Friday, August 31, 2012

Spectacular September

This is my list of free and low cost events around the greater Portland area for the month of September 2012! I look for events with some educational or cultural value.  I compile this list for the homeschool group my family belongs to, which includes kids 9 and under, but most evens have much broader appeal.  This month the Portland Pirate Festival is coming to town.  And just as you may have suspected, this list was proofread by pirates!  Therefore, I'd like to suggest that you doublecheck any event you'd like to attend in case of  errors, typos, or cancellations.  (Why is the Portland Pirate Festival held in September?  Because there is a strong pirate/back-to-school connection, of course, as you will see in this video.)

The fall is glorious here in the Portland area!  There are plenty of reasons to get outside and make the most of the fall sunshine.  Pick your own farms are offering plums, pears, peaches, and apples, and corn mazes and pumpkin patches will be opening up for fun on the farm! Look for a farm near you at  and  Salmon are returning to rivers and streams, and fall migration is bringing many great birdwatching opportunities. 

Big news for Portland- a new attraction, the Oregon Aquarium, is planning to open in December 2012 in SE Portland!  Currently they are offering memberships at 50% off. The memberships start when you visit for the first time after they open, and end a year later. Read more about it here: .

Swift Watch”, Every evening in September, Chapman Elementary School, NW 25th Avenue between NW Pettygrove and NW Raleigh, Pdx.  Free.  “Every year in late August, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela. Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One swift population has been returning to the Chapman chimney since the 1980s, and it is the largest known roost of migrating Vaux's Swifts in the world. Join us on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to observe the birds gathering overhead. On most evenings, Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux's Swifts.”  This is not to be missed and truly spectacular! 

Oregon State Fair”, continuing through Monday, September 3, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem.  Brad’s World Reptiles will be there.  Lots of details here:

Portland Pirate Festival”, Saturday, September 1, 10AM- 12AM, and Sunday, September 2, 10AM- 11PM, 265 Strand St., St. Helens, OR. Adults $10 advance, $12 gate, kids 3-12 $5 advance, $6 gate, and kids 2 and under free. “The old world comes alive as pirates, buskers, craftsmen and blacksmiths recreate life in a make-shift island settlement with historical displays and demonstrations to educate and entertain scallywags of all ages. Pirates, privateers, and redcoats patrol the beaches–and when they meet, swords clash and cannons roar! Enjoy living history displays and demonstrations of old world skills on and off the battlefield.”  Full details and performance schedules on their website:

The Incredible Cattail- From Survival to Pancakes”,  Saturday, September 1, 9AM-3PM, meeting at Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx and carpooling to Scappoose. $25- $50 sliding scale, children 7- 17 pay their age, children 0-6 are free.  Discounts of $3 for each adult family member attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required, more info and registration here “Get hands-on experience on how cattail rhizomes can be used for emergency survival food to processed flour for breads, ash cakes, muffins, and pancakes. We'll see how to identify, gather, peel, process and cook cattail cores so that they transform into a flour-like food source. By the end of the workshop we'll have gone from swamp roots to delicate pancakes that any normal human would enjoy.”  Presented by local treasure, author Dr. John Kallas.

Kids Dig”, Saturday, September 1, 11AM-12PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA.  Free with Fort entrance fee, which is $3 for adults and free for kids 16 and under.  Sign up when you arrive; first come, first served.  Suggested for kids 8-12.  “Do you dig Fort Vancouver? Kids ages 8-12 are introduced to archaeology by participating in a mock dig, mapping their artifact findings, and filling out site forms. As youth excavate and screen with the help of park staff and volunteers, we discover how we learn from archaeology and why we should preserve these pieces of our past.”

Historic Weapons”, Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2, 1PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA.  $3 for adults, free for kids 16 and under. “Historic Weapons Employees of the Hudson's Bay Company and soldiers of the US Army used black powder weapons for sport and defense. Join costumed interpreters as they demonstrate the flintlocks, percussion rifles, revolvers, and artillery used by the people who lived here. Program lasts 30 minutes. Saturday's demonstrations focus on weapons of the US Army at the parade ground. Sunday's demonstrations discuss fur trade weapons at the fort site.”

Flora, Fauna, and Future”, Saturday, September 1, 11AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA.  $3 for adults, free for kids 16 and under. “Right in our backyards and too often overlooked, discover how this area's native flora, fauna, and the Columbia River intersect in the region's habitat, history, and future. Walk lasts 1.5 hours. From reconstructed fort to waterfront. ADA accessible, moderate elevation. Approximately 1.5 mile round trip. Please bring water and appropriate footwear.”

Portland Actor’s Ensemble presents, “Twelfth Night”, Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, 3PM, Reed college, SE Woodstock and SE Reed College Pl., in front of Eliot Hall.  Free- donations accepted. Free outdoor Shakespeare!

Civil War Battle Reenactment”, Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond, OR.  $15 per carload, plus an additional $5 per car state park day use fee. “The Northwest Civil War Council and the Friends of Old Fort Stevens will host their annual Battle Reenactment event over the Labor Day Weekend. This reenactment takes place in the historic area of the fort. Fort Stevens is the NCWC’s largest event, drawing reenactors from all over the West Coast, including Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho and Canada.”

Portland Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, September 1, sign-ups at 12:45PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Are you a W-H-I-Z at spelling? Kids ages 5-18 are welcome to come strut their spelling stuff on the Mississippi Pizza stage. Three difficulty levels give everyone a chance to play. Winners take home fun prizes, and every speller gets a treat.” 

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays  in September, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Join a park ranger for a free, guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” September 1:  Ethnobotany; September 8: Stories about Stumps- History of Tryon Creek; September 15:  Conifers of the Creek; September 22:  Forest Fungi; and September 29:  What’s Underground.

Water Wonders at Blue Lake”, Saturday, September 1,  and Sunday, September 2, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park,  20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Suggested for ages 3 and up. “Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover exciting activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, water cycle card making or fishy potato stamp printing.”

Farmstead Day”, Saturday, September 1, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  “Learn how to hand-churn butter, thresh and winnow wheat and see spinning and wool carding at this annual celebration of Oregon’s rugged pioneer roots. The day offers music, living history demonstrations and a chance to take home some of the fresh produce from the 1860s kitchen garden.”

Willamette Valley Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show”, Saturday, September 1, 9AM-6PM, Sunday, September 2, 9AM-6PM, and Monday, September 3, 10AM- 4PM, Clackamas County Event Center, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby, OR.

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents, “Jack and the Dragon”, Saturday, September 1, 8:30PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR.  Free. “There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King's daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.” This show is part of their “Around the Campfire at Oxbow” series for campers.  The park gates close at sunset to non-campers, but I have been told that non-campers are definitely welcome.  When we have attended these events, we informed the people at the gate that we were coming for the show and would need to be let out later, and told the Metro staff at the presentation as well.  Flashlights are helpful for getting back to your car.

Annual Dahlia Festival”, Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, indoor display hours 10AM- 6PM, Field hours 8AM- 6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby.  Free admission and parking. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! Floral arranging demonstrations and talk on dahlia culture, take place daily during the festival. Questions are answered from guests in the audience during this demonstration as they fashion colorful dahlias into elegant table arrangements or wedding baskets. Live dahlia tuber dividing demonstration 12noon to 5pm each day during the festival. You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Dogs are allowed on the premises on a leash, however they are not allowed in the indoor display rooms. Food booths and refreshments will be located at the farm during this event.”

Vulture Day”, Saturday, September 1, 11AM- 3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free.  “Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day! Around the world, vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As nature's recyclers, they play an important role in a variety of ecosystems, and it’s up to us to help save them. Portland Audubon's free celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day is filled with fun and educational activities. Meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture; Compare your ‘wingspan’ to that of an Andean Condor’s silhouette; Go on a scavenger hunt in Portland Audubon's nature sanctuary; Make a crafted vulture and mask; Learn fun vulture facts; Figure out the differences between Old and New World vultures; Discover why vultures are important; Make a pledge to help protect vultures.”

