Saturday, February 28, 2015

Merry March

Welcome spring!  This is my event list for March 2015. I am not attempting to be complete, I'm just including the events I personally think look pretty neat. There are bound to be mistakes and typos in it, and sometimes things get cancelled, so do be sure to doublecheck all the details of whatever you'd like to attend.  My friend Michael continues to compile a great list of all the environmental education events happening around town on his blog: https://exploreportlandnature.wordpress.com/ and you will find a list of the various regularly occurring events specifically for homeschoolers on my page here: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/p/portland-area-classes-and-drop-in.html.

Spring has come early here in the Pacific Northwest, which is throwing off the regular schedule for spring wildflower displays. It's hard to be sure, but so far it looks like they may be as much as two weeks early.  Grass widows (pictured) are already blooming in purple carpets at Catherine Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. Trilliums are one of our earliest flowers and I hear they're already blooming. Take a look in a woods near you! Another outstanding spot for early wildlflowers is the Tom McCall Preserve, and a little later Hoyt Arboretum will have amazing magnolias and Camassia Natural Area will have carpets of blue camas flowers, but these are just a few highlights.  Nearly every local pond is full of frog and salamander eggs and the chorus frogs are singing their hearts out.  Soon it will be tadpole season!  Be sure to stop and take a peek in a pond to see what's happening. If you're planning a garden with your kids and would like some help getting started, be aware that there are a wealth of free classes available.  Google your county OSU or WSU Extension, and check your local nursery and your library calendar. Portland Nursery and Dennis' 7 Dees are good places to check. 

Pompeii: The Exhibition”, now through May 25, Pacific Science Center, Seattle. “Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including the largest collection of body casts ever presented.” http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Exhibits/pompeii

SE Area Artwalk”, Sunday, March 1. 10AM- 5PM, Free. Artist studios and galleries open their doors! All details here: http://www.seportlandartwalk.com

Multicultural Portland Tour”, Sunday, March 1, 10AM, departing from Dan and Louis Oyster Bar, 200 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. $20. “While today, Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant communities have a rich and storied history. Join us for the only Portland tour to uncover our multicultural past, and learn about the remarkably diverse Old Town/ Chinatown community.” http://knowyourcity.org/2015/03/01/multicultural-portland-tour-2/

DIY PDX Tour”, Sunday, March 1, 10AM, departing from Dan and Louis Oyster Bar, 200 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. $20. “Sick of big box stores and corporate chains? Welcome to Portland, OR, USA – home to all things independent! This walking tour is designed for those seeking to connect with the true, homespun culture of the city (which can sometimes be tough to find as a visitor).” Details here: http://knowyourcity.org/2015/03/01/diy-pdx-tour/

Miniatures Workshop”, Monday, March 2, 4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790. “Interested in learning how to make miniatures out of every day objects? We’ll be offering two workshops for you led by Shana Stewart. All materials will be provided.”

Tinker Tuesday”, Tuesday, March 3, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “A brand new STEM club for kids! We will do experiments, technology exploration, math activities and a lot of tinkering!”

Leo, Virgo and the Spring Sky”, Tuesday, March 3, 6PM, 7:145PM and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Directions, etc. here: http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Author Talk, “Michael Gazzaniga”, Tuesday, March 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside. Michael Gazzaniga presents his book, “Tales from Both Sides of the Brain”. “In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, ‘the father of cognitive neuroscience,’ was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now foundational split-brain brain theory: the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from one another and have different strengths.  In ‘Tales from Both Sides of the Brain’, Gazzaniga tells the impassioned story of his life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. By turns humorous and moving, ‘Tales from Both Sides of the Brain’ interweaves Gazzaniga’s scientific achievements with his reflections on the challenges and thrills of working as a scientist.”

Master Gardener Series: Mason Bees”, Tuesday, March 3, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “The mason bee is one of our native bees and the answer to pollenating spring fruits and flowers. Mason bees are easy to keep and will guarantee increased garden yields.”

MarchFourth! 12th Anniversary Family Show”, Crystal Ballroom, Tuesday, March 3, 6PM, Advance tickets $13 adults, $10 kids ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under. “This mobile big band spectacular is a sonic party of electric bass, a diverse percussion ensemble and a brassy horn section, and a visual kaleidoscope of costumed dancing beauties, acrobatic stilt walkers, fire arts, hula-hoopers, and many more theatrics.” http://www.crystalballroompdx.com/events/135089-MarchFourth-12th-Anniversary-Family-Show

Before Hatshepsut: Three Generations of Royal Women at the Birth of Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom”, Tuesday, March 3, 7:30PM, OMSI. Free and open to the public. Presented by Stephen Harvey, Dir. of Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos. “At the birth of the New Kingdom, around 1525 BCE when King Ahmose defeated the Hyksos rulers of northern Egypt, three royal women stand out: Queen Tetisheri, grandmother of Ahmose, who was honored with a monumental pyramid at Abydos; Queen Ahhotep, Ahmose’s mother, who may have controlled domestic affairs while her husband was at war with the Hyksos; and Ahmose-Nefertary, the first woman to have been called the ‘God’s Wife of Amun,’ a priestly role that came with enormous prestige and wealth, and was later held by Hatshepsut. Dr. Harvey will examine colorful ancient records as well as recent discoveries at the sites of Abydos and Thebes.” http://www.arce.org/chapters/oregon/events/u916

Oregon Season Trackers- A Citizen Science Program”, Wednesday, March 4, 10AM- 2:30PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $35 including a rain gage and $10 without. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/files/5514/2179/6013/OR_Season_Trackers_Workshop.pdf “Do you want to learn more about the microclimate where you live? Do you want to contribute to our understanding of the weather and its effect on plants and animals? Become an Oregon Season Tracker "Citizen Scientist" and help monitor seasonal patters of precipitation (rain and snow) and phenology (timing of natural processes such as bud break). This workshop will be conducted by Oregon State University Extension Service and hosted at Hoyt Arboretum.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in March, 12PM, Noble Woods Park, North Entrance, 23480 W. Baseline Rd., Hillsboro, meeting at the restrooms. Free. Join Jackson Bottom staff and volunteers every Wednesday at noon, November through June, for Lunch with the Birds! Location varies featuring a different City of Hillsboro park each month. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Spring is arriving and our resident song birds are going into breeding mode while winter visitors are gearing up to leave.”http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=5588

Author Talk. “Bonnie Henderson”, Wednesday, March 4, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Bonnie Henderson, author of ‘The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast’ will share highlights on her look back in history, far beyond the most recent impacts felt in1964 when the Alaska ‘Good Friday’ earthquake damaged our shoreline. Oregon’s other recent tsunami was January 26, 1700 when a mega 9.0 quake struck just 100 miles off the Pacific coast. Scientists believe tsunamis strike every few hundred years along our Cascadia Subduction Zone.”

Decomposers”. Thursday, March 5, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “What do worms, turkey vultures, and mold have in common? They are decomposers! Decomposition of materials is a task that many animals play a role in. You will learn what decomposition is, the benefit of recycling natural materials, and meet a crew of worms whose scat is actually soil.”

