Saturday, May 31, 2014

Jazzy June!

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of June 2014.  I compile the list every month for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 2-6.  So while I am looking for events for that age range, most have much wider appeal. I look for events with some cultural or educational value.  This month I was all set to spend long, luxurious hours in a bubblebath surrounded by bonbons and a red proofreading pen, perfecting this event list.  But suddenly the city was attacked! So please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend for mistakes, typos and cancellations!

My page “A Note About Event Listings” has been updated with a couple new FAQs, which you may find helpful. 

Strawberry season is here! Raspberries, boysenberries and blueberries will be ripening towards the end of the month. U-pick farms are where the best berries can be found. Tri-County Farms or Pick Your can help you find a great farm near you. Bear in mind that between organic and conventional farms, the Portland area has a lot of “no spray” farms that don’t use chemicals but can’t afford or haven’t yet transitioned to organic certification. 

State parks in Oregon are offering free day use and free camping on June 7. Participating parks can be found here: June 7, 8 and 14 are also free days at all Washington State Parks: June 7-8 are also Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon and Washington. More info about Oregon’s program here: and Washington’s here:

Portland Parks and Recreation’s 2014 “Summer Free for All” series of free outdoor concerts, movies, the mobile rock climbing wall and more is too much good stuff to list here so check it out:

The Portland Rose Festival is in full swing and all the details are here:

June is the month to stop and smell the roses! This blog post has a list of local rose gardens worth visiting in the Portland area:

May and June regularly feature some of the lowest tides of the year, with great minus tides this year happening in June. They are 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: These minus tides are also great for agate collectors! 

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.”

A-maze-ing Festival of Flowers”, now through Tuesday, June 10 with a sale of all the plants used in the display June 11-13 for $1 each, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “The two-week Festival of Flowers installation inspired by Pioneer Courthouse Square’s 30th birthday will transform the Square in to a colorful interactive maze of nearly 20,000 begonias, marigolds, impatiens and more. The celebration will continue along the downtown transit mall with a series of floral designs at the Congress Center and Unitus Plaza.” On weekdays there will also be free lunchtime concerts. A list of participating bands and their schedule, a list of plants that will be for sale, and a link to a rendering of the maze design can be found here:

Civil War Reenactors” Saturday, May 31, Sunday, June 1; Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. 79th New York, SM Highlanders, Company C. “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.”

Creature Cabins”, Sunday, June 1, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, Free. “The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come to this family-friendly talk to learn about the special places where animals live.”

Spring Wildflower Walk”, Sunday, June 1, 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, Free. “Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we will find wild roses, bleeding hearts, candy flowers, and much more.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays 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.”

Iris Bloom Season”, last day 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.”

Concert, “Chicamarimba Band”, Sunday, June 1, 1PM, Tigard Library. “Fan favorites Chicamarimba will brighten your weekend with its upbeat world music that blends African and Latin American rhythms.”

Author Talk, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Sunday, June 1, 2PM, Belmont Library. “Author Gregory Nokes will lecture and show slides from his new book, ‘Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory’, that tells the little-known story of slaves brought to Oregon over the Oregon Trail by early settlers from Missouri. The focus of the program will be on Oregon's history of racist laws and how these have shaped the population in Oregon today.”

Preserving Oregon’s Sweetest Things”, Monday, June 2, 6PM, Rockwood Library. “Join us for an overview of canning, freezing, juicing and jamming Oregon’s delicious and abundant fresh fruits. Review basic techniques, necessary equipment, and up-to-date references and resources to help prepare you for the upcoming food preservation season. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service.” 

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, June 1, 5:15PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “On the first Sunday of every month DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

William Stafford: A Life of Poetry”, Monday, June 2, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with a parent. “William Stafford was Oregon’s fourth Poet Laureate, from 1974 to 1989. The poet has devoted followers across the world, and every January (the month of his birthday in 1914) the Friends of William Stafford organize over sixty readings of his poetry across the United States and in countries such as Japan, Sweden, and Scotland. Join Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, and retired William Stafford archivist Paul Merchant as they present on William Stafford’s life and writings to celebrate the poet’s 100th birthday. Petersen and Merchant will discuss key events in Stafford’s career and highlight passages in his work that illustrate his lifetime commitment to creative writing.”

Author Talk, “Noah Strycker”, Sunday, June 1, 2:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood, and Monday, June 2, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. Noah Strycker presents his new book, "The Thing with Feathers: the Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human". “Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Strycker explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, life-long loves of albatrosses, particle physics of starling flocks, and other mysteries — revealing why birds do what they do, and how we can relate. With humor and wit, and drawing deep from cutting-edge science and anecdotes from the field, Strycker's presentation will leave you with renewed inspiration about our close connections with birds.”

The Science of Measurement in Biology and Medicine: Measuring Better to Understand Better”, Monday, June 2, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Joe W. Gray, PhD, chair of the OHSU department of biomedical engineering; director of the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine; and associate director for translational research at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.” Our understanding of diseases like cancer has improved dramatically in recent years as technologies have been developed to map their molecular compositions and structures. These technologies combine aspects of physics, engineering, chemistry, biology and computer science to “see” features ranging in size from single genes and proteins to complex tissues and organs. These measurements show how diseases differ from normal and between individuals, and are being used to develop new therapeutic approaches that are being used to personalize medicine in which treatments are tailored to the individual. In this talk, Dr. Gray will review his personal experiences in developing measurement technologies that are now routinely used in disease diagnosis. He will talk about efforts to develop technologies that will lead to “Google earth” like views of cells and tissues that are intended to provide better strategies to manage treatments of human diseases like cancer. He will also go into the challenges of dealing with the vast data sets that emerge.”

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, June 2, Tuesday, June 3, Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, behind the Dollar Tree building, Tigard. All ages welcome! $6.75 per session.

Author Talk, “Becky Lerner”, Tuesday, June 3, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Nearly every plant has an ancient use as a food or medicine, from stunning ornamental flowers to common trees and even weeds. Discover the surprising uses behind 10 of Portland's most valuable wild plants of the city with author-journalist Becky Lerner ('Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness'). Enter the world of the urban forager, and explore the spiritual and philosophical side of foraging the urban wilderness.”

Morning Bird Song Walk”, Tuesday, June 3, 7AM. “Meet at Leach Botanical Garden Administrative Annex parking lot, 6550 SE 122nd Ave. (NOT at the Garden Manor House). 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. 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.” 

Concert, “Dorian Michael”, Tuesday, June 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Guitarist Dorian Michael has been a working guitarist for four decades and in that time has played plenty of blues and folk, jazz and rock and roll playing from smoky honky-tonks to theater orchestra pits.”

Build a Box”, Tuesday, June 3, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Build a box using Origami technique, or create a box using recycled notecards, scissors and paper.” 

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, June 3, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.” 

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, June 3, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘The Thing About Luck’ by Cynthia Kadohata.”

Saturn and the Summer Sky”, Tuesday, June 3, 6PM, 7:15PM, and 8:30PM, Mt Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2.

Author Talk, “George Miller”, Tuesday, June 3, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Join local author George Miller as he shares stories and vintage photographs of the Rose Festival from the past 100 years. Miller's book, ‘Portland Rose Festival’, is a nuanced portrait of how the annual festival and Portland have changed over the decades. Books will be available for sale.” 

Tween Book Club”, Wednesday, June 4, 4PM, Beaverton Library. “Come by the Teen Desk to check out your copy of the latest pick. Then join us for pizza and chat on the first Wednesdays of each month. This month's pick is ‘Schooled’ by Gordan Korman” Homeschoolers alert- this is a pretty funny book about what happens when an always homeschooled kid ends up in school for the first time.

Warp and Weft: Weaving Workshop”, Wednesday, June 4, 3PM, Goldendale Library. Program for kids. “Learn to make a hand held loom and three weaving stitches - basic, satin and twill. Participants will start their weaving project in the workshop and are able to take home their loom and plenty of yarn to complete their project.” 

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, June 4, 3:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Children’s Program Room, Level 3. “Self-guided family science exploration.” 

Classes at the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery”, 8231 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton. $5. Preregistration required; details on their website: Wednesday, June 4, 6PM- Tile Games: Mah Jong, Dominoes and Cards. Thursday, June 12, 6PM- Euro Games: Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride. Friday, June 20, 6PM, Ancient Games: Senet, Go, Mancala. 

Birding at Mt. Talbert”, Wednesday, June 4, 7AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10695 SE Mather Rd, Clackamas. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at Mt Talbert Nature Park for spring migrants. We will start at 7 a.m. and should be done by 10 a.m. We will be walking on established trails, but the terrain is hilly.”

3rd Annual Drama! Dance! Drums!”, Tuesday, June 4, 7PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Recital Hall, Room 75, 620 SW Park Ave. Free. Performed predominantly in English. “PSU’s own Taiko Troupe performing the heart-pounding rhythms of Japan’s ensemble concert drumming. Professor Kiyama and dancers of the Tachibana School in a buyo dance number celebrating beautiful scenes in old Edo. Hilarious kyogen plays, including two that have never been seen before in the USA. Lively dances and songs excerpted from noh and kyogen plays.”

InBeTweens”, Wednesday, June 4, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.” 

Birding at Conboy NWR”, Wednesday, June 4, 7AM-5PM. Preregistration required; email Audubon Society leader Kathy van der Horst at “This refuge at the base of Mt Adams is a delight for the eyes and ears. In June, its extensive marshes, prairies, and mixed woodlands harbor songbirds, flycatchers, woodpeckers, nuthatches, raptors, and nesting Sandhill Cranes. Meet Kathy van der Horst and Lou Fredd at Lewis and Clark State Park. Exit Hwy I-84 at the east end of Sandy River bridge, turn left at foot of ramp, then left into parking lot. We’ll carpool for the 75-mile scenic trip. Bring lunch and dress for Glenwood, WA weather.” 

Flying Squirrel Superheroes”, Thursday, June 5, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3PM. Presented by Tryon Creek State Park. “Join a park ranger for a nature-based story and related activities. Activities could include art, movement and music.” 

St. Johns Waterfront Walk”, Thursday, June 5, 6PM, meeting at N. Philadelphia Ave. and Lombard St. by the Town Clock. Free. 4.5 miles. “Enjoy a challenging and very scenic route through downtown St. Johns, Cathedral Park and Willamette Cove.”

Budweiser Clydesdales in Vancouver”, Thursday, June 5, 4PM-6PM. “The famed Budweiser Clydesdales wagon team will be in Vancouver on June 5. The horses will pull the Budweiser wagon down Main Street, starting in Uptown Village at 4 p.m. and ending at Esther Short Park at approximately 5 p.m. The Clydesdales will then be in the park until 6 p.m.” More info about this and other local appearances here:

Marbled Murrelets: Recovering a Rare Bird”, Thursday, June 5, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “For a bird that is shy, secretive and well-camouflaged, the Marbled Murrelet spends a lot of time in the limelight. On June 5, Marbled Murrelet experts Maria Mudd Ruth and Paul Engelmeyer will share stories and slides about the high-profile species and ongoing efforts to protect it. From the groundbreaking discovery of a Marbled Murrelet nest site in 1974 to recent court victories that have protected the bird’s habitat, the presentation will provide a fascinating look at species recovery. For 185 years, this Pacific Northwest seabird drew the attention of ornithologists, birders, and naturalists who searched the coast for its nests – no one knew where the robin-sized bird raised its young. The species’ nest site was long considered the ‘greatest ornithological mystery in North America,” and Marbled Murrelets came to be known as the “enigma of the Pacific.’ The mystery was finally solved in 1974 when an arborist found a Marbled Murrelet nest in an old-growth Douglas-fir tree. This revelation helped scientists determine that murrelets depend on mature and old-growth coastal forests for survival, and that the continued logging of these forests posed a major threat to the birds’ survival. Led by the Audubon Society of Portland, conservation groups rallied around the Marbled Murrelet and in 1992 won protections for it under the Endangered Species Act. Today, conservationists use a variety of approaches to protect the species, including habitat restoration, population monitoring, and litigation.”

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, June 5, 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.” 

Pedalpalooza”, Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 28. “3+ Weeks of Bikey Fun! With 265 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all are free.” There are far too many family friendly events to list here so check it out:

Author Talk, “Cristina Eisenberg”, Thursday, June 5, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne, Pdx. Cristina Eisenberg presents her book, “The Carnivore Way”. “What would it be like to live in a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would their elimination, which humans have sought with ever greater urgency in recent times, bring about a pastoral, peaceful human civilization? Or in fact is their existence critical to our own, and do we need to be doing more to assure their health and the health of the landscapes they need to thrive? In ‘The Carnivore Way’, Cristina Eisenberg argues compellingly for the necessity of top predators in large, undisturbed landscapes, and how a continental-long corridor—a ‘carnivore way’—provides the room they need to roam and connected landscapes that allow them to disperse. Eisenberg follows the footsteps of six large carnivores—wolves, grizzly bears, lynx, jaguars, wolverines, and cougars—on a 7,500-mile wildlife corridor from Alaska to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains. Backed by robust science, she shows how their well-being is a critical factor in sustaining healthy landscapes and how it is possible for humans and large carnivores to coexist peacefully and even to thrive.”

