Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Magic

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of March 2013.  I compile this list every month for the K-4 homeschool group we belong to, but many are of interest to a much wider group.  I look for events with educational or cultural value. For years, I've been looking for highly trained assistants to help me to proofread this list.  My charming, talented, and above all optimistic husband finally convinced me that time invested in training our cats to do this would clearly pay off bigtime!  So this month, I owe a huge debt of  thanks to Whiskers and Jitters!  I do suggest that you doublecheck any event you might like to attend in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations (and maybe even a few dead mice!).  (Please note that Multnomah County Libraries have changed their website and I suspect there may be a few mistakes in their event listings, so consider calling them to doublecheck event details if you’re planning to attend.)

March is a very eventful month! Sunday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, bringing many marvelous ways to learn about Irish culture.  Wednesday, March 20 is the Spring Equinox!  Spring is finally here!  March 20 is also the Nowruz, the Persian New Year.  Passover begins on Monday, March 25.  Holi is Wednesday, March 27.  And Easter for the Western faiths is Sunday, March 31 (for Orthodox faiths it falls on May 5).  If you are looking for Easter egg hunts, Portland Metro Parent usually has a good list (not updated for 2013 yet):  and The Oregonian should have listings soon as well:

Do you love wildflowers?  Love the Columbia Gorge?  This year the Friends of the Columbia Gorge are offering their members a huge number of free guided hikes and a chance to participate in their “Flower Frenzy” contest to find and identify 25 different wildflowers, with prizes!  Memberships start at $35 and they are giving new members a copy of the book, “Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge”.  Learn more here:

The Tualatin Riverkeepers have an even simpler "Hiking Challenge" this year.  “Here’s our way of helping you spend more time outside, exploring the Tualatin River and its watershed. We’ve highlighted ten hikes from our nature guidebook, Exploring the Tualatin River Basin, one for each month starting in March and ending in December 2013. Show us that you explored at least five of these hiking areas – via email or Facebook with a journal entry or photograph – and receive a free copy of our book! One hike per season will be guided, but you can also explore these areas on your own as part of the challenge.” Learn more here:

An Evening with Scott Joplin in Music and Narrative”, Friday, March 1, 7PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA.  “Join musicians Diane and Roger Gadway as they explore the life, times, and music of Scott Joplin the 'King of Ragtime' through music and historical narrative.”

"Family Clay Nights", Friday March 1, 8, and 15, 6PM- 8:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. $20 a session per adult and child pair. $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office. Come as a family and play with clay! Includes glazes, firings and 5 lbs of clay. Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of the potter's wheel by instructor approval only."

Community Reads: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, Free copies of the book ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot will be available beginning March 1 at the Cascade Park Community Library, the Vancouver Community Library as well as at several schools in the Evergreen district. Wednesday, March 20, 7PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA will host a special celebration of the opening of Evergreen Public Schools' new Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School next fall.  “Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.”

The Wonderful World of Cheese”,  Friday, March 1, 7:30, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171. Free. Refreshments served in the Finnish Room afterwards.  Sponsored by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, presented by Dr. Lisbeth Goddik, professor of Food Science and Technology.

March Into Spring”, Saturday, March 2, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park Springville Trailhead.  $10. Preregistration required; register online:  “March along the trail and enjoy the emergence of the park’s plant communities. Be the first to spot a Western Trillium or the inflorescence of Indian Plum. See the forest spring into action, as we describe this dynamic renewal in detail.”

Portland Opera To Go Presents, “The Magic Flute”, Saturday, March 2, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center,  527 E Main St., Hillsboro, OR (free, $5 suggested donation at door); Monday, March 11, 12PM, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx (free; very limited seating so get there early!); Friday, March 22, 7PM, Saturday, March 23, 1PM, and Saturday, March 23, 4PM, Hampton Opera Center, 211 SE Caruthers St., Pdx ($5 ages 11 and under, $10 adults, $20 for a family of four; call 503-241-1802 for tickets), and  Thursday, March 28, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx (ticket prices not yet available).  "Slay a dragon, rescue a princess and find true love with Portland Opera To Go's ‘The Magic Flute!  Do you like stories? Music? Comedy? Theater? Then you like opera! If you have never been to an opera, Portland Opera To Go's 50 minute, English language version of Mozart's ‘The Magic Flute’  is just the way to get acquainted. Designed for children and their families, POGO's opera adaptations have thrilled tens of thousands of children throughout Oregon and SW Washington."

Concert and Dance, “Midnight Serenaders”, Saturday, March 2, 1PM-4PM, Director Park, SW Park and SW Yamhill, Pdx. Free public swing dance with live band! Dance the afternoon away with the Portland Lindy Society with live band The Midnight Serenaders!

Weekend Guided Tour”, Saturdays in March, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Free. “Join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick on the 1st Saturday of each month for her seasonal exploration of the garden.  All other Saturdays join one of our volunteer guides for an informative guided tour of the garden. Weekly themes vary.”

"Portland Youth Spelling Bee", Saturday, March 2, 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."

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!”, Saturday, March 2, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library.  “And carrots and butterflies and sailboats! There is no need to get wet as you join artist and actor Anya Hankin in making umbrella mobiles that depict your favorite scenes and stories. Stay dry and entertained! Participants can take home their very own umbrella mobile for indoor use!”

10th Annual Southeast Area Art Walk”, Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, 10AM-5PM.  Free!  Visit studios and galleries and see local artists and their work.  Maps, artist listings, and complete details here:

Chinese New Year Celebration”, Saturday, March 2, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Chinese New Year Celebration with Chinese American International School Students. Children dressed in native costumes perform songs, poetry and dance.”

Owl Fest”, Saturday, March 2, 5PM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Preregistration required for guided hikes; register online:  “Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an evening of Owl Celebration!  Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, snacks by Clif Bar, owl crafts, guided hikes and up close encounters with the Audubon Education Owls – Hazel and Julio!”

Town Hall with Abraham Lincoln Impersonator Steve Holgate”, Saturday, March 2, 2:30PM, Canby Library; and Wednesday, March 13, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “What American wouldn’t love to have a conversation with Abraham Lincoln? Praised as “the best Lincoln in America,” Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate brings Lincoln alive. Imagine having the chance to ask Abraham Lincoln about his years in the White House and hear him discuss the dark years of the Civil War and the momentous decisions he made. Lincoln actor Steve Holgate gives audiences a chance to do just that. Starting from his remarkable resemblance to our 16th President, Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate, gives a compelling performance as Abraham Lincoln.”

"Guided Nature Walks", Saturdays in March, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. "Join a park ranger for a free guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes." March 2- Conifers of Tryon Creek; March 9- Urban Wildlife; March 16- Amazing Amphibians; March 23- Ethnobotany; March 30- The Miracles of Moss.

Concert, “2 Sisters and A Mr.”, Saturday, March 2, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  “The 2 Sisters and a Mr. performed their debut at a major fund raising USO show for ‘The Wings of Freedom Showcase’ a project that is dedicated to restoring ‘The Bomber’ a WWII B-17G. Since then audiences have been charmed by their evident love for entertaining and their amazing vocal blend.  The WWII era influences their attire (hats and gloves) and songs like Tuxedo Junction, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree and Sincerely. Their repertoire ranges through the 50’s includes Country, Christmas, Gospel and Patriotic.”

Cardmaking Class”, Monday, March 4, 10:30PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver, WA.  “Walk-ins are welcome but registration is requested so enough supplies will be available. Please call the library at 360 571-9696 to register. Join Denise Hebert, a local Stampin' Up demonstrator, as she teaches how to create beautiful handcrafted cards. We'll be making a card using holiday, birthday or thank you themes. All supplies will be provided.”

