Saturday, August 31, 2013

September is Splendid!

This is my list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of September 2013.  I compile this list every month for the grades 1-5 homeschool group we belong to, but most events are fun for everyone.  I look for events with some cultural or educational value.  This month, I really, really wanted to proofread it...but...I was just too busy trying to get my child to eat his vegetables!  So please make sure before you attend anything that you doublecheck for typos, mistakes and cancellations.




September is when salmon begin returning in large numbers to rivers and streams, fall migration brings many wonderful birdwatching opportunities, and being outside to enjoy the sunshine is what it’s all about! September is a great month for birdwatching at the National Wildlife Refuges in our area, because on October 1 you can expect trail closures to go into effect to protect wintering waterfowl. Pick your own farms are offering plums, pears, peaches, and apples, and corn mazes and pumpkin patches will be opening up for fun on the farm! Look for a farm near you at http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm Keep an eye out for glorious fall color! This blog will highlight some good spots for leaf peeping: http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/

Moveable Murals”, Saturday, August 31, 10:30AM, Albina 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/

Kumoricon 2013”, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, Hilton Vancouver and Red Lion Hotel, Vancouver, WA. $40 per person with advance registration. Not cheap but pretty neat! “Kumori is the Japanese word for 'cloudy', and when you think of conventions in the Northwest, there really isn't a better way to describe them! For 10 years now, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing convention, now held on Labor Day weekend, rain or shine. At Kumoricon we celebrate all things anime and manga.” https://www.kumoricon.org/

Annual Open Cockpit Day”, Saturday, August 31, 9AM-5PM, Pearson Field, 101 NE Reserve St., Vancouver. “Free airplane rides are offered to youth ages 8 through 17 with written permission from parents/guardians! Rides will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration recommended.” http://fortvan.org/images/Pearson/opencockpit2013_small.pdf

Farmstead Day”, Saturday, August 31, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn how to hand-churn butter, thresh and winnow wheat and see fur trappers and pioneers demonstrating their skills at this annual celebration of Oregon’s rugged pioneer roots. The day offers music, living history demonstrations and a chance to take home some of the fresh produce from the 1860s kitchen garden.” http://www.champoeg.org/

Cornbread and Bluegrass Day”, Saturday, August 31, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free. “Cornbread has a long and colorful history in America. Cornbread, hoe-cakes, johnnycakes. hush puppies, anadama bread are just some of the names that are variations on the humble cornbread. Our cornbread will come to you dressed up with onions, bacon, chilies, herbs, cheese, apples, raspberries, and what ever our creative cooks dream up. Have it sweet with honey or savory with butter, but either way, cornbread and its whole grain goodness is the star today. Try a few samples and take home the recipes that you like best. While you're munching on your down home country snacks, listen to the musicians jamming on their fiddles and guitars, mandolins and banjos. I wonder how I came to be so lucky to be able to live here.” http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/

Willamette Valley Gem and Mineral Show”, Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 9AM-6PM, and Monday, September 2, 10AM-4PM, Clackamas County Event Center, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby, OR. “Agates, jaspers, petrified wood and unpolished slabs. Finished and unfinished specimens and cabs. 14k Gold and gold filled Jewelry, Sterling Silver earrings - necklaces - bracelets - rings. Beads, Gemstones. Rocks Rough and Polished, Lapidary Tools. Original - One of a Kind - Locally Made Jewelry, Pendants, Druzy, Dichroic Glass Pendants.” http://www.ogmshows.com/

Annual Dahlia Festival”, August 31, and September 1 and 2, indoor display hours 10AM-6PM, field hours 8AM-6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby. Free admission and parking. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Food booths and refreshments will be located at the farm during this event.” http://www.dahlias.com/annualdahliafestival.aspx

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1, 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/

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, Shakespeare’s “The Tale of Cymbeline”, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, 3PM, SE Woodstock and SE Reed College Pl. in front of Eliot Hall. Free. http://www.portlandactors.com/

22nd Annual Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, beginning at 9AM, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Admission is $20 per car ($5 State Park Day Use Fee and $15 for the event). “The Northwest's largest, full-scale Civil War reenactment includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery along with period civilian and sutler camps. Over 700 men, women, and children create the feeling of being in the 1860's. Multiple battles fought throughout the weekend, food vendors, viewing stands, and period vendors selling everything from costumes to dry goods. A great historic event for the whole family to enjoy. Please leave your pets at home for this one, there are lots of very loud booms during the battles. Contact the park for more details.” http://nwcwc.org/stevens.html

Swift Watch”, Every evening in September, lawn of Chapman Elementary School, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Every year in late August, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela. Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One population has been returning to Chapman since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux's Swifts. We expect Vaux’s Swifts to use the Chapman chimney as an evening roost during their fall migration, so grab a seat on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to observe the birds gathering overhead. On most evenings, Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux's Swifts.” Lots of info on the Audubon Society’s website about this event and new parking info for 2013: http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/swiftwatch/swifts_landing Don’t miss this! It’s amazing.


Let’s Go Paddling!”, Sunday, September 1, 6PM, Rooster Rock State Park, Mirror Lake, Exit 25 south side of I-84; and Tuesday, September 3, 9AM, Milo McIver State Park, Rivermill Reservoir Boat Launch. $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

Flippin’ for Frogs”, Sunday, September 1, 10AM, Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park Nature Center, 84505 Highway 101 South, Florence, OR. “Did you know frogs hibernate and may even freeze in the winter to survive the harsh weather? Jump into the world of frogs to learn what they eat, where they live, and other awesome frog facts.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Let’s Go Birding!”, Sunday, September 1, 8AM-10AM, Willamette Mission State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Ever wanted to learn more about the birds you see in your backyard? At Let’s Go Birding!, we’ll give you the knowledge needed to get out on your own. We provide 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

Portland Roots Festival”, Sunday, September 1, 12PM-8PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Come explore the ancient and sustainable food practices of the African people right from Portland’s Living Room. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these rich cultures have taken through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations in Portland, Oregon.” http://www.pcrihome.org/news/portland-roots-festival

Oregon State Fair”, now through Monday, September 2, Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. Advance tickets are $7 adults, $3 kids 6-12 and seniors, and free for kids 5 and under. Highlights include watching baby chicks hatch, exotic animals and raptor exhibits, and a petting zoo. http://oregonstatefair.org/

Conifers 101- Guided Tour”, Monday, September 2, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Do you know your native conifers? Learn your conifer basics (or Conifers 101) at Hoyt! This tour will focus on the main conifer families and genera and how to distinguish them.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

A History of Non-Flowering Plants- Guided Tour”, Monday, September 2, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “In Plant Systematic courses, non-flowering plants - like conifers and palms - and primitive plants - like mosses, horsetails and liverworts - are often glossed over. However, these primeval plants are integral members of the temperate rainforest bioregion of the Willamette Valley, where the City of Portland and the Hoyt Arboretum are located. Come take a guided saunter around Hoyt to learn, see and experience for yourself the fascinating natural history, evolutionary systematics and ecological place of non-flowering plants both native to Oregon and from around the world. The tour will end at the arboretum's beautiful, peaceful Redwood Deck for those interested in quiet solitude and cultivating a sense of place.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro”, Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day, 10AM-7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $20 adults, $10 kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. “This summer, the Washington County Fair Complex in the city of Hillsboro will host a re-creation of a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment, The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro! Bringing together some of the most talented artists and non-stop amazing stage entertainment, this is an event not to be missed. A renaissance of the Renaissance! Improv theatre surrounds as the village streets bustle with characters to greet you. Immerse yourself in this joyful celebration of life, love, laughter and drama. Marvel at the pageantry of a day in the life of the Queen, her royal court and village merchants. History comes alive along with your imagination! Thrill to see knights in shining armor in a live Jousting Tournament. Throughout the village, beautiful maidens, wandering minstrels, joking jesters and jugglers abound. Magicians, acrobats, comedians, swordfighters, pirates and fairies entertain and delight, all the while you feast on renaissance inspired food and drink by some of the best food purveyors in the land. Savory turkey legs, steak on a stake, bangers and mash, chocolate covered cheesecake, cappuccinos and much more! Enjoy a unique shopping experience where you will find hand made jewelry, pottery, woodworking, leatherwork, fine metal craftsmanship, renaissance clothing and much more. See one of a kind creations made right before your eyes during skilled artisan demonstrations. Entertaining games, and unique hand-powered rides are sure to keep you wondering how time flies so fast in the past. Join us and celebrate with continuous laughter, the many surprises that await you in the joy of the Renaissance!” http://oregonrenfest.com/

Marquam Mosaic Art in the Park”, now through September 10 with a dedication on September 28, various dates and times at the Marquam Nature Park Shelter, SW Marquam St. and SW Sam Jackson Pkwy., Pdx. Because of glass being cut, kids must be ages 5 and up. No registration required. “Help create the new 100’ mosaic at the Marquam Mature Park shelter. Lead by Artist Lynn Takata, open workshops are being held at the shelter during the month of September. With a forest habitat theme, activities include creating ceramics, arranging mosaics and installing pieces on the amphitheater wall.” http://www.fmnp.org/MmosaicWorkshops.php Highly recommended! Your help is needed, and you’ll be able to see your lovely creation for many years to come!

Legends of Mexico”, Tuesday, September 3, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Leyendas de México- Legends of Mexico is an original Bilingual performance with Masks, Movement and Dance, Songs and Music. During the program, participants will learn about Geography, History, Traditional ancestral music and the different languages still spoken in Mexico. Participants will also be able to listen to live music with Pre-Colombian instruments such as Clay Flutes (single, double and triple chamber), Chaj-chas, Teponaztle and Huehuetl and get close to these instruments and ask questions after the performance.” http://grupo-condor.com/id69.html

Concert, “2JazzGuitars”, Tuesday, September 3, 7PM, Forest Grove Library; and Thursday, September 12, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. A Portland jazz guitar duo. “Founder Barry Glick has called Portland home since 2002 after relocating from New York City where he lived for over 20 years. There he worked as a guitarist, bandleader, and composer and played with some of New York’s great jazz talents.” http://2jazzguitars.com/

Concert, “Vancouver Brass Ensemble”, Tuesday, September 3, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson WA. “Come enjoy a performance by the Vancouver Brass Ensemble. Based in Vancouver, WA, U.S.A., the Vancouver Brass Ensemble is a compact, fun group which entertains with a wide variety of music, from Baroque to Classical, traditional, marches, pop, jazz, ragtime, and Dixieland, sometimes all at once! The ensemble is made up of retired musicians and hobbyists who love to play and practice together for the pure pleasure of it.”

Planning and Planting for Year-Round Harvests”, Tuesday, September 3, 9:30AM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. “As part of their 2013 series of free classes in the Demonstration Gardens at the Fair Complex, the OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners will be offering a class today entitled ‘Planning and Planting for Year-Round Harvests’. If you are interested in harvesting fresh vegetables every month of the year, this class is for you! Learn great planting techniques for growing food year round! Master Gardener Tim Lanfri will discuss making a planting plan, timing your plantings, succession planting, fall and winter growing techniques, and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse. The class starts at 9:30 AM and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The Demonstration Gardens are located on the west side of the Fair Complex. Enter off of 28th Street at the Cloverleaf Parking lot.” http://www.metromastergardeners.org/washington/washevents.php?eventloc=DG

Concert, “Nan Collie and Kathleen Fallon”, Tuesday, September 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Portland area singer-songwriters, Collie and Fallon, will perform original songs based on their life experiences of relationships, hopes, change, life's small absurdities, and more.”

Heirloom Seed Saving Workshop: Own Your Own Vegetables”, Wednesday, September 4, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Local farmer, Howard "Shippy" Peter will provide instruction for growing, collecting, and storing healthy tomato, cabbage, lettuce, squash, and onion seeds. This workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of how to grow and own your own food.”

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, September 4, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Straw Boat Challenge!”

Tween Book Club”, Wednesday, September 4, 4PM, Beaverton Library. For grades 5-8. “Come by the Teen Desk to check out your copy of the latest pick. Then join us for pizza and chat on the first Wednesdays of each month. September pick = The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.”

Author Talk, “Bob Robinson”, Thursday, September 5, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Bob Robinson reads from “Oregon Sports Stories: History, Highlights, and Reflections”. “Oregon has its share of playmakers, dramatic finishes and legendary coaches. With humor and insight, Oregon native and longtime sportswriter Bob Robinson relates highlights from six decades of coverage throughout the state. Blazermania overruns the Rose City as the Trail Blazers take down the favored Philadelphia 76ers in 1977. Oregon States Orange Express, coached by Ralph Miller, captivates the state in 1981 before a shocking stumble in the NCAA playoffs. University of Oregon’s Bill Dellinger kickstarts the schools distance-running tradition with a stunning win in 1954. In the 1970s, Mouse Davis performs coaching magic at Portland State with his Run and Shoot football offense. In these twenty essays, Robinson offers a unique, behind-the-scenes account of some of Oregon’s greatest sports moments and game-changing personalities.” http://historypresswest.org/2013/06/16/oregon-sports-stories-special-preview/

How We Got the Big Dams and the Grid”, Thursday, September 5, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families. “Dr. Daniel M. Ogden Jr. will discuss the development of public power policy over the past century.” http://www.cchmuseum.org/events/first-thursday/

Monitoring the Health of Portland’s Watersheds”, Friday, September 6, 12:15PM, Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave., Room 370 A/B, Pdx. “Presented by Chris Prescott, a watershed ecologist with the City of Portland’s Science, Fish and Wildlife Program. He is involved in study design, data collection, data management, data analysis and reporting for Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Portland Harbor Superfund, and watershed restoration efforts, as well as providing technical support for policy development.” http://www.uercportland.org/?q=future_brown_bags

Lakewood Theatre Company Presents “Spamalot”, Friday, September 6 through October 13, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Adults $36, seniors $34, students 25 and younger $20. Not cheap but so awesome! “Based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. 

