Marquam Bridge Peregrine Watch, every Saturday in May 1PM-3PM. "Come see the fastest bird on the planet nesting and raising young right in the middle of downtown Portland. Peregrine falcons have nested on the Marquam Bridge since 2007. The Springwater Trail which runs between OMSI and the River is a great place to watch the falcons go through their annual nesting cycle. In fact, it is possible to look directly into their nest and see the young as they grow. Audubon naturalists will be out at this site on Saturday afternoons throughout the spring to show you the falcons and explain about their nesting behaviors and their amazing recovery from the brink of extinction. We will have spotting scopes, binoculars and information on the falcons. Stop by anytime between 1-3 pm and stay as long as you like. Park at OMSI and walk west to the river. The Peregrine Watch observation point will be apparent." http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/wic/peregrinewatch1
From May 1 to May 5, 2010, Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) will present the twenty-sixth annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Admission is Adults: $6.00 13 and older, Child: $3.00 6 years to 12 years, Children under 6 years old FREE, Seniors 62 and Older: $4:00, Carnival Ride Ticket Information: $.75 cents each ticket (Rides take more than 1 ticket). There will be a special ballet performance May 1st, 2nd, and 5th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. "El Grupo Folklorico de Guadalajara con Mariachi will be performing several times daily at the cinco de mayo Fiesta at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This group of approximately forty young dancers in traditional dress, singers and musicians will share the authentic culture of Mexico through regional dances, songs, and the music of the lively Mariachi band. Their regional dances and music reflect three thousand years of indigenous Spanish and Afro-American influences." http://cincodemayo.org/events/
A secular, all day singing event on May 1! "Join Portland Sacred Harp at the historic Lincoln Street Church (SE 52nd Ave & Lincoln St.) on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9:30am to 3:00pm to sing all day and partake of a glorious potluck lunch at Noon. (Bring a dish to share, if you are able.) This is a free event (donations accepted) and is open to all. No experience necessary ... really! Sacred Harp shape note singing is a community musical & social activity, emphasizing participation, not performance. Everyone is invited to come and sing (or just listen), regardless of musical experience or ability. We sing six or seven times a month in four-part, unaccompanied (a capella) harmony from an early American songbook called The Sacred Harp, which has been continuously in print and in use since 1844. It's old... It's spirited... It's hauntingly beautiful... And it's loud! Come sing for yourself!" http://www.portlandsacredharp.org/
OMSI starts their annual 8 week IMAX film festival on May 4. IMAX movies may be a good way to introduce a young one to the movie theatre. They have short run times, all stadium seating, and really engaging content. Check out the complete lineup at http://www.omsi.edu/filmfestival
This is just too unique not to list- "Handkerchiefs: The Artful Little Squares History" Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, Tuesday, May 04, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. "The handkerchief, though small, is a textile rich in history, in needlework techniques, in graphic design. It features prominently in literature and daily life, providing livelihood to innumberable individuals from flax, coton and silkworm growers, to spinners and weavers, to lace-makers and embroiderers, to salesmen and salesgirls of the erstwhile handkerchief counters of the once glamorous departments stores. Collector Terese Blanding will show off her collection of more than 1,000 handkerchiefs and their stories, as well as explore the wide-ranging adventures of this versatile artifact from Shakespeare's "Othello" in which a demure, strawberry-embroidered hanky leads to murder to Louise Erdrich's short story "The Painted Drum" in which the discovery of a stash of handkerchiefs evokes an unexpected reaction. The presentation includes an amazing visual display of Blanding's collection from 3-inch squares to a 36-inch square, featuring both types from the old adage "some are for show and some are for blow". Not to be missed!"
Nature after Hours: Birds and Babies at Tryon Creek State Park (This isn't specifically a kid's event, but it's too cool not to include!) Friday, May 07 2010, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Join the Friends of Tryon Creek for our quarterly TGIF event. Hidden all over the park are nests filled with baby birds. Our local naturalists have scouted out the secret locations and will share some of their discoveries with you. Learn about how the nests are hidden, and the special behaviors birds use to avoid detection. A real insiders look at what is happening in the park. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. This is a free event but donations are appreciated. http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2010/05/07/105/-/YWRmNzBmZTcwZjQ2OThmYTE4OGNmMGUyZTZjODkxOTQ=/nature-after-hours-birds-and-babies.html
Bubble Painting, Saturday, May 8, 2010 2-3:30 p.m. at Albina Library, Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Sellwood-Moreland Library, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4-5:30 p.m. at Midland Library, and Saturday, May 29, 2010 1-2 p.m. at St. Johns Library. "Bubble, sprinkle, splatter! Learn strange new painting techniques to create your own underwater pictures with artist Addie Boswell. Draw with water-soluble crayons and pencils and try blowing bubbles, rolling marbles, and shaking salt for different effects. These washable experiments are perfect for ages 4-8. "
Underwater Creatures in Origami, Saturday, May 8, 2010 2-3 p.m. Central Library, and Saturday, May 22, 2010 3-4 p.m. at Kenton Library. "Instructor Yuki Martin will teach you how to make various kinds of fish, crabs, lobsters, shrimp, clams, seahorses, whales, or sharks. Add a paper clip to your folded creatures and catch them with a fishing pole made from a chopstick and magnet."
