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Try this: Memorial Day ceremony, Vancouver Ballet Folklorico, Officers Row anniversary

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 25, 2023, 6:00am

Never forget

Vancouver will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the bandstand gazebo at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. The event features speakers, live music and free lunch. Parking is available at Hudson’s Bay High School with free shuttle service. Battle Ground is also hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial in Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. Second Ave., Battle Ground. The ceremony will include two poems and a reading of the names of 31 Battle Ground-area men who died in service.


The Vancouver Volcanoes basketball team is working with Waste Connections to host a fundraising game for the Salvation Army at 7 p.m. Friday. See the team play the Salem Capitals at the Clark College O’Connell Sports Complex, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Visit vancouvervolcanoes.com for more information and to get the designated coupon code that directs 50 percent of the ticket price to the Salvation Army. Enter this coupon code on the checkout page when purchasing tickets online.

Colors of Mexico

Vancouver Ballet Folklorico will present Noche de Colores 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. This fundraising gala supports the group’s mission to offer traditional Mexican dance performances, celebrations and crafts as well as providing dance and cultural instruction. The evening features a tour of Mexican history through dance with live music by Los Internacionales, plus a silent auction, Mexican treats, raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $21.50 in advance or $26.50 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Buy tickets at magentatheater.com.

Guitar hero

Friends of the Carpenter will present a solo concert by Nashville-based Richard Smith, National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1600 W. 20th St., Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Each $30 ticket includes refreshments and table seating. All profits will be donated to Friends of the Carpenter. Parking is free. Purchase tickets ($30) at brownpapertickets.com/event/5755331. A native of Beckenham, England, Smith performs all over the world, playing everything from classical, blues and jazz to pop songs, Joplin rags and Sousa marches.

Officers Row roundup

The Historic Trust and Vancouver Barracks Military Association present a panel discussion, “Officers Row at 35: Origins, Preservation and the Future” at 6:30 p.m. today at the Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes Road, Vancouver. Archaeologist and historian Jeff Davis will discuss the history of Officers Row. He’ll be joined by historian and author Pat Jollota, former Marshall House docent Gayle Rothrock, former Vancouver project assistant Julie Garver and deputy city manager Lon Pluckhahn. The event is free but sign up to attend at thehistorictrust.org.

… And More

For more details about these and other events — like Bread and Butter Day at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, the Sifton Elementary Street Market and the North Clark Historical Museum’s Mount St. Helens exhibit — see  events.columbian.com.