Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July Madness!

July is crazy!  There are more free and low cost events going on than you can shake a stick at!  So you have absolutely no excuse for not having fun!   The real problem is sorting out the truly spectacular from the merely great. Please expect there will most likely be a few mistakes in this post, and confirm whatever you want to attend.  

Pick your own farms will be in high gear in July!  Look for strawberries, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peaches, figs, eggplants, peppers, apricots, and more.  Two good places to look for farms near you are and

Don’t forget to check for the complete list of  free movies and concerts in Portand parks this summer! They are now in full swing!

Find  ongoing free outdoor Shakespeare performances here: and here:

July 1-4 is the 75th Anniversary St. Paul Rodeo

It’s also the 87th year for the Molalla Buckeroo, which will take place July 2-4. More here:

Underwater Adventure, Dragon Theater Puppets, Thursday, July 1, at 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove, OR, and Saturday, July 17th, 4:00pm, Gregory Heights Library, Portland, and July 21, 11AM, at the Radio Disney Summer Camp at Bridgeport Village, Tigard, Or, and July 21 at 4PM at Kenton Library, Pdx, July 22, 11 AM and 12:30 PM, Sandy City Library.  The puppets actually perform underwater!  What could be groovier?

Bob Eaton, Magician, Thursday, July 1, 9:30AM  at Gladstone Public Library, and Wednesday, July 21, 11:30am at Oregon City Public Library.  Good, old-time magic!

Tryon Creek has expanded their awesome Kids In Nature program for the summer to include every Thursday from 10- 11:30 AM, as well as the usual third Sunday of the month.  The cost is $10 per child, suggested for ages 4-7. July 1- Crayfish, July 8- Bird Nests, July 15-  Hawks,  July 18- Creek Critters,  July 22- Plant Defenses, and July 29- Water Striders.  Preregistration required.

Tater A. Peal "Comical Catastrophes", Wilsonville Public Library, July 1, 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. ”Join in on the fun as Tater, a lovable young and imaginative prankster, astounds us with his juggling and clown skills.”

Slightly Illusional presents "Set Sail"  It's easy to see why Washington County Libraries booked this show for just about every branch.  They do magic shows that are all about magic things you can find in books, so it's totally on topic. Here's a list of performances:  Banks Public Library Community Room, Thursday, July 1, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Clackamas Corner Library Wed, July 7, 1:30pm  and 3:30, Thursday, July 8, 1:30PM at Oak Lodge Library, and at the Bethany Fountain, located on the corner of Bethany Boulevard and NW Central Drive, Monday, July 12, 2010, 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, and Beaverton Murray-Scholls Library, Monday, July 12, 2010, 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM (Space for the Beaverton Murray- Scholls performance is very limited, TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets will be given out at noon on the day of the performance. There is a limit of 4 tickets per adult. The event takes place outside, some of the seating is on the grass. You are welcome to bring a blanket, NO CHAIRS please.) and outside at the St. Pius X Community Center, 1280 NW Saltzman Road, Pdx, Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 AM, and at Beaverton City Library Meeting Rooms A & B. Wednesday, July 14, 12:30 PM and 2PM (Please note there is a limit of 300 at this show. The doors will open ten minutes prior to the start of the show. Please form a line in the lobby of the library.) and at Sherwood Public Library, Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM. and Tualatin Lake Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St,  Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 7:00 PM, and  at Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, Tuesday, July 27, 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM. and Garden Home Community Library, Wednesday, July 28, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and West Slope Community Library, Wednesday, July 28, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  “Set sail for a high-seas adventure in search of treasure! Join Captain Curt and friends as they explore the world of books, magic tricks, puppets, storytelling and music."

Richard Richey: The Reptile Man,  Friday, July 2,  11AM at Canby Public Library, July 8, Milwaukie Ledding Library, 2PM, and Sherwood Public Library,Tuesday,  and July 27, 2:00 PM, “Once again Richard returns with his vast number of reptiles to educate and amaze his audience. Richard has been a herpetologist for 28 years. Come join us and see tortoises, snakes, and even a chuckwalla!”  The Reptile Man will also be appearing with the Oregon Moble Zoo in a special double billing  in Wilsonville on July 29. “Summer Reading Celebration with Oregon Zoo's Petting Zoo 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and The Reptile Man 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., at Murase Plaza Park Amphitheater, 8300 SW Memorial Drive, Wilsonville.  “Bring your friends and a picnic lunch, and join us for summer fun with the Oregon Zoo as they bring creatures for kids to see and touch. Then The Reptile Man will delight and surprise with his astonishing menagerie of reptiles.”  Highly recommended.

Grupo Condor, “Somos la Música”, Monday, July 05, at Beaverton Murray-Scholls Library (Please Note: Space for the Beaverton Murry-Scholls performance is very limited, TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets will be given out at noon on the day of the performance. There is a limit of 4 tickets per adult. The event takes place outside, some of the seating is on the grass. You are welcome to bring a blanket, NO CHAIRS please.) Tuesday, July 6, at 12PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, Wednesday, July 7, 10AM at St. Pius X Community Center, 1280 Northwest Saltzman Road, PDX, and also on Wednesday, July 7, at 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton City Library Meeting Rooms A & B (Please note there is a limit of 300 at this show. The doors  will open at  ten minutes prior to each show. Please form a line in the lobby of the library.) Thursday, July 8, 11AM at Garden Home Community Library, Tuesday, July 13, 2PM at Sherwood Public Library, also Tuesday, July 13, 7PM at Tualatin Public Library, Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 AM at Hillsboro Main Library, Wednesday, July 14, 12:30PM at Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library, Wednesday, July 14, 3PM at Cornelius Public Library, Tuesday, July 20, &PM at Tigard Library, and Thursday, July 29, 2PM at Banks Public Library. “A high-energy musical performance of traditional Latin American sounds.  Grupo Condor's music represents all areas of Spanish-speaking America, breaking down cultural barriers and celebrating a rich musical heritage.”

Randy Veenker, Native American Flute player, Tuesday, July 6, at 2PM, at Hoodland Public Library in Welches, and Thursday, July 29th, at 11AM and 12:30PM at Sandy Public Library.

