Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Adventures

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of August 2012.  I compile this list for the homeschool group that our family belongs to, which includes kids 9 and under.  So I don't include events that specifically exclude that age group, but most have wider appeal.  I look for events with some educational or cultural value. This month, the Oregon State Fair reminded me of my pal, champion swine Sylvester, so I asked him to help proofread the list.  Therefore, please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations!

Portland Parks and Recreation's "Summer Free for All" concerts, movies, mobile rock climbing wall,  and other good stuff is now going strong.  Check it out here: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=50362  As part of the summer fun, the Washington Park Summer Festival offers some really wonderful performances August 2-12: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=54825 And at pick-your-own farms, apples, pears, peaches, sweet corn, figs, and more are ripening, and blackberries and raspberries are still yours for the picking. Look for a farm near you at http://www.tricountyfarm.org/  and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm

"Dig This!", Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, August 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, and 13, 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 1 1⁄2 2 hour tour. Junior Ranger Program incorporated in tour." http://www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/events/2012_Champoeg_Arch.pdf

"Dragon Theatre Puppets at West Linn Farmer's Market", every Wednesday in August, 5:30PM, on Main St. at 13th Ave and Willamette Falls Drive.  August 1: The Pirate and His Pet; August 8:  Little Bugs, Big World; August 15: The Underwater Adventure; August 22:  The Clueless Detective; and August 29:  Home Grown Heroes.   http://www.dragontheater.com/default.htm

"Steve's Creature Feature", Wednesday, August 1, 2PM, Rockwood Library; Tuesday, August 7, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Thursday, August 9, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th Street, Oregon City, OR; Friday, August 10, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM Friday, August 10, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library; Wednesday, August 15, 3PM, Fairview Park bandstand, south end of NE Village St. near Fairview City Hall; Saturday, August 18, 3PM, Vancouver Mall Library; and Thursday, August 30, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM). "Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Latanzi! 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

"Adventures with Bugs", Wednesday, August 1, 3PM, Fairview Park bandstand, south end of NE Village St. near Fairview City Hall; Sunday, August 5, 1PM, Troutdale Library; Saturday, August 18, 2PM, Holgate Library; Thursday, August 23, 3PM, Kenton Library (free tickets will be handed out 10 minutes before the program);  "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!!!

"Creating Time-Based Art:  The Sand Mandala", Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2, 10AM-7PM, and Friday, August 3, 10AM-5:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA.  "Over the course of three days, six Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery of South India will use individual grains of colored sand to construct an intricate mandala design, beginning and ending with traditional ceremonies of music and chanting. The monks' visit is part of a five month tour of the West Coast." http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/mandala/mandala.htm  http://www.mysticalartsoftibet.org/Mandala.htm#top

"Charlie the Noiseguy", Wednesday, August 1, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library Community Room; Thursday, August 2, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library; and Friday, August 10, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA.  "Charlie Williams is the Noiseguy, a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate bubbles and flushes, splashes and slushes." http://www.noiseguy.com/

"Alphabeticians",  Wednesday, August 1, 10AM St. Pius X Community Center, 1280 NW Saltzman Road, Pdx; Thursday, August 2, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City; Thursday, August 2, 6:30PM, Couch Park, NW 19th Ave. and NW Glisan St., Pdx; Friday, August 3, 5PM, Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd. ($10 suggested donation per family); Sunday, August 5, and Sunday, August 19, 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx, ($5 suggested donation per family); Mr. Hoo will also be playing  Wednesday  August 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 10:30AM at the Warehouse, 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx ($5 suggested donation per family); Wednesdays in August at 12PM at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. ($5 donation per family); Thursday August 2, 16, 13, and 30 at 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($5 donation per family); and Fridays  at 11AM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave., Pdx ($3 suggested donation per person).  "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/

"Mo Phillips", Mo has regular gigs Thursdays in August, 10:30AM, at Milagros Boutique, 5429 NE 30th Ave., Pdx. ($3-5 suggested donation); Fridays at 10AM, at Soundroots, 3954 N. Williams Ave., Pdx. ($5 per walking kid); and Sunday, August 12 and 26 at 10AM, Flying Cat Coffee Co., 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($3-$5 suggested donation).  "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/

"Mr. Ben",  Wednesdays in August at Eco Baby Gear, 2122 SE Division, Pdx  ($3 requested donation per person);  Wednesdays at 4:30 at Santa Fe Taqueria, 831 NW 23rd Ave., Pdx (kids eat free); and Mondays at 5PM at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx.  "Mr. Ben plays live music for kids and families in and around Portland, OR. His shows are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. Your child can participate as much or as little as they choose — they are free to explore new musical ideas and concepts at their own pace and in their own way." http://mrbenmusic.com/

"Henrik Bothe", Wednesday, August 1, 2PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA; Wednesday, August 1, 7PM, Vancouver Mall Library. Henrik Bothe walks on ladders, spins ropes, juggles without using his hands, manipulates fancy hats, and rides a unicycle!  http://www.coolneonman.com/

"Aurora Colony:  Legacies of a Utopian Society in Oregon", Wednesday, August 1, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr.,  Tualatin.  Free. "Patrick Harris, director of the Aurora Colony Museum, will share highlights of this unusual cult which during its 20 years of innovation was a model for today's hospitality industry.  Descendants continue to contribute artifacts and stories to this unique museum just minutes south of Tualatin." http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html  http://www.auroracolony.org/

"Summer Arts on Main St.", Wednesdays in 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 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!"  Wednesday, August 1: Zimba marimba band; August 8: The Beat Goes On; August 15: Cascade Four Barbershop Quartet; August 22:  Bridgetown and Renegade Rose, Cotswold Morris Dancers; August 29: Red Yarn Puppet Band.

"Puckett Family Magic Show", Wednesday, August 1, 2PM, Woodland Library, Woodland, WA; Wednesday, August 1, 6:30PM, La Center Library, La Center, 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/

"Wednesday Evening Nature Walks", Wednesdays in August, 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/

"Mad Science", Wednesday, August 1, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Tuesday, August 7, 1:30PM, Shute Park Ampitheater next to the Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Wednesday, August 8, 3PM, DeWitt Park across from the Hillsdale Library (if it's raining, they will present inside the library and free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM); Tuesday, August 14, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room; "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!"

"Yo-Yo University", Wednesday, August 1, 10:30AM, Garden Home Library; Wednesday, August 1, 2:30PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church Gym, 8060 SW Brentwood, Pdx; Thursday, August 2, 5:30PM, outside in front of the Cedar Mill Library at Bethany; Friday, August 3, 2PM, Cedar Mill Community Library, upstairs meeting room; Tuesday, August 7, 4PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room;  "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.oregonlive.com/tualatin/index.ssf/2010/11/tualatin_colin_leland_yo-yo_university_greg_winterrowd_sherwood_shools_tigard-tualatin_schools.html

"Alien Invasion!", Wednesday, August 1, 6:30PM, Kenton Library (free tickets will be given out 10 minutes before the program begins); Thursday, August 9, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Saturday, August 11, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Sunday, August 12, 2PM, Midland 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

PCPA Presents, "Music on Main Street", Wednesdays in August, 5PM-7PM, outside at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx.  "Wednesday evenings during  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." August 1:  Lily Wilde and her Jumpin' Jubilee Orchestra;  August 8:  The Bingo Band; August 15:  The Linda Hornbuckle Band; August 22: The Twangshifters; August 29:  Jujuba. http://www.pcpa.com/

"Rocketry!", Wednesday, August 1, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, OR.  "Come learn all about rockets and even make your own to shoot high into the air!"

