Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June Joy

This is my list of events for the greater Portland area and beyond for the month of June 2016.  Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes and cancellations. 

Spring minus tides continue on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling! To find the perfect spot, check here: http://www.beachconnection.net/oregon_coast/72207oregon_coast_tidepools.php To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html?gid=1409 Pure magic! Plan to explore the tidepools as the tide is still going out, and to be able to leave the beach soon after the tide begins to come in (at the low tide time). 

Berries will be going gangbusters at pick-your-own farms in Oregon this month! Check Tri-County Farms http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ or Pick Your Own http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm for a farm near you. 

Intersection Repairs 2016”. Starting in June, community events will begin to repaint murals on the pavement in the center of Portland intersections. Anyone can participate- just show up! Village Building Convergence is sponsoring many and details are listed here: http://villagebuildingconvergence.com/2016-intersection-repair-sites/ Pedalpalooza also lists some on their calendar: http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2016.php

Portland Rose Festival” now through Monday, June 13. Too many events to list here: http://www.rosefestival.org/event-calendar

Exhibit, “Art of the Brick”, now through September 11, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N., Seattle. Free with admission, $28.75 adults; $26.75 seniors, $23.75 youth 6-15, $20.75 child 3-5. “Named one of CNN’s Top Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions, The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. From child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond, the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world’s most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. Guests will have the opportunity to get an up-close and in-person view of the iconic, pop culture fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of sunshine yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will be able to walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with a giant LEGO skull.” https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/the-art-of-the-brick/

Registration now open for “Intergenerational Creative Arts Retreat”, July 22-24, Neskowin Valley School, Neskowin, OR. $55 per adult, free for ages 18 and under. “The retreat will include workshops on singing, drumming, string instruments, meditation , writing, hiking, art, dancing and a Little Mermaid costume sing-a-long! Performances by Moe Phillips, a kindie rocker from Portland, Okaidja, a musician from Ghana, and a live recording workshop with Xray Radio!” http://intergenerationalchoir.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Flyer-Neskowin-Retreat-1.pdf

Exhibit, “Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist”, now through June 13, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Admission $6 adults, $4 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under. Every Friday at 2PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 1PM they will also screen “Ahead of Time: Ruth Gruber-The Movie” free with admission. “Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a twentieth-century pioneer and trailblazer. Once the world’s youngest PhD, Ruth Gruber is now in her 104th year. The photographs in this exhibition span more than fifty years, from her groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s. A selection of Gruber’s vintage prints, never before exhibited, will be presented alongside contemporary prints made from her original negatives.” Biography and lots of details here: http://www.ojmche.org/experience/exhibit-2016-03-10-ruth-gruber-photojournalist

“KGW Sports Anchor Joe Becker”, Wednesday, June 1, 6PM, West Slope Library. “The library has invited KGW sports anchor Joe Becker to present a behind-the-scenes look at sports journalism in Portland. Becker will share some of his favorite Portland sports memories, talk about his work as a TV sports anchor, and participate in a Q/A with the audience.”

“Lavender Stuffies for Teens”, Wednesday, June 1, 4PM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/lavender-stuffies-teens/60166 “Stay calm when life is crazy. Come make your own lavender scented stuffie (stuffed animal filled with lavender) to take home.”

“Great Blue Heron Week Proclamation”, Wednesday, June 1, 9:30AM, City Hall, 1220 SW 4th Ave., Pdx. “Join Mike Houck, Bob Sallinger, former Portland Mayor Bud Clark (Whoop! Whoop!) and former staffer to City Commissioner Mike Lindberg, Ethan Seltzer for reading of the Mayor’s 30th annual Great Blue Heron Week Proclamation, kicking off Great Blue Heron Week.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/great-blue-heron-week-proclamation

Author Talk, “Tonya Russo Hamilton”, Thursday, June 2, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Join us for an evening with author Tonya Russo Hamilton as she discusses her book “Wrestling with the Devil’, a memoir of the Russo family's journey from Italy to the United States and the triumphs and tragedies of what it means to create a new life in an unfamiliar place. Ms. Russo Hamilton's father, National Wrestling Hall of Famer Antonio Russo, will also share stories of his immigration experience and extraordinary wrestling career. Presentation will include a slideshow and a special taste of Italy!” http://www.figsandfamiglia.com

“Volunteer in Champoeg’s 1860’s Kitchen Garden!”, Thursday, June 2, and Saturday, June 4, 9AM-12PM, Champoeg State Park. (Parking is $5 per vehicle but is free on June 4.) “Calling all volunteers to help out in the garden! Come experience what it might have been like to garden as the Pioneers did. Champoeg’s Kitchen Garden is representative of what was growing in a family’s garden on the farm in the late nineteenth century. Trellis structures are hand-built from trees cut locally and there is a white-washed fence line. All the vegetables, flowers and herbs are those that would have been available from the 1860s –1880s in the Willamette Valley. Garden volunteers help to maintain this beautiful garden similarly to the pioneer families. This involved lots of seed planting, weeding, edging, pruning, watering, harvesting and seed saving. Other opportunities may include pest management, historic gardening demonstrations during park events, and assistance with presentations on pioneer gardening. Contact the Park to be added to our email and phone list for monthly volunteer opportunities and events, generally held from 9-1 pm on Thursdays and 9-12pm on Saturdays. In your email specify what type of involvement you’d like to have!” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=79

Brave New Worlds Update (Pluto, Ceres, and Comet 67p)”, Thursday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 7, 6PM and 7:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Campus map and more info here: http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes”, Thursday, June 2, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Justin L. Rubinstein, PhD, Research Geophysicist and Deputy Chief - Induced Seismicity Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. “The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions around the country, with the lion’s share in Oklahoma. In 2014 there were more magnitude 3 and larger earthquakes in Oklahoma than there were in California. The increased earthquake activity is limited to areas of new and emerging oil and gas production and is undoubtedly caused by some of the techniques they use. Given that these earthquakes are human-caused, there is hope that they can be minimized or even stopped.” https://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-hillsboro-zicons-are-forever?start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&end%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&keywords%5B%5D=350&keys=#nodeid-8653

The Heroes Magnificos Film Screening”, Thursday, June 2, 6:30PM, St. Johns Library; and Thursday, June 9, 6:30PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. “Teens from Rockwood and St. Johns libraries worked with filmmakers from NW Film Center to make short films about everyday heroes in our local Latino community — people that they admire for their selfless support to others and devotion to making our community a better place. Join us for a special film screening with the teen and professional filmmakers with their friends and families. Light refreshments provided.”

Food in Clark County Today”, Thursday, June 2, Clark County Historical Society and Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children or $10 families. “In recent years, dialogues over how our food is grown, where it comes from, and how it’s distributed have taken center stage in our local and national community conversations. Join CCHM for a panel discussion about our current food system in Clark County. Representatives from Clark County’s food organizations, including the Clark County Food Bank, Clark/Cowlitz Farm Bureau, Clark County Public Health, FISH of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Farmers’ Market will gather to discuss our food, where it comes from, and what food issues county residents face today. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Lecture Series.” http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/upcoming-events/

Concert, “Chicamarimba”, Friday, June 3, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Kick out the jams and celebrate the arrival of summer with a unique and lively musical performance by fan favorites Chicamarimba, as they bring their special polyrhythmic blend of African and Latin sounds to the Library.” http://chicamarimba.com

Author Talk, “Ramzi Fawaz”, Friday, June 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Ramzi Fawaz discusses his book, “The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics “. “In 1964, noted literary critic Leslie Fiedler described American youth as ‘new mutants,’ social rebels severing their attachments to American culture to remake themselves in their own image. 1960s comic book creators, anticipating Fiedler, began to morph American superheroes from icons of nationalism and white masculinity into actual mutant outcasts, defined by their genetic difference from ordinary humanity. These powerful misfits and “freaks” soon came to embody the social and political aspirations of America’s most marginalized groups, including women, racial and sexual minorities, and the working classes. In The New Mutants, Ramzi Fawaz draws upon queer theory to tell the story of these monstrous fantasy figures and how they grapple with radical politics from Civil Rights and The New Left to Women’s and Gay Liberation Movements. Through a series of comic book case studies – including The Justice League of America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The New Mutants –alongside late 20th century fan writing, cultural criticism, and political documents, Fawaz reveals how the American superhero modeled new forms of social belonging that counterculture youth would embrace in the 1960s and after. The New Mutants provides the first full-length study to consider the relationship between comic book fantasy and radical politics in the modern United States.” 

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “On Golden Pond”, Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 19, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $14 adults, $12 seniors and youth 17 and under. “Retired couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer, spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her 13-year-old son. The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine in a play that gives us unique insight into the modern family life. This classic American comedy/drama is every bit as touching, warm, and witty today as when it debuted on Broadway in 1979.” http://theatreinthegrove.org/wp/

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Friday, June 3, 6:30PM-8PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “This month you can catch one of Portland's most well know DJs stepping out from behind the turntable and onto the dance floor for this all ages dance party. Anjali (along side The Incredible Kid) has played a transformative role in the Portland club scene for over a decade, incinerating dance floors with the South Asian sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood. Now she brings it to the Viscount along with a warm up lesson before the music begins. Come to learn, come to practice, come to dance your heart out. Super family friendly event!” http://www.anjaliandthekid.com/events/all-ages-bhangra-dance-social-5/

Tall Ships”. The ‘Lady Washington’ and ‘Hawaiian Chieftan’ tall ships will be in Ilwaco, WA June 3-5, Aberdeen, WA June 9-21 and again June 29-July 4, and Westport, WA June 24-26 sharing their marvelous living history program with tours, sails and battle reenactments. More info here: http://historicalseaport.org

Goonies Day and Shot in Astoria Film Festival”, Friday, June 3, Saturday, June 4, Sunday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 7: http://www.thegoondocks.org/2016.html Events to celebrate the cult favorite movie “The Goonies” and all things Astoria!

Festival of Flowers”, Friday, June 3 through Tuesday, June 14, with a flower sale June 15-17. “Festival of Flowers presented by Whitney Farms at Pioneer Courthouse Square has always been one of Portland’s most renowned festivals in the heart of downtown. Each year, the Square works with a local artist or design firm to create a masterpiece of vibrant color utilizing nearly 20,000 flowers and plant material. This year’s design, BE FRIENDLY PDX, was created by the award-winning, local firm Holst Architecture.” https://thesquarepdx.org/events/

Clark County Historical Society Walking Tours”, Fridays and Saturdays June 3 through August 20, various locations, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/walking-tours/ “Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. What’s the history of the Academy? Who was Kiggins and why did he come to Vancouver? What’s the connection between St. James Church and the Hudson’s Bay Company? Join us on a CCHM walking tour to learn the answers to these questions and more. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.”

Screening, “A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee”, Friday, June 3, 6PM, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5-$10. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-ghost-in-the-making-tickets-25144973292#tickets “From forests to farms, pollinators – bees, butterflies, birds, and others – play an important role in sustaining natural systems of all kinds. While national attention around the decline of bee populations has largely been focused on domesticated honey bees, our native species are often overlooked. This film takes a look at one of our most imperiled bumble bees, and explores the chances for its survival. The film will be followed by a panel discussion to explore bumble bee and pollinator conservation with a multitude of perspectives from urban policy and pesticides to agricultural lands and natural areas management.”

Oregon State Parks that have day use fees are all free on State Parks Day, June 4. More here: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_featureArticle&articleId=170 Washington State Parks are also not requiring their Discover Pass on June 4: http://discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is offering a Free Fishing Weekend June 4 and 5. More details here: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/angling/free_fishing.asp Check out the Family Fishing Events here: http://www.odfwcalendar.com

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, June 4, and Saturday, June 18, 11AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. Free. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=697627-307230

Chinese Oregon: Re-imagining Historic Chinese Mining Landscapes”, Saturday, June 4, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Chinese miners adapted a range of techniques to recover gold from various settings and those techniques left distinctive footprints on the landscape. Archaeologist Don Hann will discuss how the use of remote sensing allows us to begin to see how the Chinese prospered decades after other miners left the gold fields.”

Solar Viewing”, Saturday, June 4, 12PM-2PM, The Cove Palisades State Park, Crooked River Dayuse Area. Free. “Join Host Scott and safely view the sun in a solar telescope. Look at the sun safely; you might see sunspots, solar flares or solar prominences. Do you know the difference? Join Host Scott and find out. (This is a drop in program).” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=24

The Chinelos Dancers”, Saturday, June 4, 3PM, Cedar Mill Library, Main Floor. “Traditional Mexican carnival dance performed by the Chinelos. This is an inclusive dance for people of all ages. The dancers wear dazzling costumes with brightly colored feathers, sequins, and beads. Each costume tells a different story that comes alive as the masked dancers move to the beat of brass band music.”

Stub Fest”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM-3PM, LL Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton, OR. Free. “Volunteer trail work crews out on the trails from 9am-1pm. Festivities for all from 10am-3pm including: Disc with a Ranger, guided bike rides, Scavenger Hunt, FREE LUNCH, Skins and Skulls display, Solar viewing and more! Camping and Day-Use are free that day in our designated use areas. Standard Full hook up sites, tent sites only.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=26

Prineville Reservoir 17th Annual Star Party”, Saturday, June 4, 1PM-11PM, Prineville Reservoir Day Use Area, Prineville, OR. “Enjoy displays and talks on astronomy during the afternoon followed by guided night sky viewing through excellent deep sky telescopes.” Free. 

Champoeg Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 4, meeting at 8AM to carpool from Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Stroll along the Willamette River in stands of oak and Oregon ash on this free expert-guided bird walk. Naturalist Elaine Murphy leads you through the woods and meadows of Champoeg State Heritage Area, home of Oregon’s first provincial government and now, hundreds of species of birds including Western Bluebirds. It's a free bird walk, and parking is free this day, also!” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/champoeg_state_heritage_area_bird_walk_-_june_2/

Tour the Maple Collection at Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, June 4, and Saturday, June 11, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Take a guided tour through one of the largest collections of maple trees in the Northwest. Learn about the variety of trees: size, spring and fall color, flowers and seeds to help you pick out the perfect specimen for your yard or just take an informative, leisurely walk on one the Hoyt Arboretum’s 12 miles of trails.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival”, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor and Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Presenting the 30th Annual Pagdiriwang (Filipino for celebration) festival (June 4-5) celebrating Philippine culture, arts, and history. The 2016 theme, 'Mysts of the Cordilleras,' highlights the Cordillera Region, mountain ranges that run along the northern region of the Philippines. Composed of the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao, Abra, and Kalinga, the Cordilleras provide the material that makes the rich valleys below productive. More importantly, the region provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines through its indigenous tribal practices, art, and history. The Cordillera Region has also figured prominently as part of the Philippines’ colonial and World War II periods. Great people, great legacy. Filipino cultural diversity will be celebrated through food, historical exhibits, artifacts exhibit, visual and performing arts, music and dances of the Philippine indigenous groups, with emphasis on the tribes of the Cordillera region. Highlights include, Kalinga tattoo artistry, the world-famous Kalinga tribe Banga (pot) dance, hand-weaving techniques, short-film festival, artifacts exhibit, visual art exhibit, photography exhibit, historical exhibits, ethnic fashion show, Children’s hands-on activities, Filipino martial arts, youth performances, bands, the FYA Drill team, food booths, indigenous fabrics and wares, books, and other Philippine products and information.” http://www.festalpagdiriwang.com

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/get-involved/

Urban Homesteaders: Master Preservers”, Saturday, June 4, 9AM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. $50. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.willametteheritage.org/classes-workshops/ “Master the homesteader skill of preserving the fruits of your garden with Master Preservers from the OSU Extension Service. Useful skills from long ago are re-discovered with this class, beginning with jams and jellies. You will learn about water bath canning, something our Great Grandmothers grew up knowing. This class will get you started right and provide you with a packet of information to use at home. Master Preservers use and teach the best and safest ways to save your harvest for later and help you discover the delights of sharing your own homemade preserves on a chilly winter day. Please bring an apron or be prepared to get messy!”

