The Hockinson Fun Days festival brings out the characters, such as Lisa Farre of Hockinson, who launches bubbles from a fire truck in a previous year’s parade. Visitors old and young alike can explore historic airplanes on display during Open Cockpit Day. The Pearson Field Education Center will host many activities, including trying out the flight simulator lab and building a model glider. Those ages 8 through 17 have a chance to take a free airplane ride with volunteers, weather permitting. Flights are first-come, first-served.When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.Where: 201A East Reserve St., Vancouver.Admission: Free.Telephone: 360-992-1818Web: fortvan.org/aviationeducation.Open Cockpit Day is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.2. Run to helpRun Like a Girl features 5K and 10K races to benefit Second Step Housing, a local nonprofit working to help eliminate homelessness. The routes start and end at Fort Vancouver, taking participants along the Columbia River. The event also includes a Kids Fun Run, music, prizes and local vendors. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.When: 9 a.m. Sunday.Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.Admission: $35 to $40; $20 for 17 and younger; $10 for Kids Fun Run.Telephone: 360-993-5301.Web: secondstephousing.org.3. Happy days in HockinsonHockinson Fun Days starts with a big serving of pancakes at the Fire District 3 station, which will host a pancake breakfast, along with fire apparatus demonstrations and activities. The annual Fun Days parade starts at noon from the high school, with Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas as the grand marshal. It will be followed by the fan favorite bed races. The community carnival and bazaar will run throughout the day, with a pause for the parade. Sunday will feature the Hockinson Alumni Picnic at Hockinson Meadows Community Park.When: 7 to 11 a.m. for breakfast, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 1 p.m. Sunday.Where: Fire District 3, 17718 N.E. 159th St.; Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St.; Hockinson Middle School, 15916 N.E. 182nd Ave.; Hockinson Meadows Community Park, 10910 N.E. 172nd Ave., Brush Prairie.Admission: Free, breakfast: $5, $15 per family.Web: hockinsonboosters.com.4. Water-wheeled wonderSpend a day exploring the woods around the Cedar Creek Grist Mill before stopping inside the 1876 building for Bread and Butter Day. Visitors can learn how to churn butter to top the mill’s freshly fried bread made with grain milled on site.