BJ the Clown”, Friday, June 6, 6:30PM, Cornelius Library; Thursday, June 19, 2PM, Banks Library; Tuesday, June 24, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library; and Thursday, June 26, 2PM, Yacolt Town Park, 312 W. Humphrey, Yacolt, WA. “An exciting show with comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy, and audience participation! ”

Dig with Dignitaries”, Friday, June 6, 4PM, Milwaukie Riverfront Park near the Jefferson Boat Ramp, 1700 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie. Free. “You and your family are invited to ‘dig with dignitaries’ to celebrate the groundbreaking of Phase II of Milwaukie Riverfront Park as part of the First Friday festivities on June 6. There will be toy hard hats and shovels for the kids to help kick-off Phase II – a $2.2 million project that will construct a new boat ramp, a public lawn for festivals and gatherings, a riverside-path and other enhancements that will establish the park as a region-wide attraction. United States Congressman Kurt Schrader, Oregon State Representative Carolyn Tomei, and other dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate this exciting new chapter of Milwaukie’s history. Linger in downtown afterwards and enjoy the Milwaukie First Friday event—food, entertainment, art and more!” 

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle admission. “Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil, and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find ‘fossils’ in the ground, make a soil superhero bookmark or create other cool soil crafts. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Swords, Sorcery and Summer School”, Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7PM, and Sunday, June 8 at 2:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. “Summer has finally arrived and school is out! Unfortunately, our young wizards did not pass final exams and they will be spending the summer at the school of witchcraft and wizardry. It only gets worse as they find out who the ministry has hired as head master and potions instructor. However, none of that compares to the dark, looming evil that our adolescent wizards will have to face.”

Downtown Walking Tours”, Fridays in June at 12PM and Saturdays at 9AM, various venues in Vancouver. $7 with discounted passes for 6 or 13 tours. Preregistration required; call 360-993-5679. June 6- Officer’s Row; June 7- School Time Suburbia; June 13- Short Walk; June 14- Sacred Suburbia; June 20- Business Marches On; June 21- Entertainment Expedition; June 27- Hudson’s Bay Promenade; June 28- Working Suburbia.

Class: The 24/7 Library”, Friday, June 6, 10AM, Lake Oswego Library. Preregistration required; call 503-675-2540. “With your library card you have 24/7 access to a wealth of resources, even after the library closes at night! Come learn about the library’s online subscription resources from online magazine articles to online classes. Looking for an article from Time magazine from 2009 or 1929? Want to learn a new language or take a practice exam from your home computer? We’ll show you how to access these things and much more! Basic computer skills are required.” 

Here Comes Everybody Presents, “The Play’s the Thing”, Friday, June 6, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Rock the Bard! Adult Summer Reading kicks off with a free concert by Here Comes Everybody. Song-writer musicians Michael Jarmer and Rene Ormae-Jarmer draw from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, setting the Bard’s words to rock music. Steve Hale plays bass. Unique Literary Elements indeed!”

Screening, “The Dark Side of Chocolate”, Friday, June 6, 6:30PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. “Before you bite into that yummy chocolate, consider this: where did it come from? Much of the chocolate in the United States comes from cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, many of which use child labor and slavery, human trafficking, and other abuses. This 2010 film explores those abuses and what consumers can do. For more information and to see the film trailer visit” 

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

Mi Piñata”, Saturday, June 7, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online:ñata/24075 “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.”

Traditional Craft Demonstrations”, Saturday, June 7, 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “Traditional and Contemporary Native American craft demonstrations from Western Oregon and the Columbia River region will be shared by Grand Ronde Tribal member Greg Archuleta. Activities will include traditional basketry and carving exhibited and demonstrations on the uses of materials such as Western Red Cedar, tule, cattail and other natural materials will be provided.”

Free Fishing Event”, Saturday, June 7, 11AM-3PM, Champoeg State Park Boat Dock. Free and no day use fee charged. “In cooperation with Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Champoeg will host a free fishing event on Saturday at the boat dock. A limited number of fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided for participants.”

Horse Training and Demonstration”, Saturday, June 7, 8AM-2PM, Milo McIver State Park. “The North Valley chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails is hosting a Equestrian Training day in the Equestrian area. Training techniques will include equestrian camping, high lining, packing, hobbles, packing tools and Leave No Trace Techniques. This free event is open to the public and appropriate for all ages interested in horses.”

Birding Hike at Pierce NWR”, Saturday, June 7, 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 ordinarily open to the public. 

2nd US Sharpshooters”, Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “During the Civil War, this group of expert marksmen stood out from other regiments do to their green uniforms and remarkable shooting skills. Camp life demonstrations and periodic military drills throughout the day will provide you with the opportunity to learn about this unique group of soldiers.”

Ravenstail Weaving Demonstration”, Saturday, June 7, 11AM- 3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Free.

Family Field Trip Day”, Saturday, June 7, 10AM-2PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Twice each year we invite the community to bring their families to Columbia Springs and connect their children to nature with fun, hands-on learning experiences. At the June 7th Family Field Trip Day go on a hike to search for signs of wildlife, ‘meet’ a tree, search for crawling critters in the wetlands, become a stream engineer, and enjoy many more hands-on activities. Lunch is available for purchase. Don’t miss out on a nature adventure for the whole family! Register today!” 

Soap Making”, Saturday, June 7, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $15 per ticket/batch of soap, maximum 3 participants per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about reactions that go into making soap and make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet.” 

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays in June, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge and patch! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.” Saturday, June 7- Hiking Essentials; June 14- Game of Cones: How Trees Compete for Dominance in the Forest; June 21- Wild Careers: Be a Park Ranger; June 28- Owls of Tryon: Celebrities of the Forest.

Tour the Armory”, Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, June 21, 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.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in June, 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.” June 7- Urban Nature; June 14- Hiking Essentials: Staying Safe in the Woods; June 21- Amazing Amphibians; June 28- Slugs: More Than Slime.

Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces”, Saturday, June 7, 1PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “You don't have to duplicate your grandmother's garden to successfully grow vegetables. Use raised beds and containers to grow an assortment of fresh vegetables in a limited amount of space! Master Gardener Joan Veach will discuss planning and preparation; seed and variety selection; fertilizing, watering, and general care. Bring your ideas and questions and look forward to a summer of fresh eating. Come spend a couple of hours with Master Gardener, Joan Veach! At 1:00 Joan will answer your questions about planning, caring for and harvesting nutritious food for your family. At 2:00 Get to know your favorite vegetable varieties better - what they each need to thrive, and how can you protect them from pests and diseases.” 

Mt. St. Helens Fishing Derby”, Saturday, June 7, 9AM-1PM, Merwin Park, Ariel, WA. Free with $1 parking fee. From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 7.5 miles to Merwin Park. “Free Fishing, Free Lunch and Beverages, Casting Contest, Games and Prizes, Environmental Education, Fishing demonstrations, Art Projects, Environmental Educational Activities. Join us at the 2014 Mount St. Helens Fishing Derby! This annual event encourages family fishing opportunities while promoting partnerships, community collaboration, and educational opportunities for kids, instilling a passion for fishing that kids will carry forward with them into adulthood. Kids without access to fishing equipment will be equipped with loaner rods and clinics will provide hands-on-learning.”

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival”, Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 10AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, Mural Ampitheatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. “Pagdiriwang is the Filipino word for “celebration.” The festival (June 7-8, 2014) celebrates important aspects of Philippine culture, arts and history with the theme, ‘The Sarimanok Soars.’ The Philippines is composed of more than 7,100 islands. It was already a commercial hub where China, India, and other seafarers from other countries and pacific islands made port calls during the pre-Spanish period in the 1500’s. The islands were then governed locally in small villages called balangay. It was colonized by Spain for 333 years, followed by 50 years of American occupation after the Spanish-American War. The people speak different languages aside from Tagalog. A diverse culture resulted from influences brought by trade, as well as by Spanish colonization and American occupation. Other factors were public education introduced by the USA, present-day globalization and technology, as well as the country’s strategic location as gateway to mainland Asia. The diversity of Filipino culture will be celebrated through food, historical exhibits, visual and performing arts, music and dances of the various indigenous groups of the Philippines. Also offered are children’s hands-on activities, Filipino martial arts demonstrations, literary-musical contests, health fair, youth performances and exhibits, music bands, film clips, workshops, booths selling or showcasing food, Philippine products and information.”

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in June, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. The June 14 tour will be especially dedicated to Lilla Leach, pioneer botanist. “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.”

Spring Bird Walk at Cooper Mountain”, Saturday, June 7, 9AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd, Beaverton. $10 per person. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “Spring is the easiest time to see and identify the birds of Cooper Mountain, because they are in their best breeding plumage and singing up a storm. Join Metro naturalist and expert birder James Davis for this walk for beginners and intermediate birdwatchers. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair on site, and be sure to dress for standing outside on an open hilltop.” 

Birding at Ridgefield NWR”, Saturday, June 7 (Carty Unit, Oaks to Wetlands Trail), and Saturday, June 14 (River ‘S’ Unit, Kiwa Trail), Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson at 360-887-4106 or “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails. All hikes start at the respective trail head and last approximately 3 hours. Please dress for the weather and come prepared for several hours of trail hiking and birdwatching.”

Your Move! Celebrating the Game of Chess with Jeremy Silman”, Saturday, June 7, Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. Adults $9, seniors $8, Youth ages 7-18 $3, families $25, free for ages 6 and under. “Celebrate the exhibition ‘Cardboard, Clay and Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists’, during this day-long program exploring one of the world’s most fascinating games. Jeremy Silman is an International Master in the game of chess, and one of the few people ever to win the U.S. Open, the American Open and the National Open. He has written three dozen books on chess including the highly acclaimed ‘How to Reassess Your Chess’. Silman was chess consultant for the movie ‘Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone’, and we will recreate the Harry Potter game on Maryhill’s Grand Lawn, at 11AM, with Mr. Silman giving the commentary. This outside activity is free.” There will also be blitz tournaments at 10AM, 12PM and 1:15PM, a lecture by Mr. Silman at 2PM, and he will play simultaneous chess at 3:15PM with 10 other players.

Concert, “James Manuele”, Sunday, June 8, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “James Manuele will perform a concert of classical guitar music.”

Fort Cascades Historic Trail and Dam Tour”, Sunday, June 8, 9AM-3PM, Columbia River Gorge, WA. Free. Easy, 1.5 miles, little elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Stroll this historic trail with Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee, learning about plants and animal species used by early settlers in this richly forested area. After lunch, we'll take a tour of the dam.” 

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, June 8, 1:30, 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.” 

Author Talk, “Christine McKinley”, Sunday, June 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005, W. Burnside, Pdx. Christine McKinley presents her book, “Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You”. “This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash of adventure. Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise on science, but a personal tour of physics from a quirky friend. Anyone who’s ever wondered why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, or how to jump off a moving train or do a perfect stage dive will find answers and a few laughs too. No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts—just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.”

Healing Landscapes”, Sunday, June 8, open house 12PM-4PM, Cathapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit. Plankhouse tours and children’s activities from 12-4. At 2PM will be a talk, “Healing Landscapes: Native Peoples and Places in Cascadia.” “Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, professor of religion and culture at Pacific Lutheran University, discusses how Chinook and Coast Salish healing traditions are based on relationships with places, how those places are traditionally sources of healing, and how contemporary Native communities are in turn working to heal places as well.”

The Curious Garden”, Sunday, June 8, 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, June 8, 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.”

Why Jane?”, Sunday, June 8, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room; and Monday, June 16, 5:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library (preregistration required; register online: 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.” 

Nature’s Yucky!”, Sunday, June 8, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, Free. “Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for program filled with ‘eeewwws’ and ‘aahhhs’ as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.”

Getting Organized 101”, Sunday, June 8, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “In this workshop, participants can expect to come away with useful and actionable information about why clutter happens, how to stop cluttering and how to stay organized. Great door prizes will be offered.”

Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra”, Sunday, June 8, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, free for children 11 and under. Tickets on sale at the door. Mark Perlman, conductor. Rimsky-Korsakov “Scheherazade”, Saint-Saens “Baccanale” from Samson and Delilah, Gliere “Concerto for Horn and Orchestra”, Bruch “Double Concerto for Viola and Clarinet”.

Junior Ranger Roving Program”, Sundays in June, 1PM-4PM (drop in anytime between these hours), Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate.” June 8- Scavenger Hunt: The Bridges of Tryon Creek; June 15- Art Walk; June 22- Scavenger Hunt: Discover Oregon State Parks; June 29- Scavenger Hunt: Critter Signs.

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act”, Monday, June 9, 6PM, Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. All ages. Free. Presented by Cristina Eisenberg, College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which today protects nearly 110 million acres in the United States. Conservation biologist Cristina Eisenberg will discuss why protected, intact wilderness matters even more today than it did in 1964 when the Wilderness Act was signed. Eisenberg’s intimate acquaintance with wilderness stems from 20 years of living with her family in a cabin adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. At 1 million acres, it comprises the second-largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. As a working scientist, Eisenberg has conducted research on wolves, elk, aspen and fire. In Rocky Mountain ecosystems, she has shown that relatively intact, large tracts of land are essential to create ecologically resilient landscapes. Such landscapes typically consist of extensive protected wilderness. At the Corvallis Science Pub, she will share lessons that she has learned over the years — as a scientist and as a resident of a wild landscape — about the crucial importance of wilderness. To illustrate these concepts, she will read and show images from her recently published book, The Carnivore Way, in which she profiles the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, a 28-million-acre landscape that is 90% federally protected wilderness and is the most important wildlife corridor in North America. She will conclude by reflecting on the profound relevance of the Wilderness Act and its legacy as we move into the brave new world of climate change.” 