Oregon Rocketry Public Launch”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM, Garden home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. “Oregon Rocketry is an organization of people dedicated to the promotion of model, sport and amateur rocketry.” “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Launch times are Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Garden Home launches are free and open to the public. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.” http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=54

Printmaking for Kids”, Saturday, June 4, 2PM, Albina Library; Thursday, June 23, 2PM, Belmont Library; and Thursday, June 30, 3PM, North Portland Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Printmaking is a process of art making in which an image is imprinted on a piece of paper or other surface. The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages. In this workshop, participants can explore several different hands on methods of printmaking including rubbings, stamps, stencils, and inkblots. Several printmaking stations will be set up where participants can freely explore one station at a time.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

2016 Rose Show- Wild and Crazy!”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, June 5, 12PM-5PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “With ‘Wild and Crazy!’ as the theme, the 2016 Rose Show features Japanese floral fine art with a twist. Ikebana arrangements will combine the use of conventional plant material with unconventional, ‘anything goes’ materials including metal, wire, paper, plastic, yarn, fabric, wood, and glass. Admission to the Oregon Historical Society will be free during weekend hours.” http://www.ohs.org/events/2016-rose-show-wild-and-crazy.cfm

Meteorite and Family Fun Day”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Admission $10 adults, seniors $9, Students 5-17 and veterans and military $7, free for kids 4 and under. “Lectures on meteorites, fun family activities, and meteorite identifications.” https://ricenorthwestmuseum.org

First Saturday and Big Paddle”, Saturday, June 4, Ridgefield, WA. “Parking is free! No entrance fee! Activities are free! The ONLY cost is boat rental (if needed) and a $5 registration fee for the two hour interpretive paddle. You can register online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ridgefield-big-paddle-festival-tickets-23305925651 or on the day of the event. Join the flotilla of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards for a two-hour interpretive tour or a relaxing recreational one-hour tour; celebrate the excitement of outdoor recreation on the waterfront with vendor booths, live music, beer garden, food trucks and live marimba music; challenge yourself with the amazing race style scavenger hunt or jump and climb your way through the obstacle course, or take a stroll on the paved path along the waterfront! End the day with a closing ceremony with a bonfire and smores.” http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/community/page/first-saturday-and-big-paddle

Bird Walk at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, June 4, 8AM, North Bonneville, WA. Free. Preregistration required; email josie_finley@fws.gov or call 360-887-4106 to sign up. Pierce NWR is normally closed to the public. “Join Columbia Gorge Refuge Steward's board member Randy Fortish at 8:00 am to explore Pierce National Wildlife Refuge. There are only a few opportunities throughout the year to visit Pierce and this is one of them!” http://www.refugestewards.org/

Steigerwald Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 4, 8AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Preregistration required; contact Josie_finley@fws.gov or 360-887-4106. “Join Ron Escano to learn about the birds and other wildlife that call Steigerwald Lake home.” http://www.refugestewards.org/

79th New York State Militia, Highlanders, Co. C”, Saturday, June 4; Sunday, June 5; Saturday, June 25; and Sunday, June 26; Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle (free on June 4). “This passionate group brings to life the famous unit of Union soldiers who marched into many Civil War battles. One of their more famous commanding generals was Major General, Isaac Ingles Stevens. It's this heroic man who gave his life in battle that Fort Stevens is named after. Come out and see the dedication these modern day Civil War soldiers put into portraying the past.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

Kid’s Fishing Derby”, Saturday, June 4, 9AM-1PM, Fort Stevens State Park, Coffenbury Lake. “Fort Stevens State Park along with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Rainland Flycasters will be hosting free fishing day activities at Coffenbury Lake Saturday June 4, 2016 from 9:00am-1:00pm. A kids fishing derby will be held with prizes and a biggest fish competition. A limited number of poles, tackle and bait will be provided for participants. There will be fly casting demos put on by the Rainland Flycasters. A BBQ lunch will be served and prizes awarded for the biggest fish. June 4 is Free Fishing Day and Oregon State Parks Day. No license is required to fish and there will be no day use or camping fees.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

Fur Trappers’ Encampment”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free parking for State Parks Day and free admission. “As part of our annual State Parks Day visitors can take a walk back through time as they visit an authentic fur trappers' encampment. In the early 1800's the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families. From here they embarked on great travels to trap beaver. In their camp, walk among the tents and works stations, ask questions of the interpreters and watch demonstrations of trapping, shooting, cooking and packing for the fur trade. In May, come see costumed re-enactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade as they return from a winter of trapping and prepare and pack their hides into fur bundles ready to trade with the Hudson Bay Company downriver at Ft. Vancouver. In September, learn what life was like for these intrepid men and their Metis wives as they gather, renew old friendships and prepare for their winter’s journey following waterways and trapping beaver.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45079

Early Morning Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 4, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Ages 8 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/event-2219876?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=6/27/2016 Walk out on the refuge with an experienced birder and discover the world of birds. Whether you are a first time birder or an expert, this walk is for you! Please bring binoculars and/or a scope if you have them! Extras will be provided. To participate you must be 8 years of age or older and parents must accompany all children on hikes. The hikes will cover over two miles and take approximately 2 hours.

Art in the Park: Spring Flower Painting”, Saturday, June 4, 11AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Free. (Parking fees also waived for state parks on June 4.) Preregistration required; register online: http://thespiralgallery.com/event/1374/ “Join an art instructor from the Spiral Gallery in Estacada for a hands on tutorial on acrylic painting at the Milo McIver Campground. All supplies will be provided and students will leave with their completed art at the end of the lesson.”

Trash to Treasure”, Saturday, June 4, 2PM, Rockwood Library. “Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of sustainability through fun, engaging, hands-on activities such as building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bottles, renewable energy activities, zero waste cooking, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to build relationships in their community and learn valuable vocational, team building, and leadership skills. All aspects of the program are bilingual in English and Spanish.” 

Altered Art Festival 2016”, Saturday, June 4, 10AM-4PM, Veterans’ Memorial Park, 22547 SW Main St., Sherwood. “The Sherwood Foundation for the Arts and the Sherwood Center for the Arts are pleased to present the 4th Annual Altered Art Festival, on Saturday, June 4th. This event kicks off Sherwood’s outdoor festival season, and is dedicated to inspiring, nurturing, promoting, and supporting visual arts in and around Sherwood. The festival takes place at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Old Town Sherwood. Along with a wide variety of artists’ booths, there will be hands-on, make-and-take art projects for children and adults. Check out the performance stage hosting a variety of music, dance, and SFA summer play ‘sneak peek’ performances.” http://www.sherwoodcenterforthearts.org/general/page/altered-art-festival-2016

Dark Horse Comic Day”, Saturday, June 4, 1PM-3PM, Things From Another World, 10977 SE Main St., Milwaukie. “30 years ago, the first Dark Horse comic debuted. In the years since, Dark Horse has gone on to publish some of the most groundbreaking comics in the industry. Come celebrate 30 years of Dark Horse Comics with us at the Milwaukie TFAW! Meet and chat with awesome comic book creators!” A list of participating comic book creators here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1747331835511220/

Making Lotions and Balms”, Sunday, June 5, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/making-lotions-and-balms “Making your own lotions and balms is fun and easy. Best of all, by making them yourself you get to decide what goes in them. Most of the commercial lotions on the market contain low-cost, low-quality genetically modified oils, industrialized chemical stabilizers, and toxic preservatives and fragrances. Learn to make your own lotion and balm formulas easily and relatively inexpensively for friends and family with equipment you have around the house. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes, and lotions to take home. This is a hands on class taught by the owner of Sellwood Bodycare and ENSO, two local body care companies in Portland.”

Willamette Falls Symphony Presents, “Musical Shenanigans”, Sunday, June 5, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 student and senior. Free for kids 11 and under. http://www.willamettefallssymphony.org/WFS/Concerts.html

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays through October, 12PM-5PM, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. “The train park was founded in 1954 by Harry Harvey, who had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains. When he died he left the park, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion.

Today the park features 4,200 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area, Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

No fee is collected at the entrance or to ride the trains.

All donations are graciously accepted your donations are vital in keeping the trains running we thank you for your support.” http://www.pnls.org

Seabird Nest Monitoring Training”, Sunday, June 5, 2PM, Canon Beach City Hall. “The Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Cape Falcon, HRAP, and other partners are initiating a citizen science project in the summer of 2016 to monitor seabird nesting colonies next to the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in order to better understand how seabirds may respond to the new protections. Study species: Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants Where: Devil’s Cauldron area and Haystack Rock (reference site) When: Early June through August 2016 Minimum commitment: twice a month (3-4 hours each visit). We can work with you to make it fit to your schedule. Other requirements: Patience and a love for birds! We have scopes available for use. You should have your own pair of binoculars. Come to a training to learn more. This training will go for one to one and a half hours at Cannon Beach City Hall with the option of attending a field trip to the nesting colony after. If this sounds interesting to you please contact Amelia O’Connor (ameliajoconnor@gmail.com) and Joe Liebezeit (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org). http://audubonportland.org/about/events/seabird-nest-monitoring-training

History of Bebop” Sundays in June, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online for one presentation or all 4: https://multcolib.org/events/history-bebop “History of Bebop is a performance lecture series aimed to educate audiences on jazz music during the 1940’s and 50’s. Led by Bryan Smith, every performance lecture is based on a particular theme.”

Bird Walk with Wink Gross”, Sunday, June 5, 7:30AM, meeting at Pittock Mansion parking lot, 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=252856 “Join us for this special spring bird walk! The Pittock Mansion is a well-known bird migration hotspot. We’ll begin our birdwalk at its parking lot, and bird the Mansion grounds before heading into Forest Park via the Wildwood Trail. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Our walk leader will be Wink Gross who has been a birder since he was 6 years old. Wink served on the Board of the Audubon Society of Portland, and for many years was the compiler for the Portland Christmas Bird Count, during which time it grew to be the largest Christmas count in the US. Wink also leads Portland Audubon’s weekly Morning Bird Song Walks at the Pittock Mansion.”

Securely Shop, Surf and Socialize Online”, Sunday, June 5, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, June 11, 10:30AM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/securely-shop-surf-and-socialize-online “You're online now, but how do you know if you're safe? This class is an introduction to online safety. By the end of this class, you will be able to: Define antivirus and firewall software; recognize email scams, email safety and etiquette; create secure passwords; understand the difference between a secure website and an open website; describe some tips for email and social media safety. This class is for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a web browser and navigating websites.”

Bollywood Dreams! Dance Class for Beginners”, Sunday, June 5, 3:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Teens and adults. “A one-of-a-kind Bollywood entertainer, Prashant is a singer, choreographer, MC and DJ with one simple agenda, to make people dance all night long to an irresistible blend of world’s greatest dance beats. The interactive dance lessons in his DJ set compels everybody to rock the dance floor, transforming any dance party into a full-fledged Bollywood musical within minutes.”

Green Cleaning”, Sunday, June 5, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/green-cleaning “An interactive lesson on the environmental health effects of green cleaning and the use of homemade, toxin-free household products.”

Trees of Scouters Mountain Nature Park”, Sunday, June 5, 10AM, Scouters Mountain, SE Boy Scout Lodge Rd. and Southeast 147th Ave., Happy Valley. Ages 8 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/trees-scouters-mountain-nature-park/2016-06-05 “Trees, trees beautiful trees. Do you know which local tree hosts the most number of lichens and mosses? Or which tree grows the tallest? Come take a walk and learn the about conifer and deciduous trees. We cover tree identification, and human and animal uses of trees.”

Cut, Edge and Engrave Things for Teens”, Sunday, June 5, 1PM, Rockwood Library MakerSpace. “Cut, etch, and engrave acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric and more! Using graphic software you can create intricate designs to make your own jewelry, bookmark and personalize a swag tag. If you can image it, we can create it. Each workshop teens will learn a new skill and will create/design a new item.”

Fort Cascades Trail and Bonneville Dam Tour”, Sunday, June 5, 10AM-2PM. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/503 Easy, 1.5 miles, little elevation gain. “Stroll this historic trail with Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee learning about plants and animal species used by early settlers in this richly-forested area. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy in front of Bonneville’s famous fish-viewing windows and after lunch we’ll take a tour of the powerhouse.”

Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon”, Monday, June 6, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Presented by historian Richard Engleman. “Chinese restaurants were common in Oregon towns and cities beginning in the late nineteenth century. Usually advertising both Chinese and American dishes, they catered to the basic needs of single working men as well as to diners who were attracted by the exotic and the foreign. The restaurants’ familial operations helped anchor immigrants who often were otherwise isolated from other Chinese Americans. Chinese cooks also worked in private homes, and recipes for Chinese foods appear in local cookbooks.”

"Washington County Public Affairs Forum: President Abraham Lincoln”, Monday, June 6, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Free and open to the public. “On June 6, we have a very special event. All Forum members and guests will be invited to play reporters at an 1865 Press conference. After a twenty minute or so presentation by President Abraham Lincoln, the President will take questions about events in that time period (i.e. this all takes place before Trumps and Clintons were born).” http://washingtoncountyforum.org/ http://www.lincolntownhall.com/ Stephen Holgate is a wonderful Lincoln reenactor!

Repair Café”, Monday, June 6, 6PM, RCO Building, 484 SE 187th Ave., Gresham. “Repair Café is a free event where people with repair skills help neighbors fix broken items. Bring your broken items to have them fixed for free by skilled volunteers. Items fixed will include bikes, small appliances, sewing, electronics, computers and small furniture.” https://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/Repair-Cafe---June-2016/

A World Without Secrets: Privacy and Expectations in the United States", Monday, June 6, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asserted that privacy is no longer a ‘social norm,’ and yet Chief Justice John Roberts—writing for a unanimous Supreme Court—concluded last summer that the police must obtain a warrant to search individual cell phones because they ‘hold for many Americans the privacies of life.’ In this conversation, Wendy Willis will lead participants in an exploration of the history of privacy in the United States, discuss how our principles hold up in the world of corporate information gathering and government surveillance, and ask what the costs and benefits are to living in a society where almost everything about us is discoverable and discussed.”

CNC Mill Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, June 7, 3PM, Rockwood Library. “Come to the Makerspace and learn how to use our CNC Mill by making a dog tag! You will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create 2D objects on the mill.”