 “Library Lego Lovers”, Saturday, September 1, 10AM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA; and Thursday, September 27, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA.   Suggested for ages 5-11. “Join us the 1st Saturday of each month for a new Lego challenge.”

Wild Foods of Native Americans”, Sunday, September 2, 1PM-4PM, Marshall Union Manor Building, 2020 NW Northrup St., Pdx.  $22-$40 sliding scale, children 7- 17 pay their age, children 0-6 are free.  Discounts of $3 for each adult family member attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required, more info and registration here: “Explore traditional foodways of Pacific Northwest Native Americans. Discover foods that were used and how they were prepared and stored. Food Caches, berry collecting techniques, pemmican, fruit leathers. The workshop is about how Native Americans made a living off of the abundance of food they found in nature.  How was it possible, what they did and how they managed their foods to support a complete diet for many people all year long. This core workshop provides a deeper understanding for all other workshops. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this presentation. Lecture/slides/resources.”  Presented by local treasure, author Dr. John Kallas.

Old Champoeg Townsite Tour”, Sunday, September 2, 1PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  “In 1861, the town of Champoeg disappeared. Find out what happened.”

Wonderful World of Bats”, Sunday, September 2, 8PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Discover the fascinating world of bats as presenter Aimee Hart shares fun facts and ecology of bats.”

They All Have Roots”, Sunday, September 2, 11AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Visitor Center.  Free with admission, $3 for ages 16 and older, free for kids under 16.  “Walk, touch, and learn about the changing urban landscape of Fort Vancouver by identifying the variety of species that compose the park's tree canopy. Walk lasts 1 hour. Slight elevation, over grass. Approximately 1/4 mile round trip.”

Game On!”, Sunday, September 2, 3PM-4PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.  Free with $3 per adult admission, kids under 16 are free. Do you know how to toss graces, play pick-up-sticks, or run with a stick and hoop? Play games just like kids in the 1800s! Both sit-down and active outdoor games available.

Labor Day Cannon Salute”, Monday, September 3, 1:30PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.  $3 adults, free for kids 15 and under.

Barracks Walk”, Monday, September 3, 11AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.  Free with $3 per adult admission, free for kids 16 and under. “Vancouver Barracks holds the archaeological remains of the Vancouver Arsenal and boasts a resume of Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver O. Howard, and George C. Marshall. It was also a site that incarcerated Native peoples, deployed troops in conflicts from the Yakima Wars to WWII, and hosted the world's largest spruce cut-up mill during WWI. Join a ranger for a walk highlighting the evolution of Vancouver Barracks. Walk lasts 45 minutes. ADA accessible, no elevation. Approximately 1 mile round trip.”

Inside the Stockade”, Monday, September 3, 1PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.  Free with $3 per adult admission, kids under 16 are free.  “Discover the fur store, trade shop, and Chief Factor's House as you learn about the fur trade, the workers who fuelled it, and the lives they lived here are the "New York of the Pacific." Tour lasts 45 minutes. ADA accessible, no elevation.”

Champoeg Kitchen Garden Tour”, Monday, September 3, 1PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  “See what pioneer families grew in their kitchen gardens, and learn why.”

Dan Balmer- Contemporary Guitar”, Tuesday, September 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Lake Oswego Library is pleased to present Dan Balmer and his new band Caminhos Cruzados for its First Tuesday Music series. Balmer performs and records in all genres from jazz, to country, to rock and blues. His playing is requested by band leaders in all jazz styles from traditional swinging jazz to fusion to soul to funk.”

Legos and More”, Tuesdays in September, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  Suggested for ages 6-11. “Drop in for creative construction with Legos, Clics, K’nex and other fun building toys.”

Looking Back:  Picture Washington County’s Past and Find ‘Lost’ Tigard”, Wednesday, September 5, 7PM, Tigard Library  Community Room. "Learn how to access and view historic photographs from Washington County Heritage Online, a free online archive chronicling our county's rich past through pictures.  Project manager Lindsay Zaborowski will demonstrate this unique historic resource and explain how it was created.  Tigard local history librarian Sean Garvey will explore Tigard's historic ‘lost’ landmarks using local photographs from the Tigard Historical Association.”

"David Helfand", Tuesday, September 4, 7PM, Forest Grove City Library. Celtic harpist.

Mo Philips”, Wednesday, September 5, 3PM, Stevenson Community Library, Stevenson, WA. “Mo performs interactive shows of his own 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.” His calendar of regular gigs is here:

Vaux’s Swifts with Steve Engel”, Wednesday, September 5, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden Manor House, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Free.  Preregistration required; email Bich at or leave a message 1-971-222-6139.  “Join Audubon Society of Portland at Leach Botanical Garden's Manor House to hear Steve Engel, Adult Education Programs Manager at the Audubon Society of Portland inform you about the swifts biology, habits and things to keep in mind when viewing them.”  Right before the talk on swifts, at 6:30PM, the Audubon Society is planning on releasing two western screech owls from their Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Leach Botanical Garden in the Manor House courtyard.

Dragon Theatre Puppets at West Linn Farmer’s Market”, 5:30PM, on Main St. at 13th Ave and Willamette Falls Drive.  Wednesday, September 5: The Curse of the Jolly Roger; Wednesday, September 12:  Dracula Re-Vamped; Wednesday, September 19:  The Reluctant Dragon.

Opening Reception for “Flying Tigers:  Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945”, Wednesday, September 5, 6PM, Central Library Collins Gallery, 3rd Floor.  “Chinese Americans in Oregon were extensively involved in aviation from the late nineteen-teens through the end of the Second World War. In the first two decades of the twentieth century, China founded a nascent republic that saw aviation as a key to a modern nation, while Portland promoted itself as an aviation leader in the Northwest, built the Swan Island airport, and established aviation schools to train Chinese Americans as pilots and mechanics. Portland’s Chinese community forged relationships between the Chinese military and Portland aviation schools, and founded its own school to train Chinese American pilots for the Chinese Air Force. When the U.S. entered WWII, Chinese Americans served in all branches of the U.S. military. Chinese American aviators became heroes and heroines whose achievements were heralded in the local and national press. The exhibition follows several Portland aviators: teenager Henry Wong, who built a plane in 1918 and attempted to enlist in the WWI US Army Air Corps; Major Arthur Chin and Hazel Ying Lee, who distinguished themselves in service to both the U.S. and China; commercial pilot and instrument mechanic Leah Hing; and Pak On Lee, a new immigrant in 1935, who returned to China in 1941 as a member of the original Flying Tigers under the command of General Claire Chennault.”

Explore Earthquakes”, Thursday, September 6, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for kids in grades 1-5.  Preregistration required; register online.    “Learn about earthquakes with the curator of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.” 

Pittock Mansion Fall Migration Walks”, Thursdays in September, 7AM-9AM, meeting at the Pittock Manison parking lot, 3229 NW Pittock Drive, Pdx. “Everybody loves spring migration, but actually the most interesting birding of the
 year at Pittock Mansion is in September and October.  What with all the confused immature
 birds migrating through, you never know what might show up!  Wink Gross will lead
 morning bird walks at the Pittock Mansion on Thursdays, beginning Sept 6 and lasting through Oct 11.  The September walks will start at 7AM; in October we'll start at 7:30AM. The walks will go to 9AM or whenever you need to leave.”

"OMSI Amazing Whales", Thursday, September 6, 3PM and 4PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; call 503-350-3600. "Take a close up look at whales and dolphins as you crawl inside a life size inflatable whale!"

Sandy Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 7, 5PM-10:30PM, Saturday, September 8, 11AM- 11PM, and Sunday, September 9, 10:30AM- 4:30PM,  18090 SE Langensand Rd., Sandy, OR.  “The Sandy Oktoberfest, unlike many others, is truly a family event where families, seniors and singles can find fun and entertainment.”

