Friday, June 29, 2012

July Goodness

This is my list of free and low cost events for the month of July 2012.  I compile this list for the homeschool group that we belong to, which includes kids 9 and under, but most have broader appeal.  I look for events with some educational or cultural value.  This month, I asked the guy with the mohawk in the Key of Awesome's Summer Jam song to proofread this thing for me!  So... please make sure you doublecheck anything you want to attend in case of typos, mistakes, cancellations, etc.







Portland Parks and Recreation’s “Summer Free for All” concerts, movies, mobile rock climbing wall, and other good stuff is now in full swing. Check it out here: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=50362 And at pick-your-own farms, blueberries, raspberries, and every kind of blackberry are ripening, and apricots, cherries, peaches, and apples will make their first appearance towards the end of the month. Look for a farm near you at http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm. If you are looking for a great way to celebrate July 4, you can check this list of the big fireworks displays: http://pdxpipeline.com/2012/06/28/july-4-where-to-watch-fireworks-portland-pictures-oregon/ or if you go to http://www.oregonlive.com/events/ and type in "fireworks" in the "search event listings" box, you'll get a list of 30 separate shows! Sometimes what small towns lack in big dollar displays, they make up for in how close you can get to safely watch them and how little hassle you have getting there and home.

"Molalla Buckeroo", Saturday, June 30, through Friday, July 6, Molalla, OR. "America's rodeos are living legacies of the working cowboy and cowgirl. Since its early beginnings the Molalla Buckeroo has become a classic example. The Fourth of July holiday is know as Cowboy Christmas in rodeo circles. Molalla's Buckeroo is one of the many that cowboys and other competitors have to choose from as the nation celebrates its birthday each summer." http://www.molallabuckeroo.com/2012Rodeo.aspx

Willamette Mission Battle”, Saturday, June 30, through Monday, July 2, Willamette Mission State Park, Keizer, OR. This is a battle reenactment presented by the Northwest Civil War Council. “The Northwest Civil War Council is a non-profit organization made up of people who share a strong interest in the American Civil War. They believe that this conflict, as savage and tragic as it was, still represents the centerpiece of our history and has important effects for us as a people even in the 21st century.” http://www.nwcwc.org/events.html

Plant Explorations at Blue Lake”,  Sunday, July 1, Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, 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. “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.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=149

Walk A Scale Model of the Solar System”, Sunday, July 1, 10:30AM, Daimler Trucks North America parking lot, 4747 N. Channel Ave., Pdx. RSVP requested: http://www.meetup.com/cfi-sfn/events/62754322/  Sponsored by the Portland Center for Inquiry. “The Solar system is REALLY BIG. No picture has been made that accurately represents it. Therefore most people can't conceive how huge our solar system is, how large our sun is relative to the rest of the planets, or how sparse the space is between planets. This July, you will get your chance. Using everyday objects for the planets, we will be at Swan island setting up a 1: 6,336,000,000 scale model of our solar system... walking from the Sun all the way to Neptune. The event entails a round trip walk of ~1mile and will end around noon. To read more about the model we will be setting up: http://www.noao.edu/education/peppercorn/pcmain.html Remember, since this is a scale model telescopes/binoculars work the same. So, feel free to bring them.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, Free Shakespeare in the parks!  Performing “As You Like It”, Sunday, July 1, 2PM, Washington Park (see website for detailed directions); and Sunday, July 8, 2PM, Irving Park; Sunday, July 15, 2PM, Laurelhurst Park; Friday, July 20, 6:30PM, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR; Saturday, July 21, 12PM, Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx; and Saturday, July 21, 6PM, at Carolwood Park, Beaverton.  Performing “Romeo and Juliet”,  Saturday, July 7, 7PM, Director Park; Saturday, July 14, 2PM, Laurelhurst Park; and Sunday, July 22, 7PM, at Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx. “A Midsommer Nights Dreame” will be performed Friday, July 13 at 7PM at Laurelhurst Park; and Sunday, July 22, 1PM, at Gabriel Park. Also they will be at Laurelhurst Park on Thursday, July 12, at 7PM for “Twelfe Night”; and Saturday, July 14th at 2PM for “Much Adoe About Nothing”. “OPS Fest is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to the Portland area by reviving the old.  When Shakespeare originally penned and performed his plays, theatrical practices were very different than modern audiences are accustomed to. First Folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal.  This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses. Ops Fest performs using the same performance techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction.  This lends a much more immediate, organic, improvisational feel to the performances.” http://www.opsfest.org/

Milo McIver Conifers”, Sunday, July 1, 11:30AM.  “The Story of McIver's Trees. Take a walk in the varied diversity of McIver’s forest and hear what the conifers have to say.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_142.php?eventid=4172&md=event

Rocket Hamster’s Space Odyssey”, Monday, July 2, 2PM, West Salem Library; Tuesday, July 10, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St.; Tuesday, July 17, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Wednesday, July 18, 11AM and 1PM, Salem Library; and Wednesday, July 25, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big. His dream is to become an astronaut and travel amongst the stars. After building a rocket ship to travel the solar system, he soon faces a team of wacky super villains who try to stop him from reaching his goal. Join Dragon Theater on Rocket Hamster’s journey in this all ages puppet show.”http://www.dragontheater.com/ Highly recommended!

Alphabeticians”,  Sunday, July 1, and Sunday, July 15, 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx, ($5 suggested donation per family); Tuesday, July 3, 11AM, Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; Thursday, July 5, 11AM, Sandy Library;  Saturday, July 7, 11AM, outside the Gresham Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St., Gresham;  Saturday, July 7, 4PM, E.A.T., 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx.; Wednesday, July 11, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Thursday, July 12, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Friday, July 13, 5PM, Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd. ($10 suggested donation per family); Saturday, July 14, 2:15PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. ($8 suggested donation per family); Friday, July 20, 2PM, Midland Library; Saturday, July 28, 1PM, St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave (as part of the Division Street Fair); and Monday, July 30, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx. Mr. Hoo will also be playing  Wednesday  July 11 and 18 at 10:30AM at the Warehouse, 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx ($5 suggested donation per family); Wednesday July 11 and 18 at 12PM at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. ($5 donation per family); Thursday July 12, 19 and 26 at 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($5 donation per family); Friday  July 6, 20, and 27 at 11AM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave., Pdx ($3 suggested donation per person); and Friday, July 27, 5PM, with Professor Banjo at Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx, $10 suggested donation per family. “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.” http://www.thealphabeticians.com/

Full Moon Hike”, Tuesday, July 3, 8:30PM- 10PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Oaks to Wetlands Trail on the Carty Unit, Ridgefield, WA.  Free.  Preregistration required; call Sarah Hill at 360-887-4106 or email Sarah_Hill@fws.gov. “A trail which is unfamiliar by day becomes a whole new experience at night!  Our trail guides will lead you on an adventure in which owls hooting, coyotes howling, bats flying, and rustling in the brush are all wonderful possibilities.” http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org/calendar.php


"St. Paul Rodeo", Tuesday, July 3, through Friday, July 6, St. Paul, OR.  "This rodeo is ranked as one of the top rodeos in the nation with prize monies approaching $500,000 and nearly a thousand competitors." It's also rather fun to watch. http://stpaulrodeo.com/

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Tuesday, July 3, 2PM, West Linn Library (free tickets must be picked up in advance at the library); Tuesday, July 10, 2PM, Ridgefield Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA; Wednesday, July 11, 3PM, Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste 285, Vancouver, WA;  Thursday, July 12, 1:30PM, North Portland Library meeting room; Thursday, July 12, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA; Wednesday, July 18, 2PM, Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal, WA; Wednesday, July 25, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La Center, WA; and Tuesday, July 31, 3PM, Northwest Library.  “Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi! Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world.” http://stevescreaturefeature.com/Creature_Feature_Reptile_Zoo/Welcome.html

komedy 4 da kidz”,  Tuesday, July 3, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Thursday, July 5, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA; Tuesday, July 10, 2PM, outside at the Sherwood Library; Wednesday, July 11, 1PM, North Plains Library; Wednesday, July 11, 3:30PM, Fairview Park bandstand at the south end of NE Village St. near Fairview City Hall (rain or shine); July 17, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin;  Thursday, July 19, 11AM, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA; Monday, July 23, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, corner of Bethany Blvd and NW Central Dr., Pdx; Tuesday, July 24, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Tuesday, July 24, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room;  Wednesday, July 25, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1280 NW Saltzman Road, Pdx; Wednesday, July 25, 12:30PM, Beaverton Library; Thursday, July 26, 6PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room; and Friday, July 27, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA. “Komedy 4 da kidz as presented by physical comedian, Angel Ocasio, is a high energy, very funny 45 - 60 minute one man variety show, perfectly suited for family audiences. This wonderfully interactive performance combines physical comedy, jokes, juggling, object balancing, comedy magic and impromptu comedy situations.”  http://ocomedy.com/

Rock’n’Roll Kindy”, Tuesday, July 3, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA; Wednesday, July 18, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La Center, WA; Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland, WA. “Do your kids rock? Rock 'N' Roll Kindy is a music enrichment program based in Portland, Oregon that helps preschool and school age rock stars form bands, write songs, and cut crazy records. Our emphasis is on writing and the literacy landmarks that creative writing can illuminate. Rock 'N' Roll Kindy is also about fun, and lots of it. Making a band is all about making friends and making noise, two great things that go great together!” http://www.rocknrollkindy.com/

Presto the Magician”, Tuesday, July 3, 2PM, outside at the Sherwood Library;  Tuesday, July 3, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Monday, July 9, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, corner of Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr.; Tuesday, July 10, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library;  Tuesday, July 10, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room; Wednesday, July 11, 10AM, Cedar Mill Library; Wednesday, July 11, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; Tuesday, July 17, 2PM, Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA; Wednesday, July 18, 1PM, Jesse Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, OR; Tuesday, July 24, 11AM, Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; Wednesday, July 25, 3PM, Cornelius Library; “Presto the Magician presents a show that will inspire lots of laughter, squeals of delight, and oohs and aahs. He combines his high-energy, comedic style with amazing magic guaranteed to make young and old wide-eyed with surprise.” http://www.prestothemagician.com/

Chicamarimba”, Tuesday, July 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Chicamarimba is an eight woman marimba ensemble whose playing radiates with a love of music and deep friendship. Chicamarimba performs upbeat world music blending African and Latin American rhythms, as well as contemporary favorites for all ages to enjoy. Instrumentation consists of seven marimbas, drums, hosho (African gourd shakers) and a variety of percussion instruments. Vocals include traditional Zimbabwean harmonies as well as contemporary songs.” http://www.chicamarimba.com/

Legos and More”, Tuesdays in July, 2-6PM, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA. Suggested for ages 6-11. “Drop in for creative construction with Legos, Clics, K’nex and other fun building toys.”