Author Talk, “Laura O. Foster”, Tuesday, June 7, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Laura O. Foster presents her book, “Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary's Portland.” “Walking with Ramona explores the streets, schools, characters, and neighborhoods of author Beverly Cleary's Portland. With this newest and most unusual Portland guidebook, readers can walk the very sidewalks Beverly walked and climb the very school steps that Beverly climbed. You'll see the grocery parking lot where Ramona got stuck in the mud, the park lawn where Henry Huggins hunted nightcrawlers, and the real Portland street that became Klickitat Street, their fictional home. Beverly Cleary's Portland was much different than the Portlandia of today. Walking with Ramona brings to life what that 1920s and 1930s Portland was like for the girl from Yamhill who went on to become an internationally beloved author. Characters like Ramona and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, and Ellen and Austine come to life on this hour-long walking route through the Northeast Portland neighborhood where Beverly grew up.” https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/6456

How the Jews of America Saved Some of the Jews of Europe During the Shoah: The Story of the JDC”, Tuesday, June 7, 7PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “What did the Jews of America really do to help the Jews of Europe during the Shoah? The story of how a leading American Jewish organization, the Joint Distribution Committee, acting on behalf of the American Jewish community, saved thousands and thousands of European Jews from the rise of Hitler through the Shoah and beyond. The illustrated presentation is based on original research in the archives of the JDC and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and presents many scenes never before seen by the public.

Our guest speaker, Rabbi Jonathan Porath spent 15 years with the JDC Senior Staff in the Russian Department and is intimately familiar with the ethos and spirit of the organization. He will bring from his rich personal experiences contemporary lessons for our own times.

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear one of the great unknown stories of our people.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/talk-2016-06-07-rabbi-porath

Peter and the Wolf”, Tuesday, June 7, 3:30PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Pianists Maria Antonia Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu will perform a four-hand arrangement of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Returning to the ‘Little Ears’ stage, Youth Librarian at Northwest Library, Susan Smallsreed, who will narrate this enchanting story.” http://theoldchurch.org/calendar/?mc_id=892

Author Talk, “Floyd McKay”, Tuesday, June 7, 6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Floyd McKay presents his book, “Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State”. “Oregon entered a new era in 1964 with the election of Tom McCall as Secretary of State and Bob Straub as State Treasurer. Their political rivalry formed the backdrop for two of Oregon's most transformative decades, as they successively fought for, lost, and won the governorship. A political reporter for The Oregon Statesman in Salem, and then as news analyst for KGW-TV in Portland, Floyd McKay was known for asking tough questions and pulling no punches. As major actors fade from the scene and new leaders emerge, McKay casts a backwards glance at enduring Oregon legends. Half a century later, amid today's cynicism and disillusionment with media, politics, and politicians, Reporting the Oregon Story serves as a timely reminder that charged politics and bitter rivalries can also come hand-in-hand with lasting social progress.” http://www.ohs.org/events/reporting-the-oregon-story.cfm

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Wednesday, June 8, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Thursday, June 30, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Join author Adam Sawyer for a preview of his forthcoming book, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for release later this summer, this new guide details nearly forty of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour's drive from Portland.”

GMOs: The Good, the Really Good, and the Ugly”, Wednesday, June 8, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 in advance or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are all over the news these days, and it’s hard to separate the fact from the fiction. Some people would have you believe that they are dangerous for humans, while others insist that they’re perfectly safe and are the best way to cure world hunger. How do you know what’s true? At this Science on Tap, Steven Sylvester, PhD, toxicologist and associate professor in the school of molecular biosciences at WSU Vancouver, will give a historical perspective of the controversies surrounding GMOs, the regulations, and the hype. He’ll discuss how science already plays a role in where our food comes from, and will arm you with data so that you can make the most informed decisions when choosing food for you and your family.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_june_8_gmos/

Fleet Week”, Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Pdx. Free ship tours. See details here: http://www.rosefestival.org/event/fleet-week “Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years, and over 80 years of visiting Portland during the Rose Festival. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.”

Tide Pool Clinics”, Sunday, Wednesday, June 8, 9:30AM, and Saturday, June 11, 12PM, meeting at the 15th Street Beach Access, Lincoln City. Free. “Lincoln City is proud to offer its newest program…Tide Pool Clinics! Explore our beach and learn about the colorful creatures that inhabit rocky intertidal pools from a local expert. The clinics are free and open to the public. Each tide pool clinic begins with a lecture from local marine biologist Dr. Chuck at the 15th street beach access. To get there, from Highway 101 turn west onto 15th street (at the Jasmine Thai Restaurant) and continue west towards the ocean. There is ample street parking as well as a public parking lot nearby. Parking is also available at the Sea Gull Beachfront Motel near the beach access. Following the lecture, Dr. Chuck will take you on a tour of the tide pools and help identify local marine life. Creatures that you may encounter at the tide pools include starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins, and mussels. Clinics last for approximately 2 hours. Questions and feedback are encouraged by all participants.” http://www.oregoncoast.org/tide-pool-clinics/

Boldly Bookish YA Tour”, Wednesday, June 8, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Join us for the Boldly Bookish Tour, featuring four acclaimed authors of young adult fiction and their new novels: Jennifer Lynn Barnes with ‘The Long Game’, Tiffany Schmidt with ‘Break Me Like a Promise’, Tara Altebrando with ‘The Leaving’, and Emery Lord with ‘When We Collided’.”

Guided Dragonflies and Butterflies Walk”, Wednesday, June 8, 1PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/event-2225264?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=6/27/2016 “While birding on the refuge slows down during the summer months, that is a peak time for dragonflies and butterflies. These insects are quite different in their life cycle and behavior, each fascinating in its own way. Join volunteer Dennis Deck for an afternoon walk to see what is currently flying on the refuge. Bring binoculars, a hat, and water.”

Make Your Own Photo Booth Buttons for Teens”, Wednesday, June 8, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Dress up and take a photo booth picture and turn it into a pin or magnet! Make a custom button with your picture using an iPad, free apps, a photo printer and a button maker.”

Concert, “Steve Adams”, Wednesday, June 8, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Four Centuries of Guitar. Steve Adams performs guitar styles spanning the 1600's to the 21st century. Adams incorporates fingerstyle and plectrum technique showcasing works from the renaissance, baroque, classical, jazz and beyond.” http://www.steveadamsguitar.com

“Ethnobotany”, Wednesday, June 8, 1PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Many of the plants which we ignore on our walks in the woods actually played an important part in the everyday lives of North American indigenous people. And many people are surprised to learn what they considered as delicacies, such as grubs, baby birds, grasshoppers. Roger will also talk about how they used various trees for housing and weapons as well as the challenges of foraging for their livelihood. Among this seemingly primitive existence, indigenous people knew how to make aspirin, which they used for headaches and soothing aches and pains encountered at the ‘office’.” 

Poetry Reading, “Peter Sears”, Wednesday, June 8, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2115 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Peter Sears Oregon's Seventh Poet Laureate presenting his poetry.” http://petersears.com

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, June 8, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!” http://www.iprc.org/event/iprc-open-collage-night-5/all/

Civil War II Signing”, Wednesday, June 8, 6PM, Things From Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, Pdx. “We are extremely excited to announce a Civil War II Signing with Marvel Architect Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, Powers) and Artist Extraordinaire David Marquez (Invincible Iron Man, All New X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man)  Come pick up Civil War II #1 and meet the team behind the book! About Civil War II: A new character who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy comes to the attention of the world. This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime. Don't miss Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez together for the only time this year, June 8th at the Portland Things From Another World.” https://www.facebook.com/events/162580397475385/

Holocaust Survivor Alter Wiener”, Thursday, June 9, 7PM,m Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Alter Wiener, author of "64735 - From a Name to a Number", is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in Oregon. A resident of Hillsboro, he has shared his life story with almost 800 audiences at universities, colleges, schools, churches, synagogues, prisons, companies and libraries around the Northwest. He was interviewed by radio, TV stations and newspapers.” http://www.alterwiener.com

Timberline Lodge: A New Deal Masterpiece”, Thursday, June 9, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. “Timberline Lodge stands as a hand built sanctuary on the snowy slopes of Mt Hood. Hear from the President of the Friends of Timberline board Sarah Baker about how Timberline Lodge united artists and craftsmen alike during its construction.” http://www.clackamashistory.org

Pedalpalooza 2016”, Thursday, June 9 through Tuesday, July 4. “Pedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun. With 266 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.” Their calendar specifies events that are family oriented: http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2016.php

“The Magic of Jay Frasier”, Thursday, June 9, 12PM, Yale Elementary School, 11842 Lewis River Rd., Ariel, WA; and Wednesday, June 19, 1PM, Woodland Library. “The I Love to Read Magic Show" Featuring the magic, comedy, storytelling, balloon sculpting, and puppetry of Jay Frasier as he reveals the magic of reading.” http://www.jayfrasiermagic.com/

B-Sat: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow”, Thursday, June 9, 4:30PM, Vancouver Library, Klictitat Room Level 4. Ages 12-18. “Teens, share your writing with other teens and get feedback! Produce new stories/poems.” Monthly.

B-Fest Teen Book Festival”, Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12, all local Barnes and Noble Stores. “This June, hundreds of authors will appear at Barnes and Noble stores nationwide for B-Fest, a three-day event celebrating the best books for teens. Join us for the biggest weekend of author events in B and N history, plus trivia, exciting sweepstakes, giveaways (while supplies last), and more. Be the first to sample upcoming teen novels, take part in games, and discover great new reads.” http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/b-fest-teen-book-festival

2016 Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories”, Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E, Burnside St., Pdx. Advance tickets $13 for one night or $23 for both. “Join the Portland Storytellers' Guild for the grand finale of their storytelling year...the Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories. Two nights of fabulous stories from five different storytellers each night. Join us for two evenings of stories that will open your eyes and open your heart with stories of transformations, journeys and quests. In short, stories of our shared humanity. On Friday, June 10, telling stories under the theme of Quests and Journeys, listen as Maura Doherty, Eric Foxman, Steven Henegar, Anne Penfound and Gretchen Peterson spin tales of princesses and Goddesses, from lands around the globe. On Saturday, June 11 listen to an evening of tales of Transformation from tellers Chetter Galloway, Rick Huddle, Ken Iverson, Ingrid Nixon and Julie Strozyk.” http://www.portlandstorytellers.org

Warbirds Over the West”, Saturday, June 11, 9AM-7PM, McNary Field, 2990 25th St SE, Salem. $10 (free for WWII veterans). “Vintage aircraft fly-in and cruise-in. WWII Living History encampment and more! Warbirds over the West is an annual fund raiser. It assists in funding the restoration of the Lacey Lady. But this is MORE than a restoration. The message is always clear to Never Forget the sacrifices made to preserve our precious American Freedom. Please join us to Rebuild an Oregon ICON the Lacey Lady, a WWII B- 17G ‘Flying Fortress’. Step back in me to enjoy Good Food, Living History and remember a great era for our Country. We are American Strong.” http://www.cshawley.com/alliance/schedule.pdf

Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; email Margaret Gunther at mgunther@ci.tualatin.or.us or call 503.691.3070 “Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, ideas, and opinions! Tween Take-Over is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks. Tween Take-Over is for youth who are in 4th-7th grades.”

Author Talk, “Janet Fox”, Saturday, June 11, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Janet Fox discusses her middle reader, “The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle”. “‘Keep calm and carry on.’ That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do: when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands. But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear? Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it's too late.” http://janetsfox.com/chatelaine/

2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “One of the first units to take command of the new Fort Stevens, in the 1860's, was the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C. There will be camp life demonstrations, drills, and actual cannon fire throughout each day. Displays of various cannon munitions are on hand with dedicated history buffs sharing how these were used in battle.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

Claire Phillips–Oregon’s Legendary Actress and Spy”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. Presented by Sig Unander. “Claire Phillips grew up in Portland, was a talented singer and actress and performed with a touring stock company. Her career took her to the Far East, where she settled in the Phillippines, where she married with U.S. Army Sgt. John Phillips. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the couple retreated to Bataan but became separated. Her husband was captured and subsequently died. Claire returned to Manila where she worked in a club popular with Japanese officers and she was able to obtain military intelligence which was relayed to Douglas MacArthur. Her true identity was revealed and she was arrested and sentenced to death. She was liberated in a dramatic rescue and returned to Portland.”

Victorian Craft Demonstration”, Saturday, June 11, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Folding fan cards. Class is free and all materials are supplied.” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org

The Ginko: A Living Fossil”, Saturday, June 11, 9:30AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. “A nature walk guided by the Curator of Hoyt Arboretum to discover and focus on Hoyt’s collection of Ginko trees. Along the White Pine trail, we will observe and learn about many other tree species, including the wild, ‘scary’ Monkey-Puzzle tree and the ancient Bristlecone Pine.” http://www.pdx.edu/events/ginko-living-fossil?delta=0

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival”, Saturday, June 11, 11AM-6PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $7 adults, $6 students and seniors, $15 family, free for kids 11 and under. “Celebrate Midsummer with the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation this year at Oaks Park! Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet hundreds of visitors beginning at 11 am. Food and crafts are available all day from local Nordic clubs and vendors. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Nordic flavor. The Maypole will be raised at 2 pm and the Scandinavian of the Year award will be given during that festive event.” http://www.scanheritage.org/#!midsummer/rlyuz

Harry Potter Celebration”, Saturday, June 11, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “We will be hunting horcruxes, playing quidditch and mixing potions. Don't miss special guests The Sorting Hat, Bellatrix Lestrange and a dementor. Come dressed in your best robes and we will see you at Platform 9 3/4!”

Author Talk, “Kate Dyer Seeley”, Saturday, June 11, 1PM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/author-talk-kate-dyer-seeley/58730 “Kate offers great author presentations on a Pacific Northwest set and inspired cozy mystery series. As a reader it is fun to read the series to recognize familiar landmarks mentioned in the series and even non northwesterners are drawn to want to make the Northwest a tourist destination.” http://www.katedyerseeley.com

Huge Floods of the Pacific Northwest: Missoula Floods, Bonneville Flood, and Columbia River Basalts”, Saturday, June 11, 1PM, Hood River Library. “Nick Zentner is an educator and a uniquely dynamic speaker who will join us to give a talk on three ancient Huge Floods in the Pacific Northwest. Many people locally are at least somewhat aware of the Ice Age Floods, but those floods are only part of a larger story of immense floods of lava and debris-laden water hundreds of feet deep that have shaped this beautiful and tranquil place we live. In his own inimitable style, Nick will share a tale so fascinating and unbelievable that it marks our area as even more unique throughout the world than we already know it is.” http://iafi.org/event/huge-floods-in-the-pacific-northwest-nick-zentner-talk/?instance_id=176

Steigerwald Refuge Evening Walk”, Saturday, June 11, 7:45PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/529 Easy, 2.75 miles, little elevation gain. “Join us for this special evening hike with Columbia Gorge Refuge Steward Joan Durgin. We'll tune in to wildlife at night as we walk the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail. We might be lucky enough to hear some owls too!”

