Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nifty November

This is my list of free and low cost events around the greater Portland area for the month of November 2013.  I compile this list every month for the homeschool group we belong to, which has kids in grades 1-5, but most have much wider appeal.  I look for stuff with educational or cultural value.  This month I wanted to get the awesome Buzz Moran to proofread for me, but I couldn't find him anywhere!  (I think he was lurking in the hardware store.)  I had to ask my sock monkeys to do it... again!  So, if you plan on attending anything, be sure to doublecheck the info in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations.

As the rain begins, tree planting season swings into action! Solve and Friends of Trees offer lots of  tree planting events, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come!  If you are interested in finding more kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful resource.  Click on their "advanced search" to find age-appropriate happenings. 

Money Matters for Homeschoolers”, Friday, November 1, 11AM, Beaverton Library. “Homeschool families with kids of all ages join us for activities, games and resource sharing all about money and financial literacy. All ages. Drop in with adult.”

Journey Theater Presents, “Phantom Tollbooth Jr.”, Friday, November 1 through Saturday, November 16, Ft. Vancouver High School Auditorium, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 youth ages 2-18 and seniors, and $10 for all at Family Day November 16 at 3PM. School day matinees require a group of 10 or more for a $6 ticket price. “Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Demons of Ignorance are certain he will be their next victim, telling him “If you get the urge to do anything – don’t. It could be dangerous.” To the rescue comes ‘Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.’! Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book is given full musical treatment in this acclaimed stage version of the modern tale of a boy who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother Kings who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. Aided by a trusty time-keeping dog, Tock, Milo successfully brings harmony to the Land of Wisdom and learns many things about words and numbers along his journey. Perhaps the most important lesson he takes with him, however, is that everything we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone. When he returns home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover. With a book adapted by Mr. Juster himself, witty lyrics full of wordplay by Sheldon Harnick (‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘She Loves Me’) and a melodious score by Arnold Black, ‘Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.’ is an endearing show that audiences of all ages will find appealing.”

Bats- Not What You Think”, Friday, November 1, 7PM, Stub Stewart State Park, Dairy Creek West Meeting Hall. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn about the night creatures that roam the skies of the park and beyond. These types of programs are designed for active listening and involve very little prep for you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Half log benches and/or chairs are provided. There may even be a campfire! What to bring? Camp chairs (if you want) and an inquisitive mind. Bring some comfy, warm clothes just in case. Restrooms are around the corner.”

Author Reading, “Matt Love”, Friday, November 1, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Matt Love reads from his book, “Of Walking In Rain”, which “blends and eclectic variety of literary genres- including memoir, essay, vignette, diary, reportage, satire, oral history, weather report, discography, liner notes, polemic, and confession- in reflecting upon our state’s most famous cultural asset.”

Multnomah Arts Center Open House”, Friday, November 1, 5PM, 7688 SE Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. Instructors show, Little Artists Preschool Open House, Village Vaudeville in the MAC auditorium at 7PM, Open House Clay Night (pieces will not be fired, but Family Clay Night will be happening as well), Solar Plate Printmaking Demo and Studio Opening, Photography and Darkroom Studio Opening, Metalsmithing Demo and Studio Opening, Family and Youth Woodshop for ages 2-11, and Hand Weaving Demo. More info here:

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays through December 6 (no session Nov. 29), 6PM-8:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. $20 per session for adult/child pair, $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office. “Come as a family and play with clay! Includes glazes, firings, and 5lbs of clay. Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.”

Corrido Calavera”, now through November 10, Miracle Theatre Group, 425 SE 6th Ave., Pdx. Ticket prices vary. Bilingual. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Each year the dead are commemorated in the oldest celebration of the Day of the Dead in Portland. This year’s show directed by Lakin Valdez of the legendary Teatro Campesino, will delight in the style of the classic obra calavera. Broad physical language, musicality, raunchy humor and bitter irony such as one might encounter during the Day of the Dead in Mexico, interweaves with a modern twist! Join the muertitos as they wake up in a new reality and learn to let go of the crazy dreams of life!”

Nordic Christmas Traditions”, Friday, November 1, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171 (building is at the SE corner of SW Mill St. and SW Park Blvd.). “Lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served in the Finnish Room afterwards. Moderator is Carol DeSau. Presenters are: Fritse Hakkinen (Denmark), Kalev and Janne Sepp (Estonia), Eila Chisholm (Finland), Edda Sigurdar (Iceland), Nina Poe (Norway), and Lars Nordstrom (Sweden).”

Day of the Dead Celebration”, Friday, November 1, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. Suggested for grades K-6. “Join us for a bilingual family celebration of Day of the Dead, a traditional Mesoamerican holiday dedicated to the ancestors and that honors the cycle of life. Come and listen to stories about this holiday and stay for a special craft!”

Concert, “Here Comes Everybody”, Friday, November 1, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library, community room. “Conceived by song-writing duo Michael Jarmer and Rene Ormae-Jarmer, Here Comes Everybody will perform songs from their upcoming release, ‘The Play's the Thing,’ featuring Shakespeare's words set to piano-pop-rock music. Featuring Steve Hale on bass, there will be songs from Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream with 3- part harmonies and original tunes.”

Day of the Dead”, Saturday, November 2, 11AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 2-11. “Join us in celebrating the Day of the Dead with crafts at this drop-in program in the Storytime Room.”

Family Field Trip Day”, Saturday, November 2, 10AM-2PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $5 per child, adults free, maximum $20 per family. Preregistration required; register online:“What do bird watching, learning how to live off of the land, and nature walks have in common? All are activities being offered at Columbia Springs’ Family Field Trip Day on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This fun-filled day is designed for families to explore the wonders of nature. Each year thousands of elementary students visit the Columbia Springs campus for outdoor science education. This special event showcases several of the activities available to the schools that visit the site. For this special event, kids of all ages are invited to experience nature crafts and hands-on learning stations at Columbia Springs’ 100+ acre urban natural area. Food will be available for purchase.”

Annual Chestnut Roast”, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3, 1PM-5PM, Nella Chestnut Farm, 3435 Neal Creek Rd.,
 Hood River. “Here at Nella Chestnut Farm, we combine our efforts with a local winery, Hood River Vineyards, and celebrate a chestnut roast with red wine, Italian Style. Come join us for a fun filled day of enjoying chestnuts hot off an open fire and vino. According to Italian custom, the chestnuts are roasted, peeled and dropped into a glass of red wine. As the wine is sipped, the flavors and aromas of the chestnut mingle with the fruitiness of the wine, creating a unique sensation.”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, November 2, 1PM, Forest Park, Lower Saltzman Trailhead via Hwy 30., Pdx. 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.”

Book Launch, “Emily Winfield Martin”, Saturday, November 2, 3PM, Land Gallery, 3925 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Book reading and signing for Emily Winfield Martin’s children’s book which she wrote and illustrated, “Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey”. “Emily Martin convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible. In her debut picture book, Author and Illustrator Emily Winfield Martin invites children to discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. Within the gentle rhyme and lush illustrations, Dream Animals introduces a new night time mythology, ideal for bed time reading. Furred or Finned or Feathered, your Dream Animal is waiting!”

Family Wormshop”, Saturday, November 2, 10AM, CASEE, 11104 NE 149th St., Bush Prairie, WA. $35 per family for each wormbin provided; lesson free if you don’t want a bin to take home. Preregistration required; register online: “Squirmy fun for the whole family. Learn the basics of home vermicomposting and go home with your own worm bin and worms. A $35 materials fee gets you a bin and worms. Free if you just want the info! 

Newt Day”, Saturday, November 2, 12PM-4PM, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton. $2 per person, free for kids 2 and under. “Do you love wet, fall weather? Do you want to get your family out exploring the out-of-doors in the "off" season? Have you always wanted to know about local wildlife of all sizes? Join the newts on the trails and around the Interpretive Center as we delve into the wonders of autumn and all the exciting natural discoveries that it brings to park visitors. This is a family-friendly event that provides activities designed to inspire exploration of nature during the season when it is tempting to stay inside. Come dressed for the weather so that you will be comfortable participating in the outdoor activities.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in November, 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.” November 2- Slugs: More than Slime; November 9- The Forest Prepares for Winter; November 16- Stories of Stumps: History of Tryon Creek; November 23- Conifers of Tryon Creek; November 30- Slugs: More than Slime.

Family Field Trip Day”, Saturday, November 2, 10AM and 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. $6 per person. Suggested for grades K-6. Preregistration required; register online: “All the animals that live in our forest have special body parts and behaviors that help them to survive. Thousands of children learn all about these adaptations every year on a field trip to Tryon Creek. Bring your family for the same fun experience and see what makes Tryon Creek such a special field trip destination.”

Ft. Vancouver Lantern Tours”, Saturday, November 2, and Saturday, November 16, 6:30PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6230. “Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a park ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort's buildings. Finish of your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!”

Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, November 2, 10AM, OMSI, Life Science Lab. Tickets $8; one microscope per ticket and maximum of two people per ticket. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands-on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.”

Weekend Guided Tour”, Saturday, November 2, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick on a Fall Color Guided Walk to view the many wonders and beautiful colors in the Garden.”

Come Fall For Rats”, Saturday, November 2, 11AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. $5 adults, $3 children 4 and older, free for kids 3 and under. The fall show of the RatsPacNW Rat Fanciers Club.

Dining at Downton: A Trial By Fork”, Saturday, November 2, 2PM, Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. “In this one hour program food historian Tames Alan of Living History Lectures demystifies the manners, menu, and accoutrements of a formal 12-course dinner as would have been eaten upstairs at Downton Abbey before the outbreak of World War I.”

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior”, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3, 10AM-5PM, Vancouver Landing, west of 100 Columbia St., Vancouver. Free. “You are invited aboard our state of the art sailing ship, the Rainbow Warrior, for a free tour. This 190 ft. ship is the newest generation of Greenpeace’s historic fleet and includes some of the most environmentally-friendly sailing technology available. The Rainbow Warrior is coming to the Portland-region for the first time on its West Coast Tour and will be open to the public. Join us at Vancouver Landing, West of 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 10am-5pm for a behind the scenes look at how the ship works and how it’s helping tackle the biggest issues affecting our climate, oceans, forests, and global community. Also learn about local campaigns, including how individuals across Oregon and Washington are standing up to stop coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. Sunday morning will include family friendly activities like face painting, costumes for taking photos, custom temporary tattoos and stickers, and coloring sheets. Tours of the ship will also be adapted for a younger audience. 

Please note that tours have uneven surfaces and steep stairs. ”

Portland’s Food Carts”, Saturday, November 2, 3PM, Belmont Library; Tuesday, November 5, 6PM, Holgate Library; and Sunday, November 17, 2PM, Northwest Library. “From Korean tacos to New York pizza, Portland’s food carts are transforming the way we eat! Join Brett Burmeister, owner and managing editor of, to learn all about the history of Portland food carts as well as information for getting into the food cart business yourself.”

Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood”, Saturday, November 2, 1PM, Troutdale Library; and Saturday, November 9, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Ever stopped to think about that tree in front of your house? How about those that shade the schoolyard or your walk to the bus stop? Every day Portlanders walk, bike, bus or drive past thousands of trees. They shade our streets and homes, filter water and air, and provide habitat to urban wildlife. Portland is a Tree City USA, home to a diverse and growing urban canopy. Do you know their names? How or why they were planted here? What will they look like in the fall ... in the winter? Get on a first-name basis with the urban forest in this fun session with your Neighborhood Tree Stewards. We'll teach you how to use a tree identification book, and then you'll take your new skills for a walk! The first half of this program will take place in the library, the second half will be a short walk exploring the neighborhood's trees.”

Sugar Skulls”, Saturday, November 2, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online:úcar/13321 “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy. Nuestro Canto will also explain the special place that sugar skulls have in honoring our ancestors.” Highly recommended! 

Leave It to Beavers”, Saturday, November 2, 11AM- 12PM, Stub Stewart State Park, Dairy Creek Amphitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Park maintenance is no problem when you have highly skilled wildlife engineers taking care of things for us. Stretch your legs and get out into the woods to some of the more secluded parts of the park. Nothing crazy but you may be hiking through changing grades on some dirt trails. Come prepared for some great adventures. What to bring? Make like the scouts and 'be prepared' with weather appropriate clothes, hiking shoes, water bottle, and trail snacks so we can discover what this park has to offer. Take a restroom break before.”

Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, November 2, 1PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Sign-ups at 12:45. “Molly Newman hosts our monthly Bee for kids of all ages and levels.”

Native Music and Dance: Yesterday, Today and Forever”, Saturday, November 2, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Sunday, November 17, 11AM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 10:30). “Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Painted Sky's primary goals are to engage youth in the study and performance of Native American music, dance and song. Come join Painted Sky for a lively and educational experience.”

The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin”, Saturday, November 2, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 3 and up. “A puppet show based on a Bengali folktale. Presented by the Micha-el School Puppeteers.”

Day of the Dead”, Saturday, November 2, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. It is a tradition that varies from region to region and has its roots in ancient Aztec religion. Día de los Muertos is a festive occasion set aside to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Join us with your family as we celebrate this holiday with special crafts, games, and food.”

Meet Dash’Ka’yah and Coyote”, Saturday, November 2, 11AM, Troutdale Library. “Come join Ed Edmo and meet . . .
Dash'ka'yah - the monster woman - with long hair, claws for fingers, scraggly teeth, snot down to here, and bad breath! Hah!
 Coyote - hear his stories: Coyote Made the Columbia River (Colville); Coyote Steals the Water from Frog (Kalypua); Coyote Eats His Own Rump (Klamath); Coyote Places the Stars (Warm Springs); Coyote Loses His Eyes (Nez Perce).
 She Who Watches - (Wishram)

. . . and learn 
Why the Columbia River Sparkles (Wishram), Creation Story (Shoshone/Bannock), 
Bridge of the Gods (Klickatat). Ed Edmo is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture.”

John James Audubon’s The Birds of America”, Saturday, November 2, 12PM; and Wednesday, November 6, 1PM, Central Library, John Wilson Special Collections. View one of the world’s most spectacular books: the double-elephant folio of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America (1827-1838).” This event is in conjunction with ‘The Nature of Nature: Depictions of the Natural World’ exhibit, from Sept. 28 through November 8.

Paint and Take a Book Bag”, Saturday, November 2, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Thursday, November 14, 4PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM); and Saturday, November 20, 2PM, Holgate Library. “This is a wonderful opportunity for children to be able to paint their very own book bag. During this class, artists will work with the children to design and decorate a tote bag. While the paint is drying, the children will work with oil pastels. The artists will show them various techniques so they are able to expand their creative use of the materials. Upon completion of the class, the children will be allowed to take their art and supplies home in their one-of-a-kind book bag.”

Dream Catcher Weaving”, Saturday, November 2, 2PM, Northwest Library; Saturday, November 9, 10:30AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Saturday, November 16, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, November 23, 11AM, Capitol Hill Library. “The dream catcher, in Native American tradition, is believed to protect the sleeping individual from nightmares while letting in positive energy and dreams. Participate in this workshop to learn the history and mystery behind the dream catcher while weaving your own to take home.”

**Daylight Savings Time ends at 2AM on Sunday, November 3** Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour!

Fall Color Tour”, Sunday, November 3, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Enjoy a celebration of fall color at Hoyt Arboretum! Join our volunteer tour guide on a special route around Hoyt for the best in fall color viewing. Learn what causes tree leaves to change color (hint: it's not the temperature outside) and other fun facts while enjoying the Arboretum on a lovely fall afternoon. Meet at the Visitor Center.”

Diwali Edition All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, November 3, 5PM-7:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid. Bhangra dance lesson at 5:45PM. “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.”

Artist Talk., “Lee Krist”, Monday, November 4, 6PM, Northwest Library. “Local author and artist Lee Krist will talk about his book/art project. ‘How to Transition on Sixty-Three Cents a Day’ is a limited edition artist book, printed at the IPRC and EM Space Book Arts using hand set type and a letterpress platen press. The book is a non-linear memoir, an epistolary that unfolds through 300 postcards. It tells the tale of Krist’s move from New York City to Portland, Oregon, and his gender transition.”

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, November 4 and 18, and Tuesday, November 5 and 19, 10:30AM- 12PM, Archers Afiled, Tigard Plaza Shopping Center, lower level, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy., Tigard. $6.75 a session. All ages welcome.

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw”, Monday, November 4, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with a parent. An Oregon Encyclopedia History Night. “November 12th will mark the 25th anniversary of the killing of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Sheraw by white supremacist Kenneth Mieske. We’ll examine racial history in Oregon, honor Mulugeta and learn about his life, and discuss how Portland citizens are combating racial discrimination today.”

The Brain, the Self, and Metaphor”, Monday, November 4, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Brian Attebery, editor of the Journal for Fantastic in the Arts. “Science fiction has always been a repository for and source of vivid images of the thinking self. Some of these include Victor Frankenstein’s monstrous experiment at the very beginning of the genre, the clockwork men of the mid-19th century, the swollen superbrains of pulp magazines, and the cyborgs of the late 20th century. Nowadays, it is common to imagine ourselves as software and our brains as organic computers, but writers such as Greg Egan and Ted Chiang challenge those assumptions, offering even stranger and perhaps more useful metaphors for our inner lives.”

Oregon Zoo Presents, “Jungle Journey”, Tuesday, November 5, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Meet some of the rainforest animals living at the zoo in an interactive assembly. The show features a parrot, snake, and other animals from rainforests around the world.” 

“Rhythm from Head to Toe”, Tuesday, November 5, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Find the rhythm in everyday objects! Acrobatic dancer and improvisationalist Aaron Wheeler-Kay explores rhythm using the body both as a toy and a tool. This one-man show will get your toes tapping, hands clapping and ears tuned in!”

Poetry Reading, “Kathleen Flenniken”, Tuesday, November 5, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Washington State Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken will be reading from her latest poetry collection, 'PLUME' about growing up in the nuclear age in the tri-cities in the 1950s. Reading with Flenniken will be area guest poets Leigh Hancock and Doug Miller.”

