Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Amazement

This is my list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of April 2013.   I do my best to find events of cultural or educational value.  I compile the list for the homeschool group we belong to, which is currently K-4, but most events have much wider appeal.  Believe me, April is really happening!  I believe this list is the longest one yet!  (But with sunshine returning, it's not like we need an excuse to get out!) This month, I am taking the passionate advice of Dr. Nick Laslowicz of the Institute for Centrifugal Research, who declares that we must "fight the forces that hold us down!". For Dr. Laslowicz, that means gravity.  But for me that means proofreading!!!  I tell ya, it's such a chore to get anyone to do this for me, and my sock monkeys are all on vacation in the Bermuda Triangle.  Therefore, I definitely suggest that you doublecheck any event you'd like to attend in case of errors, typos, and cancellations.

Earth Day is Monday April 22, and there are even more opportunities than usual for volunteering to help the environment.  You will find many organized by SOLVE:  and lots of tree plantings organized by the Friends of Trees  If you live near a park or natural area, check there for volunteer opportunities.

April features Washington County Library’s 9th Annual Storytelling Festival, now renamed “Art of the Story”.  (It was “Hearing Voices”, which one can only assume proved to be confusing!) Each storyteller is making multiple appearances, and traditionally they give different performances at each.  I've added these events to my list, and complete details can be found here: Please note that at the time of this writing, not every performance listed on the festival schedule is also on the Washington County Libraries calendar. 

There are tons of gardening classes offered throughout April (and throughout the year!).  Portland Nursery offers free classes (they are geared towards adults but attentive kids are welcome).   Dennis’ 7 Dees also offers classes; some are free and some have a small fee:  And there are bound to be more in the Portland area so check a garden center near you!

April is also National Poetry Month, and Ridgefield Library is having a poetry contest for everyone 2nd grade to adults, entries accepted until April 17:

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival”, now 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:

Galaxy Treasures”, Monday, April 1, 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."

A Squirrel’s Eye View of Portland’s Urban Forest”, Monday, April 1, 11AM-1PM, Chapman Square, SW 4th Ave. and SW Main St.  Free.  “Children (over 48 inches) and adults are welcome to ride with a signed waiver. Have you ever wanted to see the urban forest canopy through the eyes of a squirrel? Here's your chance. Portland Parks and Recreation, Urban Forestry will be offering free bucket truck rides in Chapman Square for 2 hours on April 1st. Join us during your lunch break, learn about Urban Forestry and see the world from a different perspective. Rides offered for a limited time on a first come basis.”

"Homeschool Archery", Monday, April 1, and Monday, April 15, 10:30AM, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy Ste 121, Tigard. $6.75. All ages welcome. Archery lessons with equipment provided.

Thomas Lamb Eliot, Everything But a Fool: Portland's Most Influential Citizen”, Monday, April 1, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx.  Free.  Children welcome with parent. “A presentation by Chet Orloff, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society from 1991 to 2001, and adjunct professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.”

Eyes Without a Face: A Neurologist’s Experience of Face Blindness", Monday, April 1, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation. Children welcome with an adult. “Imagine living in a world populated with strangers, except those unfamiliar faces are in fact those of family and friends! While it sounds like science fiction, the condition of being unable to recognize familiar faces, known as “prosopagnosia”, is much more common than previously believed.  Face blind individuals rely on other cues such as height or hairstyle to identify others, and sometimes even themselves.  In this talk, neurologist Holly Hinson will describe the neuro-anatomical basis of face blindness and review some famous cases of prosopagnosia including a famous neurologist (Oliver Sacks) and a portrait painter (Chuck Close). Dr. Hinson discovered she was face blind in the course of her residency in Neurology. She will also chronicle her own misadventures with the condition.”

Author Talk, “Matt Kepnes”, Monday, April 1, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  “For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn't expensive and that it's affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn't have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury. ‘How to Travel the World on $50 a Day’ reveals Nomadic Matt's tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys.”

Snip, Snap, Snout, the Tale Is Told Out!”, Tuesday, April 2, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  “The spellbinding storyteller Christopher Leebrick will captivate the whole family with tales of adventure and enchantment.”

Concert, “Eric John Kaiser”, Tuesday, April 2, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Eric John Kaiser performs a wide range of music, including steel guitar and blues tunes.”

SCRAP it up for Spring Break!”, Tuesday, April 2, 1PM and 2:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  Preregistration required; call 360-571-9696 and tell them which session you want to register for.  “SCRAP, a creative reuse center, will be here to help us create some unique crafts using recycled items! All supplies will be provided.”

Make it a Green Spring!  Oriental Vegetables for Cool Season Northwest Gardens”, Tuesday, April 2, 6:30PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA.  “Learn to select, plant, grow and cook hardy Oriental vegetables to bring healthful, delicious enjoyment to your Northwest garden and table. Enjoy a live cooking demonstration. Presented by J. Christina Brittain, PhD, EcoPlace Wellness Center.”

Civil War:  Fighting Free”, Tuesday, April 2, 6:30PM,  Canby Library.  Discussion and reading with author Louis Leveen.  “The Civil War was transformative for every soldier who fought, but especially for African American men. What do the experiences of black soldiers and black civilians tell us about the importance of the Civil War for all Americans, regardless of race?”

The Forgotten Eagles”, Wednesday, April 3, 6:30PM, West Slope Library.  Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416.  “Sig Unander will introduce a documentary film and lead a discussion about the Aztec Eagles, an elite Mexican squadron of fighter aircraft. As allies of the U.S. in World War II, the Aztec Eagles conducted joint operations with the U.S. Army Air Force and were crucial in the liberation of the Philippines.”

Author Talk, “Jane Kirkpatrick”, Wednesday, April 3, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  Free. “Jane Kirkpatrick, author of 24 books, including 17 historical novels, will focus on her perspectives of the Aurora Colony which she studied in great length for 'Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft'. This book has more than 100 photographs with quilt pattern variations along with stories from Aurora descendants. Her latest, ‘Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel’ will be available for purchase.”

Author Talk. “Paul Gerald”, Wednesday, April 3, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “The Nature Store welcomes Portland author Paul Gerald to Heron Hall on Wednesday, April 3, to discuss finding tranquility in Portland. He will present his newest title, ‘Peaceful Places Portland: 103 Tranquil Sites in the Rose City and Beyond’, recently published by Menasha Ridge Press. Audubon is one of the featured locations!”

Author Reading, “Barney Blalock”, Wednesday, April 3, 7PM, Northwest Library; Saturday, April 13, 3:15PM, Belmont Library; and Saturday, April 20, 3PM, Central Library, US Bank Room.  “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’.”

How and Why Stories”, Wednesday, April 3, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, 3rd Floor, Vancouver, WA.  Suggested for ages 6-11.  “Why are rabbit’s ears so long? How did rooster get his crown? Join storyteller Jericho Knight for nature stories from around the world and you’ll find out! Stick around to make your own story!”

Symphony Storytime”, Wednesdays in April, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for ages 3-6. “Musicians from the Oregon Symphony will perform music that enhances and deepens the storytelling experience in this special series.  Each Symphony Storytime will feature one of the four families of musical instruments—percussion, woodwinds, brass, and strings. Children will have a chance to try out an instrument during a "petting zoo" which will follow each session. Each session will be limited to the first 90 attendees.”

Conflict Resolution”, Thursday, April 4, 12PM, Central Library US Bank Room.  “Everyday Conflict Resolution: Conflict is a natural part of life. The question isn't whether you'll experience it, but finding effective solutions, at work and home. Speakers: Mary Forst and Molly Keating.”

Concert, “Chuck Redd Trio”, Thursday, April 4, 12PM, Mt. Hood Community College, Student Union, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. Free.  “With a career that spans more than 30 years and includes touring and recording with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Barney Kessel, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Lionel Hampton Big Band and Mel Torme, vibist/drummer Redd will make a stop at MHCC while on a West Coast tour. Stalwarts of the Portland jazz music scene will join him at MHCC.”

Do Jump!", Thursday, April 4, 7PM (doors open at 6:30PM), Estacada Junior High School Auditorium, 500 NE Main St., Estacada.  Tickets $7 adults, $5 students/seniors, and $20 family.  “A unique blend of theater, dance, acrobatics, creative visuals and live music!”

Ledding Cultural Forum:  Mike Richardson”, Thursday, April 4, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie.  A talk by Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics.

Magnolia Tree Tour”, Thursday, April 4, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. “Meet at noon at the Visitor Center for a guided tour of the blooming magnolias. Wear comfy walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water. Family-friendly event. No registration required!”

Concert, “2Jazz Guitars”, Friday, April 5, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Jazz guitarists Barry Glick and Neil Mattson have played professionally for years, one in New York City and the other in Portland. Their sound is relaxed, intimate, highly thoughtful and very modern. Come listen to this unique musical conversation between two jazz guitars.”

Mussels”, Friday, April 5, 12:15PM, Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave.,  Room 370 A/B, Pdx. Free.   “Citizen-science shows urban streams can sustain threatened native freshwater mussel populations.”  Presentation by Celeste Mazzacano, Xerces Society. “Freshwater mussels are the most at-risk animals in North America. Although they play critical ecological roles in aquatic habitats and their life history is closely tied to native fish, relatively little is known about mussel populations in the Northwest. The role of urbanized watersheds as a refuge has not been generally assessed and reproductive status and connectivity of populations in Portland-area watersheds is unknown. Xerces Society, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and City of Gresham used volunteer-based surveys to conduct an extensive assessment of freshwater mussels in Johnson Creek and selected tributaries. Despite multiple impairments, the watershed supports substantial numbers of western pearlshells (Margaritifera falcata) and floaters (Anodonta). Most are older and of similar age cohorts, but young mussels were also found. The upper watershed has more and larger mussel beds, but mussels persisted in some more degraded reaches in the lower watershed. Native mussel presence was negatively correlated with armored banks. The invasive Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) is present at low numbers in Johnson Creek but is very abundant in Crystal Springs, an important tributary. This project filled large gaps in biodiversity data in the Johnson Creek watershed, effectively educated and engaged local stakeholders, and underscores the ability of citizen scientists to make meaningful contributions to our understanding of watershed biota. Future studies can be built on these data, including the relationship between changes in salmonid and mussel populations in the watershed, and the effects of habitat restoration on abundance of native mussels vs. Asian clams.”

Classical Southern Indian Dance”, Friday, April 5, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; Saturday, April 6, 3PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium; Sunday, April 7, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Sunday, April 14, 3PM, Tigard Library. “Wearing stunning traditional costumes, students of Jayanthi Raman's NATA Dance Academy will perform Indian classical dance. The history and background of the art form is explained along with the dances performed. This program is free, open to all and enjoyable for the whole family.”

Eurydice”, Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, Reed College Mainstage Theater, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx.  (A map of Reed’s campus can be found here: Tickets $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, $1 Reed College students. Tickets available online:  “Eurydice is a contemporary retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice story told from the perspective of Eurydice by MacArthur award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. The play offers a unique and poetic version of the classic myth, in which Eurydice must choose to rejoin the land of the living with Orpheus or to stay in the Underworld with her father. A meditation on language, love, and memory, Eurydice suggests that although it is important to remember the past, we must not cling too tightly to memories, lest we become unable to move forward.”

