Friday, May 31, 2013

June Jubilation

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of June 2013.  I look for events that have some educational or cultural value, and compile it for our grades 1-5 homeschool group (although most events have much wider appeal). This month in honor of Father's Day I asked Jasper's sweet daddy to be my guest proofreader.  But hey, the toads were eating dinner and it was time to go to bed! So please be sure to doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes, and cancellations.

June is when strawberries peak at pick-your-own farms, followed by raspberries and boysenberries.  Find a farm near you on either (which also lists farm stands), and And farmer’s markets are beginning to have a lot more fresh produce. Farmer’s markets may offer far more than just fresh, local food, with live music and other entertainment. Find one here: Roses are in full bloom around the City of Roses!  Be sure to check out one of the many lovely public rose gardens while the glory lingers.  I listed a bunch of them in this post:   The lowest tides of the year are continuing in June with some super low tides towards the end of the month at -2.9!  These will be days for some truly amazing tidepooling. Check the tide tables of the Hatfield Marine Science Center or the NOAA tide predictions for the Oregon Coast 

Portland’s “Summer Free For All” series of free concerts, movies, and activities in the parks continue in 2013, with most events beginning at the end of June or early July.  Complete details here:

Festival of Flowers”, Friday, May 31, through Tuesday, June 11, Pioneer Courthouse Square. “This year's design, Tattoo Portland created by local landscape architecture firm Lango Hansen, will celebrate the love for all things Portland. The Square will be 'inked' with a giant heart composed of nearly 20,000 begonias, impatiens and pansies. Portland's living room will be red hot with larger than life flames formed from marigolds and zinnias. Show your undying love for the Rose City with a temporary tat in the Square inspired by this classic imagery. The tattoo rebellion will continue along the downtown transit mall with an anchor design at the Congress Center and a pair of dice at Unitus Plaza. The event will be open to the public for two weeks beginning May 31st followed by the annual flower sale on June 12th beginning at 8AM.”  Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7, Zari Art will be giving free airbrush tattoos of iconic Portland imagery in the IKEA Tattoo Parlor.

Exhibit, “Book Arts”, through Sunday, June 2, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Open Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-8PM,  and Sunday 12PM-5PM.  $6 adults, $4 seniors, students, youth, and active military.  Children 3 and under are free. Cultural passes are available through Washington County Libraries.  “The Washington County Museum will host an exhibit showcasing book art belonging to faculty and staff of the upcoming Focus on Book Arts Conference scheduled 
this summer in Forest Grove, Ore. The exhibit features approximately 45 works from some of the best book artists in the country. Book art, often referred to as ‘artists’ books,’ are works of art realized in the form of books. Bookbinding and related arts have exploded in the past decade, inspiring artists to explore the unlimited possibilities of the form—scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheets. This exhibit celebrates bookmaking and the book in
 contemporary art.”

Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours”, Fridays May 31 through August 30.  $7.  Preregistration required; email  $7 per tour or $44 for a season pass. “Seven distinct tours work their way geographically and chronologically up from the Esther Short neighborhood to Carter Park; the tours repeat beginning July 19th.” May 31:  Esther Short, The Founding of a Community; June 7:  Lower Main- Open for Business; June 14: Uptown Village- Growth and Celebration; June 21- Hough- The Rise of Residential Districts Pt. 1; June 28- Arnada- The Rise of Residential Districts Pt. 2.  See website for details and starting location for individual tours:
Journey Theater Arts Group Presents, “The Legend of Pocahontas”, Friday, May 31, 7PM, Saturday, June 1, 3PM and 7PM, and Sunday, June 2, 2PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  $12 ages 19 and up, $9 youth and senior, and $9 for family day on June 1.  Discover the legend of the Algonquin Indians and the true story of Pocahontas: an Indian Princess who defied her tribe, and in doing so changed the world forever. Witness her story in a brand new way unlike anything seen before. Dynamic music, exciting dances and interesting characters make this show a truly unforgettable journey.”

Schriener’s Iris Gardens Bloom Season”, Now through June 9, dawn to dusk, 3625 Quinaby Rd. Northeast, Salem.  Free.  “In early May each year, we open our 10-acre display gardens to the public free of charge. Make a tour of Schreiner's Iris Gardens one of your springtime traditions. During bloom season, our display gardens are open from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. n business since 1925, Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public. Ten acres of our lovely gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties that will be in bloom this season. Spend a spring morning strolling through the gardens, bring the family for a picnic lunch (tables are available) or steal a romantic moment at the end of the day surrounded by blooms and sunset.”

Let’s Go Paddling!”, Saturday, June 1, 9AM,; and Tuesday, June 25, 6:30PM, Milo McIver State Park, Rivermill Reservoir Boat Launch; and Thursday, June 27, 9AM, Champoeg State Park, Chehalem Paddle Launch, 3100 SE 8th St. Dundee, OR. $15.   For ages 8 and up.  Preregistration required; call 1-888-953-7677.  “Explore the Rivermill Reservoir with a Park Naturalist by kayak to celebrate State Parks Day! All equipment is provided and this will be geared for beginning kayakers. Wear shoes that can get wet, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Appropriate for 8 years and older; under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.”

Let’s Go Birding!”, Saturday, June 1, 7AM-10AM, Tryon Creek State Park; Friday,  June 28, 8AM, Willamette Mission State Park; Sunday, June 30, 8:30AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island; and Sunday, June 30, 9AM, Silver Falls State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up.  Ever wanted to learn more about the birds you see in your backyard? At Let’s Go Birding!, we’ll give you the knowledge needed to get out on your own. We provide binoculars to share and some tips and techniques. Bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes and shoes, and protection from the sun. You can bring your own binoculars and birding books or apps.”

Family Field Trip Day”,  Saturday, June 1, 10AM-2PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver.  $5 per child.  Preregistration required; register online:  Come enjoy the same fun activities enjoyed by thousands of school children every year!  Join us for a nature adventure with fun, hands-on learning stations, craft projects,  and nature hikes for the whole family at the historic trout hatchery. Food will be available for purchase at the event.”

2013 Cascadia Ragtime Rendezvous Jugband Jubilee”, Saturday, June 1, 12PM-12AM, and Sunday, June 2, 12PM-10PM, Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, 2250 SE Water Ave., Pdx.  $18 for adults, $32 for two days, free for children 12 and under.  A benefit for The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Two days and nights of music on two stages with 26 performing acts. Local food and other craft vendors.”  They have a great lineup!  Check it out and buy tickets here:

Willamette Mission State Park Guided Walks”, Saturday, June 1, 10AM, 11AM, and 12PM.  Free. “Guided Walks to the Willamette Mission Viewing Deck on Mission Lake. This is a 10 minute walk each-way and a 20 minute history on-site. Our roots grow here! Be connected to one of the first American settlements west, the missionary cause, Native American losses, circuit riders, epic migration west, Oregon Territory formation, Salem and other history opportunities today.”

Explore the Center of Forest Park”, Saturday, June 1, 1PM-4PM, meeting at the Upper Saltzman Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., Forest Park, Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online:  Lead by author Marcy Houle. “Did you know that Forest Park is divided into three separate units, each with its own special characteristics?  What are they, and what makes each unit different? Come and learn some of the secrets about the ‘Central Unit’, and be prepared to also find out some interesting, little-known Portland history along the way!”

Opening Day for the SAGE Center”, Saturday, June 1, opening daily 9AM-6PM, 101 Olson Rd., Boardman, OR.  $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, free for kids 4 and under, $20 family maximum.  This is far flung, but it’s nice to know when a cool new museum is opening!  Opening on June 1st 2013, The Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Center is an interactive visitor center that highlights sustainable agriculture and energy. Developed by the Port of Morrow, the SAGE Center gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the technology that takes place locally within the Port of Morrow and region without visiting each industry. Explore Morrow County through the SAGE Center's own Hot Air Balloon experience. How does a potato get from the field to your table? Find out the process through our two story kinetic sculpture. How good are you at planting corn in a straight line? Find out and compare your skills to the GPS technology farmers currently use. Find out where products from Morrow County are shipped all over the world! Experience the effects local products have on the world. For school groups, we offer free educational visit programs and welcome kids of all ages. We are also proud to offer four supplemental programs including Biofuel and Biochemical technology, Modern Agriculture, Hydropower and Wind Energy, and Food Processing.”

Free Fishing Days”, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, Oregon-wide. “Make plans to take a friend or family member fishing this weekend. No license (or tags) required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open to fishing. Never been fishing? Consider one of the Free Family Fishing Events being held June 1 throughout the state. We’ll provide the gear, bait and instruction at events throughout the spring and summer at sites throughout the state.”

"Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge", Saturday, June 1 (Carty Unit trailhead), and Sunday, June 2, (River "S" Unit trailhead), 8AM, Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, WA. Preregistration required; call Eric Anderson 360-887-4104 or email “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.”

Raleigh Park Garden Tour”, Saturday, June 1, 10AM-3PM, beginning at Raleigh Park Elementary School, 3670 SW 78th Ave., Pdx.  $15 in advance through their website: and $17 on the day of the tour.  “This year we will have eight gardens open between 10:00 and 3:00, plus the library and school gardens you can see when you pick up your tour packet at Raleigh Park Elementary School. In addition there will be treats, gardening gloves, and other goodies available for purchase. At one garden we will have a neighborhood watercolor artist showing her work. All in all it should prove to be a delightful tour. The strength of the Raleigh Park Garden Tour is the diversity of gardens featured and this year's garden tour will be no different. There are gardens including a backyard habitat, formal floral gardens, edible landscaping, gardens transitioning to allow gardening with aging bodies, plus lovely gems you have always wanted to see. There will be historical gardens and modern ones, gardens for entertaining, cooking and lovely displays featuring visions of landscape designer of old and of new, you'll have to see it to believe it! All proceeds from the tour benefit the West Slope Community Library and Raleigh Park Elementary School gardens.”

Let’s Go Disc Golf!”, Saturday, June 1, 12PM, L. L. Stub Stewart State Park, Dairy Creek Camp West; and Wednesday, June 26, 10AM, Willamette Mission State Park, Filbert Grove Day Use Area.   $10 per person.  Preregistration required; call 1-888-953-7677. For ages 8 and up. “Want to learn to play disc golf? Then join us for Let’s Go Disc Golf! We provide the gear and the know-how to get you started. You bring drinking water, snacks and protection from the sun. Comfortable, layered clothing and sturdy, broken-in shoes are recommended. No pets. Open to disc golfers 8 years and older; however, children under 18 are not allowed to register without an accompanying parent/guardian.”

Beijing and its Forbidden City”, Saturday, June 1, 9:30AM, Portland State University Urban Building Rm. 250, 506 SW Mill St., Pdx.  Free and open to the public. “Frances Li will provide a visual, historical introduction to this distinctive complex in Beijing. During both the Ming and Qing dynasties, the China's Imperial Palace in Beijing was known as The Purple Forbidden City. It is recognized as the world’s largest ancient palace of 178 acres with a history of almost 600 years. It was not only the living-quarters of the imperial house, but also the political center of the Chinese empire. The Zijin Cheng complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture with 26 ft. high vermilion walls and yellow glazed tiles and has influenced cultural as well as architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. It was designed as the heart of Beijing, a city which boasts a history of more than 3,000 years.”

"Portland Youth Spelling Bee", Saturday, June 1, 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."

Candy Experiments”, Saturday, June 1, 2PM, A Children’s Place, 4807 NE Fremont St., Pdx.  Loralee Leavitt, author of ‘Candy Experiments’, will be coming to ACP for some fun candy science! Some of her exciting experiments include: making giant gummy worms, turning M and Ms into dazzling comets, and sinking marshmallows!” “Brilliant use of Valentine's, Easter, Halloween, and other holiday candy! Fun, colorful, and full of surprises, ‘Candy Experiments’ will have kids happily pouring their candy down the drain and learning some basic science along the way.”

Latorell Falls Loop Hike”, Saturday, June 1,  Western Gorge, OR.  Preregistration required; register online: Easy loop hike, 2.4 miles, 520 ft. elevation gain. “Celebrate National Trails Day on this family-friendly loop hike with leader Ross Edginton. Visit the lower and upper falls and along the way learn the little-known history of the town of Latourell and the Historic Columbia River Highway bridge.”

Rose Garden Tours”, Daily through September 1, 1PM, Washington Park Rose Garden, 850 SW Rose Garden Way, Pdx.

Crystal Springs Guided Tour”, Saturday, June 1, 10AM- 12PM, meeting at Johnson Creek Park, SE 21st Ave. and SE Clatsop St. Free.  On Saturday, June 1st, we will be hosting an interactive, family-friendly guided tour of the Crystal Springs Watershed. The tour begins at 10:00 and ends around 12:00 at the eastern end of Reed Canyon. Meet at 10:00 for light refreshments and info about this special watershed. Walk starts shortly thereafter and will include guest speakers at key stops along the route. The tour is roughly 2.5 miles long. Make sure to bring a water bottle, comfortable shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. A shuttle will be available from the final destination to take you back to Johnson Creek City Park.” More details here:

Summer Reading Kick-off Carnival”, Saturday, June 1, 1PM, Tualatin Library.  June 1 is the first day to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, and we will be celebrating with magician Adam the Great, balloon creations, carnival games, free face painting, lots of prizes, and more! Games and activities for kids, teens, and adults. Bring the whole family! Let's Dig into Reading!”