"Homeschool Archery", Monday, March 4, and Monday, March 18, 10:30AM, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy Ste 121, Tigard. $6.75. All ages welcome. Archery lessons with equipment provided.

High Fructose Corn Syrup:  Myths and Realities”, Monday, March 4, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome.  “High fructose corn syrup consumption in the United States has increased by over 100-fold in the last several decades yet most consumers do not know what this ingredient is, what it really does to the body, or why so much of it is being made and consumed.  This talk will focus on the basic biology of sugar consumption, with special emphasis on the impact of fructose on the development of human diseases.  We will look at historical context as we work to understand what kinds of food our bodies are designed to metabolize and why we crave certain things.  We will also cover some of the interesting history and politics behind corn and corn processing to better understand why this ingredient is so prevalent in our food supply.  Lastly, we will discuss some simple actions – both nutritional and political – that that can help ease the burden of disease caused by excessive consumption of sugar in the modern diet.”

Author Reading, “Patrick Carman”, Monday, March 4, 6:30PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. “In the year 2051, who has a pulse?  With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a "pulse," and Dylan has the talent, too.  In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she'll have to harness the power of both.  Patrick Carman's Pulse trilogy is a stunning and epic triumph about the power of the mind—and of love.”

A Spring Comet and Highlights of the Spring Sky”, Monday, March 4, 7PM and 8:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. "All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images."

Homeschoolers at the Library: Animal Edition”, Tuesday, March 5, 11AM, Beaverton Library.  “Homeschool families are invited to drop in and check out a variety of animal-themed crafts, stories, scavenger hunts and more!  We’ll share resources and fun activities for all of your homeschooled students.” 

Spring Bird Class”, Tuesday, March 5, 7PM, Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy. Free. “You are invited to attend a free spring bird class and learn to identify year-round residents arriving in our yards and parks. Metro expert James Davis will teach you how to identify common songbirds by sight and by their songs.”

Book Reading, “The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination”, Tuesday, March 5, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. An anthology of short stories. Joining editor John Joseph Adams will be contributors David Levine and Daniel Wilson.  “Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, March 5, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books.  Read Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.”

Life of Claire Phillips”, Tuesday, March 5, 7PM, Forest Grove Library.  Lecture on the life of Oregon’s legendary actress and spy.

The Story  of the Tualatin River”, Tuesday, March 5, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “The Tualatin River has long been a source for drinking water, agricultural irrigation and recreation.  Once home to local Native Americans, by the mid-20th century it had become one of the most polluted rivers in Oregon.  John Fervia and John Donaldson of the Tualatin Riverkeepers will discuss the history and revival of Washington County's only river. Did you know that the Tualatin River has crystal clear water and waterfalls in its upper stretches? Or, that the Tualatin River was once home to over 24 Atfalati Indian Villages? Can you imagine steamboats traveling up and down the river? Learn about these intriguing Tualatin River historical facts and so much more at Tigard Library's ‘The Story of the Tualatin River’.”

Birding at Fernhill Wetlands”, Tuesday, March 5, 9AM-11AM, meeting in the Fernhill Wetlands parking lot at 9AM, Forest Grove. “Join Audubon leader Dudley Thomas for a walk around Fernhill Wetlands. We expect to find wintering waterfowl, gulls, sparrows and raptors, some early migrants and perhaps some surprises.” More about this location here:

Concert, “Ronnie Robbins”, Tuesday, March 5, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Robins is a singer/songwriter/guitarist. His music is infused with the Brazilian sounds of bossa nova and samba as well as jazz. His warm and rhythmic vocal style soars above his percussive, danceable guitar accompaniment.”

Science”, Wednesday, March 6, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA. “Self-guided family science exploration for children ages 6-11 years; no younger children, please.  This week: Balloons and Bubbles!” 

Henna”, Wednesday, March 6, 3:30PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA.  “Learn about the tradition of creating temporary tattoos using natural henna dye. An experienced instructor will teach the history and techniques, and participants can decide if they want a temporary henna tattoo - or not!”

Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Wednesday, March 6, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library.  “Free gardening class at the Forest Grove City Library.  Presented by the OSU Extension Service.”

"Symphony Storytimes", Wednesday, March 6, 13, and 20, finishing the four part series on Wednesday, April 3, 1PM, Hillsdale Library. "Each one-hour storytime features one of the four families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Children and their parents experience a live musical collaboration between the library reader and an Oregon Symphony musician 4 times in a month at each location. Musicians play short selections, talk a little about their instrument and, after the stories are read aloud, audience members can try out each instrument!"

Vegetable Gardening”, Thursdays March 7 through April 4, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  This is a free series of classes, each on a different topic, but the library does not have a schedule of topics. “Often, new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated by a lack of success. Don’t let that be you! Join us as an OSU Extension Service Master Gardener volunteer walks you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. Topics include bed preparation, soil amendments, garden planning, planting and maintenance, pest controls, harvesting and more. Focus is on spring and summer gardens. Participants receive a list of OSU Extension Service recommended vegetable varieties and a Seed to Supper workbook.”

Vagabond Opera”, Thursday, March 7, 12PM, Mt. Hood Community College Student Union, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham.  Free.  “Come hear European cabaret, vintage Americana, Balkan belly dance, neo-classical opera, old-world Yiddish theater – all contained within the sound of this six-piece local group. This group is at the vanguard of a growing popularity in the neo-cabaret phenomenon. Through theatrical performances, lyrics in 13 languages and an eclectic repertoire, they liberate opera from its usual construct, expanding musical and theatrical biodiversity.”

March Music Moderne”, Thursday, March 7 through  Friday, March 15, various venues.  A festival of classical music with 32 separate concerts, 12 of which are free!

Six Million Steps:  Canada to Mexico Via Pacific Crest Trail”,  Thursday, March 7, 7PM, Oregon City Library.  “Dorothy "Bacon Bit" Brown-Kwaiser, an Interpretive Park Ranger at Tryon Creek State Park, joins us at the Library for a talk on the Pacific Crest Trail. Dorothy hiked the 2669 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2012. Come hear about the 152 day trek that led her from Mexico through Canada.”

Batik for Kids”, Thursday, March 7, 4PM, Midland Library; Saturday, March 9, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library;  and Thursday, March 14, 3:30PM, Belmont Library.  “Emily Purdin, of Hedgehog Hiker, will show you the traditional art of batik. Students will learn to block out areas of fabric by drawing wax over them before dying and painting their textiles. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original color. Come join us and bring home your own beautiful creation!”

Homeschoolers: Ecosystems”, Thursday, March 7, and Thursday, March 21, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Ecosystem explorers! Homeschoolers travel to rainforests, deserts, and deep in the ocean. Includes craft time.”

Wildflowers:  Where and When”, Friday, March 8, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA.  “Enjoy a slideshow of twelve Columbia Gorge Area wildflower hikes taken during the spring and summer of 2012. Hike leader Don Hardin takes you up flower lined paths, into meadows, and up mountain slopes vivid with color. Find out when and where to go for great wildflower viewing and learn a few tips we can all use to preserve and protect the beautiful wildflower resources we enjoy here in the Columbia Gorge. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the White Salmon River.”

FIRST Robotics Oregon Regional Competition”, Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9,  Veterans Memorial Coliseum, One Center Court, Pdx.  “FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) seeks to inspire an appreciation of science and technology among young people, ultimately motivating them to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.  Many of the students choose engineering and the technology fields as a profession.”  A great video to explain the program and competition is here: The Rose Center website states that the competition is free and open to the public, and the schedule of events is here:

Book Fan Friday”, Friday, March 8, 4:30PM, Powell’s, 3415 Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author Joni Sensel will lead a discussion about self-publishing and how to decide if it's the right choice for you. Join us!”

