Try This: Holiday outings abound

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Civil War re-enactor Emily Wattez reads names from the Clark County Veterans War Memorial before Vancouver's Memorial Day Observance at the Vancouver Barracks in 2013.

Team Fusion competes in dragon boat races to benefit Paddle for Life at Vancouver Lake.

Considered one of the top choirs in the world, the University of Santo Tomas Singers will perform May 25 at Skyview High School.

Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, "Dinosaurs Unearthed," will be on display through Sept. 2 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

"The Art of Dr. Seuss," on display through Aug. 17, explores the facets of Theodor Seuss Geisel's life at the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum in Portland.

James McAvoy, left, and Patrick Stewart star in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

The community will honor local service members who have given their lives in a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday around the Clark County Veterans War Memorial at the Vancouver Barracks. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can gain a deeper understanding of military life throughout the 150 years at the site during the Soldiers’ Bivouac. Bivouac is a French term for a temporary encampment. Costumed Civil War infantry and cavalry interpreters will be on hand to answer questions and give weapon demonstrations.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. ceremony start.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.


The Soldiers’ Bivouac is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Seniors have all the fun

Va Va Voom presents its variety show “We’re Goin’ Places.” Bored with their days of bingo, a group of seniors decide to hit the road and tour the United States, from Hawaii to New York. Songs such as “Route 66” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas” are mixed into comic sketches that include guest stand-up comedian Nona Bingham.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. today.Where: Barberton Grange, 9400 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $10.

Telephone: 360-546-5855.


3. A day on the lake

Pack a picnic lunch and cheer on the teams during Paddle for Life, as dragon boats will race across Vancouver Lake to raise money and awareness for the disabled veterans water sports program. Teams of 10 to 20 or more members will compete. Groups of all athletic abilities will compete.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.Where: Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.

Admission: Free, donations encouraged.

Telephone: 877-872-3211.


4. Choral concert from the Philippines

The University of Santo Tomas Singers will perform in Vancouver as part of its 27th international tour. Also known as the UST Singers, the choral ensemble promotes its Filipino heritage through music. The group has received international acclaim, winning top prizes from choral competitions around the world. Presented by the Filipino American Association of Clark County and Vicinity.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $20 to $50.

Telephone: 360-931-3812Web: or

5. A trip across the river

For a family day trip, there’s plenty to find in Portland this weekend. Visitors can get a close view of fossils at “Dinosaurs Unearthed” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Families can take in the rides and concerts at the Portland Rose Festival’s CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Or fans of whimsy can stop by the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum to explore “The Art of Dr. Seuss.”

For “Dinosaurs Unearthed”

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday

Where: OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland.

Admission: $13; $9.50 for seniors 63 and older and children 3-13.

Telephone: 800-955-6674.


For CityFair

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday.

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 50 N.W. Naito Parkway, Portland.

Admission: $7 for 7 and older, free for veterans and active military; ride wristbands, $35 to $50


For “The Art of Dr. Seuss.”

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday.

Where: World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland.

Admission: $9; $8 for seniors; $6 for children 3-18; and free for 2 and younger.

Telephone: 503-228-1367.


6. ‘X-Men’ rewrite the past

In the future, mutants are hunted to extinction by robotic Sentinels. To change history, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back to 1973 to unite Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) in hopes of stopping Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), who triggered the development of the Sentinel program. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” 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.


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