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Try This: ‘Junie B. Jones, the Musical’; Easter Bunny arrives; Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 16, 2023, 6:02am

Sky songs

Reprise Choir will offer three performances of its “Beyond the Dawn” concert at 7 tonight at La Center Middle School, 2001 N.E. Lockwood Creek Road, La Center, and at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Vancouver First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver. The choral concert accompanied by strings, oboe and piano celebrates the rising sun, blue skies, heavenly music, stars and sky. The suggested donation to attend is $20. For more details, visit www.reprisechoirsings.org.

School daze

Journey Theater presents “Junie B. Jones, the Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as March 22 and 25 and with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and March 25 at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal. It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Tickets are $17 for adults 19 to 61 and $14 for kids and seniors. Tickets are $2 more at the door. The 2 p.m. Saturday performance includes American Sign Language interpretation. For tickets, visit journeytheater.org or call 360-750-8550.

Bunny bonanza

Vancouver Mall invites families to celebrate the Easter Bunny’s arrival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the lower level in the J.C. Penney court. Children can meet the Easter Bunny, take part in a bunny-themed craft, marvel at the talents of a balloon artist and hear springtime music. This event is free and no registration is required. For details about other Easter events, such as photos with the Easter Bunny from today through April 8, pet photos with the Easter Bunny on March 27 and April 3 and a sensory-friendly visit with the Easter Bunny on March 26, see shopvancouvermall.com/events.

Bird benefits

NatureScaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens will host “Attracting Birds and Watershed Health” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education, Building B, Room 205. This presentation by Antonya Pickard of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program will focus on the many benefits of backyard birds, from pest-control to pollination. Those who attend will learn about habitat areas, hedgerows, rain gardens and specific birds. Registration is $15. To sign up, email info@naturescaping.org or marlene52ns@gmail.com or call 360-737-1160.

Gershwin groove

The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Guest vocalists Marilyn T. Keller, Felicia Heaton and Tyler Andrew Jones will accompany the ensemble, which specializes in recreating the fully orchestrated sounds of jazz bands and hotel orchestras of the 1920s and ’30s. Sammuel Murry-Hawkins will lead the 12-piece ensemble through tunes by top Tin Pan Alley songwriters, including works by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. Audiences will recognize tunes from early American movie musicals in addition to Charlestons, foxtrots and tangos of the era. Tickets are $25 at kigginstheatre.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the opening weekend of the Vancouver Farmers Market, the “Name That Tune: Boy Bands” trivia night at Camas Public Library and Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo” at the Moda Center — see events.columbian.com.