Tualatin Valley Gem Club Annual Show”, Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 10AM-6PM , and Sunday, March 10, 10AM- 5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.  General admission $1 and free for kids 11 and under with paid adult.  “Jewelry, gems, supplies, beads, club info, door prizes, exhibits, educational programs, a real, full-sized Flintstone mobile and photos with Fred!”

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “The Mantis and The Moon”, Saturday, March 9, 11AM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro (admission $6 for adults and $4 for youth, seniors and active military); and Saturday, March 16, 2PM, Holgate Library.  “The proud praying mantis declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it, so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him. While his daughter, Porcupine, tries to gain his attention, Mantis focuses on his desire to achieve greater heights. He tries to trap the moon several times unsuccessfully, and in his failure he learns humility and the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Having learned his lesson Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Sing along with Mantis as we try to capture the moon!”

Bricks Cascade 2013”, Saturday, March 9, 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, March 10, 9AM-3PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx.  $8, $28 for a family of 4 or 5.  Children 3 and under are free.  “view thousands of artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult LEGO enthusiasts and very talented young builders from around the world. Vendors will also be available for purchase of T-shirts, LEGO Minifigs, Custom made plastic elements and old/vintage LEGO sets. The first 500 children (ages 12 and under) in the door will receive a free minifigure!”

Kalabharathi- Indian Dance”, Saturday, March 9, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St., Hillsboro.  Advance ticket prices are $12 for adults, $5 seniors and children 6-18, and free for children 5 and under.  Tickets available online: “The Kalabharathi Dance Company is committed to promoting and presenting Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance form. They use this traditional dance as a cultural bridge, to share peace, spirituality and artistry with audiences of all backgrounds. Local favorite Earth Oven Pizza will provide concessions including beer, wine, soft drinks and other tasty snacks for purchase!”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, March 9, 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.

Celebrate Water”, Saturday, March 9, 11AM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA. Free. “Observe World Water Day at the Water Resources Education Center’s Second Saturday event and learn more about international water cooperation. Kids and families can participate in a Walk for Water and enjoy fun, hands-on activities about the Columbia River and other major international rivers. Join us and discover more about water through interactive activities. Families can join in a Walk for Water - bring a watertight container and walk for water like millions of people do in other countries.”

Poetry Out Loud”, Saturday, March 9, 5PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Students at 35 high schools in 21 Oregon communities are preparing to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Now in its eighth year (and reaching nearly 4,000 Oregon students), Poetry Out Loud involves the memorization and recitation of classic poetry. Participants compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels. Nationwide, more than 300,000 students are expected to participate. Schools in the Northern and Eastern parts of Oregon, including the Portland metro area, will compete for the chance to advance to the state competition. Join us!”
More about the competition here:

Victorian Handcraft Demonstration: Silk Ribbon Embroidery”, Saturday, March 9, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Learn to embroider flowers, leaves, and more with shimmering silk ribbon.”

Vancouver Greenway Trail Bird Walk”,  Saturday, March 9, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr, Vancouver, WA.  Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771.  “Join wildlife expert, Elaine Murphy, for a morning jaunt along one of Vancouver’s Greenway Trails to look for wintering waterfowl and songbirds.”

Nana Banana’s Rhythm Play”, Saturday, March 9, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. Presented by Cinda Tilgner. “A fun, wacky rhythm facilitated “drum circle” for all ages incorporating found objects with “real” instruments.  Everyone is part of the circle of fun, laughter and “grooving together!”  Great team building and helping everyone to feel a sense of belonging…commUNITY!! A great massage for the hearts!.”

Celebrate Oaks Bottom’s Bluff Trail”, Saturday, March 9, 10AM-1PM, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Pdx.  Preregistration required for guided walks; contact Marissa Dorais at 503-823-7016 or   “Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Bluff Trail with bird watching, guided walks, and more! Bring the whole family and enjoy refreshments, kid’s activities, bird watching, guided walks, photo display and more!  Look for the tents in the meadow near the southern trailhead of the Bluff Trail! 
Walk about 10 minutes down the trail from Sellwood Park, or about 5 minutes from the underpass on SE Oaks Park Way.”

Artist’s Reception- Nature’s Healing Beauty:  Photography”, Saturday, March 9, 6PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA.  “Enjoy an evening of art, music and light refreshments at photographer Darlisa Black's artist reception.  View her exhibit, 'Nature's Healing Beauty', featuring her photographic exploration of the beauty of nature in the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy original Renaissance style music by singer/songwriter Leannan Sidhe, Black's daughter.  The exhibit will be available for viewing through March 29th during regular library hours.”

Concert, “Scott McDougall”, Saturday, March 9, 2PM, Wilsonville Library.  “With his imagination often dwelling in the very real places of his past and present, as well as in the possible future, McDougall’s songs may very well seat you by a coffee-can fire in the middle of a dry California river-bed, pull you up onto a freight train in the lush spring-time of the Pacific northwest, raise your voice in hymns with the entire family on a Thanksgiving afternoon, or haste your good-bye to civilization as you know it, as you ramble on with all you possess on your back.”

Brick Builders and Lego Robots”, Saturday, March 9, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library.  “A drop-in program where kids ages 3-5 can play with Duplo blocks and kids ages 6-11 can play with LEGOs.  Special LEGO Robotics demonstration at 11:15 AM. Ages 6-14.” 

Red Yarn presents, “Sister Tricksters”, Saturday, March 9, 11AM, St. Johns Library.  “Red Yarn presents an exciting new musical puppet show inspired by Robert and Daniel San Souci's Sister Tricksters. This performance features two of American folklore’s unsung heroines – Molly Cottontail and Sis Goose. Children will sing, dance and act out parts of the show as they enjoy the adventures of these clever female tricksters.”

No-Sew Flags and Banners”, Saturday, March 9, 11AM, North Portland Library.  “Create a personalized flag or small banner for your room with artist Sarah Ferguson. Using colorful fabric scraps, you can play around with design, shape and texture as you create your unique pennant. No sewing required.”

Draw Your Own Comics”, Saturday, March 9, 1PM, Jesse Mays Community Center, North Plains, OR.  “Darren Davis of Bluewater Productions will be teaching K-6th graders how to draw their own comics.”

Andrew Barden:  Eccentric Juggler”, Saturday, March 9, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Feats to amaze and delight the entire family.”

Pink Pig Puppets”,  Saturday, March 9, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up.  “Two tales of trickery from African folklore come to life in this puppet show! A clever spider tries to sneak food from his friends in Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.  In The Cat's Drum, Rat finds a way to play a drum that's supposed be only for cats.”

Parlor and Front Porch Women:  20th Century Folk, Roots and Blues”, Saturday, March 9, 3PM, Belmont Library; and Sunday, March 24, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery.  “American Roots musician Lauren Sheehan weaves songs and stories that celebrate women folk musicians throughout 20th century America. These songs were sung in homes and gatherings to celebrate community events and to inspire hope for better times and circumstances. Come prepared for an evocative performance, authentic and inspired by a rich oral tradition of traditional folk ballads, back porch blues and the occasional protest song. Sheehan's warmth, humor, storytelling, musical mastery and passion for the music and its history is infectious and familiar, welcome like a tap on the shoulder from an old friend.”

"Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!", Saturday, March 9, 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."

Edible Wild Plants:  Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate”,  Saturday, March 9, 1PM, Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Pdx. ($10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds), and Tuesday, March 26, 7PM, Tigard Library (free).  “In Dr. Kallas' presentation, 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. Lecture/slides/books.”  Mr. Kallas is totally amazing!  Poster for Taborspace Event: Poster for Tigard Library event:

Hike Fanno Creek Park”, ***This has just been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6***Saturday, March 9, 10AM, meeting at the Tigard Library.  “Presented by the Tualatin Riverkeepers and Guided by Eric Lindstrom, local author of ‘Up Fanno Creek, Confessions of an Accidental Advocate’.  Eric will share thoughtful, intriguing stories and insights about Fanno Creek. The park entrance is in the Tigard Civic Center between City Hall and the library.”

***Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM, Sunday, March 10, so Spring Forward one hour!***

Grow Your Garden From Seed”, Sunday, March 10, 2PM, Midland Library. “Yes it’s winter, and it’s time to start thinking about your vegetable garden. Melissa Richmond, aka the Garden Lady, offers valuable tips, tricks and techniques for planning next season’s harvest. You’ll learn proper timing, conditions and practices for success – indoor and out. Bring a list of the crops you want to grow.”

Curious Garden”, Sunday, March 10, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theatre, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “The Curious Garden is back! Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey - and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8. Every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden.”

Model Matzah Bakery”, Sunday, March 10, 1PM and 2PM, Oregon Children’s Theatre, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx.  “Come bake your own Matzah!” Ages 2-12.  $4 per person.

Portland Opera Preview:  Rinaldo”, Sunday, March 10, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery.  “Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information and musical selections from Handel's ‘Rinaldo’. Outside Jerusalem, Rinaldo, the knight, stands alongside his troops in preparation for battle. When Argante, the Saracen king, and Armida, his sorceress queen, kidnap Rinaldo's beloved, he must overcome a series of battles and trials to save her — trials including mermaids, spirits, and dragons!”

Author Reading, “Erin Hunter”, Sunday, March 10, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx.  “Follow the trail of the rising sun to a Q and A, reading and signing featuring the latest from Erin Hunter, Warriors: Dawn of the Clans: The Sun Trail.”  These are fantasy books about warrior cats.

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, March 10, 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.”

Gearing Up for Space”, Monday, March 11, 11AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades K-5.  “Evergreen Aviation presents hands-on learning as to why astronauts need an artificial atmosphere.”

Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts”, Monday, March 11, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation. “Biotechnology has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life, and we have the power to modify animals in profound new ways. We are editing their genetic codes, rebuilding their broken bodies, and supplementing their natural senses. Scientists have already created all sorts of strange creatures, including a glow-in-the-dark cat, a bionic bulldog, and a remote-controlled cyborg beetle. 

In this talk, journalist Emily Anthes  takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. Though our new scientific superpowers often spur apocalyptic fantasizing, they could do more good for animals that they're often given credit for. Anthes will discuss how we can harness advances in genetics, neuroscience, and electronics to create healthier, happier, fitter critters. If we're thoughtful and careful, we may just be able to use biotechnology to save animals--and ourselves.”

Connections to the Past: Grand Ronde Tribal History of Western Oregon”, Monday, March 11, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 5 to adult.  “Join tribal member David Harrelson for a night of local history. He will share with us the history of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde from pre- European contact, through treaties and relocation, and into the present. Come learn about native people of western Oregon!”

An Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping”, Tuesday, March 12, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “Ever thought of keeping a colony of honeybees in your own backyard?  Or what it takes to become a beekeeper?  Maybe you are just curious about these docile, hard-working insects.  Glen Anderson from Portland Urban Beekeepers will give a presentation about honeybees that may help you decide whether beekeeping is for you!”

Civil War:  Living History”, Tuesday, March 12, 4PM, Canby Library.  Discussion and reading with author Louis Leveen.  “We often learn history as a story of 'great men doing great things'. But can these versions account for the extent to which chance, as much as choice, shapes historical events?”

Seabirds in a Changing Climate”, Tuesday, March 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland,  5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  Free.  “Seabirds provide a unique glimpse into how marine organisms respond to changing climates. Most nest in colonies that allow us to gather detailed information on their diet, health, and demographics, much like we track human populations. Seabirds, however - like the three Albatross species observed off the Oregon coast - spend most of their lives at sea and away from our land-based observations. Fortunately, with the development of miniaturized tracking devices and long-term studies from ship-based surveys, we also are learning how seabirds respond to changes in ocean conditions when they are thousands of miles away from their breeding colonies. Noted biologist Rob Suryan will provide a local and global perspective on how seabirds respond to a constantly changing marine environment. Covering the Albatross, Tufted Puffin, Common Murre, Murrelets and other alcids of Oregon, he will discuss current research projects that are addressing this topic, efforts to understand what the future might hold, and what actions could help buffer populations that are at risk of long-term impacts.” Parking can be difficult but there is bountiful parking in the Upper MacLeay Park lot, just east of the Audubon Society.  Be prepared for mud and bring a flashlight.  Walk straight to the Audubon Society on a short trail.

Eve of Red Wednesday Party”, Tuesday, March 12, 6PM-12AM, Fire Jumping at 8PM, Park Pavillion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx.  Admission $10, free for ages 10 and younger.  “Andisheh Center invites you to celebrate Chahar-shanbeh Soori.  Please join us as we jump over bonfires on the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian year followed by Kid's corner, DJ music, and dance. Enjoy Persian food, fruits, sweets, and of course Hot Tea. Persian food catered by Kolbeh Restaurant.”

An Irish Celli:  Concert and Dance”, Wednesday, March 13, 6:30PM, Tigard Library.  “Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with a fun, lively program featuring Irish music and dance.  Bagpiper Tim Birr will kick off the evening and Elizabeth Nicholson and Bob Soper will sing and play traditional Irish music featuring voice, harp and fiddle.  Then, in the spirit of a traditional ceili (community social gathering), learn some traditional dance steps from Sam Keator while the musicians accompany you.”

Ready, Set, Paint”, Wednesday, March 13, 4PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove.  “Find out what kind of creative painting you can do without using a brush.”

The Book of Riddles”, Wednesday, March 13, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.  $10. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354.  “Share your favorite jokes then make a book with secret pockets to hold at least 4 riddles.”

Simon Benson:  Lumber King, Civic Leader, Visionary”, Wednesday, March 13, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Multnomah Falls…the Historic Columbia River Highway…Portland’s iconic “bubbler” fountains…the Benson Hotel....Benson Polytechnic High School...these priceless public assets exemplify the dedication and generosity of Simon Benson. A poor Norwegian immigrant, Benson’s life was a cross-section of Oregon’s development, a story of incredible achievement. He revolutionized Oregon’s logging industry, pioneering steam power and inventing huge seagoing log rafts. He led the movement to build good roads and was first Chair of the Oregon State Highway Commission.  Author, filmmaker and historian Sig Unander tells how this humble woodsman overcame daunting challenges to become Oregon’s Lumber King, then worked just as diligently giving back to his adopted state and country. This inspiring presentation is free and will be held in the library's upstairs meeting room.”

Champoeg Legacy:  Fascinating Stories of Everyday Lives”, Wednesday, March 13, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Learn about the history of early Champoeg and the Willamette Valley through the stories of people who lived here! Join a costumed presenter to learn about the lives of the Kalapuya, French Canadian fur trappers, and American settlers by listening to the fascinating stories they passed down to us.”

Lewis and Clark: The Science of Discovery”, Wednesday, March 13, 10AM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 per child, children 5 and younger are free.  Preregistration required; call 503-645-5353 ext. 133. When Lewis and Clark pushed their boats into the Missouri River in May of 1804, the Corps of Discovery was launched. Students examine the methods and tools of travel and navigation, discover flora, fauna and the native Americans encountered. They also consider the contributions this expedition made to the United States.”

Beaver”, Wednesday, March 13,  6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx.  $5. Preregistration required; register online: “North America's largest rodent, the beaver, was once the most widely distributed mammal but virtually trapped to extinction in the early 1800's for its pelt. A decline in demand for its fur and proper wildlife management helped beaver to become reestablished in much of their former range. While beaver foraging and building activities can cause flooding, damaging private property; beaver ponds and dams are also good for Oregon's native fish and other wildlife. Beaver activities can also benefit private landowners by controlling downstream flooding and creating wetlands which improve water quality and facilitate ground water recharge. If managed correctly, conflict with beaver can be minimized.”