"Watermelon Seed Spittin' Contest", Wednesday, August 1, 3PM, Cornelius Library.  "Join us for our famous Watermelon Seed Spittin' Contest! Eat FREE watermelon, save the seeds, and when the time comes, spit them! Will you be our next top seed spitter?"

"Reading in Rhythm", Wednesday, August 1, 3PM, Woodstock Library; and Saturday, August 4, 10:30AM, Albina Library. "This delightful show ties together two very important ideas: music and reading. The Double Reed Divas will present their popular concert of literary themes including Leprechauns by Arthur Butterworth, Elfin Pieces by Brian Joyce and When Nod Dreams by Arthur Woodbury." http://www.oregonchamberplayers.org/divas/divas.html

"Sky in the Road", Wednesday, August 1, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room.  "Let songwriters, singers, musicians Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest entertain you with their folk-based music as it winds its way through Americana, country, Celtic, world folk, gypsy jazz, new age, rock and reggae.  Savor the duo's lush vocal harmonies and traditional instrumentation with a modern twist." http://www.skyintheroad.com/

"Advanced Origami", Wednesday, August 1, 3PM, Sandy Library.  "Learn the art of Japanese paper folding with artist Eileen Holzman." http://www.eileenholzman.com/

"Full Moon Hike", Thursday, August 2, 8PM-9:30PM, 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

"The Snowflake Man", Thursday, August 2, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); and Tuesday, August 14, 1PM, Troutdale Library.  "Do you know what a snowflake looks like? This puppet performance is inspired by Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley, a farmer and scientist who in 1885 was the first person to capture the image of a single snow crystal. Sarah Frechette, of Puppetkabob, performs Bentley's fascinating story using a unique trunk show of marionettes and props." http://www.puppetkabob.com/

"The Bug Chicks", Thursday, August 2, 1PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Suggested for ages 4 and up.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.leachgarden.org/event/bug-chicks-summer-series-august/ 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/

"BJ the Clown", Thursday, August 2, 11AM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground , WA; Tuesday, August 7, 2PM, outside at the Sherwood Library. "Come see a high-energy hour of comedy, juggling, and audience participation." http://www.bjtheclown.com/

"Brad Clark-Stories and Songs for Big Dreamers", Thursday, August 2, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone.  "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/

"Danza Guadalupana", Thursday, August 2, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver, WA.  "Come see traditional pre-columbian dances passed down for generations. Dress and instruments are all handmade by the group members, who are all of Mexican descent."

"Oregon International Air Show", Friday, August 3, Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, Hillsboro Airport.  This is a pretty awesome air show!  http://www.oregonairshow.com/

"Rocket Hamster's Space Odyssey", Friday, August 3, 11AM, Canby Library; and Wednesday, August 8, 3:30PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA. "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!

"Bat Night", Friday, August 3, 7:30PM-9:30PM, Whitaker Ponds, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  Suggested donation $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiaslough.org/calendar_detail.aspx?calendar_id=220  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  "Bring your whole family to explore nature at night! Whitaker Ponds has a high diversity of bat species who wait to hunt until after the sun goes down. Join naturalist Elaine Murphy for a quick indoor bat talk and then a guided group hike."

"Bat Chat Night Hike", Friday, August 3, 7:30PM- 9:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free. Preregistration required; register online:  http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2012/08/03/903/-/bat-chat-night-hike.html  "Signup for a free, night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek up close and personal. We will talk about the amazing adaptations that allow bats to survive. We will be walking in groups to the creek and the meadow to listen to echo locating bats with the Bat Detector."

"No, No, No, Pinocchio", Friday, August 3 and 24, 7PM; Saturday, August 4 and 25, 3PM and 7PM; Sunday, August 5 and 26, 3PM, Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum,  906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $6 each. "You've never seen Pinocchio told quite like this. Staying close to Carlo Colodi's original Italian story, The Olde World Puppet Theatre uses their jewel-like marionettes to tell their own very Italian version. The music is by Rossini, (conducted by Toscanini) -- now that's Italian! The puppets even enlist the aid of the puppeteers to play some of the roles. Come join us on this madcap comedy romp through the land of Pinocchio, Gepetto, Lampwick and a Blue Fairy who has to be seen to be believed. (Due to the elaborate nature of this show, if Oregon weather occurs, we will have to cancel the performance.)"  http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

"Little Bugs, Big World", Friday, August 3, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Tuesday, August 7, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); "A little lady bug meets a caterpillar and together they decide to travel the world, visiting bugs from all sorts of countries. While on their journey, they have to be very careful of the sneaky spider Mr. S., who is out to catch the reading bugs! Will they be caught in his web, or will the adventure lead them back home safely? Find out in this thrilling puppet show performed by Dragon Theater."  http://www.dragontheater.com/

"Clark County Fair", Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 12,  Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642. http://www.clarkcofair.com/  There will be some rather cool stuff like a walk-through haunted gold mine, an exhibit of exotic rainforest and jungle animals,  Dock Dogs who perform amazing tricks, the BlackPearl Friesisan Dance Troupe who perform on horseback, a sheep herding demo, and more! http://www.clarkcofair.com/

"Water Wonders at Blue Lake", Friday, August 3, Saturday, August 4, Sunday, August 5, Friday, August 31, and Saturday, September 1, 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://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6701

"Survivor!", Friday, August 3, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. "Come dig into hands-on, down-to-earth, primitive arts skill building and play!"

"Tie Dye", Friday, August 3, 2PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA.  "Let your creativity flow with wild colors and patterns! Please bring a 100% cotton T-shirt to tie-dye."

"Knights of Veritas", Friday, August 3, 3PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale, 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!

"Gem Faire", Friday, August 3, 12PM -6PM, Saturday, August 4, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, August 5, 10AM- 5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro, OR. $7 weekend pass 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.

"Great Oregon Steam-Up", Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 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 Festival and Gem Fair", Saturday, August 4, 9AM-6PM, and Sunday, August 5, 9AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals,  26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro.  Adults $5, Seniors and kids 5-17 $4, 4 and under free.  Bring the kids and join the fun!  Free hot dogs for kids! Jewelry, petrified wood, fossils, gems, minerals, and more for sale.  Geode and thunder egg cutting, kid games, gold panning and more.  Jewelry wire wrapping and faceting demonstrations.  Food, snacks, and beverages." http://ricenorthwmuseum.qwestoffice.net/docs/2012_Summer_Festival_Flyer.pdf

"Iranian Festival", Saturday, August 4, 10AM- 5PM, South Park Blocks by Portland State University between College St. and PSU Library next to Farmer's Market. "Listen to lively Iranian music, dance, play games, taste delicious Iranian cuisines, and more." http://www.andisheh.org/events.shtml

"Beaverton Modular Railroad Display", Saturday, August 4, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 5, 1PM-4:30PM, Beaverton Library.  "Plan to drop by this weekend and visit with members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club. The club will have models set up for viewing and be available to answer questions about this fascinating hobby."