Sundiata Black Arts Festival”, Saturday, June 11 12PM-8PM, and Sunday, June 12, 12PM-6:30PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor and Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa's Mali Empire.” http://www.festivalsundiata.org

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/get-involved/

Dragon Boat Races”, Saturday, June 11, 9AM-5PM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, South End. Free. “The Rose Festival is proud to host the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, an event that has been bringing an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than 26 years. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than 80 different teams – local, national and international – compete in boats graciously provided through the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.” http://www.rosefestival.org/event/dragon-boat-races

National Get Outdoors Day and Brigade Encampment”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Pearce Air Museum and Great Meadow, 1500 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “A national US Forest Service event, National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) celebrates healthy, active, outdoor fun in the Pacific Northwest. Representatives from land management agencies and outdoor-themed nonprofits and businesses will be on-hand to help plan your summer adventures. Hands-on activities include fishing, archery, and rock climbing. The Brigade Encampment, a part of GO Day, re-creates the annual return of the Hudson's Bay Company fur brigades to Fort Vancouver. Costumed re-enactors will demonstrate 1840s games, cooking, crafts, music, and dances. Black powder demonstrations will also take place.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=5061236-307230I

Move Like A Mammoth”, Saturday, June 11, 1PM, West Slope Library. All ages. “Scientists from the Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will show you how to pounce like a saber tooth cat, lift like a mammoth, or stroll like a giant ground sloth. You'll discover how prehistoric animals ran, swam, leaped, climbed, and ate their way through Oregon's history. Activity tables will offer touchable specimens, such as fossils, bones, and teeth!”

Explorando El Columbia Slough”, Saturday, June 11, 1PM-5PM, Whittaker Ponds,7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Explorando is free, and includes guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, workshops, and more! The first 300 visitors receive a free Explorando t-shirt.” https://www.columbiaslough.org/events/event/139/

Summer Solstice Star Party”, Saturday, June 11, 9PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to check OMSI’s website in case of cancellations due to overcast skies: https://www.omsi.edu/showing/star-party-summer-solstice-celebration “On Saturday, June 11, astronomers will celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include beautiful gathering of the moon with Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and much more.” All kinds of info about attending a star party here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/tips.htm

Birding Hike, Kiwa Trail”, Saturday, June 11, 8AM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, River “S” Unit, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 per vehicle day use fee. “All walks meet at the trail head at 8:00 am and last about 3 hours. The Kiwa trail is half way around the Auto Tour Route so please allow yourself an extra 15 minutes to pay your entrance fee and make your way to the trail head.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

Art in the Park: Acrylic Painting”, Saturday, June 11, 1PM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Free. $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: http://thespiralgallery.com/event/art-in-the-park-acrylic-painting/ “Join an art instructor from the Spiral Gallery in Estacada for a hands on tutorial on acrylic painting at the Milo McIver Campground. Learn to paint this river landscape in acrylic. All supplies will be provided and students will leave with their completed art at the end of the lesson.”

Great Blue Heron Walks”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro. Ages 10 and up. $2 requested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 “Celebrate the 30th annual Great Blue Heron Week with bird expert Rick Balazs to view the Owl Woods heron colony. Thirty to fifty pairs of herons nest in this stand of Douglas fir trees on the east edge of Jackson Bottom. Rick has spent hundreds of hours monitoring the birds over the years and knows the behaviors and antics of nesting herons very well. Be prepared for a two mile (round-trip) leisurely walk over mostly flat terrain. Dress for the weather, the trails may be muddy. Bring binoculars. A variety of other birds including bald eagles, osprey and songbirds may be seen.”

Meet the Mustangs”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM-4PM, Wild Horse Mountain Ranch, 27400 SW Ladd Hill Rd., Sherwood. $5. “We love to share our barn with others, so each year we open the barn and throw a party. These mustangs come from Oregon’s wild horse herds, so in a very real sense mustangs belong to everyone! Come enjoy the horses. Learn about special needs, education and horsemanship, wild horses and adoption programs.” https://www.wildhorsemountain.org/meet-the-mustangs-event.html

Historic Downtown Gresham Tour”, Saturday, June 11, 11AM and Sunday, June 19, 1:30PM, meeting at Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.greshamhistoricalsociety.org/calendar/tours/ “Follow an experienced tour guide on a walk through Historic Downtown Gresham. Learn about the famous (and obscure) people, events, and buildings that make up the fabric of our extraordinary town. This tour lasts for an hour and is wheelchair-friendly. We will meet inside the Gresham History Museum.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $18. One ticket per batch; maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/showing/soap-making “Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. General Admission is not included in the price of admission.”

Cannon Beach Sand Castle Competition”, Saturday, June 11, Free. “June 10-12, 2016 Cannon Beach will celebrate the 52nd anniversary of its annual Sandcastle Contest with the actual building happening on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The event is one of the oldest sandcastle contest in the United States and the most popular annual event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams participate in the contest with divisions for Masters, who compete for cash prizes; plus large group, small group and children’s divisions with winners receiving medals and ribbons.” Complete schedule here: http://www.cannonbeach.org/events/Main-Events/Sandcastle-Contest-2016

Local Native Pollinators”, Saturday, June 11, 10AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Ages 10 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 “Learn about the interesting variety of local native pollinators and when to look for them in our area in this interesting and informative class. Discover how to attract them to your garden and landscape.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, June 12, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.”

Half Day White Salmon River Whitewater Rafting”, Sunday, June 12, 12PM-5:30PM. Ages 10 and up. No experience necessary. $65 per person including gear. “Register for this trip by calling Wet Planet at 800.306.1673. Ask to join the "Friends of Columbia Gorge" half-day White Salmon River raft trip on June 12. Wet Planet has generously offered to donate 20% of the participants' fee to Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. Designated for protection as a wild and scenic river, the White Salmon River offers a breathtaking combination of outstanding whitewater and scenery. Its crystal clear water runs through narrow, volcanic basalt canyons before heading into the warm sunshine of a forested valley.” http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/507

Author Talk, “Kathleen Lane”, Sunday, June 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Kathleen Lane discusses her middle reader “The Best Worst Thing”. “Front door locked, kitchen door locked, living room windows closed. Nobody in the closet, nobody under the beds. Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere--on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing. Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe? ‘The Best Worst Thing’ is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good--sometimes even best--things that can come of finally letting go.” http://kathleenlane.net

Milo McIver Bird Walk”, Sunday, June 12, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. Free. “Our free expert-guided bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds! Be introduced to Milo McIver State Park as you walk its paths and look and listen for native birds!” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/milo_mciver_state_park_bird_walk/

Hike at Salmon River Trail”, Sunday, June 12, 9AM-5PM, carpool meeting at Hollywood Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey, Pdx. “Join us Sunday, June 12th to explore a road which has been ‘rewilded’ for a beautiful hike through breathtaking forest. The upper Salmon River road was recently converted to a hiking trail (pictured right), extending Salmon Butte Trail #791 in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, while also restoring habitat for native Coho and chinook salmon. Come see how well nature can reclaim the human-built environment through some remarkable restoration work! Hike leader Lori Ann Burd is a former Bark Staff Attorney/Restore Mt. Hood Campaign Manager and current volunteer. Joining this hike will allow participants with the chance to hear her share stories of how she negotiated some of Mt. Hood's most creative restoration projects, which resulted in significant reductions in destructive off-road vehicle use, protected drinking water quality, and resulted in the creation of new hiking trails.” http://bark-out.org/event/june-bark-about-hike-salmon-river-trail

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Special Event”, Sunday, June 12, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 per vehicle day use fee. Plankhouse Tours and Kids Activities ongoing throughout the event. 1PM- Film Screening and Talk by Rose High Bear, Executive Director at Wisdom of the Elders. “Rose High Bear (Deg Hit’an Dine, or Alaskan Athabascan), Executive Director at Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. will discuss her organization’s Climate and Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series, screening 'People of the Whale', a short documentary featuring the Inupiaq peoples. This film will share Inupiaq perspectives on unprecedented climate issues being experienced in Alaska along with their rich cultural arts, including storytelling, music, dance and traditional arts.” 2:30PM Ethnobotany hike. “Join a Refuge Naturalist looking at the relationship that the Cathlapotle People had to their landscape, and the relationship between environment and culture. Participants should be prepared for a 1 mile hike on moderately uneven terrain. Meet at the Plankhouse.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org

Paddling Ross Island”, Sunday, June 12, meeting at 9AM and launching at 9:30AM, Willamette Park Boat Ramp, SW Macadam Ave. and Nebraska St., Pdx. Canoes and kayaks available for rental through Alder Creek Kayak, (503)285-1819, aldercreek.com and Portland Kayak Company, (503)459-4050, portlandkayak.com. Participation is free. “Enjoy a morning on the Willamette River at the annual Ross Island Regatta! We'll paddle through the no-wake zone on the Holgate Channel and Ross Island lagoon, around Ross Island, and back to Willamette Park. We'll watch the Bald Eagle nest and heron nesting colony on Ross Island, listen for birds and look for river otter. Meet no later than 9AM at Willamette Park Boat Ramp to unload your canoe or kayak and get into the water by launch time.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/GBHWeek_PaddlingRossIsland

Sauvie Island Rookery Heron Watch”, Sunday, June 12, 8:30AM, free. “Join Audubon leaders Willow Elliot and Jackie Petersen to see one of the heron hotspots of Portland on Sauvie Island to view a large rookery actively nesting and flying to and from the Columbia River. Directions: Meet at the pull out on Reeder Road just across from the Marshall Beach Mobile Home park. Search Google Maps with " 27000 NW Reeder Road, Portland OR 97231 " address. Look for a large rookery in the cottonwood trees to the West on the other side of an agricultural field. It’s 8 miles from the Sauvie Island Bridge. Continue straight when coming off the bridge, past the Kruger’s Farm Market along the dike. Turn right at the 1st intersection onto Reeder Road (there’s no street of stop sign). Travel another 6 miles past the Gillihan Road intersection, keeping left on Reeder Road, and beyond the Reeder Beach RV Park. Park on the West side of the road at the ODFW gate entrance to the Johnson Unit for hunters. You can hear the herons in the cottonwoods to the west! Walk out on the dike past the gate and look for an umbrella where we will set up scopes. No parking inside the Mobile Home park across the road is allowed or access to the river through the private property. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one; sunscreen, rain and wind gear based on the conditions of the day.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/sauvie-island-johnson-unit-rookery-heron-watch

Dyslexia 101”, Sunday, June 12, 3PM, Sellwood Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/dyslexia-101 “Dyslexia is invisible and frequently misunderstood, yet it affects up to 20% of the population. Dyslexia 101 informs attendees about this neurobiological learning difference by exploring: early warning signs, causes, treatment and consequences of not providing teacher training or evidence-based instruction for dyslexia in America's public schools and discussion of recent Oregon legislation regarding dyslexia.” Presented by Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. http://www.decodingdyslexiaor.org

Cooking Around the World: Phad Thai Noodles”, Sunday, June 12, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/cooking-around-world-phad-thai-noodles/59076 “Learn to make Phad Thai Noodles. Free samples and instructions included.”

Concert, “Yat Sing Music Club”, Sunday, June 12, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free.” Please join us for a very special Second Sunday performance of Chinese Opera by the renowned Yat Sing Music Club . Founded in 1941 by Chinese immigrants, this musical group was formed as a way to raise money for China's defense against Japan during World War II. When the war ended, the group continued to play together. Today, the club is regularly called upon by the community to perform at various functions. The Yat Sing Music Club will perform a selection of Guang Dong music, songs, and Cantonese operas played in ensembles of plucked and bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and various cymbals, gongs, and drums.” http://oregonhistoryproject.org/articles/historical-records/yat-sing-music-club/#.V0leYFfIv5o

B-Fest Teen Book Festival: B-Creative”, Sunday, June 12, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 1317 Lloyd Center, Pdx, 503-249-0800.; and Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Beaverton, 503-645-3046; and Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver (featuring local author Lili St. Crow. RSVP by email crm2679@bn.com); Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx, 503-786-3464; and Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard (featuring local authors Steve Davala and Kate Ristau) 503-431-7575. Free. Barnes and Noble sometimes requires preregistration- call the store to check. “Join us at 2:00PM to participate in a story development workshop created by Adaptive Studios and learn how to write a log line, create a spark page and reimagine popular characters.” 

Children’s Author Talk, “Karen Cushman and Susan Hill Long”, Sunday, June 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Karen Cushman discusses “Grayling’s Songhttp://www.karencushman.com/books/grayling.html and Susan Hill Long discusses “The Magic Mirror.”  http://susanhilllong.com/books/430-2/.

Kefir Making Class”, Monday, June 13, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Come learn how to make nutritious Kefir from scratch with Charlene Murdock of Forest Grove's Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and Learning Center.”

"Washington County Public Affairs Forum: Washington County’s Family Justice Center”, Monday, June 13, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Free and open to the public. Speaker: Scott Beckstead. http://washingtoncountyforum.org/

Ukalaliens Workshop”, Monday, June 13, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Learn to play and sing on the uke in one hour! Kate and Steve will show you how with a fun, simple method to get you started on uke for a lifetime of enjoyment. Thirty loaner ukes available and workshop seating is limited to 35. Loaner ukes are available by making a reservation with Reference Librarian Sarah Roller at rollers@milwaukieoregon.gov. ukalalien:n. a new converted ukulele player prone to singing and strumming on the ukulele, spurred to spontaneous acts of music and song singing, both alone and with others, regardless of setting or circumstances, thereby creating a euphoric sense of wellbeing.”

Tech Toys for Homeschoolers”, Monday, June 13, 1PM-2PM and 2:30-3:30, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Back by popular demand! Visit the library to play with our tech toys--from simple machines to snap circuits.” 

Volcano Night”, Monday, June 13, 6:30PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Mt. Hood is a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. Although the odds remain slim, Mount Hood is considered the Oregon volcano most likely to erupt. As an active volcano, Mt. Hood poses significant volcano, landslide, flood, channel migration and earthquake hazards to nearby communities.  Recent reports assessed the level of monitoring in the Cascades and concluded that most Cascade volcanoes are under-monitored given the threats they pose to communities downstream and downwind. Join us at Ecology Club to learn more about this and other volcanic activity in Oregon! At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!” http://bark-out.org/event/june-ecology-club-volcano-night

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, June 14, 4PM and 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, June 16, 2PM, Stevenson Library; Thursday, June 23, 10AM, Bethany Fountain at NW Bethany Blvd. and Central Dr..; Thursday, June 23, 2PM, Schlegel Hall in Sunset Park, 12765 NW Main St., Banks; Friday, June 24, 1PM, Woodburn Library; and Saturday, June 25, 2PM, Scappoose Library. “See real, live reptiles up-close-and-personal! Join Reptile Man Rich Ritchey for a fun and educational experience.” http://www.oregonreptileman.com/

Genetic Treasures from the Apple’s Ancestral Home”, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 in advance or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Apples are so common in society that they serve as a cultural touchstone for dozens of expressions. However, what do we really know about them? Until very recently, most of the apple varieties grown in the U.S. and the world have been derived from apple seedlings planted in North America by European settlers between the 17th and 19th centuries, and we typically see only a small fraction of the 100 or so varieties grown commercially. However, apples have been around for millennia and there are currently around 7,500 known apple cultivars grown worldwide. Phil Forsline, recently retired curator of the USDA’s Plant Genetics Resources Unit at Cornell University, will talk about his travels to Kazakhstan (the apple’s center of genetic diversity) and China to collect wild apple plant samples for conservation, evaluation, and distribution to geneticists and breeders worldwide. Forsline’s work, which could revolutionize the apple industry, was featured in The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. How ‘bout them apples?” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/clinton_june_14_apples/

Flag Day at Fort Vancouver”, Tuesday, June 14, 3:30PM, Historic Bandstand at Fort Vancouver across the street from the Grant House, 1101 Officers Row. Free. “Join the Fort Vancouver National Trust for the 22nd Annual Flag Day ceremony. Celebrate our nation's flag, and participate in the ceremony and fun kid's activities. Learn about the history of the United States Flag, honor the Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance, and vote for your favorite tie in the Clark County Mayors’ Patriotic Tie Competition!” http://fortvan.org/flag-day.html

Screening, “PDX Makes Me Wanna ‘HOLLA’: Challenging the Narrative for Kids of Color in America’s Whitest City”, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and economic development, minority families increasingly settle in outer Portland and Gresham. HOLLA chronicles the organization of the same name, founded by Imago Dei Pastor Eric Knox to mentor kids of color in predominantly white and white-taught schools. The film explores the lives of three young women on the HOLLA basketball team, as mentorship subtly transforms their experience. Through tough love and tenderness the kids learn to hurdle obstacles and adversity in a system biased against them.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/147700-PDX-Makes-Me-Wanta-HOLLA-Challenging-the-Narrative-for-Kids-of-Color-in-Americas-Whitest-City Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2uR6ad4_qo

Talk: Cascade Record Pressing”, Tuesday, June 14, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Presented by Amy Dragon. “Cascade Record Pressing is the first large production automated record pressing plant in the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Record Pressing’s mission is producing high quality records for discerning artist and labels. We are committed to working with our customers to actualize their vinyl visions while being 100% dedicated to quality sounding records that will stand the test of time and use.” http://curiosityclub.handeyesupply.com/new-events/2016/6/14/amy-dragon-cascade-record-pressing

3D Printer Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, June 14, 3PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. “Come to the makerspace to learn how to start 3D designing your own objects and learn how to use the Makerspace's 3D Printers.”