Birding at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park”, Friday, April 5, 8AM-11AM, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  “Join Audubon Society leaders Tony DeFalco, Patty Newland and Candace Larson for a bird walk at Whitaker Ponds, a hidden urban oasis in NE Portland. We will circle the ponds looking for ducks, songbirds, eagles and owls. Park inside gated area at the ponds.”

Artists’ Reception for Wild About Nature II Photography Show”, Friday, April 5, 4PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA.  “Join the artists of the Wild About Nature II Photography exhibit for a reception. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the White Salmon River.”

Field Trip Open House”, Friday, April 5, 9AM-1PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. RSVP to Josie Finley at 360.887.4106 or for more info.   “Teachers, parents, and volunteers interested in our ed programs are invited to attend our Fieldtrip Open House. We will do a dry run of our field trips so everyone will know what to expect when a class arrives for a day at the Refuge.”

Growing Fruit Trees”, Friday, April 5, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “How would you like to enjoy delicious fruit you've picked in your own backyard?  John Saltveit from Home Orchard Society will provide tips on how to choose the type of fruit trees that might work best for you.  Learn about rootstocks, pollination, pruning, diseases and pests, harvest, storage and different ways to prepare fruit.”

Theatre in the Grove presents, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 21, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR.  Tickets $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and kids 17 and under.  Tickets available online:  “Get out your dictionaries! Theatre in the Grove is proud to present the hit Tony Award winning musical comedy ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’.  Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.”

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays April 5 through June 7, 6PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Come as a family and play with clay! $20 a session per adult and child pair. $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office.  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.”

Musical Instruments Made by You”, Saturday, April 6, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library.  Suggested for ages 3-9.  “Easy music-makers created from re-used materials.”

Book Release Party, “Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book”, Saturday, April 6, 11AM, Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  “Join us for the release of the 4th book in the Origami Yoda series. Stick figures to the dark side only lead! To doodle like a Jedi you must learn! With this companion to the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, beloved author Tom Angleberger presents young Padawans with dozens of activities from the Star Wars universe.  Join us for activities and a Star Wars themed  celebration!”

Weekend Guided Tour”, Saturdays in April, 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.”

Gardens of Eatin': Advanced Vegetable Gardening”, Saturday, April 6, 1PM, Schedeens Garden Center, 845 NE 10th St., Gresham. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-665-4730. “Ready to take your veggie gardening to the next level? Learn how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening and techniques to stretch the growing season. Plus, explore the principles of nontoxic weed and pest management to boost your harvests and reduce the amount of time and money needed for a healthy, productive garden. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen.  Free event includes complimentary coupons and publications.”

The Mall Library Connection Grand Opening Celebration”, Saturday, April 6, 9:45AM-6PM, The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. 285, Vancouver, WA.  “The Mall Library Connection is brand new, and you're invited to join us for a grand opening celebration.  Ribbon-cutting ceremony 9:45 am.  Doors open at approximately 10 am.  Refreshments (courtesy of Friends of the Library). Visits by Sophie the Otter (library mascot) at 10 and 11 am.  Come check out the amazing transformation of the former Vancouver Mall Community Library into a bright and updated new library.”

Hike Cascade Locks Trail”, Saturday, April 6, Cascade Locks, OR.  Easy, 2 miles with little elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “We’ll stroll this new multi-use trail along the Columbia River with Holly Howell, Marketing and Development Manager for the Port of Cascade Locks, and we’ll learn the trail’s history and plans for the town as we stop in a few local businesses. Plans include a tour at the Soderberg Studio and Bronze Works and Lorang Fine Art and Gorgeous Gifts.  Lunch will be at Cascade Locks Ale House.”

Open Garden Days”, Saturdays and Sundays in April to May 19, 11AM-4PM, Cecil and Molly Smith Garden, 5055 Ray Bell Rd., St. Paul, OR.  $3 admission. “The native Douglas-fir create an ideal environment for the natural woodland garden of rare beauty, featuring superior forms of species and hybrid rhododendrons.  There are now 494 rhododendron plants in the garden. Complimenting the rhododendron collection are choice trees, shrubs, wildflowers and bulbs. Each pathway reveals its own visual treat— a moss covered log with plants tucked in the bark crevices, plants thriving on tree stumps, drifts of wild flowers. Masses of Cyclamen, Narcissus, Erythronium and Trillium flourish here.”

Birding at Vanport Wetlands and Force Lake”, Saturday, April 6, 8AM-11AM, North Force Ave., Pdx.   “Join Audubon Society leaders John Nikkel and Dena Turner. We will begin at Vanport Wetlands, take a short walk in the adjacent wooded area and also visit Force Lake. The 90 acre Vanport Wetlands provides habitat to over 100 species of birds. We should see water birds and spring songbirds.”

Introduction to Wild Foods”,  Saturday, April 6, 9AM-12PM, Mt. Tabor, Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Adults $20-$25 sliding scale, Children 0-6 free, 7-17 pay their age for 'standard' workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required.  “In a walk through several habitats within Mt Tabor Park, learn essentials of wild food use and study, the best books, resources, and field guides. Be a successful forager early on, sample plants, get expert advice. This core workshop provides a deeper understanding for all other workshops. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this event.”

Concert, “Charlie Mosbrook”, Saturday, April 6, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Singer/songwriter/ guitarist from Cleveland, Ohio.

Sherlock Jr. with music by Gideon Freudmann”, Saturday, April 6, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6-18 in advance; tickets available online: Kids 5 and under are free.  “Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing, inspired by the best of classical, modern, jazz and blues traditions. His music has been heard on television soundtracks and NPR and he has produced 17 CDs. This afternoon he will provide live accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s silent film classic Sherlock Junior. Local favorite Earth Oven Pizza will provide concessions including beer, wine, soft drinks and other tasty snacks for purchase!”

Hike Fanno Creek Park”, Saturday, April 6, 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.”

The Lewis and Clark Wildflower Discoveries”, Saturday, April 6, 2PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. Presented by garden historian and author Joan Hockaday. “In one of our country’s most fortunate coincidences, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their return canoe ride home from their Pacific encampment just as spring was breaking along the Columbia River. Thomas Jefferson waited at the White House for news of Native American tribes and possible trading partnerships along the way. But scientists in Philadelphia were waiting for something else: specimens of new plants. During their difficult two-year journey, Lewis and Clark collected specimens and wildflowers during the day and dutifully wrote down their discoveries every night by the campfire. Garden historian Joan Hockaday will lead a discussion on the lasting legacy of Lewis and Clark in the exploration of the American West. What do we discover today from Lewis and Clark’s daily accounts about our early Washington landscape, natural history and native peoples? And what can their legacy show us about our state today?”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, April 6, 8PM 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:

"Portland Youth Spelling Bee", Saturday, April 6, 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."

Dr. Seuss City Sculptures”, Saturday, April 6, 1:30PM, Gregory Heights 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!”

Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge and High Cascades”, Saturday, April 6, 12:30PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room.   “You know Jake Hurlbert from his curatorship of Estacada's Festival of the Fungus. He's back a bit early this year to present the slideshow Wild Flowers of the Columbia River Gorge and High Cascades.”

Trillium Festival”, Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 10AM-4PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “the Friends of Tryon Creek will welcome the coming of spring – and the blooming of our region’s gorgeous trillium flower – with our annual Trillium Festival and Native and Hardy Plant Sale at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Oregon’s only urban state park. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.  This year the Friends’ are expanding our native and hardy plant sale (one of the region’s first plant sales of the season). In addition to this favorite festival highlight, festival goers can look forward to guided hikes; activities for children; beautiful handcrafted wares from local artisans; environmental organization information booths; and food and coffee vendors.”  Parking can be challenging;  I highly suggest arriving early!

"Guided Nature Walks", Saturdays in April, 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." April 6- Trillium and Wildflower Hike; April 13- Nest Tour; April 20- Spring Wildflowers; April 27- Conifers of Tryon Creek.

The Living Roots of Music with Lauren Pelon”, Sunday, April 7, 2PM, Tigard Library; and Wednesday, April 10, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Lauren Pelon traces the story of music by performing music from around the world on a variety of ancient and modern instruments from lyre, hurdy-gurdy and voice to synthesizer, electric wind instrument and MIDI-pedalboard.  Hear tunes and instruments that span time and place.”

3rd Annual Sakura Sunday Festival”, Sunday, April 7, 12PM, Japanese Historical Plaza, Waterfront Park, featuring live music and an appearance by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Join us in celebrating the beautiful blossoms, the season of spring and the friendship between the United States and Japan, symbolized by the cherry trees along the waterfront side of the Japanese American Historical Plaza.”

Gardens of Eatin': Basic Vegetable Gardening”, Sunday, April 7, 1PM, Boring Square Garden Center, Boring, OR.  Free.  Preregistration required; call 503-663-9797. “Want to grow organic food but not sure how? Boost your garden IQ with simple steps to success. From picking edibles for the right spot and season to prepping the soil and watering waste-free, get the story on weeding, managing pests and growing a bountiful garden without toxic chemicals. Plus, learn where to find plants, seeds and more tips for easy organic gardening. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen.  Includes complimentary coupons and publications.”

Mi Piñata”, Sunday, April 7, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  Preregistration required; register online:ñata/6938 “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.”

Concert, “Dtq: duo/trio/Quattro”, Sunday, April 7, 3PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery.  “Dtq: duo/trio/quattro is a versatile, professionally trained string quartet that explores the best chamber works for string duo, trio and quartet. Dtq’s signature sound might best be attributed to common experiences and approaches to interpretation, combined with a mutual love for the string quartet as an art form. This lively performance will include works of Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, along with the beloved "American" String Quartet by Antonin Dvorak.”

Magic Treehouse Live”, Sunday, April 7, Powell’s, 3415, SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; and Monday, April 8m, 4:30PM, Bridgeport Village Mall, Between Saks and Sur La Table.  (Preregistration required; email at Barnes and Noble. Limit of one book brought from home.)  “Join us for "Passport to Adventure! A Magic Tree House Live Reading Tour," a national tour, sponsored by Random House Children's Books, that brings Jack and Annie — characters from Mary Pope Osborne's beloved Magic Tree House series — live and in person to meet their fans. Jack and Annie will roll into 15 cities across the U.S. aboard the Magic Tree House Express. Fans will enjoy Jack and Annie's magical traveling adventures through a live, theatrical performance with songs based on the bestselling Magic Tree House series. Events will also include cool giveaways and an official Jack and Annie ‘book stamping’.”

Trees of the Tillamook Walk”, Sunday, April 7, 11:30AM and1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center,  Tillamook State Forest.  Free. “Trees inspire and protect us. They touch our lives every day! Join an interpretive naturalist to explore the Tillamook Forest’s “sea of green”. We will meet Oregon’s state tree, trees with helicopter seeds, the ‘tree of life’ and more!”

Edible Wild Plants on the First Days of Spring”,  Sunday, April 7, 1PM-4PM, Sauvie Island, Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Adults $25-$50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 free, 7-17 pay their age for 'standard' workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required.  “We'll start at Sauvie Island, then explore several areas to inspect this spring's early green delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. The earlier you start in the spring, the more foods you can harvest in the year. It also pays to see plants at different stages of growth. Many plants will have emerged, others we will identify where they are going to grow.”

