Love a parade
The 57th annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands returns with 25 bands, floats and classic cars at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, starting at Clark County Fire District 6, 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. This year’s theme is “Sounds of Freedom.” To see a map of the parade route, visit hdscba.org/parade. Several roads will be closed to allow for spectators. At 8 a.m., Hazel Dell Avenue will be closed from 78th to 99th streets. At 10 a.m., 63rd Street from Hazel Dell Avenue to Highway 99 will be closed, as well as Highway 99 from 63rd Street to 78th Street. Highway 99 will reopen at 1 p.m. For more details, call parade co-chairs Brad Lothspeich at 360-600-6355 or Shelly Palmer at 360-608-0854.
Clarinets and Queen
The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony will showcase the clarinet virtuosity of Matthew Nelson from the University of Louisville at the “SoundScape” concert 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Union High School’s Performing Arts Center, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. Admission is free. Under the baton of conductor Patrick Murphy, the program will include Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack from “Spirited Away,” “Aurora Awakes” by John Mackey and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury. Nelson will perform excerpts from “Introduction, Theme, and Variations” by Gioacchino Rossini and “Black Dog” by Scott McAllister. Learn more at swwindsymphony.org.
Adventures in archaeology
The Historic Trust will host a free public archaeology event, “History Beneath Your Feet,” at Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen, Vancouver, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The public is invited to watch archaeologists at work, view artifacts already found at the site, see a stone tool making demonstration and tour the Academy. Archaeological Investigations Northwest staff will excavate test units, supervising exhibits of historic artifacts already found at the site and providing flintknapping demonstrations. Inside, Providence Academy docents will offer building tours from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
East meets north
“Viking: A Nordic Fusion Belly Dance Show” from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday features the Nornir Dance Troupe, singing and drumming by Cyndi Myers and a performance by fusion belly dance artist Anya Luberg. The show at the Emil Fries Auditorium on the campus of the Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver, combines belly dancing with Nordic neofolk music. Original choreography showcases new students and seasoned professionals. Purchase tickets ($5 to $30, no refunds) at eventbrite.com.
Journey Theater presents “Honk!,” a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable, “The Ugly Duckling,” with performances from Friday through May 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are on sale at journeytheater.org or by calling 360-750-8550. Adult tickets are $17. Youth and senior tickets are $14. Tickets for all performances are $2 more at the door. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as May 26 and 27, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and May 27.
… And More
For more details about these and other events — like the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington’s Food and Film Documentary Series, the photography exhibit and lecture about Rogue River War sites at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center and the Camas-Washougal Historical Society’s annual plant fair — see events.columbian.com.