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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Sept. 28, 2023

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Try This: Sakura Festival, History on Tap, Earth Day Guided Hike

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Flower power

Clark College will host the annual Sakura Festival at 1 p.m. today in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. The festival celebrates the blossoming of 100 cherry trees, a gift from Japan. Opening remarks are at 1 p.m. and festivities begin at 2:30 p.m. The festival features a performance from Portland Shishimai Kai, a kimono showcase, a student art showcase and tea and cookies from the Clark College bakery. Exhibits and demonstrations include ikebana flower arranging, a tea ceremony, the Japanese Club and Camas Kendo.

A life of honor

Clark County Historical Museum’s History on Tap at 7 tonight at the Kiggins Theatre features historian Gregory P. Shine presenting “I Am Also Entitled to be Recognized: The Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier,” exploring the life, service and local connections of Sgt. Moses Williams, Medal of Honor recipient. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event includes “History and a Lie” and Clark County Trivia. Admission is $15 in advance or $18 at the door, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Get tickets at the box office or at kigginstheatre.com. Contact the museum for more details at 360-993-5679, ext. 102, or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Spring into art

The Battle Ground Art Alliance Spring Art Show and Sale is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. The show features 20 Southwest Washington artists selling their best works in painting, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and textiles. Some artists will offer live demonstrations for an up-close look at oil painting, mixed-media, fabric collage and basket weaving, with an opportunity to chat with the artists about techniques and inspirations. For more information, visit bgartalliance.com.

Song and dance

Metropolitan Performing Arts presents “High School Musical,” based on Disney’s 2006 movie, running Friday through April 30 at 6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. The play follows the budding romance between a jock and a smart girl as they audition for the school show. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as April 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as April 29 and 30. The 2 p.m. Saturday show is Family Day and the 2 p.m. Sunday show is Pride Night. Tickets purchased at metropolitanperformingarts.org are $20 or $16 for military, students and seniors.

Walk on the wild side

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the Watershed Alliance are hosting a 2-mile Earth Day Guided Hike 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver. Participants will look for migrating birds while the guide shares information about watersheds and native plants. The hike, offered in English and Spanish, is open to all ages. Binoculars and printed materials will be available. The flat, gravel trail is accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks. Register at thewatershedalliance.org/events.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the craft fair and plant sale at Cascades Presbyterian Church to raise money for earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour and the Earth Day Sustainable Communities Fair at Bagley Community Park — visit events.columbian.com.