Cottrell Woods Nature Walk”, Sunday, April 7, 10AM-12PM, meeting at the trailhead at SW 48th Ave. and SW Barnes Rd.  Family friendly. “Take a walk through the Cottrell Woods with Forest Park author and biologist, Marcy (Cottrell) Houle.  This is an easy walk on a well maintained trail.  Rain and foot gear required.  Hot cider served.  Park at trailhead at SW 48th and Barnes.  Follow Signs to Cottrell Woods Trail.”

Jefferson Dancers”, Monday, April 8, 12PM,  Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx.  Free.  A performance by students from Jefferson High School/Middle College for Advanced Studies.

Yom Hashoah Day of Remembrance”, Monday, April 8, 10AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, “A day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust. Join us as Oregon Area Jewish Committee and the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center join together once again in the annual reading of the names. An opening ceremony will take place at 10 am. Feel free to drop by at any point to hear local politicians, faith leaders and community members honor those who were killed during the Holocaust. People from all walks of life read from a list of names provided by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Research Center. The program’s opening ceremony typically includes poetry, prayers, and candle lighting. Just over 6,000 names will be read during the course of the day.  By personalizing the individual tragedy of the dead and of the survivors, this project seeks to defy dangerous trends of indifference and historical revisionism which deny that the Holocaust ever happened. Moreover, by keeping the memory of the victims alive, we fulfill one of the essential tenets of our collective experience – Zachor….To remember.”

Celebrate the Oregon Coast with Kim Stafford”, Tuesday, April 9, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “Join us for an evening exploring the magic and beauty of the Oregon Coast with well-known local author Kim Stafford, whose book "Wind on the Waves: Stories from the Oregon Coast" is newly re-issued with new material. Originally released in 1992, ‘Wind on the Waves’ is a collection of fifty-two stories that embody the beauty, mystery, and wonder of Oregon's coast.”

Author Talk, “Mary Roach”, Tuesday, April 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Mary Roach will read from her book, “Gulp”.  “’America’s funniest science writer’ (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In ‘Gulp’ we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.  Like all of Roach’s books, ‘Gulp’ is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.”

Who Was Dr. John McLoughlin?”, Tuesday, April 9, 7PM, Beaverton Historical Society, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. Free.  Presentation by Richard Matthews.  “After retiring in 2008 as a manager of a small company, I became a volunteer for the National Park Service at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City. As I grew in my calling as docent I wanted to know more about Dr. McLoughlin and the history of the region, so for the last 4 years I have researched both Dr. McLoughlin and Dr. Barclay through letters, newspaper articles and other sources. I have developed a great understanding of who Dr. McLoughlin was and what he did for the American emigrants while he was in charge of the Hudson Bay Company operations in the Oregon Country and in his later years.  For the past 2 1/2 years, I have been the Vice president of the McLoughlin Memorial Association, which was formed in 1909 to preserve Dr. McLoughlin’s home as a museum, and to share his story with future generations.”

Make and Play- High-Flying Fun”, Wednesday, April 10, 4PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove, OR.  “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a paper adventure!”

Stories of Oregon’s History Told by Heritage Trees”, Wednesday, April 10, 12PM, Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave., Floor 2 Room C.  “Learn about the State Heritage Tree Program with Board Member, Jennifer Karps.  Jennifer will present information about the program as well as highlight several trees and their fascinating history.”

On the Oregon Trail”, Wednesday, April 10, 10AM, Washington County Museum,  120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  $6 per child.  Preregistration required; call 503-645-5353, ext. 133 or email  “Learn who traveled the emigrant trails and why. Students play a critical thinking game to decide what was necessary to pack and what had to be left behind. By participating in their own journey West, students learn about the hardships and responsibilities children and adults faced on the Oregon Trail.”

Mask and Mirror Reading”, Wednesday, April 10, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library.  “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theatre-and selected audience volunteers-will read scenes ‘in character’ and discuss the play.”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin, Pop, Boom!”, Wednesday, April 10, 2:15PM, Stevenston Library, Stevenson, WA.  “Mad Science presents their popular program with elements of chemistry and physics.”

Family Book Group”, Thursday, April 11, 6PM, Hollywood Library.  “Boys and girls in grades 4-6 and their parents come together to discuss literature.”

Journey in the Land of the White Cloud”, Thursday, April 11, 6:30PM, La Center Community Library, La Center, WA.  “A New Zealand travelogue”. 

Native Heritage:  Native Trees”, Thursday, April 11, 6:30PM-8PM, Portland State University Native American Center, 710 SW Jackson St., Pdx.  Free.  “Join Judy Bluehorse Skelton as she discusses the role of trees in Native Heritage.”

Origami After School”, Thursday, April 11, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA.  “Learn the art of origami folding from Sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.”

Homeschoolers: Ecosystems”, Thursday, April 11, and Thursday, April 25, 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.”

A-WOL Dance Collective Presents:  “Gridlock”, Thursday, April 11-Sunday, April 14, A-Wol Warehouse, 2303 N. Randolph St., Pdx.  Advance tickets start at $15 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.  “A-WOL explores an artistic navigation of life, the interpretation of one man’s search for intention and purpose. This ambitious show highlights a multitude of aerial apparatus, both traditional and invented, complimented by daring and athletic floor movement, an original music composition by Bryan Free and Graeme Enkelis and a uniquely designed gigantic floating grid that covers the stage and brings with it unforgettable images. Gridlock is a full length, evening production set in a unique and rare warehouse theater setting. The show is enjoyed by all ages.” A-wol is always a definite winner!

The Bug Chicks”, Thursday, April 11, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library; Saturday, April 13, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Wednesday, April 17, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Join the Bug Chicks in learning all about the lives of insects, spiders and other arthropods. No fear. No myths. No prejudice. Their mission is simple: to change the way people think about bugs. Discover the magic of biodiversity, experience the life of an entomologist (bug scientist), and even pet all sorts of creatures.” Always highly recommended!

Free Spring Bird Class”, Thursday, April 11, 7PM, Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy., Gresham. “Learn to identify year-round residents and spring migrants arriving in our yards and parks. Metro expert James Davis will teach us to identify common songbirds by sight and by their songs.”

Home School Days: Space Race and Beyond- Yuri’s Night”, Friday, April 12, 8:30AM-2PM, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville.  $12 per person. Preregistration required, email “Students will travel through time, experiencing and learning all about rockets from ancient China to modern times at our April 12th Home School Day. Students can design, build, and launch rockets into the atmosphere!”

Hood River Blossom Fest”, Friday, April 12- Sunday, April 28, Hood River County, OR.  Many events at different venues across the area. “Blossom Time in Hood River celebrates the arrival of spring with events and attractions throughout the County from April 12-28. Visitors to the area will want to drive the world-famous 35-mile scenic Fruit Loop through the beautiful Upper Valley filled with blooming orchards of apple, pear, and cherry trees—as well as farm stands, alpacas, wineries, and unparalleled scenery. The best of Hood River and the rural lifestyle are all here during Blossom Time in the Gorge: Food, wine, beer, arts and crafts shows, pancake breakfasts, baked goods, preserves, yarn, shopping—and, of course, blossoms.” Details here:

Book Fan Friday”, Friday, April 12, 4:30PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author Amber Keyser will lead a discussion about transmedia narrative and how it works. Join us!”

Rambling Raccoons”, Friday, April 12, 1PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Suggested for ages 4-6.  Presented by Tuatatin Hills Parks and Recreation. “Most people recognize these creatures that search forests and neighborhoods for anything that can be eaten by their black masks [sic]. Children will learn these critters are nocturnal and will use their senses to explore.”

Busy Beavers”, Friday, April 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Suggested for ages 5-9.  Presented by Tuatatin Hills Parks and Recreation. “This program teaches students about beavers, including a story, hands-on experiences, and interactive activities to show how beavers live and interact with their environment.”

Gem Faire”, Friday, April 12, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, April 13, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, April 14, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.  $7 for a weekend pass; free for kids 11 and under, 2 for 1 coupons on their website and free passes can be requested by email as well:  Mostly beads jewelry making supplies, but also things to tempt rockhounds such as fossils and crystals. 

Oregon Wool:  Woven in Clackamas County”, Friday, April 12, 2PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City.  “Regional wool history and industry with demonstrations and tutorials by Susie Wilson of Canby's SuDan Farms. See and feel a sample of freshly shorn wool from SuDan Farms in our Industries of Clackamas County exhibit, now in the Murdoch Gallery.”

"Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!", Saturday, April 13, 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."

Heritage Trees of NW Portland”, Saturday, April 13, 12:30PM, meeting at Kells Brewpub, 210 NW 21st Ave., Pdx. “Take a tour and see some of Portland's beautiful heritage trees with City Heritage Tree Inspector Lou Phemister. This walk will last around two hours and will take you to view some large trees and unusual tree species in the NW neighborhood. The focus of the walk will be the trees in Couch Park. The walk there and back will look at some Portland Heritage Trees and other large street and private trees while describing the problems of maintaining large trees in an urban environment.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, April 13, 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.

Brick Builders and Lego Robots”, Saturday, April 13, 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.” 

komedy 4 da kidz”,  Saturday, April 13, 3PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, April 27, Vancouver Community Library.  “Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.”

Northwest Senior Theatre”, Saturday, April 13, 2PM, Wilsonville Library.  “Singers, dancers, actors, musicians and production folks who still thoroughly enjoy performing despite being 55...and older.”

Parrots 4 Show”, Saturday, April 13, 1PM, Sherwood Library.  “All ages are welcome to join us for this hands-on, educational program in the Community Meeting Room! Learn all sorts of fun facts about parrots and the care required to keep them as pets.”

5th Annual Newberg Camellia Festival” Saturday, April 13, 11AM-5PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, OR.  “11AM – 11:30AM- Monmouth Taiko Drummers;
 11:30AM-12PM-  Japanese Tea Ceremony; 12 – 12:45PM-  "A-Key Kyo" Japanese Rock Band; 
12 – 1PM- Alan Taft Bonsai Demonstration; 
1 – 1:30PM- Hula Performance;
 1:15PM – 2PM- Shakuhachi Performance (Japanese Flute); 
1:45PM- 2PM- Camellia Awards; 2PM-  2:45PM- Lee's Dragon/Lion Dancers; 
2:45PM – 3:15PM- Bamboo Gardening Demonstration;
  3PM – 3:30PM- Koto Performance; 
3:45PM – 4:15PM - Fujinami Kai Performance (Japanese Dance);
 4PM– 4:45PM- Ikebana Demonstration; 4:30PM – 5PM- Monmouth Taiko Drummers;
 Historical Trolley Tours available from 12:30PM – 3:30PM.  All Day- Traditional Art Activities;  
Paper Lanterns; 
Free Art Demonstrations by artists such as Ken Pincus, Lisa Chang, Cindy Lommasson and Yuki Martin!”

The Migration is On!”, Saturday, April 13, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Newton Trailhead, Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online: “April is prime time for avian spring migration, and in Forest Park birds are going full swing. With the blossoming of red alder buds and big leaf maple catkins, colorful assemblages of warblers, vireos, and western tanagers come flocking to feast. Author and biologist Marcy Houle will teach how to identify the colorful songbirds by using easy to learn techniques.”

