Try This: Up, up and away at Pearson

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator


photoPearson Air Museum hosts Open Cockpit Day, where kids ages 8 to 17 are invited to a free airplane ride. This year's event is today.

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photoRachel Conway, 4, not old enough for her own plane ride, watches her brother Daniel Conway, 8, with pilot Gus Funnell, taxi to the runway at Pearson Air Museum's 3rd Annual Open Cockpit Day, Saturday, May 31, 2008. (The Columbian/ Steven Lane)

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See an airplane from the pilot's seat during Open Cockpit Day, where an array of specialty airplanes will be open to visitors. Weather permitting, volunteer pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association also will be on hand to give free airplane rides to children ages 8 to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. The education center also offers a flight simulator lab and model-glider building.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Where: Pearson Field Education Center, 201A East Reserve St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-992-1818.

The Open Cockpit Day is among many options for getting out and about this weekend. Here are some other suggestions:

2) 25 years of farm fresh

photoThe Vancouver Farmers Market celebrates its 25th anniversary today at Sixth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver.

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photo9/5/98 - Dave Olson - Vancouver Farmers Market may be relocated for next years season.

Vancouver Farmers Market will celebrate its 25th anniversary today by honoring the people and customers who have helped shaped the market since the beginning. The anniversary event will feature live music, treats for customers and a classic car show. The first market was held Aug. 18, 1990, as a Saturday-only market. Now, it's has grown to fill a weekend highlighting produce, food and products of more than 175 regional vendors.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver.

Telephone: 360-737-8298.

3) Summer sounds like jazz and blues

photoMusic fans listen to the Tacoma band Junkyard Jane on the opening night of the 2011 Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park, Friday August 26, 2011.(Steven Lane/The Columbian)

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photoStanley Jordan is scheduled to appear at the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, which is today and Sunday at Esther Short Park.

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photoDon McLean The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival will feature 5-time Grammy winners Blind Boys of Alabama, guitarist Lee Ritenour, singer-songwriter Don McLean, the Heritage Blues Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio and more.


Esther Short Park will be an open air music lounge this weekend. The 17th annual Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival offers more than 200 wines, arts and craft exhibitors to peruse in between performances. Local jazz bands Mark Simon Quintet and David Friesen Quintet will warm up today's stage, to be followed by the Dan Brubeck Quartet, Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio, guitarists Stanley Jordan and Lee Ritenour. Sunday starts with a Gospel Sunday Brunch, closing out the festival with headlining acts blues guitarist Coco Montoya, Heritage Blues Orchestra and singer-songwriter Don McLean.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.

Admission: $20 to $25, $60 for three-day pass, free for ages 12 and younger with paid adult.

Telephone: 360-906-0441.

4) Our Days community fun

La Center's Our Days community celebration will be centered around Holley Park today, with a community carnival and All Comers Cruise-In opening at 10 a.m., complete with kids' zone activities, musical performances, vendors, the beautiful baby contest at 11 a.m. and barbecue. An evening street dance with music by the Daily Band will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at Aspen and Fourth streets. On Sunday, the ninth annual Barbershop in the Park showcase will feature multiple a capella groups at the Sternwheeler Park Amphitheater.

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Holley Park, 1000 E. Fourth St.; Sternwheeler Park Amphitheater, 100 E. Fourth St., La Center.

Admission: Free; $5 for cruise-in registration.

5) Human story behind sports record

The De La Salle High School Spartans went from an obscure football program in Concord, Calif., to winning 151 games, thanks to coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel). The pressure to continue the winning streak falls on the team's new seniors, until arrogance, tragedy and loss end the streak. The players, coaches and the community must discover a different kind of strength. "When the Game Stands Tall" 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 locations, 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.,,