1. Cheers for Hazel Dell
The 53rd annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands will be all about following dreams, as 29 middle and high school marching bands will take to the parade route along Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue and Northeast Highway 99, along with floats, organizations and clubs. The grand marshal will be Alicia Cooper, Miss Clark County and now Miss Washington. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. May 20 at the Fire District 6 Station 1, travels south along Hazel Dell Avenue, crosses at Northeast 63rd to Highway 99, heading north before ending at 78th Street. Arrive early for good seats — and the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Hazel Dell Lions Club from 7 to 10 a.m. at the fire station. Breakfast is $6.50, $5.50 for seniors and ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger, at the fire station, 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver. hazeldellparade.com
2. Cast a line
The Woodland Moose Lodge will host a fishing derby for kids ages 3 to 14, with prizes awarded for the biggest catch. “Fishing buddies” will help participants, and there will be games and a concession stand. Any caught fish will be cleaned to take home. The event runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Horseshoe Lake Park, Park Road and Lake Shore Drive, Woodland. Children ages 3 to 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Event registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; $3 per participating child. 360-903-3579 or 360-225-7736.
3. Love for love
Vancouver USA Singers’ final 2017 concert, “All You Need Is Love,” will feature popular pieces that celebrate love by Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim, John Lennon and Eric Whitacre. The choir, directed by Jana Hart and accompanied by Laurie Chinn, will feature jazz vocalist Darcy Schmitt, the Seton High School Choir and Brooke Moltrum, the winner of the Vancouver USA Singers annual scholarship. Performances begin at 7 p.m. May 20 and 3 p.m. May 21 at the First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $17 to $20, free for ages 12 and younger. 360-694-3363 or www.vancouverusasingers.org.
4. Woof on history
Take part in the Bark Ranger Walking Tour starting at 10 a.m. May 20. This ranger-led outdoor walking tour, designed for visitors and their dogs, will discuss the history of dogs at Fort Vancouver and the Vancouver Barracks, as well as the overall history of the site. The free tour will highlight how to explore the fort grounds safely with dogs. The walk will begin at the area just outside the doors of Pearson Air Museum’s main hangar, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. Dogs need to be friendly with other dogs and people and up-to-date on vaccines. Please bring waste bags, food and water for pups and a leash no longer than 6 feet. In case of inclement weather, this outdoor tour may be cancelled. 360-816-6255 or www.nps.gov/fova
5. Staged storytelling
Magenta Black Chair Project presents “The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script” for a one-night-only stage reading at 7:30 p.m. May 20. Orson Welles’ adaptation of the well-known book, “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells, was said to have fooled many listeners into believing a Martian invasion was taking place. Advance reservations recommended; tickets are $10 to $12 at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. 360-635-4358 or www.magentatheater.com
The stories on stage continue with “Roar, Fierce Female Storytelling,” which will host its first event at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. It will be a night of intimate storytelling from five women sharing stories of passion, wisdom and courage. Tickets are $15 to $20. www.facebook.com/RoarVoices