Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May Magic

This is my list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of May 2014.  I compile this list for the homeschool group we belong to, which currently includes kids in grades 1-5, but most have much wider appeal.  I look for events with some educational or cultural value. As an early Mother's Day present, our pet bullfrogs offered to do all the proofreading for me.  So sweet! Mostly they just ate all the insects that were stuck in it.  So please be sure to doublecheck any events you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos, or cancellations.  And here's a song for all you amazing mommas out there-  Happy Mother's Day lovely!

May and June regularly feature some of the lowest tides of the year, ideal for tidepooling on the coast! Tidepooling is magical. The trick is to find a time when the low tide is a couple of feet below sea level which is also at a convenient daytime hour, and aim to leave the beach a bit before that. Some beaches are flatter than others, and as soon as the low tide mark has passed, the tide may come in surprisingly quickly. A pretty thorough list of tide tables can be found on NOAA’s website: An excellent list of where to tidepool can be found here:  It's also a perfect time to see ducklings and goslings, and while any pond or lake with ducks and geese will have some,  there's no better place to see them than Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

Morning Bird Song Walks”, Mondays in May at Tryon Creek State Park, Pdx; Tuesdays in April at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, Beaverton; Wednesdays at Mt. Tabor Park, Pdx; Thursdays at Camassia Preserve, West Linn; and Fridays at Pittock Mansion, Pdx. All walks begin at 7AM. Free. “Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2014 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. These Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly. Steady morning rain cancels a walk.”

Film Screenings, “Finding Vivian Maier”. Vivian Maier was a master of the art of street photography, and took more than 100,000 photographs, as well as films.  Much of her work is really, really good and very beautiful, as well as being incredible documents of the world around her. She didn’t even develop a lot of her photos and they were never seen by anyone. Apparently no one who knew her had any idea she had such a large body of work. She passed away in 2009 and some of her work was discovered in a storage unit when the contents were auctioned. This documentary tells her story. It’s screening in Portland, Vancouver, Salem, etc. Watch the trailer and find a theater near you here:

Classical Up Close!”, through May 2, throughout the greater Portland area. Eight evening concerts at 7:30PM and many small “blitz” concerts throughout the day. Free. “We will be presenting these concerts all over town, sometimes in places where you might not expect to see us. We encourage you to come and bring your friends and family. At these informal events, we will encourage you to do all the things you would not normally do at a classical concert: take photos, tweet, text, clap between movements, and ask us questions. We want to get to know you and we’re eager for you to get to know us better. During some of these performances, we will also have chairs on stage, so members of the audience can sit near us to have a more intimate experience. We will be encouraging you to do all these things! This is about bringing world-class music to you — up close! Come and enjoy!” Complete details and schedule here: 

Brooks Gardens Peonies”, now through June 22, 10AM-6PM daily, 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305. “Visit our Oregon peony farm and historic iris gardens this Bloom Season. Our farm is also home to a 3 acre conifer arboretum/display garden filled with over 1,000 varieties of historic bearded iris and a multitude of ornamentals/conifers. Iris plants are for sale at the farm during bloom season.”

Lilac Days”, now through Sunday, May 11, 10AM-4PM, Hula Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA. $3 for adults, free for children 11 and under. “Each year in the spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda's Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop. Lilac Days are the 3 weeks up to and including Mothers' Day. Lilac Sales, Hulda’s Farmhouse, and the Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days.” 

Annual Tulip Festival”, now through Sunday, May 4, Daily 9AM-4PM, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR. “Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! 
There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. 
Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new 
pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location.” If you go on a weekend, my advice is to get there as early as possible to avoid traffic. Lots more info here:

Copper Wire Bouquets”, Thursday, May 1, 12PM, Troutdale Library. “Artist Kathy Karbo will show you how to create whimsical flowers using colored wire and beads. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers as you make a few vibrant designs to brighten up these wet spring days. Fun for all ages!” 

Fernhill Wetlands Celebration”, Thursday, May 1, 12PM, Fernhill Road, Forest Grove. Free. “Join us at the picnic shelter to open the new entry trail and break ground for this year's constriction with refreshments and music!”

Catherine Creek Wildflower and Plant ID Hike”, Thursday, May 1, 8AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 donations requested. Preregistration required; register online: Moderate, 4.5 mile hike, 800’ elevation gain. “Some of the best views of Oregon are from the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Join Oregon Wild's Wildlands Interpreter Wendell Wood on this popular trail for a slow-paced hike to take in the area's oak woodlands, outstanding basalt cliffs, and amazing array of seasonal wildflowers. Views will include Oregon's Memaloose Hills and the proposed McCall Point Wilderness area, and we'll provide a complete list of plant and wildflower species you're likely to see. Be aware, poison oak occurs in the area, but with minor, common sense care it is easily avoided.” 

May Day Celebration”, Thursday, May 1, 4PM-9PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Watch elementary school kids continue the tradition of skipping around the Maypole, at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. A balloon guy and facepainter will be roving from 4 'til 7 p.m., too. Groove to free live music for all in the Gym: Play Date at 4 p.m., June Bugs at 6 p.m., and Freak Mountain Ramblers at 8 p.m.” 

Birding at Mt. Tabor”, Thursday, May 1, 7:30AM, Mt. Tabor Volcano Parking Lot. “Join Audubon Society leader Denny Graham for a morning walk at Mt. Tabor, one of Portland's prime spring migration hotspots. We will be listening to and looking for spring migrants.”

Birding at Ridgefield NWR”, Thursday, May 1, 8AM, meeting at the Kiwa Trail Head, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. “Join us on a walk on the KIWA TRAIL looking for rails and bitterns. The trail has been closed since October 1 so should be great birding. The trail is a flat 1.5 mile walk. Dress for the weather and beginners welcome. Meet Ron Escano at the Kiwa Trail Head - Ridgefield NWR, River S Unit at 8 a.m.”

Church and State: Religion and Politics in America”, Thursday, May 1, 6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Prof. Courtney Campbell. “Despite a Constitution that vests political authority in ‘we the people’ and makes no mention of ‘God,’ America’s highest elected representatives have historically assumed their offices by taking an oath while placing a hand on the Bible or, in some cases, on the Bhagavad-Gita or the Qur’an. There are numerous examples of American identity being conveyed through religious symbols or words, such as the Pledge of Allegiance, the national motto on currency and coinage (‘In God We Trust’), and the customary conclusion to a presidential address, ‘God Bless America.’ How did these religious traditions begin, and what issues prompted their adoption? What does their ongoing practice say about religious identity in American public life? This is the focus of ‘Church and State: Religion and Politics in America.’ Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.”

Storytelling with Jacque”, Thursday, May 1, and Thursday, May 15, 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.” 

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, May 1, 4PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 5-8. “Calling all Reading Rangers! Are you too old for storytime? Ready for chapter books? Then grab an adult to join you and come ready to discuss, have fun and make new friends. Pick up your free copy of the book for that month at the Cascade Park library, read it together and come to discuss it and do an activity.” 

Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros”, Friday, May 2, 10AM-12PM, Forest Grove Library. 10AM-11:15AM- crafts, activities, free books, face painting for kids 0-14. 11:15- Mid-City Breakers breakdancing performance for all ages. 11:45-12PM- snacks and doorprizes (must be present to win).

NW Quilter’s 40th Annual Quilt Show”, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 10AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $8, free for ages 12 and under. Parking $8 with a $1 discount for carpools of 3 or more. “Over 300 quilts on display. Vendors, silent auction, quilts for sale, build-a-block, Quilts of Valor, treasure hunt for kids.”

Pioneer Family Fun Fest”, Friday, May 2, 2PM-10PM, Saturday, May 3, 11AM-10PM, and Sunday, May 4, 11AM-7PM, Clackamette Park, 1955 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City. Basically a carnival. This year there is no history display, but Aeroswal is back. “Don’t miss the Aeroswal at the Pioneer Family Festival. Aeroswal is a live aerosol art show and demonstration by some very talented urban artists. Watch several artists attack a huge white wall with aerosol cans creating an amazing work of art.”

Cut More Trees!”, Friday, May 2, 12:15PM, Metro, Room 370A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by Kate Holleran, Senior Natural Resources Scientist with Metro. If you’ve wondered what on earth Metro can do with former tree farms like Chehalem Ridge, you’ll find out here. “Metro Regional Government manages thousands of acres of former commercial tree farms between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. These forests were established after clearcut harvesting or agriculture use and lack the typical structure and composition of naturally regenerated stands. Metro is applying the latest research on young forest management to create structural, compositional and functional diversity through pre-and commercial thinning projects. The presentation will include details of thinning prescriptions to increase forest structural and compositional diversity and help create resilient forests in the face of climate change. The presenter will focus on three examples of restoration thinning that highlight variable density thinning, creation of gaps, snags, and down wood, slash management, and operational costs. The challenges of thinning in the urban-rural interface and the possible negative outcomes will also be addressed.”

Colors and Sounds of Estonia”, Friday, May 2, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 53, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served after the lecture in the Finnish Room in Cramer Hall. “Coordinated by the Portland Estonian Society. Members of the Portland Estonian community will show their colorful folk costumes with intricate embroidery, talk about their unique culture and enrich their presentation with music and dance. Please note that this lecture will be held in Cramer Hall Room 53 (not 171) to give the dancers the space they need to perform. This room is in the basement of Cramer Hall, with elevator access.”

Theatre In The Grove Presents, “Guys and Dolls”, now through May 11, Theatre In The Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $14 adults, $12 youths and seniors. “Directed by TITG veteran Darren Hurley and set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy – considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – ‘Guys and Dolls’ soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.”

Gathering of the Guilds”, Friday, May 2, 10AM-9PM, Saturday, May 3, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, May 4, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Free. The Portland Handweavers Guild, the Portland Bead Society, the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, the Oregon Glass Guild, and the Creative Metal Arts Guild will all be represented at this annual show and sale presented by the Oregon Potters Association and the Ceramic Showcase. There will be over 350 booths, daily demonstrations of clay techniques, a children’s clay play area, live music, a fashion show at 2PM each day, and much more. On Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm the Karen Weavers from Burma will do a special demonstration of their weaving. 

Opening Reception, “Bridging Cultures: From China to Portland”, Saturday, May 3, 1PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. The exhibition runs now through June 4. “An exhibition of works by Oregon artists with eastern and western roots, who combine their intercultural influences. The exhibition includes Chinese brush painting, calligraphy, and seal carving. Artist Tim Loh will talk about Chinese national painting (Guo Hua), followed by demonstrations of brush calligraphy, brush painting and seal carving by various members of the team.”

Ancient Oregon’s Return- Guided Tour”, Saturday, May 3, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Rewind your mental clock back millions of years, and imagine the vast tracts of Oregon that are now desert. Past climates were quite different from today, and the flora in Oregon was also very different. In particular, the trees that grew in Oregon before the Ice Ages were more varied. Oregon’s deserts were formerly covered in forests (or savannah or subtropical jungle). This guided tour with Jim Gersbach will highlight the living trees that once grew in Oregon but went extinct. However, many trees survived elsewhere and have been reintroduced to the state. You’ll learn about the return of the Dawn redwood, giant sequoia, bald cypress and more!”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in May, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park, Pdx. 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.” May 3- Douglas the Tree Squirrel; May 10- Tryon Creek Through the Ages- An Evolutionary History; May 17- Owls of Tryon Creek; May 24- Story of Stumps, a Tryon Creek History; May 31- Amazing Amphibians.

Angel Ocasio”, Saturday, May 3, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Get goofy with Angel for some Saturday morning fun as he clowns around with magic, juggling, and comedy.”

Dough Ornaments”, Saturday, May 3, 11AM, Molalla Library Conference Room. “Daniela Mahoney will be here with a workshop to create dough ornaments. Space is limited, so come early.”

Birding Hike at Pierce NWR”, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 18, 8AM-11AM, Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, North Bonneville, WA. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson (360) 887-4106 or “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.” Pierce NWR is not open to the public. 

Arts in the Park: Intro to Photography”, Saturday, May 3, 10:30AM, Milo McIver State Park, Cedar Shelter, Riverbend Day Use Area. “Free introduction to photography class: Bring your own camera, user manual and tripod (if you have them).”

Lasagna Gardening”, Saturday, May 3, 10AM, Ellsworth Headstart, 512B SE Ellsworth Rd., Vancouver. This free hands on demonstration will build a lasagna garden. Bring work gloves and any sort of materials you can contribute to making the garden: chemical free grass clippings; small sticks, twigs or stalks; aged manure; fruit or vegetable scraps; shredded paper; dry leaves; coffee grounds. Lasagna gardening is an easy way to create a new garden bed without digging or tilling. It is a way to compost that can recycle organic materials to make a new garden bed. Discover the basics of how to make a no-dig, no till lasagna garden at this free hands-on demonstration led by a Master Composter/Recycler.”

McCall Point Wildflower and Plant ID Hike”, Saturday, May 3, 8AM-5PM, with carpools departing from Portland. $10 donations requested. Preregistration required; register online: Moderate, 5 mile hike with 1,025’ elevation gain. “Join Oregon Wild's Wildlands Interpreter Wendell Wood for this slower-paced wildflower identification hike through Mayer State Park to the top of McCall Point, and then into a proposed Wilderness area in the Columbia River Gorge. Just off the Old Columbia River Highway, we'll head out and up as we explore the floral displays along the trail. The gain in elevation is worth the effort as new wildflowers and plants pop up around every turn in the trail. A full list of plant species you're likely to see will be provided.” 

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, Saturday, May 3, Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5, 11AM-11PM, Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Parkway. Prices vary by day, always free for kids 6 and under. $2 off adult admission coupon on their website: A carnival, artisans village, performances including ballet and mariachi, a laser light show, a live butterfly exhibit, boxing and lucha libre. 

USS Tahoma Shore Party”, Saturday, May 3, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. “Period living history display of life as a sailor for the Union Navy of the Civil War period. Live cannon and rifle demonstrations throughout the day. Walk through the 'land ship' display.”

Children’s Safety Fair”, Saturday, May 3, 11AM-1PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Free. “Activities include children’s helmet inspections, children’s helmet replacements (if needed), bike safety course, basic bike safety checks and repairs, face painting! All free while supplies last!”

Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit”, Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 12PM-5PM, Marylhurst University, $3 adults and free for children 12 and under. “The exhibition features instrument makers and performers of the Pacific Northwest. The Exhibtion will be held in the Marylhurst Commons, with Concerts-Demonstrations held in the newly remodeled Wiegand Hall, a short walking distance from the exhibition space.” An impressive lineup of exhibitors and performances. Even an instrument maker who homeschools! Details here:

Salmon River Canyon Hike”, Saturday, May 3, 9AM-4:30PM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 requested donation. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 5.5 miles, 100’ elevation gain. “In the 1960s, some confused folks had the not-so-great idea that a highway should run straight up Salmon River Canyon as an alternate route to Highway 26. Lucky for big trees, the salmon that rely on them, and us hikers who love to experience the wild beauty of the Mount Hood National Forest, the plan died. Today, much of the area is protected in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. The canyon and the river below support wild salmon that return each year to spawn. On this hike, we'll walk along the trail surrounded by giant Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Be ready to experience the big and the small, the beautiful and the fine on this close-in hike.” 

Founder’s Day”, Saturday, May 3, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Riverside Day Use Area, Memorial Pavilion, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Live music from the Pioneer Brass starting at 12:30PM. “Champoeg State Heritage Area is hosting the annual Founders Day Celebration honoring the 52 men who, in 1843, voted for the first territorial government west of the Rocky Mountains. This significant vote led to the inclusion of the Oregon Country into the United States, westward expansion and eventual Statehood for Oregon. As part of this celebration we ask that any descendants of these men gather with us for a reading of the names roll call. As the name of your ancestor is called please stand in their honor. After each name is called a brass bell will be rung. Founders Day has been held at Champoeg at the memorial pavilion since 1901. This year's event will be held May 3, Saturday at 1:00 pm with a brass band, boy scout color guard, speakers, and a roll call of the names. Costumed reenactors and a rifle salute will be on hand. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be available afterwards.” 

Nia Flash Mob”, Saturday, May 3, 1PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrating National Dance Week”.

Community Internet Safety Event”, Saturday, May 3, 10AM-12PM, Kern Park Christian Church, 6828 SE Holgate Blvd., Pdx. Free and open to all. “Portland Police, Multnomah County Library, and Portland Public Schools are all participating.” 

Tour the Armory”, Saturday, May 3 and Saturday, May 17, 12PM, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “On the first and third Saturdays of each month, The Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts free public tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex transformed from an 1891 military drilling site to public meeting space to beer storage facility to one of the world’s most sustainable performing arts centers. See the inner workings of Portland’s largest professional theater company, while learning about our one-of-a-kind LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum facility. Tours are from noon to 1 p.m. and meet at the concierge desk inside the lobby of the building.”

Magenta Improv Theater Presents, “A Night of Family-Friendly Improv”, Saturday, May 3, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10. Join us for an evening of fast and funny improv! You can be part of the action when our MIT troupe performs games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Whether you’re 8 or 80, MIT shows appeal to all ages. Our goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening for you, your family and friends. Plus, you’ll see some familiar Magenta faces as you've never seen them before! Looking for something new to celebrate a birthday or other special day? Consider Magenta Improv Theater!

 And as a special treat … immediately following the MIT show, the audience is invited to stay and enjoy a long-form improv performance by Black by Popular Demand. Black by Popular Demand is a local long-form improv troupe. Their performances embrace the oral tradition of black culture and comedic tradition of improvisational theater. They utilize audience suggestions to inspire stories about community, relationships and the predicaments that ensue.” 

Faire in the Grove”, Saturday, May 3, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, May 4, 10AM-4PM, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Free. “Step back in time as the Society for Creative Anachronism, The Barony of Dragon’s Mist, and Pacific University’s History Department invite you to experience the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right here on the front lawn at the Grand Lodge! You’ll be transported back to the medieval village of Fairegrove, featuring armored combat, rapier, dance, music, storytelling, merchants, juggling, food and textile demos, book binding, leather working, blacksmithing and beyond. Roving musicians, singers and dancers will add to the ambience. Grab a pint and stroll around this living history museum.” Complete details and schedule here:

Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, May 3, 10AM, OMSI, Life Science Lab. $8 per ticket, maximum two people per ticket. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands-on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.” 

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in May, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Gardener/Curator on the 1st Saturday of each month (March through December) for her seasonal exploration of the garden. 
All other Saturdays (March through October) join a Volunteer Tour Guide for an informative guided tour of the garden with weekly themes.”

Military Days Commemoration”, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, Fort Simcoe State Park, 5150 Fort Simcoe Rd.,
 White Swan, WA. “There will be a special flag salute at noon on Saturday, with a Civil War reenactment 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Historical presentations and demonstrations will be take place at various times throughout the event. 

Bring the family and have a picnic under the shade of the great oaks and enjoy the sounds of the past.”

Let’s Go Birding- Bird Survey”, Saturday, May 3, Sunday, May 11, Sunday, May 18, and Monday, May 26, 9AM, Fort Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russell. “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.”

Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, May 3, with signups beginning at 12:45PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “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!”

Pretty Posy Mother’s Day Cards”, Saturday, May 3, 1PM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online:; Sunday, May 4, 2PM, Hillsdale Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Saturday, May 10, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Make a card for someone special. Use paper, felt, fabric, ribbon and buttons to design a flowery collage.” 

Free Comics Day”, Saturday, May 3, 11AM, North Plains Library. “Stop by the library during open hours for free comics. Thanks to Diamond Comic Distributors, there will be 100 free comic books to distribute to children while supplies last!” 

Lab Rats- Elementary Aged Science and Stories”, Saturdays in May, 11AM, Gladstone Library. “Science through stories and experiments.” 

Traditional Crafts of Latin America”, Saturdays through June 21, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Every Saturday we'll introduce you to vibrant colors of Latin America: you'll learn how to paint Mexican pottery, weave Guatemalan gifts and create your very own Piñata! All materials are provided!” 

The Art of Arabic Calligraphy”, Saturday, May 3, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Calligraphy is the most highly regarded and most fundamental element of Islamic art. From its beginnings as simple written text, the flowing depiction of the Arabic language has evolved into high art inscribed in both religious and secular books, buildings, and decorative objects. Artist and calligrapher Kanaan Kanaan will present a visual history of Arabic calligraphy, to be followed by a workshop so participants can create their own calligraphic works of art.”

May Day is Lei Day”, Saturday, May 3, 11AM-6PM, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 3000 NW 119th St., Vancouver. $5 for adults, children 10 and under free. Enter the lei contest or print a flyer from their website for $1 off admission. “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii (and Vancouver, Washington too!) All the Hawaiian traditions of May Day will be shared with the community: May Day royal court, fresh plumeria leis, lei making contest, plate lunch, arts and crafts vendors and HULA and Hawaiian music all day long. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there!” Details and schedule of events here:

All Day Singing in Portland: Singing from the 1991 Denison Revision”, Saturday, May 3, 9AM-3PM, The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. “We would love to have you join us. It's free! Loaner books will be available both days. Potluck dinner on the grounds both days at noon, provided by local singers. Shapenote singing is a community musical and social activity, emphasizing participation, not performance. Everyone is invited to come and sing (or just listen), regardless of musical experience or ability. Our events have no membership requirement and no affiliation: religious, political or otherwise.”

Fire Lookouts: Alone in the Strike Zone”, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “Who would want to live alone, miles and miles from their closest neighbor? Join a guide to take a journey through history and discover the dangers that fire lookout men and women faced living high above the canopy. Hear the stories of these brave individuals and see the equipment used on the front lines of fire detection.”

Stories from the River”, Saturday, May 3, 1PM, Stevenson Community Library, Stevenson, WA. “Native American Storyteller Ed Edmo presents his program Stories from the River. Part of We Are Here: Geography of the Heart series. Ed Edmo is an acclaimed poet, performer, traditional storyteller and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture, consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and recipient of a national Endowment for the Arts grant.”

May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Event”, Sunday, May 4, 12PM-3PM, Cedar Mill Library. “May 4th is an unofficial holiday for Star Wars aficionados everywhere. Join us for Star Wars Day, an all-ages event from 12-3 pm. Dress up as your favorite character (optional), take a picture with the Cloud City Garrison, visit our craft and activity tables, test your knowledge with trivia, and browse our used book and media sale (buy 3, get the 4th free). Kids, do you have what it takes to become a Jedi Initiate? Take our Jedi challenge! Starting April 21st, buy raffle tickets to win one of several exciting and rebellious Star Wars packages, including a young Jedi Padawan training kit. Tickets can be purchased at Cedar Mill Library for $2 each or 3 for $5. In addition, get one clothing item 1/4 off at Second Edition on Sunday only. Our Bethany location will be celebrating with a Star Wars themed take and make craft, coloring sheets, and a used book and media sale.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays May 4 through October 26, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. “The train park was founded in 1954 by Harry Harvey, who had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains. When he died he left the park, then just one acre, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion.

 Today the park features 3,800 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area, Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

Cartooning Class for Kids and Youth”, Sunday, May 4, 18, and 25, 1PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $20 per class or $45 for all three in a month. Preregistration required; register online: “Cartooning Class is a space designed to help kids and young teens develop their creativity, imagination, and artistic skills through comics and cartooning. Students will learn the basics in drawing, character design, composition, storytelling, page layout, and publishing. They will also benefit from working amongst a classroom of peers. Each class begins with a simple lesson introducing new techniques and concepts. For the remainder of the class, kids will work on exercises or personal projects. Repeat students are welcomed and encouraged. Beginners are welcome! Instructor: Alex Chiu is a professional cartoonist, illustrator, and educator. For more information about Mr. Chiu, please check out his work at” 

Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff”, Sunday, May 4, 1PM-4PM, meeting near 3105 N. Willamette Blvd., Pdx. Sliding scale of $25-$50. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Explore edible and poisonous plants in one of Portland’s most diverse and unique landscapes. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday and others you'll find regularly. Most of these plants can be found in your own neighborhoods, fields, and local woodlands. Learn identification, use, and processing of fennel, chicory, black mustard, knotweed, wild sweet pea, bull thistle and many others. See poison oak and poison hemlock.” 

Honoring Our Rivers: A Student Anthology Reading”, Sunday, May 4, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Each year, students throughout the watersheds of Oregon and beyond submit poems, essays, or artwork to be featured in the annual collection ‘Honoring Our Rivers’. In celebration of the 14th year of publication, students from across the state will be honored and have the opportunity to present their work alongside professional authors and artists.”

Fused Glass Art”, Sunday, May 4, 1:30PM and 3PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656 and specify which session you would like to attend. “Learn how to make your own fused glass creation. Artist Rae Campbell will teach you how, then take your creations to the kiln to fire them. Pick up your finished masterpiece at the library. Registration required for fused glass sessions at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Come anytime between 1:30 and 4 p.m. to make glass votives and magnets.”

Author Reading, “Morley”, Sunday, May 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, Morley’s aim is to act as a friendly voice amongst the cacophony of billboarded messages and corporate slogans.”

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration”, Sunday, May 4, 11:45AM- 5PM, Seattle Center Armory, Center House Main Floor, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state.”

Portland Opera Sneak Peak: Pirates of Penzance”, Sunday, May 4, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery; and Tuesday, May 6, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “A young apprentice's overzealous passion for his duty ends in an absurd meeting of pirates, policemen and of course, the girl he loves.”

Birding at Jackson Bottom Wetlands”, Sunday, May 4, 8:30AM,  2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. “Join Audubon Society leader Tim Shelmerdine for a morning trip to Jackson Bottoms in Hillsboro. We will walk the trails looking for waterfowl, shorebirds and other migrants. Trails are sometimes wet, so bring appropriate footwear. Beginners and Birdathoners welcome. We will meet in the main parking area for the Education Center at 8:30 a.m.”

Yom Ha’atzmaut”, Monday, May 5, 5PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Celebrating Israel’s 66th Birthday! 5 Iyar 5774 - May 5, 2014, With performance by Israel’s very own 'The Sons of Shimon', 5:00 - 9:00 pm at the MJCC. Fun for all ages - crafts, food, Israeli market, dancing. 5-6:30 pm- For kids of all ages: Craft stations and bounce house in gym. For everyone: Israeli Market with some of the best products Israel has to offer! For adults: History of Israeli Dance and Culture with PSU professor Nina Speigel. 6:30 pm Main event: Performance by The Sons of Shimon with Israeli Dance Party until 9 pm! Israeli dinner plate available for $5 from Cafe at the J from 5-7 pm, kosher!”

Memaloose Hills Wildflower and Plant Identification Hike”, Monday, May 5, 8:15AM-4:30PM, carpools departing from NE Portland. $10 requested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Springtime in the Columbia River Gorge means wildflowers aplenty, and with Wendell Wood as your guide, you'll be able to name them all in no time. Head onto the trail through this marvelous oak woodland with a plant species list we'll provide and see which ones you can find. Memaloose Hills is located further east than most other Gorge hiking destinations, which makes it a great place to dodge the crowds flocking to Multnomah Falls.” 

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, May 5, Tuesday, May 6, Monday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 13, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, behind the Dollar Tree building, Tigard. All ages welcome! $6.75 per session.

Lions and Tigers and Barbies: Organizing for Children”, Tuesday, May 6, 6:45PM, Cedar Mill Library. For parents. Preregistration required; contact Beth at or stop by or call the library at 503 644-0043 ext. 114. “Professional Organizer Beth Giles presents a free workshop designed for the parents of young children. Learn about toy storage, homework space, school papers, and ways of getting the kids involved in organizing at home and in life.” 

Unstable Stars”, Tuesday, May 6, 6PM, 7:15PM, and 8:30PM, Mt Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “Although the night sky may appear to be very peaceful, it actually contains stars that can be quite violent. Mt. Hood Community College will focus on these ‘Unstable Stars’ during three shows May 6 in the Planetarium Sky Theatre. Hanrahan will use the college’s new projection system to locate some of these objects and spotlight the spring sky. He will discuss a new May meteor shower that will result from the pass of a recent comet. Pat Hanrahan, Planetarium director, says, ‘WR104, a huge, very unstable star, has an axis that is pointed right at Earth. Even at 8,000 light-years away, when it explodes it could have a scary impact for life on Earth. Other attractions include a black hole that is stealing mass from a massive blue star, several stars that have had unexpected eruptions, some that have formed beautiful clouds, and others that are just plain odd!’ All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
 featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.”

Attracting Pollinators”, Tuesday, May 6, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Attracting pollinators to your garden.” “Clackamas County Master Gardener Sherry Sheng returns to the library to discuss common pollinators in our region, what they do for our food supply and our environment, and what home gardeners can do to help them.” 

Rita Golden Gelman, the Female Nomad”, Tuesday, May 6, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. “Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than seventy children’s books, including ‘More Spaghetti, I Say!’, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address. Her most recent encampments have been in Mexico and New York City.” “I am a modern-day nomad. I have no permanent address, no possessions except the ones I carry, and I rarely know where I’ll be six months from now. I move through the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities. I am a modern-day nomad. I have no permanent address, no possessions except the ones I carry, and I rarely know where I’ll be six months from now. I move through the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities. I’ve been living and loving my nomadic existence since the day in 1986 when, at the age of forty eight, on the verge of a divorce, I looked around and thought, There has to be more than one way to do life. There is!”

ID Theft”, Tuesday, May 6, 6:30PM, Gladstone Library. A presentation of the Society for Financial Awareness.” ID Theft unfortunately affects both adults and kids.

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, May 6, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.” 

Master Gardener Series: Tomatoes”, Tuesday, May 6, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Join the crowd to grow your own. Easy and delicious!” 

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, May 6, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘The Hero and the Crown’ by Robin McKinley.”

Concert, “Dan Balmer”, Tuesday, May 6, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Enjoy outstanding guitar handling as Dan performs pieces in a wide range of styles, transitioning gracefully from jazz to country to rock to blues.”

A Will Is Not Enough In Oregon”, Wednesday, May 7, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. For parents. “Attorney and author Richard B. Schneider will give a presentation with practical advice on how to safeguard your finances and health care wishes during and after your lifetime. Acquire up-to-date knowledge about wills, living trusts, health care documents, issues regarding guardianship, conservatorship, and power of attorney. Learn how to avoid probate. Have your questions answered by an expert.” 

Author Talk, “Claudia Lucero”, Wednesday, May 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Claudia Lucero talks about her book, “One Hour Cheese”. “In a cookbook whose results seem like magic but whose recipes and instructions are specific, easy-to-follow, and foolproof, Claudia Lucero shows step by step—with every step photographed—exactly how to make sixteen fresh cheeses at home, using easily available ingredients and tools, in an hour or less. The approach is basic and based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom: Heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt, and press. Simple variations produce delicious results across three categories—Creamy and Spreadable, Firm and Chewy, and Melty and Gooey. And just as delicious, the author shows the best ways to serve them, recipes included: Squeaky Pasta Primavera, Mozzarella Kebab Party, and Curry in a Hurry Lettuce Wraps.”

History of Oregon’s Amazing Tualatin River”, Wednesday, May 7, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Tualatin Riverkeepers volunteer archivist, John Fervia will give a presentation titled "The History of the Tualatin River". John will share a beautiful collection of historical photographs, which tells the story of the river's history from the geographic happenings that created it, to the people who lived along the rivers banks, through the growth of the Riverkeepers who now protect our river.” 

Book Buddies”, Wednesday, May 7, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Book Buddies is a book club for second and third graders. It’s a chance to meet new friends, talk about books and play games. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30.” Call the library at 503-656-2411 to find out the title of this month’s book. 

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, May 7, 3:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Children’s Program Room Level 3. “Self-guided family science exploration.” 

Our Wild Animals”, Wednesday, May 7, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Linda Hunter will present a program on local animals of the gorge. Part of We Are Here: Geography of the Heart. Join tracker Linda Jo Hunter as she talks about how to keep your life and property safe while enjoying the wild reasons we all moved here. Linda Hunter is co-founder of the International Society of Professional Trackers and a Cybertracker, certified animal tracker, author of ‘Lonesome for Bears, A Woman's Journey in the Tracks of the Wilderness’, Lyons Press, 2008.”

InBeTweens”, Wednesday, May 7, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month. This month we’re reading ‘The Year of the Dog’ by Grace Lin.”

Poetry Reading, “Dr. Leonard Orr”, Wednesday, May 7, 7PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Dr. Leonard Orr, Professor of English at WSU Vancouver and author of two collections of poetry, ‘Why We Have Evening’ and ‘Timing Is Everything’ will read from his work.”

Remembering Cesar Chavez”, Wednesday, May 7, 6PM, Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “Robert Bustos, original grape striker and ‘El Capitan’ of the 400 mile march from Delano to Sacramento with Cesar Chavez, shares his experience and the significance of the march.”

Origami After School”, Thursday, May 8, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Kids - learn the ancient art of origami from sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.” 

Author Talk, “Peter McGraw”, Thursday, May 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Dr. Peter McGraw will read from his book, “The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny”, “Two guys. 19 experiments. Five continents. 91,000 miles. And a book that will forever change the way you think about humor. Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist detail their epic quest to discover the secret behind what makes things funny. Dr. Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner on a far-reaching search for the secret behind humor. Their journey spanned the globe, from New York to Japan, from Palestine to the Amazon. Meanwhile, the duo conducted their own humor experiments along the way—to wince-worthy, hilarious, and illuminating results. In their quixotic search, they questioned countless experts, from comedians like Louis C.K. to rat-tickling researchers, and answered pressing (and not-so-pressing) questions such as, ‘What’s the secret to winning The New Yorker cartoon caption contest?’; ‘Who has the bigger funny bone—men or women, Democrats or Republicans?’; and ‘Is laughter really the best medicine?’ As a final test, McGraw uses everything they learned to attempt stand-up—at the largest comedy festival in the world.”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, May 8, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “This is a "starter" book discussion group geared towards children 5-10 yrs. of age and their accompanying adult! Pick up a copy of the book from the library read it together and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! This month’s title: ‘Swindle’ by Gordon Korman.”

My Life on the Vaudeville Stage”, Thursday, May 8, 7PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “What do Bob Hope, Harry Houdini, Babe Ruth, and local man Tom Gressler all have in common? They all appeared on that last bastion of old time vaudeville, The Ed Sullivan Show. Dr. Tom Gressler (Professor Emeritus Theatre Arts, Linfield College), will give a talk about his appearance on that show and his ten years on the professional vaudeville stage. What is vaudeville and why did this entire genre of comedy seemingly disappear from popular culture? These questions and more will be addressed by this veteran actor and beloved teacher.” 

Play/Interact: Celebrating Oregon Digital Creativity”, Thursday, May 8, 1PM-5PM, OMSI. Free with admission, $13 adult, $9.50 ages 3-13 and seniors. “In partnership with Oregon Story Board, join us for a showcase of innovation and creativity as we host an afternoon of digital storytelling demonstrations. Several video game and digital media technology organizations will show off their current projects, including Emerging Media and Digital Arts at Southern Oregon University, Chroma, Tinderbox Entertainment, Weird City Games, Pipeworks, Backabit, Creative Media and Digital Culture at Washington State University - Vancouver, Refuge VFX and Animation, Robert LaCosse, Hinge Digital, and Second City.”

Horseback Rangers”, Thursday, May 8, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Rick McClure will present ‘Life and times of the Horseback Rangers --Formative Years of the Forest Service in Skamania County’. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart Series. Rick McClure is currently the Heritage and Tribal Relations Programs Manager for Gifford Pinchot National Forest, with office and duty station in Trout Lake, Washington. Co-author, with wife Cheryl Mack of the book ‘For the Greatest Good: Early History of Gifford Pinchot National Forest’.” 

Discussion Junction”, Thursday, May 8, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 8-11. “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.” 

Author Talk, “Ramez Naam”, Friday, May 9, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Ramez Naam is a futurist, technologist and science fiction author. His novels ‘Nexu’s and ‘Crux’ trace the impact of a drug that allows human brains to link. Will this become a reality in our lifetimes? Naam's novels examine where nanotechnology and neuroscience meet. ‘Nexus’ has been optioned for a movie. Books will be available for sale and signing.”

Celebracion de mi Gente”, Friday, May 9, 5PM-8PM, Clark County College, Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Free. “Día del Niño/Día del Libro celebrates children and reading. In a special reading area, student volunteers will read bilingual books to children. Each youngster will be able to make their own book, have their face painted, and get their picture taken with Oswald, Clark’s penguin mascot. There will also be interactive entertainment such as a bilingual puppet show and dance performance. Snacks will be provided as well. Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum will be there to do a bilingual puppet show. More about the puppet show here:

Author Talk, “Cathy Davidson”, Friday, May 9, 6PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “Join the #nextchapter program and listen to author Cathy N. Davidson speak about her book "Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century". A brilliant combination of science and its real-world application, ‘Now You See It’ sheds light on one of the greatest problems of our historical moment: our schools and businesses are designed for the last century, not for a world in which technology has reshaped the way we think and learn. In this informed and optimistic work, Cathy N. Davidson takes us on a tour of the future of work and education, introducing us to visionaries whose groundbreaking ideas will soon affect every arena of our lives, from schools with curriculums built around video games to workplaces that use virtual environments to train employees.”

Iris Bloom Season”, Friday, May 9 through Sunday, June 1, Schriener’s Iris Gardens, 3625 Quinaby Rd NE, Salem. Free. “In early May each year, we open our 10-acre display gardens to the public free of charge. Make a tour of Schreiner's Iris Gardens one of your springtime traditions. During bloom season, our display gardens are open from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. n business since 1925, Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public. In our fields, thousands of Iris will be in bloom, from the deepest black to pure white, deep brick red to azure blue, glowing copper to velvety purple. The spectacle of row after row, field after field of brilliantly blooming flowers brightens the spirits and ignites the imagination. Ten acres of our lovely gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties that will be in bloom this season. Spend a spring morning strolling through the gardens, bring the family for a picnic lunch (tables are available) or steal a romantic moment at the end of the day surrounded by blooms and sunset.”

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, May 9, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Join us for a great read each month. Pick up a copy of the current book at the library to read before the meeting. Refreshments provided. Stay after the discussion for a quick craft. Read ‘Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go’ by Portland author Dale E. Bayse.”

Owl Prowl”, Friday, May 9, 8PM, Silver Falls State Park, Old Ranch. This park has a $5 per vehicle day use fee. Pre-Registration Required. Contact: Katharine Kuhlman, Office Coordinator Office: 503.873.8681 X 24 “Join Oregon State Park Staff for our Mother's Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Kick-off Event - the Owl Prowl at the Old Ranch. The talk and slide show will last about 40 minutes and will be followed by an hour-long, one-mile trail hike. Please dress warmly with gloves, hats, and good footwear. Bring a good flashlight with fresh batteries! You may want to bring binoculars as well.”

Pink Pig Theater”, Saturday, May 10, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, and Saturday, May 17, 11AM, Beaverton Library. “The Pink Pig Theatre presents Rabbit Tales, featuring two puppet tales about rascally rabbits. In Pickin' Peas, a tricky rabbit tries to outsmart a clever, pea-picking girl; Connejito is the tale of a singing bunny who must get past a trio of hungry enemies on his way to visit his aunt, Tia Monica. Both stories are introduced by Pink Pig and his helpful (but not very bright) Rooster assistant. Presented by Steven Engelfried.” 

Quizissippi Jr.- For Kids!”, Saturday, May 10, with signups beginning at 12:45PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Quick, Mom! Which character was the title star of the first Pokémon movie? Dad–who was President when Oregon became a state? Combine your family’s collective brainpower and work together at Portland’s only family-friendly trivia event. It’s all the fun of Quizissippi geared for an all-ages audience. Test your knowledge of games, toys, history, science, books, movies, and more. Don’t miss the kid-friendly Multimedia Round! Free to play!”

Public Works Week”, Saturday, May 10, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to join us at the Water Center to celebrate Public Works Week. Learn about and explore some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does for you!” 

Astronomy Day Celebration”, Saturday, May 10, 8:30PM, Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart State Parks, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Astronomy Day wouldn't be complete without a free Star Party on Saturday, May 10 at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 8:30 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, the waxing gibbous Moon, Beehive star cluster and more! On the scheduled day of an OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at 503 797-4000. Press #3 then #5 or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Arts in the Park- Introduction to Painting”, Saturday, May 10, 10:30AM, Milo McIver State Park, Cedar Shelter, Riverbend Day Use Area. “Join us for a Free Introduction to painting class presented by a skilled instructor . Bring your own supplies, if you have them. A limited number of supplies will be available.”

Portand Ballet”, Saturday, May 10, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains. “Join us for the third year as the Portland Ballet troupe of teens will appear.” 

Catherine Creek Wildflower Walks”, Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 8AM-5PM, Columbia River Gorge near Bingen, WA. Preregistration required; email Marsh Sly at “Join volunteer naturalist Marsh Sly on a hike (or both hikes) in May at a premier Columbia Gorge wildflower site, where the wildflower displays from March to May are ever changing. Catherine Creek is on the Columbia River Gorge’s Washington side about 1.5 hours from Portland. The pace of the walks is slow but you must hike 2–3 miles round trip with major elevation changes.”

League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, May 10, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In "How to Revise Like a Pro," a writing workshop for young adults, author Lisa Schroeder shares tips and tricks on revision, including a take-home worksheet that can be used for both school papers and stories. Join us!”

Sheep to Shawl Family Fun Festival”, Saturday, May 10, 10AM-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. “Ever wonder what went on at the Mill when the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill was fully operational? Find out at the WHC's annual Sheep to Shawl Family Fun Festival. This free event features textile demonstrations, activities for the kids, tours of the historic mill and houses, entertainment, shopping, blacksmithing and sheep shearing demonstrations, lots of animals and much more.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, May 10, 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.

7th Annual National Train Day”, Saturday, May 10, 10AM-4PM, Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “We are pleased to announce that Amtrak® is celebrating the 7th annual National Train Day at Portland Union Station on Saturday, May 10th. Portland’s event features over thirty information booths, live music, food vendors and fun family entertainment. Tour an Amtrak Cascades’ trainset, as well as train equipment from the 1930’s and 1940’s including a Steam Locomotive, a Traveller’s Rest Coach/Lounge car, a Union Pacific Caboose, and a Nickel Plate Diesel Locomotive. Little train fans can enjoy model train displays, Chuggington Kids Depot, facepainting and entertainment from the Rose Festival Character Clown Corps. Live music will be played throughout the day featuring local bands The Marvins, Cascadia Crescendo and the Mudtown Stompers.”!/events/portland-or-union-station-pdx

I Am Of This Land”, Saturday, May 10, 11AM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Jeremy FiveCrows presents a program entitled ‘I Am of This Land’. Part of the We Are Here: Geography of the Heart series.” Jeremy FiveCrows is a Communications Specialist with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Jeremy discusses the salmon people of the Columbia Basin and how the land and the salmon shaped their cultures, societies, and religions. It concludes with how this ancient connection continues in the lives and activities of modern tribal peoples to this day. Jeremy FiveCrows was born and raised on the Nez Perce Indian reservation and studied conservation biology in the hopes of doing his part in helping protect and restore the environment.

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival”, Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge and surrounding day use area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn about the native plants, wildflowers, and birds that fill Silver Falls’ temperate rainforest. Join guided walks, family hikes, and children's activities. Enjoy live raptors and wildflower displays. Purchase native plants. Visit local wildlife organizations.”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, May 10, 1PM, meeting at Leif Erikson Drive Trailhead on NW Germantown Rd., Forest Park, Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “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.” 

GSAK- Geocachers”, Saturday, May 10, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Library. “So you've been caching for a few weeks, months, or years now. And you would like to learn more about some of the more advanced ways to plan your geocache hunts. During this afternoon of workshops, we hope to get you on the trail faster with more caches in your sights. We will also speed up your logging and help you develop cool caching statistics for your profile. We will break the afternoon up into four 50-minute sessions. Come and stay all afternoon or just catch us for one or two of the workshops. The topics we will cover are:

1:00 - 1:50 pm -- Pocket Queries and Bookmarks; 
2:00 - 2:50 pm -- Introduction to GSAK; 
3:00 - 3:50 pm -- Selecting and downloading caches to your GPS unit; 4:00 - 4:50 pm -- Introduction to Macros and Advanced GSAK.” GSAK is Geocaching Swiss Army Knife:

Wild Foods of Oxbow’s Old Growth Forest”, Saturday, May 10, 8AM-12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham. Sliding scale of $25-$50. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Come join us to learn about trees, shrubs, and herbs of North America that are found at Oxbow Regional Park, Metro, off the Sandy River Gorge. Find a diversity of edible wild plants including fiddlehead fern, elderberries, Solomon's seal, fairly bells, nettles, red huckleberries, salmonberry, and more. Explore one of the more beautiful habitats just east of Gresham.” 

Film Screening: “Animated Films Created Using Letterpress Printing”, Saturday, May 10, 7PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “This groundbreaking show is the first-ever collection of animated films created using letterpress printing. Twenty-four films and objects from the US, Canada, and Europe were chosen to illustrate this emerging cross-disciplinary art form. First shown in Salt Lake City, this screening will be the showcase’s Portland premiere. Co-presented by the IPRC and Northwest Animation Festival. The Curators and IPRC superheroes Barbara Tetenbaum and Marilyn Zornado will be in attendance.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The True Story of the Three Little Wolves”, Saturday, May 10, 11AM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM. “Mr. Wolf is having a big bad day. Everyone keeps thinking that he's trying to eat everybody, so his three sons must find a way to bring them all together so that they can hear the truth about what happened.”

Free Family Day”, Saturday, May 10, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Spring has sprung! Join Museum staff and volunteers for a Free Family Day with crafts and activities related to spring. Participants will plant seeds, construct a kite, and make something special to gift on Mother’s Day.”

Malika, Queen of Cats”, Saturday, May 10, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “In Malika, Queen of the Cats, skilled puppeteers from Tears of Joy Theatre bring to life a traditional Palestinian fairy tale that simultaneously introduces audiences to Middle Eastern folk culture and reinforces the power of giving to others. Adapted from the book Sitti and the Cats by Sally Bahous, this show delves playfully into the consequences of both greed and good-deeds when Malika, queen of cats, rewards a good Samaritan for her selflessness but confounds a selfish neighbor who tries to trick her way to fortune. Be prepared for twists and turns in this fun and fantastical tale of magical cats, whirling dervishes—and even pet chickens!”

The Grotto to Rocky Butte Walk”, Saturday, May 10, 9AM, meeting in the Grotto parking lot, 8840 NE Skidmore. 4 miles, 2.5 hours. Free. “Join a tour led by author Laura Foster through one of Portland’s most serene forested settings, climbing a nearby trail for a round trip to the historic Rocky Butte summit.”

Museum Collection Open House: Motherhood at Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, May 10, 11AM and 2PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historical Site. Preregistration required to insure a spot; contact Museum Technician Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Curious about what can be discovered in Fort Vancouver's collection of two million archaeological and historic objects? Find out at our Museum Collection Open House tours! In this popular program, visitors go behind the scenes inside our curation facility to get up close to actual artifacts that come to us through archaeological excavations or are donated by members of the community. Each month's open house focuses on a different topic - ranging from military history, to hygiene and health, to our present day archaeological excavations. On the day before Mother's Day, find out what it was like to be a mother on the frontier at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks.” 

Sanskriti 2014”, Saturday, May 10, 5PM-10PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Banquet Hall, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $11 adults, $6 for kids 2-12. “Sanskriti’ means culture, and that’s exactly what this event celebrates! This is the flagship event of the Indian Student Association , showcasing India's rich culture and traditions. Enjoy this event with great music, beautiful dance performances and delicious authentic Indian food.”

The Art and Craft of Cheesemaking”, Saturday, May 10, 2PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Jim Price presents a demonstration on cheesemaking. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series. Jim Price taught himself how to make cheese about 3 years ago. During his demonstration, he will be making stirred-curd cheddar from whole, raw milk. Jim is a retired journalist (former owner of The Pioneer) and current director of CGICM. He has owned several other businesses and worked for both Nike and Adidas.”

Civil War Living History: 2nd US Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, Fort Stevens State Park. “Camp life and demonstrations performed by a Civil War era living history group. Live cannon firing demonstrations throughout the day. This group represents the first permanent artillery unit to call Ft. Stevens home after the Civil War.”

1st Annual Cherry City Comic Con”, Saturday, May 10, 10AM-8PM, and Sunday, May 11, 10AM-6PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 23300 17th St. NE, Salem. Saturday pass $13, Sunday pass $17, and weekend pass $25. Kids 11 and under are free with an adult. “The first event of it's kind in Salem, CCCC will bring together all the best the Willamette Valley has to offer in comics, gaming, cosplay, and fandoms of multiple genres. The 2-day event will showcase local artists and vendors and give people the opportunity to congregate with like-minded enthusiasts.” 

All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare”, Saturday, May 10, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Portland Center Stage presents ‘All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare.’ “The course of true love never did run smooth. Four exciting actors. Six famous scenes of romance and regrets. One fifty minute program designed to take Shakespeare out to our community and explore the complex relationships of the bard’s most famous couples. Join Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedick, Hamlet and Ophelia and more for a deeper look at love found, love lost, love forgotten and, most of all, to celebrate the master of the language of love.” 

Why Birds Matter”, Saturday, May 10, 11AM-3PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. “In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, HMSC and a host of coastal locales around Lincoln County will be celebrating "Why Birds Matter". Enjoy unique opportunities to witness local and migratory birds in their native habitats and to get involved with helping birds while learning about the invaluable services birds provide. 11:30 am - Shorebird Estuary Walk; 1:30 pm - Wisdom of the Albatross presentation by Dr. Rob Suryan in the Hennings Auditorium; 11 am to 3 pm - Learn how to set up backyard bird habitats and bird boxes. Bird related films will be shown throughout the day in the Hennings Auditorium.”

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Saturday, May 10, 11AM, Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Suggested donation $5. “Join us for a guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Gresham. The tour leaves the museum at 11 a.m. and weaves around the Historic Downtown area, covering about a mile and lasting around an hour-and-a-half. Free parking is available in the lot behind the museum. Tours leave rain or shine, so if it's drizzly, grab an umbrella and come on down.”

Spirit of West Africa”, Saturday, May 10, 12PM-8PM, Seattle Center Armory Center House Main Floor, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of West Africa through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a tempting marketplace. This lively and colorful festival features traditional dance and music as well as hip hop, jazz and rock with world-class local and touring artists from Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Mali Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.” Looks really neat! Full details here:

Concert, “Al-Andalus Ensemble”, Saturday, May 10, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Between the years 711 and 1492, Andalusian Spain witnessed a cultural melding between Africa, the Middle East and Europe, between Jews, Christians and Muslims, in a period known as Al-Andalus. The Al Andalus Ensemble reflects this tradition, creating a new musical hybrid: Contemporary World Music whose new and historical performances reflect the essential soul and spirit of the Arab, African, and European sources that are its inspiration.” 

Birding Hike at Steigerwald”, Saturday, May 10, 8AM-11AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson (360) 887-4106 or “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.”

Milago Theatre Presents, “El Tesoro”, Saturday, May 10, 2PM, and Monday, May 12, 7PM, E. Zocalo, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx.; Wednesday, May 14, 7PM, New Columbia Community Education Center, 4625 N. Trenton St., Pdx.; Monday, May 19, 7PM, Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair St., Cornelius; Tuesday, May 20, 6:30PM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, May 21, 7PM, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 12645 SW Pacific Hwy., Tigard; Free. “Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash series kicks off with a performance by Milagro Theatre of an original work, ‘El Tesoro’, written by Olga Sanchez and directed by Alida Holguín Wilson-Gunn. The play chronicles the discoveries of a newlywed couple, Alex and Monica, who are struggling to pay for their wedding and furnishings for their newly shared home. They receive an early wedding present, a honeymoon in El Tesoro. When they arrive, it is not the tropical location they expected, but through new discoveries and interactions with other tourists who see the beauty in the discarded treasures of El Tesoro, Alex and Monica see new ways of looking at their possessions and their future together. The performance will be conducted in both English and Spanish, with a discussion to follow.”

***Happy Mother's Day!*** Sunday, May 11. 

Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms of Canemah Bluff”, Sunday, May 11, 1PM, Canemah Bluff Natural Area, South End Road, Oregon City. $6 per adult, $11 per family. Suggested for ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Instead of taking flowers to mom this Mother’s Day, why not take her to the wildflowers? Join Metro naturalist Dan Daly for a leisurely stroll through Canemah Bluff Natural Area near Oregon City to see and learn about common wildflowers. Enjoy the serenade of nesting songbirds and views of the Willamette River and historic Canemah cemetery. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site.” 

Like Mom Used to Make: How Mothers Changed Breakfast Forever", Sunday, May 11, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “On this special Mother's Day edition of Second Sunday at the Oregon Historical Society, Heather Arndt Anderson, author of ‘Breakfast: A History’, will discuss how mothers have informed the way we eat the most important meal of the day. How did the Mother's Day brunch come into existence; who invented eggs Benedict and the mimosa? And perhaps more importantly, who does the cooking when mothers step out of the kitchen? Through Arndt Anderson's humorous, in-depth exploration of the morning meal, discover the ways early-twentieth-century convenience foods, war-era children, and doting husbands became Mother's little helpers.”

Birding at Gabriel Park”, Sunday, May 11, 8AM, meeting at the parking lot on the south side of the park west of the corner of SW Canby and SW 40th., Pdx. “Join Audubon Society leaders Max Smith and Sarah Swanson for a walk around Gabriel Park in southwest Portland. Be prepared to look and listen for small, colorful birds as we scan the trees for warblers, tanagers, and other migrants. With luck, we’ll also see larger forest residents such as Cooper’s Hawks and Pileated Woodpeckers. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, dress for the weather.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, May 11, 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.” 

All Ages Bollywood Social”, Sunday, May 11, 5:15PM- 7:15PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 per person (infants free). Bollywood dance lesson at 5:45PM. “A special Mother’s Day Bollywood Edition! DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a gathering that features an intro dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Chinuk Wawa”, Sunday, May 11, open house 12PM-4PM, Cathapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit. At 1PM will be a talk, “Making sense of ‘Cathlapottle’: How Chinookans made (and said) names on the land.’ Henry Zenk, consulting linguist with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, explains how geographic and ethnic names are formed in the Chinookan languages. Many of the sounds and patterns of Chinookan find no direct counterparts in English, with the result that "Cathlapottle" in Chinookan sounds very different than we are used to hearing it in our contemporary local English. Zenk will summarize what we know about how Chinookans themselves constructed and pronounced the names they bestowed on their lands and on its original inhabitants. He draws especially on records left by linguists who worked with some of the languages' last fluent speakers. Many of these sources remain unpublished to this day.”

The Curious Garden”, Sunday, May 11, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Come to the Curious Garden to see your old friends Razzie the Fairy, Ribbit the Frog, Flappy the Chicken, Meowzers the Cat, Renard the Raccoon, and Dottie the Ladybug! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages -- especially kids 0-8 -- and occurs every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden.”

OregonRocketry Wilsonville Launch”, Sunday, May 11, 2PM-5PM, Memorial Park, 8100 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. Free and open to the public. Model rocket launch. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Wilsonville launches are free to the public. All launches at Wilsonville are sanctioned under NAR. Wilsonville flights are limited to D impulse, due to size of our flying field.”

Geology of the Columbia River Gorge”, Monday, May 12, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Les Hastings presents a talk on the geology of the Columbia River Gorge. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series. Les took a journey to discover the geological events that produced and shaped the Columbia Gorge. Retake this journey with him. Les Hastings is a much admired retired teacher who has lived in Skamania County for 44 years and has never tired of discovering the geology of the Columbia Gorge.” 

Making the Most of Small Gardens”, Monday, May 12, 7PM, Milwaukie Center, 5540 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie. Free. Presented by Master Gardener Jolly Butler. “Small spaces offer big opportunities for creating lively, colorful gardens. Master Gardener, Jolly Butler, will guide us through the special design considerations, consideration of scale, soil needs and the many plant options available for creating a delightful small space garden.”

Concert, “Bourbon Jockey”, Monday, May 12, 12PM, Portland’5, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Bourbon Jockey is three guys, Ross McKeen, Matthew Jones and Alan Cole, with a love of American roots music burrowed deep as a tick on a coon dog. Two arts administrators and a professor of theology during the day, the band transforms by moonlight to play music that singer and guitar-slinger Ross says, ‘sounds like something from a honky-tonk house band cranking out a hot mix of old school country, a bit of hoodoo blues, a smidgeon of R and B, a touch of chanky-chank, and a whole lot of zippadee-doo-dah.’ ” 

NW Animation Fest 2014”, Monday, May 12 through Sunday, May 18, with most events taking place at the Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. On Saturday, May 17, 1PM-5PM is Short Films Program #2 for All Ages, $10.

The Future of the Oceans”, Monday, May 12, 6PM, Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Andrew Thurber, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. “The oceans will face multiple climate-related stresses in the future: warming temperatures, low oxygen, acidification and a lack of biological productivity. As marine ecosystems respond, the consequences could be felt directly by about 2 billion people whose lives depend ocean fisheries and other resources. Those are among the results reported by an international team of 29 scientists who studied the influence of climate change on marine systems from the poles to the Equator. Andrew Thurber helped to conceive the study and was a co-author of the report that appeared in October 2013 in the journal PLOS Biology. At the May 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Thurber will discuss the study and actions needed to avert the most significant changes. He is a post-doctoral fellow in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His research focuses on deep-sea ecosystems, particularly the role of invertebrates in recycling nutrients and sequestering carbon. He has conducted experiments under seasonal sea ice in Antarctica and explored communities that live around methane seeps near New Zealand and Costa Rica.”

Zomba! Marimba Ensemble”, Tuesday, May 13, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Take a musical trip to a sunny place with the warm acoustic sounds of Alberta Rider Elementary School’s marimba ensemble.” 

Family Book Group-For the Younger Set”, Tuesday, May 13, 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.” 

Knitting for Beginners”, Tuesday, May 13, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Drop in and learn to knit or crochet, get help with a project or learn a new technique. Bring needles and yarn.” 

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, May 13, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 9-12. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Refreshments provided. This month we’re reading ‘The Adventures of Nanny Piggins’ by RA Spratt.”

New History Minstrels”, Tuesday, May 13, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “The New History Minstrels Barbershop Quartet will sing about the history of Gladstone and its place in Oregon’s history.”

Ascending the Giants”, Tuesday, May 6, 6:30PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver; and Tuesday, May 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. Presented by arborist Brian French. “Old growth forest habitat is disappearing around the world, but a group of ardent arborists are working to slow that pattern, starting right here in Oregon. Ascending the Giants (ATG) is an organization that finds, measures and documents the largest, or ‘Champion,’ trees of each species in Oregon and Washington. The group works to showcase these trees and other large trees within our local community, raising the public’s awareness of these awesome specimens and finding ways to preserve and protect the habitat needed to help them thrive. Join arborist and Champion Tree ‘champion’ Brian French as he discusses his work finding and documenting these amazing giants. Using photographs and video, he’ll share tales of his time in the tree tops, including what it takes to climb these treasured ancient specimens without injuring them; how the true size of a tree is calculated (it’s not all about height); and what creatures he has encountered living high in the canopy.” Brian will also be screening the award winning adventure film, ‘Treeverse,’ about ATG’s founders traveling an unprecedented distance by tree canopy traversing. They spent five days off the ground in a grove of Oregon White Oaks, traveling a mile through the canopy, carrying all of their food and gear and bivouacking at night!” 

2014 Art Beat Week”, Tuesday, May 13 through Thursday, May 15, Portland Community College, various venues. Free. “Art Beat exemplifies Portland Community College's dedication to education and community. Filled with music, dance, literature, sculpture, painting and more, Art Beat has something for everyone. From presentations to performances to workshops, you'll find something fascinating to attend. Join us! Bring your friends and family! All is free; all are welcome.” The schedule and all the details here:

Master Gardener Series: Organic Vegetable Gardening”, Tuesday, May 13, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Learn the fundamentals of organic vegetable gardening.” 

Vertical Gardening”, Tuesday, May 13, 9:30AM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. “Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners and Tualatin Valley Garden Club Presenters Washington County Master Gardener Jerry Anderson, and Tualatin Valley Gardener David Russell. Jerry and David will acquaint you with our joint vertical gardening space and discuss how to use recycled/reclaimed materials for vertical gardening to help maximize your garden space and share varieties of plants which perform best in a vertical garden.”

Spruce Goose”, Tuesday, May 13, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. Donations requested. Presented by Larry Wood, Executive Director of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. “Learn about the Spruce Goose. Why was it built, who built it, why is it wood, when was it finished, the first flight, storage from 1947 to 1976, display in Long Beach, CA, and the move to McMinnville, OR. Hear what exciting things are happening at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.”

Author Talk, “William Flynn”, Wednesday, May 14, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Come listen to local author William Flynn share about his latest fiction novel Direct Action, a story of organized resistance against the deforestation of Sumatra and a story based upon the author's observations and research. His story follows a guerrilla movement consisting of religious, political and social activists on Sumatra who decide they must take action to stop the destruction of the tropical rainforest.” 

Geology of the Gorge for Children”, Wednesday, May 14, 2:15PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Emily Kao presents a talk on the geology of the Gorge, appropriate for elementary age children, part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series. Emily Kao is program director for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute where she has worked for the past 3 years. A Hood River native and a graduate of Carleton College with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies, Emily’s passion for the environment has taken her around the world to study, yet her love for the area brought her back.” 

White River Oak Woodlands and Rimrock Country”, Wednesday, May 14, 7AM- 6PM. Preregistration required; contact Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at 503-771-3454. Interested in exploring the unique oak woodland and basalt rim rock country of North Central Oregon? Chance to see Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Lazuli Buntings, Canyon Wrens and Golden Eagles. We will spend most of our time on the White River Wildlife Management Area around Tygh Valley (south of the Dalles). Meet at the Outlet Mall parking lot in Troutdale at 7 a.m. Plan on an all-day adventure, not getting back to Troutdale until after 6 p.m.”

Hula of Hawaii”, Wednesday, May 14, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Lisa Chang of Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a will share some Hawaiian history and lead a performance of the hula dance.”

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods”, Wednesday, May 14, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 suggested donation. Presented by Professor Scott Burns. “One of the greatest sets of geological events to ever have occurred in North America was the Missoula Floods. Occurring as many as 40 times during the last ice age, the floods were caused by waters released from ancient Lake Missoula that scoured the Columbia River basin, carved out the Columbia River Gorge, and swept across at least 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest. At this Nerd Nite, Scott Burns, PhD, professor of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at PSU, will focus on the incredible story of discovery and development of the idea of the floods by J Harlen Bretz and will discuss the effect of the floods on the landscape of the Willamette Valley and the area around us.”

Author Talk, “Bryan Fleming and Maureen McQuerry”, Wednesday, May 14, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In Bryn Fleming’s ‘Cassie and Jasper to the Rescue’ time is short and a horse is in danger. Can cowgirl Cassie and her sidekick Jasper rescue the horse from the owner's villainous son? Maureen McQuerry’s ‘Beyond the Door’ weaves a coming-of-age story with fantasy and mythology. When mythical creatures appear, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold. This event is in support of Children's Book Week, a national literacy initiative established in 1919.” 

Author Talk, “Sharon Draper”, Wednesday, May 14, 7PM, Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Pdx. Free. “Bestselling and award-winning author and educator Sharon Draper will present the 2014 Teen Author Lecture. After her talk, Draper will autograph her books, which will also be available for purchase after the lecture.”

Fairy Houses”, Wednesday, May 14, 3:30PM, Woodland Library, Woodland, WA. “Kids! Come make a faerie's dream come true. Build a fantastical fairy house to take home.” 

Shake, Rattle, and Hum: The Poetry You Didn’t Know You Knew”, Wednesday, May 14, 7PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “When asked about their favorite poem, many people will say, “Oh, I don’t like poetry, I just don’t get it.” What these folks don’t often realize is that poetry is all around us. It’s in the tunes we hum, the music we tap our feet to, or the jingle we can’t seem to get out of our heads. Dr. Kandy Robertson, Clinical Associate Professor of English at WSU Vancouver, will discuss the ways poetry invades and enhances our everyday lives.” 

Kid Lit Book Club”, Wednesday, May 14, 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: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White.” 

Grass Man: David Douglas on the Columbia”, Wednesday, May 14, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Joanna Grammon presents a talk entitled "Grass Man: David Douglas on the Columbia." David Douglas had enough adventures to last several lifetimes in his 35 short years. You know about Douglas fir, but did you know his name is attached to more than 100 Northwest plants? His life was punctuated by triumphs and tragedies, and ended in a mystery. Learn more about the ‘Grass Man’ and discover his lasting contributions in this talk and slide show by Joanna Grammon, local musician and former editor of The Skamania County Pioneer. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series.” 

Kid’s Co. Presents, “Once Upon a Time”, Thursday, May 15, 7PM, Tualatin Library, Fireplace Hearth. “Follow this talented troupe of kids into the Woods! This fairytale takes you behind the scenes of what happened before Prince Charming met his Princess, before Jack sold Milky White for magic beans and before Hansel and Gretel came across that tempting gingerbread house. This musical review is filled with acting, singing, dancing and is sprinkled with a touch of fairy magic.” 

The Bookaneers!”, Thursday, May 15, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 5-8. “Ahoy, bookaneers! Each month a free copy of the next month’s ‘book of the month’ will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. This month we're reading ‘Dragonbreath’ by Ursula Vernon.”

History of Underwood”, Thursday, May 15, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Local authors and historians Mary Kapp and Kathy LaMotte present ‘History of Underwood’. Mary Kapp and Kathy LaMotte are both retired educators living in Underwood , WA. Their book Underwood through the years: a portrait of life in Underwood, Washington was published in 2013. Copies of their book on Underwood will be for sale. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series.” 

Significant Tree Walk”, Thursday, May 15, 10AM, Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy. “The Gresham has more than 58 registered Significant Trees. This walk will visit 17 of these trees on a four-mile (6K) walk around Gresham, and retired Pinewood Nursery owner, Judy Berg, will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the trees. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear if necessary. Pack a lunch, water and a snack to eat on the walk. The group will stop at Gresham's Main City Park for lunch and conversation. Gresham's Senior Healthy Hikers president, Howard Berg, will lead the walk.”

Wildlife Rescue Aid Project”, Thursday, May 15, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Join local small wildlife expert, Mary Namit, from Wildlife Rescue Aid Project, as she talks about what it's like to work with small animals in the wild. Wildlife Rescue Aid Project helps wild animals that are sick, injured, or in need of rescue.”

Historic Albina Walk”, Thursday, May 15, 6PM, meeting at Irving Park, NE 9th and Fremont. 3 miles, 2 hours. Free. “Enjoy a walk led by the Architectural Heritage Center as we hear about the history and see the remnants of the City of Albina in inner N/NE Portland.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, May 15, 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.” 

15th Annual UFO Festival”, Thursday, May 15 through Sunday, May 18, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville. Most events are for all ages and many are free. A mixture of the fun and creative (UFO themed costume parade, UFO video contest screenings) and expert speakers. All the details here:

Film Screening, “A Fierce Green Fire”, Thursday, May 15, 5PM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Recreation Center, 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with groundbreaking environmental activist Lois Gibbs. "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.”

The Science of Sound”, Thursday, May 15, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3PM. Suggested for ages 5-12. Presented by musician Greta Pedersen. “Explore the science of sound! Through songs and instruments, we'll experiment with manipulating sound and "hear" clashing sound waves as Greta tunes her guitars. Get ideas for creating instruments out of found objects at home. Audience members may be invited to play sound tubes, buckets, shakers and other assorted home-made instruments.”

When Oregon Mattered”, Thursday, May 15, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Every four years Americans participate in the great process of electing a president. And every four years, voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and a handful of other states have decided the Republican and Democrat nominees long before Oregon’s May primary election. There was a time, however, when Oregon’s presidential primary was an important stop on the road to the White House. OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk shares the stories of the three most historic and colorful presidential campaign battles in Oregon.”

Oregon Renaissance Band Presents, “Music From Beyond the Forest”, Friday, May 16, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. “An all new program of early Transylvanian music from Codex Caioni. Selections from a musical manuscript hidden in a wall of a Transylvanian monastery. 12 musicians will perform music on violin, lute, sackbutts, recorders, cornamusen, krummhorns, bagpipes, racketts, tartold, spinettino, tabor, and voices. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Daphne Clifton, Lori Fitch, Polly Gibson, Cindy Markham, Ben Fitch, Kathryn Richer, Hideki Yamaya, Sharon Cheney, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman.

Vancouver Fire Boat Dedication Event”, Friday, May 16, 10:30AM, Vancouver Landing on the Columbia river, just west of the Red Lion Inn at the Quay in downtown Vancouver. Free. (See May 17 for “Fire, Heart Health and Water Safety Fair” where the boat will make another appearance. “Please join the Vancouver Fire Department in welcoming its new grant-funded and community-supported quick response boat, Discovery, to the region. Special guest speakers at the ceremony will be U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones and Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt. Discovery will be available for viewing after the ceremony and light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Red Lion Inn at The Quay.” More info about the new boat here:

Journey Theater Presents, “School House Rock Live- Jr., Friday, May 16 through Saturday, May 24, Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver. Advance tickets $12 adults, $10 youth and seniors, and Family Day May 17 $10 each. “This energetic musical follows Tom, a young school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as Just A Bill, Interplanet Janet, Interjections and Conjunction Junction bring his lesson plans vividly to life.” 

Conifers 201- Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Friday, May 16, 10AM-1PM, Hoyt Arboretum, meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn to identify all 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon. 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.” 

Keep Portland Wired! 2.0 Tour of Portland’s Tech Community”, Friday, May 16, 10AM-2PM, meeting at Ziba, 1044 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $18 in advance. Preregistration required; register online: “Know Your City’s popular tech tour is back, Keep Portland Wired! version 2.0 Join Know Your City for a walking tour of Portland’s technology industry, including meeting some of the best minds that keep our city on the map for innovative and creative thinking as well as some of our emerging start ups. We’ll drop by some spots from our popular tech tour last year as well as meet some new faces in Portland’s tech community of developers and start-ups. Get a behind-the-scenes view of leading tech innovators and meet some of the leaders who are shaping Portland’s tech future.” 

Printdustrial Studio Tours”, Friday, May 16, 2PM-5PM, SE Portland, free. “Printdustrial is an annual celebration of Craft Publishing and Printing in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) in SE Portland. This includes letterpress printers, book binders, small edition publishers, and other resources. The 3-day weekend event will consist of free tours of studios and a mixer with snacks and refreshments on Friday, special print workshops on Saturday, and will culminate in a swap and sale on Sunday. Start at the IPRC to pick up a print passport and map! Get a stamp for each location you visit and come back to the IPRC for a mixer and raffle tickets! One stamp gets you one raffle ticket, and prizes include works from Mind Riot Libraries, Keeganmeegan and Co., Streetcar Press, and more! The raffle will happen at closing of the Printdustrial Swap and Sale on Sunday May 18th. You do not have to be present to win. Pick up your passport and map at the IPRC or printed out as a high quality PDF (check back for link!). FREE Tours Around the SE Industrial Area 2-5pm: IPRC: 1001 SE Division St.; Mind Riot Libraries: 17 SE 3rd (Towne Storage Building), unit #507; Keeganmeegan and Co. : Towne Storage Building (Street entrance is the red floor on corner of SE 2nd and Ankeny); Streetcar Press / Denver Avenue Press: 305 SE Madison Street; Mother Foucault’s Bookshop: 523 SE Morrison St.; BONUS: Stumptown Printers: 2293 N. Interstate Ave. (Rebecca Gilbert co-founded the IPRC) Printdustrial Mixer 6-9pm FREE! Bring your stamped passports to get raffle tickets! There will be free beer and snacks! The print art show will also be up! Hosted bar!”

Year Round Vegetable Gardening”, Saturday, May 17, 10:30AM, Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. Forest Grove. “Free Gardening Classes Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners, in partnership with Dairy Creek Community Food Web and the Forest Grove Community Gardens.” 

Fire, Heart Health and Water Safety Fair”, Saturday, May 17, 11AM-3PM, Vancouver Landing, near the Red Lion Inn at 100 Columbia St., Vancouver. “Please join us for a free, family-friendly Fire, Heart Health and Safety Fair at the Vancouver Landing in downtown Vancouver. This event will include opportunities to check out the Vancouver Fire Department's new quick response boat, Discovery, and will have booths and information available about water safety, fire prevention and ‘hands only’ CPR. The Too Twisted Sister food truck will be on site for those who'd like to eat lunch at the Landing.”

A Glimpse of China: Chinese Culture and Arts Festival”, Saturday, May 17, Seattle Center Armory Center House Main Floor, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.”

Weed Watchers Plant Identification Class”, Saturday, May 17, 10AM, Rockwood Library. Free. Preregistration required; contact Mike Pinker at 503-618-2383 or . “Invasive weeds damage property and crowd out the native plants that animals rely on for food and shelter. Please join us for a free workshop focusing on Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) of Gresham's most invasive weeds. Learn to identify and report new invaders before they become a problem.”

Arts in the Park- Native Art Basketry and Wood Carving”, Saturday, May 17, 10:30AM, Milo McIver State Park, Cedar Shelter in Riverbend Day Use Area. “Join skilled instructors for an Introduction to Native Art Basketry and Wood Carving Class at McIver State Park.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, May 17, 9PM-12AM, 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: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it! 

Weed Watchers Training”, Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, 10AM, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 5211 N. Williams Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Want to help prevent invasive weeds from spreading throughout the places you live and love – all while enjoying your favorite outdoor activities? Come learn how to spot these invaders before they gain a foothold! This 2 hour training is for anyone interested in protecting Oregon’s landscape from the spread of invasive weeds. You will learn to identify, look for and report new invaders before they become a nuisance. View live and preserved specimens; learn how these invaders spread, and about the complications they bring to the new areas they dominate. You can help prevent that next nasty weed from getting established!” 

Civil War Reenactors” Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18: 79th New York, Company D. Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1: 79th New York, SM Highlanders, Company C. Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. “This is an opportunity to see how the typical soldier of the Civil War lived and drilled each day. Camp life demonstrations and periodic weapons drills are performed by infantry soldiers. The fort's namesake, Isaac Stevens, served and died with this unit during that tragic war.”

Music from Switzerland”, Saturday, May 17, with a sausage dinner from 5:30PM-7PM and a Choir Concert at 7:30PM, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 15505 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Concert tickets $7 in advance, $8 at the door, and $8 for the sausage dinner. Bake sale and beverages available before and after the concert. Presented by the Helvetia Albengluehn.

Author Talk, “Lisa Holmes”, Saturday, May 17, 1PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. “Join graphic designer and author Lisa Holmes as she discusses her new hiking book, ‘I Heart Oregon (and Washington): 25 of the Portland Area's Best Hikes’. She will share the story that led her to create this unique full-color book which features 400+ photos and its detailed, customized maps.”

Dozer Day”, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 11AM-4PM, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA. Tickets $5 for kids ages 2-12 and seniors, $7 adults, free for kids under 2. “Dozer Day is like going to a fair only our rides are real heavy construction equipment. Kids hop in the driver's seat and actually drive big yellow dozers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side. Not only is it a dream come true for kids (and fun for the whole family), the event also benefits many local, children's charities.”

Spy School”, Saturday, May 17, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Think you have what it takes to be a spy? Make disguises, create secret messages, and take a super sleuthing challenge.” 

Tall Ship Tours”, May 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 4PM-5PM, and May 17, 18, 24, 25, and 26, 10AM-1PM, Newport Harbor, 600 Southeast Bay Boulevard, Newport. $3 requested donation per person. “Come aboard the Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain for a self-guided tour of the ship. Crew will be on hand in period costume to answer questions and tell stories.” Tickets are also available for sailing trips.

Civil War Battle Reenactment”, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 9AM-5PM, House on Metolius, National Forest Development Road 980, Camp Sherman, OR. Admission $8 adults, $5 seniors and students with ID, free for kids 6 and under. Parking $5 per vehicle with proceeds going towards Scouts. “Two days of civil war enactments in the Meadow at House on Metolius.”

Garden Walking Tour of Amada Neighborhood”, Saturday, May 17, 12PM, meeting at Amada Park, E. 25th and G Street, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; call 360-993-5679. “Join us for a side-walk garden walking tour of the historic Arnada neighborhood! Learn about the history of Arnada whilst viewing their lovely contemporary side-walk gardens. Tour guides Brad Richardson and Barbara Clark will begin this one-time tour at noon.”

Children’s Book Week”, Saturday, May 17, 1PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “The Audubon Society of Portland Nature Store will participate in the national celebration of Children’s Book Week with an afternoon of children's nature storytelling and activities on Saturday, May 17, as well as with specials on featured children's books May 12-18. We're still planning the festivities, so check back with the Nature Store at 503-292-9453 for more details!” 

Birding at Riverview Cemetery”, Saturday, May 17, 8AM, 300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd., Pdx. “Join Audubon Society leaders Bob Lockett and Adrienne Wolf-Lockett for a morning walk through historic and beautiful Riverview Cemetery. Beginners and Birdathoners welcome. Due to limited parking, carpooling is strongly suggested. This will be a leisurely walk through the forested – and hilly – grounds, listening and looking for breeding birds at the peak of the floral display.”

Author Talk, “Steve McQuiddy”, Saturday, May 17, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Oregon Author Steve McQuiddy will discuss his new book, ‘Here on the Edge’. In Oregon's WWII Civilian Public Service Camp 56 in Waldport, a band of conscientious objectors created an art movement that became the essence of the Beat Generation in the '50s and '60s.”

Battle Ground Community Library 5th Anniversary Celebration”, Saturday, May 17, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Please join us to celebrate our fifth anniversary at Battle Ground Village. Executive Director, Nancy Tessman, Community Librarian, Kim McNally, donors, and community members will share stories and thoughts on the past, present and future of this great community space. There will be photos, memorabilia, and plenty of cake! Hosted by The Friends of the Battle Ground Community Library.” Library website to be updated with times:

Must See Oregon”, Saturday, May 17, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Admission $2 requested donation. “Oregon tourism on display showcasing over 40 Oregon destinations and attractions. Speakers include KGW reporter and author Grant McOmie and author Steve Arndt. There will be tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House, (the only one in the Northwest), the Oregon Garden’s first geocaching event, a fly casting clinic, a Kid’s Korner with free book giveaways, and prize drawings including overnight stays, event tickets, autographed travel books and more!”

Concert, “Mr. Ben and His Band”, Saturday, May 17, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “The reigning king of Portland kiddie rock brings his band to the Hillsboro Public Library with a show guaranteed to get you and the family out of your seats and singing and dancing!”

Syttende Mai Celebration”, Saturday, May 17, doors open at 1PM, parade at 3PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “Norway’s most important national holiday – May 17 (Constitution Day) – is celebrated here in Portland in a community-wide event which has been sponsored by Grieg Lodge Sons of Norway for generations at Portland’s Historic Norse Hall on May 17. Socialize in the Oslo Lounge (OPEN at 1:00 pm). Enjoy Authentic Norwegian Food. Music and Dance Performances. Flags and Nordic Treasures on Sale. Enter to Win Great Prizes. Join our Grand Flag Parade (Starts at 3:00 pm) – rain or shine!
 Featuring traditional costumes, Norwegian fjord horses and Benson High School Marching Band and bands from other area schools. Program and Children’s Activities (after parade). After the parade join us in the Ballroom for the program. Program includes presentation of the colors; proclamations from Larry Bruun, Honorary Norwegian Consul; Speakers; a choral performance from the Scandinavian Mixed Chorus and Grieg Lodge’s Leikarringen will dance. Immediately after the program you are invited upstairs for a Scandinavian dance. Crowd favorite, Fossegrimmen, will be performing and everyone is invited to dance (no Scandinavian dance experience needed; dances are fun and easy to follow) or just stay and enjoy the music!”

Winter Steelhead Trout Release”, Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, Free. “This is an estimated date. Visit our Facebook page, to watch their progress and when they will be ready to release.” They hatch steelhead trout eggs obtained from a local hatchery until they are in their fry stage and ready to be released. Then they give wonderful educational presentations and let the public gently release them in Jones Creek. Highly recommended!

Children’s Nature Fair”, Saturday, May 17, 10AM-2PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. “Join us for Leach Botanical Garden’s Children’s Nature Fair! Great for kids of all ages and adults! This year’s theme – Wild Critters- will include animal visitors from the Oregon Zoo and Audubon Education Birds, activities, arts/crafts about animals, paper making, Audubon Scavenger Hunt, Ladybug Walks, music, Zenger Farm chickens, snacks for sale and 25 cent ice cream!”

Maifest”, Saturday, May 17, 11AM-6PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free admission. Rain or shine! “Our third Maifest is around the corner. We are ready to celebrate the beginning of the season once again and are honored to have France as a special guest this year. Our entertainment program for this annual event will this time reflect the cultures of both nations – you will be able to enjoy German and French language as well as food, musical performances, dance groups and art and craft vendors. There will be vendors, artists and special programs for kids throughout the day. While strolling through the festival grounds you and the whole family can enjoy traditional and modern performances including the folkloric Maibaum dance; eating a good German Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and French Crepes for dessert will enhance the fun. Need we mention the beer and German wine? The Alliance Francaise will participate with a booth and displaying an exhibit about the 50th Anniversary of the Franco – Allemand Friendship , sponsored by the German Consulate in San Francisco.”

The Knights of Veritas Present, “The Science of Swordfighting”, Saturday, May 17, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “The Science of Swordfighting includes discussion of leverage, geometry, physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real life science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval Knights.”

Lelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, May 17, doors open at 5:30PM including the Museum, performance at 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children. Reservations required; details on their website: “Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history.” 

Tualatin River Bird Festival”, Saturday, May 17, with parking shuttle busses running from 5:30AM to 5PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. “The Friends of the Refuge in conjunction with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, welcome you to our 19th annual Tualatin River Bird Festival. This is a free family friendly event! Join us for a diversity of family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places. Audubon of Portland live bird show; Native Blessing by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; ODFW Archery Clinic; early morning Bird Banding Demonstration with USFWS; learn to catch a fish at the ODFW casting clinic; Ducks Unlimited decoy painting, William L. Finely photography exhibit, build a Bat House, Bird House or Bee Board; conservation exhibits; guided walks for adults and kids; and hands-on conservation activities geared toward kids. A shuttle bus will transport you in comfort from our offsite parking location right to the front door of the Refuge. Buses will start running at 5:30 AM (just in time for our first bird walk of the day) until 5 PM.” Schedule and details here:

Recycled Printmaking”, Saturday, May 17, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist Judith Hankin. “Cut, paste and roll brilliant colored inks and VOILA! you'll create beautiful art prints of your own designs. Amazing, isn't it, how old inner tubes and cardboard can be used to create a printmaking plate that can be used over and over again to make many copies of your special image? We'll play with color and you'll take home several gorgeous prints to share with family and friends.” 

Zoo Animal Presenters”, Saturday, May 17, 2:30PM, Rockwood Library. “The Oregon Zoo is coming to the library! Zoo Animal Presenters will show and tell live animals to library families. Please join us for this exciting zoo fun! Learn fascinating facts about animals and pet your favorite one! Zoo Animal Presenters are teenagers who head into the community to teach and serve.” Their presentations tend to be terrific. 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Music”, Saturday, May 17, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library. “Learn about the history of Filk music and listen to local musicians performing songs about science, science fiction, fantasy, computers and other themes.” Presented by the Friends of Filk. 

Musical Petting Zoo”, Saturday, May 17, 3PM, Northwest Library. “Always wanted to try out new instruments and don't know where to start? Come play with Vibe of Portland! You may even learn a note or two.” 

Native Plants, Natural Gardening and Environmentally Friendly Techniques”, Saturday, May 17, 1PM, Gladstone Library. “The right plants need less water and care. Birds and bugs want to help you garden. Worms will work for you to build soil, stop weeds and reduce your gardening expenses. What's not to like? Come find out how!” 

Chinese Brush Painting”, Saturday, May 17, 3PM, Woodstock Library. “Fascinated by the simplicity and tastefulness of Chinese brush painting? Join artist Jean Choy and learn about this understated, beautiful art form. All materials provided.” 

Backyard Composting”, Saturday, May 17, 10AM, Columbia Springs, Swift Classroom, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Want to begin composting your yard and some of your kitchen waste? This two hour workshop will get you started building soil health in your own backyard. Join us for an introduction to the science of composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to view composting bins and systems.” 

Legends of Mexico”, Sunday, May 18, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Mexico is very well known for its legends, myths and tales. We have legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Huicholes, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent. We have legends that talk about love, nature and everyday life. Nuestro Canto has gathered legends from all over Mexico and has composed music especially for the legends we narrate during our performances.
 ‘Leyendas de México - Legends of Mexico’ is an original bilingual performance with masks, movement, dance, songs and music. During the program, participants will learn about geography, history, traditional ancestral music, and the different languages still spoken in Mexico.”

Author Talk, “Courtney Cerruti”, Sunday, May 18, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Courtney Cerruti will talk about her book, “Washi Tape”. “If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi paper is stronger than wood-pulp paper making it perfect for use in projects like origami and scrapbooking. The tape is low tack and slightly transparent, and add in a mix of adorable colors and patterns, a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better. ‘Washi Tape’ by Courtney Cerruti offers 101 amazing ideas that will make this new craft tape your new favorite thing. It’s safe to use almost anywhere and great fun for children!”

Sustainable Preparedness Expo”, Sunday, May 18, 10AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $12, advance purchase $10, kids 12 and under free. Parking $8, $1 discount for carpools of 3 or more. “First time ever to Portland! Coming on May 18, 2014, Sustainable Preparedness Expo is the nation's premiere expo on preparedness, homesteading, and sustainable living. This Expo is an incredible training opportunity that attracts attendees from all walks of life--from responsible citizens concerned about disasters to hard core preppers; from sustainable living enthusiasts to survivalists. Come to learn valuable info at the many excellent training sessions, connect with the thousands of preparedness-minded attendees we are expecting, obtain hard to find equipment, supplies and advice you need from the wide variety of vendors present at their booths. It's a one-of-a-kind experience you won't want to miss!” Hands-on workshops and training sessions listed here:

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Sunday, May 18, 2PM, Kenton Library. “A hysterical clown show filled with magic, physical comedy, juggling, underpants and dance. Heather Pearl's show is a feat to be marveled at. Her inventiveness and abilities astound and surprise all ages. The show has a variety of juggling, magic, dance -- with Mz. Pearl's character always being the most captivating.”

Plum Blossoms- Chinese Painting”, Monday, May 19, 5PM, Rockwood Library. “Learn to paint one of the most popular subjects in Asian art, with ink and watercolor on rice paper. Artist Cindy Lommasson makes it easy with step-by-step instructions. No art experience necessary.”

“‘Bud Was Serious!’: A 30th-Anniversary Retrospective of Bud Clark’s Successful Race for Mayor of Portland”, Monday, May 19, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free; donations of canned goods accepted for the Oregon Food Bank. All ages welcome. “Bud Clark's Portland mayoral campaign of 1984 was as remarkable and unexpected as it was successful. Its first achievement was convincing voters that the well-liked tavern-keeper who had never previously held a public office was a serious candidate! To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the landmark Clark campaign, former staffers (including Mike Ryerson) and Bud Clark himself will convene for a panel discussion. Longtime Portland political analyst Tim Hibbitts will give an introductory presentation about the city's political climate of the 1970s and early '80s, then serve as moderator for the panel discussion.”

Conservation of Natural Wetlands”, Monday, May 19, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Beth Middleton, PhD, research ecologist, GS14, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS. “Wetlands provide a one-stop shopping center of food, water and building supplies in many parts of the world, but the effects of climate change are already apparent in wetlands at the extremes of their distributional ranges, e.g., swamps in east Texas, where water abstraction and land use change magnify the effects of droughts. Looming climate change threatens our future ability to maintain natural as well as human-constructed environments, particularly with the newest IPCC projections of increased temperature, drought and storm frequency. At the May 19 Science Pub, Middleton will describe the threats of climate change on the biodiversity and conservation of wetlands.”

Small Space Gardening in the Gorge”, Monday, May 19, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Todd Murray, WSU extension, will give a talk on gardening in small spaces, and on Columbia River Gorge soil. Learn about organic gardening in small spaces and maintaining soil health in the Columbia River Gorge. Todd Murray is the WSU Extension Director for Skamania and Klickitat County and has provided gardening education in Washington State since 1998. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series.” 

US Military Patches: History, Heraldry and Meaning”, Tuesday, May 20, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Military insignia expert Chris Brown will explain the meaning behind the colorful shoulder patches of U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen from the Civil War through World War II. Chris will also be available to analyze military patches or pins from your family history.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, May 20, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘The Year of Billy Miller’ by Kevin Henkes.”

Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardens”, Tuesday, May 20, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Find out what plants to choose to attract these delightful critters to your garden, and learn about their habits and life cycle.”

Science Fair with OMSI”, Tuesday, May 20, 4:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Drop in to explore the world of science with OMSI. With hands on tables and live chemistry demos, all ages can learn and play.” 

Icelandic Adventures”, Tuesday, May 20, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Anna Helm and her friend traveled to Iceland during the fall of 2013. They spent time in Reykjavik, home to the Harpa Concert Hall and the Hallgrimskirkja Church and toured the countryside where they visited thatch-roofed cottages, hot springs, glaciers, geysers, and incredible waterfalls. They will share their adventures (and culinary surprises!) in a lively talk and slideshow.” 

