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Try This: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ Repair Clark County, ‘Star Wars vs. Star Trek’

Five things to do this week

By — Monika Spykerman
Published: January 19, 2023, 6:02am

When lightning strikes

Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, presents the “The Lighnting Thief,” based on the book series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan. When a teenager discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on a journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Jan. 27 and 28 with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Sunday and on Jan. 28 and 29. Family Day with discounted tickets is 2 p.m. Saturday. The 7 p.m. performance on Saturday includes a post-show discussion on neurodivergence. Pride Day is 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets ($16 to $20) are available at metropolitanperformingarts.org.

Seeds of change

NatureScaping will host “Seed Saving – From Harvest to Storage,” an in-person class from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, Building B, Room 205, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie. Employees from Garden Delights Herb Farm will teach participants about different kinds of seeds, harvesting and saving seeds, with a focus on cleaning harvested seeds. Class participants will try cleaning and sorting methods for themselves, including folding their own seed packets using upcycled paper. Register by emailing info@naturescaping.org or marlene52ns@gmail.com, or call 360-737-1160.

In a fix

Repair Clark County brings its free fix-it program to the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Experienced fixers will try to repair items or show you how to fix them. There’s no guarantee an item can be fixed, or that trying to fix it won’t break it further, but fixers will diagnose problems and offer advice. Bring bicycles, clothing, small home appliances or electronics, jewelry, or tools and knives for sharpening as well as replacement parts (i.e. cords or zippers). Items should be small enough to carry. Learn more at columbiasprings.org/repair-clark-county.

As the crow flies

TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center will host “A Course in Corvids,” an online class about the family of birds that includes crows, ravens and jays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, led by experienced birder and teacher Laura Whittemore. Learn more about corvids and why they are such remarkable birds, including how to tell such birds apart from one another. Whittemore holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis and Clark College and has traveled the United States, Australia, South Africa and Antarctica in search of birds. Tuition is $10 to $20 or free with a scholarship for people of color. Register by emailing hello@treesongnatureawareness.org.

Spock versus Yoda

The Oregon Symphony presents “Star Wars vs. Star Trek” with two performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Audiences will hear John Williams’ iconic Star Wars theme and “Imperial March” as well as music from “The Wrath of Khan” and the newest Star Trek films. Tickets range from $25 to $115, available at portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall/events/star-wars-vs-star-trek.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Winter Dance Concert, Shen Yun classical Chinese dance performance at the Keller Auditorium and “Ms. Holmes and Ms. Watson — Apt. 2B” at Portland Center Stage — visit events.columbian.com.