Dragon Theatre Puppets at West Linn Farmer’s Market”, every Wednesday in July, 5:30PM, on Main St. at 13th Ave and Willamette Falls Drive.  July 4:  Peter and the Wolf; July 11:  Little Bugs, Big World; July 18:  The Reluctant Dragon; July 25: Rapunzel Redeems Rumpelstiltskin. http://www.dragontheater.com/default.htm

Wednesday Evening Nature Walks”, Wednesdays in July, 5PM- 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free, no preregistration required. “Free guided nature hikes exploring 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.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Civil War Reenactment”, Wednesday, July 4, 10AM-6PM, Fort Stevens State Park.  “Civil War comes to life with the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C  at the  Historic Area of the park. See what it was like to be a soldier in the 1860s”

10th Annual Berry Festival”, Wednesday, July 4, 11AM- 4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro. “Join us for our annual 4th of July celebration highlighting  our bountiful harvest of fresh berries!  Enjoy family activities, great food and live entertainment all day long!” http://www.smithberrybarn.com/scripts/openExtra.asp?extra=7

Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Nature Mobile”, visiting the lawn of the Beaverton Library every Thursday in July, 2:30-4PM.  Topics will change every week.

Portland Actors Ensemble presents, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:00PM, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Ave. and SE Washington St., Pdx. “The show will be performed just west of the Soldier's Monument at the center of the
 cemetery. Please enter from SE 26th Ave. and stay on the paved areas.” They will also perform Sunday, July 8 at 6PM at Meinig Memorial Park, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Behind Sandy City Hall, and Saturday, July 21, 7PM, at Post5 Theatre, 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx. Free.   http://www.portlandactors.com/

Mo Phillips”, Mo has regular gigs Thursdays in July, 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); Sunday, July 8 and 22 at 10AM, Flying Cat Coffee Co., 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($3-$5 suggested donation), Thursday, July 12, 6PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx; Saturday, July 14, and Saturday, July 28, 5PM, Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd. ($10 suggested donation per family); and Sunday, July 22, 5PM, Sellwood Park Party, SE 7th Ave. and SE Miller St., Pdx. “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.” http://mophillips.com/

Puckett Family Magic Show”, Thursday, July 5, 11AM, Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA; Thursday, July 19, 2PM, Stevenson Library, 120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson, WA.; and Thursday, July 26, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA. “Puckett Family Magic provides a dynamic, family illusion show that combines flashy illusion, classy effects, humor and an inspirational message into an unforgettable event.” http://www.puckettfamilymagic.com/

Mad Science”, Thursday, July 5, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA; Tuesday, July 10, 10:30AM, Garden Home Library; Tuesday, July 10, 2:30PM, West Slope Library; Wednesday, July 11, 3PM, Cornelius Library;  Monday, July 16, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, corner of Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Drive, Pdx;  Tuesday, July 17, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Schools Library; Tuesday, July 17, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Wednesday, July 18, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1280 NW Saltzman Road, Pdx.; Wednesday, July 18, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; Thursday, July 19, 11AM, Sandy Library; Thursday, July 19, 2PM, Banks Library;  Tuesday, July 24, 2PM, outside at the Sherwood Library; Tuesday, July 24, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 25, 1PM, Jesse Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, OR; and Wednesday, July 25, 7PM, Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste 285, Vancouver, WA. “Step into the laboratory and get ready for a spectacular and captivating science show that is highly interactive, educational and entertaining. Mad Science experiments are guaranteed to spark imaginative learning!”

Zoo Animal Presenters”, Thursday, July 5, 10AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone.  “Youth zoo volunteers will share what they have learned about the animals they bring. All ages.”  These presentations are generally really good!

Legos at the Library”, Thursday, July 5, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “John Masek, of Bricks and Minifigs, will bring the supplies; you supply the imagination for a fun evening of building with Legos!”

Brad Clark-Stories and Songs for Big Dreamers”, Thursday, July 5, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th Street, Oregon City, OR .  “Come join us as we kick-off our Summer Reading Program performances with gifted musician and storyteller extraordinaire, Brad Clark, for a fun hour of singing, dancing and silly stories for all!”  Brad Clark is a Youth Services Staffmember at the Wilsonville Public Library. http://bradcmusic.wordpress.com/about/

Professor Banjo CD Release Party”, Thursday, July 5, 6PM, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx.  Free. All ages welcome.  Professor Banjo is celebrating the release of his new 6-song EP   “Live in Seattle”. “Paul Silveria is an old-time banjo player who covers a variety of intriguing Americana: mountain ballads, country blues, jug band tunes, and originals, all with a ready wit and engaging delivery. Most notably he plays for kids and their banjo-loving parents as Professor Banjo in a show that features sing-a-longs, dancing games, and more!” http://www.squaredancepaul.com/

Dig This!”, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, July 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30 at 10AM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 State Parks day use fee per vehicle.  “Join us on this special tour of the Oregon State University’s Archeological dig near the former Champoeg Townsite. Tour starts at the Townsite Trailhead near the Pioneer Mother’s Memorial Cabin, in the Riverside Day Use Area. (Follow the signs.) Tour length is 3/4 mile round trip, partly across an open field. Uneven terrain ‐ no wheelchair access. No restrooms on site. Wear closed toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water for this 11⁄2 ‐ 2 hour tour. Junior Ranger Program incorporated in tour.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/events/2012_Champoeg_Arch.pdf

Gorge Days”, Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8, North Bonneville, WA. http://gorgedays.net/index.html

The Swan Prince”, Friday, July 6, 7PM, Saturday, July 7, 3PM and 7PM, and Sunday, July 8, 3PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $6 for ages 3 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online for an additional .50 per ticket: http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html “Can a Queen outwit the King and his son the Prince, to rule the kingdom? How do potions and transformations work? A Prince looking for true love in a Princess -- Can he find one? Do kisses really break enchantments? Classic Miniature Czech Marionettes by Tendrak Theatre.” http://www.tendraktheatre.com/index.html

Water Wonders at Blue Lake”, Friday, July 6, Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, 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.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=149

Gem Faire”, Friday, July 6, 12PM -6PM, Saturday, July 7, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, July 8, 10AM- 5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx.  $7 for those over age 12, under 12 free, 2 for one admission coupon on their website:  http://www.gemfaire.com/ This is mostly beads, but there are always rocks, crystals, and fossils of interest to rockhounds as well. If you go once and give them your address, they will send you free admission coupons for future Gem Faires.

Living History Saturdays”, Saturday, July 7, 14, and 21, 1PM- 3:30PM,  Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 state park day use fee per vehicle.  “Come explore the sights and sounds, smells and flavors of 19th-century French Prairie life, and experience the history and spirit of Champoeg with the help of our volunteer costumed interpreters at many of our public programs.” July 7:  Textile Day; July 14- Blacksmith and Woodcraft Day; July 21:  1860s Games Day. http://www.champoeg.org/events/living-history.html

Ancient Greek Music”, Saturday, July 7, 1PM, Eliot Chapel at Reed College (see campus map here: http://www.reed.edu/facilities_services/reed_static_map.html ),  $10.  Presented by Ensemble De Organographia, Gayle and Philip Neuman. This concert will feature music from 500 BC to 300 AD on voice and historical instruments including kithara, lyra, salpinx, aulos, syrinx monokalamos, psithyra, tympanon, kroupezon, kymbala, and trichordon.  Repertoire includes the chorus from "Orestes,"  "Hymn to the Sun," "Seikilos Song," "First Delphic Paean," and "Hymn to Nemesis."  These and other selections also appear on the group's CD "Music of the Ancient Greeks."  Composers include Euripides, Mesomedes, and Athanaeus.  This 30 minute concert is part of the American Recorder Society Festival July 5-8, 2012.  Check out the ARS website http://www.americanrecorder.org for more information.” http://www.emgo.org/events.htm

Tree Spree: Exploring Trees”, Saturday, July 7, 9:30AM-12PM, meeting at Lower MacLeay Park, NW Upshur St. west of NW 29th Ave., $10 for adults, $6 for kids 6 and up, and $30 for a family of four. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/tree-spree-exploring-trees-younger-kids Suggested for ages 6-9. “Explore Forest Park’s magnificent native trees on a hike up the lush Balch Creek Canyon.  Discover what trees need to grow and what they are made of, become a tree as it matures from seed to snag, and hug the tallest city tree in the country!”

Portland Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, July 7, 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.” 

Author Reading, “Leonard and Silke”, Saturday, July 7. 11AM, Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “Author Brenda Peterson and photographer Robin Lindsey will read from their collaboration ‘Leopard and Silkie’.   In the Pacific Northwest, concerned volunteers become seal sitters, keeping vigil over the vulnerable baby seals that are left on the shore while their mothers hunt for food. Surviving in the animal kingdom is never easy and this informative picture book gives a first-hand look at what baby seals are up against. With its emphasis on human compassion, this true account teaches children to appreciate the natural world by helping in any way they can.  The star of the book is six year old Miles, who organizes his own rescue mission to help the seals survive.”

Birding at the Sandy River Delta”, Saturday, July 7, 8AM-11AM. From Portland take I-84 east, take Exit 18. At the stop sign turn right and loop under the freeway, continuing to the entrance to the park. Free. “Join Audubon leaders Patty Newland and Candace Larson for a walk around this rich riparian area near the Columbia River. Target birds: Northern Chat, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, warblers, flycatchers and sparrows.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/srdjuly12

Library Lego Lovers”, Saturday, July 7, 10AM, Ridgefield Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Join us the 1st Saturday of each month for a new Lego challenge.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays  in July, 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.” July 7- Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest; July 14- Plant Walk and Talk; July 21- Signs of Wildlife;  July 28- Pollinating in the Park.   http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Knights of Veritas”, Saturday, July 7, 1PM, North Bonneville Library, 214 CBD Mall, inside City Hall, North Bonneville, WA. “What was knighthood like in the Middle Ages?  Join us for this demonstration of ancient fighting techniques.  The knights will exhibit authentically weighted, detailed swords and armor, which you will have the rare opportunity to experience hands-on.” http://www.knightsofveritas.org/  Highly recommended!