Plant Projects at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful kids garden. Enjoy fun activities such as make-and-take seed planting, seed mosaics, flower origami or leaf rubbings. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Spring  Bird Walk on Cooper Mountain”, Saturday, June 1, 8:30AM-11:30AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton.  $10.  Preregistration required; called 503-629-6350.  Suggested for ages 10 and up.  Spring is the easiest time to see and identify birds of Cooper Mountain Nature Park: they are in their best breeding plumage and singing up a storm. Beginning and intermediate birders, join Metro naturalist and expert birder James Davis. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site. Dress for standing on an open hilltop (think: cold wind).”

Saturday Guided Hikes”, Saturdays in June, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free.  Venture out with a park guide for a free, 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.”  June 1- Woodpeckers:  Home Builders of the Forest; June 8- Urban Wildlife; June 15- Pollinating the Park; June 22- Fish of Tryon Creek; June 29- Hide and Snake.

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays, 1PM-2:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Suggested for ages 6-12.  Free.  “Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals.  Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge and patch!  We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children.  All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.”  June 1- Nature Journaling; June 8- Creek Critters; June 15- Dancing Honeybees; June 22- Animal Detectives (Tracking); June 29-Scavenger Hunt.

Central Library Tour”, Saturday, June 1, 11AM, Central Library.  Preregistration required; register online: “Learn the history of our almost 150-year-old library system [founded 1864] and experience the beauty and grandeur of our almost 100-year-old Central Library [opened 1913]. Take a guided tour of Portland's ‘Crown Jewel,’ which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour begins at the first floor Welcome Desk.”

Exhibition, “Allen Say”, exhibit open through Sunday, June 30, with an opening reception and author talk on Sunday, June 9, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery.  “Allen Say is an internationally recognized artist and writer of wonderful children’s books. His most well-known picture book, “Grandfather’s Journey’, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1994. Born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937, and now a Portland resident, Say has published more than 20 books filled with lush paintings and illustrations that often touch on autobiographical details of his engaging family history and his unusual life. His latest book, ‘Drawing from Memory’— which just won the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for children’s literature at the 2012 Oregon Book Awards — is almost straight-ahead autobiography telling his story of growing up and wanting to be an artist in Japan, and living on his own at age 12 when he came under the powerful influence of his mentor, Japanese cartoonist Noro Shinpei.  This is the first major exhibition in Portland to show his stunning original artwork from his evocative and moving books. It features more than 30 beautiful watercolor paintings and intricate pen-and-ink drawings that have touched both children and adults alike for their warmth, their sensitivity, their alertness to cultural nuances, and their resonance in capturing a life filled with challenges, hardships and joy.”

It’s Tomorrow!  Overcoming Procrastination”, Saturday, June 1, 10:30AM, Midland Library.  Now that it's summer,  how are those New Year's resolutions turning out? Are they still worth pursuing or have they been permanently kicked to the curb?  Consulting Hypnotist Christine Dupres, PhD, will help you identify when you procrastinate, determine the value in what you want to accomplish, and then reward you for a job well done!  You'll understand how you can move from that familiar feeling of resistance and rewire it to be a lively recognition of what is important to you, taking powerful action for the sake of fulfilling rewards.”

Red Yarn presents, “The Deep Woods”, Saturday, June 1, 2:30PM, Midland Library. “In this musical puppet show, children's performer Red Yarn will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest inhabited by the animals of American folklore. Mixing live musical performance with puppetry and interactive storytelling, this program engages children with the songs and stories of our national heritage.”

Concert, “CelloBop”, Saturday, June 1, 1PM, Battle Ground Library.  Come enjoy the music of CelloBop at 1pm followed by the announcement of our branch bookmark winners at 1:30pm. Cake and punch will be served!” “Cello innovator, composer,
         songwriter, improviser,
 plays a fusion of Blues Jazz, Folk,
 Classical, Rock and more. Gideon plays an electric cello with real time looping gear and fertile imagination.  He calls it CelloBop.”
“Fort Cascades Historic Trail and Dam Tour, WA”, Sunday, June 2, Mid-Gorge, WA.  Preregistration required; register online:  Easy loop hike, 1.5 miles, no elevation gain. “Stroll this historic trail with Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee, learning about plants and animal species used by early settlers in this richly forested area. After lunch, we'll take a tour of Bonneville Dam.”
Willamette Falls Symphony Presents, “Music of the Americas”, Sunday, June 2, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City.  $12 adult, $10 students and seniors, children 11 and under free with adult.  Program details here:
Author Talk, “Rebecca Lerner”, Sunday, June 2, 2PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx.  The Hoyt Arboretum will welcome Portland author Rebecca Lerner to talk about edible wild plants and read from her new book ‘Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness,’ an informative and entertaining literary narrative about her adventures harvesting wild plants for food, medicine and survival in Portland. This event is sure to be of interest to nature lovers.”
“Beginning Screen Printing for Kids”, Sunday, June 2, 2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx.  $40 (not cheap but so cool!). Suggested for ages 10-15. Preregistration required; register online:  Learn various techniques for beginning screen printing. Create your very own screen and begin printing! First timers welcome.”
“Herons of Ross Island”, Sunday, June 2, 11AM-12:30PM, South Waterfront.  Free.  The Ross Island Great Blue Heron nesting colony is easily visible from the temporary Willamette Greenway in front of the South Waterfront condominiums. Join Mike Houck who will have spotting scopes on hand for great views of young herons in their nests and nearby Osprey nests as well. Meet Mike at the South Waterfront in front of the Merewether condos promptly at 11 am. Directions: Take the Portland Streetcar, walk, drive or bike to OHSU streetcar and tram stop at SW Moody. Walk to SW Curry and SW River Parkway and proceed east on SW Curry past the Meriwether condominium tower to the greenway trail and walk south on the trail where Mike will be waiting with spotting scopes. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and spotting scope if you have one.”
Jewish Community Orchestra Presents, “A Night At The Opera”, Sunday, June 2, 3PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Tickets at the door $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, and free for kids 5 and under.  Linda Appert, coloratura soprano.  Weber, Overture to Der Freischutz; Delibes, ‘Lakme’ Indian Bell Song; Mascagni, Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana; Verdi, Ah fors e lui from La Traviata; Rimsky-korsakov, Symphony No. 1 in e minor.”

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, June 2, 5PM-7:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5.  Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid.  “On the first Sunday 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.”
Bicycle History Tour”, Sunday, June 2, and Sunday, June 9 1PM, beginning at Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. “Come along on a ranger led history tour to Butteville via bicycle. This tour will cruise through the park, along the bike path and the Willamette River to the town of Butteville and terminate at the historic Butteville Store. We will be stopping along the way to talk about the history of the two towns, the river and steam boats. The tour also takes advantage of the surrounding nature and wildlife. Refreshments like sandwiches and ice cream can be purchased at the store. This tour will be in conjunction with many of the ongoing activities scheduled throughout the summer at the historic Butteville Store.”
100 Years of Roses”, Monday, June 3, 7PM, West Linn Library.  In honor of West Linn's centennial this year Northwest Rose Historians will be presenting a slideshow of roses from the area, from churchyards, farmhouses, and places where the old roses still grow.”

Birding at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Monday, June 3, 8AM-11AM.  This two-mile loop stroll around the Bottoms is appropriate for families and will provide a great opportunity to learn new bird calls and songs and see osprey, bald eagles and songbirds in the Bottoms and along the Springwater on the Willamette trail. Meet Mike Houck at the parking lot at the north end of Sellwood Park at SE Sellwood Boulevard and SE 7th Avenue at 8 am harp. Bring binoculars and, if you have one, a spotting scope.”

Morning Bird Song Walks”,  Monday, June 3, 7AM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Suggested for ages 10 and up.  From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these guided walks lead by Audubon/Tryon Volunteers Rick and Stephanie Wagner.  Each day of the week visit one of the metro area’s prime spring migration hot-spots; beginning with Tryon Creek on Mondays.  By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive.”

"Homeschool Archery", Monday, June 3, and Monday, June 17, 10:30AM, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy Ste 121, Tigard. $6.75. All ages welcome. Archery lessons with equipment provided.

Author Talk, “Abigail Tarttelin”, Monday, June 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  Abigail will read from her new YA novel, “Golden Boy”, a coming-of-age story about an intersex child.

The Universe of Galaxies”, Monday, June 3, 7PM and 8:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. "Guest Speaker: Douglas McCarty, Professor of Astronomy, Science Integration Institute.  All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images."

The Plastic Effect: How Plastic Pollution Is Changing the Ocean Ecosystem”, Monday, June 3, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  Minors welcome with an adult. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Emelia DeForce, PhD, research associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “There is a looming global issue that is centered around a very tangible, user-friendly, and life-saving material: Plastic. Historically, over the last 60+ years, we as a society have gone from revolutionizing our day-to-day lives using plastic to the current ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra. Somewhere in between, a portion of the plastic we consume made its way from our hands and in to our oceans. In recent years, this has become a news-worthy topic as there is concern for the health of our planet. We know little about how much plastic is in our oceans and even less about how this newly introduced plastic is affecting the ocean ecosystem from microscopic organisms that grow on the plastic to fish that ingest the plastic mistaking it for food. To seek out some answers to the questions about plastic pollution in our oceans, Emelia DeForce, PhD participated in two 6-week research expeditions (operated by Sea Education Association) dedicated to this problem. She will tell a story about what we currently know, what scientists are working on, and she will increase your awareness about the problem for the future.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, June 4, 1PM, Fairview Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.

Walking the Intertwine:  Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Tuesday, June 4, 12PM-4PM.  Walk with Mike Houck from the Esplanade along the Willamette River to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Return trip will be via TriMet bus so bring your bus fare! Meet Mike promptly at Noon at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, at the overlook adjacent to the Portland fire station at the foot of SE Madison Street. Bring binoculars, camera and dress for the weather. This approximately 3-mile stroll is one-way to Oaks Bottom, across the Bottom’s north meadow to SE Milwaukie Avenue where we’ll catch a TriMet bus back to downtown Portland.”

Author Reading, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Tuesday, June 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx., and Thursday, June 13, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, is R. Gregory Nokes’ nonfiction account of the largely forgotten story of Oregon slavery. Holmes vs. Ford, 1852 – Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes, and their children, are brought to Oregon by their owner over the Oregon Trail in 1844, expecting to soon be freed in a region closed to slavery. But slaveholder Nathaniel Ford, destined to become an influential Oregon legislator, ignores the law and keeps them in bondage. Ford isn’t alone. Other Missouri slaveholders bring slaves to help them develop their Willamette Valley farms. Some slaves receive their freedom after a few years; others are held much longer. Holmes and his wife gain their freedom in 1850, but Ford refuses to give up their three children. Despite being illiterate and with the odds stacked against him, Holmes takes his former master to court in an attempt to get his children back. Finally, following an agonizing 15-month court battle, the third judge to hear the case, George H. Williams of the Territorial Supreme Court, rules in Holmes’ favor and returns his children. Holmes vs. Ford, decided in 1853, is a landmark case in Oregon and the only slavery case ever brought in Oregon courts.”

Concert, “Dan Balmer”, Tuesday, June 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  Enjoy outstanding guitar handling by Balmer as he performs a wide range of guitar pieces from jazz, to country, to rock and blues. His playing is requested by band leaders in all jazz styles from traditional swinging jazz to fusion to soul funk to free.”

Fierce Reads:  Young Adult Fiction Tour”, Tuesday, June 4, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Four YA authors, including “Unremembered” author Jessica Brody, “Of Triton” author Anna Banks, “Monument 14:  Sky on Fire” author Emmy Laybourne, and “Siege and Storm” author Leigh Bardugo.

One Year, One Can of Garbage:  Less Is More”, Tuesday, June 4, 6PM, Hollywood Library.  Master Recycler and Metro Recycling Information Specialist Betty Shelley has filled just one can of garbage each year since 2006.  Her workshop focuses on recycling and waste reduction, engaging participants through discussion and assignments to explore their actions and behaviors, and to learn ways to make lasting changes. Learn her techniques and share your own.”

Lab Rats:  Join the Dig!”, Wednesday, June 5, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library.  Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Join the Dig! Dig up your own buried treasure, that you can keep.”

Birding at Conboy National Wildife Refuge”, Wednesday, June 5, 7AM-5PM. Registration required with Lou Fredd, home: 503-655-1856, or cell: 503-706-8173.  Meet Audubon Society leaders Lou Fredd and Kathy van der Horst at 7am at Lewis and Clark State Park on the Sandy River (Exit I-84 at the east end of the Sandy River bridge, turn left at the foot of the ramp, short drive upstream to the park)
We'll carpool to Conboy Lake NWR at base of Mt Adams, about 75 miles.  Extensive marshes and  grass prairies, dry old fields and woodlands offer diverse bird life.  Bring scope if you have one, lunch, sunscreen recommended. Dress for Glenwood WA weather.”

Concert, “Fairwater Brass Quintet”, Wednesday, June 5, 12PM, on SW Main Street and Broadway in front of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.  Based in Victoria, British Columbia at CFB Esquimalt (Naden), the Fairwater Brass Quintet of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy are appearing with the permission of Rear Admiral William Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, and Lt. Commander Kibble, Commanding Officer HMCS Oriole. This show is part of PCPA Noontime Showcase, a series of free, monthly, noontime, public performances. Bring your lunch and enjoy a live show!”

