Try This: Season opens at farmers market

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator



Say hello to vendors old and new during the opening of the Vancouver Farmers Market's 25th season. With spring right around the corner, market shoppers may find many vegetables making early March appearances. Visitors can be on the lookout for carrots, herbs, wild mushrooms, leafy greens, potatoes and radishes, along with bouquets of daffodils. Fresh-baked goods, local meats, handmade crafts and beverage samplings are some of the market's year-round items that are sure to start your weekend on a good note.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Along Sixth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver.

Telephone: 360-737-8298.


The farmers market is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Kid-centric activities

St. Paddy's for Kids encourages children to explore nature's greenery through hands-on activities, arts and crafts. This free event features more than 20 local nonprofit groups.

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

Where: Shorty's Garden and Home, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-8370 or 360-892-7880.Web: or

Journey Theater Arts Group brings a bit of magic to the stage with "Disney's Aladdin Jr."Enjoy the adventures of Aladdin, the Genie, Jasmine and Jafar, with familiar songs from the animated movie and even magic carpet rides.

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

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

Admission: $12 to $15, $10 to $13 for seniors and youths.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


3. Bluegrass memories

photoThe Misty Mamas will perform with the Vancouver USA Singers today and Sunday for "The American Heartland" concert at Prairie High School in Vancouver.


The Misty Mamas will bring a bit of bluegrass twang to the Vancouver USA Singers' 50th anniversary season. "The American Heartland" concert includes a range of bluegrass, gospel and spirituals, with pieces by American composers. The Prairie High School Chamber Singers, the Laurin Middle School Chamber Singers, and the winner of the Vancouver USA Singers' 2014 High School Scholarship also will perform.

When: 7:30 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Prairie High School auditorium, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.

Cost: $17 to $20.

Telephone: 360-666-9489.Web:

4. DIY fixes for spring

photo Brigitte Pisarek discusses composting at the DIY Fair at Gaiser Hall at Clark College in 2012.


Learn to be your own handyman during the Do-It Yourself Fair. Local experts will offer workshops for tackling basic home repairs, rain-friendly gardening, bike maintenance and raising bees. Visitors also can bring their old compact fluorescent light bulbs to trade for new ones, with a limit of six. A free lunch is offered to the first 100 people.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-397-2121.


5. Car races, police chases galore

photoHigh-end sports cars race along a road in "Need for Speed."


To save his struggling garage, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) and his team compete in the underground racing circuit, until ex-professional race car driver Dino (Dominic Cooper) frames Tobey for manslaughter during a disastrous race. After spending two years in prison, Tobey is revving for revenge. "Need for Speed" is rated PG-13.

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.Web:,,