"Portland Youth Spelling Bee", Saturday, August 4, 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." 

"Olympig",  Saturday, August 4, 11AM, Powell's Books,  1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  "Victoria Jamieson will read her children's book 'Olympig' about an indomitable porcine athlete." http://www.VictoriaJamieson.com/

Portland Actor's Ensemble presents, "Twelfth Night", Saturday, August 4, 6PM, Columbia Park, Troutdale; Saturday, August 5, 3PM, Lynchwood Park, Pdx; Friday, August 10, 6:30PM, Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego; Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 3PM, Washington Park, Pdx; Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, Gabriel Park, Pdx; Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, Fernhill Park, Pdx. Free- donations accepted. Free Shakespeare in the park!  http://www.portlandactors.com/

"Wapato Island Wild  Food Expedition", Saturday, August 4, 8:30AM- 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#wapato  "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.

"Living History Saturdays", First three Saturdays in August 1:30PM-3:30PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  August 4- 1860's Children's Job Day; August 11- Home Skills Day; August 18- Grain Harvest Day. http://www.champoeg.org/events/living-history.html

Atomic Arts present, "Trek in the Park", Saturdays and Sundays in August, 5PM, Cathedral Park ampitheater, N. Crawford St. and N. Pittsburg Ave., Pdx. Free. Star Trek episodes performed as live summer theater! http://www.atomic-arts.org/

"Junior Ranger Program at Tryon Creek", Saturdays and Sundays in August, 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." Saturday, August 4:  Animal Detectives (Tracking); August 5:  Map and Compass; August 11: Crayfish; August 12:  Ladybugs; August 18 and 19:  Ethnobotany-  Natural Dyes; August 25:  Butterflies; and August 26: Banana Slug Sundaes- Junior Ranger Celebration!  http://www.tryonfriends.org/

"Guided Nature Walks", Saturdays  in August, 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." August 4: Mini-beast Exploration; August 11:  Backyard Birds; August 18: Plant Walk and Talk; August 25:  Signs of Wildlife.  http://www.tryonfriends.org/

"Library Lego Lovers", Saturday, August 4, 10AM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA; Thursday, August 23, 4PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver, WA, and Thursday, August 23, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA.   Suggested for ages 5-11. "Join us the 1st Saturday of each month for a new Lego challenge."

"Charles the Clown", Saturday, August 4, 4PM, Woodstock Library. "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/

"Obonfest 2012", Saturday, August 4, 3PM-9PM, Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave., Pdx.  Free. "Obon is an annual Japanese festival commemorating one's ancestors. Join us for food, gifts, entertainment and dancing." http://www.oregonbuddhisttemple.com/events/2012/obonfest2012.html

"Starry Night Extravaganza", Sunday, August 5, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  "Make your own night-inspired masterpieces using a variety of art techniques including printmaking, drawing and mixed media."

"Sundae in the Park", Sunday, August 5, 12PM-11PM, Upper Sellwood Park, 7951 SE 7th St., Pdx.  In addition to $.50 sundaes, there will be some wonderful and educational entertainment, including the Olde World Puppet Theater, Mad Science, Oregon Zoo's ZAP animal presenters, and more. http://sundae.sellwood.org/

"Astronomy Day and Mars Landing Viewing", Sunday, August 5, with festival from 10AM-4PM and doors opening for the Mars Landing Viewing at 9PM.  The festival is free with museum admission.  "Celebrating Astronomy Day, OMSI presents a full day-into-night festival of all things celestial, with opportunities for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Representatives from local clubs and organizations will be on hand to answer questions, lead hands-on activities and discuss space science until 4 p.m. An inflatable life-sized model of the NASA Mars rover, Curiosity, will also be on display.  The doors will open later in the evening at 9 p.m. to offer space exploration enthusiasts a front-row seat for the scheduled 10:30 p.m. Mars landing of the REAL Curiosity.  Screens in the Auditorium and Planetarium will display a non-stop live feed from NASA TV." http://www.omsi.edu/node/3420?nomodal

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival presents, "As You Like It", Free Shakespeare in the parks!  Sunday, August 5, 2PM, Lents Park; and Sunday, August 26, 1PM, Mt. Tabor. "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/

"Risky Business:  Probability, Perception, and the Portland Harbor Superfund Site", Monday, August 6, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation.  All ages. "Do you ever wonder about the chemicals in our society and how they might affect your health? Why do we freak out about some things while ignoring other things that put us in actual danger? At this Science Pub, Dr. Dave Stone will walk you through what we know about the science behind risk analysis and risk perception. Using examples from everyday life and issues local to Portland, Dr. Stone will highlight the basics of toxicology and perspectives on risk using real issues from the Willamette River and the Portland Harbor Superfund Site." http://www.omsi.edu/node/3111

"The Wizard of Oz", Tuesday, August 7, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); Wednesday, August 8, 11AM, Gresham Library; and Wednesday, August 8, 3PM, Fairview Park bandstand, south end of NE Village St. near Fairview City Hall.  "Join Dorothy in this classic adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy Gale thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her far away to the magical land of Oz. To find her way home, she must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious wizard of Oz. In this theatrical performance, Hampstead Stage Company will take you on Dorothy's strange and enchanting adventure." http://www.hampsteadstage.org/shows_the_wizard_of_oz.html

"Crazy Camp Songs", Tuesday, August 7, 3PM, Northwest Library.  "This lively sing-along includes traditional and original songs that are perfect for the summer! Learn classics including "Polly Wolly Doodle," "A Bear in Tennis Shoes" and "Slimy Mud." Performer Greta Pedersen plays the mountain dulcimer and the guitar while teaching you new sounds that are perfect for singing around the camp fire, in the car, or even (quietly) at the library!" http://www.greta.net/

"Far Above Rubies:  Women and Bible Quilts", Tuesday, August 7, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room.  "Through colonial, pioneer and contemporary times – despite limitations of gender, ethnic and economic discriminations in their settings – quilters have exquisitely and elaborately portrayed the characteristics of biblical women figures. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Marie Wachlin will examine how the art of quilting has provided sustenance and pleasure to (principally) female students of the Bible, who were inspired in their own lives by the women they read about.

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

"Snip, Snap, Snout"  The Tale is Out!", Tuesday, August 7, 10:15AM, Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; Thursday, August 9, 11AM, Sandy Library; Saturday, August 11, 3PM, Kenton Library (free tickets will be given out 10 minutes before the show). : Come hear Portland's own national award-winning storyteller Christopher Leebrick! Let your imagination soar as he weaves spellbinding tales of adventure, daring deeds, and heroes and heroines. Summer fun for young and old and everyone in between." http://www.allgoodstories.com/

"Snail People", Tuesday, August 7, 4PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM).  "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/

 "Bethany Lego Free Play",  Wednesday, August 8, 10:30AM, Terrace Plaza Community Room, 15220 NW Laidlaw Rd., Pdx (map available at Cedar Mill Bethany circulation desk).  "A drop-in program for kids ages 5 and up who enjoy building with Legos!  No registration is required. All Legos will be provided."