"Oaks Park Not Back To School Day", Friday, September 7, 11AM- 4PM, 7805 SE Oaks Park WAy, Pdx. $10 ride bracelets and a whole park full of homeschoolers!  Hooray!

Sarracenia Northwest Open House”, Saturday, September 8, 10AM-5PM, Eagle Creek, OR.  $10 per vehicle, for which you will get a $10 credit towards the carnivorous plant of your choice.  “If you live in the Portland area and you're looking for carnivorous plants for gifts, come to nursery!  The nursery is normally closed to the public, so this is a rare opportunity to visit the nursery and see our operations up close.”   If you can’t make it to an open house, check Sarracenia Northwest out at the Portland Saturday Market.

Heritage Day”, Saturday, September 8, 8:30AM- 4PM, Stub Stewart State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  “Oregon Trail Trivia, Old West Storytelling, Treasure Hunts, Exhibits.  Presentations: Local Native History; Pioneer History; Timber and Railroad History; Rural Community Development; Cowboy History; Antique Engines; Antique Bicycles; Blacksmithery; Farming....and more!”

Dutch Oven Cook-Off and Blackberry Jam”, Saturday, September 8, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR. Jam session and judging begins at 1:00.  $5 for individuals, or $20 per family. “Oldtime music and Dutch oven cooking combine for the perfect day to visit the Philip Foster Farm. Bring your instrument and join a jam session, or sign up to compete in the cookoff. Guests are welcome to visit, dance, sing along, watch the competition, and learn from contestants.”

"Brick Builders", Saturday, September 8, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library.  "A drop-in program where kids ages 3-5 can play with Duplo blocks and kids ages 6-11 can play with Legos."

Animal Skulls”, Saturday, September 8, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for ages 5-12.  Preregistration required; register online.  “Besides being extremely cool to look at, the study of skulls and bones can add greatly to our understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Learn how to look at different parts of an animal’s skull to figure out what it eats and how it lives in its habitat. Children will be handling both real skulls and plastic skull replicas.”

Barn Dance”, Saturday, September 8, 6PM- 9PM, Champoeg State Park, Manson Barn at the Visitor Center.  Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle.  “The 19th-century Donald Manson threshing barn is the perfect backdrop for these old-fashioned barn dances. Learn some dance steps from the old days. Accompany the band on a pitchfork, washboard or rattle.”

Flying Tigers and Chinese America in WWII”, Saturday, September 8, 10AM-4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Center, 1827 SW Broadway, Room 327, Pdx. “Presentations by visiting Chinese American WWII Flying Tiger veterans of the Fourteenth Air Force and elders of the local Chinese community on their experiences in wartime.”

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show”, Saturday, September 8, 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA.  Free.  “Join us at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds. Everyone is also encouraged to view the intricate wildlife carvings on the second floor of the Water Center.”

Campfires and Candelight”,  Saturday, September 8, 4PM-10PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver, WA.  Free. “On September 8, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's free annual Campfires and Candlelight event continues signature re-enactments inside the fort while expanding military camps in the Timeline of History (along the Spruce Mill Trail) with new camps, more music, and more black powder demonstrations! Campfires and Candlelight is Fort Vancouver's largest costumed re-enactment, only possible with the help of more than 150 costumed interpreters from the park's volunteer team, the park's youth volunteer team, and multiple community partners. This year, the event includes signature components like cannon firings, Oregon Trail families, and blacksmiths, bakers, and carpenters hard at work, in addition to an extensive Timeline of History to showcase military history at Vancouver Barracks over time.”  See website for a complete schedule of events:

Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour”, Saturday, September 8, 10AM-12:30PM, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Street between Stark and Morrison Sts, Pdx. $10 suggested donation, which goes towards headstone restoration and educational programs. “Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conducts monthly tours, highlighting Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel! Explore 30 acres of mature trees, a very special rose garden and fascinating architecture in this unique place, the only cemetery in Portland listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Suitable for all ages. No advance registration required. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers’ monument.” Lone Fir was the first public cemetery in Portland, and a tour is a must for anyone learning about local history.

Symphony Storytime: Percussion with Gordon Rencher”, Saturday, September 8, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  “Our readings will be brought to life by percussionist Gordon Rencher, who will play short selections, talk a little about percussion instruments, and after the stories are read aloud, audience members can try them out!”

Rose City Live Model Horse Show”, Saturday, September 8, 8AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center.  Free admission.  A “live model horse show” is for collectors of plastic Breyer model horses to show their models in person (as opposed to using photographs).  Some are rare and collectable, others are carefully customized.

Professor Banjo and Mo Phillips”, Saturday,  September 8, 11AM, Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St., Gresham.  Free.  Awesome kid’s music!

Shrewsbury Reniasance Faire”, Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, 10AM-6PM, Kings Valley, OR. $11 admission, seniors and children 6-12 $5, free for 5 and under.  Coupon on website for $1 off admission:  “Come be thee blythe and merry at the Renaissance Faire! Just 15 miles and 500 years away from downtown Corvallis. Here enchantment awaits young and old alike as jousting knights and noble steeds clash on the tourney fyld while minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, dancers and bards fill the lanes with delight.  With over 125 artisan stalls and 1,000 costumed players, visitors can browse the village for unique hand made goods and one of a kind treasures while surrounded by Renaissance revelry and entertainment. Eat, drink, and be merry, for food purveyors are on hand within Friar Tuck's Forest, and children delight in games and adventures.  The only Fair of its kind in Oregon, this exciting event offers an educational interactive adventure in history, welcoming families and children. Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and set in the historic renaissance of 1558 to 1603, here all the Faire is a stage, and everyone a player!”

Author Talk:  Gregory E. Zschomler”, Saturday, September 8, 2PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Meet Gregory E. Zschomler, Christian author of "Voodoo Virus," a zombie novel. "Can two teen boys stop a zombie infestation and save Western civilization? Find out at this exciting reading. Books will be for sale at this program.”

Knitting”, Saturday, September 8, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City.  Free. Victorian handcraft demonstration. “Want to learn to knit? We'll teach you! Already a knitter? Expand your skills with lace patterns from the 1800s.”

Community Music Center Open House”, Sunday, September 9, 1PM-4PM, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx.  “Try an instrument, have a sample music lesson, and more!”

Cathlapotle Plankhouse: Second Saturday Series”, Sunday, September 9, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA.  Details not yet announced. The plankhouse is an authentic recreation of a Chinook plankhouse, and every month they offer special programs on Native American culture.  More about the plankhouse here:   Event details to be posted here:

Ethnobotany Club:  Huckleberries on Mt. Hood”, Sunday, September 9, 10AM-5PM, with carpools leaving from Cascadia Wild, 1912 NE Killingsworth St., Pdx.  Free.  “Pick huckleberries and learn about other mountain plants.”

An Afternoon of Flamenco”, Sunday, September 9, 2PM, Beaverton Library. “Portland Flamenco Events offers an afternoon of flamenco.  First enjoy a live performance of dance, singing, and guitar.  Then stay and learn palmas (flamenco hand-clapping) and some dance moves to live musical accompaniment.  It's fun for your body, brain and soul!"

Fogelbo Swedish Pancake Breakfast”, Sunday, September 9, 9AM-1PM, at Fogelbo, 8740 SW Oleson Road, Pdx. $6 per breakfast. “Fogelbo Swedish Pancake Breakfast. New Sweden offers Swedish Pancakes, all the toppings, sausages, juice milk and coffee in the gardens at Fogelbo.”

