Roses are in full bloom around the City of Roses! Be sure to check out one of the many lovely public rose gardens while the glory lingers. I listed a bunch of them in this post: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/2010/05/roses-in-rain.html Of course the Rose Festival is in full swing! Details here: http://www.rosefestival.org/ Strawberries are ripening at pick-your-own farms…yum! Look for a farm near you at http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm. And farmer’s markets are beginning to have substantially more fresh produce. Find one here: http://www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/index.html
"Tea and Roses", Sunday, June 3, 11AM- 4PM, Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, SE 26th Ave. and SE Stark St., Pdx. Free. "Stop by the Roses of Old Oregon pioneer garden for complimentary tea and cookies. View the historic blooms and listen to short talks about old roses and Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery. There will be special “guest appearances” by Georgiana Pittock, who passed away in 1918, and by rose garden founder Mary Drain Albro, who passed away in 1962. The event is part of the Rose Festival History and Roses Tour and takes place rain or shine. Free rose and lavender sachets will be offered while supplies last."
12:00 = Guest Appearance by “Mrs. Mary Drain Albro,” Rose Garden Founder
12:30 = Guest Appearance by “Mrs. Georgiana Pittock,” Portland Rose Society Founder
1:15 = Roses of Antiquity presented by the experts at Heirloom Roses of St. Paul, Oregon
2:00 = Northwest Rose Historians
2:30 = Victorian Motifs in Gravestone Art
"Water Wonders at Blue Lake", Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. 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." http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6696
"Painted Turtle Walk", Saturday, June 9, 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6393 "Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of Oregon’s largest populations of Western painted turtles. Your naturalist guide will have telescopes for great looks and turtle shells to examine to see how these animals are built. Meet in the parking area on North Marine Drive."
"Connect to the Columbia Canoe Paddle", Sunday, June 10, 10AM-2PM, Vancouver Lake, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA. Free, no preregistration required. Canoes available strictly on a first come, first served basis. "Join the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership at the REI Paddle Demo day on Vancouver Lake. Come aboard stable 34-foot big canoes led by Estuary Partnership staff. Participants paddle the canoes, observe wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective. Children over 5 years old and adults are welcome. There is no charge for this paddle adventure. The Estuary Partnership provides personal flotation devices in standard sizes for ages 5 and above. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis."http://www.lcrep.org/sites/default/files/Estuary%20Partnership%20Paddle%20Series%20Flyer%20for%20Web.pdf
"Animal Activities at Blue Lake", Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, 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. "Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as critter rock painting, animal origami, potato stamp footprinting and wildlife journaling." http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6707
"Scappoose Bay Watershed Fair", Saturday, June 16, 10AM- 4PM, Scappoose Bay Marina, 57420 Old Portland Rd. Warren, OR. Free. "Come enjoy a day at the bay with the Scappoose Bay Watershed Fair. The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, our sponsors, and local vendors will provide games, activities, food and fun for all ages. There will be canoe tours of the bay at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, as well as music, pony rides, raffles, a treasure hunt and much more! Bring the whole family and experience our natural treasures and all the bay has to offer."http://www.facebook.com/events/382882411749731/
“What’s Blooming on the Refuge”, Saturday, June 16, 9AM- 11AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, OR. Free. Preregistration required; contact Jenna Mendenhall at Jenna_Mendenhall@fws.gov or call 503-625-5944 x222. “Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt, for a spring flower walk. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments.” http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/specialevents.html
“Big Rig Revamped”, Wednesday, June 20, 9AM- 12PM, St. Helens Library. “In 2010 the St. Helens Public Library hosted its first Big Rig Day. Last summer, audiences were exuberant when Big Rig Returned. The library now cordially invites families to the third annual heavy equipment petting zoo: Big Rig Revamped!!! Join us June 20th from 9 am to Noon for a hefty good time with big vehicles from around the County. The first 200 children to arrive will receive a free picture book - everyone else can sit in the driver’s seat, get a lift, and take a ride. This is also a good day to sign your child up for the Summer Reading Program in which your children (ages birth through eighteen) can earn prizes for the reading they do all summer long.”
"Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake", Friday, June 22, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 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. "Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find “fossils” in the ground, make clay beads or create other cool soil crafts." http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6716
"Nature Games at Oxbow", Saturday, June 23, 10AM- 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham, OR. $11 per family, plus $5 day use fee per vehicle. Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6937 "Bring your family to beautiful Oxbow Regional Park and play nature games with Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens. Take off your shoes, run in the grass, use your “owl eyes,” stalk like a fox and play 'nutty squirrels.'"
"Rick Meyer's Old Time Music Show", Friday, June 29, 8:30PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR. Free. "This lively show immerses the audience in the musical heritage of the American pioneers along the Oregon Trail. Instruments and household items such as the musical saw, jew’s-harp, spoons, banjo, ukulele and washtub bass are included as part of this informative, fun-filled presentation." http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6900 Rick Meyers is absolutely phenomenal, and definitely worth seeing! This is a show at the campground, for overnight campers. I have been to them before without being a camper. I called ahead to ask, and was told that as long as I told the park rangers when I entered the park and when I arrived at the show, that we would need to be let out of the gate afterward, it was no problem, and this proved to be true. If you are not camping and do come to a show, be sure to bring a flashlight to find your way back to your car!
"Plant Explorations at Blue Lake", Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. "Learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful children's garden. Enjoy fun activities such as potato printing, bookmark making, flower origami or leaf rubbings. Ages three and up. Adult supervision required." http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6685