Mini-Keychain Books”, Wednesday, June 5, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354.  Suggested for ages 6-10. “Mini keychain Books! These tiny accordion books boast hard covers, ribbon closures, and keychain to carry on your backpack. Use them to collect notes from friends, stickers, or tiny sketches. Projects use real bookbinding tools. All supplies included.”

Birds and Indigenous Plants of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Wednesday, June 5, 5PM-8PM, meeting at the north end of Sellwood Park at SE Sellwood Blvd. and SE 7th Ave.  Leaders: Mike Houck and Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Herbalist and Educator. This two-mile loop stroll around the Bottoms is appropriate for families and will provide a great opportunity to learn new bird calls and songs and learn about native plants and their importance to Native American culture. Meet Mike and Judy at the parking lot at the north end of Sellwood Park at SE Sellwood Boulevard and SE 7th Avenue at 5 pm sharp. Bring binoculars and, if you have one, a spotting scope. A hand lens will be handy for plant identification.”

Who Was Dr. John McLoughlin?”, Wednesday, June 5, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Richard Matthews, docent at the 1845 McLoughlin House, now a part of the National Park Service, will share insights on this colorful figure in Oregon history from 1824-1846. He is vice president of the McLoughlin Memorial Association which saved and moved the historic structure in 1908. He also volunteers at the 1849 Barclay House.”

Seattle Science Festival”, Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 16, various venues.  Could be worth the drive!  All the details here:

Family Book Group”, Thursday, June 6, 6PM, Hollywood Library.  Boys and girls in grades 4-6 and their parents come together to discuss literature. Read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi.”

          Drama! Dance! Drums!”, Thursday, June 6, 7:30PM, Portland State University Lincoln Recital Hall Rm. 75, (building is at SW Park and SW Market), Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Featuring rakugo (storytelling), kyogen (comic theater), nihon buyo (classical dance), shimai (noh dance), taiko (group drumming). Includes solo and group performances led by Matthew Shores, Instructor of Japanese
 and Wynn Kiyama, Assistant Professor of musicology and ethnomusicology.”

Wahclella Falls Hike”, Thursday, June 6, Mid-Gorge, OR.  Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 1.8 miles out and back hike, 300ft. elevation gain. “Come on a bilingual hike to thundering Wahclella Falls with members of the Gorge's Latino community, led by board member Martha Sonato. Stunning basalt cliffs, abundant ferns, and fragile spring wildflowers line the trail in this magnificent canyon. On this Flower Frenzy hike, we will be hiking at a slower pace allowing us to ID flowers.

Pedalpalooza 2013”,  Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 29.  “Pedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun.  With 246 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest.  Nearly all events are free.”  It’s hard to sift through these listings to find the family-friendly events (I imagine the naked ones are not!). But I found if I click on “search” (in the upper right), put in “family” or “kids” in their search engine, and also click on “Future events”, I get a nice selection.

The Indian Way”, Thursday, June 6, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver, WA.  $4 for adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families. “In ‘The Indian Way’, Evelyn Rodewald and Neil Van Sickle will discuss native people and the Brigade Trail of New Caldonia (British Columbia) as it relates to early trade at Ft. Vancouver.”

Ten Toe Walk:  Portland Heights Loop”, Thursday, June 6, 6PM-8PM, meeting at the SE corner of SW 18th Ave. and Salmon St. Free.  Get ready to climb a lot of stairs and hills as we explore unusual connection from the Goose Hollow neighborhood to Portland Heights and enjoy beautiful views. For your convenience, all walks begin and end along TriMet routes.”

Tour of Gresham’s Natural Areas- Amphibians and Reptiles”, Thursday, June 6, 6PM-7:30PM, Binford Lake, Binford Lake Parkway between SW Meyers Place and SW Lake Place, Gresham. Meeting at the picnic tables.  Free. RSVPs requested; contact Matthew Yates 503-618-2961 or “Amphibians and Reptiles:  Walk the Butler Creek Greenway Trail and learn about the frogs, salamanders, newts and turtles that inhabit our natural areas.”

Author Talk, “Kevin Renner”, Thursday, June 6, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  An event for fathers of daughters. Kevin Renner reads from his new book, “In Search of Fatherhood”.  You’re a man—but where do you learn to be a father? From women. Yes, women. At least if you’re raising daughters. Author Kevin Renner found himself at mid-life with more questions than answers while parenting two pre-teen daughters. So he spent a year interviewing 50 women from around the world and across seven decades to learn the many ways in which their fathers—good, bad, and in-between—had affected their lives.  Homeless women, the unemployed, and sex workers. A state supreme court justice, executives, and world class athletes. Straight, lesbian, and transgender. These women shared their life stories, their broken hearts, and their gratitude in what has become a fresh and compelling look at fathers and daughters. ‘In Search of Fatherhood: Daughters Praising, Speaking Up, Talking Back’ brings together their stories…and his.”
Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover fun activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, or make safe cleaners out of vinegar.”
Family Clay Night”, Friday, 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.”
Portland Urban Meadowscaping Pilot”, Friday, June 7, 12:15, Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave., Rm 370 A/B, Pdx.  Speaker:  Mary Logalbo. West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Urban Conservationist.  “Portland Urban Meadowscaping Pilot (PUMP) is a collaborative effort to develop lawn replacement recommendations to increase storm water infiltration and wildlife habitat in Portland's urban landscape. As homeowners become more aware of the environmental impacts of their landscape choices, naturescaping programs are receiving more requests for lawn replacement options. Although common, lawns provide little benefit to storm water infiltration, water quality, or wildlife habitat and require polluting inputs such as fertilizers and mowing. The goal of PUMP is to provide public education, technical support and assistance with the planning, planting and monitoring of meadowscapes on residential landscapes and in public parks to increase wildlife habitat and stormwater infiltration in the urban realm.”
The Trilogy of the Rings”, Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 7PM, and Sunday, June 9, at 2:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capital Hwy., Pdx.  Free. All ages. “Join the Fellowship as we journey through Middle Earth! We invite you to a free performance of The Trilogy of the Rings by MAC’s Studio Theatre class. Adapted for the stage by MAC instructor Timothy Scarrott. Performed and staged by an all student cast.”
Your World Rocks”, Saturday, June 8, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500.  Suggested for ages 5-12.  This dynamic presentation consists of hands on examination of numerous rock, mineral, and metal samples. We will learn how minerals are used. (Oh, yes! Over six different minerals are added to an Oreo cookie!) We will finish with a fun experiment, drilling a geology cupcake and mapping the geological cross section.”

Busy Beas  Saturday, June 8, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library. “Northwest author and bee expert, Sherian Wright will introduce us to the mason bee. Learn all about this non-stinging pollinator and what they do to help our fruit trees and gardens. Make a mason bee house and begin keeping your own bees. This program is for all ages! Crafts will be on hand for our youngest beekeepers. Bzzz! Bzzz!”

Museum Collection Open House”, Saturday, June 8, 12PM and 2PM, Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver, WA. Free with Fort admission of $3 for adults and free for kids 15 and under. For ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; contact Museum Technician Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255, or email “Curious about what can be discovered in Fort Vancouver's collection of two million archaeological and historic objects? Find out at our Museum Collection Open House tours! In this popular program, visitors go behind the scenes inside our curation facility to get up close to actual artifacts that come to us through archaeological excavations or are donated by members of the community. Each month's open house focuses on a different topic - ranging from military history, to hygiene and health, to our present day archaeological excavations. In June, our topic will be Health and Hygiene in 19th Century Vancouver.”

"Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!", Saturday, June 8, 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."

Wetlands Wildlife Exploration- Canoe Bimaran Tour”, Saturday, June 8, 12:45PM- 3:15PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 per adult, $5 per child.  Preregistration required; register online:  Want to explore the natural wonders of Smith and Bybee Wetlands but don’t have a boat? We’ve got you covered! NW Discoveries provides boats, paddles and personal flotation devices ‘while Metro naturalist James Davis offers tours featuring the wetlands’ wildlife and natural history. Expect to see big birds like bald eagles, osprey and great blue herons. A bimaran – two canoes lashed together with 2 x 6 boards – creates a stable pontoon boat, perfect for young children and inexperienced or nervous paddlers.”
Lelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, June 8, 7PM- 9PM, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Grounds open at 5:30 including the Lelooska Museum. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under.  “The Lelooska Family brings to life the masks, stories, songs and dances of the Sewide lineage of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) in the glimmering firelight of their cedar ceremonial house.”

Living History Fur Trapper Encampment”, Saturday, June 8, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Champoeg State Park, Riverside Day Use Area.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Take a walk back through time as you visit an authentic fur trappers' encampment. In the early 1800's the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families who gathered there prior to heading inland to hunt and trap. This was also the point of return or Rendezvous – as the French called it- where trappers would prepare the hides for canoe transport downriver to Fort Vancouver. Come see costumed reenactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade. How did they dress? What did they eat and how was it cooked? What was life like in a camp? How do you set a trap for beaver? How do you load and fire a flint lock rifle? In this camp you will be able to walk among the tents and work stations to ask the interpreters these very questions and see for yourself.”
Birding Hike at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, June 8, 8AM-11AM, Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, Stevenson, WA.  Preregistration required; call Eric Anderson 360-887-4104 or email “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.”  This is also a rare chance to see the refuge, just west of the town of North Bonneville.  The refuge is closed to the public.
Family Fun:  Klickitat Basket Fun”, Saturday, June 8, 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. Learn about Klickitat baskets, then make a paper Klickitat basket and decorate it with traditional Columbia River designs.”

Annual Heron Walk”, Saturday, June 8, 9AM-1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro.  Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; contact Sarah at 503 681-6278 to reserve a spot. Lead by Audubon Society leader Rick Balazs.  “Come visit our Great Blue Heron Colony. You will see the Herons and their offspring on the nest up close through a spotting scope, but bring binoculars for the many other bird species we will encounter.”
Native Plants for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies”, Saturday, June 8, 1PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton.  Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350 to register.  Eager to see beneficial birds, butterflies and gentle native bees? Discover how beautiful native plants can bring these allies to your yard, helping fight pests and improving garden productivity. Learn which natives might be right for your yard and how to plant and care for them without harmful garden chemicals. Plus, find out where to get native plants in your area. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen. Free event includes complimentary coupons and publications.”
Leupold Field Day”, Saturday, June 8, 10:30AM-3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  Free.  Please join us for a special day of workshops with the optics experts of our favorite local manufacturer, Leupold and Stevens. Leupold and Stevens's technical experts will answer all your questions about optics selection. In the field, we’ll have a viewing site set up in the Nature Sanctuary where you’ll have the opportunity to test Leupold products to see how they really work in the field. Audubon’s Education Birds will be on hand so you can focus on real-life subjects in a natural setting. 10:30AM:  binocular workshop; 11AM:  sighting scope workshop; 11AM-3:30PM:  binocular and scope field testing in the Audubon Sanctuary.”

Family Wormshop”, Saturday, June 8, 10AM-12PM, 11104 NE 149th St., Bush Prairie, WA.  $35 per family which includes bin and worms.  For ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online “Squirmy fun for the whole family! Participants will explore the basics of vermicomposting and prepare bedding for their own worm bin.”

The Enchanted Ring”, Saturday, June 8, 11AM and 2PM; Saturday, June 22, 2PM;  Sunday, June 23, 4PM; Friday, June 28, 7PM; Saturday, June 29, 2PM; and Sunday, June 30, 4PM.  Ping Pong’s Pint-Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx.  $7 per ticket for ages 2 and up. Advance tickets highly suggested; tickets available online: What's beautiful young fairy tale Princess Kathryn to do when her favorite birthday present gets pilfered on the morning of her ninth birthday? Seems like Enchantra the Witch has the whole give-a-present birthday thing backwards. Well, in typical fairy tales of old, the Princess would find a nearby handsome Knight to send on a quest to retrieve it, while sitting helplessly in her ivory tower awaiting his return. Not in the Tales of Belvuria, however, and definitely not our Royal Princess Kathryn. Join us for madcap adventure as our fiery little Princess dons a suit of armor and, with the help of gentle old Sir Sampson, the Knight, battles spooky Spiders, bedazzles a Unicorn and matches wits with a dragon-- all in a single afternoon. This fairy tale quest of old imparts a very important message -- anything is possible for a little girl with a touch of bravery, spunk, and some creative thinking. Fun for all ages!!!”

Sing, Dance, Play!”, Saturday, June 8, 10:30AM, Albina Library.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Looking for new ideas for story games, songs and dances to play with your children? Join us in learning easy clapping, jumping and singing activities to play at home during this participative program led by master storyteller and singer Anne Rutherford. Kids will have fun as grownups learn new ways of encouraging creative play.”

Author Reading, “Matt Holms”, Saturday, June 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Matt Holms reads from his new graphic novel, “Squish #5:  Game On!” “Beep! Beep! Squish can't get enough of his awesome new video game Mitosis! (Mitosis is what happens when cells divide. Who says video games can't be educational?) In fact, he may even be obsessed! He plays at home . . . at school. . . even in his sleep! Are video games taking over Squish's life?! And can Squish's favorite comic book hero, Super Amoeba, stop the Creeping Black Mold that's taking over Small Pond? Find out in Squish #5: Game On—saving the world, one cell at a time!”

Intuition:  Don’t Leave Home Without It!”, Saturday, June 8, 2PM, Belmont Library.  “We've all had those moments where we just felt that something was -- or wasn't -- right. That feeling is intuition, knowledge that doesn't require analysis or reasoning. It lives between our conscious and unconscious minds, and it's a very important part of decision-making.  Consultant Faye Pietrokowsky will help you learn how to tap into your intuitive ideas and feelings to make the best possible decisions.  Come learn how to befriend this ally.”

Get Outdoors Day”, Saturday, June 8, 10AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. Free. “National Get Outdoors Day brings community partners together to celebrate healthy, active, outdoor fun, and brings over 40  city, county, federal, non-profits, and outdoor-based businesses together  to introduce the public to fun outdoor activities. From hurling to fishing,  and archery to disc golf, there will be plenty of hands-on opportunities to  try new outdoor activities on a variety of public lands. Not sure how to  plan an outdoor adventure? Learn about hiking, camping, boating,  backpacking, wildlife, gardening, and more! Meet Smokey Bear, Woodsy  Owl, Ranger Rick, and take the Passport Challenge to become a Junior  Ranger and enter to win a grand prize of Coleman camping gear! The National Park Service's annual Brigade Encampment, a component of National Get Outdoors Day, re-enacts the jovial return of the fur brigades to Fort Vancouver – illuminating how day-to-day survival skills of trappers in the 1840s have become recreational pursuits today, and how our relationships to the natural world have changed over time. At the Brigade Encampment, costumed re-enactors populate a temporary encampment, like trappers in the 1840s, to demonstrate cooking, beading, and children's games, all while speaking the languages and playing the music of Fort Vancouver. At the camp, the public can sign a replica Hudson's Bay Company contract and witness historic weapons firing demonstrations. While seen as recreational today, these outdoor hobbies were survival skills fundamental to a life of fur trapping in the 1840s.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, June 8, 10AM-12PM, 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.  Wheelchair accessible by arrangement.  We suggest a $10 donation, and we also offer FLFC merchandise at the tours: t-shirts, hoodies, keychains, stickers, tote bags, bookmarks, and magnets. All proceeds go directly to cemetery restoration and education.  Tours also available at other times by arrangement.  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.

The Shark Riddle”, Saturday, June 8, 3PM, Northwest Library.  “Are you fascinated by sharks? Join Portland-based wildlife filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams for a screening of their children's film ‘The Shark Riddle’. Then join the filmmakers for some shark-filled, music-filled, riddle-filled, fun-filled activities, including the chance to see one of the stars of the film, a life-sized (23 foot long inflatable basking shark!”

Victorian Handcraft Demonstration: Shell Work”, Saturday, June 8, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Nature crafts of all sorts were enjoyed by Victorian ladies. Come and try your hand at this fun and simple craft.”

Dragon Boat Races”, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 8AM-4PM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park. “The event features as many as 96 dragon boat teams from all over the world who race in Taiwan-style dragon boats. There are three divisions: Mixed, Women, and High School. The race is held on the Willamette River located at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The PKSCA owns eight Taiwan-style dragon boats; each boat accommodates 16 paddlers, 1 tiller, 1 caller, and 1 flag catcher required for each race heat. The Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race is unique in that local teams have a 10-week practice season in preparation for the June race weekend. This 10-week practice season has contributed greatly to the growth of this sport in the Pacific Northwest. This race is also unique in that each teams flag catcher is required to pull the flag from a buoy in that team’s lane which is what signals that the team has finished the race heat.”
Herb Walk”, Saturday, June 8, 1PM, Forest Park, Pdx meeting at Lower Saltzman Trailhead via Hwy 30.  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.”

Mad Science Presents, “What Do You Know About H2O?”,  Saturday, June 8, 2PM, Tualatin Library; Thursday, June 13, 3PM, Gladstone Library; and Saturday, June 22, 10AM, Gresham Library.  Did you know that of the vast amount of water on our planet, only 1% is fresh and drinkable? Did you know that a silent toilet leak can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month? Come and shake it up with the Mad Scientist as you learn all about the amazing attributes of water while focusing on the importance of conserving this precious resource!”

Concert, “Swinging With Dean”, Sunday, June 9, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium.  Please join us for this free musical performance of swing music.  Dean touches on the styles of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Ray Charles, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, The Beach Boys, The Young Rascals, Neil Diamond, The Temptations, Santana, and Gary Puckett, along with a few of his originals.”

Birding at Powell Butte Nature Park”, Sunday, June 9, 8AM-11AM.  Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano for a walk exploring the unique habitats of Powell Butte. This is our annual Lazuli Bunting viewing trip. The parking lot at the top of the butte will be closed. Meet 8am at Rose Bowling Center parking lot at SE Powell Blvd and 164th Ave. Plan on a longer and steeper than usual hike into the park.”

It’s Not Just About the Piggy Bank:  Teaching Your Kids About Money”, Sunday, June 9, 2PM, Northwest Library. A workshop for adults.  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!”

Author Talk, “David Cobb”, Sunday, June 9, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  David Cobb reads from the book he illustrated with his photographs. "‘Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America’ is an extraordinary look at the most beautiful and serene gardens of the United States and Canada. Most Japanese garden books look to the gardens of Japan. ‘Quiet Beauty’ explores the treasure trove of Japanese gardens located in North America. Featuring an intimate look at twenty-six gardens, with numerous stunning color photographs of each, that detail their style, history, and special functions, this book explores the ingenuity and range of Japanese landscaping. Japanese gardens have been part of North American culture for almost 150 years. ‘Quiet Beauty’ is a thought provoking look at the history of their introduction to the world of North American gardening and how they have since taken root and flourished.

Concert, “2Jazz Guitars”, Sunday, June 9, 2PM, Midland Library, Saturday, June 15, 3PM, Kenton Library, and Tuesday, June 25, 7:30PM, Garden Home Library (will be held outside, weather permitting). What happens when two jazz musicians -- one from Portland, the other from New York -- bump into each other in Portland and discover the possibilities of the guitar duo? A sound that's relaxed, intimate, highly thoughtful and thoroughly modern. Enjoy listening to this unique musical conversation between two jazz guitars, between Barry Glick and Neil Mattson.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, June 9, 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.”

Milk Carton  Boat Races”, Sunday, June 9, 11AM, Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, SE McLoughlin Blvd. and Bybee Blvd., Pdx.  Free.  The Milk Carton Boat Races is a classic Rose Festival event. It's a family friendly, wholesome and 100% milk-powered celebration. The event features handmade, human-powered water-crafts, made from milk jugs or cartons. The Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race offers a memorable day for participants and spectators alike. Children and adults can both race and show off their handmade boats which float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively designed watercraft will compete in five categories for the coveted 'Best in Show' milk-can-trophy. Join the fun for a Sunday filled with family-friendly entertainment -- plus spirited competition!”

Summer Celebration and Chinookan Style Salmon Bake”, Sunday, June 9, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA.  From 12pm- 2pm Special presentations in the Plankhouse will focus on NW Tribal Canoe Journeys and the Pacific Lamprey, a little known eel-like fish important to Native People of the Columbia River.  Free Chinookan-style salmon bake and seafood stew tasting will begin at 2pm until supplies last. Docent led Plankhouse tours, live lamprey encounters, and children’s activities will be available from 12pm-4pm.  Come meet Luna the lamprey up close  and enjoy activities for all ages at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse.”

Curious Garden”, Sunday, June 9, 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.”

Author Talk, “Grant McOmie”, Tuesday, June 11, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Thursday, June 20, 7PM, Tualatin Historical Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin ($3 requested donation); and Tuesday, June 25, 7PM, Tigard Library.  Emmy Award-winning journalist and fifth-generation Oregon native Grant McOmie provides travelers with a guide to the best Oregon destinations featured in his popular television series Grant's Getaways. McOmie and photographer Jeff Kastner will explore family-friendly destinations and day trips throughout Oregon.  Whether it's kayaking in Netarts Bay, riding a jet boat on the Rogue River, fishing for Deschutes River steelhead, exploring the Lava River Cave or digging for fossils in the John Day Basin, McOmie's book ‘Grant's Getaways:  101 Oregon Adventure’s has an outdoor adventure for everyone on land or water.”
Wake-Up Call”, Tuesday, June 11, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Join James Roddey, an expert on Northwest geologic hazards, as he talks about the very real threat of a catastrophic earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Roddey will discuss what a possible earthquake disaster might mean for the Pacific Northwest, and how a community can prepare for a large-scale disaster.”

The ‘Tween Scene!  Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, June 11, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. This month we're reading ‘The Boy at the End of the World’ by Greg Van Eekhout.”

The Tualatin-Yamhill Peoples”, Tuesday, June 11, 7PM, Beaverton Historical Society, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. Donations requested. “Presenter David G. Lewis. PhD is an enrolled tribal member and Tribal Historian of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. His ancestry is Chinook, Takelma and Santiam Kalapuya.”

Un-Dam It!”, Tuesday, June 11, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Donations requested.  “Join Portland Audubon and Straw Bale Films for a special screening of the local documentary film ‘Un-Dam It’ about the Kellogg-For-Coho Initiative. The initiative is an urban stream restoration project in Milwaukie, Oregon, that aims to remove the Kellogg Dam, address contaminated sediments, re-establish fish passage, restore riparian habitat, and expand access to nature in downtown Milwaukie.”

Mr. Lizard”, Wednesday, June 12, 4:30PM, Moreland Farmer’s Market, corner of SE Bybee Blvd. and 14th Ave., Pdx.  “Mr. Lizard” and his mobile reptile zoo will offer an interactive, hands-on show for both children and adults, sharing fun and fascinating information on his large collection of creatures. You may have seen him on TV (Animal Planet, Late Late Show), but this in-person show is free. But, come early to ensure a spot.”

Concert, “John Twist”, Wednesday, June 12, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library.  John Twist performs all original songs and instrumentals on 6 and 12 string guitar, banjo, and mandolin. His music combines Celtic, Folk, Appalachian, Blues, Gypsy and Pop in a tasty musical gumbo.”

Birding at Henry Hagg Lake”, Wednesday, June 12, 8AM-1:30PM, meeting at the Elks Picnic Area.  $5 entry fee per vehicle. More about the location here:  Lead by the Audubon Society of Portland.  Pack a lunch and join us to explore this extensive country park.”

Concert, “Thousand Waves”, Wednesday, June 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library.  Thousand Waves is unique chamber group that celebrates the music of the East and the West. The group’s multicultural performances are noted for their dynamic and interactive mixture of music and storytelling. The ensemble’s ‘West Meets East’ program the blends the sounds of the Japanese koto, the 8-string Spanish classical guitar, the violin, and the transverse flute.”

Concert, “The Alphabeticians”, Thursday, June 13, 3PM, Belmont Library.  The Alphabeticians rock the house with fun, original songs for the whole family! They combine humor, clever (mostly original) songs, and interactive elements in their shows as they sing about numbers, sizes, dads, metaphors, bags, monsters, extinct fish and, of course, the alphabet. Audience participation, especially dancing and moving around, is highly encouraged.”

Presto the Magician”, Thursday, June 13, 10AM, Sandy Library.

Origami After School”, Thursday, June 13, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library.  “Learn the art of origami folding from Sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.”

Henrik Bothe”, Thursday, June 13, 1:30PM, Estacada Library.  Interactive physical comedy with juggling and unicycles.”

Author Reading, “Peter Zukerman”,  Thursday, June 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Peter Zukerman reads from his book, "Buried in the Sky:  The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day".  When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time. Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend. At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, 'Buried in the Sky' re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.”

Tim Alexander:  Master of Marvels”, Thursday, June 13, 2PM, Stevenson Library; and Thursday, June 27, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  Prepare to laugh and be amazed as Tim performs classic magic and original tricks.”

Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls Hike”, Thursday, June 13, Western Gorge, OR. Moderate, 4.8 mile loop hike, 1540 ft. elevation gain.  Preregistration required; register online:  For the most waterfalls on a moderate hike, this loop can't be beat! It encompasses towering Multnomah Falls, rapids and smaller falls of Multnomah Creek, and the tumbling, gradual descent of Wahkeena Creek. A very popular trail; the best time to go is during the spring when the falls are at their best.”

Portland Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning June 13 through June 29, 7PM, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW Madison and SW 3rd Ave., Pdx.  Free.

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as animal origami, footprint rubbings, or wildlife bookmark making. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Kalmiopsis Discovery Days”, Friday, June 14, 9AM-4PM, and Saturday, June 15, 9AM-12PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Free. “Explore a Manor House exhibit and learn about Lilla Leach: Pioneer Botanist. Discover Lilla's botanical discoveries including Kalmiopsis leachiana, her adventures in the Siskiyou Mountains and her link to Leach Botanical Garden and its future.”

Flag Day at Ft. Vancouver”, Friday, June 14, 3PM, Ft. Vancouver Parade Ground, 1000 Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver Rose Society 60th Anniversary Rose Show”, Saturday, June 15, 1PM-4PM, First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver.  Free.  The public is cordially invited to see the most beautiful roses grown in the Northwest.  There will be over 1000 entries of hybrid teas, floribundas, grandfloras, old garden roses, miniatures and mini-floras.  In addition to entries of single and multiple blooms, there will also be a variety of rose arrangements using the large roses and the miniatures.  You will see which roses win the trophies, including the rose that is named Queen of Show.  It is a great opportunity to pick out the roses that you would like to grow in your own garden.”