Mad Science”, Wednesday, March 13, 2:15PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA.  “A special program by Mad Science on the March Wacky Wednesday theme of The Universe.”

Community Forum on Iraq and Iraqi Refugees”, Wednesday, March 13, 5:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA, Meeting Room Level 4.  “Salih Alfahham, former Iraqi refugee and Arabic Cultural Specialist and Interpreter for the U.S. Military, will be presenting on the history and current state of Iraq, and US relations with the Arabic speaking world. Salih Alfahham currently works for LCSNW as an Arabic Case Manager and Interpreter. Q and A session will follow the presentation.” 

Family Book Group”, Thursday, March 14, 6PM, Hollywood Library.  “Boys and girls in grades 4-6 and their parents come together to discuss literature.”

Origami After School”, Thursday, March 14, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA.  “Learn the art of origami folding from Sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.”

Author Talk, “Cheryl Strayed”, Thursday, March 14, 7PM, Oregon City Library.  Ms. Strayed reads from her book, “Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”.  “A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she'd lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. Her family scattered in their grief, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life spun out of control. Four years after her mother's death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker--indeed, she'd never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

Music By Innisfree”, Friday, March 15, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Tuesday, March 26, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. “Brenda Scearcy and Jim Loewenherz of Innisfree will perform heartfelt Irish folk instrumentals and songs drawn from the rich storehouse of airs, songs, jigs and reels in traditional Irish music. Multi-instrumentalists, the duo performs on whistle, guitar, Irish drum, concertina, button accordion and mandolin.”

Attack of The Blob”, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 7PM; Sunday, March 17 at 2:30PM,  Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free.  Presented by the Multnomah Arts Center Studio Theatre.

Birding at Graham Oaks Nature Park”, Saturday, March 16, 8AM-11AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave, Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454.  “Join wildlife expert Elaine Murphy on an expert-guided bird walk in Graham Oaks Nature Park. Metro staff and volunteers have planted over 150,000 trees and 100 million grass and flower seeds, to enhance existing oak savanna and Douglas fir forests. The result is an area rich in wildlife and fauna. Look for blue birds, nuthatches and even kingfishers on the 3 miles of trails that meander through the park.”
History Cache”, Saturday, March 16, 12PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle.  “Beaver Trapping history and display, Meet a Fort Yamhill soldier from 1856-1858, and more archeological information about the digs at Champoeg.”

It’s Not Just About the Piggy Bank: Teaching Your Kids About Money”, Saturday, March 16, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library.  A workshop for parents. “One of the best gifts you can give your children is teaching them the skills to manage money. Even if you are living on a tight budget, passing on good money management habits can last a lifetime. In this workshop from Innovative Changes, we’ll discuss key ways to get your finances in order so you can serve as a model for your children. We will also cover activities and tips for teaching your kids about money and ways to save for all the extra expenses that are part of being a parent (back to school, birthdays, college, etc.). It’s never too early to start learning and never too late to start teaching! Now’s the time to start your kids on a path to money management success!”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, Saturday, March 16, 11AM, Downtown Hillsboro, OR. Lots of green, lots of horses, LOTS of candy tosses. A big family favorite.

Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, March 16, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater Company,  606 Main St., Vancouver, WA.  Tickets $10, online at at the door.  “Magenta Improv Theater (MIT) – Magenta's own version of "Whose Line is it Anyway…?".  The MIT players are always excited to perform for the audience. We have a few new members, as well as your MIT regulars, who are ready to take your suggestions and make you laugh!   MIT shows are always family-friendly and audience participation is completely voluntary. Bring your kids, your grandparents, your next door neighbor, as it’s sure to be a great time.”

Welcome Back Vulture Day”,  Saturday, March 16, 12PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Free.  “Did you notice that you only see Turkey Vultures in the metropolitan area in the spring and summer? That’s because they migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but it’s time to welcome them back. Come help us celebrate the beauty of vultures and meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture, along with many of Audubon’s other education birds. This family-friendly event will keep kids of all ages engaged with fun hands-on activities focused on increasing their knowledge of these amazing creatures.”

The Bug Chicks”, Saturday, March 16, 3PM, Kenton Library; Thursday, March 28, 2PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx ($8, ages 6+, preregistration required, register online:; and Saturday, March 30, 1:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “You will not be scared 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!”  The Bug Chicks are highly recommended!

Concert, “Rick Meyers”, Saturday, March 16, 2:30PM, Canby Library.  “Musical concert featuring songs and melodies of the War between the States, presented by musical historian Rick Meyers.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Pirate and his Pet”, Saturday, March 16, 11AM; and Sunday, March 17, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx.  Tickets $7 ages 2 and up.  Tickets available online: “A heroic boy named Joey is on a quest to find his parents, having lost his belongings to one banker's greedy ways. On his journey he meets swash buckling pirates, a courageous mermaid and a timid sea serpent. This brave boy will not settle until his parents are found.”

Winter Birds at Smith and Bybee Wetlands”, Saturday, March 16, 10AM-12:30PM, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. For ages 9 and up.   $6 per adult or $11 per family.  Preregistration required; register online: “Winter is an active time at the wetlands with lots of water birds – ducks, geese, coots and grebes. Raptors such as red-tailed hawks and bald eagles are common; sightings of falcons and other hawks are possible. The wetlands’ year-round residents as well as a few winter songbirds are easier to see because all the leaves are gone. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site; spotting scopes provided. Suitable for ages 9 and older. Meet Metro naturalist James Davis in the parking lot.”

Forageable Forest”, Saturday, March 16, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Wildwood Trailhead South via Germantown Road. $10.  Preregistration required; register online:  “Find the fresh forbs of the forest awoken by the sweet sunshine of spring. From the fiddle heads of Lady Ferns to the sweet sprouts of Salmonberry, there is sure to be an edible for everyone. Immerse yourself in ethnobotanical knowledge and experience new northwest flavors.”

Irish Festival”, Families welcome on Saturday, March 16, 11AM- 4PM in the Front Tent with special kid’s activities, Kells Restaurant, 112 SW Second Ave., Pdx. No cover charge for family events. There will be dancers, musicians, pipers, and Irish foods.. Lots of details on their website:

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, March 16, sunset until around 11PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations”.  McMenamin’s locations throughout Oregon will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and most are open to all ages.  A few take place on  Saturday, March 16 and many more will be on Sunday, March 17.  They will have live music, dancing, and more.  See their event listings for details.

Enso String Quartet”, Sunday, March 17, 3:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B.  “Please join us for this afternoon concert of chamber music with the nationally acclaimed group, Enso String Quartet.”

Ka Lei Maile Ali'i: The Queen's Women”, Sunday, March 17, 2:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA, Columbia Room Level 1.  “The Ke Kukui Foundation will present a historical reenactment of the 1897 meeting held by the women of the Hawaiian Patriotic League, the 'Queen’s Women,' in opposition to the Treaty of Annexation of Hawai'i to the US.”

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

Willamette Falls Symphony Presents, “Music of Ireland”, Sunday, March 17, 3PM, Oregon city United Methodist Church, 18955 South End Rd., Oregon City.  $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, children under 12 free. “Stanford Irish Rhapsody No. 1, Harty Irish Symphony.   The winners of our youth concerto competition will also perform a movement from these works:  Sibelius- Violin Concerto Op. 47; Kabalevsky- Cello Concerto No. 1; and Ravel “Tzigane”.