Bubble Festival”, Saturday, July 7, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Road, Vancouver, WA.  “It's a bubble bonanza with big bubbles, baby bubbles, and a bubble craft or two!”

Junior Ranger Program at Tryon Creek”, Saturdays and Sundays in July, 1PM- 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free, no preregistration required.  “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge. We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.” Sunday, July 1-  Dancing Honeybees; Saturday, July 7- Spectacular Salmon; Sunday, July 8- Scavenger Hunt; Saturday, July 14- How Healthy is Tryon Creek? (water testing); Sunday, July 15- Banana Slug Sundaes,  Mid-Summer Celebration!; Saturday, July 21: Ethnobotany, Plants for Medicine (Making Lip Balm); Sunday, July 22- Ethnobotany, Plants for Food; Saturday, July 28- Dirt and Rock Investigation (Soil Science and Geology); and Sunday, July 29-  Oregon State Parks Create-A-Park.   http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Cathlapotle Plankhouse: Second Saturday Series”, Sunday, July 8, 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: http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org/plankhouse-history.php   Event details to be posted here: http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org/calendar.php

Adventures with Bugs”, Sunday, July 8, 2PM, Midland Library; Wednesday, July 11, 3PM, DeWitt Park across from the Hillsdale Library (In the event of rain, it will be held inside, and free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM at the library reference desk); Saturday, July 21, 2:30PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Tuesday, July 31, 2:30PM, outside of the Capitol Hill Library. “You will not be afraid of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!”  http://thebugchicks.com/ Highly recommended!!!

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate Workshop”, Sunday, July 8, 1PM- 5PM, at an organic farm on Sauvie Island. $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: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#WGGV  “Formerly called ‘Wild Gourmet Garden Vegetables’. This workshop covers many of the plants seen in the book: ‘Edible Wild Plants’, by John Kallas. Visit an organic farm and make a delectable wild gourmet salad on the spot with other participants. We'll harvest traditional European edibles (growing as weeds) that the farmers would be pulling. Learn how to identify common, plentiful, nutritious, and flavorful wild vegetables in this adventure. Get real hands-on experience with plants you'll see on a farm and in your own garden. Take advantage of these readily available sources of nutrients, and dietary variety. Traditional wild European edibles (gourmet greens and vegetables) plant themselves, enjoy the rich moist growing environment of the garden, and provide many seasons of foods that can add meal options you never dreamed of before. Once your learn these wild foods you can change from a ‘weeding’ to a ‘harvesting’ mentality in your own garden, yard, and neighborhood.”

Portland Origami Paper Shapers”, Sunday, July 8, 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.” 

Art of Basketry”, Sunday, July 8, 1:30PM, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill. “Basketry with Carol Ross and Roger Besselievre.  A free drop-in class about the art of basketry from professional basketmakers!”

OMSI Portable Planetarium”, Monday, July 9, 12:30PM and 1PM for grades K-2,  2PM, and 2:30PM for grades 3-5, Beaverton Library.  Preregistration required; call 503-350-3600.   “OMSI’s portable planetarium brings the night sky inside!”

Volcanoes in our Backyard:  Hazards, Risks, and What We Can Do”, Monday, July 9, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  All Ages.  $5 suggested donation. “Oregon and Washington are home to literally hundreds of volcanoes. They provide stunning landscapes, wonderful places to hike, some of the best skiing in the West coast, and continual naming inspiration for high-quality locally-produced beers. However, a small percentage also have the potential to erupt in our lifetimes, and because human population is increasing and moving to locales that are ever closer to these volcanoes, such eruptions have increasing potential to cause casualties, significant infrastructure damage, and major economic losses. In this talk, Seth Moran will discuss the hazards and risks associated with Cascade volcanoes, illustrated with examples from volcanoes around the world, and will also present the monitoring and research efforts that the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are presently engaged in to help mitigate these risks.” Presentation by Dr. Seth Morgan, volcano seismologist. http://www.omsi.edu/node/3022

Paradise of Samoa”, Tuesday, July 10, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA; Friday, July 20, 11AM, Bingen City Park, 400 block of West Humbolt, Bingen, WA; and Thursday, July 26, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA.  “Let's Dance! Enjoy traditional Original Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian 

dances. The Band plays and sings a comfortable mix of English 

and Native language songs.” http://paradiseofsamoa.com/

Astronaut Training”, Tuesday, July 10, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; and Thursday, July 26, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Gearing up for space!  Learn what it takes to be an astronaut.  Presented by Evergreen Aviation Museum.”

Charles the Clown”, Tuesday, July 10, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM). “Join Charles and his puppet side-kick, Biscuit the Dog, as they share colorful and captivating stories in this interactive performance. Their hilarious routine is performed entirely in the funniest comic rhyme; each story includes fun magic tricks, physical comedy and lots of laughs!” http://www.charlestheclown.com/

Pioneer Candle-making at Graham Oaks”, Tuesday, July 10, 1PM-3PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville.  Free.  Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6935 “Suitable for ages 5 and older; children 16 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult.  Come to Graham Oaks Nature Park to make candles using an old-fashioned method. Learn the technique and then make yours unique.”

JuggleMania”, Tuesday, July 10, 6:30PM, Hegewald Community Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson, WA; Wednesday, July 18, 11AM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, July 18, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library Community Room; Thursday, July 19, 1:30PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room; and Tuesday, July 31, 2PM, Scott Park next to the Ledding Library of Milwauke. “Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics.” http://www.jugglemania.com/Hi.html

Family Campfire Adventure”, Tuesday, July 10, 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park, $6 per person.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2012/07/10/982/-/family-campfire-adventure.html “On this night we’ll travel through the forest learning about the ways indigenous people used Tryon Creek.  Following our hike we’ll make a campfire, share Native American legends, and make s'mores for dessert.”

Extending the Season’s Harvest”, Tuesday, July 10, 6:30PM, Ridgefield Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA.  “Join Kendra Pearce as she shares tips and techniques for getting the most out of your garden.” http://urbanfarmschool.com/

Storyteller Christopher Leebrick”, Tuesday, July 10, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library.  “Christopher Leebrick - Storyteller Extraordinaire. The Bigger You Dream, the Farther You Go! -- Tales of adventure, daring deeds and heroes and  heroines.” http://allgoodstories.com/

The Art of Cheesemaking”, Tuesday, July 10, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Join Chrissie Zaerpoor of Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill as she shows patrons the intricacies of making cheese. Chrissie will explain the process for making a variety of different cheeses to inspire your sense of confidence and adventure in your own cheesemaking. A sampling of artisan cheeses will be available to taste.”

Summer Arts on Main St.”, Wednesdays in July beginning July 11, through August,  10AM-2PM, outside at the Portland Center for Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Performances 12PM-1PM. “Say goodbye to springtime and help us give a warm welcome to summer by joining the PCPA and crafty co-op Handmade NW team every Wednesday in July and August for Summer Arts on Main Street.  From 10am–2pm, PCPA plays host to Handmade NW artisans and a rotating cast of performers in Portland’s downtown Cultural District. Running concurrently with the Portland Farmers Market in the Park Blocks, Summer Arts on Main hosts artisans from Handmade NW with a variety of handmade crafts available to purchase. The combination of performances, handmade crafts and children’s activities make this a great event for the whole family to enjoy!” July 11:  Pendulum Aerial Arts  “Pendulum is an innovator in both performance and education in the Pacific Northwest, mixing dance, theatre and storytelling with contemporary circus focusing on aerial works.”  July 18: Jazz singer Marti Mendenhall  July 25:  The Bottlecap Boys folk music.

Beauty and the Beast”, Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday, July 14,  Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Tickets $8. “The enchanting tale of a girl named Beauty, who grows to love a fearsome beast by learning to see and cherish his kindness, generosity, and intelligence. This much-loved story about inner beauty, acceptance and love comes to life through magical charm and music.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/shows/childrens-theater

PCPA Presents, “Music on Main Street”, Wednesdays in July beginning July 11, 5PM-7PM, outside at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx.  “Wednesday evenings during July and August we take advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, PCPA’s free outdoor concert series. The concerts boast popular local musicians with a diverse collection of music. From Afrobeat to Rockabilly, these bands will have you up on your feet and dancing on Main Street. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar and Bistro will be serving up seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm every week. Tables and chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, along with plenty of room to move around - dancing is highly encouraged.”
July 11 - The Nowhere Band
 (Beatles music); July 18 - Redray Frazier (indie-soul); 
 July 25 - Casey Neill and the Norway Rats w/ the Portland Horns
 (rock).

Ticki Ticki Tembo”, Wednesday, July 11, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La Center, WA; Wednesday, July 11, 2PM, Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland, WA; and Thursday, July 26, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library, 120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson, WA.  “Enjoy Tears of Joy, one of the nation's outstanding puppet theaters, as they present Tikki Tikki Tembo.” http://www.tojt.org/

Butterflies and Bugs A-Bloomin’”, Wednesday, July 11, 11AM, Gresham Library.  “Celebrate summer with professional storyteller Anne-Louise Sterry as she shares stories of your favorite warm weather critters. You’ll hear tales from old to new and some hilarious songs to keep you laughing all the way home.” http://www.anne-louise.com/

Steve Taylor, Ventriloquist”, Wednesday, July 11, 2PM, Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal, WA; Thursday, July 12, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA; and Tuesday, July 17, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library,  800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA. “Laugh along with Steve Taylor and ventriloquist dummy Rudy O'Riley as they celebrate reading in all cultures.” http://www.stevetaylorpro.com/page1.htm

Hands On Rhythm”, Wednesday, July 11, 1:30PM and 3:30PM Sunnyside Library, community room; and Thursday, July 12, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove, OR. “An interactive drum and percussion workshop that’s fun for all ages.”