Kalmiopsis Discovery Day”, Tuesday, June 14, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Explore the Garden and learn about Lilla's botanical discoveries including Kalmiopsis leachiana, her adventures in the Siskiyou Mountains and her link to Leach Botanical Garden and its future.” http://www.leachgarden.org/event/kalmiopsis-discovery-day2/?eID=4350

Juneteenth: Words Along the Way”, Tuesday, June 14, 6PM, North Portland Library. “On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers brought Texans the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth, the observance of that date, has become a national celebration of freedom. Join us on the North Portland lawn as we celebrate Juneteenth with words and music under the skies.”

Becoming Your Own Publisher”, Tuesday, June 14, 6:30PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/becoming-your-own-publisher “Becoming Your Own Publisher” is a one-hour community workshop that provides authors with all the tools and guidance necessary to become their own successful publishers. Including aspects of professional editing and design, logistics and distribution, and publicity and marketing, the goal for this presentation is to offer enough details to make writers ‘publishing professionals’, with an insider’s knowledge of the business and unique manners of approaching the marketplace. The workshop is purely informational, including a half-hour presentation on the ins and outs of contemporary publishing, followed by an audience Q/A.” Presented by Inkwater Press: http://inkwater.com

Author Talk, “William L. Sullivan”, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. William L. Sullivan presents his book, “100 Hikes / Travel Guide: Oregon Coast and Coast Range”. “Welcome to Oregon's Coast -- 363 miles of cliff-edged capes, public beaches, wild rivers, sand dunes, rainforest, and coastal mountains. Many of the top attractions are within easy reach of Highway 101, but others are accessible only by trail. To help you explore both the civilized and the wild parts of Oregon's spectacular shore, this book blends two kinds of guides -- a detailed Travel Guide for touring by car and a complete Trail Guide for planning adventures on foot. The updated 4th edition of this popular guide starts with a full-color 32-page overview of the Oregon Coast's highlights, including lighthouses, parks, towns, and museums, with color guides to wildflowers, birds, campgrounds, cabins, and bed and breakfast inns.” http://www.oregonhiking.com

Bringing Your Garden Indoors”, Wednesday, June 15, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2115 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Kathy Whitman will present on how to use the foliage and flowers in your yard to make arrangements to soften and beautify your home. You will learn about simple floral designs, how and when to cut your flowers and how to condition them for best results. You will also come away with handouts about what to plant for a cutting garden, conditioning many types of flowers and basic floral design so you won’t forget what you’ve learned!” 

Jugglemania!”, Wednesday, June 15, 1:30PM, Estacada Library; and Thursday, June 23, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “JuggleMania presents the hilarity and dexterity that has taken one Oregon boy to 30 countries around the world. Starting with a book about juggling, Rhys Thomas has created dozens of amazing juggling and magic routines that appeal to all ages. It's like a Pixar cartoon come to life. In 4-D!” http://www.jugglemania.com/Hi.html

Turn Your Phone into a Microscope”, Wednesday, June 15, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. “It's amazing how when viewed through a microscope, things you see everyday look like nothing you expected! Don't have a microscope? Don't worry! During this hike, you will explore nature up-close and learn how to turn your cell phone into a microscope!” http://www.columbiasprings.org/#!guided-hikes/pez92

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, June 16, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome." Current theme: First appearances of major enemies. This is a terrific, long running monthly club looking for more Doctor Who fans to join in the camaraderie. Check it out!

Meteorites: Rocks from the Sky”, Thursday, June 16, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 suggested donation per adult. “Dick Pugh of the PSU Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory will share the latest research on these fiery objects from space which included the fames Willamette Meteorite found near West Linn. He will bring examples valued at $15,000. If you think you’ve found one, bring it and Dick will give his opinion.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org

The Oregon Trail and Today’s Mass Migrations”, Thursday, June 16, 6:30PM, Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. Presented by Colonel Bruce Mulkey (retired). “For many Americans, the Oregon Trail conjures up images of heroic pioneers who faced privation and dangers to travel to the West Coast of the United States. The reward for the survivors would be land, and a chance to become greater than they were before. For other Americans, particularly Native Americans, the Oregon Trail represented an end to their traditional lifestyle, and the loss of their lands. Today, the United States and other European countries face what they see as a migration crisis brought on by events in the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia, as well as Central and Latin America. Bruce Mulkey will look at the phenomena of the Oregon Trail, as it compares to the current situation, its causes, events, and consequences; the physical realities; immigrant expectations, and the role of governments in meeting the realities of this situation.” http://www.vbma.us/2016/flyerVBMAtalkjune2016.pdf

Hands-on Henna for Teens”, Thursday, June 16, 2PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon WA. “Want to get your hands on some henna? Join us at this 2 hour workshop to learn all about the wonders of henna. Wendy Rover's presentation will include a mixing demo, a Q/A session, and an opportunity for all participants to receive a small henna design. Participants can continue working with henna on their own - with a henna cone to practice with at home.”

Author Talk, “Paul Ruditis”, Thursday, June 16, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Paul Ruditis discusses his book, “The Star Trek Book”. “Celebrate 50 years of one of the longest running and beloved sci-fi franchises with The Star Trek Book. This comprehensive guide to the series delves into the myriad worlds and different dimensions visited by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Discover the amazing science of Star Trek and how it has influenced real-world technology such as flip phones. Featuring informative and analytical text combined with exciting photography and infographics throughout, The Star Trek Book is broken down into main categories such as science and technology, Starfleet, allies and enemies, and more.”

Teen Kaleidoscope Run”, Friday, June 17, 2PM, Ibach Park, 10455 SW Ibach St., Tualatin. Grades 6-12. Color run is free; optional shirts can be purchased for $4. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/teen-kaleidoscope-run “Tualatin’s own version of a run with color. Buy a t-shirt. Bring a friend. Get colorized!” 

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Casual Crookery”, Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, 7PM and 8PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “A-WOL Dance brings their annual Open Air Series, telling stories through aerial, acrobatics, and contemporary dance movements. A mirthful party leads to disaster in this short tale of a murderous seductress. All was well as the lounge singer sang sweet nothings into the ears of the guests. The whole crowd cheers as a gunshot is mistaken for party splendor. Two high flying detectives do their best to pinpoint the criminal, but alas a fall-boy takes the blame. The story unfolds in the air at Director Park.” www.awoldance.org

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Friday, June 17, 11AM and 1PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA; Thursday, June 23, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; Friday, June 24, 1PM, Goldendale Library; and Wednesday, June 29, 1:30PM and 4:30, Estacada Library. “Prepare yourself for the ultimate reptile adventure. This one hour hands-on presentation stretches beyond the scope of TV's exciting wildlife programs. Be captivated during this interactive experience.” http://stevescreaturefeature.com

Instruments of the Now”, Friday, June 17, 1PM, Goldendale Library. “The Instruments of the Now bring an incredible diversity of talents to their performances, showcasing fire-dancing, juggling, magic, storytelling, and instrumentation. The shows are loved by people of all ages, featuring interactive elements as well as acrobatic dance pieces. You are sure to remember this unique troupe and their world-class spectacle for a long time to come.” http://www.instrumentsofthenow.com/

Light Opera of Portland Presents, “Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, or, The Lass that Loved a Sailor”, Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 7PM, and Sunday, June 19, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Suggested donation $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 youth under 18. http://www.lightoperaofportland.org/hms-pinafore/

Kids' Night at Bark”, Friday, June 17, 5:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. All ages. “This month we will hear from homeschooler Dae Dahlquist, local kid activist and educator, about the importance of protecting water. Both in the forest and in the city, water is negatively impacted by road building, runoff, and pollution. The degradation of water harms native fish and wildlife as well as people who rely on the forest to provide clean drinking water. Kids will get a chance to learn how to protect water in the forest and hear about opportunities here in Portland to take action for clean rivers and streams! We want to set aside some time and space for kids to play, learn about the environment, and organize and work on issues that matter to them. This will be a monthly event, hosted by some of our youngest Barkers! There will be games and activities designed by kids and each month we will watch a kid's environmental movie. There are some very interesting opportunities for kid's to participate in environmental advocacy. While this is mostly just a fun night for now, we hope to develop into a productive environmental action group focused on the young voices. We hope parents will talk to kids about environmental activism on the way to Kid's Night.” http://bark-out.org/event/kids-night-bark-2

Fort Rock Cave Tour”, Friday, June 17, 10AM-12PM, Fort Rock State Natural Area, Fort Rock, OR. $8. Preregistration required; call 1-800-452-5687. This is one of the earliest known archaeological sites of human habitation in Oregon! “The Fort Rock Basin has served as a vital part of the Native American lifestyle. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area, and is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 11,000 year-old sagebrush sandals. This property serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that has shaped so much of Oregon's history. The story of the Fort Rock Basin is told by the artifacts left behind and by the rich oral tradition of the tribes who claim the area as home. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only by a state park guided tour. Tour meeting place is the parking lot at Fort Rock State Natural Area. A shuttle van is provided to transport visitors to the cave.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=170

Tall Tree Tales – Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, June 18, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Join master storyteller Cleve Friedman for an entertaining and educational tour through the arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Center.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Railroads in the Garden Summer Tour”, Saturday, June 18, 10AM-5PM. $10 for a booklet with maps and directions to 8-12 cool outdoor model railroad layouts, available at selected hobby shops and garden centers. Always really neat! Details here: http://www.rcgrs.com/annual%20tour.html

Portland Water Spectacular”, performing at the Woodland Planter’s Days Festival, Saturday, June 18, 10AM and 4PM, and Sunday, June 19, 12PM, Horseshoe Lake Park, Park Rd., Woodland, WA. A water skiing team! So cool! http://www.planters-days.com/#!2016-schedule/cams http://www.portlandwaterspectacular.com

3D Print and Design Lab for Teens”, Saturday, June 18, 1PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/3d-print-and-design-lab “3D printing is the wave of the future, but what can you do with it today? Come learn about 3D printing, see one in action, and make a few of your own 3D printed designs. You'll leave with the skills to start making your own products and a 3D print of one of the parts we'll design!”

249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B”, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, Fort Stevens State Park, Battery Russell. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “The 249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B, reenactors will be representing those soldiers who served at Fort Stevens during WW II. Drills and camp life will be demonstrated throughout each day. They sleep in actual field tents and drive around in period jeeps; just the way it happened over 70 years ago at Battery Russell. Feel free to ask questions and spend some time listening to the big band music playing on the radio.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

Paint Your Own Picasso Portrait”, Saturday, June 18, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/paint-your-own-picasso-portrait/59064 “You needn’t have painting experience to emulate techniques of the masters. In this guided workshop, learn acrylic paint skills and a little art history while creating your own unique version of this iconic painting. Leave with a completed 12 by 16 inch canvas and introductory skills in color mixing, composition and layering.”

Birding at Killin Wetlands and Pacific University”, Saturday, June 18, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. Free. “Seek elusive marsh birds and Acorn Woodpeckers on this free expert-guided bird walk with Elaine Murphy to Killin Wetlands and Pacific University. This walk offered by the Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop features one of the largest remaining peat wetlands in the Willamette Valley. The rare organic peat soil wetlands of the area provide a home to unique species of plants and animals including bittern, rails, and sora. Nearby we’ll search for Acorn Woodpecker and songbirds amid Pacific University’s stately groves of Oregon White Oak.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/killin_wetlands_pacific_university_bird_walk_-june_26/

The Birds of Killin Wetlands”, Saturday, June 18, 9:30AM, Killin Wetlands Natural Area, Killin Rd. and Cedar Canyon Rd., Banks. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/birds-killin-wetlands/2016-06-18 “Killin Wetlands is a great place to see (or hear) three marsh birds that are hard to find: American bittern, sora and Virginia rail. Many other birds can also be seen here this time of year. Join naturalist Dan Daly at this special place protected by Metro’s Natural Areas Program. Note there are no bathrooms available on site.”

Oregon Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 10AM-6PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. “Jugglers, musicians, gypsies, bards, and magicians gather to entertain and amaze. Whatever you desire, find it in The Vale of Dunrose!” http://oregonfaire.com  It says that Mary, Queen of Scots will be making an appearance...

Opening Day at Philip Foster Farm”, Saturday, June 18, 11AM-4PM, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Authentic history and camp cooking combine for the perfect day to visit the Philip Foster Farm. Come for a taste, or sign up to demonstrate your cooking skills. Guests are welcome to visit, learn from contestants, and vote for their favorite dishes. New this year is our Rose Ramble, featuring rose bushes collected from local homesteads, and wine tasting.”

Chkalov Memorial Ceremony”, Saturday, June 18, 10AM-12PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. “Commemorate the world's first transpolar flight, which landed at Pearson Field in 1937.”

Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour”, Saturday, June 18, 1PM-3PM, and Saturday, June 25, 3PM-5PM,meeting at 208 NW 3rd Ave., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org. “Pride Forever examines the compelling stories of LGBTQ history in Portland, from pivotal spaces in which LGBTQ folks built community, to precious moments that galvanized the entire movement. Join the walk!”

Art in the Park: Paint with Fiber”, Saturday, June 18, 11AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Free. $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: http://thespiralgallery.com/event/paint-with-fiber/ “Join an art instructor from the Spiral Gallery in Estacada for a hands on tutorial on Felting at the Milo McIver Campground. All supplies will be provided and students will leave with their completed art at the end of the lesson.”

