Try This: Dance, Play, Learn in Clark County

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator


photo"Columbia Dance Presents!" features multiple dance performances by the Columbia Dance Company, March 22-23 at the Royal Durst Theater in Vancouver.


From the classic ballet of "Sleeping Beauty" to the iconic contemporary dances of Bob Fosse, "Columbia Dance Presents!" crosses dance genres. Columbia Dance's signature performance will include excerpts from the ballet, three pieces of Fosse choreography and a premiere work by Artistic Director Jan Hurst. The matinee show will feature a performance by the junior company dancers. The evening performance will include work by guest choreographer Eowyn Emerald.

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

Where: Royal Durst Theater, 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $18, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for ages 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-737-1922.


The dance performance is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2) For young paleontologists

Jurassic Quest is a traveling showcase of animatronic dinosaurs aimed at younger dinosaur fans that features more than 50 dinosaurs from the Middle Triassic to the Late Cretaceous eras. The exhibit includes themed crafts, activity areas and a fossil dig.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $20, $18 for seniors and military members, $15 to $24 for ages 2 to 12. $5 per some activities.


3) Dice, cards and games

photoBrandon Suter, 25, of Oregon loses a game of giant Jenga to Keri Turner, 36, of Portland at last year's GameStorm, a board and card game convention.

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Discover a new game or share love for an old one at the 16th annual GameStorm. The convention features everything from board games and tabletop role-playing to collectible card games and console gaming. The Game Lab lets creators bring in in-development games for industry and player evaluations. A dealers hall, guest panels and more are also part of the event. Signed waivers are required for ages 17 and younger to attend.

When: Registration tables are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $40 for today, $15 for Sunday; $20 for ages 6 to 14 for all weekend, free for ages 5 and younger.


4) Community of artists

photoAndy Poole of Amboy looks over artwork last year at the Battle Ground Art Alliance Spring Show and Sale at the Battle Ground Community Center.

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photo"Red Waterfall," made from fused glass, by artist Ann Cavanaugh stands in the foreground as visitors enjoy the Battle Ground Art Alliance 12th annual Spring Show and Sale last year at the Battle Ground Community Center.

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The 13th annual Battle Ground Art Alliance Spring Show and Sale is one of the largest juried art shows in the area. It features multiple media, including photography, woodwork, ceramics and jewelry. Visitors can vote for the People's Choice award, explore the themed exhibit, "Celebrate the Rain," or participate in the silent art auction. Meet the artists at tonight's public reception from 5 to 8 p.m.; awards announced at 6:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.

Telephone: 360-901-3823.


5) 'Divergent' converges on theaters

photoZoe Kravitz, left, and Shailene Woodley jump from a moving train in "Divergent."


Based on the best-selling book by Veronica Roth, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a dystopian Chicago, where society has been divided into five factions based on personal traits. At 16, everyone is sorted by a test, which reveals Tris is a Divergent and has the potential to disrupt the societal order. To hide her status, she joins the warrior Dauntless faction, learning to fight under the training of drill sergeant Four (Theo James). "Divergent" 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.,,