Wahclella Falls Hike for Families”, Wednesday, July 11, mid-gorge in the Columbia River Gorge. Meeting time and location to be provided to registrants.  An easy out and back hike of 1.8 miles with an elevation gain of 380 feet, and a restroom facility.  Preregistration required; register online http://gorgefriends.org/display.php?modin=52&uid=5173Northwest Forest Pass required.  “Join Environmental Educator McKenzie Miller on this educational hike up Tanner Creek to thundering Wahclella Falls. Participants will look for signs of wildlife on a scavenger hunt, hunt for aquatic insects in Tanner Creek and explore the world of plants with a magnifying glass. Be prepared for learning, fun and adventure! This trail heads up Tanner Creek from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead. At the small dam used by the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, the trail narrows to a single tread, and leads to a bridge taking you over Munra Falls. The trail then begins to climb up the east side of the canyon. There aren't any cliffs here, but there are some steep dropoffs, so keep a close watch on your little ones. After a flight of stairs, you'll come to a fork in the trail. The end of the trail is a loop, so you'll end up hiking both sides. Taking the lower path, you'll find great views as you approach Wahclella Falls, dropping down the mountain through a couple of switchbacks to the lower bridge. At the head of the canyon, you'll pass through a bit of a grotto with a full view of Wahclella Falls. Past Wahclella Falls, the trail gains a bit of elevation and loops back toward the trailhead. When you reach the earlier trail junction, continue straight and head back to your car.”

The Reptile Man”, Wednesday, July 11, 3PM, Mt. Angel Library; Tuesday, July 17, 2PM, outside at the Sherwood Library; Wednesday, July 18, 10:30AM, Molalla Library gym; Thursday, July 19, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA; Thursday, July 19, 6PM, Cascade Locks Library; Friday, July 20, 11AM, Canby Library;  Thursday, July 26, 2PM, Scott Park next to the Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Thursday, July 26, 6PM, Wilsonville Library; and Tuesday, July 31, 1PM, Newberg Library. “The Reptile Man has an extraordinary and outstanding array of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises that have won the rapt attention of enthralled audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years. Featuring 15-20 reptiles from diverse habitats at each presentation, these dynamic predators capture the hearts of both young and old.” http://www.oregonreptileman.com/

The Harmonics”, Wednesday, July 11, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room.  “The Harmonics is a thoroughly entertaining a cappella quartet.  They sing a wide range of songs from Billy Joel, The Beatles, Harry Connick, Jr. , The Temptations, Van Morrison, The Blenders, The Turtles, The Four Freshman, The Bobs and more in harmony - with no instrumental accompaniment.” http://www.theharmonics.com/

Marion County Fair”, Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15,  Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem.  Saturday- Wiener dog races!!!  See all the details here: http://www.co.marion.or.us/FAIR/default.htm

Stairs of Willamette Heights and Forest Park Loop”, Thursday, July 12, 6PM- 8:30PM, meeting at Lower MacLeay Park, on NW Upshur St. west of NW 29th Ave., $10 per person.  Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/stairs-willamette-heights-and-forest-park-loop  “Climb the Thurman bridge stairs with local author Laura Foster to a little-trekked extension of Vaughn, up a series of quiet streets and into Forest Park. While hiking the trails, hear tales of Forest Park’s history and natural wonders.”

Art and Numbers”, Thursday, July 12, 3PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online:  “Have you ever tried to use your artistic skills to solve math problems? Or used your math skills to become a better artist? Artist Dawn Grunwald will show you how to create three-dimensional pieces of art using geometry, and how to draw sketches and diagrams to solve math puzzlers. Learn just how fun numbers can be!”

Sand Art”, Thursday, July 12, 4PM, Sunnyside Library, community room.  “Layer colored sand to make a special piece of 3-D art. Try your hand at sand painting.”

Slightly Illusional- I Had This Crazy Dream!”, Thursday, July 12, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City; Tuesday, July 24, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Wednesday, July 25, 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library Community Room; Thursday, July 26, 1PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Thursday, July 26, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Curt Nelson presents a magic show that is all about BIG DREAMERS – inventors, artists, authors, and leaders who had big dreams and the actions they took to make their dreams a reality! Magic, puppets, Comedy, and audience participation help spread the message that ALL us have big dreams and we can make those dreams come true…if we work hard, try our best, and, of course, READ!” http://www.slightlyillusional.com/

Build Your Own Alien”, Thursday, July 12, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone.  “What do you imagine an alien looks like? Come craft your own version in clay. Though all ages are welcome, it might not be appropriate for toddlers.”

The Bug Chicks”, Thursday, July 12, 1PM-2:30PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; call 503-823-1671.  For ages 7-15, a drop-off program. “Join Kristie and Jessica - The Bug Chicks, as 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! Yes, you can touch some insects and spiders!” http://thebugchicks.com

CelloBop”, Friday, July 13, 3PM, Goldendale Community Library, 131 W. Burgen St., Goldendale, WA. “Gideon Freudmann, cello innovator, composer,
 songwriter, improvisor, 
plays a fusion of Blues Jazz, Folk,
 Classical, Rock and more.  Gideon plays an electric cello with real time looping gear and fertile imagination.  He calls it CelloBop.” http://www.cellobop.com/
American Crown Circus”,  Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, OR.  Tickets are $16 per adult with two children free per paid adult, additional children $5. See their website for details: http://www.americancrowncircus.com/
Rapunzel Redeems Rumplestiltskin”, Friday, July 13, 7PM, Saturday, July 14, 3PM, and Sunday, July 15, 3PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $6 for ages 3 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online for an additional .50 per ticket: http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html  “Both fairy tales collide as if they were happening at the same time! See what happens when Rapunzel meets Rumpelstiltskin. He may be crooked but he is the only person Rapunzel has to talk to while in her lonely tower. Eventually Rapunzel meets Prince Charming, but Rumpelstiltskin is the only one who can save them both from the wicked witch. Rod Puppets by Dragon Theater Puppets.”  http://dragontheater.com/

Animal Activities at Blue Lake”,  Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 2005 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://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=149


Canterbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, July 14, Sunday, July 15, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 10AM-6PM, 6118 Mt. Angel Hwy.,  Silverton, OR.  Adults $13, children 6-12 $10, 5 and under free. Coupon on their website for $1 off admission: http://www.canterburyfaire.com/“Cheer as brave knights joust and do battle. Come enjoy a fine day of dance, shopping, and fun in the trees.  Set in the Elizabethan era, see history move right before your eyes.  We set the stage for you to come and play at the faire.”

Kelley Point Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, July 14, 8AM- 11AM, meeting at the Northeast Portland Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., free. Preregistration required; register by calling 503-445-2699.  “Two major rivers, the Columbia and Willamette, meet at Kelley Point Park and that makes it an ideal place for you to meet the some of Portland’s wildlife. Expert naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you as you explore this historic area once explored by Lewis and Clark. Within this 104-acre riparian area, tall cottonwood groves invite neo-tropical migrants, the open water of the rivers host cormorants and waterfowl, grassy meadows and snowberry briars provide foraging spots for sparrows and goldfinches.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/kelley_point_park_bird_walk_-_juy_14/

Scenes from Wind in the Willows”, Saturday, July 14, 7:30PM,  Magenta Theater Company, 606 Main St., Vancouver, WA. $5. “The beloved story following the adventures of the famous English country gentleman Mr. Toad and his friends Otter, Badger, Ratty and Mole.” http://www.magentatheater.com/Calendar.htm

Wild Fruits of Northwest Forests”, Saturday, July 14, 9AM- 12PM, Forest Park, 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: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#WGGV  “Come join us learn about wild fruits and other edible plant parts found in northwest forests. Summer is when many wild fruits are ripe for picking. See and learn about plants like huckleberry, salmonberry, Oregon grape, bunchberry, elderberry, gooseberry, wild current, hawthorne, salal, thimbleberry, fairybells, saskatoons, Indian plum, among others, as well as some poisonous berry producing plants. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland's own back yard.” Presented by local treasure, author Dr. John Kallas.


Bastille Day Festival”, Saturday, July 14, 12PM- 6PM, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx; Free. “The Portland Bastille Day Festival, now in its 10th year, is the largest of its kind on the West Coast. This free event features French cuisine, music, crafts and imports, and the Portland Waiters Race. Top French chefs Pascal Chureau and Philippe Boulot will join forces with other French chefs of the region to offer delectable cuisine. French and Oregon wines and beer, as well as specialty French aperitifs, will be offered in the beer and wine garden. Several French education institutions will offer children’s activities (including face-painting, juggling, and balloons), a huge French book sale hosted by the Alliance Française, art and craft vendors (including many importers of French products), and live French-themed music on the stage all day long” http://www.afportland.org/2012-portlands-bastille-festival/
Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!”, Saturday, July 14, 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.” 

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, Saturday, July 14, 6PM, Center Street Park, SW Denfield St. and SW Mercer Terrace, Beaverton, OR.  Free.  “In this musical, based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip ‘Peanuts,’ Charlie Brown learns about happiness and what it takes to be a ‘good man.’” http://www.thprd.org/events/event.cfm?id=578
Birding at Vancouver Lake Park”, Saturday, July 14, 8AM-11AM, 6801 NW Lower River Rd. Free with $2 parking fee. “Join leader Ron Escano at Vancouver Lake Park.  Scope the lake for water birds then explore the riparian woodland for nesting species like the Bullock's oriole and Swainson's thrush.  Meet at 8am at parking lot in front of the south bathrooms and we should be done by 11am.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/vlpjuly12

Ten Tiny Dances”, Saturday, July 14, 10:00AM- 1PM.  Pick up a free program and map at 10AM at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market Stage at SW 5th St. and Hall Blvd.  Performances begin simultaneously on each of five stages at 10:30AM, repeating every half hour. Visit all five stages and you will see ten tiny dances. “This year’s performances include traditional belly dance, ancient Nepalese dance, four styles of Native American dance, innovative contemporary dance, and more.” http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-beaverton/2012/06/beaverton_arts_commission_anim.html

Painting Exploration”, Saturday, July 14, 11AM, North Portland Library meeting room.  “Explore the colors of the rainbow with artist Sarah Ferguson. Use your hands and your imagination to create works of art! All materials provided.” http://www.ya-or.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cEducator.main&sectionID=6&pageID=103&performerID=134

Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour”, Saturday, July 14, 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. http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/events.html

Seashell Picture Frames”, Saturday, July 14, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  “Make a seashell picture frame to keep.  All ages.”