"Presto the Magician", Wednesday, August 8, 10:30AM, Garden Home Library; Wednesday, August 8, 2:30PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church gym, 8060 SW Brentwood, Pdx; and Thursday, August 9, 1:30PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room. "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/

"Rick Huddle Pirate Show", Wednesday, August 8, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library.  Suggested for ages 3-10.  "Set off on a pirate ship with comedian-musician Rick Huddle and get marooned on a desert island. We'll sing shanties, swab the deck, and come up with new answers to the age-old question, 'What Would You Do with a Grumpy Sailor?' We'll have to band together to avoid the blues, or maybe we'll just sing our way out of them." http://www.rickhuddle.com/welcome.html

"Smarty Pants!", Wednesday, August 8, 1PM, North Plains Library.  "The Oregon Children's Theater will present an interactive game show for all ages about making healthy choices. All ages are welcome to attend." http://www.octc.org/blog/entry/smarty_pants_brings_healthy_choices_to_parks_and_community_events_this_summ

"Make Your Own Cookies", Wednesday, August 8, 4PM, Rockwood Library. "Discover the magic of delicious no-bake cookies for you and your family! Chef Bryan Roeder will show you three quick and easy recipes. Eat good, feel good!"

"Gotta Read This!  New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum", For K-5 educators: Thursday, August 9, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Thursday, August 16, 2PM, Midland Library. For adults. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.multcolib.org/schoolcorps/gotta.html "Tired of using the same books with your classes every year? Come to this workshop for Multnomah County K-12 educators to learn about new books you might use in your language arts, social studies, math, science and the arts classes. You'll receive a notebook with the booktalks, and copies of the books will be available for you to borrow after the event. Refreshments will be served, and all educators who attend will get a free book to keep!" There will also be workshops for 6-12th grade educators, and you can find details and booklists from previous years on their website.

"Author Talk: Alan Armstrong", Thursday, August 9, 7PM, Powell's Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  "An adventurous new work from Newbery Honor-Winning author, Alan Armstrong. In the spring of 1947, outer space was an unexplored realm. But eleven year-old Alexis (Alex) Heart and her impulsive brother, Chuck, believe that the stars are within reach. In the midst of building their own rocket, Alex befriends Captain Ebbs, and an army scientist who is working to create food for future space travelers, and who is also a descendent of Captain John Smith. Alex soon introduces Chuck to her new friend, and the trio's shared interest in space travel sets off a series of adventures that the three will never forget. From meeting pioneering German rocket scientist Dr. Wenher von Braun, and a thrilling sailing trip down the Potomac to an island on the Chesapeake where a top secret rocket launch is about to take place, Alex and Chuck are about to have their lives forever changed."

"Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate", Thursday, August 9, 7PM, Newberg Library, Newberg, OR. "Learn some of the most common edible wild plants within walking distance of your kitchen and how easy it is to find, identify and enjoy them as normal foods in everyday meals. See and understand general features that you should look for in edible plant books and other educational resources. Bring your friends to wow them about the potential of wild foods. The presenter and author, John Kallas, will sell and sign his book 'Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate' at the end of this presentation." http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/newberglibrarypresentation.pdf

"Animal Activities at Blue Lake",  Friday, August 10, Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12,  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://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6713

"Galaxy Dance Festival", Friday, August 10, 9AM- 8PM, and Saturday, August 11, 10AM-6PM, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx. Free. "Galaxy Dance Festival returns to Director Park August 10th and 11th. Produced by Polaris Dance Theatre, this two-day event presents a spectrum of dance to the public with free classes, demonstrations, performances and a Bollywood Dance Party!"  For all the details and a schedule of performances, see: http://www.polarisdance.org/upcoming/galaxy-dance-festival-2012/

"Hula Halau Dance Performance", Friday, August 10, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library, upstairs community room.  "Hula Halau 'Ohana Holo 'Oko 'A, (School of Hula Where Everyone is Family), has shared its passion for Hula and Hawaiian culture throughout the Portland Metro area since 1998." http://www.hulaaloha.org/

"komedy 4 da kidz", Friday, August 10, 3PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale, 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/

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

Dragon Theater Puppets presents, "Rapunzel Redeems Rumpelstiltskin", Friday, August 10, 7PM, Saturday, August 11, 3PM and 7PM, and Sunday, August 12, 3PM, Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum,  906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx.  Tickets $6 each.  "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." http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

"Francis Street Firehouse Centennial", Saturday, August 11, 1PM-4PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx.  Free. Designed as the home for (horse-drawn) Portland Fire Co. 25 in 1912, remodeled as a community music school in 1969, the lovely brick-walled edifice of the Francis Street Firehouse has stood the test of time and served Portland for 100 years and counting. Join musicians, firefighters, community leaders, family, and other friends for a celebration of the century. Archival photos and documents, tours, entertainment, and refreshments await! try your hand at playing an instrument or two, enjoy live music circa 1912, view archival photos and memorabilia, watch to a presentation about the building's history by author/historian Don Nelson, take a guided tour of the building, have some refreshments, including birthday cake, climb on a real fire truck or rock wall, and meet Portland Fire Co. #25!" https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cmc/event.jsp?event=170

"Arts Festival in the Forest", Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, Mary S. Young Park, 1980 Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn. Free. There will be many performers, and both days, A-WOL Dance Collective will perform their aerial dance in the trees!  See their website for the complete schedule: http://www.artsfestivalintheforest.com/

"Penny Rugs", Saturday, August 11, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City.  Free. Victorian handcraft demonstration. "When is a rug not a rug? When it's a Penny Rug! These layered and stitched table mats are made of concentric circles of wool felt." http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org/

"Rocks and Soil", Saturday, August 11, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA. Free. "Did you know that not all rocks are the same? Kids will have fun with hands-on activities during this interactive Second Saturday event."

"Taft Beach Sand Castle Competition", Saturday, August 11, registration starting at noon, Taft Beach at the end of SW 51st. St., Lincoln City, OR.  Participation free with donation of one can of food, free to watch! http://www.taftbeach.com/index.html

"Arbor Fair", Saturday, August 11, 10AM- 3PM, Laurelhurst Park, Pdx.  "Arbor Fair is a free, family-friendly event all about trees. Enjoy a variety of fun activities and watch the International Tree Climbing Competition. Join us for these free family-friendly activities. Try some knot tying, find out how much you know about trees by taking a Tree ID or Insect and Disease Quiz, hitch a ride in a bucket truck, or try out tree climbing the way the pros do it. And don't forget to check out crafts by local artisans. 2:00 pm:  Professor Pricklethorn- Fun learning presentation for kids. Learn why trees are important, why and how we should plant trees, and what you can do to help trees. More info here:  http://www.isa-arbor.com/events/conference/itccAndArborFair.aspx 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Educational workshops:
                10:00 am Laurelhurst History and Tree ID Walk with Phyllis Reynolds, author Trees of Greater Portland
                11:00 am – Good Street and Yard Tree's for Homeowners with Jim Gersbach
                12:00 pm – Six Ways to Kill Your Trees (Not) with Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty
                1:00 pm – Intro to Urban Fruit Tree Care with Bob Hatton of Portland Fruit Tree Project
                2:00 pm – Why Hire an Arborist (Tree Doctor) and Questions to Ask with Jesse Batty of Friends of Trees

