Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Magical May

This is my list of free and low cost events around the greater Portland area for the month of May 2013.  I create this list each month for the homeschool group we belong to, which is currently a K-4, but most events have much broader appeal.  I look for events with some cultural or educational value.  This month, I asked my chauffeur, Toonces, to help out by proofreading my list for me.  And I think you'll agree he's just as astonishing at proofreading as he is at driving!  So please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes, and cancellations.  (We discovered the hard way in April that Multnomah County Libraries are not currently updating their website with cancellations! So it might be  best to call to confirm their events.)



May and June regularly feature some of the lowest tides of the year, ideal for tidepooling on the coast! Tidepooling is magical. The trick is to find a time when the low tide is a couple of feet below sea level which is also at a convenient daytime hour, and aim to leave the beach a bit before that. Some beaches are flatter than others, and as soon as the low tide mark has passed, the tide may come in surprisingly quickly. A pretty thorough list of tide tables can be found on NOAA’s website: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=252  An excellent list of where to tidepool can be found here: http://www.beachconnection.net/oregon_coast/72207oregon_coast_tidepools.php

Mid-May is when the lovely camas flower blooms in Oregon!  One great place to see this once ubiquitous flower blooming in a dazzling blue carpet is Camassia Natural area: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oregon/placesweprotect/camassia-natural-area.xml And ducklings and goslings ramble everywhere in May at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden:  http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=27&action=ViewPark

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

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

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

Portland’s Past in Pictures:  Goose Hollow”, Wednesday, May 1, 6PM, Northwest Library.  “Dr. Tracy J. Prince will present a slide show of historical photos from her book ‘Portland’s Goose Hollow”, showing the earliest days of the frontier city of Portland. Scenes include: the Great Plank Road (Jefferson/Canyon Road);  rare photos of Tanner Creek running in its banks; Guild's Lake and Couch Lake; Chinese gardeners who terraced the steep slopes of Tanner Creek Gulch to grow vegetables; Native Americans who had encampments in the gulch; horse drawn streetcars; cable cars; Rose Festival performances on Multnomah Field; and many other photos that give a wonderful sense of life in Old Portland.”

Fish Passage and Lower Deschutes Temperature Management at Round Butte”, Wednesday, May 1, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx.  Free.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife  “Don Ratliff is a Senior Aquatic Biologist at the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project.  Don is joining us to discuss the research behind, and the design, construction, and operation of the new Selective Water Withdrawal and Downstream Fish Facilities at Round Butte Dam. Don will also describe the recent results of the temperature management, anadromous fish reintroduction, and fish passage programs.”

Artist Talk, “Wendy Ewald”, Wednesday, May 1, 1PM, Field Work, 1101 SW Jefferson St., Pdx.  Free and open to the public. “Wendy Ewald has for thirty-eight years collaborated in art projects with children, families, women, and teachers in Labrador, Colombia, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico, and the United States. Starting as documentary investigations of places and communities, Ewald's projects probe questions of identity and cultural differences. In her work with children she encourages them to use cameras to record themselves, their families, and their communities, and to articulate their fantasies and dreams.” http://literacythroughphotography.wordpress.com/wendy-ewald/

Science”, Wednesday, May 1, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library.  “Self-guided family science exploration for children ages 6-11 years; no younger children, please.”

Exhibit, “Book Arts”, opening Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, June 2, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Open Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-8PM,  and Sunday 12PM-5PM.  $6 adults, $4 seniors, students, youth, and active military.  Children 3 and under are free. Cultural passes are available through Washington County Libraries.  “The Washington County Museum will host an exhibit showcasing book art belonging to faculty and staff of the upcoming Focus on Book Arts Conference scheduled 
this summer in Forest Grove, Ore. The exhibit features approximately 45 works from some of the best book artists in the country. Book art, often referred to as ‘artists’ books,’ are works of art realized in the form of books. Bookbinding and related arts have exploded in the past decade, inspiring artists to explore the unlimited possibilities of the form—scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheets. This exhibit celebrates bookmaking and the book in
 contemporary art.” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/bookarts

Author Reading, “Raymond Macalino”, Wednesday, May 1, 10AM, Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Mr. Macalino reads from his book, “Damien and the Dragon Kite”.  “It's time for the kite festival! Damien brings a very special kite to the beach to join in the fun but soon dark rain clouds begin closing in. Will Damien convince his dragon kite to take flight before the day is lost?” http://raymondmacalino.com/2013/01/31/how-i-did-it-publishing-damien-and-the-dragon-kite/

Barnyard Tales at Luscher Farm”, Wednesdays in May, 10AM, Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn.  Free.  Suggested for ages 3-8.  “Join Luscher Farm staff for a weekly story time on the farm, followed by a short tour of the Children’s Garden. Parents must accompany children. Bring a picnic and enjoy some time with your children at the farm after story time.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/luscher

Farm Explorers”, Wednesdays in May, 11:30PM, Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn.  $5.  “Parent and child join our farmers to explore Luscher Farm. After storytime, children hike around Luscher Farm and learn about the habitat of Luscher Farm. Meet our farm cats, observe local bird life, discover interesting insects and see what grows in the garden during the spring!” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/luscher

May Day Celebration”, Wednesday, May 1, 4PM-9PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NW 33rd Ave., Pdx.  Free.  All ages welcome.  “Watch local Laurelhurst Elementary kids skip around the maypole, reenacting a century-old Portland public school tradition. Enjoy other kids’ entertainment, live music, a magician and more. Stay for dinner and maybe a movie in the theater.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/113583-May-Day-Celebration

Author Talk, “Tiffany Harelik”, Wednesday, May 1, 7PM, Kenton Library; and Thursday, May 2, 6:45PM, Midland Library. “Portland’s celebrated food cart chefs create artisan meals by combining world influences and the finest local ingredients.  Trailer food guru and founding organizer of Austin, Texas's Gypsy Picnic trailer food festival, Tiffany Harelik has journeyed to the Pacific Northwest for the next in her cookbook series: ‘Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Portland Edition’.  She profiles many of our most popular purveyors on wheels, and includes the best of their offerings as recipes so cart-ivores can recreate their favorite dishes at home.  Join her for an inside peek into Portland's food carts, including stories from some of her favorite chefs.” http://trailerfooddiaries.com/

Author Reading, “Laura Foster”, Thursday, May 2, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie.  Ms. Foster will be giving a talk on her book, “Portland Hill Walks”. http://www.lauraofoster.com/index.php

Concert, “Mariano De Orbregoso”, Thursday, May 2, 12PM, Mt. Hood Community College, Student Union, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham.  Free.  “Guitarist/vocalist Mariano is from a Peruvian lineage of musical fame, the son of a famous composer. For this performance, he will be accompanied by guitarist Masud Tahmassbi with a special guest performance by Peru's vocal icon, Connie Bieberbach.” http://www.mhcc.edu/news.aspx?id=3198

Gardens of Eatin’:  Advanced Vegetable Gardening”, Thursday, May 2, 5:30PM, Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply, 2615 SE Schiller St., Pdx.  Free.  Preregistration required; call 503-517-8551. “Ready to take your veggie gardening to the next level? Learn how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening and techniques to stretch the growing season. Plus, explore the principles of nontoxic weed and pest management to boost your harvests and reduce the amount of time and money needed for a healthy, productive garden. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron.  Free event includes complimentary coupons and publications.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7480

Author Reading, “Becky Ohlsen”, Thursday, May 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “In ‘Walking Portland’, devoted local Becky Ohlsen guides you through the Rose City's many charms, from idyllic waterfront fountains to the more obscure and out-of-the-way pockets of cool. On each walk, you'll discover hidden gardens, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, old-school taverns, oddball shops, and edgy warehouse galleries in some of the Northwest's most exciting neighborhoods. You'll cross bridges and graveyards, wander a Smithsonian-honored boulevard, see experiments in urban renewal (some inspiring, some dubious) and be regaled with stories of the city's colorful past. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll full of shopping and snacks or a vigorous trek over tree-covered hillsides, grab this book, step outside and . . . walk Portland.” 
                                                       
Birding at Mt. Tabor Park”, Thursday, May 2, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Mt. Tabor Volcano Parking Lot. Join Audubon Society leader Denny Graham for a morning walk at Mt Tabor, one of Portland’s prime spring migration hotspots. We will be listening to and looking for spring migrants. Bring binoculars, water, sunscreen.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/tabor-may13

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays May through June 7, 6PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Come as a family and play with clay! $20 a session per adult and child pair. $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office.  Includes glazes, firings and 5 lbs of clay. Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of the potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.” http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/

Children’s Book Day”, Friday, May 3, 10AM, Forest Grove Library.  “A  Free Celebration of Bilingual Literacy!  10-11:15AM: Crafts, face painting , and a free book for ages 0-14yrs. 11:15-11:45AM: Mid-City Breakers breakdancing performance.  11:45AM-Noon:   Refreshments and door prizes.”

Cinderella and the Candy Kingdom”, Friday, May 3- Sunday, May 12, Nutz-n-Boltz Theater, Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 Grange St.,  Boring, OR.  Ticket prices vary. “In a kingdom obsessed with sugar and sweets, one poor scullery girl doesn’t have a sweet-tooth. With a little help from some peeps, some fancy shoes, and maybe the Tooth Fairy-Godmother, Cinderella will find her prince. Performed by young actors, ages 7-16.” http://nnbtheater.com/theater/2013-2/cinderella-and-the-candy-kingdom/

Pioneer Family Festival”, Friday, May 3, 2PM-10PM; Saturday, May 4, 11AM-10PM, and Sunday, May 5, 11AM-7PM, Clackamette Park, 1955 Clackamette Dr., Oregon City. Free admission. It’s a carnival, but it has some pretty cool things, like a pioneer history area and “Aeroswal”, an event where graffiti artists transform a white wall into a work of art before your eyes. http://www.pioneerfamilyfestival.com/index.html

Exhibit, “Isamu Noguchi:  We Are the Landscape of All We Know”, Friday, May 3, through July 21, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave., Pdx. Admission $9.50 adults, $7.75 seniors and college students with ID, $6.75 youth 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under.  Cultural passes are available through the Washington County Libraries and Clackamas County Libraries. “Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s most critically acclaimed sculptors. This exhibition, on loan from the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York, will feature 22 works by acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi amid the setting of the most authentic Japanese garden in North America. The works in the exhibition date from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s, spanning the artist’s long career in sculpture and design. Stone and metal sculptures will be exhibited inside the Garden’s Pavilion Gallery along with ink drawings on paper and Akari paper lanterns. Four large-scale stone sculptures will be installed outdoors, surrounded by the traditional Japanese garden styles that were among the global influences on Noguchi’s work.”  http://japanesegarden.com/isamu-noguchi-exhibition/

Author Reading, “Mark Niemann-Ross”, Friday, May 3, 10:30AM, Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Mr. Niemann-Ross reads from his book, “Patches Catches the Sargo County Cattle Rustler”. “Patches, a talented Border Collie, teams up with his young owner to outwit a cattle rustler in the old west. John is left in charge of his younger sister when his parents are called away on an emergency. When he finds a desperate outlaw in the kitchen, his only defense is a good story - and Patches.”  http://strangewolf.us/patches/patches_catches_the_sargo_county_cattle_rustler.php

The Music of the Kantele”, Friday, May 3, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171. Free.  “The Music of Kantele with presenters Wilho and Kaisa Saari, who will discuss history and perform! Lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served in the Finnish Room afterwards.” The kantele is a stringed instrument from Finland which is plucked, similar to a dulcimer or zither.

Author Reading, “Grant McOmie”, Friday, May 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “Emmy Award–winning journalist and fifth-generation Oregon native Grant McOmie provides travelers with an in-depth guide to 101 of the best Oregon destinations featured in his popular television series ‘Grant’s Getaways’, produced by KGW-TV and Travel Oregon. Come along with Grant McOmie as he explores family-friendly destinations and day trips across the width and breadth of Oregon. From kayaking in Netarts Bay, riding a jet boat on the Rogue River, and fishing for Deschutes River steelhead to exploring Lava River Cave in the Newberry Volcanic National Monument, digging for fossils in the John Day Basin, and riding mountain bikes at Black Rock, ‘Grant’s Getaways: 101 Oregon Adventures’ has an outdoor adventure for everyone. The book is organized by the month in which the television segment was filmed, and features 75 photographs from Grant’s outdoor adventures. Also included are travel tips such as “What to Know if You Go” and “Best Time of the Year” as well as access information.”

