Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Happenings

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area.  I try to keep an eye out for events that have educational or cultural value.  I compile this list for the homeschool group I belong to, which has children 7 and under, but many of these events have wider appeal.  As aways,  please doublecheck any event you'd like to attend, to guard against mistakes and cancellations.

September is when corn mazes and pumpkin patches open, and pears and apples ripen at pick your own farms. Check http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm  for a special listing of pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Check http://www.tricountyfarm.org for even more local farms.

The Oregon State Fair is continuing through Sept. 6!  http://www.oregonstatefair.org/

Swift Watch”, most every evening in September, 6-8PM, Chapman School, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Pdx. “Join us on the lawn at Chapman School most evenings in September for a spectacular display of Vaux’s Swifts as they gather to roost in the school’s chimney. Volunteers from Portland Audubon will be present with information about the swifts, binoculars and a spotting scope for viewing.” Important information on etiquette and parking tips can be found here: http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/swiftwatch/swifts_landing Also the Audubon Society is having a special event, Sunday, September 12, 4-7 p.m. at Audubon Society of Portland, Heron Hall, in honor of Swift Watch: “Join Audubon volunteer naturalists for a special evening event centered around ‘Swift Watch.’ This is our newest Audubon Family Adventure designed to offer an opportunity for families to enjoy and learn about nature together. Learn about Vaux Swifts and how they’ve adapted. Meet one of their predators! Enjoy a light snack, make a take-home craft, and then enjoy a reserved seat at Chapman School to view the Swifts in action. Suggested for 5-9 years (An adult must accompany every 1-3 children.) $10 per participant. This event will be held to a $5 cancellation fee. Space is limited so get your registration in soon.” http://audubonportland.org/about/volunteer/family/family 

Comerford Irish Dancers” at PCPA Noontime Showcase, Wednesday, September 1, 12PM, Antionette Hatfield Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx, Free. “Remember the heart-pounding rhythms and sounds of “Riverdance?” Come hear Portland’s version as the young Comerford Irish Dancers demonstrate their quickness and skills at performing stepdance and other traditional Irish dances. The music and movement will be so stirring, you may just decide to dance your own ‘jig.’ Comerford dancers have won numerous regional, national, and international competitions. Noontime Showcase is a series of free, public, noontime performances.” 

Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus” will be in town Sept. 2-5 at the Rose Garden! http://www.ringling.com/

Wednesday Evening Walk - Frogs and Salamanders”, Wednesday, September 1, 7- 8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Join a naturalist for a free, guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” 

Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert”, Thursday, September 2, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Parkway. 5PM- Portland Youth Philharmonic 7PM- Oregon Symphony. “The annual tradition of launching the Oregon Symphony season with FREE parks concerts continues with the much anticipated Symphony performance at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. No tickets are required. Bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Closing festivities include the traditional grand finale – Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with an elaborate fireworks show, complete with military canons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery. Concertgoers are also invited to bring school supplies to donate for use in Portland public schools.” http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/comm_neigh.aspx

A Walk In The Old Growth”, Thursdays, Sept. 2, Sept. 16, and Sept. 30, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. “Join Stephen Hatfield, Forest Park Conservancy stewardship director, for a hike through a grove of old growth forest. Hike through a nearby grove of low elevation old growth forest with a naturalist and environmental educator. Along the way, we will discuss the natural history of the area and learn more about the old growth ecosystem. We will spend a bit of time in the grove, discussing the natural and human history of the forest. With luck, we may spot one of the bald eagles nesting on the property. In terms of distance, the hike amounts to 3 or so miles of hiking over rolling terrain, with minimal elevation gain.” $10 per adult; free for Forest Park Conservancy members. Advance registration required. Location provided with registration.” Register online: http://forestparkconservancy.org/events/

"Labor Day Weekend Carnival Extravaganza!" Sept. 3, 4, and 5 at 1, 3, 5 and 7PM.  "The Mt. Hood Railroad along with Cascade Amusements Inc. will be celebrating Labor Day weekend offering $5 fares in honor of all you hard workin’ folk. There will be amusement park rides onsite along with games, food and of course Train Rides. Fare: (per person) $5.  Carnival opens at 12:00pm. Tickets for games and amusement rides are $1.50 each or 15 for $20.00. Each amusement ride is 2 or 3 tickets each." http://www.mthoodrr.com/specialevents.htm

Oregon Shadow Theatre presents, “The Green Bird”, Saturday, Sept. 4, 8 PM, Oxbow Regional Park. “A drum roll and a cymbal crash, the calliope sound of a button accordion, and the play begins: A boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by a magician. A brave girl journeys through Mexico to save him. In her travels, she encounters fantastic characters and scenes from Mexico's rich folkloric tradition. She sees skeletons dancing to the song La Bamba at a Day of The Dead fiesta. The climax of the play is set in the Bull Ring, where the audience joins in shouting ‘Ole!’ Colorful and intricate shadow puppets combine with live music, voices and sound effects to create a delightful family entertainment. This is our one outdoor show of the season. We set up in the amphitheater by the campground. Overnight campers and non-campers are invited to attend the program. Our play will run until approximately 8:45. At the conclusion of the program somebody will be the front gate to let non-campers out of the park. (The park gate is locked at sunset.)” The show is free but admission to the park is $5 per vehicle. (I called Metro and they checked with the rangers, and yes, they promise to let non-campers out of the park after the show!) http://oregonshadowtheatre.com/

Green Walks”,  each Saturday at 10AM. “Walk through the best and most interesting of Portland's parklands and learn about history, landscaping, wildlife, and current issues from parks staff and volunteers.  No preregistration is necessary.  The free walks begin at 10AM, rain or shine.  These leisurely walks last 1 to 1.5 hours and are appropriate for adults and families."  September 4- Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.  September 11-  Ed Benedict Park, SE 100th Ave & Powell Blvd.  September 18- Portland Heights Park, SW Patton Rd. & Old Orchard Rd.  September 25- Elk Rock Island,  SE 19th & Sparrow.  http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?a=293856&c=38295