Abbots Bromlaid”, Sunday, September 9, 1PM-4PM, Washington Park.  “Every Wakes Monday, the dancers in Abbots Bromley, England take up the traditional horns for their legendary 16 kilometer trek of dancing through countryside and pub yards. Plans are underway for a fun community picnic event planned with friends from the Bridgetown Morris Men. Because Portland Revels enjoys exploring community-based traditions, and especially because the Revels adaptation of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is an audience all-time favorite, we thought we might like to offer a community picnic gathering that includes shared singing and an Abbots Bromley parade. Exact location and more details come, but start thinking about your potluck picnic dish, your horns,  and your costume today!”

Portland Origami Paper Shapers”, Sunday, September 9, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Learn a new origami project each month with various local origami instructors.” 

Author Talk, “Mo Willems”, Sunday, September 9, 2PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Legendary children’s author Mo Willems reads from his new book, “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs”. “Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.  One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl.  Definitely not!  This new take on a fairy-tale classic is so funny and so original—it could only come from the brilliant mind of Mo Willems.”

Portland Opera Open Chorus Rehearsal”, Sunday, September 9, 2PM-5PM, Director Park,  SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx.  “Experience over 50 singers from the Portland Opera rehearse in Director Park!”

How to Succeed with Physics...or at Least Look Great Trying”, Monday, September 10, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. “Are you an aspiring runway model or secret agent? Would you like to have the elegance and confidence of one? If so, you must become familiar with basic physics concepts. Christine McKinley will show you how a knowledge of physics is crucial in everyday situations like first dates, stage dives, and arson. Maybe you didn’t pay attention to physics in high school because you didn’t think the subject was relevant to your life goals, but there is no escaping gravity. Whether you want to be a stunt woman, a rock drummer, or a martini critic, being on friendly terms with physics will help you get there in style. You can’t change the laws of physics and you can’t escape them. So, why not put them to work for you? Apply your knowledge of momentum, atomic bonding, and thermodynamics to ramp up the glamour factor in your life. Come and find out how.”

Home School Day at the Oregon  Garden”, Tuesday, September 11,  10AM-2PM, The Oregon Garden,  879 W. Main St., Silverton, OR. Admission for adults $11, seniors $9, Students 12-17 $8, children 5-11 $5, and children 4 and under are free. “The Oregon Garden would like to invite all home school students ages 5-12 to a fun filled day of learning. Experience the Garden in full bloom and learn more about your natural world. Hands-on, self-paced learning stations set-up throughout the Garden. Check in at the Visitors Center to pay admission and receive a packet with map and station information. Admission includes tram ride and event packets. Bring a bag lunch or purchase one at the Visitor Center Cafe and enjoy in the Garden.”

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre presents, "Papagayo:  A Tale from Central America", Tuesday, September 11, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room.  "This fun, interactive bilingual show brings the Guatemalan jungle to life.  The loud parrot Papagayo makes life difficult for the night animals, but his talents become useful when the Ancient Moon Dog wakes up and starts to cause trouble.  Join us as we sing, hoot, croak, crow and team up to scare away the Moon Dog."

The Shark Riddle”, Tuesday, September 11, 4PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM); Saturday, September 15, 11AM, Fairview Columbia Library; Saturday, September 15, 3:30PM, Northwest Library; Thursday, September 20, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Saturday, September 22, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Thursday, September 27, 6PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 5:30PM).  “Are you fascinated by sharks? Join Portland-based wildlife filmmakers Laura Sams and Robert Sams for a screening of their children's film ‘The Shark Riddle’. Then join the filmmakers for some shark-filled, music-filled, riddle-filled, fun-filled activities, including the chance to see one of the stars of the film, a life-sized (23 foot long inflatable) basking shark!”

"Bird's Eye View of the Missoula Floods", Wednesday, September 12, 7PM, Tualatin Library.  "Back by popular demand, Rick Thompson provides another updated overview of the Ice Age Floods impact on the Northwest and our local area with new aerial photos. Sponsored by the Tualatin Historical Society.  This catastrophic ice age flood propelled over 500 cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud across eastern Washington, further cut the Columbia River Gorge, covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars miles long and hundreds of feet high. Join us as author, artist, and photographer, Rick Thompson presents his findings from 10 years of research uncovering the effects of the Missoula Flood in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  With color photos, topographical maps and space photos Rick will show some of the effects still visible today."

Corn Husk Flowers”, Wednesday, September 12, 4:30PM, Rockwood Library.  Preregistration required; register online.   Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Local artist Maria Alvarado will show you how to create beautiful corn husk flowers, which are often used in Latin American festivals and street fairs. For ages 8 and up. All materials provided.” 

Rose Laughlin”, Wednesday, September 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Rose Laughlin will perform her Celtic and American roots folk music program: a captivating take on traditional tunes that is interspersed with poetry.”

Author Talk, “Caleb Scharf”, Wednesday, September 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They’re mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in ‘Gravity’s Engines’, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles. With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colorful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zoo—a ‘sweet spot’of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars.”

Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge”, Wednesday, September 12, 8AM-11:30AM,   “Join us on a walk on the Kiwa Trail looking for rails and bitterns.  Meet at 8am at the KIWA Trail Head parking lot on the River S Auto Tour Route, Ridgefield NWR. The trail closes October 1st so last chance for this year.  The trail is a flat 1.5 mile walk.  Dress for the weather and beginners welcome.” Directions to the meeting place and more info here:

Lego Challenge”, Wednesday, September 12, 2PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA.  “Love to create with Legos? Join us every month for a building bash featuring a different theme. Enjoy a snack while you share your creation with the group.”

Star Wars Jedi Academy”, Wednesday, September 12, 3:30, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA.  “Become one with the "Force" and master the secret arts of the Jedi. Open activity 3:30 to 4pm, 4pm to 5pm official Jedi Academy. Follow your heart, it knows the way.”

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus”, Thursday, September 13, through Sunday, September 16, Rose Garden Arena.  Buy tickets online:   More info on the show:

"Homeschooler Board Game Day", Thursday, September 13, 11:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Meeting Room.  "Bring a bag lunch, no red/dark drinks, please. All ages, parents expected to stay with their kids. Toddler toys will be provided."  Hosted by a Hillsboro homeschooling mom!

Mt. Angel Octoberfest”, Thursday. September 13 through Saturday, September 15, 11AM – 12AM, and Sunday, September 16, 11AM -9PM, 5 N. Garfield St., Mt. Angel, OR.  Most events are free, and all under the age of 20 are free in the Biergarten, Alpinegarten and Weingarten with a paying adult.  See website for complete details:  “There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the “Old World” Oktoberfest than in Mt. Angel, Oregon. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. It is Oregon's largest folk festival.”

Stories Old Buildings Tell Us”, Thursday, September 13, 7PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale, WA.  “"The places we create for ourselves – homes, factories, schools, parks, hotels, barns – are key markers in the story of people’s daily lives. Such places help us interpret human experience and bring greater appreciation for the past. In this presentation Herschensohn examines historic buildings across the state – from the Donald House to the Stimson Green Mansion to the Red Barn to Maryhill. He helps us interpret historic buildings and places which tell us about the context of the people who have occupied them and helps us understand the similarities and differences between the past and our contemporary lives.”

Ramblin' Man: The Life, Times, and Songs of Woody Guthrie at 100 Years”, Friday, September 14, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library Community Room. “Join us for an evening in celebration of an American icon during the Centennial of his birth. Bill Murlin and Carl Allen of "The Wanderers," a Northwest folk singing duo that has performed together for 50 years, will present the songs and music of Woody Guthrie.”

Tikki Tikki Tembo”, Friday, September 14, 7PM, and Saturday, September 15, 3PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $6 each for ages 3 and up. “This charming Chinese folktale is brought to life! Laugh along as Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo (“The Most Wonderful Thing in the Whole Wide World”) and his little brother Chang (“Little or Nothing”) engage in boyish tomfoolery, getting each other in and out of precarious predicaments, and explaining why the Chinese now think it wise to give all their children little short names. Rod Puppets by Emily Alexander.”

