Try This: Taste of islands in Esther Short

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Ho’ike and Hawaiian Festival is one of the biggest summer events in Esther Short Park as it brings the cultures and flavors of the Pacific Islands to Vancouver. The event will kick off with the 5K Aloha Fun Run at 8 a.m., and the festival begins at 10 a.m. with hula dancers and Polynesian singers. There will be the Ke Kukui Cultural Corner which will offer traditional games such as`ulu maika (bowling) and konane (checkers). Or, learn to make a lei. Visitors can enjoy island food, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities.

When: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Where: Esther Short Park, West Columbia and Eighth streets.

Admission: Free, $15 for 5K registration.


The Hawaiian festival is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Blueberry a day makes summer OK

Visitors can celebrate the marriage of fruit and griddle during Blueberry Pancake Day at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Whole-wheat pancakes will be made with freshly milled flour, combined with fresh blueberries and blueberry syrup. There will also be recipes, whole-wheat flour and directions to local blueberry farms to take home to continue the pancake tradition.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland.

Admission: Free; donations are encouraged.

Telephone: 360-225-5832.


3. Celebrating Camas

The 39th annual Camas Days festival will feature 100 vendors on historic Fourth Avenue, with streets dedicated to children’s activities, live music, local food vendors and a wine and microbrew street. This year’s theme, “Outta This World,” will be incorporated with the Grand Parade which starts at 11 a.m., with the popular bathtub races following at 1 p.m. To end the weekend, the annual Duck Derby starts at 2 p.m. Sunday.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Northeast Fourth Avenue, downtown Camas.

Admission: Free, $5 for wine and microbrew street.


4. All sides of the story

Serendipity Players presents “The Laramie Project,” a dramatic exploration of humanity’s lowest depths and heights of compassion. Written by Moisés Kaufman, the play pieces together more than 200 interviews in the aftermath of the fatal beating of Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming who was targeted because he was gay, and the murder trial that followed. It is sponsored by Martha’s Pantry and Saturday in The Park Pride.

When: 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St., Vancouver.

Admission: $15.

Telephone: 360-834-3588.


5. ‘Wolverine’ battles his inner demons, samurai

Hugh Jackman returns as Logan, who is tormented by the death of Jean Grey and his seeming immortality. When Yukio (Rila Fukushima) appears with a proposal from dying business magnate Lord Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) to negate his self-healing powers, Logan finds himself in Tokyo and in the middle of a deadly power struggle. “The Wolverine” 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.

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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