Steve’s Creature Feature, Monday, July 5, 2010   3:30-4:30 p.m. at Fairview-Columbia Library, Thursday, July 8, 2010   2-3 p.m. at North Portland Library, Saturday, July 10, 2010   1-2 p.m. at Sellwood-Moreland Library, three shows on July 13 at 2, 4, and 6 p.m at West Linn (Admittance to West Linn shows with TICKET only; tickets available starting July 6), Monday, July 19, 2010   4-5 p.m. at Midland Library, Wednesday, July 21, 2010   11 a.m.-12 p.m.  and 1-2 p.m. at Gresham Library,  Friday, July 23, 2010   11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockwood Library, and Wed, July 28, 1:30pm and 3:30 PM at Clackamas Corner Library, and 1:30 PM at Oak Lodge Library . Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve! This is an awesome show. 

Underwater Adventure Art, Tuesday, July 6, 2010   2:30-4:30 p.m.  at the Sellwood-Moreland Library, and  Friday, July 23, 2010   10 a.m.-12 p.m at the Central Library. “Have you always wondered what it would be like to journey to the kingdom beneath the sea—befriend colorful fish or discover sunken treasure? Artist Lisa Kagan will show you how to combine drawing and photographic collage to create images exploring those underwater places you have always dreamed of visiting. Ideal for children ages 5 and up.”

Bubble Painting, Tuesday, July 6, 2010   2:30-4 p.m. at Woodstock Library (registration required for this library only, , Wednesday, July 7, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Hollywood Library (Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.) Tuesday, July 13, 2–3:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, Wednesday, July 14, 4–5 p.m. at Kenton Library,  Monday, July 26, 2:30–4 p.m. at Troutdale Library, and Thursday, July 29, 3–4:30 p.m. at Fairview-Columbia 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 children 4–8 years.”  This is like a kid’s open watercolor studio, and it’s quite fun. 

Presto the Magician,  Tuesday, July 6,  in two shows at 2 and 4PM at West Linn Library,  Wednesday, July 14 at 3PM at Lake Oswego Library, and Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 11:00 AM at Garden Home Community Library, “Join Presto the Magician in making a splash at your library during this water-filled comedy magic show!  Explore the magical world of water as Presto helps you discover how to make the most of your library!  Bring the whole family for an hour of laughter, learning, and, of course, amazing magic!”  Presto has a great rapport with kids and his show is lots of fun.

Bubblemania! Garden Home Community Library, Tuesday, July 6, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. “Make bubble wands, blow bubbles, and paint with colored bubbles. All Ages.”

Curtis Carlyle Seriously Funny Juggling, Sherwood Public Library,Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 2:00 PM, and Tigard Public Library - Community Room Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 7:00 PM, and Hillsboro Main Library,Wednesday, July 07 10:30 AM, and Cornelius Public Library, Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and at Forest Grove City Library,Thursday, July 15, 11:00 AM (the Forest Grove Library will only give free tickets to children in grades 1-6, beginning at 10:45) and at Banks Public Library Community Room, Thursday, July 15, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  and at Beaverton Murray-Scholls, Monday, July 19, 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM  (Please Note: Space for the Beaverton Murry-Scholls performance is very limited, TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets will be given out at noon on the day of the performance. There is a limit of 4 tickets per adult. The event takes place outside, some of the seating is on the grass. You are welcome to bring a blanket, NO CHAIRS please.) and  at Beaverton City Library Meeting Rooms A & B, Wednesday, July 21, 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM and 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM. (Please note there is a limit of 300 at this show. The doors for each show will open 10 minutes before the start of the show. Please form a line in the lobby of the library.) and  at Bethany Fountain, located on the corner of Bethany Boulevard and NW Central Drive, Thursday, July 22, 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, and at Molalla  Public Library Gym, Wednesday, July 28, 10:30am.  “Fusing world class juggling skills, side-splitting comedy, and audience  participation, Curt Carlyle offers a stunning performance that is perfect for the entire family.”

Geoff Frasier, Tualatin Lake Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St, Tuesday, July 06, 2010 7:00 PM. “All ages. Bagpipes, folktales, history, and Gaelic songs from Scotland, all woven into a single tartan, with some Irish flute and whistle tunes thrown in for good measure.  Geoff Frasier earned his National Certificate in Scottish Gaelic Language and Music while studying in the Gaelic-speaking Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.”

Every Wednesday in July,  from 5-7PM, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting “Music on Main Street”, which are free concerts.   My pick is Jujuba, on Wednesday, July 21, 5-7PM.  “Jujuba, featuring Nojeem Lasisi , delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the eleven-piece revolves around its energetic cohesion between percussion, rhythm and horn sections. Renowned for their ability to engage a wide variety of audiences, the band draws a dance floor full of smiling faces at every event. Music on Main Street is a free event and tickets are not needed.”  Performances are in the Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway.

Brave Frogs and Bashful Dragons, Wednesday, July 7, 3PM at Hillsdale Library (free tickets available at 2:30PM), Wednesday, July 14,  11AM at Hollywood Library (free tickets available at 10:30) and Wednesday, July 21, at 3PM at Northwest Library.  “Storyteller Anne Rutherford will share tales of unlikely heroes. Howl, croak and cackle along as Anne brings to life characters from folktales around the world and from within the imagination. Recommended for ages 5—12.”

Make a Splash With Bend Magic’s Bill Mitchell, Wednesday, July 7, 2010   10:30-11:15 a.m.  at the Central Library. “Exciting, engaging, fast-paced and interactive, this show is the perfect blend of comedy, magic and, of course, books. Stories and characters are woven into an interactive magic show designed for children of all ages. Space at this program is limited. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.”

Border Collies International, Wednesday, July 7, 2010   4-5 p.m, at Kenton Library, Thursday, July 22, 2010   3-4 p.m. at North Portland Library, and Tuesday, July 27, 7:00 PM. at Tualatin Lake Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St, “All ages. Greg and his amazing troupe of trained Border Collies perform stunts and sports tricks in this engaging and educational program. Dog lovers of all shapes and sizes will enjoy this high-energy performance.”

The Fish That Swallowed The Sun, Wednesday, July 7, at 3:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, Saturday, July 17, 11AM at Albina Library, and in two shows on Tuesday, July 27 at Woodstock Library, at 2 PM and 3:30PM (Free tickets for the Woodstock Library shows will be given out a half hour before each show). “An undersea story of a boy who tells a big lie by Celeste Rose Puppets.”  Ms. Rose makes her groovy puppets herself on her sewing machine.

