Try This: Keeping count of critters

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The 13th annual Critter Count invites the community to be field scientists and help assist biologists with the yearly reptile and amphibian surveys. This all-ages event highlights the world of herpetology and their part in the local ecosystem. After the Critter Count, children can see snakes, lizards and amphibians close up with Creature Feature live shows at 1 and 2 p.m. at the education center. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

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

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.


The Critter Count is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Big symphonic sound

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler, a larger-than-life composition that’s usually tackled by larger orchestras. The piece is best known for its emotional scope that moves from funeral march to love song. The concert will open with a piece featuring guest pianist Darlene Cusick, a native of Portland who has also performed with the Oregon Symphony. Trumpeter Bruce Dunn of Vancouver also performs.

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

Where: Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $35, $30 for seniors, $10 for students.

Telephone: 360-735-7278


3. Skin-deep beauty

The Ink America Tour brings its Body Art Expo to the Clark County Fairgrounds. The show features more than 300 tattoo and piercing artists from across the country, showcasing their skills and artwork. The event is part tattoo convention and part party, with live music from eight rock and metal bands, on-site tattooing, celebrity appearances and 19 tattoo contests.

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $20, $45 for three-day VIP pass, free for children 10 and younger.

Telephone: 626-961-6522.


4. Trot, tip-toe, pluck

Woodland Tulip Festival returns at the Holland America Bulb Farms. The farm will be open daily, with the new “You Pick” tulip field and festival activities. The festival includes a vendors market, display garden and photo contest for cutest baby. There will also be a Tulip Trot 5K run with a route along the flowers starting at 9 a.m.; registration is $15 to $25.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Gift shop open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 12.

Where: Holland America Bulb Farms, 1066 South Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: Free, 50 cents per “You Pick” tulip.

Telephone: 360-225-4512


5. Baseball and history

In 1945, Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) is searching for not the best player in the Negro Leagues, but one who can best overcome the racial divide. He finds it in Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), whose actions on the baseball field speak louder than the hate, as the story follows his first year in the majors. “42” 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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