Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Jewels

This is my list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of July 2013.  I look for events that have some educational or cultural value, and compile the list for the homeschool group we belong to which includes grades 1-5, but most have much broader appeal.  This month, I had to run a lot of  red lights to get this list ready on time, and my sock monkeys Razzmatazz and Efran are looking a little frazzled from all the proofreading they had to do.  (Thanks guys!!!  You're the best!) So, really, it would be best if you doublecheck any event you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes, cancellations, or outright fiascos.  (PS:  If you recognize the guys in the video, we're from the same place!  High in the middle and round on both ends!)




July is when berries are peaking at local pick your own farms, and peaches, apricots and early apples will follow. Find a farm near you on either http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ (which also lists farm stands), and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm. Or visit your local farmer’s market. Find one here: http://www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/market-directory-2013/

Portland’s “Summer Free For All” series of free concerts, movies, and activities in the parks continue in 2013. There are lots of terrific events! Complete details here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61921


If you are looking for something awesome to do on July 4, there is a nice list of the more popular events on PDX Kid’s Calendar: http://www.pdxkidscalendar.com/portland-area-fourth-of-july-2013/ . We especially like to go to fireworks displays in smaller towns, where the fireworks can be much more spectacular because you can get closer to them.  And parents can enjoy these displays more knowing that it won't be stressful to find parking, to get a good viewing spot, or to face  traffic when leaving.  How do you find smaller displays? It used to be easy to get a list from http://www.oregonlive.com/,  but now you may have to do some creative searching! 

Oregon State Parks have lots of amazing summer programs to introduce beginners to all sorts of outdoor activities- camping, hiking, fishing, birding, kayaking, disc golf, etc., generally with equipment provided. Most have a modest fee but some are free. Most also require preregistration, but some do not. I’ve tried to list the highlights but their list is really huge! You can sort events by date and by specific parks. Check it out: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Rose Garden Tours”, Daily through September 1, 1PM, Washington Park Rose Garden, 850 SW Rose Garden Way, Pdx. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/446545

Life Without Gravity: One Astronaut’s View From Space”, Monday, July 1, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. “NASA astronaut Don Pettit, PhD, a veteran of three spaceflights, will discuss life and science aboard the International Space Station. Pettit completed 193 days in space as a member of the Expedition 30 and 31 crews, and returned to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft July 1, 2012. Combined with his previous space station expedition and space shuttle flights, Pettit is fourth among U.S. space fliers with 370 days in space. He also has two spacewalks to his credit. Pettit and his space station crew members spent the majority of their time aboard the orbiting laboratory performing scientific research. Their efforts supported more than 200 investigations involving more than 400 researchers around the world. The studies ranged from integrated investigations of the human cardiovascular and immune systems to fluid, flame and robotic research. They also welcomed the first commercial cargo vehicle to the station, the SpaceX Dragon, which Pettit caught and berthed to the complex using the station's robotic arm. During Expedition 30 and 31, Pettit also used household objects aboard the station to perform a variety of unusual physics experiments for the video series "Science Off the Sphere." Through these demonstrations, Pettit showed more than a million Internet viewers how space affects scientific principles.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/070113

Author Talk, “Rick Reynolds”, Monday, July 1, 11AM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 4807 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Join local author and science educator, Rick Reynolds, for summer science fun! Sure to be a blast!” http://www.engagingpress.com/founder/

Night Ranger- Stargazing Program”, Mondays and Tuesdays in July through July 29, 9:45PM-11PM, LL Stub Stewart State Park. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Head to Hilltop Day-use Area for a little summer viewing of the stars with a Park Ranger. Light pollution is a drag but it sure makes you “oooh” and “ahhh” when you’re out in the Coast Range. Learn what is happening above us with the many gizmos that we’ll share. Try to keep your flashlighting to a minimum when you get to the area! We can’t always predict the weather, so keep an eye out for cancellations due to cloud cover.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Tuesday, July 2, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Tuesday, July 2, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; and Wednesday, July 3, 12:30PM, Beaverton Library. “Mz. Pearl the Clown will make you laugh with her variety show of juggling, magic, and dance.” http://www.heatherpearl.org/index.html

Mo Phillips Presents, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Kindy”, Tuesday, July 2, 1:30PM, Shute Park Ampitheatre, 799 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro; Wednesday, July 3, 2PM, Washougal Library; Tuesday, July 9, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22341 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Tuesday, July 9, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 10, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Monday, July 15, 10AM, Bethany Fountain at NW Bethany Blvd. and Center St., Pdx; Tuesday, July 16, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Schools Library; Tuesday, July 16, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library; Wednesday, July 17, 12:30PM, Beaverton Library; Tuesday, July 23, 4PM, Tigard Library; Wednesday, July 24, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx; Thursday, July 25, 11AM, Garden Home Library; and Thursday, July 25, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx. All ages welcome. “Join the band! This super interactive rock 'n' roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. Write and record a song with Mo Phillips using your hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in the silliest of ways.” http://mophillips.com/rock_n_roll_kindy/

Let’s Go Paddling!”, Tuesdays in July, 6:30PM, Milo McIver State Park, Rivermill Reservoir Boat Launch; and Wednesdays in July, 9AM, Champoeg State Park, Chelahem Paddle Launch, 3100 SE 8th St., Dundee, OR. $15. For ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 1-888-953-7677. Ever wanted to hop in a kayak and paddle around but didn’t know where to start? At Let’s Go Paddling!, we’ll get you started by teaching you the basics of kayaking. All equipment is provided. You bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes, shoes that can get wet, and protection from the sun. Open to paddlers 8 years and older, although 8-14 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 are not allowed to register without an accompanying parent/guardian. No pets.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Author Talk, “Ian Doesher”, Tuesday, July 2, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Mr. Doesher will read from his book, “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”. “Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.” http://www.iandoescher.com/william-shakespeares-star-wars/

Hands-On Science”, Tuesday, July 2, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Presented by AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village.

Brad Clark”, Tuesday, July 2, 6:30PM, and Wednesday, July 3, 11AM and 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library; Wednesday, July 10, 10:30AM, Molalla Library gym; and Thursday, July 25, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “Brad’s unique mix of storytelling and music will get you Diggin’ deep for summer reading fun.” http://bradcmusic.wordpress.com/

Broadway Rose Theater presents, “Cats”, now through July 21, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Tickets vary. Performance run time is 2 ½ hours with one 15 minute intermission. “Inspired by the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theater phenomenon, Cats opened at London’s New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. Cats’ London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran for just over 18 years. This enchanting musical features the immortal ballad “Memory,” as well as a collection of other whimsical tunes enjoyed by audiences young and old.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/shows/cats

Chamber Music Northwest 43rd Annual Summer Festival”, now through July 28. “This summer, CMNW gathers some of the world's most distinguished artists for five exhilarating weeks of inspired performances at Portland's most intimate venues.” Details here: http://www.cmnw.org/13scheduleSummer.html

A to Zeus”, Tuesday, July 2, 10AM, outside at the Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; and Thursday, July 25, 10AM, Sandy Library. “Greek Mythology bursts onto the stage in this fun storytelling program.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, July 2, 1PM, Fairview Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read The Apothecary by Maile Meloy.” http://www.mailemeloy.com/mailemeloy/Home.html

"St. Paul Rodeo", Tuesday, July 2, through Saturday, July 6, St. Paul, OR. "This rodeo is ranked as one of the top rodeos in the nation with prize monies approaching $500,000 and nearly a thousand competitors." It's also rather fun to watch. http://stpaulrodeo.com/

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, July 2, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Wednesday, July 3, 3PM, Cornelius Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St., Cornelius; Wednesday, July 10, 11AM, Newberg Library; Wednesday, July 10, 2PM, McMinnville Library; Wednesday, July 10, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library; Thursday, July 25, 11AM, Murase Plaza across the street from the Wilsonville Library; Thursday, July 25, 3PM and 6PM, Estacada Library Flora Room; Friday, July 26, 11AM, Canby Library. “This educational and hands-on presentation exhibits 15-20 reptiles from diverse habitats.” Highly recommended! http://www.oregonreptileman.com/

OMSI Presents, “Crime Lab”, Tuesday, July 2, 2PM and 3PM, Holgate Library; and Wednesday, July 10. 11AM and 12PM, Troutdale Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. “Do you want to be a detective? Uncover clues? Follow leads? Solve mysteries? In this program, OMSI science educators will show you how to piece together the evidence of a crime scene. See first-hand how finger-prints, footprints and fibers can help catch a criminal.”

Connect to the Columbia Canoe Paddle- Willamette River, Birding Focus”, Tuesday, July 2, 9AM-11AM, meeting at Willamette Park, SW Macadam Ave. and SW Nebraska St., Pdx. Free. $1 parking fee. Adults and children 5 and older. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.estuarypartnership.org/event/2013/connect-columbia-canoe-paddle-willamette-river-birding-focus “Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly canoe paddle on the Willamette River to learn about birds. Participants paddle two 34' canoes across the river and into Holgate Channel behind the Ross Island complex. This no-wake zone provides the perfect venue for wildlife observations and enjoying nature in the city. Paddlers often spot Great Blue Herons, osprey, Bald Eagles, water fowl and songbirds. Two Estuary Partnership staff will be on each canoe to steer, offer paddling advice, and share information about.”

Concert, “John Nilsen”, Tuesday, July 2, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Prepare to be enchanted; composer and performer John Nilsen will resonate through the stacks with the rich sounds of the grand piano.” http://www.johnnilsen.com/johnnilsen.html

Professional Zaniac Alex Zerbe”, Tuesday, July 2, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Thursday, July 11, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, July 18, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton; Tuesday, July 23, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Tuesday, July 23, 2PM, Scott Park Amphitheater next to the Ledding Library of Milwaukie at 10660 SE 21st Ave.; and Wednesday, July 24, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library. “Alex is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic. He has appeared on prime-time television in three countries including the hit NBC TV shows, ‘America’s Got Talent!’ and ‘Last Comic Standing.’ Alex is a Hacky Sack World Champion, half of the award-winning comedy act, Brothers from Different Mothers, and, as if that wasn't amazing enough, he was ranked Seattle’s 3rd Best Air Guitarist! Audiences everywhere freak out in a good way when they see Alex perform.” http://www.alexzerbe.com/show.php

Buster’s Red Nose Review”, Tuesday, July 2, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Tuesday, July 9, 7PM, Tigard Library; Wednesday, July 10, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 10, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Tuesday, July 16, 1:30PM, Shute Park Amphitheatre, 799 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro; Wednesday, July 17, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx; Tuesday, July 23, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22341 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Tuesday, July 23, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin; Wednesday, July 14, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains; Thursday, July 25, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, July 25, 2PM, Banks Library; Monday, July 29, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. and Center St., Pdx.; Tuesday, July 30, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; and Wednesday, July 31, 12:30PM, Beaverton Library. “Join Buster in his misadventures through the wondrously wacky world of the clown. His physical comedy will leave your face cracked up and belly splitting!” http://www.bustertheclown.net/

Digging on Mars”, Wednesday, July 3, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Join the Evergreen Aviation Museum as they teach us everything we ever wanted to know about the planet Mars!”

Wednesday Twilight Hikes”, Wednesdays through August, 7PM-8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “One of nature’s most spectacular events takes place daily at Tryon Creek as day turns to night and the familiar becomes the mysterious. Join a ranger for an hour and a half dusk hike to discover the creatures of the night and explore their nighttime senses. From owl exploration and bat chats to sensory hikes, there is something for all ages in this weekly summer hike.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Lab Rats: Dig Into the Earth!”, Wednesday, July 3, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Dig into the Earth! Stalactites and troglobites make for a spelunking good time.”

"90th Annual Molalla Buckeroo", Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6, Molalla, OR. "America's rodeos are living legacies of the working cowboy and cowgirl. Since its early beginnings the Molalla Buckeroo has become a classic example. The Fourth of July holiday is know as Cowboy Christmas in rodeo circles. Molalla's Buckeroo is one of the many that cowboys and other competitors have to choose from as the nation celebrates its birthday each summer." http://molallabuckeroo.com/

Geology Rocks”, Wednesday, July 3, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Learn how rock and minerals are used in our everyday life through this hands-on interactive workshop.”