Earthquakes and Tsunamis”, Tuesday, November 5, 7PM, Forest Grove Library, Rogers Room. “Geologist James Roddey will discuss the risks of earthquakes and tsunamis in Oregon and how we can cope.”

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Tuesday, November 5, Monday, November 11, and Sunday, November 24, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.”

Symphony Storytime”, Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19, and December 3, 3PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Each one-hour storytime features one of the four families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Children and their parents experience a live musical collaboration between the library reader and an Oregon Symphony musician 4 times in a month at each location. Musicians play short selections, talk a little about their instrument and, after the stories are read aloud, audience members can try out each instrument!”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, November 5, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin.”

Concert, “Steve Hale”, Tuesday, November 5, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Steve Hale will play guitar and sing original soul inspired ballads.”

Comet Fever and Comet ISON”, Tuesday, November 5, 6PM, 7:15PM, and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “For the November show, there will be a major change in the planetarium as it is currently in the process of a major modification. It is being upgraded to a multi-projector digital display which is similar to that which was recently installed for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The theme for the Nov. 5 planetarium show will be ‘Introducing the Sky with Our New Star Projection System.’ The existing Spitz star projection system will remain operational as backup after the modification is complete. All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, 
featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” More info and a campus map here:

Author Reading, “Bob Welch”, Wednesday, November 6, 3:30PM and 6PM, Sherwood Library. “Bob Welch is a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and teacher who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. He will be at the Library on Wednesday, November 6 at 3:30 when he will read from ‘The Keyboard Kitten: An Oregon Children's Story’ - families are welcome. Matt, who longs to be a children’s author, has only one real problem: he can’t write worth beans. To make matters worse, the Oregon man is being bothered by an uninvited guest each morning as he tries to finish his book. But, suddenly, Matt realizes what he thought was a problem is actually his solution. ‘The Keyboard Kitten’ blends the spirit of Dr. Seuss with the nuances of Oregon to offer a story of unlikely friendship and unexpected joy. And though this whimsical new children’s tale ends with a period, it all begins with a Comma. This is the first of two programs Mr. Welch will be presenting. The second program will take place at 6pm and will feature his book ‘Cascade Summer.’ It’s the story of Bob Welch’s 2011 attempt, along with his brother-in-law, to hike the 452-mile length of Oregon’s mountainous spine. To reconnect with his past. And to better understand 19th-century Cascade Range advocate John Waldo, the state’s answer to California naturalist John Muir. Despite great expectations, near trail’s end Welch finds himself facing an unlikely challenge. Laughs. Blisters. And new friends from literally around the world—his PCT adventure offered it all. But he never foresaw its bittersweet ending.”

“Lab Rats”, Wednesday, November 6, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, 3rd Floor, Children’s Program Room. “Self-guided family science exploration. In November: Marshmallow Challenge!”

Poetry Reading, “Kathleen Flenniken”, Wednesday, November 6, 6:30PM, Stevenson Community Library, Stevenson, WA. “Kathleen Flenniken will be reading her poetry; local poets will be also reading from her poetry. Kathleen is the current WA State Poet Laureate.”

“InBeTweens: Book Discussion for 8-12 Years”, Wednesday, November 6, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.”

A Shared City: Native Americans in Early Portland History”, Wednesday, November 6, 6:30PM, Midland Library; Sunday, November 10, 2PM, Troutdale Library (preregistration required; register online ); Tuesday, November 12, 6:30PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, November 16, 3PM, Belmont Library; Sunday, November 17, 3PM, Kenton Library; Monday, November 18, 6:45PM, Capitol Hill Library. “The first written histories of our city never mentioned that Portland’s recently arrived white residents were outnumbered three to one by the Native Americans who lived along the Willamette River at the foot of Jefferson Street and other sites around Portland. Portland historian Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D., recently uncovered this completely neglected part of Portland's history, and in this presentation, she will share rare photos and early stories about Native Americans in Portland.”

Oregon Battle Of the Books Book Club”, Wednesday, November 6, and Wednesday, November 20, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required, call 503-350-3600. “Come discuss Battle of the Book books and answer trivia about a different book each session.” Info on Oregon Battle of the Books here:

World War II Newspaper Display”, Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, December 7, (with no display on Thursdays or Veteran’s Day Nov. 11) Tualatin Library. “Examine a special collection of front pages from ‘The Oregonian’ during World War II. Presented to the library by a local family, these volumes cover world events from December 1941 to September 1945. We encourage you to browse through this hands-on display; you may find news events that evoke memories from your family's history.”

Introduction to Beekeeping”, Wednesday, November 6, 6PM, Lake Road Fire Station #4, 6600 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie. Free. Preregistration required; email or call 503-210-6000. “Do you secretly (or maybe not-so-secretly) harbor a desire to to a beekeeper? We can help!  If you can garden, you can be a beekeeper. It takes about the same amount of time and effort to keep your vegetables, flowers or ornamentals thriving and producing as it does to keep bees. One big bonus of beekeeping: they help your vegetables, flowers and other garden plants thrive! Oh, and then — of course — there’s the honey (not to mention the joy of a new hobby, and the knowledge that you’re doing something to help bees at a time when this critical pollinator is in crisis).  Join us for a free workshop hosted by the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District. Help save the pollinators and become a beekeeper! We will discuss bee biology, the required equipment, naturescaping basics and pollinator plant selection. Light refreshments will be served.”

All Rise! Taking Your Case to Small Claims Court”, Wednesday, November 6, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Think you've learned all there is to know about Small Claims Courts from Judge Judy? Think again! This program, led by an experienced Oregon judge along with the attorney-author of Using Small Claims Courts in Oregon, will explain how self-represented litigants can use these "Peoples' Courts" to resolve some legal disputes. Attendees will hear about court procedures and rules, the role of evidence, advantages of mediation over trial, and more. In addition, significant time will be allotted for participants to ask questions.” Presented by Janay Haas, Attorney and Author; 
Steven A. Todd, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem; and moderator 
Laura Orr, Washington County Law Librarian. 

Henrik Bothe”, Thursday, November 7, 2:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Henrik Bothe Henrik's show is a mix of circus skills and comedy. Juggling, unicycling and plate spinning together with Henrik's wacky sense of humor makes for a concoction that is a such a thrill, not only for the young ones but also for the young at heart. All Ages.”

Birding at Crystal Springs”, Thursday, November 7, 9AM, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, 6015 SE 28th Ave., Pdx. Lead by Audubon Society leaders Marilynn Burke and Kathy van der Horst. “Come dressed for weather and wear appropriate shoes for a side trip to nearby Reed Canyon. We will finish at noon unless R.C. is very productive.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, November 7, 9AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Join us for bird walk at Hedges Creek Marsh. This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.”

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, November 7, 4PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 5-8. “Calling all Reading Rangers! Are you too old for storytime? Ready for chapter books? Then grab an adult to join you and come ready to discuss, have fun and make new friends. Pick up your free copy of the book for that month at the Cascade Park library, read it together and come to discuss it and do an activity.”

Corn Husk Wreaths”, Thursday, November 7, 6:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Brighten up your holidays. Learn how to make corn husk wreaths.” 

Homeschool Program: Amazing Animals”, Thursday, November 7, and Thursday, November 21, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Welcome to our wild world! We'll learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. Craft time included.”

Cookies and Books”, Thursday, November 7, 4PM, Wilsonville Library, Oak Room. Suggested for grades 3-5. “Enjoy exciting booktalks, creative storytelling and interactive presentations about excellent children's books, check out copies of the ones that sound best and eat cookies!”

Stained Glass for Kids”, Thursday, November 7, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for ages 5-10. “Make beautiful ‘stained glass’ designs using recycled plastic, melted crayons, paper and paint with artist Addie Boswell. After drawing and cutting a design for your window frame, you can mix a variety of colors for the glass. Take your finished art home to catch sunlight in the windows and brighten up your spring. Nontoxic and great for ages 5-10.”

Book Reading, “Lemony Snicket”, Thursday, November 7, 6:30PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 4807 NE Fremont St., Pdx. (Advance tickets required; call 503-284-8294. $16 per ticket which includes a choice of one of the two published books in his new series, “All the Wrong Questions” and admits two people. He will sign both books and up to one other of his books that you purchase or bring). Lemony Sticket reads from his book, “When Did You See Her Last?”, the second book in the “All The Wrong Questions” series from the famous children’s author.

Holocaust Remembrance on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht”, Friday, November 8, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Holocaust survivors will recount their experiences under Nazi persecution during World War II. Kristallnacht was a coordinated attack on the Jews of Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. Many historians consider it the first event to signal the Holocaust. This presentation may contain explicit language involving violence and death.” You’ll want to use your best judgment on bringing your kids- but remember, when they are older there will be far fewer survivors telling their stories.

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, November 8, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield, WA. “We will be reading ‘How To Eat Fried Worms’ by Thomas Rockwell. Pick up a book at the library to read before the meeting. Light refreshments provided. Stay after the discussion for a craft.”