Author Talk, “John Livingstone”, Tuesday, June 10, 2PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room B. John Livingstone will read from his book, “The Importance of Being From Oshkosh”. “Photographer, writer, and instructor John Livingstone will discuss his search for adventure that led him to enlist in the U.S. Army to escape his depression-wracked small city, followed by his years spent in Europe as a soldier during WWII, an army criminal investigations agent after WWII, and an intelligence officer during the cold war years, all documented in his memoir The Importance of Being From Oshkosh: Looking Back at the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War Years. Mr. Livingstone’s prize-winning prints, which show the life and times of the people of Europe, were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Pentagon.” 

Concert, “Ensemble De Oranographia”, Tuesday, June 10, 12PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Yamhill St. Free. “Revel in the sounds of the Renaissance period on historically accurate instruments and voice. Instruments include early violin, cittern, recorders, krummhorns, curtal, bagpipe, etc. Program held rain or shine.”

The History of the Oregon Maritime Museum and Why It Matters Today,”, Tuesday, June 10, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. $2 suggested donation. Presented by Susan Spitzer, Vice President of the Oregon Maritime Museum. Susan will relate how the Oregon Maritime Museum was founded in 1980, and quickly established a ‘real’ building and built an impressive collection of maritime artifacts. The museum's most significant artifact, the Steamer PORTLAND, is the most visible representation of the collection, and it has a special story all its own. Through many ups and downs, The Oregon Maritime Museum maintains a presence on the Portland waterfront, and connects visitors to the fascinating stories of the region's working riverfront history.”

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, June 10, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. This month we're reading ‘The Kite Rider’ by Geraldine McCaughrean.”

Anime Club”, Tuesday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 24 6PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 6-12. “Chill out with other anime fanatics while you eat snacks, watch anime, and master surprise anime activities!” 

The Science and Art of Publishing”, Tuesday, June 10, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. $10, free for students under the age of 18. “Do you have a book you want to self-publish and don’t know how? We’ll talk about the best options for doing that. I’ll share many things I didn’t know were important before I hit the upload button. Learn about such things as: book size, fonts, paper color, ISBNs, front and back content, editing and editors, what a POD publisher can provide, what to do before and after publishing. Connie Carmichael Hill found her passion at Portland’s New Renaissance Bookshop where she ran their prestigious events program for 12 years. She is the author of Money Stories, which is a series of interviews with 16 spiritual teachers about abundance and spirituality in their lives. In her business Connie offers astrology, coaching, ceremonial tool making (rattle, drum, and shield making) and ceremonies as well as self-publishing and other classes.” 

Oregon for the Curious”, Tuesday, June 10, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Author William L. Sullivan will take you on a slide show tour of Oregon's oddest hiking and travel destinations - from an island sea cave to a forgotten canyon of colored pinnacles. Expect off-the-beaten path tales of history and geology from the bestselling author of a new short story collection, ‘The Oregon Variations’.”

Club Improv for Teens”, Wednesday, June 11, 4:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Suggested for grades 6-12. “Let go. Have fun. Laugh out loud. If you are interested in drama and acting, or just like performing, this club is for you. No experience required.” 

DIY Bulletin Boards”, Wednesday, June 11, 6PM, Sherwood Library Community Room. Suggested for ages 11 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Participants ages 11 to adult are welcome to join us to make personalized foam bulletin boards with fabric and ribbon. We’ll provide crafting supplies.” 

Concert, “Steve Hale”, Wednesday, June 11, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Steve Hale is a singer/songwriter with a soul edge. Hale delivers his brand of blue-eyed-soul-Americana in the tradition of Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers and James Taylor. His love for melody is woven deeply into the chordal fabric of his songs, making his music rich, sultry glowing and delicious.”

Kid Lit Book Club”, Wednesday, June 11, 4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Are you 6-9 years old? Do you enjoy being read to or reading on your own? Do you, and a grown up, like to talk about books? Join us to read a different new book each month. This month: ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl.” 

Birding in Wasco County”, Wednesday, June 11, 7AM-6PM. Preregistration required; Call Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at 503-771-3454. “Interested in exploring the basalt rim rock and grassland country of North Central Oregon? Chance to see Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Savannah Sparrows, Horned Larks, Prairie Falcons and Swainson's Hawks. We will spend most of our time in the Tygh Valley, Pine Grove and Maulpin open country areas in Wasco County. 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.”

Opening Reception, “Vida Sefaradi”, Wednesday, June 11, 5:30PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “To highlight the significance of Sephardic life in Portland, the Oregon Jewish Museum, in collaboration with Congregation Ahavath Achim, proudly presents the exhibit, ‘Vida Sefaradi: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland’. Sephardic Jews descend from Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Many of them settled in Jewish communities throughout the Ottoman Empire and along the Mediterranean Sea. They lived peaceably there for centuries, until the lure of better opportunities brought some Sephardic Jews to the United States. Portland's Sephardic community traces its origins to a small group of young men who immigrated first to Seattle from the Isle of Rhodes and Turkey and came to Portland around 1910. The stories of these first arrivals form a backdrop in which to explore the history and culture of Sephardic Jewry as it relates to Portland’s Jewish community. The exhibit explores the historical, cultural, social and spiritual traditions of this small but fascinating community and examines its place as an integral part of the larger Jewish and general communities. ‘Vida Sefaradi’ will run from June 11 to October 19, 2014 at the Oregon Jewish Museum. An exhibit catalog, documentary film and website accompany the exhibit. Professor Laura Leibman, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College has guided the content development for the catalog. Ivonne Saed, a communications specialist is overseeing the production of the catalog and the work of the documentary firm Gravitational Creations. Sura Rubenstein is the exhibit's guest curator.”

The Bug Chicks”, Thursday, June 12, 3PM, Northwest Library; Friday, June 12, 3PM and 4:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out 30 minutes before each show); Wednesday, June 18, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); Saturday, June 21, Albina Library; Wednesday, June 25, 1PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, June 28, 3PM, Kenton Library. “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! 

Thomas Waldrop, Magician”, Thursday, June 12, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Be amazed with this presentation of award-winning magic!” 

Glaciers, National Security, and the Roots of Cutting Edge Climate Science”, Thursday, June 12, 7PM, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Mark Carey, PhD, associate dean and associate professor of history in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. “Glaciers are all over the news these days, not only because their melting contributes to global sea level rise, alters hydrology, and changes landscapes, but also because ice cores from glaciers provide some of the planet's best data about climate change. How did glaciers come to play such a fundamental role in climate science and global warming discussions? The answer, explains environmental historian Mark Carey, has a lot to do with national security concerns dating back many decades. Ever since the Titanic sank, the International Ice Patrol has been trying to keep the North Atlantic safe, often trying to bomb icebergs while also studying oceanography and icebergs. In Greenland, ice cores were first extracted at Camp Century, a secret nuclear-powered military base built under the ice sheet with the corresponding proposed Project Iceworm to house nuclear warheads to defend the West. The correlation between carbon dioxide and temperature emerged by studying an Antarctic ice core at the Soviet Vostok base, established at the height of Cold War geo-politicking. Join us for this talk as we explore these crazy schemes in the past and learn how they help us understand glaciers and climate science in the present.” 

Author Talk, “Mark Turner”, Thursday, June 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Mark Turner will present his new book, "Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest". “Co-written with Ellen Kuhlmann, this new field guide extensively covers 568 species of woody plants found in Oregon, Washington, northern California and British Columbia. Each species account includes photographs and a concise but detailed description of growth patterns, habitat, and ecological niche, making this an invaluable guide for botanists and general nature lovers.”

Family Campfire Adventures- Freaky Tongues”, Thursday, June 12, and Thursday, June 26, 6PM-8PM, Tryon Creek State Park. $10 per person. Suggested for ages 5-12. Preregistration required; register online: “How do frogs catch flies and how do woodpeckers stab grubs? How is a slug’s tongue similar to a saw? Discover the fascinating world of tongues in Tryon! Bring your family for a guided hike through the forest as we discover the awesome variety of animal adaptations we find in Tryon Creek. We’ll examine all sorts of freaky tongues, feet for movement, and ears for hearing. After our hike we’ll roast s’mores over a campfire while we play games and share stories.” 

Origami”, Thursday, June 12, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Kids - learn the ancient art of origami from sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.” 

Everything You Need to Know About Small Claims Court, Resolution Services and Justice Court”, Thursday, June 12, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Small claims court workshop presented by Clackamas Women Lawyers. Esteemed speakers: The Honorable Karen Brisbin, Clackamas County Just Court; Janay Haas, author of ‘Using Small Claims Court in Oregon’, and Erin Ruff, Clackamas County Resolution Services. Sponsored by Oregon City Public Library and Clackamas County Law Library. Light refreshments will be provided.” 

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, June 12, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “This is a "starter" book discussion group geared towards children 5-10 yrs. of age and their accompanying adult! Pick up a copy of the book from the library read it together and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! This month we’re reading ‘Frindle’ by Andrew Clemens.”

Author Talk, “Tony Brasunas”, Thursday, June 12, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. Tony Brasunas presents his book “Double Happiness”. “A journey across China and through the soul of a young American, Double Happiness combines exquisite travel writing with a groundbreaking story of coming of age in the era of globalization. Tony Brasunas had never left the United States nor taught a class on anything when he arrived in hot, coastal Guangzhou, China, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language. He was thrown in front of thirty-seven awestruck ninth graders. Trial and error in the classroom, trickery and generosity in the street markets, and conversations over mouth-watering rabbit with new friends fueled a hunger to understand China and drew him deeper and deeper into his new community. When the school year ended, a harder and sweeter journey began. With just a backpack and a handful of wild expectations, he set off alone across the vastness of China, along the Silk Road in the north, and to the edge of ancient Tibet in the west. His rugged path brought friendship, danger, romance, and wild encounters with fate that transformed his basic understanding of right and wrong, beauty and love, suffering and happiness. Double Happiness is a book for armchair travelers, English teachers, China buffs, adventure backpackers, young people in their twenties and thirties seeking a place in this swiftly changing world, and readers of all ages curious about a young man's internal awakening in a foreign land.”

Discussion Junction”, Thursday, June 12, 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.” 

Book Group for Ages 12-14”, Thursday, June 12, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Klickitat Room Level 4. “Grab a book on this month's topic and join us for snacks and a discussion! Parent attendance is optional. This month we're reading ‘Revolver’ by Marcus Sedgwick.” 

Concert, “Boy Eats Drum Machine”, Friday, June 13, 7PM, Tigard Library. “ Local musician Jon Ragel crafts catchy pop songs using turntables, saxophones, synths, vocals and, yes, a drum machine. And he's written the soundtrack to his own science fiction novel. Learn how this innovative artist writes a story in both words and song. Get ready to dance!”

The Walker Art Center Presents: The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival”, Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, 7PM and 9:30PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 seniors, students and children 12 and under. “Will Braden, creator of ‘Henri, le Chat Noir’, winner of ‘audience choice’ at #catvidfest 2013, and curator of the 2014 in attendance for all shows. Preshow tunes from DJ Whiskers. For the 2nd year in a row, the Hollywood Theatre will present #catvidfest, the Walker Art Center’s highly celebrated screening of the best cat videos the internet has to offer. The first Internet Cat Video Festival (#catvidfest) gathered over 10,000 people to the Walker Art Center to participate in a social experiment, testing the boundaries of online communities and crowd-sourced content. Emerging from the Walker’s Open Field initiative the festival attracted attention from local, national, and international audiences and press and raised public debate around the role of museums in an internet culture.”

The Science of Swordfighting”, Friday, June 13, 11AM, Canby Library; Saturday, June 13, 2PM, Gladstone Library; and Wednesday, June 25, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by Knights of Veritas. “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.”

Barefoot in the Park”, June 13-28, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $13-$16. “Barefoot in the Park tells the hilarious story of newlyweds Paul and Corie, who couldn’t be more opposite. He’s a conservative, ambitious young lawyer; she’s a romantic, flighty, free-spirit. When Corie’s widowed mother, Ethel comes to visit their new apartment, Corie plays matchmaker and sets up her fussy mother with the eccentric upstairs neighbor, Mr. Velasco, on a blind date. Even with the disastrous evening’s antics, everyone learns that love can conquer all.”

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 13, Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle admission. “Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as animal origami, footprint rubbings, or wildlife bookmark making. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Sports Science”, Friday, June 13, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 4-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for this outdoor program where we do fun science experiments related to sports and movement.” 

Traditional Crafts of Latin America”, Saturday, June 14 and Saturday, June 21, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “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!” 

Waud Bluff Trail to Swan Island Walk”, Saturday, June 14, 9AM, meeting at Columbia Park Annex, N. Willamette and Woosley, Pdx. 3.7 miles. “Take a walk along Willamette Blvd and down the Waud Bluff trail to some interesting spots on Swan Island and the Willamette River.”

DIY PDX Tour”, Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, 3:30PM, departing from the Know Your City kiosk at 200 SW Ankeny St. $17. Preregistration required; register online: “Sick of big box stores and corporate chains? Welcome to Portland, OR, USA – home to all things independent! This walking tour is designed for those seeking to connect with the true, homespun culture of the city (which can sometimes be tough to find as a visitor). Our two-hour walking tour includes: the history of Portland’s unique food cart phenomena, a look at Portland’s burgeoning music and literary scenes and its independent businesses, a visit to a craft brewery that has been in business for 20 years, a local roaster that transports its coffee only by bicycle – of course! Along the way, we’ll meet with some of the personalities that contribute to Portland’s artisan and DIY culture, and we’ll also explore some of the key policies that help foster these independent business. DIY PDX introduces tour-goers to our grassroots culture that embraces local self-reliance and sustainable living – and that defines Portland’s independent ethos. “ 

Author Talk, “John Skewes”, Saturday, June 14, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. John Skewes presents his two newest children's books ‘Larry Loves Portland’ and ‘Portland ABC!’ His lovable canine character Larry shares some of the wonderful things about our phenomenal city! 
A drawing activity will take place after the reading.”