Celebrate Spring with Birds at the Hillsboro Main Library, Saturday, May 08, 2010, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM "Eat like a bird using your beak, see nests and eggs close up, touch feathers and bones and learn about bird habitats and behaviors. Experts from the Jackson Bottom Wetlands will provide plenty of information and hands on fun. After the program, everyone's invited to go on a bird tour of the library's back yard".
Festival of the Birds May 08, 2010 from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Join Audubon Society of Portland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the City of Portland for a Celebration of Migratory Birds at Sellwood Park, just south of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. "Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Portland and Portland Audubon for a Celebration of Migratory Birds. Oaks Bottom and other natural areas in Portland are important to migrating birds for nesting, wintering, resting and re-fueling. Come and see birds hailing from as far away as Argentina in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, the City of Portland’s first designated Migratory Bird Park. This is a free festival for the whole family to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. No registration is required (except for the early bird walk).
Early Bird Walk at 7:30am, registration required. Call Portland Parks at 503-823-2525 or on line at www.PortlandParks.org using class number #317309.
Guided Bird Walks on the ½ hour from 9 am – 2 pm. Compare this year’s sightings with bird appearances in earlier years.
Family Activities, make bird feeders for your mother’s garden, run as fast as birds fly in Bird Olympics, create bird pictures using forms from NW Native American art, send a bird postcard to schools along the Pacific Flyway, or choose from a myriad of other activities.
Storytelling and Live Music by local storytellers and musicians. Come hear songs and stories about migratory birds in the Portland area.
Education Birds from Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center. See up close a Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture and Common Raven.
Our Partners. Visit with local partners of the Migratory Bird Treaty Program and learn about other locations to visit and enjoy birds. http://audubonportland.org/about/events/birds
Mother’s Day at Tryon Creek State Park, Sunday, May 09 2010, 2:00pm - 4:00pm "Bring your mother to the park for the opportunity to take a guided wild flower walk. We will also be decorating pots with reused materials for starting seeds to help us eat locally and seasonally. Free event, no pre-registration necessary."
Mother’s Day Wildflower and Birding Festival at Silver Falls State Park, Saturday and Sunday May 8 and 9, 2010, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm., South Falls Lodge and surrounding day use area. Learn about the many native wildflowers that call Silver Falls home, and about the many birds that stop at Silver Falls during their migrations. Participate in hands-on displays and activities, birding & plant walks, photography hikes, and presentations. View plant displays and take home your own native plants during our plant sales. Co-sponsored by Friends of Silver Falls and Silver Falls State Park. $5.00 per vehicle day use parking fee, otherwise there is no charge. For more information, call 503-873-8735 or 503-873-8681 ext. 21. http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html
The Boogie Woogie Puppet Show with Penny's Puppets, Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3-4 p.m. at Northwest Library, and Thursday, May 13, 2010 11-11:45 a.m. at Gresham Library. "Get ready to stomp, sing and dance like you have ants in your pants. The puppets are putting on a rocking, sing-along dance party for your pleasure and they want you to join the fun. Fun for everyone with Penny’s Puppet Productions!"
The Lucky Teakettle, Wednesday, May 12, 2010 10:30-11 a.m.,at Hollywood Library, and Thursday, May 20, 2010 11-11:30 a.m. at Fairview-Columbia Library. "Imagine that you are taking a walk through the woods and you come upon a poor little badger caught in a trap. You take pity on him and set him free. The little badger is so grateful that he turns himself into a beautiful teakettle just for you. What possibilities unfold. This lucky teakettle becomes the star of a circus where a wondrous teakettle magically dances with parasols and even walks a tightrope!" Using a dynamic combination of puppetry and storytelling, Tears of Joy Theatre’s master puppeteer Brian Keith will perform a new version of this old tale from Japan. He will also invite children from the audience to join him in the performance of Momotaro, the Peach Boy. Brian joined Tears of Joy Theatre in 2001, and has toured extensively with several productions including Little One-Inch, Coyote Tales, Toad Prince and The Reluctant Dragon. Brian is also the theatre’s Technical Director. Space at this program is limited. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.
