Monday, September 30, 2013

Outstanding October

This is my list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of October 2013. I try to find events with some cultural or educational value.  I compile this list for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 1-5, but most have much wider appeal.  This month, my friend Stanley was going to help me out by proofreading.  But he was a bit indisposed- he was launched into space!  So please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations.


Salmon are returning to local rivers and streams. One of the best places to see them in the whole area is the Eagle Creek Trailhead http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Eagle_Creek_Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge. Cross the footbridge and you can walk right down beside the creek to see them up close. This article from a few years ago lists even more good spots for salmon viewing and explains proper salmon viewing etiquette: http://www.oregonlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2010/10/the_drama_upstream_salmon_view.html Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are in their glory this month! Look for a farm near you at http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm And this is the place for sharing good spots for fall color: http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/ As rain begins, Solve http://www.solv.org/ and Friends of Trees http://www.friendsoftrees.org/ begin tree planting events, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come!

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

Harvest Festival at French Prairie Gardens”, 17673 French Prairie Rd., St. Paul, OR. Free admission and free parking on weekends. Tuesday- Friday $6 per person, free for ages 1 and under. “Pumpkin patch, pig races, mazes and more!” http://www.fpgardens.com/  Yes, that's right, pig races.

Wonders of the Fall Sky”, Tuesday, October 1, 6PM, 7:15PM, and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, 
featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” More info and a campus map here: http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

From Print to Pixels: The Act of Reading in a Digital Age”, Tuesday, October 1, 6PM, Canby Library. “Meet author Mark Cunningham and join a thoughtful conversation about the future of reading and the impact of e-books.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, October 1, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘Three Times Lucky’ by Sheila Turnage. http://www.sheilaturnage.com/SheilaTurnage/Sheila_Turnage,_Author.html

Motion Magic Presents, “Cirque Du Libre”, Tuesday, October 1, 6:30PM, Tigard Library. “Enjoy traditional and original stories told through circus theater. Watch the ordinary become extraordinary. Embark on an adventure with acrobatic clowns, wild animals, juggling, hat tricks, a belly dancer and tons of audience participation!” http://www.motionmagic.net/teachers.html

Four Season Container Gardening”, Tuesday, October 1, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Learn the basics of growing in containers all year long. A Clackamas County Master Gardener will be here to discuss a great way to be budget conscious without having to give up the splendor of having containers filled with beautiful plantings year-round!”

Forgotten Portland History: Chinese Vegetable Farmers of Portland”, Tuesday, October 1, 6:15PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, October 5, 3PM, Belmont Library; and Tuesday, October 8, 6PM, Kenton 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

Little Word Writers Showcase”, Tuesday, October 1, 3:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Join Wordstock and the Multnomah County Library for a festival ‘sneak-peek’ event at the Central Library. Portland-based festival children’s authors will read climactic scenes from their newest books; featuring Judy Cox, Barbara Kerley and Liz Rusch. ‘Ukulele Hailey’ by Judy Cox, ‘The World is Waiting for You’ by Barbara Kerley, and ‘Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World’ by Liz Rusch.”

Discover Oregon State Parks”, Tuesday, October 1, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “Learn about the variety and beauty to be found in our state park system. Discover Oregon State Parks on Ted and Janet's Excellent Adventure.”

Lakewood Theatre Company Presents “Spamalot”, now 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

Author Talk, “Linda Ronstadt”, Tuesday, October 1, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Linda Ronstadt reads from her book, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir”. “Tracing the timeline of her remarkable life, Linda Ronstadt, whose forty-five year career has encompassed a wide array of musical styles, weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and ’70s.” 

Concert, “Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner”, Tuesday, October 1, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Celebrate music, celebrate the Friends, with Sally Harmon. Harmon will perform all time favorites on piano with Frank Gruner on bass.” http://www.sallyharmon.com/

Animal Tracking”, Wednesday, October 2, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/animaltracking13 There is also an optional ½ day field trip on Thursday, October 3, and you can register for both for $75. “In an evening class learn the basics of identifying individual animal tracks as well as how to recognize common patterns of tracks and what they mean. Through hands-on exercises you will learn tracking terminology and become familiar with family characteristics – which animals have four toes and which have five, different shapes of toe and heel pads, claws or no claws and more. Your instructor for the evening class is Steve Engel, Adult Education Program Manager for Portland Audubon. He has studied animal tracks for over thirty years and in the process amassed a large collection of plaster casts of footprints which will also be utilized during the class.” 

Oregon Battle Of the Books Book Club”, Wednesday, October 2, and Wednesday, October 16, 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

Concert, “2jazzguitars”, Wednesday, October 2, 7PM, Tigard Library. “2jazzguitars will play selected pieces from the first decade of the 20th century, including ragtime, the blues and the swinging jazz sounds of the big bands. Savor the sounds of the early history of America's original art form- jazz.” http://2jazzguitars.com/

Miniature Books”, Wednesdays, October 2, 16, and 30, 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.” October 2- Miniature Pop-Ups; October 16- Astronaut Wrist-Books; October 30- Flip Books and Thaumatropes. http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com/blog.html

Paper Plane Party”, Wednesday, October 2, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Put your paper folding skills to the test at our Paper Airplane Party and Competition. Join us on October 2 for a special program all about paper airplanes. Kids will learn to fold different types of paper airplanes for the first half of the program. In the second half, they will use their newly constructed planes to compete in paper plane contests, including a distance contest, an accuracy contest, and a coolest flyer contest.”

The Curious Case of the Endangered Snail Darter”, Thursday, October 3, 7PM, Reed College, Vollum Lecture Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Free. Campus map here: http://www.reed.edu/facilities_services/reed_static_map.html “Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act, one of the United States' strongest environmental laws, with a special talk by Law Professor Zygmunt Plater at Reed College. The famous Snail Darter case - the Supreme Court's 1978 decision in TVA v. Hill - still stands as the most important milestone in the Endangered Species Act's four decades of conservation. Charged with high drama, it featured a rag-tag band of environmentalists squaring off against one of the most prolific dam-building agencies on the planet. As a young law professor, Zyg Plater collected money in a hat to begin the fight against the Tennessee Valley Authority's scheme to build Tellico Dam – he was later fired for his efforts. The case was generally reported as “a silly little fish stopping a huge hydroelectric dam,” but the true story is quite different. Professor Plater will tell the amazing tale of how he and a handful of students and farmers carried their fight for the Little Tennessee River through the corridors of federal agencies, the U.S. Supreme Court, and finally to the President himself. It’s a story that has impact and resonates today, with environmentalists’ efforts to protect and restore endangered species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. Please join us for this exciting and enlightening presentation – how an important case has helped shape the Endangered Species Act's destiny. Sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lecture Fund and the economics department at Reed College. Co-sponsored by the Animal Law Journal of Lewis and Clark Law School and the Audubon Society of Portland – with special appearances by Portland Audubon’s Education Birds."http://events.reed.edu/posts/2013-14/lecture-zygmunt-plater.html

The Magenta Theater Company Presents, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Wednesday, October 2 through Saturday, 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

Evening Canoe the Slough”, Wednesday, October 2, 6PM and 7PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://columbiaslough.org/index.php/events/event/109/ “Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! Using equipment from NW Discoveries in their “bimaran” configuration, this trip is safe for infants and grandparents alike. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, and a canoe captain to steer - you provide the paddling muscle. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible!”

“Special Wacky Wednesday Featuring Artist Andrew Pate”, Wednesday, October 2, 2:15PM, Stevenson Community Library, Stevenson WA. “For elementary aged children on early release Wednesday. Artist Andrew Pate will lead the group in some special art activities.”

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, October 3, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Newspaper Chair Challenge!”

Homeschool Days”, Thursday, October 3, and Friday, October 4, 10AM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “We’re expanding our fall homeschool day from one day to two! Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a day of hands-on history!” http://philipfosterfarm.com/pffwp/homeschool-day/

Homeschool Program: Amazing Animals”, Thursday, October 3, and Thursday, October 17, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Welcome to our wild world! We'll learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. Craft time included.”

Author Talk, “David Moskowitz”, Thursday, October 3, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “Author and tracking expert David Moskowitz will be at Heron Hall the evening of October 3 for a presentation of his newest book, ‘Wolves in the Land of the Salmon.’ Long considered an icon of the wild, wolves capture our imagination and spark controversy. Humans are adult wolves’ only true natural predator. Their return to the old-growth forests and wild coastlines of the Pacific Northwest renews age-old questions about the value of wildlands and wildlife. As vivid stories unfold in this riveting and timely book, wolves emerge as smart, complex players in a vast interdependent ecosystem, uniquely adapted to one of the world’s most stunning regions. Observing them at close range, David Moskowitz explores how they live, hunt, and communicate, tracing their biology and ecology through firsthand encounters in the stunning wildlands of the Northwest. In the process he challenges assumptions about their role and the impact of even well-meaning human interventions.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/moskowitz-2013 http://davidmoskowitz.net

Pre-18th Century Clay and Ceramic Technology in the Pacific NW”, Thursday, October 3, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families. “Dr. Shelby Anderson will speak about aboriginal pottery and the Lake River ceramics in the museum’s collection.” http://www.cchmuseum.org/events/first-thursday/

Broadway Rose Theater Presents, “Lucky Stiff”, now 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/

Greek Festival”, Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 10AM-10PM, and Sunday, October 6, 12PM-8PM, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3131 NE Glisan St., Pdx. Admission is free but there is a charge for food and for kid’s activities. There will also be tours of the church and opportunities to observe services. “The Greek Festival remains a wonderful opportunity for us to share annually with over 15,000 guests from the Portland Metropolitan area our beautiful Greek Orthodox faith, our cherished cultural traditions, food, music, and dance.” http://www.goholytrinity.org/cGreekFest.html