Fun with Bubbles! Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains, OR, Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. “Kids will learn all about bubbles, make giant bubbles and take home their very own bubble solution! Recommended for 1st -5th grades.”

Sussefusse, Wednesday, July 7, 10:30AM at Molalla Public Library, in the gym behind the library.  You may bring a chair or blanket to sit on.  “Sussefusse International Folk Dance Troupe is directed by Heidi Vorst and located in Portland, Oregon. Sussefusse performs an enchanting range of folk dances from around the world. Children in the dance troupe range in age from 8 to 16 and perform in traditional costumes from many nationalities.”  This may be of special interest if your child might like to join!
Thursday, July 8- Sunday July 11 is the Marion County Fair, being held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.  Sunday the 11th is Kid’s Day, featuring special activities for kids.  More here:

ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters), July 8, 10am – 11am, Gladstone Public Library. “Teen volunteers with the Oregon Zoo will bring creatures and small animals for the children to enjoy. The ZAP kids learn all about their charges so they can answer our questions. Because of the travel time, this program begins at 10:00 to allow them time to get here.”

Pink Pig Puppet Theatre, Banks Public Library Community Room, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Gladstone Public Library, Thursday, July 15, 9:30am – 10:30am, and  Canby Public Library,Thursday, July 29, 6:30pm.  “3 Frogs, 1 Troll and the Big Splash. Presented by the Pink Pig Puppet Theatre. Three frogs want to find a new pond, but they'll have to trick their way past a grumpy troll first.”
Lions in the Library, Central Library, US Bank Room, Friday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. "Disney's The Lion King cast members, along with the Portland-based flute quartet Flöte and members of Classical Revolution PDX, will present I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe and Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide. Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, July 9- Monday, July 12 the American Crown Circus will be at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. “Bring the family and enjoy the fantastic acts and astounding stunts comprised of acrobats, juggling acts, airborne stunts and clowns. This is fun, fun, fun entertainment for the entire family.”   I’m expecting that the Washington County Fairgrounds will update their website with ticket information soon here: More info on the circus here:

Fish Prints, Fri, July 9, 11am – 12pm at Canby Public Library.  “Learn about the Japanese art of gyotaku and create your own fish print.”

Paper Marbling, Saturday, July 10, 11AM- 1PM, North Portland Library, Saturday, July 10, 2010   2-4 p.m., at Albina Library, and Sunday, July 18, 2010   1-4 p.m. at the Central Library, US Bank Room. “Join us for some papercrafting fun this summer — and learn a little bit of history, too! Decorated papers were used in colonial America for the endsheets and fly leaves of books. They were either marbled or were paste papers. We will make marbled papers, floating watercolor pigments on the surface of water and,laying a piece of paper on top of that, transferring the pattern to the paper. Each participant will be able to make a maximum or three marbled papers to take away. Instructor Colleen Cavin is a fifth generation Oregonian. She studied calligraphy and book binding in Portland and then armed with a BA in art history and a Fulbright scholarship, she went to England to hone those skills. In 2003 she was elected a Fellow into the prestigious London–based Society of Scribes and Illuminators. She teaches calligraphy and book binding (and their respective histories) in the Portland area.”

Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery guided walking tour, Saturday, Jul 10,10:00 am - 12:00 am.” Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Southeast Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conduct monthly tours, highlightintg Portland's founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel and 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. Advance registration not required. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement. Tours also available at other times by arrangement. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers' monument. The cemetery entrance has moved to Southeast 26th Avenue between Stark and Morrison streets. Bus riders, use Line 15. Suggested donation of $10 requested; all proceeds go to headstone restoration and educational programs“

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Painted Turtle Walk, Saturday, July 10, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. “Oregon's turtles are rare, shy and hard to find. Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in the Northwest. With Metro naturalist James Davis, spot these beautiful reptiles using small telescopes. Learn about the natural history of painted turtles and why they are so rare. Suitable for all ages. Free. Advance registration required; call 503-797-1650 option 2.”

Brick Buddies, Beaverton City Library Storytime Room, Saturday, July 10, 2010, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  “Come and make a monthly connection as we create, build and challenge with all things LEGO. 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 begins three weeks before each session.” Recommended for grade one through grade five.

Turtle Story Time with The Turtle Lady, Hillsboro Main Library, Saturday, July 10, 2010, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  “Hear the story "Box Turtle at Long Pond" and meet The Turtle Lady, Rosemary Lombard, and her turtles.”

July 10- 11 is the Hood River County Fruit Loop Cherry Festival. “Our cherry celebration is an adventure with activities for the entire family. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other cherry treats. Many farms feature picnic areas. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for Cherry Days. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking,too.” Three farms on the Fruit Loop are listed as pick-your-own cherry farms. More here:

The Sandy Mountain Festival will be held at Meinig Memorial Park in Sandy, OR on Saturday, July 10 & 11.  Dragon Theater Puppets will be performing there, Saturday 12:30 PM "The Journey Of George The Garden Gnome" and Sunday July 11 12:30 PM "The Reluctant Dragon" “Sandy, Oregon is located at the base of Mt. Hood about 30 miles east of Portland. Head east to Mt. Hood on US HWY 26 and you will drive directly through Sandy. Meinig Memorial Park is located directly behind City Hall just past the third stop light in town on the right hand side of the street.”

Bluegrass at the Library-Rose City Bluegrass Band, Beaverton City Library-Auditorium, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM.  “The Rose City Bluegrass Band has been playing in Oregon and Washington for about 10 years, entertaining with hard driving bluegrass music, folk harmonies, and Americana.  The band features banjo, mandolin, bass, guitar, and enthusiastic and talented singers.”
Komedy 4 Da Kids, Sunday, July 11, 2010   3-4 p.m. at Holgate Library, and Wednesday, July 21, 2010   3-3:45 p.m. at Hillsdale Library.  “Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents: King Midas, Beaverton City Library-Auditorium, “Join us for live theater at the library!  Beaverton Civic Theatre presents "King Midas" on the following dates:  July 12th at 7PM, 17th at 11AM, 19th at 7PM, 24th at 11 AM (in Spanish), and 25th at 2PM.  They will also be presenting “Murder On The Orient Express” on July 15 at 7PM, July 17 at 2PM, July 22 at 7PM, and July 24th at 2PM.  These performances are free and open to the public.  No registration is required but please note that seating is limited.
Please call 503-644-2197 for more information.” 