Disaster and Change in Japan”, Friday, November 8, 6PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 Broadway St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at MIT, Dr. Richard Samuels will present a lecture based on his book: 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan. Dr. Samuels is an eminent scholar of Japan, and his book provides a scholarly assessment of the impact on Japan's government and society, from the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.” Info on parking and more here:

Busy Beavers”, Friday, November 8, 1PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Free. Suggested for ages 4-9. “This program teaches students about beavers. The program includes a story, hands-on experiences, and interactive activities to show how beavers live and interact with their environment.”

Diwali Dinner”, Friday, November 8, 6:30PM, Mountain Park Recreation Center, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, Lake Oswego. Not cheap but awesome. “Celebrate Diwali in style with a catered sit-down dinner, with dancing, featuring DJ Prashant!” Before Nov. 5: Tickets: $40 for adults, $25.00 for children (ages 5 to 12), and children under 5 are free.

Birding at Whitaker Ponds”, Friday, November 8, 8AM -10AM, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. “Join Audubon Society leaders Patty Newland and Candace Larson for a bird walk at Whitaker Ponds, a hidden urban oasis in NE Portland. We will circle the pond looking for ducks, songbirds, eagles, and owls.”

Magenta Theater Company Presents, “Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee”, Friday, November 8 through Saturday, November 23, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver, WA. Tickets $12-$15. “Hercule Poirot is summoned by England's most prominent physicist, Sir Claud Amory. Amory fears that someone in his household is attempting to steal his latest discovery, a formula critical to England's defense. Poirot, with Captain Hastings at his side, rushes to get there, but arrives too late: Amory has died, his formula is missing and anyone in his country house, full of relatives and guests, could have been responsible.”

Author Reading, “Lemony Sticket”, Friday, November 8, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Lemony Sticket reads from his book, “When Did You See Her Last?”, the second book in the “All The Wrong Questions” series from the famous children’s author.

“Mammals”, Saturday, November 9, 10AM, Sherwood Library Community Room. “Join a Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge volunteer for this special educational program about local mammals and their adaptations. There will be animal bones and pelts to examine and touch.”

“Hmong New Year Celebration”, Saturday, November 9, 11AM- 6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. All ages. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos, and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions. The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture that originates in the mountains of China.”

“Quizissippi Jr.- for Kids!”, Saturday, November 9, 1PM, 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. Sign-ups start at 12:45, and quizzing starts at 1:00.”

Concert, “Calamity Jazz”, Saturday, November 9, 2PM, Wilsonville Library.

“Celebrate India”, Saturday, November 9, 11AM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “The Washington County Museum will host a dance performance, lecture and demonstration by Mai3m (My-threem) and the students of the Anjali School of Dance. The performance features Bharatanatyam, a classical dance from India. Bharatanatyam is a 2,000-year-old dance form that uses hand gestures, facial expressions and eyes to tell stories from Hindu Mythology. Dressed in traditional costumes, the dancers will explain and demonstrate the various aspects of Bharatanatyam. Audience members will get the chance to learn some of the basic hand gestures as well as some of the basic steps in the interactive session. Afterwards, please join our staff for family fun and crafts!”

“Fabulous Fossils”, Saturday, November 9, 10AM, OMSI, Paleontology Lab. $8 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online:  “Handle an assortment of rocks and fossils to determine what a fossil actually is. Help clean a real 65-million-year-old 
Triceratops and other fossils using professional tools and techniques. Make a copy of a Velociraptor claw to take home. Allergy note: claws are made of flour.”

Mt. Hood Model Engineers Annual Open House”, Saturdays, November 9, 16, 23, and 30, 12PM-5PM, 5500 SE Belmont Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. A really nice model railroad display.

League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, November 9, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Stuck in a rut? Are you repeating yourself? Worse yet, are you repeating yourself? Don't despair! In "Re-imagine. Re-work. Re-joice!," a writing workshop for young adults, Dale E. Basye (author of the acclaimed Heck series) will help you get your story moving and give you the tips and tricks you need to not only kickstart your story but — gasp — even have fun doing it!”

Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club November Show”, Saturdays and Sundays, November 9- December 1, 10AM-5PM, 2505 N. Vancouver Ave., Pdx. $6 adults, $2 Kids 3-11, and free for kids 2 and under. VIP behind the scenes tours are $15 and must be reserved in advance. This is a really amazing HO scale model railroad!

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Project Warehouse”, Saturday, November 9, 5PM and 8PM, $10 in advance. Live Music by Emily Otteson, Displayed Art, Aerial Dance by A-WOL and the A-WOL FlyCo!”

American Indian Heritage Month ”, Saturday, November 9, 1PM-4PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Join us for the annual observance of American Indian Heritage Month. Kids will have fun with hands-on crafts and activities. Families are invited to celebrate and learn more about native cultures.”

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

Embroidery on Net”, Saturday, November 9, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “This technique is an interesting way to create lace.”

Native American Heritage Day”, Saturday, November 9, Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City. “Learn more about the past, present and future of Native American life in Oregon, at this third annual cultural event.” Samples of smoked salmon and other traditional foods, make and take Native American crafts including shell necklaces, feather fans and coloring pages designed to celebrate Native arts and crafts traditions, and a Native American book sale. At 1PM there will be a presentation, “Cultural Treasures from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians” with Robert Kentta. At 2PM there will be a presentation, “Native American Art of Oregon” with Dr. Tracy J. Prince.

Leelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, November 9, and Saturday, November 30, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation and Museum, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Grounds open at 5:30PM including museum. $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-225-9522. “Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length.”

Kitchen Chemistry”, Saturday, November 9, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA. “We'll be cooking up all kinds of great science fun!”

Clark County Open Studios”, Saturday, November 9, and Sunday, November 10, 10AM-5PM. "Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour where 50 local artists open their studios to the public and share how, why and where their art is created. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and artisans, view diverse works and buy pieces specifically created or made available for this event.” This is a juried event. A complete guide with a map, artwork and addresses online:

Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver”, Saturday, November 9, 10AM-1PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver. “For 27 years, Vancouver has honored veterans with this annual Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned parade, presented by the Lough Legacy and hosted by the Fort Vancouver National Trust. The parade starts with an Air Force fly-over and 21-gun salute fired by Howitzer cannons from the Parade Ground of the Fort Vancouver National Site. More than 100 military, veteran and civic organizations and 2,500 individuals participate in the parade. Join us for one of the largest veterans parades on the West coast - rain or shine!”

Birding at Oaks Bottom”, Saturday, November 9, 9AM-12PM, meeting at the Sellwood Park parking lot at SE 7th Ave. and Malden St. “Join Audubon Society leaders Candace Larson and Patty Newland for a bird walk around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in SE Portland. We’ll explore wetlands and woodland, and look for resident songbirds and the beginning of migration for waterfowl. Expect to walk 2–3 miles on paved and uneven dirt trails.”

The Snowflake Man”, Saturday, November 9, 11AM, North Portland Library; Saturday, November 16, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Saturday, November 23, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM). “Puppetkabob's "The Snowflake Man" swings audiences into historic 1920 though creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of water color scenery. Come chill this winter and learn about American inventor W.A. "Snowflake" Bentley, pioneer of snowflake photography. This award-winning show combines art, science and a little known piece of American history to magical effect!”

American Indian Storytelling and Drumming”, Saturday, November 9, 2PM, Midland Library; and Saturday, November 16, 2PM, Gresham Library. Presented by Esther Stutzman, a Coos and Komemma Kalapuya and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. “These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

Paint Mix-Up”, Saturday, November 9, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “Did you know you can make any color in the world with just red, yellow and blue? Using dyes and acrylic paint, learn how to mix secondary colors and create all the colors in the rainbow. Then conduct your own color experiments making pink, aquamarine, chartreuse and more. Ages 4-6 can work on basic mixing and painting techniques while ages 7-10 can practice advanced painting with tints and hues.”

Ice Age Floods and Clackamas County Geography”, Saturday, November 9, 2PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Meet Rick Thompson of the Ice Age Floods Institute, Lower Columbia Chapter and learn about how our geology tells the story of ancient forces that shaped Willamette Valley history.”

Teacher Workshop- Open Your Eyes to Wildlife”, Saturday, November 9, 8:30AM- 2:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. For educators grades K-8. Preregistration required; Email Gardiner Platt with your name, address, phone number, school, and grade(s) you teach. “The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers an Environmental Education program which enables students to learn the value of our ecosystems. It extends the learning process beyond the conventional classroom limits and encourages students to make connections with their natural environment. The workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to bring students out for teacher-led field trips. Parent volunteers are encouraged to join the workshop too. Resources for participants include: strategies for planning a successful field trip to the Tualatin River NWR, a CD with the Refuge’s EE curriculum, a walking tour of the Refuge, a 10% discount in Nature’s Overlook on the day of the workshop, and answers to your questions.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, November 10, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Learn a new origami project each month with various local origami instructors.”

US Capitol Christmas Tree Visit”, Saturday, November 9, 9AM-11AM, 801 Washington St., Vancouver. “The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will visit downtown Vancouver on Saturday, November 9, on its way to Washington D.C. Come join the fun, sign the traveling banner, and send the Washington state tree off to the capitol with great holiday cheer! The celebration will take place at Washington and 8th Street. There will be entertainment, warm food and drinks, and visits with Santa, Woodsy Owl, and Smokey Bear. The state of Washington is proud to share its good nature with all Americans by harvesting the 2013 Capitol Christmas tree from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington State. The Capitol Christmas Tree will travel with companion trees designated for offices around the capitol.”

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Sunday, November 10, and Saturday, November 23, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “Meet at Picnic Shelter A at Coffenbury Lake for a program on wild mushrooms followed by a hike to hunt for fungi.”

Hanukkah Extravaganza 2013”, Sunday, November 10, 11AM-5PM, Leedy Grange, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx. “Bring your friends and family for a festive fun and family friendly event and get ready for the Hanukkah season! There will be door prizes, raffles, piped music, vendors of all kinds, games for the kids, and, latkes!”

Curious Garden”, Sunday, November 10, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Come to the Curious Garden to see our your old friends Razzie the Fairy, Ribbit the Frog, Flappy the Chicken, Meowzers the Cat, Renard the Raccoon, and Dottie the Ladybug! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8 and occurs 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.”

Fall Creek Mushroom Hike”, Sunday, November 10, 8:30AM-5PM with carpools departing from Eugene. Suggested donation $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn everything you ever wanted to know about mushroom ecology and identification from one of Eugene’s most knowledgeable and fun experts – Bruce Newhouse. This hike, in the easy to get to Fall Creek area southeast of Eugene, will explore forests of different ages and the many fungi growing in them – from LBMs (little brown mushrooms) to the sought-after golden chanterelle. Hikers will learn to identify several edible species, and take some home as well.”

Sci-Fi Authorfest 7”, Sunday, November 10, 4:30PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. A starfleet of science-fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Camille Alexa, Claude Lalumiere, Alma Alexander, Patricia Briggs, Brenda Cooper, Diana Pharoah Francis, Jay Lake, David Levine, Louise Marley, Andy Mangels, Devon Monk, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, Phyllis Irene Radford, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Ken Scholes, Brent Weeks, Daniel H. Wilson, Anne Bishop, J.A. Pitts, Kay Kenyon, Rhiannon Held, Eldon Thompson, Adrian Phoenix, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lilith Saintcrow, Ian Doescher, Steve Perry, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jason Hough, and the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion.”

Documentary Film: How I Became an Elephant”, Sunday, November 10, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself she got far more than she bargained for. ‘How I Became an Elephant’ follows this wide-eyed 14 year-old from suburban California on her quest to save the world’s largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face to face with the gentle giants she aims to save. Part investigative journalism and all adventure, this elephant documentary with its exotic and sometimes disturbing imagery is inspiring folks around the globe to get involved. How I Became An Elephant is far more than just a film. It’s one girl’s story… that led to a movement, which led to a continuing plan… to save a species. After the film, join us for a discussion of how you can help elephants in Portland with Courtney Scott of Beyond Productions and Dani Dennenburg of HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reading Teachers).”

Portland Revels Salon: Mumming Traditions of Eastern Europe”, Sunday, November 10, 4PM, Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. Adult $15, Seniors and students $10, children $5, $30 for a family of up to 6. Ages 8 and up. Advance tickets and more info: “Every Christmas Revels includes a mumming play, a farcical death and resurrection play that harks back to a very old seasonal ritual. This year's show is no exception. Join the Portland Revels as we investigate the origins and traditions of mumming in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. This year's mummers are whimsical creatures that we've based on Bulgarian Kukeri and other Eastern European cultural characters. We have invited Carol Silverman a Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Oregon to take us deeper into the culture, music, ritual and politics of that area of the world. We hope you can join us for a fun and informative evening.” 

Author Talk, “Joe Sacco”, Sunday, November 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Joe Sacco will read from his book, “The Great War: July 1, 1916- The First Day of the Battle of the Somme.” “Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot- long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going “over the top” and getting cut down in no-man’s-land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse. Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 16-page booklet, The Great War is a landmark in Sacco’s illustrious career and allows us to see the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before.”

DIY Terrariums”, Monday, November 11, 6:30PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Tuesday, November 19, 6PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Terrariums are the most effortless container gardens; they are easy to make and even easier to maintain! Join professional gardener Melissa Richmond in building your own terrarium and learning all about taking care of your new container garden. Each participant will have their own terrarium to take home after class.”

Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day. There is a list of events honoring America’s veterans that take place throughout Oregon here:

Oregon Battle Of the Books Book Club”, Tuesday, November 12, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for 3rd-5th grade. Preregistration required; call 503-691-3083. “Do you like to read? Do you like to get free books? Are you in 3rd through 5th grade? If so, you are invited to join our Oregon Battle of the Books Club! Each month from October through March, we will talk about two great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd through 5th grade. Every child who registers for a session will receive free copies of the two books being discussed in that session. Registration is required. Registration will open six weeks prior to each book club meeting. Registration is limited to 20 kids, so sign up early! If you are registered, you can come to the library to get your free books up to three weeks before the book club meeting. Get ready to do some book battling! On Tuesday November 12 @ 4:00 pm, we will discuss Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi.”

Underground Railroad”, Tuesday, November 12, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. Free. “The Underground Railroad was a secret network organized by people who helped men, women, and children escape from slavery to freedom before the Civil War. Levi and Catherine Coffin were legendary in helping many former slaves escape to freedom in the North. Levi was President of the Underground Railroad in Newport Indiana from 1826-1864. Keli Meyers, a descendant of Levi and Catherine Coffin, will be speaking to us about the Underground Railroad.”

Knitting for Beginners”, Tuesday, November 12, and Tuesday, November 26, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Drop in and learn to knit or crochet, get help with a project or learn a new technique. Bring needles and yarn.”

Fire and Forests”, Tuesday, November 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Fire has always been a primal force in shaping the healthy ecology of the forests of the Pacific Northwest, but especially along the eastern slope of the Cascades and in the Blue Mountains, where it was historically a frequent visitor. How do forests regenerate after a fire? What is the timing of plant and wildlife restoration? What effect does fire suppression have on forest ecology? Join photographer and biologist John Marshall as he explores the answers to these questions. For the past nineteen years, John has been following what happens after fires through repeat photography of specific sites. Marshall’s beautiful photography will accompany discussion of the ecology of the forests of the eastern Cascades. He will treat the audience to photographs of wildlife, plant response; and a special series taken from look-out sites shown alongside the same views from the nineteen thirties.”

Family Book Group- For the Younger Set”, Tuesday, November 12, 3:30PM, Northwest Library. “Boys and girls in grades 1-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.”

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk about Books”, Tuesday, November 12, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “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 Arrow Over the Door’ by Joseph Bruchac.”

Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, Wednesday, November 13, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 per child. Free for kids 3 and under. Includes a two-hour presentation with hands-on activities and admission to the Museum gallery. Preregistration required; call 503-645-5353 ext. 133. Our 2013 programs will introduce you to our exciting exhibits! In celebration of the inaugural season of the Hillsboro Hops, a short-season single-A baseball team, the Washington County Museum takes a look at the game as played by the early-20th-century town teams—the Verboort Beavers, the Beaverton Beavers and teams from Tigardville, Banks, Hillsboro and Forest Grove. These teams comprised men and boys who loved the game, and brought towns together at a time when the distances between them took much longer to travel than a brief highway ride. Washington County’s own major league players will be featured in the exhibit, including Larry Jansen, Vern Olsen, Wes Schulmerich, Ben Petrick and Darwin Barney. The stories of such Oregon baseball greats as Johnny Pesky, Scott Brosius and Wally Backman will also be told. The exhibit will display historic photographs, autographed baseballs, uniforms and other equipment and memorabilia from games past and present to tell the full story of baseball in the region. The exhibit would not be complete without looking at the loss of the Portland Beavers and the transformation of PGE Park into Jeld-Wen Field, a Major League Soccer stadium. The exhibit will also tell how the city of Hillsboro brought baseball back to the region with the construction of the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex’s new Hillsboro Ballpark, home of the Hops.”

Oregon Battle of the Books Book Club”, Wednesday, November 13, 4PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; call 503-988-5540. “Planning to participate in Oregon Battle of the Books at your school? Or just want to read and talk about some fun books? Come discuss one of the 3rd-5th grade OBOB books with other kids to prepare. Books provided by the library. Read Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

History Decoded”, Wednesday, November 13, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. This event will feature Decoded investigator Christine McKinley. “Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, ‘History Decoded’ explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman ‘Spear of Destiny’? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.

 Bound in at the beginning of each story is a custom-designed envelope—a faux 19th-century leather satchel, a U.S. government classified file—containing facsimiles of relevant evidence: John Wilkes Booth’s alleged unsigned will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy’s death certificate. The whole is a riveting, interactive adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Wednesday, November 13, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theatre- and selected audience volunteers- will read scenes ‘in character’ and discuss the play.”

Concert, “Gideon Freudmann”, Wednesday, November 13, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Gideon Freudmann, a cello innovator, has created his own style of music called CelloBop - a fusion of blues, jazz, folk and much more.”

“Miniature Books”, Wednesday, November 13, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Presented by artist Sarah Fagan. “Think small this fall at Green Bean! Over the course of six after-school workshops, we'll be making books--from pop-ups to journals--small enough for our pockets, each a little bit different from the last. Using real bookbinding tools and array of media, we'll learn about structure and content as we craft the books below. Sign up for one class or all six! Because these books are so wee, they take a wee bit of patience.” November 13- The Itty Bitty Great Big Book of Riddles.

Read, Write, Create”, Wednesday, November 13, 4PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Explore the art of picture books through this three month series. Each month will feature the work of a different author/illustrator, with a hands-on opportunity to create something in the author’s style. This month create Todd Parr paintings.”

Birding at Cooper Mountain”, Wednesday, November 13, 9AM-11AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. Free. “Join Audubon Society leaders Sue Carr and Bonnie Deneke for a walk in this 231 acre park overlooking the Tualatin River Valley.”

Science Squad”, Thursday, November 14, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Need to let out some steam? See science in a new light during these interactive, hands-on sessions. Experiment, examine and express!”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, November 14, 6PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground, WA. “This is a 'starter' book discussion group geared towards children 5-10 yrs. of age and their accompanying adult! Pick up a copy of the book from the library read it together and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! This month’s title, ‘Pie’ by Sarah Weeks."

“Origami After School”, Thursday, November 14, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Kids! Teens! Join Sensei Lois to learn the ancient secrets of origami folding.”

“My Life: A Japanese Child and WWII”, Thursday, November 14, 7PM, Estacada Library, Flora Room. Donations requested for the Estacada Area Arts Commission. “Estacada resident Matt Shibahara will share his personal history within the context of the United States in World War II. Mr. Shibahara spent his early years in a Japanese internment camp in Northern California after his family was forced to leave their home in Hood River. He will talk about the history of the relocation camps and what he and his parents experienced. Join us to learn more about this time in American history first-hand from one of your neighbors.”

Paleofloods, Landslides and Salmonids: Using Lasers to Peer Behind Cascadia’s Green Veil”, Thursday, November 14, 7PM, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. Far flung but so cool! Suggested donation $5 per person. All ages. “The coastal mountains of Cascadia emerged from the sea over ten million years ago and have been mantled by trees ever since. Deciphering the history of this geologically active landscape (or even just navigating it!) is challenging due to the dense, closed canopy forests that characterize much of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Hidden beneath the foliage, the landscape harbors a fascinating and dynamic geologic history. These tales are not born by slow, incremental change, but instead reveal remarkable catastrophe and resilience. In this talk, UO Professor Josh Roering will describe how geologists are using high-resolution topographic data generated from lasers mounted on low-flying airplanes to map the Earth’s surface in amazing detail. These LiDAR (light detection and ranging) datasets are rapidly emerging and have revealed numerous surprises regarding how geological processes shape our region. The LiDAR-enabled discoveries have profound implications for habitat conservation, hazard planning, and natural resource management.”

Concert, “Emerson House Band”, Friday, November 15, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. “Emerson House Band is Leo MacLeod on vocals, Jerry Keefe on guitar, vocals and harmonica, John Hubbard on cello, banjo, guitar and vocals, and Carson Lattimore on bass, guitar, and vocals. We bounce between jazz songs of the 30s, folk, bluegrass, soul and blues.”

Author Reading, “Ruth Feldman”, Friday, November 15, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Ruth Feldman reads from her book, “The Ninth Day”. “Berkeley, California, 1964. While the Free Speech Movement rages, Hope, a shy, stuttering, teen scarred by an accidental LSD trip, plans to keep a low profile. Risk compounds reticence when she meets a time-traveler who claims that Hope must find a way to stop a father from killing his newborn son in 11th century Paris. Companion novel to award-winning ‘Blue Thread’”

Alice in Wonderland”, Saturday, November 16, 2PM, Mt. Hood Community College Theatre, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. A campus map showing the location of the theatre is here: “Adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
, based on Lewis Caroll’s classic tale.” Additionally there will be school matinees in November on six weekdays at 10:30AM. It’s probably a safe assumption that homeschoolers would be welcome but that advance reservations would be required. More info here:

Salmon Release Walk”, Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, 1PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Submerge yourself in the world of salmon. In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. We will be exploring the wild salmon habitat as we walk a short distance to release live small fry into Jones Creek.” **Be sure to doublecheck their website in case of a date change.**

Lights Alive!”, Saturday, November 16, 10:30AM, Albina Library; and Saturday, November 16, 2PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Light up your world with the awesome science of color and light! From binoculars and blind spots to flip books and fun house mirrors, you'll be amazed by everything in sight. Make your own kaleidoscope and try some cool optical illusions as you discover everything your eyes can do!”

Author Reading, “Susan Blackaby”, Saturday, November 16, 1PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Brownie is ready for a long winter's nap. ‘Just don't wake me up,’ she warns. But her friends miss her so much that they can't bear to obey her orders—and they turn Brownie's ‘do not disturb’ into a comic commotion, complete with a stunningly beautiful nighttime surprise. Portland author Susan Blackaby has created a fun romp filled with delightful wordplay, enhanced by Carmen Segovia's illustrations featuring splashes of color against a snowy backdrop.”

Birding at Vancouver Lake Park”, Saturday, November 16, 8AM-11AM, Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, meeting in the parking lot in front of middle restrooms. Free with $3 vehicle entrance fee. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at Vancouver Lake Park. Scope the lake for water birds then explore the riparian woodland for other wintering birds.”

“Soap Making”, Saturday, November 16, 10AM, OMSI, Chemistry Lab. $15 per ticket (maximum of 3 participants). Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Make soap while learning about the reactions that go into making soap and why it is so great at cleaning! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket gets you all the ingredients necessary to make one pound of soap (about 6-8 bars), maximum three participants per ticket.”

Waterbird Watching 101”, Saturday, November 16, 8AM-10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; email or call 503-625-5944 x222. “Do you enjoy watching birds in wetlands, lakes, and streams, but are not sure what they are doing, where they came from, or even know their name? Do you want to learn more about bird behavior, migration, identification, or how to use binoculars? Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, Michelle McDowell, to learn the basics of birdwatching and nature observation and open your eyes to the wonders that can be discovered at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Fall and winter are the best time to experience migrating waterfowl that travel through the refuge by the thousands. All experience levels are welcome. We explore the refuge in rain or shine so dress for the weather. We will take a leisurely easy stroll on our wheelchair accessible nature trail. Bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them or borrow ours during the walk.”

“Not A Box”, Saturday, November 16, 9:10AM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver, WA. Preregistration required; call 360-906-5106 beginning Nov. 9. Suggested for ages 6-11. “When is a box not a box? When it is a jewelry box, a treasure chest, a time capsule or a fairy chest. Bring your imagination and we'll provide the box.”

“Pet Adoption and Pet Care”, Saturday, November 16, 12PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “If you have a dog or are thinking of adopting one, come to this presentation to learn more about proper puppy basics. Families love it!” This is presented by Hannah the Pet Society, a pet leasing company.

Concert, “Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising”, Saturday, November 16, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Family friendly award winning original roots music.”

Autumn Birds in the Wetlands”, Saturday, November 16, 10AM- 12:30PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $6 per adult or $11 per household. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “By October, wintering waterfowl and raptors have arrived in large numbers to join the year-round residents at Smith and Bybee Wetlands. Flocks of noisy geese descending through golden light make the season obvious. Fallen cottonwood leaves cover the trails, giving them a beautiful yellow brick road look. Join naturalist James Davis on these walks. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair; spotting scopes provided.”

The Native Flute: Sounds of Liquid Poetry”, Sunday, November 17, 1PM, Tigard Library. “The voice of the Native American flute has been likened to "liquid poetry." Stephanie Baldridge of the Cascadia Flute Circle will take you on a musical journey inspired by the natural world, the moments of our lives and the stories that the flutes themselves tell.”

Nature Day in the Park”, Sunday, November 17, 11AM, Jenkins Estate, 8005 SW Grabhorn Rd., Beaverton. Free. “In addition to the beautiful shade and herb gardens, Jenkins Estate’s natural area provides habitat for a variety of native plants and wildlife. Join us as we look for signs of porcupine, deer and Pileated Woodpeckers while learning about all of the restoration work that has been completed as part of the 2008 Bond measure. Education staff and volunteers will lead interactive, nature-based activities. Park rangers will be available to answer your questions.”

Opening Reception, “Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World Through Art and Science”, Sunday, November 17, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. The exhibition runs Tuesday, November 12 through Tuesday, December 17, “Come view the exhibition, enjoy light refreshments and hear remarks from Jawad Khan, teacher/counselor, Oregon Islamic Academy. The Islamic world's contribution to the arts, sciences and civilization is myriad and expansive. 1,001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World reveals the golden age of Muslim civilization and highlights the enormous contribution to science and technology made by men and women of different faiths and cultures who lived in the Muslim world. For over 1,000 years, scholars working, thinking and collaborating in the Muslim world added to the ancient knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, making breakthroughs that paved the way for the Renaissance.”