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, May 20, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read ‘The Romeo and Juliet Code’ by Phoebe Stone.”

An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt”, Tuesday, May 20, 7PM, First Congregational Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $25 adults, $10 students. “Watch as the Rough Rider comes to life at an exciting living history event with Joe Wiegand, the nation’s leading Teddy Roosevelt recreator. This special bonus lecture is part of the 2014 Teddy Roosevelt Roadshow sponsored by Wells Fargo.”

Morning Bird Song Walk”, Tuesday, May 20, 7AM, Leach Botanical Garden, meeting at the Administrative Annex parking lot, 6550 NE 122nd Ave. (not at the manor house). Lead by Audubon Society Leader Ron Escano. “From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. These Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly. Steady morning rain cancels a walk. To get to the Administrative Annex go south on SE 122nd from Foster Rd. for about a block and turn left into the driveway of the white administrative building (looks like a house) just before 122nd veers to the right and down the hill. Restrooms are limited to the port-a-potty in the upper garden.”

Tomato Planting 101”, Tuesday, May 20, 9:30AM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. “Presenter: Washington County Master Gardener Vern Vanderzanden. This seminar will be a basic class, but would be interesting for more seasoned gardeners also. Learn how to select the tomatoes to plant; how to prepare the soil; how to help the plant develop a good root system; how to plant your plants; ideas for support methods; watering; and many other tips and ideas for getting the most out of the growing season in our area.”

Author Talk, “Michael McCloskey”, Tuesday, May 20, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Michael McCloskey will speak on environmentalism. His book ‘Conserving Oregon's Environment’ traces the arc of successes in conserving Oregon's environment, beginning in the 1880s and continuing to 2013. It answers the questions: Where did this program or reserve come from? Who led the way, and who opposed it? What difference has it made? Michael McCloskey, an Oregon native, is recognized worldwide as a conservationist, a leader of the Sierra Club, and an advocate for the preservation of many wilderness areas in Oregon. “ 

Bird Feeder Crafting”, Wednesday, May 21, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library, outdoors by the Children’s Dept. windows. “All ages are welcome to join us to make bird feeders out of various materials.” 

Page Pals”, Wednesday, May 21, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Page Pals is a book club for fourth and fifth graders to make friends, read books and do fun activities on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m.” This month’s book is “How Mirka Got Her Sword” by Barry Deutsch, an awesome graphic novel from a Portland author.

Evening Canoe the Slough”, Wednesday, May 21, 6PM and 7PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. $5 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and NW Discoveries for a guided canoe trip on the Slough. Extra-stable canoe bimarans with guides are safe for infants and grandparents. All equipment is provided.” 

Oregon’s Wolves and the Oregon Wolf Plan”, Wednesday, May 21, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Presentation by ODFW Wildlife Biologist Russ Morgan about Oregon's gray wolves and the Oregon Wolf Management Plan.” 

Art and Science of Testing and Improving Your Garden Soil”, Wednesday, May 21, 6:30PM, Washington County Fairground, Hillsboro. Free. “Presented by Dr. Pukhraj Deol, Urban and Community Horticulture Instructor OSU Extension. Soil is the foundation of a garden. Proper soil management is key to a bountiful and beautiful garden. Learn the tips and tricks of getting to know your garden soil from Dr. Pukhraj Deol, Urban and Community Horticulture Instructor, OSU Extension Service. Attendees may wish to bring a soil sample from your garden for hands on fun soil testing by feel method! Pukhraj will also share research–based, thrifty and environmentally friendly methods of improving your garden soil. Note: Bringing soil sample is optional. Make sure to remove the mulch and other organic materials from the surface before you collect soil sample from your garden.”

Transitions Columbia Gorge”, Wednesday, May 21, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Theresa North presents a program in her Transition Towns series of talks. Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series.” “Transition Columbia Gorge (TCG) is a collaborative effort to prepare our beautiful gorge for a future in which cheap, abundant energy is no longer available. We aim to become resilient and able to handle the stresses of peak oil and climate change by building a thriving local economy and community that is not heavily dependent on any particular outside resource. In the process, we will be taking some of the most effective steps we can to reduce our impact on the climate system. Theresa North will talk about Transition Towns, its history and the various examples being created around the globe. She will also describe the many pieces of T.T. that are already in place here in the Columbia Gorge. Theresa is a founding member of Gorge Local Currency Cooperative and a certified permaculture instructor. She teaches at Columbia Gorge Community College and home schools her two children.”

The Story of the Canby Ferry: Of Service”, Wednesday, May 21, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Help us celebrate the 100th birthday of the Canby Ferry. Presenters include museum staff and the Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development.” 

Author Reading, “John Rakestraw”, Thursday, May 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Ave., Pdx. “The Audubon Society Nature Store presents John Rakestraw in a program featuring the new revised and expanded second edition of "Birding Oregon." The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in Heron Hall. John will be available to sign books following his presentation. John Rakestraw is a freelance writer and popular leader of classes and fieldtrips for the Audubon Society of Portland. The first edition of "Birding Oregon" was a best-seller in the Nature Store. We are delighted it is again available, this time in a self-published edition, now with color photographs and updated information.”

Family Wormshop”, Thursday, May 22, 6PM, Columbia Springs, Swift Classroom, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $35 materials fee. Free if you just want to come hear the information. Preregistration required; register online: “Squiggly fun for the whole family. Learn the care and feeding of red worms and discover how they can help you turn fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen into food for your garden or houseplants. Children should be at least five years of age to participate. Participants receive a worm bin and red worms to take home. Information is free, if you don’t want a bin and worms you can come for free!” 

Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets”, Thursday, May 22, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. “We are pleased to welcome several local poets to our stage, The Mountain Writers, who have been working under the tutelage of Peter Sears. Their new anthology, Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets, is published by Cloudbank Books. Reading tonight will be Carol Ellis, Martha Ragland, Jane Greenbaum, and Dan Hannon. And who know? There might be a few other surprise readers as well.” 

Latourell Falls Loop Hike”, Thursday, May 22, 9AM-3PM, Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 2.4 miles, 600’ elevation gain. “On this family-friendly loop hike with leader Heather Rosenwinkel we will visit lower and upper falls as we pass through lush forests and spring wildflowers.” 

The Bug Chicks”, Friday, May 23, 4PM, Holgate Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM. “You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!” Highly recommended!

Home School Days: Space Flight Challenge”, Friday, May 23, 10AM-3PM, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville. $23 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for high flying adventure! In this class, we will build and fly several rocket projects: Eggstronaut challenge, paper rockets and even a liquid-fueled rocket. We will also have a demonstration of some high-flying model rockets at the end of the day. You don’t want to miss this one!” 

"Portland Rose Festival", opening Friday, May 23 with a fireworks show.  all the event details here:

Northwest Folklife Festival”, Friday, May 23, Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest. This year’s cultural focus is India and its People. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of ethnic communities in our region through live performances, visual arts, and hands-on activities. Northwest Folklife Festival features over 7,000 performers, participatory dances, workshops, crafts, food, and more.” Schedule and lots more details here:

The Godmother and the Magician”, Saturday, May 24, 2PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up. “Tendrak Theatre’s Czech fairy tale.”

Painted Paper Collage”, Saturday, May 24, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Presented by artist Sarah Ferguson. “We will begin by making a giant color wheel as we find out about primary, secondary, and complementary colors. Then everyone creates their own collage using vibrant hand painted papers. Cut or tear shapes to overlap and glue as you make your picture. Explore ways to add texture to the paper by curling and folding. We will build the collage on a piece of foam core and then add a hanger so your artwork is ready to display.”

Hands-On Learning: Spanish Charades”, Saturday, May 24, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard, 503-431-7575; Saturday, May 24, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 1317 Lloyd Center, Pdx. 503-249-0800; Saturday, May 24, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center Mall, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley, 503-786-3464; and Saturday, May 31, 3PM, Barnes and Noble, Vancouver Plaza, 7700 NE Fourth Plan Blvd., Vancouver. 360-253-9007. “Come learn a new language and have fun as we play Spanish Charades with eeBoo's Spanish Flash Cards! ¡Que bueno! Treats and projects as well. ¡Bienvenidos a todos!” Generally Barnes and Noble’s website indicates if preregistration is required for an event, but sometimes it doesn’t. Call ahead if you plan to attend. 

Horsetail and Triple Falls (Oneonta Gorge) Wildflower ID Hike”, Saturday, May 24, 8:15AM- 4PM, with carpools departing from NE Portland. $10 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: Moderate, 3.3 miles, 780’ elevation gain. “Join Oregon Wild's Wildlands Interpreter Wendell Wood for this slow-paced hike in the Columbia Gorge Wilderness, taking in Horsetail (and Ponytail) Falls, the Oneonta Gorge and Triple Falls. 

The emphasis of the trip is wildflower identification and natural history, so a detailed plant list with scientific and common names will be provided for your outing.” 

Spring Bird Walk at Smith and Bybee”, Saturday, May 24, 9AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “During spring about 30 species of birds either pass through Smith and Bybee Wetlands during migration or join year-round resident birds for nesting in the natural area. April through June is the peak of migration and local nesting, with lively and noisy birds everywhere. Learn to identify birds by sight and song. Walks are led by Metro naturalist James Davis. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site.” 

Heirloom’s Portland Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival”, Saturday, May 24, 10AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $6, kids 11 and under free. Parking $8, $1 discount for carpools of 3 or more. “Displaying a wide variety of stamping, cardmaking, scrapbooking and other paper arts products, Heirloom Productions returns to the Expo with another of their first rate events. Showcasing new rubber stamp and paper arts vendors, artists, exhibits, and live action demonstrations, come see why Heirloom’s shows are the perfect place to create art and preserve memories.” 

Painted Turtle Walk”, Saturday, May 24, 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Oregon’s turtles are rare, shy and hard to find, but Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the state’s largest populations of Western painted turtles. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis, who will have telescopes for a close look. Learn about the natural history of painted turtles, and handle and examine some shells of specimens found here.” 

Meteorite and Family Fun Day”, Saturday, May 24, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland 
Dr., Hillsboro. Admission $5. “Meteorite expert Dick Pugh from Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory (PSU) will be visiting to share his knowledge. He will give two talks, let you see some impressive meteorites and identify your meteo-rites and meteor-wrongs! See the brand new meteorite exhibit at the museum (opens on Meteorite Day). Enjoy fun activities for the whole family, including sand sifting, dino-hats, rock arts and crafts.”

Celebrating Veterans, Celebrating Freedom”, Saturday, May 24, 11AM-3PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “Family friendly scavenger hunt through the history of the fort. From the early Native American trading post to the World War II coast artillery base, travel the self-guided trail and see living history demonstrations and learn of Fort Stevens' past. Enter a raffle to win a chance to fire a Civil War period cannon.”

Family Field Trip Day”, Saturday, May 24, 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. $6. Suggested for grades K-6. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring your family to see what makes Tryon Creek such a special field trip destination. Each family will be guided through the forest as we uncover where our owls nest, how our hawks hunt, and why our woodpeckers don’t get concussions. We’ll play games and get our hands dirty as we learn about these incredible creatures through exploration and discovery.” 

Nature-Based Mentoring”, Saturday, May 24, 1PM, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. $5-10 donation requested. “This month's theme is Nature-Based Mentoring. Come increase your knowledge of using nature as a model for creating curriculum. Learn to create an environment in which children will unknowingly become connected with the natural world. We'll focus on Jon Young's 8-Shields mentoring system while playing games and having adventures in the woods.”

Multnomah County Fair”, Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, 12PM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Free admission and parking.

A New Bridge in Town”, Sunday, May 25, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $8 per ticket, one ticket per person. Preregistration required; register online: “TriMet is building the first bridge over the Willamette River in 40 years. Learn how a cable-stayed bridge works and how engineers chose a bridge design that minimizes impacts to river habitat and river users. Lab time is supplemented with a walk outside to view nearby bridge construction from the river bank.” 

Film Premiere, “OR7- The Journey”, Sunday, May 25, 5PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $10. “In 1973, with only 500 wolves left in the contiguous United States, the gray wolf was listed as endangered on the Endangered Species Act, setting the species on a slow path of recovery. Now, states are fighting to have that status removed, opening the door for hunters and ranchers to once again decimate the wolf population. This documentary is about the incredible journey of OR-7, a gray wolf which was collared in Oregon and eventually dispersed from his pack. A journey that tells the story not only of OR-7, but of the wolf as a species in America. It is a journey of survival. A journey of inspiration.”

Young People’s Poems”, Sunday, May 25, 11AM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Suggested for ages 11-14. $15-25 sliding scale. Preregistration required; register online: “A poetry writing workshop and chapbook making class for young people. Students are invited to come be creative with words, make friends, and leave with a group-made poetry zine.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, May 25, 9AM-12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham, meeting at the Flood Plain parking lot, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” Spring is a great time to learn animal tracking! They do not have a website other than their Facebook page, which you must have a Facebook account to see:

Oaks, Floods and Fires of Canemah Bluff”, Monday, May 26, 10AM, Canemah Bluff Natural Area, South End Road, Oregon City. $6 per adult, $11 per family. Suggested for ages 7 and older. Preregistration required; register online: “With sweeping views of the Willamette River, rare white oak woodlands and the historic Canemah Pioneer Cemetery nearby, Canemah Bluff brings a bit of the wild close-in for residents of surrounding neighborhoods. Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley to explore how floods, fires and world-class geologic events have created the woodlands, prairies and ephemeral wetlands of Canemah Bluff today.” 

Memorial Day is Monday, May 26. Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day”, and the first veterans honored were the ones who gave their lives on both sides of the Civil War. Now it honors all who have given their lives in military service to the United States throughout our history. Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be posting a list of Memorial Day commemorations throughout Oregon on their website:

Soldiers’ Bivouac”, Monday, May 26, 11AM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Park Parade Ground. “The overall event theme focuses on life in the military at Vancouver Barracks for the soldiers, officers, and local community.” 

Wahclella Falls/Tanner Creek Wildflower and Plant ID Hike”, Monday, May 26, 9AM-4PM, carpools departing from NE Portland. $10 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 2 miles, 200’ elevation gain. “Join Oregon Wild Wildlands Interpreter Wendell Wood for this extremely slow-paced hike to a classic waterfall in what may be the most diverse and scenic single mile of trail in the western Columbia River Gorge. 

The emphasis of the trip is wildflower identification and natural history, and a detailed plant list with scientific and common names will be provided.” 

The Chemawa Indian School of Salem”, Tuesday, May 27, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at Willamette University. “This presentation will explore the visual and documentary history of Oregon’s Chemawa Indian School, the oldest federal Indian boarding school still operating in the U.S., and conclude with the screening of a short film made by Chemawa students in 2012 in collaboration with the 1491s, a Native American comedy sketch team.”

Screening, “More Than Honey”, Tuesday, May 27, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “A chilling look at Colony Collapse Disorder, where colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world. Without bees, there is no pollination, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth.”

