Try This: Drink, laugh, sing

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Mt. Tabor Brewing is among the drink makers that will be at Drink This! from 4 to 9 Saturday.

Todd Armstrong, who graduated from Evergreen High School in 1997, is now an up-and-coming comedian in what has become a hot Portland area scene for stand-up.

Drink This! highlights the art of craft beverages with wineries, breweries, coffee roasters, a tea blender and a kombucha maker. The event will feature live demonstrations. Experts will answer questions about their craft. Walking maps can be picked up at any participating location. Many businesses will be hosting other drink masters, including Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters and Walking Man Brewery.

When: 4 to 9 Saturday.

Where: Burnt Bridge Cellars, 1500 Broadway; Gouger Cellars, 1812 Washington St.; Loowit Brewing Company, 507 Columbia St.; Mint Tea, 2014 Main St.; Ivy Tap Room, 108 W. Evergreen Blvd.; Mt Tabor Brewery, 113 W. Ninth St.; Compass Coffee, 1304 Main St.; Torque Coffee Roasters, 501 Columbia St.; Brewed, 603 Main St.; Charlie’s Bistro, 1220 Main St.

Admission: Free, some tasting fees may apply.


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

2. Flurries in the forecast

Why are no two snowflakes alike? Find out at this Second Saturday event at the Water Resources Education Center. You can explore winter from a different perspective through crafts, hands-on activities and games. The center also has an art gallery, live sturgeon in a 350-gallon aquarium and panoramic views of the Columbia River, with access to the 4-mile Waterfront Renaissance Trail. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When: 1 to 3 Saturday.

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

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.


3. Winds and Strings

The Celtic band Winds and Strings will present “In Thee is Gladness” at three performances. The concerts will benefit the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters. The ensemble performs an eclectic mix of song, with traditional instruments that include hammered dulcimer, recorder and uilleann pipes.

When: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Where: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free, though donations are encouraged.

Telephone: 360-693-3511


4. Law school gets musical

Metropolitan Performing Arts presents “Legally Blonde the Musical,” the adaptation of the romantic comedy “Legally Blonde.” The story follows Elle Woods, a girl who thinks she can handle anything. When her boyfriend dumps her for Harvard Law School, she follows in his footsteps to win him back. But Elle discovers that it is better to be yourself than to be someone you’re not.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Washougal High School, 1208 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $10, $8 for students and seniors.

Telephone: 360-975-1585

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5. Exercise your funny bone

The Old Liberty Theater turns into a comedy club for “Honest Comedy,” hosted by comedian Todd Armstrong. The evening features local and regional stand-up comedians, including Tim Hammer, Brian Blank and Don Frost. The event is open to those 21 and older, due to adult content.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: $8 to $10.

Telephone: 360-887-7260.


6. Hunt for bin Laden detailed in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal bring the story of the world’s most infamous manhunt to the screen. CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) is obsessed with gathering intelligence as she tries to track down the whereabouts of the mastermind of 9/11. She refuses to give up as the operatives face setbacks and casualties wile pursuing their goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. “Zero Dark Thirty” 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.

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.