Try This: Earth Day, away!

Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam's 15th celebration features lots of hands-on fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Volunteers with Clark Public Utilities release fish into Upper Salmon Creek.

Nominated for an Academy Award, the animated film "Ernest and Celestine" will be playing through Tuesday at the Kiggins Theatre.

An Easter egg hunt is set for today at Kiwanis Park in Battle Ground.

A second ground of children join approximately 800 kids, many with special needs, in an Easter Egg hunt at McKenzie Stadium in 2013.

Greg KinnearStars in "Heaven Is For Real"

The Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam hosts its 15th annual Earth Day celebration, with more than 40 organizations participating in the EcoFair. Activities include nature walks, live music, children’s crafts and more. The Audubon Society of Portland will present a birds of prey show, there will be fish releases by the Northwest Wild Fish Rescue, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will have an interactive insect and reptile station.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: Salmon Creek Regional Park, Klineline Pond, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-992-8585.


The Earth Day celebration is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2) Lovely animation

Nominated for an Academy Award, “Ernest and Celestine” is an animated film based on a series of children’s books. Celestine (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) is a young mouse living in an orphanage, in a world where mice are terrified of the bears who live above ground. When Celestine nearly ends up as breakfast for Ernest (Forest Whitaker), a poor, reclusive bear, she shows him where to find a better meal as the two become unlikely allies. “Ernest and Celestine” is rated PG.

When: 2 and 6 p.m. today; 2, 3:45 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5.

Telephone: 360-816-0352.


3) Brightly colored fun

Two of the biggest Easter egg hunts in Clark County offer more than just a hunt for candy. For a larger list of community Easter events, visit our Friday cover story:

The Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance is an egg hunt open to all, designed for children with autism and special needs of any type. Hosted by the nonprofit Autism Empowerment, the event includes a resource fair, an appearance by Rojo the Llama, members of the Oregon Mermaids Association, Ramsey the Tortoise, activity tables, pinewood derby cars and more. The first hunt begins at 2:15 p.m.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Evergreen High School, McKenzie Stadium, 2205 N.E. 138th Avenue, Vancouver.

Admission: Free, donations accepted.


The annual Crown Park Easter Day Hunt features more than 10,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs hidden in age-appropriate hunting areas. Children ages 2 to 12 should bring their own basket or bag to hunt. Following the egg hunt, there will be a traditional Easter bonnet and contemporary hat contest.

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Crown Park, 120 N.E. 17th Ave., Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-834-5307.


4) Call of the ‘CATS’

The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents “CATS, Jr.” an adapted version of one of Broadway’s longest-running musicals. A tribe of cats called the Jellicles gather to celebrate the night that Old Deuteronomy will choose one cat to be reborn into a new life.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $10 to $13.

Telephone: 360-975-1585.


5) Discover ‘Heaven is For Real’

When small-town pastor Todd Burpo’s (Greg Kinnear) young son Colton is rushed to the hospital, his family is on the verge of collapse. Colton survives his emergency surgery, only to speak about his visit to heaven, sparking questions of faith in the face of skepticism. “Heaven Is For Real” 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; 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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