Zumbatomic Class”, Saturday, September 15, 12PM, Sherwood Library.  Suggested for ages 8-13. “Try Zumbatomic with personal trainer, Carolyn Thompson at the Library on Saturday, September 15 from Noon-1pm. Learn to dance, move, play, gain confidence and just have fun while exercising. The class has awesome music that is designed with simple moves and plenty of energy!” 

Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!”, Saturday, September 15, sign up starts at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Portland’s only kid-friendly trivia event invites your whole family to “the best trivia on Saturday afternoons on Mississippi Avenue.” Questions for both adults and kids, multimedia clips, physical challenges, and plenty of great music mean a fun challenge and a good time for all. Teams of up to five players play FREE for fun prizes.” 

Birding at Sauvie Island”, Saturday, September 15, 7:25AM- 12PM.  “Portland Audubon and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have been working to restore shorebird habitat on Sauvie Island. Join Wink Gross as we walk through grassy fields and pastures to explore Coon Point and Racetrack Lake shorebird habitat.  Meet at Coon Point parking lot (opposite Sauvie Island Kennels). From the Sauvie Island Bridge go north on Sauvie Island Road 2 miles.  Turn R on Reeder Road and drive 3.1 miles.  The parking lot will be on the left. All cars will need a Sauvie Island WMA parking pass, available at the Cracker Barrel Store on Sauvie Island Road near the bridge.”   Or buy your parking permit online.  More info here:

Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration”, Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16. “Bring a friend, family and have fun at our celebration at the peak of pear harvest. Hood River Valley is famous throughout the nation and the world for its wonderful pears. Autumn is the perfect time to take a leisurely drive on the back roads of the Hood River Valley, the largest pear growing region in the U.S. During the peak of pear harvest, fruit stands and attractions all along the valley's scenic Fruit Loop celebrate with special activities. Sample more than 18 varieties of pears, enjoy pear desserts, artisan foods, a glass of pear wine, live music, a corn maze, and more.”

Make Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces”, Saturday, September 15, 12:30PM, Gregory Heights Library.  Preregistration required; register online.  “Join artist Maria Alvarado in learning how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Participants will be able to create their own unique designs using a variety of beads and wires.”

Aquifer Adventure”, Saturday, September 15, 12PM-4PM, Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch, NE 166th Ave. at Airport Way, Pdx.  Free, no preregistration required.  “Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap'n might make ye walk the plank! Fun and Activities: Canoeing for the whole family; Make your own edible aquifer; Free t-shirts for kids; Piratical scavenger hunt; Face Painting; Food for purchase; Green Cleaners; Water conservation; Groundwater Obstacle Course.”

Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory Annual Potluck Fundraiser”, Saturday, September 15, 2PM-6PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall Room 17, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx.  Donations requested, and please bring food/drink to share.  “As usual, our party will feature tours of our lab space (we have new digs!) and will have meteorites for sale, with proceeds going to support lab activities.  At 3PM in Cramer Hall room 53, Vatican Astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., will be giving a talk, ‘Aliens at the Vatican!  A history of the Vatican meteorite collection.”

75th Library Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, September 15, 10AM- 5PM, Canby Library.  “A daylong celebration at the library for people of all ages, including music by the high energy retro swing sextet, The Midnight Serenaders, a history exhibit, a 1930s fashion show, family crafts, refreshments and much more.”

Sturgeon Festival”, Saturday, September 15, 10AM-2PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA.  Free.  “Every year the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems. This free, fun family event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. Highlights for this year's Sturgeon Festival include the Creature Feature reptile show and fish dissections.”

Side Walk Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, September 15, 8AM-4PM, in downtown Forest Grove, OR.  “Music and entertainment will be provided. You can pre-register on Wednesday, September 12th at the Valley Art Gallery, 2022 Main Street, between 5 and 7 pm, or on the day of the event. The cost is $7.00 per square for members of Valley Art and $12.00 per square for non-members. The fee includes a tray of colorful pastel chalk that you get to keep for each square that you purchase. Brush off your knee pads and start thinking of your design. This will be the best Chalk Art Festival yet.”

Chayag Andean Music”, Saturday, September 15, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Join us in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a traditional Andean folk music concert by Chayag! Since 1990, Chayag (which means ‘someone who arrives’ in the native quichua language of the Incas) has been dedicated to sharing the ancestral music and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Andes.”

Finding Hidden Treasures:  An Introduction to Letterboxing”, Saturday, September 15, 10:30AM, Vancouver Community Library.  “Solve clues and locate secret objects concealed throughout the library! Letterboxing combines navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a treasure-hunt-style quest. A wide variety of puzzles challenge all ages and experience levels—fun for the whole family! Join us to learn how it works, and stay to carve your own personal stamp.”  

Lego Club”, Saturday, September 15, 2PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA.  “Are you ready for the challenge? Let your imagination run wild with a different building challenge each month.”

Luscher Farm Open House”, Saturday, September 15, 10AM-3PM, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn.  Free.  “Please join the Farm Partners for a fun-filled day of activities at Luscher! We're celebrating Organically Grown in Oregon week with an open house event including a garden item and plant sale, demonstrations for all ages, tastings, tours and more! Dawn Grunwald, Children's Garden Coordinator, and Chef Laura Content will be in the Children's Garden and outdoor classroom areas leading activities and providing healthy snacks for sampling and ideas for back to school lunches and meals for the whole family.”

El Grito De Independencia”, Saturday, September 15, 11AM-11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Free. “Come celebrate Mexican Independence! In addition to folkloric and Aztec dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, the event will include food and beverages for sale, community booths, vendors, and the Mexican tradition known as El Grito de Independencia. El Grito y Fiestas Patrias celebrates the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries from Spain. As Mexican President Felipe Calderón presents the nation’s traditional El Grito in Mexico City, so too will Portland commemorate Mexican independence in the same manner in Pioneer Courthouse Square, with a presentation of the revolutionary cry for independence, El Grito de Independencia, by Consul General Enrique A. Romero Cuevas at 9 p.m. Portland Mayor Sam Adams will also be on hand to proclaim September 15 as the “Day of El Grito y Fiestas Patrias Celebration” in the City of Portland.”  Details here:

"Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration", Saturday, September 15, 12PM-3PM, Tualatin Library.  "Join us in the library as we celebrate with traditional Latin American music presented by Paraguayan harpist, Antonio Centurion.  Free face painting for the kids. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome."

Portland Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16, 10AM- 6PM, OMSI’s north parking lot.  Admission $12 adults, $8 kids 3-13 and seniors.  OMSI members receive a 50% discount on tickets.  “Portland Mini Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly showcase of creativity and cool technology, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.  Maker Faire is a weekend filled with an incredible variety of exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances bridging arts, crafts, science and engineering—many of them hands-on and all of them engaging. Maker Faire is a reflection of our community at its very best. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.”

Extend Your Growing Season”, Sunday, September 16, 1PM, Midland Library; Tuesday, September 18, 6:15PM, Albina Library; Saturday, September 22, 3PM, Hollywood Library; Sunday, September 23, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room; and Sunday, September 30, 2PM, Kenton Library.  “In the Pacific Northwest, all it takes is a little extra planning and care and you could be harvesting crops every season of the year. This interactive workshop will cover the basics of cloches, row covers, cold frames, continual cropping, seasonal crop varieties and more. Led by horticulturalist Melissa Richmond, aka the Garden Lady, participants will learn extending methods for every season.”

Birding at Bonney Butte”, Monday, September 17, 8:30AM- 4PM.  Preregistration required; contact Lou Fredd at 503-655-1856 or  “Magpies visit Hawkwatch International's hawk watching and banding site on Bonney Butte, Mt Hood National Forest.  We'll meet at 8:30am at the north end of the Clackamas Fred Meyer parking lot.  Bring lunch and binoculars, dress appropriately for the Mt Hood area weather forecast.  The site is at 5000 feet elevation.”

