Try This: Dive into fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Columbian files Families-only swims start Saturday at Marshall Community Pool.

A Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge visitor uses binoculars to get a closer look at the wildlife.

Jonah Hill, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio star in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Starting today, a special families-only swim will be offered at the Marshall Community Center pool. Children and their adults are invited to splash about for free from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. every Saturday. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

The Firstenburg Community Center pool also offers public swims on the weekend, for those wanting to try the Firstenburg’s aquatic playground. The pool is limited to 120 swimmers at a time, with public wristbands given out before each public swim.

When: 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. today at Marshall; noon to 6:30 p.m. today and noon to 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Firstenburg.

Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: Marshall: Free family swim, regular admission is $6, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 4 to 18, free for ages 3 and younger. Firstenburg: $7, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 4 to 18, free for ages 3 and younger.

360-487-7070 or 360-487-7001.


Public swims are among several options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Flight of fancy

Pearson Field Education Center offers up a Saturday program for those interested in the world of flight. There will be educational activities from the flight simulator lab to building model gliders, along with historic airplanes and collections on display.

1 to 5 p.m. today.

201A East Reserve St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.



Pearson Air Museum will also be open, showcasing different historical exhibits that explore the relationship between the former Vancouver Barracks and the airfield with the exhibition, “Army Boots and Army Wings.” “Straight-Grained Soldiers” documents the history of the Spruce Production Division, which helped supply lumber for World War I airplanes.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6252.


3. For the birds

Visitors can practice their bird watching skills at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge as flocks of ducks, geese and swans stop by for the winter. There have been recent sightings of great blue herons, Tundra swans, Canadian geese and bald eagles along the refuge’s River “S” unit’s Auto Tour route. The Carty Unit’s Oaks to Wetlands trail offers several loops, though the northern most loop is closed until the end of February.

Hours: Open daily during daylight hours. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Carty Unit and Auto Tour Route. Check website for details.

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: $3 per vehicle.

Telephone: 360-887-4106.

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4.Irreverent and buzz-worthy ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Famed director Martin Scorsese follows Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he turns shady sales of penny stocks into his own brokerage firm in the late ’80s. With his business partner Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), Belfort uses his new found wealth to indulge in a life of seedy affluence, even as the FBI closes in on his corrupt dealings. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is rated R.

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; various Regal Cinema locations.

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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