11th ANNUAL UFO FESTIVAL Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2010 "UFO Speakers · Costume Parade · Live Music · Kids’ Fun and more! McMENAMINS HOTEL OREGON McMinnville, OR On Friday evening, our presenter is James Clarkson, a military policeman and Washington police/criminal investigator now known as the "UFO Cop." In 1987, he began using his investigative skills/experience to study the UFO phenomenon and advocate for fellow officers. Clarkson is also the director for MUFON in Washington. His UFO Festival presentation will be about June Crain, an employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base who handled some of the pieces from Roswell and had heard of at least three other UFO crash retrievals. Hear how her story collaborates the UFO cover-ups by the government (Learn more at majesticdocuments.com). The Crain story has also been featured on the SyFy Channel's "The Secret." On Saturday evening, we will feature Colin Andrews, a preeminent crop circles expert and recent expat from the UK to the United States. Andrews was an advisor for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's cabinet on the largest crop circle surveillance project, codenamed "Operation Blackbird." See Andrews' website at colinandrews.net. On Saturday morning, we are thrilled to welcome Travis Walton, a UFO witness and abductee on whom the book and Hollywood film “Fire in the Sky” was based. In addition to the serious side of this festival, we will also present the annual costume parade, live music, food and drink specials, handcrafted Alienator Ale on tap, a gift shop for t-shirts, books, videos and more. And don't forget the Alien Costume Ball at Hotel Oregon, a night full of great tunes, dress-up contests and conga lines that continues to grow every year. Free! No registration required; simply show up." http://www.ufofest.com/ufofest07/
On Saturday, May 15 10-6PM there will be a free Beltane Festival in Lloyd Knox Park in Springfield, Oregon, and the public is invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the festivities. There will be a Maypole, Ritual, Music, Workshops, and Readings. More info here http://www.emeraldvalleybeltane.info/info/
Migratory Songbird Festival , Saturday, May 15th, 10:00am-2:30pm, "Come to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge at 19255 SW Pacific Hwy in Sherwood. All ages are invited, rain or shine, for a day of outdoor activities, guided nature walks, live bird education show, native plant sale, hands-on educational crafts for kids, exhibits, presentations, entertainment, food, fun and more. The event and parking are free." http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/specialevents.html
Saturday, May 15 from dusk to 11:30PM at Stub Stewart State Park and Rooster Rock State Park is a Star Party, and the focus this time is on the planets. "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. http://www.rca-omsi.org/
It’s a Blast: Volcano Science in Your Backyard, May 15, 2010, at the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt. St. Helens. "Exploring a volcano is easy when you’re accompanied by world-class researchers, teachers and experts on volcanic and biologic processes. All ages will enjoy a full day of hands-on exploration, science discoveries, guided hikes, a kids’ science area, food and lots of fun. The day begins at 10:00 am. Tickets are $10.00 per person (kids under 5 free). Tickets will be available at the door but to ensure your space, register online." https://app.etapestry.com/cart/MountStHelensInstitute/default/item.php?ref=1831.0.11285565
Fabulous Fables! Puppet Show at Hillsboro Main Library, Saturday, May 15, 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM "To celebrate National Children's Book Week, Steven Engelfried's Pink Pig Puppet Theater will present Fabulous Fables with two classic fables from Aesop told with animal puppets and plenty of silliness. Come to see what happens in "The Lion and the Mouse" and "The Tortoise and the Hare." Suggested for ages 4 through 10". Steven Engelfried is a children's librarian of note, serving on the Newbery Awards Committe.
Paper Workshop at Tigard Public Library - Puett Room. Saturday, May 15, 2010 1:30 PM to 2:30, Ages 5 and up. "Ever wonder how to make paper? Here's your chance to learn. Use recycled paper products, craft materials and your imagination to design your own unique sheet of writing paper."
Presto the Magician, Beaverton City Library Meeting Rooms A & B, Saturday, May 15, 2010, 11:00 AM to 11:45. "We're celebrating Children's Book Week with a special performer, Presto, and his magic show. The whole family is welcome to watch this funny and amazing show. No registration required." Presto has lively, funny tricks and a great rapport with kids. A winner!
