Try This: You can count on critters

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator


photoPeter Ritson, a chemistry instructor at Clark College, leads a group of amateur herpetologists through a wetland area of the Washington State University Vancouver campus during the 9th Annual Critter Count on April 11, 2009.

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photoEve Hanlin, 12, from Vancouver, studies a long-toed salamander that was found at the Washington State University Vancouver campus during the 9th Annual Critter Count on April 11, 2009.

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Lizards, frogs and newts are waiting to be found by amateur herpetologists during the 14th annual Critter Count. Participants of all ages can learn how to conduct field surveys, which help monitor the local reptile and amphibian populations at selected wetland sites. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a brief training session at the Water Resources Education Center. After the Critter Count, children can meet a variety of live snakes, frogs and lizards during two reptile shows from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today.

Where: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7111.

The Critter Count is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Dueling pianos

The annual Three Grands Concert will feature the piano talents of three blind musicians, Nick Baker, Brent Gjerve and Mac Potts. They will be joined by vocalist Darcy Schmitt along with other special guests. The concert benefits the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children and the School of Piano Technology for the Blind.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $35; $25 for seniors; and $10 for ages 18 and younger.

Telephone: 503-320-6604.

3. Pick a tulip

photo Visitors look at tulips at Holland America Bulb Farm in Woodland on April 15, 2012.

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photoA Prime Time tulip was one of many on display at the Woodland Tulip Festival on April 19, 2009.

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Tulips are in full bloom at the Holland America Bulb Farms as the 12th annual Woodland Tulip Festival lets visitors explore the colorful fields. The festival includes a designated U-pick tulip field to create your own bouquet, and a cutest baby contest and youth photography contest.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

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

Admission: Free, fee applies for U-pick tulips.

Telephone: 360-225-4512.

4. Teach a kid to fish

photoHundreds of fishing poles await children for a fishing derby at Klineline Pond.

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Children ages 5 to 14 can try their hand at fishing in the Klineline Pond. The Klineline Kids Fishing event features eight timed sessions, assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins are welcomed, and all fishing gear and bait will be provided. The fishing derby is limited to 2,000 kids.

When: 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. today.

Where: Klineline Pond, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5.


5. Riotous 'Rio 2'

photoThis image released by 20th Century Fox shows a scene from the animated film "Rio 2."


Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) decides to return to her rainforest roots as Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids set out for the Amazon. They meet the newly discovered tribe of blue macaws, which just happens to include Jewel's long-lost father, Eduardo, much to Blu's displeasure. Meanwhile, Nigel the evil cockatoo is plotting his revenge against the macaws. "Rio 2" is rated G.

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.