Teaching on the Tundra- Yup’ik Eskimos of Western Alaska”, Thursday, March 5, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living Program, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested; call 360-546-3344. “Come and visit Clearwater Springs Assisted Living for a presentation by guest lecturer Jason Cunningham about his personal experiences with the Yup'ik Eskimos of western Alaska. In August of 2000, two newlywed teachers left for the rural Alaskan village of Quinhagak. The following nine months were filled with challenge, adventure and learning (some of it by students!). Come hear the life, lessons and laughter with the Yup'ik Eskimo through the eyes of their teacher from the 'Lower 48'. This presentation will include photos, lecture, artwork and a Q and A session.”  http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/teaching-tundra-yupik-eskimos-western-alaska

Sunset and Moonrise Watch”, Thursday, March 5, 5:30PM, Rood Bridge Park Annex Building, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. Free. “Once a month make time to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seek shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro Parks and Recreation sites. A naturalist guides you through the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather, you may wish to bring a blanket and a warm beverage. Some seating is provided but you may wish to bring a chair.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=5736

Author Talk, “Jon Young”, Thursday, March 5, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Famed tracker and author Jon Young is giving a free public presentation at the Audubon Society of Portland about his book, ‘What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.’ Learn how to interpret the behavior and sounds of common backyard birds to gain a new understanding of the natural world. Young is a gifted teacher, so expect a fascinating blend of indigenous knowledge and the latest scientific research.” http://whattherobinknows.com/

Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics”, Thursday, March 5, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 for children under 18. “CCHM will host our next First Thursday event featuring a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County. They will discuss the changes they have seen in our region during their careers and the legacy they leave for future generations. Doors open at 5:00pm.” http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/upcoming-events/

American Numismatic Association National Money Show”, Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 10AM-5PM, and Saturday, March 7, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Admission $6 with $2 coupon for Thursday and Friday on their website: https://www.money.org/nationalmoneyshow, free admission on Saturday. 

Aviation Lecture Series: Back to the Moon with the Lunar Rover Mission”, Thursday, March 5, 6:30PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Dan Dolan is a local businessman with a goal to put mankind back on the Moon, living on a Moon base during his own lifetime. Join us as Mr. Dolan shares his vision for the near future exploration of the Moon.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/parknews/aviation-lecture-series.htm

From Paper to 3D Printer: You Made It!”, Friday, March 6, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required, 1 per family; call 503-988-5396. “3D printing is the wave of the future! Come learn how 3D printers work, see what they can make, and watch one print a part that you designed. You’ll leave with a page of resources for continued learning as well as a print of the part that we’ll design.”

How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs?”, Friday, March 6, 7PM, University of Washington, Kane Hall Room 130, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Free. Preregistration a must; register online: http://www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/molecular_paleontology In conjunction with Dino Day at the Burke Museum on March 7. “Have you ever wondered if a Tyrannosaurus could really outrun a jeep, or if a Velociraptor could turn a doorknob? Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s discoveries about dinosaur tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur. Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how paleontologists answer questions about dinosaurs like: were they warm- or cold-blooded, what did they eat, how fast did they grow, and did they take care of their babies? Join us and find out how we can know so much about animals no human has ever seen.”

3D Fridays”, Friday, March 6, 1PM; Friday, March 13, 1PM; and Friday, March 20, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. “3-D Printer Demonstrations. Visit the Library and see the 3-D printer as it prints a 3-D object. Enter a drawing to win a small 3-D printed object at the end!”

Think it! Code it! Make it! Family Creative Learning Workshop”, Friday, March 6, and Friday, March 13, 6PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. Preregistration required; call 509-493-1132. “The White Salmon Valley Community Library and Gorge MakerSpace invite families with children between ages 7-12 to learn together -- as designers and inventors -- through the use of creative technologies. Create a one-of-kind project with Scratch, Makey Makey and more! Parent participation a must. No experience necessary. DINNER PROVIDED!”

Norse Myths- Crossing the Rainbow Bridge”, Friday, March 6, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Parking is free in PSU garages after 7PM. Refreshments afterwards in the Finnish Room. “Presenter is Barbara Fankhauser. Join us for an evening of stories from the rich pantheon of gods and goddesses that lie at the heart of the Norse myths - from Odin's quest to gain wisdom, to the antics of Loki and Thor. Barbara will lead us over Bifrost, the rainbow bridge that connects Asgard and the tribe of our ancient gods, to Midgard, the world of humans - a world we still occupy today. And perhaps in looking at the triumphs, failures and foibles of these ancient gods and goddesses, there are life lessons still to be learned... Barbara has been telling stories with the Portland Storytellers' Guild since 1989. She is currently the president of the Guild.” http://www.scanheritage.org/c-15-friday-night-lecture-series.aspx

Dragon Theater Puppets Present, “Rapunzel Redeems Rumpelstiltskin”, Saturday, March 7, 1PM, Kenton Library. “Both fairy tales collide as if they were happening at the same time! See what happens when Rapunzel meets Rumpelstiltskin. He may be crooked but he is the only person Rapunzel has to talk to while in her lonely tower. Eventually Rapunzel meets Prince Charming, but Rumpelstiltskin is the only one who can save them both from the wicked witch.  After the show, take pictures with real life Princess Rapunzel, and get a balloon animal and color sheets.” http://www.dragontheater.com/RapunzelandRumple.html

Tell Stories in Twine”, Saturday, March 7, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/tell-stories-twine/38235 Presented by Pixel Arts. “Tell a story or design a game using Twine (an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories). Participants will learn the basics of Twine and will be able to continue working on their project from home or share on the web.” http://twinery.org

Adventures in Ventriloquism”, Saturday, March 7, 2PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 2 and up. “Chuck Mott and Friends perform for you and your friends. An interactive and entertaining program exploring the how to of ventriloquism. Featuring live performance, Q and A and an opportunity to try your hand (and lips) at ‘venting’ yourself.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Dino Day”, Saturday, March 7, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, University of Washington, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Free with admission; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth 5 and up. Free for ages 4 and under. “Dig deep into dinosaur mysteries at the Burke Museum! Crack the prehistoric case to discover what we can find out about dinosaurs through their poop, teeth, bones, and more! Also talk to Burke paleontologists about their latest find—the 10-foot-long legs of the duck-billed dino Edmontosaurus—and see them on display for the first time. Uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit. Watch scientists prepare dinosaur fossils. Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center. Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you. Dress up in dino-gear and give your best roar! Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world.” http://www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/dino_day15

Annual Owl Fest”, Saturday, March 7, 10AM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an afternoon and evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, owl crafts, owl presentations, guided hikes, snacks by Clif Bar, and close-up encounters with the Audubon Education Owls- Hazel and Julio!” Details and a schedule of events here: http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=354 Parking can be very difficult so I recommend arriving early!

Book Release Party, “Nikki McClure”, Saturday, March 7, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Popular author and paper-cutting artist Nikki McClure will share her new picture book ‘In’! 
Illustrated with the gorgeous paper cuts for which Nikki McClure is known, ‘In’ reminds us of the essential childhood pleasures found in an engaged day of imaginative play and exploration, without electronics, scheduled activities, or adults. Free Event!” http://nikkimcclure.com

Oyster Farming 101”, Saturday, March 7, 10AM, Battle Ground Library. “Learn how you can grow oysters in your garden! Oyster mushrooms, that is. These mushrooms are one of the easiest to grow and will thrive in a variety of substrates. Tony McMigas, a master gardener, will show how you can grow this variety, free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in your own yard.”

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon: Learn to Identify All 18”, Saturday, March 7, 10AM-1PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Interested in expanding your knowledge of native conifers? Instructor Ken Denniston (author of nwconifers.com) to help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The class will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.”

Molly Malone Dancers”, Saturday, March 7, 3:15PM, The Mall Library Connection, JC Penny’s Court, Vancouver. “Start your St Patrick's Day celebrations with the Molly Malone Dancers. Performing traditional step dancing, these young dancers will set your feet to tapping, your hand to clapping and a lifting of your spirit.”

CRY Holi 2015”, Saturday, March 7, 12PM, Crossroads Park, Bellevue, WA. $15 per person including 1 color pack, free for kids 12 and under. “Brush off the blues and greys. CRY Holi is back with riot of colors to spread joy and laughter. As the festival of colors heralds the arrival of spring and also the arrival of equality, to encourage the spirit of oneness we raise funds for the under-served children of our society by organizing this high spirited Holi Bash annual event. Join us as thousands of people get color bombed, dance to the upbeat Bollywood numbers and see the world in myriad hue of colors. Probably, this is one time no one minds being hit with water balloons by total strangers and get away with Bura Na Maano Holi Hai. What’s in store for everyone? The same love. The same vibe. The same camaraderie and celebration, but this time around CRY HOLI 2015 just gets bigger and crazier. Join us as we paint the city RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and everything in between.” http://cryseattle.org/events/event/holi/

Pad Thai Noodles”, Saturday, March 7, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by Nang’s Kitchen. “Phad Thai is a traditional Thai dish that is loved and enjoyed by many. Come join our cook and learn how to make this dish for your friends and family. The group will prepare this simple noodle dish together and sample their creation at the end of class.”

