Try This: Tulips, in still life or full trot

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Aafke tulip "stands up well to wind and rain," according to a bulb brochure at Holland America Bulb Farm gift shop in Woodland. Troy Wayrynen Columbian files

A herd of alpacas from Crescent Moon Ranch in Terrebonne, Ore., stand in a pen as handlers and breeders show their animals at Alpacapalooza at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

The third annual Iron Man Strong Ale Festival is set for today at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson.

Chris Evans stars as the titular character in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

The third annual Woodland Tulip Trot 5K run and walk kicks off the tulip season. The flat route takes participants through the Woodland Bottoms farmland and Lewis River, around the Holland America Bulb Farms. Registration includes a tulip bouquet and refreshments. Registration on race day begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, with the race kicking off at 9 a.m.

Or if you want to enjoy the tulips at a more sedate pace, try tonight’s “Art Among The Tulips.” The showcase includes the work of local artists, accompanied by wines tasting, live music, food and fresh flowers. Proceeds from the show benefit the Woodland swimming pool project.

When: Art: 4 to 8 p.m. today. Race: 7:30 a.m. Sunday registration, with the race starting at 9 a.m.

Where: Holland America Bulb Farms, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: Art: $15 to $20; Race: $20 to $30.

Telephone: 360-225-6575.

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The tulip-themed events are one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Independent film

Based on a true story, “Different Drummers,” rated PG, follows two boys growing up in Spokane in the mid-1960s. Lyle, a boy with ADHD, befriends David, who is wheelchair-bound by muscular dystrophy, in hopes of winning the school science fair. When David foretells the death of a teacher and says God told him, Lyle hatches a plan to discover if God really exists.

When: 1:50 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Liberty Theatre, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Admission: $4, $3 on Tuesday nights.

Telephone: 360-859-9555.


3. Get happy, warm fuzzies with alpacas

It’s a festival of the fuzzy at the Clark County Event Center. Alpacapalooza features all things alpaca. The gathering includes multitude of breeders, halter shows and fleece judging and vendors featuring alpaca products. Visitors can meet the alpacas and learn all about this domestic camelid.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: Free, $6 for parking.

Telephone: 503-318-0964.


4. Brews in the Gorge

The third annual Iron Man Strong Ale Festival honors Jim Caldwell, celebrating his love for the Columbia Gorge and strong ale. The event features a variety of beers with a high alcohol-by-volume percentage, including the Iron Man Imperial IPA. Live music by the String Beats, Funk Shui and Funkship Columbia.

When: 2 to 8 p.m. today.

Where: Skamania County Fairgrounds, 650 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson.

Admission: $15 for those 21 and older.


5. Intrigue of ‘Captain America’

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) works for SHIELD as Captain America while trying to adjust to modern life. After a mission to free a hijacked SHIELD ship, Rogers questions Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) operation involving a trio of advanced spy satellites. When a mysterious assassin takes out Fury, senior SHIELD leader, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), brands Rogers as a fugitive. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” 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; Regal Cinemas, various, Vancouver.

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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