Try This: Hornbuckle joins Trail Band

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Festival of Trees The 18th Annual Festival of Trees includes a Talking Tree, family scavenger hunt and music.

The Couve Couture Winter Fashion Show will showcase nine local designers.

Disney Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from Disney's animated feature "Frozen."

Soul and blues vocalist Linda Hornbuckle will join the Trail Band for a special performance by the eight-piece ensemble. “Making Spirits Bright” is the 10th annual benefit concert for the Salmon Creek Kiwanis Club. The Trail Band is best known for original and traditional arrangements that combine string and brass instruments, from tubas and fiddles to hammer dulcimers and penny whistles.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $20 to $22.

Telephone: 360-699-1234.


The concert is among -options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Run for fun

The fourth annual Hot Buttered Run will begin and end at Esther Short Park, kicking off the holiday season with a 12K, 5K and Kids Kandy Kane Race, with hot buttered rums and hot chocolates for a post-race celebration. The race will support the Festival of the Trees and Race to Remember.

When: 7 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. race begins, noon awards ceremony, Sunday.

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

Admission: $50; $18 for ages 8 to 18 years old; $7 to $10 for Kids Kandy Kane race.

Telephone: 360-885-4556.


3. Jazz age adventures

Journey Theatre Arts Group presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” following the adventures of Millie Dillmount as she moves to jazz-infused New York City in search of a new exciting life. As women enter the workforce, Millie embraces the “modern” lifestyle of the flappers in hopes of catching the eye of a wealthy socialite. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

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

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

Admission: $12 to $15, $10 to $13 for youths and seniors; $10 to $13 for Nov. 30.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


4. Decorated wonder

Explore the decorated Christmas trees in the “Forest of Wonder” at the 18th annual Vancouver Rotary Festival of Trees. Visitors can meet the Talking Tree, go on a family scavenger hunt, enjoy musical performances, tour the holiday Vancouver Farmers Market and meet with Santa during the festival. The 11 themed trees will be raffled at 4 p.m. Sunday, after a Sunday Tea featuring the Magenta Improv Theater that starts at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to the community.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: Free, $5 suggested donation; $15 to $20 for Sunday Tea.

Telephone: 360-750-0409.


Couve Couture Winter Showcase will showcase nine local designers as part of the Festival of Trees. Five new local designers will be auditioning for three spots in the Spring 2014 Couve Couture show, with attendees voting for their favorites. The four returning designers are Kelsey Lovelle, Dawn Elise, Lydia Wagner, and Stephanie Lynn of Sweet Spot Skirts. Attendees are encouraged to put on their ugly sweaters or holiday best.

When: 7 tonight.

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

Admission: $25 to $30 for gold seats, $15 to $20 for silver seats, $10 for standing.


5. Sisters star in Disney’s ‘Frozen’

In the kingdom of Arendelle, Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) loves her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), but Elsa hides her untrained ability to manipulate ice and snow, and distances herself from Anna for her safety. Unfortunately, when Elsa is crowned queen, she accidentally plunges the kingdom into eternal winter and flees to live alone. Anna is determined to bring her sister home and help her undo the snow, with the help of an ice salesman, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). “Frozen” is rated PG.

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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