Author Talk, “Carson Ellis”, Saturday, March 7, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx., and Saturday, March 14, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Carson Ellis presents her picture book “Home”. “Famed children’s book author and artist Carson Ellis shares her new picture book ‘Home’! 
This loving look at the places where people live marks the picture book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the ‘Wildwood’ series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.” http://www.carsonellis.com

Student Poetry Reading for Poetry Out Loud”, Saturday, March 7, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Students at 40 high schools in 24 Oregon communities are preparing to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Now in its 10th year (and reaching nearly 4,000 Oregon students), Poetry Out Loud involves the memorization and recitation of classic poetry. Participants compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels. Nationwide, more than 400,000 students are expected to participate. Schools in the northern and eastern parts of Oregon, including the Portland metro area, will compete for the chance to advance to the state competition. Join us!”

Grand Lodge 93rd Birthday!”, Saturday, March 7, 2PM- 7PM, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Free admission. All ages. “We’re throwing ourselves a ragin’ all-ages birthday party! We’ll have free live music in the afternoon and evening, as well as food and drink specials, and shenanigans at Pat’s Corner, the Garage Door and on the lawn.” Details including performers here:  http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/134882-Grand-Lodge-93rd-Birthday

Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 21, 10AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, Parade Ground. Free. “Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by joining 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

City of Beaverton's St. Patrick's Day Celebration”, Saturday, March 7, 11:30AM- 1:30PM, Beaverton Farmer’s Market, 12455 SW 5th St., Beaverton. Free. “Please join us at the Beaverton Farmers Market to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the sights and sounds of Ireland. Featuring Celtic folk music, dancers, and activities for children.” https://www.facebook.com/beavertonfarmersmarket?ref=ts

Concert, “Heat and Tenderness: String Duets”, Sunday, March 8, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Classical musicians Mary Rowell (viola) and Tatiana Kolchanova (violin) of the Portland Opera Orchestra share their love of classical duets with pieces by Mozart, Martinu and Schickele. We encourage young string players and their families to attend and ask questions.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, March 8, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per person for members and $10 for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14067 “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.”

Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary”, Sunday, March 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy celebrates a decade — that's fancy for 10 years! Meet Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. Author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fancy Nancy.” https://www.fancynancyworld.com

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II”, Sunday, March 8, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. Free. “Join scholars of the First and Second World Wars for an in-gallery discussion of the ways wartime propagandists employed ideas about gender, race, religion, and national unity to produce powerful images with impacts far beyond military recruitment and bond purchasing. Drs. Jensen and Tichenor will guide visitors in a discussion about the private collection of original posters on display for the first time at the Oregon Historical Society.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm#march

Guided Refuge Nature Walk- Signs of Spring”, Sunday, March 8, 2PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. “Stroll with a refuge naturalist on the second Sunday afternoon each month and learn to spot some of the more hidden gems on the refuge. Topics will vary from walk to walk, but will be appropriate for all ages. Learn the stories of the animal tracks imprinted in cement, understand more about riparian habitats, flowers and shrubs, trees and forbs, and find out where the otters slide. Reservations are not required. Come prepared for the weather and meet naturalist in the Wildlife Center plaza area.” 

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, March 8, 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.”

In Hot Water: Investigations Beneath the Earth's Surface Using Electromagnetic Methods”, Monday, March 9, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. All ages. Presented by Adam Schultz, Professor in the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. “The majesty of Cascadia’s mountains can overwhelm the senses, but the persistent subsurface activity that gives rise to these dramatic landscapes has its own beauty. Geophysical methods enable scientists to create a picture of this subsurface world with ever-increasing clarity. Researchers in the National Geoelectromagnetic Facility (NGF) at Oregon State view the planet’s underground structure with a method known as magnetotellurics. Like an MRI of the human body, this technology uses electromagnetic energy to reveal contrasts in the electrical properties of the Earth. The resulting images illuminate the nature of subsurface structures, including their geometry and possible composition. When scientists apply this and other methods in the same location, they can improve interpretations of these features. Adam Schultz will describe some of these geophysical methods and recent regional studies in the United States in which those methods have been deployed.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis/030915

Buckaw!”, Tuesday, March 10, 6:30PM, Tigard Library. “Chickens! It’s all about chickens! Through slapstick mime, masks and music, Sarah Liane Foster gives a tragicomical, ornithological variety show that delves into the poignant comedy, science and mythology of chickens.” http://www.nomadictheatre.org/sarah.html

Master Gardener Series: Perma Culture”, Tuesday, March 10, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Perma culture gardening aims to create a sustainable garden space in harmony with the larger ecosystem.”

California Condors in the Pacific Northwest”, Tuesday, March 10, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregon-wildlife.org/#!discovering-wildlife-lecture-series/c17cc “Despite frequent depiction as a bird of California and the desert southwest, North America’s largest avian scavenger once graced the skies of the Pacific Northwest, from northern California to British Columbia. Jesse D’Elia and Susan Haig investigate the paleontological and observational record as well as the cultural relationships between Native American tribes and condors, providing the most complete assessment to date of the condor’s occurrence in the Pacific Northwest. Join us for a presentation by Jesse and Susan on the condor's reintroduction to Oregon.”

Forty Years of Change: A Seabird Responds to a Melting Arctic”, Tuesday, March 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Every summer since 1975, Dr. George Divoky has camped on Cooper Island, a remote site off the northern tip of Alaska, to examine the breeding biology of Black Guillemots. His work chronicles the guillemots’ struggles in a rapidly changing environment, and his findings foreshadow the types of change that may occur at lower latitudes as climate change continues. Join Dr. Divoky on the 40th anniversary of the start of his Cooper Island work for a presentation about his research and guillemot natural history.” More here: http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-march2015

An Irish Céilí: Concert and Dance”, Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with lively Irish music and dance performed by Piper Tim Birr, the Kathryn Claire Band, Zak Borden and dancers from the Claddagh Dance Company. In the spirit of a traditional céilí (community social gathering), learn some traditional dance steps from Sam Keator accompanied by the musicians.”

Scott Joplin: His Music, the History and Culture of the Ragtime Era”, Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “A program featuring the music of Scott Joplin. Ragtime performed on piano, ukulele, and percussion by Roger and Diane Gadway. Learn about the music, history, and culture of this era of music.” 

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, March 11, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Join us for our new monthly collage night, where all are welcome to come hang out, create, and share work with other enthusiasts of collage art. If you have always wanted to learn more about collage or perhaps used to collage and haven’t in a long time, here’s your chance to do so in a fun environment of people eager to create and explore this easy-to-learn and very DIY medium. The night will kick off with a short slide show of collage art from around the world designed to inspire you with ideas. And then the cutting and pasting will commence! This event was created by local collage artists A.M. O’Malley and Kevin Sampsell. Some materials (scissors, paper cutters, glue stick, old magazines and books) will be provided, but please bring some of your own materials as well.” http://www.iprc.org/category/calendar

Lantern Festival Celebration”, Thursday, March 12, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival by making your own lantern! Afterwards join the parade inside the library where you can show off the lantern you made. For kids of all ages, while supplies last.”

Aviation Lecture Series: Designs on Personal Space Exploration”, Thursday, March 12, 6:30PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Join us to learn how Portland State University Archaeologist Dr. Cameron Smith is applying his interests in collaboration with the scientists at Icarus Interstellar's Project Hyperion to build a pressure suit and balloon for the exploration of the lower stratosphere.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/parknews/aviation-lecture-series.htm

Snags In Your Backyard: Creating Wildlife Habitat”, Thursday, March 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $10 suggested donation. “What are the benefits of snags to wildlife? What species use snags? Would you like to attract more wildlife to your yard by providing additional nesting, roosting, or hibernation sites? In this class, certified arborist Brian French will describe the importance of snags to an array of wildlife species and why they depend on them. He will then talk about the logistics of creating snags in urban and residential environments. Come find out how to add more diversity to your backyard by creating this critical habitat component.”