 "International Tree Climbing Championship", Saturday, August 11, 8AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 12, 8AM-4PM, Laurelhurst Park, Pdx. "Watch the world's best professional arborists compete for the chance to become World Champion. This event overlaps with the Aug. 11 Arbor Fair. Preliminary events take place on Saturday, with final competitions for the championship on Sunday. Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.  The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.  Competitive tree climbing also introduces the public to the skills professional tree climbing arborists must use for safe, professional tree work." http://www.isa-arbor.com/events/treeClimbingChampionships/index.aspx
"Muddy Boots Family Trail Day:  Adventures in Forest Investigations", Saturday, August 11, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free. Preregistration required; register online for a guided hike: http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2012/08/11/985/-/muddy-boots-family-trail-day-adventures-in-forest-investigations.html "Learn some new skills with the Friends as we focus on forest investigation techniques for our second Muddy Boots event of 2012.  We'll have experienced guides stationed on our upper trails (near the visitor's center) waiting to engage parents and children in fun and interactive investigation techniques.  Activities will be designed so they simultaneously engage parents and children while the techniques themselves will be designed for usefulness in a variety of outdoor environments.  Bracelets will be available at the Visitor's Center and those families that collect all the bracelet beads (one from each activity station) will be given a prize to assist with future forest investigations."

"Author Talk: Lindsay Ward", Saturday, August 11, 11AM, Powell's Books, 1005 W Burnside, Pdx. "One cold winter day, Blue returns to her nest to find something wonderful: Egg! Or rather a snowball she mistakes for an egg. Blue puts Egg in a pail and sets off to look for Egg's mother. But as the winter winds down and the temperature goes up, Blue is in for a sad surprise. Not to worry, though. In this sweet story of friendship, even snowmelt grows into something beautiful." http://www.lindsaymward.com/books/blue.html

"Family Nature Explorers:  River Exploration at Oxbow", Saturday, August 11, 10AM- 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy, Gresham.  $11 per family plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6940 "Cool your toes in the clear and clean, wild and scenic Sandy River at Oxbow Regional Park. Spend time catching and releasing bugs in the water and looking for animal tracks in the sand with Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens."

"Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!", Saturday, August 11, 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." 

"PokéParty", Saturday, August 11, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room.  "Bring your cards and DS to our Pokémon party.  Enjoy Japanese snacks, anime and games.  Enter your own pocket monster design and you could win a prize.  Join the fun and learn how to be the ultimate Pokémon trainer.  Costumes are encouraged but not required."

"The Reptile Man", Saturday, August 11, 2:30PM and 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, August 15, 11AM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, August 15, 3PM, DeWitt Park across from the Hillsdale Library (if it rains, he will present inside the library and free tickets will be given out at 2:30);  Wednesday, August 22, 6:30PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, OR;  and Thursday, August 23, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone. "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/

"OMSI Science Festival", Saturday, August 11, 1PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver, WA.  "OMSI is bringing loads of science to Three Creeks Community Library, guaranteed to thrill youngsters, perplex adults and offer everyone an experience they'll never forget!"

"Big Truck Day", Saturday, August 11, 10AM-2PM, Conestoga Recreation Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton, OR.  Free.  "Climb aboard, honk the horn and admire the view from the driver's seat of big rigs and other specialty vehicles, including a SWAT Team truck, a Franz bread truck, fire trucks, monster trucks and more." http://www.thprd.org/facilities/conestogarec/specialevents.cfm

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, August 11, 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

"Northwest Fossil Fest", Saturday, August 11, 10AM- 4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro.  Free, with free admission to the museum included.  "Lectures on paleontology by local paleo dignitaries, including Dr. Jeff Meyers, Western Oregon University.  Activities for kids, including screening for shark teeth, a fossil hunt, and other educational games.  Children won't go home without fossils!  Fossil identification help. Displays of fossil formations of the Pacific Northwest and the historical figures who researched them.  See the progress of Wally the Whale, an ongoing NARG recovery project.  Fossil preparation demonstrations and participation. See living plant fossils and take home sees to grow your own!" http://www.narg-online.com/nwfossilfest.html

"Portland Origami Paper Shapers", Sunday, August 12, 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." 

"Oregon Miniature Aircraft Squadron Annual RC Air Show", Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 9:30AM- 4PM,  OMAS Flying Field, Banks, OR.  Admission free, $5 per car parking donation.   "Join the hundreds of spectators and aviators for an exciting weekend of amateur to expert demonstrations of aircraft and watercraft.  It's a great time to get a close and personal insight into the sport of radio control modeling. Enjoy the day with delicious picnic lunch selections and snacks.  Shaded area and seating provided.  Bring the whole family!" http://www.omas-rc.org/

"Perseid Meteor Shower Watch", Sunday, August 12, at sunset, Rooster Rock State Park and LL Stub Stewart State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle state park day use fee. "The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Sunday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch!  Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9 p.m. to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower.   The event, sponsored by OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers, the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations, and the summer sky..  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/751  This is really not to be missed!  The advantage of the star parties is that they are in locations that are away from the worst light pollution of the metro area with great views of the horizon in all directions. But even if you can't make it to one, make sure you watch the skies during the meteor showers!

"Cathlapotle Plankhouse: Second Saturday Series", Sunday, August 12, 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

"The Edge of Night : An Evening of Mysteries in Honor of Alfred Hitchcock", Monday, August 13, 6:45PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA. "Come celebrate Alfred Hitchcock's 113th birthday with an evening of suspense, surprise endings and plot twists. Professional storyteller Jericho Knight will present short stories of crime and mystery that would please The Master himself."

"Author Talk:  William Bryant Logan", Monday, August 13, 7:30PM, Powell's Books, 3723 SE Hawthorne, Pdx.  "Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn's awareness of its mother's breast—all take place in the medium of air. Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly "safe" air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan's work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is—like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle—a treasure trove of discovery."

"Author Talk:  Jewel Lansing and Fred Leeson",  Monday, August 13, 7PM, Anne Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Their book is "Multnomah:  The Tumultuous Story of Oregon's Most Populous County". "Covering people and events from 1854 to the present day, this definitive reference on the history, politics, and policy of Multnomah County provides compelling details about public works undertakings and political scandals. Oregon's tiniest county geographically quickly grew to be the state's most populous. Through nearly sixteen decades, Multnomah County's history seldom has been calm and peaceful. From hangings that turned into grim public spectacles in the nineteenth century to a glaring failure to deal with urban growth in the middle of the twentieth, the county has survived frequent home rule charter changes and several attempts to revamp its structure or merge with Portland's better-known municipal government. Highlighted episodes include the construction of the iconic Columbia River Highway between 1914 and 1918, the tragic flooding of Vanport City in 1948, the employee strike of 1980, the library scandal of 1989- 1990, and the same-sex marriage license debacle of 2004. Historian Jewel Lansing and journalist Fred Leeson make effective use of archival sources, oral histories, newspaper articles, and personal interviews. History buffs and informed Portland citizens will be particularly engaged by the regional trivia and narrative details." http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/multnomah

"McCarty Brothers Puppet Show", Tuesday, August 14, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Suggested for ages 4 and up.  "Milwaukie's own McCarty Brothers present an original puppet show.  Puppet-making craft will follow the performance."

