Try This: Fall Leaves Special on Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Colors abound on train trip through northern Clark County

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Darcie Elliott Photography The classic dark comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" will run through Oct. 27 at the Love Street Playhouse in Woodland.

A family enjoys a fall trip to the pumpkin patch at Velvet Acres Gardens in Vancouver.

Mahat Ali, from left, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in "Captain Phillips."

Autumn enthusiasts can delight in a train trip through north county’s fall forests, thanks to Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s Fall Leaves Special. The trip will be powered by the railroad’s restored steam engine as its winds through a 330-foot rock tunnel and by Moulton Falls along the 12-mile round trip.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Admission: $18, $17 for seniors, $13 for children ages 5-11, $11 for ages 2-4, free for children ages 2 and younger.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.

Web: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Schedule.

The fall leaves are among many -options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Three Sunday concerts

The chamber music series by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra opens with its aptly themed concert “Autumn Glory.” Performing for the first time at the Kiggins Theater, musicians from the symphony will include the Douglas Fir Trio with concert pieces for clarinets and pianos.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $25, $10 for students.

Web: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Camas Meadows Golf Club will host “Night of the Patriot,” honoring local veterans and active duty military members with a concert. Musical performances include veteran band Livin’ Free, local group Lincoln’s Beard and singer Scott Sneer, with a headlining performance by country star Darryl Worley. All proceeds will be donated to Homes with Heroes.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive, Camas.

Admission: $5 suggested donation.

Web: Night of the Patriot on Facebook.

The seventh annual Feel the Music, Empower a Life concert will feature rock violinist Aaron Meyer and acclaimed blind pianist Mac Potts. The concert will benefit the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children. There will be a social hour at 5 p.m., before the start of the concert.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Fries Auditorium, Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $25.

Telephone: 503-320-6604 .

Web: Brown Paper Tickets.

3. Killer comedy

Love Street Playhouse presents “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a deadly comedy that follows Mortimer Brewster, who is reluctant to introduce his fiancee, Elaine, to his homicidal family. His spinster aunts, Abby and Martha, have the unfortunate hobby of inviting over lonely old men and poisoning their drinks.

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland.

Admission: $12 to $15.

Telephone: 360-907-9996.

Web: Love Street Playhouse.

4. Pumpkins aplenty

Take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch at Velvet Acres Gardens, explore the petting zoo and travel through the in-barn hay maze tunnel. Or visit the pumpkin patch weekdays to find your perfect gourd. Hayrides run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Velvet Acres Gardens, 18905 N.E. 83rd St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free, $5 includes pumpkin, hay ride.

Telephone: 360-892-0434.

Web: Vancouver Pumpkin Patch.

Walton Farms’ annual pumpkin patch features a ride around the farm on the barrel train, farm petting zoo and corn maze. On Friday and Saturday, explorers can venture through the corn maze at night, so be sure to bring a flashlight and boots for the mud.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday; 5 to 10 p.m. tonight for evening corn maze.

Where: Walton Farms, 1617 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas.

Admission: $8 includes pumpkin, train ride, maze and petting zoo, $5 for evening corn maze.

Telephone: 360-834-2810.

Web: walton farms.

5. Hijacked ‘Captain Phillips’

Tom Hanks stars as Captain Richard Phillips, who offers himself as a hostage to the Somali pirates during the 2009 hijacking of a cargo ship. Shifted to the pirates’ lifeboat, he is trapped with his captors, led by the young and fiery Muse (Barkhad Abdi) for several days as the U.S. Navy draws ever closer for a rescue attempt. “Captain Phillips” 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.

Web: Battle Ground Cinema, Cinetopia, Regal Entertainment Group.

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