Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Marvels

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events around the greater Portland area for the month of March 2012.  I create this list every month for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids 9 and under, but many have wider appeal.  There are quite a few events which are intended for adults, but families are welcome if your kids are interested. I look for events with some cultural or educational value. This month, I asked British steampunk rapper Professor Elemental to be my guest proofreader, but he was honestly just too busy being super happy.  So I had to fall back on my three faithful sock monkeys,  Razzmatazz, Efran, and Greta. So... please doublecheck any event you'd like to attend, in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations. 

If you are planning a garden with your child and would like help, there are many places around town where adults can take free gardening classes. Northwest Library is offering one Wednesday, March 7, at 7PM; Hillsboro Main Library is offering one Thursday, March 8 at 6:30PM; and garden centers like the Portland Nursery and Dennis’ 7 Dees have them as well. 

Author Janet Lee Carey”, Thursday, March 1, 7PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “’Dragonswood’ is a worthy sequel to Janet Lee Carey’s popular young adult novel “Dragon’s Keep.’ Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens. Accused of witchcraft, young Tess is forced to flee but is given shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise, and soon the pair is at the center of an exciting, romantic adventure and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between dragons, humans, and fairies.” 

Handmade Art with Rubber Stamps”, Thursday, March 1, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Create your own unique piece of artwork using a variety of rubber stamps and ink.” 

Homeschoolers Hands-on Art”, Thursday, March 1, and Thursday, March 15, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. In this series, “We'll study six different book illustrators and artists, creating art in the style that makes each person famous.” 

Mo Phillips”, Thursdays in March, 10:30AM, at Milagros Boutique, 5429 NE 30th Ave., Pdx. ($3-5 suggested donation); Fridays at 10AM, at Soundroots, 3954 N. Williams Ave., Pdx. ($5 per walking kid); and Sunday, March 11 and 25 at 10AM, Flying Cat Coffee Co., 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($3-$5 suggested donation), and Thursday, March 8, 6PM, Mississippi Pizza. “Mo performs interactive shows of his own that respect the intelligence of young people with wit and irreverence, without being 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.” 

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Zombies…Be Prepared!”, Thursday, March 1, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Library, Oak Room. “Are you prepared for an emergency? What will you do if you have to evacuate your home during a fire or a flood? What if you are unable to return home after an earthquake? How will you communicate and reconnect with your family, friends, and people in your life after a disaster? Do you have important items gathered into an emergency preparedness kit? Do you know what to do during an earthquake? What about when the Zombie Apocalypse threatens? Every single person in Oregon needs to take simple steps to ensure they are personally prepared for emergencies large and small. Learn how to prepare yourself and your family at this free Disaster Preparedness Workshop presented by the American Red Cross.” 

The Alphabeticians”, Friday, March 2, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library; Tuesday, March 13, 6:30PM, West Linn Library; Saturday, March 3, 4PM, at E.A.T., 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx; Sunday March 4 and 18 at 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($5 donation per family); and Friday, March 9 and 30, 5PM, at Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx ($10 suggested donation per family). Mr. Hoo will also be playing every Tuesday at 10AM at Soundroots, 3954 N. Williams Ave., Pdx (an interactive show with instruments for the kids, $5 admission per child); every Wednesday at 10:30AM at the Warehouse, 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx ($5 suggested donation per family); every Wednesday at 12PM at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. ($5 donation per family), every Thursday at 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee ($5 donation per family), and Friday at 11AM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave., Pdx. “The Alphabeticians, Mister Hoo and Mister E, have been best friends since their salad days in the mid 80s. They formed The Alphabeticians after they both became fathers, heard some of the music that was promoted as “Kid's” music and thought, “We can do better than that.” They combine humor, clever (mostly original) songs, interactive elements and an all around great stage show to entertain people of all ages. Adults have as much fun as kids at a typical show, where you're likely to hear songs about numbers, size, dads, metaphors, bags, monsters, extinct fish and multiple alphabet songs.” 

Author Talk: The Lorax Pop-Up!”, Friday, March 2, 4PM, Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Beaverton; and Saturday, March 3, 2PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “David A. Carter is the author of 75 pop-up books, including the bestselling 'Bugs in a Box' series, which has sold more than six million copies. He is also the creator of the magnificent pop-ups One Red Dot, Blue 2, Horton Hears a Who Pop-Up!, Oh, the Places You'll Go Pop-Up!, and Lots of Bots!” 

Book Launch for Author Kristina McMorris”, Friday, March 2, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center Mall, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. “Join us to welcome author Kristina McMorris for a book release and signing of her new book, ‘The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves’. This book launch also includes a panel discussion featuring two remarkable guests from Oregon Nikkei: a former Japanese American relocation camp resident and a Japanese American WWII veteran recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.” 

Family Clay Nights”, Friday, March 2, 9, and 16, 6PM-8:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. No preregistration required. “Come as a family and play with clay! $10/hr per adult and child pair. $4/hr for each additional child. Includes glazes, firings, and 5 lbs of clay. Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of the potter’s wheel by instructor approval only. Pay at Multnomah Arts Center office.” 

Portland Lindy Exchange featuring the Midnight Serenaders”, Friday, March 2, 1:30PM- 4:30PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Portland Lindy Society is hosting a weekend of jazz music from the 1920s thru the 1950s both from local and out of town bands. Visit Director Park on Saturday, March 3 for a chance to listen (and dance) to some great music that has played a huge part in our musical heritage.”

Portland Opera to Go: Hansel and Gretel”, Friday, March 2, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Enjoy a family friendly production of Hansel and Gretel and a selection of opera's greatest hits!” This is their last area show for the season! 

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in March, 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.” March 3: Nest Tour; March 10: Forest Ferns; March 17: Slugs Can Save Your Life; March 24: Urban Coyotes; March 31: Trillium Hike. 

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival”, Saturday, March 3, 3PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM. “The Newbery Medal is the most prestigious award in children’s literature and has been given out annually for the past 90 years. With the help of author James Kennedy, we will be hosting a 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to debut videos that compress the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less. It turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds. James will be bringing the “best of the best” from the screenings he has already done in New York City and Chicago, and mixing them with entries from Multnomah County, with entertainment between the films, cabaret-style! James' co-host will be National Book Award nominee and noted pink-hair-flaunter Laini Taylor, the author of the rightly much-buzzed-about and thrilling Daughter of Smoke and Bone (as well as her similarly great Lips Touch and her two Dreamdark books, Blackbringer and Silksinger).”