"Family Campfire Adventure", Tuesday, August 14, 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  $6 per person.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2012/08/14/984/-/family-campfire-adventure.html.  "A hands on adventure in night tracking.  We'll certainly look for tracks and scat, but we'll also learn how we can track insects and other intriguing animals.  Back at our campfire we'll have a sing-along as we create a Dutch oven dessert."

"Clackamas County Fair", Tuesday, August 14- Sunday, August 19, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby, OR. http://www.clackamas.us/fair/fair.html

"Leapin' Louie", Wednesday, August 15, 11AM, Garden Home Library. "David Lichtenstein specializes in western comedy shows featuring his comedy  character, Leapin' Louie. He is a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling; a virtuoso of new vaudeville and alternative circus." http://www.comedytricks.com/wp/

"Special Guest Storytime", Wednesday, August 15, 11AM, North Plains Library.  "On August 15, meet Emergency Medical Technicians from MetroWest Ambulance and learn how they work with police and firefighters to respond to 911 emergency calls and help sick and injured people."

"Legos at the Library", Wednesday, August 15, 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."

"Bicycle Rodeo", Thursday, August 16, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for ages 5-10.  "Bring your bicycles and participate in a bike rodeo and learn about bicycle safety with Officer Reimann of the Hillsboro Police Department. We will meet by the bicycle pavilion located at the north end of the Library." 

"African Flower Dance", Thursday, August 16, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); and Saturday, August 25, 2PM, Midland Library. "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." http://mathiasyawogalley.wordpress.com/

"OMSI Planetarium Show", Thursday, August 16, 9:30AM and 10:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone. OMSI brings its traveling Planetarium to Gladstone this week. We can see the stars and learn about space. Little ones may find the dark planetarium a little intimidating."

"Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake", Friday, August 17, Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, 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://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6722

"Native American Flute Demonstration", Saturday, August 18, 2PM, Beaverton Library.  "Husband-and-wife duo Nancy and Rob Downie, known to local audiences as 'Heartstrings', will present a program on the Native American flute on Saturday, August 18, at 2:00.  Nancy and Rob will explain the history and significance of the flute in Native American culture, discuss how the flute is constructed and played, and demonstrate a variety of different flutes and styles of music playable on them.  The program will last an hour and 15 minutes, after which you will be invited on stage to see the flutes "up close and personal" and ask questions.  Don't miss this opportunity to get to know this intriguing instrument!" http://www.heartstringsduo.com/

"Refuge Family Adventure Day", Saturday, August 18, 10AM-1PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, OR. 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

"What's Blooming on the Refuge:  A Free Flower Walk for All Ages", Saturday, August 18, 8AM- 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, OR.  Free. Preregistration required; Contact Jenna at jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or (503)625-5944 x222. "Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt for a summer flower walk. Discover what's blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides, and nature journals if you have them. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments."

"Afternoon Anime", Saturday, August 18, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  "Come watch anime and discuss manga with other otaku!"

"Harvest Fest", Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, 10AM- 4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Ln,, McMinnville, OR.  "Threshing, binding and baling of oats using vintage farm equipment, horses, and mules.  'Parade of Power' tractor parade 1PM, Working Sawmill and blacksmith,  VFW flag raising ceremony 1PM, slow tractor race 2PM, kid's area with hands-on activities and animals, agricultural and historical displays, local authors, music, food, and family fun, plus special photo collection of McMinnville life 100 years ago." http://yamhillcountyhistory.org/Events_and_Exhibits.php

"Music in Action", Saturday, August 18, 10:15AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 10AM). "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/

"PDX Adult Soapbox Derby", Saturday, August 18, 10AM- 4PM, Mt. Tabor Park.  This has to be hilarious to watch.  Spectator maps and lots of details here: http://www.soapboxracer.com/

"Reptile Expo", Saturday, August 18, 10AM-4PM, Holiday Inn, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, OR. $8 adults, $4 kids 6-12, 5 and under free. $1 off coupon on their website: http://www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo/ See lots of amazing reptiles and amphibians up close, with an opportunity to ask questions about their care.

"Hood River County Fruit Loop Gravenstein Apple Celebration", Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19.  "Gravenstein season is short and we celebrate the harvest each year with a weekend full of special activities. Come enjoy family activities including BBQs, u-pick, baby alpacas, apple dumplings, apple jam and more." http://www.hoodriverfruitloop.com/calendar/apple.html

"India Festival", Sunday, August 19, 11AM-9PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. "Please be there with your family and friends to get a taste of Indian culture for FREE and get a glimpse of this growing, warm and welcoming community. We are hosting India Festival on August 19th and will celebrate India's independence and our cultural heritage with our friends in Oregon. Our festival has grown every year with record crowds and new vendors." http://icaportland.org/events/india-festival/

"Save Your Seeds", Sunday, August 19, 2PM, Northwest Library.  "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/

"Oak Trees are Awesome", Monday, August 20, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. "Our library is surrounded by the most wonderful Oregon White Oak trees. Let's learn more about them from the roots up! We'll also make a very cool rubbing of their bark. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes for our adventure. Registration required online or at the library."

"Author Talk:  Rick Bass", Monday, August 20, 7:30PM, Powell's Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  "From one of our most gifted writers on the natural world comes  'The Black Rhinos of Namibia", a stunning exploration of a unique landscape and the improbable and endangered animal that makes its home there. Rick Bass first made a name for himself as a writer and seeker of rare, iconic animals, including the grizzlies and wolves of the American West. Now he's off on a new, far-flung adventure in the Namib of southwest Africa on the trail of another fascinating, vulnerable species. The black rhino is a three-thousand-pound, squinty-eyed giant that sports three-foot-long dagger horns, lives off poisonous plants, and goes for days without water. Human intervention and cutting-edge conservation saved the rhinos—for now—from the brink of extinction brought on by poaching and war. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and savior."