Lumiere Players Present, “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of”, Friday, May 3 through May 18, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  Tickets $10. For reservations call (503) 692-5050. “Rick Lowell, Private Eye --a tough Los Angeles private detective whose beat covers everything from the stars of the silver screen... to the gutter. This is an evening of 1940s radio, including live sound effects. You'll find the private eye, the dames, the gangsters, and even the Maltese Falcon!” http://www.lumiereplayers.com/

29th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 11AM-11PM, with free admission 11AM-3PM on Friday.  Adults $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for 6 years to 12 years, and free for kids 5 and under.  There will be bands, ballet, mariachi, a fire dancer, and a live butterfly exhibit where kids will be allowed to touch and feed the butterflies.  Lots of details and schedules here: http://cincodemayo.org/

7th Annual All Day Singing Events”,  Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave., Pdx.  Sponsored by Portland Sacred Harp.  Free, but donations will be accepted.  “The singing starts at 9:30am (doors open at 9am) and continues until 3:00pm. All are welcome! No experience is required at this social, community shapenote singing event. We sing from The Sacred Harp, a songbook continuously in print and in use since 1844. This American folk tradition of unaccompanied 4-part harmony singing is spirited, exuberant, and LOUD. Come sing for yourself! Come and go as you please!  Songbooks available to borrow or buy!  All ages welcome! (childcare not provided) Potluck lunch at noon! Bring a dish to share as you are able. Shapenote singing is a community musical and social activity, emphasizing participation, not performance. Everyone is invited to come and sing (or just listen), regardless of musical experience or ability. Our events have no membership requirement and no affiliation: religious, political or otherwise.” https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4raoEp9Ch3TWlZRRTZ0em1tOFk/edit

Free Comic  Book Day”, Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Tualatin Library.  “All Ages Free Comic Book Day is a day that occurs on the first Saturday of May every year! This year, local animator, Aron Nels Steinke will be at the library talking about life as an animator, answering your questions, and leading a group drawing activity. Free comics will be given away at the event.”  http://www.aronnelssteinke.com/

Swiss Singing and Yodeling Concert”, Saturday, May 4, Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society, 19 Swiss Picknik Rd., Frances, WA.  Tickets $12, children 10-15 $6, children 9 and under are free.  Ticket price includes dinner.  Call 360-291-2107 to purchase tickets. “The entertainment includes Tacoma Enzian Swiss Ladies Choir; Tacoma Men's Choir - Mannechor Edelweiss; Portland’s Jodelklub Edelwyss and Portland’s Helvetia - Alpengluhn.” http://www.lpss.info/  Yes, I know this is a bit far from Portland, but I’m including this for those of you, like my dear friend Joy, who just haven’t heard enough yodeling lately!  You know who you are!

Founders Day Celebration”, Saturday, May 4, 1PM-3PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  “Visitors can help Friends of Historic Champoeg celebrate the vote that took place in 1843 that set us on the road to statehood! A fun adventure on an easy on-mile Pathway through the Past.’” http://www.champoeg.org/event/ztzsdxjvmjnznmnmmhvvmwtqy3zwzwm3zzqgzhzwdjvuzni2nm84nxjpbjfzngtvnnrsng9azw/4.html?end=1367704800&start=1367697600

"Portland Youth Spelling Bee", Saturday, May 4, sign-ups at 12:45PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. "Are you a W-H-I-Z at spelling? Kids ages 5-18 are welcome to come strut their spelling stuff on the Mississippi Pizza stage. Three difficulty levels give everyone a chance to play. Winners take home fun prizes, and every speller gets a treat."

Marquam Mosaic:  Writing with Nature”, Saturday, May 4. 3PM, Hillsdale Library.  Suggested for ages 10 and up. Free.  Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/marquam-mosaic-writing-nature/7850 “After listening to forest sounds and learning about our forest habitat, participants will engage in writing group poems from various cultures including the Japanese Renga and Korean Linked Verse. Each participant will receive a copy of Writing With Multiple Intelligences by Edna Kovacs.”

World Labyrinth Day Celebration”, Saturday, May 4, 1PM, Community Labyrith Garden of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 120 SW Towle, Gresham. “International treats, activities for kids and a giant singing bowl for all to ring!  Finger labyriths, and an accessible path for the handicapped.” http://www.labyrinthnetworknorthwest.org/resources/2013/130504_WLD_Gresham.pdf

Author Reading, “Kate DiCamillo”, Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs — especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would be like to be as tall as her friend, but how far will she stretch her luck to find out? And when Bink and Gollie long to get their picture into a book of record holders, where will they find the kudos they seek? Slapstick and sweetness, drollery and delight abound in this follow-up to the Geisel Award–winning, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Bink and Gollie, written by the beloved and best-selling Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and brought to hilarious life by Tony Fucile.” http://www.binkandgollie.com/

Herb Walk”, Saturday, May 4, 1PM, Forest Park, Pdx meeting at Springville Road Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd.  Free.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=187272  “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.”

Lake Oswego Backyard Habitat Open House”, Saturday, May 4, 10AM-1PM.  Free. Preregistration required; register online for address: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/FriendsofTryonCreek/default/item.php?ref=2738.0.56007905 “Tour a Silver Certified Backyard Habitat in the beautiful neighborhood of Mountain Park.  The Friends of Tryon Creek and one of our dedicated BYHCP participants will be showcasing the aesthetic pleasure and ecological benefits that can result from enrolling in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.  This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the backyard habitat program.  Garden tours focusing on naturescaping, wildlife stewardship, sustainable stormwater management, and invasive species removal will happen throughout the day.  Additionally the Friends’ backyard habitat staff will be answering questions and sharing resources.  Complimentary coffee, tee, and refreshments will be available on site.”

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

Family Nature Explorers – Clear Creek Canyon”, Saturday, May 4, 10AM-1PM, Clackamas County.  $11 per family.  Family Nature Explorers programs require all children be ages 4 and older.  Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7506  “Explore this 580-acre jewel “behind the scenes” with a Metro naturalist. Search its prairies for interesting plants and bugs and look for river otter or wild salmon in Clear Creek. Some off-trail walking.”

History of the Portland Rose Festival”, Saturday, May 4, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “George Miller and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation’s ‘Portland Rose Festival’ chronicles the storied history of the beloved annual festival from its inauguration more than a century ago in 1907. Join us for a presentation featuring actors from the festival's Living History Program.” http://www.rosefestival.org/events/livinghistory/

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “The Mantis and The Moon”, Saturday, May 4, 10:30AM,  Central Library, US  Bank Room.  Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “The proud praying mantis declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it, so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him. While his daughter, Porcupine, tries to gain his attention, Mantis focuses on his desire to achieve greater heights. He tries to trap the moon several times unsuccessfully, and in his failure he learns humility and the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Having learned his lesson Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Sing along with Mantis as we try to capture the moon!”  http://www.tojt.org/schools/smallershows/

Butterflies and Bugs A-Bloomin”, Saturday, May 4, 10:30AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library.  “Celebrate summer with master storyteller Anne-Louise Sterry as she shares stories of your favorite warm weather critters. You’ll hear tales from old to new and some hilarious songs to keep you laughing all the way home.”  

Faire in the Grove”, Saturday, May 4, 11AM-5PM, and Sunday, May 5, 10AM-4PM,  Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.  Free.  All ages welcome.  “The Society for Creative Anachronism and Pacific University’s History Department invite you to experience the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right here at the Grand Lodge! You will be transported back to the medieval village of Fairegrove, where you can check out armored combat, rapier, dance, music, storytelling, merchants, juggling, food and textile demos, book binding, leather working, arrow making and beyond. Grab a pint and stroll around this living history museum.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/112871-Faire-in-the-Grove

Alter Wiener”, Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  You will know if this is suitable for your family- kids do attend.  “Join Alter Wiener, one of the very few Holocaust survivors left in Portland, as he shares his gripping life story. His autobiography ‘From a Name to a Number’  will be available for sale after the presentation.” http://www.alterwiener.com/

Bugs!  Bugs!  Bugs!”,  Saturday, May 4, 10:30AM, Capital Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); and Saturday, May 11, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM).  “Creepy, crawly, winged and wonderful! Join artist Judith Hankin in building real or imaginary 3-D insects using colorful papers and special art materials. We will share images from Anne Rockwell’s ‘Bugs Are Insect’s and ‘Becoming Butterflies’ and then add antennae, stingers, wings and more to make a very special paper insect sculpture.”

Mother’s Day Folding”, Saturday, May 4, 10:30AM, Albina Library; Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Woodstock Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/mother’s-day-folding/10272); and Saturday, May 11, 2PM, Gresham Library.   “Delight mom with a homemade gift this Mother’s Day. Artist Yuki Martin will teach you how to create unique origami shapes and decorations to make a card or stand-alone gift. Come transform an ordinary piece of paper into an extraordinary three-dimensional piece of art!” http://yukiorigami.blogspot.com/

Roller Coaster Sculpture”, Saturday, May 4, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Sunday, May 5, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library.  “Embark on a journey of discovery as you twist and twirl strips of paper to create architectural designs. Puppetkabob will show you how to transform everyday construction paper into what you dream as an ultimate roller coaster! Inventing a roller coaster sculpture is a lot of work, so friends and families will have fun tackling this project together. Great for any age.” http://www.puppetkabob.com/

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Saturday, May 4, 3PM, Northwest Library, and Saturday, May 25, 11AM, St. Johns Library.  “Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world.”  Highly recommended! http://stevescreaturefeature.com/Creature_Feature_Reptile_Zoo/Welcome.html

Wild Foods of Oxbow’s Old Growth Forest”, Saturday, May 4, 8AM-12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Adults $25-$50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 free, 7-17 pay their age for 'standard' workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required. More info here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#Oxbow  “Come join us to learn about trees, shrubs, and herbs of North America that are found at Oxbow Regional Park, Metro, off the Sandy River Gorge. Find a diversity of edible wild plants including fiddlehead fern, elderberries, Solomon's seal, fairly bells, nettles, red huckleberries, salmonberry, and more. Explore one of the more beautiful habitats just east of Gresham.”

Mi Piñata”, Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Gresham Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/mi-piñata/10896); Friday, May 10, 3:30PM, Midland Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/mi-piñata/10955); and Saturday, May 18, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM).  “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.” http://www.grupo-condor.com/index.html

"Guided Nature Walks", Saturdays in May, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. "Join a park ranger for a free guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes." May 4- Explore the Dialogue of Birds; May 11- Nest Tour; May 18- Urban Wildlife; May 25- Amazing Amphibians.  http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Book Release Party, “How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans”, Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.  “Marvelous illustrator Mark Fearing is returning to Green Bean Books to share his brand new book about green bean bandit kidnappers!!!  ‘How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans’, by David LaRochelle, and illustrated by Fearing, is an after-dinner riot of a picture book all picky eaters former or present will adore! Fearing will also instruct audience members in making cartoon wanted posters for their least or most favorite foods!!” http://www.markfearing.com/

Portland Opera Preview:  Falstaff”, Saturday, May 4, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1; and Sunday, May 5, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery.  “Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information and musical selections from Verdi's ‘Falstaff’. Sir John Falstaff attempts to woo two married women, hoping to improve his financial situation (and, as a bonus, his love life). Unfortunately, things don't go quite as he planned: he's thwarted by the merry wives of Windsor at every turn! But whether he's berated by forest demons or thrown into the Thames, Falstaff retains his sense of humor — and his joie de vivre — to the very end!”

International Holiday Celebration”, Sunday, May 5, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room.  “You may have heard of the Mexican American holiday Cinco de Mayo, but did you know that the 5th of May is also Children’s Day in Japan and Liberation Day in The Netherlands? Join us for flower crafts, kite making, and flag art to celebrate all of these international holidays.”

Memaloose Hills Wildlflower Hike”, Sunday, May 5,  beginning at the Memaloose Rest Stop. Moderate difficulty, 5 miles, 700’ elevation gain.   Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.commonground.convio.com/gorgefriends/memaloosehillswildflowers5513/ Explore the flower-covered hillsides of Memaloose Plateau with Friends Board Member Debbie Asakawa, and enjoy panoramic eastern Gorge views. On this Flower Frenzy hike, we will be hiking at a slower pace allowing us to ID flowers.”

May Day is Lei Day”, Saturday, May 5, 11AM-6PM, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 3000 NW 119th St., Vancouver.  $5 for adults, children 9 and under free.  “Highlighted by The Tropical extravaganza of a May Day Pageant and Royal Court, known in the Hawaiian islands as "Lei Day," Ke Kukui Foundation’s May Day Arts and Crafts Festival is a full day of Polynesian Music and dance, with Polynesian arts and crafts demonstrations and vendors, a Keiki (Kids) corner with traditional Hawaiian games of skill and chance, succulent Hawaiian food and a lei making contest with Primo Prizes.  Enter your handmade lei in the lei contest, using only flowers, greenery, and seeds from our beautiful Pacific Northwest and receive $1 off admission. (All leis must be submitted by 1pm, Saturday, May 5th.)” http://kekukuifoundation.org/

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, May 5, 5PM-7:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5.  Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid.  “On the first Sunday of every month DJ Anjali welcomes people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.” http://www.anjaliandthekid.com/events/all-ages-bhangra-social-2013-05-05/

Author Talk, “Megan Watzke”, Sunday, May 5, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Ms. Watzke will read from her book, “Your Ticket to the Universe”. “An entertaining and accessible trip to the most interesting stops in the cosmos. Accompanied by dramatic visuals, 'Your Ticket to the Universe' is a hybrid coffee-table book and field guide. Beginning with our home planet, 'Your Ticket to the Universe' embarks on an entertaining and accessible trip to the most interesting stops known in the cosmos. Learn about objects nearby within our Solar System (our backyard in space, so to speak) as well as wonders that are found throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond (the most distant and exotic lands to explore). Accompanied by brilliant photographs that bring the reading experience to vivid, immediate life, 'Your Ticket to the Universe' is designed to make space exploration accessible to everyone. 'Your Ticket to the Universe' outlines the essentials anyone needs to know, while piquing the reader's curiosity to learn more.” http://yourtickettotheuniverse.com/Index/Home.html

Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff”, Sunday, May 5, 1PM-4PM, 3105 N. Williams Ave., Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Adults $25-$50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 free, 7-17 pay their age for 'standard' workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required.  More info here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#Jessup “Explore edible and poisonous plants in one of Portlands most diverse and unique landscapes. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday and others you'll find regularly. Most of these plants can be found in your own neighborhoods, fields, and local woodlands. Learn identification, use, and processing of fennel, chicory, black mustard, knotweed, wild sweet pea, bull thistle and many others.”