SE Area ARTWalk”, Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, 10AM-5PM. “The SE Area ARTWalk will allow you the opportunity to go on a FREE, self-guided tour by visiting the studios, home workspaces, galleries, host homes and businesses within the walkable/bikeable/busable boundaries of SE 9th - SE 41st and SE Hawthorne to SE Powell Blvd.” See artists and locations on their website: 

Fernhill Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, March 3, 8AM-11PM, meeting at the Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR, free. Preregistration required; register by calling 503-626-0949. “Join wildlife expert Elaine Murphy for a free morning jaunt to Fernhill Wetlands. Viewing stands and trails at this birding hotspot are ideal for watching the thousands of migratory and wintering birds that use this wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Trumpeter Swan, Greater Scaup, Eurasian Widgeon are some of the winter waterfowl you may see but watch for shorebirds on the mudflats and waders in the rushes and reeds too.” Some more info on the natural area to be explored: 

Owl Fest”, Saturday, March 3, 5PM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. They will be offering guided hikes and this year they require preregistration, so you won’t get there and be disappointed to find that all the hikes have filled up! My suggestion is to get there early while there is still parking and enjoy a walk in the woods. “Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, snacks by Clif Bar, owl crafts, guided hikes and up close encounters with the Audubon Education Owls – Hazel and Julio!” 

DIY Terrariums”, Saturday, March 3, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. “Terrariums are the most effortless container gardens; they are easy to make and even easier to maintain! Join professional gardener Melissa Richmond in building your own terrarium and learning all about taking care of your new container garden. Each participant will have their own terrarium to take home after class.” This class is on their adult calendar, but I am assuming a well-behaved child would be welcome to make a terrarium with an adult. 

Portland Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, March 3, 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.” 

Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising”, Saturday, March 3, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Family friendly, outstandingly entertaining original roots bluegrass.”

The International School Presents a Japanese Cultural Celebration”, Saturday, March 3, 12PM- 3PM, Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center Mall, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. “We are pleased to welcome students, staff and supporters of The International School of Portland as they bring their talent to our store for an afternoon celebration of Japanese culture. Everyone is welcome!” 

Author Talk: Oregon History Comics”, Sunday, March 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside, Pdx. “Ten stories about Oregon’s history. Ten Oregon illustrators. Ten excellent history comics! Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk and the Dill Pickle Club proudly present Oregon History Comics: 10 short comic books telling little-known stories from our state’s history. From women’s suffrage in Oregon to the tragic Vanport Flood to the legendary all-ages venue, the X-Ray Café, this box set presents oft-dry histories in an exciting and accessible format — through bold illustrations from some of Portland’s best and brightest comics illustrators. Collected in this box set are: 
Faces of Lone Fir Cemetery — Sarah Mirk 
Life and Death of the X-Ray Cafe — John Isaacson 
Dead Freeways — Don Barkhouse 
Portland’s Black Panthers — Khris Soden 
The Streets of Chinatown — Harry Lau 
Voices of Celilo Falls — T. Edward Bak 
The Vanport Flood — Nicole Georges 
The Lives of Loggers — BT Livermore 
Votes for Women — Suzette Smith 
Oregon Bikes — Shawn Granton.” If you can’t make it to the book signing, and would like to purchase the books, you can get them directly from the awesome Dill Pickle Club: and you can even borrow them from Multnomah County Libraries! 

Songs, Stories, and Friends with Charlie Hope”, Sunday, March 4, 1:30PM, Tigard Library. “Charlie Hope is a singer and songwriter who performs children’s music that adults enjoy, too. Everyone will be singing along and grooving to the beat as Charlie performs classic children’s songs as well as entertaining originals. Her album, ‘It’s Me’, was awarded Best Children’s Album of 2009 at the Annual Independent Music Awards.” 

Yours for Liberty: Abigail Scott Duniway”, Sunday, March 4, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Jean Ward and Elaine Maveety, co-authors of ‘Yours for Liberty: Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway's Suffrage Newspaper’, will introduce Duniway through a visual presentation followed by a lively exchange of her women’s rights and woman suffrage writings. Presented in conjunction with the ‘Votes for Women! The Oregon Story’ exhibition.” They have a fascinating short film on this topic you can see on Youtube:

Science Activity”, Monday, March 5, 4PM, Molalla Library, Conference Room. “Come in and enjoy this hands on Science Activity.” 

Mars and Venus at Their Best, and Spring Sky Highlights”, Monday, March 5, 7PM and 8:15 PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” 

Ivy Basket Workshop”, Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; please call 503-718-6537 to register. “What can you do with pesky, invasive ivy? Find out how to get rid of it, while learning that it can be useful. Make an ivy basket. Science and art educator Erica Wisner will show you how.” This is an adult class but I was advised children are welcome to register with an adult.

Bird and Nature Walk”, Tuesday, March 6, 9AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin, OR. Free. “This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.” 

Gentle Rain”, Tuesday, March 6, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Gentle Rain is an established fresh sound in the Portland area jazz scene. With David Griffith on woodwinds; Sam Fisher, bass; Flor Fernandez, guitar; Cliff Jetton trumpet and Spencer Hinkle on drums, the group plays a captivating blend of swing, Latin, blues, bossa nova, ballads, fusion in performing modern jazz favorites.” 

"Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food", Monday, March 5, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. “Americans have been eating genetically modified foods for more than a decade, yet the controversy surrounding them continues, both here and abroad. From Oregon ballot measures to World Trade Organization battles to issues of hunger and food security in developing countries, the topic of GM food has raised scientific and ethical questions and concerns. The approval of several new GM crops such as sugar beets and alfalfa in 2011, as well as the pending approval of GM salmon, continues to capture consumer attention. At this Science Pub, we’ll talk about the real-life experiences and wide-ranging perspectives of the scientists, farmers, policy­makers, and grassroots activists on the front lines of this fierce debate, going beyond the hype to address the current questions and answers surrounding genetically modified foods. Dr. Lisa H.Weasel is an associate professor of biology at Portland State University, and is the author of ‘Food Fray’. Dr. Weasel’s current research interests are centered on the social dimensions of science and technology, particularly ethics and equity issues relating to the life sciences. Her scholarly work encompasses a broad range of interdisciplinary topics: feminist science studies and gender equity; public engagement with science; and the relationship between food, democracy, and sustainability. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.” 

Two Jazz Guitars”, Tuesday, March 6, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. Two Jazz Guitars are Barry Glick and Jim Putman. You can here samples of their music here:

Doctor Who Social”, Tuesday, March 6, 5:30PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “A night of Whovian crafts and trivia! Enter to win prizes and leave with a fun craft of your making. Costumes and cool T-shirts encouraged.” 

"Legos and More", Tuesdays in March, 2PM-5:30PM, Vancouver Library, Children's Program Room, Level 3, 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA. Suggested for ages 5-11. "Drop in for creative construction with Legos, Clics, K’nex and other fun building toys." 

"Science Sleuths", Wednesday, March 7, 2PM- 5PM, Vancouver Library, Children's Program Room , Level 3) 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA. "Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Aerospace Book Club." 

Invasive Species”, Wednesday, March 7, reception at 6PM and presentation at 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room, 721 NW Ninth Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online . “Join us for our Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series presentation on Oregon's invasive species with a special focus on carp and the impact they've had on one of Oregon's most treasured places; the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Linda Beck with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss the carp, how it has affected the Refuge, and research currently underway to understand how the population can be brought under control. Rick Boatner, the Invasive Species Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will talk about the Department's efforts to combat a multitude of nonnative invaders including zebra and quagga mussels and feral swine.” OMG!!! Oregon has invasive feral swine?! Get outta here! 

