Save the Date: Music in the air during holiday week

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



With a weekend filled with last minute shopping and waiting to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” there’s still holiday tunes and sights to enjoy.

A merry band of musicians and vocalists will join together for “Christmas Comes Alive” with Jay “Bird” Koder and Friends. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday with jazz, gospel, blues and pop versions of Christmas songs at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver. Proceeds benefit the local outreach program LoveNow. Tickets are $10, $25 for a family. 503-256-1705 or

There’s much dancing to be had, with Columbia Dance presenting its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. today, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, and 1 p.m. Monday at the Royal Durst Theatre, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. 360-737-1922 or

Northwest Classical Ballet will also perform the classical story at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at Union High School, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. Tickets are $15. 888-487-7454 or

Or put on your own dancing shoes for the Holiday Rhythms Dance Party running 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. With music by Daniel Crothers and Friends, dancers can move across the floor with variety of ballroom dance styles. Open to all dancers, new or experienced, and a dish for the potluck is encouraged at the Vancouver Elks Lodge No. 823, 11605 S.E. McGillivary Blvd., Vancouver. Admission is $5 with dish, $10 without. 954-249-5823 or

Prepare to celebrate with the White Ball: Vancouver’s New Year’s Eve at the Hilton at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Attendees are encouraged to dress their best, with music by the Nu Wavers, Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts, Jet Black Pearl, Steve Adams and performances by the Aerial Muse Collective at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver. Tickets are $70 to $125, $30 to $40 for admission after 10 p.m., for those 21 and older, with proceeds benefiting Share.

The annual Swinging in the New Year’s Eve Dance will ring in 2016 with live music, dancing, sparkling cider and party favors as part of the Luepke Senior Center 50 and Better Activities, held 7 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Tickets are $15 to $18, call to sign up or register at the community centers. 360-487-7100 or

To inspire fitness goals for the new year, Ridgefield First Saturday event will be a Health and Fitness Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 2. The day begins a 5K walk and run from Davis Park, followed by a health fair with fitness and wellness professionals, healthful eating and cooking demonstrations and a farmers market at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Participants can try classes and exercises including yoga, Zumba, jump rope and more for free. 360-887-3557 or