A chorus line of dancing knights, beautiful show girls, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight will kick off Lakewood Theatre Company’s 61st season. This Tony Award-winning musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail raises silliness to an art form.” https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/lakewood-play-Spamalot

Sandy Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 6, Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, 18090 SE Langensand Rd., Sandy. A 10,000+ square foot indoor/outdoor Biergarten featuring an array of top American and German bands, dancers and entertainers and a sauerkraut and sausage booth, beer and wine. A Kindergarten for children of all ages, featuring all types of games and entertainment. A Cruisin' Car Show held on Saturday featuring all types of vehicles including: antiques, collectors, special interest vehicles, hot-rods and German models. Food booths sponsored by both non-profit and commercial organizations in Sandy as well as the Portland Metro Area, featuring German, American, Asian, Mexican, and even Middle Eastern cuisine. Over 50 craft booths featuring artisans from the Northwest area. The Future Farmers of America is sponsoring the fifth annual Oktoberfest Fair. Enter to win in 25 categories, from biggest tomato to the best pie. Entries will be displayed and winners announced throughout the weekend.” http://www.sandyoktoberfest.net/index.htm

Not Back To School Day and Homeschooling Resource Fair”, Friday, September 6, 11AM-4PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Pdx. $11 discounted ride bracelet for homeschoolers. They have never asked me for proof of homeschooling. “Not Back to School Day is one of the biggest homeschool events of the year, typically attracting over 1000 visitors from approximately 400 homeschooling families, about 75% of whom are from the Portland metro area. This is right at the beginning of the academic year when many parents are just beginning to organize their curriculum and projects for the year.” http://www.ohen.org/fair

Fermentation Workshop-Getting Started With Sauerkraut”, Saturday, September 7, 1:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “Ever wondered about fermentation and pickling? Please join us for this free workshop which will introduce you to the basics of fermentation. Peg Butler, landscape architect and owner of Whole Studio, will teach this simple, delicious, and nutritious way to prepare and preserve vegetables. She will give a demonstration of how to make sauerkraut with advice about ingredients and containers. She will also provide a sampling of various fermented foods.”

Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair”, Saturday, September 7, 9AM-4PM, Esther Short Park, 8th and Columbia St., Vancouver. Free. “The 10th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. Admission is free! Bring the family! During the day, there will be many activities going on at the same time. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, poetry, skits, and games. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children’s activities will be happening all throughout the day.” http://www.vancouverpeaceandjusticefair.org/

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in September, 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

Estacada Library Centennial Celebration”, Saturday, September 7, 11AM-4PM, Estacada Library. “Join us as we celebrate 100 years of library service in Estacada! The library opens at 11 a.m. with music from Upriver Dulcimers. A program follows at 12 noon with special guest speakers including Oregon State Librarian Mary Kay Dahlgreen, Historian Kathryn Hurd and Author Stevan Allred. Birthday cake, coffee and lemonade will be served beginning at 1 p.m. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Library Open House will continue with a Trivia Hunt in the library and an exhibit of library history in the Flora Room.”

9-1-1- Emergency Serviced Open House”, Saturday, September 7, 11AM-2PM, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, 710 W. 13th St., Vancouver. Free admission. Free parking at Clark County parking garage, Franklin St. between Mill Plain and @. 13th St. “9-1-1 Dispatch Center tours, fire trucks, police cars and ambulances, K9 police dog demonstrations, Emergency Operations Center tours, free refreshments, Homeland Security equipment, emergency preparedness information, hands-only CPR demonstration and training, coloring station and creative button making for kids, face painting, complete preparedness passport game for special prize (for first 200 participants). http://www.cresa911.org/docs/openhouse.pdf

Vulture Awareness Day”, Saturday, September 7, 11AM-3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Around the world, vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As nature's recyclers, they play an important role in a variety of ecosystems, and it’s up to us to help save them. Portland Audubon's free celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day is filled with fun and educational activities. Meet Ruby, Portland Audubon's Turkey Vulture. Compare your ‘wingspan’ to that of an Andean Condor’s silhouette. Make a crafted vulture and mask. Learn fun vulture facts. Figure out the differences between Old and New World vultures. Discover why vultures are important. Make a pledge to help protect vultures. Go on a scavenger hunt.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/vultureday

Sarracenia Northwest Carnivorous Plant Nursery Open House”, Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 10AM-4PM, Eagle Creek, OR. Cost is $10 per car and entitles you to a $10 carnivorous plant. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/Open-House-s/1830.htm “As the weather cools down after the summer heat, many plants perk up. This is a great time to check out some late season Sarracenia. If you are in the Portland area, come to our open house. The nursery is normally closed to the public, so this is a rare opportunity to visit the nursery and see our operations up close. We're located in Eagle Creek, about 35 miles from Downtown Portland." Highly recommended!

Seed Stories Hike”, Saturday, September 7, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Top of Firelane 3, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/seedstories “As summer comes to a close, the plants of Forest Park are about to open a new chapter. From their beautiful beginnings as flowers, seeds form the essentials for a new life in an old forest.”

Central is 100! Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, September 7, 3PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Join us in celebrating Central Library's 100th birthday. There will be some songs, skits and speeches followed by cake and lemonade.”

Luscher Farm Open House”, Saturday, September 7, 11AM-4PM, Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd, West Linn. “Please join the Farm Partners for a fun-filled day of activities at Luscher Farm! We're celebrating the end of summer and all things organically grown in Oregon with an open house event including hands on fun, demonstrations for all ages, tastings, tours, plant sales and more! At 3:00pm please join Mayor Kent Studebaker for a special ribbon cutting event of the Rosemont Trail at the new trail start of the pathway on the circle next to the Firlane Property. We will begin the walk toward the official ribbon cutting event at 2:45pm from the historic core area of Luscher Farm. Bring the family to enjoy all the farm has to offer, The kids will love the petting the farm animals brought to you by Cisco and the Kids! Everyone is interested in learning about the area owls and how to support the environment with owl boxes brought to the farm by Owl Brand Discovery Kits. Have some popcorn and relax under the big backyard Beech tree while you listen to the chickens and watch the hummingbirds. Karen Davis, Luscher Farm Coordinator, will be on site to answer questions about the Community Garden programs and host the annual tomato tasting event. Brice and Amber, the Luscher Farm caretakers, are planning to give tours and tastings from the Luscher Farm demonstration garden. They will give advice and show you how to plant a successful winter garden or put the garden to bed for winter. Dawn Grunwald, Children’s Garden Coordinator and Chef Laura Content will be in the Children’s Garden and outdoor classroom leading activities and providing healthy snacks for sampling along with ideas for back to school lunches and meals for the whole family. Tours and demos in the Demonstration garden.” Lots more details here: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/luscher/luscher-farm-open-house-1

Gifts from our Ancestors Family Fun Day”, Saturday, September 7, 1PM-5PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. Adults $9, seniors $8, youth 18 and under admitted free with a paid adult. “1PM-2PM: Traditional artist Foster Kalama (Wasco/Nisqually/Pit River/Klikitat/Nez Perce/Hawaiian) brings his ‘talking flutes’ and stories of the flute and its significance to his culture on the Columbia River Plateau. 2PM-4PM: Drum-making demonstration and hands-on art program led by musician Foster Kalama, great-great grandson of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.” http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/visit/calendar

Eric Herman”, Saturday, September 7, 6:30PM, Hegewald Auditorium, Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson, WA. “Children's music star Eric Herman performs an incredibly fun and interactive show for kids and families. Eric is best known for his music videos, including ‘The Elephant Song’ and ‘Dance Like an Animal,’ which have become hugely popular online with nearly 25 million views on YouTube. Eric's shows are bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageous fun. Admission is FREE and especially recommended for ages 3-10 and families.” http://www.erichermanmusic.com/

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in September, 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.” September 7- Busy Beavers; September 14- Conifers of Tryon Creek; September 21- Incredible Epiphytes; September 28- Fabulous Forest Ferns. http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Decorative Decoupage Boxes”, Saturday, September 7, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family! If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift giving.”

African Storytelling with Habiba”, Saturday, September 7, 11AM, Capital Hill Library (free tickets given out at 10:30); and Saturday, September 21, 11AM, Hollywood Library (free tickets given out at 10:30). “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.” Please note: If you are staying for Igbo Masquerade which will follow Habiba, Capital Hill Library tells me you should explain you’d like to see both performances when you get your tickets for Habiba and they will sign you up. http://www.habibasvillage.com/

Igbo Masquerade”, Saturday, September 7, 11:45AM, Capital Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 11:15. “Nzuko Ndi Igbo is the premier cultural organization of the Igbo people of Nigeria living in Oregon and SW Washington. This masquerade showcases their drumming, flute playing and dancing abilities and features the famous Nyikiriputu and Apunanwu Spirits, representing the Father and Mother of the Igbos.”

Sing a Song of Portland! Tour”, Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 5PM-7:30PM, meeting at Skidmore Fountain, SW Ankeny St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves., Pdx. $12 for advance tickets: http://knowyourcity.org/events/. Every ticket entitles you to a free copy of  the book, “Northwest Passage: 50 Years of Independent Music from the Rose City”. “Portland is a city known for great music from The Kingsmen to Y La Bamba with some pretty great bands in between (The Dandy Warhols, Dead Moon, Richmond Fontaine, The Decemberists to name a few) and we want to sing about it, literally out loud on the street!! So come join us for a walking tour with a twist as we learn about the musical history of the Rose City, the issues effecting it today and then join together to sing some of the songs that have helped shape Portland’s music scene. The tour will be based around Portland’s central vein of Burnside looking at venues past and present, hearing the stories of where Courtney met Kurt, how an internet forum gave birth to Portland’s largest free music festival, where a Motown drumming legend performs in Portland every week and how music in Portland has fought issues of social justice. This tour also explores the independent businesses that have been keeping Portland music locally made and sold from the labels to the record stores to everywhere in between.”

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World-Film and Discussion”, Sunday, September 8, 1PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “The library will offer a special screening of the film Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World by Robert Gardner and narrated by Susan Sarandon. Following the film, Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities of Reed College, will facilitate a discussion of the film’s themes.”

Catio Tour”, Sunday, September 8, 12PM-4PM, Portland metro area. Suggested donation $5 per participant. Preregistration required; register online: http://feralcats.com/Catio/catio_registration_submitform.html Registered participants will receive an online guide to each location which can be printed out, or for a $15 or more donation per registrant it can be mailed to you. “Join us for Portland's first ever Catio Tour - a showcase of local cat patios! See a variety of cat patios (or outdoor enclosures), both fabulous and frugal! The goal of this unique event is to educate cat-lovers about how outdoor enclosures offer cats healthy exercise time while keeping them safe from outdoor hazards and protecting wildlife from cat predation. We hope to inspire others to build one for their own cats! Portland Audubon is hosting the tour in partnership with the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. The Catio Tour will include twelve different catios in the Portland-metro area. A guidebook, including catio photos and construction information, as well as directions, will be available to all registered participants prior to the event so you can plan your outing.”

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, September 8, 5:15PM-7:15PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid. Bhangra dance lesson at 5:45PM. “DJ Anjali welcomes people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.” http://www.anjaliandthekid.com/events/all-ages-bhangra-social-2013-09-01/

Archaeology Day”, Sunday, September 8, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield, WA. $3 day use fee per vehicle. “Children's activities, Plankhouse tours, and displays highlighting other First Foods of the Columbia River will be available. 2pm: Historian Melissa Darby presents a talk on Wapato, and its use by Native People of the Columbia River and beyond. Historian and archeologist Melissa Darby will present "Wapato for the People" on September 8 at 2pm in the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Darby will explore the use of wapato, Sagittaria latifolia , throughout the world using archeological evidence. The root of this important plant was a staple food of Native Americans who lived on the Lower Columbia and Fraser Rivers and it was a heavily traded commodity out to the coast and east to the mountains. This root has also been found in archeological sites in the Great Basin and in sites in Europe and it is now cultivated in Asia. In addition to this presentation children's activities, and displays highlighting other First Foods of the Columbia River will be included from 12-4pm.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, September 8, 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.”

36th Annual Middle-Eastern Festival”, Sunday, September 8, 12PM-7PM, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 2101 NE 162nd Ave. at St. George St., 2 blocks north of NE Halsey St., Pdx. “Since the time of Christ there have been Christians in the Middle East. Come experience some of our traditions and delicious food. Gyros and Falafel sandwiches, chicken kebobs, meat and spinach pies, Arabic pastries, sweets and coffee, Italian sodas, Middle East crafts, religious jewelry and Orthodox Christian materials, children’s games and activities. Cappella Romana will perform two free mini-concerts at 2PM and 4:30PM. Evening prayer (Vespers) at 6PM.” http://www.stgeorgeportland.org/2013middleeastfestival.pdf

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo”, Sunday, September 8, 1:45 ending with a concert at 3PM, Esther Sort Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. “Music will fill the air in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park on Sunday, September 8, and some of that music will be in the hands of children having hands-on fun with instruments. Starting at 1:45, children will have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage in a musical petting zoo. The concert, featuring Awadagin Pratt conducting The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and guest artist baritone Stephen Salters, begins at 3 pm and is free and open to the public. Oregon Public Broadcasting’s April Baer will be master of ceremonies. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is happy to return a beloved Vancouver tradition to Esther Short Park after a five-year absence. The program will feature the overture from La forza del destino by Verdi, Old American Songs by Copland, Slavonic Dances by Dvořák, some stirring gospel spirituals and ends with Beethoven's majestic Symphony No. 5.” http://www.vancouversymphony.org/

Second Annual Abbots Bromlaid Dance”, Sunday, September 8, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park next to the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. Free. “One part of many winter Revels performances that captures the mystery of mid-winter celebration is the Abbots Bromley horn dance, an age-old procession of 10 figures, still done early each September in Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire, England. In that long-standing local ritual, six men carry sets of caribou horns, followed by a hobby horse, a man dressed as a woman, a boy with a bow and arrow, and a fool who periodically dings a small triangle. The dance is serpentine and includes a figure in which lines of five dancers each approach and retire and cross and repeat, with some clashing of the horns. Join Portland Revels at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in recreating the Abbots Bromliad Portland style. We'll supply the horns, you bring a potluck dish to share and some enthusiasm for Keeping Portland Weird.” Additionally, you can attend the WFC’s “Lumberjack Breakfast” 9AM-1PM for $10 per person where they will dance before heading over to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Preregistration required for the breakfast. All the details here: http://www.portlandrevels.org/revels.php?page=calendar

Curious Garden”, Sunday, September 8, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Come to the Curious Garden to see our your old friends Razzie the Fairy, Ribbit the Frog, Flappy the Chicken, Meowzers the Cat, Renard the Raccoon, and Dottie the Ladybug! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8 and occurs every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden.” http://www.curiouscomedy.org/events/curious-garden/

Exhibit, “A is for Arab: Stereotypes in US Popular Culture”, Monday, September 9, through Sunday, September 15, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Featuring images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, ‘A is for Ara’b reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. Providing historical context about these images -- which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons -- this traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.
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Cardmaking Class”, Monday, September 9, 10:30AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA. Preregistration requested; call 360-571-9696. “Join Denise Hebert, a local Stampin' Up demonstrator, as she teaches how to create beautiful handcrafted cards. We'll be making a card using holiday, birthday or thank you themes. All supplies will be provided.”

Author Talk, "Lois Leveen”, Monday, September 9, 6:30PM, St. Johns Library; Wednesday, September 11, 6:30PM, Belmont Library; Tuesday, September 17, 6:15PM, North Portland Library; and Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Meet the author! Read ‘The Secrets of Mary Bowser’ by Lois Leveen. “Based on the true story of Mary Bowser, a freed slave who returns to Virginia to spy on the Confederates, ‘The Secrets of Mary Bowser’ is the powerful story of a woman who must sacrifice her freedom to truly achieve it.” http://loisleveen.com/

The Science of Body Language: How to Become a Human Lie Detector”, Monday, September 9, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. “We are told hundreds of lies each and every day -- from advertisements, our colleagues and, of course, from our friends and family. Is there a way to know when people are lying to you? Is there a scientific way to spot hidden emotions in those around you? New research shows that yes, we can detect lies from facial expressions, body language and voice tone. In this lively presentation, Vanessa Van Edwards shares the latest research and actionable tips on lie detection in the workplace so attendees can make better hiring decisions, build better rapport and communicate more effectively. She will use case studies, videos and practical tips that can be applied immediately.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/090913

Mason Bees and Other Native Pollinators”, Tuesday, September 10, 9:30AM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. “As part of their 2013 series of free classes in the Demonstration Gardens at the Fair Complex, the OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners will be offering a class today entitled ‘Mason Bees and Other Native Pollinators.’ Learn the life cycle, nesting habits, and management of Mason Bees with Ron Spendal. The class starts at 9:30 AM and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The Demonstration Gardens are located on the west side of the Fair Complex. Enter off of 28th Street at the Cloverleaf Parking lot.” http://www.metromastergardeners.org/washington/washevents.php?eventloc=DG

Home School Day”, Tuesday, September 10, 10AM-2PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Adults $8, students 5-17 $5, and free for kids 4 and under. “The Oregon Garden would like to invite 5-12 year old home school students to a fun educational day of outdoor learning. Learn about your natural world and get inspired with fun science and art activities. We offer numerous hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout the Garden.” Topics include wetland habitat and aquatic insects, native and edible plants, forest habitats and wildlife, early farm life and home garden practices, fun with trees, creation station, world of insects, and plant adaptations. http://www.oregongarden.org/events/home-school-day/

School in the 1860s”, Tuesday, September 10, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. “Champoeg DAR Museums, including the Newell House, Butteville Academy, and Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, share a part of our rich pioneer history by giving living-history tours for students throughout the school year. Ellen Crauthers, a former homeschool teacher herself, portrays a pioneer teacher (Miss Elliott) for the Butteville Academy. ‘I have always been interested in 1800’s history and when a good friend suggested that I place an ad in the homeschool letter which I was publishing at the time, I thought that perhaps I would try out for the role myself!’ Ellen has just finished her sixth year as the schoolmarm. In the school program, students are introduced to the etiquette of the 1863 school day, learn a little bit about the history of our flag, and work on arithmetic problems from a text actually used during the 1860’s. Like the other living history interpreters dotting the Champoeg museums, she is enthusiastic about showing and telling history in a way that makes our pioneer history come to life for the many students who experience the school program. We welcome back 'Miss Elliott', who, in period dress, will 'teach' a class similar to the one at the Butteville Academy, and attendees will be the 'students'.” http://www.historicbeaverton.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1604781&eventId=734895&EventViewMode=EventDetails

Author Talk, “Sarah Swanson and Max Smith”, Tuesday, September 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx; Monday, September 16, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx; and Tuesday, September 24, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Ever wondered where to find particular species of birds in Oregon? Or wanted to know more about those birds than you can find in a field guide? Sarah Swanson and Max Smith provide the answers and celebrate Oregon's favorite birds with their newly published book, ‘Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives, and How to Find Them.’ In their book, Sarah and Max group birds in a fresh, fun and thoughtful way by using categories based on interesting traits like big birds, colorful birds and killer birds.http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2013/07/must-see_birds_describes_85_un.html If you are planning on going to the Audubon Society event, consider parking in the Upper MacLeay Park parking lot just east of the Audubon Society. A short trail connects them. A flashlight is helpful and it may be muddy, but there is usually plenty of parking.

Author and Illustrator Talk, “Chris Bolton and Kyle Bolton”, Tuesday, September 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. They will read from their new comic, “Smash”. “Like many 10-year-old boys, Andrew Ryan is short, lacking in athletic and social skills, and daydreams about being a superhero. Unlike other boys, however, Andrew’s dream actually comes true when he gains super powers and becomes the costumed crimefighter known as Smash! He’s about to discover how difficult it really is to finish your homework, keep your room clean, and sneak out after curfew while fighting crime… Co-created by Chris A. Bolton (writer) and Kyle Bolton (artist), ‘Smash’ is an all-ages comic that aims to put the fun back in superheroes!”  http://smashcomic.com/about-2/

Author Talk, “Mike Ryerson and Norm Gholston”, Tuesday, September 10, 6:30PM, Northwest Library. “Authors Mike Ryerson and Norm Gholston will talk about their book, ‘Portland's Slabtown’, and the rich history of this unique Northwest neighborhood. 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.”

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk about Books”, Tuesday, September 10, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. This month we’re reading ‘The Witch of Blackberry Pond’ by Elizabeth George Speare.”

Pirates!”, Wednesday, September 11, 3:30PM, Woodland Library, Woodland, WA. “Calling all Pirates ages 12 and younger: Now is your time! Come and enjoy the company of other like-minded young Pirates. Pirate crafts and activities galore! This is also a great opportunity for teen volunteers who want to help with everything Pirate.”

Kid Lit Book Group”, Wednesday, September 11, 4PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Are you 6-9 years old? Do you enjoy being read to or reading on your own? Do you, and a grown up, like to talk about books? Join us to read a different new book each month. This time, we’re reading ‘Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream’ by Jenny Han.” http://www.dearjennyhan.com/kids.html

Origami After School”, Thursday, September 12, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield WA. “Kids! Teens! Join Sensei Lois to learn the ancient secrets of origami folding.”

Author Reading, “Susan Hill Long”, Thursday, September 12, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Susan will read from her middle-grade novel “Whistle in the Dark”. “Clem wants a dog for his thirteenth birthday, but what he gets is a miner’s cap. It is the 1920s in Leadanna, Missouri, and Clem must become a man, leaving school and joining Pap in the lead mines; money’s tight in the Harding household. Meanwhile, Lindy, whose face bears a scar from a long-ago accident, is forced to help her abusive father sell moonshine. As Clem searches for another way to support his family, the two become friends. When disaster strikes, Clem must make some hard decisions about his future and the fate of his family. This beautifully written coming-of-age novel shines with true characters, including an unforgettable stray dog, a vivid setting, and heart-felt relationships.” http://susanhilllong.com/

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus”, Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15, Moda Center (Rose Garden Arena). Various prices. http://www.ringling.com/

Author Talk, “Sheri Speede”, Thursday, September 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Dr. Speede will read from her book, “Kindred Beings: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love, and Connection”. “Enter a world of tender friendships, staunch loyalties, violent jealousies—and enduring love. As a child, Sheri Speede knew that she wanted to advocate for animals in any way she could. But it was not until many years after veterinary school, when she was transporting a chimpanzee named Pierre away from a biomedical facility as part of her job as a conservation advocate in Cameroon, that Dr. Speede discovered her true calling. She began to search for land for a forest sanctuary for captive chimpanzees that were held on chains and in small cages at local hotels. Dr. Speede eventually founded the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, a forested home for orphans of the illegal ape meat trade. One chimpanzee, Dorothy, was rescued by Dr. Speede and her colleagues from a bleak existence imprisoned on a chain and forged a deep friendship with her. Dr. Speede explains how chimpanzees, like humans, are capable of a broad spectrum of emotional behaviors—both hateful and loving. Dr. Speede also candidly reveals her own struggles as a stranger in a foreign culture trying to adjust to rural African village life. And she admits that unlike Dorothy, she was not always kind, gentle, and forgiving. Dorothy died of old age at the sanctuary, and a photograph of Dorothy's funeral, in which Dr. Speede cradled Dorothy's head while her family of chimpanzees mournfully viewed her body, went viral after being published in National Geographic. The world was surprised at the depth of the chimps' grief at the loss of their friend, but Dr. Speede was not. Through the chimps, she had come to understand the meaning of love, loyalty, and true connection.” http://www.ida-africa.org/our-founder_220.html

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, September 12, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “This is a "starter" book discussion group geared towards children 5-10 yrs. of age and their accompanying adult! Pick up a copy of the book from the library read it together and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! This month’s title: ‘Summer at Forsaken Lake’ by Michael D. Bell.” http://michaeldbeil.com/summer_at_forsaken_lake

Discussion Junction”, Thursday, September 12, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. “For readers ages 9-12 with a participating adult. No older or younger children, please. Join us to read and talk about a different book every month. Each month a free copy of the next month’s ‘book of the month’ will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. This month’s title: ‘Where the Mountain Meets the Moon’ by Grace Lin.” http://www.gracelin.com/content.php?page=wherethemountainmeetsthemoon

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture”, Thursday, September 12, and Thursday, September 24, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Ancient traditions woven into modern healthcare. Join us for a presentation in which you can gain insight into Chinese medicine and the relationship that acupuncture has in this tradition, see how Chinese medicine supports a healthy lifestyle, and learn how Chinese medicine fits into modern healthcare and the treatment of modern illnesses.” (Which begs the question- what are modern illnesses? Should we worry that ours are hopelessly out of fashion?)

Mount Angel Oktoberfest”, Thursday, September 12 through Saturday, September 14, 11AM-midnight, and Sunday, September 15, 11AN-9PM, 5 Garfield St., Mt. Angel, OR. Day passes must be purchased and prices vary by day/time. See website for details: http://www.oktoberfest.org/index.html “There is no more appropriate setting for an American Version of the Old World Oktoberfest than in Mount Angel, Oregon. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. It is Oregon's largest folk festival.” Music, food, dancing, a car show, and a chance to see the Glockenspiel.

Historic King’s Hill and Vista Loop Walk”, Thursday, September 12, 6PM, meeting at the SE corner of SW 18th Ave. and Salmon St. Free. 2 hours, 3.7 miles. Lead by author Laura Foster. “Discover some of Portland’s amazing older homes on a historical tour of this steep hillside neighborhood in inner SW Portland.” http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/41533

Eagle Creek Group Campout”, Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15, Eagle Creek Overlook. $15 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/38 “Camp out in the Gorge with other Friends of the Columbia River Gorge supporters to take part in the Historic Highway Revived Festival. This festival is organized by the city of Cascade Locks and ODOT to celebrate the grand opening of the 1.6 -mile stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail at the John Yeon Trailhead, crossing over the newly-built bridges at McCord and Moffet creeks. Guided hikes and evening campfire presentations are planned as well.” 

Cascade Locks Walk and Tour”, Friday, September 13, 9AM-3:30PM, Cascade Locks, OR. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/60 Easy 2 mile hike with little elevation gain. Includes lunch stop at the Cascade Locks Ale House, tour of the Soderberg Bronze Foundry, and Lorang Fine Art and Gore-gous Gifts.

Historic Highway Revived”, Friday, September 13, Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, in and around Cascade Locks, OR. Lots of activities; details on their website: http://www.cascadelocks.net/highwayrevived.php “One hundred years ago, in 1913, the design and construction of the Columbia River Highway was initiated. Today, the Historic Columbia River Highway is the main roadway in Cascade Locks and goes by the names WaNaPa Street and Forest Lane. The ‘old highway’ has many stories to tell. This year, we will celebrate the enduring value of the historic highway together.”

Where Does Our Trash Go? Garbage Tour”, Friday, September 13, 10AM-4PM, with a bus departing from Metro, 600 NE Grand St., Ste#207. $25. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org/2013/09/13/where-does-garbage-tour/ “Although plenty of Portlanders are proud of how “green” their city is, not many know what happens to their waste. This bus tour will provide an insider’s perspective to trash, recycling and waste reduction in the Rose City. The tour will depart from METRO Executive offices, where we will meet with Will Elder, Business Waste Reduction Planner. Elder will give us an overview of the day’s tour sites and explain Metro’s initiatives for waste prevention, recycling and composting. We will then board the bus to visit the METRO Transfer station where Recology manages a recycling and recovery operation. James Waterman
Operations Supervisor for Recology Oregon who will guide us through their the facility where crews separate dry waste into recyclable materials, including mixed waste paper, metals, plastics and more. Next we’ll visit the Nature’s Needs composting facility for a tour of how our food scraps becomes compost. This is a first hand perspective of what the other end of our curbside composting program looks like. The day will end at two local businesses founded on creative reuse. Rosie McGown, Communications Coordinator for The ReBuilding Center of Our United Villages, will give us a brief tour of their center and their recovery and reuse initiatives, while Keri Piehl, Education Coordinator for School and Community Reuse Action Project (SCRAP), will show us their operations and talk about SCRAP’s environmental awareness and art education programs.” Please note that parking is really difficult near Metro’s NE offices, and you’d be far better off if you can use Trimet.

Origami Fun”, Saturday, September 14, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades K-6. “Stop by the Library to make some fun origami creations!”

Grandparents, Grand Stories Film Screening”, Saturday, September 14, 11AM, with a concert by Newel Briggs following the screening, North Portland Library. “It’s been a long wait, but it’s finally here! Please join us for the film screening from our Grandparents, Grand Stories Media Camp. Youth who participated in the media camp created a film highlighting the stories and spirit of his or her grandparent or elder. It is through the infinite wisdom and experience of their elders that children learn the unique cultural and familial values that help them grow into valuable contributors of the community. It's a powerful film! Please join camp participants and screen the film they worked very hard on and created this summer.

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, September 14, 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/

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, September 14, 8:30PM until around 11PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 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 Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Peregrine Palooza”, Saturday, September 14, 11AM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “The Nature Store is hosting Peregrine Palooza in honor of the publication of local artist and children's author Lisa C. Manning's book ‘Falcons in the City’. This family and kid-oriented event will be held in Heron Hall. We'll be celebrating both Manning's book and Portland Audubon's role in the recovery of local Peregrines. Conservation Director Bob Sallinger will be on hand to tell tales of dangling off of various dangerous structures around town and other adventures from his work as a tireless advocate for Peregrine protection. Finnegan, our resident educational Peregrine, will be featured during the event, so you can see one of these amazing birds up close. But wait, there's more! We'll have some special activities, multimedia displays, and of course Manning will be on hand to read her book, chat and sign your copy.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/p-palooza

Guided Birding Walk at Steigerwald NWR”, Saturday, September 14, 8AM-11AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or eric_anderson@fws.gov. “Birdwatchers, both novice and experienced, are invited to come out and get a closer look at the refuges and the nature show created by the changing of the seasons. Experienced guides will identify birds, explain why habitat areas on the refuges provide vital resting stops for migrating birds, and discuss how the refuges are managed. Unusual sightings can surprise and excite birders on any of the hikes.” http://www.refugestewards.org/calendar.html

Composting: A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, Saturday, September 14, 10:30AM, Vancouver Community Library. “Want to save money and reduce what you send to landfills? Turn your vegetable waste and yard debris into rich soil for your garden or flowerbeds. Learn the basics of backyard composting in a workshop by Master Composter/Recyclers that includes an overview of various composting bins and systems.”

Colors of the Jungle”, Saturday, September 14, 3PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, September 17, 4PM, Midland Library; and Thursday, September 26, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. “Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! Learn about the natural history of parrots and their behavior in captivity, responsible pet ownership, and why some parrots are now critically endangered.”

Columbia Flyway”, Saturday, September 14, 1PM-4PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Join us for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Fish Scale Embroidery”, Saturday, September 14, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Yes, really! Learn to use fish scales to stitch beautiful designs.” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org/

Presto the Magician”, Saturday, September 14, 2PM, Cedar Hills Crossing Mall, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Free. Suggested for ages 9 and younger. “Presto is back with his very funny and silly Magic Show.” http://www.prestothemagician.com/

Fernhill Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, September 14, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Tag along with wildlife expert, Elaine Murphy, for a morning jaunt to Fernhill Wetlands. Viewing stands and trails at this birding hotspot are ideal for watching the thousands of migratory and wintering birds that use this wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Trumpeter Swan, Greater Scaup, Eurasian Wigeon are some of the winter waterfowl you may see but watch for shorebirds on the mudflats and waders in the rushes and reeds too.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/fernhill_wetlands_bird_walk_September_14th/

Nancy McQuillan”, Saturday, September 14, 10:30AM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Nancy McQuillan, a professional storyteller, will entertain you as she shares stories during Heritage Days, Ridgefield's annual celebration of local history.” http://www.cyrina.com/story.shtml

Portland Miniature Show”, Saturday, September 14, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, September 15, 10AM-4PM, Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $7 adults, free for kids 12 and under. Even if you don’t have a dollhouse, there will be many gorgeous completed exhibits on display. “Not been to a miniature show in a while, or maybe never? Dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes and their miniature contents are completely different from those in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Today, they are works of art you shouldn't miss! Absolutely EVERYTHING that exists in full-scale, real life is now available in smaller scales such as 1" = 1 foot or ½" = 1 foot or 1/4" = 1 foot. Whether it is a hand-crafted or commercially produced accessory for a dollhouse, you’ll find it at this show. Come talk to the friendly dealers, sign up for a workshop, or attend a how-to demonstration.” http://www.PortlandMiniatureShow.com/

El Grito De Independencia”, Saturday, September 14, 11AM-11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “El Grito y Fiestas Patrias celebrates the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries from Spain. As Mexican President Felipe Calderón presents the nation’s traditional El Grito in Mexico City, so too will Portland commemorate Mexican independence in the same manner in Pioneer Courthouse Square, with a presentation of the revolutionary cry for independence, El Grito de Independencia, by Consul General Enrique A. Romero Cuevas at 9 p.m. Authorities from the city of Portland will also be present to celebrate the ‘Day of El Grito y Fiestas Patrias Celebration’ in the City of Portland. In addition to folkloric and Aztec dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, the event will include food and beverages for sale, community booths, vendors, and the Mexican tradition known as El Grito de Independencia.” http://elgritonw.com/

Campfires and Candlelight”, Saturday, September 14, 4PM-10PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, beginning at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Stroll back in time to mingle around campfires with costumed U.S. Army soldiers, Oregon Trail families, and residents of the Fort Vancouver Village. Inside the fort, tour buildings by candlelight and interact with characters from Fort Vancouver's past.” http://www.visitvancouverusa.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Campfires-Candlelight/16303/

Herb Walk”, Saturday, September 14, 1PM, Forest Park, NE 53rd Drive’s Birch Trailhead, Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=187272 “Join a National College of Natural Medicine student for an hour-long herb walk in Forest Park! This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard.”

Portland Open Skate Jam”, Saturday, September 14, 12PM, Ed Benedict Park, SE 100th Ave. and Powell Blvd., Pdx. Free. Ages 3-12. Preregistration required; register online using course # 412076: https://www.portlandparks.org/register/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp “Come for the first annual Portland Open! This jam-style skateboard competition is free and open to any child. Push yourself, make new friends, and get hyped on t everyone’s skating! There will be prize packs for the top skaters of the day, as well as raffles and BBQ for the crowd provided by local sponsors. Sign up, come skate, and get rad!” http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/451511

Museum Collection Open House”, Saturday, September 14, 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 September topic: 1945. “Discover what life was like at Fort Vancouver in the year 1845 through our archaeological artifacts, and then attend our biggest living history event of the year - Campfires and Candlelight - and transport yourself back in time.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/historyculture/museumcollectionopenhouse.htm

Learn About Juggling”, Saturday, September 14, 2PM, Gladstone Library. “Jacob Graham will demonstrate basic juggling techniques.”

Pioneer Living”, Saturday, September 14, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Kids! Families! Step back in time and travel the Pioneer trail! How do you… make a meal without a microwave? (Grind flour and knead dough!) Get clothes without a store? (Card and spin your own wool!) Wash laundry without a machine? (Use a water pump, washtub, and board!) Keep yourself entertained without electricity? (Play with a selection of folk toys!)

Slideshow on Vietnam and Cambodia”, Saturday, September 14, 7PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale, WA. “Presentation by Dr. Ogden and his optometric mission team.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urE4ZkTDaqQ

Pattern Dancing”, Saturday, September 14, 1PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. All ages. “Dancing is a fun way to get some exercise, enjoy some music, and meet new people. Please join us for old-fashioned group dancing! No partner needed and no previous dance experience necessary. We'll teach all the steps you need to know just bring your enthusiasm!”

Aquifer Adventure”, Saturday, September 14, 12PM-4PM, Portland Water Bureau Launch, 16650 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free. “Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids! FREE! No registration required. Food will be available for purchase. All activities (including 15-minute canoe rides) are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.” http://columbiaslough.org/index.php/events/event/133/

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, 10AM-6PM, Grant Rd. at Kings Valley Hwy., Kings Valley, OR. $11 adults with a $1 off coupon available on their website: http://shrewfaire.com/, $6 seniors and children ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. “Come be thee blythe and merry at the Renaissance Faire! Just 15 miles and 500 years away from downtown Corvallis. Here enchantment awaits young and old alike as jousting knights and noble steeds clash on the tourney fyld while minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, dancers and bards fill the lanes with delight. With over 125 artisan stalls and 1,000 costumed players, visitors can browse the village for unique hand made goods and one of a kind treasures while surrounded by Renaissance revelry and entertainment. Eat, drink, and be merry, for food purveyors are on hand within Friar Tuck's Forest, and children delight in games and adventures. The only Fair of its kind in Oregon, this exciting event offers an educational interactive adventure in history, welcoming families and children. Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and set in the historic renaissance of 1558 to 1603, here all the Faire is a stage, and everyone a player!”

Portland Mini-Maker Faire”, Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, 10AM-5PM, OMSI’s north parking lot, 1945 SE Water Ave., Pdx. $12 adults, $8 youth 3-17 and seniors. “Portland Mini Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people share what they are making and learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.” https://www.omsi.edu/maker-faire-pdx

International Dot Day”, Sunday, September 15, 1:30PM, Tigard Library. “Make your mark like Vashti in ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds. Celebrate this wonderful picture book with its very own international holiday by creating a dot (there’s more to it than it sounds), writing your name in Morse Code and more.” http://www.peterhreynolds.com/dot/Dot_QandA.html

Portland Opera Open Chorus Dress Rehearsal”, Sunday, September 15, 2PM-5PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. between Taylor St. and Yamhill St., Pdx. “Listen to the resonating voices of the Portland Opera in downtown! The Portland Opera returns to the park for their open chorus rehearsal! Bring the family and enjoy this special listen of the voices of the Portland Opera!” http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/60439

Family Festival: Celebrating 50 Years”, Sunday, September 15, 10AM-4PM, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave., Pdx. $9.50 Adult, $7.75 seniors and college students with ID, 6.75 youth 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. “The Garden’s Family Festival: Celebrating 50 Years will feature activities, food, music and an introduction to the five traditional Japanese Cultural Festivals traditionally presented at the Portland Japanese Garden over the course of a year. The Family Festival is a unique opportunity to experience a showcase of all five of these festivals on one day. Activities have been designed with families in mind and will include: origami in the Pavilion Gallery; a tea tasting in the Kashintei Tea House where children will have the chance to try on a cotton yukata kimono; a newly created family activity map; taiko drumming and workshops presented by Takohachi; a book signing with Betty Reynolds, author of the popular children’s book ‘Japanese Celebrations,’ and a yatai (food stall) where food and refreshments will be available for purchase.” http://japanesegarden.com/events/celebrations/

Gay Fair on the Square”, Sunday, September 15, 12:30PM- 5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “The purpose of Gay Fair on the Square is to put a spotlight on non-profit groups and organizations within the LGBT community that would be interesting to people who are considering coming out, newly out, new to town or simply looking to expand their horizons. There will be an entire afternoon full of music from the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. We have also invited the Portland Lesbian Chorus, the Portland Gay Symphonic Band and Willamette Valley’s Confluence to share the stage and perform that afternoon. In addition to the musical performances, there will be an Information Fair in which non-profit and information distribution activities focused on the LGBT community will showcase their organizations in booths around the Square during the event.” http://www.pdxgmc.org/events/

Author and Illustrator Talk, “Mark Russel and Shannon Wheeler”, Sunday, September 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Mark Russel and Shannon Wheeler read from their book, “God is Disappointed in You”. “'God Is Disappointed in You' is for people who would like to read the Bible... if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy, and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, ‘God Is Disappointed in You’ is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.” http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/god-is-disappointed-in-you/765

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People”, Sunday, September 15, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “This screening will feature an introduction and discussion led by Kimberley Brown, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. By inspiring us to reflect critically on the social and political consequences of Hollywood’s long love affair with Arab villainy and buffoonery, Reel Bad Arabs challenges us in the end to envision counter-narratives that do justice to the complexity and humanity of Arab people, and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.”

Beginning Reader’s Book Club”, Sundays, September 15 through October 13, 12PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver, WA. For ages 6 and 7. This is the first in a 5 week series. Preregistration required; call 360-906-5106. “For children 6-7 years old who are learning to read and a parent or caregiver. No siblings please, this is a one-on-one time for you and your child. This program is a five week commitment.”

Community Sukkah Building with Portland Mitzvah Network”, Sunday, September 15, 10AM-12PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center Courtyard, 6615 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free/ Preregistration required; register at www.portlandmitzvah.org. “Join friends and neighbors as we build the community Sukkah at the MJCC. Open to everyone.” http://www.oregonjcc.org/page.cfm?id=1309&start=09/22/2013&verbose=7303#.UiFM8-BNCkQ This will be followed 3PM-4PM by a free Sukkah Decorating Party, with no preregistration required. “Make Decorations for the community sukkah!” http://www.oregonjcc.org/page.cfm?id=1309&start=09/22/2013&verbose=7304#.UiFNLOBNCkS

Birding at Fernhill Wetlands”, Sunday, September 15, 8:30AM-11AM, Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fernhill Rd., Forest Grove. Free. “Join Audubon Society leader Tim Shelmerdine as we walk the ponds at Fernhill Wetlands looking for shorebirds and discussing their identification. Meet at the parking lot. From the junction of Hwys 47 and 8 in Forest Grove, head south 0.7 mile and turn left onto Fern Hill Road. Proceed about 0.5 mile and turn left into the parking lot. Please bring a scope if you have one.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/fernhill-sept2013

Family Nature Explorers: Fire by Friction”, Sunday, September 15, 10:30AM-3PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy, Gresham, OR. $11 per household, plus a $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required, register online: http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=8123 “Fire without matches? Learn how at Oxbow Regional Park. Carve your own “bow drill” friction fire kit, learn to use it and take it home. Metro naturalist Dan Daly also covers fire safety, construction and fuel selection. Participants use knives; safe conduct of children is the responsibility of their guardians.” We attended last year, and while they say it’s open to kids 4 and older, it’s really not suitable for kids who aren’t old enough to carve wood with knives in my opinion. Parents would have to bring another activity for their kids to do in one spot for 4.5 hours. And of course other participants are busy carving with knives, which could be dangerous for little ones if parents are focused on participating and not watching momentarily. But if your child is old enough to fully participate, Dan is really skillful at this and you’ll love it!

Big Truck Day”, Monday, September 16, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library. “Come see big trucks up close at the library!”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Monday, September 16, 7PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; and Thursday, September 26, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library of Clackamas. “Are you considering homeschooling or just getting started? Are you currently homeschooling and looking for more ideas and support? Members of the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) will present information on local resources, legal requirements, homeschooling methods and much more. This is a great opportunity to meet seasoned homeschoolers and get answers to your questions.” http://www.ohen.org/events

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Monday, September 16, 6PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival), one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in many parts of Asia. Join with friends and family to feast on mooncakes, enjoy traditional native music, hear the story of the festival, and participate in a lantern-making craft and parade.”

Fall Walk”, Monday, September 16, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. “It's time for a fall walk! What is happening this time of year around the Main Library? Are animals getting ready for winter? What are the plants doing? We'll go outside and make discoveries about the change in the seasons.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

Barbara Bailey Huchison”, Monday, September 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Barbara Bailey Hutchison is a Grammy Award winning singer songwriter whose voice you may have heard in commercials for McDonald’s, Hallmark, and Sears, to name a few. She has toured throughout the United States, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand, and has performed at the White House three times. She takes her audiences on a musical journey that helps them view themselves, their family, and their friends in a kinder, albeit more humorous, light.” http://www.bbhsings.com/

Autumn Lantern Mobiles”, Tuesday, September 17, 6:15PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, September 28, 10:30AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Monday, September 30, 6:30PM, Troutdale Library. “Create an attractive seasonal decoration for your home. With artist Cindy Lommasson, you’ll paint a tissue paper sphere in yellow, orange, red, green and brown for autumn. Then cut craft paper leaves in coordinating colors and suspend them from the bottom of the globe. Add a ribbon on top for hanging.” http://www.cindylommasson.com/

Moon Festival”, Tuesday, September 17, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Celebrate the moon with a special storytime and craft. September is the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated in the Chinese and Vietnamese communities.”

Hike at Falls Creek Falls and Panther Creek Falls, WA”, Tuesday, September 17, 8:30AM-5PM, Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/25 Moderate hike, 3.4 miles with a 650’ elevation gain. “Join leader Jane Garbisch on this lovely Gifford Pinchot Natl. Forest trail. This hike includes crossing a small suspension bridge, then following a cascading creek that will lead us to a wondrous multi-tiered waterfall over 200' high. We will meet at the trailhead at 10 AM and return to our cars around 3:30 PM. We will add a short visit to nearby Panther Creek Falls on our way back.”

Swallows, Swifts and Hummingbirds”, Tuesday, September 17, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregisration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/nehls-swallows-sept2013 “Join Harry Nehls for an introduction to some of the most agile fliers in the world of birds. Learn what characteristics swifts have in common with hummingbirds. Learn how to recognize a swallow from a swift and which species nest in Oregon.”

2013 Science Without Limits Symposium”, Tuesday, September 17, and Wednesday, September 18, Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Daily visitors parking permits are available at the entrance marked information. Campus map here: http://www.lclark.edu/livewhale/content/images/227/1506_CampusMap.jpg  The keynote speaker is Dr. Jane Lubchenco, who is the Administrator of NOAA. On Tuesday at 4PM in Olin Chemistry and Physics building, Dr. Jane Lubchenco will speak on “Science serving society: reflections on four years in Washington DC”. At 5:30PM in Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber Foyer there will be a Science Festival of student work, followed by the keynote address by Dr. Lubchenco, “Science, Democracy and Healthy Oceans: What is your role?” in the Templeton Campus Center Council Chamber. On Wednesday at 9AM, Templeton Campus Center, Stamm, there will be a presentation, “The Future of Salmon in the Columbia River: Is Restoration Possible? Deliberative Discourse.” At 4:30PM in the Albany Quadrange, Smith Hall will be a Student Research Poster Session. “Students present their summer work on topics as diverse as parallel computing and security, reaction-diffusion equations with applications in chemistry, social motivation and acoustic communication, and arachnids in the Caribbean.”  http://college.lclark.edu/science/opportunities/hhmi/symposium/schedule/

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, September 17, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘Word After Word After Word’ by Patricia MacLachlan.”

Making a Home in the Holy Land”, Tuesday, September 17, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Natalie Mickey, 24, has lived in Israel for two years, where she studies Urban and Regional Planning at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. She will share her story of leaving Hockinson, learning Hebrew, and embracing the challenges and rewards of living in today's Israel.”

Oregon Battle Of the Books Book Club”, Wednesday, September 18, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required, call 503-350-3600. “Come discuss Battle of the Book books and answer trivia about a different book each session.” Info on Oregon Battle of the Books here: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage

Nature Journals”, Wednesday, September 18, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Presented by artist Sarah Fagan. “Think small this fall at Green Bean! Over the course of six after-school workshops, we'll be making books--from pop-ups to journals--small enough for our pockets, each a little bit different from the last. Using real bookbinding tools and array of media, we'll learn about structure and content as we craft the books below. Sign up for one class or all six! Because these books are so wee, they take a wee bit of patience.” http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com/blog.html

Sukkah Pdx Exhibit”, Wednesday, September 18 through Wednesday, September 25, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Admission $6 adults, $4 students and seniors, free for children 12 and under. “The sukkah is a temporary dwelling, traditionally erected each fall in observance of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of thanksgiving for home and harvest. Explicitly fragile and permeable, these shelters pose ancient questions of protection and enclosure, of transience, displacement and domestic space that remain highly relevant in the 21st century. Join Oregon Jewish Museum as we celebrate Sukkot with a juried exhibit of five unique, contemporary sukkahs, created by artists, designers and architects from across the country. The sukkahs will be on display at Oregon Jewish Museum throughout Sukkot, and will serve as the focal point for a weeklong series of events that make current connections to the themes of this ancient holiday.” http://www.ojm.org/SukkahPDX.html

Forgotten Eagles”, Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library, upstairs meeting room. “In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), local author, filmmaker and historian Sig Unander will return to Cedar Mill Library on Thursday, Sept. 19, with the story of Mexico’s legendary Aztec Eagle pilots of Fighter Squadron 201. Presented in a unique historical film, Sig – who spent six years locating and interviewing the pilots in Mexico for this film – will conduct a Q and A session with the audience and will share a variety of archival materials and artwork related to The Forgotten Eagles.” http://sigunander.wordpress.com/

Archaeological History of the Region Since the Last Ice Age”, Thursday, September 19, 8PM, Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. $15. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Doors open at 6:30, a live auction begins at 7:15, and the presentation begins at 8PM. The theater will sell food and beverages. “Presented by Ken Ames, Professor emeritus of Anthropology at Portland State University. Professor Ames specializes in the archaeology of North America and the Northwest Coast, and has conducted research right here on the Refuge at the Cathlapotle Village site. He will take us on a fascinating journey of human occupation from the end of the last Ice Age through to life at Cathlapotle.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/friends-of-the-refuge/calendar/

Erratic Boulders- Ice Age Legacy”, Thursday, September 19, 7PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “At the end of the Ice Age when the Lake Missoula Flood roared across the landscape the floodwaters carried with it granite and other boulders and distributed these them along the path of the mighty waters from Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Presenter Rick Thompson will discuss ice age floods, show images of erratics in the Portland/Willamette Valley areas, explain how to recognize an erratic, and more. Mr. Thompson’s program will be followed by a book signing of his new book titled: ‘The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics.’ ” http://www.gigaflood.com/about%20gigaflood.html

Birds of Prey Program”, Thursday, September 19, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Kids! Teens! Families! Join our friends from the Portland Audubon Society as we learn about what makes birds of prey such awesome predators. We will meet some real birds and dissect owl pellets after the program!”

Riverfest”, Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22, Pdx. Details TBA. Typically there are kid’s activities and performers and a dragon boat race. http://www.portlandriverfest.org/

NW Film Center's Best of the 39th NW Filmmaker's Festival”, Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Thirteen short films from the NW Film Center's Best of the 39th NW Filmmaker's Festival. The films run for 75 minutes and there will be time for questions afterwards.”

Book Talk for Ages 6-9”, Thursday, September 19, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s “book of the month” will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 6-9 with a participating adult. This month we’re reading ‘Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet’ by Graham Salisbury. http://grahamsalisbury.com/books/calvin-coconut/

Concert, “Shoehorn”, Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Tap dancing saxophonist Shoehorn brings a variety-packed dynamic performance. Shoehorn is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who provides his own drum parts with his dancing feet. He plays a variety of woodwind and percussion instruments to present music influenced by his travels around the world.” http://www.shoehornmusic.com/

Pirate Party”, Thursday, September 19, 6PM, La Center Library, La Center, WA. “Pirate Party - Ahoy mateys! Test your pirate skills and fish for treasure, but beware you may have to walk the plank!”

Broadway Rose Theater Presents, “Lucky Stiff”, Thursday, September 19 through October 13, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Ticket prices vary. All must be age 6 and up. “From the Tony Award-winning musical team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical), Lucky Stiff is a zany murder mystery complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, missing diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair! Unassuming English shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing Uncle off as alive, Harry stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn–or to the gun-toting wife of the casino owner!” http://www.broadwayrose.org/

Concert, “Brooks Robertson”, Thursday, September 19, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Treat yourself to an evening of extraordinary music with the virtuosity of finger-style guitar player, Brooks Robertson.” http://www.brooksrobertson.com/

Howl at the Moon! Harvest Night”, Friday, September 20, 5PM, Kruger’s Farm Market, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx. $10 per car. “Rain or shine, help us celebrate the full moon and bring your friends and family for a fun filled evening! Food, beverages and beer available for purchase. Farm stand and Pumpkin Patch open for business. Music by Jawbone Flats, trips through Kruger’s Crazy Corn Maze, hay rides, face painting, harvest bonfire, Portland Audubon activities and education birds.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/2013_harvest-night

Oaks Park Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 20, 3PM-12AM, Saturday, September 21, 11AM-12AM, and Sunday, September 22, 12PM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 15 and younger, and free for seniors on Friday from 3PM-6PM. “Portland's premier German style fall festival is back with authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing in two festhallen, the region's best craft and import vendors, wiener dog races, agility dog demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, Kinderplatz children's activities featuring Rocktoberfest, fun family contests including pretzel toss, condiment art, Oktoberfest bear hug and, of course, The Chicken Dance contest... plus much more!” http://oakspark.com/oktoberfest.html

Science Talk, a Geographic Perspective on Restoring Johnson Creek ”, Friday, September 20, 6PM, at Fourth Street Brewing, 77 NE 4th St., Gresham. Free. 4th St. Brewing is a family friendly venue. Preregistration required; contact Amy Lodholz at 503-652-7477 or amy@jcwc.org. “Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Restoration Coordinator, Robin Jenkinson, to experience a virtual flyover of the Johnson Creek Watershed. Zoom in to learn more about several of the 120 restoration projects implemented over the past decade. In the last few years, the Council has mapped and detailed all these projects online as part of a Johnson Creek Restoration Project Census. Now the Council and its partners are embarking on the development of a new 2015-25 Restoration Action Plan.” http://jcwc.org/events/science-talk-a-geographic-perspective-on-restoring-johnson-creek/

The Magenta Theater Company Presents, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Friday, September 20 through October 5, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $12- $15. “Oscar Wilde’s humorous romp through London’s high society. Part satire, part comedy of manners, this is his most enduring and popular play. Wilde, the consummate darling of London society, provides an inside look at the Victorian self-righteous moralism and hypocrisy. It is fun to see how the costumes have changed but the fashions endure.” http://www.magentatheater.com/Calendar.htm

STEM Fest”, Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, STEM Fest is a fun-filled 3-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math! Adults and youth of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on activities, expeditions, experiments and talks given by industry experts. Directed at K-12 students, their parents and teachers, STEM Fest will provide free, fun-filled activities hosted by local businesses. These activities will allow youth to discover cutting-edge technology, keep up-to-date on environmental issues, take excursions into our national forest and overall, discover what our local STEM industry has to offer. Activities will range from one to two hours in length, and will be located throughout Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.” Lots of neat stuff! Details here: http://www.stem-fest.com/

Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, gates opening at 9AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students with ID, free for kids 5 and under. “Visit the camps of the Blue and the Gray! Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, and civilian life of the 1860s.” http://www.nwcwc.org/mciver.html

Fur Trapper’s Encampment”, Saturday, September 21, Champoeg State Park, Riverside Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “This September 21st at Champoeg State Heritage Area, will be the return of the fur brigade! They left in early June of this year to hunt and trap the creeks and streams of the Willamette Valley. Now they are returning with their fur bundles to trade with the Hudson Bay Company. They will be camped along the shores of the Willamette River at the rendezvous site known as Champoeg. Please come and see what life was like for these intrepid men and their Metis wives. Visit their camps, ask questions, watch demonstrations of trapping, shooting, cooking and packing for the fur trade. Come see costumed reenactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Historic South Portland Walk”, Saturday, September 21, 9AM, meeting at Lair Hill Market Café, SW 1st Ave. and Meade St. Free. Lead by Arnie Pantich. “Walk from Lair Hill, one of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods, to the South Auditorium District and hear about the area’s rich cultural history and the changes that urban renewal brought in the 1960s.” http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/41533

Teotihucan Clay Mask Workshop”, Saturday, September 21, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-6. Preregistration required, call 503-615-6500. “Learn more about Pre-Columbian music and build a unique mask from the city of the gods (Teotihuacan)! Enjoy this hands-on program using clay and acrylic paint.” http://www.artscentraloregon.org/ais_samuel_becerra.php

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Saturday, September 21, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

Hike at Stella Olsen Memorial Park and Cedar Creek Greenway”, Saturday, September 21, 10AM, meeting at the picnic shelter, 22256 SW Washington St., Sherwood. “Guided by Chris Neamztu. Chris has had an instrumental role in the creation of many local parks and trails, including Graham Oaks Nature Park. Chris will share updates on the future Tonquin Trail that will connect the Willamette River to the Tualatin River.” http://tualatinriverkeepers.org/book_hikes.html

Concert, “Mo Phillips and the All Star Kindie Jam”, Saturday, September 21, 11AM, Gresham Arts Plaza, 401 SE 2nd St., Gresham. Free. Rain or shine. http://greshamoregon.gov/artsplaza/

20th Annual Polish Festival”, Saturday, September 21, 11AM-10PM, and Sunday, September 22, 12PM-6PM, 3900 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone. During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.” http://portlandpolonia.org/welcome-pf/

Children’s Book Fair: Do the Right Thing and Read!”, Saturday, September 21, 11AM, North Portland Library. “North Portland Library and the Urban League of Portland invite families with kids from preschool through 5th grade to the 15th Annual Children's Book Fair: Do the Right Thing and Read! Join us for all of these fun activities: performance by en Taiko; local artist Demetria Ford with raffia doll making classes, bookmaking, button making, arts and crafts tables, superheroes Bookman and Bookwoman, and a free book for every child!”

Children’s Discovery Carnival”, Saturday, September 21, 1PM-4PM, Lents Park near the playground at SE 92nd and SE Steele. Suggested for ages 12 and under. “Hands-on nature crafts, displays and activities for families.” http://jcwc.org/johnson-creek-days-events-review/

Writing Forest Park Hike”, Saturday, September 21, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, Bottom of Holman Lane, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/marcy-houle-writing Guided by author Marcy Houle. This discovery hike is a chance to reflect on why Forest Park is special to you and to take a moment to capture it. There will be some short hiking through Forest Park for inspiration, a brief discussion about Forest Park’s amazing history and natural features, and time to create a poem, drawing, or reflection.”

Sturgeon Festival”, Saturday, September 21, 10AM-2PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. 10:30AM is Steve’s Creature Feature Reptile Show, 12PM is a Fish Dissection, and 2PM is Eartha the Ecological Clown. “Every year the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems. This free, fun event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. Highlights for this year's Sturgeon Festival include fish dissections and interactive, hands-on activities.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/sturgeon-festival-2013

Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration”, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, Hood River Valley. “Hood River Valley is famous throughout the nation and the world for its wonderful pears. Autumn is the perfect time to take a leisurely drive on the back roads of the Hood River Valley, the largest pear growing region in the U.S. During the peak of pear harvest, fruit stands and attractions all along the valley's scenic Fruit Loop celebrate with special activities. Sample more than 18 varieties of pears, enjoy pear desserts, artisan foods, a glass of pear wine, live music, a corn maze, and more.” Details here: http://www.hoodriverfruitloop.com/calendar/pear.html

Book Launch Party for Damien Macalino”, Saturday, September 21, 1PM, Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “We are so excited to welcome our youngest author 8 year old Damien Macalino! His first book is a super cute Alphabet Book with great illustrations. Damien is a 3rd Grader at Jackson Elementary School. When not working on his books, Damien can be found playing soccer or wallball. He also enjoys reading and listening to other people's stories where he finds inspiration for his writing. Join us at 1pm on Saturday September 21st to learn more about Damien and his book ‘What if an Alligator Ate an Avalanche’! His father Raymond Macalino will also present his own children’s book, “Percy’s Planetary Surprise.” http://raymondmacalino.com/2013/06/25/publishing-what-if-an-alligator-ate-an-avalanche-by-damien-macalino/

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, September 21, 8AM-4PM, downtown Forest Grove. $12 for a piece of sidewalk and a tray of colorful pastels to create your masterpiece. Free to view. Preregistration on Wednesday, September 18, 5PM-7PM at Valley Art, 2022 Main St., Forest Grove, or the day of the event. “Live entertainment throughout the day. People of all ages and artistic abilities are encouraged to join in the fun. There is no judging, only admiration.” http://www.valleyart.org/events/event/23rd-annual-chalk-art-festival/

Rose City ComiCon”, Saturday, September 21, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, September 22, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Two day passes are $30, Saturday only is $20, Sunday only is $15, and kids ages 3-10 are $5. http://rosecitycomiccon.com/

Oregon Trail Live”, Saturday, September 21, registration at 12PM and event begins at 1PM, Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, 1313 Mil St. SE, Salem. $30 for a team of four for advance registration to participate, spectators $5, $3 for ages 12 and younger, free for babies and toddlers. “You are invited to cheer on the teams as they avoid scurvy, hunt for game and attempt the dreaded three-legged dysentery race! Enjoy the music, food, animals, a real covered wagon, blacksmith demonstrations, Miss Milly's Saloon, Dance Hall, Gambling Parlor and Arm Wrestling Emporium at this unique and creative family activity.” http://www.oregontraillive.com/

Autumnal Equinox Celebration”, Saturday, September 21, 7:30PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, $5 day use fee per vehicle. “On Saturday evening, September 21, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:30 p.m. and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. From beginners to experts of all ages, visitors will have the opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights includes Venus, Saturn, Moon and more! On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 
503 797-4000 Press #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.” https://www.omsi.edu/starparties/autumnal-equinox/092113 This is the last one scheduled for 2013. If the skies are clear, don’t miss it!
Discover the Rhythms of Ghana”, Saturday, September 21, 11:45AM (free tickets given out at 11:15); and Saturday, September 28, 11:45AM, Midland Library. “Shi Dah performs Ghanaian drumming, dance, songs and rhythms. Shi Dah the group wears traditional costumes on stage. In the performance Chata or the group members will invite someone from the audience to participate by drumming or dancing, for the audience to discover the rhythms of Ghana.” http://www.chataaddy.com/

Café Banned: Libraries Fight for E-book Access”, Saturday, September 21, 1PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Join Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library District Director, and guests for an update on the barriers libraries face in providing e-books to library users. If you've ever struggled to find and download the e-book title you want in a format that works on your personal e-reader, you'll be eager to learn what's being done to make e-books more accessible to library patrons. There's been a little progress in the past year, but there's still much work to be done.”

What’s Growing on the Refuge”, Saturday, September 21, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; contact jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or 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 Reading, “Zoe Burke”, Saturday, September 21, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Zoe Burke will read from her book, “Charley Harper’s What’s in the Rain Forest?”. ‘Following the success of ‘Charley Harper’s What’s in the Woods?”, the Nature Discovery Book series continues with this journey through a rain forest. Zoe Burke’s rhyming text introduces young readers to thirty different species of rain-forest dwellers—birds, butterflies, lizards, monkeys, and more. All are depicted with colorful images taken from Harper’s painting Monteverde, illustrating the various creatures inhabiting Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. The entire painting is reproduced on a foldout page at the end of the book, with a key identifying all the featured creatures. Besides being fun to read, What’s in the Rain Forest? provides a great opportunity for children to learn about nature while also seeing how an artist interprets its diversity and beauty.” http://www.pomegranate.com/a223.html

Civil War Train”, Saturday, September 21, 10AM, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, Elbe, WA. Not cheap but pretty cool! $27 adult, $24 senior/military, $22 youth ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under. “Take a ride back in history as you ride with soldiers from the Civil War days through the pristine hills of Mount Rainier. Be prepared for battle as you have an opportunity to watch a short re-enactment before returning to the depot in Elbe.” http://www.mrsr.com/calendar.html

No, No, No, Pinocchio”, Saturday, September 21, 2PM; Sunday, September 22, 4PM, Friday, September 27, 7PM; Saturday, September 28, 2PM, and Sunday, September 29, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 admission for ages 2 and up. Advance tickets available on their website: http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html “You’ve never seen Pinocchio told quite like this. Staying close to Carlo Colodi’s original Italian story, The Olde World Puppet Theatre uses their jewel-like marionettes to tell their own very Italian version. The music is by Rossini, (conducted by Toscanini) -- now that’s Italian! The puppets even enlist the aid of the puppeteers to play some of the roles. Come join us on this madcap comedy romp through the land of Pinocchio, Gepetto, Lampwick and a Blue Fairy who has to be seen to be believed.”

Portland VegFest”, Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $8 for adults, $5 seniors and students, free for kids 12 and under. VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone! Free samples of hundreds of different foods! Delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks and ice creams; fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats, and so much more! Speakers, cooking demonstrations, ask the experts, family and teen activities, restaurants, non-profit organizations, film screenings.” http://nwveg.org/vegfest

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Sunday, September 22, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “Meet at Picnic Shelter A at Coffenbury Lake for a program on wild mushrooms followed by a hike to hunt for fungi. For more info contact Ranger Dane Osis 503-861-3170 x 41 or dane.osis@state.or.us .” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Guided Birding Walk at Steigerwald NWR”, Sunday, September 22, 8AM-11AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or eric_anderson@fws.gov. “Birdwatchers, both novice and experienced, are invited to come out and get a closer look at the refuges and the nature show created by the changing of the seasons. Experienced guides will identify birds, explain why habitat areas on the refuges provide vital resting stops for migrating birds, and discuss how the refuges are managed. Unusual sightings can surprise and excite birders on any of the hikes.” http://www.refugestewards.org/calendar.html

Sukkot on the Square”, Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Learn about the Sukkot holiday tradition. For the fifth year, all are invited to visit the Portland's Public Sukkah and enjoy seasonally themed snacks like honey cake and apples dipped in honey! While you are at it, a Chabad Rabbi on hand can help you make a blessing with a lulav and etrog.” http://www.chabadoregon.com/

Bicycle Bonanza”, Sunday, September 22, 9AM- 12PM, meeting at Johnson Creek Watershed Council, 1900 SE Milport Rd., Milwaukie, ending at Cartlandia, 8145-8315 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; Amy Lodholz at 503-652-7477 or amy@jcwc.org. “Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and others from your community on a group bike ride rain or shine. The bike ride will follow the creek upstream like a salmon, ending at Cartlandia. Participants will collect a playing card at five stops along the way and the best hand wins a prize. This bike ride will give you and your friends a chance to enjoy and explore some of the great cycling routes in Johnson Creek neighborhoods. The ride is about 8 to 10 miles long and will take about two hours to complete. Riders will return no later than 12pm.” http://jcwc.org/johnson-creek-bicycle-bonanza/

Music in Poetry: Jazz from Primal Mates”, Sunday, September 22, 1PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “This jazz chamber duo (vibraphone, cello and voice) presents a concert where words and music meet. Listen to poems set to music, music set to poems, and music from writers who were also accomplished composers, such as Paul Bowles and the Norwegian poet/singer Sidsel Endresen.” http://www.primalmates.com/

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival”, Sunday, September 22, 3PM, Woodstock Library. “Join us in celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. We will have a musical bilingual storytime, and fun-filled activities to welcome this traditional holiday.”

Weed Walk”, Sunday, September 22, 1PM-3PM, meeting at Pleasant Valley Elementary, 17625 SE Foster Rd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; contact Amy Lodholz at 503-652-7477 or amy@jcwc.org. “Weed Walk led by herbalist Randi Embree. Many weeds are used for agricultural and medicinal purposes. Learn more at this free educational event.” http://jcwc.org/

Hike at North Bonneville Heritage Trails, WA”, Sunday, September 22, 8:30AM- 3PM, North Bonneville, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/29 Easy hike, 3-4 miles with little elevation gain. “Join us on the first day of fall for a leisurely walk with trails volunteer Jake Meyer through the little-known network of paths in North Bonneville. We’ll learn some of the town's history, take in incredible views of the Gorge's canyon walls, and see if we can find bigfoot!”

Bug Blast”, Sunday, September 22, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum of History and Culture, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle, WA. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students with ID and youth ages 5 and up, free for kids ages 4 and under. “Bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, fly, buzz, or crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual family event. Get eye-to-eye with giant walking sticks, examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections, try some buggy snacks, and more! He’s Back! David George Gordon, AKA The Bug Chef, returns to Bug Blast with brand new recipes from his recently published book of entomophalolical delights, The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin. The Bug Chef will cook up tasty treats on the outdoor stage at 10:30 am, noon, and 1:30 pm. Can you eat them? Of course you can! Additional Bug Blast highlights: check out an ant cam, look into a honeycomb with live bees, make a fun bug craft, touch live bugs- if you dare!, learn about bug eating plants.” http://www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/bug_blast1

5th Annual Helvetia Culture Fest”, Sunday, September 22, 1PM-4PM, Accoyo Norte at Pacific Crest Alpacas, 12995 NW Bishop Rd., Helvetia, OR. There will be an admission fee, TBA. “The Helvetia Culture Fest features cultural events, music, dancing, local food and beverages, and entertainment for all ages. Details about each of these features will be available as soon as they are finalized.” In previous years performers from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Helvetia Alphorns have entertained.  http://www.HelvetiaCultureFest.org/details.php

Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out”, Monday, September 23, 5PM, Beaverton Library. “Drop in and read a short excerpt from a banned or challenged book on camera and we'll post your video on the American Library Association's video feed! What's your favorite banned or challenged book? "To Kill a Mockingbird?" "The Hunger Games?" There are so many! For lists of challenged books, see: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10 .” (Kids! You can read “The Dumb Bunnnies”!)

Brad Clark”, Tuesday, September 24, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Brad’s unique mix of storytelling and music will get you Diggin’ deep for summer reading fun.” http://bradcmusic.wordpress.com/

Fall Maintenance in the Garden”, Tuesday, September 24, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Part of their Master Gardener Series.

Dance Lessons”, Saturday, September 24, 5:30PM, Cedar Hills Crossing Mall, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Free. Suggested for ages 6-12. “We are celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week with free Dance Lessons. We'll try Line Dance, Ballroom, Swing Dance and Hip Hop. Join us at the new Beaverton Ballroom dance studio, inside the mall. This class is hosted by DanceWell Ballroom Instruction.” http://www.cedarhillscrossing.com/events

SukkahPDX: Pizza in the Hut”, Tuesday, September 24, 5:30PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. $10 per family. Preregistration required; call 503-226-3600. “Enjoy storytelling and pizza in the sukkahs while listening to pioneer stories of life ‘under the stars’ for Oregon’s first Jewish families. Afterwards, laugh with the comedians from ComedySportz as they give a performance for children of their famous improvisational slapstick comedy.” http://www.ojm.org/SukkahPDX.html

Forgotten Portland History: Chinese Vegetable Farmers of Portland”, Tuesday, September 24, 6PM, Albina Library. “For at least four decades, an extensive community of Chinese farmers lived in Goose Hollow (farming the steep slopes of the Tanner Creek Gulch), in Slabtown (farming the floodplains of Johnson Creek, Balch Creek and Guild's Lake), in Albina, Mt. Tabor and Sylvan. In this presentation from Portland historian Tracy J. Prince, you’ll discover this intriguing chapter in Portland's history, told with pictures of Tanner Creek Gulch, Johnson Creek Gulch, Balch Creek and Guild's Lake, with rare photos showing the Chinese farmers and their residences.” https://www.facebook.com/TracyJPrincePhD

Birding on the Kiwa Trail, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge”, Wednesday, September 25, 8AM-11AM, Ridgefield, WA. $3 day use fee per vehicle. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano on a walk on the Kiwa Trail looking for rails and bitterns. Meet at the Kiwa Trailhead parking lot on the River S Auto Tour Route at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington. The trail is a flat 1.5-mile walk and closes October 1, so last chance for this year.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/ridgefield-sept2013

Birding at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge”, Wednesday, September 25, 8:30AM-11AM. “Before the seasonal trails close, join Audubon Society leader Barbara Allen for a two-mile walk to look for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and other local birds. Meet at the refuge parking lot located just north of Sherwood off Hwy 99W.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/tualatin-sept2013

Comic Book Workshop”, Wednesday, September 25, 6PM, McMinnville Library, Carnegie Room. Preregistration required; call 503-435-5562. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Presented by Phil Yeh, the "Godfather of the Graphic Novel." http://www.ideaship.com/CAA/school_speaking/ssenter.html

Oregon Field Guide 25th Anniversary Celebration”, Wednesday, September 25, 6PM, World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://oregonfieldguide25.eventbrite.com/ “Please join us for a special evening celebrating Oregon Field Guide's 25 years of exploring this great region! 

Together, we’ve trekked the backcountry by llama and mountain unicycle. We've traveled from the coast to the far eastern reaches of the state with stories of diving into the frigid Pacific to modern day cattle drives. We've taken a close-up look at the health of offshore ecosystems and watched a dam fall. Not only have we shown you the best outdoor recreation and travel destinations across the Northwest, but we've also worked hard to bring you the smartest and most informed coverage of environmental and ecological concerns that affect this beautiful place we call home. 

To celebrate this milestone and kick off season 25, we're hosting a special celebration at the World Forestry Center with YOU, our viewers, who have made this all possible. At the event you will meet the Oregon Field Guide crew, both past and present, enjoy a behind-the-scenes panel discussion full of stories and videos from the show's 25 years on air, and get a sneak peek of Field Guide's season premiere episode - one of the most epic environmental stories the crew has had the opportunity to cover.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, September 26, 9AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Join us for bird walk at Hedges Creek Marsh. This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.”

Walk Down Music Memory Lane”, Thursday, September 26, 6:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Local pop music historian, Jim Pritchard, will talk about the various facets of pop history.” http://www.elderaudience.com/jim-pritchard-pop-music-historian-and-dj/

4th Annual Tomato Tasting”, Tuesday, September 26, 10AM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. “Do you want to taste tomato varieties before you spend the garden space to grow them? Do you want to enter and vote for your favorite tasty tomato varieties? Please come and taste heirloom, old standards and new varieties of tomatoes at the Washington County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at the Fair Complex. Participate in the judging and vote for your favorite tomato. Those wanting to share their own tomatoes are welcome to bring three or four samples of your favorite variety. Make sure they are labeled, washed and ready to slice. Any remaining tomatoes will be donated to the local food bank. You are also welcome to tour the demonstration garden and see interesting plants, ways to conserve space in your garden, how to attract bees to your garden and visit with fellow gardeners. We hope to see you and share this wonderful community resource garden. The Demonstration Gardens are located on the west side of the Fair Complex. Enter off of 28th Street at the Cloverleaf Parking lot.” http://www.metromastergardeners.org/washington/washtomato.php

Author Reading, “Lyanda Lynn Haupt”, Thursday, September 26, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Lyanda Lynn Haupt reads from her book, “The Urban Bestiary”. “In The Urban Bestiary, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt’s observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose ‘home’ is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth, and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, ‘The Urban Bestiary’ is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.” http://www.lyandalynnhaupt.com/

Oregon’s Alpenfest”, Thursday, September 26, 1PM to Sunday, September 29, 3PM, Oregon’s Little Switzerland, Highway 82, Joseph, OR. Ticket prices vary by day with discounted tickets for kids. More details on their website: http://oregonalpenfest.blogspot.com/ “Oregon's Alpenfest is a fun-filled four-day celebration of Swiss and Bavarian culture, cuisine and liquid refreshment in Wallowa County, Oregon's Little Switzerland. Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake host polka music, folk dancing, alphorn blowing and Swiss yodeling plus consumption of Joseph Trading Post bratwurst, the official sausage of Alpenfest; Terminal Gravity Vienna-style Alpenfest ale; and Eola Hills Alpenfest Oregon Riesling.”

Lessons from Lincoln: Is Political Bipartisanship Possible?", Thursday, September 26, 7PM, Oregon City Library. Presented by Lincoln expert, Richard Etulain. “Do today's political leaders have something to learn from Lincoln's adept use of bipartisanship during the Civil War? Learn if polarizing controversies of the 21st century might be helped by learning from Lincoln.”

Hike at Mosier Plateau, OR”, Friday, September 27, 1:30PM-7PM, Mosier Plateau Trail, OR. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/33 Easy hike, 3-4 miles, 400’ elevation gain. “Enjoy panoramic views as you walk our newly-built trail above the town of Mosier for this grand opening celebration hike! Gorge Town to Trails Project Manager Renee Tkach and other staff will be our guides as we learn about the history of the trail, what to expect in the spring (flowers!), best times and conditions to view the sunsets, partners that made the trail happen and future stewardship needs. This is an afternoon hike, leading from the trailhead at 2:30 for approximately three hours. Join us afterwards at the Thirsty Woman Brewpub. We will be walking on the newly-completed trail from Pocket Park, following Mosier Creek, and up the south slope of the plateau to the very top for breath-taking Gorge views!”

Hidden Portland: City Treasures!”, Friday, September 27, 10AM-12:30PM, meeting at Director Park. $18 for adults, $15 youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: http://knowyourcity.org/2013/09/27/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.”

8th Annual Dancing in the Square Powwow”, Friday, September 27, 12PM-7PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and other local Indian organizations for their 8th Annual ‘American Indian Day Celebration’. The event will include Northwest Tribal leaders, Indian advocates, drum groups, dancers, and arts and crafts vendors who will share their talents and experiences with the Portland community. Tribal organizations will set-up booths displaying health, education, youth and other programs they provide on behalf of Northwest Tribes and the Portland Indian community.” http://www.npaihb.org/calendar/event/2495

Beaverton Civic Theatre presents, “The Crucible”, Friday, September 27 through Sunday, October 13, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $5 youth ages 10 and under. (The opening Friday performance of each play offers discounted tickets in partnership with the New Friends of the Beaverton Civic Library. Tickets are $5 with the donation of a new or used book. Discounted tickets are available only at box office on the evening of the performance. No advance sales.) “Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in Old Salem is both a gripping historical play, and a timely parable of our contemporary society.” http://www.beavertoncivictheatre.org/tickets.html

Day of the Dead Indigenous Stories and Songs of Mexico”, Saturday, September 28, 10:30, Albina Library; and Sunday, September 29, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “Indigenous groups of Mexico have been creating their own stories and rhythms for many centuries. Nuestro Canto has gathered music from Nahuas, Purepechas, Serus, Mayas and Zapotecos to perform in its original form and language using ancient and native instruments. This program will combine stories and indigenous songs about Day of the Dead and will teach the audience about the history of this celebration.”  http://grupo-condor.com/

2013 Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo”, Saturday, September 28, 11:30AM-2:30PM, Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St., Gresham. This event follows the Teddy Bear Parade: http://www.sigresham.org/july-sept/ “Gresham prides itself in being a bike-friendly community, and we feel it's important to instill in children the proper rules for safe bike riding, including wearing a properly fitted bike helmet. To reach out to children and adults in the community, the City is partnering with Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) at our annual Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo. The Fair and Bike Rodeo will be held on the Arts Plaza, beginning at 11:30 a.m. – after the Teddy Bear Parade – and will end at 2:30 p.m. The ONA Constituent Association has purchased hundreds of bicycle helmets to give away, to provide new helmets to children and adults who may not be able to purchase a new helmet on their own. 
The event will also feature a bike rodeo, presented by the City's Transportation Planning Division, with help from staff and volunteers including Boy Scout Troup #664. Children should bring their own bikes to the bike rodeo, have their bikes checked at a safety station, learn about the rules of the road and then ride a practice course.” http://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/2013-Transportation-Safety-Fair-and-Bike-Rodeo/

Cider Squeeze”, Saturday, September 28, 10AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Highway 211, Eagle Creek, OR. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Press cider from your own apples $1 per gallon. Bring apples to the new lot on Eagle Creek Road. Press cider from our apples $3 per gallon. Gallon jugs are $1 each. Cup of cider $.75 and prepressed cider $7/gal. Meals, pies, baked goods and ice cream available. Hot dogs $2, BBQ beef sandwich $4, chips, soda, iced tea, juice. Live music all day, featuring Heartstrings, Extra Measure, and more. Tours of the house, store open for historic books, toys, games and souvenirs, 1860′s barn with corn-grinding and cross-cut saw, Build a log cabin, use the laundry scrubboard and wringer, check out our new wagon shed, and visit a living history log cabin. Blacksmithing and woodstove cooking demonstrations.” http://philipfosterfarm.com/pffwp/cider-squeeze/

Guided Birding Walk at Pierce NWR”, Saturday, September 28, 8AM-11AM, Pierce National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration is required; contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or eric_anderson@fws.gov. Pierce is not normally open to the public. “Birdwatchers, both novice and experienced, are invited to come out and get a closer look at the refuges and the nature show created by the changing of the seasons. Experienced guides will identify birds, explain why habitat areas on the refuges provide vital resting stops for migrating birds, and discuss how the refuges are managed. Unusual sightings can surprise and excite birders on any of the hikes.” http://www.refugestewards.org/calendar.html

Bread and Butter Day”, Saturday, September 28, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free. “One of our oldest events at the Mill, We will be teaching our young guests to churn butter and while we are busy churning, the boys are going to rolling, cutting, and frying fresh bread. Of course, our bread is made with the finest whole wheat milled right in front of you. So how can you top homemade bread with homemade butter? With cinnamon sugar, naturally!” http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/

Heroes in the Sky: The Greek Myths of the Constellations”, Saturday, September 28, 4PM, Goldendale Observatory, 1602 Observatory Dr., Goldendale, WA. “Since the dawn of time, man has looked up at night and seen images in the constellations formed by the stars. Each culture created stories about those images, making the night sky an illustrated storybook spread across the heavens. Dressed in the authentic costume of a woman from Ancient Greece, Tames Alan will take the audience on an adventure through the heavens, bringing to life the stories of Perseus and Orion. This interdisciplinary program combines the classical mythology of Ancient Greece with the science of astronomy. The audience will be entertained with masterful storytelling and will explore the constellations connected with these myths. They will learn how to find the constellations in the sky and learn about the stars, galaxies, and special features that make up the constellations.” http://livinghistorylectures.com/customs-and-culture/heroes-in-the-sky-greek-myths-of-the-constellations/

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve 10th Anniversary”, Saturday, September 28, 10AM-4PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “On Sept. 28 the Wetlands Education Center will have been open for 10 years. We’ve come a long way from a single-wide trailer with no plumbing and would like you to join us in a day-long celebration. Stop by activity tables throughout the Education Center to learn more about animal tracks, skulls, birds and pond life. Visit the Exhibit Hall, stop by the “make and take” table for a fun children’s art project, enjoy the amazing view from our covered deck and nosh on free popcorn. Audubon Society volunteers will showcase two live birds of prey from noon to 3 pm so you can visit them up close and learn about their amazing adaptations and life stories. Anytime during the day enjoy a walk around the Preserve and visit different points of interest and see the restoration projects that we’ve been working on for the past five years.” http://www.jacksonbottom.org/docs/HappyAnniversary_ml.pdf

Catch Me Telling Stories”, Saturday, September 28, 11AM, Midland Library. “Renee, a spoken word poet, performer and storyteller will entertain your whole family with an interactive performance that engages your senses, celebrates creativity, courage, and connectivity to our authentic selves and to each other. Renee performs from her heart and will provide tips for adults to keep the magical storytelling moments going at home. A performance treat for the whole family!” http://www.reneemitchellspeaks.org/#!

17th Annual Flock and Fiber Festival”, Saturday, September 28, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, September 29, 9AM-4PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., 
Canby, OR. Free admission and free parking. “The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival has grown significantly since its inception in 1997. The Festival includes three days of workshops and a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities. Our Mission is to exhibit and demonstrate the full spectrum of natural fibers (plant and animal) from beginning to end, 
from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product.” http://www.flockandfiberfestival.com/

The Great Waldo Hunt!”, Saturday, September 28, 11AM- 2PM, check-in at the red and white striped booth in Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. $5 per person, and children ages 3 and under are free. A fundraiser for Portland Public Schools. “Waldo and his friends Wenda, The Wizard, and Odlaw will be wandering around downtown. Your job is to find them! You will be given clues to help you find Waldo and the others, plus a checklist of items to find, just like in the books. Watch out for fake Waldos! Stick around for our giant Where's Waldo group picture on the steps of Pioneer Square at 2 PM. Wear red or white attire to make it harder to find the real Waldo in the picture! Everyone will get an information sheet about the game, including a street map showing the 9x9 block area that Waldo can be in, clues to help you, and a checklist of items to find. You win by taking a picture of you (or your group) with Waldo. There will be some small prizes for the winners, and a special prize if you find all the items on the checklist.” http://www.waldogamepdx.com/

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration”, Saturday, September 28, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We will celebrate with traditional Latin American music, a piñata, and fun activities for children. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.”

Nature Discovery Day”, Saturday, September 28, 11:30AM- 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Meet one of our tarantulas (optional) and learn all about cool spider adaptations. For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please. This is a free open-house style event suitable for all ages.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/nature-discovery-days/

Hands-On Learning Lego Master Builder Academy”, Saturday, September 28, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard (preregistration required; contact crm2371@bn.com or call 503.431.2088); and Saturday, September 28, 3PM, Barnes and Noble, Vancouver Plaza, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver (preregistration required; call 360-253-9007). Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Children will learn Lego Master Builder techniques of ‘sideways building’ and ‘alternate uses’ while creating their very own take-home robot!”

Festival Japan”, Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 11AM-5PM, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Free. “It’s time again for our annual Festival Japan. Festival Japan features cultural performances, information on Japan and Japan-related organizations, food vendors, and more. Come join us for one of the great family fun events of the year!” http://jaso.org/2013/08/festival-japan-sept-28-29-2013/ 

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest”, Saturday, September 28- October 31, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR. Lots more info here: http://www.woodenshoe.com/pumpkin-fest/

Author Reading, “Joseph Hopkins”, Saturday, September 28, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Joseph Hopkins reads from his children’s picture book, “The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever”. “Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens. Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.

 Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.

 Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.” http://books.simonandschuster.com/Tree-Lady/H-Joseph-Hopkins/9781442414020

Oregon Capitol Building’s 75th Birthday”, Saturday, September 28, 10AM-4PM, Tuesday, October 1, 11AM-4PM, and Saturday, October 5, 10AM-4PM, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR. “On October 1, 2013 one of Oregon's most distinctive building will turn 75! Originally dedicated in 1938, the current building is the third capitol in the state's history. We'll be celebrating on October 1st. We'll also be opening Saturday 9/28 and Saturday 10/5, with a scavenger hunt and activities for all! We hope to see you here!” https://www.facebook.com/OregonCapitol/events

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, September 28, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-636-9886 ext. 225. “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.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Grandparents, Grand Stories: My Family Tree”, Sunday, September 29, 2PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/grandparents-grand-stories-my-family-tree/14238 “Join us for this multi-generational event at St Johns Library. Your Family Tree: Discover genealogy resources, learn research tricks to tracking down your family history. Learn about specific resources helpful in tracing African American families. Letter Perfect Craft (family photo collage): Bring copies of your family photos to personalize this fun craft activity. Take home a personalized decoration that represents your unique family history. Family Tree Collage: Get a jump start on building your family tree chart. Little ones can craft a book of their own to take home. Music and Stories featuring Newel Briggs. Raised by his grandparents, the first 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 the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Birding on Sauvie Island’s Oak Island Trail”, Sunday, September 29, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Stroll the Oak Island trail on a free expert-guided walk with naturalist Elaine Murphy. Situated between Sturgeon and Steelman Lakes on Sauvie Island, this grassy peninsula and its towering oaks offer stellar birding opportunities. This time we'll watch Sandhill Cranes, and can also expect to see grassland, upland, and riparian species.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/sauvie_island_oak_island_trail_-September_29/ (Parking permits are required for is natural area which are $7 daily, and carpooling is an option for this trip. More info about the permit here: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/sauvie_island/.)

Forest Fungi- Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek”, Sunday, September 29, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/forest-fungi-mycological-marvels-of-tryon-creek-state-natural-area/ “Park Ranger and Mushroom Enthusiast Dane Osis from Fort Stevens State Park will visit Tryon Creek to share his knowledge of mushroom identification and ecology. This program will provide an introduction to the important ecological role that fungi fill as well as helpful tricks and tips for identifying Pacific North-west mushrooms. We'll then hit the trail to discover what species live in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.”

Author Reading, “Anne Barrows”, Sunday, September 29, 4PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Anne Barrows reads from her latest Ivy and Bean book, “Ivy and Bean Take the Case”. “Life is filled with unsolved mysteries, puzzling events, and perplexing questions. Luckily, Bean, Private Investigator, is here to help. She’s tough as shoe leather! She laughs at danger! She knows how to dust for fingerprints like a champ! She and her assistant, Ivy, can solve any mystery you have lying around. What? You have no mysteries? The kids of Pancake Court thought the same thing. They even laughed at Private Investigator Bean. They laughed until Private Investigator Bean and her assistant Ivy discovered the mystery that lurked in the heart of Pancake Court. The kids of Pancake Court weren’t laughing then! It’s a good thing that Private Investigator Bean and her assistant Ivy were ready, willing, and able to take the case.” http://www.anniebarrows.com/

Soldiers in Petticoats: The Struggles of the Suffragettes”, Monday, September 30, 7PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale, WA. “Tames Alan is an actress, historian, and instructor who has combined her skills to create an educational program for people of all ages. In this lecture, she appears in the authentic clothing of a suffragette and talks about the struggle of American women to gain the right to vote. In 1867, the passing of the 14th Amendment defined ‘citizen’ as ‘male,’ thus denying women the right to vote. Tames focuses on the turbulent time when many states granted women the right to vote only to have the privilege taken away by decisions made in Washington, DC. Learn how American women adopted the militant tactics of their English sister suffragettes to not only earn the right to vote but to be considered citizens of the country of which they were the founding mothers.” http://livinghistorylectures.com/costumed-programs/soldiers-in-petticoats-the-struggles-of-the-suffragettes/

Author Reading, “Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis”, Monday, September 30, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis will read from their book, “The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement”. “In 1998, when Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop, the little urban food bank was like thousands of other cramped, dreary, makeshift spaces, a last-hope refuge where desperate people could stave off hunger for one more day with a hamper full of canned salt, sugar and fat. The produce was wilted and the packaged foods were industry castoffs—mislabeled products and misguided experiments that no one wanted to buy. For users of the food bank, knowing that this was their best bet for a meal was a humiliating experience. Since that time, The Stop has undergone a radical reinvention. Participation has overcome embarrassment, and the isolation of poverty has been replaced with a vibrant community that uses food to build hope and skills, and to reach out to those who need a meal, a hand and a voice. What was once a simple food bank is now a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers’ markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. Celebrities and benefactors have embraced The Stop’s vision because they have never seen anything like it. Best of all, fourteen years after his journey started, Nick Saul is launching this neighborhood success story into the wider world. In telling the remarkable story of The Stop’s transformation, Saul and Curtis argue that we need a new politics of food, one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change.” http://thestop.org/the-stop-book

The Physics of Ballet”, Monday, September 30, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Dr. Ralf Widenhorn, professor of physics at Portland State University, and Gavin Larsen, principal dancer at Oregon Ballet Theatre. “Ballet dancers’ grace and beauty of movement is awe inspiring. They seem to float across the stage as if gravity doesn’t exist for them, but the laws of physics govern ballet dancers’ movements just as much as they determine how the rest of us move throughout our day. Dancers have learned how to use physics concepts such as force, impulse, inertia, and conservation of angular momentum to harness the energy created by their bodies and channel it into artful jumps and turns that wow audiences. But how do these concepts work? How do the countless hours of practice help dancers use physics to their advantage? How do these forces differ in their effect on regular audience members? At this Science Pub we will have live performances by dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre, help from physicists from PSU, and audience participation, all of which will help define and demonstrate how the laws of physics can be used to create the art of dance.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro/093013