Try This: Soldiers front and center

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Journey Theatre Arts Group presents two shows this weekend. “A Little Princess” is the stage adaptation of the novel about young Sara Crewe, who is sent to a boarding school in England while her father heads back to India. When she is mistakenly believed to have been orphaned and made to work at the school, she uses her imagination to triumph.

7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver.

$12 to $14, $9 to $11 for youths and seniors.

And in the Western musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” sharp-shooting Annie Oakley’s talent with a pistol catches the eye of Buffalo Bill, and he recruits her for his famous Wild West Show. Annie finds herself falling head over heels for the show’s shooting ace Frank Butler. But when she proves to be an even better shot than him, romance changes to rivalry.

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

Washburn Performing Arts Auditorium, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $9 to $11 for today, $12 to $14, $9 to $11 for youths and seniors.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


The theater productions are one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. A fair rose of a festival

The Portland Rose Festival opens this weekend with the CityFair and RoZone concert stage kicking off the city’s annual celebration. The fair will feature local food, rides, special attractions, stage shows and fireworks. The RoZone concert stage will include performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at 6 p.m. tonight and Fitz and the Tantrums at 6 p.m. Sunday.

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday.

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland.

Admission: $7 for ages 7 and older, free for veterans, reservists and active military members. Tickets are $28.65 for the concerts.


3. Remembering, honoring soldiers and vets

Fort Vancouver honors veterans and soldiers past and present with a Memorial Day Ceremony and Soldiers’ Bivouac. The ceremony will dedicate a new flagpole and include an artillery salute, held at the Clark County Veterans Memorial on Fort Vancouver Way. The annual Soldiers’ Bivouac is a living history encampment on the Vancouver Barracks grounds featuring demonstrations and re-enactments.

When: 11 a.m. Monday.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230

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4. Sailing the river blue

Mixing history with seafaring fun, the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will make a stop in Vancouver during their tour of the Columbia River. Visitors can take self-guided deck tours, speak with the crew or watch the ships host a skirmish with each other. Or you can experience the ship in action from the deck, with tickets for the evening and adventure sails, as well as battle excursions.

When: Tours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Monday; 6 to 8 p.m. evening sails tonight and Monday; 2 to 5 p.m. battle sail today and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. adventure sail Sunday.

Where: Vancouver Landing Terminal 1, 110 Columbia St., Vancouver.

Admission: $3 suggested donation, special sail tickets range from $29 to $60.

Telephone: 360-532-8611.


5. ‘Fast and Furious’ crew back in action

Federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) seeks out street racers Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) to help bring down British mastermind Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). The old crew reunites to take on Shaw’s speedy henchmen across the globe. “Fast and Furious 6” 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.

Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800 Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.