Harmonica Pocket Present, “Seuss on the Loose”, Monday, March 18, 6:30PM, Stevenson Elementary School, 100 NW School St., Stevenson, WA.  Free.

Slugs and Snails”, Monday, March 18, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3.  Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands. “They're slimy and strange and really interesting! We'll take a closer look at slugs and snails and learn more about how they live and why some of them are a very important part of an ecosystem.”

Family Book Group for the Younger Set”, Tuesday, March 19, 3PM, Northwest Library.   “Boys and girls in grades K-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.”

Oregon Owls”, Tuesday, March 19, 7PM-9PM, Portland Audubon Society, Heron Hall, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  $15. Preregistration required; register online:  “Join local birding expert Harry Nehls for an evening exploring the world of nocturnal raptors - the owls of Oregon.  Beginning at 2.5 ounces and on up to 4 pounds, they are a diverse lot of over a dozen species.  Which ones breed here and which ones are winter visitors?  Hoo Hoo is the most wide-spread and Hoo Hoo is the rarest?”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, March 19, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.  Read some of the best picture books of 2012.”

You Might Be Scandinavian If...”, Tuesday, March 19, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA.  “"May we take you along on a Baltic Cruise?" When asked this question by extremely gracious and generous parents, Jeanine Jackson (Battle Ground resident and local business owner) and her daughter, Candice Jackson (local attorney and published author) jumped at the opportunity to explore their family's Scandinavian roots. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! Through pictures and stories, you can experience with them the adventures of exploring castles in Denmark, rune stones in Sweden, 15th century churches in Finland, Viking ships in Norway, palaces and museums in St. Petersburg, cobblestone streets in Estonia, and much more.”

Braceros- The Men of Migrant Labor”, Tuesday, March 19, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St., Hillsboro.  Free. “From 1942 to 1947, the Bracero program brought migrant laborers from Mexico to work on farms in the U.S. during the labor shortages of WWII. In this presentation, Washington County Museum’s Outreach Educator Ilene O'Malley will discuss this important chapter in our nation's - and our state's - history.”

Through the Eyes of a Zebrafish: Cell Behaviors and Clues to Cancer”, Tuesday, March 19, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx.  Minors welcome with an adult. $5 suggested donation. “After more than 40 years of declaring "war on cancer", researchers around the world are still trying to understand how tumors form and grow. New insights into how cells become cancerous are coming from an unusual place: studies of zebrafish eyes. There are some commonalities in tumor growth across species. The longer a tissue continues to grow, the more likely its cells will acquire cancer-like properties. The eyes of a zebrafish grow continuously, and to prevent cancer, zebrafish employ exquisite growth-control mechanisms. Recent evidence from studies of growing zebrafish eyes suggests that the environment surrounding a cell may be just as important as its genetic make-up. Join us for a visually-arresting presentation on zebrafish eye development, followed by a thought-provoking discussion about how basic insights from studies of eye growth shed light on the early stages of cancer.”

Concert, “Ronn McFarlane”, Wednesday, March 20, 6:30PM, West Linn Library.  “Ronn McFarlane is one of the most outstanding lutenists performing today, and is largely responsible for bringing the transcendent charm and timeless quality of the lute into the musical mainstream.”

The Harmonica Pocket present, “Apple Apple”, Wednesday, March 20, 11AM, Hollywood Library.  Suggested for ages 2-8.  “Sing, wiggle and read with The Harmonica Pocket in their entertaining performance "A is for Apple." Imaginative renditions of American folk classics plus original songs from their Parents' Choice Award-winning albums all rolled up with hula hoops, ukuleles, Dr. Seuss and apples! Learn fingerplays for silly, sweet and catchy songs about trees, babies and even a superhero in diapers.”

Willamette Meteorite”, Wednesday, March 20, 2PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Admission $6 for adults and $4 for youth, seniors and active military.  “Melinda Hutson, instructor of Geology at Portland Community College Sylvania will present a talk on the Willamette meteorite. The meteorite is the largest found in North America and the sixth largest in the world. Researchers believe it landed in what is now Canada or Montana and was transported to the Willamette Valley during the Missoula Floods.”

Lifestyles of the Small and Spineless”, Wednesday, March 20, 7PM-9PM, Audubon Society of Portland,  5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  $15.  “The diversity of invertebrates can be boggling if you don’t have a framework for classifying and understanding them. This class will present a basic overview of the life histories and ecology of those joint-legged animals we call “bugs” - from insects to spiders, millipedes to centipedes and more. Join Cader Olive for a beginner’s introduction to the world of invertebrates.”

Spring Bulbs for Summer Gardens”, Wednesday, March 20, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “Local expert Ed Hobbs will identify the wide range of flowering bulbs you can plant in the spring to revitalize your garden.  The reward will be a yard blossoming with vibrant tulips and more when summer rolls around.  Hobbs has several decades of experience nurturing flowers that flourish in Oregon's climate.”

Author Reading, “Alan Howard”, Thursday, March 21, 6PM, Sherwood Library.  “Please join us for a reading and discussion of “In Time” with Alan Howard. Alan has lived in the Tigard and Sherwood area since the early 1980's. He taught AP English and creative writing at Sherwood High School for 15 years. “In Time,” an anthology of poetry and short stories is his first published book. It is a coming of age fiction of two brothers growing from adolescence to young adults in rural Oregon. Alan is retired and lives in Tigard.”

Book Talk for ages 6-9”, Thursday, March 21, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. Each month a free copy of the next month’s ‘book of the month’ will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. This month we're reading ‘The Dragon of Doom’ by Bruce Coville.”

Tall Tales Told”, Thursday, March 21, 6:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA.  “Prepare to tell tall tales and outrageous lies! Prizes given to winners in the children's, tween, teen, and adult category! Call the library or pick-up a form to sign-up to participate (or just come, sit back, and enjoy an evening of entertainment). Co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, the Ridgefield Friends of the Library, the Ridgefield Business Association, and Toastmasters.”

Kid’s Comic Club”, Friday, March 22, 3:15PM, Northwest Library. “Do you love to draw? Do you love comics? Join the Comic Club!  Each month make your own comic and then trade with friends. Lead by artist Kanani Miyamoto with help from library staff, kids will learn drawing techniques, research skills and have fun!”

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Friday, March 22, 7:30PM-10PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5.  Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid.  “On the fourth Friday of every month DJ Anjali welcomes people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Baseball Physics 101”, Friday, March 22, 4PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA.  “10 season former MLB veteran outfielder and two-time stolen base leader Brian Hunter, President of the Designated Hitters Foundation, presents Baseball Physics 101. Youth of all ages will explore the history of baseball, get tips to improve your game and take home autographed memorabilia.”

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show”, Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 24, 10AM-4PM, Kliever Memorial NG Armory, 1000 NE 33rd Dr., Pdx.  Free admission. One free rock to each child. Venors selling minerals, rocks, equipment, and more, kids’ corner with games, door prizes, demonstrations, silent auction, oral auction 1PM Sunday, club information and benefits.”

Spring Whale Watch Week”, Saturday, March 23- Saturday, March 30, 10AM- 1PM. “Trained volunteers will be present at 24 sites along the Oregon coast to help visitors spot gray whales. This is not the only time you can see the whales. About 18,000 whales will pass by our coast during March, April, May and June on their way to Alaska's Bering Sea. Juveniles pass first followed by adults. Last are the mothers and babies. Many of them come close to shore feeding on Oregon's great food supply. In April and May you may be able to see mothers and calves resting in protected coves close to shore. We see this quite often from the Whale Center. The same locations on the map are still great viewing spots.”

Kids Knit!”, Saturday, March 23, 11AM, North Portland Library.  Suggested for grade school aged kids and up.  Preregistration required; register online:  “Discover a fun new hobby by learning to knit or improving your current skills! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own supplies.”