Oregon Coast Agate Club Gem and Mineral Show”, Saturday, June 14 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, June 15, 10AM-4PM, Yaquina View Elementary School building, 351 SE Harney St., Newport, OR. $2, free for kids 12 and under. “You will discover the wonders of geology and more at the 51st Annual Gem and Mineral Show. Featuring dealers, demonstrations, displays exhibiting the wonderful world of rocks (cut, shaped, and polished) including agate, jasper and more from Oregon and other worldwide locations plus gems and fossils and more related to the world of geology and the lapidary arts. Door Prizes, Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes and more!”

Washington Civil War Council Presents, “Battle at Fulbright Park”, Saturday, June 14 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, June 15, 9AM-3PM, Central Washington Agricultural Museum, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA. Living history in camps, kids’ games, parade Saturday at 10AM, battle 11:30AM and 3PM Saturday, and 11AM and 2PM Sunday, and a dance 6PM Saturday. “Hear the roar of the Cannons! See the flash of the bayonets! See the clash of steel as the Infantry fights for dominance of the field! Tour Camps, see Living Historians, Engineers, Navy, Marines and Medical!” Details and schedule here:

Berry Jam”, Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 11AM-4PM, Kruger’s Farm Market, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx. Free admission. “Live music, free hayrides, pony rides, face painting, fresh strawberry shortcake, plenty of delicious Oregon strawberries to pick and eat. Our grill, serving BBQ, farm fresh food and roasted corn will be open as well.”

Get Outdoors Day”, Saturday, June 14, 10AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1500 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors! Join Smokey Bear & Ranger Rick in a FREE Celebration of National Get Outdoors Day! Be part of a Back Pack Clinic by Next Adventure. See Birds of Prey up close from Audubon Portland. Watch an Archery Demonstration by Archery World. Bring your question for the Bike Maintenance Clinic by Bad Monkey Bike, Board, Skate. Go back in time to 1840s Fur Trapper Camp by National Park Service 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Become a National Get Outdoors Day Junior Ranger and take the Passport Challenge. There is something for everyone: Biking—orienteering—fishing—archery—camping—horseback riding—hiking disc golfing—gardening—pan for gold. Enjoy tasty food. Everyone is welcome, come explore with us!”

ViVoce Presents, “Sisters in Song”, Saturday, June 14, 7:30PM, and Sunday, June 15, 4:30PM, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 NE 43rd St., Pdx. Ages 6 and up. Tickets $15 for adults, free for ages 6-12. “Love Songs, Laments and Lullabies.” Medieval and Renaissance costumed women’s singing ensemble combining elements of theater, comedy and dance.

Birding at the Sandy River Delta”, Saturday, June 14, 8AM. “Please join Audubon Society leader Patty Newland on an exploration of this rich riparian delta area. Target species include Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Yellow-breasted Chat. We will walk 2-3 miles. Bring binoculars and bug repellant. From I-84, take #18 exit. Turn right and loop under the freeway, continuing into the parking lot. Meet by the restroom. Free, no signup needed.”

Kids’ Storytime”, Saturday, June 14, 12:30PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Hey, it’s just a storytime, which I don’t usually list. But they happen to be reading one of the most banned children’s books of all time, “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson. Whoo hoo! Let freedom ring! 

Black Arts Fest”, Saturday, June 14, 12PM- 8PM, and Sunday, June 15, 12PM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free. All ages. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa's Mali Empire.”

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival 2014”, Saturday, June 14, 11AM-6PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Admission $7 adults, $4 students 6-12, or $16 per family. “A summer solstice celebration for the entire community! Scandinavian food and vendors, beer garden, kids area, music, dancing and games. Raising of the maypole at 1PM.”

Lelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, June 14, doors open at 5:30PM including the Museum, performance at 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. 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.” 

Herb Walk”, Saturday, June 14, 1PM, meeting at Newton Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., 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.” 

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Saturday, June 14, and Saturday, June 21, 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.”

Dancing With No Shoes On!”, Saturday, June 14, 10:15AM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 9:45AM. “Chuck Cheesman makes music for children and with children, and he thinks it is probably the best job on the planet! ‘Dancing With No Shoes On’ is Chuck's first full-length recording for children that features primarily original songs. Come join Chuck as he performs in this fun interactive experience for the whole family.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, June 14, 10AM-12PM, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Street between Stark and Morrison Sts, Pdx. $10 suggested donation, which goes towards headstone restoration and educational programs. "Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conducts monthly tours, highlighting Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel! Explore 30 acres of mature trees, a very special rose garden and fascinating architecture in this unique place, the only cemetery in Portland listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Suitable for all ages. No advance registration required. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement. We suggest a $10 donation, and we also offer FLFC merchandise at the tours: t-shirts, hoodies, keychains, stickers, tote bags, bookmarks, and magnets. All proceeds go directly to cemetery restoration and education. Tours also available at other times by arrangement. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers’ monument." Lone Fir was the first public cemetery in Portland, and a tour is a must for anyone learning about local history.

“Explorando El Columbia Slough”, Saturday, June 14, 1PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Explorando is free, and includes: guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, workshops, and more! The first 300 visitors receive a free Explorando t-shirt.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, June 14, 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! 

Civil War Reenactors- 2nd US Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Camp life and demonstrations performed by a Civil War era living history group. Live cannon firing demonstrations throughout each day. This group represents the first permanent artillery unit to call Ft. Stevens home after the Civil War.” On Saturday there will also be a flag retirement ceremony and old, warn out flags may be brought.

Concert, “Sky in the Road”, Saturday, June 14, 2PM, Wilsonville library. “Sky in the Road creates music with an organic feel that reflects their unique native Oregonian perspective. They describe their music as folk-based winding its way through Americana, country, Celtic, world folk, gypsy jazz, new age, rock, reggae and more. Known for their tight, soaring vocal harmonies they fill out their sound with a variety of instrumentation including 6 and 12 string guitar, Irish bouzouki, banjo and East Indian harmonium.”

Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood”, Saturday, June 14, 11AM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Saturday, June 28, 11AM, Troutdale Library (preregistration required; register online: ).“Ever stopped to think about that tree in front of your house? How about those that shade the schoolyard or your walk to the bus stop? Every day Portlanders walk, bike, bus or drive past thousands of trees. They shade our streets and homes, filter water and air, and provide habitat to urban wildlife. Portland is a Tree City USA, home to a diverse and growing urban canopy. Do you know their names? How or why they were planted here? What will they look like in the fall ... in the winter? Get on a first-name basis with the urban forest in this fun session with your Neighborhood Tree Stewards. We'll teach you how to use a tree identification book, and then you'll take your new skills for a walk! The first half of this program will take place in the library, the second half will be a short walk exploring the neighborhood's trees.” 

Railroads in the Garden Summer Tour”, Saturday, June 14, 10AM-5PM. Booklets with maps, directions and descriptions and photos of each location are $10 and are available at many local hobby shops and garden centers; see their website for details: “Rain or Shine, there will be trains running! The Rose City Garden Railroad Society showcases 8 to 12 club member layouts at their homes each year on our annual Summer Tour. A booklet is published each year showing the railroads on the tour with pictures and descriptions. Directions are included, along with maps and suggestions for a great fun-filled day.” Highly recommended! 

Make a Folk Instrument”, Saturday, June 14, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

***Happy Father's Day!!!!*** Sunday, June 15

Concert, “Fools in Paradise”, Sunday, June 15, 1PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Fools in Paradise is an eclectic six-person group performing a variety of music on African instruments. Their rousing marimba music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Guinea is energetic and danceable. The band's original material combines African melodies with moving and thought-provoking lyrics. Saxophone, congas, djembe, electric bass, kalimba, shakers and vocal harmonies round out the sound.”

All About Earthquakes”, Sunday, June 15, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Why do earthquakes happen? Will we get a large earthquake in Oregon or Washington? 
Experiment with a simple earthquake model to see how well you can forecast an earthquake.” 

Father’s Day Animal Tracking at Oxbow”, Sunday, June 15, 10:30AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Ages 6 and older. $6 per adult or $11 per family, plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Oxbow Park is a tracker’s paradise, when beaver, mink, otters, and deer leave their stories behind in the sand. With practice, beginner’s can learn to read the ground like an open book. Seasoned tracker Terry Kem covers basics of track identification and awareness skills needed to watch wildlife at close range.” Highly recommended! 

Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour”, Sunday, June 15, 1PM, Gresham. Donations requested. “The tour group will meet at the Spring Water Corridor entrance into Main City Park. From there the group will walk a short distance to the Pioneer Cemeteries. Join us for a walk through history as we wind our way through Gresham's Pioneer Cemeteries. We'll visit some of Gresham's historically significant graves and learn a little about the lives of those within them.”

Box Art for Homeschoolers”, Monday, June 16, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades pre-K through 12. Seriously. “Dioramas, puppet theaters, a Tardis….what can’t you make out of a box? Let your imagination run wild. Boxes and other materials provided.” 

The Wonders of Woodpeckers”, Monday, June 16, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “They walk up the sides of trees, pound on wood without getting a splitting headache, have chisel-like bills and the most amazing tongues. What kind of bird will we learn about today? Woodpeckers! Join us as we learn more about the lifestyle and adaptations of these very interesting birds.” 

Bob Eaton, Magician”, Tuesday, June 17, 11AM, Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls; Wednesday, June 18, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library (main library); “Local magician Bob Eaton comes to wow the crowd with his amazing magic tricks! Free and all ages.” 

Jugglemania”, Tuesday, June 17, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Friday, June 20, 3PM, Goldendale Library; and Tuesday, June 24, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “Rhys Thomas presents a family show highlighting interactive comedy and high-level circus tricks.”

Teen Book Club”, Tuesday, June 17, 6PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “All teens, ages 12-19 are welcome to read a book and share your ideas and opinions about it the 3rd Tuesday of each month. This month, we're reading ‘Blindsided’ by Priscilla Cummings.

Cape Town Captured”, Tuesday, June 17, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “Kim McNally, Battle Ground Community Librarian, and her husband Jeff, spent two weeks in Cape Town, South Africa during the Fall of 2013. Cape Town is home to a vibrant city center, beautiful beaches, and the world class Cape Winelands. They will share their photographs and highlights of their visit which included magnificent summer weather, the most beautiful garden in Africa, a variety of animals, and Robben Island.” 

Family Folk Dances from Around the World”, Tuesday, June 17, 2PM, Rockwood Library. “Janet Trygstad teaches fun folk dances from many countries. Learn popular dances such as the Maypole from England, the Mexican Hat Dance, Hurry Skurry from Sweden, and Zemer Atik from Israel. The dances are easy for children to learn and adults will enjoy them, too. All ages, from toddlers to grandparents, are welcome. Fun exercise for the whole family!”

Fizz, Boom, Wow!”, Tuesday, June 17, 1PM, Holgate Library (free tickets will be given away at 12:30PM); and Saturday, June 28, 3PM, Woodstock Library (preregistration required; register online: “Lava lamps. Mini rockets. Balloons that blow themselves up. You can make them all! Take a wild ride through physics and chemistry, then take supplies home to amaze your friends!”

Author Talk, “Jordan Ellenberg”, Tuesday, June 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jordan Ellenberg reads from his book “How Not To Be Wrong”. “The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does “public opinion” really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? ‘How Not to Be Wrong’ presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.” 

If We Are What We Eat, Can We Prevent Cancer?”, Tuesday, June 17, 7PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Pdx. Minors welcome with an adult. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Philippe Thuillier, Ph.D., assistant professor, OHSU Cancer Research Center and Adjunct Research Scientist, OHSU Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicity. “While cancer therapy has evolved greatly over the last 15 years, we are still in need of preventive strategies. Our understanding of the disease is enhanced everyday by the contribution of many researchers whom have engaged passionately into a war against cancer. Latest advances in cancer prevention suggest that choices we make during our life as well as our lifestyle have a strong influence on our risk of developing cancer. Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, 30% of all cancers could be prevented by following simple preventive actions? These actions include exercise, losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet. With obesity becoming an epidemic in the USA, we are expecting cancer incidence to increase accordingly. In addition, there are many dietary compounds that have shown to have anti cancer properties. If indeed ‘we are what we eat’ there is plenty of evidence that we have the tools to prevent cancer and possibly save many lives. Dr. Thuillier has explored the effect of dietary compounds on cancer prevention through his research. In his talk he will share his personal experience in preventing cancer and speak to current recommendations for preventing cancer and the efforts that are being pursued to develop better strategies to prevent cancer. In addition he will share the challenges facing cancer prevention.”

Concert, “PDX Broadsides”, evening of Tuesday, June 17, Garden Home Library. Time to be announced; check their website: “Formed entirely on accident in September 2011 in the midst of a gleeful mania brought on in a crucible of exhaustion, excessive coffee and a touch too much wine, The PDX Broadsides are a trio of nerd enthusiasts who sing songs about science, piracy, superheroes, robots, and other geeky topics with great vigor and harmony. Jessica, Holly and Christian finished their first album 'Take Everything' in June 2013 and are currently hard at work on album 2, as well as performing for cons, festivals, community events, and wherever geeky fans are gathered.”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin! Pop! Boom!”, Tuesday, June 17, 2PM, outside the Capitol Hill Library; Tuesday, June 17, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; and Thursday, June 26, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. “How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging ‘magic’ trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing!” 