Science and The Doctor” (Dr. Who, of course!), Wednesday, March 7, 6PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “How does The Doctor do what he does? Could time travel really work? How can something be bigger on the inside? And who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic"? Join Portland State University physicist Dr. John Freeouf as we explore these questions and more!” 

Brick and Little Builders”, Thursday, March 8, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-8; no preregistration required. “Come and play with LEGO and Duplo blocks.” 

Tualatin Valley Gem Club’s 54th Annual Rock and Mineral Show”, Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $1 for adults and free for kids under 12. It’s a must for rockhounds and fossil lovers, and don’t forget the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals is very close. At this time details aren’t available on the fairgrounds or gem club’s website, but I confirmed the dates, times, and admission with the club. 

Folkgrass”, Friday, March 9, 7:15PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “FolkGrass is a Portland band that first broke onto the scene a couple of years ago, drawing on the talents of the Multnomah Arts Center’s music department. At first, they played a variety and combination of styles, staying in the general realm of bluegrass and folk music. But they have evolved and now expand the edges of those genres touching jazz and country as well. Whatever the style, expect energetic music, both covers and originals with mandolin, guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, woodwinds, dulcimer and anything else they decide to throw in. They choose some well-known nuggets to cover and the originals are exciting new songs you’ll want to hear again.”

"Rang Barse- Holi Festival of Colors", Saturday, March 10, 11AM- 2PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.  $15 admission, $10 for kids 8 and under, free for kids 2 and under. Advance tickets with no service charge at  "Outdoor color play (organic colors), Water Play (Pickaris, Water Balloons and Water Guns), Food, Drinks, Games, Music, Dancing.  Food by India Palace Restaurant." I have never been to a Holi celebration, but expect to get colored powder and/or water on you!

Hep Cats and Hound Dogs”, Saturday, March 10, 10:30AM, Albina Library; Tuesday, March 20, 10:15AM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 9:45); and Sunday, March 25, 2PM, Holgate Library. “Can a cat and a dog be friends? Join Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, and his hilarious animal friends Hep Cat Eddie and Jim the Hound Dog in this lively musical puppet show. Mixing classic rockabilly and country songs with an interactive performance, this show is fun for the whole family!” 

Living In Space”, Saturday, March 10, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Meeting Room. “Presented by Katie Ray of Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Program includes a story, hands on presentation and craft project all related to the book.” 

Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth”, Saturday, March 10, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Tuesday, March 27, 2:30PM, Gresham Library. “Take a ride on the Reading Express to Little Kids Town where Randolph the Rabbit, Buddy the Crow and a host of colorful characters will come to life through ventriloquism. Join Buck and Elizabeth for this high energy show which combines interactive musical comedy with dance, song and cheek slappin'.”

Jass Two Plus One”, Saturday, March 10, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Jass Two Plus One brings you the romance and adventure of 1920’s and 1930’s Jazz. It was a vibrant, robust, naughty new music people first called ‘Jass’ and later ‘Jazz’. 

Brick and Little Builders”, Saturday, March 10, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Suggested for ages 3-11; no preregistration required. “Brick Builders and Little Builders will be a combined drop-in program (bricks for older kids and little kids will be in separate areas). We encourage grown-ups to join their kids as they create with LEGO and Duplo blocks.” 

It’s Showtime!” Opening Reception, Saturday, March 10, 3PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Join us in exploring the most influential Jewish songwriters and their legacies. Enjoy your favorite Broadway musicals and light refreshments at the exhibition opening reception for “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965.” Performance by Eastern PDX Klezmer Duo. 

Sweater Sleeve Puppets”, Saturday, March 10, 2PM, Northwest Library; Thursday, March 22, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Tuesday, March 27, 1PM, Central Library; and Saturday, March 31, 1:30PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online “Learn how to transform a thrifted sweater into a fantastic hand puppet! Artist Dawn Grunwald will show you how to create a cuddly lamb, silly serpent or crazy kitty. Embellish with bits of fabric and yarn scraps, and then take home your puppets to continue the fun at home! Hand sewing skills will be taught as well as finger crochet. All materials provided.” 

Bookmark Workshop”, Saturday, March 10, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Friday, March 30, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Don't lose your place in your favorite book! Create your own moveable, colorful, pop-up bookmark with artist Kathy Karbo. Using various tools, decorative papers and new techniques, you can create a work of art to hold your place!” 

Portland Art Museum- Junk Deli”, Saturday, March 10, 10:30AM, Sherwood Library. “We will have Museum educators bring the arts into the Library with "Junk Deli." Young participants will transform trash into treasure by constructing and deconstructing recycled materials to build a new masterpiece.” 

Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!”, Saturday, March 10, 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.” 

Sellwood-Westmoreland St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade”, Saturday, March 10, 12PM, beginning at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 SE 15th St., Pdx. “Hundreds of people will parade through the main streets of the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhoods, accompanied by the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band, an Irish bagpiper, Irish Wolfhounds, Portland Fire and Rescue’s Truck 20, the Portland Police’s Traffic Division’s motorcycle police, children with decorated bikes and wagons, and a lot of people wearing Irish green. When the march arrives back at the school, a St. Patrick’s festival begins, with an old-fashioned carnival and cakewalk, entertainment under the tent will feature live music from Irish band The Chancers, Fat Wednesday, Hyatus; the St. Agatha Children’s Choir, and young Irish dancers. Dine on authentic Irish corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish sausage rolls, and more. Ireland’s Guinness beer will be available. The events extend to 8 pm. Open to the public.” 

Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour”, Saturday, March 10, 10AM-12PM, entrance at SE 26th Street between Stark and Morrison Sts, Pdx. $10 suggested donation. “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. 

**Daylight Savings Time begins at 2AM, Sunday, March 11. Clocks should be set forward one hour.** 

Portland Origami Paper Shapers”, Sunday, March 11, 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.” 

Poetry Out Loud”, Sunday, March 11, 2PM, Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside, Pdx. “Join high school students from around Oregon for the regional finals of Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. Students recite the words of classic and contemporary poets and compete for spots at the state championship!” 

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History”, Sunday, March 11, 2PM, North Portland Library Meeting Room. “Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon and will also discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape for Black Oregonians. Walidah Imarisha has taught in Portland State University’s Black studies department, where she has created classes about topics as diverse as the history of the Black Panther Party, race and the history of prisons, Hurricane Katrina, and hip hop as literature.”

Grow Portland Seed Club Packing Session”, Monday, March 12, 7PM-8:30PM, Green Dragon Bistro, 928 SE Belmont St., Pdx, and Sunday, March 18, 12PM-1:30PM, Warehouse Café, 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx; Wednesday, March 28, 7PM-8:30PM, Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N. Killingsworth St., Pdx; and Saturday, April 14, 1PM-2:30PM, Eastminster Church, 12505 NE Halsey St., Pdx. $28 for 15 packets of seeds of your choosing (list available on their website). Preregistration required; register online at “You are invited to participate in a ‘Grow Portland Seed Club’ seed packing session. Home gardeners help pack seeds of organic vegetables, bought in bulk by the club and repacked in sizes appropriate for home and school gardens – seeds known to do well in the local climate. This year we've ordered over 60 varieties of organic, open pollinated vegetable seeds. Portland growers are invited to help with the packing – participation costs $28, but those participating will take home 15 seeds packets, with instructional handouts. Minors are welcome to sign up for our Lucky Lab and Green Dragon packing sessions, but we ask that if you are bringing young children (8+ please) that you consider signing up for our Warehouse Cafe or Eastminster Church seed packing session. Thanks!” 