Swan Island Dahlia Festival”, Canby, OR, continuing on September 4th, 5th, 6th, Indoor Display Hours 10 am to 6 pm, Field Hours 8am to 8pm, free admission and free parking. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! Floral arranging demonstrations and talk on dahlia culture, take place, twice daily during the show at 12 noon & 3:00 pm. Questions are answered from guests in the audience during this demonstration as they fashion colorful dahlias into elegant table arrangements or wedding baskets. Live dahlia tuber dividing demonstration 12noon to 5pm each day during the festival. You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Dogs are allowed on the premises on a leash, however they are not allowed in the indoor display rooms. Food booths & refreshments will be located at the farm during this event.” http://www.dahlias.com/annualdahliafestival.aspx

Champoeg Pioneer Farmstead Day”, Saturday, Sept. 4, 1-4PM at Champoeg State Heritage Area, $5 parking fee per vehicle or an Oregon State Parks pass. “The Annual Pioneer Farmstead Day will provide an opportunity for you and your family to view and participate in living history demonstrations and choose fresh produce from the 1860s Kitchen Garden to take home, and refresh yourself with lemonade and music! Wheat threshing and winnowing, Butter churning, Spinning and wool carding, Blacksmithing, Wood working, Pioneer games, and much more…” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_113.php

Portland Festival Symphony”, presenting one more free outdoor summer concert, Sunday, September 5, Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive, Lake Oswego, at 4PM. More info here: http://www.portlandfestivalsymphony.org/

Professor Banjo”, every Monday at 11AM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave., Pdx, $3 per walking human. He’s amazing! http://www.squaredancepaul.com/  He will be having a special CD release party on the 18th (see below).

“Cool Tunes For Kids”, Wednesday, September 8, 2PM, at Troutdale Library, Thursday, September 9, 4PM, Midland Library, and Saturday, September 11, Central Library. “Join popular family entertainer Eric Herman as he presents a concert show that bursts with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageous fun! Eric performs his smash hits, "The Elephant Song" and "Dance Like an Animal", and many other interactive and award-winning songs.” 

Oaks Park Not Back To School Day”, Friday, Sept. 10, 11AM-4PM. “Discounted ride bracelet price of $10.00 for home schoolers and their families.” They do not traditionally request proof of homeschooling status. Be there or be square! http://www.oakspark.com

“Muddy Boot Organic Festival”, Saturday, Sept. 11- Sunday Sept. 12, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Avenue, $5 for 12 and older, 11 and under free. “The Muddy Boot Organic Festival is a bustling 
sustainability-themed Outdoor Festival featuring live music; sustainably
produced food, beer and wine; information booths and vendors selling green
goods; educational workshops; discussion panels and fun activities for
families and children. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Nourishing
Spirit: City to Farm."  http://www.muddyboot.org/

"Sarracenia Northwest Open Nursery",  Saturday Sept. 11 and Sunday Sept. 12, 10AM-5PM, Eagle Creek, OR. Sarracenia Northwest is a nursery where they grow carnivorous plants!  They open to the public twice a year.  Preregistration is required, and a fee of $10 per vehicle is charged, which can be applied toward the purchase of a plant.  Most of their plants are hardy perennials which like our climate and are best grown outdoors in a container.  If you can't make the open house, check out their fascinating booth at the Portland Saturday Market.   http://cobraplant.com/

Many Hands CD benefit Concert featuring Randy Kaplan and Recess Monkey”, Saturday, September 11, 11AM- 12:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Pdx. Advance tickets $9.99 adults/$7 children. Children under age 1 are admitted free. Door prices will be $12 for adults and $8 for children. “This all-ages benefit concert for Haiti includes featured artists on the new (August) CD release Many Hands. The CD features Randy Kaplan and Recess Monkey as well as Pete Seeger, Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell and Haitian performers. The "Many Hands" CD will be available for sale at the event, all net profits will benefit the Haitian Support Project www.haitiansupportproject.org. The Portland show is one of several family benefit concerts hosted around the country. For more information, visit http://www.sparetherock.com.” Recess Monkey is based in Seattle, but Randy Kaplan lives in L.A., so chances to see Randy are superfabulous and amazing! You won’t want to miss it! 

Star Party”, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 9PM. The last Star Party of the year! “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 may include planets, deep sky objects, and more. Sometimes we can even view the International Space Station passing overhead. There is no formal registration for the event itself, just show up and enjoy the evening. You don’t even need a telescope to participate; other members are enthusiastic to share their views. This is a good opportunity for beginners to get acquainted. Come and observe your favorite objects and spend a wonderful evening with friends, and friends you haven’t met yet.” If you are planning to go, be sure to call 503-797-4610 #2 after 3PM on the day of the Star Party to make sure they’ve determined that the skies are clear enough for this event to happen. Lots more info here: http://www.rca-omsi.org/index.htm

"Shrewsbury Reniassance Fair", Sept. 11-12, 10AM- 6PM, Kings Valley, OR (15 miles from Corvallis). Adults $9 (there is a $1 off coupon on their website), Seniors and children 5-12, $5, Children under 5, free, and free parking. "Come be thee blythe and merry at the Renaissance Faire! Just 15 miles and 500 years away from downtown Corvallis. Here enchantment awaits young and old alike as jousting knights and noble steeds clash on the tourney fyld while minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, dancers and bards fill the lanes with delight.  With over 125 artisan stalls and 1,000 costumed players, visitors can browse the village for unique hand made goods and one of a kind treasures while surrounded by Renaissance revelry and entertainment. Eat, drink, and be merry, for food purveyors are on hand within Friar Tuck's Forest, and children delight in games and adventures. The only Fair of its kind in Oregon, this exciting event offers an educational interactive adventure in history, welcoming families and children. Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and set in the historic renaissance of 1558 to 1603, here all the Faire is a stage, and everyone a player!" http://shrewfaire.com/

