Try This: Hopping to the hunt

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



You don’t have to go far to find an Easter egg hunt this weekend. Here are a few happening across Clark County. All of the hunts are free, and it is recommended that you bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.

o The Battle Ground Kiwanis Club Easter egg hunt is an annual event that features games and story time for the children before the hunt begins at 10 a.m.

When: 9 a.m. today.

Where: Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. Second Ave., Battle Ground.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-342-5380 or 360-574-3227.

o The La Center Lions Club will host an Easter egg hunt and breakfast. Breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. and cost $5. It will be followed by the hunt, open to ages 10 and younger. There will also be a petting zoo featuring Curly the camel and his friends.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. today.

Where: Holley Park Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center.

Telephone: 360-263-3788.


o More than 10,000 eggs and 20 “golden” eggs will be hidden at John Ball Park by Activate Church members for children ages 12 and younger. The event also will include prizes, hot chocolate, face-painting and balloon animals.

When: 10-11 a.m. today.

Where: John Ball Park, West 23rd Street and Kauffman Avenue.

Telephone: 360-989-9414.


o Autism Empowerment and the Miracle League of Vancouver will host an Easter egg hunt for all abilities, open to people of all ages on the autism spectrum or with other special needs, as well as their siblings and families. The Easter Bunny, magician Alexander, Master of Marvels, the Portland Winterhawks cheerleaders and community resources also will take part. Hunts will grouped by age.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Where: McKenzie Stadium, 2205 N.E. 138th Ave.

Telephone: 360-852-8369


o Heron Gate office complex in Ridgefield will host a hunt. More than 4,000 eggs — including special eggs that earn cash and candy prizes — will be hidden outside for children ages 2 to 9. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos, along with live bunnies for children to pet.When: 11 a.m. to noon today.

Where: Heron Gate office complex, 2 S. 56th Place, Ridgefield.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-695-3441.

o The 22nd annual Easter Day egg hunt in Camas’ Crown Park will feature more than 10,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs hidden in hunting areas for kids ages 2 to 12. The event also will include the annual hat and bonnet contest, in which participants can show off their fanciest headwear, and Sir Launch-a-Lot, the egg-launching robot by the Camas High School Robotics Club.

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Crown Park, Northeast Everett Street and 17th Avenue, Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-834-5307.


The egg hunts are one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. The legacy of genius

The Serendipity Players bring its production of “Proof” to a close. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama explores the nature of genius and legacy. Catherine is the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematics genius, for whom she cared through a lengthy mental illness. Hal, his graduate student, discovers a revolutionary mathematical proof that he hopes Catherine can figure out, but she’s afraid of following in her father’s footsteps, inheriting his genius as well as his burdens.

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

Where: Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St.

Admission: $15.

Telephone: 360-834-3588.


3. Pianos for a cause

The annual Ten Grands concert presents 10 world-class pianists playing 10 baby grand pianos to play classical, jazz and modern interpretations of songs on the same stage. Performers include Michael Allen Harrison, Tom Grant, Barbara Roberts of Vancouver, Kalama musician Mac Potts and 14-year-old JJ Guo of Camas. The concert will benefit the Snowman Foundation, which supports music education programs for disadvantaged children.

When: 7 p.m. today.

Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland.

Admission: $36.50 to $99.

Telephone: 503-248-4335.


4. ’80s nostalgia explodes in ‘G.I. Joe’

The G.I. Joe team led by Duke (Channing Tatum) is framed for the theft of nuclear warheads and finds itself on the elimination list. Only Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) survive. They must find the impostor in the U.S. government behind the theft and stop Cobra, with the help of some old allies. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” 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.