"Professor Banjo", Beginning January 5, now every Wednesday at 1PM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave., Pdx. $3 per walking human. "Paul Silveria performs for families as the banjo-slinging, old-time singing "Professor Banjo" entertaining children with sing-a-longs, dancing games, and stories, all accompanied by lively old-time music that parents can enjoy, too! Professor Banjo's shows are fun for a wide range of ages - from toddlers to tweens who still like to get up and dance around!" Professor Banjo is awesome! http://www.squaredancepaul.com/
“Mo Philips”, Thursday, January 20, 11:45 at Garden Home Community Library. “ Join musician Mo Phillips for lots of awesome songs and the chance to form a supercrazy onetime band that will write, perform and record a couple of tunes in about an hour. Don't think we can pull it off? Check out the music page at rocknrollkindy.com and listen to some of the crazy cuts from past Rock-N-Roll Kindy shows!” Mo also has regular gigs every Tuesday at 10AM at Posie’s Café, 8208 N. Denver Avenue, Pdx., and every Thursday (except presumably on the 20th) at 10:30AM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave, Pdx., $3 per walking human. “Mo performs interactive shows that respect the intelligence of young people with wit and irreverence, without being strictly scatological. This is music built for kids and parents alike! Mo does not dumb down lyrics or melodies for kids to "understand", and therefore sings about things whole families can appreciate. A fine, distilled blend of Americana, Soul and Blues, while not being afraid of a poppy hook or straight rockin' out.” http://www.mophillips.com/
"Tom Waldrop, Magician", Saturday, January 8, 11AM, Lake Oswego Public Library. "Waldrop received a magic set when he was 12 and that was the start of his lifelong passion for sleight of hand. He began performing at age 14 after joining the Portland Society of Magicians. By the time he was 17, he was winning magic contest prizes. Waldrop continued doing magic shows through college, his military career, and beyond. He’s also a teacher of magic and has won numerous prizes for his magic shows."
“Creature Collage”, Saturday, January 8, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out beginning at 10AM), and Saturday, January 22, 3:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle creates insects and animal collages from hand-painted tissue paper. Under the supervision of artist Addie Boswell, use Eric’s technique to cut and paste your own creatures similar to those in the books "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Grouchy Ladybug." You may also make a rainbow set of painted paper to take home so that you can collage all year round!”
"Graffiti Style Fine Art", Saturday, January 15, 10:30AM-1:30PM, Albina Library. On one hand, the library categorized this as "grades 6-8, teens", and it is a three hour workshop. On the other hand, the description says the presentation portion is brief and all ages are encouraged to participate. If you have a younger kid and think they might love this, it could be worth checking out. "During this 3-hour workshop, DeAngelo Raines, artist and founder of the nonprofit organization Art Not Crime, will give a short presentation demonstrating the positive and creative aspects of legal street art. Participants will then use these new techniques to create a small graffiti project. All ages are encouraged to participate in this hands-on introduction to graffiti style fine art."
"Annual JRR Tolkien Birthday Bash", Saturday, January 15, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free, all ages welcome. Begins at 11AM, and at 7PM there will be music from the Garcia Birthday Band (playing the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead). Their website advises that a full schedule of the day's activities is to be posted. "Elves, wizards, ents, orcs and all others are welcome to join us for this celebration of one of the 20th century's most influential authors. We'll have kids' fun, live music, performances by Willamette Radio Workshop, the entire "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in the Theater, Hobbit-inspired food specials and more! Come in costume to compete for prizes." http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/84705-Annual-JRR-Tolkien-Birthday-Bash
“Talk About Trees Paper Workshop”, Saturday, January 15, 1:30PM, Tigard Public Library Puett Room. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Learn the history of paper, its many uses and the importance of recycling. Use recycled paper products, craft materials and your imagination, design a unique sheet of writing paper to take home.”
"Portland Metro Reptile Expo", Saturday, January 22, 10AM-4PM, Holiday Inn, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, OR. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. There is a $1 off coupon available on their website: http://www.pdxreptileexpo.com/htm/coupons.html We have been to this reptile expo just to look, and it's truly fascinating. Your child is absolutely guaranteed to get a more closeup view of a dazzling array of reptiles and amphibians than can be found at many zoos.
"Model Trains with the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club", Saturday, January 22, 10AM-6PM and Sunday, January 23, 1PM-6PM, Lake Oswego Public Library. "Trains in the Library? You bet! Members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club are providing two sets of model trains and tracks to the Library; one set will be on the main floor and the other set in the children’s room. People of all ages are invited to view the trains, ask questions, and “drive” the trains. Kids can even bring their own trains to run on the tracks if they are HO. There will be train books available for check out to extend the learning and fun."
“Gem Faire”, Friday, January 21, 12PM- 7PM, Saturday, January 22, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, January 23, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, OR. Admission $7 for a weekend pass, free for children under 12. “You'll find gems, jewelry, beads, classes, demonstrations, hourly door prizes, fossils, minerals, and more!” While this gem faire is focused on beads, there are generally quite a few delightful finds for the discerning young rock hound. http://www.gemfaire.com/locations/index.php?location=82
"OMSI Portable Planetarium", Saturday, January 29, Estacada Public Library, Flora Community Room. 11AM is a program suggested for kids K-3, and at 11:45 is a program suggested for grades 4 and up. "Discover how stars are formed and self-destruct, in our vast and amazing universe.Travel in time by learning star stories about queens, heroes, and mythical monsters while viewing the constellations that inspired the legends of ancient cultures."
Speaking of OMSI, they aren't either free or low cost, but their exhibit "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science" opens January 29. (That's probably the worst time to plan a visit- it doesn't close until May 1 so you will have plenty of time to see it without the crowds.) Ancient Egypt is one of the more intriguing topics in history studies, but here in Portland it's rather difficult to learn about it close up. Here's a chance. http://www.omsi.edu/lostegypt
“Mochitsuki 2011” Japanese New Year Celebration, Sunday, January 30th, 11am-4pm, Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison Street, Pdx. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 years and up) and students, $3 for children ages 2-12, children 2 and under are free. This year tickets are required for admission to Mochitsuki, however they include admission to one of the stage performances and all of the activities. There are three different stage performances scheduled and you must indicate which show you will attend at the time of ticket purchase. The Japanese American community begins 2011 with a celebration of Japanese New Year traditions. “Mochitsuki,” or the making of mochi, a sticky rice cake, has taken place in Oregon since the first immigrants arrived in the late 19th century. Coming together to pound steamed rice into hearty cakes gathered people from far-flung railroad and lumber camps, farms and towns. Beginning the year with mochi symbolized both the strength of community and starting the year with a full belly. The Portland area Japanese Americans invite the public to join in its lively annual celebration at a large and historical location this year. In the Scottish Rite Center, Mochitsuki is a program of dynamic taiko drumming, Japanese folk dance, and storytelling that brings Oregon’s Japanese history to life. The concurrent Cultural Fair features a community stage, displays and hands-on activities for all ages. Come hungry for culture and great treats from the Pacific Rim. Show Schedule: