Try This: Saluting native cultures, vets

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator



Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center will honor Native American Indian Heritage Month with specific crafts and activities for children to learn more about native cultures. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. today.

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

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.


The children's event is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Evergreen representation

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will stop by Vancouver on its way to Washington, D.C. It is the second tree selected from Washington state to be selected. Visitors can wish the tree well on its cross-country trip along with Santa, his elves, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. The Lucy Hammond Band and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Acappella Women's Vocal Ensemble will also perform.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. today.

Where: Esther Short Park, 301 Eighth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free, with nonperishable food donations requested for FISH, a Vancouver-based food and clothing bank.


3. Fantastical wordplay

Journey Theater Arts Group brings Norton Juster's children's book "The Phantom Tollbooth Jr." to life in this musical. A boy named Milo must bring harmony to the Land of Wisdom by saving princesses Rhyme and Reason, along with reuniting the brother kings. Aided by Tock, his trusty time-keeping dog, Milo goes on an adventure of wordplay and numbers.

When: 3 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $12 to $15, $10 to $13 for seniors and youths.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


4. Honoring past and present

The 27th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Marshall House, where Reviewing Officer Col. Ramona Fiorey will give the opening remarks. Then at 11 a.m., more than 120 parade entries from marching bands to honor organizations will follow the parade route along Officers Row, through Vancouver Barracks to end at the Pearson Air Museum.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


The Community Celebration Honoring Veterans is hosted by the Mountain Valley Grange and the North Clark Historical Museum. The event begins with a dessert social from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with music by Wayne Hoffman. The tribute begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation of the colors, a keynote speaker, quilt presentation and winners of the essay contest.

When: 5:30 tonight.

Where: Mountain Valley Grange Hall, 40107 N.E. 221st Ave., Amboy.

Admission: $3, $1.50 for children.

Telephone: 360-247-5800 or 360-247-6057.

On Veterans Day, the Community Military Appreciation Committee's Veterans Day Ceremony will give thanks to military veterans for their service. Army Col. Mark Snyder, who retired this year with 30 years of active-duty service, is scheduled to speak. Other speakers include retired Maj. Gen. Curt Loop; U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Lt. Col. J.D. Litton. The 204th Army Band will perform, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will perform a rifle salute and taps.

When: 9:45 a.m. open house, 11 a.m. event Monday.

Where: Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


5. 'Thor' balances action and humor

Two years after Thor (Chris Hemsworth) helped quash his brother Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) plans with the Avengers, Earth and Asgard are under threat by a shadowy force and their malicious leader Malekith. He is searching for a dark force called the Aether. When Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) discovers an abnormal chasm on Earth, she accidently absorbs the Aether. Thor must bring her to Asgard in hopes of protecting her and the rest of the universe. "Thor: The Dark World" 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.