Try This: Hot time in the city

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Visitors can test their taste buds during Fire in the Park as local restaurants, organizations and firefighters showcase their secret chili recipes while raising money for the nonprofit Share. The best dish awards will be named by judges and the public. Local crew members will race in the Firefighters Competition, with participants completing different training obstacles. There will also be live music by High Point and One of a Kind Drumline, children’s activities and fire apparatus displays.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Where: Esther Short Park, West Sixth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.

Admission: Free; donations encouraged. $1 for chili tastings.

Telephone: 360-907-4876.


The chili-filled event is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

Harvest a little fun

The Children’s Parade will kick off today’s events at the 53rd annual Battle Ground Harvest Days. The children’s parade begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Harvest Days Grand parade at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be an art show, a geocaching challenge, children’s activities, a talent show and musical performances including Jesse Holyk, the Concrete Cowboys and Flexor T. On Sunday, the Harvest Hay Half, a half-marathon benefiting the North County Community Food Bank, starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8K and a Family Fun Run.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Fairgrounds Park, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.

Admission: Free, $28 for all-day carnival wristband; $70 to $80 for half-marathon; $40 to $45 for 8K; $30 for family run.

Telephone: 360-687-1510.

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25 years of support

Vancouver Relay for Life will celebrate 25 years of raising awareness and proceeds for the American Cancer Society at this year’s 24-hour walk. The Vancouver Relay for Life features a cancer survivor and caregiver lap, along with a variety of activities including a live auction, themed costume laps and Miss-Ter Relay Pageant.

When: 8:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. today to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Where: Columbia River High School track, 800 N.W. 99th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Donations encouraged.

Telephone: 360-907-0983.


Car social

Polish up your ride and head to Main Street for the fifth annual Cruisin’ the Gut. All kinds of hot rods, classic cars and customized cars will drive from 28th to Sixth streets. There will be a Racer’s Row on 12th Street, a motorcycle roundup on Ninth Street, and car showcase with live music at Turtle Place on Seventh Street. Food donations will be collected for Share House beginning at 11 a.m.; participating cars will receive plaques.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.

Where: Main Street, from 28th to Sixth streets, Vancouver.

Admission: Free, suggested donation of canned food.

Telephone: 360-433-9773.


Retirement is just a phase

Ex-CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) has settled down with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) when all the wrong people want to question Frank about his past and a missing nuclear device. Marvin, Sarah and Frank must find it while fending off assassins, including Victoria (Helen Mirren), and power-hungry government agents. “Red 2” 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.

Cost: Varies by location.

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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