Try This: Harvest Fun Day offers bounty of activities

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator

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Take the family to the farm with the annual Harvest Fun Day. Clark County Historical Museum and the 78th Street Heritage Farm give families the chance to have free seasonal fun. Visitors can create their own scarecrow, compete in pie-eating and corn-shucking contests, and enjoy live music, farming demonstrations and even learn to square dance.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Where: Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-993-5679.

Web: http://cchmuseum.org/hfd2012

Harvest Fun Day is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include Homestead Days and a rock 'n' roll festival.

2. Enjoy a classic serenade

With members from as far away as Wyoming, Chor Anno, an ensemble of 27 regional choral singers, will present "The Solace of the Song" concert Sept. 23. Led by Howard Meharg, the concert will include guest conductors Dr. Joan Conlon, Dr. Paul Klemme, and Dr. Nicole Lamartine, along with traditional songs from Italy, Scotland and the British Isles. The group's name means "annual choir" in Latin, as many of the ensemble members are choral directors, composers and teachers.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $15, $12 for seniors and students.

Web: http://choranno.org

3. Recycle skills from the pioneers

At Venersborg Homestead Days, visitors can learn traditional skills used by the first settlers in the area at the Venersborg School House. Activities include leather-working with a stitching horse, creating homemade laundry detergent, making butter the easy way, food preservation classes for adults and kids alike, and raising heirloom hens.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Venersborg School House, 24309 N.E. 209th St., Battle Ground.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-666-4829.

Web: http://venersborg.blogspot.com

4. Hard rockers create an UPROAR

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival features both well-established hard rock acts and up-and-coming stars, even a regional winner of the Battle of the Bands Contest. Performances will take place throughout the day on three stages. Festival headliners include Staind, Godsmack, Shinedown, Mindset Evolution, P.O.D., Deuce and Redlight King.

When: Gates open at 12:30 p.m., festival runs from 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road.

Admission: $27-$90.90 through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or http://ticketmaster.co.

Telephone: 360-816-7000

Web: http://sleepcountryamphitheater.com.

5.Here comes the judge: 'Dredd' hits theaters

"Judge Dredd" is set in Mega City One, a sprawling, gritty metropolis that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C., where criminals rule their own chaotic kingdoms. Urban cops called "judges" are the only force of order, with the powers of judge, jury and instant executioner at their disposal. Dredd (Karl Urban) is challenged with ridding the city of its latest epidemic, a drug that has users experiencing reality in slow motion. "Dredd" is rated R.

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.

Web: http://battlegroundcinema.com; http://cinetopia.com or http://fandango.com.