Master Gardener Series: Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Thursday, March 12, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/ParksRec or by phone at 503-681-5397. “The first day of spring is fast approaching and your indoor vegetable starts are ready for planting. Explore the process of starting your own vegetable garden and learn about OSU Extension Service vegetable variety recommendations, how to select your site and prepare your soil, optimal planting times, how to assess water and fertilization needs, and general garden maintenance from an expert. Go home ready to create a lush and verdant.”

Author Talk, “Mark Adams”, Thursday, March 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Mark Adams presents his book, “Meet Me In Atlantis”. “A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind. In 'Meet Me in Atlantis', the bestselling author of 'Turn Right at Machu Picchu' racks up frequent-flier miles tracking down these Atlantis obsessives, trying to determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city—and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. The result is a classic quest that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep. often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.” http://www.markadamsbooks.com

Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives”, Thursday, March 12, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “From the moment we are born gender shapes every aspect of our lives. In the twenty-first century, disparities among the genders still prevail, especially in the intersections of race, class, immigration status, and geography. What can these disparities tell us about society's values and priorities? How can we better understand the complexities of gender's effects on our daily lives and identities? This is the focus of ‘Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives,’ a free conversation with Willamette University professor, Jade Aguilar.”

The Good, the Bad, and the Unforgettable: Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail”, Friday, March 13, 7PM, Estacada Library. “Park ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser’s story of her experience thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012. If you’ve heard of the Pacific Crest Trail and wonder what it is like to walk it, this program is for you! Dorothy, aka ‘Bacon Bit,’ has updated her presentation in light of the recent release of the movie Wild. Bacon Bit will bring her artifacts, slide show and funny anecdotes about her 6 million step, 2669 mile, 152 day, Mexico-to-Canada-by-foot experience.”

Chalkboard Graphics”, Friday, March 13, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, Atrium and Teen Central (Level 1), Children's Floor (Level 2). “See chalk artist, Heather Anderson, in action. Get a chance to create your own chalk art. Art boards, demonstrations and instructions will be available in three locations inside the building. All ages are welcome!”

Pirate’s Landing of St. Patrick at South Lake Union”, Friday, March 13, 6PM, FX McRory’s, 419 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. Free. All ages. “St. Patrick was originally brought to Ireland by Irish pirates around 400 AD. Over 1600 years later, Seattle’s Pirates of the Emerald Isle will bringing him back to the Emerald City, dropping him off at South Lake Union (near MOHAI) at 6 pm on Friday evening March 13. Not exactly trusting the Pirates, St. Patrick is bringing with him as his bodyguard US National Boxing Champion Queen Underwood (above right). All are welcome to help the Pirates in this event by climbing on board the Ride the Ducks’ Boat at F X McRory’s at 5 pm for the trip to South Lake Union. The Ducks Boat will bring us back to McRory’s by 6:30 pm for the Green Stripe Laying. No admission fee and kids are welcome.” http://irishclub.org/irish-week/

Friday the 13th Tree Folklore Tour”, Friday, March 13, 1PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Join curator Martin Nicholson for a guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum fit for Friday the 13th! Learn all about the folklore and superstitions that surround trees.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

“BodyVox-2”, Friday, March 13, 7:30PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Advance tickets $15, $7 seniors and youth. “Experience an evening of modern dance that illuminates the strength, grace and possibility of the human body. BodyVox-2 features the awe-inspiring talents of an emerging group of performers under the direction of veteran BodyVox performer Zachary Carroll. Hailed by The Oregonian as, ‘light-hearted, entertaining and impressive,’ BodyVox-2's youthful energy and moving compositions will carry you away. BodyVox-2 performs a riveting and dynamic show at the Walters, composed of classic BodyVox dances and original works. The group is a freewheeling, multi-media, boundary-bending movement troupe. Their approach to theater assimilates all possibilities for movement, endows it with breathtaking physicality, enriches it with striking imagery and embellishes it with humor, wit and whimsy. The result is refined dancing that knows no boundaries.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1091

Studio Theatre Presents, “Alice’s Adventures Underground”, Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 7PM, and Sunday, March 15, 2:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free.  http://www.multnomahartscenter.org

Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club 57th Annual Rock and Mineral Show”, Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 15 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Admission $1 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. “The show includes displays, sales, and demonstrations of rocks, gems, and fossils. There will be raffles, door prizes, a silent auction, plus demonstrations of jewelry and lapidary arts. There are "Kids' Corner" games and fun for the whole family.” http://www.tvrgc.org

Fun With Science”, Saturday, March 14, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “We'll set up a few simple science experiments for children to try out. Learn how to make and use invisible ink, how to make an egg float, or try to identify foods without using your sense of smell... we might even try a little rocket science.”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, March 14, 1PM with signup at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Quick, Mom! Which character was the title star of the first Pokémon movie? Dad–who was President when Oregon became a state? Combine your family’s collective brainpower and work together at Portland’s only family-friendly trivia event. It’s all the fun of Quizissippi geared for an all-ages audience. Test your knowledge of games, toys, history, science, books, movies, and more. Don’t miss the kid-friendly Multimedia Round! Free to play!” http://www.mississippipizza.com/geeks/

Irish Festival”, Saturday, March 14 12PM- 6PM, and Sunday, March 15, 10AM- 6PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor. Free admission. “Seattle Center Festal presents Irish Week Festival, March 14 and 15. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Irish tunes, step dancing and the Irish jig keep the energy flowing at this Irish Week Festival. Festival-goers may trace their roots in genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language and take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films. Meet Irish celebrities; view Irish movies, cultural exhibits and demonstrations and have a "great craic" (Gaelic for "a great time").” http://irishclub.org/irish-week/

Author Talk, “Cat Warren”, Saturday, March 14, 4PM, Vintage Books, 6614 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “Join Vintage Books in welcoming author and cadaver-dog handler Cat Warren on for a discussion about her book What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World. Copies will be available at a 10% discount from the cover price for the duration of the event. In ‘What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World’, Warren uses her odyssey with her dog, Solo, to enter the broader world of scent-detection dogs, revealing the remarkable capabilities of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers. ‘What the Dog Knows’ tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs—even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs sometimes seem magical, as they distinguish scent, cover territory, and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/what-dog-knows-author-cat-warren

Book Release Party, “Roller Girl”, Saturday, March 14, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. (The author will also be appearing Tuesday, March 10, 7PM, at Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.) “Local roller derby wonder and author Victoria Jamieson will celebrate the release of her middle grade graphic novel ‘Roller Girl!’
After the reading and signing, members of Portland's own Rose City Rollers derby team will be on hand to demonstrate some of their best roller derby moves. There will also be a drawing for a piece of Victoria Jamieson's original artwork from the book! Free Event!” http://www.victoriajamieson.com

Advanced Geocaching”, Saturday, March 14, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Library, with 4 separate sessions on different topics which participants can choose from, or attend all. Details here: http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/advanced-geocaching

OHSU Brain Fair”, Saturday, March 14, 10AM-5PM, OMSI auditorium. Free. “Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain at the largest brain fair in the country. The free fair is part of Oregon Health and Science University's (OHSU) Brain Awareness Season 2015. This year's cerebral celebration, today only, will include interactive exhibits, real human brains, crafts, demonstrations, prizes, and OHSU neuroscientists explaining their groundbreaking research.” http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/brain/in-community/brain-awareness/lectures-events/brain-fair.cfm

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, March 14, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Show and Tell: How Art and Text Go Hand in Hand,’ a writing workshop for young adults, writer/illustrator team Amy and Jason Baskin show ways pictures and words can work together to improve a story. If a picture's worth a thousand words, cut text and add illustrations! Hosted by author Rosanne Parry, The League of Extraordinary Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their writing knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. We welcome avid readers, enthusiastic artists, and aspiring young authors!” http://www.amy-baskin.com

Amphibian Viewing and Egg Mass Discovery”, Saturday, March 14, 10AM, Molalla State Park. $7. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregon-wildlife.org/#!firsthand-oregon/c1029 “Join Jim Holley, Wildlife Ecologist, to explore the habitat of pond breeding amphibians. Learn about the importance of maintaining wetland connectivity to meet the varied lifestyle of these interesting animals. Rubber boots or non-felt waders are STRONGLY recommended!”