Bald Eagles”, Saturday, March 23, 11:30AM, and Sunday, March 24, 1:30PM, Tilamook Forest Center, Tilamook State Forest. Free. “Bald eagles are our national symbol. These large birds of prey build incredible nests, are efficient hunters and scavengers and rely on streams and rivers in the forest. At the program’s end, participants will have an option to shuttle to the Smith Homestead meadow to attempt to view our wintering eagles in the historic ‘kissing tree’.”

Creature Cabins”, Saturday, March 23, 1:30PM, and Sunday, March 24, 11AM, Tilamook Forest Center, Tilamook State Forest. Free. “The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come and learn about the special places where animals live.”

Vernal Equinox Celebration”, Saturday, March 23, sunset, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park,  $5 day use fee per vehicle.  “Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes Jupiter, Saturn and the moon. As the sky darkens, will view the deep sky objects including the Orion Nebula, Beehive star cluster and more!  On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 
503 797-4000 Press #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

The Toy Trains”, Saturday, March 23, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Join one of Portland’s favorite rock bands for kids as they bring a lively and energetic show to the Hillsboro Public Library. Featuring a full band playing a wide variety of instruments, the Toy Trains are sure to get everyone up and dancing! For all ages.”

What is a Wildlife Corridor and Why is it Important?”, Saturday, March 23, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Firelane 15 Trailhead via Slyline Blvd. $10.  Preregistration required; register online: “Come learn from author/biologist Marcy Houle about Forest Park’s wildlife corridor, and see it firsthand.  Marcy will explain why its presence makes Forest Park unique among all city parks in the nation, and what it would mean if it were to be lost to encroaching development.”

Birding on Retenaar Road, Sauvie Island”, Saturday, March 23, 8AM-12PM.  “Join Ron Escano for a waterfowl and winter sparrow adventure on Sauvie Island. Meet at 8 am at the East Side Check Station Parking Lot on the corner of Reeder and Rentenaar Roads. We will walk Rentenaar Road and back (1.6 miles round trip). Should be done by noon. All vehicles will need a Sauvie Island parking permit:  $7/day or $22/year, purchase at the Cracker Barrel Store, next to the bridge.”  Permits also available online:  More info on the hike here:

PaganFaire”, Saturday, March 23, Faire 10AM-5PM,  and Spring Ritual 7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.  $7; open to all. “Merchants, entertainment, and more.  Don’t miss the first all-community gathering of the Spring!”

Dawn Chorus”, Saturday, March 23, 7AM-10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood.  Preregistration required;  email  or call 503-625-5944 x222.  “Spring mornings are the time to enjoy the bright colors and the melodies of migratory songbirds. Many species of songbirds, such as common yellowthroats, arrive in the spring and use the refuge as a place to breed and nest. Join U.S Fish and Wildlife Service experts to discover these ‘winged singers.’  Learn how to identify them by their plumage, songs, habits, and habitats. We explore the refuge in rain or shine so dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them or borrow ours during the walk. We will take a leisurely stroll. This program will be offered as wheelchair accessible by request. Please call ahead and we will prepare for your needs.”

Mask Making”, Monday, March 25, 10:30AM (grades K-2) and 11:45AM (grades 3-5), Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Join local artist Sarah Fagan as she instructs on how to make fairy tale themed masks.”

Passport to the Past”, Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Suggested for ages 8-12. Cost $5 per day per child or $20 for the week. “Discover Washington County’s past through a week of hands-on activities for children during Spring Break. Each day, children between the ages of 8 and 12 will get their Washington County Museum Passport stamped by playing a game, making a craft and participating in a facilitated activity. Each day will include a workbook exercise and a scavenger hunt. The passport is a fun-filled, interactive way to learn about the county’s history.” Monday, March 25- Native Americans. “Activities includes twining and cordage making and learning the difference between a pictoglyph and petroglyth.” Tuesday, March 26- Mountain Men. “Activities include hooping a beaver pelt, making sparks with flint and steel and learning how a sling shot works.” Wednesday, March 27- Pioneers. “Activities include building a cabin, drawing with a quill and ink and making a candle.” Thursday, March 28- Museology: The Science of Museum Organization. “Children will need to bring in an item they like for the day’s activities, which include recording what their item means to them and practice accessioning it to a Museum. Children will make their own Museum displays.”  Friday, March 29-  Hubble Space Telescope. “Activities include making a telescope and learning about astronomy through hands-on activity stations.”

Passover Seder”, Monday, March 25, 7:30PM, Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx.  $35 adult, $25 child.  RSVPs required; call 503-309-4490 or register online:  “Join us for a traditional community Seder- complete with a full Passover dinner, hand made Shmurah Matzah, Hebrew/English Hagaddah, mystical and Kabblastic insights.”

Spring Break Exploration Days”, Tuesday, March 26 through Friday, March 29, 1PM-3PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.  Free. “Come discover the natural wonders of wildlife at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! This family-oriented event will feature hands-on nature activities and crafts for kids of all ages. Each day will offer a different theme, so feel free to drop in any or all days. We will carry on rain or shine.”

I Spy Book”, Wednesday, March 27, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.  $10. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354.  “Use found objects to make a collaged page and create rhyming clues to go with it.  Collages will be photographed, printed, and bound.”

Yes You Can!”, Wednesday, March 27, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Physical comedian, Henrik Bothe, will be presenting ‘Yes You Can!’- a performance that teaches kids what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it.”

Night Walk”, 
Wednesday March 27th, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; contact Jenna Mendenhall:; 503-625-5944 x222  
”One of the best times to experience nature is when the sun goes down. Come learn about the adaptations animals have which allow them to be most active at night and discover the sights and sounds for yourself on a guided walk through one of the few urban refuges in the country. This event is family friendly. Limited spaces available and advanced registration is required.”

All Ages Anime”, Friday, March 29, 2PM, Tigard Library.  “Bring the whole family to watch a family friendly anime movie, enjoy Japanese snacks and crafts and get whisked away in a broom relay race.” 

Crossing the Gates of Alaska”, Friday, March 29, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Dave Metz, author of the travel memoir ‘Crossing the Gates of Alaska’, spent seven months hiking 1200 miles across the entire state, starting from Kotzebue on the west coast and ending in Old Crow in Canada. Dave will share the amazing journey that he and his two dogs took, with pictures and stories from the trail.”

Shakespeare and Comedy”, Saturday, March 30, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “Join Cassie Greer from Bag 'N Baggage Productions to explore Shakespeare's comedies. We'll have fun playing group acting games and learning exciting acting techniques.”

Nature’s Yucky!”, Saturday, March 30, 11:30AM, and Sunday, March 31, 1:30PM, Tilamook Forest Center, Tilamook State Forsest. Free. “Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for a program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful too.”

Browsing for Beaver”, Saturday, March 30, 1:30PM, and Sunday, March 31, 11:30AM, Tilamook Forest Center, Tilamook State Forest. Free. “They’re swimming; they’re gnawing. Tillamook forest’s beavers are hard at work! Beaver played a key role in exploration and settlement of the west, and Oregon in particular, as it was a primary target for fur trappers and traders. We will explore how beavers are uniquely equipped to live in Northwest Oregon and explore a stretch of the Wilson River looking for signs of beaver.”

Author Reading, “Barney Blalock”, Wednesday, March 20, 6:45PM, St. Johns Library; and Tuesday, March 26, 7PM, Capitol Hill Library.  “Situated at the terminus of both sea lanes and railroads, with easy access to the wheat fields, sawmills and dairies of the Willamette Valley, Portland quickly became a rich and powerful seaport. As the city changed, so too did the role of the sailor — once bartered by shanghai masters, later elevated to well-paid and respected mariner. Author and historian Barney Blalock will share the fascinating history of the Portland waterfront, reading from his book ‘Portland’s Lost Waterfront:  Tall Ships, Steam Mills and Sailors’ Boardinghouses’.”