Smith Rock 2013 Archaeology Celebration”, Fridays in October, 7PM-9PM, Smith Rock State Park, Welcome Center and Rex Barn. “Oct 4- Perry Choctoots from the Klamath Tribe; Oct 11- Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory, Leland Gilsen, former State of Oregon Archaeologist;  Oct 18- Tom Connely, U of O Professor of Anthropology Speaking on the Peopling of Western North America;  Oct 25- Wilson Wewa, Paiute historian, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Speaking on the Paiute Creation Myth.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvents&parkId=36

Ghadar Party Centennial Celebration”, Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, Astoria, OR. The Ghadar Party was an influential Indian Independence movement that started in Astoria, Oregon in the early 1900s with the aim of overthrowing British rule. Its historical significance is just being recognized, and this celebration commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the founding meeting of the Ghadar Party. Details here: http://www.astoriaghadar100.org/?pageid=45

John James Audubon’s The Birds of America”, Friday, October 4, 3PM; Tuesday, October 8, 1PM; and Thursday, October 17, 3PM, Central Library, John Wilson Special Collections. View one of the world’s most spectacular books: the double-elephant folio of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America (1827-1838).” This event is in conjunction with ‘The Nature of Nature: Depictions of the Natural World’ exhibit, from Sept. 28 through November 8. https://multcolib.org/events/nature-nature-depictions-natural-world-john-wilson-special-collections/14585

"Subsistence Hunting & Foraging: How To Get Started", Friday, October 4, 7PM, Trackers Earth Portland, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx.  Free.  "Join Trackers Earth's Hunting Immersion instructor Tom Prang as he discusses his nearly 30 years of experience living as a subsistence hunter, fisher, gleaner, and trapper across the West Coast and the wilds of Alaska.  Tom addresses the ways, ethics, and regulations of hunting and foraging to provide food for your family. He discusses his own adventures in the Alaskan bush and even covers subsistence hunting and foraging during his own time as a longtime educator in the Pacific Northwest. Bring an optional potluck dish if you feel like it. Families welcome. Plus, come early for a free taste of our Wilderness Skills Club begins at 6:15 and continues after lecture and includes:  demos in blacksmithing; lessons in fire-with-no-matches; time in our indoor archery range and more." http://trackerspdx.com/community-events.php#.UknUvChNCkQ

Old Apple Tree Festival”, Saturday, October 5, 11AM-3PM, Old Apple Tree Park, 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “The oldest living apple tree in the Northwest is 187 years young and ready to celebrate! Live music, children's activities, apple cider pressing, fruit tree workshops, apple tree cuttings, and more await the community at the annual Old Apple Tree Festival. This is a free, family-friendly event commemorating the rich history of Vancouver and the region.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/old-apple-tree-festival

Autumn Lantern Mobiles”, Saturday, October 5, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Wednesday, October 16, 5:30PM, Hollywood Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/autumn-lantern-mobiles/12587 ); Saturday, October 26, 10:30AM, Hillsdale Library; and Saturday, October 26, 2PM, Midland 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/

Spooky Science”, Saturday, October 5, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); Saturday, October 26, 11AM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM); and Wednesday, October 30, 3:30PM, Midland Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Mad Science has spooky fun down to a science! Count Eggbert sets the stage for a show chock full of exciting and engaging scientific Halloween surprises. Melting goo and floating objects included!”

Ft. Vancouver Lantern Tours”, Saturday, October 5, and Saturday, October 19, 6:30PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6230. “Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a park ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort's buildings. Finish of your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/lantern-tour.htm

Whistle Punk Animal Tracking”, Saturday, October 5, 9AM-4PM, Whistle Punk Trail, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/40 Easy hike, 2.5 miles with little elevation gain. “Hike historic Whistle Punk trail and meet with naturalist, tracker and author Linda Jo Hunter for a presentation on the science and art of animal tracking and behavior. Walk out to a little deck over one of the wetlands which is a great place to eat lunch, hear a program and watch birds.”

Author Reading, “Kim Griswell”, Saturday, October 5, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Kim Griswell reads from her picture book, “Rufus Goes to School”. “All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there's one problem: he's a pig and Principal Lipid says: “No pigs in school!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he's ready. But Mr. Lipid won't budge. Is there anything Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that's also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.” http://www.kimgriswell.com/www.kimgriswell.com/Back_to_School_with_Rufus%21/Back_to_School_with_Rufus%21.html

Fall Kite Festival”, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 10AM-4PM, D-River Wayside, Lincoln City. All the details here: http://www.oregoncoast.org/fall-kite-festival/

Muslim Journeys: The Ornament of the World”, Sunday, October 6, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Performance by musicians Al Andalus: 2-2:45 pm; Panel discussion of “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain” by Maria Rosa Menocal: 2:45-3:45 pm; Reception: 3:45-4:45 pm. “From 711-1492 CE, Andalusian Spain witnessed a cultural melding between Africa, the East and the West, as well as among Jews, Christians and Muslims. The period known as Al-Andalus produced profound and far-reaching consequences, setting the stage for the European Renaissance. In this performance, the Al Andalus Ensenble– inspired by The Ornament of the World and the spirit of Al-Andalus – will set the tone with new and original music, retaining the essential soul and spirit of the Arab, North African and European sources while fearlessly exploring new territory. In ‘The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain’, María Rosa Menocal brings to vivid life the rich and thriving city of Andalusia where – for more than seven centuries – Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, ‘profoundly rooted in the cultivation of the complexities, charms and challenges of contradictions,’ resulting in a culture where literature, science, and the arts flourished. In this special celebration, discussion of ‘The Ornament of the World’ will be guided by members of the three faiths as we aim to understand the past and explore new ways to recreate a contemporary community of tolerance. Music of the period from Al Andalus will enhance our experience, along with food and drink from Muslim cultures.” http://www.andalus.com/

Guided Birding Walk at Pierce NWR”, Saturday, October 5, 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

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays, October 4 through December 6 (no session Nov. 29), 6PM-8:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. $20 per session for adult/child pair, $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office. “Come as a family and play with clay! Includes glazes, firings, and 5lbs of clay. Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.” http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in October, 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

Veggie Car Races Family Fun Day”, Saturday, October 5, 1PM-3PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. Adults $9, seniors $8, youth 18 and under admitted free with a paid adult. “Join in the fun at the annual Classic Veggie Car Races just for kids. Children can put their ingenuity to work transforming humble veggies into fantastically engineered cars and race them on a 12 foot ramp for thrills and chills. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in this free and fun outdoor activity. Races start at 1 p.m.” http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/visit/calendar

"BrickCon 2013”, Saturday, October 5, 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, October 6, 9AM-3PM, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA. $9 per person, $32 per family of 4, free for kids 4 and under. “BrickCon Exhibition is the open-to-the-public portion of the BrickCon Convention, a four-day event for adult fans, collectors, and builders of LEGO®. Held in Seattle, WA, BrickCon Convention attendees from around the country and around the world come together to share friendships, show their LEGO® creations, learn from each other, and meet new friends. Celebrating its 12th Annual Event, BrickCon 2013 is the longest running fan-based LEGO® convention. On Saturday and Sunday, the general public is invited in to be amazed, observe our creations and meet our terrific builders. Learn some of their techniques, or just enjoy the creativity and humor so many builders include in their displays.” http://brickcon.org/

BirdFest”, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Most events are free, but a few have a cost or a preregistration requirement. See complete details here: http://ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest/schedule-of-events/ “A wonder-filled weekend of nature, wildlife, and Native American culture. Join the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Staff as we celebrate the coming of fall and the wildlife that make the Refuge their home. BirdFest is an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration.”

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, October 6, 5 PM-7:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid. Bhangra dance lesson at 5:45PM. “DJ Anjali welcomes people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.” http://www.anjaliandthekid.com/events/all-ages-bhangra-social-2013-10-06/

Apple Harvest Festival”, Saturday, October 5, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Enjoy one of the most popular harvest rituals of the season. Volunteers in period clothing will offer visitors a chance to press and sample fresh apple cider, sample Dutch oven baked apple desserts and hot cider, string apple circles to dry at home, and bob for apples in the big washtub, or, weather permitting, play snap apple. Reminiscent of the 1860s, the work accompanied by lively acoustic music of the era with acoustic string band Worn Out Shoes." http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvents&parkId=79

Willamette Falls Locks: Past, Present, and Future?”, Saturday, October 5, 2PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr, Oregon City. “Converse with the Army Corps of Engineers in a presentation on the history of this treasure of our industrial past and the issues surrounding the Locks' future commercial and recreational potential.”  http://www.clackamashistory.org/

Portland Retro Gaming Expo”, Saturday, October 5, 10AM-Midnight, and Sunday, October 6, 10AN-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Advance passes are $25 for the weekend, $20 for Saturday only, $15 for Sunday only, $100 for a family weekend pass for 5, and up to 2 kids are free with each paid adult admission. There will be all kinds of speakers, panel discussions, tournaments, a cosplay/costume contest, and the Supercade. “Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade has been an exhibitor and supporter of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo since our very first event in 2006. In 2013 PRGE has once again partnered with Ground Kontrol for a classic gaming experience like no other. We call it the Supercade. Put simply, it will be 20,000 square feet of full-size arcade cabs and pinball machines. All awesome and all set to FREEPLAY. It's like a museum that you can touch.” http://retrogamingexpo.com/

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Saturday, October 5, 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.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvents&parkId=129

