Try this: Horse expo brings all things equestrian

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator



All things equestrian return to the fourth annual Washington State Horse Expo. There's something for everyone, from the Extreme Cowboy Race and BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, to the clinics by trainer Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, clinician Craig Cameron and demonstrations by Marvin Pierce's Cow Dogs. Plus multiple vendors, show horses and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors, $8 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and younger; $6 for parking.

Telephone: 360-397-6180.Web:

The horse expo is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2) Fee-free access for Presidents Day

For Presidents Day, Fort Vancouver and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will offer fee-free days through Monday. Visitors can hike through the wildlife refuge's Carty Unit and see how many waterfowl are wintering in the marshland. Or bring your binoculars to the Auto Tour Route on the River S Unit.

At the reconstructed fort, visitors can explore the blacksmith shop or wander into the kitchen. Today at the parade ground, re-enactments of Civil War-era drills by infantry, cavalry and artillery soldiers will take place, including firing demonstrations.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the fort, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Carty Unit and Auto Tour Route.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver; River S Unit, on South Hillhurst Road, south of Pioneer Street, Ridgefield. South Ninth Avenue becomes South Hillhurst Road. Carty Unit, on Northwest Main Avenue, north of Pioneer Street, Ridgefield.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

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3) Chocolate and wine

Clark County Wine and Chocolate Tour pairs local wines with all kinds of sweets during this annual self-guided tour. Learn which chocolates pair best with wine in the wineries' tasting rooms, enjoy live music or explore your neighborhood winery. Check with individual wineries for more details on specific hours and tasting fees.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Clark County, Vancouver, Battle Ground and Ridgefield.

Admission: $5 to $10, tasting fees vary.


4) Running for love

Find a partner and take on the Love Dash.

Hosted by Northwest Personal Training, the event is a fun Valentine's Day-inspired 3-mile run and walk for pairs. The run will give awards for the fastest couples in five different categories. Proceeds from the dash will benefit the Children's Center.

When: 9 a.m. Sunday.

Where: Torque Coffee, 501 Columbia St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10 suggestion donated.

Telephone: 360-574-7292.


5) 'Lego Movie' mania

Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is an ordinary Lego minifigure who follows the instruction manual. When Emmet is mistaken as a master builder, he's recruited by Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), wizard Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) to help stop Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) from destroying the world's creativity. "The Lego Movie" 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 Cinema locations.

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.,,