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Go: ‘Seussical Jr.,’ Little Art Camas, Birding workshop

By , Columbian News Assistant
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Learn the difference between a northern flicker and a winter wren at the Introduction to Bird Identification on Feb. 22 at the Battle Ground Community Library. (The Columbian files)
Learn the difference between a northern flicker and a winter wren at the Introduction to Bird Identification on Feb. 22 at the Battle Ground Community Library. (The Columbian files) Photo Gallery

1. Old cat, new tricks

Journey Theater presents “Seussical Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver. This shorter version of the Broadway musical explores the witty, wild and whimsical stories of Dr. Seuss with Horton from “Horton Hears a Who,” the Cat from “The Cat in the Hat,” and an assortment of Seussian characters from Thing 1 and Thing 2 to The Grinch to Yertle the Turtle. The plot takes twisty turns through Who-ville and the Jungle of Nool and Circus McGurkus. See who wins the Butter Battle and learn to like green eggs and ham (… in a box? … with a fox? … in a boat? … with a goat?). Tickets are $12 to $17 for shows at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 28 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 23, 29 and March 1. 360-750-8550 or

2. Small is beautiful

Little Art Camas is an art show and sale created by and for the community. It’s an exhibit of original, small paintings (5-by-5 inches, 5-by-7 inches or 8-by-8 inches) made by professional and budding artists of all ages. Each piece is available for $20, and all proceeds fund public art projects around town. Get a sneak peak at the art for sale at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 in the lobby of Fuel Medical, 314 N.E. Birch St. Camas, before buying starts at 6 p.m. New art will be added Feb. 22, when art-seekers can return from noon to 5 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy live music, drinks, nibbles, art demonstrations and a silent auction. Admission is $5 (good for both days) and children under 12 are free.

3. Strauss in the house

The Little Art Camas presents Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.E. 139th St., joined by clarinetist David Gould and conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, now in his 29th season with the symphony. The performances begin with “Celebration for Orchestra” by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1983. Next, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of the complete “Bass Clarinet Concerto” composed in 2018 by Brotons and featuring Gould on clarinet. Last, the symphony will perform Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” with its famous opening fanfare. Tickets are $36 to $52 or $10 for students. 360-735-7278 or

4. That’s how we roll

Clark County’s own roller derby league, the Storm City Rollers, are letting the good times roll at the family-friendly Big LeBOUTski Tournament, Feb. 22 at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. In the spirit of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” this third annual tournament keeps “The Big Lebowski” theme, a nod to the ’90s cult film. Teams from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada will compete at 10 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., with an exhibition game between the Storm City Rollers and Eugene’s Emerald City Rollers at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $10 for kids 6 to 12 years and free for kids 5 and younger, available at or at the door. Parking is $6 cash.

5. For the birds

What’s the difference between a northern flicker and a winter wren? (One is a woodpecker, and the other is a tiny bird with a very loud song.) If you heard a wren’s song, would you know it? How about the lilt of an American robin or the call of a black-capped chickadee (which sounds like “hey, sweetie”)? Sam Neuffer of the Vancouver Audubon Society will solve these mysteries during Introduction to Bird Identification, a workshop offering tips on species identification and bird photography, complete with a “listening lab” and outdoor bird identification (weather permitting). The free workshop, part of the library’s “Our Backyard” series, is 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way. 360-906-5000 or