Cornerford Dancers”, Monday, March 12, 12PM, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Remember the heart-pounding rhythms and sounds of “Riverdance?” Come hear Portland’s version as the young Comerford Irish Dancers demonstrate their quickness and skills at performing stepdance and other traditional Irish dances. The music and movement will be so stirring, you may just decide to dance your own jig. Comerford dancers have won numerous regional, national, and international competitions. Appropriate for all ages.” 

Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen”, Monday, March 12, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Mark is a Grammy Award winner with his guitar, and Greta was National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Artist of the Year in 2009. Together they play and sing a wide variety of entertaining music, including blues, jazz standards, folk ballads, Motown, and self-composed songs.”

1390 Charhar Shanbe Suri: The Eve of Red Wednesday Festival”, Tuesday, March 13, 6PM-12AM, Oaks Park Dance Pavillion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $5 for adults, free for kids under 10. “Fire jumping, egg coloring for kids, tea and Persian snacks, DJ music. Persian food catered by Kolbeh Restaurant. Persian New Year or Nou Ruz takes place at the exact moment of spring equinox, which this year will be at 10:14 pm (PT) on March 19th. Iranians, Afghans, Kurds, Tajiks, Belouchis, Parsis, and Azerbaijanis alike celebrate this tradition. Part of the ancient custom, which takes place before the actual Nou Ruz, is the celebration of Chahar Shanbeh Suri, the "Eve of Red Wednesday." On this night young and old jump over bon fires with the phrase "Sorkhi-e to az man, zardi-e man az to," meaning: "Your beautiful red color to me, my sickly yellowness to you." By doing so the past is symbolically left behind in favor of the celebration of re-birth and the new. It has been held in Iran since the dawn of our history more than 2000 years ago. Andisheh Center is proud to have organized this event in Portland for the past years. The 2012 event will be held at Oaks Park Dance Pavillion. Hope to see all of you for this year's event.” 

Snow Geese of Wrangel Island, Russia”, Tuesday, March 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Ever wonder where ‘our’ visiting Snow Geese go when they are not wintering by the thousands on Sauvie Island? Their breeding grounds are located on Wrangel Island, Russia, comprising 2900 square miles of some of the most remote Arctic wilderness on the planet. In addition to hosting the only breeding population of Snow Geese in Russia, Wrangel Island abounds with other wildlife. Located between the Chuckchi Sea and East Siberian Sea, it has been said that the only place harder to get to is the moon. But Wrangel Island has the highest density of polar bear dens in the world; twice as many plants as any other arctic tundra area of similar size; seals, Arctic fox, Arctic wolves, walruses, lemmings, Snowy Owls; and the last place on earth with a thriving woolly mammoth population (dying out only 4,000 years ago). This wilderness was declared the northern-most World Heritage site in 2004. Russian biologist and accomplished photographer and videographer Vasiliy Baranyuk has studied the island’s wildlife for the past 30 summers, with stretches as long as 87 days without seeing another human. Vasiliy specializes in the study of this unique population of Snow Geese. Wrangel Island’s Snow Geese nest in an interior mountain valley and—like Antarctic penguins—flightless young walk an incredible distance (75 miles) from the nesting colony to feeding areas near the sea. Through grants from the Pacific Coast Joint Venture and other organizations, Vasiliy is conducting a lecture tour of significant wintering areas for these geese from Vancouver, BC to Sacramento, to share his love of the land and wildlife, and especially the Snow Geese of Wrangel Island. His talk will include videos and photos of this remarkable place and its magnificent inhabitants.” 

Slavic Folk Dance with the Matryoshkas”, Tuesday, March 13, 7PM, Tigard Library. “This ensemble from Eugene will bring the unique beauty of Slavic culture to life with traditional folk dances, colorful costumes and songs from the Ukraine and Russia.”

Author Talk: Trading Manny”, Tuesday, March 13, 7PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Jim's newest book is a memoir about teaching baseball to his 7-year old son Joe during the height of the steroids era. ‘Dad, why did they take steroids if they were already good? Did Ken Griffey Jr. use steroids? Did Manny?’ ‘Trading Manny’ is the moving story of how a father and his young son recaptured their love of baseball — a winning testament to why the game matters and how it can still bring us together in spite of itself.”

Scott Free: The Life of Abigail Scott Duniway”, Wednesday, March 14, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library; Friday, March 16, 6:30PM, Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main St., Ridgefield, WA; Wednesday, March 21, 7PM, Cascade Park Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA; and Thursday, March 22, 7PM, Stevenson Library, 120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson, WA. “Meet the woman who won the vote for women in Oregon a century ago! Scott Free is a new play by Oregon playwright Toni Douglass about the life and work of suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway, who for 40 years led the struggle to get the vote for women in Oregon. Duniway lived to see success in 1912. This year marks the centennial of this significant historical event for Oregon. Toni Douglass and Barbara Callander, both professional actors, have been touring programs about women’s history for over 15 years. Douglass wrote Scott Free in honor of this year’s suffrage centennial in Oregon. It is a play within a play, with historical scenes in the life of Abigail Scott Duniway, interspersed with contemporary scenes between the two actresses rehearsing a play about her.” I found this article about the presenters:

Poetry Reading by Ron Talney”, Wednesday, March 14, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Mr. Talney is the editor of ‘Stone City I, an Anthology of Oregon Poetry’ from Stone City Press. In 1985, his poem, ‘Portlandia’, was selected as the official dedication poem for the Portlandia statue, the second largest beaten copper statue in the United States, second only to the Statue of Liberty. He poem is permanently displayed on the statue's dedication plaque. In 2009, ‘The Anxious Ground’ was selected by the Oregon State Library as one of the 150 best books of poetry published by an Oregonian since the establishment of statehood.” 

Hands-on Pizza Class”, Wednesday, March 14, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “From the dough to the fixings, Jean Johnson will show you how to make mini veggie pizzas with whole wheat crusts. Participants will learn to mix yeast dough and watch it rise while slicing and dicing the toppings. Expect homemade tomato sauce from Jean’s organic garden as well as a raft of veggie goodies. Participants can take their pizza home in a pie plate to bake.” 

Craftastic: Toast!”, Wednesday, March 14, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; register here: “One word—TOAST! The toast mural is back. Join us to make art from bread and a toaster. It can be done! But you need to be here to help us to do it!” (I wonder, what do immigrants think of a country where food is so plentiful that we make murals out of toast? America, I love you!) 

