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March 1, 2024

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Try this: Dia De Muertos, Autumn Flower Festival, Piano Extravaganza

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Lanterns and loved ones

Vancouver Ballet Folklórico will host a rain-or-shine celebration of Dia De Muertos, a day to remember departed loved ones, in Esther Short Park 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Hear live entertainment by Mariachi Mexico en La Piel, Huehca Omeyocan and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Band. Buy Mexican food and treats and browse art vendor booths. See ofrendas (altars honoring loved ones), dancing in colorful costumes and hundreds of luminarias (lanterns). Learn more at vbfolklor.org.

Tickling the ivories

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series begins with the Piano Extravaganza at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver. Music includes works for two pianos and one work for three pianos. Hear music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Chabrier, Milhaud, two works by George Gershwin including the “I Got Rhythm Variations” and an arrangement of “Porgy and Bess,” plus a two-piano arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Tickets are $25 or $10 for students at vancouversymphony.org.

Flowers on the farm

Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie is hosting an Autumn Flower Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Park at Grove Field Airport, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas, and follow the trail through the woods or ride on the free shuttle. See the farm’s 350 dahlias, watch flower-arranging demonstrations and cider-pressing or take a guided tour through the grounds to see orchards, berry patches and beehives as well as herb, rose and lavender gardens. Plein air artists from the Northwest Oil Painters Guild will also be painting on site and the farm store will be open.

Baroque to Bolero

Attend “A Gentle Lift, a Rhythmic Rag, a Musical Journey Through Time,” a fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Friday benefiting Martha’s Pantry, a community food and clothing resource. Pianist, composer and teacher Rick Yramategui will present an evening of music featuring works by Pachelbel, Bach, Brahms, Joplin, Ravel and himself, with guest artist Richard Gellman on clarinet. Admission is a suggested donation of $20, cash or check at the door of Vancouver United Church of Christ, 1220 N.E. 68th St., Vancouver.

The artist’s way

Art at the CAVE’s October exhibit is “Pathways,” featuring the work of Maria Esther Sund of Oregon and Sally Sellers of Vancouver. Meet both artists during an artists’ salon 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, when the artists will discuss their work, their process and their inspiration. Guests are encouraged to ask the artists about their materials, techniques and mediums. The exhibit is free and open to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The exhibit will be available for viewing throughout October. Learn more at artatthecave.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the Sifton Street Market, Camp Currie’s 77th birthday celebration and WolfWays online wolf education class — see  events.columbian.com.