ViVoce Women's Chorus Presents, “The Deer and the Nightingale”, Saturday, June 18, 7:30PM, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 1704 NE 43rd Ave.; and Sunday, June 19, 4:30PM, Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th St., Pdx. $15 adults, $12 students 6-18 and seniors. “This spring ViVoce Womens Chorus , is celebrating its 10th anniversary with two concerts to welcome summer. The concerts will include songs from Bolivia, Ecuador, Romania, Bulgaria, Xhosa (Africa), North America (Shaker tradition and others), Renaissance Italy, France and the British Isles. This internationally diverse music weaves a story of enchantment and transformation, anchored in three versions of Psalm 42: “Sicut cervus” (Palestrina), “Njengebhadi Libhadula” (Xhosa), and “Another Psalm 42″ (Gabrael St Clair).” http://portlandrevels.org/calendar/vivoce-singers/

Knit in Public Day”, Saturday, June 18, 11AM-2PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “An opportunity to gather, share the craft of knitting, and explore textile creation."

"Internet Cat Video Festival", Saturday, June 18, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. Details TBA.  This will totally sell out, and it will be awesome. http://www.walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays, June 18 and 25, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Ages 6-12. Free. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate.” June 18- “Owls of Tryon”. June 25- Wild Careers: Be a Park Ranger.” http://www.tryonfriends.org

Repair Fair”, Friday, June 18, 12PM-3PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. Preregistration required; register online.  “Has your toaster stopped toasting? Your favorite jacket won't zip? What is that mystery gizmo, and why won't it latch? Bring your broken small appliances, clothing, and more to Hillsboro Public Library's 2nd Repair Fair. Volunteers from the local Repair Fair team will be on hand to help you get them back in working order. When registering, please include any information about the broken items you will be bringing to assist our volunteers with planning.”

Author Talk, “Peg Willis”, Saturday, June 18, 2PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA. Admission $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 youth 7-18, $25 family admission. “Author Peg Willis has had a life-long love affair with the Columbia River Highway and years of research culminated in her book, ‘Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done’. Come hear Willis bring to life the monumental task of building the nation’s first scenic road through a rugged ice-carved Gorge, and the many characters who made the impossible possible – from Sam Hill and Samuel Lancaster to Henry Pittock and Simon Benson.” http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/visit/hours-admissions

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, June 18, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.” http://www.metaltype.org/ccstf/

“Pollination Celebration”, Saturday, June 18, 10AM, Howell Territorial Park, 13901 NW Howell Park Rd., Sauvie Island. $10 per family requested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.sauvieislandcenter.org/events/pollination-celebration/ “Come meet these hard working friends of the farm at Pollination Celebration, our annual event in support of National Pollination Week. Pollination Celebration will offer guests a sneak peek into the world of pollinators, the challenges they face and the important role pollinators play in our food supply. In addition to Sauvie Island Center’s own staff, subject matter experts from our event partner Metro will be on hand for the celebration.”

“Pioneer Cemetery Walking Tour”, Saturday, June 18, 11AM, Main City Park, 219 S. Main St., Gresham. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.greshamhistoricalsociety.org/calendar/tours/ “This tour provides an overview of historic and influential Greshamites buried in the Pioneer Cemetery and the neighboring Escobar Cemetery. Learn who these famous personalities were in life (and death) and why they are important to us now. This tour lasts an hour and takes place mainly on a rolling lawn with occasional muddy patches. We will meet at Main City Park by the entrance to the Springwater Trail.”

“Rationing the War: WWII on the Domestic Front and Abroad”, Sunday, June 19, 123PM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73341 E. US Highway 26, Rhododendron. Free. Free parking behind the Still Creek Inn. “December 7th, 1941, changed the history of the United States forever. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, America entered a four-year war again Imperial Japan and soon after the fascist Nazi Germany. To aid the war efforts in Europe and the Pacific, citizens had to sacrifice the way they lived their life and rations were put in place. Everything from gas to nylons to scrap metal was not only rationed, but became a new way of surviving while the country was at war. Sadly, some men, women, and children --- all Japanese Americans--- (because of their ancestry) were considered potential spies, and eventually found themselves without any rights and were confined to internment camps while their sons were sent overseas to fight against Adolf Hitler. This exhibit tells the story of domestic survival at home, as well as the efforts to halt the aggressiveness of the enemy. Through artifacts, music, and radio broadcasts, what happened over 70 years ago reemerges with a better understanding of why history defines those who underwent this four-year period as being the ‘Greatest Generation’.” http://www.cascadegeographicsociety.com/2016-events.html

Out of Africa. Story of Adinkra”, Sunday, June 19, 2PM, North Portland Library. “This is a digital slide presentation on the origin and history of the Adinkra symbols of West Africa, which are widely used all over the world in fabric prints. Adinkra prints are one of the highly valued hand-printed and hand-embroidered cloths found in Africa today. Its origin is traced to the Asante people of Ghana, and the Gyaman people of Cote’d'Ivoire. However, the production and use of Adinkra has come to be more associated with the Asante people of Ghana than any other group of people. Around the 19th century, the Asante people developed their unique art of Adinkra printing. Adinkra cloths were made and used exclusively by royalty and spiritual leaders. According to the Adinkra dictionary there are currently 62 symbols and more are being added with time. The presenter will discuss 11 popular and prominent Adinkra symbols, used and embraced today all over the world in the first half hour, and in the other half hour will talk about the popular traditional ethnic attire women wear (called the 'Kaba' in Ghana), and the men's Kente wrap. She will also teach about how different colors are only used for certain social events, such as births, weddings and funerals.”

Junior Ranger Roving”, Sunday, June 19, and Sunday, June 26, 11AM-3PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate.” June 29- The Bridges of Tryon Creek. June 26- Solve the Riddles and Follow the Map. http://www.tryonfriends.org

Drop Spindle Basics”, Sunday, June 19, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/drop-spindle-basics “Learn how to spin your own yarn! In this class you will learn some spinning vocabulary and how to spin wool fiber into yarn using a drop spindle. This method of spinning is inexpensive and portable. Wool fiber will be provided. Bring a drop spindle if you have one but if you do not own one, a spindle will be provided.”

“Comics 101 Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/comics-101-camp-teens Presented by artist Lin Lucas. “Learn the basics of comics art with a professional cartoonist in this step-by-step introduction to basic character design, story development, page layout, penciling, and editing through fun and challenging exercises designed to stretch your creative muscles.”

Canva for Cards, Posters and More”, Monday, June 20, 5:45PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/canva-cards-posters-and-more “Are you looking for a fun and easy way to design beautiful cards, invitations, or posters? Do you wish your social media posts looked snappier? Do you want to explore alternatives to PowerPoint for your presentations? Come to this class to learn about Canva , a free online design tool. By the end of class, you will: understand how to find layouts and backgrounds in Canva; know how to upload your own images into a Canva template; be able to add text to your Canva creation. You will also have the chance to work on your own project with help from the instructor. Please sign up for a Canva account before coming to class. If you do not have an account when you come to class, you may not be able to participate.”

Night Hike”, Monday, June 20, 9PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, River “S” Unit, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; email Aiden_Forsi@fws.gov “A unique opportunity to see the Ridgefield Refuge at night! The following are led by our Education Specialist Aiden Forsi, start at 9 pm, and last about two hours. http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

"Washington County Public Affairs Forum: A review of the Primary Election, and a look at the November Contest”, Monday, June 20, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Free and open to the public. Speaker: Dr. James Moore. http://washingtoncountyforum.org/

Ken and Janet's Excellent Adventure”, Monday, June 20, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Ken and Janet Jackson have visited every state park and recreation area in Oregon and are coming to the West Linn Library to tell you about their excellent adventure! While camping at Fort Stevens State Park on New Year’s Eve, 2000, Ken and Janet realized that they kept returning to the same few state parks. They decided to visit all of the parks and set a goal to complete their mission by the end of 2010. Over the next 10 years, they visited every park, natural area, heritage site, rest area, scenic viewpoint, recreation site, wayside, and scenic corridor. Although both Janet and Ken were born and raised in Oregon, they discovered there was a lot of our beautiful state they had never seen, and they learned more about the history, geology and geography of Oregon than they ever learned in school. This program will take you to some of the familiar parks and a lot of the lesser known places they visited as the criss-crossed the state many times.”

Author Talk, “Lisa M. Bolt Simons”, Monday, June 20, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/author-talk-writing-mills-history/59396 Simons discusses her book, “Fairbault Woolen Mill: Loomed in the Land of Lakes”. “Simons’ presentation is about the Faribault Woolen Mill history and how the author researched and wrote the book. But the story goes well beyond the borders of Minnesota. The Faribault Woolen Mill has gone from a local company to one that sells its woven goods around the United States (including Portland) and even internationally. This book is also about employee loyalty, small/family business, and the art of craftsmanship. Simons is the author of 21 nonfiction children’s books and has been a teacher for over 20 years.” http://www.lisamboltsimons.com

Community Paddles”, Monday, June 20, Tuesday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 28. Donation requested. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.estuarypartnership.org/get-involved/canoe-paddles “The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership invites you to join us on our canoes. Come aboard and help paddle our 29-foot, 12-passenger canoes, led by Estuary Partnership Educators. Enjoy the wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective.”

Stories for the Solstice: Wise, Wicked and Willful Women”, Tuesday, June 21, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Celebrate the Summer Solstice with tales of wise, wicked, and willful women, told by storyteller Batya Podos. With over 40 years of experience as a storyteller, teacher and writer, Batya tells stories from many cultures designed to inspire and entertain. These tales of silkies and spirits, of cunning women and girls determined to craft their own destinies, contain the magic that comes to us at midsummer when the days are long and the nights are full of sweet mystery. Stories allow us to open our hearts and our imaginations to whatever we dream is possible. Prepare to be enchanted.” https://hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?recordid=39972&page=1092

Make Music Day”, Tuesday, June 21, 12PM-9PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “Free celebration of music around the world on the summer solstice. Make Music Portland encourages broad community participation for this event! Every kind of musician of every musical genre is invited to take part in this free celebration of music.” http://makemusicportland.org/

Science, Swimming and the Willamette River: Debunking River Myths”, Tuesday, June 21, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. “With a panel of experts, moderated by Willie Levenson, Ringerleader of Human Access Project. Why do state agencies keep saying it is safe to swim in the Willamette, but it isn’t safe to eat the fish? What causes harmful algae blooms (HAB's), are they toxic, and how do I decide whether my family and I can swim in the river on any particular day? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this lively panel discussion.” https://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-hillsboro-zicons-are-forever?start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&end%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&keywords%5B%5D=350&keys=#nodeid-8626

en Taiko”, Tuesday, June 21, 1PM, Vancouver Library, Main Level Columbia Room; Tuesday, June 28, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; and Thursday, June 30, 1PM, Bethany Fountain, corner of NW Bethany Blvd. and Central Dr. “Feel the power of the Taiko rhythm! Create your own rhythms and learn aspects of Japanese Taiko drum playing such as stance, traditional rhythms and playing with partners. Be prepared to be LOUD!” http://www.entaiko.org/

Author Talk, “Becky and Dena Taylor”, Tuesday, June 21, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Free. “We are pleased to announce that Becky and Dena Taylor will join us to read from their joint memoir, ‘Tell Me the Number before Infinity: The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family, and Oh Yes, a Disability’. This book is one-of-a-kind, told from two perspectives: of the mother and of her daughter, born with cerebral palsy and a gift for mathematics. Becky was one of the first children to be mainstreamed into public schools under the 1975 federal law. The sixty short chapters are arranged chronologically, from Becky’s birth in 1972 to age forty. They describe life in their family and the realities of having a disability. Most of the chapters were written at the time they happened, so the reader gets a sense of what it was like for Becky, her sister, and her mom while she was growing up. The book includes photos and newspaper clippings from throughout Becky's life. Becky Taylor is a Computer Science graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, where she is the vice chair of the Commission on Disabilities and is involved in other civic organizations. Dena Taylor, M.S.W., Rutgers University, is the mother of two grown daughters. She lives in California and is retired from careers in social work and education.” http://www.tpgonlinedaily.com/chatting-with-dena-and-becky-taylor/

Why Play Matters: Promoting Health and Creativity for Kids and Adults”, Tuesday, June 21, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room; and Thursday, June 23, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “ ‘Grow up and stop playing.’ Most of us have heard this admonishment in some form as we moved from youth to adulthood. But is it good advice? Research shows that play and physical activity can have positive effects on children’s health, well-being, and education; they also boost health and creativity in adults. What is the value of play? This is the focus of Why Play Matters: Promoting Health and Creativity for Kids and Adults, a free conversation with play activists Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty. Please note: this session will include interactive play.”

The Magic Box and Other Tales from Around the World with Will Hornyak”, Tuesday, June 21, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “From Native American legends and Mexican folktales to Washington tall tales and lively participation stories, master storyteller Will Hornyak (Young Audiences Artist of the Year) weaves a wide web of memorable plots and unforgettable characters into an upbeat and engaging performance for all ages.”

Summer Solstice Walk”, Tuesday, June 21, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/mc-events/summer-solstice-walk/?mc_id=1269 “Celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year by going on an evening guided walk in the park. We’ll talk about what creates seasons, cultural celebrations for summer solstice from around the world, and discover the highlights of the forest this season.”

2016 Public Archaeology Field School”, Tuesday, June 21 through Saturday, July 30. WSU and PSU students will be working at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. There will be ongoing excavations and also public lectures on archaeology. Check Fort Vancouver for updates as event details are posted. https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/historyculture/2016fieldschool.htm In July there will be special events for kids to learn about Archaeology: https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/historyculture/archaeologyforkids.htm

249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B”, Tuesday, June 21, Fort Stevens State Park, Battery Russell. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “On June 21, 1942, at about 11:30 p.m., a Japanese submarine surfaced just south of the mouth of the Columbia River. Using its 5.5 inch deck gun, the submarine crew began shelling our coastline. This type of attack hadn't happened in America since the War of 1812. Come find out the rest of the story through interpretive displays, and talk with a dedicated volunteer who is regarded as the leading expert on this historic occurrence.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

Stop Motion Animation for Teens”, Wednesday, June 22, 4PM, Sherwood Library. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Alex Chiu is a local multi-media artist with a knack for teaching. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to create a stop-motion animated movie, this program is for you.” http://www.alexdoodles.com/

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Wednesday, June 22, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Let our Mad Scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter: gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: Air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science float your boat.”

“PDX Rocks! Geology of the Portland Metro Area”, Wednesday, June 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Class only is $14. Class plus optional field tip on June 25 or 26 is $115. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/portlandgeology “Underneath the MAX lines, rose gardens, and coffee shops of Portland lies evidence of our region's wild geologic past. Thick layers of hardened lava, wind-blown sediments, and flood deposits were laid down over the last 20 million years by an assortment of geological processes. Some of them, like the Missoula Floods of the Ice Age, were truly awesome in the scale of their destruction. Join naturalist, Ivan Phillipsen, in the classroom and on a field trip around the city to learn how these floods, as well as other events and processes, have shaped our city's natural landscape.”

Theodore Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist”, Wednesday, June 22, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Presented by Sig Unander. “History comes to life with this multi-media presentation! Born to wealth and privilege, Theodore Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and populist reformer, taking on big oil, banks and railroads. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East.”

Sixth Annual Barbara Walker Regional Trails Fair”, Wednesday, June 22, 12PM-3PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Free. “Learn more about regional trails and recreation opportunities at the Sixth Annual Barbara Walker Regional Trails Fair. Visit booths hosted by dozens of organizations. Free and open to all.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/sixth-annual-barbara-walker-regional-trails-fair/2016-06-22

Dramatic Dialogue for Teens”, Wednesday, June 22, 2PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/dramatic-dialogue-teens “Use theatrical techniques to create strong prose dialogue. In this interactive workshop, teens write short play-style scripts, act and direct a group role-play of a scene, and revise their scripts into dialogue for prose by adding setting, action, and emotion.”

