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Try this: Festival Brass Band, Geeks Who Drink, Jantzen Beach Carousel

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: December 22, 2022, 6:00am

Classy brass

Soak in the spirit of the season 6-8 p.m. today at Northwood Public House and Brewery, 1401 N.E. Rasmussen Blvd., with a live performance by The Festival Brass Band. Hear favorite Christmas melodies performed on trumpet, tuba, trombone, double French horn, flugelhorn and euphonium. There’s no cover charge and all ages are welcome, but reservations at the restaurant are highly recommended as this annual evening of holiday brass music is well-attended. To reserve a table, call 360-723-0937.

Jolly joules

See 150,000 lights on the block surrounding 4616 N.W. Franklin St. in Vancouver from 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. The display stretches across 10 homes and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. See a life-size nativity scene with a 24-foot star, a 60-foot lighted tree, a 15-foot snowman, characters from “Frozen,” Santa and reindeer, the Grinch, dancing Christmas trees, Charlie Brown and Snoopy and a wintry Pooh Corner. Boy Scouts will sell hot cocoa on weekends. Journey Carolers will sing 7-9 p.m. today and Santa will arrive at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “Snow” will fall on Dec. 24 and 25. Bring food to donate to local food banks. Get details at holidaysonfranklin.com.

Smarts and stout

54°40’ Brewing, 3801 S. Truman St., Washougal, will host a weekly Geeks Who Drink trivia night from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Questions cover everything from Hungary to “The Hunger Games,” science to sports, and the Billboard Hot 100 to “Better Call Saul.” There are seven rounds of eight questions each, including audio and visual rounds. Teams can be up to six players or come solo and be assigned to a team. Winning teams get bar cash or other prizes and bonus questions garner additional goodies. It’s free to participate but plan to buy beer or food. For details, call 303-532-4737 or email bryan@geekswhodrink.com.

Purl and prattle

Knit and Natter is a weekly drop-in program for knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Vancouver Mall Library, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, No. 285. Bring whatever projects you are working on and get tips and inspiration from other knitters or just sit quietly while you knit one and purl two. There is no charge to attend and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Judy Turner at 360-896-7135.

Horsin’ around

The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, presents “The Odyssey of the Historic Jantzen Beach Carousel,” a multimedia exhibition sharing the history of Jantzen Beach Amusement Park and showcasing four of the carousel’s beautiful horses — two of them fully restored and on display for the first time in a decade. The three-story carousel, which opened on Hayden Island in 1928, originally featured 72 hand-carved horses. The exhibit is on display through April 30. The museum is open seven days a week — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $10, with discounts for students, seniors, teachers and youth. Learn more at ohs.org.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like live music by J.T. Wise Duo at 14 Acres Vineyard and Winery and the weekly painting group in Washougal — visit events.columbian.com.