Critter Count”, Saturday, April 13, 9AM, with Creature Feature shows at 1 and 2PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA.  Free.  “Join in at the 13th Annual Critter Count to assist with amphibian and reptile field surveys. The Water Resources Education Center celebrates Earth Month and invites local residents to take part in the Critter Count, which begins with a brief training session on Saturday, Apr. 13, at 9 a.m., Participants will then head to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes and lizards. After the survey, Kids and families are invited to the Creature Feature live critter show to see a variety of unusual snakes, lizards and spiders. Creature Feature will present two shows (1 p.m. and 2 p.m.) where you can learn about fascinating creatures that slither, crawl and climb! Celebrate Earth Month with us and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature’s ecosystems. If you have ever thought about keeping herps as pets, find out which ones are good for beginners. Discover simple things you can do in your yard to attract and protect frogs and other wildlife.”

Talk About Trees”, Saturday, April 13, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas.  “Let’s talk about those awesome, budding, beautiful trees! The library is teaming up with the Talk About Trees program to explore the world of trees through stories, hand-on activities, and crafts.”

Victorian Handcraft Demonstration: Button Mats”, Saturday, April 13, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Make a handy table mat with buttons and felt.”

Art of the Story Festival”, Saturday, April 13, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium.  “Please join us for an afternoon of storytelling.  Free and open to the public.  Two programs will be presented by two different tellers:   Pacific NW Folklore with a Twist! · Anne Rutherford.  Hear Northwest tall tales featuring Clementine Ryder - Wild West Adventuress, and the original Urban Coyote series as Coyote Goes to Daycare. (Song-circle will never be the same…)   Killer Bees · Rick Huddle Two boys explore the woods, emergency rooms, and the meaning of friendship.”

Irish Music with Innisfree”, Saturday, April 13, 10:30AM, Albina Library.  “Join Brenda Scearcy and Jim Loewenherz for an entertaining program of traditional Irish music. In between singing and playing, the musicians will share the fascinating history of the music while demonstrating genres and dance steps. Fun for all ages!”

Felted Finger Puppets”, Saturday, April 13, 11AM, North Portland Library.  “Learn how to create tiny gnomes, monsters or bunnies from recycled felted sweaters. These make great little gifts for your friends or goodie bag items for birthday parties. All materials provided. Bring a pair of sharp sewing scissors if you have them.”

Earth Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 13, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Free.  “Get a jump start on celebrating Earth Day! Make some DIY crafts that will include a chance to upcycle.  Dave Orleans, Earth Singer, will present a program at 11AM. 

Red Yarn presents, “Sister Tricksters”, Saturday, April 13, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library.  Free tickets will be given away at 10:30.  “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.”

Shadow Frog Puppets”, Saturday, April 13, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: 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!”

OMSI Earth Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 13, 1PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “OMSI joins us for a special Earth Day themed program featuring ‘Electrifying Science’ (wind, water, solar power uses for electricity) followed by ‘Earth and You’ hands-on activities and projects (conservation, sustainability).

Wild Foods of Forest Park”,  Saturday, April 13, 9AM-12PM, Forest Park, Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Adults $25-$50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 free, 7-17 pay their age for 'standard' workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required. “Come join us learn about the edible plants found in a northwest forest. Spring is when with wildflowers are blooming and wild greens are ripe for picking. See plants like wild violet, Solomon's seal, fairly bells, licorice fern, various fiddleheads, wild ginger and more. Learn the many ways they can be used as food. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland's own back yard.”

Northwest Pet and Companion Fair”, Saturday, April 13, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 14, 10AM-4:30PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx.  Free admission. Parking is $8; carpools of 3 or more are $7 and the Max stops next to the Expo Center.  “The show features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the best pet products and services available, pet adoptions, entertainment, guest speakers, pet fashion show, a walk-through aviary, reptile and alpaca exhibits, petting zoo, Truffle Dog Tournament and more.” The Reptile Man will be there! Hooray!

Farm Fest 2013 Plowing Competition”, Saturday, April 13, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville.  $3, kids 12 and under free.  “10AM- Opening Ceremonies and Flag Raising by VFW; 10:30AM-2:30PM, Plowing Competition. 3PM- Awards. Working sawmill, blacksmith and steam tractor.  Heritage Center Museum tours and historical displays, pioneer kids’ area with hands-on activities and animals, 50 quilts from Yamhill County Historical Society collection, food, old-time music, and more!”

Hortlandia 2013”, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, 10AM-3PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission is free. Parking is $8; carpools of 3 or more are $7 and the Max stops next to the Expo Center. No strollers, wagons or pets.  The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Plant and Garden Sale, with 104 specialty nurseries and garden artists, book sales and botanical displays!

Traditional Uses of Native Plants of Western Oregon”, Sunday, April 14, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free. Suggested for ages 5 and up. The presentation will cover the Native American traditional uses of native plants found in Western Oregon, including for food, medicine, and other aspects of daily living.  Presented by Greg Archuleta, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

Author Talk, “Phyllis Reynolds”, Sunday, April 14, 2PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx; and Saturday, April 27, 3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “Celebrate Arbor Month with author Phyllis Reynolds!  Reynolds has recently revised and republished her classic work from 1993, ‘Trees of Greater Portland’, a guide to the most exceptional individual tree specimens in the Portland area. Reynolds revisited all the trees from the first book and found that 75% of them are still standing. She'll share the stories of these local trees that are exceptional for their size, beauty, rarity and history. Come join us for an afternoon devoted to some of the oldest and largest beings in the area!”

Willamette Bluff Heritage Tree  Bike Ride”, Sunday, April 14, 9:30AM, meeting at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden, 700 N. Ainsworth St. at the fountain.  “Join City Arborist Karl Dawson for this 6-mile bike ride to Overlook Neighborhood's unique Heritage Trees.  Learn their history, tree identification, and pedal through North Portland's smaller parks.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, April 14, 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.”

Explore Irvington with Laura Foster”, Sunday, April 14, 1PM, beginning at Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx.  “Now, here's a treat! Buy any one of Laura Foster's books today (or bring a receipt showing that you purchased one of her books from us) and you can accompany Laura on a two-hour guided tour of Irvington and Sullivan's Gulch. Laura is the author of ‘Portland City Walks’, ‘The Portland Stairs Book’, and the newly published revised edition of ‘Portland Hill Walks’. At 1pm Laura will provide a brief introduction to the new edition of her book, and then the tour will begin! So come early enough to browse for books before the brief talk begins. This promises to be a splendid way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We hope you can join us!”

Holocaust Remembrance Concert”, Sunday, April 14, 3PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, children 5 and under free. Presented by the Jewish Community Orchestra. “Appert, Elegy for string orchestra;
 Bruch, Kol Nidrei, op. 47;
 Faure, Elegy, op. 24; 
Schubert, Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”.  
Featuring: Elizabeth Byrd, cello.”

Horton Hatches an Egg”,  Sunday, April 14, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $7 for ages 2 and up. Tickets available online:  Rod puppets by Emily Alexander. “Dr Seuss' beloved classic about Horton the elephant who agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations.  Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faithfully through rain and snow, Horton and the egg are captured by three hunters and put in a circus. Maisie happens by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that Horton give it back to her.”

Neighborhood Foraging of Spring Greens and Vegetables”,  Sunday, April 14, 1PM-4PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Adults $25-$50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 free, 7-17 pay their age for 'standard' workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required.  “We'll bushwhack through Portland's urban neighborhoods to find some of spring's best and diverse delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.”

Curious Garden”, Sunday, April 14, 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.”

Catherine Creek Flowers and Wine Tasting”, Sunday, April 14, Eastern Gorge, WA.  Moderate, 3.5 miles, 800’ elevation gain.  Preregistration required; register online:  “Ramble on flower-filled hillsides with Outdoor Programs Coordinator Maegan Jossy and WSU professor emeritus Alan Busacca to identify flowers and learn the area's geology. Later, we'll stop at a winery to taste and learn about local viticulture.”

Alien Invasion!”, Monday, April 15, 6:30PM, West Slope Library.  “With your help, we can save our planet from complete obliteration by the invading aliens. Join us as we explore different cultures and discover the humanity underlying us all.”

Illustrator talk, “Deborah Guyol”, Monday, April 15, 7PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.,  Beaverton.  “What if Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was told from a cat’s point of view? This hilarious mash-up by children’s author Pamela Jane and photographer Deborah Guyol spins a fresh, quirky take on two of the things we just can’t get enough of: classic cats and classic Jane.  ‘Pride and Prejudice and Kitties’ juxtaposes wacky photos of cats with the wicked humor of Jane Austen, and it’s just in time for the 200-year anniversary of the publication of the original Pride and Prejudice. Soulful Mr. Darcy gazes at Elizabeth Bennet in fascination; hysterical Mrs. Bennet yowls that no one understands her; somnolent Mr. Hurst passes out on the sofa after dinner; arrogant Lady Catherine hisses at Elizabeth. Each photo includes a hilarious caption that goes along with the text of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, told from a feline perspective.” Pride and Prejudice and Kitties is a book for cat-lovers, Austen-lovers, and people who love to laugh—in other words, just about everyone. The adorable meets the absurd!”

Spring Walk Nature Program”, Monday, April 15, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3.  Preregistration required; register online. “It's time to go outside and look for signs of spring! Which birds are back? Where are flowers blooming? We'll go for a walk and find out what is going on around the Main Library.”  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands.

D.B. Cooper and the Exploding Whale”,  Monday, April 15, 6:30PM, McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 NE McDaniel Ln.  Free and open to the public.  “Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of legendary Northwest folk heroes from Sacajawea and D.B. Cooper to Bigfoot. Expect entertaining and educational tales about the historical figures that helped define the spirit of the Pacific Northwest -- as told by the author of the thriller, ‘The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute’.”

Art of the Story with Kim Weitkamp”, Tuesday, April 16, 7PM, Forest Grove Library; and Thursday, April 18, North Plains Elementary School, 32030 NW North Ave., North Plains, OR. “Flying sleds, banana seat bikes, big brothers, wet smelly dogs and ice cream trucks.  These are just a few of the exciting things Kim talks and sings about in her shows.  At least that is what the kids will hear. What you will hear are lessons on bullying, growing up, sharing, getting physically fit, exploring your imagination and more. Kim tucks valuable lessons into her stories and songs using music and the spoken word to sweeten the moment.”

How Does Sir Cumference’s Garden Grow?”, Tuesday, April 16, 3PM-5PM, Beaverton Library.  Suggested for grades 1-5. “Use math to plan an awesome medieval garden and enjoy a math game and craft.”

Laurelhurst Tree Walk with Phyllis Reynolds”, Tuesday, April 16, 12PM, meeting at Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Ankeny St., Pdx.  “The walk will begin at the restrooms at the north end of the Park, adjacent to Ankeny St. Join Phyllis Reynolds, author of Trees of Greater Portland, as she takes you on an incredible journey through the historic Laurelhurst Park. If you haven't attended a walk with Phyllis, you should, she's awesome.”