The Oregon Bird Man”, Thursday, June 23, 11AM, 12:30PM and 2PM, Wilsonville Library; and Thursday, June 30, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “A great family-oriented show featuring a wide variety of tropical parrots, including several endangered species! Meet parrots of all colors and sizes. Learn what is happening to parrots in the wild and what is involved with having one as a pet.” http://oregonbirdman.com/

Gayle Ritt Presents: Guitars”, Thursday, June 23, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. All ages. “Join us for an entertaining evening with musician Gayle Ritt focused on learning more about the guitar. Learn about different kinds of guitars and hear the various sounds of these instruments. Ritt will perform some of her own original music and also some covers. She will talk about simple chords to play and how to use common accessories like a tuner, capo, straps, and more. Ritt will also talk about improvisation and performing with a band. Ritt performs locally with her own band, 23 window. The group plays classic rock, blues, jazz, and indie rock. This casual event promises a memorable performance of music and educational entertainment.” http://www.23windowmusic.com/23_Window_Music/Home.html

Yes You Can! Physical Comedy Show with Henrik Bothe”, Thursday, June 23, 2PM, Stevenson Library; Wednesday, June 29, 2PM, Washougal Library; and Thursday, June 30, 11AM, Battle Ground Library. “Come laugh with Henrik Bothe as he spins plates and rides unicycles. The action in this comedy, magic, and juggling show is awesome and demonstrates that kids can achieve anything they set their minds to.” http://www.nwcorporatecomedy.com/

“Comic Book Workshop for Teens”, Thursday, June 23, 5PM, Gladstone Library. “Learn all the different stages of creating a comic or graphic novel!”

“Doctor Who Needle Felting for Teens”, Thursday, June 23, 2PM, Woodstock Library; Saturday, June 25, 2:30PM, Holgate Library; and Wednesday, June 29, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Teens! Learn to needle felt a miniature TARDIS, Dalek and other essential Dr. Who artifacts. Needle felting is the approachable and addictive craft of sculpting raw wool with a barbed felting needle. Non-Whovians are welcome needle felt with us too... the subject matter is not limited to Doctor related objects. Let's craft together!”

Organic Gardening”, Thursday, June 23, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Join Oak Grove resident and expert gardener Arthur Moore as he shares his year-round gardening wisdom. Learn what to plant and harvest in your organic garden for bountiful success all year long!”

Author Talk, “Ruby McConnell”, Thursday, June 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Ruby McConnell discusses her book, “A Woman's Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook”. “For women who enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and other outdoor recreation or those inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, this is the definitive guide to being a woman in the great outdoors. This friendly handbook covers the matters of most concern to women, from 'feminine functions' in the wilderness to how to deal with condescending men, as well as the basics of wilderness survival tailored to women’s unique needs. It includes gear lists in addition to advice for camp setup, fire building, food and water, safety, weather, and navigation.” http://www.rubymcconnell.com

OMSI Presents, “Make it Yourself”, Thursday, June 23, 2PM and 3:15PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “What’s all the buzz about Makers?! In this class tweens will learn about STEM concepts and how they apply to the exciting world of Makers and their creations. We will use our creativity to invent, design and promote a new gadget, product or whatever we can imagine!”

“Alton Takiyama-Chung, Storyteller”, Friday, June 24, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. “National award-winning storyteller, Alton Takiyama-Chung shares stories and legends from around the world with humor, deep respect, and much aloha. His tales transport you away to other times and places where you experience a different slice of life, before bringing you safely back home. Come adventuring with us to lands mysterious and exotic through the gift of imagination and the power of story.” http://www.altonchung.com/

“Every Brain Needs Music: Neuroscience, Performance, and Song”, Friday, June 24, 7:30PM, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $15. “Music not only soothes the soul, but it can enhance the brain as well. At this special Friday night Science on Tap, explore the origins of music, why humans enjoy making and listening to music, and how the brain behaves when we create music. Also, learn how music practice might improve brain development and prevent or limit the effects of aging and brain injury. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman, an OHSU neuroscientist and accomplished pianist who studies normal brain development and neurodegenerative diseases, will combine musical performance, thought-provoking data, and lively discussion. Dr. Sherman is a Professor and Senior Scientist of Neuroscience at OHSU and President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/alberta_june_24_music/

Lake Oswego Festival for the Arts”, Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, 10A9PM, and Sunday, June 26, 10AM-5PM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., and George Rodgers Park, 611 S. State St., Lake Oswego. “The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art crafts.” https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/lakewood-Festival-Date-2016

Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival”, Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, The Ocean’s Edge Wayside, South 1st St. between Hwy 101 and S. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. “Shiver me timbers! The Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its 5th annual Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival and Treasure Hunt in downtown Rockaway Beach. Join us for a weekend of entertainment sure to offer something for all ages. There will be pirate music, roving pirates, and festival rides, as well as delicious foods and drinks, vendors selling exotic wares, musical acts, performances, a scavenger hunt, and games to challenge your skills; all of this in an atmosphere that would make the pirates of old feel at home.” http://www.rockawaybeach.net/events/pirate-festival/

"Tigard Festival of Balloons", Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, with hot air balloon launches planned for 5:45AM every morning and Night Glow illuminated hot air balloons Friday and Saturday at dusk, Cook Park,  Tigard. Weekend admission passes are $7 at the gate or $5 in advance.  Parking is $5, and an optional shuttle ride from the parking lot to the festival is $1. "It’s the fun-filled Festival of Balloons in Tigard and it’s happening June 24th - 26th, 2016. The hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction of the festival, but ... it’s MORE than balloons! Get down to Cook Park early each morning to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch (weather permitting) and dot the morning sky. Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and business vendor booths. Don’t miss the Festival of Cars on Sunday. Of course, it wouldn’t be the festival of balloons without the ever impressive Night Glow on Friday and Saturday nights; the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the main stage,  Funtastic carnival fun center, clowns, cotton candy, and a whole lot more! The Festival of Balloons is a non-profit organization that raising funds for many non-profit groups in Tigard while providing a premier family event for the entire community." http://www.tigardballoon.org/#about   Usually they post about weather cancellations on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Festival-of-Balloons-in-Tigard-Oregon-131265403604405/

Tortilla Making Workshop”, Friday, June 24, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. “Learn how to make simple home-made tortillas and then have a taste with some salsa.”

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, June 24, 1PM, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $7 students, $28 family of 4, free for ages 5 and under. Cultural Pass available from Washington County and Clackamas County Libraries. “Join the staff from Effective Chinese for a hands-on paper cutting activity and a chance to explore new ways to learn Mandarin. This activity is suitable for kids of all ages. You can learn Mandarin, practice speaking or focus on your paper cutting skills.” http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/paper-cutting-activity/

***"Oregon Home Education Network Bi-annual Convention 2016"***, Saturday, June 25, 8AM-5PM, Valley Catholic High School, 4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton. $10 for OHEN members and $20 for non-members when paid in advance; $20 and $30 after June 9. Admission to the Curriculum Fair and Vendor Fair are free to the public. "Homeschooling is all about Learning Together: parents and children Learning Together as a family, friends and fellow homeschoolers Learning Together as a community, and mentors and apprentices Learning Together in the world! The 2016 Oregon Home Education Network Convention is an opportunity for Learning Together with other home educators. You can network with your fellow homeschoolers from all over the state, visit the vendor fair to see the many resources and services available to you on your homeschooling journey, and attend informative workshops presented by creative leaders (many of whom are veteran homeschoolers with experience and wisdom to share.)" http://convention.ohen.org/home

Taiko Drumming”, Saturday, June 25, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Traditionally, Taiko drumming was performed in Japan to motivate troops and set a marching pace. Today, Taiko drumming is loved around the world for its powerful and rhythmic style. Join Portland Taiko for a thrilling experience with some audience participation.” http://portlandtaiko.org

Ancient Walls: A Geological Walking Tour of Downtown Portland Building Stone”, Saturday, June 25, 10AM, meeting at Pioneer Place Mall Fountain, 700 SW 5th Ave., Pdx. $10. “Come see billion-year-old building stones and the fossils hidden under our feet. Join us for a two-hour outdoor walking tour of downtown Portland’s geological mysteries and oddities. Bring a magnifying lens, good walking shoes, sunscreen and clothing for a cool, but possibly rapidly warming summer morning. Water and snacks are advisable, although the trip will end at a lunch stop. Open to public. Children under 12 must be supervised.” http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/2015/8/22/downtown-geology-tour

The Wizard of Oz All Ages Movie Sing-Along”, Saturday, June 25, 11:30AM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $6. All ages. Advance tickets available: http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/154119-The-Wizard-of-Oz-PG

Oregon Coast Agate Club 53rd Annual Rock and Gem Show”, Saturday, June 25, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, June 26, 10AM-4PM, National Guard Armory, 541 SW Coast Hwy., Newport. “Dealers, Door Prizes, Kids Activities, Displays, Silent Auction.” https://www.facebook.com/events/467289276803092/

Craft of Grafting”, Saturday, June 25, 10AM, OMSI. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.ticketing.omsi.edu/ItemList.aspx?node_id=112744 “In this lab, we’ll explore questions around science and technology in the modern food world. We'll look at some of the technologies being developed right here in OREGON! Participants will experiment with some of these amazing technologies and bring home their own plant. One ticket per plant, maximum 3 participants per ticket. Recommended for ages 8–14 with an adult and 14 and up without an adult. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Tall Tree Tales – Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, June 25, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Tour guide Ken Denniston will lead a guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum that focuses on the conifers of the Pacific Northwest. Learn to identify the native conifers of Oregon and Washington! Meet at the Visitor Center.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Hide Tanning”, Saturday, June 25, 3PM, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. $10-$20 donations requested. “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. This month's theme is Hide-Tanning. Ever wonder how to convert skin into leather? Humans have been tanning hides for thousands of years, using various methods. With a cooking show style demo, we will take participants through two popular methods; brain-tanning and bark-tanning. There will be some hands-on activities, as well as an opportunity for folks to share their own experiences with this practice.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1646514218936924/

Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, June 25, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/earthquake-preparedness “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store it.”

Summer Kite Festival”, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 10AM-4PM, on the beach at D River Wayside, Lincoln City. “Professional kite flyers will demonstrate their routines on both days at this family-friendly event.” http://www.oregoncoast.org/lincoln-city-summer-kite-festival/

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, Saturday, June 25 through August 20. Free Shakespeare in the park! Check out their complete schedule here: http://www.opsfest.org/tour-calendar.html “In Shakespeare's Era, the audience arrived knowing the actors had not rehearsed and that the only context they each had of the play was their own role. The play was as fresh to the actors onstage as the audience watching. In a company of 43, it is rare you will see the same actor play the same role twice and you'll NEVER see the same cast. Discover and explore these timeless classics along with us and find out what makes Shakespeare a little dangerous!”

Kids Comics and Drawing Club”, Saturday, June 25, 1PM-2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. Created by delightful homeschooling mom Kristen Klever and her rad daughter. “An informal drop-in hour of drawing, sharing, and friendship for kids aged 6-11ish. We’ll provide tools, supplies and paper and a selection of comics and books to share and discuss. Kids are invited to bring their favorite drawing pens, new comics they’re into, or things they’re working on at home. Adults are invited to stay and participate.” http://www.iprc.org/event/kids-comics-drawing-club/all/

31st Annual Eastmoreland Garage Sale”, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, Eastmoreland neighborhood of Pdx. “Unofficially considered “the Northwest’s largest garage sale,” this annual event brings together neighbors and interested buyers from around Portland to buy and sell used items and raise money. More than 120 homes participated in 2015 and featured thousands of valuable used items.” http://www.eastmoreland.org/events/eastmoreland-garage-sale/

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents Shakespeare's “Coriolanus”, Saturday, June 25 through July 23, with most performances in Pettygrove Park, SW 1st Ave at Harrison St., Pdx. Donations requested. Free Shakespeare in the park! Coriolanus is a tragedy based on the life of Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus, a legendary figure who may or may not have actually lived. http://www.portlandactors.com/shows/twilight-tragedie-coriolanus/

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, June 25, 9:30PM, Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Always call 503-594-6044 Option 1 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event for a recorded announcement about the status of the night's event. Do not use flashlights. Be prepared in case there is a long wait for your turn to look through the big telescope. Get there early and bring snacks, books, etc. It will be worth it! “Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College, the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) maintain the Haggart Observatory located at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center on the CCC campus in Oregon City. To offer the public a unique opportunity to access this rare community resource, RCA opens the observatory on 'Public Nights' to members of the general public. On most Public Nights RCA members will also set telescopes up in a nearby parking lot for guests to look through before and after their trip up to the Observatory.” http://www.rosecityastronomers.net/calendar/2016/6/25/haggart-observatory-public-night

“The Amazing Acro-Cats”, Saturday, June 25, 3PM and 8PM, and Sunday, June 26, 1PM and 6PM, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx. $21-$36. “The Amazing Acro-cats are a troupe of REAL rescued house cats that delight and astound cat-lovers of all ages. Their one hour show includes daring feats such as tightrope walking, cart pushing, hoop jumping, skateboarding, bell ringing, balancing on balls, and turning lights on. The finale is the one and only (the ONLY cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD) purrformance by Tuna and The Rock Cats!” http://www.circuscats.com Super awesome!!!

Author Talk and Living History Event, “Rinker Buck”, Saturday, June 25, 2PM-6PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. Author and historian Rinker Buck will discuss his bestselling book "The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey." “In 2011, Buck and his brother Nick crossed the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail in a covered wagon, becoming the first wagon travelers in more than a century to complete a crossing of the trail. From 2 pm to 4 pm, living history re-enactors will interpret the history of the Oregon Trail and its relationship to Fort Vancouver. At the same time, the Buck will be available to sign books. At 4 pm, Buck will present a talk on his book, and his experience writing it.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=5123546-307230

“Animal Tracking Adventure”, Saturday, June 25, 10AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham. Ages 8 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/animal-tracking-adventure/2016-06-25 “Join veteran tracker Terry Kem in search of tracks and signs of wildlife along the banks of the Sandy River. Learn the basics of track identification and awareness skills needed to watch wildlife at close range. With practice, beginners can learn to read the ground like an open book.”

Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum Presents, “Godmother and the Magician”, Saturday, June 25, 2PM, and Sunday, June 26, 4PM, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $10. Ages 3-99. “Czech Fairy tales from Tendrak Theatre.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/LiveShows.html

“Spirit of Indigenous People”, Saturday, June 25 11:30AM-5PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the rich culture of the original people of North America with music, food, dance and activities.” http://www.sihb.org/spirit-indigenous-people/

“Cemetery Saga”, Saturday, June 25, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. $20 per person plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; call 503-678-1251 ext., 221. “Begins at the Champoeg Visitor Center then tour by bus through several local pioneer cemeteries. Individuals from the historic Champoeg era are portrayed in first person by costumed actors on location near where the individual was laid to rest. This year’s theme, highlights vignettes by first generation descendants relating experiences of their pioneer families. The approximately 2 hour tour ends with strawberry shortcake served in the restored Donald Manson 1860’s barn behind the visitor center.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45082

“Strawberry Shortcake Day”, Saturday, June 25, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. “Whole Wheat Shortcake topped with ripe strawberries, need we say more?” “Our volunteers work the mill, answer questions about the old style milling process and welcome visitors from around the globe.” Freshly milled flour is available for a donation. http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/special-events

“Create your own Beaded Bracelet for Teens”, Saturday, June 25, 2PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register onlinehttps://multcolib.org/events/create-your-own-beaded-bracelets “This is a great class for both guys and girls to make an adjustable bracelet. Many beads to choose from. You will leave with a finished bracelet for yourself or to give away.”

