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Try This: Comedy and Science on Tap; Day of Service

Five things to do this week.

By , Columbian staff writer

Have a laugh

The Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, presents Comedy on Tap at 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. The event, hosted by Tristian Spillman, features local and regional stand-up comics. Tonight’s in-person event is headlined by Gabriel Rutledge with an opening set by Neeraj Srinivasan. The show will run an hour and a half. Tickets are $15, available at

Seek and destroy

Join volunteers from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service to remove English ivy at Marine Park, 4501 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. This rain-or-shine ivy pull will be followed by a nature walk through the riparian bottomland forests of the park to learn about native ecosystems and the role of non-native species in the urban landscape. Training, gloves, tools and a hot lunch are provided. Register at

Fuzzy faces

The next Science on Tap Online is 7 p.m. Tuesday, when Australian author and biologist Danielle Clode delves into the world of koalas to discover what’s behind their sweet faces. Clode will talk about koalas and their complex relationship with humans. Register on Zoom. Tickets are $5 to $15. Get details at The next in-person Science on Tap is Feb. 7, “The Science of Attachment: Patterns in Relationships” at the Kiggins Theatre.

Plant a tree

Friends of Trees is hosting a Vancouver tree-planting from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Bagley Downs, Burton Ridge, Ellsworth Springs, Forest Ridge, Marrion, Meadow Homes, Oakbrook, Ogden and Vancouver Heights. Residents in those neighborhoods may buy a tree for their yards and volunteers will plant them. Planting starts at 9 a.m. Volunteers should arrive by 8:45 a.m. Friends of Trees will provide gloves, tools, snacks and hot drinks. To purchase a tree or register to volunteer, visit or email Volunteers with pickup trucks are especially needed.

Float away

The 63rd annual Portland Boat Show is today through Sunday at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland. Find fishing boats, ski, wakeboard and wake-surfing boats, yachts, cruisers, sportfishers, kayaks, personal watercraft, boating electronics, accessories, marine canvas, propellers, boat towers and boat trailers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and free for children 12 and under. Parking is $12 or free after 5 p.m. today and Friday. Get details at

For more details about these and other events — like the Fab Four Beatles Tribute at Portland’s Newmark Theatre or the Winter Sampler Adult Music Class — visit