Truck Town Party!”, Saturday, July 14, 10:30AM, Troutdale Library.  “Get up close with big trucks! Learn what they do, how they work and meet the people that operate them. Then join us for a simple craft and story.”

Pop-up Hand Shadows”, Saturday, January 14, 2PM, Holgate Library.  “Learn how to turn your hands into puppets! In this workshop, you can create simple pop-up paper animals and then use these to perform a shadow play with your hands and flashlights! Artist Helen Hiebert will share her book The Pop-Up Hand Shadow Book before leading kids in this interactive, crafting activity.” http://www.helenhiebertstudio.com/Helen_Hiebert_Studio/Home.html

Brick and Little Builders”, Saturday, July 14, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-11; no preregistration required. “Come and play with LEGO and Duplo blocks.” 

Jazz Guitar with Anson Wright”, Saturday, July 14, 4PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy elegant guitar sounds with jazz guitarist Anson Wright. With a style often compared to Jim Hall’s, his playing has been lauded as ‘elegant’ and ‘impressive,’ demonstrating what one reviewer calls a ‘finely honed harmonic intelligence.’  Anson has released two CDs, ‘State of Grace’ and ‘Ukiah’s Lullaby’, and is also the author of several books.” http://www.ansonwright.com/

Sarracenia Northwest Nursery Open House”, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 10AM- 5PM, Eagle Creek, OR.  $10 admission per vehicle, which entitles you to a free plant of up to $10 value.  Preregistration is required; register online: http://cobraplant.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=40&zenid=63af375bb8cd26486159671741a3cc96  “July 14 and 15 is our Customer Appreciation Weekend.  Join us for a picnic in the country in a wonderful setting among carnivorous plants.  The weather is typically hot, but we'll have canopies and lots of cold beverages too keep you cool.”  If you can’t be there to see them growing, check out Sarracenia Northwest at the Portland Saturday Market: http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/

Up, Up and Away!  Fun with Bubbles!”, Saturday, July 14, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA.  “Kids and their families will enjoy hands-on activities as they learn all about bubbles.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.asp?waterID=24981&waterSubID=27419

Water, Water Everywhere”, Saturday, July 14,  and Sunday, July 15, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room and Courtyard.  Appropriate for all ages. “Summer wouldn't be complete without some sudsy outdoor fun!  Imagine an hour of bubble-blowing, splashy, sponge-squeezing games and all around fun watery activities.  Bring a towel and be prepared to get wet!”

OMSI presents, “My Place in Space”, Saturday, July 14, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500.  Suggested for grades K-2.  “Climb aboard the Spaceship OMSI and blast off to a fantastic journey through the solar system!”

Freshwater Mussel Survey”, Saturday, July 14, 10AM-1PM at Brookside; and Sunday, July 15, 2-5PM at Leach Botanical Garden.  Preregister by contacting Amy Lodholz at amy@jcwc.org or call 503-652-7477.  “For the last two years the Johnson Creek Watershed Council partnered with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to conduct surveys for native freshwater mussels in Johnson Creek— with your help, we want to continue to expand this work. Volunteers will learn about the biology and ecology of native freshwater mussels, and the many ways in which these animals benefit water quality and fish habitat. Native mussels are sensitive to pollution and disturbance, so exploring mussel distribution and the age structure of mussel beds provides insight on the biological conditions of Johnson Creek. Native Western pearlshell mussels were found in both stream reaches surveyed in the upper watershed, and native floaters were present in the lower watershed. The event represents a unique opportunity for the general public to assist with field research, receive unique environmental education about an important component of the stream biota which most people know very little, and to simply enjoy Johnson Creek – an urban habitat gem.” http://jcwc.org/participate-in-jcwcs-annual-freshwater-mussel-survey/

Historic Silver Falls Days”, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The land we know today as Silver Falls State Park has a colorful and interesting history. Join us as we offer demonstrations, displays and activities to help bring this history to life.” http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html

Woven Picture Frames”, Saturday, July 14, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City.  Free. Victorian handcraft demonstration. “Highlight a favorite photo with these simple but decorative frames.” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org/

People of the Drum”, Sunday, July 15, 3:30PM-5PM, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx.  Free. “It’s time to celebrate the universal voice of the drum!  The drum beats throughout the history and traditions of many cultures, this special event invites you to join in the celebration of that rhythm.  Four local drum and performance ensembles will share their individual traditions and songs, and come together as an extraordinary ensemble.  A Collaboration with the Obo Addy Legacy Project (Ghanaian drum and dance ensemble), Medicine Bear (Native American Drum and Dance Ensemble), Mehixa Tiahui (Aztec Drum and Dance Ensemble), Portland Taiko (Asian-American Drum Ensemble) and Muralist Rodolfo Serna.  Muralist Rodolfo Serna will work with local artists to create an onsite mural. We invite all the artists of our community, young and old, to participate in the creation!” http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?event_id=61216&cal=DisplayEvent&c=38307&year=2012&month=7&modefrom=month

Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party”, Sunday, July 15, 1PM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy. 211, Eagle Creek, OR. $5 per person or $20 per family of any size.  “Pioneer life in Oregon wasn't all rough-and-tumble. Come join us to celebrate the pioneer women who made Oregon ‘civilized.’ Textiles, laces, live music and dancing, tasty treats and hands-on fun for everyone make this a day to remember.”  http://www.philipfosterfarm.com/2012revision/pages/gardenparty.php

Chayag Andean Music”, Tuesday, July 17, 11AM, Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; and Thursday, July 26, 11AM, Sandy Library.  “Experience the ancestral music and culture of the Andes.” http://www.chayagfolk.com/index.html

My Year in Germany”, Tuesday, July 17, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA.  “Sierra Gentleman, an 18-year-old student at La Center High School, spent the 2010/11 school year studying in Germany as a Rotary Exchange student. In this program and slideshow, she shares her fascination with German history and culture and her memorable experiences as a high school exchange student. Sierra attends Clark College full-time through the Running Start program, and will graduate high school with her AA degree. She says the Rotary Exchange program is one of the best and hopes others will consider it.”

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Tuesday, July 17, 2PM, West Slope Library.  All ages welcome.  “Come and help transform our boring sidewalks into works of art! We'll provide the chalk, you provide the inspiration.”

Shorebirds”, Tuesday, July 17, 7PM-9PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  $15.  Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/hnshorebrdsj12 “Just in time for southbound migration, local expert Harry Nehls will discuss both the common and more elusive shorebirds that occur in the Northwest each year. These graceful birds are a joy to watch as they fly swiftly over flooded fields and mudflats.    Through slides and discussion Harry will explain some of the challenges in shorebird identification.  Learn how to tell a plover from a sandpiper at glance.  This enjoyable class is perfect for both casual nature lovers and birdwatchers of all skill levels. “

Everybody’s Rockin’ in the Tall Oak Tree”, Tuesday, July 17, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); and Wednesday, July 18, 2:30PM, and 4PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show). “Kids' performer Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, presents an original musical puppet show that is sure to entertain kids and parents alike! Shiloh Squirrel wants to enter the Tall Oak Tree's Battle of the Bands, but there is one problem: he is afraid of heights! Can he overcome his fears and rock the highest branches? Children will dance, laugh and sing along in this lively performance.” http://redyarnprojects.blogspot.com/

Charlie the Noiseguy”, Tuesday, July 17, 2PM, Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA; and Tuesday, July 31, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd, Vancouver, WA.  “Charlie Williams is the Noiseguy, a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate bubbles and flushes, splashes and slushes.” http://www.noiseguy.com/

From Traditional to Contemporary Native Artists”, Tuesday, July 17, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St., Hillsboro.  “Pat Courtney Gold is a descendent of the Wasco Nation, a Native American culture with a 12,000 year history. An accomplished fiber artist and basket weaver, Ms. Gold is also an expert on the tradition and evolution of Native art and craft. She will present examples of traditional Native art forms including clothing, jewelry, basketry, and utensils, as well as contemporary artists' interpretations of Native traditions.” http://www.craftinamerica.org/artists_fiber/story_116.php

Water Bugs”, Tuesday, July 17, 4PM, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiaslough.org/calendar_detail.aspx?calendar_id=216 “Bring your family with kids ages 3+ for water bug discovery! Join Education Director Sheilagh Diez for an hour of games and water bug hunting with nets and buckets. Learn how damselfly larvae breathe underwater and how water boatmen swim.”

Author Talk, “Louis Leveen”, Tuesday, July 17, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx.  “Lois Leveen will be here to read from ‘The Secrets of Mary Bowser’, her  historical novel based on a true story from the Civil War era. It tells of Mary Bowser, a quick-witted girl and a slave to one of the wealthiest families in Richmond, Virginia. When that family sends  Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she leaves slavery and her loving parents behind and moves north. Carefully hiding her past, she joins the abolition movement and volunteers to go back to Virginia, where she poses as a slave in the Confederate White House to spy on President Jefferson Davis. From her  position in the house of the enemy, she smuggles valuable information to Union commanders. Written with immense heart, this is an illuminating and inspiring tale of injustice and courage, friendship and war, and of one daring woman willing to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.” http://loisleveen.com/index.php/site

Opening Reception:  The Making of the King James Bible”, Tuesday, July 17, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room.  “Less than a century before the King James Bible was produced, the very idea of the Bible translated into English was considered dangerous and even criminal. Equally compelling is the story of the book’s afterlife and how it came to be so ubiquitous. Join Dr. Donald Brake in looking at the dramatic tale behind the making of this great book and how it has continued to influence culture and society for over 400 years. After the presentation, enjoy the new exhibition "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible." Light refreshments will be served.” More about the exhibit here: http://www.multcolib.org/events/manifoldgreatness/ and an interview with the presenter is here: http://www.fundamentallyreformed.com/2011/04/28/dr-donald-brake-interviewed-on-the-400th-anniversary-of-the-king-james-bible/

Antarctica in the Palm of Your Hand: A Science Tour of the Ice Sheet", Tuesday, July 17, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, Pdx.  All ages.  $5 donation requested. “Antarctica is a continent of superlatives: coldest, highest, driest, and a few others you may not have heard of. Its ice and snow landscapes have an other-worldliness about them -- it is a place where things happen that don't occur at any other place on Earth. We will take a tour of the ice sheet (using slides and our imagination: no parka needed) and describe its unique style: on the high plateau, the awesome glaciers, the vast ice shelves, and its teeming coast and sea ice. We will also examine the continent's response to climate change and its role in sea level rise. Several areas of Antarctica have seen spectacular changes as a result of air and ocean warming in recent decades. We will consider what the future may hold.”  Presented by Dr. Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist at the University of Colorado’s National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Music in Action”, Wednesday, July 18, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Thursday, July 19, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); and Friday, July 20, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room.  “Rich Glauber is a gifted troubadour/music educator who specializes in creating interactive musical experiences for participants of all ages. His performance is called 'Music in Action!' an upbeat mix of songs, creative movement, story telling and comedy, all imbued with a healthy dose of good, clean fun. In English and Spanish.” http://www.richglauber.com/

Legos at the Library”, Wednesday, July 18, 3PM, Northwest Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “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.”