The Science of Sound”, Tuesday, June 17, 10AM, Hoodland Library, Welches; and Thursday, June 19, 10AM, Sandy Library. 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.”

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, June 17, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read ‘Pie’ by Sarah Weeks.”

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, June 17, 7PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 6-8 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt.”

An Evening of Poetry Honoring William Stafford”, Tuesday, June 17, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “The Friends of William Stafford and the Lake Oswego Public Library present an evening of poetry honoring William Stafford, featuring poets Patty Wixon and Vince Wixon with Tim Barnes as emcee.” More info about the Wixons here:

Hula of Hawaii”, Tuesday, June 17, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Dancers from Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a will perform and then teach hula.”

The Charlie Brown Show”, Tuesday, June 17, 6:30PM, Tigard Library; Thursday, June 19, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Wednesday, June 25, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Thursday, June 26, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, June 26, 2PM, Banks Library; “Comedy and daring feats of juggling all rolled up into one great big guy, affectionately known as Charlie Brown. Juggling fun for the whole family!”

Presto the Magician”, Wednesday, June 18, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, June 18, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Wednesday, June 25, 10:30AM, Molalla Library gym; and Saturday, June 28, 11:30AM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Presto the Magician’s shows combine comedy, amazing magic, excitement, high energy, and audience involvement! Fun for children of all ages.”

Creative Personal Journals”, Wednesday, June 18, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “Celebrate 150 years of library services by exploring your creativity. Let your story unfold by designing a one-of-a-kind journal to record your ideas and dreams. Each participant will receive a blank journal notebook with its very own 150 logo library checkout card and pocket - just like how we used to check out books before the digital age. Participants will create a unique cover using a variety of papers, buttons and feathers. We encourage you to bring a copy of a favorite photo or picture to further personalize your book. Pens and pencils will be available so you can begin your journaling adventures!” 

Tween Messy Science Experiments”, Wednesday, June 18, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for a quick, fun, messy science experiment.” 

The Physical Comedy of Henrik Bothe”, Wednesday, June 18, 1:30PM, Estacada Library; Friday, June 20, 11AM, White Salmon Library; and Wednesday, June 25, 2PM, Washougal Library. “Welcome back Henrik Bothe for his second year of interactive comedy with juggling and unicycling!”

Charles the Clown”, Wednesday, June 18, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Bring your children in for some clowning around fun!”

Woodie Guthrie: Roll on Columbia”, Wednesday, June 18, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Join us for a multimedia program exploring the history behind the songs Woody Guthrie wrote when he worked in Oregon. Michael O'Rourke and Bill Murin will perform Guthrie's music and share a documentary film about his work with the Bonneville Power Administration in 1941.” 

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “Tad and Fry: A Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis”, Thursday, June 19, 11AM, 12:30PM and 2PM, Wilsonville Library, Friday, June 27, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “A tadpole and a fry can become friends, but what happens when they grow up? Tad and Fry are best friends, but as their bodies start to change and they grow up, their friendship is put to the test. What will happen when Tad grows legs or Fry is ready to migrate to the ocean? Tears of Joy Theatre presents this new original tale about friendship, growing up and biology through puppets, shadows and audience participation. Grab your magnifying glass and come explore your backyard stream.”

Multicultural Portland Tour”, Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, 3:30PM, departing from the Know Your City kiosk, 200 SW Ankeny St. $17. Preregistration required; register online: “While today, Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant communities have a rich and storied history. Join us for the only Portland tour to uncover our multicultural past, and learn about the remarkably diverse Old Town/ Chinatown community. Topics covered in this 2-hour walking tour include: Portland’s ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Chinatowns, the home to the second largest Chinese population in the U.S., and the fallacy of the Shanghai Tunnels, the site of Portland’s first African American community, including hotels, jazz clubs and barbershops prior to integration, ‘Nihonmachi,’ Portland’s Japan Town, and its sudden disappearance after Japanese internment during WWII. We’ll also explore the neighborhood’s roots, and how it has served as an umbrella for the LGBT community, the homeless and more. From showing the challenges, discrimination and inequality faced by Portland’s multicultural communities, to highlighting the perseverance and contributions of our city’s immigrants, Multicultural Portland is essential to understanding the city we know and love today.” 

Powell Butte Trails Walk”, Saturday, June 19, 6PM, Powell Butte Parking Lot, off SE Powell and 162nd Ave.. Pdx. 4 miles. “Hike around Powell Butte’s nature trails through forested areas and open meadows.”

Ken Iverson: Storyteller”, Thursday, June 19, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Enthusiastic storytelling of original stories, myths, and folktales from around the world.”

Elements of Fun”, Thursday, June 19, 3PM, Belmont Library. Free tickets will be given away at 2:30PM. “Leapin' Louie ties circus skills including juggling, lasso twirling, whip cracking and unicycling to science concepts in comic and fun ways. Juggling balls are molecules and sometimes they are pretty unstable. How does a whip make a cracking sound? Audience members are brought up to help demonstrate and have fun. Books are tied in and shown to encourage reading and every child receives a copy of Leapin' Louie's Best Books Ever! Leapin' Louie is an extremely energetic bundle of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus who makes children and adults get very chemically excited and laugh a lot.”

Fizz, Boom, Read Science Party!”, Thursday, June 19, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. “Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading science kickoff! Bring your kids, come explore, get dirty, and experiment together. We will be dissecting diapers, making paper helicopters, shooting off Mentos rockets, and creating mini-volcanoes!” 

“Bookaneers”, Thursday, June 19, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 6-9. “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 ‘The Mouse and the Motorcycle’ by Beverly Cleary.” 

Forensic Science: Fact vs. Fiction”, Thursday, June 19, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville. All ages. $5 suggested donation. You will know if the subject matter is appropriate for your kid. “Forensic scientists are frequently portrayed on TV as some sort of ‘crime fighters’, going to crime scenes, gathering evidence, interviewing suspects, performing a wide variety of sophisticated tests and getting the suspects to confess, all in the space of 47 minutes. The real world of forensic science is quite different. In this presentation, you will learn about how real forensic scientists do real analyses, the training and experience required for the job and some interesting ‘war stories’ about actual cases. Also the facts behind some media hype about the ‘latest drug menace’.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, June 19, 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.” 

Duct Tape Crafts”, Thursday, June 19, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 6-12. “Stop in and craft with duct tape. We’ll have craft ideas, or invent your own creation!” 

Intensive Gardening: Square Foot by Square Foot”, Thursday, June 19, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Do you want to take your vegetable gardening to the next level? An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will introduce you to the techniques used in intensive gardening that will help you to produce the most from the gardening space that you have. Topics include techniques to plant densely, vertical gardening, inter-planting techniques, succession planting, day length strategies, cultivar choices and more.” 

Forensic Fun!”, Thursday, June 19, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Become a science detective! Collect important evidence, from fingerprints and fibers to spatters and handwriting samples. Use chemistry to crack the case, then take supplies home to show your friends!”

Buster’s Red Nose Review”, Thursday, June 19, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. “A performance by Mike “Buster” Bednarek and Buster’s Red Nose Review is entertaining and engaging for all ages. Buster combines high energy, wit, grace, and zaniness.”

OMSI Presents, “Cowabunga Chemistry”, Thursday, June 19, 2PM and 3PM, North Portland Library; and Thursday, June 26, 2:30PM and 3:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given away 30 minutes before each show). Suggested for grades 1-5. “Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties: polymers.” 

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, “Anthony and Cleopatra”, Thursday, June 19, Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21, Thursday, June 26, Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE 35th Ave. and SE Oak St., Pdx. Free outdoor Shakespeare! “Describing the play as a culture clashing, political love story, director Elizabeth Huffman draws on her Arabic roots, her lifelong fascination with Roman history and an avid interest in today’s multicultural landscape to examine Shakespeare’s most complex adult love story. For this production she weaves together elements of three periods of time: the ancient world of the play, the Shakespearean world that it was written in, and the modern world that we live in now to illuminate the themes and questions embedded in the play: What happens when two powerful rulers from vastly different cultures, ideologies and political agendas dare to fall in love? Is it romantic destiny or political suicide? Have we changed the way we deal with that question today? Featuring live Arabic and contemporary music, an outstanding international cast, a mystical Soothsayer, additional text from Kahil Gibran and John Dryden’s play All for Love, combined with a stellar design team and a beautiful evening setting in the park, we are excited to share this unique production with you.”

Balloon City Experiments”, Thursday, June 19, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Monday, June 30, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “Using balloons and props, Charles and Biscuit The Dog Puppet conduct a silly but sound engineering experiment involving a pulley. Charles tells a story about a child scientist. Then, with help from the audience and lots of entertaining assistance from Biscuit, Balloon City is constructed filling the stage with balloon structures artistically placed to form a cityscape. This is a group project with hands-on audience participation.”

Juneteenth: Words Along the Way”, Thursday, June 19, 6PM, North Portland Library. “On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers brought Texans the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth, the observance of that date, has become a national celebration of freedom. Join us on the North Portland lawn as we celebrate Juneteenth with words and music under the skies.” 

Reptile Man”, Tuesday, June 17, 2PM, Main Street Park, Monmouth; Wednesday, June 18, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville; Friday, June 20, 11AM and 1PM, Forest Grove Library; Monday, June 23, 2PM and 4PM, Camas Library, Camas WA; Tuesday, June 24, 3:30PM, Mt. Angel Library; Wednesday, June 25, 11AM, 1PM and 7PM, Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium (tickets required); Thursday, June 26, 1:30PM, Woodburn Library; Thursday, June 26, 7PM, Silver Falls Library. The Reptile Man has an awesome show with many great animals. Highly recommended!

Summer Solstice”, Friday, June 20, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year by going on an evening guided walk in the park. We’ll talk about what creates seasons, cultural celebrations for summer solstice from around the world, and discover the highlights of the forest this season.” 

Tigard Festival of Balloons”, Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Ave., Tigard. Entrance is at the Swim Center parking lot and costs $5. Walk to the festival grounds or ride a shuttle for $1 per person. Admission is $7 for a 3-day pass, or $5 in advance on their website beginning June 2: Every day of the festival, weather permitting, there will be hot air balloon launches at 5:45AM, and they should have 21 balloons this year! Visitors will be able to get up close to watch them launch. Every evening, weather permitting, the balloons will be anchored at the festival and illuminated for a Night Glow. They will give updates on their Facebook page: which you definitely must check before attending a launch or Night Glow. The FAA has to give approval for each launch based on wind and weather conditions, so you cannot assume it will happen until the announcement is made roughly a half hour before the scheduled launch. The festival itself, with carnival style attractions and rides, does not open until well after the launches are over, and vendors will be minimal, so bring your own thermos of hot drinks, donuts, etc. 

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle admission. “Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover fun activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, or make safe cleaners out of vinegar. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park's many recreational activities.”

Dive In Movie”, Friday, June 20, 6PM, Harman Swim Center, 7300 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton. $4 per person or $16 per family. “Join us at the Harman Swim Center for our Dive In Movie, where we will be showing Disney's Frozen on the big screen while you swim. This will be a special open swim on Friday, June 20th starting at 6pm. There will be noodles, tubes, and floating logs for everyone to use in order to stay afloat to watch the movie. There will also be a few chairs set up out on deck, if you want to get out of the water for a bit.”

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays, June 20 through August 22, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. $20 per session for adult and child pair, $10 for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office before attending. “Come as a family and play with clay! Includes glazes, firings, and 5 lbs. of clay. Use of potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.”

Jammin’ With Johnny”, Friday, June 20, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “Johnny performs original songs, as well as some old-time folk favorites for children (and their grown-ups!). The program is filled with sing-a-longs, movement, humor, and energy.”

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival”, Friday, June 20, 2PM-11PM, Saturday, June 21, 7AM-10PM, and Sunday, June 22, 7AM-4PM, Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria. Admission 3 day buttons $8 adults, $3 children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. “The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over forty years. The Festival takes place typically on the 3rd full weekend of June. The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.”

***Hooray!  Summer Solstice Saturday June 21***

Year-Round Vegetable Gardening”, Saturday, June 21, 10:30AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Many gardeners forget that summer is the time to plan and plant their fall and winter gardens. Extend your garden’s productivity by learning the process of vegetable gardening for the fall and winter. Topics include bed preparation, what to plant and when, season extending techniques, and when to harvest.” 

Scapoose Bay Watershed Festival and Community Paddle”, Saturday, June 21, 10AM, Scappoose Bay Marina, 57420 Old Portland Rd., Warren, OR. Festival from 10AM-4PM with pony rides, games, bake sale, bounce house and educational activities. Free. Paddle for ages 5 and up. Preregistration for the paddle required; register online: “The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership invites you to join us on our canoes this summer! Come aboard and help paddle our 34-foot, 16-passenger canoes, led by Estuary Partnership Educators. Enjoy the wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective. No paddling experience is necessary. All ages 5 and up welcome. Big canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided by the Estuary Partnership.”

Food Cart Revolution- By Bike!”, Saturday, June 21, 10AM, meeting at the corner of SW 10th and Alder downtown, and ending at Mississippi Marketplace on N. Mississippi and Shaver. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Ever wondered how 750 food carts managed to occupy parking lots, vacant lots and other random places around Portland? Join Know Your City on a two-hour bicycle tour to discover how Portland fostered this unique – and delicious – model of micro-entrepreneurship. ‘Cartopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution’ author Kelly Rodgers will lead the tour, beginning in downtown (where it all began) and ending in North Portland, cruising past many carts and pods that illustrate the evolution of the food cart wonder of Portland.” 