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in October, 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.” October 5- Stories of Stumps, the History of Tryon Creek; October 12- What’s Underground; October 19- Clever Coyote; October 26- Plants Adjust to the Changing Seasons. http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Wordstock”, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $11 adults, $7 students with ID, free for kids 13 years and under. $2 discount for advance tickets. In addition to stuff for grownups, there will be “Little Word” Children’s Stage and Discovery Place. “Wordstock invites kids to celebrate reading and writing through engaging activities that encourage all levels of readers to develop and explore the writer’s craft. Come enjoy readings by children’s authors and illustrators, cozy up with a book in our Story Corner, or participate in a wide variety of other activities including word games and puzzles, and much more!” http://www.wordstockfestival.com/

Apple Cider Pressing Party and Harvest Potluck”, Sunday, October 6 1PM, Hillsboro. $10 per adult, $5 per child, $20 per family. Preregistration requested. Details of how to register and the address should be added to their website as the date approaches: http://www.portlandrevels.org/revels.php?page=calendar “Every autumn, Portland Revels looks forward to hosting its annual Apple Cider Press and Potluck Party. Based on the country truism that ‘many hands make light work’, Revels rounds up bushels of apples, sets up presses, and invites friends, neighbors and curious passers-by to come chop a few apples to feed the presses. The fruits of this labor are gallons galore of sweet, fresh apple juice. This year's party will be held from 1 to 6pm on Sunday, October 9th in Hillsboro. Live bluegrass music provided by Kevin Shay Johnson and Rick Meyers, as well as members of Bridgetown Morris and Renegade Rose Morris teams entertaining with song and dance. Once the apples are all squeezed, a potluck feast will be laid out and everyone will be invited to fill up their plate. By the end of the party, we anticipate guests will have a gallon of apple juice and a story or two to take home. To join in, guests should bring a labeled jug to collect a share of cider, and a potluck specialty dish to contribute. The entry fee raises funds for the Christmas Revels show.” 

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Sunday, October 6, 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_parkEvents&parkId=129

Author Talk, “Aimee Lyn Eaton”, Monday, October 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Teeming with the tension and passion that accompany one of North America’s most controversial apex predators, Collared tracks the events that unfolded when wolves from the reintroduced population of the northern Rocky Mountains dispersed west across state lines into Oregon. In a forthright and personal style, Aimee Lyn Eaton takes readers from meeting rooms in the state capitol to ranching communities in the rural northeast corner of the state. Using on-the-ground inquiry, field interviews, and in-depth research, she shares the story of how wolves returned to Oregon and the repercussions of their presence in the state.” http://drysidenotes.wordpress.com/category/or-x/

Cartoonists Talking: Nicole Georges and Marc Parker”, Monday, October 7, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Nicole J. Georges and Marc Parker present ‘Tell It Like It Tiz!’, an anthology book of comics and stories from the senior citizens of the Marie Smith Center in North Portland. Georges will present a live slide show of comics and stories from the center, and then lead a short workshop and QandA about this 7 year long project, and the how and why of putting together comics and zines with senior citizens and other underserved populations.” http://nicolejgeorges.blogspot.com/


Homeschool Archery”, Monday, October 7, and Monday, October 21, 10:30AM-12PM, Archer’s Afield, Tigard Plaza Shopping Center, lower level, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy., Tigard. $6.75 a session. All ages welcome. http://www.archersafield.com/homeschool.html

Eye on the Wild: Conservation Photographer Suzi Eszterhas”, Monday, October 7, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. “Award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas is one of the only women in her competitive, adventure-filled industry. She specializes in documenting the family life of endangered species. Based in California, Eszterhas spends several months each year in the field, photographing animals from the poles to the tropics. She is well known for her unprecedented work with newborns, including lions, cheetahs, tigers, gorillas, orangutans, penguins, bears, and sea otters. Much of her work has been published in Smithsonian, Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids, BBC Wildlife, and TIME magazines, as well as on Good Morning America and TODAY online. She is a fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers, and leads photography tours around the world. At OMSI Science Pub Portland, Eszterhas will share memorable anecdotes, technical expertise, and ridiculously cute images from her work photographing animal families in their wild habitats. Hear how she composes photos of tiger dens while riding on elephant-back in India, how she keeps herself safe while working with grizzly bears, how the animals respond to her and her camera, and how wildlife photography can help raise awareness of the problems facing wildlife today.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/100713   http://www.suzieszterhas.com/ 

Colors of the Jungle”, Tuesday, October 8, 4PM, Holgate Library; and Friday, October 11, 1PM, St. Johns 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.”

Northern Pygmy-Owls of Forest Park”, Tuesday, October 8, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Few birds are more fascinating than the Northern Pygmy-Owl, many of which live and nest right here in Portland’s Forest Park. The Northern Pygmy-Owl is a study in contrasts: tough, yet vulnerable; mysterious, yet daring. It avoids the darkness that other owls prefer, and boldly calls from the tops of tall trees; yet they are devilishly hard to see from the ground, and their skill as “ventriloquists” make that call hard to pin down. What are pygmy-owls really doing out there in the forest? How many owlets do breeding pairs produce, and how does that relate to habitat factors, timing of breeding, and diet? Are pygmy-owls diurnal or crepuscular? What do they have for breakfast and how is that different from lunch? How brief is the life of a pygmy-owl? Join biologist and Northern Pygmy-Owl expert John Deshler at Portland Audubon’s October Nature Night as he explores the answers to these questions. John will use data, as well as amazing photographs and video, to illuminate the ecology of this captivating and often elusive forest denizen.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-oct2013 There is usually lots of parking at the parking area for Upper Macleay Park, just east of the Audubon Society on the north side of Cornell Rd. Bring a flashlight for the short trail to the Audubon Society and be prepared for mud.

Empowered Parenting: Take the Hassles out of Homework”, Tuesday, October 8, 10AM and 7PM, Van Raden Community Center, 8535 SW Tualatin Rd., Tualatin. $20 for Tualatin residents and $25 for non-residents. Preregistration required; register online through the Tualatin Library website: http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/calendar/2013-09/2013-10 “Just a month ago were you one of those parents who couldn't wait to have your children back in school, with structure, routine, and HOMEWORK? And now do you feel like every night is a night of homework hassles? Telling your child to do their homework is often received and responded to the same way as ‘Take out the garbage!’ or ‘Clean up your room!’ or ‘Be nice to your sister!’ Homework Hassles can be tough on a relationship. If you feel like you are having to be the Bad Cop all the time just to get them to do their assignments, take a breath. Learn how to lessen the power struggles, teach responsibility and goal setting, and demonstrate ways to encourage and self-motivate children.”

Author Talk, “Lois Leveen”, Tuesday, October 8, 6:45PM, Capitol Hill Library; Thursday, October 10, 2PM, Gresham Library; Monday, October 14, 6:30PM, Troutdale Library; Tuesday, October 15, 6:30PM, Kenton Library; Wednesday, October 16, 1PM, Midland Library; and Tuesday, October 22, 6:30PM, Fairview-Columbia 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/

Author Talk, “A. Scott Berg”. Tuesday, October 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. A. Scott Berg will read from his book, “Wilson”. “From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times–bestselling author A. Scott Berg comes the definitive—and revelatory—biography of one of the great American figures of modern times. One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson--the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.”

Alter Wiener, Holocaust Survivor”, Tuesday, October 8, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. “Alter Wiener's father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany. He survived five camps. Upon liberation, by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed 80 lbs.” http://www.alterwiener.com/ 

Oregon Battle Of the Books Book Club”, Tuesday, October 8, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for 3rd-5th grade. Preregistration required; call 503-691-3083. “Do you like to read? Do you like to get free books? Are you in 3rd through 5th grade? If so, you are invited to join our Oregon Battle of the Books Club! Each month from October through March, we will talk about two great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd through 5th grade. Every child who registers for a session will receive free copies of the two books being discussed in that session. Registration is required. Registration will open six weeks prior to each book club meeting. Registration is limited to 20 kids, so sign up early! If you are registered, you can come to the library to get your free books up to three weeks before the book club meeting. Get ready to do some book battling! On Tuesday October 8 at 4:00 pm, we will discuss Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson.” http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage

Symphony Storytime”, Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1PM, Kenton Library. “Each one-hour storytime features one of the four families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Children and their parents experience a live musical collaboration between the library reader and an Oregon Symphony musician 4 times in a month at each location. Musicians play short selections, talk a little about their instrument and, after the stories are read aloud, audience members can try out each instrument!” http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/storytimes.aspx

"Home Education Day:  Put A Bird On It", Wednesday, October 9, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  $6 per child; free for kids 3 and under.  Suggested for ages 8-12. Preregistration required; contact education@WashingtonCountyMuseum.org or 503-645-5353, ext. 133. In conjunction with the exhibit, "Put A Bird On It:  Nature Photography of  William Finely 1976- 1953"  "Hands-on activities will teach students more about the photography and life of conservationist William Finely. Examine the functions of different beak shapes, do a scavenger hunt in the exhibit, learn about the history of photography and make a bird house and a sun print to take home.  Includes a two-hour presentation with hands-on activities and admission to the Museum gallery." http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/homeeddays

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, October 10, 8AM, 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.”

The Read Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, October 10, 6PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground WA. “This is a "starter" book discussion group geared towards children 5-10 yrs. of age and their accompanying adult! Pick up a copy of the book from the library read it together and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! This month’s title: ‘Double Dog Dare’ by Lisa Graff.” http://www.lisagraff.com/books.html

Origami After School”, Thursday, October 10, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield WA. “Kids! Teens! Join Sensei Lois to learn the ancient secrets of origami folding.”

Mathmania”, Thursday, October 10, 3:30PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. “Have fun with math activities.”