What Makes a Bird a Bird? Monday, May 17, 2010 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Hillsboro Main Library. "We'll take a close look at feathers, bones, eggs, and nests to learn more about birds and how they are able to live in so many different habitats. Then we'll go for a bird walk outside using binoculars for an up-close look at these amazing creatures. Registration is required. Grades 1 through 3"
NW Children's Theatre Kid's Co. Presents "Wonderful Places" Tualatin Public Library Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 "You're on vacation, at the beach and....it's raining! What to do? Bookworms Bo and Calvin will take you on a musical trip to Far-A-Way Places, with songs like London is London, April in Paris, a bevy of melodies about New York and of course....Oklahoma? Fasten those imaginary seatbelts for a very funny and tuneful holiday with the local theatre troupe, Kid's Company NW. Kid's Co. is an advanced performance workshop that teaches professional skills, flexibility, and self-confidence. These talented performers take musical reviews to festivals, events, retirement homes, schools, and more. It's an important arts training ground for intermediate and advanced students, an opportunity to work closely with theater professionals, and a very special ensemble that provides a close-knit, supportive peer group for cast members. Performers range in age from eight to fourteen years. Four performing troupes are selected each season, two for the holidays and two for the spring. Formed in 1993, NWCT is a healthy nonprofit and one of the largest children's theatre companies on the west coast."
Painted turtle walks Saturday, May 22, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. "Oregon's turtles are rare, shy and hard to find but Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in Oregon. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis, who will have small telescopes for a close look. Learn about the natural history of painted turtles and why they are so rare. Suitable for adults and children age 5 and older. Meet in the parking area on North Marine Drive. Free. Advance registration required; call 503-797-1650 option 2. Hosted by Metro" Or register online at http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1759&year=2010&month=04
Lock Fest 2010 "A family-friendly history festival, celebrating the 2010 reopening of our 137-year-old Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks and the 95th year of Corps of Engineers stewardship and operations of the canal. Willamette Falls Locks Park, Mill Street, West Linn, Oregon Saturday, May 15, Breakfast at 7 a.m. Booths open 9 to 4 p.m. Parking: Willamette Drive and Mill Street, West Linn, overflow lot at West Linn High School, two blocks away, and a free Lock Fest bus shuttle that runs from 8 to 6 between Historic Willamette district and Lock Fest. Come and enjoy our local heritage displays and demonstrations; sign up for a mill and power plant tour; watch the flotilla; and share in fun activities for all ages. The festival is free, with a requested $1 donation per person to support this year's event.
***Register early at the PGE Tours Booth for a chance to see how high-quality coated papers are made at our historic West Linn Paper Company Mill and how power has been generated at the T.W. Sullivan Hydropower plant on Willamette Falls since 1895.***Tours begin promptly each hour, beginning at 9 a.m., with the last tour leaving at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. If you are not at the booth 15 minutes before the hour of your assigned tour your place on the tour will have to be forfeited if others are present and ready to go. We will have a waiting list in case of no-shows.
The Tour Booth is a green canopy at the south end of the Locks Park. Sign up for a free tour, guided by WLPC and PGE managers, during which you will see an operating paper machine, see historic turbines in action and get a glimpse of Willamette Falls from the mill's private island. http://willamettefalls.org/LockExh
There will be a Pioneer Family Festival in Oregon City May 14-16, with a trolley running to the West Linn Lockfest on Saturday. This is what they have to say about their history area: "May 14th, 2p.m.-10p.m., May 15th, 11a.m.-10p.m., May 16th, 11a.m.-7p.m. If history is your thing then don't miss the History Area at the Pioneer Family Festival. In the History Area you will find Living History Interpretors displaying historical artifacts and reproductions. These interpretors will educate visitors on the history of Oregon, Clackamas County, The Oregon Trail, Oregon City and the Civil War." More information here: http://www.pioneerfamilyfestival.com/
Kids in Nature: Bees and Bugs at Tryon Creek State Park, Sunday, May 16 2010, 10:00am - 11:30am "Bees and other insects are import pollinators. Join us to explore the ways bees and bugs help our flowers grow. We will learn the bee dance, make pollinator pockets, and explore the forest for bees and bugs at work." For children ages 4 – 7 accompanied by an adult, Cost: $10/child (non-member) $8.50/child (member). Pre-registration required, which can be done online here: http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2010/05/16/107/-/ZjkyOGY3YTY0OTNmMTA2ZGI1Y2QxZGUwZDE3YmM1MzM=/kids-in-naturebees-and-bugs.html
May 17 Norway celebrates its independence from Sweden, and the Sons of Norway have some special festivities planned this month at Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th, Portland, OR 97232. From their website: "MAY 9, SUNDAY – MOTHER’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Bergen Waterfront Banquet Hall 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $6 Adults, $3 Children 5-12, No charge for children under 5. This is our very popular monthly Viking Breakfast with a special treat and program for mom. All moms may start their breakfast with a Mimosa and at both 9:30 and 11:30 we’ll present a short Bunad Fashion Show accompanied by Norwegian music. Models will parade through the dining room while you enjoy our all-you-can-eat pancakes, served with sides of link sausages, scrambled eggs, fruit compote, orange juice and bottomless coffee and tea. Join us and make this a very memorable day for mom.