Illustrator Talk, “Nicole Rubel”, Saturday, June 21, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Illustrator Nicole Rubel hosts a party for the 38th birthday of her beloved creation, who is up to no good once again in his latest adventure, ‘Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family’. Festivities include decorating tasty Rotten Ralph cookies, crafting red Ralph, furry finger puppets, and making Ralph birthday cards! Nicole will read ‘Rotten Ralph’ and draw new Ralph adventures for the children!”

Bird Hike with Graham Klag”, Saturday, June 21, 1PM, Forest Park, Saltzman Road Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Listen up to the soundtrack of Forest Park on this guided hike and learn to identify birds by their songs.” 

Vancouver Police Department Community Open House”, Saturday, June 21, 12PM-5PM, Vancouver Police East Precinct, 520 SE 155th Ave., Vancouver. Free. “Join us at the Vancouver Police East Precinct for an afternoon of fun and the opportunity to meet your police department! The event will include specialty vehicle displays, a K9 demonstration, precinct tours and fun at Gretchen Fraser Neighborhood Park (next to the police precinct)!”

Juneteenth Oregon Parade and Festival”, Saturday, June 21, 12PM-9PM, Legacy Emanuel Hospital Field, N. Williams Ave. and Graham St., Pdx. Free. “Celebrating 149 years! The path to freedom from Africa to America. Parade at 11AM on MLK Blvd. starting at N. Jarrett St., Children’s activities, marketplace, music, meet historic people. This is a family-friendly rain or shine event.”

WWII Reenactors- 249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B”, Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, Ft. Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Interact with the living history group representing one of several regimental batteries that served at Fort Stevens during WW II. At Battery Pratt, which houses our unique 6-inch Rifle on a Disappearing Carriage, observe the gun crew go through their practice firing drills.” On Saturday: “A solemn ceremony commemorating the surprise attack on Fort Stevens, at Battery Russell, that occurred June 21, 1942. Join us as we honor the continued peace we share with the nation of Japan. Historic information and live presenter available from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.”

Warm Springs Regalia: Traditional Wasco Beadwork”, Saturday, June 21, 12PM-2PM, Milo McIver State Park. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Roberta Kirk will demonstrate and explain how to create traditional Wasco beadwork, used to adorn powwow regalia and other ritual items. A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, Kirk – whose Wasco name is H’Klumaiyat – started sewing and beading as a young girl. She continues to do beadwork and to design traditional clothing for men, women and children. Her program will feature a display of her intricate and beautiful handiwork.”

Meet the Mustangs”, Saturday, June 21, 10AM-2PM, Wild Horse Mountain Ranch, 27400 SW Ladd Hill Rd., Sherwood. Wild Horse Mountain Ranch receives wild mustangs from the BLM and operates a therapeutic riding program. “Our annual fundraiser for our 501c3--complete with lots of hands on horse opportunities, grooming arts, crafts, demos, tours and more! Come learn about each of the mustangs and burros an Wild Horse Mountain Ranch. One day of Amazing horse fun!”

Painted Turtle Walk”, Saturday, June 21, 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N Marine Dr., Pdx. $6 per adults, $11 per family. 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.” 

Let’s Go Birding: Bird Survey”, Saturday, June 21, 9AM, Ft. Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russell. “Come join Fort Stevens State Park on our monthly 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. 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.”

Preserve the Harvest”, Saturday, June 21, 10AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Canning and Food Preservation Workshop with Clark County WSU Extension Service Master Canners and Preservers. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran canner, this is one class you won't want to miss!” 

Dutch Oven Cookoff”, Saturday, June 21, 11AM-4PM, with judging at 1PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “:Authentic history and Dutch oven cooking combine for the perfect day to visit the Philip Foster Farm. Come for a taste, or sign up to compete in the cookoff. Guests are welcome to visit, watch the competition, and learn from contestants.” Details here:

Backyard Composting”, Saturday, June 21, 10AM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Praire, WA. 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.” 

Reception, “Nostalgia for Skateboarding: Antiques, Art, and Oddities from the collection of Cal Skate and Friends”, Saturday, June 21, 1PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. Exhibition runs June 11 through August 6. “Cal Skate Skateboards, one of the world's oldest skateboard shops, presents a collection of antiques and ephemera, from the earliest skateboards to the latest local products. While skateboarding has become a global industry, it has also always been hand-made and personalized. Surveying the history of modern skateboards, we will have a special focus on Oregon's place in the evolution of skateboarding. Celebrate ‘Go Skateboarding Day’. View the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments.” 

Gardening Naturally”, Saturday, June 21, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Work with nature instead of fighting against it. Local earth design artist Amy Whitworth will offer simple techniques for growing low-maintenance gardens, including hydrozoning, mulching, choosing plant placement and reducing both fertilizers and pesticides. Learn how birds and insects can enhance vegetable yields.” 

The Physics of Toys Workshop: Rubber Band Race Cars”, Saturday, June 21, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard (preregistration required; Please email or call 503.431.2088 and provide a parent's name, how many children attending, plus the parent's email and phone number); Saturday, June 21, 2PM, Clackamas Town Center Mall, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx (preregistration required; call 503-786-3464); Saturday, June 21, 3PM, Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Beaverton (Preregistration required; call Katie at 503-645-3046); Saturday, June 28, 11AM, Barnes and Noble, 1317 Lloyd Center, Pdx (preregistration required; email; and Saturday, June 28, 3PM, Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE Forth Plain Blvd., Vancouver (preregistration required; email or call 360-253-9007). Free. Suggested for ages 7 and up. “Learn the cool aspects of physics by building your own speeding race car!” 

Summer Solstice Celebration”, Saturday, June 21, 9PM, Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart State Parks, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party! 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 Mars, Saturn, 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.”

Master Gardener Series: Xeriscaping”, Saturday, June 21, 1PM, Gladstone Library. Xeriscaping is a landscape design that does not need watering. 

Russian Folk Art Plates”, Saturday, June 21, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Lyubov Romanava. “Who says that Russian art can't be simple and easy for kids? Bring your children to this class to learn simple techniques and styles of Russian folk art. Each participant will paint their very own Russian art paper plate.” 

Art ala Carte”, Saturday, June 21, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Art ala Carte turned restaurant salad bars into art bars for an ‘all you can make’ art experience. Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of seemingly endless supplies: everything from pom-poms, feathers and glitter, to bottle caps, CDs and army men. Kids create at their own pace as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces.” 

Pollination Celebration”, Saturday, June 21, 10AM, Howell Territorial Park, 13901 NW Howell Park Rd., Pdx. $10 requested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Come meet these hard working friends of the farm at Pollination Celebration, our annual event in support of National Pollinator Week. Pollination Celebration, which will be held on the grounds of Howell Territorial Park and the Sauvie Island Organics farm on 6/21 from 10 am to noon, will offer guests a sneak peak into the world of pollinators, the challenges they face and the important role pollinators play in our food supply. In addition to Sauvie Island Center’s own staff, subject matter experts from our official event partner The Xerces Society and Metro will be on hand for the celebration. Through interactive games and a pollinator scavenger hunt guests will learn about bee habitats and attracting pollinators. Using kid-sized magnifying glasses we’ll take a close-up look at how bees use their bodies to gather pollen. Magnifying glasses will also help attendees see how flowers and plants attract pollinators and facilitate the pollination process. Kids will even have the chance to play the role of a pollinator, transferring pollen from one plant to another. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, enjoy the grounds of Howell Territorial Park and visit one of the many neighboring u-pick berry farms on Sauvie Island.” 

Cemetery Saga Tour”, Saturday, June 21, 3PM, Champoeg State Park, meeting at the Visitor Center. $20 plus $5 day use fee per vehicle. Preregistration required; call 503-678-1251, ext.221 “Love a good history lesson and ghost story? Join us for one of our most popular events, which takes you to area cemeteries and back in time to hear tales of long ago from the people who lived them! Individuals from the historic Champoeg era, ordinary and extraordinary, are presented by costumed actors in ‘first person’ portrayals. The theme for this year’s fundraiser is ‘Healing on the French Prairie’ with vignettes highlighting experiences related to pioneer health and healing. The event, a tour by bus, leaves from the Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor’s Center and visits cemeteries at Butteville and St. Paul where multiple ‘persons’ appear at each location. The 90 minute (approx.) tour ends with strawberry shortcake served in the restored Donald Manson 1860’s barn at Champoeg Park.” 

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Twelfe Night”, Sunday, June 22, 1PM, Kenton Park, 2133 N Willis Blvd., Pdx. Free.

Pollen Unearths a Hidden Garden”, Sunday, June 22, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Recent archaeological investigations at the site of the Hudson’s Bay Company Garden have provided information about what plant species were being grown and where. This talk will discuss the history of the Garden, and then illustrate how these conclusions could be reached when there is no garden left to be seen. Elaine Dorset has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and is a National Park Service archaeologist working at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Her thesis project focused on the archaeological testing conducted in 2005 and 2006 at the site of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Garden at Fort Vancouver.”

Fort Vancouver Rose Show”, Sunday, June 22, 1PM-4PM, Vancouver First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver. Free. “The competitors roses are all grown at home in the greater Washington and Oregon areas.”

Lost South Portland Tour with Polina Olsen”, Sunday, June 22, 11AM, meeting at NW College of Neuropathic Medicine, 49 SW Porter St. $17. Preregistration required; register online: “Although today it may not be readily apparent, South Portland has rich, fascinating and contested history that is all but little-known to many Portlanders. In the early 1900′s, thousands of Jewish and Italian immigrants settled in close-knit community, with Kosher butcher shops, Italian delis, benevolent societies, bocce ball courts, and a religious life that boasted seven synagogues and an Italian church. By the late 1960’s, the area turned into Portland’s counter-culture epicenter, with coffeehouses, folk music and bygone business such as the beloved Psychedelic Supermarket, which provided political information and free food to area youth. Join resident author and historian Polina Olsen as she shows us both the history of the area and the neighborhood as it is today. Olsen will tell us how the city’s massive urban renewal efforts shaped the area, pointing out reminders of the way life used to be. The tour will also include a short talk by Richard Falaschetti, who will relay stories about some of Lair Hill’s institutions, such as St. Michael the Archangel Church and Neighborhood House.” 

Food Science”, Monday, June 23, 10:30PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 2-12. “Build up your appetite for learning as with experiment with things from the kitchen! Drop-in.” 

All About Honeybees”, Monday, June 23, 6:30PM, Camas Library, Camas, WA. “Learn about the life-cycle of honeybees, their products, and how they help us. Charles Bennett, Beekeeper Instructor for the Clark County Beekeepers, will be the presenter.” 

Dragon Theater Puppets Present, “Little Bugs, Big World”, Monday, June 23, 4:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Thursday, June 26, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “A little lady bug meets a caterpillar and together they decide to travel the world, visiting bugs from all sorts of countries. While on their journey, they have to be very careful of the sneaky spider Mr. S., who is out to catch the reading bugs! Will they be caught in his web, or will the adventure lead them back home safely? Find out in this thrilling puppet show performed by Dragon Theater.”

Clay Animated Music Video Release and Art Show”, Monday, June 23, 8PM, Crystal Ballroom, Lola’s Room, 1332 W. Burnside, Pdx. Free. All ages. “Punk Rock Mondays is your no-frills, no-cover, all-ages punk show.”

Rick Huddle Presents, “Pirates Have Feelings, Too”, Tuesday, June 24, 11AM, Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls; Thursday, June 26, 11AM, Garden Home Library; “Set off on a pirate ship with comedian-musician Rick Huddle and get marooned on a desert island. Free and all ages.”

Your Grandmother’s Cookbook: A Century of Oregon Eating, 1880-1980”, Tuesday, June 24, 6:30PM, Edgefield, Power Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages welcome. “The changes in what Oregonians ate, and how they prepared it, are visible in our regional cookbooks and recipes. Hear about oyster stew in Klamath Falls, cherry salad in Salem, 657 potato recipes from Powell Butte, and shrimp Louis in Portland. The talk is deliciously illustrated.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Tuesday, June 24, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library; Thursday, June 26, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; and Monday, June 30, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. Presented by Angel Ocasio. “This very funny and whacky show brings a comedy twist to juggling, object balancing and magic tricks.”

US Military Patches”, Tuesday, June 24, 7PM, Lake Oswego 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.”

TreeTalk: Heritage Bike Ride”, Tuesday, June 24, 6PM, meeting at Esther Short Park, W. 6th and Columbia St., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; contact 360-487-8308 or email “Join Vancouver Urban Forestry at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 24, for a leisurely tour of the City's finest Heritage Trees. Beginning and ending at Esther Short Park, this tour will visit 10 of Vancouver's most celebrated Heritage Trees on an enjoyable four-mile guided bicycle ride. Learn about these amazing trees and the legacies that connect us all to the history of our region as the tour stops at each tree. Participants on the ride must wear helmets and respect traffic laws.”

Ropin’, Ridin’ and Racin’: Colorful Life At and Around Oregon’s Rodeos and Horse Tracks”, Tuesday, June 24, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Dave Berman, veteran performer and horse trainer."

Touch Painting”, Tuesday, June 24, 1PM, Holgate Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); and Wednesday, June 25, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “The experience of touch painting allows the artist to explore the wonders of art through touch and movement. Utilizing a print-making type process, artists use their fingers to draw on paper. The pressure of touch forms an image that can be seen when the paper is lifted off the paint surface. Each student will create several images which can be enhanced by brushing on additional paint if desired. Students will use their touch painting to decorate jars to create one-of-a-kind candle holders or vases to take home. Because we will be working with paint, you may want to bring an old shirt to cover your clothing.”

Anime Club”, Tuesday, June 24, 6PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 6-12. “Chill out with other anime fanatics while you eat snacks, watch anime, and master surprise anime activities!” 

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Tuesday, June 24, 2PM, outside at the Capitol Hill 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.”

Planning and Planting for Year-Round Harvests”, Tuesday, June 24, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Master Gardener Tim Lanfri will present planting techniques for growing food year-around, including the planting plan, timing your plantings, succession plantings, fall and winter growing techniques and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse.” 

What’s Inside Your Robot?”, Tuesday, June 24, 2PM, Woodstock Library. ““What makes a robot tick? Here’s a hint: It’s not what you think!” Inspired by Heather Brown’s engaging ‘The Robot Book’, join us for a dynamic, hands-on workshop to assemble and decorate a robot of your own! Our robots will definitely need bolts and screws, gears and gadgets – but they will also need hearts! Young roboticists and their families are invited to participate in a rousing reading of The Robot Book and then draw, paste and decorate your very own moveable paper robot! Facilitated by artist and educator Anya Hankin. All materials provided.” 

Twilight Tuesday at Cooper Mountain”, Tuesday, June 24, 7PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $10 per person. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “Twilight is a magical time. Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley on a stealthy dusk hike to search for wildlife in the park. Magnificent vistas from atop the mountain will also give us a chance to spot the moon and bright planets in the summer sky. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “You’re Electric”, Tuesday, June 24, 10AM, Hoodland Library, Welches; Thursday, June 26, 10AM, Sandy Library; Thursday, June 26, 2PM, Stevenson Library; and Thursday, June 26, 2PM, North Portland Library. Suggested for all ages. “A puppet show about the history, science, invention and safety behind electricity. Topics include the light bulb, how batteries work, how to stay safe around electricity, and our own bodies and how they use electrical responses. Features characters like Thomas Edison, Nikolai Tesla, Albert Einstein and more!”

Cartooning for Kids”, Tuesday, June 24, 3PM, Northwest Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Bring out the best of your child’s imagination through cartooning. Kids will draw colorful cartoon pictures using an easy to follow step by step process. Participants will learn the fundamentals of drawing and develop an understanding of line, shape, color, and shading. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome!”

Brad Clark”, Tuesday, June 24, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Around the World in 8 Stories and Songs with Brad Clark. All ages.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Friendly Little Unicorn”, Wednesday, June 25, 3PM, “The Little Unicorn becomes friends with a dragon. But the friendship makes a Troll jealous. The Troll sends insulting letters to the other dragons and unicorns to try and break up the friendship. The Little Unicorn must team up with her little dragon friend to stop the Troll and re-unite the kingdom.”

Summer Weed Identification Workshop”, Wednesday, June 25, 6PM, Linnemann Station, 3804 West Powell Loop, Gresham. Free. “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 summer weeds. Learn to identify and report new invaders before they become a problem.”

Christopher Leebrick”, Wednesday, June 25, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; and Thursday, June 26, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Storyteller extraordinaire Christopher Leebrick brings stories from around the world for an Explosion of Stories!”

Planning and Planting for Year-Round Harvests”, Wednesday, June 25, 6:30PM, Washington County Fairgrounds Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Hillsboro. Free. “If you are interested in harvesting fresh vegetables every month of the year, this class is for you! Join us to learn great planting techniques for growing food year round. Tim will discuss making a planting plan, timing your plantings, succession plantings, fall and winter growing techniques, and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse.”

Bend Magic”, Wednesday, June 25, 10:30AM, La Center Library; and Wednesday, June 25, 2PM, Woodland Library. “Fizz, Boom, Read! The magic of science with gravity defying experiments, fun with dry ice, interesting facts and incredible magic combine for a fun-filled experience!” 

Birding at the Clackamas River”, Wednesday, June 25, 9AM. Free. “Join Audubon Society leaders Mary Ratcliff and Caroline and Richard Arnold to look for birds along the beautiful Clackamas River. We’ll meet in Estacada and carpool to two lovely spots to look for breeding birds that nest in the area. Meet in parking lot at Mossy Rock (a gift shop) at 398 S Broadway St, Estacada, OR, 97023. No signup required.”

Bubbleology”, Wednesday, June 25, 2PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. “Learn how bubbles are formed and some tricks on how to make them last!” 

Author Talk, “Peg Willis”, Wednesday, June 25, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Building the Columbia River Highway”. “When nine-hundred-foot ice age floods carved the Columbia River Gorge through the Cascade Mountains to the sea, little space was left for man to form a highway of his own. It took an artist-poet-engineer extraordinaire to conquer this reluctant piece of real estate and produce the nation's first scenic highway. Meet Sam Hill, the mover and shaker, and Samuel Lancaster, the polio survivor, who turned modern engineering on its ear to create a ‘poem in stone.’ Today, Oregon's historic Columbia River Highway is hidden among the trees, where it meanders past spectacular waterfalls and dramatic views. Ride along with Peg Willis as she explores the beginnings of this miracle highway and the men who created it.” 

Painted Paper Collage”, Thursday, June 26, 3PM, Belmont Library. Free tickets will be given away at 2:30PM. 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.” 

Broadway Rose Theater Presents, “The Music Man”, Thursday, June 26, through July 20, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Ages 7 and up. Ticket prices vary. “A sparkling homage to a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans are foiled when he falls for spirited Marian (the librarian), who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. With songs such as ‘Seventy-Six Trombones,’ ‘Till There Was You,’ and ‘Lida Rose,’ this award-winning classic boasts a brilliant, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads that have earned a place among musical theater’s most cherished standards.” 

Science Circus”, Thursday, June 26, 11AM, 12:30PM and 2PM, Wilsonville Library; and Wednesday, June 25, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. Juggler Extraordinaire Rhys Thomas blends science with comedy in a show the Smithsonian Institution called ‘Wonderful!’.”

The Truths We Hold: Poetry and Lessons of the Declaration of Independence”, Thursday, June 26, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr, Oregon City. Quarterly meeting of the Clackamas County Historical Society. “Presented by Wendy Willis, poet, essayist, and national leader in civic engagement and collaborative governance. She serves as executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization housed at Portland State University and devoted to improving democratic governance. As Americans, we often refer to ourselves as a ‘constitutional republic,’ and we are engaged in ongoing public and heated debates about the meaning and interpretation of the Constitution. What we don’t often talk about, however, is our second founding document: the Declaration of Independence. If the constitution speaks to the head, the Declaration, particularly the first three paragraphs, speaks to the heart and to the body; if the Constitution is prose, the Declaration is poetry. Wendy Willis will challenge participants to consider the history and legacy of the Declaration of Independence and to ask themselves: What does the Declaration of Independence have to offer us as twenty-first century Americans?” 

Build a Catapult”, Thursday, June 26, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Build your own catapult! 

Author Talk, “Janet Fisher”, Thursday, June 26, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Janet Fisher reads from her book, “A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin”. “After leaving home at a young age and defying her parents to marry the dashing Garrett Maupin, Martha Maupin's future became bound up with some of the most extraordinary events in antebellum American history, eventually leading to her journey to a new life on the Oregon Trail. After Garrett Maupin died in 1866, leaving her alone on the frontier with their many children, Martha Maupin was torn between grief and relief after a difficult marriage. Lone mothers had few options in her day, but she took charge of her own dream and bought her own place, which is now one of the few Century Farms in Oregon named for a woman. ‘A Place of Her Own’ is the story of the author's great-great-grandmother's daring decision to buy that farm on the Oregon frontier after the death of her husband--and story of the author's own decision to keep that farm in the family. Janet Fisher's journey into the past to uncover her own family history as she worked to keep the property interweaves with the tales from her ancestors' lives during the years leading up to the Mexican-American War in the East and her great-great-grandmother's harrowing journey across the Oregon Trail with her young family and finally tells the tale of Martha's courageous decision to strike out on her own in Oregon.” 

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Thursday, June 26, 2PM, Green Mountain Library Express, 12105 NE Grinnell Rd., Woodland, WA. “Up, Up and Away -The Mad Scientist will dazzle you with a series of experiments using the awesome power of gas.” 

The Amazing Acro-Cats”, Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29, Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th St., Pdx. $24. Okay, that’s a lot, but you get to see trained cats! Hey, I’d pay good money for that. “The Imago Theatre (17 SE 8th St. Portland, OR 97214) welcomes Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats. The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. Alley, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. But wait there's more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE the Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes - Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her band really steal the show with their own style of original music. There is even a chicken, Cluck Norris, on cymbal and tambourine! Samantha Martin, Chief Executive Human (or CEH for short) for the Amazing Acro-Cats, challenges the idea that ‘cats can't be trained.’ Tuna and the gang are real house cats who have learned all their skills through something called clicker training. The shows include a demonstration of a cat learning some basic tricks using this method that focuses on positive reinforcement only. Although she has studied and worked with many species, today Martin's primary focus is on cats. Training builds richer and more meaningful relationships between animals and humans and it can save time and lives in emergencies. A lifelong fascination and unique bond with animals motivated Martin to study and earn her degree in animal husbandry and behavioral sciences. A portion of the Acro-Cats' tickets sales is donated to feline shelter and rescue organizations. Martin advocates adoption from these organizations. Over the past four years, Martin has also purr-sonally found homes for over 130 cats and kittens and continues to take fosters on the road and help them find their furr-ever homes.” 

Puckett Family Magic”, Thursday, June 26, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “The Pucketts are a family of Illusionists - wonder and be amazed.”

Nature Mobile”, Friday, June 27, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-12. “Discover nature and science through games and hands-on activities hosted by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. Topics change every week. On the library lawn.” 

Mo Phillips”, Friday, June 27, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “High energy music show with a lot of dancing, movement and imagination. A ‘Fizz, Boom, Read!’ song will be created by the audience.”

A-WOL Dance Collective”, Friday, June 27, 7PM, and Saturday, June 28, 12PM, Director Park, Lower Terrace, SW Park Ave. at Yamhill St. Free. “A-WOL Dance Collective returns this summer with a 30 minute aerial show performed by their second company, A-WOL Flyco. Come enjoy a theatrical presentation filled with aerial dance and acrobatic movements.”

Oregon Birdman”, Friday, June 27, 12PM, Yale Library Express, 11842 Lewis River Rd., Ariel, WA. “Features some incredible and critically-endangered species of parrots!”

Jay Frasier- Magician”, Friday, June 27, 3PM, Goldendale Library. “Magic, puppetry, balloon sculpting, storytelling and juggling! Be engaged by this funny, entertaining and interactive magic show.”

Author Talk, “Tai Moses”, Friday, June 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Tai Moses presents “Zooburbia”. “To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in ‘Zooburbia’. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with wild creatures, and recognize the small and large ways animals enrich our lives, yet don’t notice the animals already around us. ‘Zooburbia’ reveals the reverence that can be felt in the presence of animals and shows how that reverence connects us to a deeper, better part of ourselves. A lively blend of memoir, natural history, and mindfulness practices, ‘Zooburbia’ makes the case for being mindful and compassionate stewards — and students — of the wildlife with whom we coexist. With lessons on industriousness, perseverance, presence, exuberance, gratitude, aging, how to let go, and much more, Tai's vignettes share the happy fact that none of us is alone — our teachers are right in front of us. We need only go outdoors to find a rapport with the animal kingdom. ‘Zooburbia’ is a magnifying lens turned to our everyday environment.” 

Concert, “Koral Jam”, Saturday, June 28, 2PM, Tigard Library. “The five-member band Koral Jam shares the Aloha spirit through music. This Hawaiian band also performs a wide variety of music from country to rock'n'roll, disco to reggae and other contemporary selections.” 

Discover the Rythms of Ghana”, Saturday, June 28, 11:30AM, Midland Library. “Shi Dah performs Ghanaian drumming, dance, songs and rhythms in traditional clothing. The audience will have the opportunity to dance, drum and discover the rhythms of Ghana in this interactive celebration.” 

OHEN 2014 Homeschool Convention”, Saturday, June 28, 8:30AM- 5:30PM, Valley Catholic High School, 4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton. $25 in advance. A secular, all- inclusive homeschool convention for homeschoolers and anyone thinking about homeschooling. Workshops, a curriculum sale, vendors, keynote speaker director Jeremy Stuart of “Class Dismissed”, cool workshops for kids 6 and up, and childcare available by reservation for kids 5 and under. “The Uncommon Core”. “What goals do you have for your child as a homeschooling parent? How can you make sure you are providing the best preparation for the future? Do the government-set standards and benchmarks for education have relevance for you in your homeschooling journey? Or do you feel like you have to re-invent the wheel? Where do you find the resources and support you need in our rapidly changing society? Join us to explore these and other questions, connect up with other homeschoolers, and get your questions answered!” Highly recommended! Only every two years, so don’t miss it! 

Treat Day”, Saturday, June 28, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. “Treat Day is the time we get to let loose, and have some fun. Cookies, Cakes, Scones, Muffins, and even doggie biscuits are likely to turn up. Our volunteers will whip up their favorite goodies and we will be sharing them with our visitors. There will be plenty of coffee and milk to wash down those cookies. We like to share our recipes, too.”