An Irish Céilí: Concert and Dance”, Wednesday, March 14, 6:15PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Start celebrating St. Patrick's Day early with a fun, lively program featuring Irish music and dance. Piper Tim Birr kicks off the evening with a bagpipe prelude at 6:15 p.m. Musicians Hanz Araki and Kathryn Chaire will sing and play flute, whistle, fiddle and guitar in a short concert starting at 6:30 p.m. In the spirit of a traditional Céilí (community social gathering), learn some traditional dance steps from Sam Keator while the musicians accompany you.” 

Parker Quartet”, Wednesday, March 14, 12PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery; and Wednesday, March 14, 3PM, Beaverton Library. “Hailed by the New York Times as ‘something extraordinary’, the Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent classical music ensembles of its generation. The Grammy award-winning ensemble is known for pioneering performances in non-traditional venues.”

Art-Works!”, Thursday, March 15, 3:30PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. registration required; register online: “We’ll be making collages this month. The theme is ‘Trees’.” 

Portland Poets Paulann Petersen and Don Colburn”, Thursday, March 15, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Paulann Petersen is Oregon's sixth and current Poet Laureate. She has published a number of chapbooks and full-length collections of poems, including ‘Kindle’ (2008) and ‘The Voluptuary’ (2010). Don Colburn is a former Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. He has published three collections of poetry, most recently a chapbook titled ‘Because You Might Not Remember’.” 

"Nanotechnology: Unveiling the Big World of the Very Small", Thursday, March 15, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR. $5 suggested donation. All ages. “How are materials that are only a 1/1,000,000,000 (a billionth) of a meter in size created, tested and engineered? How are these materials reshaping the world of computer technology, renewable energy, medicine, building materials and many others? The US is investing billions of dollars a year in nanotechnology research and commercialization; come explore the exciting world of “nano” and how the State of Oregon, with its state-of-the art facilities and researchers is leading the charge in creating large advances in the very small. is the Rosaria P. Haugland Chair in Pure and Applied Chemistry. Having received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1983, Dave joined the University of Oregon in 1986. Professor Johnson's groundbreaking, non-traditional approach to chemical synthesis has led to many new materials that have immediate practical applications. Johnson is both an entrepreneur and educator, and has worked extensively with the Engineering and Technology Industry Council to create research and educational programs with Oregon Industries.” 

Little House on the Prairie”, Friday, March 16, 7PM, Saturday, March 17, 7PM, and Sunday, March 18, 2:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Pdx. Free student presentation of the Multnomah Arts Center’s Studio Theatre.

Nawruz Celebration”, Saturday, March 17, 7:30PM- 11:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Building Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $5 admission. “The Persia House at PSU cordially invites all friends of Persia to celebrate the Persian New Year- Iranian Heritage Day Celebration. Traditional anthems, disco and rhythmic music, New Year gifts for Children, Perso-American dance contest, raffle drawing, pastry, fruit, tea, and soft drinks.” 

Toys for Ramona”, Saturday, March 17, 2PM, Albina Library; and Saturday, March 24, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30). Suggested for ages 4- 10. “The children on Klickitat Street created many imaginary games and the necessary toys to go with them. Join Addie Boswell in learning how Ramona made her own instruments, stilts, and other inventions out of bottle caps, plastic containers, tin cans, and other common household materials.”

Green with Envy- Special Malachite Exhibit”, Saturday, March 17, 1PM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 4 and under. Cultural passes for this museum are available through  Washington County Libraries.

Birding at Graham Oaks Nature Park”, Saturday, March 17, 8AM- 11AM, meeting at Lower Boones Ferry Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego, free. Preregistration required; call 503-635-2044. “Join wildlife expert, Elaine Murphy, for a free morning jaunt to Graham Oaks Nature Park. Metro staff and volunteers have planted over 150,000 trees and 100 million grass and flower seeds, to enhance existing oak savanna and Douglas fir forests. The result is an area rich in wildlife and fauna. Look for blue birds, nuthatches, even kingfishers on the 3 miles of trails that meander through the park.”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, Saturday, March 17, 11AM, Downtown Hillsboro, OR. Lots of green, lots of horses, LOTS of candy tosses. A big family favorite.

All-Ireland Cultural Society’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival”, Saturday, March 17, 12PM-8PM, Ambridge Event Center, 376 NE Clackamas Ave, Pdx. $10 adults, $5 12-20 years, free for kids 11 and under with paying adult. “The festival features a variety of ceili dancing, step dancing, traditional music and song, food and beverages and much more. A great event for families, including children.”

Irish Festival”, Families welcome on Saturday, March 17, 12PM- 8PM in the Front Tent, and Sunday, March 18, 8AM- 5PM in the Back Tent. Kells Restaurant, 112 SW Second Ave., Pdx. No cover charge for family events. There will be dancers, musicians, pipers, and Irish foods.. Lots of details on their website:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Edgefield”, Friday, March 16, music beginning at 4:30PM, and Saturday, March 17, music beginning at 2PM, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, OR. All ages except in the winery. 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Wilsonville”, Saturday, March 17, McMenamins Wilsonville Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville, OR. Free, all ages. Live music begins at 2PM. Details here:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Kennedy School”, Saturday, March 17, music begins at 11 AM, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. All ages. Details here:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Grand Lodge”, Saturday, March 17, music begins at 12PM, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR. Free. All ages. Details here:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Hotel Oregon”, Saturday, March 17, music begins at 7PM, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR. All ages except in the Cellar Bar. Free. Details here:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse”, Saturday, March 17, live music begins at 5PM, McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and Imbrie Hall, 4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd., Hillsboro, OR. Free. All ages. Details here: 

Vernal Equinox Celebration”, Saturday, March 17, beginning at sunset, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, $5 parking per vehicle or a State Park pass. “From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Sometimes we can even view the International Space Station passing overhead. There is no formal registration for the event itself, just show up and enjoy the evening. You don’t even need a telescope to participate; other members are enthusiastic to share their views. This is a good opportunity for beginners to get acquainted. Come and observe your favorite objects and spend a wonderful evening with friends, and friends you haven’t met yet.” If you are planning to go, be sure to call 503-797-4610 #2 after 3PM on the day of the Star Party to make sure they’ve determined that the skies are clear enough for this event to happen. This time of year it’s far from a sure thing, but these are wonderful events when they happen! Lots more info here:

African Storytelling with Habiba!”, Saturday, March 17, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

CelloBop with Gideon Freudmann”, Saturday, March 17, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library Meeting Room. “Cello innovator Gideon Freudmann has created his own style of music called CelloBop - a fusion of blues, jazz, folk and much more. His music is both immediately accessible and richly detailed in its nuance and complexity, and has been heard on television soundtracks, NPR’s All Things Considered, and over 14 albums. Join us at the Hillsboro Main Library for an afternoon of Gideon's innovative sound as he plays a set of original songs and instrumental music on the electric cello.”

Nighttime Hoots and Howls”, Saturday, March 17, 7:30PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Bvd., $3 per person. Preregistration required; register online “Meet a naturalist for an ‘after hours’ walk! Hear the chirps of birds settling in for the night, the hoots of owls as they search for prey, and other night time activity. Rain or shine - PLEASE be dressed for the weather and leave your pets at home.” 