MAY 15 & 16 –NORDIC ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR. Lodge Room 1-5 p.m Sunday & 4-9pm Monday, no charge. Local artists/artisans of all things Norwegian & Nordic will have booths and demonstrations of both fine arts and traditional/contemporary crafts. One of the highlights of this 2-day arts and crafts fair will be “Bunad Village”, a display of materials used in the construction of bunads and ancient costuming, everything from fabrics to jewelry. Experts in the history and making of bunads will be on hand. You may even find the inspiration to make your own!. We’ll even have a special area where lodge members will be invited to share their own family memorabilia. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your friends and neighbors to the richness of Norwegian culture.
MAY 17, MONDAY – SYTTENDE MAI 2010 – NORWEGIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY Doors open at 4 p.m. Parade starts at 6 p.m. No Charge Our month of festivities culminates with the traditional all-lodge parade from Norse Hall through the Lloyd District and back. The Benson High School Band will lead this grand flag parade, with nationally-costumed lodge members, classic/antique autos and fjord horses behind. This patriotic, colorful extravaganza has been sponsored by Grieg Lodge for generations and is for all the community to enjoy. Before the parade traditional Norwegian foods and beverages will be available to purchase. At 7 p.m. Portland Mayor Sam Adams will be on hand to personally read a proclamation from his office, followed by a “Lapskaus Cabaret,” a lively stew of Norwegian theater, music, comedy and dance. Performing in our cabaret will be local Norwegians with traditional and specially commissioned pieces, including: acclaimed choreographer Lane Hunter; award-winning playwright William S. Gregory; noted actor and former host of OPB’s radio morning newscast Gray Eubank; and choreographer and multi-disciplined performing artist Virginia Belt. We’ll conclude the evening with the installation of a time capsule." More info here http://www.norsehall.org/centennial.htm
Does your little one love motorcycles? Thunder in The Garden 2nd Annual Motorcycle Show will take place at the Oregon Garden in Silverton on Saturday May 22nd, 2010 - 10am - 4pm. The show is included with the price of admission, free for members, $10 non-members, $9 seniors, $8 students, kids under 7 are free. http://www.oregongarden.org/Motorcycleshow.htm
This is a program for adults, but it sounds really excellent for homeschooling parents. Sunday, May 23, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, at Oxbow Regional Park, $8. Connecting our children to the wild. "If you are a parent, mentor or teacher who understands how important a vibrant connection to the natural world is for the healthy development of young people, join Metro naturalist Dan Daly for this important and lively conversation. As school, work, consumer culture and the disappearance of wild areas continue to draw children's time and attention away from the natural world, spring is a great time to learn and remember how to bring nature alive in families, neighborhoods and schools once again. This program shares both resources and techniques that outdoor-oriented adults can draw from in order to support the young people they care about by unfolding the adventure of a lifetime. Childcare for children age 5 and older is available free of charge during the program. This class held at Oxbow Regional Park. Registration and a fee of $8 per person required in advance. There is a $5 per vehicle entry fee payable at the park. To register, call 503-797-1650 option 42. Hosted by Metro." You can register online at http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1406&year=2010&month=04
The fabulous Portland Rose Festival starts May 28. There are far too many details to list here. Check their website http://www.rosefestival.org/ And also remember that it's a great time to visit one of Portland's amazing rose gardens!
Ladybugology at Tigard Public Library - Puett Room Saturday, May 29, 2010 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Suggested for Ages 5 and up. "Learn about our hardworking, cute backyard buddies. Enjoy some spotty activities and create a ladybug lodge to house your very own beetle buddy."