Rose City Comicon”, Saturday, Sept. 11-Sunday, Sept. 12, 10AM- 5PM, Oregon Convention Center, $10 for adults, $5 for kids 11 and under. “The two-day event will feature special media guests, and include both local and national talent in the comics and film industry. Artist Alley will allow creators to display and sell their original art and published work. The show floor will include over 80 vendors, and include areas for autographs and video gaming. Attendees can get their photographs taken with characters from Star Wars, courtesy of Cloud City Garrison. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The main stage will feature guest speakers throughout the day, as well as a Costume Contest on Saturday evening.” The costume contest is definitely for children as well as adults. All costumes must be made, not purchased. More here: http://www.rosecitycomicon.com/

Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetary Historic Tour”, Saturday, Sept. 11, 10AM-12PM. “Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conducts monthly tours, highlighting Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel! Explore 30 acres of mature trees, a very special rose garden and fascinating architecture in this unique place, the only cemetery in Portland listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Suitable for all ages. No advance registration required. Wheel chair accessible by arrangement. Suggested donation of $10 requested; all proceeds go to headstone restoration and educational programs. Tours also available at other times by arrangement. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers’ monument. Cemetery entrance moved to SE 26th between Stark and Morrison Streets." http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/

“Annual Grieg Lodge Open House", Sunday, September 12, 1:00-3:00pm, 111 N.E. 11th, Pdx. 
”Everyone is invited to take a peek at what goes on inside Portland’s historic and vibrant Norse Hall, home of Grieg Lodge since 1928. Enjoy our hospitality and a showcase of Nordic arts and crafts including demonstrations of Norwegian folk dancing, Hardanger needlework, rosemaling decorative painting, cooking, and much more. Also building tours, and visits to our renowned library. The doors are wide open! Velkommen!” http://www.norsehall.org/events.htm

"Tiny TBA With Greasy Kid Stuff", Sunday, Sept. 12, 10:30AM- 12:30PM, The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave, Pdx, free. This event is part of the Time-Based Art Festival at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. "A day at THE WORKS that welcomes the whole family, Tiny TBA is a festival within a festival, sampling dance, music, film and visual art, and refusing to draw the line between kid and adult. Hosted by DJs Belinda Miller and Hova Najarian of Greasy Kid Stuff, the event features guest appearances by TBA Festival artists, hands-on activities, selections from the NW Film Center's Young People's Film and Video Festival and special tours of the visual arts installations at WHS. The event will be held in the former WHS library, transformed into an all-ages lounge. Healthy snacks and drinks available for purchase." http://www.pica.org/festival_detail_new.aspx?eventid=643

Zampoñas (Pan Pipes) with Gerardo Calderón”, Wednesday, September 15, 4-6 p.m, Midland Library. “Each student will learn to sand, cork, and then strap the five PVC pipes together to create a zampoñas or pan pipe. Geraldo teaches students to play a simple musical piece.” Registration available online- http://events.multcolib.org/events/cfml/index.cfm?action=1102&EventID=35657&EventDateBegin=09%2F15%2F2010&LanguageID=1

Cantos y Juegos”, Thursday, September 16, 5 p.m., Rockwood Library, Saturday, September 18, 1-2 p.m. at Sellwood-Moreland Library, Thursday, September 23, 4:30PM at Hollywood Library, and Saturday, September 25, 11 a.m., at Fairview-Columbia Library. “Join us is celebrating El Grito, when Mexico gained its independence from Spanish rule. Tlaxcalan musician Hugo Nava will sing and play traditional music in Nahuatl, P'urhe'pecha and Spanish. Audience participation in this Spanish and English program is encouraged.”

Symphony Storytime”, Wednesday, September 15, 10:30AM, Beaverton City Library. “Join one of the Oregon Symphony’s flutists for a storytime and hands on instrument time. Make a related craft with common household items, too. Registration is required. Please phone (503)350-3600 to register or sign-up in person at the Children's Desk on the first floor of the library.”

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest”, September 16, 17, 18 & 19, Thursday - Saturday From 11 a.m. 'til midnight, Sunday from 11 a.m. 'til 9:00 p.m. “There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the "Old World" Oktoberfest than in Mount Angel, Oregon. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. It is Oregon's largest folk festival.” http://www.oktoberfest.org/

Paper Pals”, Friday, Sept. 17, 3:30-4:30PM, Beaverton City Library Storytime Room. “Join us for an hour of creative projects with paper. Drawing, tracing, paper airplanes, origami and more. Registration is required. Please phone (503)350-3600 to register or sign-up in person at the Children's Desk on the first floor of the library. Registration for each session begins one month before the program.” Suggested for grades 1-5. 

Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show”, September 17 - 19, Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5, $5 for adults and free for kids under 12, Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. This is an inexpensive and fun way to learn lots about geology. Combine it with a visit to the nearby Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals. http://www.portlandregionalgemandmineral.org/RegionalGem2010.pdf

“Sturgeon Festival”, Saturday, Sept. 18, 11AM- 4PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA. “This FREE family event celebrates the ecosystems of the Columbia River. New this year is the ‘Scene a Sturgeon Lately?’ Photo Contest. Highlights: noon Eartha the Ecological Clown, 1PM- learn about Birds of Prey, 2PM- watch a biologist dissect a fish, 3PM- enjoy the Creature Feature reptile show. More about the event and the photo contest here: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.asp?waterID=24981&waterSubID=27422

