Try This: Say aloha to weekend

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Thousands of visitors will spread out on the lawn of Esther Short Park to enjoy the sounds of the Pacific Islands at the annual Ho’ike and Hawaiian Festival. The day begins with the 5K Aloha Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. along the waterfront trail. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. as hula performances, Hawaiian musicians and Polynesian singers showcase different aspects of their cultures. There will also be island-inspired children’s activities, along with food and craft vendors for those looking for shave ice and flower leis.

When: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Esther Short Park, West Columbia and Eighth streets, Vancouver.

Admission: Free; 5K run/walk: $25-$30, free for ages 10 and younger.


The Hawaiian Festival is among many options for getting out and about this weekend. Here are some other suggestions:

2) Community meal

Come to the Table is a community potluck hosted by the city of Vancouver and the Ryan Woods Memorial Grassroots Foundation. There will be live music and other food vendors; neighbors are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Main Street, between 19th and 20th streets, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-8641.


3) Hooray for Camas Days

The 40th annual community festival transforms downtown Camas with streets dedicated to a variety of activities, including on just for kids. Today’s events kick off with a blueberry pancake breakfast at the Camas United Methodist Church, along with the annual softball tournament. The rock ‘n’ roll themed Grand Parade starts at 11 a.m., followed by the annual bathtub races at 1 p.m. Adults can explore the wine and microbrew street which features live music by the Method and Zuzo Blue for $5. Sunday wraps up the festivities with the Lacamas Lake Half-Marathon and 5K at 7:30 a.m.; the iconic Camas Washougal Rotary Club Duck Derby is at noon.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Downtown Camas, Northeast Fourth Avenue.

Admission: Free, $5 for wine and microbrew street; $65 to $75 for half-marathon; $45 to $55 for 5K; $8 to $10 for kids dash.


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4) To the ball game

Summer returns to the 1860s for a game of truly vintage “base ball.” The Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver takes on the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland in a 1867 rematch. The nine-inning match will be played according to the rules of the time; including catching balls with bare hands and gentlemanly pitches. Costumed volunteers will participate as both players and supporters, with play-by-plays over a loudspeaker and the Vancouver Community Concert Band performing between innings. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, a picnic and lawn chairs.

When: 6 tonight.

Where: The parade grounds west of the bandstand at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.



5) ‘Lucy’ pushes human limits

American expatriate Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is exploring the nightlife of Taipei, Taiwan, when a local crime boss forces her to work as a drug mule. When the drug bag inserted in her body ruptures and leaks into her system, the side effects give Lucy superhuman abilities. Its a race against the clock to prevent the drug from reaching a wide audience before Lucy herself breaks apart. “Lucy” is rated R.

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.

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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