Mad Science Presents "What Do You Know About H2O?" Beaverton City Library Meeting Rooms A & B, Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. and at Holgate Library, Tuesday, July 27, 2PM, and at  North Portland Library on Thursday, July 15, 2PM.  Did you know that of the vast amount of water on our planet, only 1% is fresh and drinkable? Did you know that a silent toilet leak can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month? Come and shake it up with the Mad Scientist as you learn all about the amazing attributes of water while focusing on the importance of conserving this precious resource!”

Family Nature Camp- Bats, at Tryon Creek State Park, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 06:30pm - 08:30pm Explore the park to find our resident bats, join a sing-along, and create a Dutch oven dessert. All ages with adults. Cost: $10/child (non-member).  Pre-registration required.

Oxbow Adventures: Forest games, Tuesday, Jul 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. “Start the summer with a laugh in an exciting day of nature games. Search for hidden objects on an 'un-nature trail,' build a mini nature park and play blindfold games in the shaded woods. This program is one of five nature programs on Tuesdays led by a Metro naturalist at Oxbow Regional Park. Meet at the Alder Shelter (group picnic area A); arrive at the park entrance by 10:15 a.m. to get to the area on time. $2 per participating child, payable at time of program for families (no charge for adults and infant siblings). For childcare centers and other organized groups, payment is required in advance. $5 park entry fee per car, or $7 per bus or 15-passenger vehicle. Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Advance registration required; call 503-797-1650 option 2. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement.”

Hart’s Reptile World, Tuesday, July 13, 2PM at Hoodland Library in Welches, OR, and Thursday, July 15, in two shows at 11AM and 12:30 PM at the Sandy Public Library.  Hart’s is the oldest reptile rescue in Oregon and they have lots of cool critters!

Underwater Creatures in Origami, Tuesday, July 13, 2010   2-4 p.m. at Northwest Library, Saturday, July 17, 2010   2-3 p.m. at Gregory Heights Library, Wednesday, July 21, 2010   3-4 p.m at Troutdale Library, Thursday, July 22, 2010   3-4 p.m. at Fairview-Columbia Library, and Tuesday, July 27, 2010   4-5 p.m. at Midland 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.”

Ronnie Robbins Presents “Fun With Brazilian Music and Rhythm”, Wednesday, July 14, at 11:30AM, Oregon City Library. “Music’s always been my passion,” states Ronnie Robbins, who’s been a singer and guitar player for 35 years.  After being “bitten by the Brazilian bug,” he was inspired to compose samba and bossa nova songs.  He writes in Portuguese and his own language, which he calls “Portu-tease,” a scat-like concoction of made-up words and percussive sounds.  Robins released a debut CD, Bossamba, and he’s performed in a wide variety of festivals and on public media.  He’s also a music teacher.  Robbins’ children’s shows are guaranteed to get kids swinging and swaying, and they’ll also learn a thing or two about Brazilian instruments.

July 14- 18 is the Columbia County Fair, at the Columbia County Event Complex, 58892 Saulser Rd, St Helens, OR. It sounds like a hoot!  Tickets are quite reasonable prices and you can see rodeos, a stock car race, and all the farm animals, produce, and baked goods contests a county fair should have.  Dragon Theatre Puppets will be there: Thursday, July 15th at 1:30pm: Home Grown Heroes, 4pm The Reluctant Dragon, and 6pm The Pirate And His Pet. Puppet Making Workshop (11am- 7:30pm) and tether balloon all day! Friday, July 16th at 12pm The Pirate And His Pet, 3pm Home Grown Heroes, and 7:30pm The Reluctant Dragon. Puppet Making Workshop ( 11am- 8:30pm )and tether balloon all day!Saturday, July 17th at 2:30pm The Reluctant Dragon, 5:30pm, The Pirate And His Pet and 7:30pm Home Grown Heroes. Puppet Making Workshop (11am- 8:30pm) and tether balloon all day!

The Umptidoodle Man Makes A Splash, Wednesday July 14 in two shows:  at the Central Library downtown at 10:30AM  (free tickets available beginning at 10AM) and at 3PM at Hillsdale Library (free tickets available beginning at 2:30 PM). “Dive into the imaginative world of master storyteller/writer, singer/songwriter Courtney Campbell for a fun, sing and laugh out loud, interactive program of songs and stories of the sea and beyond. Hear about the Umptidoodle Man who lives in garbage can on a sand dune above the sea with his little dog named Whee! Find out what happens when a Digglebot Giggles or Courtney forgets to turn off the bathwater! Please come and enjoy.”

Jugglemania, Wednesday, July 14 at Gresham Library in two shows, 11AM and 1PM, and Thursday, July 15, 2PM at Scott Park next to Ledding Library, Milwaukie.  “Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics.”

Charlie Brown Comedy Juggling Show, Wednesday, July 14, at 1:30 and 3:30 PM, Clackamas Corner Library and Thursday at 1:30 p.m, Oak Lodge Library.

Slightly Illusional presents, "Go Wild" at the Wilsonville Library on July 15 in 3 different shows, “Go Wild!”  10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. “Through magic, puppetry, and storytelling, Curt and his madcap group of furry and feathered friends will take you on a trip using the Scientific Process to discover the world around us.”

Stream Sleuths, Friday, July 16, 11AM at Canby Public Library. “Join Alison Heimowitz from the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center for some hands-on exploration of macro-invertabrates

Star Party, Saturday, July 17, the Rose City Astronomers will be having a "Star Party" at Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart State Parks beginning at 9:30PM, because the earth’s moon will be in a perfect position for viewing. “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.” Maybe we will finally have clear skies???

Lake Oswego is having a Centennial Festival Celebration on Saturday, July 17. Let’s get this party started! Lake Oswego’s Centennial Festival is happening Saturday, July 17, at historic Luscher Farm and Hazelia Field.  The Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will wrap up with special outdoor screening of “THE BLIND SIDE” starting at 9:30 p.m.  NOTE:  Centennial Shuttles will be running all day long from numerous Lake Oswego locations as there will be absolutely no parking available at Luscher Farm. Parking is available at Lakeridge High School and shuttles available. You’ll find musical entertainment all day long at the CENTENNIAL MAIN STAGE!  The music line-up offers our own “LO-Palooza” with the best in jazz, R&B, country, bluegrass, reggae and more! Explore three unique pavilions which will illuminate different aspects of Lake Oswego’s life--past, present and future. Feed your competitive nature with high stakes recreation and low impact games like unique inflatables;  dunk tank; soccer, Lacrosse, golf, Tiny Tot Tennis; Zumba classes; Tai Chi demonstrations and much more.

Lego-Rama! Cedar Mill Community Library, Monday, July 19, 2010, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. “Join us for fun and Legos!  Participants will compete in building challenges and create individual and group projects.  The library will provide all the Legos. Registration is required and begins Thursday, July 1. Participants are asked to register for only one program. Programs at the Cedar Mill Community Library will be held: Monday, July 19: 1:00 to 2:30 pm for kids ages 6 to 8, Monday, July 19: 3:00 to 4:30 pm for kids ages 9 to 11, Monday, August 9: 1:00 to 2:30 pm for kids ages 6 to 8, Monday, August 9: 3:00 to 4:30 pm for kids ages 6 to 8.  To register: please stop by the Cedar Mill Youth Services Reference Desk or call (503) 644-0043 ext 112. Held upstairs in the Meeting Room.”

What is a Watershed? Hillsboro Main Library, Monday, July 19, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. “Let's make a splash with this fun program! Learn about your watershed address, why watersheds are important and how to help keep our water clean and healthy. Registration is required. 503-615-6500” Suggested for grades 1 through 3.

Il Teatro Calamari Puppet Show “3 Little Pigs”, Tuesday, July 20 in two shows at 2PM and 4PM at the West Linn Library, Wed, July 21, 10:30am at Molalla Public Library Gym, also on Wednesday the 21st at 3PM at Lake Oswego Library, and Friday, July 23, 11am at Canby Public Library,  “What the Pig Mafia doesn't want you to know.  Oceans of fun, with lots of audience participation.”

Oxbow Adventures: Super birds, Tuesday, Jul 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.  “Spend the day soaring with big birds like osprey and turkey vultures. Find out all about the 'fish hawks' and 'buzzards' that surf the sky, making M and V shapes with their wings as they fly. Cross the desert and search for food in an osprey game and visit a real osprey nest. This program is one of five nature programs on Tuesdays led by a Metro naturalist at Oxbow Regional Park. Meet at the Alder Shelter (group picnic area A); arrive at the park entrance by 10:15 a.m. to get to the area on time. $2 per participating child, payable at time of program for families (no charge for adults and infant siblings). For childcare centers and other organized groups, payment is required in advance. $5 park entry fee per car, or $7 per bus or 15-passenger vehicle. Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Advance registration required; call 503-797-1650 option 2. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement.”

Sand Castles!, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, OR, Wednesday, July 21, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. “Kids will get to make and take home their own mini sandcastles! Recommended for 1st-5th grades.”

Knights and Swordplay, Wednesday, July 21st, 6pm at Vernonia Public Library, Thursday, July 22nd, 2pm at Ledding Library of Milwaukie,  and Saturday, July 24, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM  at Tigard Public Library-Community Room. “Knights of Veritas specialize in interactive educational demonstrations of medieval arms, armor, combat, knighthood and chivalry. Knights of Veritas introduce the Code of Chivalry to a modern audience and pits myth against fact with thrilling demonstrations of historical combat technique!  Their authentically weighted and detailed steel swords and armor provide an eye-opening experience. “  These guys were at the WHO convention.  More about them here:

Innisfree, Wednesday, July 21, 6PM, at Albina Library.  “Join Brenda Scearcy and Jim Loewenherz for an entertaining program of traditional Irish music. Learn about the instruments and history of Irish music.”

The Music Man Junior, Theatre In The Grove, 2028 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR.  Tickets are $3.  Kids provide most of the talent, both on stage and off, to bring these summer family plays to life. SHOWTIMES: Friday, July 23, 7-8:15 PM, Friday, July 30, 7-8:15 PM, Saturday, July 24, 7-8:15 PM Saturday, July 31, 7-8:15 PM, Sunday, July 25, 2:30-3:45 PM Sunday, August 1, 2:30-3:45 PM, Wednesday, July 28, 7-8:15 PM Wednesday, August 4, 2:30-3:45 PM. “The Music Man is an American musical classic, following fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill and his visit to River City, Iowa where he meets and falls in love with the willful, spinster librarian, Marian Paroo. Songs include: Ya Got Trouble; Goodnight My Someone; Seventy-Six Trombones; Pick-A-Little; Wells Fargo Wagon; Shipoopi; Gary Indiana; Until There Was You; and more!”

Saturday, July 24 is the grand opening celebration of Troutdale's new library!   (The library will open to the public on July 12.)  Check out the family-friendly festivities here:
Great Oregon Steam UpJuly 24th and 25th,  and July 31 and August 1st 2010, Antique Powerland, Brooks, OR. “Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon work. Hear about innovators and manufactures of the past. Machines include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. he Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. A parade takes place each day at 1:30PM and includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates twice a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Scheduled activities: Machinery demos, sawmilling, flour milling, fire apparatus demos, harvesting, kids pedal tractor pulling, traditional tractor pulling, and a Big Parade! Other Attractions: Blacksmithing, a country store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, children's passport program, swap meet and flea market sales, country music, and great food! Church services held Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. - Close at 6:00 p.m. Admission: $10 (Children 12 and under free) Seniors (age 65 and over) $8.”  This is truly terrific!  If you have any interest in things like history or gadgets, you shouldn’t miss this.  Plan to grab some lunch or shaved ice and find a seat in the shade to watch the parade, a wonderful show of strange old vehicles that actually still run!
Printmaking- Paper Crafts for All Ages With Colleen Cavin, Sunday, July 25, 1-4PM at the Central Library, US Bank Room.  “Join us for some papercrafting fun this summer- and learn a little bit of history, too!  Everything was manually printed on presses in colonial America…books, daily papers, broadsides and “bills”, even “wanted” posters.  The purpose of printing was to make multiple copies.  In this workshop, we will draw into art foam to make our printing plates from which to pull our prints.  Each person will take away a number of prints made from their one printing plate.”

Sacred Tibetan Art:  The Sand Mandala Project at the Central Library from July 26-August 14.  “Creating a Picture of Universal Compassion. Be a part of the mystical experience of the creation of a Tibetan Sand Mandala, a project from the Drepung Loseling monks from South India. Watch as they construct an intricate blueprint in brightly colored sand, invoking the Buddha of Compassion. The monks will be working in the third floor Collins Gallery of Central Library from July 26 to July 31, 2010, and the exhibition will remain on display until August 14. All ages are welcome to join and to observe, ask questions, meditate, or share this experience with family and friends. Opening Ceremony, Monday, July 26, noon–1 p.m. The monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery begin work on their sand mandala with a consecration ceremony of music and multiphonic chanting. Public Talk, Wednesday, August 4, 6:30–7:30 p.m. What is a Sand Mandala? Learn about the purpose, history and philosophy behind this sacred Tibetan art. Closing Ceremony, Saturday, August 14, 3–4 p.m. The sand mandala is blessed by the monks, and then destroyed as the sands are swept to the center. Some sand will be available to audience members. Music, chanting and prayer will accompany the destruction. The remaining sand will be carried in a procession to the Willamette River.”

Traditional Uses of Native Plants, Monday, July 26, 2010, 6:00pm at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, Riparian Room. “Greg Archuleta, tribal member and manager of the Portland Office of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, will discuss and demonstrate the uses of a variety of native plants that were important to the AtfÁlat’i Kalapuya and other Willamette Valley groups. Many of these plants can still be found on the Tualatin River NWR.
Rick Meyers’ Old Time Music Show, Tuesday, July 27, 2pm, Hoodland Library, Welches, OR. This show is amazing!
Create A Rain Stick, Tuesday, July 27, 2010   2-3:30 p.m., Northwest Library. “Learn about the lore of the rain stick in Africa and other cultures. Then create and decorate your own! After preparing your cardboard tube, you will experiment adding different kinds of grains to make a variety of rain sounds. Then seal and decorate the outside to make it uniquely yours. All ages welcome: no special skills required. Taught by author and artist Addie Boswell.”

Oxbow Adventures: River bugs and volcano rocks, Tuesday, July 27,10:30 am - 12:00 pm.  “Discover the many creatures that live in and near the Sandy River by catching and releasing water bugs, crayfish and more. Build a sand volcano and search the riverbanks for Oxbow's ancient 'out-of-town rocks.' Nets and magnifying glasses are provided for close-up views. This program is one of five nature programs on Tuesdays led by a Metro naturalist at Oxbow Regional Park. Meet at the Alder Shelter (group picnic area A); arrive at the park entrance by 10:15 a.m. to get to the area on time. $2 per participating child, payable at time of program for families (no charge for adults and infant siblings). For childcare centers and other organized groups, payment is required in advance. $5 park entry fee per car, or $7 per bus or 15-passenger vehicle. Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Advance registration required; call 503-797-1650 option 2. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement.”

July 28-31 is the Hood River County Fair!

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show, Wednesday, July 28, at 3PM, Lake Oswego Public Library. “Heather Pearl presents a clown show filled with physical comedy, juggling, magic,dance, and word play.  Pearl has performed with Clown Conspiracy, Women Women Wlaking Tall, Make*A*Circus, the SF Women’s Circus, the Prescott Clowns, Do Jump!, and more recently, Clowns Without Borders and Nomadic Theatre Co.  Pearl is “forever grateful” for making an acquaintance with the “red nose” of clowning and all the joy it brings her and her audiences.”

Deepsy Diver, A New Show By The Mudeye Puppet Company, Thursday, July 29, 2010   11a.m. at St. John’s Library, and  at 2PM at Hollywood Library. “The Mudeye Puppet Company presents an all new show for 2010 featuring the adventures of underwater heroine, Deepsy Diver. Join Deepsy and a colorful cast of aquatic characters as she journeys from the darkest depths of the oceans to the wondrous Willamette river. Interactive games and music abound in this educational tale of how we can protect and preserve our local watershed. Stick around after the show to meet Deepsy, Wesley Water Strider and many other marine puppets, all of which are made entirely out of recycled materials.”

July 29- August 1 is the Washington County Fair, at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro.  There will be a truck and tractor pull, a demolition derby, monster trucks, a draft horse show, Brad’s World Reptiles, and lots more.  Admission is free.  Parking is $5 for cars, but don’t forget that the Max has a stop right at the fairgrounds.

Birds of Prey, Friday, July 30, 11am – 12pm, Canby Public Library.  “Live birds of prey from the Oregon Raptor Center of Mill City, Oregon.”

Sustainability Day, Tryon Creek State Park, Saturday, July 31, 2010, 10:00am -2:00pm. Join Portland State University students and Friends of Tryon Creek to learn simple ways you and your family can all reduce your carbon footprint.  Walk through the park and visit stations along the trails designed to give you ideas on how to eat seasonally and locally and find creative ways to reuse and recycle more efficiently. You will be making items you can take home with you to help you reduce your own carbon footprint. Fun, free hands-on activities for the entire family.

Happy Birthday America! Events Listing

Here is a list I've complied of local festivities for the holiday, which includes festivals and fireworks happening throughout the weekend, and a laser show for those of you with small children who don’t like ridiculously loud noises they haven’t made themselves.

“If you are looking for fireworks displays this coming week, The Oregonian will provide them in print and online at Look down the left side, and under Oregon Events is a link for Firework displays. The list will update as we add more events in the days leading up to July 4.”  I find their listings a bit difficult to use, and I’m positive there are quite a few they are missing.  Last year they created an interactive map of Oregon fireworks displays, but didn’t update it this year.  It’s at so you could use it to find previous shows, and use your search engine to see if you can find information on this year’s show online.

July 1-4 is the 75th Anniversary St. Paul Rodeo

It’s also the 87th year for the Molalla Buckeroo, which will take place July 2-4. More here:

You may have heard that Vancouver  is having fireworks again this year, but there are some big changes.  Instead of firing them from a river barge, they will be fired from Ft. Vancouver Park, and admission will be charged.  Having a strategy in place to deal with the inevitable traffic issues is a good idea.  More here:

The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland will take place July 2-5 with fireworks on the 4th.  Complete details are here:

Downtown Hillsboro will have an Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 3, beginning at 10AM, which is a big favorite with kids.  More info here:

Silverton Day Concert and Fireworks, Saturday, July 3, 9AM-11PM, at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Admission is free for members and Silverton residents, and everyone after 6PM. “Bring your family and enjoy food and treats while you get ready for the extravagant fireworks display at 10pm. Seating is available throughout The Garden but come early to pick your favorite spot.”

July Fourth at Skamania County, Rock Creek Park, 720 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA 98648, “Live music at Rock Creek Park followed by fireworks in the evening. Free.” 

General Canby Day is a family oriented community celebration that takes place in Downtown Canby on the Fourth of July. There are 70 plus food and craft booths that surround Wait Park. The day begins at 7:30 with a pancake breakfast.

At 10:00 the King and Queen officially start the festivities. There is a car show, art show, demonstrations, parade, Teen Street, Pioneer Village, free on going live music, book sale and of course the spectacular fireworks display at 10:00 pm at Trost School.
There is no admission charge and parking is free but limited.  Plan to join us for a full day of food, fun and entertainment. Come early and stay late. You are sure to find something to tickle your fancy at General Canby Days in Canby, Oregon.

July 4, Corbett Family Fun Festival.This year don’t drive so far for your 4th of July! Get in your car and take a short, easy cruise from Gresham, Sandy or Portland to take in a REALLY BIG Celebration in a REALLY SMALL Town. Join us in our hometown for the whole day where there is something for everyone. Start your day with listening to the rumble of the hot rods in the five and a half mile long parade full of old fashioned candy tossing, a mole judging contest, and play all day in the Fun Zone. Then…stay into the evening to enjoy dinner, add the great music of The Kooltones & Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts with a refreshing drink in hand with a Mt. Hood view.  Top it all off with a breathtaking fireworks display watched with excitement and anticipation.”

Red White and Blue Riverfront Festival. Corvallis, July 3rd 5-10:30 pm - July 4th 11:00 am-10:30 pm. “Come celebrate the nation's birthday on July 3rd and 4th on the Downtown banks of the beautiful Willamette River! Bring your family and friends and enjoy this FREE fun-filled, family Festival featuring live music throughout, a delightful array of food vendors, colorful crafts booths, children's activities, and Oregon wines and microbrews. Enjoy a Star Spangled Independence Day at Red White & Blue Riverfront July 3th, 5pm-10:30 pm and July 4th, 11 am-10:30 pm. The Festival features entertainment and activities for the whole family, from your youngest tykes to your greatest of grandparents, they will all revel in the fun at Red White and Blue Riverfront Festival!”

Sandy Fireworks Show, July 4, Sandy High School, 17100 S.E. Bluff Road, Sandy, Or.  “Grab a blanket and head to the football field July Fourth for the annual fireworks show, scheduled to start at dusk.”  

From the City of Vernonia, OR calendar for July 4:  "Concert 4 pm - 9 pm - School Grounds, Parade 3:00 pm,  Independence Day Fireworks - Dusk - School Grounds"   The school is at 299 Bridge Street, but, honestly, you can't miss it. Vernonia is a hop, skip, and jump from Stub Stewart State Park, if you'd rather spend your day hiking.
 Star Spangled Celebration, Lake Oswego:  “From morning to night on the 4th of July, Lake Oswego will be a place for good fun, good food, good music and even good works. From pancakes at 7 a.m. to fireworks at 9:45 p.m., the public should be prepared to come early and stay late. Just a few highlights include the Star Spangled Parade, the Star Spangled Celebration in Millennium Plaza Park, spectacular water events sponsored by the Lake Oswego Corp., and the fireworks show at Lake Grove Swim Park.  But there is so much more:  The Lake Oswego Lions Club will be offering some great food. From 7 a.m. to noon the 59th annual pancake breakfast will be held in George Rogers Park. The menu will include all the pancakes you can eat, plus sausage, orange juice and coffee or milk. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Accompanying all the food will be patriotic music, flags and hats, plus a special guest. Another highlight will be the display by puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence.  Later on, the Lake Grove Lions will hold their 42nd annual July 4th Barbecue in Millennium Plaza Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water will be provided. It will be a time of reunion for participants in the July 4th Parade. Those attending will include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and adult leaders from Pack 129, Pack 414 and Troop 146.  The annual Star Spangled Parade will roll down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park, starting at 11:30 a.m. The family-friendly parade will welcome decorated bikes, wagons, strollers and pets. Face painting will be available at the parade staging area at the Christ Church Episcopal parking lot at 10th and Chandler. Honoring veterans will be a big part of the patriotic parade. Veterans are welcome to walk or ride in the parade. People are urged to show their pride by wearing their colors or uniforms.  The Star Spangled Celebration, highlighted by outstanding musical performers, will be held in Millennium Plaza Park from noon to 5 p.m. It will include: 12:15 p.m. — Live Wire, on the lower plaza on the barge; 12:45 p.m. – Presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop No. 221, Wayne Richards & Southern Nights; 2 p.m. – Sally Harmon & Frank Gruner; 3 p.m. – the Millennium Concert Band.  The Star Spangled Fireworks Show is planned at 9:45 p.m., sponsored by the Lake Oswego Police Department, will be the always spectacular fireworks show at Lake Grove Swim Park on Lakeview Boulevard near South Shore Boulevard in Lake Oswego. Star Spangled Water Sports Event, sponsored by Lake Oswego Corp., will be held over July 4 and 5. On July 4, the Chuck Schaefer Boat Parade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturday, July 5, the Water Ski Slalom Course Competition will be held at Lakewood Bay, with a view from Millennium Plaza Park and Headlee Walkway. From 1 to 5 p.m. will be the Wakeboard Competition and Exhibition. A great two days on water will conclude with the Portland Water Ski Spectacular at 6 p.m.”

Fireworks from the Trolley is set for 9 p.m. Willamette Shore Trolley will go from Lake Oswego to view the fireworks at Oaks Park. Fares cost $15 in advance at the Lake Oswego Depot.”

Happy Valley July 4th Festival at Happy Valley Park
9:30 AM – HV Independence Hike Meet at the 145th Wetlands Parking Lot and join in as the HV Hikers take you on an easy hike to enjoy the wildlife and beautiful scenery through city trails and wetlands.
Noon - 1:15 PM – Windermere Family Float and Bicycle Parade Entry registration and staging at 145th and Ridgecrest Rd.            Decorate your bikes, wagons, carts, tractors and classic cars and join the parade to Happy Valley Park!
1:30 PM - Parade Awards and Festival Kick-Off Parade entry winners gather at the Pavilion to receive awards, prizes and ribbons. Welcome, All – let the fun begin!
All Day Festival Attractions for Everyone! Live Music! Carnival Games & Prizes! Vendor booths and displays! And a great variety of food vendors- pizza, burgers, Mexican specialties, smooth treats and more!
Dusk – Happy Valley Fireworks Show As dusk approaches, pick your favorite viewing spot and sit back to enjoy the big event! A brilliant and breath-taking display of dazzling fireworks will light up the skies to honor this day of American patriotism!

Fourth of July fireworks at Blue Lake
Celebrate Independence Day with music, fun and east county's largest fireworks display at Blue Lake Regional Park. Pack a picnic, load up your loved ones and get ready for a good time. Gates open at 8 a.m. Events include playtime for children in the water spray ground from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; music (The Stingrays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Aguamiel from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Linda Hornbuckle from 8 to 10 p.m.) and fireworks starting at 10 p.m. Activities are at the west end of the park. For groups of more than 25 people, call 503-665-4995 to reserve a site. Sunday, Jul 4
West Linn Concert in the Park at Willamette Park, 1100 12th St, in West Linn, July 4, 3PM-10:00 PM, with evening concerts also on July 3,5, and 6. "Go Forth and Celebrate with The United States Army Color Guard" is the theme of the annual event that includes live music, dancing and food, followed by a fireworks show at dusk.   3 to 5 p.m. – Big Mama Gayle and her Sugar Daddies. Broadway entertainment in a flamboyant cabaret style.  5:30 to 7 p.m. – Whiskey Flats Brass Band, marching band of 1800 era Americana in uniforms of the time. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Gale Gage/Fedora Hot Jazz, music from the great composers of the 50’s and 60’s.”
Estacada Fourth of July Big Bang Fireworks Sky Show and Fun Festival
July 1-4. Fireworks, a parade, a carnival with mechanical rides, live music, activities for all ages, raffles, prizes, craft and food vendors, and a beer garden will be featured July Fourth on and around 72 acres north of Estacada High School. Fireworks show 10 p.m., followed by dance concert until midnight.

Oaks Park-  Celebrate the 4th with a day of family fun and Portland's best fireworks display, at 9:55PM. Gate fees: 16- 61 $5.00, 62+ $3.00, 15 and younger $2.00. Gates open at 10am. All picnic spaces first come first serve.

Do you have a young child who is petrified of fireworks? Don’t miss out on the oooh and ahh of the holiday! Here’s a light show for you that won’t include heart stopping loud bangs. Sunday, July 4
, Celebrate Independence Day with a family-friendly outing to Maryhill Museum of Art. From 5–8 p.m. the museum will be open FREE.  Family Fun:
  Smokey Bear has announced he will drop by sometime between 5–7 p.m. to share summer fire safety tips with youngsters.

Kids' art-making activities from 5–8 p.m.

Fourth of July Picnic Dinner: 
5–8 p.m. purchase a festive hot dog and chips dinner from the Café Maryhill Tent or bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds.

 Live Music:
 Relax on the lawn to the sounds of the Gorge Winds Concert Band as they play Fourth of July classics from 6:00–7:15 p.m. and Christopher Kern of Island Breeze and his steel drums from 7:30–9:00 p.m. 

Light-tastic Laser Light Show:
 Near 10 p.m., prepare to be amazed by Lasersmith's Light-tastic Laser Light Show, a display of laser graphics projected right onto the museum building and set to a musical soundtrack the whole family will enjoy. This year, Lasersmith is bringing new graphics and optical effects, higher powered beams, and a 15,000 watt sound system! All day on July 4th, children under 17 receive FREE museum admission with one paid adult admission. From 5–8 p.m. the museum will be open FREE to all.

 Absolutely no fireworks will be allowed due to fire danger.

Monday, June 28, 2010


I took a cute guy on a date to see Harrod Blank's documentary about art cars, "Wild Wheels", about 18 years ago.  We had a great time!  Now Mr. Blank is back with another, "Automorphosis", and my cute date came with me again.  (He married me even though I kept dragging him to weird events!)   Mr. Blank is in town and attending all the screenings at the Clinton Street Theatre in SE,, 7 and 9PM, through Wednesday (Thursday the film will show but he says he simply must go see the Enchanted Forest while he's in Oregon.  Not a bad idea!)  Tickets are $6 adults, $5 students with ID, and $3 for kids 12 and under, cash only.  This film is not just an enthusiastic display of joyful, exuberant vehicles that will make everyone smile, it's also a philosophical look at rebelling against an increasingly homogeneous society.   Jasper loved it, and you would too!  Afterwards, Mr. Blank really seemed to enjoy answering every question, from the curious to the deeply philosophical!  You can learn more about this creative genius here:  Above, Jasper with the director's famous car, the Oh My God!, which has that phrase written in many languages on the hood.  

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Like Cacti

Jasper has decided he likes cacti.  On Randy Kaplan's new children's album,  "The Kids Are All Id", he has a song called "I Like Cacti", which he explains in his liner notes is one of three songs on the album inspired by Ezra Jack Keats picture books, in this case "Clementina's Cactus", a wordless book with gorgeous pictures.  Jasper loves the song and decided to devour everything he can find about cacti.  He's been making huge gardens of Lego cacti, and making books about the adventures of his favorite imaginary cats in the desert playing with cacti. We've checked out every book we could find in the library catalog on cacti (and every Ezra Jack Keats book too), watched movies on cacti and deserts, and even found another cactus song, "Don't Sit On A Cactus", by Joel Frankel, another favorite musician of ours.  We learned that only the New World has cacti, and why they are so amazing.  We went to a show of the Oregon Cactus and Succulent Society, bought a few cactuses and some African succulents, and talked to the vendors. Jasper was excited to ask them to tell him about their favorite cactus.  Since cacti tend to grow slowly, we picked out some that were starting to bud, so that we could watch them bloom.  We went to a Mexican grocery for cactus pads and prickly pear fruits, made sorbet from the fruits and saved some seeds to see if they will sprout.  Then I found which sells a really crazy number of cactus seeds.  I ordered a nice selection and we planted them together.  The seeds I ordered were around $2 for a packet of 25 seeds.  We ordered 6 different kinds, including a mixed packet so they would surprise us.   The largest seeds were almost the size of a poppy seed, and all had to be planted with tweezers.  After about a week we finally have sprouts!   The left ones are ball cactuses which will eventually have "yellow to purple" flowers (which I suppose could mean different things, so I guess we're in for a surprise) and the right ones are giant saguaros, which Jasper couldn't live without.  We are really enjoying watching them grow!