Saturday, April 1, 2023
April 1, 2023

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Try This: Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade, Walking Tour, Make-up and Hair Design Fundraiser

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Bark and boo

The Battle Ground Community Center, 912 N.E. Main St., Battle Ground, will go to the dogs at 6 tonight with the Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade and Pet Costume Contest. The parade is free for spectators. K-9 Officer Charlie will be in attendance, serving as the grand marshal of the pet parade. Come back to the community center between 4 and 9 p.m. Monday, Halloween night, for Fright Night with family-friendly games, prizes and candy. Admission is free and costumes are encouraged. Details for both events can be found at

The phantom is here

See the 1925 horror movie, “Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied by the Vancouver Master Chorale and an octet with an original score by Canadian composer Andrew Downing. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground. The program includes “Double Trouble” from “Prisoner of Azkaban” and the ’60s novelty song “The Monster Mash.” Battle Ground high school students will join the choir. Tickets are $25 at The concert is free for those 16 and younger.

Walk and wow

The Vancouver USA Walking Club will lead a Halloween Walking Tour of Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday to see spooky seasonal decorations. Choose from 5K and 10K routes. Costumes are welcome but not necessary. Meet at Lincoln Elementary School, 4200 N.W. Daniels St. Participation is free. For more information, contact Romana Paynter at 360-521-8288 or or Heidi Schurr at 360-909-7917 or Details about the club can be found at

Quilts and crafts

North Clark Historical Museum, 21416 N.E. 399th St., Amboy, will host a Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Vendors will sell handcrafted items such as cards, jewelry, crocheted critters and hand-sewn linens, bibs and aprons. The museum store will also be open. Raffle tickets ($1) will be available for the “Wild Flowers” quilt made by the Chelatchie Quilters. The museum is wheelchair accessible and admission is free. Get details at 360-247-5800 or email

In disguise

The Fort Vancouver Kiwanis are hosting a Halloween Make-up and Hair Design Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Halloween day, at Perfect Look Hair Salon, 16600 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver. Volunteers will do professional make-up and hair design to match costumes. Attendees can bring wigs, noses, scars, colored mascara or other special items to apply. Call TJ at 360-624-7360 to book an appointment. For questions about hair, contact Linh at 360-213-4183. Prices range from $20 to $125, depending on the complexity of the designs.