History of the Oregon Blue Book”, Tuesday, April 16, 7PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove, OR; and Tuesday, April 30, 7PM, Sunnyside Library Community Room, Clackamas.  “Darrell Jabin created historical vignettes and interviewed many of Oregon’s elected leaders to produce an award winning video that covers 100 years of Oregon history as seen in the Blue Book. Come watch the program and hear him share his experience researching interesting events, history and people in Oregon and telling about them in his videos.”

OMSI Wee Wonders in Science”, Tuesday, April 16, 5:30PM and 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas.  “OMSI is bringing their science to our library during two sessions of exploration, with hands-on fun through the worlds of chemistry, physics and biology.”

Civil War:  Sick to Death of It”, Tuesday, April 16, 6:30PM,  Canby Library.  Discussion and reading with author Louis Leveen.  “How did the illness and death caused by the war affect both civilian and military populations? How do individual experiences during war form larger cultural and national changes?”

Book Reading, “Where Are You From?”,  Tuesday, April 16, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “A presentation of "Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing." Co-edited by Valerie Katagiri and Larry Yu, "Where Are You From?" is a collection of personal essays, fiction, poetry, and visual arts created by established artists and emerging voices in the Asian American community. It was a Finalist for the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book.  Inspired by the all-too-common question asked of Asian Americans from “fresh off the boat” immigrants to multigenerational native born citizens, Where Are You From? explores the diverse geographies of Asian American experience from the personal to the political and all points between.”

S/he-bop: Making Sense of Gender in American Pop Music”, Tuesday, April 16, 6:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. “Through popular music, we can understand changing social norms and life experiences. In this conversation, Portland State University adjunct professor Sarah Dougher focuses on how gender is represented in American popular music through historical, political, and social lenses. Participants will listen to music and discuss videos and images from popular music genres and outlets from rockabilly to American Idol, considering the way popular music shapes and reflects values, mores, and aesthetics in our culture.”

Become a Weed Watcher”, Tuesday, April 16, 7PM, Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy., Gresham, OR.  Free.  “What’s the difference between an invasive, non-native, and noxious weed?  What makes an invasive plant invasive? Learn about common and not-so common non-native plants in Gresham, and how you can help prevent them from spreading.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, April 16, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.  Read Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer and bring your favorite poetry book to share.”

Lions of Luangwa: a Photo Safari in Zambia”, Tuesday, April 16, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA.  “Jim Moody is a retired Clark College educator and fanatical amateur photographer. He went with friends on a two-week safari in Southern Zambia, living in bush camps and traveling by open land rover for up to eight hours a day through Zambia’s magical wildlife kingdom, a photographer’s dream. Jim will share his adventures and photos in this not-to-be-missed program.”

Nature vs. Nurture: A Story of Adoption, Reunion, Neuroscience and Shock Therapy”, Tuesday, April 16, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation.  Children welcome with an adult. “How do we become the people we are? Is it in the way we were raised, or in our genes? Or both?  In this unique presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman weaves stories about his recently discovered biological family - including five siblings who all grew up in very different circumstances - with discussions about how our genes and environment influence our brains and, ultimately, who we are.”

Weird Science”, Wednesday, April 17, 4PM, Tualatin Library.  Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Science gone wild!  If you like wacky science experiments, this is the program for you.  Kids will make their own fantastically foamy fountains and exploding lunch bags.  The experiments are cool, but learning the science behind them is even cooler!”

Sea Lions”, Wednesday, April 17, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room in the Ecotrust building, 721 NW Ninth Ave., Pdx.  $5. Preregistration required; register online:  “The seal and sea lion (pinniped) populations on Oregon's coast are healthy, abundant, and growing. As our human population also grows, so do the number and frequency of pinniped interactions with human activities.  More recently, pinnipeds have ventured hundreds of miles up Oregon rivers where our efforts to recover depleted salmon runs may be affected by their foraging behaviors.  While pinnipeds are important elements of coastal and marine ecosystems, their behavior can negatively impact other important resources.”

Birding at Mt. Talbert Nature Park”,  Wednesday, April 17, 8AM-11AM, 10695 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas.  “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at Mt Talbert Nature Park for early spring migrants.  We will start at 8am and should be done by 11am.  We will be walking on established trails, but the terrain is hilly.”

Concert, “Greg Lief”, Wednesday, April 17, 6:30PM, West Linn Library.  “Greg Lief has been playing the piano since the age of four. After eight years of classical training, he saw The Sting, which swayed him to learn ragtime. His current repertoire is equally split between classical and ragtime, and he performs regularly in the Portland area.”

Storyteller Merna DeBoldt”, Wednesday, April 17, 2:15PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA.  “Merna DeBolt, local historian, will captivate with her telling of the book by Natalie Carlson, ‘Family Under the Bridge’.”

Puppet Workshop for Kids”, Wednesday, April 17, 4PM, Rockwood Library.  “Have you ever wanted to help a puppet tell its story? Join us for this interactive workshop where you can bring puppets to life by creating characters and developing their history. You can even become a puppeteer yourself and run the show! Brought to you by the Rockwood Teen Council.”

New Hikes in NW Oregon”, Wednesday, April 17, 7PM, Mazamas Mountaineering Center, 527 SE 43rd Ave., Pdx.  $3 suggested donation, public welcome.  “Hiking guru William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of new and changed trails he discovered for the new fourth edition of “100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, ” released in April 2013. We’ll find a hidden lake at Mt. Adams, hike to a wildflower hill above Hood River, explore a new path to Fish Creek Mountain, and see what’s been changed by the fires at Mt. Hood. As always, expect anecdotes about geology, history, and wildlife along the way.”

The Art of the Story with Patrick Ball”, Wednesday, April 17, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; Thursday, April 18, 2PM, The Springs At Tanasbourne, 1950 NW 192nd Ave, Hillsboro; and Saturday, April 20, 10:30AM, Sherwood Library.  Free. “Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create an unforgettable performance!”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, April 18, 8AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  “Join us for bird walk at Hedges Creek Marsh. This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.”

Mz. Pearl Presents, “The Funny Thing About Spring”, Thursday, April 18, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library; and Saturday, April 20, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Armed with her umbrella and boots, Mz. Pearl will captivate audiences as she brings spring storybooks to life. This solo clown show is filled with physical comedy, circus skills and clever – or at least odd – solutions to bizarre problems. By the end of the performance, everyone will be dreaming of warm sunshine and sandy beaches.” 

What Big Tusks You Have”, Thursday, April 18, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  $3 suggested donation. “Ice Age Floods Institute member and fossil enthusiast Larry Purchase will bring his latest project: restoration of a 7 foot mammoth tusk apparently uncovered in the Willamette Valley. Larry's colleagues in the North American Research Group are helping interpret the growing number of mega-fauna being discovered in our region. Adult mammoths lived up to their name in size with tusks as long as 12 feet.”

Tsunami Debris Dilemma:  Invasive Species Coming From Afar”, Thursday, April 18, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville.  “There are plenty of invasive species that already have a foot-hold in Oregon – Himalayan blackberries, Scotch broom, and zebra mussels to name a few – but Oregon’s coastal communities are facing an unexpected threat from afar. The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 not only damaged the immediate surroundings but also released a pulse of debris estimated to be over five million tons, of which approximately 30% (~1.5 million tons) is likely to still be afloat. The first remnants have already arrived: a large floating dock, torn loose by the tsunami from the fishing port of Misawa, Japan, appeared on Agate beach in Newport on June 5, 2012 after a 15-month journey on the Pacific Ocean currents. The dock is host to a community of foreign animals, plants and algae that hitchhiked from Japan and pose potential threats to our coastline and waterways. With much more wreckage expected during the storms this coming fall, experts on tsunami debris and invasive species at Oregon State University and elsewhere are studying the potential hazards and contributing to plans on how to handle it when it washes up on our shores. At this Science Pub, Watershed Health and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Dr. Sam Chan will discuss the challenges posed by invasive species on incoming tsunami debris, the lessons learned, potential implications for Oregon, and what people can do about it, including preparing for earthquakes and tsunamis.”

Author Talk, “Rebecca Lerner”, Thursday, April 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  Rebecca Lerner will read from her book, “Dandelion Hunter:  Foraging the Urban Wilderness”.  “In this engaging and eye-opening read, forager-journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter-gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon. After a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight. As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just-in-case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way. Humorous, philosophical, and informative, Dandelion Hunter has something for everyone, from the curious neophyte to the seasoned forager.”

Spring Rolls”, Thursday, April 18, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library Community Room, Clackamas.  “Enjoy a fun demonstration with staff from New Seasons and create delicious spring rolls with plenty of fresh and healthy ingredients.”

Copper Wire Bouquets”, Thursday, April 18, 3:15PM, Belmont Library.  “Artist Kathy Karbo will show you how to create whimsical flowers using colored wire and beads. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers as you make a few vibrant designs to brighten up these wet spring days. Fun for all ages!”

Sakura Festival”, Thursday, April 18, 1PM, Clark College, 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA.  “This year's Sakura Festival marks the 18th anniversary of the international friendship between the City of Vancouver and its Sister City, Joyo, Japan as well as the 22nd anniversary of the gift of 100 cherry trees from John Kageyama to the City of Vancouver. The formal ceremony and garden dedication will take place from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. by the Japanese Garden, in front of the Music Building on Main Campus.  Following the formal ceremony demonstrations and activities of many Japanese traditions will be held in Gaiser, Student Center from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.”

Art of the Story with Bill Ratner”, Friday, April 19, 2PM, Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton; and Friday, April 19, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library.  Free. “Please join us for an afternoon of storytelling by national storyteller and voiceover artist Bill Ratner.  He will be telling the story of his life and that of his extended family in the media and in Hollywood.”

White Rhino Marimba”, Friday, April 19, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx.  “Free with suggested donation of $5.00 ($15 for a family of any size).  Refreshments are sold at the door for a nominal price.  NOTE: limited seating, no reserved seats – doors open at 6:30; house opens at 6:50 pm.”

Mapping Trees in Portland’s Pioneer Parks”, Friday, April 19, 12PM, Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave., Floor 2 Room C, Pdx.  “Join David Banis, Portland State University GIS Lab Manager, and learn about the process, including the use of GIS, of mapping trees in Portland's Historic Mische parks.”

Author Talk, “Mark Fearing”, Friday, April 19, 10AM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard.  Mr. Fearing will be reading from his graphic novel, “Earthling”. This event is sponsored by Oregon Virtual Academy, and they will be there to answer questions for prospective High School students and their families.  “When nine-year-old Bud accidentally catches the wrong bus and finds himself launched into a far-away galaxy, making friends is the least of his problems! At Cosmos Academy, Bud soon learns that Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy. But with the help of his new friend, Gort, Bud hides his true identity and even learns to play anti-gravity Zero-Ball (when he's only ever been good at watching sports). But with paranoid Principal Lepton threatening to expel any Earthlings, and nothing more than Gort's Blip-computer to determine Earth's coordinates, Bud may be lost in space forever! Both gripping and hilarious, this dynamic graphic novel is perfect for kids who crave adventure with a sense of humor.”