"Oregon Ballet Theatre Exposed!", Monday, August 20, through Thursday, August 24, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx.  Free. "August 20 through 24, OBT will move our dance studios outdoors to Director Park in downtown Portland, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to see our professional dancers take their daily ballet class, take FREE on stage dance classes and experience working rehearsals of upcoming OBT performances including the chance to sneak a peek at the creation of Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg's world premiere work for OBT's American Music Festival program (April 18-28, 2013). Bring your lunch, relax with friends or treat your loved ones to the beauty and grace of OBT's dancers and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to stage a ballet. A unique and energizing way to spend a summer afternoon, not to mention it's absolutely FREE!" Detailed schedule here: http://www.obt.org/outreach_events_exposed.html

"Homeschool Book Party", Tuesday, August 21, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. "Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell." http://www.stewartandriddell.co.uk/index.php  http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/13994/Chris_Riddell/index.aspx

"Author Talk: Gerry Frank", Tuesday, August 21, 7:30PM, Powell's Books, 1005 W Burnside, Pdx.  If you've ever lived in New York, you've likely encountered Gerry Frank's famous tome, "Where to Find It, Buy It, and Eat It in New York." Well, surprise, surprise, he's written a guidebook about Oregon! He apparently is a bona fide Oregonian  and owns a fancy cake shop in Salem.  Who knew? "Please enjoy learning about the state of Oregon through the eyes of one of Oregon's most senior and well-respected ambassadors and servants (by gubernatorial proclamation in 2000 named Oregon's first – and only – 'Premier Citizen'), proud as punch of his personal heritage and, despite (or especially because of) our state issues, continuing to help make Oregon a better place in which to live and work and play. From this book, 'Gerry Frank's Oregon', you will gain insight into current places to see and things to do along with learning a bit of Oregon history and you may exclaim, 'I never knew that!'" http://oregonguidebook.com/   http://gerryfrankskonditorei.com

"Papermaking for Beginners", Tuesday, August 21, 1PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville, OR.  Free. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6936  "Bees do it and so can you! At Graham Oaks Nature Park, join papermaker Laurel Ann Bower and learn who invented papermaking, and how to make your own decorative paper from recycled materials."

"Are Dogs Really Just Designer Wolves?",   Tuesday, August 21, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Minors permitted with adults. $5 suggested donation.  "In 1993 American scientists reclassified the dog as a subspecies of gray wolf because their mitochondrial DNA differs by no more than 0.2%. Doesn't sound like much, but it represents a huge difference in the behavior of these two animals. 40,000 years or more of selection has made it possible for dogs to live with humans on human terms. The very survival of wolves, on the other hand, often depends upon avoiding humans and their livestock. So why are there more wolves and wolf-dog hybrids in captivity than there are wild wolves in all of North America? Why do some people want to possess a bit of the wild, and why are dog-food companies featuring howling wolves on their bags of kibble and promising a "return to an ancestral diet"? Join us for a lively presentation about wolves and dogs, illuminating the genetic, morphological, and behavioral differences between them." http://www.omsi.edu/node/3032

"Sweden, a Scandinavian Perspective", Tuesday, August 21, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA.  "In 2001, Kristine and Bert Sarkkinen lived in Kalix, Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle, with their four children, ages 1 to 6. They were already raising the children to speak Swedish and Finnish, besides English and they welcomed the opportunity to experience the culture there and immerse themselves in the language. Kristine's family had emigrated from Sweden to the U.S. and she has spent much time in Sweden on numerous trips. Kristine's program will provide an overview of Sweden, including geography, literature, traditions, and food. This will be an engaging and interactive evening. Expect to sample Swedish treats and come away speaking some Swedish!"

"3rd Annual Neighborhood Storytelling Picnic", Tuesday, August 21, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Free. "Spoken Word welcomes back Arts Center favorite Anne Rutherford for a storytelling cabaret al fresco, with songs, stories and interactive rhymes celebrating summertime in our great Northwest! Bring the whole family to enjoy an outdoor evening under the summer sky."  http://www.annerutherford.com/

"Balloons! Balloons! Balloons!", Wednesday, August 22, 4PM, Rockwood Library.  "Create balloon animals with your own two hands! Balloon artist extraordinaire Bryan Roeder will show you several designs to choose from, all of them cool."

"Astronaut Training", Wednesday, August 22, 11AM, Garden Home Library. "Gearing up for space!  Learn what it takes to be an astronaut.  Presented by Evergreen Aviation Museum."

"Birding at Mt. Talbert Nature Park", Wednesday, August 22, 7AM- 10AM, 10695 SE Mather Road, Clackamas, OR.  Free.  "Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at Mt Talbert Nature Park for early fall migrants.  We will be walking on established trails, but the terrain is hilly.  Dress for the weather and beginners welcome." http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/mttalbaug12

"Paint Mix-Up", Thursday, August 23, 3:30PM, Belmont Library.  "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."

"Rock'n'Roll Kindy", Thursday, August 23, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, 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/

"Festa Italiana", Thursday, August 23- Saturday, August 25, 11AM- 11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Free.  "Pioneer Courthouse Square becomes "Piazza Italia" for the 21st Annual Festa Italiana Portland. The event is a celebration of Italian-American culture. On Thursday night local opera musicians perform arias and ensembles from Italian operas. Several local Italian restaurants offer Italian Food, Wine/Beer Garden, Nonstop Entertainment and Dancing in the Square. On Friday, there is a grape stomp competition and pizza toss. There are several events for children, a big raffle and vendor booths!"  Complete entertainment schedule here: http://festaitalianaportland.shutterfly.com/

"Bird and Nature Walk", Wednesday, August 23, 8AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr.,  Tualatin.  Free.  "Join us for bird walk at Hedges Creek Marsh. This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy." http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

"Oregon State Fair", Friday, August 24- Monday, September 3, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem.  Brad's World Reptiles will be there.  Lots of details here: http://oregonstatefair.org/

"Annual Mount Hood Huckleberry  Festival and Barlow Trail Days", Friday, August 24, Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, Mt. Hood Village, 65000 E. US Highway 26, near the village of Brightwood.  Free.  "The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days celebrates  the rich bounty of natural resources found in the Northwest and on Mt. Hood.  It is also a celebration of  Native American and Oregon Trail history. This is a family-oriented event that features a wide range of special events and unique things like fresh Wild Huckleberries and lots of special Huckleberry goodies, music all day long and two evening concerts, Native American Storytelling, arts and crafts, a Native American salmon bake, free historical tours of Mount Hood's Oregon Trail, the "World's Record-Breaking Watermelon Launch", a Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast each day, Huckleberry Crepes, Breakfast Burritos, barbecue dishes, and much, much more!" http://cgs-mthood.tripod.com/huck_festival.htm

AWOL Dance Collective presents, "Drop of a Hat", Friday, August 24, Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, 8:30PM, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Dr., West Linn, OR. Tickets beginning at $15 for adults, $12 for children, students, and seniors, and free for children on laps (3 and under).  "Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Children of all ages! The circus is coming to town…and the trees! Anything can happen! This old-world style circus event will have audience members sitting on the edge of their seats, hovering in the corners of their minds, and wondering why they've never ventured out before to see this amazing tree-topped, star-soaked, master-minded creation! Jaws will drop with the trapeze, crowds will roar for the lion in a cage, and many memories will be made of the mime on a mop! These and many more awe-inspired acts are sure to leave a mark on imaginations of all ages for many moons to come. A-WOL's Art in the Dark annual performance is a fantastical, illuminated, full-length, evening production set in a unique and rare outdoor theater style setting. Transforming a dirt plot into a performance spot, each show is packed with the flavor of the Northwest and a wonderful taste of the talent this area has to offer! Art in the Dark is a full length, evening production set in a unique and rare outdoor theater style setting. The show is enjoyed by all ages." http://www.awoldance.org/

"Plant Explorations at Blue Lake",  Friday, August 24, Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, 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://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6691

"Night Hike at Steigerwald", Friday, August 24, 7:30PM-10:30PM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA.   "A unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Refuge after hours - use your ears not your eyes as we use a bat detector to locate bats and listen for other night time residents! Space is limited! Please contact Refuge Manager Jim Clapp to reserve your spot!  (360) 835-8767 Jim_Clapp@fws.gov".