"The Best of Children's:  Library Tour", Monday, September 17, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades K-5.  "Come see all parts of the library and learn the best ways of looking for the things you want."

Tsunami Debris Dilemma:  Invasive Species Coming From Afar”,  Monday, September 17, 7PM, Venetian Theatre,  253 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  $5 suggested donation.  Minors welcome with an adult. “There are plenty of invasive species that already have a foot-hold in Oregon – Himalayan blackberries, Scotch broom, and zebra mussels to name a few – but Oregon’s coastal communities are facing an unexpected threat from afar. The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 not only damaged the immediate surroundings but also released a pulse of debris estimated to be over five million tons, of which approximately 30% (~1.5 million tons) is likely to still be afloat. The first remnants have already arrived: a large floating dock, torn loose by the tsunami from the fishing port of Misawa, Japan, appeared on Agate beach in Newport on June 5, 2012 after a 15-month journey on the Pacific Ocean currents. The dock is host to a community of foreign animals, plants and algae that hitchhiked from Japan and pose potential threats to our coastline and waterways. With much more wreckage expected during the storms this coming fall, experts on tsunami debris and invasive species at Oregon State University and elsewhere are studying the potential hazards and contributing to plans on how to handle it when it washes up on our shores. At this Science Pub, Watershed Health and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Dr. Sam Chan will discuss the challenges posed by invasive species on incoming tsunami debris, the lessons learned, potential implications for Oregon, and what people can do about it, including preparing for earthquakes and tsunamis.”

How to  Identify Animal Tracks”, Monday, September 17, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3.  Preregistration required; register online. “Do you want to know what animals have been around, even if you can't see them? Today we'll learn how to identify animal tracks and how to make a plaster cast of tracks. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.”

Claire Philips- Oregon’s Legendary Actress and Spy”, Tuesday, September 18, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room.  “In 1951 Portland stage actress Claire Phillips received the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, for her espionage and humanitarian work as a guerilla leader in the Philippines during World War II.   Author Sig Unander, Jr. will highlight  Phillips' life and adventures.  Unander will share rare photos, documents, recordings and memorabilia of her intriguing life.”

Harry Nehls on Diving Birds- Loons, Grebes, Pelicans and Cormorants”, Tuesday, September 18, 7PM-9PM, Audubon Society of Portland, Heron Hall, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15.  Preregistration required; register online.  “Did you know that 3 types of Loons in hang out in Oregon?  Hundreds can be seen migrating past coastal headlands at certain times of year.  Did you know a variety of colorful grebes nest in the desert marshes of eastern Oregon?  Tonight local author and bird expert Harry Nehls will share his knowledge about the Loons, Grebes, Cormorants and other diving birds that grace our coast, lakes and rivers.” 

New Zealand:  Land of the Long White Cloud”, Tuesday, September 18, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library.  “Library staff members Jurinda Swingruber and Pier Dimico reminisce about their adventures in New Zealand, or Aotearoa, the country's Maori name meaning "the long white cloud. To celebrate the millennium, Jurinda took a whirlwind month-long tour through both islands. Pier spent a week on the North Island in 2008. They will offer a glimpse at Maori culture, views of Hobbiton (movie set for Lord of the Rings), and other picturesque sights of this beautiful land.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, September 18, 1PM, Fairview Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones.”

The Great Railroad Revolution”, Tuesday, September 18, 7PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore and Ohio line — the first American railroad — in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived, thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years, but by the middle of the 20th century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads, and the nation started to forget them. In ‘The Great Railroad Revolution’,  renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all-American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.”

Exploring the Deep Ocean: Strange Animals, Submarine Volcanoes, and Life in Extreme Environments”, Tuesday, September 18, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation.  Minors welcome with an adult. “Critical to life on Earth yet, virtually unexplored, the planet’s largest ecosystem - the ocean – holds many mysteries. Though currently subject to rapid change with unknown global-scale consequences, the ocean has been the source of a number of new discoveries of animal life, environments and even extremophiles. At this Science Pub, find out just how much of the planet’s surface is still left to explore, and what kinds of curious creatures live there.”

Beyond Bars:  Reenvisioning the Prison System”,  Tuesday, September 18, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Free. What role do prisons serve in our country? Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability without prisons? Independent scholar and writer Walidah Imarisha will address these questions and more. This program is part of Oregon Humanities' statewide Conversation Project, which engages community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

Legos at the Library”, Wednesday, September 19, 3PM, Northwest Library.  Suggested for ages 5-11. “Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Each month we’ll build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome.”

The Origins of Life on Earth”, Thursday, September 20, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 320 NE Evans St., McMinnville.  “Where did life come from? What is alive, anyway? How could it all have started on a lifeless planet? At this Science Pub we will explore problems in studying the origins of life, and some insights and advances towards solving the puzzle of the beginning of life on Earth.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, September 20, 8AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr.,  Tualatin.  Free.  “Join us for bird walk at Hedges Creek Marsh. This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.”

Little Shop of Horrors”, Thursday, September 20,  through Sunday, October 14,  Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard.  Tickets can be purchased online:  “A doo-wop spoof of 1950s sci-fi disaster movies, Little Shop of Horrors follows the misadventures of Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row. He becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, R and B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Laced with dark humor and irresistible music, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time.”

String Adventures:  Violin and Viola”, Thursday, September 20, 6PM-8PM, Wilsonville Library.  “What is the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Are violin strings really made of cat gut? How do a violin and a viola differ? Violinist George Shiolas will answer these questions and more as he shares the history and evolution of the violin and viola. Learn about their similarities and differences, as well as how they are made, and how they sound. George will demonstrate with his own violin, a rare Paolo Antonio Testore from 1731, and share anecdotes from his international career as a violin and viola soloist.”  

Ellen Whyte Duo”, Thursday, September 20, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Singer songwriter Ellen Whyte moves from blues to jazz to ballads with ease. Please join us at the library for a wonderfully entertaining musical evening!” Duo with Glenn Holstrom.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Park”, Friday, September 21, 3PM- 12AM, Saturday, September 22, 11AM-12AM, and Sunday, September 23, 11AM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx.  $5 for 16 and over, $2 for 15 and younger, and $3 for seniors.  “Portland's premier German style fall festival is back for 2012 with authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing in two festhallen, fun activities in the main festhalle including pretzel toss, condiment art, Oktoberfest bear hug, and chicken dance contests, the region's best craft and import vendors, wiener dog races, agility dog demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, Kinderplatz children's activities featuring Radio Disney Rocktoberfest and much more!”

Riverfest 2012”, Friday, September 21, Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, along the Willamette River.  Details TBA.

Autumnal Equinox Celebration”, Saturday, September 22, 7:30PM, Rooster Rock State Park and LL Stub Stewart State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle state park day use fee. “OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Viewing highlights includes Mars, Saturn, Moon  and more!  On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4610 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations.”

"Tales of BIG and little", Saturday, September 22, 10:30AM, Beaverton City Library.  Puppet show presented by Steven Engelfried of Pink Pig Puppet Theatre, featuring three stories that pit little guys vs. big guys.

Northwest Civil War Council Battle”, Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada, OR.  $8 Adults, $5 students and seniors, free for children 5 and under.

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Saturday, September 22, 2PM, Gregory Heights Library.  “Join family and friends in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in Vietnam and China. Enjoy various activities in celebration of the bright mid-autumn harvest moon. Knowledge of Chinese is not necessary, but adds to the fun.”

Falls Creek Falls and Panther Creek Falls Hike”, Saturday, September 22. Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Free.  3.4 miles, 650’ elevation gain.  Preregistration required; register online :  “Welcome autumn at this secluded waterfall with hike leader Jane Garbisch. The gentle trail follows a cascading creek to a 220-ft, three-tiered waterfall. This hike will visit two waterfalls.” 