Tears of Joy Presents, “Papagayo”, Thursday, October 10, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3PM. “Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the daytime slumber of the Animales De La Noche. But when the Ancient Moon Dog wakes up, and starts to eat the moon, the Night Animals are too afraid to do anything. Only Papagayo knows what to do. The Night Animals learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Fun and interactive, this bilingual one person show brings the Guatemalan jungle to life with brightly colored puppets. Join us as we sing, hoot, croak , crow, and work together to scare away the Moon Dog!” http://www.tojt.org/schools/smallershows/

Science-gami”, Thursday, October 10, 3:30PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/science-gami/13651 “Folding origami models is fun and challenging, but it can be educational too! As we fold models of different animals and insects, we experience storytelling and learn facts about them too. This workshop is fun when parents and children share the experience. All ages are welcome. Children under 8 years old should have an older friend or family member with them. No experience is necessary.”

Author Talk, “Ed Viesturs”, Wednesday, October 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Ed Viesturs reads from his book, “The Mountain: My Time on Mt. Everest”. “Veteran world-class climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs—the only Amer­ican to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks and the sixth person to do so without supplemental oxygen—trains his sights on Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth, in richly detailed accounts of expeditions that are by turns personal, harrowing, deadly, and inspiring. The world’s most famous mountain, Everest remains for serious high-altitude climbers the ultimate goal. Viesturs has gone on eleven expeditions to Everest, reaching the summit seven times. He’s spent more than two years of his life on the mountain. No climber today is better poised to survey Everest’s various ascents—both personal and historic. In The Mountain, Viesturs delivers just that: riveting you-are-there accounts of his own climbs as well as vivid narratives of some of the more famous and infamous climbs throughout the last century, when the honor of nations often hung in the balance, depending on which climbers summited first.” http://www.edviesturs.com/

Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show”, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, October 13, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. Over 30 vendors selling rocks, minerals, beads, fossils, jewelry, etc. http://www.portlandregionalgemandmineral.org/

Portland Nursery Apple Tasting”, Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, and Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. Bring a can of food for the Portland Impact food drive. “Our 26th annual Apple Tasting is just around the corner. This has been a great year for fruit, so we expect to be well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound, as many as 60 different varieties in all! Please note that Friday, October 18 is Field Trip Day; in the morning and early afternoon we are host to hundreds of kids from area schools.  The tasting lines will be open during all six days of this free event, and likewise our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting.”  http://www.portlandnursery.com/events/appletasting.shtml

Portland Tattoo Expo”, Friday, October 11, 2PM-10PM, Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 12PM-10PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $20 for one day or $40 for a three day pass. Could be an interesting way to learn about this popular folk art. http://www.portlandtattooexpo.com/home.html

LEGO KidsFest Oregon”, Friday, October 11, 4PM-8:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 9AM-1:30PM and 3PM-7:30PM, and Sunday, October 13, 9AM-1:30PM and 3PM-7:30PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Adults $20, Kids 3-17 and seniors $18, free for kids 2 and under. “The LEGO KidsFest, a giant nationally-traveling LEGO expo, is coming to Oregon for the first time, October 11 – 13, 2013 at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Games, LEGO Ninjago, and LEGO Friends, group builds such as Creation Nation and the LEGO Art Gallery, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering over three acres of space.” http://www.legokidsfest.com/portland/  

Jugglemania with Rhys Thomas”, Friday, October 11, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Jugglemania is hilarity and dexterity! Rhys Thomas shares the books and tricks that have propelled him through 18 countries and almost 30 years of comedy juggling adventure.” http://www.jugglemania.com/Hi.html

"Dragonflies", Friday, October 11, 11AM, West Slope Library. Suggested for ages 4 and up. "The Nature Park Interpretive Center Nature Mobile brings a special program to the library, all about dragonflies and metamorphosis! This will be a fun and interactive program, with stories and activities that illuminate the life cycle of the dragonfly, and how it lives in and interacts with its environment."

Creatures of the Night”, Saturday, October 12, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. $6 per person. Suggested for grades K-6. Preregistration required. Register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/creatures-of-the-night/ “Discover how creatures of the night use their powerful sense of smell during this exciting evening of night hikes (hike times will be assigned during check-in) and nocturnal activities. Did you know that moths can smell a mate up to 7 miles away? We will explore these amazing insects as well as learn how beavers use scent to mark territory and detect predators and how coyotes use smell to find food. Through hands-on activities we will learn about these animals’ adaptations as well as test our own sense of smell.”

Book Signing, “June Reynolds”, Saturday, October 12, 10AM-2PM, Sherwood Library. “Sherwood’s own June Reynolds will be signing her newest book, ‘Something in the Sky’ in the Library from 10am to 2pm. It is a present-day story about a boy and his family moving from Arizona to Sherwood, Oregon. June will have her other books available, as well.”

“Paper Mache Fun!”, a two session workshop on both Saturday, October 12, and Saturday, October 19, 10AM-12PM, Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Kids! Teens! The first day we will craft creatures out of wire hangers, newspaper, tape, and sheets dipped in warm water mixed with glue. This process typically takes an hour an half to two hours. Next Saturday we will paint our creations and add horns, teeth, claws, etc.”

Concert, “Linda Lee Michelet’s Rendezvous”, Saturday, October 12, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Classic rock hits, from The Beatles to Journey.” http://www.rendezvouspdx.com/

Tricky Tricky Trickster Tales”, Saturday, October 12, 10:30AM, Albina Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Chase away the winter blues with spirited trickster tales from Oregon’s many cultural traditions. Tricky frogs, a guinea pig from Peru, wily coyotes and a hot-tempered mule romp through a lively program of world stories and songs by master storyteller Anne Rutherford.” http://www.annerutherford.com/

Dating and Identifying Old Photographs”, Saturday, October 12, 10AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon's October meeting topic will be "Dating and Identifying Old Photographs." Meetings are free and open to members and non-members. Learn the basic techniques that can be used to date and identify old photographs. A methodology will be presented that includes techniques for analyzing the type of photograph, the subject and setting, the occasion, and the location of a photograph. Techniques will also be presented that can be used to identify the people in your old photographs once an approximate date has been established. Preservation supplies and techniques for storing and scanning old photos will be discussed. Period photographs from the presenter’s personal collection will be available for attendees to examine. Attendees are encouraged to bring one or two photos of their own family that they would like assistance dating or identifying.” http://www.gswco.org/

Altered Book Art”, Saturday, October 12, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades K-6. “Alter book pages into unique art pieces using a variety of craft materials.”

Jammin’ with Johnny”, Saturday, October 12, 1PM, Holgate Library. Free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM. “Johnny performs original songs, as well as some old-time folk favorites for children (and their grown-ups!). The program is filled with sing-a-longs, movement, humor, and energy.” http://www.johnnykeener.com/

Open Your Eyes to Wildlife Teacher Workshop”, Saturday, October 12, 8:30AM-2PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. For K-8 educators. Preregistration required; email Gardiner Platt gardiner_platt@fws.gov with your name, phone number, school name and address, and grade(s) you teach, or call 503-625-5944 x239 for more information. “For K-8 educators who want to gain skills in taking students outside, incorporating interdisciplinary lessons into the classroom, and acquiring the tools needed to lead a Refuge field trip. Teachers who have already attended a Refuge workshop are encouraged to attend again, as the Refuge is constantly updating their resources and materials.” http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/

How To Give Your Readers Chills”, Saturday, October 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘How to Give Your Readers Chills,’ a writing workshop for young adults, local author Cat Winters offers tips and tools for creating spooky tales that will send chills down readers' spines. Cat's debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Horror Novels for Youth, and she's eager to share her eerie writing secrets this Halloween season.” http://www.catwinters.com/

Steigerwald Lake NWR Bird Walk”, Saturday,, October 12, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr, Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Enjoy the sights and sounds of migrating and wintering geese, ducks and other birds on this free expert-guided bird walk at the gateway to the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. An easy 10-mile drive from Vancouver, Steigerwald Lake offers historic riverine flood plain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and stands of Oregon white oak, as well as great views of the Columbia River.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/steigerwald_lake_national_wildlife_refuge_bird_walk_march_25/

Backyard Composting Workshop”, Saturday, October 12, 10AM, CASEE, 11104 NE 149th Ave., Brush Prairie, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: https://columbiasprings.wufoo.com/forms/2013-fall-master-composterrecycler-workshops/ “Learn the basics of backyard composting in a free workshop that includes a visit to a composting demonstration site, an overview of various composting bins and systems, and a classroom orientation the science of composting.” http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/mcrworkshops/

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, October 12, 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/ 

Herb Walk”, Saturday, October 12, 1PM, Forest Park, Newton Road Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=207124 “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.”

Columbia Flyway”, Saturday, October 12, 1PM-4PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to join us at the Water Center to celebrate Public Power Month. Come enjoy the Electri-City safety demonstration and learn tips about how your family can outsmart energy waste. Kids can make electrical safety buttons and everyone can learn more about programs and services Clark Public Utilities offers to use electricity and water wisely. Help commemorate Clark Public Utilities’ 75th anniversary as they have been providing power to residents and businesses of Clark County since 1938.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Concert, “Mo Phillips”, Saturday, October 12, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Rock the kindie music scene with awesome guitarist and singer Mo Phillips.” http://www.mophillips.com/

Back to School: 16th Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, October 12, 12PM-10PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Come out to help us party down with live music, food and drink specials, kids' silliness and more.” 12PM- The Alphabeticians; 2PM- Everything’s Jake; 4PM- The Jake Blair Band; 6:30PM- Ashleigh Flynn; 8:30PM- Ants in the Kitchen. http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/118807-Back-to-School-16th-Birthday-Celebration

Night Hike at Steigerwald Lake NWR”, Saturday, October 12, 5:45PM-9PM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; contact Refuge Steward Joan Durgin (360) 834-5621 or jdurgin1@hotmail.com. “A unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Refuge after hours - use your ears not your eyes as we use a bat detector to locate bats and listen for other night time residents!” http://www.refugestewards.org/calendar.html

Barely Boo with Rick Huddle”, Sunday, October 12, 3:30PM, Kenton Library; Saturday, October 19, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Saturday, October 19, 5PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out at 4:30PM). “Hear a collection of ghostly stories and songs that will keep the kids laughing, but won't keep them up at night! In this performance, storyteller and musician Rick Huddle will take you on an adventure that will make both children and adults laugh and sing as you learn all about those things that go bump in the night!” http://www.rickhuddle.com/welcome.html

Parlor of Wonders”, Saturday, October 12, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Come enjoy the magical world of Tim Alexander as he presents the
 Parlor of Wonders Magic Show!” http://www.parlorofwonders.com/Portland_Magic/Portland_Magix.html

Fernhill Wetlands Birds and Brew Festival”, Saturday, October 12, 8AM-12PM, Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fernhill Rd., Forest Grove, OR. Free. “8AM-Head out on a walk led by renowned birding guide and author John Rakestraw. 9AM-Join lens-master Scott Carpenter for a tour focused on the art of wildlife photography. 10AM- It’s a ‘kids first’ tour led by celebrated urban naturalist and legendary spotting-scope adjuster Mike Houck, though adults are welcome too. 11AM- Please join Clean Water Services deputy general manager Diane Taniguchi-Dennis to learn from a visionary about the processes both ongoing and upcoming that will transform Fernhill into a world-class demonstration of the intersection of wastewater treatment and healthy wetlands and waterways. Fernhill Wetlands is in the midst of a massive makeover and the changes are spectacular. Fernhill's second annual Birds and Brew festivities will feature tours on the hour, one of which will be led by Portland Audubon urban naturalist Mike Houck. Friends of Fernhill Wetlands, Fernhill Wetlands Council and Clean Water Services staff will be on hand all morning. Enjoy a special morning that promises to be both educational and fun for kids of all ages. Start your day with a cup of specially blended, private label joe from BJ’s Coffee Company and breakfast snacks from Maggie’s Buns, two local businesses that are donating proceeds from their sales to the Friends of Fernhill Wetlands. You'll also have a chance to add to your art collection with photographs by tour leader Scott Carpenter and works by other local wildlife artists.” http://www.ci.forest-grove.or.us/residents/fernhill-wetlands.html 

Portland Pet Expo”, Saturday, October 12, 10AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission and free parking. “Tons of exhibitors, prize giveaways and fun for both the two-legged and four-legged. Dozens of rescue groups and a mega-adoption event. Discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives. Free nail trims. Live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, author readings/signings, the latest and greatest pet products. You’re welcome to bring your dog or your bird or even your lizard – just make sure that you have proof of current age-appropriate immunizations (if applicable) and that your canine companion is on a non-retractable lead.” http://www.portlandpetexpo.com/

Portland Open Studios”, Saturday and Sunday, October 12, 13. 19, and 20, 10AM-5PM, Portland. This year there are three formats for maps, a full color tour guide for $20, a map only ticket for $7.50, and an iPhone app for $9.99 that will be available through the iTunes store in early September. The first two will be available at New Seasons; Muse, Collage; I’ve Been Framed and Columbia Art Supplies. “Portland Open Studios is an annual self-guided tour to visit the studios of 100 artists throughout the Portland, Oregon metro area. These artists in a myriad of disciplines will show you their work, their processes, their spaces, and a little of what it means to be an artist in this great city. Watch, learn, explore.” See artists at work in many different mediums. Highly recommended! http://www.portlandopenstudios.com/

"Tales of the Engagé", Saturday, October 12, and Saturday, October 26, 7PM-8PM, Fort Vancouver National Historical Site. "Tales of the Engagés is a free, evening storytelling event. Costumed interpreters share stories by the fire about the adventures, toils, and triumphs of working class employees from the Hudson's Bay Company's past. Step back in time with a ‘campfire program’ of the 1840’s. Join the Engagés of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they share their stories of life at Fort Vancouver. The one hour program will take place at the Fort." http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/events.htm

Mask Exploration”, Saturday, October 12, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Tuesday, October 22, 2:30PM, Northwest Library. “Join artist Sarah Ferguson in creating bright, colorful masks using recycled and found objects. All materials provided.”

Museum Collection Open House”, Saturday, October 12, 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 October topic: Spruce Mill Soldiers. “During World War I, Vancouver Barracks was home to the world's largest Spruce Cut Up Mill, built to manufacture lumber for airplanes. Historic and archaeological artifacts from our collection will tell the story of this huge complex, and the soldiers who lived and worked here.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/historyculture/museumcollectionopenhouse.htm

Pressed Flowers”, Saturday, October 13, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Enjoy the memories of summer by creating a beautiful keepsake.” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org/

Curious Garden”, Sunday, October 13, 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.”

Guided Birding Walk at Steigerwald NWR”, Sunday, October 13, 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

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, October 13, 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.”

Cooper Mountain Kid’s Walk”, Sunday, October 13, 10AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. Free. Suggested for ages 8-12. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Child educator and naturalist Elaine Murphy introduces kids to the plants and animals that live in Cooper Mountain Nature Park on a free nature walk. Visit Cooper Mountain Nature Park and take a close look at the forest life discovered using bug boxes, magnifiers, a field microscope, and a bird spotting scope. See natural artifacts like skulls, and animal evidence like pellets and chews.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/cooper_mountain_kids_walk_-_october_13th/

Red Yarn”, Monday, October 14, 12PM, Portland5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby,1111 SW Broadway. Free. All ages. “Red Yarn is a dynamic children’s performer, weaving live music, puppetry and interactive storytelling into engaging shows for family audiences. Whether performing solo or with the Red Yarn Puppet Band, the red-bearded bard teaches positive values while reinvigorating American folklore for younger generations.” http://redyarnprojects.blogspot.com/

The Wonderful World of Moss!”, Tuesday, October 15, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. “Moss – found wherever you look in Portland – is an amazing, and ancient, survival machine. Though these small, fuzzy, and unassuming green plants are the bane of Portland rooftops, mosses grow on every continent, house a bizarre assortment of tiny, but terrifying, creatures, and may hold the key to global climate change. But, how much do we really know about the diminutive, secretive, and successful world of the mosses? In this talk, plant biologist Todd Rosenstiel, will chronicle the global revolution in moss biology, and discuss the surprising and misunderstood world of Earth’s most ubiquitous plants. His research team has discovered that mosses are remarkably more sophisticated than previously understood, with incredibly diverse and complicated sex lives, and have surprising and important roles in influencing Earth’s climate, and regulating the health of our own Northwest ecosystems.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/101513 It is very difficult to park in the Pearl and seating is limited, so my advice is to get there early!

Fall and Winter Gardening”, Tuesday, October 15, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Learn how to extend the gardening season, and to enjoy fresh vegetables all year long.” 

Along the Way: El Camino de Santiago in Spain and Breaking Bread with Women in Morocco”, Tuesday, October 15, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Crystal Steinmueller spent the summer completing a 1,000 kilometer trek on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain, in honor of her twin sister. She followed up the trek by volunteering at a women's training center in Marrakesh, Morocco. Crystal will share insights from along The Way in her slideshow and talk. She is a native Vancouverite and a world traveler.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, October 15, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky.” http://www.kathrynlasky.com/KK/Wolves.html

Author Talk, “Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut”, Tuesday, October 15, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. They read from their book, “The Secret Language of Color”. “Color influences every single moment of our day and pervades all aspects of life. From the subatomic realm and the natural world to human culture, our world is color-coded. ‘The Secret Language of Color’ explores color's countless manifestations, providing insight into such phenomena as the visible spectrum, light absorption and reflection, how humans see color, how vision evolved, the sky, rainbows, colored gems, animal pigmentation, how animals use color to find mates and to protect themselves, and the use of color in human religion, ritual, design, navigation, communication, and personal identity.”

Spy School”, Tuesday, October 15, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Think you have what it takes to be a spy? Make disguises, create secret messages, and take a super sleuthing challenge.”

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, October 15, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 and an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read ‘Wonderstruck’ by Brian Selznick.” http://www.wonderstruckthebook.com/

What Every Parent Should Know About Wills, Trusts and Choosing a Guardian”, Tuesday, October 15, 7PM, Garden Home Library. For adults, but I’m including this event because it’s so relevant for any parent. “Our children are our greatest treasures, yet 74% of parents do not have a will. Of the 26% who do, most have made at least 1 of 10 most common mistakes that leave their children, family and estate at risk. Receive practical advise to safeguard your assets and health care wishes during and after your lifetime. Acquire up to date knowledge about wills, children testamentary trusts and heath care documents, issues regarding guardianship, conservatorships plus power of attorney. Explore strategies to minimize or eliminate the Oregon estate taxes, avoid probate and retain complete control over to whom, how and when your estate is distributed. Michelle-Shari will be going over the 10 common mistakes and so much more.”

Concert, “Ricardo Cardenas”, Wednesday, October 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Ricardo Cárdenas was born in Punta Arenas in the Patagonian region of Chile. He began studying traditional Latin American music and classical guitar with Fernando Bargetto and later continued his studies at university in his country. He plays South American classical music for guitar, and also covers composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos from Brazil, Antonio Lauro from Venezuela, Jorge Cardoso from Argentina, Violeta Parra from Chile and others.” http://www.cardenasmusic.com/

Birding on Sauvie Island”, Thursday, October 17, 8:30AM-11:30AM.  Lead by Portland Audubon. "We will meet at the General Store near the bridge, where required Island parking permits are sold. If we can meet by 8:30 a.m. we will arrange carpooling to keep the number of cars down. Registration is required; please contact Dudley Thomas at dbthomas70@gmail.com” Parking permits can also be purchased online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp if you can print it yourself.   http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/sauvie-oct2013

Corrido Calavera”, Thursday, October 17 through November 10, Miracle Theatre Group, 425 SE 6th Ave., Pdx. Ticket prices vary. Bilingual. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Each year the dead are commemorated in the oldest celebration of the Day of the Dead in Portland. This year’s show directed by Lakin Valdez of the legendary Teatro Campesino, will delight in the style of the classic obra calavera. Broad physical language, musicality, raunchy humor and bitter irony such as one might encounter during the Day of the Dead in Mexico, interweaves with a modern twist! Join the muertitos as they wake up in a new reality and learn to let go of the crazy dreams of life!” http://www.milagro.org/2-BoxOffice-Taquilla/tickets.html

Ancient Cataclysmic Floods”, Thursday, October 17, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Very popular speaker: Scott Burns, (Geology Professor, Portland State University) Ph.D., University of Colorado, Geology, 1980. M.S. Stanford University, Physical Science, 1970. B.S. Stanford University, Chemistry, 1969. and co-author of the revised second edition of Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods., will present ‘Ancient Cataclysmic Floods’.” http://www.iafi.org/events.asp Professor Burns gives a very good introduction to this topic.

Author Night at the Library”, Thursday, October 17, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “On this very special evening, audience members will be treated to not one author, but two! Join Brian Doyle and Virginia Euwer Wolf at the library, as they read from their work, and entertain each other in conversation, perhaps about writing and reading but perhaps also about chess, hawks, noses, basketball, violins, beer and excellent shoes. Doyle is the author of the novel Mink River, among other books of essays and fiction; Wolff, an Oregon City resident, is the National Book Award-winning author of six books for young adults.”

Concert, “Whistlin’ Rufus”, Friday, October 18, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3340 SE Francis St., Pdx. $5 donation requested per person or $15 per family. “The Whistlin' Rufus musicians bring a lot of experience to the stage and have roots in Classical, Irish, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll and Jazz music. When you stir it all together combining their exciting knack for arrangements, their three and four part vocal harmonies, original ballads and toe tapping fiddle tunes, well, you end up with Whistlin' Rufus.” http://www.communitymusiccenter.org/newcmc/news.events/concert.calendar.htm http://whistlinrufus.com/Bio.html 

Day of the Dead Indigenous Stories and Songs of Mexico”, Saturday, October 19, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland 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/

10th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta”, Saturday, October 19, 10AM-4PM, Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy. Over the last 9 years the award-winning West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta has become Oregon's best October event. Spectators come from not only the Pacific Northwest but also from all over the United States and Canada.” http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/west-coast-giant-pumpkin-regatta-official-page

Author Reading, “Matthew Porter”, Saturday, October 19, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Matthew Porter reads from his picture book, “Monkey World: The Thunderbolt Express”. “’All aboard!’ calls the station master. So starts a magical train ride with Jango Jenkins and his Dixieland Band, Oscar the magician, Miss Trixie and her pug dog Napoleon. This is about what happens when a pleasant journey goes all wrong. The pug goes missing. The bridge ahead is missing. And, the handle on the train brake is broken. Only in ‘Monkey World’ can the solution to this pickle involve shedding all weight to attempt to fly the train!” http://matthewporterart.indiemade.com/

Jane Austen Festival”, Saturday, October 19, 10AM-6PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Calling all Janeites and Austen lovers! In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, join us for three movies, two talks, and a day of celebrating all things Jane.” http://fvrl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/?rm=EVENTS20%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7Ctrue#/?i=2

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Saturday, October 19, 10AM-2PM at the Family Resource Fair at the Beaverton Library. “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

Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears!”, Saturday, October 19, 1PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA. “Join us for a fun sewing workshop where we will learn to make a teddy bear. Here is what you will need: 1. Up to one yard of soft fabric such as flannel or corduroy (no fake fur -it's too hard to sew); 2. Trimming - ribbon or lace for a collar; buttons or sewn on fabric patches for eyes - all optional; 3. Stuffing; 4. Sewing equipment: machine - if you have one (there will be a couple available for use),pins, scissors 5. Creativity! This is a family event - all ages are welcome!”

20th Annual Heirloom Apple Festival”, Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 12PM-4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro. “Crisp, farm-fresh apples and crisp fall air, what better way to spend your day! We'll be offering an array of heirloom and modern varieties of apples and pears, picked fresh from our orchard and ripe for the tasting! Varieties include classics such as Macintosh, Jonagold and Gala as well as some lesser known varieties including Spitzenberg, Newtown Pippin, Cox Orange Pippin and many, many more! Kids and adults alike love to taste the amazing difference in flavors of all of our fresh-picked apples. Enjoy freshly dipped caramel apples, hot apple cider and home-made apple pie, made from an assortment of different varieties! Hot off the grill- hosted by local Boy Scout Troop #3. The scouts will be grilling delicious bratwurst sausages with caramelized sweet onions. Yummm! The kids will love jumping in our straw pile for a treasure hunt, climbing on our straw pyramid or wandering through our tiny-tots hay maze! Friendly alpacas from  Easy Go Farms will be visiting with us this weekend. We'll have hayrides and face painting, too!” http://www.smithberrybarn.com/scripts/openExtra.asp?extra=6

Make A Scarf”, Saturday, October 19, 2PM, Washougal Community Library. “Have an old t-shirt? Don't throw it away; turn it into a great-looking scarf. Bring a shirt and a pair of scissors; learn how to make some great designs.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents “Dracula Revamped”, Saturday, October 19, 2PM and Sunday, October 20, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx, $7 for ages 2 and up (advance tickets suggested; tickets will be available online: http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html); and Wednesday, October 30, 4:30PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 4PM). “Dracula's wife gets eaten by King Kong and her head gets donated to Dr. Frankenstein. But the new bride created does not want to marry Frankenstein's Monster, instead she runs off. Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolf Man and others chase after her to try and win her heart.” http://www.dragontheater.com/Dracula.html

Leelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, October 19, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation and Museum, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Grounds open at 5:30PM including museum. $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-225-9522. “The Lelooska Family brings to life the masks, stories, songs and dances of the Sewide lineage of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) in the glimmering firelight of their cedar ceremonial house. The living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length, Spring Evening Programs begin at 7:00pm.” http://www.lelooska.org/

Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest”, Saturday, October 19, 1PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. “An amazing variety of fungi thrive in the Tillamook State Forest! Join State Park Ranger Dane Osis for a program on these wild forest mushrooms. You will view freshly picked fungi, learn to identify edible and poisonous varieties, and discover the important role fungi play in forest health. Following the talk, you can take an optional short hike with Dane to search for and identify mushrooms. Feel free to bring in samples of mushrooms for identification! Dane Osis, Oregon State Park Ranger at Fort Stevens State Park, has taken college courses on mycology as well as commercially picked mushrooms in the Siskiyou National Forest. Dane had led mushroom identification programs at Fort Stevens and other state parks for the past eight years, and has taught a class on mushroom identification at Clatsop Community College.” http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/events_05.html

Birding on Rentenaar Rd., Sauvie Island”, Saturday, October 19, 8AM-12PM. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano for a waterfowl and fall sparrow adventure on Sauvie Island. Meet at the East Side Check Station Parking Lot on the corner of Reeder and Rentenaar Rds. We will walk Rentenaar Rd and back (1.6 miles round trip). All vehicles need a Sauvie Island parking permit, for sale at General Store near the bridge. From the Sauvie Island bridge take Sauvie Island Rd north 2 miles to the intersection with Reeder Rd. Turn right on Reeder and continue north 9 miles to the Eastside Check Station and Rentenaar Rd on the left (allow 25 minutes to drive from the bridge to the check station).” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/rentenaar-oct2013 If you can print it yourself, it’s also very easy to get a permit online: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp

Halloween Night Flight”, Saturday, October 19, 5PM- 8:30PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $12 for the first member of your group and $10 for each additional members. Suggested for ages 5-12. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/about/events/halloween/halloween When you register please indicate your preferred night walk time. “Come celebrate Halloween and learn all about the creatures of the night. Come face-to-face with Portland Audubon’s Great Horned Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, Turkey Vulture and Raven. Trick or treat with naturalists and enjoy a night walk to investigate what creatures haunt the sanctuary at night. Event will be held rain or shine.” 

Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow”, Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20, 11AM-4PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. On Saturday at 1:45PM there will be a free tour, “Explore a Salmon Restoration Site” for ages 8 and up, meeting at the Alder Shelter, group picnic area A./ “Nothing says ‘Pacific Northwest’ like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation’s designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. During the annual Salmon Homecoming, naturalists are on hand at Oxbow to help you see the salmon and explore other aspects of this 1,000-acre wilderness of old growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/

The Faces Behind Places in Forest Park Hike”, Saturday, October 19, 1PM-4PM, Upper Salzman Road Railhead, Forest Park, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/marcy-houle-faces Lead by author Marcy Houle. “The creation of Forest Park is an amazing story: one that took place over many decades and overcame many obstacles, some seemingly insurmountable. Come and learn about the men and women who fought to give us Forest Park. Listen to the founders’ inspired quotes and hear their long-range vision. Glean insights to why these people – whose names many of us have forgotten – worked so hard, without thought of personal gain, to give Portland its greatest natural treasure.”

Question and Answer with Lego Expert”, Saturday, October 19, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Get all those LEGO questions answered at the library! Blair Archer, local LEGO maven, will be on hand to answer questions about his LEGO creation on display.  A lifelong LEGO enthusiast with a background in fine art and creative mentoring, Archer is excited to share his wisdom with local youth.  He’s attended many fan-based LEGO conventions throughout the Northwest, which continually rekindles his childhood love for the plastic brick.” This will be held in conjunction with his Lego Fantasy Display on exhibit all weekend: “A large, intricate LEGO creation will be on display throughout the weekend. Visitors can also enter a prize raffle for a LEGO set.”

Lego Craft Workshop”, Monday, October 21, 4:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; call 503-697-6580. 

Birding at Dawson Creek Park”, Sunday, October 20, 9AM-11AM, meeting at the north end of the Hillsboro Main Library parking lot. “Join Audbuon Society leaders and authors Max Smith and Sarah Swanson for a walk through the brilliant fall foliage of Dawson Creek Park. We will observe the bustling of Acorn Woodpecker colonies and check the ponds for ducks, grebes, and other waterbirds.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/dawson-oct2013

Sugar Skulls”, Sunday, October 20, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Sunday, October 27, 2PM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/sugar-skulls-calaveritas-de-azúcar/13303 ); and Tuesday, October 29, 6PM, Kenton Library. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy. Nuestro Canto will also explain the special place that sugar skulls have in honoring our ancestors.” http://grupo-condor.com/id73.html Highly recommended! 

Fall Mushroom Show”, Sunday, October 20, 12PM-5PM, Cheatham Hall next to the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. (They haven’t responded to my question about admission fees, but last year they were Adults $5, seniors and students $3, kids under 12 free.) “In a good season, the OMS Fall Mushroom Show features specimens of over 200 species of mushrooms. These mushrooms are carefully picked, identified and beautifully arranged for an amazed public at the World Forestry Center. This colorful event also showcases mushroom cookery and preservation, toxic mushroom information, books for sale, demonstrations of mushroom dyeing, a Kids' Corner and much more.” https://wildmushrooms.org/

Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge Free Bird Walk”, Sunday, October 20, 8AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Beginning to intermediate birders will enjoy this excursion. Join naturalist Elaine Murphy on a tour of Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the outskirts of Portland, it is one of only a few urban national wildlife refuges in the country. It is home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/tualatin_national_wildlife_refuge_free_bird_walk_oct_2/

Wahclella Falls Kid’s Hike”, Sunday, October 20, 9:30AM-2PM, Wahclella Falls Trailhead, OR. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/53 Easy hike, 1.8 miles, 380’ elevation gain. “Join Hike Leader Mary Ann Schmidt on this educational salmon hike up Tanner Creek to thundering Wahclella Falls. Learn about the life cycle of a salmon and get to witness their spawning grounds first hand. Great family outing!”

Author Talk, “Mike Madrid”, Monday, October 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Mike Madrid reads from his book, “Divas Dames and Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics”. “Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s, but many other heroines of the WWII era have been forgotten. Through twenty-eight full reproductions of vintage Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames and Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds. Each spine-tingling chapter opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful commentary about heroines at the dawn of the comic book industry and reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women—superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who protected America and the world with wit and guile.” http://www.heaven4heroes.com/heaven4heroes/Heaven4Heroes_DIVAS_DAMES_%26_DAREDEVILS.html

Bats Nature Program”, Monday, October 21, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. “The bat is a fascinating animal and the only mammal that actually flies. We'll learn about its behaviors and adaptations and play a game that demonstrates how echolocation works.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands. 

Artist Reception for Nature’s Best Art Exhibit”, Tuesday, October 22, 5:30PM-7PM, Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham. Exhibit runs October 8- December 5. “Beauty is all around us and this is especially true in nature. This show is all about art dealing with natural settings and beauty founding nature. It includes mixed art forms including wall hangings, stained glass and sculptures. Please join the Gresham Art Committee for a free reception celebrating the current exhibit, 'Nature's Best'. Exhibiting artists and committee members will be available to discuss their work in an open house format. The reception includes light refreshments and live music performed by local Harpist, Aubrey Dorrough.” http://www.greshamartcommittee.com/

Putting the Garden to Bed”, Tuesday, October 22, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Want to make your gardening life easier next spring? How you leave your garden at summer’s end has everything to do with its performance the next year. Master Gardeners will share their knowledge on how best to enrich and protect the soil, choose cover crops, and ready your garden for another growing year come spring. Does your garden have insomnia? Our mild winters allow for some growing in very late fall and very early summer, so come and learn which crops you could be enjoying this winter.”

Exploring Oregon’s Historic Cemeteries”, Tuesday, October 22, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Kuri Gill of the Oregon Heritage Commission will show how historic cemeteries are truly a record of their communities. Using examples from her exploration of Oregon’s historic cemeteries, she will discuss grave markers, cemetery design, and other fascinating stories that can be learned from cemeteries in Oregon.”

Concert, “Guitarist John Twist”, Tuesday, October 22, 7PM, Tigard Library. “ John Twist performs all original songs and instrumentals on 6- and 12-string guitars, banjo and mandolin. His music combines Celtic, folk, Appalachian, blues, gypsy and pop sounds. ‘Twist is a weaver of twelve-string wonders.’ - Willamette Week” http://www.johntwist.net/

Author Talk, “Steve McQuiddy”, Wednesday, October 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Steve McQuiddy will read from his book, “Here on the Edge”. “Here on the Edge answers the growing interest in a long-neglected element of World War II history: the role of pacifism in what is often called ‘The Good War.’ Steve McQuiddy shares the fascinating story of one conscientious objector camp located on the rain-soaked Oregon Coast, Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #56. As home to the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, the camp became a center of activity where artists and writers from across the country focused their work not so much on the current war, but on what kind of society might be possible when the shooting finally stopped. They worked six days a week—planting trees, crushing rock, building roads, and fighting forest fires—in exchange for only room and board. At night, they published books under the imprint of the Untide Press. They produced plays, art, and music—all during their limited non-work hours, with little money and few resources. This influential group included poet William Everson, later known as Brother Antoninus, “the Beat Friar”; violinist Broadus Erle, founder of the New Music Quartet; fine arts printer Adrian Wilson; Kermit Sheets, co-founder of San Francisco’s Interplayers theater group; architect Kemper Nomland, Jr.; and internationally renowned sculptor Clayton James.” http://hereontheedge.wordpress.com/

Mustache Mania”, Thursday, October 24, 4PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. All ages. “Embrace the mysterious mustache. Get ready for November by coming to our Mustache Party. Play mustache games. Create mustache crafts. Celebrate all things mustache.”

Book Talk for ages 6-9”, Thursday, October 24, 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 ‘Squish: Super Amoeba’ by Jennifer L. Holm.” http://www.jenniferholm.com/p/squish_02.html

Owl Prowl”, Friday, October 25, 7PM-9PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online:  http://columbiaslough.org/index.php/events/event/129/ “Have some little owlets aged 5-11 that love to hoot at home? Bring them to our Owl Prowl to learn more about these amazing nighttime predators. An indoor presentation covers local owls and their adaptations. Then the outdoor night hike is our opportunity to look and listen for the Great Horned Owls (and bats, deer, and beavers) at Whitaker Ponds.”

Molalla Radio Theater Presents, “Dracula”, Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 7PM, and Sunday, October 27, 1PM, Molalla Library. 

Discover the Unspooky Side of Bats!”, Friday, October 25, 5:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Kids! Families! Join WSU Biology professor, Christine Portfors as she dispels popular folklore and explains the beneficial role bats play in nature. There will be stories and crafts.”

Scary Story Swap with Storyteller Will Hornyak”, Friday, October 25, 6:45PM, Waluga Masonic Lodge, 417 2nd Ave., Lake Oswego. “Bring a 3-5 minute scary story to share or simply come and enjoy the fun! Sign-up for swappers begins at 6:30pm.”

Nature Discovery Day”, Saturday, October 26, 11:30AM- 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Meet our stuffed beavers as we explore what makes beavers so successful in aquatic habitats. 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-2/

Claire Phillips: Legendary Actress and Spy”, Saturday, October 26, 2:30PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Sig Unander, author and professional communicator, will be highlighting the life of Claire Phillips Snyder who was born in Portland Oregon and was the only Oregon woman to ever receive the Medal of Freedom. Claire was a Portland stage actress whose espionage and humanitarian work as a guerilla leader in the Philippine Resistance during World War II brought her fame and international recognition and who has been largely forgotten until recent years."  http://sigunander.wordpress.com/about/

Charlie the Noiseguy”, Saturday, October 26, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “This vocal sound impressionist can imitate the sounds of everything from planes, trains, automobiles, and monster trucks, to dinosaurs and beatboxing.” http://www.noiseguy.com/

Stories of Lake Oswego”, Saturday, October 26, 11AM-2PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Discover how local history organizations are preserving the stories of Lake Oswego. Visit all the tables and be entered into a prize drawing.”

Storyteller Kim Weitkamp”, Saturday, October 26, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “A humorous look at life, a blend of tall tales, original stories and music.” http://www.kimweitkamp.com/

Hood River County Fruit Loop Heirloom Apple Celebration”, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, Hood River County. “Have you heard the stories of older relatives—or do you remember yourself—when apple pies and applesauce were made from varieties such as Spitzenburg, Rome Beauty, Newtown Pippin, Winter Banana, and Ortley? They were delicious eaten right off the tree, too. Those are all apples now known as 'heirloom' or 'classic' varieties. They can trace their heritage back 100 years or more, may not store as well as some of the commercial varieties, may be more susceptible to disease or pests, or may bruise more easily. But they taste so good! Their individual flavors and aromas have been compared to those of different vintages of wine. 

Limited supplies of heirloom apples are available, and while truck and railcar-loads of these apples may not be shipped out of the valley, they are being celebrated—and are available—at locations all along the Hood River County Fruit Loop during Heirloom Apple Days.” Details here: http://www.hoodriverfruitloop.com/calendar/heirloom.html

Birding at Netarts Bay and Cape Meares”, Saturday, October 26, 7:30AM-5PM. “Join Audubon Society Leader Marsh Sly for a trip to Netarts Bay, Oceanside, and Cape Meares. Meet at McDonald’s in North Plains (Exit 57 off Hwy 26) at 7:30 a.m., or at the Tillamook Safeway (NW corner of parking lot) at 9:30 a.m. We will stop at Killin Marsh on the way to the coast. Bring rain gear, lunch, water.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/netarts-oct2013

Latorell Falls Hike”, Saturday, October 26, 9AM-3PM, Latorell Falls, OR. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/55 Easy hike, 2.4 miles, 520’ elevation gain. “This loop hike with leader Ross Edginton will visit the lower and upper falls outlined by beautiful autumn colors. Learn the little-known history of the town of Latourell and the Historic Columbia River Highway Bridge.”

Fall Forest Festival”, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, 10AM-4PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Fall is a beautiful time in the forest and we are celebrating! Join us for a weekend full of activities including carved pumpkin voting, creating autumn crafts, hot apple cider, and programs on fun forest creatures like slugs and bats. There is a lot to do for all ages, so bring out the whole family and fall in love with the forest.” http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/events_05.html

3rd Annual Estacada Festival of the Fungus”, Saturday, October 26, 12PM-4PM, Estacada City Hall, 475 SE Main St, Estacada, OR. Mushroom ID clinic, art show, truffle dogs. “Whether you’re a first time picker or a seasoned connoisseur or just curious about a fungus that pops up in your own yard, we would love to see what you find at Identification Clinic held by Jake Hulbert who will conduct a clinic from noon to four at the Estacada City Hall on Sat., Oct. 26. Anyone can bring in any fungus they find and Jake will tell identify it for you. Jake Hurlburt, MS, belongs to the Pacific Northwest Mycological Society. Look for mushrooms with a fresh appearance, free from major blemishes. Be sure to select the entire mushroom including the base which is under the soil line. Wrap the specimen in waxed paper, not plastic wrap. Fresh specimens are easier to identify so please bring only mushrooms picked one or two days before the festival. While you are waiting for your specimen to be identified you can spend some time chatting with fellow fungi aficionados, take some photographs of the specimens, view an Art Show of Mushroom Masterpieces. Throughout the festival you can enjoy a wild mushroom culinary event at local restaurants. They will be offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.” http://www.estacadafungusfest.com/index.html

Reception for “History’s Mysteries: T-I-M-B-E-R!”, Wednesday, October 26, 10AM-12PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground. The exhibit runs through October. “Organized by Friends of Battle Ground Community Library and back by popular demand! A glimpse of our area's logging past through historical photos from the collections of local museums and private owners. The public is invited to a reception to meet the Friends, share refreshments, and learn about the photos.”

"Haunted Farm", Saturday, October 26, 6PM-9PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR. $5 per person, $20 per family. "There are no ghosts at the Farm, and the pioneers didn't celebrate Halloween, but we do have some stories to share about death and dying in pioneer times. Your family will enjoy close encounters with characters from Eagle Creek's past." http://philipfosterfarm.com/pffwp/haunted-farm

Springville’s Settlement Hike”, Saturday, October 26, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park Springville Road Trailhead, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/springville “Before Portland became a major metropolis, the Springville neighborhood was home to a bustling settlement. Wander through one of the city’s oldest communities and observe how the forest has reclaimed the land. See the spring that gives the neighborhood its name and learn more about the human history of Forest Park.”

Guided Birding Walk at Steigerwald NWR”, Saturday, October 26, 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

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, October 26, 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!

49th Annual Clackamette Mineral and Gem Show”, Saturday, October 26, 9AM-6PM, and Sunday, October 27, 10AM-5PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby, OR. Don’t’ miss a Fluorescent Minerals presentation! “As you probably know, we are pretty passionate about rocks, and we would like to share this passion with you. On October 26-27 please come and join us for our 48th annual gem and mineral show in Canby, Oregon. While there will definitely be enthusiastic rock hounds of all ages and from all walks of life, there will be lots of good fun to be had by everyone. There will be activities for kids, demonstrations for adults, silent actions, bargain rock sale and of course various dealer booths.” http://www.clackamettegem.org/rock-show

Apple Cider Pressing”, Saturday, October 26, 9am- 5PM or when there are no apples left, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free. Donations requested to take home freshly pressed cider or freshly ground flour or cornmeal. “What do you need to have an Apple Pressing? Start with a whole lot of apples, then add more than 3 dozen volunteers to process about 8,000 pounds of apples into apple cider!” Be sure to read new updates about safety, parking, etc. for this event on their website: http://cedarcreekgristmill.com/apple_pressing.htm The lines will be very long for cider, so my advice is to get there as early as possible! This is a terrific event.

Sandy River Delta Kid’s Nature Walk”, Sunday, October 27, 10AM, meeting location will be provided when you register. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-496-0908. Suggested for ages 8-12. “Child educator and naturalist Elaine Murphy introduces kids to the plants and animals that live near the Sandy River Delta on a free nature walk. Visit the Sandy River Delta and take a close look at the forest life discovered using bug boxes, magnifiers, a field microscope, and a bird spotting scope. See natural artifacts like skulls, and animal evidence like pellets and chews.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/kids_nature_walk_at_sandy_river_delta_on_october_27th/

Day of the Dead”, Sunday, October 27, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room. “Let’s celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on by making mini altars and skeleton puppets, decorating sugar skulls, and making tissue paper marigolds. Enjoy hot cocoa and pan de muerto, too.”

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum’s Annual Mushroom Festival”, Sunday, October 27, 10AM-5PM, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd., Eugene. $5 adults, free for kids 11 and under. Free shuttle from Civic Stadium, 2077 Willamette St. Live music, food vendors, plant vendors, mushroom vendors, art vendors, books. Huge mushroom exhibit. “ Dried, growing, fresh, kits, tinctures – mushrooms in all their magical forms will be available!” http://cascademyco.org/2013/09/mushroom-festival-october-27th-2013-10-am-5-pm/

"Portland Tracking Club", Sunday, October 27, 9AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Meeting at the Flood Plain parking lot.   Beginners welcome!  Nice people who love animal tracking share this fascinating skill.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

Storytelling Matinee”, Sunday, October 27, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. Featuring storytellers Kim Weitkamp http://www.kimweitkamp.com/, Will Hornyak http://willhornyak.net/ and Anne-Louise Sterry http://www.anne-louise.com/. “A lively performance the whole family will enjoy!”

Portland Opera Preview: Salome”, Sunday, October 27, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information and musical selections from Richard Strauss' ‘Salome’. (Salome is not exactly a kid-friendly opera, so you decide if it’s appropriate for you!)

The Chemawa Indian School of Salem”, Monday, October 28, 7PM, Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. “Presentation by Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at Willamette University. This presentation will explore the visual and documentary history of Oregon’s Chemawa Indian School, the oldest federal Indian boarding school still operating in the U.S., and conclude with the screening of a short film made by Chemawa students in 2012 in collaboration with The 1491s, a Native American comedy sketch team.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/118580-The-Chemawa-Indian-School-of-Salem-Oregon-Assimilation-to-Affirmation-1880s-to-2010s

All Rise! Taking Your Case to Small Claims Court”, Monday, October 28, 6PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Think you've learned all there is to know about Small Claims Courts from Judge Judy? Think again! This program, led by an experienced Oregon judge along with the attorney-author of Using Small Claims Courts in Oregon, will explain how self-represented litigants can use these "Peoples' Courts" to resolve some legal disputes. Attendees will hear about court procedures and rules, the role of evidence, advantages of mediation over trial, and more. In addition, significant time will be allotted for participants to ask questions.”

Author Talk, “Simon Winchester”, Tuesday, October 29, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Simon Winchester reads from his book, “The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible”. “How did America become 'one nation, indivisible'? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, ‘The Men Who United the States’ is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.” http://simonwinchester.com

Haunting Autumn Tales”, Tuesday, October 29, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver Room, Level 5. “Hear readings of ghost stories and chilling tales to match the chill in the air. Our storyteller will present short stories of suspense and horror sure to give you the creeps!”

Author Talk, “Ray Pilz”, Tuesday, October 29, Tuesday, October 29, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Portland-area journalist Ray Pitz will discuss his new book about the history of Washington County's Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Books will be available to buy.”

“Written in Stone: Stories of Wilsonville’s Dearly Departed”, Tuesday, October 29, 6:30PM, McMenamin’s Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages. “Wilsonville has no cemeteries, but residents have been living (and dying) here since the 1840s. Where are they? Find out about our local cemeteries and the stories told in stone about their inhabitants. Wilsonville’s former mayor, local historian, and current president of the Pleasant View Cemetery Association will discuss what you can learn about local history from our area cemeteries. We will also cover cemetery iconography (what all those symbols on gravestones mean), the basics of cemetery care and conservation, a little about dousing, and we will touch on a few of our ongoing mysteries.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/118398-Written-in-Stone-Stories-of-Wilsonvilles-Dearly-Departed

Rainy Day Escape”, Wednesday, October 30, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. “The weather's no good for travel, but you can still take a trip through the world of stories! Come on a quest with storyteller Jericho Knight - we'll go around the world with some great traveling stories.”

Author Talk, “Brian Doyle”, Wednesday, October 20, 6:30PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Hear Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s Portland Magazine and author of ‘Mink River’, reading from his work, issuing tart and debatable opinions about writing and writers, singing in a cracked awful nasal baritone, and other venial sins.”

Bug Cooking Dinner”, Wednesday, October 31, 7PM, Paxton Gate store, 4204 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Free. “Jamaican field-cricket kabobs, scorpion scaloppine and wasabi-glazed waxworms: These are actual things bug chef David George Gordon will be making at Paxton Gate during his demo of dishes from his cookbook ‘The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook’.” http://www.davidgeorgegordon.com