Try This: Fun at farmers market

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Vancouver Farmers Market gets into the swing of spring with vendors from around the region. Visitors can find locally grown produce, baked goods, flowers, food and crafts at the downtown market.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver.


Telephone: 360-737-8298.


The farmers market is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2) Five decades of songs

The Columbia River Chorus will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special concert. The all-female chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will perform along with several quartets, showcasing barbershop harmonies. The chorus began in 1962 with 25 members, and has performed in many places from the Statue of Liberty in New York to Austria.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1220 N.E. 68th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $15, $10 for seniors and children ages 7 to 12, free for children age 6 and younger.

Telephone: 360-887-4927.


3) Count on invisible friends

Love Street Playhouse presents the comedic story of “Harvey,” about an affable man and his invisible pooka. Elwood P. Dowd introduces his friend Harvey, an unseen creature similar to a more-than-6-foot-tall anthropomorphic rabbit, to everyone he meets. But Veta, Elwood’s social-climbing sister, is tired of being embarrassed by Elwood’s eccentric behavior and decides to have him committed. A comedy of errors ensues.

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

Love Street Playhouse, 126 Love Ave., Woodland.

Admission: $12 to $15.



4) A pack of alpacas

The 15th annual Alpacapalooza sets out to celebrate all things alpaca. The event features breeders and their animals in halter shows and fleece judging, as well as vendors showcasing alpaca products. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the alpacas and learn about the different uses of alpaca hair.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Free, $6 for parking.



5) ‘Jurassic Park 3D’ bites back

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure film gets the 3-D treatment. Eccentric millionaire John Hammond invites dinosaur experts Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler to view his new amusement park, an island full of cloned dinosaurs. Accompanied by the cynical Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Hammond’s grandchildren, the tour turns into a prehistoric terror as the system holding in the dinosaurs is sabotaged. “Jurassic Park” is rated PG-13.

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 Cinema locations.Admission: Varies by cinema.

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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