Mahrajan”, Saturday, September 22, 11AM- 7PM, PCC Sylvania Campus, Performing Arts Center lobby and courtyard, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx.  $5 requested donation.  “The largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in the state! Delicious Arab cuisine, Arab souq (bazaar), arts and crafts, henna painting, cooking demonstrations, music, dance, poetry, children's activities and a raffle for prizes…the list goes on and on in terms of entertainment at this year's Mahrajan! This day-long, alcohol-free and tobacco-free event showcases the arts, entertainment, food, traditions, and most importantly, the spirit of Oregon's Arab-Americans, reflecting their diversity and contributions to Oregon's cultural landscape.”

Polish Festival”, Saturday, September 22, 11AM- 10PM, and Sunday, September 23, 12PM-6PM, 3900 N Failing Street between the Polish Library and St. Stanislaus Church, both located on N. Interstate Avenue in Portland Oregon. Free admission. “The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone. During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.”

Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man’s Farm”, Saturday, September 22, 2:30PM,  and 4PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show). “Follow trickster Bob Rabbit on this musical puppet adventure with Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson). Each night, Bob must sneak on to Mr. Man’s farm to scrounge his vegetable dinner. But tonight he has company: a sly fox who is looking for another kind of dinner! What will Bob do? Find out during this interactive performance that mixes classic folksongs and stories with original music and puppetry.”

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival”, Saturday, September 22, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, September 23, 9AM-4PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Avenue, Canby, OR.  Free parking and free admission. “Our Mission is to exhibit and demonstrate the full spectrum of natural fibers (plant and animal) from beginning to end, from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product. It’s a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities.”

Der Rheinlander Oktoberfest Family Day”,  Saturday, September 22, 12PM-5PM, 5035 NE Sandy Blvd., 13 and over $5, children 2-12 $2, and free for ages 3 and under.  “Face painting, balloon artists and arts and crafts to entertain family members of all ages! We will also have musical entertainment and a set by Paloma as a preview for the upcoming evening fun!”
“Portland Streetcar Central Loop Grand Opening”,  Saturday, September 22, press event at 10AM on the plaza in front of OMSI, service beginning by 11AM.  Free rides all day.  “The Portland Streetcar is excited to open its newest line, the Central Loop, on September 22, 2012. The celebrations will start at 10:00AM with a Press Event and speeches at the OMSI Plaza in SE Portland. Service will begin by 11:00AM following the press event and the departure of the first, ceremonial train. The Central Loop will connect with the existing streetcar on 10th and 11th in Downtown Portland. From there it will cross the Broadway Bridge traveling along Broadway, Weidler, 7th, MLK and Grand connecting to the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District, Oregon Convention Center, the Central Eastside Industrial District and OMSI. This is the first streetcar project in the country to be funded with a Federal Grant and includes new vehicles made by United Streetcar located in Clackamas, Oregon.”

Oregon Rail Heritage Center Grand Opening”, Saturday, September 22,  11AM, 2250 SE Water St., Pdx. “Public opening for the new home of SP Daylight 4449, SP and S 700, and OR and N 197. The Daylight is expected to be steamed up for the event. The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation will unveil their new building housing the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. On display will be the three historic steam engine locomotives that volunteers have been restoring and maintaining for the last 30 years at Brooklyn yards. While you are in the area, hop a ride on the new Eastside Streetcar loop for the grand opening of the line. Rides will be free all day!”

Helvetia Culture Fest”, Sunday, September 23, 1PM-4PM, Accoyo Norte at Pacific Crest Alpacas, 12995 NW Bishop Road Helvetia, OR. $10 adults, $5 for teens 13-18, and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets and meals should be ordered in advance:  “The Helvetia Culture Fest features cultural events, music, dancing, local food and beverages, and entertainment for all ages We are especially proud to welcome back the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. They'll be introduced by Siobhan Taylor, who will present an overview of the Tribes and their connection to this area.  The Tribes' Royalty Girls will perform cultural dance demonstrations in full regalia The Helvetia Alphorns will help us honor our Swiss heritage.  Becky Sowders, one of our talented yodelers, will demonstrate the Swiss tradition of yodeling.  Perhaps you'll learn to yodel a few notes! In addition to the Swiss and Native American cultural performances, we'll have music by the Pudding River Band, whose great down-home music will delight listeners of all ages.  And the kids will have their own crafts corner to keep them busy with fun activities.”

Portland VegFest”, Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Blvd., Pdx.  $6 for adults, free for kids 10 and under.  $1 off coupon available on their website:  VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone! VegFest features food samples, speakers and classes, cooking demonstrations, ask the experts, family activities, restaurants, and non-profit organizations.  Free samples of hundreds of different foods: Delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks, and ice creams, fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats, and so much more!”

Author Talk, “Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis”, Sunday, September 23, 4PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  Tickets are $17.99 and include admission and a signed copy of ‘Under Wildwood’, the second book in their ‘Wildwood’ trilogy. Tickets are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and the Crystal Ballroom, online at, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books distributed at event.  In ‘Under Wildwood’, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with Wildwood. Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. Her mind is constantly returning to Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training. But all is not well in that world. A hard winter has come and discord reigns in the wake of the so-called Bicycle Coup. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet: to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country.”

"Lego Construction Zone", Sunday, September 23, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  "Drop in to work on your creations with other Lego fans.  We'll supply the building blocks; you bring your creativity."

Author Talk: Bruce Bjornstad”, Sunday, September 23, 2PM,m Hood River Library.  “Ice Age cataclysms violently transformed the Northwest thousands of years ago, leaving behind scores of flood features, many found nowhere else on Earth. The sheer enormity of the Ice Age floods is mind-boggling. The floods helped gouge out Idaho’s largest and deepest lake, Pend Oreille, and sculpted the weird topography of eastern Washington. Following up on his first volume, ‘On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A geological field guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin’, geologist Bruce Bjornstad joined forces with colleague Eugene Kiver to guide readers upstream – northward into the Channeled Scabland and northern Idaho. The authors explore numerous flood features and present dozens of trails and tours directing readers to experience, firsthand, the striking aftermath of the Ice Age floods.”

Becoming a Bully-free Community”, Thursday, September 27, 7PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  A program for adults. “Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied, either physically, verbally, or online, at some time during their school years. At least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Children who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. You are invited to join a community discussion of bullying and what we can do to help protect our children. In a Community Café setting, attendees will discuss a structured and unbiased set of questions to arrive at deeper insights and creative solutions, ultimately sparking leadership to develop the relationships necessary to strengthen families and the community.”

"Homeschool Book Club", Thursday, September 27, 11:30AM, Hillsboro Main Library meeting room.  "We will share a discussion about the book, 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane', by Kate DiCamillo. Parents may use any curriculum they wish at home to supplement. This book club is for all ages, as this book's story and rich vocabulary appeals to everyone. Kids who are interested can participate in a related craft. Parents are expected to stay with their kids. Bring a bag lunch - no red/dark drinks, please. Toddler toys will be provided."  Hosted by a Hillsboro homeschooling mom!

The Underwater Adventure”,  Friday, September 28, 7PM, Saturday, September 29, 7PM, and Sunday, September 30, 3PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $6 each for ages 3 and up. “Shawnry Connry tells all about the sea creatures while a small seahorse and a sting ray escape sharks, jellyfish, angler fish and the most deadly thing in the sea; pollution!  Their friends Manta Ray, a dolphin, a puffer fish, an octopus and many other sea life come together to help them, as well as to celebrate life in the sea.  Rod Puppets by Dragon Theater Puppets. Performed in real water!!!”

7th Annual Dancing In The Square Powwow”, Friday, September 28, 12PM- 7PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square. “Join the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and other local Indian organizations for their 7th Annual American Indian Day Celebration. The event will include Northwest Tribal leaders, Indian advocates, drum groups, dancers, and arts and crafts vendors who will share their talents and experiences with the Portland community. Tribal organizations will set-up booths displaying health, education, youth and other programs they provide on behalf of Northwest Tribes and the Portland Indian community.”