“Animate Anything! For Teens”, Sunday, June 26, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Drop in and learn different techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flipbook animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and much more. There are no limits to what your imagination can create! No experience necessary - open to all levels of experience.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

“Tracking Club”, Sunday, June 26, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

“Oregon’s Aquatic Cryptid Critters”, Sunday, June 26, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Presented by Weird U.S. authors Jeff Davis and Al Eufrasio. “A cryptid is a creature that is supposed to be extinct, but is not. Oregon has more than its share of these creatures, both on land and in the water. Weird Oregon authors Al Eufrasio and Jeff Davis will discuss many of the water loving cryptids of the Beaver State, including facts and myths surrounding the Wallowa Lake Monster, the Devil of Devil’s Lake, to a possible cousin of the Loch Ness monster living off the Oregon Coast, and many more. Real or fake, they are all interesting.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/149785-Oregons-Aquatic-Cryptid-Critters

“Milk Carton Boat Race”, Sunday, June 26, 11AM, Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, SE Bybee Blvd. and McLoughlin Blvd., Pdx. Free. “A classic Rose Festival event and family friendly community tradition dating back to 1973, the Milk Carton Boat Race returns in 2016 for a spectacle you won’t want to miss. Children and adults race and show off their handmade, human powered boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively constructed watercraft will compete in seven categories, with one earning a place in history upon the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy.” http://www.rosefestival.org/event/milk-carton-boat-race

“Summer Solstice Pub Sing”, Sunday, June 26, 6PM-8PM, The Zipper food court, 2705 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “Revels seasonal pub sings are for anyone who loves to sing. They evolved out of the impromptu gatherings of cast members who wanted to keep singing after rehearsals or performances. Now they’ve grown to include any and all that love to sing, recite poems or just sit around with a pint and a burger and enjoy the company of friends.” http://portlandrevels.org/calendar/pub-sings/ http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2015/9/15/inside-northeast-sandy-s-zipper

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, June 26, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.ticketing.omsi.edu/ItemList.aspx?node_id=112744 “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”



“Zircons are Forever: Dating Rocks to Tell Earth's Story”, Monday, June 27, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Leslie Moclock, curator of the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals. “Everyone knows that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. But have you ever wondered how we figured out that number? Come discover the secrets of geochronology and learn how scientists determine the age of rocks and fossils. From maps and sledgehammers to radioactive crystals and cutting-edge electronics, this talk illuminates the tools and techniques used to investigate the history of our Earth.” https://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-hillsboro-zicons-are-forever?start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&end%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&keywords%5B%5D=350&keys=#nodeid-9134

Talk: “Mushroom Foraging”, Monday, June 27, 7:30, World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Michael W. Beug. “Come learn how to pursue morels not only from April 1 through all of June, but in July through September as well. Do you want a wild mushroom meal from your own freshly picked mushrooms on January 1? I often do and will tell you how and where near Portland. How about mushrooming during the middle of winter? I will tell you about my most fantastic mushrooming trip ever―on January 28, 2016 in Oregon as a guest of Don Moore and Pam Buesing. What about emerging chanterelles in July and August? Want to find prime fresh chanterelles and prime boletes in November instead of rain-soaked old specimens? Having trouble finding matsutake? I did for thirty years until...” http://wildmushrooms.org/node/507

“George Atkinson, Pioneer Oregon Educator”, Monday, June 27, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room. “Inspired by the Second Great Awakening to become a missionary, Massachusetts native George Henry Atkinson (1819-89) arrived in Oregon City during the summer that Congress established the Oregon Territory. Called by early historians "The Father of Public Education in Oregon," Atkinson played multiple leadership roles in that field for four decades. A respected community leader, his wide range of interests encompassed railroading, meteorology, botany, agriculture, Indian affairs and mining. Within his own Congregational denomination he stood as the prime symbol of its efforts to extend its presence into the Pacific Northwest. Author and retired minister Donald Sevetson places Atkinson's life and work within its geographic setting and its historical context, providing a candid picture of the man, his setting, and his legacy.”

“Uke Can Do It!”, Monday, June 27, 3PM, West Linn Library. Preregistration required, register online: https://westlinnoregon.gov/library/uke-can-do-it-0 “Join us for a workshop designed to teach adults the simplicity of playing the ukulele. Cinda Johnson's workshop is for non-musicians or those who feel they can't play an instrument. Ukuleles will be provided.”

“Arcade Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/arcade-camp-teens “Join Tinkercamp in creating your own physical space through imagination. Work with friends and mentors to make your own playable skeeball game, bowling alley, ball toss, and more with craft supplies, cardboard, recycled materials and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. On the last day, invite your friends and family to test out the games and play together.”

Portland to the Rescue: Rose City Rushes to 1906 Stricken San Francisco”, Monday, June 27, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by Michael Helquist. “Before Hurricane Katrina, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was the greatest natural disaster in US history. News of the raging hell of fire, ruin, and death—3,000 fatalities and 200,000 homeless—stunned Portlanders, but the Rose City rallied with speed, organization, and generosity. The Oregon Doctor Train—a contingent of physicians and nurses—rushed food, supplies, and medical care to the stricken city not knowing how much civil strife or contagious disease awaited them. Among them was Portland's future medical leader and the political activist Dr. Marie Equi. The California Governor lavished praise on the Oregon team for doing so much ‘at a time when we were practically helpless’.”  http://www.ohs.org/events/portland-to-the-rescue.cfm

“Conversations With Writers: Colette Tennant”, Monday, June 27, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library Board Room. “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Colette will tell us how this old adage applies not just to weddings, but to the art of good writing as well. She has been an English professor at Corban College in Salem for 15 years, and is also a songwriter. Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his / her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.”

“Huitzilopochtli Danza Azteca”, Tuesday, June 28, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22622 SW Pine St., Sherwood; and Tuesday, June 28, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “Meet us at Cannery Square for authentic Aztec traditions including live music, dancing and regalia.” http://www.danzaazteca.org/

“A Road Suited to the Times: The Columbia River Highway at 100”, Tuesday, June 28, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “Join us for a glass lantern slide show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the building of the Columbia River Highway. Modeled after the great scenic highways in Europe, the Columbia River Highway was officially dedicated in 1916 at two ceremonies commemorating the completion of the highway between Hood River and Portland. Using original hand colored lantern slides from the John Yeon Slide Collection at the Oregon Historical Society - projected using a 1940 Bausch and Lomb projector - OHS Archivist Matthew Cowan and narrator Doug Kenck-Crispin (orhistory.com) will take a closer look at one of the greatest roadway projects of modern times.” http://www.ohs.org/events/a-road-suited-to-the-times-the-columbia-river-highway-at-100.cfm

“Felted Sushi for Teens”, Tuesday, June 28, 1PM, Troutdale Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Teens will learn the ancient craft of feltmaking by making a fun, campy project. Feltmaking is a traditional craft that pre-dates weaving. Using only raw wool, soapy water and the agitation of our hands, each teen will make a faux nori roll that will be cut up into many pieces of colorful sushi. The low-tech process of transforming raw wool into felt is magical for anyone new to the craft, and the subject matter of this class is particularly popular with the anime set.”

“Comic Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, June 28, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Brad Clark presents games and activities - writing, drawing, and 'inking' contests - and a free comic book. Discover the process of comics, and maybe a few great titles to check out.”

“Leapin Louie - Jumping Makes You Smarter, I Can Prove It!”, Tuesday, June 28, 2:30PM, Ridgefiled Library. “Leapin’ Louie leaps about with lassos, juggles, rides a 6-foot-unicycle, shows off his puppetry skills, and includes lots of audience participation to prove that jumping makes you smarter.” http://www.comedytricks.com/wp/

“Stories with Will Hornyak”, Tuesday, June 28, 2PM, Hoodland Library, Welches; and Wednesday, June 29, 3PM, Sandy Library. http://willhornyak.net

Mad Science Presents, “Olympics”, Tuesday, June 28, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; and Thursday, June 30, 2PM, Ledding Library. “Get movin' and groovin' in this awesome Olympic-themed show! Watch Eggbert take a high dive, discover the wonders of air pressure in our Mad Science Tug-of-War, and be a part in the best Closing Ceremony anywhere!”

“Honey Bee Science Discovery Program”, Tuesday, June 28, 3PM, Kenton Library. Presented by Kendall Swanson. “A presentation by a young beekeeper on honey bees and the science behind them. The short interactive presentation is followed by hands-on learning stations, including: Honey Bee Discovery Lab (featuring products of the hive, beekeeping equipment and tools, magnifying glasses, honey tasting, and question and answer time), flower seed planting, pollination station, honey bee board games, and coloring sheets. This discovery lab is for children ages 3 years and up, and adults enjoy the lab, as well.”

Author “Mychal Denzel Smith”, Tuesday, June 28, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book, “Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education”. “How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle, and Frank Ocean. In Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren’t considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight. The questions Smith asks in this book are urgent—for him, for the martyrs and the tokens, and for the Trayvons that could have been and are still waiting.” http://www.thenation.com/authors/mychal-denzel-smith/

“Latin American Music and Myths”, Wednesday, June 29, 1PM, Gresham Library. “Join Inka Jam Band perform Huaynos, Cumbia, Salsa, Boleros, Trova and Afro-Peruvian with an Andean flare the whole family can enjoy. Rather than a distant concert this is a trans-formative musical experience with dance and costume change. Enjoy an interactive performance while learning the cultures represented, history of how the instruments are made and the contents of the songs.” http://www.inkajam.com

“Mad Science”, Wednesday, June 29, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Gym. “Our summer reading performances continue with this fun and educational program from Portland Mad Science. A must see program for all ages.”

Graphic Fantastic! For Teen Girls”, Wednesdays, June 29, July 20 and August 17, 3:30PM, McMinnville Library. “It’s a graphic novel book club for teenage girls ages 13-18.” June- “Nimona” by Moelle Stevenson. July- “In Real Life” by Cory Doctorow. August- “Ms. Marvel”, by Willow Wilson.

Incivility and Political Polarization in America”, Wednesday, June 29, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level1. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events#/?i=25 “Does political incivility threaten American democracy? Dr. Cornell Clayton will explore our current political polarization, challenging assumptions about the relationship between civility and democratic participation. His presentation will be followed by audience discussion in small groups, aimed at raising awareness about the heated climate in this year's election season.”

Habiba’s Village”, Wednesday, June 29, 1:30PM, 3:30PM and 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library; and Thursday, June 30, 10AM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Join Habiba Addo for an interactive storytelling performance with authentic West African costumes, singing, and movement. Explore your world, near and far.” http://www.habibasvillage.com/

Mad Science Presents, “Spin, Pop, Boom!”, Wednesday, June 29, 10:30, La Center Library. “How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging 'magic' trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing!”

“Design Your Own Coloring Book Pages for Teens”, Wednesday, June 29, 3PM, St. Johns Library. “Calling all teens! Have you jumped aboard the coloring-book bandwagon!? Take your creativity a step further by designing your own coloring pages to fill in yourself, share with friends, or compile into your very own book. Together we'll work on line texture, design elements, and floral and mandala illustrations. This process is creative, calming, and great for your overall health and wellness (not to mention, super fun!).”

Mad Science Presents, “Fire and Ice”, Wednesday, June 29, 3PM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone. “Enjoy science experiments and demonstrations from Mad Science.”

“Ready, Set...Science!”, Wednesday, June 29, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Wednesday, June 29, 4:30PM, Estacada Library; and Thursday, June 30. 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. Presented by AKA Science. Suggested for grades 3 and up. “When you exercise and play, your body springs into action! How does your body do it? Try cool experiments to see how your heart beats, your lungs breathe, and your muscles move! Test your reflexes, play balancing games, and use neurons to send a message to your brain! Explore Silly Putty stretches and have fun with Bio-Squares...then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends!”

“Charlie Brown the Juggler”, Thursday, June 30, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “With a disarming and goofy sense of humor Charlie keeps you laughing while your eyes are bulging at his amazing cigar box manipulations, hat juggling and astonishing club juggling! Charlie has delighted library audiences for close to a decade here in the N.W. when he is not performing on cruise ships, in large theaters and at worldwide festivals.” http://www.amazama.com/charliebrown/

Indian Bollywood Dance Performance by Monika Deshpande”, Thursday, June 30, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Bollywood Dance is a movie dance of India which consists of a mix of various dance styles from around the world. The term "Bollywood" refers to the film industry and films from Bombay (Mumbai). Our program consists of dance groups of different ages. Little kids perform Indian village dances or marriage folk dances or cultural festival dances. Young girls' dance style is a mix of Indian semi-classical and Bollywood dance. Ladies dances are Bollywood style showcasing various styles and gestures with different formations in a group dance setup. Experience Indian culture, dresses, jewelry, dance styles, music and singing styles in this unique program.”

“Brain Health for Families 101”, Thursday, June 30, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Learn ways to optimize your children's brains for a lifetime of health, happiness, and success from the inside out-- and help keep you calm and confident as a parent. This brain-based interactive playgroup and workshop is dedicated to bringing more fun, cooperation, and connection to your family. Go home with new games, songs, activities, art projects, and positive parenting tools to grow healthy minds and hearts in your family. Have summer fun with this awesome parenting community!”

Concert, “Cellobop”, Thursday, June 30, 7PM, Hood River Library. “Composer and cellist Gideon Freudmann will play at the Hood River Library on Thursday, June 30, 7pm. Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. His music is inspired by the best of classical, jazz, and blues traditions, and his it is both immediately accessible and richly detailed in its nuance and complexity.” http://www.cellobop.com

Broadway Rose Theatre Co. Presents “West Side Story”, Thursday, June 30 through July 24, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Ages 6 and up. “Based on Shakespeare’s greatest love story, West Side Story places ill-fated lovers Tony and Maria amidst racial tensions and rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Their struggle to escape hate, violence, and prejudice to find a place together remains a heart wrenching and relevant story for our time. With its brilliant, passionate score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and pioneering choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story has earned its place as one of the most powerful and revered musicals in history.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/west-side-story

Twilight Thursday at Smith and Bybee”, Thursday, June 30, 7:30PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N Marine Dr., Pdx. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “As the sun begins its descent, many animals go out to forage for one last meal. At the same time, nocturnal animals begin to wake and move across the landscape. Join a naturalist on a hike to explore the magical space between day and night.”  http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/twilight-thursday-smith-and-bybee-wetlands/2016-06-30

OMSI Presents, “Crime Lab”, Thursday, June 30, 2PM and 3:15PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “As they piece together the evidence of a crime scene, tweens will see firsthand how fingerprints, footprints and fibers can help catch a criminal. Topics include forensic science, evidence analysis and analytical thinking.”