Author Talk:  “Wild in the City”,  Wednesday, July 18, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx.  “Co-editors Michael Houck and M.J. Cody present the second edition of the highly acclaimed Wild in the City, which brings more than one hundred of the best parks, trails and natural areas to your fingertips. This comprehensive “must-have” reference will be the go-to field guide for hikers, cyclists, paddlers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts.  New natural history essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stafford, Robin Cody, Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Robert Michael Pyle, Jonathan Nicholas, and Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, offer fresh perspectives on the little pockets and expansive corridors of Portland’s wild environs. The book also examines the innovative strategies that cities, agencies, and nonprofits are using to create an ecologically sustainable metropolitan region. This invaluable resource will be an essential guide for educators and parents who want to explore the region’s natural wonders with their students and children. Included are tips on living with wildlife, as well as a new section that provides essential information on how urban living and green spaces intersect.” http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2011/11/wild_in_the_city_review_update.html

Steve Weeks in Concert”, Wednesday, July 18, 3PM, Fairview Park bandstand, south end of NE Village St. near Fairview City Hall (rain or shine).  “Steve Weeks is an award-winning children’s musician and creator of the Alphabet Songs series which includes such hits as “If I Were a Cup,” “Kiki Kangaroo” and “Someday.” His songs are upbeat, acoustic-based tunes for kids and their families and can be heard on radio stations across the United States. Dance and sing along as Steve shares an entertaining performance of original music, humor and games!” http://www.steveweeksmusic.com/

Henny Penny’s Trip to the Moon”, Wednesday, July 18, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Henny Penny wakes with a start when she’s hit on the head with a beanie baby.  Chicken Little has been abducted by aliens and is taken to the moon.  This original spin-off of the classic tale includes space ships and lively robots.  Puppeteer Celeste Rose of Oregon Fantasy Puppet Theatre graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in drama.  She’s been performing with marionettes for over 30 years.  A founder of the Rose Children’s Theatre in Eugene, she has toured far and wide, presenting her shows to delighted audiences.  She creates her own stages, backdrops, props, and handmade marionettes.  Rose loves to perform for large audiences of parents and children, and her shows are always crowd pleasers.” http://www.therct.com/site/?page_id=24

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 18, through Sunday, July 22, Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St Helens. http://www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com/

OMSI presents: Amazing Whales”, Wednesday, July 18, 3PM, Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste 285, Vancouver, WA; and Wednesday, July 25, 10:30AM, Molalla Library gym. “Take a close-up look at whales and dolphins, examining baleen and learning about the communication, feeding, behaviors, and various species.”

DIY Film Making”, Wednesday, July 18, 2PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room.  “Learn how to make a film on no budget! With film makers Dane Vandewiele and Julius Kuziemski, anything can happen!”

Testing the Waters:  Sponges as Signals of Ecosystem Health”, Thursday, July 19, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evens St., McMinnville.  All Ages.  $5 suggested donation. Presented by Dr. Jeremy Weisz, assistant professor of biology at Linfield College. http://www.omsi.edu/node/3288

African Flower Dance”, Thursday, July 19, 3:30PM, Sellwood Community Center, 1436 Spokane St., Pdx.  “Join the Mathias Galley African Dance Ensemble in learning the ceremonial African flower dance that is performed during weddings, births and holidays. Mathias will do a short performance before teaching these moves to the audience. In this fun and energetic workshop, Mathias will use native instruments, including African drums and bells, to get the audience up and moving to the beat.”

Magician Bob Eaton”, Thursday, July 19, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone.  “Dream of Magic, with Bob Eaton, master magician!”

Nuestro Canto:  Legends of Mexico”, Thursday, July 19, 11:30AM, Underwood Community Center, 951 Schoolhouse Rd., Underwood, WA.  “Mexico is very well known for its legends, myths and tales. We have legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Hucholes, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent. We have legends that talk about love, nature and everyday life. Nuestro Canto has gathered legends from all over Mexico and has composed music especially for the legends we narrate during our performances.” http://www.grupo-condor.com/id69.html

OMSI React-o-blast”, Thursday, July 19, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA. “Chemical reactions like you've never seen before. Experiments that produce strange substances and color changes!”

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival”, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, downtown Sherwood, OR. Free admission. All the details here: http://www.robinhoodfestival.org/index.html

Eric Herman’s Cool Tunes for Kids”, Friday, July 20, 2PM, Goldendale Library, 131 W. Burgen St., Goldendale, WA.  “Eric is a guitarist, vocalist and voice actor, bringing his original songs and sense of humor to a fun audience-participation event.” http://www.erichermanmusic.com/

Instruments of the Now”, Friday, July 20, 7PM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA.  “Join us for a uniquely amazing outdoor performance including fire dancing, magic and more! All ages welcome.”  http://instrumentsofthenow.com/index.htm

The Godmother and the Magician”, Friday, July 20, 7PM, Saturday, July 21, 3PM and 7PM, and Sunday, July 22, 3PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $6 for ages 3 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online for an additional .50 per ticket: http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html “Can a Godmother's gifts of roses and pearls attract the Prince of her dreams? Does the Magician's spell help his Prince to fight a giant, a three-headed Dragon, and a giant Spider to win his Lady-love?
How does a Prince escape an arranged marriage? Classic Miniature Czech Marionettes by Tendrak Theatre.” http://www.tendraktheatre.com/index.html

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake”, Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 2005 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://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=149

Lebanese Food Festival”, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 12PM- 6:30PM, Saint Sharbel Church, 1804 SE 16th Ave., Pdx. Dinner ticket donation $12.  Beef Kafta, Chicken Shawarma, Falafel, Rice with Red Beans, Hummus, Fattoush Salad, Middle Eastern Pastries and Turkish Coffee.  “Come enjoy a  bite of Lebanese culture!”

Family Nature Explorers:  Bug Bonanza at Graham Oaks”, Saturday, July 21, 10AM- 1PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville.  $11 per family.  Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6939  All children must be 4 and older.  “Search for insects, spiders, millipedes and centipedes in Graham Oaks Nature Parks’ meadows, wetlands and forests. Learn to safely and carefully catch examples for closer examination, then release them unharmed. Become familiar with the best books to use to figure out who lives in your own yard and neighborhood. Learn which insects to leave alone!”

World War II Living History Event”, Saturday, July 21, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, July 22, 10AM- 2PM, Ft. Stevens State Park.

Century of Action at Lone Fir”, Saturday, July 21, 1PM-3PM, Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, SE 26th Ave. and SE Stark St. All ages. Free. “Friends  of Lone Fir Cemetery is partnering with Century of Action and others to offer a celebration of Oregon women’s struggle for voting rights. Program highlights include former Governor Barbara Roberts as the keynote speaker, state Senator Avel Gordly dedicating a grave marker for Hattie Redmond, a prominent black suffragist recently discovered at the cemetery, and actors in period dress portraying noted suffragists buried at Lone Fir. FLFC is proud to sponsor the placement of Ms. Redmond’s stone. A festive atmosphere, music, catered refreshments, and more promise to make this event one to remember.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/events.html

Snail People”, Saturday, July 21, 10:30 AM, at the Warehouse Café, 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx ($3 donation per walking human); and Saturday, July 28, 10:15 AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 9:45).  “Join Snail People, the singing, dancing, multi-instrumental and multi-hairstyle family music duo, in exploring the wonderful world of water. This duo plays banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and percussion as they take audiences on a dancing, singing, slippery adventure. Join us for some good, green, family fun!” http://snailpeople.com/

Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Festival at Uwajimaya”, Saturday, July 21, 12PM-8PM, Uwajimaya Store, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Join us for great Japanese food, kids games, entertainment, a watermelon eating contest and much more!  All to benefit Japan relief.” http://www.uwajimaya.com/store_events.html

da Vinci Days”, Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, Corvallis, OR.  Adult tickets for ages 19+ are $16 for all three days, $11 for one day, and youth tickets for ages 6-18 for all three days are $10. “This festival of art, science, and technology has received wide praise for its creativity, scale, and diverse programming. The festival is designed to illustrate the region's best by invoking the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci as its symbol. Each year a changing theme provides a thread of continuity through all da Vinci Days programming, which brings forth a host of music, entertainment, creative contests, exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Some of this year's highlights include keynote speakers, musical performances, the da Vinci Film and Video Festival, robotics, and visual art projects. Free shuttle service provides access to festival sites, on and off campus. OSU’s Lower campus is transformed into the festival center, with food courts, beer and wine gardens, and main stage entertainment. Lower campus also hosts the outrageously inventive kinetic sculpture vehicles, the Electrathon electric vehicles race, and other special programming. The Kinetic Sculpture Race is a central feature of da Vinci Days. Highly engineered and inventive human-powered "sculptures" come from far and wide to participate in this wacky two-day race. A 15-mile course, including two miles of the Willamette River, a mud bog, and a sand dune, test the human and aesthetic limits of these pioneers.”   http://www.davincidays.org/

Battle Ground Harvest Days”, Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, east end of Main St., old town Battle Ground, WA. http://www.battlegroundchamber.org/pages/HARVESTDAYS

