 for students.

Telephone: 360-735-7278.

Web:http://vancouversymphony.org.

4. Festive and commemorative kick-off

The 105th annual Portland Rose Festival opens its two-week run with a celebration at the CityFair, which features rides, concerts and attractions. This weekend's concerts include performances by the Curtis Salgado Band and Patrick Lamb Band at 5:30 p.m. today, and Everest, Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be Memorial Day events with a free march, sing-along and commemoration ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Monday.

Where: Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland.

Admission: $5, $23.50 for May 27 concert, free for military members, families and veterans with valid military ID.

Telephone: 877-789-7673.

Web:http://rosefestival.org.

5. 'Men in Black' blast from the past

Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) have seen a lot working together these past 15 years. When an old nemesis of Agent K escapes maximum-security prison, he jumps back to 1969 to kill K and revive his plans for an invasion of Earth. J is the only one who notices K's absence as he travels back in time to save the young Agent K's (Josh Brolin) life, and the future of humankind. "Men in Black III" 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:http://www.battlegroundcinema.com, http://cinetopia.com or http://www.fandango.com.