The Alphabeticians”, Wednesday, July 3, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Tuesday, July 9, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Wednesday, July 31, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “The Alphabeticians rock the house with fun, original songs for the whole family! They combine humor, clever (mostly original) songs, and interactive elements in their shows as they sing about numbers, sizes, dads, metaphors, bags, monsters, extinct fish and, of course, the alphabet. Audience participation, especially dancing and moving around, is highly encouraged.” http://www.thealphabeticians.com/

BJ the Clown”, Wednesday, July 3, 11AM, Battle Ground Library; Tuesday, July 16, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; and Tuesday, July 23, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library. “A high energy hour of comedy, juggling, and audience participation.” http://www.bjtheclown.com/

Mad Science Presents, “Fire and Ice”, Wednesday, July 3, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Gym.  "The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109°F below zero. This science show will stimulate a child’s mind and spark their imaginations as they experience exciting, educational, high energy science magic! Come and see just how HOT & COOL science can be!"

Nature Discovery in the Evening”, Wednesdays in July 3, 5PM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park, Nature Center Classroom. “We've got bones, animal pelts, live animals and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it's not a structured program, so you can come and go as you please. Free to all ages--no registration required.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Northwest Civil War Council Presents, "Willamette Mission Battle”, Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, Willamette Mission State Park, Keizer, OR. Adults $8, seniors and students $5, and free for children 5 and under. “As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we invite you to experience the smoke and thunder of battle, and visit the camps of soldiers and civilians of the 1860’s at Willamette Mission State Park. We anticipate over 700 reenactors presenting both the realities of war, and everyday life of soldiers and their families in 1863. We will have special demonstrations throughout the day. On Sunday we will have a special visit by President Abraham Lincoln who will be visiting the camps and reviewing the troops, and presenting a ton hall meeting on Sunday. Bleachers are available, but you can bring your lawn chairs. Concessions are also available throughout the day.” Details and a complete schedule here: http://nwcwc.org/willamette.html

“11th Annual Berry Festival”, Thursday, July 4, 11AM-4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro. “Join us for our annual 4th of July celebration highlighting our bountiful harvest of fresh berries! Enjoy family activities, great food and live entertainment all day long!” Fresh berry desserts, grilled German sausage and hot dogs, wine tasting, live music, kid’s treasure hunt, face painting and balloons. http://www.smithberrybarn.com/scripts/openExtra.asp?extra=7

Kayak Tour of River Mill Reservoir”, Thursday, July 4, 9AM-11AM, Milo McIver State Park, River Mill Boat Ramp. $15 per person. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; call 800-452-5687. “Join a Park Naturalist for a guided tour of the River Mill Reservoir.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

A Pirate 4th of July Picnic”, Thursday, July 4, 11AM-6PM, Bull Run Educational Center, 41515 SE Thomas Rd., Sandy, in the campground. Free. “Join us for a picnic and potluck with Trackers, PDXYar, and other community partners. The black powder experts and Privateers of PDXYar offer safe demonstrations with their cannons, and other awesome ancient armaments. You can also join Trackers for traditional skills stations in blacksmithing, wilderness survival, and homesteading skills. The archery range and horseshoe pits are open for families (bring your gear).” http://trackerspdx.com/community-events.php#.Uc9y8uBNCkQ

Around the Campfire at Oxbow”, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30PM in July, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Fridays are American roots music performances and Saturdays are nature education presentations. It says on Metro’s website that because the park is locked at sunset, these shows are open only to campers. But it’s been Metro’s policy to allow others to attend- just call ahead and advise them when you get there as well that you’ll need them to open the gate for you after the performance. See their calendar for details: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?d=2013-07-01

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company”, Friday, July 5, 11AM, Canby Library. http://www.travelinglantern.com/index.php

Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours”, Fridays through August 30. $7. Preregistration required; email info@cchmuseum.org. $7 per tour or $44 for a season pass. “Seven distinct tours work their way geographically and chronologically up from the Esther Short neighborhood to Carter Park.” July 5: Middle Main- For Your Entertainment; July 12: Carter Park- The Roaring 20s and Beyond; July 19: Esther Short, The Founding of a Community; July 26: Lower Main- Open for Business. See website for details and starting location for individual tours: http://www.cchmuseum.org/events/walking-tours/

Let’s Go Disc Golf!”, Friday, July 5, 10AM, Champoeg State Park, Oak Grove Day Use Area; Friday, July 5 and 19, 10AM, Milo McIver State Park, River Bend Day Use Area, W Disc Golf Course; Sunday July 7 and 28, LL Stub Stewart State Park, Dairy Creek Camp West Meeting Hall; and Wednesday, July 10 and 28, 10AM, Willamette Mission State Park, Filbert Grove Day Use Area. $10 per person. Preregistration required; call 1-888-953-7677. For ages 8 and up. “Want to learn to play disc golf? Then join us for Let’s Go Disc Golf! We provide the gear and the know-how to get you started. You bring drinking water, snacks and protection from the sun. Comfortable, layered clothing and sturdy, broken-in shoes are recommended. No pets. Open to disc golfers 8 years and older; however, children under 18 are not allowed to register without an accompanying parent/guardian.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, July 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19, 7PM, Washington Park, SW Washington Way, in the lower park just north of the Holocaust Memorial. There will also be shows Saturday, July 6, 6PM at Concordia University Amphitheatre at NE 28th Ave. and NE Holman St.; Saturday, July 7, 6PM, at Meining Memorial Park, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy; and Saturday, July 20, 6PM, Lajos Balogh Performance Shell, 17600 Pacific Hwy., Lake Oswego. Free. http://www.portlandactors.com/

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, July 5, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover fun activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, or make safe cleaners out of vinegar.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?d=2013-07-01

Park After Dark: Family Bat Outing”, Friday, July 5, 7:30PM-9:30PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $10 per person. Suggested for ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; call 503/629-6350. Presented by naturalist Elaine Murphy. “Journey into the forest to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at night. There are creatures that only come out at night so it is a perfect opportunity to see and hear them. Spend the first part of the program indoors learning about our nocturnal residents then head out into the park for a guided night hike. Suitable for ages 6 years - Adult. Children must be registered with, and accompanied by, a registered adult. Learn about Oregon's bats and how to attract these flying bug eaters to your yard. See a slide show, and drive to a nearby site to see bats in action and listen to their echolocation calls using a bat detector.” http://www.thprd.org/activities/classsearchresultsnew.cfm?classlink=CM15211

Outdoor Skills”, Fridays, in July, 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online:  http://www.tryonfriends.org/  “This summer, Tryon Creek is offering a variety of hands-on outdoors skills classes for adults and families with older kids. Learn traditional primitive skills such as edible and medicinal plant identification, wilderness skills such as navigation and Dutch oven cooking, or brush up on your hiking skills with tips from a ranger on brisk hour-long hike through the woods. Each week brings a new adventure into the outdoors.” July 5- Traditional Skills; July 12- Hiking; July 19- Wilderness Skills; July 26- Traditional Skills.

Make a Folk Instrument”, Saturday, July 6, 11AN, North Portland Library; Wednesday, July 17, 2PM, Midland Library; and Sunday, July 21, 1:30PM, Troutdale 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. Make a banjo, drum or rain stick.”

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays and Sundays, 1PM-2:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 6-12. Free. “Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge and patch! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.” July 6- Owls of Tryon Creek; July 7- Creek Critters; July 13-Amphibian Adventures; July 14- Animal Detectives (Tracking); July 20- Trees are Terrific; July 21- Create a Park; July 27- Hiking Essentials; July 28- Banana Slug Sundaes! http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Traveling Lantern Presents, “The Hungry Caterpillar”, Saturday, July 6, 1PM, North Bonneville Community Library. “Based on the beloved character of the late Steve Irwin, the Caterpillar Hunter shrinks himself and sets off to explore the terrain, pursuing elusive bugs and strange herbage in the wild recesses of a common North American vegetable garden. Crikey! Join in his exciting backyard adventure!” http://www.travelinglantern.com/orwatour.php

Sunshine Takes Shape Hike”, Saturday, July 6, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Springville Road Trailhead via Skyline Blvd., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/sunshine-takes-shape “The long sunny days of summer are one of the best times to enjoy Forest Park. Witness the forest enjoying its prime growing season as it soaks up the sweet sunshine. Learn how plants harness the sun’s energy to produce tremendous trees and tasty berries.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, July 6, 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

Wapato Nature Walks”, Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, July 27, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/ “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. The trail around Virginia Lake is approximately 2 miles long. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at Wapato Access Greenway.”

Saturday Guided Hikes”, Saturdays in July, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Venture out with a park guide for a free, nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” July 6- Woodpeckers: Home Builders of the Forest; July 13- Plant Walk and Talk; July 20- Urban Wildlife; July 7- Pollinating in the Park.  http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in July, 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/event/weekend-guided-tours/?eID=3705

Mi Piñata”, Saturday, July 6, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “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://grupo-condor.com/id73.html

Sunday Guided Walks”, Sundays in July, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Sunday guided walks focus on a longer walk to experience different areas of the park. Ideal for adults and kids who are able to walk 2-4 miles for 2-3 hours on varying levels of terrain.” July 7- Urban Wildlife: The Big Critters of Tryon Creek; July 14- Urban Wildlife: The Small Critters of Tryon Creek; July 21- Bridge Tour: North End of Park; July 28- Bridge Tour: South End of Park. http://www.tryonfriends.org/

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, July 7, 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-2013-07-07/

Let’s Go Birding!”, Sunday, July 7, and Friday, July 12, 8AM, Champoeg State Park; Sunday, July 14 and 20, 10AM, Willamette Mission State Park; and Sunday, July 21, 8AM, Milo McIver State Park, Riverside Day-use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Ever wanted to learn more about the birds you see in your backyard? At Let’s Go Birding!, we’ll give you the knowledge needed to get out on your own. We provide up to 10 binoculars and some tips and techniques. You bring water, snacks, comfortable clothes and shoes, and protection from the sun. You can also bring your own binoculars and birding books or apps. Open to birders 8 years and older; however, children 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No pets. No registration fee. First-come, first-served.”  http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Dragon Theater Puppets presents, “I Dig Dinosaurs”, Monday, July 8, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. and Center St., Pdx; Tuesday, July 9, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Wednesday, July 10, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx; Wednesday, July 10, 2PM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, July 10, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; Thursday, July 11, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 11, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, July 11, 2PM, Banks Library; Wednesday, July 14, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Tuesday, July 16, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22341 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Tuesday, July 16, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 17, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Wednesday, July 24, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 24, 1:30 and 3:30, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; Thursday, July 25, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; Thursday, July 25, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library; Tuesday, July 30, 1:30PM, Shute Park Amphitheatre, 799 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro; Wednesday, July 31, 11AM, Battle Ground Community Library; and Wednesday, July 31, 3PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA (outside weather permitting). “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

Author Reading, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Monday, July 8, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, is R. Gregory Nokes’ nonfiction account of the largely forgotten story of Oregon slavery. Holmes vs. Ford, 1852 – Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes, and their children, are brought to Oregon by their owner over the Oregon Trail in 1844, expecting to soon be freed in a region closed to slavery. But slaveholder Nathaniel Ford, destined to become an influential Oregon legislator, ignores the law and keeps them in bondage. Ford isn’t alone. Other Missouri slaveholders bring slaves to help them develop their Willamette Valley farms. Some slaves receive their freedom after a few years; others are held much longer. Holmes and his wife gain their freedom in 1850, but Ford refuses to give up their three children. Despite being illiterate and with the odds stacked against him, Holmes takes his former master to court in an attempt to get his children back. Finally, following an agonizing 15-month court battle, the third judge to hear the case, George H. Williams of the Territorial Supreme Court, rules in Holmes’ favor and returns his children. Holmes vs. Ford, decided in 1853, is a landmark case in Oregon and the only slavery case ever brought in Oregon courts.” http://www.breakingchainsbook.com/

Pink Pig Puppets”, Tuesday, July 9, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, July 18, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone; Thursday, July 25, 6:30PM, Canby Library; and Wednesday, July 31, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. All ages. “In this show, a silly rooster and a sillier sheepdog follow the clues on a treasure map, with many missteps along the way. Puppeteer Steven Engelfried, who describes his shows as ‘low tech/high humor,’ specializes in stories of mischief and trickery. The shows include Little Pink Pig puppet that acts as the master of ceremonies and tends to get his facts mixed up in humorous ways. Engelfried’s been telling stories with puppets for over 18 years. He also works as a children’s librarian at the Wilsonville Public Library.”