Kids in Nature- Banana Slugs!”, Sunday, March 18, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park. $10 per child. Preregistration required; preregister online: Suggested for ages 3-7. “Get to know a banana slug up close and in person! Learn about why this unsung hero is an important part of our forest ecosystem as we find slugs on the trails, read slug stories, and make our very own slug slime. “ 

Mi Piñata”, Sunday, March 18, 1PM, and 2:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own traditional cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song and lyrics.” 

Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant”, Sunday, March 18, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Arriving from Russia at age 5, Berlin grew up poor on New York’s Lower East Side. He escaped by teaching himself to write lyrics and play the piano while living on the streets in his late teens. Within four years he wrote "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and went on to become one of America’s greatest songwriters. Join educator Charles Troy for this multi-media presentation of Berlin’s amazing story.”

St. Joseph School Celebration with Matt Holm!”, Sunday, March 18, 1PM-3:30PM, Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA. “We celebrate St. Joseph Catholic School with a variety of student-led events, and a special author signing from popular Babymouse and Squish illustrator Matt Holm! K, 1, 2, 4 perform, 6th grade band and 5th grade book reviews throughout the afternoon. 5th, 6th, and 7th grade will have projects on display. Everyone's welcome.”

**The Vernal Equinox is at 10:14PM Pacific Time today, which means…SPRING IS HERE!** 

Great Blue Herons”, Monday, March 19, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Story Time Room. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online . "We are so fortunate to have Great Blue Herons in many areas around Hillsboro! “Today we will learn more about these amazing birds and maybe see one or two around the Library. Wear warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes for our adventure.” 

Library Legos”, Monday, March 19, 3:30PM, Goldendale Library, 131 West Burgen, Goldendale, WA. “Join us for an afternoon of Lego construction games.” 

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, March 20, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Call for titles.” 503-988-5655 

Colorful Oregon with Douglas Lorain”, Tuesday, March 20, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Award-winning author and local guidebook guru Douglas Lorain has been obsessively hitting the trails of the Pacific Northwest for over four decades - so he's an expert when it comes to hunting down the best in local color. From fields of wildflowers to hillsides covered with fall foliage, he will share where - and when - to see the best of the best, on trails and backroads in Oregon and Washington.” 

Chickadees, Kinglets, and Nuthatches”, Tuesday, March 20, 7PM-9PM, $15, $10 for members and free for active volunteers. Preregistration required; register online: Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15, $10 for members and free for active volunteers. “Join birding expert Harry Nehls for the first of his 2012 series illuminating the lives of our feathered friends. Tonight's program focuses on the tiny monarchs and acrobatic chickadees and nuthatches of our native forests. In the Pacific Northwest you can find two of each species if you know when and where to look and what to look for! Harry shares his wealth of information gained from over fifty years of birding in Oregon.” 

Wildlife Corridors with Lori Hennings”, Tuesday, March 20, 7PM, Leech Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; email Bich Trinh at or call 971-222-6139. “What do we know about urban wildlife use of habitat corridors and patches for dispersal, migration, and other life cycle needs? What do we not know? How might community and conservation planning apply available research and information in our region? Come hear Lori Hennings Senior, Natural Resource Scientist at Metro, share the science of wildlife corridors and the state of the knowledge in the Portland metropolitan area.”

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon”, Tuesday, March 20, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA. “A Battle Ground Library Monthly Travelogue.” 

The Science and Art of Permaculture”, Tuesday, March 20, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors admitted with a parent or guardian. “We all know that we face many environmental challenges as individuals and as a society, but coming up with ways to solve these problems can be daunting. There are so many issues – energy production, food and water resources, exposure to toxic chemicals – that one can get paralyzed by just trying to figure out where to start. Enter permaculture. Derived from “permanent” and “agriculture”, the term is used to describe design systems that work WITH nature and the things that live there (plants, animals, and humans), rather than trying to make biological systems bend to human needs alone. It includes a combination of biological concepts such as organic farming and using native plants in our yards, to ethical considerations such as reducing waste and making sure all members of society have enough resources to thrive. Join us for a lively presentation and good conversation about the design science of permaculture, including a description of what is it, how it got started, and why we should do it. Deke Gundersen, PhD, is a professor of environmental science, past chair of the environmental studies program, coordinator of the Life and Sol Garden, and was a co-director of the B Street Permaculture Project at Pacific University where he has been for over 11 years. Deke specializes in environmental toxicology and sustainability education. He is currently interested using permaculture as a natural systems design for teaching sustainability in higher education. Deke received his permaculture certification from the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead in Orcas Island, WA. He has been teaching permaculture at Pacific University for four years and has presented his ideas on permaculture in higher education at national sustainability meetings. Deke has also published in several areas related to environmental studies including works related to toxicology, sustainable design, and permaculture.” 

Art Right Off the Page”, Wednesday, March 21, 4PM, Beaverton City Library Meeting Room A. Registration required- call 503-350-3600. Suggested for grades 3-5 with adult accompaniment. They read a popular children's picture book, briefly discuss one of the illustrator's techniques, then the kids have a chance to draw and share their own stories. 

Author Talk: Cheryl Strayed”, Wednesday, March 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “’Wild’ is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she'd lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. Her family scattered in their grief, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life spun out of control. Four years after her mother's death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker--indeed, she'd never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” 

Peter Yeates”, Wednesday, March 21, 12:15, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin, OR. $10. “Bring your brown paper sack lunch and enjoy an hour of some of the best Irish music by some of the top players in the world! S and A Irish Entertainment presents Peter Yeates, veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist from Dublin Ireland. He has toured the United States and Canada extensively and has also performed in Germany Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Mexico, Bermuda, Korea and his native Ireland. He now resides in the Pacific Northwest.” 

Brick-Works!”, Thursday, March 22, 3:30PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. No registration required. “Through this program we hope to build enthusiasm for the library while stretching kids’ imagination through books, building, and social interaction. Come to this program and learn new building techniques, make friends and have fun building with LEGOS®.” 

"Library Lego Lovers", Thursday, March 22, 4PM, Three Creeks Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA;, Thursday, March 22, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA (special Lego Star Wars theme this month); and Saturday, Saturday, March 24, 2PM, White Salmon Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA. "Join us each month for a new Lego challenge." 

Kids Knit!”, Saturday, March 24, 11AM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover a fun new hobby by learning to knit or improving your current skills! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own supplies. For grade school-age children and up.” If you can’t make it to this event, but your kid would love to learn to knit, consider checking out one of Multnomah County Library’s regular knitting groups, most of which are open to people of all ages and abilities, for community and expert advice. Check them out: 

Spring Whale Watch Week”, Saturday, March 24- Saturday, March 31, 10AM- 1PM. “Trained volunteers will be present at 24 sites along the Oregon coast to help visitors spot gray whales. This is not the only time you can see the whales. About 18,000 whales will pass by our coast during March, April, May and June on their way to Alaska's Bering Sea. Juveniles pass first followed by adults. Last are the mothers and babies. Many of them come close to shore feeding on Oregon's great food supply. In April and May you may be able to see mothers and calves resting in protected coves close to shore. We see this quite often from the Whale Center. The same locations on the map are still great viewing spots.” Their website lists 26 spots for the 2011 season, but Oregon State Parks events page says there will be 24 spots, so if you plan on going, it would be best to call and verify the spot you’ve chosen will be staffed. Whales will be far enough offshore that the best way to see them may be by boat. Whale sightseeing boat tours can be quite reasonably priced. 

