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Go: Salmon, Lamprey and Sturgeon, Oh My!; Dia de los Muertos; A Salute to Our Veterans

By , Columbian News Assistant
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The Westwinds Community Band offers "A Salute to Our Veterans," a free concert Nov. 9 at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church.
The Westwinds Community Band offers "A Salute to Our Veterans," a free concert Nov. 9 at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church. (Wavebreakmedia) Photo Gallery

1. Fishy family fun

Fish are at the forefront of an afternoon of family fun during “Salmon, Lamprey and Sturgeon, Oh My!” 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. Kids can enjoy fishy crafts and learn fascinating facts about the seafaring salmon, the ancient sturgeon — which has remained relatively unchanged for about 200 million years — and the long, silvery lamprey, which attaches itself to other fish and rocks using a round, sucker-like mouth filled with specialized teeth. Lamprey, a bitter but protein-rich fish prized for its oil, were often served alongside salmon at Native ceremonies and celebrations. Second Saturdays at the Water Center are always free and designed for families to attend together. 360-487-7111 or

2. We salute you

The all-volunteer Westwinds Community Band, led by director Loren Hascall, will present “A Salute to Our Veterans” from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church, 5701 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver. The concert band, which has just begun its 44th season, offers this free musical “thank you” to veterans with stirring patriotic music such as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Liberty Fanfare,” “God Bless the USA,” “Songs of the Armed Forces” and “Americans We,” to name a few. Veterans are especially welcome to attend and will be treated as honored guests. For more information about Westwinds — or if you’d like to join the band — visit

3. Follow the trail

Attend a presentation and screening of the documentary “100 Years” at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. The film starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion with Patsy Whitefoot (Yakama), president of the National Indian Education Association. The film tells the story of a Montana Blackfeet woman, Elouise Cobell, who wondered about funds missing from government-managed Indian Trust accounts and discovered a trail of corruption leading to Washington, D.C. “100 Years” is the story of her fight for justice, beginning with the largest class-action lawsuit ever filed against the government on behalf of 300,000 Native Americans whose lands were mismanaged. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and elders. 360-693-0123, or

4. A day to remember

Enjoy live music with Grupo Los Compadres, entertainment with Escuela Charra Los Mendoza from Ridgefield and pre-Hispanic and traditional Mexican dancing from Vancouver Ballet Folklorico during the Dia de los Muertos celebration from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. in Vancouver. Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico to honor and remember loved ones who have died. Members of the Ballet Folklorico will explain Dia de Muertos traditions, such as the significance of brightly decorated sugar skulls (or calaveras) and the meaning of Dia de Muertos ofrenda, or altars. Adults and kids will enjoy making tissue paper flowers, calaveras collages, and writing the names of loved ones on paper leaves to decorate the Tree of Life.

5. Sweet dreams

“Always … Patsy Cline” is a musical extravaganza featuring 26 songs backed by a five-piece country band. The production is inspired by the true story of Pasty Cline’s long correspondence with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the country music star in 1961 when they met at a Texas music hall. The show’s title is a reference to Cline’s letters to Seger, all of which were signed “Love always … Patsy Cline.” Audiences will hear live performances of Cline’s many hits, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.” There are three more performances in the recital hall at Beacock Music, 1420 S.E. 163rd Ave., Vancouver: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Proceeds from tickets ($20) support student music scholarships. 360-694-7134 or