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Go: Muscles & Mustaches, Fadin’ by 9, Clark County Wedding Expo

By , Columbian News Assistant
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There will be a Wind & Strings Celtic Concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Jan. 11 to benefit the WHO cold-weather shelter. (Contributed photo)
There will be a Wind & Strings Celtic Concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Jan. 11 to benefit the WHO cold-weather shelter. (Contributed photo) Photo Gallery

1. Hit the big time

Step right up, step right up to Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., for Muscles & Mustaches, a night of clean comedy, gravity-defying juggling and daredevil stunts featuring Supernova, aka strongwoman Tera Zarra, and the Gentleman Juggler, Curtis Carlyle. This family-friendly show, in the style of classic vaudeville acts, will include award-winning juggling by Carlyle and mind-boggling feats of extraordinary strength by Zarra, occasionally assisted by members of the audience. Tickets are $15 for one or $20 for two. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 11 so you can find seats and purchase refreshments in the lobby before the show starts at 7 p.m. 360-887-7260 or

2. Couve tunes

Bluegrass fans are invited to share an evening with the band Fadin’ by 9, celebrating the long-awaited release of its third CD, “Vancouver.” The album — which will be performed in its entirety starting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 — is full of the top-notch picking and singing that audiences have come to expect, with “bluegrassified” folk and rock tunes that will be familiar to listeners, as well as new, original songs with close harmonies and fancy finger work. Come a little early to find a seat at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available to purchase in the lobby before the show. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. 360-635-4358, or

3. Wind beneath my strings

Enjoy an afternoon of soothing Celtic music at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road, Vancouver, at the annual Winds & Strings Celtic Benefit Concert, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. The concert is free, but donations are welcome; proceeds will support the Winter Hospitality Overflow, a cold-weather shelter operated by Share Vancouver with St. Andrew and St. Paul Lutheran churches. The performance will also feature the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Complimentary cookies and punch will be served. St. Andrew has held similar benefit concerts for the last 13 years, raising thousands of dollars each year. 360-892-7160, or

4. Something old, something new

Are you getting ready to say “I do,” take the plunge, get hitched or pledge your troth? However you like to think of it, a wedding day involves a lot of planning, and the Clark County Wedding Expo — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 — is the place to start. Brides- and grooms-to-be will flock to ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield, to browse 100 vendors, find resources and talk to expert photographers, floral designers, caterers, videographers and wedding planners. Meet Napoleon, the “wedding llama,” and his alpaca buddies — or be one of four brides and grooms chosen to compete in a cake-eating contest for a prize of $500. Entry to the expo is $5 in advance or $7 at the door, with free parking. 360-574-6466 or

5. Thanks for the memories

Do you have a drawer full of family heirlooms that you’re not sure how to preserve or display? Get tips from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Curator Meagan Huff, who has worked with Fort Vancouver’s museum collection since 2010. She’ll present “Preserving Your Family’s Treasures,” from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11. Attendees will learn about the “agents of deterioration” that can harm heirlooms, how to slow this process, and which supplies are best for preserving treasured documents and objects. This presentation is free and focuses only on preservation; no appraisals will be done. The lecture will be held at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.