Jazz Guitar with Anson Wright”, Sunday, November 17, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Enjoy elegant guitar sounds with jazz guitarist Anson Wright. With a style often compared to Jim Hall’s, his playing has been lauded as ‘elegant’ and ‘impressive,’ demonstrating what one reviewer calls a ‘finely honed harmonic intelligence.’ Anson has released two CDs, State of Grace and Ukiah’s Lullaby, and is also the author of several books.”

“Nature Detectives”, Monday, November 18, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online.  Suggested for grades 1-3. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands. “There is so much going on outside that most people are not aware of at all. It is so much fun to solve mysteries, so we will become nature detectives as we explore the area around the Main Library to discover what is happening.”

Smashing the ‘Right Stuff' Fallacy: Building a Pressure Suit for DIY Space Flight”, Monday, November 18, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. All ages. “Space suits are simple in principle and are mostly used for launch to orbit and back to Earth. Building such a garment has taken Dr. Cameron Smith five years, but it’s kept him alive during several tests (underwater, altitude chamber, hours-sitting pressurized) and is now ready for a rebuild so that he can fly it to above the 63,000-foot ‘Armstrong Line’ in Summer 2015 in the first manned flight of Copenhagen Suborbitals’ DIY manned space program. In this talk, Dr. Smith will cover the history of the Copenhagen project, why an anthropologist became involved with space exploration, and introduce a new partnership with Copenhagen Suborbitals. Special demo: Watch as Cameron suits up on stage and feel the suit when it’s fully pressurized!”

Book Signing, “Jeff Kinney”, Monday, November 18, 6PM, with kid’s activities beginning at 5PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Each purchase of $9.77 includes one copy of the book, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” and two admission tickets to the signing line. Sales begin Nov. 5.

Author Talk, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Tuesday, November 19, 7PM, Tigard Library. Mr. Nokes will read from his book, “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory”. “When they were brought to Oregon in 1844, Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes and their children were promised freedom in exchange for helping develop their owner’s Willamette Valley farm. However, Nathaniel Ford, an influential settler and legislator, kept them in bondage until 1850, even then refusing to free their children. Holmes took his former master to court and, in the face of enormous odds, won the case in 1853. In ‘Breaking Chains’, R. Gregory Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon’s pre-Civil War courts—Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves in Oregon, though relatively few in number.”

Claire Phillips: Lonely Courage- The True Story of the Actress/Spy Who Won America’s Highest Civilian Honor”, Tuesday, November 19, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Take a fascinating look into a forgotten story from Oregon’s past. Actress Claire Phillips was an unlikely heroine; a bold, compassionate actress who used her talent and ingenuity to fight for the Allied cause in one of history’s darkest hours. This remarkable tale is one of an indomitable woman who fought for her freedom and refused to be broken. Author and public speaker Sig Unander will deliver the extraordinary details of Claire’s story for a presentation that you are not likely to forget!”

Cascadia Great Earthquakes: Riddle of the Sands”, Tuesday, November 19, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Chris Goldfinger, PhD, director of Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. “Channels carrying earthquake triggered turbidity currents located along the continental margin of Cascadia Basin from Vancouver Island, Canada to Cape Mendocino, California have been investigated to develop a 10,000 year earthquake record along the Cascadia subduction Zone. The turbidites define a great earthquake recurrence of ~500-530 years for the northern Cascadia region, while the southern margin record suggests a shorter recurrence time of ~ 200-250 years. In the next 50 years, time dependent probabilities for northern margins events are ~7-12%, and 37-42% for the southern margin. Even though we have no written records of these great earthquakes, we now know quite a bit about their history, and what we need to do to prepare for the next one.” Seating is very limited at the Mission Theater, as is parking in the Pearl. I highly suggest getting there very early to avoid being turned away. 

Pink Pig Puppet Theater”, Tuesday, November 19, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Pink Pig Puppet Theater presents a silly puppet show, with The Three Little Pigs (1 pig, 3 words!), The Little Girl and the Gunniwolf, and Why Dogs Chase Cats.”

Un-Dam It!”, Tuesday, November 19, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden Manor House, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. “"Un-Dam It!" is a short, advocacy documentary produced and directed by Gregory Baartz-Bowman and filmed by Mark Gamba, both of Milwaukie, Ore. The documentary was produced to create awareness of and galvanize grassroots support for the much-needed Kellogg Dam removal project and to inspire others to advocate for the restoration of natural habitats in their communities. The screening will be followed by a Q and A and discussion with producer and director Gregory Baartz-Bowman.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, November 19, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst.”

Out of South Africa”, Tuesday, November 19, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Join our presenter Ralph Doggett as he talks about his experiences with the amazing people, animals, landscape, culture and architecture of South Africa.”

Seed Saving”, Tuesday, November 19, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Learn the fundamentals of saving seeds. Once you are familiar with these concepts you can easily and successfully save just about any seed you want.”

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, November 19, 7PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.”

Author Talk, “Alan Corson”, Tuesday, November 19, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Alan Corson, author of ‘The Family Guide to Survival: Skills that Can Save Your Life and the Lives of Your Family’, will discuss shelter, fire, safe drinking water, and the myths and facts of emergency survival.”

“Latinas in Action Panel”, Wednesday, November 20, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Please join us for a wonderful evening with Adelante Chicas and the Latino Caucus as we learn about Latina leaders in our community through storytelling and conversation. There will be several amazing stories to be heard from Latinas, including Darleen Ortega (Oregon Court of Appeals Judge), Marissa Madrigral (Multnomah County Chair), Yesenia Silva-Hernandez (PSU Student Body Vice President), Olga Acuña (Hillsboro City Councilor), and many more. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.” 

Concert, “Dennis Hitchcox”, Wednesday, November 20, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Dennis Hitchox plays jazz and blues guitar but with a twist of gypsy swing, country swing, and sometimes some classical influence.”

“Will Hornyak- Tales of Thanks”, Wednesday, November 20, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Local storyteller Will Hornyak will make you laugh and touch your heart with stories of hope and gratitude.”

“Swiss Travel Talk”, Thursday, November 21, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “Join us learn about the beautiful country of Switzerland from its majestic Alps to its world-famous watches, chocolate and cheeses! Find out how this small country has kept its cultural identity. Sample some of its best cheese and chocolate and ask certified Swiss specialist Jonathan Larsen, of Switzerland Tourism, about traveling in the land of the Alps.”

“Captain Underpants Extravaganza”, Thursday, November 21, 3:15PM, La Center Community Library, La Center, WA. “A giant underpants slingshot, tootsie toilet toss, Professor Poopypants name changer? It could only be a Captain Underpants party!”

“Book Talk for Ages 6-9”, Thursday, November 21, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library, 3rd Floor, Children’s Program Room. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s book of the month will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 6-9 with a participating adult. This month we're reading ‘Judy Moody’ by Megan McDonald.”

Concert, “Mark Hanson and Greta Peterson”, Thursday, November 21, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Grammy-winning guitarist Mark Hanson and Greta Peterson, an award-winning vocalist, perform a variety of entertaining songs, ballads and instrumentals using an assortment of instruments: guitar, dulcimer, recorder and various percussion instruments from around the world.”

“Burns Street Kids Book Club”, Thursday, November 21, 3:30PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for ages 7-10. “Come join us and read some great books! Meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted. (November's meeting is on the 21st due to Thanksgiving.) At each meeting we will learn about new books, discuss the books we’ve read and then make a craft.”

Artist Talk, “Steve Ominski”, Thursday, November 21, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Suggested $3 donation for adults. “Artist, Steve Ominski will talk about his paintings and drawings depicting the events at the end of the last ice age when Glacial Lake Missoula broke past its ice dam and raced west to the Pacific Ocean. These works, utilizing the research and opinion from the geologic community, are the result of the illustrator's efforts to take the viewer back in time to the Missoula Ice Age Floods; a story that is still unfolding. He will share what he has learned from first-hand encounters on his own and with geologists to accurately portray that period. He will share examples of illustrations now hanging in Northwest museums and sought after in newspapers and journals from Seattle to Warsaw. Some will be available for purchase that night.”

“Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, November 21, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Watch episodes of all the Doctors and discuss/share any ‘Who’ related news. All ages welcome. Third Thursday of every month.”

“Birding at Tillamook Bay”, Thursday, November 21, 9AM-3PM. Preregistration required; Contact Dick Demarest (503-407-7912, to sign-up. “Meet Audubon Society leaders Ken Chamberlain and Dick Demarest at 9 am on Nov. 21 at the Safeway Store parking lot (NW corner) at the corner of 4th St. and Stillwell Ave. in Tillamook. We will bird some or all of the following: Barview Jetty, Three Rocks, Oyster Plant, Fenck Road and Bay Ocean Spit. Target species include Wrentit, shorebirds, ducks, raptors, and late fall migrants. Dress for the weather and bring lunch. The Bay Ocean Spit part of the trip will require walking over uneven but mostly flat terrain.”

“Candy Sushi Making for Kids”, Friday, November 22, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 7-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Come and learn how to make sushi from a sushi chef! Make candy sushi, learn how to use chopsticks, and sample sushi from Benihana!” 