Glassblowing Madness!”, Saturday, July 21, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM), Tuesday, July 24, 11:30AM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online); Tuesday, July 24, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM);  Wednesday, July 25, 2PM, Rockwood Library; Wednesday, July 25, 6:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Thursday, July 26, 3PM, Troutdale Library. “Ever wondered how glass artists make the things they do? In this hands-on workshop, veteran glass artist Abby Gitlitz will show you how these artists work with molten glass. Using everyday objects found in most kitchens, participants will learn how glass is gathered, blown and fused. You can even make your own edible "fused glass" projects to take home! Great fun for kids ages 5-90.” https://sites.google.com/site/abbygitlitz/

North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council Annual Celebration”, Saturday, July 21, 10AM- 3PM, North Clackamas Park, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie.  “Live music, picnic, tour of our restoration work, and more!” http://www.ncuwc.org/content/north-clackamas-urban-watersheds-council-annual-celebration

The Sounds of India”, Saturday, July 21, 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Enjoy the enchanting music of Northern India with a concert performance by Professor Nisha Joshi and the Swaranjali Academy of Indian Music.”  http://swaranjaliacademy.com/

1860s Vintage Base Ball Match Games”, Saturday, July 21, 6PM, Ft. Vancouver Parade Ground. “This gloveless game with wooden bats is played by very different rules. Bring a picnic and watch a recreated game played by the 1860s rules in base ball uniforms that look exactly like those worn in the 1860s. Ladies and girls will be dressed in 1860s dresses and a band will play old-time music. Come and cheer for your favorite team, but beware: the umpire can fine the audience for ungentlemanly or unladylike behavior.” http://www.fortvan.org/pages/attractions-fort-vancouver-events

East Portland Exposition”, Saturday, July 11, 11AM- 7PM, Earl Boyles Park, SE 112th between SE Holgate and SE Powell Blvd.  “The East Portland Exposition (EPO XPO) is the largest multicultural event in the City of Portland and features both traditional and contemporary performances as well as numerous exhibitors, food, and activities for children and families.” http://epoxpo.org/welcome-east-portland-exposition-0

Giraffes in Raincoats and Elephants Who Paint!”, Saturday, July 21, 10:30AM, Albina Library. “Join storyteller Anne Rutherford as she entertains you with amazing and amusing animal stories. Howl, croak and roar along as Anne brings to life characters from folktales and from within the imagination.” http://www.annerutherford.com

Refuge Family Adventure Day”, Saturday, July 21, 10AM-1PM, Tualatin River National Wildife Refuge, Sherwood.  Free. “Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to discover the wonder of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteer Naturalists will be leading short drop-in activities along the year-round trail. Visitors can look for birds; sneak up on grasshoppers; or bound like river otters!” http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/specialevents.html

Animal Rehabilitation”, Saturday, July 21, and Wednesday, July 25, 7PM, Fort Stevens State Park.  “Presentation on the bird and animal rehabilitation program by the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Includes live animals that have been rehabilitated and you can learn how to help protect them.” http://www.coastwildlife.org/Home.html

The Battle of Antietam”, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, Chelalis, WA. Adults $10, seniors, students and veterans, $7, active duty and children under 6 are free.  Price includes admission to the Veterans Memorial Museum. Presented by the Washington Civil War Association.  “Hundreds of living historians take to the field!  Living historian demonstrations throughout the day in the military and civilian camps.” Huge battles twice daily. http://wcwa.net/events/chehalis/Chehalis%20July%202012%20Civil%20War%20Event%20Poster.pdf

Chalk It Up!”, Sunday, July 22, 10AM- 3PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin.  “Join artist Daniel Wood for a fun-filled day.  All chalk is provided.”  Here’s an article about the artist and this annual event from several years ago: http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/features/story.php?story_id=124836526663769800

Family Bat Outing”, Sunday, July 22, and Sunday, July 29, 7:30PM-9:30PM, Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton,  $5.  Preregistration required; register by calling 503-626-0649. “Join us at our Beaverton shop for a 45 minute class introducing you to the fascinating world of bats. Then we'll carpool to a local site to seek live bats and use a bat detector to listen to their echolocation calls. Children must be registered with, and accompanied by, an adult.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/calendar/C17
Lego Construction Zone”, Sunday, July 22, 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.” 

Lego Free Play”, Monday, July 23, 10:30AM, Cedar Mill Library. “A drop-in program for kids ages 5 and up who enjoy building with Legos!  No registration is required. All Legos will be provided.”

White Oaks:  Appreciation, Ecology and Stewardship”, Tuesday, July 24, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA.  “Learn about Klickitat County's signature deciduous tree, the importance of acorns, fire ecology, threats and how to care for our most important wildlife tree.”

Amazing Storytelling with Ann Rutherford”, Tuesday, July 24, 11AM, Garden Home Library.  “Visit with Ann as she spins a special tale.” http://www.annerutherford.com/index.html  She’s an excellent storyteller!

Ladybug Theater Presents, “Where’s Rosie?”, Tuesday, July 24, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library.  “Learn all about the water cycle and how to conserve water in this fun and interactive puppet show. All ages.”

Oregon Carousels”, Tuesday, July 24, 6PM, Garden Home Library. “Documentarian Darrell Jabin and Tyson, from the Albany Carousel, will talk about Carousels around Oregon and show a short film about them.  Free and open to anyone.”  Mr. Jabin is a local treasure and has made many short documentaries about intriguing Oregon subjects of cultural and historical significance. http://www.youtube.com/user/DarrellJabin The Albany Carousel is awesome. http://www.albanycarousel.com/

Paint Mix-Up”, Tuesday, July 24, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM). “Did you know you can make any color in the world with just red, yellow and blue? Using dyes and acrylic paint, learn how to mix secondary colors and create all the colors in the rainbow. Then conduct your own color experiments making pink, aquamarine, chartreuse and more. Ages 4-6 can work on basic mixing and painting techniques while ages 7-10 can practice advanced painting with tints and hues.”

Yo-Yo University”, Tuesday, July 24, 1:30PM, Shute Park Ampitheater next to the Hillsboro Shute Park Library; and Thursday, July 26, 2PM, Banks Library.   “Professional Yo-Yoers Colin Leland and Greg Winterrowd demonstrate what is now possible with a yo-yo. Those interested in learning how to do it themselves just might be brought on stage for a quick lesson!” http://www.prophezy.com/yoyouniversity  and here’s a great article about these guys here: http://www.tigardtimes.com/news/story.php?story_id=127981862901498400

BJ the Clown”, Tuesday, July 24, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA. “Come see a high-energy hour of comedy, juggling, and audience participation.” http://www.bjtheclown.com/

Tales of Big and Little with Pink Pig Puppet Theatre”, Wednesday, July 25, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “This show includes three stories that pit little guys against the big guys:  ‘The Little Girl and the Gunniwolf,’ ‘Connejito,’ and ‘The King, the Mice, and the Cheese.’   Puppeteer Steven Engelfried, who describes his shows as ‘low tech/high humor,’ specializes in stories of mischief and trickery.  The shows include Little Pink Pig puppet that acts as the master of ceremonies and tends to get his facts mixed up in humorous ways.  Engelfried’s been telling stories with puppets for over 18 years.  He also works as a children’s librarian at the Wilsonville Public Library. “

Save Your Seeds”, Wednesday, July 25, 6PM, Gregory Heights Library meeting room. “Saving seeds encourages diversity of plant species while allowing you to share your garden legacy with your community. Join horticulturist Melissa Richmond, aka “The Garden Lady,” as she teaches this easy and satisfying process! Topics covered include edible crops, beneficial garden flowers, proper germination techniques, and how to save seeds using items found in your own kitchen.” http://www.rootscultivation.com/#!vstc1=melissa-info/vstc0=about

Beauty and the Beast”, Thursday, July 26, 1:30PM, North Portland Library meeting room; Friday, July 27, 2PM, St. Johns Library;  and Tuesday, July 31, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM). “Join us for an enchanting and humorous marionette play of the classic love story between Belle, a young woman in a small town, and the Beast, a prince trapped under a spell. Play will be performed by the critically acclaimed Stevens Puppets who are celebrating over 75 years of producing one-of-a-kind marionette productions for children of all ages.” http://www.stevenspuppets.com/

Will Hornyak- Stories of the Dream Time”, Thursday, July 26, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City.  “From Brazilian myths and Mexican folk-tales to native American legends and lively participation tales, storyteller Will Hornyak weaves together a wide web of stories about the coming of the “first night” and the land of dreams.” http://willhornyak.com/

Birding at Whitaker Ponds”, Friday, July 27, 7AM-9AM, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  Free.  “Join Audubon Society leaders Tony DeFalco, Candace Larson and Patty Newland for the first of quarterly bird watching walks at Whitaker Ponds, a hidden Urban Oasis in NE Portland. We will circle the pond looking for ducks, songbirds, eagles and owls. Rain or shine.  Beginners welcome!” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/wpjly12

Washington County Fair”, Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, OR.  Admission is free; there will be charges for special shows, rides, and food.  Brad’s World Reptiles will be there,  Intel is sponsoring Fun with Physics and Puzzle Mania activities,  The K9 Kings will be performing tricks of doggie daredevildom, and kids can also enjoy hands-on agricultural activities.  Lots more here: http://www.faircomplex.com/fair/home.php

Tom Question”, Thursday, July 26, 11AM, Forest Grove Library.  “For those entering grades 1-6 only.”  “Who can tell a joke and juggle fire at the same time? Tom Question! He combines big stunts, tall stilts and juggling for a fun and entertaining afternoon.”