"Serbian Festival", Saturday, Sept. 18, 11AM- 10PM, and Sunday, Sept. 19, 11AM- 6PM,  St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 11447 SE 27th Ave, Milwaukie (across from Milwaukie High School), free.  "Delicious Serbian food including roast pig and lamb, desserts, live music, national dance, beer and wine, kid's activities, and more."  http://www.svetistefanportland.org/images/SerbianFest2010_poster8511.pdf

"Grand Central Bakery Fair", Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 am - 4 pm, 714 N Fremont St, Pdx. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/child or $10/family, and advance purchase is suggested. "Join us Saturday, September 18th from 10 am to 4 pm for the Grand Central Bakery Fair: An Urban Farming Expo & Bicycle Rodeo! Held at our 714 N Fremont location and neighboring Boise Eliot schoolyard, this one-day event will host an array of demonstrations, contests and activities for the entire family. A small admission fee gives you access to traditional (and not-so-traditional) fair favorites such as baking and preserving contests, a judging of urban grown produce, a bicycle rodeo and a wide array of baking, cooking and urban farming seminars and demos. All proceeds from this event go to benefit Zenger Farm and the Community Cycling Center." Lots more info here:  http://www.grandcentralbakery.com/about/grand-central-bakery-fair

Campfires and Candelight”, Saturday, Sept. 18, 3PM-10PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA. Free with admission to the fort, which is $3.00 per individual and $5.00 per family, and is valid for seven days. “Stroll back in time and experience the night life of U.S. Army soldiers, Oregon Trail immigrants, and the residents Fort Vancouver Village. Once inside the Fort, visitors have the opportunity to observe life evening activities by campfires and candlelight.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/

Forest Grove Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, September 18, 8AM-4PM. “Valley Art Association's Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival has been a Forest Grove signature event since 1990. The festival falls on the third Saturday of September every year rain or shine. The festival brings an explosion of color, vitality and a sense of community to the downtown area. People of all ages and artistic skills will purchase their large sidewalk space, which includes a tray of rich, colorful chalk to create their masterpieces on the sidewalks of Main Street. There is no competition, only admiration and amazement at the variety of drawings that are generated this day. A Bizarrt Show (self-supported sculptures) is another way for creative people to show what they can do. Music, balloons, puppetry, and performances will round out the day.” http://www.valleyart.org/events/chalkart/index.php

Portland Pirate Festival”, Sept. 18 and 19, Cathedral Park, North Portland, tickets $12/advance and $15 at the gate for over 13, kids 3-12 are $6 in advance and $8 at the gate, and kids 2 and under are free. Admission includes: All festival music and entertainment (Including 2 stages, 10 Musical acts, 10 entertainment acts, and wandering musicians and entertainers of every variety!) Cannon Shows, Sword fight shows, Inflatable Rides, Free Balloons and Tattoos for kids, Historical enactments, Games and activities for the whole family.” Dragon Theatre Puppets will be there. A good time for all! http://www.portlandpiratefestival.com/

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Fall Plant Sale and Garden Expo”, Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19, 10AM-3PM, Portland Expo Center. “The best plant sale in the Pacific Northwest, featuring expanded space for plant vendors; botanical displays; garden artists; horticultural books for sale.” Admission is free, but the Expo Center charges $8 for parking, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. The Max Yellow Line Expo Center stop is right there. http://www.hardyplantsociety.org/plantsale.htm

Professor Banjo's CD Release Show!” Sat. September 18th, Awol Dance Studio, 418 NE 8th Ave., Pdx. “Make arts and crafts with the Village Free School! Enjoy aerial performance by AWOL Dance company! And, of course, join Professor Banjo old-time music dance and sing-a-longs. Crafts begin at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance. Advance tickets are available at all upcoming Professor Banjo shows or online at Brownpapertickets.com.” Professor Banjo is awesome, and he’s an advisor at Village Free School! http://www.squaredancepaul.com/

Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration”, Sept. 18 and 19. “Hood River Valley is famous throughout the nation and the world for its wonderful pears. Autumn is the perfect time to take a leisurely drive on the back roads of the Hood River Valley, the largest pear growing region in the U.S. During the peak of pear harvest, fruit stands and attractions all along the valley's scenic Fruit Loop celebrate with special activities. Sample more than 18 varieties of pears, enjoy pear desserts, artisan foods, a glass of pear wine, live music, a corn maze, and more.” http://www.hoodriverfruitloop.com/calendar/pear.html

“Music In Action!”, Saturday, September 18, 11a.m, Albina Library, and Saturday, September 25, 3:30PM, Northwest Library. “Enjoy a high-energy blend of rhythmic, participatory, funny and interactive songs and stories with Rich Glauber.” http://www.richglauber.com/

“Legends of Mexico/ Leyendas de México”, Saturday, September 18, 12:30PM, Gresham Library. “Mexico is well known for its legends, myths and tales. They have had legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent. Mexican legends talk about love, nature, and everyday life. The group Nuestro Canto has gathered legends from all over Mexico and has composed music especially for the legends they narrate during their performances. This program will teach participants about geography, history and the different languages still spoken in Mexico. Presented in English and Spanish.” 

Graham Oaks Nature Park Grand Opening”, Saturday, Sept. 18. 9AM- 2PM, Free entry. “Celebrate the grand opening of the newest regional park on Sept. 18 and bring the family for a fun-filled day with guided park tours, activities and crafts, music and entertainment. Explore three miles of trails traversing the varied terrain, and visit interpretative plazas, a picnic area and scenic overlooks made from locally sourced materials. 9 to 10 a.m. -- A one-hour scenic bike tour of Wilsonville departs from CREST Plaza at 9 a.m. and heads north through the park, ending at Boones Ferry in time for the grand opening festivities.9 a.m. to noon -- Omelet and pancake breakfast fundraiser at Boones Ferry Primary School, 11495 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville. The school is the center of the celebration with a main stage, booths, food vendors and bike and car parking areas. Noon -- Dedication ceremony. Enjoy food from local vendors, ceremonial dancing and drumming, live music and Boones Ferry students reading from their new book about the history of Graham Oaks. Discover how the Kalapuya Indians lived at Graham Oaks as tribal members from Grand Ronde demonstrate basket weaving, arrowhead making and cooking with acorns. Explore the farming traditions of Graham Oaks and the Wilsonville area, with interactive wheat threshing demonstrations by rangers from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Champoeg State Heritage Area. Learn about wildlife and habitats at Graham Oaks from Metro's ranger and naturalists, and hear how crews restored the oak woodland habitat by planting native trees and wildflowers.” 