Book Signing, “Dav Pilkey”, Friday, April 19, 5PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “The author and illustrator will sign copies of ‘Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers’, as well as one additional title per guest. Due to Pilkey's availability, the signing is limited to the first 200 people in line.” Mr. Pilkey will also appear Saturday, April 20, 2PM, at Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard.  “This is a book signing-only event. A numbered wristband and the purchase of a Dav Pilkey book are required to meet the author. Wristbands will be available starting at 9:00 am on April 20 only at Barnes and Noble Bridgeport Village [Tigard]. E-mail for additional important event guidelines.”

Author Talk, “Alter Weiner”, Saturday, April 20, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library.  “Alter Wiener is the author of 64735: From a Name to a Number and is one of the few Holocaust survivors still living in Portland. Please join us as Alter shares his life story with our community. This program is free, open to all, and will be held in the library's community room. Autographed copies of Alter's book will be available for purchase ($20, cash or check please). Alter Wiener's father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939, by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13, and by the time he was 15, he was deported to Blechhammer, a forced labor camp for Jews. Alter survived 5 camps. Upon liberation by the Russian Army in May 1945, he weighed a mere 80lb.”  Of course use your own judgment in bringing your child. We brought our son to one of his talks and there were many children in the audience.

Arbor Day Festival”, Saturday, April 20, 8:30AM-2PM, PSU Farmers Market, South Park blocks between SW Hall and SW Montgomery.  “The Arbor Day Festival is the main celebration of Arbor Month. Join Portland Parks and Recreation and our partners at the Portland Farmers Market on April 20, 2013 for a fun-filled day as we honor those who work tirelessly to enhance our urban forest.”

Author Talk, “Laurel Snyder”, Saturday, April 20, 12PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Laurel Snyder will read her picture book. “Good Night, Laila Tov”. “A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother. While the two explore the natural wonders of the seashore, woods, and fields, their parents plant trees as an offering of thanks for all they have received. In Jewish tradition, this is called tikkun olam, or repairing the world. As the children settle down to sleep, they are lulled by the soothing sounds around them that become the refrain: "good night, laila tov"—the same comforting words in English and Hebrew that their parents recite to them every night at bedtime.  Laurel Snyder's lilting poem is both a song of praise to the beauty of nature and a gentle lullaby. Jui Ishida's rich, jewel-tone illustrations illuminate the text and incorporate details that readers will love to discover.”

African Marimba Concert”, Saturday, April 20, 12PM-4:30PM, Portland Foursquare Church, 2830 NE Flanders St., Pdx.  Free. All ages. “Put on your dancing shoes and come hear eight marimba bands play high-energy music from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Silent auction and Raffle to benefit the Jangano Project, which provides school fees to needy children in Dambatsoko, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean arts and crafts also for sale.”
Story Swap”,  Saturday, April 20, 3PM, Tualatin Library.  “The Story Swap is an opportunity for members of the public to tell a 5 minute story, and it is intended for beginners as well as seasoned tellers who want to test out new material. Come meet and mingle with members of the local storytellers’ guild.”

66th Annual Oregon Orchid Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 10AM-5PM, Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Regular price for tickets is $9; save $3 by purchasing advance tickets or printing out the $3 off coupon from their website: Orchid basics and repotting demos Saturday at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM, Sunday at 1PM and 3PM. “The Oregon Orchid Show and Sale features beautiful orchid displays from a variety of vendors and societies as well as a great opportunity to find unique, rare and interesting orchids – ones you wouldn’t find at the grocery store.  Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to see thousands of blooming orchids and purchase unique orchids from vendors that know how to grow them and will pass their knowledge on to you. Other great features include repotting seminars, great raffles, a photo contest and an auction that includes art, orchids, books and much more! Bring your orchids for repotting any time during the show!  $1 per inch of pot-width.”

Storytelling and Basket Weaving for Kids!”, Saturday, April 20, 10AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $10.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Journey back in time, to distant lands, where plants and animals talk. Learn to weave a tall tale – and a basket, too! Storyteller and Native American flute player, Cleve Friedman, will lead this fun-filled morning of stories and music at the Arboretum. Make yourself comfortable for story-time by bringing your favorite pillow, blanket, or stuffed animal and a snack!  Then learn to make baskets with Woven Rainbows Carol and Roger. Create a beautiful and useful basket using round reed to weave and shape your unique design. All materials and supplies are included.”

Author Reading, “David Michael Slater”, Saturday, April 20, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Mr. Slater will read from his book, “The Book of Nonsense”, which is the first in a series that has recently been released in paperback. “The book is ancient, ravaged and full of utter nonsense. But the moment it enters Daphna and Dexter's lives, bizarre things begin to happen. Why is their father, who found the book, suddenly so distant? Is the old man who took it from him some kind of hypnotist? Why is a giant, red-eyed boy menacing them? And what does their thirteenth birthday have to do with all this? Daphna and Dexter can't stand each other, but they'll have to work together to learn the truth about the Book of Nonsense - before their lives come apart completely.”

Astronomy Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 20, sunset (7:30PM), Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park,  $5 day use fee per vehicle.  “Astronomy Day 2013 wouldn't be complete without a free Star Party! 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 include the planet Jupiter and Saturn, waxing gibbous moon, Beehive star cluster and more! Also the ISS will be passing over twice during the viewing! 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.”

Author Reading, “Yael Kohen”, Saturday, April 20, 1PM, Powell’s, 1005 W Burnside, Pdx. Yael Kohen reads from her new book, “We Killed”.  “No matter how many times female comedians buck the conventional wisdom, people continue to ask: ‘Are women funny?’ The question has been nagging at women off and on (mostly on) for the past sixty years. It’s incendiary, much discussed, and, as proven in Yael Kohen’s fascinating oral history, totally wrongheaded. In ‘We Killed’, Kohen pieces together the revolution that happened to (and by) women in American comedy, gathering the country’s most prominent comediennes and the writers, producers, nightclub owners, and colleagues who revolved around them. She starts in the 1950s, when comic success meant ridiculing and desexualizing yourself; when Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller emerged as America’s favorite frustrated ladies; when the joke was always on them. Kohen brings us into the sixties and seventies, when the appearance of smart, edgy comedians (Elaine May, Lily Tomlin) and the women’s movement brought a new wave of radicals: the women of SNL, tough-ass stand-ups, and a more independent breed on TV (Mary Tyler Moore and her sisters). There were battles to fight and preconceptions to shake before we could arrive in a world in which women like Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey can be smart, attractive, sexually confident—and, most of all, flat-out funny.  As the more than 150 people interviewed for this riveting oral history make clear, women have always been funny. It’s just that every success has been called an exception and every failure an example of the rule. And as each generation of women has developed its own style of comedy, the coups of the previous era are washed away and a new set of challenges arises. But the result is the same: They kill. A chorus of creative voices and hilarious storytelling, ‘We Killed’ is essential cultural and social history, and—as it should be!—great entertainment.”

Gardening for All- An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening”, Saturday, April 20, 10:30AM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room.   “New to gardening?  Ready to take your garden from good to great?  WSU Extension Master Gardeners will get you started with some basics.  Learn techniques for when and what to plant, improving soil, organic pest management, and reducing some common plant diseases.”

Lilac Days”, Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, May 12, 10AM-4PM, Hula Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA. Admission $2 adults, free for kids 12 and under. “Each year in the spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda's Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop. Lilac Days are the 3 weeks up to and including Mothers' Day. Lilac Sales, Hulda’s Farmhouse, and the Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days.”

Batik for Kids”, Saturday, April 20, 2PM, St. Johns Library; and Saturday, April 27, 2PM, Gresham 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!”

Spring Salads”, Saturday, April 20, 2PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  “Chrisetta Mosley, author of ‘Shop, Cook, Eat Outside the Box’ demonstrates how to make delicious spring salads.”

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “The Mantis and The Moon”, Saturday, April 20, 11:30AM, Hollywood Library.  Free tickets will be given out at 11AM. “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!”

Mariachi Viva Mexico”, Saturday, April 20, 2:15, North Portland Library.  “This six-piece Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music.”

EcoFair”, Saturday, April 20, 10AM-2PM, Salmon Creek Greenway, 800 NE 117th,  Vancouver, WA.  Free. “Bring the entire family down to the Salmon Creek Greenway to enjoy some EcoFun at the EcoFair! The EcoFair is a great opportunity to be involved. Enjoy the EcoFair with live entertainment and FREE children's activities from local environmental organizations and businesses. Attendees will learn how to lessen their impact, save money and support the environment. Enjoy workshops and entertainment along Salmon Creek anytime between 10am and 2pm. You'll have a good time being a part of this large community event!”

Break It Down:  Exploring Hip Hop’s Musical and Cultural Odyssey”, Saturday, April 20, 2PM, Midland Library.  “Borne out of one of the poorest sections of New York City, hip hop is complex and contradictory, full of different styles, voices, ideas, and visions. This conversation, led by Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha, involves an interactive multimedia exploration of the world’s top-selling musical genre. Participants will explore perceptions of hip hop and take a look at the various political, economic, and social forces that have shaped the music genre in the last century.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Clueless Detective”, Saturday, April 20, 11AM and Sunday, April 21, 4PM, at Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St, Pdx, tickets $7 for ages 2 and up (tickets available online:; and Saturday, April 20, 2:30PM and 4PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show.)  “Buster Charms, the sneaky thief, has been taking books without permission. The people of the town come to the clueless detective for help, but the guy just can't seem to figure it out.  Help the detective unravel the clues and solve the mystery! Will he get a clue at the library? Or will the sneaky villain get away with the crime? This interactive show takes the audience on a wild ‘film noir’ style journey, combining black and white characters and bright red clues.”

The Art of the Story Final Concert”, Saturday, April 20, 7PM, Garden Home Library.  Featuring Anne Rutherford, Rick Huddle, Bill Ratner, Patrick Bell, and Kim Weitkamp. Details here:

Nez Perce Chief Redheart Ceremony”, Saturday, April 20, 10AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Lower Parade Ground.   “Each year Nez Perce tribal members travel to sites important in their history to conduct traditional memorials to honor their ancestors. Fort Vancouver is where they were imprisoned for eight months under the order of Gen. O.O. Howard. The prisoners were Chief Red Heart and a band of his relatives and friends. They were released on April 22, 1878 and taken to the Nez Perce Reservation. 16th Annual Memorial to remember Chief Redheart’s band, including singing in honor of the ancestors, the Riderless Horse (Empty Saddle) Ceremony, the Sacred Pipe Ceremony, and recognition of Veterans. Each year Nez Perce tribal members travel to sites important in their history to conduct traditional memorials to honor their ancestors. After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a traditional Native American meal, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association located in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Rd. There is no admission charge. Donations are welcome. Refreshments at ceremony provided by Loaves and Fishes.”

Webfooters 33rd Annual Antique Paper Show”, Saturday, April 20, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 21,  10AM-4PM, Kliever Armory, 10000 NE 33rd Dr., Pdx. Free admission and free parking.

Family Fun:  The Printed Poem”, Saturday, April 20, 1PM-4PM,  Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. Adults $9, seniors $8. Children admitted free with adult admission.  “Children and families are invited to an afternoon of hands-on art exploration during this free, drop-in program. Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating a unique poetry book with a block print cover inspired by the artwork in the exhibition Arthur Higgins: Prints.”

It’s Not Just About the Piggy Bank: Teaching Your Kids About Money”, Sunday, April 21, 2PM, Midland 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!”