China’s Cultural Heritage”, Wednesday, March 20, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Shanjian Li will present an interesting, educational, and thought provoking talk on China's cultural heritage.  With the present state of the world, especially the current happenings in China that directly involve the United States, understanding the real China seems more important than ever.  Despite the destruction of genuine Chinese culture over the last 60 years, we have witnessed its rebirth. The presentation will go over the essence of traditional Chinese culture, the interruption of the rich tradition, and how the authentic culture is coming back to the world stage through the genuine artistic values and presentation of Shen Yun Performing Arts.  Over the past 6 years, Shen Yun has touched the hearts of millions worldwide, and has had a string of sold-out shows at Lincoln Center last January and April. The group is scheduled to perform at Keller Auditorium in Portland on April 3 and 4, 2013.”

Drumming Up a Story”, Saturday, March 23, 12PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Enjoy stories told to the rhythm of the drum by Nancy McQuillan, guest storyteller, at this special program. Rhythm instruments provided.”

Make it a Green Spring!  Seed Starting 101 and Beyond”, Tuesday, March 26, 6:30PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA.  “It all begins with seeds! Not sure when to plant each vegetable? Or how deep? Learn everything you need to know to make that important first step in the garden. Pixie LaPlante, local gardening expert and teacher, shares tips and techniques.”

Magician Bob Eaton”, Wednesday, March 27, 1PM, Oregon City Library.  “Join Magician Bob Eaton at Oregon City Public Library for a magical spring break afternoon. All ages are welcome!”

Dr. Seuss City Sculptures”, Tuesday, March 26, 1:30PM, Troutdale Library.  “Create whimsical city sculptures inspired by the illustrations from the book ‘Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?’ by Dr. Seuss. Artist Sarah Frechette of Puppetkabob will show you how to transform ordinary materials, shapes and colors into the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss! Inventing a city sculpture takes a lot of magical work and is fun for any age, grown ups included!”

Civil War:  African American Soldiers”, Tuesday, March 26, 6:30PM, Canby Library.  “A talk on African American soldiers with Civil War reenactor Aaron Harris.”

Egg-cellent Adventures”, Wednesday, March 27, 1:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas.  “Decorate eggs, make paper flowers and go on a scavenger hunt at this springtime celebration.”

After School at Your Library:  Pranks and Gags”, Wednesday, March 27, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  “All about pranks and gag humor!”

Woody Wood Duck”, Wednesday, March 27, 10:30AM, Aloha Community Library. Suggested for ages 3-6 and presented by Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation.  “One of the most colorful ducks in the world will come to life during our program. From nesting in trees to swimming in ponds, children will be able to recognize a wood duck next time they see it in their neighborhood park.”

Shadow Frog Puppets”, Thursday, March 28, 2:30PM, Woodstock Library (Preregistration required; register onine:; and Saturday, March 30, 2PM, Albina Library.  Suggested for ages 6-10. “In this workshop, Sarah Frechette of Puppetkabob will perform her short shadow show entitled “I Love Frogs!” This show is performed using illustrations and a moving hand-held light to create an effect that looks like a film. After the show, students can create their own frog shadow puppets and then learn to bring their new hopping creatures to life!”

Concert, “Aaron Nigel Smith”, Thursday, March 28, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Suggested for ages 4 and up.  “Bop along to the beat with musician Aaron Nigel Smith.  Aaron was part of the PBS show Between the Lions and his CD Everyone loves to dance won the Parent’s Choice Award.”

Author Reading, “Pamela Olson”, Thursday, March 28, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  “Pamela Olson, a small town girl from eastern Oklahoma, had what she always wanted: a physics degree from Stanford University. But instead of feeling excited for what came next, she felt consumed by dread and confusion. This irresistible memoir chronicles her journey from aimless ex-bartender to Ramallah-based journalist and foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate.  With dizzying speed she found herself attending Yasser Arafat's funeral, tour-guiding Israeli friends around the West Bank, dating a Palestinian from a conservative village, being held at gunpoint and injured by a stun grenade, and witnessing the 2005 Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip. The gripping narrative focuses not only on violence, terror, and politics but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between.  Funny, gorgeous, shocking, and galvanizing, ‘Fast Times in Palestine’ challenges the way we think not only about the Middle East but about human nature and our place in the world.”

Rambling Raccoons”, Friday, March 29, 1PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Suggested for ages 4-6. “Most people recognize these creatures that search forests and neighborhoods for anything that can be eaten by their black masks. Children will learn these critters are nocturnal and will use their senses to explore.”

Wise Owl”, Friday, March 29, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Suggested for ages 3-6. “See a Great Horned Owl specimen up close! Find out what makes an owl different from other birds and where to look for owls when you are outside in the dark.”

Annual Tulip Festival”, Friday, March 29, through Sunday, May 5, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR. This is a spring activity that is not to be missed. “Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!” There are great kid’s activities, cow train rides, etc.   If you go on a weekend, my advice is to get there as early as possible to avoid traffic. Lots more info here:

DIY Terrariums”, Saturday, March 30, 1PM, Northwest Library.  Preregistration required; register online:   “Terrariums are the most effortless container gardens; they are easy to make and even easier to maintain! Join professional gardener Melissa Richmond in building your own terrarium and learning all about taking care of your new container garden. Each participant will have their own terrarium to take home after class.” 

"Rang Barse- Holi Festival of Colors”, Saturday, March 30, 11AM-2PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, OR.  “Holi is the festival of colors and is celebrated in India with much enthusiasm. Rang Barse will have Outdoor Color Play (Organic Colors) / Water Play (Pichkaris, Water Balloons and Water Guns) / Food / Drinks / Music and Dancing. Please do join us for Holi with friends and family. DJ Noop is gonna get you dancing with Holi songs and new Bollywood hits while India Palace caters to our appetite. We will have lots of color, lots of dancing and tons of fun. The colors that we use are organic and made from cornstarch. They are directly imported from the manufacturer in India. Early Bird ticket price for Adults is $15 and after March 15, 2013 it will be $20. Cost of tickets at the door is $25. Please buy your tickets in advance so that we can plan the event better and ensure that we have enough color and food for all. Tickets available at Amrapali, Bollywood Movez, India Palace and Apna Bazaar.”  We went last year and it was a blast and very family friendly!

OMSI Bug Me!”, Saturday, March 30, 1PM and3PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA.  Suggested for school aged kids. Preregistration required; after March 23 call the library to register at 360-687-2322 and indicate which time you want.  “Come find out what has six legs, three body parts, and invades your picnic. Join our friends from OMSI and learn how some of the smallest creatures on the planet survive. Everyone will get to design their own bug and get to hold some live insects!”

"Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway", Saturday, March 30, 8AM-11AM, Sauvie Island. Free. Preregistration required; register online: "Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. Bring your binoculars, a water bottle, and expect to have a great time."

What's Growing on the Refuge”, Saturday, March 30th, 10:00AM-12:0PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood.  Free. Preregistration required; contact ; 503-625-5944 x222 (provide name, phone number, and the number of people in your group to a maximum of 6). “Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt, for a free plant walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments.”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, March 30, 1PM, Forest Park, meeting at the Pittock Mansion Parking Lot.  Free.  Preregistration required; register online:  “Join a National College of Natural Medicine student for an hour-long herb walk in Forest Park! This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, March 31, 9AM-12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham, meeting at the Flood Plain parking lot, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” Spring is a great time to learn animal tracking!  Prints last a long time in the sand of the Oxbow floodplain. They do not have a website other than their Facebook page, which you must have a Facebook account to see: