Try This: New digs for Dozer Day

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Columbian files Litzy Ortega-Diaz enjoys a tunnel maze at the 2013 Dozer Day event in Vancouver.

Zachariah Taylor of Vancouver holds the American flag while representing Cub Scout Pack 306 in the 2013 Parade of Bands in Hazel Dell.

The Strange Tones will perform as part of the Beer, Movie and Music event today in Ridgefield.

Warner Bros. Pictures The military attacks Godzilla as people flee in "Godzilla."

Construction equipment and kids come together for the 10th annual Dozer Day. While the event will be held at a new location, children will still have the chance of trying out the driver seat of heavy construction equipment, from dozers to dump trucks, with the help of a professional operator. Other activities include pipe crawls, music, concrete crafts and treasure hunts. Event proceeds benefit local children’s charities.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: $7 to $10, $5 to $8 for seniors and ages 2 to 12.


Dozer Day is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. It’s a ‘Conjunction Junction’

Journey Theater Arts Group presents “School House Rock Live Jr.,” a musical based on the Saturday morning cartoon series. Tom, a young schoolteacher, is nervous for his first day of teaching. While he watches TV, various characters emerge from the set to show Tom how to win his students over.

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

Where: Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10 to $13 for tonight’s performance; $12 to $15, $10 to $13 for youth and seniors.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


3. 50 years of community

With more than 2,000 expected participants, the 50th annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands will be a community event to remember. The Golden Jubilee will honor the grand marshals of past parades, highlighting local and regional marching bands, and featuring floats, local courts, clubs, organizations and other community groups. The route begins at Fire District 6, Station 1, travels along Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue to 63rd Street, before traveling up Highway 99 to end at 78th Street.

When: 10:30 a.m. today.

Where: Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue and Highway 99, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-608-0854 or 360-600-6355.

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4. A day of entertainment

The Old Liberty Theater will host a day of Beer, Movie and Music. Heathen Brewery will showcase their six best beers in a tap takeover, while the theater presents a free screening of the 1959 classic “Teenagers From Outer Space” at 2 p.m. The music will pick up at 7 p.m., kicking off with a performance by guitarist Terry Robb, followed by surf band El Diablitos, then the self-described “crime-a-billy” band the Strange Tones.

When: Noon to 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. today.

Where: Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: Free for film, $12 to $15 for concert.

Telephone: 360-887-7260.


  1. The return of ‘Godzilla’

After an accident at a Japanese nuclear plant, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) begins to question the cause. A pair of MUTOs, Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms, have emerged from dormancy and have begun traveling the ocean to feed on radiation. But a larger force of nature has emerged from under the Pacific. “Godzilla” 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.