Aquifer Adventure”, Saturday, Sept. 18, 12PM- 4PM, Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch, 16650 NE Airport Way, free, no advance registration required. “Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap'n might make ye walk the plank! Buttercup Bill will perform live music from 1-3pm. Food will be available for purchase.”  Please note that they have decided to cancel the free canoe rides this year. http://www.columbiaslough.org/calendar_detail.aspx?calendar_id=144

Kids in Nature: Herp Hunt – Snakes and Salamanders”, Sunday, September 19, 10-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. $10 per child, preregistration required. “Spend the morning as a herpetologist – exploring the park to learn about the snakes and salamanders that call Tryon Creek home. We will check out pit traps, observe salamanders and learn about these secretive creatures.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2010/09/19/330/-/kids-in-nature-herp-hunt-snakes-and-salamanders.html

Truck Day”, Monday, September 20, 10:30-11:30AM, Beaverton City Library Main West Parking Lot. “Come and explore big fire trucks, buses, ambulances, police cars and more.” 

Fall Leaves”, Monday, September 20, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Fall is here and trees are undergoing major changes. Let's learn about what is going on and take a look at different kinds of leaves. We'll take a walk outside and make some beautiful leaf rubbings. (Registration required - online or at the library.) Suggested for grades 1-3.   http://evanced.info/hillsboro/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=9681&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=9/1/2010&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=

Homeschool Book Group for Kids”, Tuesday, September 21, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read 'Where the Mountain Meets the Moon' by Grace Lin.” 

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Tuesday, September 21, 6:30-7:30p.m., Holgate Library. “Join family and friends in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in Vietnam and China. Enjoy poetry, participate in a festive lantern-making craft and parade, feast on moon cakes, and admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon. Knowledge of Chinese is not necessary, but adds to the fun.” 

Leaf Art”, Thursday, September 23, 4PM, Belmont Library, Wednesday, September 29, 3:30p.m. at Fairview Columbia Library, and Thursday, September 30, 3:30PM, at Hollywood Library. “f you love nature walks, this workshop is for you! You will learn how to identify and press autumn leaves, and then create your own pictures with their colors and shapes. Look at the creatures and landscapes in "Leaf Man" (Lois Ehlert) and "Look What I Did with a Leaf!" (Morteza E. Sohi) and decide how to compose your leaf picture.”

"Wooden Shoe 1st Annual Pumpkin Festival", September 24 through October 31; 10am to 6pm all days, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR.  "The new fall Pumpkin Fest will celebrate the harvest season from grinding wheat to learning about the crops grown on the farm. Visitors will have a chance to travel the giant hay maze, the 5 acre corn maze, pick out their pumpkin, watch pumpkins fly through the air from our pumpkin canon, ride the cow train among a list of other activities. There will be opportunity to select food items, Oregon wines and select Oregon craft brews at our Food Court. Other items include:
Ducky races (water troughs and rubber ducks)

  • Horse swings
  • Paintball gallery
  • Potato cannon
  • Farmer's Market
  • Tryck track in the tractor maze
  • Giant castle hay maze
  • Hay windmill
  • Tube slide
  • Hay pile and slides
  • Activity tables
  • Dirt babies
  • Plant tulip bulbs
  • Pick and eat fresh corn (based on availability)
  • Pumpkin cannon
  • Hay rides
  • Cow train rides through the corn
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Cutouts
  • Calf roping
  • Wheat Grinding
  • Old fashion games and more!     http://www.woodenshoe.com/pumpkin-fest/

"18th Annual Portland Juggling Festival", September 24-26, (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon), Reed College Sports Center, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. If you are serious about juggling, you can purchase tickets to the whole festival, or you can purchase tickets just for the big Juggling Extravaganza show which will be Sept. 25, 7PM- 9PM, at Benson High School, 546 NE 12th Avenue. Tickets for the Extravaganza alone are $16 for adults, $10 for students with ID, and $8 for seniors and kids 12 and under. "The Portland Juggling Festival is one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the United States, with jugglers from around the world and down the street joining together to share their knowledge and show their skills. We have performers, hobby jugglers, and beginners joining together for a two and a half days of throwing. Expect a big show Saturday evening, workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced jugglers, and vendors of every variety of juggling prop."http://www.portlandjugglers.org/festival2010

Howl at the Moon Harvest Night - Audubon Night at Kruger's Farm Market”, Sep 24, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road, Pdx. “Just $10 a carload benefits Portland Audubon AND gets you: 
• Live Music 
• Trips through Kruger’s Crazy Corn Maze 
• Hay Rides with Farmer Don to view birds migrating through 
• Harvest Bonfire 
• Portland Audubon activities 
Rain or shine, help us celebrate the just-full moon and bring your friends and family for a fun filled evening that benefits The Audubon Society of Portland. Food and beverages available for purchase.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/harvest-night

komedy 4 da kids”, Saturday, September 25, 4PM, Woodstock Library. “Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.” 

Polish Festival”, Saturday, Sept. 25 (11AM-10PM) and Sunday, Sept. 26 (12PM-6PM), St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic Church, 3916 N. Interstate Ave, free admission. “The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone. During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer. The event is held on Failing Street between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library built in 1911 and St. Stanislaus Church built in 1907, both located on N. Interstate Avenue in Portland Oregon. This year's festival foods will include pierogis, Polish entrees, fruit-filled pastries and, delectable kielbasa sausages, and beer garden featuring Polish lagers, porters and other beers. Chefs have ordered 15,000 pierogis for the two-day fete and imported 6,000 bottles of Polish beers and wines. This year's festival includes special exhibits on the city of Torun, Poland, the birthplace of astronomer Nicholas Copernicus, and a city that European Union has recently nominated as a cultural center.” http://www.portlandpolonia.org/festival/index.html

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival”, Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 with workshops on Friday, Sept. 24, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, OR. “Our mission is to exhibit and demonstrate the full spectrum of natural fibers (plant and animal) from beginning to end, from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product.” How cool is that? http://www.flockandfiberfestival.com/index.html

35th Annual Cider Squeeze”, 11AM- 4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy. 211 Eagle Creek, OR 97022, Admission $5.00 for individuals. $20.00 for families. “Bring your apples, press ours, or buy cider. Vendors, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family. We will have both the old and new parking lots available for this event. If you're bringing apples, please bring them to the new lot on Eagle Creek Road.” http://www.philipfosterfarm.com/squeeze.html

Unique Animal Fair”, Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, 10-5, $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids 5-12. “This is an animal expo open to the public and trade buyers where live birds, reptiles, and mammals can be viewed and purchased. You can meet and talk to the breeders of all types of livestock. Also all types of animal-related merchandise will be on display and available for purchase.” This is a pretty cool show. We’ve seen it a couple of times. There is every kind of unusual pet, as well as some animals that are there just for educational purposes. We have seen potbellied pigs, a lemur, a camel, and a barbary lion.   http://www.uniqueanimalexpo.com/

Grupo Condor”, Wednesday, September 29, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. “Enjoy traditional folk music featuring Spanish, African and Native American influences. Learn about the instruments and the importance of each culture's contribution to this enchanting music.”

Fun With Brazilian Music: Water Songs and Rhythm”, Thursday, September 30, 2010 4:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Be a part of the lively rhythms of Brazilian music! Move, play percussion instruments, and make up your own creative sounds along with guitarist/percussionist/ singer/songwriter Ronnie Robins. You will learn about many different instruments and get to play along with Ronnie. Small percussion instruments will be provided. Songs that are about water, including rain, rivers and oceans, will be featured.” 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mount St. Helens

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the most recent eruption of Mt. St. Helens, and we've been meaning to visit all summer. We made our trip on Sunday, with fall in the air and clouds hugging the tip of the formidable volcano. Inside the blast zone, what few trees can be found are in their infancy. The ghosts of the dense forest that was instantly flattened that day can be seen everywhere, half buried in ash. We hiked several miles along a steep trail to a lookout point where the Johnson Ridge Observatory could barely be glimpsed, and Spirit Lake was clearly visible. 

Jasper was certainly impressed with the grandeur of the volcano and the evidence of its incredible power. But I have to say he was much more impressed with the little wonders of nature all around him. He stopped to pick up many small rocks of different colors. The pumice that was everywhere was marvelous to him. When lava explodes in such a way that many pockets of air and volcanic gasses are trapped within it, huge chunks of the resulting pumice can be lifted with ease. He was captivated by the many small wildflowers and plants that have crept back into the landscape. It was hard to pull him away from narrow ledges on the trail where small ferns were growing tenaciously in the vertical rock faces.   Discoveries of little seeds inspired the frequent request that we bring them home and plant them in our garden.  He envisions a garden full of such magical things as thistles and queen anne's lace!  My protests that our garden ought to feed us, fall on deaf ears.  To Jasper the most incredible thing he discovered was a tiny weed sprouting directly on a small piece of pumice.  

Dwarf Mountain Lupine
The Johnson Ridge Observatory makes a surprisingly simple destination.  From Route 5 in Washington, you take exit 49 to Route 504 and drive about 50 miles until the highway ends.  A fee of $8 is required of everyone over 15 to visit the Observatory or use the trails.  There are 7 free daily 20 minute interpretive talks.  More information here:  http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/04mshnvm/attractions/

Lupine and Common Paintbrush

Sunday, August 29, 2010


One of the coolest things about homeschooling is the opportunity it gives families to really think about what they believe constitutes a good education.  Beyond just reading, writing, and arithmetic, how do you prioritize how you spend your precious time? What things do you value most?  One family in our homeschool group prioritizes service learning.  Among other things, they participate in Depave events, and they invited the group along to one of them.
Depave is a local volunteer organization that removes asphalt for the purpose of reclaiming the land for community gardens.  Today's event was for the purpose of removing 7,200 square feet of asphalt to double the size of an existing community garden.   We wandered through the spectacular garden before the project began,  and saw what a truly worthwhile project we were taking on.    The asphalt had already been cut into a grid pattern with a circular saw, and volunteers spent about 4 hours lifting up the asphalt with pry bars, loading it onto wheelbarrows by hand and with shovels, and dumping it into dumpsters for recycling.  People of all ages can, and did, participate, and even the youngest kids could help out.  Many people were there for the whole project, but others came and lent a hand for less time and still made a big difference.  They supplied gloves, safety goggles, and dust masks, but for next time I'll want some gardening gloves just for Jasper since they were all adult sizes.  He helped out for a while, and observed all the activity, and spent the rest of the time thoroughly enjoying looking at all the wonderful plants, which are currently his passion.
Depave is still planning their next event for the fall, and a date has not yet been set.  More about Depave here:   http://depave.org/

Friday, August 27, 2010

Macleay Park

Our homeschool group had a walk in Lower Macleay Park.  The trail begins at the unassuming dead-end at the western end of Upshur St. in NW Portland,  near 29th Avenue, just a few blocks from the bustle of the Pearl, under the Thurman Street Bridge.  It gets dramatically lovely right away.   The children found the creek cool and lovely and full of hidden crawdads, newts, and fish.  They peeked under rocks and fallen logs for creepy-crawlies, and admired wildflowers and mushrooms.  They clamored all over the mysterious ruins of a stone building.  They got very dirty and really lived it up!  More about this lovely park here:  http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=246&action=ViewPark