Angiosperm Anatomy”, Sunday, May 5, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park BPA Road Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/angiosperm-anatomy “Delve deep inside the flowers of Forest Park. Learn about flower anatomy and how it relates to the evolutionary history and life cycle of plants.”

Blooms for Beginners”, Monday, May 6, 5:30PM, Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx.  $6 per person or $11 per household.  Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7507  “Would you like to be able to identify common trees and shrubs? Join Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens to tour the Oregon Zoo after hours and get hands-on with native plants. Ride MAX to the Washington Park station, or park at the zoo for $4. Suitable for all ages.”

Art Beat at Portland Community College”, Monday, May 6- Friday, May 10, at Cascade, Rock Creek, Southeast Center, and Sylvania Campuses.  All events are free and open to the public.  “Art Beat exemplifies PCC’s dedication to education and community. Art Beat Week is filled with music, dance, literature, sculpture, painting, theater-all things artistic!  From presentations to performances to workshops, you'll find something fascinating to attend. Join us!  Bring your friends and family!  All is free; all are welcome.”  This is really cool!  There are waaaay too many specific events to list here- please check out their website http://www.pcc.edu/about/events/artbeat/2013/ and click on the individual campuses (listed on the right) to see the schedules.  There is a lot of wonderful stuff here!

Author Reading, “Josh Harris”, Monday, May 6, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “Prior to his untimely death in 2010, Captain Phil Harris was a star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the hit show that follows the exhilarating lives of Alaskan crab fishermen as they brave the vicious Bering Sea. He led his crew through hurricane-force winds and four-story- high waves, hauling in millions of pounds of crab and raking in millions of dollars. Phil worked hard, but he played even harder. His life on shore—from his rebellious days to his tempestuous marriages, from his addictive habits to his fundamental American success story—could serve as a reality show in itself. He lived his life at Mach speed: the blitz of crab season, the six-figure paydays, the thunderous motorcycles, and the drug-fueled parties. High-speed chases and all-night blackjack binges were par for the course. But as wild as Phil could be, he was always openhearted and infectiously friendly. He was a devoted friend, a loving father, a steadfast captain, and a hero to audiences across America and around the world. His death in 2010, the result of stroke and heart failure at the age of fifty-three, left a hole in the hearts of millions. In this exclusive authorized biography, Phil’s two surviving sons, Josh and Jake Harris, team up with bestselling author Steve Springer and coauthor Blake Chavez to share the thrilling story of Phil’s remarkable life."


Connecting to a Cosmic Perspective”, Monday, May 6, 7PM and 8:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. "Guest Speaker: Dr. Todd Duncan, Portland Community College.  All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images." http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Classical Up Close!”, Monday, May 6, through Sunday, May 12, various venues.  “As you may have heard, the Oregon Symphony was scheduled to return to Carnegie Hall in May, but due to financial constraints, we were unable to return to New York this year. Individual members of the OSO have come together to make the most of our extra week at home, celebrating our ties to this community, thanking our supporters, and making new friends. We have a lot to celebrate and we want to invest in the future of this great orchestra, so we’re going to travel all over the metro area with a veritable festival of informal chamber music events, bringing world-class music to you, where you live, work and play. We are not charging admission to these concerts but donations will be gladly accepted on behalf of the Oregon Symphony.  We will be presenting these concerts all over town, sometimes in places where you might not expect to see us. We encourage you to come and bring your friends and family. At these informal events, we will encourage you to do all the things you would not normally do at a classical concert: take photos, tweet, text, clap between movements, and ask us questions. We want to get to know you and we’re eager for you to get to know us better. During some of these performances, we will also have chairs on stage, so members of the audience can sit near us to have a more intimate experience.”
7:30PM Evening Performances: May 6:    Eliot Chapel, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Pdx  May 7:     Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis and Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. May 8:     Sunnyside Seventh Day Adventist Church. 10501 S.E. Market St., Pdx. May 10:    Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lake Oswego 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego  May 11:    West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn  May 12:   The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Pdx http://classicalupclose.com/list-of-evening-events/
Blitz Performances: May 4: 12PM, Powell’s City of Books, 3rd floor Pearl Gallery (seating available). Sarah Kwak and Shin-Young Kwon, violins. May 6: 12:30PM Pacific Northwest College of Art. Sarah Kwak, violin and Nancy Ives, cello. May 7: Noon Oregon Symphony ticket office, SW Washington near 10th, , Nancy Ives, cello. May 7: 1PM, OHSU Center for Health and Healing atrium. Shin-Young Kwon, violin and Charles Noble, viola. May 8: 12PM, Bridgeport Village Gazebo, Tigard. Marilyn de Oliveira and Trevor Fitzpatrick, cellos. May 8: 4:45PM, PacWest Center atrium, 1211 SW 5th Ave, Pdx. Nancy Ives, cello and Cary Lewis, piano. May 9: 12:30PM, Portland City Hall, Kyle Mustain, oboe and Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon. May 10: 3PM, Beaverton Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton (Seating available). Peter Frajola, violin; Ken Finch and Nancy Ives, cellos. May 11: 12PM,  Multnomah County Central Library, Collins Gallery (Seating available.) Martin Hebert, Karen Wagner and Kyle Mustain, oboes. May 11: 12PM, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton.  Peter Frajola, violin; Ken Finch, cello; Micah Wilkinson, trumpet. May 12:  12PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Pdx. Greg Ewer, violin and Nancy Ives, cello. http://classicalupclose.com/blitz-list/

"Homeschool Archery", Monday, May 6, and Monday, April 20, 10:30AM, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy Ste 121, Tigard. $6.75. All ages welcome. Archery lessons with equipment provided. http://www.archersafield.com/homeschool.html

Poetry Reading, “Anis Mojgani”, Monday, May 6, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Mr. Mojgani reads from ‘Songs From Under the River”. “After six years of touring the country, Anis has combed through out-of-print editions to put together a best-of collection for his third book. Popular poems (Some with over 200,000 "Likes” on YouTube) such as ‘Direct Orders’, ‘Shake the Dust’, ‘Here Am I’ and more, are collected here alongside lost poems, favorite poems and new unpublished works. The book showcases what audiences have come to expect from Anis-uplifting words, playful surrealism, and the journey through imagination. ‘Songs From Under the River’ allows fans and new readers alike the chance to follow the trajectory of Anis' development, themes, and style of work over his 15 year career.” http://thepianofarm.com/

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, May 7, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.” http://www.eugeneyelchinbooks.com/stalinsnose.php

A City’s Center:  Rethinking Downtown”, Tuesday, May 7, 7PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room. Donations requested. “Historically, a city’s downtown core has been the community’s cultural and economic center, expressing shared values and aspirations. Today, however, many downtowns represent a community’s social and economic distress. Cities of all sizes are trying to revitalize their downtowns, but the qualities essential to this revitalization remain elusive. Nan Laurence, a senior planner for the City of Eugene, will explore the changing character of downtown activities, urban forms, and public spaces and lead participants in a conversation about how downtowns can represent a community’s ideals and aspirations.”

Concert, “Rhythm Culture”, Tuesday, May 7, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Rhythm Culture has been playing the Pacific Northwest music and festival scene for over 11 years. The Band has placed its focus on developing its own signature sound driven by a reggae beat.” http://www.rhythmculture.org/

Illustrator talk, “Deborah Guyol”, Tuesday, May 7, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St ., Pdx. “What if Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was told from a cat’s point of view? This hilarious mash-up by children’s author Pamela Jane and photographer Deborah Guyol spins a fresh, quirky take on two of the things we just can’t get enough of: classic cats and classic Jane.  ‘Pride and Prejudice and Kitties’ juxtaposes wacky photos of cats with the wicked humor of Jane Austen, and it’s just in time for the 200-year anniversary of the publication of the original Pride and Prejudice. Soulful Mr. Darcy gazes at Elizabeth Bennet in fascination; hysterical Mrs. Bennet yowls that no one understands her; somnolent Mr. Hurst passes out on the sofa after dinner; arrogant Lady Catherine hisses at Elizabeth. Each photo includes a hilarious caption that goes along with the text of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, told from a feline perspective.” Pride and Prejudice and Kitties is a book for cat-lovers, Austen-lovers, and people who love to laugh—in other words, just about everyone. The adorable meets the absurd!” http://prideandprejudiceandkitties.com/

Author Reading, “Vince Welch”, Tuesday, May 7, 6:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Tuesday, May 14, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Mr. Welch reads from his book, “The Last Voyageur:  Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West”.  “Meet author  and river guide Vince Welch as he reads from his latest book, detailing the remarkable story of the larger-than-life Amos Burg, a quintessential man of the American West and one of the last "voyageurs" of North America's great waterways.  This passionate and well-researched narrative uses extensive material from Burg's own rich archives.  History buffs, paddlers, and adventure readers alike will delight in Welch's tale of the first white man to complete transits of the free-flowing, undammed Snake and Columbia Rivers by canoe.” http://www.vincewelch.com/

Birding at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge”, Tuesday, May 7, 9AM-11:30AM, meeting in the Refuge parking lot.  “Join Audubon Society leaders  Barbara Allen and Kathy van der Horst for a 2-mile walk to look for American Bittern, Marsh and House Wren, Osprey, Purple Martin, migrant songbirds, and a variety of waterfowl. We will also observe how the 2012 wildfire affected the area’s habitat and wildlife.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/steigerwald-may2013

Author Reading, “Broughton Coburn”, Tuesday, May 7, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Mr. Coburn reads from “By the author of the New York Times bestselling Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, this chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963 – published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary­ – combines riveting adventure, a perceptive analysis of its dark and terrifying historical context, and revelations about a secret mission that followed.  
 
In the midst of the Cold War, against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the space race with the Soviet Union, and the quagmire of the Vietnam War, a band of iconoclastic, independent-minded American mountaineers set off for Mt. Everest, aiming to restore America's confidence and optimism.  Their objective is to reach the summit while conducting scientific research, but which route will they take?  Might the Chinese, in a public relations coup, have reached the top ahead of them?  And what about another American team, led by the grandson of a President, that nearly bagged the peak in a bootleg attempt a year earlier?
 
The Vast Unknown is, on one level, a harrowing, character-driven account of the climb itself and its legendary team of alternately inspiring, troubled, and tragic climbers who suffered injuries, a near mutiny, and death on the mountain.  It is also an examination of the profound sway the expedition had over the American consciousness and sense of identity during a time when the country was floundering.  And it is an investigation of the expedition's little-known outcome: the selection of a team to plant a CIA surveillance device on the Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi, to spy into China where Defense Intelligence learned that nuclear missile testing was underway.” http://www.broughtoncoburn.com/images/pdf/the-vast-unknown.pdf

Poetry Reading, “Mark Thalman”, Wednesday, May 8, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. http://www.markthalman.com/

Wildfire Awareness Week”, Wednesday, May 8, through Sunday, May 12, Tilamook Forestry Center,  Tilamook State Forest.   Specific activities are still TBA.  Check their website: http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/events_05.html “Will your home survive a wildfire? Do you know what part of your home is most vulnerable to fire? Visit the Tillamook Forest Center for answers to these questions, free information, demonstrations and more during Wildfire Awareness Week in Oregon.”

Sloppy Science”, Wednesday, May 8, 3:30PM, Woodland Library, Woodland WA.  “Make messy things and learn about science all at the same time. Oooey Gooey Sloppy Chewy Fun.”

Backyard Habitat on a Budget”, Wednesday, May 8, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Donations requested. “Building habitat in your own back yard is fun and rewarding – and who says it has to be expensive?  Did you know that building a rain garden can cost as little as $60 and can help save you up to $100 per year on your sewer bill? In this presentation, Portland Audubon's Backyard Habitat Program Coordinator Nikkie West will cover many low-cost activities, from creating nesting areas to propagating plants, that are easy to do right at home and can have a huge impact on urban wildlife.” http://audubonportland.org/sanctuaries/ep/backyard-budget

Medical Ethics”, Wednesday, May 8, 6:30PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver.  “The book 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' has raised many medical ethics questions. Join the conversation with medical expert Nick Kockler.”  (Vancouver will soon open the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, and the libraries have been encouraging citizens to read about the school’s namesake.)

The Snowflake Man”, Wednesday, May 8, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Do you know what a snowflake looks like? This puppet performance is inspired by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a farmer and scientist who in 1885 was the first person to capture the image of a single snow crystal. Sarah Frechette, of Puppetkabob, performs Bentley’s fascinating story using a unique trunk show of marionettes and props.” http://www.puppetkabob.com/

Regional Trails Fair”, Wednesday, May 8, 1PM- 3:30PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx.  Free.  “More than 25 local trail partners – agencies, non-profits and trail groups – will be on site with information and displays about their programs and projects. Meet trail and park partners from around the region, and find out how you can contribute to the region’s growing trail system.”

