Save the Date: Young artists compete, entertain Sunday

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Due to last weekend’s weather, the Annual Young Artists Competition was rescheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Listen to the performances of nine talented young musicians as they compete for scholarships and the honor of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in April at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St., Vancouver. Admission is free.

Be transported with Dorothy to the land of Oz in the Union Theatre Players’ production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The play will feature a steampunk twist to the classic characters, as Dorothy and her new companions, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow, try to find what they’ve been looking for. The winter play begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Union High School, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors. 360-604-6250 or

Heritage High School will present the recent Broadway hit, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” based on the book series. Discover the origin stories of Peter Pan and Captain Hook as told by 19 performers as they play dozens of characters. The production will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Heritage High School Auditorium, 7825 N.E. 130th Ave., Vancouver. Tickets are $10, $7 for ages 13 to 18, $5 for seniors and ages 12 and younger. 360-604-3416 or

The Clark County Running Club hosts its annual Vancouver Lake Half Marathon at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at Vancouver Lake Region Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver. Limited to 475 entries, this winter run will test participants on an out-and-back course along Vancouver Lake. All proceeds benefit the running club’s scholarship fund for student-athletes. Register online for $35.

The Strange Tones, a self-described Crime-A-Billy band, will return to the Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, for a fun performance of blues-inspired surf tunes. They will be joined by the Volcano Vixen dancers. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets are $15. 360-887-7260 or

There’s still a few more Lantern Tours to sign up for this winter at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. Spend an evening at the reconstructed fort at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Feb. 4 or Feb. 18, as participants walk between candlelit buildings, meeting interpreters in historical costumes and sharing history from the 1840s. Reservations are $15 and $10 for ages 15 and younger. Or try the ranger-led tour of the Vancouver Barracks at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 25, and learn about the park’s military history through storytelling. Reservations are $10 and $7 for ages 15 and younger. 360-816-6244 or

National Unpublished Writers Day is a free event, inspired by the life and work of Richard Brautigan. The gathering will feature local writers discussing writing and ways to get their work out into the world. The event will take place 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. 360-906-5000 or

Tickets are still available for the Father Daughter Annual Valentine’s Ball on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, with Saturday’s dance almost sold out. A night for fathers and daughters of all ages featuring music by a DJ, refreshments, balloon artists and professional photos at the historic Pearson Hangar, 115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. Groove Nation Dance Academy will provide ballroom and hip-hop dance lessons. Tickets are $12 for city residents, $14 for non-residents. 360-487-8311 or’s-ball

Magenta Theater returns with its winter production, “Waiting in the Wings,” Feb. 10 through Feb. 25. Set at a charity home for retired actresses, where the arrival of the famed Lotta Bainbridge sparks a feud involving the entire home. The production runs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 16-18 and 22-24; 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25 at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $20 to $22. 360-635-4358 or