Hidden Portland:  City Treasures!”, Friday, June 14, and Friday, June 28, 10AM-12:30PM,  meeting at Director Park. $18 for adults, $15 youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online:  Lead by Carye Bye.  “What if the City was a Museum? ‘Hidden Portland: City Treasures!’ attempts to answer this question by allowing tour goers to discover and appreciate the often unnoticed parts of the city. With an eye towards the small, quirky and curious, this tour lets you in on some of the little-known but best-kept secrets of the city. This is a visual and interactive tour of Portland and encourages participation, play and active learning. Focusing on the Cultural District, sites include a wide-ranging selection of public art, museums, buildings and architectural features…all bound to get you to see the Rose City with new eyes and experiences.”

Book Reading, “Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society”, Friday, June 14, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  This book will prove to be a template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, for years to come. Tales Of The San Francisco Cacophony Society is a retelling in period images and words of the history of the most influential underground cabal that you have never heard of. Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, The Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, and influenced much of what was once called the underground. Flash Mobs, Urban Exploration, and Culture Jamming are a few of the pop culture trends that Cacophony helped kick off. Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, Burning Man and Internet social networking powerhouse Laughing Squid were informed and inspired by Cacophony. The Burning Man Festival actually began as a Cacophony event as did the annual, and now world-wide SantaCon. Cacophony events could range from something as simple as climbing the Golden Gate Bridge or having a discussion over drinks about a movie seen together, to something as elaborate as The Atomic Café - an event involving a hundred bedraggled "nuclear holocaust Survivors” mounting elaborate costumed rituals throughout the bowels of a massive abandoned tooth paste factory. Yes…. Cacophony was that strange.”

Magenta Theater Company Presents, “Around the World in 80 Days”, Friday, June 14 through Saturday, June 29, 606 Main St., Vancouver.  Tickets vary. “Stampeding Elephants, Raging Typhoons, Runaway Trains. Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race as Phileas
 Fogg and his faithful manservant race to beat the clock. Five actors portray 39 characters as they traverse seven continents in this fabulous whirlwind of a show.”

Juneteenth Oregon”, Saturday, June 15, 12PM-6PM, Legacy Emanuel Field, N. Williams Ave. and N. Graham St.,  Rain or shine.  Free.

A Bug’s Life- Hike”, Saturday, June 15, 1PM-4PM, meeting at the Newton Rd. Parking Lot, Forest Park, Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; register here:  Flip over a fern frond, dig into the soil, and discover the world of arthropods. Learn the life cycle of these denizens of duff and see the forest through both macro and micro lenses.”

Birding Hike at Steigerwald”, Saturday, June 15, 8AM-11AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA.  Preregistration required; call Eric Anderson 360-887-4104 or email “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.”

Free Learn To Swim Week”, walk-in registration only on Saturday, June 15, 8AM at any Portland Parks and Recreation swim pool.  Four days of free swim lessons will be held June 18-21.  Details here:

"Brooks Gardens Peony and Iris Bloom Season", through June 15, 10AM- 6PM daily, 6219 Topaz St. NE, Brooks, OR. Free.  "We invite you to visit our Oregon peony farm during bloom season.  Over 250 varieties of peonies and  hundreds of Historic bearded iris."

Backyard Composting Workshop”, Saturday, June 15, 10AM-12PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online:  Have questions about composting? Want to learn how to get your compost cooking? Wonder how to tell when your compost is finished, or what type of bin is best? Then this free workshop is for you. Class includes classroom introduction to basic composting science, and a visit to a composting demonstration site.”

Bluebird Day”, Saturday, June 15, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Bluebird Discovery – Volunteers will be stationed at a nest box for brief presentations and to answer questions.  Junior Rangers – Bluebird activities for all kids. Build your very own nest box to take home. Bluebird Video Presentations. Wildlife related sales items and free refreshments.”

Book Release Party for Victoria Jamieson’s ‘Pest In Show’”, Saturday, June 15, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.  Master of goofing Victoria Jamieson visits Albert District children’s book store Green Bean Books to celebrate the release of her latest picture book Pest in Show! Ladybug is the buzz of show biz! She sings, she dances, she roller skates, but she does NOT tolerate her little brother Fly, an aspiring entertainer himself! A lovely, loopy sing-a-long sibling rivalry story full of funky twists on classic songs like, “The Wheels on the Bug.” Bring your most melodic voice!”

Rose City Garden Railway Society’s Annual Summer Tour”,  Saturday, June 15, 10AM-5PM, $10 per map booklet.  Tour booklets can be purchased at many hobby shops and garden centers throughout the Portland area, which are listed on their website: or can be purchased by mail.  The booklet provides maps and directions to 11 club members’ homes where you can see their cool garden railways.  Some are all about the trains, and it’s a layout that just happens to be outside.  Some are all about the garden that just happens to include a train. Others combine the two ingeniously so that they create an incredible illusion of trains travelling through a very realistic miniature landscape.  You are free to visit as few or as many as you like at your own pace. This year, there are two brand new railroads never featured on the tour before and one in Vancouver which has been completely rebuilt since it was last featured. Highly recommended!

Author Reading, “Zoe Burke”, Saturday, June 15, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “In artist Charley Harper’s Birducopia, a wealth of birds, animals, trees, and plants are ingeniously portrayed, creating a complete environment of a woodsy park. Each creature and plant is extracted from the larger painting and silhouetted on the pages of What’s in the Woods? The accompanying rhyming text by Zoe Burke imagines a walk through the park, identifying the flora and fauna along the way. The journey ends with a foldout page of the complete image, with a key identifying all the animals and plants.”

Father’s Day Dutch Oven Cook-off”, Saturday, June 15, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR.  $5 per person or $20 per family.  Bring Dad down to the Farm for some old-fashioned fun this year! We’ve moved our event to Saturday, and combined it with our popular Dutch Oven Cook-off. What a great way to celebrate your family’s history.”

Art For the Millions WPA Bike Ride”, Saturday, June 15, and Saturday, June 22, 10AM-1PM, beginning at Portland Art Museum. $20 adults, and $15 if you wish to rent a bike for the tour.  Preregistration required; register online: “During the height of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided economic relief to millions of idle workers by employing them in the creation of public works projects and arts education programs. Although highly controversial in its time for its leftist political leanings, the WPA is cited as a major factor for the re-stabilization of the American economy leading up to WWII. Join the Know Your City for a repeat of our first-ever tour, as we take a leisurely bicycle field trip/ tour of WPA-sponsored projects in Portland and hear from leading authorities on the subject. Tour includes: Portland Art Museum – houses over 400 works of art by WPA-affiliated artists/Crumpacker Family Library WPA photo collection; Skidmore Fountain (guest speaker David Millholand) – site of Portland’s first public art, near Oregon Art Project building; Oregon Historical Society – WPA holdings in research library, artworks exhibited in Northwest Art Gallery; Multnomah County Library – several paintings by C.S. Price and others; Abernethy Elementary School – (guest speakers TBD) – site of discovered WPA mural “A Pageant of Oregon History,” painted by artist Erich Lamade; East Portland Post Office (guest speaker Mark Humpal) – site of mural by Paul Grellert; Woody Guthrie Circle Monument – Bonneville Power Administration –site of Woody Guthrie memorial.  All participants will receive a free copy of our WPA booklet and free admission to the Art Museum!”
Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival”, Saturday, June 15, 11AM- 8PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx.  $6 adults, $3 children 6-12, or $15 for a family of two adults and two children.  “A summer solstice celebration for the entire community! Scandinavians have a long tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice with bonfires or raising of the Maypole (Majstång). Here in Portland that tradition has being celebrated for 84 continuous years at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Midsummer in Scandinavia's northern climate is the biggest coming out celebration of the year and everyone is invited. At Portland's Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, it is a celebration of fertile fields, warmer and longer days with games, dancing, food, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole. Scandinavian roots are not required to celebrate at this summer solstice festival. As all people of Nordic descent know, it’s always a fun, family friendly and important day no matter your personal traditions. Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet hundreds of visitors beginning at 11 a.m.. Food and crafts are available from local Scandinavian clubs and vendors. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Scandinavian flavor. The Maypole will be raised at 1 p.m. and the Scandinavian of the Year award will be given during that festive event. The festival concludes with folk dancing, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the children the highlight of the day is taking part in decorating and raising the maypole. Adults and children alike dance around the pole together and sing traditional songs like “Smaa Grodorna är lustiga att se” (Little Frogs are funny to watch). As is the custom around a few large holidays, the children will make and wear flower wreaths which are worn by both women and children. Long ago it was believed that everything that grew contained special magic powers. This belief lives on in the tradition to collect flowers before going to bed on Midsummer night. Young girls pick seven  to nine flowers from different locations in silence. Some even say you have to jump seven fences. Still in silence you go home and put your flowers underneath your pillow. The legend says that you will dream of the man you will marry!”  More info here:
Summer Solstice Celebration”, Saturday, June 15, sunset, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park,  $5 day use fee per vehicle.  “Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party!  Join us at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, weather permitting. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescope and binoculars. Viewing highlights includes Saturn, the moon, several clusters, and more!    On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 
503 797-4000 Press #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Kruger’s Farm Berry Jam Festival”, Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 11AM-4PM, Kruger’s Farm Market, 17100 SW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx.  Come out to the farm and celebrate summer at our Berry Jam festival.  Free hayrides out to our u-pick berry fields.  Live music and, of course, fresh strawberry shortcake. Admission to the festival is free as are the hayrides, music and Kid's Jam Making Workshops (2PM each day). There is a charge for everything else.  Leashed dogs are welcome on the farm.”

Concert, “CelloBop with Gideon Freudmann”, Saturday, June 15, 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Cello innovator Gideon Freudmann has created his own style of music called CelloBop - a fusion of blues, jazz, folk and much more. His music is both immediately accessible and richly detailed in its nuance and complexity, and has been heard on television soundtracks, NPR’s All Things Considered, and over 14 albums. Join us for an afternoon of Gideon's innovative sound as he plays a set of original songs and instrumental music on the electric cello.”

What’s Growing on the Refuge”, Saturday, June 15, 9AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood.  Free.  Preregistration required; contact: ; 503-625-5944 x222 with your name, phone number, and the number of people in your group. “Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt, for a free plant walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments.”

Are Backyard Chickens Right for You?”,  Saturday, June 15, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library.  Come find out what it takes to raise and keep chickens in your backyard! Sara Tetreault will present tips and answer your questions on this popular topic.”

Northwest Civil War Council Presents, “The Battle of the Gap at Fullbright Park”, Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA.  Details to be announced.


Gardens of Eaten’:  Advanced Vegetable Gardening”, Sunday, June 16, 1PM, Cornell Farm, 8212 SW Barnes Rd., Pdx.  Preregistration required; call 503-292-9895.  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.”
Bird Walk”, Monday, June 17, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3.  Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.  June is a wonderful time to look for birds. We'll use binoculars and go for a bird walk around the Main Library to check out the Acorn Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, song birds, and anything else we can find.”

Rhys Thomas,  Juggler”, Monday, June 17, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone; Tuesday, June 25, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; and Thursday, June 27, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver, WA. “Rhys Thomas brings a blend of acrobatics and mind-boggling balance to his juggling show.”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Monday, June 17, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library, and Tuesday, June 25, Canby Library.   Are you considering homeschooling or just getting started? Are you currently homeschooling and looking for more ideas and support? Members of the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) will present information on local resources, legal requirements, homeschooling methods and much more. This is a great opportunity to meet seasoned homeschoolers and get answers to your questions.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, June 18, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Mr. and Mrs. Bunny -- Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath.”

Birding on the Sandy River Delta”, Tuesday, June 18, 8AM-12PM.  Join Audubon Society leader Dudley Thomas for our annual hike at the Sandy River Delta. At this time of year, this area is home to a wide variety of species, many of which are nesting. 
This outing requires more hiking than most Magpie trips. From I-84 eastbound, take Exit 18, turn right at the bottom of the exit, loop around under the freeway, and proceed straight ahead to the parking lot and restrooms.”

Music with Mr. Hoo”, Tuesday, June 18, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library.  “The talented Mr. Hoo, Will play his guitar and kazoo, While singing some songs for you, As you sing and dance, too!  Join Mr. Hoo of The Alphabeticians as he plays some traditional kids songs, some original songs, and Hoo knows what else! Fun, interactive music for kids and their grown ups.”
Storyteller Will Hornyak”, Tuesday, June 18, 10AM, Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; and Thursday, June 20, 10AM, Sandy Library.
Make a Folk Instrument”,  Tuesday, June 18, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Make a banjo from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

Meet the Chief”, Tuesday, June 18, 2PM,  Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Suggested for ages 4 and up. “Milwaukie's Police Chief Bob Jordan will answer kids' questions about police work.”

Magician Bob Eaton”, Tuesday, June 18, 11AM, Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls; Wednesday, June 19, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; and Thursday, June 27, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone. “Local magician Bob Eaton comes to wow the crowd with his amazing magic tricks!  All ages.”

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, June 18, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22341 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Wednesday, June 19, 11AM, 1PM, and 7PM, Salem Library; Thursday, June 20, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Friday, June 21, 3PM, Goldendale Library; Tuesday, June 25, 12:30PM, Jefferson Library; Tuesday, June 25, 3PM, Mt. Angel Library, Wednesday, June 26, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Gym; Wednesday, June 26, 4PM, Amity Library; Thursday, June 27, 1PM, Woodburn Library; Thursday, June 27, 4PM, Stayton Library;  and Thursday, June 27, 7PM, Silverton Library. “This educational and hands-on presentation exhibits 15-20 reptiles from diverse habitats.”  Highly recommended!

Toot Toot Beep Beep Art Adventures”, Tuesday, June 18, 3PM, Northwest Library, and Tuesday, June 25, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM).  Full speed ahead – it’s an art adventure! Colorful cars beep-beep, toot-toot, vroom-vroom and whoosh across Emma Garcia’s collage-like pages, inviting kids along on an entertaining trip. Join artist and educator Anya Hankin and participate in an energetic reading of Toot Toot Beep Beep and then get creative with glue, tissue paper, pens and googly eyes as you make your own vibrant vehicle collages come to life!”

Heart of Steel:  The Quest to Engineer the Heart”,  Tuesday, June 18, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Minors welcome with an adult.   $5 requested donation. Presented by Jacob Abraham, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Disease, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.  “In 1982, a Seattle dentist made medical history. Barney Clark was dying from end-stage heart failure. He had only one option for survival -- to replace his entire heart with a mechanical heart pump. Although he never left the hospital, he survived 112 days and proved the possibility of survival with a heart of steel. In the ensuing decades, thousands of patients with heart failure have undergone surgery to insert various machines to assist their weakened hearts. Such heart assist devices have now become a mainstream treatment option. In this talk, Dr. Abraham will examine the amazing organ that is the native heart; the extremes of cardiac function (fitness and failure); and the attempts of modern medicine to re-engineer this sublime engine.”

The Bug Chicks”, Tuesday, June 18, 2PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; Saturday, June 22, 2PM, Albina Library;  Friday, June 28, 11AM, Canby Library; and Saturday, June 29, 10:30AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 10AM).  You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!”

Rebuilding a Country:  Afghanistan Today”, Tuesday, June 18, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library.  Dawn Lloyd grew up in Battle Ground and has been teaching at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul for three years. In this slideshow presentation, she shares her insight, both positive and negative, as Afghanistan and its people try to recover from three decades of war and struggle toward a future free of conflict.”

Cowboy Buck and Elizabteth”, Tuesday, June 18. 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library. “Together, Buck and Elizabeth put on a high energy show which includes interactive musical comedy with dance, sing-along, and ventriloquism. Their music and their personalities are sure to charm audiences of all ages.”

Juneteenth:  Words Along the Way”, Wednesday, June 19, 6PM, North Portland Library.  “On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers brought Texans the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth, the observance of that date, has become a national celebration of freedom. Join us on the North Portland lawn as we celebrate Juneteenth with words and music under the skies.”

Become a Weed Watcher”, Wednesday, June 19, 7PM, Gresham City Hall, Springwater Trail Room, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham.  “Learn about common and not-so-common non-native plants in Gresham and how you can help prevent them from spreading. Help us fight off Gresham’s weedy invaders by participating as a Weed Watcher in our Early Detection, Rapid Response Program. By familiarizing yourself with problem weeds in our area, you can help us stop these plants in their tracks. With your help, we can keep our city and homes weed free.”

Year Round Vegetable Gardening”, Wednesday, June 19, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library.  Free gardening class at the Forest Grove City Library.  Presented by the OSU Extension Service.”

Concert, “Jass Two Plus One”, Wednesday, June 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library.  Jass Two Plus One brings to life the romance and adventure of the Jazz Age. Along with their music they intersperse humor, stories behind the classic jazz standards, the famous stars who sang them, and the songwriters who composed these immortal songs.”

Rick Huddle presents, “Secret Agent Underground”, Wednesday, June 19, 2PM, Gresham Library. “We’ve lost our top agent, #X. He went on an underground mission two months ago and we have not heard from him since. Where can he be? Is he in danger? Has he been captured? Help us locate #X before it’s too late! Join performer Rick Huddle on this musical mystery filled with storytelling, songs and puppets.”

Nob Hill and Beyond Walk”, Wednesday, June 19, 6PM-9PM; and Saturday, June 22, 9AM-12PM, meeting at Couch Park, NW 19th Ave. and Glisan St., Pdx.). $18 for adults, $15 for youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: Tour lead by local author Laura O. Foster.  “’Portland Nob Hill Walk’ weaves together geology, architecture, urban horticulture and ethnobotany into stories about Portland’s historic Nob Hill neighborhood. Take stairways, hidden paths and roads less traveled to learn about how the neighborhood was founded, charting its course through history as the area grew with local industry. With views of Guilds Lake and Port of Portland – and a short walk through Forest Park (the largest urban forest in the U.S.) – this tour shows why Portland is known for its green reputation, while educating participants to the area’s ecosystem.” 

We Are In A Puppet Show!", Wednesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 20, 10:15 AM, Hillsboro Main Library.  WCCLS Youth Services presents Elephant and Piggie in ‘We Are In a Puppet Show!’ This fun-filled puppet show follows Elephant and Piggie (stars of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series) on a handful of their funniest adventures. Preschool audiences are sure to delight in the joy of children's literature's favorite friends.”

Professional Zaniac Alex Zerbe”,  Wednesday, June 19, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St, McMinnville.Alex is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic. He has appeared on prime-time television in three countries including the hit NBC TV shows, ‘America’s Got Talent!’ and ‘Last Comic Standing.’ Alex is a Hacky Sack World Champion, half of the award-winning comedy act, Brothers from Different Mothers, and, as if that wasn't amazing enough, he was ranked Seattle’s 3rd Best Air Guitarist! Audiences everywhere freak out in a good way when they see Alex perform.”

komedy 4 da kids”, Wednesday, June 19, 2:30PM, Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane St., Pdx.  Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Wednesday, June 19, 8AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  Free. “This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy. We will look for our local nesting birds like Red-winged Blackbird and Downy Woodpeckers.”

Tween Science:  States of Matter”, Thursday, June 20,  3PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 4-8.  Preregistration required; register online:  “Join us for a fun, easy science experiment involving states of matter!”

What’s in Your Watt? Consumers, Clean Energy, and the Cost of Carbon”, Thursday, June 20, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans, McMinnville.  Minors welcome with an adult. $5 requested donation.  Presented by SA Anders, Director of Operations for The Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon.  “By the year 2025, at least 25% of Oregon’s power will come from renewable sources of energy. In order to seamlessly integrate renewables like solar and wind onto our aging electrical grid, we must use all the tools and technologies that are currently available to us. This means implementing smart technology—which allows consumers to interact directly with the electrical grid—as well as cost effective energy efficiency techniques. Join SA Anders of the Cititzens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) for a discussion on renewable energy, modernizing our electrical grid, and the future of energy in Oregon.”

Dragon Theater Puppets presents, “I Dig Dinosaurs”, Thursday, June 20, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton; Wednesday, June 26, 11AM and 1PM, Salem Library; Thursday, June 27, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, June 27, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx; and Thursday, June 27, 1:30PM, Estacada Library. “The host Shawnry Connery builds a time machine so that he can go back and see dinosaurs. But he keeps traveling to the wrong time and accidentally takes other historical characters with him. They all end up in the past with the dinosaurs and have to find their way back to their own times!”

Birding at Mt. Hood Lakes”, Thursday, June 20, 7:30AM-4:30PM. Preregistration required; call Denny Graham at 503-659-1245 or Kathy van der Horst at 503-233-7143. “Join the Audubon Society Magpies for a trip to three locations on the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail.   We will be visiting Wildwood Recreation Area, Trillium Lake and Little Crater Lake Meadows.  Meet Denny Graham and Kathy van der Horst at the Olive Garden Restaurant on SE Sunnyside Road across from Clackamas Town Center.   
We will leave the parking lot at 8 am. Bring a lunch, sunscreen, insect repellant and a scope if you have one.”

Steigerwald Kids Hike”, Thursday, June 20, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA.  Easy 2.2 mile loop hike, no elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online:  Environmental educator Samantha Johnson will lead this interactive nature hike at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, pointing out animal tracks, cool plants, and wild birds that live in the refuge. Fun for all ages!”

Ten Toe Walk:  Historic South Portland”, Saturday, June 20, 6PM-8PM, meeting at the Lair Hill Market Café, SW 1st Ave. and Meade St.  Free.  Lead by Arnie Pantich. “Walk from Lair Hill, one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods, to the South Auditorium District and hear about the area's rich cultural history and the changes that urban renewal brought in the 1960s.. For your convenience, all walks begin and end along TriMet routes.”

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Thursday, June 20, 1:30PM, Estacada Library.  Mz. Pearl the Clown will make you laugh with her variety show of juggling, magic, and dance.”

Rick Meyer’s Old Time Music Show”,  Thursday, June 20, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver, WA.  The show features a delightful mix of historical information, playful dialogue, audience participation, and pioneer music played on the banjo, guitar, autoharp, spoons, musical saw, jewsharp, noseflute, limberjack, harmonica, ukulele, washboard, and washtub bass.” Highly recommended!

Red Yarn Productions”, Thursday, June 20, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Artist Andy Ferguson performs folk music as well as a puppet show; combined into great entertainment!”

Mi Piñata”, Thursday, June 20, 1PM, St. Johns Library.  Preregistration required; call 503 988-5397.  “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.”

Family Folk Dance”, Thursday, June 20, 3:30PM, Belmont Library.  Free tickets available at 3PM.  “Come learn easy folk dances that are fun for the whole family! Teacher Janet Trygstad will teach you basic circle dances as well as some partner dances. Feel free to participate or watch as you and your child enjoy these cultural dances from around the world. Bring a water bottle because this energetic dancing will make you thirsty.”!

BJ the Clown”, Thursday, June 20, 2PM, Banks Library; Tuesday, June 25, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library; and Wednesday, June 26, 3PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA (outside weather permitting).  Our favorite clown kicks off our summer programs. Come along and giggle until your tummy hurts!”

Concert, “Gerardo Calderon”, Thursday, June 20, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. Gerardo Calderon will perform the zampona panflute.

Summer Solstice Event”, Friday, June 21, 7PM-8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free. All ages welcome.  Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year by going on an evening guided walk in the park. We’ll talk about what creates seasons, cultural celebrations for summer solstice from around the world, and discover the highlights of the forest this season.”

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival”, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, OR. Adults $8, kids 6-12 $3, free for ages 5 and under.  Parking $2 daily or $5 for all three days.  Music, dance, food,  parade, bonfire, and more.

Twilight Walk”, Friday, June 21, 7:30PM-9:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood.  Preregistration required; contact Jenna Mendenhall:; 503-625-5944 x222 with your name, phone number, and number of people in our group.  “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.”

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil, and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find “fossils” in the ground, make a soil superhero bookmark or create other cool soil crafts. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

The Adventures of Tommy Twimble”, Friday, June 21, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Free tickets available at 10AM.  “Before there was radio and TV, vaudeville entertained the masses. Thomas Schroyer presents an entertaining vaudevillian performance as the comic character Tommy Twimble. This style of physical theater combines elements of object manipulation, mime, magic, clowning and live music. Thomas’ lively sketches are cross generational, bringing the charm of physical comedy and circus into his modern style of storytelling.”

Grassroots Conservation on Sauvie Island”, Saturday, June 21, 9AM-12PM, Sauvie Island Grange Hall, 14443 NW Charlton Rd., Pdx.  $6.75 per person.  Preregistration required; register online:  Organized by Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.  Sauvie Island is an important wildlife area close to Portland. Diverse habitats, on the largest island in the Columbia River, are home to native frogs, turtles and provide important nesting and foraging areas for birds and mammals.  Jane Hartline, Sauvie Island landowner and founder of the Sauvie Island Habitat Partnership, will highlight grassroots efforts to monitor wildlife and restore habitats around the island.  Meet Jane at the Sauvie Island Grange Hall parking lot. Dress for the weather and bring snacks, water bottle, and a camera.”

Full RIP 9.0:  The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest”, Friday, June 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake in the continental United States. Science reporter Sandi Doughton’s ‘Full-RIP 9.0’ reports on the scientists who are trying to understand when, where, and just how big ‘the big one’ will be. Ian Madin, chief scientist at Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and Jay Wilson, vice chair on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and emergency manager, will join Doughton for a panel discussion.”

71st Anniversary of the Japanese Attack on Fort Stevens”, Friday, June 21, 11AM, Fort Stevens State Park, Battery Russell. “A solemn ceremony commemorating the surprise attack on Fort Stevens, at Battery Russell, that occurred June 21, 1942 and the ensuing peace we continue to share with the nation of Japan. Live gun solute with a modern, Oregon State Defense Force 155 mm Howitzer. Information and live presenter available through the afternoon.”

Festival of Balloons in Tigard”, Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, Cook Park 17005 SW 92nd Ave., Tigard.  Admission $7 for a 3-day pass, $5 in advance on their website: Parking on the Tigard High School field for $5 with an optional $1 shuttle. Basically this is a carnival with rides, fast food, etc.  But each morning at 5:45 (weather permitting) there are dramatic, breathtaking hot-air balloon launches which the public is invited to see up close. This is really worthwhile and something you’ll never forget. If you can’t make it then, Friday and Saturday evenings at dusk are “Night Glows” where the balloons are inflated and illuminated while on the ground.   They have promised to post timely announcements of whether balloon events can be held on their Facebook page:  If you are going to a morning event, allow plenty of time for parking and making your way to the park, and bring your own breakfast and Thermos of hot chocolate. 

