Try This: Symphony concert outdoors

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



You can spend a Sunday with the sounds of Verdi, Copland, Dvorak and Beethoven as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra revives its outdoor concert event. Warming up for its 35th season, the orchestra will be led by guest conductor Awadagin Pratt, a renowned conductor, pianist and violinist who has performed from the White House to “Sesame Street.” Baritone singer Stephen Salters will join in on the performance, and Beacock Music will provide a musical instrument “petting zoo” for children to try out instruments themselves.

3 p.m. Sunday.

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


Telephone: 360-735-7278


The concert is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Fun and safety

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency hopes to help the community prepare for a disaster with Ready Clark Expo and Open House. Visitors can take a tour of the 9-1-1 dispatch center, try hands-on children’s activities and preparedness games, watch K-9 police dog demonstrations, along with appearances by search-and-rescue animals and rescue vehicle displays including bomb squad robots.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: CRESA, 710 W. 13th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


3. Working for peace

Celebrating 10 years of promoting a more hopeful world, the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will feature 70 community groups gathering to share their voices and ideas in an effort to bring peace and justice at home and around the world. The event features music, dance, local food, poetry, games and children’s activities, including a performance by the band Mystic Canyon.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

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



4. Community carnival

The annual Vancouver Sausage Festival at St. Joseph Catholic School kicks into high gear today, starting with a 5K fun run and a 1K kids dash. The festival features a carnival, beer garden, children’s activities and an entertainment lineup that includes the Magenta Theater Band, Molly Malone-Irish Dancers and Hit Machine. On Sunday, the stage will be filled by Evergreen Dance Academy, Stardust Quartet, Dance Fusion, a hula hoop contest, and the Southwest Washington Got Talent Finale.

8 a.m. 5K run, 8:30 a.m. 1K kids dash; festival 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Joseph Catholic School, 6500 Highland Drive, Vancouver.

$2, $1 with a non-perishable food donation, $20 for 5K, $25 for family of four, $10 for students.


5. A little love

Pacific Stageworks presents “The Mikado,” a musical comedy about forbidden love, based on the 1885 opera. Ko-Ko, high lord executioner of Titipu, wishes to marry Yum-Yum, who is in love with Nanki-Poo, the Mikado’s son who is disguised as a wandering minstrel.

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

Where: Love Street Playhouse, 126 Love St., Woodland.

Admission: $15 to $17.

Telephone: 360-213-5174.


6. Deadly game of cat-and-mouse

Vin Diesel returns as the antihero Richard B. Riddick, survivalist and dangerous convict who was left for dead on a desolate planet teeming with alien predators. But as word of his location reaches the bounty hunters of the galaxy, Riddick turns his entrapment into a cage for revenge. “Riddick” is rated R.

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.