Naftali, Story Voyager on the Yiddish Seas”, Sunday, April 21, 11AM, Theatre! Theatre! 3430 SE Belmont St., Pdx. $10 adult, $5 child, tickets available online: “Naftali , Story Voyager on the Yiddish Seas is a 45 Minute 2 person celebration of Isaac Bashevis Singer and his beloved stories. Naftali, Singer's Storyteller on this adventure, weaves stories of Shtetl life and the signature Yiddish humor used to get through rough times. A great adventure for the whole family.”

A Story Telling and Klezmer Rocking Celebration of Sholom Aleichem”, Sunday, April 21, 11AM, Theatre! Theatre! 3430 SE Belmont St., Pdx. $10 adult, $5 child, tickets available online: “Considered one of the great Yiddish writers, Sholem Aleichem asked to be remembered with storytelling and laughter. Join us to honor his request and toast him on his yarzheit.”

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Israel Independence Day Celebration”, Sunday, April 21, 5PM, band beginning at 7:15PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Special performance by The Peatot, the best Israeli-Music party band on the west coast!”

PDX Bridge Festival’s Broadway Bridge 100th Birthday”, Sunday, April 21, The Game restaurant, located in the Rose Quarter, just across the concourse from the southwest entrance.  Suggested donation $5, $10 per family.  Free parking in the Garden Garage. “Live Music from Joe Reed and Friends, The Ukeladies, and Trashcan Joe, Bridge for Blankets – Public Art, Big and Awesome Bridge Book, Snacks and Drinks = Free Samples
-Runa Tea
- Portland Juice Press- Pacific Northwest Kale Chips- more to come!!,  Vendors….. bridge related items
- Book: ‘Steel Over the Willamette River’- Book: -‘Motionless From the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems’- PDX Bridge Festival items- T Shirts
- Chapman Elementary Model Bridges
- Birthday Cake (by JaCiva’s)
- Bridge Tours by ‘The Bridge Lady’, Sharon Wood Wortman – (times and cost to be announced, proceeds to support Big and Awesome Bridge Book)”  Totally worth it just to see Trashcan Joe in an all ages venue, if you ask me…

Heritage Trees of Sellwood”, Sunday, April 21, 8AM, meeting place to be decided.  “Take a tour and see some of Sellwood's beautiful Heritage Trees with Stephen Peacock, Certified Arborist and Urban Forestry Commissioner.  Meeting time, location, and route will be posted soon!”

Author Reading, “Gilbert Hernandez”, Sunday, April 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Gilbert Hernandez will read from his graphic novel, “Marble Season”.  “Marble Season is the semiautobiographical novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar and co-creator, with his brothers, Jaime and Mario, of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series. Marble Season is one of the most anticipated books of 2013. It tells the untold stories from the early years of these American comics legends, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics.  Middle child Huey stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother’s comic book collection almost as much as his approval. Marble Season subtly and deftly details how the innocent, joyfully creative play that children engage in (shooting marbles, backyard performances, and organizing treasure hunts) changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling naysayers, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of other kids. An all-ages story, Marble Season masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as with the children of the sixties.”

Earth Day at Cathlapotle Plankhouse”, Sunday, April 21, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit, Ridgefield, WA. This is an accurate full-scale Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse replica.  “Join us on April 21st for cultural and environmental activities to celebrate both the Plankhouse opening and Earth Day 2013! There will be guided walks, and activities for the whole family in addition to Plankhouse tours.” The plankhouse is open and staffed by volunteer docents Saturdays and Sundays, beginning Saturday, April 20 through October.

Portland State University Earth Day Festival”, Monday, April 22, 12PM-4PM, South Park Blocks outside Smith Memorial Student Union, Pdx.  “There will be various groups tabling for outreach, to share knowledge and skills, plus musicians, artists, and sustainable/appropriate technology demonstrations.”

Bear in Tennis Shoes”, Tuesday, April 23, 4PM, Hillsdale Library.  Free tickets will be given  out at 3:30.  “Celebrate springtime in all its glory: the sun, rain, blooming flowers, allergies, and some more rain. Join storyteller and musician Rick Huddle as he shares tales of the misunderstood dandelion, sings songs about those pesky mosquitoes, and introduces you to the famous bear in tennis shoes.”

Mo Phillips”, Tuesday, April 23, 6:30PM, West Linn Library.  “An imaginative and rollicking music adventure for children and grown ups alike. A guaranteed good time with lots of laughs.”

Spring Wildflower Workshop”, Tuesday, April 23, 6:30PM, Portland Parks and Recreation Carnegie Annex, 2909 SW 2nd Ave., Pdx.  $16.  Preregistration required; register online. “Spring is here and the flowers are blooming! Learn to identify native wildflowers with Elvira Stenson, PP and R naturalist.  Her presentation will introduce you to some of the region's most spectacular wildflowers.”  (This will be followed up with a field trip to Camassia Natural Area in West Linn on Saturday, April 27, 9AM which is $25 including transportation and can be registered for separately.)

Make it a Green Spring!  Rethink, Revise, Recycle”, Tuesday, April 23, 6:30PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA.  “The average American throws away 4.5 lbs of "good stuff" each day. Learn how you can divert valuable materials back into the production stream to save money, create jobs and foster a healthier environment. Columbia Springs Environmental Center's Master Composter/Recycler Sharyl Alder Mackay shares these Earth-friendly tips.”

Family Book Group for the Younger Set”, Tuesday, April 23, 3PM, Northwest Library.   “Boys and girls in grades K-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.”

Birding at Smith and Bybee Lakes”, Tuesday, April 23, 9AM-11AM, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. “Audubon Society leaders Dudley Thomas and Kathy van der Horst will take us through Smith and Bybee Lakes, a great spot for waterfowl and the raptors that are usually present. We can usually count on passerines in the forest as well.”

Comics Book Buzz”, Wednesday, April 24, 5:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room.  “What are the editors and publishers of this year's graphic novels talking about? The comics that they want to get into the hands of readers? The newest from your favorite artists and from some up-and-coming new talent? Come to Comics Book Buzz to find out! Join Michael Martens from Dark Horse, Tom Shimmin from Oni Press and Brett Warnock from Top Shelf Comix as they share the titles for adults and children they see their colleagues reading, talking about and promoting. They'll have a nice selection of galleys and fun raffle items!  If that isn't enough ... special appearance by not one, but two comics creators: Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete who will be promoting their new books Sketch Monsters V1 and V2!”

Wise Owls”, Wednesday, April 24, 10:30PM, Aloha Community Library, 17683 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha.  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.”

Tree Identification Walk with Ed Jensen”,  Wednesday, April 24, 1:30PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx.  Free.  “Ed Jensen, tree aficionado and author of ‘Trees to Know in Oregon’ will lead a tree identification walk through the Arboretum.”

Origami”, Wednesday, April 24, 2:15, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA.   “Origami with local artist Eileen Holzman.”

School Days”, Wednesday, April 24, 10AM, Washington County Museum,  120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  $6 per child.  Preregistration required; call 503-645-5353, ext. 133 or email  “Discover the world of a pioneer classroom, circa 1880. The teacher engages the pupils in participatory lessons in history, spelling, elocution and mental math in the style of teaching used more than 100 years ago.”

Author Talk, “John Bell”, Wednesday, April 24, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. ‘On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak’  tells the story of Oregon’s greatest mountain, a mountain that has shaped the very land of the Northwest. The mountain itself helps create the notorious Oregon rains and deep alpine snows, it draws millions to its textbook beauty every year; it paved the way for snowboarding in the mid 1980s, its forests provide some of the purest drinking water in the world, and its snowy peak captures the attention of the nation almost every time it wreaks fatal havoc upon climbers seeking the summit.  Through an engaging mix of first-person narrative, including an epic trip around the mountain on the storied Timberline Trail, and the stories of countless climbers, scientists, historians, and overall characters who have helped make Mount Hood the lively feature that it is, “On Mount Hood’ builds a compelling story of a legendary mountain and its impacts on the people who live in its shadow every day.”

Author Talk, “Richard LeMieux”, Thursday, April 25, 7PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA.  “Come share an evening with the author of ‘Breakfast at Sally's’, Richard LeMieux.”  “Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster. Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (aka Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital where he is diagnosed with depression. Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and, by extension, every-where else. ‘Breakfast at Sally’s’ is a rare inside-look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately, with their help, to persevere.” Website may not work, but here it is:  There's also a short article about the author here:

Kid’s Comic Club”, Friday, April 26, 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!”

Lumiere Players Present, “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of”, Friday, April 26 through May 18, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  Tickets $10. For reservations call (503) 692-5050. “Rick Lowell, Private Eye --a tough Los Angeles private detective whose beat covers everything from the stars of the silver screen... to the gutter. This is an evening of 1940s radio, including live sound effects. You'll find the private eye, the dames, the gangsters, and even the Maltese Falcon!”

Twilight Walk”, Friday, April 26, 7PM-9PM, 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.” Sorry, no vampires.

Oregon Meteorite, Friday, April 26, 6:30PM, Cornelius Library.  “Dick Pugh, a world renowned meteorite scientist with the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory in Portland will speak about how to identify meteorites and provide a 'meteorite petting zoo' with several meteorites on hand to pick up and handle. Pugh's tour is made possible by a grant from NASA. People are welcome to bring any rocks that they suspect are meteorites for an official identification.”

A Gathering of the Guilds”,  Friday, April 26, 10AM- 9PM, Saturday, April 27, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, April 28, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center,  777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx.  Free admission. “The Gathering of the Guilds includes work from the Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Northwest Fine Woodworkers Guild, Portland Bead Society and the Portland Handweavers Guild.” Children’s Clay Education area, ceramic artist demos, live music,  cooking demos from local chefs, and more!

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Friday, April 26, 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.”

Saqra’s Bellydance Showcase”, Saturday, April 27, 11:30AM-9PM, Sunday, April 28, 111:30AM- 7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.  Adults $7 and children 9 and under free.  “Over 300 dancers performed last year at this family event! Plus visit the vendors of costuming, instruments and art!”  Details here:

Cascade Llama Sale and Show”, Saturday, April 27, 8AM-7PM, and Sunday, April 28, 8AM-5PM, free to come and watch.  “The Cascade Llama Sale and Show returns to the Fair Complex this weekend. Top Llamas from around the USA and Canada will be shown today and tomorrow, plus you won't want to miss the auction sale of 40 Llamas that takes place Saturday at 1 PM. It's all happening in the Covered Show Ring and the Auction Ring.”

Tigard:  Images of a Farming Community”, Saturday, April 27, 1PM, Tigard Library.  “Local author Barbara Bennett Peterson brings to life the people and places that define our town, using historic pictures and local stories.  Her new book, ‘Tigard’, uses vintage photographs and images to document Tigard's gradual transition from 19th century farming community to contemporary metropolitan suburb.  Books will be for sale at the event.”

Classroom Discovery Days”, Saturday, April 27, 10AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our brand new classroom Discovery Days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals (including our new corn snake Pockets), and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.”

2013 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit”, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR.  Admission $3, free for children 11 and under.   This annual event includes noteworthy concerts and interesting exhibits.  Details should be posted on their website soon:

"Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway", Saturday, April 27, 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."

