Try This: Wonder of written word

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center breaks out the pen and ink during a special exhibition of fur trade letters and Army postcards. Costumed interpreters dressed as clerks will help visitors practice writing with pen and ink on reproduction postcards. The clerks will also perform short scenes about a real letter that was never delivered. There will also be children’s paper craft activities including complimentary cookies and cider. Also on display in the Visitor Center are two exhibits featuring the public works programs that took place around the Vancouver Barracks during the Great Depression.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.


The historical event is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

All for one, and one for all

Hockinson High School presents swashbuckling Athos, Porthos and Aramis on stage in “The Three Musketeers.” When D’Artagnan and his eager younger sister meet the Musketeers, they become entangled in a perilous quest to protect the queen and king of France from the evil Cardinal Richelieu.

When: 1:30 and 7 p.m. today.

Where: Hockinson High School Multi-Purpose Room, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.

Admission: $6, $4 for seniors, students and children.

Telephone: 360-448-6450.


Oscar previews

The Liberty Theater presents this year’s Oscar-nominated short films in animated, live-action and documentary categories. Audiences can see the nominees before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24. The family-friendly short animated film program will begin at 3:45 p.m. today and Sunday. They include “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” “Adam and Dog,” and “Paperman.” The live-action program features “Death of a Shadow,” “Henry” and “Curfew.” It will begin at 11 a.m. today. The documentary short films, including “Kings Point” and “Inocente,” will be shown at 11 a.m. Sunday.

When: 11 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Liberty Theater, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Admission: $3.75.

Telephone: 360-859-9555.


Wilder plays on the boards

Prairie and Battle Ground high schools present “Wilder, Wilder, Wilder,” a production of three short plays by American playwright Thornton Wilder. “The Long Christmas Dinner” showcases the lives of several generations in one family during Christmas dinner. “Pullman Car Hiawatha” is a comedy set on a train with a diverse group of travelers. “The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden” follows the family interaction during a road trip to visit a married daughter.

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Where: Prairie High School Auditorium, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $10, $5 for seniors and students.

Telephone: 360-513-1402.


A zombie romance

After a zombie epidemic has been unleashed on the world, an unusually aware zombie teen named R (Nicholas Hoult) encounters Julie (Teresa Palmer), a human survivor he rescues from a zombie attack. Julie realizes R is increasingly becoming more human, as the two face different struggles for survival and set off a chain of events that transforms the undead world. “Warm Bodies” 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 Cinemas.

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.