Try This: Get in swim with sturgeon

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The annual Sturgeon Festival spotlights the Columbia River ecosystem and its inhabitants. The festival includes hands-on activities about fish and wildlife, Eartha the Ecological Clown at 10:30 a.m. and the Creature Feature reptile show at 1:30 p.m. Visitors can also see live sturgeon in the 350-gallon aquarium at the Water Resources Education Center.When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.


The Sturgeon Festival is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a drink tour and a garlic festival.

Simply symphonic summer

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group opens its season with songs dedicated to the dwindling season in “Days of Summer.” The performance will feature special guests cellist Adrienne Welse, clarinetists William Blayney and Steve Bass, as well as a series of duet performances. The chamber group is made up of a smaller ensemble of symphony musicians to provide a classical concert in a more intimate setting.When: 7 tonight.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $25, $10 for students.

Telephone: 360-735-7278.


A toast of all kinds

Drink This! will celebrate the local craft beverage makers in downtown Vancouver with drink tastings and live music during a tour of 15 businesses. The lineup includes a tea blender, two wineries, three breweries, four coffee roasters in businesses from Sixth Street to 20th Street. Tour maps are available at the participating businesses.When: 4-9 tonight.

Where: Burnt Bridge Cellars, 1500 Broadway; Gouger Cellars, 1812 Washington St.; Loowit Brewing Company, 507 Columbia St.; Salmon Creek Brewery and Pub, 108 W. Evergreen Blvd.; Mt. Tabor Brewery, 113 W. Ninth St.; Compass Coffee, 1304 Main St.; Torque Coffee Roasters, 501 Columbia St.; Tea Bar Downtown, 1015 Main St.; Brewed 360, 603 Main St.; Niche, 1013 Main St.; Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St.; Brickhouse Bar and Grill, 109 W. 15th St.; Mint Tea, 2014 Main St.; Cakes by Design, 207 E. McLoughlin Blvd.; and By the Bottle, 104 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Free, some tasting fees may apply.

Telephone: 360-910-1814.


Bountiful harvest for the taste buds

The Eighth Annual Heirloom Tomato and Garlic Festival at Northwest Organic Farms will showcase 20 different varieties of tomatoes and 10 different kinds of garlic for sampling, including elephant garlic. The festival will also feature live bluegrass music, fresh fruit and vegetable samples, arts and craft vendors, demonstrations, and a cook-off. The festival is part of Washington State University Vancouver Extension’s Harvest Celebration Day and tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Tour 13 local farms throughout Clark County, with maps available online and from the WSU Clark County Extension office, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver. Call 360-397-6060 or visit 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Where: Northwest Organic Farms, 17713 N.W. 61st Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-573-4868.


‘Finding Nemo’ returns in 3-D

Audiences can return to the Great Barrier Reef as the Pixar classic returns to the big screen. Marlin the clown fish sets off to find his son, Nemo, after he is abducted by a boat in open water. He meets an optimistic but forgetful fish named Dory who claims she knows the way to Sydney and Nemo. Marlin and Dory must brave the dangerous open ocean, while Nemo attempts to return to his dad and escape the dentist’s office with the help of new-found friends. “Finding Nemo 3D” is rated G.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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