Oregon and the Civil War Connections”, Saturday, June 22, 2:30PM, Beaverton Library.  Frank Krone, Portland, Oregon based historian and independent scholar,  will talk about the recent discoveries he has made about the almost 20,000 Civil War veterans who moved to Oregon after the Civil War and who set down roots and raised families as they helped Oregon to prosper and grow. He will pay special attention to five Washington County residents and their Civil War connections, including Beaverton’s first mayor who fought in the Civil War.”

Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 22, 9AM-11:30AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx.  $6 per person or $11 per household.  Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: During spring about 30 bird species migrate through Smith and Bybee Wetlands or join year-round residents for nesting. From April through June, migration and nesting peak. Learn to identify birds by sight and song with Metro naturalist James Davis. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site.”

Hike- In the Company of Old Trees”, Saturday, June 22, 1PM-4PM, meeting at the Wildwood North Trailhead via NW Germantown Rd., Forest Park, Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online:  Lead by author Paul Gerald. “Let's go to a less-visited corner of the park to see some remnant old-growth forest. This three-mile hike (with only a little uphill) will leave us plenty to time to stop, listen, and admire.”

Pollination Celebration!”, Saturday, June 22, 10AM-12PM, Howell Territorial Park,  Howell Park Rd., Sauvie Island, Pdx. Requested donation of $10 per family. Preregistration required; register online:  “Join the Sauvie Island Center as we celebrate these hard working friends of the farm and learn about pollination. Why is it an important part of the food web?  Why does clover honey taste different than wildflower honey? What kinds of insects and animals facilitate the pollination process?  All these questions and more will be answered when you attend Pollination Celebration.  We’ll end on a sweet note, tasting honey and learning why the flavor is dependent upon on where the bees have been pollinating.  Using our looking glasses, we’ll get a closer look at pollen on a variety of plants. We’ll even have the chance to see how bees gather pollen. “

Friends of Historic Champoeg Cemetery Saga”, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 5:30-8:30PM,  Champoeg State Park. $20 per person.  Call 503-678-1251 x221 for reservations.  Lovers of local history will get a chance to "visit" with several pioneer people when FHC present their third annual ‘Cemetery Sagas for the Summer Solstice’.  Costumed actors will portray individuals from Oregon's early history, each making a brief appearance a their respective graves, to talk about interesting facts and incidences concerning their lives. Participants travel by bus between locations that include a grave within the Champoeg State Heritage Area, in addition to both the Butteville and Champoeg cemeteries.  Live music by the local group, Heartstrings, and fresh strawberry shortcake will complete the tours in the historic Manson barn behind the Visitor Center.”
Painted Turtle Walk”, Saturday, June 22, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and older. $6 per person or $11 per household. Preregistration required; register online at: “Smith and Bybee Wetlands is home to one of the state’s largest Western painted turtle populations. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis. Take a close look with a telescope, learn about the turtles’ natural history and examine turtle shells found in the wetlands.” 

Shakespeare and Tragedy:  Hamlet”, Saturday, June 22, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Library.  Suggested for grades 4-6.  Preregistration required; register online.  Explore one of Shakespeare's most iconic plays with Bag and Baggage actor Cassie Greer as we venture into the world of "Hamlet." We'll play acting games, learn about poetic verse, and see what it might be like to live in Hamlet's Denmark.”

Story Exploration with Portland Children’s Museum”, Saturday, June 22, 11:30AM, Midland Library. Suggested for ages 3-8.  “It’s the museum that’s on the move! Portland Children’s Museum is visiting the library to celebrate literacy! Join Museum storytellers and artists for an interactive storytime and an exploration of your own stories through art activities.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, June 22, 9:30PM until around 12AM, 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:

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up, and Away!”, Saturday, June 22, 2:30PM, Woodstock Library.  “Let our mad scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter, gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science float your boat.”

Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival”, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 10AM-4PM, D-River Wayside, Lincoln City, OR.  The weekend includes featured flyers, family-friendly activities like kite-making, a kid’s kite parade, and a mass ascension. This year’s theme is “Tales of Tails,” honoring the pod of life-sized gray whale kites that migrate to the festival. The festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful ‘big’ kites in the world!”
Family Nature Explorers- Oxbow Regional Park”, Sunday, June 23, 10AM-1PM, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham.  Suggested for ages 4 and older.  $11 per family, plus $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Preregistration required; register online:  Bring your family into the woods for nature games with Metro staff and volunteer naturalists. Kick off your shoes, run in the grass, use your owl eyes, stalk like a fox and play nutty squirrels.”

Kid’s Comic Class”, Sunday, June 23, 2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx.  $15. Suggested for ages 10-17. Preregistration required; register online:  In this workshop we will design characters and take them on an adventure in comics! We will develop the character’s personalities and learn how to draw them from different angles, with different emotions. We will also design the world the characters live in and set obstacles for them. At the end, each student will have a nine panel comic. Materials and snacks provided.”

Super Hero Day!”, Sunday, June 23, 1PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354 to register.  Albert District children’s book store Green Bean Books invites all little heroes to celebrate Super Hero Day with us! The event will include mask and cape making, a kryptonite scavenger hunt, as well as super songs and stories!”

Author Talk, “Wendy Tremayne”, Sunday, June 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Wendy Tremayne reads from her book, “The Good Life Lab:  Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living”. “This is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and tutorials to guide readers in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less on money. Tremayne wholeheartedly believes that everyone has the skill, imagination and creativity to make it work.”

2Jazz Guitars presents, “All That Jazz”, Sunday, June 23, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery.  In the first decade of the 20th century, ragtime, the blues and Tin Pan Alley would mix and mingle styles, melodies and rhythms that would soon evolve into America’s most popular music: The swinging sounds of big band jazz. Some of the more popular tunes of the time include ‘12th Street Jazz,’ ‘St. Louis Blues,’ and ‘Frankie and Johnny.’  2JazzGuitars, featuring Barry Glick and Ben Graves, will play a selection of the best known and most recorded songs of the period.”

Bird Walk on Mitchell Creek”, Sunday, June 23, 8AM-10AM, 15912 SE Clatsop, Pdx.  Preregistration required, contact Amy of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council at 541-968-3530. “Join us for a Bird Walk with birding expert Joe Liebezeit for Sunday, June 23 at Mitchell Creek (a Johnson Creek tributary). Participants should bring binoculars (but not required) and a notepad. Some bird ID books will be provided. Some walking on uneven ground - not wheel chair accessible. Dress for the weather. In the event of strong rains, event will be cancelled.”

Chinatown/Old Town Tour”, Sunday, June 23, 10AM-12:30PM and Sunday, June 30, 4PM-6:30PM, beginning at Voodoo Doughnuts. $18 adults, $15 youth, students and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: “While today Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant history is rich and storied. ‘Old Town/ Chinatown’ shows the challenges faced by Portland’s ethnic communities, as well as their many contributions to the city’s economy, industry and culture. Topics covered by this tour include Portland’s first African American community, Japan Town, Chinatown and more. Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, this tour charts Portland’s urban development, and how these transformations created the city we know today.”

Knights of Veritas”, Monday, June 24, 4PM , Tigard Library; and Thursday, June 27 (time TBA), Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Knights of Veritas challenges the common myths and misconceptions about knights and medieval history, encouraging reevaluation of long-held beliefs and building critical thinking skills. All aspects of Knights of Veritas presentations are based on current scholarship, archaeology and interpretation of period sources; the clothing, armour and weapons are accurate to the originals in form and design, using period materials and accurate in detail right down to the buttons and buckles.”

Nasty, Brutish and Short: The Lives (and Deaths) of Star Clusters in the Milky Way”, Monday, June 24, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Minors welcome with an adult.  $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kevin Covey, PhD, assistant astronomer at Lowell Observatory. “Star clusters are some the most beautiful objects in our night sky, but they are also among the most fragile: most star clusters are destroyed shortly after they form, dissipating their stars throughout the Milky Way. Since most stars and planets form within these young clusters, the processes that destroy these clusters could strongly influence the structure and very survival of planetary systems.  Indeed, the outer regions of our own solar system may still show scars today tracing back to its early escape from its original birth cluster. In this talk, astronomer Kevin Covey will explain how star clusters form, and identify the leading suspects for causing their untimely demise. Kevin will describe a ‘forensic study’ he and his colleagues are conducting of two young clusters forming in the constellation of Perseus. By understanding the properties of these young clusters, which share a common birthplace but occupy different stages along a cluster's evolutionary path, Dr. Covey and his colleagues are uncovering new clues that may overturn previous theories of the life and death of young clusters.”

Chamber Music Northwest 43rd Annual Summer Festival”,  Monday, June 24 through July 28.  This summer, CMNW gathers some of the world's most distinguished artists for five exhilarating weeks of inspired performances at Portland's most intimate venues.”  Details here:

Special Honeybee Hike with the Bug Chicks”, Wednesday, June 24, 10AM-11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Free.  Suggested for ages 2-6 with an adult. “Meet Bug Chicks Kristie and Jessica and learn how to introduce your youngsters to insects. First-come, first-served – limited to 30 maximum participants.”

Curt Carlyle’s Seriously Funny Juggling”, Tuesday, June 25, 11AM, Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls; and Wednesday, June 26, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library.  World class juggling skills fused with fresh, innovative comedy!”

Talk Back to Books”, Tuesday, June 25, 4PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Talk Back to Books: a book group for young teens ages 10 and up. Read, discuss, and recommend your favorite books.”

OMSI Presents, “Prehistoric Dinosaurs”, Tuesday, June 25, 2PM and 3PM, Holgate Library.  Suggested for grades K-3.  What do you know about dinosaurs? Paleontology, the science of studying fossils, is the best way for us to learn all about these prehistoric creatures. Join OMSI science educators and become a fossil-digging paleontologist for a day as you learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces.”

Extreme Low Tide Critter Walk, Bainbridge Island”, Tuesday, June 25, 12PM-2PM, Fay Bainbridge Park, 15446 Sunrise Dr., Bainbridge Island, WA.  Free. All ages welcome. Yes, this is pretty far flung but very cool! “Spend your afternoon with moon snails, sea stars and sea shells galore! A -2.9 low tide will reveal marine life for beachcombers of all ages! Join IslandWood naturalists, Bainbridge Island Beach Naturalists and Kitsap Beach Watchers for a beach combing morning to remember! Hunt for sea stars, sea cucumbers, urchins and marine worms with friendly beach naturalists as your guides.  We'll get a close-up look at critters and hidey holes rarely seen at this extremely low -2.9 tide!  Participants will learn to use hand-lenses and colorful marine life field guides to enhance identification. Beach naturalists will model respectful techniques for interacting with beach wildlife as we practice being responsible beach stewards while having fun in the sun!”

Fractured Fairy Tale Camp”, Tuesday, June 25, Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27, 1PM-4PM, Tualatin Library.  Suggested for ages 9-12.  Participants should plan to attend all three days.  Preregistration required; register online:  At this 3-day camp, kids will get silly with fractured fairy tales.  At the end of camp, each kid will take home a book that they have written and illustrated themselves! Join us for this three day camp where you can learn all about fractured fairy tales.  On Day 1, you'll learn how to ‘fracture’ a fairy tale.  We'll share some of our favorite fractured fairy tales and get you started fracturing your own.  On Day 2, you'll learn about illustrating your story, with a special emphasis on collage illustration.  On Day 3, you'll put everything together and leave with your very own hand-made book.”
Concert, “Cinda Tilgner”, Tuesday, June 25, 10AM, Hoodland Library, Welches; and Thursday, June 27, 10AM, Sandy Library.
“The Marquam Mosaic:  Wildflowers in Clay”, Tuesday, June 25, 3PM, Hillsdale Library.  Suggested for ages 10 and up.  Preregistration required; register online:  Sculpt wildflowers from our local forests in clay with artist Lynn Takata. Trillium, twinflower, Oregon grape can be inspiring subjects. Learn about shading and paint your artwork. After being fired, one of your designs will be a beautiful part of the Marquam Mosaic. Help create Southwest Portland’s newest public art project. Be part of neighborhood history by creating mosaics for the Marquam Nature Park. Learn about some of our native forest plants and flowers. Your mosaic will be part of a beautiful tangible mosaic representing the natural environment. Come celebrate this fall at a public dedication at the park.”
Brad Clark:  Songs and Stories”, Tuesday, June 25, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22341 SW Pine St., Sherwood; and Saturday, June 28, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM.)  “Join storyteller and musician Brad Clark for a lively performance of stories and songs for kids and the young at heart. Brad weaves instruments and props, as well as tons of activity and audience participation, into his interactive shows. Most stories and songs are inspired by books right out of the library, so kids can dig deeper into the things they love.”

Concert, “Recess Monkey”, Tuesday, June 25, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin.  “What time is it? It's Recess Monkey time! Recess Monkey is the award winning children's music band from Seattle, WA! ‘This Seattle band is composed of three elementary-school teachers who have a bit of a Beatles fixation. And the CD sounds as if the Fab Four or the Kinks had recorded tracks about birthday parties, pets, and monsters under the bed. The topics on this disc are child-focused, but the music will definitely hook parents, too.’ -- Real Simple”
Family Campfire Adventure”, Tuesday, June 25, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Suggested for ages 5-12 with an adult.  $6 per person.  Preregistration required; register online  All about canine carnivores; learn about coyotes and foxes as we discover how to track these elusive nocturnal creatures.  After our hike we’ll play some fun tracking games and enjoy the campfire with S’mores for dessert.”
Mo Phillips Presents, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Kindy”, Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 AM, Hillsboro Main Library, Wednesday, June 26, 3PM, Cornelius Library, Thursday, June 27, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; and Thursday, June 27, 2PM, Banks Library. All ages welcome. “Join the band! This super interactive rock 'n' roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. Write and record a song with Mo Phillips using your hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in the silliest of ways.”
Wednesday Twilight Hikes”, Wednesdays beginning June 26 through August, 7PM-8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Suggested for ages 8 and up. “One of nature’s most spectacular events takes place daily at Tryon Creek as day turns to night and the familiar becomes the mysterious.   Join a ranger for an hour and a half dusk hike to discover the creatures of the night and explore their nighttime senses.  From owl exploration and bat chats to sensory hikes, there is something for all ages in this weekly summer hike.”
Steve’s Creature Feature”, Wednesday, June 26, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library; and Thursday, June 27, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove.  “Start off the summer with some creepy crawly fun with this hands-on reptile program.”  Highly recommended!
Author Talk, “Cheryl Strayed”, Wednesday, June 26, 7:30PM (doors open at 7PM), Southridge High School, 9625 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton.  Join your Washington County friends and neighbors for an evening with Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author of ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’.”  At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”
Tears of Joy Presents, “The Mantis and the Moon”, Wednesday, June 26, 2PM, Gresham Library.  The proud praying mantis declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it, so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him. While his daughter, Porcupine, tries to gain his attention, Mantis focuses on his desire to achieve greater heights. He tries to trap the moon several times unsuccessfully, and in his failure he learns humility and the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Having learned his lesson Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Sing along with Mantis as we try to capture the moon!”
Moveable Murals”, Saturday, June 26, 2:30PM, Woodstock Library.  “Have you always wanted a mural painted in your bedroom, playroom or kitchen? 'Movable' murals are painted on vinyl and window cling, which can be stuck and unstuck to any wall surface without leaving a mark. Join artist Addie Boswell in creating your first small movable pieces by drawing a design and painting it in with acrylics. Take home your wall art and the skills to make more on your own.”

Oregon Fantasy Puppet Theatre Presents, "Green Hats and Dragon Eggs", Wednesday, June 26, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. "This tale stars King Topper and Sir Sneeze-a-lot, who leave Princess Sheila at home while they go on a dragon quest.  The Princess and her dog Tag discover a peace dragon in a cave.  The show includes lots of laughs and songs, and the marionettes were designed by children.  Puppeteer Celeste Rose graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in drama.  She’s been performing marionette puppet shows for over 30 years.  A founder of the Rose Children’s Theatre in Eugene, she has toured far and wide, presenting her shows to delighted audiences.  She creates her own stages, backdrops, props, and whimsical marionettes.  Rose’s shows are always crowd pleasers.  This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library."

Mad Science Presents, “Dig Into Reading”, Wednesday, June 26, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver, WA; and Thursday, June 27, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City.  Dig into reading! Discover the science of what happens underground.”
Tour of Gresham’s Natural Areas- Gresham Butte”, Wednesday, June 26, 6PM-7:30PM, meeting at the west end of Saddle Trail (cul-de-sac at end of SW 19th Drive, off of Towle Avenue), Gresham. Free. RSVPs requested; contact Matthew Yates 503-618-2961 or “Gresham Butte is home to a variety of upland wildlife, including Pileated Woodpeckers and a pair of Ravens. This walk and talk will include wildlife and plant identification and a look at an ongoing replanting project.”
Tears of Joy Presents, “Clever Quwi:  The Underground Adventures of A Trickster Guinea Pig”, Thursday, June 27, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Suggested for ages 4 and up. A folktale of South America.  Created to fit the National Summer Reading Program “Dig into Reading”, Tears of Joy Theatre presents Clever Quwi: The Underground Adventures of a Trickster Guinea Pig. This bilingual and interactive one-person puppet show pits the cunning Quwi against the dimwitted Zorro the fox. Quwi tricks Zorro into holding a large boulder to keep up the sky and digging a deep burrow to hide from the end of the world. With recognizable themes from Looney Toons and Brer Rabbit, this tale dives deep into fun and trickery!”
Meteorites!”, Thursday, June 27, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library.  Dick Pugh from PSU’s Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory will educate us in his field of expertise and answer questions.  He will bring $10,000-$15,000 worth of meteorites with him.  He also invites attendees to bring in anything that they think may be a meteorite.”
Motion Magic”, Thursday, June 27, 2PM, Stevenson Library.  Traditional and original stories are told through circus theater. The ordinary becomes extraordinary as simple characters come to life.”
Kayak Tour of River Mill Reservoir”, Thursday, June 27, 9AM, Milo McIver State Park, River Mill Boat Ramp.  $15.  For ages 6 and up with and adult. Preregistration required; call 1-800-452-5687. “Join a Park Naturalist for a guided tour of the River Mill Reservoir.”
Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration”, Thursday, June 27, 11AM-11PM, Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Pdx. “Help us celebrate our first 100 years at Peninsula Park and Community Center!  We'll have live music, circus performances, vendors, food, family activity stations, bouncy houses, rock wall climbing, puppet show, ice cream social, and a movie in the park to end the night.”
Broadway Rose Theater presents, “Cats”, Thursday, June 27 through July 21, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard.  Tickets vary. Performance run time is 2 ½ hours with one 15 minute intermission. “Inspired by the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theater phenomenon, Cats opened at London’s New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. Cats’ London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran for just over 18 years. This enchanting musical features the immortal ballad “Memory,” as well as a collection of other whimsical tunes enjoyed by audiences young and old.”
Maintaining Your Summer Garden”, Thursday, June 27, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library.  “How is your garden growing?  WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners will share tips on keeping your summer garden at its best. Topics will include watering, weeding, fertilizing, tomato pruning, disease and pest awareness, and more.  Didn’t start a garden this spring? It’s not too late! Come and find out which crops you can start now for a fall harvest.”
Poet Reading, “Paulann Petersen”, Friday, June 28, 6:30PM, Cornelius Library.  Paulann Petersen served recently as Oregon’s Poet Laureate.
Plant Projects at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 28,  Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful kids garden. Enjoy fun activities such as make-and-take seed planting, seed mosaics, flower origami or leaf rubbings. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Concert, “Ed and the Red Reds”, Friday, June 28, 7PM, Tigard Library.  Ed and The Red Reds make music that's rooted equally in the blues and the Pacific Northwest, with influences from classic Johnny Cash tunes to modern country and rock.  If you like mandolins with your rock-n-roll and a little heartbreak in your love songs, this is the concert for you.”
Author Talk, “Rosanne Parry”, Friday, June 28, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hill  Blvd., Beaverton. “Pearl had always dreamed of hunting whales, just like her father. Of taking to the sea in their eight-man canoe, standing in the prow with a harpoon, and waiting for the whale to lift his barnacle-speckled head as it offers his life for the tribe. But now that can never be. Pearl’s father was lost on the last hunt, and the whales hide from the great steam-powered ships carrying harpoon cannons which harvest not one but dozens of whales from the ocean. Pearl’s people, the Makah, struggle to survive as Pearl searches for ways to preserve their stories and skills. ‘Heart of a Shepherd’ author Rosanne Parry had her first teaching job on a Native American reservation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Deeply inspired by the Quinault and Makah people, Rosanne Parry shines a light on their history in the 1920s a time of critical cultural upheaval for many tribes of the Pacific Northwest.”
“The Good, The Bad, and the Unforgettable:  Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail”, Friday, June 28, 7PM, Estacada Library.  “Every year hundreds of people dare to step outside their "normal" life; leaving behind their jobs, families, and creature comforts in an attempt to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail. Fewer than half finish this 2,669 mile expedition, but it forever changes the ones that do. Join Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser for a candid glimpse into the world of a thru-hiking—the glamour, the guts, and the tears.  From her first steps at the Mexican border with her never-been-backpacking cousin, to her final hobbles past the Canadian border with her dad, she will share the stories and photos that shaped her journey and, now, her life.”
Juggling with Charlie Brown”, Friday, June 28, 3PM, Goldendale Library.  You'll be amazed and delights with the hilarious antics of juggler Charlie Brown. Fun for the whole family.”
Copper Creepy Crawlers”, Saturday, June 29, 2PM, Albina Library.  Suggested for ages 6 and up.  Artist Kathleen Karbo will show you how to create your own bugs, spiders and crazy creepy crawlers using copper wire, beads and other materials. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers.”
Wapato Nature Walks”, Saturday, June 29, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island.  Suggested for ages 8 and up.  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. The trail around Virginia Lake is approximately 2 miles long. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at Wapato Access Greenway.”
Folded Face Puppets”, Saturday, June 29, 2PM, Midland Library.  In this workshop, children will create moving mouth puppets. Puppetkabob will show you how to fold paper to create the roaring mouth of a dinosaur, then add spots and spikes to complete your design. Or add yellow and black stripes to make a big mouth bee! Or you can even add a bill to make a happy quacking duck! Anything is possible!”
Dig It Program”, Saturday, June 29, 1PM, Battle Ground Library.  Get your work clothes on and come get dirty! We will be digging in the sand, reading stories, building with Home Depot, and having all kinds of ‘constructive’ kid fun! Adults, don’t forget your cameras!”
Treat Day”, Saturday, June 29, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA.  Free. “Treat Day is the time we get to let loose, and have some fun. Cookies, Cakes, Scones, Muffins, and even doggie biscuits are likely to turn up. Our volunteers will whip up their favorite goodies and we will be sharing them with our visitors. There will be plenty of coffee and milk to wash down those cookies. We like to share our recipes, too. Visitors will be greeted and given a ‘Working Tour’ of how this mill still works today. Huge pulleys and belts spinning above and below are turning and churning to produce flour and corn meal. These samples are given to the visitors for take home and a first hand experience of the products. No gas or electricity are used, simply mother nature's water power. All that work here are volunteers and are more than happy to explain how this process works to any and all.”

Tualatin River Discovery Day”, Saturday, June 29, beginning at the Tualatin Riverkeepers River House, 11675 SW Hazelbrook Rd., Tualatin.  Preregistration required; canoe and kayak rentals available.  See their website for details: Join us for a fun day on the river! Discovery Day is a 2.5 mile paddle trip hosted by Tualatin Riverkeepers to raise awareness of the Tualatin River, its wildlife and the health of the water, environment and people.  Discovery Day is designed for first time paddlers and families with children.”
Pittock in the Park Hike”, Saturday, June 29, 1PM-4PM, meeting at Upper Macleay Park via NW Cornell Rd., Forest Park, Pdx.  $10 for hike plus $8.50 for a tour of Pittock Mansion. (Because we won’t have enough time for a full tour, Pittock Mansion will provide a free admission pass for each of us to visit the Mansion again.) Preregistration required; register online: Witness spectacular views on this hike through Forest Park to Pittock Mansion and enjoy a tour of one of Portland's historical landmarks.”
Silent Movie Showings”, Saturday, June 29, 11AM-3PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B with showtimes at 11:30. 12:30 and 1:30.  Donations to the Beaverton Historical Society requested. “We will be showing a selection of Silent Comedy Classics. Movies are each about 15-20 min. in length.”
16th Annual Salem World Beat Festival”, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, Riverfront Park, 200 Water St. NE, Salem. $5 requested donation.  Join 30,000 attendees and come be a part of the 16th annual World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2013. Taste the ethnic foods; listen to music and discussion from around the world; see performances from Africa, Asia and Europe; and have your children explore the kids’ activity tents and collect passport stamps from every continent. Discover that our neighbors and friends come from all over the world and live right here in our community. The World Beat Festival is Salem’s most vital expression of who we are, and contributes significantly to our community success. This Festival we have a special focus on the culture of Japan; so expect plenty of unique traditions from the Land of the Rising Sun to be a part of the many cultures you will explore.”
Recycled Arts Festival”, Saturday, June 29, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, June 30, 10AM-4PM, Esther Short Park, W. 8th St. and W. Columbia St., Vancouver.  Free. “Visit the hippest, most eco-conscious event in SW Washington!  Live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more than 120 vendors selling art crafted from recycled items will highlight this year’s 8th annual Recycled Arts Festival. Artists will display and sell art designed from reused and reclaimed materials, such as metal, glass and porcelain garden art, recycled paper books and cards, reclaimed turned wood sculpture, jewelry and clocks made from old vinyl records and reclaimed bicycle tires and gears, and tin can lanterns and birdfeeders. Live music, from steel drums to Zydeco, will be on stage throughout the weekend.
  Both days will feature a juggling stilt walker, storyteller Will Hornyak, an opportunity for children to learn circus tricks on the lawn and a chance to create their own recycled art.   Jugglemania will present a stage show both days and perform throughout the park during festival hours.  Eartha the Clown will be in attendance with her cockatoo, Major. The popular Tossed and Found Experience will return to the festival this year. The display consists of reusable items “rescued” from garbage transfer stations. Festival-goers can browse this display all day Saturday and Sunday in the large tent in front of the Salmon Run Bell Tower. Items will be available for purchase at local area thrift shops after the festival.”

Wonderful news!  The Willamette Shore Trolley will resume operations in July after a looong period of being out of service.  Check here for details as they are announced: