Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January Joy

Happy New Year!  This is my list of free and low cost events around the greater Portland area for the month of January 2014. I look for events with some educational or cultural 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, I planned to spend an extended period of time proofreading this list, but I ended up spending my time scuba diving at the hardware store instead!  So if you plan to attend something, please be sure to doublecheck for mistakes, typos and cancellations!
First Day Hike”, Wednesday, January 1, 9AM, Tryon Creek State Park. All ages. Free. “Start the New Year out with an invigorating hike through the forest and streamside of this wonderful State Natural Area and be a part of celebrating State Parks across the US. This three mile hike will include a diversity of trails and topography, abundant natural history, and as many stops as there is wildlife. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Includes free Clif Bars and a commemorative pin.”http://www.tryonfriends.org/first-day-hike/

First Day Hikes”, Wednesday, January 1. State Parks across Oregon will be featuring First Day Hikes to discover some of Oregon’s loveliest spots. Parks include Fort Stevens, LL Stub Stewart, Champoeg, Milo McIver, Rooster Rock, Silver Falls, Willamette Mission, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Tryon Creek and many more. See details here: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

Exhibit, “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami”, now through January 11, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Admission is free for Multnomah County residents with proof of residency, $11 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $5 for youth 6-18 years, and free for kids 5 and under. “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the evolution of origami from craft to fine art, and its stunning modern-day applications in the fields of mathematics, engineering, design, and the global peace movement. Over 140 works by 45 master folders from 16 countries showcase the power and potential of contemporary origami. In these artist’s hands, paper is a medium for infinite creativity. The works range from lifelike and representational to mathematical and computer-generated to lyrical and abstract to social and political. The exhibition also includes origami-related videos, photograph murals, books, and a unique interactive origami-making component.” http://www.ohs.org/exhibits/current/folding-paper.cfm

Exhibit, “Drawing on Imagination: The Art of Children’s Illustration”, now through Friday, January 31, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Children’s book illustration is a unique art form with many stages of development from early sketches to finished art to published book. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Oregon Chapter presents the exceptional talent of 11 published illustrators and author/illustrators in Oregon and southwest Washington. The exhibition will highlight the illustrators’ original work, including sketches, book dummies, finished art and published books. Increase your understanding of the stages involved in illustrating children’s books, and deepen your appreciation of local achievement in the illustration arts. Illustrators include: David Hohn; Carolyn Conahan; Nicole Rubel; Maggie Rudy; Kaaren Pixton; K.C. Snider; Johanna Wright; Mark Fearing; Cathy June Arneson; M.K. Nelson; Lee White.” https://multcolib.org/events/drawing-imagination-art-childrens-illustration/16734 

"When Writers Write Letters..." now through February 28, Central Library, John Wilson Special Collections. "In 2010, a gift of 20 letters was given to the John Wilson Special Collections Librarian by an elementary school teacher. The teacher gave an assignment to her students more than 50 years earlier to write famous authors and illustrators of children’s literature. Their letters asked specific questions about writing and made inquiries about particular books. The responses of the authors, who include E. B. White and Lois Lenski, are charming, delightful and quite distinct from one another. This exhibition combines a selection of these letters along with copies of first edition books from our special collections by the same authors." https://multcolib.org/events/when-writers-write-letters/18923 Please note that the John Wilson Special Collection is not always open when the Central Library is open, so check their hours: https://multcolib.org/library-location/john-wilson-special-collections 

Storytelling with Jacque”, Thursday, January 2, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Enjoy world folktales, Indian legends, and favorite picture book stories with Jacque Denton, storyteller extraordinaire. Recommended for families, children of all ages, and anyone who loves listening to stories told in the oral tradition.”

Exhibit, “Watch Collages”, Thursday, January 2 through February 28, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. Houshang Foroutan, a great believer in recycling, brings his watch collages from Iran. His creations are whimsical and delicate still lifes fashioned from the inner workings of old watches.” There will be a reception for the artist on Sat. Feb. 1, 12PM-3PM. http://www.watchcollage.ir/en/ Check them out, they’re really beautiful!

Exhibit, “Wild, Wonderful Washington”, Friday, January 3, through February 28, Battle Ground Library. “Wild, Wonderful Washington is a celebration of landscapes and wildlife in our great state. Through photographs and writings artist Donna Torres intends to expose the beauty of the world and to inspire others to appreciate the wonder of the natural world in picturesque Washington state.” https://www.facebook.com/events/656653144395320/

Gem Faire”, Friday, January 3, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, January 4, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, January 5, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 general admission, free for ages 12 and under, 2 for 1 coupon on website: http://www.gemfaire.com/locations/index.php?location=258 Mostly nicely priced beads for jewelry making and crafting, but also crystals, minerals and fossils for the discerning rockhound. If you go once and get on their mailing list, they send free admission coupons for future shows.

Dazzling Dragonflies”, Friday, January 3, 1PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; and Monday, January 27, 4PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Rooms A and B (preregistration required; register online: http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=2657&month=1&year=2014&day=27&calType=0). Suggested for ages 5-9. “Learn about dragonflies and the stages of the magical metamorphosis. It includes a story, hands-on experiences, and interactive activities to show how dragonflies live and interact with their environment.”

Ft. Vancouver Lantern Tour”, Saturday, January 4, and Saturday, January 18, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10 ages 16 and older, $7 for ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. 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 off 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

Family Square Dance”, Friday, January 3, 7:15PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Bring the family for an evening of square dancing with Tri Squares Square Dance Club. Club members will teach the basics of square dancing, so that you can bow to your partner and do-si-do.” http://www.trisquares.com/

Books, Books Books…Time to Create Your Own”, Saturday, January 4, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Children will learn the art of making blank books in which to record their thoughts and drawings. During this class, artist will work with children to create two personal hard cover accordion pleated books. Children can design their own covers or use decorative papers to create their one-of-a-kind books. Drawing materials will be on hand for children to decorate, draw or write in their completed books.” http://freeartsnw.org/

Christmas Bird Count”, Saturday, January 4. “The Portland Christmas Bird Count wants YOU……to count birds on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014! Whether spending an entire day in the field or even just an hour watching your bird feeder, you can contribute significantly to our knowledge of birdlife in the Portland area — even if you’re a beginning birder. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running “citizen science project” in North America. The results have provided critical information on the status and changes in bird populations over the 114 years it has been conducted. Please consider helping out this year!” All the details you need here: http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/cbc

Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, January 4, 1PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Sign-ups at 12:45. “Just like the Scripps National Spelling Bee, only mellower, funnier, and friendlier. Kids ages 5-18 are welcome to take the stage and demonstrate their budding spelling skills. Whether you’re prepping for a school-level Bee or just looking for a chance to demonstrate your word power, you’ll have fun and learn new words at the Youth Spelling Bee. Three levels of difficulty mean everyone has a chance to shine. Free to play!” http://www.mississippipizza.com/geeks/

OMSI Presents, “Science Sleuths”, Saturday, January 4, Drop in 1-4PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Fun for all ages. We fill 10-12 tables with science equipment and challenges guaranteed to thrill youngsters, perplex adults and offer an unforgettable science experience.”

Let’s Go Birding”, Saturday, January 4; Monday, January 6; Sunday, January 12; Tuesday, January 21; and Saturday, January 25, 9AM -11:30AM, Fort Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russel. “Come join Fort Stevens State Park on our weekly bird surveys and see some of the amazing variety of birds in our local area. The surveys will monitor the bird species that are utilizing the park from season to season, and will be conducted weekly for an entire year. No birding experience is required, and experts are welcome to come share their knowledge. Binoculars are recommended, and we have a few binoculars that first-timers may borrow. The survey will take around 2 hours and will cover several diverse habitats within the park. The sites will be accessed by walking and driving.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvents&parkId=129

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, January 4, 5:30PM- 9PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 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!

Watersheds at Work Hike”, Saturday, January 4, 1PM-4PM, meeting at the Springville Trailhead, Forest Park, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/watersheds-work “Tour the watersheds of Forest Park and learn how water shapes an entire ecosystem. Along the way, witness the effects of good water quality and the threats that face it.”

Matter of Splatter”, Saturday, January 4, 10AM, OMSI Classroom 1. $8 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/matter-of-spatter/010414 “In this math based lab, participants will experiment to find how height and angle affect spatter and then use this knowledge to solve a crime!”

Concert, “MT. Hood Brass Quintet”, Saturday, January 4, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Mt. Hood Brass Quintet play a wide range of Baroque, Dixieland, Swing, Classic, Blues and Ragtime music.”

"Archaeology Day", Saturday, January 4, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 17th Ave. Northeast and Northeast 45th St, Seattle. Adults $10, seniors $8, students with ID and youth ages 5 and up $7.50, free for ages 4 and under.  "How did humans live in the past?  What tools did they make and how did they make them? What was going on in Puget Sound 40, 400, and 4,000 years ago? Find out for yourself at Archaeology Day—a day-long celebration of us—the humans! See demonstrations of how stone tools are made. Throw an atlatl (a spear-throwing tool) and see if you can catch dinner the old fashioned way. Examine ancient Peruvian textiles on display for the first time—including delicate textiles that are over a thousand-years-old. Get close to artifacts found in our very own Puget Sound region.  Make hands-on archaeology-themed crafts. Visit with Roman reenactors and find out what life was like for warriors in ancient Rome. Map the shipwrecks of Lake Union with The Center for Wooden Boats. Discover how archaeologists can learn from studying trash. Archaeology Day is a special, one-day-only annual event."http://www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/archaeology_day1

Author Talk, “J. D. Chandler”, Sunday, January 5, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. He will read from his book, “Hidden History of Portland, Oregon”. “In this engaging narrative, author JD Chandler crafts a people's history of Portland, Oregon, sharing the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C.E.S. Wood, who documented the conflict between Native Americans and the United States Army; Beatrice Morrow Cannady, founding member of the Portland NAACP and first African American woman to practice law in Oregon; women's rights advocate Dr. Marie Equi, who performed abortions and was an open lesbian; and student athlete Jack Yoshihara, who, in the wake of Pearl Harbor, was barred from participating in the 1942 Rose Bowl. From scandal and oppression to injustice and the brink of revolution, join Chandler as he gives voice to the Rose City's quiet radicals and outspoken activists.” 

Mochi Tsuki Festival”, Sunday, January 5, 11AM-3PM, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA. Free. “Bundle up and join in the celebration and tradition of mochi–making. Making mochi involves a centuries old method of steaming sweet rice over an open fire, then placing the cooked rice into a warm stone or concrete bowl called an usu. Using large wooden mallets, two people rhythmically pound the rice in the usu while a third person uses his bare hands to swiftly move the rice between each mallet crash. After several minutes of vigorous pounding, the rice becomes a thick, smooth dough — mochi. Once cooked and pounded, people of all ages form the steaming hot mochi into small cakes using their hands. Some are filled with a sweet bean paste. Guests can then eat their mochi warm and fresh, or bring them home to be later roasted and dipped in a sweetened soy sauce. There will be three short Taiko Drumming performances at 12:20, 1:20, and 2:20. Free tickets for each taiko show will be available 20 minutes prior to the show. Other activities include performances by Seattle Kokon Taiko, various films about the Bainbridge Island Japanese America community, and guided tours of IslandWood’s beautiful campus.” http://www.bijac.org/index.php?p=EVENTSMochiTsuki

All-Ages Bhangra Social”, Sunday, January 5, 5:15PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “SJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid welcome 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-2014-01-05/

Registration opens on Monday, January 6 for the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Homeschool Day on Friday, March 21, 10AM-4PM. Cost is $30. Lots more info here: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/education-programs/homeschool

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, January 6, Tuesday, January 7, Monday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 21, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, behind the Dollar Tree building, Tigard. All ages welcome! $6.75 per session. http://www.archersafield.com/homeschool.html

Talk, “Modern Olympics”, Tuesday, January 7, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “The History of the Modern Olympic Games. Dr. Jules Boykoff of Pacific University discusses how the modern Olympics came about and some of the challenges they present.” http://www.pacificu.edu/magazine_archives/2007/spring/qa-jules_boykoff.cfm

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, January 7, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore.” http://www.meganfrazer.com/books/the-water-castle/

2014 Astronomy Preview”, Tuesday, January 7, 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.” http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Riddles, Sea Turtles and Pirates, Ahoy!”, Tuesday, January 7, 4:30PM, Holgate Library; Thursday, January 23, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); and Saturday, January 25, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Join Portland's own sister/brother team of Laura and Robert Sams -- award-winning authors, filmmakers and musicians -- for a hilarious, ocean-filled, pirate-filled, music-filled program. First, watch their award-winning underwater children's film The Riddle in a Bottle, filled with high definition footage of sea turtles, tide pool creatures, dolphins and a one-legged singing pirate. Then see how they turned the pirate's Peg Leg Song into their award-winning children's book called A Pirate's Quest. Sing with the one-legged pirate! Look for underwater animals! Watch how Robert Sams posed as a pirate for the book's illustrator, who painted more than 40 original oil paintings for the story.” http://www.sisbro.com/presentations/overview/_pirate_childrens_book_assembly.html

Tween Book Blast”, Tuesday, January 7, 3:15PM, La Center Library, Vancouver. “This month we are discussing ‘Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban. The family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.” http://deborahellis.com/books/#fiction

Symphony Storytime”, Tuesday, January 7 10:30AM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie (featuring cellist Marilyn de Oliveira); and Wednesdays in January beginning January 8, 11AM, Tigard Library (Come hear the sounds of the violin on January 8, bassoon on January 15, brass on January 22, and percussion on January 29). “The Oregon Symphony is coming to the library for musical story times! Embark on a fun interactive musical storytelling adventure each week, featuring Oregon Symphony musicians and instruments. Each one-hour storytime features one of the four families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. 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

Kickoff Party- Lake Oswego Reads William Stafford”, Tuesday, January 7, 6:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Stafford's favorite cake will be served with music provided by fiddler Kathryn Claire and 800 copies of Stafford's new book ‘Ask Me’ (courtesy if the Friends of the Library) will be distributed to Lake Oswego Public Library cardholders- first come, first served while supplies last.”

History of McMenamin’s Old Church and Pub”, Wednesday, January 8, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Join us for this interesting program when Tim Hills, historian for McMenamins, gives a presentation about the history of McMenamins Old Church and Pub in Wilsonville. This spot was a hub of activity, back in 1911 when the church was built on an ancient route just north of the site where Boone's ferry made regular crossings of the Willamette River for more than 100 years.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Concert, “Adam Miller”, Wednesday, January 8, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs. Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.” http://www.folksinging.org/

Birding at Summer Lake Park”, Wednesday, January 8, 9AM. Take SW Scholls Ferry Road to SW 130th Ave. “Follow the road around to the left (to SW Winterlake Drive) to the parking area on the left. Meet in the parking lot at 9am. Dress for the weather. Join Audubon Society leaders Sue Carr and Bonnie Deneke for a look at the wintering waterfowl in this wonderful suburban park in south Beaverton!” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/smmrlkprk14

InBeTweens” Book Discussion for 8-12 Years”, Wednesday, January 8, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion.”

Kid Lit Book Club”, Wednesday, January 8, 4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Are you 6-9 years old? Do you enjoy being read to or reading on your own? Do you, and a grown up, like to talk about books? Join us to read a different new book each month. This month: “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary.

Hundreds-Year Art Adventure Classes for Kids”, a series of 6 classes beginning January 8 and January 22, 4PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $10 per child, per class- sign up for individual classes or the whole series. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. “This winter, we’ll explore six art making trends of modern and contemporary art history, giving them all a try. Each class will involve painting, collage, sculpture, or installation experiments as well as a book form to take home that makes use of these materials and methods.” January 8- Surrealism and the Exquisite Corpse. January 22- Dadaism. More info here: http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com/1/post/2013/12/hundred-year-art-adventure-classes-for-kids1.html

Trashanalia”, Thursday, January 9, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, January 11, 2PM, Gresham Library. “It’s Trashanalia Day and the occupants of Trash Island are celebrating! Join King Neptune as he sings songs on his canjo (a banjo made of a can) and introduces a slew of trash puppets. Charleston Turtle, Scrappy Seagull and Felix the Hermit Crab learn to recycle, reduce and reuse as they sing, dance and celebrate. KC Puppetree’s performances include original songs and puppets made out of up-cycled and re-used items. Post show scrap puppet crafting is also available. This programming has been made possible through collaborations with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP.”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, January 9, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “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: ‘The Homework Machine’ by Dan Gutman.” http://www.dangutman.com/

Author Talk, “Langdon Cook”, Thursday, January 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Langdon Cook reads from his book, “The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America”. “Within the dark corners of America’s forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance of wild mushrooms. The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries with the flair of a novelist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism.” http://fat-of-the-land.blogspot.com/

Discussion Junction for Ages 8-11”, Thursday, January 9, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Join us to read and talk about a different book every month. Each month a free copy of the next month’s “book of the month” will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For readers ages 8-11 with a participating adult. No older or younger children, please. This month we’re reading ‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, January 9, 9AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Join us for a bird walk at Hedges Creek Marsh. This 1 1/2 hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays beginning January 10 through March 14, 6PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7740 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “$20 a session per adult and child pair. $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office. Includes glazes, firings and 5 lbs of clay. Come as a family and play with clay! Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of the potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.” http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, January 10, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Join us for a great book each month. Pick up a book at the library to read before discussion takes place. Light refreshments provided. Stay afterwards for a craft. This month we will be discussing ‘Whales on Stilts’ by M.T. Anderson.”

Author Talk, “Vicki Robin”, Friday, January 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St. Pdx. Vicki Robin reads from her book, “Blessing the Hands That Feed Us”. “Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment.” http://ymoyl.wordpress.com/

Lecture on Emilie Demant”, Friday, January 10, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, rooms 296 and 298 on the second floor, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “The work of Danish artist and early ethnographer, Emilie Demant. Presenter is Barbara Sjoholm. Lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served after the lecture in the Finnish Room in Cramer Hall.” http://www.scanheritage.org/c-15-friday-night-lecture-series.aspx More about the presenter and her subject here: http://emiliedemanthatt.com/

Graphic Novel Workshop”, Saturday, January 11, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Darren Davis of Bluewater Productions will be demonstrating and teaching how to draw comics. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.” http://www.bluewaterprod.com/

Finders Keepers”, Saturday, January 11, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. All ages. “Use your imagination and lots of fun supplies to make projects you can hide in plain sight and leave for someone else to discover! We will be making mini clothesline garlands, matchbox beds for tiny creatures, and more. Make a few, so you can keep something for yourself.”

Free Family Day”, Saturday, January 11, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E Main St., Hillsboro. “Celebrate winter with crafts and activities in the museum’s gallery. At 11 a.m. local storyteller Emmy Blue will share her bright and happy fairy tales, folktales and legends about the magical creatures who live deep in the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest, including Emmy Blue’s original Squatchie Legends.” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/

Weekend Guided Hikes”, Saturdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 10AM, 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.” January 11- Fantastic Fungi; January 18- Winter Twig Identification; January 25- Conifers of Tryon Creek. http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Herb Walk”, Saturday, January 11, 1PM, Forest Park, Leif Erickson Drive Trailhead via NW Thurman St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=214517 Hikes are offered monthly and may fill up quickly. “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.” 

First Makings Class”, Saturday, January 11, and Sunday, January 12, 11AM-4PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; call Jenna Mendenhall (503) 625-5944 to reserve your space. “Five teachers will be teaching students how to make a small item at a two-day, weekend event. The classes and teachers are: Cattail Baskets with Elaine St. Martin; Pine Needle Baskets with Louise Gatlin; Beaded Earrings with Kris Sampson; Native Dolls with RoAnne Williams/Caroline Underwood; and Moccasins with Celeste Whitewolf.” http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/maincal?eventId=813368&EventViewMode=2&CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=1/31/2014

Happy Birthday J. R. R. Tolkien!”, All day beginning at 11AM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Most events all ages. “Elves, wizards, orcs and all others are invited to join in this all-day celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the 20th Century’s most influential authors. We’ll have live music from the Garcia Birthday Band at 7PM, Hobbit-inspired food specials and more!” Willamette Radio Workshop will perform "Hobbit’s Greatest Hits" at 2PM and 4PM. Complete schedule here: http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/121176-Happy-Birthday-JRR-Tolkien This year they are showing the complete LOTR trilogy again, but annoyingly they are making the final movie screening 21+. 

Get Out! Backpacking”, Saturday, January 11, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Do you want to go hiking or backpacking but feel you don’t have the experience, gear, knowledge or motivation to get out there? Wilderness expert Erik Soltan, of Get Out! Backpacking, will provide you with an introduction to hiking northwest trails and will discuss the personal tools and skills you need to be self-sufficient in the outdoors.” http://getoutbackpacking.com/

Presto the Magician”, Saturday, January 11, 12PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “The very popular Presto The Magician returns with his silly, funny and interactive Magic Show!” http://www.prestothemagician.com/

Shark Day”, Saturday, January 11, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport. Donations requested. “Join us for a day of shark science at HMSC! Throughout the day visitors will have access to hands-on crafts, family activities and games. The Shark Riddle film and education program will be presented in Hennings Auditorium in the morning and again in the afternoon, and Dr. Bill Hanshumaker will perform a necropsy on a juvenile salmon shark beginning at 1:30pm. As always, admission to the Visitor Center and this event is by donation. 11:00am and 2:45pm - Film: The Shark Riddle (30 min); 11:30am and 3:15pm - Shark based Education Program; 1:30pm - 2:30pm - Juvenile Salmon Shark Necropsy.” http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/exhibits-and-events/events

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, January 11, 10AM-12PM, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Street between Stark and Morrison Sts, Pdx. $10 suggested donation, which goes towards headstone restoration and educational programs. "Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conducts monthly tours, highlighting Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel! Explore 30 acres of mature trees, a very special rose garden and fascinating architecture in this unique place, the only cemetery in Portland listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Suitable for all ages. No advance registration required. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement. We suggest a $10 donation, and we also offer FLFC merchandise at the tours: t-shirts, hoodies, keychains, stickers, tote bags, bookmarks, and magnets. All proceeds go directly to cemetery restoration and education. Tours also available at other times by arrangement. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers’ monument." Lone Fir was the first public cemetery in Portland, and a tour is a must for anyone learning about local history. http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/events/

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, January 11, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “our writer's journal is bursting with ideas... but how do you choose the ones that will become your best and brightest stories? In "Your Best Idea," a writing workshop for young adults, Susan Hill Long will help you discover strategies for choosing and developing your best ideas.” http://susanhilllong.com/

Winter’s Night”, Saturday, January 11, 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Discover the interesting things you can see and hear during a long winter’s night. Have you ever thought about what animals might be moving around on a cold dark night? How do they move so quickly and quietly? Families are invited to come find out!” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Discover the Rhythms of Ghana”, Saturday, January 11, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Shi Dah performs Ghanaian drumming, dance, songs and rhythms in traditional clothing. The audience will have the opportunity to dance, drum and discover the rhythms of Ghana in this interactive celebration.” http://www.chataaddy.com/shi_dah_traditional/

William Stafford Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, January 11, 2PM, Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. For information and to sign up for this event, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or tomhogan2@comcast.net or Greg Chaimov at gchaimov@comcast.net. “The Ledding Library of Milwaukie and Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee are delighted to sponsor a William Stafford Birthday Celebration, Saturday, January 11th from 2pm to 4pm. This year is the Stafford Centennial and these celebrations will be held during the year throughout Oregon and the nation in honor of poet William Stafford who taught for many years at Lewis and Clark College and was Oregon Poet Laureate from 1975 through 1989. Our Milwaukie event will be hosted by Greg Chaimov and Tom Hogan. Featured readers will be Gail Barker, Mary Dettmann, David Filer, Brett Kelver, Susanna Lundgren, Brionna McMahon, Ron Rasch, Ron Talney, and FWS Board Member Paulann Petersen. The featured readers will be reading their favorite poems by William Stafford as well as their own work written in his spirit. Please join the event and bring a poem honoring William Stafford! There will be an opportunity after the featured readers for everyone who wants to share a poem to read. You can sign up in advance to read or just come to the event. There will be poems on hand to read and light refreshments.”

Up, Up and Away! Balloon Badminton and Paper Airplanes”, Saturday, January 11, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades K-6. “Let’s play Balloon Badminton! We’re going to make paddles, decorate them, blow up some balloons, and keep those balloons airborne! No fair using hands. Need to take a breather? Make a paper airplane and see how far it’ll fly. All materials provided.”

Concert, “Sky in the Road”, Saturday, January 11, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Sky in the Road creates music with an organic feel that reflects their unique native Oregonian perspective. They describe their music as folk-based winding its way through Americana, country, Celtic, world folk, gypsy jazz, new age, rock, reggae and more. Known for their tight, soaring vocal harmonies they fill out their sound with a variety of instrumentation including 6 and 12 string guitar, Irish bouzouki, banjo and East Indian harmonium.” http://www.skyintheroad.com/

Slavic New Year!”, Sunday, January 12, 1PM, Midland Library. “Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folk tales and traditional treats.”

Author Talk, “Marc Hinton”, Sunday, January 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Marc Hinton reads from his book, “A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine”. “With a dash of humor and a sprinkling of recipes, culinarian Marc Hinton chronicles the bounty of the Pacific Northwest from the mastodon meals of the earliest inhabitants to the gastronomic revolution of today. In this lively narrative, learn how Oregon's and Washington's chefs have used the region's natural abundance to create a sumptuous cuisine that is stylish yet simple and how winemakers and brewers have crafted their own rich beverage traditions. From potlatches to Prohibition, seafood to sustainability and Lewis and Clark to James Beard, Hinton traces the events and influences that have shaped the Pacific Northwest's edible past and created a delectable fare that has foodies and enophiles from around the world clamoring for a taste.” http://historypresswest.org/2013/09/20/new-from-american-palate-west-a-history-of-pacific-northwest-cuisine/

Be A Naturalist”, Sunday, January 12, 10AM, OMSI Discovery Lab. $5 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/be-a-naturalist/011214 “What does a naturalist do? What does an owl eat? Children discover answers to these questions and more as they practice science skills including observing and drawing, taking weights and measurements, and investigating specimens from the natural world. An owl pellet dissection is included and students take home their owl pellet artifacts.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, January 12, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it.”

Heroes Unheralded Thank You Celebration”, Sunday, January 12, 2PM, History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Port Marina Dr., Hood River. This event is happening in conjunction with the ‘What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home’ exhibit on display in the Atrium Gallery from Thursday, January 2nd to Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. “During World War II, the community of Hood River, Oregon gained national notoriety for discrediting Japanese American war heroes. Residents removed the names of Japanese American GIs from their community honor roll and proposed a Constitutional amendment to deprive them of their citizenship. More than 1,800 signed petitions to discourage these Japanese American citizens and their families (who had been incarcerated in wartime camps on American soil for as long as three years) from returning to their homes and farms after the war. In the face of this overwhelming community sentiment, a small number of selfless and courageous individuals stepped forward. Facing a tide of pressure and prejudice, they were subject to public censure themselves. Yet, these ordinary citizens demonstrated principles of justice and decency. Some spoke out against unfair treatment toward those of Japanese ancestry. Others helped Japanese Americans to purchase goods or market their boycotted crops. Individually they befriended Japanese Americans with everyday acts of good will. While these principled Americans acted without seeking thanks or recognition, it is time that we honor their selflessness. These ordinary folk demonstrated a true American spirit during extraordinary times. In our increasingly diverse society, they inspire faith and hope for children and adults alike. We are proud to take this opportunity to honor these unheralded community heroes. Please join us on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The History Museum of Hood River County as we recognize these ‘Heroes Unheralded’ who stepped forward on behalf of Japanese Americans during those challenging times. Although all have since died, we will posthumously honor those whose descendants are able to join us on that day. Notable author, Linda Tamura, Ed.D. will preside over the program for this day of celebration. She will be sharing stories related to her recent book, ‘Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence’ as well presenting history related to our ‘unheralded heroes.’ Certificates of recognition will be presented to honorees descendants as well.” http://www.co.hood-river.or.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B0E13A5A1-62FD-488B-9019-C8C3B516432C%7D

Introduction to Food Preservation”, Sunday, January 12, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Learn about how and why different methods of preservation are used, how to identify current and safe references, and what equipment is necessary or just nice for successful food preservation. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service.”

Film Screening, “Prince Among Slaves”, Sunday, January 12, 2PM, and Tuesday, January 21, 6:45PM, Capitol Hill Library. “In 1788, a slave ship sailed from the Gambia River with hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains. Eight months later, a handful of survivors were sold in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them made an astonishing claim: he was a prince of an African kingdom larger and more developed than the newly formed United States. In ‘Prince Among Slaves’, narrator Mos Def relates the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, who was enslaved for 40 years before he returned to his African kingdom.” http://www.pbs.org/programs/prince-among-slaves/

Agate and Fossil Hunting Field Trip”, Sunday, January 12, 1PM, meeting at D-River Wayside State Park beach access in Lincoln City. “This awesome expedition will be led by fossil expert Guy DiTorrice. Beachcombing enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own finds for help with identification. Sponsored by the Oregon Coast Agate Club.”  http://www.newslincolncounty.com/archives/102455

Film Screening, “Mad Cowboy”, Sunday, January 12, 2PM, Central Library. “This is the story of Howard Lyman, the Mad Cowboy, a fourth generation cattle rancher turned vegan activist. He owned a large animal production business for 20 years before turning to the plant based lifestyle. After the film, join us for a discussion with Northwest VEG.” http://nwveg.org/

Tears of Joy Theatre”, Monday, January 13, 12PM, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby,1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Limited seating so get there early! “Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theatres, known internationally for its innovation and excellence.” http://www.tojt.org/

Alameda Neighborhood History: Its Founding and Early Life”, Monday, January 13, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. “A presentation by Doug Drecker, Alameda historian. Northeast Portland’s Alameda Park addition was first plotted in 1909. Construction followed in 1910 and by 1920, hundreds of houses and a busy streetcar line had been built in the new subdivision. Several waves of homebuilding- and generations of neighborhood life- followed periods of economic expansion to shape the neighborhood we know today. Come learn more about this fascinating history.” http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “He’s baaack! Come see live reptiles as the Reptile Man educates and entertains.” http://www.oregonreptileman.com/ Highly recommended!

Protecting Arctic Alaska’s Breeding Birds”, Tuesday, January 14, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Northern Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain is home to one of the world’s most important breeding grounds for shorebirds, waterfowl and other bird species that return from all corners of the globe to nest during the brief but productive arctic summers. Many of these birds migrate through our region, from Greater White-fronted Geese and Pacific Loons to American Golden-Plovers and Red-necked Phalaropes. Iconic mammals including vast caribou herds, polar bear, and musk oxen also roam the vast stretches of North America’s "Serengeti." Yet growing human development activities and a rapidly changing climate are challenging the area, one of North America’s last remaining pristine environments. In such conditions, what does it take to study and protect these fascinating animals and their habitat? Join biologist Joe Liebezeit - Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager - as he describes this amazing wildlife spectacle and provides both a scientific and personal perspective on his 12 summers spent in Arctic Alaska, which culminated in significant wildlife protections near Teshekpuk Lake, a focal point of nesting bird diversity on the coastal plain. Joe will share stories and photographs of his work as a conservation biologist as well as the natural history and ecology of the area’s breeding species.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-jan2014

Family Book Group- For the Younger Set”, Tuesday, January 14, 3:30PM, Northwest Library. “Boys and girls in grades 1-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.”

Travel the World”, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Sample the cultures of East India and learn about the SunUp International School in Kushtia, Bangladesh where the presenters taught school.”

Paper Bead Jewelry”, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30PM, Woodstock Library. “Like the African Abuyadaya community from Uganda, we'll be using colorful paper strips from magazines to make beautiful, one of a kind beads. Make an assortment of them to bring home and string into a necklace for yourself or to give as a gift.” 

History of the Portland Police Bureau”, Tuesday, January 14, 7PM, Beaverton Historical Society. Donations requested. “Presented by Jim Huff, Portland Police Bureau Museum. Listen to an overview of the Police Museum, a unique place and one of just a few in the nation. Jim will talk about the history of the Bureau starting in the 1820's. He will cover some of the highlights in law enforcement in Portland primarily from 1851 to the present day. Learn about the City Marshals, Metropolitan Police Force, the Department and the Bureau including crimes, equipment, uniforms, innovations, stories and firsts.” http://www.historicbeaverton.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1604781&eventId=815974&EventViewMode=EventDetails

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. This month we’re reading ‘Half Magic’ by Edward Eager.”

Screening, “Finding David Douglas”, Wednesday, January 15, 6PM, West Slope Library. “Lois Leonard, local film producer and historian, will present her documentary film Finding David Douglas, about the Scottish botanist famed for introducing to England many plants from the Pacific Northwest, and for whom the Douglas Fir is named. Following the film, she will lead a discussion of the film and its subject.” http://www.findingdaviddouglas.org/ The trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV2zN8ujpbo This is a wonderful film and very interesting for students of Pacific Northwest history.

Lost Creek Snowshoe Hike”, Wednesday, January 15, 9AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland to Mt. Hood National Forest. Easy, 200’ elevation gain, 6 miles round trip. Donations of $10 requested. Snowshoes not provided but there is rental info on their website. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/lost-creek-snowshoe-hike/ “This relatively flat snowshoe trip offers a variety of scenery and forest types as we trek through the Sandy River watershed. The trail traverses a mossy valley floor which looks like something out of a Tolkien novel before it transitions into old-growth forest. Unfortunately, this area is targeted for logging by the Forest Service - come and see the forests at stake and help us protect this area. Depending on snow conditions we'll likely start our hike on the snow-covered Lolo Pass Rd. beyond the stretch which is plowed, providing us with a wintery view of the upper Sandy River. From there we'll hike on trail #774 as it meanders along Lost Creek.”

William Stafford Centennial Celebration”, Wednesday, January 15, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Friends of William Stafford Board Member Susan Reese hosts this special Centennial Celebration of Oregon's great Poet Laureate. Featured readers include Barbara Drake, Joel Bettridge, Anmarie Trimble, Tom Hogan, Lisa Galloway and Susan DeFreitas. Feel free to bring a favorite William Stafford poem to share. Now available from Greywolf Press is Ask Me, a collection of one hundred of William Stafford’s essential poems. As a conscientious objector during World War II, while assigned to Civilian Public Service camps Stafford began his daily writing practice, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry reveals the consequences of violence, the daily necessity of moral decisions, and the bounty of art. Selected and with a note by Kim Stafford, Ask Me presents the best from a profound and original American voice.”

Chapter Book Club”, Wednesday, January 15, 1:45PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Book discussion group for kids in grades 3-5. Stop by the library to pick up the next book!”

Tricky Physics”, Wednesday, January 15, 4PM, Hollywood Library; and Saturday, January 18, 3PM, Kenton Library. Suggested for grades 3-8. “Use science to work some magic! Defy gravity, hold water upside down without spilling it, and learn the secret of the magicians' Tablecloth Trick. Then take home a set of supplies to amaze your family and friends!” http://impactnw.org/wp_11_2011/main-navigation/programs/youthfamily/aka-science/

Concert, “The Junebugs”, Wednesday, January 15, 6:15PM, West Linn Library. “The Junebugs are a pop/folk group that plays everything from turn of the century folk to modern covers, all with a strong emphasis on fun and vocal harmony.”

Sculptural Needle Felting Workshop”, Wednesday, January 15, 6:30PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required, call 503-718-2517. “Local fiber artist LeBrie Rich will demonstrate needle felting techniques for creating realistic fiber sculptures. Explore techniques and materials and make a small felted sculpture in class. Supplies and tools provided.” http://lebrie.com/ LeBrie is a wonderful teacher! Needle felting is not difficult but uses very sharp tools, so it’s suitable only for adults and kids with good fine motor skills!

Swedish Roots in Oregon”, Wednesday, January 15, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Lars Nordstrom reads from his new publication, ‘Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives: An Oral History Project’. Swedish immigration narratives span the early to mid-20th century. Followed by Q and A.” http://www.swedishrootsinoregon.org/

Rose City Classic Dog Show”, Wednesday, January 15, 7:30AM-7PM, and Thursday- Sunday, January 16- 19, 8AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $10 one day, $15 two day, 1 day ticket for a family of 5 $20 and a two day family ticket is $30, free for seniors, parking $8 or $7 for carpools of 3 or more. http://rosecityclassic.org/

Best Fruit Varieties for the Pacific Northwest”, Thursday, January 16, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Many fruits grow in the Pacific Northwest, but some produce a better harvest and are less prone to diseases than others. Learn about successful varieties of apples, pears, figs, plums, persimmons, grapes, berries, and more with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit.” http://corehomefruit.com/

Insatiable Voracity: Telling David Douglas’ Story through Birds”, Thursday, January 16, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Spokane author and naturalist Jack Nisbet will appear in Heron Hall on Thursday, Jan. 16 to discuss the Scottish naturalist David Douglas, who was a lifelong bird enthusiast. During the course of three different visits to the Pacific Northwest from 1824-1834, Douglas sent numerous study skins back to England. Nisbet's slide presentation will focus on the avian behavior Douglas recorded, the scientific and human context of travels, and what his bird records reveal about the landscape we live in today.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/douglas-2014

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, January 16, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Watch episodes of all the Doctors and discuss/share any "Who" related news. All ages welcome. Third Thursday of every month.”

Canoes and the Lifeways of the Indigenous People of Mid-Lower Columbia River”, Thursday, January 16, 6:30PM, Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. Doors open at 6:30 and presentation begins at 7:15. $15. “Presented by: Dr. Cameron Smith, Professor of Anthropology, Portland State University.” http://www.anthropology.pdx.edu/smith.php

Author Talk, “Ransom Riggs”, Thursday, January 16, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Ransom Riggs reads from his book, “Hollow City”. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it ‘an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.’ This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.” http://www.ransomriggs.com/

Origami After School”, Thursday, January 16, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Kids - learn the ancient art of paper folding during this fun afternoon program led by Sensei Lois.”

Book Talk for Ages 5-8”, Thursday, January 16, 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 5-8 with a participating adult. This month, we’re reading ‘Blinky the Space Cat’ by Ashley Spires.” http://www.ashleyspires.com/clients.html

Author Talk, “Kurt Timmermeister”, Thursday, January 16, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Kurt Timmermeister reads from his book, “Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal”. “The story of a feast two years in the making, from the farmer who harvested the vegetables, raised the animals, and prepared the meal. In ‘Growing a Farmer’, Kurt Timmermeister recounted the toil and joy of wrestling an empty plot of land on Vashon Island, Washington, into a dairy farm. Now he tells the story of a feast made from only what the farm provides. But the story of the meal begins two years earlier with the birth of a calf, Alice. When she is grown, Alice will produce the cream to be churned into butter, made into sauce Béarnaise, and served alongside poached eggs and kale gathered the morning of the feast. Along the way we meet Leda, who trades onion seedlings for Kurt’s cheese; Michiko, who forages the white chanterelles for the antipasti course; and Bill, whose large, thin-skinned tomatoes will form the basis of the tomato upside-down cake. Rich in detail, resonant in story, Growing a Feast depicts the effort behind every meal, the farm that comes before every table.” http://www.kurtwoodfarms.com/

Lend a Hand”, Thursday, January 16, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library. “Celebrate Martin Luther King Day a little early with an evening of volunteering. The library will have supplies for creating items to donate to local service centers for families, seniors and animals. Want to do a little more? Look for a wishlist of items you can donate that we’ll send along with the projects. Look for MLK Day of Service opportunities in our area at mlkday.gov.”

The Tomb Chapel of Menna: The Art, Culture and Science of Painting in an Ancient Egyptian Tomb”, Thursday, January 16, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. “The tomb chapel of Menna (TT 69) on the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor is one of the ancient Egypt’s finest painted tombs. In the 18th Dynasty, Menna held the high position of “Scribe of the Fields of the Lord of the Two Lands of Upper and Lower Egypt.” 

The colorful tomb depicts the private lives of Menna and his family, natural settings of flora, birds, and plants, his role overseeing ancient Egypt’s agriculture and granaries, as well as classic scenes of worship, offerings and funeral rites. 

Constant tourist visitation has taken a toll on the interior of the tomb. From 2007-2010, Dr Melinda Hartwig directed a team to fully document the tomb and design a plan for conservation and protection, using extensive, non-invasive procedures. Dr Hartwig will explain the methods and results from that archaeological project as well as discuss Menna, the times in which he lived, and the artistic methods and materials used in his tomb chapel.” http://www.pdx.edu/events/tomb-chapel-menna-art-culture-and-science-painting-ancient-egyptian-tomb?delta=0

OMSI Presents, “Gollyology”, Friday, January 17, 3PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “OMSI's Rhys Thomas of Jugglemania is a former Smithsonian artist-in-residence who takes juggling beyond physics to explore archaeology, chemistry, mathematics and other sciences. What new juggling props have chemists created? Can mathematicians help discover new tricks? Watch and wonder as the show builds to a grand finale, featuring Rhys juggling on a rope.”

Birding at Whitaker Ponds”, Friday, January 17, 8AM, Whitaker Ponds, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Audubon Society leaders Patty Newland and Candace Larson for a bird walk at Whitaker Ponds, a hidden urban oasis in NE Portland. We will circle the pond looking for ducks, song birds, eagles, and owls. Park inside the gated area at the Ponds.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/whitaker14

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, January 18, 12PM-3PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “A series of live demonstrations, and talks about the history, people and crafts at Champoeg. “A Look Back at Joe Meek: Independent scholar and local historian, Rick Tabor will present a brief look at Joe Meek. From irascible mountain man to provisional government legislator, farmer and first US Marshal to the Oregon Territory. Hear the amazing stories of Joseph Lafayette Meek. Scots of the Fur Trade: Interpretive Park Ranger Dan Klug will give an overview of the contribution that the Scots made in the development and exploitation of the fur trade. Understand why the Scots left their homeland; how they participated in the trade’s major companies; how clan loyalties and kinship ties played a role in the company’s work and indigenous marriage; the exploration and mapping of uncharted North America. Hide Tanning: Hide tanner and artist, Shaun Deller, will discuss the tanning methods used by Native Americans, fur trappers and pioneers to turn animal skins into clothing, bags, saddles and more. Discover the mysteries of the ancient method known as brain tanning. Learn about some of Oregon's first tanneries and how the early settlers used tree bark to tan their hides. Shaun will present many examples of these various tanning methods.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvents&parkId=79

LEGO Robotics WeDo”, Saturday, January 18, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 5-7. Preregistration required; register online.  “This class is a perfect mixture of fun and learning using LEGO WeDo Robots. Students will build various wild animals, cars and other fun things to learn how to program and operate them with a laptop computer.”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, January 18, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. $8 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/coe-eye-dissection/011814 “Participants are led through the anatomy of the cow eye while finding out how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow-up to Squid Dissection. It is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to Cow Eye Dissection. One cow eye per ticket, maximum two people per cow eye.” (If you haven’t done a squid dissection, it’s not hard- you can get directions online or on a YouTube video, and the squid they use are for sale at most grocery stores.) 

Concert, “ViVoce”, Saturday, January 18, 7:30PM, and Sunday, January 19, 4:30PM, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 NE 43rd Ave., Pdx. $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, free for kids 6-12. “Join ViVoce for their winter concert, ‘Tales of Winter's Garden’. ViVoce performs folk and classical choral material in the Revels tradition, weaving past with present through song and story. Led by Bennett Bailey, Music Director, and Jamie Lynn Webster, Ph.D., Asst. Music Director, ViVoce's winter concert will include songs and stories from Macedonia, Appalachia, Germany, the American shape note tradition, and Renaissance Spain and Italy. ViVoce's stylistic range runs from Gregorian plainsong to rousing American folksongs. The group will sing polyphonic works by Palestrina and Morales, “Silver Apples of the Moon,” and a setting of Yeats' “The Wandering Aengus” by Gwyneth Walker. The group will also sing “Edward,” an ancient folk ballad that traveled from England to Appalachia, and was collected by Cecil Sharp in North Carolina in 1916.” http://www.portlandrevels.org/revels.php?page=vivoce-singers

Author Talk, “Congressman John Lewis”, Saturday, January 18, 12PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.” http://johnlewis.house.gov/

Oregon Reads 2014 Kickoff with Kim Stafford”, Saturday, January 18, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Join us for the kickoff of Oregon Reads 2014, a yearlong statewide celebration that commemorates the centennial of Oregon's most celebrated poet, William Stafford (1914-1993). Kim Stafford will talk about his father and his poetry. If you're a library cardholder, you can pick up a complimentary copy of ‘Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford’ at the kickoff while supplies last.”

Author Talk, “Nick Bruel”, Saturday, January 18, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Nick Bruel reads from his book, “Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble”. “In this seventh installment of the New York Times–bestselling series, Kitty encounters what may be her most formidable foe yet: her creator! Kitty soon learns that feline manipulation works both ways—especially when you're at the wrong end of your author's pencil. Along the way, Nick shows kids how a book is created, despite the frequent interruptions from you-know-who.” http://www.nickbruel.com/

Northwest Reptile Expo”, Saturday, January 18, 10AM-5PM, Airport Holiday Inn, Columbia Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $9 adults, $4 ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, cash only. If you’ve gone to this very popular show in years past, you’ll be relieved to learn that they are claiming this new venue gives them three times the space. This year also, the Reptile Man http://www.oregonreptileman.com/ is performing at 10AM. This is a huge marketplace for all things reptile and amphibian, including critters and supplies. It’s very fun to go just to see so many fascinating animals up close! http://www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo/

Paper Airplane Launch”, Saturday, January 18, 9:10AM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 8-12. “Tweens - blast into the new year with a Paper Airplane Launch! Celebrate the science of aerodynamics by making and testing various models of paper airplanes. Challenge your friends with feats of distance and accuracy. You just might be the next Orville or Wilbur.”

Old Time Music Gathering”, Saturday, January 18, 12PM-5PM, Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison St., Pdx. $5. “Workshops, Jamming, Kid’s Programming, Concerts, and Family Dance featuring Kate O’Brian-Clark, Annalisa Tornfelt, The Martin Brothers, Paul Silveria, Dry and Dusty, Sophie Vittels, Jinny Macrae, Leela Grace, Adam Kiesling, Missouri Turn Around, Foghorn Stringband, Turpentine, and Laurel Bliss.” There are events in this festival from Wednesday, January 15 through Sunday, January 19, but Saturday’s daytime events are especially family friendly. http://bubbaguitar.com/gathering/

Yachats Agate Festival”, Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19, 10AM-4PM, Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101, N. Yachats, OR. Free. “This weekend festival will feature spectacular displays as well as family friendly learning opportunities for all ages.” http://www.yachats.org/events.html

Weird Science”, Saturday, January 18, 3PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Kids! Do you love science? Are you ready to learn something new and fun? Then come to the Cascade Park Library, where we will have experiments, displays, and puzzles. Science Rocks!”

Concert, “Motherlode”, Saturday, January 18, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Strong vocals and acoustic guitars will keep your toe tapping and your heart humming.” http://www.motherlodemusic.com/

Stories from my Childhood”, Saturday, January 18, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Join local children’s book writer Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, as she shares funny folktales, silly stories, and goofy games from her childhood days with her doll, Julita. Carmen will show images from Puerto Rico and end the program with a short reading from her book Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice, in honor of our Everybody Reads 2014 author and speaker.”

Tales for the Year of the Horse”, Saturday, January 18, 2PM, Woodstock Library. “Have fun learning about Chinese New Year (2014: The Year of the Horse!) as master storyteller Anne Rutherford tells a lively group of tales that celebrate the spirit and meaning of the holiday.” http://www.annerutherford.com/

The Vietnamese Community of Oregon Presents, “Tet 2014”, Saturday, January 18, 9:30AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Free admission from 9:30AM-10AM with no readmission, afterwards $4 admission, free for kids 5 and under and seniors. Lion Dance, Lucky Money, Martial Arts, Honoring Outstanding Students, Miss Ao Dai Vietnamese Pageant, Art Contest and Games for Children, music, dance and theatre performances, free health fair. http://www.congdongvietnamoregon.org/en-us/currentevent/2014tetinoregon.aspx

Concert, “A Far Cry String Quartet”, Saturday, January 18, 4PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Concert performed by a string quartet from A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra from Boston. They will talk about A Far Cry and the music they will be playing and leave time for questions from the audience.” http://www.afarcry.org/

William Stafford Celebration and Oregon Reads Kickoff”, Sunday, January 19, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join our William Stafford celebration! Local poets (Barbara Drake, Susan Munger, Mary Jane Nordgren, Lars Nordstrom, Penelope Scambly Schott, Joe Schrader, and Mark Thalman) will read their favorite Stafford poems and share Stafford stories. Oregon Reads 2014, the statewide reading program, will focus on William Stafford. Cake and coffee provided.”

A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford”, Sunday, January 19, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Nearly 20 years after his death in 1993, William Stafford’s work, teaching philosophies, and life example continue to inspire, challenge, and sometimes baffle us. How does Stafford affect us as writers, readers, Americans, students, teachers? As poets, how might we honor and test his legacy? ‘A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford’ takes its name from Stafford's famous poem ‘A Ritual to Read to Each Other,’ deliberately re-visioning the original title to reflect the community and diversity in such an anthology. Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will moderate an event featuring contributors Tim Gillespie, Kim Stafford, Doug Stone, and Mark Thalman.” https://www.facebook.com/woodleyanthology

Screening, “Slavery By Another Name”, Monday, January 20, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Join us in the community room to watch "Slavery By Another Name". This movie is a documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.” http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/

Author Talk, “Arthur and Pauline Frommer”, Monday, January 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Since its humble beginnings in 1957, Frommer’s has grown to become a world-renowned travel guidebook series. Founder Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline will bring you up to date on major new developments in travel. The travel world offers exciting vacations to Americans who carefully study the new ways to obtain lodgings, tours, fares, and other travel products. The two will share their picks for unsung destinations travelers should consider in 2014, ideas and tips on how to make your vacation great at any price range, and other trends and top destinations for travel.” http://www.frommers.com/blog/

“Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, January 21, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck.” 

Author Reading, “Jennifer Coughlin”, Tuesday, January 21, 11AM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Local author, Jennifer Coughlin, shares her beautiful new picture book, The Great Impersonator! This interactive story encourages children to imagine the possibilities through imaginative play! Join us for this very special story time!” http://peatandprose.com/services/childrens-books/books-for-purchase/

Author Talk, “Karen Karbo”, Tuesday, January 21, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Karen Karbo is the author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: ‘Julia Child Rules’; ‘How Georgia Became O’Keeffe’; ‘The Gospel According to Coco Chanel’; and ‘How to Hepburn’. Her 2004 memoir, ‘The Stuff of Life’, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, salon.com and other magazines.” http://www.karenkarbo.com/

Family Book Group Grades 4-5”, Tuesday, January 21, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read ‘The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom’ by Christopher Healy.” http://Christopherhealy.com/the-heros-guide-to-saving-your-kingdom/ http://Christopherhealy.com/the-heros-guide-to-saving-your-kingdom/

Travels in Turkey”, Tuesday, January 21, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Come enjoy a talk and photographic presentation of Turkey, a country at the juncture of three continents, the home of both ancient civilizations and the vibrant modern Turkish population. Christina Hanson, reference librarian at the Vancouver Community Library, spent the month of May 2013 traveling through the country, exploring the sights, and sampling Turkish cuisine. She will share highlights of her trip and will provide some books suggestions for those wishing to travel there or learn more about Turkey's past, present, and future.”

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Wednesday, January 22, 10AM; and Saturday, January 25, 1PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; registration details online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ or call Becky at 503-823-1649. “Interested in expanding your knowledge of native conifers? This winter take a class with instructor Ken Denniston (author of nwconifers.com) to help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. Each class will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.” 

Natural History of the Pika”, Tuesday, January 22, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5. “The pika is a small mammal with short limbs, rounded ears, and no tail. Native to cold climates, pika generally live in sub-alpine rock fields. Uniquely, in the Columbia River Gorge and the Great Salt Lake basin, pika are found at low elevation. It is unclear why they're able to survive in this atypical habitat. Due to the cool temperature habitat they normally occupy, it is hypothesized that pika may be particularly vulnerable to climate change. Working with Dr. Erik Beever of the U.S. Geologic Survey, Steven Clark has been studying American pika in the Columbia River Gorge since 2008 to determine the ecological features of the Gorge that allow and prohibit their survival. Please join us to learn about the natural history of American pika and their status in Oregon.” http://www.owhf.org/discovering-wildlife-lecture-series

Backyard Chicken Keeping”, Thursday, January 23, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Learn how to keep chickens on an urban homestead: Sara Tetreault, frugal living expert and ’Go Gingham’ blogger presents everything you need to know about backyard chicken keeping. You’ll learn how easy it is to keep chickens and whether they’re right for you.” http://gogingham.com/

The Misty Fjords of the Tongass National Forest”, Thursday, January 23, 7PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join Hoyt Arboretum Friends for this new monthly series that will highlight the travel (and tree) adventures of HAF members and volunteers. This month, join HAF volunteer Megen Van Cleave for the next presentation in the series, where she will share stories from her time as a wilderness ranger with the US Forest Service in the Tongass National Forest.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Wizard World- Portland Comic Con 2014”, Friday, January 24, 3PM-8PM, Saturday, January 25, 10AM- 7PM, and Sunday, January 26, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Up to 2 children 10 and under get in free with one paid adult. Ticket prices vary by day and there is a discount for advance tickets: http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html A really impressive lineup of actors, artists, writers and more! 

Concert, “Mousai Remix”, Friday, January 24, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. String quartet. “Mousai Remix takes its name from the ancient Greek Mousai, the muses inspiring the arts and sciences. The quartet is comprised of Oregon Symphony members Emily Cole, Shin-young Kwon, Jennifer Arnold, and Marilyn de Oliveira.” http://mousairemix.instantencore.com/web/home.aspx

The Lego Movie Hands-on Learning Event”, Saturday, January 25, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Beaverton; Saturday, January 25, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard; Saturday, January 25, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx.; Saturday, January 25, 3PM, Barnes and Noble, Vancouver Plaza, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver; and Saturday, January 25, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 1317 Lloyd Ctr., Pdx. “Join us for a Hands-On Learning event as we count down to The LEGO Movie. The LEGO Movie hits theaters February 7, and we are so excited to have Warner Brothers providing us with awesome activities, surprises and giveaways for all who attend!”

Audubon Kids Day”, Saturday, January 25, 11AM-3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “Come join Audubon staff as we host a day just for kids. We’ll have free activities and projects based on many of our most popular Summer Camp programs, including animal tracking, archery and many nature-based art activities. Join the fun! Pre-registration is required for children who want to participate in our archery demonstration, where kids will get to shoot with Audubon staff. Registration is not required for other event activities but secures a limited number of archery spots.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/kids-day

Soap Making”, Saturday, January 25, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $15 per ticket. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/soap-making/012514 “Make soap while learning about the reactions that go into making soap and why it is so great at cleaning! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket gets you all the ingredients necessary to make one pound of soap (about 6-8 bars), maximum three participants per ticket.”

Birding at Crystal Springs”, Saturday, January 25, 8AM, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, 6015 SE 28th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano to view the local wintering waterfowl at Crystal Springs. Here is a chance to learn your waterfowl. With close views of most of our Portland area ducks we will identify waterfowl using black and white field marks.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/csrg14

Wheat Weaving”, Saturday, January 25, 11AM, Molalla Library. “Come to this wonderful workshop and learn the art of wheat weaving. Limited number of seats, so come early. You get to take home a couple of your creations.”

The Great Train Expo”, Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $7 adults, free for kids 11 and under with an adult, parking $8 or $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “The Great Train Expo is the largest traveling model train show in the country, serving well-over 30 major cities.” Lots of vendors with all things train related, and some impressive model train layout displays. http://www.greattrainexpo.com/

Kids Knit!”, Saturday, January 25, 11AM, North Portland Library. Suggested for gradeschool aged kids and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/kids-knit/18051 “Discover a fun new hobby by learning to knit or improving your current skills! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own supplies.”

Broken and Recycled Hearts”, Saturday, January 25, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Presented by artist Kathy Karbo. “Artists will work with recycled light metals, wire and found objects to create a heart memento. The metal sculptures of Mexico, India and Africa will serve as inspiration for our broken and embellished metal hearts.” Kathy is awesome!

Red Fans for a Lunar New Year”, Saturday, January 25, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Decorate red accordion fans with origami papers, rubber stamp Chinese characters, ribbons, glitter and more. Artist Cindy Lommasson brings back this popular craft for the New Year.” http://www.cindylommasson.com/

Portland Opera to Go Presents, “La Boheme”, Saturday, January 25, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “An opera for all ages! Engaging, accessible and full of romantic intrigue, La Boheme is a persisting classic whose charming tale of love and loss has continued to move audiences for over a century. Puccini’s masterpiece concerns the fortunes of four young men whose lives are changed forever when one of them falls in love with the girl upstairs. With themes of youth, poverty, love, friendship and coming-of-age, La Boheme is a perfect way to introduce younger audiences to opera.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1098&recordid=5596 Get there early for seats!

Pop-Up Cards”, Saturday, January 25, 2PM, Albina Library. “Children of all ages (and their adults) are invited to join book artist Sarah Fagan in handcrafting their own pop-up style greeting cards. The structure is deceptively simple -- but the possibilities are endless! All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite collage materials for a personal touch.” http://www.sarahfagan.com/

Geocaching 101: Learning the Basics”, Saturday, January 25, 2PM-5PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Want to find a cool hobby that gets your whole family outside and active? There will be a few ‘expert’ geocachers from right here in Portland that will come and teach you the basics of geocaching. We will cover what geocaching is, what to use when geocaching, why we do it and more! Just bring a laptop, a great attitude and a smile!”

Lotion Making Class”, Saturday, January 25, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/lotion-making-class/17244 “Lotions, Balms and Lotion Bars. Learn how to make your own natural moisturizers from scratch using healing vegetable and seed oils. Topics include everything from the chemistry of emulsion to how to preserve your moisturizers safely (or avoid preservatives altogether). Class is taught by Sellwood Soap Company.” http://www.sellwoodsoap.com/

Marcy Houle: Faces Behind Places Hike”, Saturday, January 25, 1PM-4PM, meeting at the Springville Trailhead, Forest Park, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.forestparkconservancy.org/products/hikes/marcy-houle-faces Lead by local 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.”

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, January 25, 8AM-11AM, meeting at Wapato Access Greenway parking lot on Sauvie Island. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/wapato-nature-walks-5/ “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. Note January 25 is extended waterfowl tour. Directions: To reach Wapato Greenway parking lot travel from the bridge onto the island, continue north on Sauvie Island Road, past the intersection with Reeder Rd, past Ferry Road boat ramp turnoff, to the marked parking lot on the left. Extended tour of Sauvie Island Waterfowl Viewing Sites – Meet at Wapato, view Virginia Lakes, then carpool to additional sites on the island. Anyone driving will need to purchase a Sauvie Island day parking permit (available at the store after crossing onto the island). Bring binoculars and a water bottle.” Parking permits can conveniently be purchased and printed at home: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp

Origami Workshop”, Sunday, January 26, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. All ages. “Try your hand at Japanese paper-folding! Members of Tigard High School’s Japanese Honor Society will show you how to create simple figures. Materials and tasty snacks will be provided.”

William Stafford Birthday Celebration”, Sunday, January 26, 1PM, Molalla Library. “Come and celebrate the life of William Stafford. Light Refreshments will be served. Key speakers will include: David Hedges; Pat Love; Cindy Stewart-Reiner; and Larry Anderson. We will be showing the DVD ‘Every War Has Two Losers’ .” http://www.everywar.com/

White River Snowshoe Hike”, Sunday, January 26, 9AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland to Mt. Hood National Forest. Easy to moderate, 500’ elevation gain, 3-4 miles. $10 donation requested. Snowshoes not provided but rental info is listed on their website. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/white-river-snowshoe-hike/ "The White River Sno-Park is generally a busy place during winter weekends, a fact which might turn off those seeking a measure of solitude in the snow. However, Oregon Wild knows a secret: most people don't venture 200 yards beyond the parking lot. When you do, you'll realize the White River Canyon is a special place. Oregon Wild staff like to think of this as our own little sledding playground paradise (we annually journey here for our staff sledding trip). Come strap on a pair snowshoes with us and see why it is so special. On this journey you'll see the White River snake it's way down a large canyon surrounded by forested ridges.” 

Tualatin Riverkeepers Annual Meeting”, Sunday, January 26, 1:30PM, Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. “Join Tualatin Riverkeepers members and friends for an annual celebration of the Tualatin River. Come see and hear a special presentation by Brian French of Ascending the Giants about the champion trees of the Tualatin watershed. Meet the TRK's new Executive Director, Mike Skuja, who will be sharing some of his amazing cooking from around the world. Learn about TRK's progress and future for restoring the river and our creeks. Bring a friend.” http://www.tualatinriverkeepers.org/

William Stafford Birthday Celebration”, Sunday, January 26, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “The Multnomah County Central Library and the Friends of William Stafford present ‘Stafford Around the World’, a compilation of Stafford poems read in English and in 13 foreign languages.”

Stories in the Stones on Mt. Talbert”, Sunday, January 26, 10:30AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10695 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $5 per adult and free for ages 17 and under. Preregistration required; call 503-794-8092. Trails are rough and steep in places. “Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley and explore the rugged beauty of this unique lava dome as you wander through a white oak woodland in winter. Mount Talbert is part of a series of cinder cones and small shield volcanoes that began bubbling up almost 3 million years ago, leaving Mount Tabor, Rocky Butte and Mount Talbert in its wake. Participants gain a basic understanding of geology in the region from the stories in the stones and land formations along the way.” http://calendar.oregonmetro.gov/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=8257

Preserving Oregon’s Sweetest Things”, Sunday, January 26, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Join us for an overview of canning, freezing, juicing and jamming Oregon’s delicious and abundant fresh fruits. Review basic techniques, necessary equipment, and up-to-date references and resources to help prepare you for the upcoming food preservation season. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service.”

Mochitsuki 2014- Year of the Horse”, Sunday, January 26, 11AM-4PM, Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison St., Pdx. Advance tickets $10 adult, $7 seniors and students, $4 children ages 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under. Available at:  http://mochipdx.org/  “Mochitsuki is Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration and has been a premiere event in the local community since 1996. The goal of Mochitsuki is to celebrate tradition by sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture. We welcome you to join the celebration while enjoying the great food, performers, and activities presented at Mochitsuki!” 

Winter Walk Nature Program”, Monday, January 27, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “We'll bundle up for a walk to see how plants and animals are coping with shorter days and colder weather.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wildlife Preserve.

Here on the Edge”, Monday, January 27, 7PM, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. All ages welcome. Free. Canned food donations requested for the Oregon Food Bank. “Here on the Edge: How a Small Group of World War II Conscientious Objectors on the Oregon Coast Plowed the Ground for the Social and Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s” Presented by Steve McQuiddy. “Twenty years in the making and packed with original research and more than eighty photographs, Here on the Edge, Steve McQuiddy’s definitive history of the Civilian Public Service Camp #56 and the Fine Arts at Waldport tells how artists and writers from across the country chose to take a condition of penance (compulsive labor for refusing to serve in the military) and put it to constructive ends. After the war, camp members participated in the San Francisco ‘Poetry Renaissance’ of the 1950s with Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg – who in turn inspired Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the radical upheavals and massive peace movements of the 1960s.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm

Conversations with Writers”, Monday, January 27, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Presented by Pacific University Assistant Professor of English Brent Johnson. “Better understand the craft of writing! Each month Conversations With Writers invites a local author to read and discuss their work and writing methods. Audience members can ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his/her art in an informal atmosphere.” He’s published many essays and poems, and current projects include essays about traveling to Montana in an RV with his family, and poems on fly fishing. http://www.pacificu.edu/as/literature/faculty/JohnsonBioPage.cfm

A Will is Not Enough in Oregon”, Tuesday, January 28, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. Of interest to Oregon parents. “How valid are your documents, how often should they be updated, and what is now required to protect you and your family? A comprehensive review of essential state and federal documents will be discussed in this free presentation to help you gain control. No registration is required.” http://www.pacificu.edu/as/literature/faculty/JohnsonBioPage.cfm

Our Vanishing Glaciers: 100 Years of Glacier Retreat in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area”, Tuesday, January 28, 6:30PM, McMenamins Edgefield, Power Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages welcome. Donation of canned good for the Oregon Food Bank requested. Presented by Jim O’Connor, US Geological Survey Water Science Center, Portland. http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/

Soccer City USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers”, Tuesday, January 28, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. “Sponsored by Wilsonville Library Foundation and Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society give a nod to Timbers fever with this presentation on the history of Portland's soccer franchise. Michael Orr takes a look back at the first season of the Timbers team in 1975, a season so successful that it landed the Timbers in the NASL Soccer Bowl and earned Portland the nickname “Soccer City USA.” Learn more about the team that inspired huge crowds and featured stars like Peter Withe and Willie Anderson.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/121567-Soccer-City-USA-The-Birth-and-Rise-of-the-Portland-Timbers

Author Talk, “Diane Goeres-Gardner”, Tuesday, January 28, 7PM, Tigard Library. “’Inside Oregon State Hospital’ takes a look at the Northwest's oldest continually operating hospital as seen through the eyes of the patients who lived there. Hospital physicians were once active in the field of electroshock treatments, lobotomies and eugenics as shown in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Today after a $360 million renovation, Oregon State Hospital is a modern treatment facility for mentally ill patients. Books will be for sale.” http://www.dlgoeres-gardner.com/p/o.html

Northwest Ag Show”, Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 9AM-8PM, and Thursday, January 30, 9AM-3PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $8 adults, $6 seniors, free for kids 11 and under, $15 multi-day pass, $15 for the whole family on Wednesday. Parking free. This is all about the heavy machinery and equipment of industrial farming, a world most of us know nothing about. There is also an antique equipment exhibit. http://www.nwagshow.com/

Concert, “Mo Philips”, Tuesday, January 28, 6PM, West Linn Library. “Musician Mo Phillips will help us release our brand new library video series, ‘The Mixed Up Files of the West Linn Library’! We will have popcorn, a red carpet, a screening of our first episode, and a few special guests.”

Portland Opera Presents, “Lucia di Lammermoor Preview”, Sunday, January 26, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery; and Tuesday, January 28, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information and musical selections from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Lucia's love, fanned into madness by an unsympathetic brother, leaves her new bridegroom in a puddle of blood. This tragic masterpiece, with its ravishing melodies and vocal thrills (as well as a secret rendezvous, a duel and a murder) is Donizetti's crowning achievement, and one of the most beloved operas ever composed.” http://www.portlandopera.org/operas/2013-2014/lucia-di-lammermoor Because of the subject matter, this preview may not be suitable for young kids.

Beginning Linoleum Block Printing”, Sunday, January 26, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Presented by artist Suki Allen. “In this two hour class, you will learn all the basics of linoleum block printmaking including: transferring your image onto the linoleum block, carving the block, and creating a small edition of prints. No prior printmaking experience needed. Beginners welcome!” http://www.birdseyeviewstudio.com/BirdsEyeViewStudio.com/index.html Parents will want to work with kids who are interested in learning but too young to do the carving.

Oregon Shadow Theatre Presents, “Thumbelina”, Wednesday, January 29, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Free tickets will be given out beginning at 6PM for limited seating, and there will be a door prize. “Thumbelina is one of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's most delightful characters, a miniature girl born from a flower who has to find her own way in the world of nature. In this OST production Thumbelina journeys through a series of natural habitats to discover her home in the land of the flower fairies. Through the seasons of the year, Thumbelina has adventures with frogs in a pond, flying beetles in a tree, a swallow in the woods, a mouse in a field and a mole in his underground home. The visual design of this colorful shadow play is drawn from Art Nouveau, the decorative art movement of the late 1800s which is characterized by its flowing organic lines and its nature themes. Art Nouveau had a resurgence in the 1960s, and the art and music of the Rock 'n Roll era inspired much of the visual and aural design of the play. While the plot of the play follows Andersen's story, the script supports a comic sub text linking music of the 1960's and '70s to Thumbelina's desire to find her home in a land of flowers. The live music is performed on hammer dulcimer, electric guitar, and an assortment of percussion and sound effects devices.” http://www.oregonshadowtheatre.com/thumbelina.html This is a completely magical show and highly recommended! Get there early!

Storytime Yoga”, Thursday, January 30, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library. “These classes incorporate yoga and storytelling. We will read kid friendly books about animals or with underlying themes of yoga philosophy and character building while integrating poses, movement and song.”

Author Night- Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes”, Thursday, January 30, 7PM, Atkinson Church, 710 6th St., Oregon City. Free. “This one-of-a-kind event brings two area authors together to discuss their books which both relate to slavery in early Oregon. Phillip Margolin, author of best-selling and award winning legal thrillers switches to the historical setting of 1860s Oregon in 'Worth Brown’s Daughter', based loosely on real events. R. Gregory Nokes looks at Oregon’s early history with slavery from another point of view and another legal case. His book, 'Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory' is the story of the people behind Holmes vs. Ford, a landmark Oregon case and the only slavery case ever brought in Oregon courts. Enjoy both of these remarkable authors as they discuss the shared topic of slavery in Oregon in the historic Atkinson Church.”