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Smith and Bybee Lakes

A duck blind, with windows for all heights.
Walking down the trail at Smith and Bybee Lakes takes you into a surreal landscape.  Fluff from the cottonwood trees is everywhere.  It looks like the spiders that are also everywhere this time of year must be in a desperate bid for survival here, because as soon as a web gets spun, it's in danger of being coated with fluff.  So they must spin yet more webs... We've been here a couple times on guided excursions, and wanted to return just to ramble and explore.  More about Smith and Bybee Lakes here:  http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=672&action=ViewPark
A magnificent paper wasp nest.
The Canoe Launch presents a wonderful opportunity to get close to the water.  There we saw millions of minnows.  Maybe ten feet from the shore, small fish were leaping out of the water like popcorn.  A great blue heron was having a feast.  Bright metallic blue damselflies darted about.  We scooped a jar in the lake and marveled at all the life in a few cups of muddy water.

Jasper especially loved the cattails.  Since he loves to draw and loves nature walks, we've been starting a nature journal.  So he drew pictures of the cattails while I read about them from our guidebook. He took the time to look carefully at the cattails as he drew them and match their green color. Then he carefully printed "Cattails" on his drawing.  He dictated the rest to me. I wrote down what his favorite things are that he learned about cattails, which are that the flowers are brown and that the Native Americans wove mats from their leaves.  So then of course he wanted to gather a few cattail leaves so that he could try weaving himself.  

Hard at work on his drawing.

A cattail mat, Jasper's first try weaving! 

Monday, August 23, 2010

In Praise of Peaches

We went out today in search of peaches.  We chose Jossy Farms, which is just a few miles from the Glencoe Road exit west of Portland on Route 26.  It's a very straightforward operation.  They have four varieties of peaches, Gravenstein and Earligold apples, and Bartlett pears are on the way.  They have no set hours; instead they are only open when the picking is good.  You can call them to hear a daily recording of hours and crop availability. All fruit is $.85 a pound.   They give you boxes (or bring your own),  and wagons, you pick in their lush orchard, and then they weigh the fruit on a large scale that can accommodate  the wagons.  They make it really easy to pick without having to move your fruit boxes around and risk bruising the fruit.   They prune the trees to make picking easy without a ladder.  And oh, the fruit is wonderful!   We learned that peaches tend to fall right off the tree before they are fully ripe, so if you want ripe peaches, you have to look for windfall.  Gently twisting the stem, instead of pulling, will not damage the tree or the fruit.  And Jasper discovered that it's fun to pick fruit from the very center of the tree!  http://www.jossyfarms.com/index.html

Everywhere the pick your own farms seem to be filled with big Carolina Grasshoppers, hiding out in the dry grass between the rows.  They are almost impossible to see, until they suddenly fly away from you, looking just like a butterfly.  See if you can catch one! 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Oregon International Air Show

US Patriots Jet Team
Michael Wiskus, Team Lucas Oil, doing a loop-de-loop.
We ventured out Friday evening to see the Oregon International Air Show.  The evening show is very different from the day shows.  The day shows have more acts that are spaced out to last the whole day, so that everyone can explore all the vendor booths, and wait in very long lines for the "Honkin' Huge Elephant Ears".  The evening show instead offers only brief breaks between performances (once for a private jet to land- those folks must really be bigshots).  The sunset was just spectacular, as was the moon, and once it grew dark, we were treated to three light shows.  The first was an airplane emitting trails of colored sparks and ejecting fireworks, followed by a plane that did a complex lightshow while doing stunts.  Next there was a fireworks show combined with pyrotechnics.  These were gigantic fireballs, in various colors, exploding into big black balls of smoke.  The audience could actually feel the heat.  

US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier
We got to see the US Patriots Jet Team, doing precision maneuvers that made everyone gasp.  A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier was there, flying at supersonic speeds.  Jasper has been learning about thunderstorms, and how you can determine how far away the storm is by counting the seconds from when you see lightning, traveling at the speed of light, to when you hear the thunder, traveling at the slower speed of sound.  But since we live in Portland, he's never observed this in real life.  It was pretty neat to be able to point out that the same phenomena is demonstrated  by the Harrier.  You see the Harrier coming towards you in complete silence, and it takes a few seconds before you finally hear its roar, since the light reflected from the Harrier reaches your eyes before its sound reaches your ears. After impressing us all with its speed and agility, it  stopped in midair, and then slowly turned in place in a circle.  Wow!  

Amanda Franklin on the wing!
My favorite act was Kyle and Amanda Franklin, a husband and wife team.  They are both pilots, but for their act, he flies the plane and she wing-walks all over it.  They both wore pirate costumes and at one point flew low to the ground and crossed swords.  How romantic!

US Patriots Jet Team
The Air Show is undeniably cool, but it tends to make me philosophical.  The US military has a big presence there.  It's excellent public relations, and gives thousands of small kids the idea that being in the Air Force and Marines would be really glamorous.   And now I'm the mother of one of those small kids, and I'm in charge of preparing him for his future.  What would that mean if it included military service? I am the daughter of a man who was raised in the Quaker tradition his family had followed  for at least 300 years, a tradition that is staunchly pacifist, a tradition that holds that killing is wrong, with no exceptions.  My father was also a WWII veteran who was awarded both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.  He had a choice to become a conscientious objector, a choice not many men had, and he chose to enlist.  I know he was proud of his choice.  He didn't talk about his military service often, but it irrevocably scarred him. His body healed, but those experiences cut him deeply.   My son is too young to understand the moral and political complexity of war.   But he's not too young to see that fighter jets are cool.   So his experience of the air show was prefaced by a brief talk from his mother about how military service is much more complex than getting to fly cool planes.  (For whatever it's worth, I suppose.) 
Fireworks shot from an airplane.