Pirate Pouches!”, Saturday, March 14, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Saturday, March 21, 2PM, Albina Library. Suggested for ages 4-12. “Yarrr! Join in the fun matey and create your own "Pirate Pouches"! In this 1 ½ hour workshop, children 4-12 will explore a variety of art and craft material to create their own usable pouch. Puppetkabob will show par*rrrrr*ticipants basic sewing skills to transform flat felt fabric into 3D bag art inspired by Pirates! Unique hand-made pouches are the perfect springtime accessory and a great place to hold your loot!” http://www.puppetkabob.com

Pi Day”, Saturday, March 14, 1:30PM, Gregory Heights Library. “3/14/15 is the best Pi Day of our lifetimes! Join us to celebrate everyone's favorite irrational number and mathematical constant. We'll touch on what makes this number so special, create art with circles, and finish up with a pie to take home.”

African Storytelling”, Saturday, March 14, 11:30AM, Midland Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.” http://www.habibasvillage.com

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, March 14, 12PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “ ‘The Hidden Fort’, presented by Oregon State Park Ranger, Matt Huerter, will provide an overview of the eight field seasons of research performed by Oregon State University’s Archaeological Field School at Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area. ‘The Robert Newell Site; Illuminating Gender Roles’ presented by Mollie Manion, PhD. Historical archaeologists have often interpreted archaeological sites as if men were the only ones contributing to the archaeological record or making any meaningful decisions in the past. Excavations at the Newell Farmstead, have revealed that women and children were essential to the development of the early Oregon Country. Evidence at the Newell site has shown that women were in charge of the domestic household, including childcare, farming, animal raising and indigenous traditional skills.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=41999

Rosewood Nature Discovery Day”, Saturday, March 14, 10AM, The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., Gresham. Free. Lunch provided. “Meet frogs, tadpoles, and flowers at the Rosewood Nature Discovery Day! This fun event for kids and families brings nature right into your neighborhood. Explore and learn through hands-on activities. Naturalists from the City of Gresham, the Audubon Society and Oregon Wild will lead the fun. Younger children can enjoy the toddler play area.” https://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/Rosewood-Nature-Discovery-Day/

St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, Saturday, March 14, 11AM, downtown Hillsboro. This is a fun community parade with lots of candy tossed to kids. Expect to see lots of horses. Details of the parade route are here: http://murphysfurniture.net/Events/index.shtm

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival”, Saturday, March 14, St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 SE 15th Ave., Pdx. Parade at 12PM, Carnival 12PM-5PM. Details here: http://www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/#!st-patricks-day/cseh

TrashMan and the Noise Band”, Saturday, March 14, 4PM, Northwest Library; and Tuesday, March 24, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM). “TrashMan and the Noise Band is more than just a rock 'n' roll puppet show, we're a legitimate rock band! TMNB is comprised of trash puppet bandmates (puppets made literally of trash) and Rockin' Rob TrashMan, a front man who plays handmade instruments made of re-used items. Like all of KCPuppetree's performances, this show features original music and very memorable (and silly) puppet characters made out of re-used and up-cycled items. Audience members are encouraged to join in and rock out with the ‘infamous’ TrashMan and the NoiseBand!” http://www.kcpuppetree.com

Family Day”, Saturday, March 14, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Celebrate spring! Plant seeds, make a craft to take home and continue exploring the exhibit “In the Footsteps of David Douglas.” Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre will present their play, ‘Tad and Fry: A Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis’ at 11 a.m.” http://www.tojt.org/schools/smallershows/ This will happen during the Hillsboro St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Bricks Cascade”, Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 10AM- 4PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $8 per person or $28 for a family of 4. “Join us to see the artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult Fans of Lego and very talented young builders from around the world. Vendors will also be available for purchase of T-shirts, LEGO Minifigs, Custom made plastic elements and old/vintage LEGO sets.”

Exhibit, “Beautiful World: A Tender Vision of Humanity, Culture and Nature”, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, April 26. Opening reception Saturday, March 14, 1PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Beautiful World encompasses the work of five photographers based in Portland and Los Angeles and includes portraits of people in their daily life, remarkably intimate close-up images of animals and plants, dramatic landscapes and impressive structures. In this collaborative collection, we witness the reverence of nature and all forms of life: powerful traditions that need to remembered, nurtured and respected balanced by the contemporary talents of modern technology and digital magic.” More about the exhibit here: https://multcolib.org/events/beautiful-world-tender-vision-humanity-culture-and-nature/36046

An Irish Music Concert with Na Rósaí”, Sunday, March 15, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Get in the green mood and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an afternoon concert by Na Rósaí, a four piece band specializing in fast-paced, traditional Irish music. Great for all ages.” http://www.reverbnation.com/narosai

Soap Making”, Sunday, March 15, 10AM, OSMI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Maximum 3 participants per ticket making 1 batch of soap, $15 per ticket for members and $18 per ticket for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14068 “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 please, as we will be working with caustic substances.”

Animal Observation Skills”, Monday, March 16, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Most of us would like to be able to see and hear more animals when we are outside. We will learn some basic skills inside and go outside for a walk to practice and keep track of the things we observe. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for going outside.”

Community Passover Storytime”, Monday, March 16, 4PM, Garden Home Library. “Presented by Rabbi Eve Posen and Kaiya Goldhammer of Congregation Neveh Shalom: Listen and learn about the Passover story! Make your own holiday calendar and taste some traditional Passover foods.”

All-Ireland Cultural Society 74th St. Patrick’s Day Festival”, Tuesday, March 17, 4PM, AKA Rosary Hall, 376 NE Clackamas Ave., Pdx. $10 for ages 21 and up, $5 for ages 12-20. Schedule of performances here: http://oregonirishclub.org/?p=375

Trolley Talk with Richard Thompson”, Tuesday, March 17, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “An illustrated historical presentation with Richard Thompson on "Willamette Valley Railways”, the electric interurban railways that rain throughout the area (including Garden Home) in the early 20th century. Based on Thompson’s book ‘Willamette Valley Railways’.” http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738556017/Willamette-Valley-Railways

Clinical Genetics and DNA Testing: It is Good to Know”, Tuesday, March 17, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jayson Falkner, PhD, bioinformatician and software engineer at Counsyl. Details here: https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/031715

Portland Correspondence Co-op”, Tuesday, March 17, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “PDXCC is a monthly gathering where participants make and share analog correspondence in the great mail art tradition of Ray Johnson and Anna Banana: art and conversation through the mail. This uniquely democratic, DIY art form incorporates writing, drawing, collage, rubber stamps, faux postage, decorative tape, typewriters – anything goes, as long as it goes through the mail. Hang out, skill share and send the glorious results through the mail. Basic materials will be on hand (scissors, glue sticks, envelopes), but you’re encouraged to bring whatever materials fuel your creative spirit.” http://www.iprc.org/

Expanding Voices with Oregon’s Poet Laureate Peter Sears and Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas", Tuesday, March 17, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for a special night of poetry that shines a light on the diverse global heritage of Oregon’s contemporary poets. In an effort to expand the reach of these distinct voices, Oregon’s Seventh Poet Laureate presents a reading alongside trilingual Mixtec poet and socio-linguist Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas. The voices of Merecias-Cuevas and Sears come together for an unforgettable reading in the Walters Theatre. Make sure to come early for a seat!” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1092

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Tuesday, March 17, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon is a one hour slide show presentation and discussion based on the guidebook of the same title. It is a light-hearted, humorous, yet informative program meant to entertain and inspire Northwest residents to get out and explore their backyard in all seasons.” http://adamsawyer.com

“Mind Set for Self Defense”, Tuesday, March 17, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Join Police Lieutenant Mike Stradley for a two hour self defense seminar to explore safety strategies at work, with your family, and when you travel. Train the most important self defense tool you have, your brain. Develop a safety mind set.”