Birding at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Tuesday, May 27, and Friday, May 30, 8AM, meeting at the parking lot at the north end of Sellwood Park, SE Sellwood Blvd. and SE 7th Ave. “This two-mile loop stroll around the Bottoms is appropriate for families and will provide a great opportunity to learn new bird calls and songs and see Osprey, Bald Eagles and songbirds in the Bottoms and along the Springwater on the Willamette trail. Meet Mike Houck at the parking at 8 am sharp. Bring binoculars and, if you have one, a spotting scope.”

Abraham Lincoln and the Oregon Country”, Tuesday, May 27, 6:30PM, McMenamins Edgefield Power Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Prof. Richard Etulain. “Oregonians of the Civil War Era, by and large, strongly aligned themselves with Abraham Lincoln on various political issues – Indian relations, military policies, civil and legal rights, and North-South ideological conflicts. Etulain, in his latest book, refutes the argument that Pacific Northwest residents were mere ‘spectators of disunion,’ revealing instead that men and women of the Oregon Country were personally and emotionally involved in the controversial ideas and events that inflamed the United States during the fractious era.”

Bottle Cap Necklaces”, Wednesday, May 28, 4PM, Sherwood Library Community Room. For ages 11 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Ages 11-Adult are welcome to join us to make personalized necklaces with bottle caps and beads. We’ll provide crafting supplies.” 

Happy Hour at Tanner Springs Park”, Wednesday, May 28, 5PM, NW 10th Ave. and NW Northrup St., Pdx. “Join Mike Houck and Mike Faha, GreenWorks landscape architecture, to walk Tanner Springs and learn about the park’s design and how a one-square block nature park attracts Osprey and a semi-resident Great Blue Heron. Faha worked with GreenWorks colleague and new Portland Parks Director Michael Abbate and Germany’s Herbert Dreisetil, with input from local residents, to create a contemplative nature park that complements nearby Jamison Square Park and The Fields in what has become a wonderful park triptych. Learn from landscape architects what went into the design and how nature has returned to this postage stamp wetland. For the adults, we will repair to a nearby watering hole to continue the conversation.”

Eagle Creek Wildflower and Plant ID Hike”, Wednesday, May 28, 8:15AM-4:30PM, with carpools departing from NE Portland on E. Burnside. $10 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: Moderate, 4.5 miles, 600’ elevation gain. “Eagle Creek is one of the best known and most frequently used trails in the Columbia River Gorge — and for good reason. With spawning salmon in the fall, breathtaking waterfalls year round, and wildflowers aplenty in the spring, the Eagle Creek trail is an Oregon gem. Join Wendell Wood, Oregon Wild's Wildlands Interpreter, for this slow-paced hike to Punchbowl Falls in the dramatic Eagle Creek canyon, sandwiched within the surrounding Columbia River Gorge Wilderness. The emphasis of the trip is on wildflower identification and natural history, and a detailed plant list with scientific and common names will be provided.” 

Small Farms in the Gorge”, Wednesday, May 28, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Alice Meyers, Lee Lynn Thompson, and Colleen Garwood share a panel discussion of "Small Farms in the Gorge". Part of the We are Here: Geography of the Heart series. Colleen Garwood has lived in Wind River Valley since 1996 on a 10 acre 4-H family farm. Lee Lynn Thompson owns and operates Scratch-a-Lot Farm, a small sustainable poultry and vegetable farm, in Mill A, WA, now in its second year of operation. Alice Meyers owns a small farm and is instrumental in keeping the Stevenson Farmer’s Market up and running.” 

Author Talk, “Senator Elizabeth Warren”, Wednesday, May 28, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Senator Warren reads from her book, “A Fighting Chance”. “An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesn’t. In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families. Please note: Signed copies of the Senator's book will be available the night of the event. Due to the Senator's schedule, there will not be an opportunity for a signing at the event itself.”

Recycling and Composting 101”, Thursday, May 29, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Join Michelle from Waste Management of Portland as she presents an in-depth introduction to waste reduction techniques, the environmental benefits of composting and recycling, where your waste goes for processing, and which materials can be included in your composting and recycling collection.” 

Author Talk, “Paul Gerald”, Thursday, May 29, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Paul Gerald will talk about the new 5th edition of his bestselling guide, “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland”.

Birding the Willamette Greenway at South Waterfront”, Thursday, May 29, 8AM. “Meet Mike Houck for an early morning bird song walk along the temporary greenway trail at South Waterfront for residents and the public. Mike will point out the Great Blue Heron nesting colony on nearby Ross Island and identify birds by sight and song along the greenway. Meet on the greenway trail on the Willamette River side of the Meriwether at 8 a.m. sharp. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes and dress for the weather. Directions: Take the Portland streetcar, bike or drive to SW Moody and SW Curry Street and walk to the eastern end of SW Curry and onto the temporary greenway in front of the Meriwether condominiums.”

Herons of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Thursday, May 29, 5:30PM, meeting at the parking lot at the north end of Sellwood Park, SE 7th Ave. and SE Sellwood Blvd., Pdx. “This evening two-mile stroll around the 160-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, led by Mike Houck, is appropriate for the entire family. Mike will point out Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and a host of songbirds that call the Bottoms home. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Part of the hike will be on dirt, possibly muddy, trail, so wear appropriate footwear.”

Clark County Extension Master Gardeners: 8 Easy Herbs”, Thursday, May 29, 6PM, Battle Ground Library, Battle Ground, WA. “Do you dream of snipping fresh herbs to use in everyday cooking? Not sure what to do with all that extra basil? Are you new to growing food and want to start with something small? Herbs are a satisfying way for beginners to start gardening. ‘8 Common Herbs’ presented by Master Gardener Eloyce O'Connor will show you 8 easy herbs to grow, how to grow them, and good uses for them.” 

Volunteering in Colombia: A Personal Account of Traveling and Living in South America”, Thursday, May 29, 7PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Join Avery Hoyt for a presentation of his three service projects in Colombia and Peru.” 

Chrome and Ink Festival”, Friday, May 30, 2PM-10PM, Saturday, May 31, 12PM-10PM, and Sunday, June 1, 12PM-8PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 23300 17th St. NE, Salem. “200+ award winning tattoo artists will be tattooing the public for 3 days only at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center! This is Salem's first Tattoo and Kustom Car show. We're proud to bring these artists to the capital city to celebrate tattoo and kustom car culture for the first time! Incredible shopping, beer garden, good food, face painting for the kids, tattoo contests, art gallery, art fusion, artist seminars, live on-stage entertainment including the Miss Chrome and Ink contest!”

Children’s Culture Parade”, Friday, May 30, 9AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA. “Celebrating the diversity of Vancouver, 3rd grade students from Vancouver and Evergreen schools study cultures from around the world and share what they have learned in a parade. They will display costumes, dioramas, posters and other expressions of cultural heritage. It is an opportunity for each child to explore his or her own cultural heritage and to celebrate the heritage of classmates. The route will weave through Fort Vancouver, starting at Pearson and ending at the Fort.” 

Slough Tour: Vanport Flood”, Friday, May 30, 4PM, Delta Park/Vanport Park and Ride, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Pdx. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “On May 30, 1948 at 4:17pm a levee burst and the Columbia River flooded Vanport City, once the second-largest city in Oregon. This tour features speakers, three sites with public art and informational signs and sharing by Vanport families and historians. A World War II housing project, Vanport was home to nearly 100,000 people during its existence, hosted Vanport College (now PSU) and many innovative educational and social programs. This outdoor tour begins at the Delta Park/Vanport Park and Ride and continues by carpool.” 

Birding at Steigerwald Lake”, Friday, May 30, 8AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. “Join Audubon Society leaders John Nikkel and Dena Turner in a walk through the cottonwood riparian corridor and riverine flood plain at Steigerwald. To get there, drive east on Washington State SR 14 past Camas and Washougal. Watch for the sign on the right of the highway at about MP 16 marking the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Shortly past that, also on the right, you will see a large Steigerwald Lake NWR sign at the entrance to the trailhead and parking lot. Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.”

Creating a Legacy, Turning Genealogical Research Into An Illustrated Heirloom Book”, Saturday, May 31, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Are you passionate about researching your family? Have you uncovered fascinating information and stories about family history but don’t know what to do next? This presentation is designed to give you tips on how to turn your research into an illustrated heirloom book, which can be shared with family members and future generations. Participants will explore how to illustrate their book using personal photographs, documents and memorabilia. Options for designing and self-publishing your book will also be discussed.” 

The Eco-Challenge Workshop”, Saturday, May 31, 3PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Honor Vallor. “This introductory workshop focuses on the nexus between ecological sustainability and human well-being. We will examine the theme ‘Wild Nature’ via hand-outs from the Northwest Earth Institute’s book, ‘Reconnecting with Earth’; discuss the challenge of preserving wild nature in urban areas; and consider how we can contribute to that process in Southeast Portland. Then, we will visit the Salmon Habitat Restoration Project at Westmoreland Park and Johnson Creek Park. You are welcome to collect your dog en route to the parks—I plan to bring my American greyhound!”

Bike Ride: Sharrows to Sparrows, Pier Park to Smith and Bybee Lakes”, Saturday, May 31, 9AM-12PM, meeting at the Pier Park parking lot on the corner of N Bruce Avenue and N James Street promptly at 9 a.m., ready to ride! “For the uninitiated, a Sharrow is a 4-foot by 6-foot shared-lane pavement marking that Portland is using to identify Neighborhood Greenways. The marking is a bicycle with two arrows on top, and it is the official, national marking used by traffic engineers to identify a shared travel lane. Leaders: Mike Houck and Greg Raisman, Portland Bureau of Transportation. Mike will share his ability to call in and recognize all manner of birds by their call or song. Greg will share the ins and outs of Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways. Neighborhood Greenways play a central role in The Intertwine by creating a citywide network of slow-speed, residential streets that connect schools, parks, and wildlife habitats while providing access to business and transit. You supply the bike (in good repair please!) and bicycle helmet (absolutely required) and we provide a great ride on the wild side. Ride suitable for families. Bring binoculars, a camera and water.”

Why Jane?”, Saturday, May 31, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by Bill Boyd. “Why is Jane Austen so popular today? Hundreds of sequels and other works derived from her six novels have been published in the last two decades. Movies of her works or derived from her works abound. Literary societies devoted to her exist all over the world, including one of the largest literary societies, the Jane Austen Society of North America with over 4,500 members. For some, only Shakespeare is greater. How can this be? My presentation will try to answer that question.” 

Summer Asian Rolls for Families”, Saturday, May 31, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Join us for an experience for the whole family. Parents, bring your children to this class and learn how to make shrimp salad rolls and Lao chicken salads together.” 

Birds and Indigenous Plants of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, May 31, 3PM, meeting at the parking lot at the north end of Sellwood Park, SE Sellwood Blvd. and SE 7th Ave. “Leaders: Mike Houck and Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Herbalist and Educator and PSU Indigenous Nations Studies Program. This two-mile loop stroll around the Bottoms is appropriate for families and will provide a great opportunity to learn new bird calls and songs and learn about native plants and their importance to Native American culture. Bring binoculars and, if you have one, a hand lens will be handy for plant identification.”

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, May 31, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. 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.” 

Classroom Discovery Days”, Saturday, May 31, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Frogs! Observe live frogs and tadpoles. See what it’s like to catch flies with your tongue and eat algae like a tadpole. We’ll have all sorts of frog games and activities. Stop in after joining OPRD for their 10:00 AM Amphibian hike. Wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.”

Traditional Uses of Native Plants of Western Oregon”, Saturday, May 31, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “The presentation will cover the Native American traditional uses of native plants found in Western Oregon, including for food, medicine, and other aspects of daily living. Presented by Greg Archuleta. Greg Archuleta is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and conducts a variety of education and outreach activities and classes related to the culture and history of the Tribe, including on ethnobotany, native art design, basketry, carving and other arts and crafts.”

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Canoe and Kayak Tour”, Saturday, May 31, 8:30AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $12 per adult and $8 per child. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Metro naturalists James Davis and Ashley Conley to learn about local wildlife and the natural history of Smith and Bybee Wetlands on a three-hour canoe and kayak tour. Boat, paddle and flotation device provided by Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe. Participants can select solo kayaks, a tandem kayak with a partner or a canoe with a partner. Two adults in a canoe can add one or two young children in the middle.” 

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Canoe Bimaran Tour”, Saturday, May 31, 12:45PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $12 per adult and $8 per child. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “A bimaran is two canoes connected with 2 x 6 boards, creating a stable “pontoon boat” that is perfect for young children and those who are inexperienced or nervous about paddling a canoe or kayak. Metro naturalists James Davis and Ashley Conley are your guides to the wildlife and natural history of the wetlands.” 

Botanical Illustration”, Saturday, May 31, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by arborist Ruth Williams. “Whether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your drawing skills, this class is for you. Learn the basics of drawing plants using fresh clippings from Hoyt Arboretum. Drawing plants is a fun and relaxing way to begin to notice the details botanists recognize to identify plant species. Students will learn the basics of botanical illustration and complete one or two drawings in ink.” 

Bread and Butter Day”, Saturday, May 31, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. “One of our oldest events at the Mill, We will be teaching our young guests to churn butter and while we are busy churning, the boys are going to rolling, cutting, and frying fresh bread. Of course, our bread is made with the finest whole wheat milled right in front of you. So how can you top homemade bread with homemade butter? With cinnamon sugar, naturally!”

Historic Sellwood Walk”, Saturday, May 31, 9AM, meeting at Pioneer Church, 455 SE Spokane. 2 hours, 2.5 miles. Free. “Enjoy a walk led by the Architectural Heritage Center as we hear about the history and see the sights of the Sellwood neighborhood in SE Portland.”

Art of the Microscope”, Saturday, May 31, 10AM, OMSI Life Sciences Lab. $8 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “We will explore ways to capture creative images by using the camera on your phone with a microscope. Visitors will be able to print one imagine to take home. It is highly recommended to have taken OMSI's Beginner Microscopy lab experience. Make sure to bring your phone to capture many pictures.” 

Fur Trapper Encampment”, Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, 10AM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, Riverside Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Take a walk back through time as you visit an authentic fur trappers' encampment. In the early 1800's the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families who gathered there after the winter spent trapping beaver. This was the point of return or Rendezvous – as the French called it- where trappers would prepare the hides for canoe transport downriver to Fort Vancouver. Come see costumed reenactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade. How did they dress? What did they eat and how was it cooked? What was life like in a camp? How do you set a trap for beaver? How do you load and fire a flint lock rifle? In this camp you will be able to walk among the tents and work stations to ask the interpreters these very questions and see for yourself.”

Grand Opening: Nature Play Area”, Saturday, May 31, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, North Canyon Play Area. “Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be a bear? A bird? A Cougar? Soon, kids of all ages (and those simply young at heart) will have the chance to find out. The North Canyon Nature Play Area which was built with financial support form the Friends of Silver Falls State Park will be officially opened to the public at an event scheduled for Saturday May 31st. Rain or Shine.”

Portland Parks and Recreation typically begins their “Summer Free for All” series of concerts, movies, portable rock wall climbing, etc. with the first events at the end of May. Details are not yet posted. Check here: