This is my monthly list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of February 2013. As always, I've dug deep to find all the educational and cultural events I can. I created this list for the homeschool group that we belong to which has kids 10 and under, but most events have much wider appeal. Please note that Lego playtimes at regional libraries are no longer listed; there were more and more every month so I suspect that those who enjoy them can easily find them at a library nearby. This month, I thought Papa Cloudy would be the perfect person to help me proofread! Alas, although he was definitely visiting Portland, he was super busy! So I relied once again on the cheerful and enthusiastic help of my sock monkeys, Razzmatazz, Greta and Efran. (Thank you, guys! You're the best!) So please... if you plan on attending anything, be sure to doublecheck for typos, errors and cancellations!
"Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods, with Scott Burns", Tuesday, February 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, Heron Hall, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. "Between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago, a series of momentous floods crashed through the Pacific Northwest, reaching heights of up to 400 feet where Portland lies today and carving the landscape of the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley. Portland Audubon’s Feb. 12 Nature Night presentation will discuss this deluge, one of North America’s greatest sets of geological events – known as the Missoula Floods. Geologist and gifted speaker Scott Burns will lead this thrilling presentation. Burns’ talk will focus on the incredible story of J Harlen Bretz’s discovery of the Ice Age floods and the pioneering research that Bretz used to prove his discovery to the world. Burns will also discuss the floods’ effect on the formation of 16,000 square miles of Pacific Northwest terrain, from eastern Washington to Astoria and the Willamette Valley." http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-floods