Interrupting Chicken”, Thursday, July 26, 3PM, Kenton Library meeting room. Suggested for kids entering 2nd-6th grade. “What happens when your characters start to interrupt the story you are trying to tell? Under the instruction of Addie Boswell, look at funny stories like Interrupting Chicken and Betsy Red Hoodie and learn how to write a story in layers using comic-style characters, thought bubbles and narration. Take home a bound book with the beginnings of your original story and finish the fun at home.” http://www.addieboswell.com/home.html

Music is Magic”, Friday, July 27, 11AM, Canby Library. “This spirited, bilingual sing-along program celebrates the magic of music. Greta plays guitar, and brings her wonderful collection percussion instruments for selected members of the audience to play.” In Spanish and English. http://www.greta.net/

2jazzguitars”, Friday, July 27, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library.  “Enjoy the harmonious blending of one of Portland's finest jazz guitar duos. Barry Glick and friends provide rich, vibrant music, perfect for a summer evening concert. This event is free. Weather permitting, the performance will be held outside in the courtyard below the library parking lot (adjacent to The Libertine Deli).” http://2jazzguitars.com/

“’Stained Glass’ for Kids”, Friday, July 27, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank room.  Free tickets will be given out at 10AM.  “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.” http://www.addieboswell.com/home.html

Glendi Greek Festival”, Friday, July 27, 12PM- 9PM, Saturday, July 28, 12PM- 9PM, and Sunday, July 29, 12PM -7PM.  Admission is free; purchase tokens for $1 each for food (unused tokens are fully refundable).  The awesome Reptile Man  will be appearing Saturday July 28 at 4PM and 6PM. “‘Glendi’ is Greek for ‘Celebration’.Join us for the Glendi Greek Festival, a celebration of ethnic cultures from around the world, right here in Beaverton, Oregon. We want to share our heritages (Greek, Middle Eastern and Ethiopian), music, traditions, customs and culinary skills with you, our neighbors, families and friends.” http://www.glendigreekfestival.com/

Raptors”, Friday, July 27, 3PM, Goldendale Library, 131 W. Burgen St., Goldendale, WA.  “Raptors are among nature's most efficient predators. Come see and learn about falcons, hawks, owls, and eagles--how they live and how we can help them survive.”

Ho’Ike and Hawaiian Festival”, Saturday, July 28, 10AM-7PM, Esther Short Park, W. Columbia St. and 8th St., Vancouver, WA.  Free. “Over 10,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers, Portland, Taiko, Native Tribal dancers, and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Arts, Crafts, and food vendors will round out this outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. Keiki events, traditional Hawaiian games, and nose flute making are just some of the additional activities to be offered.” http://hawaiianfestivalpnw.com/

Blueberry Pancake Day”, Saturday, July 28, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free, donations accepted. “Today we sample some of the best blueberries of Clark County. The Mill has partnered with our local farms to offer you the healthiest whole wheat pancakes filled with fresh blueberries, topped with homemade blueberry syrup, and topped with more fresh blueberries. Did I mention that we really like blueberries?” 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).  http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/

Alien Invasion!”, Saturday, July 28, 2PM, Holgate Library. “An evil genius is out to destroy all of the planets in the Milky Way galaxy, including Earth! But with your help, we can save our galaxy from complete obliteration. In this multi-media show of stories and songs, storyteller Rick Huddle will take you on an adventure that will make you laugh, sing and work together to save our planet.”  http://www.rickhuddle.com/welcome.html

Wapato Island Wild  Food Expedition”, Saturday, July 28, 8AM- 12PM, Sauvie Island.  $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: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#WGGV  “We'll investigate wild foods from marshes, fields, and woods -- including wapato or Indian potato, elderberry, poison hemlock, wild cherry, and many other plants. Originally called Wapato Island by the Lewis and Clark expedition for its abundance of the plant. Wild blackberries should be ripe for picking while we are there, so bring some gathering containers if you wish to pick them after the workshop.”  Presented by local treasure, author Dr. John Kallas.

Bears in the City”, Saturday, July 28, 11AM- 2:30PM, meeting at City of Florence Airport, 2001 Airport Way, Florence, OR,  $6.50 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://coastalblackbears.eventbrite.com/  “Visit sites of human-bear conflicts in and around Florence, Oregon with ODFW biologist Doug Cottam. This trip begins at the City of Florence Airport, 2001 Airport Way in Florence (Directions: at the intersection of US Highways 101 and 126 in Florence, turn west onto 9th street.  Go 3 blocks west and turn north on Kingwood.  The airport entrance will be on the west side of Kingwood on Airport Way).  Doug will guide you to several sites in and around the city where bear-human conflicts have occurred.  Learn firsthand about black bears and the challenge of managing conflicts as we expand into their habitat.”

Wapato Bird Walk”, Saturday, July 28, 8AM- 11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, 19101 NW Sauvie Island Road, Pdx.  Free. Preregistration required; register online here: http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2012/07/28/901/-/morning-bird-walks-at-wapato-access-greenway.html “Join us for a ranger-led bird walk at Wapato State Greenway, part of the 12,000 acre Sauvie Island Important Bird Area (IBA). This easy 2.25 mile loop traverses mixed forest and open oak savannah around Virginia Lakes just east of the Multnomah Channel. With this local habitat diversity it is not surprising that nearly half of the bird species found in Oregon have been recorded on Sauvie Island.  We will meet at the main Wapato Greenway parking lot off of Sauvie Island Road at 8am. Bring binoculars and a water bottle.  While we welcome all ages, the walk is geared toward adults. All birding levels are welcome. Dress for the weather; we will head out rain or shine.”

Oaks Bottom Bird Walk”, Saturday, July 28, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Lower Boones Ferry Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego.  Free. Preregistration required; register by calling 503-620-7454.  “Portland is known as a livable city but did you know fish and wildlife find it livable too thanks to places like Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Join expert naturalist Elaine Murphy as she takes you on a free bird walk through Portland’s own urban wildlife refuge. Its location at the base of Oaks Bluff and next to the Willamette River’s Holgate Slough and Ross Island result in rich and varied habitat: uplands, wetland, riparian, and open water. And that means great bird watching!” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/oaks_bottom_bird_walk_-_july_28/

Oregon Shadow Theatre presents, “The Green Bird, a Mexican Story”, Saturday, July 28, 2PM, Midland Library. “Behind the illuminated shadow screen, colorful shadow puppets come to life and tell the story of The Green Bird. A drum roll and a cymbal crash, the calliope sound of a button accordion, and the play begins: A boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by a magician. A brave girl journeys through Mexico to save him. In her travels, she encounters fantastic characters and scenes from Mexico's rich folkloric tradition. She sees skeletons dancing to the song La Bamba at a Day of The Dead fiesta. The climax of the play is set in the Bull Ring, where the audience joins in shouting "Ole!"  Colorful and intricate shadow puppets combine with live music, voices and sound effects to create a delightful family entertainment.”  http://www.oregonshadowtheatre.com/greenbird.html

Olympig Release Party!”, Saturday, July 28, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St.  Free, but bring money for their amazing array of crazy vending machines. “Joins us to celebrate the release of local illustrator/author, Victoria Jamieson's new book, "Olympig!".  We'll even play Olympic inspired games on the deck!” http://www.victoriajamieson.com/

4th Annual Northwest Book Festival”, Saturday, July 28, 11AM- 5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, corner of SW Morrison and SW 6th Ave., Pdx.  All about the authors, illustrators, and publishers who will be there here: http://www.nwbookfestival.com/

Great Oregon Steam-Up”, Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, continuing August 4 and 5, 7AM- 6PM, Antique Powerland, 3995 Brooklake Rd., Brooks, OR. $10 admission, free for kids 12 and under.  “The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. A parade takes place each day at 1:30 PM and includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates twice a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon work. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of the past. Machines include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. Machinery demos, sawmilling, flour milling, fire apparatus demos, harvesting, kids pedal tractor pulling, traditional tractor pulling, and a Big Parade! Blacksmithing, a country store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, children's passport program, swap meet and flea market sales, country music, and great food! Church services held Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m.” http://www.antiquepowerland.com/info/annual.html  This is a really cool event.

Summer Solstice Celebration”, Saturday, July 28, at sunset, Rooster Rock State Park and LL Stub Stewart State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle state park day use fee. “Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 28, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:30 p.m. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes Mars, Saturn, the moon, several clusters, and more!  The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon's surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible.  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 http://www.omsi.edu/starparties for possible weather-related cancellations.” http://www.omsi.edu/node/750

Party in the Park”, Saturday, July 28, 11AM-5PM,  HMT Recreation Complex,  15707 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton, OR. “Each year, THPRD's Party in the Park draws several thousand people to the HMT Recreation Complex in Beaverton for our signature summer event. Last year, for the first time, the City of Beaverton and the Park District expanded the day's agenda to include the first Beaverton International Celebration. Experience food, music, dance, art, crafts, traditional dress and ceremonies representing and honoring the many distinct cultural communities that make their home here. Party in the Park transforms the district’s main grounds into a diverse and entertaining campus of games, music and activity that the entire family will enjoy. Kids will love giant inflatable play structures, climbing walls, face painting and arts and crafts as well as free drop-in swimming and sports. Our Nature Mobile and Rec Mobile will also be on hand, providing structured opportunities for kids to learn, laugh and play with our dedicated volunteer staff. Entertainment will be staged throughout the day, including the Beaverton Police Department’s ever-popular K-9 Unit demonstration. Of course, no Party in the Park would be complete without two morning events - The Classic at T-Hills car show (8:30 a.m.) and the Family Triathlon (9 a.m.) - that both get motors running. A participant fee is required for both activities, but viewing is free.” http://www.thprd.org/events/partyinthepark.cfm

Barn Dances”, Saturday, July 28, 6PM- 8PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 state park 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.”  http://www.champoeg.org/events/living-history.html

The Big Float”, Sunday, July 29,  12:30PM, starting at the east side of the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, 1515 SE Water Ave. All ages! Preregistration required; register online: http://thebigfloat.com/index Registration is $5 per person, life jackets are required and will be sold for $8.  “One day last summer, over 1,300 hardy souls formed a human flotilla of inner tubes and other watercraft and gallantly sailed across the mighty Willamette River.  It was the inaugural launching of The Big Float. The grand spectacle included a pre-float parade and after-party with live music, food and libations. Batman was there. The water was fine and nobody grew an extra head or foot.”  There will be a pre-float parade, after-float party, live music, food carts, exhibits, and sponsor booths. The plan is that everyone will walk across the Hawthorne Bridge, walk north to the Marquam Bridge, and then sail across the Willamette back near the starting point. The crossing should take about an hour.  You can cross on anything that floats. How cool is that!?!!?

 “Butterfly Release Party”, Monday, July 30, 11AM, Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA.  “Kids! If 300 reading stars are completed by July 1st, we will have a special butterfly release party following Preschool Story Time. We will be releasing Painted Lady butterflies and creating special butterfly art, so get reading and dream big!”