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Try This: 60th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival, Winter Nature Fun Days

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 25, 2024, 6:00am

Fascinating rhythm

Clark College’s 60th Annual Jazz Festival continues through Saturday. The festival offers evening performances. During the day, 60 middle and high school instrumental jazz ensembles compete for the sweepstakes trophy. Entry to the festival is $10 per day. Trumpet artist Allen Vizzutti will perform with the Clark College Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Last year’s sweepstakes winner Mountain View High School Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn more at clark.edu.

Heaven sent

The Vancouver Symphony’s Chamber Music Series presents Frank Borzage’s Academy Award-winning 1927 film, “7th Heaven,” 7 p.m. today at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. The film will be accompanied by a period-authentic live score compiled by Rodney Sauer of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and performed by Sauer, Eva Richey, Dieter Ratzlaf, Bruce Dunn and Igor Shakhman. Tickets are $25. Students are $10 at the door. Buy tickets at kigginstheatre.com.

Poetry pointers

Birdhouse Books, 1001 Main St. (basement level), Vancouver, is hosting “The Work” poetry workshop with Clark County’s former poet laureate, Christopher Luna. The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of every month. Students explore poetry through prompts, writing exercises, reading and responding to one another’s works in a group setting. There’s a $25 suggested donation to attend but no one will be turned away. Register at printedmattervancouver.com. Drop-in workshops are Saturday as well as Feb. 24, March 23 and April 27.

Natural wonder

Columbia Springs offers Winter Nature Fun Days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month from January through March at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver. Drop in any time for winter-themed hands-on science and nature experiences. Start at the visitor center for maps and information. Choose your own adventure with volunteer-led activities, games and guided walks. Discover what a salmon scale and a tree ring have in common and what critters live in our wetlands. No registration is necessary. Questions? Email events@columbiasprings.org.

Guitars and boots

The Barberton Grange, 9400 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver, offers a lively country-western music jam session from 4 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Hear talented local musicians play toe-tapping tunes perfect for dancing or bring your instrument and join the jam. All ages are welcome. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. For more information, contact Ramona Perkins at 360-901-3745.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Scottish country dancing classes, Pinot and Paint at La Uva Fortuna and the Race for Warmth — visit events.columbian.com.