Try This: A bounty of entertainment

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Holiday Craft Winefest is today at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

The Blackstone Edge Band will perform a multimedia influenced concert on Nov. 23 at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield.

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, left, and Josh Hutcherson is Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Find all the fixings for your Thanksgiving and holiday tables as the Vancouver Farmers Market hosts a special Harvest Market. Late-season produce, from squash to peppers, baked goods, and locally raised meats will be available for purchase. The Clark County Food Bank will also be in attendance for a holiday food drive.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: Along Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver.

Telephone: 360-737-8298.


The farmers market is among options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Free family fun

The Firstenburg Community Center will offer a free family fun night, featuring open pool time, Zumba fitness activities, the Zone teen center and spots on the climbing wall. There will be a screening of “Monsters University,” rated G, at 7:15 p.m., and visitors are invited to bring blankets for the gym floor. Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 4:30 p.m. today.

Where: Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7001.


3. Glass full of cheer

Try more than 80 varieties of wine during the Holiday Craft Winefest. The event will feature 20 local and regional wineries, along with cheese pairings and gift items from local artisans. Proceeds from the event will benefit Second Chance Companions, a local nonprofit organization that helps animals in Southwest Washington. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass and six tasting tickets.

When: 1 to 8 p.m. today.

Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $16 to $21 for those 21 and older. $1 for each additional tasting ticket.


4. Rockin’ the theater

Old Liberty Theater will host two concerts this weekend. The Blackstone Edge Band, led by British singer Philip Clayton-Thompson, will perform tonight. The band will combine film clips, familiar tunes, original songs and a choreographed showcase by Latin dancers into one cohesive performance.

On Sunday, the Opus School of Music presents its fourth annual Autumnal concert featuring its student ensembles, soloists and three bands: In My Car, Avant-Garde and Deciduous.

When: 7:30 tonight; 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: $15 for tonight, $10 for Sunday.

Telephone: 360-887-7260.


5. Early holiday shopping

You can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the fourth annual Clark County Holiday Gift Fair. There will also be musical performances by local bands and ensembles, along with dozens of local craftspeople and artisans offering holiday decorations. The Clark County Food Bank will be hosting a food drive and local animal shelters will be holding pet adoptions.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.

Admission: $6 and free for 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-397-6180.


  1. ‘Catching Fire’ ignites second chapter of ‘Hunger Games’ saga

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must cope with the consequences of winning the 74th annual Hunger Games with her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). As they embark on the traditional “Victor’s Tour” of the 12 districts, rebellion seems to be simmering under the surface. Meanwhile, the Capitol prepares for the 75th annual Hunger Games, and this year’s competition comes with a deadly twist. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” 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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