Presto the Magician”, Tuesday, July 9, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library; Tuesday, July 23, 10AM, outside at the Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; Wednesday, July 24, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; and Tuesday, July 30, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “Presto, otherwise known as Kevin Witt, loves to share his love of children’s books while entertaining kids. Witt became interested in magic at age eight. After receiving a magic set from his uncle, he began performing for neighbors. By the time he was 14, he was doing shows in the Seattle area. To this day, Witt enjoys performing throughout the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Jannene. His shows always include plenty of humor, interspersed with the ‘wow’ effect of his magic tricks.” http://www.prestothemagician.com/

The Physical Comedy of Henrik Bothe”, Tuesday, July 9, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Wednesday, July 17, 2PM, Washougal Community Library; Tuesday, July 20, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room; and Wednesday, July 24, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library. “Your jaw will drop as Henrik gets the plates spinning! How many can he keep going at once? But it doesn't end there. Henrik will keep the whole family riveted and laughing with his physical comedy, including juggling atop a six-foot-tall unicycle!” http://www.nwcorporatecomedy.com/

What’s in a Name?”, Tuesday, July 9, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. Free. “John Terry, member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, will talk about some oddities that occur in names across our landscape. He will touch on the current move to fulfill legislative and Native American sentiment to remove all geographic names with the word ‘squaw’ in the state.” http://www.historicbeaverton.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1604781&eventId=703205&EventViewMode=EventDetails

Honeybees: The BEE-utiful Super-Organism!”, Tuesday, July 9, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Wednesday, July 10, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Saturday, July 13, 10:30AM, Albina Library; and Thursday, July 18, 2PM, St. Johns Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM). “Are you afraid of bees? You won’t bee after learning about their magical ways with Brian Lacy, apiarist and bee enthusiast since the age of 14. This visual presentation is filled with filmed clips and stills that surround children with the sights and sounds of bees. After the presentation, children can taste honeycomb, look into a real hive (no bees) and handle equipment that beekeepers use in the field.” http://www.livehoneybees.com/

International Reptile Rescue”, Tuesday, July 9, 10AM, outside in front of the Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; and Thursday, July 18, 10AM, Sandy Library. “The reptiles are back at the library this summer with a Trekking With Turtles program!” http://www.hartsreptileworld.com/

Red Yarn’s Garden Tales”, Tuesday, July 9, 3PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, July 16, 10AM, outside at the Hoodland Library, Welches, OR; Tuesday, July 16, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Wednesday, July 17, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Thursday, July 18, 11AM and 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library; and Friday, July 19, 11AM, Canby Library. “Join Red Yarn and his lovable critters on an adventure through gardens and farms that is sure to entertain kids and parents alike! Featuring modern-day versions of Br’er Rabbit stories along with favorite American folksongs, this interactive musical puppet show will have audiences laughing, dancing, acting and singing along in this lively performance.” http://redyarnprojects.blogspot.com/

Origami Toys”, Tuesday, July 9, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-697-6580. “Origami, the art of Japanese paper folding, is Yuki Martin’s true passion. Her inspiration comes from her home country, Japan, animals, nature, seasons, anime and manga, and most importantly, children. She teaches in a wide variety of Portland venues. This program features origami models that are not only fun to make, but also fun to play with. Projects might include jumping frogs, finger puppets, ninja stars, or spin tops.“ http://yukiorigami.blogspot.com/

The Bug Chicks”, Tuesday, July 9, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library (preregistration required; call 503-656-7853); and Saturday, July 13, 2PM and 2:45PM, Tigard Library Pruett Room. “You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!” http://thebugchicks.com/

Science in the Park”, Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 11AM-1PM, Esther Short Park, 8th and Esther St., Vancouver. “Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.” July 10- Natural Disasters; July 17- Magical Bubbles; July 24- Wonders of Water; July 31- Creepy Halloween in July. http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/science-park

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Wednesday, July 10, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Thursday, July 18, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library; Tuesday, July 23, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library (ages 5-12, Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853); Wednesday, July 24, 2PM, Green Mountain Library Express, 13105 NE Grinnell Rd., Woodland, WA; Thursday, July 25, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 25, 2PM, Yacolt Town Park, 1 W. Jones St., Yacolt, WA; Friday, July 26, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Tuesday, July 30, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library; Wednesday, July 31, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, La Center, WA; and Wednesday, July 31, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, JC Penney Court, Vancouver, WA. “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.” http://stevescreaturefeature.com/Creature_Feature_Reptile_Zoo/Welcome.html

Summer Programs for Youth”, Wednesdays July 10 through August 21, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 210 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free with admission ($6 for adults, $4 for youth, seniors and active military, free for kids 3 and under). Suggested for ages 8-12. July 10- For the Birds; July 17- Focus on Photography; July 24- Geography and Community in Baseball; July 31- Pioneer Play. http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/summer2013

Ventriloquist Steve Taylor and Rudy”, Wednesday, July 10, 2PM, Washougal Library; Wednesday, July 17, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, La Center, WA; Wednesday, July 17, 3PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA (outside weather permitting); and Thursday, July 18, 11AM, Forest Grove Library. Suggested for grades 1-6. “Destination for Discovering the Motherlode - Laugh along with Steve and ventriloquist dummy Rudy O'Riley.” http://stevetaylorpro.com/libraries1.htm

Cool Tunes for Kids”, Wednesday, July 10, 2PM and 3PM, Woodstock Library(free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show); Thursday, July 18, 5:30PM, Bethany Village, NW Bethany Blvd. and Center St., Pdx; and Wednesday, July 24, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Eric Herman is bringing his live "Cool Tunes for Kids" concert show as the opening act at the July 18 Bethany Village Summer Concert! Bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageous fun, Eric's show will have kids dancing from limb to limb, smiling from ear to ear and laughing from nose to foot!” http://www.erichermanmusic.com/

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, on SW Main St. in front of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. 10AM-2PM is a craft fair, and there are free concerts at 12PM and 5PM. See their website for complete details: http://www.pcpa.com/home

Floreo de Soga”, Wednesday, July 10, 3:30PM, Fairview Columbia Library. “With grace and finesse, the Mendoza family presents traditional rope maneuvers and bailables of charros (Mexican cowboys) that have been passed on for generations. The performers wear traditional gear and clothing while demonstrating rope skills and tricks. Between demonstrations, they perform ballet folklórico including El Gavilán and La Bruja in traditional dress.”

JuggleMania”, Wednesday, July 10, 10:30AM, La Center Library, La Center, WA; Wednesday, July 10, 3PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA (or outside weather permitting); Wednesday, July 17, 10:30AM, Molalla Library gym; Wednesday, July 17, 2PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, July 18, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 18, 2PM, North Portland Library; and Wednesday, July 31, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Salzman Rd., Pdx. “Hilarity and dexterity collide as comedic juggler Rhys Thomas shares the books and tricks that have taken him to 17 countries. Warning: JuggleMania is catching!” http://www.jugglemania.com/Hi.html

Take a Tour of Gresham’s Natural Areas- Restoration”, Wednesday, July 10, 6PM, Corner of NW Birdsdale Ave. and NW 14th St., Gresham. Free. RSVPs requested but not required; contact Matthew Yates 503-618-2961 or Matthew.Yates@GreshamOregon.gov. “Take a tour of a restoration site and water quality facility on Fairview Creek. The City has been removing harmful invasive plants and planting native species to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. The City of Gresham Natural Resources Program is pleased to offer these great ‘Walk and Talk’ tours of our natural areas. These are free events and are open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about our native plants and wildlife is welcome to come along.” http://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/Take-a-Tour-of-Gresham-s-Natural-Areas---Restoration/

Mr. Shoehorn”, Wednesday, July 10, 2PM, Yale Valley Library Express, 11842 Lewis River Rd., Ariel, WA; and Tuesday, July 23, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA. “Mr. Shoehorn delights audiences with his combination of tap dancing and horn playing - a fascinating performance experience for all ages!” http://www.shoehornmusic.com/

Curtis Carlyle, Juggler”, Wednesday, July 10, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; Thursday, July 11, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Friday, July 12, 11AM, Canby Library; “Comedy, juggling, and audience participation.” http://curtshow.com/

Collage Craziness”, Wednesday, July 10, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Using all types of papers, paint, recycled materials and a dash of color theory to create a collage masterpiece to take home.”

Portland’s Slabtown”, Wednesday, July 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Authors Mike Ryerson, Norm Gholston, and Tracy J. Prince read from “Portland’s Slabtown”. “In Portland's first decades, the northwest side remained dense forests. Native Americans camped and Chinese immigrants farmed around Guild's Lake. In the 1870s, Slabtown acquired its unusual name when a lumber mill opened on Northrup Street. The mill's discarded log edges were a cheap source of heating and cooking fuel. This slabwood was stacked in front of working-class homes of employees of a pottery, the docks, icehouses, slaughterhouses, and lumber mills. Development concentrated along streetcar lines. The early 20th century brought the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, manufacturing, shipbuilding, Montgomery Ward, and the Vaughn Street Ballpark. Today, Slabtown is a densely populated residential neighborhood, with many small shops and restaurants and an industrial area on its northern border. Tourists still arrive by streetcar to the charming Thurman, NW Twenty-first, and Twenty-third Avenues. Famous residents include author Ursula Le Guin, baseball greats Johnny Pesky and Mickey Lolich, NBA player Swede Halbrook, and Portland mayors Bud Clark and Vera Katz.”

Charles the Clown”, Wednesday, July 10, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; and Thursday, July 11, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City. “This hilarious show stars Charles the Clown, Biscuit the Dog puppet, and books. Silly magic, balloon antics, and comic rhyming are also part of the fun.” http://www.charlestheclown.com/

Mehndi Henna”, Wednesday, July 10, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Ages 10 and up. “Mehndi henna hand decoration.”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Thursday, July 11, 2PM, North Portland Library; Saturday, July 13, 11:30AM, Midland Library; and Saturday, July 20, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland 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!”

Jay Frasier, Magician Extraordinaire”, Thursday, July 11, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library; Thursday, July 18, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Tuesday, July 30, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 22341 SW Pine St., Sherwood; and Tuesday, July 30, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “This magical show features a combination of sleight-of-hand, physical comedy, and audience participation.” http://www.acmetricks.com/shows/

Life in Wartime: Archaeological Investigations at Site 45CL927, Located at the WWII Kaiser Shipyard”, Thursday, July 11, 7PM, Tex Ranklin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. Presented by Bill R. Roulette. “Between February and April 2010, Applied Archaeological Research, Inc (AAR) conducted a very unusual archaeological investigation that was performed in conjunction with an environmental remediation project centered on a World War II landfill located at the former site of the Vancouver Kaiser Shipyard, also known as ‘Site 45CL927.’ The results of this excavation provide compelling insight into the lives of people that labored in the shipyard and provides a nuanced version of America's WWII experience.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=634821-307230

Author Reading, “Where the Roses Smell the Best”, Thursday, July 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx; Wednesday, July 24, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx; and Saturday, July 29, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “A creative blend of short stories, vignettes, poems, and visual art, ‘Where the Roses Smell the Best’ highlights the people, places, and lifestyles of Portland. Students, community members, writers, and poets worked together to create an anthology that offers the taste of Portland — inviting anyone to open its pages and discover something new about our city's lively culture. Please join us as we welcome these featured authors, from local writers to Roosevelt High School students and more.” (Authors scheduled to share their writing at the Powell’s event include Paulann Petersen, Andrea Hollander, Thea Constantine, Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, and S. Renee Mitchell.)

Aaron Wheeler Kay”, Thursday, July 11, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “Rhythm from Head to Toe: part of the ‘Do Jump!’ Portland Theater program.”

Strawberry Island Kid’s Bird Walk”, Thursday, July 11, mid-gorge, Washington. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.org/display.php?modin=52&uid=5448 Four mile easy loop hike with no elevation gain. “Environmental educator McKenzie Miller will lead this easy-going, family-friendly hike. We'll look for wildflowers and listen for birds, and learn why this site is called Strawberry Island. Binoculars provided.”

Author Talk, “Sybilla Cook”, Thursday, July 11, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Portland is one of America's most walkable cities, and this book describes 22 walks that can be taken by the casual visitor. You can explore varied city and county parks, shop in interesting neighborhoods, visit many of the settings in Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Henry Huggins books, enjoy the mountain views from the famous Rose Garden, and stroll along the beautiful Willamette River. All walks start and finish at or near a convention hotel. If you're looking for an adventure that will be good for your body as well as your mind, invest in this wonderfully detailed, descriptive, complete guide to Portland's urban and natural settings." http://www.sybillacook.com/

Marion County Fair”, Thursday, July 11, 10AM-10PM, Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 10AM-11PM, and Sunday, July 14, 10AM-6PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem. Free parking. Admission $8 ages 12 and older, $5 seniors, $4 ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and under. Seniors are free on Thursday, ages 6-19 are $4 on Friday, and admission is free on Sunday after 4PM. http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/Fair/default.htm

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

Concert, “Bill and Steve Band”, Thursday, July 11, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Fun music for families. All ages.”

Mad Science Presents, “Dig Into Reading”, Thursday, July 11, 9:30AM, Gladstone Library; Wednesday, July 17, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Wednesday, July 31, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St. “From the layers of the earth to the critters that live in the soil to natural phenomena that occur underground, we are going to discover some amazing things if we dig deep!”

Music in Action!”, Thursday, July 11, 3PM, Belmont Library. “A freewheeling fiesta of songs, creative movement, comedy and audience participation led by the irrepressible (and bilingual) Rich Glauber. Using guitar, accordion and his joyful personality, he turns every show into a community celebration. Presented in English and Spanish.” http://www.richglauber.com/

Paradise of Samoa”, Thursday, July 11, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA. “Let's Dance! Enjoy traditional dances from the Pacific Islands.” http://paradiseofsamoa.com/

Meet the Artist: Karen Hilde”, Thursday, July 11, 11AM, Goldendale Library. “Everyone is welcome to meet this month's featured artist, Karen Hilde. The artist will answer questions about her work and refreshments will be available while browsing the artwork.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Thursday, July 11, 11AM and 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library; Monday, July 15, 1PM, Troutdale Library; Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 and 3:30, Sunnyside Library; Thursday, July 18, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; Wednesday, July 24, 10:30AM, Molalla Library gym; and Saturday, July 27, 3PM, Kenton Library. “Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.” http://ocomedy.com/

Backyard Composting”, Friday, July 12, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Friday, July 25, 6:30PM, Cornelius Library. “Compost is often called “black gold” by gardeners. OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Tim Lanfri will share the tips and techniques for turning your kitchen and yard waste into this valuable soil amendment.”

Gem Faire”, Friday, July 12, 12PM -6PM, Saturday, July 13, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, July 14 10AM- 5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 for those over age 12, under 12 free, 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: http://www.gemfaire.com/ This is mostly beads, but there are always rocks, crystals, and fossils of interest to rockhounds as well. If you go once and give them your address, they will send you free admission coupons for future Gem Faires.

Ice Cream Churn-A-Ment”, Friday, July 12, 12PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Morrison and 6th Ave., Pdx. Free ice cream will be given away. “An all-star group of local chefs will compete to see who will be the first to freeze their ice cream using old fashioned ice cream churns. The chefs and their team of three assistants will take turns cranking the churns relay style. The chefs will also compete to see whose ice cream recipe best captures ‘the flavor of summer in Oregon.’” http://www.dairyfarmersor.com/110-churn-a-ment

Tom Question”, Friday, July 12, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Stilt-walking, world class juggling, Chinese yo-yo, comedy and audience participation combine to create a high-energy and entertaining event.”

Hidden Portland: City Treasures!”, Friday, July 12, 10AM-12:30PM, meeting at Director Park. $18 for adults, $15 youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org/2013/07/12/hidden-portland-tour-7/ 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.”

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as animal origami, footprint rubbings, or wildlife bookmark making. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?d=2013-07-01

Pioneer Living”, Friday, July 12, 3PM, Goldendale Community Library. “Explore living history! Hands-on activities with pioneer toys and tools.”

Oregon Berry Festival”, Friday, July 12, 12PM- 6PM, and Saturday, July 13, 11AM-4:30PM, Ecotrust Building, NW 10th Ave. and Johnson St., Pdx. Free admission. “Taste and buy some of the season’s best berries and also sample amazing products made with Oregon’s berry bounty. There will be ice creams, pies, cobblers, jams, strawberry shortcake plus the unexpected taste treat like Marionberry BBQ sauce, Loganberry liqueur, cranberry chocolates, natural blueberry soda and much more. This is a fun family event with a children’s activities, live entertainment, a Portland Restaurant Berry Bramble and a chance to win a bike and eat your fill of Oregon berries.” http://www.oregonberryfestival.com/

Composting With Worms”, Saturday, July 13, 10AM, Sherwood Library. Free tickets will be given out on the day of the presentation. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Join OSU Master Gardener Bonnie Keister for this special program about nature’s recyclers. There will be compost bins with real worms!”

Chinatown/Old Town Tour”, Sunday, July 13, Sunday, July 20, 10AM-12:30PM, beginning at Voodoo Doughnuts. $18 adults, $15 youth, students and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org/events/ “While today Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant history is rich and storied. ‘Old Town/ Chinatown’ shows the challenges faced by Portland’s ethnic communities, as well as their many contributions to the city’s economy, industry and culture. Topics covered by this tour include Portland’s first African American community, Japan Town, Chinatown and more. Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, this tour charts Portland’s urban development, and how these transformations created the city we know today.”

Wild Fruits of Northwest Forests”, Saturday, July 13, 9AM-12PM, Forest Park, Pdx. $25-$50 sliding scale. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; see details on website: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#fruits Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Come join us learn about wild fruits and other edible plant parts found in northwest forests. Summer is when many wild fruits are ripe for picking. See and learn about plants like huckleberry, salmonberry, Oregon grape, bunchberry, elderberry, gooseberry, wild current, hawthorn, salal, thimbleberry, fairybells, saskatoons, Indian plum, among others, as well as some poisonous berry producing plants. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland's own back yard.”

Ten Tiny Dances”, Saturday, July 13, 10AM-1PM, Farmers Market at City Park, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton. “Walkabout downtown Beaverton starting at the Farmers Market at City Park, where five stages will guide you on a path of discovery, winding through urban streets, leading the way to skilled dancers representing diverse cultures and dance genres. What is the TTD form? Ten Tiny Dances is dance/theater performance in confined space, which challenges artists to invent ways of collapsing known and recognizable vocabulary as well as to invent new vocabulary that responds to the possibilities of 16 square feet. It interrupts the usual expectations for dance vocabulary, performance, and viewing, and affects the way people move and are perceived in space. As well as the delight that comes from innovation, the event also offers an experience of tension for the audience as they ponder and witness how each performer meets and deals with the challenge of the space. Produced in restaurants and bars, this tension is matched with a sense of intimacy offering an experience shared by dancers and audience alike.” http://www.beavertonarts.org/index.aspx?nid=109

Moveable Murals”, Saturday, July 13, 11AM, North Portland Library; Tuesday, July 30, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); and Wednesday, July 31, Northwest 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/

Museum Collection Open House”, Saturday, July 13, 12PM and 2PM, Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver, WA. Free with Fort admission of $3 for adults and free for kids 15 and under. For ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; contact Museum Technician Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255, or email meagan_huff@nps.gov. “Curious about what can be discovered in Fort Vancouver's collection of two million archaeological and historic objects? Find out at our Museum Collection Open House tours! In this popular program, visitors go behind the scenes inside our curation facility to get up close to actual artifacts that come to us through archaeological excavations or are donated by members of the community. Each month's open house focuses on a different topic - ranging from military history, to hygiene and health, to our present day archaeological excavations.” The July topic: Fort Vancouver's Public Archaeology Field School. “Fort Vancouver NHS has been the location of Public Archaeology Field Schools, in partnership with Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver, since 2001. See artifacts from past years' field school excavations in the Fort Vancouver employee Village, and visit this year's Field School to talk to this summer's student archaeologists. Includes optional walk to the excavation site.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/historyculture/museumcollectionopenhouse.htm

Revels SummerFaire 2013”, Saturday, July 13, 9AM-1:50PM, outdoors on the green at the South end of the Portland State University campus, bounded by Hall and College streets, and by Peter Stott and Shattuck halls on the West and East. . Free. “Portland Revels’ free public event in honor of the Summer Solstice bookends our successful Christmas Revels performances honoring the Winter Solstice now in their 18th year in Portland. We've partnered with the PSU Farmer’s Market to present a day of family activities and performance emphasizing multicultural world traditions. Our mission is to celebrate the seasons in community with traditions and the performing arts; since many of the seasonal folk arts traditions that Revels preserves and showcases arose in the context of the agricultural cycle of planting and harvesting and small village life, basing this new celebration in the Farmer's Market seems like coming home.” Complete schedule here: http://www.portlandrevels.org/revels.php?page=revels-summerfaire

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, July 13, 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/

Truck Town Party”, Saturday, July 13, 10:30AM, Troutdale Library. “Get up close with lots of big trucks! Learn what they do, how they work, and meet the people that operate them. Then join us for a truck related storytime and the City of Troutdale Recreation Team for a simple craft.”

Mr. Lizard’s Mobile Zoo”, Saturday, July 13, 2:30PM and 4PM, Woodstock Library. Free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show. “Entertaining children and adults alike with his mobile reptile zoo, Mr. Lizard provides an interactive, hands-on experience like no other. He shares fun, fascinating information on these amazing, though often misunderstood, animals. Mr. Lizard and his animals have appeared in various TV shows, movies and in print including The Late Late Show, CMT, Animal Planet and Harper's Bazaar.” http://misterlizard.com/

Mount Talbert’s Hidden Beauty”, Saturday, July 13, 10AM-1PM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10695 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. $5 per adult. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-794-8092. Explore a past when the Willamette Valley was a patchwork of habitats that provided wild foods for humans and wildlife. The oak woodlands of Mount Talbert – a rare remnant of these habitats – offer refuge to migrating songbirds such as warblers, tanagers, orioles and cedar waxwings. On this 2-mile hike, move quietly through shaded groves in search of the elusive western gray squirrel and learn to identify poison oak. Trails are rough and steep in places.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=8119

Birding at the Sandy River Delta”, Saturday, July 13, 7AM-10AM. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano on a walk around this rich riparian area near the Columbia River. We will be looking for cottonwood bottom nesters like the Bullock’s Oriole and Red-eyed Vireo. 

Directions: I-84 east, take Exit 18, at the stop sign turn right and loop under the freeway. Meet at the parking lot by the restrooms.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/sandyrd13

Covered Tape Measures”, Saturday, July 13, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Why use a plain retractable tape measure when you can transform it into something pretty?” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org/

Carnivorous Plant Nursery Open House”, Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, 10AM-4PM, Sarracenia Northwest, Eagle Creek, OR. Preregistration required, $10 per vehicle fee includes one free Sarracenia alata or leucophylla, $12 value! (You get your fee back in the form of a plant!) “This is a great time to see Sarracenia at peak season. It's also our Customer Appreciation Weekend, so enjoy a picnic in the country on us. Bring your enthusiasm for carnivorous plants, and we'll supply the food!” http://www.cobraplant.com/openhouse?zenid=63af375bb8cd26486159671741a3cc96

Historic Silver Falls Days”, Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The land we know today as Silver Falls State Park has a colorful and interesting history. Join us as we offer demonstrations, displays and activities to help bring this history to life.” http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html

Concert, “2Jazz Guitars”, Saturday, July 13, 2:30PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “What happens when two jazz musicians -- one from Portland, the other from New York -- bump into each other in Portland and discover the possibilities of the guitar duo? A sound that's relaxed, intimate, highly thoughtful and thoroughly modern. Enjoy listening to this unique musical conversation between two jazz guitars, between Barry Glick and Neil Mattson.”  http://2jazzguitars.com/

Bastille Day Festival”, Saturday, July 13, 12PM-6PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “French cuisine, drinks, music, shopping, and the famous Waiter’s Race! Vive la France!” Waiter’s race starts at 2:30PM.  http://www.afportland.org/2013/06/bastille-day-festival-july-13/

Bicycle Rodeo”, Saturday, July 13, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Bring your bicycles and participate in a bike rodeo and learn about bicycle safety with officers of the Hillsboro Police Department. We will meet by the bicycle pavilion located at the north end of the Library.”

Music and Games Day”, Saturday, July 13, 12:30PM-3:30PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come explore the sights and sounds, smells and flavors of 19th-century French Prairie life, and experience the history and spirit of Champoeg with the help of our volunteer costumed interpreters at many of our public programs.” http://www.champoeg.org/events/living-history.html

A Night of Family Friendly Improv”, Saturday, July 13, 7:30PM (doors open at 7), Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10 adults, $5 kids 13 and under. “Join us for an evening of fast and funny improv! You can be part of the action when our MIT troupe performs games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Whether you’re 8 or 80, MIT shows appeal to all ages. Our goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening for you, your family and friends. Plus, you’ll see some familiar Magenta faces as you've never seen them before!” http://www.magentatheater.com/Calendar.htm

Science in the Park”, Saturday, July 13, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Everyone loves the annual ‘Science in the Park’ series, so join us in celebrating it during Second Saturday at the Water Center! Kids and families will have fun with some of the most popular and favorite ‘Science in the Park’ hands-on activities.”

A Walk on the WaterSide”, Saturday, July 13, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Tolinda Trailhead via NW Germantown Rd., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/marcy-houle-walk-waterside. Lead by local author Marcy Houle. “What is a watershed? And what do watersheds have to do with Forest Park and the City of Portland’s overall health? This hike will take you on a tour of the Springville Creek Watershed where you can see firsthand what a real watershed is, what it does, and learn why Forest Park Watersheds are considered the best in the City.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, July 14, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Learn a new origami project each month with various local origami instructors.”

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate”, Sunday, July 14, 1PM-5PM, at an organic farm on Sauvie Island. $25-$50 sliding scale. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; see details on website: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#WGGV “This workshop covers many of the plants seen in the book: ‘Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate’ by John Kallas. Visit an organic farm and make a delectable wild gourmet salad on the spot with other participants. We'll harvest traditional European edibles (growing as weeds) that the farmers would be pulling. Learn how to identify common, plentiful, nutritious, and flavorful wild vegetables in this adventure. Get real hands-on experience with plants you'll see on a farm and in your own garden. Take advantage of these readily available sources of nutrients, and dietary variety. Traditional wild European edibles (gourmet greens and vegetables) plant themselves, enjoy the rich moist growing environment of the garden, and provide many seasons of foods that can add meal options you never dreamed of before. Once your learn these wild foods you can change from a ‘weeding’ to a ‘harvesting’ mentality in your own garden, yard, and neighborhood.”

Basketry of the Columbia Basin”, Sunday, July 14, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield, WA. “The Columbia Basin Basketry Guild will be in the Plankhouse demonstrating materials and techniques traditionally used in basketry of this region. Included will be cedar bark preparation and weaving of Pacific NW Coast sweetgrass, tule and cattail. There will also be special activities for children all day. Try your hand at different weaving techniques or using native plant dyes. Learn about local Native American culture first hand in the Plankhouse, and take a walk down the adjacent nature trail and see if you can find the many kinds of wildlife that call the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Home.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

Book Release Party, “Written in Stone”, Sunday, July 14, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx.. “Award-winning author Rosanne Parry visits us at Green Bean Books! She will celebrate the release of her historical middle-reader novel ‘Written in Stone’. With its strong characters, beautiful language, and richness in detail, ‘Written in Stone’ will captivate any reader as they follow the journey of a young girl torn between the traditions of her tribe and the increasingly changing times of the 1920s. A free soap carving activity (for ages 7 and up) will follow the reading!” http://rosanneparry.com/written-in-stone/

Curious Garden”, Sunday, July 14, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theatre, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “The Curious Garden is back! Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey - and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8. Every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden.” http://www.curiouscomedy.org/events/curious-garden/

100 Years of Broadway", Sunday, July 14, 6PM, Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park Theater (Access off Bonnie Brae, Erickson, or Berthold), Beaverton. Free. “"100 Years of Broadway," is a Tony-award-winning musical revue, performed by the Beaverton Civic Theatre and presented by the Central Beaverton NAC. Theatres have moved and been renamed, music styles have changed and evolved, and few shows are remembered from days gone by, but Broadway has thrived and flourished. This production highlights a century of Broadway memories, reviving the biggest moments from the finest shows.” http://www.thprd.org/events/event.cfm?id=706

“It’s Not Just About the Piggy Bank: Teaching Your Kids About Money”, Sunday, July 14, 3PM, Capitol Hill Library.. A workshop for adults. “One of the best gifts you can give your children is teaching them the skills to manage money. Even if you are living on a tight budget, passing on good money management habits can last a lifetime. In this workshop from Innovative Changes, we’ll discuss key ways to get your finances in order so you can serve as a model for your children. We will also cover activities and tips for teaching your kids about money and ways to save for all the extra expenses that are part of being a parent (back to school, birthdays, college, etc.). It’s never too early to start learning and never too late to start teaching! Now’s the time to start your kids on a path to money management success!” http://www.innovativechanges.org/

Smarty Pants”, Monday, July 15, 1PM, Estacada Library; Tuesday, July 16, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; and Wednesday, July 31, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “This fun interactive game show, for audiences of all ages, tests contestants’ knowledge about nutrition, living green, physical activity and more! Do you have what it takes to earn your ‘I’m a Smarty Pants’ badge? Learn how to make the healthy choice the fun choice. ”

Songs for the Whole Family”, Tuesday, July 16, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library. Mona Warner and family. All ages. Bilingual program. https://myspace.com/monawarner/music/songs

OMSI Presents, “Prehistoric Dinosaurs”, Tuesday, July 16, 2PM and 3PM, Capitol Hill Library (suggested for grades K-3, free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show); Saturday, July 20, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (suggested for grades K-3, free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Wednesday, July 31, 10AM and 11:30AM, Wilsonville Library (suggested for grades 1-5, preregistration required; call 503-570-1599). “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.”

Clown School”, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Get the tips and tricks on clownin’ around from professional comedian Angel Ocasio.” http://ocomedy.com/

Meet a Rescue Dog”, Tuesday, July 16, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwauike. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Meet a rescue dog from Search One K9 Detection team.”

Nuestro Canto”, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. “An evening of music and legends of Mexico, for the entire family.” http://grupo-condor.com/index.html

Birding at the Timberline Lodge Area”, Tuesday, July 16, 8AM-3PM, leaving from the Clackamas Town Center parking lot off Sunnyside Rd. Preregistration required; call Audubon Society leader Ron Escano 503-771-3454. “Interested in exploring the slopes of Mt Hood? Chance to see Cassin’s Finch, Calliope Hummingbird, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. We will hike the trails above and around Timberline Lodge.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/tmberlintues13

This Incredible India”, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “What's your preferred form of travel accommodation? Staying dry in a houseboat, living high in a tree house, enduring the heat in a desert tent, or taking advantage of a hotel? Come and enjoy Amy Lee's travel experience in India where she did all of the above.”

Inventors At Work: The Minds and Motivation Behind Modern Inventions”, Tuesday, July 16, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. “Presented by Brett Stern, author of ‘Inventors At Work’, a collection of 23 interviews with inventors of famous products, innovations and technologies that have made life easier or changed the way we live. From Steve Wozniak to Tim Leatherman, scientists, engineers, wild-eyed geniuses and amateur technologists have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of that singular ‘Eureka!’ moment in their laboratories or garages. Their products have become famous, but what was their process of invention? This talk will offer insights into the nature of creativity and intuition, the skill-set needed and the force, motivation and obsession that must be summoned to spend endless hours searching for an answer to a question that no one else has asked or solving a problem most think has no solution.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/071613 The Mission Theater has very limited seating compared to other Science Pub venues, and parking in the Pearl can be awful. My advice is to plan on going very early (they serve pizza and sandwiches).

Finches, Tanagers and Buntings”, Tuesday, July 16, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. “Big beaks! That is what ties these groups of songbirds together. But is there more to it than that? And what separates them from each other? Which ones live here all year and which migrate south for the winter? Which group has a confusing trifecta of species that trouble even experienced birders to make the ID? Join local birding expert Harry Nehls for another of his enjoyable and educational presentations and find out the answers to these questions and more!” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/hnehlsjuly13

Klu Klux Klan in Oregon: 1920-1923 Documentary Film Screening”, Tuesday, July 16, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Frame by Frame productions is proud to announce a new documentary from Producer/Director Thomas Coulter. The film covers the brief period when the Klan influenced politics in the state of Oregon as their membership grew to more than 5,000 members from Tillamook to La Grande. The screening will be followed by a brief question and answer period. Free and open to the public.” http://www.frame-by-frame-productions.com/KKK_home.htm

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, July 16, 1PM, Fairview Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch by Donald J. Sobol.”

Art ala Carte”, Tuesday, July 16, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Tuesday, July 23, 2PM, Northwest 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://artalacartepdx.com/

Oregon Amusement Parks”, Tuesday, July 16, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Learn about Oregon Amusement Parks with documentarian Darrell Jabin. Enjoy a short documentary film and more.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApILOkg5iA0&feature=c4-overview&playnext=1&list=TL5GzZNzrfkaE

Tussie Mussie: The Secret Language of Flowers”, Tuesday, July 16, 6PM; and Monday, July 22, 6PM, Gregory Heights Library. “A Tussie Mussie is a small, handheld bouquet of fragrant herbs and flowers -- each carrying a specific meaning. Rediscover this Victorian art of expression and the secret language of flowers at this interactive workshop, led by Melissa Richmond, aka "The Garden Lady." A variety of flowers and a Tussie Mussie dictionary will be provided to each participant so you can create a floral message of your own.” http://www.rootscultivation.com/#!melissa-info

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21, Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Rd, St Helens. Gate prices $9 adult, $6 youth and senior. $1 off for advance tickets. Parking $4. Brad’s World Reptiles will be there! Details and a schedule of events here: http://www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com/

Nob Hill and Beyond Walk”, Wednesday, July 17, 6PM-9PM; and Saturday, July 21, 9AM-12PM, meeting at Couch Park, NW 19th Ave. and Glisan St., Pdx.). $18 for adults, $15 for youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org/events/ Tour lead by local author Laura O. Foster. “Nob Hill and Beyond is a 5-mile walk and hike that travels through urban and forested landscapes as walkers discover Portland’s rich geologic, architectural, and horticultural treasures. Take stairways, hidden paths and streets less traveled; learn how neighborhoods were carved from steep hillsides and how the city grew into the hills as industry expanded along the river. With views of two rivers, Cascade peaks, the formerly wild Guilds Lake (now an industrial sanctuary) and a hike under the tall firs of the largest urban forest in the U.S., this tour covers an eclectic mix of sites and terrain as it showcases Portland’s famous walkability. Note: the walk is uphill for the first half, gaining about 900 feet of elevation, with four long public stairways, steep streets and Forest Park trails.”

Tamanawas Falls Tree ID Hike”, Wednesday, July 17, 8:30AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/tamanawas-falls-hike/ Easy hike, 4 miles with a 300’ elevation gain, in Mt. Hood National Forest. “One hundred foot tall Tamanawas Falls is less known than its rivals in the Gorge, but is equally as breathtaking. Besides delighting in this beautiful waterfall, we'll hike through lush vegetation and critical wildlife habitat and learn to identify the different types of trees in the area. The water that spills over Tamanawas Falls is from Cold Spring Creek; a clear, cold creek that is a tributary to the Wild and Scenic East Fork Hood River. This area, which includes nearby scenic Polallie Creek, hosts winter and summer steelhead runs. While you're noticing the creek's ideal steelhead habitat, be sure to look up and notice the area's diverse vegetation. The Tamanawas Falls area has remnant old-growth Pondersa pines along with a mix of Western Red Cedar and Douglas fir trees.”

Storytelling Circle: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Ships)", Wednesday, July 17, 7PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. $5. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.ojm.org/lectures.htm “How did you get here? How did other family members get here? Share your family's immigration story with others in a friendly atmosphere within the museum’s Settling In exhibit walls. What were the challenges you and/or your family faced? What were the triumphs? Everyone is welcome to come and listen or share a story -- this event is for young and old alike. Participants are encouraged to bring artifacts, documents and photographs from their immigrant roots. A light nosh will be provided . . . of course!”

Story Exploration with Portland Children’s Museum”, Wednesday, July 17, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, July 20, 11AM, Fairview Columbia 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.”

Rock and Minerals”, Wednesday, July 17, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “Join us in learning for some hands-on identifying rocks and minerals with The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Learn the different properties to identify minerals such as color, streak, hardness, and luster. Learn to identify granites, volcanic rocks, marble, sandstone, etc.”

Acting Out”, Wednesday, July 17, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver, WA. “Explore the building blocks of theater and gain basic acting skills while bringing the written word to life. Want to be Cinderella or the Big Bad Wolf? Everyone will enjoy this lively program.”

Rick Huddle presents, “Secret Agent Underground”, Wednesday, July 17, 3PM, Fairview Columbia Library; and Tuesday, July 23, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM). “We’ve lost our top agent, #X. He went on an underground mission two months ago and we have not heard from him since. Where can he be? Is he in danger? Has he been captured? Help us locate #X before it’s too late! Join performer Rick Huddle on this musical mystery filled with storytelling, songs and puppets.” http://www.rickhuddle.com/welcome.html

Tim Alexander: Master of Marvels”, Wednesday, July 17, 11AM, Battle Ground Community Library; and Wednesday, July 24, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, La Center, WA. “Prepare to laugh and be amazed as The Master of Marvels performs classic magic and original tricks.” http://www.parlorofwonders.com/

We Are In A Puppet Show!”, Wednesday, July 17, 4PM, Tigard Library (all ages); and Monday, July 22, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library (ages 3-8). “Enjoy a fun-filled puppet show that follows Elephant and Piggie on a handful of their funniest adventures. Meet the puppets, play games and do activities based on Mo Willems' hilarious books.”

Documentary: 100 Years of the Oregon Blue Book”, Wednesday, July 17, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Local historian Darrell Jabin will present his film ‘100 Years of the Oregon Blue Book’.”

Leapin’ Louie”, Thursday, July 18, 11AM, outside at the Garden Home Library; Thursday, June 18, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library; and Wednesday, July 24, 2PM, Washougal Community Library. “David Lichtenstein specializes in western comedy shows featuring his comedy character, Leapin’ Louie. He is a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling; a virtuoso of new vaudeville and alternative circus.” http://www.comedytricks.com/wp/

OMSI Presents, “Bug Me”, Thursday, July 18, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5-9.

Washington’s Channeled Scablands - A Visual Tour”, Thursday, July 18, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 requested donation. “Join us for a presentation by John Soennichsen about his latest book, Washington's Channeled Scablands Guide. This visual tour of Washington’s five scabland tracts provides dramatic photos revealing the aura and grandeur of each scabland region. John is also the author of Bretz’s Flood, the biography of Harlen Bretz, the first geologist to research the Scablands and propose its creation by massive flooding.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Knights of Veritas”, Thursday, July 18, 11AM, Rossman Park, 555 4th St., Lake Oswego. “Get ready for some medieval fun! The popular Knights of Veritas are back to entertain and educate with their thrilling demonstrations of historical combat technique.” http://www.knightsofveritas.org/

Enslaved Africans and the British Military at the Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts, West Indies”, Thursday, July 18, 7PM, Tex Ranklin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. Presented by Gerald F. Schroedl. “Brimstone Hill Fortress (1690-1854) is a British Colonial era fortification located on the northwest coast of St. Kitts in the eastern Caribbean. In the 18th century, it became the centerpiece of the island's defenses. Schroedl has worked at the site since 1996, documenting archaeological evidence of enslaved Africans and making comparative studies of contexts relating British army officers and enlisted men.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=634821-307230

Toot Toot Beep Beep Art Adventures”, Friday, July 19, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room; Saturday, July 20, 10:30AM, Albina Liobrary; Wednesday, July 24, 4:30PM, Kenton Library; and Saturday, July 27, 2PM, Midland Library. “Full speed ahead – it’s an art adventure! Colorful cars beep-beep, toot-toot, vroom-vroom and whoosh across Emma Garcia’s collage-like pages, inviting kids along on an entertaining trip. Join artist and educator Anya Hankin and participate in an energetic reading of Toot Toot Beep Beep and then get creative with glue, tissue paper, pens and googly eyes as you make your own vibrant vehicle collages come to life!” http://www.launchcreativeconsulting.com/bio

Yoshida’s Sand in the City”, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Morrison and 6th Ave., Pdx. Suggested donation $4 per person or $10 per family. “The greatest beach party is coming to Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, OR! Yoshida’s Sand in the City 2013 is Portland’s largest sand castle building event that includes majestic sand sculptures, interactive youth exhibits, live entertainment and more! The excitement begins on Friday, July 20th, when amateur corporate sponsor teams have only six hours to build an elaborate sand sculpture, designed with an architect and sand mentor. The teams have trained and practiced for more than six weeks in an attempt to win the coveted Golden Shovel award, so competition is fierce on building day! Sand sculptures will be judged by Junki Yoshida, Timber Joey, Amy Roloff, and Ken Carr. Winners will be announced during our Awards Ceremony on Friday evening followed by performances from Queued Up and Michael Allen Harrison. In addition to the visually stunning sand sculptures, Sand in the City will host outstanding activities for kids at the Children’s Inspiration Village sponsored by Evergreen Aviation, where families can watch puppet shows, play with science experiments, do art projects and jump in the bounce house! After enjoying food and drinks, kids can build their own castle in our giant Sand Box, have their face painted, or take in one of our live performances happening all weekend.” https://www.facebook.com/events/352059028203932/

South of the North”, Friday, July 19, 11AM, Daubenspeck Park, Willow St., Bingen, WA. “Enjoy traditional Mexican music, instruments and dancing with "South of the North" at Bingen City Park. Feel free to bring a blanket and a picnic lunch.”

Civil War Soldiers of Clackamas County”, Friday, July 19, 5PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr, Oregon City. Free. “Start off your weekend with a trip to the 1860’s, in an indoor/outdoor educational tour on Friday evening, July 19th, from 5-6:30 p.m. Beginning at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, former Lincoln Bicentennial Commissioners Frank Krone and K.C. Piccard, a dynamic duo dedicated to bringing history to life, will present “Civil War Soldiers of Clackamas County”. After an engaging introduction, participants will carpool with the couple to the nearby Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City, to identify and pay respects to the graves of soldiers who survived the Civil War era, and began new lives in the Oregon Territory.” http://www.clackamashistory.org/

Oregon Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale”, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, 9AM-4PM, Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. “Making Portland weirder one plant at a time.” In conjunction with the show, expert Luther Sturtevant will be offering a free class on Saturday, July 20, 1PM: “Weird Plants: Cactus and Succulents”. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.portlandnursery.com/events/july_events.shtml “Wanna see some strange plants? Meet the succulents! Their charismatic and diverse paddles, spines, bumps and lumps can make interesting houseplants or additions to the garden. Luther will introduce you to a cast of odd and lovely plants and describe how to keep them healthy.”

Robin Hood Festival”, Friday, July 19, 5PM-11PM, and Saturday, July 20, 9AM-11PM, downtown Sherwood, OR. Free admission. “The Festival features popular bands from the Portland area on the Main Stage, creative acts on the Family Stage to delight young and old, medieval re-enactments, swordplay, music and dance, and appearances by Maid Marian’s Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Wander through the extensive Vendor Village, consisting of over 100 booths, with a wide variety of shopping and activities to explore. Enjoy an old-fashioned Community Parade Saturday at 10AM, children's plays performed by the Sherwood Royal Academy on the Old Town Cannery Square Stage and a traditional Knighting Ceremony Demonstrate your creativity in the annual Castle Building or participate in the Flower and Plant Show. Enjoy the Friday night teen dance, kids crafts and play areas, plus plenty of delicious food, with a beer and wine garden featuring selections from local wineries and breweries.” http://www.robinhoodfestival.org/

Chris Pemberton, Stage Hypnotist”, Friday, July 19, 7PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Teen and adult audience volunteers will be hypnotized and hilarity will ensue! All ages welcome to attend.” http://www.christopherthehypnotist.com/

Glendi Greek Festival”, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 14485 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton. Free admission. Join us for the Glendi Greek Festival, a celebration of ethnic cultures from around the world, right here in Beaverton, Oregon. We want to share our heritages (Greek, Middle Eastern and Ethiopian), music, traditions, customs and culinary skills with you, our neighbors, families and friends.” http://www.glendigreekfestival.com/about/

Storyteller Chris Leebrick”, Friday, July 19, 3PM, Goldendale Community Library. “Chris Leebrick presents thrilling tales of adventure!” http://www.allgoodstories.com/

Battle Ground Harvest Days”, Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, Battle Ground Fairgrounds Park, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground, WA. Details and schedule of events here: http://battlegroundchamber.org/pages/HARVESTDAYS/

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil, and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find “fossils” in the ground, make a soil superhero bookmark or create other cool soil crafts. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?d=2013-07-01

da Vinci Days”, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, Corvallis. Kinetic art, science, music, film, and frivolity! A highlight is the “Graand Kinetic Challenge” race. “This is no ordinary race. Graand Kinetic Challenge teams are out to prove that their sculpture is the best--best in art, best in engineering, best in speed, best in pageantry, and best all around! Their biggest test is the race itself and what a course it is! Racers must ride over 10 miles of city streets, over a man-made sand dune, across 3000 feet of sun-dried, clay pasture, through 200 feet of deep, thick, sticky mud, and down 2 miles of the Willamette River. All of this under pedal power with no help from their friends (or spectators)!” There will be a parade of participants at 12PM on Saturday, and the race itself will begin at 2PM. Check it out: http://www.davincidays.org/

Spruce Up Tualatin Library”, Saturday, July 20, 8AM-10AM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1215190677 “Would you like to try volunteering at the library, but are not sure if this is the place for you? Don't have much time? Try one of the Spruce Up the Tualatin Library events. This is a great place to bring children and give them a taste of volunteering. Wear comfortable clothing. Meet us in the Community Room.”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, July 20, 1PM, Forest Park, Aspen Trailhead via NW Aspen Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=187270 “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.”

Shakespeare Liberation Army’s Over the Cliff Notes Presents, “A Midsumer Night’s Dream”, Saturday, July 20, 2PM, Shakespeare Garden at Washington Park, 400 SW Kingston. Shakespeare Liberation Army’s Mission: To remove all obstacles in the way of understanding the world’s most famous playwright. If you don’t get Shakespeare, or are just bored of the bard, fear not! With humor, wit, and plastic sword in hand, the Shakespeare Liberation Army has arrived to fight for your right to soliloquize. Over the Cliff Notes is a performance-based educational project exploring and revealing the poet’s artistic significance and merits…sort of. Combining the text with serious and humorous running commentary, the plays are adapted and condensed into versions which capture the spirit while leaving the boring stuff behind."  http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/events/

Hug a Tree at Hoyt!”, Saturday, July 20, 2PM, Hoyt Arboretum, Pdx. Free. Registration required; preregister online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Treecology and Hoyt Arboretum are organizing an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one place at one time. The current record is 935 people in Minnesota, and we hope to smash that record! We will gather in the Arboretum near the intersection of Kingston and Knights Blvds. uphill from the Vietnam War Memorial. Check-in begins at 2pm, and the hug will take place around 3pm. Additional fun activities include tree-related information booths, a climbing wall, Timber Joey, Garry Oak and more!”

Northwest Shells and Cedar Summer Event: Tribal Canoe Trip on the Willamette River”, Saturday, July 20, 12PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park boat dock. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde; the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians; The Coquille Indian Tribe; the Confederated Tribes of Coos- Lower Umpqua- Siuslaw will be participating in their annual tribal canoe trip of the Willamette River. Canoes will arrive at Champoeg State Heritage Area on Saturday, July 20 at around 4:00 pm with public activities beginning at 12:00 pm. Activities will include: Cultural Kids Games and hands-on activities. Canoe landing and protocol. Drum Making, weaving, basketry, flint knapping and other demonstrations. Traditional music Fry bread and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Hunters of the Sky”, Saturday, July 20, 7PM, Champoeg State Park campground amphitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Hunters of the Sky : An introduction to basic raptor biology and a glimpse into the birds' lives with an overview of how they exist in the environment and why they are important. After introducing the basic structural characteristics that identify a raptor as a bird of prey, we discuss migration, adaptation, habitat use, anatomy and how these birds fit into the food chain in a prey/predator relationship.”  http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Canterbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday and Sunday, July 20, 21, 27 and 28, 6118 Mt. Angel Hwy., Silverton. Adults $14/day or $24 weekend, children ages 6-11 and seniors $11/day or $20 weekend. Kids 5 and under are free. $1 off admission coupon on their website: http://www.canterburyfaire.com/ Parking is free. Jousting, vendors, magic shows and performances. Lots of people in crazy Renaissance costumes. Fun!

Vintage Baseball Game”, Saturday, July 20, 10AM, Fort Vancouver Parade Grounds across from the Officers Row. Free. “Bring a picnic and watch staff and volunteers recreate an historical 'Base Ball' game, playing by the rules established in 1860. The 1st Oregon Volunteers will once again be playing the Vancouver Town Team on the Parade Grounds. This is a gloveless game with wooden bats and very different rules. Cheer for your favorite team, but beware... the umpire can fine the audience for ‘ungentlemanly’ or ‘unladylike’ behavior.” http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=475537

Sons of Good Fathers CD Release Concert”, Saturday, July 20, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Free. “American string band performing original tunes and selections from the Great American Song Book.”

Vancouver Community Concert Band”, Saturday, July 20, and Saturday, July 27, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Children’s Program Room, 3rd Floor. “Each Saturday small sections of the band will visit the library to play music and talk about their instruments.” http://www.vccb.us/

Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party”, Saturday, July 20, 1PM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Pioneer life in Oregon wasn’t all rough-and-tumble. Come join us to celebrate the pioneer women who made Oregon ‘civilized.’ Textiles, laces, live music, tasty treats and hands-on fun for everyone make this a day to remember.” http://philipfosterfarm.com/pffwp/mary-charlottes-garden-party/

Hood River County Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration”, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. “Our cherry celebration is an adventure with activities for the entire family. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other cherry treats. Many farms feature picnic areas. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for Cherry Days. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking, too.” Details here: http://www.hoodriverfruitloop.com/documents/CherryPoster2013.pdf

Lunar Viewing”, Saturday, July 20, 9:30PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 20, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:30 p.m. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes Saturn, the waxing gibbous moon, several clusters, and more! The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon's surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible. 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/lunar-viewing/072013

Composting Demonstration Open House”, Saturday, July 20, 10AM-2PM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA. Free. “Have questions about composting? Want to see how a “hot pile” is made? Want to learn how to get your compost cooking or to sift compost? Wonder how to tell when your compost is finished, or what type of bin is best? Then bring your questions to our composting demonstration site open house. Stop by and visit with us whenever you like, for however long you want between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20!”  http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/mcrworkshops/

Oaks, Floods and Fires of Canemah Bluff”, Saturday, July 20, 10AM-1PM, Canemah Bluff Natural Area, South End Rd., Oregon City. $6 per adult or $11 per household. Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=8121 “Canemah Bluff Natural Area is a patchwork of wild habitats adjoining a historic Oregon City neighborhood. Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley on a 1.5-mile walk to explore how floods, fires and world-class geologic events created the bluff’s woodlands, prairies and ephemeral wetlands. Learn about Metro’s restoration and enhancement efforts here.”

Family Nature Explorers: Bug Hunting!”, Saturday, July 20, 10AM-1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $11 per household. For ages 4 and older. Preregistration required; register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=8120 “Smith and Bybee wetlands are famous for bird-watching year-round. And in summer, arthropods (insects) can be as diverse as the birds, with dragonflies, spiders, centipedes, millipedes and freshwater crustaceans to discover. Join Metro naturalist James Davis for a morning of bug hunting. Nets and observation tools provided.”

Family Fun: Chalk it Up to Shakespeare”, Saturday, July 20, 1PM-3PM, 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. Inspired by favorite scenes and quotes from Shakespeare’s plays, all are invited to grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk and create a drawing.” At 3PM, the Portland Actor’s Ensemble will perform, “The Tale of Cymbeline”. http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, Shakespeare’s “The Tale of Cymbeline”, Saturday, July 20, 3PM, Maryhill Museum, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA near the sculpture garden; and Saturday July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 3PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE 35th Ave. and SE Oak St., near picnic area F in the center of the park. Free. “Preceding the Maryhill Museum performance, at 2:30PM join the director of Cymbeline, Douglas Lay for a talk about Shakespeare and why his work is still relevant today. As part of the program, Mr. Lay and company actors will engage the audience in mini-acting sequences.”  http://www.portlandactors.com/

The Marquam Mosaic: Family Mosaic Workshop”, Saturday, July 20, 11AM, Hillsdale Library. Suggested for kids ages 5-10. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/marquam-mosaic-family-mosaic-workshop/7857 “Bring a child to this workshop with artist Lynn Takata and build a lasting memory together by creating a mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park. You will collaborate making a leaf with many shades of tile. Your mosaic will be installed this summer. Help create Southwest Portland’s newest public art project. Be part of neighborhood history by creating mosaics for the Marquam Nature Park. Learn about some of our native forest plants and flowers. Your mosaic will be part of a beautiful tangible mosaic representing the natural environment. Come celebrate this fall at a public dedication at the park.” http://lynntakata.com/

Concert, “Bajo Salario Collective Band”, Saturday, July 20, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Bajo Salario Collective Band explores the revolutionary musical traditions of Mexico and Latin America, honoring and sharing the music of Mercedes Sosa, Amparo Ochoa, Silvio Rodriguez, and Inti-illimani among others. Join us for a musical tour of this groundbreaking music!”

What’s Growing on the Refuge”, Saturday, July 20, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; contact jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov ; 503-625-5944 x222 with your name, phone number, and the number of people in your group. “Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt, for a free plant walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments.” http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/specialevents.html

Author Talk, “Grant McOmie”, Sunday, July 21, 1PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. “Emmy Award-winning journalist and fifth-generation Oregon native Grant McOmie provides travelers with a guide to the best Oregon destinations featured in his popular television series Grant's Getaways. McOmie and photographer Jeff Kastner will explore family-friendly destinations and day trips throughout Oregon. Whether it's kayaking in Netarts Bay, riding a jet boat on the Rogue River, fishing for Deschutes River steelhead, exploring the Lava River Cave or digging for fossils in the John Day Basin, McOmie's book ‘Grant's Getaways: 101 Oregon Adventure’s has an outdoor adventure for everyone on land or water.” http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/

Annual Blessing of the Animals”, Sunday, July 21, 2PM, The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Pdx. “The Blessing of the Animals is held the third Sunday of July and offers individuals with pets an opportunity to reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. This annual event attracts a wide variety of animals and their human friends. Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained, to The Grotto for the Blessing of the Animals. All are welcome.” http://www.thegrotto.org/events/blessing-of-the-animals/

Full Moon Hike on the Kiwa Trail”, Monday, July 22, 8PM-9PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Preregistration required; email nicole_gautier@fws.gov or call 360-887-3883. “Come experience wildlife and the Refuge on this unique Full Moon hike! Kiwa Trail, River 'S' Unit, follow the Auto Route Tour past the observation blind.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!”, Tuesday, July 23, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); Wednesday, July 24, 3:30PM, Woodstock Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/bugs-bugs-bugs/10246); and Wednesday, July 31, 4:30PM, Kenton Library. “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 Insects’ and ‘Becoming Butterflies’ and then add antennae, stingers, wings and more to make a very special paper insect sculpture.”

Poetry Reading, “River Rock Writers”, Tuesday, July 23, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. “Please join us to hear five poets from a local writers' group: River Rock Writers. Reading tonight will be Deborah Akers, Melanie Green, Annie Lighthart, Paula Lowden, and Suzanne Sigafoos.” http://broadwaybooks.indiebound.com/event/river-rock-writers

Connect to the Columbia Canoe Paddle- Lake River, Ridgefield, Picnic”, Tuesday, July 23, 12PM to 2:15PM, Ridgefield Marina, 5 Mill St., Ridgefield, WA. Free. Adults and kids 5 and older. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.estuarypartnership.org/event/2013/connect-columbia-canoe-paddle-lake-river-ridgefield-picnic “Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly canoe paddle on Lake River through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Participants paddle two 34' canoes to Lake River's confluence with the Columbia River. Bring your lunch- we'll have a family lunch on the beach. Two Estuary Partnership staff will be on each canoe to steer, offer paddling advice, and share information about the river and surrounding ecosystem.”

Mad Science Presents, “What Do You Know About H2O?”, Thursday, July 25, 10AM and 2:30PM, Beaverton Library; and Thursday, July 25, 12:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “Mad Science shares the amazing attributes of water while focusing on conserving this resource!” Murray Scholls Library lists this as a “K-5 program only.”

Embedded Remnants: How Mobile Technologies Can Document, Preserve, and Share Archaeological Findings in the Places They Matter Most”, Thursday, July 25, 7PM, Tex Ranklin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. Presented by Brett Oppegaard. “Once the archaeological dig is done, and the holes are filled, how is that effort documented, remembered, and talked about? Mobile technologies offer new opportunities for broad accessibility to the significant sites of our archaeological work. In the places of highest public interest, mobile media can be embedded in the ether where the excavations happened, sharing significant findings, demonstrating professional techniques, and revealing the many amazing discoveries directly to a public open an eager to learn more about the particulars of a specific location.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=634821-307230

Concert, “Indalo Wind Musical Duo”, Tuesday, July 23, 7PM, Tigard Library. “This Tigard father-son musical duo specializes in eclectic instrumentals, serving up a fresh acoustic blend of folk, blues and jazz, seasoned with a variety of international flavors.” http://www.indalowind.com/

One Year, One Can of Garbage: Less is More”, Tuesday, July 23, 6PM, Woodstock Library; and Sunday, July 28, 3PM, Capitol Hill Library. “Master Recycler and Metro Recycling Information Specialist Betty Shelley has filled just one can of garbage each year since 2006. Her workshop focuses on recycling and waste reduction, engaging participants through discussion and assignments to explore their actions and behaviors, and to learn ways to make lasting changes. Learn her techniques and share your own.”

Finding David Douglas”, Wednesday, July 24, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Historian and film producer Lois Leonard will facilitate the screening of Finding David Douglas, an hour-long documentary film about the 19th century Scottish botanist/plant hunter, David Douglas (1799-1834). Douglas explored western North America in a time before white settlement altered the landscape. He discovered and introduced more than 200 new species to the gardens and forests of Europe. This film is produced by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in collaboration with the US Forest Service and the Forestry Commission Scotland. Widely reviewed to critical acclaim, Finding David Douglas is the first film to tell the story of Douglas.” http://www.findingdaviddouglas.org/

Found Underground”, Wednesday, July 24, 3PM- 5PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Archeologists have discovered ancient cultures from mummies and pyramids in Egypt to a clay army in China, as well as dinosaur bones all around the world. Dig into the world of archeologists with us!”

Special Honeybee Hike with The Bug Chicks”, Wednesday, July 24, 10AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $2. For ages 2-6. “Meet Bug Chicks Kristie and Jessica and learn how to introduce your youngsters to insects. No need to be afraid of crawling and flying insects, they’ll give you tips on how to interact with your child and make bugs a fun experience. First-come, first-served – limited to 30 maximum participants.” http://www.leachgarden.org/event/special-bug-chicks-honeybee-hike/

Dream It! Design It! Build It!”, Wednesday, July 24, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “In Paul Fleischman's book, Westlandia, Wesley builds his own civilization in his backyard. Bring your great ideas, wild imagination and clever engineering skills and create your own fantastical invention using everyday objects and a bit of duct tape.”

Bird Feeder Craftshop”, Thursday, July 25, 2PM, Sherwood Library, outside by the Children’s Dept. windows. “Ages 5 and up are welcome to join us to make bird feeders out of various materials.”

Buried Treasures”, Thursday, July 25, 1PM, Oregon City Library. Stories with Will Hornyak. http://willhornyak.net/

Zoo Animal Presenters”, Thursday, July 25, 10AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone. “Zoo Youth Volunteers will bring small animals for us to see and learn about.”

Rubber Band Cars”, Thursday, July 25, 10AM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. Preregistration required; email crm2371@bn.com or call 503.431.2088. Suggested for ages 7 and up. “Buckle your seatbelts! We're going on a learning journey with Thames and Kosmos, creators of fabulous science kits. Learn fun physics facts while building and playing with rubber-band driven race cars.” http://willhornyak.net/

Washington County Fair”, Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro. Free admission. Parking is $5. There is a MAX blue line stop here. Lots of cool stuff to see and do besides the usual fast food and rides. The hypnotist is my pick! See their website for details. http://www.bigfairfun.com/home.php#sthash.2zDEK8EA.dpbs

Concert, “Sonic Light Brigade”, Thursday, July 25, 7PM, Goldendale Community Library, in the amphitheater. “Neo-groovy folk-rock from the Columbia River Gorge. Join Lou Marzeles and friends for an evening a great music.” http://www.soniclightbrigade.com/

“Dig Into Adventure with Search and Rescue”, Friday, July 26, 3PM, Goldendale Community Library. “Imagine yourself as part of a rescue team. Hear about searches. Learn about the tools and what it takes to be a Search and Rescue volunteer.”

Barn Dance”, Friday, July 26, 6PM-9PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The 19th-century Donald Manson threshing barn is the perfect backdrop for these old-fashioned barn dances. Learn some dance steps from the old days. Accompany the band on a washboard or rattle.”

Plant Projects at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, 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.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?d=2013-07-01

A-WOL Aerial Performance”, Friday, July 26, 7PM-9PM, and Saturday, July 27, 11AM-1PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “A-WOL Dance Collective performers will showcase a sampling of their finest aerial dance. Come get a taste of “aerial without limits.” www.awoldance.org

Robots and Superhumans- Author Visit with Daniel H. Wilson”, Saturday, July 27, 2PM, Tigard Library. “The New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson will discuss the cutting edge and near-future technology featured in his novels and non-fiction books. A roboticist, Wilson has written ‘How to Survive a Robot Uprising’, ‘How to Build a Robot Army’, ‘Amped’ and ‘Robopocalyspe’, an upcoming feature film directed by Steven Spielberg. He earned a doctorate in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in robotics and artificial intelligence. Books will be available for sale and signing.” http://danielhwilson.com/

Under the Sea”, Saturday, July 27, 10:30AM, Albina Library. “At the bottom of the ocean is a magnificent world of sea creatures, seaweed and sunken treasure. Join artist Judith Hankin in examining some real life treasures of the sea as we create our own magical underwater world. Taking inspiration from Jinny Johnson's ‘Children's Guide to Sea Creatures’, we will draw the sea using special oil pastels then dip our brushes into water to create a rainbow of colors while adding a touch of the watery deep.”

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Saturday, July 27, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “Let our mad scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter, gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science float your boat!”

Poetry and Music Picnic”, Saturday, July 27, 6PM, Scott Park behind the Ledding Library of Milwaukie, 10660 SE 21st Ave. “For the last six years, the Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee has brought amazing poets to Milwaukie, sponsored open mic and youth poetry nights, and held an annual poetry picnic in partnership with the Ledding Library and the Friends of the Ledding Library. This year's annual poetry picnic will be bigger and better than ever with artMOB joining the fun! Bring your own food and cushy seating on Saturday July 27th, 5:00pm-7:00pm for music, poetry and entertainment in the Scott Park amphitheater.”

Blueberry Pancake Day”, Saturday, July 27, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free. “Today we sample some of the best blueberries of Clark County. The Mill has partnered with our local farms to offer you the healthiest whole wheat pancakes filled with fresh blueberries, topped with homemade blueberry syrup, and topped with more fresh blueberries. Did I mention that we really like blueberries? 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/

Lost Creek Hike”, Saturday, July 27, 9AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/lost-creek-hike/ Moderate hike, 6 miles round trip with a 200’ elevation gain, in Mt. Hood National Forest. “This relatively flat hike offers a variety of scenery and forest types as we trek through the Sandy River watershed. The trail traverses a mossy valley floor which looks like something out of a Tolkien novel before it transitions into old-growth forest. Unfortunately, this area is targeted for logging by the Forest Service - come and see the forests at stake and help us protect this area. We'll likely start our hike on Lolo Pass Road, which will provide us with a view of the upper Sandy River. From there we'll hike on trail #774 as it meanders along Lost Creek.”

Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival”, Saturday, July 27, 10AM-7PM, Esther Short Park, W. Columbia St. and 8th St., Vancouver. Free. All ages. “Over 10,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. New this year is the 'Ke Kukui Cultural Corner"' offering traditional Hawaiian games such as `ulu maika, moa pahe`e and konane, and fresh leimaking with makers in costume. Bring a low backed chair or blanket and enjoy the tropical festivities.” http://hawaiianfestivalpnw.com/

3rd Annual International Celebration”, Saturday, July 27, 11AM-5PM, Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex. 158th Ave. and Walker Rd., Beaverton. “The International Celebration is a free, fun, family-friendly event showcasing our many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more! In 2012 more than 7,500 people attended Party in the Park, many of whom came especially for the Beaverton International Celebration. The Celebration informs and entertains attendees and participants, fostering curiosity, learning and fun!” http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?NID=986

NW Book Festival”, Saturday, July 27, 11AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Morrison and 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. Authors will be speaking and signing books. See the schedule here: http://www.nwbookfestival.com/

Kids' Discovery Hike”, Saturday, July 27, 9:30-12PM, Forest Park, Upper Macleay trailhead. Free. Suggested for ages 4-10. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=204849 “Bring your kids to Forest Park this summer! Explore Forest Park on a free guided hike led by Outdoor School instructors and designed for youngsters and their families and friends! Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this Northwest forest while learning about native plants, wildlife, and the inspiring history of Portland’s Forest Park. Become a tree as it grows from seed to snag, count banana slugs along the trail and learn about the differences between our native plants and nasty invasives, without leaving the city. We’ll go on scavenger hunts, tap into our collective creativity, and use all five senses to investigate the amazing ecological diversity of Forest Park. “

Antique Powerland Annual Steam-Up”, Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, and August 3 and 4, 7AM-6PM, 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR. $10 adults, kids 12 and under free. “The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and it involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. A parade takes place each day at 1:30 PM and it includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates twice a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon develop and grow. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of times past. Machines on display include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. Scheduled activities: Train and trolley rides, BIG parade, steam sawmilling, traditional tractor pulling, machinery demos, threshing, flour milling, fire apparatus demos, museum tours, kids pedal tractor pulling and a Youth Passport program. Other Attractions: Blacksmithing, Brooks Depot, a country store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, swap meet and flea market sales, country music, and great food! Church services held Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. on July 28 and August 4.” http://www.antiquepowerland.com/html/steam-up.html Highly recommended! It does get mighty hot here, so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and cash for shaved ice!

Chalk It Up!”, Sunday, July 28, 10AM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. All ages. “Part of the city's annual ArtSplash event, join artist Daniel Wood in creating a chalk art masterpiece. All supplies are provided.”

The Big Float”, Sunday, July 28, floating down the Willamette River from Marquam Beach to the Tom McCall Bowl, on the west bank just south of the Hawthorne Bridge. How cool is that???!? Advance registration just $5. Limited to the first 2000 participants. Registration and all details here: http://thebigfloat.com/ “The Big Float is open to all ages. All floaters must wear a life jacket. It's a safe voyage, not a race. Join the flotilla and attend the grandest pool party Portland has ever seen!” All participants must have a life jacket and a floatation device (inner tube, water wings, air mattress, etc.) “Safety is a critical component of THE BIG FLOAT. The event will be supervised by the Coast Guard, Portland Fire Department and the Multnomah County River Patrol. Safety kayakers will line the route to provide additional visual surveillance. Floaters will be debriefed before launching by volunteers and Coast Guard staff.”

Fairy Day”, Sunday, July 28, 1PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $10 per child. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. “Join us for our favorite day--Fairy Day! We'll be reading fairy stories, building fairy houses out of found materials and do-dads collected at home, and even making our own flowery fairy crowns to take home!” http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com/

The Music of Friends”, Sunday, July 28, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “Join the musicians from Portland Chamber Music in an intimate concert reflecting the classical offerings of the early 20th century.”

Dirt Time”, Sunday, July 28, 9AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Meeting at the Flood Plain parking area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. The last Sunday of each month, the Portland Tracking Club meets to see what amazing animal signs they can find. Beginners are welcome. You can confirm tracking events on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

Our Bond With Bees”, Sunday, July 28, 2PM, Troutdale 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 til the end for a delicious treat.” http://www.livehoneybees.com/home-2/

Mad Science Presents, “Spin! Pop! Boom!”, Tuesday, July 30, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Wednesday, July 31, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library. “How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging “magic” trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing!”

“Connect to the Columbia Canoe Paddle- Willamette River Evening”, Tuesday, July 30, 6PM-8PM,, meeting at Willamette Park, SW Macadam Ave. and SW Nebraska St., Pdx. Free. Adults and children 5 and older. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.estuarypartnership.org/event/2013/connect-columbia-canoe-paddle-willamette-river-1 “Join the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership to explore the Willamette River near Ross Island while paddling in our canoe. Participants enjoy the wildlife and experience the city from a unique on-water perspective. The Estuary Partnership staff lead the outings on the stable 34’ voyageur style canoes.”

“Abraham Lincoln and the Oregon Country”, Tuesday, July 30, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. “Oregonians of the Civil War Era, by and large, strongly aligned themselves with Abraham Lincoln on various political issues – Indian relations, military policies, civil and legal rights, and North-South ideological conflicts. Professor Richard Etulain, in his latest book, refutes the argument that Pacific Northwest residents were mere 'spectators of disunion,' revealing instead that men and women of the Oregon Country were personally and emotionally involved in the controversial ideas and events that inflamed the United States during the fractious era.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/115778-Abraham-Lincoln-and-the-Oregon-Country

Family Campfire Adventure”, Tuesday, July 30, 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. $6 per person. Suggested for ages 5-12. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/ I never knew they were nocturnal! When we think of nocturnal creatures, bats and owls often come to mind. Did you know beavers, worms, and flying squirrels are nocturnal too? We’ll learn all about the forgotten nocturnal creatures as we look for tracks and scat on our hike. Back at our campfire we’ll share stories, play games, and create a Dutch oven dessert.”

Motion Magic- Cirque du Libre”, Tuesday, July 30, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Yoga, gymnastics, and creative movement will be used to create this unique circus storytelling experience.” http://www.motionmagic.net/index.html

Hands on Kalapuya Artifacts”, Wednesday, July 31, 3PM, Cornelius Library. Presented by the Washington County Museum. “Did you know they were the first people of Washington County? Explore the lives of the indigenous people of the Tualatin Valley, the Atfalati branch of the Kalapuya tribe. Kids will learn how the Atfalati dressed, what they ate and where they lived. In addition, kids get to handle furs, stone tools, and baskets!”

On The Trail of the Ice Age Floods”, Wednesday, July 31, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Geologist Bruce Bjornstad has written two comprehensive guide books about the incredible landforms scoured out by the Ice Age floods. They explore the origins and mysteries of the Ice Age floods and describe the geologic features left behind. Discover the most exciting features, trails and tours in the area affected by the awesome power of these ancient floods. Bjornstad's book will be available for purchase at the event.”

Concert, “Brian Waite Band”, Wednesday, July 31, 2PM, Gresham Library. “You never know what you might find once you start digging! That’s what the Brian Waite Band learns in their latest rock ‘n roll adventure set underground. Come sing, dance and laugh with Brian and Todd as they dig up a strange world of magical forests, lost oceans and extinct creatures while on their way to a big gig at the Earth’s Core.” http://www.brianwaite.com/home.cfm

“Yo-Yo University”, Wednesday, July 31, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Super yo-yo tricks from the yo-yoing masters.” http://www.prophezy.com/yoyouniversity

Bend Magic”, Wednesday, July 31, 2PM, Washougal Community Library. “Where did that card go? Bill Mitchell brings some Bend Magic.” http://www.bendmagic.com/

Educator Workshop: WILD Oregon Rain Forests”, Wednesday, July 31, 9AM-5PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. For educators grades 3-6. Free. Preregistration required. Details and registration online: http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/events_05.html The Tillamook State Forest, our backyard coastal rain forest, is home to extensive habitats, ecosystems and wildlife that all depend on one another to survive. Explore the interconnected nature of the Tillamook trees and forest wildlife. This workshop is free for educators grades 3 – 6 and informal educators. All curricula are correlated to Oregon’s benchmarks and standards. Participants will receive: Copies of Project Learning Tree and Project WILD curriculum, priority registration for future Tillamook Forest Center field trips, substitute reimbursement if needed”