Geocaching Adventures at the Library”, Saturday, September 29, 10AM, Stevenson Community Library, Stevenson, WA.  “Learn the basics of geocaching at the library and we will do some searching for caches in the Stevenson area. Please bring a sack lunch.”

"20th Annual Portland Juggling Festival", Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, Reed College Sports Center, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Details TBA.  Not cheap, but looks amazing for the serious juggler!  "The Portland Juggling Festival is one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the United States, with jugglers from around the world and down the street joining together to share their knowledge and show their skills. We have performers, hobby jugglers, and beginners joining together for a two and a half days of throwing. Expect a big show Saturday evening, workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced jugglers, and vendors of every variety of juggling prop."

Henna Tattoos”, Saturday, September 29, 1PM-4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  “Have you always wanted to get a Henna tattoo? Well, here is your chance! Henna artist Wendy Rover of Roving Horse Henna will be painting henna tattoos for everyone! All ages welcome.”

Spooky Science”, Saturday, September 29, 11AM, North Portland Library.  Suggested for ages 5-12. “Mad Science has spooky fun down to a science! Count Eggbert sets the stage for a show chock full of exciting and engaging scientific Halloween surprises. Melting goo and floating objects included!”

Autumn Fan Art”, Saturday, September 29, 3PM, Holgate Library.  “Using liquid watercolor, glitter and other fun materials, you can turn a plain white fan into a work of art! Celebrate autumn with a leaf or fall fruit motif, or go abstract with the traditional colors of the season. Artist Cindy Lommasson will guide you on this creative adventure.”

Portland Retro Gaming Expo”, Saturday, September 29, 10AM-7PM, and Saturday, September 30, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Blvd., Pdx. $25 weekend pass, $20 Saturday only, $15 Sunday only, kids 10 and under are free. “Our primary mission is to educate our visitors on the impact that video games have made on our society. Our main methods for doing this are through hands-on interaction with classic games and by hosting speaking engagements from important figures from video game history. The first consumer video games were created over 40 years ago. As years pass and new systems replaced the old, it does not always occur to game manufacturers and owners to preserve examples of their games for the future. PRGE believes that, by demonstrating original game hardware and software in working condition, we provide a clearer example of video game culture through the years and a better experience for our attendees. Video games bring together multiple disciplines including mathematics, physics, art, music and drama. It is our belief that by highlighting video games of the past, we will inspire the game creators of the future in all of these areas.”

Bread and Butter Day”, Saturday, September 29, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free, donations accepted. “One of our oldest events at the Mill, We will be teaching our young guests to churn butter and while we are busy churning, the boys are going to rolling, cutting, and frying fresh bread. Of course, our bread is made with the finest whole wheat milled right in front of you. So how can you top homemade bread with homemade butter? With cinnamon sugar, naturally!”  Of course you also get to see a covered bridge and a working grist mill, and samples are offered of flour and cornmeal (paid for with donations from visitors).

37th Annual Cider Squeeze”, Saturday, September 29, 10AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR.  Admission $5 for individuals or $20 per family. Bring your apples, press ours, or buy cider. Vendors, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family. We will have both the old and new parking lots available for this event. Cider pressing: If you're bringing apples, please bring them to the new lot on Eagle Creek Road. - Press cider from your own apples: $1.00/gallon 
- Press cider from our apples: $3.00/gallon 
- Use our jugs: $1.00 each (jugs hold 1 gallon of cider) 
- Cup of cider (at food booth): $0.75 
- Pre-pressed cider: $7.00/gallon. Meals, pies, baked goods and ice cream available onsite. Live music all day, featuring Heartstrings, Extra Measure, and more! Tours of the house, store open for historic books, toys, games and souvenirs, 1860's barn with corn-grinding and cross-cut saw, Build a log cabin, use the laundry scrubboard and wringer, check out our new wagon shed, and visit a living history log cabin. Blacksmithing and woodstove cooking demonstrations. Food booth prices range from $2.00 hot dogs to $4.00 for a Barbecue Beef Sandwich. Or make it a meal with chips and an old-fashioned soda, iced tea, or juice. Good food, good price, good cause!”

Festival of Japan”, Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, Uwajimaya Beaverton,  “Two days of great food and events!  It's the biggest Japanese Festival of the year!  Details to come!”

Full Moon Hike", Saturday, September 29,  Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA.  Free. 2.2 miles with little elevation gain. Preregistration required; register here:  “Join us for this special evening hike as the full moon rises with Refuge expert Wilson Cady. We’ll listen and watch for creatures of the night as we walk the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail just before the seasonal closure of one section of the trail on October 1st. The threat of the destruction of this unique wetland at the western entrance to the Gorge Scenic Area helped trigger the movement that led to the creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Your naturalist/historian guide will cover both the natural and human history of this refuge which opened to the public in 2009. Over 200 species of birds have been seen on this 1,049-acre refuge and this location has played a role in northwest history starting with Captain Vancouver's exploration of the Columbia River in 1792.”

Harvest Festival at French Prairie Gardens”, Saturday, September 29-October 31,  17673 French Prairie Rd., St. Paul, OR.  On the weekends they have racing pigs!  Lots more info here:

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest”, Saturday, September 29- October 31, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR. Lots more info here:

Acorn Pudding and Extracting Volatile Oils”, Saturday, September 29, 8AM-12PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx.  $25- $40 sliding scale, children 7- 17 pay their age, children 0-6 are free.  Discounts of $3 for each adult family member attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required, more info and registration here: “Get hands-on experience on how some wild plants are processed for grain, flour, and essential oils. We'll see how to shell, grind, process and leach acorns so that they transform into wonderful additions to breads, muffins, pancakes, and pudding. By the end of the workshop we'll have gone from bitter acorns in the shell to a sweet acorn pudding that any normal human would enjoy. Also learn how to make a distillation setup from simple kitchen ware. We'll make a distillate from mint that you could use to flavor teas, use in cooking or aroma therapy.”  Presented by local treasure, author Dr. John Kallas.

Musical Performance with Innisfree”, Sunday, September 30, 2PM, Northwest Library.  “Join Brenda Scearcy and Jim Loewenherz for an entertaining program of traditional Irish music. In between singing and playing, the musicians will share the fascinating history of the music while demonstrating genres and dance steps. Fun for all ages!”

Le Grand Continental”, Sunday, September 30, 2PM and 4PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Free.  “Kicking off its 15th anniversary season, White Bird is producing Le Grand Continental, choreographed by acclaimed Montreal choreographer Sylvain Émard, and danced by 150 non-professional volunteer dancers from the Portland region. This will be the West Coast premiere of an exciting line dance, infused with contemporary movement that incorporates the rhythms of country, techno, cumbia, waltzes, and R and B. It will be the largest dance event ever held in Pioneer Courthouse Square. There will be two 30-minute performances on Sunday, September 30, 2 and 4pm. Admission is free. White Bird is proud to bring Le Grand Continental to Portland as a thank you to the Portland community for supporting White Bird—the sole dance-only presenter west of the Rockies—for 15 years.  Le Grand Continental celebrates the diversity of Portland by bringing together individuals of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.”“le-grand-continental”-largest-dance-event-ever-held-pione

Neighborhood Foraging - Fall Harvest of Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables”, Sunday, September 30, 1PM – 4PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx.  $25-$40 sliding scale, children 7- 17 pay their age, children 0-6 are free.  Discounts of $3 for each adult family member attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required, more info and registration here: “We'll bushwhack through Portland's urban neighborhoods to find some of Fall's best and diverse delectables - nuts, fruits, and greens. Wild as well as landscaped edibles will be covered. Some eating may occur. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.”  Presented by local treasure, author Dr. John Kallas.