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents, “If it’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas!”, Friday, November 22 through December 8, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $5 10 and under. “Wise cracks and plot twists fly faster than Santa's sleigh in this yuletide whodunit, featuring down-and-out gumshoe, Harry Monday, when the Harrigan's department store payroll goes missing, along with the store's St. Nick. With only one day, Christmas Eve, to solve the case, can Harry piece together the clues, and find the felons?”

“Gem Faire”, Friday, November 22, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, November 23, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, November 24, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Weekend passes $7 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. 2 for 1 coupon on their website: Mostly beads but also fossils, crystals and other things for discerning rockhounds. 

“5th Annual Olio Nuovo Festa”, Friday, November 22, Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Olive Mill, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd., Dayton, OR. Free. All ages. “Join us in celebrating our annual olive harvest and festivities surrounding it. This is your first opportunity to sample and purchase the newly-milled oils right at the source. Enjoy traditional Italian bruschetta, and our latest Durant Vineyards Pinot Noir.”

Acting and Character Creation with Bag and Baggage Productions”, Wednesday, November 23, 2PM, Hillsboro Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “Students in grades 4-6 are invited to play acting games, explore open scenes, and learn basic physical and vocal techniques for creating characters on stage with Cassie Greer, a professional actor with Hillsboro's own Bag and Baggage Productions. Come with an imagination, and leave with a whole new persona, and a story or two to tell.”

Author Talk, “Harry Fuller”, Saturday, November 23, with a guided bird walk at 9AM, a presentation at 1:30PM, and a book signing at 2:15PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Harry Fuller will be reading from his book, “Freeway Birding San Francisco to Seattle”. “Join local author Harry Fuller for an afternoon on the refuge. About the Author: Harry Fuller had a long career in TV news and recently retired to Ashland in Oregon's Rogue Valley. He has led birding field trips in Northern California, Oregon and Washington State for two decades, including field trips for Pt. Reyes National Field Seminars in Marin County, CA. Annually, he leads trips for the Pt. Reyes Bird and Nature Festival in early May, and also for Klamath Bird Observatory, Rogue Valley Audubon and Osher Lifetime Learning at Southern Oregon University. He guides private clients and leads trips for Partnership for International Birding (PIB). He knows what birds are especially prized by visitors as well as what birds the locals want to see.”

Helvetia Alpenglühn Novemberfest”, Saturday, November 23, Dinner at 5:30-7PM and concert at 7:30PM, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 15505 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Dinner $8, Concert tickets $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Call 503-246-8632 for tickets. “Bake sale items and beverages available before and after the concert; Delicious cookies, candy, strudel, breads, and specialty items provided by our members. Helvetia-Alpenglühn is a group of fun-loving singers dedicated to preserving Swiss heritage through our singing, concerts, dances, picnics, and other events.” Details here:

“Fun, Festive and Frugal Gifts from the Kitchen”, Saturday, November 23, 10:30AM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Struggling with gift ideas? Come get some inexpensive and creative gift-giving solutions for the whole family—for men, women, children, college students, seniors, and even Fluffy and Fido! A WSU Master Preserver will share possibilities ranging from foodstuffs to body scrubs to play dough and beyond.”

Nutmeg and Ginger: A Concert of Renaissance Music”, Saturday, November 23, 3PM, Hillsboro Library. “Enjoy an afternoon of Renaissance music for voice, violin, recorders, krummhorns, cittern, rackett, tartold, curtal and many other early instruments, featuring Gayle and Philip Neuman, the Ensemble De Organographia. Selections from their latest CD ‘Now Make We Joye’ will be included.”

Birding on Sauvie Island”, Saturday, November 23, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the parking area at the east end of the Sauvie Island bridge. A wildlife area parking permit for Sauvie Island is required; they can be purchased online: “Join Audubon Society leader Tim Shelmerdine for a morning trip to Sauvie Island. We will visit several spots, looking at many species of waterfowl as well as raptors, gulls, and sparrows. Meet at the parking area at the east end of the Sauvie Island Bridge.”

Mad Science Presents, “Winter Science”, Saturday, November 23, 3PM, Kenton Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Science fun straight from the North Pole! Watch how science helps Eggbert get down the ‘chimney.’ Defrost a chemical snowman and see simple powders burst into color. Analyze a mysterious substance that is said to have come straight from an iceberg! Be amazed at the science behind many of the traditions we see during the winter season.”

“St. Johns Library 100th Birthday”, Saturday, November 23, 1PM, St. Johns Library. “Celebrating 100 years of service to the St. Johns community. Join us for stories, memories, music, crafts and cake.”

“Holiday Greeting Cards”, Saturday, November 23, 2PM, Central Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “Create one-of-a-kind greeting cards and gift ties for the holidays. We'll be using beautiful ribbons, colorful papers and copper foil as we cut, fold and glue together our own special creations.”

Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives”, Sunday, November 24, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Author Lars Nordstrom discusses ‘Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives’, the latest release from the nonprofit research group, Swedish Roots in Oregon. This new book is a compilation of oral histories narrated by Swedes who immigrated to Oregon in the early to mid-Twentieth Century. Some of the stories are told by the children of these immigrants and include their memories of immersion in the Swedish American culture of the greater Portland metro area.”

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, November 24, 10AM, OMSI, Physics Lab. $8 per person. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments.”

Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow”, Sunday, November 24, 10:30AM- 12:30PM, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. All Ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Before your Thanksgiving meal, enjoy and celebrate the gifts of nature at Oxbow Regional Park with Metro naturalist Dan Daly, Deerdance School's Terry Kem and others. Walk along the Sandy River as you focus on opening your senses and noticing how wildlife respond to the changing season. Afterwards, gather around the campfire to hear the 'Thanksgiving Address' passed down by the Iroquois Nation. Hot drinks provided.”

Concert, “Mr. Hoo”, Tuesday, November 26, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Mr. Hoo, of The Alphabeticians, brings his solo show to West Linn! Music, dance, and a whole lot of fun.”

Author Reading, “Roland Smith”, Tuesday, November 26, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Roland Smith will read from his book, “Chupacabra”. “Monsters of legend come to life! The third thrilling title in Roland Smith's popular Cryptid Hunters series. A mysterious creature, a missing girl, and danger at every turn . . . ‘Chupacabra’, the riveting sequel to ‘Tentacles’ and ‘Cryptid Hunters’, reunites Marty and his unusual uncle, cryptozoologist Travis Wolfe, as they search the world for Wolfe's daughter, Grace. Grace has been kidnapped by her grandfather, the ruthless and dangerous Noah Blackwood, who has also stolen the two dinosaur hatchlings Wolfe was raising in secrecy. Now, with word that the mysterious creature known as Chupacabra has been sighted again, Wolfe is torn between his obsession with finding cryptids and his desperate need to rescue his daughter. With trouble at every turn and a dangerous journey ahead, will Marty and Wolfe come face-to-face with the mythic monster? Even more frightening, will they reach Grace before it's too late?”

History and Politics of Dams on the Columbia River”, Tuesday, November 26, 6:30PM, McMenamin’s Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. Kids welcome with an adult. Presented by Dr. William Lang.

Rambling Raccoons”, Wednesday, November 27, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-6. Preregistration required; register online: “The THPR Nature Mobile comes to the library bringing stories, specimens and hands-on learning”

Chanuka Menora Celebration”, Wednesday, November 27 through Wednesday, December 4, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and SW Yamhill St., Pdx. “Chabad of Oregon, Jewish Family & Child Services, and the Oregon Food Bank are partnering together for the 30th Annual Menorah Lighting and Canorah drive. On the first night Nov. 27, children's activities will be held beginning at 4:30pm and the lighting of the Menora will be done at 5:30pm with dancing and food afterwards.” Times vary daily- more info here:

Holiday Express”, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 29- December 15, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Adults $18, Children 11 and under $12, and $54 for a family of two adults and two children. 45 minute train rides on Oregon’s historic Spokane, Portland and Seattle locomotive 700. This is an oil burning steam locomotive from 1938.

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, November 30, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 8 and up. “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.”

Nature Discovery Days”, Saturday, November 30, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “Owls are special creature here at Tryon and this discovery day will be devoted to learning all about the Owls that call Tryon home. For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, November 30, 8:30PM until around 11PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 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: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Musical Storytime”, Saturday, November 30, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “A musical storytime with Avery Hill, featuring "Frosty the Snowman" and other seasonal favorites — be sure to bring your singing voice!”

Holiday Wreath Making”, Friday, November 29, Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. $12 for wreaths and $3 for cone bird feeders. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make cone bird feeders and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class.”

Paper Circuits”, Saturday, November 30, 10AM, OMSI, Vernier Technology Lab. Tickets $10 with a maximum of 2 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Science and art collide when you combine conductive tape, batteries, and miniature LEDS into one-of-a-kind creations. Paper Circuits teaches the nuts and bolts of electric circuits. Here, participants design and fashion a greeting card to light up. One ticket provides enough materials for one card. Join us and spark your friends, neighbors, and loved ones’ curiosity this holiday. Participants will be using tweezers.”

Christmas Tree Train”, Saturday, November 30, weekends through December 22, Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, Yakolt, WA. Ride the train past beautiful scenery, enjoy a warm drink, bonfire and a visit with Santa, and (optionally) select a tree to be carried back to the station on the train.