PaganFaire”, Saturday, March 24, 10AM-5PM, Ritual at 7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, OR. Adults $7, kids 12 and under free. $2 off admission coupon on their website: Craft faire, entertainment, workshops, and food. 

A Very Grimm Evening”, Saturday, March 24, 4PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Once upon a time, two brothers went out searching for stories … Scholars, librarians and diplomats, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s own lives were rich with history and drama. In literature and pop culture, the Brothers Grimm are on our shelves and our TVs. They collected folktales of a world that was often capricious and cruel and far removed from bedtime tales of princesses and friendly woodland creatures. Join us for an evening of fairy tales told by local actors and discussion led by Portland State University professor Maude Hines about some of our favorite stories and storytellers.” 

Lego Construction Zone”, Sunday, March 25, 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.” 

Portland Opera Preview: Galileo Galilei”, Sunday, March 25, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “An intimate and touching telling of a great man and his tumultuous times by one of the greatest composers of our time — Philip Glass. Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information and musical selections. 

Gustafer Yellowgold”, Sunday, March 25, 1:30PM, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Advance tickets are available for $8 with a $2.55 service fee at, and will be sold at the door for $10, What can I say about this kid’s music artist except that he’s totally groovy? Awesome musician and dad Morgan Taylor writes and performs songs and draws his own animation to go with them. They tell the story of the adventures of Gustafer Yellowgold, who grew up on the sun and came to live in Minnesota. He lives in upstate NY, but occasionally comes to Portland, and is not to be missed. You can hear his music and see his animation on his website,, and you can also borrow his videos from local libraries. 

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge Bird Walk”, Sunday, March 25, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Vancouver Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver, free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “An easy 10-mile drive from Vancouver, Steigerwald Lake offers historic riverline flood plain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and stands of Oregon white oak, as well as great views of the Columbia River.” More about the refuge here:

Dirt Time”, Sunday, March 25, 9AM-12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR. Free, but there is a $5 per vehicle day use fee per vehicle. “Join local trackers at Oxbow Regional Park to learn or improve animal tracking skills. All ages and skill levels, especially beginners, are welcome. Meet at the flood plain parking lot.” 

Puppet Making Palooza”, Monday, March 26, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 2-11. Preregistration required; call 503-350-3600. “Start off spring break by making your very own set up puppets.” 

Lasso Our Heritage: Cowboys and Cowgirls in Story and Song”, Monday, March 26, 7PM, Goldendale Library, 131 W. Burgen, Goldendale, WA. “In song, poetry and story, this colorful program relates the work ethic, hardships, and joys of frontier life.” 

Mad Science Presents, “Fire and Ice”, Monday, March 26, 11AM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades K-8. “The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109°F below zero. This science show will stimulate a child’s mind and spark their imaginations as they experience exciting, educational, high energy science magic! Come and see just how HOT and COOL science can be!”

"I Dig Your Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology", Monday, March 26, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro. Minors admitted with a parent or guardian. Obviously not suitable for all kids. “What happens when mysterious human remains are found in the woods? How are bodies identified, even after death and decomposition? Dr. Nici Vance provides a glimpse into the life of bones, bodies, and biological anthropology as she explains how skeletal remains are discovered, recovered, and analyzed for identification purposes. Dr. Vance also highlights a new national website for missing and unidentified persons called that’s bringing closure to families throughout the nation…and what you can do to help. Dr. Veronica "Nici" Vance is a Forensic Scientist for the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and the State Forensic Anthropologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. She has a PhD in anatomy from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) School of Medicine. Nici currently works in the Forensic Biology section of the crime lab, which analyzes biological evidence from homicides, attempted homicides, assaults, and high profile cases. She is also a crime scene analyst and advanced bloodstain pattern analyst, responding to over 150 crime scenes in her career and examining bodies and skeletal remains from every county in the state of Oregon. In addition to loving the dynamic composition of bone, Nici is a long-distance runner, a cyclist, a disc golfer (unsponsored), and a rabid fan of the Rose Bowl-winning University of Oregon Ducks.” 

Author Reading with Craig Romano”, Tuesday, March 27, 6PM, White Salmon Valley Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA. “Craig will read from his book, Day Hiking the Columbia Gorge.” 

A Balancing Act!”, Tuesday, March 27, 1PM, Troutdale Library; and Thursday, March 29, 3PM, Woodstock Library (preregistration required; register online “What happens when you lose your balance? You fall over! We balance all the time without even realizing it. We balance when we stand, walk and run! In this workshop, an AKA Science instructor will engage kids in hands-on science activities to explore the science of balance. Have fun exploring and manipulating the placement of weight in objects and in your own body!”

Stained Glass for Kids”, Tuesday, March 27, 2PM, Hollywood Library. “Make beautiful stained glass designs using recycled plastic, melted crayons, paper and paint with artist Addie Boswell. After drawing and cutting a design for your window frame, you can mix a variety of colors for the glass. Take your finished art home to catch sunlight in the windows and brighten up your spring. Nontoxic and great for ages 5-10.” 

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Collage”, Tuesday, March 27, 2PM, Holgate Library. “First he ate through one red apple. The next day it was two green pears, followed by plums and strawberries and oranges, ice cream and pickles, sausages and cupcakes! My, that is one hungry caterpillar! Inspired by Eric Carle’s famous book, artist Anya Hankin will show you how to make tissue paper collages that illustrate the hungry caterpillar’s culinary adventures!”

Spring Break Exploration Days”, Tuesday, March 27 through Friday, March 30, 1PM-3PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Free. “Come discover the natural wonders of wildlife at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! This family-oriented event will feature hands-on nature activities for kids.” 

Garden Treasure Hunt”, Tuesday, March 27, 1PM, Leech Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $6. Preregistration required- call 503-823-1671 to register. For ages 8-12. “Did you know there are hidden secrets out and about in the Garden? Using found clues, riddles, a map and special orienteering, we’ll make our way around the garden in our search for the final treasure. Put on your thinking cap and dress for the weather, we will be outside walking the garden during our hunt.”

Ocean Soul: Photographer Brian Skerry”, Tuesday, March 27, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. All ages. “An award-winning photojournalist specializing in marine subjects, Brian Skerry has logged more than 10,000 hours underwater. Traveling up to eight months each year, he visits warm tropical reefs, cool waters blooming with life, and beneath the polar ice. In celebrating the beauty of the sea’s natural moments, Skerry crafts images with an artist’s deft touch. Creatures from the sea floor fill the lens in an abstraction of shape and color. A fish appears for a close-up in a blur of motion and subtle hues. Beyond their artistic value, these photographs also tell an important story. In his coverage for National Geographic and other publications, Skerry pursues subjects that increase awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans. Treading softly beside nesting endangered leatherbacks and crisscrossing the seas covering the global fish crisis, he seeks to make photography a powerful instrument for change. Copies of his book ‘Ocean Soul’ will be available for purchase and signing.” 