"Japanese Koto Music", Friday, August 24, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  "Enjoy the pure, sweet, and beautiful sound of the Japanese Koto, as played by Mitsuki Dazai. Professor Dazai, originally from Tokyo, has been playing and teaching the koto for over 30 years. This master koto player will present a variety of koto music and will talk briefly about this unique instrument between pieces. The audience will enjoy an exotic, oriental feeling from the traditional pieces, and also feel dramatic and dynamic impressions through the contemporary works." http://www.thinkvideo.com/kotomelodies/

"Wapato Bird Walk", Saturday, August 25, 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/2012/08/25/902/-/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."

"Open Cockpit Day", Saturday, August 25, 9AM-5PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver, WA.  Admission to the museum is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, active military, and students 6-17, and free for kids under 6, with a family rate of $22 for two adults and up to 4 students.   "Are you ready for the excitement of airplanes flying in and out of one of the oldest operating airfields in the United States? Ever wonder what is it like to sit at the controls of a North American T-28? Do you think you have what it takes to pilot an historic airplane in our new Flight Simulator Lab and try your hand at landing on Pearson Field? If you answered yes, then it is time to come out to Pearson Air Museum and participate in our Open Cockpit Day. You will have the opportunity to view our incredible collection of historic aircraft and climb into the cockpit of selected specialty airplanes and get a pilot's perspective from the controls. If the weather cooperates, volunteer pilots from EAA Chapter 105, will offer free airplane rides to youth ages 8 through 17 with written permission from parents/guardians. Flights are scheduled on a first come, first served basis so youth and parents should arrive early to register children for a free airplane ride."

"Barn Dance", Saturday, August 25, 5PM- 8PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR.  Adults $20, children under 12 $10.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.philipfosterfarm.com/2012revision/pages/barndance.php  "Not hungry? Join us at 7:00 for music and dancing, $10.00 per person, with or without reservations. Our annual fundraiser includes a pioneer dinner, period music, dance music, and a silent auction.

"Barn Dances", Saturday, August 25, 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

"12th Annual Bug Fest:  Meet the Beetles!", Saturday, August 25, 11AM- 4PM, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR. $3 per person, free for kids 2 and under. "There are more different kinds of insects and other arthropods on Earth than all other living things combined. From pollinators to decomposers, predators to parasites, and pests or even human food, they are 'the little creatures who run the world' (E.O. Wilson). Yet many people find them icky and scary and wonder what good they are. The 12th annual Bug Fest, a partnership between the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and Metro, is a celebration of invertebrates and the critical roles they play in our environment. The event combines interactive discovery stations, crafts, games, and family entertainment with a range of activities that help attendees experience the boneless/spineless creatures that keep the world going. There are also plenty of live bugs to inspect and admire. Catch your own or bring them with you from home and have them identified by experts. This year's theme is "Meet the Beetles" and the discovery lab will have plenty of live examples of local beetles. Appropriate for all ages." http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=4409

"Cornbread and Bluegrass Day", Saturday, August 25, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free, donations accepted. "Cornbread has a long and colorful history in America. Cornbread, hoe-cakes, johnnycakes. hush puppies, anadama bread are just some of the names that are variations on the humble cornbread. Our cornbread will come to you dressed up with onions, bacon, chilies, herbs, cheese, apples, raspberries, and what ever our creative cooks dream up. Have it sweet with honey or savory with butter, but either way, cornbread and its whole grain goodness is the star today. Try a few samples and take home the recipes that you like best. While you're munching on your down home country snacks, listen to the musicians jamming on their fiddles and guitars, mandolins and banjos. I wonder how I came to be so lucky to be able to live here."  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/

"Annual Dahlia Festival", Saturday, August 25, Sunday, August 26th, and Monday, August 27, indoor display hours 10AM- 6PM, Field hours 8AM- 6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby.  Free admission and parking. "A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! Floral arranging demonstrations and talk on dahlia culture, take place daily during the festival. Questions are answered from guests in the audience during this demonstration as they fashion colorful dahlias into elegant table arrangements or wedding baskets. Live dahlia tuber dividing demonstration 12pm to 5pm each day during the festival. You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Dogs are allowed on the premises on a leash, however they are not allowed in the indoor display rooms. Food booths and refreshments will be located at the farm during this event." http://www.dahlias.com/annualdahliafestival.aspx

"Lego Construction Zone", Sunday, August 26,  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." 

"Jenkins Estate 100th Anniversary Celebration", Sunday, August 26, 12PM-4PM, 8005 SW Grabhorn Rd., Beaverton.  Free. "Join Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District and the Jenkins Estate staff for the 100th anniversary of this beautiful country estate. Staff and volunteers will be on hand for tours of the buildings and gardens with a bit of history thrown into the mix as well, including a conversation with 'Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins' on the front porch of the main house. This is a great opportunity to hear and see how the wealthy lived in the early 20th century and explore this magnificent 68-acre property tucked into a tranquil wooded niche crowning Cooper Mountain and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places." http://www.thprd.org/events/event.cfm?id=600

"High Fructose Corn Syrup:  Myths and Realities", Monday, August 27, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Minors permitted with adults. $5 suggested donation.  "Blamed for Americans' ballooning waistlines and increased cases of diabetes, high fructose corn syrup seems to be in everything today; from sodas and sweets, to bread, dairy products, and even tomato sauce. So what exactly IS high fructose corn syrup and how does it affect our bodies? This Science Pub will cover the basic biology of high fructose corn syrup, with particular emphasis on the effects of excessive fructose consumption on human health. We will also discuss the economic and political forces at work in the industrial farm industry that support the production of simple sugar in our society." http://www.omsi.edu/node/3029

"The Confluence Project", Tuesday, August 28, 6:30PM, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale.  Free.  All ages welcome. Presentation by Donna Sinclair, Celilo Website Project Coordinator, Confluence Project; and other speakers. "At seven points along the Columbia River Basin, an unprecedented endeavor continues to unfold. Here, where rivers meet and indigenous people once gathered, the Confluence Project explores the intersection of environment, cultures and a regional history that reaches back many hundreds of years. Confluence Project is a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, civic groups from Washington and Oregon and other artists, architects and landscape designers. The project stretches more than 300 miles from where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean, to Clarkston, Wash., with sites in both Oregon and Washington. Each of its seven sites features an art installation by Ms. Lin that interprets the area's ecology and history, encouraging the visitor to reflect on how the surroundings have changed over time. Each references a passage from the Lewis and Clark journals. With distinctive artworks and restored native habitat, the four currently completed sites create new points of contact – confluence – between nature and art; past, present and future; and the enduring communities of the Pacific Northwest – its Native People and more recent visitors and residents." http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/105661-History-Pub-The-Confluence-Project

"Colored Pencils Project", Friday, August 31, 8AM-5PM, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx.  Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council will have a special multicultural presentation in Director Park.  Details to be announced here: http://coloredpencilsart.org/