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations at McMenamins”, Tuesday, March 17, many McMenamins locations. Free admission. Most events are all ages. “We do so love this particular holiday! At spots across “County McMenamins,” we'll offer live music, bagpipers, McMenamins Irish Stout, McMenamins Irish Coffee cocktails, and Irish Reubens and Corned Beef and Cabbage.” Details including performance schedules here: http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/search/Music_And_Event?start_date=03/17/2015

Grow It! Free Gardening Class”, Tuesday, March 17, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Improving your soil. Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners in partnership with the Dairy Creek Community Food Web and Forest Grove Community Gardens.”

Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Tuesday, March 17, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Often new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated with their lack of success. Don't let that be you! Bob Falconer, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will walk you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. He will talk about site selection, soil preparation, planting times, water and fertilization needs as well as general garden maintenance. Focus will be on the spring and summer gardens.”

Registration opens on Wednesday, March 18 for the 2015 Kids Fishing Festival on May 2nd at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. For ages 5-14. $5 per person including lunch, access to festival activities, free fishing pole and tackle for participating fishers. http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/kids-fishing-festival/

Science Matters”, Thursday, March 19, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “Love Science? The 3rd Thursday of the month come and learn about a different scientist and afterwards participate in a related hands-on activity!”

Gardening Workshop”, Thursday, March 19, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Oak Grove Resident and expert gardener Arthur Moore shares his year-round gardening wisdom. Each month he will focus on things to plant and harvest in your garden for bountiful success all year long. The March discussion will include topics such as crop rotation, potatoes, seed saving, and fertilizing.”

Mozart: The Musician’s Musician”, Thursday, March 19, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested; call 360-546-3344. “Come and visit Clearwater Springs Assisted Living for a presentation about the legendary classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by guest lecturer Kunal Taravade. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occupies a unique place in the history of Western Classical Music. In an audio-visual presentation titled ‘The Musician’s Musician,’ Kunal Taravade will examine the musical legacy of Mozart to understand what makes him a beloved, inspiring and astonishing figure.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/mozart-musicians-musician

Tualatin’s Joe Baney Explores Antarctica”, Thursday, March 19, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Coast Guard veteran and videographer Joe Baney reveals little-known facts and photos of Antarctica’s unique geology and biology at Tualatin Heritage Center. Joe served on an ice cutter keeping access lanes open for research vessels with scientists studying geological features, soils and animal life in a harsh environment similar to the Ice Age conditions experienced here thousands of years ago. Joe immigrated from Germany at age 19 and remains active in Coast Guard auxiliary associations. He has traveled the world in service to his country. His presentation includes a documentary video he produced.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/index.html

Trekking the Pacific Crest Trail”, Thursday, March 19, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “The Pacific Crest Trail winds through some of America's most amazing wilderness. It is at once beautiful and dangerous. Mike Ciraulo hiked portions of the trail in Washington and Oregon and will share photos and stories from this life-changing experience.”

Aviation Lecture Series: Lincoln Beachey- The Man Who Owned the Sky”, Thursday, March 19, 6:30PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Lincoln Beachey was a famous early aviator with incredible roots at Vancouver's Pearson Field. Join us as Mr. Matt Simek presents the many notable aviation feats of Lincoln Beachey.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/parknews/aviation-lecture-series.htm

Home School Day: Drones and All Things Remote Controlled”, Friday, March 20, 10AM-3PM, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville. $23 youth, $10 adult. “This month we explore how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and radio controlled (RC) machines are used in today’s world. Students will learn how radio waves act, and how RC machines are controlled. Several RC demonstrations will present the modern UAV technology and its capabilities throughout the day. In ‘Drones and All Things Remote Controlled” we will learn about the basics of construction, programming, and control of a real UAV by flying an actual RC aircraft (weather permitting) with an radio control ‘buddy box’ trainer system. Discover all of the fun (and even silly) jobs we use UAV’s and RC machines for. What you discover may surprise you!” http://evergreenmuseum.org/upcoming-events/

Annie Oakley”, Saturday, March 21, 2PM, Molalla Library. Suggested for grades K and up. “Join local author Carrol Haushalter for her multifaceted presentation on the famous Annie Oakley. Refreshments will be provided.”

Spring Whale Watching Week”, Saturday, March 21 through Saturday, March 28, Oregon coast. Details here: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_whaleWatching

Edible Wild Plants on the First Day of Spring”, Saturday, March 21, 9AM-12PM, Sauvie Island. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Lots of details here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#april His workshops are a must for anyone seriously wanting to learn the art of foraging.

Ventriloquism with Dave Miller”, Saturday, March 21, 2PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 2 and up. “Come and spend a fascinating session with Dave Miller as he does some venting, talks story, and entertains you with his ventriloquism talents and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at American ventriloquism.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Urban Homesteading”, Saturday, March 21, 1PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $5. Preregistration required; call (360) 993-5679 or email info@cchmuseum.org. “Rachel Feston from Urban Snail Farm CSA will guide you through the basic concepts behind urban homesteading. The two-hour session will cover topics ranging from starting a garden to composting. You will gain insight into food preservation and keeping animals in an urban environment. This class is in conjunction with our newest exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History.” http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/upcoming-events/

Welcome Back Vulture Day”, Saturday, March 21, 12PM- 3PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Have you noticed that Turkey Vultures only live in the Portland metropolitan area during the spring and summer? They migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but it’s time to welcome them back to the city! Celebrate the return of vultures at the Audubon Society of Portland's free Welcome Back Vulture Day, held at Audubon’s East-side Branch at Leach Botanical Garden. This family-friendly event will keep kids of all ages engaged with fun, hands-on activities focused on increasing their knowledge of these amazing creatures.” http://audubonportland.org/sanctuaries/ep/welcome Parking is very limited so I suggest getting there early!

Author Talk, “Nick Adams”, Saturday, March 21, 1PM, Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Beaverton. “Join Nick Adams as he shares excerpts from his book My Dear Wife and Children. These letters offer a fascinating insight into the personal experiences of a common soldier in the American Civil War. There will be a book signing and meet and greet!” http://www.civil-war-letters.com

Museum Open Hours at the C. C. Stern Type Factory”, Saturday, March 21, 11AM-3PM, Museum of Metal Typography, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “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

Pagan Faire 2015”, Saturday, March 21, 10AM-5PM, Spring Equinox Ritual 7PM-9PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Admission $8-$10 adults sliding scale, $7 seniors, free for kids 12 and under. http://www.paganfaire.org

Author Talk, “Thor Hanson”, Sunday, March 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Northwest author Thor Hanson is coming to the Audubon Society of Portland to present his new book, "The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History." This free event includes a book signing. Hanson’s previous books include the award-winning "Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle." A lively storyteller, Hanson delves deep into natural topics to create a tale rich in surprises and insights.” http://www.thorhanson.net/the-triumph-of-seeds.html

New Bridge in Town”, Sunday, March 22, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket for members and $10 per ticket for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14070 “TriMet is building the first bridge over the Willamette River in 40 years! Learn how a cable-stayed bridge works and how engineers chose a bridge design that minimizes impacts to river habitat and river users. Lab time is supplemented with a walk outside to view nearby bridge construction from the river bank.”

Walk for Water on World Water Day”, Sunday, March 22, registration at 12:30PM and walk at 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. Bring a container to carry water to and from the Columbia River. “Observe World Water Day with a ‘Walk for Water’ at the Water Resources Education Center. World Water Day 2015 is celebrating Water and Sustainable Development. With this family friendly walk, the Water Center hopes to raise awareness of the need for drinkable water in the United States and other parts of the world. Southwest Washington is fortunate to have a healthy supply of good, clean water. How would your family manage if you had to carry water for your home use? Join us to learn more about World Water Day.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/special-events-and-visiting-exhibits

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures”, Sunday, March 22, 11AM- 6PM, Seattle Center Armory. Free admission. “Seattle's French Fest is free, family-friendly and open to the public with the purpose of promoting and raising awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions to the residents of the Greater Seattle area. During the one-day event, festival-goers will listen to live music, watch dance performances, taste international cuisine, learn from informative seminars and cooking demonstrations, play games and enjoy a day full of fun activities en Français!” http://www.fenpnw.org/home/french-fest/

Gibbons Creek Bird Walk”, Sunday, March 22, Steigerwald NWR, Washougal, WA. Preregistration required; register online: www.gorgefriends.org/hike Easy, 2.75 miles, no elevation gain. “Join naturalist Joan Durgin on a leisurely walk at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Learn natural history while viewing some of the 200+ bird species that live in the refuge.”

Concert, “Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, March 22, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 student and senior. Free for children 12 and under. Program details here: http://www.willamettefallssymphony.org/WFS/Concerts.html

Scott Free: The Life of Abigail Scott Duniway”, Monday, March 23, 7PM, Goldendale Library; Tuesday, March 24, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library; and Sunday, March 29, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Explore the historic struggle to win the vote for women in the Northwest through this dramatic performance by Toni Douglass and Barbara Callander.”

Fun with Physics”, Monday, March 23, 11AM-7PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Interior Mall. “Stop by this Fun with Physics program! Challenge your brain with Mind Bogglers, Optical Illusions, a fun Kid's Construction area, Newton's Law and more science fun.” http://www.cedarhillscrossing.com/event/fun-with-physics/2145451887

Lincoln City Festival of Illusions”, Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, 7PM, Lincoln City Cultural Center, 801 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. Tickets $10 adults, $5 youth 5-18, and free for kids 4 and under. In addition to the evening performances, there are day camps for kids 9AM-11AM, $18. “Lincoln City is magic at Spring Break! Visit the Lincoln City Cultural Center from March 23-27, 2015 for a week full of amazing performances and learn from the pros at a one-of-a-kind magic camp for kids during the Festival of Illusions.” http://www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org/festival-of-illusions-2015

Reptile Man”, Tuesday, March 24, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Turtles, snakes and frogs, oh my! You don't want to miss Richard Ritchey's fun fact-filled and slithery show!” http://www.oregonreptileman.com

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle”, Tuesday, March 24, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Hear about the rich culture and heritage of Oregon's early African American pioneers.”

Author Talk, “Tim Palmer”, Tuesday, March 24, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Photographer and river conservationist Tim Palmer will discuss his new book, ‘Field Guide to Oregon Rivers’. It is both a natural history of Oregon's rivers and a recreational guide to hiking, fishing and exploring by kayak, raft and canoe. Books will be available for sale and signing.”

Folk Songs and Stories from the Rural South”, Tuesday, March 24, 4PM, Gresham Library. “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as Loop de Loo, Miss Mary Mac, Ham Bone and Shortnin’ Bread. Learn about the history behind the songs and the evolution of African American music through his stories.”

Author Talk, “Paige McKenzie”, Tuesday, March 24, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx; and Wednesday, March 25, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Paige McKenzie presents her book, “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl”. OMG!!! Another book based on YouTube videos! Is this trend awesome… or is this another nail in the coffin of publishing and potential sign of the Apocalypse? You decide! https://www.youtube.com/user/hauntedsunshinegirl

The Oregon Bird Man”, Wednesday, March 25, 11AM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Join the Oregon Bird Man Karl Anderson for an amazing avian adventure, featuring several live birds! Parakeets, cockatoos, parrots, macaws – what do they have in common, besides being gorgeous birds? They’re all part of the show “Colors of the Jungle”, presented by the Oregon Bird Man, Karl Anderson. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about these birds, and get to see a few up close and personal! The program is free and everyone in the family is invited to attend.” http://www.oregonbirdman.com

komedy 4 da kidz”, Wednesday, March 25, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Angel Ocasio’s performance combines physical comedy, juggling, comedy magic, jokes, balancing and impromptu comedy situations.” http://www.ocomedy.com

Catherine Creek and Klicktitat Trail Wildflowers Hike”, Wednesday, March 25, near Bingam, WA. Moderate, 5 miles, 150 feet elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: www.gorgefriends.org/hike “Klickitat Trail Conservancy Vice President Steven Woolpert and wildflower expert Barbara Robinson will lead this day filled with flowers. We’ll walk the paved path at Catherine Creek, and after lunch, we’ll follow the flower-lined Klickitat Trail to Fisher Hill Trestle and back.”

OMSI Presents, “Jitterbugs”, Thursday, March 26, 3PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/omsi-library-jitterbugs Please only register for one of the two OMSI labs that day. “Join OMSI educators for an exciting and interactive program all about robotics. With just a motor, a battery, a marker and a handful of craft supplies, students are challenged to design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own.”

Eagle Creek/Lower Punchbowl Falls Hike”, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, Thursday, March 26. Easy, 3.8 miles, 500 feet elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: www.gorgefriends.org/hike “Take a spring break hike with environmental educator Roland Begin past two waterfalls in Eagle Creek Canyon. We’ll learn geology and history of the trail and enjoy a nature scavenger hunt.”

Tears of Joy Theatre Presents, “Clever Quwi: The Underground Adventures of a Trickster Guinea Pig”, Thursday, March 26, 2PM, Ledding Library, Milwaukie. http://www.tojt.org/schools/smallershows/ “This interactive one-person puppet show pits the cunning Quwi against the dimwitted Zorro the fox. Quwi tricks Zorro into holding a large boulder to keep up the sky and digging a deep burrow to hide from the end of the world. With recognizable themes from Looney Toons and Brer Rabbit, this tale dives deep into fun and trickery!”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin! Pop! Boom!”, Thursday, March 26, 1PM, Woodstock 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!”

Static Electricity”, Thursday, March 26, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. Suggested for grades 2 and up. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Students will learn about subatomic particles as they experiment with balloons and other household items to determine their place in the Triboelectric series. They will observe the effects of positive and negative charges as they learn about conservation of charge.”

“Crazy Woman Driver! Stand Back!”, Thursday, March 26, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living Program, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested; call 360-546-3344. “Come and visit Clearwater Springs Assisted Living for an entertaining inside look at commercial truck driving from a woman's perspective, presented by guest lecturer Teresa Hovland. Twenty-five years ago Teresa Hovland climbed into the cab of an eighteen wheeler to begin sixteen weeks of evening classes at a commercial truck driving school. Even though she was told by men in the industry that she would hate truck driving and quit after five years, she’s proven it to be both a challenging and rewarding career. Teresa will weave ‘trucker tales’ into her ‘insiders’ look at the trucking industry so come ready to learn a little and laugh even more!” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/crazy-woman-driver-stand-back

OMSI Presents, “3-2-1 BLAST OFF!”, Thursday, March 26, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/omsi-library-3-2-1-blast “Join OMSI educators for an exciting and interactive program all about rockets. Students build paper rockets and launch them with a high-powered air compressor, examining the effects of changing variables on their rocket's flight.”

“Copper Creepy Crawlers”, Thursday, March 26, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Artist Kathleen Karbo will show you how to create your own bugs, spiders and crazy creepy crawlers using copper wire, beads and other materials. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers.”

STEAM Punks Club”, Thursday, March 26, 5PM, Battle Ground Library. “An afterschool program for grades K-5 that provides exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math projects. Join us for some Engineering inspired activities. We will talk about the Mars Rover and then design and build our own edible rover!”

Simon Benson: Lumber King, Civic Leader, Visionary”, Thursday, March 26, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Suggested for all ages. “Multnomah Falls…the Historic Columbia River Highway…Portland’s iconic ‘bubbler’ fountains…the Benson Hotel....Benson Polytechnic High School….these priceless public assets exemplify the dedication and generosity of Simon Benson. A poor Norwegian immigrant, Benson’s life was a cross-section of Oregon’s development, a story of incredible achievement. Author, filmmaker and historian Sig Unander, a fourth-generation Oregonian, tells how this humble, hardworking woodsman overcame daunting challenges to become Oregon’s Lumber King, then worked just as diligently giving back to his adopted state and country.” https://sigunander.wordpress.com/about/

All Ages Anime”, Friday, March 27, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Celebrate the season of cherry blossoms with Japanese crafts, snacks and a screening of The Tale of Princess Kaguya (PG), another beautifully animated film from Studio Ghibli.”

Flamenco Dance and Instructional Workshop”, Friday, March 27, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Room. “Portland Flamenco Events will perform lively Spanish flamenco dance and music. Founder Laura Onizuka will describe the physical and mental health benefits of flamenco and offer a short instructional session in basic techniques.” http://portlandflamencoevents.com

Astronomy Program”, Friday, March 27, 7PM, Hood River Library. “Join Trout Lake Amateur Astronomer Jim White for a presentation about the universe and tools to explore the skies above. This series is for anyone who would like to know more about the stars, planets and galaxies, or are interested in getting/using a telescope. If we're lucky enough to have clear skies, after the presentation we will go outside and view the Moon and Jupiter with telescopes.” https://sites.google.com/site/midcolumbiaastronomy/

Children’s Etiquette Tea”, Friday, March 27, 11AM, Historic Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem. $25. Preregistration required; register online: http://historicdeepwoodestate.org/historic/estate/calendar_event/childrens-etiquette-tea2/ “Sign ‘em up for this fun and informative etiquette tea as part of our new Kids’ EDventures program. We are encouraging everyone to dress in their finest to enjoy this kid friendly menu. We will have our resident Etiquette Expert to work with the kids on proper manners. This is a kid only event, designed for elementary age children. Parents can drop off or enjoy a glass of tea in the Solarium.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, March 27, 8:30PM- 11PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/haggart.htm Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Painting with the Earth Beneath Our Feet”, Saturday, March 28, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Using his Pacific Northwest mineral collection, artist Scott Sutton will discuss the significance that natural materials played in the creative process for indigenous people. Watch him demonstrate how to process minerals as a pigment to make paint.” http://www.scottsuttonart.com

Hot Process Soap Making”, Saturday, March 28, 4PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/hot-process-soap-making/37273 This class is for adults and does require toxic chemicals. Parents should either bring older kids and work together, or take it alone to share your new skills at home with your family. “Have fun while learning to safely make your own handmade soap at home with wholesome, nourishing, all natural ingredients.”

Dry Creek Falls Hike”, Saturday, March 28, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Preregistration required; register online: www.gorgefriends.org/hike Moderate, 4.4 miles, 700 feet elevation gain. “Hike leader Jim Chase will guide us through verdant forests to a quiet, secluded waterfall that plunges into a deep pool. Optional stop later at Thunder Island Brewing.”

Introduction to Birdwatching”, Saturday, March 28, 2:30PM, Belmont Library. Presented by artist Jens Tomas Larsen, who paints watercolors of birds. “Learn how to identify birds found locally, how to attract birds to your backyard, and what to consider when buying binoculars. Presenter will share photos of common birds in Portland, printed and online resources, and best tips to a spectacular birding experience, i.e. what kind of weather to look out for, when and where to see a swallow roost in fall, and much more.”

Classroom Discovery Days: Bird House Building”, Saturday, March 28, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=261

Pacific NW Reptile and Exotic Animal Show”, Saturday, March 28, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 29, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $8 one day admission, $14 two day admission, free for kids 5 and under. “The PACNWRS is a public trade show exhibiting over 100 vendor booths offering exotic animals and their related merchandise. In addition to animals and products for sale, there are educational reptile and exotic mammal displays for the whole family.” http://www.pacnwrs.com The Reptile Man will be there too! http://www.oregonreptileman.com

Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, March 28, meeting at 8AM at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Join wildlife expert Elaine Murphy on a free guided bird walk at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Our bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds. With over 5,200 acres, this refuge provides wintering habitat for waterfowl and offers a variety of habitats such as seasonal wetlands, permanent wetlands, grasslands, upland forests, riparian corridors, oak woodlands, and cropland. Many geese, ducks, and swans spend the winter and many other species are found year-round.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/ridgefield_national_wildlife_refuge_sept_24/

Cherry Blossom Festival at the Capitol”, Saturday, March 28, 12PM-6PM, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem. Free. “Come join the first annual Cherry Blossom Day at the State Capitol in Salem. Music, tood, kimono-show, Taiko, fun for kids, picnic under the cherry tress and more.” https://www.facebook.com/JCS.JapaneseCulturalSociety

Rang Barse Holi Festival 2015”, Saturday, March 28,mm 11AM-2PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Tickets until March 14 are $15, $10 for kids 2-6, free for kids under 2. Ticket cost includes 2 bags of color, water and snack. Throw colored powder at everyone while listening to Bollywood music, with dance performances as well! A wonderful celebration of spring! https://www.facebook.com/events/1559892754251330

Vernal Equinox Celebration Star Party”, Saturday, March 28, 7:30PM, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site http://www.omsi.edu/starparties after 3PM on the day of the Star Party in case overcast skies cause a cancellation. Tips and etiquette here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/tips.htm “Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘Stub' Stewart State Park! 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 includes the planets Mars, Venus and Jupiter, waxing gibbous Moon, Orion Nebula, and more!”

Persian New Year Celebration”, Saturday, March 28, 7:30PM- 11:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $5 admission. “Persia House cordially invites all friends of Persia to celebrate Persian New Year! Celebration Program includes the traditional anthems, disco and rhythmic music, New Year gifts for children, Perso-American dance contest, raffle drawing, pastry, fruit, tea and soft drinks.” http://persia.pdx.edu/NAWRUZ-%202015%20flyer.pdf

The Great Race”, Saturday, March 28, 11AM (Tiny Tots presentation), and Sunday, March 29, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 2 and up. “Once upon an Easter, Peter Rabbit wants to deliver the Easter Eggs to everyone in the Land of Mother Goose. Well, he may be fast, but is he dependable? Well, we're not so sure as he stops off to race the tortoise. (Did you know that the tortoise was named Mortimer?) Mother Goose decides he needs to be taught a lesson about dependability, and hilarity ensues as Peter tries to finish his deliveries on time. Believe it or not!, this marionette production was Steven Sondheim's inspiration for his Broadway and movie hit, ‘Into the Woods’.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Reptiles and Amphibians Class”, Saturday, March 28, 9AM, Gresham Meadowlands, meeting at the cul-de-sac at the end of SE Paropa Ave. Free. All ages. “Amphibians and reptiles represent a major component of ecosystems, and being an indicator species tells us a lot about the health of our own environment.  Meet us at the Gresham Meadowlands for an exciting and engaging class on herpetology, where we will be learning how to identify our native amphibians and reptiles, their life cycles, habitat requirements and the monitoring techniques we apply in Gresham.” https://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/Reptiles-and-Amphibians-Class/

Author Talk, “Barney Frank”, Saturday, March 28, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey–Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time? In ‘Frank”, a candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston's city hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for over four decades.”

“Mi Piñata”, Sunday, March 29, 2:45PM and 4PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/mi-piñata-my-pinata. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, March 29, 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/

Become and Astrogeologist”, Sunday, March 29, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket for members and $10 per ticket for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14185 “Travel the solar system with OMSI educators and compare the geologic features on Earth to our cosmic neighbors. Investigate the planets, moons and meteors through hands-on discovery and small group activities. Experiment with creating impact craters in flour and looking for lava patterns in cake batter.”

It’s a Sunny Future for Solar - A Look Ahead for the Solar PV Industry, Microgrids, and Energy Storage”, Monday, March 30, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Cameron Coleman, business development and engineering, Intermountain Energy Partners. Details here: https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro/033015

35 Years Later: Mt. St. Helens Eruption”, Tuesday, March 31, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Author Christine Colasurdo (‘Return to Spirit Lake: Life and Landscape at Mt. St. Helens’), will do a slideshow discussion about the Mt. St. Helens eruption and invites the audience to share their memories of the eruption and Spirit Lake.” http://www.christinecolasurdo.com