Try This: Drink in the holidays

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator



Clark County wineries celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend with the release of new wines for the Thanksgiving Food Pairings Tour. Pairing select wines with seasonal food offerings, wineries offerings vary from light appetizers to tapas. Participants include Rusty Grape Vineyard, Bethany Vineyard and Winery, Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery, Moulton Falls Winery, Burnt Bridge Cellars (open only today), Olequa Cellars, Gouger Cellars Winery and Heisen House Vineyards. Check with individual wineries for more information and specific hours.

When: Noon today and Sunday.

Where: Various wineries in Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield.

Admission: Tasting fee may apply.


The wine tour is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Rum run fun

The Hot Buttered Run is a spirited 12K run and 5K walk/run beginning and ending at the Pearson Air Museum, with the route going through Fort Vancouver, across the Vancouver Land Bridge to the waterfront and downtown Vancouver. There are also the Kids Kandy Kane Race and Kids Kandy Kane 1K fun runs for children. The event ends with an award ceremony. Hot buttered rum and hot chocolate await at the end of the race. The event is part of the Festival of Trees, and will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Clark County Food Bank.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 25.

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

Admission: $37-$40, $18 for ages 8-18. Kandy Kane and 1K: $7 for ages 7-12, $5 for ages 3-6.


3. Take the train to your Christmas tree

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad presents its annual Christmas Tree Train, where visitors can enjoy the ride and take home a Christmas tree. The historic railroad ride travels through the forests of north Clark County on a 10-mile round-trip that includes Moulton Falls and a 330-foot rock tunnel.

When: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $15, $14 for seniors, $10 for youth, $8 for children; $20-$40 for trees; $55-$75 for family value packages with tree.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.


4. Evergreens and aeroplanes

The Vancouver Rotary Foundation hosts the 17th annual Festival of Trees, with decorated trees filling the Pearson Air Museum with holiday cheer amid the vintage aircraft. Visitors will have the chance to take photos with Santa Claus, try the flight simulators, enjoy musical entertainment or partake in a family scavenger hunt. The festival is also encouraging non-perishable food donations, which will be collected for Share.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: Free, suggested donation $5 per family.

Telephone: 360-750-0409.


5. Otherworldly 'Life of Pi'

Based on the award-winning novel, Pi (Suraj Sharma) grows up in southern India, where his family runs the zoo. He is crushed when life prompts his family to leave his home and move to Canada, selling the animals to start anew. The freight ship carrying Pi's family and the animals is struck by a nocturnal storm and Pi finds himself sharing a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, a rat and a Bengal tiger. "Life of Pi" is rated PG.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 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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