Friday, August 20, 2010

More Weekend Fun

"Russian American Festival", Saturday, August 21, from 12PM- 6PM, in Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Wa.   "The Festival is filled with live Russian and American Folk music, special games and activities for the children, craft and food vendors.You will enjoy to see our beautiful girls in colorful sarafans, traditional Russian folk dresses, to participate in funny auction and joyful contests, to sing Russian songs together with performers and much more. Russian-American festival helps bring American and Russian speaking people together and keeps Russian traditions alive.We love our city. And we would like to support people who live in shelters. Together we can help a lot of people who are in need right now. If you would like to be a part of this charity you can bring to the event some of the following items: Sleeping bags, towels, clean clothes, shampoo, soap for washer machine, hand soap, Clorox, canned food, fresh vegetables and fruits, bread, new toys and clean clothes for kids."  http://folkfestival.do.am/

"Free Geocache Workshop",  Saturday, August 21, from 10AM -1PM, at the Wilsonville Public Library. "What is geocaching? What is in a geocache? How do you use a GPS unit for geocaching? Where are geocaches found? Find out with this hands-on workshop by Oregon Geocache on Saturday, August 21, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Wilsonville Public Library. Learn about the history of geocaching, how to do it, and where to do it. Work with a GPS and find a nearby geocache." Since this is a 3 hour class, you can judge for yourself if your kids would be able to handle it, but geocaching itself is very popular with families.  http://wvlibrary.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/free-geocaching-workshop-at-the-library-this-saturday-aug-21/ On the other hand, if you love the idea but can't shell out the money for a handheld GPS, check out letterboxing, which at the most will require a compass.  http://www.letterboxing.org/

"Haitian Caribbean Festival", Saturday, August 21, from 12PM- 7PM, at Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th Ave. and SE Taylor Street, free admission. "An annual music festival featuring Caribbean musicians and dancers. This year we are thanking Portland for its amazing support during the Haitian earthquake crisis, and the ongoing support shown for the people of Haiti. The show includes many musical artists, dancing, and of course Haitian food." (Haitian food is amazing!)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Deepsy Diver

Today Bruce Orr of the Mudeye Puppet Company brought his crazy, slapstick puppet show "Deepsy Diver" to the NW Library.  (Above is Deepsy herself, out of her scuba gear,  with Wesley Water Strider.)  I don't think I've ever heard so much laughter in the library.  Deepsy dives deep into the sea, then dives into the wonderful Willamette.  There, she encounters a lot of garbage, an ugly bacterium, and an ailing turtle.  They help her understand that litter dropped on the streets, dog poop that is not properly disposed of, and chemicals we put down our drains can all end up in our beautiful rivers.  After the show, Mr. Orr really took his time to show all the kids his amazing puppets, and explained in great detail how he made them from junk he found in the trash (he's especially creative with toilet paper tubes and handles from paper bags) and paper mache, which he says he makes simply from cornstarch, water, and paper strips.  Time to go home and raid the recycle bin!  More about Mudeye here:  http://www.mudeyepuppets.org/

Fall Children's Resale Events

Fall is almost here!  That means the twice-yearly children's consignment sales are about to begin.  I don't know what I'd do with out them, because they have saved me a bundle over the years.  You make money and also get to shop early if you also consign.

August 19-21, Wee Cycle,  now in NE Portland:  http://www.wee-cycle.com/
September 17-19, Just Between Friends Sale, Portland Expo Center:  http://www.portland.jbfsale.com/
September 23-26, Superkids Resale, Gresham:  http://www.superkidsresale.net/Welcome.html
October 1-3, Pass It On Sale, NE Portland:  http://www.passitonsales.com/
October 1-3, Twice Around The Block Sale, Milwaukie: http://www.twicearoundtheblocksale.com/
October 7-9, Baby's Bottom Dollar Sale, Lake Oswego: http://www.bbdsale.com/
October 21-24, Pass It On Sale, Hillsboro:  http://www.passitonsales.com/
October 22-24, Baby's Bottom Dollar Sale, Tigard:  http://www.bbdsale.com/
October 29-30, Full House Mom's Sale, NE Portland:  http://www.fullhousemoms.com/
If you're interested in a resale store, rather than a resale event, check out these lists of local shops:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stub Stewart Star Party

Thursday night was the apex of the Perseid Meteor Shower, so we headed to Stub Stewart State Park for the Star Party.  We got there early because we can't resist walking all around this gorgeous park.  Then we had a picnic as the sun went down.  The skies were perfectly clear, and just as Venus appeared in the sky, the crescent moon was setting.  The Planetarium Director from OMSI was there to give us all kinds of information about the night sky, and with a screen set up to project star charts, to show us exactly how to find various constellations.  The Rose City Astronomers were there to generously share their telescopes.  Jasper got to see Saturn and its rings, and a nebula with some wispy details.  But of course the meteors were the stars of the show.  Even without the meteors,  just being far enough from the lights of the cities late at night made the night sky a dazzling sight.  There were about 1,200 people gathered there to witness this amazing annual phenomena.   
The next and last Star Party of the year will be on Saturday, September 11, as usual at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park.  More information here:  http://www.rca-omsi.org/ .

In the forest, we tried to find flowers (and berries) of all colors of the rainbow, as we did on our last visit.    There was a nearly complete changing of the guard, with new wildflowers taking over. Here's some pictures and some tentative identifications.  (I was really surprised how many of the lovely flowers we saw were invasive species!)

St. John's Wort
Bird's Foot Trefoil

Common Vetch

Canada Thistle

Queen Anne's Lace

Rough-skinned Newts