Herb Walk”, Saturday, April 27, 1PM, Forest Park, Pdx meeting at the bottom of Holman Lane.  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.”

Oregon Ag Fest”, Saturday, April 27, 8:30AM- 5PM, and Sunday, April 28, 10AM-5PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem.  Adults $9, children 12 and under free.  $2 off admission coupon on their website: “Oregon Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm.  Agriculture affects us all, though many of us don't know much more than where to buy the products we need. At Ag Fest, learn where our food, horticulture and fiber comes from, how livestock is raised, the importance of forests for our ecology and survival, plus much more. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more. Nearly 18,000 people attend Ag Fest each year to learn about Oregon's largest industry.  Come join us!” 

Mosier Plateau Wildflowers”, Saturday, April 27, Eastern Gorge, OR.  Moderate, 3 miles, 400’ elevation gain.  Preregistration required; register online: “Breathtaking views and fresh cultural perspectives are featured on this bilingual outing with the Gorge's Latino community and board member Martha Sonata. As we ascend the flower-decked Mosier Plateau, we'll learn about this beautiful land trust property and plans for its future.”  This land is owned by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge and can only be hiked on one of their tours.

Crown the Eagle Festival”, Saturday, April 27, 11AM (all ages welcome until 8PM), White Eagle Saloon, 836 N. Russel St., Pdx.  Free. “Taking its name from the symbol on the Polish national flag, the White Eagle was established in 1905 by Polish immigrants primarily as a formal meeting place and aid station for Polish immigrants in Portland. Organizational meetings for two of the pillars of Portland’s Polish community –- St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and Polish Library –- were held in the White Eagle in its early days.  To celebrate its rich and historically significant past, the White Eagle hosts a full-day of Polish and Polish-inspired fare, featuring members of Portland’s Polish community, a lively history presentation, live music, sing-alongs and traditional food and drink specials. Featured evening festivities include tastings of vodkas and a great line-up of live music including Chervona, a band that brings the fire of Eastern European carnivals to North Portland.”

Stumptown Comics Fest”, Saturday, April 27, 10AM-6M, and Sunday, April 28, 12PM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx.  $10 for a daily pass or $15 for both days; students with high school or college ID are $7 ad day, $12 for a weekend pass; kids 12 and under are free.  “We have 45 booths and 124 tables that will be filled with a variety of creators, publishers, and retailers. We're proud to bring you publishers like Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Top Shelf Comix, and other well-respected comic book publishers. Being the 10th anniversary of the festival, we're proud to host the largest number of guests in the festival's history. With over 25 special guests you can be certain you'll have a great time.”  Details here:

Math Fun with ‘The Doorbell Rang’”, Saturday, April 27, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library.  “Add! Subtract! Multiply! Divide! Enjoy a special storytime with The Doorbell Rang and play with numbers in fun math activities. This interactive program is for children 3-7 years with an adult.”

Music in Action!/¡Música en acción!”, Saturday, April 27, 3PM, Midland Library.  “A freewheeling fiesta of songs, creative movement, comedy and audience participation led by the irrepressible (and bilingual) Rich Glauber.  Using guitar, accordion and his joyful personality, he turns every show into a community celebration. Presented in English and Spanish.”

Name That Tree!  Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood”, Saturday, April 27, Holgate Library.  Preregistration required; register online: “Ever stopped to think about that tree in front of your house? How about those that shade the schoolyard or your walk to the bus stop? Every day Portlanders walk, bike, bus or drive past thousands of trees. They shade our streets and homes, filter water and air, and provide habitat to urban wildlife. Portland is a Tree City USA, home to a diverse and growing urban canopy. Do you know their names? How or why they were planted here? What will they look like in the fall ... in the winter? Get on a first-name basis with the urban forest in this fun session with your Neighborhood Tree Stewards. We'll teach you how to use a tree identification book, and then you'll take your new skills for a walk! The first half of this program will take place in the library, the second half will be a short walk exploring the neighborhood's trees.”

Drumming Up a Story”, Saturday, April 27, 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.”

Author Talk, “Tiffany Harelik”, Saturday, April 27, 1PM, Hillsdale Library; and Tuesday, April 30, 6:45PM, Woodstock Library.  “Portland’s celebrated food cart chefs create artisan meals by combining world influences and the finest local ingredients.  Trailer food guru and founding organizer of Austin, Texas's Gypsy Picnic trailer food festival, Tiffany Harelik has journeyed to the Pacific Northwest for the next in her cookbook series:  “Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook:  Portland Edition”. She profiles many of our most popular purveyors on wheels, and includes the best of their offerings as recipes so cart-ivores can recreate their favorite dishes at home.  Join her for an inside peek into Portland's food carts, including stories from some of her favorite chefs.”

Children’s Day/ Día de los Niños”, Sunday, April 28, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room.  “Celebrate children and reading at our first annual Día de los Niños program! Kick off the event with a bilingual Spanish story time featuring books, songs and puppets. Stay to make a variety of simple puppets and enjoy refreshments, then create your own show on our stage with your newly crafted puppets.”

Holding on to Habitat”, Sunday, April 28, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Pdx, meeting at Newberry Rd. Wildwood Trailhead.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online:  “Forest Park’s urban wilderness is but a part of a larger ecosystem connecting the habitat of the Coast Range to the Willamette Valley. The integrity of this corridor is threatened by many factors. Learn what it takes to support the wonder of wildlife and get a glimpse of some of the park’s most pristine habitat.”

Mt. Tabor Walk”, Sunday, April 28, 2PM, beginning at Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne, Pdx.  “Join author Laura Foster for a four-mile guided walk to nearby Mt. Tabor and back. Please note that this walk will take place rain or shine, will last about two and a half hours, and will feature often-steep terrain.”  This walk is in celebration of her newly revised book, “Portland Hill Walks”.

Bravo! Vancouver Presents, “The Best of Broadway”, Sunday, April 28, 3PM, Cinetopia, 8500 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Tickets $25.“Join our Guest Soloists, Bravo! Chorale and Orchestra in a concert of the most-loved Broadway Musicals of the past 70 years. We’ll perform classics from Rogers and Hammerstein, and the music from Les Miserables including “Bring Him Home” and “Do You Hear the People Sing”. Great songs from the Best of Broadway! Images from movie musicals will be projected on the 80-foot movie screen; and the lyrics will be projected on the screen for an audience sing-a-long. After the concert, join us at Brewtopia Restaurant for a “Taste of Broadway” dinner!”

Spring  Blossom Tour”, Sunday, April 28, 3PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx.  Free. “Join our wonderful volunteer tour guides for a stroll through the Arboretum. We will be viewing the season’s colorful blooms and learning about the fascinating transformation that is spring! Mark your calendars and bring your cameras.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, April 28, 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:

History of Oregon Amusement Parks”, Monday, April 29, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “Remember your first amusement park ride, the sounds of the crowds and the smell of the food?  Salem videographer/historian Darrell Jabin has created an entertaining video about Oregon's amusement parks including Jantzen Beach, once the nation's largest park.”

Exploring the Deep Ocean: Strange Animals, Submarine Volcanoes, and Life in Extreme Environments”, Monday, April 29, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St. , Hillsboro.  $5 suggested donation. Children welcome with an adult. Presented by Dr. Stephen Hammond, Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Ocean Exploration and Research Program. “Critical to life on Earth yet, virtually unexplored, the planet’s largest ecosystem - the ocean – holds many mysteries. Though currently subject to rapid change with unknown global-scale consequences, the ocean has been the source of a number of new discoveries of animal life, environments and even extremophiles. At this Science Pub, find out just how much of the planet’s surface is still left to explore, and what kinds of curious creatures live there.”

Author Talk, “William J. Bernstein”, Monday, April 29, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne, Pdx.  Mr. Bernstein will read from his new book, “Masters of the World:  How Media Shaped History”.  “Bernstein explains how new communication technologies and in particular our access to them, impacted human society. Writing was born thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia. Spreading to Sumer, and then Egypt, this revolutionary tool allowed rulers to extend their control far and wide, giving rise to the world’s first empires. When Phoenician traders took their alphabet to Greece, literacy’s first boom led to the birth of drama and democracy. In Rome, it helped spell the downfall of the Republic. Later, medieval scriptoria and vernacular bibles gave rise to religious dissent, and with the combination of cheaper paper and Gutenberg’s printing press, the fuse of Reformation was lit. The Industrial Revolution brought the telegraph and the steam driven printing press, allowing information to move faster than ever before and to reach an even larger audience. But along with radio and television, these new technologies were more easily exploited by the powerful, as seen in Germany, the Soviet Union, even Rwanda, where radio incited genocide. With the rise of carbon duplicates (Russian samizdat), photocopying (the Pentagon Papers), the internet, social media and cell phones (the recent Arab Spring) more people have access to communications, making the world more connected than ever before. In ‘Masters of the Word’, Bernstein masterfully guides the reader through the vast history of communications, illustrating each step with colorful stories and anecdotes. This is a captivating, enlightening book, one that will change the way you look at technology, history, and power.”

Children’s Day/ Día de los Niños with Angel Ocasio”, Tuesday, April 30, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library.  “Celebrate Children’s Day at Tualatin Public Library’s special bilingual family event! Join us as we celebrate children and the joy of reading with a hilarious performance by comedian, Angel Ocasio, refreshments, prizes and crafts. All ages welcome.”

Dawn Redwood Dedication Ceremony”, Tuesday, April 30, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx.  Free. “Meet at our Visitor Center and take a 15-minute walk with Arboretum Curator, Martin Nicholson to the dedication of Hoyt Arboretum's first Heritage Tree, the dawn redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Enjoy cake and listen to stories about this tree's remarkable history.”  These trees are critically endangered and have a really cool story.

The Snowflake Man”, Tuesday, April 30, 4PM, Hillsdale Library.  Free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM.  “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.”

Author talk, “Mark Fearing”, Tuesday, April 30, 4:30PM, West Linn Library.  Suggested for ages 5-12. “Spend the afternoon with children's book author and illustrator, Mark Fearing. Mark will be reading from his brand new book, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, answering questions, and showing off his drawing skills. Participants will get to create their own illustrations and also be entered into a raffle to win their very own Mark Fearing book!”

Swedish Valborgsmässoafton and Finnish Vappu”, Tuesday, April 30, 7PM, West Linn, OR.  Rain or shine. “Dave and Melinda Carter are again hosting Valborgsmässoafton and Vappu this year. This is a traditional Nordic celebration of the beginning of spring! They have a small farm in the Stafford West Linn area, can host lots of visitors and have a bonfire! There will also be snacks (including varm korv and hot drinks) served. This year, 2013, the event is supported by both New Sweden, and the Finlandia Foundation, Columbia Pacific Chapter. The Scandinavian Chorus will also be there to welcome spring with a few songs. Bring your children and grandchildren! Dogs on leash are welcome too!”


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say "Thanks!" for posting these activities every month. My son and I go through the list every month and pick out what activities we want to add to our calendar. It's so nice having all of the information in one place.

Annie said...

Yes, thank you from us too. We stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and have loved peeking in on your adventures with Jasper. Your blog has been a great resource for us. I know it takes time to put together the calendar of events for the month. Thank you for doing that for us, the people you don't even know.