Introduction to Desktop Ballistics”, Wednesday, March 28, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Meeting Room. Suggested for ages 8-12. Preregistration required; register online. “Amaze your friends! Learn how to make your own desktop catapult to hurl tiny erasers across the room.” 

Do You See What I See?”, Wednesday, March 28, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Thursday, March 29, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “Have fun learning all about light! If part of your morning routine includes seeing your reflection in the bathroom mirror, you have light to thank for that! In this workshop, an AKA Science instructor will engage kids in hands-on science activities to show how mirrors can be used to bounce light all over the place!”

Shake Rattle and Roll with Anne-Louise Sterry”, Wednesday, March 28, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Families will enjoy Anne-Louise Sterry’s happy mix of tales and music. “We are all connected by the same hopes and dreams. We share these with our children through our songs and stories,” says Sterry. “When I was little, singing was a big part of what we did in our home…Singing songs was how parents entertained children on car trips.” A registered nurse, Sterry has worked with kids for many years. She always brought her music along, whether it was singing with her pre-school class or with her patients in the hospital. For the past 14 years, singing and telling stories have been Sterry’s main profession and she has produced three recordings. Now a nationally-known performer, Sterry travels throughout the U.S. and Europe to entertain audiences with her unique, original songs and stories. She enjoys engaging children’s imaginations and using humor to create a “feel good” experience at her concerts.” 

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Reluctant Dragon”, Thursday, March 29, 10:30AM, Beaverton City Library; and Thursday, March 29, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “The story is about the cowardly knight Sir Cans-O-Lot, who must prove his knighthood, and a dragon that must show the village that he's nice. With the help of a shepherd boy they have a fake fight to fool the village into thinking that the knight heroically tamed the dragon.”

Make a Bird Feeder”, Thursday, March 29, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for kids 5 and up. “It's for the birds! Learn how to make a simple bird feeder out of recycled materials.” 

The Bug Chicks”, Thursday, March 29th, 10AM, Leech Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $8 per person or $24 for groups of 4 or more. Preregistration required; call 503-823-1671. “Meet Kristie and Jessica, insect scientists (Kristie studies solifuge arachnids and Jess studies aphids). As ‘The Bug Chicks’ they teach about the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. Their mission is to teach entomology to students all over the world and promote informal science education through some hands-on bug excitement! Check out their website’s videos before the program so you can ask them questions and be up to date on all the latest bug information: http://thebugchicks.

Nature Bingo”, Thursday, March 29, 1PM, Leech Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $6 per child. preregistration required, call 503-823-1671. “What animals, plants, or hidden secrets are out and about in the Garden? Find out as we play nature bingo during a walk around the garden. We’ll also make “binoculars” to help us on our search. Dress for the weather, we will be outside walking the garden and creating a craft project.” 

Science Fiction Fair”, Wednesday, March 29, 3:30PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Robots. Aliens. Outer Space. And more! Be transported in time, study the stars, make aliens, and more!” 

LAIKA and the Making of the Stop-Motion Features Coraline and ParaNorman”, Thursday, March 29, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Meeting Room. “Go behind-the-scenes of the animated features Coraline and ParaNorman with LAIKA Studio's Mark Shapiro. Mark will present time-lapse imagery and short vignettes that detail the major undertaking involved in the making-of these two animated films. Production puppets from Coraline will be on display.” 

Learn About Astronomy”, White Salmon Valley Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA. Friday, March 30, 7PM, the topic will be, “What’s In Our Night Skies?”, and Saturday, March 31, 7PM, the topic will be, “Telescopes and Computer Resources for Astronomy”. “Join Trout Lake amateur astronomer, Jim White, for a presentation about our universe and tools to explore the skies above.” 

Dazzling Dragonflies”, Saturday, March 31, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for kids grade 5 and under. “Learn about nature with the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation district's Nature Mobile. Games, stories, and crafts all about dragonflies.” 

Can You Hear Me Now?”, Saturday, March 31, 11AM, North Portland Library. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “Did you hear that? Sounds are all around us. You can hear them, feel them, and sometimes even see them! In this workshop, an AKA Science instructor will engage kids in hands-on science activities to explore the science of sound. Have fun really listening to and exploring sound and vibration. This is one of the rare times you will be encouraged to make noise in the library!”

Knot Cool: Friendship Bracelets”, Saturday, March 31, 3PM, Fairview Columbia Library. Suggested for ages 7 and up. “Join the Fairview Library's teen council in learning how to make colorful bracelets using embroidery floss.” 

VoiceCatcher Authors Reading”, Saturday, March 31, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Celebrate new work by seven VoiceCatcher6 authors. Co-editor Kristin Berger will emcee this lively reading of prose and poetry that captures the voices of Phyllis Brown, Lisa Maier, Sue Parman, Willa Schneberg, Pat West, Wendy Willis and Victoria Wyttenberg. VoiceCatcher is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supports and nurtures women writers and artists in the Portland Metro area.”

Get Out! Backbacking”, Saturday, March 31, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Do you want to go hiking or backpacking but feel you don’t have the experience, gear, knowledge or motivation to get out there? Wilderness expert Erik Soltan, of Get Out! Backpacking, will provide you with an introduction to hiking northwest trails and will discuss the personal tools and skills you need to be self-sufficient in the outdoors.” 

African Stories told by Massene”, Saturday, March 31, 11AM , Lake Oswego Library. “Originally from West Africa, Massene Mboup graduated college with dual majors in English and linguistics. He then earned a teaching degree and taught high school at the Lycee Maurice De La Fosse in Dakar. Since coming to Portland, he’s been a teacher at the Portland French School since 1999, is a soccer coach for the Portland Youth Soccer Association League, worked with the PSU Philosophy Department to develop a children’s curriculum, and is currently the school director of the International Leadership Academy, a Lake Oswego French immersion school. On top of all of these achievements, he is an author and a 'griot,' or storyteller. Children age 4 and up are invited to enjoy Massene’s unique and charming storytelling style. His African stories will be told in English, with a few words in French and Wolof thrown in.” 

Introduction to Wild Foods”, Saturday, March 31, 9AM- 12PM, Mt. Tabor Park, Pdx. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $20-35 sliding scale, Kids up to age 17 pay their age, $3 discount for each adult family member attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. “In a walk through several habitats within Mt Tabor Park, learn essentials of wild food use and study, the best books, resources, and field guides. Be a successful forager early on, sample plants, get expert advice. This core workshop provides a deeper understanding for all other workshops. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this event.” Lead by Dr. John Kallas, author of “Edible Wild Plants” and a cool dude.

Trillium Festival and Native Plant Sale”, Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, 10AM- 4PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. This is a very popular festival that takes place every year when the park’s lovely trillium wildflowers are expected to be at their peak. They will be running a parking shuttle service. Lots more info here: