In October, we celebrate Halloween, the Day of the Dead, and Diwali, and haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes are in full swing. Check here for a list of local farms with special fall events: http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm This is also the time to go apple and pear picking. Another site with lots of local farms is http://www.tricountyfarm.org/.
“An Iliad”, a modern telling of Homer’s famous poem, is being performed by Portland Center Stage. http://www.pcs.org/iliad/ Not low cost, but I'm including it anyway in case it's perfect for your child's classical studies.
Take a walk through our newest exhibit, Exposicion Gabriel Figueroa
6:00 – 6:15 PM: Dance performance by Ballet Folklorico
6:30 PM: Remarks by OHS Executive Director George Vogt and Kimberly Howard, Trust Manager, from the Oregon Cultural Trust
6:45 PM: Cake is served!
7:00 – 7:15 PM: Dance performance by Ballet Folklorico
"Pop Up Now!”, An International Exhibition of Movable Artist Books, on now through October 30, with an artist’s reception during First Friday, October 1. 5-8PM. Regular Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Noon to 6:00 p.m. and they are always open late on First Thursday and First Friday. The gallery is located at 623 NE 23rd Avenue, just three doors north of Sandy Boulevard. “Pop-up books captivate and excite the child in all of us. They come to life as three-dimensional works of art hidden inside the pages of a book. Pop-Up Now! will feature handmade artist books that pop-up, move, slide, twirl, whirl, light up, or even sound off.” http://www.23sandy.com/
“Trashcan Joe”, Saturday, October 2, 2PM, at Ledding Library of Milwaukie. They are awesome! They make music with instruments made out of trash cans! What more can I say? I called the library to confirm this show, because it is missing from their website. http://www.trashcanjoe.com/
“Smith And Bybee Wetlands/St. Johns Landfill Tour”, Saturday, October 2, 9AM-12PM. St. Johns Landfill, gate entrance 9387 N. Columbia Blvd., Pdx. Explore the former site of the St. Johns Landfill as part of a guided tour and enjoy the unique vantage point it provides on Smith and Bybee Wetlands. Although this restoration-in-progress is rarely open to the public, guided 40-minute tours of the site are offered at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited; arrive early to reserve a place on the tour bus. This is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages. Coffee and pastries provided. http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=43222&a=320101
“Champoeg Apple Harvest Day”, Saturday, October 2, 1-4PM, Champoeg State Park. “The bounty of the harvest will be the theme for this day as your family enjoys fresh-pressed apple cider, apple butter, desserts cooked in a Dutch oven, garden produce to purchase, and more.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_113.php
“Young Audiences Artist Showcase”, Sunday, October 3, 1-5PM, Buckman Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Ave, Pdx, free, families welcome. This event is aimed at educators. Young Audiences is an organization that represents artists and helps bring them into schools. They have amazing offerings, many at quite reasonable prices, and I would be surprised if a clever homeschool group couldn’t work with them as well. Their website has details on classes that are offered. This is an opportunity to see some of what they offer. “What magical place presents an array of artistic delights, from classical Indian dance, storytelling and cello performances to fused glass, songwriting and circus arts mini-workshops? Why it's the 2nd annual Young Audiences Artist Showcase! Audience members will meet Young Audiences’ teaching artists, and check out their sampler performances and mini-workshops. The free event provides a fun and engaging opportunity to begin planning arts experiences for school communities.” There will be 18 five-minute performances between 1:30- 4:30. http://www.ya-or.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cCMS.newsRelease&ID=37
“Day of the Dead: Stories and Songs of Mexico”, Friday, October 29, 3PM, St. John’s Library. “Throughout the centuries, indigenous people of Mexico have created their own rhythms, sounds and instruments. Over the years, some of this music has retained its traditional form while some has evolved over time. Nuestro Canto has gathered music from Nahuas, Purepechas, Serus, Mayas and Zapotecos to perform in its original form and language with ancient and native instruments. This program will combine stories and indigenous songs about Day of the Dead and will teach the audience about the history of this celebration.”