Tamanawas Family Hike”, Saturday, June 28, 8:30AM-5PM, meeting at Whole Foods at 2825 E. Burnside St., Pdx. Free. 3.5 miles, 500’ elevation gain, moderate, family friendly. Preregistration required; register online: “Great Old Broads for Wilderness and Oregon Wild are partnering up to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Join us for a family-oriented, educational hike on the proposed Wilderness area on the east side of Mt. Hood. The 4-mile round trip, moderately paced hike with only a mild elevation gain follows Cold Spring Creek up the canyon to the magnificent waterfalls. Along the way we will study the map of the area, hear the history of the naming of the falls, sit beside the stream and pay attention to the unique mix of eastside-westside forest. Parent(s) must accompany their children. This educational hike is especially suitable for grade school age children. Meet at Whole Foods at 28th and Burnside. Parking is available in the surrounding residential area. Bring a day pack, water, and lunch. Be sure to wear hiking boots or tennis shoes and bring sunscreen. We will carpool but be prepared to drive your car.”

Habitat Hike with Marcy Houle”, Saturday, June 28, 1PM, Forest Park, Wildwood Trail via NW Newberry Rd., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Forest Park has more ‘Interior Forest Habitat’ than any city park in the United States. This natural feature has been deemed Forest Park’s most valuable natural resource. Learn what Interior Forest Habitat is, and why it is crucial to preserve.” 

Let’s Go Birding- Early Morning Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 28, 8AM, Ft. Stevens State Park, meeting at the Peter Iredale Parking Lot. “This hike along the DeLaura Dune Trail will lead through pine forest, sand dunes and a wetland mitigation pond.”

The Sketchbook Project”, Saturday, June 28, 12PM-4PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Yamill St., Pdx. Free. “The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of thousands of crowd sourced sketchbooks form around the world. The event is free, open to the public, and family friendly. Our mission is to grow and share the world's largest collection of sketchbooks. To date there are over 30,000 books in the collection.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Taming of the Shrew”, Saturday, June 28, 2PM, Washington Park, Pdx; and Sunday, June 29, 2PM, Cathedral Park, N. Edison St. and Pittsburg Ave., under the St. Johns Bridge, Pdx.

Recycled Arts Festival”, Saturday, June 28, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, June 29 10AM-4PM, Esther Short Park, W. 6th and Columbia St., Vancouver. Free. “Artists will display and sell art designed from reused and reclaimed materials, such as metal, glass and porcelain garden art, recycled paper books and cards, reclaimed turned wood sculpture, jewelry and clocks made from old vinyl records and reclaimed bicycle tires and gears, and tin can lanterns and birdfeeders. Live music, from steel drums to Zydeco, will be on stage throughout the weekend. Both days will feature a juggling stilt walker, storyteller Will Hornyak, an opportunity for children to learn circus tricks on the lawn and a chance to create their own recycled art. Jugglemania will present a stage show both days and perform throughout the park during festival hours. Eartha the Clown will be in attendance with her cockatoo, Major. The popular Tossed and Found Experience will return to the festival this year. The display consists of reusable items ‘rescued’ from garbage transfer stations. Festival-goers can browse this display all day Saturday and Sunday in the large tent in front of the Salmon Run Bell Tower. Items will be available for purchase at local area thrift shops after the festival.”

Iranian Festival”, Saturday, June 28, 12PM-7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. Partake in an Iranian tea house and join in an evening dance party. Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent culture.”

Wild Edibles”, Saturday, June 28, 2PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Building community resilience through knowledge of wild foods with Lori Loranger. Free Food! It's above us in the trees and beneath our feet everywhere we walk in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. From pine needles to dandelions and daylilies to burdock roots, these nutritious plant foods are available year-round. Learn how to recognize and use the bountiful supply of natural plant foods in our area to enjoy any time and to help sustain us in the event of a food emergency in our community.” 

Historic Albina Walk”, Saturday, June 28, 9AM, Irving Park, NE 9th Ave. and Fremont St., Pdx. 3 miles. “Irving Park, NE 9th and Fremont. “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.”

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History”, Saturday, June 28, 3PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room A. “Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. This is the focus of “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History,” a free conversation with Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha.”

Floreo de Soga”, Saturday, June 28, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Free tickets will be given away at 11:30AM. “With grace and finesse, the Mendoza family presents traditional rope maneuvers and bailables of charros (Mexican cowboys) that have been passed on for generations. The performers wear traditional gear and clothing while demonstrating rope skills and tricks. Between demonstrations, they perform ballet folklórico including El Gavilán and La Bruja in traditional dress.” 

Journey from Baghdad to Cordoba”, Saturday, June 28, 3PM, North Portland Library. “Join the Al-Andalus Ensemble in celebrating a cultural journey of music and dance -- beginning in the ancient Middle East and ending centuries later with exuberant flamenco in medieval Spain. At this interactive performance, participants will learn the language of the fan, join in with palmas (rhythmic clapping), and conclude with a rousing group rumba. Performance on the North Portland Library lawn.”

Skosh (a little) Japanese Festival III”, Saturday, June 28, 10AM-4PM, Main City Park, 219 S. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. “Celebrate the reopening of the Gresham Japanese Garden, Tsuru (Crane) Island, during the annual celebration Skosh ("a little") Japanese Festival III from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Gresham's Main City Park. Experience a tea ceremony, cooking demonstrations, bonsai, origami, garden tours to see the beaver dam, plant sale, and more.”

World Beat Festival”, Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, Riverfront Park, Salem. $5 per person or $15 per family suggested donation. “Celebrate and explore culture at Oregon’s largest multicultural event all year.
30,000 visitors, 125 performances, 70 cultures, 9 stages, 1 world!” “Dance with Kealuala from Hawaii, Bollywood from India, Ceili of the Valley from Ireland, Japanese O-Bon, the bolero with Romance. Taste Filipino lumpia, French crepes, Nepali momos (potstickers), New Orleans beignets, alligator gumbo, Somali chicken in beri-beri sauce, lamb gyros with tzadziki and feta, Vietnamese fried coconut rice and Chinese sausage. Listen to Bongo Love Afrobeat, Willamette Falls 55-piece symphony, eSwara classical Indian music, Scottish bagpipes, Gamelan Pandhawa Indonesian percussion, and Saturday night headliners To Life! Experience Nigerian hair braiding, help make the Swedish mahstang (maypole), watch Samoan fire-dancing, try classical fencing, discuss the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, explore the Middle East culture tent, buy Chinese jade, meet a Bhutanese lama, and cheer on the dragon boat races. Plenty for kids. Take part in the Children’s Parade 10am Saturday. Pick up a Passport at the entry and collect stamps from around the world. Great performances by and for children. Activity tents in every village. Make Samburu necklaces and Anansi spider stones in Africa. Create Peruvian friendship bracelets and piñata parties in The Americas. Build a Dutch windmill and play wurfkastinien in Europe. Try tinikling (a Philippine jumping game) in Asia. Meet locals from Ireland, Vietnam, Iu Mienh, The Marshall Islands, Rwanda, Cambodia, Scotland, Ecuador, Zambia, Japan, Aztec, Samoan, the Middle East, the Philippines and many more. Celebrate your heritage by showing us where you are from on our huge World Map. Discover our focus culture of Germany – food, music, dance, traditions, wines, and more.” Schedule and complete details here: 

Classroom Discovery Days”, Saturday, June 28, 11:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Slugs are special creature here at Tryon and this discovery day will be de voted to learning all about these slimy gastropods. How do they eat, how do they breathe, how many types of slime do they have, and what do they really feel like? Come see what all the slimy fun is about after joining OPRD for their slug hike from 10:00 – 11:30. 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.”

Elowah and Upper McCord Falls Hike”, Saturday, June 28, 9:30AM-3PM, Columbia River Gorge, OR. Free. Easy 1.5 miles, 280’ elevation gain, 450’ with optional Upper McCord addition). Preregistration required; register online: “Join Environmental Educator Andy Bauer on this educational hike to the base of hidden Elowah Falls. At 220 feet tall it is one of the largest and least visited waterfalls in the Gorge. Along the way participants will use their eyes and ears to hunt for native plants and animals on a scavenger hunt and use magnifying glasses to find decomposers hard at work. Hikers who want to continue hiking can join Andy for an additional 2 mile hike to see a 120 year old flume pipe, upper view point, and beautiful Upper McCord Creek Falls. Be prepared for learning, fun and adventure! For youth or young at heart.” 

Flintknapping Demo”, Saturday, June 28, 2PM-5PM, Irving City Park, NE 7th Ave. and Fremont St., Pdx. $5-10 suggested donation. “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. This month's theme is Flintknapping! Flintknapping is the ancient art of hitting rocks together to create a tool. Join us and the expert flintknappers from the Oregon Archaeological Society for a day of demonstrations. Because of the focus demanded by students and teachers in knapping, this will not be a hands-on lesson of knapping but a description of the process and demonstration. We will be offering a more in-depth class later in the year.” 

Author Talk, “Chris Bolton”, Saturday, June 28, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Chris Bolton kicks off Superhero Weekend on Saturday, June 28th, 2pm, with a reading of ‘Smash: Trial by Fire’, an all-ages graphic novel about a 10-year-old boy who inherits the superpowers from his favorite hero! Like many 10-year-old boys, Andrew Ryan is short, lacking in athletic and social skills, and daydreams about being a superhero. Unlike other boys, however, Andrew’s dream actually comes true when he gains super powers and becomes the costumed crimefighter known as Smash! He’s about to discover how difficult it really is to finish your homework, keep your room clean, and sneak out after curfew while fighting crime…”

Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival”, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 10AM-4PM, D-River Wayside, Lincoln City. “The weekend festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful big kites in the world!”

Parklandia: A Portland Bike Tour”, Saturday, June 28, 10:30AM, departing from the Portland Art Museum, 219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $20 which includes admission to the museum for the weekend. Preregistration required; register online:  “Join Portland Art Museum and Know Your City for a leisurely bike tour of some of our favorite parks and public spaces. Our approximately 10-mile loop will include both well-known and hidden gems of Portland, and uncover some of our city’s rich park system. Stops will include guest speakers at locations such as Ladd’s Addition, Laurelhurst Park, Peninsula Park and more.” 

Tying it all Together: Making Cordage from Nature”, Saturday, June 28, 11AM-3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Road Ariel, WA. “Visit the fur trade camp to see a Dogbane cordage demonstration and basket twining demonstration. Make your own piece of cordage and add a couple of glass trade beads to take home. Special exhibits and native plant tours!”

Family Wormshop”, Saturday, June 28, 10AM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Praire, WA. $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!” 

Concert, “Hungrytown”, Sunday, June 29, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. “The musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson bring their popular folk music to Cedar Mill all the way from West Townshend, Vermont. Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans, The Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including Portlandia.”

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, June 29, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, June 29, 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.”  They do not have a website other than their Facebook page, which you must have a Facebook account to see:

Bird and Wildflower Walk at Cooper Mountain”, Sunday, June 29, 10AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $10 per person. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “Cooper Mountain is a great natural area to explore, thanks in part to controlled burns that have created a rich habitat for nesting songbirds and native wildflowers. Join Metro naturalist Alice Froehlich on this casual walk through the nature park’s oaks and prairies. If you are lucky, you will spot the elusive and beautiful Lazuli Bunting Western Bluebird. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow.”

Summer Camp Musical”, Monday, June 30, 4PM, Beaverton Library. “STAGES Troupers, a children’s acting troupe, presents ‘Summer Camp: A Musical about Finding a Place to Belong’. A musical mash-up will follow.” 

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Monday, June 30, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books.” 

Anime and Manga Drawing”, Monday, June 30, 3PM, Hollywood Library. Suggested for grades 6 and up. “Learn how to create characters while developing your drawing skills. One of the most accessible styles of drawing, manga is a Japanese genre of cartoons, comic books and animated films. In this workshop, artist Joanne Kollman will help you explore the styles and techniques used in designing your own manga character.”

Concert, “Hungry Town”, Monday, June 30, 6:30PM, Fox Park Pavilion outside the Molalla Library. A singer/songwriter duo performing traditional folk music.

Willamette Park Evening Paddle”, Monday, June 30, 6PM, launching from the Willamette Park, SW Macadam Ave. and Nebraska St., Pdx. Free. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership invites you to join us on our canoes this summer! Come aboard and help paddle our 34-foot, 16-passenger canoes, led by Estuary Partnership Educators. Enjoy the wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective. No paddling experience is necessary. All ages 5 and up welcome. Big canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided by the Estuary Partnership.” 

Science and Science Fiction: Human and Animal Hibernation”, Monday, June 30, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jason E. Podrabsky, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biology at Portland State University, and a member of the PSU Center for Life in Extreme Environments. “Placing humans into stasis or hibernation for prolonged space flight may seem like science fiction, but for some animals it is simply a way of life! The ability to enter into a state of reversible metabolic dormancy is actually quite common in animals, and they use this trick of nature to escape from stressful environmental conditions or to synchronize reproduction with conditions that are favorable to successfully raising their young. While a wide diversity of animals utilize metabolic dormancy, there are only a handful of unifying principles that they all seem to use to support survival of what is probably very much a ‘near-death’ experience. In this talk, professor of Biology Jason Podrabsky will outline the many examples of how animals employ metabolic dormancy to survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth such as the Polar oceans and deserts of Africa and South America. He will talk specifically about his research on annual killifish that survive in temporary pools in the coastal deserts of Venezuela where they can survive for months without water and oxygen. He will discuss how these fish may inform us on engineering human cells and possibly even how humans can enter into metabolic dormancy.”