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Try this: Spirit Tales; ‘Synergy’; and ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: October 12, 2023, 6:00am

Boo in the barracks

Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Join a local historian for a guided walking tour of the Vancouver Barracks featuring spooky, odd and unexplained occurrences, hauntings and ghost sightings. Tour-takers should meet across from the Grant House at 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver. Times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 60 and over and $15 for veterans and kids ages 15 and younger. Buy tickets at ghostsandcritters.com.

Wind and wonder

The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony will present “Synergy” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. Under the baton of conductor Mark Claassen from Mountain View High School, the 55-musician concert band will present an energetic program including “Mothership” by Mason Bates, Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Fiesta) by Clifton Williams and “Trombone King” by Karl King. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Learn more at swwindsymphony.org.

Step lively

Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver, presents “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” showing Friday through Oct. 29. Retiree Lily hires dance instructor Michael to give her dance lessons. Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to compatibility as the lessons progress. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday showings are at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 at www.magentatheater.com or by calling the box office at 360-949-3098. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Ghosts and gourds

The historic Covington House, a log cabin built in 1848, will host an Autumn Open House from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Entertainment will include a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and stories told by local author, historian and expert on Vancouver hauntings, Jeff Davis. Small prizes will be awarded for different events. For more information, call 360-885-0097 or 360-936-8479.

Autumnal arts

The final Gather Arts Market of the season is “Fallfest,” Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hockinson Community Center, 15916 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. The market features 30 local artisan vendors and small businesses selling coffee, locally sourced honey, fresh flowers and plants, farm-fresh produce, crocheted and quilted items, original art, handcrafted furniture, jewelry, gems and wood crafts. Admission to the market is free and the venue offers indoor restrooms for guests. Visit gatherarts.com/market-vendors to see a complete vendor list.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the French inspirations book signing at The French Door, fall birding hikes in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Re-Imagined Radio’s broadcast of the spooky “Asezhia” — see Page B6 or events.columbian.com.