Fighting Fish and Wrangling Windmills”, Wednesday, May 8, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain have been described as the crown jewels of Oregon's High Desert. As many as 180,000 waterfowl once hatched and were raised on Malheur's vast wetlands every breeding season. Steens Mountain, which rises nearly 10,000 feet into the sky, is one of Oregon's most spectacular landscapes and provides diverse habitat for a wide array of species, including Golden Eagles, Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn and Sage Grouse. Both of these wildlife havens, however, are under significant threat. Malheur's wetlands have been decimated by invasive carp, an amazingly destructive and invasive fish that turns thriving wetlands into muddy, dead lakes. Possible industrial development on Steens Mountain threatens to forever change one of Oregon's wildest places. Travel in your mind’s eye with Bob Sallinger, Portland Audubon's Conservation Director, to this remote corner of Oregon to learn about Audubon's historic work to protect these landscapes – work which dates back more than a century – and what Audubon is doing today to ensure they remain wild and healthy… and how you can get involved!” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-may13

Cyclops! For kids of All Ages”, Thursday, May 9, 11AM, PCC Sylvania, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx in front of the Community College building (weather permitting; in case of rain it will be in the Performing Arts Center Theater); Saturday, May 11, 11AM, at the Portland Saturday Market (SW Waterfront Park); Saturday, May 18, 11AM, outside of the Capitol Hill Library; and Sunday, May 19, 11AM, at Portland Saturday Market (SW Waterfront Park).    “Comically ripped from the pages of the Odyssey, Cyclops is PCC-Theatre at Sylvania's first touring children's production.  The story: Odysseus, the classical hero, has washed ashore on an unfamiliar island, which is inhabited by one-eyed giant (played as a gentle 10-foot puppet) Cyclops, and some very silly companions: Rhyming Pirates, the uptight playwright Euripides, confused shepherds, volunteer sheep, and one very forgetful stage manager.  This 2500-year-old classic has been updated and adapted for children of all ages, and will play for FREE in selected areas around Portland (see below). With a nod to Commedia del Arte, Buffoonery, and classic children's theatre, this production uses audience suggestions and volunteers to round out the goofball antics!” http://www.pcc.edu/about/theatre/

Ten Toe Walks:  Central Streetcar and Esplanade Loop”, Thursday, May 9, 6PM, meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, NE Oregon St. and NE MLK Blvd. Free.  2 hours, 2 miles. “Enjoy a free ride on the new Central Loop streetcar line to OMSI and then walk back via the Eastside Esplanade.” http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/297636

Family Book Group”, Thursday, May 9, 6PM, Hollywood Library.  “Boys and girls in grades 4-6 and their parents come together to discuss literature.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Wednesday, May 9, 8AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  Free.  “This week is the peak of the spring migration. We should find warblers, sparrows, swallows and many other songbirds.” http://oregonwetlands.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=68

Origami After School”, Thursday, May 9, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library.  “Learn the art of origami folding from Sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.”

Classical Up Close”, Friday, May 10, 3PM,  Beaverton Library, Meeting Rooms A and B.  All ages.   “Please join us for this free mini-concert by members of the Oregon Symphony.”

Concert, “Roundhouse Bluegrass”, Friday, May 10, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “Roundhouse performs impeccable harmonies, interesting arrangements and a blend of classic spirited bluegrass, folk, country and original tunes.” http://www.roundhouse-band.com/index.html

National Public Garden Day”, Friday, May 10, 9AM-6PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122 Ave., Pdx. Free. “This annual celebration of the nation's public gardens takes place the Friday before Mother's Day every year. Leach Botanical Garden will be open extended hours. Enjoy this opportunity to stroll in the Garden and take a peek inside the Stone Cabin, which will be open all day. Volunteers will be on hand to share stories about the Garden and its colorful founders, John and Lilla Leach. Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick will offer special guided garden tours at 11AM and 2PM. The Draft Conceptual Plan for Upper Garden Design Work will be posted for review and comment in the Leach Garden Manor House.” http://www.leachgarden.org/event/national-public-garden-day1/
 
Book Fan Friday”, Friday, May 10, 4:30PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author Susan Fletcher will lead a discussion about how to effectively incorporate research into your story. Join us!” http://www.susanfletcher.com/

Opening Reception for Monsters Under Bridges”, Friday, May 10, 6PM-9PM,  Land Gallery, 3925 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx.  Free. All ages welcome. The show will run through May 26.  “Come celebrate the release of Jolby and Rachel Roellke Coddington’s latest children's book published by Sasquatch Press!  ‘Monsters Under Bridges’ serves to provide the hard facts for the creatures we all know live under our bridges! Unique and rare sightings have been documented to show us their habits, diets, what mischief they are up to, and what weird things they do.  Artwork from the book will be on display, as well as new artwork created just for the show!” http://landpdx.com/shows/jolby-monsters

Concert, “Steve Hale Trio”, Friday, May 10, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library Community Room.  “An Oregon native, Steve Hale has been a singer, songwriter and producer in the Northwest for over 30 years. He has played and toured in many different bands with varying styles including funk, folk, jazz, and pop.” http://www.stevehale.com/

Schriener’s Iris Gardens Bloom Season”, Friday, May 10- June 9, dawn to dusk, 3625 Quinaby Rd. Northeast, Salem.  Free.  “In early May each year, we open our 10-acre display gardens to the public free of charge. Make a tour of Schreiner's Iris Gardens one of your springtime traditions. During bloom season, our display gardens are open from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. n business since 1925, Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public. Ten acres of our lovely gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties that will be in bloom this season. Spend a spring morning strolling through the gardens, bring the family for a picnic lunch (tables are available) or steal a romantic moment at the end of the day surrounded by blooms and sunset.” http://www.schreinersgardens.com/home/scg/smartlist_15

The Tornado Machine”, Saturday, May 11, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades K-6.  Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500.  “Learn about tornadoes and other wild weather from Andy Bryant of NOAA.”

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

Skosh Japanese Children’s Festival and Fair”, Saturday, May 11, 10AM- 3PM, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. “Celebrate Japanese culture!  Performances, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, storytelling, animation screenings, Portland Taiko.  Fun for all ages!” http://www.jetaaportland.com/community-events/skosh-japanese-childrens-festival-may-11th/

National Train Day Portland”, Saturday, May 11, 10AM- 4PM, Union Station, 331 NW Hoyt St., Pdx. “A free Family Event at Portland Union Station featuring SP and S 700 Live Steam Locomotive including cab viewing. See a Historic North Coast Limited Lounge Car and a retired Union Pacific Caboose. Also, the first public "peek" at one of Oregon's NEW Amtrak Cascades Talgo train sets. Visit numerous displays and fun-filled activities for children of all ages while being entertained by the Rose Festival Character Clown Corp. Music and entertainment throughout the day. Mayor Charlie Hales and other public officials are invited to attend. Prizes and giveaways.” http://www.nationaltrainday.com/s/#!/events/portland-or-pdx_236

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, May 11, 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. http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/events.html

National Train Day Salem”, Saturday, May 11, 9AM-1PM, Salem Station, 500 13th Street Southeast, Salem.  Free. “Cake and Punch Event. Weather permitting, we will have miniature engines from local rail enthusiasts.” http://www.nationaltrainday.com/s/#!/events/salem-or-slm_250

Sheep to Shawl Festival”, Saturday, May 11, 10AM-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. Southeast, Salem.  Donations requested.  “Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, sheep of all varieties, alpacas, rabbits and baby lambs, weaving, spinning, knitting, rug-hooking and lace making, demonstrations from fiber artists, musical entertainment, Salem Area Garden Club plant sale, Café Venae treats, blacksmith, area vendor wares and wonderful shops.” http://www.willametteheritage.org/events_and_programs.html

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival”, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge and surrounding areas.  Free with $5 per vehicle State Parks day use fee.  “Learn about the native plants and wildflowers that fill Silver Falls’ forest  and about the birds who make Silver Falls their year-round and seasonal home. Participate in hands-on activities, birding and plant walks, family hikes, and informative presentations. View plant displays and purchase your own native plants during our plant sales. Visit the Salem Audubon Society.” http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html

Sing, Dance and Play!”, Saturday, May 11, 10:30AM, Albina Library.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Looking for new ideas for story games, songs and dances to play with your children? Join us in learning easy clapping, jumping and singing activities to play at home during this participative program led by master storyteller and singer Anne Rutherford. Kids will have fun as grownups learn new ways of encouraging creative play.” http://www.annerutherford.com/

Blitz! Classical Up Close”, Saturday, May 11, 12PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “The Oregon Symphony is on the loose!  Meet some of the musicians in a short, intimate concert designed to let you get to know them and their instruments.  They want you to tweet, text, take photos and even clap in the "wrong" place. It's at lunchtime, so you can enjoy that burrito while listening as well!”

Concert, “Al Andalus”, Saturday, May 11, 2PM,  Wilsonville Library.  “Creative soulful merging of classical, jazz, and contemporary music with musical traditions from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.” http://www.andalus.com/

Festival of the Birds”, Saturday, May 11, 9AM-3PM, Sellwood Park and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, SE 7ths Ave. and Maiden St., Pdx.  Free.  The earliest bird walk at 7:30AM requires preregistration; call 503-823-2525, class #398198. “Families and bird lovers are invited to spend a day outdoors learning about birds through a variety of fun activities!  Guided bird walks, live music and stories, kids’ games and art and craft activities, live birds from Audubon, exhibits about the birds of Portland.” http://www.portlandonline.com/portlandmigratorybirds/index.cfm?c=32956&a=53563

Wetlands”, Saturday, May 11, 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to enjoy and explore the wet, spongy soil with us! Swamps, marshes and bogs are valuable wetlands. Learn more about these low-lying areas and their natural wildlife habitats.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Our Bond With Bees”, Saturday, May 11, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, May 18, 2PM, Belmont Library.  “Did you know that 40% of our food, and 90% of the most delicious/nutritious foods are completely dependent on bees? That one-third of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. have vanished, likely due to Colony Collapse Disorder? Our reliance on bees goes back millennia, yet most of us know quite little about our fuzzy friends.  Honeybee expert Brian Lacy will explore the world of honeybees in a lively program that puts you inside the hive to strengthen our connection with this critical part of our world. Stay till the end for a delicious treat.” http://www.livehoneybees.com/

Moveable Murals”, Saturday, May 11, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library.  “Have you always wanted a mural painted in your bedroom, playroom or kitchen? 'Movable' murals are painted on vinyl and window cling, which can be stuck and unstuck to any wall surface without leaving a mark. Join artist Addie Boswell in creating your first small movable pieces by drawing a design and painting it in with acrylics. Take home your wall art and the skills to make more on your own.” http://www.addieboswell.com/

Victorian Handcraft Demonstration: Ribbon Flowers”, Saturday, May 11, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Embellish a hat or whatever you fancy with delicate ribbon flowers.” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org/

"Barefoot Quilt Festival", Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 11AM-4PM, Jenkins Estate, 8005 SW Grabhorn Rd., Beaverton.  Canned food donations requested.  "Celebrate Mother's Day by attending the Barefoot Quilt Festival at the historic Jenkins Estate. Over 150 quilts will be on display in the Stable. In addition, there will quilting demonstrations & merchandise for sale. Also, find the perfect gift for Mom at the Jenkins Estate Advisory Committee Plant Sale. A variety of colorful plants for the yard and garden will be available. Make a day of it with a walk through the estate. Stop by the Main House and get a bite to eat. It's Partytime Catering will offer a lunch & dessert  menu. No reservations needed." http://cdn1.thprd.org/pdfs/events/event718.pdf

"Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!", Saturday, May 11, sign up starts at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. "Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Portland's only kid-friendly trivia event invites your whole family to 'the best trivia on Saturday afternoons on Mississippi Avenue.' Questions for both adults and kids, multimedia clips, physical challenges, and plenty of great music mean a fun challenge and a good time for all. Teams of up to five players play FREE for fun prizes."

Family Day: Space”, Saturday, May 11, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Free. “Test your skills at becoming an astronaut with astronaut training camp! Participate in physical and mental challenges that will prepare you for a trip to space. Don’t miss our last Family Day with the ‘Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe’ exhibit!” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/

****Happy Mother’s Day!!!***Sunday, May 12***

Concert, “Northwest New Music Trio”, Sunday, May 12, 2:30PM, Tigard Library.  “The Northwest New Music Trio will perform classical music that spans the 20th century.  Professional musicians Diane Chaplin, Tylor Neist and Brian Quincey will play compositions for violin, viola and cello from a variety of European and American composers.” http://nwnewmusic.org/

Shadow Box Public Photo Session”, Sunday, May 12, 12PM-4PM, White Box, University of Oregon Portland, 24 NW 1st Ave., Pdx.  Free. “You are invited to participate in the Shadow Box project by having your silhouette recorded in a custom-designed camera-less photo booth. The resulting life-size prints are anonymous outlines or shadows, of which a selection will be exhibited in Shadows, by Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis, at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, June 6 - August 11, 2013. The Shadow Box is a memory instrument built to create images that evoke the shadows left by victims who were vaporized by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We invite you to lend your shadow in commemoration. Details: Participants should wear non-bulky, warm-weather attire (dresses, skirts, form-fitting pants and short sleeve shirts) such that the silhouette can be clearly distinguished. All ages are welcome. ADA accessible.” http://www.oregonnikkei.org/activities.htm

Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms- Oxbow”, Sunday, May 12, 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham.  $6 per person or $11 per household with an additional $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7494  “Instead of taking flowers to your mom, why not take her to the wildflowers? Hike with Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens through Oxbow’s forests to see and learn about common woodland wildflowers. Terrain is steep in places. Suitable for all ages.”

Concert, “Erev Rav”, Sunday, May 12, 2PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx.  $10.  Advance reservations required; reserve online http://www.ojm.org/storytime.htm or call 503-226-3600. “Erev Rav plays World Klezmer Fusion - Five years ago Daniel Landin brought traditional klezmer music to some of Olympia's finest musicians. The group approached the project with reverence, and after 2 years developing a klezmer repertoire, Landin's love of dance and traditional music from around the world led the band to incorporate many styles to include funk, bebop, and Latin and African rhythms into their music to create a truly unique sound.” http://erevravmusic.com/

Behind the Seasonal Curtain:  The Forest of Tryon Creek State Natural Area”, Sunday, May 12, 1PM, Tryon Creek Park.  Suggested for ages 8 and up.  2 mile walk. “Discover what is happening in the forest of Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Tryon Life Community Farm this season. Join a park naturalist and a resident of permaculture-based Tryon Life Farm for a joint hike from the Nature Center through the forest to the farm. In addition to discovering what’s happening in nature and on the farm this season, find out how permaculture and protected natural areas support each other.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Lewis and Clark Wildflower Discoveries”, Sunday, May 12, 2PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Rdigefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA.   “Garden Historian and Lewis and Clark scholar, Joan Hockaday will be speaking in the  Plankhouse at 2PM about the wildflower discoveries of the expedition and of the contributions that Native Americans have made to Western science.” Plankhouse will be open from 12-4 for visitation and Docent guided hikes.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

Guided Tour of Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge”, Sunday, May 12, 8AM- 11AM, Free.  Preregistration required. "Contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or Eric_Anderson@fws.gov to register for a hike, obtain directions to the starting location and get additional information if needed. Birdwatchers, both novice and experienced, are invited to come out and get a closer look at the Refuges and the nature show created by the changing of the seasons. Experienced guides will identify birds, explain why habitat areas on the Refuges provide vital resting stops for migrating birds, and discuss how the Refuges are managed. Unusual sightings can surprise and excite birders on any of the hikes! It  will be an easy hike on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail at Steigerwald Lake Refuge.” http://www.refugestewards.org/news/archive/Spring2013RefugeStewardsNews.pdf

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, May 12, 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.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Twelfe Night”, Sunday, May 12, 1PM, Glenwood Park, SE 87th Ave. and SE Claybourne St., Pdx.  Free. http://www.opsfest.org/

Curious Garden”, Sunday, May 12, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theatre, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “The Curious Garden is back! Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey - and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8. Every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden.” http://www.curiouscomedy.org/events/curious-garden/

National Train Day in Molalla”, Sunday, May 12, 12PM-5PM, Molalla Train Park, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla.  Donations accepted. They are open Sundays May through October but will have special festivities for this occasion. “In 1954, Harry Harvey Had a Dream... He wanted to provide a park that people could go picnic watch, ride and learn about trains... Today that dream is still alive at Shady Dell Train Park. Originally founded in 1954, today it is one of the first railroads of this size on the west coast, it has grown from 1 to 4 acres, Because we are a train park and not an amusement park no one is ever sure what private trains will be running on Sunday "Run-Days". No fee is collected at the entrance or to ride the trains, but all donations are graciously accepted. On Sunday May 12, 2013, we will be hosting a Run Day in celebration of National Train Day from noon to 5pm where we will be running various trains powered by diesel locomotives, electric locomotives, and live steam locomotives. All these trains run on 7.5" wide tracks and haul adults and passengers on a ride through our beautiful park ground. Ride once, then get back in line, and ride again. Chances are you'll see something you didn't see the first time. You can also picnic in our park, tour the grounds, or grab a bite to eat in the snack bar. If you cant make in on Sunday, come join us another Sunday afternoon for a ride, or consider booking a party on another day. More information can be found on our website at http://www.pnls.org/.”

Author Reading, “C. B. Bernard”, Monday, May 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Mr. Bernard reads from his book, “Chasing Alaska:  A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now”.  “Alaska looms as a mythical, savage place, part nature preserve, part theme park, too vast to understand fully. Which is why C.B. Bernard lashed his canoe to his truck and traded the comforts of the Lower 48 for a remote island and a career as a reporter. It turned out that a distant relation had made the same trek northwest a century earlier. Captain Joe Bernard spent decades in Alaska, amassing the largest single collection of Native artifacts ever gathered, giving his name to landmarks and even a now-extinct species of wolf. C.B. chased the legacy of this explorer and hunter up the family tree, tracking his correspondence, locating artifacts donated to museums, and finding his journals at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Using these journals as guides, C.B. threw himself into the state once known as Seward’s Folly, boating to remote islands, hiking distant forests, hunting and fishing the pristine landscape. He began to form a landscape view of the place that had lured him and "Uncle Joe," both men anchored beneath the Northern Lights in freezing, far-flung waters, separated only by time. Here, in crisp, crystalline prose, is his moving portrait of the Last Frontier, then and now.” http://cbbernard.com/

Identifying Rocks and Minerals”, Tuesday, May 14, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-6.  Preregistration required; register online.  “Are you a kid who loves rocks? Join other rockhounds for a hands-on program identifying rocks and minerals. Meet the curator from the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. She’ll show us how to identify rocks by describing the physical properties of minerals.”

Concert, “Zomba! Marimba Ensemble”, Tuesday, May 14, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room.  “Come delight in the warm and crisp acoustic sounds of Alberta Rider Elementary School’s marimba ensemble.”

Author Reading, “Heather Vogel Frederick and Robyn Parnell”, Tuesday, May 14, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. This about Heather Vogel Frederick’s “Once Upon a Toad”: “Once upon a time, Cat Starr lived with her astronaut mom in Houston. But when her mother gets sent on a last-minute space mission, Cat is shipped off to a faraway land—her dad's house, halfway across the country—to share a room with her real-life evil stepsister, Olivia. Just when Cat can't take it any more, Great-Aunt Abyssinia comes to the rescue. And things go from bad to worse. Out of nowhere, toads start appearing whenever she opens her mouth. At the same time, Olivia spouts precious gems and flowers when she speaks. How unfair is that? Before you can say "happily ever after," the girls are on the run from jewel thieves and a secret government agency. Can Cat save the day—and get rid of all those toads?” http://www.heathervogelfrederick.com/books/bk_toad.html  This about Robyn Parnell’s “The Mighty Quinn”:  “Quinn Andrews-Lee feels anything but mighty, and faces a dismal school year. His little sister outshines him athletically and socially, he yearns for a service award his peers disdain, and charismatic bigot Matt Barker's goal in life is to torment Quinn and lure his friends to the dark side. When Quinn reports an act of vandalism, he is accused of injuring Matt. Neally Standwell, a free-spirited new kid in Quinn's class, helps Quinn deduce who hurt Matt, but Matt would probably die—and would definitely lie—before admitting the truth. Through events comical and poignant Quinn and Neally solve the right mystery just as everything seems to go wrong, thwart a bully without becoming one in turn, and realize that the fabled ability to belch the entire alphabet might very possibly trump any award ever presented at Turner Creek School.”

Author Reading, “David Muench”, Tuesday, May 14, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “Muench is the primary photographer for more than fifty books and his work appears in many magazines, posters, and private collections. In his new book, Muench captures 54 National Parks in 25 states, each representing a unique ecosystem or world heritage site. The book includes photographic notes and essays by outdoor writer Ruth Rudner. Rudner's moving essays coupled with Muench's visual celebration of our public lands bring to life the landscapes and features of these national treasures.” http://www.davidmuenchphotography.com/

Death and Mourning Habits in the 1800s”, Tuesday, May 14, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. “Rebecca Ross has been a Civil War reenactor for 22 years. Her focus has been on civilian life, with a primary interest in how death and mourning habits were handled by men and women during the 1800s. Rebecca has researched undertaking and embalming to do an undertaker impression at reenactments. She has accumulated original and reproduction equipment which will be exhibited during the presentation.”

Lessons from Lincoln:  Is Bipartisanship Possible?”, Tuesday, May 14, 7PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room.  Donations requested. “Does Abraham Lincoln’s adept use of bipartisanship during the Civil War offer guidance in dealing with the polarizing controversies of the twenty-first century? This conversation, led by independent scholar and Lincoln expert Richard Etulain, will look at what today’s leaders might learn from Lincoln’s handling of slavery, emancipation and civil rights, political patronage, and reconstruction during the Civil War era. Can these lessons serve as a model of bipartisan behavior as we debate health care, immigration reform, tax policy, and conflicting sources of government power?”

Denmark:  In Search of a Shared Past”, Tuesday, May 14, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Research historian, George Domijan, will share impressions of his journey to Denmark in search of family and a shared past. George's grandfather, Christian Jorgensen, emigrated from Denmark to the U.S. in 1905. Last year, while researching his family's history, George’s Danish cousin (previously unknown to George) contacted him with genealogical information that led George on a journey to Denmark and a family reunion on the island of Fyn.”

14th Annual UFO Fest”, Friday, May 17, 2PM ‘til late, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR.  Some events are free and open to all ages and others are ticketed.  See complete schedule here: http://ufofest.com/ This fun annual event has simultaneously brought together foolishness and fun in the form of a costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, the Willamette Radio Workshop performing spooky UFO programs,  etc. and some of the world’s acknowledged leading experts in the field of UFO research giving serious talks on their publications and studies.  So whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, there’s something for everyone!

May Day with Morris Dancers”, Wednesday, May 15, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “The Renegade Rose Morris dance group celebrates summer in a joint performance with the Bridgetown Morris Men.  Morris dance is an English folk dance that may date back to the lat 15th century.” http://www.renegaderose.net/

Author Readings, “Terry Jennings, Rachel Roellke Coddington, Jolby, and Nancy Coffelt”, Wednesday, May 15, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In Terry Catasus Jennings's ‘Gopher to the Rescue!’ Gopher is among the few animals to survive an erupting volcano, but the tunnels that he digs once the earth stops shaking help the mountain recover. http://www.terrycjennings.com/ Rachel Roellke Coddington and Jolby's ‘Monsters under Bridges’ takes readers on a tour of the bridges of the Pacific Northwest and introduces the friendly monsters who live under them. http://blog.jolbyandfriends.com/post/29422850932/monsters-under-bridges-pacific-nw-edition-by-jolby In Nancy Coffelt's ‘Uh-Oh, Baby!’ Baby Rudy tries to find a gift for his mother that she will call wonderful, but instead he hears such words as ‘yikes’ and ‘fiddlesticks.’” http://blog.nancycoffelt.com/

Author Talk, “Rebecca Lerner”, Wednesday, May 15, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “The Audubon Nature Store welcomes Portland journalist Rebecca Lerner, author of the newly published book ‘The Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness’ for a free presentation and book signing. She will speak about her adventures learning to thrive while living off the land in her Portland neighborhood. After an initial challenge to eat nothing but foraged foods for a week goes awry, the vegetarian Lerner dives into an intensive four year study of local flora, both natives and weeds, to learn how to connect with our ancestors’ often-forgotten knowledge of the useful plants. Combining serious research with wacky excursions and encounters with charmingly individualistic Portlanders, Lerner’s book is both a delightful and thoughtful read. Her Audubon presentation will touch on the role of foragers in the control of invasive species.” http://www.rebeccalerner.com/ 

Black Bear”, Wednesday, May 15, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife  “Most often black in color, North America's most common bear species may also be brown, cinnamon or blond. Oregon has more than 25,000 black bears. At home throughout Oregon, black bear prefer forests, trails and streams. Fast and agile, they're good swimmers and climbers, are omnivorous, with a diet that includes berries, fruit, grasses and plants. Although they will consume small mammals, insects and amphibians, black bear are not normally active predators. Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Biologist, is joining us to discuss the life history of black bear and conflict with people. Over the past two years, there's been a significant reduction in bear problems along the mid-coast. Doug will discuss why he thinks that has happened. Attend this presentation to learn more about black bear and efforts to minimize conflict with them.”

Mason Bees for the Backyard Garden”, Wednesday, May 15, 7PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver.  “Sherian Wright, amateur naturalist and author, will share her knowledge of mason bees.” http://www.bughub.info/mtnfolder/Cover/home.html

Author Talk, “Rory Freedman”, Wednesday, May 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Ms. Freedman will read from her book, “Beg”.  “So many of us call ourselves animal lovers and worship our dogs and cats—but we could be using that love as a force for helping all animals. ‘Beg’ is a battle cry on their behalf, as well as an inspirational, empowering guide to what we can do to help them. ‘Beg’ galvanizes us to change our choices and actions, and to love animals in a radical new way.” http://www.roryfreedman.com/

Dragon Theater Puppets presents, “I Dig Dinosaurs!”, Wednesday, May 15, 3:30PM, Midland Library.  “The host; Shawnry Connery, builds a time machine so that he can go back and see dinosaurs. But he keeps traveling to the wrong time and accidentally takes other historical characters with him. They all end up in the past with the dinosaurs and have to find their way back to their own times!” http://www.dragontheater.com/Idigdinosaurs.html

Concert,  “Elise LeBlanc”, Wednesday, May 15, 6:30PM,  West Linn Library.  “Elise LeBlanc grew up in Ontario, Canada with a family of folk musicians and artists. Singing and performing have been a natural passion of hers since she was a young child. She discovered her inner songwriter and started writing and performing her own original music at age 18. She has performed all over Portland playing acoustic indie/folk music, singing a mix of original songs and covers while she plays the guitar, ukulele, or piano. Her sound has been influenced by bands/artists like Pomplamoose, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, and the Andrews Sisters.” http://www.eliseleblanc.com/

Author Reading, “Eric Lindstrom”, Wednesday, May 15, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  “Local nature photographer and writer, Dr. Eric Lindstrom, author of ‘Up Fanno Creek: Confessions of an Accidental Advocate’ will share a compelling story of his personal exploration of Fanno Creek. Lindstrom will show photos and read from his newly released book.” http://www.upfannocreek.com/up-fanno-creek/

Kids Co. NW Presents, “Peanuts”, Thursday, May 16, 7:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Filled with music and humor, Peanuts! is a celebration of a day in the life of comic strip favorite, Charlie Brown. The talented triple-threat troupe sings, dances and impersonates favorite characters such as Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and Sally and so many more with great music including ‘Happiness’, ‘Suppertime’ and ‘The Baseball Game.’ Don’t miss this nostalgic, colorful and funny musical show Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm at the library. Kid’s Company NW, or ‘Kid’s Co.’ as it’s often called, is NW Children’s Theater’s ambassador group to the community. Talented young performers take original musical reviews to festivals, events, retirement homes, schools and more. An important arts training ground for intermediate and advanced students, Kid’s Co students work closely with musical theater professionals to develop performance skills and become part of a close-knit, supportive ensemble and peer group.” http://nwcts.org/content/kids-company-nw

Willamette Valley Pleistocene Project”, Thursday, May 16, 7PM, Friends of Historic Forest Grove, Old Train Station, 1936 19th Ave. at Main St., Forest Grove.  Free admission; open to the public. “A presentation on recent and current Pleistocene excavations and finds.”  For all ice age fossil enthusiasts! http://www.willamettevalleypleistocene.com/

The Cheese Stands Alone:  The Science Behind Oregon’s Acclaimed Artisan Cheeses”, Thursday, May 16, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville.  $5 suggested donation. Children welcome with an adult. Presented by Lisbeth Goddik, PhD, associate professor of Food Science and Technology at OSU. “Oregon wine is mighty fine, but no one does cheese like the Beaver State either. In recent years, Oregon’s specialty cheeses have achieved international acclaim and even beat out more than a thousand competitors by winning Best in Show in a prestigious American Cheese Society competition.  In a down economy, business for Oregon cheese makers is actually booming … so what so special about our cheese?  What’s unique about how we separate the curds from the whey? What’s different for manufacturers today as they approach the ages-old craft of cheese making? At this Science Pub, get answers to these questions, plus insider information on shopping for and/or making your own cheese.”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Thursday, May 16, 3:30PM, Belmont Library.  “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as ‘Loop de Loo,’ ‘Miss Mary Mac,’ ‘Ham Bone’ and ‘Shortnin’ Bread.’ Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Wild and Wacky Science Fun!”, Thursday, May 16, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library.  “Who doesn't love wacky science experiments?! Bring your kids, come explore, get dirty, and learn together. We will be dissecting diapers, making paper helicopters, and checking out WSU's microscope collection!”

New Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington”, Thursday, May 16, 7PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx.  Free.  “Hiking guru William L. Sullivan takes us on a slideshow tour of new and changed trails he discovered for the fourth edition of "100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington," released in April 2013. We'll find a hidden lake at Mt. Adams, hike to a wildflower hill above Hood River, explore a new path to Fish Creek Mountain and see what's been changed by the fires at Mt. Hood. As always, expect anecdotes about geology, history and wildlife along the way.” http://www.oregonhiking.com/william-l-sullivan/slide-shows-booksignings/new-hikes-in-nw-oregon-sw-washington

Why Our Northwest is Stunning”, Thursday, May 16, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  $3 donation requested. “Dr. Gene Kiver, professor emeritus from Eastern Washington University, illustrates how Lake Missoula floods carved northern reaches of Washington state including Moses Coulee, Grand Coulee, Cheney-Palous Scablands and the Lake Pend Oreille area in Idaho.” http://hugefloods.com/Gene-Kiver.html

Classical Ballet Academy Spring Shows”, Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, Scottish  Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison St., Pdx.  Prices vary.  This spring they will be presenting “Cinderella”,  “Nanny McPhee/The Last Unicorn”, and “The Children’s Cinderella”.  See website for details: http://www.classicalballet.net/tickets_spring_2013.htm

Art Ala Carte”, Friday, May 17, 10:30AM, Gresham Library. “In this artistic free-for-all, there is no such thing as too much glue, and your finished work of art does not have to look like anything at all! Load up cafeteria trays with seemingly endless amounts of goodies, recycled materials and art supplies from Art ala Carte’s art bar (formerly restaurant salad bars). Join us in creating your personal masterpiece!” http://www.artalacartepdx.com/

NW Animation Fest 2013”, Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx.  Tickets $10 for afternoon screenings and $15 for evening screenings, or $55 for a festival pass.  Saturday afternoon youth pass $5.  “Hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring. NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. Our 2013 event includes 155 films from 30 countries.” http://www.nwanimationfest.com/

Radio Theater presents, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 7PM, and Sunday, May 19, 1PM, Molalla Library.  Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery of the same title.

Sandy River Spey Clave Free Casting School”, Friday, May 17, 1PM-4PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  The first 100 students will be given hands-on fly-fishing instruction. http://www.flyfishusa.com/spey-clave

Concert, “Oregon Renaissance Band”, Friday, May 17, 7:15PM,  Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx.  Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family.  Featuring music of early Transylvania. “The Oregon Renaissance Band is a 10 to 12 member ensemble dedicated to performing and recording music of the Renaissance, played on faithful reproductions of historical instruments. These include violins, cittern, harp, bandora, chitarrino, recorders, krummhorns, racketts, sackbutts, pipe and tabor, bagpipes, schreierpfeiffen, and percussion, many of which were built by the performers.” http://www.emgo.org/performers.htm

Hidden Portland:  City Treasures!”, Friday, May 17, 10AM-12:30PM, meeting at Director Park. $18 for adults, $15 youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org/2013/05/17/hidden-portland-tour/  Lead by Carye Bye.  “What if the City was a Museum? ‘Hidden Portland: City Treasures!’ attempts to answer this question by allowing tour goers to discover and appreciate the often unnoticed parts of the city. With an eye towards the small, quirky and curious, this tour lets you in on some of the little-known but best-kept secrets of the city. This is a visual and interactive tour of Portland and encourages participation, play and active learning. Focusing on the Cultural District, sites include a wide-ranging selection of public art, museums, buildings and architectural features…all bound to get you to see the Rose City with new eyes and experiences.”

Syttende Mai Celebration”, Friday, May 17, doors open at 4PM, parade at 6PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., Pdx.  Free admission. “Norway’s most important national holiday – May 17 (Constitution Day) – is celebrated here in Portland in a community-wide event which has been sponsored by Grieg Lodge Sons of Norway for generations at 
Portland’s Historic Norse Hall. Socialize in the Oslo Lounge. Enjoy Authentic Norwegian Food. Music and Dance Performances. Flags and Nordic Treasures on Sale. Enter to Win Great Prizes. Join our Grand Flag Parade – rain or shine! 
Featuring traditional costumes, Norwegian fjord horses and Benson High School Marching Band. Everyone most welcome!! Alle er hjertelig Velkommen!” http://test.norsehall.org/may-17-syttende-mai/

The Rooster, the Dog, and the Tricky Treasure Map”, Saturday, May 18, 11AM, Beaverton Library.  Suggested for ages 4-8.  “Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a puppet show, The Rooster, the Dog, and the Tricky Treasure Map. Enjoy this hilarious and interactive puppet show by Pink Pig Puppet Theater.”

Children’s Nature Fair”, Saturday, May 18, 10AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Donations requested. “At this year's Children's Nature Fair, enjoy a host of activities like arts and crafts, Mad Science’s Fire and Ice show at 11AM and 1PM, slug races, music, ladybug walks, and fun geology and volcano adventures! Guests can also meet Portland Audubon's education birds.” http://www.leachgarden.org/event/nature-fair-2013/

Robot Roundup”, Saturday, May 18, 12:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA.  “Would you like to....see real robots? ...talk to the teens who created them?...Use remote controls to move robots and pick up objects? Join Skyview High School students as they demonstrate the robots they've built. They'll even let you take the controls!”

Rood Bridge Park Hike”,  Saturday, May 18, 10AM, Rood Bridge Park, meeting by the River House, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro.  “Guided by Tarri Christopher, Tualatin Riverkeepers Board Member and local apiarist (beekeeper). Tarri is a sustainable, organic small time farmer who is currently running her own CSA program. Bring a lunch and stay for a picnic in the park after the hike.” http://www.tualatinriverkeepers.org/book_hikes.html

Lelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, May 18, 7PM- 9PM, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Grounds open at 5:30 including the Lelooska Museum. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under.  “The Lelooska Family brings to life the masks, stories, songs and dances of the Sewide lineage of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) in the glimmering firelight of their cedar ceremonial house.” http://www.lelooska.org/

Guided Tour of Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, May 18, 8AM- 11AM, Free.  Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or Eric_Anderson@fws.gov to register for a hike, obtain directions to the starting location and get additional information if needed. This hike will provide an opportunity to visit Pierce NWR, otherwise closed to the public. Hikers will have a chance do some birding through oak woodlands, open fields, and riparian forest. Birdwatchers, both novice and experienced, are invited to come out and get a closer look at the Refuges and the nature show created by the changing of the seasons. Experienced guides will identify birds, explain why habitat areas on the Refuges provide vital resting stops for migrating birds, and discuss how the Refuges are managed. Unusual sightings can surprise and excite birders on any of the hikes! It  will be an easy walk on flat terrain leading to beautiful views of the Columbia River, refuge wetlands, Beacon Rock, and Hamilton Mountain.” http://www.refugestewards.org/news/archive/Spring2013RefugeStewardsNews.pdf

Author Reading, “Mario Livio”, Saturday, May 18, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Mr. Livio will read from his book, “Brilliant Blunders”.  “Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field—but each also stumbled badly. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Not until Gregor Mendel’s work was known would there be a mechanism to explain natural selection. How could Darwin be both wrong and right? Lord Kelvin, Britain’s leading scientific intellect at the time, gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world’s premier chemist (who would win the Nobel Prize in chemistry) constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). And Albert Einstein, whose name is synonymous with genius, speculated incorrectly about the forces that hold the universe in equilibrium—and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error. Mistakes are essential to progress. ‘Brilliant Blunders’ is a singular tour through the world of science and scientific achievement—and a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists.” http://www.mariolivio.com/

Family Fun:  Carving Curves”, Saturday, May 18, 1PM-4PM,  Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. Adults $9, seniors $8. Children admitted free with adult admission.  “Children and families are invited to an afternoon of hands-on art exploration during this free, drop-in program. Explore the museum’s outdoor sculptures and then carve your own! If weather permits, this activity will take place in the William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park.” http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/

Dozer Days”, Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 11AM- 4PM, West corner of 192nd and Brady Rd., Camas, WA.  Advance tickets for adults $7, seniors and children $5.  Advance tickets encouraged to avoid long lines.  “Dozer Day is a community event that puts you in the driver's seat of actual dump trucks, dozers, excavators and much more. In addition, there's music, food, giveaways and great activities for the whole family like digging for treasure, pipe crawls and concrete crafts.  Amazingly, this event will cost you less than going to a movie with all the profits benefitting the local children's charities.  We're looking forward to seeing you at Dozer Day 2013 for a memorable day of fun that your family will look forward to year after year.” http://nutterfoundation.org/index.html

Tualatin River Bird Festival", Saturday, May 18,  5:30AM- 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood.   See the complete schedule here: http://tualatinriverbirdfestival.org/festival-events-2012/  One of the cool festival events is a paddle by the Tualatin Riverkeepers for which they are providing the canoes, for which they are requesting donations: http://www.tualatinriverkeepers.org/paddle_trips.html A rare chance to get your kids out on a canoe without actually having to buy one! “The Friends of the Refuge in conjunction with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Welcome you to our Annual Tualatin River Bird Festival. This is a family friendly, free event! Join us for a diversity of family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places. Enjoy live bird shows, conservation exhibits, food, and guided walks for adults and kids. Build a bee board, bird or bat house, try your hand at casting a fishing line or stay under par at our migration putt-putt golf activity, and participate in hands-on conservation activities geared toward kids. A shuttle bus will transport you in comfort from our offsite parking location right to the front door of the Refuge. Buses will start running at 5:30 AM (just in time for our first bird walk of the day) until 6:30 PM.” http://tualatinriverbirdfestival.com/

Ten Toe Walks:  Historic King’s Hill and Vista Loop”, Saturday, May 18, 9AM, meeting at the SE corner of SW 18th Ave. and Salmon St. Free. “Discover some of Portland’s amazing older homes on a historical tour of this steep hillside neighborhood in inner SW Portland. Tour leader:  author Laura Foster.” http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/297636

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, May 18, 9PM until around 12AM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/haggart.htm

Backyard Composting Workshop”, Saturday, May 18, 10AM-12PM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 NE 149th St., Bush Prairie, WA.  Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/mcrworkshops/ “Have questions about composting? Want to learn how to get your compost cooking? Wonder how to tell when your compost is finished, or what type of bin is best? Then this free workshop is for you. Class includes classroom introduction to basic composting science, and a visit to a composting demonstration site.”

Crazy Quilt Show”, Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 10AM-4PM,  Champoeg State Park, St. Paul.  “Come and see the elegance of the haphazard ‘crazy’ quilt style through the years.  It takes a lot more planning than you think to create these unique works of art. More than 50 beautiful quilts, including a raffle quilt! Quilt demonstrations by costumed volunteers.”

Cheadle Lake Civil War Battle”, Saturday, May 18, 9AM-6PM, and Sunday, May 19, 9AM-4PM, Cheadle Lake, Lebanon, OR.  Adults $8, Seniors and students through high school with ID $5, Children 5 and under free.   “We anticipate over 400 reenactors presenting life within the Civil War in 1863. Along with specific scheduled demonstrations throughout the day there are people presenting their activities and struggles during the war. Camps and clothing are all period throughout the weekend. You can see how we cooked, cleaned, took care of equipment and horses and much more. Bleachers are available, but you can bring your lawn chairs. Concessions are also available throughout the day.”   Schedule and more details here: http://www.nwcwc.org/cheadle.html#MAP

Concert, “Reeds”, Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 1PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  Tickets $10-$15 per adult with accompanying child for free. Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting Portland Audubon sanctuaries director Tom Costello at 503-292-6855 x106 or tcostello@audubonportland.org. This is a moving performance, so be prepared to walk a short distance and wear comfortable footwear. In case of rain, the performance will be held in Heron Hall. “Reeds is a site-specific collaborative work inspired by the soundscape of Portland, Oregon, composed by Emily Doolittle. The 36-minute score for reeds was originally composed to reflect the sounds heard in and around Oxen Pond, Newfoundland, throughout the course of a year. Many intricacies of many environmental sounds, such as birdsong, are difficult for humans to hear and appreciate due to pitch, speed, and volume. By slowing down and amplifying certain aspects, composer Emily Doolittle 'translated' these sounds into instrumental songs that reveal new perspectives for human listeners.  The birds that are featured in the score for reeds are also in residence in Oregon and reflect our soundscape here in Portland. ... The cumulative effect of reeds is one of a shifting magnifying glass that allows us to focus in on the interesting, beautiful, and unexpected sounds and movements we might ordinarily overlook."  http://audubonportland.org/

Flannel Fun Story Boxes”, Saturday, May 18, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for ages 2-8.  Preregistration required; register online.  “Families are invited to create a pizza box flannel board Imagination Station! Each family will go home with a flannel story and a box to keep it in. We will be decorating our Imagination Stations with crayons, pens, stamps, stickers and other fun things. Supplies will be provided.”

Let’s Bloom Together”, Saturday, May 18, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver.  “Photosynthesis??? Nitrogen??? Worms??? What do these have in common? We'll show you how plants grow, then get your hands dirty planting your own flowers.”

The Best City Park to See Wildlife Hike”,  Saturday, May 18, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Wild Cherry Trailhead via NW 53rd Dr., Pdx.  $10.  Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/marcy-houle-best-city-park-see-wildlife Lead by author Mary Houle.  3 miles round trip. “May is the perfect time to dust off those binoculars, pick up one of the new FPC bird-checklists for Forest Park, and go on an exploration to see what you can find.  One thing is for sure, it won’t be the pigeons and starlings you often see in other city parks.  Be on the lookout for pygmy owls, ravens, winter wrens, and all those busy, colorful migratory songbirds!”

Author Reading, “Daryl Eigen”, Saturday, May 18, 2:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B.  I am including this because war is often glorified, especially to young boys, so the messages that war isn’t glamorous could be positive things to share with our children.  “Local author Daryl Eigen will discuss his book ‘A Place of Hellish Angels- Con Thien:  One Man’s Journey’ about his experiences at the battle of Con Thien during the Viet Nam war. Eighteen-year-old Daryl J. Eigen joined the US Marines to become a man. He quickly discovered he was just another boy on the ground as he fought in the Vietnam War with the Marine Corps' 3/26 and 2/9 infantry battalions in the Third Marine Division.  The talk will include reading from the book, powerpoint slides, and a Q and A session.” http://www.ahellishplaceofangels.com/ 

Portland Puppet Festival”, Saturday, May 18, 10AM-5PM, Emily Alexander’s Preschool of the Arts, 1444 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  $5 per person/per show, or $50 for a day pass for 5 people to see all the shows.  Advance tickets available on their website: http://www.cappuppets.org/portland-puppet-festival.html  Suggested for ages 3 and up.  Free crafts in between puppet shows.  10:30AM- Dragon Theater Puppets presents “Rapunzel Redeems Rumpelstiltskin”; 12PM- Red Yarn presents, “The Deep Woods”; 1:30PM- Olde World Puppet Theatre presents, “The Enchanted Ring”; 2:30PM- Tears of Joy presents, “Papagayo”; and 3:30PM- Shae Uisna Puppets presents “Revenge of the  Terrible Black Snake”. 

Diggin’ Stories and Songs”, Saturday, May 18, 10:30AM, Hollywood Library.  Free tickets will be given out at 10AM.  “Join storyteller and musician Brad Clark for a lively performance of stories and songs for kids and the young at heart. Brad weaves instruments and props, as well as tons of activity and audience participation, into his interactive shows. Most stories and songs are inspired by books right out of the library, so kids can dig deeper into the things they love.” http://www.bradstorysong.com/bradstorysong/Home_Contact.html

Exhibition, “Allen Say”, Saturday, May 18, through Sunday, June 30, Central Library Collins Gallery.  “Allen Say is an internationally recognized artist and writer of wonderful children’s books. His most well-known picture book, “Grandfather’s Journey’, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1994. Born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937, and now a Portland resident, Say has published more than 20 books filled with lush paintings and illustrations that often touch on autobiographical details of his engaging family history and his unusual life. His latest book, ‘Drawing from Memory’— which just won the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for children’s literature at the 2012 Oregon Book Awards — is almost straight-ahead autobiography telling his story of growing up and wanting to be an artist in Japan, and living on his own at age 12 when he came under the powerful influence of his mentor, Japanese cartoonist Noro Shinpei.  This is the first major exhibition in Portland to show his stunning original artwork from his evocative and moving books. It features more than 30 beautiful watercolor paintings and intricate pen-and-ink drawings that have touched both children and adults alike for their warmth, their sensitivity, their alertness to cultural nuances, and their resonance in capturing a life filled with challenges, hardships and joy.”  http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/authors/allensay/author.shtml

Concert, “The Museuax Trio”, Sunday, May 19, 2:30PM, Tigard Library.  “The Museaux Trio will play a variety of 20th century classical compositions on viola, harp and flute.  Professional musicians Sydney Carlson, Denise Fujikawa and Brian Quincey will also share insights and anecdotes about the composers' intents and themes.” http://www.musicinsmallspaces.org/?page_id=25

Concert, “Wildwood Consort”, Sunday, May 19, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “As a young man Johann Sebastian Bach walked 280 miles to the city of Lübeck, to learn all he could from the famous organist Dieterich Buxtehude.  Today, J.S. Bach is known to all, yet the music of his teacher is rarely heard.  Discover the wonderful music of Buxtehude in a program of cantatas and chamber music, presented by Portland's early music specialists, the Wildwood Consort, with soprano Melanie Downie Robinson.” http://www.wildwoodconsort.com/

Honoring Our Rivers:  A Student Anthology Reading”, Sunday, May 19, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “Each year, students and teachers throughout the watersheds of Oregon and beyond submit poems, essays, or artwork to be featured in the annual collection ‘Honoring Our Rivers’. In celebration of the 13th year of publication, students from across the state will be honored and have the opportunity to present their work alongside professional authors and artists.” http://www.honoringourriver.org/

Prehistoric Dinosaurs”, Sunday, May 19, 1:30PM, Troutdale Library.  Suggested for grades K-3. “What do you know about dinosaurs? Paleontology, the science of studying fossils, is the best way for us to learn all about these prehistoric creatures. Join OMSI science educators and become a fossil-digging paleontologist for a day as you learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces.”

Amphibians”, Monday, May 20, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3.  Preregistration required; register online.   Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.  “Frogs, salamanders, and toads are amazing creatures! Let's learn about their life cycle, behaviors, and the adaptations that help them to lead double lives.”

Author Talk, “Richard Tillinghast”, Monday, May 20, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  Mr. Tillinghast will read from his book, “An Armchair Traveller’s history of Istanbul”. “The great crossroads, Istanbul has absorbed several millennia of different influences; it is both modern and ancient, fluid and constant. Standing at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a tapestry of the different cultures and ideas that have shaped it over time. It has seen merchants, travelers, different religions, and politics all stamp their mark. Richard Tillinghast has watched the city evolve and he beautifully evokes its many distinct neighborhoods.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, Monday, May 20, 7PM, Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center, 257 SE Roberts Ave, Gresham.  $8. http://www.opsfest.org/

Biscuits for Brains:  Revealing the (even stranger) Truth Behind Neuroscience’s Most Enduring Legends”, Monday, May 20, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  $5 suggested donation.  Children welcome with an adult.  “The human brain has long been considered one of the greatest and most complex mysteries in biology, a "final frontier" for coming to truly understand ourselves, our place in the world, and our potential to influence it. Intense observation, investigation, and speculation with relatively limited tools over the years, however, has given rise to many persistent misconceptions, including that we only use 10% of our brain, left-handed people are more creative, and brain cell death occurs daily in adults and cannot be repaired. At this Science Pub, hear about the incredible progress in neuroscience made through technological innovations of the last several decades that debunks these longstanding myths, and reveals that the truth of what lies beneath our skulls is often beyond even our wildest imaginations.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro/052013

Concert, “Dorian Michael”, Tuesday, May 21, 7PM, Tigard Library.  “Enjoy an evening of fingerstyle acoustic guitar music.  Michael's unique music weaves blues, folk, jazz and rock to create his own sound.” http://dorianmichael.com/

Concert, “Hardshell Harmony”, Tuesday, May 21, 6PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA.  “Join the staff of the Stevenson Library and the members of the bluegrass musical group Hardshell Harmony in congratulating the local winners of the annual bookmark contest.” http://www.hardshellharmony.com/

Beyond Bars:  Reenvisioning the Prison System”, Tuesday, May 21, 7PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room.  “What role do prisons serve in our country? Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability, without prisons? Does our prison system, in some cases, actually cause rather than reduce crime? Participants in this program will begin by exploring what they know about prisons. After a brief multimedia history of prisons and alternative justice systems, Walidah Imarisha, author and adjunct professor in Portland State University’s department of Black studies, will lead a conversation about alternatives to incarceration.” http://www.walidah.com/

Finally Spring!”, Tuesday, May 21, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Free.  “Ah, spring (FINALLY!) and early summer in the Northwest...when the rain goes away...or at least gets warmer, wildflowers bloom, and the hiking season kicks into high gear. Today, award-winning local guidebook author returns to the Cultural Arts Center to share his tips on all the best places to enjoy the Northwest during this wonderful season.”

Maui No Ka Oi!”, Tuesday, May 21, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library.  “Maui is the best! Sharilyn Hidalgo, born and raised on Maui, frequently travels back to the Hawaiian Islands to visit family and friends, keeping her personal connection to the islands strong and loyal. Tonight she will provide a brief history of the Hawaiian islands and then focus on the Island of Maui, primarily on issues and hardships residents face today.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, May 21, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.  Read ‘Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream’ by Jenny Han.” http://www.dearjennyhan.com/kids.html

Maladies of May:  An Evening of Crime Stories”, Tuesday, May 21, 6:45PM, Vancouver Library, Vancouver Room Level 5.  “Our storyteller will present dramatic readings of great short stories full of crooks, capers and cons, dames, dolls, and molls!”

Author Reading, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Tuesday, May 21, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, is R. Gregory Nokes’ nonfiction account of the largely forgotten story of Oregon slavery. Holmes vs. Ford, 1852 – Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes, and their children, are brought to Oregon by their owner over the Oregon Trail in 1844, expecting to soon be freed in a region closed to slavery. But slaveholder Nathaniel Ford, destined to become an influential Oregon legislator, ignores the law and keeps them in bondage. Ford isn’t alone. Other Missouri slaveholders bring slaves to help them develop their Willamette Valley farms. Some slaves receive their freedom after a few years; others are held much longer. Holmes and his wife gain their freedom in 1850, but Ford refuses to give up their three children. Despite being illiterate and with the odds stacked against him, Holmes takes his former master to court in an attempt to get his children back. Finally, following an agonizing 15-month court battle, the third judge to hear the case, George H. Williams of the Territorial Supreme Court, rules in Holmes’ favor and returns his children. Holmes vs. Ford, decided in 1853, is a landmark case in Oregon and the only slavery case ever brought in Oregon courts.” http://www.breakingchainsbook.com/

Morning Bird Song Walk at Leach Botanical Garden”, Tuesday, May 21, 7AM-9AM, meeting at the parking lot for the Leach Botanical Garden Administrative Annex, 6550 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx.  Donations requested. “Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Be prepared for the weather, as it can be surprisingly cool in the morning shade. Restrooms are limited to the port-a-potty in the upper garden. Steady rain cancels the event. You can depart the group anytime you need to.” http://audubonportland.org/sanctuaries/ep/walk-may2013

Crows and Backbirds with Harry Nehls”, Tuesday, May 21, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  $15. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/hnehlscrows13 “Join local birding expert Harry Nehls and delve into the world of Corvids and Icterids.  Crows represent the former and Blackbirds, as a group, are represented by orioles, cowbirds, Red-winged and other blackbirds.  An interesting mix of characters for sure!  Harry’s decades of birding experience are sure to include some fascinating insights and stories about these birds.”

Hanford Hazards: Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste”, Monday, May 21, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx.  $5 suggested donation. Children welcome with an adult.  Presented by Ken Niles, administrator, and Dirk Dunning, technical staff at the Oregon Department of Energy’s Nuclear Safety and Energy Emergency Preparedness Division.  “Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Site is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River. The site has an interesting history including its selection during World War II, its operations during the war, and expansions into and through the Cold War. As the site transitions from plutonium production to clean up, learn about the extent of contamination at cleanup and the progress and challenges that remain, including the 56 million gallons of high-level waste and a confirmed leak from the inner shell of one of Hanford’s double-shell tanks.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/052113

Spy Training”, Wednesday, May 22, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library.  “Create a new identity and learn the art of espionage. Can you make it through a laser maze? Kids 5 and up, drop in any time between 3 and 5.”

Rambling Raccoons”, Wednesday, May 22, 10:30AM, Aloha Community Library, 17683 SW Farmington Rd, Suite E., Aloha.   Suggested for ages 4-6.  Presented by Tuatatin Hills Parks and Recreation. “Most people recognize these creatures that search forests and neighborhoods for anything that can be eaten by their black masks [sic]. Children will learn these critters are nocturnal and will use their senses to explore.” http://www.thprd.org/nature/programs/naturemobile.cfm

Author Reading, “Brian Switek”, Wednesday, May 22, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “Dinosaurs occupy a sacred place in our childhoods with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. Now, in My Beloved Brontosaurus, dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder that these amazing creatures instill in us as he investigates the latest discoveries in paleontology and breathes new life into old bones.  With infectious enthusiasm, Switek questions what we’ve long held true about these beasts, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs that started when he was just knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our own evolution and our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is a book that dinosaur fans and anyone interested in scientific progress will cherish for years to come.” http://brianswitek.com/

Evening Canoe the Slough”, Wednesday, May 22, 6PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  $6 per person or $15 per family donation requested. Canoes provided. Preregistration required; register here: http://www.columbiaslough.org/calendar_detail.aspx?calendar_id=208  “Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! We'll provide the canoe, life jacket, paddle, and a canoe captain to steer - you provide the paddling muscle. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible!”

Saving the Season”, Thursday, May 23, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1.  “Learn how to preserve the bounty of the garden! A WSU Clark County Extension Master Preserver will cover the basics of canning, drying and freezing fruits and vegetables as well as proper food safety.”

Vericomposting 101 Workshop”, Thursday, May 23, 6PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver, WA.  $35 per family which includes bin and worms.  Class is free if you provide your own.  Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/mcrworkshops/  “This class covers the basics of vermicomposting – using redworms to turn kitchen food scraps into black gold for the garden. Participants will receive worms and a worm bin and will learn how to prepare bedding for their new redworm friends’ home.”

Author Reading and Hike, “Laura Foster”, Thursday, May 24, 6PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  $20, including a copy of her book, “Portland Hill Walks”.  Preregistration required; call the Nature Store to register at (503) 292-9453. “Portland author and hiking expert Laura O. Foster will be presenting the newly revised edition of her popular ‘Portland Hill Walks: 24 Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods’ in a special walk and talk event starting at the Audubon Society of Portland. Meet Laura at the Audubon Nature Store, then set out on a guided walk along part of one of her featured routes in the book. The walk will go on rain or shine, so wear appropriate footwear.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/foster-2013

Author Talk, “Ron Tatum”, Friday, May 24, 6:30PM, Cornelius Library.  “Author Ron Tatum shares humorous anecdotes from his recent book, Confessions of a Horseshoer. Ron Tatum, talks about his work as a horseshoer for almost 40 years. He offers a close and personal look at the mind-set of a farrier who also happens to be a college professor. It captures the day-to-day life of a somewhat cantankerous old guy, who has attitude and strong opinions.” http://www.oregonlive.com/aloha/index.ssf/2012/05/aloha_farrier_ron_tatums_book.html

Kid’s Comic Club”, Friday, May 24, 3:15PM, Northwest Library. “Do you love to draw? Do you love comics? Join the Comic Club!  Each month make your own comic and then trade with friends. Lead by artist Kanani Miyamoto with help from library staff, kids will learn drawing techniques, research skills and have fun!”

Birding at Cooper Mountain Nature Park”, Friday, May 24, 7AM-9AM, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. “Join Audubon Society leader Bonnie Deneke for a view of local songbirds in their best breeding plumage.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/coopmt13

"Morning Bird Walk at Wapato Access Greenway", Saturday, May 25, 8AM-11AM, Sauvie Island. Free. Preregistration required; register online:  https://app.etapestry.com/cart/FriendsofTryonCreek/default/item.php?ref=2738.0.41595009 "Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. Bring your binoculars, a water bottle, and expect to have a great time."

Animal Tracking Workshop”, Saturday, May 25, 10AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham.  $11 per adult plus $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7508  “Oxbow Regional Park is a tracker’s paradise in spring, when beavers, otters, fox, mink, mice and deer leave their stories in the sand. With practice, beginners can learn to read the ground like an open book. Seasoned tracker Terry Kem covers basics of track identification and awareness skills needed to watch wildlife at close range. Suitable for all ages.”  Terry’s class is highly recommended!

Make a Folk Instrument”,  Saturday, May 25, 2PM, Northwest Library.  “Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

Spin In at the Mill”, Saturday, May 25, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA.  Free. “Because wool production has been so important to Washington, we'd like you to see where it all starts. One person and one spinning wheel can turn sheep's wool into yarn. Even before our Mill was built in 1876, water powered mills were used to wash, card, spin and weave fabric. Our Mill Spinners will show you what wool is like and why no other fiber is quite the same. We'll even let you try your hand at this ancient craft. Visitors will be greeted and given a ‘Working Tour’ of how this mill still works today. Huge pulleys and belts spinning above and below are turning and churning to produce flour and corn meal. These samples are given to the visitors for take home and a first hand experience of the products. No gas or electricity are used, simply mother nature's water power. All that work here are volunteers and are more than happy to explain how this process works to any and all.” http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/

Planet Parade”, Saturday, May 25, sunset (8:30PM), Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park,  $5 day use fee per vehicle.  “Join OMSI, Rose City Astronomers, and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park starting at 8:30 p.m.. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, the Moon and more!    On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 
503 797-4000 Press #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.” https://www.omsi.edu/starparties/planet-parade/052513

Multnomah County Fair”, Saturday, May 25, Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27, 12PM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx.  One canned  food donation per person requested. Magic show, live music, family barnyard fun, petting zoo, exotic animals display, and more! http://www.multnomahcountyfair.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=hoWJAHUv8OU%3d&tabid=160

Nature Discovery Days”, Saturday, May 25, 10AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  Free. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our brand new classroom Discovery Days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals (including our new corn snake Pockets), and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/

komedy 4 da kidz”, Saturday, May 25, 3PM, Kenton Library.  “Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.” http://ocomedy.com/

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27!   Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day”, and the first veterans honored were the ones who gave their lives on both sides of the Civil War.  Now it honors all who have given their lives in military service to the United States throughout our history.  A list of Memorial Day observations throughout Oregon can be found here: http://oregondva.com/2013/04/29/oregon-memorial-day-events-set/ and for Washington: http://www.dva.wa.gov/PDF%20files/events/2013Memorial%20Day%20Events%20and%20Observance%20for%20Washington%20State.pdf Ft. Vancouver traditionally has a Soldier’s Bivouac and Memorial Day Ceremony and fires cannons: http://www.nps.gov/fova/index.htm

Author Reading, “Jim Holt”, Monday, May 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  Mr. Holt will be reading from his book, “Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story”. “Tackling the ‘darkest question in all of philosophy’ with ‘raffish erudition’ (Dwight Garner, New York Times), author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway bestseller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers, ‘testing the contentions of one against the theories of the other’ (Jeremy Bernstein, Wall Street Journal). As he interrogates his list of ontological culprits, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God versus the Big Bang. This ‘deft and consuming’ (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times) narrative humanizes the profound questions of meaning and existence it confronts.”

The Alphabeticians”, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30PM, West Linn Library.  “You know these guys, it's Mister Hoo and Mister E! They want you to join them in bringing a little rock 'n' roll back to West Linn. A silly, wiggly, and interactive music performance.” http://www.thealphabeticians.com/

Pollution in Paradise”, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30PM, The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville.  Free. Children welcome with a parent.  “A screening of the complete, landmark 1962 KGW TV documentary, 'Pollution in Paradise' plus a contextual introduction and post-screening Q and A led by William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, Oregon State University.  KGW TV aired McCall’s famous documentary, Pollution in Paradise, on November 12, 1962, a sharply critical report of the condition of the Willamette. In the film, McCall firmly staked out a moral position in the pollution debate and pushed questions of livability to the forefront of public attention. Pollution in Paradise was a tour de force, pressing home the powerful idea that there was no contradiction between jobs and quality of life in Oregon.”

A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA. “Join Columbia Springs Environmental Center Master Composter/Recycler Sharyl Alder Mackay to learn the basics of enriching the earth and keeping good stuff out of the landfill. Why waste a good thing? Turn a liability into an asset by recycling organic waste to make a rich soil amendment.”

Family Book Group- For the Younger Set”, Tuesday, May 28, 3:15PM, Northwest Library.  “Boys and girls in grades K-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.”

Authors Among Us”, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA.  “Join us for an evening of book readings by Gorge authors Kim Antieau, Don Hardin, and Sam Moses who will share insights into the writing of their latest works, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.”

Poetry Reading, “Paulann Petersen”, Tuesday, May 28, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx.  “We welcome back our good friend and Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, reading from her newly published collection of poems: ‘Understory’, published by Lost Horse Press. Occasioned by a wide geography and characterized by a large embrace, Paulann’s work celebrates both the singular and the quotidian, both the sidereal and the earth-bound—including poems for her furrier grandfather, for a revered poet’s first spoken word, for Hinduism’s sensuality, for a star-map painted on deer hide. Here a reader encounters a voice steeped in the music of the English language, a voice intent on the musical possibilities of poetry’s open and nonce forms. In these pages, a reader finds a voice indebted to the power of metaphor—the capacity of metaphor to transform both language itself and the way we humans see this world. Understory is Paulann's sixth full-length collection of poems.” http://www.paulann.net/index.php

Paper Flower Power”, Wednesday, May 29, 4PM, Holgate Library.  “Get ready for summer by folding paper into butterflies, lady bugs, frogs and flowers. Artist Eileen Holzman will teach you how to fold pieces of brightly colored paper using easy origami techniques. You can attach your finished pieces to a card or use them as a simple decoration.” http://www.eileenholzman.com/

Animation:  Behind the Scenes”, Wednesday, May 29, 5PM, Beaverton Library.  Mark Shapiro of LAIKA, the local animation company that produced such hit films as ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman,’ takes you behind the scenes with inside information about how ‘Paranorman’ was made. He'll present time-lapse imagery and rare footage as he describes the major undertaking involved in the production of these remarkable animated films.” http://www.paranorman.com/open/stop-motion-zombie-lab

Natural Disease and Pest Control”, Wednesday, May 29, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library.  “Free gardening class at the Forest Grove City Library.  Presented by the OSU Extension Service.”

Herons of Rock Creek Greenway”, Friday, May 31, 8AM-10AM, meeting at  Norm Thompson Corp., 3188 NW Aloclek Dr., Hillsboro.  “Join Mike Houck on a hike along Hillsboro’s Rock Creek Greenway and explore the wetlands and riparian habitat at the Norm Thompson corporate headquarters on Rock Creek. We will also get close-up views of two Great Blue Heron nesting colonies at Rock Creek.”  Directions here: http://audubonportland.org/about/events/heronweek

Plant Projects at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful kids garden. Enjoy fun activities such as make-and-take seed planting, seed mosaics, flower origami or leaf rubbings. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities. Free with $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee; free for bicycles and pedestrians.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id/149